The Islamization of History

  • Not only does no other religion in Turkey, other than Islam, have the power, influence or financing of the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) — whose budget even surpasses that of most ministries; other religions are either not officially recognized (as in the cases of Alevism and Yazidism), or are on the verge of complete governmental elimination — as in the cases of Judaism, Greek Orthodoxy, Assyrian (Syriac) and Armenian Christianity.
  • “…[S]ince the creation of the world there is only one religion and it is the religion of Islam…. therefore, when Islam was not in that area before Mohammed came to it, it should have been there….So any place like this had to be freed, not to be conquered…And therefore, there is no Islamic occupation. If somebody occupies anything, it will always be somebody else, not the Muslims. So, there is no Islamic occupation. There is only Islamic liberation.” — Moshe Sharon, Professor Emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • To be effective, however, policies safeguarding religious liberty must include conducting an honest and open discussion of the history and doctrine of Islam, as well as its contemporary iteration, not as a “religion of peace” — which, in Islam, is to occur only after the entire world has accepted Allah, as well as Islamic law, Sharia — but as one of war and terror.

The debate over whether Islam has been hijacked by fundamentalists — or whether the religion itself preaches the kind of hatred that leads to terrorism — has been raging since the 9/11/2001 attacks on the United States. Although this issue has not been resolved, one thing is clear: in the Muslim world, the demonization of Jews and Christians is commonplace.

Take Turkey, for example, where anti-Semitism has been exhibited publicly for decades by prominent members of government, the religious establishment and the media. In June this year, the head of the government’s Religious Affairs Directorate — the “Diyanet” — joined the chorus.

Slugs For Thugs

Homeowner killed wanted suspect ‘to protect myself, my family, and my neighbors’

You ‘shoot to stop’ and if they don’t stop…..

A man wanted by police for ramming Memphis police cruisers and speeding off was shot and killed by a homeowner over the weekend.

The homeowner said it was all in self-defense.

The homeowner said he was in his driveway trying to protect himself, his family, and his neighbors. As a last resort, he opened fire.

Larry Hampton said he has some remorse for shooting and killing the man in his driveway, but he stands firmly behind his choice to pull the trigger.

“To protect myself, my family, my neighbors. I feared for my life,” Hampton said.

Billy Ran Sandlin was killed by Hampton. He’s the same person police have been searching for since last week. Officers said Sandlin rammed two police cruisers, which resulted in a police chase on Third Street near Norris Road.

Sandlin was also wanted on eight active warrants and has a long criminal history. Court records show he has been a convicted sex offender since June 2000.

“He just wouldn’t stop and wouldn’t leave,” Hampton said.

Hampton said Sandlin continued trying to get a weapon even after two shots were fired.

“I fired two shots and told him to stop moving and he was still trying to get the weapon out. Then I fired three more shots,” Hampton said.

Castro, Chavez, and ‘bad luck’: Glenn Reynolds

Robert Heinlein once wrote:

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

I thought about this statement this weekend, reading two news stories. The first was about the tide of Venezuelans taking to boats to escape Venezuela’s economic collapse. As The New York Times reported, “Venezuela was once one of Latin America’s richest countries, flush with oil wealth that attracted immigrants from places as varied as Europe and the Middle East.”

“But after President Hugo Chávez vowed to break the country’s economic elite and redistribute wealth to the poor, the rich and middle class fled to more welcoming countries in droves, creating what demographers describe as Venezuela’s first diaspora.”

The noisy left has gone weirdly silent on Venezuela

Jeremy Corbyn of the U.K., a staunch supporter of the Chavista project, is oddly silent, giving much merriment to London satirists out on Twitter.

Sean Penn of Hollywood fame has nothing to say, either, though the Twitterati are asking for answers.

Oliver Stone has moved on to Putin-worship and has gotten circumspect about the great Chavista project he romanticized in story and film for so many years.

Apparently, the cat has gotten Michael Moore‘s tongue, too.  He’s got nothing to say about Venezuela this time, either.

