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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Representative Allen West tells Obama, Reid, Pelosi to take their message to the norh pole or the bottom of the sea (if they wish), but just get the hell out of America.

 Representative Allen West with the ending of this speech, has opened himself up for serious contention as a Republican Whip, Speaker of the House Nominee, or even a position for consideration on a Vice Presidential short list (even if does not get chosen for any of these).  The more he can genuinely show passionate opposition to Obama - Pelosi  - Reid - and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz,  the more there will be an instantaneous rallying of support behind and with him in such a level of flag waving, that it has not been seen or experienced recently since Sarah Palin's VP candidacy and before that since President Ronald Reagan. 


The Cut to the Quick 2 minute version is:



The most Notable quotes stated by Representative West in this speech in brief are:

"This is a battlefield that we must stand upon. And we need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and my dear friend, chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain’t on the table.

Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else.

You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.”

 ...
“I will not allow President Obama to take the United States of America and destroy it. If that means I’m the Number One target for the Democrat Party, all I got to say is one thing: bring it on, baby.”

The longer 11 minute version is:






For more reporting on Allen West, at least leading up to his being voted in as Representative in his Florida District, District 22 encompassing West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, you may wish to first check out this link:


You may also wish to check out my February 23, 2011 post related to his giving CAIR a little push-back as well.

Last updated on January 30, 2012: added essential quotes of reference in case video is removed by users who posted same.  

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Januray 26, 2012 Obama Lawyers Stipulate Obama's Documents of Birth Certificates are Frauds, Obama's Social Security Number is Stolen, and that Obama is NOT a Constitutional President by the mere act of refusing to submit even the SAME documents they "released" to the Press and claimed as genuine. Genuine, until under oath in Court under penalty of perjury. Jablonski insists he's NOT going there!


Today, Obama's lawyers, rather than commit felony fraud upon the Court in submitting Obama's stolen Social Security Number and forged short and long form Certifications of Live Birth, de facto and de jure stipulated by omission and refusal to submit under penalty of perjury into Evidence in a Court of Law, that Barack Hussein Obama II is INELIGIBLE to the US Presidency.  In spite their failure to appear, Judge Malihi has granted the Obama Team 10 more days before rendering a decision. 


 http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/no-ruling-in-birther-1318374.html

WND reports that Leo Donofrio believes that if Obama loses Georgia, he won't dare go to the Supreme Court lest his illegal Presidency be ruled void...but even if it were, he would still act so as to ignore whatever the Courts rule anyway.
http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/obama-accused-of-disrespecting-court-state-americans/


Craig Andersen gives an inside the Court set of notes he took of how the proceedings went.
http://www.thenationalpatriot.com/?p=4138#comment-137675

The local Media gave a casual report on the happening:


               


Floyd Brown @ Western Journalism has a 6 part Youtube version of the hearing, but the audio leaves very much to be desired:



You can also access by using the link of
http://www.youtube.com/user/floydb310#g/u
and choosing from video selection starting at about the 30th video uploaded location.



On the day before the Court Session, Jablonski and his Obama Team tried to do an end run AROUND the Courts in whining and sniveling to the Georgia Secretary of State:


Jablonski letter in pinko, and my comments on the green. 


January 25, 2012
Hon. Brian P. Kemp
Georgia Secretary of State
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
via email to Vincent R. Russo Jr., Esq.
(vrusso@sos.ga.gov)
Re:       Georgia Presidential Preference Primary Hearings
Dear Secretary Kemp:
This is to advise you of serious problems that have developed in the conduct of the hearings pending before the Office of State Administrative Hearings.  At issue in these hearings are challenges that allege that President Obama is not eligible to hold or run for re-election to his office, on the now wholly discredited theory that he does not meet the citizenship requirements.  As you know, such allegations have been the subject of numerous judicial proceedings around the country, all of which have concluded that they were baseless 

 [Here Jablonski is intentionally inaccurate.  Only the status of personal Injury or Article III standing was considered as not met.  They were not collectively ruled as baseless, only that specific concrete personal injury that was suffered by Plaintiffs above and beyond the general public at ge was not yet sufficiently met.     -- Brianroy]

and, in some instances – including in the State of Georgia -  that those bringing the challenges have engaged in sanctionable abuse of our legal process.
Nonetheless, the Administrative Law Judge has exercised no control  

[Unnecessary and inaccurate hyperbole.  No control means disbarment.  Malihi specifically stated that he is following Georgia State Law on the books.  De facto, it is Jablonski who has lost control, and is trying an Alinsky smear the opponent with the very sins and weaknesses you yourself are guilty of, and hope it taints opinion your way.]

whatsoever over this proceeding, and it threatens to degenerate into a pure forum for political posturing to the detriment of the reputation of the State and your Office.  Rather than bring this matter to a rapid conclusion, the ALJ has insisted on agreeing to a day of hearings, and on the full participation of the President in his capacity as a candidate.  Only last week, he denied a Motion to Quash a subpoena he approved on the request of plaintiff’s counsel for the personal appearance of the President at the hearing, now scheduled for January 26.
For these reasons, and as discussed briefly below, you should bring an end to this baseless, costly

[Obama and his political machine, if we count the cost to US taxpayers as well, has cost his political funds and the US Taxpayers a combined cost now nearing what is estimated to be 5.8 to perhaps 6 million dollars.  Only an Independent audit would allow us to know for sure how much money Obama has urinated away rather than having spent a few thousand dollars in lawyers fees and less than $100 to produce all the necessary documentation at ANY GIVEN POINT IN TIME  that he chooses to.  Again, Jablonski intentionally misrepresents the facts because he is NOT under oath under penalty of perjury in this letter.]

and unproductive hearing by withdrawing the original hearing request as improvidently issued.
It is well established that there is no legitimate issue here—a conclusion validated time and again by courts around the country. 

[Again, Article III standing having been met, Jablonski infers that the US Constitution and meeting Eligibility requirements is not a legitimate issue because...?  He won't answer this in Court, because he has a client so guilty, all Jablonski can do with his criminal client is stall and hope it all goes away.]

