Apr 24 2014

Burning Babies

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 3:45 pm

From American Thinker.Com

J.R. Dunn

It’s not widely known that the Nazis used human beings as fuel for the ovens of their death camps. Body fat will burn adequately, and the Nazis had a surplus in the form of overweight individuals newly arrived at the camps. A few of these unfortunates – most of them women – would be murdered early in the morning and set alight. The day’s total of victims of gassing, starvation, disease, and brutality would then be thrown on top. If necessary, some could be set aside for use if more heat was required.

This fact is overlooked in many histories of the Holocaust because – obviously enough – it goes beyond the disgusting and into the demonic. (This is a case where delicacy has worked against true decency: many Holocaust deniers take advantage of this oversight by arguing that the Nazis lacked the fuel to burn their victims. It’s usually put in the form of “It takes 7.3 liters of gas to burn a body. Where did they get all that gas?” – often with an identical little flick of the hand, as if you’re being presented with a full can of gas. It’s probably the most convincing factoid that such people have in their arsenals.)

This is brought to mind by news that human bodies – in the form of aborted and miscarried infants discarded as “medical waste” – have been burned both in the U.S. and U.K. for purposes of power generation.

In the U.K., this involved over 15,000 infants burned to heat National Health Service hospitals. (It goes without saying that it would be the NHS, the most inhuman department of the British government.) This practice continued for two years before it became public in late March and was immediately banned as “totally unacceptable.” Women were told that their babies had been “cremated”.

In the U.S., it was Oregon, the state that also pioneered euthanasia, that was burning babies for fuel. Early this week the Catholic Herald of British Columbia exposed a program that shipped medical waste – including dead children – to an energy plant in Brooks, Oregon. After being publicized by right-to-life outlets – above all, LifeNews.com – the practice was halted on Wednesday.

Two points leap immediately to mind: the first is that abortion, one of the few true sacraments of the left, corrodes and degrades everything it touches. This is far beyond what even the harshest critics predicted back in 1973, though in hindsight, it seems inevitable.

The second is, what kind of soulless automatons were involved in carrying out these programs? The state seems to have no problem finding such types when it needs them. Will any of them pay any price at all? I wouldn’t hold my breath.

One of the greatest crimes of the monster tyrannies of the 20th century – not just the Third Reich alone – was the reduction of human beings to material, to resources that could be discarded or used as the state saw fit. The Nazi use of individuals as fuel was the ultimate expression of this, and the same is true of the British and American “children as fuel” programs. The liberalism of the 21st century shares this factor with the social-nationalist dictatorships, and not all the butterflies, rainbows, and unicorns strewn around by its supporters can camouflage this. Liberalism is truly the road to the abyss.

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Apr 24 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 24th April 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 3:32 pm

From PJ Media.Com

The Republicans’ Continued Public Relations Disaster
By Roger L. Simon
Republicans should be winning by acclimation for every position from dog catcher to president. But they’re  not.  And you don’t need Strother Martin to tell you why – it’s a failure to communicate.
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All-In on Amnesty: Renee Ellmers Is Boehner and Cantor’s ‘Tell’
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The Cantor/Brat primary date is close, on June 10. The Ellmers/Roche primary is much closer — May 6. Both need lots of money now.
Ryan Meeting with Black Caucus Next Week on Poverty Comments
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A Democratic congresswoman from Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) home state said that the Congressional Black Caucus is eager to meet with the House Budget Committee chairman on Wednesday to discuss his comments on inner-city poverty.

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Footage Reveals Horrors of War and Courage of Churchill
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Trifecta digs through old British Pathé newsreels to bring you footage of World War I and later footage of Winston Churchill. Hear more in the second part of this three-part series.
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Margaret Sanger Declaring ‘No More Babies’
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British Pathé has released newsreels to bring you forgotten historical footage. In the first part of this three-part series, the Trifecta crew unearths a reel of birth control advocate Margaret Sanger arguing for a moratorium on human births. Sound like a hoax? Find out!
What You May Have Missed
Pentagon Sending Paratrooper Companies to Poland, Baltic States (Bridget Johnson)
ZoNation: “Attorney” Sics Police on Zo at Dem Lawmaker’s Meet & Greet!
A Body Blow to Racial Discrimination (Roger Kimball)
Curmudgeon v. Thought Police (Ed Driscoll)
What’s More Popular: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip to Meet President Barack Obama, or a Pair of Edible Breadshoes? (Bryan Preston)
Strong Religious Beliefs Can Shape How Women View Homeschooling (Paula Bolyard)
One of the Most Dangerous Ideas in All of Medicine… (Theodore Dalrymple)
Does Admitting You Might Be Wrong Make You Right? (Hannah Sternberg)
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Apr 24 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 24th April 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 2:38 pm

