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MEMORIAL DAY FLAG WAVE ON FRIDAY MAY 29th – THE PUBLIC, VETERANS, LAW ENFORCEMENT & FIRST RESPONDERS ARE INVITED TO JOIN US.

 PLEASE NOTICE THIS  EVENT IS TO BE HELD
FRIDAY MAY 29th, 2015
NOT ON THE FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED MEMORIAL DAY.
WE ASK THAT YOU ATTEND LOCAL EVENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
ON MEMORIAL DAY MAY 25th, 2015

 Our country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

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The Highlands Tea Party will hold a Memorial Day flag wave Friday May 29th at Boom Booms Guns and Ammo starting at 10:00AM till Noon. Donuts will be available in the morning, Hot dogs and beverages for all after the Flag wave.
We chose this date as so many other events were taking place on Memorial Day locally, we did not want to interfere with those activities.  We will be recognizing our Military Men and Women who gave their all, along with Law Enforcement and First Responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty to the Public.

It give us the opportunity to recognize them twice.

“Every year, Memorial Day is an opportunity for
all Americans to come 
together to honor
the heroic men and women who courageously

made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our
great nation and
to express the profound
gratitude, respect and admiration

that we have for them each and every day,”

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We  also  recognize those of our
Law Enforcement and First Responders
who have sacrificed their lives
in the protection of  the public

Red Line orange line Blue line symbol

We are non-Partisan, this event  is not a political statement, it is a show of Honor, Respect, and Remembrance of our Fallen Hero’s. We ask the public join us in this recognition.

Highlands Tea Party Weekly Meeting -May 26, 2015 Homers Smorgasbord 6-8 PM

A - We The People Highlands CntyMEETS EVERY TUESDAY 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
HOMERS SMORGASBORD
1000 Sebring Square
SEBRING, FLORIDA
May 26, 2015
Guest Speaker
CHARLIE COX – SPEAKING ON FLORIDA GUN RIGHTS.

 MEETING AGENDA
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Chaplin Jenkin Davis or Dale Pflug
Acknowledgement of First Time Visitors.
CHAIRMAN’S NOTES 
POPVOX – https://popvox.com/    It’s Your Voice – Check it out! We urge everyone who has internet to get connected
NumbersUSA – https://www.numbersusa.com/ – Educating Americans on the need for policies of controlled immigration for the national interest. GET CONNECTED!

UPCOMING EVENTS
May 26th – Dale Pflug – Will give a Power Point Presentation on We The People Education Group on Common Law
June 2nd,   – Terry Trussell – The establishment is attacking Terry for doing his job as Grand Jury Foreman by reporting the True Bills and putting them into the public record Come and hear Terry’s Story about the Injustice of our Justice System.
June 9th – Frank DeVarona – The Muslim Threat to America
June 16th – Art Ally – Faith and Liberty
June 30th – TONY MUNNINGS  – CANDIDATE FOR STATE REP DISTRICT #55.
July 14th – Amapola & James Hansberger – Legal Immigrants for America
July 21st –   Pastor Tom Lahte  –  Autopsy of a Deceased Church
August 4th – Caitlin Butler -Turning point USA and Life in a liberal Campus

September 1 – Dr. Duke Pesta – The Perils of Common COre – Dr, Pesta is one of the nations most recognized  experts on the Perils of Common Core.  Dr. Duke Pesta, FreedomProject Education’s Academic Director and Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, If you are a Parent, Educator, Politician, have nephews, neices are a therapist or Religious leader, you do not want to miss this presentation!

September 15Tom Trento – Tom just now returned from Israel & will update us on the current state of affairs with the Israel & the  Muslim world 

October 20 – Brian Mast – Motivational Speaker – Double Amputee from Afghanistan.

Florida lawmakers have tentatively agreed to return in a June 1-20 special session to pass a new state budget.

