Monday, August 31, 2015

ISIS Engaged In Heavy Street Battles As Al-Baghdadi’s Forces Close In On Central Damascus

The Jihadists Are Winning

From the Telegraph:
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) battled Syrian rebel forces in a Damascus neighbourhood on Monday, bringing the extremists closer than ever to the centre of the capital, a monitoring group said. 
Isil militants fought street battles against Islamist rebels in Asali, part of the capital’s southern Qadam district, after seizing two streets there over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. 
“This is the closest Isil has ever been to the heart of Damascus,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said. He said Isil had advanced from the adjacent Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighbourhood, where they have been based since July 2014. 
A Syrian military official confirmed the clashes and said he was “very happy that they are fighting”. “But we are ready to react if they try to advance into government-held territory,” the official told AFP. 
According to the Observatory, opposition-held Qadam has been relatively quiet since a truce between rebel groups and regime forces there a year ago. 
It said fighting in the district on Sunday left 15 fighters dead, but it could not specify how many were from Isil and how many were Islamist rebels. 
Mr Rahman said the “fierce street battles” had forced civilians to flee the area. Since its expulsion from the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus last year, Isil has used Al-Hajar Al-Aswad as a base for attacks on the capital.

ISIS Hang Four Iraqi Soldiers Upside Down And Burns Them To Death


ISIS Hang Four Iraqi Soldiers Upside Down And Burns Them To Death


ISIS Says Its New Currency Will Break The Shackles Of “The Capitalist Financial System Of Enslavement”




Nigeria’s Boko Haram ‘spreads to Lagos’

World's Smallest Violin For Man With World's Largest Penis

From the Australian:
ROBERTO Esquivel Cabrera has just set a world record for having the longest penis. The 52-year-old Mexican measured in at a whopping 18.9 inches (48.2cm), with a tip circumference of 10 inches (25cm), at certification by World Record Academy officials yesterday. 
Mr Cabrera had been hoping for recognition by Guinness World Records but had to settle for the less famous certifier after Guinness confirmed it had no category for penis size. 
The World Record Academy stepped in after Mr Cabrera shared his story with a local journalist in an interview that was picked up by the world press over the weekend. 
He told how his massive member had ruined his life, preventing him from having a relationship and even getting a job. 
“Look where it is, it goes far below the knees,” Mr Cabrera said. “I cannot do anything, I cannot work, and I am disabled so I want authorities to declare me as a disabled person and give me support.” 
Women were too frightened to have sex with him, so he had never had a long-term girlfriend, let alone a wife. 
In 2011 Mr Cabrera was deported from US to Saltillo in the north-eastern Mexican state of Coahuila, where he lives alone in a room given to him by his brothers. He survives on social assistance and scavenges for food and materials on waste dumps. He has no friends and says people “shun” him wherever he goes.
I'm sure there are women in the American Porn Industry who would BEG to differ.

Toronto Bans Non-Muslims From Taxpayer-Funded Apartment Buildings

"The Expulsion of the Moors from Spain" - 1492

From Pakistan Christian Post:
“Ban on Infidels to get housing in an apartment building in Toronto where city government entered in an agreement with mosque that only Muslims will reside in this building” against which one Canadian citizen named Ezra Levant have launched a petition. 
The issue surfaced in limelight when one Canadian citizen Mr. Austin Lewis aged 21-year and paralyzed, (confined to a wheelchair) needed public housing. Mr. Lewis applied to live in a taxpayer-subsidized apartment on Finch Avenue in Toronto but he was told that he wasn’t allowed — because he wasn’t a Muslim! 
Not only did the City of Toronto knew about this ban on non-Muslims, they approved it in a special contract with the Muslim mosque that runs the place. So taxpayers of all religions are forced to subsidize a special apartment building just for Muslims.

The "Migrants (Muslims) Just Want "To Travel With The Train"


Austria Inspects Trucks for Migrants, Creates 15-Mile Backup


Europe must not erect ‘new iron curtains’ against migrants, warns former German chancellor


German media and celebs rally for refugees

While Obama’s will shrinks the USA everywhere, our tech edge narrows as well ..CHINESE RAINBOW 5

South China Morning Post (i.e. Chinese govt)

