Sunday, April 17, 2016

More important political news and opinion

Baby Picture?
My brother thought the baby picture I posted last time might be dad. I have it labeled me in the family file, but as Churchill said, "All babies look like me." So here's one a littler older.

I was disappointed when they told me the Scouts were not a military organization. ~Bob

Spring has finally come to Wisconsin. Flowers are out, willows starting to show green, and the last four days have been sunny with highs from 68 to 81 on Sunday. Several more of the same forecast. ~Bob

I'm starting to hear the Donaldcrats saying, "Oh, the party will unite. you #NeverTrump people will come around." No, we will never vote for this:


Worth Seeing: Brand New Ted Cruz Ad

MUST WATCH: Ted Cruz’s full appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box puts Donald Trump TO SHAME!
Excerpt: I know this is 46 minutes long, but you’ve got to watch at least part of it. It’s absolutely fantastic! You’ll walk away from this seeing that Ted Cruz completely understands economic policy and job growth in ways that Donald Trump never will. In fact, there is no way in Hades that Donald Trump could ever do an interview like this. Not on your life! The more I watch this interview, the more I realize just how much of an empty suit Trump is on anything related to the presidency. Plus, Ted Cruz brings the historical specificity needed to show what it’s taken in the past to jumpstart the US economy and create jobs, and he then shows how he can do that now. This is stuff Trump has no clue about.

Cruz awarded all 14 delegates at Wyoming Republican convention
Excerpt: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz has been awarded all 14 delegates at stake at Wyoming’s GOP convention.

Cruz Thwarts Hostile Takeover Of The GOP
Excerpt: Donald J. Trump’s admission that two of his adult kids didn’t even bother to register as Republicans, in order to vote for him in the New York primary, says all you need to know about his attempted takeover of the GOP. Trump isn’t a real Republican and his kids aren’t committed to the party. They work for their Daddy.
The evidence is clear: the candidate who had no knowledge of the nuclear triad, which protects America from a Russian nuclear first-strike, and who flip-flops on every major issue, is still a Democrat. At this late stage in the campaign, it is simply amazing that conservative media personalities and websites (such as the Drudge Report) are ignoring the evidence of Trump’s involvement with the Democratic Party and close relationship with the Clintons, and treating the businessman as an authentic Republican.


Worth Reading: A Trump Administration Would Cave to Putin, Threatening Poland and Israel. By Robert Zubrin
Excerpt: s the New York primary approaches, Empire State residents with international connections may wish to consider the implications of a Donald Trump presidency for lands overseas that are dear to many of their hearts. Trump wants to gut NATO. He has openly expressed admiration for Russian revanchist strongman Vladimir Putin, and he has hired several Kremlin-allied persons as his top advisors. These include Carter Page, an investor in the Russian gas giant, Gazprom, and a vocal supporter of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and Paul Manafort, a henchman of deposed Ukrainian dictator Victor Yanukovych, on whose behalf Putin’s invasion was initiated. Furthermore, Trump has been endorsed by Aleksandr Dugin, the totalitarian “Eurasianist” philosopher and geostrategist, and a leading advocate for the policy of expanding Russia into a transcontinental Eurasian bloc incorporating most of Europe and Asia. What do these affiliations mean for several countries that could soon be in the Kremlin’s line of fire?

Deckhands Wanted, apply SS Titanic: GOP foreign policy elites don’t know whether they’ll serve if Trump is president
Excerpt: When the Republican foreign policy elite gets together these days, conversation quickly veers from challenges such as the Islamic State or North Korea to focus on two questions. How has Donald Trump come so close to becoming the party’s standard-bearer? If Trump were elected president, would any of them serve in his administration? “It’s the only thing we can talk about,” said Eliot Cohen, professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University and a former George W. Bush administration official. He’s answered the second question by spearheading an anti-Trump petition, which now has signatures of 121 GOP national security experts. (Probably a moot problem for them. Barring some Black Swan event, Hillary will crush Trump. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: The Trump Calculus. By Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File
Excerpt: Last night the New York Post endorsed Donald Trump. After I criticized the editorial on Twitter, a Trump supporter tweeted at me “No Goldberg, you are wrong. Support the front runner and stop trying to burn the party. Unite it.” This lover of unity and champion of party loyalty goes by the Twitter handle“TrumpOrRiot.” In all of the bilious argy-bargy and venomous folderol I’ve heard the last few months, nothing so economically encapsulates Trumpism more than calls for unity from a maroon who self-identifies as someone who thinks rioting is the only righteous alternative to his dashboard saint’s victory. ... I concede that for conservatives living in swing states, this is a legitimately painful decision. Clinton and Sanders alike would be horror shows. But my answer is simple: I will never vote for Trump and I will never vote for Hillary or Bernie. Period.

