Archive for September 2, 2017

Right Angle – Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! These Chanting Fascists Got To Go!

September 2, 2017

Right Angle – Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! These Chanting Fascists Got To Go! Bill Whittle Channel via YouTube, September 2, 2017

 

The blurb beneath the video states,

The Right Angle team discusses Antifa’s notoriously childish behavior and how those involved in the protests know nothing else besides chanting and protesting.

John Kelly blocking Breitbart, Daily Caller articles from reaching Donald Trump: Report

September 2, 2017

John Kelly blocking Breitbart, Daily Caller articles from reaching Donald Trump: Report, Washington Times

(On and on it goes; where (and if) it stops nobody knows. — DM)


In this July 31, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump talks with new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after he was privately sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump in Washington.

Mr. Kelly formally laid out the new review process in a pair of memos issued last month, Politico reported, “designed to ensure that the president won’t see any external policy documents, internal policy memos, agency reports and even news articles that haven’t been vetted.”

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President Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, has curtailed the flow of conservative-media reports reaching his boss amid a bid to block his access to unvetted articles, according to The New York Times.

Hardly one month into his tenure as Mr. Trump’s latest chief of staff, Mr. Kelly has made a noticeable impact on the president by reducing the number of right-wing news articles making their way to the oval office, The Times reportedFriday.

Mr. Trump does not have a web browser on his phone, and does not use a laptop, so he was dependent on aides like Stephen K. Bannon, his former chief strategist, to hand-deliver printouts of articles from conservative media outlets,” the Times reported.

“Now Mr. Kelly has thinned out his package of printouts so much that Mr. Trump plaintively asked a friend recently where The Daily Caller and Breitbart were,” conservative websites typically supportive of the administration and its policies, the report said.

Mr. Trump’s chief of staff hasn’t entirely curbed conservative news from reaching the president, however. “Mr. Kelly cannot stop Mr. Trump from binge-watching Fox News, which aides describe as the president’s primary source of information gathering,” according to The Times.

The president appeared to respond to The Times report Friday, tweeting: “General John Kelly is doing a great job as Chief of Staff.”

“I could not be happier or more impressed — and this administration continues to get things done at a record clip. Many big decisions to be made over the coming days and weeks. AMERICA FIRST!” the president tweeted.

Mr. Trump is routinely given packages of a printed-out articles, the White House acknowledged last month, but multiple reports have called into question the quality of the content the commander in chief regularly peruses. Mr. Bannon admitted in May that an uncorroborated article smearing the deputy chief of staff at the time was shared throughout the West Wing, and Axios indicated last week that Mr. Kelly was working to prevent the flow of articles from the likes of Infowars, the far-right website managed by noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Mr. Kelly formally laid out the new review process in a pair of memos issued last month, Politico reported, “designed to ensure that the president won’t see any external policy documents, internal policy memos, agency reports and even news articles that haven’t been vetted.”

Somalia: Jihad group’s “demented” beheadings, killing of Christians on the rise, 9,000 jihadis ready

September 2, 2017

Somalia: Jihad group’s “demented” beheadings, killing of Christians on the rise, 9,000 jihadis ready, Jihad Watch

Thirteen out of fourteen of the worst countries for Christian persecution on the Open Doors USA, World Watch List are Islamic countries. While the top persecutor is North Korea, the source of persecution in that country stems from “dictatorial paranoia”: worship of the ruling Kim family is mandated for all. Following North Korea as the biggest persecutor, however, is Somalia.

Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab’s beheadings and attacks against Christians will continue to rise, with the Somali-based militants having an estimated 9,000 jihadis at their disposal.

Christians “are facing growing persecution around the world, fueled mainly by Islamic extremism and repressive governments.” Warnings of “a form of genocide” and “religio-ethnic cleansing” have been issued, and as Christian suffering expands globally, the West continues to bow in submission to the contrived victimology narrative of “Islamophobia,” while the real victims — peaceful Christians — continue to be slaughtered for their faith.

Western nations have virtually abandoned Christians, who are not only victims of war but are persecuted as well. Western governments are catering almost exclusively to Muslim refugees, many of whom have caused havoc across Europe, enough to cause Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic to close their doors to Muslim asylum seekers to avoid jihad attacks, mass sex assaults against infidels, and lawlessness.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, has stated bluntly of the UK — and his words apply across the Western world — that “politically correct” officials were “institutionally biased” against Christian refugees, who are not being resettled in the UK at the same rate as Muslim refugees.

As 9,000 jihadists in East Africa prepare to launch gruesome attacks against Christians, the American Center for Law and Justice has desperately urged:

This heinous jihadist army must be stopped. Al-Shabaab’s atrocities against Christians and brutal persecution of churches in Kenya can no longer be ignored or tolerated. We must be heard.

