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The New York Times Loves Iran, and Wants You to Love It, Too

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 16:00

Photo: Neda Solton shot dead in cold blood during peaceful protest against Islamic regime’s reign of terror.

“People see Iran as politically charged and oppressive,” wrote Neeknaz Abari in the New York Times this week, “But there is a lot of beauty and innocence.” This entry in a gushing Times travel piece, “52 Places to Go,” was just the latest, and one of the most egregious, attempts to normalize the brutal, repressive Death-to-America-chanting Islamic Republic in advance of Old Joe Biden reentering the Iran deal and starting the money flow back up to the bloodthirsty Iranian mullahs.

Abari’s pitch for Americans to visit Iran struck a plaintive note, tinged with victimhood: “There’s a difference between the people and the government. I wish Americans could see the vibrant curiosity of the people who live here. I used to visit Isfahan every year. I spent long mornings lifting weights in the women-only gyms, and afternoons with my grandfather, watching him lovingly watering the plants in his garden and shooing away stray cats. But divisive politics, and now Covid-19, have made it harder. My grandfather died two years ago. I wasn’t there. I feel my Farsi growing rusty on my tongue.”

Well, that is a terrible shame, and while Abari is correct that “there’s a difference between the people and the government,” it is ultimately the Iranian government that would be the beneficiary of the normalization that the Times is pushing for so assiduously. In Algemeiner, Ira Stoll notes that this push is going on even as it entangles the Times in self-contradiction: “‘Divisive politics’ is a euphemism for what a Times op-ed published this week accurately describes as Iran’s ‘appalling campaign of kidnapping and execution, its policy of using arrested dual nationals as hostages.’ A Times news article this week also acknowledged that ‘Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who went by the nom de guerre Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was assassinated in Tehran in August.’ Said the Times news article, ‘It is true that Iran has consistently and unconvincingly denied housing Qaeda officials.’”

So why is the Times going out of its way to convince people that this inhuman regime is really not so bad as to preclude a lovely, idyllic trip to Isfahan, where one can, presumably, stop by Isfahan Central Prison and visit all the political prisoners, women’s rights activists and persecuted non-Muslims who are housed there?

The answer is clear. Joe Biden has pledged to return to return to the Iran nuclear deal, a move that is certain to be opposed by many among the Americans who still dare to oppose the regime publicly. Few people are aware of just how bad that deal really is; The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran explains some of its very worst aspects. While the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the agreement is called, did include real restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities, these were all slated to expire in the near future. The agreement anticipated the “conclusion of consideration of the Iran nuclear issue by the U.N. Security Council 10 years after the Adoption Day” — that is, the adoption of the agreement itself on July 14, 2015. It added: “There will be no additional heavy water reactors or accumulation of heavy water in Iran for 15 years.” But what about after that? The agreement didn’t say. Apparently, at that point, Iran would be free to build nuclear weapons with no objections from anyone.

The JCPOA also contained the provision that Iran could delay requested International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections for up to 24 days — ample time to clean up for the inspectors. The agreement was, moreover, quite definite about removing all economic sanctions on Iran. This included the removal of sanctions that had originally been intended to be removed only when Iran definitively gave up its nuclear program; now the Islamic Republic would be being given sanctions relief and allowed to continue its nuclear program, only with certain restrictions that would all eventually expire anyway. Sanctions relief allows the Iranian mullahs to finance jihad groups worldwide.

Meanwhile, last summer, as American Leftists screamed “Death to America” during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Oakland, California and elsewhere, Iranian Ayatollah Lotfollah Dezhkam, Supreme Leader Khamenei’s representative in Iran’s Fars province, stated in a Friday sermon: “The shout of the Iranian nation [is] being heard from the mouths of the Americans themselves: Death to America!”

Dezhkam gloated over what he believed were signs of the imminent demise of the United States: “The entire world has seen with its very eyes that today, America cannot be the main decision-maker when it comes to strategic matters in the world. We are unequivocally informing the American administration, Republicans and Democrats alike: If you’ve shut your ears with cotton balls, remove them [so you can hear]. The sound of America being shattered and of its collapse, is being heard all over the world. The shout of the Iranian nation, which has been leading the fight against America for 40 years, is being heard from mouths of the Americans themselves: Death to America!”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said recently: “It is not important who is elected president, as the next US administration will surrender to the Iranian nation.” It is likely indeed that Joe Biden’s regency for Kamala Harris will indeed “surrender to the Iranian nation,” as the disastrous precedent of the Obama/Biden administration makes clear. The New York Times, by painting Iran as a rosy place full of charms for Americans to savor, is doing all it can to hasten and legitimize that surrender.

 Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 21 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

 

 

Islamic zealotry becoming more evident among Palestinians

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 15:00

A musical event that took place at a historical site located several miles east of Jerusalem may have revealed what the Palestinians have constantly tried to hide, that is the depth of radical Islam and its role in forming their identity.

It is no secret that religious zealotry motivated Palestinians from all over the West Bank to rush to “defend the sanctity” and emphasize the religious nature of an archeological site that was supposed to be a tourist attraction.

Muslims have always wanted to believe that Moses’s tomb is located inside the expansive building which is located in the Judean Desert, while both Jewish and Christian tradition teaches that Moses was buried in the Moab valley opposite to Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is.

In a phone chat with a Catholic Palestinian deacon from Jerusalem, he blurted out that “the mosque’s presence in one of the corners of the massive facility has blinded their eyes and has made them perceive it to be the new Mecca.Muslims want to deny Jewish right on the Temple Mount, and now they want to steal Moses by claiming that Moses’ tomb is located there.” He added.

One might want to ponder about the reason behind the crowds of Muslims who came from most of the Palestinian towns and villages towards the site; was it to “liberate” a mosque in the Judean desert when they believed that a Christmas party was being held there? (Later on, it became clear that the musical celebration had nothing to do with Christmas).

But the violent reactions by some Palestinians echoed images and voices visible in Mosul when the city fell to ISIS. This video of a Palestinian climbing the wall to perform the call to prayer reminded some of the akin images seen in areas that fell under ISIS control in Syria or Iraq.

News media reports showed that the dance party was held after the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism authorized it to promote tourism in archaeological sites under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

But, the arrest of DJ Sama Abdel-Hadi in Jericho, where she was detained without bail, suggested that Palestinian officials seemed so alarmed for fear of an uprising in Ramallah by angry Muslim protestors that would topple them. It became evident that the renowned Palestinian DJ was being used as a scapegoat to divert this rage against her, rather than against the officials who authorized the party.  After a week in detention, she was released after a massive online campaign by many human rights activists was launched.

Furthermore, a  YouTube video showing Fatah militants threatened the Palestinian Authority officials with the ramifications showed a piece of further evidence to a rapid erosion of Abbas’s authority in the face of a new Islamic tide.  “Our guns have not rusted, and our hearts are burning with fury due to the crime committed at Prophet Moses tomb, and we warn of the consequences if the officials involved are not made accountable, even if they are in the highest position.” The militant read in a statement that was prepared in advance.

