Jihad Report – November 5, 2016
U.S. offers Islamic State wounded medical care: report
Any news that comes from our “ally” in Iraq, namely Iran…
…should be read with suspicion…
However, this report would explain why Obama minimized the threat of ISIS…
…and allowed ISIS to grow when America’s military might…
…could have easily squashed them like a bug… Dave
- Todd Wood – The Washington Times – Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Has the United States been arming the Islamic State? Is that why President Obama has been slow to attempt to defeat them? Enquiring minds want to know. The Iraqi army, during its advance on Mosul, has found multiple U.S. made TOW anti-tank weapons in ISIS weapons depots. Apparently the weapons have been routinely dropped from aircraft resupplying the area, reports Iranian news agency Alalam. The reports have not been verified.
“Several US-made missiles were found in al-Shoura region to the South of Mosul,” a local source said on Monday, reports Alalam.
“The ISIL terrorists have sent US-made TOW anti-tank missiles to Tal Afar and it is quite evident that they are preparing for a long-term war,” the Arabic-language media quoted an Iraqi security official as saying on Monday.
“The fighters present at the forefront of fighting against the ISIL always see US helicopters flying over the ISIL-controlled areas and dropping weapons and urgent aids for them,” the official who called for anonymity told FNA.
Alalam states that U.S. helicopters are also ferrying wounded leaders of the Islamic State for medical treatment and repeatedly warn the terrorists of coming military operations…
Conservative Videos November 4, 2016
Wikileaks 27th batch of Clinton Campaign emails includes a message which contradicts what she said about the release of her work-related emails…
Chuck Ross The Daily Caller 11/04/2016
Hillary Clinton deleted a 2009 email in which she forwarded classified information to her daughter, Chelsea. The email was released on Friday by the State Department. It is one of thousands of documents recovered by the FBI from Clinton’s private email server.
The Dec. 20, 2009 email chain, entitled “Update,” started with a message from Michael Froman, who served as a deputy assistant to President Obama and deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs.
The email, which is redacted because it contains information classified as “Confidential,” was sent to Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s foreign policy adivser at the State Department, and several Obama aides. Sullivan sent it to Hillary Clinton who then forwarded it to Chelsea, who emailed under the pseudonym “Diane Reynolds.”
The entire text of the classified email is redacted because it contains foreign government information.
The State Department labeled the email a “near duplicate,” indicating that it was mostly similar to other emails that the agency has released from the trove of documents that Clinton turned over in Dec. 2014. Clinton did not delete other responses she made to others on the email thread.
“Wow — you can’t make this up — sorry to have missed all of that! Let me know if you learn anything else,” she wrote to Sullivan. The State Department released that portion of the email conversation in February.
But perhaps the most significant part of the email is that Clinton forwarded classified information to her daughter, who is and was a private citizen with no government role and no apparent security clearances…
Rusty Weiss — Mental Recession— November 4, 2016
A Texas congressman brought up the dreaded I-word, saying Hillary Clinton, should she defeat Donald Trump on Tuesday, could face impeachment proceedings right from the onset. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) said yesterday’s bombshell email that showed Clinton campaign manager John Podesta instructing another top aide that they “have to dump all those emails” could be the impetus for impeachment hearings.
Via Fox News Insider:
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) said on America’s Newsroom that Hillary Clinton could face impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives if she is elected president. Speaking to Bill Hemmer today, McCaul said that Huma Abedin’s emails – which were found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop in a separate investigation of the disgraced former congressman – represents “new evidence …. that could be quite damaging.”
He said the reopened investigation will keep going beyond Election Day into a potential Clinton presidency. “[If] the investigation goes forward and it looks like an indictment is pending, at that point in time under the Constitution, the House of Representatives would engage in an impeachment trial. It would go to the Senate and impeachment proceedings and removal would take place,”…
Hemmer asked whether McCaul really wanted to use “the I-word” right before the presidential election. McCaul, a former prosecutor and currently the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, pointed out newly-released WikiLeaks emails showing John Podesta emailed Clinton aide Cheryl Mills to say “we are going to have to dump all those emails.”
McCaul claims that there’s already “ample evidence” to take the email investigation case before a grand jury. That evidence involves the damning email which was the very same day that the New York Times broke the story about Hillary’s illegal private email server, and two days prior to any subpoena demanding the emails.
Dumping the emails meant exactly what you think it does…
Tyler Durden Zero Hedge Nov 5, 2016
While there are conflicting reports whether the FBI may or may not indict the Clinton Foundation, which as the WSJ reported last week is being investigated by various FBI teams, even as other parts of the Bureau – and the DOJ – seek to squash the probe, the latest dump of Podesta emails has revealed a critical, confidential memo fromprominent New York lawyer Kumiki Gibson to Clinton Foundation Chairman Bruce Lindsey (and former Bill Clinton attorney) which was performed as part of an inside audit of the foundation, and confirms that the charitable organization (which it found “operates more like a political operation”) was engaged in practices that broke the law.
As Gibson, who according to her resume “counseled the William J. Clinton Foundation, an international not-for-profit organization, on structural, legal, and compliance issues” from May 2008 until January 2014, wrote the purpose of the confidential November 10, 2008 memo, was to “set forth the findings of my review of the Legal and Human Resources Departments of the William J. Clinton Foundation (“Foundation”) and those pertaining to other areas of the Foundation revealed during this review, and my recommendations to the Foundation based on this review.”
