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Friday, May 18, 2018

Obama's F.B.I. Spied on Donald Trump Presidential Campaign

Cross-posted from American Power, "Crossfire Hurricane: Obama's F.B.I. Spied on Trump Campaign."

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It's "bigger than Watergate," but it's not this administration that's in trouble; it's the previous one.

Here's the big story at WaPo, "'Bigger than Watergate': Trump joins push by allies to expose role of an FBI source."

And also, from yesterday at NYT, "A Secret Mission, a Code Name and Anxiety: Inside the Early Days of the F.B.I.'s Trump Investigation." (Also at Memeorandum.)

Still more, from Mollie Hemingway, at the Federalist, "10 Key Takeaways From the New York Times’ Error-Ridden Defense of FBI Spying on Trump Campaign." Still more, at NRO, "Spinning a Crossfire Hurricane: The Times on the FBI’s Trump Investigation."

And most of all, see Kim Strassel, at WSJ, "Was Trump’s Campaign ‘Set Up’?":
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday, where he provided a potentially explosive hint at what’s driving his demand to see documents related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Trump-Russia probe. “If the campaign was somehow set up,” he told the hosts, “I think that would be a problem.”

Or an understatement. Mr. Nunes is still getting stiff-armed by the Justice Department over his subpoena, but this week his efforts did force the stunning admission that the FBI had indeed spied on the Trump campaign. This came in the form of a Thursday New York Times apologia in which government “officials” acknowledged that the bureau had used “at least one” human “informant” to spy on both Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. The Times slipped this mind-bending fact into the middle of an otherwise glowing profile of the noble bureau—and dismissed it as no big deal.

But there’s more to be revealed here, and Mr. Nunes’s “set up” comment points in a certain direction. Getting to the conclusion requires thinking more broadly about events beyond the FBI’s actions.

Think of the 2016 Trump-Russia narrative as two parallel strands—one politics, one law enforcement. The political side involves the actions of Fusion GPS, the Hillary Clinton campaign and Obama officials—all of whom were focused on destroying Donald Trump. The law-enforcement strand involves the FBI—and what methods and evidence it used in its Trump investigation. At some point these strands intersected—and one crucial question is how early that happened...
Keep reading.


Monday, May 14, 2018

USA embassy has finally been established in Jerusalem

Today, a most joyous, positive event has taken place. The opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem:
President Donald Trump delivered a video address at the ceremony opening the official United States embassy in Jerusalem, recognizing the historic impact of his decision.

“The plain reality that Israel’s capital is Jerusalem,” Trump said, calling the decision about the location of the embassy “a long time coming.”

Trump announced his decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in December 2017, fulfilling a campaign promise.

“Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem and we’re opening it many, many years ahead of schedule,” he said.
As Miriam Adelson notes here, it's a great day for Israel:
When the U.S. inaugurates its new embassy in Jerusalem today, we Israelis will rejoice – loudly, proudly, and justly.

It will be a national milestone, a turning point. It will be a cause for celebration on a par with Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948 and its victory over three enemy armies, and the expeditionary forces assisting them, in the Six-Day War of 1967.

We will be like the dreamers of Psalms, our mouths filled with laughter and our tongues with joy, at this honor for Israel’s ancient, beloved, undivided and eternal capital: Jerusalem, the focus of our thrice-daily prayers for 3,000 years.

Americans should be just as thrilled. I can say this with full confidence because I am not only a native-born Israeli; I am also a naturalized U.S. citizen who cares deeply about American interests.

The embassy opening is a crowning moment for U.S. foreign policy and for our president, Donald Trump. Just over a year into his first term, he has re-enshrined the United States as the standard-bearer of moral clarity and courage in a world that too often feels adrift.

Exactly 70 years ago, as the horrors of World War II were still fresh, another great president, Harry Truman, asserted U.S. leadership by recognizing the fledgling State of Israel. Trump is the Truman of our time. He knew that Americans, first and foremost, would benefit from his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as would peace-loving people everywhere.

And he took action on Jerusalem, just as he did in nobly quitting the vile Iranian nuclear deal last week, and just as he is doing right now, with tough diplomacy on North Korea.
America should definitely be thrilled, and you can be sure plenty are...but there's still Democrats who not only aren't, their representatives didn't even show up:
Four U.S. Senators addressed members of the press at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on Monday morning, hours before the official relocation of the U.S. embassy — and all four were Republicans.

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Dean Heller (R-NV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Mike Lee (R-UT) made the trip, along with ten Republican U.S. Representatives — but not one Democrat joined the U.S. delegation for the embassy event.

Only former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) — who was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000 before being rejected by his party in 2006 for his support of the Iraq War — came to Jerusalem to join in the festivities.

Two journalists asked the Republican Senators why no Democrats had come.

Sen. Cruz said: “That is a sad, sad manifestation — I wish we had every member of Congress here … every member of Congress had the option before them to come.”

Sen. Graham said that no one, Republican or Democrat, had been specifically invited to the ceremony — they simply chose to come or they did not. And he noted that only Republicans had come of their own volition.

“It’s not for me to tell you what that says,” Graham said. “It hurts me.”

He noted that the absence of Democrats sent a dangerous message that Americans were not united in their support for Israel.

“There’s too much going on in this region to send mixed signals,” he said.
Indeed, as the great occasion was taking place, the Hamas incited a mob at the Gaza crossing to riot, and there were even anti-Israeli demonstrators cavorting around outside the complex of the embassy. Such refusal to put politics aside is not helpful.

A GOP representative predicts that countries outside western Europe will move their own embassies to Jerusalem as well:
“Guatemala is going to open up an embassy in Jerusalem in two days,” he said. “Paraguay is on the way. I think you’re going to see a lot of countries out of Western Europe start to follow the United States’ lead. I bet you some of those countries who are our traditional allies will probably be the laggards in this. But hey Brian, that’s fine. I mean, do the right thing and some of these smaller countries who have done that — I think they’ve shown a lot of courage in doing so.”
Eventually, I think even the western European countries will show the guts to make the move too. For now, it's great that the USA sent an important message and moved the embassy to Jerusalem, putting an end to what should be a non-issue and recognizing the vitality of history. That's something to celebrate.

