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Islamic Influx: Why a Religious Test for Immigrants is Moral and Wise
Selwyn Duke
With the Paris terror attack and flooding of Western nations with Muslim migrants, Senator Ted Cruz and others have proposed limiting Muslim immigration into the U.S. In response, Barack Obama and John McCain have said that having a "religious test" for newcomers would be un-American. It's a belief betraying dangerous philosophical juvenility.

10 Examples of Obama's Executive Overreach
David Berstein
Presidents trying stretch their power as far as they can is hardly news. What is news, however, is that top Obama administration officials, including the president himself, see this not as something to be ashamed of, but as a desirable way of governing, something to brag about rather than do surreptitiously.


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Week ending 22 November 2015

‘Nonsense’: Top Scientists Demolish
Alarmism Behind UN Climate Summit

Michael Bastasch
A panel of prominent scientists debunked one of the most popular global warming arguments ahead of a major United Nations climate summit to take place in Paris later this month. The scientists slammed policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as “nonsense,” and they criticized politicians and activists for claiming the world was on the path for catastrophic global warming.
“We are being led down a false path”
Climate Scientists to be Grilled by Congressional Investigators,
But Their E-Mails are Still Off-Limits

On Friday, Chairman Lamar Smith appealed to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to force NOAA to comply with his subpoena, telling her that its top officials have "obstructed" the committee's oversight role. "More than once, NOAA officials have attempted to shape and direct the Committee's oversight," Smith wrote. "Instead of assisting the committee with its Constitutionally-obligated oversight responsibilities, NOAA has refused to voluntarily and under subpoena provide information crucial to the Committee's ongoing oversight."
Paris Attacks: Four Important Lessons
World Must Learn from French Tragedy

Ambassador John Bolton
This is a war, as President Hollande has forthrightly called it, not a slightly enhanced version of thieves knocking over the corner grocery store within an ordered civil society. And the mechanism of response must be to destroy the source of the threat, not prosecute it, not contain it, not hope that we will "ultimately" destroy it. "Ultimately" is too far away.
U.S. Pilots Confirm:
Obama Admin Blocks 75 Percent of Islamic State Strikes

U.S. military pilots who have returned from the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq are confirming that they were blocked from dropping 75 percent of their ordnance on terror targets because they could not get clearance to launch a strike, according to a leading member of Congress.
Jordan's King Abdullah: We're at War with 'Outlaws of Islam';
Must be Honest About Islam – Not 'Wishy-Washy'

Abdullah said that the relationship between the U.S. and Jordan is "very strong," but remarked that his country's relationship with the West has changed. He said he had a wake-up call that made him realize Jordan must stand more on its own two feet and be more "bullish and straightforward" with the West.
CNN Caught Selectively-Editing Trump’s ‘Muslim’ Comments
John Nolte
Left-wing cable news network CNN has been caught red-handed selectively editing Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s comments about a “Muslim registry,” and doing so in order to make it sound as though he is agreeing to this registry. He is not. The edited video is yet another lying log on the left-wing garbage fire that is CNN.

The AP Lies About Trump and Muslims,
and the Media Mob Follows

Jeffrey Lord
This is exactly the kind of thing that breeds such massive mistrust in the mainstream media. The Associated Press headlined this: Trump suggests database to track Muslims in US. The story also focused on Dr. Ben Carson saying that just because you pay attention to a rabid dog, all dogs are not rabid.
Washington Post Investigation Reveals
How Bill and Hillary Clinton Amassed $3 Billion

Over four decades of public life, Bill and Hillary Clinton have built an unrivaled global network of donors while pioneering fundraising techniques that have transformed modern politics and paved the way for them to potentially become the first husband and wife to win the White House. The grand total raised for all of their political campaigns and their family's charitable foundation reaches at least $3 billion, according to a Washington Post investigation.
AP Rebukes State Department for Lengthy Response to Clinton Docs
The AP sued the State Department in March after the department "failed to satisfy repeated document requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act, including one made five years ago," the AP said. At least one judge has already criticized the State Department for being slow to respond to the AP.

Email Reveals Top Aide Huma Abedin Warning
State Department Staffer That Hillary Clinton is "Often Confused"

The emails, from Abedin's "Huma@clintonemail" address, also reveal repeated security breaches, with the Secretary's schedule and movements being sent and received through Abedin's non-governmental and unsecured Clinton server account.

FEC Contradicts Candidate's Claim:
Wall Street Donations to Clinton Totaled Seven Figures Before 9/11

Hillary Clinton claimed over the weekend that Wall Street firms have supported her financially because she was a U.S. senator on Sept. 11, 2001, but campaign finance records show seven-figure support from the industry before the attacks. According to, securities and financial industry companies and their employees donated nearly $1.15 million to Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign.
A Quick World War I History Lesson for ISIS
Clifford May
After a long week of slitting throats, smashing antiquities, and raping infidel slave girls, how do the Islamic State’s barbarians unwind? Some, apparently, discuss the finer points of history. An Islamic State billboard shows a rifle affixed to a compass (the kind used for drawing arcs and measuring distances on maps), along with the inscription: “We are the ones who determine our borders, not Sykes-Picot.”
‘Nearly Impossible’ to Find Jihadists Among Migrants, Greeks Warn
As the hunt for jihadists widens after last week's Paris attacks, authorities in Greece warn it was virtually impossible to pick out dangerous extremists among arriving migrants, without prior intelligence. “If they are not already registered in the database, it's nearly impossible.”
Syrian Leader in Site of Largest Refugee Destination Urges Pause
"I still would say, proceed with caution," said Radwan Jarrouj, a member of Allentown's [Pa.] longstanding Syrian community and treasurer with the Syrian Arab American Cultural Association in the city's 6th Ward. Even though he lobbied for Allentown to accept Syrian refugee, Jarrouj said he empathizes with politicians – including like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – who have grown anxious over accepting more.
In Aftermath of Paris Atrocities, Obama Refers to Himself as Muslim
“I think on the one hand non-Muslims cannot stereotype, but I also think the Muslim community has to think about how WE make sure that children are not being infected with this twisted notion that somehow they can kill innocent people and that that is justified by religion.”
Not the first time. More examples and "the ring"
College Presidents Defend Importance of Free Speech
School presidents reject critics' portrayals of today's college students as coddled and over protected, but some say students arrive in need of help learning to engage others with contrary opinions. In their responses to barriers that go up around some discussions, they say they strive to keep conversations going, often reminding students that a commitment to free speech is part of building an inclusive campus.
Democrat Prosecutor for Penna. Admits Lax Enforcement of
Existing Gun Laws – Pledges Change

Peter Smith with the U.S. Attorney's Office says in the past, his office hasn't brought every possible charge in cases. "We have tended in the past sometimes not to use all the weapons in our arsenal. I've asked the U.S. Attorney's Office staff to concentrate on bringing all the charges that are applicable, particularly all the firearms charges that are applicable," he adds.
Who's Packing In New York City?
Roger J. Katz and Stephen L. D'Andrilli
If ever there existed a testament to the need for universal concealed handgun license reciprocity, New York City is glaring proof of it. Yesterday, August 3, 2015, an honest U.S. citizen, Marine Corps veteran, resident of Texas, and mother of three, was visiting the 9/11 memorial with her friend in the City, when she was arrested for carrying two handguns.

Gun Control is a Tool to Make Innocents Pay the Price for the Guilty
Wayne LaPierre
"Responsibility." That word has crept into the gun-ban lexicon to join the focus-group-tested, feel-good terms like "common sense" and "reasonable." When the gun-ban crowd and their media enablers use that word, it doesn't mean what it means to most of us now.
School District to Pay $30,000 Over Ban On Student's Pro-life Club
The Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit in August against the school and the district after 16-year-old student Angelique Clark's application to form a pro-life club was denied for reasons the firm said violated her free-speech rights. That lawsuit was dismissed last week after the parties reached a settlement. The $30,000 covers legal fees.
Stanford Researchers Uncover Patterns in How
Scientists Lie about Their Data

Even the best poker players have "tells" that give away when they're bluffing with a weak hand. Scientists who commit fraud have similar, but even more subtle, tells, and a pair of Stanford researchers have cracked the writing patterns of scientists who attempt to pass along falsified data.
How Not to Look Stupid:
Psychologists Reveal the Three Types of Foolish Behaviour

Scientists have discovered there are three types of stupidity – and one is much worse than the others. To work out the different categories, scientists gathered a sample of 180 stories from blogs and forums, and interviewed 150 people about which ones were stupid.

