Why can’t America build or repair infrastructure on a par with countries in Europe or Asia? Why are our bridges, roads, and airports not what they should be? Aren’t we the richest and most technologically savvy country in the world? Who or what is holding us back? Kyle Smith of National Review has the surprising (and frustrating) answer.
thought that Sustainable Development/environmentalism is not
anti-human, just isn’t paying attention. Now the human voice is
disturbing nature and people should be respectful. ⁃ TN Editor
case you haven’t been paying attention, leftists will not be satisfied
until they have undermined all human flourishing. Actually, whether
they’re willing to admit it or not, human extinction is the highest
ideal for leftists. Don’t believe me? Then check out this article in The Atlantic that
declares the human voice is bad for the environment. One more piece of
evidence to slide next to things like abortion, euthanasia, and
environmental regulations and economic policies that make it harder for
humans to prosper.
During the summer of 2017, researchers from the University of
California at Santa Cruz played recordings of human voices in wilderness
areas where humans rarely venture. Populated with predators like
mountain lions and bobcats, as well as a variety of other animals, the
researchers didn’t force the wilderness residents to listen to loud,
obnoxious voices. Rather, quiet voices reading poetry were played
through the speakers. “Some of the animals became jittery. Others
stopped eating. A few fled in fear,” The Atlantic explains.
Through their experiments, researchers discovered:
That, the quality of the poetry
aside, even the gentlest of human speech can make wild animals—even top
predators—unnerved and watchful, in ways that shake entire food webs.
It’s the clearest demonstration yet that we are among the scariest of
animals—a super-predator that terrifies even the carnivores that
themselves incite terror.
All fine and good, I could’ve told them that, saving them the trouble
and expense of the research. Of course, the research is more than just a
fact-finding expedition for those interested in learning about the
quirks of animals. It’s ideologically driven. Buried deep in the
article, The Atlantic reveals that:
studies show that through our mere presence, we can affect wildlife by
changing the contours of their landscapes of fear. “We’re a very loud
and big species,” says Suraci. “Much of what we do is potentially
terrifying to wildlife, like industrial activity and vehicle traffic. We
tried to get past all of that and isolate the perceived presence of
humans, separate from all the other disturbing things we do. And the
implication is that we don’t need to cut down the forest to have an
impact on wildlife.”
Our very presence is bad for the environment. Our voices are harmful
to frightened animals. The article goes on to quote UC Berkeley’s
Kaitlyn Gaynor who warns, “Human-induced behavioral changes may be
ultimately harmful to species and ecosystems if they make it harder for
animals to survive and reproduce.”
shut its stores early citywide on Monday, as fears of escalating
violence and spiraling lawlessness linked to weekslong protests spurred
concern among businesses and the public.
A day after police fired tear gas
in clashes with thousands of protesters, Hong Kong remains on edge as
officials conceded no ground and activists accused the government of
coddling a rise in vigilante justice. In the north of the city, a mob of
white-shirted men stormed a subway station late Sunday and beat people
whom they blamed for taking part in the earlier antigovernment protests,
leaving 45 people injured.
(Bloomberg) — The
Pentagon has revealed a few details about a secret Army mission that has
Black Hawk helicopters flying missions over the Washington, D.C., area
backed by active-duty and reserve soldiers.
The mysterious classified operation was disclosed when the Army asked
Congress for approval to shift funds to provide an extra $1.55 million
for aircraft maintenance, air crews and travel in
Just in case we haven’t provided you with enough creepy dystopian
news lately, the nation’s leader in Creepy Dystopia, California, has a
brand new program. The “Cradle to Career Data System” will study and document everything about a child born in the state.
But don’t worry, it’s for your children’s own good.
What the heck is the “Cradle to Career Data System”?
Beginning at birth and stalking the child until he or she joins the
workforce, California wants to keep on eye on all sorts of demographics
and variables. They’ll do this by collecting information from “partner
entities.” They’ll use this information, according to the Pasadena Star,
to “provide appropriate interventions and supports to address
disparities in opportunities and improve outcomes for all students.”
Who are these partner entities, you ask?
The “partner entities” include (but are not limited to) “state
entities responsible for elementary and secondary education data,
entities responsible for early learning data, segments of public higher
education, private colleges and universities, state entities responsible
for student financial aid, childcare providers, state labor and
workforce development agencies, and state departments administering
health and human services programs.” (source)
So, your kid’s teachers, principles, professors, babysitters, and the
purveyors of any state services you happen to use will all cough up
every detail of your child’s life.
As we’ve said in many articles,
a new wave of investments in automation is already underway, could
eliminate 20% to 25% of the current American workforce by 2030, or about
40 million jobs.
In the latest installment of robots plotting a takeover, we set our
eyes on a Singapore-based firm called LionsBot International – who has
developed an autonomous robot that can sing, rap, wink and even tell
jokes while scrubbing floors, reported Yahoo.
The company debuted the robot at a live demonstration ceremony on
July 17 at the Gardens by the Bay, a resort located in the Central
Region of Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir.
About 300 of these robots will be produced by March 2020, will allow
the company to be the first in the world to offer cleaning robots on a
subscription model to clients.
Prospective and current clients can rent the robots at a rate of $1,350 to $2,150 per month.
As of last week, two of the robots have been deployed at National
Gallery Singapore and Jewel Changi Airport in April, with more expected
at other commercial facilities in the coming months.
LionsBot said at least six of its clients would deploy the robots early next year.
According to LionsBot, the cleaning robot is more efficient than a human and can work longer hours.
“Multiple cleaning robots are able to coordinate and clean a given
area simultaneously, without the need for human programming,” the
company said in a statement.
Besides regional demand, LionsBot has also received orders from
companies based in Australia and Japan, said a company spokesperson,
with the possible introduction to the US by 2021 to 2022.
LionsBot’s clients will be able to choose from 13 different types of
robots including ones that scrub, mop, vacuum, and sweep across various
terrains, effectively eliminating low wage cleaning jobs. Another
version of the robot can also transport up to 1,000 pounds of equipment.
At the launch event at Gardens by the Bay, Senior Minister of State
for the Ministry of Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon said cleaning robots
could raise productivity, adding that the government will continue to
promote the proliferation of automation.
However, the trade minister made zero mention of the upcoming labor
force shift due to automation, how hundreds of thousands of people
across the region will be displaced because of robots in the years
Trump’s ongoing effort to force ‘moderate’ liberals to support the most
extreme leftists – somewhat tarring the entire Democratic party with
the same open-borders, anti-Israel, “America’s the worst” strategy – was
turned up to ’11’ on the rhetoric scale today.
For more than a week, the president has been at the center of racism
accusations after telling the group, made up of Reps. Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and
Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), to “go back” to their home countries.
And this morning he continued the attacks, calling the group of minority women a “racist group of troublemakers.”
“The ‘Squad’ is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart.”
Reading through the ‘squad’s statements, one can’t help but see Trump’s perspective, as Kurt Schlichter recent noted, the Democrats’ 2020 theme is that you are terrible and the party’s slogan will be “Americans suck, vote for us.”
“Thus enlightened, such people are single-minded in doing what is
necessary to keep that job, which in their, and their
perpetually-outraged sisters’ cases, is feeding the leftist audience
what it craves. They live at the whim of the mob; for them, achievement
consists of running fast enough to keep near the front of the crowd,
news cycle to news cycle, appearing to be directing it. Since the howls
and “likes” of the audience pay their bills, it is thus understandable
that the news of every imagined American outrage, every shortcoming, and
every awkward verbal stumble by a MAGA-hat wearing prole or cabinet
secretary, is delivered by an Omar or a Tlaib with a haughty superiority
and unalloyed joyfulness that is fingernails on a blackboard for the
rest of us.”
WordPress Nazi’s are playing devils advocate AGAIN and it will not allow me to post this news story – Sad that my freedom of speech is being taken away on this site that I PAY FOR out of my OWN POCKET! – Don’t waste your money on WordPress site – go make your own web site. It’s cheaper and you can still remain free to speak your mind.
The Europ-ean Un-ion formally conde-mned the demoli-tion of ille-gal Ar-ab apartment buildings near Isr-ael’s secu-rity barrier separating Jeru-salem from Pal-esti-nian Auth-ority-controlled areas, and demanded Isr-ael halt its enfor-cement of demo-lition orders. In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the Euro-pean Uni-on’s foreign affairs department said the demoli-tions undermine the “viability of the t-wo-sta-te solu-tion”. “Isr-aeli authorities have proceeded with the demo-lition of 10 Palest-inian buildings, containing some 70 apartments, in W-adi al Hu–mmus, part of Sur Ba-her neighbou-rhood in occu-pied East Jeru-salem. The majority of the buildings are located in Area A and B of the W-est Bank where, according to the O-slo Ac-cords, all civil issues are under the jurisdiction of the Palesti-nian Auth-ority,” the EU said. “Isra-el’s settle-ment policy, including actions taken in that context, such as forced transfers, evic-tions, demo-litions and confis-cat-ions of homes, is ille-gal under interna-tional law. In line with the EU’s long-standing position, we expect the Isr-aeli authorities to immediately halt the ongoing demol-itions.” “The continuation of this policy undermines the viability of the t-wo-sta-te solution and the prospect for a lasting peace and seriously jeopardizes the possibility of Jeru-salem serving as the future capital of both States.” Earlier on Monday, Public Security Minister, Gi-lad Er-dan (Lik-ud) defended the dem-olition of illegal Ar-ab apartment buildings on the southeastern fringe of Jeru-salem Monday morning, saying the structures were built too close to the security barrier, and could be used as a haven for terr-orists. READ MORE
Iran Urges UK To Rein In ‘Deep State’; Germany Warns Of “Uncontrollable” Escalation Iran’s ambassador in London warned on Sunday that the UK government must get its“domestic political forces” pushing for regime change under controlor else the two countries will face dangerous escalation.
The public statement came two days after the British-flagged Stena
Impero was boarded and captured by IRGC commandos, and over two weeks
after the tanker Grace 1 was seized by UK Royal Marines off Gibraltar.
Iranian Ambassador Hamid Baeidinejad urged via his personal Twitter account that continued pressure on Iran would be “unwise” given that Tehran stands “firm and ready for different scenarios”.The ambassador said the UK government must“contain those domestic political forces who want to escalate existing tension between Iran and the UK well beyond the issue of ships” — in
what appears a reference to the UK defense establishment and its allies
at think tanks like the neoconservative the Henry Jackson Society and
others, and powerful oil and weapons gulf allies like Saudi Arabia.
His statement implied that British ‘deep state’ elements were using the
tit-for-tat tanker seizures as a convenient raison d’etre for pushing
conflict with Iran.
On Friday Britain had issued its own warnings, with Foreign Minister
Jeremy Hunt telling the Iranians they face “robust” and “serious
consequences,” but he stopped short of discussing military options,
instead his statements emphasized diplomacy.
The UK has condemned it
as “a hostile act” – and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has
indicated European leaders are desperately trying to prevent “uncontrollable military escalation.”
Meanwhile, more details of Iran’s seizure of the still detained Stena
Impero tanker have emerged. IRGC spokesman Brig. Gen. Ramezan Sharif
was cited by Iran’s Fars News Agency over the weekend as claiminga Royal Navy warship had attempted to put up “resistance and interference” to prevent Iran’s navy from detaining the vessel.
State media released new footage showing the tanker impounded with Iran’s flag raised above.
Senior US team to visit Middle East for talks on Washington’s peace plan RAPHAEL AHREN and TOI STAFF
Senior US officials are set arrive in the region next week to further
discuss the Trump administration’s forthcoming Israeli-Palestinian peace
plan, a senior US official told The Times of Israel Sunday.
The US delegation includes US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser
Jared Kushner, US special peace envoy Jason Greenblatt, Kushner’s senior
aid Avi Berkowitz, and Brian Hook, the administration’s point man on
are set to travel to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and
the United Arab Emirates, said the senior official, who asked not to be
named, as he was not authorized to speak about the visit to press.
purpose of the visit is to follow up on the Bahrain workshop,” the
official said, referring to last month’s “Peace to Prosperity” summit in
Manama, during which the administration presented the economic part of
its two-pronged peace proposal.
would like to finalize the plan’s economic portion, including to
discuss the potential placement of the investments,” the official said,
referring to the $50 billion investment packaged for the Palestinians
and the wider region proposed by the plan.
delegation’s trip is to be understood as the conclusion of the first
stage of the peace plan’s unveiling, but not yet as the overture to the
presentation of the political part, the official stresses.The
White House has indicated that it is waiting until after a government
is formed in Israel following September 17 elections before it releases
the political part of the peace plan, and has not revealed any of its
after publicizing the economic part of the plan, the White House also
co-sponsored a conference in Bahrain, which focused on it. The
Palestinians fiercely opposed the workshop in the Gulf country, arguing
any peace effort must address political matters before economic ones.
has previously stated that the publication of the political section of
the plan may be postponed until around early November, when he predicted
a new Israeli government would be formed.
has said he will keep an “open mind” about the US peace proposal, while
PA President Mahmoud Abbas has vowed on many occasions to reject the US
Did Israel Attack in Iraq?
