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President Obama signed an executive order he says will increase the number of gun background checks and reduce loopholes. Some lawyers say the order does nothing.

Thomas Sowell writes in The American Spectator that the news conference simply showed that Obama is the world’s greatest showman.

It was beautifully choreographed, like a great ballet, and performed with consummate skill and understated eloquence. First of all, the scene was set with a room full of people who had lost loved ones to gun violence. A father whose son had been gunned down made a long introduction before the president showed up, walked down the aisle and up on to the stage to growing applause.

As political theater, it put Donald Trump’s rantings in the shade.

As for the substance of what Obama said, there was very little substance, and much of it false, but one of the signs of great artistry was that the presentation overshadowed the substance.

Sowell points out that while Mr. Obama spoke about mass killings, nothing in his order would do anything to stop them. Plus, most of the mass shootings occur in gun free zones.

How often have supposedly mentally unbalanced shooters opened fire at a meeting of the National Rifle Association? They are apparently not that mentally unbalanced. They pick places where people are not likely to shoot back.

A mass shooting at a movie theater a few years ago took place at a theater farther away from where the shooter lived than other theaters in the area that were showing the very same movie. The difference was that this theater had advertised that it was a gun-free zone.

Democrats say a lot about wanting to have “common sense gun safety laws” and to keep guns out of the hands of undesirable people.

It reminds me of my youth. When I grew up in Georgia, there were only Democrats. No Republicans at all. These Democrats pushed through common sense gun control laws and pushed social policies which tried to keep guns out of the hands of undesirables.

The Democrats did this because, when they put on their sheets and hoods and rode off into the night to burn a cross on someone’s lawn, they didn’t want the African-American family in the house to have a weapon to defend themselves.


Santaria Babalawos Predict Unrest


Everyone is predicting an apocalyptic 2016, even Cuban Santaria priests. Thanks to Reuters for the story.

The island’s official association of priests, known as babalawos, predicted an “explosion” of migration and “social unrest provoked by desperation.” The predictions are worldwide – not limited to the island.

“The predictions of Ifa (divination system) warn world leaders that if no action is taken, we may lead our people to a massive migration provoked by different things, desperation among them,” priest Lazaro Cuesta told a news conference in Havana.

He did not give specifics about the priests’ social unrest prediction, but offered a metaphor: “When you are in your room and it’s really hot, desperation makes you run out of the room. If we give you an air conditioner, you stay put.”

“I can be living in a hot room and I don’t leave running because it’s my room,” Cuesta said. “I’m living alongside everyone else in Cuba, and I’m not leaving.”

Though the US media paid no attention, refugees fleeing castro’s island paradise increased 80% last year.




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raul castro and barack obama

Continuing his disasterous foreign police, President Obama says he may soon visit Cuba.

“The key test,” said deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes, is “whether the president’s going to Cuba would help advance those priorities,” and in particular, whether a visit would “improve the lives of the Cuban people.”

Improve the lives of the Cuban people – really?  How do you plan to do that, Mr. Obama?  According to Rhodes, you are insisting that Cubans get better access to the Internet.  Sounds like another crony capitalist deal to me.  Who’s going to get the contract to wire Cuba?

Cuba was once the pearl of the Caribbean.  Before the castro revolution it had the third best economy in the Americas.  The castro brothers have looted the island and its people, and you, Mr. Obama, are falling into their trap.


Oman’s Al-Shabiba wants to know whose side the US is on. (Link courtesy Watching America) The article quotes American journalist Seymour Hersh who has been in contact with the Syrian regime.  Hersh says the Joint Chiefs of Staff offered security information to the Syrian Army through Germany, Russia and Israel.

The article goes on to explain that Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, director of military intelligence between 2012 and 2014, sent several secret messages to warn of the danger of Assad’s regime collapsing. The report recounts that, when faced with this situation in the fall of 2013, the Joint Chiefs began taking steps — without clearance from diplomatic channels — to remedy the situation. By offering intelligence to the militaries of other countries, this information reached the Syrian Army for use against its enemies — especially Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State group. The three countries that delivered this information were Germany, Russia and Israel.

Hersh claims friendship with Bashar Assad.  President Obama insists that Assad must go.

The regime, however, claims to be the victim of a global conspiracy.  Al-Shabiba says the regime gets the conspiracy wrong.

Instead, it is against the Syrian people and the country itself. It is evident the Syrian people are the ones suffering a great injustice. Despite the regime’s military losses and the large physical damage incurred by the country, the regime has managed to hang onto power. This has been facilitated with American support by way of its international alliances, and with massive military and economic support from the Russians and Iranians. So let’s not name them “Friends of the Syrian People,” because they are closer to the regime than to the Syrian people. It is evident these “friends” have permitted Bashar Assad to use all types of weapons against Syrians and the country. Additionally, they have prevented the opposition from acquiring any weapons capable of stopping the destruction from the regime’s planes, which kill and displace Syrians daily.

The article goes on to ask how the US could conspire against the regime when it does so little to oppose it.

