Pope Francis, who is “building bridges to build peace” around the world, has naturally reached out to embrace Sunni Muslims. Last month, for the first time after years of Vatican silence, Pope Francis summoned to his private library in Rome grand imam Ahmed El-Tayeb of Cairo’s Al-Ahzar Mosque Institute. Absent a press release before this event, the Pope was quoted as saying, “this meeting is the message” – leading all to dwell on the meaning and purpose of their 25 minutes together. Christians, especially Egyptian Coptic Christians, have observed the Catholic pope give the “sign of peace” to the grand imam who has yet been unwilling to denounce ISIS. Unity existed between the two religious branches previous to former Pope Benedict XVI condemning Islam’s inclination to violence. This message of reconciliation comes during the Al-Sisi government which has stood opposed to the favored and protected status of an organization entwined with Al-Ahzar — the Muslim Brotherhood – and against the ascendency of this terror network and others beginning before his presidential campaign.
Two days before their historic meeting, headlines around the world reported the violent and humiliating act committed by a Muslim mob in Upper Egypt against a Christian woman in a Christian-majority village. Homes where razed and a grandmother was stripped naked, dragged from her house and beaten in the street. Egypt’s courts are not officially Sharia but street justice involving private matters is strictly Islamic doctrine (coercion of non-Muslims), and violence has no real consequences in the courts. No words came from either of the leaders in the “Jubilee of Mercy” meeting (its official title) to address this incident, which by the nature of this attack holds deeper, more serious implications in Egyptian culture. An elderly woman in Egypt is considered sacrosanct, and practically speaking, this means across sectarian lines she is universally respected for her tenderness and kindheartedness toward others. Even codified barbarity had had this limit before now.
Evidence of Al-Sisi’s attempt at reform of Islamic doctrine met by Al-Ahzar reluctance is seen recently in the Institute’s insignificant changes to public school textbooks and mosque preaching. Presently, President Al-Sisi is stifled in his efforts to expunge religious supremacy from Egypt without cooperation from Al-Ahzar and apparently even with its assistance. As these particulars are the cultural foundation used for oppressing Christians, it is now hopeful that Francis will focus on such issues. Although Francis has not been terribly outspoken on Coptic Church destruction, he has grieved with the Orthodox of Egypt and offered his prayers over the spilled blood of Christians in Libya recognizing the Coptic Christian martyrs.
Solidarity (a hug and kisses) shown in this re-connection of Cairo’s Sunni grand imam with the Catholic Pope followed by silence (no official statements) helps to bolster and propel the position of the Institute’s goals for Egypt, which are far from optimal in the cause for freedom of religion and speech and the subject of human rights. It is not likely that Francis will meet with President Al-Sisi, if he hasn’t first already done so, even though by contrast Al-Sisi projects real hope for Egypt’s future in his committed struggle for freedom and equality. This we see in regard to Egypt’s deep state (the tentacles of Al-Ahzar religious brainwashing), from which Al-Sisi seeks to disentangle and de-program out of the administrations of the state. He rose to office on that claim and until now has produced evidence of genuineness along with impossible odds. It is logical to assume by Francis’ exclusion of Al-Sisi and, for that matter, Coptic Pope Tawadros II, who represents 20 million Christians, that building bridges was not foremost on the mind of Pope Francis. The absence of these key figures in the room does in itself shed light onto the meaning of the meeting; in effect, by this oversight, Francis acknowledges only the deep state.
For Pope Francis, ecumenical zeal is more his quest than a real concern for solutions to the rise of jihad. However, the Vatican’s ecumenism comes at the expense of Egypt’s human rights. This encounter may symbolize for many an affirmation of peace attained through submission. After all, Francis now reached out to El-Tayeb in an apologetic mode for the public “insult” in denouncing Islam’s violence some years back. But Francis intends his appeasement to speak for the entire Christian world.
Last year, remarking upon the slaughter of 21 Coptic Christians by Sunni Muslim jihadists in Libya, Francis told leaders of the Church of Scotland that, “I ask that we encourage each other to go forward with this ecumenism which is giving us strength, the ecumenism of blood.” In that emotional moment Francis capitalized on martyrdom to bind together Christian protestant denominations under the Roman Catholic umbrella which in turn extends a hand to Islam. The pope’s ecumenical fanaticism is blurring the lines of theological differences for the sake of one spiritual conglomerate without much thought to religious minorities preferring to remain divided from certain doctrine and the indoctrinators linked to the throat-slashers of Libya.
In the end, we are left with questions and speculation of what to expect in the aftermath of this meeting. Will the world see less vengeful opposition to the Roman pope’s 12th century crusade? Will we see a new edict declaring that jihad is inappropriate for today’s civilized world or Al-Ahzar denounce ISIS? Will we see a public statement by the two heads condemning the use of religion to commit violence? And finally, might all this potential good we await be based on a designation called “heavenly,” which the pope may have bestowed upon the Sunni sect during this meeting? For many decades, Cairo’s Muslim authorities have sought this label to prove religious equality with the faiths of Christianity and Judaism and have looked to the Roman Catholic pope for this ultimate seal of approval.
Brexit passed! My friends in Britain are celebrating and it is a very good day indeed. The spirits of Winnie Churchill and “Iron” Lady Thatcher smile down on Britain today.
Despite all odds, Britain has voted to leave the European Union for better or worse. They voted for freedom and survival. Well done lads. David Cameron has announced his resignation as Prime Minister. Numerous countries are now lining up to leave the EU as well. The pound went through the floor last night and stock markets are tanking all over the world. The Yen is soaring and I would bet gold is through the roof. Oil has fallen below $48 a barrel as well. Good times folks – this is going to be one hell of a ride. Hold on to your butts.
