NIMMO – Clinton killed hundreds of thousands; GOLDBERG – Red pens; WILLIAMSON – Trump, Cruz get a pen.
LEADS: PALIN – Marion LePen; JACOBS – Cruz takes lead; JACKSON – CNN debate; ZHDANNIKOV & COOPER – Oil tumbles; RILEY – Scalia correct; DARWAL – Green money in Paris.
PA: Wolf’s future?
END NOTES: USA Today – Saudi Women 1st vote; WELNER – Islamic terror.
Kurt Nimmo, InfoWars: “Trump: Clinton ‘killed hundreds of thousands of people’
“Clinton executed orders handed down by the global elite
“She is the one that caused all this problem with her stupid policies. You look at what she did with Libya, what she did with Syria. Look at Egypt, what happened with Egypt, a total mess,” Trump said.
“She was truly—if not the—one of the worst secretaries of state in the history of the country,” he added. “She talks about me being dangerous. She’s killed hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity.”
“Trump made his remarks in response to Clinton’s comment he “has gone way over the line” by saying there should be a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. She said his suggestion “plays right into the hands of terrorists.”
“Donald Trump’s accusation certainly rings true. . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Take Out Your Red Pens”
“The New York Times has an interesting story about how the State Department missed the bus on Tashfeen Malik’s Islamist and anti-American social media posts during her immigration background check. Though we aren’t permitted to read directly what she said on social media, she was apparently quite open in her endorsement of “violent Jihad.” The Times reports that:
‘Had the authorities found the posts years ago, they might have kept her out of the country. But immigration officials do not routinely review social media as part of their background checks, and there is a debate inside the Department of Homeland Security over whether it is even appropriate to do so.
“We don’t get much of an explanation of what exactly ‘appropriate’ means, only that the topic is being debated by government officials. It’s almost as if the Times is scared to actually report the interesting facts — what the posts said, why the government ignores them and may want to keep ignoring them etc. for fear of what people might do with the facts. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “President Trump (or Cruz) Will Have a Pen and a Phone, Too”
“. . .All the best people got righteous ants in their pants and declared that the rise of Trump announces the birth of fascism in the United States, and wondered aloud what would become of us if such a man were to be elected president and replace Barack Obama.
“The same Barack Obama who has, let us never forget, ordered the assassination of American citizens.
The habitual answer of the Obama administration to protests about its abuse of executive power and its Gaullist-Francoite understanding of the presidency is, “We asked our lawyers, and our lawyers said it was hunky-dory.” The president, despite his academic pedigree, doesn’t seem to be much of a lawyer. You know who is a hell of a lawyer? Ted Cruz, who has been arguing in front of the Supreme Court — and winning — since approximately kindergarten. One of the pro-Cruz groups argues (with no coordination with the campaign, I’m sure; the lawyers tell us that sort of thing is naughty, naughty, naughty!) that one of the best reasons to back Cruz is that he is a proven winner, that he has achieved real results in front of the Supreme Court in areas such as Second Amendment rights and national sovereignty. “That is an excellent point, and a persuasive one. But that was R. Ted Cruz, solicitor general of the state of Texas, who was, let’s admit, a bit of a fuddy-duddy in that he apparently believed that you have to go through various legal and political processes to get what you want out of government rather than just issuing presidential fiats to that end. What might a President Ted Cruz do with the godlike executive powers that Barack Obama is bequeathing to his successor? “President Obama’s operating principle is: If Congress won’t do what I want, I’ll do it on my own through executive orders, Constitution be damned. The president’s approach here has to be understood in the wider context of the Democratic party’s newfound commitment to totalitarianism: attempting to repeal the First Amendment, seeking to lock people up for expressing unpopular political opinions, proposing that Americans be stripped of their constitutional rights (with no due process, trial, or appeal) if the president puts their names on a secret list, outlawing unapproved criticism of political figures by private citizens, denouncing political opponents as “traitors” and demanding that nonconformists be punished for “disloyalty” while making glib references to martial law, etc. . .
“. . . But, remember, Democrats: These are your rules. If Steven Hayes of the Weekly Standard can be deprived of his constitutional rights because his name appears on a secret presidential list, then so can Paul Krugman or Rachel Maddow. If the Second Amendment can be treated as optional at the president’s discretion, then so can the First. If Pfizer can be sanctioned by the federal government for making entirely legal and ethical business decisions that the president doesn’t like, so can Microsoft, Google, and Facebook. If President Obama can circumvent Congress in both domestic and international affairs simply because he’s unhappy with the way the people’s elected representatives are conducting their business, then so can President Cruz, President Rubio, President Fiorina . . .”
LEADS . . .
