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  1. Nation of Islam and Scientology: Their Dangerous Alliance

    The Nation of Islam and Scientology would seem to have nothing in common, yet they have formed a bizarre and dangerous alliance.

    The Church of Scientology, an organization created by the science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, is a cult that boasts multiple A-list actors in its membership. Scientology was founded in the 1950’s, after the publishing of Hubbard’s self-help book Dianetics. This cult is built around the ideas found within both Dianetics and the science fiction genre for which Hubbard was known.

    Scientology has multiple celebrities and business magnates in their membership. In addition to being worth billions of dollars with massive real-estate holdings, Scientology has been known to attack detractors and cover up the misdeeds of some of its most prominent members.

    Scientology has faced a storm of public criticisms over the past decade, much of it done by former members of the group. One action taken by Scientology, in response to the criticism, was to establish a front group called Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination (STAND). STAND claims its goal is to “put a stop to incitement of bigotry and hate crimes, and to secure religious freedom for Man,” however, the group spends most of its time attacking critics of Scientology.

  2. The Council of Europe Tries to Rein in Erdogan

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, not content with turning Turkey’s secular democracy into an islamized and islamizing despotism, has been expanding his influence and power among the large Turkish communities in Western Europe. There are at least five million Turks in Western Europe, with three million of them in Germany alone, and substantial numbers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, France, and Sweden. Before Erdogan, Turkish governments left those Turks largely alone to work and send money home, but Erdogan sees the Turks in Europe as both an extension of his political realm, and as participants in a demographic Jihad, outbreeding the Infidels and thus helping to gradually turn Europe into an Islamic domain.

    • The Council of Europe Tries to Rein in Erdogan

      Good luck with that sh!t. Erdogan presents as a classic megalomaniac with delusions of adequacy. In his own mind, he’s already the Caliph and it’s just that the rest of the world hasn’t quite caught on yet. Naughty Infidels!

        • That describes him, and is a recipe for a major war.

          Let’s hope that recent internal unrest (plus a super-fragile economy) will topple the Iranian mullahocracy well before Khamenei can draw Erdogan and Turkey into Tehran’s whirlpool of sewage.

          What Ankara intends for its own neighbors is another matter entirely. All the same, neutralizing Iran (just like with North Korea) remains a top priority.

  3. Department of Justice
    Office of Public Affairs
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    Two Iranian Men Indicted for Deploying Ransomware to Extort Hospitals, Municipalities, and Public Institutions, Causing Over $30 Million in Losses
    A federal grand jury returned an indictment unsealed today in Newark, New Jersey charging Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, both of Iran, in a 34-month-long international computer hacking and extortion scheme involving the deployment of sophisticated ransomware, announced Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey and Executive Assistant Director Amy S. Hess of the FBI.

    • US Indicts Iranians over Ransomware Attacks (aawsat, Nov 28, 2018)

      “Two Iranians were found guilty for carrying out ransomware attacks against hospitals, city governments and public institutions in the US and Canada.

      The US Department of Justice charged the hackers with extorting at least $6 million from these institutions by remotely locking down their computer systems.

      The DOJ said Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, deployed the SamSam Ransomware into the systems of more than 200 institutions, encrypting their operations to make them inaccessible until the owners paid ransoms by bitcoin.

      The 34-month long hacking scheme wreaked havoc on the city governments of Atlanta, Georgia and Newark, New Jersey, the University of Calgary in Canada, major US hospitals in Los Angeles and Kansas City, and Laboratory Corporation of America, or LabCorp, one of the world’s largest medical testing businesses.

      In addition to ransom payments, the Justice Department said, governments and businesses suffered losses of a total of $30 million in their operations.

      “The hackers infiltrated computer systems in 10 states and Canada and then demanded payment. The criminal activity harmed state agencies, city governments, hospitals, and countless innocent victims,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

      The six-count indictment said the two men — who are still in Iran — began in December 2015 to hack into target computer systems to install the SamSam malware.

      Once the malware was executed, it would encrypt all of the data on the victims’ computers, and electronic notes would be left behind telling administrators how to pay a ransom to have their data unlocked.

      When the city of Atlanta was hit, government computers serving a population of a half-million were crippled for six days in March 2018.

      People could not pay bills and businesses could not receive payments.

      The demanded payments were usually relatively small, making it easier for some executives to decide to pay.

      The Indiana hospital Hancock Health paid four bitcoin — $55,000 at the time — in January 2018 to get its systems unfrozen.

      “The defendants did not just indiscriminately ‘cross their fingers’ and hope their ransomware randomly compromised just any computer system,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski.

      “Rather, they deliberately engaged in an extreme form of 21st-century digital blackmail, attacking and extorting vulnerable victims like hospitals and schools, victims they knew would be willing and able to pay.”

      The deployment of the SamSam ransomware represented some of the highest profile cyber-attacks on US soil, including one in 2016 that forced Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles to turn away patients and one last year that shut down Atlanta courts and much of its city government.

      In parallel with the indictment of the two, the US Treasury announced sanctions on two other Iranians, Ali Khorashadizadeh and Mohammad Ghorbaniyan, who allegedly aided the hackers by managing the ransom payments by the virtual currency bitcoin.

      The two helped the SamSam hackers convert the bitcoin into Iranian rials, and were identified as the people behind two digital currency addresses that handled some 7,000 bitcoin transactions.

      The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said it was the first time they had publicly attributed digital currency addresses to people being placed on their sanctions blacklist.”

