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Friday, 29 April 2016
Trump Campaign Dismisses America First Controversy
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Trump at Center for National Interest, March 27, 2016
Source: AP

George Santayana’s careworn expression may be invoked yet again over the meme adopted in Trump’s first Foreign Policy speech delivered at the Center for National Interest (CNI) in Washington, DC on Wednesday April 27, 2016. America First.  Santayana said: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Trump in his CNI speech issued his emphatic clarion call to the remaining primary voters across America:

It’s time to shake the rust off America’s foreign policy. It’s time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold, something we have to do. The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else. It has to be first. Has to be.That will be the foundation of every single decision that I will make. America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.

He did have this welcomed comment on Israel:

Israel, our great friend and the one true democracy in the Middle East has been snubbed and criticized by an administration that lacks moral clarity. Just a few days ago, Vice President Biden again criticized Israel, a force for justice and peace, for acting as an impatient peace area in the region.

That gave rise to criticism by the ADL’s Greenblatt cited in a Ha’aretz article:

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged Trump to reconsider the phrase Thursday citing its "anti-Semitic use in the months before Pearl Harbor by a group of prominent Americans seeking to keep the nation out of World War II."

According to a statement released by the Jewish watchdog, the most prominent leader of the “America First Committee” was Charles Lindbergh, who "sympathized with the Nazis and whose rhetoric was characterized by anti-Semitism and offensive stereotypes, including assertions that Jews posed a threat to the U.S. because of their influence in motion pictures, radio, the press, and the government."

Nonetheless, ADL chief Jonathan A. Greenblatt said “the undercurrents of anti-Semitism and bigotry that characterized the America First movement ... are fortunately not a major concern today.”

“However, for many Americans, the term ‘America First’ will always be associated with and tainted by this history," he said, adding that "in a political season that already has prompted a national conversation about civility and tolerance, choosing a call to action historically associated with incivility and intolerance seems ill-advised.”

For those of us old enough to have some knowledge of the isolationist anti-Semitic American First movement championed by Hitler admirer, Charles Lindbergh, who was given a personal award by Der Fuhrer for his aviation exploits, Trump’s use of it was jarring.

When I read the transcript of his speech, I asked a source in the Trump campaign about Dr. Walid Phares, one of Trump’s foreign policy advisers, who I knew personally from a decade of interaction including co-hosting radio shows on common subjects dealing with the Middle East, Israel and Jihad. I asked whether he had written Trump’s  America First speech. The answer was,” no.”  instead  I was directed to Phares’  Fox News opinion article that purports to lay out Trump’s foreign policy vision. There was no America First meme presented in his discussion. Lots of suggestions on changes in the traditional Americans alliances, prevention of Iran getting the nuclear weapon, that it may already possess, getting our allies in the NATO alliance to ante up the required annual defense budget allotments, dealing with ISIS and its global affiliates and the Muslim Brotherhood both here and abroad. Phares’ ringing conclusion:

A new popular majority is sweeping the country during these primary elections and another greater national current will legitimize these new principles with the election of Donald Trump as president in November. These new foreign policy directions will have a deeply informed public backing them, so that President Trump can muster the energies of the American people to create a sustainable defense, encompassing clear objectives coupled with a strong international presence.

Now more than ever, confident American leadership is vital for a world in disarray.

The meme of new policy directions figured prominently in a PBS News Hour  discussion on the merits of Trump’s Foreign Policy speech with Phares and former State Department official, now Hoover Institute scholar, Nicholas Burns. Burns found what he deemed lots of contradictions in Trump’s CNI speech. Phares demurred saying it was really about replacing old worn out failed policies with new ones.  Watch the PBS News Hour interview with Phares and Burns.

Phares was interviewed by Steve Inskeep of NPR’s Morning Edition. I have to issue a disclaimer on my part. I had found NPR’s news biased against Israel back in 2003. I participated in coordinating a national one day protest against NPR local affiliates in more than 40 locations, including the one I led in Connecticut. That led to a series of abrupt exchanges with the VP for News at the DC headquarters for several weeks following that protest. Notwithstanding, my attention was drawn to the transcript of NPR interview with Phares. Inskeep of NPR pressed  Phares on what Trump’s speech was all about with alleged contradictions upending the old policies in favor of new directions.  Phares pushed back on that until the inevitable occurred. Inskeep asked him about the American First meme as it brought memories of the pre-WWII American Firster isolationists led by Lindbergh. Here is the transcript exchange:

INSKEEP: Dr. Phares, one other thing. And we've just got about 30 seconds here. He uses this phrase, America First. It's got a particular historical resonance. He's borrowing a phrase that was used by people who opposed U.S. Involvement against Germany in World War II - 1939, 1940, 1941. Very, very briefly, is there a message here?

PHARES: If you are criticizing Mr. Trump, you will find all the bad connections.  He is very optimistic, and he is very positive none of these sentences that he pronounces go back to dark ages or go back to negative aspects at all.

I returned to the Campaign source and asked about that history. The response:

“America First” is a simple phrase that Mr. Trump uses to describe his approach to all aspects of American relations with the world, including trade, immigration and national defense. Under President Trump, the interests of the American people will be paramount. Putting it in the old category of the isolationists of the past who fought against American involvement in WWII is a mistake.

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Posted on 04/29/2016 9:25 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 29 April 2016
Birmingham men suspected of giving £3,000 to 'man in the hat' before Brussels bombing appear in court
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Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil, both 26, appeared before Westminster Magistrates charged with supplying £3,000 for terrorism activities on or before July 7 last year.

Mr Ahmed is also accused with Mr Boufassil’s sister Soumaya Boufassil, 29, of collecting money for terrorist purposes between January 1 2015 and April 8 this year.

The three defendants are all from the Small Heath area of Birmingham and have links to Belgium, Turkey and Morocco. They had a French interpreter to help them understand proceedings in court, but all spoke good English as they confirmed their names and dates of birth.

Mother-of-two Mrs Boufassi, a Belgian national, is also accused of taking £16,000 from three bank accounts as part of a plan to travel to Syria. A fourth man, Fazal Sajjad Younis Khan, 40, also from Small Heath, has been charged with possession of CS spray.

The three defendants will next appear in court at the Old Bailey on May 13.

According to the radio report Mrs Boufassi turned up with her face covered, and instead of demanding that she showed respect for the court by showing her face the District Judge merely asked the lawyers to confirm that they were satisfied that the woman under the tent was indeed Mrs Boufassi. She is a Belgian national. She would not have been allowed to wear that cover in public anywhere in Belgium where the full face veil is banned.  But she is permitted to show her contempt for the English court! 

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Posted on 04/29/2016 8:32 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 29 April 2016
The Ghomeshi Verdict - TFF Episode 35
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Posted on 04/29/2016 8:30 AM by David Solway
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Friday, 29 April 2016
All Belgian Residents Issued with Iodine Tablets to Protect Against Dirty Bomb Radiation
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Matthew Holehouse writes in The Telegraph:
 
The entire population of Belgium is to be issued with a ration of iodine tablets, months after warnings about the threat of Isil building a dirty bomb

Iodine pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland, had previously only been issued to people living within 20km (14 miles) of the Tihange and Doel nuclear plants.

Maggie De Block, the Health Minister, said that would be extended to 100km, covering the whole country of 11 million people, following advice from an expert council. 

The pills will be sent to pharmacies, and the public would be ordered to collect their ration in the event of a meltdown. Children, pregnant women and those breast-feeding would be given priority. 

It emerged following last month’s terrorist attacks that an Isil cell may have been plotting to kidnap a nuclear expert in order to build a “dirty bomb”. Eleven nuclear workers had their passes revoked.

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Posted on 04/29/2016 4:46 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 29 April 2016
Protests at California Trump Rally Turns Violent - 20 Arrests, Police Car Smashed
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Fox News:

Authorities in Southern California said early Friday that at least 20 people were arrested as protesters created havoc after a Donald Trump rally.

Costa Mesa police confirmed the arrests. Authorities said there were no major injuries and the big crowds had dispersed by 11 p.m. Thursday.

One Trump supporter had his face bloodied in a scuffle as he tried to drive out of the area. One man jumped on top of a police car, leaving its front and rear windows smashed and the top dented in and other protesters sprayed graffiti on a police car and the venue’s marquee.

Dozens of cars -- including those of Trump supporters trying to leave -- were stuck in the street as several hundred demonstrators blocked the road, waved Mexican flags and posed for selfies.

Police in riot gear and on horseback pushed the crowd back and away from the venue. There were no major injuries and police did not use any force. The crowd began dispersing about three hours after the speech ended.

As helicopters circled overhead, protesters at one point shut down the entrance to the 55 freeway along Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Earlier Thursday, a half-dozen anti-Trump protesters taunted those waiting to get into the area. Trump supporters surrounded one man who wave a Mexican flag and shouted “Build that wall! Build that wall!” – a reference to Trump’s call to create a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico to stop illegal border crossings.

At one point, seven women wearing no shirts and Bernie Sanders stickers over their breasts entered the square outside the amphitheater. They said they were protesting Trump's lack of engagement on issues of gender equality and women's rights.

"I feel like he wants to make America great again, but certainly not for women, for the LBGTQ community or for the lower class," said one of the women, Tiernan Hebron. "He has, like, done nothing to help with gender equality or women's rights or reproductive rights or anything."

Many protesters told the Los Angeles Times that they were drawn to the streets to rail against Trump’s policies on immigration and his remarks about Mexican immigrants.

“This is the anger people have against Trump,” Jose Cruz told the LA Times. “It’s not because he’s white, it’s because of what he’s said.”

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Posted on 04/29/2016 4:29 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Thursday, 28 April 2016
EXCLUSIVE: Sickening footage of Palestinian children pretending to stab Jews exposes 'festival of hate' funded by Jeremy Corbyn’s pet charity
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Sickening footage of a seven-year-old Palestinian girl 'stabbing' Jews was taken at a 'festival of hate' partly funded by a UK charity supported by Jeremy Corbyn and Labour MPs, MailOnline can reveal.

