WikiLeaks drops proof that NYT colluded with Hillary Clinton-

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You thought 2017 was going to end without a bang — other than the fireworks?

After The New York Times on Saturday published a story headlined “Republican Attacks on Mueller and F.B.I. Open New Rift in G.O.P.,” WikiLeaks couldn’t stand it anymore. In a late-night post on Twitter, WikiLeaks revealed that a Times reporter used to feed State Department email updates of the stories the paper would be publishing DAYS before the stories appeared.  The heads-up email was intended to give State (and Clinton) time to come up with some spin for stories that may have caused problems. Or, in another possible scenario, the heads up could give the State Department time to create a diversion for the same day, thus overriding a damaging story with other news its friends in the mainstream media would happily cover instead.

The players in the WikiLeaks email are interesting. Scott Shane is the national security reporter for the Times. And the recipient of his email, Philip Crowley, was at the time the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under Clinton’s State Department.

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s clear the Clinton scandals won’t go away anytime soon.

On Friday, the Justice Department released thousands of Clinton emails. “Several emails with classified information from former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin were among a tranche of documents released Friday that were found on Anthony Weiner’s personal computer during an FBI probe,” USA Today reported.

After the emails were made public, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton called the release a “major victory.”

“Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents,” Fitton said. “That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner’s laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law.”

The FBI said most of the emails ended up on Weiner’s computer because of backups from Abedin’s personal electronic devices. Former FBI Director James Comey has said investigators could not prove Abedin acted with criminal intent or “had a sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law.”

A November 2010 email was partially redacted due to “classified” and “confidential” information. It detailed a planned call between Clinton and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, where then-Secretary of State Clinton would warn al-Faisal about Wikileaks planning to release sensitive documents.

That same month, Wikileaks released the U.S. diplomatic cables leak, known as “Cablegate.”

source-wikileaks-nyt- Scott Shane– Philip Crowley–

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‘The New York Times’ releases a ‘definitive list’ of Trump’s racism. here’s the big problem

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On Monday, The New York Times went full-out in its attempt to finally stick President Trump with the “racist” label. That comes in the aftermath of Trump’s reported comments stating that America doesn’t need more immigrants from “s***holes” — a statement that could be read as clear racism, or alternatively, as a critique of the diversity visa lottery’s reliance on place of origin as sole determining factor. Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) had the most honest take on those comments: “I can’t defend the indefensible. You have to understand that there are countries that struggle out there. But their people, their people are good people and they’re part of us. We’re Americans.”

But the definition of a racist — the textbook definition, as Paul Ryan might say — is someone who treats some people better than others because of their race. But the goal of labeling Trump a “racist” overall isn’t to shed light on the motivation for his particular policies — it’s specifically to obfuscate the distinction between statements and activities where explanations other than race hold sway, and statements and activities where the only explanation is racism. Labeling Trump a racist isn’t an exercise in clarification for the media, but an excuse for painting with the broadest possible brush in order to avoid responsibility for case-by-case reporting and evaluation.

But then Leonhardt and his co-author name a bunch of instances they call racist where there is no evidence that race is the motivating factor: Trump pointing at a rally attendee and calling him “my African-American over here,” which was Trump being a moron, not a racist; Trump calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” which was designed to slap her for her misappropriation of Native American heritage for her own political purposes; Trump’s support for Roy Moore in Alabama; Trump’s support for Joe Arpaio.

They even name instances in which Trump was obviously not being racist as racist incidents: Trump criticizing crime rates in inner city communities and suggesting that he wants to make life better for minorities who live there; Trump complaining about the growing threat of radical Islamic terrorism abroad; Trump ripping MS-13; Trump calling President Obama lazy — a critique that had little to do with Obama’s race, and more to do with Obama’s perceived work habits.

Herein lies the problem for the Left. There are three reasons to point out Trump’s alleged racism: first, for purposes of simple truth; second, to drive Trump’s approval ratings down; third, to alleviate the burdens of the media in assessing actual reasons behind various policies.

