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Brussels Attacks:
Why America Needs Ted Cruz
Susan Stamper Brown
 How nObama Facilitated More Islamic Terror 
Most Americans are well aware of the Islamic terrorist attack in Brussels last week that left 35 dead. That awareness level probably declines, however, regarding the Easter Sunday attack in Pakistan. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, slaughtered 72 people, mostly children, and reminded the world their "target was Christians." Despite these atrocities, progressives here and in the EU invariably assure us the threat of terrorism is overblown. Such despicable nonsense cannot withstand a terribly inconvenient reality: There are far more Islamic attacks occurring than being reported by the media.
          "This list of terrorist attacks committed by Muslims since 9/11/01 ... is incomplete because not all such attacks are picked up by international news sources, even those resulting in multiple loss of life," explains a website dedicated to chronicling violence committed by the Religion of Peace™. "These are not incidents of ordinary crime involving nominal Muslims killing for money or vendetta. We only include incidents of deadly violence that are reasonably determined to have been committed out of religious duty — as interpreted by the perpetrator."
          What has been picked up is nothing short of astounding. In the last 30 days alone, there have been 136 terrorist attacks in 25 different countries. Those attacks have killed 1,122 people and injured another 3,111. And the website is quick to remind us that undercounting remains an ongoing problem, citing November 2014 as a month where they accounted for 284 attacks and 2,515 deaths, even as a BBC analysis of the same time period tallied 664 attacks and 5,042 deaths in 14 different countries.
          For perspective, BBC notes those totals came to "a daily average of 168 deaths, or seven every hour."
          Yet for many progressives and their media enablers, questioning or criticizing Islam results in reflexive accusations of Islamophobia. Leading the charge are organizations like the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) despite its continuing status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror-finance trial against the Holy Land Foundation and several officials of that organization found guilty of funding the terrorist group Hamas.
          CAIR is joined by nObama, who can't put the words "terrorism" and "Islamic" in the same sentence, yet assures us that the Islamic State is "not an existential threat" to the United States. This despite FBI director James Comey's revelation last October that there are at least 900 investigations of suspected ISIL operatives, recruits and individuals currently occurring, putting his agency under a strain. "If that becomes the new normal," Comey said, "that would be hard to keep up." 
-The Patriot Post
Ryan Anderson: "Big business has stomped into another state, trying to impose the values of the cultural left. This time, a governor who dared to stand up for responsible policy is being targeted by big business' bullying over bathrooms. At issue is H.B. 2, a bill North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law last week after it passed the House 83-25 and the Senate 32-0. ... The mayor of San Francisco issued an order to 'to bar any publicly-funded city employee travel to the State of North Carolina.' ThinkProgress reports that IBM, PayPal, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Salesforce are all against the law. The ACLU has even lodged a federal lawsuit against North Carolina. The NBA has said North Carolina's law might make it move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte. The NBA threat over the All-Star Game is particularly amusing. The NBA (and its sister organization, the WNBA) apparently think bathroom access shouldn't be based on biology, but basketball leagues should. The NBA and WNBA, of course, are free to have gender-neutral basketball teams — and to have gender-neutral bathrooms at those games. That they are threatening the state to impose a policy that even they haven't voluntarily adopted is the height of hypocrisy. ... What Americans need now is strong political leadership to stand up to the cronyist bullying and do what's best for the American people."  
 -The Patriot Post
 North Carolina's Bathroom Wars
The North Carolina legislature is under immense scrutiny for overruling a Charlotte city ordinance that, come April 1, would have forced businesses to give transgender people special admission privileges in selecting dressing and restroom facilities. Talk about an April Fools' joke.
          Predictably, the Leftmedia's bias is showing. According to CBS News, "The law Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed last week requires people to use multi-stall bathrooms that match their birth certificates at state agencies, schools and universities, even if that means forcing transgender people with heavy beards to use women's rooms and putting people with feminine appearances in men's rooms." Quite frankly, this isn't about placating the demands of "transgender people with heavy beards" or "people with feminine appearances." It's about protecting the wellbeing of otherwise healthy children. Besides, the law doesn't say a man who undergoes surgery to remove his manhood can't change his birth certificate.
          That America is even having this debate is absurd, but even more fatuous is the angst it's giving so-called LGBT pacifiers.
          We begin with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, who announced he intends not to honor the law and, in fact, to refuse to defend it against any challenge. According to Cooper, "Not only is this new law a national embarrassment, it will set North Carolina's economy back if we don't repeal it."
          That prompted Gov. McCrory to fire back, "When you are the state's lawyer, you are a lawyer first and a politician second. Therefore, I encourage the Attorney General to reconsider his flawed logic. I am fulfilling my oath of office and we expect him to do the same." He's right. But just like the nObama Justice Department — which is constitutionally tasked with defending Rule of Law — declined to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, don't expect much oath-keeping in the North Carolina AG's office.
          Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee have signed directives prohibiting government employees from visiting North Carolina on the taxpayers' dime. Cuomo declared, "As long as there is a law in North Carolina that creates the grounds for discrimination against LGBT people, I am barring non-essential state travel to that state."
          There are myriad issues at play here. Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson calls the blowback "textbook cultural cronyism" and explains that, under the bill's terms, "private schools, restaurants, stores, and businesses are free to establish whatever bathroom policies they'd like, but that access to government bathrooms will be determined primarily by biological sex." That's hardly what we would call "unfair," but it's precisely why leftists are deliberately misrepresenting the law as discriminatory. In their minds, the only "fair" law is one that subordinates our natural rights to their agenda. Anderson goes on to make this astute observation:

The NBA has said North Carolina's law might make it move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte. The NBA threat over the All-Star Game is particularly amusing. The NBA (and its sister organization, the WNBA) apparently think bathroom access shouldn't be based on biology, but basketball leagues should. The NBA and WNBA, of course, are free to have gender-neutral basketball teams — and to have gender-neutral bathrooms at those games. That they are threatening the state to impose a policy that even they haven't voluntarily adopted is the height of hypocrisy.

Giving further credence to one of the fundamental arguments conservatives have made against placating transgender individuals, Family Research Council's Tony Perkins writes: "[E]ntire companies are threatening to pull out of the state because Governor McCrory refused to risk the safety of his entire state for less than one half of one percent of the country's population. And, it turns out, he may have done more to protect the people who identify as transgendered than most liberals have. Just this week, a transgendered woman was raped in one of these new unisex bathrooms — at an LGBT landmark no less. At the Stonewall Inn in New York City, the liberals' monument to 'tolerance,' one of their own was attacked. Even here, at this bastion of sexual confusion, these policies are hurting the people they were designed to 'help!'" Considering most students struggling with transgenderism eventually move on, the question has to be asked: What's the objective? Perkins adds:

According to the American College of Pediatricians, the Left's agenda is child abuse! The harms of this gender ideology, which the ACP lays out ... in its statement of opposition, can destroy a person for life. What sends the wrong message are policies that try to keep children frozen in this fleeting phase of uncertainty. A full 98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of gender-confused girls "eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty."

North Carolina got this one right, and other states should take note. The best way conservatives can respond is by emulating Gov. McCrory and forge ahead amid intense opposition — and there will be much of it from the Rainbow Mafia. As Anderson says, "What Americans need now is strong political leadership to stand up to the cronyist bullying and do what's best for the American people." That takes principled steadfastness. Are you listening, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal-The Patriot Post

