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Planned Parenthood: 'We don't offer prenatal care'

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is on record stating her business is essential to American women because of the prenatal care it offers.

She is emphasizing that point as a move develops in Congress to withhold the half-a-billion taxpayer dollars that each year goes to the abortion-industry behemoth.

The funding must continue, Richards said, because prenatal care is among “the kinds of services that folks depend on Planned Parenthood for.”

The problem?

Planned Parenthood “offers abortions, so they don’t offer prenatal care,” according to a Tempe, Arizona, spokeswoman for the business.

That’s right. The service Planned Parenthood says is so important, it doesn’t provide.

Read the tested and proven strategies to defeat the abortion cartel, in “Abortion Free: Your Manual for Building a Pro-Life America One Community at a Time.”

The nonprofit Live Action, in a new video investigation, found 92 out of 97 Planned Parenthood centers contacted admitted they would refuse to provide any prenatal care.

Of the other five, one said it was not accepting new patients, and another said it could provide vitamins.

“No, see, we don’t see pregnant women as a way of giving prenatal care, we see pregnant women, um, you know, if they are considering other options,” was from Planned Parenthood in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“No, we don’t do prenatal services. I mean, it’s called Planned Parenthood, I know it’s kind of deceiving,” said a Merrillville, Indiana, spokeswoman.

Another office stated plainly: “We don’t offer prenatal care at Planned Parenthood.”

Many Planned Parenthood offices across the U.S. state outright they do not offer prenatal care.

Many Planned Parenthood offices across the U.S. say outright they do not offer prenatal care.

“Planned Parenthood says it’s a champion of women’s health care, yet prenatal care, which is an essential service for expectant mothers, is virtually nonexistent,” said Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action. “Our investigators who wanted to keep their babies were turned away by 92 out of 97 Planned Parenthood centers. It’s clear that despite its claims, abortion is the priority and the only option for pregnant women that visit Planned Parenthood.”

Live Action said it is investing $500,000 in a digital ad campaign to push the video series out to millions of Americans. Future videos will further expose Planned Parenthood’s lack of health care services and include the testimonies of former Planned Parenthood managers.

President Trump already took the first step on the issue on Monday, ordering that U.S. tax money no longer will go to those organizations who fund abortion internationally.

The video:

 

Live Action said “The Prenatal Care Deception” leads off the “Abortion Corporation” series of investigative videos.

The video noted Planned Parenthood claims only 3 percent of its services are abortions.

Rose said the abortion company performs less than 2 percent of all women’s cancer screenings in the nation, yet commits nearly one-third of all abortions – 887 a day and more than 320,000 last year.

“I anticipate Planned Parenthood will respond as it usually does by denying the overwhelming findings of this investigation,” said Rose. “That’s why I encourage media outlets to contact any of the 97 centers that Live Action did – or any others – and ask them if they offer prenatal care, how long they’ve been doing so, and then ask for proof. The media will find results similar to ours: Planned Parenthood’s prenatal care claim is bogus.”

WND reported earlier this month another Live Action video showed how Planned Parenthood carried out its promise to retrain employees after some were caught on video making embarrassing statements about human trafficking and sex workers.

Instead of training workers to spot and report abuse, Planned Parenthood trained them to identify and guard against undercover journalists and investigators.

The training, nevertheless, apparently was unsuccessful as demonstrated by the series of videos released in 2015 that showed top Planned Parenthood executives lobbying for higher pay for the delivery of the body parts of unborn babies. The undercover investigation prompted states and sponsors to defund the organization, and legislation in Congress would withdraw some $500 million in tax money given to the abortionists annually.

Live Action, which produced undercover videos in 2011 in which individuals working at Planned Parenthood clinics expressed willingness to aid and abet underage sex-trafficking, released its video online.

“[It] shows that Planned Parenthood lied to the media after employees were caught on camera attempting to aid and abet sex traffickers prostituting 14- and 15-year-old girls,” Live Action said. “A former Planned Parenthood manager recently revealed that while the abortion giant claimed in 2011 that it was retraining thousands of staff to identify child sex traffickers, it instead trained them how to identify undercover journalists investigating its facilities.”

Live Action said it “used public records requests to check the abortion chain’s claim that it had reported the suspected sex traffickers to authorities. The responses from law enforcement show that Planned Parenthood failed repeatedly to report the suspected crimes to local police departments, state police, or even child protective services.”

The video:

 

In the video, Ramona Trevino told of her experience running a Planned Parenthood operation during Live Action’s previous investigation.

Rose noted that Trevino was working at Planned Parenthood while the previous undercover investigations were done.

“I just blew it off,” Trevino said. “We don’t have anything to hide, so why are we so concerned about these undercover investigations?”

She continued, “Later on … all of that would change.”

The video features a clip of a CBS report showing Planned Parenthood staffers “all too eager to help purported teenage sex workers get abortions and contraception.”

One clip had a “pimp” telling a Planned Parenthood worker: “Some of ’em are young, they’re kind of like – some are like, 15, 14.”

That could involve criminal activity not just because of the prostitution, but because of their age.

But Planned Parenthood’s responded, “Minors are always accepted without parental consent.”

The worker continues: “You never got this from me. Just to make all of our lives easier. If they’re 14 and under … just send ’em right there if they need an abortion.”

She circled information on a sheet of paper.

Live Action exposed eight Planned Parenthood clinic staffers at seven locations “willing to aid and abet child sex traffickers.”

Richards wrote to then-Attorney General Eric Holder on the issue. But she couldn’t even, in the letter, accurately name the states where the incidents took place. And the letter claimed they were reported to authorities.

“But through the Freedom of Information Act, Live Action contacted the state justice departments, police departments and child protective services in the states listed in Planned Parenthood’s letter, and only one of the five states visited by investigators, Arizona, had responsive records that any report had been made to authorities.”

Trevino explained that while Planned Parenthood “publicly” said they would retrain staff to watch for traffickers, what they actually did was assemble employees to train them to watch for undercover journalists.

Trevino said she was told, on the issue of sex trafficking, “We’re not here to talk about that.”

She was told, “We are here to teach you how to identify if you’re being videotaped, or recorded, or entrapped in any way.”

At the time, Live Action had released more than a dozen hidden camera videos from 10 states showing “several alarming patterns of illegal Planned Parenthood activities including cover-up of sexual abuse of minors, the skirting of parental consent laws, citing unscientific and fabricated medical information to manipulate women to have abortions, and Planned Parenthood’s willingness to accept donations earmarked to abort African-American babies.”

The training to identify undercover journalists failed spectacularly.

In 2015, a group called the Center for Medical Progress went undercover to record Planned Parenthood executives and others in the abortion business talking about the profit in the trade in baby body parts.

Earlier this month, a congressional panel recommended a cutoff of public funds to the abortionists.

“The panel … recommends that Congress take actions to ensure good stewardship of taxpayer funds, including: defunding Planned Parenthood and ensuring that grants no longer available to Planned Parenthood are awarded to healthcare providers that provide comprehensive preventive healthcare for their patients and that do not perform abortions (that are not covered by Medicaid under the Hyde Amendment),” explains the final report of the Select Investigative Panel of the Energy & Commerce Committee.

The panel, headed by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., reviewed information that had been uncovered by the Center for Medical Progress investigation.

The videos revealed the abortionists discussing their potential profits. One famously said, “I want a Lamborghini” to argue for higher payments. They also discussed how they could adjust abortion procedures to obtain the organs researchers wanted.

But profiting from such transactions and adjusting procedures for those reasons are violations of federal law.

The panel previously referred a number of investigation subjects to prosecutors for possible criminal charges

One of the videos showed an official admitting Planned Parenthood sells fully intact aborted babies.

 

Crushing babies

In the first undercover video released by CMP, Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on crushing babies.

“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” she said.

See the first video:

 

In the second video, Planned Parenthood’s Mary Gatter discussed how her compensation for organs could rise when she said, “I want a Lamborghini.”

See her comments:

 

The fifth video released shows Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood’s Houston clinic discussing “intact fetal cadavers”:

 

The seventh video has the testimony of a Planned Parenthood worker who tapped an aborted infant’s heart and saw it start beating.

 

DNC chair candidates bash white people

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(GRABIEN) — Candidates aspiring to take over as chairman of the Democratic National Committee met Monday night to discuss what went wrong in 2016 and how to get the party back on track.

Early into the event the candidates gravitated toward a particular scapegoat for the party’s poor showing in November: Political consultancies owned by white people.

“We have to stop, particularly with the consultants,” said the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, Jaime Harrison. “You cannot come to the DNC and get a contract and the only minority face you have is the person answering the phone.”

 

Limo torched in D.C. protests belongs to Muslim immigrant

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(WASHINGTONEXAMINER) — The limousine that was set on fire during the anti-Trump anarchist protest in downtown Washington on Inauguration Day is owned by a Muslim immigrant who says the damage could cost his company $70,000.

Muhammad Ashraf, the owner of Nationwide Chauffeur Services, spoke with the Washington Examiner’s sister publication, Red Alert Politics, about what happened:

In an exclusive interview with Red Alert Politics, Ashraf said he wasn’t a supporter of Donald Trump during his campaign, but Friday’s protests were completely counter-productive.

“I have a different point of view,” Ashraf told Red Alert. “I did not agree with many of the things he said, but that still does not give me the right to go and affect someone’s livelihood.”

 

Mystery: Obama's favorite imam gets to pray with Trump

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Leo HohmannGo to full article
Imam Mohamed Magid at National Prayer Service held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017

Imam Mohamed Magid at National Prayer Service held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017

It remains a mystery how an imam with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Barack Obama got invited to offer a prayer at the National Prayer Service Saturday after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

President Trump and his wife Melania were in the audience as Imam Mohamed Magid began praying in Arabic from the pulpit of the National Cathedral. He then cited a message from the Quran and translated it to English before walking over and shaking Trump’s hand.

Magid, born and raised in Sudan, is leader of a Shariah-observant mosque in Sterling, Virginia, and is a former president of the Islamic Society of North America. ISNA was created by the Muslim Brotherhood and works in concert with the seditious international organization founded in Egypt in 1928.

The surprise appearance by Magid at Saturday’s prayer breakfast led to an immediate rebuke by Faith Leaders for America, a group of 78 Christian and Jewish leaders who reject any interfaith dialogue with Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups. They issued a statement calling on President Trump to declare the Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

Watch clip of Imam Mohamed Magid offering prayer at National Cathedral as President Trump looks on.

 

Magid is a former two-term president of ISNA, which has been linked to the Muslim Brotherhood through documents presented by the FBI during the Holy Land Foundation terrorist-funding trial of 2007-08.

Magid was also invited to the Obama White House repeatedly beginning in the spring of 2010 to offer his advice on counter-terrorism measures. Obama made him a member of his “countering violent extremism” or CVE working group, which sought to take the heat off of “Islamic terrorism,” shifting the focus to “extremism in all its forms,” including “right wing” terrorists.

Allowing Muslim Brotherhood operatives to call the shots on how to combat terrorism has been likened to “the fox guarding the hen house” by law enforcement experts such as Phil Haney, who served as an immigration officer in the Homeland Security Department under presidents Bush and Obama, and John Guandolo, a former FBI counter-terrorism specialist.

Jerry Johnson, president of National Religious Broadcasters.

Jerry Johnson, president of National Religious Broadcasters.

Jerry Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters and a member of the new Faith Leaders for America group, said he was not surprised that someone with Magid’s background was included in the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral.

“It did not surprise me, because the wrong kind of Muslims and Muslim leaders have been gaining inroads into Christian circles, government circles, education and media circles for years,” Johnson told WND Monday. “And by the wrong kind I mean they’re sympathetic with Shariah, sympathetic with jihad and they’re not benign, not leaders who affirm the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights. So I’m not surprised that someone got into the prayer service who was a sort a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

In his inaugural address, Trump pledged to “eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the Earth.”

But one day later at the National Prayer Service “a prayer was offered by one of its most dangerous practitioners: Imam Mohamed Magid, a top leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States,” the Faith Leaders for America stated.

Johnson said it was established during the HLF trial that ISNA was a Brotherhood front group and was an unindicted co-conspirator involved in raising money for Hamas — a designated terrorist organization. “He was president of that group [ISNA] for two years, twice elected president, so that’s key.”

Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, also issued a statement rebuking the choice of Magid for the National Prayer Service.

“Magid is a top Muslim Brotherhood leader in the United States and a particularly effective practitioner of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘civilization jihad’ – whose aim is the same as that of all other Sharia-supremacists around the world: destroying Western civilization and forcing its submission to Sharia. The Brothers’ mission self-declared mission is to do it from within this country, by our own hands.”

Magid was also a member of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America or AMJA, which is responsible for issuing fatwas for the North American Muslim community.

“The AMJA journal published an article saying it’s not permissible to cooperate with the FBI on terrorism investigations,” Johnson said. “And it’s OK to use zakat [alms] for jihad activities. He’s been a leader of these groups or on their boards, funding Hamas, so he’s not the right kind of guy really to do a prayer at the National Cathedral.”

Magid is imam at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society or ADAMS mosque, which the Faith Leaders for America say is one of the most Shariah-adherent mosques in the country.

“So when you talk about freedom of speech, religion, press, that’s not what they’re about there,” Johnson said. “Certainly for the rules of the marriage relationship, marriage and divorce, they don’t respect our laws.”

Johnson said his group of faith leaders is just getting started and will attempt to educate pastors and other spiritual leaders on Shariah and which group to avoid in outreach.

The group’s website includes the following mission statement:

“We oppose those who seek to restrict our freedoms on the grounds that we cannot offend their faith. Specifically, Faith Leaders for America is an effort to assist the clergy of America in promoting real tolerance and freedom of religion in the face of the intolerant and repressive agenda of Islamic supremacists. This is made the more urgent because of inroads that Muslim Brotherhood front groups, mosques and other Islamist organizations are making in into our nation’s religious life, communities and national fabric.

“We reject intolerance promoted in the guise of tolerance.

“We will work together to challenge Islamic supremacists who demand our submission to their totalitarian Sharia doctrine. They profess to be bridge-building, but theirs are one-way bridges, used for proselytizing and recruitment (dawa), not promoting true, mutual, ecumenical respect and coexistence.

“We will also seek to counter the enabling of such activities by non-Muslim clerics who legitimate the Islamists and provide political cover to their subversion.

“To these ends, we will provide information and facilitate training to our fellow clergy members and their congregations. In the near term, the object will be to raise their awareness of and assist in their opposition to this clearly fraudulent ‘interfaith dialogue’ – and the larger, stealthy Brotherhood ‘civilization jihad’ agenda it serves.”

Who invited Magid to pray?

Johnson said he believes the National Cathedral staff put the service together.

“I’m sure the administration invited some select evangelicals to the service but I was told the staff put together the ecumenical lineup, which included a Hindu and I think a Sikh and some others,” he said. “This was sort of an old lineup the cathedral staff put together. So I would not jump to the conclusion that the White House invited this man to speak. Obviously it’s a lesson, to take great care, as to who is invited.”

“If you are going to have an ecumenical service then it seems like you wouldn’t have someone pray who believes you don’t even have a right to your own view,” Johnson continued. “But I’m confident that this White House is going to do the right thing, when it comes to the Muslim Brotherhood. I believe they’re going to label them a terrorist organization, and get serious about jihad as you heard in the inaugural speech by President Trump.”

Dr. Mark Christian grew up in a prominent Muslim family in Egypt and converted to Christianity as an adult.

Dr. Mark Christian grew up in a prominent Muslim family in Egypt and converted to Christianity as an adult.

Dr. Mark Christian, a former imam who group up in a Muslim Brotherhood family in Cairo, Egypt, before converting to Christianity as a young adult, said Magid is a hardcore Brotherhood operative.

“You could see Trump was not happy, and Pence as well,” said Christian, who changed his name from Muhammad Abdullah and defected to America, where he founded the Global Faith Institute.

“Here is the problem. Dr. Magid’s mosque has been recognized by the FBI as one of the role models on how to reach out with peace and to counteract terrorism in America,” Christian said. “Obviously it’s very clear those kinds of reports are coming from an FBI that was under the control of president Obama for years.”

The Brotherhood will not fade away

Christian, an expert on the Muslim Brotherhood and its strategies, said the group will not fade into the shadows quietly. They will continue to reach out and try to gain a foothold in the new White House.

“There are things I’m worried about, the infrastructure built by Obama and even the presidents before him, Bush and Clinton, had built the Muslim Brotherhood into the power structure of Washington for years,” Dr. Christian said.

“And I am very optimistic of the clear understanding of the key players in the new administration in recognizing this problem, and they are fully aware there have been players entrenched for years into the government power structure,” he added

But a part of him is still worried.

“I’m 75 percent optimistic and 25 percent I’m worried,” he said.

Dossier of Magid’s jihadist ties

The following information on Magid was assembled by the David Horowitz Freedom Center: and the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

[Magid was] born in northern Sudan in 1965, Mohamed Magid studied Islam under African Sunni scholars, one of whom was his own father, the Grand Mufti of Sudan. In 1987 Magid immigrated to the United States, where he took college courses in psychology and family counseling, and he taught classes on the Koran at Howard University in Washington, DC. In 1997 Magid became imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), a mosque located in Sterling, Virginia. Soon thereafter, he became affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), first as its East Zone representative, then as vice president, and finally as president (a post to which he was elected in September 2010).

The Investigative Project on Terrorism finds that:

ISNA has a troubling history, however, and its leadership ranks beyond Mattson include people who date back to the group’s foundation by Muslim Brotherhood members. The organization grew out of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), which also was founded by Brotherhood members. The Brotherhood is an 80-year-old Egyptian movement that seeks to spread Shariah, or Islamic law, far and wide. Federal prosecutors included ISNA on a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the Hamas-financing prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). ISNA is listed among “individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood.” The trial ended with guilty verdicts on 108 counts in November 2008. Its conferences have featured rhetoric in support of terrorist groups and other radicalism. This continued at the 2009 convention, where panelists expressed extreme anti-Semitism and support for the terrorist group Hizballah.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism also found that:

Another group, the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), which counts Magid as a member, published an article in 2008 written by Hatem al-Haj, a member of its fatwa committee, giving religious justification for not cooperating with authorities. Al-Haj wrote it was “impermissible” for Muslims to work with the FBI because of the “harm they inflict on Muslims…The AMJA issued a fatwa in August 2011 stating that zakat could be used to “support legitimate Jihad activities.”

As counter-terrorism expert Patrick Poole reported in PJMedia, Magid had tremendous access to and influence during the Brotherhood-friendly Obama presidency.

Mohamed Magid is the Obama administration’s go-to guy for Muslim outreach and advise on international affairs and counterterrorism. He is a regular visitor to the White House (even when the administration wants to conceal it), attends important administration speeches on the U.S. Middle East policy at the State Department, he counsels the Department of Justice to criminalize defamation of Islam, he entertains the deputy national security adviser at his D.C.-area mosque, and he serves on the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. He also advises the FBI and many other federal agencies.

Former Department of Homeland Security counter-terrorism official Philip Haney told the Senate Judiciary Committee last July that Magid was one of the Muslim Brotherhood-tied individuals that had a key advisory role in the Obama DHS:

…In the Spring of 2010, at least six individuals with known affiliations to MB front groups, including Omar Alomari (MAS and several other MB-linked organizations), Mohamed Magid (ISNA), Mohamed Elibiary (HLF leaders), Dahlia Mogahed (CAIR, ISNA, MAS & MPAC), Nadia Roumani (American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute AMCLI), and Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Arif Alikhan (MPAC & the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California ISCSC), were appointed to the Countering Violent Extremism Working Group, which was convened under the authority of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).”

 

Why was 1st Amendment written?

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
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James Madison’s defense of religious freedom began when he stood with his father outside a jail in the village of Orange and heard Baptists preach from their cell windows. What was their crime? They were unlicensed – preaching religious opinions not approved by the government.

Madison wrote on the fate of Baptist ministers to William Bradford, Jan. 24, 1774: “There are at this time in the adjacent Culpeper County not less than 5 or 6 well meaning men in jail for publishing their religious sentiments which in the main are very orthodox.”

On Oct. 31, 1785, James Madison introduced in the Virginia Legislature a Bill for Punishing Disturbers of Religious Worship, passed 1789.

James Madison assisted George Mason in his drafting of Article 16 of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, ratified June 12, 1776: “That Religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience, and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity, towards each other.”

The phrase “Christian forbearance” is in contrast to other ideologies, including apartheid, atheistic communism, state-enforced secularism or sharia Islam.

James Madison wrote in “Religious Freedom – A Memorial and Remonstrance,” June 20, 1785: “It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage, and such only, as he believes to be acceptable to Him. … Much more must every man who becomes a member of any particular civil society, do it with a saving of his allegiance to the Universal Sovereign. We maintain therefore that in matters of Religion, no man’s right is abridged by the institution of civil society, and that Religion is wholly exempt from its cognizance. …”

Madison continued: “Whilst we assert for ourselves a freedom to embrace, to profess, and to observe the Religion which we believe to be of divine origin, we cannot deny an equal freedom to those whose minds have not yet yielded to the evidence which has convinced us. If this freedom be abused, it is an offense against God, not against man: To God, therefore, not to man, must an account of it be rendered. … ‘The equal right of every citizen to the free exercise of his religion according to the dictates of his conscience’ is held by the same tenure with all our other rights.”

James Madison sought George Mason’s advice, as he commented to Jefferson in 1783: “I took Colonel Mason in my way and had an evening’s conversation with him … on the article of convention for revising our form of government, he was sound and ripe and I think would not decline participation in such a work.”

Another Virginia delegate to the Constitutional Convention was Edmund Randolph, who wrote of the plans for the new government: “Those proposed by George Mason swallowed up all the rest.”

Though George Mason was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, he refused to sign the U.S. Constitution because it did not put enough limits on the new federal government, stating: “There is no declaration of rights, and the laws of the general government being paramount to the laws and constitution of the several states, the declarations of rights in the separate states are no security.”

George Mason proposed a list of Amendments to handcuff the government’s power, giving rise to his title “Father of the Bill of Rights.”

George Mason’s suggested wording of what would be the First Amendment was: “That Religion or the Duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by Reason and Conviction, not by Force or violence, and therefore all men have an equal, natural, and unalienable Right to the free Exercise of Religion according to the Dictates of Conscience, and that no particular religious Sect or Society of Christians ought to be favored or established by Law in preference to others.”

George Mason’s role was acknowledged by Jefferson, April 3, 1825: “The fact is unquestionable, that the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of Virginia, were drawn originally by George Mason, one of our greatest men, and of the first order of greatness.”

With inspiration from George Mason, James Madison introduced his wording for the First Amendment, June 7, 1789: “The Civil Rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, nor on any pretext infringed.”

James Madison entered in his journal, June 12, 1788: “There is not a shadow of right in the general government to inter-meddle with religion. … The subject is, for the honor of America, perfectly free and unshackled. The government has no jurisdiction over it.”

James Madison stated in his first inaugural address, March 4, 1809: “To avoid the slightest interference with the rights of conscience or the function of religion, so wisely exempted from civil jurisdiction.”

In proclaiming the U.S. should take possession of the land east of the Mississippi River and south of the Mississippi Territory extending to Perdido River, President Madison wrote, Oct. 27, 1810: “The good people inhabiting the same are … under full assurance that they will be protected in the enjoyment of their liberty, property, and religion.”

When the War of 1812 began with Britain, James Madison proclaimed a national day of public humiliation and prayer, July 9, 1812: “I … recommend the third Thursday of August … for … rendering the Sovereign of the Universe … public homage … that He would inspire all … with a reverence for the unerring precept of our holy religion, to do to others as they would require that others should do to them.”

After the British burned the U.S. Capitol, James Madison proclaimed a national day of fasting, Nov. 16, 1814: “I … recommend … a day on which all may have an opportunity of voluntarily offering … their humble adoration to the Great Sovereign of the Universe, of confessing their sins and transgressions, and of strengthening their vows of repentance.”

When the War of 1812 ended, James Madison proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving, March 4, 1815: “To the same Divine Author of Every Good and Perfect Gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil. … I now recommend … the people of every religious denomination … unite their hearts and their voices in a freewill offering to their Heavenly Benefactor of their homage … and of their songs of praise.”

James Madison ended his seventh annual message, Dec. 5, 1815: “… to the goodness of a superintending Providence, to which we are indebted … to cherish institutions which guarantee their safety and their liberties, civil and religious.”

James Madison wrote to Edward Everett, 1823: “That there has been an increase of religious instruction since the revolution can admit of no question. The English Church was originally the established religion. … Of other sects there were but few adherents, except the Presbyterians who predominated on the west side of the Blue Mountains. A little time previous to the Revolutionary struggle, the Baptists sprang up, and made very rapid progress.”

Madison continued: “Among the early acts of the Republican Legislature, were those abolishing the Religious establishment, and putting all sects at full liberty and on a perfect level. At present the population is divided, with small exceptions, among the Protestant Episcopalians, the Presbyterians, the Baptists and the Methodists … I conjecture the Presbyterians and Baptists to form each about a third, and the two other sects together of which the Methodists are much the smallest, to make up the remaining third. … Among the other sects, Meeting Houses have multiplied and continue to multiply. … Religious instruction is now diffused throughout the Community by Preachers of every sect with almost equal zeal. …”

Madison added: “The qualifications of the Preachers, too among the new sects where there is the greatest deficiency, are understood to be improving. On a general comparison of the present and former times, the balance is certainly and vastly on the side of the present, as to the number of religious teachers the zeal which actuates them, the purity of their lives and the attendance of the people on their instructions.”

James Madison wrote to Frederick Beasley, Nov. 20, 1825: “The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the World and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources.”

Bishop William Meade, whose father had been an aide-de-camp to George Washington’s aides during the Revolution, wrote in Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1857, Vol. II, p. 99-100): “Madison on the subject of religion … was never known to declare any hostility to it. He always treated it with respect, attended public worship in his neighborhood, invited ministers of religion to his house, had family prayers on such occasions.”

James Madison had Presbyterian ministers preach at his Montpelier estate, such as Samuel Stanhope Smith and Nathaniel Irwin, of whom he wrote: “Praise is in every man’s mouth here for an excellent discourse he this day preached to us.”

Madison reportedly met with Baptist preacher John Leland in Orange County, Virginia. Leland considered running for Congress, but when Madison promised to introduce an amendment protecting religious liberty, Leland persuaded Baptists to support him.

John Leland wrote in “Rights of Conscience Inalienable,” 1791: “Every man must give account of himself to God, and therefore every man ought to be at liberty to serve God in a way that he can best reconcile to his conscience. If government can answer for individuals at the day of judgment, let men be controlled by it in religious matters; otherwise, let men be free.”

Presbyterian Rev. James Waddell preached in Charlottesville, Virginia, as attorney William Wirt wrote in 1795: “Every heart in the assembly trembled in unison. His peculiar phrases that force of description that the original scene appeared to be, at that moment, acting before our eyes. … The effect was inconceivable. The whole house resounded with the mingled groans, and sobs, and shrieks of the congregation.”

When Rev. James Waddell spoke at St. Thomas Anglican Church James Madison wrote praising his sermons: “He has spoiled me for all other preaching.”

St. Thomas Anglican Church was built with help from Colonel James Taylor II, the great-grandfather of President James Madison and President Zachary Taylor. In a national proclamation of public humiliation and prayer, July 23, 1813, James Madison explained: “If the public homage of a people can ever be worthy of the favorable regard of the Holy and Omniscient Being to whom it is addressed, it must be … guided only by their free choice, by the impulse of their hearts and the dictates of their consciences … proving that religion, that gift of Heaven for the good of man, is freed from all coercive edicts.”

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This day in WND history: 'Martial law' declared in NYC

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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Jan. 24: 2016: It’s the nagging fear many have about our government: What would happen if martial law was declared? New York City found out, at least temporarily.

As WND reported, 11 states as well as Washington, D.C., declared states of emergency in the wake of the massive record-breaking snowstorm that blanketed the East. But New York City went a step further. Go. Andrew Cuomo imposed emergency measures that seemed to many to be like “martial law” in New York City by ordering all people to stay inside under police enforcement. He issued an absolute travel ban for anything that was not an emergency vehicle.

The New York Police Department put out a blunt announcement on Saturday: “After 2:30 p.m. and you’re on the road, we will arrest you.”

As if that weren’t direct enough, the NYPD reiterated, “”Stay off the road. We don’t want to have to arrest you.”

NYPD reported 25 summonses were issued during the travel ban, and one arrest for driving while intoxicated.

The monster snowstorm claimed at least 19 lives across the East. While there were widespread totals of 24 to 36 inches, a few localized locations topped that. A National Weather Service spotter reported 42 inches of snow near Glengary, West Virginia.

Due to heavy bands of snow across portions of the mid-Atlantic, snow fell at rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour. Snow crews were unable to keep ahead of the storm, which led to some vehicles being trapped on the roads for more than 24 hours.

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Jan. 24, 2001: David “Gypsy” Smith, the multi-talented writer, animator, musician, voice talent, producer and director behind WorldNetDaily cartoons, produced his first CD, “Exit Stage 2000,” which went on sale in Shop.WND.com.

The cartoons were a smash hit with WND readers as well as TV networks such as NBC, MSNBC and Fox News, which aired the hilarious animated version of WND editor Joseph Farah reporting on the Butterfly Ballot fiasco during the 2000 election mess.

Other favorites included on the CD collection include Janet “Mary Poppins” Reno, the “Palm Beach Shuffle” and “Hannity & Butthead.”

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Where Obamacare stands now

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Greg CorombosGo to full article
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While the White House press corps focuses on how many people showed up on Inauguration Day, President Trump’s first executive order is already weakening Obamacare in preparation for the repeal -and-replace effort in Congress in the coming weeks.

The order instructs all relevant agencies, primarily the Department of Health and Human Services, to “ease the burden” of Obamacare. If that sounds vague, that’s exactly how it was intended.

Health-care policy expert Merrill Matthews of the Institute for Policy Innovation says the lack of specifics means a variety of actions can be taken to protect patients.

“Departments and agencies with control over Obamacare under the Affordable Care Act ‘shall exercise all discretion and authority available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions or delay the implementation of any provision in the act,'” Matthews told WND and Radio America.

“They can also relieve the states of cost, fee, tax, penalty or regulatory burdens on individuals, families, health care providers, health insurers, patients, recipients and so forth and so on,” he said.

So what does all that mean?

“It’s a very broad statement, which says those people who are in charge, basically the secretaries – primarily of Health and Human Services but perhaps also the IRS and maybe a few other agencies – have the freedom under this executive order to try to step in and say, ‘We’re going to try to reduce the burden of Obamacare with respect to mandates, penalties and taxes,” Matthews said.

And despite Obamacare being passed by Congress, Matthews said the way it was written allows the Trump administration to take the teeth out of the law even before Congress acts.

“There was nearly 3,000 references to the word secretary in the Affordable Care Act. Nearly all of those apply to the secretary of Health and Human Services. The language was: ‘The secretary shall determine,’ ‘the secretary shall decide,’ ‘the secretary shall set penalties’ and so forth. The law itself gave the secretary of Health and Human Services a lot of discretion to carry this out,” Matthews said.

“I would argue that the ability to provide all that power to the secretary to implement the law also provides a lot of power to the secretary to un-implement the law,” he said.

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Trump is exercising “transitional authority,” a power that Obama claimed when changing or delaying certain components of the law. It’s something Matthews says Obama became quite brazen about.

“President Obama had moved the situation to the point where he said in a speech: ‘I’m going to do what I feel like needs to be done out there. If Republicans don’t like it, sue me,'” Matthews said.

Republicans cried foul at the time, but Matthews explained this usage is only undoing what Obama shouldn’t have been able to do in the first place.

“Once they set the precedent, it’s hard to be too critical of it. Conservatives felt like that was overreaching. But if [Obama] overreached, I’m not sure it’s bad overreaching to pull it back and say, ‘You never had the authority to do that.’ We’re in essence bringing it back to the status quo ante,” he explained.

Matthews also pointed out the moves will take place in a very brief window.

“This is very temporary, and it’s meant to begin relaxing these burdens while Congress takes action to actually repeal and replace the legislation,” he said.

In addition to easing the burden of the law before Congress gets to work, the executive order stands as a message to Congress. Matthews said Trump is asking lawmakers to follow his lead.

“The executive order that Donald Trump released in essence says: ‘Here’s the flag. I’m showing you where I’m going on this. You have my permission to begin to scroll this thing back as far as you can within the limits of the law,” Matthews said.

 

America's 2nd Civil War

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Dennis PragerGo to full article
It is time for our society to acknowledge a sad truth: America is currently fighting its second Civil War.

In fact, with the obvious and enormous exception of attitudes toward slavery, Americans are more divided morally, ideologically and politically today than they were during the Civil War. For that reason, just as the Great War came to be known as World War I once there was World War II, the Civil War will become known as the First Civil War when more Americans come to regard the current battle as the Second Civil War.

This Second Civil War, fortunately, differs in another critically important way: It has thus far been largely nonviolent. But given increasing left-wing violence, such as riots, the taking over of college presidents’ offices and the illegal occupation of state capitols, nonviolence is not guaranteed to be a permanent characteristic of the Second Civil War.

There are those on both the left and right who call for American unity. But these calls are either naive or disingenuous. Unity was possible between the right and liberals, but not between the right and the left.

Liberalism – which was anti-left, pro-American and deeply committed to the Judeo-Christian foundations of America; and which regarded the melting pot as the American ideal, fought for free speech for its opponents, regarded Western civilization as the greatest moral and artistic human achievement and viewed the celebration of racial identity as racism – is now affirmed almost exclusively on the right and among a handful of people who don’t call themselves conservative.

