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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Trump Is Right. Muslims, Europe, Freedom Don't Mix

Republican presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump is predicting the influx of Muslim migrants will lead to the “end of Europe” in an explosive interview with the conservative French magazine Valeurs Actuelles.
“France is not what it used to be, and neither is Paris,” Trump is quoted as saying.
Trump also bemoaned the existence of “no-go zones” avoided by police that have been created by mass Islamic immigration.
WND reported in January 2015 the French government listed 751 “Sensitive Urban Zones” the government does not fully control.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy of welcoming Muslim migrants into Germany is a “tragic mistake,” Trump said, predicting disaster unless there is a change in policy.
“If you don’t treat the situation competently and firmly, yes, it’s the end of Europe,” Trump reportedly stated.
He also speculated that European nations could face “real revolutions” in response to the crisis.
In interviews with American media, Trump has blasted Merkel’s permissive immigration policy as “insane” and warned Islamic migration could be a “Trojan Horse” enabling future terrorist attacks.
Trump read the lyrics from the song “The Snake” at a campaign rally in January to illustrate the dangers of admitting millions of Muslim migrants.
The song describes a foolish woman who saves the life of a poisonous snake, only to be bitten and killed for her trouble.
G.M. Davis, an expert on Islam who directed the feature documentary “Islam: What the West Needs to Know” and authored “House of War: Islam’s Jihad Against the World,” praised the Republican front-runner’s strong stand against the Islamic invasion of Europe.
“At present, only Donald Trump seems willing to address the seriousness of the issues confronting the United States and Europe and the full implications of Islamic immigration into non-Islamic countries,” Davis told WND. “Whatever one makes of his delivery and tendency to personalize his criticisms, there is little denying that he grasps the big picture in a way that the other candidates do not or are too afraid to express.
“His recent comments to the European press over the dire situation in Europe where centers of Islamic power continue to send down roots and multiply, as well as the hysterical reaction on the part of much of Europe to his views, testifies both to Mr. Trump’s competence on the issue as well as the inability of the European establishment to come to grips with reality.”
Davis warned Americans they will not be spared from the crisis.
“All of what we are witnessing in Europe is in store for America if she does not adopt more sensible and restrictive immigration policies,” said Davis. “She must also realize her overseas campaigns to bring democracy to Islamic lands are futile and counter-productive. The only principle on which any sensible Western policy toward Islam can be based is one of containment, of realizing that Western and Islamic civilizations are best kept apart as much as possible.”
In response to reports of sexual assaults and other crimes by Muslim migrants, European governments, especially Germany, have cracked down on their own people rather than restricting immigration.
The German government is also working with American companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter to eliminate any online speech criticizing the government’s refugee policy or refugees themselves that “crosses the line.”
“European governments are desperate to cover up criticism of Islam and the crimes of Muslim immigrants because they cut at the heart of their open-door policies,” said Davis. “The multicultural assumptions underpinning modern Europe are disintegrating before our eyes. To face facts would require them to rethink decades of self-destructive immigration laws as well as to confront the truly alarming reality of a growing, increasingly hostile Islamic minority in their midst, which they are entirely unequipped to handle.”
Davis predicted progressives will never turn against mass Islamic immigration, even though the resulting demographic changes will doom their own supposed values regarding issues such as homosexual rights and feminism.
“The true left-wingers cannot face the reality that Islam cares nothing for their blandishments about tolerance and acceptance, which they have used, of course, one-sidedly to denigrate and destroy traditional, Christian European culture,” Davis charged. “By insisting on ‘tolerating’ the growth of Islam in their cities, they have permitted a violent, intolerant and very political ideology to take root. Should it ever get the opportunity, it will utterly eradicate the easy-going moral atmosphere now prevalent in European society.”

