05292017 NEWS AM
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, set aside to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers.
On the first Decoration Day in 1868, Gen. James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery where some 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were buried. Garfield said they “summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtue of men and citizens.”
Red poppies are often worn on Memorial Day as a symbol of remembrance and to honor those who died in war.
This Memorial Day Give Thanks for the privilege of living in the land these brave people died for! – rdb]
They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Read the Prophets & PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!
That is the only hope of this nation! Plead for Grace and Mercy
Please remember these folks in prayer- Check often – they change
That the world would W A K E U P.
Time for a worldwide repentance!
ALL US soldiers fighting for our freedom around the world
Pray for those in our government to repent of their wicked corrupt ways.
Pray that the American people WAKE UP
to the truth concerning our government and take a positive act
Pray for MD – Has chronic progressive lung problem.
Pray for IR – fell and fractured shoulder had surgery.
Pray for SB – Fractured Femur - home Doing well
Pray for MS – family problems – doing better
Pray for Chaim Simcha son of Chaya Hilka - improved
Pray for DF and wife’s ability to cope – problems Alzheimer’s disease problems
Pray that The Holy One will lead you in Your preparations for handling the world problems. – Have YOU made any preparations?
1Samuel 17:41And the Philistine came on, coming and drawing near to David; and the shield bearer was before him. 42And the Philistine looked, and he saw David, and disdained him, for he was a youth, even ruddy, with a handsome form. 43And the Philistine said to David, Am I a dog that you have come to me with sticks? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the heavens and to the beasts of the field. 45And David said to the Philistine, You are coming to me with sword, and with spear, and with javelin. But I am coming to you in the name of Jehovah of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, which you have reproached. 46Today Jehovah shall shut you up into my hand, and I shall strike you, and take off your head from you and give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the heavens and to the beasts of the earth today. And all the earth shall know that there is a God for Israel. 47And all this company shall know that Jehovah does not save by sword and by spear, but that the battle belongs to Jehovah, and He has given you into our hand.
I am told that because this was a complete sell out and people were turned away that they are going to have another showing of this on Thursday June 1, 2017.
It is listed on the web at site below.
It is the story of the 67 war and taking the city of Jerusalem back from the Jordanian occupiers which reunified the city and truly established the State of Israel.
Keep checking the web site www.inourhands1967.com to find a local theater near you and to see if you can get advance tickets.
This was well worth the 2 hours and a phenomenal history lesson.
In Tyler it is at AMC Tyler 14 on South Broadway
WE SHOULD REMEMBER..... In alphabetical order
- The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France..
A total of 2289
- The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium…
A total of 5329
- The American Cemetery at Brittany, France…
A total of 4410
- Brookwood, England - American Cemetery...
A total of 468
- Cambridge, England...
A total of 3812
- Epinal, France - American Cemetery..
A total of 5525
- Flanders Field, Belgium...
A total of 368
- Florence, Italy...
A total of 4402
- Henri-Chapelle, Belgium...
A total of 7992
- Lorraine, France...
A total of 10,489
- Luxembourg, Luxembourg...
A total of 5076
A total of 14246
A total of 8301
- Normandy, France...
A total of 9387
- Oise-Aisne, France...
A total of 6012
- Rhone, France...
A total of 861
- Sicily, Italy…
A total of 7861
18. Somme, France...
A total of 1844
- St. Mihiel, France...
A total of 4153
20. Suresnes, France...
The count is
We should never forget the sacrifices of our armed service men and women
Keep this in mind the next time you hear some European elitist (such as Merkel or Macron etc)or
liberal nitwit make some comment about the USA that were it not for this country and our commitment to the fundamental principles that are part of our Judeo-Christian heritage there would be no Europe or Canada or Mexico or China or Russia because it would all be under Nazi dictatorial control with ethnic purging and the annihilation of ‘undesirables’. It was the USA and the blood of her finest that bailed them out from oblivion. – rdb]
MKs move to boost development of east Jerusalem’s infrastructure
On the occasion of Jerusalem Day, the government approved a new plan to connect the Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem to the sewage system and organize an orderly waste collection.
Itamar Eichner|Published: 28.05.17 , 22:31
The government approved on Jerusalem Day a NIS177 million plan to connect the Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem to orderly infrastructures, including sewage and garbage collection.
Within the plan, which was formulated by the Minister of Environmental Protection and Jerusalem Affairs Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), more east Jerusalem residents will be connected to the municipal sewage system, 33 kilometers of sewage infrastructure will be built, the existing sewage system will be upgraded, garbage cans and garbage trucks will be purchased and set up to collect waste.
The plan was discussed at a special cabinet meeting held Sunday at the Western Wall tunnels.
Large parts of the neighborhoods of east Jerusalem lack infrastructure, and houses are often built without a plan or a building permit, making it difficult to deal with and regulate environmental issues such as waste and sewage. The difficulties are accompanied by the topographical conditions of the area, and the fact that the neighborhoods were built on top of villages with poor infrastructure, which remained essentially the same as when they were annexed to the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem in 1967. [You know if they(the arabs) followed the law and actually got building permits they might not have such a problem DUH! –rdb ]
The Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem have a population of 321,113. The Arab population below the poverty line reaches 75%, with the child population below this threshold reaching 84%. More than 37% of all households in the eastern part of the city are handled by the Social Services Ministry, with the average monthly income per capita estimated at NIS 1,900. Residents of Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods suffer from severe housing shortages and, with it, overcrowding.
The plan references the needs of all Arab neighborhoods, inside and outside the security fence, but at this stage, it will be only be implemented in the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem inside the security fence. The Arab neighborhoods outside the fence, which belong to the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem, will be dealt with in a separate program.
According to the plan, the Ministry of Finance will allocate funds to the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage for the evacuation of the waste transit station, which is located in the Sheep Market area adjacent to the walls of the Old City, and is a source of environmental hazards.
"It is inconceivable for our capital to have a medieval sewage system," Elkin told Yedioth Ahronoth. "Those who truly believe in a united Jerusalem—it is high time they take the entire issue of east Jerusalem as a national project. I am happy that I managed to lead this natural and worthy step, which will lead to a dramatic change in sewage and waste." http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4968655,00.html
IDF investigates theft of 30 weapons from southern base
One week after IDF issues new directive permitting soldiers to shoot at the legs of thieves stealing weapons from the IDF, southern base containing Givati soldiers awakens to discover the theft of thirty weapons from weapons storage warehouse.
Yoav Zitun|Published: 28.05.17 , 20:24
The Israel Police and the IDF launched an investigation Sunday morning after thirty guns were were reported stolen from the weapons storage warehouse in a southern IDF base currently being occupied by the Givati combat brigade.
Following the discovery, Commander of the Southern Command Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir appointed a commission of inquiry headed by Col. Itai Brin to investigate the matter while the IDF Police also opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the theft.
The discovery that the weapons had gone missing was made in the morning hours. Indicating that the theft took place seemingly during the night.
Among other things, authorities are also seeking to establish whether the thieves were assisted by soldiers serving on the base.
Three years ago, an incident occurred in which soldiers who had extended their service in the Givati brigade were involved in the theft of military equipment from the IDF for criminals in the south.
Last week, a new directive came into force stating that IDF soldiers will be permitted to shoot at the legs at thieves who attempt to steal weapons from IDF bases and training grounds.
Until the inauguration of the new policy, soldiers were forbidden from firing at thieves even if they are caught red-handed.
