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Netanyahu Slams UN for ‘Deafening Silence’ on Iranian Threats to Wipe Out Israel

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chided the world body for its Israel-bashing and its silence about Iran’s constant threats to destroy Israel.

To emphasize his point, he stopped talking for 40 seconds, resulting in an uncomfortable silence:

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Netanyahu said the nuclear deal “will not turn the rapacious tiger into a kitten.” He added: “You must have learned … when bad behavior is rewarded, it only gets worse.” 

That line drew a smattering of applause from the General Assembly — but not from the U.S. delegation, which sat stone-faced:

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Below, some more passages from the speech:

“The greatest danger facing our world is the coupling of militant Islam with nuclear weapons,” he said. The deal with Iran could be “the marriage certificate of this unholy union,” he added.

“Perhaps you’d be more reluctant to celebrate,” if the deal threatened your neighborhood, Netanyahu said, adding that Iran’s intercontinental ballistic missiles being built were meant for the U.S. and Europe. “For raining down mass destruction, anytime, anywhere.”

No one should doubt Israel’s determination to defend itself against those who threaten it with destruction, he warned.

“Your plan to destroy Israel will fail,” he said, addressing the rulers of Iran. No force on earth will threaten Israel’s future. We will do whatever it takes to defend our state and our people, he added.

“Here’s a novel idea. Instead of continuing the shameful routine of bashing Israel, stand with Israel. Israel stands with you.”

UN-imposed solutions or encouragement of Palestinian rejectionism will not bring peace, he said. “The UN should finally rid itself of the obsessive bashing of Israel.”

He called on the UN to stand with Israel in the fight against fanaticism, saying that Israel was at the frontlines in the fight against barbarism. “Israel is defending you.”

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Jason Chaffetz Responds to DHS and Secret Service Apologies: ‘Ain’t Good Enough’

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) blasted the U.S. Secret Service for leaking “unflattering information” about his prior job application to the agency in an attempt to embarrass and intimidate him. The information appeared in an article the Daily Beast last April, raising eyebrows on Capitol Hill.

As PJ Media’s Michael Walsh reported, a subsequent investigation released Wednesday by the DHS inspector general found that Ed Lowery, a top official in the agency, a few days before the article appeared, had encouraged the snooping in an office email, saying that “some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out. Just to be fair.”

“It’s a little bit scary. The Secret Service diving into my background as a sitting member of Congress?” said Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room. “It’s not about me, but it is about: What are they doing over there? These people are trusted with guns by the president for goodness’ sake.”

Chaffetz said both the directors of DHS and the Secret Service had called him to apologize.

“That ain’t good enough,” he said. “I worry that if they’re doing this to me, they’re doing it to who knows how many other people.”

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Rep Chaffetz issued the this statement following the release of the DHS watchdog report:

“Certain lines should never be crossed. The unauthorized access and distribution of my personal information crossed that line. It was a tactic designed to intimidate and embarrass me and frankly, it is intimidating. It’s scary to think about all the possible dangers in having your personal information exposed. The work of the committee, however, will continue. I remain undeterred in conducting proper and rigorous oversight.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement: 

“This report confirms that earlier this year a high-ranking Secret Service official encouraged the dissemination of personal information of Representative Jason Chaffetz and over 40 Secret Service agents improperly accessed and disseminated this information, in violation of federal law. No one, whether they are a Member of Congress or a private citizen, should have their private information violated in this manner. This incident is precisely why Americans do not trust the federal government with their personal information.

“The actions by these Secret Service employees are in clear violation of the Privacy Act and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson must hold all necessary personnel accountable.

“Unfortunately, this is the latest in a series of scandals and failures on the part of the Secret Service in recent years. The House Judiciary Committee will continue conducting aggressive oversight of the Secret Service in an effort to improve its operations and ensure accountability at all levels of the agency.”

So far, there’s no word on what they actually intend to do about it.

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Carly: Planned Parenthood Activists Threw Condoms, Asked ‘Why Do You Hate Women?’

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson
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GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said pro-Planned Parenthood activists showed up at a recent event to throw condoms at her “and several of the activists were dressed up like birth control dispensers.”

Fiorina has been under attack from abortion-rights activists since her forceful comments in the last primary debate about undercover videos detailing the harvesting of body parts from abortion for research.

“It’s terrible to see a woman, the only woman running for president, attack Planned Parenthood that helps so many millions of women. It’s a sad day, but it’s the way it is. Not all women are going to fight for women. Carly Fiorina does not. She fights for herself, and she’ll say almost anything to get elected,” said her former Senate election rival, Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

Last night on Fox, Fiorina said the condom-throwing is “all part of their act to try and convince people that this debate we’re having about butchering babies is actually about birth control or women’s health.”

“It’s, of course, no such thing. It’s about butchering babies for body parts,” she said. “But nevertheless, they’re throwing condoms, hoping it will make a difference. I think the American people are smarter than that. And I will not be silent on this issue.”

Fiorina added that to say it’s “sexist to go after Planned Parenthood’s lies is pretty rich.”

“And in fact, when you mentioned those protesters who were throwing condoms at me — this woman said to me from among the protesters — I’m willing to sit down and talk to anyone — she said, why do you hate women? And at the time, I was surrounded by women of all ages,” she continued.

“It is part of the game they play. When Barbara Boxer says, well, you know, she doesn’t support women, this is part and parcel of Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric.”

Fiorina stressed that “Planned Parenthood has not, will not, cannot deny that this is happening because it is.”

“And if they care so much about women’s health, why is it that Democrats will not agree to use taxpayer funding to support pregnancy centers all around this country?” she added.

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Powell: ‘I Want to Continue to Be a Republican Because It Annoys Them’

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who endorsed President Obama in 2008 and 2012, told the Washington Ideas Forum that there’s a special reason why he doesn’t change his party affiliation.

Powell confirmed that he’s still a registered Republican. “I want to continue to be a Republican because it annoys them,” he quipped.

“I think the party has shifted much further right than where the country is and it should be obvious to party leaders that they cannot keep saying and doing the things that they were doing and hope to be successful in national-level election in the future, not just in 2016,” he added.

Powell cited “pockets of intolerance” within the Republican Party that the GOP “had better figure out how to defeat.”

He also said that immigration rhetoric within the party is an Achilles’ heel.

“I think most Republicans understand that we need immigration, we are an immigrant nation, it is in our best interest to do it,” he said.

“…If I was around Mr. Trump — Donald, who I know rather well — I would say, ‘You know, Don, let’s see what happens — let’s tell all the immigrants working in Trump hotels to stay home tomorrow. Let’s see what happens.”

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Naive Hillary Supporters Are in Love with ‘Her’ Tax Plan. The Only Problem? It’s Donald Trump’s

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

We all know that Hillary Clinton supporters are the biggest useful idiots out there, but it’s always nice when they confirm it for all the world to see. Just watch the video below, in which Jimmy Kimmel tricks Clintonistas into believing that a certain tax plan is hers. When they fully endorse it he drops the hammer: it isn’t Clinton’s, it’s Donald Trump’s.

The interviewer asks: “Would you support Hillary Clinton’s plan to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent?”

“I think that’s a good idea,” a naive man who’s all in for Hillary answers. Yep, just great! This is why we need Democrats to be in control of the government. After all, no Republican candidate would ever dream up a plan like that, would he?

Another Hillary voter, a woman this time, wholly agrees with “Hillary’s” (read: Trump’s) plan to get rid of the real estate tax. Awesome! What a great idea! We need more of that! H-I-L-L-A-R-Y!

Umh, or Trump.