Lyin' Donald: 101 Of Trump's Greatest Lies

More Americans Have Had Venereal Diseases Than View Trump Favorably, Poll Shows
Excerpt: A poll released on Thursday shows that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump boasts a nationwide personal popularity rating of 31 percent. By way of comparison, recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that just over 34 percent of America’s 323.4 million residents have or once had a sexually-transmitted disease.

Soviet Refugees and Their Children Actually Dislike Trump, Sanders. By Gabriella Hoffman 
Excerpt: There is an interesting article in The Atlantic this week examining the voting patterns of older Russian-American immigrants who escaped the Soviet Union. It’s titled, “Why Russian Immigrants Hate Bernie Sanders and Love Donald Trump“. Naturally, it piqued my interest given my family history and parents’ similar journey from Soviet-occupied Lithuania to the United States 30 years ago. So I read the article and did my best to absorb the subject matter. This voting bloc, though small, inclines themselves to conservatism given how skeptical they are of big government, unwarranted 24/7 surveillance, high taxes, and anti-life measures. Those who’ve lived under tyranny–my parents included–refuse to support anyone (Left or Right) who seeks to resurrect this here in the United States.

Interesting: Donald Trump’s Good People Are The Best (Not). By Brian Sikma 
Excerpt: On the campaign trail in WisconsinTrump told young voters “You’ll find that when you become very successful, the people that you will like best are the people that are less successful than you.” Sounds like somebody doesn’t really like surrounding himself with successful, smart people are good and are the best. “Always be around unsuccessful people because everybody will respect you,” Trump suggested as a recipe for greatness. Perhaps his candid moment explaining his human resources strategy explains why Trump has surrounded himself with a truly unbelievable cast of characters including Corey Lewandowski. Trump’s campaign manager is at best a bully, and while he won’t face any legal headaches for a physical dustup with a female reporter, Lewandowski’s history of volatility towards co-workers and professional associates was apparently legendary prior to his job as the conductor of the Trump campaign.

It’s on: Tensions between Trump and the GOP escalate in public fight
Excerpt: Tensions between the Republican Party and its own front-runner erupted into a full-blown public battle as top party officials rebuked Donald Trump on Friday for alleging that the GOP primary system was “rigged” against him. The dispute, which has been simmering for days, centers on Trump’s failure to win any delegates last weekend in Colorado, which selected its 34 delegates at a party convention rather than a primary attended by voters. All went to Trump’s chief rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Trump says Colorado voters didn't get to vote.

Excerpt: Facts and logic don’t particularly matter to Trump or his mouthpieces, yet the “rigged” charge is absurd even by the standards of his standard-less campaign.

Trump's Anti-GOP Complaints Are Big News, While Threats to Anti-Trump GOPers Are Ignored
Excerpt: But since the Colorado convention through Thursday night (April 10 through April 14), the broadcast networks have aired a collective 45 minutes, 30 seconds of coverage of Trump’s complaints that the GOP nominating system is “crooked” and “rigged.” That’s 24 TIMES more airtime spent on Trump’s grievance about the process, vs. death threats against anti-Trump Republicans.

Trump Promoters Claim Endorsement Of Col. Allen West, But West Says It’s Untrue And ‘Not Cool’

Is Donald Trump Looking For An Exit Strategy To His Long Con Of America?
Excerpt: "I don’t think even Trump thought he would get this far. And I don’t even know that he wanted to, which is perhaps the scariest prospect of all. He certainly was never prepared or equipped to go all the way to the White House, but his ego has now taken over the driver’s seat, and nothing else matters."

Worth Reading: Why Trump Loses. By Kevin McCullough 
Excerpt: For the third or fourth time in a row now, Trump basically abandoned his team on the ground in a state where he presumably wishes to win delegates. Wyoming delivered the final 14 delegates of their state's delegation this weekend. 
Ted Cruz jetted over to make a speech to the convention (like he did in North Dakota, Iowa, and Colorado.) Trump decided to stay home in New York (where he's going to easily win his home state) on Tuesday to do? Only God knows what...


