Repeal and Replace Congress 2018

In the 2018 mid-term elections, all 435 U.S. House members are up for reelection and in the U.S. Senate, 25 democrats and 9 republicans are running for reelection. Not one of them has kept their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, “so help me God.”

The 2016 election was a landmark shift away from liberal concepts to American concepts, as demonstrated by voters crossing party lines to support long-shot outsider Donald J. Trump for President with a common concern in mind.

The TOP 4 2016 election issues with voters from both parties

  1. Terrorism and National Security – 87% across party lines
  2. The economy – 87% across party lines
  3. Employment, Jobs – 84% across party lines
  4. Health Care – 79% across party lines, although not in agreement on the solution

In the end, voters across party lines shared the same four primary concerns in 2016 by wide margins and they trusted Donald J. Trump more than Hillary Clinton to deal with these four primary issues.

On other matters of interest, the political divisions become more visible.

Other TOP issues for Republican Voters 2016

  1. National Debt and ongoing deficit spending
  2. Foreign Threats
  3. Ineffective Government
  4. Illegal Immigration
  5. Rising taxation without representation

Other TOP issues for Democrat Voters 2016

  1. Free Government funded education K through College
  2. Government redistribution of private wealth

Issues of less interest to voters from either party

  1. Gun Laws
  2. Wall Street and Bank Regulations
  3. Social issues, gay marriage, abortion, transgender
  4. Climate Change

(All data taken from broad-based Gallup polls HERE)

The result of the 2016 election cycle was Republican Party control of the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate. The demise of democrat political power that had cost the party over 1000 political seats between 2008-2016, continued in 2016, leaving democrats essentially completely powerless under normal circumstances.

But the circumstances present as the new administration took power in January 2017 were anything but normal. The global “never-Trump” operation was about to hit overdrive. Establishment career politicians on both sides of the aisle were sent a loud and clear message… Represent OUR will or we will repeal and replace YOU! They had to double down and fast…

The Next Seven Months

Immediately following the 2016 upset of “sure thing” Hillary Clinton, the “never-Trump” operation launched into overdrive. Every possible tool and tactic was on the table. The only rule of engagement was – destroy Trump by any means necessary.

Trump had stepped between Making America Great Again and the Global Governance Agenda launched by Bill and Hillary Clinton in the early 90s, labeled Global Governance 2030, later labeled UN Agenda 21 by the United Nations.

Trump stepped into much worse than any “swamp.” He stepped squarely between the global power structure hell-bent on reducing the United States to a 3rd world level partner in a global commune -and- American voters from all party affiliations who want no part of it.

The “never-Trump” operation involves foreign governments, the United Nations, the Democratic Party, many members of the Republican Party in congress and state governments, 97% of all Federal Employees, the “fake news” media, Hollywood, DOJ Officials, the FBI, CIA, NSA, the DNI, George Soros and his more than 200 NGOs, the Communist Party USA, Socialist Party USA and Democratic Socialists of America, Islamists, illegal alien invaders, ANTIFA and BLM, giant international corporations, the education system and K-College kids…. On and on and on….

It’s not just a “swamp.” Trump stepped into the middle of a velvet global war to destroy America and took a stand with the dying breed of Americans who still believe our foundations can make America great again. Trump and his voters are at war… and the sooner they realize it, the better.

Beyond Executive Orders, some of which are also blocked by judicial tyranny, the 2016 election agenda is entirely blocked by congress. Congressional republicans even took measures to prevent any recess appointments by Trump. The agenda is being blocked by republicans in charge, working with democrats to remove Trump from the Oval Office and keep America on track to global governance.

Repeal and Replace Congress 2018

The national agenda of more than 63 million Trump voters has been stalled for the first seven months of the Trump Administration. Trump and his original team have been under constant daily assault by the “never-Trump” operation since the day Trump announced his bid for the White House.

But it isn’t just democrat global Marxists working to subvert and undermine Trump and his supporters. Republicans like Jeff Flake (AZ) and Bob Corker (TN) have been working with known enemies like John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC) to force the demise of the Trump presidency in short order. As a result, democrats are still running Washington DC despite republican majorities. Should politicians who fail to keep their oath even be allowed to run for reelection?

If the people who supported Trump in 2016 remain committed to their pro-American agenda, they will have to repeal and replace congress in 2018. Trump cannot MAGA alone and under constant assault.

Republican members running for reelection must be replaced in the primaries by challengers who will keep their oaths. Democrats must be defeated in the general election by viable conservative challengers. The same way 63 million voters TRUMPED the 2016 elections, they will have to TRUMP congress in 2018.

Assuming Trump can successfully defend against those at war with him long enough to see the mid-term elections, the people of this country must eliminate as many career turncoats as possible in 2018, or their agenda will remain beyond their grasp.

The people must start right now, unite for the fight, organize in coordinated strategic plans district by district, state by state with senators, and they must not fail. Voters hold the future in their hands. Evil will prevail if good people do nothing!

VIDEO & PHOTOS: ‘Trump/Pence Out Of The White House’ versus ‘Support Our President’ rallies

Sunday, August 13, 2017 – 2 pm (thru Aug 15) Columbus Circle to Trump Tower. (they also gathered in Union Square and Brooklyn) The usual anti-fascist FASCIST THUGS gathered at the entrance to Central Park. Same people. Same themes. “This Nightmare must End: the Trump Pence Regime Must Go”  However, after Charlottesville, things morphed. New memes and themes were added, such as “Take to the Streets, Condemn the Racist, Murdering Nazi Thugs.” BUT we still heard “In the name of Humanity, We Refuse a FASCIST America.” (Our host was RefuseFascism.org.)

Since there was no violence-prone antifa on site, the only thugs were the usual anti-fascist FASCISTS of Refuse Fascism. Some were assigned to certain photographers – who have no rights in a public square (that would be MOI).

I was shoved, blocked and followed throughout the whole hour they were at Columbus Circle, with no police interested UNTIL I body-blocked an anti-fascist Fascist blonde interloper who photo-bombed the Trump counter-protest of three. NOW the police got involved.

The blonde set out to obscure the offending signs since OPPOSITION of THOUGHT is NOT ALLOWED.  SO I joined the fray and blocked her.

BUT she WHINED to the police who said “LEAVE HER ALONE.” SHE had a right to be there (aka harass us). Her cohorts grew to three committed sign-blockers before fading away.

The Support President Trump counter-protest grew. They picked up a Brit, a Muslim woman and other passersby along with a Russian woman and …two 20-something young women … who also supported the President.

In fact, no harm done by the hostile anti-fascist facisti. The Trumpers held their ground.

The Muslim woman was very outspoken; her enthusiasm much appreciated.

There was one man of color who embarrassed his children with an expletive-laced  tirade on skin color, racism and WHITE HATE aimed at the Trump counter-protesters. “You Got to be Taught…. ”

What a putz!

After about an hour, the anti-fascist Fascists marched to Trump Tower, leaving behind a couple of ringers who motor-mouthed anyone who tried to debate reasonably. They suck the life out of any exchange of ideas with long-winded talking points; never NEVER allowing a RESPONSE. Deep Thinking Protestors – now that’s the ticket to their success:

Next day the anti-fascist Fascists took to the streets outside Trump Tower to condemn (again) those racist fascist murderers in the White House. DAY 2 , August 14th, posted next.

 

[Pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall]

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EDITORS NOTE: This column with photos and videos first appeared in The Geller Report.

ProPublica working with Google to ‘document hate’ direct threat to counter-terrorism bloggers

More on how the Left is moving in for the kill and trying to destroy the freedom of speech completely.

“ProPublica, Working with Google to ‘Document Hate,’ Threatens Conservative Bloggers,” by Paula Bolyard, PJ Media, August 19, 2017:

Google revealed in a blog post that it is now using machine learning to document “hate crimes and events” in America. They’ve partnered with liberal groups like ProPublica, BuzzFeed News, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to make information about “hate events” easily accessible to journalists. And now, there are troubling signs that this tool could be used to ferret out writers and websites that run afoul of the progressive orthodoxy.
In the announcement, Simon Rogers, data editor of Google News Labs, wrote:

Now, with ProPublica, we are launching a new machine learning tool to help journalists covering hate news leverage this data in their reporting.
The Documenting Hate News Index — built by the Google News Lab, data visualization studio Pitch Interactive and ProPublica — takes a raw feed of Google News articles from the past six months and uses the Google Cloud Natural Language API to create a visual tool to help reporters find news happening across the country. It’s a constantly-updating snapshot of data from this year, one which is valuable as a starting point to reporting on this area of news.

The Documenting Hate project launched in response to the lack of national data on hate crimes. While the FBI is required by law to collect data about hate crimes, the data is incomplete because local jurisdictions aren’t required to report incidents up to the federal government.

All of which underlines the value of the Documenting Hate Project, which is powered by a number of different news organisations and journalists who collect and verify reports of hate crimes and events. Documenting Hate is informed by both reports from members of the public and raw Google News data of stories from across the nation.

On the surface, this looks rather innocuous. It’s presented by Google as an attempt to create a database of hate crimes — information that should be available with a quick Google search, it should be noted. But a quick glance at the list of partners for this project should raise some red flags:

The  ProPublica-led coalition includes  The Google News Lab,  Univision News, the  New York Times,  WNYC,  BuzzFeed News,  First Draft,  Meedan,  New America Media,  The Root,  Latino USA,  The Advocate,  100 Days in Appalachia and  Ushahidi. The coalition is also working with civil-rights groups such as the  Southern Poverty Law Center, and schools such as the  University of Miami School of Communications.

ProPublica poses as a middle-of-the-road non-profit journalistic operation, but in reality, it’s funded by a stable of uber-liberal donors, including George Soros’s Open Society Foundation and Herb and Marion Sandler, billionaire former mortgage bankers whose Golden West Financial Corp. allegedly targeted subprime borrowers with “pick-a-pay” mortgages that led to toxic assets that were blamed for the collapse of Wachovia. The Southern Poverty Law Center, of course, is infamous for targeting legitimate conservatives groups, branding them as “hate groups” because they refuse to walk in lockstep with the progressive agenda. And it goes with out saying that The New York Times and BuzzFeed News lean left.

A perusal of the raw data that’s been compiled thus far on hate stories shows articles from a wide array of center-right sites, including The Daily Caller, Breitbart News, The Washington Times, National Review, and the Washington Examiner. It also includes many articles from liberal sites like BuzzFeed News and The New York TimesOne story from PJ Media’s Bridget Johnson is included in the list. It’s a report about a Sikh ad campaign aimed at reducing hate crimes against members of their faith community. Many of the articles are simply reports about alleged hate crimes from sources running the gamut of the political spectrum.

ProPublica vows to diligently track “hate incidents” in the coming months….

Note that Google, which recently fired an employee for expressing his counter-progressive opinions, thinks this information could be used to “help journalists covering hate news leverage this data in their reporting.” What do they mean by “leverage this data”? They don’t say, but an email sent to several conservative writers by a ProPublica reporter may give us some indication. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer along with some others received this from ProPublica “reporter” Lauren Kirchner:

I am a reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in New York. I am contacting you to let you know that we are including your website in a list of sites that have been designated as hate or extremist by the American Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center. We have identified all the tech platforms that are supporting websites on the ADL and SPLC lists.

We would like to ask you a few questions:

1) Do you disagree with the designation of your website as hate or extremist? Why?
2) We identified several tech companies on your website: PayPal, Amazon, Newsmax, and Revcontent. Can you confirm that you receive funds from your relationship with those tech companies? How would the loss of those funds affect your operations, and how would you be able to replace them?
3) Have you been shut down by other tech companies for being an alleged hate or extremist web site? Which companies?
4) Many people opposed to sites like yours are currently pressuring tech companies to cease their relationships with them – what is your view of this campaign? Why?

In other words, nice website you’ve got there. It would be a shame if anything happened to it.

