Saturday Shorts – 4-15-17

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 
Boy killed in Venezuela riots, four dead overall: officials ~ Conditions have gotten so horrible in the socialist paradise, people are rioting – and dying ~

CARACAS: Opponents of Venezuela’s government said Wednesday a teenage boy was shot dead in fresh protests against President Nicolas Maduro, one of four people killed in a week of unrest.
 
Two 19-year-old students were killed during earlier unrest, one on April 6 and one on April 11, according to authorities.
 
Maduro is fighting efforts to oust him as Venezuela, once a booming oil exporter, struggles with shortages of food and medicine and a wave of violent crime.
 
Dozens of people have been injured and more than 100 arrested, according to authorities.

 

Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas BANS jurors from reading the U.S. Constitution ~ The Bundy Ranch trials are underway in Nevada, apparently an ongoing travesty ~

Judge Navarro has now taken her detest for the defense even further and imposed a rule stating that no copies of the U.S. Constitution were allowed in this Federal Courtroom.

 
Student government rejects Young Americans for Liberty chapter: It’s ‘dangerous’ ~ Yes, liberty is now a frightening prospect for scores of coddled snowflakes who never want to grow up and learn to deal with worldviews other than their own.
 

‘March for Science’ Group Laments Trump’s Bombing of ‘Marginalized’ ISIS Fighters ~ Before these reality-free folks conclude that ISIS is “marginalized,” they should spend some time speaking to the victims.
Apparently science is no longer subjective ~

Science march organizers have been racked by infighting over how much the event should emphasize diversity and gender issues. Some march leaders have resigned over such disagreements.

 
EPA Staffer: We’re Hitting the Bottle Because of Trump ~ Driving ’em to drink? We may all be there soon…

 
I’m starting to get a sick feeling about what just happened in the White House… ~ Allen West on the ever-evolving cast of characters and influence in the Trump White House; unsettling ~

And what is most disconcerting for me is that fact that Jared Kushner is not, shall we say. aligned with the governing philosophy of the party that nominated Donald J. Trump. The concern is whether President Trump’s national security and foreign policy vision will be a constitutional conservative one, or more so a liberal progressive leftist perspective, since Kushner was not a registered Republican.

 
Pro-Publica: It’s Wrong to Help Struggling Students If They’re White ~ It almost seems like there’s some nefarious agenda that just doesn’t ever want our society to be color-blind doesn’t it?

Should all students receive help when studying calculus or just minority students? Is it wrong to think that help should be provided on the basis of academic difficulty rather than race?

 
Australia’s Self-Inflicted Energy Crisis: Renewable Policies a Crime Against the People ~ More Australian voices are speaking out their worthless wind turbines. Robert Gottliebsen is an economics columnist with The Australian ~

…NSW, Victoria and possibly South Australia face a 75 per cent chance of blackouts because their once great networked power systems had been vandalised by politicians who made the easy decisions of plonking solar and wind generators in their state but not the hard and expensive but essential decisions of investing in the grid and providing back up. It was rank irresponsibility, although decisions were made complex by the different owners of the various parts of the network and the need to earn a return on investment.

Aboriginal Leader, Warren Mundine Demands End to the Madness: Australia’s Renewable Policy Punishing the Poorest & Most Vulnerable ~ “Power poverty”

 
Red Crayons That Identify as Blue: The Latest in the Radical Indoctrination of Public Schools indoctrination is beginning earlier and earlier ~

The drive to force radical ideas onto our children is alive and well in the classroom. Even at the first-grade level. “The purpose of our elementary schools is to teach writing, reading and arithmetic, not to encourage boys to wear dresses,” said Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition.

 
Mike Adams – My Philosophy of Mental Illness ~ Mike Adams refuses to be sucked into the crazy-making world of gender-fluidity ~

Yes, I do think “transgender folk” are mentally ill. I also think that any professor who actually thinks that my stated position on the mental stability of “transgendered folk” disqualifies me as a scholar qualifies as mentally ill. Please allow me to explain.

 
Stockholm Attack Victim Was Psychiatrist ‘Committed to Helping Asylum Seekers’ Facing Deportation ~ Talk about tragic irony. Mown down by one of the “asylum seekers” she wanted to help ~

A Belgian psychologist and mother to an 18-month-old son, who worked with asylum seekers facing deportation, has been named as the first victim of last week’s terror attack in Stockholm.
 
Maïlys Dereymaeker, 31, had been waiting for friends on Friday afternoon when failed asylum seeker Rakhmat Akhmat Akilov ploughed a truck into crowds in what is thought to be an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack.
 
A keen musician from the small town of Lembeek near Brussels, Belgium, Dereymaeker was the first to be hit by the vehicle and died instantly at the scene, local media reports.
 
The mother-of-one was “very committed to helping asylum seekers” according to daily newspaper La Dernière Heure. A former psychologist, working in detention centres for Belgium’s Immigration Office, Dereymaeker often helped illegal immigrants like her alleged killer whose asylum claim was rejected in Sweden last year.

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Don’t buy the spin on Syria

Donald Trump and his suddenly-hawkish administration are banking on the fact that most Americans can’t even locate Syria on a map much less understand the volatile geopolitics of the Middle East. The ploy seems to have worked; his approval rating ticked up immediately after the attacks. And isn’t it weird how all the drumbeats to investigate the Trump connection to Putin and Russia’s interference in the election and suddenly faded away? (“Wag the dog” anyone?)
 
