National Security and Cyber Experts: Do Not Surrender the Internet!

Washington, D.C.:  Dozens of experienced national security professionals and experts on cyber threats and warfare joined forces today to urge the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to oppose the transfer of the last vestige of U.S. control of the Internet to a non-profit organization in less than a week.

ican-logoAs things stand now, on 1 October, President Obama intends to transfer all responsibilities for naming and numbering domain addresses on the Internet to a non-profit organization known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).  Should that happen, the United States will no longer have any control over the addresses that serve to make all websites accessible and allow users to connect to the Internet.  Currently, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) reviews all new addresses and authorizes them to be posted to the authoritative root server (the “A Server”) by Verisign.

In a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, current and former leaders in industry, national security, homeland and cyber security express strong concerns about the likely implications of such a step and seek a one-year delay to allow full consideration of these issues:

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority function is critical to our nation’s ability to effectively defend our national assets and civilian population and ensure integrity in our cyberwarfare capabilities….DoD is reliant upon private sector critical infrastructure for its operations, and the integrity and security of the IP addresses associated with these assets are equally important to the protection of the American people.

Of…immediate concern to us…is the prospect that the United States might be transferring to future adversaries a capability that could facilitate, particularly in time of conflict, cyberwarfare against us. In the absence of NTIA’s stewardship, we would be unable to be certain about the legitimacy of all IP addresses or whether they have been, in some form or fashion, manipulated, or compromised.  Given the reliance of the U.S. military and critical infrastructure on the Internet, we must not allow it to be put needlessly at risk.

The signatories, headed by storied leaders of the defense industrial sector and cyberspace, CACI International’s Executive Chairman, J.P. “Jack” London, and the former Chairman of Network Solutions, Michael A. Daniels, represent several centuries’ worth of experience in safeguarding America and its computer systems.

They conclude with the bottom line:

“There is, to our knowledge, no compelling reason for exposing the national security to such a risk by transferring our remaining control of the Internet in this way at this time.”

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EDITORS NOTE: To learn more about what is at stake and the necessity of the executive branch and/or the Congress preventing this needless and avoidable disaster, contact Jody Westby, CEO of Global Cyber Risk LLC, at 202-255-2700 or westby@globalcyberrisk.com.

California Sheriff Urges Floridians to Vote No On Amendment 2

In an Op-Ed published in the Pensacola News Journal on Sunday, California Sheriff Sandra Hutchens urged Florida voters not to make the same mistake that California did:

“… yes — California’s medical marijuana law was a joke. Even the coauthor of the law admits it — describing medical marijuana dispensaries as little more “than dope dealers with storefronts.” But it looks like the same joke is being played on Florida, only there would be no hope of fixing the inevitable problems and unintended consequences.”

Read more below:

“… Floridians have the rare opportunity to look into a crystal ball and see precisely what’s in store for them should their own medical marijuana initiative pass. The question is: Will Floridians actually take a look before they pass Amendment 2 and legalize pot in Florida?

[ … ]

“Fortunately, Floridians have every resource at their disposal to see exactly how a law like this will pan out in their state. Just Google “Weedmaps” and take a look at a city, such as San Diego. Perform a YouTube search of real live budtenders — all of whom are also medical marijuana cardholders and look perfectly healthy. Look at a menu from one of California’s “medical” pot shops. They hold products like: Blueberry Crack, Lemon Kush, Ganja Gum, Edipure Sour Sea Creatures.

[ … ]

“With the truth right in front of you, this should be an easy decision.

“Don’t be duped. Vote No on 2.”

To read the full piece click here.

Exclusive Interview with DHS Whistle Blower Philip B. Haney Confirmed

Yesterday, I reached out to DHS whistle blower Phil Haney, author of best seller “See Something, Say Nothing” while he was on the road heading to a speaking engagement in Santa Monica, California. I texted him a message: “Like to talk to you [about] how the Port of Newark CBP (Customs Border Protection) gave Rahami a pass in 2014 after spending a year in Kandahar with his bro and Taliban central in Quetta, Pakistan.”

Today’s New York Times front page story has a partial answer in an article, “Flagged two times, bombing suspect passed scrutiny.” In the piece they talk about the National Targeting Center, where Haney had been seconded from his Customs Border Protection (CBP) enforcement officer position at the Port Of Atlanta. We learn in this NYTimes piece that the DHS CBP NTC dropped the ball. Ditto for the FBI. Doesn’t surprise us. Nor should it surprise Haney, who was forced to expunge critical reports entered into the NTC data base during the Bush years.

Add to that indications that Rahami had also traveled to Turkey presumably to enter Syria and join up with ISIS. Some of the latter appears in his bloody notebook that he held in his hand when shot by Linden , New Jersey police officers. The bloody notebook was obtained by local police and presumably went to the FBI via the JTTF in New Jersey. Somehow a copy of the contents was delivered to the Times reporters by an unnamed law enforcement officer. From the legible contents of the notebook, we learn that Rahami not only revered the late Anwat al-Awlaki, who was taken out in a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011. but he also made a point of repeating the message from the late spokesperson for the Islamic State, al-Adnani, who in May 2016 urged sympathetic Jihadis to undertake attacks against kuffars, us unbelievers. Then there is Rahami’s father allegedly noticing the FBI about his son’s sudden radicalization and turn towards terrorism after he returns from the one year sojourn in both Afghanistan and Quetta Pakistan presumably involving the side trip to Turkey.

Clearly our national counter terrorism screenings of travelers are a sieve, Perhaps this is attributable to the obsession in this Administration of maintaining high bars based on civil liberties/civil rights for potential jihadis like Rahami.

Doubtless, both Senate and House Homeland Security Committees will convene hearings on this debacle. Perhaps the Committees invite Haney to testify and confront DHS chief Jeh Johnson for sweeping this under the rug, as was done under Bush, as Haney can attest.

Flagged Two Times in 2014, Ahmad Rahami Passed Scrutiny

Mr. Rahami, accused of carrying out bombings in New York and New Jersey last weekend, had drawn federal attention after he traveled to Pakistan and his father…

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A Reply to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Op-ed on my being on an ‘ISIS Hit List’

I recently wrote a column about being contacted by an FBI agent on the local Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) warning me that I was on an ISIS hit list.

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Tom Lyons writer for the SH-T. Photo: Facebook

Tom Lyons, a writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (SH-T), contacted me about being on the list and requested an interview. Mr. Lyons and I had an extended conversation about my experience and he subsequently published an op-ed column titled “Lyons: Local anti-Muslim blogger makes special list.”

The op-ed was published on Sunday, September 25th, the same day the FBI identified 20-year old Arcan Cetin, a Muslim immigrant from Turkey, as the man who slaughtered five innocent people inside the Macy’s store at the Cascade Mall in Oak Harbor, Washington. The FBI is considering this shooting an act of terrorism.

Many of our readers saw Mr. Lyons’ column and sent me words of encouragement. One of them, Brent Rubin, took the time to send an email to Mr. Lyons and copy me. Brent stated:

Tom,

Interesting article and I have several pertinent comments.

Moral relativism is killing our country. When we begin to look at everything as left and right, we are falling into an abyss. The more appropriate response would be right and wrong. That being said, you need to educate yourself about many of the so called peaceful Islamic organizations. CAIR is a Moslem brotherhood organization which appeals to the American people as a peaceful group. Check out their history, don’t take their word for it.

There are many of these organizations in America and if it is Islamophobic to point them out to the American people so be it. I have enclosed just one article to view about this organization, but there are many.

Hatred of an ethnic group in America is inappropriate and discriminatory but that being said, more discriminate evaluation of our current security crisis in America, many [sp] force us to understand how serious our denial of Fundamental Islam is and the impact it will play on our future.

Best

Brent Rubin
Lakewood Ranch Florida

Attachment: Is CAIR a Terror Group? A prominent Arab government thinks so.