Worth mentioning that these images in Bethlehem recalled similar scenes

that took place during the Intifadah which erupted in 2000 when Arafat resorted to the use of violence after rejecting any peace deal.

Another video on Facebook showing Palestinians from nearby Jerusalem chanting Islamic poetry makes viewers pay close attention to the virtual Islamic state they are longing to establish. They simply chanted for the re-establishment of the Islamic state without making any reference to any national Palestinian state.

Furthermore, the rise of incidents of hostility towards Christians and the derision of some Muslims towards Christmas in front of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem signaled the great peril local Christians are living presently. This triggered a response of an Arab Israeli activist Wadie Abu Nassar who is also the Honorary Consul of Spain in Haifa, Israel to call the Palestinian President Abbas in an attempt to eliminate “these situations that reflected the Islamic resentment of what is Christian”. He angrily wrote on his official Facebook page recently.

He posted videos of some young Muslims mocking the Christmas tree erected in Bethlehem, and others mocking the main gate of the Church of the Nativity.

But, the most severe incident against Palestinian Christians occurred when Muslims attempted to burn the traditional Christmas tree in Bethlehem’s Manger Square on New Year’s eve.  No wonder, the Palestinian Authority exerted a tremendous effort to conceal that heinous attempt.

Even though Palestinians claimed they sought the establishment of a Palestinian state, their rhetoric points toward a religious state that would exist as part of a new caliphate. This also explains why most of the Palestinians living under the control of President Abbas’s authority cannot disguise their excitement with Turkey and its Islamic hegemony.

Speaking of the “Islamic Emirate” of Hamas in the Strip, the streets in Gaza had been adorned with billboards of Qassem Soleimani, which would make a passerby first assume to be walking in one of the wretched streets of Tehran or the southern suburbs of Beirut. Hamas – an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood movement – circulated last month an internal memo that sought to limit Christmas celebrations in the Gaza Strip.

This serves as another example of the Sunni-Shiite radical alliance when it comes to fighting the Christian infidels.” Sarcastically says a former colleague of this writer who worked along at the US Department of State and nowadays spending time with his family in Lebanon.

In the West Bank, a Christian professor at Bethlehem University, who asked his name not mentioned due to fear of repercussions from radical Muslim students  expressed his anger and desire to move to Canada where his children currently reside.”I see that these things are getting worse day after day, and when you read the comments, one feels that ISIS has become the master of the scenario in the Palestinian street.

Those who closely follow the Palestinian scenario note a religious euphoria and recently a sense of relief for the upcoming Biden administration, where the Palestinian Authority’s coffers hope to be replenished with US tax money again.

Recent examples of anti-Christian incitement and attacks on Christmas are indications that a Palestinian state will not be the end of the Palestinians’ aspirations.

The Palestinian vision for establishing their own state is summarized in this video by an Islamic preacher whom the Israeli authorities have recently barred from entering Al-Aqsa due to his sermons that incite violence and terror.

Perhaps some Muslim Palestinians, who once envisioned throwing Jews into the Mediterranean after Palestine has been liberated, might add the Christians to the mix as well.

Samir A. Zedan is a former Senior Counter-Terrorism Analyst at the US Department of State, and a former Development Outreach and Communication Specialist at USAID/Iraq. He has contributed to hundreds of articles published in major media outlets with assignments in the Palestinian Areas, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, and Europe.

 

Trump Administration Accomplishments

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 14:00

President Trump is the greatest POTUS ever. What he accomplished in 4 short years (despite unprecedented obstruction) is nothing short of a miracle. President Trump will be missed, but he will also be back. You can take that to the bank.

Related – Rasmussen Poll Shows No Slip in Support for President Trump

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— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 15, 2021

Trump Administration Accomplishments

By The White House, January 15, 2021

Unprecedented Economic Boom

Before the China Virus invaded our shores, we built the world’s most prosperous economy.

  • America gained 7 million new jobs – more than three times government experts’ projections.
  • Middle-Class family income increased nearly $6,000 – more than five times the gains during the entire previous administration.
  • The unemployment rate reached 3.5 percent, the lowest in a half-century.
  • Achieved 40 months in a row with more job openings than job-hirings.
  • More Americans reported being employed than ever before – nearly 160 million.
  • Jobless claims hit a nearly 50-year low.
  • The number of people claiming unemployment insurance as a share of the population hit its lowest on record.
  • Incomes rose in every single metro area in the United States for the first time in nearly 3 decades.

Delivered a future of greater promise and opportunity for citizens of all backgrounds.

  • Unemployment rates for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and those without a high school diploma all reached record lows.
  • Unemployment for women hit its lowest rate in nearly 70 years.
  • Lifted nearly 7 million people off of food stamps.
  • Poverty rates for African Americans and Hispanic Americans reached record lows.
  • Income inequality fell for two straight years, and by the largest amount in over a decade.
  • The bottom 50 percent of American households saw a 40 percent increase in net worth.
  • Wages rose fastest for low-income and blue collar workers – a 16 percent pay increase.
  • African American homeownership increased from 41.7 percent to 46.4 percent.

Brought jobs, factories, and industries back to the USA.

  • Created more than 1.2 million manufacturing and construction jobs.
  • Put in place policies to bring back supply chains from overseas.
  • Small business optimism broke a 35-year old record in 2018.

Hit record stock market numbers and record 401ks.

  • The DOW closed above 20,000 for the first time in 2017 and topped 30,000 in 2020.
  • The S&P 500 and NASDAQ have repeatedly notched record highs.

Rebuilding and investing in rural America.

  • Signed an Executive Order on Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products, which is bringing innovative new technologies to market in American farming and agriculture.
  • Strengthened America’s rural economy by investing over $1.3 billion through the Agriculture Department’s ReConnect Program to bring high-speed broadband infrastructure to rural America.

Achieved a record-setting economic comeback by rejecting blanket lockdowns.

  • An October 2020 Gallup survey found 56 percent of Americans said they were better off during a pandemic than four years prior.
  • During the third quarter of 2020, the economy grew at a rate of 33.1 percent – the most rapid GDP growth ever recorded.
  • Since coronavirus lockdowns ended, the economy has added back over 12 million jobs, more than half the jobs lost.
  • Jobs have been recovered 23 times faster than the previous administration’s recovery.
  • Unemployment fell to 6.7 percent in December, from a pandemic peak of 14.7 percent in April – beating expectations of well over 10 percent unemployment through the end of 2020.
  • Under the previous administration, it took 49 months for the unemployment rate to fall from 10 percent to under 7 percent compared to just 3 months for the Trump Administration.
  • Since April, the Hispanic unemployment rate has fallen by 9.6 percent, Asian-American unemployment by 8.6 percent, and Black American unemployment by 6.8 percent.
  • 80 percent of small businesses are now open, up from just 53 percent in April.
  • Small business confidence hit a new high.
  • Homebuilder confidence reached an all-time high, and home sales hit their highest reading since December 2006.
  • Manufacturing optimism nearly doubled.
  • Household net worth rose $7.4 trillion in Q2 2020 to $112 trillion, an all-time high.
  • Home prices hit an all-time record high.
  • The United States rejected crippling lockdowns that crush the economy and inflict countless public health harms and instead safely reopened its economy.
  • Business confidence is higher in America than in any other G7 or European Union country.
  • Stabilized America’s financial markets with the establishment of a number of Treasury Department supported facilities at the Federal Reserve.