From Jihad Watch.Org

Houston: Muslim arrested for making terroristic threats and displaying hoax bomb after four-hour standoff at Walmart

Apr 23, 2014 08:03 pm | Robert Spencer

America, here is your future. Here is the future you have chosen by electing leaders who are — alm0st to a man or woman — willfully ignorant about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, and complacently trusting that a Muslim community in the U.S. that is largely under the control of the Muslim […]

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Jihadists now control secretive U.S. base in Libya

Apr 23, 2014 06:02 pm | Robert Spencer

Why is this a big deal? The U.S. was arming al Qaeda in Libya, so why should anyone be upset that it has taken over this base? In fact, Barack Obama and John Kerry should fly over to Libya forthwith and hand it over to al Qaeda leaders in a nice ribbon-cutting ceremony. Anything less, […]

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Hamas, Abbas’s PLO announce reconciliation agreement

Apr 23, 2014 05:40 pm | Robert Spencer

Netanyahu said that Abbas “chose Hamas and not peace. Whoever chooses Hamas does not want peace.” Indeed. But this is nothing new. Mahmoud Abbas said on March 15, 2013: “As far as I am concerned, there is no difference between our policies and those of Hamas.” And what are those Hamas policies? “Israel will exist […]

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Reza Aslan: Idea of resurrection “absolutely has no basis in 5,000 years of Jewish history, scripture or thought”

Apr 23, 2014 04:58 pm | Robert Spencer

In today’s politically correct culture, marching in the establishment lockstep, not ability, is what gets you ahead. The mainstream media lionizes people not because of their particular acumen, talents or intelligence, but because they parrot the establishment line that the media wants the public to adopt: contempt for America, hatred for Israel, disdain for Christianity […]

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Muslims enraged over al-Qaeda video at 9/11 Museum; Museum removes mention of “Islamic terrorism” from its website

Apr 23, 2014 03:58 pm | Robert Spencer

Here is yet another attempt to rewrite history and pretend that the 9/11 hijackers were not Islamic jihadists who were inspired by Islamic texts and teachings. “The screening of this film in its present state would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum,” wrote Sheikh Mostafa […]

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99 Years of Turkish Genocide

Apr 23, 2014 03:32 pm | Robert Spencer

In the declining days of the Ottoman Empire and the time of the birth of the secular Turkish republic, Christians in Anatolia were seen either as kuffar harbi, Infidels at war with Islam, and/or enemies of the Turkish state, for seeking political union with Greece and independence for Armenia. They were massacred and exiled wholesale. […]

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Only 35% of Americans now think U.S. is winning War on Terror

Apr 23, 2014 03:21 pm | Robert Spencer

This is the lowest level in three years of likely U.S. voters who think we’re winning the “War on Terror,” but I am astonished that it is that high. After all, the “War on Terror” has been declared over at least three times (in 2012 and twice in 2009), so the Rasmussen Reports survey is […]

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U.S. “switched sides in the war on terror,” allowed $500 million of weapons to reach al-Qaeda jihadists

Apr 23, 2014 03:01 pm | Robert Spencer

It’s really no wonder that things have fallen out the way they have. When there is an administration in Washington that has essentially “switched sides” and is aiding the jihadis who murdered 3,000 Americans on 9/11, and the mainstream media is avid to protect that administration from the slightest hint of adverse publicity, it is […]

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Tony Blair says West, Russia and China should fight “radicalized Islam,” predictable firestorm ensues

Apr 23, 2014 02:29 pm | Robert Spencer

Years ago I was calling for a global alliance against the jihad threat, and a massive reconfiguration of our alliances, but it was as far away then as it is now from any realistic chance of realization; Tony Blair is the first major political figure to take it up. But now the response he is […]

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Moderate Fatah’s military wing: “Armed resistance until the liberation of all of Palestine”

Apr 23, 2014 10:02 am | Robert Spencer

“Of course, Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with anyone who is dedicated to its destruction. But while I know you have had differences with the Palestinian Authority, I believe that you do have a true partner in President Abbas…” — Barack Obama, March 21, 2013 “PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is also the head of […]

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France: Prime Minister launches “anti-jihad” plan to “dissuade, prevent, punish” those tempted to join jihad

Apr 23, 2014 08:52 am | Robert Spencer

This news report is somewhat unclear. It seems as if the French are only directing this effort against Muslims planning to join the jihad in Syria, but they may also be planning to direct it against Muslims who want to wage jihad at home. In any case, it is extremely noteworthy that Hollande spoke about […]

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Apr 23 2014

The Rapid Militarization of Small Town America

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 6:28 pm

From Prophecy News Watch.Com

37% of likely U.S. voters now fear the federal government, and an additional 17% are not sure if they should or not, according to a new survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports on April 15-16.