Hilly Clinton – In A Moment Of
Truth Admits What She Is
Rick Wells
{} ~ Hilly Clinton makes her positions clear in a rally that had more excitement than the typical ear drum- grating, spine tingling, cringe-inducing cackle fests we’ve become familiar with but will never become accustomed to... With a little bit of creative editing to deliver the proper message that needed to be heard, the one that was languishing on the inside, dying to get out was freed, released into the public sphere, depicting some glimpses into just who is the real Hilly Clinton. The Democrat front runner tells the crowd, “Don’t let anybody tell you to trust and respect the presidential candidate’s rhetoric. Because, you know what? It works.” She continued, “Killery Clinton belongs to corporations but unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people seem to have forgotten that basic truth.” She says, “So let there be no doubt. I’m just interested in wealth and power, not making things right.”...
Pentagon Confirms New North Korean ICBM
Bill Gertz
{} ~ North Korea has developed a new long-range mobile intercontinental ballistic missile that the Pentagon says moves the country’s leader Kim Jong Un closer to the goal of building missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland with nuclear warheads... The new missile is called the KN-14 by the Pentagon and is a longer-range variant of the KN-08 road-mobile ICBM first made public in 2012. Both the KN-08 and the new KN-14 have not been flight tested. But defense officials familiar with reports on the weapons said both systems have been tested in all other aspects of their development. “It’s a KN-08 on steroids,” said one official of the new KN-14...
The West's compulsion for societal suicide
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{} ~ Perhaps it’s my twisted imagination, but I can’t help observing current geopolitical machinations and wonder what individuals from another juncture in history or even a non-earthbound civilization might conclude about our society and, more importantly, those who currently hold power and pre-eminence among us... There are things occurring on the geopolitical scene that simply do not merit debate over what is actually transpiring, yet on a daily basis, these are being misrepresented by political leaders, media, the press and even religious leaders to such a degree that it is surreal beyond description. One of the most noteworthy examples of this phenomenon has been our scurvy knave of a low-born, treasonous scoundrel president, Barack Hussein nObama, as he attempts to characterize Muslim populations as benign and assimilable. Specifically, I refer to nObama’s recent rhetoric in light of the massive uptick in terror attacks by Muslims over the last several years. He’s found it necessary to admonish Americans not to hold animosity nor suspicion toward “America’s Mooslims” as a result of their worldwide terror attacks, their ongoing invasion of Europe and the tinderbox they have made of the Middle East and parts of Africa. Presumably, this is toward strengthening his argument for allowing untold numbers of Muslim “refugees” into the United States...
We ignore the debt at our peril
Kevin A. Hassett
{} ~ Writing in this space five years ago, I made the controversial prediction that the rating of U.S. government debt would soon be downgraded. In August of that year, Standard & Poor’s duly obliged... I revisited the topic in November 2011 and argued that the U.S. would probably not regain its stain-free AAA rating anytime soon: The history of downgrades is that they endure. At this writing, the U.S. has yet to regain that rating. Today, we are deep into a presidential election, and no candidate of either major party has made much of the national debt. Bernie Sanders has proposed perhaps $20 trillion in new spending and Mrs. Clinton has suggested a good deal of her own, while the Republicans have tended to emphasize tax reductions. Chris Christie was the candidate who focused most on the debt, offering an ambitious Social Security reform. Is it right to ignore the debt? Have the fiscal-policy developments of the past few years fixed the problem? Not so long ago, the Greek economy was in free fall, Greeks were rioting in the streets, and Germans were ponying up billions to bail them out. We have seen what a debt crisis looks like. Our politicians assume that it can’t happen here, and that debt reduction is not urgent. But this could be a big mistake...
Income inequality is not out of control
Aparna Mathur
{} ~ Many believe that the debate around income inequality – that inequality is increasing at a rapid pace and that the share of incomes at the top has become more concentrated over time – has been settled... However, a new study by economists Bricker et al. cautions against jumping hastily to these conclusions. In their paper, the authors find that earlier studies, relying largely on tax returns data to measure income inequality, have overstated the pace and share of income gains at the top. Addressing measurement and conceptual problems with earlier studies, their paper finds that the income share of the top 1 percent is lower today and is growing less rapidly than the estimates reported by economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez. Specifically, the share of income received by the top 1 percent is reported at 23 percent in 2012 by Piketty and Saez, while Bricker et al. estimate it to be at 18 percent in 2012. Where do these differences in results come from?...
Holy Cow! Hilly Clinton LOSES IT On
Greenpeace Activist After Rally
Caleb Howe
{} ~ Wow. This video is going to be famous real quick. Hilly Clinton absolutely lost it on a Greenpeace activist today... The woman had the gall, the unmitigated temerity to challenge her with a charge made by Bernie Sanders about the energy industry funding her campaign. Hilly is not handling this primary well. She seems to be pretty ticked off that another male Democrat candidate is messing with her moment in the sun. She would rather he just say ‘thank you’ and go on his way. Personally, I think the Sanders campaign should make a huge issue out of this. I will even offer a suggested email alert title: “Why Does Hilly Hate The Environment So Much That She Yells At Those Trying To Save It??”...
