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“Just because you do not take an interest in politics
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It’s Happening Just Like I Told You
The implosion of the Democrats has begun,
and they’re nearly ready to be bought.

Scott McKay
This piece will borrow liberally from a pair of previous occupants of this space, in which (1) it was prophesied that Hillary Clinton will not ultimately be that party’s nominee and (2) Mike Bloomberg will be allowed to ride in and purchase that party lock, stock and barrel. Now that those prophecies no longer reside deep in left field, that is.

Obama's 0.7 Percent "solution"
Paul Driessen
America's abysmal 0.7% economic growth during the fourth quarter of 2015 meant the annual growth rate was an anemic 2.4% … and average annual growth for the six-year Obama era a pathetic 2.2 percent. This is "dead last compared to six other recession recoveries since 1960," Heritage Foundation economist Stephen Moore points out. The six averaged a robust 4.0% while the Reagan era recovery averaged a "sizzling" 4.8% over six years.


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Week ending 7 February 2016

Secretary Kerry Says ISIS Members Aren't Muslims
At a conference of coalition members tasked with fighting ISIS in Rome yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry said members of the terrorist organization are not Muslims but apostates of Islam. "Daesh [ISIS] is in fact nothing more than a mixture of killers, of kidnappers, of criminals, of thugs, of adventurers, of smugglers and thieves," Kerry said.
Finally, Europe is Waking Up to Dangers of Multiculturalism
Mike Gonzalez
It may be late in the game, but Europeans are finally waking up to how decades of indoctrination into multiculturalism is now imperiling their safety. British Prime Minister David Cameron has led this campaign, but even the leaders of France and Germany are now following.
Report: Obama Bullied Bank to Pay Racial Settlement Without Proof
Newly uncovered internal memos reveal the Obama administration knowingly exaggerated charges of racial discrimination in probes of Ally Bank and other defendants in the $900 billion car-lending business as part of a “racial justice” campaign that’s looking more like a massive government extortion and shakedown operation.
Fun with Numbers: The Real Story Behind the Unemployment Report
Rick Moran
On the surface, the January jobs numbers appear to be "not bad." There were 151,000 jobs created and the official unemployment rate dropped below 5%. But the story inside the numbers is really, really awful. The Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates job creation and loss using two different measurements; the Current Population Survey, and "Establishment" data from the Current Employment Statistics.
Venezuela is Socialist, Senator Sanders. Any Questions?
Investor’s Business Daily
Like a skyscraper crane about to topple in high winds, Venezuela is teetering on the brink of a horrific economic collapse. It was brought on by one thing: socialism, taken to the hilt. Yet incredibly, neither Bernie Sanders nor his voters make this connection. It’s worrisome that so many Americans see socialism in a favorable light these days.
America’s Economic Freedom Has Rapidly Declined Under Obama;
Falls From 6th Place to a Dismal 11th

Anthony B. Kim
According to the 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, an annual publication by The Heritage Foundation, America’s economic freedom has tumbled. With losses of economic freedom in eight of the past nine years, the U.S. has tied its worst score ever, wiping out a decade of progress.
Obama’s Economic Recovery vs. Reagan’s
Like Cheap Gas? How About a New Oil Tax?
Dan Gilmore
This is the man who, just a month ago in his State of the Union Address, took credit for the nation’s low gas prices. Don’t think for a minute that the oil companies would simply absorb this tax, either. For the last year, the oil industry has been sloughing off jobs.
DDT Might Have Stopped Zika, but
Environmentalists Chose Mosquitoes Over People

Daniel Greenfield
The Zika virus outbreak is the latest batch of blood on the dirty hands of Rachel Carson and the entire environmental movement which puts mosquitoes ahead of people. There was a time when we beat insect-born diseases through simple and easy methods that worked. But environmentalists eradicated DDT instead. DDT worked in Brazil.
Return to sanity, bring back DDT
Will the EPA Cause a Zika Pandemic?
Robert Zubrin
The world is facing a public-health emergency. According to the World Health Organization, the Zika virus, a horrific disease that causes malformation of infants, is now "spreading explosively." If decisive action is not taken quickly, Zika will proliferate to every continent, become widely and deeply embedded in populations, and cause millions of babies to be born brain-damaged every year for generations to come.
Return to sanity, bring back DDT
With Zika, Time to Bring Back DDT
Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Zika is in the news, but it is dwarfed by malaria. About 300 million to 600 million people suffer each year from malaria, and it kills about 1 million annually, 90 percent in sub-Saharan Africa. We have the means to reduce Zika and malaria – and we are not using it. Under the Global Malaria Eradication Program, which started in 1955, DDT was used to kill the mosquitoes that carried the parasite, and malaria was practically eliminated.
100 things you should know about DDT

U.S. Bound by Climate Change Deal That Skirts Constitution,
House Panel Told

President Barack Obama bound the United States to an international agreement on climate change, but the administration’s decision to circumvent Congress to implement the deal has lawyers questioning its constitutionality. Despite legally binding elements in the Paris Protocol, which require Senate ratification, negotiators worded the deal in a manner that enables Obama to handle it as an executive agreement and avoid congressional input.
Finally, America May Be Catching On to Ethanol Racket
Nicolas Loris
When Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2005 and expanded the mandate in 2007, policymakers promised reduced dependence on foreign oil, a new source of cleaner energy to lower gas prices, a stronger economy, and an improved environment. This was certainly wishful thinking, as none of it has come true.

Trumping Hydrocarbon Fuels & Consumers
Paul Driessen
The fact is, the 14.5-billion-gallon-per-year ethanol mandate prolongs policies that are bad for consumers and the environment. And yet many presidential candidates and other politicians support it. The ethanol mandate forces refiners to blend ethanol into gasoline. It's the epitome of feel-good government programs run amok.

How West Virginia is Leading the Charge Against
Obama's Environmental 'Power Grab'

Philip Wegmann
The Mountain State has its back against the wall, and time is running out. Leading a coalition of more than two dozen coal states, West Virginia is asking the Supreme Court for an emergency stay of President Obama's new regulations governing the coal industry. West Virginia and 26 other states argue that the EPA overstepped its authority by circumventing Congress to unilaterally implement the package of rules.
It was Hillary Clinton Who Required Transcripts of Her Speeches
Hillary Clinton, who faces mounting pressure to release transcripts of her paid speeches, routinely demanded that a stenographer be present at her events so she could maintain a record of what she said. At least four of Clinton’s contracts include a clause stating a transcript would be produced for Clinton and that the former secretary of state would own them and control their release.
Lawmaker says He's 'Never Read Anything That's More Sensitive'
Than Information in Hillary's 'Top Secret' Emails

A member of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that he has "never read anything that's more sensitive" than the contents of the "Top Secret" Hillary Clinton emails identified by the State Department last week. Utah Rep. Chris Stewart also said during an interview with Fox New's "America's Newsroom" that there are "actually more" than 22 "Top Secret emails," which is the number reported by the State Department.
Future dictionaries will have a picture of Hillary along with the definition of 'scoundrel'
Judge Wants Explanation from State Department on
‘Newly’ Discovered Clinton Records

Judicial Watch announced today that a federal judge ordered the State Department to explain how and when new records from the office of Hillary Clinton were located and why they were not identified previously. The court order comes in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records about the State Department vetting of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's potential conflicts of interest.
Future dictionaries will have a picture of Hillary along with the definition of 'scoundrel'
No, Hillary, Your Goldman Sachs Speaking Fees Were Not
Just ‘What They Offered You’

Hillary Rodham Clinton on CNN Wednesday brushed aside the $675,000 Goldman Sachs provided for speech appearances simply as “what they offered me,” but the flip answer ignored that speech fees are negotiated by agents – the Harry Walker Agency, which calls itself “the world's leading speaker's bureau.”
Future dictionaries will have a picture of Hillary along with the definition of 'scoundrel'
As First Lady, Hillary Did Not Have Security Clearance but
Received Classified Information Anyway

