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January 30, 2015

Watcher's Forum -- January 30

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week's Watcher's Council match up.

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave. When first we practise to deceive! " - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion

Peace is purchased from strength. It's not purchased from weakness or unilateral retreats. - Benyamin Netanyahu

"Obama's got something against Israel." - Broadcaster Rush Limbaugh, 2009

""Ahmadinijad was stupid enough to be a wolf in wolf's clothing, to expose his teeth and nails and alert the west. I can be a wolf in sheep's clothing. I have all the diplomatic and rhetoric skills to do so." - Hasan Rouhani - President of Iran

"Israel doesnt know what its own best interests are." - President Barack Obama


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This week's winning essay,Joshuapundit's Obama, Netanyahu And Congress: The Real Inside Story Raises Further Questions is my analysis of the real story behind the ginned up controversy of Israeli PM Netanyahu accepting an invitation from congress to address a joint on Iran's illicit nuclear weapons program...and what ultimate questions it raises. Here's a slice:

President Obama's latest escapade involving Israel says a great deal about his deep animus towards Israel. And it raises an important question.

Our story starts with Speaker of the House John Boehner inviting Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on Iran and on Islamist terrorism in March.

Boehner's rationale for this was a widely popular bi-partisan bill up in congress calling for large scale sanctions on Iran if the Obama administration is unable to craft a deal limiting Iran's nuclear weapons capacity. President Obama, who watered down the previous sanctions and unilaterally dispensed with them said bluntly that he'd veto any legislation regarding Iran, and made a special point of mentioning this in his State of the Union address.

President Obama's logic is that he and Secretary Kerry just need a little more time....in spite of three missed deadlines for a deal that have seen Iran's nuclear stockpile actually grow.

Theres really zero transparency about whats actually going on. IAEA inspectors have not been allowed inside major Iranian bases like Fardo, and among many things, Secretary John Kerry was apparently 'misinformed' when he claimed over a year ago that he had an agreement with the Islamic Republic that to cease operations at their heavy water reactor at Arak, a facility with no peaceful applications designed to produce weapons-grade plutonium. The IAEA hasn't been allowed to inspect Arak either. Nor has it been shut down, as Kerry originally told us. Meanwhile, the Iranian Majlis is on the verge of passing legislation mandating that Iran increase its nuclear enrichment.

Small wonder Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), a co-sponsor of the senate version of the bill called what President Barack Hussein Obama had to say about Iran as 'talking points straight from Tehran.'

Even the Washington Post awarded the president Three Pinocchios out of a possible four for his dishonest and delusional remarks on Iran during his speech.

So it's quite natural that Speaker Boehner would want the Prime Minister of Israel, who's been outspoken on Iran's nuclear threat to address congress to increase consensus on a bill that would almost certainly have to override a presidential veto. And Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu, whose country gets threatened with annihilation by Iran every other week was happy to accept.

That's when the White House literally went berserk.

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The president claimed that congress had disrespected him by not clearing Netanyahu's visit with the White House, although in fact congress has the legal right to invite anyone it wants to to address a joint session.

But the president's special wrath was directed at Benyamin Netanyahu,and that was no accident, as we'll see. The president announced that he would not meet with or otherwise acknowledge Netanyahu's presence during his visit. And unnamed White House officials were quoted in the press as saying that Netanyahu had 'forgotten that Obama's going to be president for another year and a half', and that Netanyahu was 'spitting in our faces' by daring to come to America without an official presidential invitation. There were dark statements about how there would 'be a price to pay.'

The president tried to justify this by saying that the invitation by congress was a breach of protocol, and against U.S. policy to meet with a head of state this close to a national election.

He lied about that too.

For instance, a couple of months before the British general election, President Obama invited British PM David Cameron to the White House in a high profile visit that was essentially an endorsement. And just a couple of weeks ago, only four months before what's shaping up as the tightest UK election in years, the president, who is more popular in the UK than he is here did the same thing,having a meeting with Cameron, a lavish photo-op and calling him 'a great friend' and one of his "closet and most trusted partners in the world."

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There have been other occasions. Remember the president's love affair with former Islamist Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi in the run up to the Egyptian elections?

The president also had the White House release a leak alleging that Israeli Mossad Head Tamir Pardo had personally warned US senators against further Iran sanctions. 

At that point, I got fairly concerned, because to my knowledge no one in Israel's security apparatus has ever said anything like that..if anything the reverse, that increased sanctions had the best chance to bring Iran to the table for real concessions. For the head of Mossad to say this would amount to him creating his own private foreign policy.

I can tell you now without any doubt whatsoever that this was a complete fabrication by the White House, and I heard it directly from several people who definitely ought to know.

Moreover, the Mossad released a public statement on the matter. And it was not exactly diplomatic in tone.

A senior Israeli official delivered an uncommonly harsh attack on US President Barack Obama's administration Thursday evening, following the American report that alleged that Mossad Head Tamir Pardo had warned US senators against further Iran sanctions, in contradiction of Israel's official stance.

"The fraudulent claims against the Mossad Head were raised by the Americans yesterday, despite a message that had been transmitted to them on Tuesday by Intelligence Minister [Yuval] Steintz, the senior Israeli source told Channel 2 news.

He added that Israel had gone over the minutes of the meeting between Pardo and the delegation of senators, and that Pardo had not said what was attributed to him.

"Leaking the Mossad Head's statements, even if they had not been falsified, is a serious breach of all the rules, the senior source added. Friends do not behave like this. Information from a secret meeting must not leak out. [...]

"The Head of Mossad did not say that he opposes additional sanctions on Iran, said the spy agency Thursday.

"Mossad Head Tamir Pardo met on January 19, 2015, with a delegation of US senators, Mossad said in a statement. The meeting was held at the request of the senators and with the prime minister's approval. At the meeting, the Head of Mossad stressed the extraordinary effectiveness of the sanctions that have been placed on Iran for several years in bringing Iran to the negotiating table.

"The Head of Mossad noted that in negotiating with Iran, a policy of 'carrots and sticks' must be adopted, and there are not enough 'sticks' nowadays, it added.

Furthermore, said the agency, he said specifically that the agreement that is being formed with Iran is bad and could lead to a regional arms race.

Both the Mossad and the Israeli government are livid over this, and that can't help but affect the relationship with the U.S. This indeed is hardly the way an ally acts.

Of course, the real reason for all this goes well beyond the president's ego. Its very much about the Israeli elections.


Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal with an interesting piece, How to Lose, and Win, Graciously submitted by The Watcher.

Here are this weeks full results:


Council Winners




Non-Council Winners


See you next week!

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January 23, 2015

Watcher's Forum -- January 23

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week's Watcher's Council match up.

" "I came from the United States of America to stand for freedom, with all free people, against the forces of oppression and darkness which you are representing. ... You are fighting for the most radically intolerant and hateful ideology on the planet. ... You are already subjugated! You are already their useful idiots. You are already their tools. " - Robert Spencer, speaking to a Left wing audience in Europe, June 2, 2011.

"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koranshould be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth." - CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad

The ideological descendents of the communist/progressive Left that spent its capital hoping the West would lose the Cold War to the Soviet Union are today's leftist core. Based on their hatred for the United States, the Left has forged a symbiotic relationship with radical Islam, whose hatred for America equals theirs. Both make it clear that they consider Western civilization evil and unworthy of preservation. - Ben R. Furman, Former FBI Counterterrorism Chief


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This week's winning essay, The Noisy Room's An American Intifada - Communists and Radical Islamists Join Forces is a scintillating piece that concerns something only the most blind refuse to see, the alliance between the Red and the Green, between the radical Left and Islam. Here's a slice:

Trevor Loudon wrote an article that each and every one of us should read and take note of: Intifada USA? American Radicals Build Ties to Palestinian Revolutionaries. I agree completely with Trevor when he says that 2015 could usher in chaos, unrest and violence as we have not seen in our lifetime. The Communists are now joining hands in America with the Radical Islamists, forming an American Intifada an uprising, resistance, revolt. They are using racism as the building blocks and their hate for America as the glue to forward massive havoc and violence in our streets.

The riots in Ferguson and New York were just the warm up act for these thugs. They are looking to create what they think is an American Spring, which will push every radical and Communist ideal there is out there. It will scream racism, go after the police and alphabet agencies, cry social and environmental injustice, push demands for Islamic acceptance and Shariah law and in the mix will be the ever-present Jew-hatred which is the kindling for their hatred. In this twisted case, the enemy of my enemy is my ally. For the short term anyway.

Taking the lead are primarily Black and Latino revolutionaries who claim to represent the movements for black lives and racial justice, who took a jaunt to Palestine to show solidarity against you guessed it Israel. Meet the Dream Defenders Palestine Delegation:

Representatives at the forefront of the movements for Black lives and racial justice took a historic trip to Palestine in early January to connect with activists living under Israeli occupation.

Black journalists, artists and organizers representing Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and more have joined the Dream Defenders for a 10-day trip to the occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel.

The trip comes after a year of highly-publicized repression in Ferguson, the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as well as solidarity between these places.

Ahmad Abuznaid, Dream Defenders legal and policy director and a co-organizer of the delegation, said that the goal of the trip was to make connections.

The goals were primarily to allow for the group members to experience and see first-hand the occupation, ethnic cleansing and brutality Israel has levied against Palestinians, but also to build real relationships with those on the ground leading the fight for liberation, wrote Abuznaid.

In the spirit of Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael and many others, we thought the connections between the African American leadership of the movement in the U.S. and those on the ground in Palestine needed to be reestablished and fortified.

Abuznaid said the trip represented a chance to bring the power of Black organizing to Palestine.

As a Palestinian who has learned a great deal about struggle, movement, militancy and liberation from African Americans in the U.S., I dreamt of the day where I could bring that power back to my people in Palestine. This trip is a part of that process.

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For Steven Pargett, communications director for Dream Defenders, visiting the Dheisheh Refugee Camp outside of Bethlehem made these connections clearer: A camp doesnt have to have a fence with barbed wire all around it in order to be a place where displaced people are struggling to survive.

Pargett said that Black people in the United States are also displaced refugees.

Our refugee camps are lower income communities and project buildings all around the country that many would not be living in had we not been taken into slavery generations ago. Rather than having the Israeli Defense occupation in our hoods, we have the occupation of police officers who often prove to have little regard for our lives, being that they are not from these communities, Pargett wrote.

Hip-hop was a unifying force for the delegation, Pargett said, commenting that Palestinians have been inspired by hip-hop in the U.S. and use it as a tool to amplify their own voices.

St. Louis-based rapper and activist Tef Poe said his experience in the camps connecting through hip-hop was the best day of his life.

A refugee camp with a bunch of people fighting for their lives and using hip hop to lift their spirits and spark the minds of the children and break down gender barriers between young girls and boys, Tef posted to Facebook. I spent a day with these ppl .. Most amazing day of my life. Thanks be to the Most, the struggle is beautiful.