Davis agreed with Trump that violence and revolution could be on the horizon if European leaders don’t change course.
“The specter of civil war is beginning to take shape over the European continent,” he warned.
At the very least, Europeans think something big is coming. In record numbers, they are scrambling to arm themselves as weapons sales soar across the continent.
Trump defended the right to bear arms in his interview with Valeurs Actuelles, suggesting the private ownership of firearms is an effective way to prevent Islamic terrorism. He also condemned French gun control laws.
Explaining he “always” has a gun with him, Trump said that had he been at the Bataclan theater in Paris where Islamic terrorists killed 89 people in November 2015, “I can tell you I would have opened fire.”
Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, told WND that Europeans are eager to arm themselves with whatever is legally available.
“The Muslim attacks on Europeans have been a problem throughout the European Union,” said Pratt. “Many people probably saw what happened in Cologne on New Year’s Day when Muslims went on a rape rampage. That turned out to be just the most recent example of what happens a lot in many German and other European cities.”
Pratt said Austrians, in particular, are arming themselves.
“France is as goofy as San Francisco or Chicago,” said Pratt in reference to the nation’s gun laws. “But in Austria, people are able to buy a shotgun over the counter the way an American would. Now in America, you can buy many other guns over the counter but at least [in Austria] the shotgun is available, even if it only has two shots in it or maybe three. You can walk out of the store with it.
“There were no shotguns available for sale in Austria around the turn of the year 2016. And particularly women were buying shotguns. That’s what’s available, that’s what they’re buying.”
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Davis suggested the Europe could become increasingly unstable as governments continue to dispossess their native populations.
"Should European governments succeed in effectively suppressing criticism of Islam, and should their native populations ultimately have nowhere to turn for their own protection, to me it seems inevitable that local, ad hoc groups will begin to form," said Davis.
"Call them militias for the defense of the populace. Should the national governments refuse to acknowledge the grievances of their peoples as represented by these groups, civil war would be the logical next step. Who can say when?"
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Friday, February 12, 2016

Will Huma Get Caught In The Clinton Spider Web Of Lies? If So, Will She Spill The Beans Or Take Her Medicine?

