Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mueller's team

A top national attorney in consultation with U.S. Attorneys confirms to Big League Politics that Robert Mueller’s entire team can be investigated for prosecutorial misconduct, based on revelations of anti-Trump bias among his lawyers and staffers.

"Every one of these people on Mueller’s team should and can be investigated," said the attorney, who believes that Peter Strzok’s actions "taints everything at that point." Strzok is the FBI agent who was kicked off Team Mueller for sending "anti-Trump text messages" to a woman. Rep. Jim Jordan believes that Strzok was involved in using the debunked Hillary Clinton-funded Trump dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant for Trump Tower.

"It would seem to me that the work he did tainted everything. It may require Mueller to review all of the work he did."

"How do you continue this thing without investigating every single person there?" the attorney said.

Any work on the case that Strzok participated in (which was apparently substantial) can be rendered inadmissible in the case by Trump’s team. Political repression is a form of prosecutorial misconduct. Trump could also defend himself based on selective prosecution, considering the fact that Mueller helped Hillary Clinton collude with the Russian government and Clinton was never prosecuted for her potentially treasonous acts, whereas Trump was targeted for investigation before any evidence surfaced in the case.

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Brussels, hell hole

When then-candidate Donald Trump noted in January 2016 that, thanks to mass immigration, Brussels was turning into a hell hole, Belgian and European politicians presented a united front at the (media) barricades: How dare he say such a thing? Brussels, capital of the European Union, the very quintessence of the post-modern world, the avant-garde of the coming new "global civilization," a hell hole? Of course assimilating newcomers is not always easy, and there may be friction from time to time. But never mind, they said: Trump is a buffoon, and anyway, he has zero chance of getting elected. Such were the thoughts of those avid readers of The New York Times International Edition and regular watchers of CNN International.

However, Donald Trump, in his unmistakable, brash style, was quite simply right: Brussels is rapidly descending into chaos and anarchy. Exactly two months after that dramatic Trumpism, Brussels was eviscerated by a horrific Islamic terror attack that left 32 people dead. And that was only the tip of the monstrous iceberg that has built up over three decades of mass immigration and socialist madness.

Last month alone in Brussels, there were three separate outbreaks of rioting and looting on a major scale.

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Ernesto "Che" Guevara

Today, after 50 years of his death, many people still remember Ernesto "Che" Guevara as a warrior for social justice. For so many celebrities, politicians, and activists, Che Guevara is a kind of Good Samaritan who fought against oppression and tyranny. It is unfortunate, though, that these people ignore some of their idol’s defining character traits.

Che Guevara was in fact an intolerant and despicable man.

In the process of building a communist society after Fidel Castro came to power in 1959 in Cuba, one of the ideas Che Guevara presented and promoted was the notion of the "new man." This concept grew out of Guevara’s aversion to capitalism, and was first explained in his note on "Man and Socialism in Cuba". He believed that "The individual under socialism (...) is more complete," and that the state should educate men and women in anti-capitalist, cooperative, selfless, and non-materialistic values.

Anyone who deviated from the "new man" was seen as a "counter-revolutionary." Such was the case of gay men whom Guevara referred to as a "sexual perverts." Both Guevara and Castro considered homosexuality a bourgeois decadence. In an interview in 1965, Castro explained that "A deviation of that nature clashes with the concept we have of what a militant communist should be."

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Summation of Mueller's investigation so far

Almost eighteen months after Obama’s Justice Department and the FBI launched the Russiagate investigation, and seven months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller took the investigation over, the sum total of what it has achieved is as follows:

(1) an indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates which concerns entirely their prior financial dealings, and which makes no reference to the Russiagate collusion allegations;

(2) an indictment for lying to the FBI of George Papadopoulos, the junior volunteer staffer of the Trump campaign, who during the 2016 Presidential election had certain contacts with members of a Moscow based Russian NGO, which he sought to pass off falsely and unsuccessfully as more important than they really were, and which also does not touch on the Russiagate collusion allegations; and

(3) an indictment for lying to the FBI of Michael Flynn arising from his perfectly legitimate and entirely legal contacts with the Russian ambassador after the 2016 Presidential election, which also does not touch on the Russiagate collusion allegations, and which looks as if it was brought about by an act of entrapment.

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Muslims create havoc in the Philippines

More than six months after Filipino and foreign fighters claiming allegiance to the Islamic State stormed this lakeside city, setting off a months-long war with U.S.-backed Philippine troops, liberated Marawi lies in ruins and its people seethe.

The heart of the city has been bombed and burned beyond recognition, its domed mosques pierced by mortar fire. Homes stand roofless, blackened. There are armored vehicles on the streets.

Some 200,000 residents are still scattered across the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, living with weary relatives or in displacement camps thick with mud and worry.