Confusion abounds.  Just what is Obama doing? We here at Paxety Pages certainly don’t know.


The Washington Times reports  that two Pakistanis with terrorist connections were caught crossing the US border with Mexico back in September.

Muhammad Azeem and Mukhtar Ahmad, both in their 20s and from Gujrat, were caught Sept. 20 by agents south of San Diego and just over the international border from Tijuana. When agents checked their identities through databases, they got hits on both of them: Mr. Ahmad popped up as an associate of a known or suspected terrorist, while Mr. Azeem’s information had been shared by a foreign government for intelligence purposes.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry has long complained that Middle Easterners have used Mexico as a jumping off point to get into the US.

But it’s not only Mexico. Cuba and Venezuela have also assisted the terrorist war on their common enemy – the United States. We here at Paxety Pages have long warned of possible terrorist entry into the country through the southern border. Back in 2007, we featured stories by reporter Todd Bensman who followed the route from Syria to Texas.

While the links below no longer work, Bensman still has his original stories on his website.

Here’s the original Paxety Pages post:

Our old friends chavez and castro helping illegals reach the US

hugowithparrotIf you read anything today, read the four-part series Breaching America:  War refugees or threats – written by Todd Bensman and published in the San Antonio Express News (the series begins here).  Bensman went to Damascus, Syria to track how folks from terrorist supporting countries, as well as Iraq war refugees, are sneaking into the US.  One way is to get a visa from a country near the United States, and there pops up our old nemesis, hugo chavez:

Venezuela is another jumping-off point to the American border, according to court records of smuggling cases.

Because of its antagonistic relationship with the United States, Venezuela does not cooperate on counterterrorism measures, according to the U.S. government, and shows no concerns about issuing visas to special-interest migrants.

One day recently, the Venezuelan Embassy in Damascus, its walls bedecked with large portraits of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, was packed with Syrians seeking one of nine types of visas offered.

The U.S. State Department has complained in recent years about Venezuela’s cozy relationship with Syria and Iran. Earlier this year, the first nonstop flights began from Tehran, Iran, to Caracas, Venezuela — a development that some U.S. counterterrorism specialists say opens a new avenue for potential terrorists to the American border.

Some of the government’s most senior Homeland Security officials have spoken of yet another source of terrorist infiltrators: the area where Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet, known as the “Tri-Border” region.

Tens of thousands of Arab immigrants there have been under scrutiny by American intelligence services since 9-11. The U.S. Treasury Department in December named people and organizations that “provided financial and logistical support to the Hezbollah terrorist organization.”

Last year, Gen. Bantz J. Craddock, commander of the U.S. Army’s Southern Command, warned the House Armed Services Committee that some of these groups “could move beyond logistical support and actually facilitate terrorist operations.”

Other countries helping illegal immigrants reach the US are Guatemala and, of course, Cuba.

Cuba’s consul in Damascus said in an interview that his country happily grants visas to any Middle Easterner who asks “because America doesn’t give anyone the opportunity to take refuge, especially after 9-11.”

“But we work another way,” said Armando Perez Suarez. “We put conditions on American people who are making war with everyone. The Arab people are the peaceful ones. We give visas to anybody who wants to visit our country.”

Suarez said he is well aware that Cuba, with its economic problems and poverty, is not anyone’s idea of a final destination.

“After that, if he wants to travel to any other country, the U.S., or Central America, this is not our problem,” Suarez said. “It’s not our burden.”

He scoffed at American concerns about terrorist infiltration.

“I’m sorry your president is from Texas,” he said. “Now you’re receiving your own medicine. The problem started in Texas and it’s finishing in Texas.”

Bensman also mentions documents showing contacts between al-Qaeda and Colombian narcotics terrorists.

Michelle Malkin interviewed Bensman on the O’Reilly Factor last night, and Hugh Hewitt interviewed him for an hour on his show last night (transcript here).  The Express-News says this about their reporting:

To document the hidden world of special-interest aliens, San Antonio Express-News reporter Todd Bensman and photographer Jerry Lara traveled to Damascus, Syria; Amman, Jordan; throughout Guatemala; the southern border state of Chiapas, Mexico; Brownsville and elsewhere along the Texas border; and Michigan. Bensman documented routes used by smugglers to move immigrants from Islamic countries, including a popular one from Syria to Texas traveled by Iraqi refugee Aamr Bahnan Boles.

The Express-News hired Arabic language interpreters in Syria, Jordan and Texas, where Boles was first interviewed extensively. Bensman obtained materials from overseas smuggling investigations and hundreds of daily intelligence summaries reflecting Texas border crossings. He interviewed U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials in both countries, and examined U.S. court records from a dozen federal smuggling prosecutions. Some dialogue and scenesdescribed in this series were reconstructed based on interviews with Boles and, when possible, others who were present.

Also interesting is Bensman’s description of Mexico’s efforts to stop terrorists.  He reports the country fears an attack against the US originating from Mexican soil, so the Mexican police make an effort to find Middle Easterners.