The left, however, is opposed to every one of those core principles of liberalism.

Like the left in every other country, the left in America essentially sees America as a racist, xenophobic, colonialist, imperialist, warmongering, money-worshiping, moronically religious nation.

Just as in Western Europe, the left in America seeks to erase America’s Judeo-Christian foundations. The melting pot is regarded as nothing more than an anti-black, anti-Muslim, anti-Hispanic meme. The left suppresses free speech wherever possible for those who oppose it, labeling all non-left speech “hate speech.” To cite only one example, if you think Shakespeare is the greatest playwright or Bach is the greatest composer, you are a proponent of dead white European males and therefore racist.

Without any important value held in common, how can there be unity between left and non-left? Obviously, there cannot.

There will be unity only when the left vanquishes the right or the right vanquishes the left. Using the First Civil War analogy, American unity was achieved only after the South was vanquished and slavery was abolished.

How are those of us who oppose left-wing nihilism – there is no other word for an ideology that holds Western civilization and America’s core values in contempt – supposed to unite with “educators” who instruct elementary school teachers to cease calling their students “boys” and “girls” because that implies gender identity? With English departments that don’t require reading Shakespeare in order to receive a degree in English? With those who regard virtually every war America has fought as imperialist and immoral? With those who regard the free market as a form of oppression? With those who want the state to control as much of American life as possible? With those who repeatedly tell America and its black minority that the greatest problems afflicting black Americans are caused by white racism, “white privilege” and “systemic racism”? With those who think that the nuclear family ideal is inherently misogynistic and homophobic? With those who hold that Israel is the villain in the Middle East? With those who claim that the term “Islamic terrorist” is an expression of religious bigotry?

The third significant difference between the First and Second Civil Wars is that in the Second Civil war, one side has been doing nearly all the fighting. That is how it has been able to take over schools – from elementary schools, to high schools, to universities – and indoctrinate America’s young people; how it has taken over nearly all the news media; and how it has taken over entertainment media.

The conservative side has lost on every one of these fronts because it has rarely fought back with anything near the ferocity with which the left fights. Name a Republican politician who has run against the left as opposed to running solely against his or her Democratic opponent. And nearly all American conservatives, people who are proud of America and affirm its basic tenets, readily send their children to schools that indoctrinate their children against everything the parents hold precious. A mere handful protest when their child’s teacher ceases calling their son a boy or their daughter a girl, or makes “slave owner” the defining characteristic of the Founding Fathers.

With the defeat of the left in the last presidential election, the defeat of the left in two-thirds of the gubernatorial elections and the defeat of the left in a majority of House and Senate elections, this is likely the last chance liberals, conservatives and the right have to defeat the American left. But it will not happen until these groups understand that we are fighting for the survival of America no less than the Union troops were in the First Civil War.

 

WND reporter spanks charges of 'fake news' in U.S. refugee crisis

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Paul BremmerGo to full article
 

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A WND investigative reporter is firing back at a retired Idaho public official who last week attacked the news service for its coverage of refugee-related issues in the state.

In a news release dated Jan. 18, former Idaho Attorney General Jim Jones, also a former state Supreme Court chief justice, stated “a number of so-called news organizations have engaged in fear-mongering in order to portray refugees, and particularly those from Syria, as a danger to our country.”

“Breitbart News, World Net Daily and others have played fast and loose with the truth and should not be regarded as credible,” he said.

But Leo Hohmann, who has reported extensively on the Muslim-refugee situation in Idaho and around the world, says he has brought truth, not fear, to the issue.

“I stand by all of my reporting on the Twin Falls, Idaho, sexual assault of a helpless 5-year-old girl by a group of refugee boys, one of whom was filming the heinous crime in real time,” Hohmann declared.

“I got my facts from the only eyewitness to the crime, an elderly grandmother who saw the crime in progress and stopped it from proceeding to an even more disgusting end. I also interviewed the parents of the child. The father had viewed the video showing the molestation of his daughter.”

Hohmann said his reporting stood in contrast to the reporting of local media, which “chose to get their so-called ‘facts’ from corrupt local officials, who were either intimidated or in the pocket of Obama officials like Idaho U.S. attorney Wendy Olson.”

“As if it weren’t derelict enough for a newspaper to rely on the word of public officials, these so-called ‘journalists’ in Idaho and in nearby Spokane, Washington, had the audacity to go a step further and attack those of us who were doing our journalistic jobs and questioning the authorities, calling our reporting ‘conspiracy theories,'” he said.

“It seems clear to me, when looking back, that the establishment media in Idaho and Washington were the ones engaged in conspiracy reporting by their reckless disregard for the truth and their callous treatment of the victim and her family. They chose to bow to the pressure of bullies like the Obama-appointed Wendy Olson,” he said.

“It was Olson who issued a threat to prosecute anyone who made statements about the perpetrators that she considered false or inflammatory. She later walked back from that statement after some powerful condemnations from First Amendment advocates.”

Hohmann noted Jones did not mention any specific facts he believed either WND or Breitbart had misreported. Instead, the former Idaho official resorted to ad hominem attacks on the two news outlets.

“The public found out, through our reporting, just whose side these corrupt officials in Idaho are on,” Hohmann continued. “The police chief, the mayor, the local prosecuting attorney Grant Loebs, Wendy Olson and now Mr. Jones have made it clear that they are more concerned about offending the groups resettling refugees in the state than they about protecting public safety.

“Because they are so invested in the continuation of resettlements in Idaho, we can expect their assaults on the truth to continue.”

Hohmann goes far beyond Twin Falls to expose the plot to change the demographics of America in his brand-new book, “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and the Resettlement Jihad.”

 

John Kerry tried to remove CAIR from terror list

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Art MooreGo to full article

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi King Salman

As secretary of state, John Kerry lobbied the United Arab Emirates to remove two controversial Washington, D.C.-based Muslim groups from the Arab Gulf state’s list of terrorist organizations.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations – an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to fund the terrorist group Hamas – and the Muslim American Society are two of 83 groups on the UAE’s list because of their connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported Kerry authorized State Department officials to meet regularly with UAE officials to lobby on behalf of CAIR and MAS, which were designated terrorist organizations on Nov. 16, 2014, along with groups such as ISIS and al-Qaida.

At a State Department press briefing two days after UAE released its list, a spokesman said State does not “consider CAIR or MAS to be terrorist groups” but was seeking more information from UAE about its decision.

The spokesman said, “As part of our routine engagement with a broad spectrum of faith-based organizations, a range of U.S. government officials have met with officials of CAIR and MAS.”

“We at the State Department regularly meet with a wide range of faith-based groups to hear their views even if some of their views expressed at times are controversial,” the spokesman said.

IPT commented that in making the admission, the State Department official “had effectively affirmed the Obama administration policy of embracing radical Islamist groups under the euphemism of calling them ‘faith-based groups.'”

While CAIR regards itself as a civil-rights organization, according to evidence entered in the terror-financing case, it was founded by figures associated with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, the worldwide movement that has stated its intent to transform the U.S. into an Islamic state. More than a dozen CAIR leaders have been charged or convicted of terrorism-related crimes.

The Muslim American Society was formed as the Muslim Brotherhood’s overt arm in the United States. Co-founder Abdurrahman Alamoudi is served a 23-year prison sentence for engaging in illegal transactions with Libya and facilitating a Libyan plot to assassinate then-Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.

Massive evidence ignored

Despite the massive evidence linking CAIR to Hamas and other terror groups, the Obama administration repeatedly invited CAIR officials and other supremacist Islamic groups to the White House, IPT noted.

In December 2014, CAIR met with top officials of the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, asking them to pressure the UAE to remove them from the list, according to IPT sources.

CAIR issued a press release Dec. 22, 2014, asserting that “the two American Muslim organizations and the U.S. government pledged to work together to achieve a positive solution to the UAE designations.”

IPT commented that this “sordid episode of going to bat for a Hamas-support organization is emblematic of the larger problem of the Obama’s administration’s inability to pinpoint the heart of the impasse between the Palestinians and the Israelis as unceasing Palestinian terrorism, continued Palestinian subsidies paid to terrorist families, incendiary glorification of terrorists who kill Jews, and massive anti-Semitic incitement in Palestinian schools and media.”

Kerry’s lobbying for CAIR began with his response to a letter he received from CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad on May 5, 2015.

Kerry replied: “Let me reiterate, first, that the U.S. government clearly does not consider CAIR to be a terrorist organization. As your letter noted, the Department of State rejected this allegation immediately after the UAE designations were announced in November, and we will continue to do so.”

Kerry said U.S. officials “have raised the issue of CAIR’s inclusion on the UAE’s terror list with UAE officials on multiple occasions.”

IPT noted that portion of the letter now appears on CAIR’s website, but, according to sources, at the time it was sent to CAIR, there was an agreement between CAIR and the State Department to keep it secret to protect Kerry from public embarrassment.

IPT observed that in light of CAIR’s “numerous ties to Hamas and other unsavory aspects of its record, Kerry had good reason to believe that the letter could cause a public relations disaster for him.”

Despite Kerry’s efforts, there has been no indication CAIR and MAS were removed from the Gulf state’s terrorist list.

When the UAE list was published, CAIR, attempting to avoid a public relations disaster, published a FAQ attacking the UAE as a “politically ‘authoritarian’ regime.”

At one time, however, CAIR apparently had a good relationship with the UAE. In 2006, Awad and CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper led a delegation on a fundraising trip to the Gulf state, seeking millions of dollars from UAE donors.

A cable obtained by the IPT through the Freedom of Information Act show that CAIR officials met with top UAE leaders and attended an evening reception “in honor of the CAIR group” hosted by a top presidential adviser.

The cable also noted that “UAE press has reported that Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al-Makhtoum Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, ‘has endorsed a proposal to build a property in the U.S. to serve as an endowment for CAIR.'”

The cable added that CAIR had already received substantial contributions from several wealthy UAE donors, including one who had already given CAIR $1 million.

Brotherhood front

CAIR’s parent organization, according to FBI wiretap evidence from the terror-funding Holy Land Foundation case in Texas, was founded at an October 1993 meeting of Hamas leaders and activists in Philadelphia that included CAIR Executive Director Awad. The organization, according to the evidence, was born out of a need to give a “media twinkle” to the Muslim leaders’ agenda of supporting violent jihad abroad while slowly institutionalizing Islamic law in the U.S.

While CAIR has complained of the unindicted co-conspirator designation, as WND reported in 2010, a federal judge later determined that the Justice Department provided “ample evidence” to designate CAIR as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator, affirming the Muslim group has been involved in “a conspiracy to support Hamas.”

In 2008, the FBI cut off official contact with CAIR, citing evidence from the Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial which documented the connections between CAIR and its founders to Hamas.

In a lawsuit CAIR filed in 2009 against an undercover investigative team that published evidence of CAIR’s ties to Islamic jihad, the group alleged its reputation was harmed, and it sought damages in court.

But a federal court in Washington determined CAIR failed to present a single fact showing it had been harmed, and the organization gave up that specific claim against former federal investigator Dave Gaubatz and his son, Chris Gaubatz, whose findings were published in the WND Books expose, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.

In a May 27, 2014, ruling, the U.S. District Court in Washington observed that CAIR had been “frustratingly unclear as to the injuries at issue for each of the claims.” The court found CAIR speaks “in broad generalizations, asserting injuries and damages and proximate cause across multiple counts and multiple Plaintiffs.”

CAIR leaders have made statements affirming the aim of establishing Islamic rule in the United States.

The Islamic organization long had accused WND and others of “smearing” the Muslim group by citing a newspaper account of CAIR founder Omar Ahmad telling Muslims in Northern California in 1998 that they were in America not to assimilate but to help assert Islam’s rule over the country.

But WND caught CAIR falsely claiming that it had contacted the paper and had “sought a retraction,” insisting Ahmad never made the statement.

In a telephone conversation with WND in 2003, CAIR’s communications director, Ibrahim Hooper, insisted someone from CAIR’s California affiliate made the contact with the paper.

When confronted with the fact that the newspaper’s editors had told WND that CAIR had not contacted them and that the reporter stood by the story, Hooper abruptly ended the call, saying: “If you are going to use distortions, I can’t stop you; it’s a free country. Have a nice day.”

Minutes later, however, Hooper called back and said he wanted to change his statement to say, “We will seek a retraction, and we have spoken to the reporter about it in the past.”

But three years later, the issue arose again, and WND found CAIR still had not contacted the paper.

Hooper, himself, also has expressed a desire to overturn the U.S. system of government in favor of an Islamic state.

“I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future,” Hooper said in a 1993 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “But I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going to do it through education.”

 

 

Severe storms in South kill at least 18

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎2 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(REUTERS) — TAMPA, Florida  A dangerous weekend weather system has killed at least 18 people in the U.S. South, as Georgia officials on Sunday reported more than a dozen deaths after severe thunderstorms and tornadoes buffeted several states.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared an emergency for seven counties in the south-central part of the state, warning that dangerous conditions persisted and could reach north to the Atlanta area.

“I urge all Georgians to exercise caution and vigilance in order to remain safe and prevent further loss of life or injuries,” Deal said in a news release.

 

1st Monday for Trump: Packed schedule

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(WALL STREET JOURNAL) — WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump starts his first week with a packed schedule—from pushing through his slate of cabinet nominees to a raft of executive orders and setting the direction on foreign trade.

Mr. Trump is planning executive actions early in the week on immigration and trade, two White House officials said, and will have a chance to lay the groundwork for a trade deal during a meeting Friday with British Prime Minister Theresa May , the first foreign leader to visit the new president in the White House. He also will meet with congressional leaders on Monday and attend a lawmakers’ retreat later in the week, where he could discuss his legislative agenda.

The president’s pick to run the Central Intelligence Agency, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, is scheduled for a confirmation vote in the Senate on Monday, and White House officials expect at least three more cabinet nominees—Ben Carson for Housing and Urban Development, Nikki Haley as United Nations ambassador and Rick Perry for energy secretary—to face votes by week’s end. Rex Tillerson, meanwhile, on Sunday cleared a key hurdle on his path to become secretary of state.

 

Trump inauguration ratings 2nd biggest in 36 years

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY) — Donald Trump’s inauguration ratings were the second-highest in 36 years, according to Nielsen.

The swearing-in of the 45th president was seen by 30.6 million viewers across 12 networks.

The only inauguration over the last three decades that tops Trump’s number in the linear ratings? Barack Obama’s first inauguration back in 2009, which had a record-setting 37.8 million viewers. So Trump was down from the last new president to take office.

Bad things happen when government takes over hospitals

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
"Medieval Hospital" by Robert Alan Thom

“Medieval Hospital” by Robert Alan Thom

“It is not just about sterilization, abortifacients, and chemical contraception. … It’s about religious freedom, the sacred right, protected by our constitution. …” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, Oct. 29, 2012, responding to the president’s HHS healthcare mandates.

Cardinal Dolan, as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), 2010-2013, continued: “The president announced … the choking mandates from HHS would remain – a shock to me, since he had personally assured me that he would do nothing to impede the good work of the Church … that he considered the protection of conscience a sacred duty. … There was still no resolution about the handcuffs placed upon … Catholic charitable agencies … just because they will not refer victims of human trafficking, immigrants and refugees, and the hungry of the world, for abortions, sterilization, or contraception.”

The Catholic Church is the oldest institution in the Western World and the originator of “hospitals.” Though some ancient cultures had superstitious medical practices, they were primarily for the royalty and wealthy. Healthcare for the poor traces its roots to Christianity.

Just as the Syrian Church pioneered medical care in the East, so do did the Catholic Church in the West, putting into practice the words of Jesus:

  • “I was sick and you visited me”
  • “Whatever you have done to the least of my brethren, you have done unto me”
  • Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan pouring wine and oil on the wounds of the injured traveler and taking him to an inn

In the fourth century, under the ministry of St. Jerome, a wealthy Christian widow named St. Fabiola gave money to build a hospital for the poor in Rome and cared for the sick herself. Around the same time, St. Basil distributed food to the poor of Caesarea, then built a poorhouse, hospice, and hospital.

In 325 A.D., the Council of Nicea directed that every city having a cathedral should also have a hospital, as people traveling on pilgrimages would often arrive ill. The word “hosp” is Latin for “traveler,” the root word of hospital, hospitality, host, hostel and hotel.

Hospitals were staffed by religious orders. In the 6th century, the Benedictine Order had every monastery establish an infirmary.

When Muslim warriors invaded Christian Syria in 634 A.D. and then conquered Byzantine Christian Jerusalem in 638 A.D., the hospitals needed to be defended, giving rise to the order of Knights of Hospitallers.

The Benedictine Monastery in Salerno, Italy, founded the oldest and most famous medical school in Western Europe. Charlemagne decreed that the hospitals which had fallen into disrepair should be restored.

In the 1300s, the bubonic plague, or Black Death, ravaged Europe killing 75 million people. Crops were left standing in fields as there was no one to harvest them. With often no one to bury the dead, an order of Catholic men called “Alexian Brothers” collected the bodies and gave them a Christian burial. They also ministered to the dying who were banished from the cities.

One of the oldest hospitals in Europe was the Hôtel-Dieu in Paris, founded in 660 A.D. It was staffed from about 1217 on by Sisters who followed the Rule of St. Augustine. In 1633, the Sisters of Charity began helping at the Hotel-Dieu of Paris. They then established hospitals for the poor throughout France.

Some Catholic religious orders, such as the Trinitarians, collected alms and sailed to North Africa to ransom Europeans who had been kidnapped into Muslim slavery. In that day, the wealthy had doctors visit them at their homes. By 1789, there were 6,000 Sisters of Charity running 426 hospitals in France. They also ran hospitals in countries across Europe, such as Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Silesia.

During the atheistic French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, mobs broke into the Sisters of Charity’s mother house. The nuns refused to submit to the new secular government who was demanding they deny their faith. The secular government rounded them up and shot them in front of firing squads or beheaded them with the guillotine. In 1793, France’s new anti-Christian government attempted to disband the order.

The order survived, and in the 19th century spread healthcare for the poor across the world, to such countries as Portugal, Hungary, England, Scotland, Ireland, North and South America, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Persia, Abyssinia, China and Jerusalem.

Other Catholic religious orders were formed to care for the sick, nurse the ill, change bed pans, and start leper colonies, such as:

  • Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul (founded 1633)
  • Sisters of St. Joseph (founded 1650)
  • Sisters of Mercy (founded 1827)
  • Little Sisters of the Poor (founded 1839)
  • Sisters of Providence (founded 1843)
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (founded 1851)
  • Fr. Damien’s colony for lepers in Hawaii (founded 1864)
  • Sisters of St. Mary (founded 1872)
  • Sisters of the Little Company of Mary (founded 1877)
  • Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother (founded 1883)

The nuns’ habit developed into the nurses’ outfit with its distinctive cap.

Beginning with the Industrial Revolution, hospitals were also founded by Protestant Christian denominations, most notably Seventh Day Adventists, Baptists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians.

Whereas Catholic healthcare began with the focus of preparing a person’s soul for death and meeting God, Protestant healthcare focused more on the here and now, being motivated to clean up the slums in crowded cities and send medical missionaries to undeveloped countries.

America’s first hospital was Pennsylvania Hospital founded in 1751 by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin “to care for the sick-poor and insane who were wandering the streets of Philadelphia.”

The hospital cornerstone recorded text composed by Franklin: “In the year of Christ, 1755: … This building, by the bounty of the Government and of many private persons, was piously founded, for the relief of the sick and miserable. May the God of mercies bless the undertaking!”

In “Some Account of the Pennsylvania Hospital from its first rise (in 1751), to the beginning of the fifth month, called May 1754,” Benjamin Franklin stated: “It would be a neglect of that justice which is due to the physicians and surgeons of this hospital, not to acknowledge that their care and skill, and their punctual and regular attendance, under the Divine Blessing, has been a principal means of advancing this charity to the flourishing state in which we have now the pleasure to view it. Relying on the continuance of the Favour of Heaven, upon the future endeavors of all who may be concerned in the management of the institution, for its further advancement, we close this account with the abstract of a sermon, preached before the Governors.”

The second-oldest hospital in America was New York-Presbyterian Hospital founded in 1771, founded by Samuel Bard, who was a personal physician to George Washington.

The third-oldest hospital in America, Massachusetts General Hospital, was founded in 1811, being significantly financed by Jewish residents Moses Michael Hays, a neighbor of Paul Revere, and Abraham and Judah Touro.

In 1809, Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton brought the Sisters of Charity of the United States. In 1830, Sisters of Charity established the first hospital west of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri.

At the request of President Abraham Lincoln, over 200 Sisters of Charity served during the Civil War on battlefields and in military hospitals. Over 250 Sisters of Charity served during the Spanish-American War of 1898, where diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid fever and malaria killed more soldiers than combat.

Beth Israel Hospitals were founded for growing Jewish immigrant populations in New York’s Lower East Side, 1890; Newark, 1901; and Boston, 1916. Wealthy individuals donated and provided in their wills to continue these religious ministries of charity. Catholics, Protestants and Jews pioneered free healthcare for the poor “uninsurable” because they were motivated by Judeo-Christian religious convictions.

The New York Times wrote, Aug. 20, 2011, that Catholic nuns were trained to “see Jesus in the face of every patient.”

Mother Teresa reaffirmed this with the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity being dedicated to “Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor.” They began by gathering the sick from the gutters in India, and bathing them, clothing them, and ministering to their needs.

Mother Teresa stated: “I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.”

It is ironic that in the government’s takeover of healthcare it would force providers to abandon the very religious convictions which created healthcare. The Judeo-Christian religious convictions which motivated people of faith to selflessly provide free healthcare for the poor for over a thousand years are now considered insignificant by utilitarian central planners.

The Catholic Church is the largest religious denomination in the United States and is the nation’s largest medical care provider with 624 hospitals and 499 long-term health care facilities. Ten of the 25 largest health-care networks in the U.S.are Catholic affiliated, including:

  • Catholic Health Initiatives – 78 hospitals
  • Ascension Health-67 hospitals – Daughters of Charity, Congregation of St. Joseph, Sisters of St. Joseph
  • Trinity Health – 44 hospitals, 379 Clinics, Catholic Health Ministries
  • Catholic Healthcare West – 41 hospitals, Sisters of Mercy
  • Catholic Health East – 34 hospitals, 9 religious congregations & Hope Ministries
  • Catholic Healthcare Partners – 33 hospitals, Sisters of Mercy, Daughters of Charity
  • Providence Health & Services – 26 hospitals, Sisters of Providence, Sisters of the Little Company of Mary
  • Marian Health System – 25 hospitals, Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother

On May 21, 2012, the Archdiocese of New York filed a historic federal lawsuit against the HHS mandate: “In order to protect our religious liberties from unwarranted and unprecedented government intrusion, the Archdiocese of New York has filed suit in federal court today seeking to block the recent Health and Human Services mandate that unconstitutionally attempts to define the nature of the Church’s religious ministry and would force religious employers to violate their consciences.”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated Oct. 12, 2012, regarding a supposed “exemption” to the HHS mandate: “Last night, the … statement was made during the vice-presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees. … That exemption … does not extend to ‘Catholic social services, Georgetown Hospital’ … or any other religious charity.”

Georgetown Hospital was founded in 1898 as part of Georgetown University. Georgetown University was named for George Washington. It was founded Jan. 23, 1789, by John Carroll, America’s first Catholic Bishop.

Regarding freedom of conscience, Bishop John Carroll sent a report to Rome in 1790: “In 1776, American Independence was declared, and a revolution effected, not only in political affairs, but also in those relating to Religion. For while the thirteen provinces of North America rejected the yoke of England, they proclaimed, at the same time, freedom of conscience, and the right of worshiping the Almighty, according to the spirit of the religion to which each one should belong. …”

Bishop Carroll continued: “Before this great event, the Catholic faith had penetrated two provinces only, Maryland and Pennsylvania. In all the others the laws against Catholics were in force. Any priest coming from foreign parts, was subject to the penalty of death; all who professed the Catholic faith, were not merely excluded from offices of government, but hardly could be tolerated in a private capacity. … By the Declaration of Independence, every difficulty was removed: the Catholics were placed on a level with their fellow-Christians, and every political disqualification was done away.”

Regarding religious freedom, Bishop John Carroll wrote in the National Gazette, 1789: “The establishment of the American empire was not the work of this or that religion, but arose from a generous exertion of all her citizens to redress their wrongs, to assert their rights, and lay its foundations on the soundest principles of justice and equal liberty. … An earnest regard to preserve inviolate forever, in our new empire, the great principle of religious freedom.”

John Carroll was the cousin of Charles Carroll, the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence, the longest living of the signers, and the wealthiest man in America. John’s brother, Daniel Carroll, was one of two Catholics to sign the U.S. Constitution, who provided the land where the Capitol is built and was elected a Congressman. John’s nephew, Robert Brent was Washington D.C.’s first mayor, reappointed by Jefferson and Madison.

John Carroll founded the nation’s first Catholic seminary, parochial school system, and persuaded Elizabeth Seton to start a girls school in Baltimore. In 1776, the Continental Congress had John Carroll accompany Ben Franklin to Canada in an attempt to persuade that country to join the Revolution. Esteem for Bishop John Carroll led several states to extend equality to Catholics.

Bishop Carroll wrote: “Freedom and independence, acquired by … the mingled blood of Protestant and Catholic fellow-citizens, should be equally enjoyed by all.”

Bishop Carroll wrote of Catholics who fought in the Revolution: “Their blood flowed as freely (in proportion to their numbers) to cement the fabric of independence as that of any of their fellow-citizens. They concurred with perhaps greater unanimity than any other body of men, in recommending and promoting that government, from whose influence America anticipates all the blessings of justice, peace, plenty, good order and civil and religious liberty.”

Assuring protection for freedom of conscience, President George Washington wrote to Bishop John Carroll, March 15, 1790: “America, under the smiles of a Divine Providence, the protection of a good government, and the cultivation of manners, morals, and piety, cannot fail of attaining an uncommon degree of eminence. … All those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protection of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations in examples of justice and liberality. …”

President Washington continued: “And I presume that your fellow-citizens will not forget the patriotic part which you took in the accomplishment of their Revolution, and the establishment of their government; or the important assistance which they received from a nation in which the Roman Catholic faith is professed. … May the members of your society in America, animated alone by the pure spirit of Christianity, and still conducting themselves as the faithful subjects of our free government, enjoy every temporal and spiritual felicity.”

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Watch woman kicked off plane for berating Trump supporter

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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Scott Kotesky had no idea how eventful his flight from Baltimore to Seattle was going to be – and how much extra leg room he would have.

Armed only with a cell phone, he smiled at his fellow passengers – a husband and wife – as he took his window seat next to the unidentified woman.

She had one question for him: “Did you come here to cheer or to protest?”

“I came here to celebrate democracy ma’am,” Kotesky recalls saying.

Her: “You put a crazed man in charge of the nuclear codes! You should be ashamed!”

Kotesky: “Well we’re all entitled to our opinions here ma’am.”

Her: “And I’m entitled to get drunk and puke in your lap! I’m going to throw up right in your lap! You make me sick! Don’t talk to me! Don’t look at me! Don’t you dare even put your arm on that rest. You disgust me! You should be ashamed of yourself! You put a maniac’s finger on the button. You are a bigot. You should get off this plane!”

Kotesky: “Ma’am, by definition, bigotry is disparaging someone prior to knowing them simply by their beliefs and opinions. Thank you for being the very thing you preach against.”

Kotesky says he told a flight attendant the woman insulted him.

“Is there going to be a problem?” the flight attendant asked the woman.

The woman told the flight attendant: “I told you I would like him to change seats with somebody …”

The flight attendant cut her off: “Well, you don’t have that right.”

The woman continued to berate Kotesky.

“You pretend you have the moral high ground but you put that man’s finger on the nuclear button. That man doesn’t believe in climate change,” she said, using air quotes for dramatic effect.

As a gate attendant attempted to intervene, she continued the verbal barrage.

“Do you believe in climate change?” she asked. “Do you believe in gravity? Because did you know gravity is just a theory?”

“Will you grab your belongings and come with me?” the attendant asked her.

Refusing to leave the plane, she said, “I paid for this seat and I’m sitting here. He’s in my space.”

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As the attendant patiently and repeatedly asked the woman to exit the plane, she said, “I’m going home now. We had to be here. My mother-in-law died.”

The woman and the man sitting next to her attempted to negotiate with the attendant, trying to remain on the plane.

“Fine, I’ll be quiet.”

“I’m not going to allow that,” he responded, before informing the woman the captain wanted her off the plane.

Another video, taken from across the aisle, showed the woman sneering at the Trump supporter, then at passengers behind her before police ordered her off the plane.

 

Passengers cheered as she carried her belongings and exited the aircraft.

“So I get a whole row to myself?” Kotesky asked.

A woman nearby suggested to Kotesky drinks were on him.

 

'Felony riot' charges for anti-Trump protesters

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(INDEPENDENT) Most of the 230 protesters arrested during Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday will face charges of felony rioting, a crime which carries a maximum sentence of a decade in prison in Washington DC.

The 217 alleged rioters – who could also be hit with $250,000 (£200,000) fines – appeared before Washington’s Superior Court throughout Sunday.

The arrests were made around the time Donald Trump was being sworn in as president, as police used tear gas, stun grenades, water cannon and pepper spray on demonstrators.

 

Shopper left

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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It was very crowded at the supermarket, and the customer in front of me had a large order.

As the harried clerk lifted the final bag for her, its bottom gave way, sending the contents crashing to the floor.

“They just don’t make these bags like they used to,” the clerk complained to the customer. “That was supposed to happen in your driveway!”

 

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Melania moved to tears by performance of Christian hymn

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
 

(BREITBART) First Lady Melania Trump wept as 20-year-old Marlana VanHoose sang the hymn “How Great Thou Art” during the Inaugural Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital on Saturday morning.

Hundreds of worshippers joined President Donald Trump the First Lady; Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen; most of the Cabinet; and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy for an ecumenical prayer, featuring a wide variety of faiths.

 

'There's a Capitalist Living in the White House'

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Former "Saturday Night Live" star Victoria Jackson sings "There's a Capitalist Living in the White House"

Former “Saturday Night Live” star Victoria Jackson sings “There’s a Capitalist Living in the White House”

WASHINGTON – It was almost seven years ago that former “Saturday Night Live” comedienne Victoria Jackson, a tea-party diva, released a YouTube video with the shocking observation: “There’s a Communist Living in the White House.”

The day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president, she’s back with a new song – “There’s a Capitalist Living in the White House.”

She tells WND she burst out of retirement from political activism inspired by the inauguration Friday.

“I think all of our tea party work paid off,” she said. “What a great feeling, knowing I was down in the trenches with you guys.”

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Here are the lyrics to “There’s a Capitalist Living in the White House”:

It seems these days I’m full of praise
And joy (smiles) and just in general glee
We finally have a President who truly loves our count-ery
A tingle’s running up my leg
I giggle uncontrollably
There’s a Capitalist Living in the White House.

Why aren’t folks in Hollywood
Banging on their tambourines
He used to be a Democrat
His wife was nude in magazines

His TV show kept them employed
He doesn’t stir up racial strife
He has had three but seems to be
Devoted to his younger wife

He loves cops and veterans
He loves our brave military
He loves legal immigrants
The key word here is- “legally”
Maybe now we can all be rich
Not just the elite
Maybe now our health insurance
Payments we can meet
Maybe now the middle class
Can rest and breathe again
There’s a Capitalist Living in the White House!

He has a catchy slogan
Make America Great Again
He’s a character like Hulk Hogan
Yet a modern family man

On the LGBTQ
He’s got a pretty liberal view
He can take it on the chin
And his hairstyle makes them grin
So you’d think the Progressives would be
In love with Mr. (Donald) T
The Capitalist Living in the White House

Now Meryl Streep…Donald Trump did not make fun of a disabled man. (You are mis-informed.)

He was simply commenting on a lie that the Washington Post told about the 9/11 New Jersey people who were celebrating and that guy Serge Kovaleski, well, Trump was just treating him like he would treat any reporter who was lying!

And, you know, you should google “Islamic Threat” because – Holyland Foundation Trial, google that, there’s a manifesto by The Muslim Brotherhood on how to take over America in 20 years with “civilization jihad.”

Look it up, and, while you’re googling, look up the book “After the Ball” – it’s these two guys who purposefully manipulated America into the rainbow thing.

And, Meryl, when you inferred that Trump did not like people from foreign countries; he’s married two women from foreign countries, they still even have their accents!

And, “social justice,” that’s just a nice way of saying “Marxism.” Just sayin’.

We’ve had enough of Marxism
And equal poverty for all
Enough Ebony and Ivory
I’m going to the
“All Lives Matter” Ball.

Meryl Streep just had a cow
But I’m singing like Mighty Mouse
(“Here he comes to save the day”)
There’s a Capitalist Living in the White House

Communism never works
Everybody knows that
Cuba, China, Korea
No one there is fat (except the dictators)
No one has a TV Show
Let alone a car
Only the rich can feed the poor
And create a TV star

He’s gonna Make America Great
He brought back jobs from over the sea
Coal Miners — celebrate!
We’re making our own energy
Our gas and oil will be released
Our taxes dropped, paychecks increased
The wall goes up
We’ll all be safe
Political Correctness
Erased
He’ll get his tweets under control
It’s Camelot again.
There’s a Capitalist Living in the White House!
There’s a Capitalist Living in the White House
Peace Through Strength!
There’s a Capitalist Living in the White House
The American Dream!
There’s a Capitalist Living in the White House!

Jackson is clearly a happier woman and satirist than she was in the era of Barack Obama when she made the case – sometimes in whispered tones – that was a communist living in the White House.