Filipinos who have been allowed to return have found their homes sacked and looted safes open, jewelry snatched, appliances gone.

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Prostitutes on Australian army deployments

Wives of Australia’s soldiers were horrified by a recent article posted to the country’s defense forces website proposing that prostitutes be sent to comfort Aussie troops who have been deployed overseas.

The idea was floated by Australian Army Capt. Sally Williamson who posted the plan to the Australian Defence Force website in an essay entitled, "Sex and War A Conversation Army Has To Have."

In her essay, Capt. Williamson thought it would be advisable to "contract Australian male and female sex workers to service troops in forward operating bases and air bases," the New York Post reported.

Williamson added that sending sex workers to the troops could ease the "loneliness or prolonged absence from family, friends, partners and spouse" that soldiers feel while deployed. Williamson also felt it might help relieve symptoms of PTSD saying, "Improved intimacy and sexual interaction can help combat veterans with PTSD recovery."

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Palestinians seething over Jerusalem

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is insisting that Jerusalem is the "eternal capital of the state of Palestine" after President Donald Trump recognized the city as the capital of Israel.

No Palestinian state has ever existed, but Abbas is leveraging the claim that Jerusalem is its third holiest city of Islam, after Mecca and Medina.

Moreover, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are less important in Islam than they are important in Muslims’ anti-Semitic hatred of Israel.

Muhammad’s famous Night Journey (Isra and Miraj) is the basis of the Islamic claim to Jerusalem as an Islamic holy city. Yet this journey is never mentioned in the Qur’an, and neither is Jerusalem. The first verse of Sura 17 says that Allah took Muhammad from "the Sacred Mosque" in Mecca "to the farthest [al-aqsa] Mosque." There was no mosque in Jerusalem at this time (if the traditional chronology regarding the Qur’an is to be believed), so the "farthest" mosque probably wasn’t really the one that now bears that name in Jerusalem. Islamic tradition, however, is firm that this mosque is in Jerusalem.

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Mueller's investigation is dead?

Like a headless turkey running around in circles, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s anti-Trump investigation is dead, even if he does not yet realize it. While his investigation stumbles onward, with life support provided by the biased media, from a legal perspective the viability of any criminal case that Mueller could possibly bring has been effectively gutted thanks to the news (suppressed for months by Mueller's team) that the FBI’s "key agent" in both the Russia investigation and the Clinton email probe was an ardent Hillary supporter with an anti-Trump bias.

Under federal law, a prosecutor is required to disclose exculpatory and impeachment information to criminal defendants and to seek a just result in every case. Specifically, pursuant to Giglio v. United States, prosecutors are obligated to provide defendants with impeachment evidence, which includes, according to the DOJ's guidelines, evidence of a witness's biases, "[a]nimosity toward defendant," or "[a]nimosity toward a group of which the defendant is a member or with which the defendant is affiliated."

As a result, in any prosecution brought by Mueller against a Republican target, defense counsel would be entitled under the Constitution to all evidence in the government's possession relevant to exploring the apparent biases of FBI agent Peter Strzok and his animosity toward Trump and the Republican Party. This, in and of itself, could be a case-killer because it is very unlikely that Mueller or the DOJ would want defense counsel poring through all the records and documents, emails, and texts in the DOJ's and Strzok's possession revealing the agent's biases since this could fatally undermine any other cases or investigations the agent has worked on -- such as the FBI's decision to recommend charging General Flynn with lying to federal agents even though Hillary Clinton's besties, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, were given a free pass despite apparently doing the same thing.

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Should taxpayers pay for politicians accused of sexual misconduct?

Several new attempts are being made to reform a controversial law that prevents the public from knowing the identities of politicians accused of sexual misconduct.

At least two new efforts are being launched to reform a law that shields the identities of politicians accused of workplace sexual harassment and forces the American taxpayer to foot the bill. The attempts at reforming the Congressional Accountability Act are part of a broader effort to combat allegations of rampant sexual assault and harassment among the elite of Hollywood and Washington D.C.

On Thursday the House Administration Committee held a hearing to explore the Congressional Accountability Act and how they might make the process of reporting sexual misconduct more transparent and responsive. The Washington Examiner reports that House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper "intends to move legislation through the panel by late January that would reform the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act, which governs the way the Legislative Branch handles workplace claims, including sexual harassment."

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Public sector labor unions are slowly dying

As the participation in American workers in labor unions has plummeted for a variety of reasons, the sole bright spot for organized labor has been in the public sector where teachers, firefighters, and police officers are routinely part of bargaining units.

These unions are sustained, in some cases, by closed-shop laws that require union membership as the price of employment or the payment of an "agency fee" to the union to cover contract negotiations and grievance representation if you don’t want to be a full member. This requirement, that non-members still had to pay an agency fee, comes from the 1977 Supreme Court decision, Abood vs. Detroit Board of Education.