Last Thursday night, unidentified aircraft attacked an Iranian military
base in the district of Salah al-Din in Iraq. It is a desert area very
close to the border between Iraq and Syria, through which passes the
main land corridor connecting Iran to Syria and Lebanon via Iraq.
The Iranian base was full of ballistic missiles and dozens of operatives
from Al-Heshid al-Shaabi [a pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiite militia] and
Lebanese Hezbollah operatives were inside during the bombing. According
to reports in the Arab media, several people were killed and dozens of
fighters from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah operatives
were injured in the attack. Several fires broke out during the night as a
result of the weapons and ammunition igniting.
At the time of writing, it is still not clear who carried out the
attack. No one has taken responsibility. A number of media outlets
suggested at first that the US may be behind the operation, but a few
hours later the Pentagon issued a denial and made it clear that the US
was not involved.
It is important to note that this area has already been attacked in the
past with the purpose of disrupting the direct Shi’ite corridor from
Iran to Syria and Lebanon, thus preventing Hezbollah and other terrorist
proxies from receiving advanced weapons that could threaten Israel’s
security. The previous attack, which took place about a year ago in June
2018, happened not far from last week’s bombing site, where it is now
reported that 52 jihadists, mostly Iraqis, were killed.
Officially, Israel refuses to comment on the development, but behind the scenes many are suggesting it was an Israeli operation.
For example, the Minister for Regional Cooperation, Tzahi Hanegbi, said
in a radio interview on Monday morning (July 21) that “we are the only
ones who kill Iranians, we strike the Iranians hundreds of times in
Syria, sometimes they admit it, and sometimes foreign publications
expose the matter.”
It is no secret that Israel has been striking Syria for several years
and is preventing Hezbollah from obtaining advanced weapons from Iran.
Most of these operations are published by the Syrian media. Israel is
trying to maintain a low profile so as not to provoke the other side to
initiate a response. It was years even until Israel admitted to carrying
out the 2007 airstrike on Dir al-Zawar, where the Israel Air Force
destroyed a nascent Syrian nuclear reactor being built with help from
North Korea. Israel tries to avoid confirming its involvement in real
time, but will often admit carrying out such strikes in retrospect.
Israel’s political echelon will also often threaten future attacks, and
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even said that hitting targets in Iraq
is not out of the question. The Iranian base hit last week in Iraq is
certainly one that poses a threat to Israel.
To save face, Iran and Iraq have not volunteered much information
regarding the strike, but it is clear that the Iranians and their Shiite
allies were dealt a heavy and strategic blow. If war breaks out in the
Persian Gulf anytime soon, Iran will now have a much harder time
carrying through on threats to punish Israel using missiles positioned
in Syria and Lebanon.
As the tension mounts, the risk of war in the Middle East increases. The
question is whether Iran will follow in the footsteps of Saddam
Hussein, who launched missiles at Israel in response to being attacked
by the US, or use its proxies to do the dirty work. Israel isn’t waiting
around to find out, and remains busy eliminating threats preemptively.
Tehran sources: An Israeli Harop drone attacked pro-Iranian Iraqi militia base NE of BaghdadIranian and Iraq intelligence sources claim an Israeli Harop UAV carried out the attack on the 52nd Brigade
of the Hashd Shaabi militia on Friday, July 19. The attack struck the
militia at a Badr Brigades camp outside Amerli town in the Salahudin
Province northeast of Baghdad.
sources identify the fragments gathered at the site as belonging to the
IAF’s Harop, a loitering combat unmanned vehicle, itself a flying bomb,
developed by Israel’s Aerospace Industries. This drone is a stealth
munition that can loiter for up to six hours before homing in on a
target. It has a range of 1,000km. The Badr camp is about 900km from
Some Russian aviation websites also speculated on Sunday that Israel was responsible for the attack. According
to Iranian Revolutionary Guards, there were no casualties – in denial
of local accounts of deaths among Iranian and Hizballah officers.
If the Iranian and Iraqi claim is confirmed, it would represent three groundbreaking events:
The Israeli Air Force’s first known attack on an Iranian target using a Harop UCAV.
The first Israeli attack deep inside Iraq not far from its border with Iran.
Israeli minister Tzachi Hnegbi’s blunt remark on Sunday, that in the
past two years Israel has caused Iranian military deaths in both overt
and covert operations, may have betrayed some impatience with the Trump
administration’s policy of military restraint against Iran, including
Tehran’s threat to Gulf shipping. In certain circles, Washington’s
restraint is seen as exposing Israel to bolder Iranian aggression.
has repeatedly put Tehran on notice that its plans to use Iraq as a
launching pad for attacks on Israel would not be tolerated.
Rep. Ilhan Omar was arrested in 2013 for trespassing and booked at
Hennepin County Jail “to prevent further criminal conduct,” according to
a newly uncovered police report.
incident took place on January 18, 2013 following an event at the
Minneapolis Convention Center featuring former Somali President Hassan
Sheikh Mohamud. The Somali president was set to stay the night at the
Hotel Ivy, causing large groups of Somalis to follow the presidential
convoy to the hotel, including Omar.
to the police report, hotel staff requested police assistance in
clearing the lobby, saying that anyone without a hotel room key was not
welcome on the premises and needed to leave immediately. The officer
handling the incident said the majority of people who were asked to
leave were compliant. However, Omar, when approached, was
“argumentative” and refused to leave.
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the point that the assault on Free Speech is being driven by
Technocracy, the United Nations has openly joined the fray in the name
of Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030, New Urban Agenda, etc. ⁃ TN
In January, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, tasked his
Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, to
“present a global plan of action against hate speech and hate crimes on a
fast-track basis”. Speaking at a press conference about the UN’s
challenges for 2019, Guterres maintained,
“The biggest challenge that governments and institutions face today is
to show that we care — and to mobilize solutions that respond to
people’s fears and anxieties with answers…”
One of those answers, Guterres appeared to suggest, is shutting down free speech.
“We need to enlist every segment of society in the battle for values
that our world faces today – and, in particular, to tackle the rise of
hate speech, xenophobia and intolerance. We hear troubling, hateful
echoes of eras long past” Guterres said,
“Poisonous views are penetrating political debates and polluting the
mainstream. Let’s never forget the lessons of the 1930s. Hate speech and
hate crimes are direct threats to human rights…”
Guterres added, “Words are not enough. We need to be effective in
both asserting our universal values and in addressing the root causes of
fear, mistrust, anxiety and anger. That is the key to bring people
along in defence of those values that are under such grave threat
In other words, forget everything about the free exchange of ideas:
the UN feels that its ‘values’ are being threatened and those who
criticize those values must therefore be shut down. Not only that, but —
disingenuously — the UN is comparing dissent from its agendas with the
rise of fascism and Nazism in the 1930s.
“Hate speech is…an attack on tolerance, inclusion, diversity and the
very essence of our human rights norms and principles,” Guterres said. He also wrote in
an article on the subject, “To those who insist on using fear to divide
communities, we must say: diversity is a richness, never a threat…We
must never forget, after all, that each of us is an “other” to someone,
the action plan, “Hate is moving into the mainstream – in liberal
democracies and authoritarian systems alike. And with each broken norm,
the pillars of our common humanity are weakened”. The UN sees for itself
a crucial role: “As a matter of principle, the United Nations must
confront hate speech at every turn. Silence can signal indifference to
bigotry and intolerance…”.
Naturally, the UN assures everyone
that, “Addressing hate speech does not mean limiting or prohibiting
freedom of speech. It means keeping hate speech from escalating into
something more dangerous, particularly incitement to discrimination,
hostility and violence, which is prohibited under international law”.
Except the UN most definitely seeks to limit freedom of speech,
especially the kind that challenges the UN’s agendas. This was evident
with regard to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in which it was explicitly statedthat
public funding to “media outlets that systematically promote
intolerance, xenophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination
towards migrants” should be stopped.
In contrast to the UN Global Migration compact, the UN’s action plan against hate speech does contain a definition of what the UN considers to be “hate” and it happens to be the broadest and vaguest of definitions possible:
“Any kind of communication in speech, writing or behaviour, that
attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a
person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based
on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, colour, descent, gender
or other identity factor”. With a definition as broad as this, all
speech could be labelled “hate”.
The action plan, “aims to give to the United Nations the room and the
resources to address hate speech, which poses a threat to United
Nations principles, values and programmes. Measures taken will be in
line with international human rights norms and standards, in particular
the right to freedom of opinion and expression. The objectives are
twofold: Enhance UN efforts to address root causes and drivers of hate
speech [and] enable effective UN responses to the impact of hate speech
The UN makes it clear in the plan that it “will implement actions at
global and country level, as well as enhance internal cooperation among
relevant UN entities” to fight hate speech. It considers that “Tackling
hate speech is the responsibility of all – governments, societies, the
private sector” and it envisages “a new generation of digital citizens,
empowered to recognize, reject and stand up to hate speech”. What a
brave new world.
“(O)stensibly the leader of Oceania, a totalitarian state wherein the
ruling party Ingsoc wields total power ‘for its own sake’ over the
“In the society that Orwell describes, every citizen is under
constant surveillance by the authorities, mainly by telescreens.…The
people are constantly reminded of this by the slogan ‘Big Brother is
watching you’: a maxim that is ubiquitously on display.
“In modern culture, the term ‘Big Brother’ has entered the lexicon as
a synonym for abuse of government power, particularly in respect to
civil liberties, often specifically related to mass surveillance.”
As brilliant as Orwell was, something continuously struck me as incorrect as I read 1984.
Orwell’s government – was extraordinarily competent in its totalitarian imposition of technological power.
In Reality – no government in the history of man has ever been even remotely close to that competent.
For Orwell’s Big Brother dystopia to become Reality – Big Government would need private sector help.
Enter private sector Big Tech.
Big Tech has delivered much of the technology Orwell envisioned. As but one of many examples – Orwell’s telescreens:
“(D)evices that operate as
televisions, security cameras, and microphones….(T)elescreens are used
by the ruling Party in the totalitarian fictional State of Oceania to
keep its subjects under constant surveillance, thus eliminating the
chance of secret conspiracies against Oceania.”
“The study found that digital
assistants (Google Home and Amazon Echo) can be ‘awake’ even when users
think they aren’t listening….
“(T)he devices listen all the time
they are turned on – and Amazon has envisioned Alexa using that
information to build profiles on anyone in the room….
“Amazon filed a patent application
for an algorithm that would let future versions of the device identify
statements of interest, such as ‘I love skiing’, enabling the speaker to
be monitored based on their interests and targeted for related
“A Google patent application
describes using a future release of it smart Home system to monitor and
control everything from screen time and hygiene habits, to meal and
travel schedules and other activities.
“The devices are envisioned as part of a surveillance web in the home to chart a families’ patterns….”
These four spying companies – are currently worth a combined $3.7 trillion. Our nation’s entire economy – is $19.4 trillion.
Which means these four companies – all by themselves – are worth 19% of the United States.
But it’s Big Tech doing the spying – not Big Government.
Anyone who looks at Big Tech’s all-encompassing spying ability and
thinks Big Government is capable of doing anything remotely similar –
hasn’t paid attention to the past 10,000 years of human history.
The ONLY way Big Government can impose Big Brother – is to partner with Big Tech.
“It first gained attention after the
revelations of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. Congress is in
the process of weighing reforms for the program. It must vote to renew
Section 702 before the end of the year, otherwise it will expire.
“The letter, addressed to the
chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, asks Congress to consider
several reforms to the program to ensure greater transparency and
We can now officially refer to those – as the Good Old Days.
Why would Big Tech fight Big Government – when they can get paid to join them?
And the Big Government-Big Tech surveillance state – is getting closer and closer to home.
“Police departments across the
country, from major cities like Houston to towns with fewer than 30,000
people, have offered free or discounted Ring doorbells to citizens,
sometimes using taxpayer funds to pay for Amazon’s products.
“While Ring owners are supposed to
have a choice on providing police footage, in some giveaways, police
require recipients to turn over footage when requested….
