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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Trump at CIA: “We have to get rid of ISIS. We have no choice….This is a level of evil that we haven’t seen”

From Jihad Watch:
“We have to get rid of ISIS. We have no choice. Radical Islamic terrorism, and I said it yesterday, has to be eradicated, just off the face of the earth. This is evil. This is evil….This is a level of evil that we haven’t seen. And you’re going to go it and you’re going to do a phenomenal job, but we’re going to end it. It’s time. It’s time right now to end it.”

Robert Spencer notes that one can not actually "wipe Radical Islamic terrorism off the face of the earth." Because it is not "Radical Islamic terrorism", but is, instead, fundamentalist Islam in action; the doctrine of Jihad manifest.

Robert Spencer is right.

But Donald Trump is also right. We can not abide this Jihad. It is evil. We need to do everything we can to rid ourselves of the problem.

Even if all that means is scaring all the dangerous Muslims into a hole at the end of the Earth, only to have them come crawling back out decades later, well, that is better than sitting around with a defeatist attitude saying, "We can't beat these people."

Trump will fight. And that is a good thing.


Germany rejecting “almost all” applications for asylum from Christian refugees

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President Trump Declares Independence --- His message to America: Remember those things I said in the campaign? I meant them. I meant it all.

From Peggy Noonan in the Washington Post (who I would swear, must have been in my head, because these were my exact feelings in watching the Inaugural):
I was more moved than I expected. Then more startled. 
The old forms and traditions, the bands and bunting, endured. I thought, as I watched the inauguration: It continues. There were pomp and splendor, happy, cheering crowds; and for all the confounding nature of the past 18 months, and all the trauma, it came as a reassurance to see us do what we do the way we do it. 
A friend in the Southwest, a longtime Trump supporter, emailed just before the swearing in: “I have been crying all morning.” 
From joy. 
I found myself unexpectedly moved during the White House meeting of the Trumps and the Obamas, at the moment Melania Trump emerged from her car. She was beautiful, seemed so shy and game. There are many ways to show your respect for people and events, and one is to present yourself with elegance and dignity. 
The inaugural address was utterly and uncompromisingly Trumpian. The man who ran is the man who’ll reign. It was plain, unfancy and blunt to the point of blistering. A little humility would have gone a long way, but that’s not the path he took. Nor did he attempt to reassure. 
It was pow, right in the face. 
Most important, he did not in any way align himself with the proud Democrats and Republicans arrayed around him. He looked out at the crowd and said he was allied with them. 
He presented himself not as a Republican or a conservative but as a populist independent. The essential message: Remember those things I said in the campaign? I meant them. I meant it all. 
The address was bold in its assertion of the distance in America between the leaders and the led: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished—but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered—but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country.” 
It was an unmistakable indictment of almost everyone seated with him on the platform. Then a stark vow: “That all changes—starting right here and right now.” Jan. 20 “will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.” 
And these words were most remarkable, not because they were new, but because he didn’t back away from them, he repeated them in an improvisation: “From this day forward it’s going to be only America first—America first.” 
To American workers and families: “You will never be ignored again.” 
The speech will electrify President Trump’s followers. They will feel satisfaction that they understood him and knew what they were backing. 
And it will deepen the Washington establishment’s unease. Republican leaders had been hoping the address would ameliorate their anxieties about the continued primacy of their traditional policy preferences. 
Forget that. This was a declaration that the president is going his own way and they’d best follow. 
Throughout the speech, and much of the day, Mr. Trump looked stern. At first I thought it was the face he puts on when he’s nervous. I don’t think so now. 
Anyway, it was a remarkable speech, like none before it, and it marked, I think, yet another break point in the two-party reality that has dominated our politics for many decades. 
And so, now, it begins. And it simply has to be repeated: We have never had a political moment like this in our lives. We have never had a president like this, such a norm-breaker, in all the ways we know. We are in uncharted seas. 
His supporters, who flooded Washington this week, were friendly, courteous—but watchful. Two Midwestern women told me separately that they used to be but no longer are Republican. They’re something new, waiting for a name. 
They like Mr. Trump the way you learn to like someone you hired and will depend on. They judged him as exactly what’s needed to cut through the merde machine of modern Washington. He is a destabilizer; he shifts the tectonic plates; in the chaos that results, breakthroughs are possible. 
And yet all admit that yes, we’re in uncharted waters. 
The mood among Republicans in Washington is hopeful apprehension. Even Trump supporters, even his staff and advisers, feel it. No one knows what he’ll be like as president, how this will go. Including, probably, him. 
A GOP senator characterized his mood as “tentatively positive.” Another said, with a big grin: “I feel somewhat optimistic!” 
We’ll find out a lot the next few months. How will Mr. Trump work with Congress, and what are his specific legislative priorities? How important will the cabinet be? Will the Trumps really live in the White House or just stay and do events a few days a week? Will they come to own the physical space, the psychic space, of the executive mansion and the presidency? Will they give Camp David—those rustic cabins that are a glass, brass and marble-free zone—a chance? 
The big embassies this week gave receptions to celebrate the inauguration, and invited official Washington. Ambassadors made friendly speeches about their countries’ long, deep and unchanging ties to America. They approached the big change with sangfroid, even jolliness. 
But Washington still doesn’t know what to make of this thing America did. At the Kuwaiti Embassy I looked out at hundreds of Washingtonians of both parties—diplomats, lobbyists, military brass, journalists—all networking, meeting, greeting, all handsomely dressed. 
As I surveyed the scene I turned to a social figure of 40 years’ standing. “Do they have any sense they’re living through big history?” I asked. “Noooooo!” she said. The look on her face—if it had been the late 19th century she would have said, “Pshaw!” 
History is not what they’re about, she was suggesting; satisfying their personal and immediate hungers is what they’re about. 
The Trump Wars of the past 18 months do not now go away. Now it becomes the Trump Civil War, every day, with Democrats trying to get rid of him and half the country pushing back. 
To reduce it to the essentials: As long as Mr. Trump’s party holds the House, it will be a standoff. If the Democrats take the House, they will move to oust him. Because we are divided. We are two nations, maybe more. 
Normally a new president has someone backing him up, someone publicly behind him. Mr. Obama had the mainstream media—the big broadcast networks, big newspapers, activists and intellectuals, pundits and columnists of the left—the whole shebang. He had a unified, passionate party. 
Mr. Trump in comparison has almost nothing. 
The mainstream legacy media oppose him, even hate him, and will not let up. The columnists, thinkers and magazines of the right were mostly NeverTrump; some came reluctantly to support him. His party is split or splitting. 
The new president has gradations of sympathy, respect or support from exactly one cable news channel, and some websites. He really has no one but those who voted for him. 
Do they understand what a lift daily governance is going to be, and how long the odds are, with so much arrayed against him, and them?
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ESPN Offers It’s Social Media Platforms To Support Anti-Trump Protesters In Washington D.C.