Tax Relief for the Middle Class

Passed $3.2 trillion in historic tax relief and reformed the tax code.

  • Signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – the largest tax reform package in history.
  • More than 6 million American workers received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to the tax cuts.
  • A typical family of four earning $75,000 received an income tax cut of more than $2,000 – slashing their tax bill in half.
  • Doubled the standard deduction – making the first $24,000 earned by a married couple completely tax-free.
  • Doubled the child tax credit.
  • Virtually eliminated the unfair Estate Tax, or Death Tax.
  • Cut the business tax rate from 35 percent – the highest in the developed world – all the way down to 21 percent.
  • Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.
  • Businesses can now deduct 100 percent of the cost of their capital investments in the year the investment is made.
  • Since the passage of tax cuts, the share of total wealth held by the bottom half of households has increased, while the share held by the top 1 percent has decreased.
  • Over 400 companies have announced bonuses, wage increases, new hires, or new investments in the United States.
  • Over $1.5 trillion was repatriated into the United States from overseas.
  • Lower investment cost and higher capital returns led to faster growth in the middle class, real wages, and international competitiveness.  Read More

 

China’s Security Chief Optimistic Defeating the USA

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 23:00

With Beijing Biden and the stolen election, they already have.

The CCP knows that any country that would install Beijing Biden in the White House, seeks to silence the 74+ million people who voted for Trump, demonize Trump after he did so much for all Americans before the CCP virus was unleashed on the world and shut down entire economies (except for the politically protected corporations), ignore blatant election fraud, and coerce Republican politicians into kowtowing to the Democrat Party has shown its weakness, corruption, decadence, and lessened will to keep America as the top superpower in the world. The CCP has spent decades buying American politicians, Fake News Media members, government bureaucrats, academics, scientists, and Big Tech. They are on the cusp of succeeding in bringing America to her knees. These greedy traitors who colluded with them don’t even realize that if the CCP prevails, they would be among the first to be put away because the CCP knows if they betray their own country, they will be an impediment to the hegemony of the CCP. Despotic regimes always do away with the now-useless idiots who helped them achieve their conquest. Canada has already allowed the Chinese military in their country. This is a very dangerous path. An immediate military Tribunal is the only path to save America. President Trump is aware of that. *** Amil Imani

China’s security chief optimistic about winning ‘protracted war’ with US
by Joel Gehrke, Foreign Affairs Reporter |
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Chinese officials are optimistic about winning a geopolitical competition with the United States due to the perceived “decline of the West,” according to the boasts of a top Chinese Communist security chief.

“The rise of the East and the decline of the West has become [a global] trend, and changes of the international landscape are in our favor,” Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission chief Chen Yixin told colleagues, per a South China Morning Post translation. “The U.S. suppression [of us] is a major threat, but [our struggle with the US] is both a skirmish and a protracted war.”

American and Chinese officials have moved into open rivalry in recent years after U.S. intelligence officials concluded that Beijing has been “waging … a cold war” against the U.S. Those tensions have underpinned a yearlong controversy over China’s censorship of information about the coronavirus pandemic, as well as disputes over Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong and high-stakes debates over whether American allies can rely on Chinese state-backed tech companies.

“The coronavirus pandemic is a major test, but [we should] rise to the challenge of this crisis and turn threats into opportunities,” Chen said.

Success or failure in key arenas of the competition, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s campaign to thwart state-backed Huawei’s bids to build fifth-generation wireless technology networks around the world, depends on European allies. Their confidence in the U.S. could be shaken by the attack on the U.S. Capitol and President Trump’s success in convincing supporters that the 2020 presidential election was rigged, despite his failure to prove that case in courts across the country, according to a prominent Senate Democrat.

“The Republican Party will have something to say about this because European nations will sort of hedge their bets on getting in too deep with America, if they think that Donald Trump is coming back four years from now or Donald Trump Jr. is coming back four years from now,” Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, a member for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said during an Atlantic Council event Friday.

Murphy, a Democrat, said that he has advised Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken to draft the Republican lawmakers who accepted the election results into a diplomatic initiative.

“I think he should deploy Republicans and Democrats in the Senate who voted to certify the elections, who have condemned those that tried to undermine democracy, and send us out around the world to try to tell the story of how we overcame this moment,” he said. “This transition, as messy as it will be, will still be a transition, and that, in the end, is, again, still a miracle of American democracy.”

Chinese officials, for their part, have pointed to the crisis at the U.S. Capitol to justify their crackdown on Hong Kong dissidents who protested Beijing’s plans to undercut the rule of law in the former British colony.

“While the society is stable overall, there are still many risks, and hidden dangers … intertwine, resulting in a wide range of public security risks,” said Chen, the security chief. “Security is the cornerstone of development … Without security, we cannot achieve anything.”

Trump receives Morocco’s highest award for Middle East peace

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 22:00

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Kudos to the leadership of Morocco for this gesture. President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his unbelievable accomplishments in the Middle East. We are going to appreciate President Trump much more in the coming months. That is because the Biden Administration is going to re-enter the Iran Nuclear Deal, which will provide billions of dollars in sanctions relief to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. And when that happens, we are going to see chaos in the Middle East.

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— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 13, 2021

Trump receives Morocco’s highest award for Middle East work

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz received other awards for their work on the Israel-Morocco deal, which was reached in December.

By Jerusalem Post, January 15 2021

US President Donald Trump on Friday received Morocco‘s highest award for his work in advancing a normalization deal between Israel and Morocco, a senior administration official told Reuters.

In a private Oval Office ceremony, Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui, who is Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, gave Trump the Order of Muhammad, an award given only to heads of state. It was a gift from Morocco’s King Mohammed VI.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz received other awards for their work on the Israel-Morocco deal, which was reached in December.
The United States in the last five months helped broker deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco. The agreements are aimed at normalizing relations and opening economic ties.
Trump, who leaves office on Wednesday, has drawn some criticism over the Morocco agreement because to seal the deal, he agreed that the United States would recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara.
Western Sahara has been the site of a decades-old territorial dispute between Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front, a breakaway movement that seeks to establish an independent state in the territory.
The Kushner team had been working on reaching more agreements between Israel and the Arab world. But time has run out and no more are expected before Trump’s departure.
Media were not allowed to witness the award ceremony. Trump has been limiting his public appearances since losing the election on Nov. 3.