To summarize: Liberal ProPublica, working with the smear merchants at SPLC — powered by Google — sent a reporter out to issue not so veiled threats against conservative websites. It’s blatantly obvious that the goal here is to tank websites they disagree with by mounting a campaign to pressure their advertisers and tech providers to drop them as clients. This comes on the heels of Google, GoDaddy, CloudFlare, Apple, and others singling out alt-right sites for destruction in the wake of the Charlottesville riots.

Robert Spencer (who also writes for PJ Media) responded to the threat on his Jihad Watch blog:

The intent of your questions, and no doubt of your forthcoming article, will be to try to compel these sites to cut off any connection with us based on our opposition to jihad terror. Are you comfortable with what you’re enabling? Not only are you inhibiting honest analysis of the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, but you’re aiding the attempt to deny people a platform based on their political views. This could come back to bite you if your own views ever fall out of favor. Have you ever lived in a totalitarian state, where the powerful determine the parameters of the public discourse and cut off all voice from the powerless? Do you really want to live in one now? You might find, once you get there, that it isn’t as wonderful as you thought it would be.

Spencer has recently criticized Google and the SPLC here at PJ Media for their attempts to squelch dissent, so it’s not surprising that they’ve decided to target him. Only instead of fighting Spencer’s words with words of their own, they’re lashing out with actions designed to silence him….

Robert Spencer wrote, “Authoritarianism in service of any cause leads to a slave society despite the best intentions of those who helped usher it in.”…

Read the full article here.

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VIDEO: The Jihad Against Free Speech

Hate can be a virtue.

Progressives talk a lot about the evil of hate. We are told that if we object to Sharia law and jihad, then we are intolerant haters. But what about hating harms people?

  • I hate wife-beating, yet the Sharia, Koran and Sunna support it.
  • I am intolerant of child abuse, including child marriage, but the Sunna and Sharia support it.
  • I hate the jihadist killings of Christians, Jews, Buddhists and apostates.
  • I am intolerant of religious leaders, such as the Pope and Dai Lama, who will not condemn the jihadic killing of their groups.
  • I hate dualistic ethics, which lack integrity.
  • I am intolerant of face coverings, since it cuts off open communication.

As a society, we have lost the ability to become morally outraged and are incapable of anger about the Islamic harm of innocents. I hate that.

Why are people being banned and silenced? “Hate speech.”

Silicon Valley billionaires claim to love free speech, but they forbid speech that doesn’t fit their narrative, and call it “hate.” And who determines what “hate” is? They do. Based on their performance, they are the Red/Green alliance–Marxists and Muslims, the new Big Brother.

Progressives talk a lot about the evil of “hate.” We are told that if we object to Sharia law and jihad, then we are intolerant haters. But what about hating harms people?

  • I hate child marriage
  • I hate rape of kafir women
  • I hate wife beating
  • I hate the jihadist killing of Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus & apostates
  • I hate the suppression of free speech

As a society, we have lost the ability to become morally outraged and are incapable of anger about the Islamic harm of innocents and the Left’s ignorant embrace of Islam.

We are witnessing two extremes in America. Both are fascist.

We are witnessing two extremes in America. Both are fascist.

One is called Alt-Right and the other the Alt Left. Neither is conservative or liberal they both represent the growth of Fascism, Socialism and Communism in America. Unfortunately the liberal media and to a great extent the Democrat Party and Democrats have aligned themselves with the so called Alt-Left.

The removal of statues, pictures or other historical items is comparable to the ‘book burning’ in Nazi Germany during that 1930’s. Hitler was intent on erasing German and Western history and culture. In America today we see a similar movement against the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and other slave owners.

Does this mean we should remove pictures and statures of George Washington and many of our other forefathers who wrote the Constitution. Should we erase George Washington and Thomas Jefferson from Mt. Rushmore with jack hammers? Does this mean we should burn the U.S. Constitution which was written by slave owners? Does this mean we should outlaw the Democrat Party which fought to preserve slavery?

Question: Where does this all end?

Please read an interesting article by Melanie Phillips–“How totalitarianism is winning in the West”.

HOW TOTALITARIANISM IS WINNING IN THE WEST

Credit to the left-leaning Atlantic magazine for running a piece by Peter Beinart, who has actually looked at what is happening in American society and reached an uncomfortable conclusion which would be hard to find elsewhere in the media – and which is all-too pertinent in the wake of Charlottesville.

For Beinart warns that the left is lurching into totalitarianism and violence. “Antifa” purport to be anti-fascist. But they define as fascist anyone they disagree with including mainstream conservatives. Hence their violent suppression of commentators and scholars such as the conservative columnist Ann Coulter, the Breitbart controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos and the political scientist Charles Murray.

What Antifa most certainly do not do is defend democracy, freedom and liberal values. As Beinart observes:

“Since antifa is heavily composed of anarchists, its activists place little faith in the state, which they consider complicit in fascism and racism. They prefer direct action: They pressure venues to deny white supremacists space to meet. They pressure employers to fire them and landlords to evict them. And when people they deem racists and fascists manage to assemble, antifa’s partisans try to break up their gatherings, including by force.”

If this was just a bunch of anarchists, the problem wouldn’t be so bad. What takes this onto a different level altogether is the fact that the mainstream left does not disavow Antifa but tolerates, sanitises and condones it. Referring specifically to the assault last January on the white supremacist Richard Spencer, Beinart continues:

“Such tactics have elicited substantial support from the mainstream left. When the masked antifa activist was filmed assaulting Spencer on Inauguration Day, another piece in The Nation described his punch as an act of ‘kinetic beauty.’ Slate ran an approving article about a humorous piano ballad that glorified the assault. Twitter was inundated with viral versions of the video set to different songs, prompting the former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau to tweet, ‘I don’t care how many different songs you set Richard Spencer being punched to, I’ll laugh at every one.’

“The violence is not directed only at avowed racists like Spencer: In June of last year, demonstrators – at least some of whom were associated with antifa – punched and threw eggs at people exiting a Trump rally in San Jose, California. An article in It’s Going Down celebrated the ‘righteous beatings.’”

As I wrote in The Times (£) yesterday, this has produced an unholy alliance between the left and the far right:

“A white supremacist called Richard Spencer invented the blanket term ‘alt-right’ to associate his ilk with conservatives seeking merely to defend American identity and core values. Through this tactic, Spencer intended to boost the far right and simultaneously smear and thus destroy regular conservatives.

“The left has seized upon this smear with unbridled joy, routinely using the ‘alt-right’ term to try to destroy the national identity agenda by bracketing it with white supremacism. The result is a powerful boost for the far right. From deserved obscurity, they suddenly find the left are transmitting their every utterance to the world. The phrase “useful idiots” comes inescapably to mind.”

Read more.

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Beware the False Reporting on Trump, Charlottesville, and the Need to Erase History By Destroying Statues

The tag line and mission of Bolduc and Bracci is to “Level a Tilted Playing Field.”  This references the well-known fact that there is an extreme leftist-liberal bias in the media.  Presently, the media complex is working in lockstep to destroy President Trump, and is using Charlottesville as its new front.  Through false reporting, the media is working to paint Trump as a white racist bigot, despite his decades-long career in the public eye showing he is anything but that.

It is difficult to put this issue into words, but writer Dov Fischer, self-described as a Jew from Manhattan, does a good job of stepping back and putting today’s issues into perspective, discussing the truth about what Trump actually said in totality, and providing real history references.   His article at Spectator.org  is titled “And Yet President Trump, In His Classically Inartful Way, Was Absolutely Right.”

That article is linked here: (click)

Fischer on Trump’s statements:

I just did something fascinating. I just watched the President’s entire 14-minute impromptu news conference at Trump Tower on Monday that sparked all the latest barrage of anti-Trump screeds from the left media that will criticize him every day, no matter what he does, augmented by the “Never Trump” Republicans and neo-conservatives who will not rest until they can re-conquer the political party they lost because of three terms of two failed Bush presidencies, followed by the two failed Presidential candidacies of Sen. John McCain and of Gov. Mitt Romney.

Not the reportage about the conference, but the entire 14 minutes unedited, uninterrupted. I found myself agreeing with his every word. I did not find his tone or demeanor “unpresidential” in the least. He sharply and explicitly condemned the Nazis and White Supremacists unequivocally. He also condemned the extreme leftists who premeditatedly came armed with weapons to smash up a demonstration that, rightly or wrongly, had been granted a legal permit. (I personally wish that ACLU liberals were not so proactive in advancing the right of Nazis to get permits to rally at public venues, but the demonstration had a permit. Meanwhile, the Antifa Alt-Left thugs came with flame-throwers, bats, and shields, and they came to fight.) All the while, the police did nothing for much too long. Chaos and violence ensued.”

With all of the misreporting about what Trump has actually said, and who actually participated at the Charlottesville protest, articles such as Fischer’s are needed to level the playing field on an issue that continues to be used politically to further gin up public divide in our country, and to isolate our president by creating a false image painting him as a racist.**

**Note:   This isolation tactic is akin to our local Naples Daily News editors and writers who paint Collier County school board member Kelly Lichter as “boisterous” (click for prior report) because Lichter simply wants the school district to focus on education in the classroom — and to eliminate the Superintendent’s mission drift into the collectivist, “collaborative” projects which our community’s so-called “leaders” and “non-profits” find so endearing.  Threatened by Lichter, our local establishment and the media they control seek to destroy her.

Fischer’s article goes beyond Trump into the issue of destroying statues that have stood for decades if not centuries in our country.  Yes, it is understandable how some may find those statues offensive if they take them only as symbols of a southern culture protecting slavery.  But where does this end, and to what extent might those statues be symbols of other things, such as the principle of Federalism wherein state’s rights are paramount to the federal government?  Cannot those states honor soldiers and military officers who fought not for “slavery,” but to defend state’s rights?  If Florida sought to secede from the U.S. today, and an actual war was occurring, would you or your children fight to defend your family, your home, and your neighbors — or would you join the federal army, and seek to destroy your own family members?  This is not to decide one way or another, but to consider the reality of the choices that those citizens of southern states had to make when civil war erupted.  In that context, might there be some understanding of the citizens of those states honoring their own fallen heroes who fought not to protect “slavery,” but to protect their own family members during a time of war?

Not everything deemed “offensive” needs to be cleansed from society.  That is a very dangerous concept.  Free speech is protected not to ensure the “popular” speech, but to preserve “unpopular” speech.  Many important free speech and land use decisions by our U.S. Supreme Court involve protecting the rights of those who society finds least respectable.  (Think the case of Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, 1988 Florida Supreme Court, defending Larry Flynt’s First Amendment free speech rights).  Our U.S. Supreme Court recognizes the rights of these people to speak their minds — not because the Supreme Court agrees with those thoughts, but because it is dangerous to squelch free speech, as to do otherwise will lead to tyranny.

Is the destruction of Civil War statues not the same thing, only in “symbol” or “image” form?

On that point, Fischer states the following:

There is no easy answer for the statue issue. I have seen that issue for years and years, long before it became the Issue du Jour. In my travels for several months through the South and at the great Civil War battlefields, I saw the monuments everywhere: in main thoroughfares along Monument Row in Richmond, at the State Capitol in Nashville, at street corners. At the South Carolina state capitol in Columbia, they have preserved the broken walking stick attached to the monument of George Washington, so as never to forget how Sherman’s men ransacked the state and even desecrated the monument of Washington. Similarly, they have refused to repair Union cannonball damage to the building, preferring instead to cover gaping holes with metal patches that starkly remind visitors of the attack that happened there. I have seen the aesthetic beauty and passion that went into sculpting those monuments, and I have read the inscriptions that breathe not a word about slavery nor the social injustices of the Confederacy but of brave young boys, who never owned a slave — the vast majority of Southerners never owned slaves — but who gave their lives for their communities, for their honor, in some cases even for their women.