“Evidence?” she sang, accompanied by her trademark ukulele. “Where do you want me to start?”

She used news clips from WND to support her claim.

Here are some lyrics to Jackson’s previous song, “There’s a Communist Living in the White House”:

It seems these days I’m in a haze
And I can’t concentrate on things.
Can’t eat or sleep, feel incomplete
Feel kind of scared and creepy.
I look over my shoulder lots
And shudder when I watch TV.
I bite my nails and cuticles
And watch my words very carefully.
I bite my lip a lot and fidget with the buttons on my blouse
Why? Because there’s a communist living in the White House

 

She cited the socialist leanings of President Obama’s grandparents, communist leanings of his mother, the Marxist professors he had in college and his own links to the teachings of Saul Alinsky while related news clips flashed on the screen.

“He told Joe the Plumber, ‘Spread the wealth,’ which is a direct quote from the Communist Manifesto,” she sang. Then in office, Obama appointed Van Jones and took over the banking and car industries.

“How much more proof do you want?”

Jackson, a native of Miami, Florida, performed at tea-party rallies all over the country – from Pasadena to Washington, D.C.

Jackson was on “Saturday Night Live” from 1986 until about 1992 after she got a break in an appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson – reciting poetry while performing one of her trademark handstands. She also performed on WND’s cruise to Alaska a few years ago – for the entire ship.

Jackson now lives in Nashville with her husband, Paul, a retired police officer. She tells WND they followed their grandchildren “we are truly enjoying our growing family.”

She tells WND she grew battle weary after eight years of political activism.

“In 2016 I decided to take all politics off of my web site and focus on comedy again,” she said. “Then, I got diagnosed with breast cancer. I got busy with a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. As far as the doctors can tell, I am healed. … Jesus carried me and my family through the cancer journey and it inspired a book, two music videos and a TV show idea. Of course, Jesus Christ is my priority in everything I do. I’m currently working on a Christian speaking tour. Paul has reluctantly agreed to participate in my new reality show, ‘Who’s Victoria Jackson?’ We are shopping it at REALSCREEN in D.C. next week. I put a little taste of it out on YouTube under the title, ‘The Birdie Singer Show!’ It is about me wanting to check off the last thing on my Bucket List – singing at the Grand Ol’ Opry. My only obstacles – 1) my age, 2) cancer, 3) my voice! But, with God nothing is impossible! Luke 1:37.”

 

 

Women's March organizer linked to Hamas

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Daily Caller) Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers behind Saturday’s Women’s March, being held in Washington, D.C., was recently spotted at a large Muslim convention in Chicago posing for pictures with an accused financier for Hamas, the terrorist group.

Sarsour, the head of the Arab American Association of New York and an Obama White House “Champion of Change,” was speaking at last month’s 15th annual convention of the Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America.

While there, she posed for a picture with Salah Sarsour, a member of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee and former Hamas operative who was jailed in Israel in the 1990s because of his alleged work for the terrorist group.

 

Texas teacher can't be fired for Colorado marijuana use

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Austin American-Statesman) After Maryam Roland, a public high school teacher in Ysleta, in El Paso, tested positive for marijuana use in 2015, the State Board for Educator Certification sought to suspend her license for two years. In her defense, Roland argued that because she’d smoked the pot during a vacation in Colorado, where the drug has been legal for recreational use since 2013, she had done nothing wrong.

Such explanations typically have not met with success, attorneys said. In an opinion released earlier this month, however, a Texas judge agreed with Roland, comparing punishing her for using pot in Colorado to penalizing someone after returning from a vacation in Las Vegas.

“Possession of a usable quantity of marijuana is a criminal offense in Texas, but so is gambling,” Administrative Law Judge William Newchurch wrote. But the court “would not recommend that the Board find a teacher unworthy to instruct in Texas because she legally gambled in Nevada.

 

Canadians enroute to D.C. Women's March denied entry

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(London Guardian) Would-be protesters heading to the Women’s March on Washington have said they were denied entry to the United States after telling border agents at a land crossing in Quebec their plans to attend the march.

Montrealer Sasha Dyck was part of a group of eight who had arranged online to travel together to Washington. Divided into two cars, the group – six Canadians and two French nationals – arrived at the border crossing that connects St Bernard de Lacolle in Quebec with Champlain, New York, on Thursday.

The group was upfront about their plans with border agents, Dyck said. “We said we were going to the women’s march on Saturday and they said, ‘Well, you’re going to have to pull over’.”

 

Doctors amputate man's leg at crash scene to save his life

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Spokane Spokesman) A team of doctors and a nurse from Kootenai Health did something they had never done before on Thursday: They crawled into the cab of a wrecked semitruck and amputated the leg of a man pinned in the wreckage.

The crash near Fourth of July Pass on Interstate 90 was reported just before 5:45 a.m. Thursday. Shoshone County emergency crews arrived first and requested a “heavy rescue” response from Kootenai County. A Kootenai County division chief called Kootenai Health for help just after 7 a.m.

“This is an unprecedented event,” said Kootenai County EMS System Chief Christopher Way. “This is not something we do normally, or ever.”

 

Police warn public about teen 'Assassin' game

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(East Bay Times) Police received a call Thursday of a possible burglary in process in the city, but instead found teens taking part in the role-play game.

Assassin, played by seniors from both Foothill and Amador Valley high schools, uses Nerf-life toy guns with foam darts to “assassinate” targets. The object of the game is to be the last person standing and win a large pot of cash from the entrance fees.

Police warn the popular game, which goes on for months at a time, could be dangerous because members of public may not realize it is just a game.

Psalm 67:4

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | Daily BlessingGo to full article
Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth.

Psalm 67:4

 

Astronaut

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Editor’s note: Do you need something to smile about? Every day, WND selects the best joke offered up by readers and contributors to its Laughlines forum and brings it to you as the WND Joke of the Day. Here is today’s offering:

NASA was interviewing professionals to be sent to Mars. Only one person could go, and he would be unable to return to Earth.

The first applicant, an engineer, was asked how much he wanted to be paid for taking the one-way trip.

“A million dollars,” he answered, “because I wish to donate it to M.I.T.”

The next applicant, a doctor, was asked the same question.

He asked for two million dollars. “I wish to give a million to my family,” he explained, “and leave the other million for the advancement of medical research.”

The last applicant was a politician.

When asked how much money he wanted, he whispered in the interviewer’s ear, “Three million dollars.”

“Why so much more than the others?” the interviewer asked.

The politician replied, “One million is for you, I’ll keep one million, and we’ll give the engineer a million and send him to Mars.”

 

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Pope warns against populism, 'saviors' like Hitler

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Agence France-Presse) Pope Francis on Saturday warned against populism, saying it could lead to the election of “saviors” like Hitler.

In an hour-long interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais conducted as Donald Trump was being sworn in as US president, the pontiff also condemned the idea of using walls and barbed wire to keep out foreigners.

“Of course crises provoke fears and worries,” he said but added that for him “the example of populism in the European sense of the word is Germany in 1933.

“Germany… was looking for a leader, someone who would give her back her identity and there was a little man named Adolf Hitler who said ‘I can do it’.”

 

Trump spokesman accuses media of false inaugural reporting

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Bloomberg) Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, took to the White House briefing room for the first time on Saturday to lash out at news organizations and accuse them of false reporting about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration the day before.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the world,” Spicer said. “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

He took no questions from reporters and he did not say specifically how many people the White House believes attended the inauguration. He said three large sections of the Mall that each held at least 200,000 people were “full when the president took the oath of office.”

 

 

What are the most unimprovable laws on the planet?

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
Ten Commandments scroll

“The Ten Commandments are not the laws. They are the law,” stated Cecil B. DeMille at the New York opening of his epic film, “The Ten Commandments.” Starring Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as Pharaoh Rameses II, the film was released by Paramount Pictures in 1956.

While filming on-location in Egypt, Cecil B. DeMille, then 75 years old, climbed a 107-foot ladder to shoot the famous Exodus scene from atop of the massive Per Rameses set. In the intense heat, DeMille suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Though doctors ordered him to rest, DeMille finished directing the movie.

DeMille never fully recovered and died of a heart condition on Jan. 21, 1959. He had anticipated doing a film on the Biblical Book of Revelation.

For almost five decades, Cecil B. DeMille produced monumental films in Hollywood, including: “Samson and Delilah,” “The King of Kings,” “The Sign of the Cross,” “The Crusades,” and “The Greatest Show on Earth,” for which he won an Academy Award.

Cecil B. DeMille was educated at Pennsylvania Military Academy and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His niece, Agnes de Mille choreographed films and musicals, such as: “Oklahoma!” (1943); “Paint Your Wagon” (1951); “Carousel” (1945); and “Rodeo” (1942).

Continuing his comments at the 1956 New York opening of “The Ten Commandments,” Cecil B. DeMille stated: “Man has made 32 million laws since the Commandments were handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai more than three thousand years ago, but he has never improved on God’s law. … The Ten Commandments are the principles by which man may live with God and man may live with man. They are the expressions of the mind of God for His creatures. They are the charter and guide of human liberty, for there can be no liberty without the law. … What I hope for our production of ‘The Ten Commandments’ is that those who see it shall come from the theater not only entertained and filled with the sight of a big spectacle, but filled with the spirit of truth. … That it will bring to its audience a better understanding of the real meaning of this pattern of life that God has set down for us to follow.”

At a time the children of Israel left Egypt, sometimes dated around 1,500 B.C.:

  • the Hittite language had around 375 cuneiform characters
  • the Indus Valley Harappan language had around 417 symbols
  • the Luwian language of Anatolian had over 500 logographic hieroglyphs
  • the Akkadian language most prevalent in Mesopotamia had over 1,500 Sumerian cuneiform characters
  • the Egyptian language had over 3,000 hieroglyphic characters
  • the Chinese language had nearly 10,000 pictogram and ideogram characters, invented by scribes of China’s Yellow Emperor

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, he not only had the Ten Commandments, but he had them written in an easy-to-learn 22-character alphabet, which resulted in the entire nation learning to read.

In most other countries, only the upper class could read: kings, pharaohs, emperors, their scribes, with the ruling and merchant class. In ancient Egypt, the literacy rate was less than one percent.

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece, has a display on “Scribes” in its section on Egyptian Artifacts: “Only a small percentage of ancient Egypt’s population was literate, namely the pharaoh, members of the royal family, officials, priests and scribes. Particularly popular and lucrative, the scribe’s profession was mostly hereditary. Scribes had careers in the government, priesthood, and army.”

Keeping unintelligent masses ignorant and illiterate was a way to control them.

George Orwell wrote in “Nineteen Eighty-Four”: “In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance.”

Anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss (1908-2009) wrote: “Ancient writing’s main function was to facilitate the enslavement of other human beings.”

This is similar to the United States prior to the Civil War, where Democrat slave-holding states had laws making it illegal to teach slaves to read, as it was understood that illiterate, uneducated people were easier to control.

Republican adviser to Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, had been born a slave in Baltimore, Maryland. When he was around 12 years old, his master’s sister-in-law, Sophia Auld, was teaching him the alphabet. When her husband found out, he forbade it, saying that if slaves could read, they would grow discontent and desire freedom.

Frederick Douglass considered this the “first decidedly anti-slavery lecture” he had ever heard, causing him to be determined to read all the more. (“The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: His Early Life as a Slave, His Escape from Bondage, and His Complete History,” Dover Value Editions, Courier Dover Publications, 2003, p. 50).

In the nation of Israel, every person was expected to read, as each person was individually accountable to follow the commandments. Israel is the first well-recorded instance in history of an entire population being literate, an important prerequisite for prosperity.

The Hebrew commandments were not just a list of do’s and don’ts, but they had a God above who was:

  1. watching everyone
  2. wanted everyone to be fair
  3. would hold each person accountable in the future

This motivated everyone to act fairly even with no police around.

Democrat candidate for president, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, stated in his speech “The Prince of Peace” (New York Times, Sept. 7, 1913): “A religion which teaches personal responsibility to God gives strength to morality. There is a powerful restraining influence in the belief that an all-seeing eye scrutinizes every thought and word and act of the individual.”

Referring to the Ten Commandments, President Harry S. Truman addressed the Attorney General’s Conference, Feb. 1950: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount. … I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days. … If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except for the State.”

Herbert Hoover stated in San Diego, California, Sept. 17, 1935: “Our Constitution … is based upon certain inalienable freedoms and protections which in no event the government may infringe. … It does not require a lawyer to interpret those provisions. They are as clear as the Ten Commandments. … The freedom of worship, freedom of speech and of the press, the right of peaceable assembly, equality before the law … behind them is the conception which is the highest development of the Christian faith … individual freedom with brotherhood.”

Ronald Reagan stated at a National Rifle Association banquet in Phoenix, May 6, 1983: “If we could just keep remembering that Moses brought down from the mountain the Ten Commandments, not ten suggestions – and if those of us who live for the Lord could remember that He wants us to love our Lord and our neighbor, then there’s no limit to the problems we could solve.”

President William McKinley stated in his inaugural address, March 4, 1897: “Our faith teaches that there is no safer reliance than upon the God of our fathers … who will not forsake us so long as we obey His commandments.”

Alfred Smith, four-term governor of New York and Democratic presidential candidate in 1928, stated in May of 1927: “The essence of my faith is built upon the commandments of God. The law of the land is built on the commandments of God. There can be no conflict between them.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt stated on Dec. 24, 1942: “We as a nation and as individuals will please God best by showing regard for the laws of God. There is no better way of fostering good will toward man than by first fostering good will toward God. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in a radio address on Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22, 1943: “Skeptics and the cynics of Washington … are like the people who carp at the Ten Commandments because some people are in the habit of breaking one or more of them.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in a press conference, Dec. 22, 1944: “We don’t all live up to the Ten Commandments, which is perfectly true, but on the whole they are pretty good. It’s something pretty good to shoot for. The Christian religion most of us in the room happen to belong to, we think it is pretty good. We certainly haven’t attained it. Well, the Atlantic Charter … not comparing it with the Christian religion or the Ten Commandments … was a step towards a better life for the population of the world.”

In 1954, President Dwight David Eisenhower, said: “The purpose of a devout and united people was set forth in the pages of The Bible … (1) to live in freedom, (2) to work in a prosperous land … and (3) to obey the commandments of God. … This Biblical story of the Promised land inspired the founders of America. It continues to inspire us.”

On March 8, 1983, at the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida, President Reagan stated: “There’s a great spiritual awakening in America. … One recent survey by a Washington- based research council concluded … 95 percent of those surveyed expressed a belief in God. A huge majority believed the Ten Commandments had real meaning in their lives.”

The U.S. District Court, in Crockett v. Sorenson, (W.D. Va. 1983), stated: “The Ten Commandments have had immeasurable effect on Anglo-American legal development. … A basic background in the Bible is essential to fully appreciate and understand both Western culture and current events.”

Senator Robert Byrd addressed Congress, June 27, 1962: “Above the head of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are the Ten Commandments, with the great American eagle protecting them. Moses is included among the great lawgivers in Herman A. MacNeil’s marble sculpture group on the east front.”

In dissenting the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear an Elkhart, Indiana, Ten Commandment case, 2001, Chief Justice Rehnquist wrote: “The text of the Ten Commandments no doubt has played a role in the secular development of our society and can no doubt be presented by the government as playing such a role in our civic order. … A carving of Moses holding the Ten Commandments, surrounded by representations of other historical legal figures, adorns the frieze on the south wall of our courtroom, and we have said that the carving signals respect not for great proselytizers but for great lawgivers.”

Dr. Billy Graham stated in accepting with the Congressional Gold Medal, May 2, 1996: “We have lost sight of the moral and spiritual principles on which this nation was established – principles drawn largely from the Judeo-Christian tradition as found in the Bible. … There is hope! Our lives can be changed. … The Scripture says, ‘You must be born again.’ … Think how different our nation would be if we sought to follow the simple and yet profound injunctions of the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount.”

John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson, Nov. 4, 1816: “The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my religion.”

On Aug. 11, 1992, U.S. Rep. Nick Joe Rahall introduced a bill to declare Nov. 22-28 “America’s Christian Heritage Week,” stating: “While … emerging democracies … turn from the long held atheism of communism to true religious freedoms, we find ourselves, with heavy hearts, watching our own government succumb to pressures to distant itself from God and religion. Our own government … has … evolve into bans against the simple freedom as … representation of the Ten Commandments on government buildings. … Such a standard of religious exclusion is absolutely and unequivocally counter to the intention of those who designed our government.”

On Feb. 5, 1996, Margaret Thatcher stated: “The Decalogue (Ten Commandments) are addressed to each and every person. This is the origin … the sanctity of the individual. … You don’t get that in any other political creed. … It is personal liberty with personal responsibility. Responsibility to your parents, to your children, to your God. … Your Founding Fathers came over with that.”

In 1973, as governor of California, Ronald Reagan stated: “With freedom goes responsibility. Sir Winston Churchill once said you can have 10,000 regulations and still not have respect for the law. We might start with the Ten Commandments. If we lived by the Golden Rule, there would be no need for other laws.”

On Feb. 5, 1997, Governor Fob James threatened to call out the National Guard to prevent the removal of the Ten Commandments display from a courtroom in Gadsden, Alabama: “The only way those Ten Commandments and prayer would be stripped from that courtroom is with the force of arms.”

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Trump hits Obamacare on 1st hours in office

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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President Trump on Friday, during his first hours in office, targeted Obamacare with an executive order that instructs federal officials “shall” grant exemptions to any “fiscal burden” or “fee” pending under the federal health-care takeover law.

Trump, during his campaign, had promised to repeal and replace the massive federal bureaucracy Obama created with support only from Democrats, a system that dictates what insurance every individual American must buy, including what must be covered.

Trump also promised to attack Obamacare on his first day in office.

He kept that promise, even though the entire law cannot removed by executive order.

To make those moves, Congress already is considering several different replacement proposals, but neither the GOP majority in Congress nor the GOP president in the White House has expressed interest in leaving people without coverage.

Trump’s executive order was titled “Minimizing the economic burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act pending repeal.”

He outlined that it is his policy “to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended (the ‘Act’). In the meantime, pending such repeal, it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.”

So he ordered that “to the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”

Federal officials also were told to give states all the flexibility possible and to encourage the development “of a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance.”

He directed that the order “shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.”

Trump also ordered that proposed federal rules be suspended where possible pending further review.

NBC had reported only hours earlier there were some things Trump could do immediately to move against Obamacare.

Larry Leavitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation had told the network, “They have a lot of tools at their disposal to put new rules in place quickly.”

Such as ending free contraceptive coverage entirely, he said. Also, insurance companies could be allowed to decide what they pay for regarding the number of physician visits.

Levitt pointed out that nothing in the law “says hospital care has to be unlimited.”

Another issue? The federal subsidies to pay cost-sharing reductions for more than 60 percent of Obamacare customers, he explained. Congress has refused to allocate money for the program, but Obama kept making the payments anyway.

Finally, he said, “The Trump administration could virtually end the individual mandate all on their own by using their authority to grant hardship waivers. There is no definition of hardship in the law.”

Although the wording is different, Trump’s instructions for waivers for any “fee” or “tax” on consumers appears to be pertinent.

 

 

Terror experts hail Trump promise to wipe out 'radical' Islam

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Leo HohmannGo to full article
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Donald Trump’s inaugural address

President Donald Trump let the world know up front that he will not shy away from naming the enemy of the United States and the free world.

He didn’t name Russia, China, or any other country.

He named a radical ideology that draws upon religious texts to wage war against Western values.

“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones, and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth,” he declared in his inaugural speech.

He said people are tired of empty words by whiny politicians. “Now is the hour for action.”

As the Times of Israel astutely pointed out, Trump’s promise to form new alliances hinted at the cultivation of common interests with another Christian nation and super power, Russia, in eliminating the global Islamic threat.

“Trump’s predecessors George W. Bush – who invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban regime – and Barack Obama – who ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden – also fought extremism. But Trump has gone further than both in his use of language, suggesting that he sees the fight as a civilizational battle between America and a threat springing from the Islamic faith itself.

“And, in an inaugural address otherwise thin on policy specifics, his vow to form new alliances against terror suggests that he intends to work with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.”

WND contacted a roster of experts on the Islamic threat to get their reaction to Trump’s first words about foreign policy since becoming president.

Michele Bachmann, former Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, said Trump sent the right message on day one of his presidency:

Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

“Today, President Trump made the important first move in defeating radical Islam by naming it as a malignant force requiring defeat.

“I cannot underscore enough the importance of President Trump’s Inaugural statement which named radical Islam. His statement was not lost on the Arab world and now the Islamic supremacists, after eight long, painful years are finally on defense.

“By contrast, President Obama’s infamous Cairo speech delivered in June of 2009 lit the match that inspired Islamists to jihad across the globe.

“In Obama’s failed leadership Islamic supremacists did not see the U.S. as a barrier to achieving their goals. That was all they needed to advance jihad.

“The purpose of Obama’s failed Countering Violent Extremism program was to protect Islam from blame as a motivator for Islamic violence.

How long it will take to defeat radical Islam, no one knows, Bachmann said.

“But today, Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, took the first step toward victory.”

Author Robert Spencer

Author Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer, author of the Jihad Watch blog for the David Horowitz Freedom Center and of several bestselling books on Islam, said Trump may have been speaking in hyperbole when he talked about wiping Islamic terrorists off the face of the earth.

“Strictly speaking, it isn’t possible within four years, or eight, or as long as there are people who believe the Quran is the perfect and eternal word of Allah,” Spencer said. “However, Trump’s declaration, while hyperbolic, was a welcome indication of Trump’s apparent determination to speak honestly about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, and to combat it and roll it back.”

Middle East analyst Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy

Middle East analyst Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy

Clare Lopez, vice president of research and analysis for the Center for Security Policy in D.C., said Trump’s heart is in the right place but he will find out soon enough that his task is more complex than just “radical” Islam.

“I think about this challenge a bit differently: We are not fighting ‘radical Islam,’ nor are we fighting ‘extremism,’ or ‘terrorism.’ We fight the forces of the global jihad movement to live free from the forcible or stealthy imposition of Islamic law. We Americans fight to defend our right to live as free citizens under the man-made laws of our Constitution.

“That fight will not be won in four years, but it is heartening to hear our new president speak so forthrightly about the enemy we face, which unfortunately is not ‘radical’ at all, but rather all too normative for those who are faithful followers of Muhammad, the Qur’an, and Shariah.

“I think we begin as President Trump has demonstrated: by confronting the enemy and that enemy’s threat doctrine with honesty, courage and conviction in who we are as Americans.”

Phil Haney, a recently retired Homeland Security officer and co-author of the whistleblower book “See Something Say Nothing,” said he was “pretty encouraged” by Trump’s comments.

“Overall I don’t think we’ve had such a constitutional/biblical worldview event in quite a long time. It was refreshing,” he said.

“As far as the semantics of how he put it, I think we need to address the threat that is right in front of us, first, before we go wiping it off the face of the earth,” Haney added. “As he so forcefully indicated, it’s America first. He’s exactly right. Let’s recognize the threat that’s right in front of us, address that first.”

 Senate hearing June 28, 2016 (Screenshot Senate Judiciary Committee video).

Senate hearing June 28, 2016 (Screenshot Senate Judiciary Committee video).

More than a physical wall is needed

Haney said Trump needs to think of his overall immigration policy as a series of “walls” that will protect America in these perilous times. And not just a physical wall at the border.

“I’m talking about shoring up our immigration policy, that’s the strongest wall, shoring up the defenses that are already in our constitutional system, using proper vetting and when people apply for visas we go back to requiring them to really prove who they are, and using a whole common-sense approach to immigration that was really abandoned by the last administration.”

Even refugees stayed at Ellis Island for weeks at a time in previous eras of U.S. history, Haney said. They stayed there and were screened, and that was before the day of Islamic terrorism. So how much more so should they be screened today, with real, authentic documents on who they are and where they’ve been, not just a personal testimony.

Finally, says Haney, Trump must re-instate a common-sense approach to counter terrorism.

“This means providing training for our law enforcement that is based on our ability to determine the radical Islamic threat and study the doctrines that are evident in the Islamic texts, and use the Constitution as the strongest wall of all, because Shariah openly and plainly says it is superior to all other forms of law,” he said.

“Article 6 of our Constitution is our strongest wall,” he added. “There are different kinds of walls. There are not just walls of stone or iron there are walls of protection provided by the constitution, and the protection provided by immigration law and also the protection provided by our counter-terrorism policies.”

‘Pass Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act’

Finally, Haney says President Trump should jump-start the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act that is sitting in the U.S. Congress.

“That sends a message both domestically, and around the world,” he said.

“Tactically, in any kind of military conflict you always have to do that. If you have forces 100 yards from your camp you have to address that before you talk about a large tactical operation miles away. You’ve got to make sure your own camp is secure first. That may be the first realization that President Trump needs to come to, that it’s not just ‘over there.’ It’s a difficult tactical approach, it’s cryptic, it’s a chameleon, but it’s there, right in our own back yard.”

 

Thanks, but no thanks for Obama's service

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Paul BremmerGo to full article
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Ronald Reagan

It seems to be an expectation at this point. Every time a new president delivers his first inaugural address, he thanks his predecessor. It has become a necessary formality, a routine part of the Inauguration Day festivities.

Donald Trump carried on that tradition Friday when, a minute into his inaugural speech, he thanked the Obamas for their role in the presidential transition process.

“Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power,” the new president said. “And we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.”

But while Trump thanked Obama for his help during the transition, he did not thank his predecessor for his service to America. In that respect, Trump departed from his three immediate predecessors, all of whom, like Trump, succeeded a president of the opposite party.

On Jan. 20, 2009, a mere 25 seconds into his first inaugural address, the newly sworn-in Obama declared, “I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.”

Obama notably did not thank George W. Bush for anything he had accomplished; the new president planned to repudiate Bush’s policies and move the country in a radically different direction.

Obama would go on to proclaim, later in his address: “On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation. But in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.”

Likewise, Donald Trump clearly plans to repudiate Obama’s policies. In his inaugural address, he scolded the Washington establishment for enriching foreign industry at the expense of American industry and defending other nations’ borders while refusing to defend American borders.

In a rejection of the globalist Obama, Trump declared, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first.”

So, for Trump and Obama, a polite “thank you” for the predecessor’s service and/or cooperation in the transition process seemed most appropriate. The same was true of George W. Bush, who, within the first 30 seconds of his 2001 inaugural address, said simply, “As I begin, I thank President Clinton for his service to our nation.”

Then, in a nod to the long, exhausting 2000 Florida recount controversy, Bush added, “And I thank Vice President Gore for a contest conducted with spirit and ended with grace.”

Eight years earlier, in 1993, Bill Clinton took a similarly straightforward tack when he stated, more than a minute into his first inaugural address: “On behalf of our nation, I salute my predecessor, President Bush, for his half-century of service to America.”

George H.W. Bush was the last president to succeed a president from the same party, so he was much more effusive than his successors. The elder Bush declared, at the beginning of his 1989 inaugural address, “There is a man here who has earned a lasting place in our hearts and in our history. President Reagan, on behalf of our nation, I thank you for the wonderful things that you have done for America.”

Eight years earlier, before he did wonderful things for America, Reagan took a similar approach to Trump by only thanking his predecessor, Jimmy Carter, for his role in the transition. Reagan began his 1981 inaugural address by commenting on the uniqueness of the peaceful transfer of authority in the United States, which is far from routine in many other countries.

Then, addressing Carter, he said: “Mr. President, I want our fellow citizens to know how much you did to carry on this tradition. By your gracious cooperation in the transition process, you have shown a watching world that we are a united people pledged to maintaining a political system which guarantees individual liberty to a greater degree than any other, and I thank you and your people for all your help in maintaining the continuity which is the bulwark of our republic.”

Like Obama and Trump after him, Reagan intended to move the country in a radically different direction. He signaled this new direction later in his speech when he asserted, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Thus, there was no praise for any “wonderful things” Carter had done for America.

It was Carter who began the modern custom of presidents thanking their predecessors. In his 1977 inaugural address, the very first words out of Carter’s mouth were, “For myself and for our nation, I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land.”

Carter’s predecessor, Gerald Ford, had assumed the presidency after Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace. Carter was thanking Ford for effectively ending the national nightmare of the Watergate scandal by pardoning Nixon.

Before Carter, it was rare for an incoming president to directly thank his predecessor during his inaugural address. In fact, the only president who did so in the 20th century before Carter was Herbert Hoover, who succeeded fellow Republican Calvin Coolidge in 1929.

Hoover boasted early in his address about the progress the U.S. had made since World War I, and he chalked it up to his predecessor.

“We have emerged from the losses of the Great War and the reconstruction following it with increased virility and strength,” Hoover said.

“From this strength we have contributed to the recovery and progress of the world. What America has done has given renewed hope and courage to all who have faith in government by the people. In the large view, we have reached a higher degree of comfort and security than ever existed before in the history of the world. … For wise guidance in this great period of recovery, the nation is deeply indebted to Calvin Coolidge.”

It seems likely the tradition of the presidential “thank you” will continue, whether it’s a heartfelt thanks or merely a polite one.

 

Why leftists turned Inauguration Day violent

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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One day after self-styled “anti-fascist” protesters attacked Donald Trump supporters who attended a celebratory gathering, anarchists once again caused chaos on the streets of the nation’s capital. Property destruction, assaults and fires marred Trump’s first day in office as leftists held to their vow to “go hard” on Inauguration Day.

Streets just five blocks from the inaugural parade route became a war zone as black-clad anarchists screamed obscenities, sprayed graffiti and gleefully smashed property while law enforcement scrambled to restore order.

At least 95 people were arrested and at least two police officers were injured as anarchists threw bricks and other objects at officers. Police retaliated with pepper spray and flash bang grenades.

 

Among the targets were a Starbucks store and a Bank of America branch, where violent protesters managed to destroy windows and escape.

 

Ashley Rae Goldenberg at MRCTV reported cars and limousines were smashed, as well as a bus station.

The destroyed limousine was then set on fire. Other bonfires were also reported in the city.

 

There was also some physical violence. So-called “Alt-Right” figurehead Richard Spencer was among the victims, as he was ambushed by masked assailants.

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Though protests became more violent after Trump was sworn into office, anarchists caused headaches for both law enforcement and celebration attendees all day. Traffic was snarled as protesters blocked I-395, which runs through the city.

 

The protesters created choke points that forced long lines for those trying to move to designated viewing areas for the ceremony or parade. National Guard personnel on the scene said they were doing their best to keep the roads clear and admit attendees, but they also wanted to show restraint in dealing with protesters. Angry Trump supporters chanted “Trump!” or “U-S-A!” to drown out left-wing demonstrators.

Jeff Roorda, a former Democratic elected official, the executive director of the St. Louis Police Officers Association and the author of “The War On Police: How the Ferguson Effect Is Making America Unsafe,” urged a strong response from the new Trump administration.

“These lawless actions need to be met by the full force of the federal government,” he said. “Lawlessness begets lawlessness.”

Roorda blamed outgoing President Obama’s administration for tolerating and even encouraging an atmosphere of disrespect for police and law and order.

“As I outline in ‘The War On Police,’ this has been going on ever sense Ferguson,” Roorda said. “No one before the Obama administration ever thought to excuse or encourage such behavior. Yet today, here we are.”

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser condemned the rioters, observing that many demonstrators had not been respectful.

“We respect the right of people to express their first amendment rights but violence and destruction will not be tolerated,” she tweeted.

President Trump expressed his support for police in his Inaugural Address.

“We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God,” Trump stated.

Roorda said he hoped Trump’s administration would mark a new era in government backing for law enforcement officers whom, he said, feel that they are under siege. Roorda also said it is important for all Americans, including Democrats, to support the new commander-in-chief.

“I’ve been a Democrat my whole life, and I’m rooting for Trump to be a great president,” he told WND. “It’s un-American to root against him. And even more than that, it’s especially un-American to engage in lawless, destructive and violent behavior on the day of his inauguration.”

 

Rush: Dems lost because they emphasized differences

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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If the Democrats would just listen to themselves, they would be able to figure out why they lost the 2016 presidential election, says talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh.

He cited Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s remark in his brief address at the inauguration ceremony Friday that everyone in America is exceptional, “whatever our race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity – whether we are immigrant or native born, whether we live with disabilities or do not, in wealth or in poverty.”

Here are the remarks:

 

“You did not hear Donald Trump sum-divide the people of this country as he was talking to them,” Limbaugh said. “But listen to Schumer. ‘Whatever your race, religious, sexual orientation, gender identity? Whether we’re immigrant or native born’? They look at the country; they subdivide it according to skin color, ethnicity and gender identity? They still haven’t figured out what went wrong for ’em.”

He said Schumer’s comments “demonstrate totally the difference in vision that we have and the Democrats have.”

Schumer said: “We live in a challenging and tumultuous time, a quickly evolving, ever more interconnected world, a rapidly changing economy that benefits too few while leaving too many behind. A fractured media, a politics frequently consumed by rancor.”

Limbaugh asked: “Who are they talking about, ‘fractured media’? Who do you mean there, Chuck? Fractured media? Yeah, they don’t all have the same set of ‘facts,’ you see. I wonder what he’s talking about ‘fractured media.’ ‘Challenging tumultuous times, rapidly changing economy, benefits too few.’ So here we go. Now, wait ’til you hear this next bite.”

Schumer said: “We Americans have always been a forward looking, problem solving, optimistic, patriotic and decent people. … Whatever our race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity – whether we are immigrant or native born, whether we live with disabilities or do not, in wealth or in poverty – we are all exceptional in our commonly held yet fierce devotion to our country.”

“No, we’re not!” Limbaugh said.

