THE 20 DISEASES 'REFUGEES' BRING INTO THE WEST
Exclusive: Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., reports latest increases authorities fail to publicizePublished: 2 days ago
Note: Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, AAPS.
Since 2005, Americans have been warned about microscopic border crossers carried in with refugees and illegal immigrants, bringing diseases previously eradicated or rarely seen here. When not simply ignored by media and health officials, physicians and others sounding the alarm have been attacked as xenophobes.
Now we’re seeing these prescient predictions come true, most prominently in Germany, since 2015 when Angela Merkel began allowing more than 2 million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East to flood into her country.
U.S. and German citizens are put at significant risk by the politically correct acceptance of unscreened immigrants from countries with a high prevalence of infectious diseases, many difficult or impossible to treat. Yet authorities in both countries have failed to fully inform the public of the dangers.
According to the July 2017 Infectious Disease Epidemiology Annual Report by the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany has seen a surge in chicken pox, cholera, dengue fever, tuberculosis, leprosy, measles, malaria, meningococcal diseases, hemorrhagic fevers, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, paratyphoid, rubella, shigellosis, syphilis, typhus, toxoplasmosis, tularemia, trichinellosis, whooping cough, and many fungal and parasitic infections. Here are a few striking examples:
Measles is up more than 450 percent. Hepatitis B is up 300 percent. Scabies escalated nearly 3,000 percent. HIV/AIDS increased 30 percent. Tuberculosis (TB) is at least 30 percent higher – but German and U.S. physicians suspect that the incidence of TB is actually far higher than reported, and is being downplayed to avoid causing public outrage over the influx of immigrants. In Germany, more than 40 percent of TB cases are multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB).Dengue fever is up over 25 percent just from 2014.
A similar pattern has emerged in the U.S. since the massive increase in illegal border crossers and refugees beginning in 2010.
As in the U.S., many hundreds of thousands of migrants “disappear” into cities and towns across Germany, without a health screening. There is no way to monitor them for disease or to ensure adequate treatment. Citizens are exposed without their knowledge; risks are especially serious for children and the elderly.
In a briefing to the Arizona Senate in 2016, experts reported that the U.S. is suffering near “pandemic medical issues” due to the continuous influx of illegal aliens and refugees from countries where infectious diseases are widespread. As of 2016, two states were in the Catastrophic Phase and another 13 were in the Critical Phase of public health impact from these infectious diseases. Arizona was No. 9 of 13 states in the Critical Phase but was expected to move into the Catastrophic Phase by fall of 2016 as a result of people who are latent carriers of disease or who entered the country during the incubation period for a disease. We were unable to learn the current status from personal calls to Arizona county and state officials.
TB is one of the most serious threats. Latent TB can remain dormant for years, even decades. It is alarming that 18 percent of refugees in Arizona arrive with latent TB, while in the general Arizona population the incidence was only 4 percent. Multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB), common in migrants, may cost more than $400,000 per patient, compared with $20,000 for the drug-responsive TB that has been predominant in U.S.-born patients. Treatment of MDR-TB has serious side effects, with no guarantee of success.
U.S. taxpayers pay this cost. In addition, all who might have been exposed to an active case must be screened, followed and possibly treated.
Even healthy immigrants burden the system with social costs, such as housing, education and food stamps – costs borne by taxpaying workers whose own wages are depressed by competition from a glut of low-paid foreigners. Illegal immigrants are estimated to cost U.S. taxpayers $17 billion per year. That $17 billion is in addition to the costs for those allowed here legally under “refugee” status, for which we do not have reliable public estimates.
Liberal and progressive politicians like to say, “America is the land of immigrants.” In the past, this meant legal immigrants who follow our screening procedures for illness and other laws and who are coming to America to be part of our culture.
Medical screening was one of the core purposes of the Ellis Island immigration center in New York. New arrivals were examined, quarantined if needed, or sent back to their country of origin if they posed a risk to Americans.
To protect the health and safety of American citizens, we must reinstate our prior customary medical screening as outlined on our own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
For national security and medical concerns, President Trump is correct to enforce our immigration laws, with careful vetting of those seeking to come to America to live and work.
Trey Gowdy Gave Deep State Leakers This Bad News
The Deep State has schemed to take down Donald Trump.
For months they have planted leaks in press stories designed to create an air of scandal that will hamstring the administration.
But the Deep State just got bad news as Congress is zeroing in on their leader.
Ben Rhodes was the Deputy National Security Advisor in the Obama administration.
He was a figure of great controversy.
In order to sell the Iran deal, he created a press “echo chamber” where he could plant false stories about the negotiations and sell the American people on Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal.
Conservatives have pointed to Rhodes and his echo chamber as the culprits behind the illegal leaks of classified information plaguing the Trump administration.
There has been on average one leak a day since Trump has taken office.
All of this has added up to a plot against Trump designed to ruin his Presidency by forcing him to resign or creating a toxic environment that guarantees he lose the re-election in 2020.
But one Congressman revealed that Trey Gowdy is digging into the Deep State’s plot and that it is bad news for Rhodes and other big names from the Obama administration.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., wouldn’t say Saturday whether the House Oversight Committee is going to call former Obama deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes to testify about potentially playing a role in the leaks from the Trump administration of classified information to reporters.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt, DeSantis admitted he’s spoken to his committee’s chairman, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, about it, and while he would defer to Gowdy to identify people of interest, he did say the panel has brought in some “big names.”
“They’re doing a lot more than what the press knows in terms of some of the people they have brought in,” DeSantis said. “They’ve brought in some big names that I’m not authorized to say…
…. Hewitt had asked DeSantis about Rhodes in particular because of an interview he did recently with the Washington Free Beacon in which he accused Rhodes of being a primary source of the leaks causing harm to the Trump administration and called on Trump to remove all Obama official holdovers from his administration.
DeSantis further explained to Hewitt that Rhodes may be in contact with Obama holdovers in the National Security Council, who are behind the “selective leaking” hurting Trump’s ability to conduct foreign policy.”
Reining in the Deep State has become a critical endeavor.
These leakers are not whistle blowers trying to expose wrong doing.
It is a deliberate attempt to overturn the results of the election.
Conservatives believe these leakers must be rooted out and held accountable.
And that means the administration and Congressional Republicans must go beyond “naming and shaming” the Deep State leakers.
They need to prosecute the individuals who illegally leaked classified information.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.
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Virginia man charged with espionage for giving top-secret documents to China
Published June 22, 2017
A Virginia man has been charged with espionage for transmitting top-secret documents to Chinese officials.
Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, was arrested Thursday at his home in Leesburg, Virginia, and appeared in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.
Mallory, a self-employed consultant and Army veteran, was charged with gathering or delivering defense information to aid a foreign government and for making material false statements under the federal Espionage Act.
Mallory, a fluent Mandarin speaker, traveled to Shanghai in April, and was caught with $16,500 in two carry-on bags upon his return to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. He had failed to declare the cash.
Mallory was interviewed by the FBI in May, when he admitted he met with two people from a Chinese think tank, whom he suspected were Chinese intelligence agents. Mallory told the FBI the Chinese agents had given him a special communications device for transmitting documents.
He also told the FBI that the only documents he transferred were two unclassified blacked out security classification documents which he had written on U.S. policy matters, according to the affidavit.
Analysis of the transmitted materials revealed that two of the documents were classified as "secret," while one of them was classified as "top secret."
Analysis of the device through which the documents were transmitted revealed a handwritten index.
Court records indicate that Mallory worked as a special agent for the Diplomatic Security Service at the State Department.
He could face life in prison and the charges, if certain conditions are met, could make Mallory eligible for the death penalty, according to prosecutor John Gibbs.
