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Those who dare to criticize lace shorts for men are intolerant

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:21am

Hot on the tail of the RompHim, a streetwear brand has introduced a line of pastel, see-through lace shorts and button-downs just for men. And if you think they look dumb, the social-justice crowd says, you’re basically intolerant.

The outfit, created by the designer Hoza Rodriguez under the Hologram City brand and on pre-sale for just under $100 a set, comes in pistachio, pink, baby blue, violet and yellow. The collar and white belt are the least see-through part of the ensemble, tightie-whities peeking through the lace. In a promotional Instagram post, models wear the lace getup with white tube socks and sneakers.

On social media, the reaction was predictably scornful.

“You guys look like you’re about to have a butter knife fight in the back alley with a gang of seamstresses,” one Instagram user posted.

“My man better only wear lace shorts for me,” one person quipped on Twitter.

“Next week probably gone be like move over lace shorts we’ve got a whole new line of dresses FOR MEN. F*ck outta here dawg,” another Twitter user wrote.

“If your man wears these it is time to trade her in for a real man,” another Tweet said.

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A new jurisprudence for an oathless presidency

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:17am

As the litigation over the travel ban has developed, the debate over the legality of the policy increasingly hinges on whether the judiciary can permissibly consider off-the-cuff statements made by Trump and his associates as evidence of religious animus in the drafting of the executive orders. So far, the courts have largely found that they can, albeit over strong dissents objecting to the propriety of putting weight on such statements. And with the Department of Justice’s petition for a writ of certiorari filed in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump (IRAP), we may soon find where the Supreme Court stands on the question.

What’s particularly interesting about the en banc decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last week in IRAP  is not only the fact that a majority of the judges ruled against the administration in finding the revised travel ban unconstitutional and rooted in religious animus, but the language with which they did so. Notably, both the majority opinion and two of the four concurrences use rhetoric of blindness and sight to describe their reasoning as to why statements by Trump and aides on the “Muslim ban” may permissibly be considered.

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The dark genius of ‘covfefe’

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:14am

Donald Trump is a cartoon president who has succeeded in making America a joke before the world. Unfortunately, Trump has dragged down many members of the American public with him. This includes not just the human deplorables who bathe in Trump’s political effluence as though it were pristine water from the fountain at Lourdes, but also Trump’s detractors, who are all too keen to jump on every apparent gaffe in order to enjoy a moment of liberal Schadenfreude as they signal their superiority over the mouth-breathing rubes of the “white working class” who voted for him.

The most recent episode in America as a cartoon series starring Mr. Trump the unpredictable billionaire occurred on Tuesday evening. In response to a story about his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner seeking a dubious and clandestine means of communicating with the Russian government, Trump wrote a notorious tweet that began “Despite the constant negative press covfefe” — and ended there as well.

“Covfefe” has been trending online ever since. It will be turned into a meme, become an object of fun on late-night television and likely make an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” in the near future.

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MSNBC host floats theory that Trump wants to ‘provoke’ terrorist attack to ‘prove self right’

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:11am

In the wake of Saturday’s Islamic terrorist attack in London that left seven people dead and dozens others injured, an MSNBC host on Sunday accused President Donald Trump of attempting to “provoke” a terrorist attack to “prove himself right” about the threat Islamists pose to the United States.

MSNBC host Thomas Roberts made the suggestion on two separate occasions, first during an interview with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed then during another interview with former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D).

Roberts floated the theory in response to a tweet Trump made Sunday morning, where he warned that political correctness makes America less safe.

“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people,” Trump wrote. “If we don’t get smart it will only get worse.”

In other tweets, Trump also advocated for the reinstatement of his “travel ban” — which was initially blocked by federal courts two separate times — and criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, who dismissed terror attacks as something to be expected if you live in a large city.

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Democrats have lost on climate change, and it’s their own fault

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:09am

Whenever the United States fails to adopt climate-change policy favored by the Left, advocates like to point to polls that allegedly illustrate how a vast majority of Americans support “fighting climate change” or “reducing carbon emissions” or “believe in global warming.” These vague, feel-good moral declarations are equivalent to voters saying they are in favor “reducing poverty” or “helping children.” The more useful question is what are you willing to do? Give up one of your cars? Pay more for energy, food, housing, and everything else? Do you want to empower government to run the economy to help fix the problem?