  4. With Press Pass Judicially Protected, Jim Acosta’s Antics Ensue Again

    As the old adage goes; it’s not what you say, it is how you say it.

    As the old adage goes; it’s not what you say, it is how you say it.

    This important and foundational life lesson was either never passed down from Momma Acosta to little James, or the intrepid young attention-monger allowed the unwritten rule to glance by him purposefully. The young man instead began studying the philosophy of the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, believing that the spotlight was the key to journalism.

  5. G4S building bombed by Taliban – 10 dead, 19 wounded in attack on British security group (express, Nov 28, 2018)

    “AT LEAST 10 people have been killed after Taliban gunmen stormed a compound belonging to British security firm G4S in the Afghan capital Kabul.

    Nineteen others were wounded in the attack, which started when a car bomb exploded outside a facility used by the security group.

    The Afghan interior ministry said “a number of gunmen” entered the G4S site after the bomb went off.

    The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

    This is a breaking story, more to follow…”

  6. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasts lawmakers for ‘caterwauling’ over Khashoggi’s murder

    WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted lawmakers Wednesday ahead of an all-Senate briefing on the war in Yemen and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

    In a surprisingly antagonistic op-ed, published in the Wall Street Journal, Pompeo accused lawmakers of “caterwauling” about Saudi Arabia’s human-rights record and ignoring the kingdom’s pivotal role in sidelining Iran.

    “The Trump administration’s effort to rebuild the U.S.-Saudi Arabia Arabia partnership isn’t popular in the salons of Washington, where politicians of both parties have long used the kingdom’s human-rights record to call for the alliance’s downgrading,” Pompeo wrote.

    “The October murder of Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on,” he said. “But degrading U.S.-Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the U.S. and its allies.”

    Pompeo’s attack on lawmakers landed just hours before he was set deliver a classified briefing to senators on the war in Yemen, where the U.S. is supporting a Saudi-led coalition against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

    Pompeo accused the Trump administration’s critics in Congress of being soft on Iran – an assertion that’s likely to spark a backlash among Democrats and Republicans alike who have pushed the administration to mete out stronger punishment against Saudi Arabia for its role in Khashoggi’s murder.

    “Is it any coincidence that the people using the Khashoggi murder as a cudgel against President Trump’s Saudi Arabia policy are the same people who supported Barack Obama’s rapprochement with Iran — a regime that has killed thousands worldwide, including hundreds of Americans, and brutalizes its own people?” Pompeo wrote.

    “Where was this echo chamber, where were these avatars of human rights, when Mr. Obama gave the mullahs pallets of cash to carry out their work as the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism?”

    Pompeo’s preemptive criticism of lawmakers could make Wednesday’s closed-door briefing all the more contentious.

    Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he had a “little chat” with Pompeo Wednesday morning about the op-ed. “It may have missed the mark,” Corker said, declining to elaborate.

    Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the foreign relations panel, seemed similarly displeased. He said Pompeo should have listened to the audio tape of Khashoggi’s murder, evidence the Turkish government shared with America officials to prove the Saudis’ complicity in the Washington Post columnist’s death. “That’s caterwauling,” Menendez quipped as he went into the closed-door briefing.

    Corker said on Tuesday that unless the two Cabinet secretaries spell out a more forceful response to Khashoggi’s death, he may vote in favor of ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen – a step he has opposed in the past.

    “There’s got to be a price to pay for what has happened,” he said. “This injustice has occurred,” the Tennessee Republican added, “and so far, the administration doesn’t appear to” be prepared to respond adequately.

    Pompeo warned lawmakers against ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

    “Abandoning Yemen would do immense damage to U.S. national security interests and those of our Middle Eastern allies and partners,” the secretary of state planned to tell lawmakers, according to excerpts released by the State Department Wednesday morning.

    Pompeo argued that efforts to end the conflict are “gaining steam.” He noted that the Houthis and the Republic of Yemen’s government have committed to attending talks in Sweden in December, led by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths. But the Saudis have yet to agree to those negotiations.

    Pompeo also argued that if the United States was not involved in Yemen, the conflict “would be a hell of a lot worse.”

    “… The Saudi-led coalition would not have the benefit of our advice and training on targeting, so more civilians would die,” Pompeo says in his prepared remarks. “All we would achieve from an American drawdown is a stronger Iran and a reinvigorated ISIS and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Try defending that outcome back home.”

    Critics have blasted the argument that the U.S. role is mitigating the horrible toll on civilians.

    “That sounds like the military industrial complex is putting out some spin,” Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., told USA TODAY in a recent interview. “We have not heard that from any humanitarian group that we work with.”


    Pompeo says no ‘direct’ evidence Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi killing

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday there was no direct evidence connecting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month in Istanbul.

    Pompeo spoke to reporters after he and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate behind closed doors that weakening U.S.-Saudi ties over the killing would hurt national security.

    “There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi,” Pompeo said.

    After repeated calls from members of Congress for a strong U.S. response, Pompeo and Mattis briefed the Senate about Saudi Arabia and the Oct. 2 murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and on the civil war in Yemen.

    “The October murder of Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on. But degrading U.S.-Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the U.S. and its allies,” Pompeo wrote in a blog post released shortly before the briefing.

    Trump has dismissed a CIA assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s killing.

    Trump last week vowed to remain a “steadfast partner” of Saudi Arabia and said it was not clear whether the prince knew about the plan to kill Khashoggi.

    Those comments further angered members of the U.S. Congress, including some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, who have demanded an investigation of potential involvement by the crown prince.

