I am a very proud Citizen of the United States. That took place in early 2008 after a seven year legal journey. As you can imagine, I have some views on immigration which you will find in these pages from time to time.
I was born in London, England and have been American in my attitudes for as long as I can remember. The Constitution should be regarded as a sacred document. Unfortunately as each year passes it seems to be less important. We have a President who told the American People BEFORE he was elected that the Constitution was a "flawed document". That would have been electoral suicide just a few short years ago. I remember when we were trying to help Iraq write it's constitution I said on the radio "we should give them ours! After all, we stopped using it years ago".
I started work as a journalist in 1976 when at the tender age of 16 I got a job on the Jerusalem Post. Recently I have been guest hosting talk radio around the country. Prior to that, you could have heard The Simon Conway Radio Experience.
I am a radio talk show host whose conservative outlook was forged in my native UK, where I experienced the considerable downsides of European-style socialism. I have a unique insight into health care and all the other trappings of a socialist society because I've already lived through where we are headed.
So now we know. Not only did the Obama Administration give away the farm in terms of Iran continuing the enrich uranium and not stop work on the Plutonium reactor (Plutonium can only be used for weapons), we now know that deal wasn’t sweet enough for the Ayatollahs! No sir! We went MUCH further. We released a top Iranian scientist too!
Mojtaba Atarodi, arrested in California for attempting to acquire equipment for Iran’s military-nuclear programs, was released all the way back in April as part of behind the scenes talks orchestrated by the Sultan of Oman.
Still languishing in an Iranian jail however, is Saeed Abedini, a US citizen, who was sentenced in January to eight years in prison on charges of undermining Iran's national security, by organizing an underground Christian church.
His wife says the US betrayed him by not insisting he was part of any deal.
"I was watching President Obama's speech very carefully, hoping he was going to announce the release of the Americans, and it was very disappointing when he said nothing," Naghmeh Abedini, his wife, told Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
"Our family is torn apart and I have to look in the faces of my kids and see their pain and know that my government in a way betrayed me and my husband at the time when we needed them the most."
Highly respected Israeli intelligence analyst, Ronen Solomon (who in 2009 revealed the crucial role played by German Federal Intelligence Service officer Gerhard Conrad in the negotiations that led to the 2011 Gilad Shalit Israel-Hamas prisoner deal), told The Times of Israel “It’s clear what the Iranians got” with the release of top scientist Mojtaba Atarodi in April. “What’s unclear is what the US got.”
He does believe however, that in the coming months, one of three Americans who might be released by Iran is former FBI agent Robert Levinson.
The question then becomes why did we do this at all? If I really believed we could stop Iran from becoming a Nuclear weapons nation, then I would be for it to be honest, but it is clear we won’t even come close. Iran simply looked at the exact same deal we did with North Korea and figured our Administration is dumb enough not to look at history.
Clearly, they are right.
So hopefully you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hopefully no one spoiled it by talking about things you shouldn’t really talk about over this holiday when families are together.
But apparently politicians are THAT stupid! And yes, I’m talking about Pols from BOTH sides of the isle.
In the run up to Thanksgiving, Organizing for Action (Obama’s campaign arm) decided it would be just wonderful if their O-bot-motrons went to the feast table armed with O-care talking points!
Yes just as you’re relative is saying “pass the mashed potatoes”, Obama’s Mob bosses expect you to hold on to the bowl and demand your uncle’s social security number... oh and annual income would be good too.
The only plus to this campaign? The video (above) IS very funny!
So what of the GOP? Well the good ole Republican Party of Iowa - acting theoretically on behalf of the national committee - doesn’t want to ruin your Thanksgiving.... just your Black Friday!
There have been various places around social media where some (very few actually) of AJ’s Army have been calling for volunteers to go and put a Braley hit flyer in the hands of shoppers. To my knowledge, no permission has been sought from the Malls (the ones I called knew nothing about it) and I would imagine that people seeking bargains as they get their Christmas shopping underway are bound to be delighted to be stopped in their tracks by the GOP talking politics.
One US Senate candidate I spoke, clearly hadn’t been consulted about this at all - so I assume none of them have. The response? “Do they really want Braley to win?”
Want to see the flyer? Click HERE
It’s my blog and so I feel it’s ok to be self-indulgent one day a year.... right?
I’m so incredibly thankful for my two amazing daughters. They make me proud every single day - in the way they are working so hard to achieve their goals; in the way they conduct themselves through life; in the young women they have become.
Of all the things I have done in my life, raising Lauren and Rachel is THE thing I am most proud of.
And if either one of them is reading this today or any other day, I love you both and the song is my promise to both of you.