The State of Hawaii produced official records documenting birth there;
[Fine.  If that is so, do like the Judge asked, and produce them in Court under penalty of perjury.  You can't and won't?  That is a stipulation to the same effect as factually confessing to the Court that they are fraudulent. ]
the President made documents available to the general public by placing them on his website. 

 [Fine.  If that is so, do like the Judge asked, and produce them in Court under penalty of perjury.  You can't and won't?  That is a stipulation to the same effect as factually confessing to the Court that they are fraudulent. ]

“Under the United States Constitution, a public record of a state is required to be given ‘full faith and credit’ by all other states in the country.  Even if a state were to require its election officials for the first time ever to receive a ‘birth certificate’ as a requirement for a federal candidate’s ballot placement, a document certified by another state, such as a ‘short form’ birth certificate, or the certified long form, would be required to be accepted by all states under the ‘full faith and credit’ clause of the United States Constitution.” Maskell, “Qualifications for President and the “Natural Born” Citizenship Eligibility Requirement,” Congressional Research Service (November 14, 2011), p.41.

 [This is a Congressional Researchers opinion and has no weight in consideration.  Obama raised over 1 billion dollars in 2008, with some 600 million dollars alleged from foreign sources.  Since Obama spent over 2 million dollars from 2008 to 2010 seeking to quash this issue, for less than the cost f one prime time commercial, he has the financial resources to submit and resubmit legal documents in all 50 states at the times he sends Joe Biden around the Country to act as his proxy to file.  So even if it cost him another 2 million dollars, 2 million from 1 billion dollars leaves him 998 million to play with.  Where's the injury to him or his campaign?  It is non-extant.]


Nonetheless, the ALJ has decided, for whatever reason, to lend assistance through his office—and by extension, yours—to the political and legally groundless tactics of the plaintiffs. 

[More of the Alinsky smear the opponent with the very sins and weaknesses you yourself are guilty of attempts.]

 One of the attorneys for the plaintiffs has downloaded form subpoenas which she tried to serve around the country.  Plaintiff’s attorney sent subpoenas seeking to force attendance by an office machine salesman in Seattle; seeking to force the United States Attorney to bring an unnamed “Custodian of Records Department of Homeland Security” to attend the hearing with immunization records; and asking the same U.S. Attorney to bring the same records allegedly possessed by “Custodian of Records of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.”  She served subpoenas attempting to compel the production of documents and the attendance of Susan Daniels and John Daniels, both apparently out of state witnesses, regarding Social Security records.  She is seeking to compel the Director of Health for the State of Hawaii to bring to Atlanta the “original typewritten 1961 birth certificate #10641 for Barack Obama, II, issued 08.08.1961 by Dr. David Sinclair…,” even though Hawaii courts had dismissed with prejudice the last attempt to force release of confidential records on November 9, 2011.  Taitz v. Fuddy, CA No. 11-1-1731-08 RAN.
In Rhodes v. McDonald, 670 F. Supp. 2d 1363, 1365 (USDC MD GA, 2009), Judge Clay Land wrote this of plaintiff’s attorney:
When a lawyer files complaints and motions without a reasonable basis for believing that they are supported by existing law or a modification or extension of existing law, 

[ Judge Land erred. As I list at the top of this blog:  "The burden of establishing a delegation of power to the United States,or the prohibition of power to the States,is upon those making the claim."
Bute v. Illinois, 333 U.S. 640 @653 (1948)

That means it is upon Obama and/or his lawyers to produce Court admissible documents establishing his birth identity with location and witnesses to the birth (cf. Nguyen v. INS 533 US 53 (2001) @ 54,62), - -

Nguyen v. INS 533 US 53 (2001) @ 54,62

 http://supreme.justia.com/us/533/53/
@ 54 : “The mother's relation is verifiable from the birth itself and is documented by the birth certificate or hospital records and the witnesses to the birth.”
@62:” In the case of the mother, the relation is verifiable from the birth itself. The mother's status is documented in most instances by the birth certificate or hospital records and the witnesses who attest to her having given birth.”



that lawyer abuses her privilege to practice law.  When a lawyer uses the courts as a platform for political agenda disconnected from any legitimate legal cause of action, that lawyer abuses her privilege to practice law….
As a national leader in the so-called ‘birther movement,’ Plaintiff’s counsel has attempted to use litigation to provide the ‘legal foundation’ for her political agenda.  She seeks to use the Court’s power to compel discovery in her efforts force the President to produce a ‘birth certificate’ that is satisfactory to herself and her followers.” 670 F. Supp. 2d at 1366.
All issues were presented to your hearing officer—the clear-cut decision to be on the merits, and the flagrantly unethical and unprofessional conduct of counsel—and he has allowed the plaintiffs’ counsel to run amok.  He has not even addressed these issues—choosing to ignore them.  Perhaps he is aware that there is no credible response;

[That is exactly right as it applies to Obama and Jablonski...they have NO credible responses in legal citations, and in any refusal to comply with the burden placed upon them in US Supreme Court Decisions, such as Bute v. Illinois 333 US 640 (1948) @ 653 and Nguyen v. INS 533 US 53 (2001) @ 54,62 as cited above.]  

perhaps he appreciates that the very demand made of his office—that it address constitutional issues—is by law not within its authority.  See, for example, Flint River Mills v. Henry, 234 Ga. 385, 216 S.E.2d 895 (1975); Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 616-1-2-.22(3).
The Secretary of State should withdraw the hearing request as being improvidently issued.  A referring agency may withdraw the request at any time.  Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 616-1-2-.17(1).  Indeed, regardless of the collapse of proceedings before the ALJ, the original hearing request was defective as a matter of law.  Terry v. Handel, 08cv158774S (Superior Court Fulton County, 2008), appeal dismissed, No. S09D0284 (Ga. Supreme Court), reconsideration denied, No. S09A1373.  (“The Secretary of State of Georgia is not given any authority that is discretionary nor any that is mandatory to refuse to allow someone to be listed as a candidate for President by a political party because she believes that the candidate might not be qualified.”) Similarly, no law gives the Secretary of State authority to determine the qualifications of someone named by a political party to be on the Presidential Preference Primary ballot.  Your duty is determined by the statutory requirement that the Executive Committee of a political party name presidential preference primary candidates.  O.C.G.A. § 21-2-193.  Consequently, the attempt to hold hearings on qualifications which you may not enforce is ultra vires.