Opposing Medicaid Expansion will be the main issue in the special session

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court gave states the option to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  I agree with the Speaker’s belief that expanding Medicaid is not in the best interest of our state. I believe there are principled reasons for declining to grow a government entitlement program that currently costs $23.5 billion per year in state and federal funding, amounting to about one-third of Florida’s budget.  Many in the house, oppose expanding Medicaid because we believe it is a broken system with poor health outcomes, high inflation, and unseverable federal strings. Trips to the ER for routine medical care are the most expensive way to treat people. Medicaid promised to decrease the number of people going to the ER for this very reason, but instead ER visits have increased by people on Medicaid for non emergency issues. For example, a study in 2014 out of Oregon showed that over an 18 month period they saw a 40% increase in Medicaid patient visits to the ER, and it was determined that many of these patients did not need emergency care.  Under current law, Florida already provides for some of our most vulnerable citizens: low-income children, low-income pregnant women, low-income elderly, and low-income disabled people.

Federal Legislative votes

 

H.R. 1191: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015
The House Majority Leader indicated the bill would be considered in the week ahead on May 13, 2015.  Status: This bill has been passed in the House and the Senate, but the Senate made changes and sent it back to the House on May 7, 2015.
 

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HEADLINE NEWS 2015

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Week of May 24, 2015 – May 30, 2015

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  • THEHILL – Iowa straw poll on death watch? – 05/25
    The Iowa straw poll deathwatch is underway.  Political watchers in the Hawkeye State say the controversial event, which has served as the traditional starting point for the GOP presidential campaign, has suffered significant blows to its credibility and is at risk of collapsing.  “The straw poll is toast,” said Steffen Schmidt, a professor of political science at Iowa State University. “The brand is dead.” The event, which has been a big moneymaker for the state party, has been criticized for years, chiefly for two reasons: the cost of full participation for candidates has been prohibitive, and the results have tended to push forward  long-shots with no real chance of winning the GOP nomination.
  • NEWSMAX – Bob Woodward: Bush Didn’t Lie About WMDs to Justify Iraq War. – 05/25
    Former President George W. Bush did not lie about the presence of weapons of mass destruction to justify the Iraq War, Journalist Bob Woodward said Sunday. The argument has been used for years by Democrats and other detractors, but Woodward said on “Fox News Sunday” that his own 18-month investigation showed that Bush was actually skeptical that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had WMDs as Saddam claimed.  Though plenty of mistakes were made in the invasion of Iraq, Bush actually told CIA Director George Tenet, “Don’t let anyone stretch the case on WMD,” Woodward said. The reason the United States went into Iraq was “momentum,” he said. “That war plan kept getting better and easier, and finally at the end people were saying, ‘Hey, look, it’ll only take a week or two.'”  Though it can be argued the war was a mistake, Woodward told host Chris Wallace, “there was no lie in this that I could find.”
  • NEWSMAX – ISIS Suggests It Can Smuggle a Nuke Into US Through Mexico05/24
    The Islamic State is using the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq to pose the “far-fetched” hypothetical of purchasing its first nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year and getting it into the United States through the porous Southern border. The terrorists raise the issue in an op-ed piece entitled “The Perfect Storm” that it attributes to John Cantlie, the British photojournalist whom ISIS took hostage in November 2012, The Independent reports.  Cantlie has since appeared in many of the group’s propaganda videos. Here are the key sections of the piece, according to the Independent Journal Review:
      