Fox News' Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Democrats Block Critical Witness To Russian Probe In Last-Ditch Effort
Posted by Georgette Walrath |
Jun 21, 2017
In an effort to prevent the truth about Obama’s abuse of power, Congressional Democrat Adam Schiff is blocking the testimony of Carter Page in the Russian Collusion Probe.
Democrats have been milking the imaginary Russia collusion for all it’s worth. Although they have seemed eager to get to the bottom of their “witch hunt,” it is rather surprising that they’ve now adamantly blocked a number of crucial witnesses from testifying.
Carter Page hasn’t been given the opportunity to bring to light what he knows. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence was scheduled to hear closed-door testimony from Page on June 6. Democrats on the panel blocked his appearance saying that they needed more time to prepare.
Page has been one of the people branded by congressional Democrats as a “mastermind” in the so-called collusion probe. However, the informal previous Trump campaign adviser is angered by the delay. Adam Schiff, Representative from California, is the committee’s Democrat leader. He refuses to respond to questions about the issue, choosing instead to spout inflammatory, unproven accusations.
The oversight panel is investigating both the imaginary Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the Obama administration’s abuse of power in unmasking citizens.
On May 31, the House committee subpoenaed evidence from the CIA, FBI, and the NSA concerning the troubling behavior of Susan Rice, John Brennan, and Samantha Power, a close friend of Barak Hussein and a former U.S. Ambassador.
The result of those requests has been more stalling. Many of the documents and information needed in the investigation were sent to the Obama library and will remain archived for five years. These type of avoidance methods are consistent with the former liberal rule.
Carter Page has been eager to testify before the intelligence committee, but Democrats have surprisingly stalled his appearance.
Democrats have long held that their investigation into the Russian hacking will somehow prove that nefarious methods were used to defeat Hillary Clinton. They consistently ignore the tree of Hillary’s corruption and lies. Whether their avoidance of her culpability is deliberate or simply blind allegiance is unknown.
In previous statements by liberal lawmakers, Page has been identified as the person who can prove their unfounded claims. Rep. Schiff has repeatedly implied that the Russian investigation will continue, despite the fact that a number of oversight officials say there is no evidence for the claim.
According to various reports, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was used to generate a warrant for Page while Trump was running for office. The FBI carried out the surveillance in the summer of 2016. Apparently, the Obama administration used the debunked “Russian dossier” to support their claim for monitoring the activities of a free citizen. The dossier is also called the “Steele dossier,” named for the British intelligence agent who compiled it. Originally assembled as opposition research for Trump’s political opponents, the information it contains has largely been proven false.
Although former FBI Director James Comey has appeared three times, Democrats fear the truth that Page might disclose about Obama’s unmasking scandal.
Page has asked that his testimony be made public, whenever he does get his chance to herald the truth. He has written four letters to the House and Senate Intelligence oversight panels outlining his evidence. Perhaps that’s why Democrats aren’t eager to hear him or allow the general populous to hear his statements.
Page asserts that there was absolutely no collusion or inappropriate interaction between him and Russian businessmen or government representatives. Page says that the real reason Democrats don’t want him to appear is that he will bring to light improper and illegal actions taken by Obama officials.
He says that Obama cronies engaged in election-intelligence gathering of Trump and his associates.
The reasons for the illegal covert operations are anyone’s guess, but it certainly seems like they were targeted efforts to discredit Trump and derail his popularity. That didn’t work, so now congressional Democrats are trying to ruin his presidency by persisting in an investigation that they know is futile.
Schiff has been backpedaling on his inflammatory remarks about the Trump campaign’s unproven collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.
Rep. Schiff has already started backtracking on his previous comments. On Sunday, he said “I think there is evidence,” and added “whether there is some evidence doesn’t mean there is proof.”
Noting that former FBI Director James Comey has appeared three times, Page thinks that the reason for the stalling tactics is plain. If the FISA warrant for his surveillance was made public, it would prove the president’s claims about Obama wiretapping.
By blocking the testimony of Carter Page it seems blatantly obvious that Democrats know they have absolutely no proof of Russian collusion. What they do have is fear about the tactics of their former fuehrer, Obama.
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ITALY: Government orders small towns to find space to house and feed 250,000 African Muslim freeloaders in 2017
BY IWB · JUNE 15, 2017
More than 500,000 Third World Muslim invaders pretendingto be refugees have landed in Italy since 2014, and at least 200,000 are still being house in illegal alien reception centers across the country.
New Observer The Merkel-controlled Italian government has ordered all Italian municipalities to find space for an expected 250,000 new invaders—most from sub-Saharan Africa—this this year, up from about 180,000 last year.
Meanwhile, about half of Italians do not want the country to take in more people, pollster Renato Mannheimer told Reuters news agency.
Italian residents protest the flood of Muslim illegals with banner that says, “Enough of uncivilized immigrants”
Italy is “accommodating” a rising numbers of African Muslim invaders because countries to the north have tightened their borders and some EU states have refused to take part in a plan to relocate 160,000 of the invaders from Italy and Greece.
Just over 20,000 invaders have so far been relocated under the plan and the European Union has begun legal action against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for refusing to accept any of them.
Meanwhile, there has been no let-up in the invasion, with ever-increasing numbers of Africans taking advantage of European liberals in both the state and private sectors, who will now pick them up within five or ten miles of the Libyan coast, and transport them to Italy free of charge.
The number of those who are invading from Africa is up by more than 40 percent compared to the previous year, it has emerged.
On the shores of Greece there are now “only” between 80 and 100 invaders arriving every day, whereas before around 2,500 were landing every day, according to EU border force “Frontex” chief Fabrice Leggeri. Among those who arrive from Africa via the central Mediterranean and Libya, most come from west Africa. They are Senegalese, Guineans, Nigerians.
According to a recent report by the EU’s law enforcement agency Europol, gangs smuggling the invader-scroungers to or within Europe raked in 4.7 billion-5.7 billion euros ($5.1 billion-$6.1 billion) in 2015.
The funds are sometimes moved openly through money transfer service Western Union, especially in west Africa. In east Africa, traffickers more often use ‘hawala’, an informal system of payment based on trust that is far more difficult to trace than bank transfers.
Invaders from west Africa begin by taking the bus, Leggeri said. The territory of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is somewhat similar to the visa-free Schengen zone, as individuals can travel freely within it for a modest fee of around 20 euros.
Once the scrounging hordes arrive in Niamey, capital of Niger, the illegal activity begins and they must fork out up to 150 euros each to reach the north of the country and the Libyan border. Then comes the crossing which can cost up to 1,000 euros, depending on the boat.
The east Africa route—which originates from the Horn of Africa and is taken by Eritreans, Somalians and Ethiopians—is more expensive.
The journey is organized by national criminal gangs that work together, so a Sudanese network, for example, will hand over its clients to a Libyan network at the border. There, the fee can run to 3,000 euros, from the Horn of Africa all the way to Italy.
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LEAKER! Comey Admits He Leaked Trump Memos To Press
Should Comey be arrested for leaking?
Putin Offers Comey Political Asylum
This is unexpected.
By Andrew Kerr
on June 15, 2017 at 8:02am
Russian President Vladimir Putin extended a helping hand Thursday to former FBI Director James Comey, offering him political asylum in Russia if he faces prosecution for leaking his memos of private conversations he had with President Donald Trump.
Trump’s personal lawyer announced last week he would file a legal complaint with the Department of Justice’s inspector general early next week against the former FBI director for leaking his own memo to the media.
While that complaint has yet to be filed, Putin said Comey had a friend in Russia if he were to face prosecution for the leak.
“If he continues to be persecuted in this connection, we will be ready to provide political asylum to him; he should know about that,” Putin said of the ousted FBI director during an interview on RT, a Russian-controlled television network.
Putin said Comey’s conduct puts him more in line with the likes of a rights activist like Edward Snowden than with a “secret service chief.”
