Friday, January 29, 2016

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Clinton email headaches grow as State Dept. confirms ‘top secret’ files, delays final release

Hillary Clinton’s email headaches grew Friday as the State Department confirmed several emails under review contain information too “top secret” to release in any form – while at the same time delaying the release of thousands of other pages.

The department released roughly 1,700 pages of emails Friday evening. But the latest developments fueled Republican allegations – just three days before the Iowa caucuses – that Clinton was “irresponsible” in her email use, and that the department she used to lead is still trying to protect her by dragging out the process until after the start of primary contests.

Fox News first reported earlier Friday that some emails were “too damaging” to national security to release.

The State Department formally announced Friday afternoon that seven email chains, found in 22 documents, will be withheld “in full” because they, in fact, contain “Top Secret” information. In addition, a spokesman said another 18 emails between President Obama and Clinton will be withheld for now – but they are “not classified” and will be released eventually.

German Police: “Your Daughter is a Liar”


The video below shows excerpts from an interview with the lawyer for the family of Lisa, the ethnic Russian 13-year-old living in Germany who says she was abducted and raped by migrants.

What is notable about this case is the assertion by the police that no crime had been committed, apparently without any forensic medical examination of the girl. It should have been fairly easy to determine whether or not she had engaged in recent sexual activity. If she had, that is evidence of a crime, regardless of her “consent”. Or it would be in this country; I’m not sure what the age of consent is in Germany.

Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:


0:22The victim was definitely a victim of a criminal act.
0:26She was abused sexually by multiple men, according to the current state of investigation.
0:33She was also hit; she was beaten, and she may have been raped;
0:40a court will later have to determine this.
0:48There is a description. According to this description
0:55it could be Arabs, or people from the Maghreb area,
1:02but it could also be Germans with certain backgrounds, or simply someone
1:09with darker skin. It is at the moment not exactly clear
1:15who it was, and speculations of course grew,
1:21but we ask please no speculations at this point.
1:30All the problems, the entire uprising, it happened solely because
1:34of a very clumsy reaction on the part of the police.
1:37One of the investigating officers told the parents of the girl to their face
1:43something you absolutely should never do. He said,
1:47we don’t believe your daughter, she is a liar.
1:52And based on that the parents rightly assumed the police were going to
1:57cover this up, would not investigate further, and therefore they turned to the public.
2:08We will in any case be constructive with the future it could investigation,
2:14and depending on what comes to the surface in said investigation,
we will then in the upcoming procedures determine our position regarding the prosecution and the court.

Student punished for refusing to recite Islamic profession of faith

A Maryland high school punished a student for refusing to profess faith in Islam, gave her failing grades for a series of assignments that violated her Christian beliefs then threatened her father with arrest for complaining, a federal lawsuit charges.

John Kevin and Melissa Wood
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court against the Charles County Public Schools in La Plata, Maryland, its board of education, Principal Evelyn Arnold and Vice Principal Shannon Morris by the Thomas More Law Center.

A spokeswoman for the district told WND that officials were aware of the issue but said Arnold and Morris would not be commenting.

Plaintiffs are Marine Corps veteran John Kevin Wood and his wife, Melissa, who “refuse[d] to allow their teenage daughter to be subjected to Islamic indoctrination and propaganda in her high school world history class.”

The lawsuit charges that the defendants’ “curriculum, practices, policies, actions, procedures, and customs promote the Islamic faith by requiring students to profess the five pillars if Islam.”

The students, the complaint says, were required to “write out and confess the shahada, the Islamic profession of faith.”

The lawsuit charges that school officials concealed the curriculum by using two separate history textbooks, one of which contained the Islamic teachings and which students were required to leave at school. The other, which did not contain the teachings, was allowed to be taken home, the complaint explains. The school also excised the Islamic teachings from the course syllabus.