Over the years, this decision has been chipped at around the edges until it has become very obvious that forced subsidization of union negotiations by non-members runs afoul of the First Amendment decisions by the Supreme Court. Abood seemed headed for the ash heap of history in 2016 in a case that made its way to the Supreme Court called Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association. The unions were only saved by the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia and a 4-4 tie which preserved a 9th Circuit decision affirming the requirement to pay an agency fee.

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Interesting rant

From Takimag.com

Probably the best thing about the current nuclear wave of Tranny Mania is that, if left unimpeded, it will destroy women’s sports, firmly establish that gender is real and that men and women have different mean levels of athletic ability, anger lesbian feminists to the point where they engage in brutal and prolonged bloody street battles to establish dominance over male-to-female trannies, and herald in a new era where everyone returns to traditional gender roles, men stop being such pussies, and women wear chaste and modest Amish clothing while they resume baking pies.


Deportation backlog

U.S. immigration officials have revealed that they face a deportation backlog of 550,000 illegal immigrants who were given temporary amnesty by former President Obama or simply let off the hook by liberal judges.

The massive backlog is being tackled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but the sheer numbers -- bigger than the populations of Atlanta or Sacramento -- is overwhelming the agency's enforcement and removal department.

This week as ICE and other immigration officials reviewed successes under President Trump, a reporter asked Matthew T. Albence, executive associate director for enforcement and removal operations, if he knew the number of outstanding deportation orders....

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Odds and ends

What is it with the GOP's obsession with tax cuts? The economy may get a boost but the national debt keeps rising every year. We don't have a tax problem, we have a spending problem.

The Republican National Committee has raised $120 million so far this year. The DNC has raised about half that amount.

The real reason Flynn was brought down on a technicality is because he made an enemy out of the deep state by directly exposing them for failing to fight ISIS and to some extent actually helping the spread of radical Islam.

Now that the GOP has gotten its tax cuts legislation, will they now drop all pretenses of supporting Trump in the future?

New York’s Metropolitan Opera suspended its longtime conductor, James Levine, 74, after three men came forward with accusations he sexually abused them decades ago, when they were teenagers.

Former Democrat congresswoman Corrine Brown was sentenced this week to 5-years on fraud charges in connection with a charity, One Door for Education. She was found guilty on 18 counts of 22 federal fraud charges.

Headline....Justice Dept. has been secretly investigating 'dirty' FBI officials for 11 months. (We can only hope)

Goldman Sachs not only said Hillary would win the election, but that Democrats would take the House and the Senate. Haha.

A blistering new report by U.S. News & World Report about Democrat rising star Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) reveals a temperamental senator with a taste for the finer things in life. Look for more comedy in the future.

The governor of Puerto Rico handed out almost $100 million in bonuses to government workers after asking the taxpayers of the U.S. for $94 billion.

Trump sticks out like a sore thumb at the moment not because he is dangerous maverick but, on the contrary, because he is the only truth teller in a world of lies.

Congressman Todd Rokita introduced the SLAP Act (H.R. 4526, the Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians) to hold lawless state and local politicians accountable with criminal penalties for working to obstruct federal immigration enforcement efforts.

In a jaw-dropping new accusation against disgraced former Rep. John Conyers, a former intern claims Conyers brought up Chandra Levy when she rejected his sexual advances. Sounds like a threat to me.

Al Franken resigned. Christmas comes early.

A report from the DOJ Inspector General will soon be released. The report will be on FBI corruption and will cause a major shake-up. The report will deal with Peter Strzok, Comey, and 27 leakers.

Paul Ryan says Republicans to target welfare, Medicare, Medicaid spending in 2018....

The human race has peaked. Study says we have hit the limit for height, lifespan, and physical performace - and could soon move backwards.

A former CIA analyst says Russia probe is a Democratic trap.

The CFPB was essentially created to work as a legal money laundering operation for progressive causes by fining financial institutions for conduct the CFPB finds in violation of their unilateral and arbitrary rules and regulations. The CFPB then use the proceeds from the fines to fund progressive organizations and causes. That’s the underlying reason why the Democrats are fraught with anxiety over losing control of it.

Alarmist scientists have been caught red-handed tampering with raw data in order to exaggerate sea level rise.

Woman says Al Franken told her an unwanted kiss was his right as an entertainer.

Rush Limbaugh....Bill Clinton promised in his campaign to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He didn't do it. Barack Obama promised. George W. Bush promised. Donald Trump promised and Trump is actually going to keep the promise.

Poll....72% of blacks, but just 31% of whites, say Trump should be impeached.

Shaquille O’Neal Says...."Trump Is Possibly The Best President Of All Times Ever."

