Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Enjoy today's political news and opinion--I'm going dark for a bit.

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Going Dark
My Marine buddy, John Payne, who received a lung five days before me, is doing very poorly. We are going to take off for Louisiana ASAP to visit him and Donna. Please hold all non-personal email starting Wednesday until further notice. ~Bob

Must Read: Reconquista, Part 2. By Tom Kratman
Excerpt: Step one is probably for the cartels to meet to agree to cease fire on each other, to implement a hold in place concerning areas of influence, to agree on a goal, to agree on financing and other support, and to appoint an executive council to carry through on their mission. Step two would probably be either getting control of Univision, or Galavision, or Telemundo. It wouldn’t be necessary to have control of every aspect of any of these; having control over the news of just one, and influence over other programming, would be sufficient for the nonce. Buying a number of radio stations would be to the good, too. Note that it is also possible to do this by gaining control of local stations and controlling only local news. There may be a temptation to launch a political movement at that time. I think that would be premature. Better, for step three, would be to set up the charitable and cultural activities, schools, scholarships, especially legal scholarships, support of religion, free legal clinics – hell, free medical clinics, for that matter. Step three, a), would probably involve the first tentative steps in building up MALA, the Mexican-American Liberation Army, discussed last week and in rough accord with the process lightly gone over, above. (I missed Part II last week. ~Bob)
Conclusion: Reconquista, Part 3: Detachment of the American Southwest from the U.S. By Tom Kratman
http://www.everyjoe.com/2016/04/25/politics/reconquista-detachment-american-southwest-from-u-s/#ixzz46syfZ33b
Excerpt: Indeed, for war, even of the low intensity variety, the enemy – in this case, from the Latino point of view, that would be us – gets a vote such that no formulaic approach really has a chance. Instead one can look only at general operational and strategic principles. Yes, some of the key operating principles are what I’m going to go over today. Moreover, I’ll do so as if I were working for the cartels, as someone who knows what he’s doing eventually will be. Once again, I cannot cover everything. What I can do is give the reader a feel for the approach…that, and scare the crap out of him (or her). Remember the objective, detachment of the American Southwest from the United States. Remember also what really isn’t the objective, which is to say return of those territories to actual Mexican governmental control. A purely notional government control would be acceptable, of course, provided the Mexican government never tries to make that control real. Don’t be in any doubt that, if openly provoked enough, the United States is perfectly capable of imposing control over the area militarily and expelling not just all illegal immigrants, but Latins in toto. If that happens, your cause is finished. Thus, the degree of provocation and violence must be kept below the level that causes that kind of reaction.2 Moreover, sufficient provocation could cause it to invade Mexico. You didn’t like that last time but you will like it even less this time. Moreover, the threat of America doing so may turn the Mexican government from your subtle collaborator to your active enemy, because they didn’t like it the last time, either. Additionally, while any given American government might look weak, under sufficient and sufficiently open provocation, perhaps with major and minor atrocities, you may find you’ve created and brought to power the very government you do not want. Contemplate, for example, that among other factors that led to the ouster of Jiminy Peanut, America’s worst ex-president, was the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Note that, looming large among the factors that led to the fall of the Soviet Union was the election of Ronald Reagan, which came about in part because of the perceived (and well perceived it was, too) weakness and incompetence of Carter. How good a deal was that for the Reds, eh? (Tom Kratman is a retired USA LtCol, an occasional contributor to this blog, and an outstand author of military science fiction, including the A Desert Called Peace series. http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Called-Peace-Carrera-Book-ebook/dp/B00B5HJOFY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426715332&sr=8-1&keywords=Peace+Kratman I expect that in 20 years they will move his novel Caliphate to the history section. ~Bob)

Cruz

Interesting: Cruz and Kasich devise strategy to keep Trump from clinching three primary states
Excerpt: Donald Trump's two remaining Republican presidential opponents prepared to campaign Monday after striking an agreement on a strategy to divvy up three states holding primaries in the coming weeks -- an unusual and urgent arrangement aimed at stopping the mogul from clinching the GOP nomination. The campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich released written statements within minutes of each other Sunday night calling for Kasich to stop competing in Indiana and for Cruz to clear the way for Kasich in New Mexico and Oregon. They called on allied third-party groups to do the same. The deal marked the most significant collaboration between anti-Trump forces yet.

Cruz Campaign Vetting Carly Fiorina for VP

Pro-Life Leaders Slam Donald Trump on Changing GOP Platform: He’s Selling Out Unborn Babies

The Trump Camp’s Cyber-War on Ted Cruz. By Bob Bennett
Excerpt: Most of us think that we have the freedom to choose a candidate and vote for that candidate. But in order to choose the right candidate, we need reliable information.
Something unique has been happening, that prevents a large segment of the electorate from getting that information: The Trump team and its surrogates have driven a massive, unprecedented smear campaign against Ted Cruz that is damaging our system of free and informed voting. Integral to this campaign is an immense dissemination of slanted news and untruths over the Internet. Emblematic of this initiative is the epithet “Lyin’ Ted,” which Trump has not only used over and over in speeches, but has tweeted countless times. Since Trump has over 7 million Twitter followers, this reaches a very large audience. As a result, his supporters firmly believe Cruz is a liar and spread the epithet further around the Internet – though Trump has provided no backup for the slur.

SENIOR REAGAN ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL ELLIOTT ABRAMS URGES PENNSYLVANIANS TO SUPPORT TED 
Excerpt: Two things were immediately clear in my meetings with Cruz. First, the reputation he has for sheer intelligence was obviously well-deserved. His grasp of the dangers facing American interests in the Middle East and facing Israel was broad and deep. He had the facts and he got the nuances. That’s not to say we agreed all the time. We sometimes disagreed and debated, and I came to appreciate that he wanted to be challenged by someone else who knew the region and also had strong views. He wanted to think it all through. Second, his commitment to Israel’s security was readily apparent and deeply felt.

Trump Humiliated, Cruz Triumphant: Your Complete Saturday Delegate Battle Results

Trump makes bad deals? Cruz dominates, Trump falls short again as more states pick delegates
Excerpt: Ted Cruz dominated the race for delegate seats at weekend Republican meetings nationwide, further positioning the senator from Texas to wrest the GOP presidential nomination from Donald Trump if the contest is decided on later ballots at the Republican National Convention. In some instances, Cruz supporters won delegate seats in states that Trump won, meaning that in most cases they will be required to vote for the businessman on a first ballot. But if Trump fails to win the nomination in the first round, those Cruz supporters could switch to the senator on subsequent ballots. (Looks like Cruz is better at "The Art of the Deal." ~Bob)

Cruz Controls the Delegates. By Erick Erickson  
http://theresurgent.com/cruz-controls-the-delegates/
Excerpt: Ted Cruz had another stunning weekend upsetting Donald Trump’s plans to control the path to 1,237. In multiple states, Cruz swept delegate wins at conventions thereby setting the stage for a convention fight against Trump. Cruz won a minimum of 65 of the 94 total delegates up for grabs and may ultimately win more than that.