Sarah Palin, Breitbart: “EXCLUSIVE – Sarah Palin: Marion Maréchal-Le Pen and 16 Centuries of Christian France”
“I have a political crush, but one I couldn’t vote for today – because she ran for office in France.
“Marion Maréchal-Le Pen is the new deserved “It Girl” of French politics and a clear voice of courage and common sense in a country and continent in need of both.
“In 2012, she earned the distinction of being France’s youngest elected Member of Parliament. Last week she handily won the first round of a race for the leadership of a large important region in southeastern France that’s home to the beautiful port city of Marseilles. Unfortunately, she lost the run-off election today because the two establishment Parties joined forces to defeat her.
“But despite today’s tough losses, Marion and her aunt Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front (FN) Party, have established themselves and their supporters as a force to be reckoned with in France’s 2017 presidential race, in which Marine is sure to be a contender with her talented niece right behind her.
“For some time now, I’ve admired the bold style of Marine Le Pen, who wrestled control of the leadership of her populist party in order to purge it of any trace of anti-Semitism, which it had unfortunately been tainted with in the past. But I’m especially impressed with the courage of her young niece who is a devout Catholic and unapologetically pro-life – not an easy thing for a politician to be in a country that’s aggressively secular.
“More importantly, young Marion Maréchal-Le Pen is unashamed to champion France’s Judeo-Christian identity and heritage as something worth preserving and fighting for. . .”
Jennifer Jacobs, Des Moines Register: “’Big shakeup’ in Iowa Poll: Cruz soars to lead”
What happens if Ted wants to take the ethanol out of our gas? . . .
“Seven weeks from the caucuses, Ted Cruz is crushing it in Iowa.
“The anti-establishment congressional agitator has made a rapid ascent into the lead in the GOP presidential race here, with a 21 percentage-point leap that smashes records for upsurges in recent Iowa caucuses history.
“Donald Trump, now 10 points below Cruz, was in a pique about not being the front-runner even before the Iowa Poll results were announced Saturday evening. He wasted no time in tearing into Cruz — and the poll — during an Iowa stop Friday night.
“Ben Carson, another “Washington outsider” candidate, has plunged 15 points from his perch at the front of the pack in October. He’s now in third place.
“‘Big shakeup,’ said J. Ann Selzer, pollster for The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll. ‘This is a sudden move into a commanding position for Cruz.’
“Cruz, a Texas U.S. senator famous for defying party leaders and using government shutdown tactics to hold up funding for the Obamacare health care law and abortion provider Planned Parenthood, was the favorite of 10 percent of likely Republican caucusgoers in the last Iowa Poll in October. He’s now at 31 percent. . .”
David Jackson, USA Today: “CNN debate: Christie, Paul on main stage; Huckabee out”
“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, bounced from the main stage at the last Republican debate, will return to prime time Tuesday in Las Vegas, CNN announced Sunday.
“Christie, relegated to the preliminary debate Nov. 10 in Milwaukee, will be on the main stage in Las Vegas along with businessman Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
“‘Christie has seen a resurgence in recent weeks, particularly in New Hampshire, a key state for his campaign,’ said CNN, which relied on both state and national polls to determine debate participation.
“CNN also said that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will remain in the preliminary debate Tuesday, along with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, and ex-New York Gov. George Pataki.
“Paul came close to relegation this time around, but “was saved at the 11th hour by showing viability in Iowa in a Fox News poll released Sunday morning,” CNN said. . .”
Dmitry Zhdannikov and Amanda Cooper, YAHOO!: “Oil tumbles toward 11-year lows on worsening glut”
“. . . OPEC has been pumping near record levels since last year in an attempt to drive higher-cost producers such as U.S. shale firms out of the market.
“New supply is likely to hit the market early next year as OPEC member Iran ramps up production once sanctions are lifted as expected following the July agreement on its disputed nuclear program.
“‘All new production will be earmarked for exports,’ BMI Research said in a note. ‘In addition to volumes released from storage, Iran will be able to increase crude oil and condensates exports by a maximum of 700,000 b/d by end-2016,’ it said.
“Iran’s crude oil exports are set to hit a six-month high in December as buyers ramp up purchases in expectation that sanctions against the country will be lifted early next year, according to an industry source with knowledge of tanker loading schedules.
“Iranian news agency Shana quoted on Monday manager director of Iran’s Central Oil Fields Company, Salbali Karimi, as saying Iran’s cost of production stood $1-$1.5 per barrel, in a clear indication it would ramp up output in any price scenario.
“Gulf producers and Russia have said they would not cut output even if prices fell to $20 per barrel.
“On Friday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said that the global supply glut was likely to deepen next year and put more pressure on prices. . .”
Jason Riley, WSJ: “Scalia Was Right about Race Preferences”
“The debate about these college-admissions policies is too focused on their legality, not their efficacy.