[In other words, you have the authority when you do what we tell you, and no authority to do what we don't tell you.  If a Foreign National like Hugo Chavez decides to come to America, and run for President, or if a ten year old child is so represented by Jablonski, and his parents pay the fee to run for President, I Michael Jablonski say that it is illegal for the Secretary of State in Georgia to not accept their candidacies?   Is this a fair assessment of your argument Mikey? I say it is exactly what your wording argues.  So in your mind, no one is allowed to enforce the law upon an illegal candidate, and you are stipulating that your client is a fraud who has NO legal documents admissible into ANY Court of Law, even when lawfully subpoenaed by a signed order from this case's Judge.]

We await your taking the requested action, and as we do so, we will, of course, suspend further participation in these proceedings, including the hearing scheduled for January 26.
Very truly yours,
MICHAEL JABLONSKI
Georgia State Bar Number 385850
Attorney for President Barack Obama
cc:       Hon. Michael Malihi (c/o Kim Beal (kbeal@osah.ga.gov))
Van Irion, Esq. (van@libertylegalfoundation.org)
Orly Taitz, Esq. (orly.taitz@gmail.com)
Mark Hatfield, Esq. (mhatfield@wayxcable.com)
Vincent R. Russo Jr., Esq. (vrusso@sos.ga.gov)
Stefan Ritter, Esq. (sritter@law.ga.gov)
Ann Brumbaugh, Esq. (abrumbaugh@law.ga.gov)
Darcy Coty, Esq. (darcy.coty@usdoj.gov)
Andrew B. Flake, Esq. (andrew.flake@agg.com)


http://www.art2superpac.com/UserFiles/file/Farrar-Welden-Swensson-PowellvObama,OrderonMotiontoQuashSubpoenas,GeorgiaBallotChallenge.pdf


Response to Obama Attorney by State of Georgia Attorney General came back with the warning to not do a "no show", and if he does a no show, he has only himself to blame if it backfires on him and his client.

Obama's Attorney Jaberwoki Slapped Down By Georgia SOS - 1/25/2012
So exactly why is it SO hard for Jablonski to submit Obama's identity documents into a Court of Law, that requires a no show?  It can only be because they are forged or identity theft documents. 

Even so, even in just the letter, if Jablonski were to use the same words in Court, it would be a clear 5 point act of Fraud upon the Court, it seems to me. 

“Fraud on the Court is conduct:
1) on the part of an officer of the Court;
2) that is directed to the judicial machinery itself;
3) that is intentionally false, willfully blind to the truth, or is in reckless disregard for the truth;
4) that is a positive averment or a concealment when one is under duty to disclose;
5) that deceives the Court.”
Workman v. Bell, 245 F.3d 849 (6th Circuit 2001) @ 852

It is my editorial opinion that if Jablonski were to make the same case to Judge Malihi that he makes to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, clearly it could be ruled that Jablosnki fails on all 5 counts, and would have so committed Fraud upon the Court, even without the submission of Obama's fraud and identity theft documentation...which is why he will never submit any identity docs into Court.  

It seems to me that formal complaints ought to be filed against Jablonski, moving for his disbarment so that he may no longer practice law.

But that's just my input.  


{{{{{ Update from Attorney Orly Taitz  as of January 27, 2012

Judge Malihi shortened the time to file any post trial trial pleadings. He moved the date from February 5th to February 1. He will issue his ruling shortly thereafter. I believe, he will issue his ruling by the end of the day on February 1 or on February 2 at the latest. I believe Brian Kemp, the Secretary of State of GA, will announce on February 2 or 3rd whether Barack Hussein Obama’s name will be allowed on the ballot in the state of GA as an eligible Presidential candidate.   
  http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/
 

End of update  }}}}}

Monday, January 23, 2012

Revelation 14: King James (KJV) and Alternate (from the Greek) Word Pictures with Reiterations (AWPR) Versions

Revelation 14


 1And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.      (KJV)
          (1)   And behold, look and see:   I saw a Lamb standing fast upon the Mount, Zion;
                 and with / in the midst of  (in the presence of)  Him,
                 144,000  having - possessing the Name of the father of Him
                 having been engraved / inscribed / written  upon the foreheads of them.
                 (AWPR)


 2And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:     (KJV)
          (2)   And I heard attentively a noise out of Heaven,
                  as a sound of many waters flowing / moving,
                  and a noise of great [clapping] thunder,
                  and I attentively heard a sound of harpers harping
                  on the harps of them:       (AWPR)


 3And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.       (KJV)
          (3)   And they sing (in praise and honor)
                  as (it were) a New Song / a Newly Made Song 
                  in the face of - in the presence of - before the Throne,
                  and in the face of - in the presence of - before
                  the 4 Living Animalistic Creatures and the Presbyters / Elders;
                  and certainly no one had the power - was able to learn the Song
                  [by instruction] except the 144,000,
                  those being bought with a price - redeemed from the Earth.    (AWPR)

 4These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.       (KJV)
          (4)    These are (they) who with - in the midst of
                   women were certainly not soiled / defiled,
                   for they are virgins.
                   These are those following (and attending together
                   in the Way of) the Lamb,
                   wheresoever He may go away and depart to
                   [in stealth and out of sight].
                   These were bought / redeemed with a price from men,
                    First-Fruit unto GOD and to the Lamb.     (AWPR)

 5And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.    (KJV)
          (5)    And in the mouth - opening of them
                   certainly not was perceived - learned - discovered - found
                   baiting fraud - guile - deceit:
                   because - for they are without spot - blemish - blame - fault - disgrace
                   in the eye of - in the presence of - before the Throne of GOD.  (AWPR)