The film of the gruesome children's play was broadcast on Hamas TV last week, with the British charity’s logo clearly visible on a banner behind the stage.

The little girl, dressed in a hijab, is seen pretending to stab two boys dressed as Israeli soldiers, who respond by 'shooting' her. Then, amid cheers from the baying crowd, a boy dressed as a masked terrorist massacres the soldiers with a replica semi-automatic weapon.

This shocking display of brainwashing took place last week as part of ‘Palestine Festival for Children and Education’ – and the festival was funded by Interpal, which is widely supported by Labour MPs. 

The Charity Commission said it is investigating ‘as a matter of priority’. MailOnline's revelations will cause intense embarrassment to the Labour leader, who is facing a storm of criticism for not acting strongly enough to quell anti-Semitism in his party. His office declined to comment last night.

MailOnline has learnt that Interpal donated £6,800 to Gaza’s ‘festival of hate’, which was organised by the University College of Applied Sciences in Gaza City and ended last week. 

The charity said it did not support the play but instead 'hosted some activities in Gaza City, as part of the larger event', adding that it does not condone violence. But MPs dismissed this explanation as ‘not very convincing’.

The Labour leader has spoken at Interpal fundraisers, and has appeared in a promotional video for the charity. 

In 2013, he and his wife accepted a £2,800 tour of Gaza funded by Interpal. He has called the organisation’s chairman – a notorious Islamic hardliner who has said adulterers should be stoned – a ‘very good friend’, and has shared a platform with a range of extremists at Interpal events (see graphic in the link).

Cornyn’s involvement with Interpal stretches back many years and connects him to a variety of extremists.

He has admitted being a personal friend of Interpal's chairman, Ibrahim Hewitt, 58, a controversial Islamic hardliner who runs a private Muslim school in Leicester that cited sharia law in its child protection policies.

Speaking at a pro-Palestinian event in East London in February 2013, Corbyn said: ‘I’ve got to know Ibrahim Hewitt, the Chair, extremely well, and I consider him to be a very good friend, and I think he’s done a fantastic job.’

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Posted on 04/28/2016 11:10 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 April 2016
Independent Muslim school in Luton blasted by Ofsted chief for segregating male and female staff
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A Luton school has retained its 'inadequate' rating after segregating male and female staff – with the chief inspector of Ofsted directly criticising leaders of the school for 'undermining' British values of equality. In a stinging letter to education secretary Nick Morgan, Ofsted's chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw expresses concerns about gender segregation in three independent faith schools in the town.

But he singled out Rabia Girls' and Boys' School, on Dunstable Road in Bury Park, after inspectors were 'so concerned about the behaviours modelled by the leaders of this school'.

The school was inspected between April 12 and April 21 and inspectors found men and women were being segregated through the use of a dividing screen across the middle of the room, despite the meeting not being of a religious nature. The inspector also saw staff segregated during training sessions, with males sitting in one room while the training session was simultaneously broadcast to female staff in another part of the school.

This was of such concern to Oftsed that even though they found improvements across other areas of the school, they said it would remain rated as 'inadequate'.

"Indeed, it is my view that these revised standards are being actively undermined by some leaders, governors and proprietors.. . HMI will remain vigilant in ensuring that such behaviour, which clearly flouts the requirement to promote British values, is identified and reported.Any form of segregation, without a good educational reason, is likely to lead to an inadequate inspection judgement for leadership and management."

Luton On Sunday has contacted the school for comment.

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Posted on 04/28/2016 2:31 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Trump lays out a new vision for American foreign policy leadership
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Fox News:

Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump’s first foreign policy speech laid out a bold new vision for American leadership in the world.

Responding to the need to re-evaluate American foreign policy which has been adrift since the end of the Cold War twenty seven years ago, Mr. Trump has presented a plan to reassess current U.S. security arrangements around the world with the necessary goal of adapting to new developments and addressing emerging threats.

Mr. Trump makes the case that American taxpayers are spending titanic amounts defending other nations and regions which could and should be contributing more toward their own self-defense. The principle of defending friends is not in question, but our spending strategies have to be reevaluated, so that long term viability is insured. Within NATO, only four of the 28 member countries are meeting their defense commitments while the US is providing 73 percent of the overall NATO budget.

This organization should be restructured to be able to adapt to current world challenges, including countering the terror threats now crawling up from NATO’s south and southeast and striking its cities, as well as to stand by its weaker members if they face pressures. Mr. Trump clearly desires to reduce tensions with Russia and China so as to better focus on containing our common enemy, Jihadism.

For Mr. Trump, the worst case scenario of nuclear terror is the first priority to be addressed before such weapons fall into the hands of jihadi terrorists who are more than willing to use them. President Trump will never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, and he will confront and contain Iranian expansionism.

The Obama administration has stood by helplessly as the Middle East has become increasingly engulfed in chaos. Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen are crumbling under civil wars, Hezbollah dominates Lebanon and Iran is using the unfrozen billions released by Obama’s deal to purchase advanced weaponry and to destabilize the region even further. A new U.S. policy will reverse these processes as of February 2017. Although Mr. Trump would take steps to create safe zones in the region to stem the tide of refugees now pouring into Europe, he has declared that America will get out of the nation-building business and that American citizens will never again feel their interests come second to the interests of the citizens of foreign country.

While the world is concentrating on ISIS in the Levant, dozens of terrorist Jihadi enclaves are being formed by radical Islamists stretching from Afghanistan, the Sinai to Libya and progressing across Africa. They must be contained with the help of regional coalitions. Mr. Trump also understands the use of economic leverage to pressure China into reining in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

From Paris to Brussels, from Chattanooga to San Bernardino, the urban jihadists are wreaking havoc. Stronger counter-terrorism measures and deeper international cooperation on the one hand, and new and smarter immigration strategies on the other, must be set up in order to place America on a path to greater security, not just for today, but for generations to come.

Under President Donald Trump, iihadism and Islamism will be called by their names, inasmuch as they already are in Europe and the Arab world, and with greater precision. Identifying, designating, and countering the jihadi ideology will be the central core to U.S. strategic communications in order to protect America and its allies.

Furthermore, the mother organization which has been spreading extremism and stealth indoctrination since the 1920’s, i.e. the Muslim Brotherhood, will be designated as a terrorist group by President Trump in coordination with the U.S. Congress and in conjunction with a growing number of Arab countries who have already framed it as such.

Mr. Trump will bring every possible instrument of power and intelligence to bear so as to eradicate this terror scourge from the earth. But to achieve this goal, the American public must be informed and educated not dis-informed and dis-educated. A Trump administration will lead the effort to address these terror threats and will reform the engagement and strategic communication agencies of the U.S. government in such a way that this message is clearly understood by friend and foe alike and is reflective of the new national consensus between the White House and the Congress.

A new popular majority is sweeping the country during these primary elections and another greater national current will legitimize these new principles with the election of Donald Trump as president in November. These new foreign policy directions will have a deeply informed public backing them, so that President Trump can muster the energies of the American people to create a sustainable defense, encompassing clear objectives coupled with a strong international presence.

Now more than ever, confident American leadership is vital for a world in disarray.

 

Walid Phares, Ph.D., joined Fox News in January 2007 and serves as Middle East and terrorism expert. He is a foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and author of several books including "Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies Against the West" (Palgrave Macmillan Trade 2006).

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Posted on 04/27/2016 3:53 PM by Walid Phares
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016
“Scowl. You’re on Candid Camera!”
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Mateen Elass writes:

Did you ever notice that all the photos of Khomeini put out for public consumption show a man with a perpetual scowl? khomeini2They made him seem irritable, angry, even irascible. I used to wonder if he suffered from stomach ulcers, or lived with a contentious wife. I don’t know about the former, and I learned from The Spirit of Allah that he actually felt affection for his lifelong mate, Batool. The truth is that Khomeini did experience happiness at times, but he went to great lengths to cultivate a persona which conveyed seriousness, even joylessness. One of his first acts, upon returning to Iran to direct the revolution after the Shah’s departure, was to make sure that “…only approved pictures of him be printed and displayed” (p. 241). There were two in particular which especially displeased him. “One showed him wearing spectacles, which might create an impression of frailty, if not outright disability. The other showed the Ayatollah smiling benevolently. Islamic tradition maintained categorically that the Prophet never smiled, and dismissed those who did as superficial and morally loose (italics mine). Within a few days all the objectionable portraits of the Imam were replaced with new ones, showing him knotting his bushy eyebrows in a posture of angry determination” (p. 242).

Yet the image was not divorced from reality, as far as Khomeini’s understanding of Islam was concerned. He attempted to banish music from the lives of post-revolutionary Iranians. In a speech broadcast nationwide on July 11, 1979, he declared, “Music corrupts the minds of our youth. There is no difference between music and opium. Both create lethargy in different ways. If you want your country to be independent, then ban music.  Music is treason to our nation and to our youth” (p. 259). But music was just the tip of the haram iceberg for Khomeini. A month later, in a message broadcast from his home in Qom, he taught, “Allah did not create man so he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious. Islam does not allow swimming in the sea and is opposed to radio and television serials…” (p. 259).

What a sadly distorted vision of life! And what a grotesque picture of God as a slave-master whose goal is make man’s life miserable in this world to see who will gut it out in obedience so as to find sensual reward in the next. How different from the God of the Bible, who creates Adam and Eve in His image out of love and places them in a garden filled with “every tree pleasant for sight and good for food…” (Gen 2:9), and who fills His redeemed people with His presence in the person of the Holy Spirit, one of whose goals is to bring abundant spiritual fruit to bear in our lives – including as of highest priority the first two in the list of Gal 5:22, love and joy!