French government wants to make it a crime for citizens' group to defend country against invaders

The French government is not giving a good image of itself if they intend to allow legal persecution of heroic citizens defending their borders:
A newly revealed memo from the French Justice Ministry has revealed Emmanuel Macron’s government has found there is a possibility to prosecute members of the identitarian Defend Europe mission for patrolling the Alpine border for illegal migrant crossings.

The memo, authored by the director of criminal cases and pardons at the Department of Justice, Rémy Heitz, was sent to various magistrates to remind them of offences, “aimed at behaviour hostile to the movement of migrants,” La Dauphine reports.

“The control of the respect of the borders, by the visual surveillance or the construction of obstacles, by people hostile to the movement of the migrants is likely to constitute an intentional interference in the functions police forces,” the memo states.

“The deportation of migrants by these same people, including without violence, is also likely to characterize an offence provided by Article 433-12 of the Penal Code,” the memo adds.

The memo also states that while the Defend Europe activists could be arrested for forcibly deporting illegals there is no provision to arrest them for alerting police to illegal crossings while out watching the border.
And they're trying to make that a crime too? This is sick, even worse than how the Bush administration regarded the Minutemen group. They must be called upon to stop what they're doing immediately, and do their job at protecting the borders so the Defend Europe group won't have to. And stop being apologists for Islam.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Shmuley Boteach spoke with Polish premier about their problematic Holocaust law

As 2018's Holocaust Memorial Day takes place, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach went to Poland and spoke with the Polish prime minister in regards to the needless law they conceived that punishes people for blaming Poland for the tragedy of WW2, which is divisive and only makes the situation worse. We have to hope his conversation will have some effect in getting Poland to cut out this idiocy they've committed.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Justice League #42 is making me lose respect for Christopher Priest

I thought he was blowing it when he shoehorned Geoff Johns' SJW creation, the Islamic Green Lantern Simon Baz, into the pages of this latest volume that's soon to be cancelled. Now, with issue 42, he's making things worse with the following moral equivalence on Israel and "Palestine", seen in this panel:
This is disgusting. This is precisely one of the problems any realist could have with Islam - that it teaches to live a lie (or, as per the Arabic word for deception, taqqiya), that there was supposedly an Arabic/Islamic country called "Palestine" built on land that's part of Israel. Even Golda Meir made clear there's no such thing. The name was originally conceived by the Roman empire following the defeat of the Bar Kochva revolt in 132 CE, 2nd century. Needless to say, Priest's starting to really lose me with this propaganda stunt, and here when he'd made a valid argument 2 months ago about why writers of black/Asian/Latino descent shouldn't be given ghettoized roles in scriptwriting. This is very sad, and it doesn't stop there. There's also the following conversation between Baz and Jessica Cruz to consider:
In the second panel, he's making light of murder-suicide, which is offensive to victims of suicide bombings. That's no way to make a character likable, no matter what his religion, and Priest's failure to consider that is stunning. Making Baz tantamount to an anti-Israelist is also very bad. The review of this issue on Geekdad doesn't help, as the reviewers are clueless:
Justice League #42, the penultimate issue of Priest’s run before Snyder, Tynion, and Williamson come in to blow everything up, has a lot to do, and unlike most issues of his run, I’m not sure everything landed. It’s still easily the most ambitious Justice League run I can remember, with an overtly political bent and major developments for multiple characters, but it almost feels overwhelming at times this issue. The opening page of the issue has Jessica and Simon discussing the weird kiss with Batman, which I still don’t quite get. It didn’t seem to go anywhere, and the fact that Jess knew he was engaged (as confirmed this issue) makes the whole plot rather icky. The issue then picks up in the aftermath of Wonder Woman’s shooting, which is revealed to be a near-fatal neck shot. Priest’s take on her powers is that she’s not really invulnerable at all without the protection of her bracelets, which doesn’t quite match up with what we’ve seen – I assumed she had at least some level of innate invulnerability.
So what was that Priest once said about being able to write anything, and doing research? It all depends how well he understands all these world affairs and history, and if he actually was willing to do it. Evidently, he didn't, and that seriously detracts from his credibility.

The review from Inside Pulse also notes:
Speaking of medical help, the Red Lion easily dispatched Cyborg last issue and dumped him in Deathstroke’s room. Slade Wilson explains who the Red Lion is, but also introduces himself to Cyborg so…. that calls into the question the history of the first Teen Titans team of the Rebirth era. [...]
So this story sticks with the New 52 reboot, does it? Yet that's probably nothing compared to the mistreatment of Wonder Woman in this tale, featuring a bloody cauterization when she's injured, and certainly nothing compared to the minimization of the serious issues involving Islam.

It was bad enough when Geoff Johns had to inject this terrible propaganda into the DCU 6 years ago, topping it off with the cliche of a white supremacist being the real villain in the Baz debut stories. Priest is making things worse by applying ever more revolting personality traits to Baz, and worse, insulting decent segments of society in the process. He must've done this because the volume's being cancelled, and thought it a perfect opportunity to exploit the last issues for such a nasty moment. But all he's doing is suggesting he doesn't have what it takes anymore to do a story right, and if he wouldn't do the research he argued is necessary to turn out a good story, or realize why trivializing serious matters is reprehensible, then he's worn out his welcome and is no longer a good choice for a scriptwriter today. The capitulation to PC propaganda by modern writers is just what's destroying the medium.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Terrorist attack in two close French locations

A hostage situation with 2 people murdered took place in Trebes, France, committed by an Islamic State supporter:
At least two people were killed after a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group opened fire and took hostages at a supermarket in southwest France on Friday, security sources told AFP.

