Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/23/2019

In today’s general elections in India, the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won a landslide victory. The vote will allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi to serve another five-year term.

In other news, tomorrow British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to announce the date she will step down as PM.

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USA
» 25 Reasons to Avoid the Gardasil Vaccine — Report
» After Reading This Article About the Danger of GMOs, You Will Probably Never Want to Eat Genetically-Modified Food Again
» Ben Carson Puts Loudmouth Hispanic Dem in Her Place… and it’s Brilliant!
» CIA Officer Under Brennan Sentenced to Prison for Chinese Espionage
» Dr Ben Carson Destroys Ilhan Omar… Makes Her Wish She Never Tried to Criticize Him
» Globalist Kryptonite Discovered!
» House Intel Leader Asks Trump to Question British PM on British Intel Involvement in “SpyGate”
» John Walker Lindh, The ‘American Taliban, ‘ is Released From Prison
» Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Co-Founder, Faces 17 New Charges in US
» Jussie Smollett Court Records to be Unsealed, Judge Rules “No Right to Privacy”
» Justin Amash Gets Bad News From Billionaire Political Donor
» Left-Wing Extremist Posted on Instagram: “Should I Bomb Trump Tower?”; Not Banned
» Nancy Pelosi Can’t String Two Coherent Sentences Together… Has No Idea Who’s Standing Around Her
» New Investigators Examine the Origins of the Mueller Investigation
» No Wonder Obama Intel Chiefs Panicking — Trump to Declassify “Bucket 5” Russiagate Docs
» Outdoors Company Refuses City Demand to Take Down Massive American Flag
» Rare-Earth Mining: A National Security Imperative
» Star on CIA’s Memorial Wall Honors Employee Who Took Her Own Life
» States Move to Abolish Electoral College!
» Teacher Arrested After Filmed Planting Live Bullet at School, Causing Lockdown
» Trump’s Fear About Impeachment
» Trump Orders FBI, CIA to “Fully Cooperate” With Barr; Grants “Full and Complete Authority to Declassify”
» Twitter Bans Anti-Trump Krassenstein Brothers Over Fake Accounts, Interactions
» Womb Raider: Sick Photo Shows Accused Murderer Coddling Baby She Ripped From Pregnant Teen
 
Europe and the EU
» Bannon Air Time Cuts Far-Right RN’s Media Allowance
» Disgrace: Leftists Throw Milkshake Over Elderly British Army Veteran
» EU Head Juncker Says People Who Love Their Country Are “Stupid”
» European Union Election Puts UK Media in Four-Day Bind as Government Unravels
» Leftists Throw Milkshake Over Elderly British Army Veteran
» Macron Names Brexit Negotiator Barnier as ‘Great’ Choice for Next EU Chief
» Macron Wants UK to Leave by October to Stop Brexit ‘Polluting’ EU
» ‘Satirical’ German Party Uses Names of Former Nazis on Election List
» Sky Anchor: Brexit Party Requesting EU Talks Role ‘Close to Authoritarian Fascism’
» Swedish Government Wants to Ban Ancient Viking Symbols, Claiming They “Constitute Incitement to Hatred”
» Swedish Terror Expert: Do Not Allow ISIS Women to Return to Sweden
» The World is Getting Increasingly Dumber, Study Finds
» UK Gangs Brag About Point System Against Stab Victims on YouTube
» UK: “I’ve Come Here for the Forgotten People”: Tommy Robinson’s Final Speech of the Election Campaign
» UK: Kebab Shop Owner Suspected of Disposing of Schoolgirl’s Body Says He Doesn’t Care ‘Whether She’s Alive or Dead’
» UK: Ministers Expect Theresa May to Reveal No 10 Departure Date on Friday
» UK: Police Investigate Polling Station Milkshake Attack on Elderly Veteran Wearing Brexit Party Rosette
» UK: Reports: Theresa May Could Announce Resignation in Days
» UK: Tommy Robinson “Feeling Confident” After Final Campaign Rally
» Vatican Outraged That Anti-Immigration Leader Commends Italy to Mary
» What Bias? Facebook Suspends Conservative Raheem Kassam, Editor of Human Events, Over 11-Year-Old Post
» World’s Oldest Record Store Bans Morrissey Sales Because He Has a Different Opinion
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Why the Palestinian Authority Won’t Collapse
 
Middle East
» Dem Leaders Side With Iran as Trump Admin Seeks to Counter Terror Regime
 
South Asia
» A New Gecko Emerges From Sri Lanka’s Nilgala Savanna Forest
» Afghanistan: Daughters Are Not Welcome
» India Election Results 2019: Narendra Modi Secures Landslide Win
» Pakistan’s Muslim Theocracy, Text Message Leads to the Death Penalty
 
Australia — Pacific
» It’s Not Okay to be White, Says New Zealand Government
» Man, 18, ‘Carrying Bomb Materials in His Backpack’ Is Found Just a Few Hundred Metres From a Packed Sydney Westfield
» Security Guard Who Dragged a Three-Year-Old Girl Into a Shopping Centre Stairwell and Performed a Sex Act in Front of Her for 11 Minutes is Found Guilty
» Why Australia’s Conservatives Won
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» South Africa Horror as White Farmer Activist Beaten to Death With Hammer
 
Immigration
» Dutch Police Arrest Syrian Asylum Seeker and Possible Jabhat Al-Nusra Commander on Suspicion of War Crimes
» Migrant Welcome Associations Blast Salvini for Cutting Off Money
» Soros, EU Taxpayer-Funded NGOs Lobby Brussels for Total Open Borders
 
Culture Wars
» An Open Letter to Rep. Steve Cohen: Your Denial of God in the Oath Disqualifies You From Office
» Canadian Court Tries to Stop Alex Jones From Covering Trans Child Case
» Christian Culture Fading as Beast System Rises
» Christian Statues in Germany and Canada Beheaded
» Democrats Unanimous as House Passes Bill Forcing Schools to Let Male Athletes Compete in Girls’ Sports
» Exposing “The Loving Left” With Kaitlin Bennett
» Facebook Apologizes for Banning Pro-Life Ad in Ireland
» Here We Go Again: Loony Libs Surround, Harass Pro-Life High Schooler
» Human Rights Commission Says “It’s Okay to be White” Message Has “No Place” In New Zealand
» It’s War, All Right
» Jim Carrey Posts His Gruesome Painting of Al Governor Being Aborted… Backfires Spectacularly
» NPR: ‘a Baby is Not a Baby Until it is Born’
» Pope Francis: Church Must Learn to Abandon Old ‘Traditions’
» Socialism Promises a Utopia But Delivers Suffering
» Target Sells LGBTQ Clothing for Children, Funds Group Whose Founder Praised Nambla Defender
» The Fetus-Obsessed Pro-Abortion Industry Includes National Public Radio
» The Face of Evil? Pro-Abortion Women Speak Out
 
General
» Facebook Removed a Record 2.2 Billion Fake Accounts in Q1
 

25 Reasons to Avoid the Gardasil Vaccine — Report

Worth billions in revenue with a disastrous safety record

What follow are 25 key facts about Gardasil/Gardasil 9, including facts about the HPV vaccines’ clinical trials and adverse outcomes observed ever since Merck, public health officials and legislators aggressively foisted the vaccines on an unsuspecting public. Inappropriate Placebos and Comparisons

1. A placebo is supposed to be an inert substance that looks just like the drug being tested. But in the Gardasil clinical trials, Merck used a neurotoxic aluminum adjuvant called AAHS instead of using an inert saline placebo.

2. Among girls and women who received the vaccine and among girls and women who received AAHS, an astonishing 2.3% in both groups experienced conditions indicative of “systemic autoimmune disorders,” many shortly after receiving Gardasil.

3. Multiple scientific studies associate aluminum not just with autoimmune diseases but with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and Parkinson’s disease as well as behavioral abnormalities in animals.

4. Merck lied to study participants, falsely saying that the clinical trials were not safety studies, that the vaccine had already been found to be safe and that the “placebo” was an inert saline solution. [Source: The HPV Vaccine on Trial (photo evidence, pp. 6 and 12).]

5. When Merck conducted clinical trials for its next HPV vaccine formulation, Gardasil 9, it used Gardasil as the “placebo” in the control groups, again relying on the lack of an inert placebo to mask safety signals.

6. The 500 micrograms of aluminum adjuvant (AAHS) in Gardasil 9 are more than double the amount of aluminum in Gardasil; this raises the question of whether Gardasil 9’s heavy reliance on the Gardasil trials for comparison is justifiable.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

After Reading This Article About the Danger of GMOs, You Will Probably Never Want to Eat Genetically-Modified Food Again

Every single day, most Americans eagerly gobble down foods that contain ingredients that have been genetically-modified without ever considering the consequences. Most of us simply assume that the federal government would never allow us to eat GMOs if they were not safe. Unfortunately, it appears that the federal government has completely failed us. The material that I am about to share with you is deeply disturbing, and after reading this article there is a very good chance that you will never want to eat genetically-modified food ever again. But at this point it is almost impossible to completely avoid GMOs, because they are in almost everything. Unless they are specifically designated “organic”, most corn, soy, canola and sugar beets grown in America today have been genetically modified, and almost all packaged foods contain ingredients derived from at least one of those sources.