When I read of the bleak mindset of Ruhollah Khomeini, I can’t help but compare his vision with that of C. S. Lewis, who portrayed the Son of God as the larger-than-life Lion of Narnia Aslan playing who could on the one hand command the obeisance of all in his presence, but on the other hand could roll around in the fields laughing and playing with children. It was also Lewis who said these words I’ve never been able to shake: “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”

It’s no wonder the trajectories of Christianity and Islam can never merge. The God of the Bible and the Allah of Islam are and will always remain universes apart.

 

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Posted on 04/27/2016 2:31 PM by John Constantine
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Donald J. Trump's Foreign Policy Speech
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Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you, and thank you to the Center for the National Interest for honoring me with this invitation.

I would like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country – one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace.

It is time to shake the rust off of America’s foreign policy. It's time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold.

The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people, and American security, above all else. That will be the foundation of every decision that I will make.

America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.

But to chart our path forward, we must first briefly look back.

We have a lot to be proud of. In the 1940s we saved the world. The Greatest Generation beat back the Nazis and the Japanese Imperialists.

Then we saved the world again, this time from totalitarian Communism. The Cold War lasted for decades, but we won.

Democrats and Republicans working together got Mr. Gorbachev to heed the words of President Reagan when he said: “tear down this wall.”

History will not forget what we did.

Unfortunately, after the Cold War, our foreign policy veered badly off course. We failed to develop a new vision for a new time. In fact, as time went on, our foreign policy began to make less and less sense.

Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, and this led to one foreign policy disaster after another.

We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos, and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper.

It all began with the dangerous idea that we could make Western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interest in becoming a Western Democracy.

We tore up what institutions they had and then were surprised at what we unleashed. Civil war, religious fanaticism; thousands of American lives, and many trillions of dollars, were lost as a result. The vacuum was created that ISIS would fill. Iran, too, would rush in and fill the void, much to their unjust enrichment.

Our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster.

No vision, no purpose, no direction, no strategy.

Today, I want to identify five main weaknesses in our foreign policy.

First, Our Resources Are Overextended

President Obama has weakened our military by weakening our economy. He’s crippled us with wasteful spending, massive debt, low growth, a huge trade deficit and open borders.

Our manufacturing trade deficit with the world is now approaching $1 trillion a year. We’re rebuilding other countries while weakening our own.

Ending the theft of American jobs will give us the resources we need to rebuild our military and regain our financial independence and strength.

I am the only person running for the Presidency who understands this problem and knows how to fix it.

Secondly, our allies are not paying their fair share.

Our allies must contribute toward the financial, political and human costs of our tremendous security burden. But many of them are simply not doing so. They look at the United States as weak and forgiving and feel no obligation to honor their agreements with us.

In NATO, for instance, only 4 of 28 other member countries, besides America, are spending the minimum required 2% of GDP on defense.

We have spent trillions of dollars over time – on planes, missiles, ships, equipment – building up our military to provide a strong defense for Europe and Asia. The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense – and, if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.

The whole world will be safer if our allies do their part to support our common defense and security.

A Trump Administration will lead a free world that is properly armed and funded.

Thirdly, our friends are beginning to think they can’t depend on us.

We’ve had a president who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies.

He negotiated a disastrous deal with Iran, and then we watched them ignore its terms, even before the ink was dry.

Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon and, under a Trump Administration, will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.

All of this without even mentioning the humiliation of the United States with Iran’s treatment of our ten captured sailors.

In negotiation, you must be willing to walk. The Iran deal, like so many of our worst agreements, is the result of not being willing to leave the table. When the other side knows you’re not going to walk, it becomes absolutely impossible to win.

At the same time, your friends need to know that you will stick by the agreements that you have with them.

President Obama gutted our missile defense program, then abandoned our missile defense plans with Poland and the Czech Republic.

He supported the ouster of a friendly regime in Egypt that had a longstanding peace treaty with Israel – and then helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power in its place.

Israel, our great friend and the one true Democracy in the Middle East, has been snubbed and criticized by an Administration that lacks moral clarity. Just a few days ago, Vice President Biden again criticized Israel – a force for justice and peace – for acting as an impediment to peace in the region.

President Obama has not been a friend to Israel. He has treated Iran with tender love and care and made it a great power in the Middle East – all at the expense of Israel, our other allies in the region and, critically, the United States.

We’ve picked fights with our oldest friends, and now they’re starting to look elsewhere for help.

Fourth, our rivals no longer respect us.

In fact, they are just as confused as our allies, but an even bigger problem is that they don’t take us seriously any more.

When President Obama landed in Cuba on Air Force One, no leader was there to meet or greet him – perhaps an incident without precedent in the long and prestigious history of Air Force One.

Then, amazingly, the same thing happened in Saudi Arabia -- it's called no respect.

Do you remember when the President made a long and expensive trip to Copenhagen, Denmark to get the Olympics for our country, and, after this unprecedented effort, it was announced that the United States came in fourth place?

He should have known the result before making such an embarrassing commitment.

The list of humiliations goes on and on.

President Obama watches helplessly as North Korea increases its aggression and expands even further with its nuclear reach.

Our president has allowed China to continue its economic assault on American jobs and wealth, refusing to enforce trade rules – or apply the leverage on China necessary to rein in North Korea.

He has even allowed China to steal government secrets with cyber attacks and engage in industrial espionage against the United States and its companies.

We’ve let our rivals and challengers think they can get away with anything.

If President Obama’s goal had been to weaken America, he could not have done a better job.

Finally, America no longer has a clear understanding of our foreign policy goals.

Since the end of the Cold War and the break-up of the Soviet Union, we’ve lacked a coherent foreign policy.

One day we’re bombing Libya and getting rid of a dictator to foster democracy for civilians, the next day we are watching the same civilians suffer while that country falls apart.

We're a humanitarian nation. But the legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion, and disarray.

We have made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before.

We left Christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide.

Our actions in Iraq, Libya and Syria have helped unleash ISIS.

And we’re in a war against radical Islam, but President Obama won’t even name the enemy!

Hillary Clinton also refuses to say the words “radical Islam,” even as she pushes for a massive increase in refugees.

After Secretary Clinton’s failed intervention in Libya, Islamic terrorists in Benghazi took down our consulate and killed our ambassador and three brave Americans. Then, instead of taking charge that night, Hillary Clinton decided to go home and sleep! Incredible.

Clinton blames it all on a video, an excuse that was a total lie. Our Ambassador was murdered and our Secretary of State misled the nation – and by the way, she was not awake to take that call at 3 o'clock in the morning.

And now ISIS is making millions of dollars a week selling Libyan oil.

This will change when I am president.

To all our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong again. America is going to be a reliable friend and ally again.

We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon American interests, and the shared interests of our allies.

We are getting out of the nation-building business, and instead focusing on creating stability in the world.

Our moments of greatest strength came when politics ended at the water’s edge.

We need a new, rational American foreign policy, informed by the best minds and supported by both parties, as well as by our close allies.

This is how we won the Cold War, and it’s how we will win our new and future struggles.

First, we need a long-term plan to halt the spread and reach of radical Islam.

Containing the spread of radical Islam must be a major foreign policy goal of the United States.

Events may require the use of military force. But it’s also a philosophical struggle, like our long struggle in the Cold War.

In this we’re going to be working very closely with our allies in the Muslim world, all of which are at risk from radical Islamic violence.

We should work together with any nation in the region that is threatened by the rise of radical Islam. But this has to be a two-way street – they must also be good to us and remember us and all we are doing for them.

The struggle against radical Islam also takes place in our homeland. There are scores of recent migrants inside our borders charged with terrorism. For every case known to the public, there are dozens more.

We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies.

A pause for reassessment will help us to prevent the next San Bernardino or worse -- all you have to do is look at the World Trade Center and September 11th.

And then there’s ISIS. I have a simple message for them. Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how. We must as, a nation, be more unpredictable. But they’re going to be gone. And soon.

Secondly, we have to rebuild our military and our economy.

The Russians and Chinese have rapidly expanded their military capability, but look what’s happened to us!

Our nuclear weapons arsenal – our ultimate deterrent – has been allowed to atrophy and is desperately in need of modernization and renewal.

Our active duty armed forces have shrunk from 2 million in 1991 to about 1.3 million today.

The Navy has shrunk from over 500 ships to 272 ships during that time.

The Air Force is about 1/3 smaller than 1991. Pilots are flying B-52s in combat missions today which are older than most people in this room.

And what are we doing about this? President Obama has proposed a 2017 defense budget that, in real dollars, cuts nearly 25% from what we were spending in 2011.

Our military is depleted, and we’re asking our generals and military leaders to worry about global warming.

We will spend what we need to rebuild our military. It is the cheapest investment we can make. We will develop, build and purchase the best equipment known to mankind. Our military dominance must be unquestioned.

But we will look for savings and spend our money wisely. In this time of mounting debt, not one dollar can be wasted.

We are also going to have to change our trade, immigration and economic policies to make our economy strong again – and to put Americans first again. This will ensure that our own workers, right here in America, get the jobs and higher pay that will grow our tax revenue and increase our economic might as a nation.

We need to think smarter about areas where our technological superiority gives us an edge. This includes 3-D printing, artificial intelligence and cyberwarfare.

A great country also takes care of its warriors. Our commitment to them is absolute. A Trump Administration will give our service men and women the best equipment and support in the world when they serve, and the best care in the world when they return as veterans to civilian life.

Finally, we must develop a foreign policy based on American interests.

Businesses do not succeed when they lose sight of their core interests and neither do countries.

Look at what happened in the 1990s. Our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were attacked and seventeen brave sailors were killed on the USS Cole. And what did we do? It seemed we put more effort into adding China to the World Trade Organization – which has been a disaster for the United States – than into stopping Al Qaeda.

We even had an opportunity to take out Osama Bin Laden, and didn’t do it. And then, we got hit at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the worst attack on our country in its history.

Our foreign policy goals must be based on America’s core national security interests, and the following will be my priorities.