Police were negotiating with the unnamed hostage-taker who remained holed up in the Super U store in the town of Trebes after storming in at around 11.15 am (1015 GMT).

French investigators suspect the gunman is a Moroccan man who had been flagged as a potential extremist, a security source said.

A witness reported that the assailant was armed with knives, a gun and grenades and shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) before going into the supermarket.

A source close to the probe said a Moroccan man had been identified as the hostage-taking suspect.

“Most of the Super U staff and customers managed to get away,” said a security source, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak publicly.

“An officer is currently in contact with the hostage-taker.”

The source said two people had been killed according to a provisional toll, while regional police chief Jean-Valery Lettermann told AFP: “We are unfortunately expecting to discover there are more victims.”

Fifteen minutes before the supermarket incident in Trebes, a policeman was shot in the nearby town of Carcassonne while out jogging with several colleagues.

He was in a stable condition, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.
There was a report on TV stating that a third victim sadly succumbed to death. The area of Trebes was struck by terrorism before, and if the authorities/government are smart, they'll start doing sweep inspections to locate the hideouts and black markets these jihadists are getting their sanctuary and weapons from.

There's more on Breitbart about the case.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Nicholas Sarkozy charged with accepting money from Gaddafi

France's former president has been put under investigation and charged with taking money from Libya's former autocrat for the French election campaign, exceeding the limit usually allowed:
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was handed preliminary charges Wednesday over allegations he accepted millions of euros in illegal campaign funding from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

A judicial official told The Associated Press that investigative judges overseeing the probe gave the ex-president charges of illegally funding his 2007 winning campaign, passive corruption and receiving money from Libyan embezzlement.

The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

The charges came after Sarkozy was questioned for two days by anticorruption police at a station in Nanterre, northwest of the French capital. The investigation involving funding for his 2007 president campaign. Investigators are examining allegations that Gadhafi’s regime secretly gave the politician 50 million euros overall for his campaign.

The sum would be more than double the legal campaign funding limit at the time — 21 million euros. In addition, the alleged payments would violate French rules against foreign financing and requiring that the source of campaign funds be declared.
If this is so, it somehow doesn't surprise me he'd take money from a tyrant. Sarkozy did nothing to stop Islam when he was president, allowed jihadism to fester, demanded Israel surrender territory to the PLO, and even gave an award to anti-Israeli journalist Charles Enderlin, which I'm sure was no accident. He was even photographed putting his hand on a woman's breast, which is inappropriate behavior for a head of state. If Sarkozy ran for office today in the post-Harvey Weinstein era, the chances are much higher that could be used against him, and make him a far less appealing candidate than before.

The least Sarkozy could do now is apologize for the hugest errors he made in his one term, but all the same, I think his political career at this point is over, and his associations with Gaddafi were wrong too. Naturally, if he played any part in Gaddafi's overthrow without ensuring there'd be a suitable replacement and democracy/sanity could reign in Libya, then that's another grave mistake he made. So, in retrospect, nobody needs to feel too sorry to see Sarkozy get charged with felonies.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Germany failed to deport asylum seeker who murdered girl for not converting to Islam

The UK Metro reported a Muslim trying to get asylum in Germany murdered a girlfriend for not converting:
An asylum seeker has been arrested in Germany over the murder of his girlfriend.

It is alleged that Ahmad G, 18, killed girlfriend Mireille B, also 18, because she would not convert to Islam. Identities of people in court cases are restricted in German law.

He carried out the alleged killing during the appeal process to have him deported, according to prosecutors, and snapped when she refused to put on a headscarf.

Mireille is one of several young women who has died at the hands of refugee men in the country – crimes which have helped fuel the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany party.

She was stabbed to death on Monday night in the northern city of Flensburg.
The real failure was the German government's not incarcerating him before he could carry out the crime. They just let him go around loose, and a terrible tragedy took place as a result.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Nikki Haley's to be commended for defending Israel again from the UN's bully tactics

UN Watch has the transcript from US ambassador Nikki Haley's speech at AIPAC, which rightly condemns the UN for it's anti-Israelist bullying. I'm glad there's people like her running the show now, which is very helpful in dealing with some of the worst antisemitic outfits out there.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Tariq Ramadan under arrest in France on rape charges

The grandson of one of the Muslim Brotherhood founders has been put in custody in France on charges he raped at least 4 women:
The high-profile Muslim academic Tariq Ramadan has been taken into custody by French police investigating allegations of rape and sexual assault.

Ramadan, a Swiss national who spends a significant amount of time in France, was being questioned by detectives in Paris on Wednesday evening. A preliminary inquiry has been opened after two women filed official complaints last year claiming he violently attacked them. He is also accused of making death threats against one of his alleged victims.

Ramadan, 55, a professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University since 2009, has strenuously denied the allegations and filed a counter complaint for slander against one of his accusers, the writer Henda Ayari.

The French-born Ayari claims Ramadan raped, harassed, intimidated and sexually assaulted her in a Paris hotel in 2012. The writer, a former Salafi Muslim turned secular feminist, originally detailed the alleged attack in her book, "I Chose to Be Free," published in France in November 2016, but gave her attacker a false name. After the Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo campaign, Ayari named the attacker as Ramadan and made a formal police complaint.

On her Facebook page, Ayari wrote Monday that she had complained to police to "demand justice for the aggression of which I was a victim, as have other women who don't dare report it to the police because they are afraid."

On the French TV channel BFMTV in October, Ayari, 41, described her ordeal. [Link in French.] "I thought I was intelligent. I thought I could protect myself, but I couldn't that evening. He said it was what I wanted. He insulted me and said women like me deserve this.… He said several times that the fact I no longer wear the veil meant I deserved what I suffered. I had provoked his desire and it was my fault…. I was ashamed, I didn't want anyone to know," she said.