“. . . During oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case concerning race-conscious college admission policies, Justice Scalia cited research that shows how racial preferences can handicap some black students by placing them in elite schools where they don’t have the same credentials of the average student and struggle academically.
“‘There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school—a slower-track school where they do well,’ said Justice Scalia. “I don’t think it stands to reason that it’s a good thing for the University of Texas to admit as many blacks as possible.”
“Liberal public figures and media types promptly denounced the remarks. Democratic leader Harry Reid, ever the statesman, stood on the Senate floor Thursday and accused Justice Scalia of endorsing “racist theories.”
“We live in a political environment where the intent of a policy aimed at helping minorities is all that matters; questioning the policy’s actual effectiveness is tantamount to racism. Our national debates about racial preferences tend to focus on their legality, not whether they work as intended. Yet both are important, and Justice Scalia is right to question the assumption that racial favoritism in college admissions has been a boon for blacks. . .”
Rupert Darwal, NRO: “Paris: The Treaty That Dare Not Speak Its Name”
“. . . Article Two of the Constitution of the United States circumscribes the power of the executive to make treaties by stating that the president ‘shall have the power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur.’ The question then arises whether the Paris Agreement imposes new legally binding obligations on the United States. American negotiators were mindful of this when Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly threatened that the U.S. would walk out unless negotiators removed from the draft treaty the specification that developed countries would begin providing $100 billion a year in climate funding, by 2020. The Business Standard of India reported that Kerry said: ‘I would love to have a legally binding agreement. But the situation in the U.S. is such that legally binding with respect to finance is a killer for the agreement.’. . . ” www.nationalreview.com/article/428194/paris-climate-conference-deal-west-will-commit-billions
Also: Rupert Darwal, NRO: “The Paris Climate Conference: A Jobs Program for the Greens” www.nationalreview.com/article/428269/paris-climate-conference-hot-air-slush-fund
PA . . .
Side effect? Will the budget impasse reduce Tom’s luster at the pending D convention?
END NOTES . . .
USA Today: “Saudi women vote for the first time”
“RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Thousands of Saudi women headed to polling stations across the kingdom on Saturday, both as voters and candidates for the first time in a landmark election.
“More than 6,000 men and around 980 women are running as candidates for local municipal council seats. More than 130,000 women have registered to vote compared to 1.35 million men. The General Election Commission says there are at least 5 million eligible voters out of a population of 20 million, but the figure could be much higher. . .”
Michael Welner, MD, Bill Bennett: “How Do We Lower Risk in America of Islamist Terror?” (Part 2)
“What we can do as America is straightforward, involves us all, and consists of a number of measures:
“1. The paradigm of political correctness needs to be flipped.When Americans are attacked in the name of Islam, fear of Muslims is a natural human response. This should be a great source of embarrassment and shame to Muslims, not a source of defensiveness to Americans. Focus should not be on our suppression of unavoidable Islamophobia but American Islam’s zeal to reassert its loyalty to America. How will Islam define itself in America – pluralistic or theocratic?
“2. Branding America and what it has done for the Muslims (Indonesia, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, Palestinians). Not homilies about Muslim sports heroes who are role models as loyal Americans. Rather, remembering the American ideals and how we have given aid to Muslims around the world.
“3. Promoting Muslim thinking that is loyal to America first. The American ideal needs to be held out as a model for their peers and the voice of American Islam. Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser is Chairman of the American Islam Forum for Democracy (AIFD). The AIFD espouses secular governance, democracy, and liberty. It upholds the right of others to publicly criticize Islam, reject violence, bigotry against all peoples, and reject interpretations of political Islam calling for violence. In addition to being a physician, Dr. Jasser is a retired Commander in the United States Navy.
“Imam Nidal Alsayyed, the leader of the Islamic Community of East Texas, said “American Muslims need to say we are with this country…we American Muslims need to be sincere in our religion and to the country we are living in. Peace comes before religion.” These are the role models who should be visiting the President and household names – not a ‘clock boy’ manipulated by his parents and Islamist community organizers to create a false incident.
“End the influence of CAIR and Muslim Brotherhood affiliates, who demand defensiveness of Americans and marginalize the terror scourge, on American political and intellectual institutions. Essentially, advocate regime change.
“4. Pressuring mosque, parental and family responsibility. Act locally to strongly incentivize and engender the desire of these entities to avoid unwanted suspicions that they are hotbeds for terror. Close those houses of prayer that are houses of hate and deport their troublemaker leaders. Aggressively pursue civil liability of families and networks of violent Islamists who are sheltered and shielded by families aware of what they are planning but who do not act to protect their communities.