Excerpt: As the Republican primary campaign rolls into its final five-week sprint, the effort to stop Donald Trump and save the GOP from disaster will depend heavily on whether moderate voters are willing to pull the lever for Cruz. Especially given the importance of the winner-take-all delegate allocations in Indiana, California, and Washington, moderates will need to abandon John Kasich and unite behind Cruz in order to defeat Trump. Politics is a team sport, and elections are often about a choice of lesser evils. If Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Lindsey Graham can get behind Cruz, we have reached the point where people are well past demanding their first choice. Even as a conservative, I did not have Cruz as my first choice, nor even my second. But among the choices remaining, allow me to make the case here for why moderates in the remaining primary states should go out and vote for Cruz, both as a matter of electoral calculation and on the merits of who should be president.

Trump

Good News for President Hillary: Trump completes 5-state primary sweep
Excerpt: Fox News projects Donald Trump will win all five Republican primaries, scoring wins in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware. Hillary Clinton projected to win Delaware Democratic primary. Complete coverage now on Fox News and FoxNews.com

WaPo Editorial: What is Mr. Trump hiding by not releasing his tax returns?
They would show what a lousy businessman he is. ~Bob

True, this: Only Trump could manage to lose to the unpopular Clinton. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: The latest Battleground bipartisan poll underscores how rotten a candidate Donald Trump would be in the general election and what a wasted opportunity his nomination would be for Republicans. Hillary Clinton is unpopular, so unpopular that 46 percent strongly feel they would not consider voting for her. That leaves her with not much room for error. But wait. Trump is worse — 52 percent strongly feel they would not consider voting for him. It seems that practically any GOP candidate would have a shot against Clinton — except Trump. (Only 45 percent felt strongly they would not consider Sen. Ted Cruz.) It gets worse, however. As a party, the GOP matches up well against the Democrats on which party is best able to handle important issues. 

Donald Trump Humiliates Himself By Getting The Constitution Wrong On Meet The Press
He has been humiliating himself for decades. He's too egotistical to know it. ~Bob

For Supporters, Trump's Ignorance And Stupidity Just Make Him The 'Outsider' America Needs
Excerpt: Donald Trump doesn’t know anything about policy. He’s incredibly ignorant, tremendously lazy, and flippant about both his ignorance and his laziness. But many of Trump’s supporters love it. That’s because Trump is an outsider.

Trump: Obama 'led the way' on executive orders
Excerpt: Donald Trump says President Obama’s irresponsible use of executive orders has paved the way for him to also use them freely if he wins the presidential race. "I won't refuse it. I'm going to do a lot of things," Trump said when asked if he would use executive orders in an interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Worth Reading: No political makeover can save Donald Trump. By Michael Brendan Dougherty
Excerpt: Becoming an establishment creature now would dispirit many of Trump’s core supporters. It would wreck any momentum his candidacy had at renovating the Republican Party’s stale ideology. Trump will have worse problems than even Mitt Romney did in trying to explain the convenient evolution of his views. Trump’s unreliability extends even to his own stunts. Months ago he skipped a Fox News debate to raise $6 million for veterans. They haven’t seen the money. Trump cannot succeed in a general election without an unforeseeable intervention from beyond our normal politics -- think a sudden economic crash, a terrorist attack, or the likelihood of war. A little campaign makeover certainly won’t change what is now the most well-defined and lustily disliked campaign in modern memory. The Trump reboot will not make Trump viable. It just makes his new campaign manager viable. This is nothing more than another layer of orange-hued makeup on an orange-hued corpse of a campaign.

It's about the money, stupid: From Ukraine to Trump Tower, Paul Manafort unafraid to take on controversial jobs
Excerpt: Over a 40-year career as a lobbyist and political consultant, Manafort and his firms have advised, in no particular order, a business group tied to Ferdinand Marcos, the dictator of the Philippines; Viktor Yanukovych, the ousted Ukrainian president and ally of Vladimir Putin; and Lynden Pindling, the former Bahamian prime minister who was accused of ties to drug traffickers. Now, he works for Donald Trump. (Short version: he's a political whore who will work for any slimeball with cash. ~Bob)

Finally: I Regret Voting For Donald Trump. By Grant Stinchfield
Excerpt: Donald Trump is off the rails. He is a train wreck. It’s not just his antics and childish behavior that has me so put off, it’s his failure to improve as a candidate. After nine months on the campaign trail, I expected Trump to fully grasp the issues and have in-depth policy solutions to our problems. Yet he still is “winging it.” He has failed to surround himself with top-notch, respected experts to craft a legitimate conservative platform. The reality is now clear: Trump has no depth, and he fails to grasp even the most basic conservative principles. (Better late than never say those of us who knew what Trump was decades ago. ~Bob)

No surprise: Trump rejects new adviser’s push to make him ‘presidential.’ Frustrated with Manafort, the GOP front-runner shifts some power back to campaign manager Lewandowski.
Excerpt: Donald Trump is bristling at efforts to implement a more conventional presidential campaign strategy, and has expressed misgivings about the political guru behind them, Paul Manafort, for overstepping his bounds, multiple sources close to the campaign tell POLITICO. Trump became upset late last week when he learned from media reports that Manafort privately told Republican leaders that the billionaire reality TV star was “projecting an image” for voters and would begin toning down his rhetoric, according to the sources. They said that Trump also expressed concern about Manafort bringing several former lobbying colleagues into the campaign, as first reported by POLITICO. (See, being a know-nothing, blustering bully is who he is. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Culture And Politics In The Age Of Trumpery. By DANIEL JOHNSON
Excerpt: It is time to sum up. Trumpery is the answer to a question that modern America has tried to evade for many years. How did the land of liberty and democracy come to be dominated by a self-satisfied yet censorious oligarchy, while the masses sank into a slough of despondent resentment? The sudden emergence of Trumpery has the character of an American mutiny. One aim of the uprising is vicarious gratification at the spectacle of the apotheosis of narcissism presented by Trump himself. Another is revenge on the Establishment, whose evident discomfiture and even panic evokes a schadenfreude among the “rednecks” that is all the more exquisite because it is so rare. But the underlying motive behind the embrace of Trumpery is sheer bloody-mindedness. That phrase, too, comes from Shakespeare: in Henry VI Part 3, King Edward IV speaks of the “bloody-minded” French Queen Margaret. In 2016, ordinary Americans, too, are feeling bloody-minded: towards immigrants and Muslims, towards Washington and Wall Street, towards all who do not share their values. In such a mood, they are turning — perhaps only temporarily, but certainly enthusiastically — to a megalomaniac whose contempt for his fellow men is naked. This is a man who aspires to leadership, but who knows no restraint. He threatens to build a great wall across America, but he disdains all boundaries in his behaviour. His morality, his mentality and his oratory are all infantile, yet his appeal is all the wider for that. He seems just what T.W. Adorno meant by “the authoritarian personality”; yet he could only have arisen in a society that has long since abolished all authority. Once, Americans lived in fear of divine retribution. Now that they have abandoned such fear, they seem ready to adore an idol with feet of clay. They also seem eager to help him to build his grandiose projects. Have they forgotten their Bible stories?