Worth Reading: RETHINKING HILLARY. By Col. Any Weddington, USMC (Ret)

Hillary On 9/11 Bill: ‘I Don’t Really Know About That’ [VIDEO]
Excerpt: In response to a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims the ability to sue state sponsors of terror in court, former New York senator Hillary Clinton said, “I don’t really know about that.”... Saudi Arabia opposes the bill. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also given as much as $25,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal
Excerpt: “Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.” “The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.

Other Political News

Worth Seeing: Doorbell

No Senate vote for Marco Rubio’s move to stop welfare benefits for Cuban ‘refugees’
Excerpt: “This is why people are so sick of politics,” said Rubio, who noted that, until a month ago, he was a Republican presidential candidate hearing from voters about their frustrations with lawmakers. “You can vote for a Democrat, you can vote for a Republican, you can vote for a vegetarian. It doesn’t matter who you vote for: Nothing happens. These people don’t do anything.”

State Dept. finally turns over Huma Abedin/Susan Rice Benghazi files
Excerpt: The committee's chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, also blasted the State Department's timing in complying with the records request. "I don't blame Rep. Gowdy: On the one hand the Democrats -- even those on the committee -- accuse him and the Republicans of using the Benghazi incident to hurt her political campaign but it's they who dragged out the investigation with slow-motion compliance with document requests," said former police counterterrorism specialist Peter Locane. "The media allowed them to drag it out, as well, and then complained Benghazi was old news when documents came out drip-by-drip," he added.

Budget cuts leaving Marine Corps aircraft grounded
As long as the pilots who can't fly to protect us include enough women and minorities, everything's fine. ~Bob. Has anyone else realized this problem did not happen overnight? Where have been the damn generals? Why has there not been notice to media long ago? Why have not the pilots spoken up before now? Why has there not been outrage? Why will there not be courts martial - for dereliction of duty? When will our greatest enemy, resident in the front yard, be identified and dealt with? In short, in General Orders speak, there's been fire and disorder and none who knew sounded the alarm. They've been schlepping around saving their own asses. How sweet! --Andy.

Rent Control
As Dr. Thomas Sowell points out, the highest rents in the country are in rent controlled cities: " Boxed In: The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco, Calif., has hit $3,670 a month, but freelance illustrator Peter Berkowitz, 25, has found a cheaper solution: a wooden box set up in a friend’s living room. He and his friend prefer to call it a “pod” rather than a box, and it’s “honestly very comfortable,” Berkowitz says. He has to stoop while inside: it’s only 4-1/2 feet tall, but at 8ft long, a twin bed fits inside. He’s charged $400/month, including access to the bathroom. “I firmly believe that it makes a lot of sense,” the college graduate says. “There should be some kind of middle ground between having a bedroom and sleeping on a couch.” (RC/Washington Post) ...I’d like to hear him explain that to potential girlfriends." (From "This is True" a free e-newsletter I recommend. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Can Liberals Frack? By GARY SERNOVITZ
Excerpt: Nothing I have seen as a professional has shaken my politics as a person: I remain a classic New York City liberal, whose opinions my friends in Midland see as evidence of either perverse disregard for my own self-interest or pitiable softheadedness. ... The American shale revolution has advanced three causes dear to most liberals’ hearts. First, fracking has allowed America to lead the world in carbon-emissions reduction. Natural gas emits half the carbon dioxide of coal to generate the same amount of electricity, and the unleashing of gas from shale reservoirs has led in the last decade to a 40 percent rise in gas production in the United States and a 70 percent fall in prices.

Maryland firefighter dies after being shot during welfare check at home, spokesman says
Excerpt: A spokesman for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS said Friday that a firefighter who was shot during a welfare check at a suburban Maryland home has died. Another firefighter who was wounded is in critical condition. 

Excerpt: In the wake of the endless controversies surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign, it’s easy to forget that most of us rightfully pride ourselves on our opposition to racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of unjust discrimination. But we rarely even discuss another prevalent form of prejudice: the demonization and dehumanization of the successful. This prejudice is central to today’s chief economic concern: the campaign against economic inequality. Not everyone worried about our economic challenges is bigoted, of course. There are real problems we all should be concerned about, whether it’s declining opportunity (especially for those starting at the bottom), slowing economic progress, the pitiful state of education, or the political favors bestowed on some businesses.