When Hillary Clinton was first lady, she did not have a security clearance, but she was "often provided" classified information, she told her longtime friend and ABC News host George Stephanopoulos in a long-forgotten Dec. 30, 2007 interview rediscovered by The Daily Caller. It was just weeks before the 2008 Iowa caucuses and Clinton was out touting her foreign policy experience.
Hillary Misleading About Email Probe During Debate,
Former FBI Agents Say

Clinton told debate moderator Chuck Todd that nothing would come of the FBI probe, “I am 100 percent confident. This is a security review that was requested.  It is being carried out.” Not true says Steve Pomerantz, who spent 28 years at the FBI, and rose from field investigative special agent to the rank of assistant director, the third highest position in the Bureau.
Issa: FBI Has No Choice but to Recommend Clinton Indictment
Katie Pavlich
At this point, it's been reported Clinton hosted thousands of emails containing classified information on her private email server. Worse, at least 22-emails contain the most sensitive of all top secret information about human sources, putting lives at risk in addition to compromising U.S. national security.
Former Amarillo Resident Sounds the Alarm in Montana on
Obama's Islamic Resettlement Scheme

More than 120 people braved the snow and ice Monday to rally in front of the Missoula County Courthouse, protesting an effort by the Obama administration and its army of community organizers to plant foreign "refugees" into small cities in western Montana. One of the speakers was a woman who moved recently to Montana from Amarillo, Texas, which has been inundated with thousands of refugees over the past 15 years.
Christian Family Sues Over 'Islamic Indoctrination' Homework
Kristiana Mork
"Teachers of Islam are doing things that would never be tolerated for other religions, like spending more time on Islam, reciting its five pillars, and making its confession of faith. That would never be tolerated for other religions. There is no memorizing of the Ten Commandments or the Nicene Creed, which is the statement of faith for Catholics and many Protestants." –Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center

Lawsuit: ‘Public school forced my child to convert to Islam’
Todd Starnes
A public high school has been accused of radical Islamic indoctrination by forcing children to profess the Muslim statement of faith, ordering them to memorize the Five Pillars of Islam and teaching that the faith of a Muslim is stronger than the average Christian, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
UN To Obama BFF Iran: Hey, if you could stop raping and executing 9-year olds, that would be greaaaaaaaaat
Russ Read
The U.N. body charged with protecting the rights of children has told the government of Iran that its laws allowing sex with girls as young as 9-years-old and capital punishment of minors must be changed... Iran's child sex abuse problem goes beyond the legal statutes concerning the U.N., the country also is notorious for the sex trafficking of children.
Virginia Mom Takes Fight Against
Sexually Explicit Books to State Lawmakers

Kelsey Harkness
Laura Murphy said the content was so explicit that four years ago, when she tried to email "verbatim quotations" to the Virginia Board of Education, the government's firewall blocked her email from being delivered because they were obscene and potentially harmful to children. "You can't make it up," Murphy said.
Why Civil Liberties are No Longer Defended?
When looking back from the perspective of the 1800's America, the experience in the 20th and certainly the 21th centuries, has been a consistent and total repudiation of the underpinnings of civil liberties. With the widespread rejection of natural law, the secular humanism of the worldly culture has replaced the time tested and well-grounded principles that are the basis of Western Civilization.
SS United States circa 1952
SS United States, Historic Ocean Liner of Trans-Atlantic Heyday,
May Sail Again

In its 1950s heyday, the historic ship – the world’s fastest luxury liner – dashed across the Atlantic carrying royalty and immigrants alike to American shores. But for nearly a half century now the “Big U,” as the ship is known, has been docked, collecting barnacles and rust after jet travel lured away all the customers. Now, however, there is a chance the SS United States may sail again, after Crystal Cruises, a luxury travel company, signed a purchase option for the ship.
SS United States future
Maryland's Landmark Assault Weapons/High-Cap Mag Ban Takes a Hit
A 2-1 ruling Thursday by the federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals struck a blow to a Maryland law that placed a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. It was former Gov. Martin O'Malley who in 2013 hastily enacted the ban shortly after the Newtown school massacre.
20 Planned Parenthood Clinics Have Harvested Body Parts from
Aborted Babies

In October, Planned Parenthood told the New York Times that only two of its health centers nationwide supply "fetal tissue" to researchers – one in California and one in Washington state. But a new report from the Family Research Council indicates that 20 of the abortion business's affiliates across the country were involved in harvesting aborted babies' body parts for researchers in the past five years.
Walmart, Private Sector is Now Providing Basic Services to Flint
Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestle and PepsiCo are to announce today the donation of about 176 truckloads of water to help people affected by the water crisis in Flint. The donation includes providing up to 6.5 million bottles of water for more than 10,000 Flint students through Dec. 31, according to company officials.

Week ending 31 January 2016

‘This was all planned’: Former IG says Hillary, State Dept. Are Lying
Paul Sperry
The State Department is lying when it says it didn’t know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal e-mails and a private server to conduct official business – because it never set up an agency e-mail address for her in the first place, the department’s former top watchdog says. “This was all planned in advance” to skirt rules governing federal records management, said Howard J. Krongard, who served as the agency’s inspector general from 2005 to 2008.
The Left's Manufactured Muslim Crisis
9/11 Made it Clear, We Need to Fight the Left

Daniel Greenfield
While some New Yorkers had gone to help the victims of Islamic terrorists, the left had rushed to aid the terrorists. Unlike the rest of us, they were not shocked or horrified by the attack. They were treasonously working on ways to spin the murder of thousands of Americans to protect the enemy. The greatest obstacle to defeating Islamic terrorism is still the left.
State Dept. Records Show John Kerry Sent
Hillary a ‘SECRET’ Email from His iPad

Emails released by the State Department on Friday show that in 2011, then-Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry sent then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton an email from his iPad that has been deemed to contain information classified as “Secret.” While previous releases of Clinton’s emails have shown that she and her staff communicated directly with Kerry when he was a senator, the new email is the first from Kerry that the State Department has determined contains sensitive information.
How the FBI Could Force DOJ to Prosecute Hillary Clinton
Jim Geraghty
Could the Hillary Clinton e-mail saga end with FBI Director James Comey resigning in protest? Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia, knows the laws regarding classified information firsthand. In his private practice, Cuccinelli defended a Marine lieutenant colonel court martialed on charges of possessing such information outside a secure facility.
Trumping Hydrocarbon Fuels and Consumers
Why Does Donald Trump Pander to Iowa’s Ethanol Interests?

Paul Driessen
The fact is, the 14.5-billion-gallon-per-year ethanol mandate prolongs policies that are bad for consumers and the environment. And yet many presidential candidates and other politicians support it. Corn ethanol’s ecological impacts have convinced the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Environmental Working Group and other organizations to oppose further extensions of the mandate.
‘4X Worse Than Solyndra’ – $2.3B: DOE Drops 1,200 Pages of Heavily Redacted Docs on Green Energy/Biofuel Loans
These were in response to an  October a FOIA request asking for email records from government officials regarding federal loan guarantees given to Abengoa, a Spanish-based green energy company... "To put this in perspective, the Abengoa bankruptcy exposes taxpayers to losses four times greater than Solyndra, making it the largest failure of the DOE green loan program to date," Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo wrote in a recent letter to the Treasury Department and DOE.
Abengoa's Kansas plant never produced a drop of ethanol!
West Virginia Turns to Prayer as Obama’s ‘Clean Power’ Looms
There’s little separation between church and the fossil fuel industry in West Virginia’s coal country. Still reeling from recent mine shutdowns, the state legislature has set aside Jan. 31 as a “day of prayer for coal miners.” On Sunday, a congregation of pastors, businessmen, and lawmakers will seek divine intervention in one of the nation’s hardest-hit coal economies.
300 Scientists Want NOAA to Stop Hiding its Global Warming Data
Hundreds of scientists sent a letter to lawmakers Thursday warning National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists may have violated federal laws when they published a 2015 study purporting to eliminate the 15-year “hiatus” in global warming from the temperature record. The Chairman of the House Science Committee launched an investigation into NOAA’s study last summer over concerns it was pushed out to bolster President Barack Obama’s political agenda.
U.S. State Depart.: Hillary Clinton's Email Correspondence Contained 'Top Secret' Material – Too Sensitive to Discuss
The State Department acknowledged for the first time Friday that "top secret" information has been found in emails that passed through the private email server Hillary Clinton used while leading the agency, elevating the issue in the presidential campaign three days before the hotly contested Iowa caucuses. The information was contained in 22 emails, across seven email chains, that were sent or received by Clinton...
FBI is ‘super pi--ed off’ at Obama White House
Former House Oversight Chairman Issa:
‘FBI director would like to indict Clinton and Abedin’