The problem with the first rationale is that the media rarely actually hit politicians with this label; they’ve never used the “racist” description for obvious racists like Al Sharpton, for example. Perhaps Trump is a racist — he’s certainly made racist comments. But “objective” media outlets either have to apply the same standard to everyone, or they have to stop using the epithet outright.

The second rationale seems more likely: the media despise Trump, and they’re willing to call him any name in the book to drive down his approval ratings. “Racist” is the strongest charge in the political book, and throwing it has real consequences. And if the public doesn’t reject Trump, the Times can have the added pleasure of pointing to institutional white privilege and racism, which bolsters their desired narrative anyway.

Finally, there’s the third rationale: the media don’t want to bother actually analyzing what Trump is doing. It’s easier to simply call people racists, then labeling anyone who disagrees a co-conspirator in racism. That’s what the Times does by lumping all these instances in together: they’re suggesting that anyone who agrees with Trump on MS-13, for example, must be a racist.

Trump may well harbor racial animus. And that’s worth pointing out, particularly in the instances where such animus is clear. But the media’s desire to paint every instance with the brush of racial animus is an obvious political ploy, not honest journalism.

source-nyt- Leonhardt’s and Philbrick’s-

 

A disappointing, muted response to imams calling for violence-

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A radical imam called on Muslims to “kill the Jews” in a Friday sermon entitled, “Our Duties Towards Al-Quds (Jerusalem).” [NOTE: What does “radical” mean? It means he is following sacred Islamic doctrine!] But this imam was not a spiritual leader in the Palestinian territories or a preacher with an Islamic State affiliation. This imam was preaching from the United States, alongside other U.S.-based Muslim leaders who have promoted anti-Semitism and incited violence against Jews following President Trump’s Dec. 6 proclamation recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

U.S.-based Muslim leaders who explicitly glorify terrorism against Jews deserve more attention in American media and political circles.

Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan, the founder of the Tajweed Institute’s Houston branch, used a Dec. 8 sermon to repeat a notorious Quranic hadith that radical preachers often invoke to mobilize Muslims against Jews.

“My brothers, the Prophet Muhammad brought the good tidings, when he said: ‘Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews. The Muslims will kill the Jews, and the Jews will hide behind the stones and the trees, [which] will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him’… This is the promise of Allah,” Al-Rousan said in a video posted by the Tajweed Institute’s social media accounts and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

During a party convention two days later, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also invoked the same hadith used to justify killing Jews.

The Tajweed Institute promotes itself as a non-profit “that strives to teach and spread the authentic knowledge of the Glorious Qur’an.”

Al-Rousan went on to incite Muslims to kill Jews in Israel and the territories: “The hour (Judgment Day) will not start until Muslims fight the Jews there, in Palestine.”

That same day, Sheikh Aymen Elkasaby from the Islamic Center of Jersey City, called for “the plunderer oppressors (Jews)” to be destroyed.

“So long as the Al-Aqsa Mosque remains prisoner in the hands of the Jews… So long as the Al-Aqsa Mosque remains under the feet of the apes and pigs, this nation will remain humiliated,” Elkasaby preached, adding that he wishes to achieve “martyrdom on the threshold of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Islamic Center President Ahmed Shedeed released a statement condemning Elkasaby’s radical sermon and suspended him for a month without pay, the Jersey Journal reports.

Meanwhile, a Texas-based imam called for Israel’s destruction in a recorded prayer posted to his Facebook page Dec. 7, according to an Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) translation.

 

 

Sheikh Ramadan Elsabagh

“Oh Allah destroy the Zionists and their allies, and those who assist them, and those who allowed them into the abodes of the Muslims. By Your Power, Oh mighty one, Oh Mighty one, through Your Power and Might, Oh Allah deflect them with what You will… Oh Allah save [Al Aqsa] from the hands of the accursed violators,” Ramadan Elsabagh said, concluding with: “Oh Allah destroy them.”

