12/9/14
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CIA Torture Report Might Be Moot Issue If Not for Clapper

Bob McCarty Writes

If only people like Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. had not worked so hard to ban the use of our most-effective interrogation technology, the use of the words “CIA interrogation techniques” and “torture” in the same sentence would likely not be making headlines around the world today.

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Instead, members of the national and international news media are in a tizzy about the long-awaited and much-anticipated release Tuesday of a CIA report on interrogation techniques used on suspected al-Qaeda detainees held in secret facilities in Europe and Asia in the years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Many Washington power brokers believe the report will spur attacks against American interests.

Read more  here…

12/9/14
wonkette

Prog porn: Elizabeth Warren mug from Wonkette

By: Red Square
The People’s Cube

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No, comrades: this isn’t our work. This is life imitating the People’s Cube at Wonkette’s online store, among other visually agitating items we call “prog porn,” accompanied by this bizarre description:

Look at you, DRINKIN’ COFFEE! Tea is for losers. Who is yelling at the banks, because it is a day? Professorski Elizabeth Warrenovna, that is who! Let Professor Schoolmarm E. Dubs save your coffee, from the man!

How can you top that which is already over the top? Just recently we used to satirize progs by extrapolating their points to reveal the absurdity and immorality of their ideas. Today, they leave us no room for extrapolation – or for imagination for that matter – by removing the last remaining fig leaf and proudly exhibiting their own absurdity and immorality in all its anatomically correct, pornographic ugliness.

Prog porn is often the easy solution to dealing with life’s problems, but remember that it often causes the very problems from which you’re trying to escape and can be a more difficult addiction to break than traditional porn.

Five Stages of Addiction to Prog Porn

  1. Early exposure. Most prog porn addicts start early. They see the stuff when they are very young, and it gets its foot in the door.
  2. Addiction. You keep coming back to stare at prog porn. It becomes a regular part of your life. You’re hooked and can’t quit.
  3. Escalation. You start to look for increasingly hardcore prog porn and conspiracy theories that would have disgusted you when you started. Now it excites you.
  4. Desensitization. Eventually, you start to become numb. Even the most violent, cult-of-personality, labor-camp prog porn doesn’t excite you anymore. You become desperate to feel the same thrill again but can’t find it.
  5. Acting out proggishly. At this point, you make a dangerous jump and start acting out in the streets. You move from online prog porn to the real world, and possibly ask your parents to buy you a ticket to Ferguson, Mo.

Some of you reading this may have already developed an addiction to prog porn. If you see any of the above patterns in your life, you need to get a grip. Are you trolling online more frequently? Are you starting to be insulting or act out in the streets for proggish thrills? If you see yourself at any point on this progression, you need to take this test.

Quiz: Are You Addicted to Prog Porn?

Rate every answer as follows: Never: 0 | Occasionally: 1 | Often: 2 | Most of the time: 3

  • Do you spend more than 11 hours a week watching MSNBC?
  • Does your reading of the Huffington Post have a negative impact on your relationships?
  • Does trolling on the Internet get in the way of your work or seeing friends and family?
  • Do you ever choose to watch the Daily Show over hanging out with friends or family?
  • How often do you imagine yourself being Barack Obama as a way of making yourself feel less depressed or bored?
  • Do you ever feel like you should try to stop listening to NPR?
  • Do you ever have problems formulating your own original thoughts in a conversation?
  • Do you fantasize about what you’ve read on the Daily Cos to get in the mood for human interaction?
  • Have you discovered that now you need to visit Communist Party websites to get the same buzz?


SCORE


Under 8
– You’re probably not an addict, but if you come from a prog family, you could be at risk. Make sure you have intellectual experiences that are prog-porn-free and develop strategies for coping with stress and boredom, like getting a job.

9- 15 – Your habit borders on problematic – so cut back on TV and the Internet for a while so your dopamine levels can re-calibrate. If you’re having issues with your non-prog parents or your uncaring girlfriend, try facing them head on instead of escaping into the fantasy world of prog porn.

16-20 – You’re almost definitely an addict, one presidential election away from becoming a sociopath. If you’re noticing that prog porn is having a negative impact on your career or relationships, now is the time to seek out a 12-step group like Prog Porn Addicts Anonymous or at least sign up for The People’s Cube mailing list.

20+ – It may be too late for you to stop being a loser and have a meaningful human interaction. By now you probably don’t even enjoy MSNBC but you’re still inexplicably feel driven to watch it. What started as a joke to get back at your parents and stick it to The Man, turned into a habit and then into a curse. Try switching to being a traditional porn addict or a dysfunctional alcoholic – at least then you can get professional help.

12/9/14

Media Still Demonizing Police

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

People are laughing at, and not with, comedian Jon Stewart, now that he has been caught by a District Attorney smearing police officers. But it’s really not very funny. The highly paid entertainer, who likes to mix comedy with his own liberal political views, as well as with profanity, recently launched a vicious rant against what he implied were racist police wantonly murdering black people on the streets of America. But Stewart was so eager to smear the police that his staff failed to do adequate research into the alleged cases of so-called police brutality he was citing on the air.