    Republican Senator Bob Corker said after the briefing it was apparent to everyone in the room that the crown prince was responsible for Khashoggi’s death.

    “We have a problem here. We understand that Saudi Arabia is an ally, of sorts, and a semi important country,” said Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “We also have a crown prince that’s out of control.”

    Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said Washington was basically telling an ally “you can kill with impunity.”

    “It is outrageous that we are willing to turn our eye away from such a murder because we have ‘interests,’” he said.


    Gulf Arab states have been battling in Yemen since 2015 to restore a government driven out by the Houthis, Shi’ite Muslim fighters that Yemen’s neighbors view as agents of Iran. The war has killed more than 10,000 people and created the world’s most urgent humanitarian emergency.

    Pompeo said the United States would provide an additional $131 million for food aide in Yemen.

    In his remarks, which were released as the meeting with lawmakers began, Mattis said pulling back U.S. military support in Yemen and stopping weapons sales to important partners would be misguided.

    “Our security interests cannot be dismissed, even as we seek accountability for what President (Donald) Trump described as the “unacceptable and horrible crime” of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, a crime which “our country does not condone,” Mattis said in his prepared remarks.

    Pompeo made the case that the Saudis are too important an ally to lose, citing the country’s help to contain Iran in the region, secure democracy in Iraq and fight the Islamic State and other militant groups.

    “The kingdom is a powerful force for stability in the Middle East,” he wrote. “Saudi Arabia, like the U.S. – and unlike these critics – recognizes the immense threat the Islamic Republic of Iran poses to the world.”

    In his prepared remarks, also released as the briefing took place, Pompeo said stopping refueling and other support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen “would do immense damage” to the interests of the United States and its allies and partners in the Middle East.

    The conflict is seen as a proxy war between Saudia Arabia and Iran.

    “The first mission is to assist the Saudis and the Emiratis in their fight against Iranian-backed Houthi fighters. This conflict isn’t optional for Saudi Arabia, and abandoning it puts American interests at risk too,” Pompeo said.

    The Senate is due to hold a procedural vote later on Wednesday on a measure that would end U.S. support for the conflict in Yemen.

      • Great!
        Mike Pompeo’s reading my mind!
        {she says, modestly}

        Be sure to keep a list of caterwaul-ers. In this article: Sen. Bob Corker, R; Sen. Bob Menendez, D;
        Rep. Mark Pocan, D.
        Plus all the echo-chamber media, think-tanks.

        This is Benghazi, Arab Spring, Iran Deal. It’s firmly MB, which shows how sectarianism becomes irrelevant in this “Enemy of my Enemy” world.

        The MB/al-Q and the regime of the Twisted-Ragheads work together for their joint objectives: anti-USA and anti-Saudi monarchy.

        The Turk/MB coalition would have political Islam take over the Ummah, disposing of nations altogether. Kinda tardish globalist New World Order.

        Iran joins them insofar as its immediate objectives are realized: Death to America, Death to Israel.
        It’ll tackle the Sunni world later.

        • It’s firmly MB, which shows how sectarianism becomes irrelevant in this “Enemy of my Enemy” world.

          Only the very worst sort of Deep State morons still believe that, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

          These diplomatic halfwits will likely have to experience nuclear terrorism before they’ll ever admit that the more appropriate (and far more ancient) Bedouin saying is:

          I, against my brothers. I and my brothers against my cousins. I and my brothers and my cousins against the stranger.

          Until this older maxim is tattooed across the foreheads of all American MME (Muslim Middle East) policy apparatchiks, expect to see one or more US cities vaporized by Islamic jihadists.

  7. Dem lawmaker called to resign after saying she’d like to inject poison into GOP rep’s family water so they die
    November 28, 2018 | Samantha Chang | Print Article
    Democrat Stephanie Kifowit, a state lawmaker in Illinois, is being pressured to resign after cavalierly wishing death on the family of her Republican colleague, Peter Breen.

    Kifowit and Breen were debating a bill to help families whose loved ones became ill or died following a Legionnaires’ outbreak at a state-run home for military veterans, Fox News reported.

    Kifowit said to Breen from the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives:

    “To the representative from Lombard, I would like to make him a broth of Legionella and pump it into the water system of his loved ones so that they can be infected, they can be mistreated, they can sit and suffer by getting aspirin instead of being properly treated and ultimately die.”

    Republicans in the House today exploded in anger over the comments of @RepKifowit in which she spoke of Rep Peter Breen’s family drinking a stew of Legionella bacteria. Kifowit said she was making a hypothetical comment, not actually wishing harm to Breen’s family @ilgop SB-2481

    — IllinoisChannel (@IllinoisChannel) November 27, 2018

  8. Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals
    NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, the foundation’s records show.

    The donations, which range from the low-thousands to the millions, provide a picture of the media industry’s ties to the Clinton Foundation at a time when one of its most notable personalities, George Stephanopoulos, is under scrutiny for not disclosing his own $75,000 contribution when reporting on the foundation.

    The list also includes mass media groups like Comcast, Time Warner and Viacom, as well a few notable individuals, including Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecom magnate and largest shareholder of The New York Times Company, and James Murdoch, the chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox. Both Slim and Murdoch have given between $1 million to $5 million, respectively.

  9. New York Immigration Attorney Found Guilty of Large-Scale Asylum Fraud
    November 22, 2018 Updated: November 22, 2018 Share

    A New York lawyer who was previously accused of participating in a $5 million corporate tax evasion scheme has now been found guilty on charges of asylum fraud.

    Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu, who was charged with a range of crimes in association with her job as an immigration attorney, was found guilty on Nov. 19 of asylum fraud, making false statements to immigration authorities, and aggravated identity theft.

    Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement, “Andreea Dumitru, an immigration attorney, scammed the asylum program, which was designed to provide safe harbor for the world’s most vulnerable people. She will now serve time in prison for her crimes.”

    Berman said that between 2013 and 2017, Dumitru submitted more than 180 fraudulent I-589 forms (Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal) in which she knowingly made false statements about the applicants’ travel histories, criminal histories, and personal narratives of alleged persecution.

  10. Honduran President’s Brother Charged for Trafficking Tons of Drugs with Help of National Police & Politicians
    NOVEMBER 27, 2018

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    As the migrant caravan that originated in Honduras treks north, the brother of that country’s president—a former lawmaker in the Central American nation—has been arrested and indicted in the U.S. on drug and weapons charges. His name is Juan Antonio Hernandez and he is the younger brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who has blamed leftist interests for manipulating migrants to destabilize the country. The younger Hernandez is a former member of the National Congress of Honduras and the feds say he’s a bigtime drug trafficker who has moved tons of cocaine through the region in the last decade with the help of Honduran politicians and law enforcement officials.

    A few days ago, Hernandez was arrested in Miami, Florida and this week he was charged in federal court with conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, weapons offenses involving the use and possession of machine guns and destructive devices and making false statements to federal agents. The case is being tried in a Manhattan, New York federal court and has been assigned to U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel, a George W. Bush appointee, according to a statement issued by the Justice Department. Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor says Hernandez was involved in all stages of trafficking multi tons of U.S.-bound cocaine through Honduras. The president’s younger sibling also arranged machine gun toting security for cocaine shipments, bribed law enforcement officials for sensitive information to protect drug shipments and solicited large bribes from major drug traffickers.

  11. DAILY MAIL – Girl, 15, ‘is pinned down and raped by two Afghan migrants – including one who arrived in Europe as an unaccompanied minor’ – in latest case to shock Germany

    Police said two men, aged 21 and 18, are suspects in last Tuesday’s attack
    Mohammad F., who is accused of raping the girl, has been detained by police
    Police are looking for an accomplice, said to have come to Germany as a refugee

  12. Update on the following story: the teen has been found, but the Ottawa police are not releasing any details and Major Crimes is investigating

    The Ottawa Police Major Crime Unit has received some tips and images from the public since yesterday’s media release of missing 18-year-old Kilal Taha.

    The investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying and speaking to the owners/drivers of the two vehicles. (See above photos)

    Kilal was last seen Monday morning at 7:30 a.m., leaving for work in his vehicle, described as a 2006 black Ford Focus hatchback. His vehicle was located by police, southbound on the Airport Parkway by the Walkley Road exit, shortly after 9:20 a.m. The engine was still running.

    He is described as a Middle Eastern male, 5’10” (178 cm), slender build with short dark hair.

    Kilal was last seen wearing blue jeans, a grey construction coat and brown boots.

  13. MEMRI TV – Islamic Jihad Music Video Shows Veiled Women Shooting Guns and Training

    The Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza released a music video titled “The Honorable Women of Jihad.”

    The video shows veiled women marching, doing military drills, and shooting firearms while wearing various forms of military garb, and it occasionally overlays with pictures of “martyred” women.

    The song lyrics describe the women as mothers of leaders, modern-day Khansaas (Khansaa was a 7th-century Islamic heroine,) and martyrdom-seekers who are defending Al-Aqsa and redeeming Palestine from the plundering occupiers.

    The video was uploaded to the Women’s Action Department of the Islamic Jihad Movement’s Facebook page on November 13, 2018.

  14. Russian MoD: Daesh Plans to Use Chemical Weapons Against US-Backed Kurdish Units (sputniknews, Nov 28, 2018)

    “According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, militants of the Daesh terrorist groups were planning an attack on the Kurdish troops Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in order to provoke an airstrike by the US-led coalition against the Syrian Arab Army in the region.

    The Russian Defence Ministry stated that Daesh had set up the production of the shells using toxic agents at a plant in Deir ez-Zor province. According to the ministry, 11 terrorists, who had been trained in other countries, were filling the shells with toxic agents.

    ‘The manufactured chemical munitions are intended for firing on positions of the Kurdish SDF, which are conducting, with the support of the United States, military operations against terrorists in the area of the settlement of Hajin in Deir ez-Zor province’, the statement read.

    Moscow warned that the terrorists planned to ‘carry out a strike against the SDF from the area nearby Syrian pro-government units’, in order to frame the Syrian Arab Army…”

  15. The big banks don’t Brexit so they are working against it.

    No-deal Brexit could trigger UK recession says Bank of England | Euronews Tonight

  16. The Riots Over Macron’s Global Warming Tax Will Likely End His Career
    The public reaction to French President Emmanuel Macron’s fuel tax increase that caused this weekend’s protests is making him even less popular and represents a profound challenge to Macron’s future.
    Paul Bonicelli By Paul Bonicelli
    NOVEMBER 28, 2018
    Count me among the disappointed about Emmanuel Macron. I listened closely to his 2016 campaign rhetoric and promises to return France to greatness. You might say he wanted to make France great again.