The survey of one thousand likely voters also revealed that 42% who own guns that are kept in their homes, fear the federal government, compared to 30% who do not keep guns at home. 52% of union members versus 35% of non-unionized voters share that fear.

One might ask, who is afraid of whom? Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Washington-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said, “We’re seeing a highly unusual amount of ammunition being bought by the federal agencies over a fairly short period of time. To be honest, I don’t understand why the federal government is buying so much at this time.”

“I don’t believe in conspiracy theories,” he continued, “but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The amount of ammunition they’re buying up far exceeds their needs. It far exceeds what they’ll use — they’ll never use it all.”

Erich Pratt, communications director for Gun Owners of America, stated, “We realize that the House is still investigating the ammo purchases by the administration, but from what we’ve seen so far, most representatives don’t seem alarmed.”

According to Newsmax, an impressive list of federal agencies are actively acquiring disturbingly massive quantities of ammo. Earlier this year, the U.S. Postal Service, under the heading “Assorted Small Arms Ammunition,” posted this notice on its website: “The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition. If your organization wishes to participate, you must pre-register. This message is only a notification of our intent to solicit proposals.”

Just over a year ago, the Social Security Administration put in a request for 174,000 rounds of “.357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow-point” bullets.

A while back, the Department of Agriculture requested 320,000 rounds and more recently, the Department of Homeland Security caused a stir with its request for 450 million rounds. About the same time, the FBI independently pursued the acquisition of 100 million hollow-point rounds. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also requested 46,000 rounds.

Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League questioned why a weather service would need ammunition. “One just doesn’t know why they’re doing this,” he said. “The problem is, all these agencies have their own SWAT teams, their own police departments, which is crazy.”

Theoretically, Van Cleave maintains it should be the U.S. marshals that represent the armed branch of the federal government. “Do we really need this?” he asks. Referring to the expansion of police forces throughout all levels of government, Van Cleave continues, “That was something our Founding Fathers did not like and we should all be concerned about.”

During Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff, many Americans were shocked to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy’s ranch. According to the National Review, they shouldn’t be. Many federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to expand the definition of their missions.

Americans can accept that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But it becomes more controversial when we discover that the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also have SWAT units.

The worrying trend towards militarization of our federal agencies is well under way, not to mention local police forces.

In his 2013 book entitled Rise of the Warrior Cop, journalist Radley Balko writes, “The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop — armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties.”

As these paramilitary federal SWAT teams proliferate, so do the abuses that have little to do with drugs or terrorism. Many of the raids these units conduct are against harmless, often innocent Americans typically accused civil or administrative violations that are non-violent.

In June of 2011 for example, Kenneth Wright of Stockton, California was “visited” by a SWAT team from the U.S. Department of Education. At 6:00 a.m., agents busted down the door at his home, dragged him outside in his boxer shorts and handcuffed him. His three children (ages 3, 7, and 11) were placed in a police car for two hours while his home was searched, allegedly to uncover information on Wright’s estranged wife Michelle, who was suspected of college financial-aid fraud but who had not been living with him.

A SWAT team from the Food and Drug Administration raided the farm of Dan Allgyer of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2010. His crime? Shipping unpasteurized milk across state lines to a cooperative of young women with children in Washington, D.C., called Grass Fed on the Hill. Although raw milk can be sold in Pennsylvania, it is illegal to transport it across state lines. The SWAT raid subsequently forced Allgyer to close down his business.

The feds have encouraged local police departments to purchase surplus military hardware and form their own SWAT units since 9/11, issuing an abundance of homeland-security grants. By 2005, at least 80% of towns with a population ranging between 25,000 and 50,000 people had their own SWAT team. National Review reports that the number of raids conducted by local police SWAT teams has increased from 3,000 per year in the 1980s to over 50,000 per year today.

Even the tiniest towns in America have acquired an MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected armored personnel vehicle), which are typically used for war!

For the past few years, the Pentagon has been dispersing these vehicles to police departments across the country, offering no training on their use. That’s rather peculiar, since these bulky war machines are designed for use on a battlefield and have little real application in domestic police work.