The talk-radio star said people need to realize “there are a whole slew of people who are devoted to stopping him [Trump], and they are in government, and they’re in Washington, and they’re not elected.”

“There is a whole cadre of people who are just waiting for the right times to undermine Trump and his agenda. They’re not elected, and you can’t get rid of them. Reagan also referred to them, and it is the bureaucracy.”

But he noted the Democrats have sustained huge losses in recent elections in the House, Senate, state legislatures and governors’ offices.

“The big names, the claims to fame, the people they’re looking at to be president next are all 70 years of age and they’re names everybody knows. So the second list of potential presidents is Hollywood actors like George Clooney and Meryl Streep, or Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook or Sheryl Sandberg. They got nobody!”

He the Democrats aren’t facing up to why they have been losing.

“They’re telling themselves to this day the Russians did it! Even though – even though – Obama pardons, commutes the sentence of a traitor, Chelsea Manning, who turned over hundreds of thousands of military and national security documents to WikiLeaks. And Obama said, ‘Not a big enough deal. I’m commuting the sentence.’

“And yet on the other side of his mouth Obama comes out and rips WikiLeaks for helping to undermine Hillary’s presidential election. It’s one of the great ironies and hypocrisies,” he said.

He said Democrats don’t talk, though, about their ideas being rejected.

He cited an analysis of the election: “It did not refer to the fact that this country doesn’t want anymore liberalism as they have learned what it is after eight years of Obama. And because the piece didn’t mention that, it tells me that the Democrats still don’t know why it is they lost. And further from that, it is just more evidence that the last thing the Republican Party needs to do is to help ’em out by crossing the aisle and working with them and helping them resuscitate themselves.”

 

 

This day in WND history: Bin Laden hailed as 'Pancho Villa of Islam'

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Radical Hispanic group hails Osama bin Laden as ‘Pancho Villa of Islam’ 

Jan. 21, 2006: WND reported that a radical Hispanic group that claimed the southwestern United States belongs to Mexico was hailing elusive al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden as the “Pancho Villa of Islam.”

Villa was unsuccessfully pursued for 11 months by Gen. John J. Pershing after the Mexican and his troops raided a small New Mexico border town in 1916.

“Like Pancho Villa, it looks like Osama bin Laden has outsmarted the U.S. military generals,” Ernesto Cienfuegos wrote for the website, “The Voice of Aztlan.”

“Both are revered by the common people of each respective community,” he said. “Both are seen as Robin Hoods by the poor and oppressed. Both were construction contractors at one time in their lives. Francisco Villa was a general contractor on the construction of the railroad through Chihuahua’s majestic Copper Canyon. Both Osama bin Laden and General Francisco Villa were indirectly fighting those whom they perceived to be lackeys of the United States.

“It certainly appears today, that Osama bin Laden is headed for the very same legendary and folk hero status in Islam.”

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'Islamic Greek Kurdish' driver kills 4 in Melbourne rampage

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(London Daily Mail) The man who allegedly ploughed through dozens of pedestrians on a rampage through the Melbourne CBD has a history of drug abuse, violence and mental issues.

Dimitrious Gargasoulas, 26, ranted about the Illuminati, called unbelievers ‘dogs’, and vowed to ‘have god’s laws re-instated’ in the weeks before the attack that killed four people.

‘I declare war on tyranny today, you dogs will have the option to either believe in me and his positive energy he offers and stay faithful to me or serve the one who enslaves you at his feet,’ he wrote on Facebook on Monday.

 

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(MosaicScience) It’s a little before three on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted. There’s an occasional adult with a pushchair, but the park’s surrounded by apartment blocks and houses, and school’s out – so where are all the kids?

Walking with me are Gudberg Jónsson, a local psychologist, and Harvey Milkman, an American psychology professor who teaches for part of the year at Reykjavik University. Twenty years ago, says Gudberg, Icelandic teens were among the heaviest-drinking youths in Europe. “You couldn’t walk the streets in downtown Reykjavik on a Friday night because it felt unsafe,” adds Milkman. “There were hordes of teenagers getting in-your-face drunk.”

We approach a large building. “And here we have the indoor skating,” says Gudberg.

A couple of minutes ago, we passed two halls dedicated to badminton and ping pong. Here in the park, there’s also an athletics track, a geothermally heated swimming pool and – at last – some visible kids, excitedly playing football on an artificial pitch.

Young people aren’t hanging out in the park right now, Gudberg explains, because they’re in after-school classes in these facilities, or in clubs for music, dance or art. Or they might be on outings with their parents.

 

 

Mattis confirmed as defense secretary by Senate

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎1 hour ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(CBS News) The Senate on Friday confirmed retired Gen. James Mattis as President Trump’s secretary of defense in an overwhelming vote.

After Mr. Trump took the oath of office Friday afternoon, one of the measures that he signed was a waiver approved by Congress that allows Mattis to serve as the Pentagon’s chief, exempting him from a current law that limits the appointment of a defense secretary within seven years of relief from duty.

Mattis, 66, testified at his confirmation hearing last week. He defended the importance of NATO, called Russia a “principal threat” and differed from Mr. Trump on whether Jerusalem should be considered the capital of Israel.

 

Hillary catches Bill ogling Ivanka?

 
‎Yesterday, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎11:56:28 PM | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
 
 

(DAILY MAIL) It was not the day his wife would become president after all, but it seems Bill Clinton still plenty enjoyed himself at the inauguration.

 

The former president was captured on camera supposedly ogling Ivanka Trump as she arrived at ceremony on Friday.

Clinton seemed to bite down on his lip with approval and then muttered something as he intently watched from the podium at the Capitol.

 

Dow snaps 5-day slide

 
‎Yesterday, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎11:25:47 PM | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(CNBC) U.S. equities closed higher in choppy trade on Friday after Donald Trump took a protectionist tone in his first speech as president.

“We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs,” Trump said after being sworn in. “Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body and I will never ever let you down.”

The Dow Jones industrial average gained about 95 points after rising 111.54 points at session highs, with Procter & Gamble, Merck and IBM contributing the most gains. The blue-chips index also snapped a five-day losing streak.

 

Let me remind you

 
‎Yesterday, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎11:11:03 PM | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Editor’s note: Do you need something to smile about? Every day, WND selects the best joke offered up by readers and contributors to its Laughlines forum and brings it to you as the WND Joke of the Day. Here is today’s offering:

Attorney: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?

Witness: No.

Attorney: Did you check for blood pressure?

Witness: No.

Attorney: Did you check for breathing?

Witness: No.

Attorney: So then, it is possible the patient was alive when you began the autopsy, is it not?

Witness: No.

Attorney: How can you be so sure, Doctor?

Witness: Because his brain was on my desk in a jar.

Attorney: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?

Witness: Yes, it is possible he could have still been alive … and practicing law.

 

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Your daily dose of spiritual inspiration

 
‎Yesterday, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎11:02:57 PM | Daily BlessingGo to full article
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

 

10 survivors found at Italian hotel 2 days after avalanche

 
‎Yesterday, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎10:52:48 PM | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Fox News) Survivors pulled out of the rubble of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy were met with cheers of joy and relief as rescue crews continued to dig out in search of others on Friday.

Ten people were found alive two days after the massive snow slide buried around 30 people at the four-star Hotel Rigopiano. Crews pulled out five of the 10, including four children, and were working to save the other five people, Civil Protection Chief Fabrizio Curcio said.

 

Environmentalists freak as Trump revamps WhiteHouse.gov

 
‎Yesterday, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎10:49:47 PM | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Fox News) While new President Donald Trump was laying out a short version of his agenda in an inaugural speech, his communications team was busy rewriting the White House website with a slew of new objectives including scrapping environmental regulations it claims kill jobs.

Among the commitments was immediate elimination of the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule, two administrative regulations Trump’s predecessor, President Obama, considered environmental safeguards. Team Trump deemed them “harmful and unnecessary policies” that hurt the economy and said so on the official Whitehouse.gov website.

“Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years,” the website now states.

 

Chuck Norris bows to powerful mind-body connection

 
‎Yesterday, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎10:36:05 PM | Chuck NorrisGo to full article
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For some folks, I’m sure this will be anxiety-inducing news: According to a recently published analysis by the University of Oxford, it could be at least 10 years or more before any new generation of antidepressant medications comes to market.

“I’d be very surprised if we were to see any new drugs for depression in the next decade,” noted Guy Goodwin, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford. “The pharmaceutical industry is simply not investing in the research because it can’t make money from these drugs.”

Major pharmaceutical firms have been pulling investments out of research and development in the neuroscience field in general, the report said, because the cost of development versus an uncertain potential for generating a result that will make money. According to a recent study of more than 50,000 people in 21 countries conducted by King’s College London, Harvard Medical School, and the World Health Organization, 350 million people worldwide are affected by depression. The vast majority of them receive no treatment for their condition.

Studies also show that approximately 1 in 14 people around the world are currently affected by anxiety disorders at any given time. Even among those treated with existing medication options, just under half fail to get better with first-line antidepressants, according to the Oxford University report. As many as a third of patients are found to be resistant to antidepressant medications.

To this point, I was reminded of a 2010 study by Harvard University on “the placebo effect.” The study verified that for at least some patients, taking a harmless pill and believing in its effectiveness somehow unlocked a mind-body connection that triggers the body to heal itself; the simple act of believing you’re going to get better, for some, can actually make them better.

I don’t mention this as an endorsement of placebos over pharmaceuticals, or to jump into what continues to be widespread disagreement among mental health professionals over antidepressants, but to suggest the importance of the power of the mind in healing. Studies also show the combination of antidepressants and talk therapy, for example, is generally more effective at treating depression than with medication alone.

Though professionals disagree on whether powerful antidepressants are the answer, they uniformly agree that people suffering from mental health problems shouldn’t avoid seeking professional help. If a person’s thoughts are making them feel greatly distressed and interfering with their ability to work and relax, they should consider seeing a mental health professional.

An area of research that is lagging behind that of other common mental health problems research is anxiety. Normal anxiety is something we all experience. Yet when the anxiety becomes excessive, impairing and debilitating, an anxiety disorder can develop. Part of the problem is many with anxiety disorder don’t suspect that they have the condition. Many people may think that “anxiousness” is just part of their personality.

Though studies link acute anxiety to inflammatory processes in the body and suppression of the immune system, people tend to wait a long time between symptom development and contacting medical professionals. When help is finally sought, the anxiety may have already progressed to an advanced stage, making it more difficult to treat.

The hope is that as we become more aware of how the mind and body are connected, of how one influences the other, we will become more motivated to take early steps that might preempt pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions. A class in yoga, for example, practicing controlled breathing might prove effective in lowering the stress response and calming anxious thoughts for some. The best kind of medicine, many experts believe, is that which elicits the maximum response with minimum direct impact on the physical body; healing with no potential toxic side effects.

“We were built to over learn from negative experiences, but under learn from positive ones,” says Rick Hanson, a psychologist and senior fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. This, he notes, is a common problem.

Constant negativity can get in the way of happiness, add to our stress and worry level and ultimately damage our health, he adds. A study conducted at Ohio State University has shown that a method known as Socratic questioning was found to be a simple way to reduce depressive symptoms in adults brought on by negative thinking and in taming the negative cycle.

“The more you dwell on the negative, the more accustomed your brain becomes to dwelling on the negative,” Hanson concludes.

Write to Chuck Norris with your questions about health and fitness. Follow Chuck Norris through his official social media sites, on Twitter @chucknorris and Facebook’s “Official Chuck Norris Page.” He blogs at ChuckNorrisNews.blogspot.com.

 

Line 'em up!

 
‎Yesterday, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎10:13:50 PM | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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Black congressman: Trump attacked John Lewis in address

 
‎Yesterday, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎10:13:40 PM | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(The Hill) A top Democrat says he heard new attacks on Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) in President Trump’s inaugural address Friday.

Trump did not mention Lewis by name in his speech shortly after his swearing-in at the Capitol.

But he criticized unnamed “politicians” for being “all talk and no action” — an allusion to Trump’s feud with Lewis, according to Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).

“Not John Lewis; just don’t go there,” Cleaver, former head of the Congressional Black Caucus, said afterward.

In his address, Trump ripped lawmakers who he said were full of hot air.

 

 

What presidents do when inaugurated

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
Taking an oath

The date of presidential inaugurations was moved from March 4 to Jan. 20 with the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1933.

The 32nd president, Franklin Roosevelt, mentioned in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 1945: “Almighty God has blessed our land.”

The 33rd president, Harry S. Truman, stated in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 1949: “We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God.”

The 34th president, Dwight Eisenhower, stated in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 1953: “This is the work that awaits us all, to be done with bravery, with charity, and with prayer to Almighty God.”

The 35th president, John F. Kennedy, stated in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 1961: “The same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe – the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

The 36th president, Lyndon B. Johnson, stated in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 1965: “We have no promise from God that our greatness will endure. … If we fail now, we shall have forgotten … that the judgment of God is harshest on those who are most favored.”

The 37th president, Richard Nixon, stated in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 1969: “As all are born equal in dignity before God, all are born equal in dignity before man.”

The 38th president, Gerald Ford, stated upon assuming office, Aug. 9, 1974: “I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your President by your ballots, and so I ask you to confirm me as your president with your prayers. … I now solemnly reaffirm my promise … to uphold the Constitution, to do what is right as God gives me to see the right.”

The 39th president, Jimmy Carter, stated in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 1977: “‘What does the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.'”

The 40th president, Ronald Reagan, stated in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 1981: “We are a nation under God. … It would be fitting … I think, if on each Inauguration Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer. … With God’s help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us. And after all, why shouldn’t we believe that? We are Americans.”

The 41st president, George H.W. Bush, stated in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 1989: “Heavenly Father, we bow our heads and thank You for Your love. … Make us strong to do Your work, willing to heed and hear Your will. … And if our flaws are endless, God’s love is truly boundless. … God bless you and God bless the United States of America.”

The 42nd president, Bill Clinton, stated in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 1993: “The Scripture says, ‘And let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season, we shall reap, if we faint not.’ … With God’s help, we must answer the call. Thank you and God bless you.”

The 43rd president, George W. Bush, stated in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 2001: “I will work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity. I know this is within our reach, because we are guided by a power larger than ourselves, Who creates us equal in His image.”

 

 

Forgotten 2013 ruling says Israeli settlements legal

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Algemeiner) A largely forgotten landmark 2013 French court ruling has received renewed attention this week following the international diplomatic summit held in Paris last Sunday at which Israeli settlements were portrayed as illegal.

In an editorial published on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal wrote, “The conference was a failure, but the conferees could have helped themselves by first checking what French courts have to say about those settlements before scoring Israel again…In 2013 the French Court of Appeals in Versailles ruled that, contrary to Palestinian arguments, Jewish settlements don’t violate the Geneva Conventions’ prohibition against an occupying power transferring ‘its civilian population into the territory it occupies.’ The law, the court held, bars government efforts to transfer populations. But it doesn’t bar private individuals settling in the disputed territories.”

 

'Good riddance, Obama'

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Algemeiner) Ahead of Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, a reporter from the Hebrew news site nrg took to the streets of Jerusalem to ask passersby their views on the current American leader.

Dressed as a pro-Barack Obama political activist, Zvika Klein, on behalf of Israel360.org, went out to “get authentic answers from the public.”

“I’ll be very happy to see him get the hell out,” one man said, using a Hebrew idiom meaning “good riddance.”

 

Poll: Trump viewed favorably by more than 1/2 of voters

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Infowars) While the corporate media is busy promoting polls claiming Donald Trump will enter the Oval Office with a low approval rating, a recent Rasmussen Reports survey finds more than half the country is supportive of the president-elect.

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters share a favorable opinion of Trump, with 30% who have a Very Favorable one,” the polling agency reported Thursday, one day ahead of the 2017 inauguration.

Rasmussen’s survey results starkly contrast polls hyped by the mainstream media earlier in the week in the run-up to the inauguration, claiming Trump would enter office with a historically low approval rating.

 

Trump thanks 'the great' Phyllis Schlafly

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Heavy) Donald Trump delivered a brief speech at a campaign donors dinner this evening hours before becoming the 45th president of the United States.

Trump opened his remarks by boasting about how easily he won the election on November 8th. He also said that in 2020, he will win overwhelmingly because his first term will have gone so well.

“The next time, four years from now, we’re going to win the old fashion way…we’re going to win because we did so well, because it was so overwhelming the thing that we did, because it was so beautiful the way our cabinet has performed.”

 

This day in WND history: Penn & Teller ridicule Christ's crucifixion

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Penn & Teller ridicule Christ’s crucifixion

Jan. 20: 2003: The magic-comedy team of Penn & Teller caused a number of people attending a Las Vegas roast of a fellow magician to head for the doors.

Penn & TellerTheir skit, parodying the crucifixion of Jesus, included Teller, dressed as Christ on a full-size cross, and a midget dressed as an angel, who “performed a simulated sex act on the near-naked Teller.” Penn, in a Roman gladiator costume, unveiled the scene by pulling away a “Shroud of Turin” that covered the cross.

According to Rick Neiswonger, a longtime magician and marketing executive, “the majority” of the 400 who attended the roast were offended.

“They (organizers) warned everybody that something offensive was going to happen, but my God, where do you draw the line? … This was beyond bad taste,” Neiswonger said.

 

Anti-Trump agitators clash with cops outside 'deploraball'

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | Chelsea SchillingGo to full article
Protesters light fires outside 'Deploraball' on eve of Donald Trump's inauguration (Photo: Twitter/Fox 5 DC)

Protesters light fires outside ‘Deploraball’ on eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration (Photo: Twitter/Fox 5 DC)

A rowdy crowd of Donald Trump haters protested Thursday evening outside the “Deploraball” event in honor of Trump’s inauguration, and they tangled with police, pelted attendees with objects, lit fires in the streets and raised their middle fingers to cops who attempted to clear the sidewalks.

Some of the protesters wore black masks, and chanted, “F— Trump!” Reports indicated “smoke devices” had been set off. It’s unclear whether the “smoke” devices were deployed by police or protesters. Police attempted to move the crowd back from the sidewalk in front of the “Deploraball.”

One man shouted at the cops, “You pathetic piece of s—t!”

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Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce tweeted, “I think somebody might be throwing firecrackers.”

Meanwhile, Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe appeared to be having a swell time inside the big event. He tweeted the following photo of himself imbibing and surrounded by smiling ladies at “Deploraball.”

His caption: “Despite the deplorable actions outside … having a Great time at the Deploraball!”

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A livestream of the protest outside the National Press Club revealed an agitated crowd surrounding the event and thick smoke in the air.

Several protesters held signs that declared, “STOP the Trump-Pence regime before it starts.”

Others chanted, “Nazi scum!” and “This is what a police state looks like!”

“Who do you serve?!” they screamed at police. “Who do you protect?!”

Crowd of protesters outside 'Deploraball' (Photo: Twitter)

Crowd of protesters outside ‘Deploraball’ (Photo: Twitter)

Guests leaving the “Deploraball” event dodged water bottles chucked at them by protesters.

Many Twitter users posted their reactions on the social media site:

  • “Why aren’t these thugs being arrested?” asked Lisa Rohlfing.
  • “Liberal parents are now involving their children, who might not even be 10 y/o yet, in protests & allowing them to light fires,” tweeted Richard Manzo.
  • “Sick! Brat kid starts fire and says, ‘Screw our president!’ Crazy lady calls Deploraball guests ‘Nazis,'” added John Lucchino.
  • “This is why we won BIGLY, and will keep winning BIGLY,” commented Dexter.
  • “Starting fires & throwing projectiles is destruction of property & violence. These protesters should be arrested,” wrote Scott Presler.

The agitated crowd projected messages onto the building, including, “Impeach the predatory president,” “dislike” and “Resist, protect, create.”

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Two men dressed as Adolf Hitler and Nazi Josef Kramer. They held signs stating, “Trump is Alt-Right with us.”

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Oddly, one man wore a rubber boot on his head:

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Others lit trash fires in the street and burned a “Make America Great Again” hat.

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MAGA-burn

 

Major U.S. university creates 'safe space' for Muslims in burqas

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Leo HohmannGo to full article
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Muslim women wearing the burqa.

The University of Kansas has created a women’s-only lunchroom especially for Muslim students who wear the hijab, or the more extreme face-covering garb such as the burqa and the nijab.

It was the brainchild of Muslim Student Association leaders who said Muslim women needed a “safe space” on campus to eat their lunches. After all, it’s not easy to eat while wearing the burqa or nijab, traditional Islamic veils that cover the mouth.

“It is mainly used by Muslim women because it allows them a space to remove [their] hijabs and eat,” Abdoulie Njai, the KU Student Senate director of diversity and inclusion, told the College Fix.

The room, open on weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the public university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, is available to all female students — but in particular it allows female Muslim students to eat in a segregated, private area.

The lunchroom debuted a year ago. A campus spokesperson confirmed to the College Fix that it’s still in use today but declined to comment further.

According to Njai, “It has become very popular and many students utilize the space.”

Njai added it’s something of a “safe place” for them.

Omar Rana, the school’s previous director of diversity and inclusion, reportedly worked closely with international students and the MSA to create the safe space. He was informed that Muslim students who wore face coverings were being “forced” to leave campus because there was no place on campus where they could eat, the College Fix reported. Hohmann’s brand-new investigative book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad.”

“Omar collaborated with Precious Porras, the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and they decided to transform one of their rooms into the women’s lunch room to create a safe place for these students to eat,” Njai told the College Fix.

Australia recently passed a law requiring women with Muslim face coverings to sit behind glass while viewing the proceedings at Parliament.

Australia recently passed a law requiring women with Muslim face coverings to sit behind glass while viewing the proceedings at Parliament.

This is not an anomaly. American universities have been promoting the hijab and other Islamic face coverings for years in the name of diversity and multiculturalism.

Germany the latest to ban the burqa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

This type of accommodation is the opposite trend from what is happening in Europe, where German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under fire for allowing more than 1.3 million Muslim migrants into her country over the last two years, has recently banned the burqa in public spaces.

France was the first European country to ban the burqa. The Netherlands has banned the burqa on public transportation and in hospitals, schools and other government properties. Belgium and Switzerland have done likewise.

The creation of special spaces for burqa-clad Muslim women to eat is just one example of the way American universities have bent over backward to accommodate the MSA and Islam. At the same time, accommodations and rights for Christian students have often been pulled back or challenged on U.S. campuses.

Muslim women in the nijab.

Muslim women in the nijab, which is slightly different from the burqa

Many universities have created Muslim prayer rooms complete with prayer rugs and requirements that students remove their shoes. The University of Iowa joined the list of colleges with Muslim prayer rooms last year.

Many other colleges, such as the University of Minnesota and University of Michigan, have installed ritual foot baths to accommodate the Islamic need to wash before praying five times a day.

Robert Spencer, author of the Jihad Watch blog for the David Horowitz Freedom Center, said there’s much more at stake here when universities bow to the MSA in the name of “diversity.”

“What do they need a safe space for? Who is attacking them?” Spencer wrote in an email to WND. “The very idea that there was any need for this is absurd. This is one step toward the full imposition of Shariah and the separation of the sexes.”

Pamela Geller, president of the National Freedom Defense Initiative and author of the book “Stop the Islamization of America,” said “this is your taxpayer dollars at work.”

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Human rights activist Pamela Geller

“This is the continuing Islamization of the public square – work, school, culture,” Geller wrote in her blog. “This is Shariah. Under Islamic law, Muslims are superior, a special class deserving of special status and accommodation.”

The goal of civilizational jihad is to impose Shariah wherever and whenever possible, Geller told WND in an email.

“Shariah mandates strict separation of the sexes,” she added. “A man and a woman can never be alone together. This lunchroom is a step toward full Shariah implementation. It also gives credence to ridiculous claims that hijab-wearing Muslim women are being victimized.”

When the Islamic lunchroom debuted at Kansas University in February 2016, an article in the campus newspaper, the University Daily Kansan, also quoted Rana as calling it a place “mainly for women on campus who require a safe space to eat lunch due to religious attire that cannot be removed in public.”

“One thing that they mentioned is that they didn’t really have a place to go for lunch hours,” Rana said at the time. “They can’t really eat in the union because they would have to take off their burqa or niqab, which they can’t do, or they would have to eat under it, which isn’t always the most comfortable.”

A member of the KU Muslim Student Association, Zoya Khan, also told the campus newspaper that “it’s about creating a safe space for Muslim women on campus, and I think that’s really allowing for that.”

“I think it’s creating an environment of inclusivity and acceptance. We are part of the KU community and KU is allowing for us to feel comfortable.”

Student visas issued to Muslim students on rise

Like many universities, Kansas continues to increase the number of Muslim students it imports to the U.S. on student visas. These students then become fodder for the Muslim Student Association to agitate for rights. MSA is an offshoot of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, which has been banned as a terrorist organization in Russia, the UAE, Egypt and other countries. A bill has been sitting in Congress that would declare the Brotherhood a terrorist organization in the U.S. and many are hoping President-elect Donald Trump will help get the bill passed.

There are 1.11 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status studying in the United States, according to the latest “SEVIS by the Numbers,” a quarterly report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The top countries sending students to the U.S. are China, India, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

 

Trump fan

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Joke of the DayGo to full article
Editor’s note: Do you need something to smile about? Every day, WND selects the best joke offered up by readers and contributors to its Laughlines forum and brings it to you as the WND Joke of the Day. Here is today’s offering:

A grade school teacher in a small Vermont town asks her class how many of them are Barack Obama fans.

Not really knowing what a Barack Obama fan is, but wanting to be liked by the teacher, all the kids raise their hands except little Johnny.

The teacher asks Johnny why he has decided to be different.

Johnny says, “I’m not a Barack Obama fan.”

The teacher asks, “Why not?”

Johnny says, “I’m a Donald Trump fan.”

The teacher asks why he’s a Donald Trump fan.

The boy says, “Well, my mom’s a Donald Trump fan and my dad’s a Donald Trump fan, so I’m a Donald Trump fan!”

The teacher is a bit angry, because this IS Vermont, so she asks, “What if your mom was a moron and your dad was an idiot, what would that make you?”

Johnny says, “That would make me a Barack Obama fan.”

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Mexico gives African migrants 20-day pass to get to U.S. border

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Leo HohmannGo to full article
Migrants massing in southern Italy in 2015. With Europe clamping down, many are now seeking an alternative route to the U.S.

African migrants arriving by boat in southern Italy in 2015. With Europe clamping down, many are now seeking an alternative route to the U.S.

Migrants from Africa, Haiti and the Middle East are swarming across the border in a mad dash that is being facilitated by Mexican officials, according to new reports.

The flow has been increasing ever since the election of Donald Trump on Nov. 8, border agents tell WND.

The U.S. has been taking in between 70,000 and 110,000 legal refugees per year from dozens of countries including up to 10,000 a year from Somalia and more than 12,000 a year from Syria.

But that’s not enough to satisfy the demand for migrants from these countries trying to reach U.S. soil. Thousands of others are coming across the border illegally and seeking asylum from countries other than Mexico and other than Central America.

Dozens are reportedly finding their way to the U.S.-Mexican border illegally every day.

Think Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Pakistan and Sudan.

According to an article in the Saudi Gazette, Mexico is giving a 20-day free pass to the U.S. border to illegal aliens from Africa and Haiti.

The Saudi Gazette reports:

“With few diplomatic ties with African nations, it is difficult for the Mexican authorities to deport illegal migrants from Africa home.

“As a result, many African migrants are given a temporary transit permit, giving them 20 days to leave Mexico. In practice this allows them to continue their journey towards the United States border without being detained by immigration officials.”

Migrants shift target destinations from Europe to U.S.

The surge of African asylum seekers at the U.S. border has its roots in the recent clamp down on refugees flooding into Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under intense political pressure and running for her political life ahead of German elections this year, has shut off the open-arms welcoming party for migrants from the Middle East and Africa.

Italy and Greece have also been working to stem the tide of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. The Saudi Gazette interviewed a man named Hassan from Somalia, who is part of a growing surge of people from African nations seeking new routes to flee poverty, war and persecution.

Hassan’s journey

Hassan had paid a human smuggler $1,000 to guide him overland through Central America to reach Mexico in the hope of crossing into the United States.

According to the Saudi Gazette:

“Hassan reached Mexico in December, after a four-month journey that included a flight from Somalia to Brazil, and then across seven countries on bus, boat and foot. He has spent $10,000 so far, hiding dollar bills in his underwear and socks.”

The routes to Europe have become more difficult, said Claudette Walls, head of the field office for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Mexico’s city of Tapachula.

“What’s happening in the Mediterranean is that it’s becoming more and more hazardous and difficult to take that route,” Walls said.

An increasingly popular alternative route is through Latin America coming all the way up to Mexico and then on to the U.S. has become another route.

Many migrants from Africa fly to Ecuador and Brazil where few visa restrictions allow an easy point of entry into the Americas.

A trickle becomes a steady flow

African migrants first started arriving in Mexico in 2013, according to the Saudi Gazette. It was a trickle at first, around six a day, mainly through Tapachula along Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala.

Tapachula is on the border of Mexico and Guatemala.

Tapachula is on the border of Mexico and Guatemala.

Hundreds now turn up every day. Last year between 150 to 700 African migrants arrived per day at Tapachula – with a total of 19,000 migrants arriving from Africa and Haiti in 2016 – according to Mexican government figures.

‘Catch and release’

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who works out of the El Centro sector of Southern California, told WND the “catch and release” policy implemented by President Obama has led to an “open season” on the U.S. border from all manner of foreign countries.

“We’ve become the dumping ground if they [Mexico] can facilitate it. I hadn’t heard those numbers before but it doesn’t surprise me. We’ve seen definitely quite a few Hatians in this [El Centro] area. We’ve had seven or eight Romanians show up last night. Everyone knows it’s a free for all right now, trying to get through before Trump gets in.”

He said the Africans were more likely coming up through Texas.

“It doesn’t surprise me but I have more direct knowledge of the Hatians coming up through California, getting processed and released,” he said. “They’ve all got their paperwork with their court dates.”

The agent said when these illegals are caught, they have their names and biological data put into the U.S. immigration system, they are given a notice to appear with a court date at some future point.

“These Romanians, four adults and three children, for instance were given a three-year pass. Basically they’re given a temporary stay here till 2019,” the agent explained. “I don’t know how they determine who gets to stay for what period of time. They just get lost in the system. They’ll get a court date and then find either a good immigration lawyer or a sympathetic judge and then a lot of these people will be able to extend these things for year after year after year, getting these cards re-issued and of course then that helps them establish a presence and they can say ‘I’ve been here 10 years and I’ve got a family and a job’ or whatever.”

According to congressional testimony last year by Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, 80 percent of asylum seekers who show up illegally at the southern border never get deported.

For an asylum seeker to be able to fork over $10,000 also presents disconcerting questions.

“Ten thousand bucks? Where are they getting 10,000 bucks?” asks Ann Corcoran, an immigration and refugee watchdog who blogs at Refugee Resettlement Watch. “Most Americans don’t have 10,000 bucks in their pockets or even their bank accounts. Where does some poor schmuck from Somalia get that kind of money to do this?”

 

 

White House listed on Zillow with value of $400 million

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Mediaite) If you wanted to know how much the home of the President of the United States would sell for in the real estate market, look no further. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is currently listed on Zillow, the online real estate marketplace database.

According to its Zillow listing, the White House has a ‘Zestimate’ value of $397,857,981. They also show the 55,000 square foot home has 16 bedrooms and 35 bathrooms.

 

Ayers 'dancing in the aisles' over terrorist's pardon

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Breitbart) Former Weather Underground terrorist group leader Bill Ayers on Tuesday said he was on an airplane “dancing in the aisles” over news that President Obama commuted the sentence of FALN activist Oscar López Rivera, whose group was linked to over 100 bombs placed in U.S. cities in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ironically, Ayers, a former associate of Obama’s, was on his way from Havana, where he wrote that he was celebrating the 75th birthday of his wife, fellow Weather Underground member Bernadine Dohrn.

Like the FALN, Ayers’ Weather Underground was also linked to bombings in U.S. cities, including those targeting the U.S. Capitol building, the Pentagon, and numerous New York police stations.

 

Judge Napolitano: Expect more commutations from Obama

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Lifezette) Judge Andrew Napolitano said Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show” the U.S. should “expect another round” of “extraordinary” prison sentencing commutations from President Obama before he leaves office Friday.

In the waning hours of his presidency, Obama caused consternation Tuesday evening when he commuted the sentence of former Army private Chelsea Manning and 209 others. Manning, who leaked a myriad of classified materials to WikiLeaks, had been serving a 35-year sentence. Her sentence now will end May 17.

“I don’t know what motivated Barack Obama,” Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, told LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham. “I will tell you this: We have learned at Fox to expect another round of these before Friday morning, which would be this afternoon or tomorrow.”

 

Jewish community centers in 17 states receive bomb threats

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Talking Points Memo) Jewish community centers in 17 states were evacuated Wednesday following a wave of bomb threats, which echoed a similar grouping of threats on Jan. 9.

In a statement mid-day Wednesday, the JCC Association of North America said that 28 Jewish community centers across 17 states had to “quickly engage in security protocols to ensure the safety of their participants and facilities” in response to multiple independent bomb threats.

“The calls are similar to those received by JCCs last week when 16 centers in nine states received fake bomb threats, causing many evacuations and a disruption to normal operations,” the group noted in its statement.

 

Pence to take oath on Bible open to very specific verse

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Faithwire) Following a tradition established by America’s first president, George Washington, the Bible will play a central role in Friday’s inaugural festivities, with both president-elect Donald Trump and vice-president elect Mike Pence taking their oaths of office on the revered holy book.

