"Tea Party Surges to Win Wars Waged by Democrat Lies… " www Aileen Milton, President of The Villages Tea Party ________________________
My Visit to Cuba — An American in Havana June 11, 2017 by Dr. Rich Swier Billboard at the José Martí International Airport I had the opportunity to visit Cuba. I flew via Southwest Airlines from Tampa International Airport to the José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba on June 4th and returned on June 9th, 2017. After my short visit to Cuba I now fully understand why I spent my entire 23 years in the U.S. Army fighting against Communism. Cuba is the poster child for Communism (i.e. socialism). It is a country with full control of its people by their government. Arriving was like an episode of the Twilight Zone where I was transported back to the 1950s. The 26th of July Movement began in July 1953 and ended when rebels finally ousted Cuban President Fulgencio Batista on 1 January 1959. Not much has improved for the Cuban people since then. The graffiti, in the featured image above, reads, “Cuba, socialism or death!” I saw this graffiti along with pictures of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara throughout the country. On highway billboards, on the walls of buildings, in government museums and in the public square. It is a constant reminder to the Cuban people of where their loyalty lies – to defend Communism at all cost, and the cost is high, very high. The greatest threat to the survival of the Cuban people is “socialismo.” ITS THE ECONOMY STUPID!As former Bill Clinton said, “It’s the economy stupid!” For the Cuban people it truly is the economy, stupid. Perhaps a few of my first hand experiences in Cuba will help those who favor big government understand where “socialismo” leads. One of the things some people, many of whom have never visited Cuba, tout is their “excellent” healthcare system. Let me explain about the Cuban single payer government healthcare system. First, every visitor to Cuba must purchase health insurance from the Cuban government. For example, the cost of my health insurance was automatically included in the price of my plane ticket. So how much does the Cuban government pay its doctors to provide universal healthcare? The salary of a doctor is $30 a month. In 2013 Brazil hired 4,000 doctors from Cuba to “work in areas where medical services and physicians are scarce.” These Cuban doctors were to be paid approximately $30,000 a year to provide medical services to remote areas of Brazil. According to U.S. News & World Report, “Analysts say the export of medical services adds about $6 billion a year to Cuba’s economy.” How does this work? Brazil paid the Cuban government the $30,000 annual salaries of the Cuban doctors and the Cuban government then paid the doctors $30 a month or $360 a year. This equates to an 83% profit for the Cuban government. Not surprisingly many of these Cuban doctors sought asylum in Brazil to be paid what they actually earned, $30,000. In socialist governments the “minimum wage” inextricably becomes the prevailing wage. It’s the economy stupid. WORKING IN THE CUBAN TOURISM INDUSTRYIn 1991, after the fall of the former Soviet Union, the Cuban economy collapsed because economic aid provided by the Russians ended. More recently Cuba’s main international commercial partners—Venezuela, Brazil, China—have lost their appetites for subsidizing the anemic Cuban economy, lending a new urgency to grow perennially lethargic exports, and forcing the Cuban authorities to look for new sources of foreign exchange – tourism. As U.S. News & World Reportnoted, “[T]ourism, the official No. 1 source of incoming cash, brought in $2.5 billion in 2011, according to the most recent statistics available.” With the opening of tourism to U.S. citizens this incoming cash has increased. According to the Brookings Institute, “In the wake of the December 2014 rapprochement, the United States significantly relaxed restrictions on U.S. travel to the island, and prospective tourists in other nations saw Cuba in a new light. As a result, tourist arrivals jumped by over 16 percent in 2015 to 3.5 million. U.S. travelers, including those from the Cuban diaspora, now amount to roughly 14 percent of new arrivals, and are expected to nearly double in 2016.” Our party was nine individuals, all U.S. citizens. We stayed in a large villa, owned by a Spanish citizen, located near embassy row in Havana. The villa could accommodate up to 14 people and came with a staff of five. The cost, including breakfast, for the villa was $10,000. We also hired two drivers with vans to take our party to various sites within Cuba. The cost to hire the two drivers amounted to an additional $2,000. The manager of the villa was paid $15 a month, with individual staff members paid less. The manager went to Havana University and became a statistician. The manager for a number of years was a professor but decided to work in the tourism industry because the pay was better. During our stay I went on a one-hour carriage ride through the heart of Havana. I paid the driver of the carriage $30 for two people to ride in his horse drawn carriage. The driver made $30 in one hour. This one carriage driver made as much in one hour as does a doctor working in a Havana hospital who earns $30 a month. Given the price our party paid to rent the villa and the clear disparity between the wages of those in the tourism industry and the prevailing wage, in Communist Cuba it truly is the economy, stupid. WORKING IN THE FARMING INDUSTRYTobacco rancho in the Vinales valley. Note the picture of Che Guevara on the water tank. To meet the Cuban people we decided to travel outside of Havana. Our group visited a tobacco rancho (farm) about 200 kilometers west of Havana located in the Vinales Valley, the heart of tobacco growing in Cuba. It is in Vinales Valley that Cuban farmers grow what is considered the finest cigar tobacco in the world. The farm we visited has been owned by a Cuban family for generations. We went into a tobacco curing barn and we received a talk about how the tobacco seeds were planted, how the plants were cultivated and how the tobacco was grown, harvested and then cured for a full year or more. We then went to another gazebo type structure to see how cigars are rolled. The tobacco farmer told us that every year he must send 90% of his tobacco crop to the government where it is processed and made into Cuban cigars for sale and export. So how does the farmer survive with just 10% of his crop as his reward for all of his and his families hard work? He produces his own cigars and sells them to tourists. This is a limited form of capitalism in a repressive socialist society. The farmer partnered with a local tour guide to bring foreign visitors to his farm to see his work, try and buy his cigars. His cigars do not have a label like the government brand Cohiba. The government forbids him from branding his cigars and putting them into boxes. This farmer sells his cigars in packets made from palm leaves holding 