Christian persecution has been ignored and tolerated for far too long.

“Al-Shabaab’s ‘Demented’ Beheadings, Killing of Christians on the Rise; 9,000 Jihadis Ready”, by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, September 1, 2017:

Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab’s beheadings and attacks against Christians will continue to rise, with the Somali-based militants having an estimated 9,000 jihadis at their disposal, a law group monitoring religious persecution warned.

The American Center for Law and Justice listed on Thursday the growing list of barbaric attacks carried out by the terrorist group over the past couple of years, including door-to-door raids in villages in Kenya in July, where the militants hunted down and killed seven Christians.

In August, al-Shabaab militants killed another four Christians in Kenya’s Lamu County, beheading three and burning alive another.

The group is also infamous for the mass slaughter of 148 people at Garissa University in April 2015, when the militants specifically searched for Christian students to kill, separating them from the Muslims.

“This heinous jihadist army must be stopped. Al-Shabaab’s atrocities against Christians and brutal persecution of churches in Kenya can no longer be ignored or tolerated. We must be heard,” ACLJ urged.

“Al-Shabaab’s actions are clearly deadly, demented, disturbing, and disgusting. We must defeat and destroy these Islamic jihadists.”

The law group warned, however, that the Islamic radical group may have an “estimated 9,000 jihadist soldiers and a plethora of outside resources to draw upon,” making their terrorist activities “less and less likely to relent.”

The U.S. military has been carrying out air strikes against al-Shabaab’s bases in Somalia, looking to dismantle its operations, though Kenya has largely been unable to stop the cross-border attacks.

The law group pointed out that it has been warning about the spread of al-Shabaab for years, and echoed its words from 2015:

“[Y]et another radical Islamic jihadist army — just like ISIS, the Islamic State — is ruthlessly murdering Christians, targeting them for their faith. This global and historic persecution continues.”

The East African Centre for Law & Justice, an ACLJ affiliate, noted: “In the past few years, the Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabaab carried out attacks in the counties of Mombasa, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Lamu, and Tana River and said it had targeted non-Muslims because of their faith.

“In Lamu County, al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for at least 65 deaths, with some witnesses reporting the terrorists asked the religion of victims, killing non-Muslims.”

The terrorist group, whose name translates to “The Youth,” has been active for over a decade, and has been looking to enforce Sharia law on the regions in Somalia it has gained control of.

Al-Shabaab has specifically been targeting the Church in Kenya, which it accuses of spreading the Christian faith in the region.

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies said in June that al-Shabaab has now become Africa’s deadliest terrorist group, surpassing even Nigeria’s Boko Haram. Data analyzed showed that al-Shabaab killed over 4,000 people in 2016.

Besides its terrorist activities, the Critical Threats monitoring group warned in April that al-Shabaab has also been targeting vulnerable populations in rural Somalia by providing them with humanitarian aid, as part of a strategy to cultivate support.

“The group is well-positioned to capitalize on devastating drought and impending famine…..

Steyn: Wasserman Schultz scandal is Russia and no one cares

September 2, 2017

Steyn: Wasserman Schultz scandal is Russia and no one cares, Fox News via YouTube, August 30, 2017

 

 

‘Lost years’ & ‘stagnation’? Doubts linger as longtime leader Merkel on way to securing new term — RT News

September 2, 2017

Source: ‘Lost years’ & ‘stagnation’? Doubts linger as longtime leader Merkel on way to securing new term — RT News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel © Reinhard Krause / Reuters

Angela Merkel could become the joint longest-serving modern German chancellor, according to the latest polls – that’s despite standing accused of “putting problems on the back burner” and lingering doubts that her new term may bring “stagnation” for Germany.

With less than a month to go until the next German federal parliamentary elections, Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party is leading the polls by a wide margin ahead of the Social Democrats, according to the latest surveys conducted by German public broadcasters. This means Merkel has a fair chance of securing a fourth term as German chancellor, after she was reelected CDU leader at the party’s 2016 congress and announced her bid for the chancellorship in November of this year.

What’s behind Merkel’s political longevity?

Merkel has been head of the CDU since 2000 and has held the post of chancellor for nearly 12 years, since September 2005, with her party winning three elections in a row.

If she is indeed victorious in the September polls and then serves a full term, Merkel would become one of the longest-ruling German leaders in the country’s entire history. The current chancellor would equal the tenure of former leader Helmut Kohl, who stayed in office for 16 years and outmatched the “Father” of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer, whose tenure stretched over 14 years. In fact, Merkel would trail only Otto von Bismarck, the man behind the creation of the unified German Empire who served as chancellor under three monarchs in 1871–90.