“It’s scary, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said James Butterfill, 41, head of research and investments at ETF Securities in London. “A lot of people were caught out, and many investors will lose a lot of money.”
Sterling slid by the most on record and European stocks headed for the biggest drop since 2008 as trading soared. The yen strengthened past 100 per dollar for the first time since 2013, gold rose the most in more than seven years and benchmark Treasury yields had their biggest drop since 2009.
The victory for the “Leave” campaign prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to resign. The outcome stunned many investors who’d put wagers on riskier assets over the past week as bookmakers’ odds suggested the chance of a so-called Brexit was less than one in four.
The final tally, announced just after 7 a.m. London time, showed voters had backed “Leave” by 52 percent to 48 percent. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and HSBC Holdings Plc said the result may prompt them to move thousands of jobs out of London. S&P Global Ratings said the U.K. will lose its AAA credit rating.
The price of freedom won’t be cheap here and if you think this isn’t going to affect America, you are a fool.
These are among the most notable moves in global financial markets:
British pound falls as much as 11 percent to $1.3229, weakest since 1985
Yen jumps 3.2 percent to 102.85 per dollar, after reaching 99.02
FTSE 100 Index slides as much as 8.7 percent, most since 2008
S&P 500 Index futures slump as much as 5.1 percent, triggering a trading curb
Yield on 10-year Treasuries drops 29 basis points to 1.46 percent
Gold surges as much as 8.1 percent to $1,358.54 an ounce
New York crude oil retreats 3.8 percent to $48.20 a barrel, poised for biggest loss since April
Poland’s zloty, South Africa’s rand drop more than 4 percent per dollar, lead emerging-market currencies lower
It will take Britain two years to exit. There will be financial rangling and regulation amendments during this time. George Soros says this is the end of the EU… let it be so. It should never have happened in the first place. No one says it better than my friend Denise Simon: “Populism and Elitism finally lost… the people have spoken and the battle for independence is long and hard but ultimately sweet. Citizens are disgusted with being ruled by Belgium.” May the same come to America.
“Good morning everyone, the country has just taken part in a giant democratic exercise, perhaps the biggest in our history.
Over 33 million people from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar have all had their say.
We should be proud of the fact that in these islands we trust the people for these big decisions.
We not only have a parliamentary democracy, but on questions about the arrangements for how we’ve governed there are times when it is right to ask the people themselves and that is what we have done.
The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected.
I want to thank everyone who took part in the campaign on my side of the argument, including all those who put aside party differences to speak in what they believe was the national interest and let me congratulate all those who took part in the Leave campaign for the spirited and passionate case that they made.
The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.
It was not a decision that was taken lightly, not least because so many things were said by so many different organisations about the significance of this decision.
So there can be no doubt about the result.
Across the world people have been watching the choice that Britain has made.
I would reassure those markets and investors that Britain’s economy is fundamentally strong and I would also reassure Britons living in European countries and European citizens living here there will be no immediate changes in your circumstances.
There will be no initial change in the way our people can travel, in the way our goods can move or the way our services can be sold.
We must now prepare for a negotiation with the European Union.
This will need to involve the full engagement of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments to ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced.
But above all this will require strong, determined and committed leadership.
I’m very proud and very honoured to have been Prime Minister of this country for six years.
I believe we’ve made great steps, with more people in work than ever before in our history, with reforms to welfare and education, increasing people’s life chances, building a bigger and stronger society, keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world and enabling those who love each other to get married whatever their sexuality, but above all restoring Britain’s economic strength.
And I’m grateful to everyone who’s helped to make that happen.
I have also always believed that we have to confront big decisions, not duck them.
That is why we delivered the first coalition government in 70 years, to bring our economy back from the brink.
It’s why we delivered a fair, legal and decisive referendum in Scotland.
And it’s why I made the pledge to renegotiate Britain’s position in the European Union and to hold the referendum on our membership and have carried those things out.
I fought this campaign in the only way I know how, which is to say directly and passionately what I think and feel – head, heart and soul.
I held nothing back, I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer and better off inside the European Union and I made clear the referendum was about this and this alone – not the future of any single politician including myself.
But the British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction.
I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.
This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly but I do believe it’s in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required.
There is no need for a precise timetable today but in my view we should aim to have a new prime minister in place by the start of the Conservative Party conference in October.
Delivering stability will be important and I will continue in post as Prime Minister with my Cabinet for the next three months.
The Cabinet will meet on Monday, the Governor of the Bank of England is making a statement about the steps that the Bank and the Treasury are taking to reassure financial markets.
We will also continue taking forward the important legislation that we set before Parliament in the Queen’s Speech.
And I have spoken to Her Majesty the Queen this morning to advise her of the steps that I am taking.
A negotiation with the European Union will need to begin under a new prime minister and I think it’s right that this new prime minister takes the decision about when to trigger Article 50 and start the formal and legal process of leaving the EU.
I will attend the European Council next week to explain the decision the British people have taken and my own decision.
The British people have made a choice, that not only needs to be respected but those on the losing side of the argument – myself included – should help to make it work.
Britain is a special country – we have so many great advantages – a parliamentary democracy where we resolve great issues about our future through peaceful debate, a great trading nation with our science and arts, our engineering and our creativity, respected the world over.
And while we are not perfect I do believe we can be a model for the multi-racial, multi-faith democracy, that people can come and make a contribution and rise to the very highest that their talent allows.
Although leaving Europe was not the path I recommended, I am the first to praise our incredible strengths.
I said before that Britain can survive outside the European Union and indeed that we could find a way.
Now the decision has been made to leave, we need to find the best way and I will do everything I can to help.
I love this country and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed. Thank you very much.”