Obama received a $60 million advance on his new book, which even with a 25% royalty (double the industry standard) would require the sale of 8 million books to break even.

All the critics who called Trump a Nazi are now in shellshock when he decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

11 of the nation's lowest-performing school districts are in California. Although California is the most populated state in the country, New York, with the nation's second-highest population, has only two districts in the bottom 26. And Texas, the third-most populated state, has one.

Hmmmm. The Justice Department has launched a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices and the sale of fetal tissue.

Headline....DC Federal Court yanks Obama-appointed judge from Mike Flynn case, replaces with judge appointed by Clinton.

Things that are obviously true....Progressives love bicycles because they are outmoded and inefficient, just like windmills, and because they are the primary means of transportation in communist hellholes like Cuba. Consequently, their heavy-handed urban planning often inflicts bike lanes at the expense of normal traffic.

Spread the swamp? Trump administration wants to move government offices out of Washington.

Headline....Wolf-whistling could become a hate crime in London


Let's break 100 million eggs

If you’re even barely intelligent and mildly educated, you’d realize that ideas such as "guilt by association" and "two wrongs make a right" are commonly accepted logical fallacies. One needn’t be particularly bright, nor even fully pubescent, to grasp this.

But for growing swaths of the pro-globalistand therefore the unwittingly pro-corporate, pro-capitalist, and pro-bankerradical left, even "two wrongs make a right" is no longer sufficient. For them, it’s now "Commit the first wrong based on the theoretical possibility that a second wrong will be committed if you don’t hit first."

Such is the "thinking" of Antifaa portmanteau of "anti-fascist"a loosely associated gaggle of far-left malcontents and trust-fund babies who justify their totalitarian tactics by claiming that if they don’t shut down speech and crush skulls, people whom they’ve tagged as "fascists" will do so, and no decent person would tolerate people shutting down speech and crushing skulls, which is, naturally, why they have to shut down speech and crush skulls first. Since these "Nazis"who usually don’t identify as Nazis but are never even permitted to have that discussiondehumanize others, they must be preemptively dehumanized and destroyed. Or so goes the "reasoning," which is not reasoning at all but rather a cowardly, self-exculpatory dodge.

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What does Fascism look like? Look no farther than Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker enraged Democrats and unions when he rammed a bill through the Republican legislature in 2011 that limited the power of public unions. In response, Democrats gathered enough signatures on petitions to initiate a recall election.

Walker won that election handily in 2012. But that was only the beginning of the story. A Milwaukee Democratic prosecutor decided to build a case against conservative activists for illegally communicating and coordinating their political efforts. The result was something straight out of a dystopian nightmare, as The Federalist describes:

In the predawn hours of October 3, 2013, armed deputies raided the homes of R.J. Johnson, Deborah Jordahl, and several others in a paramilitary style blitz across Wisconsin. The detainees weren't terrorists bent on mass murder or the overthrow of the government. The agents weren't looking for contraband narcotics or illegal firearms. In fact, no one was quite sure what they wanted, but agents got it all; computers, phones, business records, files, and communications dating back years. Deputies told the raided subjects to keep quiet or there would be consequences, as a pedophile might tell his prey.

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Guilty, no appeal

A Missouri high school that suspended a student for making critical comments about Islamic extremism says he’s not allowed to appeal the finding of wrongdoing.

Senior Alex Lonsdale, a member of Liberty High’s nationally ranked debate club, says he was just trying to have a friendly debate.

During his free period Oct. 17 at the public school near Kansas City, Lonsdale joined a spontaneous conversation among acquaintances about the nature of Islam.

He told The College Fix in a phone call Monday that he pointed to pro-terrorist sentiment among British Muslims, as indicated in polls by ICM Research for the 2016 Channel 4 documentary "What British Muslims Really Think." The program was presented by the former chair of Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips.

A Muslim sophomore also in the debate club, Faraz Pervaiz, allegedly challenged Lonsdale’s viewpoint on account of his own religious beliefs.

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Peddling lies

GOP lawmakers have come forward with new allegations of political bias or interference at the FBI - this time involving the 2012 Benghazi attack. John Solomon of The Hill reports tht Rep. Ron Desantis (R-FL) recently interviewed a retired FBI supervisor who told him he was instructed by Deputy Director Andrew McCabe not to call the 2012 Benghazi attack an act of terrorism when distributing the FBI's findings to the larger intelligence community - despite knowing exactly who conducted the attack.
The agent found the instruction concerning because his unit had gathered incontrovertible evidence showing a major al Qaeda figure had directed the attack and the information had already been briefed to President Obama, the lawmaker said. -The Hill
After the September 11, 2012 attack against U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration peddled a lie, telling the public that the attack was related to Muslims who had become enraged at an anti-Islam YouTube video, and not a planned act of terrorism - despite Hillary Clinton emailing Chelsea Clinton from her unsecure @clintonemail.com server the night of the attack to say exactly that.