When these voters are told that the plans are actually Trump’s, some have a life-changing moment: one man says he’ll “support Donald Trump then.” Of course, not everybody’s convinced. Another woman, who was also pleased with the plan, immediately dismissed everything once she found out it’s Trump who’s pressing for these changes.

“I would say that’s shocking, but, I mean, if it is, I’m still not voting for Donald Trump, he’s a caricature.”

A caricature of who, dear liberal hack? Of Hillary?

The response of one Hillary voter says it all:

“I feel stupid.”

I bet he does.

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Clueless Austrian Government Can’t Understand Looming Electoral Repudiation

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Seriously, they think voter unhappiness in Vienna and elsewhere calls for “structural economic reform.”

Tensions within Austria’s government, stoked by the refugee crisis, burst into the open on Thursday as the head of the conservative People’s Party threatened to scupper the ruling coalition after less than two years in office. [Deputy Chancellor Reinhold] Mitterlehner’s People’s Party (ÖVP) is junior partner to the centre-left Social Democrats (SPÖ) of Chancellor Werner Faymann in an unloved “grand coalition” which is due to remain in office until 2018.

Last weekend however, both parties suffered disastrous losses in local elections in Upper Austria where the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) finished second after its share of the vote soared 15 percentage points. On October 11, elections are scheduled to take place in the city state of Vienna that could produce a political earthquake. Polls put the FPÖ only a few points shy of the SPÖ, which has governed the Austrian capital uninterrupted since 1945.

Speaking to the Oberösterreichische Nachrichten daily, Mitterlehner said the government’s answer to the crisis should be to finally get to grips with deep structural reforms to boost the economy.

Cue the elephant in the room:

Last month, almost 170,000 people entered Austria, most of whom travelled onwards to Germany and beyond, but the Alpine country still expects a record 80,000 asylum requests this year.

But Mitterlehner also said Austria had to “sharpen” its immigration policy: “Refugees who need protection should get it. But the state’s sovereignty to decide who immigrates should remain in place.”

Austria is on the front lines now because Hungary (where I am at the moment) has decided simply to load the “migrants” onto trains and buses and ship them directly to Austria. Look for the Austrians to increasingly do the same to the Germans who, after all and as usual, started this whole mess.


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Mark Levin: ‘Ted Cruz Is the Most Consistently Conservative Candidate Running’

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

On his increasingly popular radio show yesterday, Mark “The Great One” Levin had some kind words to say about Ted Cruz. Here’s what he said in the last 10 minutes of his show:

Ted Cruz is the most consistently conservative candidate running.

The conservative talker also blasted Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader in the Senate, who recently shut down Ted Cruz when he used his time on the Senate floor to educate voters about the deceptive games McConnell and his ilk play.

“Today we have a guy by the name of Mitch McConnell [...]. He’s got no class whatsoever. And he gets this really sick joy in trying to control the Senate floor within his own caucus. Harry Reid can do whatever he wants, Chuck Schumer can say and do whatever he wants, and all the rest of that [group] of leftwing cooks can do and say whatever they want. Barack Obama runs circles around Mitch McConnell and Republicans in the Senate. But he literally spends hours organizing the Republican caucus to shut down Ted Cruz. Because for Mitch McConnell it’s not about the country, it’s not about the Constitution, it’s personal.

“And Cruz has done more to expose that man and expose the cronyism and corruption of the United States Senate and that process than anybody else in the United States Senate.”

And so, Levin explained, McConnell has decided to take Cruz down… or — if he’s unable to — at least to block each and every single attempt of the senator from Texas to get anything worthwhile done.

Levin went on to say that Cruz “comes under attack” for the simple reason that he’s actually a principled conservative.

“Kasich won’t come under attack, because he’s a go-along. Bush won’t come under attack, he’s a go-along. We don’t want a go-along, we need leaders, we need the Churchills and the Thatchers and the Reagans.”

And, clearly, the Cruzes of this world.

Earlier in the show, Levin also went after Rand Paul, who endorsed McConnell when he was up for reelection and who recently attacked Cruz by saying he was “done here” — just because the Texan isn’t a “go along to get along” kind of guy. “The Great One” has little patience with such talking points pushed by the establishment and rightfully put Rand in his place. He concluded:

“I like Ted Cruz a lot…. Ted Cruz is the most conservative candidate running. He’s the most consistent conservative candidate running.”

He then referred to the rating system at ConservativeReview, a great website of which he recently became editor-in-chief. Cruz’s “Liberty Rating”? 96%. Levin:

“It doesn’t get much better than that!”

Although he stressed that he wasn’t endorsing anyone yet, Levin made clear that Cruz is one of the (few) Republicans in the Senate he greatly respects. Quite impressive considering this praise is coming from a guy who used to work for Ronald Reagan and who is now one of the most influential conservative commentators in the nation. Rand and McConnell can put that in their pipes and smoke it.

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Carter on Women in Combat Recommendations: ‘Less Interested in Who Said What, But Why’

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Service leaders submitted their reports on women in combat yesterday to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter indicated it should take “months” to go through the recommendations.

The reporters include the service branches’ “recommendations on positions they plan to open to women, as well as any exceptions to opening all combat specialties to women.”

“When I myself review these reports over coming months, I will be focused on the quality of information and the analysis behind the recommendations. I want to hear from everyone, but I’m less interested in who said what, but why they are saying it,” Carter told reporters Wednesday at the Pentagon.

“And to be clear, I will carefully review the information and analysis from all four services and Special Operations Command to make my final determination.”

Carter added that as secretary of Defense, “I’m committed to seeing this through, because attracting the best and staying the best means that wherever possible, we must open ourselves to the talents and strengths of all Americans who can contribute with excellence to our force.”

“As I’ve said before, everyone who is able and willing to serve and can meet the standards we require should have the full opportunity to do so,” he added.

Asked if the Marine Corps has asked for an exemption in order to bar women from some infantry units, Carter said he didn’t want to “characterize recommendations” that hadn’t personally been made to him yet.

“Remember the process here, which is the services are doing analysis. What they owe to, first, the chairman, and ultimately to me by the end of the year, is their analysis, their studies, and their thoughts, both about which specialties, if any, should be left closed to women. And importantly, how they intend to make any adaptations that are required,” he said.

“…The only point I wanted to make is I am going to be very facts based and analysis based. I want to see the grounds upon which any actions that we take at the first of the year are going to be made. That’s the frame under which I’ll be looking at.”

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Reid Begs Obama to Spurn ‘Palestinian’ State; Obama Spurns Reid Instead

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh
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A scoop from Politico and the estimable Edward-Isaac Dovere:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on two different occasions this year went to White House chief of staff Denis McDonough seeking a public commitment from President Barack Obama that he would veto any U.N. resolution calling for an independent Palestinian state. Both times, Obama did nothing.

The requests from Reid came as he was trying to line up Democratic support for the Iran nuclear agreement. If Obama explicitly sided with Israel against the possible U.N. resolution, Reid’s thinking went, it would give nervous Democrats cover to back the Iran deal, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vocally protested.

The repeated requests by Reid and Obama’s unwillingness to make a statement on the issue — confirmed by White House officials and Senate aides — highlights how wide the gulf between the Obama administration and Israeli government has become. It unfolded in the context of a personal relationship between Obama and Netanyahu that’s become highly toxic, poisoning U.S.-Israeli relations more widely.

The issue gained new significance Wednesday as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared that his government was no longer bound by any agreements with Israel, including the Oslo peace accords and other settlements related to a possible two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Read the whole thing. If they had any conscience, the Democrats would rue the day they signed on blindly to Barack Hussein Obama and his radical agenda. But,of course, they don’t.

