Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Paris attacks are 'exactly how civilizations fall,' just like the collapse of the Roman Empire!

Business Insider ^ | 11/17/2015 | Paul Colgan, Business Insider Australia 

Edward Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" is one of the great works of written history. It comes in six volumes and was published over 12 years starting in 1776. It covers how the Roman Empire fell from its glory over centuries, eventually crumbling to nothing.
Over the weekend prominent historian Niall Ferguson, the presenter of the TV series "Civilization," has drawn an analogy between the bloodshed in Paris last Friday and what was the beginning of the end for the Roman Empire.
Ferguson declares he is here "to tell you that this is exactly how civilizations fall."
He continues:
Here is how Edward Gibbon described the Goths' sack of Rome in August 410 AD: " ... In the hour of savage licence, when every ­passion was inflamed, and every restraint was removed … a cruel slaughter was made of the ­Romans; and ... the streets of the city were filled with dead bodies ... Whenever the Barbarians were provoked by opposition, they extended the promiscuous massacre to the feeble, the innocent, and the helpless ... ".
Now, does that not describe the scenes we witnessed in Paris on Friday night? True, Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788, represented Rome's demise as a slow burn. Gibbon covered more than 1400 years of history. The causes he identified ranged from the personality disorders of individual emperors to the power of the Praetorian Guard and the rise of Sassanid Persia. Decline shaded into fall, with monotheism acting as a kind of imperial dry rot.
He later says that modern Europe is starting to display some of the characteristics of Rome at its apogee. He says:
... Europe has allowed its defences to crumble.
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Paris and Mizzou are two sides of the same coin…

Flopping Aces ^ | 11-17-15 | Vince 

The ISIS attacks on civilians in Paris and the attacks on common sense across the country are two sides of the same coin.

Both were carried out by those who hate freedom…. Not their freedom of course, but yours. With ISIS (as well as fanatical Muslims around the planet) you are expected to live the way they want you to, to act the way they want you to, but most of all you must believe the way they want you to… or they will simply kill you.

At Mizzou, Yale and Amherst, protesters, (as well as liberals everywhere across the country, including the BLM movement) you are expected to understand their feelings of offense, recognize their "plight" and appreciate how difficult their lives are. Essentially you must believe them when they tell you the world is unfair for everyone other than straight white males. If you don't agree they probably won't try and kill you, but they will seek to kill your livelihood.

Both groups have their rules about what you can and can't do and say. For the former it's be Christian, be gay, drive a car if you're a woman, be a girl in school, punish your rapist if you're a woman or express a view that doesn't comport with their interpretation of the Koran.

For the latter it's pointing out that exponentially more black men die at the hands of other black men than white cops every year, support colorblind college admission standards, try police misconduct trials in a courtroom rather than the media, suggest women and men are indeed different with different abilities or that college students might be slightly over sensitive when it comes to being offended.

Neither group believes in the notion of free speech. Across the Muslim world one sees journalists and bloggers killed for the crime of speaking out against terrorism while in the west you have the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the murder of Theo Van Gogh and the fatwa on Ayaan Hirsi Ali among others.

At the same time, here in the US on the rare occasions conservative speakers make it to the podium on a college campus, they are usually shouted down; counter intuitive "free speech zone" greatly limit a speaker's ability to be heard; and memorializing the victims of 9-11 is somehow racist. And when there aren't enough actual incidents of racism or sexism or this or that ism, they must be contrived…
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'Social Justice Czar', Valerie Jarrett

Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2015 | D.W. Wilber 

With the current unrest taking place at the University of Missouri and threatening to spread nationwide, one has to wonder if this situation, just as all the earlier unrest in Ferguson, is simply another national crisis being choreographed and coordinated right out of the White House.
More specifically perhaps right out of the White House office of the Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. An interesting title for Barack Obama's most trusted and closest adviser and 'Social Justice Czar', Valerie Jarrett.
With Jarrett's family history of committed Marxists and her long close relationship with Barack and Michelle Obama, she would be the natural choice to furtively manage the Obama administration's continuing effort of using civil unrest to "fundamentally transform" the United States of America.
But unfortunately for Ms. Jarrett and her boss the world has a tendency to keep intruding on their 'social justice' agenda, as was sadly shown this past weekend in Paris, France. The real world, with its tragedies and challenges that can affect the national security of the United States sometimes gets in the way of Obama's efforts to "fundamentally transform" this country into something completely unrecognizable as America.
And while all of France and the world mourned, the protesting students at Mizzou quickly began to whine and complain about being removed from the front pages of the news due to the real terrorism that occurred in Paris. In doing so they quickly lost any of the 'credibility' they might have had. Credibility that was already in question anyway, since the supposed instances of 'racism' that 'reportedly' occurred at the Midwest school look more and more as though they were fabricated from the start.
Concerned more about the pitiful little group hissy fit they're throwing on the Quad at Mizzou not receiving the attention only they think they deserve, than they are about the deaths of dozens of innocent people gunned down on the streets of Paris speaks volumes about the character of these Mizzou protesters, or lack thereof.
Yes, as Barack Obama and his people have discovered repeatedly over the past seven years the world does indeed intrude when you choose to lead from behind. Or as in the case of Barack Obama exhibit no leadership at all. Responding with political platitudes certainly isn't leading a nation in very trying times.
From Fort Hood, to the Boston Marathon, to Charlie Hebdo and now this most recent terrorist atrocity in Paris, Barack Obama's response has been pitiful at best. He has shown no real grasp of how serious this ISIS threat is, instead focusing his energies on the false science of man-caused climate change. Just as the Mizzou protesters continue to promote a false narrative of institutional racism and white privilege.
Our adversaries are somewhat confused about what Barack Obama's true agenda is. Is he simply a fool and a buffoon, or is he really determined to fundamentally transform the United States from within?
The verdict is still out on whether or not Barack Obama is actually committed to protecting and defending the United States. As he often states, the president says that his primary job is to protect the citizens of the United States, yet he takes steps repeatedly that undermine America's national security.
Before the memorial services for those in Paris have even begun, over the weekend Barack Obama ordered the release of five more detainees from the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. And for purely political purposes, a follow-through for some long-forgotten campaign promise. Regardless that Guantanamo Bay is exactly where these killers need to remain in order to keep the United States just a little bit safer.
Watching the president's recent news conference while attending the G20 meetings in Turkey the president answered four or five questions, over a period of 30 minutes. You do the math, but that's how long it took him to answer four or five questions! If you can accept the commentary he provided as actual answers.
It's become pretty obvious to everyone that Obama is out of his element on this world stage dealing with extremely difficult and challenging issues, and more at home in the store front of some small Chicago strip mall organizing protests, or maybe the University of Missouri demanding justice against some other false narrative.