“(T)he sheer number of cameras run by
Amazon’s Ring business raises questions about privacy involving both
law enforcement and tech giants….(C)ritics have pointed out the retail
giant’s (other) ventures with law enforcement, like offering facial
“More than 50 local police
departments across the US have partnered with Ring over the last two
years, lauding how the Amazon-owned product allows them to access
security footage in areas that typically don’t have cameras — on
“‘What we have here is a perfect
marriage between law enforcement and one of the world’s biggest
companies creating conditions for a society that few people would want
to be a part of,’ said Mohammad Tajsar, staff attorney at the ACLU of
“If you want evidence that US
intelligence agencies aren’t losing surveillance abilities because of
the rising use of encryption by tech companies, look no further than the
testimony…by the (then) director of national intelligence, James
“Clapper made clear that the internet
of things – the many devices like thermostats, cameras and other
appliances that are increasingly connected to the internet – are
providing ample opportunity for intelligence agencies to spy on targets,
and possibly the masses. And it’s a danger that many consumers who buy
these products may be wholly unaware of….
“Privacy advocates have known about
the potential for government to exploit the internet of things for
years. Law enforcement agencies have taken notice too, increasingly
serving court orders on companies for data they keep that citizens might
not even know they are transmitting. Police have already been asking
Google-owned company Dropcam for footage from cameras inside people’s
homes meant to keep an eye on their kids.”
Orwell got the tech right – just not Big Government’s ability to create it for totalitarian ends.
Freedom has allowed for the free markets – that allowed the rise of
the private sector Big Tech Orwell thought Big Government would produce.
And now Big Tech and Big Government are partnering – to end that freedom.
Well…for we plebeians, anyway.
I’m sure Big Tech and Big Government will be just fine.
UK says farm practices must radically change to be sustainable and
friendly to the environment, claiming that the true cost of cheap food
is health and climate crisis.
The hallmark of Technocracy is
that Technocrats think they are experts at everything, even if they know
nothing about it. Pushing agriculture backwards will precipitate a
region-wide famine.⁃ TN Editor
The true cost of cheap,
unhealthy food is a spiralling public health crisis and environmental
destruction, according to a high-level commission. It said the UK’s food
and farming system must be radically transformed and become sustainable
within 10 years.
The commission’s report,
which was welcomed by the environment secretary, Michael Gove,
concluded that farmers must be enabled to shift from intensive farming
to more organic and wildlife friendly production, raising livestock on
grass and growing more nuts and pulses. It also said a National Nature
Service should be created to give opportunities for young people to work
in the countryside and, for example, tackle the climate crisis by
planting trees or restoring peatlands.
“Our own health and the health of the land are inextricably
intertwined [but] in the last 70 years, this relationship has been
broken,” said the report, which was produced by leaders from farming,
supermarket and food supply businesses, as well as health and
environment groups, and involved conversations with thousands of rural
“Time is now running out. The actions that we take in the next 10
years are critical: to recover and regenerate nature and to restore
health and wellbeing to both people and planet,” said the commission,
which was convened by the RSA, a group focused on pressing social challenges.
The commission said most farmers thought they could make big changes in five to 10 years if they got the right backing.
“Farmers are extraordinarily adaptable,” said Sue Pritchard, director
of the RSA commission and an organic farmer in Wales. “We have to live
with change every single day of our lives.
“We are really keen that farmers feel they are in the driving seat
and that they can be a force of change. At the moment, a lot of farmers
feel beleaguered and that they have become the bad guys. But without
sustainable, secure and safe farming in the UK, we will not survive.”
The commission criticised decades of government policy aimed at
making food cheaper, fuelling rising obesity and other health problems.
“The true cost of that is simply passed off elsewhere in society – in a
degraded environment, spiralling ill health and impoverished high
streets,” said the report.
Pritchard said the UK had the third cheapest basket of food in the
developed world, but also had the highest food poverty in Europe in
terms of people being able to afford a healthy diet. Type 2 diabetes, a
diet-related illness, costs the UK £27bn a year, she said.
The commission also said agriculture produced more than 10% of the
UK’s climate-heating gases and was the biggest destroyer of wildlife;
the abundance of key species has fallen 67% since 1970 and 13% of
species are now close to extinction.
To solve these crises, the commission said “agroecology” practices
must be supported – such as organic farming and agroforestry, where
trees are combined with crops and livestock such as pigs or egg-laying hens.
The commission has also adapted for the UK a recently published scientific dietthat
is both nutritious and environmentally sustainable. While it and other
studies recommend large reductions in meat-eating, Pritchard said:
“There is a strong case to be made [in the UK] to support sustainable
beef and lamb in the places where grass is the best thing to grow.”
The so-called planetary health diet calls for more nuts and pulses in
diets and Pritchard said these and more vegetables could be grown in
the UK. Hazelnuts and walnuts are native to the UK, she pointed out, and
some farmers are now starting to grow crops like lentils and quinoa, as well as beans and peas.
The commission said the government must develop a plan to put the
countryside and the communities living there at the centre of the green
“[Brexit] creates a once-in-50-years opportunity to change our food
and farming system, but we need to act now: the climate emergency makes
urgent, radical action on the environment essential,” said Sir Ian
Cheshire, chair of the RSA commission and also a senior government adviser.
Gove said: “This report raises issues that are hugely important. We
know that it is in the interests of farmers and landowners to move to a
more sustainable model.” He added that the government’s agriculture bill
would reward farmers with public money for public goods and a new “farm to fork” food review would look to ensure everyone had access to healthy British food.
The report was backed by Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The Green
MP Caroline Lucas said: “This monumental report is a powerful and
profound account of the ecological transformation of our food and
farming system that we urgently need – and where we can start.”
The commission said a new non-profit bank should be set up to provide finance to farmers investing in new practices.
With Brexit uncertainty worrying farmers, the commission urged
minister to stop delays on policy and trade decisions and commit to a
future-proof ambition by January 2020. It also said schools, hospitals
and prisons should buy more sustainably produced British food.
Prof Joanna Price, the vice-chancellor of the Royal Agricultural
University, said: “The report paints an honest picture of the challenges
and sets out some bold ideas to address them. We strongly agree that
farming can be a force for positive change and that rural communities
can thrive as a powerhouse for a green economy.”
the 1970s, the size of California forest fires has increased by 800
percent, in direct proportion to the shutdown of forest management,
logging, maintenance, etc. Climate change had nothing to do with it. ⁃
On a hot July evening last year, a rancher tried
to use a hammer and stake to plug a wasp’s nest. The hammer slipped, a
spark flew, and a patch of dry grass ignited, according to the Los Angeles Times. Within minutes, the brush fire fed on bone-dry conditions and became too big to control.
It soon merged with another blaze and became the Mendocino Complex
Fire, the largest wildfire in California’s history. It burned almost
half a million acres, or roughly 720 square miles, before it was finally
extinguished four months later. It killed one firefighter and injured
Californians may feel like they’re enduring an epidemic of fire. The
past decade has seen half of the state’s 10 largest wildfires and seven
of its 10 most destructive fires, including last year’s Camp Fire, the
state’s deadliest wildfire ever.
A new study, published this week in the journal Earth’s Future, finds that the state’s fire outbreak is real—and
that it’s being driven by climate change. Since 1972, California’s
annual burned area has increased more than fivefold, a trend clearly
attributable to the warming climate, according to the paper.
The trend is dominated by fires like the Mendocino Complex Fire—huge
blazes that start in the summer and feed mostly on timberland. Over the
past five decades, these summertime forest fires have increased in size
by roughly 800 percent. This effect is so large that it is driving the
state’s overall increase in burned area.
are summertime forest fires so much more likely? Because climate change
has already redefined the seasons in Northern California. Since the
early 1970s, summers in Northern California have warmed by about 2.5
degrees Fahrenheit (1.8 degrees Celsius) on average. A few degrees may
not sound like much, but heat has an exponential relationship with
“Each degree of warming causes way more fire than
the previous degree of warming did. And that’s a really big deal,” Park
Williams, a climate scientist at Columbia University and an author of
the paper, told me. Every additional increment in heat in the
environment speeds up evaporation, dries out soil, and parches trees and
vegetation, turning them into ready fuel for a blaze. For that reason,
Williams said, hot summers essentially overpower anything else happening
in Northern California. Even during a wet year, an intense heat wave
can choke forests so that it is as though the rain never fell.
And it matters that heat is prompting this 800 percent
explosion in forest fire—because among the many ways climate change
might be messing with the environment, extra heat is among the simplest
and most obvious. “Heat is the most clear result of human-caused climate
change,” Williams said.
In other words, the climate models say that Northern Californian
summers should be getting hotter as climate change takes hold. And
that’s exactly what the data show—and exactly what’s driving an
unprecedented outbreak of forest fires.
But this outbreak of climate-addled fires is limited to summertime
fires in forests; it does not extend to other types of environment or
other times of the year, the paper cautions. Williams and his colleagues
found that the amount of burned non-forest area—such as Southern
California’s shrub and grassland—has not significantly increased.
natural gas burns, it produces only C02 and water and is the cleanest
of any hydrocarbon fuel. The city of Berkeley wrongly believes that C02
is a pollutant gas and therefore harms the environment. ⁃ TN Editor
The Berkeley, CA City Council unanimously voted this
week to ban natural gas infrastructure in new low-rise residential
buildings, beginning Jan 1. 2020. The legislation also requires that all
new buildings in Berkeley be “electric-ready,” with proper panels and
wiring conduits to support electric infrastructure.
The natural gas ban does not apply to new industrial or commercial
buildings, as the California Energy Commission (CEC) has not yet proven
that it is cost-effective or plausible to make such buildings
all-electric. “We’re doing this on a rolling basis as the CEC finds
these things to be effective,” said Councilwoman Kate Harrison, who
sponsored the bill. The law also does not apply to renovations.
The bill received unanimous public support during the city council
meeting, particularly in comments from PG&E and Sierra Club, and
members of the community. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
also praised the move in a statement,
noting, “cities are leading the way to a clean energy future, providing
hope and optimism in the face of increasingly dire climate disruption.”
During a city council presentation called, “Meeting the Climate
Challenge in New Buildings,” Harrison outlined the impact green
buildings have on local climate efforts. She noted natural gas is
responsible for 27% of Berkeley’s overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
and 73% of the city’s building sector GHGs. The city is also under
pressure from a statewide goal to reduce GHG emissions from building
stock by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.
“Every new building that
we build in Berkeley locks in greenhouse gases for 100-plus years,” she
said, noting methane leaks and other obstacles can increase the problem.
Harrison assured costs of electrification will be favorable for the city in the long-term. In a 2018 report,
the Rocky Mountain Institute found, “electrification of space and water
heating and air conditioning reduces the homeowner’s costs over the
lifetime of the appliances when compared with performing the same
functions with fossil fuels.” Harrison also said PG&E will have
significant increases in gas prices by 2020, which will be offset to
Hawley has correctly nailed the big picture, except to name those who
created weaponized globalization in the first place. TN readers can
start with The Trilateral Commission and its New International Economic
Order. ⁃ TN Editor
The ruling class’s consensus in support
of globalizing the American economy is working “quite well” for its
architects, the “cosmopolitan class,” while leaving behind the “great
American middle,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) says.
During his keynote address at the National Conservatism Conference,
Hawley slammed what he called the “political consensus that reflects the
interests not of the American middle, but of a powerful upper class and
their cosmopolitan priorities” that has been supported by both
Republicans and Democrats for decades.
The goal of the “cosmopolitan class,” Hawley says, is mass
globalization, not only of the American economy but of the American way
of life, with efforts for “closer and closer economic union, more
immigration … more trade on whatever terms” to blur the “boundaries
between America and the rest of the world” and eliminate land and
“Call it the cosmopolitan consensus,” Hawley said of the ruling class’s globalist priorities.
The goal is to build a global
consumer economy, one that will provide an endless supply of cheap
goods, most of them made with cheap labor overseas, and funded by American dollars. [Emphasis added]
But it’s about more than economics. According to the cosmopolitan consensus, globalization is a moral imperative. That’s because our elites distrust patriotism and dislike the common culture left to us by our forbearers. [Emphasis added]
The cosmopolitan elite look
down on the common affections that once bound this nation together:
things like place and national feeling and religious faith. They regard our inherited traditions as oppressive and our shared institutions—like family and neighborhood and church—as backwards. [Emphasis added]
The cultural and economic model that has been foisted on American
citizens by the ruling “aristocracy,” Hawley said, is one entrenched in
“a progressive agenda of social liberation in tune with the priorities
of their wealthy” counterparts around the globe.
This “cosmopolitan economy” and culture has “worked quite well” for
the ruling elite, but has left the American middle class behind with
economic and social destruction, according to Hawley.
“Whom it has
not served are the people whose labor sustains this nation,” Hawley
said. “Whom it has not helped are the citizens whose sacrifices protect
our republic. Whom it has not benefited is the great American middle.