Week ending 15 November 2015

The Barbarians are Inside, and There are No Gates
Mark Steyn
Look at the photographs from Paris: there's nowhere to get away from it; the barbarians who yell "Allahu Akbar!" are there waiting for you ...when you go to a soccer match, you go to a concert, you go for a drink on a Friday night. They're there on the train... at the magazine office... in the Kosher supermarket... at the museum in Brussels...
The Rise of Islam in Europe
How Can Anyone Be Shocked?

Judith Bergman
One of the most surprising aspects of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night is how "deeply shocked" members of the European political establishment appeared to be. Although the writing has literally been on the wall in blood for the past decade and a half, the West, especially Europe, continues to be taken aback every time a new terror attack occurs, as if each one were the first.
Obamatrade (a.k.a. TPP): 100 pounds, 5,554-pages,
2 million words – and NO Amendments

Paul Bedard
The administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty legislation is 5,554 pages long, twice that of Obamacare and nearly 3 feet high, a legislative nightmare highlighted in a tweet from Sen. Jeff Sessions Monday. The Alabama Republican used his photo to alert critics that because the bill is fast-tracked, it cannot be filibustered or amended.

Mark Levin: TPP Deal Would Allow Obama to
'Take Us to Fast Track to Hell'

Conservative talk radio host and scholar Mark Levin says no conservative in Congress should vote for the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, which he referred to as a "destroy-the-Constitution deal" that would enable President Barack Obama to take "us to the fast track to hell."
Judges Use Obama's Own Words to Halt Deportation Amnesty
A federal appeals court said President Obama's own words claiming powers to "change the law" were part of the reason it struck down his deportation amnesty, in a ruling late Monday that reaffirmed the president must carry out laws and doesn't have blanket powers to waive them. The 2-1 ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals punctures Mr. Obama's immigration plans...
Obama Under Fire for Saying That ISIS Has Been 'contained'
 'continues to shrink' Just Hours Before Paris Attack

In an interview on Friday's broadcast of Good Morning America, Obama declared that he didn't believe ISIS was gaining strength. 'What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them,' Obama said in the interview... 'you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.'
Islamic State (ISIS) Calls Attacks 'First of the Storm'
Obama's JV Team Has the Entire World on Edge

Pamela Geller
"Eight brothers, wrapped in explosive belts and armed with machine rifles, targeted sites that were accurately chosen in the heart of the capital of France," the group [ISIS] said in the statement, "including the Stade de France during the match between the Crusader German and French teams, where the fool of France, Franšois Hollande, was present."
Banquet of Consequences
Clarice Feldman
Robert Louis Stevenson penned, “Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” This week Europe’s leaders and America’s academics are being served theirs – a banquet set in motion by self-destructive governance and even more stupid supporters of these policies and their architects.
French Now Realizing They, and Not Just Jews, are Targets
Amanda Borschel-Dan
French citizens now understand that they, and not just Jews, are terror targets, a Parisian political consultant said late Saturday, after a massive coordinated attack on nightlife in the capital left 129 people dead and hundreds more injured. “It was an illusion; we lived in this illusion and now we are waking up – and it’s a nightmare,” said David Khalfa.
Irony Alert:
Migrants Complain There Are Too Many Migrants in Europe

As has been well documented, Islamic colonizers across Europe have a long list of complaints and demands. They're bored. The atmosphere is not metropolitan. The Internet is too slow. The food is bad (only fit for a dog, or a woman). It's too cold. It's too hot... So what's their latest complaint?
This is NOT satire!
Mark Levin, What is Happening in France is Going to Happen Here
Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin pointed out what was obvious to all conservatives. Immigration is an issue of national security. Our government "has an obligation" to protect us from Islamic terrorism. That means securing the border. That means the United States should not be letting anyone who calls themselves a "refugee" to have sanctuary in our country without being properly vetted.
7 Shocking Facts About U.S. Islamic Immigration
Ask yourself this question: who ever voted for this?

Daniel Horowitz
The job of government is to protect the existing citizenry. It's up to the discretion of the existing citizenry whether to allow in immigrants – who to admit and who to reject. Any other generation would have exhibited enough compassion for their people and desire to see their country survive and would have been more circumspect in admitting more Sharia-adherent immigrants.
Geert Wilders: National Borders Must Be Closed Across Europe to
Halt an 'Islamic Invasion'

As the popularity of his far-right Freedom Party (PVV) skyrockets amid Europe's largest movement of migrants since World War II, Wilders has his sights set on becoming the next prime minister of the Netherlands in elections due in 2017. 'The only way to deal with it (the refugee crisis) is to regain our national sovereignty and close our national borders,' Wilders said.
Dear President Obama: Bobby Jindal Demands Answers about
Syrian Refugees Arriving to Louisiana After Paris Attacks

In the wake of another round of appalling terrorist attacks, I write to express great sadness at the events in Paris, as well as my grave concern about the unreported diffusion of Syrian refugees in the United States. Last week, the city of New Orleans began receiving its first wave of Syrian refugees. As with former immigration crises and federal relocation policy, Louisiana has been kept in the dark about those seeking refuge in the state.

Ben Carson: Don't Let Middle Eastern Refugees into U.S.
"There are those out there who have a thirst for innocent blood in an attempt to spread their philosophy and their will across this globe," Carson said according to the Washington Post. "We must redouble our efforts and our resolve to resist them. Not only to contain them, but to eliminate that kind of hatred in the world."

Obama to "increase and accelerate" Muslim Invasion of U.S.
The Obama administration is moving to increase and accelerate the number of Syrian refugees who might be admitted into the United States by opening new screening outposts in Iraq and Lebanon, administration officials told Reuters on Friday. The move comes after President Barack Obama pledged in September to admit an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, torn by four years of civil war and disorder.
France To Go Ahead with Climate Summit
France plans to go ahead with a global climate change summit in Paris at the end of the month, the prime minister said on Saturday, despite a wave of deadly attacks on Friday night that killed 127 people in the capital. The conference "will be held because it's an essential meeting for humanity," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.
Addressing priorities
John Kerry: Hey, that UN Global Warming Treaty We Signed
IS Legally Binding and the Senate Gets No Say in the Matter

Now, apparently, there's a United Nations global warming initiative that Congress won't even get the chance to vote on. Secretary of State John Kerry walked back remarks that a future United Nations global warming treaty would not be legally binding. Now Kerry says a climate treaty would, in fact, be legally binding and not require Senate approval.
Obama, Kerry Lost in the Clouds
Howie Carr
Obama and Kerry will soon be flying to Paris to beat their breasts about how the climate is changing … for the worse. No kidding, the climate in France is changing! But these clowns are making like ostriches, burying their heads in the sand. Hey, all Nero did was fiddle while Rome burned. Our new emperors are actively conniving to import more arsonists – “migrants” – into our modern-day Rome.
Lying Through Their Teeth and Their Maps
Factually Inaccurate Maps Distort Jewish and Arab Land Claims

Abraham Cooper & Yitzchok Adlerstein
"We [MSNBC] realized after we went off the air the maps were not factually accurate and we regret using them." Veteran NBC Middle East correspondent Martin Fletcher added: "There was no state called Palestine. It gave the wrong impression." What the maps called "Palestine" was the name the British, who conquered it from the Turks in WWI, called until it left the Holy Land in 1948. [Actually, Palestine Mandate]
See video, 'What Really Happened in the Middle East'
NYT – Obama and Netanyahu:
A Story of Slights and Crossed Signals