    “Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table. The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilayah (Province) in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region. The weapon is then transported overland until it makes it to Libya, where the mujahidin move it south to Nigeria.
  • THEHILL – The GOP’s Benghazi summer – 05/24
    Welcome to the GOP’s Benghazi summer.  After being hammered for months by Democrats for moving at a “glacial” pace, the GOP-controlled House Select Committee on Benghazi is picking up the pace. “We are pedal to the metal because we are ready to get this thing done,” said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.), one of the panel’s seven Republicans. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said the uptick was result of mounting frustration among Republicans over what they view as foot-dragging on the part of the Obama administration to the panel’s various document and information requests related the 2012 attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador there and three other Americans, and their aftermath.  “Let’s get going because there’s only so much frustration until finally you got to say, ‘Well, we’re going to do whatever now to try to get that information now,’” he said.This week the panel subpoenaed Sidney Blumenthal, an informal adviser to Hillary Clinton when she helmed the State Department, and who has since agreed to appear before the select committee by the requested June 3 deadline.
  • WND – ‘Climate change’ worries Obama, pope more than ISIS 05/24
    NEW YORK – President Obama and the Vatican under the leadership of Pope Francis are equally committed to elevating climate change to a top public policy priority, ahead of issues such as the continued surge of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and its massacre of Christians.  But they are ignoring a growing body of scientific evidence challenging the assumptions on which the theory of human-caused “climate change” is based, critics contend.  Marc Morano, editor of the website ClimateDepot.com, called President Obama’s speech on the subject Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy commencement “politically contrived nonsense,” arguing “scientific studies, data and history refute Obama’s climate/national security claims.”  “The president’s speech was so farcical in its claims that it hardly merits a response,” Morano said in a statement posted on ClimateDepot.com. “Contrary to the president’s claims, it seems ISIS may in fact trump ICE as a bigger concern.”  Morano said that “believing Obama’s climate claims undermines our nation’s ability to distinguish real threats from politically contrived nonsense.”
  • NEWSMAX -David Koch: Brothers Plan to Back ‘Several’ Republicans for 2016 05/23
    David Koch said Saturday that he and his brother Charles plan to support more than one Republican’s presidential campaign this year, but they are not ready to announce who they are backing.  “We are thinking of supporting several Republicans,” the billionaire Republican supporter said on The Larry Kudlow Show. Koch said the support will likely come in “the primary season, winter and next spring” and will be determined based on the policies the hopefuls back. “If we’re happy with the policies that these individuals are supporting, we will finance their campaigns,” Koch told Kudlow.  
    The brothers are reportedly planning a massive $900 million strategy to put a Republican in the White House in 2016, including a $125 million budget next year for its flagship Americans for Prosperity, in an effort described as “beyond the biggest, boldest, broadest effort AFP has ever undertaken.
  • WASHINGTON POST – Obama wins trade victory in the Senate -05/23
    President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations.  A coalition of 48 Senate Republicans and 14 Democrats voted for Trade Promotion Authority late Friday, sending the legislation to a difficult fight in the House, where it faces more entrenched opposition from Democrats.  The Senate coalition fought off several attempts by opponents to undermine the legislation, defeating amendments that were politically popular but potentially poisonous to Obama’s bid to secure the trade deal.
  • THE HILL – Administration moves to end bulk data collection 05/23
    The Senate is preparing for a last-minute attempt to save expiring portions of the Patriot Act, but it may already be too late. The Obama administration is already starting to end the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, after legislative inaction forced the upper chamber to kick the can until next Sunday — mere hours before the laws expire.  Without congressional approval, the White House failed to ask the secretive Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court to renew the program by a Friday deadline.  The administration also began taking its own steps to end the NSA’s controversial phone records collection program. “We’ve said for the past several days that the wind-down process would need to begin yesterday if there was no legislative agreement,” one administration official told The Hill early on Saturday morning. “That process has begun.”
  • THE HILL – Senate takes key step toward passing fast-track for Obama 05/21
    The Senate voted Thursday to end debate on fast-track trade legislation, handing a significant victory to President Obama and moving the bill a step closer to passage. A final vote could come as soon as Thursday if senators agree to limit the final 30 hours of debate allowed under Senate rules.  
    Senators voted 62-38 on the bill, which will allow the president to send a sweeping Asia-Pacific trade deal to Congress for an up-or-down vote, and prevent the deal from being amended by Congress.  Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) were among the final Democratic yes votes.   They appeared to vote after Cantwell secured an agreement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to allow a vote in June on renewing the Export-Import Bank’s charter.  The bank, which has come under criticism from conservative Republicans, helps finance U.S. investments meant to increase trade, and has been supported in the past by Boeing.  The very final vote was cast by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a former U.S. trade representative for the Bush administration who is in a tough reelection cycle. He voted yes.

Court decision will allow guest worker & spouses to get a job before Laid Off American Workers – What Obama does for America???

Court decision will allow guest worker spouses to get a job

A federal judge threw out a challenge to a key Obama immigration executive order that allows the spouses of guest workers to seek employment in the US, saying that it was “highly speculative” that the American workers challenging the rule would be injured.

“Save Jobs does not explain how many IT jobs may be taken by H-4 visa holders, how many of those jobs its members may have sought themselves, what pay or benefits its members risk losing while the case is pending, or what other harm its members may face,” the judge wrote. “The court is left to speculate as to the magnitude of the injury, and speculation is not enough to turn economic loss into irreparable harm.”