The summary reveals serious reservations about the viability of the foundation – which “operates more like a political operation” than a “professional, strategic, and sustainable corporation committed to advancing its overall mission” – if and when Bill Clinton were to depart and “the Foundation has to rise and/or fall on its own name and work only.”
While the Foundation has grown impressively over the past several years, it has a number of fundamental organizational challenges and deficiencies that undermine its effectiveness, expose it to significant risk, and, ultimately, threaten its long-term survival. The Foundation (as opposed to its initiatives, which I have not reviewed) operates more like a political operation focused on immediate situations, tasks, and events, as opposed to a professional, strategic, and sustainable corporation committed to advancing its overall mission. While that may not be a problem while the President is personally involved in the Foundation — and can garner support based on that involvement — it will be a problem when he is no longer involved, and the Foundation has to rise and/or fall on its own name and work only…
As the summary concludes, “the time for making these changes, if they are desired, could not be better: The presidential campaign, which distracted some key employees and caused uncertainty among others about the future of the organization, is now over; virtually all of the employees interviewed are anxious for more structure, professionalism, and mission-focus; and funders are expecting the same.”…
The assessment of the organization through the 7-S Framework makes clear that the organization is not operating as effectively or efficiently as it should or could. Indeed, it has major deficiencies in each of the fundamental areas. Each of these deficiencies, standing alone, threatens the effectiveness of the Foundation in the short and long term. When combined, as currently the case, they threaten its very existence (absent the President’s involvement)…
Furthermore, and more troubling, the review pointed to a high-ranking but unnamed foundation executive who was “being paid by [President Clinton], the government and the foundation” who “allowed the foundation to host what may have been (or may have been viewed as) a political event, apparently without official pre-approval from the foundation’s legal department and without regard, before the fact, to the impact of that decision on the foundation’s tax exempt status.”…
Daily Mail (UK) 4 November 2016
The Clinton Foundation set up meetings with Bill Clinton in exchange for donor money, a leaked memo has revealed.
Joe Klani, founder of medical tech company Masimo, and Alex Karp, CEO of software company Palantir Technologies, paid $140,000 and $100,000 respectively to the foundation for a face-to-face with the former president, leaked documents from Clinton campaign chief John Podesta reveal. Their contributions were listed in a batch of documents. Alongside their donation, it stated that a ‘meeting with WJC’ – William Jefferson Clinton – was the ‘Reason for Gift,’ the Daily Caller reported.
Meetings: Both men had ‘Meeting with WJC’ – William Jefferson Clinton – listed as their ‘Reason for Gift.’ The memo was in an email from now-Clinton campaign chair John Podesta
Whether those meetings went ahead isn’t clear, but both Kiani and Karp have had close and fruitful relationships with Clinton since that date.
The memo was in a batch of 14 documents on WikiLeaks that were originally sent from the foundation’s chief financial officer, Andrew M Kessel, to Podesta and a number of others in July 2012. They were part of the binder for a Clinton Foundation board meeting. Podesta was working for the foundation at the time.
Headed ‘2012 Donors: $100K+’ the memo lists 91 different people and groups who have contributed between $100,000 and $4,227,196. New donors are highlighted in blue – Karp and Kiani among them…
Andrew C. McCarthy National Review November 1, 2016
Why is Lynch rushing the search for classified e-mails but blocking the pay-to-play corruption probe? The Wall Street Journal’s report that, for over a year, the FBI has been investigating the Clinton Foundation for potential financial crimes and influence peddling is, as Rich Lowry said Monday, a blockbuster. As I argued over the weekend, the manner in which the State Department was put in the service of the Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary is shocking. It is suggestive of a pattern of pay-to-play bribery, the monetizing of political influence, fraud, and obstruction of justice that the Justice Department should be investigating as a possible RICO conspiracy under the federal anti-racketeering laws.
The Journal’s Devlin Barrett buries the Clinton Foundation lede in the 14th paragraph of his report. Even more astonishing are his final three paragraphs:
In September, agents on the foundation case asked to see the emails contained on nongovernment laptops that had been searched as part of the Clinton email case, but that request was rejected by prosecutors at the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn. Those emails were given to the FBI based on grants of partial immunity and limited-use agreements, meaning agents could only use them for the purpose of investigating possible mishandling of classified information.
Some FBI agents were dissatisfied with that answer, and asked for permission to make a similar request to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, according to people familiar with the matter. [FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe, these people said, told them no and added that they couldn’t “go prosecutor-shopping.”
Not long after that discussion, FBI agents informed the bureau’s leaders about the Weiner laptop, prompting Mr. Comey’s disclosure to Congress and setting off the furor that promises to consume the final days of a tumultuous campaign.
Let me unpack this. Readers are unlikely to know that the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn is not just any United States attorney’s office. It is the office that was headed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch until President Obama elevated her to attorney general less than two years ago.
It was in the EDNY that Ms. Lynch first came to national prominence in 1999, when she was appointed U.S. attorney by President Bill Clinton — the husband of the main subject of the FBI’s investigations with whom Lynch furtively met in the back of a plane parked on an Arizona tarmac days before the announcement that Mrs. Clinton would not be indicted. Obama reappointed Lynch as the EDNY’s U.S. attorney in 2010. She was thus in charge of staffing that office for nearly six years before coming to Main Justice in Washington. That means the EDNY is full of attorneys Lynch hired and supervised.