We’ll get into some of the potential health effects of eating foods derived from GMO crops in a moment, but first I want to discuss a new trend that is potentially even more dangerous.

In recent years, researchers have been pushing the boundaries of biology in order to come up with new “plant-based” alternatives to existing food products. Essentially, “synthetic biology” is being used “to create life forms from scratch”…

According to a paper released by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, animal studies have linked GMO food with a whole host of health problems… “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.

None of us would willingly sign up for any of those conditions, but that is what we are potentially doing when we regularly consume food that has been genetically modified.

For those that are skeptical, I would like for you to consider what scientists discovered when they fed genetically-modified soy to rats…

The experience of actual GM-fed experimental animals is scary. When GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks — compared to a 10% death rate among the control group fed natural soy. The GM-fed babies were also smaller, and later had problems getting pregnant.

When male rats were fed GM soy, their testicles actually changed color — from the normal pink to dark blue. Mice fed GM soy had altered young sperm. Even the embryos of GM fed parent mice had significant changes in their DNA. Mice fed GM corn in an Austrian government study had fewer babies, which were also smaller than normal.

Could this be a clue as to why there is a “fertility crisis” in the United States today?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ben Carson Puts Loudmouth Hispanic Dem in Her Place… and it’s Brilliant!

HUD Secretary Ben Carson was being questioned today about his HUD budget when a bullying congresswoman came after him with accusations but Carson held his powder and eventually got to speak his mind.

After Rep. Nydia Velazquez challenged Housing Secretary Ben Carson on his budget, Carson responds by urging lawmakers to “think logically rather than just emotionally.”

Velazquez called Carson’s proposed housing budget “shameful” and “immoral”

But then the fun begins when a Republican has a turn to talk but allows Carson to speak instead.

The comments from Carson are what every American was probably screaming at the TV screen during the time that Rep. Velazquez was ranting in broken English.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

CIA Officer Under Brennan Sentenced to Prison for Chinese Espionage

Kevin Patrick Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of working for China. Many argue that Obama’s policies made the spying possible.

The former CIA officer was busted in 2017. The Justice Department issued the following press release:

[Mallory’s prison sentence is] to be followed by five years of supervised release after being convicted under the Espionage Act for conspiracy to transmit national defense information to an agent of the People’s Republic of China.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge Nancy McNamara of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III.

“Former U.S. Intelligence officer Kevin Patrick Mallory will spend the next 20 years of his life in prison for conspiring to pass national defense information to a Chinese intelligence officer,” said Assistant Attorney General John Demers.

“This case is one in an alarming trend of former U.S. intelligence officers being targeted by China and betraying their country and colleagues.

“This sentence, together with the recent guilty pleas of Ron Hansen in Utah and Jerry Lee in Virginia, deliver the stern message that our former intelligence officers have no business partnering with the Chinese, or any other adversarial foreign intelligence service.”

“Mallory not only put our country at great risk, but he endangered the lives of specific human assets who put their own safety at risk for our national defense,” said. U.S. Attorney Terwilliger.

“There are few crimes in this country more serious than espionage, and this office has a long history of holding accountable those who betray our country.

“As the Chinese continue to attempt to identify and recruit current and former members of the United States intelligence community, those individuals should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the appropriate security officials. […]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Dr Ben Carson Destroys Ilhan Omar… Makes Her Wish She Never Tried to Criticize Him

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who has spent most of her short time in Congress in hot water, over her anti-Semitic, anti-U.S. military and dismissive comments about the Islamic terrorists who attacked our nation on 9-11, stuck her foot in her enormous mouth once again, as she attempted to defend her fellow radical lawmaker. This time, the obnoxious lawmaker turned her attacks on the brilliant former pediatric neurosurgeon, and current HUD Secretary, Ben Carson.

Omar mocked Secretary Carson over his appearance yesterday, before the angry Democrat committee, headed up by “Impeach Maxine,” tweeting that she wasn’t sure he was “fully awake.”

The former pediatric neurosurgeon who grew up in the ghettos of Detroit with a single mom responded to the anti-Semitic Somali immigrant with one brilliant tweet:

Since you brought it up… I know what it’s like to actually be sleepy, especially after 18-hour surgeries and operating on babies in the womb. I hope @IlhanMN knows I care about all people, even those she doesn’t recognize as having a right to life.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Globalist Kryptonite Discovered!

Discover the key to defeating the tyrannical elite in this essential report

Alex Jones explains how MSM hid the real march of globalism until after Hillary lost the election.

Then, anyone who used the words globalist or globalism was labeled a racist or white supremacist.

[Comment: Hunt down and prosecute pedophiles relentlessly. Will invariably ensare oodles of globalists.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

House Intel Leader Asks Trump to Question British PM on British Intel Involvement in “SpyGate”

Previous reports (see below) have indicated that the British Intelligence agency was involved in spying on President Trump.

The indications that Obama went around U.S. intel to use foreign agents to spy on Trump are being looked into because of an article in the Telegraph published over the weekend, titled “Theresa May’s spy chiefs were briefed on explosive Christopher Steele dossier before Donald Trump.”

The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, is asking President Trump to question U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May about the spying. He lists several questions to ask British PM May:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

John Walker Lindh, The ‘American Taliban, ‘ is Released From Prison

John Walker Lindh, known as the “American Taliban” after his capture in Afghanistan in 2001, was released from prison on Thursday after serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence, the Bureau of Prisons said.

Lindh received three years off for good behavior, though his probation terms include a host of restrictions: He needs permission to go on the Internet; he’ll be closely monitored; he’s required to receive counseling; and he’s not allowed to travel.

Now 38, Lindh was being held at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. He remains a lightning rod for critics who say his sentence was too lenient and he shouldn’t be allowed out early.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Co-Founder, Faces 17 New Charges in US

The US justice department has filed 17 new charges against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, who is facing extradition from the UK.

The latest charges accuse him of receiving and unlawfully publishing the names of classified sources.

He was previously charged last month with one count of conspiring with ex-intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain access to the Pentagon network.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Jussie Smollett Court Records to be Unsealed, Judge Rules “No Right to Privacy”

A judge in Chicago ordered the file in Jussie Smollett’s criminal case unsealed Thursday, saying the actor’s actions did not appear to be those of someone seeking to maintain his privacy.

As a reminder, the “Empire” actor had been charged with 16 counts alleging he lied to police when reporting he’d been the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in January. Police insist Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the incident because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted publicity.

Prosecutors dismissed all charges, though, with little explanation on March 26.

Smollett’s lawyers had argued that since the case was dropped, Smollett had “the right to be left alone.”

Judge Steven G. Watkins of the Circuit Court of Cook County disagreed.

Apparently hoisted by his own self-promoted pitard; as The New York Times reports, in explaining his ruling, Judge Watkins wrote that Mr. Smollett’s request for privacy was not a good enough reason to keep the records sealed, considering that Mr. Smollett willingly spoke about the situation in detail on national television and in other venues.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Justin Amash Gets Bad News From Billionaire Political Donor

The powerful DeVos family of West Michigan is ending its longtime support of U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, the libertarian Republican who has repeatedly clashed with President Donald Trump.

The family has not made any political contributions to Amash this cycle, and “they have no plans to do so,” said family spokesman Nick Wasmiller.

The GOP megadonors decided to cut ties with Amash before his latest dust-up with the president and assertion Trump engaged in “impeachable conduct,” Wasmiller told The Detroit News.

“Family members have expressed increasing concerns about a lack of representation for their district, the 3rd Congressional, and I would say an inability to advance efforts connected to important policy matters,” he said.

Recent comments by Amash “have not changed the family’s thinking regarding its intent to not provide future support,” Wasmiller added.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Left-Wing Extremist Posted on Instagram: “Should I Bomb Trump Tower?”; Not Banned

The left-wing extremist who was arrested on charges of attempting to provide support to a terrorist group posted on Instagram “should I bomb Trump tower?” but was not banned even as the social media giant banned several conservative commentators as “dangerous persons”.

20-year-old Jonathan Xie was arrested yesterday morning after authorities said Xie had conducted “detailed surveillance” on the Manhattan skyscraper.

Xie also allegedly wired money abroad to support Hamas, which the United States lists as a terrorist organization.

Not being the brightest, at one point Xie posted a yes/no poll on Instagram asking, “Should I bomb Trump Tower?”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Nancy Pelosi Can’t String Two Coherent Sentences Together… Has No Idea Who’s Standing Around Her

Following President Trump’s press conference, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in a press conference where she incoherently attempted to recognize fellow Democrat lawmakers who surrounded her.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New Investigators Examine the Origins of the Mueller Investigation

When during their exhaustive 22-month investigation did Mueller and his team of Hillary supporting Democratic prosecutors realize they had no case? Probably no later than at the end of 2017, but I’d guess from the beginning. By the time Mueller was appointed on May 17, 2017, the FBI had been trying unsuccessfully for nearly a year to corroborate the bogus Steele dossier’s allegations.