Nor does Naomi Campbell, Hugo Chávez’s biggest fangirl.

 

Gun Control Fantasies

By the way ‘Zinnia Jones’ is a Trannywhoknowswhat “it”.

SJWs drool over the possibility of disarming the American citizenry. It is their most important goal, for even they realize that their path to total domination of American culture, government, and life will require them to do this, at some point. But I am, on occasion, reminded that the SJW Left doesn’t really understand us. To them, the idea that we would actually fight back is ludicrous. After all, were they in our position, they would not fight. Fighting is not their way.

Observe:

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Amazing, isn’t it? Zinnia Jones doesn’t understand how this would actually go down in practice.

 

Venezuela electoral body says 8 million voted; opposition disputes count

President Nicolás Maduro pushed ahead Sunday with the controversial vote for a powerful constitutional assembly amid protests that left a dozen people dead, according to opposition officials, who led a massive boycott of the polls.

The beleaguered South American nation was electing members to the new assembly that would rewrite the country’s 1999 constitution and possibly create a single-party, authoritarian system.

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council said more than 8 million people voted to grant Maduro’s ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers with a constitutional assembly — a turnout more than double the estimates of both the government’s political opponents and independent experts.

Council president Tibisay Lucena announced just before midnight that turnout in Sunday’s vote was 41.53%, or 8,089,320 people.

The count was met with mockery and anger from members of the opposition, who said they believed between 2 million and 3 million people voted. One well-respected independent analysis said 3.6 million appeared to have voted.

 

 

Oregon Sheriff Releases Alien Felon with Immigration Hold before 2 Women Assaulted

“Progress is what proggies want, and this is the kind of ‘progress’ they seem to be okay with.

Immigration officials confirmed to Breitbart Texas that the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office released the criminal alien who allegedly assaulted two women in Portland, Oregon after an immigration detainer requested he be held for deportation. Earlier this year, the sheriff said that turning criminal aliens over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers damages “community trust.”

After being released by Sheriff Mike Reese’s jailers in December 2016, Sergio Jose Martinez, 31, went back into the community and allegedly raped one woman and assaulted a second, both at knifepoint. Martinez allegedly broke into the home of a 65-year-old woman, tied her up, held her at knifepoint and raped her, Breitbart Texas reported.

 

Hamburg terror – Killer knifeman in supermarket rampage was ‘known Islamist’

Yes, Germany had another ‘contestant’ try out in the Slice-n-Dice look alike contest. That isn’t unusual anymore. That last part though seems to also be, unfortunately, gaining in the “isn’t unusual anymore” category as well. And to me it smells more and more rotten as we go along.

The attack happened inside a supermarket on Fuhlsbüttler Street, as panicked shoppers fled the store to call for help.

Hamburg Interior Minister Andy Grote told a news conference on Saturday that Friday’s 26-year-old attacker was registered in intelligence systems as an Islamist but not as a jihadist, as there was no evidence to link him to an imminent attack.

Mr Grote also said the attacker, a Palestinian asylum seeker who could not be deported as he lacked identification documents, was psychologically unstable.

The Palestinian mission in Berlin had agreed to issue him with documents and he had agreed to leave Germany once these were ready, a process that takes a few months.

Judge Rules Against Seattle in Gun Tax Public Records Case

A King County Superior Court judge on Friday ruled in favor of the Second Amendment Foundation and the senior editor of its monthly publication, TheGunMag.com, in a lawsuit against the City of Seattle over violation of the Public Records Act (PRA).

Judge Lori K. Smith issued her decision from the bench, according to Seattle attorney Steven Fogg, who represented the plaintiffs. She held that the city had not acted in bad faith, so a nominal penalty was assessed. But Fogg said via e-mail that “Judge Smith’s ruling establishes that the City should have disclosed the information to the public when we asked for it. By fighting us needlessly, they now have to pay a penalty and our attorney fees, not to mention their own attorney time (they had two City attorneys assigned to this).”