14 or 20 cigars. A Cohiba cigar sold in Cuban government stores costs from $20 to $30 per cigar. This farmer sells his cigars for $3 each. His cigars are no different than those made in government factories, except his are better. His cigars are cured longer, he removes the stem of the tobacco leaf, which contains all of the nicotine, and wraps them in paper for five days to further age them. This one farmer selling one pack of 20 cigars makes $60 or twice the monthly salary of a doctor. While there our party alone bought 6 packs of 20 cigars or $360 worth of cigars. There were a dozen other tourists at the farm when we arrived. Many of them also bought his cigars. Capitalism works, even in a socialist society. It’s the economy stupid. FINAL THOUGHTSThe Cuban people I spoke with were friendly toward us Americans. Those who provided us with personal services whether in local restaurants, while on tours, our drivers and those who took care of us where we stayed were professional, hard working and kind. But Cuba’s desire to be a tourist attraction is waning. MarketWatch’s Kari Paul reports: A flash of excitement about travel to Cuba after the country opened its borders to the U.S. in 2016 for the first time in decades may have lost some of its shine. Americans are less interested in travel to Cuba this year than they were in 2016, a survey from insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance found. Some 76% of the 1,514 respondents said they were not likely to plan a trip to Cuba in 2017 compared to 70% in 2016.Only 2% of those surveyed planned to visit Cuba in the next six months or by the end of 2017, the same as 2016 despite a projected increase in travelers from the country’s ministry of tourism. It also found that 60% of Americans said “would not like to travel to Cuba” compared to just 58% in 2016. [ … ] Indeed, the initial excitement about the formerly closed off country gave way to moral dilemmas over food shortages and other problems caused by tourism, as well as disappointment over limited working internet, lower hotel standards, and lack of running water there. The Allianz study found lack of travel infrastructure was a major cause of anxiety about traveling to Cuba for 13% of Americans. The slide in demand has led a number of airlines to reduce or completely eliminate flights to the country, including Silver Airways, a Florida-headquartered domestic airline that dropped all nine of its planned routes to Cuba. Frontier is dropping its Miami-Havana route by June 4, after costs in Havana “significantly exceeded our initial assumptions,” a spokesman told MarketWatch. Spirit Airlines will drop its last flight to Cuba by June 1: “The costs of serving Havana continue to outweigh the demand for service,” Spirit Airlines president and chief executive officer of Bob Fornaro said in April. Sumers suggested confusion over the approved reasons to go to Cuba is keeping the average American visitor away still. As of May 2017, visitors to the country have to select one of 12 categories for their visit, which include religious activities, humanitarian projects, “support for the Cuban people,” and journalistic activities. “You can’t go to Cuba to sit on the beach and have fun and that’s what Americans like to do on vacation,” he said. “Cuba is a bit of an outlier still — it is not easy to visit and for a lot of people it’s still a pain. You have to really want to go there.” What I observed is that the Cuban people have great potential if they are unleashed and allowed to earn what they are truly worth. Socialismo is slowly but surely killing their lives and doing them great harm. I noticed on the ride West of Havana through the rural areas of Cuba hundreds of people waiting along the road trying to get a ride. Some were nurses in their white uniforms thumbing rides to the hospital where they are needed. I saw horse drawn carriages along the major highway carrying people because the public transportation system cannot keep up with the demand. The horses and cattle we saw were emaciated. The roads were in poor shape including the national highway system. As one Cuban man put it, “the people have no love for their work.” They have no love for their work because Cuba needs a change in direction. Raul Castro has announced that he will step down as President of Cuba in February 2018. This is a chance for Cuba to change direction. To move to a capitalistic society where the individual benefits from what he or she produces, not the government. However, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research reports: The Cuban media has been emphasizing that Raul Castro is leaving power. He announced in 2016 that he would be stepping down as President in 2018. Yet, he was reelected for five years as Secretary General of Cuba’s Communist Party and will remain as head of Cuba’s Armed Forces. The position of President, which will become mostly ceremonial, will be held by Miguel Diaz Canel, a low-level Communist Party bureaucrat with little military or public support. In Cuba, power resides in the military and the Politburo of the Communist Party, both of which will continue to be controlled by Raul and his military comrades. We shall see what happens in February 2018. The great fear among those to whom I spoke with is the new leadership will keep the ways of the old regime. Socialismo o Muerte (socialism or death) must be replaced with Liberar al pueblo cubano (free the Cuban people). ________________________
Pakistani Man Used Refuge In America To Sell Ridiculous Product To Over 100,000, $12.8M Scam Posted by April Horning | May 26, 2017 Pakistani Mustafa Hasan Arif used hope to scam 100,000 people out of millions. When faced with a serious illness for yourself or a loved one, many of us will do anything possible to find a cure. Most rely on doctors and hospitals to find treatment options, but others turn to the internet to do their research. With medical research taking place worldwide, it is not unusual to find innovative treatments all over the world. Purchasing an experimental medication from outside of the United States can often be the last ditch effort when everything you have tried is not working. A Pakistan national, Mustafa Hasan Arif, used his refuge in the United States to access thousands of patients worldwide looking for medications. He used the last bit of hope these unsuspecting people had against them as he created a web of lies to hide the fake drugs he was selling. In the end, he was able to milk 100,000 people out of $13.6M by selling and shipping medications that did very little. The federal government, during their investigation, uncovered 1,500 websites that were created and maintained by Arif. They were designed to bring in new customers via authentic looking research sites that showcased miracle cures and very real looking clinical studies that showed new drugs with 90% cure rates. These were drugs that were so new that they were not approved in the United States but seemed to be a cure for those who have lost hope.