This trip is another chapter in the recent history of Black-Palestinian solidarity. In November, a group of 10 Palestinian student activists visited Ferguson and St. Louis, meeting with people organizing in the streets.

A month later, upon their return, the students hosted a series of events at their university in the West Bank to raise awareness with the Black struggle and stand in solidarity. Dream Defenders unanimously passed a resolution to support the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in this interval.

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Moving forward, delegates expressed a desire for Black and American action in support of Palestine.

I believe the Black Lives Matter movement can benefit greatly by learning about struggles outside of the U.S., but particularly the Palestinian struggle, said Patrisse Cullors. I want this trip to be an example for how Black folks and Arab communities can be in better solidarity with one another.

Cherrell Brown sees joint action as a way to global freedom.

I want us to take back things we can do in the now, as Americans, to raise awareness and action around Palestinian liberation. I want us to reimagine what society could and will look like when weve dismantled this white-supremacist patriarchal and capitalist society. I want us to do it together. I want to bring back these conversations and stories in hopes that it will help add to this global struggle to get free.

The full list of delegates includes five Dream Defenders (Phillip Agnew, Ciara Taylor, Steven Pargett, Sherika Shaw, Ahmad Abuznaid), Tef Poe and Tara Thompson (Ferguson/Hands Up United), journalist Marc Lamont Hill, Cherrell Brown and Carmen Perez (Justice League NYC), Charlene Carruthers (Black Youth Project), poet and artist Aja Monet, Patrisse Cullors (Black Lives Matter), and Maytha Alhassen, a USC PhD student. Catch up with the delegation and follow their last few days using #DDPalestine on Twitter and Instagram.

Gee, thats a whos who of racists, social justice agitators and Communists. Just look how chummy and united they have all become. I know you will be really, really shocked to learn that the Tides Foundation is funding this. And who is behind the Tides Foundation? Why, that old spider George Soros who hates Jews, America and freedom in general. You know, the guy who gave $33 million to the activists who took part in Ferguson and other venues of violence.

This is all part of a movement that has been gathering steam for a while now and it is thoroughly anti-Israel. Guess who is in the thick of it? Dr. Marc Lamont Hill of HuffPost Live, BET News and CNN. Watch it Marc, your antisemitism is showing and badly. Our comrade Hill also spouted revolutionary rhetoric to promote the Dream Defenders. Ferguson, Eric Garner and #BlackLivesMatter protests have become the calling card for the new face of the Occupy Movement. You are witnessing the rise of the Islamo-Communist Axis in America.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Victor Davis Hanson Muslims And Islamists submitted by Joshuapundit. I'm a huge fan of VDH, even when I disagree with him. In this particular case, I think he is spot on, and all I'll say is that what he wrote here deserves your utmost attention.

Here are this weeks full results:


Council Winners




Non-Council Winners



See you next week!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watchers Forum. and every  Tuesday morning, when we reveal the weeks' nominees for Weasel of the Week!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

Its a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you wont want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher's Council content.

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January 21, 2015

Race-Baiters Hit Hardest As Justice Department Determines Darren Wilson Was Right

Because #CopLivesMatter, not those of criminal thugs.

The Justice Department will likely not bring any civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer involved in the death of a black teenager, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Mr. Wilson was exonerated by a grand jury last year of any charges in the altercation that led to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The announcement sent off waves of protests and riots, with accusations that the local prosecutors office had deliberately led the grand jury to return a no bill that didnt file any charges against the officer.

Many civil rights advocates had pinned their hopes on the Justice Departments own investigation, saying they wanted the agency to file some kind of charge against Mr. Wilson, who has since resigned from the Ferguson police force.

Now, it looks as if that wont happen, as The Times reported that federal prosecutors are drafting a memo that recommends no action be taken against Mr. Wilson.

Now how about the arrest and prosecution of the race racketeers who have tried to have Darren Wilson lynched for taking proper action against a thug who tried to take his gun and then, after attempting to flee the scene, turned around and charged the officer. After all, there are millions of dollars of property damage that is theie responsibility, and their demonstrably false claims about Darren Wilson have caused him immeasurable damage because of his race. Seems like there are great grounds for a civil rights prosecution against them.





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Obama Decries Decision That Keeps Government From Limiting Political Speech, Activity

I realize that the Dictator-in-Chief has no respect for the Constitution -- and certainly not for the other co-equal branches of government -- but his double-whammy attack on the Supreme Court and the First Amendment shows just how unfit he is to serve in any public office.

A day after snubbing liberal activists who were pushing for tougher campaign-finance regulations, President Obama took a swipe at the Supreme Court Wednesday for its wrong ruling five years ago on the issue.

Five years ago, a Supreme Court ruling allowed big companies including foreign corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections, Mr. Obama said in a statement. The Citizens United decision was wrong, and it has caused real harm to our democracy.

I'm sorry -- I thought the First Amendment read as follows.

CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Obama somehow got it into his head that this allows Congress to make laws limiting verbal or written communication on political matters or the use of money to facilitate engaging in such communication. The Supreme Court, looking at the text of the First Amendment, determined that said position is contrary to the clear meaning of that portion of the Bill of Rights. It is important to note that this came after the Obama Administration argued in court that the First Amendment gave the federal government the right to prohibit or punish the publication of books intended to influence the political views of Americans.

And let's not forget Obama's previous attack on the Citizens United decision -- and the malignant racism that was at the heart of Democrat advocacy of the practice of limiting political participation.

Justice Clarence Thomas is regularly attacked and denigrated by left-wingers who struggle with the notion that there can be an intelligent, educated black man who is capable of thinking for himself. Actually, I take that isn't quite right. I really ought to have put the period after "man". But so expansive is his knowledge of the law, the Constitution, and the history of both that he can pull this obscure point out of his judicial robes to point out just how pernicious the impulse to allow government to censor speech really is.
He added that the history of Congressional regulation of corporate involvement in politics had a dark side, pointing to the Tillman Act, which banned corporate contributions to federal candidates in 1907.

Go back and read why Tillman introduced that legislation, Justice Thomas said, referring to Senator Benjamin Tillman. Tillman was from South Carolina, and as I hear the story he was concerned that the corporations, Republican corporations, were favorable toward blacks and he felt that there was a need to regulate them.

It is thus a mistake, the justice said, to applaud the regulation of corporate speech as some sort of beatific action.

Yeah, that is right. Barack Obama stood before the people of the United States and praised legislation introduced by a fellow Democrat who preceded him in the US Senate, one of the most vile enemies of African-Americans to ever serve in the United States Senate, a despicable man who owed his election to public office to his participation in an armed assault upon a body of black soldiers during Reconstruction and the lynching of several of these soldiers, and a dangerous demagogue who was censured for his physical assault of another Senator on the floor of the US Senate and barred from the White House over the incident. Indeed, an honest observer could rightly refer to the Tillman Act, lauded today by Obama and his fellow enemies of free speech, as the "Shut Up The N*gger-Lovers Act of 1907". If I were to construct a case to demonstrate the fundamental evil of allowing government to censor and silence disfavored speech, this piece of legislation that successfully silenced the voices of those who supported constitutional rights for all Americans would stand as Exhibit A in that effort.

So today we stand at a crossroads, faced with the choice between listening to a respected jurist as he defends the First Amendment and an adjunct law school faculty member (speaking far beyond his pay grade) to defend a Jim Crow law he finds politically advantageous to support.

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What a pity that the first black man to sit in the Oval Office would use the occasion of his first State of the Union address to validate the life and work of a vile racist like "Pitchfork Ben" Tillman in an effort to undermine the Supreme Court and constrict the guarantee of free speech inserted into the Constitution at the very beginning of the Republic.

UPDATE: Here is the audio of Justice Thomas speaking on the Citizens United decision. His comments on the Tillman Act are at the very beginning. (H/T Lonely Conservative)

Obama has repeatedly shown that he has no knowledge of or respect for the Constitution. Thank God that two years from now there will be a new president in the White House -- and pray to God that it is a Republican who does respect the Constitution and the rights of Americans.





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Left Wing University Official Declares Speech Must be Censored Because Islam Is Too Violent

Id say it was unbelievable, were it not for the fact that those who support the surrender of liberty in the face of Islamic barbarism have been parroting this talking point for the last couple weeks.

In 1919, the Supreme Court ruled speech that presents a "clear and present danger" is not protected by the First Amendment. Crying "fire" in a quiet, uninhabited place is one thing, the court said. But "the most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic."

Twenty-two years later, the Supreme Court ruled that forms of expression that "inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace" are fighting words that are not protected by the First Amendment.

If Charlie Hebdo's irreverent portrayal of Mohammed before the Jan. 7 attack wasn't thought to constitute fighting words, or a clear and present danger, there should be no doubt now that the newspaper's continued mocking of the Islamic prophet incites violence. And it pushes Charlie Hebdo's free speech claim beyond the limits of the endurable.

Now Wickham uses two old Supreme Court cases to support his argument but he fails to note that the justices have since restricted, limited or overruled elements of the decision. For example, never since the Chaplinsky decision has the fighting words doctrine been held to be a valid reason for respecting freedom of speech indeed, shortly thereafter in Terminiello v. City of Chicago the Court held that the purpose of free speech was to provoke and invite dispute, and that the angry response of those who opposed the message was not grounds for shutting down the speaker. Similarly, the Court rejected the fire in a crowded theater argument in Brandenburg v. Ohio, holding that only speech intended to and likely to incite violence loses First Amendment protection.

Now consider the Charlie Hebdo cartoons themselves. They are designed to invite dispute regarding religious sensitivities and provoke discussion over the degree to which religious believers have the right to impose their faiths rules on non-believers. The threat of violence comes from offended Muslims, not the magazine. Whats more, no reasonable person can argue that the Charlie Hebdo cartoons are intended to incite violence. Wickhams argument fails all around.

But let me offer a different take on this, using the authors argument.

It is clear that the actual danger is not drawings or words that mock Islam and its sacred things. The actual danger is Islam itself and the belief that its followers are entitled to engage in mayhem and murder to force others to abide by the tenets of that faith. Therefore the clear and present danger is not the speech or the cartoons the actual clear and present danger is Islam itself. Maybe the time has come to ban Islam and the Quran in this country, and to close all the mosques in America as a threat to public order. After all, that would get to the real source of the violence and would be the least restrictive means of dealing with the problem of violent outbursts over Muhammad cartoons.





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A Sure Sign Of A Rand Paul Presidential Bid

Setting up shop down here in Texas.

Sen. Rand Paul is planning to open a political office in Austin, tapping into Texas technology talent ahead of a likely presidential bid. The space is slated to open in spring or early summer, said Doug Stafford, Pauls chief political adviser. The Kentucky Republican is also opening a Silicon Valley office in the coming months. Austin is a rare haven for liberals in deep-red Texas, but its also a hot spot for start-ups and technology companies. The libertarian-leaning Paul has made overtures to the technology community even in Californias progressive Bay Area as he prepares for a 2016 campaign.