I replied to Brent’s email as follows:

Brent,

Thanks for your insightful comments.

I did say to Tom Tryon during our conversation that the Islamic State is evil. This is proven by Hassan Shibley being on an ISIS hit list as am I.

You see Hassan isn’t Muslim enough for ISIS.

Agree that moral relativism (i.e. Political Correctness) is a clear and present danger to our national security.

I think Hassan and I would agree on that.

Tom,

Thanks for writing about this. Much needed.

Warm Regards,

Rich

NOTE:  Mr. Lyons has not responded to Brent’s email at the time of the publishing of this column. If Mr. Lyons does we will add his comments as an update.

As Edmond Burke wrote, “All it takes for Evil to prevail in this world is for enough good men to do nothing.”

There are many on the “do nothing” side when it comes to radical Islam and terrorism, including the President of the United States and the Democratic Party nominee for president.

I commend Tom Lyons for writing:

“You can’t be afraid,” he [Swier] said, because fear is what ISIS wants.

That’s one of the few things we agree on.

As FDR said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself!”

Western civilization and the free world is in a struggle between good and evil. Evil must be confronted! Evil must be defeated! Good must prevail!

UPDATE: We received the following reply from Tom Lyons:

Rich,

You and I are and have long been clear about your often stated belief that CAIR is evil. I am sure Brent Rubin understands that you see it that way, as would any reader. It is me he wants to convince. As you probably know, I see CAIR as more gray, as so many things are when people and organizations line up to condemn each other, but I am not sure enough to make any sort of pronouncement either way.

Brent, send me whatever you like. I get CAIR’s emails daily and take them with much salt, at times, but they do keep me aware of many acts of anti-Islamic violence and arson and vandalism and such.

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Debunking the Biggest Immigration Lies: Exposing the dangers of the ‘Mexican Border Deception’

John Adams famously stated, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

Knowledge is power. Nations go to great lengths to steal the secrets of their enemies for a variety of purposes. Conversely, nations seek to protect their own secrets jealously and often provide false information, known as “disinformation,” to confuse and confound their enemies.

A historic example of such disinformation was a military operation launched by the Allies during the Second World War known as “Operation Fortitude” also known as the “Calais Deception,” wherein the Nazis were convinced that the Allies would launch an attack as Pas de Calais when in reality, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, was planning to attack German forces at Normandy to begin the liberation of France.

The invasion at Normandy was given the code-name, “Operation Overlord” but history remembers it as “D-Day.”

General Eisenhower and his colleagues were concerned that if all of the German forces were assembled in Normandy that Operation Overlord would fail.  Consequently General George S. Patton created an illusory “invasion force” consisting largely of inflatable vehicles that, from the air, appeared to Nazi pilots to be an actual invasion force.  It was aptly described as “Patton’s Ghost Army.”

By splitting German forces, D-Day succeeded, although the casualties for American, British and Canadian forces were horrific.

Today many journalists and politicians have deceptively focused the attention of Americans on the U.S./Mexican border, to the exclusion of the other dysfunctional components of the immigration system, creating the false narrative that running US/Mexican border is the only way that illegal aliens enter the United States.

This also feeds to bogus and disgusting nonsense about how immigration law enforcement is about race.

In reality, the United States has 50 border states; any state that lies along the northern or the southern border are “border sates,” as are those states that have access to the 95,000 miles of meandering coastline or have international airports.

Furthermore, it has been estimated that nearly half of all illegal aliens did not enter the United States without inspection (without vetting) but entered the United States via the lawful inspections procedures conducted at our nation’s 325 ports of entry and then, in one way or another, went on to violate the terms of their admission.

The focus on the U.S./Mexican border has to be compared with the Calais Deception.  Perhaps it should be called the “Mexican Border Deception.”

Undoubtedly the need to secure the U.S./Mexican border is not bogus, as was the fantasy invasion of Calais.  Make no mistake, that border must be made secure.  However, simply securing that border will not end illegal immigration and will not protect the United States from international terrorist organizations or transnational gangs and criminal organizations.

Securing that problematic border must be a component of a larger strategy that addresses many other failures and vulnerabilities of the immigration system.

If the U.S./Mexican border had been protected by the mythical “deflector shield” from the Starship Enterprise, the terror attacks of 9/11, the attack of the Boston Marathon by the Tsarnaev brothers, the terror attack at San Bernardino, and all of the other terror attacks America has suffered would not have been prevented.

Clearly the first myth that we have debunked is that a wall on the Mexican border by itself will solve our immigration crisis.

We are also told that since we cannot deport all of the millions of illegal aliens, the only “reasonable” way to deal with them is to provide them with lawful status after subjecting them to a “background check.”

The notion that we either deport each and every illegal alien or simply wave the white flag of surrender and provide them all with lawful status is insane.  Aliens who violate the immigration laws are no different from other law violators.  Law enforcement should try to arrest as many such violators as possible and publicize such enforcement operations to deter additional law violations.

No laws are enforced 100% of the time.  Indeed, most laws are rarely enforced 1% of the time.  Speeders are rarely stopped.  Motorists who blow stop-signs are rarely caught.

There are many more licensed motorists with cell phones and driver’s licenses than there are illegal aliens present in the United States.  Many of these drivers may engage in the dangerous practice of texting while driving.  Similarly, there are far more licensed drivers who drive drunk than the number of illegal aliens present in the United States.

Yet while only a tiny percentage of those irresponsible drivers are ever caught or punished, penalties for such reckless and dangerous violations of law have been greatly increased, accompanied by public service announcements warning that anyone caught texting while driving or driving drunk will be severely punished.

No one will ever suggest that motor vehicle laws should no longer be enforced no matter how many law violators may be involved.

As I noted in my prepared testimony when I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 20, 2013 on the topic, “Building an Immigration System Worthy of American Values:”

Law enforcement is at its best when it creates a climate of deterrence to convince those who might be contemplating violating the law that such an effort is likely to be discovered and that if discovered, adverse consequences will result for the law violators. Current policies and statements by the administration, in my view, encourages aspiring illegal aliens around the world to head for the United States. In effect the starter’s pistol has been fired and for these folks, the finish line to this race is the border of the United States.

Back when I was an INS special agent I recall that Doris Meissner who was, at the time, the commissioner of the INS, said that the agency needed to be “customer oriented.” Unfortunately, while I agree about the need to be customer oriented what Ms Meissner and too many politicians today seem to have forgotten is that the “customers” of the INS and of our government in general, are the citizens of the United States of America

Republican and Democratic “leaders” who duplicitously agree on the supposed impossibility of enforcing our immigration laws, claiming that all illegal aliens already present in the United States should be granted lawful status, are all firing that starter’s pistol I alluded to in my Senate testimony.  Their disagreement over whether or not such illegal aliens should be provided with pathways to U.S. citizenship is bogus.

Most illegal aliens don’t want citizenship, they simply want to work here and send money home.  With or without the prospect of citizenship, it is the prospect of employment that draws most illegal aliens to the United States.

Next, let’s consider politicians who claim that by bringing heretofore illegal aliens “out of the shadows” America will be safer.

Aliens who know that their fingerprints will identify them as criminals or terrorists will simply remain in those “shadows.”  None of the proposals to create any sort of immigration reform include a massive increase in the number of immigration enforcement personnel to hunt down the hundreds of thousands of such criminal aliens.

Furthermore, the supposed “security checks” participating illegal aliens would be subjected to would be worthless.  Aliens whose fingerprints are not on file and who provide false information about their names, dates of birth and even dates of entry or citizenship would, in all probability, succeed in defrauding this system.

There would be no in-person interviews and no field investigations.  Adjudicators would have make their decisions based on the answers the illegal alien applicants provided to the questions found in their applications.