“Defendants have treated plaintiffs’ Christian beliefs and heritage with deliberate indifference, and have been hostile toward C.W. [the student] and her family,” the complaint alleges. It explains that Arnold and Morris violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments as well as state and federal law by “depriving plaintiffs and C.W. of their fundamental right to be free from a public school’s promotion of certain religious beliefs, their fundamental right to be able to speak freely and raise concerns about religion being taught in our public schools without retaliation, and their fundamental right to be free from unjust discrimination against their Christian heritage.”

The legal team notes the shahada states, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

“For non-Muslims, reciting the statement is sufficient to convert one to Islam,” the complaint says. “Moreover, the second part of the statement, ‘Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,’ signifies the person has accepted Muhammad as their spiritual leader. The teenager was also required to memorize and recite the Five Pillars of Islam.”

Not only did the district refuse permission for C.W. to opt out of the religious assignments, it imposed grades of zero. Further, the complaint says, the district disparaged Christianity in multiple ways, including the statement, “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.” The district taught that the West engages in “imperialistic pursuits” and insists “men are the managers of women.”

It also taught: “To Muslims, Allah is the same god that is worshipped in Christianity and Judaism.”

The district’s teachings specified that the Quran “is the word of Allah,” while Jews and Christians “believe the Torah and the Gospels were revealed to Moses and the New Testament writers.”

“The sugarcoated version of Islam taught at La Plata High School did not mention that the Quran explicitly instructs Muslims ‘to kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.’ (Sura 9-5),” the complaint says.

John Kevin Wood discovered the teachings and called to voice his objections, the lawsuit says, but the school imposed a “no trespass” order against him, threatening him with arrest if he came onto school property. The school refused to give him any opportunity “to refute the untrue allegations” made by Arnold.

“The Woods, as Christians, believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and our Savior, that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, and that following the teachings of Jesus Christ is the only path to eternal salvation. The Woods believe that it is a sin to profess commitment in word or writing to any god other than the Christian God. Thus, they object to their daughter being forced to deny the Christian God and to her high school promoting Islam over other religions,” the lawsuit explains.

“The school ultimately refused to allow the Woods’ daughter to opt-out of the assignments, forcing her to either violate her faith by pledging to Allah or receive zeros for the assignments. Together, John Kevin Wood, Melissa Wood, and their daughter chose to remain faithful to God and refused to complete the assignments, even though failing grades would harm her future admission to college and her opportunities to obtain college scholarships.”

Wood was deployed in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm “and lost friends to Islamic extremists,” the complaint notes. Later, he “responded as a firefighter to the 9/11 Islamic terror attack on the Pentagon.”

The Left's Manufactured Muslim Crisis

The Left's Manufactured Muslim Crisis Posted by Daniel Greenfield 

Men and women, some whose clothes were still marked with gray ash, walked dazedly toward Union Square. Many did not know what to do or where to go. So they kept on walking. They knew the country was under attack, but they did not know how bad it was or what might still be heading for them.

Behind them lay a changed city and thousands of American dead. Ahead was the bronze statue of George Washington, facing into the devastation and raising his hand to lead his men forward in victory. Around its base, with the destruction of the World Trade Center as their backdrop, leftists had set up shop, coloring anti-war posters even while rescue workers were risking their lives at Ground Zero.

In the coming days, the statue of Washington would be repeatedly vandalized by leftists drawing peace signs and “No War” and “War is Not the Answer” slogans on it. But that moment crystallized my realization that while Muslim terrorists had carried out the attack, it was the left we would have to fight.

While some New Yorkers had gone to help the victims of Islamic terrorists, the left had rushed to aid the terrorists. Unlike the rest of us, they were not shocked or horrified by the attack. They were treasonously working on ways to spin the murder of thousands of Americans to protect the enemy.

The greatest obstacle to defeating Islamic terrorism is still the left.

The left helped create Islamic terrorism; its immigration policies import terrorism while its civil rights arm obstructs efforts to prevent it and its anti-war rallies attack any effort to fight it. In America, in Europe and in Israel, and around the world, to get at Islamic terrorists, you have to go through the left.

When a Muslim terrorist comes to America, it’s the left that agitates to admit him. Before he kills, it’s the left that fights to protect him from the FBI. Afterward, leftists offer to be his lawyers. The left creates the crisis and then it fights against any effort to deal with it except through surrender and appeasement.

