Janet – Ride a Bus on a new date.
WELNER – Islamic terror; FRENCH – Why dislike them?; JAZZSHAW – France closes mosques.
LEADS: HEINE – DHS block San Bernadino?; GOLDBERG – Trump no conservative; YORK – Trump sees a hole; GLUECK – Cruz new favorite; BAWDEN – African Cloward-Piven.
PA: STAUB – Hidden WAM; SNYDER – Ups&Downs.
END NOTES: LEVIN (12/10/15); Bloomdaddy hints.
Janet: Bus to 12/14 Rally
Members! Valley Forge would like to have a bus to the rally on Dec. 9, in Harrisburg. We need to know if anyone is interested and all groups are welcome. We need at least 30-35 people to fill a bus. Please reply to this notice if you would be interested. Please spread the word and have people e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!!!
SORRY but the date & time has been have changed to the 14th from 10am to 12 noon!!!
This has been done to correspond with the Oath Keepers and to have a bigger impact! And if you aren’t angry yet, take the time to read this!!
ALSO: TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY WILL FOLLOW!
Michael Welner, MD, Bill Bennett: “How Do We Lower Risk in America of Islamist Terror?”
“. . . Public dialogue geared toward defusing the menace of Islamism has been buried in a false narrative built upon five outright lies. Use of any or more of these lies signifies efforts by the speaker to manipulate the American viewer and listener for political and ideological purposes:
1.Islamist terrorists are not practicing Islam– False. Islamists are those, be they Shiite, Salafist, or Sunni, who espouse theocratic aims and seek to establish theocracies according to Islamic law elsewhere, by whatever means available – including not merely terror, but manipulating the response of others to terror. Other Muslims may not agree with the Islamists, but the idea that Islamists are not Muslim is no more credible than an argument between Catholics and Protestants over who is Christian.
- Islamists are a very small number of people – False. The reality is that Islamists control large swaths of Iraq and Syria, dominate Lebanon, Libya and Afghanistan, rule Iran, Gaza, Qatar, Turkey, control parts of the Sudan and Nigeria, control neighborhoods and communities throughout Europe. They control government Tv stations: al-Jazeera, and al-Manar. Such would be mathematically impossible without a significant participation of a range of people of different skills across age groups and geographical locations
- America has victimized Islam– False. All of it. America liberated and protected Bosnian Muslims. It economically built up the oil-producing states and liberated Kuwait. It promoted Turkey’s integration into NATO. It deposed the Shah of Iran and restored the Ayatollah Khomeini. It singlehandedly dragged Israel into accepting Yasser Arafat as a self-governing neighbor. It ended Israel’s war in Lebanon before Israel could crush Hezbollah. It negotiated the return of Sinai to Egypt. It responded with unprecedented generosity to natural disasters in the Muslim world, most notably the tsunami that wracked Indonesia. Every effort was made to rebuild Iraq – more than can be said of Iran, which waged war against Saddam Hussein as well. America has contributed far more to Afghanistan than the Soviet Union ever did.
- We are not at war with Islam – False. Islam is at war with itself, as it attacks those unwilling to submit to its will. Islamists are at war with nonbelievers in countries in which they set down roots, be it ISIS or Boko Haram, or the resurgent al-Qaeda. Islamists are at war with us. We may not have asked for it, but one cannot wish away facts.
- Discussion of Islamist terror by Americans endangers American Muslims with prejudice and victimization – False. Americans are a loving people. Bias crime against Muslims is extremely low in the United States. Mosques are safe; it is synagogues that are vandalized. Beyond statistics, the obviousness of this lie manifests in the great clamor among Muslims to immigrate to the United States. They know what to expect. It is not that these Muslims are clamoring to emigrate from Syria to Gaza, where Islamist rule demonstrates what a society that victimizes other Muslims is really like.
