The Official (Politically Correct) Islam versus Truth – Time to Clear Our Thinking and Act

Part 3 of a Series on the Foundations of Islam

Mike ScruggsMike Scruggs

In the last two articles on the Foundations of Islam, I have pointed out that the violent coercion of Jihad is deeply embedded in its founding doctrinal texts: the Koran, the Hadiths, and the Sira. These are essentially the alleged revelations to Muhammad of Allah’s words in the Koran and of Muhammad’s words and example recorded by his closest companions in the Hadiths and Sira. Sharia Law is also based on this textual trilogy. The only way to judge the true nature of Islam is through the Koran and the words and example of its Prophet, Muhammad. It will not do to call Islam a religion of peace, when 9 percent of the Koran and 31 percent of Islam’s doctrinal trilogy is about Holy War on all non-Muslims, and Muhammad claims that he is called by Allah to make Islam the only religion and that all nations should be subject to Sharia Law. None of the Jihad spoken of in these doctrinal standards is a “spiritual struggle” of prayer and fasting, as is falsely claimed by Muslim Brotherhood propagandists. One of the most shocking incidents of Muhammad’s early leadership is the beheading of 800 Jewish prisoners of war in Medina, because they would not accept the Muslim faith. This ghastly massacre is taught approvingly by Muslim scholars and leaders. There are 328,000 words in the Islamic trilogy devoted to political violence, almost all against non-Muslims, whereas the Hebrew Bible has only 34,000, and the New Testament has almost none.

Far from being a religion of peace and tolerance, a huge portion of Islamic doctrine is devoted to Holy War, coercion, deception, and trickery against unbelievers, and that has been the Muslim pattern for 1400 years, because that was the example of Muhammad, 91 times called the perfect Muslim in the Koran. Muhammad is the golden rule of Muslim conduct.

Yet the prevailing official belief about Islam in the U.S. and many Western governments is taken from Muslim Brotherhood propaganda dispersed through our educational, media, cultural, and government institutions. It is that Islam is a harmless religion of peace and tolerance much like Christianity and Judaism. Politicians of both major parties continually repeat Muslim Brotherhood deceptions like “Islam is a peaceful religion hijacked by extremists.” The fact that suicide terrorists are a small minority of Muslims blinds our political leaders to the fact that most Muslims support Sharia Law, and few are willing to deny the teachings of Jihad and Islamic Supremacy. Widespread subjugation of Muslim women and astonishingly high rates of sexual assault and rape of non-Muslim women and girls is ignored and blamed on Western prejudice. Because we have some personal anecdotal evidence of some apparently nice or moderate Muslims, we dismiss the danger of massive Muslim settlement. We dismiss the high probability that significant Muslim immigration will lead to political fifth columns that strongly oppose most American religious, cultural, and political values.

Most of the Republican Presidential Primary candidates in 2016 have been too politically correct to oppose President Obama’s massive importation of unvetted Muslim immigrants. George W. Bush and Barack Obama both hold to the fairytale that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.

Here are a few disconcerting quotations from Bush:

 “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam….Islam is peace.” 9-17-2001.

 There are thousands of Muslims who proudly call themselves Americans, and they know what I know—that the Muslim faith is based upon peace and love and compassion.”

9-28-2001.

 The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to one God, as revealed through the Holy Quran. It teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace.” 11-15-2001.

Islam brings hope and comfort to millions of people in my country, and to more than a billion people worldwide.” 12-4-2002,

On October 26, 2004, Bush gave this answer to ABC’s Charles Gibson’s question on whether Christians and non-Christians and Muslims go to heaven: “Yes they do. We have different routes of getting there.” This contrasts sharply with John 14:6; Acts 4:12; and 1 Timothy 2:5.

Bush’s universalist leanings were made clearer in an October 11, 2007 interview with Al-Arabiya TV:

Well, first of all, I believe in an almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That’s what I believe. I believe that Islam is a great religion that preaches peace…. See, I believe there is a universal God. I believe the God that the Muslim prays to is the same God that I pray to. After all, we all came from Abraham. I believe in that universality.”

Here are two quotes from President Barack Obama:

 This great religion in the hands of a few extremists has been distorted to justify violence.” 11-11-2010

 The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam. The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.” “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.” 9-25-2012.

Contrast these quotes with those of the past in the U.S. and Europe:

I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad.”—Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859).

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.”—Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Those who have declared Jihad against the West, and Western values, such as freedom of speech, are doing all in their power to mobilize against us the large Muslim communities living in our midst. Unbelievably, Washington is urging Europe to admit Turkey to the EU. Were that to happen, the Muslim population of Europe would skyrocket to 100 million — an act, in my view, of consummate folly. Already Judeo-Christian Europe is under siege from a tidal wave of Islamic immigration. The admission of Turkey would hasten its demise…”—Winston S. Churchill (1940-2010), grandson of Winston Churchill.

Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 was as politically correct on Islam as George W. Bush in 2001, but this 2016 quote shows he is coming closer to the truth:

There is not a problem with Islam… But there is a problem within Islam, and we have to put it on the table and be honest about it. There are, of course, Christian extremists and Jewish, Buddhist, and Hindu ones. But I am afraid that the problematic strain within Islam is not the province of a few extremists. It has at its heart a view of religion—and of the relationship between religion and politics—that is not compatible with pluralistic, liberal, open-minded societies. At the extreme end of the spectrum are terrorists, but the worldview goes deeper and wider than it is comfortable for us to admit. So, by and large, we don’t admit it. This has two effects. First, those who hold extreme views believe that we are weak, and that gives them strength. Second, those Muslims–and the good news is that there are many—who know the problem exists, and want to do something about it, lose heart.”

Common sense national patriotism must prevail against the deadly cultural and political poisons of multiculturalism, political correctness, and hysterical diversityism. Failure of our next President and Congress to comprehend the true nature of Islam and take strong and immediate action to correct our misguided immigration and refugee resettlement policies would be national suicide.

Not Used for Purposes Intended by Dr. Ada Fisher

Ada-FisherCleaning through mounds of papers, I uncovered many unused cashier’s checks which were over six months old.  If you take them to the issuing institution, funds should be made available simply by endorsing them Not Used for Purposes Intended and signing your name under that.  But no, institutions may be found issuing a service charge of $50 and a depreciation fee though they are collecting interest on the unused monies.  This is usury plain and simple.

A few months back I was finally diagnosed with some type of unspecified mixed connective tissue disorder which for twenty years has given me painful joints.  As the pain increased making ambulation and mobility difficult, I was ready to try anything legal for relief.  So Plaquenil, a drug originally used to treat malaria was recommended keeping in mind that it could make one pain free but a side effect is possible blindness.  What a choice—pain free with blindness or pain while seeing.

Sitting in a medical school early pharmacology course, they discussed Nitrogen Mustard which was a “nerve gas” used in wars.  But then it was revealed that with a slight change in its chemical composition, Methotrexate, which is a powerful anti-tumor and autoimmune drug, is derived.   Effersylium (Metamusil) which is helpful with constipation and irritable bowel syndrome has a cholesterol lowering effect which may be safer for some than statins.  Aspirin in managed doses fights fevers, joint pain and thins the blood while possibly having an anticancer benefit.

In medicine so many drugs and procedures may have beneficial side effects which weren’t their intended action.  The reverse may be also be true.

In politics many seemingly painful policy decisions are benefitting folks, e.g. decreasing sales and corporate taxes has increased economic growth; school choice decreasing the warehousing of those at risk but possibly at the expense of public education; and highway funds as with social security contributions diverted to entitlements while infrastructure suffers, water is increasingly contaminated and the future of pensions remains questionable.

Religion through the rise of ISL has made us less tolerant of other people’s views.  The cause of free speech has suffered mightily as suppression of the right to act or speak according to ones beliefs is held hostage to “PC” speak.

The US Constitution is being tortured into being all things for all people thereby losing its focus from the intent of our founders to bind our nation under rules of conduct, justice, citizen’s rights, and separation of powers of the states and federal government.  When a socialist runs for president and folks think this veering away from democracy is okay or the ability for anyone to capture the American dream as President when not born in the nation or a run for office is driven by money thereby denying the average person this opportunity, one appreciates that our capitalist Republic is not being used for purposes intended and the side effects with a tax burden/national debt exceeding 20 trillion dollars becomes increasingly malignant.

Dr. Ada M. Fisher is a PHYSICIAN, licensed teacher , previously elected school board member, former medical director in a fortune 500 company, AUTHOR, gifted Public Speaker and THE nc rEPUBLICAN nATIONAL cOMMITTEEWOMAN. Contact her at P. O. Box 777; Salisbury, NC 28145;DrFisher@DrAdaMFisher.COM. [Her book, Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What AIls Us, Book I IS available through Amazon.com.

Puerto Rico and the PROMESA Act: Claims and Responses

prHeritage Action – Claim: If conservatives don’t agree to this bill, the alternative is a $72 billion bailout package.

Response: Things are going to get worse in Puerto Rico before they get better. Even though there is no reason to believe a Republican-controlled Congress would ever pass a direct taxpayer bailout, calls for such action are likely to increase whether or not PROMESA (H.R. 4900) is passed, as Puerto Rico will likely continue to experience economic and fiscal troubles. Congress and Puerto Rico need to pass economic reforms to slow and reverse the ruinous outmigration of Puerto Rico’s young workers. PROMESA reshuffles the deck, but it doesn’t change the game.

Claim: If Congress doesn’t pass some sort of assistance package, Puerto Ricans are just going to abandon the island and move to the mainland, causing an economic death spiral.