In the vast majority of cases up to this point, the thieves prevailed because they used SUVs and ATVs to make their escapes. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4968632,00.html
Watchdog finds IDF efficiency drive not so efficient
Report cites acute shortage of doctors and psychiatrists, units waiting months to fill positions, officers doing three jobs simultaneously
By Judah Ari Gross May 28, 2017, 9:53 pm
A report released Sunday by the military ombudsman has found that the army’s flagship five-year plan to streamline giant institution has, in some cases, made it less efficient. [You mean increasing bureaucracy makes things worse and not better? – rdb]
Over the past year and a half, the army has rolled out the “Gideon plan,” that cut thousands of positions, dissolved some units, formed others and generally forced the military to do more with less, but it has not all gone to plan in may cases, leaving inexperienced or demoralized commanders in charge.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brick, who has served as the IDF ombudsman since 2008, in his annual report found units waiting months to fill positions, doctors responsible for over 1,000 soldiers, a mental health officer responsible for well over 2,000 soldiers. In addition, Brick said the cost-cutting measures adopted by the IDF led to young officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) having generally low morale.
The ombudsman found that as a result of the streamlining Gideon plan, there are substantive gaps in the army’s “combat support” units, which provide the logistical back-up for fighting units, driving trucks, cooking food, checking ammunition, maintaining communications equipment, etc.
“Due to manpower cuts and the dissolution of career officer positions, one officer carries out the job that in the past would have been handled by two or three people,” Brick noted.
The Gideon plan, which was announced in late 2015, cut the number of career soldiers down to under 40,000. “The idea is to create a younger military,” an IDF officer said at the time. “One that is slimmer, stronger, more focused, better trained.” [Younger means lower pay, kind of like in our schools where they early retire good teachers with tenure to put in young inexperienced ones who don’t know how to teach? – rdb]
Each year, the ombudsman releases a report based on the complaints they received throughout the previous year. On Sunday, Brick released the report for 2016, based off 6,758 written complaints — a slight uptick from 2015’s 6,371. Of the complaints Brick received, the majority — 58 percent — were found to be justified, genuine complaints.
Most of these complaints dealt with either medical-related problems — generally poor treatment — or with issue connected to the relationship between commander and soldier. Brick’s report did not indicate that these types of incidents were on the rise in the IDF to a significant extent.
The complaints to the ombudsman about low morale and poor medical treatment, however, do seem to be a growing problem, one the IDF is aware of already.
From his conversations with officers and NCOs, Brick said he found a severe lack of motivation among young commanders, in light of the low pay, extended periods of time away from family — at a time when many of them are just getting married and having children — and job insecurity brought on by the increasingly limited number of positions available under the Gideon plan.
In addition to feelings of “frustration” and low morale among young commanders, Brick also found that this “younger military” is also one lacking in experience.
As career NCOs are driven out of the military, some of their positions are being taken by younger soldiers performing their compulsory service. “Compulsory service soldiers in the position [of company sergeant], as good as they can be, are not a replacement for seniority and experience,” Brick said.
The ombudsman found multiple examples of units left without necessary officers and NCOs, like those responsible for maintaining ammunition and communications equipment. [Considering all the happenings in the ME is this a time to strip your military of its experienced and more capable people? – rdb]
In response to Brick’s report, the army said that it was working to address some of the concerns of NCOs and young officers, specifically their complaints of low pay.
“As part of the Gideon plan and the desire to keep appropriate and high-quality people in career service, an agreement was signed by the IDF and Defense Ministry with the Finance Ministry to improve the salary of new career soldiers,” the army said in a statement.
For instance, the military decided to increase the salaries of NCOs from NIS 5,500 ($1,500) a month to NIS 7,500 ($2,000) a month, the army said.
According to Brick, there are also significant gaps in the numbers of doctors, mental health workers, nurses and medics needed in the IDF and the number of medical professionals currently serving in the IDF.
(In his report earlier this month, State Comptroller Yosef Shapira made the same observation of severe gaps in the military’s health care network, including its psychiatric programs.)
“For instance, one doctor was required to treat approximately 1,200 soldiers, in combat training; a mental health officer in one of the bases was responsible for 2,300 soldiers,” Brick wrote in his report.
Regarding the shortage of mental health officers, it should be noted that the majority of the soldiers who died in the IDF in 2016 committed suicide.
The IDF responded to the ombudsman’s report, saying it was aware of the problem and is working put together a plan to address the issue, specifically to decrease the waiting time for soldiers to see a doctor by increasing the number of people at its call centers by 110 percent.
In terms of the mental health care issues, the army said it was meeting the requirements set for it. “The wait-time to see a mental health officer in a training unit is not more than two weeks, and in some specific cases, an extra mental health officer is brought in,” the army said in a statement.
Of the complaints filed with the ombudsman, nearly 40% had to do with ill-treatment of a soldier by his or her officer, including cases of racism, sexism and homophobia, as well as general abuse.
MORE - http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-foreseeable-problem-ombudsman-finds-gaps-after-idf-implements-streamlining-plan/
Israel conducts missile test launch
The defense establishment conducts a test launch of a rocket propulsion system in central Israel leaving a trail visible for kilometers; defense officials do not comment on whether test was successful or not.
Yoav Zitun|Published: 29.05.17 , 08:42
Israel carried out a test launch of a rocket propulsion system Monday morning. The test was conducted from a base in the center of the country and was planned in advance.
There was no comment on whether or not the test was successful.
Missile test launch Monday morning
The propulsion system could be used to launch Israel's strategic ground-to-ground or ground-to-air missiles, such as the "Arrow," which is an anti-ballistic missile system, or the "Jericho," which according to foreign reports can support a nuclear payload.
Given Israel's advances in missile technology, particularly systems designed to create a multi-layered defense umbrella, similar tests are not uncommon.
In 2013, a test launch of a rocket propulsion system was conducted which foreign media reported was part of the development of the Jericho ballistic missile. The trail created by the projectile was easily visible in the center of the country, with foreign outlets speculating that the missile had a range of nearly 4,000km.
In 2015, during testing of advanced versions of the Arrow system, the Ministry of Defense announced that one test had failed, while another was called off at the last moment.
Following a test of the Arrow 2 system, defense officials did not confirm that the target was intercepted, prompting Russian reports that the missile had landed in the sea, 300km off of the Tel Aviv coast. Israeli defense officials described the Russian reports as "inaccurate." http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4968798,00.html
Tower of David plans renovation, connecting east and west
The historic Jerusalem museum will gain an auditorium and classrooms, using excavations under Jaffa Gate
By Jessica Steinberg May 28, 2017, 11:33 pm
It’s been 30 years since the Tower of David Museum opened its doors as an ancient portal to Jerusalem’s Old City. Now the historic citadel is in the final throes of planning a $30 million renovation, intended to be completed in five years.
The goal of the renovation is to create a more seamless transition from east to west, leading from the new city of Jerusalem into the Old City, directly into the museum that is situated just inside Jaffa Gate, one of the major entries into the historic site.
“We’ve been thinking about what is the task of the museum,” said Eilat Lieber, the museum director. “It will always be a monumental site of the Old City, a symbol. But as an institution, we have to think about what we want for future generations. We’re a pathway from west to east, and we want it to be a smoother transition.”
The upgrade will change the flow into the museum, with a new entrance complex from the western side of the citadel, now used as the exit from the museum, and connected to the outdoor Mamilla mall through the ancient Byzantine bathhouses under Jaffa Gate.
The excavations were carried out 20 years ago, and show the timeline of Jerusalem from a wall from the period of King Hezekiah during the First Temple period (800 BCE), the foundations of King Herod’s palace and water system from 2,000 years ago, Crusader-era pools and the Ottoman city walls of Jerusalem through modern times.
The entire excavation has been neglected until now, said Lieber, who has been the director at the Tower of David for nearly five years.
