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Trump Tells Abbas: Stop Paying Terrorists And Their Families to Kill Innocents

Townhall.com - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:38
Peace cannot take place in an environment where violence is rewarded.
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President Trump and Pope Francis Meet, Express Hope For Peace

Townhall.com - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 05:15
Also exchanged gifts.
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Poll: Voters Agree With Decision to Name Special Counsel for Russia Probe

Townhall.com - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 04:30
A majority of voters agree with the decision to appoint a special counsel for the Russia investigation, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.
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Trump Congratulates Philippine President on Drug Crackdown in Leaked Call Transcript

Townhall.com - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 03:50
A transcript of the phone call between President Trump and controversial Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was leaked to The Washington Post and The Intercept.
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Anti-Russia or anti-Trump? Democratic support for NATO soars to modern high

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:41

What I mean in the headline is, is it their animosity towards Russia after the election that’s mainly driving this or is it more of a tribal “whatever Trump thinks, I think the opposite” reaction? The president is America’s most famous NATO skeptic, after all. Or he was, until about a month ago.

The two options aren’t mutually exclusive. It could be that Dems are pro-NATO for political reasons, because Trump is (usually) against it, and for policy reasons, because Moscow’s meddling during the campaign gave them new reason to fear and loathe Russia’s international influence. Either way, that’s … some spike.

It’s fascinating that there’s no symmetrical partisan effect. Normally when Democratic support for something soars, Republican opposition sinks. Instead GOP views of NATO are back to where they were circa 2009, having actually risen over the last few years after declining during Obama’s second term. I don’t understand why Republican support cratered in 2013, frankly: My first guess was that it was a reaction to Obama’s support for Ukraine in its standoff with Russia and the prospect of American troops having to defend eastern Europe (never mind that Ukraine isn’t a member of NATO), but Ukraine’s war with Russia didn’t get hot until the following year. But there’s partisan asymmetry there, too. You would think, if Democrats’ hostility to Russia were based on policy rather than partisan concerns, Obama’s support for Kiev and Putin’s humiliation of the U.S. in Syria would have sent Democratic support for NATO trending upward in 2013-14. Nope. It’s very much a 2017 thing, which means it’s a backlash to the election or to Trump’s chumminess with Russia or both. A perfect reason to commit the U.S. military to fighting Russia in eastern Europe if need be!

Follow the link and you’ll see that, thanks to the Democratic boost, overall U.S. support for NATO is now higher than it was in 2009. The same is true for Poland, which is no surprise since they’d bear the brunt of any Russian western offensive. Among the countries of western Europe, though, while the numbers remain strong by and large, the trends are headed downward. In Germany, the share who view NATO favorably has dipped six points; in France and Spain the decline has been steeper, 11 points in each case. Germany is the most interesting case of the three, and not just because it’s the most powerful country in Europe. Ask Germans if they like NATO and they split 67/25. Ask them if they’d be willing to fulfill their own obligations to NATO if a member country is attacked by Russia and, well…

Germans love the idea of the U.S. being on the hook to back them up in case Putin comes knocking but really don’t love the idea of being on the hook themselves to back Poland up if Putin comes calling in Warsaw. You can rationalize the British and Spanish numbers on grounds that they’re located in far western Europe, making a conflict in eastern Europe less immediately threatening to them and therefore not directly in their national interest. But what’s Germany’s excuse?

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The Long Arm of ISIS

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:06
Thomas Joscelyn, The Weekly Standard
Western countries would rather accept a certain level of threat than do what it takes to mitigate it ...
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A Great Way to Fulfill Trump's Pledge on School Choice

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:05
Larry Mone, New York Post
It may be too soon to tell whether Donald Trump's presidency will survive his disclosure to the Russian foreign minister of a piece of US intelligence. But it's not too soon to celebrate the suddenâ?¦
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Trump's Messy, Mostly Successful Israel Visit

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:05
Heather Hurlburt, New York Magazine
Let's concede that the White House achieved all of its short-term objectives. But there are some ominous signs too.
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Don't Like Betsy DeVos? Blame the Democrats.