Ostensibly put forth as being loaded with wall penetrating radar to find and kill terrorists, this MQ-9 Reaper sized, but jet powered drone:
“It can also support and protect other drones with electronic warfare devices, such as suppressing the enemy’s radar. It will significantly increase the effectiveness of an attack,”
The Rainbow 5’s first flight lasted about 20 minutes, CCTV reported. The drone, which has room for six missiles, can stay in the air for more than 30 hours.
China is the world’s biggest drone maker, with some civilian models dominating the global market.
But the technology used in Chinese military drones still lags that of the US because of a lack of advanced sensors and powerful, reliable engines, according to some mainland experts.
In a previous life I worked as a manager for an ultrasound company whose technology was supreme, at a time when cardio echo was the province of real science, technology and invention in hardware and software, and R&D as well as yielding practical clinical applications.Hewlett Packard and GE, who had a large place in the radiology market showed up with junk in this market. But every 6 months they got a little better.Today this market is COMMODITY.
Since May we have seen 2 new MAJOR drones from China.We have seen the high altitude long endurance, twin fuselage, and HEAVY PAYLOAD, Divine Eagle, and now the Rainbow 5.

We are seeing the Chinese move to secure perceived offshore energy resources by seizing (via innocent fishing and then protective coast guard patrols) reefs, barely above water, and then MANUFACTURING THEM into airfield equipped islands and bases.

We have seen them move from advanced equivalent, and more HEAVILY armed AEGIS type Arleigh Burke type destroyers now to development of CRUISERS.

This computer generated image compares the Type 055 cruiser and Type 052D destroyer side by side for scale. The Type 055 will display twice as much as the Type 052D, and probably carry about twice as many (128) large missiles.
And this is just the Chinese threat, which WILL develop from the commercial profits of generations, to capturing near resources at sea, as we can tell by their island building, with threats projected via unmanned search and attack, naval surface and submarine force projection, and air attack via, J-10, J-11, J-20 and J-31 aircraft.
Then we must think about what the Russians feel confident in doing in UKR, Crimea, and against NATO in Poland and the Latvian states via coercion and blackmail.
Then comes Iran/Norkland and the irrational Shia aggressions and threats, and then the salafi freaks of ISIS, AQ, Al Nusra etc.
What KIND of president and federal govt will we need?
It all proceeds as it did for the USA, and then China, FROM THE ECONOMY STUPID.
We can not have chosen WORSE than Mr. Obama.
Who’s next?
Abigail Washburn
City of Refuge

Last Train

(& Bela Fleck)

General Secretary for Danish Refugee Help: “We face an Armageddon scenario”

The General Secretary for Danish Refugee Help, Andreas Kamm, used to be a politically correct pro-multiculturalist. But he has had a change of mind, and is not even sure if we can save our societies. I am also not sure, but we have to fight as if we have a chance.
The number of refugees and migrants heading towards Europe is historically high. The political institutions that are in charge of handling refugee flows are collapsing. The solidarity within the EU and international conventions are under increasing pressure. 
We are therefore heading towards a greater collapse, concludes Danish Refugee Council’s longstanding Secretary General Andreas Kamm. … 
“We are risking that conflicts between refugees and migrants on the one side and local populations on the other goes awry and will escalate, and in my eyes, we face an Armageddon scenario.”

UK: Spy Who Was Found Dead In a Bag, in the Bathtub of His Apartment, Hacked Bill Clinton's Diary


Illegally obtained data on former president

Voicemails deleted after death
THE MI6 spy found dead in a holdall had illegally hacked into secret data on Bill Clinton, The Sun on Sunday can reveal. 
Gareth Williams, 31, dug out the guestlist for an event the former American president was going to as a favour for a pal. 
The codebreaker — who had breached his security clearance — handed the list to the friend, who was also to be a guest. 
MI6 bosses raged over the data breach amid growing tensions with US security services over Mr Williams’s transatlantic work. 
Today, just over five years since his body was found inside a padlocked bag, his death remains one of Britain’s most mysterious unsolved cases. 
The Sun on Sunday can reveal that voicemail messages Mr Williams left for family and pals were deleted in the days after his death. 
And a rival agent may also have broken into the flat to destroy or remove evidence. 
The inquest was barred from discussing Mr Williams’s work in public. But sources say he was helping on the joint monitoring network Echelon, which uses sophisticated programs to eavesdrop on terrorists and criminal gangs, particularly those in Russia. 
Echelon is used by Britain, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A source said: 
“The Clinton diary hack came at a time when Williams’s work with America was of the most sensitive nature. “It was a diplomatic nightmare for Sir John Sawers, the new director of MI6 at the time.”