As a Jew hailing from the North, whose persecuted East European ancestors did not even arrive in this country from Russia and Poland until a quarter century after the Civil War, I also perceived that those monuments constitute a horrible daily insult and vile dishonor to African Americans and, frankly, an incomprehensible curiosity for a country that had defeated the Confederacy and had reunited. What indeed were all those monuments to the losing side doing all over the place? I came to a sense that perhaps those monuments should be moved to Civil War museums, to the great preserved battlefields at Antietam/Sharpsburg, Chancellorsville, Bull Run/Manassas, Fredericksburg, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Shiloh, Lookout Mountain, Cold Harbor, Vicksburg, and Petersburg. (Gettysburg already has its full complement.) Perhaps move them to cemeteries where Confederates lie buried.

But I do believe, as President Trump tried to say in his way, that many of those at the demonstrations indeed were decent people motivated solely by wanting peacefully to preserve the heroes of their history, oblivious to the ramifications — that, sadly, their history includes much that is shameful, even if Lee solely was motivated by a soldier’s rules of honor and service, as taught at West Point; even if Jackson was motivated solely by that same code of a soldier’s honor and service, amplified by a religious believer’s sense that he had a duty to country.

President Trump sadly is correct. George Washington owned slaves. So did Thomas Jefferson at Monticello and James Madison at Montpelier. So did many who signed the Declaration of Independence. Shall we take down the Washington Monument? Shall we rename the nation’s capital and the state where the liberal Democrats of Seattle govern? Should we tear down the Jefferson Memorial? Is there now yet another reason to change the name of the Washington Redskins!

And, while at it: How about encouraging some violent street-fighting in Manhattan, tearing down the Peter Stuyvesant statue in Manhattan and renaming that eponymous public school? He was the most vicious anti-Semite of pre-independence America.

As Trump says, where does all this end?  Take, for instance, this report that Vice Magazine now decries “Let’s Blow Up Mr. Rushmore”  (click here):

Vice Magazine’s call to “blow up Mt. Rushmore.”

The racial division presently occurring in this country is indeed worrisome; equally worrisome, however, is the use of that issue to justify the squelching of speech — in oral, written, or symbolic form.  Either of these issues could ultimately lead to the demise of our nation and the symbol of freedom for which it stands.

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Women Against Political Islam Series: The Story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Dateline, Paris, 2017: If the mainstream media were protecting the interests of the true Westerners, then a victim of Islam by the name of Ayaan Hirsi Ali ought to be described in a headline as “A Heroine of Africa On The Road of Freedom From Islam.”

A Dutch intellectual, Theo van Gogh, a descendant of the famous painter by that name, died because of a project he co-authored with her (he became friends with Ayaan and co-produced a film on Islamic terror against women).

The burden of a “fatwa” (an official statement or order from an Islamic religious authority that carries the weight of a sentence) is no small burden to carry. And she has a fatwa issued against her. This brave Somali woman speaks the truth because her life depends on it. This sets her apart from most other people, East and West, who are comfortable with lies because they bring no risk.

The truth will set you free – but it may also kill you.

AYAAN HIRSI ALI: MY LIFE UNDER A FATWA

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was stabbed into the world’s consciousness three years ago. One wet afternoon in November 2004, her friend Theo van Gogh – a film-maker, and descendant of Vincent – left his house and was about to cycle off through Amsterdam. But a young Dutch-born Muslim called Mohammed Bouyeri was waiting for him – with a handgun and two sharpened butcher’s knives.

Wordlessly, he shot Van Gogh twice in the chest. Van Gogh howled: “Can’t we talk about this?” Bouyeri ignored his pleas and fired four more times. Then he pulled out a knife and slit Van Gogh’s throat with such strength that his head was almost severed from his body. He used the other knife to stab a five-page letter on to Van Gogh’s haemorrhaging corpse.

Ayaan explains: “The letter was addressed to me.” It said that Van Gogh had been “executed” for making a film with her that exposed the widespread abuse of Muslim women. Now, she would be “executed” too – for being an apostate.

She says that, even now, “every time I close my eyes, I see the murder, and I hear Theo pleading for his life. ‘Can’t we talk about this?’ he asked his killer. It was so Dutch, so sweet and innocent.” At the trial, Bouyeri spat at Van Gogh’s mother: “I don’t feel your pain. I don’t have any sympathy for you. I can’t feel for you because I think you’re a non-believer.”

This is the story of how a 25-year-old bogus asylum-seeker from Africa came to Europe in search of freedom – only to be nearly murdered here by a Dutchman, on the streets of Amsterdam, for speaking out against religion. The story opens in the blood-strewn streets of Somalia, and it closes amid the shiny white marble of Washington, DC – yet it also ends where it began: with Ayaan’s life in danger. This is the story of the refugee who rocked Islam.

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Her light, slight figure walks into the room so quietly that I would not have noticed her. But then the bodyguards follow: big, with their eyes darting into every corner in search of the long-awaited assassin, and you realise – yes, she is here. The internet is littered with pledges to torture and slay Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Yet, just a few weeks before we meet in London, the Dutch government has stripped away her security detail. She is paying for her own bodyguards now – and she could soon run out of cash.

So how did this soft-voiced woman come to be so hated – and to be abandoned by the country that gave her sanctuary?

The life of her mother hangs over Ayaan as a morality tale, a warning of what she might have been. “I was determined to never let what happened to my mother happen to me,” she says, looking away. “I think that has made me the way I am.”

By the time her mother gave birth to Ayaan in a hospital on the outskirts of Mogadishu in 1967, she was a broken woman. Like all Somalian women, she had been pressured all her life to suppress her personality, to sublimate everything to men and to God – to become what Ayaan calls “a devoted, well-trained work-animal”.

In her youth, her mother had moments when she fought back, briefly and bravely. She insisted on leaving her family. They were desert nomads, in effect living in the Iron Age, with no writing, few metal objects, and a belief that Allah’s angels and demons were constantly tinkering with reality. At 15, she walked out of their desert to the city of Aden.

But when her father called her back to be married to a man she had never met, she submitted. There was another flickering moment of freedom: exceptionally for that time and place, she later insisted on a divorce, and got one.

But this was all gone when Ayaan was born. The woman striving for independence had soon remarried, and crashed into the sheer weight of cultural expectation. She had been persuaded that “God is just and all-knowing and will reward you in the hereafter for being subservient”. Her personality became deformed by it.

“She remained completely dependent,” Ayaan says. “She nursed grievances; she was resentful; she was often violent, and she was always depressed.” She would take it out on Ayaan, tying her arms behind her back and lashing her with wire for the slightest misdemeanour.

When Ayaan first menstruated, her mother screamed at her: “Filthy prostitute! May you be barren! May you get cancer!” Ayaan tried to commit suicide not long after. But now she says she knows that “all the abuse wasn’t really directed at me, but at the world, which had taken her rightful life away.”

When her second husband left her, Ayaan’s mother was too infantilised to react. “It never occurred to her to go out and create a new life for herself, even though she can’t have been older than 35 or 40 when my father left,” Ayaan has written.

She remembers waking up every night as a small girl to hear her mother wailing. Once, she went into her mother’s bedroom and placed a hand on her cheek; her mother screamed and beat her. After that, Ayaan would simply crouch at the door, listening to the wails, wishing she knew what to do.

Somali culture began to demand that Ayaan too become a submissive woman who scrubbed away her own personality and sexuality. When she was five years old, she was made “pure” by having her genitals hacked out with a knife. It was a simple process; her grandmother and two of her friends pinned her down, pulled her legs apart, and knifed away her clitoris and labia. She remembers the sound even now – “like a butcher, snipping the fat off a piece of meat”. The bleeding wound was sewn up, leaving a thick tissue of scars to form as her fleshy chastity belt. She could not walk for two weeks.

Ayaan soon realised that, in a culture so patriarchal that it could not tolerate the existence of an unmaimed vagina, “I could never become an adult. I would always be a minor, my decisions made for me. But I wanted to become an individual, with a life of my own.”

By reading novels, she heard whispers of a world where this was possible. For her, even poring over Enid Blyton and Barbara Cartland seemed transgressive, because they depicted a world where boys and girls played together on the basis of equality, and where women chose their husbands rather than having them forced on them by their fathers. Imagine a world so patriarchal that Barbara Cartland seems like a gender revolutionary.

Yet, on the road to this self-determining life, Ayaan turned first to its polar opposite: the very Islamic fundamentalism that now wants to kill her. Ayaan was taught from infancy to revere the Prophet Mohamed and the Koran, and she believed it all. She desperately wanted to please Mohamed, and his path seemed to her the only one.

So, once her family had moved to Kenya, a country where few people wore the headscarf, she chose to don one. She has written: “It had a thrill to it, a sensuous feeling. It made me feel powerful: underneath this screen lay a previously unsuspected, but potentially lethal, femininity. It sent out a message of superiority: I was the one true Muslim.”

She began to go to a prayer group where the texts of Sayyid Qutb and Hassan al-Banna – the intellectual inspirations for al-Qa’ida – were pored over.When the Ayatollah Khomeini declared that Salman Rushdie should be murdered for what a maniac says in one of his novels, Ayaan wanted him dead. “I supported it,” she says now, “and the logic of my position is that I would have become a martyr myself, or supported the people [who did become martyrs].”

What would that girl, who took to the streets to call for Rushdie’s death, say if she could see you now? Would she think you should be killed too? For the first time in our interview, Ayaan pauses. A long pause. “What would that girl of 1989 think of this girl?” she repeats. “I think… well… people change.” Another pause. “She would at least approve of it. That’s why I try to explain – there is a reason why so many Muslims are silent when, in the name of Islam, violence is committed. It’s because we believe that jihad is the sixth obligation. Those, then, who are brave enough to commit acts of jihad must deserve our commendation.”

Then, one day, as she slid into jihadism, her absent father reappeared and announced that he had found her a good husband. Ayaan thought the potential life-partner stupid and ugly – but she had no choice. He was from the right clan, he had the right fundamentalist beliefs, and he wanted her. She knew what was expected: “A Muslim girl does not make her own decisions or seek control.”

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But she could not – would not – do it. She ran. She ran all the way to the Netherlands, on a plane, to claim asylum. She was terrified when she landed in the heartland of The Infidel. She expected to find depravity on every corner. But she was amazed. Here was a peaceful land that seemed like Paradise.

“In the Netherlands, I saw people we called infidels living an amazing life – men and women mixing, gay people being free, you could say whatever you wanted,” she says. “Then I went back to the asylum-seekers’ centre and almost everyone was from a Muslim country begging for the charity of these infidels. And I thought, ‘If we’re so superior, why are we begging from them?’”

She experimented in stepping out on to the streets without her hijab, expecting she would be harassed and raped by the sex-crazed infidel. Nobody looked twice. She began to test other democratic freedoms. She drank alcohol, she found a boyfriend – and she headed for the library to discover the principles that had created this place. She began to pore over the works of Enlightenment philosophy.

“Sometimes, it seemed as if every page I read challenged me as a Muslim. Drinking wine and wearing trousers was nothing compared to reading the history of ideas,” she says. “The Enlightenment cut European culture from its roots in old fixed ideas of magic, kingship, social hierarchy and the domination of priests, and regrafted it on to a great strong trunk that supported the equality of each individual and his right to free opinions and self-rule.” She found that all this was a profound challenge to the severe Islam she had been pickled in since childhood.

She began to study for a political science degree and was slowly rethinking her faith when, one bright morning in September 2001, the island of Manhattan became swathed in smoke. The chief hijacker, Mohammed Atta, was exactly the same age as Ayaan. She feels like she knows him, and that if her life had taken a different turn – if she had stayed in Kenya, with the jihadis – “perhaps I could have done it.” And she says something very revealing: “I realised I could either go mad, join the Bin Ladenists, or step out of the religion.”

