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The Demo Degradation of American Patriotism
by Mark Alexander  
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IG: Islamic State Has Lost Control of All Its 
Territory in Iraq and 99% of Its Territory in Syria
by cnsnews.com  
{cnsnews.com} ~ The Lead Inspector General for Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq... said in his latest report, released Nov. 5, that the Islamic State had lost all of the territory it had once held in Iraq and 99 percent of the territory it once held in Syria. “With regard to OIR, ISIS has lost control of all of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and remains in control only of an estimated one percent of territory it once held in Syria,” said the report. The IG report, however, did not claim that the OIR military operation had killed all members of the Islamic State in the region or eliminate sympathy for its cause. “Overall, the report said that in its assessment a ‘reduced, covert version’ of ISIS will survive in Iraq and Syria and will maintain a presence in neighboring countries and affiliates in multiple countries, including Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen,” said the report. The report also said the vision of the Islamic State continues to be the creation of a “caliphate.” “Furthermore, the DoD stated to the media that ISIS is ‘well-positioned to rebuild and work on enabling its physical caliphate to re-emerge,’” said the report...  https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cnsnewscom-staff/ig-islamic-st...
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After Trump’s Syria Decision US-Led Coalition
Continues Airstrikes, Says ISIS ‘Presents a Very Real Threat’
by Patrick Goodenough
{cnsnews.com} ~ As the various parties engaged in the Syrian conflict mull the looming departure of U.S. forces, the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in both Syria and Iraq announced airstrikes were continuing... to degrade a terrorist group that “presents a very real threat to the long-term stability in this region.” The Christmas Day statement from Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) contrasted with President Trump’s assertions last week that ISIS has been defeated, thereby justifying the withdrawal of the 2,000 American troops in Syria. It said coalition airstrikes and coordinated fire had continued through last week (Dec. 16-22) in support of its partner forces fighting against ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley. The task force said the attacks had destroyed ISIS logistics facilities and staging areas, degrading the terrorists’ ability to maneuver, and that precision strikes on financial centers had dealt a significant blow to its ability to finance terror activities. In addition, several hundred ISIS fighters had been “removed … from the battlefield.”...  https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/after-tru...
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Iran at War
by Michael Ledeen
{frontpagemag.com} ~ Kredo says American officials, by which I presume he refers to the Intelligence Community and the deep thinkers at State and the NSC... believe that the Iranian regime is planning a “massive regional war.”  This comes in the wake of the Israeli attack against Hezbollah tunnels into Israel from Lebanese areas under its Iranian control, and emergency meetings in Europe between US Secretary of State Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. We have often misread Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s real intentions, so it’s best to be skeptical of this dramatic claim, but there’s certainly some reason to take it seriously. The Iranian/Hezbollah tunnel operation has been under way for years, and the mullahs and their favorite terrorists have long told themselves that Hezbollah “defeated” Israel in their last battle. Hence, they might believe they could win the next one. There is no doubt at all that they want to destroy Israel, and if they still had a compliant American president in the White House—like scumbag/liar-nObama--they might try it. But they’ve got Trump to deal with. And the “mad dog” in the Pentagon.  They do not believe they can defeat us on the battlefield. We say we will stand with Israel, and we have just moved a carrier group into the Iranians’ neighborhood. So? I don’t think the Iranian leader and his henchmen want to mess with us. So, the question is, do they really believe we will go after them if they unleash the massive regional war? It’s not just a foreign policy matter, as we all know. There are massive demonstrations all over the country, including areas long considered loyal to the regime. The anti-regime demonstrations now embrace all levels of society, from the steelworkers to the Bazaaris, and they are expanding. The mullahs fear these people, and dread a “white revolution” of the sort that brought down the Shah forty years ago. On the one hand, they might hope for “patriotic” support for a war against Israel and the United States. On the other hand, they might fear that the Iranian people would support the other side, spelling curtains for the Islamic Republic...  https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/272325/iran-war-michael-ledeen
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Syria: Allah’s Armageddon
by Jules Gomes
{frontpagemag.com} ~ “But if the cause be not good, the King himself hath a heavy reckoning to make,” says soldier Williams in Shakespeare’s Henry V, before the Battle of Agincourt... In the face of opposition from Republicans and Democrats and international allies, President Donald Trump has ruled that the Syrian cause is not a good one. “Does the USA want to be the Policeman of the Middle East, getting NOTHING but spending precious lives and trillions of dollars protecting others who, in almost all cases, do not appreciate what we are doing?” tweets the Commander-in-Chief of the United States. It’s worse than the US getting nothing. Syria is a holy war. Westerners who refuse to concede how central religion is to the Eastern worldview simply cannot see the futility of getting sucked into a jihad that is not ours to fight. Trump, the ever-astute businessman, doesn’t suffer from the grand delusion of his predecessors. They considered it an evangelical mission to usher in the silver age of democracy to an Islamic world that longs for the golden age of a Caliphate. Trump, the real-estate realist, isn’t infected with the virus of wishful thinking which leads Western leaders to believe that our secular interventions will solve the centuries-old religious problems of the Islamic world. The jihadists know they can sucker the West into a war with a few video clips and an amateur production of Lawrence of Arabia. They know how to lure naïve infidels like us who sanitise religion from the public square and are supremely unaware of the Islamic theology of the end times. Would General Matthis and his defenders accept the reality that the crisis in Syria is fuelled by the expectation of an apocalyptic countdown to Allah’s Armageddon?...  https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/272335/syria-allahs-armageddon-jul...
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The Phony 'Crises' of Progressives
by Bruce Thornton
{frontpagemag.com} ~ In November 2008, President-elect scumbag/liar-nObama’s chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel signaled the new administration’s progressive sensibility when he said... “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” For an ideology impatient with the rules of political change and democratic persuasion, the urgency of alleged crises creates powerful opportunities for politicians to suspend those rules and bypass the process of deliberation in which citizens exercise their autonomy and sovereignty. Emanuel’s progressive intent becomes clearer if we see its relationship to progressive psychologist William James’ famous metaphor, “the moral equivalent of war.” There are serious social-political battles to fight, the implication goes, and it’s the moral duty of everyone to fight for the right side. In the case of progressives, the right side is the “arc of history” progressively bending toward greater “social justice” and equality, but impeded by the superstitious, the greedy, the unenlightened, and the evil. Delve deeper into James’ metaphor and you see its sinister dimensions. Heraclitus said, “War is the father and king of all: some he has made gods, and some men; some slaves and some free.” War is the original creative destruction, in which fortune can turn in mere minutes. As such war often demands that the machinery of consensual government be compromised.  The demands of war––the need for rapid mobilization, provision of matériel, and decisions and actions whose success relies on decisiveness and speed–– has led even constitutional states to provide for an office or executive that can be temporarily allowed expanded power. The powers of the ancient Roman office of dictator, or the extra-constitutional scope given to our commanders-in-chief during wartime, speaks to the unique circumstances that war creates. But the example of Julius Caesar illustrates as well the dangers of giving one man too much power. Appointed dictator for a year, Caesar had his term eventually extended to life. During his tenure Caesar encroached on and abused the constitutional powers of other Republican institutions. And at the time of his assassination, he was rumored to be planning on becoming a king...
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The Demo Degradation of American Patriotism
by Mark Alexander:   The greatest threat to the First Amendment and freedom of the press is the Leftmedia.