Sunday, August 30, 2015

About Being Offended

One of my Facebook finds:

NBC: Islamic State Is ‘Growing Like Crazy’, Despite U.S. ‘Efforts’

Bill O'Reilly shows off his ignorance of Islam

People's Pundit Daily addressed the Fox news host's ignoramus side:
Calling jihad a perversion of Islam is nothing but a demonstrative show that Bill O’Reilly is incredibly ignorant of Islam, or has succumbed to Civilization Jihad. Jihadists claim they are dying for Islam. They have the exact same beliefs as those Muslims who attend Jumma prayers each Friday at their local mosques.

How do we know this to be true versus Bill O’Reilly’s foolish belief that Jihad is a perversion of Islam?

Tarek Fatah pointed out on January 10, 2015 that “[there] is a specific ritual prayer uttered by most Mosque Imams just prior to the formal Friday prayer we Muslims refer to as the Juma’a. In the prayer, the clerics ask Allah among other things to give victory to Muslims over the ‘Qawm al-Kafirun,’ the Arabic phrase that lumps all non-Muslims, that is Jews, Hindus, Christians, Atheists, Buddhists and Sikhs into one.”
O'Reilly isn't just ignorant of Koranic themes. He's also ignorant of the many Islamofascists who've confirmed the opposite of what he says, including Recep Erdogan. He acts like they don't exist. He's not fit for his job.

Armed patrols and spot checks planned for European trains

From the Telegraph:
Security on Europe's rail networks will be stepped up with cross-border armed patrols and increased spot checks on trains, European ministers said on Saturday. 
Tickets on international routes could also bear passengers' names, under a proposal to be considered by European states. 
In response to the foiled gun attack on a French train last weekend, Theresa May, the Home Secretary, and ministers from eight other European countries agreed at a meeting in Paris to step up cooperation between national police and security forces. 
More information about terror suspects will also be shared, they said, following criticism that Spain, where the train attacker had lived for seven years and was known to authorities, failed to warn France in time that he had moved to the country. 
In a joint declaration read by the French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, the ministers said there would be more joint police patrols in trains by officers from neighbouring countries.
The answer to the encroaching Jihad and Muslim invasion is LESS FREEDOM.

French City with 40% Muslim Population is the Most Dangerous City in Europe

French City with 40% Muslim Population is the Most Dangerous City in Europe
The gritty Mediterranean port, France’s second-largest city, was appointed the “cultural capital of Europe,” a rotating European Union honor. 
City fathers launched beautification projects, created new tourism attractions and invited people from around the world to visit. A splendid stone esplanade was laid around the Old Port, peppered with novel sculpture, and a high-tech historical museum went up next to City Hall. 
How did that work out? 
The eruption has refocused attention on Marseille’s long-standing reputation as a European drug-smuggling hub, a place where entire neighborhoods have slipped away from police control and fallen under the command of gangsters who earn millions importing and selling North African hashish and settle turf disputes with AK-47 assault rifles. 
“Marseille is sick with its violence,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls said. Vowing to squash the drug trade and end the violence, Valls last week dispatched 250 paramilitary and other national police officers to reinforce the usual deployment of around 3,000. 
The night after they were deployed, with television cameras in tow, another body was found, burned to a crisp with a bullet in its charred skull, the execution method local traffickers call the “barbecue.” 
The next day, two Turkish immigrants were shot and wounded, and a pair of youths driving by on a motor scooter opened fire with a pistol on a third man, wounding him in the legs.

Pro-"Refugee" Protestors ("Refugee" Means Muslim Invaders) Throw Jubilant Arabic-Style Party in the Streets of Germany

To me this looks less like a party of protestors than it looks like a VICTORY PARTY.

From the Vlad Tepes Blog:
The jubilations are rather more Arabic in nature than German and there are pretty much no women in the crowd at all

This Is Courage: Hundreds Of Residents Hold Street Protest Against ISIS In Rutbah, A City Under Their Control


Leftist Protester Muslim Transgender "Woman" Barred From Tempe Mosque Until She Dresses As Man Or Can Prove She’s A Woman

Is this a Leftist Counter-Jihadi fucking with Muslims? Or is the person just an insane Jihadist bitch his/"her" self?

From the Phoenix Sun-Times:
Leaders of a Tempe mosque have decided that if congregant Sumayyah Dawud wants to continue attending prayers and other community functions at the Islamic Community Center, she must either dress and pray as a man or provide medical documentation that she is anatomically female. 
Though Dawud was born male, she has been legally female since 2011 — her Arizona driver’s license and U.S. passport list her as such. She converted to Islam in 2013 and, until recently, says no one has raised any questions about her identity. 
But earlier this summer, a handful of her fellow community members went to the ICC board of directors with concerns that she was not actually female and said having her pray with them in the women’s section made them uncomfortable. 
(Dawud is not sure exactly what prompted these people to approach the board, but she suspects it has something to do with her increasingly public image as a left-wing activist and the feeling among many in the Muslim community that protesting is not “the Islamic way of doing things.”)