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:05
Diane Ravitch, The New Republic
Of all the corrupt, unqualified, and extremist characters Donald Trump has tapped to lead his administration, none has generated the tsunami of liberal outrage whipped up by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. And with all due respect to Jeff Sessions, there’s good reason for the backlash: The billionaire Amway heiress from Michigan, who long ago made “school choice” her passion project, is the first education secretary in history to be hostile to the very idea of public education.
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Texas Sheriff eviscerates liberals over Manchester bombing: ‘Wake up, America’

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:05

Texas Sheriff Tracy Murphree harshly condemned the Manchester bombing, and didn’t shy away from decrying Islamic terrorism and his thoughts that it was the root of the Manchester Arena massacre.

Murphree of Denton County, vented his frustrations on Facebook Monday night where he warned America not to make mistakes that could put the country in harm’s way.

Murphree’s statement read:

Pay attention to what you see in Manchester England tonight. Pay attention to what is happening in Europe. This is what happens when you disarm your citizens. When you open your borders without the proper vetting. When you allow political correctness to dictate how you respond to an enemy that wants to kill you. When you allow these radicals to travel to Afghanistan and Iran and simply let them back in. When you give up your city’s [sic] and your neighborhoods to a religious ideology that says you must convert or die. A ideology that treats women as property, kills gays and women and christians [sic] with complete impunity. The left tells us we must submit and accept these radical beliefs and bend over backwards to make sure we don’t hurt anybody’s feelings. The left wants to cater to the very group that would kill every group they claim to support. Folks this is an enemy hell bent on killing you. Committed to forcing you to convert or die. This enemy will strap bombs to their own body and blow themselves up killing children. I’m sick of it. You better wake up America. While you are distracted by the media and the crying of the left, Islamic Jihadist are among us and want to kill you. What will it take? This happening at a concert in Dallas or a school in Denton County? If we don’t do something quick this country will die of political correctness and the fear that someone’s feelings may be hurt. It may very well be to [sic] late for Europe.

Though Murphree was faced with some criticism for pulling the left into his well-versed diatribe, the support for the sheriff was overwhelmingly positive.

During a Tuesday interview with KTVT-TV, Murphree doubled down on his comments.

“I’m just sick and tired of kids dying around the world,” he said. “When you’re chastised and called names because you use the words radical Islamic terrorism. It baffles me. When I made that post I thought everyone knew that radical Islamic terrorism was a problem in the world.”

Nearly 21,000 Ariana Grande fans were in Manchester Arena on Monday night for a stop on Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” world tour . After the concert ended, lights in the arena were turned on and concertgoers began exiting the venue. At that time, suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated his homemade explosive, killing at least 22 people and injuring scores more. The suicide bomber also died at the arena.

On Tuesday, ISIS took responsibility for the terror attack, saying, “One of the soldiers of the caliphate placed explosive devices in a gathering of crusaders in the middle of the British city of Manchester.”

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Irony: Bernie backers claim fraud in CA Dem chair race over lack of … voter ID

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:01

California Democrats closed out their state convention this weekend by giving Donald Trump the finger, but now their own constituents claim that they got the bird flipped at them by the Powers That Be. The convention elected an establishment party operative as its new chair in a close election over a candidate favored by Bernie Sanders activists. The backers of Kimberly Ellis say they will launch an audit of the election that may include taking depositions from every one of the 3,000 delegates at the convention to support a charge of massive electoral and voter fraud by the California Democratic Party.

And guess what they claim as the main issue for that voter fraud? Hmmmmm:

Longtime party operative Eric Bauman won the chairmanship of the California Democratic Party over the weekend — but his victory was marred by complaints of ballot-stuffing and floor protests. Backers of the Kimberly Ellis, a favorite of the “Berniecrat,” activist wing of the party — say efforts to scrutinize the votes will begin immediately.