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Shocking: New U.S. Army Patch Closely Resembles ISIS Logo

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

A new combat patch worn by U.S. soldiers fighting against ISIS in Iraq is drawing flak from service members because it closely resembles logos of the very same jihadists they’re fighting:

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Soldiers serving in Operation Inherent Resolve have worn the patch since April of this year. There is even a medal version that soldiers can wear on their Army Service Uniform, Military.com reports.

On its Facebook page, Army Times explains that the patch is “meant to symbolize the twin goals of the U.S.-led coalition: to defeat the militant group and to restore stability in the region, according to Army documents.” However, many soldiers with experience fighting radical Islamists say the patch closely resembles the patches and logos of their enemies. As Army veteran Michael Daunais explains:

Will these be issued to Iraqi troops so they can desert again and leave these patches for ISIS?

David Clay, a former Army chief warrant officer, adds:

You can keep that ISIS patch featuring swords that chop off our heads.

Here are some other reactions that show that soldiers (and supporters of the military) are shocked beyond belief by this rather unAmerican patch:

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To compare, here is Hamas’ official logo:

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Amazingly, the only thing missing from the U.S. Army’s logo is the mosque. Other than that, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the logo of the Palestinian terrorist organization who has sworn to destroy Israel.

And look at this: below is the official logo of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist organization dedicated to bringing Sharia to Egypt and other Muslim-majority countries and one of the prime initiators of terrorism:

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The swords used in the patch also remind soldiers of ISIS, the radical Islamic organization that has become infamous for the the brutal way in which it deals with captives. Their favorite murder weapon is a long knife or a sword, used to behead innocent victims whose only “crime” is that they don’t share ISIS’ radical Islamic beliefs.

Here’s the U.S. Army patch next to ISIS’ logo. Notice any similarities?

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It’s no wonder that U.S. Army personnel aren’t exactly thrilled with the new patch. What’s next? A motto in Arabic below it, saying “in Allah we trust”?

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More ‘Minnesotans’ Merrily Joining Jihad

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

First of all, they’re not Minnesotans. But they are working for the enemy:

Minnesota leads the nation in the number of people who have left or sought to leave the country to fight with terrorists aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, according to a scathing congressional report that says the U.S. and western countries have failed to disrupt the flow of combatants to the Middle East.

Released Tuesday by the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, the report specifically cites two Somali-American Minnesotans who joined or tried to join ISIL, highlighting its online recruiting success through peer-to-peer recruiting that relies on social media and sophisticated online messaging techniques.

Young fighters from at least 19 states have tried to join terrorists in Syria since the start of that country’s civil war in 2011. Minnesota recruits made up 26 percent of the sample of 58 cases reviewed by the committee’s bipartisan task force. California and New York had the second most recruits, with each state making up 12 percent, according to findings.

Luckily, responsible Somali-Americans are appalled by this, right? Right?

“This report is alarming and it’s really very worrisome,” said Sadik Warfa, deputy director of the Global Somali Diaspora based in Minneapolis. “I worry about the stigma and the prospect of our community being marginalized.”


“But in the end, it’s up to us as Somali-Americans to really change our image. And as Minnesotans, we need to be asking what can we do to put these kinds of people into our mainstream here instead of over there.”

Okay, then. Meanwhile:

More than 250 Americans have attempted or succeeded in reaching Syria and Iraq to fight with terrorist groups, intelligence officials estimate. “We have largely failed to stop Americans from traveling overseas to join jihadists,” the task force declared. “A handful of suspects were stopped in other countries, but it appears the majority — 85 percent — still managed to evade American law enforcement on its way to the conflict zone.”

The task force said it could identify only 28 cases in which federal authorities stopped suspects before they left for the Middle East. Eight of those involved Minnesotans who conspired since March 2014 to leave the U.S. for Syria but who were stopped by FBI agents. Those men, all Somali-Americans, are in custody. Three have pleaded guilty in recent weeks to conspiring to join ISIL

So what could possibly go wrong with Obama’s plans to import 10,000 or more Syrian “refugees” next year?


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Cheery News Item of the Week

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

In case you don’t have enough to worry about at the moment:

Isis planning ‘nuclear holocaust’ to wipe hundreds of millions from face of the earth’, claims reporter who embedded with the extremists

Islamic terrorists Isis want to wipe the west off the face of the earth with a nuclear holocaust according to a journalist who spent ten days with the group while researching a book. The terror group allowed Jürgen Todenhöfer to embed with the group because he has been a high-profile critic of US policy in the Middle East. The German journalist claimed the terror group wants to launch a ‘nuclear tsunami’ against the west and anyone else that opposes their plans for an Islamic caliphate. The 75-year-old former German MP wrote up his findings in a new book ‘Inside IS – Ten Days In The Islamic State’.

Much of this is the usual bluster from savages who have yet to build a functioning flush toilet. But, hey, there’s always the black market…

He said the West has ‘no concept of the threat it faces’ from the Islamic State and has underestimated the risk posed by ISIS ‘dramatically’. The German reporter spent most of his time in Mosul in northern Iraq, but he also traveled to the ISIS-controlled territories of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor in Syria. He added: ‘They are extremely brutal. Not just head-cutting. I’m talking about the strategy of religious cleansing. That’s their official philosophy. They are talking about 500 million people who have to die.’

That number sounds about right…

Mr Todenhöfer went on to say that ISIS have plans for mass genocide, with the aim or eradicating all atheists and religions that are not ‘people of the book’ or who do not subscribe to their particular brand of Islam. ’The IS want to kill… all non-believers and apostates and enslave their women and children. All Shiites, Yazidi, Hindus, atheists and polytheists should be killed,’ he wrote. ’Hundreds of millions of people are to be eliminated in the course of this religious ‘cleansing. All moderate Muslims who promote democracy, should be killed. Because, from the IS perspective, they promote human laws over the laws of God. This also applies to – after a successful conquest – the democratically-minded Muslims in the Western world.’

He told German television that ISIS wants to ‘conquer the world’.

Well, I guess we’ll have to see about that, just as soon as we get a government that’s willing to fight. And then, flush toilets will be the least of their problems.


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Regarding ‘Climate Change,’ Countries Refuse to Put Emissions Where Mouths Are

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

The “climate change” scam — which is nothing more than an attempt by a coterie of political hacks to separate foolish nations and their money — has just run into a reality-based obstacle:

Climate pledges falling dangerously short, say experts

An analysis presented Monday by ClimateInteractive, a Washington-based climateresearch group, found the emissions targets presented by China, the U.S., the European Union, Brazil and other governments before the December conference in Paris leave the world on a path toward 3.5 degrees C (6.3 F) of warming compared with pre-industrial times. Temperatures have already warmed nearly 0.9 degrees C (1.6 F) from pre-industrial times to now, primarily because ofemissions from the burning of coal, oil and gas, scientists say.

That means warming would be 1 C (1.8 F) lower than what would happen if governments did nothing, said Andrew Jones, co-founder of Climate Interactive, but well above the international goal of keeping warming below 2 degrees C (3.6 ), which is 1.1 degrees C (2 degrees F) from now.


Given the glacial pace of the U.N. climatetalks in the past, the fact that just about allcountries, rich and poor, are finally committing to do something aboutclimate change is encouraging in itself, analysts say. A diplomatic solution seemed far away after a hyped 2009 summit in Copenhagen ended with a weak, voluntary agreement that pushed a more ambitious deal down the road. In Paris, the prospects of that deal coming together appear much greater, with all major emitters putting down emissions targets in advance. India is expected to do so this week, as the last of the top 10 greenhouse gas emitters. Still, it’s unclear whether the deal will include the tools to bend the emissions curves in the future enough to avoid dangerous levels of warming.