Unfortunately for the Syrians caught up in the middle of a prolonged and brutal civil war, most of us aren’t paying attention to anything beyond the latest headlines. So it’s easy to manipulate the facts about military offensives, attacks and ever-changing battle-lines, especially in a situation that’s as murky as the one in which Syria finds itself. (Most still don’t know the truth about Aleppo.) You need a play-card just to understand the various factions vying for control over all – or just their corner – of the country.

 
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Khan-Sheikhoun is the site of “chemical attack”

 
Because I’ve been keeping abreast of the Christian genocide in the Middle East (see HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE), I’m extremely skeptical of the Trump administration’s (and their new support staff in the mainstream media) Syrian narrative for the following reasons:
 

Original sources accusing Bashar al-Assad of dropping a sarin gas bomb are all rebel–allied.

 
The alleged attack occurred in an opposition-held area (see map) – there are no credible independent news outlets embedded with these jihadis. So far, most of the information our news media is feeding us has come from suspect sources like the rebel-connected White Helmets, and guys like Shajul Islam, who has a real penchant for the limelight ~

Dr. Shajul Islam speaks with NBC News about his current experience treating Syrian victims of chemical attacks, which Mr. Islam says are becoming more dangerous and now hospitals are becoming targets

 
NBC neglected to mention that Islam’s brother is a known terrorist (currently fighting with ISIS in Syria) and Shajul himself was alleged to have helped abduct two men in Syria in 2012.
 
Also worth considering, as this post at The Muslim Issue does ~

Do you ever ask yourself why rebels and jihadists never seem to die in these chemical attacks in rebel held areas Syria, that occur periodically against trapped and hostage-held civilians?
 
For some reason these “bombs” launched from the sky in “chemical attacks” manage to single out children in particular – the most perfect photo-op for a media outrage. They are immediately and blindly blamed on President Assad.

Awfully convenient don’t you think?
 

Assad was winning, and willing to participate in indirect talks with opposition forces.

 
Why suddenly flip out and decide to gas innocent civilians – knowingly inviting immediate international condemnation? (Assad is no lunatic like the dear leader in North Korea). He’s no Mr. Rogers, but Assad’s reputation as a murderous thug who gleefully gases his own population is mostly a false construct. It’s an impression created primarily by a 2013 attack — one that was eventually attributed to anti-government forces (Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official). But, as Goebbels is famous for saying, “a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.”

 

Trump has a whole new cadre of supporters.

 
Despite America’s regime change, our approach to the Middle East doesn’t appear to have altered much at all has it? We just have a POTUS who’s a little more impulsive. And there’s nothing like dropping a few dozen Tomahawks to get your former critics suddenly singing your praises ~ The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria ~

In every type of government, nothing unites people behind the leader more quickly, reflexively or reliably than war. Donald Trump now sees how true that is, as the same establishment leaders in U.S. politics and media who have spent months denouncing him as a mentally unstable and inept authoritarian and unprecedented threat to democracy are standing and applauding him as he launches bombs at Syrian government targets.

 
Former Secretary of State Kerry is thrilled.
 
Democrats are so supportive they’re even turning on one of their own who refuses to follow the progressive playbook on this one.
 
Then there are Donald’s millions of new Muslim admirers, as Gatestone Institute reports ~

A new hero has been born in the Arab world and his name is Donald Trump. And this is not a joke […]
 
Thousands of Arabs have taken to social media to express their admiration and gratitude for Trump after the U.S. missile strike. Many are affectionately referring to Trump as “Abu Ivanka al-Amriki.”
 
Others are calling Trump “Lion of the Sunnis”, “Caliph of the Muslims” and “Defender of the Islamic Holy Sites.” Some wrote: “Blessed be the hands of Abu Ivanka al-Amiriki (Trump),” and expressed hope that he would do more to rid the Syrian people of their dictator. “We love you Trump” and “Trump is our hope” are two of many hashtags that have become extremely popular on social media, especially Twitter.

 

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Fielding questions regarding the alleged chemical bombing, this Russian spokesbabe makes way too much sense. Which of course is why the western media ignore her ~
 

 
Note ~ the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that Maria Zakharova mentions, did just meet yesterday to facilitate the investigation into this event.

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Plain and simple, we’re on the wrong side in this fight. Anything that hurts Assad helps the jihadis. That’s why POTUS is suddenly the “Lion of the Sunnis.” (ISIS, al Qaeda, al Nusra are all Sunni; Assad is Alawite, a Shia sect)
 
In a sea of ongoing Christian genocide, Bashar al-Assad is the only Muslim leader left in the Middle East who is a proven protector of ethnic and religious minorities. We topple him, we’re essentially – as John Zmirak puts it – giving al Qaeda a country, and dooming Syrian Christians, Kurds and Alawites to death or expulsion ~

Do we want to send U.S. troops to Syria, which would likely put al Qaeda in control of a major country? To cause the ethnic cleansing of another million Christians, as we made possible in Iraq? To remove the last safe country for Christians in the region, apart from Israel? And all to accomplish what?

 

Furthermore, in opposing Assad we’re aligned with evil Erdoğan in Turkey who – considering his ruthless suppression of last year’s attempted coup is likely a bigger tyrant than Syria’s president. (But then those of us who were paying attention saw this coming last summer ➡ Trump says U.S. shouldn’t criticize Turkey’s Erdogan over post-coup purge.) He’s pushing secularized Turkey back to the 7th century.