This fanatical form of Islam was, she realised, around her in the Netherlands. On the night of September 11, a small group of Muslim men took to the streets to celebrate the massacre. The country’s domestic violence shelters were disproportionately crammed with Muslim women fleeing male terror.Forced marriages and “honour killings” continued at a startling rate in Dutch cities. But she found that many otherwise good people were reluctant to speak out against this abuse of women and gay people within immigrant communities.

The Netherlands had a policy called “emancipation within your own circle”, and Ayaan saw this as a betrayal. Multiculturalism, she believed, was “elevating cultures full of bigotry and hatred towards women to the stature of respectable alternative ways of life. I wanted Muslim women to be aware of just how bad, and unacceptable, their suffering was. I wanted to help them develop the vocabulary of resistance.”

She took the great English feminist Mary Wollstonecraft as her lodestar, and began to campaign for the state to log the rate of “honour” killings, because nobody was even bothering to count. This led to the centre-right Liberal Party asking her to run to be a member of parliament.

She accepted, and got one of the highest personal votes in the country. This in turn led her into the path of Theo van Gogh – and to his slaughter. After that, Ayaan was placed under full-time surveillance by security guards and was barely permitted to leave her house.

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At this point, two Ayaans were born, with clashing and contradictory views on Islam. Sitting here now, I can feel their presence; I can hear them alternate in her mind. I call the first “revolutionary Ayaan”, and this Ayaan says about September 11: “This was not just Islam, this was the core of Islam. Mohammed Atta believed he was giving his life for Allah. This is beyond Osama bin Laden, it is based in the basic roots of Islam.”

Without pausing, she continues: “You have to ask – is it a fact that the Prophet Mohamed conquered lands using the sword? Is it a fact that Muslims are commanded to commit jihad? Yes it is.”

She has no time for what she sees as the ignorant, woolly Islam-is-peace message of Western liberals, insisting: “I see no difference between Islam and Islamism. Islam is defined as submission to the will of Allah, as it is described in the Koran. Islamism is just Islam in its most pure form. Sayyid Qutb didn’t invent anything, he just quoted the sayings of Mohamed.”

Revolutionary Ayaan believes that the religion cannot be reformed or changed, only defeated. The millions upon millions of Muslims who are not violent – “the wonderful, decent, law-abiding people” – simply do not really follow Islam. They ignore it, or they live uncomfortably with the explosive “cognitive dissonance” of simultaneously supporting human decency and the demands of Islam.

She lists the awkward truths about the Prophet Mohamed. “All Muslims believe in following his example, but many of the things he did are crimes. When he was in his fifties, he had sex with a nine-year-old girl. By our standards, he was a pervert. He ordered the killing of Jews and homosexuals and apostates, and the beating of women.” That is why she concludes that “the war on terror is a war on Islam”, and “Islam is the new fascism”.

But then there is “reformist Ayaan”. This Ayaan says the opposite: that internal reform within Islam is both possible and necessary. She insists: “It’s wrong to treat Muslims as if they will never find their John Stuart Mill. Christianity and Judaism show that people can be very dogmatic and then open up. There is a minority [within Islam] like [the reformists] Irshad Manji and Tawfiq Hamid who want to remain in the faith and reform it.

“Can you be a Muslim and respect the separation of church and state? I hope a large enough number of Muslims will agree you can, and they will find a way to keep the spiritual elements that comfort them and live in a secular society.”

Ayaan’s life story is strewn with Muslims who rejected Bin Ladenist fanaticism. Her father, for example, was revolted by the Wahabbism he witnessed in Saudi Arabia, and told her: “This is not Islam – this is Saudis perverting Islam.” She hesitates when I ask her about this fracture line in her thinking; I can almost touch the cognitive dissonance.

Then “reformist Ayaan” says: “Well, my father was trying to combine the commandments in the Koran with his conscience. He has reached a level of civilisation because he’s living in the 21st century, but he was also trying to follow a religion founded in the seventh century. So on the one hand he thinks you should accept that the content of the Koran is the true word of God, and on the other hand he is a decent person. He tried to move on by saying that we should only convert non-Muslims by example, not by violence, and [by saying] that only the Prophet Mohamed can call for a jihad.” But then “revolutionary Ayaan” adds: “That’s not what the Koran says. It says you can never change the faith.”

Is there is a danger that the language of “revolutionary Ayaan” is undercutting the very people “reformist Ayaan” wants to encourage? Does she worry that by calling all Islam “fascism” she might encourage the hard right, who want to deny women like her the chance even to come to Europe as refugees?

“I do,” she says. “But the group of Europeans, white Europeans, who want to stop immigration altogether, and who reject Muslims, today in 2007, is not that large. But they could become larger if European governments continue the policy of accommodating and appeasing fascist demands made by radical Muslims. They need to oppose fascist demands by Muslims, and the fascist demands by far-right white groups. I think that if there is equal treatment on both sides, the traditional populations of Europe will say that it’s fair play.”

As we discuss this, I realise there is something odd about this conversation. It is all so disconcertingly normal. Ayaan is speaking in a level voice, at a level volume. If you didn’t speak English and you saw us talking, you could assume that we were discussing bus timetables, or the weather. It’s not that she seems passionless – not at all – but that her personality seems to be coiled up within her, and I am only seeing the carefully considered tip of it. When she describes the people who want to hack her body to pieces, it is in paragraphs that feel prepacked. Perhaps it is all she can bear to show.

And so we continue. She looks at me politely and says that Europe needs to be more confident about standing up to Islamic fundamentalism. “When we come here as immigrants, we know it will be different to where we come from. It’s a choice to come, and we can always choose to leave. If we do not want to adopt European values, we should expect to be criticised.”

For example, she says, the veil she used to wear is “a political statement, it’s not just a religious statement. It says: I’m different from you and I reject what you stand for.” She stresses that she doesn’t want to ban it, just to see it challenged. “I’m opposed to banning of political expression, but I’m very much a proponent of competing political expression.

“The message of liberals is so much better, so much stronger, that you don’t have to resort to banning. You can wear whatever it is that you want, you can give out whatever message that you want to give out – but you have to understand that if that message is rejected, then you can’t call people Islamophobic and expect to be taken seriously. If you choose to wear a veil, people might ridicule and oppose you. That’s their right, too.”

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She speaks with such eloquent intensity because she is arguing against another, younger version of herself. The Ayaan of 2007 is attacking the Ayaan of 1987 – who is damning her right back. If there is a clash of civilisations, it is happening within her. It’s hard to remember, as we sit here, that there are tens of thousands of people who want to prematurely bring this fizzing debate inside Ayaan’s head to an end – with a bullet.

She fell in love with Holland because of its tradition of unabashed free speech, but it seems the country’s politicians have judged that she took free speech too far for them. Last year, the Dutch government began to reinvestigate the lies in her original asylum claim. Ever since she entered public life she had been totally candid about this: she exaggerated the degree of state persecution she faced because being abused by your family isn’t enough to be granted refugee status. Now the government was twitchy about the rows she was stirring up – so they suddenly decided to strip her of her seat in parliament. Amid efforts to revoke her Dutch citizenship as well, she fled to Washington and a job with a conservative think-tank.

Her alignment with the American right doesn’t seem like an easy fit. She is a militant defender of atheism, feminism and gay rights – all forces they have demonised for decades. She is an illegal immigrant, their ultimate hate figure. But, as our interview goes on, I realise she has depressingly begun to adopt some of their ideas. She wants to abolish the minimum wage. She no longer calls for the closing of all faith schools, but simply Muslim ones, because “they are the only ones that do not respect the division between secular and divine law”.

She has even begun to touch on the American hard right’s preposterous predictions that Muslims are “outbreeding” the continent’s traditional populations and will impose sharia law “within decades”. When I challenge her on this, she says that “experts” say it is true.

Then, this month, the Dutch government went further and stripped away her security protection, saying she should pay for it herself. The US government will not pick up the tab – the only mechanism they have for protecting private citizens full-time is the Witness Protection Program, which isn’t appropriate.

Only 11 members out of the 150 MPs voted to keep my security detail,” she says. “So it’s an overwhelming decision, and when I saw that I did feel betrayed. It’s not only a betrayal of me, it’s a betrayal of the idea of free expression.

“I think they believe that supposedly provoking Muslims will only make them more angry and hostile. The four large cities in Holland have now got very large Muslim populations, and that number is increasing – the estimate is that they’re about 40 per cent. With that kind of electoral power [they think] it’s best not to provoke them.” Even if that means sacrificing basic Dutch values? “Yes.”

She is revolted by the people who claim that it is she, Ayaan, who has “sold out” Muslims. “Tell me, is freedom only for white people?” she has written. “Is it self-love to adhere to my ancestors’ traditions and mutilate my daughters? To agree to be humiliated and powerless? When I came to a new culture, where I saw for the first time that human relations could be different, would it have been self-love to see that as a foreign cult, which Muslims are forbidden to practise?“…

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

Lawsuit Ends in Free Speech/Religious Freedom Victory for the Catholic League

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announces that the closing chapter in a lawsuit has ended with a victory for Bill Donohue and free speech, as the time for appealing TMLC’s win in the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court has passed.

Bill Donohue, President and CEO of the Catholic League, is considered by most Americans as the fiercest defender of the Catholic Church in the world. He is often called to appear on national TV to respond to controversial attacks made against the Church. So, when he asked the Thomas More Law Center to defend him and the Catholic League in a defamation lawsuit filed because of comments in a press release, without hesitation we agreed.

Beginning in 2014, the case wound its way through both the state and federal courts. On April 18, 2017, the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued its opinion affirming a lower court decision which ruled in favor of Bill Donohue and the Catholic League by dismissing all claims in the lawsuit, including the defamation claim. The 90-day window for asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision has now lapsed.

You can read the 8th Circuit Court opinion here.

Erin Mersino, who handled the case on behalf of the Thomas More Law Center always contended that lawsuit filed by Jon David Couzens, Jr. lacked legal merit and required dismissal.  Although she no longer works for TMLC, Erin recently commented on the final end of case:

“The plaintiff’s decision not to appeal the case further vindicates this important victory for free speech. The Thomas More Law Center and the Catholic League are two heroic organizations that vigorously fight for religious freedom in our culture today. It has been a true honor representing Bill Donohue, the President and tenacious captain of the Catholic League.”

What is the Catholic League?

The Catholic League is the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. Founded in 1973 by the late Father Virgil C. Blum, S.J., the Catholic League defends the right of Catholics – lay and clergy alike – to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination.

Motivated by the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment, the Catholic League works to safeguard both the religious freedom rights and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they are threatened.

The Catholic League is listed in the Official Catholic Directory and has won the plaudits of many bishops.

Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ Organizer Was Occupy Wall St. Activist, CNN Correspondent & Obama Supporter

The plot thickens.

Zero Hedge has this:

Kessler was a CNN Assignment Editor?

Internet sleuths discovered a CNN report on Occupy Wall St. from five years ago submitted by “CNN Assignment Editor Jason Kessler.” Same guy?

BREAKING: Charlotsville “Unite the Right” Organizer Was Occupy Wall St. Activist & Obama Supporter!

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Well this is fishy. His name is Jason Kessler. He is the one cited as the organizer of the now infamous “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The thing is, Mr. Kessler’s arrival on the “alt right” and/or “White Nationalist” scene didn’t occur until November 2016.

That’s right – Kessler didn’t start his white nationalist activism until after Donald Trump won the White House. Prior to that it appears he participated in the far left/socialist Occupy Wall Street movement as noted by the far-left, George Soros-funded Southern Poverty Law Center

Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama.

At one recent speech in favor of Charlottesville’s status as a sanctuary city, Kessler live-streamed himself as an attendee questioned him and apologized for an undisclosed spat during Kessler’s apparent involvement with Occupy. Kessler appeared visibly perturbed by the woman’s presence and reminders of their past association.