It remains unclear, though, whether governments will ramp up their emissionscuts before the carbon budget runs out. While emissions have started to fall in developed countries, they are still rising fast in China and other fast-growing developing nations.

Last week, Indian Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told The Associated Press that any international deal must allow India’semissions to grow as it expands its economy and fights poverty. He said that means richercountries that have polluted the atmosphere for much longer should make bigger cuts to their own emissions.

“We are asking the developed world to vacate the carbon space to accommodate us,” Javadekar said. “It is our right as a nation. It’s our right as people of India, and we want that carbon space.”

“Carbon space” — the coming battleground between rich and poor nations.

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With Chaffetz File, Secret Service Hits New Low

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

It’s only taken — what — five or six years for the Secret Service to go from one of America’s most trusted and respected security institution to a collection of politicized bureaucratic hacks. Nice work, Obama administration:

An assistant director of the Secret Service urged that unflattering information the agency had in its files about a congressman ­critical of the service should be made public, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday. “Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out,” Assistant Director Edward Lowery wrote in an e-mail to a fellow director on March 31, commenting on an internal file that was being widely circulated inside the service. “Just to be fair.”

Two days later, a news Web site reported that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, had applied to be a Secret Service agent in 2003 and been rejected. That information was part of a Chaffetz personnel file stored in a restricted Secret Service database and required by law to be kept private.

The Chaffetz file, contained in the restricted database, had been peeked at by about 45 Secret Service agents, some of whom shared it with their colleagues in March and April, the report found. This prying began after a contentious March 24 House hearing at which Chaffetz scolded the director and the agency for its series of security gaffes and misconduct. The ­hearing sparked anger inside the ­agency. The inspector general’s inquiry found that the Chaffetz information was spread to nearly every layer of the service.

This is the true face of the modern Left: corrupt, authoritarian and brutal. It doesn’t care what the law says, doesn’t give a fig for basic human decency. Satanically, it only cares about one thing: revenge on its political and cultural enemies, and it doesn’t much care how it does it. So who among us really believes this:

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who had apologized to Chaffetz when the report initially surfaced, personally apologized again to the congressman Wednesday, Chaffetz told The Associated Press in an interview on Capitol Hill. Johnson did not disclose whether any employees had been punished.

He said in a statement Wednesday that “those responsible should be held accountable” but did not provide further details. ”Activities like those described in the report must not, and will not, be tolerated,” Johnson said.

Yeah, right. If past is any prologue, no one will be held accountable, no one will be fired and behavior like this will continue to be tolerated as long as it helps the administration.


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‘Migrant’ Crisis Going from Bad to Worse

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

All utterly predictable, of course. Item No. 1, from Germany:

A food queue fight in an overcrowded German refugee centre this week escalated into a mass brawl pitting 70 Pakistanis against 300 Albanians, fighting with fists, sticks and pepper spray. By the time it ended, 14 people were injured, including three of the 50 police called in to contain the riot in a former airport building housing 1,500 asylum-seekers from 20 nations near the central city of Kassel.

Such disturbances have been rare, considering that Germany has taken in around half a million asylum-seekers this year and put them up in flats, army barracks, sports halls and tent cities. Nonetheless, the mayhem Sunday served as a warning of how tensions can escalate between often traumatised people from different cultures sharing densely packed spaces as they battle tedium and uncertainty.

There has been trouble before. Six weeks ago a 25-year-old refugee started a riot when he ripped pages from a Koran and threw them into a toilet in a centre in Suhl, central Germany, according to police. The ensuing violence left six police and 11 refugees injured. Police this week, after viewing video footage of the altercation, arrested 15 suspects on charges including attempted manslaughter.

So now…

Germany’s police union Tuesday called for refugees to be separated by religion — especially between Christians and Muslims — and by country of origin, to minimise the potential for conflict. Groups banding together by ethnicity, creed or clan were “attacking each other with knives and homemade weapons,” said union chief Rainer Wendt, calling for special protection for Christians, women and minors.

Item No. 2, also from Germany:

A woman in Germany is being evicted from her home of 23 years to make way for asylum-seekers, in the second such case to emerge. Gabrielle Keller has been given until the end of the year to leave her flat in the small southern town of Eschbach, near the border with France. The flat belongs to the local municipality, which says it is needed to house refugees. “I think it’s a scandal to throw tenants out of their apartments,” the 56-year-old Ms Keller told SWR television. “I can’t see the sense of it.”

Towns and cities across Germany are struggling to find accommodation for the tens of thousands of refugees streaming into the country.

Ms Keller’s case follows that of Bettina Halbey, a nurse who is being evicted from her home of 16 years in the town of Nieheim, hundreds of miles to the north. Mario Schlafke, the mayor of Eschbach, says the town had no choice but to ask Ms Keller to leave. “The council hasn’t taken a frivolous decision,” he told Welt newspaper. “The alternative would have been to set up beds in the gym.”

Item No. 3, from Finland:

More than 350 Iraqi asylum seekers lodging at former army barracks in Hennala, Lahti say they plan to go on a hunger strike to protest Finland’s intention to take a harder line on refugees coming from Iraq and Somalia. They are calling on Iraqis in other reception centres to join their protest. The Iraqi asylum seekers say they are embarking on the protest action following immigration authorities’ declared intention to introduce stricter criteria for processing asylum applications from Iraq and Somalia. Altogether some 359 Iraqi refugees, who are being accommodated at a former army barracks in Lahti’s Hennala district, say they want Iraqis in other reception centres to follow suit. The Hennala centre also houses some 20 Somali asylum seekers.

Immigration officials say they’re concerned that Finland’s policies are more lenient than those of other EU countries–including neighbouring Sweden. At present many asylum seekers from Baghdad and the central regions of Iraq are granted protection in Finland, in contrast to some EU countries, which return some refugees to regions deemed to be safe. Finland is looking to bring its practices in line with the rest of Europe, meaning a tougher approach for refugees who’ve arrived this year.

Item No. 4, from far-away Japan:

Japan must improve the living standards of its own people before it can consider accepting Syrian refugees, the prime minister, Shinzo Abe said, as he announced $1.6bn in new assistance for Syrians and Iraqis caught up in conflicts in the Middle East. Abe’s consistent refusal to consider allowing even a modest number of refugees to relocate to Japan has prompted criticism of the country’s strict policy on asylum: last year, it received a record 5,000 applications but accepted just 11 people.

Speaking at the UN general assembly in New York, Abe insisted Japan must first tackle crises posed by its falling birth rate and an ageing population, and continue its push to boost the number of women in the labour market.

“It is an issue of demography,” Abe told reporters after his speech to the UN general assembly. “I would say that before accepting immigrants or refugees, we need to have more activities by women, elderly people and we must raise our birth rate. There are many things that we should do before accepting immigrants.”

This won’t end well.


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Kerry Says Russia Agrees on ‘Urgency of De-Confliction’ After Striking Non-ISIS Targets

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson
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As Russia began striking Homs, Syria — not an area of ISIS control — Secretary of State John Kerry appeared with his counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, at the United Nations today to reiterate “concerns” about Moscow plunging into the conflict at the behest of ally Bashar Assad.

Kerry said he voiced at the UN Security Council meeting, led by Russia today, “concerns that we have obviously about the nature of the targets, the type of targets, and the need for clarity with respect to them.”

“And it is one thing obviously to be targeting ISIL. We’re concerned, obviously, that is not what is happening,” he said, adding the U.S. and Russia agreed to “a military-to-military de-confliction discussion, meeting, conference, whichever – whatever can be done as soon as possible, because we agree on the urgency of that de-confliction.”