As Mr. Netanyahu arrives at the White House on Monday for his first visit in more than a year, both leaders have reasons to put the past behind them. They will discuss a new security agreement and ways to counter Iran. But few believe their relationship can ever be more than coolly transactional.
Why Do Democrats Hate Democracy?
Kyle Smith
Who schedules a debate on a Saturday night? A party that hopes you won’t watch... As recently as 2008, the Democratic Party presented 26 debates, which we mainly remember as the venues that presented Barack Obama with the opportunity to promise that he, unlike Hillary Clinton, would never support anything as preposterous as “the individual mandate,” a.k.a. fining people who don’t have health insurance.
Look, Ma, No Islam – The Stupefying Democratic Debate
Roger L. Simon
Well, we did learn two things from the CBS Democratic debate Saturday night: 1. Bernie Sanders thinks climate change causes terrorism. How this piece of magic works, he didn’t get to explain, so we can only imagine. Maybe it’s a hot desert wind making normal people go to extremes...
Media Ignores Constitutional Experts Debunking Birthright Citizenship
Ken Klukowski
Myths about birthright citizenship – promoted by liberals, embraced by establishment Republicans, and repeated by mainstream media pundits without critical examination – have been debunked by experts spanning the political spectrum. But none of those people are being given A-list treatment by major media outlets to respond.
IDIOCY. Sheer. Unvarnished. Idiocy.
Doug Ross
Just when you thought the gun-grabbing Left couldn't debase themselves further, the Democrat-aligned "Moms Demand Action" – an astroturf-laden front group aligned with Michael Bloomberg – fell chin-deep into the swamp today. With a couple of ill-timed tweets (e.g., "This is how AK-47s get to Paris"), this mentally disturbed group appears to believe that Islamist terrorists, who destroyed the World Trade Center with airplanes and bombed London and Madrid, would obey gun control laws.
Man Who Ran Over Cop in Texas Sanctuary City is
3-Time Deported Illegal Alien

Eduardo Gonzalez-Rios, 29, is in the Dallas County jail after being treated for his gunshot wound, the Dallas Morning News reported. He is currently being held on three counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials placed a detainer on him. [Which may or, may not, be honored – see full story]
Report: DHS Spends $1B to Digitize Paperwork,
Only 1 Form Available Online

A Department of Homeland Security agency spent more than $1 billion in taxpayer money to digitize immigration paperwork – and after a decade of work, only has managed to put one document online... The project was originally supposed to be done in 2013, for a half-billion-dollar price tag. Now, according to the Post, it isn't projected to be done for another four years and could cost over $3 billion.
Shades of Obamacare
Mizzou Hunger Striker Protesting
'White Privilege' has a Father Making $6 Million Last Year

Thomas Lifson
Listening to the radio before school Monday, Jimmie Foster heard a familiar name: Jonathan Butler. The Omaha Central High teacher froze. Could this Jonathan Butler... You know Jonathan Butler, the Mizzou student that started a hunger strike because he wanted the school's president fired for something he had no part in? It turns out he comes from a family with a net worth of over $20 million!
Is the Entire Mizzou Protest Based On Lies?
Clay Travis
As the week has gone on and the protesters have been exposed as anti-first amendment, selectively racist, and, last night, willing to perpetrate actual lies to get more attention, isn't it time to examine whether these incidents are actually real? That is, what if there's actually zero basis for the strike in the first place?
Cold Sun Rising
New Studies Flip Climate-Change Notions Upside Down

Sam Khoury
The sun will go into "hibernation" mode around 2030, and it has already started to get sleepy. At the Royal Astronomical Society's annual meeting in July, Professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University in the UK confirmed it – the sun will begin its Maunder Minimum in 15 years. Other scientists had suggested years ago that this change was imminent, but Zharkova's model is said to have near-perfect accuracy.
Coal: Myths and Facts
Time to Clean Up the Confusion Over Coal

We need to move back to relying on our domestic coal reserves for clean, secure, and affordable energy. Several special interest groups have opened the door to discussion on these issues by asserting that we must stop using coal and that we can rely solely on gas and renewables to affordably meet our energy needs. Since they have opened the door to these discussions, we believe that it is worthwhile to engage the discussion and offer up some basic facts as balance to the myths being spread about coal.
Sierra Club (Reluctantly)
Admits Fracking has Helped Lower CO2 Emissions

The Sierra Club released a report last week attempting to argue that its "Beyond Coal" campaign is the reason that the U.S. has been able to achieve dramatic greenhouse gas reductions even though every credible organization from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to the International Energy Agency to the Energy Information Administration has said that it's thanks to fracking and the increased use of natural gas that U.S. CO2 emissions are at a 27 year low.

Week ending 8 November 2015

The Conservative-Media Revolution Has Forced the Liberal Media to
Abandon Any Pretense of Objectivity

Rush Limbaugh
When Republicans were perennial losers and happy about it, the media could stay hidden behind their wall of phony objectivity. But they were called out. Now there is a fierce competition for the hearts and minds of the American people, which the Left used to believe it owned.
Hillary Clinton's Secrets Contract Should Damn Her Candidacy
Investor's Business Daily
Hillary Clinton signed an agreement under which she would suffer criminal penalties for allowing government secrets to become public. Shouldn't she be too busy staying out of prison to be running for president?... Thanks to an open records request by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a key non-disclosure agreement the beleaguered front-runner for the Democrats' presidential nomination signed is now public.
$20 Trillion Man:
National Debt Nearly Doubles During Obama Presidency

When President Obama signs into law the new two-year budget deal Monday, his action will bring into sharper focus a part of his legacy that he doesn't like to talk about: He is the $20 trillion man. Mr. Obama's spending agreement with Congress will suspend the nation's debt limit and allow the Treasury to borrow another $1.5 trillion or so by the end of his presidency in 2017.
Nearly Half of Obamacare Co-Ops Have Failed;
$1.1 Billion In Taxpayer Dollars Lost

Ten of the 23 health insurance co-ops created under Obamacare have gone out of business, and experts say more will follow. Utah's Arches is the latest co-op to fail, along with others in Kentucky, New York, Nevada, Louisiana, Oregon, Colorado, Tennessee, South Carolina and a co-op that served both Iowa and Nebraska.
By Day's End it was Politico and Not Carson Backing Out of the Lie
Judi McLeod
You'd think by now that watching the proficiency in the 'Fine Art of Lying'  of their Democrat heroes like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that the rubes over at Politico would know better than to be caught in their lies. But they did get caught.  Proof of the lies of Politico can be readily seen in how they changed their headline before scaling back on their 'Ben Carson's an admitted liar' story.
Ben Carson story
Politico Admits Fabricating a Hit Piece on Ben Carson
Mollie Hemingway
Ben Carson was a brilliant student who had already shown an interest in the military and had demonstrated leadership skills. It would be weirder if West Point hadn't tried to recruit him than tried to recruit him. This doesn't happen to us journalists, for obvious reasons, but exceptional students are recruited by top colleges and universities all the time.
Ben Carson story
Dr. Ben Carson Blows Up at Reporters During Presser:
Why Don’t You Care About Obama’s Past?