It was recently reported that more than 800 immigrants were mistakenly granted citizenship.  Adding insult to injury, the AP report noted that these aliens were illegally present and were primarily citizens of countries known to sponsor terrorism. This is only the tip of a huge, dangerous iceberg and one that has existed for decades. Here are just a few examples of how this lack of oversight has endangered Americans:

Faisal Shahzad, the “Times Square Bomber” was a naturalized citizen who entered the U.S. from his native Pakistan on a student visa.  He was granted U.S. citizenship 13 months prior to setting off a car bomb in Times Square.

On May 30, 2013, UPI posted a report, “Immigrant allegedly failed to reveal Hezbollah membership” about Wissam Allouche, an alleged former member of Hezbollah, who had successfully immigrated to the United States by reportedly concealing his terrorist background.  He used his lawful immigrant status to get a job as a translator for a company hired by our military in the Middle East.

Here is an excerpt from this report:

Wissam Allouche, 44, who became a citizen in 2009, was arrested last week by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the San Antonio Express-News reported Thursday. He has also been charged with failing to reveal membership in Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group classified as terrorist by the U.S. government, when he sought a security clearance.

My article, “How DHS Ineptitude Facilitates Terrorist Operations” focused on the FBI’s arrest of Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Somalia who was arrested for supporting a terrorist organization, al Nusrah, an al Qaeda affiliate.

This quote from “9/11 and  Terrorist Travel” identifies what really needs to be fixed by the next administration:

Thus, abuse of the immigration system and a lack of interior immigration enforcement were unwittingly working together to support terrorist activity. It would remain largely unknown, since no agency of the United States government analyzed terrorist travel patterns until after 9/11. This lack of attention meant that critical opportunities to disrupt terrorist travel and, therefore, deadly terrorist operations were missed.

Unless the entirety of the immigration law enforcement system is reformed, Americans will continue to be put at risk. Focusing solely on the status of the southern border is a dangerous distraction from this fact.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in FrontPage Magazine.

Beer Company Mocks Families Whose Loved Ones Were Killed by Illegals and Migrants

HEINEKEN USA has produced a TV commercial mocking families who have had loved ones killed by illegal aliens and refugees. Tecate Light, the fastest growing light beer in the U.S., will debut a controversial, disturbing and politically biased national television commercial called “The Wall” on Fox News, Univision and Telemundo during the first Presidential debate.

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Felix Palau, Vice President Heineken Brand, Global Marketing, Americas.

“Tecate is using beer as the great unifier in developing a fun, lighthearted and clever commercial where friends from two bordering countries share a couple of Tecates over a wall,” said Felix Palau, Vice President, Tecate. “With this spot, Tecate is acknowledging an ongoing conversation, while raising a glass to beer’s uncanny ability to bring people together in a positive way.”

What is not shown in the commercial are drug cartel gang members, terrorists and human traffickers celebrating with a glass of Tecate.

There is nothing fun, light hearted, positive nor cleaver when it comes to national sovereignty and the security of Americans in the homeland. What unifies Americans is not beer. It is respecting America’s immigration laws and a love of American values.

HEINEKEN, a Dutch brewing company, should understand that as it’s headquarters is in Holland, which has its own serious border security issues with Muslim migrants. Europe has experienced gang rapes by Muslims, violence, clashes with police and growing anti-Semitic rhetoric. The narrative HEINEKEN is promoting is a the position taken by left wing politicians such as Gregor Gysi and Hillary Clinton.

This ad in effect promotes Hillary Clinton’s open borders policy with the false notion that we can all get along over a glass of beer.

The Tecate ad reminds us of President Obama’s beer summit between African-American professor Henry Louis Gates and the white police officer Sgt. James Crowley who arrested him. How did that work out given the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland and Charlotte, North Carolina?

HEINEKEN has taken a globalist position in their advertisement.

The media company behind this ad believes its a great idea and that it will sell beer. This ad is a slap in the face of those who have lost loved ones to those here illegally and those who migrated here to commit slaughter, most recently in a mall in the state of Washington. According to CBS Seattle, “The man was described by witnesses to police as a young Hispanic man dressed in black. Surveillance video captured him entering the mall unarmed and then recorded him about 10 minutes later entering the Macy’s with a “hunting type” rifle in his hand, Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock said.”

We are wondering if 20-year old Arcan Cetin, a Muslim immigrant from Turkey, drank a Tecate Light before slaughtering five innocents inside the Macy’s store at the Cascade Mall in Oak Harbor, Washington. Perhaps HEINEKEN will send a case of beer to the funerals of those slaughtered as a symbol of lighthearted unity with their message to not build a high enough wall or have an immigration system that keeps out terrorists and illegal aliens?

Perhaps HEINEKEN and Tecate Light shouldn’t make light of the burning issue of national security, which begins with border security. Looks like Trump supporters will be drinking Budweiser beer?

Some find the HEINEKEN USA commercial deplorable.

We also noted something unusual about the Tecate logo design. Do you notice the similarities?

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RELATED VIDEO: “Deplorables Unite”

All over the world – the spread of the Trump revolution continues for a free people and sovereign nations free from the clutches of globalism and Islamic terrorism. If being nationalistic, patriotic, and free people who enjoy the riches of modern civilization is considered “deplorable” then count us in and consider us UNITED!

VIDEO: Drugged Drivers Twice as Likely to be involved in Vehicle Crashes

DontLetFloridaGoToPot.com reports:

Drugged driving is a serious public health and safety problem, one that will likely intensify if voters pass Amendment 2 and legalize marijuana in Florida. Marijuana use negatively impacts coordination and impairs decision making skills, all extremely important when driving.

The normalization of marijuana use is already having an impact on highway safety. A study of college-aged youth showed that they perceived driving after marijuana use as more acceptable than driving after alcohol use. They also perceived that there were less negative consequences associated with driving after marijuana use.

According to a study conducted by the University of Auckland, regular cannabis users were 9.5 times more likely to be involved in automobile accidents. Marijuana Use and Motor Vehicle Crashes, looked at nine studies conducted over the past two decades on marijuana and car crash risk. They concluded, “drivers who test positive for marijuana or self-report using marijuana are more than twice as likely as other drivers to be involved in motor vehicle crashes.”

During the commercialization of medical medical marijuana in Colorado, fatalities with drivers testing positive for marijuana increased by 114 percent! This is a significant increase when compared to non-medical marijuana states.

To learn more on the harms of marijuana and the potential impacts of Amendment 2, please visit Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot

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PODCAST: Hillary/Trump Debate Preview, Charlotte Riots, USA Under Siege…

Each passing week brings us closer to the most critical election of our lifetimes, and with each passing week we learn vividly what is actually at stake. Monday’s debate promises to be the most watched in the nation’s history, and why not? As Obama finishes his eighth year in office, the United States is practically disintegrating under the weight of terrorism – from both jihadis and faux civil rights groups like Black Lives Matter.

Last weekend and into Monday morning, a would-be mass murder planted a series of bombs across New York and New Jersey. Only dumb luck spared the lives of perhaps dozens of innocent civilians. This week, so-called protesters terrorize an entire city, allegedly in solidarity with victims of police violence. Yet the facts matter little to these people.

Abroad, the world moves on and new alliances and realities continue to reshape our world. In the Middle East, Egypt takes center stage as El Sisi meets with global leaders. And, as usual, the United Nations cannot help itself from criticizing the only democracy in the region – Israel.

Topics of Discussion:

  • Debate Preview
  • Terrorist attacks NY and NJ
  • Charlotte Riots
  • ISIS Captures a Russian Agent
  • El Sisi meets with Netanyahu, Trump, and Hillary Clinton
  • Wells Fargo supporting Hillary through fraud?

and more . . .

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Regarding Charlotte, Black/Blue Lives and Lies

Hi Folks. These are a few thoughts from the road. Mary and I are driving from our home in Florida up to visit her family in West Virginia and my family in Maryland. On Saturday, Pumphrey, the community I grew up in is having an event honoring my 88 year old preacher dad. Dad was a pillar of our black community. In the 60’s, we Pumphrey elementary school students were bused to the recently integrated Brooklyn Park Jr/Sr High School. Saturday night, I have been asked to sing at my Brooklyn Park High School reunion. I will not tell you which year reunion because it sounds really old, even to me.