In the Middle East, our goals must be to defeat terrorists and promote regional stability, not radical change. We need to be clear-sighted about the groups that will never be anything other than enemies.

And we must only be generous to those that prove they are our friends.

We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China. We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard them with open eyes. But we are not bound to be adversaries. We should seek common ground based on shared interests. Russia, for instance, has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism.

I believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia – from a position of strength – is possible. Common sense says this cycle of hostility must end. Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out. If we can’t make a good deal for America, then we will quickly walk from the table.

Fixing our relations with China is another important step towards a prosperous century. China respects strength, and by letting them take advantage of us economically, we have lost all of their respect. We have a massive trade deficit with China, a deficit we must find a way, quickly, to balance.

A strong and smart America is an America that will find a better friend in China. We can both benefit or we can both go our separate ways.

After I am elected President, I will also call for a summit with our NATO allies, and a separate summit with our Asian allies. In these summits, we will not only discuss a rebalancing of financial commitments, but take a fresh look at how we can adopt new strategies for tackling our common challenges.

For instance, we will discuss how we can upgrade NATO’s outdated mission and structure – grown out of the Cold War – to confront our shared challenges, including migration and Islamic terrorism.

I will not hesitate to deploy military force when there is no alternative. But if America fights, it must fight to win. I will never send our finest into battle unless necessary – and will only do so if we have a plan for victory.

Our goal is peace and prosperity, not war and destruction.

The best way to achieve those goals is through a disciplined, deliberate and consistent foreign policy.

With President Obama and Secretary Clinton we’ve had the exact opposite: a reckless, rudderless and aimless foreign policy – one that has blazed a path of destruction in its wake.

After losing thousands of lives and spending trillions of dollars, we are in far worse shape now in the Middle East than ever before.

I challenge anyone to explain the strategic foreign policy vision of Obama-Clinton – it has been a complete and total disaster.

I will also be prepared to deploy America’s economic resources. Financial leverage and sanctions can be very persuasive – but we need to use them selectively and with determination. Our power will be used if others do not play by the rules.

Our friends and enemies must know that if I draw a line in the sand, I will enforce it.

However, unlike other candidates for the presidency, war and aggression will not be my first instinct. You cannot have a foreign policy without diplomacy. A superpower understands that caution and restraint are signs of strength.

Although not in government service, I was totally against the War in Iraq, saying for many years that it would destabilize the Middle East. Sadly, I was correct, and the biggest beneficiary was Iran, who is systematically taking over Iraq and gaining access to their rich oil reserves – something it has wanted to do for decades. And now, to top it all off, we have ISIS.

My goal is to establish a foreign policy that will endure for several generations.

That is why I will also look for talented experts with new approaches, and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who have perfect resumes but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war.

Finally, I will work with our allies to reinvigorate Western values and institutions. Instead of trying to spread “universal values” that not everyone shares, we should understand that strengthening and promoting Western civilization and its accomplishments will do more to inspire positive reforms around the world than military interventions.

These are my goals, as president.

I will seek a foreign policy that all Americans, whatever their party, can support, and which our friends and allies will respect and welcome.

The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends, and when old friends become allies.

To achieve these goals, Americans must have confidence in their country and its leadership again.

Many Americans must wonder why our politicians seem more interested in defending the borders of foreign countries than their own.

Americans must know that we are putting the American people first again. On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy – the jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.

No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must do the same.

We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.

The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down, and will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.

NAFTA, as an example, has been a total disaster for the U.S. and has emptied our states of our manufacturing and our jobs. Never again. Only the reverse will happen. We will keep our jobs and bring in new ones. Their will be consequences for companies that leave the U.S. only to exploit it later.

Under a Trump Administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of foreign countries.

I will view the world through the clear lens of American interests.

I will be America’s greatest defender and most loyal champion. We will not apologize for becoming successful again, but will instead embrace the unique heritage that makes us who we are.

The world is most peaceful, and most prosperous, when America is strongest.

America will continually play the role of peacemaker.

We will always help to save lives and, indeed, humanity itself. But to play that role, we must make America strong again.

We must make America respected again. And we must make America great again.

If we do that, perhaps this century can be the most peaceful and prosperous the world has ever known. Thank you.

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Posted on 04/27/2016 2:15 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Wisdom From The Past
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From seventy-five years ago comes the words of the greatest statesman of the Twentieth Century. Winston S. Churchill rallied the British Commonwealth and eventually the entire freedom-loving world to fight the evils of totalitarian Nazi fascism.

The present time and the 1930s share many similarities. Then the world faced the growing Nazi menace. Today, we face the menace of rising radical Islam. The world was asleep to Nazism in the 1930s just as we are asleep to the growth of radical Islam today. The Nazis taught the myth of the Master Race, just as radical Islam is now teaching Muslim superiority. Anti-Semitism was a growing cancer then as it is now (Notice how those who deny the Holocaust of the 1940s are even now preparing to bring about the next one). Neville Chamberlain sold out Europe to Germany for a promise from Herr Hitler to have “peace in our time.” Barak Hussain Obama has sold out America and the West for illusory promises of multiculturalism and political correctness.

Into this moral wilderness stepped Winston Churchill in the late 1930s. He rallied the British people to resist Nazi values and aggression. Winston had a strong moral compass which he never compromised. Listen to his words of defiance here:

“The Americans will always do the right thing…after they’ve exhausted the alternatives.”

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last.”

“If you are going to go through hell, keep going.”

“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing great or small, large or petty-never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”

“Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so-bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will stil say, ‘This was their finest hour’.”

“We shall go on to the end.  We shall fight in France, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be.  We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields, and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills.  We shall never surrender.”

“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.”

“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.  Never run away from anything. Never!”

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

Pay particular attention to the last three quotes, especially the last one. Western Culture is under an unrelenting attack from Islamofascism and ultra-Left wing ideology. This is a battle we must win. If we are defeated a horrible new Dark Age will descend on our world and everything we cherish. Perhaps, just perhaps, there is a Churchill waiting in the wings to inspire us toward Victory.

Never, never, never surrender!

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Posted on 04/27/2016 2:06 PM by John Constantine
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Trump's Foreign Policy Speech to Target World Audience
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Rebecca Berg writes in Real Clear Politics:

Donald Trump will signal another phase in his metamorphosis from unpolished political neophyte to the would-be Republican nominee for president with a foreign policy speech Wednesday, which he will target not only to voters but to an international community wary of his rise.

The remarks, which Trump will deliver in Washington, D.C., will expand on an “America first” doctrine he has recently begun to sketch out, beginning with an extensive interview last month with The New York Times. But the celebrity businessman likely won’t delve into wonky details or offer groundbreaking policy prescriptions, which he has avoided throughout the campaign; rather, his remarks will be wide-ranging, discussing U.S. foreign policy dating back as far as the Cold War.   

Trump will hone in on a few key issues, however, including the fight against ISIS; President Obama’s deal with Iran, which Trump has insisted he would re-negotiate; and the outlook regarding Russia, including his view on NATO’s role as a check on its power.

He will deliver the speech in the nation’s capital “to begin this dialogue or interaction with the diplomatic and international media and academic core,” said Walid Phares, one of Trump’s advisers on foreign policy. But Trump’s remarks will also target conservative Republicans who have recoiled at his candidacy, as well as voters who might question how he would act, in style and substance, as president.

“He wants the American people to know that, despite what we see in the primary cycle, the kind of exchanges, a Trump administration would look like what you will see [Wednesday],” Phares said. “It would be very serious on national security, on defense, and on counterterror.”

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His remarks Wednesday, as well as other policy speeches to follow, will mimic this more subdued tone, and Trump will again read from prepared remarks. And, as at AIPAC, Trump will seek to refine some controversial comments he has made, with plans “to clarify the point that he’s not going to dismantle NATO or let go of Western alliances. He’s going to readjust them to the new challenges,” Phares said. Trump recently called NATO “obsolete.”

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World leaders have been watching these developments closely and with some evident skepticism, particularly some key U.S. allies. During a recent meeting with congressional lawmakers, according to one Republican who was present, King Salman of Saudi Arabia said of Trump, “Is that the best you can do?”

In December, in the aftermath of Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims coming into the United States, British Prime Minister David Cameron said, "If he came to visit our country, I think he would unite us all against him.”

Trump supports Brexit.

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“It is a challenge, there’s no doubt about it, and Mr. Trump knows that,” said Phares. But, he added, “Mr. Trump is confident that he knows the world, and he is learning. Everybody learns over time, even presidents.”

His speech Wednesday, his team hopes, will be a first step — and an attempt to bring some definition to the foreign policy views of a candidate who told the Times: “I don’t want to say what I’d do because ... we need unpredictability.”

“There are many who are trying to portray Mr. Trump and put him in one of the boxes that we are used to in international narrative. He has a new box,” Phares said. “Some are saying he’s going to go overseas and interfere with energy, and others are saying he’s going to be in isolation. It’s not one or the other. He does not belong to these traditional schools.”

Trump spoke this morning of the need for fresh thinking. Walid Phares is the perfect choice.

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Posted on 04/27/2016 6:48 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Trump Meets with Italy’s Northern League Leader Salvini, ‘Total Agreement’ on Immigration
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Breitbart:

The leader of Italy’s Northern League, Matteo Salvini, met with Donald Trump on Sunday evening in Pennsylvania, where they discussed the economy and Europe’s migrant crisis.

During the campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Salvini was holding a “Trump: Make America Great Again” poster and afterward had a 20-minute meeting with the Republican presidential front-runner.

As Salvini assured Trump of his support for victory next November 8, the New York magnate returned the campaign well-wishes, declaring, “Matteo, I hope you become Prime Minister soon.”

On the question of the immigration crisis, the two men reportedly were in “total agreement,” and discussed the need for policies targeting the populations of countries of origin to keep them from fleeing from hunger and poverty.