When the Tower of David Museum opened 30 years ago, the Western Wall Tunnels and the City of David archaeological site weren’t open yet, pointed out Lieber. The task of the museum has changed, she said, as well as its role as a “monumental site” of the Old City.
“Jerusalem has changed,” said Lieber. “What’s the right message when considering the history of Jerusalem?”
The renewal project is expected to double the area of the museum from 7,895 square meters to 15,000 square meters with the permanent exhibition area doubling to almost 4,000 square meters.
The Tower of David will switch its entrance to the western side, adding elements to welcome visitors (Courtesy Kimmel Eshkolot Architects)
With the renovation, the museum will also gain a glassed-in entrance with a ticket office and coatroom, a cafe and public bathrooms.
“It’s been disorienting until now,” said Lieber. “You go from Mamilla to Jaffa Gate, and there’s the shuk and juice vendors and hummus. It’s hard to know where to go. We wanted better bathrooms and a better welcome for tourists.”
The $30 million project is being financed primarily by the Clore Foundation, which will be giving 60% of the funding, said Lieber, with the rest from the government, Tourism Ministry and Jerusalem Foundation.
The renovated museum is slated to open in 2022, but will remain open throughout the process. http://www.timesofisrael.com/tower-of-david-plans-renovation-connecting-east-and-west/
Deri and his wife interrogated as police arrest 14 in probe
Ex-convict interior minister questioned over suspected real estate and tax offenses; top officials among detainees
By Times of Israel staff May 29, 2017, 9:20 am
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and his wife, Yaffa, were being questioned separately by police on Monday morning, hours after officers arrested 14 other people in connection with a corruption probe against them.
Among those arrested were senior officials from the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee, headed by Deri. One of the suspects, the director of a government ministry, was questioned under caution in the case.
Deri, who heads the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, and his wife are suspected of offenses related to property deals and possible tax evasion.
The investigation, which began in April 2016 and is being run in conjunction with the Tax Authority, was expanded as other discoveries were made, a police spokeswoman said.
She said that several people were under suspicion “including a public official and his wife.” The arrests were made so that the suspects would not be able to tamper with the inquiry.
Last year, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit authorized the National Fraud Investigation Unit to launch the criminal investigation into Deri’s dealings.
The details of the investigation are under gag order, but it apparently revolves around unreported real estate owned by Deri and members of his family, including a vacation home in northern Israel and apartments owned by each of his nine children.
Drone footage shows that the vacation home, in the town of Safsufa near Safed, features a pool and a large patio.
Deri, who served a prison sentence for graft offenses that took place during his previous tenure as interior minister in the 1990s, has sought to downplay the allegations and said he would cooperate with the investigation to prove his innocence. MORE - http://www.timesofisrael.com/hours-before-deri-interrogation-cops-detain-14-in-probe/ [You have to wonder what it would be like in the USA if we had such an active group working to ferret out the graft and corruption in our legislators and leadership. It would probably empty much of Washington. – rdb]
Trump yelled at Abbas: ‘You tricked me in DC,’ Israeli TV reports
President’s outburst in last week’s talks, alleging PA chief is engaged in anti-Israel incitement, was followed by shocked silence, Channel 2 claims; Palestinians insist meeting went fine
By Times of Israel staff May 28, 2017, 10:09 pm
On the surface, US President Donald Trump’s relations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have been surprisingly warm, but that belies a furious critique leveled by Trump at Abbas in their meeting in Bethlehem last week, an Israeli TV report said.
An angry Trump yelled at Abbas during their talks last Tuesday for his alleged direct involvement in incitement against Israel, Channel 2 reported, citing an unnamed American source. [You know it is amazing that the leaks of what goes on can’t even stop in DC but must follow The Donald around the world. This might give you some clue as to who some of the Soros/Obamination paid leakers are. – rdb]
“You tricked me in DC! You talked there about your commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me your involvement in incitement [against Israel],” Trump is said to have shouted at a shocked Abbas.
The TV report said the outburst was followed by several minutes of shocked silence from the Palestinians, and that the meeting was very tense before the two sides managed to get back on track.
Palestinian sources denied the report, saying the meeting was good and to the point.
The Channel 2 TV report gave the alleged quotes in Hebrew. Its reporter, Udi Segal, posted some of the alleged wording in English on Twitter.
Breaking: @realDonaldTrump shouted at Abbas in Bethlehem: You tricked me in DC! The Israelis showed me your involvement in incitement
— Udi Segal (@usegal) May 28, 2017
Speaking alongside Abbas after their meeting in Bethlehem, which came on the second day of Trump’s trip to Israel and the territories, the US president seemed to criticize Palestinian support for terror, but praised Abbas’s commitment to peace, saying the PA president had “committed to taking firm but necessary steps to fight terrorism and confront its hateful ideology.
“I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal,” Trump said. “President Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised the same. I look forward to working with these leaders toward a lasting peace.”
Speaking before Trump, Abbas said that the Palestinians’ “fundamental problem is with occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine as we recognize it,” and not with “Judaism.”
On May 3 in Washington, at the first meeting between the two, Trump urged Abbas to stop incitement, crack down on terrorism, and “resolve” his government’s police of paying stipends to terrorists and their families.
Abbas, for his part, told Trump in their joint White House press conference that “that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.”
In the wake of that claim, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Abbas for the remark, saying it was “unfortunately not true.” The PA, Netanyahu charged, “names their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and pay terrorists.”
Israel has accused the Palestinians, including Abbas’s Fatah party, of fanning hatred on social media and calling for violence against Israelis. MORE -http://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-said-to-yell-at-abbas-over-incitement-you-lied-to-me/
UN chief pulls support for Palestinian women’s center named after terrorist
Secretary-General Guterres says agency no longer affiliated with West Bank facility over its ‘glorification of terrorism’
By Times of Israel staff May 28, 2017, 7:38 pm
The United Nations on Sunday said that it had withdrawn support for a Palestinian women’s center named for a notorious terrorist, saying the move was “offensive” and glorified terrorism.
“The United Nations disassociated itself from the Center once it learned the offensive name chosen for it and will take measures to ensure that such incidents do not take place in the future,” said a statement from Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The center was named after Dalal Mughrabi, who took part in the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre. Mughrabi and several other Fatah terrorists landed on a beach near Tel Aviv, hijacked a bus on Israel’s Coastal Road and killed 38 civilians, 13 of them children, and wounded over 70.
“The glorification of terrorism, or the perpetrators of heinous terrorist acts, is unacceptable under any circumstances,” the UN statement said. “The UN has repeatedly called for an end to incitement to violence and hatred as they present one of the obstacles to peace.”
“The United Nations support to this community ended last year and it has asked for the logo of UN Women to be removed immediately. Furthermore, the inauguration of the Center took place after the UN’s association with it,” the statement said.
The UN move came two days after Norway’s foreign minister condemned the PA for naming the center after Mughrabi, demanding the country’s name be removed from the building and that the funds Norway donated for its construction be returned. MORE - http://www.timesofisrael.com/un-chief-pulls-support-for-palestinian-womens-center-named-after-terrorist/ [There is a whole lot more the UN should distance themselves from but they won’t. – rdb]
UK received early warnings about Manchester terrorist
FBI said to have given British MI5 specific intelligence about Salman Abedi, suicide bomber who killed 22 last week
By Times of Israel staff May 29, 2017, 12:38 pm
The FBI reportedly warned British intelligence agencies in January that Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people in a suicide bombing in Manchester last week, was planning to carry out a terrorist act.
A security source told The Daily Mail on Sunday that US intelligence had told MI5 that Abedi belonged to a North African Islamic State cell that was plotting an attack in the UK.
In addition, two people who knew Abedi while he studied at Manchester College in 2012-2013 made separate calls to a terrorism hotline to warn officials of his extremist views, the BBC reported.
Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, died last Monday when he detonated a bomb as crowds were leaving an Ariana Grande concert.
According to reports, the US placed him on a terror watch list in 2016. MORE - http://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-ignored-early-warnings-about-manchester-terrorist/ [When the world finally wakes up, which they won’t to the fact that islam IS a terrorist geo-political movement which is disguised as a religion and starts treating it for what it is and sends any of that group that adheres to sharia concepts back to their homelands and begins to round up each and every one of them that is on their terror watch list and deporting them , then you will restore safety and civility to your lands. Most of those in CAIR and related to the Brotherhood are Sharia seekers and should be removed, RIGHT after we purge the US courts of the liberal suicidal fools that occupy the benches. – rdb]
Police arrest 19-year-old over Manchester attack
New arrest brings total in custody to 13, after terrorist Salman Abedi killed 22 people at pop concert in suicide bombing
By AFP and Times of Israel staff May 29, 2017, 1:13 am
LONDON — British police said they arrested a 19-year-old man late Sunday in connection with the Manchester bombing after a search at an address in the city’s southeast.
The man’s arrest in the Gorton area, “on suspicion of offences contrary to the terrorism act”, brings the total in custody in Britain in connection with the attack to 13 men, Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.
A 25-year-old man was arrested earlier Sunday in a series of fresh raids by the police in connection with the suicide bombing last week at the Manchester arena in which 22 people, including children, were killed.
The suicide bomber was identified as British-born 22-year-old Salman Abedi. It is suspected members of his network are still at large.
Asked by the BBC if some of Abedi’s network were still at large, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Potentially.”
“The operation is still really at full-tilt in a way and so until the operation is complete we can’t be entirely sure that it’s closed.”
British counter-terror chief Mark Rowley said Friday that police had captured “a large part of the network” linked to the bombing. [How about calling it what it is which is ‘AN ISLAMIC TERRORIST NETWORK’? – rdb]
Investigators say they have a 1,000-strong team working “around the clock” on the probe and have significant details on Abedi’s associates and movements, his finances, and how the explosive was built.
Manchester-born Abedi, of Libyan origin, injured more than 100 people when he detonated his explosive as concertgoers left a show by US teen idol Ariana Grande.
Authorities in Libya have detained Abedi’s brother and father, while British investigators appealed to the public late Saturday for details of the bomber’s movements in the days before the attack, which has been claimed by the Islamic State group.
Police released photographs from security cameras showing Abedi on the night of the massacre, wearing jeans and trainers, a black bodywarmer and a baseball cap, with the straps of his backpack visible on his shoulders.
The police statement said one of the last places he went to before the attack at the Manchester Arena venue was a city center flat, where they believe he may have finished assembling the device.
Britain on Saturday reduced its terror threat level from critical — its highest level — to severe.
“We should be clear about what this means: A threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely, the country should remain vigilant,” Prime Minister May said.
Operation Temperer, which involved the deployment of troops on patrol alongside police, will be wound down on Monday night, at the end of the bank holiday weekend. http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-arrest-19-year-old-over-manchester-attack/ [At not place in this article and in may do these people really identify the problem which is ISLAMIC TERROR. Nowhere is Islam cited in this article and in many, particularly when the politicians are speaking. STUPID! If you can’t name the problem you can’t fix the problem and you have already lost the entire war. Pitiful! – rdb]
(3rd LD) N. Korea fires 'Scud-type' ballistic missile: S. Korea
SEOUL, May 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its eastern coast early Monday morning, dealing another blow to efforts by South Korea's new government to improve inter-Korean ties.
The missile, presumed to be a Scud type, was launched eastward from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province, at around 5:39 a.m., according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
"The flight distance is around 450 kilometers," it said.
The North's latest action was immediately reported to President Moon Jae-in, who ordered related government officials to convene a National Security Council meeting, said the JCS.
The session started at 7:30 a.m., presided over by Moon's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong.
The U.S. Pacific Command also confirmed the launch occurred near Wonsan Airfield, saying the missile was tracked for six minutes until it landed in the East Sea.
"The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) assessed that the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America," the Hawaii-based command said in an emailed statement. "U.S. Pacific Command stands behind our ironclad commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan."
U.S. President Donald Trump was also briefed on the North's provocation, a White House official said.
The Japanese government strongly denounced the North as the missile appears to have landed in waters near its territory.
"This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is highly problematic from the perspective of the safety of shipping and air traffic, and is a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.
The North's Scud missiles using liquid fuel is known to have a range of 300-500 km, mainly targeting the South.
It has recently developed a Scud variant, called Scud-ER (extended range), capable of traveling as far as 1,000 km. It means Japan is within its range.
There's speculation that the reclusive state may be trying to develop anti-ship ballistic missiles against American aircraft carriers.
Monday's launch marked the communist nation's ninth missile test this year and the third since the launch of the Moon administration on May 10, which is seeking to reach out to the communist neighbor. MORE - http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2017/05/29/0401000000AEN20170529000653320.html
Sources: 3rd US Naval Strike Force Deployed to Deter North Korea
April 3, 2017 photo.
The United States is sending a third aircraft carrier strike force to the western Pacific region in an apparent warning to North Korea to deter its ballistic missile and nuclear programs, two sources have told VOA.
The USS Nimitz, one of the world’s largest warships, will join two other supercarriers, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan, in the western Pacific, the sources told VOA's Steve Herman.
Significant: @USNavy deploying #CVN68 (USS Nimitz) to Western Pacific, meaning there'll soon be three carrier-led strike forces in region.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 27, 2017
The U.S. military has rarely simultaneously deployed three aircraft carriers to the same region.
But North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threat is seen as a major security challenge for President Donald Trump, who has vowed to prevent the country from being able to strike the U.S. with a nuclear missile, a capability experts say Pyongyang could have some time after 2020.
Sitting alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump said Friday just before the start of Group of Seven (G-7) meetings in Sicily that G-7 leaders would have a “particular focus on the North Korea problem.”
A White House statement issued Friday said the two leaders have agreed to “enhance sanctions on North Korea” in an attempt to prevent the further development of North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.
US tests missile defense system
The U.S. military, meanwhile, will test a system to shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time next week.It is intended to simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S.
The Missile Defense Agency said it will test an existing missile defense system on Tuesday to try to intercept an ICBM. The Pentagon has used the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system to intercept other types of missiles, but never an ICBM.
The GMD has been inconsistent, succeeding in nine of 17 attempts against missiles without intercontinental range capability since 1999.
The most recent test, in June 2014, was successful -- but three straight subsequent tests were failures. https://www.voanews.com/a/third-naval-strike-force-deployed-north-korea/3873637.html
Congress to celebrate belated Jerusalem Day
Following an initiative by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, the US Congress will hold an event celebrating Jerusalem Day together with the Knesset via video conference.
Amihai Attali|Published: 29.05.17 , 13:28
Jerusalem Day—marking the 50th anniversary of reunification of the city following an Israeli victory in the 1967 Six Day War—will be celebrated for the first time in the American Congress.
The celebration is the result of efforts made by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer. The two approached Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with the proposal, who informed the two that their initiative had been fondly accepted.
The event will take place on June 7th, the date on which the Old City was liberated.
The event, which is expected to include hundreds of congressmen and women, will be streamed by video conference to the Knesset, which will also hold an event featuring speeches by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Edelstein.
Both Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the event.
While the Israeli embassy hopes President Trump will participate in the celebration and even speak, the event is still significant as the two houses of parliament will simultaneously salute the capital of Israel and its liberation in the Six Day War.