When we learn that Clinton Foundation investigators are being denied access to patently relevant evidence by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, those are the prosecutors — Loretta Lynch’s prosecutors — we are talking about. Recall, moreover, that it was Lynch’s Justice Department that:
- refused to authorize use of the grand jury to further the Clinton e-mails investigation, thus depriving the FBI of the power to compel testimony and the production of evidence by subpoena;
- consulted closely with defense attorneys representing subjects of the investigation;
- permitted Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson — the subordinates deputized by Mrs. Clinton to sort through her e-mails and destroy thousands of them — to represent Clinton as attorneys, despite the fact that they were subjects of the same investigation and had been granted immunity from prosecution (to say nothing of the ethical and legal prohibitions against such an arrangement);
- drastically restricted the FBI’s questioning of Mills and other subjects of the investigation; and
- struck the outrageous deals that gave Mills and Samuelson immunity from prosecution in exchange for providing the FBI with the laptops on which they reviewed Clinton’s four years of e-mails. That arrangement was outrageous for three reasons: 1) Mills and Samuelson should have been compelled to produce the computers by grand-jury subpoena with no immunity agreement; 2) Lynch’s Justice Department drastically restricted the FBI’s authority to examine the computers; and 3) Lynch’s Justice Department agreed that the FBI would destroy the computers following its very limited examination.
As I have detailed, it was already clear that Lynch’s Justice Department was stunningly derelict in hamstringing the bureau’s e-mails investigation. But now that we know the FBI was simultaneously investigating the Clinton Foundation yet being denied access to the Clinton e-mails, the dereliction appears unconscionable…
Joe Pappalardo The Dallas Observer Thursday, November 3, 2016
The Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas is an all-purpose office complex… inside, a quiet review is underway that has direct ties to the raging presidential election: The local branch of the IRS’ Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division is reviewing the tax status of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
This IRS review has not generated similar waves as Department of Justice probes into the foundation, and has largely been forgotten in the campaign’s melee. It’s just not as sexy as private email servers, FBI infighting and charges of political pressure applied to law enforcement. But even though this examination is less scrutinized and is harder to conceptualize, it’s impact may be important. The report won’t likely be done in time to influence the presidential campaign — even though the review started more than four months ago — but it could certainly influence the first term of a Hillary Clinton presidency.
As with anything tax related, the status of the foundation may be determined using rules few understand. And that makes understanding the work at 1100 Commerce St. in Dallas that much more important.
In Washington, D.C., many things start with words printed on congressional letterhead. Earlier this year, 64 GOP members of Congress asked the IRS to investigate why the foundation can keep its nonprofit status. The letter includes “media reports” claiming pay-to-play relationships between former President Bill Clinton, who received large speaking fees, and decisions made by Hillary Clinton to approve choices that benefited foundation donors. The sources of these reports range fromThe New York Times to hit-piece investigative books.
In July, the IRS sent letters back to the Congress informing members the review had begun. The letter also noted that the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division (TE/GE) office in Dallas would be conducting the review…
The TE/GE focuses on nonprofit groups, which is specialty work that requires experience. “They are pretty much career people,” says Ben Stoltz, an attorney with Perliski Law Group, a Dallas boutique firm with half of its business representing nonprofit groups. “It’s a different side of the IRS than people are used to seeing. … They’re generally very cooperative, but they’re also the watchdogs.”
The mix of awareness and enforcement dovetails with cases that get publicity. “They have a limited budget, which is a problem, so they have to pick their targets wisely,” Stoltz says. “Because this is a high profile case, they can make an example and show that no one is above the law.”…
The Editors National Review November 1, 2016
Democrats crying foul over FBI director James Comey’s recent letter to Congress might consider this logic: If you don’t want the FBI involving itself in a presidential election, don’t nominate a candidate who’s under investigation by the FBI.
Last Friday, Comey informed Congress that the FBI has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, based on potentially incriminating evidence found during the FBI’s entirely separate investigation into allegations that disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner — estranged husband of Huma Abedin, Clinton’s closest confidante — had engaged in a relationship with an underage girl. The letter — which went not just to Republican committee leaders, as the Clinton camp mendaciously suggested, but to top Democrats, too — flouted law-enforcement protocols. The Justice Department customarily eschews commenting publicly on the status of a criminal investigation in which no charges have been filed, and it frowns on “overt action” that could potentially affect an imminent election.
But some perspective is in order. Every sin of which Comey is now accused he committed in July, in his extraordinary press conference (and subsequent congressional testimony) announcing his recommendation against the prosecution of Mrs. Clinton and pronouncing her case “closed,” neither of which was in line with FBI protocol. At that time, Democrats’ only criticism of Comey was that he had the chutzpah to scold Clinton’s conduct as “reckless”; otherwise, he was laureled as an exemplary public servant. Clinton, meanwhile, has worn her almost-indictment like a badge of honor, contorting it into a full-scale, unqualified exoneration — which, again, it most certainly was not.
But law-enforcement protocols mandate supplementing or amending the record when new evidence — for example, a new, previously unexamined trove of e-mails — renders prior representations inaccurate, and Comey had promised to notify Congress if circumstances surrounding Clinton’s case changed.