The unprecedented effort to examine the documentation of the disputed state party’s election results was announced by outgoing California Democratic Party chair John Burton at the close of a raucous state Democratic convention this weekend.

Ellis, the former director of Emerge America, a women’s political organization, lost the election by a narrow margin of 62 votes out of 3,000 cast. Her loss immediately set off protests from hundreds of her backers, many of whom charged that there were irregularities that included allowing voters to cast proxy ballots without proper ID.

Why not just do a recount? Apparently, the party rules don’t provide for a recount, although that’s not to say Ellis backers didn’t demand one. And what was the response? They did literally get the bird:

Those feelings erupted Sunday in a chaotic scene on the floor at the Sacramento Convention Center, the final day of the three-day party convention, as Bauman was introduced as the new chairman. Ellis’ supporters, waving signs that read “Validate the votes!” and “Resist corporate Democrats,” demanded a recount.

But outgoing party chairman and longtime San Francisco politician John Burton told the delegates the party’s bylaws don’t provide for a recount. He explained that the rival camps agreed the ballots, which are signed by each voter, would be counted and inspected soon and that Ellis had not asked for a recount or to “delay the proceedings.”

As Ellis supporters continued to press him by citing parliamentary procedures, the famously profane Burton grew frustrated, extending a middle finger to the audience.

That may turn out to be a mistake. Rather than deal with the process within the context of the convention, Ellis backers now want to turn the dispute into a court proceeding, or something very close to it. They claim they have the funds to pursue a legal case, including depositions from every delegate, which would amount to a recount anyway.

In the future, the California Democratic Party might want to add a recount procedure for these predictable exigencies. At the same time, they can take a little advice from California Republican Party chair Jim Brulte, who sees the complains about the lack of voter ID for Democrats’ elections as “complete hypocrisy”:

“Democrats think voter identification laws are important for their party elections, but don’t think they are good enough for the California voters,” Brulte said in a statement. “It should be clear to the people of California that the Democrats are willing to put the elections of our state officials at risk while protecting their own Party elections.”

Well, yeah, especially given the nature of a convention. The attendees are already screened for entry, largely by ID, and the delegates chosen and identified by their constituents in their districts. If grassroots Democrats believe that another layer of voter-ID is necessary at a state convention to secure the vote — and it might well be — what does that say about elections among the populace as a whole, who aren’t screened and identified before showing up to cast a vote? Perhaps that’s why voter-ID laws draw broad support from Americans across the political spectrum in poll after poll.

This protest probably won’t last too long, as the stakes in California are rather small. What’s the difference between a California “establishment” Democrat these days and a Sanders socialist, other than just how quickly the government should seize all means of production?

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Sen. Murphy says Mike Flynn ‘faces a lot of jail time’ and could be big trouble for Trump

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:45

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said that President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser “faces a lot of jail time” over a subpoena issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee and their investigation into alleged Russian meddling and collusion.

“I mean Michael Flynn can’t hide for very long. Ultimately he likely has legal liability for his failure to disclose his connections to both the Russian and Turkish government,” Murphy told Wolf Blitzer Tuesday on CNN, “and if he doesn’t tell his story then he likely faces a lot of jail time.

“And this is the big problem for President Trump,” he said, “he has got some people very close to him who face pretty serious legal jeopardy, and they may start talking very soon.”

Sen. Murphy: “Michael Flynn can’t hide for very long… if he doesn’t tell this story,” then he likely faces jail time https://t.co/HwvtwqRgka

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) May 23, 2017

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also appeared on the program Tuesday and said that Flynn had similarly refused the House Intelligence Committee’s request for documents, adding that they would consider contempt charges to force his hand.

“Are you prepared to hold General Flynn in contempt of Congress?” Blitzer asked.

“I share the views you just heard expressed by Senator Burr,” Schiff responded, “and that is that it was our preference initially to get these documents and testimony voluntarily. It’s now gonna be necessary to subpoena it.”