Edelstein commented on the event Sunday, saying, "It is very exciting to see the House of Representatives mark the unification of Jerusalem. This signifies the strong and close friendship between the Knesset and Congress and I am convinced that these collaborations will work to the benefit of both countries. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4968874,00.html
CAIR outraged by sheriff warning of 'Islamic jihadists'
Texas lawman: 'Pay attention to what is happening in Europe'
Published: 4 hours ago Art Moore
After the Manchester terror attack in which 22 people were killed and 59 injured, a Texas sheriff urged the citizens under his watch to “pay attention” to what is happening in Europe, because the ideology behind the threat to the continent is active in the United States as well.
While many citizens of Denton County, north of Dallas, expressed appreciation for the warning by Sheriff Tracy Murphree, an Islamic group that regards itself as “moderate,” casting its role in the U.S. as a defender of the civil rights of Muslims, expressed outrage, noted author Robert Spencer on his Jihad Watch blog.
The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement calling on Murphree “to reaffirm his pledge, and that of his officers, to serve and protect all Denton County residents regardless of their faith, ethnicity or national origin.”
“We are concerned that someone obligated to provide equal justice for all holds such inaccurate, stereotypical and divisive views,” said CAIR-DFW Civil Rights Director Nikiya Natale. [CAIR needs to be run out of the US it is a political action group trying to advance a sharia compliant form of islam which is a geopolitical insurrection movement and not really a religion. Time to call them what they are, insurrectionists that want to undermine the basis of constitutional law and replace it with Sharia. – rdb]
CAIR, regarded by the FBI as a front group for Hamas, was named by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-funding case and desginated by a Gulf Arab state as a terrorist organization.
Murphree posted his exhortation on Facebook Monday night.
“Pay attention to what you see in Manchester England tonight. Pay attention to what is happening in Europe. This is what happens when you disarm your citizens. When you open your borders without the proper vetting,” he wrote.
The sheriff warned against allowing “political correctness to dictate how you respond to an enemy that wants to kill you.” He said the left “tells us we must submit and accept these radical beliefs and bend over backwards to make sure we don’t hurt anybody’s feelings.”
“Folks this is an enemy hell bent on killing you. Committed to forcing you to convert or die. This enemy will strap bombs to their own body and blow themselves up killing children. I’m sick of it. You better wake up America. While you are distracted by the media and the crying of the left, Islamic Jihadist are among us and want to kill you,” Murphree wrote.
“What will it take? This happening at a concert in Dallas or a school in Denton County? If we don’t do something quick this country will die of political correctness and the fear that someone’s feelings may be hurt. It may very well be too late for Europe.”
Murphree told the local NBC affiliate he stands behind his Facebook post.
“We need to be realistic about the world we live in,” he said.
Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer commented that CAIR’s response “is extremely odd, since ostensibly CAIR is a ‘moderate’ group that rejects all the acts committed by Muslims that Murphree enumerates as ‘extremism’ stemming from a ‘hijacking’ of the Islamic faith.”
“Isn’t Hamas-linked CAIR against saying ‘convert or die’ to infidels, and treating women as property, and killing gays and women and Christians with impunity? Apparently not,” said Spencer. MORE - http://www.wnd.com/2017/05/cair-outraged-by-sheriff-warning-of-islamic-jihadists/
Inside Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia
The U.S. has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, even enlisting Henry Kissinger.
by Josh Rogin December 31, 2014, 9:59 AM CST
President Barack Obama's administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting his aggression in neighboring Ukraine.
This month, Obama's National Security Council finished an extensive and comprehensive review of U.S policy toward Russia that included dozens of meetings and input from the State Department, Defense Department and several other agencies, according to three senior administration officials. At the end of the sometimes-contentious process, Obama made a decision to continue to look for ways to work with Russia on a host of bilateral and international issues while also offering Putin a way out of the stalemate over the crisis in Ukraine. MORE - https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2014-12-31/inside-obamas-secret-outreach-to-russia [Does anyone happen to recall this little article from 3 years ago concerning the Obamination and his outreach to Russia. This entire pandemonium in DC is nothing more than anti-Trump BS from both the left and the Rhinos of the Right. They don’t want the swamp drained and their vile actions exposed. Having open and good relations with Russia is to the US advantage and their concept of clandestine garbage is a fraud. – rdb]
Commentaries: [Another two commentaries both too good to ignore – rdb]
The MORE That Changes The MORE That Stays The Same
Sunday, May 28, 2017 By: Howard Galganov
AMERICA HAS A WORLD TO REMEMBER ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY:
And the Rest of the World has much to Remember and Thank America For . . . for the Incredible Sacrifices the RED, WHITE & BLUE has made at each Corner of the Planet, to the extent that American Courage and Generosity can NEVER be Repaid.
THE JUST CONCLUDED CANADIAN CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP RACE:
It took THIRTEEN BALLOTS to decide who the New Leader is of the Canadian Conservative Party – His Name is Andrew Scheer, Born in Ottawa Canada, Educated in Ottawa and Regina Saskatchewan, served as an MP (Member of Parliament) from Saskatchewan for 13-Years.
Scheer has been a Politician since he was 25-Years Old, with a very Brief Pre Political History after University in the Insurance Industry.
Andrew Scheer was NOT the Politician I wanted . . . Maxime Bernier Was – and between the two of them, the Final Vote Difference Gave Scheer a LESS THAN 2% VICTORY.
In essence . . . The Canadian Conservative Party VOTED for a Party Insider - WHO I VERY MUCH DOUBT WILL STIMULATE THE COUNTRY. That said – He will get my Vote when the time comes, but hardly my Full Throated Support . . . UNLESS he can Prove me Wrong. I’m Sick & Tired of Professional Politicians.
I WATCHED THE ENTIRE CONVENTION LIVE AS IT WAS HAPPENING . . . and Noticed Something, which was REALLY MISSING from the Entire Event.
How Excited Can I Be . . . About a CANADIAN Leadership Convention, Broadcast LIVE on all the Major CANADIAN Media, for the CANADIAN Leadership of the CANADIAN Conservative Party, when there wasn’t even ONE CANADIAN FLAG ON STAGE, let alone a Massive Canadian Flag Backdrop, as we are accustomed to seeing at all American Political Events, as we should have seen on this CANADIAN CONSERVATIVE STAGE?
It’s Hard To Get Excited About A Country That Doesn’t Get Excited About Itself.
THE NAZIS BURNED HISTORY BY BURNING THE BOOKS:
Our North American LEFT is DESTROYING History, not by BURNING BOOKS as the Nazis Did, but rather, by REMOVING & BANNING Books from Schools and Libraries. And we just don’t see it . . . AT LEAST NOT YET.
THE YANKEES & LEFTIST ELITISTS . . . Are DESTROYING the Heart and Soul of DIXIE, as if every Southerner was a Slave Owner . . . and as if NO YANKEES Profited BIG TIME on the Slave Labor of the Few Southerners who Owned Slaves.
LET ME MAKE THIS 100% CLEAR . . . I LOVE DIXIE and everything about it, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the HIDEOUSNESS of the Slave Trade. I LOVE the Southern Culture, Hospitality, Politeness, Gentility and their Love Of Life.
IT BREAKS MY HEART . . . when I see and read the news of Civil War Confederate Statues being Removed from Public Spaces, as if DIXIE'S Contributions to the Greatest Country Ever is Somehow an Embarrassment.
WHEN ANNE AND I ARE IN TEXAS . . . We’re Home, because the People make us feel at Home. We love the Food, the Music, the BBQ’S, the History . . . and we always have time for a Beer from the Bottle and Dance a Texas Two Step at Luckenbach. And at least once every time we’re in Texas, we make it a POINT, akin to a PILGRIMAGE, To Visit The ALAMO.