Not only did Arif find a way to create real looking research, but he also manipulated customers into thinking their medications were being shipped from a variety of countries. For example, using a fake address in Europe made it appear that these medical miracles were coming right from those who had discovered them. He was not shipping them from Pakistan, or at least it did not appear that he was. Customers thought they were buying medications from Norway, Germany, Italy, Australia, Denmark, and New Zealand. According to a statement from the Department of Justice, Arif successfully: “…promoted the sale of drugs claiming to cure and treat hundreds of diseases, many of which were incurable, including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and emphysema. The websites included falsified cure rates, false clinical research and fabricated testimonials. One series of websites fraudulently claimed to have shown in clinical trials a cure rate of 90 percent, while other websites included links to clinical research that had not been written about the drugs on the websites. Arif falsely represented that the drugs were being sold by entities in Germany, Norway, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Denmark when in fact the drugs were all being sold and shipped from Pakistan. Arif used those false addresses to make customers more comfortable purchasing the drugs. Documents in the case show that Arif ‘s scheme generated more than $12 million in fraudulent sales.” Between his refuge in the United States and certain travel freedoms he enjoyed with dual citizenship from Pakistan and the United Kingdom, Arif was well-suited for this type of scam. He was caught in 2014 on a business trip to New York City. He has been in custody since that arrest.
After several years in detention, he accepted a plea deal. According to a report by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Hampshire: “Mustafa Hasan Arif, an individual with dual citizenship in Pakistan and the United Kingdom, appeared in United States District Court in Concord, NH today where he plead guilty to wire fraud. Arif defrauded individuals by fraudulently selling drugs claiming to cure many serious diseases. Arif targeted individuals around the world, including victims in New Hampshire, announced United States Attorney Emily Rice.” The approval process can take many years, that is time that some people don’t have. From the outside of this scam, many may wonder how someone could fall for something like this. It is pretty simple when we look at the process drugs here in the United States must go through to be approved. According to a testing lab out of California:
“It takes an average of 12 years for a drug to travel from the research lab to the patient. In addition, only five in 5,000, or 1%, of the drugs that begin preclinical testing ever make it to human testing. Only one of these five is ever approved for human usage.” With these odds, hearing about a new drug that is being used in other countries and being able to get it in the United States legally can mean waiting many years. If you or a family member is fighting a fatal illness, this is not time you have available. The same goes for illnesses like Alzheimer’s that do not currently have a cure on record. Another thing to factor into the complexity of this case is the fact that Arif was using some authentic looking medical research to lure unsuspecting customers. These were families that did their research and found medications supported by “research” and clinical trials. To understand how complicated this case was, there were many agencies involved in unraveling his web of lies. These groups included: “This investigation was led by the FDA/Office of Criminal Investigations, Cybercrime Investigations Unit along with Homeland Security Investigations. Assistance during the investigation was provided by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, Portsmouth New Hampshire Police Department, the United States Consulate, Diplomatic Security Service Lagos, Nigeria office, New Zealand Ministry of Health, United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, and the Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs.” Arif was able to prey on those in desperate situations, and he went to extreme measures to make each drug company look like the real thing. Some may focus on the millions of dollars he was able to scam these customers out of, but there is also the issue concerning the pain and further medical complications he sold these families as they relied on medications that delivered nothing. __________________________
Hostile Media Desperate to Derail Trump’s Foreign Trip Posted Monday, May 22, 2017 | By The Association of Mature American Citizens Emailfrom – PoliZette – by Eddie Zipperer Rest in peace, lead-from-behindism! The new American president doesn’t bow to anyone, he doesn’t apologize for America, and — as it turns out — he doesn’t get deserted at the airport. So long, and good riddance to the Obama administration’s disastrous foreign policy, which eroded the world’s respect for America. That’s the consequence of projecting weakness on the world stage. That’s the consequence of a fearful, feckless foreign policy built on the sinkhole foundation of peace through weakness. The logic of the previous administration went something like this: If America willfully weakened itself, the rest of the world would love us. For eight years we endured a strategy of scaling down the U.S. military, infecting it with politically correct nonsense, apologizing for America’s past, denying that America is exceptional, waffling on red lines, enabling the birth and proliferation of ISIS, and allowing rogue regimes such as Iran and North Korea to run amok. Unfortunately, love — even if it were attainable — is of no geopolitical value. Only respect has value. Peace through strength is back, thanks to President Trump. And respect was on display when King Salman of Saudi Arabia greeted President Trump at the airport in Riyadh, and he received red carpet treatment. It was a far cry from President Obama’s last visit where King Salman sent his distant nephew to pick up Obama at the airport. That disrespect was a result of President Obama’s willingness to trash our relationship with the Gulf State “sheikists” in order to make a ridiculous deal with the Shiite, death-to-America regime in Iran. Now, President Trump is using his ambitious foreign trip — where he’ll visit the holy lands of three major world religions — to send the message that America is back and stands by its traditional allies. But the mainstream media — the same that spent eight years enabling Obama’s fecklessness — aren’t having any part of the “America’s back” narrative. They’re beside themselves that the news cycle has shifted away from the anonymous source leaks they’ve been cramming down America’s throat and away from their Trump-Russia collusion fury. These are media determined to manufacture a narrative of failure regarding all aspects of Trump’s presidency. Over the weekend, Byron York at the Washington Examiner reported on a Harvard study that quantified the anti-Trump bias of several mainstream media outlets. Of course, you don’t have to be