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Nork solid fuel rockets would give US less time to hit them during the launch phase

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NY Times:
North Korea Hints It Is Developing More Advanced Missiles
As Kim Jong-un ordered the production of more rocket engines and warheads, a diagram indicated that the North was working on a more powerful solid-fuel missile. This latest in a series of rapid advances makes a nuclear exchange significantly more likely.  Liquid fuel rockets require more set up time which would give the US more time to target the launch sites.  It is becoming more likely that the US may have to use its own nuclear weapons to destroy this threat to civilization.

There is a reason it has been called the 'long war'

NY Times Editorial:
Mr. Trump on Afghanistan: More of the Same; No End in Sight
The president’s vague plan can’t be called a strategy. Was this written by the same group who screwed up the editorial blaming Sarah Palin for the shooting by a wacko in Arizona?  It seems to have the same lack of coherent thinking.

The plan has several aspects, but the focus is on the destruction of the enemy and its sanctuaries.  That is why there will be more focus on Pakistan.  It is a move away from nation building which has resulted in supplying the Taliban with targets to focus on.

The "no end in sight" is deliberate to avoid giving the enemy hope.  You win wars by persuading the enemy that its cause is hopeless.  One of the many mistakes Obama made was giving a timeline for troop reductions which clearly gave the Taliban reason for hope that they could just wait the US out.  It is another example of Obama's ineptitude in military operations similar to his disastrous retreat from Iraq t…

Visa sanctions placed on four countries that refuse to take back deported citizens

Washington Times:
The Trump administration has triggered visa sanctions against four countries that have refused to take back citizens the U.S. is trying to deport — tapping a little-used but very effective tool for forcing compliance.

Officials at Homeland Security and the State Department confirmed the move Tuesday but declined to name the four countries.

Sources who tracked the deliberations in recent weeks, however, said the countries were Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Triggering the sanctions fulfills a campaign promise by President Trump, who had chided the Obama administration for not doing more to force countries to take back their deportees.

Once in office, Mr. Trump had ordered his government to use a provision in law that allows him to slap sanctions on countries that thwart deportation efforts. Homeland Security triggered the law by sending letters to the State Department this week, and now State must halt issuance of visas to some or all of those countries’ citi…

Why the left cannot be trusted to go after 'hate speech'

Federalist:
Democratic Former Senator Finally Says What Left Is Thinking: All Republicans Are Nazis

Finally, someone on the Left just came out and said it. Being a Republican is apparently no different than being a white supremacist. Democrats are losing the debate, and have decided the only way they can win is by making bogus claims of hate speech against all Republicans and conservatives.  They are making a concerted effort to destroy the 1st Amendment rights of Americans who disagree with them.

Democrat politicians allowed the Charlottesville situation to get out of hand

Walter Williams:
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This was documented in several reports. The Daily Caller article titled "Why Were The Police Held Back In Charlottesville?" reports: "Law enforcement was on hand at the dueling demonstrations on Saturday, decked out in riot gear and looking prepared for the worst. Except they weren't allowed to do their job." According to the ACLU of Virginia, police on the scene were reported to have been ordered to "not intervene until given command to do so." That kept them from suppressing the numerous scuffles that broke out. I'd like to ask any policeman, Since when did the police need a command to intervene when they are witnessing people assaulting one another? In a ProPublica article titled "Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville," the authors reported that "state police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters." ProP…

Isn't this one of the things Trump talked about during the campaign?

Times:
Europe under threat from terrorists posing as migrants

Terror warning on unchecked migrants as Italy accuses Brussels of abandoning it Those who once accused him of being crazy now must concede his point.
Europe will be increasingly at risk from terrorists posing as migrants unless western capitals help Libya to stem the numbers crossing the Mediterranean, the country’s prime minister has told The Times.

Faiez Serraj, head of the United Nations-backed unity government based in Tripoli, warned that would-be terrorists were among the tens of thousands of people able to pass unvetted into his country across its open southern borders.

“When migrants reach Europe, they will move freely. If, God forbid, there are terrorist elements among the migrants, a result of any incident will affect all of the EU,” he said.
... This is another consequence of Obama and Clinton's disastrous policy in Libya.  Europe is seeing a repeat of the refugee crisis spawned in Syria.

Obama holdovers accused of obstruction of justice at DOJ

Newsmax:
If you want to know about the havoc being wreaked by the Deep State—anti-Trump troublemakers in the permanent federal bureaucracy—the man to ask is Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The soft-spoken Sessions doesn't normally give vent to his emotions, but he recently read his top staff the riot act about the actions of disloyal employees who are sabotaging Justice Department work.