Democrats and their complicit media are far worse than sore losers. They have done everything in their power to destroy President Trump from the day he declared his candidacy. They hate him, they hate his supporters and they hate anyone who righteously campaigned for him.

It is clear that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI participated in a fraud on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in order to surveil U.S. citizen Carter Page. Signing on behalf of the DOJ were Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and then current DAG Rod Rosenstein who each signed one or more FISA applications.

Rod Rosenstein approved the application to extend surveillance of former Trump campaign associate Carter Page. The NYTs claimed the FBI and DOJ’s application was based partially on research by investigator Christopher Steele, who compiled the spurious dossier.

When Rosenstein testified in a House hearing about FBI and DOJ abuses, he was asked by former judge Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) about the FISA warrant he signed and Rosenstein looked to FBI Director Wray for the answer — a move that disturbed Gohmert. Rosenstein said he signed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) documents to spy on Carter Page and told Congressman Gohmert that he didn’t need to read every document he signed, that he merely needed to understand what’s in it.

Now that Rosenstein has stepped down, he is doing everything he can to cover his backside. But he was the one who gave an open letter of appointment to Robert Mueller to conduct an investigation confirmed by then FBI Director James Comey before the House Permanent Select Committee on March 20, 2017. And it was Rosenstein who wrote the letter to President Trump stating Comey needed to be fired.

That started this entire nightmare-from-hell for not only the President, but his administration, supporters and the entire country. The people who ran the DOJ were vicious dogs, and yes, our bloated government uses “national security” to cover up their crimes.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

No Wonder Obama Intel Chiefs Panicking — Trump to Declassify “Bucket 5” Russiagate Docs

As Congressional Democrats insist on conducting post-Mueller probes into President Trump and those around him, much of the recent infighting and backpedaling we’ve seen from former Obama intel chiefs is starting to make sense.

Appearing with Fox News’s Sean Hannity Tuesday night, The Hill’s John Solomon revealed that according to his sources (and Hannity’s as well), President Trump will begin declassifying ‘Russiagate’ documents in the next 6-7 days.

Among those will be the so-called “Bucket Five” — documents which were originally presented to the Gang of Eight in 2016, which included everything the FBI and DOJ used against Trump campaign aide Carter Page — including the FISA surveillance application and its underlying exculpatory intelligence documents which the FISA court may have never seen.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Outdoors Company Refuses City Demand to Take Down Massive American Flag

‘This is about our veterans, military and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country’

A North Carolina-based outdoor and recreation company is refusing city demands to take down a huge American flag on its property.

Officials with the City of Statesville filed an injunction against Camping World and Gander Outdoors requiring them to obey a city ordinance detailing the allowed size of flags on its RV property.

It asks them to remove their 40 x 80 foot flag in accordance with an ordinance that allows dimensions of 40 x 25 feet, or face a fine of $50 per day.

The company responded in a Facebook post, saying they won’t back down.

“Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags,” a Facebook post from Camping World says. “We won’t do it! Stand with us.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Rare-Earth Mining: A National Security Imperative

On April 30, the Department of Defense (DoD) published a new interim rule that will prohibit contractors from importing certain high-powered rare-earth and tungsten components produced in North Korea, China, Russia, and Iran for use in DoD systems. The rule is vital to securing our defense industrial base and has been sorely needed for some time.

Among the covered minerals in the rule, samarium-cobalt and neodymium-iron-boron magnets are critical for many defense systems including aircraft engines, radar, sonar, and guidance systems. Additionally, tungsten is widely used in defense applications, including armor and armor-piercing munitions. That the U.S. ever came to be reliant upon non-allied countries for the supply of such sensitive components is almost inconceivable, and it’s created significant strategic vulnerabilities that our adversaries surely will exploit when the time comes.

Given rising tensions around the globe, Congress rightly understood that U.S. control over the supply of crucial defense components was key to our national security. In time, the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act and 10 U.S.C. 2533c, where the rule is codified, will stimulate demand for American mineral suppliers and specialized manufacturers. This is an initial step towards revitalizing our industrial base that had been hollowed out by post-Cold War downsizing and unfair trade policies that favored subsidized foreign minerals.

This vital effort complements the good work done by the Trump administration on several fronts to strengthen the industrial base. In 2017, President Trump signed two executive orders; E.O. 13817 Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals and E.O. 13788 Buy American and Hire American. Both orders brought needed clarity and focus on American industrial policy and reoriented federal focus to address significant economic and security threats. Finally, E.O. 13806 Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency, ordered a comprehensive assessment of our mineral supply chain. The resulting report was both timely and sobering. It identified over 300 serious supply chain vulnerabilities and an alarming dependence on foreign rivals for key weapon system components.

Fixes for some of these vulnerabilities are already underway, but others will require additional legislative action and years of joint government-private sector collaboration to solve. Although Congress and the administration have made significant strides, there is still an enormous amount of work to be done.

First, up should be mine-permitting reform. The U.S. geological survey has documented ample U.S. mineral reserves. However, bureaucratic red tape makes it exceedingly difficult to open a new mine in the U.S.

To bring common sense reform to mine permitting and increase the competitiveness of the domestic mining industry, Congress should take up the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act, introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada on May 7. Originally introduced in 2018, the legislation attracted bipartisan support but was not ultimately included in the FY2019 NDAA. Its reintroduction this year is an opportunity we can’t afford to let slip throw our fingers as the nation’s dependence on foreign minerals grows ever-more alarming.

Congress and the administration have done significant work to identify critical strategic vulnerabilities in our supply chain, including a foolish reliance on critical mineral imports from non-allied countries. Next, we must narrow these vulnerabilities to the extent possible by increasing U.S. production from American mines. Given that we’re nearly at full capacity on domestic mine production, the only way to do this will be through investment in new projects.

New mines need new permits, which are nearly impossible to issue or receive in the current regulatory environment. Congress must do the right thing for national security and the economy and pass mine permitting reform this year while economic growth is still roaring and capital investment is readily available. The other option is to wait until we have no choice when the price will be exponentially higher—both in dollars and the lives of American warfighters who rely on these critical minerals to ensure our superiority on the battlefield. To safeguard all elements of our strategic supply lines, it is critical that we apply constant watchfulness to each step of the defense production chain, from raw mineral extraction to weapon system production.

           — Hat tip: Bill Keezer [Return to headlines]
 

Star on CIA’s Memorial Wall Honors Employee Who Took Her Own Life

A new star that was recently added to the United States Central Intelligence Agency’s memorial wall is seen by some as a way to draw attention to the mental pressures that come with the job, while others view it as disrespectful to the Agency’s mission. The specially designated wall is located at the main entrance lobby of the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. It was created in 1974 and displays a star for each of the CIA’s personnel who have perished in the line of duty while working for the Agency. Today it displays nearly 130 stars, which span the CIA’s 72-year history.

The CIA holds an annual ceremony in recognition of its fallen members, at which time new stars are usually added to the memorial wall. Among them there is a star for Ranya Abdelsayed, who died on August 28, 2013, while employed by the CIA in Kandahar, Afghanistan. However, unlike the other 19 known deaths of CIA personnel in Afghanistan since 2001, Abdelsayed reportedly died by suicide. Her lifeless body was found by a colleague after she shot herself to death at Firebase Gecko, an International Security Assistance Force base in Afghanistan, which is commanded by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It is believed that Abdelsayed’s star is the only star on the CIA’s memorial wall that recognizes a CIA employee who took her own life.

In an article published on Sunday, The Washington Post’s Ian Shapira reports that not everyone at CIA agrees that Abdelsayed deserves to have a star on the Agency’s memorial wall. Shapira spoke to Nicholas Dujmovic, a recently retired CIA historian, who claims that Abdelsayed’s star “must absolutely come off the wall” because it violates the CIA’s own criteria for this highest of honors. Dujmovic opines that the memorial wall is reserved for deaths of CIA personnel that are “of an inspirational or heroic character”, typically deaths that are caused by hazardous conditions or violent actions by adversaries. The CIA historian tells The Washington Post that he has researched past deaths of CIA personnel and fears that “there has been an erosion of understanding in CIA leadership for at least two decades about what the wall is for and who is it that we’re commemorating”.

The paper reports that Dujmovic made his views known to CIA officials when the Agency’s Merit Awards Board decided to include a star in honor of Abdelsayed. But the Board upheld its decision, and so did the CIA’s director at the time, John Brennan. He told The Post that he stands by that decision today, arguing that Abdelsayed’s death was “something the Agency needed to recognize as being one of those unfortunate consequences of the global challenges the CIA addresses”.

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

States Move to Abolish Electoral College!

Welcome to the tyranny of the majority

On this Wednesday transmission of The Alex Jones Show, we’ll cover the growing movement to eliminate the Electoral College, the crisis at America’s southern border, the Democrat movement to impeach and much more.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Teacher Arrested After Filmed Planting Live Bullet at School, Causing Lockdown

School surveillance footage captures teacher trying to frame students

A teacher at a Massachusetts public school was arrested last week, accused of planting a live bullet inside the facility to blame students.