 

Rand Paul: One-third of Republicans will leave party if GOP senators go along with convicting Trump

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 21:30

More like two-thirds, Senator Paul. The Republican Party would cease to exist.

Rand Paul: One-third of Republicans will leave party if GOP senators go along with convicting Trump

By January 16, 2020

Sen. Rand Paul warned of a mass exodus from the Republican Party if GOP senators come together with Democrats to convict President Trump in a second impeachment trial, even after he leaves office next week.

The Kentucky Republican told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he believes one-third of the party will leave if Trump’s conviction comes to fruition. Paul added that he believes the second impeachment is “purely a partisan thing.”

“I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week. I voted against over-turning the election,” Paul said Friday night. “But at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. If Republicans go along with it, it will destroy the party. A third of the Republicans will leave the party.”

Trump was impeached by the Democrat-controlled House on Wednesday, after being charged with “incitement of insurrection” following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead.

Ten House Republicans got on board to vote for Trump’s impeachment, making him the first U.S. president in history to be impeached twice.

The president was impeached on two Ukraine-related articles of impeachment in the House in December 2019, but he was acquitted by the Senate early last year. At the time, Mitt Romney of Utah was the sole Republican senator to vote in favor of one of the articles of impeachment against Trump, becoming the first senator ever to vote for the impeachment of a president from the same party.

Convicting Trump in the Senate requires a two-thirds vote (or 67 senators). The Senate will be split 50-50 with Democrats and the two independents who caucus with them having a tie-breaker in Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Trump will leave office on Wednesday and will be succeeded by President-elect Joe Biden. The president has said that he will not attend the inauguration and is expected to leave Washington before the event begins.

Blue state exodus could flip the political map upside down, turning red states purple

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 21:00

The D-bags destroy and befoul the cities, towns, states where they live – then flee the havoc and ruin to destroy and befoul their next target.

Americans are leaving Blue states in droves. Here is the problem. Americans who are fleeing blue states for Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Georgia are not changing their voting patterns. They are continuing to support the Democrat Party. This is why it is imperative for the Republican Party to transform, if they are to have any chance at remaining relevant. The Republican Party must continue the transformation that President Trump started, and become a conservative populist political party. A political party that is appealing to middle class families and minority voters. The pre-Trump establishment Republicans such as McConnell, Romney, Graham, Cheney, and others must be primaried by conservative populist candidates. If not, what happened in the Georgia Senate runoffs will happen with regularity in Florida, Texas, and other states.

Blue state exodus could flip the political map upside down, turning red states purple

The great migration is capturing the attention from the country’s biggest banks and tech firms

By Fox News, January 16th, 2020

The country’s blue state exodus is shaking up demographics in red states that are serving as landing spots.

States like Texas and Florida are seeing an influx of Democrats looking for more affordable, tax-friendly costs of living, turning these once Republican-strongholds into purple toss-up states.

Even before 2020, demographics in the sunbelt began to tilt driven by favorable financial perks and economic incentives that conservative states have to offer. However, those trends have accelerated amidst a pandemic-induced recession, and with more jobs now being able to operate via remote.

“West Coasters are going to Texas and East Coasters are going to Florida, and it’s no coincidence that Texas and Florida are red states that don’t collect state income taxes,” FOX Business’s Jackie DeAngelis told colleague Connell McShane on “After the Bell.”

The great migration is also capturing the attention of the country’s biggest banks and tech firms.

In California, some of Silicon Valley’s major players are escaping the nation’s highest income tax rate, 13.3% for Texas, where businesses on average can save 32% of their operating costs. After Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced its headquarters would relocate from San Jose, California to Houston, Texas, Oracle, Oracle followed suit moving its base from Redwood City, California to Austin, Texas.

“About a third of our population right now, about 20% of our total pack is from international migration,” Texas Demographic Center’s Lloyd Porter told FOX Business. “And then the balance of it, about 34% of our total population changes from domestic migration. When we look at that, California accounts for over 40% of the domestic migrants coming into Texas.”

On the other side of the country, notable Wall Street banks are moving from New York City to Florida, as businesses are realizing that high tax rates, high housing costs and strict regulations have made it challenging to live and work.

“But as people leave the blue states for the red states, what they’re not doing is changing the way they vote, making the red states more purple than they were before,” added Fox Business’ DeAngelis.

Even the Lone Start State’s Sen. John Cornyn has taken notice of the incoming wave of blue when recently admitted that “Texas is no longer a reliably red state.

Proclamation on Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2021

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 20:13

On August 28, 1963, just a century after the Emancipation Proclamation, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led more than 200,000 Americans in a March on Washington in pursuit of jobs and freedom for all people.  Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he called on Americans “to sit down together at the table of brotherhood” and meet our promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.  On that historic day, and throughout his life, Dr. King exemplified the quintessential American belief that we will leave a brighter, more prosperous future for our children.  Today, we honor and celebrate Dr. King, a giant of the civil rights movement whose nonviolent resistance to the injustices of his era — racial segregation, employment discrimination, and the denial of the right to vote — enlightened our Nation and the world.

In the face of tumult and upheaval, Dr. King reminded us to always meet anger with compassion in order to truly “heal the hurts, right the wrongs and change society.”  It is with this same spirit of forgiveness that we come together to bind the wounds of past injustice by lifting up one another regardless of race, gender, creed, or religion, and rising to the first principles enshrined in our founding documents.  Indeed, Dr. King described our Constitution and Declaration of Independence as promissory notes left by our Founding Fathers for “every American to fall heir.”  His dream, rooted in the American Dream, was that our children might be “judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  This dream, he hoped, would finally let freedom ring for all people.

As Dr. King stated in 1961, at the heart of his dream is “equality of opportunity.”  For Dr. King, the march toward civil rights is intertwined with economic empowerment.  My Administration has fully embraced this spirit, taking historic action to create jobs and uplift every community across our country and reaching the lowest unemployment rate for Black Americans ever recorded.  Through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, we created nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones that have produced more than $75 billion in new investment in distressed neighborhoods.  My Administration has supported our Nation’s incredible Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in several ways, including by establishing the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs, reauthorizing more than $85 million in funding for them through the FUTURE Act, and allocating $930 million in higher education emergency relief through the CARES Act.  As President, I have fully committed to the educational and economic empowerment of minority communities and young people across our Nation — and the progress we have made must continue into the future.

It is clear now more than ever before that we can no longer allow the American Dream to be deferred for Black Americans.  However, in this march toward equality, we cannot permit any “creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”  As a student of nonviolence, Dr. King called on us not to “satisfy the thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”  In the national effort to achieve freedom and equality, and in this shared love of country, we must endeavor with all our might to meet the promissory notes endowed to us by our Founding Fathers, as Dr. King fervently wished.