California lost 9,000 business HQs and expansions, mostly to Texas, some to Arizona!

Phoenix Business Journal ^ | 11/16/15 | Staff 

Roughly 9,000 California companies moved their headquarters or diverted projects to out-of-state locations in the last seven years, and Texas has been a prime beneficiary of the Golden State’s “hostile” business environment. Phoenix was not far behind.
That’s the conclusion of a study by Joseph Vranich, a site selection consultant and president of Irvine, California-based Spectrum Location Solutions.
Of the 9,000 businesses that he estimates disinvested in California, some relocated completely while others kept their headquarters in California but targeted out-of-state locations for expansions, Vranich found. The report did not count instances of companies opening a new out-of-state facility to tap a growing market, an act unrelated to California’s business environment.
It’s typical for companies leaving California to experience operating cost savings of 20 up to 35 percent, Vranich said. He said in an email to the Dallas Business Journal that he considers the results of the seven-year, 378-page study “astonishing.”
“I even wonder if some kind of ‘business migration history’ has been made,” Vranich wrote in his note.
Los Angeles led the Top 15 California counties with the highest number of disinvestment events, followed by: (2) Orange, (3) Santa Clara, (4) San Francisco, (5) San Diego, (6) Alameda, (7) San Mateo, (8) Ventura, (9) Sacramento, (10) Riverside, (11) San Bernardino, (12) Contra Costa tied with Santa Barbara, (13) San Joaquin, (14) Stanislaus and (15) Sonoma . Companies continue to leave California because of rising costs and concerns over the state’s “hostile” business environment, according to the study, which also names companies and provides details of business disinvestments in the state.
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Cruz to introduce bill to bar Syrian refugees!

Washington Post ^ | November 16, 2015 | Katie Zezima 

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Sen. Ted Cruz, who has said that the United States should not allow Syrian Muslim refugees into the country but should provide safe haven to fleeing Christians, plans to introduce legislation that would bar Syrian refugees from entering the country.

Cruz (R-Tex.) said after a campaign event here that the legislation is still being drafted and wouldn't offer details of exactly what it would say. According to reports, Cruz told CNN that it would bar Syrian Muslim refugees from entering the United States.

Cruz has said numerous times in the past few days that Muslim refugees from Syria should be resettled in majority Muslim countries in the Middle East while Christian migrants should be allowed to enter the United States.

"There is no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror. If there were a group of radical Christians pledging to murder anyone who had a different religious view than they, we would have a different national security situation," Cruz said Sunday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Cruz has said it is "nothing short of lunacy" to allow Syrian Muslim refugees into the country, particularly after Friday's Paris attacks.

President Obama said in response to Cruz and others Monday it is "shameful" to bar refugees based on religion.

"That's not American. That's not who we are. We don't have religious tests to our compassion," Obama said.

Cruz responded on CNN Monday.

"It's not surprising that Obama is attacking me personally," the Texas senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate told CNN's Dana Bash. "I'll tell you what's shameful is that the president after seven years still refuses to utter the words radical Islamic terrorism [and] claims that somehow [it's] a religious test. [It's] not that at all. It is understanding the nature of the evil we face."

The Texas Republican often mentions how his father fled Cuba for the United States as a young man. Cruz was asked on CNN Monday how he could bar refugees from the United States given his father's story.

"If my father were part of a theocratic and political movement like radical Islam that promotes murdering anyone who doesn't share your extreme faith or forcibly converting them, it would make perfect sense not to let someone in who a embraces political philosophy and theology that says murder the infidels," Cruz said.