A second woman, a 42-year-old Muslim convert whose name has not been released, claimed that Ramadan raped her in a hotel in the southern French city of Lyon in 2009. She has also reported Ramadan to police. Four Swiss women have accused the Islamic scholar of making inappropriate sexual advances at them while they were teenage students in Geneva.

Ramadan, a renowned Islamic theologian and the grandson of Hassan Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt in the 1920s, is popular in conservative Muslim circles. Israel considers him one of the most important voices for the Brotherhood in the West.
Hold on, what's that? Shouldn't that be "most dangerous"? Because that's what he is, and his violations of women further compound that perception. This'll hopefully ensure his career is over, and he should by all means rot in prison for violating those women.

Obama associated with Farrakhan prior to his election

And the news was kept entirely secret for many years so as not damage his electoral chances. Even now, however, there's still plenty of leftist news outlets who've refused to report about it:
A review of media monitoring services reveals that every cable news network except Fox News has thus far ignored or downplayed the story of the suppressed 2005 photograph of Barack Obama with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

The photograph was released last Saturday by a left-wing journalist. To their credit, the left-wing new media, led by Talking Points Memo, did much of the legwork in reporting further details of the story — such as the fact that the Congressional Black Caucus had invited Farrakhan to meet with them, and that the photograph was deliberately hidden to protect then-Sen. Obama’s nascent presidential campaign.

Still, the networks ignored the story.
For failing to discuss the issue, which is very serious, they should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. And all they cared about was Donald Trump's supposed connections with a KKK member despite having no connections and denouncing him in the past. Nobody should be wasting time on channels like CNN if they won't focus on something disturbing like this.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Such people don't belong in high profile jobs

The editor of a Pakistani edition of Newsweek, already long an awful magazine, trivialized child rape in posts he wrote on Twitter:
The editor-in-chief of Newsweek Pakistan has issued a series of tweets minimising child sexual abuse and making lewd comments to female critics.

Fasih Ahmed, a former staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, tweeted: “The sexual abuse of children will always exist. You can never eliminate it. Sometimes it leads to great art. So there’s also that.”

The comment was Ahmed’s take on the current furore in Pakistan surrounding the rape and murder of 12 children as young as 6 years old by a serial killer in the city of Kasur.

The 40-year-old’s response to the inevitable backlash was combative, with one female critic being told: “I’m glad you were raised on the healthy cum of your male family members.”

The Newsweek journalist also appeared to think it was a good thing that the killer’s victims were all female, tweeting: “On the bright side, at least he’s straight.”

He explained “Straight better than not. From an Islamic perspective” in another tweet, adding: “Men are superior than women in Islam. Damaging boys who become men would ruin society as we know it.”
His comments have been deleted and Newsweek is distancing themselves from the monster. But here's another example of somebody who obviously didn't receive a background check when first getting the job arrangement.

And that's not the only creep in the Islamic world who doesn't belong in a job requiring a big reputation. Even a Muslim "model" wearing a hijab working for L'Oreal had to step down after it was discovered she'd written antisemitic tweets  nearly 4 years ago:
French Cosmetic giant L’Oréal fired hijab-clad Muslim model, Amena Khan on Monday following revelations that Khan posted several anti-Semitic memes and rants on social media. Most of the postings were from the summer of 2014, during Operation Protective Edge, while Israel was in the midst of a difficult counter-insurgency campaign aimed at stopping indiscriminate Hamas rocket fire and destroying Hamas terror tunnels that the group hoped to use in the commission of mega attacks against Israelis.

L’Oréal had initially hired Khan to feature in an ad campaign for hair products. Khan attempted to frantically delete the damning tweets but soon learned to her chagrin that what’s posted on the internet stays on the internet like a stubborn rash that won’t go away.

In a statement, Khan said that she “deeply regret[ted] the content of the tweets,” and decided to step down because she didn’t want to serve as a distraction from the positive aspects of L’Oréal’s message of inclusivity. L’Oréal released its own message stating that it agreed with Khan’s decision to step down.

Reading between the lines, it’s easy to discern that Khan’s decision to step down was anything but voluntary. L’Oréal fired her and had no choice in the matter. The backlash against L’Oréal was instantaneous, and the company had its reputation to protect, and of course, the bottom line.
Even so, they do have a nasty past, much like IKEA, Coco Chanel and Henry Ford, in being nazi collaborators during WW2, and hiring somebody that vile only makes it look like they never learned any lessons. All that aside, it's hilarious why a woman wearing a hijab would be chosen to represent hair care products.

In more similar news, even a Muslim "beauty blogger" in Britain turned down an award offered by Revlon because they're working with Israeli actress Gal Gadot:
A popular Muslim author, entrepreneur and social media star has rejected an award from Revlon after Israeli actress Gal Gadot was declared the frontwoman for the cosmetics giant’s latest advertising campaign.

In her rejection of the Changemaker Award, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh — known among her fans and followers as MuslimGirl — accused the “Wonder Woman” star of backing “the oppression of women and girls” in supporting the Israel Defense Forces.
More hilarity in motion, I see. Gadot served as a great role model for women in the army, acted in a movie that provided something similar, and the dummy still shuns her because she can't come to terms with the phoniness of her beliefs. I guess she shouldn't use Revlon products either, because they were formed by Jewish employees. Just another selfish, obnoxious brat who can't appreciate the better qualities of life, and that's why Revlon would be wise not to offer awards to people like her anymore.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The time when DC scrapped a Superman story with Islamic propaganda around 2011