Pauls message is one that resonates well in the tech industry his father was quite popular among that segment as well. And Texas is a big source of GOP campaign funds, so having a Texas operation is a good idea from that point of view as well.

Of course, Rand Paul is also a Texas native with former leadership positions in conservative organizations in the state, and his father was a congressman from Texas. This may signal his interest in populating his presidential bid with long-time Texas political associates.





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Another Plot To Attack Congress Foiled

And interestingly enough, the terrorist in question is another follower of the peaceful religion that is for some unfathomable reason is frequently stereotyped as supportive of violence and terrorism.

An FBI operation foiled another plot to attack the U.S. Congress.

The video is convincing. Watch the man sitting in the front seat. Amine el Khalifi, subject of the sting, Ive thought about this a long time.

A hidden camera is rolling inside a car, Amine el Khalifi sounds like his minds made up.

El Khalifi can be heard saying, Listen, Im going to go it alone. Youre not going to go with me. Im going to put everything on my body and inside a real place. Maybe uh, Capitol or somewhere who with main people.

A rare, frightening look inside the mind of a would-be suicide bomber ready to strap on a vest with explosives and blow himself up at the U.S. Capitol. A lone wolf stopped by a FBI undercover sting.

When we keep seeing attacks and planned attacks in the name of one and only one religion, one has to ask what it is about that religion that has led to that disparity and whether or not the claims that said religion is peaceful and not supportive of terrorism are in fact a denial of reality.

By the way -- this jihadi swine is also an illegal alien, making him a member of two of Obama's favorite classes of human beings.





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Obama Wants War Resolution Against ISIS

But one has to wonder why.

In tonights State of the Union, President Obama called for a congressional resolution authorizing his use of military force against the ISIS terrorist organization, which has seized control of large parts of Iraq and Syria. This is a step in the right direction, because US military intervention against ISIS amounts to a war that requires congressional authorization under the Constitution. A congressional AUMF might also prevent further violation of the War Powers Act of 1973, which requires congressional authorization for military actions abroad that last more than 60 days (as this one already has). Whether he intends it as such or not, the presidents request is at least an implicit acknowledgement that the president requires congressional approval to initiate wars.

Of course, one has to ask what happens if he does not get that authorization. Does he disengage from the conflict with ISIS? Or does he keep on fighting that quasi-war, despite the fact that Congress has rejected it? My guess is the latter, meaning he just wants the fig-leaf of congressional action.

But I still have to wonder why this conflict with ISIS at all. After all, in his speech Obama assured us that the problem is not Islam.

It's why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace.

But wait doesnt an authorization of force against the Islamic State constitute an acknowledgement that Islam is a part of the problem, and that there are large numbers of Muslims who are properly treated as the enemy of America and its values? Isnt that offensive?

I raised that issue last night.






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And This Guy Is From Obamas Party

Senator Menendez is NOT happy with Obama when it comes to Iran policy.

Senator Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, slammed the Obama administrations efforts to deter further sanctions against Iran.

I have to be honest with you: The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran, he said during a hearing on Wednesday. It feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization when they are the ones with original sin.

Obama has bent over backwards to placate the Iranians even as they have stalled and failed to negotiate in good faith. Obamas iran policy has failed but he wants to give it another go, in the hopes that maybe what has failed before will succeed this time around.

Of course, we know what it means when someone keeps doing the same thing expecting a different result.





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How The GOP Base Views The GOP Field

Interesting.

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The list of potential candidates for the presidency in 2016 is immense. The list of declared contenders, though, is nonexistent.

If the latest CBS News poll is any indication, Americans would like to see a number of potential candidates take the plunge -- but not all of them.

Now lets look at these numbers for a moment.

Mitt Romney is well-regarded. So is Jeb Bush though not so much as Romney. Mike Huckabee has a degree of support. But beyond that, only Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Ben Carson have positive numbers with these GOP primary voters. The rest of the field is in negative numbers though most of them have more undecided than anything else (Sarah Palin being the exception). We therefore have a top tier (Romney, Bush, and Huckabee), a middle tier (Rubio, Walker, and Carson), and a bottom tier of rejected wannabes that includes the bulk of Tea Party favorites.

From where I stand, heres how I would break down these groupings.

Tier I

Tier II

Tier III

This leads me to some important observations.

Remember, my friends from the rise of the conservative movement in the GOP in 1964 to its success in capturing the presidency in 1980 was 16 years. In 1976 we saw the triumph of the establishment, but it was followed by the glory of conservative ascendancy in 1980. So while we would like the future to be now, we have to recognize that even an establishment victory in 2016 does not mean that our movement has failed.

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January 19, 2015

Obama Seeks To Pay For "Free" College By Taxing College Savings Plans!

If you are responsible and actually save for your child's education, you will be taxed to pay for the children of the less responsible.

The administration wants to extend the American Opportunity Tax Credit, the administrations signature higher-education tax benefit thats scheduled to expire at the end of 2017, while making it more valuable to low-income students. Obama also wants to fix an issue in which those who join a government program that forgives student loan debt after borrowers make payments for 20 years can be socked with unexpected and big tax bills. Thats because the IRS considers forgiven debt to be equivalent to income and taxes it. Under the administrations plan, that would end. Other parts of the administrations plan would exempt Pell grants, which go to students from low-income families, from taxation.

The administration proposes to finance the breaks at least in part by taking away education breaks for the well-off. Details are thin, but the administration says it would limit upside-down education savings incentives by rolling back Section 529 education tax breaks created by President George W. Bush and repeal incentives for the Coverdell education savings program.

As I pointed out recently, there was no way that college was ever going to be free under Obama's plan -- the question was who would pay for it. Now we know the answer -- the folks who recognized that college costs money are going to foot the bill.





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MSNBC Hosts Muslim Racist -- And Fails To Disavow His Racist Comments

Because the victim of his attack was a Republican.

MSNBCs Alex Wagner had Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com, on to discuss Gov. Jindals comments.

I think Governor Jindal is protesting a bit too much. He might be trying to scrub some of the brown off his skin as he runs to the right in a presidential bid, said Iftikhar.

Wagner didnt question his comment and the interview continued.

Could you imagine if that statement were made by a conservative on FoxNews? All hell would break loose. But since there is a freely acknowledged double standard on race when it comes to the left going after non-white conservatives...

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January 17, 2015

Obama To Propose $320 Billion Tax Increase To Pay For All The Free Stuff

Because none of the stuff that Obama is promising to give to the constituencies who voted for him is actually free.

Escalating his battle with congressional Republicans, President Obama will propose $320 billion in higher taxes in his State of the Union address, mostly by raising the rate on capital gains and closing tax loopholes for wealthier families, senior administration officials said Saturday.

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The money raised would pay for a variety of the presidents domestic-spending proposals for the middle class, including an initiative for the government to pay all tuition for community-college students. A senior administration official said Mr. Obama intends to make a forceful case in his speech that the economy has recovered from the recession, and he wants to make sure this prosperity is shared by the middle class.

The problem with his logic, of course, is that if the middle class would already be benefiting from a recovery if there was one. The thing is, the middle class has not benefited -- the rich have gotten richer, the poor have gotten more government giveaways and we in the middle class have gotten screwed. Now Obama wants to pull out the class warfare card -- which tells me that things are the way he intended them to be all along. Now he wants to make the middle class into government dependents just like Democrats have done with the poor over the last three-quarters of a century. I say no -- I wish to remain free.





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January 16, 2015

Why The Duke Decision To Not Broadcast the Muslim Call To Prayer Is The Right One

This matter seems like one of tolerance vs. intolerance. but there is good reason for Duke to refuse to allow the broadcast of the Muslim call to prayer over speakers on their campus.

Duke University canceled plans Thursday to begin a weekly Muslim call to prayer from the campus chapel this week, an initiative that had set off debate on social media. A school spokesman and a Duke Muslim leader said that a serious and credible security threat played a role in the decision.

The university had announced that Muslim students would chant the adhan, the call to a weekly prayer service, from the Duke University Chapel bell tower each Friday. The sound of the call to prayer in Muslim communities is a standard part of ritual life on Muslims main prayer day. Theologically, it reminds Muslims to worship God and serves as a reminder to serve our brothers and sisters in humanity, Imam Adeel Zeb, Muslim chaplain at Duke, said in a news release.

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In discussing the change Thursday, Duke officials said the response to the decision was not what the university had expected.

Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students, said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, in a news release. However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect.

Schoenfeld said Thursday night that a serious and credible security threat was one of the reasons for the decision. University officials declined to elaborate.

Now there should have been no threats of violence against Muslims over the initial decision to allow the call to worship. But there also should have been no permission for its broadcast. After all, in an academic climate where we are constantly told there must be "trigger warnings" and the avoidance of "microagressions", there is no place for the broadcast of the battle cry of Islamic terror.

After all, the "adhan" begins and ends with the proclamation "Allahu Akbar," the very words used by jihadis around the world as a part of their terrorist attacks on Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, and even their fellow Muslims. To allow these words to be proclaimed in a public space is to raise the specter of jihadi violence against those who Islam deems to be infidels. Just as the school would never dream of permitting the scheduled weekly waiving of the Confederate flag on the campus quad and public broadcast of the Confederate anthem "Dixie" over a public address system because of the negative connotations of slavery and racism associated with them, neither should Duke be permitting the "adhan" with the terrorist battle cry. Those hearing the words "Allahu Akbar" have a credible a fear of jihadi violence -- after all, there have been some 20,000 incidents of jihadi terror committed worldwide since 9/11, as well as at least as many foiled plots to commit others.

Doesn't the right of the rest of the Duke Community to feel safe from terrorism trump any claim of privilege by the Muslims on campus have to use the speaker system to broadcast the words "Allahu Akbar"?





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Watcher's Forum -- January 16

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week's Watcher's Council match up.

"I am not afraid of retaliation. I have no kids, no wife, no car, no mortgage. It surely is a bit dramatic but I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees" - Stephane (Charb) Charbonnier, editorial director of Charlie Hebdo.

"They might have different names... but all of them are driven by the same hatred and blood-thirsty fanaticism. And all of them seek to destroy our freedoms and impose on all of us a violent, medieval tyranny. This is a global struggle. This is everybody's battle... And the first rule in fighting terrorism is to refuse to be afraid. The people of Israel embrace the people of France as brothers and sisters. We understand we are in a common battle for our values and a common battle for future and we refuse to be intimidated." - Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu

"This attack must instead free our speech about Islamic fundamentalism. We must not be silenced.- Marine Le Pen, Leader of France's Front National Party

"In the past year, 7,000 Jews have already left France and after this there will be many thousands more. We are not safe in France any more. There is no future for Jews here in France. We are finished in France." -Anonymous father of a Jewish survivor of the kosher supermarket killings


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This week's winning essay, Jihad,Islam and The French Farce In Paris is my reaction to the events last week in Paris. Here's a slice:

By now the world knows about the latest atrocity carried out in Paris by jihad terrorists. The wholesale murder of the staff of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo including its editor 'Charb,' Stephane Charbonnier. The murders at the magazine, the shooting of a female police officer, a car bomb exploding at a local synagogue, a gunman invading a kosher supermarket filled with women and children and killing four shoppers and wounding a number of others..these have all been covered by the media and digested by the world at large.