When it comes to perfunctorily treating global warming as an evil, Democrats have won. The importance of “greening” everything has saturated society. Everyone gets it. When it comes to policy that supposedly mitigates climate change, though, they lose. Mostly, because they’ve hijacked “science” in pursuit of ideologically driven economic policies.

The Paris Agreement is substantively a joke. The widespread rage about President’s Trump’s withdrawal is, as many people have already noted, a case of mass virtue signaling. But the episode does reflect a larger problem for the Left.

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Cartoon of the Day: Ruthless

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:06am

Mass shooting in Orlando, multiple deaths confirmed

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:57am

Never a dull moment. CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG is reporting that shot rang out this morning around 8 a.m. at a business in an industrial area of town. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has released word of “multiple fatalities” in a “tragic incident,” though details on the total number of victims and the motivation for the shooting spree are still sketchy. The gunman, whom the station identifies as a disgruntled employee, is among the dead.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement in which he noted:

Over the past year, the Orlando community has been challenged like never before. I have been briefed by our law enforcement officials on this tragic incident and Ann and I are praying for the families who lost loved ones today. I ask all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence. I will remain in contact with the Orlando law enforcement community throughout the day as more information is made available.

The first sentence of the statement is a clear reference to the massacre one year ago at a gay night club in Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. The gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, was a disaffected Muslim who said he was sickened by the sight of men kissing. He was ultimately taken out by a SWAT team bullet, though before he died he told  a police negotiator on the phone that the attack on the club was intended as a protest against U.S. bombings of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria. In spite of the evidence that the mass shootings were a terrorist act, liberals in government and the media politicized the shootings, insisting they demonstrated a need for more stringent control and anti-discrimination laws.

This is a developing story. Updates will be added as new information becomes available.

Katy Perry’s advice to Manchester: ‘Always choose love’

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:22am

During Ariana Grande’s “One Love Manchester” benefit concert, Katy Perry offered her advice to the grieving people.

“It’s not easy to always choose love, is it, especially in moments like this… but love conquers fear and love conquers hate, and this love you choose will give you strength, and it’s our greatest power.

“As you stand here, all of you here..standing next to a stranger…just touch the next person, touch the person next to you. Tell them I love you, look in their eyes.

“I encourage you to choose love, even when it’s difficult. Let no one take that away from you.”

Katy, are you saying the people of Manchester didn’t choose love before? It didn’t conquer the hate of the savage who blew himself up at Ariana’s concert, maiming and killing children. It didn’t conquer the hate of the beasts who rammed into a crowd and then stabbed people and slit throats less than 24 hours ago in London.

What do you really think a jihadi will do, Katy, if you walked up to him and touched him and looked in his eyes and told him you love him?

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Bear breaks into home, plays piano

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:16am

[Ed. – Real questions are what he played and whether he was any good.]

Make yourself at home!  That’s exactly what one bear did inside this residence in Colorado.

When homeowners returned to their home, they discovered that their kitchen had been trashed.  Assuming it was a burglar, they called the police, who eventually suspected that the intruder was an animal. That’s when they inquired about home security surveillance and asked to review the footage.

A security camera was rolling as the bear roamed around the living room.  At one point, you can see the bear get up on the piano and look outside, striking the keys as it peered out the window.

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Michigan court: Seeing a trans woman is not sexual harassment

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:12am

The Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of a Midland health club in a lawsuit filed by a woman who said her rights were violated when she encountered a transgender person in the locker room.

The court found no evidence of sexual harassment, noting that Yvette Cormier and a transgender woman were both wearing clothes at Planet Fitness.

Cormier’s membership was terminated a week after the 2015 incident after she returned to the gym and warned other women. Planet Fitness told her that it allows people to use the locker room that matches their identity as part of a “no-judgment policy.”

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The single-payer party? Democrats shift left on health care

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:10am

[Ed. – Still determined to fundamentally transform the U.S.]

For years, Republicans savaged Democrats for supporting the Affordable Care Act, branding the law — with some rhetorical license — as a government takeover of health care.

Now, cast out of power in Washington and most state capitals, Democrats and activist leaders seeking political redemption have embraced an unlikely-seeming cause: an actual government takeover of health care.