According to a Justice Department source, Sessions slammed his hand on his desk during a meeting and declared: "I want these people behind bars!"

Most of the subversive employees are holdovers from the regimes of former Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, which I covered in my book, "Guilty as Sin."

They've been stealing files and shredding documents in an effort to impede Justice Department investigations of sanctuary cities and violent leftwing groups.
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"But what's happening now at the Justice Department is a plague," the source continued. &qu…

Pipeline company sues Greenpeace, others over eco-terrorism claim

Fuel Fix:
Dallas Pipeline giant Energy Transfer Partners is suing Greenpeace International and other protesters of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in a new effort to go on the offensive against environmentalists.

Energy Transfer claims groups like Greenpeace, Earth First! and individual protesters resorted to "mob thuggery" and intentionally misleading information to halt the construction and damage Energy Transfer's "critical business and financial relationships." The federal lawsuit cites the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, Act to claim the groups funded an "outlaw camp ... of eco-terrorists" in North Dakota.

The lawsuit targets "rogue environmental groups and militant individuals who employ a pattern of criminal activity and a campaign of misinformation for purposes of increasing donations and advancing their political or business agendas."

The nearly $5 billion, 1,200-mile oil pipeline from North Dakota …

Liberals seeks to blacklist conservative media

PJ Media:
Tech Blacklisting of Counterjihadists Is What Muslim Brotherhood Seeks: Sabotage by Our Hands This is liberal fascism as practiced by tech and media companies.  Like the Nazis, they are seeking to silence the voices of dissent against their ideologically driven agenda.  It is more than ironic that they are pursuing this goal under the cover of fighting Nazis.  In short, this is an attempt at ideological bigotry on a grand scale.

Congress needs to investigate those responsible for this attack on free speech.  It is as insidious as that of the liberal fascists of Antifa.  Those who may be the victims at this attempt to suppress speech should also consider a class action suit against those responsible.

One of the sinister aspects of this scheme is that liberals no longer engage in debate with adversaries on many occasions.  They immediately resort to libelous allegations that the speaker is a Nazi, racist, bigot or homophobe.  How can you trust such people to regulate speech?  I…

Pakistan still does not get the new reality

NY Times:
Anxiety in Pakistan Over Trump’s Words
Military and intelligence officials in Islamabad said the new U.S. strategy might worsen relations between the countries. What is worsening relations is Pakistan's failure to root out the terrorist in their midst that uses their country as a sanctuary when they are not attacking the US and its allies in Afghanistan.  That has to end if Pakistan is interested in improving relations with the US.  Pakistan's protection of Islamic terrorists has to end.

Generals advising Trump did not want to repeat the mistakes of the past

Peter Bergen:
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Generals Mattis, Kelly and Dunford have fought alongside each other since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Then-Major General Mattis, then-Brigadier General Kelly and then-Colonel Dunford led the Marine force that went into Iraq in March 2003 during the initial US invasion of the country.

All of them experienced the visceral sense that US forces leaving Iraq at the end of 2011 helped pave the way for the collapse of the Iraqi army in the face of ISIS's campaign in Iraq in 2014.

None of them wanted the same scenario to play out in Afghanistan, where the Taliban is at its strongest point since 9/11 and a virulent local affiliate of ISIS has established itself.

These Marine generals also know how hard-fought were the battles in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, where 349 Marines died in a campaign that began there in 2009 and ended in 2014.
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As President Trump conceded in the speech, "My original instinct was to pull out. And historically, I like following …

Dershowitz nails Antifa and its violence

Washington Times:
Prominent Harvard law professor and liberal author Alan Dershowitz rebuked the hard-left militant movement Antifa on Tuesday, saying liberals need to avoid turning violent leftist factions into heroes.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, Mr. Dershowitz said the movement sweeping the country to take down Confederate-era statues that some find offensive is setting a dangerous precedent.

“Do not glorify the violent people who are now tearing down the statues,” he said. “Many of these people, not all of them, many of these people are trying to tear down America.

“Antifa is a radical anti-American, anti-free market, communist, socialist, hard, hard left censorial organization that tries to stop speakers on campuses from speaking,” Mr. Dershowitz said. “They use violence. And just because they’re opposed to fascism and to some of these monuments shouldn’t make them heroes of the liberals.”

“I’m a liberal, and I think it’s the obligation of liberals to speak out a…

Norks caught shipping WMD to Syria

Reuters:
Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations.