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German freelance reporter Claudia Zimmermann © RT

While some may wonder about Merkel’s political longevity, German lawyer Maximilian Krah, a former CDU politician, explains that her long time in office is simply a result of placing all possible alternatives out of reach. “German democracy has become highly dysfunctional under Merkel’s government… so you have a politician who kicks out everyone who’s capable of replacing her,” he told RT. “There are literally no alternatives left,” Krah added.

Harold Amann, a spokesperson for the Bavaria Party, also told RT that Merkel was “very skillful in discovering and eliminating every potential rival.”

“A lot of the members in the big, established parties have joined them mainly as a career-option not because of their political opinion. After a long way to the top these people tend to be careerists and yes-men. They avoid risks and don’t challenge the party leadership,” he said.

And the problems run deeper, since the media in Germany is apparently not rushing to challenge the views and narrative of Merkel’s government, RT has been told. “I think it’s quite obvious that the mass media and TV are brought into line in favor of her leadership,” a former member of the CDU and current AfD member, Doris Von Sayn-Wittgenstein, told RT. She noted that people in Germany are not being told the truth about the scale of the migrant crisis and would re-think their support of Merkel otherwise.

The role of the media can differ though, Krah explained, noting that Merkel can simply sit back and wait to see how news outlets cover certain issues. “So she is just looking how the media and how the left-wing NGOs and civil society are reacting to something, and then she is taking their position,” he argued.

Europe’s veteran

Merkel’s longevity in her post is in contrast to many of her European allies. Four British prime ministers and four French presidents have served during her tenure. In Italy, the leadership has changed as many as seven times over the same period, with six different people taking the post of prime minister.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel  © Hannibal Hanschke

Merkel has already surpassed the “Iron Lady,” former British PM Margaret Thatcher, as Europe’s longest-serving female leader. Thatcher stayed in power for 11 years. Indeed, few European politicians have held such an influential office uninterrupted for a such a length of time. Portuguese politician Anibal Cavaco Silva had two separate 10-year terms from 1985, and the EU Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, who occupied the post of prime minister of Luxembourg for nearly 20 years.

Ironically, Merkel is already way ahead of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is routinely accused by Western politicians and media of “eroding democracy” and creating an “illiberal state” to stay in power. Orban has so far been in power for seven years.

Fears of ‘stagnation & lost years’ under Merkel

Merkel’s announcement in November that she would run for a fourth term was met with mixed emotions. While her supporters praised the decision, others accused Merkel of not knowing when to quit and assumed that she had become addicted to power. According to Amann, Merkel’s victory would mean “stagnation” and “four more lost years…far from the restart that this country would need.”

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Alternative for Germany party supporters protest during the election rally of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel ) in Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany August 17, 2017 © Matthias Schumann

Even though the massive rallies under the slogan “Merkel must go!” (Merkel muss weg!) that Germany witnessed over the course of the refugee crisis seem to have become a thing of the past, the groups on social networks under the same slogan are still active and have amassed tens of thousands of followers.

Merkel’s latest election campaign rallies were at times hijacked by angry protesters. On August 26, a crowd of protesters yelled“Liar!” and whistled at Merkel during a 30-minute speech in Quedlinburg, a town in Saxony-Anhalt.

A similar incident took place at a previous rally in the town of Annaberg-Buchholz, where protesters held banners branding her a “traitor” and saying that she was “not my chancellor.”

In both cases, the demonstrators expressed their discontent with Merkel’s refugee policy, which they said had failed. Amann says he doesn’t believe the “rift” in society will go away after the election.

‘Putting problems on the back burner’

Key politicians in Germany also did not pull any punches on Merkel’s prolonged tenure. The leader of the Free Democrats, Christian Lindner, criticized her decision to run for chancellor for a fourth time and suggested that Merkel take up a UN post instead.

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 German Chancellor Angela Merkel © Hannibal Hanschke

“Taking into account Angela Merkel’s weight in the international arena, she would surely be a good UN secretary general, but her interior policy during her tenure as chancellor was unfortunately unfounded,” Lindner told Germany’s DPA news agency in late 2016. Merkel’s election rival Schulz has recently gone as far as to accuse her of “neglecting her duty and putting the future of our country at risk.”

He also called Merkel “a professional in putting problems on the back burner” in an interview with the Der Spiegel weekly in early August.

Merkel “did not say a word” about “tattered schools, the suffering of refugees, tax evasion, the financial and banking crisis, the reform of EU institutions and attacks on democracy in Poland and Hungary,” he said at the time.

He claimed that Merkel “apparently lacks courage and skill” to address the issues that concern many Germans.