a lab-coat-wearing, laboratory-dwelling scientist armed with an electron microscope and a mountain of grant money to figure that out. Just spend two minutes with any of those outlets, and you’ll be swimming in bias. When a supposedly objective news anchor such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper responds to contributor Jeffrey Lord by saying that if Trump “took a dump on his desk,” Lord would defend it, it’s safe to assume there’s bias at work. Now, after all the work they’ve done for the past few days digging up anti-Trump gossip from anonymous sources, they have to switch gears and talk about a scandal-free foreign trip. They’re framing it like it’s just halftime — an opportunity for the resistance to get up and use the bathroom while the marching band takes the field. All they can do is lie in wait, ready to pounce on any perceived faux pas that Mr. Trump may commit. They almost certainly have an eye on Twitter awaiting any leftwing faux outrage that may surface so they can proliferate it. Already, there have been several stories about the fact that Melanina and Ivanka Trump didn’t wear headscarves. What’s the big deal about that? Well, President Trump tweeted two and a half years ago that “Mrs. Obama refused to wear a scarf” in Saudi Arabia, and the Saudis were “insulted.” Crisis. Catastrophe. Hysteria. You’d think each individual Trump tweet is one of the nation’s founding documents and that the president himself had taken an oath to preserve, protect and defend all 35,000 of them. Trump has tweeted 35,000 times. Anyone demanding that his presidency and the policies of his administration be consistent with all 35,000 tweets will probably be disappointed often. But that’s not what this story is about. This story is about trying to thwart the success of the American president on an overseas trip. It’s just part of a pathetic attempt to find a negative angle on everything. CNN and NBC, which — according to Harvard — spend 93 percent of their time trashing the president, both had this story featured prominently on their websites. These news outlets go Three Mile Island every time Mr. Trump utters the words fake news, but consider the asinine assumptions a story like this rests on: 1.) The assumption that Trump’s 35,000 tweets should be binding on his actions as president. 2.) The assumption that Melania and Ivanka’s choice of clothing belongs to President Trump and not to them. 3.) The assumption that this story is actually newsworthy. But it’s not about newsworthiness — it’s about unearthing a negative weapon to hurl at the president’s trip. After all, when Trump fired Comey, and the Left had their weekly meltdown, the MSM wasn’t at all interested in trolling through all those #FireComey tweets floating around the Twittersphere to expose Democrat hypocrisy. So in the coming days, as the president goes about the important business of fixing all the damage President Obama did, watch for the MSM to attempt to undermine him with ridiculous controversies that are hatched from Twitter eggs or divulged by anonymous sources who probably sleep in oversized #ImWithHer t-shirts. But as each “controversy” surfaces for its moment in the sun, bear in mind, these are the same outlets who thought reckless, feckless Obama could do no wrong.
Sept 29th Demand apology from Government Officials who use this description for Concerned American Citizens
Definition of a Tea bagger .. To tea bag is a slang term for the sexual act of a man placing his scrotum in the mouth of a willing sexual partner for pleasure or onto the face or head of another person. The name of the practice, when it is done in a repeated in-and-out motion, is derived from its passing resemblance to the dipping of a tea bag into a cup of hot water as a method of brewingtea. As a form of non-penetrative sex, it can be done for its own enjoyment or as foreplay. _________________________
Gang Takes Over California Church As Congregation Runs In Fear Posted by Asia Mayfield | Jun 21, 2017 A South Los Angeles church has morphed into a home base for a bunch of thugs calling themselves the Latino Playboys. Congregants are terrified; sermons have been interrupted. Congregants of a South Los Angeles church are being harassed by a gang. Vicious members of the Latino Playboys established a stronghold on church property after deluding Pastor Kenneth Little into trusting them. Now worshipers attending Ebenezer Baptist Church fear for their lives during service. Bible study sessions have been rattled by gunshots. “This is an extremely dangerous situation for everyone in the community, from church congregants to the kids that go to the neighboring schools and park,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said. “We hope to work with the church to eliminate the source of danger and make this a neighborhood where people can conduct affairs safely every day.” Pastor Little is helpless. He’s been forced to watch as his church is slowly devoured by violence. The situation has grown so desperate that L.A. officials have filed a lawsuit against the church, claiming that the gang members flocking to church property are defiling the neighborhood. Over the past year, there have been a whopping five shootings on the property, as well as numerous other complaints.
Pastor Little has had to adopt extreme measures to protect his flock. The gang’s presence is so palpable that the church doors are behind a heavy steel gate. According to the Los Angeles Times: “In September, a person standing out front was shot and killed. In March, two people in the property’s parking lot opened fire on a truck carrying rival gang members. And from December to April, undercover agents purchased 20 illegal firearms, three silencers and 122 grams of methamphetamine there…” It’s horrific that a sacred space has been so violated. Gang violence is a term that should never appear in the same sentence as the church. People who want to express their love and devotion to God should be allowed to do so without being molested by thugs. “I am grateful they (police officers) stepped in because I didn’t know what to do,” Little told reporters. “They can move forward in a manner that we weren’t able to do.”
South L.A. is a rough, crime-ridden neighborhood. Churches are beacons of hope. Thousands of people might benefit if the local gangs were eradicated. The Latino Playboys are a violent group of men composed of illegal immigrants and Hispanic Americans. The gang is notorious for their brutality, The violence associated with gang culture is why President Trump’s proposed border wall is so important. It’s illegal to cross into America without a proper visa. Those who are willing to make the dangerous journey are those who are at least somewhat comfortable with the idea of committing a crime. That’s why there are a disproportionally large amount of criminals among the illegals sneaking across the border. If illegal immigration is allowed to continue unchecked gangs will continue to grow more powerful. Criminal gangs thrive on the blood of illegals, people who have nothing to lose. During ex-President Obama’s reign in office, crossing the border was so easy that thousands of deported illegals hopped right back into America.