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CAIR Urges Muslims To Join ‘Pussy Power Hat’ March

From the Daily Caller:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking American Muslims to participate in the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, and to bring pre-printed signs to the demonstration. 
One of the available signs advertises the Muslim civil rights organization’s support for “justice & equality for all,” according to a press release sent to The Daily Caller. Another sign on offer from CAIR reads “Say No to a ‘Muslim Registry.” A third pre-made CAIR sign Women’s March on Washington for the reads “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.” 
One of the main speakers during the Women’s March on Washington will be Zahra Billoo, the director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area office. Organizers of the Women’s March on Washington had advertised the event as “inclusive,” but have since indicated that inclusion doesn’t extend to women who don’t support abortion.

Women’s March Organizer Recently Met Ex-Hamas Operative, Has Family Ties To Terror Group

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All References to ‘Climate Change’ Deleted From White House Website

From Climate Depot:
WASHINGTON, DC — A climate of change! Perhaps the most stark contrast between the Obama administration and the Trump administration is on “global warming”. 
The climate differences were visible today as the White House website was scrubbed of all references to “climate change” at exactly noon today just as President Donald Trump was sworn in. 
Climate Depot statement: “Climate skeptics are thrilled that one of the very first visible changes of the transition of power between President Obama and President Trump is the booting of “climate change” from the White House website. 
Trump is truly going to make science great again and reject the notion that humans are the control knob of the climate and UN treaties and EPA regulations can somehow regulate temperature and storminess. Welcome to the era of sound science!”  
Meteorologist and Weather Channel Founder John Coleman had one word to describe the White House climate website changes. ‘Hooray!,” Coleman, a climate skeptic, tweeted.
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Our New President and His Family At The Inaugural Festivities

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"Artist" Shepard Fairey Has Returned

The man who created the Obama Hope Poster has now created this:

From this January 20, 2017 article in the Washington Post:
Shepard Fairey’s stenciled red, blue and beige poster of President Obama with the word “Hope” beneath it became an iconic image of the president’s 2009 inauguration and presidency, plastered on people’s shirts and walls across the country. This inauguration, Fairey’s signature designs are back with a similar message of hope.

Ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, Fairey launched the “We the People Campaign,” which he says focuses on the groups that Trump disparaged in his campaign and that may feel threatened by the incoming administration. The campaign includes three posters by Fairey of an African American, Latino and Muslim woman. Artists Jessica Sabogal and Ernesto Yerena also contributed art to the campaign.


The foundation is making the art free to the public, distributing the posters at Metro stations the day of the inauguration and providing them online to download. The campaign purchased a full-page ad in The Washington Post on Friday, so people can use the ad as their poster the day of inauguration. (Here is where the art will be distributed in Washington on Inauguration Day.)...
Read the rest, and see the other two 2017 posters HERE.

Let's see how many of Fairey's posters appear today in demonstrations scheduled all across America.

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NATO, Foreign Policy, Human Nature and HISTORY’S LESSONS

January 1950, the National Press Club, the speaker, Dean Acheson, a great Secretary of State, and one of the greatest cold warriors we ever had, as he proved down through the years.
the American “defensive perimeter” in the Pacific as a line running through Japan, the Ryukyus, and the Philippines. This denied a guarantee of US military protection to the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan.
June 25, 1950, North Korea invades SOuth Korea.
July 25, 1990, Baghdad, Iraq, US Ambassador April Glaspie to Saddam Hussein
We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait. Secretary (of State James) Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq in the 1960′s, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America.

The U.S. State Department had earlier told Saddam that Washington had ‘no special defense or security commitments to Kuwait.’
August 2, 1990, Iraq invades Kuwait
Now NATO was formed at a time when Europe lay in physical, economic and to some moderate to large degree military ruins. EXCEPT for the USA, and economically endangered Britain, and the USSR.
The USSR, having taken eastern europe has TENS OF THOUSANDS of the world’s best tank (T-34/85) and the largest army in the world.
NATO was born to stop that army from overrunning all of Europe as Italy and Greece both lurched towards communist takeovers. France actually LEFT NATO. The mission grew firmly through the 1980’s as  highly mobile, highly outnumbered US force with a few Brits and some Germans, and a scattering of others sought techniques to defend Europe. There were SCORES of Army strategy and tactics games which escaped into the real world surrounding the defense of the Fulda Gap from 2-3 Soviet armies.
That threat, that mission simply does not exist. There IS no WARSAW PACT abutting Germany. Many of those nations are now actually NATO members.
So what is NATO for? We UNDERSTAND asking this makes some people nervous and it should. For THREE GENERATIONS the US has stood guard over Europe for good reasons, and done so largely at our own expense, and to our own sacrifice (but not selflessly either).
We are NOT without nations inimical to the way we live. But neither are the large NATO members, like Germany in synch with us. We have elected EXTREME VETTING, Germany has elected open borders, and we all see the result but they persist. The Baltic States, the most tiny of the NATO member and by far the most vulnerable to Russian hegemony and desire to reclaim 1945’s land would not last a week under an overland invasion. NATO could support them only though a relatively narrow slice of Poland and the Baltic (no place for an American fleet).
So we have a serious gap between NATO’s loss of original mission, and new threats, and sense of purpose, AND the American desire to STOP things from just going on as before for a raft of reasons.
NATO needs to exist or the lessons of the USA STUPIDITY at the top WILL BE REPEATED.
So President Trump is LITERALLY correct in that NATO is obsolete, but neither can we do without it. We NEED to have it redefine it’s goals, and its mission. But while this is going on, we, as HISTORY COMPELS, had better make certain Mr. Putin or WHOEVER has a clear understanding of our responses to the taking of the Baltics, or threats against Poland or any other NATO state, INCLUDING the outbreak of sudden, non uniformed revolutionaries, such as what happened in the eastern Ukraine.
Let the negotiations begin.
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Between the Address and Lunch Yesterday the Course of History Was Set