Amann seemed to agree, telling RT that Merkel “was of course very successful in telling the people that everything is all right. But a lot of problems are unsolved. Look at the Euro-crisis; this is far from over, or the refugee-crisis – also far from over. Her tendency to procrastinate over problems will be very bad for the people here in the long run.”

Sayn-Wittgenstein argued that Merkel in fact was the one “causing problems,” with Germany under her leadership turning into the “most disliked country in Europe… if you look at the financial crisis, how we deal with the southern states.”

‘Hope for change’

After 12 years in power, Merkel still enjoys significant support from the German public. According to recent polls cited by national media, there is a wide margin between the personal approval rating of Merkel and that of her closest competitor – the Social Democratic (SPD) chancellor candidate, Martin Schulz.

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Merkel will run for a fourth term. © Hannibal Hanschke

Yet Andrej Hunko, an MP for Germany’s Left Party, told RT that Germans proved there was “discontent and hope for change” when Merkel’s approval rating dropped earlier this year, after Schulz announced his ambitions for the chancellery. However, such discontent needs to be articulated through a “really antagonistic strategy against Merkel and the CDU,” while Schulz’s SPD “seems to be more of a copy of Merkel’s policies with some small adjustments.”

A survey, conducted by UK-based market research company YouGov in August 2017, showed that only 42 percent of Germans would vote for Merkel if they had the opportunity to choose a chancellor directly.

Another poll conducted by the company and published in February showed that 42 percent of respondents strongly wanted Merkel out, while 22 percent said it was “probably” a good idea to elect a new leader. Hunko slammed Merkel’s election strategy, saying it is “basically to point out that compared to other countries in Europe and around the world, Germany is relatively calm.” Yet, under this apparent smoke screen “Merkel’s governments have pushed millions into precarious jobs, lowered retirement pensions and put the healthcare system into a constant crisis.”

Menendez’s corruption trial brings out the Dems’ arrogance of power

September 2, 2017

Menendez’s corruption trial brings out the Dems’ arrogance of power, American ThinkerMonica Showalter, September 2, 2017

Menendez in the dock means he will miss key Senate votes and the Democrats may lose their veto power on major issues. It means tax reform might pass, Obamacare may yet get its stake through the heart, and illegal immigrants may finally have to obey immigration laws. The Republicans’ Senate majority might actually mean something, assuming John McCain isn’t able to throw a spanner into the works.

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A federal judge has smacked down Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez’s bid to move his corruption trial dates around his Senate schedule, noting that the very request was a likely bid to impress the jury with how important he was.

Obviously, the answer to that little ‘don’t you know who I am?’ bid, was no.

Which demonstrates the sort of arrogance of power the judicial system and voters are looking at as the New Jersey Democrat seeks to maintain his political power even while facing corruption charges.He expects a judge to alter his appointments, juries to break up their schedules or be sequestered as he goes off to vote and sheriffs to get overtime for excessive downtime, all because he is so important, so special. In this case, he’s been accused of bribery, taking cash and campaign gifts from a Florida doctor who was scamming the Medicare system and expected Menendez to be his ‘protection.’ He even had Harry Reid plead his case to the Obama White House to make the charges go away. It didn’t  succeed.

With Reid out of the picture, Menendez is now trying to muscle a judge into allowing him to continue to wield his political power as freely as he always has and never mind the court dates. In this case, it’s astonishing as a power move, given that Menendez looks pretty guilty of this one and will probably be packed off to prison by the trial’s end.

Can you imagine Alaska Republican Ted Stevens, who was also accused of corruption but found innocent, trying to pull such a maneuver? He never did.

And that brings up why Menendez might just be so desperate to maintain his political power. Menendez in the dock means he will miss key Senate votes and the Democrats may lose their veto power on major issues. It means tax reform might pass, Obamacare may yet get its stake through the heart, and illegal immigrants may finally have to obey immigration laws. The Republicans’ Senate majority might actually mean something, assuming John McCain isn’t able to throw a spanner into the works.

Elizabeth Warren, when asked about the Menendez issue, found herself alarmed at the prospect after she was thrown off guard by a town hall questioner. So you can bet the talking points are being written up as I write this, to frame the issue as judicial dirty tricks. Which is ironic. The only reason Menendez found himself in the dock at all was that he opposed the Obama administration on a key measure and White House payback was a … beach. They sicced the Justice Department onto the longtime corrupt senator in retaliation. Which may mean much of the Obama legacy can be erased.

All the same, this is about arrogance of power, not railroading. Stevens was the one who was railroaded because he was found to be innocent but still lost his Senate seat. Menendez simply retains his entitlement mentality. He and his fellow Democrats are convinced they should be able to rule under any circumstances. A federal judge reminded him otherwise.

 

Cartoons of the Day

September 2, 2017

H/t Oyia Brown

 

H/t Power Line