"I think he's in a position where he's being forced to triple-time make a case of what would otherwise be, what they call, a slam dunk," Issa said, referring to FBI Director James Comey, who previously told the Senate Judiciary Committee he would conduct a "competent," "honest" and "independent" probe into Clinton's handling of classified information during her tenure as secretary of state.
CBO Reveals Obama’s Legacy:
Runaway Deficits, Debt and Health Costs

Investor’s Business Daily
When President Obama released his first budget plan in 2009, he called it a “New Era of Responsibility.” What he produced was irresponsibility on a historic scale. Seven years later, a new Congressional Budget Office report reveals that Obama will bequeath chronic and rising deficits, rapidly expanding debt, and exploding health care costs to his successors.
Rise of ISIS Halts A-10 Warthog Retirement;
Pentagon to Retain America’s Only Close-Air Support Fighter

A-10 Warthog
Gen David Goldfein said ISIS and a U.S. air campaign have prompted a reconsideration of plans made by the Air Force to retire the A-10, which joined the service's fleet in 1975. The decision comes after Pentagon officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Defense One that retiring the A-10 would not be part of the Pentagon budget request.
Norway Shows How to Deal with Muslim Migrants
Turn Them Away at the Border

Norway has announced it is going to start turning back refugees without visas arriving from elsewhere in the passport-free Schengen zone, particularly Sweden. The move is part of a draft law containing a series of immigration measures that Norway's government says will make its asylum policy "one of Europe's toughest".
How Oklahoma is Looking to Reform Police Seizures
Jason Snead
Last week, State Senator Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, introduced the latest version of the Personal Asset Protection Act, a sweeping overhaul of Oklahoma’s civil asset forfeiture laws. Civil forfeiture is the legal tool that enables law enforcement authorities to seize cash and property, often on the mere suspicion that it was involved in, or the direct result of, illegal activity.
George Soros Gives $6 Million to Pro-Clinton Super-PAC
Billionaire George Soros contributed $6 million to a super-PAC supporting Hillary Clinton last month, according to the committee’s latest financial statement. The investor has now contributed a total of $7 million in this election cycle to Priorities USA Action, which raised $41 million on behalf of Clinton in 2015.
Hillary's "blame-men-first" Feminism May Prove Costly in 2016
Camille Paglia
During her two presidential campaigns, Hillary Clinton has consistently drawn greater support from women than men. Is this gender lag due to retrograde misogyny, or does Hillary project an uneasiness or ambivalence about men that complicates her appeal to a broader electorate?
Judicial Watch Releases Independent Counsel Memo Laying Out Criminal Case against Hillary Clinton in Whitewater Land Scandal
Judicial Watch today released 246 pages of previously undisclosed Office of Independent Counsel (OIC) internal memos revealing extensive details about the investigation of Hillary Rodham Clinton for possible criminal charges involving her activities in the Whitewater/Castle Grande fraudulent land transaction scandal.
Wounded Warrior Project Demands CBS News
Retract ‘absurd and patently false’ Spending Report

The Wounded Warrior Project is demanding CBS News apologize and retract a report accusing the charity of lavishly spending donor money on itself. CBS News spoke to more than 40 former Wounded Warrior Project employees who accused the charity of needlessly spending millions of dollars in donations on lavish conferences and parties.
Boko Haram Jihadis Burn Children Alive,
Slay Over 100 Villagers in Nigeria Massacre

In one of their most heinous massacres to date, militants from the radical Islamist Boko Haram group slaughtered over a hundred victims in a village in northeast Nigeria Saturday night, including a number of children whom they burned alive. The latest atrocity from the jihadi group allied to the Islamic State took place in the village of Dalori, some three miles from Maiduguri, Nigeria.
You Can Now Urinate in Public in San Francisco
San Francisco has installed an outdoor urinal in Dolores Park near the Mission District as part of the more than $20 million renovation of the recreation area in an attempt to combat a “rampant” public urination issue. “The more options we can give them to relieve themselves, the better for the parkgoers,” San Fran Supervisor Scott Wiener told the AP.

Week ending 24 January 2016

13 Hours: Could a Movie Derail Hillary Clinton for Good?
Paul Albaugh
Benghazi. Four Americans killed. A film with the recurring theme of a fading superpower that trades on its still-existing military power while trying to figure out its purpose. A movie depicting men who were denied everything yet gave everything they had to protect their fellow Americans.
'90s Scandals Threaten to Erode Hillary Clinton's Strength with Women
New York Times – Amy Chozick
The resurfacing of the scandals of the 1990s has brought about a rethinking among some feminists about how prominent women stood by Mr. Clinton and disparaged his accusers after the "bimbo eruptions," as a close aide to the Clintons, Betsey Wright, famously called the claims of affairs and sexual assault against Mr. Clinton in his 1992 campaign.
Secretary of State Kerry Says U.S. Still 'Concerned' about
Some Iranian Activities in Other Countries

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf neighbors perceive a lack of US engagement in the region, particularly in the face of what they see as Iran's "interference" in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere. Those feelings crystallized with the historic international deal which this month lifted crippling economic sanctions on Iran in return for a scaling back of its nuclear capabilities.
Obama Frees Dangerous Terrorists to the World Yet
His Own Task Force Did Not Recommend ANY be Freed

Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn
The Obama administration in recent days has proclaimed a "milestone" in its efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after achieving its long-held goal of reducing the remaining population to fewer than 100 detainees. In reducing these numbers, the White House has freed dangerous terrorists and set aside military and intelligence assessments warning about the risks of doing so.
Oil Rich Iran to Begin Construction on Two New Nuke Plants
The head of Iran's atomic energy organization announced on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic, with assistance from Russia and China, will move forward on the construction of two new nuclear power plants, according to comments published in Iranian state-controlled media. Ali Akbar Salehi, who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told Iranian reporters that construction on these new nuclear plants will begin in the "near future."
Former Sec Def Robert Gates: 'Odds are Pretty High'
Russia,China, and Iran Accessed Hillary's Server

In an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Thursday, the former CIA director said "the Pentagon acknowledges that they get attacked about 100,000 times a day." Hewitt followed up, "One of your colleagues, Mike Morell [Former Deputy Director of the CIA], said on this program, or actually agreed with my assertion that almost certainly, Russians, Chinese and Iranians had compromised the home brew server of the former Secretary of State. He agreed with that."