 6And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,      (KJV)
          (6)   And behold, look and see: I saw another angel of the same kind,
                  flying in the midst of the heavens
                  having - holding - possessing an eternal - perpetual - everlasting
                  Proclamation - Gospel - Good News
                  to preach - proclaim - evangelize
                  to those dwelling in permanent dwellings upon the Earth,

                  even every nation /  race- ethnicity [those of the same race],
                  and tribe [those descended from the same tribal ancestor],
                  and tongue / language,
                  and people [those joined together as a nation],
                  (AWPR)

 7Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.       (KJV)
          (7)   saying in a great voice,
                      'Be fearful and terrified - Fear [and run away in fright from] GOD,
                       and give up - give over - bestow - render and present to Him
                       thoughtful recognition and honor duly rendered
                       because the hour of His
                       Krisis / time to lawfully Judge and render Verdict
                      [usually of render a judicial sentence of punishment including that of death]
                      came forth and has publicly appeared
                      the  Day - hour - short period of Time - season
                      of the Krisis / time to lawfully judge and render verdict
                       [usually of punishment]
                      of Him,
                      and fall down - show respect and obeisance - worship Him
                      (who) having made - formed - caused - brought about -produced 
                      the Heavens and the Earth and the (enclosed) Sea
                      and Fountains - Wells  [issue sources of fresh waters]
                      of Fresh Waters
                               [of rain in the heavens and of of all sources of fresh 
                                water -- especially lakes and fresh water streams --flowing 
                                upon the Earth].          (AWPR)
                        
 8And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.     (KJV)
          (8)   And another Angel of the same kind
                  followed (and attended together in the Way of) them,
                  speaking / saying,
                        'Descended and came down / Fell down,
                         Descended and came down / Fell down Babylon the City,
                         the Great,
                         because out of - from the (intoxicating) wine of the
                         outburst of anger - wrath - indignation - fury and violence of the mind
                         of the fornications / sexual sins of her
                         (that she) gave and made to drink
                         all nations / all races - ethnicities [peoples of the same races]  (AWPR)

 9And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,       (KJV)
          (9)   And a Third Angel followed (and attended together in the Way of) them,
                  speaking / saying in a great / large [intensely loud or penetrating] voice,
                       'If / Whether anyone 
                        falls down - shows respect and obeisance to - worships
                        the Therion and the
                        Image - the Earthly likeness / copy drawn or impressed from 
                        the original of it,
                        and actively receives / takes / obtains 
                        a stamp sculpturing - a cut engraving - a mark
                        upon the forehead of him 
                        or upon the hand [including the wrist area] of him,
                        (AWPR)

 10The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:      (KJV)
          (10)  And / Also / Even  he shall drink out of - from
                   the (intoxicating) wine of the 
                   outburst of anger - wrath - indignation - fury and violence of the mind
                   of GOD,  
                   having been mixed and prepared (for pouring and drinking)
                   without mixture / without being diluted
                   in the cup / drinking vessel of the 
                   wrath / grievous anger [as if provoked] of Him, 
                   and will be tortured - tormented - afflicted 
                   by fire and brimstone / sulfurous flames
                   in the face of - in the presence of - before 
                   the holy - sacred - set apart angels
                   and in the face of - in the presence of - before the Lamb.'
                   (AWPR)

 11And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.       (KJV)
          (11)  And the smoke of the torture - torment - affliction of them 
                   goes up / ascends into Ages of (the) Ages / Forever;
                   and certainly not
                   have- - hold - possess and keep  - have in any condition or circumstance
                   inner tranquility / rest
                   [freedom from:  travail- toil - lamentation - misery - corruption - 
                     fatigue - grief - anger]
                    Day and Night
                    those falling down - respecting and adoring - kissingly praising -
                    worshiping
                    the Therion and the Image of it;
                    also / even if anyone actively receives / takes / obtains
                    the Stamp sculpturing -cut Engraving - Mark  
                    of the Name of it.    (AWPR)


 12Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.     (KJV)
          (12)  Here, in this, is the patient endurance to bear up under and persevere
                   - the patience  of the  Saints / the holy - sacred - set apart (ones).
                   Here, in this, those keeping a watchful eye and observing 
                   the Commandments (and precepts) of GOD
                   and the believing - trusting - convicting winning Faith of Jesus.
                   (AWPR)


 13And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.       (KJV)
           (13)  And I heard attentively a sound / voice out of Heaven 
                    saying / speaking to me, 
                         'Inscribe / Write:
                               Blessed -  Having Fulness and not being in need -
                               Fully Satisfied
                               [being Divinely satisfied apart from circumstances]
                               (are) the dead corpses / the dead (ones)
                                those dying off (naturally or dying from natural causes)
                                in the LORD from now (on) / from this moment (onwards).'

                          'Yes / Certainly.'   says the Spirit
                          'In order that they shall cease and rest in peace and quiet 
                           out / from the [grievously wearisome efforts of exertion -
                           the lamentable toils - the troublesome labors which cause one 
                           to beat the breast / chest in lamenting grief with wailing -
                           the]  labors of them;
                           then the works - employments - job performances of them
                           follow (and attend together in the Way) with / amongst them.'
                           (AWPR)


 14And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.      (KJV)
           (14)  And behold, look and see: I saw a small luminous white
                    brightly shining cloud,
                    and upon the small luminous cloud (one) sitting down
                    just like in appearance to (the) Son of Man,
                    having - holding - possessing upon the head of him
                    a victory crown made of gold,
                    and in the hand of him a sharp/keen edged
                    reaping hook / sickle.      (AWPR)


 15And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.       (KJV)
           (15)  And another Angel of the same kind came / proceeded forth / went
                    out of the Area of Dwelling - Sanctuary - Temple,
                    loudly and urgently crying out hoarsely in a great / large voice
                    to the (one) sitting down upon the small luminous cloud:
                          'Send - cause the reaping hook / sickle of you to go
                           and cut down and harvest / reap,
                           because the hour - day - time came forth to make its public appearance
                           for you to cut down and harvest / reap,
                           because was dried up and withering / ripe 
                           the Harvest  [that which is to be reaped] 
                           of the Earth.      (AWPR)


