Reader’s Links, February 24, 2018

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  1. The Islamic State has urged its followers to kidnap and murder Christians in “Russian-occupied Muslim areas,” according to a letter published by an intelligence group that monitors the terrorist organization’s online communications.

    Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan are all Muslim-majority republics in Russia. ISIS says Russian rule there is an occupation.

    The letter, titled “Strike Their Necks and Strike Each One of Their Sons,” claims that Russia has intentionally occupied Muslim-majority areas in the Caucasus and Central Asia to convert Muslims to Christianity or forcibly displace them. SITE Intelligence Group published the document Thursday.

    Note: again, it is the publication carrying the information that is the NEWS.

  2. The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) if partnering with the terrorist-tied CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) in an effort to fight bullying and “Islamophobia” at schools – a secretive, informal alliance over which five families are suing the district.

    Parents disclosed evidence in the lawsuit that SDUSD did not cancel its CAIR “anti-Islamophobia” program as it claimed – exposing information that school officials are continuing their relationship with the Muslim group that has already been exposed for its ties and involvement in Islamic terrorism.

  3. A Judge just revealed the truth about Russian meddling James Comey tried to hide

    he media has tried to play up alleged Russian election meddling as if it was a Donald Trump scandal.

    Democrats and journalists are trying to use it destroy the Trump Presidency.

    But a Judge revealed the truth that James Comey and the FBI want to keep hidden.

    According to Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals, the meddling began in 2014.

    That meant it started on Barack Obama’s watch while James Comey was Director of the FBI.

    Fox News Channel’s Judge Andrew Napolitano pointed out that it fell to Comey to stop this plot.

    Any Russian meddling that took place was because Comey was derelict in his duty.

  4. Conservative students say they feel marginalized, bullied by peers advocating gun control

    Students attending the Conservative Political Action Conference this week said they feel marginalized and bullied by peers at school who support gun control, McClatchy’s DC Bureau reported.

    “Not liking guns is a millennial thing, it’s the cool thing to be against guns,” said Justin Vaughn, 17, who attends a Maryland High School. Vaughn, a Second Amendment supporter, told McClatchy News he feels like he is on the “wrong side” of the gun control debate.

  5. Does Jihad Really Have “Nothing to do with Islam”?

    by Denis MacEoin
    February 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Recently, US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster once again downplayed the significance of faith by claiming that Islamic ideology is “irreligious”; meanwhile, up to 1.5 billion Muslims continue claiming, as they have done for 1400 years, that it is.

    As Stephen Coughlin, an expert on Islam, told Gatestone, “It is the believers who define their religion, not the non-believers. If someone says his religion is that the moon is made of green cheese, that has to be your starting point.”

    On February 20, 2017, President Trump appointed McMaster, a serving Lieutenant General of the US Army, to the important position of National Security Advisor, after the forced resignation of Michael T. Flynn. McMaster came to the post with a reputation for stability, battlefield experience, and intelligence. According to the Los Angeles Times:

  6. When Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Was Accused of Corruption, He Responded: ‘Lions Don’t Care About the Opinions of Sheep’
    Israel reportedly hired his political supporters to do outreach for the police.

    Robby Soave|Feb. 23, 2018 2:16 pm

    Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel—the man whose agency failed to prevent the Parkland massacre despite having received a tip last November that Nikolas Cruz was plotting a mass shooting—has been accused of public corruption.

    Two years ago, the Sun Sentinel reported that Israel was rewarding top political supporters by giving them and their family members cushy jobs doing public relations and community outreach for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. One such position, outreach manager, paid out a salary of $78,489. The person who got that job was the husband of Israel’s campaign manager.

    Israel had been a Republican but ran for office as a Democrat. He was first elected sheriff in 2012, then re-elected in 2016. According to the Sun Sentinel:

    The outreach workers, who mainly attend community events, are in addition to political activists and others Israel hired into community affairs roles, writing and designing printed pieces about the agency, and sharing it on social media. The employee log shows six hired into community affairs roles, their salaries totaling $388,729.

    Israel’s opponents say he’s built a publicly funded political machine, paying back supporters with jobs and using them to keep him in office. They say the money could be better spent, particularly after the sheriff complained about not having enough funding to secure the county courthouse, where a murder suspect recently escaped.

    Asked about the allegations, Israel responded, “What have I done differently than Don Shula or Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Gandhi?”