Why Hillary Clinton Is Too Old And Sick To Be President

Red State ^ | 11/17/2015 | By: streiff (Diary) 

Ever since Hillary Clinton announced her run for the presidency concerns have been raised in many quarters, by people of all political persuasions, that she was simply too old to hold the office if she was elected. Hillary, if elected, would be the second oldest person to win the office after Ronald Reagan. But where Reagan was very active throughout his life, Hillary is a different story.   
Hillary never participated in athletics when she was younger, something about being too ugly to participate. And now, as she approaches the BIG SEVEN-ZERO she is very out of shape. It is a safe bet that her BMI is over 30 — I base that not on having access to her weight but on the dimensions of her posterior and the girth of her ankles — which makes her obese; best casing it, she is at the upper bounds of overweight. With age and obesity comes Type II diabetes and hypertension. Together you have increased risk for heart disease and stroke. Lack of exercise and physical condition has also been documented to impair mental function.
We know that Hillary Clinton has suffered from fainting spells since at least 20o5. In that year she passed out, presumably sober, while giving a speech. In 2012, she passed out yet again and suffered a concussionRadar Online has reported that sources close to Hillary Clinton say she has suffered minor strokes and may have multiple sclerosis. The book on Hillary by Ed Klein says that she suffers from depression and migraines.
Now we have an additional data point. This comes from JudicialWatch. It is an email from Hillary’s whatever, Huma Abedin, when she was her deputy chief of staff at State, to another Clinton go-fer suckling at the public teat, Monica Hanley:
clinton confused email
“She’s often confused.”
And check the date/time stamp on the email. It is 4:59 pm and Hillary was taking a nap.
Keep in mind this isn’t me, here at RedState, aiming my Corcoran jump boot at Hillary Clinton’s oversized, cottage-cheese infused ass. This email is from someone who is probably her closest friend and confidant. It was sent on a private email account that was assumed to be free from discovery by FOIA.
There is little doubt, all fun aside, that Hillary Clinton is a physical wreck. The problems she has today will on be exacerbated by the stress of the presidency. When that call arrives at 3 am, Hillary will be saying “where am I, what day is it…what difference, at this point, does it make?”

NY’s biggest Obamacare co-op goes broke, leaving hospitals holding the bag!

Hotair ^ | 11/17/2015 | Jazz Shaw 

When Health Republic came on the New York health insurance scene in 2014 it made a huge splash. Flush with Obamacare cash they offered bargain basement rates which attracted customers away from many other established insurance companies. It was simply the picture of success for the President’s new Affordable Care Act and the people rejoiced. (Syracuse.com)
Health Republic of New York made a big splash when it debuted in 2014 with rock-bottom health insurance prices that undercut its competitors across the state.
Its premium rates were 30 percent below average in Onondaga County. The new company, backed with $265 million in federal loans, quickly captured the biggest share of new business on the state’s health insurance exchange created by the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Fast forward less than two years and the picture has changed slightly. Okay… the picture has changed entirely. Like so many other dominoes in the Obamacare chain, New Republican went broke in record time and is being shut down by state regulators at the end of this month. They are unable to meet their financial obligations and health care providers are being stuck with the bill.
New York hospitals and doctors are worried they may be left holding the bag for millions of dollars owed to them by Health Republic, the financially troubled health insurer regulators are shutting down Nov. 30.
Hospitals are owed more than $160 million, according to the Healthcare Association of New York State — HANYS for short, a hospital trade group. Syracuse’s three hospitals are owed $2.2 million.
The state Medical Society is surveying doctors to find out how much they are owed. It estimates the insurer owes doctors “tens of millions of dollars.”
Things have gotten bad enough that state regulators have actually told Health Republic to stop making payments to the health care providers in order to facilitate “an orderly shutdown.” To say that doctors and hospital administrators who are already operating under strained budgets are in a bit of a panic is an understatement.
The big questions running around the state government at this point seem to have nothing to do with the fact that the Obamacare model as fallen flat on its face as it has in so many other states. Right now they’re scrambling to figure out who is going to wind up paying for this mess. The hospitals and health care provider networks have sent an urgent request for the state government to set up a “special guarantee fund” which would pay all the claims which Health Republic won’t be making good on. The insurance industry is opposing that, since none of the other providers who remain in the private market are being offered any such protection.
And yet, the costs are going to have to be covered someplace. That means one of two things when looked at from the ten thousand foot level. Either the state will reimburse all the costs or the hospitals will have to eat them and make up the difference from their future customers. Either way the result is the same: the taxpayers and consumers are going to foot the bill for this, and they’re talking about a tab that adds up to more than $160M, not counting any new receipts which come in for the month of November. Even for a fairly wide spread of territory across a single state, that’s one heck of a bite.
Yes, citizens, it’s another glorious tale of success for Obamacare. The one thing we can all rest assured of is that there is a big bill coming due when the wreckage from this program has to be cleaned up. I’ll give you three guesses as to who will be paying it and the first two don’t count.

Peregrine Falcon vs. B2 Bomber

The Tsarnaev brothers were refugees too!