In alleging a series of cases of black victims of police brutality or outright murder, Stewart claimed that a black man named Dante Parker had been shot and killed by police in San Bernardino County. San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos immediately recorded a video setting the record straight. He said he had been flipping through the TV channels when he saw Stewart making his false accusations. “He was so wrong about those facts,” Ramos said of Stewart’s treatment of the Parker case. “They did not shoot him. They tasered him after he committed a burglary and he was attempting to assault a deputy sheriff, a sheriff who was losing that struggle and fighting for her life. We later found he was under the influence of many types of drugs, which was the cause of his death.”

The autopsy showed Parker was under the influence of PCP, and that he had heart disease and was obese.

Stewart has admitted he was “sloppy” with his charges and promised an apology, but he did not explain how he or his staff could have gotten the facts so radically wrong. Anti-cop bias helps explain the failure to simply Google the basic facts of the case.

Greta van Susteren of Fox News highlighted Stewart’s outrageous smear of the police, while saying, “When are people going to start speaking up for the men and women of law enforcement who risk their lives every day?!” She delivered a touching tribute to law enforcement, labeled “A reminder to charlatans who demonize all police.” She also interviewed DA Ramos.

Yet, appearing on the Fox News program “The Five,” she had earlier offered the canard in the Eric Garner case that he had been subjected to the “death penalty” by the police for selling cigarettes. It was the same dubious claim offered by Megyn Kelly on her Fox program.

She said, “This man was unarmed, he was selling cigarettes—I mean this wasn’t robbery, he was selling cigarettes—you have several cops…standing around him and when he said, ‘I can’t breathe,’ that would have been a great invitation to stop…We don’t do the death penalty for selling cigarettes illegally on the streets.”

The death penalty is a punishment for criminals who deliberately murder people. She was implying that the cops killed Garner with premeditation, an outrageous and false charge for which she and Kelly ought to apologize.

This smear was almost as objectionable as Stewart’s slam.

Eric Wemple of The Washington Post wrote a story, “Cable news outlets come out of the gate united on Eric Garner case,” noting that Van Susteren and other Fox News personalities had joined forces with liberal commentators to criticize the police in the Garner case. Her comments were featured on a liberal YouTube channel.

On another occasion, perhaps after giving the case some additional review, Van Susteren appeared to reverse her position somewhat, noting that Garner was an asthmatic who was obese and had heart disease, and that these health problems may have played a significant role in his death.

As part of her irresponsible claim that the cops used the “death penalty” on Garner, Van Susteren repeated another major canard in the case—that Garner was subjected to a chokehold.

But Bo Dietl, a retired New York Police Department (NYPD) detective, had argued in an August 14, 2014, New York Post column that Garner was subjected to a headlock, not a chokehold. “To be a chokehold, there must be constant pressure on the person’s neck, compressing his windpipe or cutting off the flow of blood to the carotid artery, rendering him unconscious,” he noted. Garner was not unconscious, as shown by his complaints to the police about not being able to breathe.

Several observers have noted that criminals typically accuse the police of brutality when they are taken down against their will. Garner could have avoided all of this by simply letting the police take him into custody. He had been arrested 31 times and knew the routine.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch held a news conference on the controversy and said that Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo was simply attempting to take Garner into custody using a technique he learned in the police academy.

He said, “While we are pleased with the grand jury’s decision, there are no winners here today.  There was a loss of life that both a family and a police officer will always have to live with. It is clear that the officer’s intention was to do nothing more than take Mr. Garner into custody as instructed and that he used the take-down technique that he learned in the academy when Mr. Garner refused. No police officer starts a shift intending to take another human being’s life and we are all saddened by this tragedy.”

Pantaleo said, “I became a police officer to help people and to protect those who can’t protect themselves. It is never my intention to harm anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner. My family and I include him and his family in our prayers and I hope that they will accept my personal condolences for their loss.”

The grand jury in the case declined to indict the officer because his actions were consistent with police procedures and the law.

12/9/14

Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees! – 12/09/14

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It’s time again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we award the famed golden plastic Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

Here are this weeks’ nominees:


Former Secretary of State, Senator And First Lady Hillary “Benghazi Babe” Clinton!!

The Independent Sentinel:  Hillary Clinton is my choice for weasel. She wants the American people to show ‘respect’, ‘understanding’, and ‘empathy’ for our enemies, meaning ISIS and other terrorists. Talking heads are claiming she didn’t really mean what she said but I have to go with what the woman said. I think she meant exactly what she said.

She is similar to Barack Obama in that we are “better than that” and by role modeling, we can bring others along.

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Commie, 9/11 Troother, ‘Palestine’ Groupie, Green Energy Scamster And Obama Favorite Van Jones!

The Noisy Room: This week I nominate commie and 9/11 Truther, Van Jones for going after Rich Lowry of the National Review and threatening him with a forced kiss, which Van Jones is putting forth as sexual assault. In other words, since Van Jones does not agree with Lowry’s fighting against the feminazis and objecting to Van Jones and company’s weak attempt to substantiate a false statistic about sexual assault on campus, he threatens Lowry on the air with said sexual assault.