    • It’s pretty much the way it turns out in the end.
      The most recent example: gun-free schools. They still haven’t understood that they would be safer if some of the staff and teachers had conceal-carry.

      • Gun Control isn’t about protecting anyone, it is about forcing people to be dependent on the government for everything. The leaders in the gun control movement are working to ensure we depend on them for everything including food, shelter and protection. All of which we should be responsible for.

        • Gun Control isn’t about protecting anyone, it is about forcing people to be dependent on the government for everything.

          Too right! Enforcing a “government monopoly on violence” is the ultimate end of all Gun Control efforts.

          Go ahead and ask the people of Venezuela how relinquishing their control over violence worked out. Asking the same question in Iran or North Korea could get you executed.

          Recently, there was posted at this website a chart of global, per capita, gun ownership. In many ways, it was heartwarming to observe how, with less than 5% of the world’s population, the United States is home to roughly 35-50 per cent of the world’s civilian-owned guns.

          Whilst having slid badly over the past thirty years, America still remains this world’s flickering shining beacon of Liberty and Democracy. In that respect, we have the most to lose. For such reasons, it is best that we have the most firepower on hand to defend these precious and increasingly fragile rights.

          Let’s face it; if America folds its tent, the rest of this world quickly will descend into apocalyptic levels of chaos. Russia and China would begin their geopolitical feeding frenzy and every last tinpot dictatorship would start invading its neighbor.

          Please do not think that America sits as a titanic counterbalance, ever-eager to rectify each and last little every global wrong. Of far greater value is the USA’s ability to serve as a deterrent to such counterproductive behavior. For those who need convincing, please review America’s remarkably successful role in implementing the MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) Doctrine.

          This one act won most of the Cold War and changed our world (in good ways) forever. All the same, after these post-WW II Decades of Decadence™, residual USSR propaganda has (with alarming success) caused enough demoralization that, decades later, there is harm happening in even the most successful nations. Please search: Yuri Bezmenov.

          Old saying: “At any time, Americans must possess the necessary firepower to take back their government by force.

          Those who cherish Big Government™ know quite well what the counterweight of an armed populace signifies. It is why they toil with such agonistic endeavor at eliminating gun ownership.

          While this nation traditionally has enjoyed the reliable back-brace of a strong and loyal military; active enlistment of non-nationals, Muslims, and other questionable recruits makes it increasingly important for individual citizens to bear arms.

          This is mirrored in how persistent reductions of metropolitan, suburban, and rural police protection have made it ever-more imperative for citizens to employ concealed carry (i.e., “bear arms” in the most direct sense).

          For those in need of an object lesson, please consider how an “EU military” would be structured so that non-nationals routinely were sent in response to country-specific unrest. This way, the responding soldiers would have no problem blowing away any local agitators. This is no joke and the US military’s growing ideological fragmentation poses these exact same risks.

          Most astonishing of all is the willingness of so many other large populations (e.g., Chinese or German) to remain silent about the important role that freely available firearms might play in any ideological “course correction” for those nations. Then again, speaking openly about such matters in those countries can get you imprisoned.

          Curiously, much like Islam, gun ownership is another “elephant in the room” that everyone tacitly agrees to ignore. With ironic significance, disregarding either one of these crucial issues is fraught with attendant perils that people seem even more eager to ignore.

          As in, at day’s end, there remains the fact that these two pachydermic issues exhibit some serious overlap. After all, how else to fit a pair of elephants into a single room?!? For instance, a well-armed America has some hope of resisting whatever increase in Islamic terrorist attacks that are assured by its imbecilic immigration quotas.

          The fact that burgeoning Muslim “immigration” rates and American gun ownership numbers have tracked (in whatever manner) is as unsurprising as it is logical.

          For all of those sob-sisters wringing their hands over the latest school shooting, p’raps they might better direct their energies towards advocating for a well-armed populace that can (on demand and enthusiastically) repulse threats to America.

  7. zero hedge – House Intel Democrats Release GOP Counter-Memo

    twitter @realDonaldTrump

    The Democrat memo response on government surveillance abuses is a total political and legal BUST. Just confirms all of the terrible things that were done. SO ILLEGAL!

    Dem Memo: FBI did not disclose who the clients were – the Clinton Campaign and the DNC. Wow!

    “Russians had no compromising information on Donald Trump” @FoxNews Of course not, because there is none, and never was. This whole Witch Hunt is an illegal disgrace…and Obama did nothing about Russia!