It is by no means clear that the new evidence will result in charges. Comey has not come close to implying that. All that has happened here is that someone whose egregious misconduct made her the subject of a criminal investigation is now on alert that that investigation is still pending — as it should be: Suspects have no right to know the status of an investigation. Uncertainty and anxiety are the risks one runs living on the edge of criminality (or crossing well over the border, as Clinton appears to have done).
Still, Comey’s decision is particularly interesting when taken in concert with reports from the Wall Street Journal that the FBI has been investigating the Clinton Foundation for at least a year…
‘Dear Tony, I am so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner … All my love, Marina’
While this report does not tie directly to the issue of Islam…
…it speaks volumes about Hillary’s commitment…
…to defending America’s Judeo-Christian heritage from attack…
Consider the kinds of people she associates with and puts on her team…
John Podesta, Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner…
…whose marriage with Huma was presided over by Bill Clinton…
…Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted pedophile…
…of “sex island” fame, which Bill is known to have visited numerous times…
…and Hillary herself is alleged to have visited six times…
And of course, there’s her husband, Bill Clinton himself…
…the disgraced president who was impeached by Congress…
…and disbarred for lying under oath… Dave
Douglas Ernst – The Washington Times – Friday, November 4, 2016
Friendly advice: If this woman ever invites you to dinner… don’t… Dave
A new WikiLeaks release of stolen emails belonging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta reveal an invitation by his brother to a “Spirit Cooking dinner” at the home of artist Marina Abramovic.
“Spirit Cooking with Essential Aphrodisiac Recipes” was released by Ms. Abramovic in 1996, but the “ingredients” call for “fresh breast milk with fresh sperm milk” to be consumed “on earthquake nights.”
New York’s Museum of Modern Art called it a “cookbook” for “evocative instructions for actions or thoughts.” Another recipe calls for “fresh morning urine.”
“Are you in NYC Thursday July 9 Marina wants you to come to dinner Mary?” Tony Podesta says in an email forwarded to his brother June 28, 2015.
“Dear Tony, I am so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner at my place,” Ms. Abramovic says in a June 25 email sent at 2:35 a.m. GMT +2. “Do you think you will be able to let me know if your brother is joining? All my love, Marina.”
Ms. Abramovic is a well-known artist who has performed since the early 1970s. Her latest memoir, “Walk Through Walls,” was reviewed by The New York Times Nov. 1. “You will need to be able to withstand a great deal of conversation about clairvoyants and tarot cards and didgeridoos and kundalini life forces and monks and gurus and ‘how the soul can leave the body through the center of the fontanel of the head’ to make it very far in this memoir,” the Times wrote.
The review goes on to note her fascination with masochism and spirituality, along with her “I take off my clothes and cut myself” era and the “I-run-into-things-while-naked period.”
The newspaper also notes, for all intents and purposes, that Ms. Abramovic sees herself as a mystic. “Ms. Abramovic reports in ‘Walk Through Walls’ that under the right circumstances, she can foresee world events… I dreamed of an earthquake in Italy: 48 hours later, there was an earthquake in southern Italy. I had a vision of someone shooting the Pope: 48 hours later, someone tried to shoot Pope John Paul II.’”
Adding to the aura surrounding Ms. Abramovic is an interview with singer Lady Gaga that was uploaded to YouTube May 30, 2010. The entertainer praises a German performance where Ms. Abramovic “laid on a table” with guns, condoms, sleeping pills and ropes.
“There was a sign that said the museum goers could do as they pleased to her and they were not responsible for anything that happened,” the singer said. “Somebody tried to f– her and somebody came by and stopped them. They gave her sleeping pills and ripped her shirt open. … She was limitless.”
After news of news of Ms. Abramovic’s invitation broke Friday morning on Drudge Report, the artist told Art News that she was “outraged.”
“It was just a normal dinner,” she told the website. “It was actually just a normal menu, which I call spirit cooking. There was no blood, no anything else. We just call things funny names, that’s all.”
WikiLeaks’ latest release comes at an inopportune time for the Clinton campaign, which is reeling from the FBI’s announcement that it has renewed an investigation into the Democrat’s secret email server. Agents found a treasure trove of documents linked to Mrs. Clinton’s email server while investigating disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner’s illicit text messages to a teenage girl. His estranged wife and longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin told staff that she does not know how the files appeared on his laptop, Politico reported Oct. 31…
Peter Hasson The Daily Caller . 11/04/2016
While Hillary Clinton’s campaign staffers have publicly attempted to downplay the scandal around her use of a private email server while secretary of state, they acknowledged in private just how damaging the issue could be to Clinton’s political aspirations.
Leaked emails reveal the Clinton campaign actually wanted reporters and the public to focus on the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks — considered one of the darker marks on Hillary’s record as secretary of state — instead of on the private email server.
The emails show a pattern of campaign staffers working to keep the public focus on the Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead, including U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. About a month before Hillary’s campaign officially launched, the New York Times reported on March 2, 2015 that she exclusively used a private email for government business while secretary of state. The emails were found during the course of a House investigation into the Benghazi attacks.
