New poll finds 62% don’t trust President Obama to stop Iran from building nuclear weapons.

MEME-obama-Iran(Washington, D.C.)  — As the Obama administration continues making a series of missteps in foreign policy, Americans are losing confidence in their Commander in Chief.

From Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to Syria’s use of chemical weapons to the Benghazi situation in Libya and the near-breakdown of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Americans do not see the White House and State Department  providing strong, steady, principled, bipartisan leadership. Rather, they see confusion, weakness, and vacillation.

Now a new poll finds that a significant majority of Americans are anxious that the President cannot be trusted stop Iran from building nuclear weapons, one of the most important national security issues facing the U.S., Israel and our Arab allies.

As we geared up for the release of The Auschwitz Escape, my publisher, Tyndale House, and I commissioned a national survey to help us better understand how Americans view the current geopolitical issues in light of the history of the Holocaust. 

Working with McLaughlin & Associates, a nationally respected polling firm, we asked 1,000 likely U.S. voters numerous questions. One of them was: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: ‘As a result of President Obama drawing a red line on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but then refusing to take military action when chemical weapons were used, I do not have confidence that when Mr. Obama says he will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon that he can be trusted to keep his word’?”

The results were sobering.

  • 62.3% of Americans agreed with the statement, saying they do not trust the President to stop Iran from building The Bomb
  • 30.5% of Americans disagreed with the statement, and do trust the President to stop Iran
  • 7.2% said they don’t know

Americans’ distrust of the President is of particular concern given that 80% of the public says they fear a “Second Holocaust” — the annihilation of the six million Jews in Israel — if Iran gets The Bomb. What’s more, 68% of Americans say they fear a “nuclear holocaust” here in the homeland if Iran is allowed to build nuclear weapons.

I will provide more analysis of this in the days ahead.

Meanwhile, here are some of the other results of the poll we have released so far:

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>> Read the column I recently wrote for CNN.com with fmr. Senator Rick Santorum — “Lessons of history: Americans fear ‘second Holocaust’ if Iran gets the bomb”

>> Read the attack on our column by an Iranian government official — Iranian official attacks oped I wrote with Senator Santorum as “ludicrous, counterproductive and unfortunate.”

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Banned: Woman’s Photo Rejected from Beauty Contest Because Of Handgun: “Inappropriate Content”

Last summer Bob Ferris’ wife returned from church looking particularly beautiful so he decided to take a few snapshots with his camera. A few months later the couple happened across a contest promotion in People magazine called “Real Beauty at Every Age.” The contest was open to everyone and all that it required was a photo submission. Just about all submissions, so long as the pictures were tasteful, were allowed entry into the contest.

But Sandra Ferris, who says the contest submission was her husband’s idea, didn’t even get past the qualifying stage.

Apparently, the photo she submitted was flagged as “inappropriate content” by People Magazine editors and was denied entry, though the magazine itself has yet to comment on specifically why the photo was not accepted.

Apparently, the submission broke the rules because Mrs. Ferris happened to be holding a .45 caliber handgun in the picture.

“I don’t think there is anything more beautiful than a woman holding a handgun,” said Bob Ferris in response to the rejected entry.

Here’s the offending photo:

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Though Mr. Ferris had his suspicions, he wasn’t convinced that the gun was the reason for the photo being rejected, so he persevered.

I didn’t think they’d reject the photo,” Bob Ferris said.

But they did, listing at least three possible reasons for rejection: size, focus or inappropriate content.

“I was a little shocked at first,” Bob Ferris said.

To see if the gun was the problem, Bob submitted a second pistol-packing momma picture, and was once again shot down. Only after entering a third time with a gunless photo did Bob finally hit the target – the photo was accepted.

The contest rules make it clear that the judges can reject any photo for any reason at any time.

His next submission using a different photograph was also rejected:

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Not one to give up, Mr. Ferris really wanted to know whether the issue was because of problems with focus or size, so he sent over yet another picture, this time with no gun.

The third time was a charm and Mrs. Ferris’ picture was finally entered into the contest.

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In all fairness, People magazine enjoys the same rights as a private business as individual Americans do, so they are protected by the First Amendment.

But apparently that’s the only one that really matters to them, because the Second Amendment is now considered “inappropriate content” by the popular magazine.

Insofar as Bob and Sandra Ferris are concerned, they won’t be cancelling their subscription to People magazine… because they didn’t have one (and don’t plan on getting one any time soon).

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Michelle Obama’s School Lunches In Pictures: “Is That Photo Taken From Death Row?”