The lawsuit was filed in September of last year after the city repeatedly refused to release revenue figures on how much it had collected under the controversial 2015 “gun violence tax.” The city had argued that it would violate the privacy of firearms retailers in the city to disclose even an aggregate revenue figure.

But Alan Gottlieb, SAF founder and executive vice president, contended that the real reason the city was reluctant to disclose the revenue figure was because it fell far short of the forecast of $300,000 to $500,000 annually.

 

Smith & Wesson Is Ready to Make Some Noise in Gun Silencers

Ruger, now S&W. Okay, they need to start really start twisting arms for the suppressor law.

Public misperceptions about gun silencers is probably what kept American Outdoor Brands‘ (NASDAQ: AOBC) purchase of leading suppressor manufacturer Gemini Technologies from exciting the market as much as it should have. But it is a smart acquisition nonetheless that comes at an opportune time for the firearms manufacturer, as it will help it better target and keep pace with rival Sturm, Ruger (NYSE: RGR) while preparing for the boom to come.

Hollywood has characterized silencers so that people imagine some James Bond-like device that quietly goes pew-pew-pew when a gun is fired. In reality, the devices don’t silence guns so much as suppress the sound they make. An AR-15 modern sporting rifle outfitted with a so-called silencer would still make a sound around 130 decibels, or the equivalent of a jackhammer.

Despite their outlandish depiction in movies, suppressors are an essential tool for shooters wanting to protect their hearing, as hearing damage begins to occur at about 85 decibels, or about the same sound your kitchen blender makes. And suppressors became a topic of conversation this year after the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) was introduced in Congress to make less convoluted the rigmarole gun enthusiasts have to go through to buy one.

The gun-show loophole seems to have shrunk

If you follow debates in Virginia’s General Assembly, you might get the impression that the state could sharply curtail the violent-crime rate if only lawmakers would close the “gun-show loophole.” New data suggest the impression is mistaken.

Federally licensed firearm dealers must conduct a background check on prospective purchasers, but private sellers don’t have to. That’s true regardless of whether the transaction takes place at a gun show or not. Yet to hear advocates and some legislators talk, you’d think gun shows provide hardened criminals with a steady stream of easy weapons.

In fact, the claim has never held up well. Most criminals get their guns through other means, such as “sharing arrangements with fellow gang members,” according to a recent item in Newsweek. A survey of prison inmates by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that gun shows accounted for less than 1 percent of the firearms used by felons.

That survey is two decades old now, but evidence to contradict it does not seem to have surfaced. Meanwhile, new data about a Virginia law suggests that it probably still holds up. The law, part of a compromise between the GOP-held Assembly and Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, provides for voluntary background checks at gun shows.

 

News for our readers in Arkansas

Several New Arkansas Laws Take Effect Next Week

A stack of new state laws concerning guns, schools, even wine take effect next week.

One allows concealed carry license holders to keep their gun on their employer’s property.

Act 1071 states Arkansans with the permits can store their guns in their cars out of sight and under lock and key in a private employer’s parking lot.

“I’m sure a significant number of Americans have been doing this long before concealed carry licenses have come out,” said Chuck Schlichting, a CCL holder for three years.

According to the law, the holder doesn’t have to put the gun in a lockbox until he or she gets out of the car.

Private employers can prohibit non-employees from storing guns in their cars but can only prohibit employees under rare circumstances.

It’s Your Money But You Can’t Have It: EU Proposes Account Freezes To Halt Bank Runs

You think the U.S. banking system isn’t considering this as well?

If there is a run on the bank, any bank in the EU, you better be among the first to get your money out.

Although it’s your money, the EU wants to Freeze Accounts to Prevent Runs at Failing Banks.

 European Union states are considering measures which would allow them to temporarily stop people withdrawing money from their accounts to prevent bank runs, an EU document reviewed by Reuters revealed.

The move is aimed at helping rescue lenders that are deemed failing or likely to fail, but critics say it could hit confidence and might even hasten withdrawals at the first rumors of a bank being in trouble.

The proposal, which has been in the works since the beginning of this year, comes less than two months after a run on deposits at Banco Popular contributed to the collapse of the Spanish lender.