 16And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.      (KJV)
          (16)  And the (one) sitting down upon the small luminous cloud
                   cast forward / thrust the reaping hook / sickle of him 
                   upon the Earth,
                   and the Earth was reaped / harvested.   (AWPR)


 17And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.      (KJV)
           (17)  And another Angel of the same kind came / proceeded forth / went
                    out of the Area of Dwelling - Sanctuary - Temple  in Heaven,
                    he also having - holding fast onto - possessing 
                    a sharp / keen edged reaping hook / sickle.     (AWPR)


 18And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.        (KJV)
          (18)  And another Angel of the same kind came / proceeded forth / went
                  out of the Sacrificial Altar,  having - holding - possessing
                  permission - authority - ability - the removal of hindrance
                  upon / over the fire,
                  and he called out [as if he were calling from / over a great distance]
                  with a great / large wailing outcry
                  to the (one) having - holding - possessing
                  (the) sharp / keen edged reaping hook / sickle,
                  saying / speaking,
                        'Send - cause the sharp / keen edged reaping hook / sickle of you to go
                         and gather  - harvest in
                         the clusters - bunches of the Vine of the Earth,
                         because are ripened to its prime the grape-clusters of it.'
                         (AWPR)


 19And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.       (KJV)
          (19)  And the Angel cast forward / thrust the reaping hook / sickle of him
                   into the Earth,
                   and cast forward / threw into the wine trough - vat - press
                   of the outburst of anger - wrath - indignation - fury and violence of the mind
                   of the Great GOD.        (AWPR)

 20And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.        (KJV)
         (20)  And was trampled / trodden down [the path of]
                  the wine trough - vat - press   out / outside / without  the City,
                  and came / proceeded forth / went  blood out of 
                  the wine trough - vat - press  continually - so long as - until
                  the  Bridles of the Horses
                  going forth - from - proceeding 1,600 Stadia. 
                  (AWPR) 


  Disclaimer:  The Alternate Word Pictures with Reiterations (AWPR) translation should be used as a Bible Study Aid only, and it is recommended that a direct literal translation or the King James Bible be used for regular and ecclesiastical purposes, and that the AWPR be used in association only as a Bible study aid so as to help the reader / user in their Bible Studying to clarify context and Scriptural Intent.     Thanks.  -- Brianroy


My Comments:  
1600 Stadia could be as few as 183.9 Roman miles or as many as 212.1  miles by the measure used by Josephus.

The Bridles of the Horses also employs a "loosening" word picture which may or may not also mean at the joint where the Horse's Bridle loosens.  

Of the Wine Trough - Press - Vat, also compare Isaiah 63:

Isaiah 63   (KJV)


 1Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
 2Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?
 3I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
 4For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
 5And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
 6And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

Amicus Brief on "What Is a Natural Born Citizen?" for the January 26, 2012 Georgia Presidential Eligibility Case

Leo Donofrio
 http://naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com/
files a welcome and detailed Amicus Brief


On January 23, 2012,
       New Jersey Attorney Leo Donofrio issued this statement:
This morning, I filed an AMICUS BRIEF in the Georgia POTUS eligibility cases.

The brief complies with all Rules and procedures of the Administrative Court.  The brief is 54 pages, and the appendix is 155 pages. The Rules of Court require attachment to the brief of all legal authorities, other than those issued by the federal government, or the State of Georgia. There’s some very esoteric law attached thereto.
 
I seriously urge everyone to familiarize themselves with Lord Coke’s Report from Calvin’s Case, as well as Chancellor Ellesmere’s argument, also in Calvin’s Case, for this is the true common law genesis of jus soli subjection, which happens to be a uniquely Christian tenet of law that has been completely misunderstood in this country for too long now. Calvin’s Case is universally recognized as the common law precedent relating to jus soli, but it is so much more fascinating than you can imagine. And it will forever revolutionize understanding of the words “natural-born”.

This book contains all of the relevant arguments and reports. But the original text of Lord Coke’s Report is the proper starting point. (This document is also in the appendix to my brief.) And here’s another source with slightly modernized English and extras.

Leo Donofrio 


AMICUS BRIEF by Leo Donofrio in Georgia Presidential Eligibility Case


A very great THANK YOU to Leo for all his research and detailed information.
 

  Thank you for your very welcome and invited participation in the HISTORIC proceeding. 

I encourage all readers who are interested in the debate on what is or is not a UNITED STATES Natural Born Citizen, to read this Amicus brief.  It takes the discussion to a whole new level and is worth the read.

-- Brianroy



{{{{{  Update --- January 25, 2012    INS Interprets  324.2(b)   which converts as 8 US Code 1435  as there being a clear distinction between the definitions of a US Natural Born Citizen from that of a US Native Born to the same degree these are distinctive from a US Naturalized Citizen.  -- Hat Tip to Leo Donofrio, who writes:
 

http://naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/the-current-ins-officially-recognizes-a-delineation-between-natural-born-and-native-born/



Interpretation 324.2(b) provides:

“The effect of naturalization under the above statutes was not to erase the previous period of alienage, but to restore the person to the status if naturalized, native, or natural-born citizen, as determined by her status prior to loss.” (Emphasis added.)



Three times in this official INS Interpretation – currently published by the Obama Administrationnative-born and natural-born are given separate consideration. And in the third example – from Interpretation 324.2(b) – the INS clearly states that each delineation, “naturalized, native, or natural-born citizen“, is a separate status.



January 25

End of update }}}}}

Friday, January 20, 2012

Obama attorney's motion to quash subpoena that Obama produce proof he is Constitutionally Eligible to run for President of USA in the State of Georgia is denied



Judge Malihi issued this official ruling today, Friday January 20, 2012


{Quote}
Defendant, President Barack Obama, a candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for the office of the President of the United States, has filed a motion to quash the subpoena compelling
his attendance at the hearing on January 26, 2012.
In support of his motion, Defendant argues that "if enforced, [the subpoena] requires him to interrupt duties as President of the United States" to attend a hearing in Atlanta, Georgia.