Worth Reading--WaPo Fact Checker: Trump’s false claim that the Islamic State is ‘making a fortune’ on Libyan oil. By Glenn Kessler
Excerpt: GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, in his appearance on the “Today” show, was critical of the U.S. intervention in Libya, calling it a “Hillary Clinton deal” to get rid of Libya’s then-dictator, Moammar Gaddafi. “We would have been better off if we never looked at the Middle East for the last 15 years,” Trump asserted. Okay, we realize five years is a long time, so perhaps we should ignore the fact that in 2011 Trump himself, in a video blog unearthed by BuzzFeed, urged an intervention to topple Gaddafi. “Gaddafi in Libya is killing thousands of people,” Trump said then. “Now we should go in, we should stop this guy, which would be very easy and very quick. We could do it surgically, stop him from doing it, and save these lives.” ... Trump’s penchant for exaggeration continues unabated. The terror group’s activities have at times disrupted the flow of oil. But contrary to Trump’s claim on national television, the Islamic State does not control any oil fields and is not “making a fortune” from Libyan oil. But what do you expect from a man who appears to have conveniently forgotten that he urged an intervention in Libya to topple the country’s leader? Four Pinocchios

Trump discovers he’s the one being conned

Trump University Fraud Suit to Go to Trial, Judge Rules

Worth Reading: Conservatives for Trump?. By Dr. Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: The sudden appearance of Donald Trump on the political horizon last year may have been surprising, but not nearly as surprising as seeing some conservatives supporting him. Does Trump have conservative principles? Does he have any principles at all, other than promoting Donald Trump? A smorgasbord of political positions — none of them indicating any serious thought about complicated issues — is not a principle. Nor is cheering for himself and boasting about all the great things he is going to do as President. Haven't we seen this movie before? Wasn't Barack Obama going to heal the racial divide, end the partisan bickering in Washington, have the most transparent administration ever, lower the cost of health care and let you keep your own doctor?

Godot Will Arrive before the New, ‘Presidential’ Trump. By Jim Geraghty
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434431/donald-trump-presidential-maturation-myth?target=topic&tid=1707
Excerpt: Enough of this “new and improved Trump” nonsense. The media are so eager to announce the appearance of a matured Trump that all it takes for them to declare the metamorphosis complete is one speech avoiding the usual ad hominem guff. He’s set the bar so low that when he bothers to clear it for a minute there are plenty of pliant reporters ready to pipe up in amazement.

Hillary

Worth Reading: Donald Trump wipes away Hillary Clinton’s troubles with millennials: New poll shows Clinton sweeping young voters by larger margins than Obama won in 2008. Another poll shows Clinton winning Latino voters against Trump by greater margins than Obama won against McCain
Excerpt: Donald Trump may have finally hit 50 percent support from his own party for the first time, but a new poll out this week finds the Republican frontrunner so deeply unpopular with Latino and young voters that he could swing record turnout against him — handing the eventual Democratic nominee greater margins of support than even Barack Obama’s historic 2008 win.

Sanders

Sanders campaign’s lethal weapon Danny Glover ‘flunks history’ during rally

Other Political News

Interesting: What’s the real gender pay gap? By Robert J. Samuelson
Excerpt: The gender pay gap is back in the news — and it may become a major issue in the presidential campaign. It seems an open-and-shut case of job discrimination. Women earn only percent of men’s average hourly wages. Who could favor that? Actually, the comparison is bogus. A more accurate ratio, after adjusting for differences in gender employment patterns, is closer to 92 percent. Even the remaining gap of 8 percentage points may not stem fully from discrimination.

Just Business: Killings of 8 family members in Ohio `well-planned and methodical' execution, officials say
Excerpt: The execution-style murder of eight Ohio family members Friday were “methodical and well-planned,” according to law enforcement officials, as investigators uncovered three marijuana growing operations - while also warning residents who felt they were in danger "to be armed."

Worth Reading: 21st Century California Reverts Back to the Wild West. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Today I generalize that about every old rural farmhouse in these environs can be characterized by three traits: a) the house is a rental and not connected with the corporate fields around it; b) there are two to three families, in illegal fashion, living in ramshackle trailers and sheds on the property; c) the authorities don’t dare enforce zoning or health laws, on the grounds that enforcement  is a bad investment of their limited time and budget. If I find a dead dog dumped on the alleyway (as I have three or four times over the last 12 months), with a rope around his neck and his insides exposed from dog fighting, I bury him and pass on calling the animal-control people. In fairness to them, what would they do, run an investigation into rural dog fighting—in a state in which felons are routinely released from prisons and jails, and sanctuary cities offer amnesties? I suppose a Queensland with his face ripped off is small potatoes. (Does multiculturalism trump the ASPCA or PETA?)

Interesting: Austria’s Far-Right Party Leads The Vote In Presidential Election
Excerpt: Austria’s far right won more than a third of the vote in the presidential election on Sunday and will face an independent in next month’s run-off, dumping out the country’s two main parties from the post for the first time. It was the Freedom Party’s best result in a national election after a campaign that focused on the impact of the migrant crisis, which has seen around 100,000 asylum seekers arrive in Austria since last summer. Norbert Hofer, who ran on an anti-immigrant and anti-Europe platform, won 36.4 percent of the vote to become head of state. He will face Alexander van der Bellen, a former Green Party figurehead, who won 20.4 percent, according to official preliminary results.

Satire? And the World Was Made Right
Excerpt:    All climate change deniers and skeptics were executed, as advocated for years the Secret Society of the Global Warming Collect, by professional hangmen and executioners hired from ISIS. The first executions were presided over by Al Gore, former vice-president of the old U.S. European culprits were transported to Raqqah, the capital of the Islamic State Caliphate, and dispatched there with graphic footage broadcast to Europe. The experienced executioners there made short work of the liars and falsifiers and acolytes of false science. North American culprits were transported to Death Valley, California, and ISIS executioners were flown in to perform their service. The guilty had been hunted down and rounded up by the combined forces of the European-Islamic Police, of the Special Multi-Gender Law Enforcement Force, and of the American Federal Bureau of Intolerance (FBI) in coordinated raids and dragnets. Once the deniers were gone, all was made right in the world, and the world breathed easier.

Stop Whining. Nobody Owes You A Job. Your job belongs to the person who pays you to do it. Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton all say the opposite, but they’re lying to get your vote. By Mitchel Blatt
Excerpt:  Donald Trump says if he were president, he would force companies that outsourced jobs to bring them back to America. Bernie Sanders says he would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour to put more money into people’s pockets. Occupy Wall Street activist Harrison Schultz said we should all get free houses and he shouldn’t have to work a “menial” job as a dishwasher or a waiter. All of them share a common viewpoint: Americans should be entitled to material benefits from somebody else. It’s time somebody told them there’s no such thing as a free lunch and no one deserves anything by virtue of his existence.