Clinton Aides Resisted State Department Suggestion that
Clinton Use Account

Bombshell emails from the State Department show that a top official at the agency suggested to Hillary Clinton's aide, Huma Abedin, in Aug. 2011 that the then-secretary of state begin using a government email account to protect against unexpected outages of her private email server... Besides showing that Clinton's top aides were against the idea of her using a email account, the emails show for the first time that top State Department officials were aware of Clinton's private email server arrangement.
Danish Town Makes Pork Mandatory In Public Schools
To Ensure That Pork Remains a Central Part of Denmark's Food Culture
A Danish city has ordered pork to be mandatory on municipal menus, including schools and daycare centers. The move is necessary for preserving the country's food traditions, according to the politicians. They insist that is not an attack on Muslims.
Denmark's national dish? Crispy pork with parsley sauce.
The ‘Obama is a Muslim’ Conspiracy Theory is
Still Reverberating in the Middle East

Adam Taylor
This week, as the Obama administration announced that it was lifting sanctions on Iran as a result of a U.S.-led nuclear deal with Tehran reached in July, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, the head of general security for the emirate of Dubai, suggested that Obama's "Shiite roots" had helped him get elected in a bid to bring the United States and Iran closer. "Mission accomplished," he added.
Germany’s Merkel Admits Some Refugees are from
‘Countries Where Hatred of Israel and Jews is Widespread’

The leader of Germany – with its own notorious history of persecuting Jews – did not name the countries to which she was referring. Many asylum-seekers have come from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. “We can try to reason [with them] again and again but it should also be clear: [anti-Semitism] has no place in our society … We must simply put clear limits,” Merkel said.
What a surprise!
Data Show These 6 Big Cities Aren't Faring Well
After Minimum Wage Hikes

"Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. – all on the leading edge of the push for big minimum wage hikes – all show worrisome job trends," wrote Jed Graham of Investor's Business Daily. An analysis ... shows that these big cities are going through a period of adverse job effects in fields such as restaurant and hotel employment.
Democrats Have Made the Dream a Nightmare
Patriot Post Staff
"This is the most tragic picture of man's inhumanity to man. I've been to Mississippi and Alabama and I can tell you that the hatred and hostility in Chicago are really deeper than in Alabama and Mississippi." King added, "Those who are associated with 'Black Power' and black supremacy are wrong." —MLK, 1966

Mauling MLK's Legacy
Arnold Ahlert
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday celebrating the man who in 1963 dreamed that "my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Fifty-three years later, leftists, especially those indoctrinating our children in public schools, are making an utter mockery of that concept.
First Grade Teacher Under Investigation After Racism Lesson
Leaves Children In Tears

Parents are complaining about a "lesson on racism" for first grade students at Minneola Elementary Charter School the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in which the teacher segregated her 7- and 8-year-old student by eye color then discriminated against some for several hours, WESH reports. Minneola principal Sherry Watts told WFTV the lesson was not approved by administrators.
Americans Top 1% Provide 1/3rd of All Donations
In a first of its kind survey, the Almanac of American Philanthropy found that Americans out-donate Britain and Canada two-to-one and nations like Italy and Germany 20-to-one. What's more, more than half of every single income class except those earning less than $25,000 donate to charity. The much maligned top 1 percent in the U.S. economy fork over one third of all donations made.
NYC Set to Stop Enforcing Law Against Peeing on Sidewalk
Because… Racism

New York City’s city council is set to dilute a host of criminal laws including laws against public urination and excessive noise because council members believe too many members of minorities are getting arrested.
Against Trump
National Review Editorial Blasts GOP Front Runner

Donald Trump leads the polls nationally and in most states in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. There are understandable reasons for his eminence, and he has shown impressive gut-level skill as a campaigner. But he is not deserving of conservative support in the caucuses and primaries.
Tennessee Bill Would Allow Gun Owners Hurt in
Gun-Free Zones to Sue

The legislation places responsibility on the business or property owner of the gun-free area to protect the gun owner from any incidents that occur with any “invitees,” trespassers and employees found on the property, as well as vicious and wild animals and “defensible man-made and natural hazards.”
Historic Pennsylvania Building Where Bill of Rights was Born is
Partially Demolished

Symbolism doesn't get much more chilling than this. Serious efforts are underway to abrogate the First and Second Amendments, in the name of "campaign finance reform" and "commonsense gun safety" – both euphemisms masking the tyrannical impulses of the left. At such a time, to demolish the site where the Bill of Rights were first proposed is unnerving, to say the least.
Find Out How Much Obamacare Rates Increased in
Your State – Ex. Minnesota 48%

Premiums under the Affordable Care Act will rise in nearly every state this year, spiking health insurance costs for nearly all Americans, according to a new report. All states, with the exception of Mississippi, saw the cost of health insurance premiums increase for 2016. And in most states, Americans using Obamacare's individual marketplace to purchase insurance saw premium costs rise by double digits.
Failed Math: In 1997, NOAA Claimed That the Earth was
3.83 Degrees Warmer Than Today

Anthony Watts
Steve McIntyre always told us to "watch the pea under the thimble" when it comes to climate change pronouncements, this is one of those cases. Yesterday, to much media fanfare, wailing, and gnashing of teeth NOAA pronounced that 2015 was the hottest year on record, ever! There's only one problem with that…the Internet never forgets.
Dr. Bob Carter Understood That Climate Frequently Changes, and
We Must Prepare to Adapt

Paul Driessen
Dangerous man-made global cooling, global warming, climate change and extreme weather claims continue to justify what has become a $1.5-trillion-per-year industry: tens of billions spent annually on one-sided research and hundreds of billions sent to crony capitalists to subsidize replacing dependable, affordable carbon-based fuels with unreliable, expensive “renewable” energy.

Week ending 17 January 2016

How the State Department Caved to
Hillary Clinton’s Lawyer on Classified Emails

Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
The State Department put up virtually no resistance when Hillary Clinton’s private lawyer requested to keep copies of her emails – even though those emails contained classified information, and even though it was unclear whether the attorney was cleared to see such secrets. 
Smoking Gun
Why Are Smart Guns So Dumb?

Frank Miniter
Whatever the future of such technology placed in guns might be, one thing is sure – until our police forces, and even President Barack Obama’s Secret Service agents, feel “smart gun” technology has been tested enough to satisfy them, why should American consumers feel any different?
Growing Number of Police Chiefs, Sheriffs Join

One of a growing number of rural and big-city law enforcement officials who openly encourages responsible gun ownership, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd believes guns allow citizens to defend themselves when police cannot. “If you are foolish enough to break into someone’s home, you can expect to be shot in Polk County,” Judd said in a statement after a homeowner shot a would-be home invader earlier this month. “It’s more important to have a gun in your hand than a cop on the phone.”
Biden: ‘The Second Amendment Says
You Can Limit Who Can Own a Gun’

Thank God Crazy Joe isn’t running for POTUS! It was nice of him to give “advice” to Bernie Sanders but the Second Amendment does not limit who can own a gun anywhere in it. Granted we want to keep them away from the nuts and violent criminals as he suggests but don’t go around making statements like this that get progressive anti-gun lobby all charged up. The Second Amendment is the only Amendment the Founders put a DO NOT TOUCH clause into, “… shall not be infringed.”
The Real-Life Heroes Behind '13 Hours:
The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi'

What happened during the 2012 Benghazi attack is the most scrutinized, most politically explosive “13 Hours” in recent history, and now the real-life American commandos who fought that night are coming forward to share their stories.
Climate Alarmists Invent New Excuse: The Satellites Are Lying
James Delingpole
And to prove it they’ve come up with a glossy new video starring such entirely trustworthy and not at all biased climate experts as Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann , Kevin “Travesty” Trenberth and Ben Santer. (All of these paragons of scientific rectitude feature heavily in the Climategate emails) This accuracy was acknowledged 25 years ago by NASA, which said that “satellite analysis of the upper atmosphere is more accurate, and should be adopted as the standard way to monitor temperature change.”
Citizens United Sues for Chelsea Clinton Emails
The conservative group Citizens United filed a lawsuit Thursday demanding access to emails Chelsea Clinton exchanged with five top aides to her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, while she served as secretary of state. The Freedom of Information Act suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, also seeks emails in State Department files from three other key figures in the Clinton orbit:
Caught on Video: Textbook Sales Leader says
Common Core Education Standards are 'all about the money'