Response: Puerto Ricans are moving to the mainland in large numbers because of the lack of economic growth and opportunity on the island — not, for the most part, because of the government’s financial distress and liquidity issues. Regardless of what happens with Puerto Rico’s government debt, this exodus will continue if Puerto Rico can’t return to growth, which it can only do by creating opportunities for young adults and attracting and keeping businesses on the island. There is no reason to believe this bill would create those economic opportunities.

Claim: The fiscal oversight board has the tools it needs to jumpstart Puerto Rico’s economy.

Response: The oversight board only has explicit powers to approve, and by extension amend, Puerto Rico’s budget. But Puerto Rico’s primary problem is not its budget, but rather anti-growth policies — imposed both by the territory itself and from the federal government — such as the Jones Act, minimum wage, and costly labor market regulations (like micromanaged bonus and paid leave policies) that impede growth. The control board has no power to shape those policies.

Claim: PROMESA’s minimum wage provision is a huge, precedent-setting win for conservatives.

Response: The partial minimum wage exemption in H.R. 4900 is “opt-in,” meaning Puerto Rico’s governor has to proactively enact it. Even if Puerto Rico does adopt it, the provision is limited to temporary workers under 25. Furthermore, this does not represent a conservative breakthrough with Democrats in Congress: Democrats are already on the record going much further to completely exempt distressed territories, such as American Samoa, from the federal minimum wage.

Claim: PROMESA does not allow for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

Response: Despite protests to the contrary, Title III of H.R. 4900 is clearly designed to mimic Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The main differences are that it actually subjects even more debts to the process than allowed by U.S. states, and that the process is initiated by an oversight board instead of the government.

Claim: Even though it provides a bankruptcy process on the back-end, voluntary negotiations on the front-end will prevent Chapter 9 provisions from taking effect.

Response: In the first stage, the oversight board will offer a comprehensive restructuring plan, and each bond pool can vote to accept their place in the plan. The vote is not strictly on the merits of the plan though, as those who can’t get enough yes votes will be dumped into Chapter 9 bankruptcy along with over $40 billion worth of unfunded pension liabilities. With this as the alternative, suggesting the first stage is simply “voluntary” leaves out important context.

Claim: Calling H.R. 4900 a “bailout” is nothing but a scare tactic that ignores the actual provisions in the bill.

Response: Clearly the PROMESA Act contains no direct federal funding for to Puerto Rico (though it is worth remembering that Congress did provide Puerto Rico with $865 million in increased Medicare payments in last year’s omnibus). Under a very narrow definition of a bailout — one that only includes direct, taxpayer cash assistance — H.R. 4900 does not qualify. However, whatever one wishes to call it, PROMESA is clearly an ad hoc federal intervention that would establish a new, favorable framework for Puerto Rico to address its debts.

Claim: The current legislation sets no precedent for distressed states.

Response: PROMESA sets a political precedent, although not a legal one. In fact, creditors will arguably expect Congress to do even more to assist distressed state governments. States may reasonably conclude that Congress will be willing, when the time comes, to change bankruptcy law in their favor, offer a stay of litigation, and/or offer them novel mechanisms for restructuring their debt. If this narrative takes hold, it will increase moral hazard and encourage more fiscal irresponsibility among states.

Claim: Years of lawsuits will be extremely expensive, create chaos, and ruin Puerto Rico’s chances of growth, and thus must be avoided at all costs.

Response: There is no doubt that the legal claims process would be slow and messy. But it is not the legal process itself that creates economic chaos, but rather outside interventions or unfair outcomes. The current and future impediments to Puerto Rico’s growth are the unreformed cronyist patronage of the Puerto Rican government and Washington’s overregulation. Without reform, even a quick restructuring holds little promise of growth. (On another note with regard to chaos: PROMESA’s stay on litigation, which strips creditors of their civil right to access the courts and affords Puerto Rico’s corrupt government the opportunity for mischief, is hardly a way to prevent chaos.)

Claim: The fiscal oversight board will be directed to act in a fair and equitable way and in the best interests of creditors, which fundamentally separates this situation from mishandled bankruptcies like Detroit.

Response: As in Detroit, this process depends on the discretion of those granted power to not abuse that power to, for instance, grant special treatment to politically sympathetic groups, such as pensioners, instead of senior creditors. While one can hope that the oversight board and the federal district judge appointed under Title III will act in accordance with Congress’ intent, there is no guarantee that they will do so. Even the legislation’s instructions to maintain existing debt payment priorities leaves room for interpretation and does not specify the degree to which one group of creditors holds priority over any other. On these questions, Congress should not jump in and usurp the role of the courts.

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Not News: Study Shows $4 Trillion in Annual GDP Growth Lost to Post-1980 Regs

nb-headerThe editorialists at Investor’s Business Daily have reported on the results of an important study by several George Mason University Mercatus Center economists showing what regulations have cost the economy in economic growth since 1980. The establishment press, which has been singularly uninterested in reporting anything that has to potential to slow the regulatory leviathan down — y’know, because its causes are so noble and righteous — is virtually ignoring the Mercatus study.