Bob Woodward spoke yesterday of observing a ‘very animated’ discussion between the the president and Chucky Schumer. About?
The fact that only two cabinet appointees had been confirmed due to minority delaying in the Senate and Schumer’s now DEDICATION to MASSIVE RESISTANCE. Obama on his first day had SEVEN appointees ready and all but one or two within a few weeks. But across the nation, and across the media the course is set.
Speech was Hitlerian
‘I was cheered by all 4 former presidents on the stand, not one of whom voted for Trump indicating ‘we are going to be ok’
Trump will follow a more Putin-esque foreign policy which will find favor in Moscow, Beijing and Ankara
Schumer, of course, is going to be Harry Reid on crack. Put away any thoughts of cooperation. They are going to teach this con man about politics. Even if it means there is NO ONE at the CIA as either director, or deputy director.
Nor was Schumer alone. Listening to Marc Thiessen on Fox he AND MANY OTHERS issued the realistic proclamation the the newcomer would find it necessary to hew closer to the standard manner of things in order to get Republican support for a few of the things he would get to SOME degree.
Paul Ryan will never pass a 45% penalty on Chinese goods
Have any of these people been paying attention?
Schumer WILL FIND HIMSELF under the lightning of every minute of the thunder he has called down and exposed ALONE for special twitter attention.
There will be no presidential deference. There will be no presidential ‘behavior’ or norms.
A word to the wise. They’ve  got Andrew Jackson in behavior, and Sam Adams in revolutionary spirit.
It will be LYIN’ TED. It will be Pocahontas.
And if the D's think, that's ok, it will help raise money...almost every congressional district in the USA is the USA in microcosm. The FORGOTTEN MAN will show up at the voting booth to offset the urban votes. To one degree or another this MASSIVE RESISTANCE will erode the now nakedly progressive Democratic Party's national position. John Lewis is an icon for where the party is at. Former glory chained to ideology of global equal outcomes and rights to the fruit of your labor and mind, to whatever degree is 'moral'.
And as for Republicans who have any idea that open borders, and free trade is going to cut it (and that is what Ryan supports), by way of frustrating the manufacturing plans the people elected Trump to carry out, they will QUICKLY find plans to primary them in the works, and they will find themselves under the same kinds of withering attacks, and Trump will manage the media so that suddenly all these people will not be stopping HIM, or helping women’s rights (HUH?), they will be stopping YOU, who sent HIM to Washington to DISRUPT AND DESTROY precisely those people who are stopping what is needed, and what YOU voted for and demand.
Chuck Schumer Marc Thiessen, and the lot there do not understand what has happened.
They have already seen the president in action and they keep expecting him to morph into Political Class – Lite.
They said this as he became a ‘serious’ candidate
They said this as he was going to take the nomination
They said this as he was nomibated
They said this before the debates
They said this after the debates
The said this after he won
They said this yesterday
I thought he was dead the day he went after McCain. But I learned.
The American people have voted for DISRUPTION. As FDR reminded, we are all descended from revolutionists.
In the final discussion about Trump ‘reforming’ into a ‘president’ Brit Hume indicated he has seen the light. I paraphrase, as we were driving…
‘I have underestimated this man for years now and I will demur on that conclusion.”
Effin ay, you will.
PS. it’s not the man you underestimated, it was the anger and frustration of the people you neither saw nor believed when you had a BIG GLIMPSE after Ron Santelli’s CNBC rant, ESPECIALLY after the republicans COOPERATED slyly with Lois Lerner and the IRS’ repression, American style. We noticed you PUNTED. There is NOTHING now stopping you from holding her in contempt and locking her up and compelling testimony, is there? Or Koskinen? But you won’t because the political class slyly knows it may need the IRS again for this.
Well, okay, if you want repression American style to be available, you are going to get the Place de La Concorde, American style.
All of you won’t be able to get partnerships at Moelis and Company with former majority leader Eric Cantor, or fellowships at Open Society.
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For No Particular Reason

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Tell Me What You See Here ...

Watch this video, and tell me what you see.

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Trump's Inaugural Speech

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Glum and Glummer

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Dear President Trump,


The day so many of us have waited for these last 8 long troublesome years has finally arrived.

Enjoy your moment. You have earned it.

But come Monday be ready to get down to work.

The work you did, the hours you logged, the obstacles and challenges you overcame to obtain your new position were impressive.

We wish you the best.

We are counting on you.

Because, quite frankly, the last gentleman who held your current position was found somewhat lacking in so many areas.

We hope you can do so much better.

But while it is easy to get caught up in the pomp and circumstance of the moment, the pageantry, the awe of the transfer of power to a new leader please keep in mind the one very important thing your predecessor seemed to have forgotten before he got through the doors of his new office.

