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Friday, August 26, 2016

Close encounter of the "I dare you" kind

Persian Gulf -- For the second time this week, in Iranian vessel sailed tauntingly close to a U.S. Navy ship. But this time, instead of getting out of the way, the American vessel fired three warning shots.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boat came within 200 yards of the USS Squall on Wednesday. This is equivalent to giving our military 'the finger' and daring us to do something about it.

Earlier in the week, four Iranian boats came within 300 yards of the Nitze, which fired flares and sounded a horn to warn them away. But it was our vessel that got out of the way in the deadly game of 'chicken.'

An American defense official said that the Iranian ships "created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation, including additional defensive measures by Nitze."

Additional defensive measures to the Iranians might translate as a louder-sounding warning horn--they simply are not worried about retaliation under this administration. Obama has made it very clear that we are a nation to be messed with.

Last month, the Navy reported that in 2015, there were almost 300 encounters or "interactions" between the U.S. and Iranian vessels. Officials believe that at the current rate of encounters, the number might increase by 50% this year. 

And while the majority of encounters by Iran aren't considered to be harassment, the Iranian navy's discipline appears to be on par with Hillary Clinton's attempts at honesty.

According to Iran's semi-official news agency, Tasmin, Iran defense minister, Hossein Dehghan, responded to the earlier Nitze incident saying that Iranian boats were patrolling the coast to ensure maritime security. The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Kamenei also denied that the United States had any legitimate reason to patrol the Gulf, which has important international shipping lanes.

Obviously, the Iranian Supreme Leader knows more about Mohammad's war conquests and sex life with slaves and little girls than he knows about international waters. In a June speech, Khamenei said, "The Persian Gulf security relates to the countries of the region which have common interests, and not to the U.S. So, security of the Persian Gulf region should be provided by the countries of this region itself."

Which also shows his knowledge about our NATO agreements with our allies.

When a country is run as a theocracy, it is usually run by an insolent dictator who is intolerant and cruel to their "flock" and all others. This is the Ayatollah in a nutshell.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hillary claims foundation is transparent

If Hillary Clinton decided to tell the truth about anything, it would make the headlines. Now she's defending the family's Clinton Foundation against Donald Trump's criticism. She said that the foundation is more transparent than his business interests.

Hillary called into CNN's "AC360" but still hasn't held a press conference for almost a year. The purpose of the call was to have a safe, one-sided conversation to attack Trump's suggestion the the Clinton Foundation has been used as a "pay-for-play" scheme while she was at the State Department.

"What Trump has said is ridiculous," she said. "My work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces," she lied. "I made policies based on what I thought was right." She said the foundation provided "life-saving work" and claimed that neither she nor Bill had ever drawn a salary like Chelsea's $900,000 annual salary she made right out of college with no experience.

The wannabe "FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!" added, "You know more about the foundation than you know about anything concerning Donald Trump's wealth, his business, his tax returns" [and her deleted emails, her health, the true purpose of Benghazi and her failure there, and the influence bought by Islamic leaders].

Clinton's top campaign staff and allies are on the defensive over the allegations regarding the foundation. They argue that the foundation has helped millions of people around the world, but Trump's business interests carry their own blind spots. 

But whether or not the foundation has helped people is not the issue, anymore than Hillary Clinton's intent to criminally share classified information on her private email server was intentional.

 In the first case, the issue is that Clinton provided special privileges to those who donated to the foundation and held audience with them as secretary of state.

In the second instance, the issue of intent has nothing to do with the advocating an indictment. Having the private server was, by itself, enough to indict her under the espionage act.

In the past, Trump had donated to the Clinton Foundation, but now believes that while Clinton was secretary of state, those who donated to the foundation were given special access to her. This also appears to be corroborated in the emails recovered by Judicial Watch's FOIA request.

Clinton's last full-blown news conference was in Iowa in December 2015. The reason she refuses to hold news conferences is obvious: the more she talks and answers questions, the worse she does in the polls. 

But she will not be able to get another free pass on September 26th when she debates Donald Trump. Hopefully, he will stay on point, put aside the schoolyard banter and try to remain presidential.

And hopefully, she will be found out for who she really is.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Iran harasses our Navy again

Iran is at it again. Four of their Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) "harassed" an American destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz Tuesday, according to a U.S. Navy official. 