 
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Now I know why John Bolton didn’t get the job. Pretty sure
he wouldn’t have been this cozy with the Turkish tyrant.

 
Finally, after the mess the United States has made encouraging the Arab Spring (Iraq, Libya, Egypt) you’d think we’d learn, it’s NOT our business to decide who’s in charge in Syria! In an excellent article at National Review, Andrew C. McCarthy explains that ~

The U.S. attack is an impulsive intervention in a civil war in which both sides — the Damascus/Tehran/Moscow alliance and its Sunni-jihadist/sharia-supremacist opposition — are hostile to the United States. It is a war in which Bashar al-Assad’s continuation in power, dismal as that prospect may be, is in no way the worst conceivable outcome for American national security.

 
What should we be doing? Here’s an excellent article – from Jason Jones & John Zmirak, writing at The Stream – that helps make sense out of the multiple groups and alliances and who’s fighting whom: President Trump: Find Peace in Syria by Looking to Switzerland. The authors are suggesting that peaceful Switzerland could provide a blueprint for a collection of fractious ethic and religious groups by getting them to agree on individual territories, or states, within a confederation of sorts ~

… Switzerland was once a lot like Syria. Its ethnic factions engaged in vicious attacks and bloody vengeance. Its churches used to whip their members into mutual holy war […]
 
Localism and decentralization saved Switzerland. They could save Syria. In fact, a peace plan based on these principles is currently on the table, at the Russian-sponsored Astana talks — which the U.S. so far is boycotting.

 
At this point I’m more and more convinced that it really is about the oil. Because if the Trump administration were sincerely interested in diplomacy, brokering some sort of agreement in Syria leading toward a more stable Middle East, they would take Jones and Zmirak’s advice…
What are the odds?
 
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Should we take out Assad? ~ No. Excellent article from Dr. Michael L. Brown, who concludes with this ~

• First, if we are not 100 percent sure that the Assad regime is responsible for the chemical attack, we must continue gathering information, even after our first strikes. The lasting controversy over WMD’s in Iraq serves as a cautionary warning.
• Second, we must think through the long-term regional implications of whatever actions we take, lest our actions lead to even greater suffering and instability.
• Third, we must do what we can to support the best players in this bloody drama (if such players exist) while doing our best to protect and aid the innocent, like Syrian Christians who have been caught in the crossfire.
• Fourth, we must pray for God’s kingdom to come to Syria, in the words of the Lord’s prayer. Only divine intervention can bring real healing to that ravaged nation.

 
US-led airstrike kills 18 ‘friendly fighters’ in Syria mistaking them for ISIS fanatics after the victims gave allied forces the ‘wrong coordinates’ ~ UK Daily Mail reported on this; anything on the alphabet news networks…?

 
Why Won’t the US Help Syrian Christians Fighting ISIS? ~ A damn good question
A Million Syrian Christians Can Thank Hindu Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ~ Donald Trump actually met with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) last November. Apparently he doesn’t remember that conversation. Or worse, doesn’t care ~

(A) U.S. intervention — beyond risking war with nuclear-armed Russia — would allow radical Sunni Muslims aligned with al Qaeda to take over Syria and commit genocide against religious minorities numbering in the millions, including Syria’s Christians. You know, the way they did in Iraq. That is why Syria’s Christian leaders have been begging Western Christians since 2013 to avert such a reckless intervention.

 
‘Syria will implode if Assad goes’, says fmr UK Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford ~

Given there is no evidence that Assad carried out the attack, the universal approval for military intervention from our political and media class is concerning. Based on impulse and without evidence, Trump bombed a sovereign nation allied with Russia before even knowing the details of the chemical disaster. And the ‘liberal’ media went from challenging his impulsivity on a number of important issues to unequivocal support.

Islamic and Christian Syrian Reaction to Trump’s Airstrike over a Suspicious Chemical Attack
Blurring Lines and Manufacturing Consent ~

Why does the prospect of war and armed conflict bring both sides of our political establishment (as well as the mainstream media) together in such a programmed – bordering on creepy – way? Are we becoming the very thing we’ve been fighting?
 
There is something strange lurking in the swamps of Washington…

 
Exposed Secret US Documents Reveal How The United States Government Is Designing The Plan That Is Moving The World Towards Armageddon ~ (!) I know. Don’t be put off by the hyperbolic headline. :) This is a quite lengthy but intriguing article from Theodore Shoebat who, while a bit of a zealot, certainly makes some compelling points.

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Syria: it’s not about the gas… it’s about the oil!

I’ve been working on a longer post about the trumped-up Syrian debacle, but wanted to share this graphic I just spotted in my Twitter feed which pretty much sums up this entire travesty. Assad is an impediment ~
 
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THIS is what the blustering about “regime change” is really all about. Trump, Tillerson and the rest of the swamp don’t care about dead kids any more than they care about hundreds of thousands of dead Christians.