AND THAT TOO . . . If the LEFT ever gets their way, I am all but Positive, they will try to DISASSEMBLE the Alamo any way they can, just as they sent the STARS & BARS to the Dustbin of History in South Carolina . . . since the Alamo Reflects a Time when Americans Defeated Mexicans, supposedly “stealing” their land and culture, even though no shortage of Mexicans fought on the Side of the Nascent Republic of Texas, against the Tyranny of Santa Anna.
AS I'VE WRITTEN OVER & OVER AGAIN – HISTORY SHOWS US THE FUTURE:
If we don’t know what happened Yesterday, AND KNOW WHY AND HOW IT HAPPENED, how in the world can we prepare for Tomorrow?
AND IF WE DON'T DEBATE ALL THE ISSUES . . . How can we possibly Understand any of the Issues?
WHEN I WAS A KID . . . SEVERAL BOOKS HELPED SHAPE MY LIFE:
Time Machine By HG Wells 1895 . . . Could Have Been Written Yesterday.
I remember DEVOURING the HG Wells Classic – TIME MACHINE, which was Published in England in 1895, followed by anther HG Wells Classic, also Published in England (1898) – WAR OF THE WORLDS.
WAR OF THE WORLDS WAS A WORK OF FANCIFUL SCIENCE FICTION . . . But Time Machine, whether HG Wells Meant it or Not, was an INDICTMENT on Society, which is 100% Relevant to our Society Today.
In Time Machine, the ORIGINAL, not the Altered Movie Versions, a Time Traveler (Narrator) went Far into the Future, to discover a Society Governed by Two Cultures.
The First were the ELOI, a Gentle Group of Almost Child-Like People, resembling the Flower Children of the 1960’s, who spent their time during the day, Wistfully Enjoying Life with ZERO Responsibilities . . . Creating, Growing and Building NOTHING, who lived and Frolicked in the Sunshine.
AT FIRST . . . the Narrator (Time Traveler) saw the Eloi Society as Utopian . . . but wondered nonetheless . . . How did they provide for themselves?
Then . . . as Night and Darkness began to fall, the Eloi Panicked, running for shelter, because that was when the MORLOCKS, a disfigured and Barbaric Society came to the surface from their Underground Caverns, where during the Day, they Created the Food and “Things” the Eloi Needed to Survive, so they could enjoy their Utopia, for which the Price to the Eloi, was that the Eloi were FOOD for the Morlocks.
IN 1895 . . . HG WELLS WAS WRITING ABOUT THE MAKERS & THE TAKERS:
UNFORTUNATELY . . . Time Machine has all but disappeared from the Lexicon of Important Novels, Which All Delivered Strong Social Messages.
PIGGY HAD TO DIE!
I also remember . . . as Distinctly as if it were Yesterday, and as if I didn’t just Read-It, but Rather Lived-It, when in early High School, I read LORD OF THE FLIES, written in 1954 by William Golding, also a British Published Novel, which was the story of a Group of British Preteens and Early Teens, who were Stranded together on an Island, held to their own Survival Devices.
In the END, the SMALL Group of Children, who Organized, Built and Planned for their Escape and Rescue from the Island, were OVERPOWERED by the larger Group, which were Created into a MOB through Fear, Intimidation, and Misinformation IN LIEU of Work and Discipline, which led to the Murder and Terror of the FEW.
THIS BOOK TOO . . . REFLECTED THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAKERS & TAKERS:
LORD OF THE FLIES was the PERFECT WRITTEN ROADMAP TO A DYSTOPIAN SOCIETY, which established a Reality every Young Person should think about in their Earliest Cognitive Years, when they can understand the difference between those who Create and those who Destroy.
INCREDIBLY . . . Lord of the Flies has been all but BANNED from Schools and Libraries throughout North America, because the LEFT think its Symbolism is Too Violent, Racist, and Bigoted . . . UNLIKE the Crap They Flood the Minds of our Children with Today . . . Sally has Two Daddies – and Jim thinks he’s a Girl. And there are NO LOSERS, and everyone gets a Trophy for Trying.
WHO DOESN’T REMEMBER THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN?
THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN AND TOM SAWYER, his best friend, was first Published in England in 1884, followed in 1885 in the USA, written by America’s (in my opinion) Greatest Author - Mark Twain, which was the Story of an Abused and Abandoned Boy, who by his Sheer GRIT, Courage, Determination, Street Smarts, and Friendships survived a Criminal Father, Injun Joe, and a Life of Depravation.
HUCKLEBERRY FINN IS AN AMERICAN CLASSIC . . . Adventure Story that has all the Great Elements of Exciting Reading, which also illustrated what it was like to grow-up in the Deep South after the Civil War . . . WHICH TOO IS ALL BUT BANNED from Schools and Libraries, much for the same reasons Lord of the Flies was Banned.
THOSE WHO CAN DO . . . THOSE WHO CAN'T TEACH:
IN 1903 . . . Irish Writer/Playwright - George Bernard Shaw Wrote - “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches” as a Major Part of his Book-Series; Man and Superman, which we in this Modern World have Reshaped as . . . “THOSE WHO CAN DO – THOSE WHO CAN'T TEACH”.
I was aware of this Shaw TRUISM as a very Young Man, but actually, more perhaps, as a Cognitive Older Boy, but I NEVER assumed how PROFOUND these few words were, and how Horribly Damaging this REALITY would have been, and has been to our Society.
THE NAZIS WERE RIGHT . . . Take the Children Young Enough from their Parents, BEFORE their parents had a chance to fill their Heads with Ideas, and let the Nazis FILL THE CHILDREN’S HEADS WITH THEIR OWN PRECONCEIVED CONCEPTS . . . And The Damage Will Be Done.
SO . . . When we ask ourselves – how can so many of our Millennials, Journalists, Entertainers, Tech-Billionaires, Politicians, Bureaucrats and Members of the Courts be so STUPID . . . THE ANSWER WAS WRITTEN BY GEORGE BERNARD SHAW 114-YEARS AGO.
Have A Wonderful Memorial Day . . . And Thank A Vet.
http://www.galganov.com/editorials.asp?id=2262 [This Canadian needs to be the speaker of the House or the leader of the Senate and set a bunch of nitwits straight. – rdb]
[Then you have the judiciary that has decided to be dhimmi to Sharia groups – rdb]
How Sharia Supremacism and Judicial Imperialism Threaten National Security
Having failed to define the real threat — sharia supremacism — Trump walked into a trap of his own making.
By Andrew C. McCarthy — May 27, 2017
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling against President Trump’s so-called travel ban empowers both radical Islam and judicial imperialism. The combination portends lasting damage to the United States.
To rehash, the executive order (EO) proclaimed temporary restrictions (the main one, for 90 days) on travel to the United States by the nationals of six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Those countries, along with Iraq (cited in Trump’s original executive order, but not the revised EO at issue), had previously been singled out by Congress and President Obama — not because they are Muslim-majority countries, but because a) the presence or promotion of terrorism in their territories makes their nationals suspect and b) their anti-Americanism and/or dysfunctional governments render it impossible to conduct background checks on visa applicants.
This Fourth Circuit’s en banc review of prior invalidations of the EO by “progressive” activists masquerading as jurists produced 205 pages of opinions. The outcome was about as uncertain as Secretariat at Belmont, with ten of the tribunal’s 13 judges joining Chief Judge Roger Gregory’s majority ruling to one degree or another.
Three judges filed compelling dissents that will prove quite useful when, as Trump promises, the case proceeds to the Supreme Court. The continuation of the litigation is an unfortunate outcome, even if conservatives and other rule-of-law types, buoyed by Justice Neil Gorsuch’s appointment, may be right that the EO has a better shot in the High Court.