The guerrilla video crew that exposed Obamaphone cheaters and shut down the left-wing advocacy group ACORN is at it again, this time hammering the 'Common Core' education standards as a scheme for publishers to sell more textbooks. The West Coast sales manager from one of the nation's biggest school book sellers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, told an undercover muckraker with Project Veritas that 'I hate kids.'
'We told you so,' Eastern Europe Tells Germany;
PM Orban said it was Proof of a Crisis of Liberalism

Influential politicians across Eastern Europe have pointed to the Cologne attacks, in which men of Middle Eastern appearance allegedly sexually assaulted over a hundred women, as proof that Germany's open-door refugee policy has been a mistake. The strongest criticism has come from Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, who said in a television discussion that Migrants have become a 'protected species' in Germany, Spiegel Online reports.
Iranian Sanctions Deal Adds to Woes as Oil Plummets to $29,
Dragging World Stocks Lower

Oil prices plummeted to $29 a barrel Friday on the likely resumption soon of Iranian oil exports into an already flooded market as international sanctions against Iran are lifted, dragging equity indices around the world sharply lower. Unsettled investors snapped up gold and other safe-haven assets amid fears of a global economic slowdown, coupled with concerns about a potential credit default as lower commodity prices make payments by creditors in emerging markets difficult.
Obama Halts 40% of the Coal Produced by
Banning Mining On Public Land

The Obama administration announced a moratorium on new coal development on public land Friday while it studies the impact of the U.S. leasing program on climate change, prompting fresh criticism that President Obama is ramping up his “war on coal.” It’s the latest step by Mr. Obama to combat climate change and follows a pledge he made in Tuesday’s State of the Union address “to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet.”
Dallas Fed Quietly Suspends Energy Mark-To-Market
On Default Contagion Fears

Earlier this week, before first JPMorgan and then Wells Fargo revealed that not all is well when it comes to bank energy loan exposure, a small Tulsa-based lender, BOK Financial, said that its fourth-quarter earnings would miss analysts’ expectations because its loan-loss provisions would be higher than expected as a result of a single unidentified energy-industry borrower. This is what the bank said:
Fed tells banks “not to force energy bankruptcies”
State of Fundamental Change
Allyne Caan
When Barack Obama campaigned for president in 2008, he pledged to strengthen the economy, create jobs and restore confidence in America. On Tuesday in his final State of the Union Address, he tried to convince America that he had succeeded. But after seven years of watching the White House operate outside the realm of reality, no one is fooled.
The Climate Industry and the ‘Green Religion’
Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
We are so lucky that Al Gore’s “true planetary emergency” did not take place. He predicted it ten years ago at the Sundance Film Festival where his documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” premiered. It was the result of an environmental crusade he embarked upon that would make him a billionaire, a Nobel Prize and a Golden Globe winner – “Educating the masses that global warming is about to toast our ecology and our way of life.”
The heat is on! Why should Volkswagen be investigated for
emission deception, but not government agencies?

Paul Driessen
The heat is on! Not the unusual winter warmth in much of the United States – but the unrelenting heat generated by propaganda and pressure campaigns that the White House, EPA, Big Green and news media are unleashing in the wake of the Paris climate agreement … and as a prelude to the 2016 elections.
The NY Times' Koch-Nazi Connection
Has More Holes Than the French Navy

The New York Times and a host of other publications are piling onto the Koch brothers, this time using a revelation that their father worked on a project in pre-war Nazi Germany. The effort, though, is more than a little misleading. "The father of the billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch helped construct a major oil refinery in Nazi Germany that was personally approved by Adolf Hitler," trumpets Times reporter Nicholas Confessore.
Data Breaches in Healthcare
Totaled Over 112 Million Records in 2015

Dan Munro
Healthcare’s “wall of shame” for 2015 officially ends tonight at midnight. It’s not really a “wall,” it’s just a website, but it’s the online mechanism for the Office of Civil Rights under Health and Human Services to publish data breaches as reported to them and required by HIPAA. The numbers this year are just staggering.
Anti-Pedophilia Bill Rejected In Pakistan as ‘Anti-Islamic’
A bid to ban child marriage in Pakistan utterly failed, after the Council of Islamic Ideology declared the legislation “anti-Islamic” and “blasphemous.” It was almost immediately pulled Thursday by Pakistan Muslim League party’s Marvi Menon following condemnation from CII, whose job it is to advise the legislature on whether bills are compliant with Sharia law.
What Would Muhammad Do?
Czech Leader says Muslim Integration 'practically impossible' in Europe
Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his fiery anti-migrant rhetoric, said on Sunday it was "practically impossible" to integrate the Muslim community into European society. "Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe, otherwise it will end up like Cologne," he added, referring to the mass New Year's Eve assaults on women in Germany and elsewhere.
Will the Senate Confirm This Black Judge Who Called Reagan a Bigot?
A judge who accused the Reagan administration of “bigotry” is expected to be confirmed Tuesday by the Republican-led Senate for an Obama-appointed federal judgeship in Minnesota... The Senate is expected to confirm Wright for the position Tuesday, as she has advanced through the Judiciary Committee by means of a voice vote.
Swedish Police: Withhold from Public Suspects’ Skin Color and Ethnicity to Avoid Being Labeled Racist
An internal letter circulated among Swedish police instructed officers to refrain from informing the public about the key identifying details of criminal suspects – including their skin color, ethnicity and nationality – in order to avoid being labeled racist, a Swedish newspaper reported. The letter, circulated internally among police in the capital of Stockholm in September, came to light last week in a report by the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
UCLA/UC Berkeley: Black Students Demand
"Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever"

Stephen Frank
An Afro-house would provide a cheaper alternative housing solution for Black students, that would also serve as a safe space for Black Bruins to congregate and learn from each other." That is exactly what Gov. George Wallace wanted for the University of Alabama – and since Brown has not opposed it, maybe he wants to be a latter day segregationist?
USC Students Required to Detail Sexual History
Before Registering for Classes

A mandatory online course at the University of Southern California (USC) asks students to disclose the number of sexual encounters they have had over the past three months and teaches students to ask for consent by saying "how far would you be comfortable going?" and "would you like to try this with me?" In an email obtained by Campus Reform, students were told they must complete the Title IX training in order to register for courses in the spring.

Week ending 10 January 2016

10 Myths About Guns
Sen. Chuck Grassley
Myth No. 1: Firearm purchases at gun shows do not require a background check due to the “gun show loophole.” Facts: When the president and others refer to the “gun show loophole,” they imply that there are no background checks being done at gun shows. As a result, much of the public has been misinformed and are led to believe that individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows are not subject to a background check...
The Juanita Broaddrick Rape Allegation Against Bill Clinton, Explained
Vox – Dylan Matthews
So far, this issue has mostly been raised by conservative media and Republican politicians like Prudhomme-O'Brien. But it's a substantive matter worthy of coverage from non-right-wing outlets as well. There really are multiple accusations of sexual assault against Bill Clinton, accusations that have too often been conflated with his much better-established and much less morally concerning history of adultery.
Here’s What ‘Constitutional Scholar’ Obama
Really Taught at Law School

Karin McQuillan
Among the lies about himself Obama consistently repeats is that he was a constitutional law professor. Lie one: Obama was never a professor; he was a lecturer. He did not have the qualifications to be a professor. Obama never published a single law paper. He was hired by the University of Chicago when they learned he had been given a book contract on race and law directly after graduating from Harvard. There was no book – just the contract, which he later reneged on.
Germany, a Nation In Denial as a Wave of Horrific Attacks is
Reported Across Europe

Many Germans, including some of the victims themselves, have accused authorities of a conspiracy of silence over the assaults to stop criticism of the mass immigration policy pursued by Mrs Merkel and her politically-correct supporters. The mainstream media in Germany has, until recently, toed the Government line; a top public broadcaster, ZDF, recently refused to run a segment about a rape case on its prime-time ‘crime-watch’ show because the ‘dark-skinned’ suspect was a migrant.
Sex Crimes Across Germany: The Coverup Unravels
John Hinderaker
Britain’s Daily Mail must be one of the world’s oddest news sources, but occasionally it does some good original reporting. That is the case with respect to its coverage of the epidemic of sexual assault that has erupted across Germany:
The Facts Behind 4 of Obama's Claims About Guns
Philip Wegmann
At his press conference Tuesday, Obama outlined immediate executive actions to expand existing background checks, close loopholes, and increase mental health funding to prevent "gun violence" – all without going to Congress for legislation. The Daily Signal reviewed four of the president's key points against available data:

Obama's Executive Orders Make it Easier to Get Machine Guns
Bob Owens
Unable to ram his attacks on the Second Amendment through Congress, a bitter Barack Obama has been reduced to pushing his Executive Branch powers to the the breaking point with a series of "executive orders"... They range from open lies, to empty threats, to harassment, to a few things that might actually be very beneficial to some gun owners, to a Orwellian scheme that could get many law enforcement officers and military servicemen killed.