Giving supervisors the power to temporarily block bank accounts at ailing lenders is “a feasible option,” a paper prepared by the Estonian presidency of the EU said, acknowledging that member states were divided on the issue.

EU countries which already allow a moratorium on bank payouts in insolvency procedures at national level, like Germany, support the measure, officials said.

“The desire is to prevent a bank run, so that when a bank is in a critical situation it is not pushed over the edge,” a person familiar with German government’s thinking said.

The Estonian proposal was discussed by EU envoys on July 13 but no decision was made, an EU official said. Discussions were due to continue in September. Approval of EU lawmakers would be required for any final decision.

Under the plan discussed by EU states, pay-outs could be suspended for five working days and the block could be extended to a maximum of 20 days in exceptional circumstances, the Estonian document said.

Cicero cop shooting tied to gun Chicago P.D. should have destroyed

Thirteen years ago, William Stewart Boyd, a Cook County judge, drove to a South Side church to turn in a handgun his late father had owned.

The Chicago Police Department was accepting guns as part of a buyback program meant to take weapons off the streets and help make the city safer.

Boyd, who hears domestic relations cases, brought them his father’s .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, serial number J515268. He remembers handing it to plainclothes officers who wore their badges and service weapons on their belts. Under the buyback program, they, in turn, gave him a prepaid Visa card. It was for less than $100.

The police recover thousands of guns every year, many of them through buyback programs like this, as well as by confiscating weapons seized during arrests — more than 5,000 guns so far this year alone.

The guns are supposed to be destroyed. But the gun Judge Boyd took in somehow wasn’t. Instead, it turned up eight years later next to the body of a young man who was shot to death by a Cicero police officer.

The cop — Officer Donald Garrity, who, records show, had a history of discipline problems — is now out of the suburban department and collecting a disability pension as a result of post-traumatic stress he blames on the shooting.

How did a gun Chicago cops were supposed to have kept in a locked custody room and then destroyed end up all of those years later at the scene of a police shooting in Cicero, on a patch of pavement next to the body of a 22-year-old Latin Counts gang member named Cesar A. Munive?

The moslem/DNC connection of ‘Little Debbie”, as head of the partei and congresscritter.

House Dem IT Staffers Owed Money To Hezbollah-Connected Fugitive

Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing their access to House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician who is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit.

Imran Awan and four of his relatives were employed as information technology (IT) aides by dozens of House Democrats, including members of the intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees. The aides’ administrator-level IT access was terminated earlier this month amid a criminal probe by U.S. Capitol Police of a suspected security breach, including an off-site server housing congressional data.

The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has reported that while working for Congress, the Pakistani brothers controlled a limited liability corporation called Cars International A (CIA), a car dealership with odd finances, which took–and was unable to repay–a $100,000 loan from Dr. Ali Al-Attar.

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, wrote that Attar “was observed in Beirut, Lebanon conversing with a Hezbollah official” in 2012–shortly after the loan was made. Attar has also been accused of helping provoke the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as a leader of Iraqi dissidents opposed to Saddam Hussein.

Wasserman Schultz Seemingly Planned To Pay Suspect Even While He Lived In Pakistan

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz seemingly planned to pay cyber-probe suspect and IT aide Imran Awan even while he was living in Pakistan, if the FBI hadn’t stopped him from leaving the U.S. Monday. Public statements and congressional payroll records suggest she also appears to have known that his wife, a fellow IT staffer, left the country for good months ago — while she was also a criminal suspect.

In all, six months of actions reveal a decision to continue paying a man who seemingly could not have been providing services to her, and who a mountain of evidence suggests was a liability. The man long had access to all of Wasserman Schultz’s computer files, work emails and personal emails, and he was recently accused by a relative in court documents of wiretapping and extortion.

Records also raise questions about whether the Florida Democrat permitted Awan to continue to access computers after House-wide authorities banned him from the network Feb. 2. Not only did she keep him on staff after the ban, but she also did not have any other IT person to perform necessary work that presumably would have arisen during a months-long period, according to payroll records.