Pete Santilli arrested. 1/26/2016

Pete Santilli, a self-styled journalist, who started live-streaming reports of Ammon Bundy's arrest on YouTube late Tuesday, has been arrested, according to the FBI.

Santilli, 50, of Cincinnati, was arrested about 6:30 p.m. on a charge of conspiracy to impede federal officers, a felony. He was arrested without incident, according to an FBI news release.

Santilli's live stream had indicated that he was arrested. On a Facebook page associated with Santilli, his colleagues wrote that he was arrested at a road block.

On the Facebook page, they later updated their report stating: "Pete Santilli was arrested after pleaing with the FBI to allow him to set up a convoy to save the women and children in the refuge."

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Complete, Unedited Video of Joint FBI and OSP Operation 01/26/2016

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Clinton Emails had Intel from Most Secretive Programs

EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton's emails on her unsecured, homebrew server contained intelligence from the U.S. government's most secretive and highly classified programs, according to an unclassified letter from a top inspector general to senior lawmakers.

Fox News exclusively obtained the unclassified letter, sent Jan. 14 from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III. It laid out the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies that identified "several dozen" additional classified emails -- including specific intelligence known as "special access programs" (SAP).

That indicates a level of classification beyond even “top secret,” the label previously given to two emails found on her server, and brings even more scrutiny to the presidential candidate’s handling of the government’s closely held secrets.

“To date, I have received two sworn declarations from one [intelligence community] element. These declarations cover several dozen emails containing classified information determined by the IC element to be at the confidential, secret, and top secret/sap levels,” said the IG letter to lawmakers with oversight of the intelligence community and State Department. “According to the declarant, these documents contain information derived from classified IC element sources.”

Intelligence from a "special access program,” or SAP, is even more sensitive than that designated as "top secret" – as were two emails identified last summer in a random sample pulled from Clinton's private server she used as secretary of state. Access to a SAP is restricted to those with a "need-to-know" because exposure of the intelligence would likely reveal the source, putting a method of intelligence collection -- or a human asset -- at risk. Currently, some 1,340 emails designated “classified” have been found on Clinton’s server, though the Democratic presidential candidate insists the information was not classified at the time.

“There is absolutely no way that one could not recognize SAP material,” a former senior law enforcement with decades of experience investigating violations of SAP procedures told Fox News. “It is the most sensitive of the sensitive.”

Iran's Arrest of US Sailors Reflects Obama's Foreign Policy Weakness

by Jerry Hendrix January 18, 2016

Two thousand years ago, a Roman could wander the known world confident that he would be unmolested by local unruly elements, protected only by the statement “Civis romanus sum,” I am a Roman citizen. His confidence stemmed from a demonstrated assurance that any group that dared attack a Roman would trigger a response in the form of a Roman legion, which would deal swift and brutal justice. Juxtapose this image of a previous world-spanning hegemon with the image of ten American Sailors kneeling on the deck of their own vessel with their hands clasped together over their heads. It is an image of indignity and failure that is accompanied by the smell of rotting power.

We could spend time examining the mistakes made by the crew that created the circumstances leading to capture, and as a former practitioner of maritime navigation, I can tell you that there were many; or we could talk about why the Navy is so small that we are sending riverine boats into the Arabian Gulf. But such discussions miss the point. When a craft is lost at sea and wanders into foreign territorial waters, it is generally provided with assistance and sent on its way. This is even truer when the craft belongs to a superpower, but recent events had left Iran feeling emboldened enough to take custody of U.S. Navy boats and forcibly retain their crew, forcing a female Sailor to cover herself, in violation of her human rights, and coercing a commissioned naval officer to confess his mistake and apologize on camera.

Defense officials were quick to point out that they were aware that the small boats had gone missing and that they dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman to search for them. However, once it was determined that the boats were in Iranian custody, the on-scene commander became the secretary of state. John F. Kerry, a former Navy lieutenant himself as well as a commander of small riverine craft in Vietnam, quickly stepped in to contact the Iranian foreign minister and began negotiations to secure the crew’s release. However, as the crew and their boats left their captors behind, the Iranians could not resist one last insult and released humiliating photos and videos of the crew’s capture and confinement.