One of the purported successes of Michelle Obama’s tenure as First Lady of the United States has been to help Americans get fit and eat right.

She’s launched a wide array of initiatives targeting Americans receiving government nutritional benefits, as well as school lunch programs across the nation. Nowhere have the First Lady’s efforts been more visible than in the cafeteria’s of America’s schools.

Within days of Obama’s new USDA regulations taking hold parents and schoolchildren launched complaints surrounding the rationing of meals, a move that left kids hungry and school districts frustrated with all of the additional paperwork and program expenses. The USDA subsequently upped the rations to assuage frustration.

But according to America’s kids Michelle Obama has been “out to lunch” when it comes to satisfying hunger. It’s so bad, in fact, that black markets for food have popped up in schools and kids are taking to their social media pages to share their outrage.

Do you want to see what Michelle Obama considers eating right? Check out these pictures and comments – sourced directly from government run cafeterias around the country.

As you see what passes for health food these days keep in mind that school’s are increasingly restricting children from bringing their own lunches from home, often citing nutritional requirements as the reason.

An appetizing ham and cheese tortilla wrap:

Chili cheese dog with a side of veggies:

Can I get another scoop of brown with a sprinkle of yellow? Oh, and don’t forget my biscuit!

Seconds anyone?

Students weigh in:

 

 

When mom joined her daughter for lunch, here’s the wonderful meal prepared by the caring cafeteria staff:

 

On the flip side, here is what Michelle Obama’s children enjoy for lunch at the Sidwell Friends school attended by her daughters Sasha and Malia. In this particular case the school was paying a tribute to Pearl Harbor Day and the kids feasted on Asian Mushroom Soup, Oriental Noodle Salad, Teriyaki Marinated Chicken Strips, Garlic Roasted Edamame, Vegetable Fried Rice and Fortune Cookies for dessert:

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And of course, how can we talk about healthy eating, school lunches, and Michelle Obama without mentioning the White House organic vegetable garden? The First Lady shows of her green thumb in the picture below. It turns out, however, that because of her busy schedule she didn’t actually grow any of her food. The White House gardeners did, and they did a heck of a job.

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Straight from America’s organic gardens to school lunch tables coast to coast.


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Larwyn’s Linx: Harry Reid Took Money from Koch Lobbyist

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Nation

Harry Reid Took Money from Koch Lobbyist: Andrew Stiles
No, the Obamacare Debate Isn’t Over: David Catron
It’s All Over But the Hand-Wringing for GM: Peter M. De Lorenzo

Mississippi GOP Chair Works Alongside NRSC To Damage McDaniel: Kuznicki
NRSC With Thad Cochran Would Destroy the Republic To Retain Power: Kuznicki
GOP Benghazi Probe Leader Has Huge Conflict of Interest: Dick Morris

Hillary Clinton’s Approval Drops by More Than 14%: ConTrib
Before 1993, there were no mass shootings on U.S. military bases: Renee Nal
CT weekend gun rally features game-changing speech, fired-up crowd: BPR

A Halo for Selfishness: Thomas Sowell
Gun Control States Have Much Higher Gun Murder Rates: Bob Owens
Hate Crime Charges Possible in Mob Attack: Patch

Economy

How Big Banks Created a Fed to Serve Their Own Interests: Nomi Prins
No connection between school spending, student outcomes: Fox
Hey millionaires, Illinois wants 10 percent of your cash: Townhall

Great moments in union contracts: Overlawyered
BOOM: UPS Fires 250 Union Workers for Refusing to Work: ConTrib
Retail Tsunami: 16 Major Chains Closing More Stores: Wealthy Debates

Scandal Central

Fox News Special Report: Enemies of the State: Nice Deb
IRS agent says NO progressive groups were targeted like Tea Party groups: Patrick Howley
Boehner says the House will hold Lois Lerner in contempt: Scoop

Climate & Energy

One-Way Discovery Channel: Mark Steyn
NYT’s Thomas Friedman Calls Global Warming Skeptics Trotsky Radicals: Sara Noble
California Water: It’s the Storage: Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)

Media

RAT: Al Sharpton’s Secret Work As FBI Informant: TSG
Jay-Z is wearing something that is like a white person wearing a “I heart Ku Klux Klan” shirt: YC
Shut Up and Resign Already: R.S. McCain

Lib Law Professor Alan Dershowitz On His Former Student Ted Cruz : “Off The Charts Brilliant”: WZ
OKCupid CEO Gave $ 500 To Anti-Gay Republican: S&L
MSNBC Releases DNC Propaganda As ‘News’: TR