The report by a panel of independent U.N. experts, which was submitted to the U.N. Security Council earlier this month and seen by Reuters on Monday, gave no details on when or where the interdictions occurred or what the shipments contained.

"The panel is investigating reported prohibited chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation between Syria and the DPRK (North Korea)," the experts wrote in the 37-page report.

"Two member states interdicted shipments destined for Syria. Another Member state informed the panel that it had reasons to believe that the goods were part of a KOMID contract with Syria," according to the report.

KOMID is the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation. It was blacklis…

US seeks to upgrade electronic warfare at all levels of command

Breaking Defense:
Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley, has ordered a review of service’s longstanding shortfalls in electronic warfare, officers told me in an exclusive interview. The ultimate goal: give commanders from platoon to corps the ability to shut down enemy radio and radar as readily as they now call in airstrikes and artillery. It’s a critical part of the Army’s plan to hit future enemies from all possible angles at once, a concept called Multi-Domain Battle.

The EW review, which Milley officially launched in April, is separate from a high-profile review of Army networks we’ve previously reported on. The network review focuses on streamlining and strengthening a wide range of Army systems so they can better withstand cyber/electronic attack. The EW review, however, looks at more active measures to detect, deceive, and disrupt enemy radio and radar. Those are capabilities the Army almost entirely disbanded after 1991, only to relearn from Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine how dev…

Why liberal views on what is fringe are no longer accepted by many

NY Times:
The Fight Over How We Define Fringe Views in America
Which ideas are beyond the pale? And who gets to decide? The battle is being waged by opposing protesters across the country and by pundits daily on TV. Liberals rarely engage in a debate with conservatives anymore.  Too often they go straight to name calling.  How can you trust someone who labels everyone who disagrees with them as a Nazi, racists, sexist bigot and homophobe?  It is why I tend to reject the so called fact checkers in the media because while they do not say this implicitly always they certainly imply it.  If the left can't agree that Antifa is a violent fringe group, it is hard to trust their judgment on other issues.

The claim of a Russian hack of DNC runs into more evidence to the contrary

Washington Times:
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VIPS argues that Guccifer was made up.

The intelligence community’s “assessment and its conclusions are a disgrace to the intelligence profession,” VIPS co-founder Ray McGovern, a retired 27-year CIA veteran, told The Washington Times in an interview.

VIPS claims the FBI, CIA and NSA never actually performed any cyberforensic analysis of the documents that the agencies claim were hacked by Guccifer and provided to WikiLeaks.

According to Mr. McGovern, there is clear evidence that some of the DNC emails given to WikiLeaks contained superimposed Russian language formatting. “Essentially, they were synthetically tainted with Russian fingerprints,” he said, adding that such tainting was done to make it appear as if Russian operatives had been involved in the hack.

Such assertions, which directly counter the widely accepted “blame the Russians” narrative, have emerged as the source of much handwringing among analysts and journalists at several news organizations.
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How Obama screwed up the war effort

Roger L. Simon:
Immediately after Donald Trump's Afghanistan speech, Lindsey Graham -- not always the president's biggest fan -- praised the address and noted Trump was smart to leave the actual direction of day-to-day conduct of warfare to those trained to do it: the generals. He contrasted Donald with Obama, whom Graham called a "bad general."

True enough, but it's worse. Obama wasn't just a bad general or even an atrocious one. Consciously and/or unconsciously, he was on the other side.

Sound exaggerated? Then ask yourself this -- why would a man as intelligent as Barack Obama 1. telegraph his intentions and pull-out date to the enemy, 2. not keep a decent military presence in Iraq, leaving it wide open to the nascent ISIS or similar religious maniacs and 3. give so much money to the Iranian mullahs in pursuit of a chimerical nuclear deal with a result that they are now all over the Middle East, killing as many people as possible and perpetuating the endl…

President Trump explains his decision to pursue victory in Afghanistan

CBS News:
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First, our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome, worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives. The men and women who serve our nation in combat, deserve a plan for victory. They deserve the tools that they need and the trust they have earned to fight and to win.

Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists including ISIS and Al-Qaeda would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th and as we know in 2011 when America hastily and mistakenly withdrew from Iraq. As a result, our hard-fought gains slipped back into the hands of terrorist enemies. Our soldiers watched as cities they had fought for and bled to liberate and won were occ…

Navy to investigate whether ships in collisions were hacked

NY Post:

The Navy will investigate whether two US destroyers were hacked before they collided with merchant ships in a pair of recent crashes, according to a top Navy admiral.