“This is a neighborhood that really needs our help,” Feuer said. “You can keep coming and arresting, but that’s not the same as preventing the problem in the future from recurring.” The only way to prevent gang violence from occurring is to prevent criminal cells from forming. As long as illegals are continuing to stream across the border, gangs will still be in existence. The LAPD are now heavily involved in Pastor Little’s church. Officers helped the city file its lawsuit against the gang plaguing Little’s congregation. Law enforcement officers report that the gang operating out of Ebenezer Church property calls themselves the Latino Playboys. They’re cruel, heartless, and dangerous. Their proximity endangers not only Pastor Little but every single congregant who comes to hear his sermon. Feuer says that the best way to remedy the situation includes “…evicting the tenants and fencing off the property…(and) an internet-connected video monitoring system and better lighting on the site.” The city has to step in. The church lacks the funds to properly defend itself. __________________________
The Man Who Fought Back Against All Three Of The London Terrorists JOHN SEXTONPosted at 6:01 pm on June 6, 2017 After three Islamic terrorists in a van ran down people on London Bridge, they got out and used knives to attack people on the street. Before police responded, the terrorists noticed a pub called Black and Blue which was full of people. The pub’s bouncers saw the terrorists coming and tried to shut the doors, but the three men burst in, intent on continuing their killing spree. But instead of finding more victims, they encountered 47-year-old Roy Larner. The Sun spoke to Larner about what happened next:
He told The Sun from hospital: “They had these long knives and started shouting about Allah. Then it was, ‘Islam, Islam, Islam’. “Like an idiot I shouted back at them. I thought, ‘I need to take the p*** out of these b******s’.” “I took a few steps towards them and said, ‘F*** you, I’m Millwall’. Millwall is an East London football club whose team is known as the Lions. One of the terrorists was reportedly wearing an Arsenal shirt during the attack. Maybe that’s what prompted Larner’s response. In any case, Larner, who admits he’d had “four or five pints” at the time, punched and fought with all three attackers while the rest of the patrons ran for the rear exit. “I stood in front of them trying to fight them off. Everyone else ran to the back. “I was on my own against all three of them, that’s why I got hurt so much. “It was just me, trying to grab them with my bare hands and hold on. I was swinging. “I got stabbed and sliced eight times. They got me in my head, chest and both hands. There was blood everywhere.” A couple of the terrorists got past Larner but one stayed and kept hacking at him. Eventually, they left the club to look for more victims. Larner followed them outside and watched as they headed for another nearby pub. But before they could get there, armed police arrived and fired 50 shots, killing all three terrorists. Here are some images of Larner in the hospital. As you can see, his injuries were quite serious.
Larner is being called the Lion of London Bridge for his response and there is already a petition to award him the George Cross, which is the highest civilian award for bravery given to civilians. The George Cross recognizes, “acts of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger.” That certainly seems to apply in this case. Larner’s friends brought him a present while he was in the hospital. Here he is posing with it: Larner is expected to be in the hospital for another week. As for his act of heroism, he told the Sun, “I just did what I had to do.” _________________________
HOW ISLAM IS SECRETLY TRANSFORMING AMERICA' Why would we continue down the same path that has led to Europe's virtual suicide?' Published: 05/05/2017 at 7:49 PM It’s not that unusual for an Islamic society. After all, the typical features are all on display – the Muslim call to prayer, the teaching of Islam in the nation’s schools to the exclusion of other religions, preferential treatment afforded Muslims by government and the courts, news coverage reflexively portraying Islam in a positive light, the rapid growth in mosque construction – and also the disturbing cultural phenomena of female genital mutilation, “honor killings” and so on. Except this is not Saudi Arabia or Egypt we’re talking about, or any of the world’s approximately 50 Muslim-majority countries. This is the United States of America. Not America as it might be one day if current trends continue, but as it is right now – today. That’s right. While North Korea threatens to nuke the U.S. mainland, while the left continues its infantile post-election meltdown into madness, while President Trump endeavors to remedy the torrent of national and international problems unleashed by his predecessor Barack Obama – beneath the radar and largely out of view, America is inexorably becoming ever more Islamized. That is the topic of May’s sensational issue of WND’s monthly Whistleblower magazine, headlined “HOW ISLAM IS SECRETLY TRANSFORMING AMERICA.” While a few brave souls have been sounding the alarm over the relentless inroads Shariah Islam is making into American culture, education, religion, law, government and the military, perhaps the most important question needing to be addressed up front is, why? “Why,” asks Whistleblower Editor David Kupelian, “when Judeo-Christian America has been hands-down the most successful nation in history – indeed why, when Americans are blessed with a crystal ball called Europe in which they can clearly see the disastrous future awaiting a once-Christian civilization that recklessly embraces Islamic expansionism – would we continue down the same path that has led to Europe’s virtual suicide?” The real reasons – and the real solutions – are found in “HOW ISLAM IS SECRETLY TRANSFORMING AMERICA.” Issue highlights include:
“America’s Islam trance” by David Kupelian, on why the religion of Muhammad is growing rapidly in what was once the world’s most Christian nation
“Meanwhile, an Islamic fifth column builds inside America” by Paul Sperry. A Muslim Brotherhood leader in the U.S. says: “The Quran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth”
“Media ‘spinning lies’ about female genital mutilation in the U.S.” by Leo Hohmann. Apologists say it has nothing to do with Islam, so why is it that “200 million women in the world today have had this done to them”?