Flopping Aces ^ | 11-17-15 | DrJohn 

President Barack Arrogant McStompyfoot held his ground the other day, proclaiming that the US was going to continue importing Syrian refugees, despite the fact that they cannot be properly screened. Deputy National Security Director Ben Rhodes was the guy who made sure the video was the focus in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks as opposed to policy failure. He now assures us that the refugees will be thoroughly screened. He's not worried.
Todd asked, "Does the president now have any more pause about bringing Syrian refugees into the United States?"Rhodes said, "No, Chuck. We have very extensive screening procedures for all Syrian refugees who come to the United States. There is a very careful vetting process that including our terrorism community, our Department of Homeland Security. Let's remember, Chuck, we're also dealing with people who suffer the horrors of war. Women and children, orphans. We can't just shut our doors to those people. We need to do our part to take refugees in need."
The assurances of a liar are less than comforting. Taking in refugees already bit us in the ass.The Tsarnaev brothers were refugees too:
With their baseball hats and sauntering gaits, they appeared to friends and neighbors like ordinary American boys. But the Boston bombing suspects were refugees from another world - the blood, rubble and dirty wars of the Russian Caucasus.Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was a southpaw heavyweight boxer who represented New England in the National Golden Gloves and talked about competing on behalf of the United States. His tangle-haired 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, was a skateboarder who listened to rap and seemed easygoing to other kids in his Cambridge, Mass., neighborhood.
Refugees is one thing. It's scary, because the official processing of VISA's is pathetic. The 9-11 hijackers were allowed into the country despite incomplete and nonsensical answers on their VISA applications.
All 19 of the hijacker applications were incomplete in some way, with data fields left blank and questions not fully answered. Every application should have been round-filed. Yet U.S. officials approved 22 of the 23 hijacker visa applications. Of the 15 Saudis, four got their visas after the creation of the Visa Express Program in June 2001. Eight other conspirators tried to get visas during the course of the plot. Three succeeded, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11. Mushabib al Hamlan, one of the other two, did not participate. Mohamed al Kahtani, the other, ran into an inspector with Army experience, who thought Kahtani acted like a "hit man" and refused him entry. This unnamed inspector is one of the rare heroes of this report, but readers will get the feeling that many others would have waved Kahtani through.
Think about that. Proper screening could have prevented 9-11.The 1993 attack on the World Trade Center came courtesy of a someone failing to do his job:
An employee who "failed to do his job"-a simple check of a watch-list microfiche–enabled Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, a jihadist involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, to avoid detection. The report also explains that "[f]ailure by the State Department to promptly watchlist Rahman played a role in his gaining entry to the United States." Such actions have consequences, but the real shockers of this report are the visa applications of the 9/11 terrorists.
Here is part of a litany of missed opportunities that might have changed September 11, 2001:July 5, 2001: 9/11 Hijacker Atta Pulled over for Speeding; Police Do Not Notice Warrant for His Arrest
July 4, 2001: 9/11 Hijacker Almihdhar Who Should Have Been on Watch List Re-enters US Without Difficulty on Invalid Passport, Lists WTC as Destination
June 20, 2001: 9/11 Hijacker Salem Alhazmi Obtains US Visa, despite NSA Surveillance, Incomplete Application, and Possible Lie on Application
And we're supposed to believe that this incompetent administration is going to keep us safe while shoving hundreds of thousands of inadequately screened Syrians down our throats?
Who is to bear the cost of a vetting failure? What American should surrender his life for this invasion?
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Trump: Obama sending refugees to Republican states

Politico ^ | 11/17/2015 | Eliza Collins 

The Obama administration is deliberately sending Syrian refugees to states led by Republican governors, Donald Trump alleged Tuesday. Trump, who was speaking to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, said of the refugees, "They send them to the Republicans, not to the Democrats, you know because they know the problem … why would we want to bother the Democrats?"
Trump's comments come a day after more than two dozen governors, mainly Republicans, vowed to resist federal efforts to settle refugees in their states. President Barack Obama has said the U.S. will accept 10,000 refugees over the next year. Trump often cites a far higher figure — 250,000 — that has no basis in fact. On Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted, "Refugees from Syria are now pouring into our great country. Who knows who they are - some could be ISIS. Is our president insane?"
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Obama on ISIS: I'm Not Interested in "American Leadership, or America Winning"!

The Federalist ^ | November 16, 2015 | Staff 

During a press conference detailing his administration’s strategy to destroy ISIS following several devastating terrorist attacks in Paris, President Barack Obama said he’s not interested in “pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning[.]”
Obama’s remarks came several days after ISIS attacks in Paris that killed over 120 people and injured scores of others. Friday night’s attacks on France are believed to be the deadliest terrorist attacks in the country’s history....
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Poll: Terrorism surges to No. 1 issue, most want ISIS attacked!

washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 11/16/15 | Paul Bedard 

Terrorism has vaulted to the nation's No. 1 issue as Americans say they are as concerned about attacks as they were after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, according to a new poll.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll said that virtually everybody has heard of the ISIS attacks in Paris, pushing terrorism into a tie with the economy, not global warming as Democratic candidates have claimed.
The poll also found that 60 percent of Americans want Washington to do more to attack ISIS, though they prefer air strikes over troop involvement.
The details of the poll:
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Obama's Three Lynch Mob Movements