“2 clarify Re: possibility of cyber intrusion or sabotage, no indications right now…but review will consider all possibilities,” tweeted Admiral John Richardson, referencing sweeping new investigations announced Monday into two recent accidents involving Naval warships in the Pacific.

The latest incident came Monday, when the USS John S. McCain collided with a Liberian oil tanker near Singapore, leaving five sailors injured and 10 missing.

It was the second time a US destroyer ran into a commercial ship in recent months.
... Both collisions occurred at night when visibility is limited.  There may have been an over reliance on instruments which could have been hacked or have failed.  I suspect that those on watch should also have been able to see the running lights of the ships that collided with them.  It is not…

Rifle and grenade shooting drone purchased by Israel

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Daily Mail:

The TIKAD drone, which was tested on a target in Israel in 2015, is remotely-operated and can fire military weapons, including rifles and grenade launchers. It is being pitched to the US military. It is a weapon that could be effective in areas where it is difficult for troops to operate.  Some see it as a force multiplier.

UT arrests and imprisons Confederate statues including the Post Master

BBC:
The University of Texas has removed four Confederate monuments overnight in the wake of violent clashes in Virginia earlier this month.

A statue of General Robert E Lee was among those taken down from the Austin campus early on Monday.

Monuments to Confederate figures are symbols of "modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism", the college said.
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As well as Lee, who was military commander during the 1861-65 American Civil War, a statue of another rebel general, Albert Sidney Johnston, and of Confederate postmaster John H Reagan were taken down.

They were moved to a centre for American history on campus.

A statue of Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg, who served from 1891-95, was also removed and will be considered for re-installation at another site.
... I got my undergraduate degree and law degree from UT and would be hard-pressed to tell you where these statues were located on the campus.  The most prominent statue on Campus is that of George Washington that overlooks the main …

Man charged with trying to bomb statue in Houston park

Houston Chronicle:
A Houston man has been charged with trying to plant explosives at the statue of Confederate officer Richard Dowling in Hermann Park, federal officials said Monday.

Andrew Schneck, 25, who was released from probation early last year after being convicted in 2015 of storing explosives, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez said in a statement Monday.

Schneck was arrested Saturday night after a Houston park ranger spotted him kneeling in bushes in front of the Dowling monument in the park, Martinez said.

Schneck was holding two small boxes that included duct tape and wires.

When confronted Saturday night in the park, he tried to drink some of the liquid explosives but spit it out, officials said.

Federal authorities said one of the tubes contained nitgroglycerin and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, HMTD, a "highly explosive compound" used as a primary explosive. Nitroclycerin, in its purest form, is a conta…

The solar eclipse at the Crucifixion of Christ

CBS lists this among the most famous eclipses of all time.
The Christian gospels say that the sky was darkened for hours after the crucifixion of Jesus, which historians viewed either as a miracle or a portent of dark times to come. Later historians used astronomy to pinpoint the death of Christ based on this eclipse mention. Some historians tie the crucifixion to a total solar eclipse lasting 1 minute and 59 seconds that occurred in the year 29 C.E.; others say a second total eclipse, blocking the sun for 4 minutes and 6 seconds, in 33 C.E., marked Jesus’ death.

The story behind the A-4 light attack jet

The National Interest:
How the A-4 Skyhawk Ruled the Skies A Navy pilot told me back in the mid 1960's that as originally designed the plane was to carry nuclear bombs.  It was designed without a landing gear with the thought that the carrier might not be around after an mission.  In the attack the pilot was to pull the stick back on approaching a target as means to throw the bomb higher into the air to give the pilot time to escape the blast radius.

Needless to say, the pilots did not like not having a landing gear.  It was added which turned it into the conventional bomber it became.

This story is a long and interesting piece about the plane and does not include the nuclear weapons aspect above.

BTW, I think John McCain was flying and A-4 when he was shot down over North Vietnam.

Black employment is at its highest level in 17 years

Washington Post:
What do black Americans have to lose? Under Trump, we’ve already lost a lot. Has Trump taken anything away from blacks? Is he jailing them because of their race? This looks like another desperate attempt by liberals to keep blacks on their plantation at a time when they are enjoying increased job opportunities.

What is with the Washington Post since Trump was elected.  It seems to be less professional and more like the Daily Kos with its daily attempts to aid the liberal coup attempt against the President.