“This sounds strange when a secret service chief records his conversation with the commander in chief to hand the record to the media,” Putin said, according to Russian News Agency TASS.
Putin has adamantly denied that Russia had any involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Comey was investigating alleged Russian interference just prior to his dismissal by President Donald Trump in May.
Comey testified before the Senate last week that he leaked his memo containing records of his conversations with the president to the media in the hope of prompting the appointment of a special counsel.
“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of a memo with the reporter. I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” Comey said.
The memo alleged Trump had asked Comey to “let (former national security adviser Michael) Flynn go” shortly after Flynn’s resignation in February.
Comey told lawmakers last week the conversation was “a very disturbing thing, very concerning.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel to drive the federal investigation of Russian election interference, shortly after Comey’s leak.
Trump responded to Comey’s testimony by railing against him on Twitter for being a leaker.
FLASHBACK: TIME MAGAZINE IN 1996 BRAGGED ABOUT HOW U.S. INTERFERED IN RUSSIAN ELECTION
July 15, 2017 by Joseph Curl
The mainstream media has suffered a serious bout of amnesia — a Russian concussion, if you will.
Of course, the MSM is ignoring the clear evidence that Hillary Clinton is guilty (very guilty) of altering the course of the Democratic primary to defeat Sen. Bernie Sanders (just skim through those Democratic National Committee emails and you’ll see). But the media is also pretending (or is simply unaware, not sure which is worse) that nations don’t try to alter the outcome of elections in other nations.
Take 1996. Boris Yeltsin, the president of Russia, was up for re-election in the summer and the United States felt that he was easier to deal with than his opposition, Communist rival Gennadi Zyuganov. But Yeltsin, the hard-partying and affable leader, had health problems and his approval rating was dismal — single digits. His chances did not look good.
Enter the United States, which, in a clandestine operation successfully helped Yeltsin pulled out a win.
“For four months, a group of American political consultants clandestinely participated in guiding Yeltsin’s campaign, ” Time magazine wrote in a cover story titled “Yanks To The Rescue — The Secret Story Of How American Advisers Helped Yeltsin Win.” Here is the inside story of how these advisers helped Yeltsin achieve the victory that will keep reform in Russia alive.”
The 6,000-word story tells a tale of how Felix Braynin, a close friend of some of Yeltsin’s top aides, thought Yeltsin would need help to win.
Most of Yeltsin’s confidants believed the President would be magically re-elected despite the Duma catastrophe, but Braynin thought otherwise. The President, he reasoned, could lose without the same kind of professional assistance U.S. office seekers employ as a matter of course. Braynin began a series of confidential discussions with Yeltsin’s aides, including one with First Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Soskovets, who at the time was in charge of the President’s nascent re-election effort. Finally, in early February, Braynin was instructed to “find some Americans” but to proceed discreetly. “Secrecy was paramount,” says Braynin. “Everyone realized that if the Communists knew about this before the election, they would attack Yeltsin as an American tool. We badly needed the team, but having them was a big risk.”
To “find some Americans,” Braynin worked through Fred Lowell, a San Francisco lawyer with close ties to California’s Republican Party. On Feb. 14, Lowell called Joe Shumate, a G.O.P. expert in political data analysis who had served as deputy chief of staff to California Governor Pete Wilson. Since Wilson’s drive for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination had ended almost before it began, Lowell thought Shumate and George Gorton, Wilson’s longtime top strategist, might be available to help Yeltsin. They were–and they immediately enlisted Richard Dresner, a New York-based consultant who had worked with them on many of Wilson’s campaigns.
Dresner had another connection that would prove useful later on. In the late 1970s and early ’80s, he had joined with Dick Morris to help Bill Clinton get elected Governor of Arkansas. As Clinton’s current political guru, Morris became the middleman on those few occasions when the Americans sought the Administration’s help in Yeltsin’s re-election drive. So while Clinton was uninvolved with Yeltsin’s recruitment of the American advisers, the Administration knew of their existence–and although Dresner denies dealing with Morris, three other sources have told Time that on at least two occasions the team’s contacts with Morris were “helpful.”
Then President Bill Clinton knew all about the effort. “So while Clinton was uninvolved with Yeltsin’s recruitment of the American advisers, the Administration knew of their existence — and although Dresner denies dealing with Morris, three other sources have told Time that on at least two occasions the team’s contacts with Morris were ‘helpful.’ ”
The team did plenty of nefarious things to keep their identities secret.
The American team hired two young men, Braynin’s son Alan and Steven Moore, a public relations specialist from Washington, to assist them, and promptly established its office in a two-room suite at the President Hotel. The Americans lived elsewhere in the hotel and were provided with a car, a former KGB agent as a driver, and two bodyguards. They were told they should assume that their phones and rooms were bugged, that they should leave the hotel only infrequently, and that they should avoid the campaign’s other staff members.
The Americans managed to hide their identity for many months. In interviewing various polling and focus-group companies before hiring three, they described themselves as representing Americans eager to sell thin-screen televisions in Russia. “That story held for far longer than it ever should have,” says Shumate. The Americans carried multiple-entry visas identifying them as working for the “Administration of the President of the Russian Federation,” a bit of obviousness that constantly threatened to undermine all the supposed secrecy surrounding their real work.
And Clinton was involved.
Communicating in code — Clinton was called the Governor of California, Yeltsin the Governor of Texas — the Americans sought Morris’ help. They had earlier worked together to script Clinton’s summit meeting with Yeltsin in mid-April. The main goal then was to have Clinton swallow hard and say nothing as Yeltsin lectured him about Russia’s great-power prerogatives. “The idea was to have Yeltsin stand up to the West, just like the Communists insisted they would do if Zyuganov won,” says a Clinton Administration official. “By having Yeltsin posture during that summit without Clinton’s getting bent out of shape, Yeltsin portrayed himself as a leader to be reckoned with. That helped Yeltsin in Russia, and we were for Yeltsin.”
The American team wanted Clinton to call Yeltsin to urge that he appear in his ads. The request reached Clinton — that much is known — but no one will say whether the call was made.
And, it worked.
A bit of relief came when a CNN correspondent reported that “the only thing voters we’ve spoken with like less than Yeltsin is the prospect of upheaval.” Dresner howled. “It worked,” he shouted. “The whole strategy worked. They’re scared to death!” After months being cooped up in the President Hotel wearing blue jeans, sneakers and PETE WILSON FOR PRESIDENT T shirts, the Americans headed for the building where Russia’s central election commission would be announcing the results as they came in. “The hell with security,” Dresner said. “I want to see this.” And there they sat near the back of the auditorium, six guys in suits with computer projections in their hands and a lap-top computer. The place was overrun with reporters, but Yeltsin’s secret American advisers were never recognized.
So maybe the U.S. press corps, with all its feigned indignation over the supposed collusion between Russia and President Trump, need to brush up on their history. It’s not the first time a nation has sought to influence another nation’s election — and it won’t be the last.
Source: The Daily Wire
How Would John McCain’s Replacement Be Chosen?
By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Published Jul 20, 2017 at 12:28am
Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with a particularly aggressive brain cancer called a glioblastoma. Although McCain has already had surgery that seems to have removed all of the worrisome tissue, he’ll still likely be facing chemotherapy and targeted radiation, to try to prevent the cancer from returning. It’s not known at this time if McCain will retire while he’s undergoing treatment or if he will continue serving as Senator of Arizona. If he does retire, how would his replacement be chosen? Would his replacement be appointed or voted in through a special election?
Here’s what you need to know.
In Arizona, where McCain is Senator, vacancies are filled by governor appointment rather than a special election. This means that Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, would choose McCain’s replacement. In Arizona, the replacement must be from the same political party as the vacating Senator. So McCain’s replacement must also be a Republican.