Obama: I’ve Never Owned a Gun
Calls belief that he wants to restrict gun sales a ‘conspiracy’

Edmund Kozak
“What are you saying?” Obama asked. “Are you suggesting that the notion that we are creating a plot to take everybody’s guns away so that we can enforce martial law is a conspiracy? Yes, that is a conspiracy. I would hope you would agree with that. Is that controversial?”
Mayor Jim Kenney Rescinds Policy, Philly a 'Sanctuary City' Again
"Executive Order 5-16 states that city authorities will not cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests for undocumented citizens who are arrested and would have otherwise been released from custody, unless the individual has committed a first or second degree felony involving violence," the mayor’s office said in a statement.
Philly Mayor Kenney:
Islam Has Nothing to do with Cop Shooting

“In no way, shape or form does anyone in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam has anything to do with what you’ve seen on the screen,” said Kenney. Capt. James Clark of the Philadelphia PD told reporters that the suspect, 30-year-old Edward Archer of Delaware County, confessed to the crime, allegedly saying, "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic state, and that's why I did what I did."
Mayor's press statement expresses 'knowledge' of Islam
What Does the Word 'Muslim' Mean?
Clare M. Lopez
The entire debate about what it means to be "Muslim" and shariah-compliant might be solved with a quick lesson in Arabic grammar. This is because the word "Muslim" contains in its Arabic meaning its own definition... Therefore, with "Islam" being a verbal noun meaning submission, "Muslim" therefore means "one who submits." Submits to what? To Allah's will, which is shariah. Islamic Law.
It’s Tough Being a Jihadist in Philadelphia – The Scary Thing is
Mayor Kenney May Actually Believe What He Said

Arthur Weinreb
As soon as Edward Archer was taken into custody he not only confessed but gave reasons why he did what he did. After this confession, newly elected Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney, accompanied by other city mothers, held a press conference. Kenney was less than two minutes into his remarks when he began the tripe that the shooting had nothing to do with Islam.
Judge Jeanine to Philadelphia Mayor: ‘Are you stupid?’
Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro tossed her prepared remarks on President Obama’s executive actions to address something that had her “fuming” – the Philadelphia mayor’s “asinine” statement that a recent attack on a police officer had nothing to do with Islam. “The man is wearing Muslim garb, he has sworn allegiance to ISIS, he told the cops he did it for Allah and ISIS,” she said. “Are you stupid?”
Smoking Gun: Hillary Clinton Instructed an Aide to Remove the Classification Marking from Information, a Federal Offense
Keith Koffler
"This is gigantic," said former federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova. "She caused to be removed a classified marking and then had it transmitted in an unencrypted manner. That is a felony. The removal of the classified marking is a federal crime. It is the same thing to order someone to do it as if she had done it herself." "This makes it impossible for the bureau not to recommend charges," diGenova said of the FBI.

At Least 1,340 Clinton Emails
Now Known to Contain Classified Material

At least 1,340 emails that Hillary Clinton sent or received contained classified material, according to the State Department's latest update from its ongoing review of more than 30,000 emails. The State Department released a new batch of 3,007 pages of Clinton's emails after 1:30 a.m. Friday in response to a court order. Of those, 66 contain classified information.
Benghazi Victim’s Father Challenges Hillary Clinton to
Lie-Detector Test

The father of one of the four Americans killed in Benghazi has challenged Hillary Clinton to take a lie-detector test to prove she didn’t blame the 2012 terror attack on a YouTube video. “I would love to sit down with Hillary Clinton, if she’d agree to do it as well, and at the same table by the same operator, have a lie detector test,” Charles Woods, father of former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods.
Woman Who Confronted Hillary Clinton Over Rape Claims:
My Kids Are Being Threatened

The New Hampshire state representative who confronted Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop over Bill Clinton’s alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick said that she is getting threats on her safety and the safety of her children. But she refuses to back down.
Clinton Can't Explain the Difference Between Democrats, Socialists
"Uh, you'd have to ask… I am not one," Clinton said after MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked her whether or not she identified as a socialist during an interview on Hardball. As Clinton fumbled question, Matthews even gave the candidate an out by saying, "I'd say you're a pretty typical Democrat…but is that a question you want to answer or would you rather not?"
See Democrat Socialist Progressives
‘We were left behind’: The Benghazi Soldiers Tell All
The first shots exploded around 9:40 p.m. On Sept. 11, 2012, a group of local fighters, AK-47s in hand, burst through the fortified front gate of a US outpost in Benghazi, Libya. What happened ... is covered in “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” a new film from “Transformers” director Michael Bay.
Iranian 'Greens' Sought Obama's Support in '09 – He Refused Them
Israel Matzav
Iranian opposition leaders secretly reached out to the White House in the summer of 2009 to gauge Mr. Obama’s support for their “green revolution,” which drew millions of people to protest the allegedly fraudulent re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Abortion Advocates and City Officials Up In Arms Over
Pro-Life Banners In New Orleans

The Louisiana Right to Life is causing quite a stir in the ever-so-liberal New Orleans area. The state’s largest pro-life organization has placed pro-life signs along city-owned streetlight poles on St. Charles near Nashville Avenue, but now some city officials and abortion advocates are demanding the signs be removed because they are “offensive.”
Disclosure: Another 41 Foreign-Born Individuals Snagged On
Terror Charges – Obama Admin Withholds Details

Following the discovery of a terrorist cell in Texas allegedly operated by an Iraqi who entered the United States as a refugee, the Washington Free Beacon has learned of an additional 41 individuals who have been implicated in terrorist plots in the United States since 2014, bringing the total number of terrorists discovered since that time to 113, according to information provided by Congressional sources.