 
Updated 4-14-17:
Forgot to mention the numerous times Trump has expressed a keen interest in Middle Eastern oil ~ Trump’s remarks about keeping oil after Iraq invasion could be a war crime (Although Charles Krauthammer might be a bit over the top here)

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The human cost of the DDT ban

This video, the latest in a new series from Cornwall Alliance, explains that India never adopted the nearly-global DDT ban that costs millions of deaths (2.5 million annually!) to Malaria ~

 

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The “Religion of Peace” never rests

Another joyous Christian Holy Day. Another celebration of Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem, with palms and “Hosannas…”
 

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Another Islamist terror attack ~

Egypt’s Christians mourn 49 killed in Palm Sunday church bombings ~

Egypt’s Christians are in mourning and profound shock after yesterday’s twin suicide bombing attacks on churches packed for Palm Sunday, which left at least 49 people dead and more than 110 injured […]
 
The bombing in St. George’s Cathedral in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, 60 miles north of Cairo, killed at least 25 and injured at least 78, the state-run news agency, Al-Ahram, reported.
 
A suicide bomber then blew himself up among worshippers leaving St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, where Pope Tawadros had just finished celebrating Mass. Eighteen worshippers and four police officers were killed, and 35 were injured […]

 
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A local Christian known as “Nehemiah”, who works to support Christians under pressure for their faith in Egypt, told World Watch Monitor he feared some Christians would be too scared to attend the daily church services that will take place throughout the rest of Holy Week.
 
He added: “One of the most joyful days for Christians in Egypt is Palm Sunday. To prepare for that day, parents buy palm leaves for children the day before and weave them together and decorate them with spring roses, so that children can carry them happily the next day to church and place them near the pulpit… But that joyful day turned into a painful tragedy.
 
“My soul is bitter and my spirit is crying in pain and agony. Lord have mercy on Egypt, Lord unveil the dark spirit of deception and show Your light, Lord help Your children to continue to be people with guts, courage and strong convictions, and may Your name be glorified even in the middle of death, pain and devastation.”

 
This is just the latest in Islamist attacks on Egypt’s Christian community as Raymond Ibrahim reports at FrontPage Mag ~

In death toll and severity, Sunday’s bombings surpass what was formerly considered the deadliest church attack in Egypt: less than four months ago, on Sunday, December 11, 2016, an Islamic suicide bomber entered the St. Peter Cathedral in Cairo during mass, detonated himself and killed at least 27 worshippers—mostly women and children—and wounded nearly 70. Descriptions of scenes from that bombing are virtually identical to those coming from Egypt now: “I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene. I saw a headless woman being carried away. Everyone was in a state of shock. We were scooping up people’s flesh off the floor. There were children. What have they done to deserve this? I wish I had died with them instead of seeing these scenes.”

 
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Horrific. And on it goes ~

It should be remembered that for every successful church bomb attack in Egypt, there are numerous failed or “too-insignificant-to-report” ones. Thus, in the week before yesterday’s bombings, an explosive device was found by St. George’s in Tanta and dismantled in time. Before that, another bomb was found planted at the Collège Saint Marc, an all-boys school in downtown Alexandria. Similarly, a couple of weeks before December 11’s church bombing, a man hurled an improvised explosive at another church in Samalout. Had that bomb detonated—it too was dismantled in time—casualties would likely have been very high, as the church was packed with thousands of worshippers congregating for a special holiday service. In a separate December incident, Islamic slogans and messages of hate—including “you will die Christians”—were painted on the floor of yet another church, that of the Virgin Mary in Damietta.

 

In the wake of these latest murders Egypt’s president called yet again for an end to the violence ~

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared three days of nationwide mourning and said a three-month state of emergency would begin once legal and constitutional measures have been completed.

 

Trying to maintain an uneasy peace, Sisi is relatively powerless against the radicals. There’s a civil war brewing for the soul of the country; fundamental Islamism vs. a more moderate, secular version, and – as we see all across the Middle East – the Christians all have targets on their backs.

 

Coptic Christianity was first planted in Egypt by St. Mark – of gospel fame – in the first century. Apparently the Religion-of-Barbarians (founded 500 years later) has decided that the Copts’ 2000 years in Egypt must now come to an end. They’re on a relentless jihad to replace a religion of sacrificial love and redemption with one of hate and destruction.

 
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Related:

“Happy Easter” from the ISIS Barbarians ~ Assyrian Christians targeted in Syria (Dec. 2015), NOT by Assad.
In Egypt’s “Arab Spring” the only thing growing is persecution of the Copts ~ It’s been going on for at least the last six years.
Palm Sunday Horror: Two Churches Bombed in Egypt
[Urgent Prayer] Palm Sunday Church Bombing in Egypt Kills at Least 42 ~

The deadly attack, occurring on Palm Sunday, is a reminder of the wickedness and violence many Christians face in Egypt and around the world. The powers of darkness are present, and Satan’s desire to wipe out every believer who bears the name of Christ is real […]
 
• Pray for the believers who’ve faced this terror first-hand and lost loved ones and close friends.
• Pray for justice. Pray that this terrible event will draw the attention of world leaders to focus more heavily on human rights and religious freedom in Egypt.
• Pray for the church in Egypt to be both comforted and strengthened in the midst of this senseless tragedy.

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Saturday Shorts – 4-8-17

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 
Professor who refuses to use wrong pronouns coincidentally loses his first research grant ever ~ Another victim of the gender-bender police. Be warned, if you insist on clinging to reality, i.e., men aren’t women; neither are “zes,” your career may be adversely impacted ~

When (Jordan Peterson) received his last five-year grant for work previously approved by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, a government agency, it was “the largest amount ever awarded to a psychologist,” the National Post reports.
 