And that's who is really The Boss here. Who works for whom.

So let's call these next four years a trial period.

We The People understand that many promises were made and do not really expect you to keep them all as promised.

But do try to do better than the other fellow. Keep that priority of yours straight. Maybe have it made into a plaque for your desk like you did the hats. Something you'll see every morning to keep your focus where it belongs.

Because in four years we would hate for you to have to hear

Donald, you're fired.

Congratulations again

and Regards,

Midnight Rider


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Chris Matthews Soils Himself: Trump's Speech Was "Hitlerian"

I just pee-pee'd and poo-poo'd in my pants, Mommy!
MSNBC host Chris Matthews described President Donald Trump’s strikingly populist and nationalist inaugural address as being reminiscent of Hitler’s rhetoric. “He said today ‘America first,’” Matthews said as President Obama departed D.C. by helicopter on screen. “It was not just the racial—I shouldn't say racial, I should say Hitlerian—background to it. The message I keep thinking is: What does [U.K. prime minister] Theresa May think of this when she picks up the paper and says, ‘Oh my God, what did he just say? He said America first. What happened to the special relationship?’ What if you’re Putin? You’re probably pounding the table, saying, ‘That’s what I’ve been saying! Russia first!’”
What will Theresa May think?

I know what the German, Angela Merkel, would think. She'd say, "Let me have some of your stinkie, honey."
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Electric Light Orchestra
Out of The Blue
full album

1.-Turn to Stone 0:00
2.-It's Over 3:49
3.-Sweet Talkin' Woman 7:55
4.-Across the Border 11:50
5.-Night in the City 15:40
6.-Starlight 19:42
7.-Jungle 24:20
8.-Believe Me Now 28:00
9.-Steppin' Out 29:22
(Concerto for a Rainy Day)
10.-Standin' in the Rain 34:00
11.-Big Wheels 38:22
12.-Summer and Lightning 43:30
13.-Mr. Blue Sky 47:40
14,-Sweet Is the Night 52:48
15.-The Whale 56:19
16.-Birmingham Blues 1:01:10
17.-Wild West Hero 1:05:40

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TRUMP! "We Will Unite The Civilized World Against Radical Islamic Terrorism, Which We Will Eradicate From the Face of the Earth"

At the 11:04 minute mark

"We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. 
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth. 
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. 
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice."
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Clouds Split Open And Sun Comes Out The Moment Trump Is Sworn In!

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Donald And Melania Arrive at The White House

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Obama's Friend

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The Inside Story of How John Kerry Secretly Lobbied to Get CAIR Removed From UAE's Terror List

Investigative Project on Terrorism: The Inside Story of How John Kerry Secretly Lobbied to Get CAIR Removed From UAE's Terror ... List
On Nov. 16, 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took the unusual step of designating the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Muslim American Society (MAS) – as terrorist organizations. 
They were among 83 groups named for their connections to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. This outraged CAIR officials, who immediately began efforts to get their organization removed from the list. 
They found a powerful ally in Secretary of State John Kerry, who authorized State Department officials to meet regularly with UAE officials to lobby on behalf of CAIR and MAS. 
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Obama commutes life sentences of four Mexican cartel leaders

UKDailyMail: Mexico snubs Trump by extraditing drug lord El Chapo to America hours before the Donald takes power

Breitbart: Obama commutes life sentences of four Mexican cartel leaders
Obama’s Pardons of Drug Cartel Leaders reveals his Pay-to-Play Pardon Scam

Obama’s first act of obvious transparency to fund America’s destruction:

Pardon Drug Cartel Leaders who will transfer funds to Obama’s International Donors and Anarchist Funders like Soros.

Quoting Judge Napolitano from video:
"... Mrs. Lynch has said you can take that data and you can give it to the FBI, you can give it to the NJ State Police. You can give it to the Bergen County Prosecutor.You can give it to MI6 and MI5. You can give it to anybody who wants it if they need it."

Considering Obama's commutations of drug lords - and their aiders and abettors - how much of this info will circulate to enable these deadly criminals to take their revenge and re-establish their drug empires?

Also note: Both Varney and Judge Napolitano characterize AG Lynch's subversion of The Fourth Amendment as "secret" DEAL. A "deal" suggests an exchange of considerations of similar/equal value. What, pray tell, did AG Lynch/Obama admin. receive in exchange for her signature on this SECRET DEAL?
And since when does the US AG possess the authority to undermine the US Constitution (over-ride The Fourth Amendment)?