             In a non-contextual defense of the mass media, I often see cited the following quote: “Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.”
               While I believe Thomas Jefferson was correct in that assessment, in context he was referring to an institution that would live up to the high journalistic standards expected of a “free press,” as well as a people who would be able to make decisions based on sound analysis rather than soundbites.
               Jefferson also offered this observation on the press: “Newspapers … serve as chimneys to carry off noxious vapors and smoke.” In 1805, Jefferson wrote, “During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare.”
               Ominously, he added, “These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety.”
               And given the propagation of “fake news” by the contemporary media, Jefferson was downright prophetic: “The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood.”
               The prevalence of press partiality had been noted by Benjamin Franklin years earlier. In 1789, ahead of deliberations for our Bill of Rights, he wrote, “If by the liberty of the press … it means the liberty of affronting, calumniating and defaming one another, I, for my part, own myself willing to part with my share of it.
               In every era since our founding, some journalists have upheld the high standards expected of a free press. However, most have abused their positions, aligned their reports with their personal perspectives and allegiances, and presented their opinions as facts. This abuse of the free-press privilege is, as Jefferson noted, “deeply to be regretted.”...  

~The Patriot Post  

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Comment by Rudy Tirre on December 28, 2018 at 8:58am

Bonnie

So much for the truth. Liberal dems will never admit they are wrong and will continue. The people must - must wake up and act.

Comment by Bonnie Somer on December 28, 2018 at 4:59am

THE PRESS TODAY IS AN ARM OF THE LIB DEM LEFT.  TOO BAD FOR IT WOULD BE NICE

IF THAT WERE NOT THE CASE.   ASIDE FROM THAT LIBS LEARNED THAT BY BECOMING 

TEACHERS THEY CAN BRAINWASH OUR KIDS THEY ARE DOING THAT IT IS OUR JOB TO

STOP THAT AND WE MUST TEACH OUR KIDS FIRST.    THE EVIL OF A COMMUNIST OR TOTALITARIAN SOCIETY.   WE ARE NOW IN A WORLD GEORGE ORWELL WARNED US OF IN 1984 A WORLD OF SURVEILLANCE AND TOO MUCH TECHNO STUFF TOO MUCH COMPUTERS.   THE GOVT STORES AND SEES ALL.  

YEP WE ARE SURELY AT A CROSSROAD AND CANNOT CRACK NOW.   

THE NATION IS AT STAKE.   

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SICK: Leprosy On The Rise In Los Angeles 

Ahh, the joys of open borders and Democrat leadership.

California is not just a public toilet but now there is evidence that leprosy is on the rise in Los Angeles County.

Barack Obama changed US law in 2016 and allowed immigrants with blistering STDs and leprosy to migrate to the US.

Medscape reported:

Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is rarely seen in the United States, but cases continue to emerge in Los Angeles County, a new report says.

“Hansen’s disease still exists, and we need to educate medical students and physicians,” coauthor Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa from Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, told Reuters Health by email.

Dr. Ochoa and colleagues identified 187 patients with the disease in a review of medical records from their leprosy clinic spanning 1973 to 2018. Most patients were Latino, originating from Mexico, and they experienced a median delay in diagnosis of more than three years, the team reports JAMA Dermatology, online August 7.

Multibacillary leprosy (MB) cases outnumbered paucibacillary leprosy (PB) cases by nearly eight to one (88.6% vs. 11.4%, respectively), and Latino patients were more likely than non-Latino patients to have MB, as were patients from Central or South America (versus other regions).

Most patients (80.7%) received multidrug therapy, and most (92.6%) received antibiotics for more than two years, especially if they had MB.

Only about half of patients (56.7%) had World Health Organization (WHO) grade 0 disability (no signs or symptoms suggestive of leprosy or disability) at the one-year follow-up, whereas 16.0% had grade 1 disability (loss of protective sensation) and 26.2% had grade 2 disability (visible deformity) at the last follow-up.

Among the patients who lost protective sensation, 87.7% (50/57) did not regain it following therapy.

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