It also appears Mr. Kessler was actually a CNN on site correspondent during the Occupy protests: (these are being archived as it appears CNN is attempting to scrub its former affiliation with Mr. Kessler:)

HERE IS A CNN STORY WITH JASON KESSLER’S BYLINE

Wall Street protests grow after unions’ endorsement

By Jason Kessler and Michael Martinez, CNN
Updated 2344 GMT (0744 HKT) October 5, 2011

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

Charlottesville Shows How Dangerous the Southern Poverty Law Center Really Is

If, post-Charlottesville, the establishment media and the Left are going to embark upon a full-scale jihad (I wouldn’t want to offend Leftists by calling it a “crusade”) against neo-Nazis and white supremacists, they’re going to catch in their net a great many legitimate groups if they rely on the SPLC to direct them to the “hate groups.” My latest in PJ Media:

Charlottesville was a huge victory for the hard-Left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). And that’s not good for anyone who loves freedom.

The driver of the car who plowed into a crowd of Leftist demonstrators in Charlottesville Saturday was a neo-Nazi, and on Monday President Trump denounced the Ku Klux Klan, “neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups,” which he rightly said were “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

Leftist media outlets are making all they can out of this opportunity to stigmatize and marginalize definitively all “hate groups,” using the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) list of such groups. There’s just one problem: the SPLC’s “hate group” list is an irresponsible and libelous mélange of real hate groups with organizations that simply oppose the SPLC’s hard-Left agenda.

The mainstream media has for years conferred an aura of legitimacy on the SPLC, treating this cynical gang of profiteers as if it were a neutral and reliable arbiter of what constitutes a “hate group” and what does not. Charlotte Allen wrote in The Weekly Standard last March:

It’s hard to say what’s worse: the outrageousness of the Southern Poverty Law Center in pinning the label “white nationalist” and “extremist” on anyone who bucks the prevailing politically correct narrative, or the credulity of the mainstream media in treating the SPLC as a neutral source.

Yet CNN did it again Monday in a story about how GoDaddy had revoked the account of a site called Daily Stormer in the wake of Charlottesville:

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “the Daily Stormer is dedicated to spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism, primarily through guttural hyperbole and epithet-laden stories about topics like alleged Jewish world control and black-on-white crime.” The SPLC, which tracks hate groups, says the unapologetic hatred on the Daily Stormer — which also takes aim at African-Americans and opponents of President Donald Trump, for example — is a catalyst for division.

Meanwhile, the Huffington Post reminded us:

There are 917 hate groups currently operating across the U.S., according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

And that’s where the SPLC’s hate group listing becomes insidious. If, post-Charlottesville, the establishment media and the Left are going to embark upon a full-scale jihad (I wouldn’t want to offend Leftists by calling it a “crusade”) against neo-Nazis and white supremacists, they’re going to catch in their net a great many legitimate groups if they rely on the SPLC to direct them to the “hate groups.”

Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) wrote in the Washington Post in March:

Since 2007, the Southern Poverty Law Center has methodically added mainstream organizations critical of current immigration policy to its blacklist of “hate groups,” including the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the Immigration Reform Law Institute and Californians for Population Stabilization, among others. In February, my own organization, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), got its turn.

The wickedness of the SPLC’s blacklist lies in the fact that it conflates groups that really do preach hatred, such as the Ku Klux Klan and Nation of Islam, with ones that simply do not share the SPLC’s political preferences. The obvious goal is to marginalize the organizations in this second category by bullying reporters into avoiding them, scaring away writers and researchers from working for them, and limiting invitations for them to discuss their work.

Indeed. That is certainly the objective behind this hard-Left moneymaking and incitement machine’s latest dossier on “Islamophobes,” which says:

Before you book a spokesperson from an anti-Muslim extremist group or quote them in a story, research their background — detailed in this in-depth guide to 15 of the most visible anti-Muslim activists — and consider the consequences of giving them a platform.

They wish to silence those who speak honestly about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, blaming us for a supposed rise in “Islamophobia.” If they really want to stamp out suspicion of Islam, of course, they will move against not us, but the likes of Omar Mateen, Syed Rizwan Farook, Tashfeen Malik, Nidal Malik Hasan, Mohammed Abdulazeez, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and the myriad other Muslims who commit violence in the name of Islam and justify it by reference to Islamic teachings.

The SPLC doesn’t do that because its objective is not really to stop “Islamophobia” at all, but to create the illusion of a powerful and moneyed network of “Islamophobes” whom can only be stopped if you write a check to the SPLC. That’s what this is really all about.

In constructing this illusory edifice, the SPLC labeled me and fourteen others “anti-Muslim extremists.”

We are, of course, no more “anti-Muslim” than foes of the Nazis were anti-German, but note the word “extremists.” In what way are we “extremists”? Has anyone on the SPLC’s hit list (and given the SPLC’s track record of inciting violence against its targets, that is exactly what it is) ever blown anything or anyone up? Beheaded anyone? Boasted of our imminent conquest of any territory and the massacre of or enslavement of its people?

No, all we have done is speak critically about jihad terror and Sharia oppression. The SPLC is trying to further the libel that we are the other side of the coin, the non-Muslim bin Ladens and Awlakis. Until we commit any terror attacks or conspire with others to do so, however, the SPLC’s libel is only that: a libel….

Read the rest here.

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List of Endangered Monuments — Will the Lincoln Memorial be next?

Mentioned below is an article found on World Net Daily with the authors noted. Below the article is a site which will take you to a list of endangered Confederate monuments and memorials.

This article and the list portray a sad, sad commentary as to the aberrant behaviors and incredibly controlled and dumbed-down mind sets turned loose across our country.

Protesters in Durham topple Confederate statue:

Noted commentator, Laura Ingraham, is thoroughly correct stating that the actions of rebellion are not about racial healing.

The destructive actions and emotional chaos are deliberately orchestrated to create civil unrest, and purposefully (and professionally) stirred and agitated to birth riots, then the increased levels of damage and mayhem are scripted by those hidden well behind the enlisted street thugs to not only control the narrative of a prostituted media, but also to bring about the elimination of our Nation’s history including all the costs, including grievous errors from which life lessons were learned, and from which values and principles sprang forth leading this country to become one of the very few in the world that learns from its’ sins, and seeks to do things better for all.

If and when you perform an “after-action” autopsy of the events surrounding the purposefully launched mayhem in Charlottesville, Virginia, and then with the descending of a Confederate statute in Durham, North Carolina, you will learn that paid socialist and communist rioters were at the core of these incidents. But there is no intention of these conscripted gangs who are recruited, in part, because of their hatred of all things America, to stop. Already multiple cities are confronting growing threats to remove monuments in their communities, or face similar actions as we have seen in Virginia over this past weekend.

The memorial to President Abraham Lincoln, who led the US through the Civil War, has been vandalized in Washington DC. Photo: National Park Service

And it doesn’t stop even at that, as already the revered Lincoln Memorial had a pillar spray painted red, and there is a call beginning to tear down the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. Even in Arizona a shout began to destroy a Civil War memorial in the only battle of that era fought here in the desert, but amazingly, our Governor had the strength not to cave to political correctness that has so ensnared our country. In Dallas, Texas, a Civil War monument is targeted for destruction by anarchists, but a contingent of blacks from that community banded together, surrounded the memorial, and made it quite clear there would be no destruction of the memorial…(I am certain no media outside of local will carry that story).

All these despicable acts of violence and destruction across our country are not about racial healing! The war taking place in plain sight is about the impatience of Marxists and other haters of America who are dedicated to their core to fundamentally transform America into a vision only they have, and to which they mean to beat anyone and everyone else into submission to accept. They have no interest, no regard, and absolutely no respect for constitutional order.

The Marxists and other groupings of American haters care only about their agenda winning, and to be in control of every aspect until their agenda prevails. Donald Trump’s victory was, and still is, an absolute harrowing event to the host of American haters. Trump threatens to dismantle the very agenda and mechanisms so calculatingly put into place by Obama, and assuredly going to be continued, and even enlarged by Hillary Clinton. Issues like racial healing are part of the script employed to manipulate the masses, accumulate support, increase the base of rebellion, bring about or even seize power, and then fundamentally change the social order, principles and values of America.

Americans better begin to speak up and shout, “Enough!” Elected officials better begin to stand up, speak up, and help stop the perpetrators of tyranny already behind the gates.

The Big List: U.S. epidemic of endangered monuments

In Durham, North Carolina, an assembly of communist and socialist groups descended on a statue to Confederate war dead, attached ropes to the bronze figure, and tore the monument down (Photo: Twitter)

‘This is not about racial healing. This is about control of the narrative’

By Liam Clancy and Chelsea Schilling

WASHINGTON – A nationwide effort is underway to remove Confederate statues and symbols from government grounds across America.

In dozens of cities across the U.S., activists are vandalizing and toppling Confederate monuments and symbols. They’re also pushing for cities, counties and states to destroy or relocate statues dating back more than a hundred years.

Talk-radio host Laura Ingraham warned that the recent violence and efforts to erase America’s history are not about racial healing.

“We do give respect to the dead. All of our war dead. We respect them. Not respect everything they stood for, but respect the fact that when the time came they stood up and fought for their views in this country,” Ingraham said on Fox and Friends.  “What else will be subjected to their eradication and denunciation? This is not about racial healing. This is about the control of the narrative and the destruction of historical recognition. That is terrifying. What about books? Will they start burning books too?  “We see it with the Taliban, pulling down Christian historical sites. We’ve seen this in the old Soviet Union. We see this with the Stalinists,” Ingraham

Daniel Horowitz, author of “Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges from Transforming America” commented in an editorial that these monuments are unrelated to “racism,” and should not be targeted, even following a possible racist terror attack.

“Until this current era of leftism, everyone was able to appreciate that a large segment of this country had fairly recent ancestors who fought bravely on both sides of the terrible war,” Horowitz writes.

“Yes, the leadership of the South clearly pushed the war in large part to promote slavery, but the average soldier in gray, like my wife’s great-great-grandfather, was as poor as can be, didn’t own any slaves, and fought bravely for his cause. It was those soldiers in gray who were honored by the monument in Durham, which was vandalized by communist and anarchist protesters.”

Paul Nehlen, Republican candidate for Congress challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st district, tweeted that these actions are “never about the monuments. It was always about shutting you up, and forcing your compliance.”

Daily Caller editor Scott Greer, author of “No Campus for White Men: The Transformation of Higher Education into Hateful Indoctrination,” believes these activists will not stop at Confederate monuments.

Leftist activists justified these criminal acts due to the recent outbreak of violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and other groups battled in the street with “antifa” and counter-protesters.

The rally was held in response to the Charlottesville City Council’s plan to remove a statue of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee. James Fields, 20, who attended the pro-monument rally, killed one and injured 19 when he rammed his car into a gathering of counter-protesters, who then responded by smashing in the car’s windows with bats.

WND has compiled the following big list of the nation’s endangered Confederate monuments and symbols:

Asheville, North Carolina: Vance Monument

There are growing calls to remove a 75-foot granite obelisk in Pack Square known as the Vance Monument in Asheville, North Carolina.

The monument, which was erected in 1896, is a tribute to Zebulon Vance, a Civil War governor of North Carolina and a U.S. senator during the Reconstruction period.

The monument resembles the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.


Chapel Hill, North Carolina: ‘Silent Sam’

Another memorial targeted for removal is the 1913 “Silent Sam” statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The $7,500 for the monument was funded by UNC alumni and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

After the Charlottesville, Virginia, violence, protesters gathered around the statue and draped a banner over the monument that read, “Rest in Power: Heather Heyer,” memorializing a woman who was killed in Virginia after a man rammed a crowd of counter-protesters with his car.