How Christianity Helped Create Our American Democracy. By Carson Holloway
Excerpt: Alexis de Tocqueville, in his masterful work, “Democracy in America,” taught that religion is necessary for a healthy political order. As I argue at greater length in a new First Principles essay, American democracy, according to Tocqueville, owes both its origins and its preservation to Christianity. He thought religion “should be considered the first” of America’s “political institutions.” Tocqueville observed that the modern impulse toward democracy and belief in equality emerged first and made great progress in the Christian nations of Europe. This was no accident: By teaching the equality of all men before God, Christianity laid the groundwork for the rise of a belief in equality of all before the law.

Worth Reading: We can celebrate Harriet Tubman without disparaging Andrew Jackson. By Jim Webb
Excerpt: Into this uninformed debate come the libels of “Old Hickory.” Not unlike the recently lionized Alexander Hamilton, Jackson was himself a “brilliant orphan.” A product of the Scots-Irish migration from war-torn Ulster into the Appalachian Mountains, his father died before he was born. His mother and both brothers died in the Revolutionary War, where he himself became a wounded combat veteran by age 13. Self-made and aggressive, he found wealth in the wilds of Tennessee and, like other plantation owners such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, owned slaves. He was a transformational president, hated by the reigning English American elites as he brought populist, frontier-style democracy to our political system. ... As president, Jackson ordered the removal of Indian tribes east of the Mississippi to lands west of the river. This approach, supported by a string of presidents, including Jefferson and John Quincy Adams, was a disaster, resulting in the Trail of Tears where thousands died. But was its motivation genocidal? Robert Remini, Jackson’s most prominent biographer, wrote that his intent was to end the increasingly bloody Indian Wars and to protect the Indians from certain annihilation at the hands of an ever-expanding frontier population. Indeed, it would be difficult to call someone genocidal when years before, after one bloody fight, he brought an orphaned Native American baby from the battlefield to his home in Tennessee and raised him as his son.

Worth Reading: President Obama Double Downs On Medicaid's Failures. By Sally Pipes
Excerpt: President Barack Obama is calling on taxpayers to shell out more money for his health reform law’s disastrous Medicaid expansion. The president recently asked Congress to approve $106 billion in new Medicaid spending over the next 10 years. Nevermind that the Congressional Budget Office just concluded that, as is, Medicaid spending will add $1.3 trillion to the federal deficit by 2025. That’s $136 billion more than the agency projected last year. And it’s not as if those dollars are being spent wisely. 

10-Eye-Opening Quotes From Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger

Costly Broken Wind Turbines Give College Whopping Negative 99.14% Return On Investment

Most transparent administration in history: Feds Blow Off House Subpoena For Obamacare Co-Op Docs
Excerpt: Federal health officials refuse to give Congress hundreds of subpoenaed documents on Obamacare’s failed co-ops so that people will continue enrolling in the deeply troubled program, a congressional leader said Tuesday. Twelve of the 23 co-ops created in 2011 under Obamacare at a cost of $2.4 billion have failed, and another eight of the remaining 11 are likely to go under this year. But the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) won’t hand over documents subpoenaed months ago by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Alert Bernie Sanders: EXCLUSIVE: Kerry, Heinz Family Have Millions Invested In Offshore Tax Havens
Excerpt: A DCNF investigation has confirmed that the former Massachusetts Democratic senator and his billionaire wife, using an elaborate set of Heinz family trusts, have invested “more than $1 million” each into 11 separate offshore accounts — mainly hedge funds in the Cayman Islands.

Russ Feingold is listening — to big labor and his other out-of-state contributors. By M.D. Kittle  

Religion of Peace News

Fighting Fires with Eyedroppers: Obama announces an additional 250 special operations forces to Syria

The ISIS money man: Biggest intelligence raid in US Special Forces' history exposes spreadsheet-loving jihadi accountant behind terror group's $1million-a-day oil operation
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3556994/Documents-seized-Special-Forces-raid-inside-Syria-reveal-ISIS-oil-man-ran-terror-sect-s-1-million-day-fuel-operation.html
Excerpt: Documents seized in the raid that killed a top ISIS oil executive last year have revealed details on how the terror group ran its $1million-a-day oil operation.  Paperwork reviewed by the Wall Street Journal shows ISIS oil man Abu Sayyaf had a job not unlike other oil executives - except he was also faced with issues like factoring slave ownership into salary negotiations, and repairing oil wells damaged in U.S. airstrikes.   A U.S. State Department official has said that more information was obtained from the documents seized in the raid against Abu Sayyaf than from 'any Special Forces operation in history.'

White House set to release part of controversial classified 9/11 report that will 'expose Saudi Arabia's support for hijackers'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3556712/White-House-set-release-secret-9-11-papers-shed-light-possible-Saudi-connections-attackers.html
Excerpt: The Obama administration will likely soon release at least part of a 28-page secret chapter from a congressional inquiry into 9/11 that may shed light on possible Saudi connections to the attackers. The documents, kept in a secure room in the basement of the Capitol, contain information from the joint congressional inquiry into 'specific sources of foreign support for some of the September 11 hijackers while they were in the United States.' Bob Graham, who was co-chairman of that bipartisan panel, and others say the documents point suspicion at the Saudis. 

What the hell? Artist crucifies Jesus on dartboard
Excerpt: Why, some youngsters even believe that nailing Jesus to a cross with darts – is funny – a Comedy Central chuckle-fest. “It’s hilarious,” wrote one student on Facebook. “We don’t have to cater to the wills of the Church or any denomination of Christianity or religion.” (No laws, no rules, no 10 Commandments....Hedonistic, sadistic and clueless atheists, groomed at the behest of the ACLU and the anti-Christian regime currently in office.  What goes around will come around.  Evil feels it is safe to show its true face; the gullible are tossed like chaff into the winds and those fires they don't believe exist...but are within their dark, empty souls.  Now, if this had been a picture of Mohammed....Barb)

Afghanistan: 106 Schoolgirls Poisoned by Mystery Gas
According to ISISMB, girls are to be used to breed and for pleasure; they don't need an education.  Per ISIS' actions, if they're too old, shoot them and throw them in a ditch.  Yet liberals, UN and Catholic church push agenda of Sunni Muslim refugees' need for importation to EU and US.  Pope Francis booted the Christians from his plane and took the Sunni Muslims.  So WHO has a war on women? --Barb

Greek Migrant Camp Chaos: ‘Weird Things Happen Here… Young Children Are Raped In Bathrooms’