Good for Louie Gohmert! What a bunch of fascist pansies the Democrats are. It’s obvious to all of America that a radical Jihadist killed 49 people in Orlando… it was not a gun issue. Gohmert was having none of this insanity and went down to the floor to unload on the Marxists. It was epic. He physically got into it with Corrine Brown and they had to be pulled apart. Say it with me now… Islamic terrorism.
From The Hill:
Tensions between Democrats and Republicans reached a boiling point late Wednesday night, with one GOP lawmaker getting into a shouting match over a sit-in aimed at forcing votes on gun control measures.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) shouted at Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and other Democrats, yelling, “Radical Islam killed these people,” pointing to posters with photos of gun violence victims.
He was drowned out by chants from Democrats calling for “No bill, no break.”
According to reports from the scene, Gohmert got into a particularly heated exchange with Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), whose district includes the site of the massacre in Orlando last weekend. Other lawmakers had to separate the two.
The spat followed a tense vote on a measure unrelated to gun control, in which Speaker Paul Ryan attempted to take back control of the floor, causing an eruption of chants from Democrats who had been holding the floor for more than 12 hours.
Gohmert was totally bad ass and did exactly what is called for here. I’m surprised they didn’t beat Louie half to death for standing up to these commies. Gohmert was a constitutional warrior against the Star Wars bar scene in Congress. These people are acting like they are five… pitching a tantrum in Congress and throwing a fit because they don’t get their way on gun control and eviscerating the 2nd Amendment. Only these children are violent and evil. Gohmert at least has a set and says something. Things are coming apart in America fast and are about to get very bad. Where was everyone else on this? Do we only have a couple of guys with the stones to stand up to these fascists? Utterly corrupt and so very pathetic.
Two years ago I had the pleasure to review some of the National History Day presentations made by high school students in Maryland. A young lady had presented an exhibit on the Fatherhood Leadership Crisis in America and cited Barack Obama as a successful person who grew up without a father’s leadership. But the evidence suggests that in fact Obama did grow up with a father’s leadership, and that the father was none other than his communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, and not Barack Hussein Obama Sr., the Kenyan who had “abandoned” the family.
With the release of papers associated with the Kenyan Obama, it is clear beyond the shadow of a doubt that President Barack Obama was not his son. The nation has been treated to a monumental deception. Indeed, Obama campaigned as someone he is not. One can understand some of the reasons for the deception. Davis was a communist whose illicit affair with Obama’s mother was not something to be proud of. But shame should have taken a back seat to the need for the American people to learn the truth. Obama decided not to take that route. He told the American people a whopper about his dad being from Kenya. It was a calculated political deception, much like the claim he made while campaigning for office in 2008 that he was a committed Christian. Once he was elected, he became “The Politician Without a Church,” someone more likely to be on a golf course than worshipping Christ, and a president eager to accommodate the demands of the Muslim world.
Although Obama is nearing the end of his presidency, the questions which follow proof of his lies are still relevant, since he will rally Democrats to vote for Hillary Clinton, the apparent Democratic nominee, and has several months to do more damage. Before campaigning for a woman who may be charged with being a security risk, he should be asked about the lies that he told that, if exposed in 2008 or 2012, might have convinced millions of voters that he wasn’t to be trusted with the power of the presidency. In his own way, Obama was more of a security risk than Mrs. Clinton. But as a candidate and as President, he never underwent a background security check, enabling him to decide on his own what information was “secure” and what was not.
Since Democrats are charging that Donald J. Trump is a charlatan of some sort, shouldn’t Barack Obama’s lies about his controversial background be exposed, once and for all? Isn’t Obama the real charlatan? Didn’t he conceal major aspects of his background in order to win the presidency?
If anything, Obama seems to be a much bigger charlatan. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is accused of making business deals that ripped people off, such as in the case of Trump University. Legal proceedings will determine the truth of these claims. Obama, by contrast, committed electoral fraud, promising “hope and change” that has turned out to be a version of the kind of socialism that is currently ravaging Venezuela. Obama’s fraud has put the entire country at risk.
In terms of his personal and family history, Obama has misled many young people, such as those at the National History Fair, who thought Barack Hussein Obama Sr. was a scoundrel who had deserted him. It turns out that the Kenyan Obama had not abandoned the family because the family was not his. The real father was Frank Marshall Davis, whose background in the Communist Party and support for “Red Russia” had made it impossible for Obama to credit as a fatherly influence.
“Fathers provide the discipline, guidance, and love it takes to flourish,” President Obama said in his 2016 Father’s Day message. “With persistence and patience, generosity and integrity, they build our cores and help us understand right from wrong.”
Communist Frank Marshall Davis built the “core” of Barack Obama, making the young man into someone who would move to Chicago, where he would join political networks consisting of socialists, communists, and even terrorists like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. However, Davis did not teach a young Barack Obama about “love.” Rather, he taught Obama to hate whitey, a fact that was confirmed by none other than Obama himself, in a 1995 video that didn’t surface, conveniently, until 2015, three years after his re-election. By his own admission, Obama was “angry” and liked to see white people squirm and feel uncomfortable.
Obama may not have known Davis was his real father at first. But he had to have realized the truth at some point in his academic career, if not before. Based on appearances alone, Obama would have noticed that he didn’t look anything like the Kenyan, but bore a striking resemblance to “Frank,” as he was known in Obama’s book Dreams from My Father. In fact, the rationale at that time for failing to reveal his full name, Frank Marshall Davis, could have been that Davis was not only a mentor but a father to Obama.
In a strange sense, Obama has been a success, but not in the way the young lady in the History Fair had presented it. Obama became a “successful” president because he fooled most of the people, with the assistance of news media that even to this day won’t tell the truth about his Marxist and pro-Muslim political orientation. He has given us a polarized and racially divided America, vulnerable to enemies around the world anxious to exploit these weaknesses.