Forced kissing ranges from the innocent to the not okay, but to equate it with rape is just ludicrous. These commies and feminists go on about something as simple as a dirty look being sexual assault, instead of addressing this horrid crime for what it really is – a brutal sexual violation and all that it implies. It is political grandstanding all in the context of the Rolling Stone’s faux story on rape that got a frat house destroyed. Rolling Stone did not check any facts and ran with it any way simply to demonize white men. This frat will now always be tainted with this, no matter what the real facts are. Van Jones put forth a lie and a false statistic for a political agenda. He’s a red weasel extraordinaire.

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The Obnoxious, Degenerate Lefties At Rolling Stone Magazine!!
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Bookworm Room: Rolling Stone for committing a heinous act of attempted journalism. When its editorial board allowed to be published an inflammatory article alleging that an entire University of Virginia fraternity was guilty of a violent gang bang rape, and did so despite the fact that the article was unreliable on its face, it committed a gross slander against male college students, not just at UVA, but everywhere.

The only good thing to come out of this whole sordid journalistic blunder is that people are beginning to realize that the so-called “rape epidemic” at American colleges is just as real as the pre-school child molestation cases were in the 1990s, or the Salem Witch Trials were in the 1790s.

The Razor: This week’s weasel is a no-brainer. Rolling Stone magazine, first for publishing Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s hit piece “A Rape on Campus” without vetting anything. Secondly for apologizing for its mistake then having a darkened room full of Rolling Stone lawyers gang-rape the apology the next day, leaving it a shattered mess along with Rolling Stone’s supposed reputation. As a former reader of the rag I gave up when they stopped publishing PJ O’Rourke and Greider started writing like Hunter S. Thompson on Thorazine. Add in the deification of issues of Obama in ‘08 and I’m surprised the thing has a reputation left to lose, but evidently it does in some quarters.

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New York City Mayor Kommissar Bill DeBlasio!!

The Right Planet: Comrade de Blasio effectively threw the entire New York Police Department (NYPD) under the proverbial bus when he blamed “centuries of racism” as a contributing factor in the recent grand jury decision on the Eric Garner case. Never mind the fact race appears to have had no factor in the arrest.

Garner’s arrest was even supervised by a black sergeant. We can have a legitimate debate of whether excessive force was used during the arrest, or why we’re arresting people for selling single cigarettes in the first place. But to inject racism into it when none exists is unconscionable. But Comrade de Blasio didn’t stop there; he double-downed in true Marxist-Leninist style, claiming his wife Chirlane McCray had trained their mixed-race son, Dante, about the “dangers” posed by cops. Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said, “What police officers felt […] after that press conference was that they were thrown under the bus.”

Notice, in addition to throwing the police under the bus, Comrade de Blasio is requesting $35 million for “retraining” the NYPD’s 22,000 street cops. I would suspect this involves some sort of “sensitivity training” for officers. This is all ties in to a greater agenda and the Obama Administration’s efforts to socialize and nationalize local police departments, in much the same way Obama has nationalized and socialized healthcare and education. All this falls under the guise of “community-oriented policing“–which I’ve been warning about for years.

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‘Journalist’ And Rape Fantasy Fiction Writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely!!

Virginia Right!: I will have to go with the woman who wrote the false rape story for Rolling Stone magazine.

She did not fact check and in light of the Duke Lacrosse disaster one would think that any story with a similar set of circumstances would be substantiated before being published. Rolling Stone owns a lot of the blame as well.

Yeccch! Can you smell the stench these weasel creatures emit or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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12/9/14

NO, REALLY, I’M SERIOUS: RNC Braintrust Actually Believes Jeb Bush is a Viable Presidential Candidate

Doug Ross @ Journal

What, Jon Huntsman wasn’t available?

I know for a fact that the RNC is prepping the Jebster for a run because I happened to be at a corporate event a while back and The Smart Bush® made an appearance. Trailing him into the room at a discrete distance was ReiNCe Priebus, ostensible chair of the RNC.

I say “ostensible” because we all know that the RNC is actually run by Tom Donahue, president of the Chamber of Commerce. And Donahue, more than anything else, seeks cheap immigrant labor–the American economy, the American citizenry, and the Constitutional system be damned.

Which explains Jeb Bush’s borderline-insane pleas for open borders, Amnesty, and the inevitable voting rights and citizenship for tens of millions of illegal aliens.

In contrast, Kurt Schlichter highlights the weakness of the Democrat’s 2016 candidates, headlined by the ludicrously unqualified Hillary Clinton, who — at best — represents a third term for Valerie Jarrett Barack Obama.

It’s crystal clear that Hillary Clinton has a glass jaw and is poised to be knocked out in 2016. With Barack Obama and his legacy of failure weighing her down, Hillary must cobble together a coalition by recovering the normal Americans who used to help Democrats win while at the same time satisfying the freak show that is the Democrat base.

But she’ll still be the face of the party of idiots who block you on the freeways, of morons who burn stores, of faceless Obamacare bureaucrats raising premiums, and of Goldman Sachs. Yeah, Wall Street crony capitalists pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for her keen insights.