Terror suspect whose flight certificate was linked to Saudis one of Gitmo's most dangerous
Excerpt: One of Guantanamo Bay’s most dangerous and longest-held terror suspects is a Saudi national who knows how to fly planes and build sophisticated bombs, speaks fluent English and remains committed to killing Americans, say former U.S. officials who dealt with Ghassan al Sharbi face-to-face. Revelations last week that Al Sharbi’s flight training certificate, tucked into a Saudi Arabian Embassy envelope, had been found in 2003 among a trove of documents buried in Pakistan following his arrest there, raised fresh questions about the Kingdom’s possible involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Although Al Sharbi, who trained with several of the 9/11 hijackers at an Arizona flight school, did not take part in the attacks, he is seen as one of the most lethal and committed terrorists held at the military base. (Video on link talks about 9 Yemeni released to Saudi Arabia.  Notes Saudis have been lobbying for them to get out of Gitmo and Obama granted their wish prior to his SA conference.  They are committed jihadists and the equivalent of commandos, devoted to terror, per video.  No assurances that they will not return to building caliphate. --Barb)

Not by Christians! Editor of Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine hacked to death. Another person was also killed and one person injured in the attack
Liberals will be silent. Muslims outrank gays in their pantheon of victimhood. ~Bob

UK: Muslim Uber driver refuses to accept blind woman because she had guide dog

Pennsylvania imam who said Hirsi Ali should be killed leads interfaith service. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: The non-Muslims who participated in this interfaith service were being played for fools, but that is true of most, if not all, “dialogue” between Muslims and non-Muslims. Meanwhile, those who are shocked that Fouad ElBayly turns out to be an “extremist” need to be aware that the death penalty for apostasy is mainstream Islam:

Missouri: Muslim migrant threatens to kill family that sponsored him, faces deportation

Of Interest

"Coming Home"
Excerpt: It was bitterly cold on the rocky ridges of the Chosin Resevoir in that winter of 1950. Sergeant Wilson Meckley Jr., 31st Regimental Combat Team, Task Force Faith, U.S. Army, led his platoon up those rocky ridges.... when all hell broke loose. More than 120,000 Chinese Communists overwhelmed American forces on that day.  And for the next 65 years no one knew the fate of Sergeant Wilson Mackley Jr. First declared Missing In Action, he was finally declared dead. But his family would know no closure over his death.  Then, more than half a century later, the co-mingled remains of several of those long dead were returned to the United States. After pain staking DNA testing the DNA Military Identification Laboratory was able to identify the remains of Sergeant Mackley.

Damn Chinese are trying to butt into the Nigerian Scam
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Hero dog that rescued 7 people after Ecuador quake dies from exhaustion
Excerpt: Dayko, a dog that worked for the Ibara fire service, spent several days searching for survivors after the magnitude-7.8 earthquake, The Telegraph reports. The fire service’s Facebook page said the resilient pup collapsed on Friday and died from a "massive coronary myocardial infarction and acute respiratory failure." The firefighters added, "This four legged friend gave his life in the line of duty." (Highly trained dogs should be given time to rest and recharge, like their human handlers.  Very valuable, costly to train and a sin to abuse. --Barb)



























Sunday, April 24, 2016

More worth-reading political news and opinion

Checked my blog stats
Had about 4,000 page views in the last week. With, again, 1,487 of them coming from France! Viva la Republic! There could be several reasons for this. Frenchmen, our Auld Alliance, may have woken up and want more info about the Jihadists. Or it could be ISIS supporters following me. (Only on-line so far.) ~Bob

Worth Reading: A letter to my church:

Dear Father Remi:
I've come close to walking out of mass before, when Deacon Mike was plugging for gun control. I didn't, then, but I resolved that I would walk out if the church again attempted to interfere, even if only by suggestion, with matters of internal politics of the United States or undermining of the Constitution of the United States or undermining of the security of the United States.
This morning, at the early mass, I did walk out after we were intoned to not be afraid of letting in "refugees." I'm not sure what universe the reader lives in. I am not sure what universe the writer of the request for prayers lives in. In the universe I live in, the real universe, those refugees are mostly - no, overwhelmingly - military age males, from a hostile religion, heavily infiltrated by ISIS/DAESH, a slave trading, raping, fanatical, genocidal, and expanding group of that religion. No, the State Department and DHS cannot filter out the maniacs.
Yes, as a matter of fact I do have quite a bit of experience over there.
I will not welcome them. I will not encourage others to welcome them. And I will not support a church that says we should. They are the enemy. They are the enemy of both civilization and Christianity. They are not an enemy to be turned by turning the other cheek. (Indeed, given the sexual proclivities of the region, it is wise to keep all one's cheeks far, far from them.) And those who would let them in are working hand in hand with the enemies of civilization and the Church.
Whether I shall come back to Saint Mary's, find another Catholic Church less politically and suicidally liberal, or join a less effectively anti-Christian Protestant church I cannot say at this time. I am pretty sure that whichever way I decide, God will understand my preferring not to support the ruin of my country, my civilization, or my religion.
Sincerely,
Thomas P. Kratman
(Tom Kratman is a retired USA LtCol, an occasional contributor to this blog, and an outstand author of military science fiction, including the A Desert Called Peace series. http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Called-Peace-Carrera-Book-ebook/dp/B00B5HJOFY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426715332&sr=8-1&keywords=Peace+Kratman I expect that in 20 years they will move his novel Caliphate to the history section. ~Bob)

Maybe this fellow will come to Mass: 'It is my dream to behead someone': Michigan man, 22, arrested for 'planning to shoot up a Detroit church to support ISIS'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3435142/It-dream-behead-Michigan-man-22-arrested-planning-shoot-Detroit-church-support-ISIS.html
Excerpt: When investigators asked Abu-Rayyan why he allegedly wanted to target a church, he said: 'It's easy, and a lot of people go there, plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church.

Cruz

Excerpt: Item one: Last week Donald Trump said he could pay off the entire national debt, roughly $19.2 trillion, in eight years — while slashing taxes. The Washington Post’s Wonkblog went to the trouble of running the numbers and discovered that Trump’s plan would require 24 percent economic growth, every year, for eight years. To put that in perspective, the previous record for growth was 19 percent in 1942, the first full year of America’s involvement in World War II. For Trump to deliver on his prediction, the economy would have to grow from $17 trillion to $90 trillion in only two presidential terms. Or, as the Post put it, “There is math, there is fantasy math, and then there is Donald Trump’s economic math.”

Donald Trump introduces Ted Cruz in Palm Beach
Here is Donald Trump praising Ted Cruz in his effort to stop Obamacare, as he introduces Cruz at a past Florida fund raising event. Trump says Cruz is a "very special guy" and "is a very very popular and important figure in all our lives and the life of America". Trump said he likes Cruz "so much", and that he would have "liked to have used Cruz as one of his lawyers". Nothing about "Lyin' Ted" or "Cheatin' Ted" here. Boy, how things have changed.