Whoever Ducey selects will serve until the next regularly scheduled statewide general election. A general election in Arizona is scheduled for November 6, 2018. (An earlier general election is scheduled for November 7, 2017, but this is a municipal general election.) At that time, the person elected Senator would hold the position until McCain’s six-year term expires. McCain was just re-elected in the November 2016 election, so the person elected to replace him in the next general election would serve a nearly full length term.
Ducey is up for re-election himself in 2018, so it’s likely he will be very cautious about who he picks. Many are suggesting that Kelli Ward would be the safest choice, since she got 39.2 percent in her primary run against McCain. She’s already signed up to run for election again in 2018, but this time she will be running against Sen. Jeff Flake.
McCain is currently serving his sixth term as Senator. His election this year was described as “bruising” by the New York Times, as he campaigned against Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick. In 2013, he had hinted that he might retire, but he changed his mind and ran a successful campaign.
Of course, it’s not known at this time if McCain will retire or, if he does, how long that will be from now.
ORGANIZING FOR ANARCHY
His party may be falling apart, but Obama’s community organizing group is going strong.
July 18, 2017
Former President Obama’s army of community organizing thugs shows no signs of slowing down efforts to protect Obama’s policy legacy and undermine the Trump administration.
Obama directs Organizing for Action, a huge, well-funded 501(c)(4) nonprofit with more than 30,000 volunteers nationwide that doesn’t have to disclose its donors and that is at the head of Obama’s network of left-wing nonprofit groups. OfA, which grew out of Obama’s electoral campaigns, has upwards of 250 offices across America. His other nonprofit, the Barack Obama Foundation, is building Obama’s $675 million presidential library in Chicago. The library is slated to be a hub of left-wing activism.
Obama now owns and lives in a $8.1 million, 8,200-square-foot, walled mansion in Washington’s Embassy Row that he is using to command his community organizing cadres in the war against President Trump. Obama’s alter ego, Valerie Jarrett, has moved into the house to help out. Jarrett also resided in the White House when Obama was president.
No ex-president has ever stuck around the nation’s capital to vex and undermine his successor. Of course, Obama is unlike any president the United States has ever had. Even failed, self-righteous presidents like Jimmy Carter, who has occasionally taken shots at his successors, didn’t stay behind in the nation’s capital to obstruct the policy-making of the new administration.
OfA, which functions as a kind of shadow government, has been on the front lines attacking President Trump in order to defend the Obama administration’s awful legacy. Both OfA and George Soros-funded MoveOn.org have been leading the way in packing town hall meetings with unruly protesters. Many protests OfA has been involved in have turned into riots.
In 2013, Michelle Obama appeared in a video introducing the group to the public. She said OfA was “the next phase of our movement for change,” and that it would help Obama supporters “finish what we started and truly make that change we believe in.” She congratulated supporters for having “already begun to change our politics,” and declared that “the mission of Organizing for Action” is to “change our country” in accordance with her husband’s vision of how to “bridge [the] divide” between “the world as it is and the world as it should be.”
In the early days of the Trump administration, Organizing for Action activists organized protests across the country. After President Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning visitors from seven terrorism-plagued Muslim countries, OfA organized “spontaneous” demonstrations at airports.
OfA has been moving forward on many policy fronts in recent months. The group has been defending Obama-era climate change measures, oppressive gun control laws, Obamacare, Obama’s various attempts at immigration amnesty, and so-called net neutrality rules, to name just a few.
Organizing for Action developed a training manual for protesting President Trump and disrupting Republican events. Activists used tactics from the manual earlier this year to wreak havoc at GOP lawmakers’ town hall meetings. Working with MoveOn.org and a group called Indivisible, OfA has developed tools to help protesters locate town hall meetings to disrupt. Talking points and scripts for question-and-answer sessions are provided.
The manual advises activists on how to intimidate GOP office-holders into withdrawing support for Obamacare repeal, cutting immigration from terrorist-prone Muslim nations, and constructing a wall on the nation’s southern border with Mexico.
In the group’s teleconference for supporters on May 25, OfA policy and campaigns director Jack Shapiro summarized issues of importance to the group and how to apply pressure to those in Congress.
During the then-approaching congressional recess, OfA members were urged to take action to stave off the repeal of Obamacare. They were asked to “hold the House members that voted ‘yes’ accountable for their vote, and push senators to oppose any health care bill that reduces coverage or takes away protections,” and “visit the offices of your senators and make phone calls to them.”
To fight efforts to secure the nation’s borders and keep the welcome mat out for Muslim terrorists, OfA asked members to “host a film screening of The Dream Is Now to bring together people to discuss the impact of the administration’s immigration policies in your community.” MSNBC describes the film as “an interactive documentary advocating the passage of the federal DREAM Act.” OfA also asked members to press lawmakers “to reject any bill that appropriates funds for the wall, or further expands deportation forces or detention facilities.” Because a new bill funding the government will be needed by the fiscal year end on Sept. 30, “we have a few months to organize, build our teams, and get our representatives on the record.”
OfA warned at the time – presciently as it turned out – that the Trump administration was considering renouncing the Paris Climate Agreement. The group encouraged members to make noise at lawmakers’ town hall meetings to “help defend the progress we’ve made–and stress the need to protect ourselves from a changing climate before it’s too late.”
Using the left-wing euphemism “gun violence prevention,” OfA urged members to attend rallies and sponsor events aimed at promoting gun control and indicated it was partnering with Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. Specifically, OfA asked members to pay attention to three pieces of legislation. One bill would loosen the regulation of silencers. Another would “allow anyone who has been issued a permit from one state to carry a concealed gun anywhere in the country–including in states where concealed carry is not the law.” And a third possible bill could abolish gun-free school zones.
The Rubber Stamp Reps campaign targets 34 House members “whose districts didn’t support this White House’s agenda, yet are voting repeatedly for some of its most dangerous policies.” OfA vows to hold these members’ feet to the fire so they “they don’t get away with rubber stamping this administration’s agenda.” How the lawmakers would be held accountable wasn’t explained.
OfA has aligned itself with left-wing pressure group Fight for the Future and major pornography websites to fight the Federal Communications Commission's push to undo Obama-era net neutrality rules.
The FCC voted in May to begin the process of reversing Obama-era Title II net neutrality rules, which for the first time in history classified internet service providers as public utilities, rather than information services. The rules subjected ISPs to broad government regulation and rules for how companies can manage traffic over their own networks. The Obama administration's FCC began investigating Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T under the rules for offering packages that allowed customers unlimited data streaming.
These left-wing inquisitions were ended after President Trump’s inauguration.
Obama’s activism seems to be sucking up donations that otherwise might have gone to the Democratic National Committee.
Despite President Trump’s weak public approval numbers, the DNC achieved a record low in May fundraising this year, bringing in just $4.29 million, the weakest take since May 2003. It also reported being in debt to the tune of $1.9 million in May.
At the same time the Obama Foundation has been raking in the dough. Its website disclosed a few days ago that at least eight donors had given the foundation donations of more than $1 million each.
Barack Obama and Organizing for Action have much more in store for America.
UNESCO’s Hebron Resolution Denounces Israel Heritage
Jul 10, 2017
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee passed a resolution last Friday which declares that the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron is a Palestinian heritage site. Twelve of the World Heritage Committee's 21 member states voted in favor of the resolution, three opposed it and six abstained.
The Hebron resolution, debated as part of the committee's 41st annual summit in Krakow, Poland, names the Tomb of the Patriarchs as the third cultural site on UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger that is in the "State of Palestine." The other two are the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem and the "cultural landscape of southern Jerusalem, Battir." The Palestinians submitted the Hebron motion via an expedited procedure, claiming that the area was “threatened” and that Israel was “vandalizing” the site. The committee will convene each year to discuss them.