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Australia: Man Ploughs Car Into Crowd of People, Kills 3, Injures At Least 20, Police Say Insane, Witness Says He Was Screaming, "Allahu Akbar"

This is one time when I would say, "FUCK THE POLICE!"

From The Guardian:
Three people have been killed, including a young child, and at least 15 injured after a car drove into pedestrians in Bourke Street, one of the busiest areas in Melbourne’s central business district. 
Victoria police confirmed on Friday afternoon the victims were a young child and a man and a woman, both in their 30s. 
None of the dead were believed to be related. The Royal Children’s hospital said earlier it was treating five casualties, including a two-year-old who was in intensive care and a three-month-old who was undergoing an operation. 
Figures released by several other Melbourne hospitals put the total number of injured at 25, but in an afternoon media conference Ashton said he knew of 15 injured. 
A 26-year-old man was taken into custody with non life-threatening injuries after police rammed his car and fired several shots. 
Police said the events had no connection with terrorism and the suspect, who was well known to them, had mental health and drug issues.

Here's a more complete reportage version from Youtube (because who can expect MSM like The Guardian to do real reportage - we need ordinary citizens for that):

Three people have died and at least 20 more are injured after a car ploughed into pedestrians in Melbourne's city centre during the lunchtime rush.
The maroon vehicle was seen doing burnouts outside Flinders Street Station before driving into crowds of shoppers on bust Bourke Street.
The mangled wreckage of half a pram is stuck on the bonnet of the car, while what appears to be the other half is further up the mall at a pedestrian crossing on William St.

Police have arrested a man wearing nothing but red underwear at the Elizabeth St end of the mall.
Officers said the incident is believed to be linked to a stabbing of a man in Windsor, in Melbourne's south-east at 2am on Friday.
'At this early stage it is believed a man driving a vehicle has struck a number of pedestrians in the vicinity of Bourke and Queens Streets just before 2pm,' Victoria Police said in a statement.'Emergency services are assisting multiple patients but at least one person has been confirmed deceased.
'Pedestrian access has been closed on Bourke Street between William and Swanston Streets.
'The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be determined and we will provide further information when it comes to hand.
Police said the situation had been contained, but have requested that people avoid the area.
Emergency services in Melbourne are overwhelmed, with paramedics on Code Red meaning anyone available to work must do so.A number of hospitals are on Code Brown, meaning an external emergency.
Witnesses have described the chaotic scenes that unfolded before them, while footage appears to show the suspect doing burnouts in front of Flinders Street Station.
At least one toddler is believed to be among the victims after the child's pram was dragged down the street.
'The child from the pram was dragged 100m down Bourke St with the car,' a witness said, adding the child looked around 'three or four years old'.
'People were running out of the way, they were going very very fast,' another witness, Rebecca Russo, told The Age.'I saw him hit a few people. I saw bodies flying into the air.'
Other people said they heard a boom and gunshots, with one man telling Sky News there was 'a hell of a lot of blood'.
The same witness also claimed he saw the car hit a pram.
'There's someone on the middle of the ground and there's blood all over the street,' Rishi Hathiramani, a CBD shopkeeper, told AAP.
'I've seen accidents but never this bad.
'It's pretty brutal.'
A number of CBD businesses are in lockdown, while others have been evacuated.
'A heap of people ran into my store, it was horrible. Half of my staff are in tears,' a Strandbags manager told AAP.
City office worker William Mulholland said he came out of a laneway and saw a number of bodies lying on the pavement receiving CPR from police and emergency workers.
He said his friend came out of the RACV building on Bourke St and saw a body lying on the pavement in front of him.
'He said he heard two shots, coming from the direction of King St,' Mr Mulholland told AAP.
Ambulance Victoria confirmed a number of people have been injured in the chaotic scenes.
'Paramedics are assessing 20 people after an incident in Bourke Street in the CBD this afternoon,' they said in a statement.
'A number of people were struck by a car just before 1.40pm. A number of those have serious injuries.
'Ambulance Victoria has numerous ambulances and managers at the scene.'
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Obama AG, Loretta Lynch, Makes Secret Deal to let NSA Distribute Illegally Obtained Private Information to Any Government Agency

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And a few words to the press on the PRACTICAL PERCEPTIVE value of OBJECTIVITY