Another excellent Dom Raso video has found its way to my desk and it does not disappoint. Raso lays it out bluntly concerning terrorists here in the US and getting armed to protect yourself and those you love. If you are not armed at all times, you are a sitting duck. You have to prepare yourself for the next San Bernardino, the next Boston, the next Orlando… wherever that may be. ISIS wants you dead… every infidel out there is now a prime target in the US. They are not misunderstood – they have made themselves abundantly clear and they are merciless and lethal.
I’m not sure ‘lone-wolf’ is the right term, but it will do. There are potentially thousands of these individuals across the US now waiting and plotting to kill people… your children, your spouse, your friends and family. This presidency has never seriously addressed the enemies within because they are one of them. Obama coddles and protects the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islamists. He persecutes Christians and mainstream America. He is bringing terrorists into the US through refugee resettlement and illegal immigration. We need a leader who does not fear our enemies and who does not hesitate to deal with them aggressively. Dom Raso gets that. He knows how Islamists think and he has a message: Wake up, America. We need to make it clear to these radical Islamic cowards that any attempt to take innocent lives in our country will be met with immediate, violent resistance.
Meet NRA News Commentator Dom Raso. A U.S. Navy SEAL veteran, Raso says there are not many things that can compare to serving your country and defending your freedom. That freedom applies to firearms, too. “As long as humans exist, there will be weapons in this world. We’re better off knowing how to use them and apply them for the right reasons—than not knowing how to use them.” Raso is also the founder of Dynamis Alliance, an organization that offers specially designed gear and customized training programs for all levels of experience.
Listen to what Dom Raso has to say on fighting the enemy within:
We need leaders who will get rid of useless gun-free zone laws that give killers a clear advantage over the law-abiding.” He also makes it clear that those who are more concerned with offending our enemy than stopping them are making themselves and other Americans “sheep” and easy targets for radical Islamic terrorists and the lone wolves they inspire: “Rather than addressing this obvious threat with simple, clear solutions, the liberal media, PC politicians and Hollywood know-it-alls attack people like me.” Raso, who spent 12 years hunting down terrorists, points to Benghazi as a prime example of why we cannot trust our politicians or the media to tell the truth or keep us safe: “Only in Washington is it possible for anyone to believe that hundreds of people decided to grab AK-47s and mortars, and started attacking the American consulate in Benghazi because of a stupid video.
Last Wednesday, Raso released “The AR-15: Americans’ Best Defense Against Terror and Crime,” where he called out Hillary Clinton’s hypocrisy for wanting to restrict Second Amendment freedoms, while she has spent the last three decades being protected by guards armed with AR-15s. The video has been viewed over 6 million times and has been covered in more than 75 national and international outlets including Fox News, CNN and The Daily Mail.
ISIS doesn’t have to kill a single American to bring our country to a standstill … as long as someone else does the killing for them.
San Bernardino sound familiar? Maybe the Boston bombing? Or maybe even Hood?
Those weren’t ISIS attacks, and they didn’t need to be.
Their greatest capacity to inflict suffering, panic and paranoia is by inspiring people already living here to act on their own.
How do you stop an American citizen from reading Islamic State propaganda, or watching ISIS videos online, and radicalizing and deciding to go shoot everyone in Times Square?
That problem is on the president’s desk every single day.
And our failure to respond to that problem proves how weak we’ve become.
Rather than addressing this obvious threat with simple, clear solutions, like hardening our defenses, getting rid of the dangerous lie of gun-free zones and allowing Americans their Second Amendment rights anywhere inside our borders … the liberal media, PC politicians and Hollywood know-it-alls attack people like me.
They say I’m the problem.
Because I tell the truth about cowards who use women and children as human shields … who twist their religion to murder innocent people … I’m the problem.
Because I educate my fellow Americans about the way terrorists think and the things they’re willing to do … I’m the problem.
This is what happens when the country is run by political and media hacks who never even thought of serving their country.
Only in Washington is it possible for anyone to believe that hundreds of people decided to grab AK-47s and mortars, and started attacking the American consulate in Benghazi because of a stupid video.
[CLIP: This is a response to a hateful and offensive video … This is in response to a video that is offensive … We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video … A crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world …]
You know what inspires cowards?
Easy targets. Sheep. People who worry more about offending the enemy than stopping him. People they know don’t have the training to fight back.
If I’m a suicidal terrorist, who do I want to run into on my killing spree—armed civilians who will immediately return fire, or an unarmed, untrained person who will cower in the corner and beg for mercy?
I can’t believe I have to say this, but IT DOESN’T MATTER WHICH CHOICE YOU MAKE … a terrorist is going to want to kill you either way.
These people don’t care what you believe, they don’t care that you have a family, and they don’t care that you volunteer at the Red Cross.
Terrorists do not think like you. THAT IS WHY THEY ARE TERRORISTS.
THEY WILL NOT STOP WANTING TO KILL YOU.
We can’t change that fact. But we can change our mindset.
We need leaders who will get rid of useless gun-free zone laws that give killers a clear advantage over the law-abiding. Leaders who understand the best asset we have to defend ourselves is the freedom of the American people.
The longer it takes us to realize it, the more innocent people will die.
I attended the very first meeting of the Moral Majority held in Indianapolis in February of 1980. I was the Washington state director of the MM and have been a leader of the “Christian right” ever since.
Today an estimated 1000 evangelical leaders are making a pilgrimage to Trump Tower to “listen” to Donald Trump.
The organizer of this meeting came to my office to tell me in person why I wasn’t being invited. I had been too vocal in my antiTrump views.
I appreciated his courtesy in coming to me and he agreed that the obvious implication of the meeting was to rally support for Trump.
While I don’t question the motives of those who are trekking to the Tower, I strongly dissent from the wisdom of their chosen path.
