Scotland finds tourists aren’t particularly fond of ugly wind-farm vistas

Can you believe the Scots actually allowed this visual assault on their picturesque countryside? :(

 
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This is Stirling Castle, which was home to Mary, Queen of Scots,
one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland

 

Any wonder these unsightly behemoths are having a negative impact on their tourist industry? ~

More than half of tourists to Scotland would rather not visit scenic areas dominated by man-made structures such as wind farms, a YouGov poll suggests.
 
A survey carried out on behalf of the John Muir Trust (JMT) found that 55% of respondents were “less likely” to venture into areas of the countryside industrialised by giant turbines, electricity pylons and super-quarries.
 
Just 3% said they were “more likely” to visit such areas, while 26% said such large-scale developments would make “no difference”.
 
The poll has rekindled calls for Scottish ministers to increase protection for wild and scenic areas that, it is argued, will protect rural tourism businesses.

 
Donald Trump weighed in on the eyesores when he visited Scotland last November ~

Donald Trump urged Nigel Farage to campaign against wind farms in Scotland because he believes they “sully” the country’s beauty, it has been claimed.
 
The president-elect, who fought against an offshore wind project near his Aberdeenshire golf resort, met Mr Farage in New York last week […]
 
Last December the (UK) Supreme Court rejected Mr Trump’s challenge to the offshore wind farm project near his Menie golf resort.
 
His company the Trump Organisation previously lost two legal bids in the Scottish courts after ministers approved proposals for an 11-turbine scheme which Mr Trump said would spoil the view from his course.

 

In their November 22, 2016 story, the BBC captioned the below photo with this: “Mr Trump believes wind turbines “sully” the Scottish landscape”

 
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Which begs the question – does the BBC thinks these ugly monsters somehow enhance the view?

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These hideous turbines have already proven themselves to be an inefficient and prohibitively expense alternative energy source – not to mention hazardous to humans and other life forms. But clearly they should be banned on a purely ascetic basis.
 
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The apostasy of painted people

A century ago, you could pay a few cents to see them at the circus sideshow“Step right up and see the Painted Lady!” These days painted ladies – and gents – are everywhere you go, and the views are free. Whether you want them or not. And mostly I don’t. Ugh ~
 
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Of course I know I’m terribly old-fashioned, and definitely in the minority when it comes to skin “art” these days – but I can’t get past this:
 

“You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead,
nor tattoo any marks on you; I am the Lord.”
~ Leviticus 19:28

 
nastyTats3Now this admonition is Old Testament, so it’s not particularly binding on Christians. It’s one of the many, many laws and prohibitions that God imposed on the children of Israel. You might be tempted to think all His rules and restrictions were the authoritarian proclamations of a power-hungry tyrant. They weren’t. Instead, they were God’s means of keeping His chosen people separate from the corrupting influence of the surrounding heathen nations. In this way, His ultimate plan for our salvation would reach fulfillment, undefiled, through the Jews, in Jesus Christ His son.
 

The specific rationale for prohibiting cutting and tattooing was because these were pagan practices, likely associated with Egyptian idolatry. According to my MacArthur Study Bible, tattoos were connected to names of idols and were considered permanent signs of apostasy.
 
nastyTats6Which brings me to the other reason tats make my skin crawl: painting one’s body seems to be a form of self-idolatry. I thought it was just me, until I ran across this article at The Federalist ~ We All Need To Admit That America Has A Tattoo Problem. Mark Hemingway’s observations tell him that we seem to be rapidly approaching equilibrium between the have/have not tattoos ~

If tattoos ever had a singular redeeming quality, the fact they are now inescapable has robbed them of it. Before everyone had one, seeing one was at least exciting. And you had good reason to surmise there was a story behind it. Maybe your uncle’s career as a salesman at IBM didn’t exactly scream international man of mystery, but when he wore the wifebeater at family cookouts you just knew that guy had some tales to tell about what happened on shore leave.

 
Jimmy Buffet called them a “Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling” and “a badge of validation.” Still, over the decades, tattooing has become less a way of making a statement about your loyalty, affiliation or affection, and more about “Hey! Look at me!” ~

If tattoos were once an act of rebellion against cultural norms, now they are a well-established norm. If you want a tattoo, hey, it’s a free country. But it seems many people still get them laboring under the delusion that they’re a hallmark of individualism.
 
The desire to use visual signals on your skin to proclaim yourself unique to people you don’t even know can’t be terribly healthy. It is, in a subtle and penetrating way, kind of selfish. Or maybe my misanthropy is showing, but the omnipresence of people begging to be noticed for such superficial reasons is surely annoying.

 
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And this is where I see body “art” as a form of apostasy. It’s basically rejecting God’s authority for our own.
As Christians, we are to consider our bodies to be temples of the Holy Spirit. I’m pretty sure that precludes using them to call attention to ourselves.
 

“What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

 
 
 
To put it in the vernacular, as Mark Hemingway did so astutely, if you view the human form as beautiful, tattoos are a kind of corporeal vandalism.

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Thank-you God for the non-tattooed parents you gave me. Amen. :)

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Catholic France surrenders to Islam

“Nature abhors a vacuum.” That’s as true for civilizations as it is for physics. Since France apparently no longer needs God, the colonizing Islamists are happy to fill the void. Tragic but true ~ France: Churches Vanish, Mosques Spring Up.
 