But the veteran University of Toronto professor, who became a pariah last year for refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns such as “ze,” just coincidentally got his first rejection ever for a federal research grant.

 
Québec’s Health Minister Wants to Euthanize Patients Alzheimer’s or Dementia ~ In our increasingly godless Western society, human life is expendable. Who are they coming for next?
Remember THIS poor woman, who lost her fight with the doctors of death.
 
German’s Furious as More Ancient Forests Felled to Make Way for Wind Turbines ~ Maybe they’ll get mad enough to chop down these ridiculous windmills ~

With rocketing power prices and an increasingly unstable grid, Germans are no longer content to sit back and allow their pristine landscape to be destroyed on the farcical notion that giant industrial wind turbines will, somehow, save the planet.[…]
 
In Germany forests are almost considered sacred, and are powerfully anchored into the German cultural psyche. Disturbing them is absolutely frowned upon, to put it mildly. This is all the more reason why Germans nationwide have been horrified by the mass deforestation taking place to make way for industrial wind parks.

 
Austin Forced Out Uber and Lyft – Now They’re Paying the Price ~ Another moment of enlightenment for progressives ~

“Fasten and RideAustin were granted practical access and spiritual absolution by the people of Austin because they boast about eschewing the very market forces that allow Uber and Lyft to work well, especially during a big event,” writes Mary Katherine Ham for the Federalist. “By only allowing access for ride-sharing services that act less like Uber and more like taxis, they got ride-sharing services that work less like Uber and more like taxis, whose failures are the very reason Uber and Lyft exist.”

Sigh. Reminds me of these naive SJWs(social justice warriors).

 
Judicial Watch Obtains 695 Pages of Obama IRS Scandal Documents – Records Not Produced in Initial Congressional Investigation ~ These files contain solid evidence that the IRS deliberately targeted conservatives in the run-up to the 2012 election to prevent them from working against Obama’s reelection ~

“No wonder the Obama IRS has been hiding these records. The new smoking-gun documents contain admissions by the Obama IRS that it inappropriately targeted conservative groups,” said Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitton. “But the records also show that the abuse continued – as the Obama IRS tried to force conservative applicants to give up their First Amendment rights in order to finally get their applications granted.”

Ho-hum. The Right was right again.

 
University installs condom dispensers amid STD spike ~ Don’t stop copulating like rabbits to cut down on the infection rate, we’ll just encourage more of the same irresponsible behavior by giving you free condoms,

 
Mom: Son, 11, killed himself after girlfriend faked suicide ~ This is one of the most tragic tales I’ve heard recently (in what seems these days to be a constant stream of tragic tales). It happened three weeks ago here in Michigan, in the upper peninsula, but we’re only hearing about it since it made national news. Murder via social media

Charges are pending against a juvenile after a Michigan mother said a social media prank in which her 11-year-old son’s girlfriend faked her own suicide led the boy to take his own life.
 
Katrina Goss said Thursday that she found her son, Tysen Benz, hanging by the neck March 14 in his room after seeing social media posts and texts that his 13-year-old girlfriend had killed herself.

 
Hungary revolts against EU with “illegal immigration” survey called Let’s Stop Brussels ~ Another country heard from. Hungary is apparently not impressed with the cultural enrichment so many western European countries are experiencing ~

HUNGARY is in open revolt against the European Union’s immigration policy, with letters sent to every household asking if they want the government to place foreigners under surveillance.

 
Students of faith use their spring break to serve the poor instead of hitting the beach ~ See, not all millennials are self-centered snowflakes :)

 
Cyborgs at work: employees getting implanted with microchips ~ This Brave New World stuff is getting pretty scary ~

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee’s hand. Another “cyborg” is created.

 
What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish startup hub Epicenter. The company offers to implant its workers and startup members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.

 
English Passion Play Changing Lives for Christ — Before It Opens ~ The transformative power of the Holy Spirit; with God all things are possible! ~

While still in rehearsals, it’s helped Christians renew their faith. Even Muslims have come to Christ […]
 
Director Geoff Millard called the play “an incredible experience.” The message affected him six years ago when he was an artistic director for the very same play but in another city. “It was being involved in doing the Passion in Bolton in 2011 that brought me to knowing God as my Savior.” He was an Anglican, he said, “but it opened my eyes. I had to read the Bible to understand the script. I learned how to pray fervently. I became a born-again Christian.” […]
 
The Passion is a place where people have gone who are emerging from a bad place in their lives. Many of the cast members have “come through unconventional backgrounds to their faith.” Two recovering alcoholics star in the show as Simon Peter and Mary Magdalene. A former prison inmate plays Simon Peter. Gillian Thomas, actress and playwright, plays Mary Magdalene. A 59-year-old salesman, Rob Slater, plays Jesus.

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Is the climate changing on Climate Change?

Well this is a positive development… Donald Trump has been in office less than three months and already we’re seeing a government agency say this ➡ NOAA Study Admits It’s ‘Premature’ to Link Global Warming and Hurricanes.
 
How refreshing. Could it be that, seeing the direction the new administration is taking with regard to rolling back economy-killing environmental regulations, they’re rethinking the “settled” science?
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Early on Trump made it clear that he wasn’t buying into the whole theory of impending doom advanced by the global warmists. On March 24th he approved the Keystone XL pipeline. And last week, in a move that has radical environmental types frothing, the president rolled back his predecessor’s unrealistic plan to unnecessarily “control” CO2 ~

With a sweeping executive order signed at EPA headquarters, Trump initiated an immediate review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. Surrounded by coal miners, the president described that plan as a “crushing attack” on workers and vowed to nix “job-killing regulations.”
 