Week ending 3 January 2016

Clinton and Obama’s Bizarre Ideas On
Who is a Threat to National Security

George Rasley
The story of how Dr Gershon Pincus, a successful New York dentist who closed his practice and volunteered for the Navy, only to be denied a security clearance needs to be told, especially in light of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s bizarre pattern of welcoming into the highest levels of government people Huma and Hillaryassociated with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations.
What the Constitution Really Says About Race and Slavery
David Azerrad
The argument that the Constitution is racist suffers from one fatal flaw: the concept of race does not exist in the Constitution. Nowhere in the Constitution – or in the Declaration of Independence, for that matter – are human beings classified according to race, skin color, or ethnicity (nor, one should add, sex, religion, or any other of the left’s favored groupings).
State Dept's New Year's Eve Email Dump Falls Short;
To Date More Than 1,000 Have Been Deemed Classified

The release meant that the agency fell short of the court-mandated 43,000 pages it was supposed to unveil by the end of the year. More than 1,000 emails from the private server, housed in her Chappaqua home, during her time at the State Department have now been deemed classified. The Democratic presidential candidate has said she didn't send or receive classified information through her personal email.
U.S. Forced to Repeal Meat Labeling Law After
WTO Rulings Against It

It's now harder to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered. Lawmakers said they had no choice but to get rid of the labels after the World Trade Organization repeatedly ruled against them. The WTO recently authorized Canada and Mexico, which had challenged the law, to begin more than $1 billion in economic retaliation against the United States.
NYT: U.S. Doesn’t Know How Many Foreign Visitors Overstay Visas
The question from the congressman to the Obama administration official was straightforward enough: How many foreign visitors overstay their visas every year? The reply was simple too, but not in a satisfying way. “We don’t know,” the official said. The issue has taken on added urgency as part of a broader examination of immigration policy following the mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif.
Obama’s New Immigration Plan Offers Work-Permits [Green Cards]
to Foreigners Slated for Deportation

President Barack Obama’s new 181-page plan to award work-permits to at least 100,000 foreign college-grads also contains a convoluted section that would also sneak work-permits to a huge range of foreign migrants – even after courts have formally ordered their repatriation. In plain English, the section in the rule would automatically provide updated work-permits to 15 categories of migrants who are appealing judges’ deportation orders.
Obama ordered printing millions of new green cards in 2014
Largest Newspaper in Germany Charges Police
Covering Up Crimes by Refugees

Bild is the largest circulation newspaper in Germany, a tabloid known for pictures of topless females and sensationalism. Nonetheless, the charges it is making are explosive – and plausible. The UK Daily Mail reports: German officials have ordered a cover-up of crimes committed by migrants to prevent causing alarm, a local newspaper has claimed.
Political Scientist: Islam is Incompatible with America’s Founding
Ginni Thomas
For Muslims in America, “you’ve got a theological, political problem that I think is incompatible with Western democracy” since they do not tolerate the religious liberty of others, says Matthew Spalding, associate vice president and dean of educational programs for Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center in Washington, D.C.
Meat-Processing Plant Fires Nearly 200 Workers Amid
Muslim Prayer Dispute – CAIR Gets Involved

About 190 workers, most of them immigrants from Somalia, have been fired from a meat packing and distribution plant on Colorado's Eastern Plains for walking off the job to protest a workplace prayer dispute. Ten days ago more than 200 workers walked off their jobs at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan.
Trump: Iran Deal was So Bad it’s Suspicious
Trump said he couldn’t believe the U.S. would agree to a deal with Iran that did not include the return of Americans held prisoner in Iran. “Who would make that deal?” he asked, suggesting Tehran was celebrating as the agreement was being negotiated. The billionaire businessman said American negotiators should have began the process by insisting on getting the prisoners back.
Obamanomics Explained in One Chart
George Rasley
Six years after the Great Recession officially ended [June 2009], for many Americans the devastation of their quality of life continues as they are unable to find work, their unemployment insurance long ago ran out and they join the ranks of government dependents or members of the shadow economy. How can that be?
Obamanomics Explained in One Chart
Armed Mom Thwarts Home Invasion by 3 Thugs
An Ohio home invasion early Monday turned deadly for the men involved when the woman they were terrorizing managed to reach her hidden weapon and turn it on her tormentors. The incident took place about 6 a.m. Monday when three gunmen broke into a home in Trotwood, a town outside Dayton. Inside the home were four sleeping children and a woman.

Armed Citizen Kills Gunman in Florida Restaurant
The tables turned for a masked gunman when he was shot and killed by an employee of the Miramar restaurant he attempted to rob, police said. Just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, a man wearing a ski mask and gloves walked into Captain Max Seafood restaurant, 3700 State Road 7, and brandished a gun.

“He Is Trying To Kill Me, Help Me, Help Me.”
Karen Duncan might be small, and she may no longer be in her youth, but she didn’t let these facts slow her down when she heard an elderly neighbor’s chilling cry for help. Instead, the concealed carrier grabbed her .380 pistol and ran towards the cries, arriving just ahead of another concealed carrier, Ron Childress.
Justice Scalia Dismisses Concept of Religious Neutrality in Speech
He told the audience that there is "no place" in the country's constitutional traditions for the idea that the state must be neutral between religion and its absence. "To tell you the truth there is no place for that in our constitutional tradition. Where did that come from?" he said. "To be sure, you can't favor one denomination over another but can't favor religion over non-religion?"
Property Rights and Religious Liberty
Larry P. Arnn   
Many Christians, while they cherish religious liberty, seem to believe that property rights, and the commerce that arises from the establishment of property rights, are somehow un-Christian. At the same time, a lot of free marketers seem to think that all we need are property rights and the rest will take care of itself. Neither of these views is correct, and I will explain why with reference to both James Madison and Winston Churchill.
Virginia Senator Pushes Amendment to Defund
Governor Terry McAuliffe's Protective Detail

Virginia state senator Bill Carrico (R-Dist. 40) is responding to Governor Terry McAuliffe's (D) relentless gun control push by introducing a budget amendment to remove funding for McAuliffe's protection detail. Carrico said, "If he's so afraid of guns, then I'm not going to surround him with armed state policemen."
In Chicago, Distrust Toward Democrat Mayor Rahm Emanuel
has Turned ‘Personal’

On the streets of Chicago, the list of grievances is long – especially in the city’s black wards, where Emanuel won strong initial support from voters because of his service as chief of staff to the nation’s first African American president, and he managed to hold on to a majority there when he won reelection last year. But over the years, community activists say that Emanuel has done much to abuse their support.
Yes, Ted Cruz Can Unite Right-of-Center Voters
CHQ Staff
There's a myth among establishment Republicans that Senator Ted Cruz, as Donald Trump put it, "can't get anything done" because the Capitol Hill Republican establishment won't work with him. But the record, especially on issues that unite the old Reagan coalition of economic conservatives, cultural conservatives and national defense conservatives shows that claim isn't a myth – it's a lie.
Mississippi Governor Condemns Councilman’s Call to
Pelt Cops with Rocks, Bottles and Bricks

Jackson Councilman Kenneth Stokes told reporters Thursday that officers from surrounding jurisdictions were putting Jackson children in danger when they pursue suspects wanted for minor crimes in his neighborhood, Fox News reported. “What I suggest is we get the black leadership together, and as these jurisdictions come into Jackson, we throw rocks and bricks and bottles at them,” Mr. Stokes said.
Trump Corrects Media Bias, Destroys TODAY Host on
Clinton's Lewinsky Affair: It was Not 'Alleged'

This isn't the first time Trump has derailed a reporter for trying to sneak some bias into a story. Last month, Trump blasted a reporter for calling the San Bernardino terrorist couple that left 14 dead people at a Christmas party "regular people." He set her straight quickly.

Week ending 27 December 2015

The Elite Who Are Destroying America
Robert Stacy McCain
The habits of America's "meritocratic" elite are the subject of an American Interest blog post that includes the phrase "educational assortative mating" – i.e., Ivy Leaguers marrying Ivy Leaguers, generation after generation, so that the influential elite form a separate caste, with no familial ties to the rest of the nation, and no direct knowledge of how most Americans live or what most Americans believe.
This Christmas,
We Must Remember Slaughtered Christians in the Middle East

Marco Rubio and Russell Moore
Both of us are of the Christian faith, and are reminded of the fact that tens of millions of our fellow Christians face violence, oppression or harassment in more than 100 nations around the world, making Christianity the most persecuted religion on Earth, according to the Pew Research Center.
Lawmakers Slam White House Attempts to
Skirt Counter-Terror Laws for Iran