Front Page ^ | November 17, 2015 | Matthew Vadum 

Barack Obama's demagogic presidency has unleashed state-sanctioned mob violence to a degree not seen since the Jim Crow era.
Obama-approved lynch mobs have been helping to force the fundamental transformation of America that the radical left-wing community organizer promised on the campaign trail in 2008. Creating little armies of malcontents has long been the way Obama's fellow Marxist agitators have turned groups in society against each other in order to generate the civil unrest and societal instability needed to effect unwanted change. Sometimes thugs get things done that elections can't.
Obama's presidency is a case study in defining deviancy down by attempting to de-stigmatize criminality, including the legitimization of street justice. It has had a Maoist flavor to it as violent mobs in the streets have assisted in carrying out Obama's political objectives. And those fomenting the chaos, such as the community organizers of the Justice Department's Community Relations Service (CRS), have often been on the government payroll.
Also underwriting these subversive activities is anti-American hedge fund manager George Soros who publicly likens the U.S. to Nazi Germany and considers this nation to be the greatest threat to peace and order in the world. Like many leftists, Soros praises the brutal totalitarian government of the People's Republic of China for its supposed vision and efficiency.
This year has seen crazed, largely incoherent student mobs rise up against campus administrations to demand the suppression of free speech and persecution of dissenters. Before that, the virulently racist, cultish, neo-communist movement, Black Lives Matter, founded on false claims of systemic police brutality against black Americans, began taking it to the streets, scapegoating whites for the various pathologies that ravage black communities. And before that there was Occupy Wall Street, a Sixties-style revolutionary movement calling for the overthrow of capitalism and the supposedly unjust American system of governance.
The antisocial activists of these three seemingly distinct protest movements bear more than a passing resemblance to the Red Guards of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the brutal street enforcers of Mao Zedong, history's most accomplished mass-murdering dictator. They have a fondness for blaming those they victimize, along with class warfare, mass meetings, mock trials, and ritualized denunciations.
These movements are really just three different faces of an insidious Marxist hydra that seeks to bring America to its knees for its supposed sins.
If nothing else, the Occupy Wall Street movement, which was born in the streets of Lower Manhattan in 2011, has helped to advance socialism by forcing the phony political issue of "income inequality" into the national political debate and making it more or less socially acceptable to espouse communist ideas in public.
Before Occupy -- the home of rapists, arsonists, destructive squatters, and police car defecators -- came along, very few Americans spoke in Marxist terms, pitting the super-rich "one percent" against everyone else. Now just about everybody does it. Even among conservatives who reject the frame, few challenge it.
This national brainwashing through the power of repetition has boosted left-wing causes such as organized labor's destructive push for a $15 an hour minimum wage. It has helped greens advance their anti-energy, anti-economic growth platform. It has emboldened left-wingers to push for student loan forgiveness and step up their attacks on the First Amendment by pushing a constitutional amendment that would reverse the Citizens United ruling and overturn the ancient legal principle that corporations are "persons" capable of raising funds and suing and being sued. In other words, the Left is waging a full-scale war on both the Bill of Rights and the legal concept of limited liability, the beating heart of free enterprise.
Black Lives Matter grew out of the vicious lie that "white Hispanic" neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman killed his young black attacker, Trayvon Martin, because he was African-American. Mobs in Sanford, Fla., agitated until the state agreed to pursue a doomed prosecution of Zimmerman.
The movement idolizes unrepentant cop killers Mumia abu Jamal and Assata Shakur and maintains that lawless violence and bloody insurrection are necessary to secure so-called social justice.
One of the movement's leaders, Twitter star Deray Mckesson, is teaching students after being rewarded by the Left with a special appointment at prestigious Yale Divinity School. "Looting for me isn't violent, it's an expression of anger," he lectured last month "The act of looting is political. Another way to dissolve consent. Pressing you to no longer keep me out of this space, by destroying it."
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a black left-winger who is secretary of the Democratic National Committee, apparently agrees. After the riot-sparking death in police custody of black career criminal Freddie Gray earlier this year, the mayor ordered police to let looters and vandals go about their business unhindered.
And finally, there are the humorless, ultra-politically correct mobs that now rule many college and university campuses across America.
At Columbia University, leftist enforcers are intimidating students into joining solidarity protests against the invented racism that activists have been hallucinating at Yale and the University of Missouri.
The New York Post reported on Sunday that
Columbia student activists are pestering peers to attend campus protests and walk-outs in solidarity with college students at Missouri and Yale or risk social isolation, students say. Organizers posted flyers and sent Facebook messages inviting undergraduates to wear black clothing and join two demonstrations last Thursday to support people of color who are "marginalized and threatened."
But some students worried they would be "ostracized" if they did not participate or dress in sync, one college parent said. "There's been a campaign of intimidation, where students are going dorm to dorm, floor to floor and asking students to go back to their dorms and put on black if they're not wearing black," the parent said.
"My daughter told me people are uneasy and fearful," she added. "Her personal politics are left-wing and she shares their sympathies, but she doesn't like to feel that she can't wear blue if she wants to wear blue."
A protest leader led an angry mob in a series of chants, including "I love black people," "I love queer black people," "I love black criminals," and "I love black people who steal."
At Yale and elsewhere, student mobs have been spitting on conservatives and gunning for administrators' heads.
Campus leftists disrupted a Yale conference on free speech named after alumnus William F. Buckley Jr. a week ago and terrorized attendees as part of a lingering protest against school administrators' allegedly permissive attitude toward culturally insensitive Halloween costumes.
After Yale's Intercultural Affairs Committee urged students to steer clear of Halloween costumes that could be perceived as having racial overtones such as "feathered headdresses, turbans, wearing 'war paint' or modifying skin tone or wearing black face or red face," a lower-level administrator countermanded that advice, urging students to lighten up.
Lecturer Erika Christakis, associate master of Yale's Silliman College and spouse of Silliman College Master Nicholas Christakis, urged students not to worry about whether costumes might offend someone. "If you don't like a costume someone is wearing, look away, or tell them you are offended," she wrote in a mass email. "Talk to each other. Free speech and the ability to tolerate offense are the hallmarks of a free and open society."
Of course this led to a tense confrontation with students in which an unhinged young black woman hysterically demanded Mr. Christakis be ousted.
In a profanity-laden tirade captured on a now-viral video, she accused him of creating an "unsafe space" at the university. It was his "job to create a place of comfort and home for the students who live in Silliman," she said.
"You should step down! If that is what you think of being headmaster, you should step down! It is not about creating an intellectual space! It is not!" she cried out.
At Mizzou, not doing enough about alleged incidents of supposed racism that were likely fabricated or staged by activists, cost university president Tim Wolfe his job.
Wolfe took "full responsibility for this frustration" and said he hoped his resignation would help to "heal" whatever it was he did. Red Guards may as well have put a sign describing his crimes around his neck and paraded him about campus.
The same day, R. Bowen Loftin, the similarly embattled chancellor, said he would resign at year's end. A month ago Loftin announced mandatory "diversity and inclusion" brainwashing for students, faculty, and staff.
President Obama is fine with all of this mob activity. He offers perfunctory denunciations of violence in a monotone while expressing his sympathy for the mob and whatever its current cause may be. The unspoken message to his fellow rabble-rousers is: bombs away!
Without his blessing, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, and the newly emboldened iteration of the campus thought police might never have arisen.
And if Obama weren't president right now, he would be out in the streets orchestrating the violence instead of leaving all the fun to the other community organizers.