At rallies and in town hall meetings, and in a collection of blue-state legislatures, liberal Democrats have pressed lawmakers, with growing impatience, to support the creation of a single-payer system, in which the state or federal government would supplant private health insurance with a program of public coverage. And in California on Thursday, the Democrat-controlled State Senate approved a preliminary plan for enacting single-payer system, the first serious attempt to do so there since then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, vetoed legislation in 2006 and 2008.

With Republicans in full control of the federal government, there is no prospect that Democrats can put in place a policy of government-guaranteed medicine on the national level in the near future. And fiscal and logistical obstacles may be insurmountable even in solidly liberal states like California and New York.

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Gas station offers reward for Kathy Griffin’s head

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:07am

Lewis Country Store is no stranger to controversy, but one of its latest scrolling digital signs outside the gas station at 5106 Old Hickory Boulevard has some passersby wondering whether it’s an issue of free speech or illegality.

Early Friday morning, one such motorist, who wishes to remain anonymous, took photographs of the sign which read “$50,000 reward for Kathy Griffin’s head delivered.”

“I know this seems like a bad joke, but is this legal?” he wrote in an email to The Tennessean. “I’m not sure if this is covered by free speech.”

The sign was likely a response to a recent photograph taken of comedian Kathy Griffin in which she posed with a fake, severed Trump head for photographer Tyler Shields.

In October of 2016, controversial signs including “#Trump that b****” and “Never Forget Benghazi” were posted before Shell Oil cut ties with the gas station.

A sign posted outside Lewis Country Store and then posted on Facebook read, “Due to our refusal to remove our pro-Trump sign, Shell Oil has de-branded us. We will not be threatened or intimidated.”

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Portland braces for violence at pro-Trump rally this weekend

Tea Party Tribune - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 10:38pm

For decades, Portland has basked in its reputation for protest.

But few people here are looking forward to a pro-Trump rally Sunday that’s expected to draw a wide swath of potentially armed white supremacists and allied antigovernment protesters from around the country.

The city has been on edge since a white supremacist who attended similar rallies was accused of killing two men who were defending teenagers from anti-Muslim taunts on a train last week. Police are anticipating violence if the demonstration goes forward as planned.

The “Trump Rally for Free Speech” is expected to draw figures in the loose-knit movement founded by white nationalists that calls itself the alt-right, as well as left-leaning counter-protesters who oppose President Trump and call themselves anti-fascists.

“Both sides are looking for a fight,” said Randy Blazak, a professor at the University of Oregon and chair of the Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crime.

“Hopefully it will be a whimper,” he said, but added that he was doubtful.

The protest also pits the city against the federal government, which has issued a permit for the rally on a federal plaza downtown despite pleas from Mayor Ted Wheeler that outsiders are coming to provoke violence and “peddle a message of hatred.”

Tensions in Portland have been building for months between those upset over the election of Trump, race and policing, and an increasingly agitated and alienated minority of Trump supporters who organize online.

The rally is being organized by Joey Gibson, a video blogger from nearby Vancouver, Wash., who describes himself as a “Libertarian and a Christian” and has gained a following among people who identify as alt-right. He said he has invited everybody to the rally, including “moderates” and the “extreme right.”

Joey Gibson, a self-described “Libertarian and a Christian” who is organizing the Portland demonstration, speaks during a rally in Berkeley in April 2017. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

It was Gibson who organized another protest in Portland in April, which he called the March for Free Speech, where Jeremy Joseph Christian, the 35-year-old charged with murder this week in the train stabbings, was photographed giving a Nazi salute and making white supremacist statements.

Those images went viral after the killings on Friday. Gibson, who organizes his events through a Facebook group called Patriot Prayer, said he kicked Christian out of the event and didn’t condone his views or racism of any kind.

“Do not connect me to this crazy man and his decision to murder two heroes,” he told journalists this week after meeting the mayor, who tried but failed to persuade him to cancel the rally this weekend.

The rally is “about corrupt government,” Gibson said. “We need small government, we need to promote freedom, we need to promote Christianity. It’s not about Nazis.”

On violence, he said he “can’t control everybody.”

Following its principles on free speech, the American Civil Liberties Union has defended the rights of the activists to protest even as it condemns them as bigots. The people who attend Gibson’s events often wear clothing with racist and militia-related insignia.