Video Allegedly Shows Cruz ‘Bribing Delegate’ – But Here’s The TRUTH
Excerpt: I’m soooo freaking sick of the lies from the Trump campaign out there. They have called Ted Cruz a liar and accused him of bribing and stealing delegates, when nothing could be further from the truth. Everything Cruz has done has been honest and aboveboard. Unlike Donald Trump who is having his campaign strong-arm delegates in Delaware. Delegates are being threatened with lawsuits and hateful Twitter campaigns if they don’t fall in line with Trump there. It’s despicable. If you can’t bribe them with Trump’s billions, he’ll sue them out of existence. Instead of shining the light on that though, the media goes after an incident that was innocent where a little girl passed $5 and a note to Cruz during an appearance. Cruz then handed both to a Cruz staffer who collects things given to Cruz. It was a touching moment, not bribery. And it’s just viciously scummy to paint it otherwise.

WATCH: Debunking anti-Cruz myths (video)

Trump

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Worth Reading: Trump’s ‘System Is Rigged’ Argument Is Working. He’s gaining in the polls, and the media is playing along. By Nate Silver
Excerpt: A more fundamental problem with Martin’s narrative is that it fails to clearly explain that the overwhelming majority of Republican delegates are bound based on primary or caucus results on the first ballot. In fact, because some states use winner-take-all or winner-take-most rules, the Republican delegate math tends to advantage the front-runner — in this case Trump, who has 47 percent of the delegates awarded so far with only 38 percent of the vote. By contrast, under the Democrats’ highly proportional delegate allocation rules, a contested convention would already be all but guaranteed.

Hey, 'Conservative' Trump Supporters: Your Godking Played You For Suckers
Excerpt: This, of course, is no shock to those of us who believe that Trump’s short respite in the conservative camp was merely a cynical ploy to gain political support, and think that down deep, Trump is who he always was: a big government leftist with a tendency toward social libertinism and a streak of “I’ll say whatever the hell I please because I’m rich and nobody’s ever said no to me.” After all, Trump said as early as 1999 that he would consider same-sex marriage thanks to his experiences in New York (yes, Trump coined the “New York values” argument); he said at that time that he was “very pro-choice in every respect”; he testified before Congress in 1991 against Ronald Reagan’s tax cutting. He gave more money to Democrats than Republicans between 1980 and 2010. He supported nationalized health care, high tariffs (he still supports this), and Planned Parenthood (he still supports this, too).

Interesting: DID NEW JERSEY MUSLIMS CELEBRATE ON 9/11? 
Excerpt: There are all too many non-Muslims who voice support for terror as well. One notorious example: Ward Churchill, a white American university professor of European, Christian descent called the 9-11 victims "little Eichmanns." Other non-Muslims say that poverty or injustice justifies terrorism. Good people of all beliefs need to say, without ambiguity or apology, that Western Civilization is worth maintaining, and that terrorism is both immoral and a tactical dead-end. If Muslims don't like an aspect of public life, they can change it through organizing and hard work. But we aren't having that conversation to the extent that we should. Instead too many of our cultural elites are apologetic about Western Civilization, and too eager to make excuses for terrorism.

6 Apprentice Contestants Come Out Against Trump
Excerpt: In a press conference on Friday morning, which followed a statement released earlier this week, Season 4 winner Randal Pinkett led a group of fellow contestants—Kevin Allen, Tara Dowdell, Marshawn Evans Daniels, James Sun, and Kwame Jackson—in denouncing the catchphrase-spouting reality star that gave them television exposure. “We acknowledge Donald’s success as a businessman, and genuinely appreciate the opportunity The Apprentice afforded all of us,” said Pinkett, the first black winner of The Apprentice and now a business consultant. “We, however, strongly condemn Donald’s campaign of sexism, xenophobia, racism, violence and hate.”

Never Elect a Middle Man. By Dave Scharoun
Excerpt: For over a month now, Trump has continually dodged the chance to participate in a televised debate with Ted Cruz. He claims to do so out of some misguided notion that he is “sparing” Republican voters from having to watch another debate. But the reality, of course, is that Trump is terrified of having to engage in one-on-one debates with those who have ideas and solutions where he has none. Telling voters that you will hire the best people to inform you on the issues is not an attractive selling point when the man across the stage from you is already quite informed on the issues himself. Furthermore, Cruz even beats Donald at finding the best people! The “best and brightest” that Trump has hired to run his campaign have spent the past month getting their proverbial clocks cleaned by Cruz’s people in procuring loyal delegates for the convention. When they aren’t busy wringing their hands over imaginary election rigging or threatening violent upheaval of the nomination process, Trump’s people have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent at running a presidential campaign. Meanwhile, the political gravitas of Cruz’s team may very well end up delivering him the nomination in July.

Only half of the $6 million Trump raised for vets has been delivered to charities

Delegates face death threats from Trump supporters. At the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting, delegates describe vicious missives demanding they support the GOP front-runner.
Death threats, that should unite the party. --Mark Levin

SHAPIRO: I Will Never Vote For Donald Trump. Here's Why.
Excerpt: I will never vote for Donald Trump because I stand with certain principles. I stand with small government and free markets and religious freedom and personal responsibility. Donald Trump stands against all of these things. He stands for Planned Parenthood and trade restrictions and targeting of political enemies and an anti-morality foreign policy and government domination of religion and nastiness toward women and tacit appeals to racism and unbounded personal power. I stand with the Constitution of the United States, and its embedded protection of my God-given rights through governmental checks and balances. Donald Trump does not. I stand with conservatism. Donald Trump stands against it. I stand with #NeverTrump.

Who steals 9/11 recovery money?
Excerpt: …through a loophole in the rules, Trump was able to squeeze $150,000 of money from taxpayers for his valuable landmark property.
— The Weekly Standard, 2/16/16

Other Political News

Worth Reading: SunEdison’s Subsidy-Fueled Collapse. By Robert Bryce
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433572/sunedison-failure-energy-subsidies
Excerpt: The company burned no fossil fuels but plenty of taxpayer dollars. Even $1.5 billion in subsidies and loan guarantees can’t save a “clean” energy company from bankruptcy. That’s the takeaway from the looming failure of SunEdison, a company that touts itself as the “largest global renewable energy development company.” Once a darling of Wall Street and the green Left because of SunEdison’s portfolio of wind and solar projects, the company’s stock is now in free fall. Furthermore, two related companies that were spun off from SunEdison — TerraForm Global and TerraForm Power — also appear to be in financial distress. On March 30, Brian Wuebbels, the CEO of both TerraForm companies, resigned effective immediately. If all that weren’t enough, the company is also under investigation by both the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission about its finances and the disclosures it made to investors.