In order to engage solutions preventing Islamist terrorism in the United States, we must stop obscuring the obvious. The above false ideas should be rejected out of hand as calculated efforts to prevent serious discussion. . .”
www.BillBennett.Com , 12/09/15
David French, NRO: “The Hidden Reason Why Americans Dislike Islam”
“. . . I wonder if the media is missing a powerful, largely-uncovered influence on America’s hearts and minds — the experience and testimony of the more than two million Americans who’ve served overseas since 9/11 and have experienced Islamic cultures up-close. Yes, they were in the middle of a war — but speaking from my own experience — the war was conducted from within a culture that was shockingly broken. I expected the jihadists to be evil, but even I couldn’t fathom the depths of their depravity. And it was all occurring against the backdrop of a brutally violent and intolerant culture. Women were beaten almost as an afterthought, there was a near-total lack of empathy for even friends and neighbors, lying was endemic, and sexual abuse was rampant. Even more disturbingly, it seemed that every problem was exacerbated the more religious and pious a person (or village) became. (emph added, jb)
“I spent enough time outside the wire and interacting with tribal leaders to get a sense of the reality around me, but the younger guys on the line spent weeks at a time living in the heart of the local community. I remember one young soldier, after describing the things he’d seen since the start of the deployment, gestured towards the village around us and said — in perfect Army English — “Sir, this s**t is f**ked up.” “But this same experience has caused us to treasure the Muslim friends we do have — in part because we recognize the extreme risks of their loyalty and defiance of jihad. That’s why American officers fiercely champion the immigration of local interpreters, even to the point of welcoming them into their own home. That’s why there’s often an intense connection with our Kurdish allies, the single-most effective ground fighting force against ISIS.
“Two million Americans have been downrange, and they’ve come home and told families and friends stories the media rarely tells. Those stories have an impact, but because of the cultural distance between America’s warriors and its media, academic, and political aristocracy, it’s an impact the aristocracy hasn’t been tracking. . .”
Jazz Shaw, HotAir: “While we fight over Trump, France closes 3 mosques, finds hundreds of weapons”
“The French have adopted what is clearly a no-nonsense attitude toward radical Islamist terrorism since the Paris attacks and they’re not taking their foot off the gas. As the United States continues to debate over “tone” and how to balance religious liberty and tolerance against domestic security, Francois Hollande’s forces have “cut a few corners” on those subjects and just begun shutting down mosques. At least three of the Muslim houses of worship have been closed already and law enforcement has found a trove of disturbing items among the haul. (Speisa)
“Police investigating the Paris terror attacks have shut down three mosques in a series of raids to close the net on Islamic extremists, the Express reports.
Police in France also arrested the owner of a revolver found during Wednesday’s raid, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
Security officials found jihadist documents at the mosque where yesterday’s raids took place.
They have placed nine people under house arrest. Another 22 have been banned from leaving the country Mr Cazeneuve said.
“In additon to the mosques, the French have kicked in the doors on 2,235 homes and taken 232 people into custody or placed them on house arrest. More than three hundred weapons were discovered . Tom Porter at the International Business Times reports that the trove included 7.62mm ammunition, Kalashnikov rifles and terrorist propaganda videos. And they’re only just getting started.
‘Hassan El Alaoui, one of France’s chief imams, told Al Jazeera that French authorities were likely to close down more than 100 mosques in the wake of the Paris attacks.
‘According to official figures and our discussions with the interior ministry, between 100 and 160 more mosques will be closed because they are run illegally without proper licences, they preach hatred, or use takfiri speech,’ he said.
‘Takfiris are those who accuse fellow Muslims who do not share their hard-line interpretation of the faith of apostasy, and is often used as a pejorative term.
“Reports like this likely present a rather awkward challenge for observers in America who are used to a large number of rights which the government isn’t supposed to violate. . .”
LEADS . . .
Deborah Heine, PJM: “DHS Whistleblower Says His Investigation Could Have Prevented San Bernardino Terrorist Attack”
“. . . Philip Haney worked in the Intelligence Review Unit (IRU), where his job was to investigate individuals with potential links to terrorism. He was looking into global terror networks that were infiltrating radical Islamists into the U.S. and was making progress to that end, when the Obama State Department came in and pulled the plug.
“Fox News’ Trace Gallagher reported that “about a year into that investigation, they got a visit from the State Department and the Homeland Security Civil Rights Division who said that tracking these groups and individuals was ‘problematic’ because they were Islamic groups. Haney says his investigation was shut down, and 67 of his records deleted — among them, an investigation into an organization with ties to the mosque in Riverside that San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook attended.”