The trend toward more militarized domestic police forces is clear, and it’s been happening since the early 1980s.

In the Washington Post’s “The Watch” – an opinion blog on civil liberties and the justice system – Radley Balko (author) provides a short and incomplete list of 21 small towns that have recently required an MRAP from the Defense Department. All but one have populations ranging from 12,000 to 91,000, with the leading ‘tiniest town’ contender so far being Dundee, Michigan, which boasts a population of a mere 3,900 people.

In a previous PNW article published in February, we highlighted that in early 2014, the resilient theme of internment camps in America resurfaced once again—with vigor—when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, speaking to a class of law students at the University of Hawaii law school in Honolulu, stated that the nation’s highest court was wrong to have upheld the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II but that he would expect a similar ruling in the event of a future conflict.

A retired Army Colonel in 2012 penned an academic study about the future use of the military as a peacekeeping force within the U.S., incorporating a shocking scenario in which the U.S. Army attempts to restore order in a town that has been seized by Tea Party “insurrectionists”.

A leaked U.S. Army manual disclosed plans for “Civil Disturbance Operations” to be used during periods of mass civil unrest in America, where troops are deployed domestically to quell riots, confiscate firearms and even kill Americans.

Additionally, the manual describes how prisoners will be processed through temporary internment camps under the guidance of U.S. Army FM 3-19.40 Internment/Resettlement Operations, with the intent of “reeducating” internees so they develop an “appreciation of U.S. policies” while they are incarcerated in prison camps on U.S. soil.

We also reported in a March PNW article that Americans now believe police are overstepping their bounds, both morally and constitutionally, as many departments have transformed themselves into soldier-like special-ops mercenaries, wearing black tactical pants, combat boots, black Under Armour brand shirts, dark ballistic eye protection, and black beanies or skull caps. They seem to be dressing more to prepare for a firefight with insurgents than to do public service duties such as helping someone with a flat tire, assist in a car accident, or writing a speeding ticket.

What exactly is the federal government preparing for? And why are they going to such great lengths to fortify small town law enforcement all over the country with SWAT units and rugged battlefield artillery vehicles? What plans are about to be implemented by the U.S. government that it believes will cause a grand scale uprising of violence and anger, enough to warrant the kind of internal military build-up we’re witnessing now that was once reserved for foreign archenemies of the U.S.?


Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2014/April23/232.html#UX6U2hECw2j1FJeZ.99

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Apr 23 2014

As China and Japan Prepare for War, American Forces Battle over Turf

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 6:05 pm

From American Thinker.Com

Many readers of American Thinker may be thinking that a war between China and Japan, with or without the US being involved, is precluded by the fact that it would be stupid and destructive.  Nevertheless, the people who are actually going to fight that war are continuing to prepare for it.  In the US forces, the Marines are seeing off an attempt by the Army to gain a role.  The Marines believe that they won’t need any help in retaking the Senkakus from China. They are also concerned that the Army attack helicopters would suffer from corrosion while sitting on flat-decked ships at sea.

Among the pundits, Foreign Policy has come to the realisation that if China seizes the Senakakus, they might as well seize the southern half of the Ryuku island chain, the Yaeyama Islands, while they are at it.  Militarily and morally, the Yaeyamas would be only a little bit more difficult than seizing the Senkakus but would come with plenty of basing opportunities and the benefit of partially enveloping Taiwan.

The Senkakus are too small and steep to host airfields.  The Yaeyamas have seven airfields, which may be a clue as to why China is buying refurbished Il-76 heavy transport aircraft rather than waiting for its recently developed heavy lift aircraft, the Y-20, to come off the production line in sufficient numbers.  It could be that China’s battle plan includes Special Forces capturing some of the Yaeyama airfields with immediate reinforcement delivered by the Il-76 aircraft so that they could be used to base fighter aircraft.

On the subject of airfields, China built one specifically for this war — the Shuimen Airbase at 26° 56′ 43″N, 120° 4′ 37″E.  It was built on top of a ridge about as close as one can get to the Senkakus on the Chinese mainland.  From the Shuimen Airbase it is 400 km to the Senkakus and 500 km to the Yaeyamas.  The Google Earth imagery shows an interesting camouflage pattern on the taxiways to the hardened shelters.  The Shuimen Airbase also has a lot of apron area adjacent to the runway suggesting that it will be used to surge aircraft coming from other airbases in China.

Chinese shaping of the psychological battle-space continues.  The latest development is the seizure of a Japanese cargo ship in China with the excuse being compensation for two Chinese ships leased by Japan in 1936.