 The H-4 visa is given to dependents of H-1B visa holders, who are sought-after high-skilled workers.

Immigrant rights advocates have long sought the change, arguing that it’s unfair to restrict legal workers’ spouses from also getting jobs.

The Obama administration said allowing the spouses to work will help entice the best H-1B applicants from around the world.

Officials expect about 179,000 people to be eligible the first year, and 55,000 a year after that.

The issue of immigrants and work has become more controversial in recent months with reports that American tech firms are increasingly turning to H-1B workers as a cheaper alternative.

Employees of one California tech company testified to Congress earlier this year that they were laid off but were asked first to train their replacements, H-1B visa holders.

Save Jobs USA argued that the administration was going beyond its legal powers, similar to the arguments over Mr. Obama’s expanded deportation amnesty, and said the Homeland Security Department was ignoring the labor market, which can’t handle the extra workers.

But Judge Chutkan never reached the legal issues, saying that it wasn’t clear whether the workers or the administration had the better of that argument — but that it wasn’t necessary to even decide that issue since the plaintiffs couldn’t show they would directly be competing with the H-4 visa holders.

The judge’s standard of proof of injury is ludicrous. Of course the plaintiffs have no idea how many jobs will be affected – they’re not soothsayers. Further, the judge thinks “economic loss” doesn’t lead to “irreparable harm” – a dubious  notion considering what the loss of a job can mean to a family.

On another front, a bi-partisan group of Senators is asking DHS to investigate whether the guest worker program is leading to layoffs of native born workers. So far, Homeland Security has refused to look into the matter.

“At this point it would be premature for USCIS to speculate as to whether Southern California Edison’s participation in the H-1B program has violated laws,” Mr. Rodriguez wrote. “If facts come to our attention that indicate violations have occurred, USCIS will take appropriate action to maintain the integrity of our programs.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, and Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, were not pleased with the brushoff.

“We did not ask for speculation; we asked for an investigation,” they said in a joint statement.

Yeah, well, good luck with that, guys. Anything that reflects badly on the president’s immigration executive orders has as much chance of being investigated as Hillary Clinton’s emails.

By hook or by crook, the Obama administration is going to transform the workforce in America to reflect their extreme ideological notions of race, class, and culture. Hi-tech workers born and educated in America are to be thrown under the bus in this effort, The companies that are hiring these guest workers at the expense of American citizens should be charged for their illegal actions.

A federal judge threw out a challenge to a key Obama immigration executive order that allows the spouses of guest workers to seek employment in the US, saying that it was “highly speculative” that the American workers challenging the rule would be injured.

“Save Jobs does not explain how many IT jobs may be taken by H-4 visa holders, how many of those jobs its members may have sought themselves, what pay or benefits its members risk losing while the case is pending, or what other harm its members may face,” the judge wrote. “The court is left to speculate as to the magnitude of the injury, and speculation is not enough to turn economic loss into irreparable harm.”

The H-4 visa is given to dependents of H-1B visa holders, who are sought-after high-skilled workers.

Immigrant rights advocates have long sought the change, arguing that it’s unfair to restrict legal workers’ spouses from also getting jobs.

The Obama administration said allowing the spouses to work will help entice the best H-1B applicants from around the world.

Officials expect about 179,000 people to be eligible the first year, and 55,000 a year after that.

The issue of immigrants and work has become more controversial in recent months with reports that American tech firms are increasingly turning to H-1B workers as a cheaper alternative.

Employees of one California tech company testified to Congress earlier this year that they were laid off but were asked first to train their replacements, H-1B visa holders.

Save Jobs USA argued that the administration was going beyond its legal powers, similar to the arguments over Mr. Obama’s expanded deportation amnesty, and said the Homeland Security Department was ignoring the labor market, which can’t handle the extra workers.

But Judge Chutkan never reached the legal issues, saying that it wasn’t clear whether the workers or the administration had the better of that argument — but that it wasn’t necessary to even decide that issue since the plaintiffs couldn’t show they would directly be competing with the H-4 visa holders.