Liberals defending Antifa at Charlottesville are morally bankrupt too

Washington Post:
Republicans defending Trump on Charlottesville are morally bankrupt Trump did not go to Charlottesville to start a riot.  Antifa did.  I will not defend the actions of a guy who is alleged to have mental health problems and was engaged in a vehicular homicide.  But it is absurd to argue that Antifa had nothing to do with the violence they actually provoked.  The 1st Amendment protects hate speech but nothing in the constitution protects physical assaults by either group other than the right to due process when prosecuted.

North Korea is led by people too irrational for containment to work

NY Times:
Talk of ‘Preventive War’ Rises Over North Korea Issue
In a departure from their predecessors, some in the Trump administration have surmised that Cold War-style containment will not work and that a military option is available. If you are going to contain North Korea and Iran it will likely take military action to do it.  Neither are led by rational actors.  Iran is led by genocidal religious bigots and North Korea is led by a paranoid cult of personality.  Allowing either of them to have nuclear weapons is like handing a butchers knife to a toddler.  Bad things are certain to happen in those cases.

Both of these countries are much closer to having nuclear weapons than they were when Obama came into office.  He actively aided Iran on the path to nuclear weapons and gave them resources to fund their terror operations while he sat on information that North Korea was able to put a nuclear weapon on an ICBM.

10 sailors missing in latest collision with a US destroyer

AP/Washington Times:
A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a tanker early Monday in waters east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, and at least 10 sailors are missing.

The Navy said five others were hurt.

The USS John S. McCain sustained damage on its port side aft, or left rear, from the collision with the Alnic MC that happened at 5:24 a.m., the Navy’s 7th Fleet said. It wasn’t immediately clear if the oil and chemical tanker sustained damage or casualties in the collision.

The Navy said Osprey aircraft and Seahawk helicopters from the USS America were assisting. It also said tugboats and Singaporean naval and coast guard vessels were in the area to render assistance.

Malaysia’s navy chief Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin tweeted that two ships as well as aircraft from its navy and air force have been deployed to help look for the missing U.S. sailors.

President Trump is expressing concern for the crew of the USS John S. McCain. Trump returned to Washington on S…

Boston let liberal fascists shut down free speech

Steve Berman:
The Boston Free Speech rally, which is being universally reported in the press as the “free speech” rally, was shamefully shut down by a heckler’s protest, surrounded by jackbooted Boston riot police. The Washington Post and Boston.com reported “a handful” of attendees, who never even got to make their speeches as they were terrorized by thousands of left-wing activists.

Shame on Boston.
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The rally had been planned long before the Charlottesville white supremacist march. It was organized by John Medlar, a local college student, who has repeatedly denied any connection with Richard Spencer or any of the tiki brigade at Charlottesville.
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Their crime? They support President Donald Trump. Anyone curious or supporting conservative values was terrified to even try to go to the rally. They were terrorized by a rabid mob willing to commit violence in the sight of the press and claim its righteousness.
... This kind of intolerance for free speech is likely to end badly.  When it…

Media is romanticizing left wing violence by Antifa

streiff:
The left has developed an entire public relations campaign in the last week to convince everyone that the lackwit anarcho-marxists of the ‘antifa’ (correctly pronounce an-TEE-fa, I’m told) movement is actually not violent. Put aside the documented fact that every single time this bunch appears violence takes place. Not only are they violent, they are now operating with the full sanction of the mainstream media. A typical apologia was dissected by my colleague Jim Jamitis yesterday. You get guys like Chuck Todd giving the ‘antifa’ and their cheerleaders unfettered access to the airwaves and not challenging them in any way.

As Ben Domenech wrote in The Federalist:

The list of protests which turned violent – which, when I shared it, triggered numerous accusations that I was defending Nazis, a white supremacist, and caused a reporter for one magazine where I used to be a columnist to describe me as “alt-right” – includes: Oakland 2009, Akron 2009, Pittsburgh 2009, Santa Cruz 2010…

Lack of refinery capacity for light crude means most oil from West Texas will be exported

Fuel Fix:
Most of the new crude oil produced from West Texas' Permian Basin during the next few years will be shipped out of Gulf Coast ports to growing nations in Asia and other regions, said Kurt Barrow, vice president over oil markets for IHS Markit.

U.S. oil consumption is only rising slightly, while the Permian boom meshes well with Congress lifting the nation's decades-old crude export ban at the end of 2015. Crude exports of 520,000 barrels a day in 2016 already have risen to almost 1 million barrels daily this year.


The oil exports are expected to triple to about 3 million barrels a day by 2025, Barrow said, fed primarily by new Permian production and shipped out of ports in Houston and Corpus Christi.

