Jun 282016
 

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Sky News: ” Nearly 50 people have been killed in an attack on the main airport in Istanbul, a senior Turkish official told Associated Press.

Initial indications suggest Islamic State was behind the attack, the official said.

Three suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the international terminal of Ataturk Airport, Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin told NTV television.”

Opinion: June 28 is the second anniversary of the establishment of the ISIS/ Islamic caliphate in Syria and Iraq led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The first reaction to the attack from US intelligence sources was that ISIS was on record as having threatened more attacks on airports after Brussels.

Ramadan  (June 5 – July 5)— a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting, nightly feasts and in recent years, extreme violence.

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Jun 282016
 

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The Daily Caller: “Democratic operatives responsible for creating their party’s platform this year have unanimously adopted a provision calling for the Department of Justice to investigate companies who disagree with Democrats on global warming science.

A panel of Democrats voted Friday to approve a final draft of the party’s platform to promote “Progressive Democratic Values,” which apparently includes investigating energy companies who “misled” shareholders about global warming.

Another joint proposal calling on the Department of Justice to investigate alleged corporate fraud on the part of fossil fuel companies who have reportedly misled shareholders and the public on the scientific reality of climate change was also adopted by unanimous consent.”

Opinion: A YouGov poll taken last May showed that Democrats (51%) support criminalizing hate speech, with only 26% opposed. Independents (41% to 35%) and Republicans (47% to 37%) tend to oppose making it illegal to stir up hatred against particular groups.

Meanwhile, California Democrats created a state bill that would have criminalized speech that questions the “consensus” on climate change, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch attempted to walk back a recent statement that she has discussed with her colleagues the possibility of pursuing civil actions against “climate change deniers.”

In 2012, Democrats voted to leave God out of their platform 2 times at their convention. On the third vote it was still hard to tell whether he “ayes” were audibly louder than the “nays” in the half-full arena.

This year on July 25-28, they may succeed.

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Jun 272016
 

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USA Today: “The Pentagon plans to announce the repeal of its ban on transgender service members July 1, a controversial decision that would end nearly a year of internal wrangling among the services on how to allow those troops to serve openly, according to Defense officials.

Top personnel officials plan to meet as early as Monday to finalize details of the plan, and Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work could sign off on it by Wednesday, according to a Defense official familiar with the timetable but who spoke on condition of anonymity because officials were not authorized to speak publicly about it. Final approval would come from Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and the announcement will be on the eve of the Fourth of July weekend.

The plan would direct each branch of the armed services over a one-year period to implement new policies affecting recruiting, housing and uniforms for transgender troops, one official said.”

Opinion: The breakdown of the United States military is underway and it began under George W. Bush …

  • December 1, 2005 Washington Times: “Navy Chaplain told to shy away from praying in Jesus’ name”
  • January 12, 2007 World Net Daily: “Navy dismisses Chaplain who prayed in Jesus’ name”
  • September 20, 2011 The Guardian: “US Military lifts ban on openly gay troops”
  • October 23, 2013 The Blaze: “Obama purges 100 military commanders”
  • September 18, 2015: CNN News: “Obama nominates openly gay man to lead Army”
  • April 15, 2015 Washington Times: “US military hostile to Christians under Obama”
  • December 4, 2015: “Obama Pentagon allows women in combat”
  • July 1, 2016 USA Today: “Ban on Transgender troops to be lifted”

… and is being completed under Barack Obama.

 

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Jun 272016
 
Israel and Turkey: Walking on eggshells

JPost: “Ankara’s ties with Europe are also strained because of the massive migration of Middle Easterners and Asians to the European Union via Turkey and the fact that the country is unlikely to gain EU membership any time soon. In addition, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasing authoritarianism and crackdown on the domestic media and critics

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Jun 252016
 

After reading a dozen articles this morning about BREXIT and its anticipated aftermath, I was reminded of the 2014 Ebola scare. The headlines screamed of world-wide contagion, governments were panicking, and people became fearful of even getting on airplanes. On October 14, 2014 a headline from CNS News warned that the virus would be spread by mass migration:

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Jun 252016
 
Will European Countries Finally Close Their Borders After Brexit?

Townhall: “The Schengen Agreement abolished many of the EU’s internal borders, enabling passport-free movement across most of the bloc. Schengen is often criticised by nationalists and Eurosceptics who say it is an open door for migrants and criminals. The 13 November Paris attacks, which killed 130 people, prompted an urgent rethink of the Schengen agreement.

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