Hillary is a loser and the Democrats know it. So the pygmy vultures are circling. James Webb is sizing up his chances (which are zero). For some reason, Martin O’Malley of Maryland thinks he’s a viable candidate. Elizabeth Warren is pretending that she’s not thinking of jumping in. There’s your Democrat diversity: All kinds of rich white people, from faux populists to failed governors to fake Indians.

Schlichter also reminds us of Jeb’s pathetic bonafides, which include a litany of policy positions that have Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren nodding their heads in agreement.

Who on earth who isn’t a Bush wants Jeb to run for president, much less actually be president? I could maybe get used to a guy being president whose name is “Jeb,” but not one who embraces Common Core, loves amnesty, and gives awards to Hillary Clinton. Go ahead and read how Jeb slobbered over her while giving Hillary a freaking medal for her sterling performance as Secretary of State. What next – a lifetime achievement Oscar for that goofy kid in The Phantom Menace? It should make for some interesting debates. She’ll say she’s awesome, and he’ll argue that no, she’s merely great.

If you like the sound of “President Hillary Clinton,” support Jeb or any of the delusional people I just mentioned. GOP establishment types, you’ve been warned. Want to get a hundred-plus retweets/favorites on Twitter? Diss Jeb. I usually can’t stand people who mutter about not supporting a Republican nominee because he’s not exactly who they wanted, but before I’d vote for Jeb I’d lick the floor of a Detroit bus station restroom.

And don’t even get me started on Jeb’s support for Common Core, yet another cause for which Bush says he will go to war against the Republican Party’s own base.

The RNC’s support for these losers is pathetic, but not unexpected coming from the same rocket scientists who warned that voters would punish the GOP for a government shutdown that few remember and fewer still even felt.

Jeb Bush is a surefire loser, just like Mitt Romney and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. We need a man like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Scott Walker or Mike Pence — and we need him now.

Schlichter insists Cruz could never win, but I disagree. I’m sick and tired of Democrats, Beltway insiders, and the other elites telling us who can and can’t win. The same jackals destroyed Sarah Palin and they’re not going to get away with it again, at least not while I have a breath remaining in my body.

I will make it my personal mission to expose, attack, and politically destroy anyone who tries to pull those disgusting tactics again.

We get to pick our candidates. Not the media. Not the Chamber. Not Reince. Not Haley Barbour. Not the Bush family.

We do, and it’s high time the losers in the GOP Establishment learned that lesson once and for all.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

12/8/14

Erased History: The Declaration of Barmen was a response to Hitler’s ‘Positive Christianity’

By: Renee Nal
New Zeal

A dark chapter in German history: In the Night of Broken Glass (otherwise known as "Reichspogromnacht" or "Kristallnacht" in German) in the night from November 9 to November 10, 1938, synagogues all over Germany were set ablaze. Photo: welt.de

A dark chapter in German history: In the Night of Broken Glass (otherwise known as “Reichspogromnacht” or “Kristallnacht” in German) in the night from November 9 to November 10, 1938, synagogues all over Germany were set ablaze. Photo: welt.de

The Declaration of Barmen was ‘a call to resistance against the theological claims of the Nazi state.’ As history repeats and God is once again diminished in society, should Americans know this erased history?

Note:

December 8 2014 marks the 12th anniversary of of the inauguration of the Bergische synagogue, which was destroyed during Kristallnacht in 1938. The Bergische synagogue was rebuilt, finally, in 2002 only to be firebombed again during the summer of 2014 by Palestinian teenagers. In August, when I sat down to write about about this synagogue being firebombed, I dug into the history of the synagogue itself. As an author, I could not believe what I discovered, mostly from Google-translated German sources.

The land upon which the synagogue rests was sacred, as it was where the Declaration of Barmen took place by religious leaders of various denominations, including Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth, who were horrified to observe that the “German Christian” movement put the state before God. The Declaration of Barmen was reaffirming that Nazi principles should not be incorporated into church teachings. From the Declaration sprung the “Confessing Church,” where Pastors stood firm against Hitler’s “Positive Christianity.” Many of the church leaders were arrested and killed, but they left behind a powerful piece of erased history known as the Declaration of Barmen.

As history repeats itself many “spiritual leaders” have learned how to manipulate church teachings for political reasons. President Obama’s “spiritual adviser” Jim Wallis, for example, declared the Tea Party to be “unbiblical” last year, further asserting that they are “political extremists” who are “against poor people.”

The National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) are better known as “Nazi’s.” Their revealing 25 point platform explained “Positive Christianity” this way (point 24):

We demand freedom of religion for all religious denominations within the state so long as they do not endanger its existence or oppose the moral senses of the Germanic race. The Party as such advocates the standpoint of a positive Christianity without binding itself confessionally to any one denomination. It combats the Jewish-materialistic spirit within and around us, and is convinced that a lasting recovery of our nation can only succeed from within on the framework: common utility precedes individual utility.