For a couple of days, this made headlines, but by now the world has processed it. And it is last week's news,because to really focus on it would mean we'd have to actually do something about it.

Beslan, 9/11, Boston, Bali, Mumbai, London, Itamar, Jerusalem, Nairobi, Fort Hood, Sydney, a never ending list..and those are just the ones we notice,because they're either in the West, or involve the murder of Westerners. The ones that don't barely rate a mention. In Nigeria last week for instance, Boko Haram, who have already pledged their support and allegiance to Islamic State attacked the city of Baga, near Lake Chad. The known death toll from that one attack alone is over 2,000. And it may go higher, once the final figures come in.

Chant with me, why don't you..'black lives matter!' Except when they're murdered by Muslim terrorists.

I wonder if it has occurred to many of us how much our society has normalized terrorism committed by Islamist fascists? The limitations to our freedoms we've already accepted without complaint? The millions in additional tax dollars we're forced to spend? The handcuffs we've put on ourselves and the forces we enlist to protect us because we're unwilling to be honest?

We have become acclimated to accepting Islamist terrorism as the norm, as business as usual. We've been doing it for so long it barely moves us, let alone raises the revulsion and the resolve to stop it, the normal reaction. Instead, we hide behind inane rhetoric, insipid and cowardly rationalizations and yes, hash tags.

If we were really all Charlie Hebdo, or Theo Van Gogh, or Ayaan Hirsi Ali, or Molly Norris, or Kurt Westergaard, or Drummer Lee Rigby, or Daniel Pearl or the Fogel Family, this would have ended long ago, because we would have risen up en masse to demand that the political class do something to stop this once and for all.

We haven't. We simply ingest the latest atrocity and continue to sleepwalk. After a few words from our sponsor, of course. And the usual 'Muslims fear backlash' stories, although somehow that backlash never seems to occur.

A case in point is the recent 'Unity rally' in Paris. No one, of course, would dare call it a rally against Islamist fascism, a rally against 'radical Islam' or even a rally against terrorism. No, it was all about unity, with signs saying 'Je suis Charlie' and flags and forty world leaders marching together in the streets of Paris. Nice, until you look behind the facade.

Among the participants was the Emir of Qatar which openly funds terrorism. Also at the rally was Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu, who country has more journalists in jail than any other NATO member for what's labeled as 'un-Turkish sentiments', whose Islamist government is a haven for Hamas. It is also the country where at least one of the killers, Hayat Boumeddiene was allowed to enter France freely via a ticket from Istanbul to Spain and the country from which she was allowed to escape back to Syria.

And of course, Palestine's unelected Dictator Mahmoud Abbas was there too. Yes, Abbas, the Holocaust denier with his history of terrorism as Arafat's second in command, Abbas who is allied with the genocidal Hamas in a unity government. Interesting how that came about.

Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu had wanted to show up in Paris to take part as one of the world leaders involved. You would think he'd be a natural participant, given Israel's history of combating Islamist terrorism, and especially since about a third of the victims of the attacks were Jews.

But the Israeli PM was told outright by the French government that he was persona non grata and unwelcome, since his presence was deemed 'divisive' and would 'make having the rally difficult.'

After mulling it over for a day, Netanyahu simply told the French he was coming anyway. My sources differ on whether Abbas had already been expressly invited (the Palestinian Authority insists he was, and a private meeting between Abbas and Holland scheduled the next day seems to bear this out) or whether he was invited simply out of spite towards Netanyahu,but the fact remains that the leader of a democracy with a free press and an admirable record fighting exactly the forces responsible for last weeks' carnage was insulted and initially shunned while nations that finance and support terrorism and rigidly repress any criticism were courted and invited.

Much more at the link. I guarantee you won't be bored.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Andrew McCarthy with Dont Blame the Charlie Hebdo Mass Murder on Extremism submitted by Joshuapundit.

With his usual merciless logic, the former prosecutor shreds the Leftist pretense that what happened in Paris has nothing to do with Islam and is just 'extremism.' A worthy read.

Here are this weeks full results:


Council Winners




Non-Council Winners


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Why We Must Protect Blasphemous Utterances

I like the take offered over at Sultan Knish. It tracks with my views, and I wish I had put it this eloquently in my own writings over the past week.

Blasphemy is the price we pay for not having a theocracy. Muslims are not only outraged but baffled by the Mohammed cartoons because they come from a world in which Islamic law dominates their countries and through its special place proclaims the superiority of Islam to all other religions.

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In a multi-religious society, in which every religion has its own variant theological streams, the right to blaspheme is also the right to believe. Liberal theology can contrive interchangeable beliefs which do not contradict or claim special knowledge over any other religion. But traditionalist faiths are exclusive.

Do you want the right to believe -- or disbelieve -- as you choose? Then you cannot argue in favor of laws against "blasphemy" -- or laws against so-called "hate speech". After all, such laws make criminal the expression of officially disapproved beliefs. That is true whether the "blasphemous" or "hateful" words are deemed so by the devout followers of some deity or the radical secularists seeking to enforce their politically correct dogma.





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Why Give Islamic Accommodations To Gitmo Terrorists If Terrorists Aren't Muslims?

From V the K at Gay Patriot:

A caller to Rush Limbaugh made this point.

The Obamacrats are adamant ADAMANT that Islamist Terrorists are not Islamic because Islam is a religion of peace and terrorism is un-Islamic. Therefore, they say, those who practice terrorism cannot really be Islamic.

And yet, when a terrorist is sent to GITMO, the administration bends over backwards to make sure they have access to Korans, prayer rugs, halal food all the things an observant Muslim requires.

Why do they do this, if the terrorists arent really Islamic?

Could it be that our government and media have lied to us, and that they are Muslim terrorists engaged in terrorism because their murderous deeds are completely in keeping with Islam?





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Media Downplays Anti-Semitic Attack By Muslims In Colorado

We wouldn't want it to look like Muhammads crew are violent hatemongers, would we?

BOULDER - Two suspects were arrested for assaulting a man who refused to take off his yarmulke.

The assault happened in the 1100 block of Pearl Street in Boulder on Dec. 19, 2014.

The victim was at the Sundown Saloon with friends when three unknown males approached him. One of the males told the victim to remove his yarmulke, a skullcap traditionally worn by Jewish men.

The victim refused to take it off, saying he was Jewish. One of the men hit the victim in the head with a glass, knocking him down.

Police believe a second suspect kicked the victim.

The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries.

Bryan Jamsheed Tayefeh, 29, was arrested Dec. 19 and charged with second-degree assault and bias-motivated crime.

An arrest warrant was issued for Yotam Monjack, 27. He was out of the country and arrested Jan. 8 upon his return.

Interesting, isnt it, that it took a month to even bother reporting the incident? If it had been someone assaulting a Muslim over his/her faith or even expressing disapproval of that faith there would have been immediate coverage, complete with rallies and Justice Department intervention. But an attack on a Jew just isnt a big deal, I guess.





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I Love This Graduation Requirement

I teach American Government and I would love to see this required of my students.

Arizona became the first state in the nation on Thursday to enact a law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test on civics before graduation, giving a boost to a growing nationwide effort to boost civics education.

Both the Arizona House and Senate quickly passed the legislation on just the fourth day of the legislative session, and newly elected Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed it into law Thursday evening.

The swift action in Arizona comes as states around the country take up similar measures. Arizona's law requires high school students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the civics portion of the test new citizens must pass.

The test is being pushed nationally by the Arizona-based Joe Foss Institute, which has set a goal of having all 50 states adopt it by 2017, the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. The institute says legislatures in 15 states are expected to consider it this year.

Heres hoping the Texas legislature adopts this requirement this session. Unfortunately, there is no such proposal in any bill currently filed. Wont some legislator introduce this?





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January 15, 2015

"Women Without Vaginas" Cause Cancellation Of Vagina Monologues At Women's College

The sexual revolution has now become a parody of itself.

Since the 1990s, students from Mount Holyoke College, an all-women's school in Massachusetts, have staged an annual production of The Vagina Monologues. Not this year. The college is retiring the ritual over concerns that the playpenned by Eve Ensler in 1996 as a way to "celebrate the vagina" and women's sexualityis not inclusive enough.

In a school-wide email from Mount Holyoke's student-theater board, relayed by Campus Reform, student Erin Murphy explained that "at its core, the show offers an extremely narrow perspective on what it means to be a woman ... Gender is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions, and many of us who have participated in the show have grown increasingly uncomfortable presenting material that is inherently reductionist and exclusive."

Yeah -- the quaint notion made famous in Kindergarten Cop is now obsolete.

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Now it is so much more complicated.

[T]he argument is premised on the idea that a) not all women have vaginas, and b) some men do have vaginas, because some trans individuals identify and live as a different gender than they were born without getting genital reconstructive surgery. Ergo, a trans women is a woman, full stop, but she may have a penis. A trans man is a man, full stop, but he may have a vagina. Fine. I get that. I'm cool with that. And, regardless, it doesn't matter if I'm cool with it, because how other people define their genders/bodies/sexualities is none of my concern. If you are a woman without a vagina, neat; there is totally room for all of our experiences in this great big, crazy world.

Sorry, but the logic there is totally absurd. It makes as much sense as this.

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But hey -- if the crazy feminists at this bastion of irrationality want to accept the notion of "women without vaginas" in order to avoid cis-supremacist transphobia, so be it.





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Democrats Side With Rapists And Wife-Beaters

Who is engaged in a war on women? House Democrats, who refused to support legislation to make deportation of illegals who are convicted of domestic violence and sex crimes a priority for deportation.

Dozens of House Democrats on Wednesday voted against a legislative proposal aimed at ensuring that illegal immigrants convicted of domestic violence, sexual abuse or child abuse are a priority for deportation.

The vote suggests that immigration-related issues trump other traditional Democratic priorities, such as efforts to protect people from sex or violence-related crimes, especially against women.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) proposed the language as an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill. He argued it was needed because Obamas executive action on immigration created different priorities for deportation that need to be adjusted.

For example, illegal immigrants suspected of terrorism or espionage or other felonies are top priorities for deportation. But illegal immigrants who are convicted of three or more misdemeanors, or one significant misdemeanor such as sexual abuse or domestic violence, are on a second tier priority for deportation.