The Silence of a Candle


Ralph Towner - Guitar
Collin Walcott - Percussion, Violin, Sitar, Tabla
Glen Moore - Bass, Flute, Piano, Guitar
Paul McCandless - Bass Clarinet, English Horn, Oboe


Jan Garbarek - Saxophone
Anouar Brahem - Oud

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Tailgate Ramble

Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing

Come With Me

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Vester Flanagan, Jihadist? - Roanoke On-Air Killer "Closely Identified With" 9/11Attackers

"Closely Identified With" Jihadists

Considering that, it is often the case that the authorities tell us, "this is not terror-related,", or, "this has nothing to do with Islam,"

the fact that, in this case, they are openly speaking of his identification with Al Qaeda,

really means something.

What? We don't know.

Is he a full-on Mohammed-professing Muslim?

We don't know.

And I doubt we ever will.
The Virginia gunman who executed two of his former colleagues on live television associated himself with the 9/11 attackers in rambling letters found inside his home and getaway car, authorities revealed Friday. 
“Based on careful scrutiny of those writings and evidence seized from his apartment, it is apparent that Flanagan very closely identified with individuals who have committed domestic acts of violence and mass murder, as well as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S.,” a statement from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said, describing a large number of documents left behind by Vester Lee Flanagan II, the man who gunned down WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.

We must all keep opposing the Iran deal

David Weinberg says the deal has to be made politically toxic, and also points to Obama's view of America:
For decades, two tenets have informed U.S. policy in the Middle East. The first is that U.S. interests there are best served by the position of unquestioned American pre-eminence. The second is that military might holds the key to maintaining that dominant position. (In this context, Israel has been an important U.S. regional ally).

This approach is what Bacevich calls the "Big Enchilada" -- the America-as-top-dog approach that Obama is seeking to overturn.

Obama rejects this notion, since he essentially views America's preponderance in world affairs as arrogant and sinful. He feels that American "bullying" has brought about disastrous results.

Most telling was Obama's infamous lament in 2010 about America as "a dominant military superpower, whether we like it or not." In other words, he really doesn't like it at all. No statement could be more revealing of Obama's disgust for American global leadership.

In the context of the current deal with Iran, Obama has been equally clear as to how he expects this play out. If successfully implemented, the agreement that slows Iran's nuclear program will also end Iran's isolation. This will allow Tehran, over time, to become a "legitimate" and "extremely successful regional power" and a "powerhouse in the region." These are Obama's own words.

All this leads, of course, to American retreat -- blessed retreat from Obama's perspective -- from the projection of power in the region. Replacing America will be a revanchist, greatly emboldened, anti-Semitic and genocidal (toward Israel), Islamic Republic of Iran. Poof goes the Big Enchilada.

Obama has been mostly dismissive of Iran's "bad behavior," as he flippantly calls it. He says that he "hopes to have conversations" with Iranian leadership that might lead someday to their "abiding by international norms and rules"; that he "hopes and believes" that Iranian "moderates" will leverage their country's reintegration into the global economy as an opportunity to drive kinder, gentler and less revolutionary foreign policies.

Whether Obama himself believes such nonsense is moot. The rub is that Obama doesn't view American behavior in the region over past decades as any more moral or legitimate than Iran's behavior. Consequently, the main thing for him is the humbling and retreat of America.
He's already become one of America's worst presidents, and one of the most apathetic. It's just plain awful.

Cruz And Trump Teaming Up?

According to the The Hill:
Trump, Cruz to hold joint anti-Iran rally on Capitol Hill

Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are jointly hosting a rally on Capitol Hill on Sept. 9 to protest the nuclear deal with Iran.

The event, being organized by Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America, will be staged on the West Lawn of the Capitol, the groups said in a statement.

Cruz, the keynote speaker, invited Trump to speak, the statement said.

The joint event underscores the strengthening ties between the two Republicans....
Read the rest HERE.