“CAIR targets U.S. Air Force instructor who explains Shariah” by Art Moore. The veteran terrorism expert has never had any complaints from students, yet the top Muslim “civil rights” organization demands his ouster
“Jihadists won’t stop until Shariah rules the world” by Paul Bremmer, in which a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security says it’s high time for Americans to “honestly discuss what Islam really teaches”
“Sympathy for the devil” by David Kupelian, who reveals the role the Stockholm Syndrome plays in America’s strange embrace of Islam
“The secret history of the Muslim subversion of America” by Leo Hohmann. “Our purpose,” says one Islamic leader, is “destroying the Western civilization from within” so that “Allah’s religion is made victorious”
“Democratic caucus in Somali enclave melts down in bloody chaos” by Leo Hohmann. Why did firefighters have to shut down a Minneapolis political meeting?
“Does Islam need a Reformation?” Yes, says Joseph Farah, but it could backfire and result in “a jihadist faith along the lines of ISIS and al-Qaida clerics”
“U.S. Muslims urged: Don’t cooperate at border” by Art Moore. Why are travelers who raise law enforcement suspicions being instructed not to answer questions?
“‘Shariah cop’ cracks down on Minnesota Muslims” by Leo Hohmann. Who is this Muslim guy going from house to house in a U.S. community enforcing Shariah law?
“Islam and the jihad in London” by Andrew C. McCarthy, in which the former federal prosecutor explains what is most undeniable, yet most disturbing, about Islam: “It’s not non-Western. It’s anti-Western.”
As Kupelian explains: “The current inversion of Americans’ traditional core values – which causes us, for example, to glorify and celebrate perversion and mental illness (like troubled people amputating healthy body parts and pretending to be the opposite gender) while reviling and punishing virtue (like the Christian county clerk jailed for objecting to signing a marriage license for two homosexuals) – is the same inversion of values that inspires us to enthusiastically import into our country large numbers of people steeped in a religious and political ideology dedicated to crushing our own. It’s as though we’re living in a hypnotic trance, in a dream state, wherein we are moving in slow motion toward certain destruction. It’s time to wake up.” __________________________
Sharia law in Idaho. The three Muslim refugee boys who plead guilty in the heinous sexual attack of a five-year-old girl in Idaho were sentenced yesterday. No jail time. The judge barred everyone in the courtroom, including the victim’s own parents, from speaking about the case and threatened anyone with serious consequences if they violated his edict. Unheard of. The sexual assault occurred at Fawnbrook Apartments, in Twin Falls, when a 5-year-old was lured into a laundry room, stripped of her clothing, urinated on, and orally and anally raped while the oldest boy filmed the entire incident. Now, following a sentencing hearing Monday at the Snake River Juvenile Detention Center in Twin Falls, Judge Thomas Borresen of Idaho’s 5th Judicial District issued a gag order barring everyone in the courtroom from talking about it. The victim’s lawyer is facing contempt charges because of a benign comment he made to the Idaho Statesman about the parents’ unhappiness with the verdict. Mathew Staver, chairman and co-founder of the nonprofit legal assistance agency Liberty Counsel, told WND that Judge Borresen was completely out of line in issuing a gag order after the fact in a criminal case. “It’s unconstitutional for the judge to do that. There are gag orders that can be put on people during a jury trial, or if it’s a minor they can prohibit you from mentioning the name of the minor, but they can’t gag you after the fact,” Staver said. “This is public at this point. This judge, it just seems like he’s forgotten about the First Amendment in this case. He has no authority to do this, he can’t hold someone in contempt to keep them from speaking out about their displeasure with the case after the fact.” Staver said case law is clear on the subject of gag orders.
Judge Thomas BorresenIDAHO INJUSTICE TRAVESTY: MIGRANT ATTACKERS OF 5-YEAR-OLD UNPUNISHED EXCLUSIVE: PAMELA GELLER SAYS OFFICIALS SACRIFICED GIRL’S WELL-BEING TO PROTECT MUSLIM BOYSThe travesty of justice in Idaho is now complete. In the summer of 2016, a 5-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and urinated upon by three Muslim migrant boys in Twin Falls, Idaho. Since then, instead of getting justice, the victim’s family has been abused by law enforcement and governing authorities as if they were the criminals – because what happened to their little girl contradicts the politically correct narrative about Muslim migrants. On Monday, the perpetrators were sentenced, and the final injustice was done to this poor girl. The injustice began in the proceedings at the Snake River Juvenile Detention Center in Twin Falls when Judge Thomas Borreson of Idaho’s 5th Judicial District ordered the little victim’s parents to say nothing to anyone – ever – about what was said in the courtroom Monday, or to disclose the sentence he gave to the savage attackers. He did allow them to say that they were unhappy with the sentencing, but threatened to jail them for contempt of court if they disclosed why they were unhappy with itBut even though the victim’s parents were not allowed to talk to me, there were 12 to 15 people in the courtroom who saw and heard the whole sorry business. I was informed of what happened by an anonymous source inside the courtroom – and the more I heard, the more I understood why this judge wanted to keep all the proceedings secret. Janice Kroeger, the senior deputy prosecuting attorney, who was supposed to be trying these boys for their crimes, defended the boys and repeatedly attacked Lacy, the victim’s mother. A therapist for the boys was present, as well as a parole officer and a detective. Everything that was said was designed to portray the perpetrators as victims. Throughout the proceedings, they were repeatedly called victims, and the youngest one was called “the biggest victim of them all.” The court heard all about how the attackers are doing well in school, and about how smart they are. They were praised for the supposed ordeal they had to go through. It was claimed that all three are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from having to go through courtroom proceedings. After this lovefest, which lasted for five hours in the courtroom, all three boys were sentenced, one after the other. All three were given probation. They were not found guilty of rape, but of sexually lewd conduct. In the midst of this judicial mugging, every time Lacy’s lawyer tried to speak up, he was silenced. The little victim, Jayla, was never even mentioned once by Kroeger or the judge – or by the police or anyone else. Only Lacy mentioned her, when she made her statement. Lacy detailed how the poor girl is still suffering the effects of this attack: She is wetting the bed and having bad dreams, and more. Yet when Lacy completed her statement, Kroeger lashed out not at the perpetrators or their parents, but at Lacy. She viciously tongue-lashed Lacy for a full 15 minutes, until finally Judge Borreson had to stop her. Understandably, the parents of the victim were and are devastated. Back in April, when the attackers initially pleaded guilty, Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs said: “I am pleased that we were able to resolve this case in a way that was approved and agreed to by the victim’s family. This continues to be a serious and sad case, but it was resolved properly.” Nothing could be further from the truth. The resolution of the case was not accepted by the victim’s family, and it was not resolved properly. From the beginning to the end, for Idaho officials this case was about one thing, and one thing only: not justice for this poor little girl who was brutalized and abused, but about making sure that Americans don’t start to realize what is happening and oppose the Muslim migrant influx. Idaho officials were willing to sacrifice this girl’s well-being for that goal – to their everlasting shame. If there were any justice, Judge Borreson would be impeached and removed now. Meanwhile, please help the victim and her family meet their considerable expenses: Contribute here. Read more at _______________________