There are a bevy of pipelines currently proposed to carry crude oil from West Texas to Corpus, potentially turning the area into a world-class oil exporting hub. Likewise, oil pipelines from the Permian to Houston are under construction or being expanded by companies like H…

The imam behind the mass murder for Allah attacks in Spain

Telegraph:
The imam behind the Barcelona terror cell may have been radicalised in prison by one of the Madrid train bombers, it has emerged.

Abdelbaki Es Satty, who is believed to have been the ringleader in last week's attacks, was sentenced to two years in 2012 for smuggling hashish between Morocco and Spain.

He was jailed alongside Rachid Aglif, aka The Rabbit, who was serving 18-years for his role in the 2004 bombings, in which 192 people died and more than 2,000 were injured.

Sources in Spain said Es Satty had not been religious prior to going into prison and may have fallen under the malign influence of Aglif and other terrorists while prison.
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Locals in Ripoll described how Es Satty, who taught Arabic to local children, regularly travelled to Belgium, which has been central to many of the Isil inspired plots.
... It is weird that liberals tend to talk a lot about Islamaphobia but never latch on the danger of infidelaphobia by radical Islamists.  Radical Islamists are muc…

The leftist delusion

Washington Post:
Why the American left gave up on political violence This may be the most laughable assertion of 2017.  The most violent political operation in the US in 2017 has been Antifa, a liberal fascist organization that brought in the Trump administration with violent attacks in Washington DC and they have tried to suppress freedom of speech across the country.  

Most recently they were in Boston throwing urine bombs at police, who were attempting to protect a free speech protest.  The left now opposes free speech for people who disagree with their agenda and Antifa is there to violent attack.

The left no longer engages in debate.  When it is not physically violent it engages in hate speech against opponents labeling them "Nazis, racists, bigots, and homophobes."

Bad idea of the day?

Fox News:
Kaepernick supporters call for NFL boycott This is one of the more ridiculous arguments I have seen about the NFL.  As Jason Whitlock, a black sports writer points out, 70 percent of the NFL players are black.  It has created more black millionaires than any other enterprise.  Kaepernick's problem is that he has not been effective in the games he has played recently and he is turned off millions of fans from the game by disrespecting the flag and the national anthem.  Polls have indicated that his protest and that of other millionaires in the NFL turned off people who are not millionaires who watch the games.

I am not a big Jerry Jones fan, but he is absolutely right in demanding that his players stand for the national anthem at games are they are off the team.  The other owners should do the same.  These people are disrespecting the country that has made them rich.

I urge you to watch the video at the link with the interview with Whitlock.  He is spot on.

Why the media is in trouble

Sharyl Attkisson:
Americans don't trust the media, and for good reason Attkisson is one of the best reporters today.  If the rest of the media followed her example the news would be more respected.

Investigation of Democrat IT staffers moves to whether intel was sold to foreign governments

Paul Sperry:
Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledgeable sources say.

What started out 16 months ago as a scandal involving the alleged theft of computer equipment from Congress has turned into a national-security investigation involving FBI surveillance of the suspects.

Investigators now suspect that sensitive US government data — possibly including classified information — could have been compromised and may have been sold to hostile foreign governments that could use it to blackmail members of Congress or even put their lives at risk.

“This is a massive, massive scandal,” a senior US official familiar with the widening probe told The Post.

Alarm bells went off in April 2016 when computer security officials in the House reported “irregularities” in computer equipment purchasing. An internal investigation revealed the theft of hun…

Google is collaborating with liberals to suppress conservative speech?

PJ Media:
Is Google Working with Liberal Groups to Snuff Out Conservative Websites? ...
On the surface, this looks rather innocuous. It's presented by Google as an attempt to create a database of hate crimes — information that should be available with a quick Google search, it should be noted. But a quick glance at the list of partners for this project should raise some red flags:

The ProPublica-led coalition includes The Google News Lab, Univision News, the New York Times, WNYC, BuzzFeed News, First Draft, Meedan, New America Media, The Root, Latino USA, The Advocate, 100 Days in Appalachia and Ushahidi. The coalition is also working with civil-rights groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, and schools such as the University of Miami School of Communications.
ProPublica poses as a middle-of-the-road non-profit journalistic operation, but in reality, it's funded by a stable of uber-liberal donors, including George Soros's Open Society Foundations and Herb and Marion…

Media distortions mark free speech rallies

Joe Cunningham:
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…Huh? “Alt-right”? That was never part of any description of the rally.

What gives?

Well, actually, you know what gives. See, many of the people who protested were there because “free speech” is now seen as code for “hate speech”… when it’s really not. Free speech is, after all, what allows these groups to go out and protest rallies, too.