The resolution refers to Hebron as "Islamic" and denies thousands of years of Jewish history as well as Christian ties to the site. The biblical patriarchs Abraham and Isaac, as well as the matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca and Leah are believed to be buried there as documented in Genesis, chapter 23.
As a result of UNESCO’s recent resolution, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to cut an additional $1 million from Israel's U.N. membership dues. Netanyahu will transfer the funds to the establishment of the Museum of the Heritage of the Jewish People in Kiryat Arba and Hebron as well as additional heritage initiatives related to the city. Following UNESCO's resolution in May criticizing Israeli policy in Jerusalem and Gaza, Netanyahu announced that he will slash U.N. funding by $1 million. In April, in response to a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution against the settlements, Netanyahu cut the fees by $2 million.
“This recent UNESCO resolution is another delusional U.N. decision which disregards the historical truth and the Jewish people's deep connection to Hebron,” said Mat Staver, Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and Founder and President of Covenant Journey. “To refer to Hebron as "Islamic" denies thousands of years of Jewish history as well as Christian ties to the site. The biblical patriarchs Abraham and Isaac, as well as the matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca and Leah are believed to be buried there, and to deny that is another move toward the Palestinian Authority and Hamas renaming the entire land to Palestine and denying Israel’s right to exist,” said Staver.
Liberty Counsel is an international litigation, education and policy organization. Liberty Counsel has a number of affiliated ministries, including Christians in Defense of Israel and Covenant Journey, a program that provides a life-changing experience in Israel for Christian college-age students who have leadership potential.
Catherine Austin Fitts-They're Trying to Centralize Control
Published on May 9, 2017
Financial expert Catherine Austin Fitts says the elite are trying to shrink the pie to centralize control. It doesn't have to be that way. There are lots of ways to grow the pie, and one way is with new technology.
Fitts thinks President Trump “has done a much better job than I expected considering he has no government experience.”
The fraud in the budgets, according to Fitts, has got to stop. . . . More than $11 trillion has disappeared from the federal budgets, and it’s all documented on Solari.com.
Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Catherine Austin Fitts, former Assistant Secretary of Housing during the Bush (41) Administration and Publisher of The Solari Report.
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Foreign Soros-Backed Media Outlet Bashes Conservatives With US Taxpayer Dollars
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June 21, 2017
Maiya Clark is a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation.
Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, is a widely experienced international correspondent, commentator, and editor who has reported from Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He served in the George W. Bush administration, first at the Securities and Exchange Commission and then at the State Department, and is the author of "A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans." Read his research.
For additional proof that the State Department has no business teaming up overseas with the vast network funded by the billionaire George Soros, look no further than the portentously named Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.
The OCCRP calls itself “an investigative reporting platform formed by 24 nonprofit investigative centers … spread across Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.”
In words that could have come from John Lennon’s “Imagine,” its website further states: “Our organization doesn’t belong to any country, political philosophy or set of beliefs.”
It is, however, almost fully funded by Soros, a financier with a penchant for subsidizing radical causes around the world—with assistance from our own State Department.
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At the bottom of nearly all its pages, it proudly displays the logos of Soros’ Open Society Foundations and the largest U.S. foreign aid agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The OCCRP’s financial statements—publicly available on its website, here, here, and here—verify (1) the degree to which this outlet is funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations, and (2) that the State Department is also a funder.
And now, this group bearing the imprimatur of the U.S. government—literally, on its website—is being used to target Republicans in Congress and conservative think tanks like The Heritage Foundation who have dared to question the nexus between Soros and the U.S. government.
An Unconscionable Use of Taxpayer Funds
Generally, Americans should be concerned that the U.S. government contributes funds to a media outlet. Our government exists to protect the free press among other liberties, not to fund and sponsor media inimical to America’s interests.
But this case is far more serious, as the U.S. government is funding a media outlet that is actively going to bat for Soros, and right after his groups’ lucrative contracts with the U.S. government have been called into question.
This was the case in a recent OCCRP report that purported to scrutinize The Heritage Foundation; Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J.; and others who have called on the Trump administration to investigate how much money USAID has given to Soros groups over the years, but especially under the Obama administration.
Nobody knows for sure how many millions in USAID taxpayer funds have gone into the Soros network, which is reason enough to call for a probe.
The OCCRP is credited with having done good work—for example, reporting on the suspicious death of the Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.
But the group’s new 10-page report, “How Macedonia’s Scandal-plagued Nationalists Lobbied America’s Right and Pulled Them Into an Anti-Soros Crusade,” is a tendentious, innuendo-filled, one-sided attack on those who are criticizing the OCCRP’s paymaster.
The third paragraph of the OCCRP report begins:
Conservative media outlets, such as Breitbart and Fox News, as well as the right-wing Heritage Foundation, have devoted considerable coverage to Soros’ alleged meddling in Macedonia.
Heritage is unapologetically conservative and defends American constitutional principles and traditions. Whether that constitutes “right-wing,” we’ll leave for the reader to parse.
But there is nothing “alleged” about Soros’ involvement in Macedonia. According to this Open Society Foundations fact sheet, the group spent $4 million in Macedonia in 2016, and a total of $98 million since 1992.
The article purports to establish some sort of link between those who oppose what Soros does around the world, and lobbyists that it says are paid by Macedonia’s conservative VMRO party.
The article accurately quotes one of us, senior fellow Mike Gonzalez, as saying that “it was ‘ludicrous’ to think that the Foundation’s work was linked to any lobbying effort.”
So far, so good. But proving unable to find any such link, the article then grasps for straws and resorts to the worst type of innuendo by insinuating some shadowy connection anyway:
However, there is evidence of personal links between Heritage and VMRO figures. Filip Jolevski, the son of Macedonia’s former Washington ambassador, Zoran Jolevski, worked for Heritage for a year between 2013 and 2014. The elder Jolevski met Heritage’s then-president, Jim DeMint, in July 2014, with both men sporting neckties bearing the foundation’s logo.
Is this really what our tax dollars are paying for?
Macedonian political leaders have indeed met with fellows at Heritage and congressional staffers, who were in fact doing their jobs.
One of the responsibilities of Washington think tank fellows is to meet with foreign officials when we travel overseas or when they come through Washington.
As such, we routinely meet with conservatives and liberals from Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Australia, etc. We even meet with communist officials from China and Vietnam.
In the past month alone, Heritage has hosted three world leaders: Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, a conservative; Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, a communist; and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who is battling Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of his country.
Regarding Putin, the OCCRP article revives an old canard frequently used to defend Soros: that to criticize Soros is to play into Putin’s hands.
It cites an article by Gonzalez, “We Don’t Have to Choose Between Putin and George Soros,” and says Heritage was “replying to criticism that the Heritage Foundation … was aligning with Kremlin propaganda.” “Gonzalez was unapologetic,” it adds.
This is a complete misrepresentation of the truth. As anyone who reads the article will be able to tell, it was written as a response to this article by Politico, which mentions neither Heritage nor Gonzalez.
The article merely pointed out that the inane trope, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” is a logical fallacy.
The Real Threat Posed by Soros
Soros, estimated to be the world’s 24th richest individual, has every right to fund his pet projects around the world as long as it is within the laws of those countries. These projects are at liberty to criticize the work of both Heritage and members of Congress.
That doesn’t mean the State Department and USAID, strapped for funds as they are, should be bolstering the power of Soros entities with taxpayer dollars.
Soros’ projects are political. They exist to fundamentally alter foreign societies through a variety of means: by supporting birth control, lobbying for drug legalization, and targeting political parties that oppose Soros’ mission.
We have not hidden our view that Soros represents a threat. He is trying to force his vision of a transnational, welfare-oriented society on nations around the world that remain conservative.
As we have said repeatedly, siding with Soros overseas often alienates centrist factions in these countries. It weakens the U.S. alliance with potential friends and pushes them into Putin’s arms.