This series of events is a far cry from an earlier similar incident. In May 1975, the Khmer Rouge, a radical Communist force not totally dissimilar from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, captured the U.S.-flagged merchant vessel Mayaguez on the premise that it had violated Cambodia’s territorial waters. In response, the president, Gerald R. Ford, and his deputy national-security adviser, Air Force Major General Brent Scowcroft — no defense firebrands, to be sure — ordered elements of the Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps to bomb targets near where the Mayaguez was being held and insert troops to recover its crew from their captives. When Cambodia realized the magnitude of its mistake in taking on a superpower, it quickly returned the crew to the Mayaguez and all but pushed the ship out of port.

These options were open to the Obama administration. The USS Truman was in the Arabian Gulf, with its embarked airwing of more than 60 aircraft, including four squadrons of FA-18 Hornets, each capable of carrying an average of 15,000 pounds of bombs. In addition, the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge was also in the area, with nearly 2,000 Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked. The launching of a fully loaded air wing from the Truman in conjunction with the repositioning of the Kearsarge would have provided the Obama administration with an opportunity to negotiate from a position of strength, diminishing Iran’s position in the Arabian Gulf and assuring allies and partners who have become suspicious of American resolve, but that was not the president’s objective.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Barry and the Pirates

It is particularly telling that Barack Obama spent part of his State of the Union speech telling us that the state of our Union is strong while Iranian pirates seized two U.S. Navy vessels and then, as pointed out by Rick Moran, violated the Geneva Conventions by publishing a photo of the captured sailors on their knees with their hands on their heads.

The Iranian action was both piracy and an intentional act of war against the United States.  If the boats strayed into Iranian waters due to navigational or mechanical problems, Iran was obliged under international law to render them assistance.  "Accidents in international air or sea traffic, even those involving military vessels, generally require nations to assist the victims and keep hands off the stricken planes or ships, the experts said."  Note also that "Iranian officials searched [the boats] for advanced technology and sensitive communications."

If this is not enough to define Iran's behavior as piracy and an act of war, Moran also pointed out that an Iranian general said openly that its purpose was to teach the United States a lesson.  "'This incident in the Persian Gulf, which probably will not be the American forces' last mistake in the region, should be a lesson to troublemakers in the U.S. Congress,' Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, head of Iran's armed forces, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency."

The Iranian pirates then drove this point home by publishing humiliating images of our service members on their knees with their hands over their heads (a war crime) as well as captured American weapons.  In addition, we have to ask how the pirates managed to capture the boats in the first place.
Why Did the Boats Surrender?
Noting also that it is disgraceful for any soldier or sailor to give up his or her weapon except under the direst circumstances, this also is an intentional humiliation of the United States.  Napoleon Bonaparte, for example, once punished some men who had allowed themselves to be disarmed by a mob by forcing them to appear on parade with wooden swords.  The Code of Conduct for the U.S. Armed Forces reinforces this principle: "I will never surrender of my own free will.  If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist."

Surrender is therefore acceptable only in the face of overwhelming force, when resistance would result in the futile loss of personnel and material.  While Iranian destroyers or frigates, possibly with support from aircraft and antiship missiles, might have constituted overwhelming force against ten sailors in two small boats, why were the U.S. destroyers and aircraft carriers that should have supported the boats out of position to do so?  The same question might be asked, by the way, why military support was not provided to our ambassador and his staff in Benghazi.
Vice President Joe Biden then lied to the American public by saying that the United States did not apologize to Iran: "Iran neither sought nor received an apology when 10 U.S. Navy sailors were taken into custody by the Islamic republic after drifting into Iranian waters."  Iran published simultaneously an apology extorted from the boats' commander: "It was a mistake. That was our fault and we apologize for our mistake." Noting that a captured service member is obliged to provide only his or her name, rank, and serial number, we must ask what kind of threats the pirates made against his crew members, and perhaps the female one in particular, to compel him to make this statement.