IBD tied the study’s findings into the “new normal” nonsense the “mainstream” economics community and most of the business press has been foisting on us since it became obvious about 6-1/2 years ago that the U.S. economy’s post-recession performance would likely be singularly underwhelming. What we’ve seen is the worst growth post-downturn economy by far since World War II.

Decades ago, it was not at all unreasonable to expect the U.S. economy in non-recession years to grow at a long-term clip of 4 percent per year. Even including years containing recessions, average annual growth from 1947 to 2000 was 3.5 percent. Press expectations matched experience until then. A quarter with 2.5 percent or lower growth was considered weak; 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent was okay, but nothing special.

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Do you think we need to tell the Politicians no more letting the bureaucrats write the regs? Maybe Congress should write the bills and reg’s that go with them? Just maybe, instead of new laws and reg’s lets start cutting them back to 1913 level!

Syrian Refugees in N.C. Still Cannot Be Tracked

Bald-Eagle-Really-you-still-trust-the-governmentCarolina Journal – The federal government relocated more Syrian refugees to North Carolina in the last six months than it did the previous 22 months, even as Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-8th District, continue to warn that the screening process for admission to the United States remains broken, posing potential danger to the state.

Refugee-Chart2 “We’re not given any forewarning of when they’re coming, where they’re going to, or who they are,” McCrory told Carolina Journal. That raises concerns, he said, because the refugees could be coming from countries embroiled in civil wars or they may be linked to Islamic terrorism.

Refugees are sent to charity relocation agencies that “have more information than my state public safety officials,” McCrory said. The FBI does not have a list of entering refugees and where they are sent, prior to and after relocation, “which was astounding to me.”

The feds “use the privacy card” to deny that information to state and federal public safety officials, McCrory said.

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In 2015, 19,000 Criminal Illegal Immigrants Were Released From Custody

age-of-stupid3The Daily Signal – More than 19,000 criminal illegal immigrants were released from custody in 2015, according to new figures disclosed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

The 19,723 criminal releases—as the government refers to them—represent a 35 percent decrease from fiscal year 2014.

The phrase “criminal releases” can apply to a wide range of crimes, including traffic violations—such as driving without a license—to more serious offenses like sexual assault, rape, and murder. Their crimes include misdemeanors and felonies.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for less immigration, the 19,723 criminal releases had a total of 64,197 convictions among them. More than 200 of those were homicide convictions. Most are traffic offenders.

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On Thursday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform convened a hearing to investigate the government’s process for detaining and removing illegal immigrants who’ve committed new crimes after arriving in the U.S.

Members of the Republican-led committee questioned ICE Director Sarah Saldana, and listened to testimony from the families of two victims who were killed by criminally convicted illegal immigrants.

“These are people that were here illegally, got caught committing a crime, were convicted of that crime and instead of deporting them, they were just released back out in the United States of America,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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Constitutional Carry Bill Passes Missouri House; Heads to Senate for Vote

b2711f199906ff6fdf8599d518cb6a7d_MThe New American – On Monday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed a “Constitutional Carry” bill 112 to 37, and the bill is now headed to the Senate for a vote.

The legislation would allow those with a clean background to carry concealed weapons without a permit, KSPR reports.

The bill was sponsored by State Representative Eric Burlison, who says the bill simply protects law-abiding citizens and their right to self-defense. He explained,

What we are changing is if you are a law abiding citizen, we’re not going to make it a felony charge to put that firearm in your pocket. The naive perception is that if we pass a law that says a felon can’t carry a firearm that they won’t. But the truth is they do. So what we really want to make sure is that we’re not trying to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and defend themselves.

Burlison contends that by forcing gun owners to undergo a background check through their local sheriff’s office and submit to gun training before carrying a concealed weapon creates an arbitrary burden on those interested in utilizing their Second Amendment-protected right to keep and bear arms.

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Isn’t it time NC citizens had the same rights? If, you agree tell you NC Senators and Representatives.

Here Comes the Obama/UN Refugee “Surge” — Rebranded as “Safe Alternative Pathways” or is it “Keep Spreading the Jihad?”

4f1d0a24a880246532df2cc0c8b47e33_MThe New American – Across the United States, designated “Welcoming Communities” have begun receiving — or soon will be recipients of — Syrian “refugees” chosen by the United Nations and supposedly vetted by U.S. agencies. But only months ago top officials of these same agencies stated it would be impossible to vet the enormous pool of refugee applicants for terrorist and criminal backgrounds, or even to prove that they are from Syria, considering the chaos in the Middle East and lack of documentation among the migrant. Nevertheless, while in Germany last September, Secretary of State John Kerry promised the United States would take “a minimum of 10,000 Syrian refugees,” and would bump up total annual U.S. refugee admission to 100,000 — or more.