A story whose synopsis, as I recall, could've been potentially offensive to Americans. CBR has some history of this tale written by Chris Roberson, which was replaced by DC editorial with a previously unused story written by Kurt Busiek:
Sinbad was a new Muslim superhero that Bill Loebs introduced into the Superman titles in 1990 during a fill-in arc on the Superman titles. The late, great Curt Swan came back to the Superman titles (that he drew for over 20 years in the 1950s through the 1980s before the books rebooted in 1986) and drew the storyline, which was about a young telekinetic hero from Qurac (DC’s stand-in for Middle Eastern countries like Iran or Iraq). Sinbad (which, okay, was probably a bit of a sketchy name, even if Loebs obviously meant well) even got his own entry in the 1990 DC’s Who’s Who…
First of all, I don't think it was actually stated in the original story by Loebs that the character was a Muslim, though it was noted in the Who's Who entry he was Arabic. However, the profile does state that when he got hold of a belt that could provide him with some of the telekinetic powers he got, Lex Luthor waged an anti-Arab hatemongering campaign to try and retrieve it, dispatching paramilitary crooks to vandalize houses and stores in Little Qurac, including those belonging to Davood Nassur's folks. It even included a bizarre bunch of crooks in costumes who all called themselves "Sinbad", and Nassur made an effort to stop the imposters. The profile also notes that his family were victims of the secret police of the Shah in the country, another suggestion they weren't whitewashing Islam per se at the time (thankfully, the industry wasn't that far gone back then), but depending on your viewpoint, the notion Luthor would wage such a campaign as he did is still disturbing and questionable from an artistic perspective. Bill Loebs and Curt Swan were both pretty talented creators in their time, but this sounds like a potentially black mark on their records.

As for the Superman issue 712, where the reintroduction of Nassur was to have taken place, it was replaced by the story written by Busiek, and Roberson had the following statement to offer:
As much as I look forward to seeing an unpublished Kurt Busiek Superman story, it’s a shame that DC didn’t determine that the story we prepared for Superman 712 didn’t work in the Grounded storyline in time for us to do a different story. As it happened, the Sharif story was included in the outline for the remaining issues of Grounded that I submitted in November. The outline was approved, and in February the issue synopsis that I provided was used to draft the solicitation text, to work up character designs for Sharif (the grown up version of Sinbad from the early 90s), and for cover art to be pencilled, inked, and colored. The script for the issue was accepted in April, and was drawn, inked, and lettered. Unfortunately, when the issue was ready to be sent to the printer in the third week of May I was informed that the decision had been made not to print it.”
I wouldn't be shocked if the story had been very pro-Islam as could be expected, and Roberson's already had his share of moments where he made leftist comments that were truly awful. That DC opted to drop his Superman story was certainly odd, considering it was surely never the first story they'd ever published with a whitewashed view of Islam (at the time, they'd published the joint project with the Kuwaiti propagandist behind The 99 comic) and look what happened with Green Lantern soon after. At this point, I'm sure the irony isn't lost on anyone that Geoff Johns, by sharp contrast, was granted full ability and free rein to introduce his own Islamic propaganda - much worse than anything Sinbad under Roberson might've stood for - in the form of the Simon Baz character in Green Lantern, and something tells me that if Johns had written the story credited to Roberson, it would've been greenlighted instantly without question. I honestly don't get why Johns, much like Brian Bendis, gets all these privileges, or why DC's willing to take "risks" with his ideas they won't with writers of ostensibly lesser caliber. But that's a telling problem about the Big Two nowadays: they have a lot of favoratism for overrated writers who get high profile jobs all because they've worked in some allegedly fancy job or written a supposedly classic product that wouldn't work with a larger audience.

Tim Seeley carries on Geoff Johns's "progressive" vision of Green Lantern

In an interview with Newsarama, writer Tim Seeley's just told them how he's carrying on with what Geoff Johns set up over 5 years ago with the introduction of a Muslim to the Green Lanterns:
When writer Tim Seeley got the gig on Green Lanterns, he not only wanted to make sure it was character-focused and showed the challenges of becoming superheroes, but he also wanted it to be the "more progressive" Green Lantern book.

As Seeley put it, "there's a reason that it's a man and a woman, that it's a Muslim guy and a Latina."
If it were just a Latina - or a character of a specific racial background - that'd be perfectly okay, though the way she was introduced decided isn't. But emphasizing somebody who goes by a horrific belief system and whitewashing all its components, that's where it warrants serious disapproval. If he wanted to cast a character simply of Arabic/Lebanese descent, that alone would've been fine. When the emphasis becomes religion sans any distinctions whether it's a good or bad one, rather than race/nationality, that's when you know something's wrong.
In Seeley's first Green Lanterns storyline, which kicked off in October, the writer not only portrayed the lead heroes struggling to find jobs on Earth, but Seeley also attacked the issue of xenophobia during the pair's mission on another planet.
Oh, and we can only guess what political angle he's going by. That's exactly why nobody should overlook the harm Seeley's contributing to the medium with his exploitation of the GL franchise. On which note, let's continue to the interview itself and see what he's saying:
Newsarama: Tim, now that you're a few issues into your run and finishing the first storyline, what were some of the things you wanted to establish about Jessica about Simon as you started on Green Lanterns?

Tim Seeley: The thing I took from the book before I started — and I'm not sure everyone did — but what I thought Geoff [Johns, who co-created both characters] set up and from what [former Green Lanterns writer] Sam [Humphries] was doing with it was that this is the Green Lantern book that's about the people that have the job and not really about the Corps or the history.

I think Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps should be about things that involve the larger institution and things that involve the Guardians and all that mythology that comes with it.

But Green Lanterns should be the book about people who are average, everyday people who have to deal with this job.
Hmm, does that include average, everyday aliens from different planets? Because if the marginalization of Martian Manhunter in recent years says anything, DC decided some time ago otherworldly aliens cannot serve as star hosts of a title, let alone co-stars of a team title, compounding the impression they lack confidence in their ability to sell by story merit.
Nrama: So is that how you distinguish it from the other Green Lantern book?

Seeley: Yeah, if the other book is sort of, you know, Star Trek meets police stuff, then this one is going to be like a Spider-Man story. You know? It's going to be the young hero dealing with power and responsibility and what that entails.