With the same dream, faith, and hope championed by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we recommit to upholding his legacy and meeting our sacred obligation to protect the unalienable rights of all Americans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2021, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday.  On this day, I encourage all Americans to recommit themselves to Dr. King’s dream by engaging in acts of service to others, to their community, and to our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

Pres Trump signs and displays Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day proclamation. pic.twitter.com/Ua7DZkUmnd

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 12, 2018

The Gateway Pundit reports that Friday morning, during the Friday morning’s MLK Day proclamation signing at the White House, journalists thugs started screaming questions at President Donald Trump about anonymous reports, which Trump denies, that he used the word “s***hole” to describe troubled countries during an immigration debate with lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday.

One disgusting reporter yelled the word “s***hole” at Trump, asking him if he used the word. Another reporter, April Ryan, repeatedly yelled at Trump, asking if he is a racist. When the same low life address Biden, they ask him what flavor of ice cream he ate.

Beijing Biden Calls for “At Least” a $15 Minimum Wage

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 20:00

The D-bags destroyed small business with the political weaponization of COVID lockdowns.

This is the death blow.

Even the stock market tanked on this news.

We can see that the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democrat Party will have tremendous influence on the Biden Administration. Mandating a $15 minimum wage would devastate job growth. Businesses will just lay off employees to recover their losses. It is the economic environment that should determine the monetary value of an employee. If the economy is strong and open, then qualified people will be hired for a good salary.

Biden Calls for “At Least” a $15 Minimum Wage

By The Dan Bongino Show, January 15, 2021

The “Fight for Fifteen” movement has an ally in Joe Biden. On the issue of the minimum wage, he’ll be taking a page out of the Bernie Sanders playbook.

Last night he unveiled a $1.9 trillion stimulus package that included $1,400 stimulus checks (to boost the prior $600 payment to a total of $2,000), expanded unemployment benefits, an aggressive vaccination plan, and tax credits to families with children.

Biden also advocated for a higher minimum wage. “No one working 40 hours a week should live below the poverty line,” Biden said while addressing the nation Thursday. “That’s what it means, if you work for less than $15 an hour and work 40 hours a week, you’re living in poverty.”

This is a common talking point from proponents of raising the minimum wage, and overlooks that poverty is a job problem, not a wage problem. As I wrote years ago: In 2015, only 11 percent of (working age) people in poverty worked full time. By contrast, 63 percent of those in poverty don’t work at all. Of full time workers in America, only 2 percent live in poverty (compared to 32 percent of the unemployed). If we look at those with families, the numbers become even more stark. For instance, in 2011 only 0.3 percent of families in poverty worked an hourly job earning the minimum wage.

Furthermore, a 2019 CBO study found that 81% of the benefits of raising the minimum wage to $15 would go to people already above the poverty line, while “increasing joblessness [by 1.7 million], reducing business income, raising prices, and lowering total output in the economy.”

In response, Seattle’s legislature, which commissioned the study, promptly fired all the University of Washington researchers for making the mistake of stumbling upon the truth.

For more rural areas with lower costs of living, a $15 minimum wage would be particularly devastating. Even implementing a $15 minimum wage in Seattle (hardly a cheap place) proved problematic. A study conducted by the University of Washington found that their $15 minimum wage law reduced hours by 9 percent, which caused wages to fall on net by 6 percent. And the kicker? That study was conducted when Seattle’s minimum wage had “only” risen from $10.50 to $13 an hour, as the $15 wage was phased in gradually. And despite that $2.5 an hour raise at the time of the study, workers were still $125 a month worse off.

In response, Seattle’s legislature, which commissioned the study, promptly fired all the University of Washington researchers for making the mistake of stumbling upon the truth.

A poll of professional economists in 2019 found 74% opposing a $15 minimum wage. That should deter any politician from supporting such a policy – but it doesn’t because the opposition to such a policy among economists is a mirror image of the opinion of non-economists, who overwhelmingly support it.

While a $15 minimum wage will be a disaster for many Americans put out of work by it, it will be great news for the nation’s unemployed robots.

A poll of professional economists in 2019 found 74% opposing a $15 minimum wage. That should deter any politician from supporting such a policy – but it doesn’t because the opposition to such a policy among economists is a mirror image of the opinion of non-economists, who overwhelmingly support it.

While a $15 minimum wage will be a disaster for many Americans put out of work by it, it will be great news for the nation’s unemployed robots.

Beijing Biden Plots Early Legislation To Give 11 million Illegal Immigrants Citzenship

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 19:39

Taking the jobs from American minorities — pity those minorties remain shackled to the party of slavery.

Democrats need voters to cover their notorious election fraud. Illegals will do nicely.

Biden plans early legislation to offer legal status to 11 million immigrants without it

By Cindy Carcamo, Andrea Castillo, Molly O’Toole, LA Times, Jan. 15, 2021

During his first days in office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to send a groundbreaking legislative package to Congress to address the long-elusive goal of immigration reform, including what’s certain to be a controversial centerpiece:

a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the country without legal status, according to immigrant rights activists in communication with the Biden-Harris transition team.

The bill also would provide a shorter pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of people with temporary protected status and beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals who were brought to the U.S. as children, and probably also for certain front-line essential workers, vast numbers of whom are immigrants.
DACA changed a generation of California immigrants

VIDEO: “If You Need All This To Protect Your Inauguration from the People, Maybe the F-ing People Didn’t F-ing Elect You!” – DC Worker Shows Video of Military Checkpoints in City (VIDEO)

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 19:00

The election was stolen — they know it.

 

“If You Need All This To Protect Your Inauguration from the People, Maybe the F-ing People Didn’t F-ing Elect You!” – DC Worker Shows Video of Military Checkpoints in City (VIDEO)

By: Jim. Hoft, The Gateway PUndit, January 16, 2020:

A worker in DC filmed the military presence in the city early in the morning. He asks why would someone need to put up such barriers if he legitimately won the election?

At the end of this video the worker shares:

This is what our intersections look like now. If you need all this to protect your inauguration from the people, maybe the f***ing people didn’t f***ing elect you!”

 

Short and to the point – well said.

Markets Fret Over Sanders’ Role As Head Of Budget Committee, Stocks Flat As Investors Brush Off Impeachment Plans

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 18:00

A socialist is now the head of the powerful Senate Budget Committee, the committee that is responsible for drafting Congress’s annual budget plan. Bernie wants free healthcare, free childcare, and the elimination of all student debt. Get ready for big tax increases, America.

The price of Bernie Sanders’ Budget Committee https://t.co/bSE2CoxFK1 @MorningsMaria @FoxBusiness

— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) January 15, 2021

Markets Fret Over Sanders’ Role As Head Of Budget Committee, Stocks Flat As Investors Brush Off Impeachment Plans

By Forbes, January 15, 2020

All the major indexes are once again roughly flat near their record highs as investors continue to eye a Thursday stimulus announcement that should help calm uncertainty over the incoming administration’s policy agenda–and what that could mean for stocks.

Shortly after the market open, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up just 14 points, or less than 0.1%, while the S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq also climbed just 0.1% each.