Southbridge Middle/High School Biology teacher Alfred Purcell III, 57, was caught on film appearing to toss a live round of 9mm ammo in the corner of a stairwell.

Moments later he’s seen returning to the area and taking out his cell phone to snap a photo of the bullet, before notifying school officials who contacted the school resource officer.

The school was placed on lockdown for an hour while police reviewed footage to find the culprit.

Lo and behold they discovered Purcell might have been responsible.

Upon searching his vehicle, police found 102 live rounds of .20 gauge shot gun ammunition. They also discovered he had an expired Conncecticut license to carry.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump’s Fear About Impeachment

by Don Surber

President Donald John Trump had Nancy Pelosi and company at the White House to discuss fixing the nation’s infrastructure. The meeting lasted three minutes because he asked her to back off on impeachment proceedings.

She cannot. He knows this. He staged this. She is trapped by the resistance she and Obama and others allowed to fester for two years. This helped propel her back into the speakership after Obama lost the House in 2010.

But now the new members want to impeach the president. After all, he is Hitler, right?

That was what they meant by resistance.

Failure to impeach makes one complicit in the Orange Man’s war crimes. After he is gone, Nuremberg trials await those who fail to impeach.

Never mind that there are no grounds for impeachment. Never mind that the Mueller Report found nothing even after an exhaustive investigation. Never mind that there is no groundswell of public support for this.

Democrats want to impeach.

President Donald John Trump wants them to impeach him because this is the best way to penalize Democrats for trying to frame him and remove him from office in a Deep State coup.

The penalty for failed regicide is death, but he is not a king.

Justice calls for a few Deep State divas to go to prison. Jimmy the Weasel Comey heads that list.

But a defeat at the polls would show Democrats that years of lying carry a price.

President Trump told reporters, “There’s a danger here.

“If someday a Democrat becomes president and you have a Republican House, they can impeach him for any reason, or her. Any reason. We can’t allow that to happen. We can’t allow it to happen.” […]

[Note: as the author says, quicksand lies on the other side of this mess. Read the rest]

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Trump Orders FBI, CIA to “Fully Cooperate” With Barr; Grants “Full and Complete Authority to Declassify”

President Trump on Thursday announced that he has directed the US intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election,” adding that Attorney General William Barr has been given “complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation.

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Twitter Bans Anti-Trump Krassenstein Brothers Over Fake Accounts, Interactions

Twitter bans may not be just for conservatives any more.

Two of the biggest names in anti-Trump “Resistance” Twitter have been permanently banned for breaking the site’s rules.

According to the Daily Beast, Brian Krassenstein and brother Ed Krassenstein have been booted for life for running fake accounts and for purchasing fake interactions to boost their accounts’ prominence.

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Womb Raider: Sick Photo Shows Accused Murderer Coddling Baby She Ripped From Pregnant Teen

Local media cowed to pressure from family to remove photo

A shocking viral photo out of Chicago shows an accused murderer trying to cuddle with the baby she had torn from a pregnant teen she strangled to death days before.

The photograph shows Clarisa Figueroa, 46, posing with the baby she is alleged to have ripped from the womb of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa earlier this month.

According to Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, Figueroa and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, have been charged with murder after Desiree confessed to helping her mother strangle Ochoa with a coaxial cable after luring her into their home with promise of free baby clothes.

Their motive was to raise Ochoa’s child as their own after experiencing a prior death in the family, authorities said.

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Bannon Air Time Cuts Far-Right RN’s Media Allowance

Media watchdog decides that media appearances of Donald Trump’s former chief strategist should be counted as support for RN’s European election campaign

The media appearances in France of Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon must be included in calculations of media air time given to Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party during the European election campaign.

Mr Bannon arrived in France last week, and has presented himself as an ‘informal adviser’ to RN, acting in a ‘voluntary capacity’ to ‘give advice’ and help develop ‘connections’.

France has strict media laws during election periods, which includes careful monitoring of the amount of broadcast time each political party receives.

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Disgrace: Leftists Throw Milkshake Over Elderly British Army Veteran

A British Army veteran was attacked with a milkshake outside a polling booth today in yet another disgraceful example of leftist violence.

UK citizens are voting in the European elections today, where the euro-skeptic Brexit Party is expected to dominate.

Pro-EU Remainers assaulted an elderly British veteran by dousing him with a pink milkshake.

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EU Head Juncker Says People Who Love Their Country Are “Stupid”

And he wonders why the European Union is collapsing

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker says that people who love their countries are “stupid”.

“These populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists, they are in love with their own countries,” Juncker told CNN, as if that was a bad thing.

How much of an out of touch globalist do you need to be not to recognize the total and complete self-own of a comment like that?

Juncker just gifted every Euro-skeptic movement on the continent a quote that they will throw back in the EU’s face for years to come.

He added that opposition to mass migration was driving populism, remarking, “They don’t like those coming from far away, I like those coming from far away … we have to act in solidarity with those who are in a worse situation than we are in.”

With rhetoric like this, is it any surprise that populist parties are set to dominate this week’s European elections? In the UK, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is tipped to take anything up to 40% of the vote, crushing all three establishment parties.

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European Union Election Puts UK Media in Four-Day Bind as Government Unravels

Strict broadcasting rules governing election day reporting are being strung out in some cases for four days while people across Europe vote in EU elections, leaving journalists in a difficult situation over reporting the slow-motion collapse of the British government happening at the same time.

In ordinary British politics, the goings on of Westminster are generally suspended during elections as all involved campaign and wait with bated breath for results. But with the British people voting for a parliament that isn’t even on British soil, and while the future of Prime Minister Theresa May teeters in the balance, two distinct political stories are developing in tandem.

Nevertheless, strict laws that govern political reportage on election day to prevent broadcasters that might have the ability to influence voters while the polls are open from doing so — mainly television and radio stations — are making for awkward reports on the political developments of the day.

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Leftists Throw Milkshake Over Elderly British Army Veteran

Radicalized Remainers are their own worst enemy

A British Army veteran was attacked with a milkshake outside a polling booth today in yet another disgraceful example of leftist violence.

UK citizens are voting in the European elections today, where the euro-skeptic Brexit Party is expected to dominate.

Pro-EU Remainers assaulted an elderly British veteran by dousing him with a pink milkshake.

“This man in Aldershot served his country in the Armed Forces for 22 years. Today he went out to exercise his democratic rights on an election day and this is what disgusting Remainer scumbags did to him,” tweeted Leave.EU.

Segments of the media have consistently endorsed milkshake attacks against supporters of right of center parties and their candidates.

However, following the milkshake assault on Nigel Farage earlier this week by a left-wing Labour voter, the polls showed yet another rise in support for the Brexit Party.

The radicalized left is its own worst enemy. They ran out of political arguments long ago and are left with no option but to resort to intimidation and violence.

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Macron Names Brexit Negotiator Barnier as ‘Great’ Choice for Next EU Chief

Globalist censorship enthusiast Michel Barnier has “great” qualities to be the next president of the European Commission, according to Emmanuel Macron.

Commenting on rumours that the EU’s lead Brexit negotiator has been running a shadow campaign to win the bloc’s top job, as something of a ‘compromise’ candidate, the French president was generous with praise about Barnier.

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Macron Wants UK to Leave by October to Stop Brexit ‘Polluting’ EU

President Emmanuel Macron of France has said that he wants the UK out of the EU by October 31st to stop Brussels’ agenda being “polluted” by Brexit.

Speaking to Belgian newspaper Le Soir on Wednesday, President Macron appeared to share some of the frustration of Britons that the exit date should have been delayed twice, saying: “In the case of Brexit, you just have to know at some point whether it stops or not.

“If we follow the logic of saying that it scares us and that we are prepared not to respect the British vote, we betray both the British and the interest of the British,” he added, touching upon a rare sentiment of respect amongst the European elite for the vote to Leave.

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‘Satirical’ German Party Uses Names of Former Nazis on Election List

The German ‘satire’ party Die Partei (The Party) has released a European Parliament candidate list featuring the surnames of former Nazi leaders, claiming they hope that populist supporters will vote for them to take votes from the Alternative for Germany (AfD).

The list is led by comedian Nico Semsrott and journalist Martin Sonneborn, head of the satirical, often controversial, magazine Titanic. It features the names of several prominent ex-Nazi leaders such as Göbbels, Speer, Bormann, and even the surname of the architect of the final solution, Adolf Eichmann, France’s Le Parisien reports.

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Sky Anchor: Brexit Party Requesting EU Talks Role ‘Close to Authoritarian Fascism’

Sky News political anchor Adam Boulton has accused the Brexit Party’s ambition to be included in negotiations with the European Union as being “close to authoritarian fascism”.

The remark came during a terse interview between the veteran broadcaster and MEP candidate Alexandra Phillips of the Brexit Party, where Boulton attempted to rubbish calls by Nigel Farage for his party to be invited to help the Brexit negotiations process if they win the European Parliament elections this week.

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Swedish Government Wants to Ban Ancient Viking Symbols, Claiming They “Constitute Incitement to Hatred”

The Swedish Government is trying to make certain runes from the runic alphabet, as well as some old Norse Scandinavian symbols illegal.