Resettlement Contractors Lie to Protect Their Franchise

American Thinker ^ | 11/17/15 | James Simpson 

In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, and the revelation that at least two of the terrorists were Syrian refugees, the governors of Texas, Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Arkansas, Louisiana, Indiana, and even Massachusetts, have announced they will seek to bar Syrian refugee resettlement in their states. More are likely to join them.
Good for them!
But the resettlement contractors have fired back. Based on the announcements by Michigan and Alabama, which came first, Church World Service President and CEO, Rev. John L. McCullough responded forcefully:
For these governors to falsely assert that the U.S. refugee admissions program places their states at risk is utterly preposterous. Refugees are the single most scrutinized and vetted individuals to travel to the United States, undergoing more than seven security checks by intelligence agencies, including biometric tests, medical screenings and in-person interviews with Department of Homeland Security officials. To blame Syrian refugees, who are themselves fleeing the horrors of ISIS, for the acts of their perpetrators, is just plain wrong.pan>
As usual, the leader of this resettlement contractor, like all of them, is being flatly dishonest. While some refugees do undergo extensive vetting, most of it relies on various databases available to them. There are no such databases on Syrians. It is a nation in the midst of a civil war, whose government is an enemy of the U.S. If there were any such databases available, FBI Director James Comey would have confirmed this. Instead, he specifically stated the opposite, as did his counterterrorism chief, Michael Steinbach, in testimony before Congress. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said the prospect of ISIS gaining access to the U.S. through the refugee program is a “huge concern.” Even Jeh Johnson has admitted that they don’t really know who the refugees are…
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Frontpagemag.com ^ | November 17, 2015 | Robert Spencer 

Despite what he termed the “setback” of last Friday’s jihad massacre in Paris, Barack Obama announced Monday that he was pressing forward with his scheme to flood the U.S. with at least 10,000 refugees from Syria, terming opposition to his plan “shameful.” Obama seems intent on recreating in the U.S. the circumstances that led to the jihad attacks in Paris – which were perpetrated by at least two “refugees” who had just recently arrived in Europe.
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Authoritarian Leftist "Activists" Demand The End Of Free Speech, Extensive Re-Education!

Intellihub ^ | Alex Thomas 

AMHERST, Mass. (INTELLIHUB) — Hard left authoritarians at Amherst College have issued a series of demands, under the threat of civil disobedience, that include the complete end of free speech on campus as well as extensive re-education for offenders.
The demands, issued in support of the so-called uprising at the University of Missouri, read like a literal fascist manifesto and are conclusive proof that the mainstream media supported protests at multiple colleges over the last few weeks are not about racial equality but rather are about totally and completely shutting down the speech of anyone who disagrees with the opinions of the protesters.
The fact that the group is attempting to get the President of a major university to sign off on re-education classes and punishment for anyone who speaks about free speech or says all lives matter is a startling reminder of the extreme authoritarianism that runs through the veins of the college hard left.

President Martin must issue a statement to the Amherst College community at large that states we do not tolerate the actions of student(s) who posted the “All Lives Matter” posters, and the “Free Speech” posters that stated that “in memoriam of the true victim of the Missouri Protests: Free Speech.” Also let the student body know that it was racially insensitive to the students of color on our college campus and beyond who are victim to racial harassment and death threats; alert them that Student Affairs may require them to go through the Disciplinary Process if a formal complaint is filed, and that they will be required to attend extensive training for racial and cultural competency.
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Clinton Foundation files 4 years of amended tax returns to fix errors!

Washington Times ^ | 11/16/15 | Jennifer Pompi 

The Clinton Foundation has voluntarily filed four years of amended tax returns after an error was brought to the organization’s attention.
“In addition to filing our 2014 Form 990, after a thorough review, the Foundation has decided to voluntarily amend its returns for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This review was the result of an error in the first three of those years being brought to our attention,” Clinton Foundation President and CEO Donna Shalala wrote in a letter to supporters.
Ms. Shalala said that although Clinton Foundation tax reviewers found “several additional errors” upon performing an “exhaustive review,” the mistakes did not require the foundation to file an amended return, that the the errors did not change the organization’s “bottom line numbers: assets, liabilities, and net assets.” She added that the foundation does not owe any taxes as a result of the errors.
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President Obama is AWOL