The rally Sunday is expected to include several figures who have openly promoted violence. They include Kyle Chapman, a San Francisco Bay Area resident who has developed an online following under the moniker “Based Stickman.” Images of Chapman, who carries a stick and shield during protests and wears a motorcycle helmet, went viral after he clashed with counter-protesters at dueling rallies in Berkeley this year.

On Thursday, he turned to Facebook to urge his followers to “smash on sight” in an “open season on antifa” — shorthand for anti-fascists.

Also scheduled to attend is Tim Gionet, who lives in Southern California and goes by “Baked Alaska.” His online criticism of “anti-white racism,” Jews and media coverage of Trump have garnered him 171,000 Twitter followers.

Alexander Ross, a lecturer at Portland State University who has studied the growth of alt-right and anti-fascist groups, said organizers of the Sunday rally were looking for a fight.

“Gibson and his ilk cultivate an atmosphere of hatred and terror,” he said. “Their openly avowe

Jeremy Joseph Christian is arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland on May 30. He is charged with killing two people and injuring a third during a knife attack on a train. (Beth Nakamura / Associated Press)

d strategy is to antagonize ordinary people and start fights in the name of ‘free speech.’ ”

Adding to concern are laws regarding weapons.

Under federal law, guns are banned on the federal property where the rally is scheduled to take place. But under Oregon law, they are allowed on city sidewalks and streets outside the plaza, across the street from where Muslim, interfaith, LGBTQ, anti-fascist and other groups will be staging rallies in opposition.

 

Some activists from the left are still deciding whether to join the protests.

Teressa Raiford, who runs Don’t Shoot Portland, a group that focuses on police shootings and arrests of minorities and frequently takes part in protests, was planning a cookout in a park a few miles from the rallies where she would hand out Black Lives Matter signs.

She was not sure whether she would go any closer. “I’m meeting with the community to discuss safety, and if it’s not feasible, I won’t go,” said Raiford.

Gregory McKelvey, an activist who founded Portland’s Resistance, an anti-Trump group that protested the mayor over his handling of police shootings, said he planned to counter-protest on Sunday.

“We want people to go but to understand the very real risk,” he said, and that the event is “an opportunity for allies to show how much they are willing to sacrifice but possibly too dangerous for marginalized groups.”

Damon Hughes, a 34-year-old carpenter who grew up in the city, said he wanted to join the counter-rallies but also was hoping for peace in a city where demonstrations have increasingly gone the way of “rioting” and “blocking of traffic” that “destroys any clout that the message would bring.”

“If the nationalists have applied for a permit to peaceably assemble for a rally, it is their right,” he said. “Denying anyone their right to free speech isn’t what this country is about. The city’s dark underbelly is showing its face… Seeing the people here band together against hate shows me that the spirit of my city still lives, that the love for all its citizens is still alive.”

Source: Jaweed Kaleem@

Jeremy Joseph Christian is arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland on May 30. He is charged with killing two people and injuring a third during a knife attack on a train. (Beth Nakamura / Associated Press)

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Defund Evergreen State College

Liberty Unyielding - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 5:47pm

A followup to this story.]

In 1999, the Evergreen State College of Washington featured convicted cop-killer and Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal as its commencement speaker via a recording. Abu-Jamal was on death row and could not attend, yet the college eagerly gave him a platform to speak. Eighteen years later, Evergreen State refuses to protect the physical safety and free-speech rights of its own professors from the threats and aggression of student protesters with a sadly familiar illiberal bent.

In a shakeup of Evergreen’s traditional Day of Absence — a day when black students leave campus to evoke the spirit of the Douglas Turner Ward play — student activists this year requested that all the campus’s white members leave instead. Bret Weinstein, an evolutionary-biology professor and Bernie Sanders–supporting progressive, sent an e-mail to his fellow professors taking issue with the change-up on the grounds that while it made sense for students of color to willfully leave campus to “highlight their vital and underappreciated roles,” forcing every white member of campus to leave would be “an act of oppression in and of itself.”