But, when right-leaning groups gather to talk about free speech, they must be defending Nazis. Even when the organizers of the free speech rally repeatedly told media outlets that the alt-right – white supremacists, the KKK, neo-Nazis, etc. – weren’t welcome at the event, as well as those who protested in Charlottesville.

The groups that organized the Boston event were not alt-right, despite media outlets attempting to paint them as such.

This is why combating the problem of political violence is so tough right now. No one is being honest about who is actually being violent. People calling for free speech are not violent. People w…

The left's big lie about 'voter suppression'

Every person in India has a voter ID.  We are talking about a billion or so voters.  In Mexico, every citizen has a voter ID.  The left opposes them for the US because they make it harder for them to cheat.  They want to keep dead people on the roles so that Democrats can use their vote to win elections.  They want to be able to bus people who do not live in an area to polling places so they can vote multiple times.

So why does the Washington Post still make the following argument:
Voter suppression is the civil rights issue of this era To put it bluntly, dead people and illegal aliens should have their votes suppressed.  In this country, voter registrations exceed eligible voters by more than three million people.  That could turn a lot of elections for Democrats who are willing to cheat.

It is not a civil right for dead people and illegal aliens to vote.  The Post should be ashamed of the argument it is making.

How the liberal media tries to set the tone of the debate

NY Times:
Trump’s Bad Week? To Supporters, It Went Just Fine
It was a week of turmoil, but it seemed to prove an immutable rule of this presidency: People see what they want to see, even if others see something very different. Liberals live in an alternate reality when it comes to violence by the left.  They don't see it as bad. That is one reason why they went berzerk when Trump said both sides were responsible for violence in the Virginia events that started with a peaceful rally about a statue.  But if you look at a tick-tock of events as they unfolded, the violence did not start until Antifa began blocking access to the park where the demonstrators had a permit to gather.  That was a triggering event, yet they keep insisting that the group with a permit was totally responsible for the violence.

We saw a similar situation in Boston where anti free speech Antifa was teh one throwing urine bombs at cops and they vastly outnumbered those demonstrating for free speech.  It is just w…

Radical Islam has made Europe a dangerous place for Jews

Daily Mail:

Western Europe has been a regular target for jihadists over the last few years. And Barcelona's chief rabbi Meir Bar-Hen (pictured) told his congregation to move to Israel to flee terror. This points out the dangers of accepting unvetted refugees into Europe from Muslim countries.  Liberals in the government seem no longer willing to protect their own citizens from the terrorist invasion.  In fact, the EU has been trying to force reluctant members to accept these unvetted refugees even as countries that have accepted them have experienced numerous mass murder for Allah attacks.

Bannon freed up to go after left wing media

Guardian:
As Steve Bannon’s departure from the White House amplified predictions of a brewing war between the so-called “alt-right” and the Republican establishment, there was speculation Donald Trump’s former chief strategist could hold even more influence on the president from the outside than he did during his tumultuous tenure inside the West Wing.

Those familiar with Bannon’s tactics suggested last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, only rallied the president’s base further, giving Bannon, a longtime Trump ally, more ammunition to go after the so-called ‘globalists’ in the White House, Republican leaders in Washington, and the US media from his reclaimed perch at Breitbart News.

“In many ways, he’ll have just as much or, at least over time, more influence on the outside than on the inside,” Kurt Bardella, a former Breitbart spokesman and political commentator, told the Guardian.

The investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, and Trump’s…

Spanish police raid home of imam believed to have ties to deadly terrorist attack

Sunday Telegraph:
Catalan investigators on Saturday raided the house of an imam in the town of Ripoll they believe may have overseen the cell which killed 14 people in twin terrorist attacks in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils.

Police are trying to piece together how a cell composed of multiple sets of brothers from the same sleepy Pyreenes town came to carry out the devastating attacks, amid reports they planned to blow up the Sagrada Familia.

The home of the imam, named as Abdelbaki Es Satty, was raided overnight from Friday to Saturday, with officers reportedly seeking - among other evidence - DNA samples which might link him to a building in the town of Alcanar believed to be where the attack was prepared.

El Pais, a leading Spanish daily, said they were investigating whether the imam, who apparently left Ripoll around a month ago, might be one of two dead bodies discovered in the Alcanar house. Sources involved in the investigation told El Confidencial they believed …

Turkish leaders paranoia is extended to people outside of Turkey

Reuters:
German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, fanning an already fierce row between the NATO allies.