Our car radio lost Rush and other talk radio favorites as we drove through states. In South Carolina, I stumbled across a southern gospel station that made me smile. “I’m Stickin’ With Jesus All The Way” was one of the great comforting songs we heard. Several radio stations touted traditional American values. We saw a huge billboard that read, “Blue Lives Matter, Trump/Pence.” My point is listening to mainstream media, one could easily conclude that we have lost the America we love.

There are more of us who love God, our country, our National Anthem and our flag than those who do not. It reminds me of that guy in the Bible who was depressed because he thought he was the only one left in Israel who had not succumb to worshiping false gods. God told the man he had 7,000 who had not bowed to Baal. Sometimes when standing up for righteousness we feel alone.

Mary and I spent the night in North Carolina near Charlotte. On TV in our hotel room, local news was dominated with the riots. Once again just like in Ferguson, blacks were responding violently to a lie insidiously spread on social media, promoted by mainstream media.

Black Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney said Scott, the fatally shot black man, came out of his car with a gun, not a book as claimed by Scott’s family who were not there.

Also, the officer who shot Scott was black. But this is not the story-line that the Left wishes to further. The Left ignored the facts and ran with the story-line that another unarmed black man was gunned down by a racist cop. Documented evidence confirms that blacks pose the largest threat to black lives

Divinely lead to push back against the Left’s narrative (lie) which has painted a target on the backs of America’s brave men and women in blue, I launched a nationwide Blue Lives Matter Celebration tour. Our first celebration event was in Daytona Beach Florida. The media blackout was stunning. Still, we press forward in Jesus name. Our next Blues Lives Matter Celebration will probably be in Dallas.

With this latest wave of riots and anger targeted at police, a dear friend emailed me. She cautioned me to be prayerful and careful in regards to standing up for police at this time. The image of lighting a candle in the darkness came to mind. When things are at their darkest, that is the time to light a candle.

Black Chief Putney confirmed my thoughts regarding the importance of spreading the truth. He said, “It’s time for the voiceless majority to stand up and be heard.”

Evil prospers when good folks do nothing. Folks, I believe God has my back. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I have been preaching for years in my articles that the Left has had its way reshaping our culture and country because far too many Americans are afraid of making the Left really angry. Well, I cannot sit back and allow the Left to spread lies which ultimately leads to the assassination of police.

I am moving forward with my Blues Lives Matter Celebration tour, discrediting the lies and spreading the truth about police in positive, upbeat and entertaining ways. Please contribute at: http://www.lloydmarcus.com/

The insane with racial hate and depravity American Left have decreed that it is racist to say all lives matter. I will say what God says is right rather than what evil men demand that I say.

Red, yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. This means ALL LIVES MATTER!

RELATED ARTICLE: Police Violence: Facts and Figures

Video Netanyahu speech: ‘The UN, begun as a moral force, has become a moral farce’

This is a magnificent speech, one of the few times in recent years that the truth has been told at the UN about the jihad against Israel, and about the UN’s obsessive OIC-driven hatred of the Jewish State. His saying “I remain committed to a vision of peace based on two states for two peoples” is understandable but unfortunate, as a Palestinian state would only become a new jihad base for attacks on Israel, but that doesn’t outweigh Netanyahu’s calling-out of the UN, and of “Palestinian” jihad indoctrination of children, and much more.

“Full text of Netanyahu’s speech at 2016 UN General Assembly,” Times of Israel, September 22, 2016:

Remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the 71st sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 22, 2016.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

What I’m about to say is going to shock you: Israel has a bright future at the UN.

Now I know that hearing that from me must surely come as a surprise, because year after year I’ve stood at this very podium and slammed the UN for its obsessive bias against Israel. And the UN deserved every scathing word – for the disgrace of the General Assembly that last year passed 20 resolutions against the democratic State of Israel and a grand total of three resolutions against all the other countries on the planet.

Israel – twenty; rest of the world – three.

And what about the joke called the UN Human Rights Council, which each year condemns Israel more than all the countries of the world combined. As women are being systematically raped, murdered, sold into slavery across the world, which is the only country that the UN’s Commission on Women chose to condemn this year? Yep, you guessed it – Israel. Israel. Israel where women fly fighter jets, lead major corporations, head universities, preside – twice – over the Supreme Court, and have served as Speaker of the Knesset and Prime Minister.

And this circus continues at UNESCO. UNESCO, the UN body charged with preserving world heritage. Now, this is hard to believe but UNESCO just denied the 4,000-year connection between the Jewish people and its holiest site, the Temple Mount. That’s just as absurd as denying the connection between the Great Wall of China and China.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The UN, begun as a moral force, has become a moral farce. So when it comes to Israel at the UN, you’d probably think nothing will ever change, right? Well think again. You see, everything will change and a lot sooner than you think. The change will happen in this hall, because back home, your governments are rapidly changing their attitudes towards Israel. And sooner or later, that’s going to change the way you vote on Israel at the UN.

More and more nations in Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, more and more nations see Israel as a potent partner – a partner in fighting the terrorism of today, a partner in developing the technology of tomorrow.

Today Israel has diplomatic relations with over 160 countries. That’s nearly double the number that we had when I served here as Israel’s ambassador some 30 years ago. And those ties are getting broader and deeper every day. World leaders increasingly appreciate that Israel is a powerful country with one of the best intelligence services on earth. Because of our unmatched experience and proven capabilities in fighting terrorism, many of your governments seek our help in keeping your countries safe.

Many also seek to benefit from Israel’s ingenuity in agriculture, in health, in water, in cyber and in the fusion of big data, connectivity and artificial intelligence – that fusion that is changing our world in every way.

You might consider this: Israel leads the world in recycling wastewater. We recycle about 90% of our wastewater. Now, how remarkable is that? Well, given that the next country on the list only recycles about 20% of its wastewater, Israel is a global water power. So if you have a thirsty world, and we do, there’s no better ally than Israel.

How about cybersecurity? That’s an issue that affects everyone. Israel accounts for one-tenth of one percent of the world’s population, yet last year we attracted some 20% of the global private investment in cybersecurity. I want you to digest that number. In cyber, Israel is punching a whopping 200 times above its weight. So Israel is also a global cyber power. If hackers are targeting your banks, your planes, your power grids and just about everything else, Israel can offer indispensable help.

Governments are changing their attitudes towards Israel because they know that Israel can help them protect their peoples, can help them feed them, can help them better their lives.

This summer I had an unbelievable opportunity to see this change so vividly during an unforgettable visit to four African countries. This is the first visit to Africa by an Israeli prime minister in decades. Later today, I’ll be meeting with leaders from 17 African countries. We’ll discuss how Israeli technology can help them in their efforts to transform their countries.

In Africa, things are changing. In China, India, Russia, Japan, attitudes towards Israel have changed as well. These powerful nations know that, despite Israel’s small size, it can make a big difference in many, many areas that are important to them.

But now I’m going to surprise you even more. You see, the biggest change in attitudes towards Israel is taking place elsewhere. It’s taking place in the Arab world. Our peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan continue to be anchors of stability in the volatile Middle East. But I have to tell you this: For the first time in my lifetime, many other states in the region recognize that Israel is not their enemy. They recognize that Israel is their ally. Our common enemies are Iran and ISIS. Our common goals are security, prosperity and peace. I believe that in the years ahead we will work together to achieve these goals, work together openly.

So Israel’s diplomatic relations are undergoing nothing less than a revolution. But in this revolution, we never forget that our most cherished alliance, our deepest friendship is with the United States of America, the most powerful and the most generous nation on earth. Our unbreakable bond with the United States of America transcends parties and politics. It reflects, above all else, the overwhelming support for Israel among the American people, support which is at record highs and for which we are deeply grateful.