On Wednesday, House Republicans put forward the DeSantis amendment to prioritize the deportation of illegal immigrants convicted of domestic violence, sexual abuse or child abuse. But they were met by significant Democratic opposition, including from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is widely seen as a champion of womens issues.

Pelosi explained that she opposed the amendment because it was opposed by the National Catholic Conference of Bishops. That group said generally that it opposed all efforts to stop the Obama administration from implementing its immigration plan, and that it could somehow create obstacles to the reporting of domestic violence among immigrants.

While presented as a measure that helps domestic violence victims, we fear that it actually would discourage many such victims from reporting abuse, the group wrote, in a letter Pelosi read on the House floor.

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) also explained that in many domestic violence cases involving illegal immigrants, police arrest both the abuser and the victim, and both can end up pleading to a misdemeanor just to speed up the process. This happens all the time, all around the country, she argued.

As a result, she said the GOP language could end up hurting victims as well as abusers.

Those arguments were met with disbelief from Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), who sponsored the amendment. DeSantis said he was perplexed why anyone would vote against the amendment.

Why would we have any tolerance for child molesters? Desalts said. If youre not in our country legally, and you get convicted of an offense like that, you should be gone. We shouldnt even be discussing this.

Id love to say Im stunned but given the fact that the Democrats have become the party of lawlessness and disorder, I guess I shouldnt be.





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In Which I Side With The Followers Of The False Prophet Muhammad Against My Fellow Conservatives

Sorry, folks protest outside the venue, but dont you dare try to get a government entity to break the agreement to rental agreement for the venue.

Stand with the Prophet in Honor and Respect, an event that asks Ready to defeat Islamophobia? is coming to the Dallas area Curtis Culwell Center on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 6pm. Until recently, few knew anything about this conference and now that many more do, residents are not just upset about the event and its speakers, they are upset that it is being held on the publicly-owned property of the Garland Independent School District (ISD) in a facility that was built and paid for with property taxpayer funded school bonds.

Stand with the Prophet is described in its promotional materials as not an event. It is the beginning of a movement. A movement to defend Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message.

According to ACT! for America Houston, the conference is a fundraiser to establish aStrategic Communication Center for the Muslim community, which will develop effective responses to anti-Islamic attacks, as well as to train young Muslims in media.

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Julie Borik of the Garland Tea Party told CBS-11 that the issue with the Islamic conference was that she did not want it to be held on an ISD property, on what she called government property.

Stand With the Prophet in Garland will be bookended by identical events in Dayton, Ohio and Houston, Texas, neither of which will be held on publicly purchased property or in a public school district-owned facility.

I understand the outrage - but do we want government determining what political or religious speech is permissible? If we allow this conference to be cancelled, why not a ban on holding Tea Party events in that same facility? Why not let the school district pry into the theological beliefs of a religious organization seeking to rent a local school for worship services on the weekend so as to make sure that those with traditional views on marriage and homosexuality dont sully the building with their beliefs?

Either a school district rents its facilities in a manner that does not discriminate based upon point of view, or you allow the most vocal extremists in the community to silence the voices they dont like and it may be your point of view they target next. Allowing this conference to be held in the Garland ISD facility is a small price to pay for preserving YOUR freedom.





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Argentinian Antipope Sides With Muslim Terrorists

Even arguing for the appropriateness of violence against those who engage in speech that offends religious believers.

Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith.

Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one's mind for the sake of the common good.

But he said there were limits.

By way of example, he referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.

"If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch," Francis said, throwing a pretend punch his way. "It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others."

Frankly, Bergoglios words offend me. Is that sufficient to justify me punching him out or maybe grabbing an AK and shooting up the Vatican? I think the answer is obvious and proves the lack of wisdom and discernment on the part of the unworthy successor of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. What would Urban II have to say about this papal capitulation to the Muslims? What would Jesus say about the rejection of the obligation to turn the other cheek?

Frankly, the Argentinian antipope makes me proud of my decision to part company with Rome.





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New Captain Appointed For Titanic!

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Oh, wait thats New field director appointed for Battleground Texas. Same thing.

Battleground Texas, forging ahead after Democrats tough loss in November, is installing a new field director who grew up on the Texas border and handled the groups outreach in South and West Texas in 2014.

Danny Lucio will replace Victoria Zyp, a Rice University alum who before joining Battleground Texas was the leadership development director at Organizing for Action in Chicago and the Ohio training director for President Obamas 2012 re-election campaign.

I hope Lucio keeps up the groups good work. If he does, Democrat voters will be a thing of the past in Texas by the time the 2016 election rolls around.





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Convert To Peaceful Religion That Has Absolutely Nothing To Do With Terrorism Arrested For Planning Religiously-Inspired Terrorist Attack

Just another one of the millions of Muslims who doesnt understand that Islam and terrorism are completely incompatible, no matter what the Quran says about using violence to advance the religion.

The FBI has arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to ABC News.

The FBI said agents arrested Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, in Ohio as he allegedly was taking the final steps toward traveling to the nations capital to carry out the plan.

ABC reports that government documents show Cornell allegedly planned to detonate pipe bombs at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. and open fire on lawmakers and other officials fleeing after the explosions.

In addition, Cornell allegedly posted statements, videos and other online content expressing support for the Islamic State the terrorist group also known as ISIS or ISIL that is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

Amazing, isnt it, that this only happens with one religion these days





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White House Declares That Congress Exercising Its Prerogative To Legislate And Appropriate Endangers Obama

Because if the president doesnt get what he wants on immigration, hes going to veto funding the DHS funding bill that includes his Secret Service protection.

On a call with reporters this afternoon, a White House aide warned that President Obamas security might be in jeopardy if Republicans failed to pass a full funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

Until a full funding bill has passed, the DHS and the Secret Service is not able to move forward with the recent recommendations from the report on White House complex security, Andrew Mayock from the Office of Management and Budget explained during the call.

Obama has vowed to veto the bill passed by the House this afternoon. Mayock said that the White House only supported the base bill, which funds the agency without limitations. The House version contains a number of amendments aimed at defunding Obamas executive amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Somebody needs to remind Obama that, as someone said in January of 2009, elections have consequences. The voters rejected the Democrats and their way of doing things in 2014, voting the Republicans control of the Senate and increasing their majority in the House. And since Obama and his policies were the issue in 2014, it seems quite clear that the Obama and his policy preferences have been rejected.

Now Obama has engaged in a two-pronged strategy. The first, which the Republicans are trying to undercut in this bill, is to rule by decree via executive orders that run contrary to the explicit mandates of existing law. The second, which is White House strategy here, is to veto bills supported by a majority of both houses of Congress and to then seek to blame the Congressional Republicans for Obamas obstruction of the legislative priorities of the American people.

This talking point from the White House is a perfect example of Obama doing in fact what he falsely accused the Republicans of doing back in 2013 engaging in behavior that constitutes hostage taking. The OMB staffer on the call has said that if Republicans dont give into Obamas demands, there is the potential that his hostage will be seriously injured or killed. But in this case, Obamas hostage is Obama himself he is effectively holding a gun to his own head and demanding that Republicans give him what he wants or he will blow his brains out all over the Oval Office carpet. Republicans need to stand back and allow him to pull the trigger.

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January 14, 2015

Note To Grand Mufti Of Jerusalem

Suck it up, Buttercup!

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein condemned as an "insult" a new cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed published on Wednesday by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

"This insult has hurt the feelings of nearly two billion Muslims all over the world. The cartoons and other slander damage relations between the followers of the (Abrahamic) faiths," he said in a statement.

The mufti, who oversees Jerusalem's Muslim sites including Islam's third holiest, the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, slammed the "publishing of cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, and the disregard for the feelings of Muslims."

Well, I and my fellow Christians are deeply offended and insulted every time you followers of the false prophet Muhammad and the demon who inspired his big book of blasphemy start claiming that Jesus is not the Son of God. Jews are offended and insulted every time you and your fellow death cultists claim that there is no connection between the Temple Mount and the Jewish people. So why dont you folks put a cork in it lest we find it necessary to take forceful action against the Religion of Terrorism to silence its blasphemy. After all, doesnt respect work both ways?





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Boehner Blasts Barry!

Pointing out that the supposed constitutional scholar clearly doesn't know jack about the Constitution.

Today I rise, and the House rises, to support and defend our Constitution, Boehner began, saying there is no alternative . . . This executive overreach is an affront to the rule of law, and to the Constitution itself.

What were dealing with is a president who has ignored the people, who has ignored the Constitution, and even his own past statements, the Speaker said proceeding to list 22 occasions where President Obama explained his own constitutional limitations on immigration reform.

To think that the President of the United States actually studied constitutional law is one thing, Boehner said, referring to the presidents time as a constitutional law scholar at Harvard. He didnt just learn constitutional law, he taught it as well. But now his actions suggest that hes forgotten what these words even mean. Enough is enough!

John Boehner has been under attack by my fellow conservatives for some time now. Many myself included would have preferred to see him not reelected as Speaker on the basis that there are others better suited to hold that gavel. But Ill part company with many of them when they say that Boehner is not a conservative he is, even if not as conservative as I would like him to be. This statement may herald a change in his approach to the job now that he has a Republican Senate to work with. Heres hoping that is the case.





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SHOCKING REVELATION! Ted Cruz Was A Normal American Teenager

The Texas senator, a 2016 presidential contender and (I hope) future Supreme Court justice had a brush with the law when in high school.

When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was a teenager, he was caught doing teenage things, as revealed in documents obtained by BuzzFeed.

In his application to become Texas solicitor general, Cruz was required to list any prior convictions. That included one "guilty plea for minor in possession of alcohol."

Apparently when Cruz was a high school senior in 1987, authorities found an unopened case of beer in his vehicle. They gave him a ticket.

Really? Thats the most dirt they can find on the man? Given that Barack Obama and his Choom Gang were Hawaiis leading consumers of marijuana back in the day, Id say this makes Cruz look squeaky clean.





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Glee Star Declares That Minorities Are Dirty, Unclean People Who Smell Bad

Or thats how her comments would have been interpreted if she were white.

On Tuesday, Glee star Naya Rivera made a guest appearance on ABCs The View and made some unusual comments about white people" and their bathing habits.

Speaking in response to co-host Nicolle Wallace saying that because she has dogs and a baby she has to shower three times a day, the Glee actress proclaimed that white people shower a lot more than ethnics.

Rivera, who herself is part Puerto Rican and African American, continued to argue that showering once a day, or every day, is such a white people thing.

Proof positive that entertainment figures are generally brain-dead as are the hosts of The View.

And proof that the racial offense lobby is more racist than the average person they accuse of racism because Riveras comments would have been career destroying if Rivera were not a minority herself.





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What Recovery?

For all of the statistical manipulation that has reduced our nations unemployment rate to a palatable level, the reality is that economy is not in good shape. Want proof? Look at this information on the health of businesses in this country.

In a stunning Tuesday report, Gallup CEO and Chairman Jim Clifton revealed that for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.