He dismissed Politico’s report about him not being formally offered a West Point scholarship, simply insisting it was relayed to him that he could get one with the kind of accomplishments in his background. He declared, “There is a desperation on behalf of some to try to find a way to tarnish me… Next week it’ll be my kindergarten teacher who said I peed in my pants.”
Ben Carson story
Carson Says West Point Story, Others About His Past are Bias,
Amount to ‘Witch Hunt’

Soft-spoken GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson on Friday lashing out at the news media for recent stories about is long-ago past, saying they are bias and amount to a “witch hunt.” Carson, a retired pediatric nureosurgon, has indeed faced intense media scrutiny over the past couple of weeks as he moves to the front of some national primary polls.
West Point itself uses the term “full scholarship”
Teneo, Firm with Clinton Ties, Declines to Answer Senate Questions;
Huma Abedin’s and Cheryl Mills’ Activity in Crosshairs

Teneo describes itself as "a global advisory firm that partners exclusively with the CEOs and senior leaders of many of the world’s largest and most complex companies and organizations." Teneo's connections with the Clintons exemplify to Hillary Clinton's political opponents what they say are her overly close ties to corporations that have paid her and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for speeches and donated to her family's charities.
Following GOP Calls for IRS Audit,
Clinton Group Will Submit Corrected Tax Forms

"As previously stated, the minor errors on the 2012 and 2013 CHAI 990s are immaterial and do not require re-filing, yet in response to recent media interest in the forms, CHAI has decided to re-file the returns in order to be fully transparent," said the group's spokesperson... The RNC told Politico that there are still grounds for an independent IRS audit to ensure that all foreign government contributions to the group have been disclosed:
FBI Has Identified 2 Emails That are
‘Open-and-Shut Violations’ Against Hillary

Michael Dorstewitz
Monica Crowley appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" Wednesday and said that according to her anonymous sources, "at least 671 emails Mrs. Clinton sent or received" through her non-secure, private server contain classified information. She said that of those 671, "at least four documents are extremely problematic," and two of them contained top secret information.
Congress Moves to Label Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group
Lawmakers in both houses of Congress filed legislation on Tuesday that would formally designate the Muslim Brotherhood a sanctioned terrorist organization, according to an advance copy of the legislation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The legislation outlines the Brotherhood's long history of sponsoring terrorism and outlines congressional support for it to be designated a global terrorist outfit.
U.S. Court: Michigan County Violated Constitutional Rights of Christians by Siding with Violent Muslim Mob Appling Sharia to Christians
The 6th Circuit completely reversed a lower court decision which ruled in favor of Wayne County and officials from the County Sheriff's Office who silenced the Christians' speech in response to the hostile mob's reaction.  The case, Bible Believers v. Wayne County, was brought by the American Freedom Law Center on behalf of the Christians.
Major Free Speech Opinion
Faisal Mohammad Whose Stabbing Rampage Which Left Four Injured, Planned to Behead One of His Victims and ‘praise Allah’
In the two-page manifesto found in Mohammad's pocket by the county coroner, the student wrote a numeric list outlining his plans of who he wanted to kill, and how, including the beheading and shooting of his victims. 'No. 27 was to 'make sure people are tied down,' No. 28 was 'sit down and praise Allah,'' County Sheriff Vern Warnke told Fox News. 'I remember seeing four or five times, scribbled on the side of the two-page manifesto, where he wrote something like 'praise Allah.'

Muslim extremism
ISIS-linked Tweet Praises Calif. University Stabber as
Details on His Background Emerge

Faisal Mohammad, who was killed by University of California Merced police, was described by at least one witness as smiling as he slashed at victims, called a loner by a fellow dorm resident and drew praise Thursday from a Twitter account associated with ISIS, which just last week released a series of videos calling for lone wolf stabbing attacks.
Muslim extremism
Merced Attacker’s Manifesto Reveals Plan to Kill ‘a lot of people’
Faisal Mohammad, a slender freshman in glasses, entered his Wednesday morning class with a 10-inch knife, a backpack filled with zip-tie handcuffs, duct tape and, in his pocket, a point-by-point script for vengeance, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke told reporters: “He had a pretty elaborate idea of what he wanted to do.”
Muslim extremism
Report: UC Merced Stabber was on Terror Watch List,
Had Islamic State Flag

Robert Spencer
If the information in this report is true, then Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke was deliberately lying when he told the media that this attack had nothing to do with Faisal Mohammad’s Islamic faith. What is the motive of these people? When it comes to Islamic jihad attacks, virtually all public officials downplay the Islamic aspect, obfuscate the motive, and often lie outright, all to protect Islam.
Muslim extremism
Media Yawn at Calif. College Stabbing Spree by Freshman Mohammad
Investor┤s Business Daily
Something terrible happened on a U.S. college campus that┤s escaped national media coverage, likely because it wasn┤t a mass shooting and the suspect wasn┤t a disturbed white kid, but Faisal Mohammad. The weapon was a hunting knife, so it didn┤t help advance the mainstream media┤s anti-gun agenda. But news of the attack, completely blacked out by major media, was no less terrifying than recent campus shootings.
Google Manipulating News Searches for Left Wing Political Ends?
A Case Study:

John R. Lott, Jr.
Google has previously been accused of "purging Conservative news sites."  There are other accusations that Google has manipulated search to harm Rick Santorum. Al Gore has been a Senior Advisor to Google. Well, I decided to do a test by searching on my own name.
EPA Accused of Rigging Reports, Colluding with Greens, to
Block Alaska's Pebble Mine

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is scheduled to weigh in Thursday with a hearing on whether EPA officials orchestrated an environmental assessment in concert with anti-mine groups to reach a predetermined outcome. Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican and committee chairman, said this week that the agency's behavior on the Pebble Mine project “demonstrates how the EPA is truly out of control.”
Inside the Climate Computer Models
They Don't Work and Will Never Work

Mike Jonas
The first requirement is for a climate model to be able to reproduce past climate reasonably well over various time scales with an absolutely minimal number of parameters. The first real step forward will be when a climate model’s predictions are verified in the real world. Right now, the models are a long way away from even the first requirement, and are heading in the wrong direction.
Yet Another Study Shows Antarctica Gaining Ice Mass –
Snowfall Accumulation ‘Highest We Have Seen in the Last 300 Years’

Annual snow accumulation on West Antarctica's coastal ice sheet increased dramatically during the 20th century, according to a new study published in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters. Annual snow accumulation increased in the early 20th century, rising 30 percent between 1900 and 2010, according to the new study.
Phoenix VA Hospital Leaders Kick Out Investigative Task Force
Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters sent the team out to Phoenix in order to initiate reforms at the controversial facility, following revelations of the manipulated waitlist scandal in early 2014. The team quickly learned that the hospital was not only entirely uninterested, but actively sought to interfere with the investigation and ignore any proposals from the team, The Arizona Republic reports.
‘Slap in the face!’:
University Drops Pledge, Flag from Veteran’s Day Service

Todd Starnes
Patriotic students are infuriated after the Pledge of Allegiance and the Presentation of Colors were removed from Seattle Pacific University's Veteran's Day chapel over fears they might offend people. The university's Military and Veteran Support Club was outraged by the chaplain's decision. They called it a “slap in the face” of every soldier who fought, sacrificed and died for our freedoms.
Peer Review Fraud on the Rise at Scientific Journals
Two large publishers have retracted more than 100 papers in the last year

Theodore Dalrymple
Before accepting a paper for publication, reputable scientific journals send it out to peer review, that is to say to other workers in the field who criticize it, make suggestions for improvement, and recommend either acceptance or rejection. An author whose paper is rejected by one journal need not despair: he can try other journals in a descending order of prestige.
Conservative GOPers Win Big in Kentucky
Tea Party Makes History with Black Lt. Governor

Matt Bevin's 53% to 44% victory tonight marks only the second time in 48 years that Republicans have won the Kentucky governor's race. But Republicans also made history in another way. Bevin's lieutenant governor running-mate, Jenean Hampton is now the first African-American elected to statewide office ever. [Left-leaning Politico ignores Hampton's historical election]
Bloomberg, McAuliffe Fail to Win Virginia Senate with
Gun-Control Pitch

It is a big defeat for McAuliffe, a close ally for Hillary Clinton, and a big defeat for New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who donated heavily to Democrats in the hope of winning the Virginia electoral fights on a promise of more gun-control. Republicans beat back two serious challengers Tuesday, holding onto seats in the suburbs of Richmond and the Hampton Roads area.
Gun Sales Set Record for Sixth Month in a Row
The Federal Bureau of Investigation processed a record number of background checks in the month of October, indicating that gun sales were at an all time high for the sixth month in a row. The FBI's National Instant Background Check System processed 1,976,759 firearms related checks in October. That is a 373,290 increase in checks over last year and a new record for the month.