The United Nations denounces Israel; the United States supports Israel. And a central pillar of that defense has been America’s consistent support for Israel at the UN. I appreciate President Obama’s commitment to that longstanding US policy. In fact, the only time that the United States cast a UN Security Council veto during the Obama presidency was against an anti-Israel resolution in 2011. As President Obama rightly declared at this podium, peace will not come from statements and resolutions at the United Nations.

I believe the day is not far off when Israel will be able to rely on many, many countries to stand with us at the UN. Slowly but surely, the days when UN ambassadors reflexively condemn Israel, those days are coming to an end.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today’s automatic majority against Israel at the UN reminds me of the story, the incredible story of Hiroo Onada. Hiroo was a Japanese soldier who was sent to the Philippines in 1944. He lived in the jungle. He scavenged for food. He evaded capture. Eventually he surrendered, but that didn’t happen until 1974, some 30 years after World War II ended. For decades, Hiroo refused to believe the war was over. As Hiroo was hiding in the jungle, Japanese tourists were swimming in pools in American luxury hotels in nearby Manila. Finally, mercifully, Hiroo’s former commanding officer was sent to persuade him to come out of hiding. Only then did Hiroo lay down his arms.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Distinguished delegates from so many lands,

I have one message for you today: Lay down your arms. The war against Israel at the UN is over. Perhaps some of you don’t know it yet, but I am confident that one day in the not too distant future you will also get the message from your president or from your prime minister informing you that the war against Israel at the United Nations has ended. Yes, I know, there might be a storm before the calm. I know there is talk about ganging up on Israel at the UN later this year. Given its history of hostility towards Israel, does anyone really believe that Israel will let the UN determine our security and our vital national interests?

We will not accept any attempt by the UN to dictate terms to Israel. The road to peace runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not through New York.

But regardless of what happens in the months ahead, I have total confidence that in the years ahead the revolution in Israel’s standing among the nations will finally penetrate this hall of nations. I have so much confidence, in fact, that I predict that a decade from now an Israeli prime minister will stand right here where I am standing and actually applaud the UN. But I want to ask you: Why do we have to wait a decade? Why keep vilifying Israel? Perhaps because some of you don’t appreciate that the obsessive bias against Israel is not just a problem for my country, it’s a problem for your countries too. Because if the UN spends so much time condemning the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, it has far less time to address war, disease, poverty, climate change and all the other serious problems that plague the planet.

Are the half million slaughtered Syrians helped by your condemnation of Israel? The same Israel that has treated thousands of injured Syrians in our hospitals, including a field hospital that I built right along the Golan Heights border with Syria. Are the gays hanging from cranes in Iran helped by your denigration of Israel? That same Israel where gays march proudly in our streets and serve in our parliament, including I’m proud to say in my own Likud party. Are the starving children in North Korea’s brutal tyranny, are they helped by your demonization of Israel? Israel, whose agricultural knowhow is feeding the hungry throughout the developing world?

The sooner the UN’s obsession with Israel ends, the better. The better for Israel, the better for your countries, the better for the UN itself.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If UN habits die hard, Palestinian habits die even harder. President Abbas just attacked from this podium the Balfour Declaration. He’s preparing a lawsuit against Britain for that declaration from 1917. That’s almost 100 years ago – talk about being stuck in the past. The Palestinians may just as well sue Iran for the Cyrus Declaration, which enabled the Jews to rebuild our Temple in Jerusalem 2,500 years ago. Come to think of it, why not a Palestinian class action suit against Abraham for buying that plot of land in Hebron where the fathers and mothers of the Jewish people were buried 4,000 years ago? You’re not laughing. It’s as absurd as that. To sue the British government for the Balfour Declaration? Is he kidding? And this is taken seriously here?

President Abbas attacked the Balfour Declaration because it recognized the right of the Jewish people to a national home in the land of Israel. When the United Nations supported the establishment of a Jewish state in 1947, it recognized our historical and our moral rights in our homeland and to our homeland. Yet today, nearly 70 years later, the Palestinians still refuse to recognize those rights – not our right to a homeland, not our right to a state, not our right to anything. And this remains the true core of the conflict, the persistent Palestinian refusal to recognize the Jewish state in any boundary. You see, this conflict is not about the settlements. It never was.

The conflict raged for decades before there was a single settlement, when Judea Samaria and Gaza were all in Arab hands. The West Bank and Gaza were in Arab hands and they attacked us again and again and again. And when we uprooted all 21 settlements in Gaza and withdrew from every last inch of Gaza, we didn’t get peace from Gaza – we got thousands of rockets fired at us from Gaza.

This conflict rages because for the Palestinians, the real settlements they’re after are Haifa, Jaffa and Tel Aviv.

Now mind you, the issue of settlements is a real one and it can and must be resolved in final status negotiations. But this conflict has never been about the settlements or about establishing a Palestinian state. It’s always been about the existence of a Jewish state, a Jewish state in any boundary.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Israel is ready, I am ready to negotiate all final status issues but one thing I will never negotiate: Our right to the one and only Jewish state.

Wow, sustained applause for the Prime Minister of Israel in the General Assembly? The change may be coming sooner than I thought.

Had the Palestinians said yes to a Jewish state in 1947, there would have been no war, no refugees and no conflict. And when the Palestinians finally say yes to a Jewish state, we will be able to end this conflict once and for all.

Now here’s the tragedy, because, see, the Palestinians are not only trapped in the past, their leaders are poisoning the future.

I want you to imagine a day in the life of a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, I’ll call him Ali. Ali wakes up before school, he goes to practice with a soccer team named after Dalal Mughrabi, a Palestinian terrorist responsible for the murder of a busload of 37 Israelis. At school, Ali attends an event sponsored by the Palestinian Ministry of Education honoring Baha Alyan, who last year murdered three Israeli civilians. On his walk home, Ali looks up at a towering statue erected just a few weeks ago by the Palestinian Authority to honor Abu Sukar, who detonated a bomb in the center of Jerusalem, killing 15 Israelis.

When Ali gets home, he turns on the TV and sees an interview with a senior Palestinian official, Jibril Rajoub, who says that if he had a nuclear bomb, he’d detonate it over Israel that very day. Ali then turns on the radio and he hears President Abbas’s adviser, Sultan Abu al-Einein, urging Palestinians, here’s a quote, “to slit the throats of Israelis wherever you find them.” Ali checks his Facebook and he sees a recent post by President Abbas’s Fatah Party calling the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics a “heroic act”. On YouTube, Ali watches a clip of President Abbas himself saying, “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem.” Direct quote.

Over dinner, Ali asks his mother what would happen if he killed a Jew and went to an Israeli prison? Here’s what she tells him. She tells him he’d be paid thousands of dollars each month by the Palestinian Authority. In fact, she tells him, the more Jews he would kill, the more money he’d get. Oh, and when he gets out of prison, Ali would be guaranteed a job with the Palestinian Authority.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

All this is real. It happens every day, all the time. Sadly, Ali represents hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children who are indoctrinated with hate every moment, every hour.

This is child abuse.

Imagine your child undergoing this brainwashing. Imagine what it takes for a young boy or girl to break free out of this culture of hate. Some do but far too many don’t. How can any of us expect young Palestinians to support peace when their leaders poison their minds against peace?

We in Israel don’t do this. We educate our children for peace. In fact, we recently launched a pilot program, my government did, to make the study of Arabic mandatory for Jewish children so that we can better understand each other, so that we can live together side-by-side in peace.

Of course, like all societies Israel has fringe elements. But it’s our response to those fringe elements, it’s our response to those fringe elements that makes all the difference.

Take the tragic case of Ahmed Dawabsha. I’ll never forget visiting Ahmed in the hospital just hours after he was attacked. A little boy, really a baby, he was badly burned. Ahmed was the victim of a horrible terrorist act perpetrated by Jews. He lay bandaged and unconscious as Israeli doctors worked around the clock to save him.