Though they were on track for gains, stock futures slipped in the early morning due to some “likely anxiety about the upcoming [administration’s] economic agenda,” said Vital Knowledge Media Founder Adam Crisafulli, pointing to a late-Tuesday report from the New York Times about the role progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could play in fiscal policy after Inauguration Day.

That’s when the progressive senator is set to start heading up the powerful Senate Budget Committee, which oversees the massive federal budget that spurred weeks of disagreements before the new year; Sanders has promised to take “aggressive” stances on climate change, healthcare and taxes–much to the chagrin of Republicans and the market.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Consumer Price Index, the most widely used measure of domestic inflation, increased 0.4% in December after rising 0.2% in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday, driven largely by a 8.4% increase in gas prices.

Prices have climbed 1.4% over the past 12 months–fairly below the Federal Reserve’s longtime annual inflation target of 2% and therefore likely to temper some concerns over spiking inflation (at least temporarily).

On the earnings front, Big Lots shares are falling 8% after the retailer reported a worse-than-expected 8% increase in comparable-store sales, while Target previewed a better-than-expected increase of 17% (its shares are flat).

Shares of Intel, on the other hand, are surging 13%–hitting their highest levels in six months–after the chipmaker said it will replace its current CEO with Patrick Gelsinger, a former Intel executive and the current CEO of software firm VMware; in the S&P, energy firms TechnipFMC and Dupont De Nemours are heading up losses, falling 4% and 2%, respectively.

 

Black Lives Matter Insurrectionist who was arrested over the Capitol riot “incites violence and sparked militia movement” says brother who turned him in

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 17:00

Sullivan’s brother also told the FBI that there were more than 250 ANTIFA and BLM agitators in the crowd.

His brother says the Antifa/BLM insurrectionist was behind the siege. Sullivan should be charged with Ashli Babbit’s MURDER.

John Sullivan's brother (who turned him in to the FBI) says "They [his brother and Antifa] planned this, to change the public opinion against Trump supporters, and to create anarchy in the country.”

— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) January 15, 2021

Sullivan’s brother also told the FBI that there were more than 250 ANTIFA and BLM agitators in the crowd. https://t.co/2cY15hxL8X

— Rich Higgins (@RichHiggins_DC) January 16, 2021

A REPORTED Black Lives Matter agitator who was arrested over the Capitol riot “incites violence and sparked militia movement,” his brother has claimed.

By The Sun, January 16, 2021:

John Sullivan was arrested after a video revealed he shouted “it’s our house” and “we got to get this s**t burned.”

He claimed to only be inside the Capitol on January 6, when Trump supporters stormed the building, to document the riots, and posted videos to his YouTube and Twitter accounts.

However, his brother, James Sullivan debunked the claims in a Facebook post one day after the Capitol erupted in chaos.

“My brother is a person who defames people and incites violence and singlehandedly sparked the patriot militia movement in UT because he was that radical,” he claimed.

“I spent an entire summer dismantling his narrative and working with different organizations to strategically remove him from his prominence

MORE LIES EXPOSED: Federal Prosecutors Walk Back Insane Allegation of Plot to Kill Lawmakers During Capitol Protest

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 16:00

The whole thing was a set-up to shut down and criminalize the biggest political scandal in story – our election – our country – was stolen by America’s worst enemy(s).

And remember the traitorous RINOs who stabbed us in the back.

Federal prosecutors walk back sensational allegation of plot to kill lawmakers during Capitol siege

By: Just the News, January 15, 2021:

The acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin announced on Friday that there is no “direct evidence” indicating that the crowd of people who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6 had any intention of killing or kidnapping members of Congress.

He told reporters, “We don’t have any direct evidence of kill-capture teams,” which seemed to contradict federal prosecutors in Arizona who had alleged on Thursday in a court filing that there was evidence rioters wanted “to capture and assassinate elected officials.”

Reuters reported that Sherwin was attempting to “walk back” the claims filed in Arizona, which were about Jacob Chansey, the so-called “Qanon shaman” who was shirtless and wearing horns in the Senate chamber. He allegedly left a note saying, “it’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”

Sherwin said that his office in D.C. is taking the lead on prosecuting crimes related to the breach of the Capitol, adding that there may have been a “disconnect” with other offices on some of the evidence.

“The cases are all being charged here in D.C., and with our law enforcement partners, and what makes this case in particular unprecedented and unusual and extremely complex is the fact that, after the event, obviously thousands of people went back to their home districts,” said Sherwin. “And that has complicated things.”

After Trump bans, Facebook and Twitter see combined $51 billion in losses

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 15:30

Not enough!

After Trump bans, Facebook and Twitter see combined $51 billion in losses

Investors react negatively to surprise banishment of sitting president.

By Daniel Payne, Just The News, January 15, 2021 – 12:13pm

Facebook and Twitter have lost a combined $51 billion in market cap following their bans of President Donald Trump last week as investors balked at the tech giants’ surprise censorship of Trump roughly two weeks before his term was set to end.

Facebook bore the overwhelming brunt of the market plunge, according to Business Insider, seeing gargantuan losses of $47.6 billion following CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that Trump would remain suspended from the social media platform “indefinitely,” until at least after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Twitter, meanwhile, saw its market cap plunge by $3.5 billion after it permanently suspended Trump from its servers due to claims that the president was inciting violence among his supporters with his posts.

In the week since the bans were announced, users have reportedly been flocking to alternative social media sites, ones that have touted a commitment to censorship-free services in contrast to the heavier hands of the mainstream social media platforms.

Newly Released Docs Show THEY KNEW EARLY: FBI, State officials aware early on Steele made major mistake in Russia reporting

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 15:00

D-bags knew — from the beginning. – that the Russia hoax was just that. It was a pretext for a soft coup and still, no one has gone to prison.

Concerned FBI agent started an ‘enhanced validation’ of Christopher Steele, but bosses stopped it

FBI, State officials aware early on Steele made major mistake in Russia reporting

By: John Soloman, Justt the News, January 16, 2021:

Shortly before the FBI used his dossier to secure a surveillance warrant targeting the Trump campaign, Christopher Steele met with State Department officials and relayed information suggesting Moscow was running an operation out of the Russian consulate in Miami.

There was just one problem with his intelligence: The Russians didn’t have a consulate in Florida’s largest city.

The anecdote, captured in contemporaneous memos and newly released testimony, illustrates just how bad some of Steele’s intelligence reporting was and how widely that was known inside the FBI, even as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was being assured by the bureau that Steele was deemed credible and there was no derogatory information about his work.

Kenneth Laycock, the FBI’s current Executive Assistant Director, was a section chief for Eurasian intelligence in fall 2016 when Steele made a visit to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec at the State Department.

During the October 2016 meeting, Steele admitted he was leaking to the news media while working as an FBI informant, a violation of his confidential human source agreement. (He later was terminated for it.) And he also relayed the anecdote about the Russian operation out of the Miami consulate, which officials immediately flagged as false, according to Kavalec’s own notes of the meeting.

“It is important to note that there is no Russian Consulate in Miami,” Kavalec wrote.