Intel Chair Sends Liberals Running On Obama Admin Investigation: “Oh, This Is Only The Beginning” Posted by Georgette Walrath | Jun 7, 2017 | Liberal Corruption Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee says that the subpoenas are “Just the beginning.” Although the main focus of the liberal media outlets recently is the allegations about Russian election tampering, the real story they’re ignoring is the unmasking investigationbeing carried out by the House Select Intelligence Committee. The spear-phishing campaign conducted last fall is small potatoes compared to the requests concerning unmasking activity perpetrated by top-level Obama-ites. Susan Rice, CIA Director Brennan, and Samantha Power were all recently named in subpoenas requesting details about the practice. Trump agrees. He tweeted back in April about it, and it looks like he’s right again.
In a recent interview, Chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes explained the reasoning behind the subpoenas. He also spoke about why they are seeking information about possible abuses of power during the final stages of the Obama administration’s tenure. Nunes also mentioned the possibility of this being just the beginning.
Nunes explained that the subpoenas actually went to the CIA, NSA, and FBI, requesting that those agencies answer for the “unmaskings” performed by select, high-level officials during the entire 2016 year, continuing until January 20; the day Trump took office. Although Nunes stated that he couldn’t delve into the reasons those individuals were subpoenaed, he did clarify his concerns. Susan Rice faces allegations of the politically motivated unmasking of American citizens. Unmasking is a process where during routine surveillance of foreign targets, Americans come up in conversations. The key here is “foreign.” Rice faces allegations of unmasking U.S. citizens who were close to then-candidate Trump.
If officials want to know the name of the person included in security reports, typically slated as U.S. person #1, #2, etc., a specific request can be made to have the identity “unmasked.” Although liberals are suggesting that the process is somewhat common in foreign surveillance, the question investigators want answered is whether top Obama administrators exceeded their authority in doing it. Since the bulk of the requests came after Trump had been declared president-elect, unmasking U.S. citizens before relinquishing power seems, at the least, troubling. Concerns surfaced when it was discovered that national security advisor Susan Rice requested that a number of Trump’s associates be revealed. Rice has denied that the requests were politically motivated. The full extent of the surveillance conducted by the Obama administration on American citizens, right after Trump was elected, is unknown. That is what the House Select Intelligence Committee wants to find out. Nunes explained that unmasking is “actually very uncommon, and seldom happens,” despite the mainstream media’s attempt to make the process seem like a regular, normal occurrence. Having waited since March 15 for the information requested, Nunes confirmed that the subpoenas were issued because “intelligence agencies have been slow-rolling” the council.
When asked if Rice, Brennan, and Power were the only officials of interest, Nunes said that they were the people the council has “particular interest in,” but there may be others. That is something the liberal press doesn’t want to hear. Explaining that Obama officials, at minimum committed clearly an “abuse of power” by unmasking American citizens, Nunes proposed that other concerns of illegal activity need to be sifted through too. Not only were the names unethically unmasked by Obama officials, the intelligence was leaked to the media. When talking about former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who was unmasked and leaked during the Obama term, Nunes said he couldn’t confirm the media stories surrounding Flynn. The former FBI director turned over recordsrequested by the committee last week. Nunes cautiously explained that the committee is trying to get to the bottom of any illegal activities that the Obama administration may have committed. This includes unmasking and leaking U.S. names to the press, saying “It’s a crime to do that.” The former ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, is also included in the unmasking scandal. When asked about why Power was included in the search, Nunes explained that it is “very unusual” for an ambassador to make such unmasking requests, regardless of where the person is serving. Power is a long-time friend of Obama who served as ambassador to the UN from 2013 to 2017. He indicated that although he couldn’t provide specifics, “we would not be asking this if we didn’t have probable cause that there was an abuse of power.” Nunes said he didn’t know if FBI Director Comey had obstructed the unmasking investigation, but he did explain that the agencies have continued to ignore congress’s request for information. John Brennan has been reluctant to hand over the information requested by Congress, he and other agency officials have until the end of the day to comply. Nunes said that at this point, extending the very necessary Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is in jeopardy. The programs are instrumental in protecting Americans, but because of Obama administration abuses, uncertainty means that the votes aren’t there to reinstate them. Nunes frankly said that the three original suspects are “just the beginning,” saying that there are “many more officials” that the committee has concerns about abusing intelligence programs. The subpoenas compel the CIA, FBI, and NSA to deliver the requested information to Congress today. __________________________
HARVARD STUDY: TWO THIRDS OF AMERICANS BELIEVE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS ‘FAKE NEWS’ “Much of the media is now just another part of the partisan divide in the country." Steve Watson | Infowars.com - MAY 25, 2017 A Harvard University study has confirmed that a majority of Americans across the political spectrum believe that the mainstream media publishes ‘fake news’. The survey found that a whopping 65 percent of voters do not trust the media, and concur with President Trump that the likes of CNN and the Washington Post push false information. The poll indicated that 80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats all share the opinion. The results were provided exclusively to The Hill. The authors of the study also noted that it seems to be the media’s obsession with attacking Trump over anything and everything, even though most topics are non-issues, that is driving the backlash. “Much of the media is now just another part of the partisan divide in the country with Republicans not trusting the ‘mainstream’ media and Democrats seeing them as reflecting their beliefs,” said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn. “Every major institution from the presidency to the courts is now seen as operating in a partisan fashion in one direction or the other.” Penn added. The latest poll comes on the heels of another Harvard study that discovered the media is overwhelmingly bias against Trump in its coverage. The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy collated statistics from media coverage ranging across 10 mainstream television news networks, as well as print newspapers, and found that some of those media organisations broached stories about Trump with a negative tone in up to 98% of reports.