“If the general refuses without a good legal basis then I think we do have to explore the use of contempt,” he said.

Schiff: We might have to explore contempt charges for Flynn if we don’t get documents https://t.co/LxxA4GJixc https://t.co/X7ooxyt171

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) May 23, 2017

“When you say explore, I assume you and your staff and your experts have been looking through what it would mean to actually file contempt charges against General Flynn?” Blitzer asked.

“Well, we started out in the hope that the witness that we’ve invited would come and cooperate voluntarily,” Schiff said. “I’m sure that a great many will, obviously some won’t. But we don’t go into this presuming with most of these witnesses that we’re going to have to fight to get their documents, but we will be vigorous and have to be about getting our information.

“Our next step is to tailor our subpoenas with the best chance of success,” he explained. “But we’ll also do our own legal research to find out what further steps are necessary if we’re going to have to go the route of contempt.”

Flynn plead his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination, but his legal problems are mounting as Democrats and Republicans  keep making accusations that he improperly reported his interactions with the Russian and Turkish governments.

Recently Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said that he was in possession of documents proving that Flynn lied on his security clearance application.

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Snowflakes excoriate Joel Osteen and wife for throwing ‘sign of the devil’

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:25

Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen and his wife, Victoria, caught major flak after photos of them at their son’s Jonathan’s graduation from the University of Texas went viral. The family was photographed throwing the “Hook ’em Horns” hand sign that is nearly synonymous with attending UT.

Outside of the university’s usage portraying their mascot, the Texas Longhorn Bevo, the gesture has also been used in the music world, popularized by the late Ronnie James Dio, who used it to mean “rock on.”

However, in some cultures, the “Hook ’em Horns” sign is construed as a sign of the devil, and many people on social media called Osteen and his family out in response for using what they perceived to be the devil’s sign.

See the original photos below as well as some of the more outraged comments from the Osteens’ Twitter followers.

Congratulations @JonathanOsteen on your graduation from the University of Texas at Austin! I couldn’t be more proud! pic.twitter.com/cw7hcChut6

— Victoria Osteen (@VictoriaOsteen) May 20, 2017

We had a great day celebrating @JonathanOsteen‘s graduation from the University of Texas at Austin! So proud of him! pic.twitter.com/fHATVCFPQy

— Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) May 20, 2017

@VictoriaOsteen @JonathanOsteen Doing horns?! Even though is UT, that symbol ain’t good! Thats devil’s symbol!

— Isaac Hogg (@isaachogg) May 21, 2017

@VictoriaOsteen @JonathanOsteen Pst Joel I read and share your devotions with my family, very fond of you but you should’ve be sensitive to that sign, to christ its wrong

— wayne (@waynekitt) May 21, 2017

@VictoriaOsteen @JonathanOsteen Yea what’s with the Satanist hex

— sergio gonzalez jr (@hoodysoldy) May 20, 2017

@VictoriaOsteen @JonathanOsteen What symbolic signs are u showing the world? Congratulations for belonging to the

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Chinese student praises free speech in the U.S., offends China’s communists

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:21

Chinese college student Shuping Yang was chosen to give the student commencement address at the University of Maryland Sunday. She took the opportunity to praise the United States for the cleanness of its air compared to her hometown in China. Yang then praised the U.S. for the freedom of speech.

“I have learned the right to freely express oneself is sacred in America,” Yang said. She continued, “Each day at Maryland I was encouraged to express my opinions on controversial issues. I could challenge a statement made by my instructor.” She went on to say that seeing a play in which participants spoke about racism, sexism and politics opened her eyes. “I had always had a burning desire to tell these kinds of stories, but I was convinced that only authorities own the narrative. Only authorities could define the truth,” Yang said.