Huma Abedin and the Tangled Clinton Web

Almost a month ago, Fox News reported that the FBI’s investigation of possible national security violations stemming from Hillary Clinton’s private email system had expanded to include a corruption angle, centered on the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the possibility that Foundation donors received favorable government treatment during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
The Fox report prompted indignant denials from Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign that there had been any broadening of the probe. Yet, the government is not required to disclose the course of its investigation publicly, much less to its subjects. And now, there are additional indications that the government is indeed scrutinizing the cozy relations the State Department enjoyed during Secretary Hillary Clinton’s tenure with both the Clinton Foundation and a Clinton-connected consulting firm called Teneo.
Last autumn, according to the Washington Post, the State Department’s inspector general (IG) issued subpoenas to the Clinton Foundation. The IG’s office has authority to investigate wrongdoing at the Department, including criminal wrongdoing. Its conclusions may be referred to the Justice Department for possible prosecution, and may also result in other forms of disciplinary action against government officials found to have committed misconduct. The subpoenas served on the Clinton Foundation reportedly focused on two areas of inquiry: (a) Clinton Foundation projects that may have required federal government approval during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state; and (b) Clinton Foundation records pertaining to the employment of Huma Abedin.
Ms. Abedin, a longtime Clinton confidante, served as Secretary Clinton’s deputy chief-of-staff at the State Department and is now vice chairwoman of Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign for the presidency.
For about a half-year toward the end of Abedin’s tenure at the State Department, which coincided with Secretary Clinton’s own departure from the State Department in February 2013, Abedin was given a highly unusual and ethically dubious arrangement. She was permitted to work simultaneously for the State Department, Teneo, the Clinton Foundation, and even in a personal capacity for Mrs. Clinton in order to manage the secretary’s transition back to the private sector (notwithstanding that Mrs. Clinton had a job waiting for her at the lavishly funded Clinton Foundation, from which she would oversee her 2016 campaign-in-waiting).
Ordered Liberty readers will recall that Ms. Abedin has been the subject of controversy. Several years ago, five House conservatives asked State’s IG to investigate how Abedin managed to receive a security clearance despite extensive family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and to an al-Qaeda financier whose “charity” was designated a terrorist organization by the government.
At the time, senior Republicans attacked the House conservatives, despite the fact that the latter were not alleging any wrongdoing on Abedin’s part -- they were merely and sensibly questioning the propriety of the government’s granting a security clearance to someone of Abedin’s background.
In light of new revelations in the Clinton email scandal, which place Abedin in the center of the mishandling of classified information through Mrs. Clinton’s homebrew server system, the concerns of the House conservatives seem prescient.
Ms. Abedin, of course, is married to former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. The wedding ceremony was performed by former President Clinton in July 2010. Less than a year later, Weiner was enmeshed in a “sexting” scandal involving the sending of sexually explicit photographs of himself to young women. He vehemently denied the allegations until undeniable proof mounted, at which point he apologized and resigned in disgrace. At the time, Ms. Abedin was pregnant -- the couple’s son was born in December 2011. Weiner attempted a political comeback in 2013, running for mayor of New York City with the strong support of his wife. His campaign went up in flames, however, when news emerged that he had continued sexting (under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger”) for more than a year after leaving Congress over it.
Abedin’s tenure at the State Department has already been the subject of an investigation for financial self-dealing. It is alleged that while she was pregnant in 2011, she went on an extended “Babymoon” vacation but failed to file paperwork that is required when government employees take paid leave – meaning: she was paid while on vacation as if she were working full-time. Because her leave time was not deducted while she was on vacation, and because government employees are paid for accumulated, unused leave time when they exit government service, Abedin was effectively paid twice for her vacation – cashing in the un-deducted leave in 2013, when she quit the State Department. The result, the IG found, wasan overpayment of over $10,000.
Abedin disputes the IG’s conclusion that the payment was improper, claiming that she did some work while on vacation. The IG referred his findings to the Obama Justice Department, then led by Attorney General Eric Holder. Justice declined to prosecute.
The vacation kerfuffle may be the least of Abedin’s problems.
As already noted, she is reportedly in the circle of Hillary Clinton’s State Department aides who transmitted classified information via Mrs. Clinton’s private, non-secure email system. It now appears that classified information may have been unlawfully transmitted via at least 12 -- and as many as 30 -- private email accounts. I outlined these new revelations on Thursday, relying on the indefatigable reporting of Catherine Herridge and Pamela K. Browne at Fox News. Recklessly causing classified information to be removed from its secure government repository, and causing classified information to be transmitted to persons not entitled to have it, are both felony violations of federal law.
And now we have the afore-described subpoena to the Clinton Foundation.
Insofar as Ms. Abedin is concerned, the IG’s inquiry appears to center on the end of her tenure at the State Department, from her return from maternity leave in June 2012 through her early 2013 exit from the Department. With the approval of then-Secretary Clinton, Abedin’s status was changed to “special government employee.” This enabled her, while continuing to work for State, to take a senior position at Teneo, a private strategic consulting firm co-founded by Doug Band, a confidant and former adviser of President Bill Clinton, and Declan Kelly, a Clinton confidant and fundraiser whom Secretary Clinton appointed to be the State Department’s economic envoy to Northern Ireland.
As a Judicial Watch report notes, while Teneo touts itself as having been founded in 2011, components of the firm appear to have been registered as early as 2009. Declan Kelly, Teneo’s CEO, served as State’s envoy to Northern Ireland from September 2009 through May 2011. There is thus some question whether he, too, was working at Teneo while employed by the government.
In any event, Abedin clearly worked for Teneo while working for the State Department. As the New York Times has reported, she failed to reveal her Teneo employment and compensation on government disclosure forms. She claims her “special government employee” status absolved her of fulfilling this transparency obligation (notwithstanding that disclosure would plainly have been required had she still formally been a top aide to the secretary of State -- the role she continued in de facto).
To tangle the web even further, Abedin was also working for the Clinton Foundation. At the time, former President Clinton was running the Clinton Foundation. He was simultaneously a paid adviser to and client of Teneo.
Also overlapping at Teneo and the Clinton Foundation was Justin Cooper. According to Judicial Watch, Cooper, another longtime Clinton flunky, is linked to the registration documents for the private server at the center of Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal. Citing his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination,Cooper reportedly refused to testify before the House Committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi massacre (the Committee was inquiring into, among other things, whether Clinton emails had been withheld from its investigation).
The IG investigation appears to involve conflicts of interest obviously created by these interwoven employment arrangements. There have already been reports, for example, that shortly before she joined Teneo in mid-2012, Abedin was pressed at the State Department by Teneo executives to help them secure a presidential appointment (on the President’s Global Development Council) for Judith Rodin.
Rodin is a major Clinton Foundation donor and president of the Rockefeller Foundation … which had retained Teneo, at a cost of $5.7 million, to do public relations work. As Politico reported, Teneo’s Doug Band wrote to Abedin that “Judy rodin” was a “Huge foundation/cgi [Clinton Global Initiative] supporter and close pal of wjc [William Jefferson Clinton]. Teneo reps her as well[.] Can you help?” The email chain further explained the presidential appointment at issue and that Rodin “is expecting us to help her get appointed to this.” Rodin did not get the appointment, and it is unclear whether Abedin took any steps to help Teneo. Abedin was hired by Teneo a few weeks later.
Judicial Watch adds that, in December 2012, then-Secretary Clinton flew to Ireland to be honored by Worldwide Ireland Funds. Like the Clinton Foundation, WIF is a self-styled philanthropic organization and claims to have raised $430 million for global good works. By then, Declan Kelly had left his State Department envoy post in Northern Ireland and was CEO of Teneo, which coordinated the WIF event.
Secretary Clinton was accompanied by Ms. Abedin, who was then working for and being paid by both Teneo and the State Department. And not only that. According to a mid-2013 letter Abedin wrote the State Department, she was also working for the Clinton Foundation to plan Mrs. Clinton’s “post-State philanthropic activities,” in addition to working for Mrs. Clinton “in her personal capacity … [to] prepare for transition from public service.”
Got all that?
Whether there is real fire under all this swirling smoke is a question investigators are undoubtedly trying to answer. It should be noted that the State Department IG’s subpoenas to the Clinton Foundation were reportedly served a few months ago. It has not been publicly disclosed what, if any, coordination there is between the IG’s inquiry and the FBI’s investigation.