“…The foreign minister and I agreed that there is, even as we don’t have yet a resolution with respect to some critical choices in that political solution, we think we have some very specific steps that may be able to help lead in the right direction. That needs to be properly explored.”

Lavrov said that he and Kerry were following up on the requests of Presidents Obama and Vladimir Putin that the U.S. military coalition and “the military of the Russian Federation, who now engage in some operations in Syria at the request of the Syrian Government, get in touch and establish channels of communications to avoid any unintended incidents.”

“And we agreed that the military should get into contact with each other very soon,” Lavrvo added.

“…We all want Syria democratic, united, secular; Syria which is a home for all ethnic and confessional groups, whose rights are guaranteed; but we have some differences as for the details on how to get there.”

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said at the Pentagon today that wouldn’t “rule out” talking with his counterpart, Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu, as “I think that these kind of contacts are good.”

Carter’s moving forward with the plan to which he and Shoygu agreed before bombing started, to “send a DOD team to meet with Russian defense counterparts, at a location that we agreed upon, to ensure that we avoid any inadvertent incidents over Syrian air space.”

“As we pursue the defense-level talks with Russia on Syria, I want to be absolutely clear that these talks will not, in any way, diminish our strong condemnation of Russian aggression in Ukraine, or change our sanctions and security support in response to those destabilizing actions,” he said.

The Defense secretary acknowledged “it does appear that they were in areas where there probably was — were not ISIL forces, and that is precisely one of the problems with this whole approach.”

“And this is not the kind of behavior that we should expect professionally from the Russian military, professionally,” Carter added.

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Taliban Takeover of Kunduz Picks Up Strength

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Oh boy.

Taliban fighters seized a military hilltop site in Kunduz, tightening their grip on the northern Afghan city on Wednesday.

NATO special forces joined Afghan troops Kunduz to try to push back Taliban insurgents, repelled a counter-offensive and advanced on the airport to shore up their biggest victory in 14 years.

Heavy fighting was underway near the northern city’s airport where government forces are holed up, highlighting the potent challenge the militants pose after their lightning capture of Kunduz.

The Taliban’s occupation — now in its third day — raises troubling questions about the capabilities of Afghan forces as they battle the militants largely on their own after NATO’s combat mission ended last December.

Will the last enemy to take back territory won by Western (specifically American) military men and women during the Obama years turn the light off when he leaves?

You get what I mean.

President Peace Prize is leaving a trail of telegraphed exit carnage as a legacy. Why, it’s almost as if the various enemies knew exactly how long they had to rebuild and be patient because someone in a position of authority let them know.

Anything for a couple of applause lines in a speech, right Mr. President?

Remember, this is all happening at a time when The Idiot King is threatening to veto extra funding for the Overseas Contingency Operations budget, despite the fact that the world he’s helped create is quite the contingency-rich environment.

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Bern Money: Sanders Raises $24 Million, Outpacing 2008 Obama Campaign

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

More bad news for Hillary.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised more than $24 million for his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in the last three months, a significant sum that was fueled by a torrid pace of online donations: more than a million so far.

Sanders advisers, in announcing the fund-raising tally on Wednesday night, also said that the senator had more than $25 million in cash on hand.

Sure, the numbers that Hillary is going to report soon will probably (although it’s not safe to bet on anything in this election cycle anymore) be bigger, but all she has been doing is kissing up to big-money Democrat donors. Sanders has been getting his donations from the little folk.

This is exactly how Mrs. Bill’s 2008 run began to unravel. What’s worse now is that Barack Obama was a rising, youthful star in the Democratic Party back then. His ascent could be somewhat explained. Sanders is a twenty-four-year Washington mainstay who wasn’t even supposed to be able to make a run at Martin O’Malley this year.

On the Republican side, the big establishment money is already nervous about Jeb! and threatening to bail. How much longer will the Hillary backers refrain from calling the vice president’s office?

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Associated Press: Russia-Linked Hackers Went After Hillary’s Private Server

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

As Trump would say, YUGE.

Newly released emails show Russia-linked hackers tried at least five times to pry into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email account while she was secretary of state. It is unclear if she clicked on any attachment and exposed her account.

We’ve certainly come a long way from the halcyon days of “emails about Chelsea’s wedding” for “convenience” now, haven’t we?

It matters not whether she was actually hacked, all that is relevant is that she exposed herself to being hacked. Since no one in the MSM is saying it, it needs to be repeated everywhere in alternative media: if this were anyone else, he or she would already be worried about jail time.

This comes shortly after she and her minions were insisting (with almost the exact same wording in each case) that it’s “time to move on” from this “phony scandal”.

That sound you hear in the background is Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep calling his potential campaign staff.

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Dems Once Again Prove Fiscal Responsibility Only Concerns Them When Dealing with DoD

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Sure, now they want to pinch pennies.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday he expected President Barack Obama to veto the annual defense policy bill currently making its way through Congress because it seeks to avoid budget caps by padding the war-funding account.

Carter told a Pentagon news briefing that he and other presidential advisers had already recommended that Obama veto the National Defense Authorization Act if it remains in its current form.

The bill, which is written by the Armed Services Committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, sets defense policy and authorizes new programs and spending. Appropriation of money is done through spending bills written by the Appropriations Committees.

“(Obama) has already indicated that if it were presented to him in the form in which it now appears it is going to be presented to him, it is going to be vetoed,” Carter said. “So, yes, that is unchanged.”

Carter said he had a number of objections to the compromise bill unveiled on Tuesday. The measure would authorize $612 billion in defense spending, including $90 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), or war funds.

Obama had sought a base Pentagon budget of $534 billion, well in excess of the $499 billion federal spending cap for 2016. He also sought $51 billion in war funds.

To avoid breaking the spending caps while still giving the president the level of funding he sought, Republicans on Capitol Hill reduced the base budget and added extra money to the war fund, which is not restricted by federal spending limits.

“It attempts to evade the question of overall fiscal responsibility with the so-called OCO gimmick, which is objectionable to me and to others in other agencies,” Carter told reporters.

While fiscal responsibility is a noble goal for any part of the government, it ruffles the feathers of common decency that Democrats tend to be truly interested in it only when we are talking about making sure those who are defending the nation are involved.

Sure, there is fat to be trimmed in the DoD, but we’re also dealing with an administration that has a new mistake which needs to be dealt with militarily quite frequently. It would seem that the OCO might deserve some padding precisely because of this.

And we haven’t even gotten to the havoc the Iranian “peace” deal is going to wreak.

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Romney ‘Assessing’ Whether to Enter Race

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

Just what the GOP nomination race needs: a has-been loser already rejected once by the American people.

It’s hard to tell from the article whether this “boomlet” is coming from Romney’s own people or the eternally clueless donors who think they can find the unicorn under all that cow manure.

But you have to suspect that Ann Romney is sending up a trial balloon to see what falls from the sky. She appeared this morning on the Kilmeade and Friends radio show:

“All I can say is, we are in New York City, Mitt’s been with me a lot today, over the last few days and we have been walking the streets and people are screaming out there windows, I mean people on the street, people stop us on the street, everyone is saying ‘come, get in, jump in’, we hear it, we get a lot of phone calls, people are calling all the time, from our past donors saying ‘it’s time to think about it again’. We are assessing, it’s not like we are making a different decision, we are on the sidelines, we made a decision in January not to jump in. Like everyone, we are mystified by this race and entertained at the same time but there’s a lot of ups and downs in a primary and we went through this too by the way in our race, a lot of ups and downs. It’s a long way from being over. There is going to be a lot changes and I can guarantee you, in not too much more time, the same thing is going to be happening on the democratic side. There is one thing for certain and that is, there is a lot of distrust for Washington right now, a lot of frustration, a lot of anger. It is out there, both on the right and the left, you know we are participating and watching like everyone else is.”