EB-5 immigrant investor program hit by massive fraud investigation

Vermont health professionals opting out of state health care system. By Emma Lamberton 

Days after barring city employee travel to anti-LGBT states, Santa Fe mayor to travel to Qatar
Excerpt: Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will travel this week to Qatar, and the trip is drawing criticism that the mayor is breaking his own directives. Qatar is known for its anti-LGBT laws, and Gonzales' trip was announced just days after the mayor reaffirmed Santa Fe's ban on city employee travel to states that have passed what advocates say are discrimination laws against the LGBT community. (He better hope that his being gay isn't widely publicized there. ~Bob)

Histories that shouldn’t be secret. By George F. Will
Excerpt: When President Obama departs for Saudi Arabia, an incubator of the 9/11 attacks, he will leave behind a dispute about government secrecy. The suppression of 28 pages, first from a public congressional inquiry and then from the 2004 report by the 9/11 Commission, has spared the Saudis embarrassment, which would be mild punishment for complicity in 2,977 murders. When Obama returns, he should keep his promise to release the pages. Then he should further curtail senseless secrecy by countermanding the CIA’s refusal to release its official history of the 1961 Bay of Pigs debacle.

No one fired: Cleaning EPA’s Gold King Mine Mess Could Take DECADES
Excerpt: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials have no idea how long cleaning up Colorado’s Gold King Mine and 47 other nearby mines will take or how much it will cost, but history shows it could take years, or even decades. The EPA recently proposed to make the region – where the agency spilled 880,000 pounds of dangerous metals like lead and arsenic into the Animas River – a superfund site. That designation would prioritize cleaning, open additional funding and give greater EPA control. (Imagine if a private company had done this. ~Bob)

Clinton-Linked PR Agency Executive Is Spokesman For Firm Facing Multiple  Flint Water Crisis Lawsuits
Excerpt: A top executive for a global agency that gives free PR for the Clinton Global Initiative and has multiple ties to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is also the spokesman for a firm facing multiple lawsuits in the Flint water crisis. The PR agency, APCO Worldwide, has contributed up to $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation, and has worked alongside it for more than eight years. The head of the firm is a former Clinton donor, and some of its employees worked in President Bill Clinton’s administration.

Feds Say River They Polluted Is Safe, But Won’t Test Drinking Water
Environmental Protection Agency polluted a Colorado river with toxic metals waste, a government document shows. But that’s not what EPA has been telling the public since the agency’s August 2015 accident that turned the Animas River yellow for nearly two weeks, threatening the main source of drinking and working water for residents in three states and the Navajo Nation. The EPA polluted the Animas River with 880,000 pounds of dangerous metals like lead and arsenic after it intentionally breached the Gold King Mine in August. (Environmental Pollution Agency doesn't care....  They don't want any lab results or facts to cloud the talking points. Besides, it costs money to run lab tests.  Show me your shocked face! --Barb)

Excerpt: Don’t be fooled. The business world’s turn toward progressivism is the result of peer pressure, not market forces. It reflects the personal values and interests of the corporate world’s liberal elite, not the values and interests of the country as a whole. Apple, Disney, and PayPal fish from the same cultural and academic pond as the elite media and elite universities. When I was at Harvard Law School, my classmates were recruited not just by top law firms but also by top consulting firms and multinational corporations. Very few of them were conservative. Barely any of them were social conservatives.

Excerpt: First, it should be noted how few Americans were included in the Panama Papers. Out of the data released so far, the consortium of journalists studying the papers has identified only 211 people with U.S. addresses, and not all of these people are American citizens. There are no Americans among the so-called “Power Players,” a list that includes 140 politicians from more than 50 countries. In fact, according to University of California–Berkeley economist Gabriel Zucman, even if you cast a wider net, looking at offshore financial assets worldwide, U.S. citizens and companies keep only about 4 percent of their wealth offshore, tying us with Asia for the lowest percentage. By comparison, Europeans stash 10 percent of their wealth offshore, Latin Americans move 22 percent out of their countries, and Russians keep an overwhelming 52 percent in overseas accounts. Even Canadians hold more than twice as much of their financial assets offshore as Americans. Zucman also points out that owning stock in a Panamanian corporation or depositing money in a Panamanian bank may be done for many entirely legitimate reasons. And it is likely that much of the money uncovered through the Panama Papers, at least for Americans and American businesses, has been declared and subjected to U.S. taxes. But even if 80 percent of U.S. offshore wealth had been hidden in foreign accounts in order to evade taxes, the lost revenue would amount to less than $28 billion, which is less than 1 percent of what the federal government will spend this year. Sorry, folks, that’s not going to finance your next spending project.