“We’re going to have safety, we’re going to have clean water, we’re going to have clean air, but so many [regulations] are unnecessary, so many are job-killing,” he said.

 

So yes, maybe NOAA sees which way the winds are blowing, so to speak. But their sudden, more moderate approach to extreme weather causation might have more to due with the fact that they themselves were recently caught cooking the climate books (This story from the UK Daily Mail would have been headline news here if our mainstream media wasn’t aiding and abetting the hoax.)! ~ Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data. This was quite an enlightening, in-depth article ~

• The Mail on Sunday can reveal a landmark paper exaggerated global warming
• It was rushed through and timed to influence the Paris agreement on climate change
• America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broke its own rules
• The report claimed the pause in global warming never existed, but it was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data

 
A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.
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The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than scientists expected. Launched by NOAA with a public relations fanfare, it was splashed across the world’s media, and cited repeatedly by politicians and policy makers.
 
But the whistleblower, Dr John Bates, a top NOAA scientist with an impeccable reputation, has shown The Mail on Sunday irrefutable evidence that the paper was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data.

 

This scandal is just more evidence that in order to achieve their pre-determined results, global-warmists must use bad data, cherry-picking the facts. Because of course, they have an agenda to push ~

Official delegations from America, Britain and the EU were strongly influenced by the flawed NOAA study as they hammered out the Paris Agreement – and committed advanced nations to sweeping reductions in their use of fossil fuel and to spending £80 billion every year on new, climate-related aid projects.
 
The scandal has disturbing echoes of the ‘Climategate’ affair which broke shortly before the UN climate summit in 2009, when the leak of thousands of emails between climate scientists suggested they had manipulated and hidden data. Some were British experts at the influential Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

 

Let’s hope these revelations, and Trump’s EPA, will keep these guys honest for the next few years.

 
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Related:
US Congress launches a probe into climate data that duped world leaders over global warming ~

• Republican Lamar Smith has announced an inquiry to acting chief of NOAA
• He has demanded for all internal documents and communications between staff

Has NOAA’s “Pausebuster” Been Busted?
Let’s Talk About The ‘97% Consensus’ On Global Warming

DELINGPOLE: NOAA Scandal Gives Trump Excuse To Drain Climate Swamp ~

What the whistleblowing NOAA insider John Bates has just done is prove beyond reasonable doubt what some of us have long claimed: that from NASA GISS and NOAA across the pond to the UEA and the Met Office’s Hadley Centre, the world’s leading temperature data sets have been hijacked by climate activists and abused to advance a political agenda.

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Socialism ~ How to ruin a perfectly good country

In this recent video from Prager U, Felipe Moura Brasil, a journalist and magazine columnist, explains how poorly Brazil has fared under socialism, “American millennials, take note” ~
 

 
As Brasil relates, things were going along just fine in his native Brazil until Lula Da Silva came along in 2002. Promising to heal national divisions and unite everyone, Da Silva was the peace & love dude. (Peace & LoveHope & Change… Yes, the similarities are striking aren’t they?)

 
“Socialism” sounds good – and “always works in the beginning” Brasil says. And apparently it did, for a while. But ten years on…

 
• The Brazilian economy in a shambles
• There was massive unemployment, and;
• Political corruption on steroids
• The crime rate was soaring (remember last summer’s Olympics?)

 
On the bright side, it sounds like Brazilians have had enough of this nonsense. Lula, the peace & love president, has finally been charged with – among other things – corruption, influence-peddling and obstruction of justice. And reforms are underway, including (exactly what we need!) ~
 
• Freezing federal spending
• reduce the government’s role in state-owned companies
• shrinking federal workforce
 
If Trump can make some significant progress in just these three areas (and weren’t they all campaign promises?), perhaps the U.S. itself can stave off the wreckage of socialism for a few more years.

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Spinning the low-information crowd with more anti-Trump propaganda

A couple weeks ago when the Trump administration released their proposed 2018 budget, lefties were so distraught the headlines may as well have been screaming “Trump steals from Meals on Wheels!” CBS went with: “Trump voter who uses Meals on Wheels surprised by proposed cuts.” Gasp! Given the fake news that the mainstream media has been burping out lately, none of us should be surprised anymore that that’s a deliberately deceitful headline.
 
CBS could have disabused that poor Trump voter of her misconception – but what fun would that be? The truth is, Meals on Wheels isn’t even a federal program. A simple way to verify that is to “google” the organization and check out the huge variety of logos ~
 
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There are thousands of individual local programs across the country. Heck, “Meals on Wheels” isn’t even limited to the U.S.~
 
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If CBS was actually interested in the facts, they could have checked with Investors’ Business Daily and learned that what Trump’s budget does propose is…

… cutting the corruption-prone Community Development Block Grant program, run out of Housing and Urban Development. Some, but not all, state and local governments use a tiny portion of that grant money, at their own discretion, to “augment funding for Meals on Wheels,” according to the statement […]
 
As Meals on Wheels America explained, some Community Development Block Grant money does end up going to some of the local Meals on Wheels programs.
 
But it’s a small amount. HUD’s own website shows that just 1% of CDBG grant money goes to the broad category of “senior services.” And 0.17% goes to “food banks.”