Shotgun Joe then added with a straight face, "The Iranians picked up both boats, as we have picked up Iranian boats that needed to be rescued" and then "released them like, you know, ordinary nations would do."  Is the vice president of the United States telling us that the United States also committed piracy on the high seas and war crimes by boarding the Iranian boats and forcing their sailors to kneel with their hands on their heads, searching the boats for sensitive and classified material and distributing humiliating photographs of the Iranian sailors?

Don't Give the Bully Your Lunch Money

The bottom line is that Iran demanded the United States' lunch money to see what the United States would do about it, and the United States as led by Barack Obama paid up.  This in turn assures Iran's theocrats that the United States will not raise a finger to stop them from building nuclear weapons in violation of their agreement with the United States, just as we have done nothing substantial about their test of a ballistic missile.

Alexander the Great said that he feared an army of sheep led by one lion more than he feared an army of lions led by a sheep, and Iran knows the United States to be led by a sheep.  

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

US Sailors Detained by Iran

Ten U.S. Navy sailors were detained on Tuesday by Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces when one of their boats apparently became disabled in the Persian Gulf.

A senior military official tells Fox News he's hopeful about the sailors being transferred Wednesday morning.

The official also said that one of the sailors is female.

Pentagon officials said the incident occurred near Farsi Island in the Gulf. They said one of their two small boats had mechanical trouble, causing one or both to run aground. The sailors were then picked up by Iran and taken to the island. But it is unclear where they are now.

The boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain at the time, and the Pentagon briefly lost contact with the crews.

A senior Obama administration official told Fox News that Iranian authorities have assured the United States of the sailors' “safety and well-being” and said they “will promptly be allowed to continue their journey.”

The semi-official Iranian news agency, FARS, said the sailors were trespassing in Iranian waters.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

NDSU Bison Football - Out for a Six-Pack

Dear Bison:

We all enjoyed yesterday very much.  I hope you took the remainder of Saturday afternoon and evening to celebrate your successful drive for five national championships.

That was yesterday.  Today is a new a new day.  And it is also the first day to start working on "our" six-pack (six consecutive championship).

I will do my part by sending in tuition punctually, practicing cheering (screaming at the top of my lungs), and praying.  I need for you to run, lift, practice, study tape, and get good grades.

Thank you in advance!

Go Bison

Saturday, January 9, 2016

North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison Win Fifth Consecutive FCS National Championship

My Comments:
Congratulations Bison! An unprecedented five consecutive national championships.  May I be the first to wish you luck on getting a six-pack (pun intended) next year.

The school promotes the Power of the Herd and they are right on.  This string of victories is so much more than a football team.  The team is great. The staff is great.  The fans are great. But...this is so much bigger.

This phenomenon is the result of an amazing Fargo North Dakota community, Generations of hard-working, generous, tightly-bound, community-focused, clean, productive Americans from all backgrounds have created an atmosphere, a community, a University and a football team capable of magic.

The football team that reflects a heritage and culture where all things are possible through team work, hard work, and determination. A community that farms, drills, fights -30 below weather, battles the Red River, stands against hurricane-force winds and hail can certainly produce champions like Roger Maris, Richard Edlund, James Buchli, Paul Gaustad, and one amazing football team.

Go Bison!!!


Saturday, January 09, 2016 10:43 a.m. CST by Dan Gunderson

Bison fans celebrate a fifth straight FCS national title for the North Dakota State University football team. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Gellner)

NDSU celebrates scoring a touchdown against JSU in the first half of the FCS National Championship game. (Photo courtesy of Dan Cash)

Frisco, TX - North Dakota State was dominant on their way to a fifth straight national title with a 37-10 win over Jacksonville State University.

NDSU started the national championship game against JSU on offense. They wasted no time moving the ball up the field with their ground game.

Carson Wentz, starting his first game since October 17, went two for three on third down throws with both completions going for first downs.