Trump will reportedly use two Bibles: the Abraham Lincoln Bible as well as a copy of the book that has belonged to him for more than 60 years, while Pence plans to use Ronald Reagan’s Bible to take his oath on a very specific Bible verse.

 

Bill protects drivers who accidentally run over protesters

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Washington Post) No matter where they stand on a $3.8 billion pipeline that would funnel oil through their state, North Dakota legislators have grown weary of a year of protests that have brought international scrutiny and a mounting police bill.

So they’ve drafted legislation in direct response to what’s happening near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. One bill would make it illegal for adults to wear masks. Another would let the state sue the federal government for the cost of policing the pipeline protests.

Now, a legislator wants to give motorists a pass if they happen to hit one of the protesters.

 

'Queer Dance Party' in front of Mike Pence house

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(WASHINGTONEXAMINER) — A few hundred people gathered outside Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s temporary house in Chevy Chase, Md., on Wednesday evening for a “Queer Dance Party,” as it was deemed by organizers.

Groups WERK for Peace and DisruptJ20 created the event to say “homophobia and transphobia is wrong and should be resisted,” according to Firas Nasr, founder of the first group.

Initially a group of a dozen people met at the Friendship Heights Metro Station, which is located on the border of Washington, D.C., and Maryland. The demonstrators then marched down Western Avenue to Tennyson Street NW, toward Pence’s house. The incoming vice president will be moved into his United States Naval Observatory residence later this week.

 

John Lewis didn't pay taxes on D.C. townhouse

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

Congressmen who live in tax-delinquent townhouses probably shouldn’t throw stones.

Less than a week after telling “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd that he didn’t see Donald Trump as a “legitimate president,” Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, has been outed as a tax scofflaw.

Asked by Todd if he would look for ways to cooperate with Trump, Lewis responded, “It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t plan to attend the inauguration. It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”

Lewis’ boycott of the inaugural inspired other congressional Democrats to announce they too would not be in attendance Friday, but not before Lewis’ claim that this is the first he would miss was shown to be untrue. He also refused to attend George W. Bush’s inaugural in 2001 after the defeat of Al Gore, saying then he didn’t believe Bush was “the true-elected president.”

Now, GotNews is reporting that Lewis has failed to pay property taxes on his nearly $1 million townhouse located at 219 3rd Street SE, near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The property was assessed at $810,000 in 2012, according to a GotNews Nexis search. The unpaid tax is just over $4,000. In 2010 the congressman was threatened with legal action and foreclosure for failing to pay property taxes.

GotNews was unable to confirm if Lewis still owns the property.

Donald Trump responded to Lewis’ comment by tweeting, “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”

Congressional salaries begin at $174,000 a year, considerably more than the $48,000 median household income of Lewis’ predominantly black 5th Georgia Congressional District. And at $169,900, the median home value in the district is dwarfed by that of Lewis’ D.C. property. Lewis himself has decried crime in his district, noting on his congressional website that “in recent years, Metro Atlanta has experienced an alarming trend of increasing gang, youth, and relationship violence.”

 

Now 'Sad Jeb Bush' gets crowdsourced birthday cake

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

Election year 2016 was not kind to Jeb Bush.

Despite being the candidate of choice for the Republican Party’s big-money donors – who, incidentally, planned to use the clout of their cash to bypass the conservative base and crown the third member of the Bush dynasty – Jeb was rejected spectacularly.

His $130 million campaign never gained any traction or voter support and he just faded away.

Well, sort of.

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Actually, the former Florida governor is “enjoying” a new life as an Internet meme – “Sad Jeb.”

Labeled “low energy” by Donald Trump and friendless – based on his admission in a decade-old GQ interview – the ribbings he got during the campaign continue.

The latest is an online crowdfunding campaign dubbed “Operation Red Velvet” to buy a cake for Bush’s Feb. 11 birthday, reported Miami NewTimes. He will be 63.

According to the spoofer behind the GoFundMe page, “It has been sadly revealed by a few reports … that Jeb does not have many, if any, friends. It would break my heart to see someone who brought us so much joy to be left alone on the one day of the year that celebrates his life.

“So together, all of us, anarchists, communists, socialists, and anything in between, can collectively bring some happiness to this wonderful man, by delivering him a very special birthday cake.

“It will be red and black and with the words ‘Happy Birthday Comrade Jeb!’ Jeb has a fondness for turtles so we will ask the shop to include a turtle or two on top.

The turtles, reportedly refer to the toy turtles he carried in his pocket during the campaign as a reminder that “slow and steady wins the race.”

The reference to “Comrade Jeb!” is another meme adopted by leftists since the election who have recast the establishment Republican as a street-fighting revolutionary intent on overthrowing capitalism.

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At $188, the 20-day campaign has surpassed its $60 goal.

With his nemesis Donald Trump being inaugurated Friday, it will take a very special cake to bring Jeb Bush out of the doldrums.

 

 

Assange agrees to be extradited to U.S. for prison

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(THE BLAZE) — Last year, the editor-in-chief of Wikileaks Julian Assange made the promise that if Bradley – now known as Chelsea – Manning was pardoned, then he would agree to come to the United States to serve time in prison.

As TheBlaze has reported earlier, Chelsea Manning’s sentence has been commuted by President Barack Obama, and now it seems that Assange is going to stick by his word. The Wikileaks account tweeted this statement from Assange’s lawyer out just hours after Manning was pardoned.

Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, hiding out from the United States since he published classified intel given to him by Manning. Assange was also integral to much of the information released during the 2016 presidential election that exposed many private emails sent between Democratic party officials.

 

ACLU official mocks: Elderly whites have '5 years left'

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(DAILYCALLER) — An official for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California mocked elderly white people at a city council meeting last week, telling them they had “five years left.”

Rialto, California, held a regularly scheduled city council meeting last Tuesday after a city councilman apologized for planning an event to discuss the possibility of Rialto becoming a “sanctuary city.”

Luis Nolasco, a community engagement and policy advocate for the ACLU of Southern California, stood up to speak at the city council meeting and attacked many of the white people present, saying they are not actual residents of Rialto.

Nolasco said, “This is my town.”

 

Trump operative Roger Stone survives 'assassination attempt'

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(INFOWARS) — Former Trump adviser Roger Stone says he was recently targeted for assassination, he revealed on the Tuesday edition of the Alex Jones Show.

The renowned Republican operative says usually very healthy, but became violently ill unexpectedly several weeks ago.

“I am generally a healthy person. I have been a runner and a weight lifter. I am very careful in my diet. I’m a user of the Infowars supplements. I have been treated with acupuncture by perhaps the greatest acupuncturist in the state of Florida if not the United States,” Stone told radio host Alex Jones.

Stone went on to describe that his symptoms presented themselves first as a “routine stomach virus,” but that he eventually grew “exceedingly ill.”

 

Climate-change-fight cost: $100,000,000,000,000

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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Global warming has become a huge industry these days, with climate-change entrepreneurs like former Vice President Al Gore cashing in big, as Bloomberg estimated his worth several years ago at $200 million plus, after an asset total of $1.7 million while he was running for president.

Governments are spending big, billions at a time. And doesn’t everyone feel the increasing costs of energy and products?

But a new estimate about what it will cost the world’s citizens to reduce the world’s temperature by the end of the century by a “grand total of three tenths of one degree” is a stunner: $100 trillion.

That’s $100,000,000,000,000.00.

Enough to make 100 million people millionaires.

The calculation comes from Danish statistician Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, the head of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, by way of officials with Climate Depot.

There, Lomborg states, “We will spend at least one hundred trillion dollars in order to reduce the temperature by the end of the century by a grand total of three tenths of one degree – the equivalent of postponing warming by less than four years.”

He explained, “That is using the U.N.’s own climate prediction model.”

The total is bigger than the world’s gross domestic product.

He warned that, “If the U.S. delivers for the whole century on … President Obama’s very ambitious rhetoric, it would postpone global warming by about eight months at the end of the cenutry. But here is the biggest problem: These miniscule benefits do not come free – quite the contrary. The cost of the U.N. Paris climate pact is like to run 1 to 2 trillion dollars every year.”

That’s compared to the U.S. annual budget of under $4 trillion.

Here’s a video with Lomborg’s full analysis – and commentary:

 

Climate Change chief Marc Morano reported the evaluation was provided as part of Lomborg’s criticism of the recent Paris Climate Agreement, an agreement much ballyhooed by the Obama administration has a major step forward.

Lomborg did the video titled “The Paris Climate Agreement Won’t Change the Climate” for Prager U.

He poked fun at the Paris result as “grand pronouncements and vague specifics,” and said those folks in Paris, France, could learn a thing or two from those in Paris, Texas.

“Using the same prediction model that the U.N. uses, I found that [Obama’s] power plan will accomplish almost nothing. Even if its cuts to carbon dioxide emissions are fully implemented – not just for the 14 years that the Paris agreement lasts, but for the rest of the century – the EPA’s Clean Power Plan would reduce the temperature increase in 2100 by just .023 degrees Fahrenheit,” Lomborg explained.

“In the unlikely event that all of these extra cuts also happen, and are adhered to throughout the rest of the century, the combined reduction in temperatures would be 0.057 degrees. To put it another way, if the U.S. delivers for the whole century on the President Obama’s very ambitious rhetoric, it would postpone global warming by about eight months at the end of the century,” Lomborg said.

He said that 99 percent of the assumed benefits of climate change regulations percolating now would have to come after 2030, when the current plans would expire.

“If we generously assume that the promised carbon cuts for 2030 are not only met – which itself would be a U.N. first – but sustained throughout the rest of the century, temperatures in 2100 would drop 0.3 degrees – the equivalent of postponing warming by less than four years. Again, that is using the U.N.’s own climate prediction model,” Lomborg said.

At a cost of $1 trillion to $2 trillion a year.

WND reported only a few weeks ago that a posting at Real Climate Science delivered a body blow to the global-warming agenda – now called “climate change” since the globe doesn’t appear to be warming anymore.

It shows the Arctic sea ice today is about the same thickness as it was 75 years ago.

That’s despite the massive spread of SUVs, the use of coal-fired power plants to generate heat for homes and gasoline-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers.

The posting from Steven Goddard, who blogs under the pseudonym Tony Heller, featured the image of a 1940 Townsville Daily Bulletin report that “ice measurements were on an average only 6 ½ feet,” according to a just-returned expedition of Soviet explorers.

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The blogger noted that in 1940, Arctic sea ice was two meters thick.

Then, alongside a posting of a New York Times image stating the ice was “only about seven feet thick” in 1958, he wrote it was “about two meters thick” then.

And he posted an image from the Danish Meteorological Institute, dated Monday, that shows much of the Arctic sea ice cover was some two meters thick or more.

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“All of the official fake news agencies and fake government agencies have been claiming that Arctic sea ice is getting thinner,” he said, citing online headlines from NOAA that “Arctic sea ice getting thinner” and the same from Scientific American.

And he pointed that that while a Bush administration official recently said “all the thick multi-year ice is gone,” in reality, a University of Colorado graphic reveals much of that ice is estimated at two to four years old.

“As is almost always the case with government officials and journalists, they were lying. Nearly half of the Arctic is covered with multi-year ice,” he said.

WND also reported in September that President Obama’s executive order to federal agencies to integrate into their policies and programs “behavioral-science insights” about how people make decisions and act on them has had little effect on how Americans think about “climate change,” the government-approved theory that mankind is causing irreparable damage to the planet.

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team in the executive office of the president, part of the National and Science Technology Council, said in its annual report that part of its work is to respond to climate change.

The team said it started a dialogue with the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to “identify the potential behavioral barriers underlying low take-up of clean energy, as well as a suite of behavioral tools that can be used to address these barriers.”

“For example, behavioral science research indicates that prompting consumers to select a power plan from among clean and non-clean options (rather than defaulting them into a standard electricity plan) and presenting plan options in ways that facilitate informed decision-making can improve take-up,” the report said.

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It also wants to make consumers better understand what the government wants them to do about global warming.

“To help households, communities and decision-makers better understand and adapt to the effects of rising global temperatures, SBST, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the University of Maryland have worked to help the United States Global Change Research Program improve their ‘climate indicators,’ which convey important information about climate patterns to non-scientists,” the report said.

But it still said consumer adoption of “green-power plans remains low at roughly 700,000 customers nationwide.”

WND reported much of the information on which global warming projections are based is simply wrong.

Morano of Climate Depot warned the intent now is not to discuss, investigate or research, but to send “a chilling message to doubters and skeptics” to be silent.

Morano said his movie, “Climate Hustle,” shows “the climate establishment comparing climate skeptics to Holocaust deniers.”

“It’s all an attempt to silence the debate, to silence any science and go right to centralized planning,” he said. “That’s what this is all about. The U.N. has admitted their goal is wealth redistribution and it doesn’t have anything to do with environmental policy.”

The solution offered by the climate establishment, he said, is always the same: “more centralized government.”

He said the result will be tragic for large populations who are being denied access to pumped water, power and heat because of antagonism to carbon-based fuels.

“The reason we know there’s a hustle is their predictions have failed to come true, on a whole host of issues,” Morano said. “That’s why they now want to stop the debate, suppress debate.”

Famous predictions

One of the more famous predictions came from former vice president and current carbon-credit entrepreneur Al Gore, who told an audience in a 2009 speech that “the entire north polar ice cap during some of the summer months could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years.”

His 2006 documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” famously predicted increasing temperatures would cause earth’s oceans to rise by 20 feet, a claim many scientists say is utterly without rational basis.

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Another came from a 2013 column by Mark Hertsgaard, which was headlined “The End of the Arctic? Ocean Could be Ice Free by 2015.”

He wrote: “Say goodbye to polar bears and a whole lot of ice. New research suggests the Arctic Ocean could be ice-free by 2015, with devastating consequences for the world. Can it be stopped?”

Taking one more step back in time, the BBC said Arctic summers would be ice-free by 2013.

Sierra Club Canada also said in 2013 that the Arctic sea ice would vanish that year.

Tim Ball, a former University of Winnipeg climatology professor, said global temperatures have been dropping since the turn of the century, prompting the change in terminology from “global warming” to “climate change.”

Activists are also spending less time discussing temperatures and more time pointing to more extreme events such as tornadoes, droughts, cold snaps and heat waves. Ball said there’s a shred of truth there, but it’s being badly distorted.

“Yes, there’s been slightly more extremes,” he said in an interview with WND and Radio America. “That’s because the jet stream patterns are changing, because the earth is cooling down. All the arguments about sea-level rise, about Arctic ice disappearing, if you recall it’s not that long ago that our friend Al Gore was saying that there would be no summer ice in the Arctic. I think the year he set for it was 2014. That proved to be completely wrong.”

Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with Tim Ball:

 

At the Ron Paul Liberty Report, Chris Rossini said the “alarmism” about “climate change” is reaching “levels of desperation.”

“The arguments go from ridiculous to hysterical. We’re told by many politicians that ‘climate change’ is the #1 threat to Americans. This is of course a favorite of the swindling class. Others tell us that the #1 threat is ISIS, and some are now saying that it’s Donald Trump. Some say it’s North Korea, Russia, or Iran. The carousel of #1 threats is always in motion.”

Rossini continued: “In the media you’ll find stories that free birth control is needed in order to battle climate change, and that climate change will turn women into prostitutes. Non-believers of this ridiculous propaganda are branded as ‘deniers’.

“Even appeals to religion and the afterlife have been showered on Americans. Whether it be comments from the pope, or from Nobel Prize winning ‘economist’ Paul Krugman, who says: ‘You can deny global warming (and may you be punished in the afterlife for doing so – this kind of denial for petty personal or political reasons is an almost inconceivable sin).'”

Rossini wrote, “Boy, do these characters really want Americans to believe the climate change religion.”

Scientist Art Robinson has spearheaded The Petition Project, which has gathered the signatures of at least 31,487 scientists who agree that there is “no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”

They say, “Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”

Robinson, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California-San Diego, where he served on the faculty, co-founded the Linus Pauling Institute with Nobel-recipient Linus Pauling, where he was president and research professor. He later founded the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. His son, Noah Robinson, was a key figure in the petition work and has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech.

Heresy hunters

Many advocates have declared that it’s heresy not to agree that man is the cause of cataclysmic climate change. Some attorneys general, for example, have banded together to target any companies that challenge the climate “consensus.”

When the Daily Caller reported the story it cited the Spanish Inquisition, which “systematically silenced any citizen who held views that did not align with the king’s.”

WND also reported when some two-dozen scientists with major U.S. universities urged President Obama to use racketeering laws to prosecute opponents who deny mankind is causing catastrophic changes in the climate.

In a letter addressed to Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren, the scientists said they “appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress.”

“One additional tool – recently proposed by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse – is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change,” they wrote, according to Politico.

Loretta Lynch, by the way, wants to “take action” on turning climate-change denial into a federal crime.

Two years ago, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said legal punishment was the appropriate response to global-warming dissenters.

“I wish there were a law you could punish them with,” he said, launching into a diatribe against philanthropists Charles and David Koch, known for their support of conservative causes.

“I think it’s treason. Do I think the Koch brothers are treasonous – yes, I do. They are enjoying making themselves billionaire[s] by impoverishing the rest of us. Do I think they should be in jail – I think they should be [enduring] three hots and a cot at the Hague with all the other war criminals. Do I think the Koch brothers should be tried for reckless endangerment? Absolutely, that is [a] criminal offense and they ought to be serving time for it.”

President Obama has demanded action on climate change, even though the top climate scientist for the U.N. at that time, Rajendra Pachauri, admitted: “The protection of planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than a mission. It is my religion and my dharma.”

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This day in WND history: Security breach in Clinton White House

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
computerdiskSecurity breach in Clinton White House revealed

Jan. 18, 2001: WND uncovered a security breach in Clinton’s West Wing that exposed secret data to potential Internet hackers and foreign spies in 1998.

A national security adviser copied classified files onto a disk from an NSC computer in a secure area of the West Wing, then uploaded them onto a computer connected to an unsecured network in her Old Executive Office Building office.

A national security adviser copied classified files onto a disk from an NSC computer in a secure area of the West Wing, then uploaded them onto a computer connected to an unsecured network in her Old Executive Office Building office.

While the woman’s computer was confiscated and her building security pass was taken, the Clinton appointee, was allowed to return to her job after going out on extended leave.

“She was supposed to be fired and wasn’t,” said a White House employee close to the investigation. “She went on maternity leave. Now she’s back working at NSC.”

National security experts said the White House security violation fit a pattern of sloppy handling of U.S. secrets throughout the government during the past eight years.

“But this latest breach lays the problem right at the West Wing and at Berger’s door,” said William C. Triplett, a former Reagan White House official, who noted that Berger was a lobbyist for China before joining the NSC.

Berger’s door. In 2001, we didn’t know how right he was.

 

Just what you need: Stuff you really don't want

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Patty Ann MalleyGo to full article
"Young" blood

“Young” blood

Just what you need – food for the gods (that means you, silly!)

Just when you thought the world may be waking up to the horror of farming women for babies – or rather, for baby parts – we’ve got another contender for playing God: blood farming! – Not to be mistaken with blood transfusion intended to save a life. No, no. We’re speaking of the infusion of young blood to reverse aging… not an entirely new concept. But while 1860’s scientists dabbled in the area of parabiosis (think Frankenstein), it didn’t quite catch on.

 

Still, in the words of Jessie Karmazin, the unlicensed MD brain behind the business model, explained in Science Mag, “It’s this extremely abundant therapeutic that’s just sitting in blood banks.”

Yes, blood – young blood – is now a therapeutic. And it’s just sitting around, much like those over 35 years of age who are desperate enough to plunk down $8000 to enter into the clinical trials Karmazin is now conducting at his Monterey, California facility with partner David C. Wright, a “66-year-old physician,” according to Business Insider.

The upscale spa takes its name, Ambrosia LLC, from Greek mythology, styling itself after the food and drink of the gods that conferred longevity (or sometimes immortality) to the lucky consumer.

Their advertisement reads as follow:

Our plasma is obtained from U.S. blood banks. Donors are healthy, aged 16-25, and every unit of plasma is screened as is required by the FDA.

Our biomarkers represent a spectrum of physiologic pathways with evidence-based connections to aging. And we share your data with you.

Some examples of scientific-based data demonstrating the benefits of “young blood” are also noted on Ambrosia LLC’s website:

Of course, the above is all legit … right? All plasma offered by Ambrosia LLC is advertised as procured from blood banks, donors guaranteed between the ages of 16-25. (Imagine giving parental consent for that one.) Who cares if the science is still shaky. Who cares if, according to Technology Review, “Irina Conboy, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, thinks the biomarker results will be meaningless: for one thing, the study (Ambrosia LLC’s ‘trials’) lacks a control arm with patients who don’t get plasma.”

But hey, nobody would cough up $8,000 for a placebo. And who cares if, “In January 2015, he (Wright) was disciplined by the California Medical Board for administering antibiotic infusions to a patient who didn’t need them and ended up in an emergency room.” Investors (like billionaire Peter Thiel, who is apparently interested in trying young plasma treatments himself), reportedly are very interested. And the all-cleansing exchange of cash is sealing the legitimate commerce of goods and services.

Countess Bathory – 'the bloody countess'

Countess Bathory
‘the bloody countess’

Too bad this last caveat was not taken into account in the case of Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed, born in 1560 Hungary. This enterprising woman, perhaps merely ahead of her time, convinced herself she was acting rightly in her pursuit of eternal youth and beauty when killing 650 of her donors in order to receive the therapeutic benefit of blood in her bath. (What’s a girl to do?)

But even back then, money talked; and the wealthy (the unnamed gods of every generation) often walked at the expense of those who, let’s face it, are living in such low estate that they would consider – or be forced into – selling their life’s blood. Due to family connections, the Countess did not face trial, or even a stake in the heart like Dracula, who was similarly driven to live by way of young blood. (Maybe his funding ran out.)

Bathory 'the Bloody Countess' game app

Bathory ‘the Bloody Countess’ game app

Oh, well. We shall see what happens to the purveyors of today’s Ambrosia.



Just what you need – TV addiction

"Smartcycle" for kids

“Smart Cycle” for kids

Forget teaching, parenting, or even thinking. That’s right, thinking is increasingly passé. Dealing with addictions is where it’s at … not in combating them, but promoting them from childhood, up! Check out the latest from the New York Post:

Toymaker Fisher-Price is making just such a contraption, which works directly with gaming apps on little kids’ tablets, the company announced Wednesday.

The Think & Learn Smart Cycle is essentially a giant video-game controller allowing children to pedal their way through games as they watch a video monitor or a tablet affixed to the handlebars.

Youngsters who otherwise might be tiny couch potatoes can burn calories – and may even learn a thing or two – thanks to an app included with the bike that incorporates subjects like reading, math, science and social studies.

“We know preschoolers learn best and retain more when they’re active, but they’re also really fascinated with technology like apps,” said Amber Pietrobono, a spokeswoman for Fisher-Price.

“We hope kids will have so much fun playing and pedaling that they won’t even realize they’re learning through content in the apps.”

The bike, which costs $150 and will hit stores in the fall, also works with four other apps, including SpongeBob SquarePants and Shimmer and Shine games.

It’s equipped with Bluetooth technology as well, and will work with apps on Apple TV and Android TV.

“Kids control their learning by using the handlebars, joystick and a fun pedaling action to progress through the learning content and games,” Pietrobono said. “So essentially, the more kids pedal, the more they can learn.”

Parents can take a peek at the apps to see how long their kids have been pedaling – and which subjects they’ve been learning.

This isn’t the first exercise bike for tots the company has released. In 2007, it launched the first version of the Smart Cycle, which plugged directly into the TV and came with gaming cartridges.

“Fitness and childhood obesity were hot topics at the time,” toy industry analyst Jim Silver told CNNMoney. “This got kids to exercise as they learned.”

According to a survey conducted by Fisher-Price, preschool children spend 21 percent of their playtime with electronic devices and another 19 hours a week watching TV or videos.

Now, isn’t that a wonderful win/win. Parent’s don’t take charge of their kids’ “learning” – the kids take charge. Wow! Of course, “The American Academy of Pediatrics recently said that kids 2 to 5 years of age should only spend about an hour a day watching screens,” according to the New York Post.

But hey, if kids aren’t listening to parents, why should parents listen to the American Academy of Pediatrics? With fresh blood being peddled as a premium California spa beauty aid, I’m betting what we’ll soon be told is to hook ’em up young, divert the blood into the bag, sap the brain via addiction and keep those little legs pumping away on this handy dandy exercise bike that will make a parent’s job so easy! (And lucrative?)

No doubt enterprising marketeers will advise allowing rest periods during commercial breaks. Don’t want to ruin a good investment, after all. According to the current market, youth lasts all the way up to age 25 … and that’s a lot of profit for mom and dad, especially if the kids (always in charge) fail to launch and end up in the basement on the adult version of this toddler toy.

At least they’ll have a job.



Mesentery organ-2

Just what you need – another organ to be harvested

That’s right, we now have a brand-new organ. Not just you, not just me, but every living human being!

But this organ, dubbed the Mesentery, isn’t exactly new. Leonardo da Vinci, that Renaissance rebel, discovered its existence long ago if the drawings in his sketchbook are to be believed. Take a look at the following video:

 
 

Who are 'secret and professed' enemies of Constitution?

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster

One of the five greatest senators in U.S. history, the state of New Hampshire placed his statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. His career spanned almost four decades, serving as secretary of state for Presidents William Harrison, John Tyler and Millard Fillmore. His name was Daniel Webster, born Jan. 18, 1782.

From a New Hampshire farm, he attended Dartmouth College and became the highest-paid attorney of his day. He fought the slave trade and negotiated the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which set the nation’s Northeast boundary.

When South Carolina threatened nullification, Daniel Webster stated: “Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!”

When asked what the most profound thought was that ever passed through his mind, Daniel Webster responded: “My accountability to God.”

At the age of 20, Daniel Webster served as the headmaster of Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine, where he delivered a Fourth of July oration in 1802: “If an angel should be winged from Heaven, on an errand of mercy to our country, the first accents that would glow on his lips would be, ‘Beware! Be cautious! You have everything to lose; nothing to gain. …'”

Daniel Webster continued: “We live under the only government that ever existed which was framed by the unrestrained and deliberate consultations of the people. Miracles do not cluster. That which has happened but once in six thousand years cannot be expected to happen often. Such a government, once gone, might leave a void, to be filled, for ages, with revolution and tumult, riot and despotism.”

At the age of 70, just eight months before his death, Daniel Webster addressed the New York Historical Society, Feb. 23, 1852: “If we, and our posterity, shall be true to the Christian religion, if we and they shall live always in the fear of God, and shall respect his commandments, if we, and they, shall maintain just, moral sentiments, and such conscientious convictions of duty as shall control the heart and life, we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country. … It will have no Decline and Fall. It will go on prospering and to prosper. But, if we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution, which holds us together, no man can tell, how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity. Should that catastrophe happen, let it have no history! Let the horrible narrative never be written! …”

Daniel Webster continued: “We may trust, that Heaven will not forsake us, nor permit us to forsake ourselves. We must strengthen ourselves, and gird up our loins with new resolution; we must counsel each other; and, determined to sustain each other in the support of the Constitution, prepare to meet manfully … whatever of difficulty, or of danger … or of sacrifice, the Providence of God may call upon us to meet. Are we of this generation so derelict, have we so little of the blood of our revolutionary fathers coursing through our veins, that we cannot preserve, what they achieved? The world will cry out ‘shame’ upon us, if we show ourselves unworthy, to be the descendants of those great and illustrious men, who fought for their liberty, and secured it to their posterity, by the Constitution of the United States. …

“We have a great and wise Constitution. We have grown, flourished, and prospered under it, with a degree of rapidity, unequaled in the history of the world. Founded on the basis of equal civil rights, its provisions secure perfect equality and freedom; those who live under it are equal, and enjoy the same privileges. …”

Daniel Webster added: “The Constitution has enemies, secret and professed. … They have hot heads and cold hearts. They are rash, reckless, and fierce for change, and with no affection for the existing institutions of their country. … Other enemies there are, more cool, and with more calculation. These have a deeper and more fixed and dangerous purpose. … There are those in the country, who profess, in their own words, even to hate the Constitution. … Friends of the Constitution must rally and unite … act, with immovable firmness, like a band of brothers, with moderation and conciliation … looking only to the great object set before them, the preservation of the Constitution, bequeathed to them by their ancestors. They must gird up their loins for the work. It is a duty which they owe to these ancestors, and to the generations which are to succeed them. …”

Daniel Webster concluded: “Gentlemen, I give my confidence, my countenance, my heart and hand, my entire co-operation to all good men … who are willing to stand by the Constitution. … I hardly know … the manner of our political death. … We shall die no lingering death. … An earthquake would shake the foundations of the globe, pull down the pillars of heaven, and bury us at once in endless darkness. Such may be the fate of this country and its institutions. May I never live, to see that day! May I not survive to hear any apocalyptic angel, crying through the heavens, with such a voice as announced the fall of Babylon, ‘Ἔπεσεν, ἔπεσεν, Αμερικη ἡ μεγάλη, καὶ ἐγένετο κατοικητήριον δαιμονίων, καὶ φυλακὴ παντὸς πνεύματος ἀκαθάρτου.’ (Greek: ‘Is fallen, is fallen, America the Great has become a habitation of demons and a hold for every unclean spirit.’)”

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Planned Parenthood trained workers to identify undercover journalists

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
Planned Parenthood (Photo: Twitter)

Planned Parenthood (Photo: Twitter)

A new video released Tuesday by the pro-life group Live Action shows how abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood carried out its promise to retrain employees after some were caught on video making embarrassing statements about human trafficking and sex workers.

Instead of training workers to spot and report abuse, Planned Parenthood trained them to identify and guard against undercover journalists and investigators.

The training, nevertheless, apparently was unsuccessful as demonstrated by the series of videos released in 2015 that showed top Planned Parenthood executives lobbying for higher pay for the delivery of the body parts of unborn babies. The undercover investigation prompted states and sponsors to defund the organization, and legislation in Congress would withdraw some $500 million in tax money given to the abortionists annually.

Live Action, which produced undercover videos in 2011 in which individuals working at Planned Parenthood clinics expressed willingness to aid and abet underage sex-trafficking, released the new video online.

It “shows that Planned Parenthood lied to the media after employees were caught on camera attempting to aid and abet sex traffickers prostituting 14- and 15-year-old girls,” Live Action said. “A former Planned Parenthood manager recently revealed that while the abortion giant claimed in 2011 that it was retraining thousands of staff to identify child sex traffickers, it instead trained them how to identify undercover journalists investigating its facilities.”

Live Action said it “used public records requests to check the abortion chain’s claim that it had reported the suspected sex traffickers to authorities. The responses from law enforcement show that Planned Parenthood failed repeatedly to report the suspected crimes to local police departments, state police, or even child protective services.”

The video:

 

In the video, Ramona Trevino told of her experience running a Planned Parenthood operation during Live Action’s previous investigation.

Lila Rose, the president of Live Action, noted that Trevino was working at Planned Parenthood while the previous undercover investigations were done.

“I just blew it off,” Trevino said. “We don’t have anything to hide, so why are we so concerned about these undercover investigations?”

She continued, “Later on … all of that would change.”

The video features a clip of a CBS report showing “Planned Parenthood staffers all too eager to help purported teenage sex workers get abortions and contraception.”

One clip had a “pimp” telling a Planned Parenthood worker: “Some of ’em are young, they’re kind of like – some are like, 15, 14.”

That could involve criminal activity not just because of the prostitution, but because of their age.

But Planned Parenthood’s response back then? “Minors are always accepted without parental consent.”

That worker continues: “You never got this from me. Just to make all of our lives easier. If they’re 14 and under … just send ’em right there if they need an abortion.”

She circled information on a sheet of paper.

Live Action exposed eight Planned Parenthood clinic staffers at seven locations “willing to aid and abet child sex traffickers.”

Planned Parenthood’s chief, Cecile Richards, wrote to then-Attorney General Eric Holder on the issue. But she couldn’t even, in the letter, accurately name the states where the incidents took place. And the letter claimed they were reported to authorities.

“But through the Freedom of Information Act, Live Action contacted the state justice departments, police departments and child protective services in the states listed in Planned Parenthood’s letter, and only one of the five states visited by investigators, Arizona, had responsive records that any report had been made to authorities.”

Trevino explained that while Planned Parenthood “publicly” said they would retrain staff to watch for traffickers, what they actually did was assemble employees to train them to watch for undercover journalists.

Trevino said she was told, on the issue of sex trafficking, “We’re not here to talk about that.”

She was told, “We are here to teach you how to identify if you’re being videotaped, or recorded, or entrapped in any way.”

At the time, Live Action had released more than a dozen hidden camera videos from 10 states showing “several alarming patterns of illegal Planned Parenthood activities including cover-up of sexual abuse of minors, the skirting of parental consent laws, citing unscientific and fabricated medical information to manipulate women to have abortions, and Planned Parenthood’s willingness to accept donations earmarked to abort African-American babies.”

The training to identify undercover journalists failed spectacularly.

In 2015, a group called the Center for Medical Progress went undercover to record Planned Parenthood executives and others in the abortion business talking about the profit in the trade in baby body parts.

Earlier this month, a congressional panel recommended a cutoff of public funds to the abortionists.

“The panel … recommends that Congress take actions to ensure good stewardship of taxpayer funds, including: defunding Planned Parenthood and ensuring that grants no longer available to Planned Parenthood are awarded to healthcare providers that provide comprehensive preventive healthcare for their patients and that do not perform abortions (that are not covered by Medicaid under the Hyde Amendment),” explains the final report of the Select Investigative Panel of the Energy & Commerce Committee.