Week ending 1 November 2015

Geriatric Democrats Should Fear Marco Rubio and the
Republican Youth Wing

Matt K. Lewis
Just when you thought the Republican Party was destined to take a turn toward the ugly, two boyishly handsome young stars have emerged. On Wednesday night, Marco Rubio, the 44-year-old senator from Florida, was (by almost all accounts) the winner of the third Republican primary debate. And on Thursday, Paul Ryan, 45, was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. And just like that, everything changed:
The Ben Carson 'secret' That Democrats Can't Bear to Face
Jonah Goldberg
Here's something you may not know: Dr. Ben Carson is black. Of course, I'm being a little cute here. The only way you wouldn't know he's black is if you were blind and only listened to the news. For instance, on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" ... host Joe Scarborough expressed consternation over Carson's popularity. "I just don't get it," Scarborough said more than once.
Just Released Email Shows Clinton’s State Department was
EXPLICITLY WARNED About Blaming Benghazi Attack on Video

“The film’s not as explosive of an issue here as it appears to be in other countries in the region,” the unknown sender wrote. “And it is becoming increasingly clear that the series of events in Benghazi was much more terrorist attack than a protest, which escalated into violence. It is our opinion that in our messaging, we want to distinguish, NOT CONFLATE, the events in other countries with THIS WELL PLANNED ATTACK BY MILITANT EXTREMISTS.”
NOT CONFLATE? Hillary outright LIED!
Classification Rate Continues to Rise in Clinton Emails
The rate of classified information in former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails continues to spike, with another 266 in the latest release Friday. That means one out of every 16 emails Mrs. Clinton sent or received in this latest batch now have information classified as "confidential," meaning it requires at least some degree of secrecy...

Sid Blumenthal Emailed Hillary About 'Setting Up
Secret Channels Between Insurgents and Governments'

Emails released by the State Department on Friday show that Hillary Clinton's longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal reached out to her on behalf of a former United Kingdom diplomat who was interested in "setting up secret channels between insurgents and governments." Clinton was receptive to the idea which came via Blumenthal from Jonathan Powell, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair's chief of staff.

Benghazi Committee Gets Classified WH Records 1 Year Later
White House officials delivered a batch of new documents to the House Select Committee on Benghazi Wednesday in response to a request the committee had filed almost a year ago. The documents, which were classified at varying levels, dealt with the military┤s response to the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

After Benghazi Hearing, Clinton Still Faces Legal Questions
“She’s too big to jail,” said a National Security Attorney

The FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, which opened its review this summer after classified information was found in emails transmitted over Clinton’s private email server, is under pressure to act quickly, as Clinton is in the midst of running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.
Report: Seattle Voted to Hike the Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour;
Looses 700 Restaurant Jobs – Remainder of State Booms

Data shows that the Seattle Metropolitan Statistical Area lost 700 restaurant jobs from January to September of this year, and a report from the American Enterprise Institute suggests that this could be the product of adverse effects of minimum wage hikes on restaurant jobs.
Washington state gains 5,800 restaurant jobs
Putting the Debt in Perspective with Help from Taylor Swift
Katrina Trinko
How many concerts would Taylor Swift have to perform to pay off one day's interest on the debt? Forbes estimates that Swift earned around $80 million in 2015 and performed 55 concerts. She would have to perform every day for 3 years to pay for 1 day of interest that accrued on our debt.
Taylor Swift
The Commerce Department's GDP Numbers Don't Make Any Sense
John Crudele
Commerce announced on Thursday that the nation's third-quarter gross domestic product expanded by just a 1.5 percent annual rate. That's pathetic growth that won't allow the U.S. to create enough jobs for the number of people entering the workforce. It's also less than half the second quarter's growth. But how Commerce got to that 1.5 percent number is truly amazing.
French Mathematicians Blast UN's
'Costly & Pointless Crusade' Against Global Warming

As the United Nations gears up for its next international conference on climate change in Paris next month, a scathing white paper released by a society of French mathematicians calls its fight against global warming "absurd" and "a costly and pointless crusade". "You would probably have to go quite a long way back in human history to find [such a] mad obsession,"...
RNC Dumps NBC from Debate:
Network Tried to ‘Embarrass Our Candidates’

After the partisan debacle that was CNBC’s Wednesday night Republican presidential debate, Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, fired off a letter to NBC News announcing that the left-wing network will be booted from participating in the upcoming February 26 debate in Houston, Texas.
Rasmussen: Most Democrats View Socialism Favorably
The man currently running a distant second for the Democratic presidential nomination, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, is a self-declared socialist, and most of his party’s voters now have a positive view of socialism. They are almost evenly divided as to whether they like capitalism or socialism more.
Common Core gets a Fail for Common Sense: Angry parents baffled by third grade math question that claims 5+5+5=15 is NOT correct!
Parents are venting their outrage at the Common Core school standards over a math quiz that was posted online, showing how teachers are marking students down even for correct answers. The quiz, posted to Reddit, shows how a teacher marked two questions as incorrect on a third-grader┤s math quiz, despite the student finding the solution to the problem.
Why Family Structure is So Important
Jonah Goldberg
In recent weeks, a barrage of new evidence has come to light demonstrating what was once common sense. "Family structure matters". [A] study that reported "most scholars now agree that children raised by two biological parents in a stable marriage do better than children in other family forms across a wide range of outcomes." Why this is so is still hotly contested.
'I do, I do, I do:' Brazilian Female Trio Get Hitched;
Many Warned 'gay' Marriages Would Morph to Polygamy

Three's a crowd? Not in Brazil, where three women have defied deeply conservative trends in Congress and wider traditional mores by celebrating a polyamorous civil union. The happy trio, who reportedly have shared a bed for years and say they want to raise a child, took an oath of love in early October in the presence of Rio de Janeiro notary public Fernanda de Freitas Leitao.
Williams College's 'Uncomfortable Learning' speaker series dropped me.
Why? The "call-out culture".

Suzanne Venker
For the past two months, I've been preparing a speech for my upcoming visit to Williams College in Massachusetts. I was invited to speak at the school on behalf of its 'Uncomfortable Learning' Speaker Series. The purpose of this program, or "club," is to provide intellectual diversity in an atmosphere in which debate is heavily influenced by left-leaning scholars.
Follow-up: Suzanne speaks out
Caught on Video – German Muslim: “Islam is Coming and
Your Daughters Will Wear the Hijab”

A German Muslim warned a local German man recently [translated]. “Islam is coming to take over Germany whether you want it or not…not through war but by the fact that Germans don’t reproduce and Muslims have 7-8 children each…but not only that, your daughters will marry bearded Muslims and wear the hijab, their sons will wear a beard!...”
Sneaky Muslim U.S. Postage Stamp
Mmm, wonder how many people buy Christmas stamps at the post office and get one of these? Looks like a Christmas tree right? It’s not. It marks the two most important festivals – or eids – in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
Muslim stamp (h/t 'I Hate the Media')
Thousands of Muslim Migrants 'disappear' from Camps
According to German press reports, keeping track of all the Muhammads and Alis pouring across borders is proving ever so tricky for European countries being flooded with people on the move from the Middle East and Africa... Now, in a "terrible new twist," the disappearances are spreading.

Shotguns 'Sold Out' In Austria as People Buy Arms
Amid Fears of Influx of Migrants

In a country of 8.5 million people, there are now an estimated 900,000 firearms in homes. And gun dealers report that it is women driving the sales rush. This year alone, police say 70,000 guns have been sold. 'Virtually all shotguns are currently sold out, because you need no permit for them', said Thomas Ortner, spokesman for an arms dealer in Upper Austria.