The arrest of the German national in Granada was part of a "targeted hunt against critics of the Turkish government living abroad in Europe," Akhanli's lawyer Ilias Uyar told magazine Der Spiegel, which first reported Akhanli's detention.

A German foreign office official said Germany was in touch with Spanish authorities demanding that Berlin be involved in any extradition proceedings and insisting that no extradition should take place.

Any country can issue an Interpol "red notice", but extradition by Spain would only follow if Ankara could convince Spanish courts it had a real case against him.

Ties between Ankara and Berlin have been increasingly strained in the aftermath of last year's failed coup in Tu…

Israel knows radical left in US a bigger danger to Jews than a tiny group of Nazis

NY Times:


As Trump Offers Neo-Nazis Muted Criticism, Netanyahu Is Largely Silent
No stranger to Facebook and YouTube, Benjamin Netanyahu has been reluctant to criticize President Trump’s recent remarks on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. Actually, Netanyahu's son posted on the subject on Facebook and argued that Antifa is a much greater danger to Israel and to Jews.  I think he is right about that.  The left has become largely an anti-Israel force in the US siding with the Palestinian terrorists.

The media seems not only blind to the threat to freedom posed by the fascists of Antifa but the radical anti-Israel agenda on the left where even mainline Democrats are siding with those who would boycott Israel and try to force it to accept a deeply flawed agreement with those who want to destroy Israel.

The fear of neo-Nazis and the KKK in the US is seriously overblown.  They are a tiny nonentity and the suggestion that Trump supports them is absurd.  T…

Pershing's war with radical Islamist is an example of Trump trolling the left

James Delingpole:
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak,” Sun Tzu, The Art Of War.

One of the big mistakes Trump’s critics make is to assume he is very stupid. Hence the liberal media’s delight in his Pershing tweet in the aftermath of the Barcelona massacre.
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They think it shows the president to be an historically illiterate and gullible fool because – or so they claim – he is repeating a debunked myth that General Pershing used bullets dipped in pig blood when fighting Muslim terrorists in the Philippines.
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The important take-home message about Pershing is that he was a highly effective commander who defeated the Moros in the Philippines with a mix of ruthlessness and sound strategy. Pershing took care to learn the Moros’ customs and language, co-opted their sultans and made it clear that his war was not with Islam.

But when he needed to be, he could be tough. And yes, actually, there is historical evidence that something involving pigs did take place.…

The left is not content with trying to ruin the lives of political opponents, goes after employees

Kimberley Strassel:
In a better world, Americans would never hear the name Samantha Dravis. She wouldn’t be pictured on the front page of the New York Times or added to environmentalist “watch lists.”

This is no knock on Ms. Dravis, who is a talented attorney. Rather, it’s an acknowledgment that in the grand scheme of the federal government, she’s one of hundreds upon hundreds of “staffers.” As associate administrator for policy at the Environmental Protection Agency, she didn’t need Senate confirmation. She’s no cabinet secretary and never chose a public role.

But in today’s anti- Trump “resistance,” that counts for nothing. The left lost the election, lost the argument, and is losing President Obama’s precious legacy. Its response is a scorched-earth campaign against not only EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, but anyone who works for him.
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High-ranking appointees have always been demonized, but what makes this environmentalist campaign different is its purposeful extension of intim…

Some suggest that Charlottesville rally was set up by the left

Russ Vaughn:
Evidence is turning up from, of all places, the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as Breitbart and others, that this character, Jason Kessler, who organized the suspicious and supposed Alt-Right demonstration in Charlottesville, Va. that blew up in everyone's face, is a cunning lefty holdover from the Occupy Wall Street movement and a former Barack Obama supporter. I smell Soros money, sabotage, and Democrat dirty tricks here.

I've been suspicious of the nature of the violence at this supposed Alt-Right demonstration since the news first began breaking. It is no secret that radical elements in the Democrat left have been routinely utilizing violence when it suits their purposes. We also know via secret tapings by Project Veritas that the Democratic Party has a semi-official director of dirty ops, Dick Creamer, who hires, trains, and emplaces professional disruptors to encounter, engage, and infiltrate conservative demonstrations to foment violence, assuring t…

When a near monopoly is not enough for the left

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Richard Fernandez:
Amazing. Despite a virtual monopoly on media the Left needs censorship to keep from losing the argument.

Opinion | The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech Its conception of this right is unduly narrow. NYTIMES.COM
Now the NY Times is pushing the same agenda as the fascists Antifa movement which also wants to shutdown debate.  They can't handle a fair fight on the issues.