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The New York Times just outed the CIA’s top Iran spy

Liberty Unyielding - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 5:41pm

In an article published Friday, The New York Times outed the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) top spy overseeing the organization’s efforts in Iran. The paper justified its outing of the undercover CIA spy and his role within the agency by saying it was necessary since the agent is “leading an important new administration initiative against Iran.”

Yes. That really happened.

In an article entitled “C.I.A. Names New Iran Chief in a Sign of Trump’s Hard Line,” the newspaper of record revealed that Michael D’Andrea, who previously led the hunt for Osama bin Laden, will now be in charge of the agency’s operations in Iran.

As the Times explained in its report, Iran is “one of the hardest targets” for the CIA to keep tabs on.

“The agency has extremely limited access to the country — no American embassy is open to provide diplomatic cover — and Iran’s intelligence services have spent nearly four decades trying to counter American espionage and covert operations,” the article noted.

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Pedophile ‘prophet’ accused of taking brainwashed couple’s six children as wives

Liberty Unyielding - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 5:38pm

paedophile brainwashed a former Amish couple into regarding him as a prophet and ‘gifting’ him their six young daughters as child wives, a court heard.

Lee Kaplan, 52, convinced Savilla and Daniel Stoltzfus that his relationships with their six daughters were the will of God, who contacted him in his dreams, the court was told.

The first daughter to be “gifted” to Kaplan, it was claimed, was given as a future wife when she was nine years old.

Her older sister testified that she too was molested by Kaplan, the abuse allegedly starting when she was ten and leading to her becoming pregnant by him aged 14 in 2013.

Ms Stoltzfus, 43, also went to live with the accused, Bucks County Court in Pennsylvania heard, and allegedly ended up complaining to her husband that Kaplan had stopped having sex with her, preferring intercourse with her daughters.

For about five years, the court heard, the girls lived in isolation in the house of Kaplan.  The windows remained covered, it was said.

The girls, it was claimed, did not go to school and had no contact with anyone their own age because Kaplan told them other children attracted evil spirits.

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Bill Maher drops N-word on national TV, joins Kathy Griffin in the dog house

Liberty Unyielding - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 5:36pm

Kathy Griffin can breathe a sigh of relief.

Comedian Bill Maher, who frequently finds himself immersed in controversy, stepped in it big time on Friday while interviewing Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse.

The two were discussing Sasse’s new book, “The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance,” when Maher dropped the N-word.

Sasse had just finished telling Maher that adults don’t usually dress in costume for Halloween in Nebraska, prompting Maher to reply that he needs to “get to Nebraska more.”

“You’re welcome. We’d love to have you work in the fields with us,” the senator quipped.

“Work in the fields?” Maher asked incredulously. “Senator, I’m a house n***er.”

Sasse responded with an uncomfortable smile as the audience groaned in disapproval.

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Following NYT’s outing of top CIA operative, Iran websites put out name of town, wife’s name, photos

Liberty Unyielding - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 5:23pm

The heinous nature of the New York Timesaction – naming a senior CIA official in a 2 June article about a new CIA cell focused on Iran – isn’t about whether the officer in question has been named publicly before (although more on that in a moment).  It lies in the fact that the CIA official has been assigned to a new task, and has now had a target painted on his back because of his association with that task.

The CIA official led the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and was outed in that regard in 2015 (along with his involvement in the drone-hunting program).  NYT played a role in that outing, as described by Gawker at the time:

Today [26 April 2015], the New York Times named, against the CIA’s wishes, Michael D’Andrea, the former chief of the agency’s counterterrorism center, in a story about support in Washington for the lethal drone program. The Washington Post reported on D’Andrea’s reassignment last month without using his name, which Gawker then published.

“The C.I.A. asked that Mr. D’Andrea’s name and the names of some other top agency officials be withheld from this article,” the Times’ Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo write, “but The New York Times is publishing them because they have leadership roles in one of the government’s most significant paramilitary programs and their roles are known to foreign governments and many others.”

In the latest instance, NYT has used the previous outing of this operative in relation to his counterterrorism work – in which NYT had a hand – as an excuse for outing him again in the new Iran assignment.  (Emphasis added.)

The C.I.A. declined to comment on Mr. D’Andrea’s role, saying it does not discuss the identities or work of clandestine officials. The officials spoke only on the condition of anonymity because Mr. D’Andrea remains undercover, as do many senior officials based at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va. Mr. Eatinger did not use his name. The New York Times is naming Mr. D’Andrea because his identity was previously published in news reports, and he is leading an important new administration initiative against Iran.