    I was under no illusion that a former member of the Socialist Party and successful climber of the statist French elite was going to be a continental Margaret Thatcher, but his regular refrains about reform sounded genuine. I hoped that he understood France’s problems were a result of ignoring the counsel of great French thinkers and doers like Jean-Baptiste Say, Claude-Frédéric Bastiat, Alexis de Tocqueville and Marquis de Lafayette while embracing the unwise counsel of practically every other French thinker or doer since France began its journey toward republican government in the 18th century.

  17. (Breitbart) – Outgoing Broward County, Florida, elections official Brenda Snipes will be cashing in on $130,000 in pensions after she leaves her position in January.

    Snipes is slated to collect a pension of more than $58,000 stemming from her time as an educator and an additional $71,000 for serving as an elected official for 15 years, the Sun Sentinel reported.

    The 75-year-old Broward County elections supervisor resigned from her position after her office came under fire for botching the vote count in the November 6 elections, specifically the recount of a tight Senate race between Republican Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

    Broward County failed to meet the state’s deadline for turning in recount results, misplaced thousands of ballots, and opened 205 provisional ballots before they were determined to be valid or invalid.

    Snipes had a history of illegally destroying voter ballots in a 2016 Democratic primary for a congressional race between Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and Democratic challenger Tim Canova and had been accused of not removing dead voters from voter rolls.

  18. University arms students, faculty with hockey pucks for protection against bullets

    Students and faculty at a university in suburban Detroit have been armed with an innovative way to protect themselves in the event of an active shooter: hockey pucks.

    Tom Discenna, a professor of communication at Oakland University in Auburn, Hills, led an effort by the faculty union to purchase 2,500 of the 94-cent hockey pucks — 800 for union members and another 1,700 for students. In addition, the Oakland University Student Congress also recently ordered 1,000 hockey pucks that it intends to distribute to students.

    “We thought ‘yeah, that is something that we can do,’ ” the president of the Faculty Union told reporters Tuesday. “We can make these available at least to our members and a fair number of students as well.”

    Oakland University is a public university with an enrollment of around 20,000 students, according to the school’s website.

  19. Anti-terrorism operation near Nuoro
    ISIS affiliate ‘planned to put rat poison in water supply’
    (foto: ANSA)
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    (ANSA) – Rome, November 28 – Police officers belonging to the special NOCS unit staged an operation to stop a suspected Islamist terrorist at Macomer in the Sardinian province of Nuoro on Wednesday, sources said. A 38-year-old ISIS-affiliated jihadi suspected of planning to put rat poison in the water supply was arrested, the sources said.
    He was also said to be planning to use chemical weapons.
    Police described him as a “lone wolf”.

  20. This is a tale of two young, outspoken women in media.

    One is a liberal tech writer. The other is an enterprising conservative new media reporter. One has achieved meteoric success and now works at a top American newspaper. The other has been de-platformed and marginalized. Their wildly different fates tell you everything you need to know about Silicon Valley’s free speech double standards.

    Some smug elites will downplay Twitter’s disparate treatment of these users by arguing that private tech corporations can do whatever they want and that no First Amendment issues have been raised. But this battle is about much more than free speech rights. It’s about whether the high-and-mighty progressives who monopolize global social media platforms truly believe in nurturing a free speech culture.

    By punishing politically incorrect speech and making punitive examples of free thinkers, tech titans are enforcing their own authoritarian version of Silicon Valley sharia — a set of both written and unwritten codes constricting expressions of acceptable thought in the name of “safety” and “civility.”

  21. Airbnb’s November 19th decision to delist some 200 accounts of Jewish citizens who reside in the districts of Judea & Samaria, alternatively known as the West Bank, will have little economic impact on those account holders. Most of their business is generated by other advertising and hosting platforms so nothing will change. The tourists will still come. Moreover, Airbnb specifically excluded rentals from East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights from its delisting efforts. Nevertheless, despite its miniscule economic impact, it is crucial that supporters of Israel and opponents of antisemitism muster all efforts to reverse Airbnb’s illogical and discriminatory policy. This includes legal action, petitions, political and economic pressures.

    The decision to ban West Bank accounts of Jewish residents exclusively is discriminatory on two levels. First, despite numerous conflict zones throughout the world – Tibet, Kashmir, Crimea, Western Sahara, Northern Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Nagorno-Karabakh, to name just a few – Airbnb decided to focus its efforts on Judea and Samaria. Second, Airbnb distinguishes between Jewish and Arab homes within Judea and Samaria. Thus an Arab resident of Jericho can freely rent his apartment, while his Jewish neighbor who resides in the community of Mitzpeh Jericho, cannot.

    Judging from its disparate treatment of Israel, it is patently clear that Airbnb’s decision was motivated by pressure from nefarious anti-Israel elements. The United Nations Human Rights Council, a body hosted by the world’s worst purveyors of Antisemitism and human rights violations, placed Airbnb on its black list of companies doing business in Judea and Samaria. Human Rights Watch and other anti-Israel non-governmental organizations also chimed it. As a result, Airbnb chose the morally reprehensible path and succumbed. It is time for Airbnb to recognize that its deleterious action comes with adverse legal and economic consequences.

  22. News Desk

    Layla, a nurse who had worked for ISIS in Syria, said that she had been forced to perform abortions on ISIS slave girls when they became pregnant. She described how she had sedated her children so that she could safely escape with them to Lebanon under garbage bags in the back of a pickup truck. Ayman, who is Layla’s husband, described an incident where he and several men were arrested by ISIS members, who then killed the men who were unable to recite any verses from the Quran. Layla and Ayman are currently living in Lebanon. They were interviewed on Al-Hurra TV (U.S.) on November 8, 2018.