The panel, headed by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., reviewed information that had been uncovered by the Center for Medical Progress investigation.

The videos revealed the abortionists discussing their potential profits. One famously said, “I want a Lamborghini” to argue for higher payments. They also discussed how they could adjust abortion procedures to obtain the organs researchers wanted.

Read the tested and proven strategies to defeat the abortion cartel, in “Abortion Free: Your Manual for Building a Pro-Life America One Community at a Time.”

But profiting from such transactions and adjusting procedures for those reasons are violations of federal law.

The panel earlier referred a number of investigation subjects to prosecutors for possible criminal charges

One of the videos showed an official admitting Planned Parenthood sells fully intact aborted babies.

 

Crushing babies

In the first undercover video released by CMP, Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on crushing babies.

“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” she said.

See the first video:

 

In the second video, Planned Parenthood’s Mary Gatter discussed how her compensation for organs could rise when she said, “I want a Lamborghini.”

See her comments:

 

The fifth video released shows Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood’s Houston clinic discussing “intact fetal cadavers”:

 

The seventh video has the testimony of a Planned Parenthood worker who tapped an aborted infant’s heart and saw it start beating.

Achtung! Islam 'makes Germany unsafe for females'

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Paul BremmerGo to full article
German police went on anti-ISIS raids after Spiegel TV interviewed an alleged terrorist commander, Bassam, posing as a refugee

German police went on anti-ISIS raids after Spiegel TV interviewed an alleged terrorist commander, Bassam, posing as a refugee

It’s not easy to be a woman in Germany today, with the higher level of danger that includes the threat of assaults by Muslim “refugees.” And many German women appear to sense it.

According to a survey for the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, more than half of women (58 percent) believe public spaces in Germany are not as safe for them today as they used to be.

Meanwhile, nearly half (48 percent) of German women already avoid certain areas near where they live, and 16 percent carry pepper spray after sundown.

The German website Focus Online surveyed its female readers, asking them how safe they feel. Many of the women who responded said they feel unsafe at least part of the time, especially when riding public transportation or walking alone at night. Most of them said they carry pepper spray or some other type of weapon.

A few women expressed their displeasure with the German government, saying authorities need to do a better job of protecting women and knowing what types of predators are in the country. One woman confessed the Islamic sexual assault epidemic in Cologne on New Year’s Eve 2015 made her “permanently uneasy,” and a couple of women said there are now more “southern-looking” men on the streets committing rapes and attempted rapes.

However, some women claimed their fear and extra safety precautions had nothing to do with “refugees.”

One woman attributed Berlin’s crime problem to more “lower-class areas” and “poor people areas,” while another asserted men of all skin colors, ethnicities and ages – not just Middle Easterners or Africans – attack women.

Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and author of “Stop the Islamization of America,” scoffs at women who say things like that.

“They are in denial about the nature of the problem,” Geller told WND. “Germany has always had lower class people and poor people. It hasn’t had this epidemic of rape and sexual assault.”

She admitted men of all colors and countries of origin attack women, but added, “Germany has been home to men of all skin colors and ethnicities at least since the 1960s, but it has not had this epidemic of rape and sexual assault. These statements are just excuses and deflections.”

Leo Hohmann, a veteran journalist and WND news editor, said these rationales are common refrains from women around the world, including from those who work or volunteer among Muslim migrants in Europe or the Palestinian areas. Women in those refugee camps are often groped, sexually assaulted or even raped, but Hohmann noted they often excuse their attackers by saying the migrants don’t know any better because they are oppressed and don’t have the same economic and cultural opportunities as those in the West.

“That’s hogwash!” Hohmann exclaimed. “The truth is these men are taught from day one that they are superior to women and that women who aren’t Muslim or don’t wear the hijab are ‘less than,’ and to violate them is not only to be tolerated but encouraged. We see this ‘less than’ attitude reflected in the Islamic texts, in the hadith and in the Quran, which gives Muslim men the right to beat their wives if they aren’t submissive or don’t acquiesce to sex.

“So if he is able to treat a Muslim woman who is his wife with so little respect – and I’m not suggesting that all Muslim men do treat their wives this way – then what is the message about how they should treat non-Muslim Western women who dress, as they see it, too provocatively?”

Hohmann, author of the brand-new book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and the Resettlement Jihad,” said it is only “progressive” women who have trouble admitting Muslims pose a threat to them.

“It’s because they have bought the lie of the Muslim Brotherhood that Muslims are part of an oppressed minority, and of course all oppressed minorities must be held to a different standard and excused for their bad behavior,” Hohmann said. “White men are to be held responsible for their bad behavior but never – never – will they apply that same standard to a cultural, ethnic or religious minority. And especially not Muslims.”

Hohmann said it may be true that men of all skin colors and nationalities attack German women, but that should chill female enthusiasm for refugee resettlement.

“Yes, I’d be the first to agree that we have plenty of men in our societies who treat women poorly, largely a result of the growing problem of pornography addiction,” he conceded. “Porn, now available like never before on mobile phones and laptops, portrays women as props to be used for the man’s sexual gratification. But if we have so many sexual predators of our own, this should make us more eager, not less, to prevent the resettlement into our Western democracies of the Third World’s predatory men.”

G.M. Davis, author of “House of War: Islam’s Jihad Against the World,” similarly argued cultural changes within Western society have degraded women and helped produce the safety risks they now face.

“The women’s liberation movement successfully undermined the ancient social position of women as primarily daughters, sisters, wives and mothers and replaced it with a model of womanhood that is functionally indistinguishable from that of man,” Davis told WND. “Contrary to popular thought, however, this amounted to an enormous social demotion: Women lost the special veneration they had enjoyed as bearers of life and the anchor of the family.

“Instead, women became free to engage in all the socially destructive behaviors hitherto the province of men. From objects of respect and love by most of mankind, women became sexual targets and means to gratification, which is at the heart of the sexual predation against women that we are seeing throughout the West and in particular secularized Western Europe.”

Germany, having been at the vanguard of the sexual revolution for generations, has been especially impacted by this trend, according to Davis. And the arrival of millions of Muslim migrants has only added fuel to the fire.

“Coupled with the growth of Islamic culture, which is inherently sexist and male-dominated while possessing none of the attendant love and respect for women found in Christian culture, the social milieu in Germany is especially toxic,” Davis warned. “German women are now victims of both the erosion of Christian social mores, which previously exalted women as mothers and nurturers, as well as the rapid growth of anti-female Islamic culture.”

Davis believes the ever-present doctrines of multiculturalism and political correctness make it almost impossible for women to confront the true reasons for their vulnerable position.

“To do so would mean realizing that women’s liberation has, in fact, amounted to women’s enslavement and that, far from a religion of peace that can coexist with secular Europe, Islam is a violent, expansionary ideology that has always treated women as something less than human,” he said.

“German authorities are hamstrung in their attempts to prevent their burgeoning Muslim minority from preying on their atomized female population. Now that a sizable Muslim minority already exists within Europe, room for maneuver in terms of policy is substantially cut down.”

Gina Loudon, who co-authored the book “What Women Really Want,” says most people don’t really want refugees in their countries if it means the safety of the citizens is put at risk, despite the defeatist attitudes of some German women.

“Most sensible people realize that refugee camps in Muslim countries are a much better answer for everyone, for a myriad of reasons,” Loudon told WND. “Germany has a horrid record of dealing with tyranny. It seems at first glance that these women stand helpless, some even resigned, to withstand such horrors again on a mass scale.”

She also recognizes the Muslim refugee problem does not only impact women.

“Like so much of life, this is only a gender issue as women are the first vocal victims,” she said. “But all genders and races will ultimately learn that no one is immune if they do not conform to the political system being imposed on them, masquerading as a religion.”

Loudon, who hosts “America Trends” on the YTA cable network and comments on psychological, political and social issues on various media outlets, suggested social media may be the best defense against the Islamization of Europe, just as social media gave ordinary Americans a voice and helped elect Donald Trump in the U.S. In fact, she suggests the Trump phenomenon may ultimately save German women.

“Brexit and the subsequent election of President-elect Trump may change the course of history for these women, and force their government to become accountable to their basic safety needs,” Loudon predicted. “Boldness inspires boldness, and when people in Europe start to see that Americans have self-liberated from the socialist ideology and policy, they may rise up.”

But Loudon noted with chagrin German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to remain in power after this year’s elections, according to recent reports.

“Some cultures just don’t seem to learn,” Loudon lamented. “Let’s pray they are as wrong as those who said Hillary would win in the U.S.”

Hohmann, for his part, offered a simple solution the German government can use to protect its women: Don’t let the migrants in.

“Enforce your borders, and send back those who came seeking economic opportunity and jihad,” Hohmann advised. “Pass laws similar to Brexit and get out of the European Union, which is run by globalists who do NOT have the interests of the taxpaying, hardworking European at heart.”

 

Congressman: GOP has 9 Obamacare replacement plans

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Greg CorombosGo to full article
Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., and Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., and Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

Congressional Republicans began the process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week and U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., says the party needs to keep moving with urgency toward fulfilling the GOP’s top campaign promise.

“We have a once-in-a-century opportunity for real to get this right. Medicare and Social Security are insolvent in 15 years if we don’t get this right. The kids will be left with nothing,” Brat, a former college economics professor, told WND and Radio America. “I taught those kids for 20 years at the college level. That’s why I got into this business, to make sure we get this right.

“We promised the American people this repeal and replace. It’s our No. 1 promise since 2010.”

Brat said some people are mistaken in believing that the votes Congress took last week already repealed the law.

“All we did last week was have the budget resolution vote. You have to have a budget to move forward on what’s called reconciliation,” Brat explained. “Reconciliation is what allowed Obamacare to be passed in the first place with just 51 votes in the Senate.”

He said, “Now Republicans are going to use the same reconciliation process to repeal and replace.”

Much of the talk on the GOP side centers on whether to have the repeal take effect in two or three years. Brat hopes it’s much sooner than that.

“Some folks are getting a little wobbly,” he said. “The problem with the two-year is that will occur as our re-election occurs. So politics is going to get mixed in with policy, and that’s never a good model to do what’s in the best interest of the country.”

Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va.: 

 

He said waiting three years to trigger the repeal is an even worse idea since the 2020 presidential race will already be underway.

Brat said some congressional Republicans are getting skittish about moving so quickly and passing a repeal without a formal replacement attached.

“The details of that have not been worked out to put it mildly, so there’s a little angst from all sides on that,” he said. “What’s the repeal going to look like? What’s the time frame? Is it going to be done in two years or three years, and what’s the replacement?”

Brat dismisses claims by Democrats that repealing Obamacare will take coverage away from up to 30 million Americans, calling the claim “nonsense.”

“People are nervous about being left in the lurch. They shouldn’t be,” he said. “There’s all sorts of plans out there that show we’re actually going to end up with a better product.”

What is unsustainable, Brat said, is the soaring cost of health care for Americans right now. He said the typical family pays $17,000 in premiums a year for coverage while still confronting much higher deductibles. He is working with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on expanding health savings accounts. Brat said allowing people to choose simple catastrophic plans while building up their health savings accounts would provide peace of mind while also showing people the exorbitant cost of health care.

Brat also said ideas like allowing people to pool together can bring down costs.

As Republicans throw out different ideas, Democrats often allege that seven years after Obamacare was passed, Republicans still don’t have an alternative.

“The Democrats say we don’t have a plan. That’s true. We have nine of them,” said Brat, who doesn’t expect the GOP to take long in compiling a replacement.

He said it’s the Democrats who have their heads in the sand.

“The entitlements, Medicare and Social Security, are going insolvent and not a word from the Democrats’ side on these major issues, when the kids will end up with no systems whatsoever in 50 years,” Brat said. “Not a word, just crickets.”

But the start of the repeal and replace effort also has Republican critics. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. and other Republican fiscal hawks are pointing out the budget used to trigger the reconciliation process blows a $9.7 trillion hole in the budget and adds greatly to an already out-of-control national debt.

Brat, who voted for the resolution, said Paul and his allies are technically correct.

“They’re right. We chose the current CBO baseline, and it blows huge holes in the budget,” Brat said. “I think that was done to offer the Senate a little bit of latitude to get the vote right here.”

But Brat, a member of the House Budget Committee, said GOP budgets will fix that in the coming months.

“We’re going to do another budget in four months, and that one will get back to normal balancing in 10 years, maybe sooner than that,”Brat said. “That’s the hope of some of us.”

 

 

Florida 'dinosaur' caught on camera

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎17, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(CLICKORLANDO) — LAKELAND, Fla. – And you thought dinosaurs were extinct.

Video of a massive alligator spotted in Lakeland was posted to Facebook on Sunday, raising the eyebrows of many.

Kim Joiner told News 6 that she captured the video at the Polk Nature Discovery Center.

“It looks like a dinosaur,” News 6 anchor Justin Warmoth said.

 

How 'the bloody butcher' met his bloody end

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎17, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
Battle of Cowpens

Battle of Cowpens

“The bloody butcher” is what colonists called British Colonel Banastre Tarleton. He let his dragoons bayonet and hack hundreds of surrendering Americans at Buford’s Massacre during the battle of Waxhaw, May 29, 1780.

In January of 1781, 26-year-old Colonel Banastre Tarleton led 1,200 of Britain’s best troops, consisting of British dragoons, regulars, highlanders and loyalists, in a hot pursuit of the Americans. American General Daniel Morgan led Colonel Banastre Tarleton into a trap – the battle of Cowpens, Jan. 17, 1781.

The Americans took a stand with the Broad River behind them, leaving them no opportunity to retreat. Seeing this a foolish decision, British Colonel Tarleton gave into the temptation to pursue without doing any reconnaissance.

This scene was depicted in the movie “The Patriot” in which Mel Gibson’s character, Benjamin Martin, portrayed a composite of the fiercest Carolina leaders:

  • Gen. Andrew Pickens (nicknamed “the Wizard Owl”)
  • Gen. Francis Marion (nicknamed “the Swamp Fox)
  • Col. Thomas Sumter (nicknamed “the Carolina Gamecock”)

At the Battle of Cowpens, American General Daniel Morgan had his line of militia fire twice into the charging British cavalry, then retreat around a hill.

At a full gallop, Tarlton’s dragoons charged straight on, only to be surprised by a wall of 400 battle-hardened American Continental soldiers who had been hiding behind the militia. The American Continentals stood immovable, firing at point-blank range. The militia then circled around, appearing on the other side of the hill to attack Tarlton’s flank.

In the confusion, 110 British were killed and 830 captured. Captured British officer, Maj. McArthur of the 71st Highlanders commented that “he was an officer before Tarleton was born; that the best troops in the service were put under ‘that boy’ to be sacrificed.”

The Battle of Cowpens is widely considered the tactical masterpiece and turning point of the Revolutionary War.

When British General Cornwallis was told the news, he was leaning on his sword – and leaned so hard the blade snapped. Cornwallis gave chase, even abandoning his slow supply wagons along the way.

General Daniel Morgan hastily retreated north, meeting up with American General Nathaniel Greene, and they raced to get out of South Carolina, across North Carolina and into Virginia.

Cornwallis regrouped and chased the Americans as fast as he could, discarding slow supply wagons and heavy equipment along the way. Cornwallis arrived at the Catawba River just two hours after the Americans had crossed, but a sudden storm made the river impassable, delaying the British pursuit. The British nearly overtook the Americans at the Yadkin River, but again rains flooded the river slowing the British.

Now it was a frantic race to the Dan River. General Nathaniel Greene quickly got the Americans across before another flash flood blocked the British.

British Commander Henry Clinton wrote: “Here the royal army was again stopped by a sudden rise of the waters, which had only just fallen (almost miraculously) to let the enemy over, who could not else have eluded Lord Cornwallis’ grasp, so close was he upon their rear.”

Having discarded his supplies in the chase, Cornwallis was at a disadvantage. General Nathaniel Greene recrossed and fought against Cornwallis again at the battle of Guilford Court House, March 15, 1781. Though the British were considered to have won the battle, their heavy losses of over 500 killed or wounded contributed to their later defeat.

Badly needing supplies, Cornwallis was ordered by British General Henry Clinton to move his 8,000 troops to a defensive position where the York River entered Chesapeake Bay, and wait for British ships.

Providentially, Ben Franklin and Marquis de Lafayette were finally successful in their efforts to persuade French King Louis XVI to send ships and troops to help the Americans. French Admiral de Grasse left off fighting the British in the West Indies and sailed 24 ships to the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, where, in the Battle of the Capes, he drove off 19 British ships which were trying to evacuate Cornwallis’ men.

De Grasse’s 3,000 French troops and General Rochambeau’s 6,000 French troops hurriedly joined General Lafayette’s division as they marched to help Washington trap Cornwallis against the sea at Yorktown.

French troops joined those led by Generals Benjamin Lincoln, Baron von Steuben, Modecai Gist, Henry Knox and John Peter Muhlenberg. Altogether, 17,000 French and American troops surrounded Cornwallis.

On Oct. 19, 1781, Cornwallis surrendered and the Revolutionary War was effectively over.

Yale President Ezra Stiles wrote, May 8, 1783: “Who but God could have ordained the critical arrival of the Gallic (French) fleet, so as to … assist … in the siege … of Yorktown? … Should we not … ascribe to a Supreme energy … the wise … generalship displayed by General Greene … leaving the … roving Cornwallis to pursue his helter-skelter ill fated march into Virginia. … It is God who had raised up for us a … powerful ally … a chosen army and a naval force: who sent us a Rochambeau…to fight side by side with a Washington … in the … battle of Yorktown.”

General Washington wrote to William Gordon in March of 1781: “We have … abundant reasons to thank Providence for its many favorable interpositions in our behalf. It has at times been my only dependence, for all other resources seemed to have failed us.”

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Cover-up: DOJ accuses Chicago cops of doing what it did to 'murdered mom'

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎17, ‎2017, ‏‎11 hours ago | Garth KantGo to full article
Miriam Carey

Miriam Carey

WASHINGTON – For President Obama’s Justice Department, it’s apparently a blatant case of do what we say, not what we do.

The Department of Justice, or DOJ, issued a 161-page report on Friday charging the Chicago Police Department with numerous incidents of unjustified and excessive violence.

But the infractions cited read like a list of exactly the actions taken by federal officers who shot an unarmed woman in the back, killing her in the shadow of the Capitol.

U.S. Capitol Police officers and Secret Service agents surround Miriam Carey's car near the Capitol Oct. 3, 2013

U.S. Capitol Police officers and Secret Service agents surround Miriam Carey’s car near the Capitol Oct. 3, 2013

The DOJ not only refused to press charges against the federal officers involved, it engaged in what legal experts have called a lengthy and extensive cover-up intended to conceal the facts of the case.

Those facts did come to light, but only after WND sued the DOJ to obtain the information. WND has published more than 40 investigative articles on the Carey killing, extensively documenting the DOJ cover-up.

The stunning facts and details of the investigation and the Justice Department cover-up are revealed in WND Books’ “Capitol Crime: Washington’s Cover-Up of the Killing of Miriam Carey.”

Capitol-Crime

On Oct. 3, 2013, Secret Service and Capitol Police officers chased and killed 34-year-old Miriam Carey after she drove up to a White House guard post apparently by mistake, because she then immediately made a U-turn to leave.

Federal officers riddled her car with bullets, shooting 26 times, barely missing Carey’s one-year-old daughter, who was strapped into the backseat.

After reviewing the accusations against the Chicago police, Carey family attorney Eric Sanders told WND, “Frankly, as managed under outgoing President Barack Obama, Attorney Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, these DOJ findings are disingenuous, to say the least.”

Sanders, a former NYPD officer himself, saw a clear double standard.

“Obviously,” he observed, “only when it’s politically palatable, do President Obama and the DOJ have the courage to openly criticize unlawful police encounters.”

Sanders said the family’s decision to peacefully challenge the legality of Carey’s shooting through a deliberative process and not engage in civil unrest only resulted in “lip service” from the DOJ.

Considering Carey’s fate, Sanders found the DOJ’s list of accusations against Chicago police more than ironic.

The DOJ report detailed examples of what it claimed was excessive force by Chicago police, including:

  • Shooting a fleeing, unarmed suspect in the back
  • Shooting at fleeing suspects who presented no immediate threat
  • Shooting at vehicles without justification
  • Using force to retaliate against and punish people
  • Using excessive force against juveniles
  • Providing insufficient training and accountability procedures

WND asked Sanders to compare and contrast these findings with the Carey case.

Shooting a fleeing, unarmed suspect in the back

“Since Miriam Carey violated no laws, the use of force against her is legally unjustified,” asserted the attorney and former police officer.

Sanders expressed amazement that the “so-called investigation” into the shooting of Carey closed within a just few short months, “although there were obvious violations of her civil rights.”

“Unlike other highly questionable police encounters,” he continued, “President Obama never commented on her shooting or direct Attorney Generals Holder and Lynch to openly disclose to the Carey family and the public the facts of the so-called investigation.”

Shooting at fleeing suspects who presented no immediate threat

“The United States Secret Service Uniform Division and United States Capitol Police officers shot at Miriam Carey, in clear violation of established policies, even though she posed no immediate threat. Yet, the DOJ cleared and indemnified these officers,” said Sanders.

WND has extensively documented how those agencies violated their own policies.

Shooting at vehicles without justification

“Again,” recounted the attorney, “the United States Secret Service Uniform Division and United States Capitol Police officers shot at Miriam Carey, who was driving a motor vehicle on public streets with a toddler in the District of Columbia, [and they shot] in clear violation of established policies, yet the DOJ cleared and indemnified these officers.”

Using force to retaliate against and punish people

“These officers from the United States Secret Service Uniform Division exercised the ultimate retaliation for ‘failing to follow their orders,’ death,” grimly charged Sanders.

Carey family attorney Eric Sanders

Carey family attorney Eric Sanders

“The United States Capitol Police officers supported the retaliation by failing to ensure there was a legal basis to engage in unlawful contact with Carey,” he continued.

Using excessive force against juveniles

“The officers who shot at Miriam, who was driving a motor vehicle on public streets with a toddler in the District of Columbia, committed willful and unlawful conduct endangering the life of the minor child who violated no laws,” charged Sanders.

Providing insufficient training and accountability procedures

“There is more than ample evidence including congressional testimony establishing both the United States Secret Service Uniform Division and United States Capitol were insufficiently trained and there were no accountability structures in place to protect the public during police encounters,” said Sanders.

He added, despite this knowledge prior to, and after, the shooting of Carey, neither President Obama, Attorney Generals Holder and Lynch nor Congress called for justice.

Commenting on the Chicago police report, Attorney General Lynch had said, “The resulting deficit in trust and accountability is not just bad for residents – it’s also bad for dedicated police officers trying to do their jobs safely and effectively.”

Nat Hentoff

Nat Hentoff

Sanders countered, “Unfortunately, Attorney General Lynch’s comments ring of political pandering instead of ensuring the DOJ would engage in an objective deliberative process to protect citizens from unlawful police encounters.”

“However,” he added, “we are hopeful with the newly empaneled Congress, the upcoming appointment of the new attorney general and swearing in of President-elect Donald Trump, the Carey family and the public will finally receive some justice.”

First Amendment scholar Nat Hentoff, who passed away on Jan. 7, took a keen interest in the Carey case, followed it closely and saw a clear violation of her civil rights.

The famed civil libertarian said the evidence was so strong that authorities recklessly killed Carey that the officers involved and their superiors must be held to account for her death for the sake of the country.

“This is a classic case of police out of control and, therefore, guilty of plain murder,” he had said.

 

Pryor defenders rally around judge who adopted pro-trans ruling

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎17, ‎2017, ‏‎11 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
Justice Antonin Scalia

Justice Antonin Scalia

In just a few days, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as president, and shortly thereafter, whether it’s hours or days, his first nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected.

One name that’s been in the discussion has been William Pryor of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Amid reports that Trump met with Pryor over the weekend, both critics and supporters of the judge suddenly are becoming more vocal.

Judge William Pryor

Judge William Pryor

WND reported over the weekend that the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Judicial Action Group found an “objective review of Judge Pryor’s decisions in Glenn v. Brumby and Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley leads to the conclusion that he has failed to interpret the Constitution as the framers intended.”

“Accordingly, he lacks support from many conservative leaders who, like President-elect Trump, believe that Justice Scalia’s seat must be filled with a nominee who has a deep record of commitment to the Constitution.”

The Glenn case centered on a claim by a man who wanted to be a woman that he suffered discrimination when he dressed as a woman and went to the office, a move his supervisor perceived as disrupting operations. The organization reported that in the Glenn case, Pryor “concurred with the court’s opinion to create a new transgender right to employment and bathroom nondiscrimination.”

But Pryor offered “no analysis of the text of the law or constitutional provisions and failed to cite one case of binding precedent from either the U.S. Supreme Court or the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.”

Specifically, Pryor concluded that the right should be created even though not one of the 16 Supreme Court cases cited addressed “transgenders.” Nor was there any precedent in the 11th Circuit.

“Pryor’s vote in Glenn is the best evidence of how he would vote on the Supreme Court. In most lower court cases, judges vote consistently with binding precedent even if it is not the precedent they would create. However, in the Glenn case there was no binding Supreme Court and Eleventh Circuit precedent on ‘transsexual rights,’ which makes the case analogous to a Supreme Court case and, therefore, highly indicative of how Pryor would vote on the Supreme Court,” the action group found.

Read the history of the attacks on marriage and the family, from the days of Karl Marx and Margaret Sanger to those now pushing for mandatory recognition of same-sex “marriage,” in “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left has Sabotaged Family and Marriage.”

Pryor supported the result in the Keeton case in which Augusta State University expelled a female Christian student for refusing to engage in a “remediation” plan imposed because of her conservative and religious views on homosexuality.

On Monday, an organization called the Personhood Alliance, a pro-life organization, cited the same cases in contending Pryor would not meet the requirements already established by Trump that his nominee be in the mold of Scalia.

“Not only did Judge Pryor personally prosecute Alabama Judge Roy Moore over his display of the Ten Commandments as attorney general of Alabama,” said Daniel Becker, founder of Personhood Alliance, “but once he became a federal appeals judge, he issued rulings extending special rights to transgender people while refusing to recognize the religious liberty rights of Christians.”

Related column:

William Pryor is no Scalia by Joseph Farah

The organization said the “comparison between Judge Pryor and Justice Scalia couldn’t be starker.”

“In Obergefell, Justice Scalia refused to go along with the majority’s opinion mandating same sex marriage. Yet several years before Obergefell, in two cases decided on the same day in 2011, Judge Pryor as an Eleventh Circuit judge voted (1) that the Equal Protection Clause required reinstatement of a male employee who had been fired for wanting to appear at work dressed as a woman and (2) that a state university did not violate the speech or religious rights of a Christian student who was expelled from a graduate counseling program for refusing to submit to homosexual indoctrination.”

Likewise, concern was expressed by WND CEO, columnist, author and Editor-in-Chief Joseph Farah.

“Let’s hope the reports Donald Trump has his nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia down to two choices – Judge William H. Pryor of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and Judge Diane Sykes of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – represent nothing more than ‘fake news,'” he wrote.

“I can tell you without equivocation that Pryor is an establishment hack – more in the John Roberts mode than Scalia,” Farah wrote.

“Let’s go back to 2003 when, as Alabama state attorney general, he prosecuted the state’s Supreme Court chief justice, Judge Roy Moore, for following the dictates of his conscience in upholding the inspiration of the Ten Commandments, the very foundation of our moral law, thus removing him from office. The charge was violating judicial ethics, an accusation from a radical-left organization. Moore had broken no laws in the state of Alabama or the United States of America. He had faithfully upheld his oath to the constitutions or Alabama and the U.S. Instead, he had defied an illegal injunction by a federal judge, Myron Thompson, to remove a Ten Commandments display.”

He noted that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol was constitutional and that the U.S. Supreme Court chamber itself has a display of the Ten Commandments on the ceiling.

“Does anyone, Donald Trump included, think Antonin Scalia would hold that Judge Roy Moore should have been removed from office for displaying the Ten Commandments? If not, then we should agree that the man who prosecuted Roy Moore for defying that illegal federal court order as a judicial ethics violation is hardly worthy of replacing him on the high court,” he said.

Scotusblog profiles Pryor with information about many of his key decisions, including conservative causes such as enforcing criminal law, capital cases, immigration and civil rights.

But the blog also confirms his pro-LGBTQ votes in several key cases. In one of those, it explains, Pryor “discussed the evolving view of homosexuality in the psychiatric profession.”

But there are supporters for Pryor as well.

At the American Spectator, columnist Quin Hillyer wrote that he wasn’t endorsing Pryor “as the single best choice” but believes he should be among the finalists.

He argues that Pryor was simply doing his job to prosecute Moore for acknowledging the Ten Commandments, the foundation of American law, in the Alabama courthouse. Moore had been removed from his job as chief justice of the state Supreme Court for installing the monument.

Voters in the state later snubbed the federal judiciary by re-electing Moore to the same post.

Hillyer noted that Pryor was praised by the chairman of the Alabama Democrat Conference back in 2003 and promoted by President Obama to the bipartisan United States Sentencing Commission.

“Moore’s allies who still hold a grudge against Pryor should realize that 13 years is too long to remain furious at a man who was just doing his duty as he honestly saw it.”

CNN, meanwhile, reported that Trump’s team is considering what it will take to get a nominee approved by the U.S. Senate, including the idea of changing the rules, as the Democrats did when they were in the majority, to allow a winning vote on a 51-49 majority, not the 60-vote supermajority that now would be required.

During the campaign, Trump released a list of possible nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court, promising to pick a candidate in the mold of Scalia, whose voice probably never was stronger than in the Obergefell decision in which five other members of the court created – critics say out of thin air – the right to homosexual “marriage.”

Scalia said the five robbed citizens of their rights.

“Today’s decree says that my ruler, and the ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court,” Scalia wrote.

“The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact – and the furthest extension one can even imagine – of the court’s claimed power to create ‘liberties’ that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the people of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”

Scalia pointed out, in support of traditional marriage and conservative beliefs: “When the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868, every state limited marriage to one man and one woman, and no one doubted the constitutionality of doing so. That resolves these cases. When it comes to determining the meaning of a vague constitutional provision – such as ‘due process of law’ or ‘equal protection of the laws’ – it is unquestionable that the people who ratified that provision did not understand it to prohibit a practice that remained both universal and uncontroversial in the years after ratification.

“We have no basis for striking down a practice that is not expressly prohibited by the Fourteenth Amendment’s text, and that bears the endorsement of a long tradition of open, widespread, and unchallenged use dating back to the amendment’s ratification,” he wrote.

He blasted the bare majority of five justices, saying, “A system of government that makes the people subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy.”

At issue is the growing progressive bent of the Supreme Court, with the expectation Hillary Clinton, as president, would have followed the lead of President Obama in appointing justices like Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, who voted to create same-sex marriage despite the Constitution’s silence on the issue.

In fact, Kagan had publicly endorsed the idea while the issue was pending before the court by performing same-sex “weddings.” She then refused a request to recuse herself from the case because of her bias.

For now, the high court generally is split 4-4 ideologically. Critics fear that the wrong appointee could actually facilitate the demise of, for example, the Second Amendment.

 

 

 

Clinton empire begins to crumble in wake of news probes

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎17, ‎2017, ‏‎12 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
 

It looks like the Clintons are running for cover.

After Donald J. Trump devastated the once formidable Clinton political machine in November – the Clinton Global Initiative, the centerpiece initiative of the Clinton Foundation, the former first couple’s political and financial power structure – is being shut down.

According to a notice filed with the New York Department of Labor, the Clinton Foundation will lay off 22 members of the Clinton Global Initiative.

The initiative apparently became unsustainable after Hillary Clinton’s defeat, as foreign governments began reducing or even withdrawing their donations. The Australian government, for example, ended a decade of funding the organization, and the government of Norway reduced its contribution by more than $15 million.

The abandonment of CGI soon after the Clintons lost political power will only further accusations the foundation was the hub of a “pay-to-play” network of influence peddling that existed to personally enrich Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.

Indeed, one of the reporters who has been investigating the Clintons for years and whose articles and book helped expose corruption in the Clinton Foundation said the Clintons are “running scared.”

Jerome Corsi, an investigative reporter at WND and a New York Times bestselling author, focused on the evidence of corruption in the foundation’s financial reports in “Partners in Crime: The Clintons’ Scheme to Monetize The White House for Personal Profit.”

He argues shutting down CGI is a defensive action.

“The Clinton criminal enterprise is finally sputtering to its end, but that doesn’t mean people should walk away,” Corsi said.

“Actually, there is a great deal of evidence to suggest the Clinton Global Initiative is shutting down simply to avoid a further criminal investigation. But this only means it is more important that such an investigation take place. The fact they are shutting this down shows they are running scared.”

Clinton Foundation corruption also was uncovered during the presidential election campaign by investigative reporter Peter Schweizer, the author of “Clinton Cash,” which exposed the “pay-for-play” schemes.

Edward Klein’s “Guilty As Sin” and “Gary Byrne’s “Crisis of Character” also unveiled Clinton corruption.

In “Clinton Cash,” Schweizer recounts how the Clintons, who claimed they left the White House “dead broke,” have personally taken in more than $130 million since.

“Where did the money come from? Most people assume that the Clintons amassed their wealth through lucrative book deals and high-six figure fees for speaking gigs,” the book poses.

‘Grifter scheme’

Corsi argues the Clintons used their foundation to commit inurement, the criminal offense of running a charity for personal profit. Unlike bribery, which requires proof of an explicit quid pro quo, proving inurement can be done simply through scrutiny of financial records.