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A word to Trump from Chester Nimitz on the real PRIORITY for the next four years

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More Words for Trump's Inauguration

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Words for Trump's Inauguration Day

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My Personal Worry About Mr. Trump

It  has NOTHING to do with some hyperbolized fear over women suddenly being non humans, or forced to have abortions between buildings in the south Bronx.
It  has NOTHING to do with some hyperbolized fear over Americans who are non-‘white’ suddenly being in the back of some broken down inner city bus.
It  has NOTHING to do with some hyperbolized fear over a wall.
It  has NOTHING to do with some hyperbolized fear over a trade war in which iPhones are suddenly in short supply.
It’s THIS…
In 1944 with the binary nature of the war’s end being obvious in the Pacific, barring a hail mary, the Japanese never the less executed something remarkable.
William Halsey was WELL KNOWN for his character being encapsulated by this order when all was in doubt in the Guadalcanal Campaign, “Attack, REPEAT, Attack”. At every turn, when risk of loss was apparent his answer was the same as Joshua Chamberlain’s solution to running out of ammunition.
And so in a carrier war, and without trained pilots by the 4th quarter of 1944, the Japanese dangled their fleet of attack carriers during the US invasion of the Philippines, just within American detection range, and Halsey took off with the entire US fast carrier force to destroy what he viewed as the most important enemy units of the naval war in the Pacific.
But behind them and approaching from several directions were 2 more Japanese fleets one of which, a force of battleships and heavy cruisers, caught the entire US light carrier force (the ground attack support for the liberation of the Philippines) and guarded only by destroyers.  
The result was ships with 2 or 5 5″ guns sacrificing themselves, and light carriers with no armor, or ability to attack the ships attacking them, sunk and damaged, and the tactical victory complete – and it could have been strategic but for the Japanese turning back under the ferocity of the charge and the abandon of self by these sailors, left on their own BY OUR ENEMY UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE AND CHARACTER OF THE LEADER OF THE AMERICANS.
Mr. Trump has amply demonstrated his strength which contains his exploitable flaw.
In the extreme.
Once hit, he will keep on hitting until he has won. The opponent has to be bloody and unconscious on the floor. That will be America.
Putin, Xi, Khameinei, YOU CAN BET, understand this quite clearly.
Even Al Qaeda and ISIS probably understand this.
And right now, in Moscow, Beijing, Qom and Teheran, they are planning.
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But he probably doesn't know The Pledge Of Allegiance

Nothing has pissed me off so much during this process as when I saw this little shit on Fox tonight.

He doesn't even know why he's saying what he is, other than his parents have planted this in his head.


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VIDEO: CNN Speculates About Trump’s Entire Admin Dying In A Catastrophe So Obama Admin Can Stay

The FCC should take CNN off the air for this. They are stirring up thoughts of terrorism against the incoming and duly-elected President of the United States.

That our nation has gotten to a point where one of it's major news networks believes it is doing journalism when they speculate about the murder of our leaders, we know we have turned a corner into absolute insanity.

To be sure, what CNN is doing here is yelling FIRE IN A CROWDED THEATER.
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Crosby Stills and Nash
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Oh, baby. “Dramatic” cuts are coming to federal government

The cuts to the departments of Transportation, State and Justice were already expected. Several of their functions can easily be streamlined or combined into other departments. The Department of Energy under Rick Perry can have several of its more expensive functions reduced or transferred as well. (One possibility which has been under discussion this week is moving the control and maintenance of the nuclear arsenal into Defense where it would seem to make a lot more sense anyway.) 
But it’s some of the other cuts which are probably going to draw gasps of horror from Trump’s more liberal detractors. Currently on the list is the complete elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. Additionally, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized. If you thought there were going to be liberal marches in the streets tomorrow, just wait until those three go into effect. 
The total savings to the federal government’s bottom line from all of these moves? How about $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
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Free speech is still threatened in France, and Charle Hebdo becomes dhimmified

Two years after the jihadist murders at Charlie Hebdo's offices, Town Hall notes how poorly developed "hate speech" laws in France are still devastating free speech, and even Charlie Hebdo's succumbed:
Saturday, January 7, marked two years since armed Islamic terrorists stormed the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed 11 people following the magazine’s feature of a drawing of the prophet Mohammed. Yet while the French people briefly rallied around the magazine with the slogan “Je Suis Charlie,” free speech remains under assault due to French hate speech laws.