Even prior to that pledge, at a 2014 meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Kerry’s Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard told the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), “we expect admissions from Syria to surge in 2015 and beyond.” However, the shocking experience of Europe’s refugee “surge” last year — with more than 1.5 million migrants from Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Afghanistan, and elsewhere flooding in — and the chaos, turmoil, welfare costs, and the crime that followed, caused sufficient alarm in the U.S. to force President Obama to back off, temporarily. Now the administration’s “surge” is back, but it has been rebranded as “safe alternative pathways,” per the marketing folks at UNHCR and the State Department.

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NRA-ILA – Connecticut: Gun Surrender Bill Moving through the General Assembly

Yesterday, April 27, House Bill 5054 passed the House of Representatives with a 104-42 vote.  HB 5054 is a large omnibus bill which threatens your Right to Keep and Bear Arms as well as your Fifth Amendment right to due process.  Please click the “Take Action” button to contact your state Senator with your opposition to this legislation! 

HB 5054 would require the recipient of an ex parte temporary restraining order to surrender their firearms to the police or a licensed dealer within 24 hours of being served with an order.  This ex parte order strips the accused of their Second Amendment rights and would be issued by a judge based solely on a brief statement of an accuser before the accused can appear in court to defend themselves against the allegations.  Often these orders come with no allegations of criminal behavior.  These bills clearly go against an individual’s right to due process and presents a real threat to gun owners across Connecticut.

Once again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state Senator with your opposition to HB 5054!

Obama Advocacy Group Fails to Move Supreme Court Nomination

obama 1The Washington Free Beacon – Merrick Garland is no closer to confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice than he was at the beginning of April despite a sustained campaign by President Obama’s personal advocacy group financed by some of the country’s top Democratic donors.

Organizing for Action has brought its eight-figure budget to bear on Merrick’s behalf, holding rallies, buying digital ads, and manning the phones to pressure Republicans into proceeding with his nomination to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat.

One Senate Republican’s office reported getting hundreds of phone calls per day supporting Garland’s confirmation in the first two weeks of April, though sources say the calls have mostly stopped since then.

OFA has little to show for its efforts beyond a few meetings between Garland and a handful of Republican senators, most of whom said they still opposed moving on his nomination.

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16 ‘Pro-LGBT’ Businesses That Operate in Countries With Poor Human Rights Records

The Daily Signal – Big corporations have come out to criticize state religious liberty measures in Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina as discriminating against those who aren’t heterosexual, some going as far as to propose boycotting states that enact such laws.

However, several of the most vocal companies that say they stand with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans also operate in countries with troubling human rights records, including places where homosexuality can result in a death sentence, a review by The Daily Signal shows.

Details on the fate of the measures in Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina are below. The following is a list of 16 corporations that publicly attacked religious liberty measures in one or more of the three states, yet do business in countries that blatantly and sometimes brutally discriminate against LGBT citizens or otherwise have a poor record of defending human rights:

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12 Amendments to Watch for in Defense Authorization Fight

160426_Military_RK-1250x650The Daily Signal – The House Armed Services Committee will soon mark up their version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bill regularly runs over a thousand pages long and sets budgets and policies for almost every aspect of our national defense. The committee markup routinely runs until 3 or 4 a.m. and includes hundreds of amendments and lots and lots of coffee (I know, I’ve worked for members of Congress in the last nine NDAA markups in the House). Here’s what to watch for in the markup.

Defense Authorization Process

The committee debates the NDAA by subcommittee jurisdiction. The markup will begin at 10 a.m. with opening statements and then starts with the less controversial subcommittees. Usually the subcommittees focused on equipment are relatively controversy-free so the markup will likely start with: Tactical Air and Land Forces, Seapower and Projection Forces, and Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

The more controversial amendment debates usually come in the next few subcommittees. The Military Personnel Subcommittee this year includes military health care reform, military justice reform and increases in the size of the Army and Marine Corps. The Readiness Subcommittee includes language prohibiting another round of base closures and amendments often deal with things like alternative energy and potentially endangered species. The Strategic Forces Subcommittee includes missile defense, nuclear weapons, and military operations in space, and invariably draws a wide array of amendments.

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The Hill’s Overnight Regulation

THE BIG STORY:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing stronger air pollution rules at national parks, but climate activists and conservationists say it may be too little, too late for the great outdoors.

The views at national parks, and the air tourists breathe, are often distorted by air pollution, the EPA said.

“The regional haze program helps to protect clear views in national parks, such as Grand Canyon National Park, and wilderness areas, such as the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge,” the agency said. “Vistas in these areas are often obscured by regional haze caused by emissions from numerous sources located over a wide geographic area.”

The EPA proposed strengthening the regional haze rule Monday for states, which are required to submit plans to improve visibility and progress reports.

Climate activists cheered the proposed requirements for pollution reduction at national parks but said they are disappointed by a three-year delay that would give states more time to comply.

“Some of these changes are a step in the right direction and, if adopted, will result in every state being held accountable for achieving steady reductions in park pollution,” Stephanie Kodish, senior director of the National Parks Conservation Association’s Clean Air Program, said in a statement. “However, other proposed changes would allow known polluters to delay cleaning up their act and set back efforts to clean up the air in national parks by years.”