Gatestone Institute has the grim statistics ~

“Over the past two years, Christian associations have sold nearly 40 churches throughout the country, at prices ranging from 100,000 to 400,000 euros. Twenty-seven other churches have been demolished. According to the Catholic Church, more than 1,000 churches are to be sold or demolished throughout France”.

 
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Because France is totally secular nowadays, this was bound to happen anyway. But thanks to the Muslim hijrah, it’s occurring at a rapidly accelerated pace.
 
Here and there some small but valiant efforts are made to slow the inevitable ~

“France is not a random space… fifteen centuries of history and geography determined its personality. Inscribed in the depths of our landscape, the churches, the cathedrals and other places of pilgrimage give meaning and form to our patriotism. Let us demand our civil authorities to respect it”. Two years ago, the French journalist Denis Tillinac promoted this appeal, signed by dozens of French personalities, after some French imams requested the conversion of abandoned churches into mosques.
 
A year later, terrorists who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State assaulted the Catholic parishioners in the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, murdering an elderly priest, Father Jacques Hamel, at the foot of the altar. An outpouring of great emotion followed the most serious attack on a Christian symbol in Europe since the Second World War.
 
After that attack, the French authorities prevented many Islamist plots against the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Last June, police shot a Muslim man outside the cathedral after he tried to attack them with a hammer. Another terror cell of French women, guided by Islamic State commanders in Syria, had previously been foiled before they could attack Notre Dame. France’s most famous Catholic house of worship is a prime target for the jihadists. At the same time, France has been dismissing the religious and cultural heritage of France’s Catholic patrimony, which, in a time of religious clashes and revival, should instead be protected as treasures and sources of strength.

 

The French people may think they don’t need God anymore. One only needs to study human history to realize they’re mistaken. Seems the dreadful lesson the 20th century taught the world was completely lost on them; going “godless” inevitably results in huge piles of dead bodies. See: 100 Million Corpses in 100 Years.
 
They could use another Joan of Arc to rally the faithful. If there are any faithful left…
 
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Related:
A Sterile France in a Muslim Europe: The Harvest of Bastille Day ~ John Zmirak on France’s barren secularism ~

According to Strasbourg Archbishop Luc Revel, Muslims are already smugly predicting it: Within our lifetimes, France will be Muslim. Sharia will be national law. The empty churches will become teeming mosques. The last hated Jews will be gone.
 
This won’t come through outright conquest. It won’t even require massive new immigration. It’s just that Muslims are having babies while almost nobody else is […]
 
No negative prohibition goads these folks to breed. It’s the sustaining power of hope that comes with faith in God. The sense of awe and privilege at helping to enflesh an immortal soul. That mystical rite of participation in God’s own sacred creation. That overwhelms questions of prudence. It overleaps selfish interests.

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No, we weren’t wrong to bomb Japan

Today is the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Because the Japanese still refused to surrender, we hit Nagasaki three days later, on August 9th, 1945.
 
Increasingly, smug progressives (like Jon Stewart) are losing touch with the historical realities of World War II. Conveniently forgotten are the horrors that Imperial Japan inflicted on America and her allies – not to mention on their own people. By 1945 Japan’s leaders were growing increasingly psychotic; they were actually prepared for “extinction, rather than surrender.”
 
In this video, Bill Whittle does a stellar job of setting the record straight for Stewart and his fellow ignorant ingrates ~
 

 
If you still don’t get it, read “Unbroken” by Lauren Hillenbrand, the amazing true story of Louie Zamperini.
 
Or watch this ➡ Was it Wrong to Drop the Atom Bomb on Japan?
 
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A sentiment shared by millions of grateful Americans ~
 

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Saturday Shorts – 8-5-17

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

 

LGBT cartoon targets young boys, promotes gay relationships to children ~ Pushing “gay” on young, insecure children who are really just longing for acceptance ~

In a Heartbeat is getting a whole lot of attention but will do a disservice to those it aims to help. It will further undermine strong, healthy — extraordinarily necessary — male adolescent relationships. Once boys and adolescents are herded toward gayness in order to deal with the very common experience of social anxiety, directed to question their sexual orientation, their sexuality risks becoming ‘re-wired.’ And once ‘re-wired’ in that way, it’s hard to undo. I should know. I was one of them. […]
Let’s be clear: Shy boys at that age aren’t searching for romance with their same-sex peers. They want just one thing and they want it desperately: acceptance. At that age, acceptance is more valuable than gold.

An honest and enlightening article from a former homosexual.
 
Moviegoers getting fed up with all the f****** cursing ~ Lord knows I am ~

Scriptwriters typically intend bad words to emphasize a character’s emotional intensity, as do lazy speakers in private conversations. But those words have really become so common they strike many as mere verbal crutches for bad actors and a sign of their weak f****** vocabularies.

 
Drug Cartels Fuming at New U.S. Policy Screening 100% of Mexican Cargo Trucks ~ Excellent! In a refreshing reversal of Obama’s open-borders policy, the Trump administration is actually telling border security to do their jobs ~

(Customs officers, who are now allowed) to screen all cargo trucks entering the U.S. from Mexico and sources on both sides of the border tell Judicial Watch Mexican drug cartels are fuming. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using X-ray technology and other non-intrusive tools to screen 100% of cargo trucks crossing the southern border after eight years of sporadic or random screening permitted under the Obama administration.