No words can bring comfort to this boy or to his family. Still, as I stood by his bedside I told his uncle, “This is not our people. This is not our way.” I then ordered extraordinary measures to bring Ahmed’s assailants to justice and today the Jewish citizens of Israel accused of attacking the Dawabsha family are in jail awaiting trial.

Now, for some, this story shows that both sides have their extremists and both sides are equally responsible for this seemingly endless conflict.

But what Ahmed’s story actually proves is the very opposite. It illustrates the profound difference between our two societies, because while Israeli leaders condemn terrorists, all terrorists, Arabs and Jews alike, Palestinian leaders celebrate terrorists. While Israel jails the handful of Jewish terrorists among us, the Palestinians pay thousands of terrorists among them.

So I call on President Abbas: you have a choice to make. You can continue to stoke hatred as you did today or you can finally confront hatred and work with me to establish peace between our two peoples.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I hear the buzz. I know that many of you have given up on peace. But I want you to know – I have not given up on peace. I remain committed to a vision of peace based on two states for two peoples. I believe as never before that changes taking place in the Arab world today offer a unique opportunity to advance that peace.

I commend President el-Sissi of Egypt for his efforts to advance peace and stability in our region. Israel welcomes the spirit of the Arab peace initiative and welcomes a dialogue with Arab states to advance a broader peace. I believe that for that broader peace to be fully achieved the Palestinians have to be part of it. I’m ready to begin negotiations to achieve this today – not tomorrow, not next week, today.

President Abbas spoke here an hour ago. Wouldn’t it be better if instead of speaking past each other we were speaking to one another? President Abbas, instead of railing against Israel at the United Nations in New York, I invite you to speak to the Israeli people at the Knesset in Jerusalem. And I would gladly come to speak to the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

While Israel seeks peace with all our neighbors, we also know that peace has no greater enemy than the forces of militant Islam. The bloody trail of this fanaticism runs through all the continents represented here. It runs through Paris and Nice, Brussels and Baghdad, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Minnesota and New York, from Sydney to San Bernardino. So many have suffered its savagery: Christian and Jews, women and gays, Yazidis and Kurds and many, many others.

Yet the heaviest price, the heaviest price of all has been paid by innocent Muslims. Hundreds of thousands unmercifully slaughtered. Millions turned into desperate refugees, tens of millions brutally subjugated. The defeat of militant Islam will thus be a victory for all humanity, but it would especially be a victory for those many Muslims who seek a life without fear, a life of peace, a life of hope.

But to defeat the forces of militant Islam, we must fight them relentlessly. We must fight them in the real world. We must fight them in the virtual world. We must dismantle their networks, disrupt their funding, discredit their ideology. We can defeat them and we will defeat them. Medievalism is no match for modernity. Hope is stronger than hate, freedom mightier than fear.

We can do this.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Israel fights this fateful battle against the forces of militant Islam every day. We keep our borders safe from ISIS, we prevent the smuggling of game-changing weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, we thwart Palestinian terror attacks in Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, and we deter missile attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

That’s the same Hamas terror organization that cruelly, unbelievably cruelly refuses to return three of our citizens and the bodies of our fallen soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin. Hadar Goldin’s parents, Leah and Simcha Goldin, are here with us today. They have one request – to bury their beloved son in Israel. All they ask for is one simple thing – to be able to visit the grave of their fallen son Hadar in Israel. Hamas refuses. They couldn’t care less.

I implore you to stand with them, with us, with all that’s decent in our world against the inhumanity of Hamas – all that is indecent and barbaric. Hamas breaks every humanitarian rule in the book, throw the book at them.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The greatest threat to my country, to our region, and ultimately to our world remains the militant Islamic regime of Iran. Iran openly seeks Israel’s annihilation. It threatens countries across the Middle East, it sponsors terror worldwide.

This year, Iran has fired ballistic missiles in direct defiance of Security Council Resolutions. It has expended its aggression in Iraq, in Syria, in Yemen. Iran, the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism continued to build its global terror network. That terror network now spans five continents.

So my point to you is this: The threat Iran poses to all of us is not behind us, it’s before us. In the coming years, there must be a sustained and united effort to push back against Iran’s aggression and Iran’s terror. With the nuclear constraints on Iran one year closer to being removed, let me be clear: Israel will not allow the terrorist regime in Iran to develop nuclear weapons – not now, not in a decade, not ever.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I stand before you today at a time when Israel’s former president, Shimon Peres, is fighting for his life. Shimon is one of Israel’s founding fathers, one of its boldest statesmen, one of its most respected leaders. I know you will all join me and join all the people of Israel in wishing him refuah shlemah Shimon, a speedy recovery.

I’ve always admired Shimon’s boundless optimism, and like him, I too am filled with hope. I am filled with hope because Israel is capable of defending itself by itself against any threat. I am filled with hope because the valor of our fighting men and women is second to none. I am filled with hope because I know the forces of civilization will ultimately triumph over the forces of terror. I am filled with hope because in the age of innovation, Israel – the innovation nation – is thriving as never before. I am filled with hope because Israel works tirelessly to advance equality and opportunity for all its citizens: Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, everyone. And I am filled with hope because despite all the naysayers, I believe that in the years ahead, Israel will forge a lasting peace with all our neighbors.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am hopeful about what Israel can accomplish because I’ve seen what Israel has accomplished. In 1948, the year of Israel’s independence, our population was 800,000. Our main export was oranges. People said then we were too small, too weak, too isolated, too demographically outnumbered to survive, let alone thrive. The skeptics were wrong about Israel then; the skeptics are wrong about Israel now.

Israel’s population has grown tenfold, our economy fortyfold. Today our biggest export is technology – Israeli technology, which powers the world’s computers, cellphones, cars and so much more.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The future belongs to those who innovate and this is why the future belongs to countries like Israel. Israel wants to be your partner in seizing that future, so I call on all of you: Cooperate with Israel, embrace Israel, dream with Israel. Dream of the future that we can build together, a future of breathtaking progress, a future of security, prosperity and peace, a future of hope for all humanity, a future where even at the UN, even in this hall, Israel will finally, inevitably, take its rightful place among the nations.

Thank you.

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Obama vetoes bill allowing families to sue foreign governments linked to terror attacks

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“Obama Vetoes Terrorism Bill as Override Votes Loom,” by John T. Bennett, Roll Call, September 23, 2016:

President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed a bill that would allow families of the victims of terrorist attacks in the United States to sue foreign governments believed to be linked to the strikes, setting up a difficult election-year decision for congressional Democrats.

Obama expressed “deep sympathy” for those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001, writing in a statement accompanying the veto that he has “deep appreciation of these families’ desire to pursue justice and [is] strongly committed to assisting them in their efforts.”

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump called the veto “shameful,” and said he would have signed it into law. Earlier in the day, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton broke with Obama and said she would have signed it.

Obama cited concerns that the legislation, which passed both the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, could prompt other nations to pass look-alike laws, leading to more lawsuits and inconsistent standards for what constitutes state support for terrorist attacks. Proponents, however, call it “narrowly” crafted to guard against such things.

He wrote that he could not sign the measure into law because it “would neither protect Americans from terrorist attacks nor improve the effectiveness of our response to such attacks.” Instead, Obama concluded, as crafted it would allow cases to be brought to U.S. courts against other countries based solely on allegations, not longstanding methods of determining state sponsors of terror.

What’s more, the president argued the bill could open the door for other governments to allow cases in their court systems against “U.S. officials — including our men and women in uniform — for allegedly causing injuries overseas via U.S. support to third parties.” Obama also said if it became law, the measure “threatens to create complications in our relationships with even our closest partners.”…

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Hillary’s Health – A Political Minefield

As one of the top two candidates vying to become the 45th president of the United States, Hillary Clinton’s short term and long term health prognosis is not just a personal concern for her, it is a major concern for all of us.