Mark Levin Calls Jeb Bush ‘Act of Love’ Remarks ‘Utterly Irresponsible,’ ‘Typical Liberal Tripe’: Breitbart
5,000 legal U.S. citizens getting screwed out of their tuition: YC
Crowd roars for George and Laura Bush at NCAA final: Twitchy

World

The Road to Progressive Dhimmitude: Robert Samuelson
More on that destructive Obama interview about Israel: LI
Obama Bypasses Congress, Will Allow “Immigrants” Who Have Helped Terrorists: ConTrib

More on Medicaid Than Population of Britain, France, Italy Combined: $ 2B to Treat Illegals Annually: MagNote
Will The Pentagon’s Secret Space Plane Ever Return to Earth?: Daily Beast
Look At What America Is Giving To Terrorists: Shoebat

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Microsoft Xbox pwned by 5-year-old security researcher: Sophos
Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen drops $ 40M to modernize voting: VentureBeat
Security and quality top companies’ reasons for using open source: Katherine Noyes

Cornucopia

Uninstall Firefox: Dennis Prager
Federal Snipers Train Guns on Family For Filming Cattle: InfoWars
10 Prison Security Techniques Being Implemented on the American People: PSUSA

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QOTD: “Results are presented on Table 1. The CCW dummy variable is significant and positive, but the assault weapons ban is insignificant. Given that the average gun-related murder rate over the period in question was 3.44, the results of the present study indicate that states with more restrictive CCW laws had gun-related murder rates that were 10% higher. In addition, the Federal assault weapons ban is significant and positive, indicating that murder rates were 19.3% higher when the Federal ban was in effect. These results corroborate the findings of Lott and Mustard (1997). These results suggest that, even after controlling for unobservable state and year fixed effects, limiting the ability to carry concealed weapons may cause murder rates to increase. There may, however, be other explanations for these results. Laws may be ineffective due to loopholes and exemptions. The most violent states may also have the toughest gun control measures. Further research is warranted in this area.” – Quinnipiac University’s Mark Gius

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70 years ago today, two men escaped from Auschwitz. Here’s the true story.

Vrba-Wetzler(Washington, D.C.) — Seventy years ago today, two men pulled off the greatest escape in human history — from a Nazi death camp in southern Poland.

Most of the world doesn’t know their names, but we should.

Rudolf Vrba was only 19 when he escaped Auschwitz. Fred Wetzler was only 25.

They are my heroes. They executed their ingenious plan on April 7th, 1944, and not simply to save their own lives, but to tell the world the truth about what Adolf Hitler was really doing to annihilate the Jewish people. They risked their lives to proclaim the truth, and in the process they helped save more than 100,000  Jewish lives.

It is their stories that inspired me to write The Auschwitz Escape. Now here is a brief version of the true story.

REMEMBERING FOUR HEROES OF THE HOLOCAUST

By Joel C. Rosenberg

To misunderstand the nature and threat of evil is to risk being blindsided by it.

In 1933, the world was blindsided by the rise of Adolf Hitler. 

In 1939, it was stunned by the German invasion of Poland and the Nazi leader’s bloodthirsty quest for global domination. Perhaps most tragically, most of the world did not understand Hitler’s plan to annihilate the Jews until it was almost too late.

Today, we face dangerous new threats from Iran, North Korea, and a rising czar in Russia, not from Germany. Yet curiously, in recent weeks Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor have each warned that as we confront current challenges we must be careful to learn the lessons of history regarding how the world failed to understand the threat posed by Hitler and the Nazis and deal with it decisively, before events spun out of control.

I agree, and as an example, I would point the extraordinary events that occurred in the spring of 1944. 

Four men pulled off the greatest escapes in all of human history, from a Nazi death camp in southern Poland. They did not simply escape to save their own lives. Nor did they escape merely to tell the world about a terrible crime against humanity that had been – and was being – committed. What set these true heroes apart is that they planned and executed their escapes in the hope of stopping a horrific crime before it was committed – the extermination of the Jews of Hungary.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of these escapes, and to draw attention to the significance these unknown – or unremembered – events, and the lessons they have to teach us, I recently wrote a work of historical fiction, The Auschwitz Escape. I changed the names of key figures involved so as not to put words in their mouths that cannot be verified to be their own. But it is my deepest hope that the book will cause many to dig into the real history of these remarkable heroes.

Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler were Slovak Jews. They escaped from Auschwitz on April 7, 1944.