    “Simply Because She Told Them That She Could Not Wear Gloves While Working, One Of Them Took Out A Pistol And Shot Her, Right In Front Of Her Son”

    Layla: “You must cover yourself from head to toe. Even the palms of your hands must not show. You must wear black gloves, or else… Once, there was an incident with an old woman who used to work at the market. Obviously, she dressed the way they wanted, but she needed her hands for work so she took her gloves off. Simply because she told them that she could not wear gloves while working, one of them took out a pistol and shot her, right in front of her son. Her young son was standing there. They shot her and took the boy. They took him so they could teach him whatever they wanted. My life was very difficult – everything washaram, everything was prohibited.”


  23. Islamic terrorists are a “tiny minority of extremists”. That’s the message we’ve been hearing ever since 9/11. They’re only a handful of “guys in a cave” or a few “lone wolves” radicalized over the internet.

    How tiny is that tiny minority?

    According to a study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, there are 230,000 Jihadists.

    Put this tiny minority of extremists together in a city and you would have Boise, Idaho, or Richmond, Virginia, or Des Moines, Iowa. But that’s not a roster of Muslim civilians who support Islamic terrorism, just active members of terrorist groups. And so a better point of comparison is to national armies.

    At 230,000, Sunni Islamic Jihadists outnumber the British Armed Forces (149,000), the French Armed Forces (117,000), and Germany’s Bundeswehr (179,753). That should be troubling since those are some of the militaries and countries on the front lines of Europe’s reluctant fight against Islamic incursions.

    The list of Sunni fighters has a lot of questions marks and is incomplete. Sunnis outnumber Shiites, but under the Iranian umbrella, Shiites have fielded sizable terror forces in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

    Hezbollah in Lebanon boasts between 25,000 to 65,000 Jihadists. The Houthis in Yemen, currently the beneficiaries of a massive propaganda campaign in the media, have around 25,000 to 30,000 Jihadists. Iraqi PMU’s add another 90,000 to 150,000 Jihadists to these numbers. And finally there’s Iran’s own Revolutionary Guard, a regional terror hub with another 120,000 members.

    • Islamic terrorists are a “tiny minority of extremists”

      One simple question:

      If Islamic terrorists are such a “tiny minority”, why is this world’s 1.6 billion Muslims having such a difficult time eradicating them?

      ALL Muslims are suspect until they, as a group, begin liquidating their radicals.

  24. Female suicide bomber targets Cameroon’s Far North, injuring dozens (thedefensepost, Nov 28, 2018)

    “At least 29 people were wounded Wednesday in a suicide attack by a female bomber in Cameroon’s Far North, a region frequently hit by Boko Haram, security sources said.

    “A suicide bomber blew herself up this morning in Amchide,” a town on the border with Nigeria, a regional security source said, speaking on condition of anonymity and giving a toll of 29 wounded.

    A second bomber was shot dead by troops deployed in the town before she could detonate her explosives, the source said.

    The attack occurred on market day when the town was filling up with early-morning shoppers, a local civil defence group official said.

    “There were many people hurt, I saw about 20,” he said. “After the attack, the market emptied.”

    A once-bustling trade hub, in 2014 Amchide was thrust into the forefront of a major battle between Cameroonian troops and Boko Haram militants who held the nearby Nigerian town of Banki for several months.

    The violence forced most residents to flee the town, although some have now begun to return.

    After pushing back Boko Haram, the Cameroonian army dug long trenches around Amchide and even inside the town to foil new incursions by the jihadists, with Wednesday’s attack the first in many months…”

  25. Qatar purchase of Raytheon NASAMS air defense system moves forward (thedefensepost, Nov 28, 2018)

    “The U.S. State Department approved the estimated $215 million sale to Qatar of defense articles and services in support of the purchase of an air defense missile system, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a release.

    “The Government of Qatar has requested to buy defense articles and services from the U.S. Government in support of a Direct Commercial Sale of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS),” the Tuesday, November 27 release said.

    The proposed sale includes 40 AIM 120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) missiles, eight AMRAAM Captive Air Training Missile (CATM-120C), one spare AMRAAM guidance section, one spare control section and missile containers.

    It also includes classified software for the Raytheon-made AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) radar, spare and repair parts, cryptographic and communication security devices, precision navigation equipment, training, and other related program support.

    The principal contractor and integrator will be Raytheon, which partnered with Norway’s Kongsberg to develop the medium-range networked and distributed NASAMS for the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

    The proposed sale would help improve “Qatar’s defense capability to deter regional threats and strengthen its homeland defense,” bostering the security of a key U.S. partner “which has been, and continues to be, a significant host and member of coalition forces in the Middle East,” DSCA said.

    “The NASAMS capability would provide a full range of protection from imminent hostile cruise missile, unmanned aerial vehicle, rotary wing, and fixed wing threats.”

    Qatar’s lucrative contract
    Little has been made public about Qatar’s purchase of NASAMS…”

  26. Indian forces kill top Kashmir militant (gulfnews, Nov 28, 2018)

    “Srinagar: Government forces in Kashmir killed a top commander of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group on Wednesday during a fierce firefight, police said, triggering clashes with protesters.

    LeT, the proscribed group India blames for the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, is one of the several groups fighting Indian soldiers for decades, seeking independence for Kashmir or a merger with Pakistan.