Republican Party, R.I.P. (1854 – 2016)

From Red State:
“[I]f Donald Trump fades away the party leaders will conclude they beat him and the crazy base. They will, like the Bourbons of France, learn nothing and forget nothing.” In 1854, confronted by the moral evil of slavery and the inability of the Whigs to provide clarity against it, the Republican Party formed. Whig Party leaders either shifted their party allegiances or quit politics altogether. Even Abraham Lincoln got out of politics for a time. 
By 1858, the Republican Party had majorities in almost all Northern States even without a Southern presence. The party won the Presidency for the first time in 1860 and commanded the White House throughout the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century. 
With the rise of Soviet evil after World War II, the Republicans again commanded the White House repeatedly until the collapse of the Berlin Wall. 
The Republican Party has most often come to power at times of crisis starting with slavery. But in the great moral crises now, the Republican Party finds itself infested with charlatans, conmen, louts, and Donald Trump. 
The Republican Party of 2015 more often than not responds to the fierce urgency of now with palms outstretched waiting for the highest bidder to purchase its policy positions while running from any fight that might get it criticized by a Washington press corps increasingly composed of former leftwing activists masquerading as objective journalists. 
After eight years of broken promises and Republican collaboration in Barack Obama’s agenda to expand government, the Grand Old Party has been confronted with a moral evil in Planned Parenthood. Undercover, unedited videos show Planned Parenthood officials laughing about harvesting organs from babies. The CEO of StemExpress, a business that was willing to pay extra for fifty human baby livers a week, bragged on film about her “socially liberal” sister advising Republican Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% on health care.
Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A%’s response has been to call for more investigations while keeping federal dollars flowing to Planned Parenthood. 
Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 58% have kept federal dollars flowing to all areas of Barack Obama’s agenda. 
From Obamacare to the IRS to Obama’s immigration expansion, the Republicans have chosen not to use any of their constitutional powers to restrain executive overreach. Instead they will let judges sort through everything. 
Privately, some Republicans support the President’s agenda and are glad he has left them from having to take positions that might further enrage their base. 
The repeated betrayals of Republican leaders have led to the rise of Donald Trump. 
The petulance of the party’s congressional leaders who have spent more energy fighting conservative attempts to hold them to their word than fighting Barack Obama now have to fight to wrest control from Trump. 
Trump, at least presently, is immune from establishment attacks because the party leaders have lost all their credibility. 
A party that will not stand up to stop tax payer funds going to an organization that pulls whole children out of freezers to sell as scrap is not a party with the moral clarity to tell Donald Trump he is fired. 
But there is more to this than meets the eye. More and more polling shows the biggest group of voters who hate the Republican Party are the Republicans’ own conservative voters. 
In growing numbers they have driven down the popularity ratings of Congress. Instead of trying to recover popularity with their base, the Republicans have convinced the Chamber of Commerce to spend millions of dollars defeating conservative Republican “troublemakers” in the 2016 primary cycle. 
Why join the base when the GOP thinks it can beat its base? 
This then is why the Republican Party as we know it is coming to an end ...

Portland Man Savagely Beaten to Death By Three Muslim Men Who Were His "Friends" - It Appears He Was Murdered Because He Was a Christian

Freddy Akoa - Family Photo

Freddy Akoa, the Portland man found dead in his Cumberland Avenue apartment this month, had been beaten, kicked and bashed in the head with furniture by his drinking companions during an assault that went on for hours.
Akoa, 49, had 22 rib fractures from the savage attack, cuts and bruises all over his head and torso, and a lacerated liver when his accused killers left him on his living room floor in Apartment 18 at 457 Cumberland Ave. on the morning of Aug. 10.
The affidavit had been sealed at a prosecutor’s request for one week after three accused killers appeared in court, each on a charge of murder by depraved indifference. The three – Abil Teshome, 23, Osman Sheikh, 31, and Mohamud Mohamed, 36 – are eachbeing held without bail at the Cumberland County Jail.
A neighbor said he believes the Muslim men got into an argument, “objecting to the victim’s religion”. This is corroborated by the heartbreaking thing police found next to Akoa’s head: the victim’s own King James Bible, drenched in his blood.
Police would not respond to questions about whether the victim was beaten with his own Holy Book.
In fact, not only are the the local police are refusing to say that this is a hate crime perpetrated by Muslims who hate Christians, but the Maine media as well is refusing to even mention the national origin or religion of the murderers. 
One detective, cornered by a reporter, acted as though he had a gag order on him:

Benghazi Witness: U.S. Provided Arms to Jihadists Who Killed Americans in 9/11 Attack

EXCLUSIVE— Benghazi Witness: U.S. Provided Arms to Jihadists Who Killed Americans in 9/11 Attack
The Obama administration may have provided the weapons used by some Islamist extremists to kill four Americans at the United States’ compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, according to a Libyan source who told Breitbart News he witnessed the attack first hand.   
Breitbart News’s Tera Dahl spoke to the witness, whose identity cannot be revealed due to threats against his life, but lives near the former U.S. compound in Benghazi and was present when the attack took place. 
Libya’s al-Qaeda-linked militia group known as the February 17th Martyrs Brigade was reportedly hired by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department to provide security at the Benghazi compound, but failed to so the whole day of the attack, according to the witness.