However,
Defendant fails to provide any legal authority to support his motion to quash the subpoena to attend. Defendant's motion suggests that no President should be compelled to attend a Court hearing. This may be correct. But Defendant has failed to enlighten the Court with any legal authority. Specifically, Defendant has failed to cite to any legal authority evidencing why his attendance is "unreasonable or oppressive, or that the testimony... [is] irrelevant, immaterial, or cumulative and unnecessary to a party's preparation or presentation at
the hearing, or that basic fairness dictates that the subpoena should not be enforced." Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 616-1-2-.19(5).


Defendant further alludes to a defect in service of the subpoena. However, the Court's rules provide for service of a subpoena upon a party, by serving the party's counsel of record. Ga.
Comp. R. & Regs. r. 616-1-2-.19(4). Thus, the argument regarding service is without merit.


Accordingly, Defendant's motion to quash is denied.

SO ORDERED, this the 20th day of January, 2012.
MICHAEL M. MALIHI, Judge


{Unquote}

A big THANK YOU to Judge Malihi for judicial honesty and integrity, and also to Attorney Orly Taitz for her persistence and dedication.   



Attorney Orly Taitz posted her reply to the news:

It has been 3 years of 24/7/365 fight. I was defamed, viciously maligned by so many Obots (Obama bots), pro-Obama media thugs, by a few corrupt officials and judges. Recently even people, who claimed to be on my side turned sides and viciously defamed me and attacked me. Among them were Arlen Williams, Dean Haskins, owner of a blog Birther Summit, Ben Nelson-owner of a blog Birther Report or ObamaReleaseYourRecords, Helen Tansey -owner of a blog art2superpac and even attorneys, who should’ve had some professional ethics. Attorneys Gary Kreep and Philip Berg filed insane pleadings, saying that I tried to hire a hit man to kill Lisa Liberi, legal assistant of attorney Berg and kidnap children of a web master Lisa Ostella. It has been 3 years of total nightmare, these people were like a pack of wild dogs attacking me and coming up with each and every accusation in the book. Now I am vindicated. My legal action is with merit. We are going to trial on January 26, 2012. I issued subpoenas. 

  Barack Obama through his attorney Michael Jablonski filed a motion to quash my subpoena and all the other subpoenas. I was attacked yet again in this motion. Judge Malihi just issued an order. Motion to quash my subpoena was denied. Barack Obama, President of the United States will have to appear in court on January 26 and comply with my subpoena and produce all the documents, that I demanded. Interesting, that two other attorneys are representing plaintiffs on similar matters: Van Irion and Mark Hatfield. They could have an opportunity to examine Obama with me, however either because I was maligned so badly or because they were scared to press the most explosive charges, these attorneys filed motions for their cases to be severed from my case. Their motions were granted. Irion’s case will be heard first. He stated on the record, that his case will take only 10 minutes and will be limited to ascertainment if Obama is legitimate based on the precedent of Minor v Happerset. Obama will not be answering any of his questions. Second will be a case presented by attorney Hatfield. He, also, severed his case and did not issue any subpoenas. In his motion to sever he stated that he did not want to be joined in the same complaint with me, because he did not want to be part of a  case, where I brought forward allegations of elections fraud and social security fraud committed by Barack Obama. Hatfield was saying that he was afraid that his clients will be prejudiced by such explosive allegations.  Yesterday, after I filed an opposition to motion to quash, attorney Hatfield tried to follow suit by filing a notice to appear, however notice does not have as much of a  force as a subpoena and I do not believe Obama will be complying with a notice, particularly since Hatfield’s complaint does not entail the same charges as mine. My case will be heard third.  

  My case will not be limited to definition of natural born based on a case Minor v Happersett. I will be also presenting a case, showing that elections fraud was committed by Barack Obama, that he is using a forged birth certificate, stolen or fraudulently obtained Social Security number and that there is no evidence to believe that the last name he is using is legally his, due to the fact, that in his mother’s passport he goes under the name Soebarkah and in his school registration in Indonesia he went by the last name Soetoro. There is no evidence of legal change of name.
I wanted to thank people who helped me along the way with donations, who did not stick a knife in my back, like the ones mentioned before. I am asking my supporters to donate to this work, as I am paying for  airfare and hotel of witnesses and a number of other expenses.


...
Make no mistake about it. This is the beginning of Watergate2 or ObamaForgeryGate.  I believe this is the second time in the U.S. history a sitting President is ordered to comply with a subpoena, and produce documents, which might eventually bring criminal charges to the President and a number of high ranking individuals.
I feel extremely proud to be a part of this historic moment. I guess an American dream is still alive, as this subpoena was issued by an immigrant, who was raised in a communist dictatorship of the Soviet Union and came here with one suitcase with a couple of dresses, who had to study English, to study law at night, while working as a dentist  and raising a family with 3 children. Only in America is this possible.
Humbly,
Dr. Orly Taitz, ESQ




Compliance is expected by the Court when Court convenes on January 26, 2012.   Since Obama cannot prove he is a United States Natural Born Citizen, we shall see if his lawyers simply withdraw his name from the State of Georgia and voluntarily forfeit all claims to any and all possible Georgia delegates in order to circumvent the Courts.  This is one possibility, but we shall have to wait and see.  It could also be a BIG MONEY attempt drag out the Court Trial process into an endurance contest to drain Orly into bankruptcy.  So please prayerfully consider sending Orly a contribution of whatever amount you feel led to give, to help assure that she has the necessary financial resources to do her part to fly in witnesses and present the best case possible.  Thanks.



And again, if I may:  

Please go to attorney Orly Taitz's website 

and please make a contribution to Orly's legal efforts against Obama as soon as you can, even if only 10 or 25 or 50 dollars (more if you are able), and as soon as possible.  She has a donation link option at the top of her web-page.

Thank you kindly. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Guest Blog: Stratfor - Iran, the US, and the Strait of Hormuz Crisis, et al.