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Trump's remarkable year, and Obama's resistance

In the last 12 months, U.S.-backed combat operations drove ISIS from its last bits of territory. America withdrew from the Paris agreement on climate change, UNESCO, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The House and Senate have come within sight of overhauling the tax code and dismantling Obamacare. Most recently, Donald Trump -- in a spectacular departure from his predecessor's Middle Eastern diplomacy -- has moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

It is as if a hurricane has swept through Washington. Each fallen pillar represents a very deliberate reversal of the status quo ante policies of Barack Obama. The entire edifice the former president erected in his eight years in office is in the process of being systematically demolished. Unsurprisingly, Crain's Chicago Business reporter Greg Hinz reported a very unhappy former president warning that Trump was nothing less than a new McCarthy, Nixon, or Hitler while speaking at the Economic Club of Chicago:

Obama said the United States had survived tough times before and could do so again, mentioning the age of McCarthyism and the attempted impeachment of former President Richard Nixon as examples. ...

[He] urged the country not to "grow complacent," saying ... "things could fall apart quickly." Hinz writes Obama then brought up the specter of Adolf Hitler, who came to power in Democratic Germany amid the financial crisis of the 1930s. "Sixty million people died … " he reports Obama said. "So, you've got to pay attention. And vote." ...

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Friday, December 8, 2017

What tangled webs we weave

A retired CIA officer reportedly working with Blackwater founder Erik Prince to pitch the White House on a global, private spy network which as we reported yesterday would allow the White House to circumvent and counter "deep state enemies" within U.S. intelligence agencies, is said to have made the stunning claim that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster worked with the NSA to perform surveillance on Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, Steve Bannon and others, according to a report in The Intercept.

The former CIA agent, John R. Maguire - a Trump transition team member who works for intelligence contractor Amyntor Group, spent over two decades as a paramilitary officer - including tours in Central America working with the Contras. After retiring, Maguire hooked up with Blackwater founder Erik Prince in what has been a long and fruitful professional relationship.

While Maguire and Prince deny they are working together on the White House's "private spy network," current and former U.S. officials as well as Trump donors say otherwise, as The Intercept reports....

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Bankrolling sexual atrocities in Afghanistan

Americans are rightly outraged over revelations that Congress spent $17 million since 1997 to pay off and muzzle victims of congressional sexual misconduct and other abuses. But the U.S. government has spent vastly more effectively bankrolling far more worse sexual atrocities in Afghanistan in brazen violation of U.S. law.

Since 2002, the U.S. has spent more than $70 billion financing Afghan security forces, including the Afghan military and police. A law sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) prohibits the Pentagon from bankrolling any foreign military units if there is "credible information that the unit has committed a gross violation of human rights."

The U.S. government has long known that U.S.-funded Afghan units routinely engage in "bacha bazi" boy play. Afghan military commanders and police kidnap boys and use them as sex slaves. American troops have complained of seeing boys chained to beds and hearing their screams at night. As Aaron MacLean, who served in Afghanistan with the Marines, observed, the "Taliban have long used reports of rapes committed by government agents as a recruiting tool(.) Indeed, among the elements of Mullah Omar's rise to power was his reputation for taking violent action against those who kidnapped and raped children."

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Introducing moderate Islam

Turkey’s strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, may have exhibited all possible features of political Islam since he came to power fifteen years ago, but at least he has been bold and honest about his understanding of Islamism: There is no moderate Islam, he recently said again.

This comment does not mark any U-turn, or a radical deviation from his earlier freshman-self back in the 2000s. The problem is that his Western "allies" have stubbornly preferred to turn a blind eye to his poster-child Islamism. Worse, they still do.

Several years ago, Erdogan’s ideological-self clearly stated that "Turkey is not a country where moderate Islam prevails." In the same speech, his pragmatic-self the one that wanted to look pretty to a chorus of Western praise added that, "We are Muslims who have found a middle road". But which "middle road?"

In the several years that followed, Erdogan proudly exhibited another feature of Islamism in a make-believe assertion: Muslims never do wrong; if a Muslim does wrong then he is not Muslim.

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Sweden's leaked crime database

Swedish newspaper Friatider says a large amount of data from the Criminal Data System was secretly provided to a far-right nationalist group called "Nordfront". Together with sex crime website "Gang Rape Sweden" they decided to publish the leaked judicial database on Friday.

The leaked data discloses: Decision date, name, social security number, court, destination number, date of judgment, period of imprisonment, region and place of investigation for the prosecution of suspects.

Files of 168,000 sentences that were given between 10 May 2004 and 8 January 2015 were published. Of the 83,656 individuals involved, 37,735 (or 45 per cent) were foreign born, Nordfront writes. Of the people sentenced to 9 and 10 years in prison, 70 per cent and 68.8 per cent were foreign born.