“Haney says he notified Congress and the inspector general about his investigation getting terminated, but instead of the investigation getting reinstated, Haney claims his superiors retaliated, pulling him from his duties and revoking his security clearance. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Trump Doesn’t Represent the Conservative Base”
“. . . I keep hearing that Trump poses a grave threat to the GOP because he pits ‘the conservative base’ against the presumably more liberal “GOP establishment.” The first part is true: He does pose a threat to the GOP. But are the labels right? For starters, the so-called ‘establishment’ is more conservative than any time in GOP history. Until Trump descended his golden escalator, the ‘conservative base’ generally referred to committed pro-lifers and other social conservatives. The term also suggested people who were for very limited government, strict adherence to the Constitution, etc. Most of all, it described people who called themselves “very conservative.” “While it’s absolutely true that Trump draws support from people who fit such descriptions, it’s far from the entirety of Trump’s following. According to polls, Trump draws heavily from more secular Republicans who are more likely to describe themselves as ‘liberal’ or ‘moderate’ than ‘conservative’ or ‘very conservative.’ Ted Cruz draws more exclusively from the traditional base.
“And I would argue that his ‘very conservative’ followers aren’t supporting Trump because he’s a conservative but because he’s a walking, talking thumb in the eyes of “elites” in the media and both parties. “The claim that Trump is a committed conservative is not very believable. Until recently, he was for higher taxes on the wealthy, taking in Syrian refugees, and single-payer health care. He almost never talks about the Constitution, faith, or liberty unless forced to. In 2012, Trump condemned Mitt Romney for being too harsh on illegal immigration. In May of this year, he attacked “publicity seekers” who needlessly provoked Muslims.
“With the exception of a few single-issue voters on immigration, Trump fans love him for his enemies and for his populist bombast, not for any specific principles. In other words, he divides the GOP more up-down than he does left-right. . .” www.nationalreview.com/article/428353/donald-trump-supporters-not-conservative-base
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “While media rages, Trump sees path to victory”
“Here is the conventional wisdom: Yes, Trump has a lot of support in Iowa, but the people who tell pollsters they like Trump are not the type to leave their homes on a snowy night in February to attend a caucus and vote for him.
“That could be true; we’ll know more on Feb. 2. But Trump supporters believe he is bringing new voters into the caucus process. Lest critics dismiss that as purely wishful thinking, they point to examples in the past when candidates — Pat Robertson and Ron Paul are two — brought previously uninvolved people into the caucuses. If Trump can attract newcomers, on top of a substantial share of traditional caucus attendees, the theory goes, he can win.
“There are signs that could be happening. . . .”
Katie Glueck, Politico: “Cruz emerges as Iowa’s new favorite”
“The Texas senator’s campaign is beginning to see returns after months of methodically courting evangelical leaders.
“He’s rising in the polls, building on an already extensive field organization and locking down critical conservative endorsements.
“Among the biggest yet came Thursday, when Bob Vander Plaats, the head of the conservative group Family Leader, came out for Cruz, citing what he sees as electability in Iowa and nationally.
“‘This is a guy that’s been very consistent in principles, in communications, and his campaign has shown ability to slowly gain ground and build momentum, and appears to have great staying power,’ he told POLITICO. ‘I don’t see his numbers going down, I see them going up.’
“Cruz’s Iowa surge is coming at the expense of Ben Carson and other Republicans seeking a share of the state’s considerable evangelical vote. And with Cruz leading the field in a Monmouth University Iowa poll released this week, rivals are suddenly confronted with a new level of urgency in their efforts to stop the Texas senator from building early-state momentum that could carry him through the South Carolina primary next year and into March 1, when seven other Southern states will go to the polls. . .” http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/ted-cruz-iowa-favorite-216659
Tom Bawden, UK Independent: “COP21: African campaigners demand compensation for effects of global warming”
Barry’s next job, spun through Cloward-Piven rumors . . .
“. . . As the United Nations summit to tackle climate change nears its conclusion, African politicians and NGOs are calling for the developed world to provide cash to help them deal with the consequences of a warming planet.