Laycock said Kavalec relayed her concerns to the FBI and that others working on the now-discredited Russia collusion investigation codenamed Crossfire Hurricane were also aware of Steele’s mistake.

“Do you recall — just trying to jog your memory here in case you do recall — Ms. Kavalec conveying information to you that Steele conveyed to her information about a Russian consulate being located in Miami and that was an inaccurate assessment on Steele’s part?” a Senate investigator asked Laycock in testimony taken last year but made public on Friday by the Senate Judiciary Committee,

“I recall a conversation about a consulate in Miami independent of what she had mentioned regarding what Mr. Steele said to her,” Laycock answered.

He added: “It came up in some other discussion regarding if there was a consulate in Miami, which we both knew is not true because we know where all the consulates and embassies are around the country. That’s where I would handle normally in my purview as the  section chief of the Eurasia program. So when it came up in a discussion, it was like, we don’t have a consulate in Miami.”

He said FBI headquarters was aware of Steele’s mistaken claim outside of Kavalec’s report as well.

“Yes, independent of the Mr. Steele piece in here, it came up through other discussions,” he testified.

The anecdote is just another piece of evidence of how much the FBI knew about the flaws in Steele’s reporting but kept from the courts and Congress. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham said Friday the Russia collusion probe was “a massive system failure by senior leadership.”

“I believe that Crossfire Hurricane was one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the FBI and DOJ,” said Graham (R-S.C). “The FISA court was lied to. Exculpatory information was withheld on those being investigated. The investigators, with some notable exceptions, were incredibly biased and used the powers of law enforcement for political purposes.”

Read the rest……

Minnesota Muslim Pleads Guilty to Joining/Fighting For Islamic State

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 14:00

Abdelhamid Al-Madioum grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and graduated from high school in suburban Minneapolis, according to WCCO-TV reporter Holly Williams, who found him in a prison in Northeastern Syria.

According to United States authorities, Al-Madioum slipped away from his family while he was on vacation in Morocco and took a solo flight to Istanbul, where he then traveled to Iraq, where he joined up with ISIS.

Once again we see, it’s not poverty, illiteracy or any of the leftist apologias – it’s simply Islam.

Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Providing Material Support to ISIS

The Justice Department today announced the guilty plea of Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 24, to one count of providing material support and resources, namely personnel and services, to ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

By: US Justice Department, January 14, 2021:

Al-Madioum, a native of Morocco and naturalized U.S. citizen, previously had been detained overseas by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and was subsequently transferred into FBI custody and returned to Minnesota.  Al-Madioum entered his guilty plea today before Judge Ann D. Montgomery in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  A sentencing date will be scheduled at a later time.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed with the court, on June 23, 2015, Al-Madioum and his family traveled from St. Louis Park, Minnesota, to Casablanca, Morocco, to visit their extended family.  On July 8, 2015, Al-Madioum left Morocco and traveled to Istanbul, Turkey.  There, Al-Madioum met up with members of ISIS who aided his border-crossing into Syria.  Once in Syria, the defendant joined other members of ISIS who brought him to Mosul, Iraq.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea, after Al-Madioum arrived in Mosul, he was administratively ISIS and received military training from its members.  Al-Madioum was then assigned to the Tariq Bin-Ziyad Battalion of the Abu Mutaz al-Qurashi Division of ISIS, where he served as a solider for ISIS until 2016, when he was injured conducting military activities on behalf of ISIS.  Following Al-Madioum’s injury, he remained a member of ISIS and continued to receive a stipend until his surrender to the SDF in or near Baghouz, Syria, in March of 2019.  In September of 2020, Al-Madioum was returned to Minnesota.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Winter and Trial Attorney Danielle S. Rosborough of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting the case.

Israel begins prepping for the Biden Administration’s return to the Iran Nuclear Deal

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 13:00

Very troubling times could be ahead for the U.S-Israel relationship, and the Middle East as a whole. Read Caroline Glick’s piece from Israel Hayom. Pray for America and pray for Israel.

Related – Wary of Biden tack on Iran, Israel revisits military options

We are moving into a frosty season in U.S.-Israel relations. May we pass over the hurdles and meet the challenges awaiting us with wisdom and force.
Shabbat shalom.https://t.co/OuizDCGRbZ

— Caroline Glick (@CarolineGlick) January 15, 2021

Israel goes back to the future

Israel was able to withstand unrelenting pressure and hostility from Washington during the Obama years. Will it be able to do the same after Biden takes office?

By Israel Hayom, January 15, 2020

In an interview with the New York Times last month, President-elect Joe Biden restated his intention to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Israel opposes this plan because the 2015 deal ensures Iran will become a nuclear-armed state.

Media reports over the past few weeks have detailed some of Israel’s plans to convince the incoming administration to reconsider its position. Among other things, the government intends to use documents from Iran’s nuclear archive that Mossad agents spirited out of Tehran in 2018, to show Biden and his advisers that the 2015 deal was based on the incorrect assumption that Iran’s nuclear program was defensive and civilian.

The archive proves incontrovertibly that Iran’s nuclear program was conceived and has always been about making nuclear bombs, not medical isotopes. And that the purpose of a nuclear arsenal is not to defend against its enemies, but to obliterate them.

Although Israel’s case is rock solid, it is unlikely to convince the Biden team to change course. Even without the benefit of the archive, there was massive evidence five years ago that Iran’s actions and intentions in relation to its illicit nuclear program were aggressive. Israel shared that evidence with the Obama administration, and Barack Obama and his advisers didn’t care. They drove forward and demonized Israeli leaders and their American supporters as warmongers.

The same people who dismissed Israel’s evidence then are now leading Biden’s national security team.

On Tuesday, Biden announced he was appointing William Burns to serve as CIA Director. The announcement followed Biden’s decision to appoint Jake Sullivan to serve as his national security adviser.

Obama appointed Burns and Sullivan to hold secret nuclear talks with Iran behind the backs of US allies Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Those talks led to the deal which provided Iran with an open path to a nuclear arsenal by 2025. It permitted the regime to enrich uranium. It didn’t touch Iran’s ballistic missile program. It gave Iran the power to decide which nuclear sites UN inspectors could enter. And it gave Iran a direct payoff of $150 billion dollars, including $1.7 billion in cash.

Biden appointed Wendy Sherman, who served as the chief negotiator of the open nuclear talks with Iran to serve as his deputy secretary of state.

Burns was a reasonable choice to lead secret talks with Iran because he had a long track record of treating Iran well and Israel poorly. During George W. Bush’s administration, Burns served as assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs. According to officials who worked with him in that position, Burns advocated against sanctioning Syria and Iran. He undermined sanctions against Yemen. He also tried to prevent Israel’s development of the Arrow missile defense system, by claiming falsely that it violated the Missile Technology Control Regime, (MTCR).