The Economics of a Clinton Restoration
Martin Hutchinson
{} ~ There’s one area in which a Clinton presidency would be starkly different from that of a free-market Republican like Ted Cruz: regulation... She’s a staunch supporter of regulations for global warming as well as her favored industries – such as clean energy. While this stance would be a continuation of President nObama’s approach though different from her husband’s presidential policies, it would negatively impact the economy. Most regulatory agencies were founded in the early 1970s, when there was a sharp downturn in U.S. productivity growth. Annual U.S. labor productivity growth declined from an average of 2.9% in 1947-73, to 1.9% in 1973-2010. These rates dropped further to an annual 0.4% since 2010 during an era of extra-aggressive regulation and ultra-low interest rates...
nObama Commutes Sentences of 61 Felons, Including Violent Gun Criminals 
Daniel Horowitz
{} ~ When nObama delegitimized our immigration laws and implemented executive amnesty back in November 2014, he harnessed the fallout from the lawlessness as a means of blackmailing Congress to pass legislative amnesty... He is now doing the same thing with executive jailbreak in order to allure Congress into passing legislative jailbreak.  And much like with the immigration issue, Republican leaders are more than happy to give his jailbreak agenda tailwinds instead of opposing it with full vigor. Earlier today, nObama announced the commutation of sentences for 61 drug traffickers who will be released from federal prison in July.  According to the Associated Press, “The latest tranche of commutations brings to 248 the total number of inmates whose sentences nObama has commuted — more than the past six presidents combined.”  As we’ve noted in a series of articles this past year, the federal prison population is actually relatively small, hovering at roughly 160,000.  And most of those in federal prison, as opposed to state penitentiaries, are indeed violent criminals who likely committed other crimes but pleaded down to and were sentenced for drug trafficking.  Also, up to 30% are non-citizens and should be deported instead of released into our population...
The Coming ISIS–al Qaeda Merger
Bruce Hoffman
{} ~ Thus in 1917 Leon Trotsky consigned the Mensheviks, the non-Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Workers’ Party, to perennial insignificance—a fate from which they never recovered... Only five years ago, al Qaeda’s downfall appeared similarly imminent. Its founder and leader was dead. A succession of key lieutenants had been eliminated. And the region was transformed by the Arab Spring. Civil protest, it seemed, had achieved what terrorism had manifestly failed to deliver—and al Qaeda was the biggest loser. As John O. Brennan, then deputy national security advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and assistant to the president, told an audience gathered at a DC think tank in April 2012, “For the first time since this fight began, we can look ahead and envision a world in which the al Qaeda core is simply no longer relevant.” Less than a month later, on the first anniversary of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s killing, U.S. President Barack nObama proudly proclaimed that, “The goal that I set—to defeat al Qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild—is now within our reach.” How completely different it all looks today. In February, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper painted a singularly bleak picture of a newly resurgent al Qaeda alongside an ambitiously expansionist Islamic State (ISIS) in his annual worldwide threat assessment. Al Qaeda and its affiliates, Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee, “have proven resilient and are positioned to make gains in 2016…. They will continue to pose a threat to local, regional, and even possibly global interests….” More alarming still was the rise of an even more extreme offshoot. ISIS, he explained, “has become the preeminent terrorist threat because of its self-described caliphate in Syria and Iraq, its branches and emerging branches in other countries, and its increasing ability to direct and inspire attacks against a wide range of targets around the world.”...
slump-Trump Aide Funneled Mob-Linked Ukrainian Oligarch’s Fortune into U.S. Real Estate
Lachlan Markay
Paul Manafort
{} ~ A senior aide to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald slump-Trump helped a scandal-plagued Ukrainian oligarch with ties to political and criminal figures in Russia park millions of dollars in offshore real estate investments... according to documents released as part of a federal racketeering suit. The lawsuit, brought by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, accused U.S. political consultant Paul Manafort of complicity in a complex scheme of retaliation against Tymoshenko and her political allies for impeding the business interests of Ukrainian gas tycoon Dmitry Firtash. Manafort, a veteran GOP consultant and former adviser to recently-ousted Ukrainian president and Firtash ally Viktor Yanukovych, is now leading the slump-Trump presidential campaign’s efforts to secure delegates at the Republican National Convention in July...
Brussels Attacks:
Why America Needs Ted Cruz
Susan Stamper Brown
{} ~ As the world mourned the dead and wounded in Brussels and President nObama was doing "the wave" at a baseball game with commie dictator Raul Castro in Havana, ISIS was asking its followers on social media to choose which country's colors they would like next displayed on the Eiffel Tower.