Almost immediately after, emails show, Clinton staffers scrambled to keep the focus on follow-up stories on Benghazi and off of Hillary’s private email. As part of a follow-up story that ran March 23, the NYT submitted three questions to Clinton’s team of staffers: Why did Mrs. Clinton’s staffers at times use their personal accounts to communicate with her? Were all these emails captured in the State Department’s network? Were Mrs. Clinton’s advisers given legal advice about whether it was appropriate for them to correspond with her using their personal accounts?
None of the questions submitted by the NYT focused on (or even mentioned) Benghazi. But Clinton’s team crafted its answers to try and guide the paper into making the story about Benghazi. While exchanging emails with other staffers including current campaign chairman John Podesta, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill noted “a few tweaks” he and others had made to the statement.
“Specifically, we added some straight-forward language in the third paragraph that aims to do two things: give this guy some simple context for the emails he references, and nudge this ever-closer to putting it in the Benghazi box,” Merrill said.
The NYT’s story ran with the headline, “In Clinton Emails on Benghazi, a Rare Glimpse at Her Concerns.” Clinton’s team considered that a job well done.
“Nick,” Podesta emailed Merrill about the story, “Great job in fighting this to more or less of a draw.”…
2 eyewitnesses claim man in crowd holding firearm
World Net Daily November 5, 2016
Donald Trump was rushed off stage by the Secret Service during a rally in Reno, Nevada, when a disturbance broke out in the crowd close to the podium.
The Republican presidential nominee was removed mid-speech at around 9 p.m. ET. He looked into the crowd, his hand over his eyes to block the glare from the stage lights, when Secret Service agents suddenly grabbed him and hustled him away.
A scuffle could be seen breaking out in the audience, and the Secret Service, local police and the bystanders wrestled a man to the ground. The crowd scattered when a witness yelled, “He’s got a gun!”
Two audience members later claimed to have seen the man holding a firearm, however that has not been confirmed by law enforcement…
Kelly Cohen The Washington Examiner 10/4/16
Indiana State Police investigators raided a voter registration agency in Indianapolis on Tuesday, as its voter fraud case has expanded to nine counties. “Information has expanded from the original involved counties of Hendricks and Marion to also include the counties of Allen, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Lake and Madison,” the Indiana State Police said in a statement.
According to police, the investigation began in late August when they learned of the filing of 10 fraudulent voter registration forms in Marion and Hendricks counties. The results of the search of the Indiana Voter Registration Project in downtown Indianapolis are not yet being released, and the affidavit and search warrant remain sealed for 30 days.
“An investigation of this nature is complex, time consuming and is expected to continue for several more weeks or months,” the Indiana State Police said. “Victims of the activities by some agents of the Indiana Voter Registration Project may not discover they have been disenfranchised from voting until they go to vote and realize their voting information has been altered. Such action may result in the citizen having to cast a provisional ballot.”
According to the Indy Star, the possible fraudulent information is a combination of fake names, addresses and dates of birth combined with real information. Police think the number of fraudulent voter records may be in the hundreds due to the large number of counties involved…
We can see why this professor supports Hillary…
He thinks that the rules don’t apply to him either… Dave
Anthony Gockowski Campus Reform Nov 04, 2016
A professor at Wabash College used a campus-wide email listserv to exclusively promote Clinton’s presidential bid and solicit student volunteers to participate in campaign activities.
In an email obtained by Campus Reform, with a subject line of “Democratic Campaign Opportunity,” Professor Derek Mong invites the entire student body to join the “Wabash College Democrats and the Indiana Democratic party” for “a Get Out The Vote effort for this fall’s presidential election.”
“Activities conducted in a biased manner that favors (or opposes) one or more candidates is prohibited.”
He then notes that in order to “insure [sic] a large turnout for our candidates,” the party will be providing “rides up to Lafayette (Clinton’s campaign office) on Sunday November 6th and Tuesday November 8th” where any willing volunteers will help with phone banking and canvassing.
The email next explicitly lists precisely who “our candidates” are, naming Hillary Clinton as well as the Democratic candidate for Governor of Indiana, John Gregg, and two other Democrats running for Senate.
An anonymous source affiliated with the school pointed out that the email was sent using what is called the “everyone_list,” which he explained goes to everyone at the school, potentially constituting use of university resources to promote a political candidate.
Indeed, the Internal Revenue Code prohibits all 501(c)(3) organizations, like Wabash, from “directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.”
More specifically, the IRS notes that while “organizations may engage in some activities to promote voter registration, encourage voter participation, and provide voter education,” such activities “will violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention if they engage in any activity that favors or opposes any candidate for public office.”…
Ann Corcoran Refugee Resettlement Watch November 5, 2016
Maine’s Governor Paul LePage deserves praise for at least rocking the boat in Maine regarding the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program, but as he withdraws the state, the federal government will simply assign a non-profit federal contractor (probably Catholic Charities) to run the program.
Maine will thus become a so-called Wilson-Fish state. If the governor then sues the feds, as Tennessee is doing, then he has a fighting chance for a real showdown over states’ rights.
Here is the news from WMTW (ABC) yesterday:
Gov. Paul LePage wrote to President Barack Obama on Friday, saying Maine is pulling out of the federal refugee resettlement program.
“I have lost confidence in the federal government’s ability to safely and responsibly run the refugee program and no longer want the State of Maine associated with that shortcoming,” his office said LePage wrote. “The federal government has proven to be an unwilling partner with states in ensuring that refugee resettlement does not unduly put American lives at risk.”