 
No, Jeff Flake, YOU are how we got Trump ~ Sen. Flake, like his fellow Arizona senator, is a giant RINO. He sounded promising early on in his career but quickly evolved into just another swamp creature. In this piece at Conservative Review, Daniel Horowitz captures the essence of how totally fed up we conservatives are with the entire GOP establishment ~

Jeff Flake is the poster child for the frustrating dynamic many of us have been confronted with in the past two years — the false choice between the status-quo failed GOP establishment and Trump. For those who were seeking a true American revolution built upon the timeless principles laid out in the original “Conscience of a Conservative,” written by Barry Goldwater, the debate over Trump has been a distraction. Most traditional conservatives are neither for nor against Trump; we are for the same agenda we have always supported, always seeking innovative strategies and tactics to promote timeless ideas. This distraction has been allowed to consume Republican politics because the voters got fed up with people like Jeff Flake.

 
Al Gore’s Home Devours 34 Times More Electricity Than Average U.S. Household ~ Just a few inconvenient facts for the climate change crusader ~

Gore’s hypocritical home energy use and “do as I say not as I do” lifestyle has plunged to embarrassing new depths.
 
In just this past year, Gore burned through enough energy to power the typical American household for more than 21 years, according to a new report by the National Center for Public Policy Research. The former vice president consumed 230,889 kilowatt hours (kWh) at his Nashville residence, which includes his home, pool and driveway entry gate electricity meters. A typical family uses an average of 10,812 kWh of electricity per year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
 
It gets worse.
 
Last September alone, Gore devoured 30,993 kWh of electricity. That’s enough to power 34 average American homes for a month. Over the last 12 months, Gore used more electricity just heating his outdoor swimming pool than six typical homes use in a year.

Related: Was Opening Weekend for Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ a Flop?
 

NYC Cops: We Can’t Arrest Nude Illegal Alien Panhandlers ~ Good grief! De Blasio’s got to go. Bring back Rudy! ~

A word of caution for folks planning a family-friendly vacation to New York City — we’ve been overrun by a horde of naked street performers.
The New York Post reports topless females and filthy costumed characters have turned Times Square into a haven for seedy shakedown artists.

 
Fallout From Venezuela’s Sham Elections ~ Maduro has been running the tyrant’s playbook step by step, complete with bogus elections to solidify his power ~

History offers many examples indicating things will likely get worse in Venezuela before they get better. The real lessons of what has happened there should not be lost on the American people. Venezuela is an oil-rich country with some of the most fertile land in South America, and yet people are starving to death and the economy is a complete shambles. Why? Because the state controls everything. It promised to give the people everything they needed and wanted. Instead, it took everything they had. Yet one more example of the “virtues” of socialism.

 
Gov. Greg Abbott: How George Soros is helping Obama Democrats buy their way back to power ~ Deceitful progressives have their evil sights set on Texas ~

With the help of hedge fund billionaire George Soros, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee hopes to wrest control from voters of congressional re-districting in 2021 when booming conservative states such as Texas will gain seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. All for the benefit of their special-interest donors.[…]
 
Headed by former Attorney General Eric Holder, the tax-exempt 527 political action committee plans a three-pronged attack to flood state-level races with outside money, to leverage activist courts to wrest control of state redistricting plans, and finally, with the formidable community organizing prowess of former President Barack Obama, to fund astroturfed ballot initiatives in the guise of “fairness.”

 
In Obamacare Debate, Some Victims Matter More Than Others ~ From Mary Katharine Ham at The Federalist. Just like the “climate change” scam, the ACA is yet another example where progressives have to manipulate the data to dupe the masses into falling for their destructive policies.
 
GOP donor sues party for fraud over Obamacare repeal ~ This doesn’t have a chance of succeeding, but I sure wish it did! ~

A retired attorney in Virginia Beach is so incensed that Republicans couldn’t repeal the Affordable Care Act that he’s suing to get political donations back, accusing the GOP of fraud and racketeering.

 
Thousands Visit Free Clinics In Barns And Fields: ‘We’re The Middle Class, And We’re Here‘ ~ More fallout from Obamacare. Sad :( (I actually cried to realize it’s come to this for some folks), but ultimately encouraging to see the American spirit of charity, innovation and perseverance still alive.

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“Former felon” now a resume enhancement for blue city mayoral candidates?

Blue city citizens just don’t seem to get it. They have a front row to the destruction wrought by Democrat/progressive policies and somehow they think lowering the standards for elected officials will help ~ Half of Detroit’s 8 mayoral candidates are… felons 😯 ~

Detroit — Half of the eight mayoral hopefuls on Detroit’s primary ballot next week have been convicted of felony crimes involving drugs, assault or weapons, a Detroit News analysis shows.
 
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Three were charged with gun crimes and two for assault with intent to commit murder. Some of the offenses date back decades, the earliest to 1977. The most recent was in 2008.

 

Stuck on “stupid?”

Commenting on this recent revelation, Andrew Malcolm points out some sad truths about many blue towns ~

Democrats run two-thirds of the United States’ 100 largest cities, including New York, Los Angeles and, of course, Chicago. All are experiencing serious problems and with the turn-of-the-century two-term exceptions of New York under Rudy Giuliani and Richard Riordan in LA, enduring long periods of one-party control.