Re-posted from Liberty Unyielding:

The Bergische synagogue was rebuilt in the town of Wuppertal after being burnt to the ground in 1938 during the “night of broken glass,” or Kristallnacht, a “government-sponsored terror attack.”

The land for the synagogue was donated by the Evangelical Church not far from the original site. The plot of land was particularly significant, as it was the site of the Declaration of Barmen in 1934, which was “a call to resistance against the theological claims of the Nazi state.”

The Bergische synagogue was inaugurated on December 8, 2002. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Israel’s former president Moshe Katsav and former President Johannes Rau. Security was so tight, particularly in the wake of September 11, that “manhole covers were welded shut” for the procession.

A heavily guarded procession in 2002 for the inauguration of the Bergische synagogue.

A heavily guarded procession in 2002 for the inauguration of the Bergische synagogue.

Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Manfred Kock, spoke during the ceremony. His speech can be found here, in it’s entirety. He said in part (translated from German),

“Mutual gestures are the ones that bring reconciliation to express a backlash against all anti-Semitic impulses and excesses that undermine our country again. The disease in Europe, especially in Germany, is the anti-Semitism.”

As mentioned above, the plot of land for the synagogue was carefully chosen as the site of the Declaration of Barmen in 1934, a response to the Nazi’s “Positive Christianity,” where the “Confessing Church” emerged as a response to the attempted Nazi hijacking of Christianity (they even re-wrote the lyrics to the song “Silent Night.”)

As an aside, Dietrich Bonhoeffer became a “prominent voice” in the Confessing Church.

Hitler sought to destroy Christianity. The “Deutsche Christen,” or “German Christian” movement “was organized in strict accordance with the ‘Führer principle'” and sought “to bring the church into doctrinal and institutional alignment with Nazi ideology…”

Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy leader in the Nazi Party, who wrote the words to Mein Kampf as Hitler dictated from prison, explained the Führer principle:

“Hitler is Germany and Germany is Hitler. Whatever he does is necessary. Whatever he does is successful. Clearly the Führer has divine blessing.”

The German Christians held a national convention in 1933 in Berlin:

German Christians convention in 1933

German Christians convention in 1933

German Christians “showed a complete loyalty to the Nazi state in their community policies and propaganda.”

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The Theological Declaration of Barmen reaffirmed that God, not the state, was the only God. Many of the Pastors of the resulting “Confessing Church” were arrested and killed.

The Declaration of Barmen was “an appeal” to Christians of all denominations, in a meeting held by church leaders that stood in “opposition to attempts to establish the unity of the German Evangelical Church by means of false doctrine, by the use of force and insincere practices…” The declaration continued to affirm that “the Confessional Synod insists that the unity of the Evangelical Churches in Germany can come only from the Word of God in faith through the Holy Spirit.”

In a chilling plea, the declaration said,

“Be not deceived by loose talk, as if we meant to oppose the unity of the German nation! Do not listen to the seducers who pervert our intentions, as if we wanted to break up the unity of the German Evangelical Church or to forsake the Confessions of the Fathers!”

The Declaration of Barmen was affirming Christianity, and a denouncement of blind loyalty to the Führer. The sacred ground on which this declaration was made is now the home of the Bergische Synagogue. The gift from the Evangelical leaders to the Jewish population in Wuppertal is symbolic in their affirmation of faith.

Bergische Synagogue via Wikimedia Commons

Bergische Synagogue with the Christian church in the background via Wikimedia Commons

The Bergische Synagogue was destroyed during Kristallnacht, and was rebuilt. Last week, the Bergische Synagogue was firebombed. A neighbour called police after seeing flames. An 18-year-old Palestinian youth was arrested. The Synagogue, thankfully, did not catch fire.

This article has been cross-posted at Broadside News.

12/8/14

36 Dead Bankers This Year And Counting…

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

I would call a rash of 36 deaths – grizzly murders, accidents and questionable suicides – in one year… suspicious. And that’s just this year. If you look back, this has been going on since at least 2011. So far, 36 bankers have died this year. The latest is 52-year-old Belgian Geert Tack – a private banker for ING. He has been missing for a month and they just found his body with no signs of violence visible. He managed portfolios for wealthy individuals, was successful, upbeat and had everything to live for. As most of the victims did, by the way. His body was found floating off the coast of Ostend.

In a string of deaths that makes coincidence highly improbable, the media is eerily silent on the subject. Many of these individuals were in the prime of their life and at the height of their careers. As The Economic Collapse blog has pointed out, a number of these people were involved in foreign exchange trading and derivatives.

I’ll be honest, it looks to me like someone is taking these individuals out and making them look like suicides and accidents. Or possibly random murders. There are just too many of them in high positions. I’ll leave it to you to decide. Perhaps some journalist out there should thoroughly do some research on this. Some of them look plausible, but way too many of them are very suspicious.