Their official reason for banning the runes is that Nazis used some of them during the second world war, for example the Odal rune that means O and the Tyr/Tiwaz rune that means T.

Reportedly, the Social Democratic Minister of Justice Morgan Johansson is behind the initiative.

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Swedish Terror Expert: Do Not Allow ISIS Women to Return to Sweden

Swedish terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp has recommended that the Swedish government should not allow female Islamic State members to return, citing a lack of laws to prosecute them.

While he criticised the deficiency in the Swedish legal system, Ranstorp praised neighbouring Norway, saying, “As Norway has functioning terror legislation, the Norwegian women should be brought home and prosecuted. The child welfare service should take care of the children,” Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reports.

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The World is Getting Increasingly Dumber, Study Finds

Western Europe is home to a cluster of developed economies that boost some of the highest standards of living in the world. But that could soon change. Because as Evan Horowitz writes on NBC News’s new “Think” vertical, IQ scores in France, Scandinavia, Britain, Germany and even Australia are beginning to decline.

The trend has been well-documented across Western Europe, and could soon carry over to the US as well. Which means the data have confirmed what millions of Americans who have watched cable news or logged on to twitter over the past three years probably already suspected: The world is getting dumber

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UK Gangs Brag About Point System Against Stab Victims on YouTube

UK gangs are bragging about stabbing people on YouTube while celebrating the “score” they earn based on where the victim is penetrated.

Gang members utilize a violent and nihilistic rap subgenere called “Drill” music that depicts them celebrating their exploits with lyrics like “check the scoreboard” and “blood on my shank, might keep it.”

“If a child in Slough (a London suburb) has suddenly found out about ‘Scores,’ he’s found it through YouTube,” said ex-gang member Chris Preddie. “These Drill rappers have massive platforms to inform the minds of young people.”

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UK: “I’ve Come Here for the Forgotten People”: Tommy Robinson’s Final Speech of the Election Campaign

Tommy Robinson returned to Salford, UK to deliver his last speech of the EU parliament election campaign.

He also invited some very special guests onto the stage.

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UK: Kebab Shop Owner Suspected of Disposing of Schoolgirl’s Body Says He Doesn’t Care ‘Whether She’s Alive or Dead’

‘I couldn’t give a toss to be honest.’

A kebab shop owner charged with disposing of Charlene Downes’ body has sensationally claimed he doesn’t care ‘whether she’s alive or dead’ in his first ever on-camera interview.

Iranian Mohammed Reveshi was one of two men suspected of being involved with the 14-year-old schoolgirl’s disappearance from Blackpool in November 2003.

Police believe that Charlene was murdered and cut up before being served as kebab meat after being lured into a gang and groomed for sex.

Although suspects Reveshi and Iyad Albattikhi stood trial at Preston Crown Court, the jury failed to reach a verdict and a retrial was dropped due to lack of evidence.

When asked if he knew anything about Charlene’s disappearance on the shocking show, Reveshi replied: ‘I don’t have any clue about what you’re talking about.

‘I don’t care whether she’s alive or dead. I couldn’t give a toss to be honest.’

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UK: Ministers Expect Theresa May to Reveal No 10 Departure Date on Friday

Theresa May is expected to announce the date of her departure from Downing Street on Friday morning, senior cabinet ministers have told the BBC.

Sources say they expect the PM to give a timetable for her successor to be chosen, with 10 June likely to be the start of the official leadership race.

Mrs May is due to meet the chairman of Tory backbenchers on Friday.

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UK: Police Investigate Polling Station Milkshake Attack on Elderly Veteran Wearing Brexit Party Rosette

Pictures and video circulating on social media appear to show an elderly gentleman wearing a Brexit Party rosette who has been “milkshaked” outside a polling station in England.

With British voters going to the polls in the European Parliament elections today, the apparent victim —named as “Don” and described as a 22-year veteran of the Parachute Regiment in several tweets, so far unverified — is said to have had the drink thrown over him outside a polling station.

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UK: Reports: Theresa May Could Announce Resignation in Days

Prime Minister Theresa May could announce her departure date in a matter of days, according to media reports.

The Times is reporting that Mrs May could announce her resignation after her meeting with chairman of the influential backbench 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady on Friday.

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UK: Tommy Robinson “Feeling Confident” After Final Campaign Rally

The gruelling campaign for MEP is taking a toll on Tommy Robinson’s voice, but not his energy.

At the last rally before the European Parliament elections, Tommy, who is running as an independent, told me he hopes that his campaign will just be the beginning of a new movement to encourage working class involvement in UK politics.

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Vatican Outraged That Anti-Immigration Leader Commends Italy to Mary

Matteo Salvini also commended his country, its citizens, and himself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vatican leaders including Pope Francis are outraged at Italy’s deputy premier and interior minister Matteo Salvini for having commended his country, its citizens, and himself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the face of the growing Islamic insurgency. Francis refuses to meet with Salvini because of his strong opposition to the EU’s open border immigration policy.

In a rally on Saturday, Salvini kissed his rosary, looked up to statue of the Blessed Virgin atop the 14th-century Milan Cathedral and said on behalf of the Italian people, “I entrust Italy, my life, and your lives to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who I’m sure will bring us to victory.” He said, “I am the last among good Christians, but I am proud to always have a rosary in my pocket.”

That Vatican leaders should oppose Salvini is telling. Apparently they support the 500 undocumented African migrants that stormed and seized Terminal 2 of the Charles de Gaulle airport on Tuesday, and shouted, “France does not belong to the French.”

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What Bias? Facebook Suspends Conservative Raheem Kassam, Editor of Human Events, Over 11-Year-Old Post

With each new day Facebook becomes open with their targeting and censoring of conservative voices.

On Thursday Facebook suspended Human Events Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam on Thursday over an 11-YEAR-OLD post.

This is the third time in in three months that Kassam was suspended.

This time it was for an 11-year-old post.

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World’s Oldest Record Store Bans Morrissey Sales Because He Has a Different Opinion

The world’s oldest record store has banned sales of Morrissey records because he dared deviate from leftist dogma by supporting a political party which is critical of the Islamic practice of halal slaughter of animals.

“I’m saddened but ultimately not surprised that Spillers is unable to stock Morrissey’s releases any longer,” the shop’s owner, Ashli Todd told the Guardian. “I only wished I’d done it sooner.”

Morrissey is set to release a new solo album on Friday. The former Smiths frontman has been lambasted by the left and the media for expressing support for Anne Marie Waters, leader of For Britain, a political party which has criticized Islam and opposed halal slaughter.

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Why the Palestinian Authority Won’t Collapse

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[…]Abbas will soon be facing the “deal of the century” proposed by an American administration that is very critical of Palestinian policies.

[…] One way to reject the American peace proposal and yet not be blamed for its failure is to engineer an economic crisis that diverts attention from continuous Palestinian intransigence regarding any and every attempt at peacemaking.

Fortunately for the PA, the economic crisis can always be attributed to Israel, which serves as a constant and historic villain in the Palestinian narrative. Attention to Palestinian economic ineptitude and corruption can also be diverted by blaming the high-handed Israelis. And finally, Israel’s insistence on not financing terrorist activities can mobilize some much-needed political support at home for the unpopular Abbas. All polls show a gradual loss of legitimacy for Abbas among Palestinians.

Fears of an imminent collapse of the PA — long a darling of the international community — also serve to force the Palestinian issue back to the top of the world’s agenda. For a while the world has been busy with other more burning issues, such as Iran. Indeed, the Iranian threat has lowered the interest of most Arab states in the Palestinian issue, as well, and brought them closer to the Israeli position — which basically considers the Palestinians a strategic nuisance. The conclusion reached by many Arab and other actors is that in the absence of a Palestinian leadership ready to make difficult decisions, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict can, at best, be managed for the medium term.

It should be noted that Israel is doing more than its share to bolster the Palestinian economy — providing jobs to Palestinians in the Israeli work market; supplying water, electricity and health services to Palestinians; and keeping Hamas from overthrowing Abbas’s PA. Moreover, it is active in raising funds internationally for the PA.

And thus, nobody should cave to Palestinian blackmail. While it is best for all concerned to ensure a decent standard of living for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, it is highly unlikely that the PA will economically collapse. After all, the PA is a very good business for the kleptocratic leaders of the regime in Ramallah. Marked by corruption and nepotism, the PA is a source of significant income for Abbas and his coterie. This gang will not kill the goose that lays golden eggs. As dysfunctional as the Palestinian national movement has become, it has excelled in perpetuating the pork barrel born in Oslo.

[Originally published under the title “No Reason to Fear PA Economic Collapse” in The Jerusalem Post”]

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Dem Leaders Side With Iran as Trump Admin Seeks to Counter Terror Regime

Democratic congressional leaders held a press conference on Tuesday in which they sided with Iran in an increasingly tense standoff that has pitted the hardline Islamic regime against the Trump administration as it seeks to thwart Tehran’s regional terror operations.

Sen. Richard Durbin (D., Ill.) and other top Democrats lashed out at the Trump administration over its efforts to isolate the Iranian regime, claiming in talking points that mirror those from Iranian leadership that President Donald Trump and his national security team are “itching for a confrontation with Iran.”