 
It’s been 55 years since Detroit elected a Republican mayor, just about the length of Detroit’s decline, as it plummeted from the nation’s automotive capital and one of the top 10 cities. Billions have been spent trying to renew the people and place.
 
Four years ago with an estimated $20 billion in debts, Detroit declared the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. That same year Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick began his 28-year prison sentence with no chance of parole for corruption and perjury.
 
It’s been a tough political road for America’s big cities under one-party rule that prohibits political cleansing. Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor in 86 years.

 
Here in Michigan it’s not just the big city that’s in trouble. Flint installed a scofflaw city council not long before their infamous water crisis ~

As the city decays, it seems Flint’s discerning voters have developed an affinity for criminals. Last month (Nov. 2013) they elected to city council two convicted felons, and two others with bankruptcies. Sad but true.

 
And our state capital isn’t far behind Detroit in fielding felonious mayoral hopefuls ~ Another Lansing mayoral candidate charged with felony assault ~

6-21-17 – Daniel Anthony Trevino, 20, was arraigned Tuesday in Lansing’s 54A District Court on felony assault and misdemeanor domestic violence charges. He also faces two charges for destruction of property […]
 
Trevino’s father, Daniel Dario Trevino, had planned to run in the race but told the State Journal he decided not to because he was convicted of a felony in 2002, which prohibits him from holding elected office.
 
The elder Trevino owns Hydroworld, a medical marijuana dispensary at 3308 S. Cedar St. […]
 
Another Lansing mayoral candidate, former city council president Harold Leeman Jr., is currently awaiting trial on a felony embezzlement charge. Officials say Leeman failed to turn in proceeds from a concession stand at Lansing’s Gier Park and reimbursed himself for too much gas.

Stellar candidates aren’t they?

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At one time, most states prohibited anyone ever convicted of a felony from voting. Oddly enough, Americans actually believed that if you were demonstrating poor judgement by breaking the law that irresponsible attitude would probably carry over into the voting booth, and we would eventually end up with critically flawed elected officials. What a crazy concept.

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Democrats, realizing that missing out on the felon vote put them at a serious disadvantage, have consistently pushed for this restriction to be removed. In characteristic Orwellian fashion, they refer to the common sense prohibition as “felony disenfranchisement.” (Don’t bother pointing out that it was self-disenfranchisement.)
 
Unfortunately for we-the-law-abiding, most of the country now allows felons to vote in some capacity, including the Great Lakes State. As the Law Offices of Barton Morris helpfully point out for the civic-minded ex-con here in Michigan ~

In Michigan a felon has an absolute right to vote except when they are incarcerated in jail a or prison at the time of the election. There are no election booths in jail. Despite Michigan law, many felons believe they have lost their right to vote so they don’t do it. A felon’s vote counts as much as anyones. If given a chance, encourages [sic] felons to vote in our elections.

 

So while they can’t lawfully own a firearm, carry a concealed weapon, join the military, own a liquor license or obtain a gaming license, as we know now – in Michigan felons can vote AND… they can definitely run for office. Hey, let’s make those cities great again!
 
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Related:
Mayoral candidate arrested twice in last 60 days ~ A lack of character in prospective officer-holders is certainly not limited to the state of Michigan. This story is from Fayetteville, NC.

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The cyber-spies, the DNC chair and the Muslim Brotherhood

In a much more substantive and serious breach of national security than the make-believe “Russian collusion” story the media has been so obsessed with, former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) seems to have been harboring an entire nest of Muslim-Pakistani cyber criminals – for years. And Dems have been feathering that cozy nest with large chunks of we-the-people’s cash.
 
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While the mainstream media is dutifully looking the other way, it seems Imran Awan – who until last week was Wasserman Schultz’ main IT (information technology) guy – is suddenly in very hot water. FBI agents arrested him on July 24th while he was attempting to flee the country for his native Pakistan. Awan is charged with bank fraud in connection with wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to that country.
 
But that’s just the tip of this shady iceberg. In his usual thorough fashion, Andrew C. McCarthy recounts what is turning out to be a very troubling tale of subterfuge, conspiracy and possible blackmail ~ Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers ~

Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters (a couple brothers and their wives) had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks.
 
They were fired in February. All except Awan, that is. He continued in the employ of Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat, former DNC chairwoman, and Clinton crony. She kept him in place at the United States Congress right up until he was nabbed at the airport on Monday.
 
This is not about bank fraud. The Awan family swindles are plentiful, but they are just window-dressing. This appears to be a real conspiracy, aimed at undermining American national security.

 

Here’s some background on the ring leader ~

At the time of his arrest, the 37-year-old Imran Awan had been working for Democrats as an information technologist for 13 years. He started out with Representative Gregory Meeks (D., N.Y.) in 2004. The next year, he landed on the staff of Wasserman Schultz, who had just been elected to the House.
 
Congressional-staff salaries are modest, in the $40,000 range. For some reason, Awan was paid about four times as much. He also managed to get his wife, Alvi, on the House payroll . . . then his brother, Abid Awan . . . then Abid’s wife, Natalia Sova. The youngest of the clan, Awan’s brother Jamal, came on board in 2014 — the then-20-year-old commanding an annual salary of $160,000.

 
Hey – where can I get a job like that eh? All told, as reported by Luke Rosiak at the Daily Caller ~

Five members of a Pakistani family under criminal investigation for allegedly misusing their positions as computer administrators for dozens of Democrats in the House of Representatives were paid at least $4 million from July 2009 to the present.