Earthjustice echoed those concerns.

“We oppose EPA’s proposal to delay the next round of plans to clean up dirty air in our parks and wilderness areas,” David Baron, managing attorney at Earthjustice, said in a statement. “A stronger regional haze rule requiring measurable and timely pollution reductions will help provide much-needed and long-awaited clear views and cleaner air to everyone who visits our most treasured landscapes.”

The public has 60 days to comment on the EPA’s proposed rule. http://bit.ly/1VV0Bl7

ON TAP FOR WEDNESDAY:

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing to discuss whether the Bureau of Land Management overstepped its regulatory authority in regulating methane emissions. http://1.usa.gov/23OEHVs

The House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing to discuss the administration’s “persuader rule” on union elections and it’s impact on free speech. http://1.usa.gov/1T3XFMS

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing to discuss the best and worst places to work in the federal government. http://1.usa.gov/1Tcdlh3

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will also hold a hearing to discuss misconduct at the Transportation Security Administration http://1.usa.gov/1QsUTib

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to examine counterfeit products and their impact on consumer health and safety. http://1.usa.gov/1WRKaFA

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Federal judge upholds controversial North Carolina voting law

voter idWhy is common sense controversial?

The Washington Post – A federal judge Monday upheld North Carolina’s controversial new voting law, dealing a blow to critics who said the state’s rules will discourage minorities from casting ballots during this fall’s presidential election.

The voting law, passed by North Carolina’s legislature in 2013, is among the strictest in the country. It reduces the number of days of early voting, prohibits people from registering and voting on the same day, stops ballots cast in the wrong precinct from being counted, ends the practice of preregistering teenagers before they turned 18 and requires a photo ID to vote.

Republican legislators say they added the restrictions to combat voter fraud and to preserve the integrity of the voting system.

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Oops! Federal Law Prohibits Obama Funding UN Climate Bureaucracy

obama 1The New American – Thanks to a Clinton-era statute and an obscure vote last month by the United Nations, federal law now officially makes it illegal for the Obama administration to send a single penny of your money to the UN climate bureaucracy. That is good news for U.S. taxpayers, of course. But it puts the UN and the Obama administration in an awkward position as they struggle desperately to convince other governments that the UN’s much-touted “global-warming” regime, officially signed Friday, is not going to crumble in the face of a hostile Congress and a U.S. Constitution that has been trampled at every turn. Now, dozens of U.S. senators, who Obama and the UN hoped to bypass in imposing the global “climate” treaty in defiance of the U.S. Constitution, are putting the UN and Obama on notice.

The latest twist surrounds a 1994 U.S. law passed by Congress and signed by then-President Bill Clinton. Among other elements, the law prohibits the distribution of U.S. taxpayer funds to “any affiliated organization of the United Nations which grants full membership as a state to any organization or group that does not have the internationally recognized attributes of statehood.” Last month, though, the UN climate bureaucracy, known as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), decided to admit the U.S. taxpayer-funded “State of Palestine” as a member. That means no more American money may legally be disbursed to the UN’s climate bureaucracy, no matter what Obama may have lawlessly promised to foreign governments and dictatorships.

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The Hill Regulation

THE BIG STORY:

Federal regulators are clearing the way for Charter Communications to buy Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at $88 million.

The deal would create the nation’s third largest cable TV provider with about 17 million subscribers and the second-largest Internet service provider.

The Hill’s Mario Trujillo has the full report: http://bit.ly/1ruXAfk

The Justice Department signed off on a settlement to allow the merger to go forward. And Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated an order to approve the merger to the four other commissioners.

The deal will come with a series of conditions. Charter will be barred from imposing data caps on its Internet customers for seven years. For that time, it will also be barred from charging interconnection fees on web companies like Netflix, which are responsible for a significant amount of online traffic.

Charter had voluntarily agreed to those conditions for three years, winning over critics of past merger proposals, like Netflix.
“The conditions that will be imposed ensure Charter’s current consumer-friendly and pro-broadband businesses practices will be maintained by New Charter,” Charter said in a statement after the deal was announced.

The Justice Department on Monday sued in order to enforce its own conditions on the cable TV side of the merger.

With its huge share of the TV market, Charter won’t be allowed to restrict programmers from distributing their content online and through cable. The Justice Department said Time Warner Cable, with its 11 million subscribers, has been the “most aggressive” cable company in trying to negotiate those restrictions on TV programmers.

“Under the terms of the proposed settlement, New Charter will be prohibited from entering into or enforcing any agreement with a programmer that forbids, limits or creates incentives to limit the programmer’s provision of content to one or more [online video distributors],” the Justice Department said.

The proposed merger will still have to be approved by the entire FCC. But the circulation of the order to approve by the chairman signals that he has the votes to get it through. The California Public Utilities Commission will also have to sign off on the deal.