Wasserman Schultz kept paying tech expert suspected of stealing House computers

When a computer expert who worked for congressional Democrats was accused of stealing computers and data systems in February, members of Congress cut him loose within days, leaving Imran Awan with no supporters five months later.

Except for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Weston Democrat has not explained in detail why she continued to employ Awan until Tuesday when she fired him — after he was arrested on bank-fraud charges at Dulles International Airport in Virginia attempting to board a flight to Pakistan.

And she has not elaborated on what work Awan did for her after he lost access to the House computer network.

Imran Awan Scandal Shows Just How Much Dirt Dems Wanted to Hide By Focusing on Trump-Russia

When U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI, and Customs and Border Protection teamed up to arrest Imran Awan, an IT staffer for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and other congressional Democrats, Americans began to realize just how broken and corrupt the Democratic Party has become. Indeed, such scandals beg the question of whether the Trump-Russia hype has not been a desperate attempt to distract the country from a long train of scandals on the Left.

Other House IT aides wondered whether the Awans were blackmailing the Democrats who waited so long to fire them. “I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests, Pat Sowers, a 12-year House IT aide told The Daily Caller.

“There’s no question about it: If I was accused of a tenth of what these guys are accused of, they’d take me out in handcuffs that same day, and I’d never work again,” said a manager at a tech-services company that works with Democratic House offices. He also reported offering his company’s services to Democrat offices for one-fourth the price of Awan and his brothers, but the Democrats declined.

 

U.S. orders Venezuela embassy families out, crisis deepens

The U.S. government ordered family members of employees at its embassy in Venezuela to leave on Thursday as a political crisis deepened ahead of a controversial vote critics contend will end democracy in the oil-rich country.

Violence continued to rage on the street, with another seven people killed during the latest opposition-led strike against President Nicolas Maduro’s planned election for a powerful new Constituent Assembly on Sunday.

Adding to Venezuela’s growing international isolation, Colombian airline Avianca suddenly stopped operations in the country on Thursday due to “operational and security limitations”.

Maduro’s critics were planning to pile more pressure on the unpopular leftist leader by holding roadblocks across the nation dubbed “The Takeover of Venezuela” on Friday.

Missouri gun engraver gets business from around the world

SFGate? Fran SanCisco?
Jim is apparently gaining an extremely widespread reputation. I have two guns he’s engraved. Soon, there’ll be a third.

Jim Downing prefers to call himself a craftsman, not an artist.

But his intricately hand-carved renderings on Colts, Rugers, Winchesters and other fine guns have earned him clients from across the globe — from Europe all the way to Australia.

Especially in the world of cowboy action shooting, mention Springfield, Missouri, and many participants in the Western-themed sport will instantly know the name: Jim Downing, Gun Engraver.

It’s been an unusual path to his workbench at Cherokee Firearms in Springfield, where Downing typically engraves one to two guns a week, all by hand.

“I started with scrimshaw (the art of engraving on ivory) in 1979 engraving fossil ivory from Alaska,” Downing told the Springfield News-Leader during a break from teaching a metal engraving class at Cherokee Firearms. “I engraved silver and then advanced to knives. I did knives, a lot of knives, for a long time. I didn’t even touch a gun for 12 years.”

Mexican Self-Defense Groups Spread amid Worsening Cartel Violence

They’re called “Autodefensas”. El Supremo Gobierno De Estados Unidos Mexicanos really doesn’t like having them around and tries to regulate them into the Cuerpo de Defensa Rural (Rurales, or Rural Police). And it ain’t working.

As security conditions in Mexico continue to spiral out of control, the country has seen the rise of average citizens taking arms against the drug cartels that are responsible for most of the violence in the country.
Initially Mexico only had a handful of groups, but since 2013, that figure skyrocketed to more than 183 in 14 states. The main hotspots for self-defense organizations are Guerrero and Michoacan, two states rocked by extreme cartel violence, executions, and kidnappings. However, recent developments indicate self-defense groups are starting to establish themselves in the wealthy State of Mexico.