Worth Reading: Americans, even when they are proud of them, do not like their legions
A T.R. Fehrenbach Remix
Excerpt: Americans, denying from moral grounds that war can ever be a part of politics, inevitably tend to think in terms of holy war – against militarism, against fascism, against bolshevism. In the postwar age, uneasy, disliking and fearing the unholiness of Communism, they have prepared for jihad. If their leaders blow the trumpet, or if their homeland is attacked, their millions are agreed to be better dead than Red. Any kind of war short of jihad was, is, and will be unpopular with the people. Because such wars are fought with legions, and Americans, even when they are proud of them, do not like their legions. They do not like to serve in them, nor even to allow them to be what they must. For legions have no ideological or spiritual home in the liberal society. The liberal society has no use or need for legions – as its prophets have long proclaimed. Except that in this world are tigers.

Excerpt: It’s getting so you need a scorecard to keep up with the correct gender nomenclature of progressivism these days. Like this official “Working Glossary of Terms” that the University of Washington uses for students to figure out how to identify themselves. If you click through the link and scroll down the terms, you’ll see that “Male” and “Female” are not options. Instead, you’re supposed to choose “Cisgender,” meaning “describes someone who feels comfortable with the gender identity and gender expression expectations assigned to them based on their physical sex.” Notice the telltale word about how your gender identity is “assigned” to you. (Question: why is pregnancy “assigned” exclusively to the female of the species? Seems rather arbitrary and obviously discriminatory to me.) (The Muslims will figure it out when they implement Shari'a in the west. "Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them."--Qur’an 4:34 ~Bob)

Worth Reading:  A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About Transgender Bathrooms. There’s no way to make everyone happy about transgender bathrooms and locker rooms. So the priority ought to be finding a way to keep everyone safe.
Excerpt: I read these reports, and my heart starts to race. They can’t be serious. Let me be clear: I am not saying that transgender people are predators. Not by a long shot. What I am saying is that there are countless deviant men in this world who will pretend to be transgender as a means of gaining access to the people they want to exploit, namely women and children. It already happens. Just Google Jason Pomares, Norwood Smith Burnes, or Taylor Buehler, for starters. While I feel a deep sense of empathy for what must be a very difficult situation for transgender people, at the beginning and end of the day, it is nothing short of negligent to instate policies that elevate the emotional comfort of a relative few over the physical safety of a large group of vulnerable people.

Yes! Ohio State Turns the Concept of 'Safe Space' Against Student Protesters
Excerpt: If you are students, and I think the vast majority of you are, I want you to understand that you are violating the student code of conduct. As dictated to me by [university president] Dr. Drake 15 minutes ago to me on the phone, we have chosen to try to work with you this evening because we respect you. This is your university. And we want to have dialogue. We want the dialogue to extend beyond tonight. But if you refuse to leave, then you will be charged with a student code of conduct violation. And I’m telling you this now because I want you to have good thought and careful consideration. If you’re here at 5 a.m. we will clear the building and you will be arrested. And we will give you the opportunity to go to jail for your beliefs. Our police officers will physically pick you up, take you to a paddywagon, and take you to be jail. (If only we can learn to use a similar argument against PC BS. --George

White Privilege Conference: Almost Everything Bad Is Tied To Christianity
Excerpt: A lecturer at the 2016 White Privilege Conference (WPC) made the bold claim that almost every dysfunction in society, from racism and sexism to global warming and a weak economy, is united by the ideology of “Christian hegemony.” Activist and author Paul Kivel may share his name with a great Christian saint and evangelist, but that’s about it. According to Kivel, just about everything bad in the world can be traced to the core ideas of Christianity, which “colonize our mind.” (Right.  And Islam is a religion of peace.  We have seen the legacy of the creation of ISIS, genocide of Christians and the rise of AC. --Barb)

Obama Hosts Vile Thugs To Discuss Criminal Justice Reform
Excerpt: Among those venerated guests were: Nicki Minaj, Common, Pusha T, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, and J. Cole.....Then of course, there’s the delicate flower, Miss Minaj, who epitomizes class and grandeur, and I can imagine, only added to the conversation at this round table meeting that also included Broderick Johnson, chair of the My Brother’s Keeper task force, and of course, Obama’s senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett.....What sense does it make to offer up role models who earn their living by promoting the behaviors that put people with less money and less access to good lawyers in prison?