Clifton says for the past six years since 2008, employer business startups have fallen below the business failure rate, spurring what he calls an underground earthquake that only stands to worsen as lagging U.S. Census data becomes available.

Lets get one thing clear: This economy is never truly coming back unless we reverse the birth and death trends of American businesses, writes Clifton.

Indeed, the numbers are striking. Contrary to the oft-cited 26 million businesses in America figure, Clifton says 20 million of these so-called businesses are merely companies on paper with zero workers, profits, customers, or sales. In reality, America has just 6 million businesses with one or more employers3.8 million of which have four or fewer employees. In total, these 6 million U.S. companies provide jobs for more than 100 million people in America.

Small and medium sized businesses are dying in America. Obamas recovery exists only on paper, and consists of big companies getting bigger. Thanks, Barry!





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Bill DeBlasio Shows Himself To Be An Ignoramus On Illegal Aliens

In the words of the immortal political commentator Bugs Bunny, What a maroon!

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, said on Monday that giving identification cards to illegal aliens allows them to feel like citizens and enjoy some of the same benefits as actual citizens.

"We don't want any of our fellow New Yorkers to feel like second-class citizens, de Blasio was quoted as saying in a National Public Radio website article. We don't want them to feel left out.

In de Blasios defense, he does get it partly right. Illegals should not feel like second-class citizens. But where he is wrong is in arguing that they should feel entitled to the rights and privileges of citizenship instead they should be forced to confront their lack of citizenship and legal status so as to encourage them to leave.





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Free Speech Fail in France

I've been praising the response of the French government to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack.

But now comes something I wont praise in that response.

France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism, announcing Wednesday that 54 people had been arrested for those offenses since terror attacks left 20 dead in Paris last week, including three gunmen.

The order came as Charlie Hebdo's defiant new issue sold out before dawn around Paris, with scuffles at kiosks over dwindling copies of the satirical newspaper that fronted the Prophet Muhammad anew on its cover.

France has been tightening security and searching for accomplices since the terror attacks began, but none of the 54 people have been linked to the attacks. That's raising questions about whether President Francois Hollande's Socialist government is impinging on the very freedom of speech that it so vigorously defends when it comes to Charlie Hebdo.

Among those detained was Dieudonne, a controversial, popular comic with repeated convictions for racism and anti-Semitism.

Let me reiterate what I said yesterday just as surely as Charlie Hebdo had the right to publish some pretty outrageous stuff about Muhammad, so too did it have the right to publish some material that was offensive to Jews and Christians.

That same right should also extend to the bulk of those arrested in France, including Dieudonne a comic whose Jew-hatred is notorious but who merits freedom from government oppression every bit as much as did those who died in the offices of Charlie Hebdo and those who carry on their work by publishing todays regularly scheduled issue of the satirical magazine.

Just as any number of American commentators (and the Obama Administration) have implicitly sided with the terrorists by declaring the work of Charlie Hebdo to be provocative, offensive, insulting, or irresponsible without facing legal consequences for their disturbing opposition to true freedom of speech, those who were arrested in France for arguing that the victims of terror in Paris deserved their fate and brought it upon themselves are equally deserving of the right to make their disgusting views known to the public at large.

Indeed, I lack sympathy and support only for those who are actually inciting imminent violent action. Those whose words create such a clear and present danger merit punishment but ugly thoughts and words are not by themselves enough to merit the abridgement of the fundamentally human right to speak freely. France disgraces the memory of last weeks martyrs by using their deaths as grounds for suppressing the very rights they themselves exercised.





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January 13, 2015

Charlie Hebdo's Defiant Cover Art!

The survivors of last week's massacre in Paris will thumb their noses at the Islamists with the post-attack cover.

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It has, of course, already produced howls of outrage and fulminating declarations from the usual pro-terrorist sources.

Radical cleric Mr Choudary said "ridiculing" Mohammed is attacking his personality, and said these actions are "extremely serious", adding that if the "act of war" was to be tried in a Shariah Court it would carry capital punishment. "It's not just a cartoon, it's insulting, it's ridiculing, it's provoking," he said.

The lecturer in Shariah law, who was arrested in September as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism, added: "These things always have a history of coming back and biting them. People are not going to forget. Muslims will never forget what these people did.

"And I'm sure there's someone somewhere who will take the law into his own hands. It's inevitable.

"There will be repercussions. I think there will be someone somewhere who will retaliate."

That includes one of the leading clerics in the Arab world.

d the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Tuesday against publishing a new caricature of the Prophet Mohammad, saying it was a racist act that would incite hatred and upset Muslims around the world.

Charlie Hebdo is due to publish a front page on Wednesday showing a caricature of the Prophet in its first edition since Islamist gunmen attacked the weekly's offices in Paris last Wednesday, killing 12 people.

"This edition will cause a new wave of hatred in French and Western society in general and what the magazine is doing does not serve coexistence or a dialog between civilizations," the office of Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, one of the region's most influential Muslim clerics, said in a statement.

"This is an unwarranted provocation against the feelings of ... Muslims around the world."

To these two low-life followers of Islam's false prophet, I say "Suck it up, Buttercup!"

And may I point out something hidden in the cover art? Muhammad's face and turban are drawn to mimic a penis, as are his eyes and nose. It is therefore fair to say that the defiant staff of the satire magazine are saying "Muhammad is a dickhead!" Juvenile humor? Yeah -- but not anything the magazine had not done before and certainly not out of bounds following the actions committed in the name of Muhammad and Allah by their followers last week.





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Now We Know Obama Skipped Paris Because He Agrees With Terrorists On Muhammad Cartoons!

That is the only legitimate interpretation of this statement from White House spokesman Josh Earnest when asked if the White House stood by statements criticizing Charlie Hebdo magazine for publishing Muhammad cartoons in 2012.

President Barack Obama has a moral responsibility to push back on the nations journalism community when it is planning to publish anti-jihadi articles that might cause a jihadi attack against the nations defenses forces, the White Houses press secretary said Jan. 12.

The president will not now be shy about expressing a view or taking the steps that are necessary to try to advocate for the safety and security of our men and women in uniform whenever journalists work may provoke jihadist attacks, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at the White Houses daily briefing.

The unprecedented reversal of Americans civil-military relations, and of the presidents duty to protect the First Amendment, was pushed by Earnest as he tried to excuse the administrations opposition in 2012 to the publication of anti-jihadi cartoons by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

I noted yesterday that time and again we have seen the Obama Administration side with offended Muslims -- even those who engage in acts of terrorism and murder -- and against the exercise of the fundamental human right to speak and publish freely. Now, having been presented with the opportunity to repudiate that stance, the Obama Administration has doubled down. Is it any wonder that Obama stayed home from Paris? The march by world leaders and a million others was in direct opposition to Obama Administration policy!

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Would That American Political Leaders Would Say This

But it takes a Muslim politician in the Netherlands to do so.

The Muslim mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands, didnt hold back last week in telling Islamist extremists to f off on live television.

Ahmed Aboutaleb appeared on live television just hours after two French Islamists gunned down 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, the Daily Mail reported.

It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom, he said on the Dutch program Nieuwsuur (Newshour). But if you dont like freedom, for heavens sake, pack your bags and leave.

If you do not like it here because some humorists you dont like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f off, Mr. Aboutaleb added. Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here.

Bravo, sir! Bravo!

And that goes for anyone of any faith who suggests that we need to stigmatize or ban speech that offends Muslims on the grounds that it is Islamophobic.

Eff off and get out!





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Jimmy Carter Proves Hes Worst Ex-President Since John Tyler

As he announces his belief that the guilt for last weeks terrorist attacks in France properly belongs to. . . the Jews!

Muslim anger over the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the contributing causes of the kind of Islamist-inspired terrorism that claimed the lives of 20 people in France last week, former president Jimmy Carter told Jon Stewart of Comedy Centrals The Daily Show.

When asked what he thought were the factors that led to the killings, Carter replied: Well, one of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem. And this aggravates people who are affiliated in any way with the Arab people who live in the West Bank and Gaza, what they are doing now whats being done to them. So I think thats part of it.

This isn't the first time that the worst president of my lifetime prior to 2009 has shown his Jew-hatred. Will this time result in the sort of public scorn that he merits?

Then again, maybe I'm being unfair in calling Carter the worst ex-president since John Tyler. After all, Tyler merely became an advocate of secession and a member of the Congress of the Confederate States after leaving office. Carter has become an apologist for terrorism and an advocate for Jew-hatred, which I would argue makes him infinitely worse.





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Proudly Identifying With Charlie Hebdo

As most of you know, within a few minutes of learning of the Charlie Hebdo massacre I had cobbled together an I am Charlie Hebdo graphic for my website and had made it my picture on both Facebook and Twitter. It was, I believe, the right thing to do. In the days since, I have steadfastly defended the magazine and the individual victims of the massacre. I have called them martyrs for the liberties that under-gird Western Civilization, and I believe that with my whole heart.

And yet this stand has not set well with everyone. For instance, last night I received a message from a friend a former elected official in my area whose conservative credentials and support for liberty are beyond question. She began with a condemnation of the terrorist attack in Paris, but raised the question of how much it was appropriate for a Christian to identify with Charlie Hebdo given some of the other images that the magazine had published images that most Christians would recognize to be sacrilegious, if not blasphemous, by the standards of our faith.

I think my response surprised her. I told her I was proud to identify with Charlie Hebdo despite being well aware of the magazines content which offends my faith and that of my Jewish brothers and sisters. I then went on to note that I dont agree with the content of those drawings, but I agree with knuckling under to the perpetually offended even less. Im therefore willing to suffer my faith and those things I hold sacred being skewered from time to time in order to defend the freedom to speak and publish freely. I closed by observing that my God is big enough and tough enough to take the mockery something that clearly cannot be said about the weak and puny deity followed by the murderous swine in Paris.

But my friend had a point. Do statements that some find blasphemous, exposing to ridicule the faith and sacred things of others, merit defense? Do those who speak or publish that which others deem sacrilegious merit a defense or deserve to be held up as heroes? After all, such things are certainly uncivil, and often lack much in the way of value in the eyes of those who are offended. Why not ban such words and images? Why not punish those who utter or publish them? And rather than lionize those who engage in them, why not condemn them?

The Paris murders answer those questions with exclamation points that resonate as sharply as the gunshots that ended the lives of who died at the offices of Charlie Hebdo. They merit defense because we cannot allow the most thin-skinned and violent to define the limits of our liberties. Civility, while a virtue of sorts, is oft overrated and used as an excuse to suppress the even more important virtues of honesty and forthrightness in the face of that which is false and evil. And while the penalties of social ostracism and public derision might be appropriate for incivility, neither incarceration nor death are merited for the crime of trampling on the religious feelings of others.