“Compensation should cover everything from storm damage and crop failure to desertification and forest degradation, the African nations say.
“The funds should also help meet the cost of the mass migration that is inevitable as huge areas become uninhabitable, as well as the rise in diseases such as malaria. . .”
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Free-market group targets ‘slush funds’ buried in state budget plan”
“State lawmakers could sock Pennsylvanians with a $1.2 billion tax increase just in time for the Christmas holiday, but they’re making sure to stuff their stockings as they try to end the five-month-long budget impasse, according to one group’s analysis.
“The Commonwealth Foundation, a free-market think tank based in Harrisburg, has identified $85 million in funding increases within the state Senate’s $30.8 billion budget plan that it contends is legislative slush money.
“Typically called walking-around money, or WAMS, the funds have been used previously for projects including business grants, holiday lighting projects and even pool operating costs for a country club. The Senate budget would expand WAMs by 189 percent and restore programs that had been shuttered to eliminate the controversial funds, according to the Commonwealth Foundation.
“‘By claiming this spending is for things like ‘community and business assistance,’ legislators hope taxpayers won’t know what it really is: slush funds legislators use to advance their own agenda at taxpayers’ expense,’ said Matthew Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation..”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 12/11 Ups & Downs
“Budget Hopes. At this point last week it appeared that a budget agreement was just around the corner. Over the weekend, however, Republicans in the State House rebelled and threw everything up in the air. Governor Wolf attempted to rally but the prospects still remain very much uncertain. So much so that the Governor is choosing to avoid PA Society because of fear that it would look bad to be partying in New York while the stalemate in Harrisburg continues to drag on.
“Stephen Zappala. The Allegheny County District Attorney made a splash on Wednesday when we reported that he’ll be running for Attorney General next year. With Kathleen Kane embroiled in controversy, the Democratic primary in 2016 has become wide open. In fact, an internal poll released by Josh Shapiro shows that a majority of voters are undecided and that name ID is relatively low for all the possible candidates. This creates a major opportunity for Zappala, who is the only western PA candidate in the race so far.
“Mike Turzai. If the Speaker of the Pennsylvania was just dealing with an uprising among his caucus, this week would be bad enough. To make matters worse, however, it appears his colleagues may not want to stop at the budget. They’re rumors that they also want to topple him. Given what we’ve heard about the relationship between the Speaker and the Majority Leader this possibility has to be seriously considered. This could quickly turn into the biggest story of the season.
“Todd Stephens. Speaking of the 2016 race for Attorney General, there was also a development in the GOP primary between State Sen. John Rafferty and State Rep. Todd Stephens. Stephens won a straw poll held by the Republican’s Central Caucus which covers much of the commonwealth. This victory is particularly impressive given that Stephens hasn’t been in office as long as Rafferty, though the State Senator remains confident that he’ll eventually win the party’s endorsement.
“Michael Eakin. It’s increasingly looking like the walls are closing in on State Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin. On Monday, Governor Wolf called on the Justice to resign after it was revealed that he and his allies on the Court had concocted a plan to appoint someone favorable to his cause to the Court of Judicial Discipline. That same body is currently deciding his fate. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Judicial Conduct Board filed three misconduct charges against Eakin in a 52-page ruling. It is incredibly difficult to see how the Judge escapes this ever evolving email scandal.”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (12/10/15)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show, The Republican establishment is secretly trying to figure out what they can do to stop anyone thet [sic!] don’t support for President, like Donald Trump, Rand Paul or Ben Carson. They are talking about the possibility of a brokered convention to empower themselves.
“Also, Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, calls in to make a case for Muslims assimilating in America. Reform can’t take off while the Western world ignores the problems with Islam.
“Finally, Rand Paul calls in to discuss his refugee proposal and the secret meeting, which he wasn’t invited to, for a contested convention.”
Bloomdaddy, WWWV1017AM, 12/11/15, about 6:30AM:
Two callers contributed solutions that simplify Christmas:
- Get a door hanging of a decorated Christmas tree, tack it to your living room wall and put the children’s gifts on the floor under it.
- Take a photo of your In-laws, enlarge it, tack it to the wall, and skip having them over for dinner. . .