The judge’s standard of proof of injury is ludicrous. Of course the plaintiffs have no idea how many jobs will be affected – they’re not soothsayers. Further, the judge thinks “economic loss” doesn’t lead to “irreparable harm” – a dubious  notion considering what the loss of a job can mean to a family.
On another front, a bi-partisan group of Senators is asking DHS to investigate whether the guest worker program is leading to layoffs of native born workers. So far, Homeland Security has refused to look into the matter.

“At this point it would be premature for USCIS to speculate as to whether Southern California Edison’s participation in the H-1B program has violated laws,” Mr. Rodriguez wrote. “If facts come to our attention that indicate violations have occurred, USCIS will take appropriate action to maintain the integrity of our programs.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, and Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, were not pleased with the brushoff.

“We did not ask for speculation; we asked for an investigation,” they said in a joint statement.

Yeah, well, good luck with that, guys. Anything that reflects badly on the president’s immigration executive orders has as much chance of being investigated as Hillary Clinton’s emails.
By hook or by crook, the Obama administration is going to transform the workforce in America to reflect their extreme ideological notions of race, class, and culture. Hi-tech workers born and educated in America are to be thrown under the bus in this effort, The companies that are hiring these guest workers at the expense of American citizens should be charged for their illegal actions.

The Truth comes out in Comic Form!

Where do people like me go now? A GREAT ARTICLE, WHERE DO WE GO WHEN AMERICA BECOMES ISLAMIZED

Where do people like me go now?

author-imageJOSEPH FARAH
Around the turn of the 20th century, a young Christian man with an entrepreneurial spirit by the name of Joseph Farah left Lebanon with dreams of what he could do and how he could live in the New World of America.
About the same time, a young girl by the name of Alexandra Kurdock, with a similar background, left her home in Damascus, Syria, with her three brothers, Joseph, Robert and George, with similar ideas.
Joseph Farah and Alexandra Kurdock met in Paterson, New Jersey, after passing through Ellis Island for their new home. They got married, started a variety of businesses, worshipped freely in their new land with its strong Christian heritage and commitment to freedom of religion and human rights. They had a son they named John, who became my father. Meanwhile, Alexandra’s brothers started electrical contracting, plumbing and engineering businesses and prospered. They lived the American dream.
America has changed dramatically in the last 100 years. Back then, immigrants from the Middle East were nearly all Christians, most of whom were looking for a country in which they wouldn’t be dominated and oppressed by a population of largely Muslims who often treated non-Muslims like second-class citizens. They didn’t come to America to “fundamentally transform” it. Rather, they came to assimilate, learn the language, adapt to the culture, obey the laws, raise families, build businesses, pay taxes and live in freedom.
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As the grandson of Joseph Farah and Alexandra Kurdoch, I wonder where I can go to live out that dream out – or where my children and grandchildren might be able to go.
I thought about this as I read the latest story in WND about plans to flood America with tens of thousands “refugees” from my family’s old homeland – nearly all of them Sunni Muslims.
Keep in mind, throughout the Arab world Sunni Muslims are not in the minority. They are the majority. Even in Syria they are in the majority. To generalize further, they are not religiously oppressed victims. More often than not, they are doing the oppressing. In Syria, for instance, a government that generally protects religious minorities is under siege by Sunni Muslims led by the bloodthirsty ISIS, which has actually succeeded in making the Sunni al-Qaida terrorists look moderate by comparison.
Those attempting to conquer Syria and turn it into a jihadist, Shariah-compliant hellhole are all Sunni. So, first I have to ask myself why 93 percent of the “refugees” Democratic politicians in America are recruiting to the U.S. are Sunnis. It would be like recruiting Nazi “refugees” from Germany during World War II instead of Jews. The numbers of these so-called “refugees” from Syria are disproportionately Sunnis, even when considering the heavy percentage of the Sunni population there.
What’s behind this madness?
If we want to be a land of compassion to real refugees, I’m all for it. But that’s not the case here. We’re opening up American not to the victims, but to the oppressors. It’s not Sunnis who are being beheaded by ISIS. They represent the only group not being beheaded. ISIS is conducting a scorched-earth policy against Shiites, against Christians and against other religious minorities.
So one must ask, who are these Sunni “refugees”? And why are the U.S. and the U.N. clamoring to save them and from whom? And why is no one doing anything for the real refugees of Syria – the Christians and other minority groups who are facing extinction?
As for me and my offspring – my children and grandchildren – where will we go when America completely loses connection with its Christian roots and heritage? What new world can we dream about as America’s new god of multiculturalism self-immolates in its suicidal embrace of Islam? Where will you go?
Media wishing to interview Joseph Farah, please contact media@wnd.com.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/where-do-people-like-me-go-now/#q1C8sH2dfkcuX6ig.99

 

 

OUR TROOPS DESERVE THIS RAISE!