 

According to McCarthy, that’s only the money we know about ~

The family business evidently dabbles in procurement fraud, too. The Capitol Police and FBI are exploring widespread double-billing for computers, other communication devices, and related equipment.

 

Beyond the money, what we all should be wondering about is how in the hell these folks were ever given access to highly sensitive information without proper vetting!

These characters could not possibly have qualified. Never mind access; it’s hard to fathom how they retained their jobs. The Daily Caller has also discovered that the family, which controlled several properties, was involved in various suspicious mortgage transfers. Abid Awan, while working “full-time” in Congress, ran a curious auto-retail business called “Cars International A” (yes, CIA), through which he was accused of stealing money and merchandise. In 2012, he discharged debts in bankruptcy (while scheming to keep his real-estate holdings). Congressional Democrats hired Abid despite his drunk-driving conviction a month before he started at the House, and they retained him despite his public-drunkenness arrest a month after. Beyond that, he and Imran both committed sundry vehicular offenses. In civil lawsuits, they are accused of life-insurance fraud.

 

Stellar citizens aren’t they? And, as Judge Napolitano told Stuart Varney on Fox Business Network on Monday, there’s no telling what information Awam may have on whom, and who he may have already sold it to ~

(T)his was at the time that Congresswoman Schultz was also the chair of the Democratic National Committee. So at this point I don’t believe they know what he sold, and to whom he sold it – but they do know what he had access to, which is virtually everything in the House of representatives, which would include classified material in the House intelligence committee.

 

What’s especially troubling about this scandal is that, considering the outlandish salaries the Awans were collecting, and the unchecked access they were given to extremely sensitive information, it’s not difficult to imagine a blackmailing scenario evolving. It seems particularly plausible since, even though she was well aware that Capitol police were investigating Awan and his family, Wasserman-Schultz didn’t fire him until he had actually been arrested and she really had no other choice.

 
As far back as February, Daniel Greenfield was reporting at FrontPage Mag that Awan & Co. was already under investigation for suspicious activities involving sensitive data ~

Imran Awan and his two brothers, Jamal and Abid, are at the center of an investigation that deals with, among other things, allegations of illegal access. They have been barred from the House of Representatives network.
 
A member of Congress expressed concern that, “they may have stolen data from us.”

 
Greenfield provides a list of the various congressional offices (all Democrats) and committees for which the three Pakistanis provided IT services. The most concerning of these is Rep. André Carson (D-IN) ~

Carson is the second Muslim in Congress and the first Muslim on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and, more critically, is the ranking member on its Emerging Threats Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee.
 
The Emerging Threats Subcommittee, of which Carson is a ranking member, is responsible for much of counterterrorism oversight. It is the worst possible place for a man with Carson’s credentials.
 
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Carson had inherited his grandmother’s seat and exploited it to promote a radical Islamist agenda. He has interfaced with a laundry list of Islamist groups from CAIR to ISNA to ICNA to MPAC. Islamists have funded Carson’s career to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. The Center for Security Policy has put together a dossier of Carson’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood is the parent organization of many key Islamic terror groups posing a threat to our national security including Al Qaeda and Hamas.

 
Keep in mind, the Brotherhood’s self-declared mission in America is: “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands [i.e., those of non-Muslims] and those of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” [Source: Center for Security Policy]
 

The presence of Andre Carson on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Emerging Threats Subcommittee has always been extremely controversial. But this latest breach involving Democrats on this committee and on other key national security committees raises serious questions about the scale and magnitude of the real problem caused by a compromised congress.
 
While Carson and other HPSCI Democrats had been demanding security clearance for their staffers, three Pakistani Muslims working for them appear to have compromised security to an unknown degree.

 

What passes for the news media in this country needs to dump their partisan politics and their phony Trump-talked-to-Russia crap and get to the bottom of what appears to be an egregious national security breach here. Furthermore, as Greenfield stated months ago…

The most obvious lesson here is that security must be tightened. If Democrats refuse to take their responsibilities seriously, then President Trump must do it for them. Until the Awan case is resolved, those Democrats who employed them must have their access to classified material restricted.
 
Under no circumstances may the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence members who employed the Awan brothers be permitted to allow their staffers to gain access to classified material.
 
And Andre Carson must be forced to choose between his Islamist ties and his membership in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Emerging Threats Subcommittee. No one should be allowed to have a foot in both the pro-terrorist and the counter-terrorist spheres of our society.
 
Congressional Republicans must take the lead in cleaning house. If they cannot do so, President Trump must step in. At stake are the security of our nation and the safety of our troops. The Democrats may have abandoned their responsibility to our brave men and women, from the battlefield to the VA, but those elected officials who still believe that their sacrifices matter cannot remain silent.

 
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Related:
Evidence That Wasserman Schultz Used Pakistani Imran Awan For Malevolent Activities Against Bernie Sanders
Wasserman Schultz Aide In Pakistan Still Liquidating Assets In US ~ From the Daily Caller on July 30th
Wasserman Schultz Apparently Planned to Pay House IT Suspect in Pakistan ~

Public statements and congressional payroll records suggest Wasserman Schultz, chairman of the Democratic Party until last year, also appears to have known that Awan’s wife, also an information technology staffer, had left the country for good months ago — while she was a criminal suspect.
 