In case it wasn’t clear what Yang was talking about, she concluded her speech saying, “Democracy and free speech should not be taken for granted. Democracy and freedom are the fresh air that is worth fighting for. Freedom is oxygen.” While she never directly condemned the lack of freedom and democracy in China, her speech set off a firestorm back home. From the Washington Post:

A video of her eight-minute address at her commencement ceremony at the university went viral in China, attracting 50 million views and provoking hundreds of thousands of critical comments by Chinese netizens the following day. Even the People’s Daily, a Communist Party mouthpiece, weighed in, reporting on a crescendo of criticism of Yang for “bolstering negative Chinese stereotypes.”

“China does not need a traitor like you. Just stay in the US and breathe your fresh air. No matter how bad China is, and even though you are speaking of your personal opinion, as a student representative, it is irresponsible of you to paint an inadequate picture of China,” said @Mengmengadezhican.

Another popular comment expressed disappointment in U.S. universities, suggesting without any apparent irony that Yang should not have been allowed to make the remarks.

“Are speeches made there not examined for evaluation of their potential impact before being given to the public?” the commentator wrote.

By Tuesday Yang’s home address was being widely circulated and she was apparently receiving threats.

The Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) at the University of Maryland, which the Post describes as “loyal to the Communist Party,” created a seven-minute video in which Chinese students and alumni respond to Yang’s critique. You can view it here. What’s striking about the response is how many of the students focus on debunking Yang’s comments about the quality of China’s air. None of them directly address what was clearly the point of her analogy, i.e. freedom of speech is lacking in China.

The backlash against Yang was so intense that she issued an apology of sorts on Chinese social media. The Post translated this bit of it: “I hope to make contributions to it using what I have learned overseas. The speech was just to share my experiences overseas, and I had no intentions of belittling my country and hometown. … I am deeply sorry and hope for forgiveness.” It’s too bad she felt that was necessary, but perhaps it’s not surprising. She’ll soon be back home choking on the suffocating atmosphere of China’s one-party, communist state.

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Seth Rich’s parents say that conservative media coverage of son’s murder is a ‘nightmare’

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:55

Mary and Joel Rich, parents of slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, penned an op-ed on Tuesday in The Washington Post calling out media figures who reported their son’s death as nothing more than a “baseless” conspiracy theory, pleading with them to stop, as it was causing them “unbearable” pain.

Mary and Joel wrote that instead of being allowed to grieve their son’s death, they instead were subjected to a constant barrage of reporter questions and speculations about Seth’s murder, and whether or not they thought it was part of a conspiracy theory.

“We have seen no evidence, by any person at any time, that Seth’s murder had any connection to his job at the Democratic National Committee or his life in politics,” Seth’s parents wrote. “Anyone who claims to have such evidence is either concealing it from us or lying.”

Seth was shot and killed near his D.C. home in 2016. The case was never closed, but law enforcement officials claim that they believe Seth was killed during a botched robbery.

Mary and Joel noted that “conservative” media outlets continued to push the theory that their son’s murder was because Seth reportedly turned over DNC emails to Wikileaks.

“Those theories, which some reporters have since retracted, are baseless, and they are unspeakably cruel,” Seth’s parents wrote. “There are people who are using our beloved Seth’s memory and legacy for their own political goals, and they are using your outrage to perpetuate our nightmare. We ask those purveying falsehoods to give us peace, and to give law enforcement the time and space to do the investigation they need to solve our son’s murder.”

Fox News on Tuesday retracted a story published last week that contained inaccurate information about Seth’s murder.

A statement from Fox read:

“On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed. We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.”

However, later on Tuesday, Fox News host Sean Hannity professed that he would not back down from investigating Seth’s death and reiterated that it was Fox that retracted their reporting on the case — and he retracted nothing.

“This issue is so big now,” Hannity said. “That the entire Russia-collusion narrative is hanging by a thread, if in fact, take Seth out of it – there was a whistleblower within the DNC, a truth-teller, that actually was the source for WikiLeaks and not Russia, working with the Trump campaign.”