“Borrow from the experiences of organized crime and drug dealers who self-police when a solitary criminal brings unwanted attention to a community. ISIS is claiming recruits from even more secular homes; whose parents and siblings cannot sit by, as loyal Americans, when a threat is apparent.
“5. Financially support Muslim institutions’ efforts to root out terrorism and messianic intolerance from within communities. Community vigilance is a necessary part of all law enforcement. It is incumbent upon our leadership to cultivate, within the Muslim community, the idea, ‘if you see something, say something.” Americans made John Walsh succeed by responding to the imperative that witnesses and a watchful eye can solve crimes in ways that forensic science cannot.
“Equip those mosques and centers with surveillance and undercover informants from outside the community. Have them cooperate closely with law enforcement, and monitor what is happening away from the naked eye. We need to support mosques and centers and their peaceful adherents to keep our society safe.
“Use of humor to self-regulate. The best weapon of the free world is free humor and unabashedly free speech and critical thinking. Free speech is suppressed by the influence of Islamist-sympathizing organizations like CAIR that intimidate the news and entertainment media.
“Humor and humorists are critical to reaching young people, who are the future of the conflict and those whose minds need to be turned toward American ideals. Humor has had enormous impact on the reform of other religions. From Catholicism to Mormonism to Judaism, examples abound of the impact of humor and arts on the intolerance of religions. Look at the societal impact of the Broadway show, the Book of Mormon. Why, in America, can we not have satire on the order of the Book of Islam? Why do we not have a Charlie Hebdo? Create a Charlie Hebdo, so that all religions can laugh at themselves and reform intolerance from within. Why is Islamism never the fodder for standup comedy? There is so much to be comical about that is far more devastating than bullets. And why was Charlie Hebdo decimated? Because Islamists are threatened by introspection and reform. And humor must never be intimidated, but rebound like a hydra. And our leaders must protect humor and the critical arts as sacrosanct.
“Blasphemy may be in bad taste, but it is protected speech and a small price to pay for the vibrant dialogue that we can instigate here about Islam. As with all of the best of American exports, I would expect that attitude to have unstoppable impact across the world. American entertainment is an export product. The entertainment industry has to be a partner in the war against Islamism.
“6. Retake the campuses from rejectionist Islam.The minds of the young are the recruitment battleground of the war. Empower, but vet pluralistic imams to verify ties. “7. Retake the prisons, which feed angry violent wannabees into the community. Fire and replace rejectionist and angry Imams and empower other gangs within prison to crush Islamist gangs and disincentivize affiliation. Inmates are drawn to Islam for many practical reasons that have nothing to do with religion. The penetration of Islamist imams in prisons ensnare those vulnerable captives, whose alienation may only increase once released to a community that is not so forgiving of their debts to society.
“8. Ban investment by governments and large donors promoting radical Islam from American media, campaigns, and academic institutions. There are enough independent watchdogs to highlight this. Use freedom of information access and watchdog groups to highlight who is funding the subversive enemy. Our policy toward Islamist terror is bought and sold, in ways that are unacceptable.
“9. End American backdoor investment in terrorism– Funding Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, while opposing ISIS, is ultimately ridiculous when the organizations merge resources in the Sinai to collectively terrorize Egypt. Running guns to al-Qaeda in Libya while bombing al-Qaeda in Yemen undermines our moral authority.
“10. Root out Islamist contributions to political candidates and to the media.We are at war — expose those elected officials and make them as radioactive to the American public as the KKK. These campaign contributions are intended to act against the national interest, and advance the agenda of people who want to create theocracy.
“11. Full security screening of federal employees in sensitive positions who do not currently undergo security clearance.Full security scrutiny of those in elected office and their staffs. A recent report revealed that 72 employees in the Division of Homeland Security were on terror watch lists! What are we going to do about it?
“12. End discrimination against Jewish Arabic speakers by American intelligence services. American Jewish refugees from Muslim intolerance, forced to emigrate from Arab countries decades ago, are fluent in Arabic. Many have volunteered to help the war on terror as a demonstration of national loyalty. Endemic State Department and CIA anti-Semitism precludes use of such talents, baselessly questioning their loyalties to the United States because they are Jews. This irrational hatred prevents harnessing the linguistic fluency of those who can materially assist interpreting the tremendous amount of unanalyzed data in Arabic and have well-honed vigilance in the face of threat.
“Israel has been most effective by using undercover agents who speak fluent Arabic to infiltrate mosques and who clearly are at no risk for acting as double agents to mislead investigation. Religious freedoms are completely protected and success is achieved even when mosques are not cooperative. America has all of the talent here to do so as well. However, this is not done because of hard-wired anti-Semitism in the culture of the State Department, FBI, and CIA. This has undermined the national security imperative for gathering and upgrading the quality of human intelligence.”
www.BillBennett.Com , 12/09/15