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Signs banning guns outside secure areas removed from Birmingham airport after AG review

411554046_1-300x199AL.COM – It’s OK to bring firearms to Birmingham’s airport as long as it’s outside secure areas, according to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

Signs that prohibited firearms outside secured areas at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport have been removed at the request of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, that office said Friday.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange released a statement that says that at his office’s request the Birmingham airport, the Montgomery Regional Airport and the Parnell Memorial Library in Montevallo have all removed signs that banned firearms in certain areas.

Strange stated that his office had received formal complaints about the signs and his office worked with the two airports and the library to achieve compliance with state laws regarding where firearms can be worn.

Friday’s announcement is among a series of 24 statements the Alabama Attorney General has issued since July 29, 2015 regarding complaints that office has received about “no firearm” signs posted by government agencies in public places where firearms should be allowed.

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TPP: Reams of Regulations

The New American – British voters are getting set for a national referendum in June that will decide whether they leave the European Union or stay in. There are many issues driving the British exit vote (dubbed the “Brexit”): EU spending, EU taxes, EU regulations, EU bailouts, EU corruption, EU usurpations of power, EU migration — and much more. The ongoing migrant/refugee crisis caused by the disastrous EU policies was the last straw, not only for freedom-minded Brits, but for sensible residents all across Euroland. With a tidal wave of more than a million and a half migrants and “refugees” flooding across Europe since 2014 and millions more trying to come in, the national governments of EU member states are defying the EU open-border mandates and are reinstituting their own border security. The Brexit vote is inspiring a similar “Czexit” effort in the Czech Republic, rekindling a “Grexit” in Greece, and may very well lead to a wave of revolts against “the ever closer union” planned by EU officials to submerge all national and local institutions under the suffocating authority of the EU.

Incredibly, at the same time that Europeans are in the throes of this battle royal to take back national and local powers from the steadily encroaching EU central authorities, the U.S. Congress is facing votes on a series of multi-national “trade” agreements that threaten to saddle Americans with an EU-style scheme of “governance” that would wipe out our constitutional checks against the accumulation of unlimited power. The most imminent of these votes concerns the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive “integration” scheme for the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

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The $6 million goats

JarvisIlmanifesto.global – When I told Nora Kravis that her cashmere goats had become the symbol of the Pentagon’s waste in Afghanistan, at first she didn’t believe it. “My nine goats are worth $18,000, not $6 million. It’s appalling,” she said, then recalled: “I have seen many unnecessary expenses.”

Late last month, a U.S. regulatory commission released a damning report on America’s reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. John Sopko, head of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, testified before the Senate that a Defense Department organization known as the Task Force for Business Stability Operations was responsible for widespread abuse, waste and fraud during the five years it was supposed to be restoring the Afghan economy and fomenting foreign investment.

Until its closure in March 2015, TFBSO spent $759 million. But Sopko says the effort was scattershot. “The Task Force invested in everything from importing rare blond Italian goats to bolster the cashmere industry in Herat, to landmine removal, to biofuel research, to funding large-scale projects to support the development of extractives industries.”

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The Foundations of Islam and Jihad Muhammad is the Golden Rule Part 2 of a series

Mike Scruggs
Mike Scruggs

Islam is defined by the words of Allah in the Koran and the words and actions of Muhammad in the Hadiths and the Sira. The Hadiths are collections of brief sayings, actions, and traditions of Muhammad. They are usually only about a paragraph long. The Sira is the historical narrative of Muhammad’s life. The trilogy of the Koran, Hadiths, and the Sira defines Islam and is the basis of Sharia Law. Bill Warner with the Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI) gives a statistical comparison of the three texts by the number of words in each: the Koran, 14 percent; the Hadiths, 60 percent; and the Sira, 26 percent.

The most important thing to realize about Islam and its foundational texts—and unless you get this, you can never understand the real Islam—is that it is all centered on and about Muhammad. It is Muhammad who reveals the nature and will of Allah in the Koran, and the Hadiths and Sira are, of course, all about Muhammad and his struggle against unbelievers (Kafirs). In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was common to speak of Islam as Mohammadism. Ninety-one verses through-out the Koran say that Muhammad is the perfect Muslim. The Hadiths and the Sira call Muhammad the most perfect Muslim in all his words and acts. Being a good Muslim is to imitate Muhammad in every word and deed.

A substantial theme of the Koran and the words and acts of Muhammad given in the Hadiths and Sira is Muhammad’s struggle to overcome unbelief and resistance by Kafirs. Kafir is the Arabic word for unbelievers, infidels, polytheists, and those who try to cover up the truth of Islam or reject or oppose Islam or Muhammad in any way. The importance of the Kafir theme can be seen by the fact that 60 percent of the contents of the Muslim textual trilogy, including 64 percent of the Koran, is devoted to the treatment of Kafirs. During the first 13 years of Islam in Mecca, the Kafirs were regarded as sinners who should be persuaded to convert to Islam. When Muhammad and his 150 followers were forced by conflicts with the Meccans to depart and go to Medina to the north, Muhammad and the attitude of Allah in the Koran changed violently against them. This included the Jews and Christians who had been referred to favorably as “the People of the Book.” In Medina, where about half the population was Jewish, Kafirs were described as the lowest of human beings, even lower than animals. It was in Medina that Muhammad became a political leader and found that bribery, threats, robbery, murder, caravan raiding, and war were much more successful in building Muslim political power and wealth and in gaining converts than peaceful persuasion.