Islamic Invasion Pulls the Trigger as Europe Now Scrambles for Guns;
Many 'now wish they had a 2nd Amendment'

Obtaining a working firearm and ammunition in Germany, Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands is practically impossible for the average citizen. Germany, for instance, requires a psychological evaluation, the purchase of liability insurance and verifiable compliance with strict firearms storage and safety rules. And self-defense is not even a valid reason to purchase a gun in these countries.
NYPD Officer ‘Converted’ to Islam to Spy on Muslim Brooklyn College Students – Mayor Bill deBlasio Condemns
According to the report, the covert operation led to the arrest of two women, Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui, both Queens residents, who were charged with allegedly planning to build a bomb. The women were linked to members of the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State, both global extremist outfits.
In shift, Austria to Build Fence
Along Parts of Border with Slovenia to Control Migrant Flow

Vienna, Austria, a strong critic of fences built to cope with Europe┤s migrant influx, on Wednesday announced it is joining other nations that have either already erected border barriers or are planning to do so. Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner insisted the move was aimed solely at bringing order to the unrelenting influx of people entering the country, telling parliament there were no plans "to build a fence around Austria."
Armed Citizen: Concealed Carry License Holder Kills Gunman
An armed man attempting to rob a neighborhood store was shot and killed by a customer who had a concealed carry license, Chicago police said Sunday. A masked man, later identified as 55-year-old Reginald Gildersleeve, walked into the store and currency exchange about 7 p.m. Saturday on the city's southwest side, displayed a handgun and announced a robbery to an employee, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Week ending 25 October 2015

Obama Fuels the Flames of the Anti-Cop Movement
Michael Goodwin
At a White House discussion about improving the relationship between police departments and black Americans, President Obama declared that “the moment is here.” He meant a chance for big change, and that’s the problem. The change he and his allies are achieving is like throwing gasoline on a raging fire.
America’s Test: Imagining a Clinton Versus Carson Election
Roger L. Simon
When I read Ben Carson’s phone interview with the Des Moines Register today, taken after Carson suddenly jumped ahead of Donald Trump in two Iowa polls by significant numbers, it got me speculating on the “what if” possibility of a Hillary-Carson election. It was only a day after Clinton appeared in front of the Benghazi Select Committee, scoring what the mainstream media declared a great victory by seeming “presidential.”
Obama Justice Department –
No Criminal Charges for ex-IRS Official

In a letter to members of Congress, the department said that while investigators had found "mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia," there was no evidence of a crime. "We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution," the letter stated.
Are you surprised?!
Obama Admin Tried to Tie Benghazi Attack to Pastor's VIDEO
Before They Settled on 2nd VIDEO

Jim Hoft
Shameless Liars! Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton plotted to blame the Benghazi terrorist attack on the "God versus Allah" video by Pastor Jon Courson before they settled on the "Innocence of Muslims" YouTube video.
Judge Orders Clinton Foundation Racketeering Case to Trial
A Florida judge has set a trial date in the racketeering case against the Clinton Foundation and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ordered the racketeering, influenced and corrupt organizations, or RICO, case to head to trial January 20, 2016.
Lawsuit: Obama Administration Withholding Draft of
Clinton Whitewater Indictment

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the National Archives and Records Administration to obtain copies of a 20-year-old draft indictment against Hillary Clinton for her role in the Whitewater scandal. "Judicial Watch has confirmed the existence of draft indictments of Hillary Clinton for her lies and obstruction in the Whitewater bank-fraud investigation," the group's president Tom Fitton wrote in the statement.
71% of Obama Voters 'Regret' Voting for His Reelection
According to the Economist/ poll, over seven in 10 Obama voters, and 55 percent of Democrats, regret voting for Obama's 2012 reelection. The poll asked those who voted for Obama's reelection the question: "Do you regret voting for Barack Obama?"
Congress Investigating Scientist Who Advocated
RICO Use for Climate Change Skeptics

According to IRS documents, Shukla received $333,048 in total compensation from IGES in 2014 for working an average of 28 hours a week. His wife, Anne, received $166,097 in total compensation as the IGES business manager. National Review reported that Shukla's daughter is also on the payroll, but her earnings have gone unreported.
Freeman Dyson: Democrat Supporter, Climate Skeptic
Obama Picked "the wrong side"

Eric Worrall
An Obama supporter who describes himself as "100 per cent Democrat," Dyson says he is disappointed that the President "chose the wrong side." Increasing CO2 in the atmosphere does more good than harm, he argues, but is not an insurmountable crisis. Climate change, he tells us, "is not a scientific mystery but a human mystery. How does it happen that a whole generation of scientific experts is blind to obvious facts?"
EPA Mine Spill Could Have Been Prevented
Government investigators squarely blamed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday for a 3 million gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine, saying an EPA cleanup crew rushed its work and failed to consider the complex engineering involved, triggering the very blowout it hoped to avoid.
Aggressive Nonnative Mosquitoes Spreading Across California
Carry Disease Risk

It has the makings of a science-fiction film: the threat of deadly disease, a metropolis oblivious to the impending danger and, of course, extraordinarily hostile insects. That┤s the scenario California health officials say they┤re facing as they track the arrival of nonnative mosquitoes that can carry infectious diseases.
GAO Report: Obamacare Exchanges Abysmal
Fail to Detect Counterfeit Documents

As part of its review, GAO tested application and enrollment controls on the federal exchange and two state exchanges (California and Kentucky). Ten fictitious applicants were created to test whether verification steps including validating an applicant's Social Security number, verifying citizenship, and verifying household income were completed properly.
FBI: No Way to Screen All the Syrian Refugees
Obama Plans to Accept

FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday told Congress that the federal government cannot conduct thorough checks on all of the coming influx of 10,000 refugees from Syria. Appearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Comey said Syrians who aren┤t already in the FBI┤s database are unknown to the agency, meaning their backgrounds cannot be adequately scoured for a risk of terrorism.
Ben Carson: Gov’t Finds It
‘Much More Difficult to Dominate People Who Are Armed’

On the October 25 airing of Meet the Press, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson stressed the important role an armed citizenry plays in preventing tyranny, saying, the government finds it “much more difficult to dominate people who are armed.” That statement came after host Chuck Todd revisited Carson’s past comments about how he believes European Jews could have limited the scope of the Holocaust had they been armed.
How the Indiana Pizza Shop Responded
After Being Tricked Into 'Catering' a Gay Wedding

Travis Weber
Those truly seeking to understand the conflicts in the "wedding vendor cases" should study what happened here, for they will see that no one involved is interested in simply turning away customers based on how they identify sexually.
5 Killed, 16 Wounded in Chicago Weekend Shootings
Five people have been killed and at least 16 others wounded in shootings across Chicago this weekend. The latest homicide happened early Sunday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.
Protesters Demand Racial Justice as Police Leaders Gather in Chicago
A protest in Chicago ended in several arrests as police leaders from around the world gathered Saturday at McCormick Place for an annual conference. Demonstrators are demanding racial justice. Dozens of people were arrested as a result of the protests, most of them from a sit-in in the middle of the street. Their goal was to disrupt the largest gathering of public safety officials of its kind.
Bond Denied for All Suspects in Killing of K-9 and
Attempted Murder of Deputies

Sheriff John Skipper said the investigation into Wednesday's shooting revealed that the carjacking call which ultimately led to the shooting of the dog was falsely reported. Skipper said the three men accused of attempted murder and abuse of police canine each had criminal histories and were affiliated with gangs.
Russian Experiment Tried – and Failed – to
Block Citizens' Access to the Rest of Internet

For some time, Techdirt has been reporting on Russia's efforts to control every aspect of online activity in the country. But it seems that the authorities there are still worried that its citizens will find ways around these measures. As a result, The Telegraph reports, the Russian government carried out a rather interesting experiment recently:
Islamic Group Blocked from Building ‘Megamosque
Three Times Bigger Than St Paul’s Cathedral’ In London

The government has blocked plans to build Britain’s biggest mosque by an ultra-conservative Islamic group. Plans by the Tablighi Jamaat sect would have created a "megamosque" which would have had three times the floor space of St Paul’s Cathedral.
ISIS Beware: Game Changer ‘Insect’ Drone
Allows MoD to Spy On ISIS for 90 Days Straight

The Zephyr UAV will eventually stay airborne for 90 days. It has been described as a potential “game changer” in the battle against extremists in Iraq and Syria. Makers of The Zephyr, Airbus, claim it “endures like a satellite, focuses like an aircraft and is cheaper than both of them”.