This is the 36th Dead Banker of the year (via Beforeitsnews):

  • David Bird, 55, long-time reporter for the Wall Street Journal working at the Dow Jones news room — Still missing, but his credit card has been used in Mexico.
  • Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG — Unknown circumstances.
  • William Broeksmit, 58, former senior manager for Deutsche Bank — He was found hung at a house.
  • Ryan Henry Crane, age 37, JP Morgan — Unknown circumstances.
  • Li Junjie, 33, Hong Kong JP Morgan — He jumped to his death from a 30 story building.
  • Gabriel Magee, 39, age JP Morgan employee — He jumped 500 ft from the top of the bank’s headquarters in central London. Magee had made plans earlier that day for dinner.
  • Mike Dueker, 50, who had worked for Russell Investments — He fell down a 50 foot embankment in what police are describing as a suicide.
  • Richard Talley, 57, was the founder and CEO of American Title (real estate titles) — Said to have committed suicide by shooting himself with a nail gun. Talley was found “with eight nail gun wounds to his torso and head” in his own garage.
  • James Stuart Jr. 70, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO was found dead in Scottsdale, AZ — Unknown cause of death.
  • Jason Alan Salais, 34 year old IT Specialist at JP Morgan since 2008 — Died from a heart attack.
  • Autumn Radtke, 28, CEO of First Meta, a Singapore-based virtual currency trading platform — Jumped from a 25 story building.
  • Eddie Reilly, 47, investment banker, Vertical Group, NY — Jumped in front of a LIRR train.
  • Kenneth Ballando, 28, investment banker, Levy Capital, NY — Jumped from the 6th story of his apartment building.
  • Joseph A. Giampapa, 55, corporate bankruptcy lawyer, JP Morgan Chase — Run over by a van.
  • Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, voormalig topbestuurder ANB/AMRO, Laren, Nederland — Suspected murder/suicide.
  • Juergen Frick, 48, CEO Bank Frick & Co AG, Liechtenstein — He was shot to death.
  • Benoît Philippens, 37, directeur BNP Parisbas Fortis Bank, Ans, Belgium — She was shot to death.
  • Lydia…, 52, banker Bred-Banque-Populaire, Paris — Jumped from the 14th floor of her office’s Paris Headquarters.
  • Andrew Jarzyk, 27, banker, PNC Bank, NY — Found floating in the Hudson River, drowned.
  • Carlos Six, 61, Hoofd Belastingdienst en lid CREDAF, België — Unknown cause of death.
  • Jan Winkelhuijzen, 75, Commissaris en Fiscalist (voormalig Deloitte), Nederland — Murder/suicide suspected.
  • Richard Rockefeller, 66, John D. Rockefeller, America — Plane crash.
  • Mahafarid Amir Khosravi (Amir Mansour Aria), 45, bankeigenaar, zakenman en derivatenhandelaar, Iran — Khosravi was executed by hanging in Evin Prison in Tehran on May 24, 2014.
  • Lewis Katz, 76, banker, America — Plane crash.
  • Julian Knott, Directer Global Operations Center JP Morgan, 45, America — Unknown circumstances, but he and his wife were found unconscious before both passed away.
  • Richard Gravino, IT Specialist JP Morgan, 49, America — Cause of death unknown.
  • Thomas James Schenkman, Managing Director Global Infrastructure JP Morgan, 42, America — Cause of death unknown.
  • Nicholas Valtz, 39, Managing Director Goldman Sachs, NY, America — He was found floating with his kite board.
  • Therese Brouwer, 50, Managing Director ING, Nederland — She died in the downing of Malaysian Air Flight MH17.
  • Tod Robert Edward, 51, Vice President M & T Bank, America — Ruled accidental death.
  • Thierry Leyne, 48, investor banker Anatevka S.A., Israël — Suicide.
  • Calogero Gambino, 41, Managing Director Deutsche Bank, America — Suicide.
  • Shawn D. Miller, 42, Managing Director Citigroup, NY, America — He was found dead with his throat slashed in the bathtub.
  • Melissa Millian, 54, Senior Vice President Mass Mutual, America — Stabbed to death.
  • Thieu Leenen, 64, Relatiemanager ABN/AMRO, Eindhoven, Nederland — Unknown cause of death.
  • Geert Tack, 52, Private Banker ING, Haaltert, Belgium — Drowning.
12/8/14

6 Gitmo Detainees Released & Sent To Uruguay South America and the Amnesty Betrayal – Sen. Jeff Sessions

Hat Tip: BB

Sen. Jeff Sessions on efforts to avoid government shutdown

Exclusive: House GOP Leaders Trick 216 House Republicans into Accidentally Supporting Obama’s Executive Amnesty

Louie Gohmert says GOP leaders abused House procedures to quickly pass flawed defense, immigration bills

Republicans Water Down Bill to Fight Obama’s Immigration Action

House Votes Down Obama’s Immigration Plan

Analysis of Obama’s Executive Amnesty Scheme: Ending Secure Communities

North Carolina: More Than 4,000 Charges of Child Sex Assault Filed Against Illegal Aliens In the Past Year

Biden boasts end of Caucasian majority in U.S.

ON THE BORDER: Illegal Alien Bashes Border Patrol Agent in the Head with a Rock, Agent Gets 22 Stitches

From Breitbart:

In a lengthy interview on Friday afternoon, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) exposed how House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise strengthened President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty with procedural trickery former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber would envy—and they did it all in the name of pushing a bill that they told Republicans would block Obama’s executive amnesty.