“The Clinton Foundation was simply a grifter scheme,” Corsi declared. “Ultimately, how did Bill and Hillary Clinton, who have never held a job except for the Clinton Foundation, become so wealthy? It was because they used the massive donations that were given to the Clinton Foundation to personally enrich themselves. And we know this because financial reporting shows the money spent on the supposed programs of the organization was far less than the money which was taken in.

Corsi said analysis of the financial statements is essential.

“A close look at the financial records means the Clintons will literally be caught in the act,” he said. “It’s the exact same kind of thing that was used to bust Al Capone – and the Clintons’ criminal empire is much more far-reaching than Capone’s.”

For example, Corsi alleges the many millions of dollars the Clintons took in speakers’ fees were funneled through a dummy corporation called WJC LLC.

Corsi argues Bill Clinton essentially engaged in money-laundering by taking the money from speaking fees, using a “pass-through” account at his dummy corporation to transfer it to other nominal accounts. The scheme made it impossible to show whether or not the speakers’ fees Bill Clinton received were foundation-related. Consequently, the Clintons’ had created a way for donors to transfer money to them personally.

Corsi compared the Clintons to mobsters or drug dealers who use supposedly legitimate organizations to launder money, making it impossible to trace.

“The Clinton Foundation, despite its Byzantine complexity and the complication of its financial records, ultimately rests upon a simple model,” Corsi said. “Donations are taken in to supposedly help out with severe global programs or whatever crisis is dominating the headlines at the time, such as what happened with the Haitian earthquake.

“Bill and Hillary Clinton’s connections to foreign governments and to the wealthy and powerful facilitate these donations. The Clintons then use their political power to direct policy to reward donors. They also launder the money through various mediums to redirect it to cronies or to themselves personally,” Corsi said.

“The system rests upon two things: Inurement, because obviously much of the money coming in for charitable ends is not going to those recipients, instead going to the Clintons and their cronies. Analysis of the financial records can prove this. And, of course, they need political power, which they no longer have.

“So absent political power, they are closing down the foundation to try to avoid an investigation of inurement, which is something I call for in ‘Partners in Crime.‘”

In Haiti, a diverse network of activists alleges the Clintons mismanaged or even stole donations that were supposed to help the impoverished citizens of that nation after a devastating earthquake.

Haitian human rights lawyer, playwright and poet Ezili Danto accused Hillary Clinton of “preying” on Haiti by directing charitable donations to Clinton cronies through the Clinton Foundation. She also claimed an astounding 85 percent of donations to the foundation went to salaries, travel, luxury hotels, dinners and overhead, rendering the entire foundation a “slush fund.”

There are also allegations that payments to the Clinton Foundation led to specific payments or deals being made to benefit donors. For example, Boeing donated $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2010 only two months after then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed Russia to approve a $3.7 billion purchase from Boeing.

Similar deals were also allegedly made with foreign governments, including Morocco, Algeria and Colombia. The payments from such deals also benefited certain for-profit corporations part-owned by people with ties to the Clintons.

The smoking gun

Some analysts claim a huge share of the almost $2 billion raised by the Clinton Foundation between 2002 and 2013 was seized by the Clintons for private gain.

“In 2015, my good friend, Charles Ortel, a brilliant Wall Street analyst, got my interest during a lunch conversation when he mentioned he had been studying the audited financial statements of the Clinton Foundation,” Corsi said of how the investigation began. “I decide to have a look myself, and I was amazed to realize Ortel was right.”

WND published an article in October 2015 titled “Clinton Foundation ‘fraud’ began with exploiting earthquake” that featured the sharp criticism of Ortel, who was then in the midst of conducting a comprehensive study of Clinton Foundation financial reports. It was the first of some 20 articles Corsi published in WND detailing Ortel’s research.

Ortel explained to WND his allegation that former President Bill Clinton had developed a methodology of exploiting epidemics and natural disasters to raise hundreds of millions in “charitable donations” that in a relaxed regulatory environment could be diverted to personal gain, funding Hillary Clinton’s political campaigns and supporting Democratic Party causes.

Corsi believes these initial allegations and the WND reporting of them contributed to Hillary Clinton’s defeat and “the beginning of the end” of the Clinton Foundation.

“I wrote ‘Partners in Crime’ to make clear Bill and Hillary Clinton were grifters who had stolen millions of dollars from charitable donors that thought they were contributing to a good cause,” Corsi said.

“The Clintons turned out to be the worst of the worst – grifters who saw no problem making money on the misery of those caught in disasters, floods, earthquakes. The Clintons had no conscience. The Clintons decided to cash in on their White House fame to become the multi-millionaires they felt was their entitlement, even if they had to steal the money from the unfortunate victims of disease and natural disasters. The Clinton Global Initiative proclaimed the highest and most lofty ideals, but it was all a scam.

“Writing ‘Partners in Crime,’ I came to see the Clinton Foundation scheme to monetize the White House as the defining act in the Clinton family crime melodrama.”

For that reason, Corsi says he will continue to investigate and will urge the incoming Trump administration to probe inurement at the Clinton Foundation.

“Inurement is the smoking gun which proves the Clinton criminal machine,” he said. “This shouldn’t be the end of this investigation. It’s only the beginning.”

 

This day in WND history: 'Mayor Chocolate Nagin'

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎17, ‎2017, ‏‎12 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
‘Mayor Chocolate Nagin’

Jan. 17, 2006: In the wake of comments by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin that he wanted his city to be a “chocolate” city, he became humorously dubbed, “Mayor Chocolate Nagin, America’s flavorite racist.”

“We ask black people … It’s time for us to come together. It’s time for us to rebuild New Orleans – the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans,” the mayor said. “This city will be chocolate at the end of the day.”

WND executive news editor Joe Kovacs asked, “What if the mayor of Miami, for instance, suggested his city become more vanilla? …

“How about the novel concept of having the city filled with Americans, no matter what color or flavor they are? They could be chocolate, vanilla, coffee, salsa, teriyaki or tutti-fruity for that matter.”

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States' rights attorney debuts weekly column

 
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Rita Dunaway

Rita Dunaway

Attorney, constitutional expert and states’ rights activist Rita Dunaway joins WND as an exclusive weekly columnist today. Her column will appear Tuesdays on the news site’s Commentary page.

Holding an undergraduate degree in journalism, Dunaway has been a contributor to the Blaze since 2015, writing a monthly article for the site. Those pieces have focused on what she sees as federal government overreach and have advocated as a solution a convention of the states as outlined in Article V of the U.S. Constitution.

“This is the quintessential populist movement,” Dunaway wrote recently about efforts to trigger an Article V Convention. “It is not a movement to impose one type of public policy over every citizen, but a movement to empower every citizen to have impact again on public policy. It is not a movement built around the content of a decision we want the government to make, but a movement built around the question of who should make the decisions.”

Dunaway serves as the national legislative director for the Convention of States Project, working closely with Michael Farris, recently appointed CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom; Mark Meckler of Citizens for Self-Governance; and retired U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

Prior to joining the Convention of States Project, Dunaway served as staff counsel at the Rutherford Institute, working with the organization’s president, John Whitehead.

An allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, Dunaway has authored Supreme Court amicus briefs for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and state legislators across the nation.

 

Cuban exile: Obama lets Castro bleed U.S.

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎17, ‎2017, ‏‎12 hours ago | Greg CorombosGo to full article
(Photo: Twitter)

(Photo: Twitter)

President Obama’s thawing of relations with Cuba has already drawn plenty of criticism, but a prominent Castro critic says Obama’s actions in his final week will only serve to increase repression in Cuba while enriching the coffers of the Castro regime.

On Friday, the Obama administration announced it would no longer accept Cubans into the country if they arrive in the U.S. without a visa. For years, the American policy had been to accept refugees who reached U.S. shores but turn back those encountered off the Florida coast.

For critics of Obama’s earlier overtures, this latest move is another major slap in the face.

“It is very significant. It is another cave-in by Obama to Castro,” said Humberto Fontova, a prominent author and journalist who fled Cuba as a boy while his father was imprisoned.

However, he told WND and Radio America it’s not the so-called “wet foot, dry foot” policy shift that enrages him the most.

“Folks, this is a smokescreen. This is cover. This is camouflage for the real issue here,” Fontova said. “What Obama did along with this is he abrogated the doctor asylum program. Read the fine print, folks.”

At issue is the Cuban policy of “Doctor Diplomacy,” which Fontova describes as Cuba sending doctors to many friendly or Third-World nations in exchange for large sums of money pumped into the Cuban treasury. He said the doctors get less than 10 percent of the money and their families are “held hostage” while they’re abroad.

In 2006, President George W. Bush instituted the aforementioned asylum program, allowing those Cuban doctors to defect to the U.S. by strolling into any one of America’s embassies around the world.

“That was costing the Castro regime dearly because what the host country would have paid for these quack doctors was being lost. It’s estimated this was bringing in about $8 billion to the Castro regime,” Fontova explained.

Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with Humberto Fontova: 

 

He said that money will flow more freely again now that Obama has reversed the Bush policy.

Fontova also pointed out that Obama is not clamping down on all Cubans entering the U.S. Those with visas are welcome, and he says how those visas are distributed is a scandal in itself.

“Here’s the kicker. The issuance of those visas is outsourced by Obama to the Castro regime. The U.S. embassy in Havana leaves it up to Castro to decide who is going to get these visas,” Fontova said.

He said the visa recipients are chosen specifically to fleece the American welfare system for the benefit of Cuba, a strategy that Obama helped make easier by easing the U.S. remittance policy toward Cuba early in his administration.

“They sprint off the plane, run straight to the welfare offices, apply for the U.S. welfare benefits, which can total $1,200 a month, and almost immediately start wiring that money back to Cuba,” he said.

Fontova continued, “It’s estimated that last year $4 billion flowed from the U.S. to Cuba, thanks to Obama opening that lifeline and thanks to those so-called refugees that the Castro regime chooses.”

In his farewell address, President Obama took credit for opening “a new chapter with the Cuban people.” Fontova said that new chapter means even more suffering for the Cuban people.

“The real horror of this is that repression in Cuba is at a 20-year high. The last two years, in other words coinciding exactly with Obama’s opening, have coincided with a wave of terror against Cuban dissidents,” said Fontova, who added that the Cuban government feels emboldened to persecute dissenters since it knows there will be no negative reactions from the U.S.

And thanks to Obama refusing to accept refugees who make it to U.S. shores, those dissidents have no way to escape.

“The Cubans who Castro didn’t want to come to the U.S. – genuine refugees, folks who jump on two pieces of Styrofoam tied together – those people will be prevented from coming. But the Cubans who Castro wants to come over here because they’re a cash cow for him will continue coming.”

He said the Cuban dissidents point the finger of blame at Obama.

“Do you know that Cuban dissidents have been protesting in Cuba wearing Obama masks? They’re saying it’s his fault,” Fontova said. “Naturally, that hasn’t been reported in the mainstream media, but it is all Obama’s fault, Cuban dissidents keep telling us.”

 

See who wants fatwa against Islamic extremism

 
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21 Coptic Christians were beheaded by ISIS terrorists in February, putting Christian persecution, which has been going on for decades in the Middle East, on the world media's radar screen.

21 Coptic Christians were beheaded by ISIS terrorists in February, putting Christian persecution, which has been going on for decades in the Middle East, on the world media’s radar screen.

A new demand for a worldwide Islamic fatwa against Muslim extremism comes from a Muslim, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The call for the fatwa – a ruling by a recognized authority on a point of Islamic law – is from an Iraqi writer and journalist who contributes to the London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.

“The terror of Islamic extremists has become a well-known [scourge], and therefore requires a resounding response,” writes Khalid Al-Kishtainy.

“The other [non-Islamic] countries [of the world] have tried to take various measures in order to monitor these extremist Muslims, hunt them down, raid their hiding places and arrest their leaders and supporters. However, reality shows that these efforts have been futile, since supporters of al-Qaida, ISIS, Boko Haram and their ilk have multiplied and spread [across the world]… Their main weapon is their deviant beliefs … and we must fight them using the same weapon [i.e., religious ideology],” he writes.

The Middle East Media Research Institute says the objective is to obtain a ruling agreed-upon by Islamic scholars worldwide that would be widely distributed by the media and in public places and taught in religious and educational facilities.

MEMRI said Kishtainy wrote that Muslims alone have the responsibility and power to eliminate Islamic terrorism and the ideology on which it is based.

Kishtainy began by citing a recent fatwa that denounces as infidels all Muslims who kill their fellow Muslims.

The fatwa proclaims, he notes, “that whoever does to commits one of the gravest violations, which cannot be justified in any way, and [the offender] is barred from entering paradise.”

 

MLK's 'content of their character' a nonstarter on campuses

 
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Martin Luther King

On Martin Luther King Day, Americans remembered the man who said people should not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. But on American college campuses nationwide, both the conversation and the curriculum is driven by the question of race.

In only the last few weeks:

  • College Republicans at the University of California Berkeley were “doxxed” by self-styled “anti-fascists” from a group calling itself “Northern California Anti-Racist Action,” who exposed the students’ names, addresses and conservative political posts. The College Republicans were smeared as “white supremacists and fascist students using the guise of free speech.”
  • Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson called for white people to maintain “individual reparations accounts” to make payments to black people as retribution for racism.
  • A petition was circulated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the conservative college group Young Americans for Freedom to be labeled a “hate group” and all its members subjected to “intensive diversity training.”
  • Students at the University of London called for study of the philosophers Plato, René Descartes, Immanuel Kant and other white men to be supplanted by philosophers from Africa and Asia as part of an effort to “decolonize” higher education.
  • Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was prevented from speaking at the University of California Davis by violent protests from radical leftists who accused him of being racist.

Historian David Barton, author of “The Jefferson Lies,” laments that Americans have forgotten the colorblind message of Martin Luther King Day.

“No longer do we judge individuals by the worthiness of the contributions they made and whether they lifted and helped mankind but rather by whether or not they represent diversity, regardless of whether they have done anything significant,” he told WND. “George Washington, in his Farewell Address, talked about the importance of unity and begin a unified people – that even though we had some ‘shades of differences’ in ‘religion, manners, habits, and political principles,’ we still were a unified nation.

“Barack Obama just delivered his Farewell Address, and it was filled with identity politics as he singled out group after group – LGBT, black, white, brown, the top one percent, the refugee, Muslims, the poor, the immigrant, transgender and women. No longer are we E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one) but just the opposite: E Unum Pluribus (out of one, many). And as Jesus reminded us (and Abraham Lincoln repeated): A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Barton argued even the Founding Fathers have essentially been banned from American campuses. He says there is a political agenda driving this hate campaign against America’s past.

“If you want to get rid of their beliefs of limited government, a moral and religious people, constitutional restraints, individual inalienable rights and so forth, you must cause people to reject those who advocated those beliefs,” Barton said. “So those who want larger government, no moral standards, and so forth, then call the Founders racists, bigots, wealthy, sexist, theocrats, land-grabbers, or any other available pejorative; and of course, it matters little that in nearly every case, the truth is just the opposite. I wrote ‘The Jefferson Lies’ to oppose this kind of anti-American campaign.”

However, Scott Greer, deputy editor of the Daily Caller and author of the upcoming book “No Campus For White Men,” said it’s not just a political agenda, but a racially driven anti-white agenda which is driving campus radicalism.

It’s not education, it’s indoctrination. It’s not equality, it’s hate. In America today, there’s “No Campus For White Men.” Read up-and-coming conservative superstar Scott Greer’s devastating indictment of the race based attack on white people and Western Civilization on college campuses. As Tucker Carlson says, “After reading Greer’s account, you’ll think twice before sending your children off to school.”

“It is ‘no campus for white men’ in the sense that white males are put at the bottom of the moral hierarchy in college education,” Greer told WND. “The greats of Western culture – Plato, Homer, Shakespeare, Milton, etc. – are now lowly regarded due to their racial identity. Pretty much any non-white writer or philosopher is put above these great men because of their identity as an oppressed minority. It doesn’t matter who is more influential or of higher quality – it’s all boiled down to identity politics and who better conforms to contemporary progressive orthodoxy.”

Greer said the “decolonize the campus” movement, which is now active at universities around the world, is nothing less than attempt to undermine Western civilization itself.

“It is all about attacking Western civilization and making it appear inferior to other cultures,” he said. “That is why they want philosophy courses to lean heavily toward non-western thinkers and ditch Plato and Aristotle. It’s only a matter of time until the focus changes from reducing the presence of ‘dead white men’ in curriculum to lowering the number of live white men on campus. South African campuses are already flaring up over ‘unequal’ demographics, so it’s possible to start seeing that kind of behavior in the states.”

The higher university climate in South Africa has been roiled by violent protests as students in the majority black nation demand more funding and curriculum changes. As a result, rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas are now not uncommon sights at universities as radicalized students battle authorities.

Barton warns America faces a Third World future if the status quo in academia is reversed.

“Much of academia is hates America as we have known it,” the historian told WND. “Want to get a fight started with a professor? Just suggest that America is or has been a unique or exceptional nation. Wow! The violent reactions that statement generates!

“I am appointed in many states by state boards of education to help craft the history and social studies standards in those states. I was recently working on the standards in one of the reddest states in America, and when I mentioned that we should teach students that America was a special nation, and tell them what made us exceptional and how to preserve that uniqueness, I was openly attacked and berated by teachers for even suggesting that. And this was in one of the most conservative states in the union! A quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln says, ‘The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.’ If we continue with what we are teaching students today about America, expect us to become a Third World nation in a few generations.”

And Greer predicts the left’s embrace of anti-white identity politics on campus promises a Balkanized future of permanent conflict for the United States.

“The political consequences of campus politics are enormous,” he warns. “Campuses foster the minds of our future leaders, and inculcating destructive identity politics and victimhood culture is ultimately poisonous for our society. Conservatives must care about this if they hope to live in a healthy democracy. Otherwise, we’ll just descend into violent tribal politics where different groups see each other as mortal enemies in a Darwinian struggle for power.”

 

 

8 men as rich as half the world

 
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DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday.

Presenting its findings on the dawn of the annual gathering of the global political and business elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, anti-poverty organization Oxfam says the gap between the very rich and poor is far greater than just a year ago. It’s urging leaders to do more than pay lip-service to the problem.

If not, it warns, public anger against this kind of inequality will continue to grow and lead to more seismic political changes akin to last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

 

Matt Lauer admits weeping over Biden award

 
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(LIFEZETTE) — NBC’s host of “The Today Show” Matt Lauer confessed Friday that he was so overcome with emotion that he “just burst out crying” when President Obama surprised Vice President Joe Biden by awarding him the Medal of Freedom Thursday.

As Lauer recounted the event, he proclaimed there was “something special in Washington yesterday.” When Lauer watched Obama surprise Biden with the Medal of Freedom, he said it was a good thing that there were no cameras nearby to capture the moment.

“So I’m glad there were no cameras in my apartment yesterday because I was just sitting there weeping,” Lauer gushed. “I just burst out crying when I saw that moment. It was incredible.”

 

Mom left to die with demon inscription

 
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(THE DAILY BEAST) — Before he allegedly beat his mother, stole her car, and left her for dead with a demon’s name scrawled across her chest, Chase Wall wrote a Tumblr post about the demon and asked the internet to help him deflect government mind control.

Wall, 33, was charged with attempted murder this past Wednesday, after Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, police responded to reports of a woman unconscious in a hotel room. They found Wall’s 66-year-old mother in bed with a broken nose and two black eyes. “Blood was running down the side of the bed,” a police report reads. As police loaded the battered woman into an ambulance, they noticed the black writing on her body. Someone had written “Asmoday,” the name of a three-headed “king of demons” on her chest. And just four months earlier, Wall had written and posted a rambling poem about speaking to the demon, his social media reveals.

“Not a day has passed without talking to myself or who I’m not come dismay there are ways that I can start with this refrett of asmoday who in ways respeaks these verses,” Wall posted on his Tumblr in August. The Tumblr, written under the same name as a number of Wall’s other social media profiles, contained one of Wall’s selfies and two years of poems and writings, which he often signed “Mr. Wrong.”

 

This day in WND History: Jan. 16

 
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Ilana Mercer

Ilana Mercer

Ilana Mercer joins WND

Jan. 16, 2002: Ilana Mercer became a weekly columnist – leading eventually to her pick as a nationally syndicated columnist – the fourth to emerge from the pages of WND.

Mercer described herself as “a wandering Jew” who has lived in Israel, South Africa, Canada and, now, the United States. The daughter of a rabbi, Ilana initially found herself on the left side of the political spectrum, but moved to become a libertarian.

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1 bold move by Trump to reverse Obama 'formula for disaster'

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Greg CorombosGo to full article
 

A former Clinton administration official is blasting President Obama for his treatment of Israel over the past eight years and strongly encourages President-elect Trump to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Lawrence J. Haas served as communications director for Vice President Al Gore and is now a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council. His book “Harry and Arthur” was named one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2016 by the Wall Street Journal.

In a recent column for U.S. News & World Report, Haas makes the case for moving the embassy. In a subsequent interview, Haas told WND the move comes down to one simple and clear message.

“Israel is here to stay,” said Haas, who says that message would drive a stake through the Arab and Palestinian fantasy that Israel can be wiped off the map.

“You hear [the] expression all the time, ‘Palestine: From the River to the Sea.’ Well, Palestine from the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) Sea means no Israel. I think it’s time for the United States to send a very clear message to the world that Israel is here to stay, that Jerusalem is the historic homeland and capital of the Jewish people. That’s a reality,” said Haas.

“We are not doing anyone any good by ignoring the reality that Jerusalem is always going to be the capital of Israel. We might as well come to that recognition,” said Haas.

Haas believes the move would also be an important signal to Israel and the world that the Trump administration will approach the Middle East much differently than Obama has, particularly after the December United Nations vote in which the U.S. refused to veto a resolution condemning Israel for its settlements and other disputed lands.

Haas says the non-veto was bad enough, but the Obama administration’s actions behind the scenes was especially galling.

“They not only allowed it to go through but frankly they worked behind the scenes to ensure that there was enough support for it, so that while they were abstaining from it, everybody else was voting yes. It was beyond the benign action of a simple abstention,” said Haas.

Those actions left Haas livid.

“I reacted very furiously to it. It seemed to be the final nail in a sense that the administration had nailed into Israel’s coffin over the last eight years. The theory being that if they were tough on Israel, Israel would make very painful concessions and we would get peace,” said Haas.

He says the Obama strategy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a flop.

“In the process, they were very tough on our closest ally in the region. They didn’t really demand anything from the Palestinian side. As a result, the Palestinians dug in even harder. We didn’t see negotiations. The Israelis felt that they couldn’t compromise because they were being pressured so much and the Palestinians didn’t think they needed to compromise,” said Haas.

“It was a formula for disaster and that’s what we’ve had over the past eight years,” Haas added.

Haas rejects the notion that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem would serve as a spark for even greater tension and instability in the region.

He says that argument is based on two faulty assumptions.

“The Palestinians have never needed a reason to be violent against Israel, whether it is stabbing Jews in Jerusalem or it is shooting them in the West Bank or is ramming soldiers at checkpoints, the Palestinians always find an excuse to try to kill Jews,” said Haas.

He says Israel’s Arab neighbors will only be bothered by an embassy move from a public-relations standpoint.

“The so-called Arab Street frankly I don’t think cares very much about the Palestinians. The Arab governments clearly don’t care about the Palestinians because they don’t do a thing to help them. They don’t provide any money to the Palestinians. They use this issue to divert attention from problems within their own countries,” said Haas.

“The reality is that to the extent countries will recognize Israel and work with Israel behind the scenes has to do with their own self-interests. Do they feel that they get more out of working with Israel or not working with Israel? This fear of being provocative I just don’t buy. I think there are larger forces at work that will determine Israeli relations with different Arab countries,” said Haas.

 

Proof no one wants to hear about America's Christian heritage

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
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“Each year on January 16, we celebrate Religious Freedom Day in commemoration of the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom,” – wrote President George W. Bush in his 2003 proclamation.

The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was passed by Virginia’s Assembly on Jan. 16, 1786. It was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and commemorated on his tombstone.

Did Jefferson intend to limit the public religious expression of students, teachers, coaches, chaplains, schools, organizations and communities?

Jefferson wrote in his original 1777 draft of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom: “Almighty God hath created the mind free, and … all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments … tend only to begat habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do, but to extend it by its influence on reason alone.”

Thomas Jefferson explained in his second inaugural address, March 4, 1805: “In matters of religion I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the powers of the general government. I have therefore undertaken, on no occasion, to prescribe the religious exercise suited to it; but have left them, as the Constitution found them, under the direction and discipline of state and church authorities by the several religious societies.”

Jefferson explained to Samuel Miller, Jan. 23, 1808: “I consider the government of the United States as interdicted (prohibited) by the Constitution from inter-meddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. … This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment or free exercise of religion, but from that also which reserves to the states the powers not delegated to the United States (10th Amendment). …”

Jefferson continued: “Certainly no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the general government. … I do not believe it is for the interest of religion to invite the civil magistrate to direct its exercises, its discipline, or its doctrines. … Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the times for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets.”

In 1776, a year before Jefferson drafted his statute, another Virginian, George Mason, drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was later revised by James Madison and referred to in his Memorial and Remonstrance, 1785.

The Virginia Declaration of Rights stated: “Religion, or the duty we owe to our Creator, and manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and, therefore, that all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience, and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love and charity toward each other.”

James Madison made a journal entry, June 12, 1788: “There is not a shadow of right in the general government to inter-meddle with religion. … The subject is, for the honor of America, perfectly free and unshackled. The government has no jurisdiction over it.”

On June 7, 1789, James Madison introduced the First Amendment in the first session of Congress with the wording: “The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship.”

James Madison appointed to the Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story. Justice Joseph Story wrote in his “Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States,” 1833, Chapter XLIV, “Amendments to the Constitution,” Section 991: “The real object of the First Amendment was, not to countenance, much less advance Mohammedanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects.”

Samuel Chase, who had been appointed to the Supreme Court by George Washington, wrote in the Maryland case of Runkel v. Winemiller, 1799: “By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.”

How did the interpretation of the First Amendment evolve? What follows is an in-depth explanation of separation of church and state.

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens admitted in Wallace v. Jaffree, 1985: “At one time it was thought that this right merely proscribed the preference of one Christian sect over another, but would not require equal respect for the conscience of the infidel, the atheist, or the adherent of a non-Christian faith.”

When the country began, religious liberty was under each individual colony’s jurisdiction.

In the decision Engel v. Vitale, 1962, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black wrote: “Groups which had most strenuously opposed the established Church of England … passed laws making their own religion the official religion of their respective colonies.”

Like dropping a pebble in a pond and the ripples go out, individual states began to expand religious liberty at their own speeds:

  • from the particular Christian denomination that founded each colony
  • to all Protestants
  • then to Catholics
  • then to new and sometimes more liberal Christian denominations
  • then to Jews
  • then to monotheists
  • then to polytheists

Through court cases, religion transitioned from the states to being under the federal government’s jurisdiction, and process continued to expand “religious” liberty to atheists, pagans, occultic, and eventually to religions demonstrably anti-Judeo-Christian.

After the Constitution went into effect, the 13 original states ratified the first Ten Amendments which were specifically intended to limit the power of the new federal government.

The First Amendment begins: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohobiting the free exercise thereof …”

Congress
The word “Congress” meant the Federal Congress.

Shall make no law
“Shall make no law” meant the Federal Congress could not introduce, debate, vote on or send to the president any bill respecting an establishment of religion. This also would imply the federal courts “shall make no law” – something the founders could have never imagined or thought proper, but nevertheless what recent activist justices have become adept at.

Respecting
The word “respecting” meant “concerning” or “pertaining to.” It was simply telling the federal government to keep its “hands off” all religious issues. When anything regarding religion came before the federal government, the response was to be nothing, as the federal government was not given jurisdiction to decide on that issue, neither for nor against.

Establishment
“Establishment” did not mean “acknowledgment.” It did not mean the mere mentioning of God, Judeo-Christian beliefs, or prayer.

Establishment was a clearly understood term, as nearly every country in Europe, as well as most of the colonies, had establishments of religion where one particular Christian denomination had its organization, hierarchy and staff structure recognized exclusively by the government.

There was a distinct difference between “general” Christianity and Christianity “with an established church,” as the U.S. Supreme Court’s Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States (1892) cited Pennsylvania’s Updegraph v. The Commonwealth (1824): “Christianity, general Christianity, is, and always has been, a part of the common law of Pennsylvania; Christianity, without the spiritual artillery of European countries; for this Christianity was one of the considerations of the royal charter, and the very basis of its great founder, William Penn; not Christianity founded on any particular religious tenets; not Christianity with an established church, and tithes, and spiritual courts; but Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men.”

At the time of America’s independence, most European countries had some kind of ” established church”:

  • England had established the Anglican Church
  • Sweden had established the Lutheran Church
  • Scotland had established the Church of Scotland
  • Holland had established the Dutch Reformed Church
  • Russia had established the Russian Orthodox Church
  • Serbia had established the Serbian Orthodox Church
  • Romania had established the Romanian Orthodox Church
  • Greece had established the Greek Orthodox Church
  • Bulgaria had established the Bulgarian Orthodox Church
  • Finland had established the Finnish Orthodox Church
  • Ethiopia had established the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
  • Switzerland had established Calvin’s Ecclesiastical Ordinances
  • Italy, Spain, France, Poland, Austria, Mexico, Costa Rica, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Vatican City had established the Roman Catholic Church

The attitude of the original 13 states was that they did not want the new federal government to follow the pattern of these other nations and have one particular denomination set up its headquarters in the Capitol building.

Allegorically, they did not want a federal “Walmart” church to come into town and put out of business their local State “mom and pop store” denominations.

Or prohobiting the free exercise thereof
To make the purpose of the First Amendment unquestionably clear, they went on to state that the federal Congress could make no laws “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion.

Ronald Reagan stated in a radio address, 1982: “Founding Fathers … enshrined the principle of freedom of religion in the First Amendment. … The purpose of that Amendment was to protect religion from the interference of government and to guarantee, in its own words, ‘the free exercise of religion.'”

Religion under states
Like dealing a deck of cards in a card game, the states dealt to the federal government jurisdiction over few things, such as providing for the common defense and regulating interstate commerce, but the rest of the cards were held by the states.

Justice Joseph Story wrote in his “Commentaries on the Constitution,” 1833: “The whole power over the subject of religion is left exclusively to the state governments, to be acted upon according to their own sense of justice and the state constitutions.”

Just as today:

  • some states allow minors to consume alcohol and other states do not
  • some states allow the selling of marijuana and others do not
  • some states have smoking bans and others do not
  • some states allow gambling and others do not
  • some states allow prostitution (Nevada and formerly Rhode Island) and the rest do not

At the time the Constitution and Bill of Rights were ratified, some states allowed more religious freedom, such as Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, and other states, such as Connecticut and Massachusetts, did not. But it was up to the people in each state to decide.

Congressman James Meacham of Vermont gave a House Judiciary Committee report, March 27, 1854: “At the adoption of the Constitution, we believe every state – certainly ten of the thirteen – provided as regularly for the support of the church as for the support of the government.”

To read the rest of Bill Federer’s breakdown on the evolution of the First Amentment, click here.

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America's 2nd colonization: This time by Islamists

 
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As Barack Obama’s administration nears its end, the outgoing president is frantically admitting as many ‘refugees” as possible, with the overwhelming majority from Muslim countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.

At the current rate, about 110,580 will be admitted this fiscal year, surpassing Obama’s stated goal of 110,000. The refugees are also being concentrated in politically important states, suggesting there is an ideological agenda behind the population transfers.

Some might even say America is being “colonized.”

Again.

“That term applies to what’s happening to us,” said Leo Hohmann, author of the explosive book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration And Resettlement.” The veteran investigative reporter says the left is quite open about how it seeks to demographically deconstruct the United States, one city at a time.

Refugees are being planted in more than 300 cities and towns, often secretly, he said, with elected officials learning about the details of the refugee placements only after the fact.

“The term preferred by the left is ‘seeding’ communities with diversity,” said Hohmann. “Basically, they are talking about creating a nation within a nation, a parallel society, that will be nurtured and taken care of until it matures and is able to overtake the host community. This sounds seditious, but we have it straight from their own mouths from people on the left such as David Lubell of the organization Welcoming America, as I exhaustively documented in ‘Stealth Invasion.’ Their idea is to change America by changing its people.”

Hohmann notes these overwhelmingly Muslim refugees tend to be settled in swing states where their votes will be important in future elections.

“It’s difficult to prove that [Republican] states are being targeted but I would say that swing states are definitely being loaded up with refugees,” he argued. “Ohio, Arizona, North Carolina and Florida are all among the top 10 or 12 states for refugee resettlement. Solid [Republican] states like Tennessee, Texas, North Dakota, Nebraska, Georgia and Kentucky also get more than their fair share, but so do the [Democrat] states of Illinois, Michigan, California and Minnesota.”

Hohmann also believes small towns, which tend to lean Republican, are in the bull’s-eye.

“What we can say is this – while the refugee resettlement has been chugging along under the radar in this country for 35 years, leading to the explosive growth of mosques and Islamic centers in the United States, I do believe that under Obama there has been more of a concerted effort to distribute Third World refugees into smaller communities,” Hohmann said. “How else do you explain that Stone Mountain, Georgia, has received more Syrian refugees than New York City? Or that rural Nebraska leads the nation in refugees per capita, with rural North Dakota right behind?

“We’ve also seen a renewed effort in 2016 to funnel refugees into Montana, and also a new refugee influx into South Carolina – these are states that haven’t seen many refugees until now but they’re answering the call of the Obama administration to step up their game. Even the Republican governor of Wyoming, the only state that does not accept refugees, has tried on at least two occasions over the past few years to embrace refugees, pulling back only after people in his own party became outraged.