That’s because the EO doesn’t matter. You may not have noticed, but sharia supremacism has already won, regardless of what the Supreme Court does.
See, the EO was never an end in and of itself. It is a means — a fatally flawed one — to a vital end. That end is a vetting system that enables our security services to distinguish pro-Western Muslims from sharia supremacists. That’s the goal. The EO was conceived as a temporary pause while the vetting system took shape.
From a security perspective, though, the EO was utterly ineffective: applicable to a negligible slice of the global anti-American threat. More significantly, as a strategy, starting with the EO rather than getting to vetting has been a catastrophe.
As we have previously observed, in order to install the vetting system we need, the challenge of Islam must be confronted head-on and without apology. That is unavoidable. You can’t flinch. It is a certainty that the Democrat-media complex — of which Islamist organizations are members in good standing — is going to smear you as a racist “Islamophobe.” (Yes, this is another race-obsessed “progressive” narrative, so Islam gets to be the “race,” so that defenders of the Constitution and Western culture can be cast as “the oppressor.”) You have to be content with knowing that you are not a racist, with knowing that you are defending religious liberty, including the religious liberty of pro-Western Muslims.
There is a single battle that must be won. American culture must be convinced that Islam, while it has plenty of diversity, has a mainstream strain — sharia supremacism — that is not a religion but a totalitarian political ideology hiding under a religious veneer.
Intellectually, this should not be a difficult thing to do. Sharia supremacism does not accept the separation of religion from political life (which is why it is lethally hostile to reform Muslims). It requires the imposition of classical, ancient sharia law, which crushes individual liberty (particularly freedom — of conscience, of speech, and in economic affairs). It systematically discriminates against women and non-Muslims. It is cruel in its enforcement. It endorses violent jihad to settle political disputes (since such disputes boil down to whether sharia is being undermined — a capital offense).
What I have just outlined is not a “theory.” Quite apart from the fact that sharia supremacism is the subject of numerous books, studies, public-opinion polls, and courtroom prosecutions, one need only look at life in Saudi Arabia and Iran, societies in which the regime imposes sharia. As I mentioned a few days ago, one need only look at the State Department’s warnings to Americans who travel to Saudi Arabia.
Nevertheless, what should be easy to establish intellectually is difficult as a practical matter. Sharia supremacists and their progressive allies maintain that Islam may not be parsed into different strains. For legal purposes, they insist it is a monolith that is protected by religious-liberty principles — notwithstanding that a) progressives are generally hostile to religious liberty and b) sharia supremacists themselves would destroy religious liberty. Perversely, then, they argue that the First Amendment is offended by national-security measures against anti-American radicals who would, given the chance, deep-six the First Amendment in favor of sharia.
It is essential to win this debate over the political nature of sharia supremacism. Our law has a long constitutional tradition, rooted in the natural and international law of self-defense, of excluding aliens on the basis of radical, anti-American political ideology. Thus, if sharia supremacism is deemed a political ideology, we can keep out alien adherents of a cause that both inspires the terrorists of today and, wherever it is allowed to take root, produces the terrorists of tomorrow.
Yet, we also have a strong commitment to religious freedom. If at the end of the debate — assuming we ever have the debate — our culture’s conclusion is that sharia supremacism equals Islam, equals religion, equals immunity from governmental protective measures, then the Constitution really will have become a suicide pact. We will have decided that anti-constitutional sharia radicals are just as welcome as any other Muslim.
It is essential to win this debate over the political nature of sharia supremacism.
Since this is the debate we must have — i.e., Can we legally vet for sharia supremacism? – the Trump administration’s burden was to tee up the debate on favorable terrain. That required having it over something that the public would understand as truly crucial to our current and future security.
That something should have been vetting. That would have put the focus on sharia — specifically, on its noxious, counter-constitutional terms. The argument would not merely be about the possibility that trained terrorists might infiltrate refugee populations. It would be about the resistance of sharia supremacism to Western assimilation, which inevitably leads to the phenomenon of sharia enclaves, to “no go” zones, and to the creation of the conditions in which the jihadists of tomorrow are bred. (See, e.g., Europe.) Vetting is what we absolutely have to do to protect the country. It is not more complicated than that.
Trump, instead, teed things up for guaranteed failure. Instead of a battle over vetting, he forced it to be fought over the EO, which would do nothing meaningful to improve our security. The threat from the six cited countries is less severe than from other cauldrons of sharia supremacism that are not covered in the EO. Since the EO is not a defensible security measure, it can easily be made to look like a gratuitous swipe at Muslims — especially in light of Trump’s reckless campaign rhetoric, which often failed to distinguish sharia supremacists from all Muslims (many of whom have taken heroic measures to help Americans fight jihadists).
Having thus failed to define the real threat, Trump walked into a trap of his own making. Forced to defend itself against claims of racism, forced to defend the pointless exclusion of Muslims rather than the essential exclusion of sharia supremacists, the administration has responded by vigorously contending that the travel ban has nothing to do with Islam. “It’s facially neutral,” the Justice Department insists. The administration now stresses that the EO does not mention Islam, does not target Islam, and is not directed at Islam.
Well, isn’t that wonderful! I’m sure the Supreme Court will be impressed — the administration might even win there . . . though I wouldn’t bet the ranch on getting Justice Kennedy’s vote.
The EO is thus worse than ineffective. It is counterproductive.
But you see, the upshot of the administration’s assurances that the EO has nothing to do with Islam is an implicit admission: If a proposed law or executive order did confront Islam directly, it would be unconstitutional. So then . . . how are we ever going to win the debate over vetting? How are we ever going to make an intellectually honest, convincing argument that adherents to a radical political ideology rooted in Islamic scripture can lawfully be kept out of our country?
The EO is thus worse than ineffective. It is counterproductive. It probably means that vetting will never happen — or, alternatively, that the administration will try to enhance vetting but pretend, as it has with the EO, that the enhancement has nothing to do with Islam.
To be fair, while such dishonesty is not excusable, it is understandable. Inexorably, these battles are fought out in the courts — Congress having defaulted its responsibility to make law and to limit the judiciary’s capacity to interfere, which the Constitution empowers it to do. The courts are no longer courts. They are no longer the peer judicial branch of a government of divided powers, in which each branch respects the constitutional authorities and competencies of the others. The courts now claim supremacy over the two political branches.
Naturally, they are smart enough not to come out and say it that way. They’ve done it by gradually dismantling separation-of-powers. This doctrine always held that the judiciary did not intrude on matters like immigration, national security against foreign threats, and war fighting — matters constitutionally committed to the branches politically accountable to the voters whose lives are at stake. But, as I warned at the time, Justice Kennedy put the last nail in that coffin in the 2008 Boumediene decision, which astoundingly held that alien enemy combatants engaged in an offensive terrorist war against the United States are endowed with constitutional habeas corpus rights, to be asserted against the U.S. government — indeed, against the executive branch that is prosecuting the congressionally authorized military campaign.
Kennedy scoffed at the principle that the judiciary has no business meddling in the political branches’ conduct of war. His Orwellian contortion of separation of powers holds that the actions of the political branches are strengthened by judicial review. Under the new dispensation, it is not the Constitution but the judiciary that determines the legitimacy of executive and legislative action in defense of the nation.
When Kennedy and the Court’s “progressive” bloc ignored the settled jurisprudence of judicial modesty (what we might call, “know your place”), they unleashed the lower courts to do the same — knowing there was always a good chance that five Supremes would endorse renegade “progress.” Thus did the Fourth Circuit, in neutering the EO, ignore a binding 1972 Supreme Court precedent, Kleindienst v. Mandel, which prohibits federal courts from second-guessing executive discretion in the immigration context. Mandel should have made the case a slam dunk in favor of Trump’s EO. Instead, Judge Gregory declared robed oligarchy: There can be no judicial “abdication” in situations where “constitutional rights, values, and principles are at stake.”