Does the State Department really want to be part of that?
The OCCRP is a small piece of the Soros-State Department puzzle. But it proves that Lee and Smith were right to probe the issue.
Not only is the State Department funding an organization that owes its existence to Soros, but that group is now specifically targeting American politicians and American think tanks.
Imagine what it does overseas.
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What Charlie Gard Has Taught Us
Posted: Jul 25, 2017 10:30 AM
Isn’t it remarkable that a tiny little baby who cannot utter a word has spoken to the world? Isn’t it remarkable that a handicapped child who, under normal circumstances, might have lived and died in obscurity, has become the focal point of a debate affecting millions? God has His ways of using the weak and the vulnerable, and He has done it again through Charlie Gard.
By now, most all of us have heard that his parents gave up the fight for his life, stating that the window of opportunity for special treatment was closed. This must be an extraordinarily bitter pill for them to swallow, since it is their country’s health care system that refused to allow him to receive him any experimental treatment, thereby sealing his fate.
In the words of Charlie’s mother Connie, “We are so sorry we couldn't save you. We had the chance but we weren't allowed. Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our beautiful little boy.”
What is Charlie saying to us?
First, Charlie reminds us that all human life is valuable, whether strong or weak, young or old, healthy or sick. As expressed in the mantra of the children’s story Horton Hears a Who, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” How true.
As we looked at the pictures and videos of Charlie, so helpless and dependent, we saw a person, a special person, a person worthy of love, a person created in the image of God. And we saw this despite the fact that he could do nothing and say nothing.
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VIEW CARTOON His worth was not found in his great riches or his many accomplishments. His worth was simply found in being a person, a fellow-human being. And that is enough.
Ironically, Dr. Seuss, who wrote Horton Hears a Who, was reportedly not a pro-life advocate. It appears he failed to grasp the implications of his own story.
Second, Charlie reminds us of the tenacity of a parent’s love. While we prayed and petitioned and cried from a distance, Charlie was his parents’ jewel, their own flesh and blood, their little champion.
In these days when children are often an afterthought (if not an inconvenience), when leftists fight vigorously for the “right” to abort their babies, and while ethicists argue that infants suffering outside the womb should be euthanized, the devotion of Charlie’s mom and dad reminds us of the depth of a parent’s love.
No one can hold out hope like a mom and dad. No one can nurture like a mom and dad. No one can persevere like a mom and dad. There is no higher calling than being a mom and dad. God has placed a human life into our care.
Third, Charlie reminds us that the state cannot be the ultimate caregiver and the ultimate arbiter of life and death. (I’m not talking here about the court sentencing criminals to their appropriate fate, whatever that may be. I’m talking about health care.)
To be perfectly clear, I’m the last person to offer in-depth analyses of the current healthcare debate or to enter into a detailed critique of Obamacare. And I’m certainly not the one to offer a better alternative to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
I’m also aware of some positive sides to the socialized medicine found in Europe, as related to me by friends and colleagues over the years.
But what Charlie’s case says to us – no, shouts to us – is that the courts and government cannot stand in the way of parents urgently seeking to provide treatment for their child or individuals seeking to get treatment for themselves.
It’s one thing if the system refuses to pay the costs of a particular treatment. We can understand that, and we’ve gladly lived with it for years. On a regular basis, Americans seek out alternative treatments not recognized by the medical industry, and we’re willing to pay for this out of pocket.
But it’s another thing entirely when the system says, “We will not allow you to take your child for alternative treatment.”
That’s where we must respectfully say to the government, “I’m sorry, but you are not God.”
Unfortunately, Charlie’s parents had no choice but to comply with the courts, since they were powerless to remove him from the hospital and transport him to a place where he could be treated.
This, then, is an urgent lesson to all of us here on the other side of the pond: Whatever our lawmakers decide regarding healthcare, it can never come to something like this. The government must not play God.
Finally, one last thought about the value of Charlie Gard’s life.
It’s possible that by the time you read these words, he will have left this world without uttering a syllable. Yet his legacy will last for years, perhaps making an impact on nations, probably an impact far greater than if he had lived a normal, healthy life.
Here too we are reminded not to measure things as the world does but to measure things from God’s perspective. In His sight, what is insignificant to people can be of massive, eternal importance. And so Charlie, being dead, will speak for years to come.
May we honor his legacy in word and deed.
McCain's cancer diagnosis led senators to pray together, Hoeven says
Published July 19, 2017
NOW PLAYINGPalin: Sen. McCain is a fighter, 'embodies loyalty'
CloseA group of senators prayed together Wednesday night after learning that Arizona Sen. John McCain had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to one of the lawmakers.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said he asked Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who has a master's degree in divinity, to lead the group in prayer.
Expand / CollapseSen. James Lankford led the group in prayer, according to Hoeven. (REUTERS/Nick Oxford, File)
MCCAIN DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN TUMOR
"It was very emotional," Hoeven added. The group of senators was taking part in an evening meeting to discuss health care.
McCain, 80, was diagnosed with a brain tumor after doctors removed a blood clot above his left eye last week, his office said in a statement Wednesday.
Expand / CollapseSen. John Hoeven, left, called the moment "very emotional." (File)
The 80-year-old Republican has glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. The senator and his family are reviewing further treatment, including a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.
Doctors say McCain is recovering from his surgery amazingly well and his underlying health is excellent, according to the statement.
Fox News' Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Kim Davis and Rowan County Not Liable for Attorney’s Fees
Jul 21, 2017
Today, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled that neither Kim Davis nor Rowan County are liable for attorney’s fees over the marriage license issue that began in 2015. Judge Bunning did overrule the Magistrate’s Findings and Recommendations that concluded the ACLU was not entitled to any attorney’s fees because the plaintiffs were not the prevailing party. Bunning found that the temporary preliminary injunction entitled the plaintiffs to attorney’s fees and went on to rule that the Commonwealth of Kentucky would be liable to pay the fees and costs, not Kim Davis or Rowan County.
“We are pleased that neither Kim Davis nor Rowan County are liable for attorney’s fees or costs,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, who represented Kim Davis. “The part of the ruling that finds the plaintiffs were prevailing parties is contrary to the law because the legislature mooted the case by passing a law that provides for the precise religious liberty accommodation Kim Davis sought. While Kim Davis and Rowan County are not liable for fees and costs, neither is the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and this aspect of the ruling will be appealed,” Staver said. “The Magistrate correctly found that the plaintiffs were not the prevailing parties. That ruling is consistent with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Governor Matt Bevin’s executive order and the legislature mooted the case and prevents the plaintiffs from being prevailing parties. Without prevailing party status, there can be no attorney’s fees,” said Staver.
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Mad Dog Mattis Left Obama Furious With This Decision
Barack Obama’s campaign to fundamentally transform America included wrecking the U.S. military.
He targeted the nation’s armed forces for social engineering at the expense of their ability to defend the United States.
But James “Mad Dog” Mattis just stopped Obama cold.
One of Obama’s most controversial moves was to allow transgenders to serve in the military.
This came after he lifted the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibited homosexuals from openly serving in the military.
Critics ripped Obama for injecting liberal social causes into the military.
Cohesiveness in a unit is vital for the military’s success.
Critics contended Obama was more interested in appeasing left-wing interest groups than protecting and defending America.
But “Mad Dog” Mattis – Trump’s Secretary of Defense – is putting the military’s priorities back in order.
He announced he was delaying Obama’s edict.
The Washington Post reports:
“DEFENSE SECRETARY JIM MATTIS HAS DELAYED A PLAN APPROVED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION A YEAR AGO TO BEGIN ALLOWING TRANSGENDER RECRUITS TO JOIN THE U.S. MILITARY, PROVIDING THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF WITH A SIX-MONTH REPRIEVE THAT THEY REQUESTED, THE PENTAGON SAID FRIDAY NIGHT.