Hillary Clinton is sixty-eight years old and it becomes more and more obvious with each passing day that she is not a healthy woman, unlikely to withstand the rigors of campaigning and unlikely to withstand the rigors of the presidency, should she be elected in November.

Clinton has a long history of falling.  On June 18, 2009, it was announced that the then-secretary of state would require surgery to repair a fractured right elbow, suffered in a fall.  In January 2011, while boarding her plane in Yemen, then-secretary Clinton waved to the crowd, turned, tripped over the main hatch sill, and fell to the floor.  A flight attendant extinguished the cabin lights so that cameras could not record her being helped to her feet.

In December 2012, Mrs. Clinton fell and struck her head, causing a concussion.  Some two weeks later, a statement from her doctors explained, “In the course of a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday, the scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed.  This is a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.”  Later, as Mrs. Clinton testified before the House Benghazi Committee, viewers noted that she was wearing eyeglasses with unusually thick lenses.  Attached to each lens was a Fresnel prism designed to correct the double vision resulting from the concussion and blood clot.

In December 2015, during a Goffstown, New Hampshire debate with Senator Bernie Sanders and former governor Martin O’Malley, Mrs. Clinton was minutes late returning from a scheduled “potty break.”  And while she explained that her delayed return was a function of the distance between the ladies restroom and the debate stage, it was later learned that a “flare up” involving fatigue, dizziness, and disorientation… all related to her December 2012 concussion… had required her to sit in a chair offstage for a period of time to recover.

On April 25, 2016, during a Cleveland, Ohio, rally, Mrs. Clinton’s speech was interrupted by a coughing spell that continued for several minutes.  Later, she experienced a coughing episode during a radio interview on The Breakfast Club, on hip-hop station, WWPR, in New York City.

On August 4, 2016, during a Las Vegas rally with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Clinton completely “spaced out” in mid-sentence.  Three Secret Service agents rushed to her side, and while Clinton stood mute, staring blankly into the distance, one agent could be heard over the open mic, saying, “It’s okay, we’re still here,  Keep talking.”  When Hillary regained her senses, she repeated, “It’s okay.  Here we are.  We’re not going anywhere.  We’ll keep talking.”

Days later, in early August 2016, news photos showed Hillary requiring the assistance of aides and Secret Service agents as she climbed a short stairway to what appeared to be the porch of a residence.   Then, on September 6, 2016, during a speech in Cleveland, Ohio, Clinton suffered a prolonged coughing episode that lasted for nearly five minutes.  Attempting to put a good face on the matter, Clinton said, “Every time I think about Trump I get allergic.”  Standing behind her, and offering no assistance, running mate Tim Kaine applauded while the audience laughed.

Finally, on September 11, 2016, Clinton left the ceremony commemorating the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack more than an hour early.  Complaining of dizziness while the names of 9/11 victims were being read, Clinton stumbled and lost a shoe as she stepped off a curb.  Secret Service agents held her upright, but just seconds later, as she approached the door of her van, she passed out and nearly fell to the ground. Again, Secret Service agents prevented a total collapse.  They pushed her into the back seat of the van and the entourage drove at high speed to her daughter’s apartment some five blocks away.

Any one of those incidents, taken in isolation, would not be serious enough to create alarm.  However, taken together, they have generated widespread speculation that Hillary Clinton is a very sick woman… so sick that she may be unable to continue her quest for the presidency.

One physician, Dr. Ted Noel, an Orlando, Florida, anesthesiologist with thirty-six years experience, has evaluated all of Hillary’s published symptoms and has concluded that she suffers from advanced Parkinson’s Disease.  His opinion is bolstered by the fact that a purloined Hillary Clinton email, provided by Julian Assange of Wikileaks, instructs her staff to research new drugs to treat Parkinson’s Disease.

So what happens if Hillary is unable to continue, and what are the consequences if she drops out prior to November 8th?  What are the consequences if she drops out after November 8, but prior to the Electoral College vote on December 19, 2016?  And what are the consequences if she drops out after the Electoral College meets, but prior to Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017?

The first question has an easy answer.  Article 2, Section 7 of the Democratic Party bylaws states that,

“a special meeting to fill a vacancy on the National ticket shall be held on the call of the Chairperson.”

A special session of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) would meet to select a replacement.  And while the manner of selection of the delegates would be left to the party central committees of each state, it is unlikely that the delegates to a special convention would convene with any degree of unanimity.  Many states, hoping to exert influence beneficial to their own interests, could be expected to nominate a favorite son or a favorite daughter… some serious candidates, others mere bargaining chips.

What is most concerning is that, should another Democrat be selected just days or weeks prior to the election, that individual would likely benefit from an insurmountable “sympathy vote,” much as Vice President Lyndon Johnson did in 1964, following the Kennedy assassination.  However, if Mrs. Clinton should be forced out of the race after winning a majority of the prospective electoral votes on November 8, the expectation is that the 12th Amendment to the Constitution would provide the solution.  That amendment reads as follows:

“The Electors (members of the Electoral College) shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice President… (T)hey shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots, the person voted for as Vice President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President and of all persons voted for as Vice President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate.  The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted.  The person having the greatest number of votes for President shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest number not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President.  But in choosing the President, the vote shall be taken by states, the representatives from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and the majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice…”

Under such a circumstance, it is likely that many Democrats would insist that Senator Tim Kaine, the Democratic Party’s nominee for Vice President, should be elevated to the fill the Clinton vacancy.  Historian John Buescher tells us that, “It gets a bit more messy if a nominee dies or steps down after Election Day but prior to the time the (Electoral College meets) to vote for President.  In that unlikely event, then the process is the same… the Democratic Party bigwigs pick who the new nominee would be; this outcome might be more unpredictable, however, since it would involve the choice of someone who is not on the ballot.”

Dr. Buescher, a history professor at George Mason University, is mistaken.  If Mrs. Clinton would, for reasons of ill health, take herself out of consideration after being declared the winner on Election Day, but prior to the Electoral College vote, it would be the members of the Electoral College, not “party bigwigs” who would decide who the party’s president-elect should be.  “Party bigwigs” would have no say in the matter; they could only urge individual members of the Electoral College to support a specific candidate.  That candidate could be Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Secretary of State John Kerry, or any other individual who might attract at least 270 votes in the Electoral College.

However, once the Electoral College has determined a President-elect and a Vice President-elect, and the President-elect either dies or is forced to withdraw prior to being sworn into office, the procedure outlined in Section 3 of the 20th Amendment becomes operative.  That section reads as follows:

“If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President-elect shall have died, the Vice President-elect shall become president…”

In other words, if Mrs. Clinton should decided to withdraw after winning the General Election on November 8, and after being approved by the Electoral College on December 19, but prior to certification by a joint session of Congress in early January and prior to being sworn into office on January 20, the 20th Amendment dictates that Senator Tim Kaine would become the President-elect.  In the meantime, Mrs. Clinton’s health will be a matter of all-consuming interest until she either releases all of her medical records, proving that she is not seriously ill, or withdraws from contention.

Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops finds Marijuana Amendment 2 Problematic

The following is a statement by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops titled “AMENDMENT 2: Concerns to Weigh Before Voting” dated September 19, 2016:

On Election Day, Floridians will vote on an amendment to the Florida Constitution that would allow the “use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions.” At first glance, the proposed amendment appeals to a sense of empathy and implies safe and limited use by the infirm; however, closer inspection reveals that the framework established by Amendment 2 is problematic in the following ways:

  • Potential for fraud and abuse

The definitions and terms in the full text of Amendment 2 are vague. The amendment does not require a doctor’s prescription that specifies dosage and frequency. Instead, the physician issues “certificate” allowing the purchase of marijuana in any quantity and form. Ambiguities of Amendment 2 create opportunities for abuse and fraud similar to the “pill mill” scenarios experienced in Florida and elsewhere.