Because in this bargain, foreign competitors get to make the goods, and
we just buy them. And then they buy up American companies with the
“And yes, in this bargain there are lots of jobs—jobs on Wall Street,
or in Hollywood, or in Silicon Valley,” Hawley continued. “Because the
truth is, the cosmopolitan economy has made the cosmopolitan class an
aristocracy. At the same time, it has encouraged multinational
corporations to move jobs and assets overseas to chase the cheapest
wages and pay the lowest taxes.”
This, Hawley said, has left middle America with “flat wages, with
lost jobs, with declining investment and declining opportunity” that has
translated into a social crisis for the working class, declining rates
of marriage, declining birth rates, falling life expectancy, as well as
an opioid and drug addiction epidemic.
Is it any surprise that in the last half-century, as our leaders have pursued a program the American middle does not espouse, does not support, and does not benefit from, that public confidence in American government has collapsed? Is it any wonder that American voters regularly tells pollsters they feel unheard, disempowered and disrespected? [Emphasis added]
Because who now listens to the American middle? The cosmopolitan agenda has driven both Left and Right. The Left champions multiculturalism and degrades our common identity. The Right celebrates hyper-globalization and promises that the market will make everything right in the end, eventually … perhaps. [Emphasis added]
In truth, neither political party has seemed much interested in the American middle for quite a long time. And neither has seemed much interested in the republic the middle sustains. [Emphasis added]
A comprehensive survey by
Pew Research Center released in March reveals an overwhelming divide
between the country’s working and middle class and the ruling class, as
well as their allies in the donor class.
About 73 percent of Americans said the gap between the rich and poor
will continue to grow, a plurality of nearly 40 percent said the country
will be weakened culturally due to a growing multicultural population,
44 percent said the standard of living for Americans by 2050 will be
worse than today’s standard, nearly half of the working class said
automation will take their jobs in the future, and majorities across
economic groups said the lower class is likely to increase and the
middle class is set to decrease.
a panic to cut CO2 emissions, demands are being made to end factory
farming and shut down large scale animal operations like feed lots.
There are strong overtones of radical veganism and vegetarianism in this
movement. ⁃ TN Editor
This week, a petition signed
by more than 100,000 people was delivered to Congress, outlining issues
that should be addressed in Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
(D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey’s (D-MA) Green New Deal. This petition
shows overwhelming support for the Green New Deal, and calls for more attention to be brought to how our food system can be reformed to combat climate change.
With the food and farming sector being the United States’ largest
employer, and the country being one of the highest contributors toward
climate change, citizens are calling for action to be taken to protect
As someone in their mid-twenties, I have grown up seeing how climate
change is actively impacting me and my community. Here in California, I
expect droughts in the summer and extreme wildfires or mudslides in the
fall; learning from a young age to always conserve water because the
next shortage is just around the corner. Young activists from all across
the U.S. have seen similar changes in their home states, and we
recognize that our future depends on action being taken to stop the
climate crisis before it is too late.
A unique opportunity to address climate change can be found in our
agriculture sector—an area which must be made sustainable if we’re going
to survive. Climate scientists have identified agriculture as one of
the largest contributors to climate change.
This an opportunity to shift agricultural practices away from the large
scale, conventional farms that currently dominate our food system to a
regenerative, locally-focused, small-scale system that values the
welfare of the land and those who work it. CFS has identified several
focus points that should be implemented with the passing of the GND
resolution to cut back greenhouse gas emissions and create a healthier,
more sustainable food system.
1. Invest in regenerative, local agriculture
The future of agriculture lies in the shifting of practices away from
large scale monocultures towards small and medium-sized diversified
farms. We must wean away from the mass amounts of toxic chemical
pesticides and fertilizers being used, and instead integrate
regenerative practices such as cover cropping, the use of compost, and
the implementation of hedgerows as alternatives that not only add
nutrients into the soil, but provide many other ecosystem services.
Among these, regenerative agriculture protects biodiversity, including
the native bees and pollinators that are currently being decimated by
conventional agriculture. Our “Regenerating Paradise”
video series covers many practices currently being practiced in
Hawai’i—including several that can be implemented nationwide—to reduce
carbon emissions and protect our soils. Implementing these practices can
sustain our food production all while sequestering carbon, protecting
pollinators, and promoting on-farm biodiversity.
Switching to these regenerative agriculture practices will not be easy, but it will be beneficial. Despite research showing the vast benefits that
come from cover cropping and other regenerative practices, farmers have
been slow to start implementing them. Government and university grants,
technical assistance, and further research should be funded to help
promote these practices, transition farms, and aid the continuous
education of farmers and farmworkers. This investment will have
far-reaching effects on farms—preserving native pollinator habitat,
sequestering carbon, and providing climate-smart food to local
2. Cut meat consumption and shut down environmentally-harmful animal factory farms
from factory farms is necessary, not only from a climate standpoint,
but from a larger human and environmental health perspective as well.
Large scale animal operations pollute the water, lead to a higher risk of disease in humans, and contributelarge amounts of methane and other greenhouse gases into the air. Cutting back meat consumption,
purchasing meat from local sources, and shifting toward plant-based
sources of protein are all ways that individuals can help. More people
than ever, especially young people, have recognized the harmful impacts
of meat consumption and we are turning toward a flexitarian diet,
vegetarianism, and veganism as a way to cut back on our carbon
footprint. The government has the opportunity to support this effort on a
larger scale by providing financial support and technical assistance to
ranchers to help them transition to pasture-based and integrated
livestock operations that reduce livestock’s impact on climate change
and help sequester carbon in the soil.
CFS’s recently launched EndIndustrialMeat.org,
a website that highlights some of the negative impacts that come with
factory farming, including the vast amount of carbon released into the
air and heavy metals being drained into the ground; serious consequences
that disproportionately affect rural populations and disadvantaged
communities. The GND’s goal to secure clean air and water, healthy food,
and a sustainable environment for all communities mean that shutting
down these harmful operations is imperative.
3. Reverse the trend of consolidation within the agriculture sector
For decades now, there has been increasing consolidation of
seed, livestock, and other agriculture-related companies. These
mega-corporations have purchased vast quantities of land and set the
rules for how a farm has to run, undercutting disadvantaged farmers and
farmworkers, and wrecking rural communities. GND policies can be used to
break up these mega-farms, and empower local communities to take back
the food system. Breaking up these predatory mega-farms would not only
reinvigorate the economies of rural areas, but it would also give these
communities access to the healthy, climate-friendly food necessary to
slow the rate of climate change.
The growth of small and medium-sized farms would allow farmers and
farmworkers to set fair wages and provide safe and humane conditions for
themselves and a future for their children. Doing so would not only
allow current farmers to continue their operations, but also would open
the door for young farmers to have access to the land, resources, and
funds needed to operate for a viable, sustainable farm.
City Hall will use cameras and AI to identify anyone who has been
banned from entry. This most certainly violates the First Amendment
right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” ⁃ TN
Local governments and private corporations are
using facial recognition to secretly blacklist people, despite having no
valid reason to do so.
A recent article in the Idaho Statesman
and in the video above, prove that local governments are using facial
recognition to ban residents from accessing city-owned buildings.
The Boise city council claimed that they need facial recognition
cameras to protect public employees from disgruntled or unwelcome
Wow, there must be a lot of disgruntled or unhappy residents for the
city council to justify putting facial recognition cameras in Boise City
Hall and City Hall West, right?
His ban apparently did not last very long, because Mike Journee a
spokeman for Mayor David Bieter said, “no one is currently banned from
So if no one is currently banned from City Hall why install facial
recognition cameras? Could the government use facial recognition to
quell dissent? How many people will refuse to complain or speak out
because law enforcement could use it to identify them?
The Statesman revealed that “the technology would be used to identify people who are banned from City Hall for any reason.”
Journee also admitted that there is no “specific instance” that could
justify installing facial recognition cameras on city property. So if
there is no “specific instance” or reason to use facial recognition to
identify unwelcome people, why use it?
To create secret blacklists and quell dissent of course.
The government already uses facial recognition to create a secret
“No-Fly List” (blacklist) of citizens and now watchlists and blacklists
are creeping into public transit. Private corporations, bars and nightclubs are also using facial recognition to identify and blacklist customers and sports fans
Everyone should take notice when the mass-media admits what I have
been saying for years: facial recognition is being used to blacklist
people for any reason.
It is time to face facts, the Feds and law enforcement are secretly
using facial recognition to track and identify anyone of interest.
A new resolution introduced by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) would “properly identify” Antifa as “Domestic Terrorists.”
Introduced Thursday, the resolution defines Antifa as “a movement that intentionally combines violence with the group’s alt-left positions,” and “represents opposition to the democratic ideals of peaceful assembly and free speech for all.”
The measure then lists several examples of Antifa behavior, including:
Assaulting conservative journalist Andy Ngo in February and June of 2019, putting him in the hospital.
Doxxing ICE employees.
Confronting an ICE officer when he went to pick up his daughter
from summer camp, as well as plastering “his name and photo” on flyers
outside his home labeling him as part of the “Gestapo.”
Explicitly rejecting the authority of law enforcement to
“protect free speech and stop acts of violence.”
After Ngo was beaten and robbed by members of Portland’s Antifa cell, a GoFundMe established for the journalist raised $195,680 out of its original $50,000 goal after an outpouring of support.
As noted by The Blaze, however, labeling Antifa as “Domestic Terrorists” may also require an entirely new law.
federal law does not have the same clear-cut designation for domestic terrorism organizations that it does for foreign terror organizations (FTOs), explained Andy McCarthy in a 2017 column at National Review.
“There are federal-law processes for designating foreign and
international terrorism because defending against foreign threats to
national security is primarily a federal responsibility,” McCarthy explained,
because foreign operatives have fewer civil rights protections than
American citizens and that the best weapon against domestic terror is
local law enforcement, not federal. –The Blaze
The best way to fix the U.S. armed forces’ recruiting challenges may involve dipping further into the nation’s high schools.
As the Army,
Navy and other services contend with a thriving economy and a directive
to expand their ranks, there is a growing debate over whether the
military should consider lowering the minimum enlistment age from 17 to
16. More than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, already
have adopted the policy.
Critics say the idea is deeply flawed and
presents a host of societal problems, but supporters argue that the
Pentagon needs to think outside the box if it wants to continually
overcome one of the toughest recruiting environments in decades.
Neither the military nor lawmakers have given
any indication that they are entertaining the idea, but some analysts
say that opening the ranks to younger Americans could provide unique
benefits and may be the kind of fundamental overhaul the recruiting
system needs for the 21st century.
After a week that saw President Trump and his foes toss
toxic words at each other, there is now a warning that the next phase
could be “violence.”
Nearly 8 of 10 Americans told the Pew Research Center
that supporters for both sides could “act” on the politically charged
rhetoric with violence. It was higher for Democrats, 91%, than
By AMIR VAHDAT, GREGORY KATZ and ROBERT BURNS12 minutes ago
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this May 5, 2019 photo issued by Karatzas Images, showing the British
oil tanker Stena Impero at unknown location, which is believed to have
been captured by Iran. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced on their
website Friday July 19, 2019, it has seized a British oil tanker in the
Strait of Hormuz, the latest provocation in a strategic waterway that
has become a flashpoint in the tensions between Tehran and the West.
(Basil M. Karatzas, Karatzas Images via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
(AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly
detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions
in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran
and the West.
The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the
most significant escalation since tensions between Iran and the West
began rising in May. At that time, the U.S. announced it was dispatching
an aircraft carrier and additional troops to the Middle East, citing
unspecified threats posed by Iran.
The ongoing showdown has caused
jitters around the globe, with each maneuver bringing fear that any
misunderstanding or misstep by either side could lead to war.
of what took place Friday remained sketchy after Iran reported that it
had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. The straight at
the mouth of the Persian Gulf is a shipping channel for one-fifth of
all global crude exports.
The Stena Impero was taken to an Iranian
port because it was not complying with “international maritime laws and
regulations,” Iran’s Revolutionary Guard declared.
statement from Stena Bulk, which owns the seized tanker, said it was
unable to make contact with the ship after it was approached by
unidentified vessels and a helicopter in international waters.
The company said the tanker had 23 crew members of various nationalities and there were no reports of any of them were injured.
U.K. has featured prominently in the recent tensions with Iran.
Britain’s Royal Marines assisted in the seizure of an Iranian oil
supertanker on July 4 by Gibraltar, a British overseas territory off the
southern coast of Spain.
Britain said it would release the vessel
if Iran could prove it was not breaching European Union sanctions on
oil shipments to Syria.