Maine joins Kansas, New Jersey and Texas in pulling out of the program, LePage’s office said…
Ann Corcoran Refugee Resettlement Watch November 3, 2016
Uh! Oh! The resettlement contractors are getting awful cocky (and desperate for new sites). I assumed (when I first mentioned Poughkeepsie) that there were some local officials brought in on the plan to begin resettling Syrians in Poughkeepsie in a few short months, but the mayor and others are denying they were informed.
It appears, according to USA Today, that Church World Service and the US State Department acted unilaterally (and against the law!) if they have already settled on this new site.
The Refugee Act of 1980 requires consultation with local elected officials. They often skirt this requirement by putting on a small briefing for someone in local government just to check the box, but wow, they didn’t even do that here (or so the mayor says!)…
From USA Today (headline: “Refugee resettlement planned for Poughkeepsie, but city officials unaware”):
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — The Church World Service network expects to settle 80 refugees in the City of Poughkeepsie in the next fiscal year in conjunction with opening a resettlement office in the city, network representative said. But area officials, including City Mayor Rob Rolison, do not have details on how the settlements will work, and the Dutchess County Executive’s Office says it did not have a hand in approving the plan.
The faith-based Church World Service network, or CWS, is set to open a resettlement office in the City of Poughkeepsie, according to Christina Levin, director for external relations at CWS…
The Poughkeepsie office, which would serve refugees from all countries, was approved by the state Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. The exact location of the office to still to be determined.
CWS’ presence in Poughkeepsie has ignited debate among the candidates for the 18th Congressional District seat in next week’s election, as well as area residents. At least one group of local organizations has banded together to support the resettlement efforts.
Levin said the CWS has been “working with a number of local partners, including the City of Poughkeepsie” in establishing the office…
But, Rolison said Wednesday he is still seeking answers regarding how the plan will work… “We learned recently that they were considering Poughkeepsie for this, and now that is has been announced they’re going to establish one in the greater Poughkeepsie area, I’ve reached out and left a message (with CWS) about it. We’re trying to learn more details. At this point, I don’t have any,” Rolison said…
Ann Corcoran Refugee Resettlement Watch November 5, 2016
Many of you may know Church World Service as the ‘church’ charity that does the annual ‘Crop Walk’ where they raise funds in your towns for their migration activities among other things. A list of affiliated churches is below.
They are also a part of the ‘religious left’ as a member of the National Council of Churches.
My figures, based on their most recent Form 990, indicate that they are 67% funded by taxpayer dollars. A pie chart on their website puts it at 64%.
This is the latest in my updates on how much each of the nine federal resettlement contractors receive from you:
- USCRI is here (97% funded by taxpayers).
- LIRS here (95% funded by taxpayers).
- World Relief here (73% funded by taxpayers).
Church World Service is attempting to get an office up and running in Poughkeepsie, NY so that news reminded me to check into their finances. If these contractors were true non-profit groups raising private money for private charity their finances would not be of interest to me, but as a quasi-government agency largely funded with our tax dollars, their financial position (salaries etc) is our business.
Here is a list of all the refugee resettlement offices they have in the US already (they are adding Poughkeepsie to the list)…
The U.N.’s next secretary-general, António Guterres, says that persecuted Christians shouldn’t be resettled in the West.
Nina Shea The Wall Street Journal Oct. 6, 2016
Six months ago, Secretary of State John Kerry officially designated Islamic State as “responsible for genocide” against Christians, Yazidis and other vulnerable groups in areas under ISIS control in Syria and Iraq. So why has the Obama administration entrusted the survival of these people—and so much valuable American aid—to a troubled office at the United Nations, which, like its parent organization, has never even acknowledged that the genocide exists?
The State Department says it is helping religious minorities who have fled, along with millions of other displaced Syrians and Iraqis, primarily through the U.N. America has sent over half of $5.6 billion in humanitarian aid earmarked for Syrians since 2012 to the U.N.
Yet the U.N.’s lead agency for aiding refugees, the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), marginalizes Christians and others targeted by ISIS for eradication in two critical programs: refugee housing in the region and Syrian refugee-resettlement abroad.
For instance, the Obama administration’s expanded refugee program for Syria depends on refugee referrals from the UNHCR. Yet Syria’s genocide survivors have been consistently underrepresented. State’s database shows that of 12,587 Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, only 68 were Christians and 24 were members of the Yazidi sect. That means 0.5% were Christians, though they have long accounted for 10% of Syria’s population. In 2015, among 1,682 Syrians admitted, there were 30 Christians and no Yazidis.
Asked about these numbers at a Sept. 28 Senate hearing, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Simon Henshaw asserted that only 1% of Syria’s registered refugees are Christians. How to square that with the estimate that half a million Syrian Christians—a quarter of that community—have fled, as Syriac Catholic Patriarch Younan warned in August.
State Department officials variously speculate that Christians don’t want to register for resettlement abroad, or that they are waiting in line behind hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims who left Syria earlier.
Yet there is evidence to suggest that the problem lies within UNHCR. Citing reports from many displaced Christians, a January report on Christian refugees in Lebanon by the Catholic News Service stated: “Exit options seem hopeless as refugees complain that the staff members of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees are not following up on their cases after an initial interview.” This failure could be another example of why the U.N. Internal Audit Division’s April 2016/034 report reprimanded the UNHCR for “unsatisfactory” management…
Local authorities have abandoned the tiny minority to Islamists who have ‘placed great and continuous pressure’ on the Christians.