    Pakistani national Naveed Jatt, the man killed on Wednesday, had dramatically escaped in February from a hospital in Srinagar where he was brought from jail for a check-up two years after his arrest.

    Two police officers accompanying Jatt — a renowned escape artist only 1.52 metres tall — were killed in a shoot-out inside the hospital before he was whisked away on a waiting motorbike.

    Police also say that Jatt was part of the group of assailants who killed prominent journalist Shujaat Bukhari in a daring attack inside Srinagar’s high security press area in June.

    Jatt and another militant were killed after they were trapped by soldiers, paramilitary forces and a police counterinsurgency unit surrounding the village of Chattergam in the central Kashmir Valley.

    “It’s a success, a relief. Naveed Jatt is one among the two militants killed,” top police officer, Munir Ahmad Khan told AFP.

    “Jatt murdered two of our colleagues when he escaped (in February),” Khan said.

    Three soldiers were wounded in the gun battle, another police officer said, adding several protesters who hit the streets near the site of firefight were also injured in police action.

    Violence in Kashmir has left tens of thousands of people dead. This year has been the bloodiest in nearly a decade with at least 530 killed so far, including 145 civilians and nearly 400 combatants.”

    • Government forces in Kashmir killed a top commander of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group on Wednesday during a fierce firefight, police said, triggering clashes with protesters.

      LeT, the proscribed group India blames for the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, is one of the several groups fighting Indian soldiers for decades, seeking independence for Kashmir or a merger with Pakistan.

      Sounds like paybacks to me…

  27. Italy Sentences Moroccan Nabil Benhamir to 5 Years for Terrorism Plot (moroccoworldnews, Nov 28, 2018)

    “Police arrested the 29-year-old man in July 2017 for abusing his former partner. A judge sought a second arrest warrant following an investigation when his name was found in the black list of foreign ISIS fighters.

    Italian police said Benhamir had received “the call” to action and was awaiting instructions on how to carry out terror acts for ISIS.

    At sentencing yesterday, the ISIS-linked suspect did not appear in person but was connected by video conference.

    Benhamir is believed to be an ISIS member who returned to Italy from Syria to train other ISIS members to make explosives, reported Italian outlet Giustizia News24.

    Italian news outlets reported that the police investigation found instructions for how to ignite explosives with old cell phones, one of which was in the man’s possession when he was arrested.”

  28. Turkish president urges Muslim countries for use of local currency in international trade (hurriyetdailynews, Nov 28, 2018)

    “President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an urged Muslim countries to use their national currencies in order to liberate the countries from the burden of exchange rates.

    “There is no way out of using our domestic and national currency. Otherwise we will be crushed under the exchange rate,” he said in a speech to Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) 34th Ministerial Session.

    Boosting trade among members of the COMCEC would make them stronger, Erdo?an said. He underlined that boosting international trade among Islamic countries is key and said: “I invite Islamic countries to complete procedures and update concessions lists to make a preferential trade system a reality.”

    Elaborating on the anniversary of the end of World War I, he said that bloodshed and crises in the region from Syria to Iraq, Yemen and Palestine stems from lines drawn at the war’s conclusion.

    “Muslims should no longer be fooled by those who try to incite their differences and turn them on each other,” Erdo?an said.

    “In regions where borders are drawn in blood, we should not erect new borders, new walls in our hearts,” he added. If millions are poor and hungry in the war-torn nation of Yemen, Muslims are responsible for that, not others, he said.

    Stressing that the United Nations Security Council’s permanent membership system is unfair, he again pushed for reforms to it. The president reiterated significance of reforming the Security Council, using the slogan: “The world is greater than five.”

    “We should not fall into the trap of those who give more weight to a drop of oil than a drop of blood,” said Erdo?an.

    Urging people to visit Jerusalem, Erdo?an said: “International organizations have disappointed Muslims over Palestine and civil wars, although Muslims pressed them for solutions.””

  29. Victims of Swiss apartment building fire were asylum seekers: report (thelocal, Nov 28, 2018)

    “Four adults and two children from two families from Eritrea and Ethiopia were killed in the fire that broke out in an apartment building in Solothurn in the early hours of Monday.
    The four parents of the two families were aged from 27 to 33. An infant from one family and a child of school age from the other family died in the fire.

    Three children from the same two families remained in hospital, police said in a statement.

    Some of the children were said to go to local kindergartens.

    Four of the apartments in the building were rented out by the city of Solothurn to house asylum seekers, the city confirmed on Tuesday. Eleven people lived in these four apartments.

    The Ethiopian family had seen their bid for asylum in Switzerland rejected, the head of social services in Solothurn, Claudia Hänzi, told local daily the Solothurner Zeitung.

    The residence status of the family from Eritrea is not known.

    Hänzi said the city only rented dwellings for asylum seekers that had the necessary safety infrastructure and that the families housed there must be capable of living independently.

    She stressed, too, that professional teams were in regular contact with all residents to provide assistance.

    Initial investigations suggest Monday’s fire was caused by a cigarette. One person was arrested and remains in custody, regional daily the Berner Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

    Some 20 people were in the apartment building when the fire broke out. Witness described horrific scenes with people stuck in the building screaming.”

      • Ethiopian Jews who were brought to Israel tried to light a fire to make tea – aboard the plane, in the aisle.

        I recall that incident and thinking, at the time, that these primitives all must believe that things like passenger jet airliners are pure magic, with major juju, and therefore immune to any of their own weapons-grade stupidity (hat tip: Rasmussen).