A police officer attempted to stop a man from tying a rope around the statue’s neck, according to the campus newspaper, the Daily Tarheel. That’s when the crowd shouted, “this is speech” at the officer.

In 2015, the monument was spray-painted with “Black Lives Matter,” “KKK” and “murderer.”

UNC history professor Harry Watson told the Tarheel: “I used to feel movements to take down the monument would require more effort that it would be worth. But I’ve come to realize that symbols are important, and if enough people decided to take it down, I’d support it.”

Also that year, UNC Young Democrats political director Andrew Brennan told the paper: “It honors and celebrates white supremacy. To me, it doesn’t seem to have a place at UNC in 2015.”

Black Student Movement President Jeremy McKellar said the monument makes UNC students feel uncomfortable.

“Do we keep it because it’s the history of our nation, or do we tear it down because of what it represents? I’m still not sure what the answer is,” he said.

After Black Lives Matter spray-painted the statue, McKellar said: “I’m not a big supporter of vandalism, but it may have been needed to bring more attention to it.”


Greenville, North Carolina: Confederate Soldiers statue

Residents in Greenville, North Carolina, are circulating a petition demanding removal of the Confederate Soldiers statue at the Pitt County Courthouse, according to WITN-TV.

The monument, which was dedicated in 1914, states, “Erected by the people of Pitt County in grateful remembrance of the courage & fortitude of her Confederate Soldiers.”

The petition calling for its removal says: “We, the residents of Greenville, submit that the time has come for the removal of the Confederate statue at the courthouse. It is time to take immediate action to remove this monument to slavery, sedition and racial oppression. Additionally, it is our assertion that this statue subverts and undermines our core principles of liberty and justice for all. It is unconscionable that anyone going to the courthouse, a place promising equal justice for all, should be forced to do so under a shadow of injustice and suppression. The statue was dedicated in 1914, which that date itself should be reason enough as to why it is time for our community to move forward and leave the confederate memorabilia to museums and not in public spaces. We stand in solidarity with #Charlottesville and those who were injured and/or killed by white supremacists that marched on the city. We appeal to Pitt County Commissioners to outline and commit to a process for the timely and definitive removal of this monument.”

Activists say they will present their concerns to the Pitt County Commissioners at a meeting scheduled for Aug. 21.

Pitt County NAACP President Calvin Henderson said there’s a chance the Confederate statue will be removed and could “trigger off action all over the country.”

“This is 2017,” he told WITN. “We need to be moving forward, not backward. This is a step backward when you see this type of action [in Charlottesville, Virginia], to allow these extreme organizations to come in with that type of mentality.”


Nashville, Tennessee: Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest

In Nashville Monday, protesters called for removal of a bust of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest at the state capitol, the Tennessean reported.

Protesters chanted “White silence is violence,” “Which side are you on?” and “Tear it down.”

The activists also marched to Gov. Bill Haslam’s office to push for removal of the bust.

“My position on this issue has not changed – I do not believe Nathan Bedford Forrest should be one of the individuals we honor at the Capitol,” Haslam said in a statement, according to the Tennessean. “The General Assembly has established a process for addressing these matters, and I strongly encourage the Capitol Commission and the Historical Commission to act.”

Removal of the bust requires a two-thirds vote from the Tennessee Historical Commission.


Memphis, Tennessee: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis

The city of Memphis is threatening to sue Tennessee to remove two Confederate states from city property, according to Fox News. The city must get approval from the Tennessee Historical Commission.

The city is seeking to remove statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis. And the legal battle could go to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

“I think one thing that is for sure, there is no place in the city of Memphis for signs or symbols of hatred, bigotry or racism,” said City Council Chairman Berlin Boyd.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement: “It’s great to see more citizens join the cause we’ve been working on for years. We continue to be actively engaged in exploring all avenues to remove the Confederate statues in our city.”

The Sons of Confederate Veterans issued the following statement, according to Fox: “The city of Memphis should in no way want to remove statues and monuments to our history. These monuments are part of our development and both Jefferson Davis and Bedford Forrest were U.S. Army veterans as well as leaders in the Confederate States. Both lived in Memphis and contributed to its rebuilding and renewal after the War for Southern Independence. The city of Memphis should not play the part of ISIS historical terrorists in attempting to remove our historical monuments. Such actions are an insult to the families and citizens – and all veterans – of our city, county, state, and country. Leave the monuments and leave history alone.”


Chattanooga, Tennessee: Lt. Gen. Alexander P. Stewart

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, a statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Alexander P. Stewart has been in the crosshairs of activists demanding its removal.

The local chapter of the NAACP has called for it to be taken down

“We find it offensive to be reminded constantly of the atrocities that they represent,” Quenston A. Coleman, second vice president of the Chattanooga branch of the NAACP, told WTVC in June.

Gloria Sweet Love, president of the Tennessee NAACP, told the station her group plans to ask commissioners to remove the statue.

WTVC reported, “If they don’t comply, they will take more action because ‘it’s time for these to come down.’”

The NAACP later issued a statement saying it wouldn’t actively push for the statue’s removal at this time.


Dallas, Texas: Gen. Robert E. Lee & Founders Cemetery monument

Dallas, Texas Mayor Mike Rawlings has called for a task force to review removal options for Confederate statues in the city. The task force will present its findings to the Office of Cultural Affairs, Fox 4 reported. Then they would be given to the city council, which would make a formal decision on whether to remove the monuments.

“It’s easy to jump on the bandwagon and say tear them down because it is, frankly, politically correct and makes us all feel good,” he said. “But I hesitate. And the reason is, I realize the city of Dallas is better, stronger when we are united and not divided.”

The monuments are located in a historic cemetery near the Dallas Convention Center and in Robert E. Lee Park.

“I think they’re dangerous totems in our Dallas society because they divide us versus unite us,” Rawlings said.

Councilman Philip Kingston, who has called for a vote on the statue removal, told Fox 4: “If he’s convinced that these are symbols of racial propaganda, which I agree 100 percent, the path forward is pretty clear. Let’s make a policy statement on how we use public property.”

Rawlings expressed concern about major protests against the monuments that are scheduled for this weekend.

“We will not have street brawls in our city,” he said.


San Antonio, Texas: Confederate soldier statue

Approximately 500 protesters attended a vigil for Charlottesville in San Antonio’s Travis Park on Aug, 13, and a monument for a Confederate soldier there was a subject of the rally, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

San Antonio Councilman Robert Trevino has called for removal of the statue.

“This is not an important art piece but a monument to power,” Trevino said. “It was put in to remind people of that power. It is an unfortunate message of hate, and we think it’s important to relocate it. We do think that history is important, so we’re looking for an appropriate location for it.”


Tampa, Florida: ‘Memoria In Aeterna’

Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are standing guard by a Confederate monument on the grounds of the historic county courthouse in Tampa, Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans learned that leftist activists had plans to topple the marble statue, known as “Memoria In Aeterna,” which depicts a Confederate soldier heading to war and another soldier returning home wearing a ragged uniform. On Aug. 13, 200 protesters marched through the streets in Tampa, and several climbed the monument.

The Hillsborough County Commission has already voted to move the statue off courthouse grounds and to a local cemetery.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans guards arrived hours after they heard of the statue toppled by protesters in Durham, North Carolina.

“Durham has given impetus to people who want to take them down,” David McCallister, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ Judah P. Benjamin Camp, told the Tampa Bay Times. “They won’t just let them get removed quietly and peacefully.”

The newspaper reported that McCallister said members of his group “heard a rumor that a busload of activists planned to arrive to pull down the monument with a cable.”

“The main thing was to keep watch and signal and alert the authorities if anything did happen,” McCallister explained. “It wouldn’t take much with a sledge hammer to basically crumble the soldiers, and I wouldn’t put it past the people who want it removed to do that. The soldiers themselves would be martyrs at that point.”

The men plan to stand watch over the monument through the night.

“Nobody’s going to try anything during the day,” McCallister said.


Gainesville, Florida: ‘Old Joe’

In Gainesville, Florida, crews removed a Confederate memorial on Aug. 14 that had been dedicated to men in the area who served in the Civil War and lost their lives fighting.

The statue, known as “Old Joe,” was removed from the grounds of the Alachua County Administrative Building and given back to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a group that had the bronze monument constructed and erected in 1904.


Annapolis, Maryland: Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney

Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch is targeting a statue of former Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney, who ruled against Dred Scott in 1857, denying citizenship to black people. The statue is located in front of the statehouse. Busch told the Baltimore Sun Monday that “it’s the appropriate time to remove it.”

Bush said he has “always considered Maryland’s State House grounds to reflect the evolutionary arch of history … the movement of our State over time toward a more perfect union.” But, he said, “we can find a better way to honor history while lighting a path toward progress, equality and understanding.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has echoed Busch’s request and says he will ask the State House Trust to “immediately” remove the monument, the Washington Post reported.

The leftist group Our Maryland has launched a petition calling for the statue’s removal.


Baltimore, Maryland: Jackson-Lee Monument

On Aug. 13, protesters called on Baltimore city leaders to remove the Jackson-Lee Monument, a Confederate symbol, at Wyman Dell Park near Johns Hopkins University.

The activists erected their own statue in front of the Jackson-Lee Monument. It depicted a pregnant black woman with her fist in the air and a child on her back, the Baltimore Sun reported.

A passerby pushed the protesters’ statue over. A photo posted to Twitter Tuesday by “Baltimore BLOC” showed the Jackson-Lee Monument with “Black Lives Matter” and “Remember C-Ville” (Remember Charlottesville) spray-painted on the sides.

On Monday, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pledged to remove Confederate monuments.


Ellicott City, Maryland: Stone honoring 92 Confederate soldiers

A Confederate monument dedicated in 1948 and bearing the names of 92 soldiers may be removed from outside Howard County’s Circuit Court building in Ellicott City, Maryland.

County Executive Allan Kittleman and the county council are reportedly discussing relocation of the monument to the Howard County Historical Society Museum, the Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

Council Chairman Jon Weinstein told the paper the monument will not be destroyed. He said the council is attempting to find a more “appropriate” location for it.

“We need to put that sort of history into context and understand it but not revere it,” Weinstein said. “It is a monument. It is a representation of the fact that people in Ellicott City served in the Confederate army. We don’t have to be proud of that fact, but it is a fact.”

Councilman Calvin Ball said he prefers to see the monument moved immediately.

“The environment that we create going towards the halls of justice should be one of freedom, equality and fairness,” he said. “And monuments to the Confederacy do not convey that.”


Rockville, Maryland: Confederate soldier statue

Officials in Montgomery County, Maryland, ordered a 13-ton bronze Confederate soldier statue removed from the grounds of Rockville’s Red Brick Courthouse. The memorial depicts a young soldier with his arms folded and a saber at his side. The statue’s plaque states: “To Our Heroes of Montgomery Co., Maryland, That We Through Life May Not Forget To Love The Thin Gray Line.”

The monument was given to the county in 1913 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. In 2015, County Executive Isiah Leggett ordered it removed from the property.

“This statue is inaccurate because it pays tribute only to the Montgomery County young men who fought for the Confederacy, not also to those county residents who fought to preserve the Union and free those held in bondage,” said Leggett, the first black man elected to the city council and to become county executive.

After Leggett’s order, vandals defaced the monument with spray paint and a message stating, “Black Lives Matter.”

The county encased the statue in a wooden box after that incident. Earlier this year, it was moved to private property at White’s Ferry in Dickerson.


Lexington, Kentucky: Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan & Confederate Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge

In Lexington, Kentucky, Mayor Jim Gray said he will make an announcement next week concerning an effort there to remove two statues of Confederate figures – one of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan and another of Confederate Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge, who was also the 14th vice president of the United States – from the grounds of a former courthouse.


Louisville, Kentucky: Confederate monument to Civil War soldiers

A 70-foot-tall granite and bronze Confederate monument at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, was removed in 2016 by the college. That statue was erected in 1895 by the Kentucky Women’s Confederate Monument Association to honor Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War.