THE DECISION WAS MADE ON THE EVE OF A DEADLINE SET A YEAR AGO BY THEN-DEFENSE SECRETARY ASH CARTER. THE SERVICES CAN NOW DELAY PROCESSING TRANSGENDER RECRUITS UNTIL JAN. 1, FOLLOWING ANOTHER REVIEW OF ACCESSION PLANS AND PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT HOW DOING SO WILL AFFECT THE MILITARY AND ITS LETHALITY, MATTIS SAID IN A MEMO. DETAILS ABOUT THAT REVIEW MUST BE PROVIDED BACK TO MATTIS BY DEC. 1.
THE DEFENSE SECRETARY SAID IN THE MEMO THAT THE DELAY “IN NO WAY PRESUPPOSES AN OUTCOME,” BUT AFTER CONSULTING WITH TOP GENERALS AND OTHER SENIOR DEFENSE OFFICIALS, HE DETERMINED MORE TIME IS NEEDED BEFORE MAKING A DECISION. HE IS CONFIDENT, HE SAID, THAT THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO TREAT ALL SERVICE MEMBERS WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT.
“SINCE BECOMING THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, I HAVE EMPHASIZED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MUST MEASURE EACH POLICY DECISION AGAINST ONE CRITICAL STANDARD: WILL THE DECISION AFFECT THE READINESS AND LETHALITY OF THE FORCE?” MATTIS SAID. “PUT ANOTHER WAY, HOW WILL THE DECISION AFFECT THE ABILITY OF AMERICA’S MILITARY TO DEFEND THE NATION? IT IS AGAINST THIS STANDARD THAT I PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE ON THE WAY FORWARD IN ACCESSING TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS INTO THE MILITARY SERVICES.”
Trump supporters cheered when Mattis was announced as the nominee to head the Pentagon.
Conservatives saw his appointment as a clear sign Trump was going to undo Obama’s legacy.
And Mattis’ announcement makes it clear that is exactly what he intends to do.
In victory for Trump, Supreme Court revives Trump travel ban
By Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung | WASHINGTON
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his temporary ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees to go into effect for people with no strong ties to the United States while agreeing to decide this fall the legality of the order.
The case represents a major test of presidential powers. The justices, in their unsigned decision, granted parts of the Trump administration's emergency request to put the order into effect immediately while the legal battle continues.
The court, which narrowed the scope of lower court rulings that had completely blocked his March 6 executive order, said it would hear arguments in October on the lawfulness of one of Trump's signature policies in his first months as president
The March 6 order called for a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees to enable the government to implement stronger vetting procedures. It was blocked by federal judges before going into effect on March 16 as planned.
Both bans are now due to partly go into effect in 72 hours, based on a memorandum issued by the Trump administration on June 14.
Even before the Supreme Court action the ban applied only to new visa applicants, not people who already have visas or are U.S. permanent residents, known as green card holders. The executive order also made waivers available for a foreign national seeking to enter the United States to resume work or study, visit a spouse, child or parent who is a U.S. citizen, or for "significant business or professional obligations." Refugees "in transit" and already approved would have been able to travel to the United States under the executive order.
The case is Trump's first major challenge at the Supreme Court, where he restored a 5-4 conservative majority with the appointment of Neil Gorsuch, who joined the bench in April.
There are five Republican appointees on the court and four Democratic appointees.
Three of the court's conservatives said they would have granted Trump's request to reinstate the order in full, including Gorsuch. Justice Clarence Thomas warned that requiring officials to differentiate between foreigners who have connection to the U.S. and those who do not will prove unworkable.
"Today's compromise will burden executive officials with the task of deciding - on peril of contempt - whether individuals from the six affected nations who wish to enter the United States have a sufficient connection to a person or entity in this country," Thomas wrote.
The justices said that the travel ban will go into effect "with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." That indicates that people from the six countries and refugees who have family, business or other ties would not be barred from entry. But those seeking visas to enter the United States with no such ties could be barred.
The decision endorsed the Trump administration's contention that the president deserves greater deference from the courts on national security matters.
The court said that Trump's executive order distinguished between foreigners who have "some connection to this country" and those who do not, and said the government had committed to review cases for those with some connection to the United States on a case-by-case basis.
The Supreme Court left the lower-court injunctions against the ban in place, but only with respect to the challengers to the ban themselves and others in similar circumstances, meaning they involve people in the United States who have relationships with foreign nationals abroad and whose rights might be affected if those foreigners were excluded from entry.
But the court said the injunctions were too broad to also include barring enforcement of the ban against foreigners who have no connection to the United States at all. "Denying entry to such a foreign national does not burden any American party by reason of that party's relationship with the foreign national," the court said.
The court handled the refugee ban in a similar way, allowing the government to exclude from the United States refugee claimants who do not have any "bona fide relationship" with an American individual or entity.
Thomas said this will lead to a flood of litigation as courts try to figure out who has a “bona fide relationship” with the United States.
Trump issued the order amid rising international concern about attacks carried out by Islamist militants like those in Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin and other cities. But critics have called the order a mean-spirited, intolerant and un-American "Muslim ban."
The state of Hawaii and a group of plaintiffs in Maryland represented by the American Civil Liberties Union argued that the order violated federal immigration law and the Constitution's First Amendment prohibition on the government favoring or disfavoring any particular religion. Regional federal appeals courts in Virginia and California both upheld district judge injunctions blocking the order.
Trump signed the order as a replacement for a Jan. 27 order issued a week after he became president that also was blocked by federal courts. The revised order was intended to overcome the legal issues posed by the original ban, which also included Iraq among the nations targeted and a full ban on refugees from Syria. The revised order also jettisoned language that gave preferential status to persecuted religious minorities, which critics said could be taken as favoring Christians and other religious groups over Muslims.
Trump has called the March order a "watered down, politically correct" version of the January one. But the order still embodied his "America First" nationalist message and reflected his views of the dangers posed to the United States by certain immigrants and visitors.
The administration has said the travel ban is needed to allow time to implement stronger vetting measures, although it has already rolled out some new requirements not blocked by courts, including additional questions for visa applicants.
(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley. Additional reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham)
CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE ABOUT MUELLER
June 19, 2017 by Cliff Kincaid
I am amazed by the conspiracy of silence, on the right and the left, about former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s bungling of the anthrax case. “In his years as FBI director and as a Justice Department official, Mueller gained a reputation for honesty, integrity, and being a ‘straight-shooter,’” writes Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard.
This is pure hogwash, to use a family-friendly term.
Barnes, a veteran journalist, is not alone in offering such undeserved praise of Mueller. Commentators on the right and left have been repeating this garbageever since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. Interestingly, Rosenstein also received high praise from various commentators. He, too, was seen as a straight shooter. With former FBI Director James Comey, they constitute an unholy alliance that is determined to take down President Donald Trump. With good reason, Trump calls it a witch hunt.
But since Rosenstein appointed Comey’s buddy Mueller as special counsel, people are beginning to see the whole process as a setup. Or as Barnes puts it, the deck is “stacked” against President Trump. Hence, “the sword of impeachment will be hanging over him,” says Barnes.
This didn’t have to happen, if journalists and commentators had been open and honest about Mueller’s real record. Simply put, Mueller can’t be trusted to arrive at the truth. The anthrax letters case proves it. He should never have received the appointment as special counsel. Barnes’ assertion that the deck has been stacked ignores the fact that he and his associates in the Never-Trump movement helped stack the deck. Why didn’t they blow the whistle on Mueller when he was appointed? Why do they ignore his real record now?