And it also, I think, has to be the more progressive Green Lantern book. I think that's what Geoff originally wanted. There's a reason that it's a man and a woman, that it's a Muslim guy and a Latina. All those things, I think, are what makes this book unique and makes it different from the other Green Lantern title.
And from what I found about Johns' take on GL nearly 5 years ago, it's clear he did intend to shove politics into GL far worse than anything Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams ever did. Even if their run in the early 70s was overrated, at least they didn't go out of their way to whitewash bad religions and propagandize in the favor of bad ideologies. However, if Johns was leveling criticism at the O'Neil/Adams run in GL: Rebirth during 2005, he only proved himself hypocritical with this new age leftist propaganda he obviously didn't see contradicting what he put in GL: Rebirth earlier.
Nrama: Is that the reason behind some of the themes you're exploring — like this storyline's plot about two life forms sharing a planet, and the next storyline, which has a sort of human trafficking-type story?

Seeley: Yeah, I really wanted to dive into that stuff. I wanted it to be more rooted on real-life issues.

But I wanted it to be very character-based and about the things that Simon and Jess would deal with that we could all relate to, but that are also specific to the kind of people they are — that Simon is a Muslim guy in America in 2017 and that Jessica is a Hispanic woman in America in 2017 — but also be about them specifically. They are people with interesting, unique personalities. Simon's kind of impulsive and brash and that's what makes him who he is. And Jess is very cautious and very sympathetic to people.

All those things had to be tied into a unique approach to the book, which is what I hope I pulled off.
The only thing he's pulling off is propaganda intended to serve the SJW narrative that America is "islamophobic" and inherently "racist" to anybody considered immigrants. I wouldn't be surprised if the story about human trafficking is also depicted very dishonestly; I seriously doubt it's a metaphor for Planned Parenthood.

Real life issues are fine so long as you know how to be honest and open about the details involved, and Seeley's not doing that, from what I can tell. I will say DC's being very cunning, however, to keep things shrouded in metaphors, because that way, they're able to foist bad propaganda upon the audience even more easily than Marvel did with books like The Truth: Red, White and Black back in 2003.

And again, one has to wonder why two humans are the prime focus of a spinoff title in a sci-fi franchise and not otherworldly aliens. A few of the comentors weren't impressed with Seeley's progressive preaching either, and one said:
TELL A GOOD STORY and stop worrying about agendas, since Seeley has taken over the title has gone down, it's boring
I sometimes feel at this point like GL collapsed after 1988 and never recovered. And why, all this time, hasn't DC thought of righting a wrong like the slaying of Katma Tui, by bringing her back to the land of living? There's a lot of past errors like that which DC had over a decade to prove they're willing to mend, and their progressive agendas have evidently gotten in the way. In a manner of speaking, you could argue they've got a low opinion of otherworldly aliens and humans.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Christians in the middle east are in serious danger of Islamofascism

A Christian movement in Britain's presented some very horrific findings:
Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the Palestinian territories are amongst the most dangerous places on earth for Christians, according to a new report.

Although Christians claim the area as their Biblical heartland alongside Israel, persecution and discrimination, especially in the past 15 years, means they now constitute no more than three to four per cent per cent of the region’s population, down from 20 per cent a century ago.

Hard-line Islamic views and state-sanctioned “religio-ethnic cleansing” are the key drivers behind the Christian genocide.

Just 12 months ago, the Islamic State branch that operates in and around Egypt designated the northern African country’s Christian minority their “favorite prey” in a 20-minute propaganda video.
And European politicians still tragically fail to protect Christians in the middle east any more than their own. No doubt because somewhere along the way, they concluded Christianity wasn't oppressive enough to suit their visions, and that's why they imported so much of it to Europe over the years.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

California's 101 Freeway Won't Open for at Least Another Week (VIDEO)

Had to share this video. Unless you see it, it's hard to imagine how hard those mudslides hit. Remember, Highway 101 through Montecito and Summerland is literally on the coast, and those mudslides built up velocity from the local mountains, which rise up to about 4,000 feet just a couple of miles from the ocean. It was murder in the flood path of the mud, as so many people found out too late (for one reason, because emergency text notifications went out hours too late).

Here, "U.S. Highway 101 to Stay Closed for at Least Another Week (VIDEO)."

At the video from KSBY Santa Barbara above. And at USA Today below:



Saturday, December 30, 2017

Muslim slasher at Jerusalem central bus station indicted

The terrorist who stabbed a guard at the central bus station in Jerusalem has been indicted:
A Palestinian terrorist was indicted in a Jerusalem court on Thursday for stabbing a security guard outside the capital’s central bus station earlier this month.

He was charged with “a terrorist act of attempted murder” and entering Israel illegally.

According to the charge sheet, on the morning of December 10, 24-year-old Yasin Abu al-Qar’a “said goodbye to his loved ones on the phone,” purchased a knife and illegally traveled to Israel in order to carry out a terror attack in response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israel of capital.

After hearing the announcement, “the defendant planned to stab as many Jews as possible until he was killed and turned into a martyr,” the indictment read.

The Shin Bet security service blamed “the incitement on the internet following the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” saying it contributing to al-Qar’a’s decision to carry out the attack.

The night beforehand, he posted on Facebook: “In your path, O homeland, O Jerusalem, O Al Aqsa, our blood is cheap.”
Last I heard, the guard's health was improving, though he's still in the hospital. The terrorist, on the other hand, should have his legs broken and put in a wheelchair to make him less of a threat. Yes, seriously, that's the kind of punishment these savages should receive.