(Brian) Not Ruling it out entirely?

“It’s not even like we are talking about it Brain, I can say other people are talking to us about it but we, Mitt and I are not even ready to talk about it.”

Politics certainly is weird. When the presidential bug bites, its effects appear to be permanent. That’s because there are aspects to campaigning for president that are incredibly seductive: the crowds, the press, the attention, the idea that you can make a difference. All of this speak to the man who has everything, who has accomplished virtually all that can be accomplished in his chosen field.

So, what the hey? May as well play world leader for a few years and get a mention or two in the history books, right?

To stand the pummelling from the press and your opponents, to endure the endless circuit of speeches, glad handing, begging cash from donors, and a thousand other annoyances — one must be possessed of a gigantic ego and supreme self assurance. In Romney’s case, he will probably rule out a run. But for a moment or two today, he must have gotten a thrill from seeing his name connected once again with the presidency.

Are these really the kind of people we want as president?

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Senate Dems Want Smoking Age Raised to 21

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Asserting that their legislation would save 4.2 million years of life, a team of Senate Democrats today introduced a bill to raise the smoking age to 21.

The Tobacco to 21 Act, from Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and others, cites a recent Institute of Medicine report that concluded raising the minimum age of smoking would reduce “tobacco” initiation among teenagers and “lead to a 12 percent decrease in smoking prevalence.”

The bill would prohibit sale or distribution of any tobacco to anyone under the age of 21.

Companion legislation was introduced in the House by Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Mark Takai (D-Hawaii).

“Thanks to tobacco control measures like banning smoking in public places and placing warning labels on cigarette cartons, far fewer people smoke now than did fifty years ago,” said Senator Durbin. “…We can help prevent a new generation from falling prey to this deadly epidemic by passing another commonsense measure to reduce youth tobacco use: raising the minimum tobacco age of sale to 21.”

Democrats efforts against tobacco have included urging Walmart to stop selling tobacco products, urging Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to ban tobacco sales at naval bases and aboard ships, and trying to tighten regulations on e-cigarettes.

“Raising the minimum age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21 is a simple step that would save thousands of lives and millions of dollars by snuffing out smoking before it starts,” Blumenthal said. “This legislation would protect young people who are already more vulnerable to the harmful addictive effects of nicotine from the devastating effects of tobacco.”

“By shielding those under the age of 21 from tobacco, we will improve overall public health, decrease the number of smokers, and increase the health and well-being of young people in Connecticut and around the country.”

Schatz noted that this year his home state of Hawaii became the first state in the nation to raise the minimum smoking age to 21. “It was an historic public health achievement that we should adopt nationwide,” the senator said.

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Vatican Confirms: Kim Davis Met with Pope Francis

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

In case there was still any confusion, Pope Francis made the Church’s position on gay marriage abundantly clear during his trip to the United States.

Yesterday, CBS reported that the Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples got to meet with Pope Francis during his visit to the U.S. The pope reportedly asked Kim Davis to pray for him, and gave her and her husband blessed rosaries.

During the plane ride home to Italy, on the other hand, the pope apparently blasted the left-wing, pro-gay marriage mayor of Rome.

According to Kim Davis’ attorney, Mat Staver, “the two met briefly last Thursday, September 24, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C.”

Staver said Pope Francis spoke to Davis in English and asked her to pray for him. He said Davis, in return, asked the pope to pray for her. The pope told her to stay strong, according to her lawyer.

Staver said the pope also gave Kim and her husband rosaries he had blessed.

Photos of the meeting are in the possession of the Vatican, according to Staver.

Yesterday,  Father Ciro Benedettini of the Holy See Press Office told CBS News that the Vatican neither confirmed nor denied the report.

Today, the Vatican did confirm that the meeting took place.

Via the Washington Post:

“I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comments to add,” Rev. Manuel Dorantes, a spokesman for the Vatican, told The Washington Post on Wednesday.


The meeting with Davis was not the only private discussion the pope held with Americans involved in religious liberty cases. In Washington, Francis also met with the Little Sisters of the Poor — a visit that was intended as a sign of support for the nuns in their legal battle against a contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

The Vatican revealed that meeting at a U.S. news conference hours after it took place. The meeting with Davis was kept private until late Tuesday, days after Francis had left the country.

As mentioned above, Pope Francis had less than charitable things to say about the left-wing, pro-gay marriage mayor of Rome on the trip home to Italy.

 Pope Francis raised eyebrows in Italy on Tuesday by slapping down the left-leaning mayor of Rome as someone who “pretends to be Catholic”.

 The unforgiving assessment of Ignazio Marino — a man the Italian media love to hate — further heightened tensions between the pope and the mayor in the run-up to the start of the Holy Year of Mercy in December, with the Vatican fearful the Italian capital is ill-prepared for the millions of extra pilgrims.

“He pretends to be Catholic, it came on him all of a sudden. It doesn’t happen like that,” Francis said.

The pope’s cutting comments on the politician — who observers say rubbed the pontiff up the wrong way with his vocal support of gay marriage and euthanasia — came as Francis returned from a barnstorming visit to the United States and Cuba.

Apparently Marino made an appearance “on the last leg of the papal tour,” which agitated the pontiff.

Asked on the flight home if the pope had invited Marino, Francis said, “I didn’t invite the mayor. Is that clear? I asked the organisers and they didn’t invite him either.”

Not exactly the sort of grandfatherly warmth and kindness we’ve come to expect from Il Papa, eh?

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Eternally Clueless, Jeb! Sees Himself as the John McCain of 2016

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via ABCNews.com:

As polls show Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush slipping, and though his donors may be worried, he’s certainly not, at least visibly.

Speaking to ABC News today, Bush offered an anecdote about a previous GOP candidate whose chances seemed slim.

“This time, eight years ago, John McCain was traveling through the Atlanta airport. I saw him and he had no aide, no person, [he was] by himself because his campaign was supposed to be ended,” Bush said of the Arizona senator. “He won the Republican primary that year. This is how the process works; you have to go earn it.”

Again, it is absolutely stunning to think that all he’s had to do for eight years is prepare for this. Why he would want to evoke McCain 2008 memories baffles the mind. One thing it proves is that he is completely unaware of how the conservative base thinks or feels. John McCain is one of the most reviled turncoat Republicans in Congress, as far as the base is concerned.

This also indicates that Jeb! has no clue about what his unshakable flaw is: we see him as the John McCain of 2016 too.

So will the voters in the general election.

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VIDEO: Rep. McCaul: ‘We’re Losing in This Fight Against ISIS’

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said Tuesday that the United States is losing its fight against the Islamic State. He cited the findings from a bipartisan report released Tuesday:

More than 25,000 foreigners have flocked to war-torn Syria and Iraq since 2011 to fight with Islamist terrorist groups including ISIS, according to U.S. government estimates noted in the report.

“Despite concerted efforts to stem the flow, we have largely failed to stop Americans from traveling overseas to join jihadists,” the task force determined in its report.

During an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, McCaul called for greater cooperation among NATO partners in the fight to destroy ISIS, and he warned that the terror threat facing the homeland is now greater than ever from IS recruits:

“The facts are the facts, and the fact is, we’re losing in this fight against ISIS,” he said.

“Hundreds of Americans have traveled there, and many have come back, so the threat to the Homeland is real,” McCaul said, “Not only from foreign fighter travel, but radicalization over the Internet.”

One of the problems is that the United States doesn’t have a strategy for dealing with ISIS or even with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad effectively.