The Japanese have announced the building of a radar station on the farthest of the Yaeyama Islands, Yoneguni.  It will be protected by 100 troops.

With plenty of signs from the protagonists that a war is coming, what should Republican legislators do to get ahead of the curve, instead of just being reactive and flat-footed?  The best thing that could be done right now is a bill requiring the expropriation of all Chinese-owned assets in the US upon the announcement by Japan that it has been attacked by China.  The internment of Chinese nationals could follow, but it is important to freeze and seize Chinese financial assets immediately upon the outbreak of hostilities.  This may end up being a warning system in that a sudden capital flight might mean that the attack was only hours away.

Back to the Army’s problem of having a role in this war.  What the Army could do is establish a field base for its helicopters on one of the larger, less-populated islands of the Yaeyamas, such as Iriomote-jima.  They won’t miss out on the war — China will come to them.

David Archibald, a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., is the author of The Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short (Regnery, 2014).

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Apr 23 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 23rd April 2014

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Drone Strikes Launched After AQAP Shows They’re Not on the Run
By Bridget Johnson
The U.S. and Yemen launched drone strikes against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula targets in the wake of a bold video released by the terror group showing a confab of terrorists, including al-Qaeda No. 2 Nasir al-Wuhayshi, essentially mocking the west with a meeting in the wide open.
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Is Money Being Wasted at Agency Intended to Protect Consumers’ Dime?
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Republicans continue to launch complaints about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rulemaking and regulation enforcement, saying the agency needs more transparency and cost-benefit analysis of rules.
The ‘We Do What We Want, Bleep You’ Administration
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Washington’s go-along Republican and conservative culture should take a lesson from Nevada. They don’t need guns. All they need is the will to defund any and all federal agencies which have overstepped their constitutional or legislated bounds.

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“Attorney” Sics Police on Zo at Dem Lawmaker’s Meet & Greet!
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Alfonzo Rachel peacefully attended his California assemblyman’s “Meet & Greet,” only to get harassed by an attendee who claims to be an “attorney.” See the footage on this ZoNation!
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Not Ready for Hillary: Clinton Can’t Define Her Own Legacy
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John Bolton calls Rand Paul’s foreign policy “incoherent.” Hillary Clinton struggles to define her greatest moment as Secretary of State. And a woman was fatally shot by her husband while on hold with a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Hear these stories and more on this edition of “The Run Down.”
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Unearthed Footage Shows Progressive Hero Calling for Ban: ‘No More Babies!’ (Bryan Preston)
Texas Border Sheriff Pleads Guilty!
Clemency for Drug Offenders Is More Presidential Lawlessness Disguised as Pardon Power (Andrew C. McCarthy)
Everything You Hate About D.C. Is in the Podesta Divorce (Myra Adams)
Earth II? (Rand Simberg)
VIDEO: How Does the Government Wage War Against America’s Character? (Prager University)
Retired Justice Stevens Proposes Adding Five Words to Second Amendment (Bridget Johnson)
Anger Is An Agent For Change. So Why Control It? (Rhonda Robinson)
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Apr 23 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 23rd April 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 2:06 pm

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UK: Shi’ite Muslim cleric investigated for hate rants against Sunni Muslims

Apr 22, 2014 07:38 pm | Robert Spencer

“Understandably, there will very little sympathy in the UK for this extremist rhetoric.” Understandably? Really? When has the UK been unsympathetic to Islamic “extremist rhetoric”? Just days before Pamela Geller and I were banned from entering the UK, the British government admitted Saudi Sheikh Mohammed al-Arefe. Al-Arefe has said: “Devotion to jihad for the sake […]

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China-Vietnam border: Seven dead as Muslims seize guns from Vietnamese border guards and shoot at them

Apr 22, 2014 07:02 pm | Robert Spencer

These were Uighurs from Xinjiang, who seized the guns and started shooting when they were refused entry into Vietnam. Were they enraged over not being allowed to escape oppression in China? One would think that if that were true, they might have found more positive ways to express their anger. Were they Islamic jihadis who […]

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France: Muslim unfolds prayer carpet in church, reads Qur’anic verses during Easter mass

Apr 22, 2014 06:42 pm | Robert Spencer

This is clearly a gesture of supremacism. Imagine the uproar if a Christian had entered a mosque and begun to read from the New Testament and pray Christian prayers. But no one will take any notice of this. Western authorities take Islamic supremacism for granted. They aren’t even aware of the fact that Islam claims […]

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Pakistan: 202 women murdered in the name of honor in Sindh last year