Among gang rape cases, 118 of the perpetrators, or 82 per cent, are immigrants. The overrepresentation for immigrants is 18.2. The investigation also claims that the direct costs of immigrants’ crime is well above SEK 20 billion (2 billion euros) a year.

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Dreamers face a rocky future

In four days, 800,000 young people’s futures will once again be in limbo. The federal government also faces a shutdown if Congress doesn’t pass a new funding bill by Friday night. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he wants to help the 800,000 Dreamers living, working and attending school in the United States, but his decision to link their fates with a dysfunctional Congress that has been nearly unable to pass legislation even when it comes to a government funding resolution seriously jeopardizes their future.

Republicans will try to give Congress two more weeks, until Dec. 22, to come up with a funding deal and possibly a deal on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) but right now things aren’t looking good for Dreamers. Leaders from both parties will meet with Trump at the White House Thursday for talks on the issue, which continues to enjoy bipartisan support, according to public opinion polls. Democratic leaders have said they won’t leave Washington without some resolution for the Dreamers.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told reporters last week that he received assurances from GOP leaders that Congress would come up with a DACA fix in exchange for his vote on the GOP’s tax bill. But as with so many of the promises Republican leaders made to their members to get them on board with a deeply unpopular tax plan, there is no guarantee that a DACA deal will ultimately be included in the must-pass spending bill.

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Chain migration

For the first time, the White House said, the federal government has counted the green cards issued between 2005 and 2015 to migrants admitted through family preference, or as immediate relatives of migrants already admitted into the country in perhaps the fullest portrait of "chain migration" ever developed.

"For years, we’ve known that large numbers of immigrants have been coming based on petitions from previous immigrants," U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Lee Cissna told Fox News. "But this is the first time we really kind of see the whole scope of the problem. And legislators or policymakers at DHS can do what they need to do address the problem."

During the ten-year time frame, officials said, the U.S. permanently resettled roughly 9.3 million new immigrants on the basis of family ties.

That’s more than 70 percent of all new immigration in that period, the White house said, adding it is also the primary driver of low-skilled workers’ entry into the U.S. A phenomenon analyst say most directly hurts American minority groups with comparable skills.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Nein, nein, nein

The Christmas market selling Santa chocolates, Advent wreaths and spiced wine is in full swing.

In a German town with an unrivalled record of welcoming migrants and making them feel at home, excited children wave from carousel rides as shoppers chattering in German and Arabic mingle.

On the face of it, it's a relaxed scene of which Angela Merkel, the German leader, would surely approve.

Except that here in Salzgitter, things are abruptly changing. It's pro-refugee Mayor has declared a moratorium on any more foreigners coming to join the 5,700 who have already arrived.

He admitted a few weeks ago: 'Right now, we are overwhelmed. We have received too many in too short a time. The locals are having fears for the future.'

Even the migrants living in Salzgitter, which sits on a lake in Lower Saxony, north-west Germany, agree there is a crisis.

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Naming names

Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, is calling out the doubled standard in the #MeToo campaign. Bristol smacked the Left in a blog post published on Friday for being perfectly comfortable with celebrities and media personalities sexually harassing her mother and sisters, yet seemingly outraged when lesser attacks are launched at those on the other side of the political aisle.
"What we need to look at is a real TRUE standard that needs to be set. But here’s a question. How do we pick and choose whom to hold accountable? Why aren’t we looking at all of the sexual harassment?" asked the 27-year-old.

"Why are some things 'just a joke' for some, and serious offenses for others? The solution is to come together and treat sexual harassment the same, no matter what side of the aisle you may be on," she continued.

Bristol went on to call-out those who made inappropriate sexual comments about her mother and sisters by name, starting with Fox News' Chris Wallace.

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The costs of illegal immigration

There’s a lot of confusion and misunderstanding out there around the economic impact of illegal immigration in the United States. We decided to bring some clarity around the issue by mapping new numbers on the estimated costs of illegal immigration on a state-by-state basis.

Our viz takes data from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) about how much illegal immigration costs in each state. FAIR takes into account a variety of different expenditures, like healthcare, education and refundable tax credits. We mapped these numbers across the United States according to a color-coded scale. Purple and dark red states have comparatively high expenditures, but the pink and blue states spend relatively less money because of illegal immigrants. There are two interesting trends you can see from looking at the data in this way.

First, states that spend the most on illegal immigration tend to be located close to Mexico. Looking at out map, the two states with the highest expenditures are California ($23B) and Texas ($11B), both sharing long borders with Mexico. In fact, there’s a cluster of dark red states stretching along the Southwest. States closest to the phenomenon pay the most as a result.