Another Muslim "comics writer" who wants more Muslim superheroes

Vice's Motherboard section paid lip service to another Islamist who believes there just have to be more Muslim superheroes and such in comic books, while giving ethnicities and nationalities a pass:
When Safiyya Hosein, an avid reader and comics writer, started to get frustrated with how Muslim characters are represented in fictional stories, she decided to help change the narrative.
We've heard that before, even as both Marvel and DC alike already pandered to the demands of whiners like her.
Hosein’s study is mainly centered around depictions of two Marvel Comics heroes: Dust from the X-Men series, who wears a niqab and can turn into living sand, and Ms. Marvel, a Muslim Pakistani-American shapeshifter. She recruited 10 participants between the ages of 18 to 28, mostly around Ryerson’s Toronto campus, through flyers and talks in classes. She showed them a presentation about the two heroes, and interviewed them about their perceptions.
Ah, now on this, there's some very irritating background to Dust's creation. Ethan Van Sciver, the purported conservative, served as the artist on New X-Men #133, where she debuted. An early product of Marvel's own social justice machine, and of leftist Grant Morrison, and decidedly an embarrassment upon Van Sciver's resume. I gotta wonder, does Van Sciver have any regrets about participating in propaganda that's hurtful to victims of Islamofascism, not the least being Muslim women themselves? Interestingly, Dust/Sooraya Qadir hasn't appeared wearing a niqab at all times, and her identity therefore is known, but even so, if anybody involved in that propaganda and SJW mishmash at Marvel was trying to make it seem as though Muslim women haven't ever been oppressed by their own men in any way, then they only made the situation worse.
Hosein said that most of her participants really connected with Ms. Marvel, who is presented as a typical down-to-Earth teenager from New Jersey and addresses themes of identity and religion.
Then how come they're not buying it? My guess is that even Canadians couldn't stomach the political propaganda virtually the entire series is built around, and that's why it ultimately bored so many in slumberland.

That said, it turns out the propagandist in Canada isn't so impressed with Dust, despite how it otherwise does serve a propaganda purpose:
Dust, on the other hand, represents a more tokenized Muslim identity that isn’t well represented, Hosein said—most of her participants didn’t find her relatable either. She thinks her depiction is orientalist, which shows in the fact that her powers are directly related to sand and deserts.

She chose to focus on Muslim women because they’re depicted in a lot of stories as needing to be saved from oppression. In Dust’s comic debut, she is saved from the Taliban by Wolverine while unconscious. “There was always a fascination with Muslim women in popular culture as oppressed,” Hosein told me.

Hosein thinks that when creators aren’t familiar with the community they’re writing about, it’s more likely that that representation will be inaccurate or stereotypical: “There's never been a Muslim that's been [Dust’s] creator, and it shows,” Hosein said.

No, but the creation, such as it was, otherwise excused Islam by depicting Dust as observant and viewing the religion positively, and characterizing her as wearing her niqab because she doesn't want men to see her, and not because the Taliban wanted it. Oh, and this picture demonstrates that they did depict Dust sans niqab, something not all Islamists would appreciate.
Ms. Marvel, on the other hand, is co-created and written by Muslim women, which she said has caused the character to be written in a much more sensitive and realistic way. Still, Hosein points out that though Ms. Marvel’s stories address stereotyping of people of colour in general, they haven’t directly addressed the everyday Islamophobia that American Muslims face. “Ms. Marvel is an American superhero at the end of the day, so why don't we see her address this reality that so many Muslims live with and live in fear of?” she said
That's odd, I thought they did. If anything, in one of the first issues, an "infidel" plays a joke of giving her food to eat or drink mixed with non-halal alcohol, and typical white Americans were portrayed pretty negatively. And the election issue certainly came close to serving the kind of leftist propaganda people like her condone. I guess that basically confirms how SJWs won't be satisfied either way. The propagandist at Vice also points to something she's condoning at DC:
If she had the chance, Hosein would want to further study the representation of Muslim men, who are often depicted as violent and uncivilised—though there are some exceptions, like the Green Lantern Simon Baz. Even in these stories of female Muslims being freed from oppression, the underlying message is that they’re freeing themselves from oppressive men: “When you think about that, what does that say about Muslim men?” she said.
Yep, as I figured, there are Islamists out there who'd consider Simon Baz a character who represents their beliefs in some way or other. But what she misses, deliberately or otherwise, is that in stories like the New X-Men propaganda brewed up by early SJWs, the religion itself isn't actually described negatively. Rather, it follows the narrative compounded by Dubya that a "great religion was hijacked".

And on this note, let me make clear that, while I do think it's regrettable Van Sciver's had problems with SJWs and/or ultra-leftists, I don't think his participation in developing Islamic/leftist propaganda can be excused so easily, unless maybe he's willing to apologize and admit he made a mistake. What his recent run-ins with the left demonstrate is that, no matter how much he may participate in developing propaganda the left upholds, it won't guarantee they'll respect him by any stretch. In fact, save for maybe a few issues he drew of Impulse early in his career, there isn't much else in his resume I find appealing. I certainly have no interest in the Green Lantern books he drew for Geoff Johns, who created the Baz character and laced with leftist propaganda from the get-go. Maybe if Van Sciver would consider taking his talents to a smaller company with more respectable writers involved, and offering his services there, I could consider. But not as things stand now, unfortunately.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Justice League #34 may feature Islamic terrorists, but still does enough to dampen the topic

Now here's something where veteran Christopher Priest almost succeeds in offering bold subject matter within the pages of the current Justice League volume, but there's still elements in here that take away impact, and do a disfavor to Wonder Woman in the process. For example, let's take a look at the picture below:
So two jihadists are holding some hostages - mainly two Christian nuns - and Wonder Woman takes the task of finding her way inside to stop them. But the mistake made is that they make her sound naive, which has become a troubling cliche by now. She says, "Praying on the defenseless while espousing a 'godly' ideology is an egregious form of self-deception." Which sounds like the kind of propaganda you might hear bad European politicians mouthing off, or even the weak statements from Dubya that he believed al Qaeda "hijacked a great religion." To make matters worse, Diana even says she doubts the terrorists would carry out their threat. It makes little difference how you look at this from a modern perspective; making WW sound so naive, not confronting the issue with a proper awareness of the barbarism and suicide mentality jihadists can go by, only makes her look idiotic and not well educated or trained at all.