This meeting marks the end of the Christian Right. The premise of the meeting in 1980 was that only candidates that reflected a biblical worldview and good character would gain our support.
Today, a candidate whose worldview is greed and whose god is his appetites (Philippians 3) is being tacitly endorsed by this throng.
They are saying we are Republicans no matter what the candidate believes and no matter how vile and unrepentant his character.
They are not a phalanx of God’s prophets confronting a wicked leader, this is a parade of elephants.
In 1980 I believed that Christians could dramatically influence politics. Today, we see politics fully influencing a thousand Christian leaders.
This is a day of mourning.
I agree 1000%. This is prophetic to me. 1000 evangelical leaders kneeling before Donald Trump at Trump Tower is the height of blasphemy. It reminds me of those who worship before Baal. The Christian Right is no more.
Outside of a framework of prophecy, it isn’t the business of politics to dictate to moral leaders… politicians are not moral leaders… when moral leaders go to politicians for advice on how to persuade their constituents, their flocks, their congregations, then we have an inversion of moral and ethical principle. We have the people who should be guided by moral leadership, instead dictating to moral leadership. This means instead of power being guided by enlightenment, enlightenment is being alloyed, coerced and “persuaded” by power. Historically, the most recent and starkest example of this is the visage of Hitler replacing the crucifix at the alters of so many churches in early 20th century Germany and as we all remember, morality was one of the first casualties of that power structure.
Either Donald Trump is the most incompetent politician I have ever seen, or he is throwing this election. Yesterday started off badly for the Trump campaign and got progressively worse.
Trump’s strategy and tactics during this election have made absolutely no sense. In the primaries, as he swept from state to state winning, he let his people go. He left virtually no one on the ground to fight in the main showdown between Trump and Clinton. He used people to win delegates and then discarded them. His campaign staff is down to approximately 30 people and several of those are family members – those family members are all Democrats and have heavily supported Dems in previous elections. He has 1/10th the staff that Clinton has. Compare that to Clinton who has around 400 staff members working for her. He has just over $1 million in the bank, compared to Hillary Clinton, who currently has over $43 million to use and her accounts are growing. Trump does not have staffed teams working on communications, data, rapid response or his ground game.
Hillary Clinton and her allies have reserved roughly $117 million in ad time between now and Election Day, including more than $20 million in key swing states over the next few weeks alone. The Trump figure for that same period is $0. In fact, Trump has announced he will not go after Clinton until after the convention is held. A pro-Trump super PAC announced a $700,000 buy, but not only is that a drop in the bucket, it isn’t directly from Trump. Self-funding? Any funding would be an improvement.
Until yesterday, we didn’t know how much Trump had raised. But yesterday was an FEC filing deadline. Hillary Clinton raised $28 million in May. Trump raised $3 million and loaned his campaign another $2 million, ending the month with a little over $1 million in the bank. This is not how you run a campaign for the presidency. He can’t possibly pull off a win this way and I believe he knows it. Did you know that Ben Carson’s campaign has more cash on hand than Trump’s right now? I’m not kidding. Ted Cruz has six times more cash on hand right now than Donald Trump and Cruz dropped out at the beginning of May. We are less than five months from election day and Trump hasn’t even approached the starting line, much less started running. Hillary is already picking out drapes for the White House.
Aside from the lack of money, the turmoil within the Trump campaign is a full fledged dumpster fire. Last month, Donald Trump fired his national political director of just a few weeks. Today, less than a month before the Republican convention kicks off, he cut loose campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Then he gets rid of another top aid for putting out a tweet later in the day. Word has it that bedlam reigns in the Trump camp. Lewandowski should have been fired long ago, but others on Trump’s team are just about as bad. Rumor has it those that were loyal to Corey are on the chopping block. Pretty soon there won’t be anyone left.
My favorite tweet out there on this comes from Michelle Fields:
And Ben Shapiro nailed it:
Here’s a chart that is truly sobering:
Trump is losing ground, not gaining out there. All the propaganda and conned masses in the world can’t change the fact that everywhere you look, Trump is despised and not wanted as president.
Pro-Clinton Priorities USA just released their best fundraising month numbers yet. They collected more than $12 million. So far, they have collected $88.7 million, with another $45 million in pledges. “The organized and well-funded push for Clinton contrasts sharply with the chaos that surrounds the groups supporting Trump,” reports Matea Gold. “At least five super PACs are in the mix, creating confusion among donors unsure where to put their money.” There is little data available from most of the groups, but “one of the first groups on the scene, Great America PAC, has raised just $3.5 million since forming in February.
“The super PAC rolled out a new ad Monday spotlighting the massacre in Orlando and featuring a former Navy SEAL who touts Trump as ‘willing to make tough choices to protect America.’ The spot is part of a $700,000 TV campaign set to air nationally and in key states over the next several weeks.”
Here’s the ad:
It’s an impressive ad, but the majority of the military does not support Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. In fact, Trump has at least twice made statements about military members stealing money from Iraq and his fundraising for vets has not released all the funds for them yet. I personally don’t consider him a friend of military personnel and I know many who feel the same way.
Not only is Trump running a flailing, losing campaign… he has his kids handling it and he is also not taking direction or advice from anyone.
Trump has been a Democrat most of his life. Suddenly, he donned Republican garb and went out among the sheep who flocked to his propaganda and lies. He must laugh himself silly that people are sooo very gullible. They are actually desperate… people will do anything to keep Hillary out of office and after losing so long under the incompetent Republican powers-that-be, they just want to win again. But what if the pied piper that says he will lead them to victory is just Hillary in drag? Or worse yet, a plant to ensure that Hillary Clinton becomes president? If that were the case, would Trump be doing anything different than he is now?