Iran, the U.S. and the Strait of Hormuz Crisis

January 17, 2012 | 1222 GMT

By George Friedman

The United States reportedly sent a letter to Iran via multiple intermediaries last week warning Tehran that any attempt to close the Strait of Hormuz constituted a red line for Washington. The same week, a chemist associated with Iran's nuclear program was killed in Tehran. In Ankara, Iranian parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani met with Turkish officials and has been floating hints of flexibility in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

This week, a routine rotation of U.S. aircraft carriers is taking place in the Middle East, with the potential for three carrier strike groups to be on station in the U.S. Fifth Fleet's area of operations and a fourth carrier strike group based in Japan about a week's transit from the region. Next week, Gen. Michael Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will travel to Israel to meet with senior Israeli officials. And Iran is scheduling another set of war games in the Persian Gulf for February that will focus on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' irregular tactics for closing the Strait of Hormuz.

While tensions are escalating in the Persian Gulf, the financial crisis in Europe has continued, with downgrades in France's credit rating the latest blow. Meanwhile, China continued its struggle to maintain exports in the face of economic weakness among its major customers while inflation continued to increase the cost of Chinese exports.

Fundamental changes in how Europe and China work and their long-term consequences represent the major systemic shifts in the international system. In the more immediate future, however, the U.S.-Iranian dynamic has the most serious potential consequences for the world.

The U.S.-Iranian Dynamic

The increasing tensions in the region are not unexpected. As we have argued for some time, the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the subsequent decision to withdraw created a massive power vacuum in Iraq that Iran needed -- and was able -- to fill. Iran and Iraq fought a brutal war in the 1980s that caused about 1 million Iranian casualties, and Iran's fundamental national interest is assuring that no Iraqi regime able to threaten Iranian national security re-emerges. The U.S. invasion and withdrawal from Iraq provided Iran an opportunity to secure its western frontier, one it could not pass on.
If Iran does come to have a dominant influence in Iraq -- and I don't mean Iran turning Iraq into a satellite -- several things follow. Most important, the status of the Arabian Peninsula is subject to change. On paper, Iran has the most substantial conventional military force of any nation in the Persian Gulf. Absent outside players, power on paper is not insignificant. While technologically sophisticated, the military strength of the Arabian Peninsula nations on paper is much smaller, and they lack the Iranian military's ideologically committed manpower.

But Iran's direct military power is more the backdrop than the main engine of Iranian power. It is the strength of Tehran's covert capabilities and influence that makes Iran significant. Iran's covert intelligence capability is quite good. It has spent decades building political alliances by a range of means, and not only by nefarious methods. The Iranians have worked among the Shia, but not exclusively so; they have built a network of influence among a range of classes and religious and ethnic groups. And they have systematically built alliances and relationships with significant figures to counter overt U.S. power. With U.S. military power departing Iraq, Iran's relationships become all the more valuable.

The withdrawal of U.S. forces has had a profound psychological impact on the political elites of the Persian Gulf. Since the decline of British power after World War II, the United States has been the guarantor of the Arabian Peninsula's elites and therefore of the flow of oil from the region. The foundation of that guarantee has been military power, as seen in the response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. The United States still has substantial military power in the Persian Gulf, and its air and naval forces could likely cope with any overt provocation by Iran.

But that's not how the Iranians operate. For all their rhetoric, they are cautious in their policies. This does not mean they are passive. It simply means that they avoid high-risk moves. They will rely on their covert capabilities and relationships. Those relationships now exist in an environment in which many reasonable Arab leaders see a shift in the balance of power, with the United States growing weaker and less predictable in the region and Iran becoming stronger. This provides fertile soil for Iranian allies to pressure regional regimes into accommodations with Iran.

 

The Syrian Angle

Events in Syria compound this situation. The purported imminent collapse of Syrian President Bashar al Assad's regime in Syria has proved less imminent than many in the West imagined. At the same time, the isolation of the al Assad regime by the West -- and more important, by other Arab countries -- has created a situation where the regime is more dependent than ever on Iran.
Should the al Assad regime -- or the Syrian regime without al Assad -- survive, Iran would therefore enjoy tremendous influence with Syria, as well as with Hezbollah in Lebanon. The current course in Iraq coupled with the survival of an Alawite regime in Syria would create an Iranian sphere of influence stretching from western Afghanistan to the Mediterranean. This would represent a fundamental shift in the regional balance of power and probably would redefine Iranian relations with the Arabian Peninsula. This is obviously in Iran's interest. It is not in the interests of the United States, however.

The United States has sought to head this off via a twofold response. Clandestinely, it has engaged in an active campaign of sabotage and assassination targeting Iran's nuclear efforts. Publicly, it has created a sanctions regime against Iran, most recently targeting Iran's oil exports. However, the latter effort faces many challenges.

Japan, the No. 2 buyer of Iranian crude, has pledged its support but has not outlined concrete plans to reduce its purchases. The Chinese and Indians -- Iran's No. 1 and 3 buyers of crude, respectively -- will continue to buy from Iran despite increased U.S. pressure. In spite of U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's visit last week, the Chinese are not prepared to impose sanctions, and the Russians are not likely to enforce sanctions even if they agreed to them. Turkey is unwilling to create a confrontation with Iran and is trying to remain a vital trade conduit for the Iranians regardless of sanctions. At the same time, while the Europeans seem prepared to participate in harder-hitting sanctions on Iranian oil, they already have delayed action on these sanctions and certainly are in no position politically or otherwise to participate in military action. The European economic crisis is at root a political crisis, so even if the Europeans could add significant military weight, which they generally lack, concerted action of any sort is unlikely.

Neither, for that matter, does the United States have the ability to do much militarily. Invading Iran is out of the question. The mountainous geography of Iran, a nation of about 70 million people, makes direct occupation impossible given available American forces.

Air operations against Iran are an option, but they could not be confined to nuclear facilities. Iran still doesn't have nuclear weapons, and while nuclear weapons would compound the strategic problem, the problem would still exist without them. The center of gravity of Iran's power is the relative strength of its conventional forces in the region. Absent those, Iran would be less capable of wielding covert power, as the psychological matrix would shift.

An air campaign against Iran's conventional forces would play to American military strengths, but it has two problems. First, it would be an extended campaign, one lasting months. Iran's capabilities are large and dispersed, and as seen in Desert Storm and Kosovo against weaker opponents, such operations take a long time and are not guaranteed to be effective. Second, the Iranians have counters. One, of course, is the Strait of Hormuz. The second is the use of its special operations forces and allies in and out of the region to conduct terrorist attacks. An extended air campaign coupled with terrorist attacks could increase distrust of American power rather than increase it among U.S. allies, to say nothing of the question of whether Washington could sustain political support in a coalition or within the United States itself.