  • Edible marijuana products present a significant risk

Amendment 2 does not specify the physical form of the marijuana or limit the potency of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the euphoric component. Marijuana infused products (cookies, candies, beverages) are made using oils or other extracts that concentrate the THC potency at dangerously high levels of 40-90%. Marijuana edibles (“medibles”) are packaged to look like everyday food products, confections, etc. Accidental ingestion by children, some as young as 2, have resulted in a significant increase in emergency room visits and calls to Poison Control Centers.

  • No assurances of quality, consistency in products

There are pharmaceutical grade products that harness therapeutic properties of marijuana, such as MarinolTM, used for nausea and loss of appetite for cancer and HIV/AIDS patients. Other products are under development at different stages. Amendment 2 does not relate to these, but rather to marijuana plants, which pose unique problems for “medical” use. It is not possible to standardize the 66+ active chemical compounds in the stems, leaves and seeds of the marijuana plant, which poses risks for those who use it. Batch-to-batch variations increase the likelihood that no two products derived from the marijuana plant will be the same and have the same effect when inhaled or ingested. Marijuana products provided under Amendment 2 will not be subject to FDA regulations and safeguards that protect the patient and guide the physician; in addition, licensed pharmacies and pharmacists will not dispense them.

  • Allows for greater access to marijuana by youth

Increased access to marijuana and its presence in the home has the potential of leading to dangerous experimentation by youth. In states with more lenient marijuana policies, attractive packaging and aggressive marketing campaigns are used to attract younger individuals to become lifelong users.

Compassion compels efforts to care for the sick and to alleviate suffering. However, in this pursuit, society must ensure that those in need are not further endangered by exposing them to even greater harm. While there could be beneficial applications to the proposed use of marijuana, voters must carefully assess the risks and anticipated problems involved in amending the Florida Constitution to garner them.

Senator Ted Cruz: My Six Reasons for Endorsing Donald Trump for President — I’m #NeverHillary

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz released the following statement on why he is endorsing Donald Trump for President of the United States:

This election is unlike any other in our nation’s history. Like many other voters, I have struggled to determine the right course of action in this general election.

In Cleveland, I urged voters, “please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket whom you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word.

Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary.

Six key policy differences inform my decision. First, and most important, the Supreme Court. For anyone concerned about the Bill of Rights — free speech, religious liberty, the Second Amendment — the Court hangs in the balance. I have spent my professional career fighting before the Court to defend the Constitution. We are only one justice away from losing our most basic rights, and the next president will appoint as many as four new justices. We know, without a doubt, that every Clinton appointee would be a left-wing ideologue. Trump, in contrast, has promised to appoint justices “in the mold of Scalia.”

For some time, I have been seeking greater specificity on this issue, and today the Trump campaign provided that, releasing a very strong list of potential Supreme Court nominees — including Sen. Mike Lee, who would make an extraordinary justice — and making an explicit commitment to nominate only from that list. This commitment matters, and it provides a serious reason for voters to choose to support Trump.

Second, Obamacare. The failed healthcare law is hurting millions of Americans. If Republicans hold Congress, leadership has committed to passing legislation repealing Obamacare. Clinton, we know beyond a shadow of doubt, would veto that legislation. Trump has said he would sign it.

Third, energy. Clinton would continue the Obama administration’s war on coal and relentless efforts to crush the oil and gas industry. Trump has said he will reduce regulations and allow the blossoming American energy renaissance to create millions of new high-paying jobs.

Fourth, immigration. Clinton would continue and even expand President Obama’s lawless executive amnesty. Trump has promised that he would revoke those illegal executive orders.

Fifth, national security. Clinton would continue the Obama administration’s willful blindness to radical Islamic terrorism. She would continue importing Middle Eastern refugees whom the FBI cannot vet to make sure they are not terrorists. Trump has promised to stop the deluge of unvetted refugees.

Sixth, Internet freedom. Clinton supports Obama’s plan to hand over control of the Internet to an international community of stakeholders, including Russia, China, and Iran. Just this week, Trump came out strongly against that plan, and in support of free speech online.

These are six vital issues where the candidates’ positions present a clear choice for the American people.

If Clinton wins, we know — with 100% certainty — that she would deliver on her left-wing promises, with devastating results for our country.

My conscience tells me I must do whatever I can to stop that.

We also have seen, over the past few weeks and months, a Trump campaign focusing more and more on freedom — including emphasizing school choice and the power of economic growth to lift African-Americans and Hispanics to prosperity.

Finally, after eight years of a lawless Obama administration, targeting and persecuting those disfavored by the administration, fidelity to the rule of law has never been more important.

The Supreme Court will be critical in preserving the rule of law. And, if the next administration fails to honor the Constitution and Bill of Rights, then I hope that Republicans and Democrats will stand united in protecting our fundamental liberties.

Our country is in crisis. Hillary Clinton is manifestly unfit to be president, and her policies would harm millions of Americans. And Donald Trump is the only thing standing in her way.

A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I am honoring that commitment. And if you don’t want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, I encourage you to vote for him.

For liberty,

Ted Cruz

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UNHINGED: Clinton Backer Calls Trump Supporters ‘Mentally Deficient’

With the presidential race tighter than ever as it heads into its final stretch, panicked Hillary Clinton supporters are desperate to find a way to discredit, not just Donald Trump, but anyone who would dare support him. Last Sunday, a Clinton surrogate from Virginia added to the candidate’s own list of names for Trump voters (which most recently included “deplorable” and “irredeemable”) by describing them as “mentally deficient.”

Northern Virginia Delegate Mark Levine (D-45) issued the characterization during a Fox News segment that discussed comments Donald Trump made during a campaign rally in Miami on September 16.

During his speech, Trump made a pointed argument about the hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton calling for gun control, even as she is constantly surrounded by bodyguards armed with firearms.

“I think her bodyguards should drop all weapons,” Trump said. “They should disarm. I think they should disarm immediately … Take their guns away. She doesn’t want guns.”NHINGED

Trump then went on to provide further examples of Clinton’s “sense of arrogance and entitlement.”

The Miami audience laughed, understanding Trump’s point. It’s fine for elites to dictate how the rest of America should live, as long as the same rules don’t apply to them.

Clinton’s supporters and operatives, however, ludicrously tried to portray the comment as a call to assassinate the Democratic candidate. “Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President, has a pattern of inciting people to violence,” Clinton’s campaign manager told the media.

By that same reasoning, of course, Clinton herself would be calling for violence against ordinary Americans by suggesting they, too, should forfeit keeping guns at hand for self-defense.

While the media’s latest spin on Trump’s comments is new, his use of the bodyguard example is not. Trump made the same point when speaking at the NRA’s Annual Meeting in May.

“[L]et their bodyguard immediately disarm,” he said, speaking of the Clintons. “No, they should immediately disarm. And let’s see how good they do.  Let’s see how they feel walking around without their guns or their bodyguards.”

Trump got the same reaction from the crowd in Louisville that he got in Miami, laughter and applause.

The remark is amusing, for the very reason that it’s preposterous to think Clinton or any presidential candidate would forgo traveling with armed security. But it’s equally preposterous that Clinton thinks her own safety deserves such protection, while insisting that other Americans shouldn’t have the means to protect themselves.

But it clearly irritates Hillary Clinton’s supporters when her hypocrisy is exposed. After the Fox anchor mentioned Clinton’s earlier “basket of deplorables” statements, Levine doubled down on slandering Trump’s supporters.

“I think Donald Trump is appealing to people who are mentally deficient. I really do,” the Northern Virginia Democrat said.

Ironically, Levine had just finished saying Trump’s own remarks were “out of bounds.” But clearly, Levine thinks demeaning Trump’s supporters is not.

That makes Mark Levine a perfect apologist for his party’s presidential contender: hypocritical, mean-spirited, and contemptuous of anybody who disagree with him. For Hillary Clinton and her supporters, it was just politics as usual.

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