Weekly Address: A Raise For Our Troops
May 24, 2015 | View Online

In this week’s Republican address, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) urges President Obama to drop his threat to veto a defense bill that would give our troops a raise and reinforce the mission to defeat ISIL.

Honoring Memorial Day, Thornberry says, “We carry a debt to those who have served, and especially to those who have fallen, to focus just on doing what’s right for the country and what’s right for our troops, and we honor them best by building on their sacrifice to pass along to the next generation a country even stronger, even more prosperous, and even freer than we’ve enjoyed.”

Learn more about how this national defense bill helps our troops, and check out these excerpts from coverage of Chairman Thornberry’s address:

GOP gears up for fight with Obama over defense spending.  On this Memorial Day weekend, the Republican Party is gearing up for a fight on the controversial defense spending bill that recently passed the House, despite White House veto threats and steep Democratic opposition.   ‘The House bill authorized exactly the amount the president requested to keep America safe,’ Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said Saturday in a video. ‘But he wants more money for domestic programs and has threatened to veto the defense bill unless he gets it.’  …Thornberry said the bill ‘gives our troops a raise and updates their benefits’ and helps protect the nation against extremist terror threats like ISIS.” (CBS News)

Armed Services chief to Obama: Don’t ‘play politics’ on defense. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) urged President Obama on Saturday to drop his veto threat against a defense spending bill.  Thornberry argued that Obama should reconsider using executive power on the $612 billion 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) given it passed overwhelmingly in the House last week and has majority Senate support going forward.  ‘The House bill authorized exactly the amount the president requested to keep America safe,’ Thornberry said in the GOP’s weekly address. ‘But he wants more money for domestic programs and he has threatened to veto the defense bill unless he gets it.’” (The Hill)

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ISIS Leader Baghdadi Claims “Islam Was Never a Religion of Peace”

Patriots And Politics

ISIS Leader Baghdadi Claims “Islam Was Never a Religion of Peace”

ISIS recently released an audio message claiming it to be that of their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. During the 33-minute message, the speaker assumed to be Baghdadi calls for Muslim emigration to the proclaimed “caliphate” in ISIS-controlled areas of Syria and Iraq and declares ISIS is fighting “the war of all Muslims.”

Linguistic experts have analyzed the recording and while the voice does appear to be that of Baghdadi, that fact could not be verified. If this message is indeed from Baghdadi, it would be his first known communication since last November.

According to BBC.com, the speaker on the audio says:

There is no excuse for any Muslim not to migrate to the Islamic State… joining [its fight] is a duty on every Muslim. We are calling on you either to join or carry weapons [to fight] wherever you are.”

He adds: “Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting. No-one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against infidels.”

IS declared a “caliphate” over parts of Iraq and Syria in June 2014.
The speaker in the message says: “There is no might nor honour nor safety nor rights for you except in the shade of the caliphate.”

Baghdadi’s whereabouts remain unknown following reports of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes earlier this month, wherein it was reported ISIS deputy leader Abu Alaa al-Afri was killed.

Although a spokesman from the Iraqi interior ministry reported that Baghdadi had been seriously injured in a March coalition-led airstrike, the Pentagon said that it had no intelligence to confirm that.

Prospect of Hillary Clinton-Marco Rubio Matchup Unnerves Democrats

Prospect of Hillary Clinton-Marco
Rubio Matchup Unnerves Democrats
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida at a Republican convention in Georgia last week. His Cuban heritage and his youth are expected to help him gain voter support.