WaPo Editorial: Free speech is under siege in Vietnam
Excerpt: NGUYEN HUU VINH is a Vietnamese blogger better known by the name Ahn Ba Sam. He’s no radical; he was once a police officer in the Ministry of Public Security in Hanoi, later a private investigator, and is the son of a former Vietnamese government minister who served as ambassador to the Soviet Union. After leaving the police, Mr. Vinh started several popular blogs that provided links to articles about social, political, economic and cultural issues in Vietnam, drawing from state media and from activists. The blogs were too much for Vietnam’s authoritarian rulers, who control the major news outlets and restrict speech, association and religion. In May 2014, Mr. Vinh was detained, along with his assistant, Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy. They were held in prison throughout last year, without trial, a period when Vietnam was in the final throes of negotiating with the United States over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. (At least this is getting steadily more attention.  Not that Mr. Obama will pay any attention to it. --Del)

TV Shows its Conservative Side on Abortion Issue. by Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton got into a bit of trouble earlier this month when she told "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd that "the unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights."
Clinton was merely noting that some restrictions on abortions are permitted under the law. But the real kerfuffle was over the idea that a person can exist in America without any rights -- or that fetuses are people at all. The International Planned Parenthood Federation cautions activists to avoid the "p" word. It's not a person until it's born or, as Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) once suggested, until you bring it home from the hospital. Until then, it's a fetus or "uterine contents." Planned Parenthood advises that activists don't say "abort a child," preferring "terminate a pregnancy" or some such.


Worth Hearing: WELFARE ABUSE: 32 years old Austin, TX welfare recipient says working is stupid.
http://safeshare.tv/w/csrqsTAmSx

Worth Reading: Scientific silencers on the left are trying to shut down climate skepticism
Excerpt: Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit. Progressivism’s determination to regulate thought by regulating speech is apparent in the campaign by 16 states’ attorneys general and those of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, none Republican, to criminalize skepticism about the supposedly “settled” conclusions of climate science. Four core tenets of progressivism are: First, history has a destination. Second, progressives uniquely discern it. (Barack Obama frequently declares things to be on or opposed to “the right side of history.”) Third, politics should be democratic but peripheral to governance, which is the responsibility of experts scientifically administering the regulatory state. Fourth, enlightened progressives should enforce limits on speech (witness IRS suppression of conservative advocacy groups) in order to prevent thinking unhelpful to history’s progressive unfolding. (I'm currently reading a science book, The Story of Earth. The author reports that another scientist, who had a different theory on the origin of life, tried to abort his research, saying it was a loser and "I don't know why we are even discussing this." That is, the author was challenging the "settled science" with a new theory, which is now accepted. ~Bob)

Alabama college student cited for wearing empty gun holster on campus
Excerpt: In a seven-minute video posted on Campus Reform, a campus police officer asks Parent where the weapon is that is meant to go in the holster. “I don’t have it,” he tells the officer, according to Al.com. “Would you like a copy of the Constitution?"

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn: America has forgotten how to win at war
No additional comments necessary. General Flynn is right on target. This article and his book should be debated by our military leadership, certainly this Administration/Congress, and the elite media. GBH (MajGen, USMC (Ret)

Obama Threatens, Lectures Brits About Leaving the EU
Excerpt: President Obama stuck his nose in the Brexit question in Great Britain, provoking outrage and scorn when he threatened the Brits by warning that if they left the EU, the UK would be “at the back of the queue” on any trade deal. Obama claimed that his threat wasn't a threat but rather he was trying to "enhance the debate." At a press conference with Prime Minister Cameron, a BBC reporter asked the president if it was any of his business whether the UK remained in the EU.

Inhofe: Climate Change A ‘Hollywood Problem’
Excerpt: Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, told PJM that China is “celebrating” U.S. efforts to reduce its carbon emissions because “they will end up inheriting” much of America’s manufacturing base. Inhofe also called climate change a “Hollywood problem.” ...Right now, every 10 days China builds a new coal-fired power plant and they are going to continue to do that by their own admission until 2020, then they say they may start reducing it,” Inhofe told PJM during an interview on Capitol Hill. 

'Love the Guy': In Britain, Obama Explains Relocation of Churchill Bust
Excerpt: President Obama defended his decision to evict a bust of Winston Churchill out of the Oval Office during his first term, telling Britons today that he loves the legendary prime minister but wanted to keep tables from "looking a little cluttered." After Obama took office, he returned a Churchill bust that the White House said had been lent to President Bush by Prime Minister Tony Blair. ... "And I suspect that most people here in the United Kingdom might agree that as the first African-American president, it might be appropriate to have a bust of Dr. Martin Luther King in my office, to remind me of all the hard work of a lot of people who would somehow allow me to have the privilege of holding this office... (Trying to put the fire out on the bridges he burned?  Too little, too late. --Barb)

Obama tries telling Brits wanting out of the EU what to do. By Judi McLead
Excerpt: The most ridiculous sound in the world has gotta’ be the one of an overbearing Barack Obama rattling his saber at Brits who want out of the EU. It’s going to take more than insipid “back off” orders from the likes of Obama to frighten Brits from voting the way they want on Brexit. A feeble quack from a lame duck on his way out of public office will never dim the knowledge that it comes from a no-boots-on-the-ground in jihadist-held territory, no-skin-in-any-game-but-his-own, semi-golf pro, part-time president. Tough talk from politicians rarely leave any traction of note. True-grit Brits with a storied history have no fear from a man whose own history is one held under lock and key. (It's nice to see that others who haven't (so far) been termed Far Right Rednecks in a different country can also look at events and see the stupidity and arrogance on display.  Too bad more Americans can't do the same. --Del. I think the Brits were likely to vote against an exit. This might convince them to vote for it. ~Bob)

Barbarians Inside the Gates . Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and the cultural evisceration of the U.S. Navy. By Dr. Craig Luther
Excerpt: President Obama came into office in 2009 promising "transformation" and he has delivered on that promise. Over the past 7 1/2 years we've witnessed trillion dollar deficits and the establishment of a highly politicized and inexorably failing health care system ("Obamacare"); the "weaponization" of government agencies (think, IRS, EPA, DOJ) to intimidate and attack his political opponents; the calculated and feckless decline of American power and influence throughout the world; relentless redistributionist policies; and the president's support (often with a wink and a nod) of thuggish (and sometimes violent) radical groups like "Occupy Wall Street" and "Black Lives Matter." As a result, America is "on edge" -- socially, racially, economically -- as it hasn't been for decades. Indeed, many have reached the sobering insight that America's best days may now be behind her. Overlooked by most in Obama's relentless efforts to "remake" America has been his ongoing and dangerous transformation of our military. Here I am not going address the dozens of weapon systems cut, or the tens of thousands of troops given their "pink slips." What I want to speak to is his administration's  systematic destruction of the 200+ year-old culture of the U.S. military. This "multicultural makeover," happening right before our eyes, threatens to undermine the very fabric of our armed forces. (I have lost track of how many such excellent screeds about the horrific mess Obama and his minions have made of what was the finest military in the world.  It really doesn't need to be repeated, but this one is so good I thought to pass it on anyhow.  Spread it out to those who don't understand what's gone on. --Del)

Religion of Peace News

Shari'a Law: Christian Lashed for Violating Islamic Law in Indonesia. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: This is Islam. This is Islamic law. Beneath all the lies and spin, it's this simple. And it's spreading. Just as it spread to Indonesia, it can spread to Europe and America. But I'm sure if the mainstream media gets around to covering this in any depth or range, the angle will be "Indonesia Muslims Fear Backlash".