The 13-year Meccan period of the Koran is sometime referred to as an era of peaceful Islam.  The Meccan chapters of the Koran are more poetic, and there are some compatible but distorted Judeo-Christian influences, but it would be an exaggeration to say it was truly peaceful. Muhammad and his followers were in constant conflict with the Meccans over their polytheistic practices and Muhammad’s self-appointed status as the Prophet of a new religion. Besides that, Muhammad was constantly critical of the Meccans, and page after page of the Meccan chapters of the Koran are devoted to condemnations of Kafirs and proclaiming their ultimate place of excruciating torture in the flames of hell. According to Don Richardson, one out of every 7.9 verses in the Koran is a threat of hell. Hell is also an important doctrine in Jewish and Christian Scripture, and any church that preaches that there no hell is preaching serious apostasy, but talk of hell fire and perdition occur in only one in 774 versus in the Old Testament. It is more common in the New Testament with one in every 120 verses devoted to the subject, mostly taught by Jesus. But Muhammad hurls 783 threats of hellfire, wrath, and eternal judgment against Kafirs.

When Muhammad fled to Medina, where he quickly became an important political leader and warlord, he continued his attempt to link his new religion with Judaism, Christianity, Noah, Moses, Abraham and Jesus. The large Jewish population in Medina scorned these attempts. The Medina chapters of the Koran showed a marked change in Muhammad’s strategy that would bring him 100,000 more converts in the next ten years and either annihilate, enslave, or drive out every Jew. The center of this strategy was Jihad, Holy War against all Kafirs (unbelievers). Sharia Law has a definition of Jihad based on the Koran: “Jihad means war against Kafirs to establish Sharia Law.

Here is one of the Hadiths that justify the Islamic Doctrine of Supremacy and its global objective for the Islamization of every nation:

Sahih Muslim Hadith (001,0031) Muhammad: “I have been ordered to wage war against mankind until they accept that there is no god but Allah and that they believe I am His prophet and accept all revelations through me.”

Richardson finds 109 verses, all in the Medinan chapters of the Koran, that exhort to Jihad. Warner has compiled the textual statistics that show the extreme importance of Jihad to Islam’s master strategy. Thirty-one percent of doctrinal texts of the trilogy are devoted to Jihad. This is highest in the Sira narrative of Muhammad’s life at 67 percent. The Medinan Koran chapters devote 24 percent of their texts to it and the Hadiths 21 percent. Warner also shows that there is little evidence of Jihad being a spiritual inner-struggle rather than Holy War against all unbelievers. Only two percent of the textual material indicates some Jihad by non-armed means, such as giving gifts to support it. We must conclude that the claims for peaceful Jihad are completely disingenuous propaganda.  Warner also shows that the Medinan chapters of the Koran are specifically anti-Jewish in 17 percent of the text, compared to only seven percent for Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

The most dramatic illustration of Jihad and anti-Jewish sentiment on Muhammad’s part was the beheading of 800 Jewish prisoners in Medina. In part one of this series, we also mentioned the importance of the Doctrine of Abrogation, which has given Jihadic Medina verses priority over every peaceful Meccan verse, except when Islam is numerically, politically, and militarily weak. Using the Doctrine of Abrogation to deceive non-Muslims about the aggressive nature of Islamic Migration and Jihad is common Muslim propaganda.

The real Islam is based on its doctrinal texts: the Koran, the Hadiths, and the Sira. These are also the foundations of Sharia Law. There are no matters of interpretation is Islam. The words and acts of Muhammad in these foundational texts are the final authority in Islam. Muslims must follow the words and example of Muhammad in every aspect of life. The doctrines of Islamic Supremacy and Jihad are all-important obligations for every Muslim. We can expect the conduct of Hijra (Migration) and Jihad to follow closely on Muhammad’s example. The only Golden Rule in Islam is to follow Muhammad. Dedicated Muslims truly befriend only Muslims. Kafirs (all non-Muslims) can be treated with contempt, deception, brutality, rape, murder, and robbery without compunction in accordance with the words and acts of Muhammad. Sharia Law is meant to dominate every aspect of the lives of all humanity with a double standard: submission for Muslims and tyranny for non-Muslims.

Yet the overwhelming response of Western leaders to Islam’s enormous growing threat to Western Civilization has been approval and tolerance for an “official” version of Islam that completely contradicts the real nature of Islam and the reality of ongoing Jihad.