Gibraltar’s government said Friday that
its Supreme Court had extended by 30 days the detention of the
Panama-flagged Grace, which was loaded with over 2 million barrels of
Iranian crude oil.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt initially
said two ships were seized Friday in the Strait of Hormuz, the second
sailing under a Liberian flag.
The owner of the Liberian-flagged
tanker later said the ship was briefly boarded by armed guards before
being allowed to go. Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency tweeted that
the Mesdar had left Iran’s territorial waters.
“These seizures are
unacceptable,” Hunt said as he prepared to enter an emergency
government meeting Friday night. “It is essential that freedom of
navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely
in the region.”
U.K. Chamber of Shipping chief executive Bob
Sanguinetti said the seizure represented a severe escalation of tensions
in the Gulf and made it clear that merchant vessels urgently needed
The British government should do “whatever is
necessary” to ensure the safe and swift return of the ship’s crew,
President Donald Trump said U.S. officials would talk with Britain about the unfolding crisis.
“This only goes to show what I’m saying about Iran: Trouble, nothing but trouble,” he said.
Stena Impero, with 23 crew on board, remains captured after
allegedly ‘violating international waters’ ■ Relations between Iran and
U.K. tense over Iranian tanker seized in Gibraltar earlier this month
Russia Offers Turkey Advanced Su-35 Jets Day After US F-35 Program Expulsion
Could NATO show Turkey the door in the near future? Things could easily
reach this point considering the alliance’s most easterly member is fast amassing significant Russian defense hardware.
With reception of Russian S-400 anti-air components, and now blocked
from the F-35 joint strike fighter program per Wednesday’s White House announcement, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is said to be mulling a new Russian offer.
is ready to sell its super-maneuverable Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to
Turkey, the head of the Russian state conglomerate Rostec said Thursday,” according to Turkey’s English language Daily Sabah.
our Turkish colleagues express a desire, we are ready to work out the
deliveries of the Su-35,” Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov said.
Russia’s TASS news agency also confirmed the offer, which a Turkish military source said was “premature” but
noted that Erdogan will assess the proposal. Turkish Foreign Minister
Mevlut Cavusoglu had stated previously that Ankara stood ready to sign a
contract for jet fighters with other countries should the US block
transfers of the F-35.
After the White House statement confirming Turkey was booted from the
program, Turkey urged the US to rectify its “mistake” while also calling
The Su-35S is Russia’s latest advanced fighter, a derivative of the
Su-27 plane, having been in service with the army since 2015, as TASS describes further of its specs:
The Su-35S generation 4++ supersonic fighter jet performed its debut
flight on February 19, 2008. The fighter jet is a derivative of the
Su-27 plane. The Su-35S weighs 19 tonnes, has a service ceiling of
20,000 meters, can develop a maximum speed of 2,500 km/h and has a crew
of one pilot. The fighter jet’s armament includes a 30mm aircraft gun,
up to 8 tonnes of the weapon payload (missiles and bombs of various
types) on 12 underwing hardpoints.
The first foreign purchasers of the Su-35 were China and Indonesia.
Russia completed delivery of two dozen of the supersonic jets to China
in November 2018 as part of a deal said to be worth about $2.5 billion.
Indonesia reportedly is awaiting delivery its own order of 11 Su-35s, expected by the end of 2019.
Should at some future point Turkey actually possesses advanced Russian
fighters in the air, with Russian air defenses on the ground, the
mainstay of NATO leadership would certainly find it hard to stomach
Ankara’s continued membership in the alliance.
Bowling Alone: How Washington Has Helped Destroy American Civil Society And Family LifeVia Ammo.com,Church attendance in the United States is at an all-time low, according to a Gallup poll released in April 2019.
This decline has not been a steady one. Indeed, over the last 20 years,
church attendance has fallen by 20 percent. This might not sound like
cause for concern off the bat. And if you’re not a person of faith, you
might rightly wonder why you would care about such a thing.
Church attendance is simply a measure of something deeper: social cohesion. It’s worth noting that the religions with the highest rate of attendance according to Pew Forum have
almost notoriously high levels of social cohesion: Latter-Day Saints,
Jehovah’s Witnesses, Evangelical Protestants, Mormons and historically
black churches top the list.
There’s also the question of religious donations. Religious giving has declined by 50 percent since 1990, according to a 2016 article in the New York Times.
This means people who previously used religious services to make ends
meet now either have to go without or receive funding from the
government. This, in turn, strengthens the central power of the state.
It is our position that civil society
– those elements of society which exist independently of big government
and big business – are essential to a functioning and free society. What’s more, these institutions are in rapid decline in the United States, and have been for over 50 years.
Such a breakdown is a prelude to tyranny, and has been facilitated in
part (either wittingly or unwittingly) by government policies favoring
deindustrialization, financialization and centralization of the economy
as well as the welfare state. The historical roots of this breakdown are
explored below, along with what concerned citizens can do to mitigate
its impact on their loved ones.
is difficult to talk about the decline of civil society and social
capital in the United States without looking at the destruction of the Rust Belt.
The decline of the population in Rust Belt industrial cities over the
last 50 years is worth a cursory glance before delving further into this
In 1940, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh were all among the 10 most populated cities in the United States.
By 1980, Cleveland and Pittsburgh had dropped off.
While Detroit hung around in the top 10 until the 2010 census, it was
also the first city to have its population drop below one million.
Cities outside of the top 10 in 1940 paint an even starker picture:
Between 1960 and 2010, Buffalo lost over half of its population, plummeting from 532,000 (20) to 261,000 (71).
Cincinnati was hit about this hard during the same time period, with its population dropping from 502,000 (21) to 296,000 (63).
Gary, Indiana is perhaps the most extreme case of Rust Belt
depopulation. It lost over half its population between 1960 and 2010,
going from 178,000 (70) to 80,000 (unranked).
Most of these massive depopulations are tied closely to
deindustrialization and the financialization of the economy. While other
factors cannot be ignored, such as central air conditioning, which
makes living in cities like Phoenix (439,000 in 1960 and the 29th
largest city to 1.4 million and the 6th largest by 2010) much more
palatable, a conscious set of policies contributed to the destruction of
America’s manufacturing base.
While direct connections are difficult to establish, it is worth noting
that there is a chicken-egg effect of the welfare state, which began
during the New Deal, but accelerated under President Lyndon Baines Johnson’sGreat Society.
What did people do before the advent of social welfare programs? This
is a question that even few libertarians can answer without stammering
something about private charity. And indeed, private charity did play a
role in meeting social needs for the less fortunate. However, there is a
hidden story in how communities met social needs prior to the advent of
the welfare state.
of the main pillars of civil society is the nuclear family. Any
discussion of the decline of civil society in the United States would be
incomplete without a discussion of the decline of family life in the
Perhaps the best numbers to look at with regard to the American family
are from the 2010 Census. These are, admittedly, a bit old. However,
there is no reason to suspect that the trend has reversed itself and
that the nuclear family has experienced some kind of resurgence in the
years since that census. If anything, the opposite is probably true. So
what does the last United States Census say?
Non-college graduates are more than twice as likely to be single parents.
Affluent families are more common than poor ones.
Pew Research likewise has good data on the state of the American family:
Americans who have never been married reached an all-time high in 2012,
with 25 percent of all adults over the age of 25 having never been
married. In 1960, this figure stood at 9 percent.
Men were significantly less likely to have ever been married than women.
24 percent of never-married adults were cohabiting with their partner.
For black Americans, the percentage over 25 who had never been married was 36 percent.
Pew Research indicates that it expects this trend to continue and that,
while people are getting married later in life, it does not expect a
significant increase in marriage as the population ages.
Financial security was cited as the main hurdle to marriage by one third of all those polled who wanted to get married.
46 percent of children live with two parents in their first marriage. In
1980, this number was 61 percent. In 1960, it was 73 percent.
The above-cited figures point toward two conclusions: First, the nuclear
family is in sharp decline. Second, it is far more common for educated
and affluent Americans to form traditional families.
difficult to assign direct blame to any one factor. The centralization
of the economy cited above plays a role, as does the financialization
and deindustrialization of the economy. In the 1960s, from
where our earliest data comes, it was not difficult for a high school
graduate or even a high school dropout to earn a living at a stable job
that was effectively a career for life. With this job came a defined
benefit pension, healthcare, etc. The wages and benefits made having and
raising a family easier.
The welfare state is another significant driver of the decline of the nuclear family. Unsurprisingly,
the black family is massively impacted. In 1965, 25 percent of all
black children were born out of wedlock. In 2016, that rate had
increased to 70 percent and even topped 80 percent in certain urban areas.
In the 1940s, this number was five percent, which was comparable to
that of white children. The Hispanic out-of-wedlock birth rate in 2016
was 52 percent, while for whites it was 30 percent.
rise in children born out of wedlock cannot be separated from the
massive expansion of the welfare state under Johnson’s Great Society. In a report from the Mises Institute,
the basic argument is that welfare disincentivizes marriage. In times
past, when women had children out of wedlock, it meant an incredibly
difficult life balancing whatever work and charity they could get. It
also carried a social stigma (from our old friend civil society), which
further disincentivized single motherhood.
Today, however, there are a host of social programs specifically for single mothers. A partial list of programs assisting single motherhood includes:
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) commonly known as “food stamps”
Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC), another food assistance program
Child Care Assistance Program, Head Start and Early Head Start, all daycare assistance programs
Section 8 housing assistance
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps single mothers pay their utilities
Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), health insurance assistance programs
Supplemental Security Income, often called “disability,” but accessible to those without bona fide physical disabilities
The Emergency Food Assistance Program and the National School Lunch Program, two more food assistance programs
These programs act as a disincentive toward family formation. Benefits
are means tested, meaning that if one’s income is low enough, one
qualifies. This means that it is advantageous in many cases for couples
to remain unmarried so that only one income
is counted for the purpose of benefits. Such programs, when coupled
with a diminishing stigma against single motherhood, further
incentivizes promiscuity and poor mate selection – why not have a child
with a man who can’t support it when the welfare state is there to pick
up the slack?
The impact of single-parent households is far further reaching than you
probably think: In the most extensive study ever done on single
parenthood (in permissive, tolerant and liberal Sweden), it was found
that children in single-parent households were twice as likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders and addiction. This figure might be conservative, as it only includes hospitalizations. Some other striking statistics about fatherless households include:
63 percent of youth suicides take place in fatherless homes.
90 percent of all homeless youth and runaways are from fatherless homes, which is a whopping 32 times the national average.
85 percent of all children with behavior issues come from fatherless homes, 20 times the national average.
80 percent of rapists with established anger issues come from fatherless homes, 14 times the national average.
71 percent of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes, nine times the national average.
70 percent of those in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes, nine times the national average.
85 percent of all juveniles in prison come from single-parent households, 20 times the national average.
90 percent of adolescent repeat arson offenders are from fatherless homes.
Fatherless children are nearly twice as likely to be victims of abuse or neglect.
These striking statistics are a serious indictment of the decline of the
nuclear family. If, as is common of behaviors, single parenthood is
heritable, we have not yet begun to see a crisis.
The big takeaway is that in the United States, civil society has declined. While
the blame cannot entirely be laid at the feet of big government and big
business (individual actors are involved), there is strong evidence to suggest that the crisis in American civil society is driven primarily by the welfare state and government policies favoring deindustrialization, financialization and centralization of the economy.
There is a reinforcing quality about the destruction of civil society.
As the size of big government and big business increases, they become
more capable of taking greater power. Smaller communities become
increasingly reliant upon each, making it harder to resist further
growth and greater disempowerment. It’s a vicious downward spiral.
So what’s the solution for a concerned individual or family? It’s
not political. Instead, the best one can do to counteract these trends
are to become as financially independent as possible, make durable local
connections in the community, and learn to think critically in order to insulate oneself from the more pernicious effects of social decay and the power of the state.
Top Pastor Calls BDS an Affront to Christianity
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is not only an
antisemitic attack on the Jewish state, it is an affront to
Christianity, declared Dr. Rubén Proietti, a top Evangelical Christian
leader from Argentina during a recent visit to Israel.
In a joint press conference with Jewish settlement leaders in Samaria,
Dr. Proietti said that the BDS movement “operates against Christianity
and against the Bible.” A number of Christian leaders have assailed
efforts to boycott Israel for their underlying denial of the biblical
record. BDS and similar movements label the Jews of Israel as
“colonizers,” while the Bible makes it clear that this is the God-given
homeland of the Jewish people.
Most egregious to Christians is the claim that Jesus was a Palestinian,
ignoring the fact that the New Testament records in no uncertain terms
that He was a Jew, lived as a Jew, and was crucified as a Jew (the
Romans hung a sign above Jesus’ head mockingly calling him “King of the
Dr. Proietti went on to call the resettlement of Jews in Judea and
Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”) a “fulfillment of the vision of the
prophets, and every world leader today needs to ask himself if he is
going to aid, or to interfere with this fulfillment.”