 

This is not a new phenomenon. Following Palestinian violence over new security measures at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque following a terrorist attack in July, an imam at the Islamic Center of Davis in California delivered a hateful sermon filled with anti-Semitic vitriol and called for the death of all Jews.

“Oh Allah, liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews. Oh Allah, destroy those who closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Oh Allah, show us the black day that You inflict upon them, and the wonders of Your ability. Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them,” Ammar Shahin said.

The Islamic Center of Davis released a statement claiming that Shahin’s remarks were taken “out of context.” But there is no other way to interpret the imam’s sermon than a religious justification for killing Jews. Shahin later issued an apology claiming: “…I let my emotions get the best of me.”

On the same day as Shahin’s sermon, an imam from California’s Islamic Center of Riverside also incited violence against Israelis. “Oh Allah, liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all the Muslim lands from the unjust tyrants and the occupiers. Oh Allah, destroy them, they are no match for You. Oh Allah, disperse them, and rend them asunder. Turn them into booty in the hands of the Muslims,” preached Sheikh Mahmoud Harmoush.

American Islamist groups remained silent in the wake of these sermons, and have not outright condemned the imams’ behavior. It remains to be seen whether these organizations will address the most recent cases of blatant anti-Semitism and terrorist incitement. One case is an aberration. Two cases are noteworthy. This is a trend, however, that largely is going unnoticed.

source- IPT News– Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan,– (MEMRI).– Tayyip Erdogan– Sheikh Aymen Elkasaby– Sheikh Ramadan Elsabagh–

A disappointing, muted response to imams calling for violence

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A radical imam called on Muslims to “kill the Jews” in a Friday sermon entitled, “Our Duties Towards Al-Quds (Jerusalem).” [NOTE: What does “radical” mean? It means he is following sacred Islamic doctrine!] But this imam was not a spiritual leader in the Palestinian territories or a preacher with an Islamic State affiliation. This imam was preaching from the United States, alongside other U.S.-based Muslim leaders who have promoted anti-Semitism and incited violence against Jews following President Trump’s Dec. 6 proclamation recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

U.S.-based Muslim leaders who explicitly glorify terrorism against Jews deserve more attention in American media and political circles.

Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan, the founder of the Tajweed Institute’s Houston branch, used a Dec. 8 sermon to repeat a notorious Quranic hadith that radical preachers often invoke to mobilize Muslims against Jews.

“My brothers, the Prophet Muhammad brought the good tidings, when he said: ‘Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews. The Muslims will kill the Jews, and the Jews will hide behind the stones and the trees, [which] will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him’… This is the promise of Allah,” Al-Rousan said in a video posted by the Tajweed Institute’s social media accounts and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

During a party convention two days later, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also invoked the same hadith used to justify killing Jews.

The Tajweed Institute promotes itself as a non-profit “that strives to teach and spread the authentic knowledge of the Glorious Qur’an.”

Al-Rousan went on to incite Muslims to kill Jews in Israel and the territories: “The hour (Judgment Day) will not start until Muslims fight the Jews there, in Palestine.”

That same day, Sheikh Aymen Elkasaby from the Islamic Center of Jersey City, called for “the plunderer oppressors (Jews)” to be destroyed.

“So long as the Al-Aqsa Mosque remains prisoner in the hands of the Jews… So long as the Al-Aqsa Mosque remains under the feet of the apes and pigs, this nation will remain humiliated,” Elkasaby preached, adding that he wishes to achieve “martyrdom on the threshold of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Islamic Center President Ahmed Shedeed released a statement condemning Elkasaby’s radical sermon and suspended him for a month without pay, the Jersey Journal reports.

Meanwhile, a Texas-based imam called for Israel’s destruction in a recorded prayer posted to his Facebook page Dec. 7, according to an Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) translation.