Several recent polls have found huge distrust in the media, including a Gallup survey from September that found only 32 percent of Americans trusted the media. _________________________
Attorney General Jeff Sessions drew ire from critics when he issued a new memorandum to bring back minimum sentencing guidelines.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent out a memo Thursday to all 93 federal prosecutors, overhauling Obama-era soft-sentencing guidelines. He calls for prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” for those convicted of breaking the law. “This is a key part of President Trump’s promise to keep America safe,” Sessions said. “We’re seeing an increase in violent crime in our cities – in Baltimore, Chicago, Memphis, Milwaukee, St. Louis and many others. The murder rate has surged 10 percent nationwide – the largest increase since 1968.” The new guidelines will reintroduce the practice of mandatory minimum sentences, reversing previous Attorney General Eric Holder’s “Smart on Crime” initiative. Holder’s policy focused on non-incarceration of low-level, nonviolent drug offenses which led to uneven prosecution and “not justice,” according to DOJ officials. Holder also allowed prosecutors leeway in prison sentencing, leading to uneven prosecution. But this was also largely credited for the decline in the prison population in recent years.
Now, under this new guideline, minimum sentencing is mandatory and if a prosecutor wants to override it, they must get approval from a U.S. Attorney’s office. In a two-page memo, Sessions laid out not only the policy but also briefing prosecutors on making allowances for deviance. “There will be circumstances in which good judgment would lead a prosecutor to conclude that a strict application of the above charging policy is not warranted,” the memo reads. “ In that case, prosecutors should carefully consider whether an exception may be justified. Consistent with longstanding Department of Justice policy, any decision to vary from the policy must be approved by a United States Attorney or Assistant Attorney General, or a supervisor designated by the United States Attorney or Assistant Attorney General, and the reasons must be documented in the file.”
The policy has created much controversy. Critics say it will bring reignite the War on Drugs and that’s not going to do anyone any good.
“Decades of experience shows we cannot arrest and incarcerate our way out of America’s drug problem,” Brett Tolman, a former United States attorney in Utah told the New York Times. “Instead, we must direct resources to treatment and to specifically combating violent crime.” Udi Ofer of ACLU said, “With overall crime rates at historic lows, it is clear that this type of one-dimensional criminal justice system that directs prosecutors to give unnecessarily long and unfairly harsh sentences to people whose behavior does not call for it did not work,” Republican Senator Rand Paul was also dubious of the effectiveness. He said that it would lead to the unfair and harsh sentencing of minorities. Disproportionate crime in high minority areas, according to Paul, is part of a larger problem. “Instead we should treat our nation’s drug epidemic as a health crisis and less as a lock ‘em up and throw away the key problem,” he said.
Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah tweeted, “To be tough on crime we have to be smart on crime. That is why criminal justice reform is a conservative issue.” Former Attorney General Holder had a few public words to say on the policy himself. He released a long statement calling Sessions’ decision “ill-informed,” and saying in part. “The policy announced today is not tough on crime. It is dumb on crime. It is an ideologically motivated, cookie-cutter approach that has only been proven to generate unfairly long sentences that are often applied indiscriminately and do little to achieve long-term public safety.” In a scathing statement, former Attorney General Eric Holder calls the initiative “ill-informed and unwise,” and said it would enact unnecessarily harsh sentences, largely on poor minorities. Holder’s original policy has been credited for reducing the prison population drastically. But supporters of the policy believe it will give Congress the tools to dismantle dangerous gangs, as well as getting drug dealers off the streets. Sessions says the law is mainly aimed at drug traffickers and other high-criminals of the sort. “If you are a drug trafficker, we will not look the other way,” Sessions said. “We will not be willfully blind to your conduct.”
Supporters also believe under Holder’s guidance the law was applied unevenly and created so much inconsistency in the justice department, that the public had a hard time trusting it. However, with mandatory minimum sentencing back, critics worry that the prisons may fill up again. The intent of the new memorandum represents a significant deviation from criminal prosecution of late, which is more focused on solving the root rather than punishing the behavior of criminal offenses. After all, crime, under liberal ideology, is not always the suspect’s fault. The perpetrator was an unfortunate victim of circumstance. Their mother didn’t love them enough and they had to eat generic breakfast cereal instead of name brand ones. They listened to too much heavy metal and that’s why they shot up their school. It’s understandable. Censor the music industry instead. Perhaps this guidance will encourage an overall attitude of personal responsibility throughout the criminal justice system, instead of making excuses for criminal behavior. _________________________