Raymond Ibrahim The Clarion Project Wed, November 2, 2016
The plight of Christian living in Gaza under Hamas continues to worsen. According to a new Arabic language report, recent years have “witnessed a critical upsurge against the Christians,” who only amount to approximately 2,500 people—surrounded by approximately 1.5 million Muslims.
Local authorities have abandoned the tiny minority to Islamist elements who have “placed great and continuous pressure” on the Christians. “At times we hear of the bombing of a Christian bookshop and assaults on churches and other Christian institutions; other times we hear of the kidnapping of Christians and the coercion of them to embrace the religion of Muhammad,” says the report.
In mid-October, Christians in Gaza led a protest, calling for the return of their kidnapped children and loved ones. They held up signs saying, “I am a Christian and boast of my cross.”
Bishop Alexios of the region “confirmed that the Christians who converted to Islam did so under threats, coercion, compulsion and force.” His church also submitted a formal petition to the governor of the region, Ismail Haniyeh, calling on him to investigate matters but received no response.
Palestinian Muslim leaders say that such Christians convert of their own free will and without pressure; however, these same Muslim leaders refuse to let their Christian families meet with or even learn the whereabouts of these recent converts, so they can confirm if their conversions were committed freely or under duress.
The report adds that Gaza’s Christians are calling on the Christian world to intervene. The bishop said that he is trying to communicate all of this to the Vatican, the United Nations and the United States…
The award is a good first step in keeping in the public eye the plight of the estimated 3,000 Yazidi women and girls still in captivity.
Meira Svirsky The Clarion Project Sun, October 30, 2016
Nadia Murad (L) and Lamiya Aji Bashar (Photo: Twitter)
Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, two young Yazidi women who were abducted and forced into sex slavery by the Islamic State, were awarded the European Union’s Sakharov human rights prize.
Both suffered indescribable torture at the hands of their terrorist captors as they were bought and sold several times. Both managed to escape. They have since become vocal advocates for the estimated 3,000 Yazidi women and girls remain in captivity.
Guy Verhofstadt, president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group in the European Parliament, said the winners were “inspirational women who have shown incredible bravery and humanity in the face of despicable brutality. I am proud that they have been awarded the 2016 Sakharov Prize.”
The Yazidis, a religious minority in Iraq, were attacked by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) when the brutal group swept through the Sinjar region in the summer of 2014, killing the Yazidi men and boys as well as the women they deemed too old to be sold as sex slaves.
As the world watch in horror, the younger Yazidi women were auctioned off, given as booty, raped and forced into slave labor.
Aji Bashar, now 18, was taken captive, beaten and raped, and forced to help her captors make bombs and suicide vests. After trying to escape several time, she was successful last March but was severely injured when a land mine exploded, killing her two companions and leaving her blind in one eye and disfigured by burn scars.
She joined five of her sisters in Germany who also managed to escape, but tragically, her sixth sister, only nine years old, remains in captivity. Her brother and father were killed by ISIS and her mother is presumed dead.
Murad, who is now 23, escaped in November 2014 and also took refuge in Germany. She was taken captive along with her sisters. ISIS killed her six brothers as well as her mother.
Murad was recently awarded the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe. She is also the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. In September, she launched an advocacy organization called Nadia’s Initiative.
Awarding these brave women is a good first step both in recognition of the work they are doing but also in keeping the plight of the still captured Yazidi women and girls in the public eye…
November 03, 2016 FoxNews.com
Two U.S. service members were killed Thursday during a joint raid by U.S. special operations forces and Afghan troops targeting senior Taliban commanders — rare combat deaths for Western forces who handed over the task of securing Afghanistan to local troops some two years ago.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he was “deeply saddened” to learn of the American deaths, adding that four U.S. service members suffered injuries. More than 30 Afghan civilians were killed in the fighting as well, according to local reports.
The American service members “came under fire” alongside Afghan troops while attempting to “clear a Taliban position” in Kunduz province, military officials said.
U.S. airstrikes were called in during the firefight but Afghan forces were leading the assault, Fox News has learned.
At least five Americans have been killed in action in Afghanistan since early October…
Why isn’t anyone mentioning that using women and children as human shields are war crimes???
If women and children get killed, ISIS is responsible… Dave
Hollie McKay Published November 03, 2016 FoxNews.com
SINJAR, Iraq – As bullets fly in Mosul, the rural roads leading west are choked with traffic – much of which is believed to be ISIS fighters fleeing to the terrorist army’s Syrian stronghold some 275 miles away in Raqqa.
On a late morning last week, FoxNews.com observed through binoculars and from atop Shengal Mountain, also known as Sinjar, hundreds of cars crawling along dusty roads linking Iraq and Syria. To Kurdish military intelligence officials, the cause of the congestion was clear.
“I haven’t seen anything like this. They are running away massively,” a Kurdish military intelligence source told FoxNews.com, even as he spoke by phone to an ISIS informant traversing the distant road.
“Ten minutes ago, the airstrikes hit a bomb factory in Bulayj,” the official repeated. “ISIS fighters came to Bulayj and arrested all the tribal sheiks and accused them of spying. Families are both willingly and being forced to go to Raqqa.”