“So all this is going on, and the numbers won’t be great enough to change the vote yet, but it really shows up in the makeup of the communities in states like Tennessee, the Carolinas and Georgia and the Dakotas. You have the meatpackers and other food processors like Chobani Yogurt wanting laborers for their plants and the Muslims wanting worshipers for their mosques, and the Democrats wanting voters to flood the precincts.”

Hohmann said the word “assimilation” has disappeared from the nomenclature of the federal government’s immigration system. It’s been replaced with another word – integration.

While the difference seems small and went unnoticed by most politicians, it reflects a drastic change that occurred around the 1970s in the nation’s overarching philosophy regarding immigrants. They are no longer expected to assimilate, which places the onus on the immigrant to adapt to the dominant American culture, he said.

Expecting only “integration” places the burden on the host community to adapt to the foreign culture being imported by the immigrants, meaning it’s now OK if these immigrants still haven’t mastered English after a decade or more in this country, and it’s OK if they prefer Shariah over American values of equality for women and respect for free speech rights, which can take the form of criticism of Islam.

“If an American criticizes Muhammad or the Quran, for instance, that is now taboo because it may offend the immigrant,” Hohmann said. “That American is now a racist or an ‘Islamophobe.’ But the ax doesn’t swing both ways, so if the immigrant were to criticize something about Christianity or the Bible we don’t hear anything about that immigrant being a ‘Christophobe.'”

The new standard is rigid and judgmental and leads to divisions and social tension in communities that once had social cohesion, said Hohmann, who documents several examples of these social fissures in “Stealth Invasion.”

The result is nothing less than a top-down cultural transformation imposed on American communities. Eventually it brings the destruction of the “small town values” that led many Americans to live there in the first place.

“Over time, all these factors combine and the community starts to change and becomes softened to the multicultural vision. Then the government services are offered and more people come to take advantage of that, not only refugees but asylum seekers from Central America and elsewhere,” Hohmann said.

So, all told, the numbers aren’t enough right now to swing an election. The first casualty will be social cohesion. Changes in the political landscape will surface later, when states such as Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee end up turning from Republican to Democrat, he noted.

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“Let’s face it, rural America is the last bastion of conservatism in the United States,” Hohmann said. “We saw that play out on election night Nov. 8. When all was said and done, it was rural and semi-rural America that brought home the victory for Donald Trump and sent him to the White House. Almost every city of more than 100,000 population went Democratic, as did many smaller cities that are home to colleges and universities, places like Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina, and Missoula, Montana.”

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Diana West, a WND contributor and an analyst cited in the Center for Security Policy’s report on Shariah law in the United States, also believes “refugee resettlement” is really about fulfilling political ends and functions as a policy of colonization.

“The goal is securing perpetual Democrat power, in fact, a one-party state,” said West. “The import of Islam into the West – and, more generally, other Third World peoples and cultures without a democratic tradition and few skill sets – make a self-governing polity less and less possible to maintain. The main reason is that with Islam comes the violence of jihad. End of story.

“With the violence of jihad comes the necessity for the super-security state. With the super-security state comes the destruction of the self-governing polity,” she said.

“Just look at Germany in the wake of the most recent jihad attack on a Christmas market. The government response was to install hideous concrete barriers all around these lovely historic town markets throughout the country. The government’s objective was to prevent further eruptions of the jihad, increasingly common since the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Muslim and mainly male immigrants which the government itself imported.”

West warns the “new normal” of constant terrorist threats could be coming to America if refugee resettlement continues.

“What we once took for granted – public celebration and worship – is today increasingly restricted behind barriers, fear, risk,” she claimed.

“What is happening before our eyes is nothing less than the contraction of religious freedom in the Christian world as a direct result of an increasingly Islamic presence.

“Forget about free and open Jewish worship in Europe. It doesn’t exist anymore. As Bat Ye’or has pointed us in her essential writings on dhimmitude, Jewish worship has been constrained and under armed guard in Europe ever since the PLO emerged on the continent by the 1970s. Now European Jews are migrating to Israel.

“What, at this rate, will European Christians be doing in a few decades? What will Americans be doing, short of stopping this Islamization trend now?”

Even without terrorism, refugee resettlement imposes social costs. Scholars such as Harvard University’s Robert Putnam have found immigration and ethnic diversity have a “devastating impact on social capital, the fabric of associations, trust and neighborliness that create and sustain communities.”

Hohmann argues refugee resettlement and mass immigration ultimately threaten to undo the social contract itself.

“What we will end up seeing is more division and less social cohesion in small-town America,” he said. “People will learn to distrust their public officials, law enforcement, city council and school board leaders when they find out the special privileges being afforded to refugees that are not available to them or their children. I have examples of this in my book that are just the first fruits of a pattern that will continue to get worse if Trump does not deal with this issue.”

Indeed, Hohmann alleges Americans are becoming second-class citizens within their own country, as they are threatened with social ostracism and economic destruction if they speak out against the colonization of their communities.

“Civilization jihad is alive and well in the United States, where CAIR and other Muslim groups have been agitating at schools, universities, police departments and with local media to stir up feelings of victimhood among local Muslims while planting fear in the local population,” he said.

“So, another consequence is loss of freedom, especially freedom of speech. Those who speak out about Islam will lose jobs, lose status in the community and eventually could lose everything, as is already happening in Europe, where people are being arrested on charges of hate crime violations for simply criticizing policies on Facebook.”

Hohmann argues time is running out. He urges Americans to speak up before the “civilization jihad” has gone too far to be stopped.

“Now is not the time to cower but to fight fire with fire, speaking up, making our voices heard at the local level and on social media,” he said. “We don’t have much longer.”

 

Parents: School sex-ed program an open door to porn

 
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Two parents whose child attends a Colorado middle school are charging that the district’s sex ed program, which links to the outside online resources of a massive “information services” company, actually allows students to access pornographic content and images.

But, they say, their parental portal locks away those same images. So they’ve started a campaign to insist the district do something to address their concerns, a move that includes discussing the situation with an activist group in Massachusetts.

The district calls the claim nonsense, and cites the opinion of the domestic terror-linked Southern Poverty Law Center, which slams the activist organization, MassResistance, as an “anti-gay hate group.” It’s the same SPLC that called Dr. Ben Carson a “hater” for his views on traditional marriage. (It was linked in a Washington, D.C., courtroom to domestic terror several years ago when a man now convicted of trying to commit mass murder confessed he used the SPLC website’s list of ‘anti-gay hate groups’ to pick a target, the Family Research Council).

The dispute came up a few months back, when the parents, whose names WND is withholding so that their child in the district’s Fox Ridge Middle School is not identified, were checking out their child’s password access, and they stumbled upon what they found objectionable.

Many of the discussion materials and images cannot be reproduced on WND, but MassResistance, which for years as operated as a pro-family group to educate people about attacks on the family, children, religion and society, especially in educational settings, posted a multitude online.

Among the information pages found accessible were those explaining “How to have oral sex,” “How to have anal sex” and “How to have vaginal sex.”

The report said, “We’ve often reported on the dramatic influx of ‘comprehensive sex-ed’ into schools across the country in recent years despite vocal outrage by parents. The graphic sexual content and LGBT tips that schools are pushing at students has been very disturbing for some time now, and is getting much worse.”

The report continued, “Children attending middle schools in the Cherry Creek School District in suburban Denver, Colorado, are now being given access to extremely graphic sexual and homosexual pornography, material encouraging them to become sexually and homosexually active, descriptions of ‘sex toys,’ and much more.”

The report from MassResistance, which is led by Brian Camenker, who confirmed he was independently able to reproduce the results uncovered by the Cherry Creek parents, said when the parents “presented samples of the pornography and other explicit sexual material found on the students’ portal to school officials and board members .. .the officials did not deny that that it is being made available to the middle school students.

“They simply do not see a problem with it.”

And they warned the parents were “breaking school policy” by using their child’s password instead of one designated for parents.

Among the materials that were accessed was a “gay” book described as “Alexander’s big night out at a gay bar leads to hot, but complicated encounter.”

An excerpt from a “short story” also was accessed: “The man f—–like the broken light, ramming his personality through a defective wire. The boy moved with him, the outer world going dim as huge pictures bloomed inside his head. He moved back and forth as he condensed these pictures into a fine point of feeling, sweet as the highest, purest song…”

Camenker’s report said the material include subjects like “Ideas for erotic sex,” “Explicit sexuality information,” “Homosexual and transgender sex information,” “Graphic homosexual short stories,” and “BDSM – bondage and sexual sadomasochism.”

One accessed article was called “Orgasms for All.” One lesson instructs, “So lock the door, grab a hand mirror, and let’s inspect your ittiest bits.”

One interactive page instructs, “Arrange the steps required to apply a condom by clicking and dragging each condom in its right position.”

One graphic explains “you could … suck, kiss, touch, bite, fondle, nibble, squeeze, and lick someone’s … kiss for a long time, using lots of tongue … have sex in front of mirrors … get into role play (for instance, tie someone up) … look at sexy pictures and vidoes … talk dirty .. strip down … shower together.”

Yet another instruction talks about exhibitionism: “We’re talking all types. Flashing, sex in a public place, sex in a private place with open drapes, wearing a skirt but no underwear. (Um, meaning her. Generally.) ‘The thrill of being viewed has a lot to do with getting attention,’ says Queen. ‘For women, it’s a sort of centering experience that makes them realize they have attractiveness and erotic energy, even if they don’t look like Lindsey Lohan.”

The outside company to which Cherry Creek links is EBSCO Information Services, which, the father told WND, admitted having a wide range of such material online.

The company declined to respond to WND’s request for comment.

District spokesperson Tustin Amole confirmed to WND that the school provides links through a password portal that goes to EBSCO for its sex ed materials.

Amole told WND the district instructs students not to follow inappropriate links once there, because to do that would be “a violation of the Network Resource Acceptable User Waiver.”

Asked whether objectionable material is available to students at that point, Amole referred to a district statement: “The following is our statement regarding the information posted on the Mass Resistance website, which has been identified as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“The Cherry Creek School District is committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities to all students using the best resources available. No sexually explicit or inappropriate content exists on any Cherry Creek School District website. Our filters block all attempts to access such content by students and staff while using the district network. For students to have access to the district’s network and resources, parents must read and agree to our Internet and Network Resource Acceptable User Waiver.”

The lengthy waiver then was included.

Amole explained the “network resources used by the Cherry Creek School District are used by tens of thousands of public school districts and public libraries around the country. We will continue to review all of the resources and materials provided to students and will take the appropriate action regarding materials not suitable for use.”

And Amole said, “I would add that of the more than 54,000 students in the Cherry Creek School district we have received this complaint from the parents of just one student.”

Camenker, whose organization for years has reported on such activities by school districts, including when Massachusetts districts have held various sex fairs under the guise of sex education, said his research into the situation still is continuing.

The parents told WND that all parents should know that if a child is left unattended on the Internet, there are dangers from unlimited “Google” use.

However, they expected that such material would not be available through a school portal.

School officials told WND essentially that once a student moves through the portal to the EBSCO material, they are outside the purview of the district.

The parents told WND they revealed some of the materials to the local district attorney, who explained to them it would be illegal to print them and hand them out to children, but because they reside on the Web, the laws are different.

The parents talked to EBSCO and were told that the company provides an online location for various resources to be published, and by contract they are not allowed to limit access.

The parents told WND they are calling on the district to implement changes in its system.

“We will attend every school board meeting in perpetuity until this stuff is taken off,” the father told WND.

Camenker said the district’s explanation that the kids are on an uncontrolled Web once they reach the EBSCO site is “completely disingenuous.”

“They [school officials] have allowed this to happen.”

 

 

 

U.N. chief wants more meddling within national affairs

 
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The new chief of the United Nations says the global body must intervene more quickly and efficiently in the internal issues of member states to prevent war, according to a report in

The statement to the Security Council from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who took office Jan. 1, comes on the heels of the council’s condemnation of Israel.

The resolution, the latest in a long list of U.N. attacks on the only democracy in the Middle East, has prompted strong opposition to the international organization, including a movement to halt U.S. funding and membership and even eject the U.N. from American soil.

Guterres said the U.N. spends “far more time and resources responding to crises rather than preventing them” and needs “a whole new approach.”

“It has proved very difficult to persuade decision-makers at the national and international level that prevention must be their priority – perhaps because successful prevention does not attract attention. The television cameras are not there when a crisis is avoided,” he said.

“But most of today’s conflicts are still essentially internal, even if they quickly take on regional and transnational overtones. They are fueled by competition for power and resources, inequality, marginalization and exclusion, poor governance, weak institutions, sectarian divides. They are exacerbated by climate change, population growth and the globalization of crime and terrorism. With so many factors at work, it takes very little to trigger a crisis that can engulf a country or a region, with global consequences.”

Guterres said the U.N.’s response often is “fragmented,” and he wants to “connect our own efforts for peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, not just in words but in practice.”

“For the future, we need to do far more to prevent war and sustain peace. The reforms I am setting in motion aim to achieve this. I have started with the decision-making processes in the Secretariat. The newly established executive committee will increase our capacity to integrate all pillars of the United Nations under a common vision for action,” he said.

 

Your daily dose of spiritual inspiration

 
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Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Ephesians 4:31

 

 
 

Paul Ryan: Trump mass deportations 'not happening'

 
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(CBS News) Congressional Republicans are working with the Trump transition team on a solution for immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday.

Hundreds of thousands of these immigrants gained temporary protections and work permits from President Obama. While campaigning for president, Donald Trump promised to undo those protections, putting the immigrants at risk of deportation, although he said last month he hoped to “work something out” to help them.

Ryan didn’t detail what Congress and Mr. Trump would do about the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. But when questioned on a CNN town hall by a woman who identified herself as a DACA recipient with a young daughter, Ryan told her he did not want to see her deported.

 

Wasserman Schultz confronts Comey about Russian hacking

 
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(The Hill) The former head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) confronted FBI Director James Comey on Friday during a confidential briefing on Russian hacking that left many Democrats calling for Comey’s scalp, several lawmakers told The Hill.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who was forced to resign last summer as head of the DNC amid the hacking scandal, told Comey that he should have come to her directly once the FBI was aware of the breach, just as he had done with other hacking victims.

Comey, described by lawmakers in the room as unflinching and defiant, retorted that the FBI had properly notified DNC officials of the hacking.

 

White teen says parents cut her off over black boyfriend

 
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(Yahoo!News) A white high school senior who says her parents cut her off financially after she continued, despite them forbidding it, to date her African-American boyfriend, has raised more than $15,000 in a day through her GoFundMe page.

“About a year ago, I told my parents that I’d started dating a boy named Michael, pictured with me above,” writes Allie Dowdle, 18, of Eads, Tenn. “Hoping to share him with my family, I showed my parents his picture, and the conversation was over before it even began. My dad did not give me an option: he told me that I was not allowed to see Michael ever again. Why? Strictly because of skin color. It wasn’t a quiet ‘no,’ either. I’ll never forget the yelling my parents did, when they expressed how disappointed they were in me, that I could do so much better. I did not know what to do. I couldn’t comprehend how someone could be seen as less because of pigment. I still can’t comprehend it, and I never will be able to.”

 

Amazing life of amazing medical missionary

 
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Albert Schweitzer was born Jan. 14, 1875, in a village in Alsace, Germany. The son of a Lutheran-Evangelical pastor, he won acclaim at playing the organ. He earned doctorates in philosophy and theology. Albert Schweitzer served as pastor of St. Nicholai’s Church, principal of St. Thomas College and was a professor at University of Strasbourg.

Then, at age 30, his life changed. He read a Paris Missionary Society article of the desperate need for physicians in Africa. To everyone’s dismay, he enrolled in medical school and became a medical missionary. He married in 1912, and the next year he and his wife founded a hospital in the jungle village of Lambarene, Gabon, west central Africa. After first using a chicken hut, they erected their first hospital building of corrugated iron in 1913.

When World War I started, the Schweitzers, were put under French military supervision, then interned in France. After the war, he saved money and returned to Gabon in 1924.

Staying in Africa throughout World War II, Albert Schweitzer later spoke in Europe and in 1949 visited the United States. His daughter married an American doctor who was volunteering at his hospital. Albert Schweitzer joined Albert Einstein in warning the world of the dangers in developing nuclear weapons. In 1952, Dr. Albert Schweitzer was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and used the prize money to build a leper colony.

He embraced a philosophy of reverence for life, explaining: “For months on end, I lived in a continual state of mental agitation. Without the least success I concentrated – even during my daily work at the hospital – on the real nature of the affirmation of life and of ethics. … I was wandering about in a thicket where no path was to be found. I was pushing against an iron door that would not yield. In that mental state, I had to take a long journey up the river … Lost in thought, I sat on deck of the barge, struggling to find the elementary and universal concept of the ethical that I had not discovered in any philosophy. I covered sheet after sheet with disconnected sentences merely to concentrate on the problem. Two days passed.

“Late on the third day, at the very moment when, at sunset, we were making our way through a herd of hippopotamuses, there flashed upon my mind, unforeseen and unsought, the phrase: ‘Ehrfurcht vor dem Leben’ (‘Reverence for Life’). The iron door had yielded. The path in the thicket had become visible.”

Albert Schweitzer’s words stand in contrast to cultures engaging in abortion, euthanasia, organ harvesting and honor-killings. He stated: “Ethics is nothing other than Reverence for Life. Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil.”

Dr. Albert Schweitzer wrote in “Indian Thought and Its Development” (1935): “The laying down of the commandment to not kill and to not damage is one of the greatest events in the spiritual history of mankind.”

Dr. Albert Schweitzer wrote in his autobiography “Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography” (1931): “The world-view based on reverence for life is, through the religious character of its ethic of active love and through its fervor, essentially akin to that of Christianity. … What Christianity needs is to be filled with the spirit of Jesus Christ, to become living, intense, a religion of love which it was meant to be. Since I myself am deeply devoted to Christianity, I seek to serve it with fidelity and truth. I hope that the thought which has resulted in this simple, ethical-religious idea – reverence for life – may help to bring Christianity and thought closer to each other.”

The Voice of the Martyrs documents crimes committed against Christian minorities in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Turkey, Palestine, Uzbekistan, South Sudan, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Indonesia, and Nigeria. The International Society for Human Rights reported that 80 per cent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed at Christians.

The Centre for the Study of Global Christianity in the United States estimated that every years 100,000 Christians, 11 every hour, die because of their faith. The Pew Research Center reported in 2012 that Christians faced discrimination in 139 countries, nearly three-fourths of the nations in the world.

In “The Gobal War of Christians” (Random House) author John Allen stated that followers of Jesus are “indisputably … the most persecuted religious body on the planet.”

In “Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack,” author Rupert Shortt reported from Nigeria to the Far East, Christians are targets of violent human rights abuses and intimidation: “in a vast belt of land from Morocco to Pakistan there is scarcely a single country in which Christians can worship entirely without harassment.”

Open Doors USA estimated 100 million Christians are persecuted globally each year, mostly from Islamic extremism. Open Doors president David Curry “Tactics used by the Islamic State are being adopted and used in Africa.”

World Magazine reported: “Of the 50 countries most hostile to Christians, Kenya rose on the list more than any other country, jumping to No. 19 … Sudan (No. 6) and Eritrea (No. 9) … Nigeria moved into the top 10 for the first time ever … where more than 2,400 people died for their faith in specific, targeted attacks. … The Wall Street Journal reported Boko Haram now controls a swath of land the size of Belgium.”

After reading these reports, one is challenged by a sermon of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Jan. 6, 1905: “Our Christianity – yours and mine – has become a falsehood and a disgrace, if the crimes are not atoned for in the very place where they were instigated. … For every person who committed an atrocity … someone must step in to help in Jesus’ name; for every person who robbed, someone must bring a replacement; for everyone who cursed, someone must bless. … When you speak about missions, let this be your message: We must make atonement for all the terrible crimes we read of in the newspapers. We must make atonement for the still worse ones, which we do not read about in the papers, crimes that are shrouded in the silence of the jungle night.”

After his wife died, Dr. Albert Schweitzer continued to work in Africa till he died at the age of 90. Overcoming innumerable difficulties, he once wrote: “One day, in my despair, I threw myself into a chair in the consulting room and groaned out: ‘What a blockhead I was to come out here to doctor savages like these!’ … Whereupon his native assistant quietly remarked: ‘Yes, Doctor, here on earth you are a great blockhead, but not in heaven.'”

Dr. Albert Schweitzer wrote: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

 

 

This day in WND History, Jan. 14: Soft-on-child-rapist judge

 
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Jan. 14, 2006: A spokesman for Gov. Jim Douglas of Vermont told WND the governor shared the outrage being expressed over a judge’s decision to give a 60-day sentence to a child rapist who admitted abusing the young girl over a period of four years. His office had received more than 20,000 e-mails, phone calls and letters, most of them in protest.

At the sentencing, District Court Judge Edward Cashman told a packed courtroom made up mostly of people related to the victim: “The one message I want to get through is that anger doesn’t solve anything. It just corrodes your soul.”

The judge said that when he began 25 years ago, he handed down tough sentences but now believes “it accomplishes nothing of value.”

“It doesn’t make anything better; it costs us a lot of money; we create a lot of expectation, and we feed on anger,” Cashman explained.

The judge said he imposed the light sentence because the man did not qualify for in-prison sex-offnder treatment. He therefore gave him a minimum of 60 days in jail and ordered him to complete the treatment when he got out or face a possible life sentence.

“What is equally troubling is that the judge no longer believes in punishment,” said Douglas’ spokesman. “The governor says that if a criminal court judge no longer believes in punishment, he shouldn’t be on the bench.”

Judge Edward Cashman remains on the bench today.

 

University pays student $25,000 to go somewhere else

 
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Missouri State University officials are paying a former student some $25,000 to finish his counseling degree elsewhere after they were sued for bashing and disqualifying his work in a counseling center because it is Christian.

Andrew Cash, in the latter part of a counseling program, was working on a requirement for 240 hours with clients at the school-approved Springfield Marriage and Family Institute.

However, things unraveled when he had one of his mentors come speak at the school and officials discovered that the Christian organization doesn’t counsel same-sex duos.

School officials immediately canceled Cash’s credits for his work, ordered him into a meeting and said he would have to counsel homosexuals as the school required or be ejected, even though he was nearing completion of his degree and was an excellent student.

Now, the local News-Leader reports a $25,000 settlement was reached to end Cash’s lawsuit against the school.

“We are honored to have represented Andrew Cash in his quest to serve others with professional counseling, while maintaining his religious convictions,” said Thomas Olp of the Thomas More Society.

“His religious convictions are protected by the U.S. Constitution and should have been respected in an academic environment. The good news is that we helped Andrew Cash move on with his life to pursue a degree at a university that respects his rights of conscious.”

The News-Leader reported the school didn’t admit it did anything wrong but agreed to pay the $25,000 after kicking Cash out of the counseling program.

The settlement amount is the estimated tuition for Cash to finish his master’s from Evangel University or another similar institution.

Suzanne Shaw, a spokeswoman for the school, said the money is coming from the state of Missouri.

School officials had told Cash he was not allowed to continue his work with the counseling center, and they then placed him on a “remediation” plan before he eventually was removed from the program.

The settlement is comparable to the roughly $27,000 the university paid to another student, Emily Brooker, when she sued the university in 2006.

Brooker, a student in the School of Social Work, accused the school and a faculty member of violating her First Amendment rights when she refused to sign a letter supporting same-sex adoption.

In 2016, when the Cash case was filed, WND reported the defendants of the case brought by the Thomas More Society were Missouri State governors Peter Hofherr, Joe Carmichael, Stephen Hoven, Carrie Tergin, Beverly Miller, Gregory Spears, Kendall Seal, Tyree Lewis, Gabrial Gore and Virginia Fry, as well as President Clifton Smart III, Internship Coordinator Kristi Perryman, Tamara Arthaud, the head of the counseling department, and Angela Anderson, a faculty member.

Cash, according to the lawsuit, “was targeted and punished for expressing his Christian worldview regarding a hypothetical situation concerning whether he would provide counseling services to a gay/homosexual couple.”

“Since he did not give the ‘correct’ answer required by his counseling instructors, he was considered unsuitable for counseling and terminated from the program,” the lawsuit alleged.

All counselors have personal opinions, and when a conflict arises with a potential patient, it’s common to refer the patient to another counselor.

However, even that option was denied Cash, according to the lawsuit.

“Traditionally, universities have been places for freedom of thought, expression and religion,” Olp, executive director for the Thomas More Society, said at the time. “Yet we see Missouri State University has betrayed long-held values of academic freedom by denying educational opportunity to Mr. Cash on the basis of his deeply held religious beliefs. We are working to correct the denial to freedom of expression and freedom of religion he experienced at MSU.”

 

Campaign pushes Obama to let convicted terror financiers go

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎14, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
Ghassan Elashi, CEO of the Holy Land Foundation, speaks to the news media during a news conference December 5, 2001 in Richardson, Texas.

Ghassan Elashi, CEO of the Holy Land Foundation, speaks to the news media during a news conference December 5, 2001 in Richardson, Texas.

A new Internet campaign is urging President Obama to provide clemency to leaders of the former Holy Land Foundation who were convicted of channeling $12 million to Hamas, a federally designated terrorist organization.

The campaign at Change.org, launched by an individual, portrays the Hamas supporters as nothing more than willing volunteers to help direct money to charities in the Middle East.

But the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported, “Islamists in the United States are waging a furious lobbying campaign aimed at securing the freedom of five men convicted of illegally routing millions of dollars to Hamas.”

The petition, which already has the support of more than 4,000 people, blames the prison sentences of the convicted terror supporters on “the anti-Muslim hysteria following 9/11 and the launching of the Bush administration’s ‘War on Terror.'”

“Ghassan [Elashi] and his colleagues were charged with material support for terrorism in 2004, on the claim, without evidence, that some of the funds they raised went to charities that were associated with Hamas,” the petition contends.

But the IPT noted the five defendants — Shukri Abu Baker, Ghassan Elashi, Mohammed El-Mezain, Abdulrahman Odeh and Mufid Abdulqader — were convicted of using a network of Palestinian charities controlled by Hamas to funnel money to the terrorist group.

IPT said it wasn’t clear whether the clemency request was being considered seriously by the Obama administration. Obama has granted clemency to thousands of convicts already, but they’ve mostly been fraud, embezzlement and drug cases.

“Advocates are pushing social media campaigns and online petitions aimed at securing a pardon, or, short of that, a commutation of the five men’s sentences to set them free,” IPT said. “The campaign also has enlisted support from at least one member of Congress.

“Left unspoken is an undeniable truth behind the pardon/commutation campaign, and behind any ongoing defense of the Holy Land Foundation: Advocates do not believe Hamas support is wrong,” the report said. “The Muslim Legal Fund of American is leading the charge, supported by the Council on American-Islamic Relatinos and pro-Palestinian groups.”

But all the evidence was considered during court proceedings, IPT said.

“Records show, HFL (formerly know as the Occupied Land Fund) was part of a network called the ‘Palestine Committee’ in the United States. They committee answered to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s mandate that global chapters create ‘Palestine Committees’ in their home countries. Their task was ‘to support Hamas from abroad,’ the Fifth Circuit noted in upholding the convictions and sentences.”

The report said CAIR was added to the Palestine Committee following its founding in 1994.

IPT reported:

“The evidence showed that the long-standing connection between HLF and Hamas began in the late 1980s when HLF arose as a fundraising arm for the Palestine Committee …” the appeals court ruling said. “This fact was notably evident from the … [internal Palestine Committee] documents, which showed that HLF was created along with the IAP.” In addition, Palestine Committee bylaws “specifically recognized HLF as ‘the official organization for fundraising.'”

HLF apologists claim the group was merely interested in helping needy widows and orphans. But, the court pointed out, the orphans included Yehia Ayyash’s children. Ayyash was Hamas’s top bomb maker, nicknamed “The Engineer,” before being killed by Israel.

“An audio tape from 1996 that was seized from HLF’s offices contained songs praising Hamas and discussions of suicide bombers as heroes,” the ruling said.

“We believe that a jury could not help but infer from the above evidence that the defendants had a close association with Hamas and that HLF acted to fund Hamas both before and after Hamas’s designation as a terrorist organization.”

WND reported in 2010 when the prosecutors who handled the case were honored that the case resulted in convictions on all 108 felony counts and is considered the largest terrorism financing investigation in U.S. history.

While billed as the largest Muslim charity in the U.S., Holy Land Foundation “was actually the U.S.-based fund-raising arm of the terrorist group Hamas,” the Justice Department said.

Then-Attorney General Eric Holder honored lead U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks, among several others, at the 58th Annual Attorney General Awards Ceremony.

He credited prosecutors with safeguarding the U.S.

Jacks listed CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the criminal scheme.

And the U.S. District Court in Dallas found “ample evidence” linking CAIR to the conspiracy.

If there is to be clemency in the case, it probably would have to be before Obama leaves office, as President-elect Donald Trump reportedly is preparing to jumpstart a bill in Congress that would ban the Muslim Brotherhood by declaring it a terror organization.

Trump foreign-policy adviser Walid Phares told Egyptian news outlet Youm7 that the legislation, introduced a year ago by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was held up due to the Obama administration’s support of the Brotherhood. But Trump plans to back the bill.

Cruz’s bill, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015-16, identifies the Brotherhood and three of its offshoots, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Islamic Society of North America, as a terrorist organization.

The Brotherhood is already banned as a subversive organization in Russia and at least five Arab countries, including Syria, Saudi Arabia and its home base of Egypt. And the Brotherhood’s self-avowed “Palestine” branch – Hamas – was added to the U.S. State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations in 1997.

Former Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, who introduced similar legislation during her last term in office, said such action is long overdue. She said it has been clear since the Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial in 2007-08 that the Brotherhood is working through front groups toward an agenda of Islamic supremacy, which the Brotherhood calls “civilization jihad.”

WND reported when a former FBI official contended the Justice Department has enough incriminating evidence to file terrorism charges against CAIR and its founders but has chosen not to indict the group and its leaders.

John Guandolo, author of “Raising a Jihadi Generation: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in America,” believes the government balked at throwing the book at CAIR for political reasons.

CAIR has cultivated a number of political supporters – mainly among leading Democrats in Washington – that include senior White House officials. Secret Service entry logs show CAIR officials have visited the White House multiple times during the Obama administration.

In 2009, however, FBI Assistant Director John Miller wrote to Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., confirming that the bureau had “suspended any formal engagement” with CAIR field offices around the country.

He explained that the move came ‘in part as a result of evidence gathered through FBI investigation and presented in connection with the Holy Land Foundation trial.”

CAIR filed suit in 2009 against former federal investigator Dave Gaubatz and his son, Chris Gaubatz, after the two carried out an undercover investigation of the Islamic group. The Washington, D.C., think tank Center for Security Policy and three of its employees were later added to the suit for their part in commissioning a documentary about CAIR, along with attorney David Yerusalmi and his non-profit group SANE, which campaigns against the advance of Islamic law, or Shariah.

Evidence from the Gaubatzes’ investigation was published in the WND Books expose’ “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.” The book documents CAIR’s support of radical jihad, recounting its origin as a front group for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood

In the lawsuit, CAIR, does not defend itself against the claims of “Muslim Mafia,” and the FBI seized the CAIR material from the Washington law office of one of the Gaubtazes’ three high-profile lawyers. A previous filing in the case revealed a federal grand jury was investigating CAIR for possible violation of laws that ban financial dealings with terrorist groups or countries under U.S. sanctions.

Rogues’ gallery of terror-tied CAIR leaders

As former FBI agent Mike Rolf acknowledges in “Muslim Mafia,” CAIR has had “a number of people in positions of power within the organization that have been directly connected to terrorism and have either been prosecuted or thrown out of the country.”

According to another FBI veteran familiar with recent and ongoing cases involving CAIR officials, “Their offices have been a turnstile for terrorists and their supporters.”

A review of the public record, including federal criminal court documents, past IRS 990 tax records and Federal Election Commission records detailing donor occupations, reveals that CAIR has been associated with a number of convicted terrorists or felons in terrorism probes, as well as suspected terrorists and active targets of terrorism investigations. The list is long and includes:

FBI agents arresting CAIR founding director Ghassan Elashi in 2002.
  • Ghassan Elashi: One of CAIR’s founding directors, he was convicted in 2004 of illegally shipping high-tech goods to terror state Syria and is serving 80 months in prison. He was also convicted of providing material support to Hamas in the Holy Land Foundation terror-financing trial. He was chairman of the charity, which provided seed capital to CAIR. Elashi is related to Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook.
  • Muthanna al-Hanooti: The CAIR director’s home was raided in 2006 by FBI agents in connection with an active terrorism investigation. Agents also searched the offices of his advocacy group, Focus on Advocacy and Advancement of International Relations, which al-Hanooti operates out of Dearborn, Mich., and Washington, D.C. Al-Hanooti, who emigrated to the U.S. from Iraq, formerly helped run a suspected Hamas terror front called LIFE for Relief and Development. Its Michigan offices also were raided in September 2006. In 2004, LIFE’s Baghdad office was raided by U.S. troops, who seized files and computers. Al-Hanooti is related to Sheik Mohammed al-Hanooti, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
     
    Muthanna al-Hanooti, wearing traditional headgarb

    “Al-Hanooti collected over $6 million for support of Hamas,” according to a 2001 FBI report, and was present with CAIR and Holy Land officials at a secret Hamas fundraising summit held in 1993 at a Philadelphia hotel. Prosecutors added his name to the list of unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land case.

    Although Al-Hanooti denies supporting Hamas, he has praised Palestinian suicide bombers as “martyrs” who are “alive in the eyes of Allah.”