"Republican leadership is ready to let Iran deal go and get to their real priorities - growing government, passing corporate welfare, and passing cronyist programs like the Export-Import Bank"

Ted Cruz
I think he’s been talking to some REPUBLICANS outside DC, and watching reaction to Mr. Trump

Trump: Hillary, Huma And The ‘Perv’, Anthony Weiner

What a speaker this guy is. Man, oh man. Imagine if he becomes our President.

Wouldn't that be a giant "FUCK YOU" to all the snobby Eurosuck-breaths in the world.

The scuzbutz in the UN would melt.

It would be fucking awesome.

Teen Town

And oh how much it helps to have a good band.

More Early, Rare Jaco - BALLYE DE NINA, LIVE 1973!





Jaco Pastorius Plays With "Little Beaver" - 1974

This is before Jaco was known. Before his first album. Before playing with Pat Metheney. Before Weather Report.

The singer is very good. Jaco's playing is more restrained than it was a couple years later. I'm sure he felt the need to blend in. However, his style is there. It's different than anyone who was playing at the time.

Peggy Noonan's Thoughts on the Donald Trump Phenomenon

I Will Win You Over With My Weird, Wacky Ways

From WSJ:

So, more thoughts on Donald Trump’s candidacy, because I can’t stop being fascinated. 
You know the latest numbers. Quinnipiac University’s poll this week has Mr. Trump at a hefty 28% nationally, up from 20% in July. Public Policy Polling has Mr. Trump leading all Republicans in New Hampshire with 35%. A Monmouth University poll has him at 30% in South Carolina, followed 15 points later by Ben Carson.
Here are some things I think are happening.
One is the deepening estrangement between the elites and the non-elites in America. This is the area in which Trumpism flourishes. We’ll talk about that deeper in.
Second, Mr. Trump’s support is not limited to Republicans, not by any means. 
Third, the traditional mediating or guiding institutions within the Republican universe—its establishment, respected voices in conservative media, sober-minded state party officials—have little to no impact on Mr. Trump’s rise. Some say voices of authority should stand up to oppose him, which will lower his standing. But Republican powers don’t have that kind of juice anymore. Mr. Trump’s supporters aren’t just bucking a party, they’re bucking everything around, within and connected to it. 
Since Mr. Trump announced, I’ve worked or traveled in, among other places, Southern California, Connecticut, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey and New York’s Long Island. In all places I just talked to people. My biggest sense is that political professionals are going to have to rethink “the base,” reimagine it when they see it in their minds. 
I’ve written before about an acquaintance—late 60s, northern Georgia, lives on Social Security, voted Obama in ’08, not partisan, watches Fox News, hates Wall Street and “the GOP establishment.” She continues to be so ardent for Mr. Trump that she not only watched his speech in Mobile, Ala., on live TV, she watched while excitedly texting with family members—middle-class, white, independent-minded—who were in the audience cheering. Is that “the Republican base”? I guess maybe it is, because she texted me Wednesday, saying: “I registered to vote today! I am a Republican now!!!” I asked if she’d ever been one before. Reply: “No, never!!!”
Something is going on, some tectonic plates are moving in interesting ways. 
My friend Cesar works the deli counter at my neighborhood grocery store. He is Dominican, an immigrant, early 50s, and listens most mornings to a local Hispanic radio station, La Mega, on 97.9 FM. Their morning show is the popular “El Vacilón de la Mañana,” and after the first GOP debate, Cesar told me, they opened the lines to call-ins, asking listeners (mostly Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican) for their impressions. More than half called in to say they were for Mr. Trump. Their praise, Cesar told me a few weeks ago, dumbfounded the hosts. I later spoke to one of them, who identified himself as D.J. New Era. He backed Cesar’s story. “We were very surprised,” at the Trump support, he said. Why? “It’s a Latin-based market!” 
“He’s the man,” Cesar said of Mr. Trump. This week I went by and Cesar told me that after Mr. Trump threw Univision’s well-known anchor and immigration activist, Jorge Ramos, out of an Iowa news conference on Tuesday evening, the “El Vacilón” hosts again threw open the phone lines the following morning and were again surprised that the majority of callers backed not Mr. Ramos but Mr. Trump. Cesar, who I should probably note sees me, I sense, as a very nice establishment person who needs to get with the new reality, was delighted.
I said: Cesar, you’re supposed to be offended by Trump, he said Mexico is sending over criminals, he has been unfriendly, you’re an immigrant. Cesar shook his head: No, you have it wrong. Immigrants, he said, don’t like illegal immigration, and they’re with Mr. Trump on anchor babies. “They are coming in from other countries to give birth to take advantage of the system. We are saying that! When you come to this country, you pledge loyalty to the country that opened the doors to help you.” 
He added, “We don’t bloc vote anymore.” The idea of a “Latin vote” is “disparate,” which he said generally translates as nonsense, but which he means as “bull----.” 
He finished, on the subject of Jorge Ramos: “The elite have different notions from the grass-roots working people.”
OK. Old style: Jorge Ramos speaks for Hispanic America. New style: Jorge Ramos speaks for Jorge Ramos. Old style: If I’ve lost Walter Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America. New style: How touching that an American president once thought if you lost a newsman you’d lost a country. 
It is noted that a poll this week said Hispanics are very much not for Donald Trump. Gallup had 65% with an unfavorable view of him, and only 14% favorable. Mr. Trump and Mr. Ramos actually got into that, when Mr. Ramos finally questioned him after being allowed back into the news conference. Mr. Trump countered with a recent Nevada poll that has him with a state lead of 28%—and he scored even higher with Nevada’s Hispanics, who gave him 31% support.
I will throw in here that almost wherever I’ve been this summer, I kept meeting immigrants who are or have grown conservative—more men than women, but women too. 
America is so in play.
And: “the base” isn’t the limited, clichéd thing it once was, it’s becoming a big, broad jumble that few understand.