Look at who is currently helping him. Ivanka Trump is a Democrat as is her husband Jared Kushner. Jared is Jewish and Ivanka has converted to Judaism. Trump has used him as a prop to win over the Jewish community. But remember, Trump talks of a two-state solution and withdrawing support for Israel. It’s all sleight of hand and pandering.
Kushner contributed more than $100,000 to Democratic campaigns and committees over two decades. Considering his fortune, that’s not so much, but he is a supporter of liberal, Democratic candidates. And he is the man running Trump’s campaign now. His father is also a wealthy real estate tycoon who was sent to prison for witness tampering… by Chris Christie. Dear old dad was known for mafia-like tactics, so he has a lot in common with Trump.
It is widely believed that Jared and Ivanka were the ones behind the abrupt firing of Lewandowski. From what I hear, Trump didn’t even go see the guy… he called him and then he was led out of Trump Tower by a couple of security guards. It’s pretty clear who is calling the shots now and it’s all in the family.
Both Jared and Ivanka were supporters of Barack Obama and his policies, with a special emphasis on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform. Tell me how that jives with Trump’s stance on the issue? It is one more indicator to me that he will not keep his word on that subject. He’ll negotiate and shift.
Kushner contributed $2,000 to Hillary Clinton’s 2000 campaign for U.S. Senate in New York and later contributed $4,000 to the committee supporting then-Sen. Clinton in 2003. Recipients of Kushner’s contributions also include Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), both of whom were members of the so-called Gang of Eight pushing for congressional legislation on immigration reform in 2013.
Kushner has also contributed to the campaigns of Democratic lawmakers who cheered Obama for granting temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. He has donated to Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), both of whom celebrated the controversial executive order as encouraging, productive and necessary.
The lone Republican recipient of Kushner’s money was former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Kushner contributed $1,000 to an exploratory committee for Giuliani’s U.S. Senate bid in 1999, FEC records show.
Trump has himself contributed to Democratic committees in the past, including committees associated with Clinton, Menendez, Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Trump also donated to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which he has said drew the Clintons to his 2005 wedding. The business mogul only ramped up his donations to Republican groups and candidates in the last five years, while he was preparing to run on the Republican ticket and hoodwink the entire party.
Kushner made the contributions under a number of different companies that are associated with Kushner Companies, where Jared works as chief executive. The real estate and development company was started by Charles Kushner, Jared’s father, who is a multimillionaire Democratic donor. Charles Kushner was sentenced in New Jersey federal court to two years in prison for tax evasion, witness tampering and making illegal campaign donations in 2005. The FEC also fined Kushner over $500,000 for making the illegal campaign donations. He’s out now and is being low-profile, but his son is very prominent… especially now in the Trump campaign.
Ivanka contributed $16,500 to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 2006 midterms when then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was fighting Republicans. She contributed $7,500 to Harry Reid’s Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that same midterm election year. Ivanka also gave $8,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2008 during a presidential election year.
She has also contributed $4,000 to California’s far-left Attorney General Kamala Harris; $17,500 New York’s Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo; the Democrats’ National Leadership PAC in 2006 and 2008 – an organization associated with the “Act Blue” 527 organization during years that Democrats were fighting against Republicans; and $7,700 to far-left Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a pro-abortion feminist who supports protecting LGBT community members from illegal immigration deportations.
Other Democrats that Ivanka Trump contributed to are: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ($2,000); Hillary Clinton for U.S. Senate and president ($3,400); the Democrats’ scandalous Eliot Spitzer for governor ($3,000); liberal Congressman Charlie Rangel; California’s liberal Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom ($500); democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer ($4,500) in 2014; and Democrat Sen. Cory Booker as recently as 2014 ($20,400).
It appears that out of more than 30 campaign contributions, Ivanka only contributed to three Republican campaigns – John McCain, Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan for president ($75,000) and Carly Fiorina. Her contributions to Republicans represents less than 10 percent of her contributions – the rest have been to Democrats.
So, we have a candidate with a Democratic history and his children who are ostensibly running his campaign and have a Democratic history. We have a team that is imploding and what few that are on staff are being fired. Trump has spent the past few weeks doing almost everything you would do if you were trying to throw an election, from attacking a federal judge over his Mexican heritage to not building a serious ground game or actively raising the money necessary to wage a credible campaign for the presidency. He’s not savaging Clinton as you would expect him to and he is not making nice with the GOP or the delegates.
Instead, he has masterfully used propaganda through Fox News, the Drudge Report, Breitbart, Gateway Pundit and others to get his message out. Whenever things die down a bit, he creates a new emergency so he can be in the headlines again. He aims his messages and speeches at his audience depending on the crowd he speaks in front of and how they feel that day.
Trump is already blaming people for stealing the convention from him:
Trump says if offered $5 billion to drop out, “I guess we’d have to think about it.” And while he keeps all that up, a delegate revolt is indeed brewing at the convention. The GOP may just decide in the end to risk a revolt and go with someone else more stable and presidential. Someone more ‘Republican’. 48% of Republicans now want a different nominee.
Trump is also quickly becoming a massive joke:
For all the world it looks to me as if Trump is looking for an exit or is simply going to ‘lose’ to Hillary and then blame others for it, while enriching himself once again and maybe getting a news network or something out of the deal. Clinton is leading Trump even with all her scandals and the fact that everyone hates her to pieces. Trump should write a new book: The Art of Losing. It would be a best seller after this fiasco.
Seven years into Barack Obama’s presidency, the scales may slowly be falling from the eyes of The New York Times. Could the truth about America’s red diaper baby President be starting to emerge?
In a story about papers of his reported father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., the Times said that President Obama has shown no interest in “the newly discovered documents, which included nearly two dozen of his father’s letters, his transcripts from the University of Hawaii and Harvard University, and references from professors, advisers and supporters.” The paper added, “Nearly three years later, as Mr. Obama celebrates his last Father’s Day in the White House, the center [the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem] is still waiting” for a response from the President as to whether he is interested in seeing the documents.