Last month Salvini said that he was a Trump supporter all the way. “His rigor, his strategy for economic recovery, his security policies, all make me root for Trump,” he said.

In just over two years, Italy’s Northern League party has experienced remarkable growth, thanks in large part to the mounting Italian migrant crisis. The League bounced back from an all-time low of just 4% in the 2013 elections to 16-17% support in recent polls.

Last February, Salvini teamed up with French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and other leaders of right-wing parties and Euro-skeptics at a convention organized in Milan by the Northern league.

At the meeting, Salvini stressed the need to “recover sovereignty and powers from the EU” and added that “if a left-wing government like that of Sweden has decided to repatriate immigrants, it means that Schengen is dead.”

The Northern League was founded as a separatist movement in the early 1990s, campaigning for independence for a northern Italian region it called “Padania.” Its outspoken founder Umberto Bossi pledged to liberate industrious northern workers from subsidizing what he called the lazy southerners down in the foot of the Italian peninsula.

No longer a separatist movement, the League now embraces conservatives throughout Italy and last May took 20 percent of the vote in Tuscany’s regional elections, a leftist stronghold and home to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

“Tuscany is the proof that the days are over when we were labeled as a crazy far-right party,” said 42-year-old Salvini, who took over leadership of the Party in 2013, garnering 80 percent of party delegates’ votes.

Immigration isn’t the only area where Trump and Salvini see eye to eye.

When Italy’s highest court partially repealed a law in February that strictly regulated the construction of new mosques in the northern region of Lombardy, Salvini condemn the court’s ruling, calling it a victory for the left and for radical Islam.

Salvini said that by its decision the court was also abetting illegal immigration.

“This is an Islamic Court, not an Italian one,” said the League President. “It is an accomplice to illegal immigration.”

On Sunday, Salvini arrived to the Trump event together with Amato Berardi, the president of NIA-PAC (National Italian American Political Action Committee), an organization that seeks to promote Italian traditions, language and culture in the United States.

After his encounter with Trump, Salvini reportedly headed to Washington D.C. for a series of meetings.

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Posted on 04/27/2016 4:57 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016
In state after state, strong GOP support for Trump's Muslim proposal
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Byron York writes in the Washington Examiner:

What was once furious Republican opposition to Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily ban foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. has turned to virtual silence in the face of widespread GOP voter approval.

Exit polls from the nation's biggest Republican primaries show impressive majority support for Trump's proposal. In the latest example, in Pennsylvania Tuesday, 69 percent of GOP voters said they support "temporarily banning Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the U.S." In New York last week, the number was 68 percent.

In Wisconsin, 69 percent supported Trump's idea. In Florida, 64 percent. Georgia, 68 percent. Ohio, 65 percent. Michigan, 63 percent. New Hampshire, 65 percent. Texas, 67 percent.

Indeed, approval is so extensive that Trump's proposal is rarely the subject of extended discussion today. But it set the race on fire when Trump introduced it last December. And some of its most vocal opponents were leading figures in the Republican Party and the conservative world.

All of Trump's rivals in the 2016 race said they disagreed with the proposal. Some used stronger terms than others: Jeb Bush called it "unhinged," while others called it "idiotic," "fascist," "racist," and "dangerous." House Speaker Paul Ryan called the plan unconstitutional and "not what this party stands for and, more importantly ... not what this country stands for." 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney accused Trump of "scapegoating" Muslims. Karl Rove called it "stupid." Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Trump's proposal "goes against everything we believe in."

Influential Southern Baptist Convention official Russell Moore called it "reckless, demagogic rhetoric" that "would make Jefferson spin in his grave." Various writers at National Review and the Weekly Standard condemned it. Charles Krauthammer called it "absurd."

That was then. No doubt those critics still believe what they believe, but two-thirds support among Republican voters has changed the playing field. The white-hot controversy of December is no longer even warm.

Trump has moved the Republican debate on all sorts of subjects — trade, immigration, entitlements and more. In the case of temporarily banning foreign Muslims, Trump created an issue out of whole cloth, stuck to it through an enormous controversy, and, with voter approval, appears to have come out ahead in the Republican race.

Huge majorities across the country in states won by Trump and states won by Ted Cruz — and even the one state won by John Kasich. If those exit polls, measuring the opinions of tens of thousands of people, are correct, the temporary foreign Muslim ban has become a Republican staple.

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Posted on 04/27/2016 4:20 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Sweden on alert for possible ISIS attack in capital
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From Reuters via AOL News and the Swedish edition of The Local

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -- Sweden has received intelligence about a possible attack on the capital by Islamic State militants, local media reported on Tuesday, and security services said they were investigating undisclosed "information."

Newspapers Aftonbladet and Expressen as well as public broadcaster Swedish Radio, citing unnamed sources, reported the information was related to the threat of an attack, possibly in the capital Stockholm. Expressen reported Swedish security police (SAPO) had received intelligence from Iraq that seven or eight Islamic State fighters had entered Sweden with the intention of attacking civilian targets.

Swedish police met Eurovision organizers on Tuesday after reports emerged of a potential terror threat in Stockholm, reported Swedish media.

The news stirred tension in Stockholm, which is set to play host to the Eurovision Song Contest finals in just a couple of weeks. Although the apparent terror threat was not immediately linked to the event at the Globe Arena, the DN newspaper reported that SVT, which produces the competition, was staying in close contact with police.

"After Paris and Brussels this is of course very inconvenient. Both guests and audience are worried," an unnamed source told the Swedish daily.

Interior Minister Anders Ygeman would not comment on reports of a terror threat. “We are referring all questions to Säpo,” said his spokesman Victor Harju. 

 

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Posted on 04/26/2016 1:01 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Muslim shopkeeper who only allowed women to enter his store on weekends is forced to close his business after sexism outcry
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From the French edition of The Local and the Daily Mail

"Sisters on Saturdays and Sundays only." A Muslim shopkeeper's sexist opening hours falls foul of the law in France.

A Muslim shopkeeper has been fined €500 ($560) for ordering different opening hours for men and women at his store in the French city of Bordeaux, his lawyer said Tuesday. Michalon quickly abandoned the plan after facing a groundswell of negative reaction and his shop has since closed its doors.

Speaking at the time, Michalon said: 'We put this in place at the request of the sisters who preferred when my wife was behind the counter. It is a shop where we sell clothes.'

Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé called out on Twitter for "an end to such a discriminatory practice". Naima Charai, the head of French equality group ACSE, tweeted her disdain too, saying that gendered opening hours are "unimaginable and unacceptable... Respect for the republic should be seven days a week," she wrote

Bordeaux's chief Imam Tareq Oubrou (said) "We never saw this during the time of the Prophet. Markets were mixed. It seems a bit strange to me in a world where social mixing is an established culture,"

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Posted on 04/26/2016 10:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Philippines military hunts down group that beheaded Canadian John Ridsdel
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From CBC News

The military of the Philippines came under increased pressure Tuesday to rescue more than 20 foreign hostages after their captors beheaded a Canadian man, but troops face a dilemma in how to succeed and also ensure the safety of the remaining captives.

Abu Sayyaf gunmen beheaded John Ridsdel on Monday in the southern densely forested province of Sulu. . . 

Ridsdel's head, which was placed in a plastic bag, was dumped by motorcycle-riding militants Monday night in Jolo town in impoverished Sulu, about 950 kilometres south of Manila, where the Abu Sayyaf and allied gunmen are believed to be holding 22 foreign hostages from six countries.

It's a politically sensitive time to carry out major offensives — it's the height of campaign time in a close race between four contenders in May 9 presidential elections. President Benigno Aquino III and opposition politicians have had differences over the handling of the Muslim insurgencies and the poverty and social ills that foster it.

Among the 22 hostages are 14 Indonesians who were kidnapped from tugboats in two separate incidences. Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said Tuesday that his country will host talks with Malaysia and the Philippines this week to boost maritime security following those hijackings.

In past militant videos posted online, Ridsdel and fellow Canadian Robert Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipino Marites Flor were shown sitting in a clearing with heavily armed militants standing behind them. In some of the videos, a militant aimed a long knife on Ridsdel's neck as he pleaded for his life. Two black flags with ISIS-like markings hung in the backdrop of lush foliage.

In Canada, Ridsdel was remembered as a brilliant, compassionate man with a talent for friendship. "He could bridge many communities, many people, many situations and circumstances and environments in a very gentle way," said Gerald Thurston, a lifelong friend of the former mining executive and journalist who grew up with him in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Thurston said Ridsdel is survived by two adult daughters from a former marriage.

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Posted on 04/26/2016 10:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Australian Diary
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On arrival in Sydney for a stint with the Centre for Independent Studies, I am ensconced in the bourgeois bohemia of McMahons Point — the kind of area in which it is easier to find langoustines than lavatory paper, or wasabi peas than washing-up liquid. Having arrived from Paris, the first thing I notice is the extremely high price of everything. Is this a good or a bad sign, of prosperity or uncompetitiveness, or both? I am sure economists would know the definitive answer to this question. Seeking spaghetti at the local grocery, I asked the pleasant assistant (with a ring through the septum of her nose to prove that she was an individual) where it was and she kindly took me to the shelf. ‘Here,’ she said, ‘this is very good – and it’s gluten free.’ ‘You don’t have any with gluten, do you?’ I asked.This was evidently a social faux pas of considerable dimension. It was as if I had asked for dirty postcards. She rooted about in the bottom shelf and eventually produced a packet. ‘Here,’ she scowled. It seems that these days, food sensitivity is a mark of sensitivity in general. Interestingly, in the New England Journal of Medicine last week there were two papers suggesting that food avoidance very early in life promoted food sensitivity rather than prevented it. You are right to be worried if you are worried. On the other hand, you are right not to be worried if you are not worried.