In all, six months of actions reveal a decision to continue paying a man who seemingly could not have been providing services to her, and who a mountain of evidence suggests was a liability. The man long had access to all of Wasserman Schultz’s computer files, work emails, and personal emails, and he was recently accused by a relative in court documents of wiretapping and extortion.

House Dem IT Staffers Owed Money To Hezbollah-Connected Fugitive ~ (2-21-17)

Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing their access to House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician who is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit.

Cable Networks Black Out Coverage on Wasserman Schultz IT Scandal

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Praise to the King of Creation

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Heavenly Father,
 
We glorify you as the creator of all things. You spoke and the universe came into existence, You spoke and there was light. Later, at Your command, flowers, trees, and plants sprang from the ground, the seas teemed with living things and the earth with living creatures. Then in your perfect time, you created man.
 
Dear Lord, we come before you now to give you glory for that which you have created. In our flesh, we sometimes speak of sustaining your creation, but we are thankful that only you are the sustainer of all the things that you have made.
 
We, your servants come humbly before you seeking your face and your guidance acknowledging that you have appointed us as stewards of your creation. Let our stewardship, like your creation, be only a means to honor and glorify you. Help us, Lord, never to cling to our role as though it were a thing to be prideful about or possessive of, but let us see it as a responsibility, which makes us accountable to you.
 
Let us steward your creation as a means to glorify and worship you. Let our love of the creation be no more than a way to express our love for you, the creator. We pray that we will always remember and always be faithful to tell others, that no matter how beautiful the mountains, no matter how breathtaking the sunset, that these are only types and shadows to remind us of the glory we will behold when we come into your kingdom.
 
Amen

 
Prayer to the Creator via Cornwall Alliance

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Inconvenient News: Steve Scalise shooting

If Representative Steve Scalise(R-LA) were a Democrat is there any doubt that his name would be a household word by now? Instead, it’s only been 6 weeks since the third-ranking House Republican was critically wounded (four others were injured as well) by a deranged Bernie Sanders volunteer who tried to murder as many Republicans as possible during an early morning congressional softball practice, and most Americans probably can’t even recall his name.

 
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Had James T. Hodgkinson been a Trump supporter who had taken aim at a bunch of Democrats, we’d still be getting daily updates on the victim(s)’s conditions and regular rants from leftists on the radical, hateful ideology of the Right. Dennis Prager speculated on the progressive reaction had the tables been turned ~

The New York Times, the rest of the left-wing media and the Democratic Party would have made the shootings the dominant issue in American life […]
 
If Democrats had been shot by a Trump supporter, all you would be hearing and reading about is how much hate the Trump election has unleashed in America, how his election is threatening our democracy and how he is unleashing fascism […]

 
Almost immediately after the shooting, the Left was cautioning against “politicizing” the attack. The New York Times eagerly reported on the “harmony” engulfing Democrats and Republicans in the wake of the shooting.
 
Prager continues ~

As sure as the sun rises in the east, had a Trump-supporting fanatic shot Democratic officials, the Democrats would not have said a word about the need for “harmony,” or the need to lower the temperature in American political discourse. On the contrary, they would have greatly raised the temperature of their already blistering rhetoric. They would have attributed the shooting entirely to Trump’s “hateful” rhetoric having permeated conservative and Republican America.

 
Conspicuously absent from the mainstream media coverage surrounding this tragedy was any objective analysis of the “hateful rhetoric” from the Left that actually fueled Hodgkinson’s rage. John Zmirak pointed out some relevant facts that were conveniently overlooked in the rush to avoid “politicizing” ~
 
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• (The killer, James T. Hodgkinson) was a Bernie Sanders volunteer and a supporter of the Southern Poverty Law Center — just like Floyd Lee Corkins II, who in 2012 attempted to massacre the staff of the Family Research Council, after seeing the FRC listed as a hate group on the SPLC website.
 
• The attack happened scant days after New York City’s elite Shakespeare in the Park mounted a production of Julius Caesar that lip-smackingly dramatized the murder of President Trump.
• It occurred not two weeks after Kathy Griffin produced her murder porn, ISIS-style photo of herself with the head of the president.
• As Breitbart reports, there have been 15 separate instances of celebrities calling for or justifying violence against Trump himself or Republicans in general.
• As The Hill reports, “The office of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) received a threatening email with the subject line ‘One down, 216 to go …,’ shortly after a shooter opened fire on GOP lawmakers who were at a congressional baseball practice, according to her office.”

 

In a deliberate, calculated attack, Hodgkinson shot up 5 Republicans on an Alexandria, VA baseball field that morning. Oddly enough, the story failed to grab the attention of the anti-gun crowd. Probably because 1.) the shooter was a leftist; and 2.) there were some “good guys” on the scene who were able to take out the bad guy – because they had guns. They couldn’t manipulate the facts in this case to fit their “guns are bad” narrative.
 

Last week, Rep. Scalise was finally discharged from the hospital to begin a period of intensive inpatient rehabilitation. There was barely any mention made in the media, just a lame AP story that few news outlets even bothered to pick up. Again, had the parties been reversed, his medical status would have dominated the news last Wednesday and launched a brand new wave of demonizing the Right.
 