(And for that insignificant amount, the media is predicting starvation for untold numbers of senior citizens across the country. :roll: )
 

The 5,000 or so local Meals on Wheels programs get 35% of the revenues via the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program, which isn’t even mentioned in the proposed budget. And, as Anna L. Stark – who happens to volunteer at Meals on Wheels – explains at the American Thinker, the rest of the funding comes from local community budgets and donations ~

It’s important to note that not all MOW kitchens receive these funds, as I found out when I visited with the fund developer where I volunteer. As a matter of fact, the MOW kitchen in my city receives absolutely no community block grant funding. It does receive about 7% of its annual funding from a local non-profit community group that raises funds year round and then portions out those funds to numerous non-profits across the city. The rest (93%) of the MOW annual budget is derived from the direct sales of meals, private donors, corporate grants, food vendors (who donate food/funds or both), and an annual, local fund raising event during the December holiday season.

 

But despite the MSM stories being unrecognizable from the real truth of the matter, gullible low-information voters – many of whom are always quick to believe the worst about those evil Republicans (especially Trump) – fell for the Wheels’ spin. So much so that they flooded local programs with donations ~

As soon as the story started to spread, donations began pouring into Meals on Wheels. In two days, the charity got more than $100,000 in donations – 50 times more than they’d normally receive.

 
Was that the outcome the progressive media was aiming for all along? I doubt it. They aren’t really that goal-oriented. Their main focus is just to demonize the right. They don’t necessarily care about helping the needy (or they’d put more resources into teaching people to fish, not passing out cans of tuna). But the spontaneous contributions do demonstrate one very important principle, as IBD points out ~

Clearly, individuals are ready, willing and eager to support this program once they perceive a need. Isn’t this how charity is supposed to work, with people donating their own time, money and resources to causes they feel are important, rather than sitting back and expecting the federal government to do it for them?

 

That’s how it used to work in America anyway.

 
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Related:
The Meals On Wheels Lie Keeps Rolling Along
Outrage on Wheels
Meals on Wheels: Anatomy of a Fake Budget Cut ~

All that Trump proposed, as part of his plan to shift some spending from the domestic budget to the defense budget, is to shut down a pork-riddled and scandal-plagued program at the Department of Housing Development. However, because a tiny fraction of community development block grants get used for Meals on Wheels, interest groups and leftist journalists decided to concoct a story about hungry old people.

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The Ghost of Administrations Past

If only it were this easy!
 
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California pro-abortion AG attacks pro-life activist again

Apparently it’s pay-up time for Xavier Beccerra, California’s new attorney general. Last week Beccerra, who just so happened to have received thousands in campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood (in 2012 and 2014), leveled 15 felony counts against David Daleiden, the pro-life activist who exposed the abortion provider’s illegal peddling of fetal parts.
 
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This is clearly a case of political favoritism – and blatant persecution. Because when it comes to the law, as Jenna Ellis at the Federalist explains, CA prosecutors simply don’t have a case against Planned Parenthood whistleblowers.
 
Daleiden and co-worker Sandra Meritt (both with The Center for Medical Progress), are charged with invasion of privacy and conspiracy; neither allegation is legitimate according to Ellis, a constitutional law and criminal defense attorney, and a law professor at Colorado Christian University. Although Planned Parenthood personnel weren’t aware that their conversations were being recorded by undercover journalists, that doesn’t constitute a breach of law because they were representing a corporation ~

(T)he Ninth Circuit, whose jurisdiction includes California, has repeatedly affirmed that privacy is an individual right that cannot be asserted by a corporation. The Ninth Circuit recently held, “This common-sense notion that privacy is an aspect of one’s personal life is reflected in the law,” in a case that contemplated very similar facts: undercover journalists posing as were invited into the laboratories and administrative offices of a medical company and recorded the conversations without the company’s consent.
 
The Ninth Circuit noted that because the conversation did not involve any details about the doctor’s private and personal affairs, there was no reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of the business conversation, even behind closed doors.

 

Furthermore, several meetings actually took place in restaurants, where no expectation of privacy could be assumed.
 
Beccerra must have just thrown the conspiracy charge out there to make Daleiden and Meritt sound like nefarious criminals; it’s nonsensical ~

(“Conspiracy”) requires conspiring to commit an act that is criminal. For example, you might “conspire” with a friend to throw a surprise birthday party. You and your friend would not be charged with criminal conspiracy because a surprise party is not a criminal act. If there was no underlying criminal conduct in recording Planned Parenthood, then there was no criminal conspiracy.

 
If you recall, this is not the first time Daleiden has been been unfairly targeted by aggressive progressives hellbent on eliminating any threat to their sacrament of abortion. The previous California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, shamelessly pandering to Planned Parenthood, actually raided his home last April. And in Texas, as I posted last year ~

Rather than prosecute Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast for exchanging human organs for “valuable consideration”, which just so happens to be a felony under both federal and Texas state law, a Houston grand jury decided in late January that David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress (the non-profit organization responsible for the revealing series of videos published last year) should be indicted instead!