“Right now, it’s been a policy of containment, not one to defeat and destroy,” he said.  ”I think that’s the great failure here.”

But implementing and policing any economic sanctions against ISIS would be a difficult move, if it came to that, because “we have very little presence on the ground,” McCaul said. “We have very little human intelligence, which is why the numbers I gave you, we’re not even sure how real the numbers are.”

And all Americans who are joining in the ISIS fight “present a ticking time bomb,” said McCaul.

“What keeps me up at night are the ones we’ve missed, the ones who have come back who are plotting an attack,” said McCaul. “The ones who are being radicalized over the Internet from Syria social media operatives; the case like Chattanooga that we didn’t know about. We didn’t have any warning signs. I’m concerned that could very well happen again.”

This news coincides with several disturbing reports about the Obama administration’s mismanagement in the fight against Islamic terror. Yesterday, a report revealed that the Obama administration has granted residency or asylum to 1,519 foreigners who supported terror at one time.

Yesterday, a member of al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra was pictured with a new American-made machine gun. The photo spread quickly on social media.

Fox News reported yesterday that dozens of MRAPs provided by the U.S. government to its Kurdish allies in Iraq arrived without protective side armor. According to a security contractor who works with the Kurds, riding in one of the vehicles is tantamount to “committing suicide.”

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Illegal Aliens Arrested for Double Murder in Texas

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Julie Prince

This past week, two illegal aliens were arrested by the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the execution of two men and the burning of their corpses.

Adrian Salinas, 22, was arrested in Texas on drug charges, but authorities were able to link him to the murders once he was in custody.

Jose Luis Salinas Torres, 23, and Lazaro Alejandro Martinez Esparza, 26, had both been shot in the head before being loaded into the trunk of a car:

Once in custody, Salinas admitted to investigators his role in the murder. Salinas also had scar tissue on his body from healed injuries that are consistent with him helping set a car on fire.

Salinas has been charged with capital murder and his bond has been set at $2 million. A second suspect has been arrested, and will be charged later in the week.

Both suspects admit to being part of a violent gang, the Tri-City Bombers, which have been linked to several other high-profile murders and massacres. It is being reported that the motive for the murders was drugs.

The argument over securing the border has been raging for years. With millions of illegal aliens, many of them hardened criminals, still crossing the border and later committing crimes, pleas from the American people for security seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

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VIDEO: Raymond Ibrahim Discusses ‘Radical Islam: The Most Dangerous Ideology’

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Raymond Ibrahim — author of Crucified Again and The Al Qaeda Reader – is featured in the latest Prager University course, titled: “Radical Islam: The Most Dangerous Ideology.” Ibrahim breaks it all down in just under five minutes.

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Anti-Redskins Group Slams Jeb Support, Says Team Name Harmful to Children

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Activists says Jeb Bush isn’t recognizing the harm done to children by Washington’s football team by supporting the Redskins name.

Bush told “The Arena,” a new show debuting Friday on Sirius XM’s POTUS channel, that the Redskins shouldn’t give into political pressure.

“I don’t think it should change it,” he said. “But again, I don’t think politicians ought to be having any say about that, to be honest with you. I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive.”

The former Florida governor added: “We had a similar kind of flap with FSU, if you recall, the Seminoles. And the Seminole tribe itself kind of came to the defense of the university and it subsided.”

“It’s a sport, for crying out loud. It’s a football team,” Bush said. “Washington has a huge fan base — I’m missing something here, I guess.”

The Change the Mascot campaign, which includes politicians, some Native American tribes and civil rights groups, responded to Bush in a statement noting “social science research has shown that the NFL’s promotion of the R-word racial slur has particularly serious effects on Native American children.”

“Recently, the governor has used offensive language to describe immigrants and he has denigrated America’s multicultural heritage,” Change the Mascot said, referencing Bush’s comments that the GOP’s message to minority voters “is one of hope and aspiration — it isn’t one of division and ‘get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff.’”

“Now he is endorsing the NFL’s preferred racial slur against Native Americans. That is disappointing, but sadly not surprising. In recent weeks it emerged publicly that one of his major donors is the Washington NFL team’s owner — a billionaire who has a direct financial interest in continuing to promote this racial slur,” the anti-Redskins campaign continued.

“What is surprising is that in promoting the use of this slur, the governor somehow believes he speaks for Native Americans and can assert that Native American people do not find this slur offensive. He clearly is missing something.  What is even more appalling is the governor’s declaration that because he personally doesn’t find this slur offensive, that makes it acceptable.”

A poll last year found two-thirds of Native Americans surveyed calling the name offensive. Tribes have been divided over the name even in protests.

“This should be a very simple open-and-shut issue in the 2016 campaign: No presidential candidate should be promoting this racial slur against Native Americans,” Change the Mascot said.

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Rand Paul: Cruz ‘Pretty Much Done For’ in the Senate

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) unloaded on his colleague and rival for the presidential nomination yesterday by saying Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is “done for” in the upper chamber.

Paul’s comments to Fox radio came after Cruz tried to push a block on government funding earlier this week but couldn’t get a second from any of his colleagues to move to a roll-call vote.

Cruz also slammed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the Senate floor again. McConnell responded yesterday: “I try very hard to stay out of the presidential race, and I think that’s probably a good rule for me and I think I’ll continue that.”

Paul, though, noted that “Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence he can’t get anything done legislatively.”

Cruz has introduced 18 standalone bills and a few dozen amendments this Congress, and all except two — dealing with Obamacare repeal — have no co-sponsors or just a handful.

“He is pretty much done for and stifled and it’s really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem,” Paul continued. “I approach things a little different, I am still just as hardcore in saying what we are doing , I just chose not to call people liars on the Senate floor and it’s just a matter of different perspectives on how best to get to the end result.”

Paul noted that he forced a vote on Planned Parenthood in August, “but I try not to make it personal and I think in not making it personal and understanding other people have different perspectives and really this is a democratic republic, you have to woo people, you can’t hit them over the head.”

Cruz was on Fox last night but didn’t respond to Paul’s comments.

“We need leadership that actually leads. Right now, both Senate and House leadership — they believe that we must surrender to Obama on everything,” Cruz said. “It’s why people are so frustrated.”

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Video: Russia Conducts First Air Strikes in Syria … but Who Was the Target?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Russia has conducted its first airstrike in Syria, but there is disagreement between Russian and U.S. officials over whether the target was ISIS or anti-Assad rebel forces.

A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Wednesday claimed that the airstrikes hit ISIS targets. Via CNN:

The airstrike targeted ISIS military equipment, communications centers, vehicles and ammunition, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said, as part of pinpoint strikes against ISIS ground targets.

But a senior U.S. administration official told CNN’s Elise Labott the Russian airstrike near the city of Homs “has no strategic purpose” in terms of combating ISIS, which “shows they are not there to go after ISIL.” ISIL is another acronym for ISIS.

Russia also ordered U.S. airplanes to clear out of Syrian airspace, which the the State Department says they will not do:

The official said the U.S. had no intention of preventing the strikes but that Russian planes didn’t seem to be flying in areas where the U.S. was operating. “They are not stupid,” the official said.

The State Department said U.S.-led coalition missions were continuing as normal despite an advance warning and request from Russia to stay out of Syrian airspace.

Secretary of State John Kerry had a thing or two to say about this:

Secretary of State Kerry told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that the Russian airstrikes are “not helpful.”

Putin said, in essence, tough.

This is what the Obama policy of “leading from behind” looks like:

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Obama Vows to Veto Bill That Would Make Iran Pay Judgments to Terror Victims

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House threatened to veto legislation that blocks sanctions relief to Iran until it pays its bill of court-ordered damages to victims of terrorism.

The Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act was introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) earlier this month. The House Rules Committee is marking up the bill today.

“The President may not waive, suspend, reduce, provide relief from, or otherwise limit the application of statutory sanctions with respect to Iran under any provision of law, or refrain from applying any such sanctions pursuant to an agreement described in section 135(a) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2160e(a)), until the President has certified to the Congress that the Government of Iran has paid each judgment against Iran,” states the legislation.

That includes claims adjudicated between March 4, 2000, and May 22, 2015.

Judgments that were linked in court to Iranian support or financing include victims of the 9/11 attacks, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, the 1983 attack on the Beirut Marine barracks, and numerous other bus bombings, suicide attacks, assassinations and hostage takings.

“Iran should not get a red cent in U.S. sanctions relief until it has paid its victims what they are owed,” Meehan said Sept. 10. “I oppose the Iran deal, but surely we can all agree that Iran should not reap any benefits from the U.S. until it has compensated the families of those whose lives were taken by Iranian terrorism.”

But the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement a short time ago that it “strongly opposes” making Iran pay up, arguing that “obstructing implementation of the JCPOA would greatly undermine our national security interests.”

“It would result in the collapse of a comprehensive diplomatic arrangement that peacefully and verifiably prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and in turn would allow for the resumption of a significantly less constrained Iranian nuclear program, lead to the unraveling of the international sanctions regime against Iran, and deal a devastating blow to America’s credibility as a leader of international diplomacy,” the OMB said. “This would have ripple effects, jeopardizing both the hard work of sustaining a unified coalition to combat Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region and America’s ability to lead the world on nuclear non-proliferation.”

And, the White House reminded the House, terrorism apparently comes second.

“The Administration has consistently made clear that the purpose of the nuclear negotiations, and ultimately the JCPOA, was to address one issue only – the international community’s concerns over Iran’s nuclear program and the need to verifiably prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” the OMB notice continued. “This is the approach with which the United States was able to garner international support for our sanctions and achieve a diplomatic resolution.”

The administration claimed it “continues to work to explore all possible avenues for compensation, but will not do so in a manner that would connect this issue to the JCPOA, thereby jeopardizing its implementation and Iran’s fulfillment of the critical nuclear steps required under the JCPOA.”

President Obama will veto the bill if it makes it through to his desk, the OMB promised.

“As we address our concerns with Iran’s nuclear program through implementation of the JCPOA, the Administration remains clear-eyed and shares the deep concerns of the Congress and the American people about Iran’s support for terrorism,” the White House said. “We will continue to vigorously enforce our sanctions against these activities, none of which have been relieved under the JCPOA, and work closely with our partners in the region to counter them using a range of unilateral and multilateral tools.”

Meehan said “the principle and effect” of his bill “is simple: no sanctions relief unless Iran pays up.”

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Ted Cruz Gives Epic Speech on Senate Floor Exposing Republican Leadership

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

The video below is of Ted Cruz on the Senate floor two days ago. The senator from Texas (and Republican presidential candidate) exposed the way Washington works: the games that are played, by both parties, and the lack of principles among Republicans. As Mark Levin puts it on Twitter: it’s a real “must watch.”

You won’t see many senators taking on their own party like this, but Cruz isn’t your average politician. He has made a name for himself because of his willingness to stand alone: “Fiat justitia ruat caelum” (“Let justice be done though the heavens fall”).

This speech is a great example of that principled attitude: he’s taking on President Obama, the Democrats and — perhaps even mostly — the GOP’s leadership, who are more interested in playing games than doing what they promised voters they’d do. Note how he exposes John Boehner’s strategy to announce his resignation but to use his remaining weeks in Congress (he’ll be gone in a month) “in order to fund President Obama’s priorities.”

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Our Summer of Omelas

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 - by Jamie Wilson

In 1973, award-winning science fiction author Ursula Le Guin published a very short story-essay titled “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.” It described a dreamlike summer festival in Omelas, a beautiful city that embodies everyone’s utopia, a magical place where everyone was joyful, a place where sorrow never touched the citizens or guests. But beneath that city lay a secret: all its joy and pleasure depended on the suffering and misery of a single lonely, abused child living in a filthy basement. If that child were saved, all of Omelas would fall, its beauty and perfection lost.

The citizens of Omelas, when they reached a certain age, were taken below to view the child so that they might understand their civilization. Most rationalized the suffering, as was encouraged: the child was mentally defective anyway, it could never be happy now if taken out, it was incapable of appreciating the beauty of the world like others. Only a few could not bear the truth, but instead of removing the child and Omelas be damned, they walked away, leaving for parts unknown.

America has had a summer of Omelas. We are being shown how our society has built itself around the suffering of children about whom no one cares: babies just formed who are sacrificed for the sake of convenience and science. Mothers who are unready to become mothers (though the life in their wombs proves that decision has already been made), their partners who are unwilling to support a child emotionally or financially, women who are simply afraid or pressured into having an abortion — all seek euphemisms for the life-shattering act they are about to take: ending a pregnancy, taking care of the problem, taking care of their reproductive health. There are fifty ways and more to say it.

But there is only one truth. By turning away, we are all killing our unborn children — and not the ones that are just blobs of a few cells, but those whose body parts are large enough to be “useful” to research companies. Evicted from their mothers’ wombs, they are being left to die in the cold while technicians assure often weeping and traumatized women that the baby didn’t feel a thing, that it had no nervous system or was just a blob of tissue.

And then they are “harvested” after they have completely expired. I hope. Recent videos raise doubt.

We are ignoring all good common sense.

We are lying to ourselves.

Go read the Le Guin story linked above.

Then imagine the scenario on the next page in its place:

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It’s Not Just al-Qaeda Anymore: ISIS Now Targeting West at Rate of More than 2 Attacks Per Month

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via The Telegraph:

Islamic State-linked terror plots are increasing with attacks on the West foiled or taking place at a rate of more than two a month, according to a new study.

Since the declaration of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (Isil) “caliphate” last year, nine attacks unfolded out of a total of 32 Isil-inspired plots, or 2.3 a month, the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) said.

The think tank’s latest study of Isil-related terror found that the extremist group’s slick media operation is contributing to the radicalisation and inspiring attacks in Europe and elsewhere.

Although the US is under greater threat of attacks, countries in Europe have seen a higher number of deaths resulting from attacks.

According to the report author, Robin Simcox, there are likely to be many more attacks planned that the public is not aware of.

For a long time, we have been told that it’s al-Qaeda who is more focused on operating internationally while ISIS is more concerned with home-wrecking for now.

One thing al-Qaeda never had that ISIS does, however, is a social media savvy recruiting apparatus. This makes them more nimble abroad. It’s much easier to find a recruit or two a couple hundred miles away from a place they want to attack than use the old al-Qaeda sleeper cell export model.

Now that al-Qaeda has the refugee crisis to hide its exports in, they’ll both be more dangerous.

Heckuva job, Barack.

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Edward Snowden Joins Twitter and Neil deGrasse Tyson is a Drooling Fan

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

To the delight of libertarians everywhere and perhaps the most bone-headed astrophysicist ever, traitor or whistleblower (depends on your political preference and, oh, your level of HEY MAYBE DON’T DO SOMETHING TO THE U.S THAT ONLY THE RUSSIANS LIKE) Edward Snowden tore himself away from what I’m sure is a never ending supply of vodka to join Twitter.


Let this welcome tweet from Neil deGrasse Tyson be your guide if you ever find yourself drunk enough to take him seriously (I’m willing to start a crowdfunding page to raise the money to help him join his “patriot” friend in Russia):


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