Apr 22, 2014 05:54 pm | Robert Spencer

This article, like most about honor killings, never once mentions Islam (although Sindh is 91% Muslim). This steadfast and universal refusal to identify the root cause of honor murders only ensures that there will be more of them. Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable […]

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UK: Straw says Muslim schools should hold to “Christian based” values, but Cameron under fire for saying UK a “Christian country”

Apr 22, 2014 05:42 pm | Robert Spencer

Britain is finished; it is a nation of the walking dead, unless it affects a drastic change in its leadership and prevailing political culture, and soon. (Of course, the same could be said of the U.S.) Here Jack Straw, of all people, asserts that there is a British culture that Muslims must accept, and dares […]

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Melkite Patriarch slams “criminal indifference” with which West “continues to watch this spectacle of destruction” in Syria

Apr 22, 2014 05:17 pm | Robert Spencer

The Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III has also said: “I do not understand why the world does not raise its voice against such acts of brutality.” Here is why: “Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our […]

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Mali Islamic jihad group announces death of French hostage: “In the name of Allah, he is dead”

Apr 22, 2014 04:41 pm | Robert Spencer

Translating the name of this group as “The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa” is misleading. “Oneness” is tauhid, the Islamic concept of absolute monotheism. The Movement for Tauhid and Jihad in West Africa clearly has religious goals, but such goals are exactly what Western analysts are determined to ignore or downplay wherever […]

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Iran refuses to pull jihad terrorist U.N. ambassador

Apr 22, 2014 04:08 pm | Robert Spencer

The Iranian mullahs, flush with victory over Obama and the U.S. in the Geneva talks, are pressing their new advantage, trying to humiliate Obama on the world stage and assert their hegemony yet again by forcing him to back down over their appointment of Hamid Aboutalebi as UN ambassador. Obama, meanwhile, is likely to back […]

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Somalia: During conference on improving security in Mogadishu, Islamic jihadists murder two MP’s

Apr 22, 2014 07:29 am | Robert Spencer

It seems fairly clear that the Islamic jihadists of al-Shabaab wanted to send a message to the Somali government as it was “wrapping up a three-day conference on improving security in the capital”: that there is nothing the government can do to improve security or stop its jihad, and that the only thing that Somali […]

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Backlash in Saudi Arabia: Four women accused of beating up husbands

Apr 22, 2014 07:18 am | Robert Spencer

The beating of women is given divine sanction in Islam, both in the Qur’an and in Muhammad’s example (and Muhammad’s example is normative for Muslims, as per Qur’an 33:21): “Good women are obedient….As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34 Muhammad […]

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Syrian rebels ‘take aim’ at Christian toddler

Apr 22, 2014 07:07 am | Raymond Ibrahim

When it comes to Muslim persecution of Christians, increasingly the past is a blueprint to the present. According to Sham Times and other Arabic websites, jihadi social media networks posted the above picture of a child sitting on the ground while surrounded by armed men pointing their rifles at him.  The caption appearing with the picture, purportedly posted […]

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Muslim rape gangs and Brandeis’s capitulation to fascists — on The Glazov Gang

Apr 22, 2014 07:06 am | Robert Spencer

This week’s counterjihad chatfest, The Glazov Gang, features our hero, Jamie Glazov, in an intense and illuminating confab with Gavin Boby of the UK’s Law and Freedom Foundation. Boby continues to recount his battle against Muslim rape gangs in Britain (to see Part I, click here). In this riveting episode, Boby discusses his report on […]

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Apr 22 2014

2014: The Year Without Summer

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 4:17 pm

From American Thinker.Com

In their excellent book, The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History, William and Nicholas Klingaman relate the history, causes, and effects of the record cold that gripped the northern hemisphere in 1816.  For most in America, Europe, and Asia, the winter of 1815-1816 was the coldest in living memory.  What followed in the spring and summer of that year was equally disastrous.  It was an entire year of cold rains, crop failures, hunger, and economic collapse.

There were multiple causes for the extreme weather of 1816, but all of them were natural, not man-made.  Chief among them, according to the Klingamans, was the massive eruption of Tamboro in present-day Indonesia.  The force of the explosion was ten times greater than that of Krakatoa, which took place in 1883.  Heightened volcanic activity sent ash particles into the atmosphere, blocking sunlight and disrupting the northern hemispheric jet stream.  One after another, polar vortexes dropped south, not just in the winter, but throughout 1816, and to a lesser extent for years afterward.

The winter of 2013-14 bears a striking resemblance to that of 1815-16, and there is every reason to believe that what follows will repeat the pattern of earlier periods of extreme cold.  The consequences will not be pleasant.  As some have begun to realize, periods of extreme cold are far more destructive than periods of warming.