US Defense Watch ^ | November 16, 2015 | Ray Starmann 

As Paris burns, Obama teeters on the edge of reality. As Paris burns, Obama worries about sea levels in the Seychelles. As Paris burns, Obama calls Friday’s attacks, ‘a setback.’
A setback, Mr. President? One-hundred and twenty-nine people are dead, 350 plus are wounded and you call it a setback. What happened in Paris is a declaration of war on all of us.
Only hours before the Paris attacks began, Obama told the press that “ISIS was contained.” Contained like what, nitro-glycerin?
President Obama is AWOL (absent without leave) and has abandoned his duties as President, his post as Commander in Chief, his chair as the leader of the free world.
He is nothing more than a delusional weakling who is sleep-walking through the White House, while ISIS murders its way across the planet.
Today, in Turkey, Obama got testy with reporters. Delusional and arrogant, President Obama can’t admit that his so-called strategy is no strategy.
“The equation has clearly changed. Isn’t it time for your strategy to change?” a French reporter asked.
“Well, keep in mind what we have been doing,” Obama said. “We have a military strategy that involves putting enormous pressure on ISIS through airstrikes, that has put assistance and training on the ground with Iraqi forces. We’re now working with Syrian forces as well to squeeze ISIS.”
Enormous pressure? Obama continued ticking off actions the US had taken.
“We’ve been coordinating internationally to reduce their financing capabilities, the oil that they’re trying to ship outside. We are taking strikes against high-value targets,” he said.
“As I said from the start, it’s going to take time. What’s been interesting in the aftermath of Paris, as I listen to those who suggest ‘something else needs to be done,’ typically the things they suggest need to be done are things we are already doing,” he said.
Jim Acosta, a CNN reporter, summed up what he termed the “frustration” of many Americans when he colorfully asked, “Why can’t we take out the bastards?”
Exactly… not only Americans, but millions of people across the world are thinking the same thing as Jim Acosta.
Obama should be saying one thing to ISIS, “Romeo Foxtrot, shall we dance…” Instead he’s calling for strategic patience. Good God.
Today, he said that ISIS doesn’t represent Islam. What do they represent, the Rotary Club? They’re not Baptists, Jews, Catholics, Episcopalians, Hindus or Buddhists. They’re radical Muslims and they’re murderers. More importantly, they’re our enemy. They’re the enemy of humanity.
The French have begun to conduct airstrikes against ISIS targets in Raqqa, which were provided by the US. The question is; why weren’t we hitting those targets? Answer: the daisies in the Obama White House are terrified of collateral damage. By trying to avoid any collateral damage to save a handful of lives, Obama has condemned millions of people to torture, rape, execution and refugee status.
Meanwhile, only 72 hours after the Paris attacks, the Great Community Organizer is pushing hard for the arrival of 100,000 Syrian refugees. These people cannot be vetted and there must certainly be members of ISIS posing as poor, downtrodden migrants waiting for Barry Obama to save them. I’m calling that plan Operation Imminent Cluster. Obama is endangering all of us by this reckless foolishness.
We are in a clash of civilizations where there is no substitute for victory. Europe is waiting for America to lead, to invoke the age old motto of the Infantry, “follow me.” The free world is facing its greatest threat to its existence since World War II and the leader of the free world is asleep at the wheel.
President Obama’s lack of leadership, President Obama’s naivete, President Obama’s unwillingness to fight evil is putting us all in jeopardy. President Obama is not only imperiling his own country, but everyone on the planet who believes in the cause of freedom.
Obama is Ike Clanton at the OK Corral. He’s in the fight, but refuses to draw and is scurrying for cover, as the world burns around him.
Obama is Neville Chamberlain, believing that if he closes his eyes the bad guys will go away. They won’t. They never do, unless you exterminate them.
Obama is Jimmy Carter without the humanity and Bill Clinton without the soul.
Obama is a disaster and it’s becoming more and more apparent every day.
How many more innocent people will die while Obama sleeps? How many more attacks will occur while Obama sleeps? How many more people will ISIS recruit and torture and rape while Obama sleeps?
The President of the United States is AWOL. ISIS knows it and will continue to exploit this weakness to the best of their advantage.
I believe firmly that President Obama should resign immediately. In May of 1940, as the Nazis overran Western Europe and the British suffered a series of military disasters, Leo Amery, a Member of Parliament, stood up and said to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”
Enter Winston Churchill. Where is America’s Churchill in this dark hour?

Obama admin 'lied' about vetting Syrian refugees

WND ^ | Greg Corombos 

The former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence says President Obama has no coherent strategy to defeat ISIS, and he alleges one of Obama’s top advisers “lied to the American people” to perpetuate a misguided program allowing tens of thousands of refugees into the U.S.
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes appeared on multiples Sunday morning news shows. When asked whether the news that one and possibly two of the Paris terrorists came to Europe as refugees would alter the Obama administration’s plan to accept tens of thousands of refugees, Rhodes said there would be no re-evaluation.
“No, Chuck,” Rhodes told “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd. “We have very extensive screening procedures for all Syrian refugees who would come to the United States. There’s a very careful vetting process that includes our intelligence community, our National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Homeland Security. So we can make sure we’re carefully screening anybody who comes to the United States.”
Peter Hoekstra spent 18 years in Congress and spent much of his time focused on intelligence matters. He is now with the Investigative Project on Terrorism and is the author of “Architects of Disaster,” which outlines the failure of the Obama administration’s policy in Libya.
“I think (Rhodes) basically lied to the American people,” Hoekstra told WND and Radio America. “He said we’ve got a good vetting process in place where we can vet those that are coming from Syria into the United States.”
He continued, “No we do not. The records don’t exist in Syria, especially after you’ve had five years of civil war.
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2009 Nobel Peace Prize given to Obama for"promoting new climate" in int'l relations with Muslims (time to return it)

2009 Nobel Peace Prize

"The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to United States President Barack Obama for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people". The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the award on October 9, 2009, citing Obama's promotion of nuclear nonproliferation and a "new climate" in international relations fostered by Obama, especially in reaching out to the Muslim world."

Helping Hillary Clinton Figure Out Her 5 Greatest Accomplishments

Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2015 | John Hawkins 

Conservatives have been amusing themselves for months by watching Hillary Clinton supporters sputter out laughable answers when they're asked to name her biggest accomplishments. You can't blame them for not being able to come up with anything significant because Hillary has choked on the same question in interviews. That's one of the reasons her staffers have been shielding her from the press like a mother standing between her child and Jared Fogle.