This is deceptive special pleading.  Until NYT announced it, the officer’s connection with the “important new administration initiative against Iran” was unpublicized – and that’s what matters.

Putting that connection in the limelight is the exact opposite of respecting America’s interest in effective national intelligence operations against Iran.  What NYT has done is not in the public interest in any way; rather, it is an action against America’s public interest.

Worse, moreover, is the action of NYT’s government sources in naming the CIA officer to the media.  NYT is not sworn to keep his identity a secret.  The government officials are.

Two days later, at least two websites dedicated to news and commentary for Iranians in the West have published personal information dug up on the operative, including the town he is said to live in, his wife’s name and family information, and separate photos of her and her husband.

I won’t link to those websites here.  I’m providing redacted screen caps of the material from one of them, so you can see that they exist.  There are probably more websites rebroadcasting this information, in the time since I discovered the two I mention several hours ago.

(Screen cap; redactions by author) (Screen cap; redactions by author)

The threat of assassination by Iranian operatives in the West is a real one.  In 2011, two men linked to Iran’s security agencies were charged with plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States (conviction followed in 2013).

Iran has no compunction about assassinating regime opponents who live abroad, and has spoken explicitly of assassinating the “enemies of the Republic” abroad (see here for a more recent discussion on Iranian TV in February 2017).

In 2012, the pre-Jeff Bezos Washington Post reported that U.S. officials were among those known to have been recently targeted by Iranian assassination plots.

And, as Omri Ceren reminds us, in 1984, Iran’s proxies kidnapped and tortured to death the CIA’s chief of station in Lebanon, William Buckley.

Iran proxies kidnapped & tortured to death CIA's Lebanon station chief. Mailed US officials tapes of the torture https://t.co/UPAyiXUf0g https://t.co/m0W47MYamu

— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) June 2, 2017

The Gordon Thomas account of that harrowing incident is only to be read when your mind and gut are at their strongest.  Buckley’s captors sent the U.S. several videotapes of his horrific deterioration during the months-long period of torture.

Ironically, the most likely date of Buckley’s death was 3 June 1985, almost 32 years to the day before NYT’s notification to Iran that a new CIA honcho was on their trail.

The action by government officials and NYT on 2 June 2017 has made the officer’s wife and her family targets of the ruthless Iranian kidnappings-and-assassinations brigade as well.

The outing of this officer and the new Iran intelligence cell came from U.S. officials who leaked the information, without authorization, to the media.  The Wall Street Journal also reported on the new cell on 2 June, clarifying several things about it and including the officer’s name once again.

According to WSJ (emphasis added):

The Central Intelligence Agency has established an organization focused exclusively on gathering and analyzing intelligence about Iran, reflecting the Trump administration’s decision to make that country a higher priority target for American spies, according to U.S. officials.

The Iran Mission Center will bring together analysts, operations personnel and specialists from across the CIA to bring to bear the range of the agency’s capabilities, including covert action. In that respect it is similar to a new Korea Mission Center that the CIA announced last month to address North Korea’s efforts to develop long-range nuclear missiles.

The CIA didn’t publicly announce the new Iran organization. The agency declined to comment.

So in case it wasn’t clear, the Iran cell is something the CIA didn’t intend to publicize at all, at least for the moment – unlike the North Korea cell.

This can’t be anything but deliberate attempted sabotage of the new Iran effort.  There is no other explanation for government officials outing the new effort and the name of its leader.

The motive behind the sabotage has been discussed in a number of quarters since at least February, when a January 2017 intelligence leak to the Washington Post was leveraged to drive Michael Flynn from his post as national security adviser, with a campaign of innuendo.

Adam Kredo had an article at the time outlining the campaign: to attack and sabotage anyone from the new Trump administration involved in changing U.S. policy on Iran.  The focus on Iran policy has continued in the months since; in February, Kredo described information from his sources that previewed just how tenacious it would be (emphasis added):

The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed. …

“It’s undeniable that the campaign to discredit Flynn was well underway before Inauguration Day, with a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine him,” said one veteran national security adviser with close ties to the White House team. “This pattern reminds me of the lead up to the Iran deal, and probably features the same cast of characters.”