However, his third pass fell incomplete and true freshman Cam Pedersen came on to knock in a 29-yard field goal. That gave NDSU the initial lead at 3-0.

The Bison defense got their first test against the JSU offense and stood tall. On a third and five, JSU's Eli Jenkins found Dalton Screws for a four yard gain. Screws was not allowed to move any further because of great tackling by Bison corner Jalen Allison.

That forced a punt for the Gamecocks. They had a chance to down the ball inside the five but Troymaine Pope was unable to down the ball as it bounced into the endzone for a touchback.

That would end up being JSU's only possession of the quarter as NDSU was able to run out the clock in the first quarter while driving.

It would only get better for NDSU in the second quarter. The drive continued to move even after JSU forced the Bison into a fourth down. NDSU went for it and converted when Wentz found Zach Vraa.

The Bison continued to move the ball and on a first and goal from the eight yard line, Wentz found Andrew Bonnet in the end zone for the touchdown. Pedersen would convert on the extra point and the Bison had a 10-0 lead.

The NDSU defense would respond on the first offensive play of the second quarter for the Gamecocks. Nick DeLuca would pick off a Jenkins pass by leaving his feet and going parallel to the ground.

The offense would not waste the effort. Wentz would show his running ability when he took a read option and ran 11 yards for a touchdown. Wentz finished off the run with a great dive for the pylon.

The point after went through and NDSU had already grabbed a 17-0 lead just under four minutes to go in the first half.

Things did not get any better for Jacksonville State on their third possession. After converting on a fourth and short, Jenkins would fumble an exchange in the backfield and NDSU would recover.

It was the second straight turnover for JSU and, again, NDSU wouldn't waste it.

The Bison drove 48 yards on six plays and saw King Frazier run it in from a yard out for the score. Pedersen's extra point was good and the Bison grabbed a 24-0 leads.

The Bison would shut the Gamecocks out for the rest of the half as they maintained a 24-0 lead going into the half.

JSU started the second half with the ball looking to at least get on the board. Jenkins legs would make that happen. Jenkins had a 46 yard rush and ended the drive with a six yard touchdown run. Kicker Connor Rouleau would tack on the extra point and JSU trailed 24-7.

It was the type of response that the Gamecocks were in desperate need of to begin the second half.

The Bison had a strong drive going following the touchdown but on play 11 Wentz was intercepted by Brandon Bender at the Gamecocks 33 yard line. He returned it to the NDSU 13 where he was brought down by Urzendowski.

The defense responded by holding the Gamecocks to a 26-yard field goal from Connor Rouleau. That made 24-10 with NDSU still in command.

The Bison would respond with a 60-yard drive that resulted in three points after Pedersen knocked in a 31-yard field goal. That gave the Bison a 27-10 lead right before the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was not exactly pretty. NDSU and JSU had a sequence of three straight turnovers. It started when Jenkins had the ball knocked out of his hands by DeLuca recovered by Greg Menard.

NDSU would try a trick a play where back-up QB Easton Stick came in and attempted a pass to Carson Wentz. The throw was intercepted, however, in the end zone. On the very next play, Jenkins would throw a pass that was intercepted by Jordan Champion.

NDSU would break the streak of turnovers when they put together a short touchdown drive. Wentz put the exclamation mark on the drive with a one yard touchdown run. The extra point went through and the Bison had a 34-10 lead.

The Bison would add three more points when Pedersen would knock his third field goal through the uprights to make it a 37-10 lead.

That would be the final as NDSU claimed their fifth straight FCS national title.

Wentz ended the game completing 16 of his 29 passes for 197 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with 79 yards on nine carries along with two touchdowns.

More impressive still was NDSU's defense. They held JSU to 204 yards of total offense and just 57 yards passing. JSU converted on just three of 12 third downs.

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Germany Deploys 143 Offiers to Stop Migrant Rape and 1,500 to Stop Anti-Rape Protest

COLOGNE, Germany: A peaceful protest turned violent in the blink of an eye today as German police turned water canon on the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of Europe (PEGIDA) march against the rape of German girls by refugees.