The mega-pastor was visiting at the invitation of the Parliament for
Israel, which was founded to, in the words of its president Yossi Eldar,
“connect Latin American countries and parliaments to the Land of
Israel, the land of the Bible by bringing leaders from Latin America,
establishing lobbies in various parliaments, Jerusalem, influence on UN
votes, prayer marches for the State of Israel, and more.”
Eldar called Dr. Proietti’s visit and his powerful statements the
beginning of a new era in relations between the State of Israel and the
burgeoning Evangelical community in South America.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced a
resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that supports
the anti-Israel “boycott, divestment, sanctions” (BDS) movement — and
which also likens Israel to Nazi Germany.
The resolution Omar introduced, H. Res. 496, is co-sponsored by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who wants Israel to be dismantled and replaced by a Palestinian state. Civil rights veteran Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) is also a co-sponsor.
The text declares Americans have the right to engage in boycotts against
Israel, and cites past examples of boycotts, including the Boston Tea
Party, the anti-apartheid movement, and the boycott of Nazi Germany,
The BDS movement was launched after the notorious United Nations World
Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, which
featured virulent anti-Israel resolutions and explicitly anti-Jewish
Anti-Israel activists, undeterred by the negative publicity their
tactics generated, used South Africa as the context to launch BDS, which
is modeled after the international effort to boycott the apartheid
regime until it finally collapsed.
A recent Israeli government report alleged that Palestinian terror groups support BDS efforts, through intermediaries.
critics also consider BDS to be antisemitic because it discriminates
against Israel, while ignoring Palestinian terror. Many also consider
comparing Israel — the Jewish state — to Nazi Germany to be a form of
antisemitism or even Holocaust denial, depending on the context.
Ironically, Omar reportedly told voters during her 2018 congressional race that she did not support BDS, only to reverse her position once she won the election.
The 5th congressional district contains one of the Midwest’s largest Jewish communities, as well as a large Muslim community.
As Iran-U.S. Tensions Rise, Hezbollah Readies for War With Israel
By Jesse Rosenfeld,
in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s commanders are close allies and clients of
Iran—and they are targeted by U.S. sanctions as well. They warn that if
the pressure continues these rugged hills where the Party of God fought
bloody guerrilla campaigns to end 15 years of Israeli occupation in 2000
and repel an Israeli invasion in 2006 could erupt once again.
And this time, they say, the combat will be far more devastating.
forces, battle-hardened in the Syrian civil war, have begun redeploying
toward the Israeli border, not only in Lebanon, but in Syria opposite
the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights. Hezbollah
fighters who spoke to The Daily Beast say their organization is hurting
from sanctions and ready to initiate hostilities—if and when Tehran
deems that necessary.“The
sanctions now have us preparing for dealing with the Israeli front,”
says “Commander Samir,” a Hezbollah officer in charge of 800 fighters on
Lebanon’s border with Israel. He declines to use his real name because
he is not authorized to speak to the media. “We will fire the first shot
this time,” he says.
military wing has changed fundamentally since its 2012 entrance into
the war in Syria to prop up the Assad regime, transforming into a
regional fighting force the Shia organization inspired by the Iranian
revolution that the U.S. lists as a terrorist group.
Trump offers the reasons he pulled out of the nuclear deal with Iran
last year, precipitating the current crisis, he cites Iran’s support for
militias that extend its power and influence across the region as
something the U.S. intends to end—with Hezbollah the main target.
But the pressure may actually be consolidating and motivating Iran’s proxies.
is still fighting in Syria while training Iranian allied militias in
Iraq and Yemen. The commander says his organization and Iran have moved
past their split with Palestinian allies over Syria, where they were on
opposite sides of the Syrian revolution as it turned into a bloody
regional proxy war, and Iran is once again providing training and
support for Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
underscores the importance of Hezbollah’s positions in the
Syrian-controlled part of the Golan, giving it the ability to open a
second front there against Israel, and boasts about drone capabilities
and new anti-aircraft and anti-naval weapons acquired in Syria alongside
a more seasoned fighting force.
wish before the war in Syria was to go and open a front in the Golan
but [the Syrian Government] set a red line,” the commander says,
describing the limits the pre-war Assad regime placed on Hezbollah
activity in its territory. “Now there are no red lines,” he said.
commander acknowledges a new war would bring vast devastation to Israel
and Lebanon, but says the sanctions crippling the Iranian economy and
forcing a large reduction in Iran’s financial support for Hezbollah
could make this nightmare scenario real.
“The Iranians have said either we all sell oil or no one does,”
Commander Samir says definitively, describing Hezbollah’s interests in
lockstep with Iran’s. Like the two other fighters that spoke to The
Daily Beast, he describes Hezbollah’s concerns in more regional rather
than domestic terms, responding to actions of U.S. allies around the
Middle East rather than Israeli action on Lebanese soil.
“If any missile hits Iran, it will be treated like Israel did it,” says the commander,
success in Syria has reinforced Assir’s confidence and he points to the
tensions in the Strait of Hormuz as the source of the next conflict
with Israel. “The commanders talk about if there is a spark in Hormuz,
there could be a spark in Lebanon,” recalls Assir.
the new nation that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota seeks to
create, the “capitalist system” will be left behind in pursuit of a
“fair and just economy” where the federal government guarantees
everybody jobs, housing, health care and free abortions.
How can we know this? She has declared it in writing.
Omar’s campaign website includes a section called “Ilhan’s Vision.”
The agenda it presents contradicts foundational American principles —
particularly the rights to life and property — that were spelt out in
the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The declaration says that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
Fifth Amendment says, “No person shall be … deprived of life,
liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private
property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
14th Amendment makes clear that the rights protected by the Fifth
Amendment apply to everyone and cannot be violated by the states. It
says, “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or
property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its
jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
In “Ilhan’s Vision,” a government that recognizes the right to private property is an unjust government.
capitalist system has led to a concentration of wealth in a small
handful of elites while working people suffer,” says Omar’s vision
statement. “We must stop the exploitation of working people to create a
fair and just economy.”
policy she proposes to help move America away from the “capitalist
system” toward a “fair and just economy” is to have the federal
government guarantee everybody a job and a wage.
federal jobs guarantee would provide meaningful work to anybody who
wants it,” says her vision statement. “The program would: Provide a wage
of at least $15 an hour, healthcare coverage, and benefits.”
But this is only the start of Omar’s vision for liberating America from the “capitalist system.”
also proposes a program she calls “Homes for All.” It is designed to
move America away from a “free market” in residential real estate toward
what Omar calls “publicly- and cooperatively-owned models of housing.”
is a human right,” Omar says in her vision statement. “However, the
free-market does not meet the needs of working families, while big banks
and for-profit developers continue to profit off of working
Imagine that: In this country, for-profit homebuilders profit by providing housing to people who earn money by working.
stop this outrage, Omar says, “We need to move towards publicly- and
cooperatively-owned models of housing for all income-levels.”
this mean House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or her descendants should someday
live in publicly or cooperatively owned housing? How about Senate
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer?
the nation Omar envisions, a population that is guaranteed
government-funded jobs and is living in “publicly- and
cooperatively-owned models of housing” will also rely on a health care
system controlled by the central government.
will fight for Medicare for All, a single-payer healthcare system that
guarantees quality care for every American,” says “Ilhan’s Vision.”
Under Omarcare, no one will pay anything for any health care service.
Her system would “Require no out-of-pocket costs for patients for any services.”
That would include the killing of unborn children.
is horrifying that we continue to fight for the right to seek an
abortion and access reproductive freedom,” says “Ilhan’s Vision.” Her
system would “Provide abortion coverage and care regardless of income or
How will Omar pay for her vision? By taking more of your income and targeting family-owned businesses.
“Ilhan’s Vision” will “Create a more progressive tax system by increasing income tax for the wealthiest Americans.”
would also “Strengthen the estate tax to limit the amount of
inter-generational wealth that can be accumulated in the wealthiest
public stock corporations do not pay estate taxes. Family-owned
businesses do. The net effect is forcing families to sell their
businesses to public corporations to raise money to pay a tax imposed on
the death of a family member.
This death tax enriches big government and big business at the expense of families.
It also helps illustrate how Omar’s vision would turn the America Dream upside down.
would take money from parents who have worked hard and saved to build a
business they want to pass on to their children and give that money to
individuals who want to abort their children.
is more likely to lead America to a better tomorrow: Those who work to
build a family legacy? Or those who take a government handout to
terminate theirs in the womb?
might be forgiven for thinking so, especially after listening to
Thursday’s opening prayer from House Chaplain Patrick Conroy, S.J.
has been a difficult and contentious week in which darker spirits seem
to have been at play in the people’s house,” Father Conroy said, before
closing his eyes and lifting his hands in prayer. “In your most holy
name, I now cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber, spirits
not from you.”
As CNN noted, the prayer is reminiscent of a former version of the Catholic rite of exorcism, which Father Conroy said was the point.
was on the House floor on Tuesday,” Father Conroy told CNN, adding that
“it felt different than other days. It felt like there was something
going on beyond just political disagreement. The energy of the House was
very off. No one was relishing what was happening.”
prayer, the Jesuit priest sought to “cast out the spirit of
discouragement which deadens the hope of those who are of good will. I
cast out the spirit of petty divisiveness which clouds the sense and the
desire to be of fruitful productivity in addressing the issues more
appropriately before this House. I cast out any sadness brought on by
the frustration of dealing with matters detrimental to the honorable
work each member has been called to engage in.”
asked God to “anoint your servants here in the House with a healing balm
to comfort and renew the souls of all in this assembly.”
your spirit of wisdom and patience descend upon all so that any spirit
of darkness might have no place in our midst. Rather, let your spirit of
comity, of brother- and sisterhood, and love of our nation and of all
colleagues in this chamber, empower our better angels to be at play in
our common work to be done for the benefit of all your people,” he said.
is not the first time Father Conroy’s prayers have made news. In April
2018, then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a Catholic from Wisconsin, tried to fire the Jesuit from his post. Mr. Ryan said at the time
that the firing was not political, instead prompted because he had
received a number of complaints from members of Congress about Father
The prayer came just hours before 70 Catholics, including several Catholic sisters and at least one Jesuit, were arrested
inside the U.S. Capitol following a protest over how immigrant children
are being treated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Tension over immigration
has been high in recent months, and rhetoric rose to a new level this
week after President Trump tweeted on July 14 that four members of
Congress, all women of color, should “go back”
to where they came from if they do not like the United States. Three of
the lawmakers were born in the United States, and the fourth is a
naturalized citizen. On July 16, the House of Representatives voted to
condemn the president’s tweets, which is when, Father Conroy told CNN,
he wrote the prayer.
Father Conroy told CNN that his prayer on Thursday morning was aimed at all members of Congress, not one particular side.
“You heard it. I wasn’t picking sides,” he said. “That’s ultimately the goal every day. I want every member of the House to be able to say ‘amen.’”https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2019/07/18/jesuit-house-chaplain-prays-expel-darker-spirits-us-capitol
Alpha News from Minnesota released Part I of their Ilhan Omar investigation tiled “The Secrets of Ilhan Omar” on Tuesday.
shocking video explores the myriad of evidence that a member of
Congress Ilhan Omar committed Bigamy, Marriage Fraud, and Tax Fraud.
The video is currently posted on YouTube.
It should be noted that by American law
— When a marriage fraud is discovered, not only might the immigrant
face severe immigration consequences, but both members of the marrying
couple may face criminal penalties… An immigrant who is found to have
committed marriage fraud would likely be removed from the United States
Jack Posobiec also posted the video on his popular Twitter page.
The video echoes information posted yesterday on The Gateway Pundit.
Gateway Pundit was sent several updates on Ilhan’s story in the past
two days. Our sources are hesitant to go public due to concerns of
retribution from certain segments in the US Somali community.
What is interesting is that as Ilhan continues to deny her marriage to her brother there is clear evidence that she is lying.
The marriage certificate between her and Ahmed Nur Said Elmi has his birthdate as April 4, 1985.
to official student enrollment records archived by St. Paul Public
Schools and the state of Minnesota, an “Ahmed N. Elmi” was enrolled as a
senior in the Class of 2003 at Arlington Senior High School in St.
Paul, MN, from September 6, 2002, until June 10, 2003. He graduated and
received a diploma.
The enrollment record states that “Ahmed N. Elmi” was born on April 4, 1985.