The letters from members of Congress come days after the Obama administration promised Iranian leaders it would veto newly passed initiatives tightening the U.S. visa waiver program to close loopholes that have enabled a number of terrorists to enter the country legally. The new measures would bar individuals who have recently traveled to Iran ... from participating in the visa waiver program, which eases travel for those from 38 member countries.
Stabbing of 9-year-old Staten Island Boy Eyed as ‘ISIS Audition’
An alleged jihadist arrested in June on charges that he plotted to blow up Times Square may also be the fiend who stabbed a 9-year-old Staten Island boy in the neck five months earlier in what some investigators now believe was a botched ISIS audition. But NYPD detectives investigating the Jan. 9 knife attack have been frustrated by the feds, who won't give them access to terror suspect Fareed Mumuni.
Clinton Aide Key Focus in FBI Server Investigation
Investigation by Pamela Browne and Catherine Herridge
More than 100 days after he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid testifying before the House committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attack, a key Hillary Clinton aide is at the center of the separate and ongoing investigation by the FBI into Clinton's use of a private unsecured server while she was secretary of state. That former staffer, Bryan Pagliano, set up the controversial private email server in Clinton's home in Chappaqua, N.Y.
A Top 10 List of Hillary's Lies, Scams, Hustles and Deceitfulness
Edward Klein
Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton "lies like crazy." He's in good company. Nearly 20 years ago, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist William Safire wrote: "Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that [Hillary Clinton] is a congenital liar." Here, as a refresher course for those with short memories...
Social Security Administration Confirms:
Illegal Aliens to Begin Collecting Benefits in 2017

John Hayward
I'm old enough to remember when amnesty shills were promising that illegal aliens would become a fabulous source of tax revenue as soon as they were legalized. We were sternly commanded to ignore all those studies showing the legalized alien population would be a staggering drain on our immense welfare state. The authors of such studies were torn to shreds for their alleged short-sightedness and xenophobia.
Inside Chipotle's Contamination Crisis
"Food with integrity," Now So Much Schadenfreude

Susan Berfield, Craig Giammona and Leslie Patton
"There's a problem within the company," says the director of the center for food safety at the U. of Georgia. Chipotle has gotten big selling food that's unprocessed, free of antibiotics and GMOs, sometimes organic, sometimes local. "Blah, blah, blah," says Doug Powell, a retired food-safety professor and the publisher of "They were paying attention to all that stuff, but they weren't paying attention to microbial safety."
Flight Risk: Judge Orders Teen Accused of Helping ISIS
Held Without Bail

19-year-old Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz is facing charges of providing support to the terrorist group ISIS. In a short hearing in federal court in Harrisburg, Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson ordered Aziz held without bail until his next court date. Carlson says there's clear and convincing evidence Aziz is a significant risk to the community, and he may flee if released.
Climate Change Shock:
Burning Fossil Fuels 'COOLS planet', says NASA

The [NASA] spokesman said it was "well known" that aerosols such as those emitted in volcanic eruptions and power stations, act to cool Earth, at least temporarily, by reflecting solar radiation away from the planet. He added: "In a similar fashion, land use changes such as deforestation in northern latitudes result in bare land that increases reflected sunlight." Kate Marvel, a climatologist at GISS and the paper's lead author, said the results showed the "complexity" of estimating future global temperatures.
It seems predicting future climate is, well, hard!
‘Four Times Greater Than Solyndra’ – $2.3B: DOE Drops 1,200 Pages of Heavily Redacted Docs on Green Energy Loans
These were in response to an  October a FOIA request asking for email records from government officials regarding federal loan guarantees given to Abengoa, a Spanish-based green energy company... "To put this in perspective, the Abengoa bankruptcy exposes taxpayers to losses four times greater than Solyndra, making it the largest failure of the DOE green loan program to date," Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo wrote in a recent letter to the Treasury Department and DOE.
Abengoa, Hugoton, KS, never produced a drop of ethanol!
Islamic State Okays Taking Organs of Living Non-Muslims
May Be Done 'with impunity'

The Islamic State's religious scholars have ruled that taking the organs of non-Muslims is permissible under Islamic law to save the life of a Muslim, because killing apostates to eat their flesh has previously been allowed. The revelation comes in a January 2015 document that was captured by U.S. special forces in Syria in May and obtained by Reuters.
HHS IG Launches Probe of Fetal Tissue Research in
Wake of Planned Parenthood Videos

The Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general is launching an investigation into the federal government's oversight of fetal tissue research following a series of undercover videos that appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal parts.
Yale's Latest Embrace of Sharia Law
Carol Brown
Yale is creating an Islamic Law Center. It will be called The Abdullah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization. The geniuses who came up with that name surely went out of their way to make it sound grand. As you might imagine, creating such an enterprise takes a lot of money. And as you might imagine, funding has come from our friends the Saudis. And as you might also imagine, there are a lot of terror links involved.
Virginia Shoots Itself in the Foot
Jordan Candler
If the stench you smell reeks of Barack Obama-style unilateral circumvention, that's because it is. The [Washington] Post notes, "The move is part of a broader effort by gun control advocates to tighten restrictions without going through GOP-controlled legislatures." In essence: When you can't win through the electorate, what's a little diktat by fiat?
4 Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Use Their Guns to
Stop Violent Crimes in the Last Week

John Lott
The 68-year-old man, who has a concealed-carry gun permit, told police that a man tried to rob him and his 9-year-old son Dec. 5 in the 3300 block of 147th Street. A witness said he heard people arguing outside, heard four or five gunshots and saw a man running through back yards heading south on Turner Avenue, according to police...
Ex-Lobsterman Who Fought Off Intruder Could Face Eviction for Gun
A retired Maine lobsterman who fought off an intruder – shooting him with a gun he bought less than a day earlier for protection against intruders – now is fighting his landlord, who is warning he could face eviction for possession of the weapon. Harry Lembo, 67, said he armed himself with a 1943 Russian-made revolver on Aug. 31 after five burglaries in six years at his Rockland apartment complex.
Texas Gears Up for New Open-Carry Handgun Law
Come Jan. 1, licensed firearms owners in Texas will be able to openly carry a handgun in most places. A law signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this year will make Texas the most populous state in the U.S. to allow the practice, known as "open carry."
Why George W. Bush Never Left D.C. Until the Day After Christmas
Oliver Darcy
Like many Americans, U.S. presidents often take time off around the holidays. However, according to journalist Joseph Curl, who previously covered the White House, former President George W. Bush went on Christmas vacation in a way that stands in direct contrast to President Barack Obama. After a few years, curiosity finally got to the former Washington Times reporter and he asked a low-level administration official why.
Good from Evil: Search for Gacy Victims Helps Cop Clear
11 Unrelated Cold Cases Across the U.S.

His task was to solve a cruel mystery decades after a serial killer's death. Sgt. Jason Moran's work began in a graveyard, his first stop in his quest to identify the eight unknown victims of John Wayne Gacy. More than 30 years had passed since Gacy had murdered 33 young men and boys; most of their remains were found in his crawl space.
Happy Kwanzaa! The Holiday Brought to You by the FBI
Ann Coulter
Kwanzaa was the result of a '60s psychosis grafted onto the black community with the tacit encouragement of the FBI. Liberals have become so mesmerized by multicultural gibberish that they have forgotten the real history of Kwanzaa and Karenga's United Slaves – the violence, the Marxism, the insanity. Only white liberals take Kwanzaa seriously. American Blacks celebrate Christmas.
Home Insurers Rush to Exclude Drones as
Christmas Sees Popularity Soar

Home insurers are rushing to exclude drones from their policies as experts warn that even those who buy them as gifts for others could be liable for privacy and personal injury claims. Provisions to exclude "aircrafts" and "remote controlled vehicles" have been hastily added to policies, as underwriters refuse to risk footing the bill of potentially huge legal bills arising from the gadgets.
Harvey, Illinois – Blue State Utopia in Pictures
John Ruberry
Earlier this month I visited a couple of blighted southern suburbs of Chicago, Dixmoor and Harvey. Today we look at the latter town. Once an industrial powerhouse, Harvey is now best known for poverty, crime, and corruption. It's a mini-Detroit. And like the Motor City it has plenty of abandoned homes.

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