What accounts for this strange behavior from Obama? Could the lack of interest have something to do with the fact that the Kenyan is not Obama’s real father?
Based on the documents in the possession of the Schomburg Center, it appears that the Kenyan Obama didn’t even claim the future President as his son.
“It was while pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of Hawaii in 1960 that Barack Obama Sr. met Ann Dunham, a classmate,” the Times said. “Although he already had a wife and two children in Kenya, he married her the following year, after she became pregnant. Their son was born on Aug. 4, 1961. But Barack Obama Sr. never mentioned his new wife and son, not even in his scholarship applications” (emphasis added).
There’s more: “In 1963, as he applied for a grant to help cover his graduate studies at Harvard, Barack Obama Sr. was asked on a financial aid form about his marital status and number of dependents. He left the section blank” (emphasis added).
Joel Gilbert, a filmmaker with a keen interest in the case, is not surprised. “The Kenyan Obama never mentions Barry or Ann in correspondence or applications after Barry [Barry Soetoro was Obama’s name when it reflected his step-father’s surname] was born,” Gilbert tells Accuracy in Media. “Nor did any of the Kenyan Obama’s classmates know about a child or a marriage. This is just part of the mountain of evidence I cite in my film, ‘Dreams from My Real Father,’ that demonstrates the Kenyan Obama participated in a sham marriage to help cover up an affair between Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, and Frank Marshall Davis, Obama’s communist mentor.”
Davis was exposed as Obama’s communist mentor by Accuracy in Media in 2008, with the assistance of blogger Trevor Loudon, before Obama’s election to the presidency. The liberal media showed little interest. And when they did, they downplayed Davis’s Marxism, suggesting he was just a civil rights activist. That was the official Obama campaign line.
Later that same year, the 600-page FBI file on Davis was released, demonstrating Davis’s involvement in alleged Soviet espionage. Davis was even on the FBI’s internal security index, which was reserved for individuals who were considered wartime threats to the United States. Again, the media showed no interest, apparently realizing that the Davis connection would derail Obama’s campaign for the White House.
In 2012, Gilbert’s film was released, asserting that Davis was Obama’s real father.
But regardless of whether Davis was the real father or not, Obama was partially raised, by his own account, by Frank Marshall Davis from ages 9 to 18.
While the Times seemed perplexed by Obama’s lack of interest in the newly discovered documents, the paper “continues to celebrate the false background story of President Obama,” and perpetuates the notion that the Kenyan is the real father, Gilbert notes. To do otherwise would invite scrutiny of the Times and other news organizations for having failed to adequately probe Obama’s controversial background before he assumed the presidency.
Gilbert commented, “The New York Times article mentioned that President Obama did not respond to the Schomburg Center’s offer to share the documents. In fact, President Obama has expressed zero interest in the Kenyan Obama since he took office. The Kenyan Obama served as the diversion in Obama’s run for the presidency, to sell himself as the multi-cultural ideal who would be a post-racial president. This was necessary to hide the fact that Barack Obama’s real biological father and ideological mentor was Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party propagandist and one of the original ‘Black Bolsheviks’ in Chicago who was recruited by white communists to in turn recruit blacks into the Communist Party.”
He added, “The fact that the Kenyan Barack Obama never mentions Barry or Ann Dunham [in the Schomberg documents] is more indication that he took part in a sham marriage to cover up the affair between Ann Dunham and Frank Marshall Davis. Every time more information and letters come out, they reiterate there was no connection between the Kenyan Obama and the President.”
Gilbert’s interest in the topic has now extended to members of Barack Obama’s own alleged family. He interviewed Malik Obama, Barack’s alleged half-brother, about the subject of Barack Obama’s father. Malik Obama told Gilbert that he wants a DNA test and believes Frank Marshall Davis is the real father.
Based on all the available evidence, including the newly discovered documents, it would appear that the Kenyan Obama had been used not only for the purpose of concealing an illicit relationship between Obama’s mother and Davis, but also for hiding a Marxist agenda for America and the world.
But Obama’s cover-up goes much deeper than this.
As we have noted in the past, the same Obama campaign apparatus which asserted that Davis was just a black civil rights activist also claimed that Obama was a baptized Christian. However, Obama acknowledged in his book Dreams from My Father that his grandfather was a Muslim (page 104) and that he spent two years in a Muslim school in Indonesia studying the Koran (page 154). There is no evidence Obama was baptized as a Christian, in any formal sense, in Jeremiah Wright’s church, and no evidence that Obama ever specifically rejected Islam.
The truth may be somewhere in the middle. Edward Klein, author of The Amateur: Barack Obama in The White House, notes that Wright told him that he “made it comfortable” for Obama to accept Christianity “without having to renounce his Islamic background.”
All of this may help explain why Obama’s policies seem designed to benefit America’s enemies at home and abroad, including what Frank Marshall Davis called “Red Russia,” as well as the Muslim Brotherhood and its various fronts.
The mainstream media are desperate to distract from the facts of the Orlando shootings, choosing instead to blame Republicans and conservatives for the deaths of 49 individuals at a gay bar called Pulse. In reality, the attacks were perpetrated by an American-born Islamic jihadist who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack, and had in the past “boasted of ties to the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Al Qaeda.”
Instead of discussing the ramifications of terror worldwide and in our midst, the liberal media have reignited their quest for new gun control legislation and have sought to blame this attack on Republicans in general, and presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump in particular.
Omar Mateen’s “bullets and the blood he left behind that early morning were a reminder that in many corners of the country, gay and transgender people are still regarded as sinners and second-class citizens who should be scorned,” wrote The New York Times editorial board in a scathing piece aimed squarely at Republicans. They write that the “precise motivation for [Mateen’s] rampage remains unclear.”