The food is very good in Sydney in a way in which I am sure it would not have been in, say, 1950. I am also almost certain that when people speak of the glories of multiculturalism they are mostly thinking of a lot of different restaurants, rather than Pali epigraphy or Somali tribal structure. As in all major cities nowadays, waiters prance around in Sydney telling the diners that the kale or quinoa was picked by vestal virgins on the first full moon after the equinox. I like good food as much as the next man, and am all in favour of not taking the pleasures of life for granted; but this new food paganism, the reverence for ingredients and the way in which they are produced (or ‘sourced’… always responsibly of course), irritates me slightly. It seems to imply that one is supposed to do more with the food on one’s plate than merely to eat it. When the explanations are too elaborate, one begins to feel unworthy of what one is about to eat, because one is not absolutely sure that one can tell the difference between sea salt, say, and rock salt.

I am plunged into a round of appearances in the media. In England I refuse invitations to go on television by claiming subsequent engagements, or by telling them that in my opinion television is one of the great curses of the last century — which in part, I believe. This generally puts producers off, though not before they tell me that they agree with me. But in my role as a visiting scholar for the Centre for Independent Studies, I am pressganged into my press duties. Still jet-lagged, and with my head feeling as if it were full of lead shot, I find myself in the absurd position of having to give an opinion on the Government’s proposal that the states of Australia should have charge of their own income tax. Never having devoted a moment’s thought to the question before, I opine (more or less) that some politicians want to act as fairy godmother while casting others in the role of wicked step-sister. On television, in my limited experience, being able to say something is much more important than being able to say something true. Glibness is the highest quality.

I appear on Q & A with, inter alia, Germaine Greer. She is now notorious for having said that transsexual women are not the same as women, which seems to me a fairly innocuous proposition, but in our peculiar times the self-evident is dynamite in the way that satire is prophecy. She was asked a question about this, and I didn’t have time to point out that in Britain, people are now allowed to backdate the change in their sex to their birth: they can change their birth certificate. Even Stalin would have baulked at this.

I travel for the weekend to Greg and Jenny Lindsay’s farm about three hours north of Sydney. It is the kind of place where you feel immediately on arrival that you want to spend the rest of your life. I wish I were more of a naturalist, and knew whether there was some fundamental biological difference, other than size, between a wallaby and a kangaroo. The Australian fauna is the most romantic in the world, and I go looking for snakes. I have bought a field guide to Australian reptiles: who can resist the allure of creatures with names like the pig-nosed turtle or the pebble earless dragon? I am disappointed to meet no snakes. In the evening, we sit by the creek and — with a glass of wine — watch for platypuses (or is it platypi?) and discuss the appalling state of the world. None appears, and I think of a plot for a novel. A man spends his entire life searching for the thylacine in Tasmania. Only on his deathbed does he acknowledge that they are extinct. What a perfect metaphor for human existence! Or should I just say my existence?

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Posted on 04/26/2016 9:37 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Irish Eyes Are Smiling on Britain
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In his great speech in 1775 on Conciliation with America, Edmund Burke concluded that the best way to change the stubborn spirit that was generating trouble was to remove the causes. It is a welcome sign that this has been the basis for reconciliation between the Republic of Ireland and the UK. It should be seen as a model and show the path to full reconciliation in Northern Ireland, not to mention change in behavior by Palestinians.

This was shown at the demonstration on March 27, 2016 of thousands attending in Dublin the official commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule during which more than 450 people, half of them civilians and 40 were children, were killed during the week of fighting. This time an Irish military parade passed the exact spot, the General Post Office, where the rebellion began. It was also the place where on Easter Monday, the Irish Proclamation had been read by the poet and revolutionary Patrick Pearse.

Interestingly, the Proclamation, in advance of its time, began with the words “Irishmen and Irishwomen.” The Rising was a military failure and Pearse and other leaders were shot or executed, but those executions constituted a crucial moment in changing the sensibilities of many in Ireland against Britain. Yet the overall nationalist aim of a 32 county Republic has not been realized. The country has been divided: 26 counties formed first the Free State, and in 1948 a fully dependent Republic of Ireland or Eire. The Irish population in 1999 voted to drop the claim to the other 6 counties.

Obviously differences with Britain still remain, and memories of figures associated with the Rising, such as Pearse who talked of blood sacrifice, James Connolly, Sean Heuston, Arthur Griffith, founder of Sinn Fein, William Cosgrave, Darrell Figgis, are not forgotten. Pearse believed “We shall be remembered by posterity and blessed by future generations.” Indeed, a number of them, Pearse, Connolly, Heuston, are remembered as names of Dublin railroad stations.

But the former intense animosity has largely disappeared, and more positive images have been celebrated, including the commemoration of the 90,000 Irish men who fight for Britain in World War I, some of whom helped end the Rising.  A welcoming sign was the visit in 2011 by Queen Elizabeth to Dublin, the first to the Republic by a monarch.

This was followed by two other significant and symbolic events. One was the invitation in May 2014 by the Queen to Martin McGuinness, formerly of Sinn Fein and now a major political figure, to Windsor Castle,. The other was the meeting in Galway on May 19, 2015 and the handshake between Prince Charles and Gerry Adams, formerly antagonistic towards the UK.

The cordial relationship and cultural links between the two countries was displayed in April 2016 by a remarkable series of events in Wigmore Hall in London, arguably the site with the best acoustics in the country. The concerts, honoring both Irish and British victims of the past, featured music by Irish composers as well as Beethoven and Schubert, and Irish singers. They ended with the traditional Danny Boy.

The overall objective of the series was admirable. It aimed to help the strengthening of the bond of friendship and reconciliation between the two countries, while recognizing and enhancing Ireland’s reputation for cultural progress. To that end, the Irish Ambassador to UK, Daniel Mulhall, delivered the keynote address on 100 years of Ireland, including culture.

What is pertinent now is not any bitterness between Ireland and Britain but rather the continuing rivalry between the two major political parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail that goes back to the Irish civil war of 1922-1923. Since the inconclusive election of February 2016 Ireland has not had a stable government since Fine Gael with 50 seats in Parliament (Dail) and Fianna Fail with 43 have not been able to form either a coherent coalition, or agree on which party leader should be the dominant political figure (taoiseach).

These political differences are appropriate in a democratic and peaceful system. Democracy and a full peaceful system would be welcome in Northern Ireland.

The situation in Northern Ireland has improved significantly since the animosity and violence within the country between republicans and unionists has been reduced. Violence between republicans and Britain were exacerbated after Bloody Sunday on January 30, 1972 when 13 civilians were shot by the British army during a civil rights march in Londonderry.  This led to direct rule of the North by Westminster, but it also led to assassinations by the IRA in Britain of prominent figures, Airey Neave in 1979, Lord Mountbatten, the Queen’s cousin, in 1979, and the bombing of in 1984 of the hotel in which Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was staying.

Things are on the mend with the 1998 Good Friday or Belfast Agreement, which created a number of institutions and called for civil rights, decommissioning weapons, and reforms in policing. To this has been added the disbanding of the IRA, which is now supposed to have disposed of its weapons, and the extraordinary power sharing between he Democratic Unionist Party led by Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein, represented by Martin McGuinness.

What remains is for the Republic of Ireland to persuade the body that calls itself the New IRA to give up its threats to attack prison officers and security forces in Northern Ireland. The New IRA, one of three groups opposed to the peace process and political power sharing must give up its claim that IRA armed actions against Britain are as legitimate as they were in 1916. Their view that the 1916 Rising was an “unfinished revolution” is not only unwise but is also not supported by the majority of nationalists who support the peaceful political strategy of Sinn Fein.

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Posted on 04/26/2016 9:12 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 25 April 2016
Remembering Diesel, Killed Arresting Jihadis: A Medal from Britain and A Puppy From Russia
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Remember 'Diesel'?  She was the French police dog who was killed in the line of duty as she and her human colleagues raided the hideout of Muslim jihad gangsters after the jihad mass-murders at the cafes and Bataclan concert hall in Paris in mid-November 2015.

Her story was told here at NER

but it did not end there.

A British animal charity decided to give 'Diesel' a posthumous medal for gallantry.  As reported toward the end of December 2015.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-29/paris-attacks-police-dog-to-receive-gallantry-medal/7057490

'Paris Attacks: Police Dog Killed in Saint-Denis Raids To Receive Posthumous Medal for Gallantry

'A French police dog killed in a security services raid after the Paris attacks will receive a posthumous medal for gallantry from a British animal charity, it said Monday.

'Diesel died (rather, was killed - CM) in November [2015] during a police raid on an apartment in a northern suburb of Paris, which killed Abdelhamid Abaaoud - the alleged (sic - CM) mastermind of the attacks in which 130 people died (sic: rather, "were murdered" - CM).

'The animal's death led to the hashtag #JeSuisChien (I Am A Dog) trending on Twitter.

I wonder how many of those who used the tag knew that Mohammedans view dogs with absolute contempt and that calling someone a 'dog', in Islamic parlance, is a great insult; that Jews and Christians, and others, are frequently called 'dogs' by Muslims? - CM

'The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), said the seven-year-old Belgian shepherd would now receive the Dickin Medal, described as its "supreme honour for gallantry".

'The medal was introduced in 1943.  Previous recipients include pigeons which carried messages behind the front lines in World War II, and military dogs which sniffed out Taliban bombs in Afghanistan.

"As guardians of the world's most prestigious animal awards program, we were inundated by messages from members of the public to recognise [Diesel's] heroism", PDSA director-general Jan McLoughlin said.

"The PDSA Dickin Medal recognises conspicuous devotion to duty in the theatre of conflilct and Diesel is a truly deserving recipient".

And by awarding this medal to a French police dog who was killed in the course of a firefight with a jihadist on the soil of France, they are telling us that right here in the West we are now inhabiting a 'theatre of conflict', a war zone; the Dar al Harb, indeed, as we are viewed - and treated - by Mohammedans. - CM

'A formal ceremony marking the honour will take place next year....".