Anyone out there who’s still oblivious to the Left’s selective outrage and their partisan hypocrisy isn’t paying attention. As Dennis Prager concluded ~

The difference between what has happened after these shootings and what would have happened had a right-winger shot Democratic officials is, in a nutshell, the moral difference between the left and the right; and between Democrats and Republicans.

 
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Related:
Progressive agitation yields bloody harvest
Bizarre: FBI Calls Scalise Shooting ‘Spontaneous,’ Gunman ‘Had No Target In Mind,’ Motive Unclear 😯 ~ When even the FBI has been this politicized, we’re doomed.

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Did you hear the one about California Imam calling for the extermination of the Jews?

No? Apparently the mainstream media doesn’t find this virulent anti-Semitism among the Muslim community to be very noteworthy ~ Islam’s Veil Slips In California [from WatcherofWeasels (WOW)] ~

Davis, California is a small city in northern California just west of Sacramento, the state capitol. It has a well established Islamic center. The Islamic Center of Davis’s imam is one Ammar Shahin.
 
Last Friday,Imam Shahin called explicitly for the annihilation of Jews in his sermon. Since it was mostly in Arabic, he felt safe to communicate this kind of bigotry. Unfortunately for him, a video of his sermon slipped out and was translated into English by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). These are brief excerpts of the entire two hour hate fest, but I assure you they are utterly representative of the whole.

 


 

“Oh Allah, liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews.
Annihilate them down to the very last one.”
~ Ammar Shahin

 

Folks, this is the true face of Islam. The guy is quoting directly from the the Hadiths, which are Muslim scriptures basically equivalent to the Christian Gospels. They contain Mohammed’s deeds and words as recorded by his most devout followers. So Shahin is merely repeating Mohammed’s directives.
 

JoshuaPundit at WOW continues (Note- the Islamic Center of Davis has accused MEMRI of mis-translation) ~

Aside from the fact that many Israelis speak Arabic fluently (Arabic is one of Israel’s official languages) MEMRI is known for its accurate translations. The problem the Davis Islamic Center and others have with MEMRI is that its translations are a little too accurate. They don’t like it when Islam’s veil slips.
 
And if these are such poor translations and the quotes so out of context, why have so many Muslims been acting on them for over 1400 years? The death toll, according to some fairly conservative estimates could be as high as 200 million, all murdered to the tune of that ancient battle cry ‘Allahu Akbar’ and the Qur’anic Verse of the Sword…”Fight those who believe neither in Allah nor the Last Day, nor what has been forbidden by Allah and his messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are People of the Book, until they pay the tribute and have been humbled. – (Qur’an 9:2)

 

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Related:
What Happens When an Imam Calls for Killing Jews ~ Shahin and useful idiots like the Washington Post and the Unitarian Universalist Church are trying to divert, downplay and whitewash the imam’s hateful rant ~

“The last thing I would do is intentionally hurt anyone,” Shahin insisted in his apology. His denunciations of violence however ring rather hollow. Not when he quoted a genocidal Hadith which calls for hunting down and killing the Jews. And not necessarily just in Israel, but potentially everywhere.
 
Some time ago, David Horowitz called on Islamic organizations to repudiate the Hadith in the Declaration Against Genocide. Not a single Muslim group, including MPAC, agreed to do it.

When will European elites get it? Islam IS the perversion

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About that voter fraud…

Funny how even after last November’s election, when Left felt like they’d been somehow been robbed of a victory, we still didn’t hear them whining about voter fraud (They prefer to clamor for the elimination of the equitable Electoral College). That’s probably because they’re generally the ones perpetrating it. In fact here in Michigan, Democrats demanded a recount of Detroit votes (which overwhelmingly went for Hillary). Curiously, they backed down when it was discovered that some 37% of the voting machines registered more votes than poll workers had tallied voters!
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And they definitely don’t what this publicized: New Report Exposes Thousands of Illegal Votes in 2016 Election ~

A new bombshell study released by the Government Accountability Institute shows why President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has such an important job ahead of it.
 
The Institute concluded in its report that thousands of votes in the 2016 election were illegal duplicate votes from people who registered and voted in more than one state.[…]
 
The probability of 45,000 illegal duplicate votes is the low end of the spectrum, and it does not even account for other types of fraud such as ineligible voting by non-citizens and felons and absentee ballot fraud.[…]
 
To put this number of fraudulent votes in perspective, Hillary Clinton won New Hampshire by fewer than 3,000 votes out of over 700,000 cast. Just this number of duplicate votes alone has the power to swing state results and, in turn, elections.
(Unfortunately, New Hampshire refused to turn over its data for this study.)

Source: Hans von Spakovsky & Ben Janacek writing at The Stream

 

When the Trump Administration election fraud investigation was announced in June, most the the “blue” states naturally started squawking immediately ~

The Trump administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent all 50 states a letter Wednesday (June 28th) requesting data from the their voting rolls, including the full names of registered voters, dates of birth, party registration, last four digits of Social Security numbers and voting history.
 
But as of Friday afternoon (June 30th), at least 27 states had publicly expressed reservations or legal barriers to turning over all of the requested information, particularly with regard to the privacy of Social Security numbers, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states.

 

The Virgina governor’s dismissive attitude was typical of what we’ve come to expect from the belligerent Left ~

“I have no intention of honoring this request,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia. This entire commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November.

Oops. Not exactly Terry.
 