    “Congressman Schiff omitted and distorted key facts” @FoxNews So, what else is new. He is a total phony!

    […]Not surprisingly, the most relevant part of the Democrat countermemo has been redacted: the discussion of “multiple independent sources” that “corroborated Steele’s reporting”, presumably more than just CNN, WaPo and NYT, who were allegedly hand fed leaked material straight from the DOJ, NSA, and FBI (via Strzok, Page and others).

    […]as Bloomberg summarizes, “Americans now have two clashing, partisan accounts that claim to be true interpretations of a detailed court document that they can’t read for themselves because it remains classified.”

    In the memo, the House Intel Democrats claims that:

    “FBI and DOJ officials did not “abuse” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign. In fact, DOJ and the FBI would have been remiss in their duty to protect the country had they not sought a FISA warrant and repeated renewals to conduct temporary surveillance of Carter Page, someone the FBI assessed to be an agent of the Russian government. DOJ met the rigor, transparency, and evidentiary basis needed to meet FISA’s probable cause requirement, by demonstrating:

    -contemporaneous evidence of Russia’s election interference;
    -concerning Russian links and outreach to Trump campaign officials;
    -Page’s history with Russian intelligence; and
    -Page’s suspicious activities in 2016, including in Moscow.

    The memo’s key counterarguments are as follows (via Tim O’Brien):

    1. The Steele Dossier was not the catalyst for launching the Trump-Russia probe
    2. The rationale for surveilling Carter Page was carefully weighed.
    3. The Nunes memo used classified information selectively and included distortions and misrepresentations
    4. Papadopoulos’ role as the original catalyst for the Trump-Russia investigation outlined.
    5. DOJ’s FISA application was carefully vetted and wasn’t used to spy on Trump or his campaign
    6. Steele’s information about Page’s contacts with Kremlin insiders like Sechin was consistent with Papadopoulos information
    7. DOJ was transparent with the court about Steele’s role and why he had reliable information
    8. Nunes memo’s references to Ohr are misleading and the Strzok/Page texts are irrelevant

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  8. Iran’s Quds Force chief vows revenge for Hezbollah leader’s death (memo, Feb 24, 2018)

    “Commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Qasem Soleimani, yesterday vowed revenge following the death of Hezbollah military chief, Imad Mughniyeh.

    Speaking at a Tehran ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of Mughniyeh’s assassination at the hands of Israel, Soleimani said: “The Israeli occupation knows that we will fulfil our promise of eliminating it from existence and we will not forget and will not spend a moment of our lives without thinking about it.”

    He said that Mughniyeh was “more than a guerrilla war expert” adding that he co-founded Hezbollah….”

  9. Iraq turns down Riyadh’s request to hand over Saudi prisoners (memo, Feb 24, 2018)

    “The Iraqi government has rejected a request from Riyadh to hand over Saudi citizens imprisoned on “terror” charges, including some who have been held for years, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported on Friday. The Saudis – more than 400 of them, said one official – along with “hundreds” of other Arabs and Europeans, were captured during the fighting against Daesh and Al-Qaeda.

    The request from the Saudi government came a week after it pledged $1.5 billion during a donors’ conference held in Kuwait City for rebuilding the war-torn country. Iraq insists that all foreign prisoners will be subject to Iraqi law and sentenced accordingly. A spokesman for the government in Baghdad, Saad Al-Hadithi, said that those prisoners expected to be acquitted of terror charges will be handed over to their respective countries.

    Iraq’s Minister of Social Affairs, meanwhile, revealed that there are 500 wives of Daesh fighters along with 1,000 children being held in the country, all of them foreign citizens. Mohamed Al-Sudani said that children up to four years of age would remain with their mothers, but those between four and 14 will be moved to government orphanages and remain there until agreements are reached with the embassies of their countries on how to send them home.”

  10. Cyprus accuses Turkey of blocking ship again in gas exploration standoff (memo, Feb 24, 2018)

    “Cyprus accused Turkey on Friday of threatening to use force against a drillship chartered by Italy’s Eni, in a standoff over hydrocarbons rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

    There was no immediate reaction from Turkey, which has vowed to prevent Greek Cypriots from exploring for oil or gas around the ethnically-split island. Turkey says some areas of Cyprus’s offshore maritime zone fall under its jurisdiction.

    On February 9, the Turkish navy on manoeuvres in the Mediterranean stopped the Saipem 12000 vessel on its way to drill for gas in the waters off Cyprus, triggering a diplomatic standoff that has underscored tensions in the region over competing claims for offshore resources.

    Deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos told the Cyprus News Agency on Friday the ship was heading to the same area, when five Turkish vessels interrupted its course…”

  11. Controversy in Morocco Over the Delivery of Virginity Certificates (moroccoworldnews, Feb 24, 2018)

    “The Moroccan Association of Sexology has appealed to the Moroccan ministry of health, asking the relevant authorities to exempt medical doctors from the delivery of the virginity certificate, a document they say violates both doctors’ oath of medical confidentiality and the right to privacy of the persons (girls) for whom it is delivered.

    The document, generally required of young girls about to marry, has long been a hot-button issue in various Moroccan circles, especially opposing “progressive” and “conservative” Moroccans on what family and religious values should be…”

  12. Global anti-Turkey propaganda will not succeed: Erdo?an (hurriyetdailynews, Feb 24, 2018)

    “President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on Feb. 24 said a global anti-Turkey propaganda based on lies would not be successful.

    “Launching a worldwide war of propaganda, based on lies, slander and distortion, by those who cannot deal with Turkey on the ground will not work,”

    Erdo?an said during a provincial congress by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the southern province of Kahramanmara?.

    “They want to sever us from our sisters and brothers by forming a terror corridor along our borders [with Syria]. They do not hesitate to link arms with terrorist organizations. They are not aware of the fact that we will break the arms and wings of the [terrorist] structure they have been striving to form and destroy it completely. We believe we will sooner or later bring down the terrorist organizations and those who are behind them,” Erdo?an said.

    “Those who see us as yesterday’s Turkey, and treat us in this manner, have begun to gradually realize the truth,” Erdo?an said.

    Erdo?an rejected claims that civilians were being targeted during the operation.

    “It is not in our blood to attack civilians, but in yours,” he said. He said the country was determined to have a global voice on a range of issues, from economy to democracy.

    Turkey’s revival has motivated several communities in the region and across the world, he added.

    Criticizing former colonialists and their “voluntary” slaves, he said eradicating terrorism was crucial to prevent a retreat to colonialism.

    Turkish army ‘neutralized’ 1,951 terrorists in Afrin

    A total of 1,951 YPG militants have been “neutralized” since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region, Erdo?an said.

    Erdogan’s remarks came during a provincial congress of AKP in the southern province of Osmaniye.

    Turkish authorities generally use the term “neutralize” to signify that the targets either surrendered or were killed or captured.

    Erdo?an also slammed Syrian regime bombardment in Eastern Ghouta.

    “Have you seen or heard a country seriously react to the continued atrocity in Eastern Ghouta for several days?” Erdo?an said.

    “There are still those wretched people who say ’let’s come together with Assad’. What is there to repair, to instigate with a murderer who killed a million of his fellow citizens?” Erdo?an asked.”

  13. Takeover: Migrants Found Their Own Political Party in Notorious Swedish No Go Zone (breitbart, Feb 24, 2018)

    “A self-described “stateless” Palestinian migrant has formed a new political party in the heavily migrant-populated Swedish city of Malmö.

    The party, named the New Coalition Collection (NKS), was founded and is lead by Palestinian migrant Hussam Alkoblawi along with a number of other migrants to Sweden, 24Malmo reports.

    “I have been in Sweden for 30 years and have followed developments in Swedish society since then. I see all the differences that have arisen and we notice that recently the gap between foreign and Swedish citizens has grown bigger,” Alkoblawi said.

    “Our goal is to create a harmoniously functioning society no matter what origin it has. It’s about bringing something new into practice. There are many politicians who write very good slogans and ideas, but in practice, there is something missing,” he added.

    According to the party’s official website, which is also in Arabic, the core focus will be the integration of newly arrived migrants by pumping more resources into the Swedish migration board, teaching migrants skills before they become “alienated”..”

  14. Former President Barack Obama’s speech Friday is intended to be a secret affair, with organizers threatening to remove anyone who tweets or reports on his comments.

    Obama was scheduled to address Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference attendees Friday afternoon to discuss his future plans and reflect on his presidency, but media has been barred from reporting on his remarks.

    “Following the panel, the sharing or reporting of its contents on public platforms (including social media) will not be permitted,” the conference organizers typed in correspondence to media, according to The Boston Globe. “Those who fail to adhere to this policy will be subject to removal from the conference and denied tickets to future SSAC conferences.”

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