The protest had been called at short notice in response to the growing public anger felt across Germany at the apparently premeditated and systematic sex assault of hundreds of girls as they parties on New Year’s Eve on Cologne and other German cities.

Despite taking place in multi-cultural west Germany, which has been the most enthusiastically accepting of Angela Merkel’s policies of mass migration and scorning of traditional values over 3,000 took part — a record for an anti-migration march in this part of the country.

The demonstration started with speeches and socialising among those attending, an event that stood in strong contrast to the deafening and chaotic leftist counter demonstration just yards away.

PEGIDA has long prided itself on taking the moral high ground against their hard-left detractors and set out to maintain that reputation today. Loudspeakers announced alcohol, glass bottles, and face-coverings were banned.

Yet a small number of marchers – identified as football hooligans who had travelled to the demonstration from outside of Cologne – started to cause trouble after the speeches started and the march had begun.

A firework was thrown, which caused the police to halt the march while they dealt with the perpetrators. ‘Kettling‘ the troublemakers who had displaced others at the front of the protest seemed to inflame the situation which descended into water canon and pepper spray being deployed by officers.

Breitbart London/Rachel Megawhat

Speaking to Breitbart London after the march, an elected member of the Cologne City Council who had been on the march and was dismayed by the violent infiltrators spoke of police agent provocateurs, a tactic that has been the matter of discussion and controversy in Germany of late.

While many in the march found amusement in the extremely large number of police officers who had been deployed to the demonstration compared to the bare-bones 143 officers who were expected to keep the peace on New Year’s Eve, the speakers at the rally were entirely sympathetic towards the police.

Thanking the officers for protecting them from the violent left-wing “antis” who have been the plague of other PEGIDA demonstrations across Germany, the speakers acknowledged the decision to deploy less officers at New Year’s Eve had been a political one, with a request for backup controversially denied by the minister for the interior.

Friday, January 8, 2016

All You Need is Love

Christian Pop Criticism

I do not endorse the views represented in the videos below.  I submit them for your review from sources you probably do not frequent.

Reveille Patriotic American Veteran Tribute

I do not normally post material of this nature.  But the above is well done.
My observations:
- the gentlemen are independent
- as their competitiveness grows, so does their vigor
- the bond between them is strong and respectful

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Merry Orthodox Christmas

MOSCOW (AP) — For much of the Orthodox Christian world, Thursday is celebrated as Christmas Day. Believers in Russia, Ukraine, and parts of Eastern Europe and the Middle East flocked to churches for the holiday.

Some Orthodox churches follow the liturgical calendar observed by the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches and celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25.

As Christmas approached across the sprawling country's nine time zones, Russians flocked to churches for long and solemn Masses. At Moscow's enormous Christ The Savior Cathedral, the service began at 11 p.m. on Wednesday and stretched two and a half hours, led by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, with the devout standing shoulder-to-shoulder.

President Vladimir Putin attended a midnight service at a church in the village of Turginovo, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Moscow, where his parents were baptized.

Soldiers taking part in Russia's airstrikes in Syria attended a nighttime service in a tent on the Russian air base.

In his Christmas greetings to the nation, Putin said: "It is very important in these days that the Russian Orthodox Church and other Christian confessions in Russia continue the traditions of responsible service, help people find belief and give them force in life. They participate actively in upbringing of the growing generations, in development of the institutes of family, maternity and childhood."

A New Web Site for Lutheran Catechism

The Catechism is Strategic — New Website: Lutheran Catechism, posted at on January 7, 2016 by T. R. Halvorson

A new website, Lutheran Catechism, promoting the use of Luther’s catechisms went live January 4, 2016. As a new site, it is still small, but here is what it is developing:

Blog. A blog with posts of quotations, links to articles, pointers to resources, bulletin inserts, free digitized books, etc.

Reading Plans. Links to a variety of reading plans for personal and family settings. At present is has published one simple weekly plan, and soon will publish a yearly plan coordinated with the Church Year contributed by a reader. Readers are invited to submit plans to be shared by the site.