What’s more is that a series of interviews and recent developments indicate that Boehner’s gambit here is placing several of his top lieutenants—including at least two committee chairmen—at political risk of serious primary challenges just a few months after newly elected Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) beat now former House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) in a Republican primary.

Gohmert said most members had no idea what they were actually voting for when 219 members—216 of which were Republicans—approved a measure, H.R. 5759, first put forward by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), but subsequently dramatically altered by leadership officials in the Rules Committee process.

Read more…

This is a must read if you want to know just how badly we are being betrayed by the RINOs who are saying one thing and doing another… It’s despicable. Gohmert says in the article that the members were tricked into voting for the bill – a secret amendment was added to the bill without the members’ knowledge. Melt the phone lines folks – we are being Grubered as I have pointed out over and over again. I warned everyone that the Republicans would wait till the last minute, strike a deal and claim victory. They want Amnesty as much as the Dems and are in it with Obama. They’ll claim they had to do it. I hate to say I told you so to everyone, but look at what is happening right before your eyes.

http://amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/YOHO_087_xml122141859175917.pdf

From Free Republic – two very good points:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3234853/posts?page=15#15

House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise should be convicted of treason.

Not only did they use a trick to get Republicans to support Executive Amnesty, they have decided to make Executive Amnesty the law by using subterfuge to change that bill, without notifying members they had done so. Thus creating a bill that gives the president legal right to pass out green cards to anyone he wants to declare downtrodden.

This responsibility was given by the Constitution to Congress. Boehner has abdicated this congressional right and responsibility and placed it on a golden tray at Obama’s feet. How is anyone, even any of the states, going to be able to sue when it is part of the law enacted by both houses of Congress and signed by the president? If you’re imagining Chief traitor Roberts is going to stop this, you are living in La La Land.

What Obama had absolutely no right to do before, Boehner has given him every right to do. It will sail through the Senate, Obama will sign it, and the only way to get rid of it will be to get another bill signed into law removing it. Good luck with that being done over the next two years.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3234791/posts?page=110#110

Boehner in the House just used subterfuge to re-create a bill giving Obama the right to use executive amnesty for “humanitarian” reasons and passed it in the House by deceiving the other congressmen who thought it was still the original good bill. The only thing Obama needs to sign now is this bill after it’s passed by the Senate and voila, congressionally authorized executive amnesty.

12/8/14

Forum: What Is The Chief Problem With Race Relations In America ? What Would It Take To Improve Them?

The Watcher’s Council

Every week on Monday morning, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum with short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture or daily living. This week’s question: What Is The Chief Problem With  Race Relations In America ? What Would It Take To Improve Them?

The Right Planet: To try to boil down “race relations” to one chief problem is a tough question. But I certainly have my opinions on the matter. There are plenty of people in this country of various and mixed races who get along just fine. We never seem to hear much about that. You know, things like racial harmony and goodwill toward men, and the like. I get along just fine with my neighbors “of color,” and vice versa.

The question reminds me of a symposium on race I attended years ago in college. I remember one of the speakers was a young white female student who said she believed that the focus shouldn’t be on race, but the fact that we’re all Americans. I agreed with her. But there was a follow-up with questions and comments from the audience. Two black female students responded to the white student’s comments by saying they agreed with her, too. But, for them, the problem was there wasn’t a day when they weren’t reminded of their “blackness.” I thought that was a compelling point. I specifically recall reading in the local morning paper on the day of the symposium several headlines mentioning “blacks”–specifically, in reference to crime and education. I thought to myself, if everyday I was reminded of my “whiteness” in reference to negative headlines, how would I feel? But now I am reading headlines reminding me of my “whiteness” in a negative sense. And I don’t like it.

The “chief problem” with race relations, in my opinion, lies with the government, main-stream media and public education, et al. The agitators (a.k.a. “change agents”) who use race as a means to an end that are at the heart of the problem. It has become advantageous for some to constantly stoke the fires of racial discord and open up old wounds that had begun to heal. One must always ask, to whose benefit? It seems to me what consistently arises from all this racial chaos–often times self-manufactured racial chaos–are calls for ever more “comprehensive legislation” and government control. For someone who has literally done nothing but study the strategy and tactics of Marxists for the past seven years, it all smacks of Marxist-Leninist strategy to me–take an honest grievance and wrap it in a lie … “rub raw the resentments of the people,” as Saul Alinsky taught … create the problem, foment the reaction, and provide the solution.

I’ll be the last person to deny that bigotry exists. But no one group has a monopoly on hate. Well, I take that back … the Marxist-Leninists, perhaps. Just saying.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason: The problem with race relations in America today is twofold. Our public education system, beginning with our elementary schools and continuing through our colleges and universities, presents a myopic narrative of America’s early history with slavery and teaches that blacks today are still being held back by the privileged white class. They seek to destroy the myth of the American Dream and present it as something wholly unattainable, especially if you are not white.