The Democrats, who have sought to obstruct the administration since it pulled out of the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement, the Iran nuclear deal, have sought to stake out a foreign policy that sides with Tehran in the ongoing dispute, which has seen the Islamic Republic sponsor a series of terror attacks in the Middle East, including against American military assets.

“Make no mistake, this president and his administration are itching for a confrontation with Iran,” Durbin said, repeating talking points issued by Iran in recent weeks claiming that Trump is seeking another Iraq war.

“Look at what they’ve done: Walked away from the agreement we had with allies, unlikely allies, all around the world to stop the development of nuclear weapons in Iran,” Durbin said. “President Trump walked away. Then he declared the Iran guard as a terrorist organization, then he increased the sanctions on that country and then they leaked to the press they have a plan to form an invasionary force of 120,000 American military.”

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, was recently designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the Trump administration, the first ever designation of an entire foreign military. The IRGC routinely conducts terror operations outside of Iran’s borders and has been instrumental in arming regional terror groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

“I can tell you this senator and many like me are going to resist any effort to engage the United States in another war in the Middle East,” Durbin said. “The Constitution says that the Senate has the responsibility to make the decision when it comes to decisions to go to war, along with the House of Representatives. If this president thinks he can engage in another war in the Middle East without resistance from Congress he is wrong.”

Senior Republican officials involved in the Iran debate dismissed Durbin’s remarks as part of a campaign by Democratic leaders to coddle Iran and reenter the nuclear agreement that gave Tehran billions in cash windfalls that have since been spent on sophisticated military equipment and terror operations, such as the IRGC’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.

“Democrats are becoming the party of Iran,” said one senior congressional source. “They’re echoing talking points against President Trump that they’re getting from Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif. They’re saying we’re the ones provoking Iran because we labeled the IRGC a terrorist organization for killing hundreds of Americans. Iran has been attacking America for 40 years and Democrats are blaming America for it.”

A second veteran GOP foreign policy hand said the Democratic Party is courting Iran as it seeks to obstruct the Trump administration on priorities both foreign and domestic.

“Do Democrats really want to run a national election aligning with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism in threatening to kill Americans, wipe Israel off the map, and extort the world with nuclear threats?” asked the source, who would only discuss the matter on background. “Democrats shouldn’t side with radical mullahs when they threaten to murder Americans.”

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A New Gecko Emerges From Sri Lanka’s Nilgala Savanna Forest

The discovery of a new species of gecko in Sri Lanka has highlighted the island’s rich biodiversity as well as the perilous state of its unique and shrinking habitats.

The Nilgala day gecko (Cnemaspis nilgala) is named after the Nilgala savanna forest in Uva province where it’s found. It was described in a paper published in January in the journal Zootaxa, in which it’s identified as genetically distinct from another species, the Alwis’s day gecko (C. alwisi), for which it was previously confused.

The newly discovered geckos are diminutive, slender-bodied, and possess prominent forward and upward-directed eyes. Their coloration varies from light gray to brown, peppered with small black and white spots that provide them with efficient camouflage.

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Afghanistan: Daughters Are Not Welcome

by Laura Kiss

“In Afghanistan, following a typical tradition of Central Asia, families celebrate the birth of boys but not of females. Women are considered naqis-e-aql, that means stupid at birth and the term woman is used by men as an insult”. Princess Soraya Malek of Afghanistan, niece of Afghan King Amunallah and Queen Soraya has held heated talks about her home country while dedicating her life to Afghanistan’s women cause.

“Historically Afghanistan was, and to a large extent still is, a tribal, patriarchal country, based on a nomadic pastoralism which has almost disappeared following the civil war. Society is organized along patrilineal lines, with women being used as an economic resource the same as land, housing or livestock and belong to a man” she tells sitting on an old Afghan sofa surrounded by family pictures.

“Like other societies in the same area, Northern India and Pakistan, Afghan society is culturally opressive towards women who are often made to sacrifice their health and their lives. Women in this culture do not have the right to knowledge because education and culture could induce attitudes of revolt against the father and later the husband. Whenever a progressive government has tried to change the laws of the Afghan society, the societal reaction has always been violent”.

In the 1920s, King Amanullah tried to modernize the country and queen Soraya created the first schools for girls, even authorizing some of them to go to study medicine in Turkey.

In 1921 the king promoted a family code that protected women’s rights. His reform program has been one of the most progressive political campaigns in all of Asia with the aim of improving conditios for women throughout the Middle East.

His wife had a very important role in this campaign also. A year earlier during a meeting organized in Kabul and attended only by women — the queen was then 20 years old -, she declared: “You women represent 50% of the Afghan population but in our country you count very little. We must strive to make all women have access to education, learn to read and write, educate sons and daughters so that one day they can participate fully in the renewal of our nation”. A committed woman who held the ideals of her father Mahmoud Beg Tarzi and her mother Asma Rasmya Tarzi, she was undoubtedly one of the protagonists of the female emancipation of her country and is still loved and admired by Afghans.

A few years after Russia left the country in pieces, the Taliban regime (1994-2002) implemented Pushtunwali, the tribal code of the Pushtun population, erroneously attributing its norms to Islam. From this point onwards the conditions for women continued to deteriorate…

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India Election Results 2019: Narendra Modi Secures Landslide Win

Indian PM Narendra Modi has secured another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory.

His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks set to win about 300 of the 543 seats in parliament, in what Mr Modi hailed as “a historic mandate”.

The main opposition alliance, which is headed by Rahul Gandhi’s Congress party, has admitted defeat.

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Pakistan’s Muslim Theocracy, Text Message Leads to the Death Penalty

by J.S. von Dacre

Shagufta Kousar and Shafqat Masih have been sentenced to death in Pakistan for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages to a Muslim man. The illiterate pair from Gojra, Punjab province were detained and charged with “insulting the Qur’an” and “insulting the Prophet.” They claimed that they were forced into making confessions under duress and have protested their innocence.

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association said to The Guardian that it was a “worrying trend of Christians accused for derogatory text messages and social media postings.”

He added: “The simple fact that the couple could not possibly have written the blasphemous text messages due to being hyper-illiterate should result in their immediate release. However in Pakistan primary evidence can often be ignored and worse still manipulated by powerful and wealthy people intent on doing malice.”

Yet, their story is not the first of its kind. On 4 Jan 2011, the governor of Pakistan’s Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated by his bodyguard, Mumtaz Oadri. When further pressed about the crime, Oadri’s response was simply, “This is the punishment for a blasphemer.”…

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It’s Not Okay to be White, Says New Zealand Government

Government-backed group condemns citizens wearing shirt affirming that it is, in fact, okay to be white

It’s not okay to be white, according to New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission.

The commission, backed by the New Zealand government’s Ministry of Justice, condemned shirt company Trade Me for printing shirts that say “It’s Okay To Be White.”

“Material of this nature is not likely to meet the high threshold set out in section 61 and section 131 of the Human Rights Act,” a Human Rights Commission spokesperson told The New Zealand Herald on Wednesday.

“However, this phrase is known to be associated with white supremacist groups around the world. Despite what the advertisements say, it seems likely that the stickers and t-shirts are intended to convey a message of intolerance, racism and division. There is no place for that in New Zealand.”

[Comment: All human rights commissions should be abolished.]

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Man, 18, ‘Carrying Bomb Materials in His Backpack’ Is Found Just a Few Hundred Metres From a Packed Sydney Westfield

An 18-year-old man is behind bars after he was allegedly caught carrying materials for a bomb in his backpack near a busy shopping centre in western Sydney.

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Security Guard Who Dragged a Three-Year-Old Girl Into a Shopping Centre Stairwell and Performed a Sex Act in Front of Her for 11 Minutes is Found Guilty

A security guard who took a three-year-old girl into a stairwell at a Sydney shopping centre and masturbated in front of her has been found guilty in a second trial.

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Why Australia’s Conservatives Won

by Samuel Gregg

Australian elections are usually predictable affairs. Typically, the party expected to win does win. But on May 18, that maxim was shattered when Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative Coalition government won Australia’s federal election. The result confounded opinion polls and the prognostications of most of Australia’s political-media class.

Just eight months ago, Australia’s conservative government was on life support, weakened by defections and resignations from its parliamentary ranks and Cabinet—not to mention a war to the political death between former prime ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott. Morrison was seen as a compromise candidate who might diminish the scale of the anticipated electoral thrashing from the Labor party and its leader, Bill Shorten. How then did an apparently dispirited and hopelessly divided minority conservative government win an unwinnable election? There are many reasons, but two are especially worth highlighting.

The first point to keep in mind is that Scott Morrison’s Liberal party is a center-right party. By contrast, Morrison’s predecessor as prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull (dumped by the same Liberal party last year), is certainly not a conservative—nor much of a classical liberal. He’s best described as an inner-city Sydney progressive.

This meant that Turnbull was regularly at odds with most of his own party: a recipe for perpetual strife. Turnbull is, for example, an outspoken advocate of climate change activism. His party is not. In 2017, Turnbull campaigned in favor of changing Australia’s marriage laws. Most of his party’s base—which includes considerable numbers of evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics—were opposed.