Ilhan Omar’s 2009 marriage documents and her 2017 divorce proceedings
state that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi was born on April 4, 1985.
an extensive background search, I have not been able to find any other
person named “Ahmed Nur Said Elmi,” “Ahmed N. Elmi,” or even “Ahmed
Elmi” with the birthdate April 4, 1985. The man Ilhan Omar married and
the 17- to 18-year-old who attended Arlington Senior High School in St.
Paul, MN, in 2002-2003 are one and the same.
It is also clear that her brother-husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi has an almost identical name to her father Nur Said Elmi Mohamed.
exists in this country a cultivated mindset that conservatives are all
things evil. We have gradually devolved into fictional characters,
invented by the left, and animated by whatever awful thoughts, beliefs,
and imaginary actions the anti-American hate cult can conjure up, mostly
on the basis that we still have faith, or love our country, or believe
in true justice rather than socialist justice.
been going on for a long time. I was a Reagan supporter as a teenager
and college student, so I’ve been hearing for almost my entire life what
a rotten person I obviously am. Of course, I am none of the things
that are pinned on me, but it doesn’t matter. I am who they say I am,
and they believe it to their cores.
is a fascinating process, watching yourself being defined by people who
actively practice what they pretend to condemn. The awful things that
they project upon us don’t spring from our minds, but from theirs.
Those terrible thoughts and dark motives are bred in their own warped
psyches. When they spring forth, we are assured that these are what
drive others but not themselves.
bigotry is limitless, their hatred palpable. Their distrust and
loathing is out of all proportion to anything they’ve actually ever
seen. We do live among them, of course. We interact with them every
day. We remnants of America are polite, rational and logical. Except
when we upset the cult. Then we become fictional creatures entirely.
almost any headline and you’ll see the methodology. For instance,
Trump’s comments “drip with racism,” or are xenophobic, or misogynistic,
or offensive in millions of other imagined ways. It isn’t what Trump
actually says or does that matters, it is what he “means.” Trump’s
motives, and ours, are provided for us countless times each day by a
cadre of unhinged, hyper-emotionalized mental patients. What we want,
what we think, what we mean, what we intend, are assigned to us by
unwell people who hate us with their entire beings. The left, the most
intolerant and hate-filled movement any of us have ever seen in this
country, has rewarded itself with the exclusive right to interpret our
every word and thought, and somehow they always conclude the same
thing. We are evil, but they are not.
could be accused of doing the same, except that we don’t have to. The
progressive loons that have risen to prominence in the Democrat party
tell us clearly what they intend, and who they mean to attack if and
when they are calamitously returned to positions of power. They are
expressly, gleefully coming for us, because of the hate that we don’t
have, but which they say we do.
as traditional Americans, are not prone to irrational, emotional
tirades. They’ve learned, even as the practice fades into memory among
half the population, that a healthy society cannot exist without
tolerance, forbearance and forgiveness, to a point. The Bill of Rights
has historically informed the extent of our forbearance. But while
we’ve allowed progressives and anarchists to indulge their psychoses, we
may have been tolerant too long.
left’s tactic of defining its enemies seems to have succeeded so well
that it can’t be corrected by mere conversation and evidence. When
every word we speak is instantly rejected on the basis of imaginary
biases and prejudices we don’t have, but which are imposed upon us by
those who hold them, the ability to converse is permanently smothered.
It has taken generations to fracture the country, but the left’s
adherents are now almost unreachable. The country consists now of those
who hate virulently, and those who are accused of doing so but don’t.
Perhaps that is changing, but not in a positive way. That is, rational,
decent Americans are getting truly sick and tired of the asylum’s
tactics, and are trying to figure out their options in the shrinking
vestiges of traditional America.
our situation is not yet exactly synonymous, some of us find ourselves
thinking about what the Jews may have thought as they saw Germany rot
from within, changing from a modern civilization in which they were free
and equal to a barbaric hate cult driven by lies and disinformation
about them. They must have wondered where they could go, and when they
should go there, to beat the coming tsunami of evil that was intended to
crush them. They saw and heard about the squads of radicals, agents of
the party in power, attacking Jews in the street, driven by lies and
human evil unchecked, with the assailants knowing they would face no
punishment for doing the work of the Party. They heard their government
smear them, defame them and condemn them, and then their fellow
citizens, all on the basis of lies propagated by those who sought
totalitarian control and domination. They were told what rights would
be taken from them, and the dwindling opportunities they would have to
exist in their own country. When the disinformation campaign was
complete, though they had done nothing wrong, they became the internal
enemy. They became the personification of all that the Party said was
wrong with the country, and as such, they became less than human. They
we see now, their motives were pinned on them, like Stars of David.
Their evil was invented and forced upon them, and their voices were not
allowed to be heard in their own defense. They became sub-humans whom
the cult declared deserved whatever was done to them for their
undeniable, but non-existent, evil. These peaceful people, the innocent
and law abiding, had been singled out for elimination because they gave
the Party a pretense for overthrow and authoritarianism. They became
the scapegoats and victims of the evil that animates the subjugation of
the many by a demonic few, whether it be socialism, communism or
are not there yet, but the fact is, we can see it from here, can’t we?
The stage of words is gradually being succeeded by the stage of
isolated acts of sanctioned violence by the Party’s enforcers, whether
in the form of elected officials encouraging aggression and physical
violence, roving mobs wearing hoods and masks, or the media.
work of isolating the targets continues in earnest. Whites,
Christians, Jews, males, law enforcement, the military, capitalists,
conservatives and patriots, all have been assigned their hatred and evil
by the mind-readers of the left. We have been declared the problem, so
our suppression is not only the solution, but is “social” justice.
this way, it becomes easier to rationalize that we will be preyed upon
by those who know their party will excuse their filthy service to the
seizure of our country and the power that comes from controlling it.
When Trump goes, unless he is succeeded by an American, so does the last
barrier to total anarchy. They’re telling us what they’re going to
do. Your only choice is to stand up for the country you want, rather
than to live in the country they intend. With illegals voting as
planned, we really could be only an election away. In the words of Sgt.
Plumley, prepare to defend yourselves.
On The Brink Of World War 3: Here Are 5 Major Developments Within The Last 48 Hours…
Has a war between the United States and Iran become inevitable? That is
what some in the mainstream media seem to be claiming, but let us hope
that is not true, because such a war would mean immense death and
destruction. If the Iranian regime felt that their survival was at
stake, they would throw everything in their entire arsenal at
the United States and Israel, and they would unleash Hezbollah to
commit horrific acts of terror all over the globe. That would include
acts of terror inside the United States, and most Americans have
absolutely no idea how nightmarish it would be to have Hezbollah terrorists striking soft targets all across the country.
And in order to quickly win a war against Iran, the U.S. would probably
have to use nuclear weapons, and that is a line that we do not want to
cross. This wouldn’t be anything like our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,
but very few people seem to understand this.
And within the last 48 hours, such a conflict has gotten much, much closer. Here are 5 of the most important developments…
#1 According to President Trump, the U.S. Navy shot down an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz. The following comes from NBC News…
President Donald Trump on Thursday said that a U.S. Navy ship
“destroyed” an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz — the latest in a
series of tense incidents between Washington and Tehran.
Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday that the USS Boxer —
a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship — “took defensive action” against
the Iranian drone that had “closed into a very, very near distance,
approximately 1,000 yards.”
The drone was “threatening safety of the ship and the ship’s crew” and “was immediately destroyed,” he said.
#2 The Iranians denied that it was their drone. So either the Iranians
are lying (which is a very real possibility), or someone else may be
trying to start a war between our two nations. When asked about the
drone, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif seemed to indicate
that the drone which was shot down did not belong to them…
“We have no information about losing a drone today,” Zarif told
reporters at the United Nations before a meeting with Secretary-General
#3 But the Iranians have admitted that they have seized a
Panamanian-flagged, UAE-based oil tanker. According to Iran, the tanker
was seized because it was illegally smuggling Iranian oil “to foreign customers”…
The tanker was seized by Revolutionary Guard forces
on July 14 after getting intercepted south of Iran’s Larak Island in
the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid allegations that the tanker was
smuggling fuel from Iranian smugglers to foreign customers.
It remains unclear to which country or company the tanker belongs but a
tanker based in the United Arab Emirates disappeared earlier this week.
#4 The U.S. State Department has condemned Iran for seizing the tanker, and U.S. officials are demanding that they immediately release it…
In a statement, a State Department spokesperson said the U.S. “strongly
condemns the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy’s continued
harassment of vessels and interference with safe passage in and around
the Strait of Hormuz.”
“Iran must cease this illicit activity and release the reportedly seized
crew and vessel immediately. We will continue to work closely with our
allies and partners to ensure the Iranian regime’s extortion tactics and
malign activities do not further disrupt maritime security and global
commerce,” the spokesperson said.
#5 It has been announced that the U.S. is deploying 500 troops to Prince
Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. As tensions with Iran continue to
rise, the number of troops being staged at this base is likely to
increase dramatically. The following comes from CNN…
Five-hundred troops are expected to go to the Prince Sultan Air Base,
located in a desert area east of the Saudi capital of Riyadh, according
to US two defense officials. A small number of troops and support
personnel are already on site with initial preparations being made for a
Patriot missile defense battery as well as runway and airfield
improvements, the officials said.
The US has wanted to base troops there for some time because security
assessments have shown Iranian missiles would have a difficult time
targeting the remote area.
I don’t know who is doing those “security assessments”, because the truth is that Iranian missiles can easily reach that base.
For a while there it seemed like things had cooled off a bit in the
Middle East, and many were hoping that the threat of an imminent
conflict had been averted.
Unfortunately, things are now more tense than ever, and a single mistake
could set off a chain of events that nobody is going to be able to
On Thursday, Iran’s foreign minister made the following very ominous statement…
“We live in a very dangerous environment,” the Iranian foreign minister,
Javad Zarif, said Thursday at the United Nations before news of the
drone was made public. “The United States has pushed itself and the rest
of the world into probably the brink of an abyss.”
The World is Dedollarizing Peter Koenig
if tomorrow nobody but the Unites States would use the US-dollar? Every
country, or society would use their own currency for internal and
international trade, their own economy-based, non-fiat currency. It
could be traditional currencies or new government controlled
crypto-currencies, but a country’s own sovereign money. No longer the
US-dollar. No longer the dollar’s foster child, the Euro. No longer
international monetary transactions controlled by US banks and – by the
US-dollar controlled international transfer system, SWIFT, the system
that allows and facilitates US financial and economic sanctions of all
kinds – confiscation of foreign funds, stopping trades between
countries, blackmailing ‘unwilling’ nations into submission. What would
happen? – Well, the short answer is that we would certainly be a step
close to world peace, away from US (financial) hegemony, towards nation
states’ sovereignty, towards a world geopolitical structure of more
are not there yet. But graffities are all over the walls signaling that
we are moving quite rapidly in that direction. And Trump knows it and
his handlers know it – which is why the onslaught of financial crime –
sanctions – trade wars – foreign assets and reserves confiscations – all
in the name of “Make America Great Again”, is accelerating
exponentially and with impunity. What is surprising is that the
Anglo-Saxon hegemons do not seem to understand that all the threats,
sanctions, trade barriers, are provoking the contrary to what should
contribute to American Greatness. Economic sanctions, in whatever form,
are effective only as long as the world uses the US dollar for trading
and as reserve currency.
Once the world gets sick and tired of the grotesque dictate of Washington and the sanction schemes for those who no
longer want to go along with the oppressive rules of the US, they will
be eager to jump on another boat, or boats – abandoning the dollar and
valuing their own currencies. Meaning trading with each other in their
own currencies – and that outside of the US banking system which so far
even controls trading in local currencies, as long as funds have to be
transferred from one nation to another via SWIFT.
countries have also realized that the dollar is increasingly serving to
manipulate the value of their economy. The US-dollar, a fiat currency,
by its sheer money mass, may bend national economies up or down,
depending in which direction the country is favored by the hegemon.
Let’s put the absurdity of this phenomenon in perspective.
the dollar is based not even on hot air and is worth less than the
paper it is printed on. The US GDP is US$ 21.1 trillion in 2019 (World
Bank estimate), with current debt of 22.0 trillion, or about 105% of
to Forbes, about US$ 210 trillion are “unfunded liabilities” (net
present value of future projected but unfunded obligations (75 years),
mainly social security, Medicaid and accumulated interest on debt), a
figure about 10 times the US GDP.
In addition, there are about one to two quadrillion dollars (nobody
knows the exact amount) of so-called derivatives floating around the
globe. A derivative is a financial instrument which creates its value
from the speculative difference of underlying assets, most commonly
derived from such inter-banking and stock exchange oddities, like
‘futures’, ‘options’, ‘forwards’ and ‘swaps’.
amounts to a humongous worldwide dollar-based pyramid system. Imagine,
this debt comes crashing down, for example because one or several big
(Wall Street) banks are on the brink of bankruptcy, so, they claim their
outstanding derivatives, paper gold (another banking absurdity) and
other debt from smaller banks. It would generate a chain reaction that
might bring down the whole dollar-dependent world economy. It would
create an exponential “Lehman Brothers 2008” on global scale.