The Washington Post reported, “The school said it was an unwelcome symbol of slavery.”

The statue was relocated to a site in Brandenburg, Kentucky.


Birmingham, Alabama: Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument

The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, William Bell, has ordered that a Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument be covered in plastic while the city examines its legal options for removal, WIAT-TV 42 reported Tuesday.

The 35-foot monument, which was gifted to the city in 1905 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, is located in Linn Park. Linn Park is named after Confederate Capt. Charles Linn, whose name appears on many of the city’s buildings.

In 2015, the city voted to look into removal of the statue after the murder of nine black church attendees at the hands of shooter Dylann Roof.


New Orleans, Louisiana: Gen. Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis & Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard

Four Confederate monuments have been removed in New Orleans and stored in a warehouse. The last, a 20-foot bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, was removed in May 2017.

Other statues removed included one of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, another of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard and a stone obelisk commemorating the “Battle of Liberty Place.”

The city council voted in 2015 to remove the monuments after Mayor Mitch Landrieu proposed that they be taken down. Landrieu made the proposal after gunman Dylann Roof murdered nine black church attendees in 2015.

Landrieu has said the monuments do not represent New Orleans.

“These statues are not just stone and metal,” he said, according to the New York Post. “They are not just remembrances of a benign history. These monuments celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, ignoring the terror that it actually stood for.

“After the Civil War, these statues were part of that terrorism, such as burning a cross on someone’s lawn. They were erected purposefully to send a strong message to all who walked in their shadows about who was still in charge of this city.”


Shreveport, Louisiana: Caddo Parish Confederate Monument

There’s now a movement in Shreveport, Louisiana, to remove a Confederate monument on courthouse grounds. The Caddo Parish Confederate Monument features busts of four Confederate generals – Gens. Henry Watkins Allen, P.G.T. Beauregard, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson – and a statue of a soldier. It was dedicated in 1906 and marks the location where the Confederate flag was lowered on land.

Caddo County commissioners have held public hearings on plans to move the monument to a museum. An online petition to remove the monument has garnered more than 6,600 signatures.

The petition states: “It is time to take immediate action to remove this monument to slavery, sedition and racial oppression. Additionally, it is our assertion that this statue subverts and undermines our core principles of liberty and justice for all. It is unconscionable that anyone going to the courthouse, a place promising equal justice for all, should be forced to do so under a shadow of injustice and oppression.”


Decatur, Georgia: ‘Lost Cause’ monument

Residents in Decatur, Georgia, are calling for removal of a Confederate monument in the downtown square, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Protesters gathered for a vigil there this week after the Charlottesville violence. And now an online petition is calling for removal of Decatur’s “Lost Cause” monument, which was erected in 1908 and is located near the historic DeKalb County Courthouse.

Activists plan to deliver the petition to city, county and state officials.

The petition states: “The statue refers to those listed on the monument as a ‘covenant to keeping race’ and thus, the statue serves as a shrine to white supremacists like those we saw in Charlottesville. If the city of Decatur and DeKalb County truly value diversity, then both entities will listen to its citizens and fight vigorously for the removal of this monument.”


St. Louis, Missouri: Confederate Memorial is removed

In June, St. Louis, Missouri, officials removed a 32-foot granite and bronze Confederate memorial in Forest Park. The Missouri Civil War Museum paid for the relocation and will store it until a new location is found for the statue at a museum, battlefield or cemetery, Reuters reported.

“We wanted it down,” said St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson during a livestreamed news conference in June.

The memorial, which was located on Confederate Drive, was dedicated in December 1914 by the Ladies Confederate Monument Association.

It features “The Angel of the Spirit of the Confederacy” over a family sending a soldier to war.

Reuters reported that the memorial had been repeatedly spray-painted with “Black Lives Matter” and “End Racism.”


Richmond, Virginia: Confederate statues lining Monument Avenue

Amid calls for removal of Confederate statues, Richmond, Virginia, Mayor Levar Stoney has announced a different idea: add context to the monuments instead of removing them.

While Stoney said the monuments are “very offensive” to him, he explained: “Currently, as I’ve always said, since my remarks earlier on this year, the way those statues stand currently, they’re a shameful representation of the past that we all disagree with. For me, it’s about telling the complete truth. I don’t think removal of symbols does anything for telling the actual truth or changes the state and culture of racism in this country today.”

A pro-monument rally had been scheduled for this weekend, but it was canceled in light of the Charlottesville violence.

Brag Bowling, of the Coalition for Monument Preservation, told WTVR: “I’m totally opposed to those groups that were in Charlottesville and the causes that they wanted. I’m here for preserving Richmond’s monuments, not to get in some racial fight with radicals.”


Charleston, West Virginia: Stonewall Jackson

At least 150 people in Charleston, West Virginia, called for removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson on the grounds of the state capitol on Aug. 13.

The crowd urged West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to take it down.

“I want people to know that hillbillies do not stand for this type of hate,” Dustin White told WSAZ. “this is an issue that has been laying under the surface for quite some time.”


Washington, D.C.: Gen. Albert Pike

At least 1,000 protesters gathered outside the White House this week and then marched to a 1901 statue of Confederate Gen. Albert Pike, which is located near the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department headquarters.

The crowd booed and chanted “tear it down” in front of the statue. Some protesters climbed the statue.

On Monday, more protesters marched to the site with signs that said, “White Supremacy is Terrorism” and “Black Lives Matter.”

Eugene Puryear, an activist with Stop Police Terror Project D.C., said: “[Pike] is a guy who loved slavery so much that he quit two political parties. He wrote pamphlets about it. And then, when the Civil War started, he raised three regiments of troops. The Richard Spencers of the world, they want to invoke fear in people. They want people to fear their fascist movement. This [vigil] is a sign that people are not going to let that genie out of that bottle, that people are going to fight back.”


Washington, D.C.: Lincoln Memorial

Destructive activists even attended to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., where red paint spelling out “F— Law” was found on a column on Tuesday.

Workers have begun to repair the damage, NBC Washington reported.

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President Trump releases new campaign ad, Democrats go nucking futs over it!

In anticipation of the 2018 mid term elections President Trump has release a new ad. The ad is titled “Let President Trump Do His Job”:

Featured in the ad are Democrats such as Senators Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren as well as California Rep. Maxine Water, plus members of the media and the punditry class including:

  • CNN’s Don Lemon
  • CNN’s Anderson Cooper
  • MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough
  • MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski
  • CNN’s Dana Bash
  • MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow
  • NBC’s Brian Williams
  • MSNBC’s Chris Hayes
  • CNN’s John King
  • CNN’s Brian Stelter
  • MSNBC’s Chuck Todd
  • American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan

The Democrats are taking offense at being labeled obstructionists. An “urgent” Democrat National Campaign Committee email reads:

We’re fuming. In the wake of this weekend’s events, Trump released his first re-election attack ad. And he’s BLAMING DEMOCRATS for dividing the country!

Trump's new attack ad

It’s horrific. It’s disgusting. And it couldn’t be further from the truth. We need to create a backlash so large that Trump regrets EVER releasing this shameful attack.

Every gift will go towards electing Democrats who oppose Trump and his bigotry.

So there you have it. Denial by Democrats. Of course its not the Democrats who are obstructing the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Its not the Democrats who are holding up President Trumps appointments to key positions within his administration. Its not Democrats who have called for “resistance” against anything and all things in the President’s agenda like:

  • Build the wall.
  • Cut taxes.
  • Reduce and eliminate regulatory burden on small businesses.
  • Increase spending for the U.S. military.
  • And on, and on, and on.

What makes their efforts to resist the President lies in one word – “bigot.” Using this word makes all of their obstruction just wash itself away.

VIDEOS AND PHOTOS: ‘Resist A Fascist America’ Fascist Protesters in New York City

August 9, 2017 – 8:00 AM – NYC – This was the first anti-fascist FASCIST speaker of the “No Nuclear War! The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!” protest. He droned on and on – while standing in front of their mock DRONE – about impeaching President Trump.

“The Resist a Fascist America” FASCISTS gathered the day before the anniversary of Nagasaki, in front of Fox News, to defend the TOTALITARIAN hellhole called North Korea. The enemy (for them) is the United States (it’s not just the Trump/Pence “REGIME”). They never met a totalitarian government they wouldn’t DEFEND.

The counter-protest was small, but any opposition makes the anti-fascist FASCISTS very VERY upset, so standing up to their lies is worth it, knowing they can’t handle the truth.

The protest was led this day by Commie-Fascist Debra Sweet (of World Can’t Wait). Under Debra, the tone is never peaceful. This is a woman who sends her minions out to harass, confront, to shut down free speech. Not shy when it comes to initiating confrontation, Debra swirled around the public sidewalk commandeering this public space – no opposition allowed. Police and the opposition were relegated t0 the sidelines. The fascists conquerors made a grand play at calling the shots and using harassment to control “their space” this early morn.

Anti-fascist FASCIST speaker #2. She, too, droned on and on. Her theme: “Fire and Fury” and Trump’s planned mass-murder of the North Koreans. The ONLY hope for the North Koreans: The Trump/Pence REGIME Must Go.

She’s baaack. Fascist recruiter Eva Sahana shrieking her fascist mantra at the passersby on their way to work. And while she was speaking, the get-off-our-streets harassment of this photographer began, announcing that I was a FASCIST SPY.

Harassing the Pro-Trump counter-protest was a very important mission for fascist leader Debra Sweet of World Can’t Wait and her minions.

It’s a “nucular” nightmare! SHRIEKED another fascist babe who assaulted the ears of the passersby. Her diatribe on “It’s a “Nucular” Nightmare” and “This isn’t Normal” managed to create an amusing mike-check exchange between the warring-factions with her nuculars vs the nuclears.

A very angry Filipino fascist ranted about Trump’s bankruptcies, “He doesn’t pay anybody” (laced with expletives that he hurled at the pro-Trump counter-protestor, while blocking my camera). His vile rant was also aimed at the NYPD officers on-duty. As he stormed off – an elderly man walked up to and lectured the Pro-Trumper on “Fire and Fury.” Then with a royal flip of his hand said, “Take that sign down” – as he too stormed off.

The “Support President Trump” counter-protesters were led by a “Support Blue Lives” flag. Interesting. The fascist demonstrators went silent – hard to believe – but since they were packing up early, perhaps they were just out of steam. They left approximately 45 minutes before their scheduled end. So we hung around while they oh-so-carefully packed their mock DRONE into the back of their “Out of Iraq-Afghanistan” car.

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Their Facebook announcement info:

The day before the anniversary of Nagasaki, Trump declared “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen, he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Trump’s threats of nuclear war are a nightmare for humanity and the planet! This nightmare must end. The Trump Pence Regime Must Go.

Join RefuseFascism.org and protest in front of Fox News Headquarters to say NO! “The Trump/Pence Regime MUST GO” before they incinerate humanity.

Only the people acting together in determined struggle, taking to the public squares day after day, night after night, not leaving until the regime is forced to go,  can we save humanity and our planet. Hosted by RefuseFascism.org

More on their fearless fascist leader, Debra Sweet. I am blocked and harassed from a public sidewalk by Debra and her minions.

Debra Sweet

FASCIST Debra Sweet is the Director of World Can’t Waitatheist, revolutionary communist cause the world doesn’t have to be this way whose mission is stopping the crimes of the U.S. …. and I’M a FASCIST SPY….

March on. March on. As they Take to the Streets. So must we++

Take To The Streets. Sunday, August 13, Condemn the Racist, Murdering Nazi Thugs in Charlottesville, Virginia

*Sunday, we meet at 2pm to rally at Columbus Circle, then MARCH TO TRUMP TOWER at 3pm!*
Monday, 5:00 pm, Trump Tower

Tuesday, 5:00 pm, Trump Tower

This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America.