The Fed Sends A Frightening Letter To JPMorgan, Corporate Media Yawns
Excerpt: At the top of page 11, the Federal regulators reveal that they have “identified a deficiency” in JPMorgan’s wind-down plan which if not properly addressed could “pose serious adverse effects to the financial stability of the United States.” ...It’s important to parse the phrasing of that sentence. The Federal regulators didn’t say JPMorgan could pose a threat to its shareholders or Wall Street or the markets. It said the potential threat was to “the financial stability of the United States.”

Religion of Peace News

Must Watch: Paul Weston at CPAC

Interesting: 5 ‘big ideas’ to guide us in the Long War against Islamic extremism. David Petraeus, the chairman of the KKR Global Institute, a retired U.S. Army general who commanded coalition forces in Iraq from 2007 to 2008 and Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011 and served as CIA director from 2011 to 2012.

Tolerant Islam: Europe: Muslim migrants converting to Christianity fear being killed by Muslims. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89) A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence. This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”

UK: Muslim cleric praises killer of foe of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

Alleged Brussels Terrorist Was Star Of Documentary About Successful Integration Of Immigrants

Our Ally: Pakistan's ISI funded deadly attack on CIA camp in Afghanistan: US National Security Archive

Stifling speech is a long German tradition: Germany grants Turkish call to allow comedian prosecution, but Merkel wants law repealed
Somebody should tell Bono. --Barb

Blame the victim: First it was Germany 'BANS' sexy women in adverts after Cologne sex assaults
Next, requiring women to dress to Muslim standards, because "they had it coming." ~Bob

“What is happening in the Middle East will happen in Europe

Worth Reading: How Saudi Arabia dangerously undermines the United States. By Ralph Peters
Excerpt: Iran is our external enemy of the moment. Saudi Arabia is our enduring internal enemy, already within our borders and permitted to poison American Muslims with its Wahhabi cult. Oh, and Saudi Arabia’s also the spring from which the bloody waters of global jihad flowed. Iran humiliates our sailors, but the Saudis are the spiritual jailers of hundreds of millions of Muslims, committed to intolerance, barbarity and preventing Muslims from joining the modern world. And we help.

Islam not compatible with German constitution, says AfD party
Excerpt: The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) said on Sunday Islam is not compatible with the German constitution and vowed to press for bans on minarets and burqas at its party congress in two weeks' time. The AfD punished Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats in three regional elections last month, profiting from popular angst about how Germany can cope with an influx of migrants, over a million of whom arrived last year.  "Islam is in itself a political ideology that is not compatible with the constitution," AfD deputy leader Beatrix von Storch told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

US frees 9 Guantanamo prisoners, sends them to Saudi Arabia
Excerpt: Nine prisoners from Guantanamo Bay have been released and sent to Saudi Arabia for resettlement, the Defense Department announced Saturday. All nine are Yemeni but have family ties to Saudi Arabia. None of the men had been charged and all but one had been cleared for release from the U.S. base in Cuba since at least 2010.  (Article says couldn't be sent to Yemen because of instability; however, Yemen HAD been stable until Obama released prior Gitmo detainees....Barb)

Report: Saudis vow to sell US assets if Congress decides gov was involved in 9/11
Saudi Arabia has reportedly told the Obama administration and congressional leaders that it will sell billions of dollars in U.S. financial assets if Congress passes a bill to make the Saudi government legally responsible for any role in the 9/11 attacks. The administration has tried to stop Congress from passing the legislation, a bipartisan Senate bill, since Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir last month told Washington lawmakers his country’s position, according to The New York Times. Al-Jubeir purportedly informed the lawmakers during a trip to Washington that Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell as much as $750 billion in Treasury securities and other American financial assets on the world market, fearing the legislation could become law and U.S. courts would then freeze the assets. (Extortion or black mail? --Barb)

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