The inevitable dissonance caused by a progressive leading a mostly conservative party largely dissolved, however, once Morrison became prime minister. He’s not an intellectually-driven conviction conservative like the former prime minister, Tony Abbott. But Morrison is a conservative and he is skilled at giving pragmatic reasons for center-right policies. Dispensing with Turnbull consequently restored some intellectual and policy coherence to the Coalition government’s conduct. The message for center-right parties throughout the world is this: Conservative parties function better with conservative leaders. Nota bene, Britain’s Tories.

A second reason for the Coalition’s triumph concerns the Labor party. Over the past few years, Labor has steadily drifted leftward, toward very progressive positions. This was on full display during the election campaign. Among other things, Labor promised to raise taxes (including on pensioners!), redistribute wealth, and implement radical energy and environmental policies to fight climate change.

Such positions may play well with affluent inner-city progressives who can afford higher taxes and for whom environmentalism seems to functions as a substitute religion (or, so it appears to me every time I visit my homeland). But they do not resonate with the rest of the country, especially wage-earning Australians who have grown up in a capital-intensive, trading, and natural resources-driven market economy which was, ironically enough, largely created by Labor governments in the 1980s.

In this light, it is not surprising that Labor was pummeled in Queensland and other states rich in natural resources. Yes, inner-city, environmentally-minded progressives managed to unseat Tony Abbott, but Labor’s progressive shift proved politically poisonous everywhere else. The same associations, I suspect, meant that Labor could not convince Australians that a Labor government would not go soft on border security—something Australians across the political spectrum take deadly seriously.[…]

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South Africa Horror as White Farmer Activist Beaten to Death With Hammer

A SOUTH African farmer activist who spoke out against brutal attacks on the the country’s white farmers has been found dead.

Annette Kennealy, 51, was founded with multiple wounds to the body on her land in Limpopo province. Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, a police spokesman, said: “Family members tried to call her without success, until one of them went to investigate. “On arrival he found the deceased inside the house.”

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Dutch Police Arrest Syrian Asylum Seeker and Possible Jabhat Al-Nusra Commander on Suspicion of War Crimes

Dutch police and Public Prosecutor reported the arrest of a 47-year-old Syrian in Kapelle. The suspect is alleged to have commanded the Ghuraba’a Mohassan (Strangers of Mohassan) battalion of terrorist organisation Jabhat al-Nusra, and to have been known as Abu Khuder at the time.

In a coordinated international police action, a total of 8 houses have been searched. A separate German investigation searched 6 houses in Germany occupied by other suspected members of Ghuraba’a Mohassan, while Dutch police also searched a house in Ede. A man living there was in contact with the suspect. The search of the house in Kapelle yielded documents, a computer and a smartphone.

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Migrant Welcome Associations Blast Salvini for Cutting Off Money

Italian pro-migrant associations which operate asylum reception centres have blasted populist Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for cutting funding.

The associations are becoming increasingly hostile to the anti-mass migration minister, complaining that kennels for dogs are currently receiving more money than the migrant reception centres, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.

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Soros, EU Taxpayer-Funded NGOs Lobby Brussels for Total Open Borders

Brussels needs a “courageous” migration policy which opens Europe’s borders to everyone fleeing “wars, climate change [and] poverty”, say ‘international experts’ funded by EU taxpayers and globalist billionaire George Soros.

At a forum discussion titled “Europe and migration: Where do we draw the border,” a panel of what were described as politically independent representatives from “established and respected international human rights organisations” concluded that the bloc must dismantle all immigration controls in order to respect the “rights” of illegal immigrants.

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An Open Letter to Rep. Steve Cohen: Your Denial of God in the Oath Disqualifies You From Office

Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen tells us:

“I think God belongs in religious institutions: in temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque — but not in Congress,” said Cohen, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and civil liberties. “What Republicans are doing, is using God.”

“And God doesn’t want to be used,” he said.

My conclusion?

Steve Cohen, you are not qualified to be a member of Congress, much less chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution.

To say, “So help me God,” is not “using God”; it is acknowledging and asking for advocacy and aid from whom the Declaration of Independence identifies as our Creator.

This feeble display of intellect shows your shallowness, Mr. Cohen. You are an inch deep regarding the constitutional and theological underpinnings of America. Our founding documents declare that our Creator endowed every individual with their rights and it is the government’s duty given by the Creator and His creation to secure those rights.

When you make the statement that any American, Republican or otherwise, is “using God,” it is a not-so-clever way of trying to disavow God’s authority in the matter.

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Canadian Court Tries to Stop Alex Jones From Covering Trans Child Case

A Canadian court has tried to stop Alex Jones from focusing on a trans child case which has quickly turned into a free speech battle.

The case involves a father who opposed hormone therapy given to his child, who’s under 18, to help “transition” from female to male.

This put him at odds with the child’s mother and psychologists who supported the treatments, cumulating into a legal battle over parental rights.

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Christian Culture Fading as Beast System Rises

Christians increasingly finding themselves on fringes of society

“Christianity in America is not dying, but… cultural Christianity is.”

At one point in our history, there was a sense of commonly held Christian principles; An expectation of character and action that brought the nation back to its roots after going astray.

From hosting drag queen story time to holding Ramadan celebrations, “Christian” churches in America are taking extreme measures to make sure that they don’t offend “protected” classes of people.

Christian culture in the west is being supplanted by anti-Christian sentiment. Will renegade Christians be pushed to the gutter of society?

Recent polls are suggesting that many Americans are leaving the church, and more are identifying as having no religious affiliation. Pew research found that, “The country is becoming less religious as a whole, and it’s happening across the board.”

Ed Stetzer, a professor at Wheaton college, said that these polls fail to clarify that the number of committed Christians had remained largely the same. However, “cultural Christianity” is in fact dying. Stetzer stated:

“People with low levels of religious commitment are now more likely to identify as religiously unaffiliated.”

“Christianity in America is not dying, but nominal or cultural Christianity is.”

The Guardian happily announced in 2017 that “We’re at the end of white Christian America.”

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If the current trend continues, renegade Christians who refuse to submit to political correctness or globalist agendas will be outcasts. They will be banned from social media and denied access to banking and basic services.

As the culture wars continue, being a traditional Christian could come at a great cost in the very near future.

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Christian Statues in Germany and Canada Beheaded

Two Christian statues, one in Germany and one in Canada, were beheaded as the spike in attacks on Christian sites continues to escalate.

Both the head and a cross were removed from a statue of St. Volodymyr in Winnipeg early Tuesday morning. The statue, which was blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1984, was located outside the church.

“It’s a catastrophe to say the least,” said Right Rev. Michael Buyachok.

Meanwhile, in Trier Germany, a statue of the Virgin Mary was stolen from private property and subsequently broken up into parts, with the head missing.

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Democrats Unanimous as House Passes Bill Forcing Schools to Let Male Athletes Compete in Girls’ Sports

The Democratically controlled House of Representatives voted Friday 236-173 in favor of the Equality Act, which would require schools to include male athletes who identify as transgender girls on female sports teams.

Eight Republicans crossed party lines to vote for the bill, which had unanimous Democratic support.

The bill amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law.

Among other things, that would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls.

Republican Florida Rep. Greg Steube introduced a last-minute amendment to the bill that would have preserved Title IX’s protections of female athletic teams, but Democrats rejected it.

Every House Democrat but one co-sponsored the legislation. The only Democrat who wasn’t a co-sponsor, Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, announced his support for the bill following pressure from left-wing activists.

“People need to wake up. This radical bill is going to totally eliminate women’s and girls sports,” Republican Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko warned in an op-ed Thursday.

Republican Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler and a half-dozen other House Republicans held a press conference Thursday in opposition to what Hartzler dubbed the “Inequality Act.”

“Congress enacted Title IX to provide equal opportunities for women in education and sports. All this is erased under H.R. 5,” Hartzler said at the press conference.

[Title IX was silly. Compared to this bulldozer of a bill, it looks sane.]

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Exposing “The Loving Left” With Kaitlin Bennett

Watch pro-abortion protesters show their true colors when confronted by a conservative woman

Infowars reporter Kaitlin Bennett was met with waves of love from tolerant pro-abortion protesters in Austin, Texas.

“Get the f*** out of here. You are gross.” the protesters told Bennett. “You’re disgusting. You’re a b***h.”

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Facebook Apologizes for Banning Pro-Life Ad in Ireland

Facebook has lifted a ban on a pro-life ad campaign in Ireland that featured an image of a human fetus, saying it had been mistaken in judging the image to be “graphic or violent.”

“In this instance we made a mistake in applying a warning screen over the image used in The Iona Institute’s ad. We have removed the warning screen and apologise for any inconvenience caused,” Facebook said.

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Here We Go Again: Loony Libs Surround, Harass Pro-Life High Schooler

“You’re an incel and you can’t get laid”

During the #StoptheBans rally in Washington, DC on Tuesday, a pro-life high school student was surrounded and harassed by protesters who called for him to be “fixed,” and screamed in his face.