Then there are the Palestinians. In September 2000, the Palestinians launched a massive terror onslaught against Israel which lasted for four years. Every day, Israelis were subjected to acts of murderous terrorism that ranged from roadside stonings, shootings and bombings to mass shootings to suicide bombings, to mortar and missile assaults.

 

NASA Researcher Pleads Guilty to Concealing China Ties, Lying to FBI, ‘Recruited People With Access to Intellectual Property’

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 23:00

We are surrounded by enemy operatives – in key, sensitive positions….all the way up to and including Beijing Biden.

NASA scientist, 66, pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about taking part in a Chinese government program that ‘recruited people with access to intellectual property’

  • Senior NASA scientist Meyya Meyyappan, 66, of Pacifica, California, entered his plea before US District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan on Wednesday 
  • Prosecutors said Meyyappan participated in the Thousand Talents Program, a Chinese government program to recruit people familiar with foreign technology 
  • Meyyappan also held professorships at universities in China, South Korea, and Japan, and ‘failed to disclose these associations and positions to NASA’

NASA Researcher Pleads Guilty to Concealing China Ties

Daily Mail: A senior NASA scientist pleaded guilty on Wednesday to lying about his ties to a program that encourages researchers to develop relationships with China in exchange for grants, the US Department of Justice said.

Meyya Meyyappan, 66, of Pacifica, California, entered his plea before US District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan.

Prosecutors said Meyyappan participated in the Thousand Talents Program, a Chinese government program to recruit people familiar with foreign technology and intellectual property, and held professorships at universities in China, South Korea and Japan.

Meyyappan concealed this work from NASA and the US Office of Government Ethics, and falsely told investigators in an October 27 interview he was not a member of the Thousand Talents Program and did not hold the professorship in China, prosecutors said.

By Eva Fu, The Epoch Tines, January 14, 2021:

A senior NASA scientist pleaded guilty on Jan. 13 to lying about his ties to a Chinese-backed program designed to harvest talents from the West and transfer intellectual property to China, the Justice Department announced.

Meyya Meyyappan, 66, joined NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in 1996 and has been the chief scientist for exploration technology at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley since 2006.

He was charged with one count of making false statements and could face a maximum five-year prison sentence and up to $250,000 fine if convicted, according to a Justice Department press release. The court hearing is scheduled for June 16.

Prosecutors said that Meyyappan had participated in China’s state-run Thousand Talents Plan and held positions at universities in China, South Korea, and Japan without NASA’s knowledge. The Thousand Talents program has recruited thousands of experts globally since its inception in 2008, according to Chinese state media reports.

NASA prohibits “any outside employment activities” without approval, including engagement as a speaker or teacher, U.S. attorney Audrey Strauss said in the court complaint. As a NASA employee, Meyyappan is also required to report annually any additional income exceeding $5,000, gifts, and travel reimbursements.

Meyyappan failed to disclose these activities to NASA. Around 2016, he applied for and was accepted into the Thousand Talents Plan, through which he traveled to China and recommended other candidates into the program, according to prosecutors. Beginning in 2014, he worked as a visiting professor at a Chinese research university, giving lectures, writing research papers, and receiving compensation for his travel. He also started similar engagements at a South Korean university from 2009, and at a university in Japan from 2013.

When questioned by federal investigators in October 2020, Meyyappan denied his membership in the Thousand Talents Plan and his Chinese employment.

“Members of U.S. government agencies are strictly prohibited from maintaining undisclosed affiliations with foreign entities, especially those that are actively seeking our intellectual property and technological advances,” said FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney Jr. “Actions like those carried about by Meyyappan can have security implications, and his charges should serve as a warning to others thinking about engaging in the same type of activity.”

While the court complaint didn’t name the specific universities, public records show that Meyyappan had repeated speaker appearances in China’s southeastern Suzhou city.

He made a themed speech as a nanotechnology expert at the 2016 CHInano Conference and Expo in Suzhou, which aims to “share the latest scientific and technological achievements, cutting-edge information and development trends,” according to its website.

Meyyappan was again featured as a “celebrated guest” in 2020 during the same conference, which convenes annually under the directive of China’s government-funded agencies.

Meyyappan also made a presentation about the applications of nanotechnology in May 2014 at the Soochow University’s College of Nano Science and Technology. His name has appeared in multiple scientific papers co-authored with Soochow University-affiliated scholars.

He is also listed as a “distinguished visiting professor” at the division of IT convergence engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology, a top private university in South Korea.

Wyoming Republican Party Condemns Representative Liz Cheney

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 20:00

Rep. Liz Cheney will likely be primaried by a pro-Trump candidate in 2022. Wyoming is Trump country.

Wyoming Republican’s Message to Representative Cheney

By wyoming.gop, January 13, 2020

The wind in Wyoming has been horrendous today—with gusts up to 65 miles per hour. That is nothing compared to the whirlwind created by Representative Cheney’s announcement that she would be voting to impeach President Trump, and her subsequent follow-through of doing just that.

There has not been a time during our tenure when we have seen this type of an outcry from our fellow Republicans, with the anger and frustration being palpable in the comments we have received. Our telephone has not stopped ringing, our email is filling up, and our website has seen more traffic than at any previous time. The consensus is clear that those who are reaching out to the Party vehemently disagree with Representative Cheney’s decision and actions.

Considering the overwhelming interest in this issue the Wyoming Republican Party leadership felt that it was important to share with Representative Cheney the nature of the comments and outcry we have received.

  • By announcing her decision to vote for impeachment Representative Cheney denied President Trump due process; she judged the “evidence” before it was presented and refused to listen to the arguments made.

  • Wyoming voted for the reelection of President Trump by a margin of 70% to 30%. 195,000 Wyomingites voted for President Trump. Representative Cheney is in Washington, DC to represent Wyoming’s interest, not the interest of the beltway elites.

  • President Trump did not incite anyone to riot. Read the transcript of what he said and watch the video.

  • We have watched the leftists and progressives in this country riot, burn, kill, maim, loot and destroy cities and communities for 7 months, often with Democrat leaders egging them on, bailing them out and refusing to condemn their actions.

  • Representative Cheney has aligned herself with leftists who are screaming that what happened last Wednesday is the “worst thing ever in our history” (or similar such claims). That is absurd and shows their lack of knowledge of history as well as their willingness to skew the facts to further their corrupt agenda.

  • The Democrats are using this to smear the entire conservative movement and all Republicans. By voting to impeach, Representative Cheney is helping them in that effort.

  • Wyoming’s way of life and our entire economic future is under attack. We count on our elected officials to protect us. This move to impeach President Trump shows that we have a real reason to fear what is going to happen under the Biden administration.

  • This move to impeach President Trump makes it that much more difficult for our country to solve the serious problems we have, including Chinese and Iranian aggression, our overwhelming debt, and the catastrophic response to covid19.

These are only some of the themes of the comments we have received. We as a Party respect our elected officials and assume that they will respect and represent their constituents. We are receiving the message loud and clear that what happened yesterday is a true travesty for Wyoming and the country.

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