My prediction of a “year without summer” is based partly on the record of 1816 and other years of increased volcanic activity.  Like 1815, 2013 saw significant volcanic activity, with major eruptions in Indonesia, Alaska, Italy, Argentina, and Japan.  It was inevitable that this “particularly eventful year” of volcanic activity would be followed by a cold winter, just as it is inevitable that more cold will follow.

This prediction is backed up by the National Weather Bureau and other sources that predict an extended period of cold in the northeast and upper Midwest.  This cold may have consequences for farm production since it would likely disrupt planting in the crucial corn- and wheat-growing regions.

The effects of a poor harvest would be higher prices for nearly all foods – not just for Americans, but for consumers in the global marketplace.  And while affluent consumers in developed countries can accommodate higher prices, however painful that may be, the world’s poor cannot.  For billions of human beings, even a slight increase in grain prices results in hunger.  And along with hunger comes social unrest – the sort of unrest that helped trigger Egypt’s Arab Spring uprising in 2011.

While government can do nothing to change the weather, in regard to either cooling or warming, it can direct resources toward productive ends rather than squandering them on green energy boondoggles and other wasteful projects.  Most importantly, it can lower overall spending and thus lower taxes on individuals and corporations, thereby strengthening their ability to withstand economic shocks such as those brought about by weather events like that of 1816…and 2014.  By allowing the private sector to expand and prosper in good times, government could help prepare for inevitable climate cycles.

Bjorn Lomborg, author of Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming, estimates an 11% cost for current governmental climate policies.  Redirecting this 11% of GDP to the private sector would result in global economic growth adequate to address the effects of climate change, whether warming or cooling. Instead of following this common-sense approach, the latest report (”Fifth Assessment Report“) from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) urges spending many times more on green energy “solutions” such as those that have failed in Europe and the U.S.

The greatest victims of such failed thinking, it turns out, are those at the bottom of the economic ladder.  The elite who fund environmental groups seem particularly callous to the fate of those struggling for survival – those for whom a slight increase in the cost of grain or energy can be a matter of life and death.  As Lomborg argues, it is simply irrational to focus on climate change, which even the IPCC admits is less predictable than previously thought, when countries are faced by so many other pressing issues.  Chief among these, I believe, is the need to safeguard and expand free markets that afford economic opportunity.

Instead of expanding free markets, the Obama administration has done all it can to suppress the primate sector and squander wealth, thus leaving the country vulnerable to the economic shock of weather events such as the current near-record cold.

Indeed, global warming alarmists display all the symptoms of “recentcy basis.”  Relative to 1850, global temperatures have indeed risen by some one degree Celsius, but that calculation compares current temperatures with those at the trough of a four-century cold spell.  Relative to longer-term global norms, today’s temperatures are not unusually warm.  They are comparable to temperatures that prevailed during the Medieval Climate Optimum of 950 through 1250 AD.  During this period, a Norse settlement thrived in Greenland and even reached North America.

Like the Medieval Climate Optimum, the past 150 years of warming has actually been highly beneficial: it is no coincidence that the greatest period of economic improvement in human history has occurred precisely during the period of warming since 1850.  The danger is that global temperatures may now be entering a new and ominous period of extended cold.

The only way to prepare for this eventuality – a certainty at some point, given the long-term history of the earth’s climate – is to maximize economic expansion via the free  market.  Otherwise, the Earth’s population will be left without the economic resources necessary to ensure survival.  This warning was echoed in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, which argued that “[t]he best environmental policy is economic growth.”  With GDP growth of less than 2% – the average for more than five years now – there is no margin of error in the event of severe climate events.  And such events are inevitable, not because of human impact on the environment, but because of natural forces – the same forces that caused the great freeze of 1816.

The best response to climate change – the natural sort, as well as the sort purportedly caused by human industry – is to end green energy subsidies, lower taxes on individual and corporations, eliminate unnecessary regulation of industry, and allow the free market to operate on its own.  Adding 11% to global GDP each year would lift billions out of poverty and assure the well-being of all, no matter what challenges the climate presents.

Jeffrey Folks is the author of many books on American politics and culture, including Heartland of the Imagination (2011).

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Apr 22 2014

Photos prove Putin a liar

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 4:08 pm

From American Thinker.Com

Photos prove Putin a liar

Rick Moran

Vladimir Putin has insisted that there are no Russian troops in eastern Ukraine - just like he insisted there  were no Russian troops in Crimea until he admitted it last week.