WASHINGTON — They use words like “historic” and “charismatic,” phrases like “great potential” and “million-dollar smile.” They notice audience members moved to tears by an American-dream-come-true success story. When they look at the cold, hard political math, they get uneasy.
An incipient sense of anxiety is tugging at some Democrats — a feeling tersely captured in four words from a blog post written recently by a seasoned party strategist in Florida: “Marco Rubio scares me.”
What is so unnerving to them at this early phase of the 2016 presidential campaign still seems, at worst, a distant danger: the prospect of a head-to-head general-election contest between Mr. Rubio, the Republican senator from Florida, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Yet the worriers include some on Mrs. Clinton’s team. And even former President Bill Clinton is said to worry that Mr. Rubio could become the Republican nominee, whittle away at Mrs. Clinton’s support from Hispanics and jeopardize her chances of carrying Florida’s vital 29 electoral votes.
Democrats express concerns not only about whether Mr. Rubio, 43, a son of Cuban immigrants, will win over Hispanic voters, a growing and increasingly important slice of the electorate. They also worry that he would offer a sharp generational contrast to Mrs. Clinton, a fixture in American politics for nearly a quarter-century who will turn 69 less than two weeks before the election.
As her supporters recall, Barack Obama beat Mrs. Clinton for the nomination in the 2008 elections after drawing similar contrasts himself.

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Oops! Updated NASA Data Reveals No Global Warming Polar Ice Retreat

Oops! Updated NASA Data Reveals No Global Warming Polar Ice Retreat

Talk about poor timing! Just as President Obama is about to give the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy on the subject of the perils of global warming, a report has come out in Forbes Magazine that updated NASA data reveals that contrary to the many alarmist stories in the mainstream media, the polar ice caps are not receding.
James Taylor, who has written on energy and environment issues, reveals that the polar ice caps have not receded at all since NASA data measurements began in 1979. Taylor also notes that the MSM has remained resolutely silent on these latest NASA data revelations:
 Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.
 The timing of the 1979 NASA satellite instrument launch could not have been better for global warming alarmists. The late 1970s marked the end of a 30-year cooling trend. As a result, the polar ice caps were quite likely more extensive than they had been since at least the 1920s. Nevertheless, this abnormally extensive 1979 polar ice extent would appear to be the “normal” baseline when comparing post-1979 polar ice extent.

Updated NASA satellite data show the polar ice caps remained at approximately their 1979 extent until the middle of the last decade. Beginning in 2005, however, polar ice modestly receded for several years. By 2012, polar sea ice had receded by approximately 10 percent from 1979 measurements. (Total polar ice area – factoring in both sea and land ice – had receded by much less than 10 percent, but alarmists focused on the sea ice loss as “proof” of a global warming crisis.)

Taylor also notes that the usual suspects in the MSM continue to maintain their silence on this NASA data that counters their beloved global warming ideology:

The frequency of polar ice cap stories may have abated, but the tone and content has not changed at all.

Since you can’t get more MSM than the New York Times, your humble correspondent is curious if the Times Dot Earth blogger, Andrew Revkin, will follow up on this. In a recent blog about the tragic deaths of Dutch polar explorers Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo, Revkin mentioned that the two proved important support to polar scientists collecting ground data to verify the accuracy of the NASA satellite data. Revkin quoted one of the scientists, Bruce C. Elder, who worked with the two Dutch polar explorers on this subject:

Satellite data is only valid as long as you have documented that it is accurate — or at least can explain the accuracy and resolved uncertainties with the data set. In the spring of 2014 we were part of a program that performed some ground-truth measurements to validate aircraft sensors and thus moving up the scale to satellite data. For this purpose — combined with a couple other programs — we took ice-based measurements that were then overflown by various aircraft with downward looking sensors, which in turn flew missions beneath the polar-orbiting satellite track.

It is very important to periodically perform these ice-based experiments so that you have confidence in what the sensor-based electronics is actually showing you. If you oversimplify things, the most accurate measurement of snow and ice thickness is done by being there — on the ice — drilling a hole and directly measuring it. There is no calibration or interpretation needed.

Okay, Andrew. So did the ground data prove that the NASA satellite data was accurate? Your homework assignment is to report on this but beware! You could be entering the Planet of the Liberals Forbidden Zone in which the facts counter the prevailing global warming ideology.
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