In the aftermath of the attack, the PEN American Center, one of the world’s foremost free speech advocates, decided to award the French magazine its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award. However, dozens of writers who were supposed to attend the gala withdrew, stating that they felt Charlie Hebdo promoted “cultural intolerance.”
Those who wouldn't stand with them at the time only sent the message they saw nothing wrong with murder in the name of cartoons.
That line of thinking is ever-growing and dangerous, and it is strengthened by systemic failings in France that allow such attacks to take place. France’s laws regarding hate speech, namely Section 24 of the Press Law of 1881 on preventing speech that “incites discrimination hatred, or violence on the basis of one’s origin or membership (or non-membership) in an ethnic, national, racial, or religious group,” are incredibly restrictive and essentially embolden and justify the attackers.

In the wake of this terrorist attack, the French government, led by President Francois Hollande, spent £72 million on a three-year plan to slow hate speech and give more strength to the hate speech laws.

That means the terrorists won.

The motive of their attack was to silence the staff at Charlie Hebdo and others who would dare to depict the prophet Mohammed. Their attack got the government to strengthen hate crime laws and had a chilling effect on magazines, including Charlie Hebdo, many of whom have become increasingly reluctant to publish drawings of Mohammed.
It's truly sick. All Hollande and his ilk have done is spite the victims.
Candlelight vigils and moments of silence are all fine and dandy, but if the French government really wants to honor the victims of the attack, it’s time to do the right thing. Instead of wasting tax dollars, and condemning the idea that controversial speech is a natural right, the French government needs to repeal the laws that make these terrorists feel justified in the first place.
Just don't expect Hollande and company to do it. But the succeeding government will definitely have to repeal every restrictive law that only serves devastate the country and give jihadists advantages. Even Nicholas Sarkozy wasn't innocent of enabling this kind of legal atrocity to occur, and that's why his failure to be elected candidate for this year's French election was probably deserved.
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Hollywood Star Abigail Breslin Savaged For Friendship With ‘Scum Rat’ Tiffany Trump

And Abigail Breslin has actually stood up to it ... so far.

From Heat Street:
Oscar-nominated actress Abigail Breslin has fiercely defended her right to be friends with Tiffany Trump in the face of some crazy hostility from anti-Trump trolls. 
The 20-year-old Scream Queens actress, who charmed the world in Little Miss Sunshine, shared a photo of herself together with Tiffany, the President-elect’s youngest daughter, and other friends on Instagram. 
Then all hell broke loose. 
Anti-Trump followers were not so polite. One wrote: ‘Whyyy feature the spawn of Satan in your photos!?’ 
Another wrote: ‘Ok I’m not usually one to say anything but why is that scum rat in your life?’ 
Said another hater: “Tiffany f*****g Trump really? Unfollowed yikes!” 
Breslin wasn’t going to take criticism of her 23-year-old pal lying down. She blasted back in a subsequent post clarifying she didn’t vote for Trump and that “if you’re judging me for hanging out with someone I’ve know for years at our friends bday party, you need to reevaluate your life.” 
She added on Twitter: “Do not take it out on her….everyone commenting mean s**t on my last insta, I have known Tiff for years she’s a beautiful soul and regardless of ur political views, do not take it out on her it is completely unfair.” 
‘Also I would like to ask every single person on here how they’d feel if they were persecuted solely based on the actions of their parents.”
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Interview With Survivor of the Charlie Hebdo Massacre (Speaks to Islamic Motive For The Attack)

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35% of Dems Establishing PRECEDENT Deprecating USA’s Transfer of Power – WHO ARE THEY?

The geographic distribution is pretty obvious, but I wondered who were the non coastal boycotters of the Constitutional change of power the Founders designed.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. CHICAGO

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky. LOUISVILLE

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio Cleveland-Akron

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo. ST LOUIS

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. MEMPHIS

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis. MADISON, U WI

Perfect picture of the Democratic party. The coasts and scattered large urban centers.
This precedent of refusing participation even before there a govt to object to will by far outlast anything any of these Democratic Party RADICALS LEFTISTS perform in service, and whose Bolshevik-like refusal to be a part at SOME LEVEL, and at least do honor to the Founders ideas as larger than any immediate need or cause, have marked themselves as those to whom DIVISION is by far more important than COMPROMISE (the essence of governance in a civil, DIVERSE system).
This will be remembered by others on the right, and the worst thing is, I can hardly blame them

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