One person murdered and 19 wounded by KKK/Nazi thugs in Charlottesville, Virginia have shown the whole world the reality of the Trump/Pence Regime’s fascist America. Parading through the streets with torches chanting “Hail Trump” while spouting the most vile racism and anti-semitism these shock troops revealed the ugly face of the fascist future that the Trump/Pence Regime is hammering into place.

Even after learning of death of one of the people standing up against these fascist thugs, Donald Trump would not even utter words of condemnation of their vicious white supremacy, anti-semitism and their open aspousal of Nazi slogans of “Blood and Soil.”Trump wouldn’t even offer condolence for the person murdered by these fascists.

THIS REGIME MUST BE STOPPED. The lives of millions of Black people, immigrants, women and lgbtq people hang in the balance along with the lives of billions of people around the world as the Trump/Pence Regime threatens North Korea with “fire and fury.” We must get organized NOW, in a serious way, to STOP THIS REGIME.

ALL Sides must prepare for their next battle front – November 4th

Refuse Fascism has a plan: On November 4th, We will gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country, at first, many thousands declaring that this whole regime is illegitimate and that we will not stop until our single demand is met: The Nightmare Must End: the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

Our protest must grow day after day and night after night – thousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millions – determined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power.

Be part of making this vision a reality. Come the Northeast Regional Conference to plan November 4th on Saturday, August 19 at 12 PM – 6 PM. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 W 13th St, New York, New York .

Who will end this nightmare? We will. Only the determined struggle of millions of people acting together with courage and conviction can drive this regime from power. Who should attend this conference?

Students and youth, the faith community, representatives of organizations and people who are unaffiliated, artists and professionals, long-time activists and folks who have never protested before – everyone who wants to see the nightmare of the Trump/Pence Regime end and is willing to act together to accomplish this. (REGISTER for the conference)

Patriots, prepare for their “War in the Streets,” to turn the tide of their revolution.

It doesn’t take an army to make a difference.

EDITORS NOTE: All pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall. This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

The Left’s neo-diversity symbol ‘the hijab’ was invented in the 1970s, 1338 years after the Quran was written

The hijab, progressives’ new diversity symbol, was invented in the 1970s over 1300 years after the Quran was written.  While Muslim women protest the Islamist hijab dictates in Iran and Saudi Arabia, American Eagle Outfitters and Nike promote the oppressive headgear in America.

100,000 Iranian women protest in Teran the Islamist dictate requiring them to wear the hijab in 1979.

There are two action emails are provided near the end of this article.

The hijab, progressives’ new diversity symbol, was invented in the 1970s over 1300 years after the Quran was written.  The truth is the hijab is not derived from the Quran but is legislated by Islamist dictates and fatwas that oppress and dominate woman.   Strict Islamic law and fatwa enforcement requiring women to wear the hijab started only within the last 50 years.  Muslim women protest the Islamist dictate in Iran and Saudi Arabia while American Eagle Outfitters and Nike promote the oppressive headgear.  American Eagle Outfitters’ and Nike’s sale of the hijab is empowering “the well-financed effort by conservative (ie radical) Muslims to dominate modern Muslim societies.” 

The hijab was invented in the early 1970s by Mussa Sadr, an Iranian mullah who had won the leadership of the Lebanese Shi’ite community.   Muslims believe that the Quran was writtenover a period of 23 years, beginning on 22 December 609 CE, when Muhammad was 40, and concluding in 632, the year of his death.

This means the hijab was invented over 1300 years after the Quran was written.

Islamic law and fatwas did not start forcing women to wear the hijab until 1981.   In 1981, Abol-Hassan Bani-Sadr, the first president of the Islamic Republic, announced that “scientific research had shown that women’s hair emitted rays that drove men insane.” To protect the public, the new Islamist regime passed a law in 1982 making the hijab mandatory for females aged above six, regardless of religious faith. Violating the hijab code was made punishable by 100 lashes of the cane and six months imprisonment.  By the mid 1980s, a form of hijab never seen in Islam before the 1970s had become standard gear for millions of women all over the world, including Europe and America.”

Iranian women continue to protest the oppressive hijab today.

The New York Times published an article titled The day 100,000 Iranian women protested the head scarf (hijab).”  A seldom-seen collection of photographs, shot in Tehran in 1979, is challenging perceptions of the feminist movement in Iran.  The article states in part:  When 34-year-old photographer Azadeh Fatehrad first laid eyes on an image by Hengameh Golestan, of women protesting in the streets of Tehran in 1979, she was struck immediately — it was unlike anything she had seen before.

Born in 1981 in Iran, Fatehrad had learned in school that women made a smooth transition to Islamic rules imposed after the 1979 Revolution — in particular adopting a compulsory dress code, the hijab. But Golestan’s image told a different story: thousands of women in the street, protesting the announcement that the headwear would be mandatory. 

OddNaari published an article on July 13, 2013 titled “Iranian women are now defying compulsory hijab rule by refusing to wear it inside their cars.”  The article states in part:  “The women of Iran have taken the fight against hijab to another level now.” 

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia published the following fatwa titled “The legality of the Hijab” (Part No. 5; Page No. 224)

All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of all worlds. May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon the noblest Prophet and Messenger Muhammad, his family, and Companions. I have read an article written by the person called Ahmad Baha’ Al-Din, in some newspapers. He alleged the lawfulness of some things that Allah prohibits. In his column “Yawmiyyat”, (Al-Ahram Newspaper, issues nos. 36992, 36993, 36994, 36996), the writer launched a severe attack on Hijab (veil) and Niqab (face veil). He called to unveiling the face and considered Hijab a Bid`ah (innovation in the religion). He claimed it is just a matter of dress that is part of personal freedom. He even alleged that women used to wear Niqab as a tradition and Islam did not ordain or come with it. He falsely claimed that women used to sit with the Prophet (peace be upon him) unveiled and used to go for trade, pasturing and war with their faces uncovered and they remained in such a state during the era of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, the Umayyad, and Abbasid Caliphates. He said that when the Turks embraced Islam, they spread their non-Islamic traditions of their tribes, such as the one-eyed veil, yashmak, and imposed them on Muslim and Arab women. The writer expressed his views on the permissibility of unveiling the face, denied Hijab, inserted false claims and lies, and twisted the proofs to give different implications.

It is known that urging women to unveil their faces is an evil call, rejected by Islam and the sound intellect; it is an anti-Islamic idea, indeed.

Saudi women are also pushing back against Islamic law requiring them to wear the hijab. StepFed published an article on July 14, 2017 titled: “Saudi religious police will study why some women don’t wear hijab.”

on December 21, 2015 titled “As Muslim women, we actually ask you not to wear the hijab in the name of interfaith solidarity.”  The article states in part:

For us, as mainstream Muslim women, born in Egypt and India, the spectacle at the mosque was a painful reminder of the well-financed effort by conservative Muslims to dominate modern Muslim societies.   We reject this interpretation that the “hijab” is merely a symbol of modesty and dignity adopted by faithful female followers of Islam.

This modern-day movement, codified by Iran, Saudi Arabia, Taliban Afghanistan and the Islamic State, has erroneously made the Arabic word hijab synonymous with “

headscarf.” This conflation of hijab with the secular word headscarf is misleading. “Hijab” literally means “curtain” in Arabic. It also means “hiding,” ”obstructing” and “isolating” someone or something. It is never used in the Koran to mean headscarf.

In colloquial Arabic, the word for “headscarf” is tarha. In classical Arabic, “head” is al-ra’as and cover is gheta’a. No matter what formula you use, “hijab” never means headscarf.  The media must stop spreading this misleading interpretation.

Pew Research found that only forty three percent (43%) of American Muslim women wear hijabs according to an article published by NPR on April 21, 2011.  The NPR article states in part “The split between women who’ve covered and women who’ve never done so has existed for decades. But now a generation of women is taking off the headscarf, or hijab.” Therefore, after six years of “a generation of women taking off the hijab” the number of Muslim women now wearing the hijab in America is likely even less than forty three percent.

American Eagle Outfitters’ and Nike’s sale of the hijab is empowering “the well-financed effort by conservative (ie radical) Muslims to dominate modern Muslim societies.”  These retailers are making it more difficult for Muslim women to break away from the Islamist domination and embrace American culture.

Florida Family Association has prepared emails for you to send to urge American Eagle Outfitters and Nike officials to discontinue selling the hijab which is a symbol of Islamist oppression.

To send your email, please click the following links, enter your name and email address then click the “Send Your Message” button. You may also edit the subject or message text if you wish.

Click here to send your email to urge American Eagle Outfitters (DSW) officials to discontinue selling the hijab which is a symbol of Islamist oppression.

Click here to send your email to urge Nike officials to discontinue selling the hijab which is asymbol of Islamist oppression.

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Contact information:

DSW American Eagle Outfitters Officers

Jay Schottenstein, Executive Chairman, DSW, Inc
CEO American Eagle Outfitters
jayschottenstein@dswinc.com

Roger L. Rawlins, CEO
rogerrawlins@dswinc.com

Jared Poff, CFO
jaredpoff@dswinc.com

MediaRelations@dswinc.com
rawlins@dswinc.comd

Laurie Bibbo Zuckerman
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
BibboL@ae.com

Joanna T. Lau, Director
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Lau Acquisition Corp.
amystevenson@dswinc.com

Michele Love
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Designer Shoe Warehouse
michelelove@dswinc.com

DSW American Eagle Outfitters Directors

Allan J. Tanenbaum, Director
Counsel at Taylor English Duma LLP
atanenbaum@taylorenglish.com

Harvey L. Sonnenberg, CPA, Director
Weiser & Co. LLP, Senior Partner
harvey.sonnenberg@weisermazars.com

Carolee Friedlander, Director
Chief Executive Officer & Partner at Accesscircles LLC
carolee@accesscircles.com

Joanna T. Lau, Director
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Lau Acquisition Corp.

Nike Officers

MARK PARKER
Chairman, President and CEO, NIKE, Inc.
Mark.Parker@nike.com

TREVOR EDWARDS
President, Nike Brand
Trevor.Edwards@nike.com

MICHAEL SPILLANE
President, Product & Merchandising
Michael.Spillane@nike.com

Nike Board of Directors

Ms. Comstock, Director
Vice Chair of General Electric Company (“GE”).
beth.comstock@ge.com

John G. Connors, Director
Partner in Ignition Partners LLC
jconnors@ignitionpartners.com

Timothy D. Cook, Director
CEO of Apple

John J. Donahoe II, Director
President and CEO of ServiceNow
JDonahoe@servicenow.com

Alan B. Graf, Jr., Director
EVP, CFO FedEx Corporation
abgraff@fedex.com

Travis A. Knight, Director
CEO LAIKA, LLC

Johnathan A. Rodgers, Director
Retired broadcast and cable television executive.

John R. Thompson, Jr., Director
Assistant to the President of Georgetown University for Urban Affairs.

Phyllis M. Wise, Director
Professor University of Maryland School of Medicine

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ISIS used eBay, PayPal to send money to jihadis inside U.S.

It’s that easy. And given the sharp increase in the number of Muslims in the U.S. during the Obama administration, it will no doubt continue to be easy, despite the protestations of vigilance from these companies now.

“ISIS sent terror money to US operatives through eBay, PayPal: report,” by Joe Tacopino, New York Post, August 10, 2017:

A terror plot used eBay and PayPal to funnel money to ISIS operatives inside the US, a report said Thursday.

An American-born ISIS operative in his 30s was arrested last year in Maryland when investigators uncovered the eBay terror scheme, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The suspect pledged allegiance to ISIS and used eBay to pretend to sell computer printers but instead received funds from overseas through PayPal, the Journal said.

A recently unsealed affidavit said that the suspect was part of a global network and was told to use the money for “operational purposes,” meaning a possible terror attack….

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