Week ending 18 October 2015

EPA Unleashes Health-Hammering Rules
Paul Driessen
Volatile organic compounds that are ozone precursors don't come just from refineries, power plants, factories, automobiles and other hydrocarbon use. They come from volcanoes, hot springs and trees: deciduous trees emit VOCs on hot, sunny days; conifers emit them day and night. They also come from "clean, green" ethanol.
Washington Sets the Stage for Another Financial Crisis
Stephen Moore
My 13-year-old son told me at the dinner table the other day that Franklin Roosevelt was one of America's "greatest presidents" because "he ended the Great Depression." He's usually a good student, so I checked where he got this tripe, and sure enough, the fairy tale was right there in his American history book.
Conflict of Interest – Elijah Cummings is Knee Deep in IRS Scandal
Using House Committee to Go After a Private Citizen is Illegal

Attorney Cleta Mitchell wants to find out if Cummings is responsible in part or completely for the harassment of Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote. After Cummings launched his "investigation" , Engelbrecht had her business audited twice, her personal taxes once, two visits from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, a surprise visit from OSHA, seven visits from the FBI.
New Huma Abedin E-mail Address Discovered
Ahead of Benghazi Committee Appearance

Citizens United discovered the address in an e-mail exchange that shows Clinton Foundation CEO Robert Harrison forwarding a speaking invitation for then-Secretary of State Clinton to both Abedin's State Department account and an unfamiliar Abedin address on November 6, 2012. "I tried to send this to your '' address, but it bounced back as undeliverable, so here it is again," Harrison wrote.
Gowdy: Benghazi Panel's New Facts Focus on 'four dead Americans,'
not Clinton 2016 Bid

“We have found new facts that have absolutely nothing to do with her,” South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, told CBS' Face the Nation. “I get that people don't want to talk about that. But the seven [Republican] members of my committee are much more focused on the four dead Americans than we are anyone's presidential aspirations.”
Robert Gates:
Obama’s Distrust of Military ‘Particularly True in Afghanistan’

“... I think there were people in the White House, and I don’t want to name any names, who were constantly goading him and saying the military is trying to box you in. the military is trying to trap you. the military is trying to bully you. The military is trying to make you do something you don’t want to do.”
Henry Kissinger: Obama Has Left the Middle East in ‘Shambles’
Four states in the region have ceased to function as sovereign. Libya, Yemen, Syria and Iraq have become targets for nonstate movements seeking to impose their rule. Over large swaths in Iraq and Syria, an ideologically radical religious army has declared itself the Islamic State (also called ISIS or ISIL) as an unrelenting foe of established world order.
Senator to Obama: Why is Cuba helping Russia in Syria?
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wants to know whether President Obama has confronted the Cuban government over its reported aid for Syrian President Bashar Assad. In light of Obama┤s decision to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba, Grassley said it is "disconcerting" that the Castro government appears to be siding with Russia in the the Syrian civil war.
Planned Parenthood Reverses Policy of Taking Money for
Fetal Tissue 'donations'

The project lead of the Center for Medical Progress, the group behind the undercover videos that shed light on the organ harvesting, called Richards' letter "an admission of guilt" in a statement to "This proves what CMP has been saying all along – Planned Parenthood incurs no actual costs, and the payments for harvested fetal parts have always been an extra profit margin," David Daleiden said in the statement.
Big Increases in the Cost of Most Individual Health Plans in Pa.
The cost of health insurance premiums will rise for most Pennsylvanians next year who buy individual plans, in some cases steeply. Premiums in six plans offered by Pittsburgh-based Highmark, Wilkes-Barre-based Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Danville-based Geisinger will rise by more than 20 percent.
Top Party Official Accuses DNC's Wasserman-Schultz of
Lying and Questions Her Leadership

R.T. Rybak, the former mayor of Minneapolis and a vice chairman of the DNC, on Thursday accused the party's leader, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of making "flat-out not true" statements about another top party officer, questioned her political skills and said he had "serious questions" about her suitability for the job.
Clinton's Southern Strategy?
Hillary Fakes Her Accent for Local Crowd

Hillary Clinton has started faking a Southern drawl to speak to Southerners, just as she did during her last presidential run eight years ago. The tactic drew chuckles, derision and not a little resentment when she tried it in 2007 and 2008. But she was back at it again in Alabama on Saturday, putting on a heavy twang to express her contempt for Republicans.
Are More Lies the Answer for Hillary?
Newt Gingrich
The reason this Democratic debate offered any drama at all, in a year when the Democratic frontrunner was presumed to have cleared the field, is that the Clinton campaign is clearly in significant trouble. She is lagging in some state polls behind Sen. Bernie Sanders, a candidate who, when he announced, was considered to be among the least plausible nominees the party could find.
Report: EPA 'Running a $160 Million PR Machine'
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent over $15 million on outside public relations consultants despite employing nearly 200 full-time in house PR workers. A new report on EPA spending released by Open the Books, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transparency, found numerous examples of questionable expenditures within the agency.
France's Top Weatherman Sparks Storm Over Book
Questioning Climate Change

Mr Verdier claims in the book Climat Investigation (Climate Investigation) that leading climatologists and political leaders have "taken the world hostage" with misleading data. In a promotional video, Mr Verdier said: "Every night I address five million French people to talk to you about the wind, the clouds and the sun. And yet there is something important, very important that I haven't been able to tell you, because it's neither the time nor the place to do so."
'Convert or die' ISIS Graffiti Jihadis Declare First European 'caliphate'
The terror group's logo was daubed on the wall of a restaurant in Gothenburg, Sweden. Chilling messages such as "convert or die" and "the caliphate is here" were also found covering the outside of Markus Samuelsson's bakery. "I felt a sudden chill down my spine. It’s terribly painful, we feel threatened," Samuelsson said.
The American Boy Arrested for Making a Clock Meets Sudan’s President, Omar Hassan al-Bashir an Accused War Criminal
Bashir is no ordinary world leader. He has an outstanding arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court, for example, for allegedly orchestrating genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. The country he leads is under a variety of U.S. sanctions. His government harbored Osama bin Laden for five years in the 1990s.
Why 6 Government-Funded Insurance Companies
Created Under Obamacare Collapsed

Over the last 10 months, six co-ops, which collectively received nearly $762 million from the federal government, announced they're closing their doors and pulling out of the insurance market for 2016. As a result, more than 420,000 Americans who enrolled in health insurance coverage through the nonprofit insurers will lose their insurance and have been instructed to select new plans next year.
Hero Bronze Star Combat Dog Killed by Bicyclist
Who Felt He was Being Threatened

A bomb-sniffing combat dog who earned two Bronze Stars during two tours in Iraq in a Special Operations Forces unit was shot dead by a bicyclist in Wyoming who felt the hero canine was a threat. Mike, a nine-year-old Belgian Malinois, was killed in the small town of Powell while his owner and service partner, retired Army Ranger Matthew Bessler, 43, was hunting in the Bighorn Mountains.