  30. Population of people with non-Danish ethnic backgrounds to exceed 800,000 by 2060: report (thelocal, Nov 28, 2018)

    “Official agency Statistics Denmark has estimated that the number of people it defines as ‘immigrants or descendants of immigrants’ will increase to 867,258 by 2060.

    The current number of ‘non-Western immigrants or descendants’ is 493,468.

    Newspapers Berlingske and Jyllands-Posten both reported the Statistics Denmark (DST) figures on Wednesday.

    People of foreign heritage are categorized by DST into two groups: ‘immigrants’ and ‘descendants’ of immigrants (‘efterkommere’ in Danish).

    An ‘immigrant’ was born outside of Denmark, while a ‘descendant’ was born in Denmark to parents who are not Danish citizens.

    A person is considered to have Danish heritage if she or he was born in Denmark and has at least one parent who is a Danish citizen.

    According to the DST projection, immigrants and descendants in 2060 will account for 13.1 percent of the population, as compared to the 8.5 percent today.

    Mads Fuglede, spokesperson on immigration with the governing Liberal (Venstre) party, said that this estimation emphasizes the need for a tighter programme on immigration.

    “It is very important that we control our refugee flow into Denmark,” Fuglede told Ritzau.

    “It is less problematic when people come and work than when they come and are not willing to integrate and or do not have the skills needed for the Danish labour market,” he added.

    Social Democratic immigration spokesperson Mattias Tesfaye, expressed a similar opinion. Tesfaye noted that over the last 10 years, over 100,000 residency permits have been granted to refugees and relatives granted family reunification.

    “Many (asylum seekers) are unskilled and in need of psychologists, which are already in short supply,” Tesfaye said.

    “(Denmark) can cope with this for a year or two, but it has now been ten years in a row, and that’s too much” he told Berlingske.

    Researchers have warned that the rising number of non-Western immigrants could negatively impact the Danish welfare system if integration does not improve, according to Jyllands-Posten’s report.

    “The funding of our welfare system is built on the premise that the majority of the population is working,” Jan Rose Skaksen, head of research with the Rockwool Foundation, an independent research organization, told the newspaper.

    “But if they are not (working), they do not contribute, and some may prove an expense in the form of benefits,” Skaksen added.

    55 percent of male and 46 percent of female non-Western immigrants are employed, according to latest figures, while 74 and 77 percent of ethnic Danish men and women are employed.

    Steen Nielsen, deputy director with the Confederation of Danish Industry, said that high numbers of immigrants should be considered an opportunity.

    “Many new jobs are being created and there is a demand for a growing workforce, which is why it is an ideal time to improve integration,” Nielsen told Jyllands-Posten.”

  31. Germany calls for France to give its UN Security Council seat to the EU (france24, Nov 28, 2018)

    “German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Wednesday proposed that France give up its permanent seat on the UN Security Council and turn it into an EU seat, attracting a stinging French rebuke.

    In a wide-ranging speech on the future of Europe, Scholz said that giving the European Union a spot on the Security Council would allow the bloc to speak “with one voice” on the global stage.

    “We could perhaps imagine that in the medium term the French seat becomes an EU seat,” said Scholz, who is also Germany’s vice-chancellor.

    “I realise this will take some convincing in Paris, but it would be a bold and smart goal.”

    To lessen the pain of losing the powerful seat, France could become the permanent EU ambassador to the United Nations, he added…”

  32. Swedish Nurses Enroll in Self-Defence Classes After Rise in Violence (breitbart, Nov 28, 2018)

    “Swedish nurses who work in the emergency room of a hospital in Kalmar are taking self-defence classes due to a rise in violent incidents from patients.

    The hospital has also taken active measures to increase the number of security guards stationed at the emergency room to better deal with situations before they escalate into violence, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

    Andrea Berg, a nurse in the Kalmar hospital ER, is behind the initiative saying that she had even seen colleagues beaten by patients who she described as stressed due to factors including long wait times. Berg added that she had also seen a rise in violence outside of work saying, “As a woman, you are much more exposed.”

    The self-defence classes are not funded by the hospital or local government but are paid for by the nurses themselves and will teach them techniques such as being able to escape the grip of someone attempting to choke them.

    Björn Flodmark, Head of Operations at Kalmar’s hospital, commented on the increase in violence and threats saying, “We have noted that the amount of threats and violence from patients or co-workers has increased. Last year we made a staff survey where 50 per cent stated that they had been exposed to threats or violence at work.”

    Flodmark said that he welcomed the fact the nurses were learning self-defence but did not think it was necessary saying, “It is my duty as an employer to ensure that my employees do not injure themselves at work.”

    The problems of threats and violence are not limited to Kalmar. Last year reports showed a general increase in violence across Sweden’s 15 largest hospitals, especially originating from individuals tied to organised criminal gangs.

    “As well as getting death threats from patients and their enemies, staff also have to deal with the relatives and friends of gunshot victims threatening workers with knives, and even threatening to hunt down our children and family members,” one health professional said.

    The state of the Swedish healthcare system is also in question, with 727 doctors sounding the alarm in September, claiming that primary care across the country was facing collapse due to a shortage of qualified doctors.”

    • Swedish Nurses Enroll in Self-Defence Classes After Rise in Violence

      The irony of healers needing to learn about violence is thick enough to require a slice of Texas toast.

  33. Tucker Carlson – Fallout from Germany’s migrant influx

    U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell analyses Angela Merkel’s political decline since the country took in more than a million refugees.

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