I can already hear liberals asking: "What did we do this time to piss them off?"

The Navy official said the Iranian warships carried out a "high-speed intercept" and two of their vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze (DDG-94) am Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer named after Paul Nitze, the Secretary of the Navy under President Lyndon B. Johnson and chief arms control adviser in the Reagan administration.

The Navy official said the incident was "unsafe and unprofessional" and that the Iranian vessels "created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation."
USS Nitze

I don't believe Iran was worried the U.S. Navy was going to do anything more than they did when the IRGC captured 10 of our sailors in the same region back in January. Nothing was done then by the Obama administration, and the sailors were released after being held for 15 hours. So why would Iran think we would do anything now?

The USS Nitze was accompanied by guided missile destroyer USS Mason on what was said to be a "routine transit" in international waters at the time of the embarrassing incident.

As the Iranian jihadists closed in, the Nitze tried to make radio contact a dozen times with no response. The Iranians continued to play 'chicken' as they stayed on crash course. The Nitze sounded 5 short blasts on its whistle, an international signal of danger. The game of 'chicken' continued. The Nitze chickened out and changed course to avoid a kerfuffle and in the process, almost sailed into offshore oil rigs.

Sadly, we are no longer respected or feared by our enemies, nor are we trusted by our allies.
Even more sadly, I don't blame them.

Banning niqab would mean banning Santa Claus

Germans are calling for a ban on wearing the niqab (Islamic face veil) in public places. In response to the demand, Ralf Jager, a German regional interior minister, said that doing so would also mean banning all religious clothing, including Santa Claus outfits.

Jager is the interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, where Muslim migrant crime has been raging. His response was a counter to the remarks of federal interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere who previously stated, "We agree that we reject the burqa, we agree that we want to introduce a legal requirement to show one's face in places where it is necessary for our society's coexistence--at the wheel, at public offices, at the registry office, in schools and universities, in civil service, in court."

De Maiziere added that the niqab "does not belong in our cosmopolitan country. We want to show our faces to each other and that is why we agree that we reject this--the question is how we put this into law."

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Union bloc has favored a full ban of the niqab in public which has been a cause of great debate in a nation that has a serious Islamic immigration and concomitant crime problem. 

Jager said Maiziere's bloviating was merely political electioneering, and that a ban would not mean increased security.

Perhaps he's right about the security issue, but he's dead wrong about the niqab not being a problem. The notion that an indigenous society should bend to the cultural norms of immigrants newly entering that society, rather than the other way around, is not only wrong, it is culturally suicidal in the long run. It is acquiescing to Sharia (Islamic) law, that, once it is given any amount of credence, always demands more. 

If immigrants refuse to integrate into the society in which they have landed, it is like a house guest refusing to abide by the house rules.

We can see plenty of examples in which Muslims have demanded special requests be met by their hosts. For example, the high school girls who refuse to take mandatory swimming classes when boys are in the pool at the same time. Or women athletes who demand to wear a head covering in sports that would make the situation dangerous. Or men's soccer that forbids women to attend the game. 

The list goes on and on.

One must realize that Ralf Jager is a full-blown idiot who blamed the Cologne sex assaults last New Year's Eve on the police department, not on the Muslim immigrants who assaulted the scores of women.

On Jager, Breitbart reported that:
 "[Jager] fired the chief of Cologne police, forcing him to take early retirement, in a move he said was to restore public faith in city policing. However, it was later revealed that police chief Wolfgang Albers had foreseen trouble for the night, and had appealed directly to Jager's Interior ministry for extra officers to help patrol the city. That request was turned down.
"Further revelations from a leaked cache of confidential emails between the state government and local police showed how the Interior ministry had attempted to cover up the attacks. One message showed 'a request from the ministry' that police reports were to 'cancel' the use of the word 'rape' when dealing with the events."
So perhaps Jager isn't really a full-blown idiot--maybe he's simply a full-blown progressive liberal who actually believes that he's doing the right thing, because he's better than those of us less humane individuals who believe that immigrants should go through legal channels when entering a country. 

And once they go through the legal procedures of immigration,  it would be nice if they did the cultural adapting instead of the other way around.