And then, another problem is that the book just had to include DC's most notable apologia creation, Simon Baz, the Muslim Green Lantern. On which note, I recently found the following screenshot on Twitter, and guess what kind of person's upholding the Baz character, seen at the beginning of the issue doing Islamic prayer on another planet while wearing an odd outfit that looks like an Egyptian mummy:
See the hashtag in the text? "Free Palestine"? Yep, that's the kind of people lauding Geoff Johns' badly crafted character. Anti-Israelists. And if Johns and company do nothing to distance themselves from such a bunch, that's one more reason why I see no reason to support this dismal excuse for a science fiction adventure.

Back on the story itself involving Diana's encounter with the jihadists, it ends with one of them getting hold of her sword and using it to stab one of the nuns to death after the police throw in some flash bombs, and Batman arrives too late to stop him either. I don't think WW couldn't accomplish the raid so incompetently, which, coupled with the naive view of the jihadists, is hugely disappointing. She may not be as fast as the Flash, but her speed is still good enough to bring down the terrorists without serious risk that they'd manage to claim an innocent's life.

The following description from the reviewing site of Batman doesn't sound any better:
But I’m not that interested in a series in which we have to watch Batman crying some man tears over his terrible situation. [...]
If he's depicted as a sobber, that's another minus detracting from this whole story, which is apparently setting up "The people versus the Justice League". It may have been done before, but this is already becoming too much.

This could've been a nifty story where the League would have to bring down some Islamic jihadists, but I think they've blown it all the same, because political correctness unsurprisingly dictated the writing.

Diversity and Comics had the following to say in this video:

He seems to understand what's wrong with this whole mess, and why the dialogue simply doesn't do the subject matter...justice. Not even for Wonder Woman and Batman.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Helmand Province Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas everybody!

Seen on Twitter:



Friday, December 15, 2017

Iraq's still rife with antisemitism

So much, in fact, that the family of the Iraqi contestant in the recent Miss Universe paegeant had to flee because of her friendship with the Israeli contestant:
Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, became friendly with fellow contestant Adar Gandelsman, the Israeli contestant in the Miss Universe International Beauty Pageant held in Las Vegas last month. They even posted pictures together on Instagram, wishing “love and peace” to all – but the reaction of Idan’s fellow countrymen has been anything but peaceful.

So many people posted comments that cursed her for this act that the 27-year-old beauty queen felt she had to defend herself, noting in another post that the picture only showed her desire for peace and “does not signal support for the government of Israel and does not mean I agree or accept its policies in the Arab homeland.” And she apologized to anyone who considered it “harmful to the Palestinian cause.” But, courageously, she did not remove the photo from her account.

Idan’s participation in the swimsuit competition of the event also aroused great anger, with her family actually leaving Baghdad temporarily after being threatened by their more conservative relatives after that preliminary round of the pageant. However, Miss Israel told Israeli TV Wednesday that Idan’s relatives have now been forced to leave Iraq because of the anger over their joint picture, as well as ones of her modeling in a bikini.

“The two of those things together caused a mess for her back home where people made threats against her and her family that if she didn’t return home and take down the photos, they would remove her (Miss Iraq) title, that they would kill her,” Adar Gandelsman said.
Because of this, she's practically living in the USA now, where she's studying as a musician. I do think she should've avoided bringing up the "palestinian cause" mainly because it won't mollify the monsters. And this reaction compounds the failure of the Bush/Obama administrations to change the cultural attitudes in Iraq even after Saddam Hussein was deposed, making the war in Iraq meaningless. If cultural/ideological beliefs aren't changed, then the problem only persists.

Satmar's overlord condemns recognition of Jerusalem, the Conservative Judaist movement defends

Two interesting contrasts in who abhors recognition of Jerusalem and who appreciates it. In the former category, we have the Satmar's head honcho, Aaron Teitelbaum:
The head of one of the two rival groups of the staunchly anti-Zionist Satmar Hassidic movement ripped into President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week.

Satmar, known as one of the most dogmatically anti-Zionist Hassidic sects, refuses to recognize the State of Israel and calls on members living in Israel not to vote in national elections, even for haredi parties and not to accept any funding from the state, including National Insurance payments. Satmar, however, does care for the welfare of Jews and runs the free meals for those staying in hospitals for Shabbat to care for loved ones.

Speaking before thousands of his followers at a celebration on Saturday night at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx, the head of one of the two Satmar groups that split after the previous Grand Rabbi's death, Rebbe Aharon Teitelboim, said that Trump had no right to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"We declare in the name of haredi Judaism: Jerusalem, the holy city, will not be the capital of the Zionist state, even if the President of the United States says it is," said Teitelboim.
It figures he'd even speak even in the name of haredis who don't agree with him. He's once again proven the Satmar are the defect in Orthodoxy who're hell-bent on proving themselves the closest allies to Islamofascists. That's practically why they distort the whole meaning of Zionism, when it's just a synonym for patriotism.

In the latter category, we have the Conservative movement, who've supported Donald Trump's recognition:
The Conservative movement’s US, Israel and global branches have welcomed US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, while calling for progress in advancing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The statement comes in contrast to the declaration of the Reform movement, which said the decision was “ill-timed” and would “exacerbate the conflict.” The Conservative movement highlighted this difference in its statement to the Hebrew press.

The statement, published by its constituent institutions on Thursday, said it was “pleased by Trump’s declaration, and expressed the hope that the process of transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem begins in the near future.

“The status of Jerusalem is a matter to be settled in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. But in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and planning to move the American embassy to a location under uncontested Israeli sovereignty, the US government acknowledges the age-old connection that Israel and the Jewish people maintain with the holy city,” read the statement authored by the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Masorti Israel and Masorti Olami.
Though the leadership may hold onto positions you could disapprove of, their backing for Trump's declaration of recognition is a positive step, and helps set them apart from both the Satmar and the awful Reform movement, who've also unshockingly voiced their support for the PLO's demands. We certainly don't need those two, and it's funny they'd have such problems with each other when they share some common ground on the aspects of evil together.