Indeed, the pluralistic nature of our modern society is such that the state is woefully unsuited to inflicting such punishments after all, to the ears of a Jew, the Christian claim that Christ is the Messiah foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures is an offense. To the faithful Catholic, the Protestant rejection of the doctrine of transubstantiation amounts to blasphemy against the body and blood of Christ. Muslims find the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to be blasphemy, while Muslim rejections of Jesuss divinity is blasphemy in the eyes of a Christian believer. Whose speech should be suppressed? Whose proclamation of faith should be deemed a criminal offense because it trespasses against the religious tenets of others? And more to the point, should the willingness of members of one faith to engage in a relentless campaign of violence and murder in response to religiously offensive speech be rewarded with state enforcement of their censorship demands?

Those who argue that mockery of others faith should be rejected as beyond the pale are notoriously inconsistent with their application of that standard. For example, we in Houston are just a week away from opening night of the award-winning musical The Book of Mormon, which mocks and belittles the faith of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Madonna is currently on tour, making big dollars for her performances despite a long history of making use of the religious symbols of various faiths in ways which some members of those faiths find sacrilegious. Bill Mahers shtick revolves around attacks on religion and religious believers. Nobody is suggesting that any of these performances or performers be banned nor is there any suggestion that they should be banned lest outraged believers engage in acts of violence in response.

Which brings us to this observation by Ross Douhat.

Must all deliberate offense-giving, in any context, be celebrated, honored, praised? I think not. But in the presence of the gun or, as in the darker chapters of my own faiths history, the rack or the stake both liberalism and liberty require that it be welcomed and defended.

Ill agree with Douhat that deliberately giving offense might, in some situations, be a negative thing. But at other times it is obligatory and the current situation in which billions of non-Muslims are being told by a subset of Muslims that any depiction of Muhammad will carry with it the penalty of death because such depictions violate the some real or imagined prohibition required by the Islamic faith is one of those times. Thats why Ive long identified with Charlie Hebdo and republished some of their controversial illustrations and even created a few of my own. I will continue to do so because it is my right (and the right of every human being) to do so. And if any Muslim believes that their false god and their putative prophet are not able to withstand such an indignity, Id like to offer them the chance to sit down and talk about a God who is impervious to that sort of assault and does not require the murder of others in response.

And so let me reiterate.

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January 12, 2015

Will The Islamic World Heed Al-Sisi?

If it seems like Im piling on Islam here lately, that is because Islam is giving plenty worthy of criticism. But there was recently a speech by Egypts President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to a group of Muslim clerics that must be noted.

I am referring here to the religious clerics. We have to think hard about what we are facingand I have, in fact, addressed this topic a couple of times before. Its inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible!

That thinkingI am not saying religion but thinkingthat corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the centuries, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. Its antagonizing the entire world!

Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the worlds inhabitantsthat is 7 billionso that they themselves may live? Impossible!

I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulemaAllah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which Im talking about now.

All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.

I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lostand it is being lost by our own hands.

The murderous deeds done in the name of Islam around the world some 20,000 terrorist incidents since 9/11 alone shows that there is a need for change within Islam. As I have said in the past there is a cancer growing within Islam that has led not only to these acts of terrorism but also to broad acceptance within Islam worldwide of them as legitimate (or at least justifiable) expressions of that faith. Al-Sisi is calling for Muslim leaders to treat the disease before it metastasizes. Will they respond? Is it too late?





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Because. . . Religion Of Peace

Fresh off of killing 2000 people in the worst terrorist incident since 9/11, the Muslim Boko Haram terrorist group has found another way of honoring the beliefs of Islam strapping explosives to little girls and sending them into crowds as human bombs.

Two suspected child suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, witnesses said, killing three people in the second apparent attack in two days using young girls strapped with explosives.

The blasts struck around mid-afternoon at an open market selling mobile handsets in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state, which has frequently been attacked by the Sunni Muslim jihadist group Boko Haram.

A trader at the market, Sani Abdu Potiskum, said the bombers were about 10 years old. "I saw their dead bodies. They are two young girls of about 10 years of age ... you only see the plaited hair and part of the upper torso," the trader said.

A source at the Potiskum general hospital said three people had been killed, excluding the bombers, while 46 were injured.

As noted, this isnt the first such attack earlier in the weekend 18 people were killed by a bomb strapped on a ten year old girl by these heroic warriors for Islam.





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Obama Administration Investigates Leaked Obama Daughter Selfie

Because. . . priorities!

The White House is investigating how a selfie of eldest first daughter Malia Obama got out on social media and caused a stir online.

The 16-year-old daughter of President Barack Obama can be seen wearing a Pro Era shirt and showed up on rap news source Masked Gorillas Twitter page.

Pro Era is a hip hop group based out of Brooklyn, New York.

The photo shows Malia with a white T-shirt with the groups red and green logo across the front. She also has her hands raised behind her head as if adjusting her ponytail.

I suspect what we will find out is that the picture was shared by Malia with one of her friends, who shared it with another friend, who shared it with some related to the group.

Why is this a big deal? Because it is bad PR for her daddys administration, since Pro Era is Marxist, anti-white, and anti-cop.

Sorta like her daddy.





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Obama Disgraces America With Paris No-Show

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When world leaders gathered to stand against Islamic terrorism in the wake of the attack on freedom of speech and freedom of speech that saw a dozen killed in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, there was a conspicuous absence.

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Wheres Obama? Absent watching football in the White House. So was his representative at a summit on terrorism, Attorney General Eric Holder, who skipped the march to do the Sunday talk shows.

Why was Obama absent? I think that his 2012 speech at the UN says it all.

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Or maybe the words of his press spokesman on cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo a week prior to that speech.

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Or maybe the words of Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a few days earlier, following the Benghazi terrorist attack on the US consulate and the murder of four Americans explains Obamas failure to attend the rally.

Heck, maybe the best explanation of the failure of Obama (and Holder) to attend is found in this picture.

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After all, Obama and his minions at the Justice Department worked so expeditiously to identify someone who did nothing more offensive than did the folks at Charlie Hebdo in order to see that he was placed safely behind bars where he could not satirize Islam's false prophet.

Time and again, the Obama Administration has sided against freedom of speech and the press when it comes to speech directed against Islam and its false prophet. In light of that, how could Obama or any high-ranking member of his administration go and stand with world leaders defending such freedoms against those who would suppress them? After all, Obama has consistently been on the side of those who seek to stop and punish those who do and say things of the sort said and done by the folks at Charlie Hebdo, not the side of the freedom to do and say them!

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January 09, 2015

Watcher's Forum -- January 9

"Enjoy this HTML, ya'll and do some good rockin' this weekend for the King!"

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week's Watcher's Council match up.

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility" - Eleanor Roosevelt

"One of the chief tasks of any dialogue with the Gentile world is to prove that the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism is not a distinction at all." - Abba Eban


"The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchmen. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese--and no one says a word about refugees.

But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace.

Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world. - Eric Hoffer

"We must take positions. Our weakness in the West is born of the fact of so-called 'objectivity.' Objectivity does not exist - it cannot exist!... The word is a hypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. No, sir: Sometimes truth stays on one side only."
- Orianna Fallacci


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This week's winning essay,Joshuapundit's -Who's 'Responsible?' came about when I read an astounding statement from the mouth of European Union foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini. Here's a slice:

Sometimes, a public figure makes a statement that simply defies the imagination in its blatant hypocrisy and ignorance of reality.

Those of you who have been following events in the region know that the Third Intifada against Israel is well underway, and that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are doing their best to incite violence. Against this background, Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority AKA Hamas/Fatah recently went to the UN Security Council in an attempt to get a resolution declaring a Palestinian State along the pre '67 lines that would have called for forcing Israel back to indefensible borders, re-dividing Jerusalem and barring Jews from their Holy sites, ethnically cleansing 500,000 Jews, freeing all terrorists currently in captivity in Israeli jails and allowing any of the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians to return to whatever they claim their homes were in Israel.

The resolution failed by one vote, but Abbas has promised to re-introduce it now that three pro-Israel nation's terms on the Security Council have finished and three anti-Israel countries terms on the Security Council started in 2015. And Abbas is also attempted to join the International Criminal Court, saying that if he's successful he will attempt to prosecute Israel there for war crimes.

Aside from violating both the Oslo Accords and The Road Map, this is nothing less than a hostile entity making a declaration of war against Israel.

In retaliation, Israel decided to take the measure of freezing $127 million in tax monies it gathered for Hamas/Fatah, and is considering other measures as well.

The EU immediately condemned this, and their reaction is worth looking at.

European Union foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said in a statement today that even this moderate pushback "runs counter to Israels obligations."

An effective Palestinian Authority, committed to non-violence and a peaceful resolution of the conflict, is a key element for a two-state solution, Mogherini said.

Mogherini said that recent steps taken could aggravate the already tense situation on the ground and bring them further away from a negotiated solution.

Both sides should refrain from taking actions which could raise obstacles to the rapid return to the negotiations, she added.

She also threatened that the EUs financing of 'Palestine' could be endangered by Israels withholding the money.

You have to wonder what planet the EU thinks it lives on.

Israel's 'responsibilities?' What about the Palestinian Authority?

In exchange for being gifted sovereignty by Israel in the Oslo Accords over some land it otherwise had no claim to, The Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians agreed to do three things...renounce terrorism, recognize Israel's right to exist and end anti-semitic incitement in its mosques schools and media. Those same three requirements were also part of the Road Map.

Not one of them has ever been adhered to, not by Arafat, not by Mahmoud Abbas and certainly not by Hamas.

While the PLO charter tepidly recognizes Israel, neither the Fatah charter or the Hamas charters do. Support for terrorism against Israeli civilians is a given, and not merely tolerated but rewarded. In the twenty years since Oslo, not a single person has ever been arrested by the PA security forces for killing a Jew. Financing of terrorist activity by the PA and Hamas is a long documented fact. Terrorist killers convicted of some of the most heinous murders by Israeli courts are called 'holy martyrs' by Abbas and receive a nice salary from the PA courtesy of Eu and American taxpayers, and these 'martyrs' are held up as heroes and role models to Palestinian society. They're glorified in its media, lionized in its mosques and have public buildings named after them.

Mahmoud Abbas's Moscow University treatise claiming that the Holocaust never happened and that the few Jews that were killed were the result of 'Zionists' collaborating with the Nazis is a required text in the PA's school curriculum.

And the PA itself is now allied in a unity government with the genocidal Hamas.For that matter, the PLO has already said that the Oslo Accords no longer apply to them.

And when Mogherini talks about a Palestinian Authority, committed to non-violence and a peaceful resolution of the conflict, does she even recognize the years of sustained and constant rejectionism and unwillingness to negotiate anything by Arafat,Abbas and the PA as the main contributor to the current impasse?