Yes, we should teach about the existence of slavery in the Colonies and in America along with the rest of American history. The years of slavery were a horrific time for many people, not only African Americans. The truth is slavery has existed since the beginning of humankind on many continents and among all races and still exists today.

The second problem with race relations builds on the issue of education and the psychological indoctrination of our youth. It is the progressives and leftists in academia who choose the curriculum and continue to scratch at the scabs of a wound they will not permit to heal. They and their disciples insert themselves into minority communities, incite resentfulness and divisiveness, and perpetuate the narrative of victimhood for African Americans. They have created a generation of children who have no hope for their future.

To improve race relations in America, we must take back our education from the radical left, teach the values of independence, liberty and freedom that helped frame our nation, and expose these progressives and their intent to destroy our country.

Above all, every child in America must once again believe there is hope for their future.

The Glittering Eye: It’s complicated. That racism continues to play a part in American life and adversely affects the lives of black Americans is, I think, indisputable. However, not all African Americans are affected equally.

The sociologist Charles Moskas distinguishes between “African Americans” (Americans of African descent) and “Afro-Americans” (Americans of sub-Saharan African descent, the descendants of slaves) and I think that’s a valuable distinction. I think it’s pretty obvious that the children of African immigrants, e.g. Barack Obama, or Caribbeans, e.g. Colin Powell, have not experienced racism in quite the same way as Afro-Americans have or, at least, have benefited more by the various remediations we’ve put into place over the last half century. The recent Somali immigrants seem to be doing pretty well. Clearly, there’s more involved in our racial problems than just skin color.

Part of the problem is unquestionably the collapse of the Afro-American family, noted nearly a half century ago by Pat Moynihan but which has only continued since then. I attribute a considerable amount of the gang violence experienced by urban Afro-Americans as due to the lack of normal familial support systems for young black men in inner city Afro-American communities.

As to what should be done I honestly have no idea.

JoshuaPundit: Well, in order to answer this question, we have to define what the problem is. Frankly, I’m rather tired of seeing it defined simply as ‘problems blacks experience at the hands of whites.’

However, since the dominant meme in the media, in certain politicians and their supporters and the tacit acceptance and empowerment by these people of what amounts to a ‘race’ industry concerns relations between blacks and whites, let’s examine that first.

I think it’s important to recognize, first of all, that there are powerful forces that don’t want better racial relations between blacks and whites. For the Al Sharptons, the NAACP, the Jesse Jacksons, the Ta-Hanisi Coates’s and other members of what I can only call the race industry, it’s power and  it’s a paycheck. And for the Democrat party, better race relations would mean a total erosion of the urban fortresses they depend on for power. These were the sort of people in Georgia, Mississippi and elsewhere in the last election  who took pictures of lynchings that happened over a century ago and put fliers out telling blacks that if they didn’t turn out and vote Democrat, this was going to happen all over again. Considering the party affiliation of the men whom actually did the lynching, the irony is monstrous, but it is what it is. And it isn’t going to change unless enough blacks themselves wake up to how they’re being suckered.

There’s an old movie from 1978 called ‘Blue Collar‘ about three close friends on a Detroit assembly line,(Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto and Richard Pryor) who inadvertently stumble on information concerning their union’s ties with organized crime and an illegal loan operation. In subsequent events, Kotto’s character is murdered and Keitel and Pryor are manipulated by the union to become bitter enemies. A money quote from the movie I’ve always remembered, uttered by an older white assembly worker; “They take the whites and the blacks and turn them against each other to make slaves out of both of them.”

Another problem has nothing to do with race,but with culture. And again, this is not something that can be changed from the outside.

Blacks whom were raised or had parents whom came from African cultures and especially from Caribbean cultures tend to do far better in America than many American-born blacks. The percentage of two parent families is much higher, and many times the work ethic and the attitude towards education is very different. For instance, black school children in many of these countries are taught to respect their teachers, stand when the teacher enters the room and address them as ‘sir’ or ‘Miss’ or ‘Mrs’____. Unless they come to America quite young and are affected by the dysfunctional parts of black American culture, you won’t usually find people from these cultures being affected by taunts that studying and working hard at education is ‘acting white.’

School children in those cultures causing the kind of disturbance routine in America’s public school urban classrooms would certainly be punished, perhaps even caned if they’re males…and in many cases, their parents would be even tougher on them. Black children in countries like Barbados and Belize take American SATs,  many end up studying in America and are found in many technical and medical fields. There’s a respect for education there that simply doesn’t exist in too much of black America.

And that lack of  respect for education isn’t limited to school children. I remember being involved in a project at an inner city school with several teachers and clients in a neighborhood I did business in. It was to set up a computer lab at the school through donations and fundraising. Three weeks after it was up and running, it was burglarized and cleaned out by the local gangstas. Seeing that was like attending a funeral.

When children are trained by the media to admire thugs and thug-like behavior and there is often no positive make role model in the home, the results speak for themselves. Again, there’s a significant amount of entrenched money and patronage invested in keeping things just like they are. It’s exactly like that fictional auto worker in “Blue Collar” said.

Well, there you have it.

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