At a press conference in Argentina from his next stop on his Spring Break tour, nObama said in a press conference "Groups like [ISIS] can't destroy us. They can't defeat us. They can't produce anything. They're not an existential threat to us." His laissez-faire tone implied Americans should accept as the "new normal" an occasional bombing here or a San Bernardino attack there.

Europe's utopian dream of open borders and coexistence has disappeared, and what's happening there is headed here if we take seriously what ISIS vows to accomplish. It's as if liberals believe their little piece of the world will miraculously remain safe -- if they don't offend the offenders.

Sometimes we just need to cast aside political correctness and call it for what it is. As Confucius said, "The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names." If we fail to identify this enemy, we give it license to define us -- and then destroy us. Frankly, America's doomed if another Democrat wins the White House in November. To liberals, American leadership means ignoring or coddling evil, not destroying it.

Truth is, the only hope we have is that a smart, strong and principled leader like Sen. Ted Cruz wins. Everyone's attacking Cruz for his comments on CNN after the Brussels attacks, suggesting cop presence be increased in questionable areas of the country. Cruz told Anderson Cooper: "If you have a neighborhood where there's a high level of gang activity, the way to prevent it is you increase the law enforcement presence there and you target the gang members to get them off the streets. I'm talking about any area where there is a higher incidence of radical Islamic terrorism."

As if that's a bad idea? A May 29, 2015 article, "Minnesota Muslims Brutally Honest: We Want Sharia," highlights that large numbers of Somali immigrants prefer Sharia Law and have little desire to assimilate into American culture. The article documents over the past 7 years "dozens of young Muslims have left the streets of Cedar-Riverside, referred to by some Minnesotans as 'Little Mogadishu' for its high concentration of Somali refugees, to travel abroad and fight for terrorist groups" like al-Shabab and ISIS. CBS News once reported the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is a "fertile ground for Islamic terrorist groups recruiting new fighters."

And Ted Cruz's suggestion is out of line? Please. Cruz nailed it in his March 22, 2016 social media response to the Brussels attacks: "Radical Islam is at war with us. For over seven years we have had a president who refuses to acknowledge this reality. And the truth is, we can never hope to defeat this evil so long as we refuse to even name it. That ends on January 20, 2017, when I am sworn in as a president. We will name our enemy - radical Islamic terrorism. And we will defeat it."

And no, "tweeting" the enemy into oblivion isn't a plausible alternative. Speaking to a group of reporters the same day, Cruz called slump-Trump's policies into question saying, "Donald slump-Trump is wrong that America should withdraw from the world and abandon our allies. Donald slump-Trump is wrong that America should retreat from Europe, retreat from NATO, hand Putin a major victory and while he's at it hand ISIS a major victory."

While liberals lecture us on retaining our "American values" in response to ISIS, let's remember what Winston Churchill said: "Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be, for without victory, there is no survival."

"Without victory, there is no survival." Enough said.
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