Week ending 11 October 2015

Countering Putin
Condoleezza Rice and Robert M. Gates
One can hear the disbelief in capitals from Washington to London to Berlin to Ankara and beyond. How can Vladimir Putin, with a sinking economy and a second-rate military, continually dictate the course of geopolitical events? Whether it's in Ukraine or Syria, the Russian president seems always to have the upper hand.
Democrats More Interested in Thwarting Than Cooperating in
Benghazi Probe, Gowdy Says

Stephen Dinan
Rather than cooperate, Democrats have tried to thwart the Benghazi probe from within since the beginning, the special panel’s chairman said in a letter released Thursday that accused Democrats of bad faith and also announced the release of emails that call into question the relationship between former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her associate Sidney Blumenthal.
Trey Gowdy Opens Can of Whoop-A** on Top Benghazi Committee Dem
Cummings in Brutal 13-Page Letter

Michael Dorstewitz
In response to the continuous sniping the South Carolina Republican has received as chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi from the committee’s top ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Gowdy let loose in a scathing 13-page letter.
U.S. Officials Conclude Iran Deal Violates Federal Law
Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision – a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars in U.S.-backed commerce with the Islamic regime – conflicts with existing federal statutes and cannot be implemented without violating those laws, Fox News has learned.
What Really Drives Obama┤s Destructive Mideast Policy?
Selwyn Duke
It’s not a stretch to say that what ex-president Jimmy Carter did for Iran, Barack Obama is doing for the whole Middle East and beyond. Islamic State is on the move; jihadism in general is raging and all the rage; and with the Iran deal, the man who helped enable the “Arab Spring” may give us a nuclear winter. A Mideast policy with such results has befuddled many.
Are Mideast Muslims Dying for a Myth?
Mike Konrad
Islam claims that, during his lifetime, Mohammed took a night journey on a flying steed, called al Buraq, to Jerusalem to the Farthest (al-Aqsa) Mosque. The irony is that, according to Muslim sources, there was no mosque in Jerusalem for Mohammed to visit. So why are they fighting over what never was?
The Federal Government Just Stopped Serving
Pig Products in Federal Prison

Ann Althouse
But the government says it's because a survey shows the prisoners don't like pork. Why don't they just admit they're doing it to accommodate religion and it's easier to have one rule that works for everyone than to bother with the complexity of alternative meals for the minority who must avoid pig products.
DHS Confesses: No Databases Exist to Vet Syrian Refugees
Investor’s Business Daily
As the White House prepares to dump another 10,000 Syrian refugees on U.S. cities, it assures us these mostly Muslim men undergo a "robust screening" process. Not so, admits the agency responsible for such vetting... So the truth is, we are not vetting these Muslim refugees at all.
Miraculous! U.S. Media Made the Refugee Crisis Go Away!
Sara Noble
The refugee crisis in Europe has disappeared from U.S. media reports but nothing has changed except for the coverage. The overflowing camps and the extremely large numbers of migrants continue to flow, along with chaos and disorder. All news of it has disappeared from the news.
The Muslim Madness of Merkel
7.36 Million Muslims Invade Germany

Daniel Greenfield
German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that refusing to take in Muslim migrants is a “danger for Europe.” Merkel as usual had it backward. It’s her program of taking in Muslim migrants that represents the gravest threat to the freedom and future of Europe since the fall of the Soviet Union. Merkel may have already doomed Germany. The Bild newspaper published a leaked secret government document estimating that the number of migrants invading Europe this year might reach 1.5 million.
The Mystery of ISIS’ Toyota Army Solved
The mystery of how hundreds of identical, brand-new ISIS-owned Toyota trucks have made it into Syria is solved... It’s fair to say that whatever pipeline the U.S. State Department and the British government used to supply terrorists in Syria with these trucks was likely used to send additional vehicles before and after these reports were made public.
Rep. Jim Jordan Says House Will Impeach Head of IRS
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)says that the House of Representatives will impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen this session. “It is something that has to be done,” ... “If we don’t hold some people accountable in the executive branch for the executive overreach we’ve seen in [the Obama] administration, then they’ll never get the message.”
Another Massacre, Another Charade
Charles Krauthammer
In the final quarter of his presidency, Mr. Obama can very well say what he wants. If he believes in Australian-style confiscation – i.e., abolishing the Second Amendment – why not spell it out? Until he does, he should stop demonizing people for not doing what he won’t even propose.
Calif. Opens the Door to More Voter Fraud with New Motor Voter Law
Jazz Shaw
California’s Governor had a busy weekend, breaking out his pen and signing nearly two dozen bills into law. Most of them centered on the voting process in the Golden State, but while liberals are taking a victory lap there are hints that these maneuvers are going to signal trouble down the line.
5 Obama Scandals the Mainstream Press is Ignoring
Investor’s Business Daily
For years, we’ve heard reporters marvel at how President Obama has been so remarkably scandal-free. That’s only because they ignore his scandals. Here are five that would have swamped a GOP presidency.
The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared
Jeremy Malcolm – Electronic Frontier Foundation
Today's release by Wikileaks of what is believed to be the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes the few hopes that we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn't survive to the end of the negotiations.
CBS Offers Withering Assessment of the Rathergate Movie ‘Truth’
“It’s astounding how little truth there is in “Truth.” There are, in fact, too many distortions, evasions and baseless conspiracy theories to enumerate them all. The film tries to turn gross errors of journalism and judgment into acts of heroism and martyrdom. That’s a disservice not just to the public but to journalists across the world who go out every day and do everything within their power, sometimes at great risk to themselves, to get the story right.” – CBS statement
Not AGAIN! EPA Crew at Standard Mine Above Crested Butte
Triggers Waste Spill

An Environmental Protection Agency crew working at the Standard Mine above Crested Butte triggered a wastewater spill into a creek that flows into the town water supply – a small-scale repeat of the Gold King incident this year. Only an estimated 2,000 gallons spilled Tuesday, amid efforts to open a collapsed portal.
Federal Employees Make 78% More Than Private Sector Workers
Warner Todd Huston
A new report show once again that government workers–all of them–are leeches, most of whom we should fire. Now we find the outrageous statistics showing that federal workers earned on average 78 percent more in total compensation than private sector workers in 2014. 78 percent! This is intolerable. The stats were found in a new report from Government Magazine that assembled the numbers for us.
15-month Probe: Russian Missile Shot Down Malaysian Flight
A 15-month investigation by Dutch authorities into doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has determined a Russian-made missile shot the plane down over Ukraine and killed all 298 people on board. The findings by the Dutch Safety Board will be unveiled Tuesday, according to a report from The Sunday Times of London.
Since USA Today Won't Publish Good Gun News, Author Alan Korwin Publishes Advertorial of Good Gun News
Despite a documented mainstream-media failure to cover stories of armed self defense by the general public, Congress and the Washington, D.C., Beltway audience were treated this morning to a spate of such stories in the Life section of USA Today. Individuals who are alive because they had guns and could shoot their assailants were featured in paid space, based on local broadcast news reports, in a column sponsored by
Lawsuit: Baby Jesus Doesn’t Belong In Christmas Play
Todd Starnes
You would think the anti-Christmas crowd would wait until there’s frost on the pumpkin patch before pillaging and plundering our long-cherished yuletide traditions. But the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been chomping at the bit to bully those who celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Video Shows Babies 'singing' in the Womb:
Fetus Can 'hear music as early as 16 weeks'

It is accepted that an unborn baby's ear is fully developed at week 16 of a pregnancy. But, until now experts did not believe a fetus could hear until week 18, at the earliest but more commonly nearer 26 weeks. Dr Marisa Lopez-Teijon, who led the study, said the findings show a fetus responds to music transmitted intra-vaginally by moving their mouth and tongue, 'as if they were trying to speak or sing'.
Cutting Off Funding to Planned Parenthood
Doesn't Violate the Constitution

Hans von Spakovsky
Some critics of the attempt to stop federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation's number one abortion provider, are now making the erroneous claim that to do so would be unconstitutional. However, that claim, as expressed by Drexel law professor David S. Cohen, who says that cutting off federal funding would be an unconstitutional bill of attainder (a legislative act punishing someone without a trial), is nonsense.
ISIS Extremists Publish Address of Navy Seal Who
Killed Osama Bin Laden and Call for His Death

Mirror Online has been monitoring jihadi chat on social media and has spotted several people linking to a text file containing instructions on how to find Robert O'Neill, who claimed to have killed the al Qaeda chief. This information was shared by an unnamed British extremist, who dubbed O'Neill a "number one target" and called for his immediate death.
Legal Scholars Urge Officeholders: Refuse to Accept Same-Sex Marriage Opinion as Binding Precedent
A group of more than 60 legal scholars released a statement last week calling on all federal and state officeholders not to accept the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision – declaring a national right to same-same sex marriage – as binding precedent.

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