“That, these are questions that I have a moral obligation to ask,” he said. “And I will do the mainstream media’s job like I have most of my career.”

“And all you in the liberal media,” he concluded, “I am not Fox.com, or FoxNews.com, I retracted nothing!”

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By the way, that weird alien star is dimming again

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:41

That peculiar light in the night sky known as Tabby’s Star is at it again. After causing an uproar in the science community on several occasions as space geeks tried to figure out why it regularly grew brighter and dimmer (by as much as 20%) it mostly stabilized out for the last couple of years. But now, as Science Magazine reports, it’s gone into another dip in brightness and telescopes around the world are turning to give it a fresh look and see if they can solve the mystery.

Astronomers and alien life enthusiasts alike are buzzing over the sudden dimming of an otherwise unremarkable star 1300 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. KIC 8462852 or “Tabby’s star” has dimmed like this several times before, prompting some researchers to suggest that the megastructures of an advanced alien civilization might be blocking its light. And now—based on new data from numerous telescopes—it’s doing it again.

“This is the first clear dip we have seen since [2013], and the first we have ever caught in real time,” says Jason Wright, an astronomer at Pennsylvania State University in State College. If they can rope in more telescopes, astronomers hope to gather enough data to finally figure out what’s going on. “This could be the first of several dips about to come,” says astronomer David Kipping of Columbia University. “Many observers will be closely watching.”

They’re hoping that everyone possible, even the amateurs with pretty good gear, will keep watch on Tabby’s Star and gather all the data they can. Why? Because they’re desperately trying to come up with a viable explanation as to what’s causing this and the “establishment science media” does not want to admit that it might be aliens. Paul Seaburn at Mysterious Universe goes over a few of the possibilities which have been considered.

Penn State astronomer Jason Wright issued this alert from UC Berkeley SETI’s Breakthrough Listen Lab. You may remember that Wright proposed that the fluctuations in Tabby’ Star may be caused by an artificial alien megastructure known as a Dyson swarm, which is a Dyson sphere made of Dyson rings. Wright is hoping to get as-it’s-happening data from telescopes at Berkeley and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory radio telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia, in addition to what any other astronomers might see…

While the Dyson sphere or swarm idea has been eliminated, others are still under consideration. There’s the ‘swarm of asteroids blocking its light’ theory. Then there’s the ‘Tabby (the star) ate a big planet and it’s digesting it’ theory. Or it could be something else.

If the star “ate a big planet” it must have been an awesomely large one. I was watching a special about this on the Science Channel and one of their resident astrophysicists was of the opinion that our own star could swallow Jupiter and it wouldn’t produce anywhere near that much of a fluctuation. And I don’t want to let the air out of the tires of any alien enthusiasts, but an artificial structure like a Dyson sphere that was big enough to do this would apparently require the ability to build something many times the size of a planet.

Here’s another thought which I always like to toss out when the TV geeks start lecturing us about dark matter and every other theory of the day. Maybe we’re not quite as smart as we think we are yet and don’t know how everything works. Heck.. we still don’t really know how gravity works if you’re being honest about it. Perhaps some really rare stars just do this on their own at some stage in their lives and we’re about to learn something new and really cool. Would that work for you?

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Cosmopolitan caught misrepresenting Sikh man as a Muslim to push liberal narrative

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:35

Cosmopolitan was caught Tuesday brazenly misrepresenting the faith of a taxi cab driver in Manchester after the attacks in order to push a pro-Muslim narrative, and they got incinerated over it on social media.

https://twitter.com/goyalsanjeev/status/867085002034397185

The tweet and article shows a man in a turban who is a taxi driver – he offered free rides in Manchester after the horrible terror attack left many stranded. But rather than represent him as what he is, a follower of the Sikh faith, Cosmopolitan identified him as a Muslim in order to push a heart-warming narrative about Muslims helping victims after the attack.