Isabella Chow was told to resign as a student senator after she refused to support transgenderism because of her Christian beliefs. Isabel Brown sits down with Isabella at UC Berkeley in this episode of On the Front Lines. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yPL8syV_vo&t=230s
Dennis Prager and Google’s VP testify before the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, chaired by Sen. Ted Cruz, regarding Big Tech censorship. Watch the full hearing. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO2hOe61yeM
In Major Threat To Dollar’s Reserve Status, Russia Offers To Join European SWIFT-Bypass
Three weeks after a meeting between the countries who
singed the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was ditched by US, French, British and
German officials said the trade mechanism which was proposed last summer
– designed to circumvent both SWIFT as well as US sanctions banning
trade with Iran – called Instex, is now operational.
And while we await for the White House to threaten Europe with even
greater tariffs unless it ends this special purpose vehicle – it already
did once back in May when it warned that anyone associated with the SPV
could be barred from the U.S. financial system if it goes into effect –
a response from the US is now assured, because in the biggest attack on
the dollar as a reserve currency to date, on Thursday, Russia signaled
its willingness to join the controversial payments channel, and has
called on Brussels to expand the new mechanism to cover oil exports, the
Moscow’s involvement in the Instex channel would mark a significant step
forward in attempts by the EU and Russia to rescue a 2015 Iran nuclear
deal that has been unravelling since the Trump administration abandoned
it last year.
“Russia is interested in close co-ordination with the European Union on
Instex,” the Russian foreign ministry told the Financial Times. “The
more countries and continents involved, the more effective will the
mechanism be as a whole.”
… and the more isolated the US will be as a currency union meant to
evade SWIFT and bypass the dollar’s reserve currency status will soon
include virtually all relevant and important countries. Only China would
be left outstanding; after the rest of the world’s would promptly join.
On Thursday, the Kremlin confirmed the foreign ministry’s take:
“We are tracking the information regarding this. If
I’m not mistaken, there have already been statements from our side
that, taking into account the first experience of using this system,
when it is activated, we cannot rule out interaction in this regard,” Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, told reporters.
“This is an important project. It is aimed at protecting the interests
of European economic operators against the background of illegal
attempts to restrict their activities by third countries,” he added.
Earlier, the Russian foreign ministry hinted at precisely what will take place next, when it said that “The
full potential of Instex will only be able to be deployed if it will be
open to the participation of countries which are not members of the
European Union.” Such as Russia and China.
Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listen to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech in Washington, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
The prime minister reportedly has authority to bar
congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering Israel based
on their support for boycotts of the Jewish state.
By World Israel News Staff and JNS
While U.S. lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib recently announced
they are planning to visit Israel in the near future, their entry to the
Jewish state could be blocked due to their support for boycotts of it.
According to a report earlier in the week by Haaretz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has authority to block their entry.
While Israeli law dictates that entry can be denied to pro-boycott
individuals, the Foreign Ministry can also recommend waivers to the
Strategic Affairs Ministry and the Interior Ministry to facilitate entry
when barring individuals would negatively impact Israel’s diplomatic
According to the Haaretz report, Netanyahu will be tasked
with making the decision related to Omar and Tlaib based on the
“possible ramifications on Israel-U.S. relations” of the congresswomen’s
“We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American
values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our First
Amendment rights in regard to boycotting. And it is an opportunity for
us to explain why it is we support … the BDS movement,” said Omar.
On Wednesday Omar told Jewish Insider that she will be going to Israel in a few weeks.
“I am going in a couple of weeks and so I’ll learn more,” Omar told
the outlet. “But truly, everything that I hear points to both sides
feeling like there is still an occupation.”
Since entering Congress in January, Omar has made multiple remarks
that have resulted in charges of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias.
In a July 17 interview with “CBS This Morning,” Omar expressed no regrets for those remarks.
“Often times there are things that you might say might not hold
weight for you, but to someone else, the way that we hear and consume
information is very different than how the next person might,” said
“So, you don’t regret your words either?” asked co-host Gayle King.
“I do not, but I have gotten the—I’m grateful for the opportunity to
really learn how my words made people feel and have taken every single
opportunity I’ve gotten to make sure that people understood that I
apologize for it,” replied Omar.
When asked by King if she would “like to make that clear” she isn’t anti-Semitic, Omar said, “Oh, certainly not.”
commander for the Canterbury Region, Mike Johnson, claims that gun
owners turned over 224 semiautomatic weapons, as well as 200 gun parts.
Johnson told reporters that he was “ecstatic” by the amount of gun owners that showed up to turn in their guns.
the massacre, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that
the country would ban the sale of so-called “assault weapons” and
semi-automatic guns. While announcing this gun control scheme, Ardern
said that a buyback program would be enacted to offer “fair and
reasonable compensation” to gun owners.
estimated at the time that the buyback program was expected to cost
between $100 million and $200 million but justified it by saying that it
was a necessary price “to ensure the safety of our communities.”
NPR highlighted how 250 buyback exchanges are expected to go through this year.
President Donald Trump tweeted
Tuesday that “I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” and challenged
his critics to “Get a list of the HORRIBLE things” that the four
Democratic congresswomen of the so-called “Squad” have said.
is worth noting that all four — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY),
Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) are members
of a group called the “Justice Democrats.” The group is specifically
devoted to backing primary candidates against Democratic incumbents seen
as being too moderate and too white.
Last November, the Justice Democrats launched
a campaign called “#OurTime,” aimed at recruiting candidates to
challenge “Democratic incumbents who are demographically and
ideologically out-of-touch with their districts.”
From the start, the “Squad” devoted itself to an explicitly race-based political effort.
Then there are their statements.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
From the start, “AOC” used race in her campaign for Congress. As Politico noted
in 2018, she challenged incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), who is
white, on “ideological, generational and racial grounds, arguing that
the 10-term congressman was not in step with his majority-minority
district and was too cozy with corporate donors.”
AOC also has a record of controversial statements about Israel. She claimed, for example, that Israel had committed a “massacre” of Palestinian protesters at the border fence last year. The vast majority
were actually members of Hamas, a terrorist organizations that was
using the fake “protest” to launch infiltrations and violent attacks
recent weeks, AOC has shown even greater insensitivity to the Jewish
community by comparing migrant facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border to
“concentration camps.” Attorney Alan Dershowitz, a Democrat and Hillary
Clinton supporter, called her claims a form of Holocaust denial. Despite criticism from the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Israel’s Yad Vashem, and others, AOC refused to apologize and rejected an invitation to visit actual concentration camp sites.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)
has a long history of anti-Israel statements that have included
antisemitic themes, such as suggesting that Jews control the world. In
2012, she tweeted:
“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help
them see the evil doings of Israel.” Local Jewish community leaders in
Minnesota staged an intervention before she took up her seat in Congress — to no avail; she continued making offensive anti-Israel and antisemitic statements.
February, Omar tweeted, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” suggesting
(falsely) that a pro-Israel group, the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC), bribed members of Congress to support Israel. The
implication was that Jews were using money to control Congress. Omar
apologized for that tweet, but went on, a few weeks later, to claim
that pro-Israel members of Congress owed “allegiance to a foreign
country.” The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a fellow
Democrat, called her statement a “vile antisemitic slur,” but she
refused to apologize.
an effort to tamp down the controversy, House Democrats passed a
resolution condemning antisemitism — but only among other forms of
hatred, and without mentioning Omar specifically. After the resolution
passed, Omar took a victory lap, claiming (falsely) that it marked the first time Congress had condemned anti-Muslim prejudice.
More recently, Omar has supported AOC’s inflammatory claim that the migrant facilities are “concentration camps.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)
that the State of Israel has no right to exist and should be dismantled
— a stance that lost her the support of the far-left J Street
organization, which likes to maintain the pretense of support for a
In January, Tlaib posted an antisemitic tweet, declaring
that members of Congress who supported Israel “forgot what country they
represent.” The American Jewish Committee accused her of using an
antisemitic claim of “dual loyalty.”
In February, Tlaib called
Housing and Urban Development official Lynne Patton, a black woman, a
“prop” for appearing in the gallery during a hearing where members of
Congress were debating whether Trump was racist.
May, Tlaib made the bizarre statement that she felt “a calming feeling …
when I think of the Holocaust.” She explained by making the false claim that Palestinians had offered Jews a “safe haven” from the Holocaust.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley(D-MA)
On Sunday, just hours after the president posted his congressional tweets, Pressley told
left-wing bloggers at Netroots Nation: “We don’t need any more black
faces that don’t want to be a black voice.” She appeared to assume that
the only legitimate “black voice” was leftist; black Americans with
other views were legitimate targets of racial attack.
bio on her official House of Representatives website — not a personal
or campaign page — implies that a white person cannot represent her
congressional district: “The Massachusetts 7th is the most diverse and
most unequal district in the state, requiring a representative whose
experiences are reflective of the people,” it says.
B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He earned an
A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from
Harvard. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni
Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.
(Morning Star News)
– Authorities in Cuba on Sunday (July 14) refused to allow the national
presidents of two Christian denominations to board their flight to
Washington, D.C., for a religious freedom event, sources said.
Rev. Moises de Prada Esquivel and the Rev. Alida Leon Baez, both
members of the Alliance of Evangelical Churches of Cuba (AECC, Alianza
de Iglesias Evangélicas Cubana) were slated to represent the
organization as members of its executive board at the event.
were notified at Havana’s José Marti International Airport that they
would not be allowed to travel to the U.S. capital because Cuban State
Security had blocked their departure from the country, according to an
AECC press statement.
authorities reportedly denied other evangelical leaders permission to
travel to the United States. Officials earlier refused to renew the
passport of the Rev. Dariel Llanes, president of the Western Convention
Baptist Church of Cuba (Iglesia Convención Bautista de Cuba Occidental),
reportedly to keep him from attending the meeting in Washington.
Immigration officials also reportedly blocked the Rev. Alain Toledano
Valiente of the Prophetic Apostolic Movement (Movimiento Apostólico
Profético) from leaving the country.
The incidents were the latest in a campaign of repression against the evangelical Christian community in Cuba.
Friday (July 12), State Security agents forcibly detained independent
journalist Ricardo Fernandez Izaguirre following his visit to the
offices of human rights watchdog group Ladies in White in Havana.
Camaguey-based reporter and advocate of religious freedom, who is
married with an infant daughter, has since been held incommunicado by
authorities, according to advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Izaguirre, an active member of a network of unregistered charismatic
Christian churches, has reportedly been working with the predominantly
Roman Catholic Ladies in White to document violations of freedom of
religion and belief, a right enshrined in the Cuban constitution.
jailed journalist’s friends and family have been unable to contact him
since his arbitrary detention, and his mobile phone appears to have been
disconnected, according to CSW.
Anna-Lee Stangl, head of advocacy for CSW, appealed to authorities for Fernandez Izaguirre’s release.
holds the Cuban government responsible for the well-being of Ricardo
Fernandez Izaguirre,” Stangle said. “We call on the authorities to
release him immediately.”
leaders suspect mounting pressure on Christians – and on the AECC in
particular – is rooted in their outspoken opposition to proposed
constitutional changes aimed at legalizing homosexual marriage in Cuba. A
new Cuban draft constitution approved in 2018 by the National Assembly
of People’s Power replaced a clause defining the family as “a union
between one man and one woman” with “a union between two persons…with
absolutely equal responsibilities.”
from Cuba’s Christian community forced authorities to delete the new
language, but constitutional framers specifically avoided re-inserting
the traditional definition of marriage as a union between one man and
one woman. That left the door open to approve homosexual marriage
through the new Cuban Family Code, set to be ratified within two years.
Christians fear it also practically guarantees that the campaign of repression against outspoken Christians will continue.
Cuba, there is no real freedom of expression or of worship,” a veteran
evangelical pastor who requested anonymity told Morning Star News. “Any
person who openly opposes the established system is looking for
the government to listen to the voice of Protestant Christians on the
issue and maintain the definition of marriage as between a man and a
woman, there would be a possibility for resolution, the pastor said.
given the fact that the daughter of Raul Castro, (LGBT activist Mariela
Castro Espin) is the force behind the constitutional change, I think it
very unlikely that the government will back down from its intentions,”
AECC, composed of Protestant churches choosing not to identify with the
regime-friendly Cuban Council of Churches, counts 1 million members
among its affiliate denominations, a number that represents nearly 10
percent of the country’s 11 million population.