Pastoral Catechesis. A listing of teaching materials developed by or for pastors to teach the catechism. As an example, the site points to Catechesis for Life: Catechism (2014), a 42-part series on Luther’s Small Catechism, each featuring a mini study by Pastor John Wollenburg Sias and excerpts from Luther’s Large Catechism. Readers are invited to let the site’s editor know about materials of this type so they can be promoted in the list.

Bibliography. A bibliography of works about Luther’s catechisms, parental responsibility, home catechization, pastoral catechesis, and related topics.

Document Library. A collection of articles and other documents hosted on the site itself to make getting a copy convenient.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Thoughts on Oregon Situation

1) We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. - Declaration of Independence

2) These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God. - The Crisis, Thomas Payie

3) "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." - Second Amendment

4) 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.
Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.
11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. - Psalm 27

Armed Militia Call US Patriots to Arms

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s three sons and “about 150” militiamen have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge HQ to protest the pending imprisonment of two Oregon ranchers accused of arson, arguing the federal government has no authority in local cases.

“We’re going to be freeing these lands up, and getting ranchers back to ranching, getting the loggers back to logging, getting the miners back to mining where they could do it under the protection of the people and not be afraid of this tyranny that’s been set upon them,” Ammon Bundy, who appears to be the leader of the group, said in a Facebook video posted by Sarah Dee Spurlock on Saturday.

Bundy appears to be standing at the scene of the takeover, surrounded by several men in military-style uniforms with rifles and hand-held radios.

The rancher points out that Harney County used to be the richest in state, and is now the poorest. His radical proposal to solve the situation is to have armed “patriots” come and live in a de-facto self-rule zone independent of the federal authorities.

The second speaker in the video, identified as Blane Cooper, equates the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to bullies at school that used to beat one up and who eventually had to be put in their place.

“Until that line is drawn and say ‘we’ve had enough of this tyranny, you are going to leave us alone’ it will not change,” the military-clad man says.

According to Cooper, they hope their occupation will spell the beginning of a US-wide movement.

“It doesn’t have to stop here. This could be a hope that spreads through the whole country, the whole United States. Everybody’s looking for this hope because the government has beat us, and oppressed us, and took everything from us; they will not stop until we tell them no,” he claims.

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Militia Takes Federal Building

Update at 9:15 p.m.: Statement from Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward: "After the peaceful rally was completed today, a group of outside militants drove to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, where they seized and occupied the refuge headquarters. A collective effort from multiple agencies is currently working on a solution. For the time being please stay away from that area. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Please maintain a peaceful and united front and allow us to work through this situation."

The Bundy family of Nevada joined with hard-core militiamen Saturday to take over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, vowing to occupy the remote federal outpost 30 miles southeast of Burns for years.

The occupation came shortly after an estimated 300 marchers — militia and local citizens both — paraded through Burns to protest the prosecution of two Harney County ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who are to report to prison on Monday.

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Armed Protestors Occupy Federal Building

This is not the end, This is not the beginning of the end, But perhaps, it is the beginning.


Armed protesters, including three sons of a Nevada rancher who battled with the government in 2014, vowed to occupy a federal building in Oregon for “as long as it takes,” as state and federal officials on Sunday sought to defuse the situation.

The protesters took over a federal wildlife refuge in a remote area near Burns, some 280 miles east of Portland, to protest the prosecution of a father and son facing jail time on an arson charge for burning 130 acres of land. Prosecutors said the fire was set to hide poaching, but the ranchers, who face five years in prison, and the protesters supporting them say it was set to stop invasive plants.

"We will be here as long as it takes," said Ammon Bundy, a spokesman for the group and the son of Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who clashed with the feds two years ago.

"We have no intentions of using force upon anyone, (but) if force is used against us, we would defend ourselves," Ammon Bundy said while issuing a broad appeal for others to come join the occupation in a show of support.

Those occupying the refuge claimed they had as many as 100 supporters with them. The occupation came shortly after 300 marchers paraded through Burns in support of ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who report to prison Monday.

The tense situation involved the Oregon State Police, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.