The image came from the “Singh Lions” account, and internet sleuths were able to find when the tweet where Cosmo’s Mylan Torres specifically asked the account for permission to use in the magazine. She deleted the tweet, and the “Singh Lions” account issued their disappointment over the matter, saying, “Sad. It is upsetting, Sikhs are compelled to fight ignorance about them in this hour of mourning the tragic loss.”

He added, “I am shocked how @Cosmopolitan has used the image of the Sikh cab driver but have shown him as a Muslim!”

That Cosmo would misrepresent a Sikh man as a Muslim is no small matter. Sikhs are terribly sensitive about it because there have been attacks on their community by bigots who don’t understand the difference between them and Muslims.

This is what animated the rage against Cosmopolitan on social media.

@Cosmopolitan You need to change this ASAP. This man is Sikh. You are misinforming MILLIONS. pic.twitter.com/Tp7ohIryTl

— SikhPressAssociation (@SikhPA) May 23, 2017

@Cosmopolitan Holy uneducated reporting, Batman. This man is clearly a Sikh. Check your facts or stick to articles about sex.

— Taylor (@_tahlore_) May 23, 2017

I wonder when @Cosmopolitan will apologize for their racist Tweet that they deleted.

— Burg (@BurgerVonStadt) May 23, 2017

Hey @Cosmopolitan – why did you describe this guy as a Muslim when you knew he was a Sikh? pic.twitter.com/zm7kRRQaCJ

— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 23, 2017

https://twitter.com/InsanityIsFree/status/867121051100106752

@Cosmopolitan He's a Sikh. Muslims MUST commit jihad, as you know, Cosmo. Sikhs traditionally carry swords as protection against Islam. As you know.

— 'cassandra'Toadstool (@toadstoolfrags) May 23, 2017

https://twitter.com/AapkiMallika/status/867071099414171648

So @Cosmopolitan can't tell a Sikh from a Muslim, but CAN tell you 13 ways you're a failure as a woman, plus sex tips.

— PopehatWitchHunt (@Popehat) May 24, 2017

The Sikh taxi cab driver was identified as A.J. Singh, and praised widely for his generosity.

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White woman loses it on black and Hispanic women in Walmart. It doesn’t end well.

The Blaze - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:05

A video of an unnamed, angry white Walmart shopper — reportedly from Centerton, Ark. — using racial epithets directed at both black and Latino women went viral after it was shared Monday on Facbeook.

Eva Hicks, the Latina woman accosted by the white woman, was looking for medicine and reportedly asked the white woman to move out of her way, politely saying, “Excuse me.”

The white woman in the video began shouting at Hicks to “go back to where you came from” and suggested that the Latina woman “leave America.”

A black woman intervened, and the white woman advised the black woman to “stay out of it.” The unidentified black woman told the white woman that she wanted the white woman to “stop being ignorant,” and then things got even uglier.

“A n****r’s calling me ignorant?” the white woman asked, and turned her attentions back to Hicks, who she once again told to leave the country.

“This is my country!” the white woman continued to yell until management stepped in. “We don’t want you here!” she added.

When the store manager intervened, he advised the white woman that Hicks had every right to be there and asked the white woman to vacate the premises.

Sharing the video on her Facebook, Hicks wrote, “I never in my life thought this would happen to me. Just on a simple trip to the grocery store after a hard day of work. I love this country and I will stay in this country.”

A spokesperson for Walmart tweeted on Tuesday that they do not condone racial or discriminatory behavior in any way, shape or form.

Walmart’s statement read:

“We value and respect everyone who visits our stores. We have no tolerance for the language or actions of this customer and are proud that our assistant manager responded appropriately by asking her to leave the store.”

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Trump: No, really, “the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace”

HotAir - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:01

Fact check: half true, at least when it comes to leadership. Donald Trump seems convinced he can cut a yuuuuuuge deal that will change the score to completely true, and mark his place in the history books. “I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas,” Trump said earlier, “and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace. I know you’ve heard it before,” Trump continued. No kidding:

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Trump told the Israeli crowd that his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his conversations with Netanyahu, left him certain that the elusive deal is within reach.