Now, the New York Times reports there are photos that clearly show known Russian military and intelligence people mixed in with pro-Russian militias, fomenting strife in Eastern Ukraine.

For two weeks, the mysteriously well-armed, professional gunmen known as “green men” have seized Ukrainian government sites in town after town, igniting a brush fire of separatist unrest across eastern Ukraine. Strenuous denials from the Kremlin have closely followed each accusation by Ukrainian officials that the world was witnessing a stealthy invasion by Russian forces.

Now, photographs and descriptions from eastern Ukraine endorsed by the Obama administration on Sunday suggest that many of the green men are indeed Russian military and intelligence forces — equipped in the same fashion as Russian special operations troops involved in annexing the Crimea region in February. Some of the men photographed in Ukraine have been identified in other photos clearly taken among Russian troops in other settings.

And Ukraine’s state security service has identified one Russian reported to be active among the green men as Igor Ivanovich Strelkov, a Russian military intelligence operative in his mid- to late 50s. He is said to have a long résumé of undercover service with the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian general staff, most recently in Crimea in February and March and now in and around the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk.

“There has been broad unity in the international community about the connection between Russia and some of the armed militants in eastern Ukraine, and the photos presented by the Ukrainians last week only further confirm this, which is why U.S. officials have continued to make that case,” Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said Sunday.

The question of Russia’s role in eastern Ukraine has a critical bearing on the agreement reached Thursday in Geneva among Russian, Ukrainian, American and European diplomats to ease the crisis. American officials have said that Russia would be held responsible for ensuring that the Ukrainian government buildings were vacated, and that it could face new sanctions if the terms were not met.

This CBS video reports on Ukraine’s case:

I suppose it’s possible this is a case of mistaken identity, but Russia has invented a new kind of warfare that relies on subterfuge like this:

John R. Schindler, a former National Security Agency counterintelligence officer who now teaches at the Naval War College, calls it “special war”: “an amalgam of espionage, subversion, even forms of terrorism to attain political ends without actually going to war in any conventional sense.”

And one country, Mr. Schindler noted in an article last year in which he coined the term, that particularly excels at special war is Russia, which carried out its first post-Soviet war to regain control of rebellious Chechnya back in 1994 by sending in a column of armored vehicles filled with Russian soldiers masquerading as pro-Moscow Chechens.

Russia’s flair for “maskirovka” — disguised warfare — has become even more evident under Mr. Putin, a former K.G.B. officer whose closest advisers are mostly from that same Soviet intelligence agency.

The last thing Putin is worrying about is his credibility. He cares about winning. And that, he is doing quite handily.

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Apr 22 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 22nd April 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 3:03 pm

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Iran Won’t Have a Nuclear Weapon. Period!
By Roger L. Simon
What will Obama say if and when a dirty nuke explodes in one of our shopping malls, thousands die and the global economy goes into free fall?  Maybe he will forget he ever said “Iran won’t have a nuclear weapon.  Period!”
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Cliven Bundy and The Rural Way
By Victor Davis Hanson
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Money is not Bundy’s point.  Pleasing Harry Reid or the federal bureaucracy is not either. Making a living from the scrub of a desert by providing people good food probably is.
Forget ‘You Can Keep Your Doctor’: Try Finding One First
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It’s called “Medical Homelessness” and its just the latest Obamacare SNAFU to make anyone who purchased a policy from healthcare.gov or the state exchanges wonder about the sanity of lawmakers who voted for this monstrosity.

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What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Young Journalists? (Members Only)
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What does it mean to become a journalist? Are weak reporters imperiling liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution? Hear advice from Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle.
Texas Border Sheriff Pleads Guilty
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In August 2012, PJ Media and PJTV broke a story about corruption and scandal in Hidalgo County’s Sheriffs Department. PJ Tatler’s Bryan Preston and the story’s whistleblower join Tammy Bruce with an update on this important story out of Texas. Don’t miss this interview.
What You May Have Missed
China Will Become the Most Christian Nation in the World in 15 Years (Rick Moran)
To Six Seats—and Beyond! (Stephen Green)
Trifecta: Fair Tax, Flat Tax, or Something Else: Is It Time to Toss Out the Tax Code? (Members Only)
Interview: James Delingpole on The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism (Ed Driscoll)
Blood Moons, Baptists, and Asteroids (Michael Ledeen)
Obama’s Evolving Policy Toward Russia Promises a New Cold War (Kim Zigfeld)
The Difference Between Happiness and Joy (Chris Queen)
Have You Done Enough for God This Easter? (Paula Bolyard)
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