[NOTE: In the novel, I explain exactly how they did it, what supplies they needed, what their escape route was, how they outfoxed the guards, etc. -- an extraordinary story.]

Arnost Rosin was also a Slovak Jew. Czeslaw Mordowicz was a Polish Jew. Together they escaped from Auschwitz on May 27, 1944.

Upon making it safely to Czechoslovakia, Vrba, only 19 years old, and Wetzler, 25, linked up with the Jewish underground. They explained Auschwitz was not simply a labor camp, as most thought, but rather a death camp. The Nazis were systematically murdering prisoners, mostly Jews, using poison gas called “Zyklon B,” then burning their bodies in enormous ovens.

The men explained the Nazis were dramatically enlarging an expansion camp a few miles from Auschwitz called “Birkenau,” building new train tracks, enormous new gas chambers, and massive new crematoria. They had also completed ramps leading all those arriving in the cattle cars directly into the gas chambers.

Vrba and Wetzler said they had heard SS guards talking about Hungarian “salami” that would soon be arriving. They knew from their jobs as clerks in the camp that none of Hungary’s nearly 450,000 Jews had yet arrived, even though Jews from most of Europe had come already. 

They urged the Czech Jewish leaders to warn Hungarian Jews immediately so they would revolt and not get on the trains. They also urged that the Allied leaders be notified so they would mount an operation to liberate Auschwitz.

Both men were asked to separately draft detailed eyewitness reports. Their reports were then cross-checked, compiled into a single report, and then simultaneously translated into multiple languages.

Eventually, Mordowicz, 23, and Rosin, 30, escaped as well. When they got to Czechoslovakia, they wrote up reports of their own, which were added to the existing document. But all this took precious time the Hungarian Jews did not have.

The report, known as “The Auschwitz Protocol,” was sent to Jewish and Allied leaders in early June 1944. Excerpts were leaked to the press, creating an international uproar. But the Germans had begun deporting Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz in massive numbers on May 15th. And “The Auschwitz Protocol” landed in the hands of President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill and their top aides just as the Allies were executing the D-Day invasion of Normandy and trying to liberate France.

On July 2nd, the U.S. began bombing Budapest. Admiral Miklos Horthy, the Nazi-backed Regent of Hungary, feared the air raid was in reprisal for the Jewish deportations. He ordered the trains halted. Thus, while, more than 300,000 Hungarian Jews had already been sent to Auschwitz and gassed, 120,000 more Hungarian Jews were saved from deportation and certain death.

Sir Martin Gilbert, the British historian, would later note, “The Auschwitz Protocol” was responsible for “the largest single greatest rescue of Jews in the Second World War.”

That said, neither the U.S. nor the British military took direct action to liberate Auschwitz during the war. Nor did they bomb the train lines to the death camps, or bomb the camps themselves, as Jewish leaders had implored. 

When the Soviets finally entered Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, only 7,000 prisoners remained alive. More than 1.1 million had already been exterminated.

Why didn’t Washington and London take decisive action upon receiving detailed, inside intelligence? Couldn’t they have at least tried to stop the Holocaust, or at least disrupt it, knowing the hellish nightmare people in the camps were experiencing?

Historians have been debating this for years. Yet the issues are not academic. Today, our leaders also face urgent questions. 

Let’s consider just one. Iran has threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.” It has threatened to create world without the “Great Satan” (aka, the U.S.), as well. The mullahs are actively developing the ability to build nuclear warheads and the missiles to deliver them. 

Do we currently have inside sources giving us accurate intelligence on the state of Iran’s nuclear program? If diplomacy and sanctions fail, should the West take military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities before the mullahs can set into motion a Second Holocaust? 

Rather than attack ourselves, should the U.S. support an Israeli preemptive strike? What are the risks of launching such a strike? What are the risks of delay? 

Would history forgive us if we wait too long and Iran strikes first?

The moral courage that Rudolf Vrba, Alfred Wetzler, Arnost Rosin, and Czeslaw Mordowicz demonstrated seventy years ago was extraordinary. They understood the nature and threat of evil, and they risked their lives to tell the world the truth. 

They deserve to be remembered and heralded by Jews and Christians and all who care about freedom and human dignity. 

We must never forget what they did, and why they did it. But we must also be ready to act wisely, bravely and decisively if a mortal threat rises again. For if we learn nothing else from the history of the Holocaust, we had better learn this: Evil, unchecked, is the prelude to genocide.

(Note: this article was originally published by FoxNews.com on March 18, 2014)

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