On the subject of elites, I spoke to Scott Miller, co-founder of the Sawyer Miller political-consulting firm, who is now a corporate consultant. He worked on the Ross Perot campaign in 1992 and knows something about outside challenges. He views the key political fact of our time as this: “Over 80% of the American people, across the board, believe an elite group of political incumbents, plus big business, big media, big banks, big unions and big special interests—the whole Washington political class—have rigged the system for the wealthy and connected.” It is “a remarkable moment,” he said. More than half of the American people believe “something has changed, our democracy is not like it used to be, people feel they no longer have a voice.” 
Mr. Miller added: “People who work for a living are thinking this thing is broken, and that economic inequality is the result of the elite rigging the system for themselves. We’re seeing something big.” 
Support for Mr. Trump is not, he said, limited to the GOP base: “The molecules are in motion.” I asked what he meant. He said bars of support are not solid, things are in motion as molecules are “before combustion, or before a branch breaks.”
I end with this. An odd thing, in my observation, is that deep down the elite themselves also think the game is rigged. They don’t disagree, and they don’t like what they see—corruption, shallowness and selfishness in the systems all around them. Their odd anguish is that they have no faith the American people can—or will—do anything to turn it around. They see the American voter as distracted, poorly educated, subject to emotional and personality-driven political adventures. They sometimes refer to “Jaywalking,” the old Jay Leno “Tonight Show” staple in which he walked outside the studio and asked the man on the street about history. What caused the American Civil War? Um, Hitler? When did it take place, roughly? Uh, 1958?
Both sides, the elites and the non-elites, sense that things are stuck.
The people hate the elites, which is not new, and very American. The elites have no faith in the people, which, actually, is new. Everything is stasis. Then Donald Trump comes, like a rock thrown through a showroom window, and the molecules start to move.

Friday, August 28, 2015

FBI ‘A-team’ leading ‘serious’ Clinton server probe, focusing on defense info ... Under ESPIONAGE ACT

From Fox News:
An FBI "A-team" is leading the "extremely serious" investigation into Hillary Clinton's server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to "gathering, transmitting or losing defense information," an intelligence source told Fox News. 
The section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793. 
A separate source, who also was not authorized to speak on the record, said the FBI will further determine whether Clinton should have known, based on the quality and detail of the material, that emails passing through her server contained classified information regardless of the markings. 
The campaign's standard defense and that of Clinton is that she "never sent nor received any email that was marked classified" at the time. It is not clear how the FBI team's findings will impact the probe itself. But the details offer a window into what investigators are looking for -- as the Clinton campaign itself downplays the controversy. 
The FBI offered no comment.