 

The Covert Option

The United States and Israel both have covert options as well. They have networks of influence in the region and highly capable covert forces, which they have said publicly that they would use to limit Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons without resorting to overt force. We assume, though we lack evidence, that the assassination of the Iranian chemist associated with the country's nuclear program last week was either a U.S. or Israeli operation or some combination of the two. Not only did it eliminate a scientist, it also bred insecurity and morale problems among those working on the program. It also signaled the region that the United States and Israel have options inside Iran.
The U.S. desire to support an Iranian anti-government movement generally has failed. Tehran showed in 2009 that it could suppress demonstrations, and it was obvious that the demonstrators did not have the widespread support needed to overcome such repression. Though the United States has sought to support internal dissidents in Iran since 1979, it has not succeeded in producing a meaningful threat to the clerical regime. Therefore, covert operations are being aimed directly at the nuclear program with the hope that successes there might ripple through other, more immediately significant sectors.

As we have long argued, the Iranians already have a "nuclear option," namely, the prospect of blockading the Strait of Hormuz, through which roughly 35 percent of seaborne crude and 20 percent of the world's traded oil passes daily. Doing so would hurt them, too, of course. But failing to deter an air or covert campaign, they might choose to close off the strait. Temporarily disrupting the flow of oil, even intermittently, could rapidly create a global economic crisis given the fragility of the world economy.

The United States does not want to see that. Washington will be extremely cautious in its actions unless it can act with a high degree of assurance that it can prevent such a disruption, something difficult to guarantee. It also will restrain Israel, which might have the ability to strike at a few nuclear facilities but lacks the force to completely eliminate the program much less target Iran's conventional capability and manage the consequences of that strike in the Strait of Hormuz. Only the United States could do all that, and given the possible consequences, it will be loathe to attempt it.
The United States continues, therefore, with sanctions and covert actions while Iran continues building its covert power in Iraq and in the region. Each will try to convince the region that its power will be supreme in a year. The region is skeptical of both, but will have to live with one of the two, or with an ongoing test of wills -- an unnerving prospect. Each side is seeking to magnify its power for psychological effect without crossing a red line that prompts the other to take extreme measures. Iran signals its willingness to attempt to close Hormuz and its development of nuclear weapons, but it doesn't cross the line to actually closing the strait or detonating a nuclear device. The United States pressures Iran and moves forces around, but it doesn't cross the red line of commencing military actions. Thus, each avoids triggering unacceptable actions by the other.

The problem for the United States is that the status quo ultimately works against it. If al Assad survives and if the situation in Iraq proceeds as it has been proceeding, then Iran is creating a reality that will define the region. The United States does not have a broad and effective coalition, and certainly not one that would rally in the event of war. It has only Israel, and Israel is as uneasy with direct military action as the United States is. It does not want to see a failed attack and it does not want to see more instability in the Arab world. For all its rhetoric, Israel has a weak hand to play. The only virtue of the American hand is that it is stronger -- but only relatively speaking.
For the United States, preventing the expansion of an Iranian sphere of influence is a primary concern. Iraq is going to be a difficult arena to stop Iran's expansion. Syria therefore is key at present. Al Assad appears weak, and his replacement by a Sunni government would limit -- but not destroy -- any Iranian sphere of influence. It would be a reversal for Iran, and the United States badly needs to apply one. But the problem is that the United States cannot be seen as the direct agent of regime change in Syria, and al Assad is not as weak as has been claimed. Even so, Syria is where the United States can work to block Iran without crossing Iran's red lines.

The normal outcome of a situation like this one, in which neither Iran nor the United States can afford to cross the other's red lines since the consequences would be too great for each, would be some sort of negotiation toward a longer-term accommodation. Ideology aside -- and the United States negotiating with the "Axis of Evil" or Iran with the "Great Satan" would be tough sells to their respective domestic audiences -- the problem with this is that it is difficult to see what each has to offer the other. What Iran wants -- a dominant position in the region and a redefinition of how oil revenues are allocated and distributed -- would make the United States dependent on Iran. What the United States wants -- an Iran that does not build a sphere of influence but instead remains within its borders -- would cost Iran a historic opportunity to assert its longstanding claims.

We find ourselves in a situation in which neither side wants to force the other into extreme steps and neither side is in a position to enter into broader accommodations. And that's what makes the situation dangerous. When fundamental issues are at stake, each side is in a position to profoundly harm the other if pressed, and neither side is in a position to negotiate a broad settlement, a long game of chess ensues. And in that game of chess, the possibilities of miscalculation, of a bluff that the other side mistakes for an action, are very real.

Europe and China are redefining the way the world works. But kingdoms run on oil, as someone once said, and a lot of oil comes through Hormuz. Iran may or may not be able to close the strait, and that reshapes Europe and China. The New Year thus begins where we expected: at the Strait of Hormuz.


{Separately, the Iranian Shia Faction is gaining momentum in Saudi Arabia well enough that we could see Saudi Arabia as well as Iraq be absorbed into a neo-Persia based out of Tehran.  I believe this will happen with Obama's help and is Obama's goal, to give the Middle East into the Mullahs he has respected and honored in worship since he was a little boy in Indonesia attending Mosque with his step-father, Lolo Soetoro}   - - Brianroy



Clashes in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province

January 17, 2012 | 2134 GMT



Analysis
Tensions have been building for some time in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich Eastern Province, which is home to a sizeable Shiite population. In recent days, violent incidents in al-Awamiya -- a village in the Eastern Province's Qatif governorate -- have targeted Saudi security forces. Continued violence would be a new trend amid the Shiite unrest in the Eastern Province, where previously nonviolent demonstrations were the tactic of choice. Such violence could also give Iran an opportunity to exploit the current security situation, as Tehran has sought to use the Shia in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere to increase its influence in the Middle East.