The Free Beacon first reported in January that, until its final days in office, the Obama administration hosted several pro-Iran voices who were critical in helping to mislead the American public about the terms of the nuclear agreement. This included a former Iranian government official and the head of the National Iranian American Council, or NIAC, which has been accused of serving as Iran’s mouthpiece in Washington, D.C.

Since then, top members of the Obama administration’s national security team have launched a communications infrastructure after they left the White House, and have told reporters they are using that infrastructure to undermine Trump’s foreign policy.

“It’s actually Ben Rhodes, NIAC, and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today,” said one veteran foreign policy insider who is close to Flynn and the White House. “They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced.”

The campaign against Flynn was vicious enough.  But by outing a CIA officer in a uniquely sensitive post, government officials and NYT have put him and his family connections in real danger: more demonstrable and immediate than any that Valerie Plame was ever in, and without question, consciously intended.  That’s a new level of wrong.  The deliberate attempts to sabotage Trump’s administration – both people and policies – have been called a slow-motion “coup,” and with each passing day, that term becomes more and more appropriate.

This cannot stand.  It’s more important to clean out the next-to-top level of national security and intelligence personnel than it is to pretend that “ops normal” is what’s going on with them, or that “ops normal” is still serving us.

Manifestly, it is not.  Drain the swamp, whatever it takes.  It can be done lawfully.  It just may not be possible without a short-term operational cost.  But the cost of not draining it is too high to pay.

 

Can attending church really help you live longer? This study says yes

Tea Party Tribune - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 3:28pm

NASHVILLE — New research says worship services might be just what the doctor ordered. 

A recent study by Vanderbilt University professor Marino Bruce has found that people who attend religious services live longer and are less stressed. The findings held true across faith traditions, said Bruce, the associate director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Research on Men’s Health, in a video posted to the university’s YouTube channel.

“We found in our study that actually attending church is actually good for your health, particularly for those who are between the ages of 40 and 65,” said Bruce, who also is a Baptist minister.

Specifically, the study says those middle-aged adults who go to church, synagogues, mosques or other houses of worship reduce their mortality risk by 55%. The Plos One journal published the “Church Attendance, Allostatic Load and Mortality in Middle-Aged Adults” study May 16.

“For those who did not attend church at all, they were twice as likely to die prematurely than those who did who attended church at some point over the last year,” Bruce said.

Bruce, a social and behavioral scientist, is a primary author of the study along with Keith Norris, a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The study has nine other co-authors, too.

“I’m ordained clergy so I’m always about what do we mean by our spiritual health. Does spiritual health matter with respect to biological outcomes?” Bruce said.

Read More: Holly Meyer @USAToday.com

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Senior Obama officials target of subpoenas over unmasking

Liberty Unyielding - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 1:42pm

The House Intelligence Committee has issued seven subpoenas as part of an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election. Three of the subpoenas involve seeking information on senior Obama-era officials, including former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former UN Ambassador Samantha Power.

James Rosen of Fox News confirmed that the FBI, CIA, and National Security Agency were among the governmental agencies served with subpoenas issued by the committee.

Subpoenas have also been issued to President Donald Trump’s short-lived National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and lawyer Michael Cohen.

 

The question that arises is whether the mainstream media will cover the subpoenas involving the unmasking controversy as fervently as they covered the Michael Flynn story? I for one would be shocked if they did.

Too bad the biased MSM won't give the same coverage on the Susan Rice subpoena as they did with the Flynn subpoena.

— Red Warrior (@Red_Warrior5) June 1, 2017

 

Rice was outed back in April as the source of the inappropriate “unmasking” of Trump administration officials. She had previously claimed she knew “nothing” about intelligence reports that were cited and used to unmask members of Trump campaign and transition team.

During a House Intelligence Committee hearing, Rep. Trey Gowdy grilled then-FBI Director James Comey about possible sources for leaks, particularly pertaining to Flynn, who was forced to resign.

At the time, three people close to Barack Obama were identified as having the authority to “unmask” individuals caught up in “incidental” surveillance. These were Brennan, Rice, and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Power is a bit of a wild card. Why would the UN Ambassador be involved in unmasking American citizens?

Cross-posted at the Mental Recession

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