Dems Have Slim Chance To Control House Especially If Hillary Or Obama Or Sanders Is President Candidate

Could Democrats Retake the House?

  • 02/12/2016 
  • Source: AAN 
  • by: Jim Ellis
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released its early primary and secondary target lists for the 2016 campaign, which is a rather curious grouping.  It is already clear that the House Democratic leadership sees no path to the majority in this election, at least during this campaign period.

With the Republican advantage at 247 (once former Speaker John Boehner’s western Ohio seat is filled in special election) to 188, the Democrats would need a net gain of 30 seats just to obtain a one-seat majority.  The fact that their primary and secondary target list includes only 24 races suggests that they are nowhere close to putting enough seats in play to seriously challenge the Republican leadership structure.

On the primary list of 16 candidates, two seats are already under Democratic control, CA-24, the Santa Barbara seat of the retiring Rep. Lois Capps, and the FL-18 district of Rep. Patrick Murphy who is running for the Senate.  Therefore, what they believe are prime opportunity races number just fourteen.

A rather strange entry is FL-10, the seat of Rep. Dan Webster (R-Orlando) that the court made safely Democratic in their mid-decade redistricting ruling.  In a crowded Democratic primary for a seat that will certainly come their way in the general election no matter who the party nominates, the DCCC made former Police Chief Val Demings (D) a top priority support target.

They also endorsed contested Democratic primary candidates in several priority districts.  Even though former Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Miami) announced his candidacy to regain the 26th District he lost to Republican Carlos Curbelo (R-Miami) in 2014, the DCCC is putting its resources behind businesswoman and former congressional and Lt. Governor candidate, Annette Taddeo.  Yet in two other districts, IL-10 (Rep. Bob Dold-R) and TX-23 (Rep. Will Hurd-R), the Committee is backing defeated former members Brad Schneider, who is in a difficult primary battle, and Pete Gallego, who is not.

Two losing candidates from the 2014 cycle, Doug Owens (UT-4; Rep. Mia Love-R) and Emily Cain (ME-2; Rep. Bruce Poliquin-R), are back for re-matches and earn the committee’s early support.  Though Rep. Love’s 2014 percentage was lower than expected (51-46%), it will be very difficult to dislodge a Utah Republican incumbent in a presidential year.

ME-2 is one of the few districts that can award an electoral vote directly to a presidential candidate.  Maine and Nebraska are the only states that can split their electoral votes, with two going to the statewide winner and one each to the candidate who carries a particular congressional district.  Therefore, Maine’s western CD will draw national attention that could conceivably help Cain’s battle against Rep. Poliquin, even though the freshman incumbent has already raised almost $1.9 million with $1.55 million cash-on-hand.

The secondary eight targets, entitled “Emerging Races”, highlights one open seat already under Democratic control.  Clearly the DCCC does not think particularly highly of Republican-turned Independent-turned Democrat Tom O’Halleran’s campaign effort in AZ-1 (Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick-D; running for Senate), otherwise he would have made the top list since the party can ill-afford to lose any current seat.  Their lack of moving this race up is another indication the leadership does not believe converting the majority is a realistic possibility.