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was the one and only Rush Limbaugh with The GOP Leadership's Attitude Toward Its Own Base Is Unprecedentedsubmitted by Ask Marion. This is a transcript of Limbaugh's comments on the air during his hugely popular radio show and he takes on the contradiction of a large part of the Republican leadership showing outright contempt for the voters that just gave them one of the largest GOP congressional majorities in history with his usual clarity and logic. Definitely read it.


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William Hoge Nails It At Hogewash

His observation about the moral cowardice of too many in the West.

Too many folks have fixed ideas about such things as freedom of expression until the threat of firebombs or Kalashnikovs becomes real. Too many writers, editors, and publishers collapse when faced violence. (Some will cave in to a bogus lawsuit.)

The important question is not whether Charlie Hebdo has conducted itself with good manners or in good taste or whether or not they had it coming to em. The question is whether the hecklers veto should be allowed to include Molotov cocktails and full metal jacket ammunition.

The answer must be in the negative not merely a passive no, but an emphatic Hell No!

And in regards to the malignant seventh century religion of violence and intimidation that seeks to stifle all criticism, that should also extend to refusing to allow race hustlers and leaders of Islamic hate groups to stifle criticism of Islamic beliefs, practices and violence.





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Quit Calling Him The Prophet

V the K over at GayPatriot gets it right.

I have a bone to pick with the way some media outlets have been referring to Muhammed as The Prophet in order to gain favor with the Islamists they admire and with the Emperor who has stated that The Future Must Not Belong To Those Who Slander The Prophet of Islam.

Just can it, already. First of all, everybody can spot your faux-Cosmopolitan affectation; its as phony as going out of the way to pronounce Spanish names with an exaggerated Hispanic accent, or the way the Emperor says Pah-Kee-Stahn. Second, I belong to a church that is led by a living Prophet. Sucking up to the Mohammedans by acting as though their prophet is the only one is disrespectful and insulting, not just to my religion, but also to Christians and Jews who revere Biblical Prophets such as Isaiah, Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah and so forth.

It also tells us much that the only religion you even feign respect for is the one that will kill you if you dont.

Of course, Ive long refused to call Muhammad the Prophet. I instead refer to him as the false prophet or the putative prophet because I do not believe that Muhammad was actually a prophet of God (though I am open to the possibility that he was a mouthpiece for Satan). And as far as the whole Peace Be Upon Him deal, I prefer this instead.

PBUH

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Place Bacon Upon Him





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January 08, 2015

On The Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack

Yesterday as I prepared for work, I heard the news of a terrorist attack on a French magazine. My heart immediately fell, for I knew without hearing any further details which magazine had been attacked. I turned and looked at my wife and sadly said that I knew which publication it had been that it would be the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Within the next few minutes my belief was confirmed, and in the hours that followed I learned of the deaths of these martyrs for the liberties that undergird Western Civilization.

Why Charlie Hebdo? Why attack a magazine noted for its humor and its satirization of political, social, and religious leaders and institutions? I knew the answer yesterday, but today the world knows because the magazine regularly violated the norms of Islam by not only publishing pictures of the faiths putative prophet, Muhammad, but also by doing so in a manner that was frankly disrespectful. Islam was not the magazines sole target, but it was the only one to respond with violence with riots around the world when it republished the Dutch Muhammad cartoons, with a firebombing in 2011, and with yesterdays murderous attack that left a ten members of the staff dead, including the magazines publisher and four of its cartoonists, as well as two police officers (one of them himself a Muslim).

But lets not make any mistake here. While this was an attack on one magazine that violated the religious strictures of Islam, that magazine was not the main target. The real target was our Western tradition of religious freedom and freedom of expression. What was actually under attack was our sense that we can safely express beliefs contrary to the orthodoxy of the most extreme and violent adherents of a primitive religion that is built on force, fear and intimidation which coerce submission rather than a solid faith that its teachings are self-evidently true and worthy of being followed voluntarily.

Lest one think that my assessment of Islam is unfair, let us consider the words of Islamic cleric Anjem Choudary as they appeared in USA today in the hours following the assassination of the ten journalists and two police officers in Paris.

Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone. Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people's desires.

The freedoms that are taken for granted in the Western world freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion -- are incompatible with Islam. Choudary goes on to make it clear that he believes that governments must limit the freedoms of their citizens to no more than those which Islam will tolerate or both government sand citizens will face the ire and violent retaliation of offended Muslims.

Sadly, too many of the opinion leaders in the political class and the commentariat have fallen short in their response to this dastardly act of Islamic terrorism. For example, CNN still will not show the images that the terrorists deem to be the provocation for their despicable deeds. The New York Times has taken the opportunity of the attack to express its concern that opposition to Islam not terrorism directed against those who exercise fundamental human rights will increase in the wake of the murders. Former Democrat presidential candidate and party chairman Howard Dean insisted that we not label as Muslims those who commit terrorism in defense of the honor of Muhammad while shouting Allahu Akbar apparently because he knows better than Choudary what constitutes the proper interpretation of Islam. Similarly, Tony Barber of the Financial Times seemed more comfortable condemning the victims than their killers, calling the decision to speak and publish freely stupid because doing so constitute a provocation to angry Muslims who do not believe in freedom of speech, press or religion though in his defense, Barber did not quite go so far as Choudary in asserting that the dead had it coming for having dared to exercise their freedom in a way that offended the terrorists. And while President Obama did issue a tepid statement condemning the attack, the words Muslim. Islam, jihad, and sharia were notably absent in sharp contrast to his administrations 2012 statement that condemned the decision of Charlie Hebdo to publish cartoons that sparked riots in the Muslim world and the presidents post-Benghazi declaration that the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam by making films or publishing words or cartoons that offend Muslims. While none of these unworthy opinion leaders were saying that the dead in Paris had it coming like Choudary, they and others of their ilk were not willing to stand up and condemn that which was the true motive for these reprehensible murders the cancerous notion that restrictions found in sharia law must be followed even by non-believers and enforced by governments even in countries where Muslims are a minority lest death and destruction be rained down upon those who choose freedom over the submission to oppressive Quranic decrees.

Choudary concludes his polemic with the following declaration.

It is time that the sanctity of a Prophet revered by up to one-quarter of the world's population was protected.

Consider the implications of that demand.

Speaking for myself, I find the notion of living in a society that Anjem Choudary and his ilk seek to impose is intolerable. But unlike them, Im not going to seek to kill over the mere expression of an idea that I find offensive. I will, on the other hand, fight against the elimination of fundamental liberties that they insist is required to show respect to them and their false religion. I will not, for fear of the terroristic impulses of the extremists in the Muslim community, remain silent or refrain from commenting upon and criticizing a faith that has sadly become the greatest force for evil facing civilization today. I will not surrender my liberty because the barbaric followers of a delusional seventh-century used camel salesman demand that I do so. It is to them that I send the following message.

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I Am Charlie Hebdo!

Stop Islamic Terrorism!

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January 02, 2015

Watcher's Forum -- January 2

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week's Watcher's Council match up.

"The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings, capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom." - John Locke, Second Treatise of Government

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep." - Saul Bellow, 1976

"The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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This week's winning essay,The Noisy Room's -Meet The Agitators Behind the New York Protests and Cop Killings is a very well written and detailed look at the story behind the story...the groups whom are organizing and directing the recent spate of riots, protests and attacks on police. Here's a slice:

As riots and police attacks ratchet up, America needs a primer on who is behind all the violence and chaos. The media and our Marxist government would have you believe that the protests across the nation are spontaneous reactions to the cop-related murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Both were black young men and both were killed by white cops. Only problem is that both of these thugs were actively committing crimes and resisting arrest. Grand juries found both officers innocent. Racially stoked violence and protests were next on the agenda. But things are never what they seem and there are players that planned and executed an agenda when an opportunity presented itself.

The radical Leftist group, ANSWER, is behind much of this. ANSWER stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism. One of the major anti-war fronts of the Stalinist Workers War Party from the early 1990s through 2010, ANSWER International sponsored many large protests over US involvement in Iraq during both the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom endeavors. Its leadership has consisted almost solely of WWP or Youth Against War and Fascism members. Since 2006, ANSWER has come under the influence of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, a split from the Workers World Party. In other words, communists. ANSWER shares the same physical address in New York as the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Though they claim to have formed in the aftermath of 9/11, this groups core has been around a long time.

From Discover the Networks:

 oalition Organizations as listed on ANSWER Website:


  • Al-Awda (Right of Return Coalition)

  • IFCO/Pastors for Peace (ANSWER Steering Committee)

  • Free Palestine Alliance U.S. (ANSWER Steering Committee)

  • Partnership for Civil Justice LDEF (ANSWER Steering Committee)

  • Nicaragua Network (ANSWER Steering Committee)

  • Bayan USA/International (ANSWER Steering Committee)

  • Korea Truth Commission (ANSWER Steering Committee)

  • International Action Center (ANSWER Steering Committee)

  • Muslim Student Association of the U.S./Canada (ANSWER Steering Committee)

  • Kensington Welfare Rights Union (ANSWER Steering Committee)

  • Mexico Solidarity Network (ANSWER Steering Committee)

  • Middle East Childrens Alliance (ANSWER Steering Committee)

  • National Council of Arab Americans

  • National Lawyers Guild

  • Not in Our Name

  • United for Peace and Justice


Speakers at ANSWER-Co-Sponsored Events as listed on ANSWER Website:

ANSWER also claims 501c status under the Progress Unity Fund.
The New York protests were organized by ANSWER, Occupy Wall Street and approximately 10 other radical Left wing groups. These groups are economic justice and pro-Palestinian in nature. ANSWER is extremely anti-Israel and anti-military. Their steering committee is made up of Progressive groups, socialists, communists and advocates from the Muslim, Arab, Palestinian, Filipino, Haitian and Latin American communities.

Democratic Socialists of America helped support and craft Occupy Wall Street. Also assisting in the formation of the group was the Communist Party USA, assisted by the Young Communist League USA. The communists are also working an agenda here to change America into a communist utopia.

From Occupy Wall Street:


Fifth Avenue is the worlds most expensive shopping street a playground for the global 1%. **This 1% is precisely who the police serve and protect. They flood black, Latino and other oppressed communities like an occupying army so as to intimidate us into accepting things the way they are.

Other organizers of the protests included:

  • Crystal House

  • El Grito De Sunset Park

  • Existence is Resistance

  • New Yorkers Against Bratton

  • NYC Solidarity with Palestine


The communists are not alone however. They are working with Jihadists radical Islamists who want bloodshed in our streets. The media has blacked out that the killer of the two NYPD officers a week ago was Muslim. Ismaaiyl Brinsley had Koranic verses and Islamic Jihadist propaganda on his Facebook page. He was also cozy with an extremist imam. But you would never know it to read the mainstream media. Brinsley was also a member of the gang known as the Black Guerrilla Family.


Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Kurt Schlichter with 2014: The Year The Liberal Lies Died submitted by Joshuapundit. I think he's on to something here, as he usually is.

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