Boris Kizenko, a well-spoken student at Holmdel High School, seemed largely unfazed by the leftist agitators, but did admit he was afraid after some of them directed death threats at him.

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Human Rights Commission Says “It’s Okay to be White” Message Has “No Place” In New Zealand

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission says that the message “it’s okay to be white” has “no place” in the country.

The ‘controversy’ began when “it’s okay to be white” t-shirts and stickers were sold on a New Zealand auction site called Trade Me.

“Wear this shirt as a white person to troll your local Communists, or wear this shirt as a brown person to troll stuck-up middle-class urbanites. Either way it’s funny!” read the description to the products.

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It’s War, All Right

David Horowitz’s new book, “Dark Agenda,” has an apt subtitle: “The War to Destroy Christian America.”

It’s a war, all right— the jihad of a false religion that seeks to dominate the Western world, which it can’t do unless it wipes out Christianity. We are not talking about Islam. This false religion is leftism.

Why call it a religion, when so many of its adherents are atheists?

Because, like all religions, Far Left Crazy is founded on a non-negotiable faith. Christians believe in God, and believe that salvation comes from God, through belief in Jesus Christ, our Savior. But leftists, in total contrast, believe that salvation comes from within, through the workings of the state, science, schools… and small groups of enlightened leaders wielding political coercion like a scythe. If you’re in their way, they’ll cut you down.

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By “Equality” the Left means homosexual supremacy, a weapon for crushing all opposition to, all criticism of, any innovative “lifestyle” promoted by the Democrats— even religious opposition founded on the First Amendment. You can’t have the Equality Act and freedom of religion, freedom of speech; one or the other will have to be torn down. Guess which one the Democrats would like to erase.

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Jim Carrey Posts His Gruesome Painting of Al Governor Being Aborted… Backfires Spectacularly

Remember the actor, Jim Carrey— that guy who used to be funny?

Sadly, like many of his fellow Hollywood actors, the former comedian stopped being funny when America chose Donald Trump as their President in 2016. The guy who used to earn a living making people laugh has morphed into an angry, unhinged leftist.

Carrey, who fancies himself an artist, has wasted the last two years of his life painting vile images of conservatives, as a way to express his hatred for anyone who doesn’t agree with his political views.

In an attempt to make a point about how angry he is about Georgia governor Kay Ivey’s decision to sign the heartbeat bill, that prevents the abortion of a baby after it has a heartbeat, Carrey painted a gruesome image of what it would look like if the GA governor were aborted as an adult, and then posted it on Twitter.

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NPR: ‘a Baby is Not a Baby Until it is Born’

Taxpayer-funded National Public Radio (NPR) has republished its style guide in the wake of recent abortion legislation, urging its staff to stick to language that does not accidentally humanize the unborn child.

According to the guide, doctors are mistaken when they offer to show a pregnant woman a sonogram of her “baby,” since “a baby is not a baby until it is born.”

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Pope Francis: Church Must Learn to Abandon Old ‘Traditions’

It is a mistake for the Church to try to hold onto old traditions or to have clear answers for everything, Pope Francis said Thursday.

Jesus intentionally omitted telling his disciples many things so that the Church would learn to renounce the desire for clarity and order, the pope told participants in the 21st general assembly of Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s global charitable outreach.

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Socialism Promises a Utopia But Delivers Suffering

by Walter E. Williams

Presidential contenders are in a battle to out-give one another.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., proposes a whopping $50,000 per student college loan forgiveness. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., proposes free health care for all Americans plus illegal aliens. Most Democratic presidential candidates promise free stuff that includes free college, universal income, “Medicare for All,” and debt forgiveness.

Their socialist predecessors made promises, too.

“Freedom and Bread” was the slogan used by Adolf Hitler during the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi) campaign against President Paul von Hindenburg. Hitler even promised, “In the Third Reich every German girl will find a husband.”

Stalin promised a great socialist-Marxist society that included better food and better worker conditions.

China’s Mao Zedong promised democratic constitutionalism and the dream that “farmers have land to till.” These and other promises gave Mao the broad political support he needed to win the leadership of the entire country in 1949.

Socialism promises a utopia that sounds good, but those promises are never realized. It most often results in massive human suffering.

Capitalism fails miserably when compared with a heaven or utopia promised by socialism. But any earthly system is going to come up short in such a comparison. Mankind must make choices among alternative economic systems that actually exist.

It turns out that for the common man capitalism, with all of its alleged shortcomings, is superior to any system yet devised to deal with his everyday needs and desires. By almost any measure of human well-being, people who live in countries toward the capitalistic end of the economic spectrum are far better off than their fellow men who live in countries toward the socialist end. Why?

Capitalism, or what some call free markets, is relatively new in human history. Prior to capitalism, the way individuals amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering, and enslaving their fellow man. With the rise of capitalism, it became possible to amass great wealth by serving and pleasing your fellow man.

Capitalists seek to discover what people want and produce and market it as efficiently as possible as a means to profit. A historical example of this process would be John D. Rockefeller, whose successful marketing drove kerosene prices down from 58 cents a gallon in 1865 to 7 cents in 1900. Henry Ford became rich by producing cars for the common man.

Both Ford’s and Rockefeller’s personal benefits pale in comparison to the benefits received by the common man who had cheaper kerosene and cheaper and more convenient transportation. There are literally thousands of examples of how mankind’s life has been made better by those in the pursuit of profits.

Here’s my question to you: Are the people who, by their actions, created unprecedented convenience, longer life expectancy, and a more pleasant life for the ordinary person—and became wealthy in the process—deserving of all the scorn and ridicule heaped upon them by intellectuals and political hustlers today?

In many intellectual and political circles, the pursuit of profits is seen as evil. However, this pursuit forces entrepreneurs to find ways to either please people efficiently or go bankrupt. Of course, they could mess up and avoid bankruptcy if they can get government to bail them out or give them protection against competition.

Nonprofit organizations have an easier time of it. As a matter of fact, people tend to be the most displeased with services received from public schools, motor vehicle departments, and other government agencies. Nonprofits can operate whether they please people or not. That’s because they derive their compensation through taxes.

I’m sure that we’d be less satisfied with supermarkets if they had the power to take our money through taxes, as opposed to being forced to find ways to get us to voluntarily give them our money.

By the way, I’m not making an outright condemnation of socialism. I run my household on the Marxist principle, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

That system works when you can remember the names of ALL involved.

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Target Sells LGBTQ Clothing for Children, Funds Group Whose Founder Praised Nambla Defender

Major retail chain promotes organization founded by Obama-era Department of Education official

American retail chain Target recently donated $100,000 to a non-profit whose founder praised a NAMBLA advocate and teaches students and teachers in schools grades K-12 about “sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.”

The group, GLSEN, was founded by Kevin Jennings in 1990 with a plan to be “the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.”

Jennings was President Obama’s Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education from 2009 to 2011 where he continued pushing a pro-homosexual agenda in American schools.

As a part of the government’s Common Core initiative, GLSEN teaches elementary school children in grades 3-5 about “gender identity and expression,” and “gender-neutral” pronouns according to a lesson plan on their website.

In 2009, Jennings was under fire for failing to report a 15-year-old sophomore student in his school who told him about his sexual relationship with an older man.

The GLSEN founder was also criticized for praising Harry Hay who frequently defended the North American Association for Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).

Target’s Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Digital Officer, Rick Gomez happens to be on the board of GLSEN, as promoted on the department store’s website.

In addition to the generous donation, Target has started selling its own line of LGBTQ products, including kids and baby clothes.

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The Fetus-Obsessed Pro-Abortion Industry Includes National Public Radio

Like most hard left-leaning activists, associations and their affiliates, National Public Radio (NPR), which published a Guide on how to properly use adjectives and phrases on the abortion debate, is— FETUS OBSESSED.

“The guidance cautioned reporters against describing the “fetal heartbeat” bills as referring to the heartbeat of a fetus — they instead say the heartbeat can be detected weeks before the embryo develops into a fetus. (The Blaze, May 22, 2019)

“The guidance objected to the terms “late term abortion” and “partial birth abortion,” and claimed those phrases had “ideological baggage” that implied the fetus was viable when the abortions were operated.”

If the fetus is not “viable”, why is abortion needed?

Nowhere in the NPR Guide does it say “These procedures abort babies, not fetuses”.

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The Face of Evil? Pro-Abortion Women Speak Out

This the future of America

Infowars reporter Kaitlin Bennett talked with two young women outside Houston, Texas about their thoughts on abortion and what they said is shocking.

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Facebook Removed a Record 2.2 Billion Fake Accounts in Q1

On one hand, Facebook — the world’s biggest social media company — represented that it has just under 2.4 billion monthly active users from across the globe.

On the other hand, Facebook on Thursday said it has removed a record 2.2 billion fake accounts in the first quarter, which while putting the former number to doubt as it is almost as big as Facebook’s entire universe of “active” users, also demonstrates how the company is battling an avalanche of what Bloomberg called “bad actors” trying to undermine the authenticity of the world’s largest social network… alternatively one wonders just how credible is the 2.4 billion MAU number when there is such an onslaught of fake accounts.

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