Raise Your Glass

Set The Fire

The Guardian Says, "Pope Francis sends letter praising gay children’s book" - Vatican Issues "Denial"

At what would it be reasonable to have a conversation with one's child about sexual orientation?
Italian book that explores different family types including same sex was banned by mayor of Venice, but pontiff becomes unlikely supporter 
The book, however, was met with disapproval by Venice’s new mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, who in June banned Piccolo Uovo and about 50 other titles from schools. 
The decision led more than 250 Italian authors to demand their own books be removed from the city’s shelves, a move one writer described as a “protest against an appalling gesture of censorship and ignorance”. 
Now Pardi has found an unlikely supporter in Pope Francis, who through his staff has written to the author praising her work. 
“His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,” wrote Peter B Wells, a senior official at the Vatican secretariat of state. 
The letter, dated 9 July and recently seen by the Guardian, was a response to a parcel of children’s books sent by Pardi to the pontiff in June. 
The collection from her publisher, Lo Stampatello, including seven or eight books which deal with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues (LGBT), was accompanied by a heartfelt letter from the author describing the attacks she has come under in recent months.
Vatican denies encouraging gender theory with author letter
Missive to Francesca Pardi ‘was supposed to remain private’ 
(ANSA) – Vatican City, August 28 – The Vatican on Friday denied encouraging gender theory via a letter from Pope Francis to an author who writes about gay marriage. 
“In no way does the letter from the Secretariate of State mean to endorse behaviour and teachings not in line with the Gospel,” the Vatican press office said. 
It said the letter to Francesca Pardi, in response to a letter from her to the pope after Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro banned ‘gay’ books from the city’s schools, was meant to remain private, something which “unfortunately did not happen”.
“In no way does the letter from the Secretariate of State mean to endorse behaviour and teachings not in line with the Gospel ...”

You do realize that those words strung together in that order are not a denial of anything. 

I've never liked Pope Francis. But I've always believed him to be a sincere man.

Now I'm starting to believe he is a duplicitous scum of a human being.

I really hope more information comes out on the books that were sent to Pope Francis. I'll bet you one of the books in that collection deals with the children's sexual orientation.

The Roterham Scandal - The Rape and Coverup of Thousands of Children in the UK

Curt Schilling And Islam

On August 25 2015, Major League Baseball star Curt Schilling posted the Tweet below, which he deleted after approximately ten minutes and for which he apologized:

Because Schilling posted the above, ESPN pulled Schilling from the network's Little League World Series assignment.

Additional reading...Curt Schilling and the Death of Free Speech: He told the truth. He apologized. It still wasn’t enough.

Islamic State takes new ground near Turkish border

Intense attacks began overnight and on Thursday morning IS fighters had mostly encircled the rebel-held town of Marea, some 20 km (12 miles) from the Turkish border, a rebel leader fighting against the group in the area said. 
Another insurgent commander battling Islamic State said his men were fighting back in earnest to stop the jihadists from taking Marea, in clashes that had killed at least two dozen fighters on each side. 
IS used "toxic gases" while shelling the town, he said. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres recently said it had treated a family from Marea suffering symptoms of exposure to chemical agents. 
The assault on Marea could prove disastrous for rebels fighting Islamic State, which has overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria over the past year. 
"If its progress continues, the northern countryside of Aleppo could fall," one rebel told Reuters. 
"If Marea falls, it means the fall of an important symbol of the groups fighting Daesh," he said, using an Arabic acronym for the group. 
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group tracking the war, said IS had wrested control of five villages from other insurgents, including two near the Turkish border. 
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Monday his country and the United States would soon launch "comprehensive" air operations to flush IS fighters from the border region.

French intelligence fears Islamist ‘missile strike on airliner’ or 9/11-style attack

French intelligence fears Islamist ‘missile strike on airliner’ or 9/11-style attack

Army prepares for civil unrest as Islamist threat grows amid fears of September 11-style attack or missile strike on passenger airliner
French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest and fear there could be a missile strike on a passenger airliner or a September 11-style attack, according to sources close to French intelligence.
“Airlines have been warned of a possible attack on a plane with an anti-tank missile,” a source told The Telegraph. “But pilots are unsure how to take evasive action.”
After Friday’s thwarted attempt to massacre passengers on an Amsterdam-Paris train and a series of terrorist attacks and attempted killings in France this year, President François Hollande warned the nation to prepare for more violence, considered inevitable as the Islamist threat grows.
The army has made contingency plans for the “reappropriation of national territory”, meaning to win back control of neighbourhoods where the population become hostile to the security forces and where guns are easily obtainable, according to the source.