Second, states with higher population levels tend to spend more than their less populated counterparts. You can see a group of high-expenditure states clustered around the Northeast, not to mention Illinois and Florida. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, California and Texas are also the two most populous states in the country. High population levels and proximity to Mexico act like a double-whammy for illegal immigration expenses.

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Arrests slump, deportations soar

The federal government, in the most complete statistical snapshot of immigration enforcement under President Donald Trump, says Border Patrol arrests plunged to a 45-year low while arrests by deportation officers soared.

The Border Patrol made 310,531 arrests during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, a decline of 25 percent from 415,816 a year earlier and the lowest level since 1971. Despite the significant decline, arrests increased every month since May largely families and unaccompanied children.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose officers pick up people for deportation away from the border, made 143,470 arrests, an increase of 25 percent from 114,434 a year earlier. After Trump took office, ICE arrests surged 40 percent from the same period a year earlier.

The numbers released by the government Tuesday show that deportation officers are taking Trump's call for an immigration crackdown to heart, even without the funding increase that the president has sought from Congress for more hiring. In February, then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly scrapped the previous administration's instructions to limit deportations to public safety threats, convicted criminals and recent border crossers, effectively making anyone in the country illegally vulnerable.

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German army, paper tiger

A lot is said about the combat readiness of the Russian army, but how about this statistic. Of Germany's 244 Leopard 2 tanks just 95 are currently operational. 53 are being upgraded, 7 are on testing grounds. Another 89 are in a state of disrepair and waiting for spare parts:

Only 95 out of the Bundeswehr’s 244 Leopard 2 main battle tanks are combat-ready, Funke media group has learnt from a Defense Ministry report. The report was published by Focus magazine.

Some 53 tanks have been disarmed, seven are being used for testing, while 89 vehicles are "conditionally operational" as they cannot be repaired without critical spare parts. The Defense Ministry report especially highlights multiple cases in which "unavailability of the required spare parts would be detrimental."

....Russia, for its part, operates 2,500-3,000 tanks and has another 15,000 in reserve.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

No repercussions for bad behavior

Civilization does not cure men of malice, especially when there are no repercussions for bad behavior.

Observers look for some sort of common denominator that would make sense of the daily news blasts of nonconsensual sexual escapades of media, political, and Hollywood celebrities.

No sooner are these lists of the accused compiled than they have to be updated, hourly. Long hushed, covered-up, or even forgotten sexual IEDs suddenly go off without warning and blow up a career.

Weirder still, the now-outraged often overnight can become the outrageous.

One moment Richard Dreyfuss expressed furor when he learned that gay actor Kevin Spacey long ago had groped his own son under the table (while the three were working on a script). The next minute, Dreyfuss himself was accused of an earlier repulsive unwanted sex act or advance toward a female subordinate.

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Mueller's folly, Curiouser and curiouser

So Peter Strzok wasn’t just a top investigator for special counsel Robert Mueller until he was axed for anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias: He was also a major player in the Hillary email probe and the FBI work that led to the "collusion" investigation.

And Mueller and the FBI both dragged their feet on sharing key info about all this with Congress.

Including the news that Strzok was the one who changed then-FBI chief Jim Comey's draft language on Clinton’s use of that private server from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless" in the final version.

That’s huge, because the statute specifies that gross negligence in the handling of classified info is itself a crime, whatever the intent though Comey declared that Clinton shouldn’t face prosecution precisely because she had no "intent" to break the law.

Strzok also conducted the FBI interviews of Clinton and her top aides, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, in the email probe.

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Antifa is not a hate group

Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday, Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen stated that Antifa is not considered a "hate group" by his organization.

"If you are familiar with our work, we write about antifa often," Cohen testified during the hearing on domestic terrorism. "We condemn their tactics I’ve said so publicly and we do so always but antifa is not a group that vilifies people on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion and the like."

While they may not hate over religion, they certainly spread hate based on political leanings. In fact, Cohen’s statements came one day before a man in Boston was hospitalized with three fractures in his face after being attacked by a group of 7-10 Antifa militants over his support of President Donald Trump.

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Ted Kennedy, terribly misguided traitor

Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy had "selfish political and ideological motives" when he made secret overtures to the Soviet Union’s spy agency during the Cold War to thwart then-President Ronald Reagan’s re-election, a Reagan biographer said in an interview with The Daily Signal.

When they came to light years later, Kennedy’s secret contacts with the Russians through their KGB spy agency in the early 1980s didn’t cause nearly the tizzy that Russia’s alleged interference with this year’s election has for President-elect Donald Trump among liberal activists and reporters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Trump has said he hopes to "get along," is a former foreign intelligence officer and lieutenant colonel in the KGB.