The idea of self-defense groups continues to spread where links between organized crime and politicians are constantly uncovered. Citizens are beginning to gather in Chihuahua, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Jalisco, Quintana Roo, Oaxaca, and several other states.

 

For our West Virginia readers

Joe Manchin received donations from law firm pushing for gun control

The law firm Paul, Weiss, long known for their questionable tactics in defending terrorists, donated to Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, quarterly campaign filings show.

Mr. Manchin accepted donations totaling over $87,000 from people connected to the powerful Manhattan law firm with his total fundraising for the quarter coming in at $1.4 million.

In addition to representing terrorists, the firm has also joined a coalition of other law firms to promote gun control causes, according to the New York Times. Paul, Weiss joined several other top law firms in wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting last year to offer free legal services and donations to groups that work on such advocacy.

This issue is sure to go over poorly with Mr. Manchin’s constituents in West Virginia where more than 50 percent of households have guns, reports NPR.

The firm has been a longtime donor in Democratic politics and was listed among the top ten firms to donate to federal candidates and parties in 2016, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Ninety-three percent of the donations went to Democratic candidates.

One listed donor to Mr. Manchin, Martin Flumenbaum, an attorney at the firm, was once banned from Guantanamo after someone on his team was caught distributing anti-American propaganda to detainees back in 2006. The firm was banned from the base, but won a lawsuit that allowed them to continue representing prisoners.

 

 

How Bureaucracies Creep Into Life-and-Death Medical Decisions

From observing British culture today, even a modest threat of bombing or beheading seems to produce a much more cooperative mindset in the bureaucracy. I wonder how long it will be before others in British society pick up on this lesson and apply it.

The Charlie Gard case in the U.K. shows the role government health systems inevitably seek to play.

Everyone who has been touched by the case of Charlie Gard is in a terrible position. This 11-month-old British boy, born with an extremely rare mitochondrial DNA disorder that has damaged his brain and left him unable to move his limbs, has been in a hospital for months.

Now it appears he will never go home again, not even to die. His parents lost their fight in the British courts to bring him to the U.S. for an experimental treatment, and now they have been denied their request to let his family have his last hours at home.

…..the more intimately the government becomes involved in the provision of general services, rather than simply stopping the spread of epidemics, the more intimate the decisions it will make.

I’m not making the crude claim that the NHS wanted Charlie to die so taxpayers would spend less money treating him; I’m sure the doctors who begged the court to say “enough” thought that they were acting in little Charlie’s best interest. But when the government is in charge of providing all the health care, it will develop a whole set of policies and norms for deciding when it will not provide that health care.

It cannot be otherwise; if they didn’t say “enough” at some point, doctors and patients would exhaust the entire national budget chasing futile hopes of life.

Britain directly provides health services to most of its citizens, and so its institutions are particularly advanced in this direction; it has an entire agency, the National Institute for Health Care Excellence, which decides which treatments are worth paying for based on a metric called quality adjusted life year.

The ability to make coolly rational assessments of benefit, far removed from the desperation of individual patients, is the envy of health-care wonks everywhere. Obamacare’s Independent Payments Advisory Board, which is supposed to come into existence next year, is an attempt to move the U.S. in this direction.

As far as I know, the institute played no direct role in the decision about Charlie’s treatment; his parents had privately raised the funds needed to take him to the U.S. for treatment, and the battle in court was not about taxpayers’ money, but about the risk that further treatment would harm Charlie rather than helping him.

But the existence of such institutions has a more subtle effect: It establishes that statisticians and government officials are the proper authority over what treatments you may receive. And once we have accepted such a principle where it is obviously logical and necessary, it may be easier to abide its deployment in cases where it is unnecessary.

This change in public values may simply be an inevitable side effect of getting the government into the health-care business.

Ted Cruz After Repeal Failure: “No Party Can Remain In Power By Lying To The American People”

“Hey, give us the Senate and we can do all this stuff”
Done.