If you want to double down on the laughs, go read an actual list of "accomplishments" on her website.

All seven "accomplishments" are things Hillary didn't have much to do with -- like CHIP and the Family Medical Leave Act (Those went into effect when her husband was in office) or getting 9/11 first responders health care (Was that ever a question?). Alternately, they're just ridiculous.

"Fought for children and families for 40 years and counting."

"Told the world that 'women's rights are human rights.'"

"Stood up for LGBT rights at home and abroad."

The very fact that Hillary Clinton considers those things to be "accomplishments" that she should be applauded for as opposed to things that should evoke eye-rolling and "Is she serious?" comments tells you a lot about why she shouldn't be President.

Of course, the real problem Hillary has isn't that she doesn't have achievements; it's just that they're not exploits that anyone would want to base a run at the Presidency on.

1) She has been willing to endure America's most humiliating marriage to achieve wealth and power: It's fun to guess what Hillary Clinton would have done with her life if she hadn't married Bill and ridden his coattails. City council member in Little Rock, Arkansas? EPA bureaucrat? A lawyer for Planned Parenthood? She's a very small person who latched onto her husband's very big last name.

In return, she had to stay married to a man who cheated on her. CONSTANTLY. Worse yet, not only did she know it, the whole world knows it.

Bill Clinton was impeached by the House for perjuring himself over an affair with Monica Lewinsky. He settled a sexual harassment case against Paula Jones. He was accused of sexual assault by Kathleen Willey. He was accused of rape by Juanita Broaddrick. Then there's Gennifer Flowers, Dolly Kyle Browning, Elizabeth Ward Gracen and undoubtedly dozens of other women he's slept with. Given that some of the troopers who guarded him in Arkansas claimed they procured women for him and his confirmed trips to "orgy island," the number may be in the hundreds and chances are, while you're reading this, Bill is having sex with a woman who's not Hillary Clinton. No normal woman would be so hungry for power over her fellow human beings that she would endure that and that does separate Hillary from the rest of us who aren't as desperate for power.

2) Four people are dead in Benghazi because of her: It seems hard to believe that it's even possible, but there were more than 600 ignored security requests related to Libya and the consulate in Benghazi. Had Hillary paid attention to those requests, it's entirely possible that none of our men would have died in Libya. However, Hillary claims none of those requests reached her desk. Since it's generally accepted that Hillary lies incessantly about anything and everything, maybe that's another lie. On the other hand, given that she's 68 years old, hasn't driven a car since 1996 and clearly can't handle her own email, maybe she just didn't know what she was doing. Either way, if we had a different Secretary of State, those four men would probably be alive today. Most of us have made mistakes at work, but how many of us have the guts to ask for a promotion after four people DIED because we missed hundreds of requests for help from them?

3) She was one of the worst Secretaries of State in U.S. history: Donald Trump calls her "the worst Secretary of State" in American history, but this is an old country that has had a lot of people in that position; so that may be unfair. Maybe she's just one of the worst Secretaries of State in American history. Look at what happened on her watch.

We helped radical jihadis take over in Libya and that country is falling apart. Benghazi also happened and while she was publicly telling the world a video caused it, she was privately telling people it was a terrorist attack. Additionally, we backed a radical jihadi takeover of the government in Egypt that thankfully fell apart. We pulled all our troops out of Iraq, which set the stage for ISIS to move in. Our relationship with the Israeli government deteriorated. So did our relationships with China and Russia. To top it all off, the State Department lost track of 6 billion dollars while she was Secretary of State. It would be easy to write Clinton off as a pitiable character whose ambition led her to take a job that was far too big for someone of her meager abilities, but unfortunately she's trying to use her miserable failure as Secretary of State as a stepping stone to the presidency where she could do even more damage.

4) She managed to turn a career in government service into immense wealth: Hillary and her husband managed to become filthy rich one percenters because of their government service. Granted, they did cut a few corners in the process. For example, while Bill was governor, Hillary got away with taking a nearly $100,000 bribe from Robert L. "Red" Bone via sleazy cattle futures deals. While she was Secretary of State, money poured into the pockets of her husband and the Clinton Foundation from defense contractors and foreign governments that got fat contracts from the State Department. Among the governments that funneled money into the Clinton bank account via speeches are Iran, North Korea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Russia and China. They paid the Clintons an awful lot of money and if Hillary becomes our next President, people might be surprised at how much those foreign governments end up getting in return for making the Clintons rich.

5) She's better at surviving sleazy scandals than anyone else: Hillary Clinton has been tied into more scandals than any other five politicians combined. Where she goes, an ocean of corruption, sleaze and controversy always follows. It's amazing in a horrific way that Hillary is still considered a serious candidate for the presidency despite having more gaffes and scandals than the entire GOP field COMBINED. It would take a book to fully detail all of them, but just to name a few, there's Emailgate, Pardongate, Whitewater, Travelgate, using the IRS to attack her political opponents, looting the White House, illegally acquiring FBI files on her Republican opponents, the Boeing payoff, the Uranium One payoff, the Norway embassy payoff, the Congo payoff, ripping off AIDS patients in the Third World, taking bribes via cattle futures, lying about landing under "sniper fire" in Bosnia, laughing about tearing apart a 12 year old girl in court to get a child rapist off and Benghazi. There are mob bosses with cleaner records than Hillary Clinton and yet, not only has she avoided prison so far, she's running for President.

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