Ex-hostages of the Islamic State identify Brussels jihad mass murderer as their captor. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: “Marie-Laure Ingouf, a lawyer for Nicolas Hénin and Pierre Torres, two of the four French journalists who were first detained in 2013 by the Islamic State in Syria, said that the former hostages had identified one of their captors as Mr. Laachraoui, who used the name Abu Idris at the time.” This means that Laachraoui was able to leave Belgium, go to the Islamic State, and return to Belgium with no problem. Any attempt to forbid him from returning on the grounds that he had, by journeying to the Islamic State, joined an entity that has declared war against Belgium and Europe in general would have been dismissed as “Islamophobic.”

Christian refugees “let down” by Pope: he promised to take them to Italy but then took only Muslims instead

SAUDI INFLUENCE IN WASHINGTON MUST END. If we are going to have any hope of defeating the global jihad. By Robert Spencer

Indian spiritual leader invites Islamic State to peace talks, they send him photo of beheaded man
If Obama and Kerry would just go over there and explain they don't understand Islam...~Bob

U.S. soldier helps foil jihad plot to blow up school in Denmark. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: CNN, in line with common mainstream media practice, doesn’t deign to inform us about what kind of terror plot this was. But the reader can get the information that this was a jihad plot from the setting in Iraq, the tangential mention of ISIS, etc. If World War II had been fought in this way, few Americans would have been aware that we were at war with Nazi Germany.

Mauritania: Appeals court upholds blogger’s death sentence for apostasy. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: “M’khaitir has apologised and said he never meant to insult the Muslim Prophet Muhammad….The original announcement of his death sentence was met with public celebrations.” Public celebrations? Islamic apologists in the West tell us that Islam has no death penalty for apostasy, and that Muhammad was tolerant of personal insults, but Muslims in Muslim countries constantly behave as if the opposite were true. And it is. “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89) A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

Minnesota Muslims spoke about planning jihad massacres in the U.S. for the Islamic State

Obama: Uncontrolled Migration Into Europe Is ‘Major National Security Issue’ [VIDEO]
Excerpt: President Barack Obama said during a press conference in Britain Friday that the U.S considers it a major national security issue that there is uncontrollable migration into Europe. “What happens in Europe is going to have an impact in the United States,” Obama said. “We consider it a major national security issue that you have uncontrolled migration into Europe. Not because these folks are coming into the United States, but because if it destabilizes Europe, our largest trading block, trading partner, it’s going to be bad for our economy.” (BAD FOR THE ECONOMY?  The economy already is in the tank..... So, POTUS only thinks in terms of dollars and cents, not lives.  Nice.  Might make him look bad if economic growth got below 0.5%...Barb)

UNESCO Resolution Ignores Jewish Ties to Temple Mount, Calls Israel an 'Occupying Power"
Excerpt: As a large part of a broader, virulently anti-Israel resolution, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) refused even to refer to the Temple Mount as such, instead adopting the Arabic title, the “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif” – while refusing to even acknowledge the factually undeniable, age-old Jewish links to the famous Western Wall and its environs........ There is no doubt – historical, archaeological, cultural, or religious – that the Temple Mount and especially the Western Wall is, in toto, the single holiest site for all Judaism, the very location most central to the entire religion. By comparison, the Al-Aqsa Mosque there is considered only the third holiest site for Islam, which can point to no historically verifiable connection to the site until well after Islam was founded. (Meanwhile, US ceding more and more of its rights and freedoms to UN global control....Barb)

Muslim Harvard student asks Israeli politician why she is “smelly.” By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: One thing is certain: if the roles had been reversed, and a Jewish student had asked a Muslim politician why she was so “smelly,” that student would no longer be at Harvard, and would be subjected to international opprobrium, while stories on “Islamophobia” would be blanketing the airwaves and filling mainstream media publications.

The 'Obama Road." ISIS suspect reveals plans to open up route from Syria to U.S. through Mexico
Excerpt: Guled Ali Omar told the ISIS members about the route so that it could be used to send members to America to carry out terrorist attacks, prosecutors alleged in a document filed this week. ... The men — Omar, 21; Hamza Naj Ahmed, 21; Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 22; and Abdirahman Yasin Daud, 22 — have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including conspiracy to commit murder outside the U.S. Prosecutors have said they were part of a group of friends in Minnesota's Somali community who held secret meetings and plotted to join the Islamic State group.

Germany: Muslims scream “Adolf Hitler” and “Allahu akbar,” make Nazi salute

Our NATO Ally: At least 5,000 jihadists entered Syria from Turkey, including Chinese Uighurs
Excerpt: Preparations are underway for a big fight in Aleppo. Turkey allows weapons and recruits through. Saudi Arabia blocks peace talks. For people in villages near Aleppo, there is only flight.

Worth Reading: Oxford, Cambridge Threatening to Break Ties With National Student Union Over New President Accused of Antisemitism, Supporting ISIS
Excerpt: Students at Cambridge and Oxford announced on Thursday that they would be holding referendums on whether to split from the NUS following the election of Malia Bouattia, the report said. In 2014, while speaking at a “pro-resistance” event celebrating “Gaza and the Palestinian revolution,” Bouattia asserted that it is “problematic” to consider that “Palestine will be free” only by means of “non-violent protest.” In 2011, while attending the University of Birmingham, she called the school “a Zionist outpost” with the “largest [Jewish Society] in the country.” Bouattia has also previously attacked what she called “Zionist-led media outlets,” the report said, and more recently, voted against a NUS motion condemning ISIS because it would be “blatant Islamophobia.”

Bangladesh professor hacked to death in suspected Islamist attack
Excerpt: Unidentified attackers hacked to death a university professor in Bangladesh on Saturday, police said, adding that the assault bore the hallmarks of previous killings by Islamist militants of secular and atheist activists. Police said English professor Rezaul Karim Siddique, 58, was hacked from behind with machetes as he walked to the bus station from his home in the country’s northwestern city of Rajshahi, where he taught at the city’s public university.

Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them 'state property'
Excerpt: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and religious movement.  The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a number of worrying developments to come out of increasingly hardline Turkey, which is in advanced talks with the EU over visa-free travel for its 80 million citizens. Included in the seizures are Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, one of which is over 1,700 years old.

'It is my dream to behead someone': Michigan man, 22, arrested for 'planning to shoot up a Detroit church to support ISIS'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3435142/It-dream-behead-Michigan-man-22-arrested-planning-shoot-Detroit-church-support-ISIS.html
Excerpt: When investigators asked Abu-Rayyan why he allegedly wanted to target a church, he said: 'It's easy, and a lot of people go there, plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church.

PA seeks international recognition for "right" to kill Israelis