Meanwhile the Russians have offered a different kind of memorial: a plump and fuzzy-haired new recruit who will, one hopes, have big enough paws to one day fill Diesel's place on the front lines of infidel defence against the Jihad.

As reported in late November and early December 2015.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-21/russia-sends-france-service-puppy-as-sign-of-solidarity/6960952

'Paris Attacks: Russia Sends France a Puppy As Sign of Solidarity After Death of Service Dog Diesel'.

'Russia has sent France a puppy as a sign of solidarity against terrorism, after French service dog Diesel was killed during an anti-terrorism raid last week...

'The Russian minister for internal affairs, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, sent a letter to his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve, offering the puppy as an expression of Russia's solidarity with France.

'Mr Kolokoltsev asked the French internal affairs minister to accept the service puppy, named Dobrynia, who he said would grow to take the place of Diesel, "as confirmation of our solidarity with the French police in these troubled days".

"The puppy will be given [to] France in solidarity with the French people and police in the fight against terrorism", the Russian interior ministry posted on Facebook.

'The puppy was named after the Russian hero Dobrynya, who the Russian interior ministry described as "the personification of strength, kindness, bravery and selflessness".

'Dobrynya was the uncle and tutor of Vladimir the Great, and was later fictionalised in Russian folkore as a bogatyr,  or powerful warrior.

A big name for a little pup to live up to... - CM

'Diesel was killed... when she was sent into an apartment targeted in an anti-terror raid, to "gauge the threat inside", French news channel BFM-TV reported.

'Paris police chief Jean-Michel Fauvergue told French newspaper Le Parisien that Diesel "probably saved the lives of policemen who were about to enter".

'French police announced Diesel's death on Twitter, and said the 7 year old service dog had been "indispensable" to the operation...".

And, Russia having made the offer, France happily accepted it. Whatever our differences, we Infidels, most of us, are united by our love for our dogs and our recognition of the value of the service they offer us. - CM

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-08/france-accepts-russian-puppy-to-replace-slain-dog/7009568

'Paris Attacks: France Accepts Russian Puppy Dobrynya To Replace Slain Dog.'

'Russia has symbolically handed over a puppy to France to replace a police dog called Diesel who was killed during a raid linked to the November 13 [2015] Paris attacks.

'Igor Zubov, a deputy interior minister, handed the male German shepherd puppy named Dobrynya to French ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert at a ceremony in  Moscow attended by Russian and French soldiers.

'Dobrynya, who must remain in quarantine for up to three months before leaving for his new home (this means that by now, April 2016, he should have been in France for a month or so and be settling in nicely - CM) was named after a medieval knight who was the incarnation of "strength, valour and justice", Mr Zubov said...

Let us pray that little Dobrynya may grow up to be a worthy doggie bearer of the name of a legendary human warrior. - CM

"In Russia, dogs who serve police are loved not only by the police but also by ordinary citizens", he said, adding that the gift was seen as "a symbol of the unity of our peoples in the implacable fight against terrorism".

Roll on the day when a speech like that will not say, vaguely and generally, 'terrorism' but will speak plainly of the pan-Infidel resistance to and self-defence against the Global Jihad. - CM

'Mr Ripert called the seven-month-old puppy an "extraordinary gift".

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Posted on 04/25/2016 7:26 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Monday, 25 April 2016
Infidel Man's Best Friend: Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Honours Explosive Detection Dogs and Their Handlers
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A story from last year that I have only now got around to sharing.

I have a feeling that there will be many more such statues set up across the Lands of Infidels.  In the war of self-defence against the Global Jihad the ancient human alliance with dogs - an alliance that Islam repudiates, teaching its adherents to hate and despise dogs as unclean and to torment and kill them - is a crucial element.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-08/australian-explosive-detection-dogs-recognised/6838878

'Australia's Explosive Detection Dogs and Their Handlers Recognised at Australian War Memorial in Canberra.'

The sharia of Islam anathematises both dogs and statuary.  But here at the Aussie War Memorial is a statue that honours the friendship and mutual assistance of dog and human. - CM

'The service and sacrifice of Australia's explosive detection dogs (EDDs they are sometimes called, for short - CM) and their handlers has been recognised in a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

'A new sculpture commemorating their service was also unveiled at the memorial's grounds.

'Dogs have been used for decades by Australia's armed forces, taking advantage of the animals' strong sense of smell to detect explosives.

'Several have been killed in the line of duty, and they were used extensively during troop deployments in Afghanistan.

"One of the biggest threats in Afghanistan was improvised explosive devices (IEDs) so our dogs have been critical in going ahead of our forces and clearing the way, searching the ground", Major Kendall Crocker said.

"There are many, many Australian men and women who have served in our armed forces who came home safe to their families because of the work that these dogs have done."

'Major Crocker, who is the only veterinarian employed full time by the Defence Force, said dogs form bonds with their handlers, which allows the two to work as team on the ground.

"You could say that they're the only animals that work with people, rather than for people", he said.

And in the war of self-defence against the Jihad dogs who help their infidel owners find hidden bombs and catch jihadi terror raiders are fighting for the survival of a dog-friendly world, a world in which the ancient and mutually-beneficial alliance between dogs and humans can survive. - CM

"We really treat our dogs like a four-legged digger".

'The dogs also provide a sense of normalcy for troops deployed away from home.  

"It gives them that contact back to home, that sort of break from the reality of where they are, where they can just zone out and have a pat with a dog", said dog handler Lance Corporal Shane Kerswall.

'Dog Handling a Growing Area Within Defence Force.

'Lance-Corporal Kerswall said the profession had grown within the Defence Force in recent years, and that both handlers and dogs were gaining more recognition.

"There is a very strong recognition of the special role.  It's always developing", he said.  "There's now more opportunity for rank progression amongst the trade."

'While the job is undoubtedly dangerous, Major Kendall said the utmost care was taken to protect the dogs in war zones, and only three had been killed in the line of duty since 2007.

"The overall level of loss with dogs is really [not very different] to perhaps the same number of dogs back here in Australia", he said.

"We take every care to make sure that they're looked after, their health is looked after, and their safety is looked after".

There are practical reasons for this as well; it takes time and effort to train a good EDD, so once you've got one, you don't want to lose him or her and have to try to find a replacement. - CM

'However, as with any military role, explosive detection dogs and their handlers are not immune to the tragic reality of working in a war zone.

'In June 2010 Sapper Darren Smith and his Collie-cross Herbie were killed in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.

'Their names are etched onto the unveiled sculpture.

"He was a very good bloke, easy to have a chat with, and a quiet beer", Lance-Corporal Kerswall said.  

"They were doing a job that they believed in, and that they loved, and I hope that one day I embody what they went out there and did", Sapper Andrew Nordling said.

'Sapper Nordling and his dog Domino are yet to be deployed, but are "pretty excited" about the prospect.

"He's pretty good, we actually train our dogs to a pretty high standard... I'm obviously biased, but I think he's one of the best", he said.

And so the statue stands, at the national War Memorial in Canberra, Australia.  An Aussie Infidel soldier and his dog, killed in the line of duty, against the Jihad.  I am sure, if we win through, as I believe with the mercy of God we will, that there will be other similar statues in time... In France and Russia and Israel and Canada and the USA and Britain and  many, many other lands.  I would expect, in time, not only the statues honouring our War Dogs, but those in honour of the police dogs who go into action to subdue Mohammedan rioters in our streets or to assist in the capture of jihadi terrorists from where they are holed up; and the others who canvass the travellers at airports and other transport hubs, sniffing - just as in the badlands of Afghanistan - for the hidden bombs or the traces of explosives that betray a bomb-maker.  - CM

 

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Posted on 04/25/2016 6:47 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Monday, 25 April 2016
Honouring Infidel Man's Best Friend: Sparky, Former ADF Explosive Detection Dog, Joins Ulverstone Anzac Day Marchers, Tasmania
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As reported by the local paper and by the ABC.  Be sure to click on the links; the original stories have some delightful photos and video footage attached.  She marched near the head of the procession and was honoured with the 'purple poppy' that commemorates animals who serve in war.

http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/3865212/sparky-to-join-march/

"Veteran Detection Dog Marching on Anzac Day" (reporter, Lucy Swinnen).

'Sparky's service: receiving the puple poppy on behalf of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation'.

"Sparky the veteran explosive detection dog will march in the Anzac Day services at Ulverstone (Tas.), on Monday, but she almost did not make it back from Afghanistan where she served.

"She was nearly a POW", veteran Marty Ansell said.

"It was August 1 in 2011, and Sparky was serving in the Oruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan known for its heavy Taliban presence.

"She was called forward with her handler Mark Worthington as part of a lead patrol through an area believed to contain Improvised Explosive Devices.

"Mr Worthington remembers that at 10 am Sparky was searching in front of the formation when the patrol was ambushed by Taliban fighters.

"Pinned down in an irrigation channel, Mr Worthington said he was unable to call her.  

"A short but heavy gun-fight occurred between the Australian forces and the Taliban, and a frightened Sparky fled into the nearby corn fields, Mr Worthington said.

"Startled by the sound and ferocity of the battle, Sparky vanished, and in the confusion no-one was in a position to even see what direction she went", Mr Worthington said. 

'Although the diggers held their position for several hours, Sparky did not return.

'Mr Worthington said that despite being targeted by enemy mortars the patrol moved in a zig-zag fashion on their return to their vehicle in an attempt to cover as much ground as possible, hoping to find Sparky.

'A cash reward was offered to local villagers in case they found Sparky.

'Mr Worthington said that in the afternoon a call came through over the radio relaying that Afghan Army soldiers had spotted Sparky and she was seen heading back to the Patrol Base.

'At about 6 pm EDD Sparky topped the ridge surrounding the base and reunited with her handler Mr Worthington.

'Sparky had been missing for about eight hours and had covered nearly seven kilometres before she found her way back to base camp.

"She did a better job than the rest of us", Mr Ansell, who served two tours of Afghanistan, once with Sparky, said.