Oh, and Santa Claus isn't really a religious figure--he is never mentioned in any religion. What would liberals want to ban next, the pine tree or the religious lights?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nigeria says Boko Haram leader is dead

Nigeria -- Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was reported to be "fatally wounded" by the Nigerian military on Tuesday. However, this cannot be confirmed at this time, nor is it clear as to how the military was able to obtain this information but they also identified other "confirmed dead" commanders in an air raid on Friday.

The military report comes just before Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, the captial of Nigeria. They are to discuss Islamic extremism and regional security.

Kerry spoke Tuesday morning in Sokoto city, and kept the army's report on the 'down low.'

Shekau is known to be a "fearless leader" with a photographic memory. His sobriquet is Darul Tawheed which translates as a specialist in Tawheed or the concept of monotheism in Islam.

Ahmed Salkida, a BBC journalist described Shekau: "He hardly talks. He is fearless . . . He is one of those who believes that you can sacrifice anything for your belief."

Shekau is fluent in Kanuri, his native language as well as Hausa and Arabic. He doesn't speak English and it is reported that he never directly communicates with Boko Haram soldiers. He is known for being extremely brutal as he follows the terrorist guidelines found in Islamic scripture.

"I enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill--the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams," he said in a 2012 video clip after his Kano, Nigeria attack killed 180 people. 

The only way Shekau knows who God wants him to kill is in the Koran--Jews, Christians, gays, atheists and everyone who isn't as Islamic as he thinks they should be.

In a 2009 crackdown, he and then leader Mohammed Yusuf were thought to be killed. Yusuf was but Shekau later surfaced in a video claiming to be the group's new leader. 

Claims of Shekau's demise had become Nigeria's national sport since then, but he seems to resurface like a discarded condom in a pond. But the military made claims that Shekau was dead and they were using a look-alike to impersonate him. 

They were wrong. 

The latest strikes came in "the most unprecedented and spectacular air raid" by the Nigerian Air Force while Shekau was doing namaz on Friday, Islam's holy day. This was at Taye village in the Sambisa  Forest, a terrorist holdout in northeast Nigeria, according to army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman.

Shekau pledged allegiance to the Islamic State last year which gave ISIS its first sub-Saharan Africa franchise.

Man stabs 2 strangers, shouts "Allahu Akbar"--no motive known

Roanoke, Virginia -- Wasil Farooqui, a 20-year-old Muslim man, was charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding in a stabbing attack involving two people on Saturday. The FBI is investigating whether Farooqui attempted to behead one victim and also to ascertain whether the attack was inspired by ISIS.

Allow me to digress:

I believe a mistake we make with these Islamic-inspired attacks is to attribute the problem to ISIS rather than the more bellicose scripture calling for this kind of behavior.

ISIS is certainly one important aspect of the problem, but it is only a symptom of a larger problem that is found within the Koran. Simply put, there are, in effect, two Korans: the Mecca Koran and the Medina Koran. The first was written when the prophet of Islam had few followers while in Mecca, perhaps 250 in all. But as the religion grew and Mohammed traveled to Medina, he had over 10,000 followers all willing to fight and die for him.

The Meccan Koran was far more tolerant of other religions than the Medina Koran and it is this later portion of Islamic scripture that jihadis follow.

And they can justify following the latter Koran because of abrogation--the directive to obey that which came later and is better in the scripture. Of course, that questions the idea of why would a supposedly 'perfect book' need to be abrogated in the first place, but that never gets discussed by Mohammed or later scholars.

Back to the incident:

The FBI told Fox News that it's investigating the dual stabbing along with Roanoke County Police Department in order to determine if it is a possible terrorism-related incident.

Special agent in charge of the case, Adam Lee, said that the FBI is working with the local police but added, "While I cannot discuss details of the investigation at this time, I do want to reassure the community that we are working to determine the nature of the incident." 

ABC News said that Farooqui traveled to Turkey last year and may have tried to sneak into Syria to fight for ISIS.

Witnesses in the apartment complex where the attack took place said that Farooqui was yelling "Allahu Akbar" as he stabbed the two victims, a man and a woman. Both are in serious condition.