ISIS loyalists and victims alike appear to be using every means possible to flee, making the trip in pickup trucks, tractor-trailers and small vehicles.
When the exodus was still a trickle earlier in the week, ISIS sought to hide the escape route by burning tires along the roadside. But as FoxNews.com watched, only the dust from dirt roads provided scant cover in the distance as the convoys chugged westward.
The terror army’s escape now depends on a different sort of cover.
“ISIS often has many different things they do to block vision,” another Peshmerga officer said. “But even so, we can’t attack them [when they are] loading cars with kids and women. How could we attack kids? They have no part in this fight.”
Similarly, the U.S.-led coalition won’t unleash airpower with civilians in harm’s way, giving ISIS — and likely its leadership — free passage to its Syrian base…
Published November 02, 2016 FoxNews.com
Men caught in the grip of the Islamic State terror network cannot shave their beards, and must obey the decisions of a senior cleric over how to share their sex slaves.
Those guidelines were among a long list of rules found in documents uncovered in northern Iraqi towns freed from ISIS as U.S.-backed troops stormed the terror group’s hub of Mosul. Reuters published details from the documents on Tuesday.
One pamphlet read, “Wearing beards is compulsory, shaving is prohibited.” It defined a beard as “hair that grows on your face and your cheeks.”
Another pamphlet, which included a question-and-answer section on women and girls held as ISIS captives, stated, “Non-Muslim women can be taken as concubines.”
It reportedly added that terrorists could keep two sisters as concubines, but could have sex with only one of them. In addition, each woman could sleep with only one man.
Many of the documents included glossy photos with ISIS logos. Reuters reported that it could not independently verify that they originated from ISIS, but Iraqi troops said they were legitimate…
As police in Canada investigate flyer depicting the deflowering of Aisha, imams defend the marriage of a 9-year-old girl to a 50-year-old man.
Meira Svirsky The Clarion Project Tue, November 1, 2016
Police in Canada are investigating the distribution of flyers depicting the prophet of Islam, Mohammed, taking the virginity of his nine-year-old wife Aisha as a hate crime, as reported by CIJ News. The flyer is one of a series of four, which were put in mailboxes in Edmonton, Alberta and could be categorized as an “anti-Islam bias crime.”
The news outlet was told by the government’s prosecutor that the flyer in question met the criteria of a hate crime because of its pornographic content, among other reasons. Yet, as CIJ points out, Canadian Muslim scholar Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, an imam and the chancellor of the Islamic Online University says, “If a Muslim man in his 50s, even today, wanted to marry a young woman who was 9 or 10, she reached puberty, it is legitimate,” he said.
In a lecture given a few years ago (see video below) Philips explains that unlike European countries that he says set many different ages from 12-18 as legitimate for a girl to marry, Islam holds that the “dividing line” is puberty.
However, a look at the legal age of marriage for girls from the countries he mentions – France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain – shows that every country sets the age of 18, allowing girls between 16-17 to marry only with the consent of a court and, in most cases, both of her parents.
Philips argues when Mohammed married Aisha, a person who lived until 35 was considered to have reached old age. Girls matured earlier and were primed for marriage at young ages. “So where today you can find a woman in her 20s studying in University, she still does not how to cook, she can’t iron, you know, she’s basically a baby, so going to university, I mean, there is something in those days that is inconceivable,” he concedes.
Still, he argues that once a woman has begun to menstruate, she is a legitimate candidate for marriage…
Toronto police department’s new Muslim chaplain holds rather archaic and sexist views when it comes to the role of women & children.
Meira Svirsky The Clarion Project Wed, November 2, 2016
Update: It has also become known that Musleh Khan, newly appointed as a Muslim police chaplain in Toronto defended child marriage under an Islamic system. CIJ news reports that while commenting on Mohammed’s relationship with his wife Aisha, whom he asserts was nine years old at the time of their marriage, Khan spoke in favor of such a marriage.
In a lecture given to the Muslim Students Association at the University of Saskatchewan in 2014, Khan praised Mohammed’s relationship with Aisha as that of a model husband, saying, “Aisha, she was young. So she didn’t really understand what marriage, what it took for a woman to be in a marriage. She didn’t really understand the maturity or the responsibility of being in a marriage.
“So why is that important? Because what this should indicate — that one party, so in this case it’s the husband. The husband’s got to be somebody that’s very tolerant , and he’s got to have wisdom. He’s got to have wisdom and how to speak to a person like this. How to build a relationship with an individual like this.”
In a question and answer session in a mosque in Ontario in 2015, Khan responded to a question asking why it was acceptable to marry a nine-year old by saying that different countries set the age of consent differently, and there is no universally accepted age of consent.
“So what is the real age to get married if it’s so different everywhere you go?” he asked rhetorically. “The answer it’s our prophet [Mohammad] peace and blessings be upon [who ruled] at the age of puberty.”
He then went onto say that while child marriage is acceptable under sharia and no one should dispute that, one should not implement it in this generation because times have changed and what is applicable for one time may not be applicable for another. “Our culture doesn’t allow or know how to accept that practice today. If you try to implement that practice today you’re going to get into a lot of problems… However, your belief … is, if the prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, did it, you have to believe that it was permissible. It’s permitted in our sharia, but it has its time and place. That’s what I tell non-Muslims.”…
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