“The Palestinians are ready to reach for peace. I know you’ve heard it before — I am telling you, that’s what I do,” Trump said during remarks at the Israel Museum.

The speech — which offered no concrete proposals for Israel-Palestinian peace — brought to a close the second leg of his first foreign trip that has focused on bringing together the world’s religions in an effort to combat terrorism. Trump first visited Saudi Arabia where he called on Muslims to combat extremism, and from Israel he will head to Rome where he will meet Pope Francis.

“People of all faiths are free to live and worship according to their conscience. And to follow their dreams, right here. Today, gathered with friends, I call upon all people, Jews, Christians, Muslims and every faith, every tribe, every creed to draw inspiration from this ancient city to set aside our sectarian differences,” Trump said.

Is it possible? The Israelis would love to settle the conflict with the Palestinians in a way that allows them to keep their security positions, their major settlements, and all of Jerusalem. The Palestinians would love to settle the conflict by beginning the process of ejecting all of the Israelis from Israel. Both sides have to compromise to come to an agreement, but … the Palestinians need to come a lot further than the Israelis, and thus far the Palestinian leadership has shown little inclination to move at all.

Andrew McCarthy notes that Abbas has not prepared his people for those compromises, which makes them politically — and existentially — impossible. In fact, he’s still subsidizing terrorists, or as we call them now, “evil losers”:

Trump and Abbas stood side-by-side in Bethlehem as the American president condemned the terrorists as “evil losers in life” — “radical Islamic terrorism” having evidently been retired from Trump’s repertoire while he meets with regimes that support radical Islamic terrorism.

Abbas, it bears emphasizing, is an utterly unfit “peace partner.”

Though he still clings to power in the thirteenth year of his four-year term, he does not even control the Palestinian territory — his rival, the Hamas jihadist organization, runs Gaza. His Fatah faction, the legacy of master-terrorist Yasser Arafat, sports its own terrorist wing (the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade). It spends much of its time glorifying jihadists who mass-murder Jews, including Jewish children, naming streets and monuments in their honor.

So what is the plan that will change the Palestinian position? No one knows, Reuters reports, except maybe for special envoy Jared Kushner, and he’s not talking. By putting that promise out, Trump has raised expectations for a deal, and that may come back to bite both the president and his son-in-law:

In the four months since President Donald Trump took office and gave his 36-year-old son-in-law the job of forging peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Kushner has kept his plans under wraps for a conflict that is nearly twice as old as he is.

The assignment would pose daunting challenges for the most seasoned diplomat, much less a novice. Peace talks have been stalled for years, most recently breaking down in 2014 following disagreements over Israeli settlement-building and a Palestinian move to reconcile with the Islamist group Hamas.

By making the Arab-Israeli conflict the centerpiece of his first trip abroad, and putting such a high-profile figure in charge of it, Trump has jumped headlong in without the usual caution and discretion shown by his predecessors.

One might have thought that a president who won office in part by rejecting interventionism would have taken the opportunity to tell Abbas and Netanyahu to work it out between themselves. However, Trump prides himself on his ability to make the best deals, and to succeed in dealmaking where all others fail. What could possibly engage that part of his ego more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? It’s not even really that much of a risk to his reputation. If he fails, well, so has everyone else, and it would be easy to lay that blame off onto the primary parties. (Just ask Bill Clinton, who came closest to success only to get betrayed by Yasser Arafat.) If Trump succeeds, though, he’ll go down in history as the world’s greatest negotiator.

In other words, Abbas and Netanyahu had better get used to seeing Trump around the Camp David campfire. Or Mir-a-Lago. Whatever’s the classiest.

Jeff Dunetz has paid close attention to this Trump trip, and made an interesting catch while waiting for a live stream from the White House. Has any other official White House communication recognized Jerusalem as a part of Israel? Hmmm.

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