In the 1980s, Kennedy was "terribly misguided" and "a fool" for seeing Reagan as a greater threat than either the leader of the Soviet Union or the head of its brutal secret police and intelligence agency, political science professor and writer Paul Kengor told The Daily Signal.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Trump is only guilty of being Trump

Everything that has come out about Donald Trump and Russia in the past week has been exculpatory of the president. But you wouldn’t know it from the way the news has been reported and "analyzed" to fit a preconceived narrative of Trump as Richard Nixon ensnared in a new Watergate.

What the much-hyped developments of the last few days have shown is that Robert Mueller is acting true to type as a political prosecutor, nailing anyone he can with whatever tangential charges he can get to stick, in hopes of striking lucky and finding someone high up in the Trump chain of command who made similar missteps. Mueller doesn’t have to show a shred of evidence to support the story that Trump colluded with Putin to subvert last year’s election. All Mueller has to do is get convictions, any which way he can. Trump’s enemies in the pundit class will do the rest.

So Michael Flynn has entered a guilty pleanot for collusion or treason or any substantial crime, but for lying to investigators. He gave them a false account of the timing and circumstances of his talks to Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the U.S., during the presidential transition. That Flynn was lying about the subject was already public knowledge: he lied to Vice President Pence about it, which was what led to Flynn’s forced resignation as national security adviser.

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Quote of the day

He can't pass a background investigation

Jared Kushner is a security risk embedded in the West Wing since he still hasn't passed a comprehensive background investigation required of anyone seeking a permanent security clearanceand no one will question the president's decision to put his son-in-law in a crucial government role, experts and officials told Newsweek.

President Donald Trump's senior adviser has been working under an interim security clearance nearly a year into the administration, as investigators continue to assess his trustworthiness and analyze his web of active foreign investments, according to two sources with knowledge of the status on Kushner's clearance.

Kushner's permanent security clearance was stalled because he initially omitted 100 foreign contacts before revising his forms three times. Kushner's complicated business interests are also being considered after he repeatedly revised financial disclosure forms. But experts said the sheer volume of his ongoing ties to foreign investors is enough to deny anyone access to classified information.

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Inequity in California, because nothing can guarantee equality

Dont be fooled by Californias increasing diversity. Racial and ethnic inequity remains a key problem and a potential barrier to future growth, according to Race Counts, a new Web tool that measures racial and ethnic disparities in the states 58 counties.

Marin County, for example one of the wealthiest and most socially progressive communities in America ranks dead last when it comes to racial inequities in several key factors, according to the data.

Likewise, the four county Southern California region Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino are struggling with racial inequity in areas as basic as income, education, healthcare and incarceration, the data shows.

Unveiled Nov. 14 by Advancement Project California, a Los Angeles-based civil rights group that worked on the project with USCs Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the immigration rights group PICO National Network and California Calls, the study examines seven specific measures economic opportunity, healthcare access, education, housing, democracy, crime and justice, and environment. The group then tracked publicly accessible data to show how Caucasians, Latinos, Asians and African Americans fare in each category.

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CFPB collects fines from banks and then gives to left-wing activist groups

Holman Jenkins had an excellent editorial at the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday with a timely reminder of the several ways in which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by Dodd-Frank in 2010, is basically a rogue agency in the U.S. federal government.

The reminder is timely, of course, because of the attempt by the CFPBs departing director, Richard Cordray, to outmaneuver the president and prevent him from gaining influence over the Bureaus operations by installing the new chief.

Jenkins calls this, effectively, a coup attempt (his word). And hes not wrong. The CFPB was designed by the Democrats in Congress who controlled the body when Dodd-Frank was passed to escape accountability to either the legislative or executive branch. The Bureau is funded through the Federal Reserve, and so does not depend on an allocation from Congress.

The Dodd-Frank language for appointment of new CFPB directors conflicts with the federal Vacancies Act of 1998 (the basis for the unfolding confrontation with President Trump), and was intended to insulate the CFPB from future presidents who might not have the left-wing activist perspective of Barack Obama, or of the Bureaus chief proponent, Elizabeth Warren..

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Using quotation marks is hate crime

A report published by a Swedish government agency says that putting the word "refugees" in quotation marks is "hate" and that questioning the age of child migrants is also a form of extremism.

The report, written by the Swedish National Defence Research Institute, is entitled The White Hatred. It characterizes Swedens "new media," in other words any media outlet that doesnt blindly regurgitate politically correct narratives, as potential threats to democracy, conflating them with actual neo-nazi groups.

The report defines "hate" as violent extremism that includes "hateful expressions" and jokes in the context of Internet trolling. This encompasses the practice of putting the word "refugees" in quotation marks to implicitly suggest that many such individuals might not be genuine refugees.

Using the term "unaccompanied children" in quotation marks is also a form of "hate," according to the report, because it implies that they might actually be adults.

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