Despite him not being a candidate long enough to even file a campaign financial statement, the DCCC is giving attorney Cory Simpson the nod in WV-2 (Rep. Alex Mooney-R; Charles Town) over former state Delegate Mark Hunt (D).  The latter pivoted out of the Attorney General’s office to run for Congress, but the national committee has already decided to choose another candidate.

Several districts are surprising for their placement or absence in relation to early targeting.  Former New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D), who has three times won the 1st District and twice lost it, is only on the Emerging Races list, instead of being a top target.  This, despite the fact that Rep. Frank Guinta (R-Manchester) is in deep political trouble and will likely lose.

Notable seats not on either list include retiring Rep. Steve Israel’s swing 3rd District in New York, vulnerable freshman Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford in Nebraska, California Rep. Ami Bera (D) who is in trouble with the unions for his willingness to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, and vulnerable Nevada Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy, despite Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and the state Democratic establishment already picking a candidate (St. Sen. Ruben Kihuen).

Another surprise is their neutrality in the new FL-13 District (Pinellas County), where former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) is running.  The DCCC neither endorsed him nor former Defense Department official Eric Lynn.   Source: AAN
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Will Dems Do Anything To Coronate Hillary? Yes. Just Ask Bernie--He Wins But Gets Less Delegates. The Only Thing That Will Save The Dems Is A Hillary Indictment

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton’s allies at the Democratic National Committee have pulled out all the stops to ensure she is crowned the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.
Supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders can now cite drastic changes to donation rules instituted by presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 as further proof the process is rigged against them. The Washington Post revealed Friday that a ban on donations from federal lobbyists and political action committees was quietly lifted months ago – a move anathema to Sanders’ campaign. The self-described socialist routinely boasts that his supporters’ average donation is $27.
The newspaper, which deemed the move a “sweeping reversal” of Obama’s attempt to “change how Washington works,” was confirmed by three Democrat lobbyists who said they have already received solicitations from the DNC. The individuals requested anonymity before discussing the issue.
“It is a major step in the wrong direction,” reform advocate Fred Wertheimer told the newspaper. “It is completely out of touch with the clear public rejection of the role of political money in Washington.”
The new rules will feel like salt in the wounds of liberal voters who watched Clinton collect more delegates than Sanders in New Hampshire despite getting clobbered in the state’s primary election 60 to 38 percent.
Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
“What do you tell voters who are new to the process who say this makes them feel like it’s all rigged?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Thursday.
“Unpledged delegates exist, really, to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists. We, as a Democratic Party, really highlight and emphasize inclusiveness and diversity at our convention and we want to give every opportunity to grassroots activists and diverse committed Democrats to be able to participate, attend and be a delegate at the convention and so we separate out those unpledged delegates to make sure that there isn’t competition between them,” Wasserman Schultz responded.
“I’m not sure that that answer would satisfy an anxious, young voter, but let’s move on,” Tapper deadpanned.
Former presidential candidate Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who dropped out of the race after a disappointing Iowa caucus, warned in September 2015 of the DNC’s desire to protect Clinton at all costs. He said the number of debates scheduled was a clear indicator the DNC wanted to guarantee a specific outcome.
“I’m told that this is the prerogative of the chair,” O’Malley said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Sept. 10, 2015, WND reported. “There’s always an inclination, I think, for old relationships to kind of circle the wagons and protect one another.”
Sanders was able to overcome the DNC’s debate schedule and capture 49.59 percent of the vote Feb. 1 in the Iowa caucus. His campaign has accused the DNC of dragging its feet on examining voting irregularities that might reverse Clinton’s razor-thin victory.
“We’re going precinct to precinct across the state to individually check the results with our precinct captains,” Sanders’ Iowa communications director, Rania Batrice, told Politico Feb. 4. “We’re hoping to know more within several days.”
Sanders and Clinton squared off again Thursday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but even that seemed orchestrated to protect the former secretary of state. Neither PBS moderator Gwen Ifill nor co-moderator Judy Woodruff mentioned the State Department’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation. A subpoena was issued last fall, but news of the investigation was revealed by the Washington Post Thursday afternoon.
Woodruff is a donor to the Clinton Foundation, Breitbart News reported Thursday.
FBI agents are also trying to discern whether Clinton violated provisions of the Espionage Act related to “gross negligence” in handling government documents during her time as secretary of state. The probe of her “home brew” email server will address whether co-mingling of the Clinton Foundation and State Department business violated public corruption laws.
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