As the Stream article points out ~

The fact that these election officials did not want to thoroughly investigate possible voter fraud illustrates one of the problems in this area: Too many election officials don’t want to know about these problems, and refuse to do anything when it is brought to their attention.[…]
 
The Heritage Foundation has a database that is being constantly updated. It documents nearly 1,100 proven instances of voter fraud, including cases where elections were overturned because of proven fraud.

 
Voter fraud is the Left’s preferred method of swinging elections. That’s why they oppose investigations like this. And that’s why they oppose any attempts at Voter I.D. regulations. They like to cheat.
 

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“It is enough that the people know there was an election.
The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who
count the votes decide everything.”

~ Joseph Stalin (attributed)

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Saturday Shorts – 7-29-17

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

 
The Amazing Story Of What Really Caused Trump’s Military Transgender Ban ~ Trump’s announcement on Wednesday seemed to come from left field. RedState explains what led to his decision.
 
Corrupt Mexican Officials Are to Blame for Illegal Human Smuggling Racket ~ Michelle Malkin points out the real culprits in those sad deaths of 10 illegal immigrants in Texas ~

Human rights watchdogs and border reporters left, right, and center—from The Huffington Post to Breitbart Texas—have exposed callous Mexican government officials selling out their own people while turning a blind eye to massacres, kidnappings, extortion, and racketeering across the Mexican border states.
 
These usually mouthy Mexican leaders are now quiet as church mice about the latest casualties of open borders. Why? Because illegal immigration is the country’s budgetary bonanza.

 
Pretty White Australian Girls’ Lives Matter ~ Ann Coulter’s take on the Somali (Muslim) police officer with the itchy trigger finger in Minneapolis last week ~

Noor’s African-American neighbor, Chris Miller, said he was shocked when he heard about Damond’s shooting — until he found out it was Noor. Miller told The Daily Telegraph (Australia) that his Somali neighbor was quick to anger and was always going off on women and children. “He is extremely nervous,” Miller said, “a little jumpy … he doesn’t really respect women, the least thing you say to him can set him off.”

Just what you’d look for in a police officer eh?

 
(College) Marxist group disbands because members were too rich, white ~ Too bourgeoisie ~

• A Marxist student group at Swarthmore College disbanded itself earlier this year after realizing that its members were too rich and too white to be real commies.
• A farewell letter from a former member complains that the group’s founders where “entirely white, with the exception of one person of color,” and that none of them came from “low-income and/or working class backgrounds.”

 
Disregarding Danger: Sweden to Deport Christian to Iran ~ Is Sweden officially a Muslim country now? (Absurdistan) ~

STOCKHOLM – Sweden is about to deport Iranian Christian actress Aideen Strandsson back to Iran, where she faces torture, rape and even death in an Iranian prison.
 
It is a clear violation of international law. But, as Swedish officials have told Aideen, becoming a Christian was her decision, and now it’s her problem and not theirs.

 
Protesters wall off access to French migrant shelter ~ Interesting. Could we be witnessing a new French Resistance?

Locals in southwestern France have built a wall around the entrance to a disused hotel in protest against plans to turn it into a migrant centre.
 
Protesters in a town in southwest France have built a nearly-two-metre-high wall around the entrance to a disused hotel to try to prevent it being turned into a migrant shelter.
 
Working under cover of darkness, a few dozen residents of Semeac in the Pyrenees mountains erected a wall 18 metres (60 feet) long and 1.8 metres high barring access to the Formule 1 hotel, a spokesman for the group confirmed.
 
“We not against taking in migrants,” Laurent Teixeira told AFP. “But you have to take account of the citizens.”

 
World War II Veteran Assaulted While Defending Flag at His Home ~ 92 year-old Howard Banks is legally blind! And this is in Texas! Hopefully the police can track down these cowards ~

(The Kaufman Police Department) praised the veteran as an American hero who joined the Marine Corps at the age of 18 to fight in the war against Japan. He survived battles in Iwo Jima and other Pacific Theater locations.
 
“This gentleman is a hero to our officers and the city’s residents should be extremely proud to have him as part of our community.”

 
What HBO Won’t Tell You About Slavery and the Bible ~ Bryan Fischer explains how the upcoming HBO series “Confederate” will turn into a year long smear campaign against white American Christians, tagging them as unrepentant racists. Because without re-writing history, leftists could never advance their godless agenda ~

The ultimate purpose will be to inflame as much white guilt as possible, make white Americans feel guilty for, well, being white, and persuade them to feel a brooding weight of guilt for something they had nothing to do with. The fact of the matter is that it was white evangelical Christians – the abolitionists in the North – who were responsible for ending slavery in America. But you likely will never know it watching this exercise in racist demagoguery.

 
U.S. Abuses Its Mandate to Spread Democracy and Freedom in Iran ~ Radio Liberty is supposed to be helping to undermine the regime – not act as its propaganda arm ~

Radio Farda, the Prague-based Persian-language branch of the U.S. government-funded network Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, recently fired one of its journalists for doing his job: providing Iranians at home and abroad with access to information they are denied by the ayatollah-led regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 
5 Reasons You Should Turn Off The News And Watch The ‘Great British Baking Show’ ~ Couldn’t agree more – love this show! :)
 
The Foster Mom, the Walmart Cashier and the Voice of God ~ Heartwarming incident, makes you wonder, am I listening to the right voice?

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