The trap has been set by those conservatives in the media, echoing their liberal colleagues, who wanted to pretend that Mueller is overflowing with honor and integrity. By showering him with praise, they have joined hands with the liberal media in setting the stage for Trump’s impeachment and forced resignation from office.
Call me a cynic, but I can’t help thinking that the Never-Trumpers in the media, such as Barnes, know precisely what is happening. They know Mueller is determined to take down Trump, but that he can only do so if he is given a clean bill of health as a first-rate investigator. Hence, they must whitewash Mueller’s corrupt record in advance of him filing charges against Trump and/or his associates.
Only in the swamp known as Washington, D.C. can a failed FBI chief be rehabilitated into a “straight-shooter,” qualified to bring down a president with the powers of a special counsel.
“In 2004,” retired Foreign Service officer and intelligence analyst Kenneth J. Dillon tells Accuracy in Media (AIM), “the FBI learned that the anthrax mailer was an al-Qaeda operative. Under White House pressure, Mueller suppressed this finding and continued to hunt for a domestic suspect. When scientist Bruce Ivins committed suicide in 2008, Mueller blamed him for the mailings, then lied to a Senate committee about it.”
Although the anti-Trump special counsel railroad is on schedule, pending a Trump decision to fire Rosenstein and Mueller, it is still important for the public to know some of the details about how Mueller botched the anthrax case by falsely blaming various American scientists for the letters that killed five people and injured dozens.
At the time of the anthrax attacks, I was working closely with AIM founder Reed Irvine, who never backed down from a search for the truth. A series of AIM Reports challenged the FBI’s handling of the case and examined how various members of the news media, most notably New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, pushed dubious theories targeting innocent American scientist Steven Hatfill. Kristof operated on the basis of a phony theory, fed to him by a leftist, speculating that the anthrax letters were mailed by a right-winger, probably a white guy working for a U.S. lab. The FBI went along with the false premise, ignoring the obvious evidence of an al-Qaeda role.
To illustrate how Mueller botched the case, consider that the FBI didn’t have a shred of evidence against Dr. Hatfill, but drove him out of two prestigious jobs and ruined his career. At one point, the FBI claimed to have fished a piece of Hatfill’s lab equipment, supposedly an anthrax weapons device, out of a pond. The FBI spent $250,000 to drain the pond but found no evidence of anthrax in it. The device was a minnow bucket.
Acting like the KGB, one FBI agent followed Hatfill as he went to buy some paint, and ran over his foot with a car. Hatfill was given a ticket by D.C. police for walking over to the FBI car and trying to take a picture of his tormentor. It appeared that the FBI was trying to provoke Hatfill so they could arrest him on some flimsy charge and claim they were right about him all along. This is similar to how a special counsel operates.
Comey took over for Mueller at the FBI and could have reopened the case in order to determine why, in the end, the Department of Justice awarded Hatfill nearly $6 million in damages. Comey could have cleaned house, purging corrupt agents. Instead, Comey decided to maintain the cover-up and keep Mueller’s so-called sterling reputation intact. As a result, the FBI still maintains that another scientist, Ivins, who was persecuted and driven to suicide, was the culprit.
Even before the embarrassment with the minnow bucket, columnist Dan K. Thomasson had written that the FBI’s handling of the anthrax case “has to be the most incredible display of bizarre ineptness since former FBI director Louis Freeh took personal charge of the investigation to nail Richard Jewell for the bombing in Atlanta’s Olympic Park” in 1996. Jewell wasn’t guilty of anything except some genuine heroism that saved lives.
Ignoring the anthrax investigation debacle, some commentators are noting that Mueller is staffing his operation with Democratic Party lawyers. What else did you expect? His assignment is to bring down Trump. In regard to the President, we said on May 24, “Mueller will produce evidence of a crime out of nothing if he has to.” That’s what they tried to do to Hatfill.
In Trump’s case, it doesn’t matter if the charges are legitimate. All that matters is that they give the appearance of impropriety, so that the impeachment process can get underway.
Since Comey continued the Mueller anthrax letters cover-up, we have to assume that the FBI culture hasn’t changed, and that Mueller, now in charge of dozens of FBI agents as part of his special counsel investigation, will order his investigators to frame President Trump and/or his top aides with some charge or another. This is a vendetta that constitutes revenge on a President they don’t like and who is suspicious of their work.
At first I was amazed by the continuing cover-up surrounding Mueller’s terrible record, which also includes letting Islamists rewrite FBI training materials. Then, I thought about it and considered a major human flaw which characterizes the work of commentators and journalists—they don’t ever want to admit they’re wrong. They accepted Mueller’s work on the anthrax case as legitimate at the time, and now don’t want to revisit the matter because it would put their own judgments under scrutiny. It’s much easier, under these circumstances, to say that Mueller’s work was exemplary, even though such a claim is a blatant lie.
Fake news is all around us, on the left and right.
Scientists Warn Current Yellowstone Quake-Swarm "Could Rip The Guts Out Of America"
by Tyler Durden
Jun 17, 2017 11:30 PM
Authored by Shepard Ambellas via Intellihub.com,
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) seismology reports conclude that a massive swarm of earthquakes swept through the park on Friday triggering more than 60 separate events in which seismographs spiked to magnitudes of up to 5.0.
Experts fear that the supervolcano is long overdue for an eruption capable of wiping out a vast amount of human, animal, and plant life in the Continental United States.
Scientists currently believe that there’s a 10% chance that a “supervolcanic Category 7 eruption” could take place this century, as pointed out by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku who appeared on a segment for Fox News.
The grey haired physicist told Shepard Smith that the “danger” we are now facing with the caldera is that it’s long overdue for an eruption which Kaku said could “rip the guts out of the USA.”
Kaku said that a “pocket of lava” located under the park has turned out to be twice as big as scientists originally thought.
Scientist concur that the last eruption of the caldera took place some 640,000 years ago.
The U.S. is currently under contract with at least 4 countries all of which have agreed to house displaced U.S. citizens in the unfortunate event the Yellowstone supervolcano were to erupt. Hundreds of billions of dollars were paid to foreign governments to facilitate the agreement which spans a ten year period from its signing, ending in 2024.
An excerpt from an article I authored in April of 2014 titled: “Report: Brazil, Argentina and Australia sign contracts worth hundreds of billions of dollars to house displaced U.S. populace when Yellowstone supervolcano erupts” reads:
The U.S. plan for relocation was formulated after a recent scientific analysis of the park revealed that Yellowstone’s supervolcano has the potential to violently erupt within the next 10-years as noted by others including the famous astrophysicist Michio Kaku.
In fact, Praag, a Pakistani publication, recently reported:
It may take up to ten years for pressure in the magma chamber of the super volcano to build. According to Dr. Jean-Philippe Perrillat of the National Centre for Scientific Research in Grenoble, France, “it is the difference in density between the molten magma in the caldera and the surrounding rock big enough for the magma from the chamber to the surface to increase “.
“The effect is the same as the extra buoyancy of a soccer ball under water fill with air, after which it rises to the surface because the surrounding water poet,” said dr. Perrillat. “If the magma volume is large enough, it should go to the surface to rise and explode like a champagne bottle that ontkurk be.”
According to Dr. Sipho Mathetwe, the South African government “sympathy for the American challenge (challenge) to Yellowstone, but we have our own challenges in South Africa. There are 200 million white people in America, and if too many of them to South Africa flights, it is a big problem, even though there is enough housing and infrastructure available. It will destabilize the country and may even bring back apartheid. South Africa is not for sale.”
However, according to the report, “Brazil, Argentina and Australia” jumped on the bandwagon, accepting the request from Washington.
The calm before the storm started a few weeks back when researchers noticed a downtick in seismic activity before Friday’s swarm struck.
Earthquake expert “dutchsense” chimed on Yellowstone in a video posted to YouTube on June 15, one day before the swarm occurred, to warn of future activity in the region...
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