Simply stated, that is a breathtaking claim of power to act any time the judges see fit, for whatever “value” they choose to vindicate.
What federal judges do not see as fit is Donald Trump. If he orders it, they will undo it, even if it is manifest that the same orders would be upheld if issued by a different president.
And the judges’ values tend not to be your values. You value American national security. They value a new, aggressive, and indiscriminate protection of religion — provided that the religion is Islam. Your value is a trifle. Their value is transformed into a right of Muslim immigration, derived from the new, judicially manufactured right of America-based Muslims not to have their self-esteem bruised.
Sharia supremacism and judicial imperialism: a combination that is breaking our will in a way no previous challengers ever could. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448061/trump-travel-ban-ruling-fourth-circuit-sharia-supremacism-judicial-imperialism?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Saturday%20Top%20Stories%20Recurring%202017-05-27&utm_term=VDHM
Labour UK chief attends ceremony honoring Munich terrorists
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calls ceremony honoring terrorists involved in abduction, murder of Israeli athletes 'poignant'.
David Rosenberg, 28/05/17 22:48
Labour UK chief and Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the graves of terrorists involved in the abduction and murder of Israeli athletes in the 1972 Munich Massacre in a ceremony honoring the terrorists.
The visit took place in October 2014, and was documented by Corbyn on the Morning Star website, which is affiliated with Communist Party of Great Britain. At the time of the visit, Corbyn was not leader of the UK Labour Party, but had already served as an MP for the party for more than three decades.
In an article describing a ceremony honoring several slain Arab terrorists involved in the murder of Israeli athletes, Corbyn called the event “poignant”.
The article, entitled “Palestine United”, noted that participants had laid wreaths on the graves of the terrorists, whom Corbyn claimed had been liquidated by Israeli agents in the 1990s.
“After wreaths were laid at the graves of those who died on that day [at Sabra and Shatila] and on the graves of others killed by Mossad agents in Paris in 1991, we moved to the poignant statue in the main avenue of the coastal town of Ben Arous, which was festooned with Palestinian and Tunisian flags.”
Aside from his sympathetic description of the terrorist memorial, Corbyn appeared to question the veracity of the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens by a Hamas-linked terror cell in 2014. MORE - http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230299 [Just in case you wondered why the UK is going to Hell in a handbasket this might help illuminate the matter. The nitwit Liberals (just like in the USA) are such self hating people that they want to bend over and let the terror instigating islamics decapitate them. – rdb]
Israeli government admits: UN has broken the law in Jerusalem
Israeli government says it is in contact with UN to resolve issue of illegal construction at Government House.
Arutz Sheva Staff, 28/05/17 22:56
After repeated delays, the state finally responded Sunday to the request for an interim injunction filed by Regavim against the illegal construction carried out by the UN at the Government House in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.
The state admitted for the first time that the extensive construction activity there, including works to preserve the historic buildings in the compound, as well as the construction of additional illegal structures in the compound, were carried out without permits. "The planning and building laws of the State of Israel apply to the compound and to the works that are the object of the petition, and the UN is expected to act in accordance with the principles of the relevant planning and building laws."
In a petition submitted by the Regavim movement to the Jerusalem District Court two months ago, it was revealed that the United Nations had committed a large number of building offenses during the past year, in a site registered in the Land Registry in the name of the State of Israel.
The state expressed its opposition to issuing an interim injunction prohibiting continued construction of the compound, since the UN enjoys immunity from prosecution and legal action against it.
The State noted that "if there are differences between the State of Israel and the United Nations on this issue, they should be brought to a solution through diplomatic channels" and detailed the contacts held by the Foreign Ministry over the past few weeks with relevant UN officials in Israel and New York. [If the UN broke the laws of Israel then they broke the accord they had with the land to occupy that land. Get some cajones and throw their buns out the door. Those in the UN already hate and despise Israel so you aren’t going to make the relationship any worse by exercising your right of authority and booting them. –rdb]
The government's intention was to establish a ministerial team to examine the government's policy on the issue, and at the same time examine the possibility of using appropriate tools in addition to the construction being carried out in the area, including measures against Israeli entities involved in the construction work.
In this context, the State announced that it did not object to Regavim's request to include the Israeli construction companies involved in the illegal construction activity as respondents to the petition.
"In addition to all this, the State is working through the diplomatic channels with the aim of resolving the issue of construction in all its aspects, including setting an outline with the UN regarding existing construction and future construction, as far as the UN will do. This dialogue is in favor of regulating the issue. "
Regavim responded to the state's position by stating that violations of the law must be dealt with without delay. "Illegal work must be stopped immediately, even by means of an order against the Israeli companies that are actually carrying out the building violations while the law is in place," said attorney Avi Segal of the Regavim movement.
"The claim that the UN has absolute immunity that allows it to build as much as it likes in the assets of the State of Israel and in violation of the building laws is unacceptable. Its immunity is only for the fulfillment of his diplomatic duties, not for offenses and the theft of land from the country that hosts him free of charge in its land and properties." http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230300 [Saying the UN has absolute immunity is like saying a cobra has immunity because if they had their way Israel would NOT BE! – rdb]
Rift between Saudi Arabia and Qatar to widen?
Saudi Arabia continues blocking Qatari news site, slams refusal to isolate Iran; Iran warns Saudi Arabian government 'will be annihilated.'
Guy Cohen, 29/05/17 14:24
Saudi Arabia continues to block Qatari Al-Jazeera's broadcasts, and attacked Qatar for opposing Iran's isolation.
Bloomberg TV on Monday reported that United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan said that the Gulf States were suffering a "severe" crisis over the proper attitude towards Iran.
One minister wrote on Twitter that the disagreement constituted a "serious danger" to the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states.
The tension rose after Qatar's government news agency publicly criticized the efforts to isolate Iran.
Though Qatar officials said the criticism was written by "hackers" and removed it, Saudi media still presents Qatar as having strayed from the GCC's stance.
Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani spoke on the phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last weekend. According to Rouhani's website, Iran is "ready for talks aimed at reaching a real agreement." "We want the Islamic world, which suffers from divisions, to advance towards peace and brotherhood. To this end, we are willing to work to do whatever we can in order to achieve a true peace."
On the same day, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei said the Saudi government will be annihilated. "We cannot blindly follow what our eyes see," Khamenei wrote on his site. "They're on their way out. There's no doubt about it." http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230325
'Pay $25,000 or your yeshiva will be destroyed'
Ransom letter sent to Miami Beach yeshiva, warns explosives planted in building will be set off if $25,000 not paid.
David Rosenberg, 29/05/17 12:19
A yeshiva in North Miami Beach was evacuated Sunday evening after a threatening message demanding ransom be paid was sent to the school.
The threatening email claimed that Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes had been rigged with explosives and would be blown up if the demands were not met.
The author of the email demanded the yeshiva transfer $25,000 via Western Union by May 31st.
“I’ll be brief,” the message read, Yeshiva World News reported.
“I installed several explosives in the building. If you do not send in the amount $25,000 by May 31st I will blow up this whole block.”
“If you try to contact the police, I’ll know. I also have access to your computers and email addresses.
“Do as I say and no one will get hurt.
“PS: I repeat, if you try to contact the police i will known [sic].”
The message was received at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening, prompting an evacuation of the yeshiva. Police were called to the yeshiva and inspected the building for any possible bombs.
No explosive devices were found in the building http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230319
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