It's a mystery as to why Wasil Farooqui would want to kill perfect strangers, as this appears to be the case. A total mystery.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hillary Clinton never lies: truth or dare

There should be a contest in which contestants must choose a truthful statement uttered by Hillary Clinton. Winners of the contest get to spend an hour with her in a game of "Truth or Dare." They can ask Hillary: "What is your weirdest habit," and she will answer: "Always telling the truth."

Now, caught in yet another lie, tens of thousands of emails were uncovered by Judicial Watch on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Clinton said that she had turned over all work-related emails and that was a lie.

But the content of the emails is the best part.

The emails just released depict instances in which the Clinton Foundation appears to reach out to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's State Department for favors on behalf of wealthy foundation donors. Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain was one of the donors Jihad Watch (JW) reported.

JW said in a statement Monday that the emails show Huma Abedin (Hillary's top aide with a history and family connection to the Muslim Brotherhood and Anthony Weiner) "provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state."

The documents were not turned over to the State Department by Clinton. 

In an exchange with the crown prince of Bahrain in June 2009, the top foundation official, Doug Band, notified Abedin that the crown prince was coming to the U.S. and wanted a meeting with Clinton. He noted that he is a "good friend of ours."

Huma wrote back that the crown prince asked to see Hillary through "normal channels." She added, "I asked and she said she doesn't want to commit to anything for thurs or fri until she knows how she will feel. Also she says that she may want to go to ny and doesn't want to be committed to stuff in ny."

Two days after the exchange, Abedin wrote to Band saying they were offering up a morning meeting between Clinton and the crown prince.

In 2005 the crown prince committed to an international scholarship program through the Clinton Global Initiative (aka Clinton Foundation) to the tune of $32 million. This money was in addition to other reported donations from the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Of course, the Clinton campaign attacked the messenger, Judicial Watch, much like Hillary herself, attacked Jennifer Flowers and the other women Bill sexually abused.

But the foundation has changed its tune of late and has made preparations if, God forbid, Hillary Clinton becomes the FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!

The foundation will no longer accept foreign or corporate donations if she wins. They already have all the money they need for now, and the money the foundation received while Hillary was the incompetent secretary of state didn't count, that is, if you don't count foreign influence as counting for anything.

Even Bill "The Big Cigar" Clinton will step down from the board and "no longer raise funds for it." 

Why didn't they do that when Hillary was secretary of state?

Pyongyang threatens US and Seoul with total destruction

North Korea hates it when the U.S. and South Korea have their annual war games exercises and don't invite them. This year, the North has threatened to launch a nuclear first-strike that will turn Seoul and Washington D.C. into "a heap of ashes." 

China has made a similar threat saying that they were willing to go to war to enforce their territorial claims.

Obama has put a nuclear first strike off the table which, in effect, signals to both crazy nations that "you can hit me first--I promise not to cry." The only deterrent in the mix is that nuclear weapons kill innocent people and it wouldn't be nice if they launched them at us.

Pyongyang threatens us every year during our joint exercises with Seoul but this time it comes on the heels of a defection by one of their senior diplomats and a U.S. plan to provide South Korea with a defense missile system.

Tensions were already high in the region last week when China flexed its latest offensive weapons in the Sea of Japan war games. 

Beijing showed off their latest generation frigate and long-range bombers, warning the U.S. that it isn't going to negotiate its territorial claims over the uninhabited islands controlled by Japan.

The U.S. and South Korea began their joint war games despite Pyongyang's angry threats, which claimed their "first-strike" units were locked and loaded for retaliatory attacks on the South and U.S. forces.

South Korea expressed "strong" regret over the North's warnings, explaining that the drills were for defensive measures only and both Seoul and the U.S. have repeatedly made it clear that they have no intentions of invading Pyongyang.

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills last for 12 days and are mostly computer-simulated war games involving about 25,000 US troops and 50,000 South Korean soldiers. This comes just a few days after Thae Yong Ho, a North Korean official, defected to South Korea. He said he was "disillusioned" with the North's leadership, and Pyongyang's state media called him "human scum" and a criminal who had been ordered home for a series of alleged criminal acts, including sexually assaulting a minor.

Of course, the allegations are simply propaganda. If anyone was to sexually assaulted a minor, it would be Kim Jung Un and possibly Bill Clinton.