“So far this year, more than 200 anti-L.G.B.T. bills have been introduced in 34 states,” writes the Times editorial board, focusing on the politics of Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “The 49 people killed in Orlando were victims of a terrorist attack. But they also need to be remembered as casualties of a society where hate has deep roots.”
As Bernard Goldberg notes, this editorial is completely ridiculous. “If the killer were Christian the Times would have connected the dots and concluded he was driven by his religion,” he writes. Yet the Times failed to mention Islam or ISIS when discussing an Islam-inspired attack on U.S. soil.
“So, he [Mateen] was a gay Muslim Democrat,” notes Jim Treacher for The Daily Caller. “He hit the trifecta of victimhood.” Mateen belonged to too many minority groups, so many that liberals claim at all costs that he cannot be blamed for his own actions. “That means it has to be the gun’s fault, and the NRA’s fault, and the GOP’s fault, and Christians’ fault, and white people’s fault,” writes Treacher.
The Times editorial is not a reflection of the paper’s denial of jihadist terror. Rather, it is a deliberate attempt to deflect blame from the very ideology that repeatedly spawns this sort of activity, and the Times has to know that.
From Nidal Hasan, to the Boston Bombers, the Underwear bomber, the San Bernardinoshooting, and now Orlando, the perpetrators of these attacks have drunk from the same poisonous well of sharia-compliant jihadist ideology demanding death to the infidels. Many warnings were ignored or overlooked in these cases. It doesn’t matter whether these were lone wolf terrorists or ISIS-inspired: all of these attacks were carried out in the name of Islam. Obviously, the overwhelming majority of Muslims would never consider committing such an act, and are opposed to such actions.
But it is ludicrous to claim that these attacks have little or nothing to do with Islam, or come from a bastardization of that faith. After all, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has a Ph.D. in Koranic studies from Iraq’s Saddam University for Islamic Studies. These attacks clearly originated from a jihadist interpretation of Islam.
The media should be asking how the Obama administration, once again, has failed to protect Americans from another Islamic attack. According to the Daily Beast, Mateen was placed on two FBI watch lists, but the FBI’s 10-month investigation into his activities was closed after no terror ties or plans were discovered. In fact, Mateen was the subject of three different FBI investigations from 2013 to 2015, and they always came up empty.
Clarice Feldman, writing for American Thinker, pointed out that “Internal operating instructions of the FBI limited the amount of time they could keep watch on him and both the local and federal authorities were paralyzed by fear of being dubbed Islamophobic. So chilling accounts by his fellow workers were discounted as the result of prejudice, and a report by a local gun shop that he’d tried without success to purchase ‘body armor and bulk ammunition from the store’ was ignored.”
Also, the security company, G4S, that Mateen worked for from 2007 until the night of his terrorist rampage, should be called before Congress for its actions regarding how it handled concerns about his fitness for the job as an armed security guard. G4S is a British-based company that has contracts with the U.S. government to guard airports, most of our nuclear facilities, and to transport illegal aliens to sanctuary cities and other locations, once they have crossed over into the U.S.
According to NBC News, FBI Director James Comey said that “colleagues said Mateen claimed to have family connections to terror groups al Qaeda and Hezbollah, and that he hoped law enforcement would raid his home ‘so he could martyr himself.’” Yet as a result, his employer simply moved him to a less sensitive job. They didn’t take away his company-issued service weapon, a .38 handgun, nor did they fire him. In fact, while the company filed a psych evaluation form with the State of Florida to pass Mateen for firearm clearance, the doctor whose name was on the form says he was never evaluated, certainly not by her. The company now claims it was done by a different, unnamed doctor.
President Obama’s lack of passion over the victims was striking when he first discussed the attack. But when he was criticized by Trump, Obama became passionate and angry, and explained why using the term “radical Islam” was nothing but a talking point—which is why he doesn’t use it.
“So there is no magic to the phrase of radical Islam. It is a political talking point. It is not a strategy,” said Obama. “And the reason I am careful about how I describe this threat has nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with actually defeating extremism.”
However, as National Review’s Andy McCarthy writes, the point of using the term “radical Islam” is not to convince or deter Islamic radicals—it is to understand our own mindset and identify “whether we understand what we are fighting.”
“Sharia supremacists have their own civilization and cultural norms by which they judge themselves,” argues McCarthy. “They couldn’t care less what we think.”
Al-Baghdadi is convincing to Muslims around the globe because he understands the Koran and preaches an ideology derived from the Muslim faith. Yet the Obama administration has worked to cleanse the FBI counter-terrorism analytic lexicon of words such as “Muslim, Islam, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and sharia.”
Obama administration officials continue to blindly ignore the ongoing threat of jihadists. “One month after the San Bernardino terrorist attack that left 14 innocent people dead, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told advisorsthat right wing extremists pose just as much of a threat to the country as Islamic extremists.”
And just days before the Orlando attack, the Homeland Security Advisory Council cautioned the Department of Homeland Security that it should avoid terms such as “jihad,” “sharia,” and “takfir.”
Political correctness, whether by the media or by administration officials, is not going to protect American citizens from future terrorists. Both the NRA and the ACLU believe further reforms to the terrorist watch list, such as a way to redress inclusion on the list, are still necessary. But the discussion about gun rights—and using the list to prevent potential terrorists from accessing guns—is a distraction from the greater threat of Islamic terror.
Future terrorists will find a way to access guns regardless of the law. The Obama administration is well on its way to issuing green cards to over one million immigrants from majority-Muslim countries before he leaves office. Is anyone confident in the vetting process for all of these people? If the Obama administration and the complicit media continue to deny the real cause of terror, many more Americans will fall victim to terrorists like Omar Mateen.