"She found heaps of stuff, the dogs sort of get washed over a little bit, they don't get mentioned that often, but she probably deserves to be there [at the service] as much as anyone of us."

'When she returned to Australia, Sparky was reassigned as a training dog at the School of Explosive Detection Dogs.

'However, after she nipped the ankles of a maintenance worker at the Sydney base, she was due to be adopted or put down before Mr Ansell put his hand up to adopt her, he said.

'Sparky now lives with Mr Ansell's mum and Dad in Ulverstone and has formed a bond with Rodney Ansell...

"The Australian War Dogs Association said that nine dogs were lost in Afghanistan during combat-related operations.  Dogs like Sparky were crucial in saving the lives of hundreds of soldiers by detecting explosives, the Association said.

'Sparky was presented with a purple poppy by Ulverstone RSL member Tony Young, on behalf of the Australian War Animal Memorial organisation in Ulverstone on Thursday....".

And here's the report that appeared in the ABC, from Saliese Gibson.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-25/ex-explosives-dog-sparky-joins-ulvertsone-anzac-day-march/7356044

'Sparky The Retired Explosives Dog Joins Ulverstone Anzac Day Marchers.'

'A four-legged ex-digger has marched alongside other war veterans in Ulverstone in Tasmania's northwest, for the first time.

'Sparky the explosives detector dog spent nine months in the Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan, from May 2011 to February 2012, an area known for its heavy Taliban presence.  The dog's role was to find explosive devices, ammuniton and weapons, track enemy fighters, and provide companionship to soldiers at the base.

'Sparky took part in the Ulverstone Anzac Day march and service this year, much to the delight of the 3000-strong crowd.

'Vietnam veteran Tony Young said the Ulverstone veterans were proud to march alongside Sparky.

"She's a brilliant animal, very intelligent, very aware, always on the go, always sensing what could happen, and what may happen around her", he said. "She's still got that ability to do what she used to do.  

"The sacrifices animals have made is incredible, and they don't get the recognition so to have Sparky here makes people aware that animals are veterans."

'Sparky was recruited to the Australian Army in 2010 as an explosives detector dog.

'After several months of training and assessment in Australia, Sparky was deployed.

'Alongside handler Sapper Mark Worthington, Sparky spent nine months on the ground...

"During her nine months in Afghanistan, Sparky successfully detected weapons and explosives devices and saw many more days of conflict.

'After returning to Australia, Sparky spent several years as a training dog, and was retired in September 2015.

'Mr Young said Sparky now lived with an Afghanistan war veteran in Ulverstone.

"They have a farm where they take her... and she likes the wide open spaces, chases the tractor around, and so she's not confined to a backyard", he said.

'Working dogs have been used by the Australian military since 1918, but it has only been more recently that dogs have been specifically trained to find explosives, ammunition, and weapons.

'They are highly valued for their sense of smell and hearing, which is far superior to that of humans...".

Click on the ABC link; at the moment the story includes video of the Anzac Day march, with Sparky in uniform, trotting proudly at the head of the line. - CM

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Posted on 04/25/2016 6:16 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Monday, 25 April 2016
Disturbing reality: Muslim 'sex-grooming gangs'
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Leo Hohmann wrote an excellent review of Easy Meat with interviews with Peter McLoughlin and others in WND:

In Britain, they call it “sex grooming.”

In the Netherlands, they’re called “Lover Boys.”

But the phenomenon is the same. A gang of Muslim “Asians” of mostly Pakistani descent seeks out, pursues, chats up and cultivates school girls for sex, turning them into bodies for sale.

A new book is out that the European left is trying its best to ignore. It contains research that blows away the theory, widely reported in the media, that it’s a tiny minority of Muslim men involved in the rape gangs and then only in one British town, Rotherham.

Author Peter McLaughlin argues in his exhaustive study, “Easy Meat: Inside Britain’s Grooming Gang Scandal,” that it’s at least 300 Muslim men who were preying on girls in Rotherham over a 16-year period. And the same type of gangs have been operating in dozens of cities across the United Kingdom, as well as in Muslim areas of the Netherlands and Sweden.

“In 2008 one of the policing agencies having to do with sex trafficking commissioned a 20-minute educational video to be shown to school girls to show how the gangs operate,” McLoughlin told WND. “They hang around schools and malls and use an attractive young man to convince them he wants to be their boyfriend and he gets them to drink and do drugs and then she has sex with him and later his ‘brothers’ and his ‘uncles’ and whomever else he pimps her out to.”

That video was never actually shown to the girls, he said. And Britain’s homage to political correctness led police and child-welfare advocates to cover up what was happening for fear of being called racists.

Watch video postulating that it’s unrealistic to believe the Rotherham rape scandal was an isolated incident perpetrated by a few Muslims in one city

Even today, after the media spotlight has finally shined on the problem, there exists an element of denial as to its scope.

“In Britain people just keep talking about Rotheram and 1,400 victims because, to them, it’s just one town,” McLoughlin told WND. “It’s a big number but it’s not a shocking number. When you say it’s multiple towns and between 100,000 and 350,000 victims, it’s just so big you can’t take it in.”

Up until four years ago most Brits couldn’t place Rotherham on a map, he said.

“That town is completely ordinary. There is nothing unusual about it. It contains 1/250th of the population of the U.K.,” he said. “So there are the equivalent of 250 towns that size and Rotherham also has a slightly lower than average number of Muslim residents.

“So if you do the math: Take 1,400 victims, and that’s a conservative estimate, and multiply 1,400 by 250 and you get 350,000 (victims),” McLoughlin said.

“At least 40 towns have been named in this context but that doesn’t mean it’s not going on in far more.”

He said Muslims make up 5 percent of the population in Britain but have accounted for 90 percent of the sex-gang convictions.

In one area of northeast England, in and around Newcastle, 44 men were charged. All but six, possibly seven, were Muslim.

There have been more than 200 convictions so far in cities across the country, but McLoughlin says this likely amounts to less than 1 percent of the Muslim men who were involved.

See list of men convicted and the towns where they committed their rape crimes.

How it started

McLoughlin, an Internet technology specialist by trade, said his interest in the sex-grooming gangs was sparked by a 2004 documentary film “Edge of the City.” It included the stories of two British women whose daughters were being abused by grooming gangs in Bradford, a city in west Yorkshire. The film was immediately labeled “racist” by the BBC and other establishment media.

Like many Brits, McLoughlin didn’t believe what he saw in the controversial film. The  victims were as young as 10 and 11 years old.

“I didn’t believe it was going on until 2009 when someone told me it was happening to their child. In 2010 I met another family,” McLoughlin told WND. “One involved the family’s niece who had been seduced by a Pakistani gang in Chester and in the other case it was a Somali gang in South London. So I had two cases in two different parts of the country that got me started on this.”

Continue reading here.

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Posted on 04/25/2016 12:44 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 25 April 2016
Muslim Migrants in Germany Chant “Adolf Hitler” and Allahu Akbar”
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The Muslims adore Adolph Hitler because of his Jew hatred that brought about the Holocaust.
 
Muslims would like to kill all the Jews first and then destroy the Christians.
 
Please watch the short video below.

 

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Posted on 04/25/2016 12:17 PM by John Constantine
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Monday, 25 April 2016
Bangladesh LGBT Editor Hacked to Death
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One by one, everyone not fully onboard the Islam train is hacked to death in Bangladesh. BBC:

Police in Bangladesh say two people including a leading gay rights activist and editor at Bangladesh's only LGBT magazine have been hacked to death.

The US ambassador to Bangladesh condemned the killing of Xulhaz Mannan, who also worked at the US embassy.

Another person was also injured when the attackers entered a Dhaka flat.

Since February last year suspected militants have killed several secular or atheist writers and members of religious minority groups.

The two men were murdered two days after a university teacher was hacked to death by suspected Islamist militants.

So-called Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility - but the Bangladeshi government insists there is no IS presence in the country.

"I am devastated by the brutal murder of Xulhaz Mannan and another young Bangladeshi," said US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat.

"We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the Government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders," she added.

BBC Bengali Service editor Sabir Mustafa said staff at Roopbaan, which had not been condemned by the government and received some support from foreign embassies, had been careful to protect their identities but had not believed their lives were at risk.

Suspected extremists in Bangladesh are gaining a sense of security that they can carry out killings with impunity, he says.

A British photographer who knew Mr Mannan and the other victim, known as "Tonoy" and named in Bangladeshi media as Tanay Mojumdar, said they and other friends had set up Roopbaan with the aim of spreading tolerance.

Both men were openly gay and believed that if more gay Bangladeshis came out then the country would have to accept them, the photographer said.

They were also were behind the annual "Rainbow Rally", held on Bengali New Year, 14 April, since 2014. This year's rally was banned by police as part of widespread security measures.

Their killings were likely to spread fear among the gay community in a country where homosexuality is technically illegal and remains a deeply sensitive issue, the photographer said.

"Until a year ago the only threat to coming out was shame of the family and having to start a new life elsewhere in Bangladesh. Now it's one of danger," he said.

Long line of killings

Meanwhile Bangladesh's best known blogger said he had received a death threat on Sunday.

Imran Sarker, who led major protests by secular activists in 2013 against Islamist leaders, said he had received a phone call warning that he would be killed "very soon".

Earlier this month, a Bangladeshi law student who had expressed secular views online died when he was hacked with machetes and then shot in Dhaka.

Last year, four prominent secular bloggers were also killed with machetes.

The four bloggers had all appeared on a list of 84 "atheist bloggers" drawn up by Islamic groups in 2013 and widely circulated.

There have also been attacks on members of religious minorities including Shia, Sufi and Ahmadi Muslims, Christians and Hindus.

Two foreigners - an Italian aid worker and a Japanese farmer - have also been killed.

Muslim-majority Bangladesh is officially secular but critics say the government has failed to properly address the attacks.

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