“Uhm, actually we need the presidency too and then we can do all this stuff”
Done.

“Oh, you were serious.”

He’s not declaring defeat in saying that but rather promising that the effort to repeal ObamaCare will go on, and that they’ll get it done eventually. Maybe. Probably not with this GOP caucus, though. Once the party holds 75 Senate seats or whatever, then they’ll be ready to repeal and replace.

Since truth is paramount, here’s a truth-bomb for you: The “skinny repeal” bill that he and all the other tea-party heroes voted for last night was garbage, substantively and procedurally.

Had it passed, it would have left the GOP holding the bag for bailing out insurers once young healthy people started dropping their plans. And as a matter of pure process, it was a travesty.

Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Ben Sasse — all the guys who got famous lecturing the right about civics and transparency and good government were prepared to vote for a bad bill written on the day of the vote, with a roll call held in the dead of night without committee mark-ups, hearings, nada. “Skinny repeal” was, as Philip Klein correctly says, an insult. And Cruz was a willing participant.

New North Korea ICBM Test ‘Probably Put U.S. West Coast in Range’

The days of being able to ‘kick the can down the road’ are quickly coming to an end.

North Korea tested a missile today that “probably” demonstrated their capability to strike America’s Pacific Coast, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee warned.

Defense Department spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement today that the Pentagon “tracked a single North Korea missile launch today at about 10:41 a.m. EDT.”

“We assess that this missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile, as had been expected,” Davis said. “The missile was launched from Mupyong-ni and traveled about 1,000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan. We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment.”

 

Charlie Gard’s Parents Give Up – and You’re Next

Charlie Gard’s parents, stonewalled by their government and the Euro-socialist high command for five months, their child effectively kidnapped by the State, have finally been forced to accept that it is now too late to hope that their baby might be saved.  They have therefore withdrawn their application to take him to an American hospital for experimental treatment.  He will soon die.

There are numerous important lessons to take from this case and never forget:

(1) Socialized health care means state ownership of the individual, pure and simple.
(2) Progressive paternalism is opposed on principle to parental authority – i.e., to private families as the indispensable building blocks of civil society.
(3) Under socialism, even medicine – the ancient vocation dedicated to preserving and enhancing life at all cost – becomes enmeshed in the progressive death cult, according to which individual lives are mere variables in an abstract calculus based on social utility and budgetary value.  (Of course, the socialists always find pretty euphemisms to mask their hateful coldness – e.g., “death with dignity” and “quality of life.”)

Chris Gard and Connie Yates argued, begged, and fought in court for months to take their sick child to doctors who were prepared to offer him a last-ditch effort at survival. They raised money to pay for the trip and the treatment themselves; they merely needed permission to take their own baby out of the hospital and transport him to doctors who were more expert in his illness than those in Britain and who were willing to try experimental treatments.

And please don’t waste your breath on those who would argue that a baby should not be a “guinea pig” for medical experiments. All medical progress begins with someone who has run out of conventional hope taking a chance on a new, previously unproven “experiment.” (Someone had to receive the first heart transplant, the first polio vaccination, etc.)

NASA confirms: Sea levels have been FALLING across the planet for two years … media SILENT

Wait a minute! I thought AlGore and his merry band of sycophants claimed around 10 years ago that we only had 10 years until the the polar ice caps melted, all the Polar Bears drowned and we would have ‘Water World’ for real.
But I guess The Narrative™ can’t be refuted by facts

As the global warming narrative unravels under revelations of scientific fraud, data alteration and faked “hockey stick” data models, the fake news media remains suspiciously silent over the fact that NASA now confirms ocean levels have been falling for nearly two years.

On a NASA page intended to spread climate alarmism (https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/), NASA’s own data reveal that world-wide ocean levels have been falling for nearly two years, dropping from a variation of roughly 87.5mm to below 85mm.

These data, of course, clearly contradict the false narrative of rapid, never-ending rising ocean levels that flood continents and drown cities — a key element of the climate change “boogeyman” fiction that’s used to scare gullible youth into making Al Gore rich.