 

He (and Meritt) was vindicated in both these cases – and will be again. But it’s a sad commentary of the sorry state of journalism in America today that this story is getting so little coverage in the mainstream media. As Matt Walsh reminds us, the fourth estate should actually have a glimmer of integrity ~

They are supposed to shine light into the darkness — the problem is that they usually focus on shining light into the light, or they turn the light off and just make up politically convenient stories about what’s happening in the darkness. Daleiden and his compatriots actually went into the darkness and turned on their flashlights. And now we’re seeing why that does take guts, and why most of the cowards who call themselves journalists would never consider doing it themselves. The forces that operate in the darkness don’t like to be exposed, and they have the means to punish any who attempt to do so. The media, most of the time, is aligned with these insidious forces. Daleiden went up against them, and now they’re trying to eat him alive for it.

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But David Daleiden is fearless and won’t be intimidated by pro-abortion politicians trying to bully him into shutting up and going away. The Center for Medical Progress just released the following video last Wednesday.
It’s truly shocking to see this woman casually laughing and joking as she talks about ending the lives of tiny humans. You decide who really needs to be prosecuted for breaking the law ~
 

 
 
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Related:
11 Takeaways From Hearing On Baby Parts Trafficking
CA A.G. Harris sics Goon Squad on Daleiden
Turning justice on its head ~ Apparently catching Planned Parenthood in the act of selling embryonic parts for profit is a greater crime than illegally selling embryonic parts for profit.
Attorney General Who Charged David Daleiden With 15 Felonies Received Thousands From Planned Parenthood
This is what persecution looks like. All decent Americans should be infuriated

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Saturday Shorts – 4-1-17

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 
Left-Leaning Group Studies Cohabitation vs. Marriage and There’s a Clear Winner When it Comes to Family Stability ~ Sometimes even a leftist think-tank unearths the truth ~

(T)he retreat from marriage seems to decrease family stability for children in a wide variety of social contexts.

Maybe our grandparents got it right after all. :)

 
Christian student suspended after challenging Muslim prof’s claim that Jesus wasn’t crucified Uh-oh. Looks like Marshall Polston forgot that the average U.S. college campus these days is a reality-free zone ~

(Polston) says he was suspended from Rollins College for challenging his Muslim professor’s anti-Christian assertions, including her claim that Jesus’ crucifixion never took place.

Follow-up 3-31-17: College drops charges against Christian student who challenged Muslim prof’s claims about Jesus

 
Backsliding on school discipline: How de Blasio’s suspension reforms are producing classroom disorder ~ NYC mayor loses another battle with reality. Unfortunately, students and facilty are the ones who pay the price.

 
Close Encounters with a ‘Living Constitution’ ~ Jonah Goldberg compares progressive anti-Constitutionalists to an imaginary, autocratic restaurant in this NRO satirical piece ~

“Well, we here at the Red Flame believe that the menu is a living, breathing document that changes with the times. Oatmeal is healthier than an omelet, and we feel that people should eat more of it. So, we only serve oatmeal, but we call it by different names.” […]
 
The doctrine of the Living Constitution is a perfect example of how behind every double standard is an unconfessed single standard.

 
Ohio LGBT Group Announces Plans to Target Churches for Homosexual Weddings And you thought if we just let them have their way they’d leave us alone. But they just never stop do they?

An LGBT organization in Ohio has announced plans to target churches if they refuse to offer their property to be used in a homosexual wedding. In opposing the Ohio Pastor Protection Act (HB-36), the group Equality Ohio announced that they would target churches, forcing them to rent church facilities to groups that oppose their beliefs.

 
Iraqi Prime Minister Reveals Striking ‘Difference’ He Noticed Between Trump & Obama on Fighting ISIS ~ Another development the mainstream media has totally ignored; wouldn’t want to tarnish the stellar legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize awardee ~

“President Obama didn’t want to get involved in the first place. He just wanted to just forget Iraq,” (Haider) al-Abadi said, explaining that there was immense public pressure on the U.S. to help Iraq.
 
Trump, on the other hand, seems to display a “very powerful determination to defeat” ISIS, the Iraqi leader added.

 
Democrats Know the Election Was Legitimate but Persist in a Dangerous Fraud ~ As Andrew C. McCarthy reminds us one of Hillary’s favorite themes in the waning days of the election was that the election was absolutely legitimate; Trump was traitorously condemnable for refusing to say so. But – oops! Once the results became painfully obvious, she did a rapid 180° ~

So now, there is just one very inconvenient problem for the “Russia hacked the election” narrative, the tireless media-Democrat harangue since November 8: Everything of substance that is known to the U.S. government about Russian meddling was already known in those pre-election weeks when Clinton and the Democrats were hailing the legitimacy of the process.
 
They’ve changed their tune not because the facts changed, but because they lost […]
 
Russia was unimportant to Democrats, was avoided by Democrats, until they needed to rationalize a stunning defeat.

But still, we’re deluged with the ludicrous lies from angry leftists ~ Maher: It Looks Like Russia ‘Installed’ ‘Trump and His Crime Family’ ‘To Loot and Destroy America
 

Here’s the real threat to America ~ Soros-Tied Networks, Foundations Joined Forces to Create Trump ‘Resistance’ Fund ~ Dark-money. Know your enemy ~

The Emergent Fund, which carries a goal of fighting “immediate threats” to “immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color,” was established late last year to quickly fund groups to take direct, immediate action against Republicans.
 

Since the fund’s formation, it has received little public attention. It has raised over half a million dollars to give to groups opposing Republicans, such as the Black Lives Matter Network. The fund has extensive ties to significant liberal networks and groups.

 
The Running of the Brides (Thailand) ~ A photo-essay at National Review :) ~
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