 

 

Sheikh Ramadan Elsabagh

“Oh Allah destroy the Zionists and their allies, and those who assist them, and those who allowed them into the abodes of the Muslims. By Your Power, Oh mighty one, Oh Mighty one, through Your Power and Might, Oh Allah deflect them with what You will… Oh Allah save [Al Aqsa] from the hands of the accursed violators,” Ramadan Elsabagh said, concluding with: “Oh Allah destroy them.”

 

This is not a new phenomenon. Following Palestinian violence over new security measures at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque following a terrorist attack in July, an imam at the Islamic Center of Davis in California delivered a hateful sermon filled with anti-Semitic vitriol and called for the death of all Jews.

“Oh Allah, liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews. Oh Allah, destroy those who closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Oh Allah, show us the black day that You inflict upon them, and the wonders of Your ability. Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them,” Ammar Shahin said.

The Islamic Center of Davis released a statement claiming that Shahin’s remarks were taken “out of context.” But there is no other way to interpret the imam’s sermon than a religious justification for killing Jews. Shahin later issued an apology claiming: “…I let my emotions get the best of me.”

On the same day as Shahin’s sermon, an imam from California’s Islamic Center of Riverside also incited violence against Israelis. “Oh Allah, liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all the Muslim lands from the unjust tyrants and the occupiers. Oh Allah, destroy them, they are no match for You. Oh Allah, disperse them, and rend them asunder. Turn them into booty in the hands of the Muslims,” preached Sheikh Mahmoud Harmoush.

American Islamist groups remained silent in the wake of these sermons, and have not outright condemned the imams’ behavior. It remains to be seen whether these organizations will address the most recent cases of blatant anti-Semitism and terrorist incitement. One case is an aberration. Two cases are noteworthy. This is a trend, however, that largely is going unnoticed.

source- IPT News– Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan,– (MEMRI).– Tayyip Erdogan– Sheikh Aymen Elkasaby– Sheikh Ramadan Elsabagh–

Niagara Falls is coated in ice — and absolutely jaw-dropping

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Historian and author Paul Gromosiak once said that winter at Niagara Falls can be so breathtaking that it “diminishes even those skyscrapers” on the other side of the border in Canada.

Trees once thick with fall leaves as they framed the cascading falls are mere frozen branches covered in pristine white snow. In Gromosiak’s words 13 years ago, the trees are “bowing to the river, with the weight of the ice on their branches.” Icicles hanging like stalactites have formed on rocks, walls and railings surrounding the falls. The water is icy but still descending swiftly onto the river below it in a thick cloud of mist.

Such is the winter-wonderland sight that tourists, cameras in hand, are braving the frigid winter to see. Though known for its hundreds of acres of lush terrain and trails conducive to hiking, Niagara Falls State Park, just outside Buffalo, boasts equally stunning views even as temperatures drop and crowds thin.

[No, Niagara Falls is not ‘frozen solid’]

“I came here in the summertime four years ago,” Zieong Zang, who made the seven-hour drive from Jersey City, told the Buffalo News. “It was good, but it wasn’t like this. This is just outstanding, with all the snow and the trees coated like sugar.”

Some say the photos don’t do the beauty justice, but here are a few examples, taken by Buffalo News photographer Sharon Cantillon:

And here are a few more, taken from the Canadian side:

In 2014, pictures purporting to show frozen-solid falls circulated online. But as The Washington Post’s Caitlin Dewey, who is from Niagara Falls, noted, these are “either totally misleading or outright false.” Many of the photos, as BuzzFeed News reported, were old ones.

More than 3,000 tons of water flows over Niagara Falls every second. Hundreds of thousands of gallons fall over each of the three falls that make up Niagara Falls.

“It would take a lot more than a few days of cold weather to completely shut that off,” Dewey wrote.

Still, the ice over the Niagara River at the base of the falls sometimes gets so thick that people had been known to build concession stands across it or walk over to Canada. But in 1912, when about three dozen people were standing on what had been called the ice bridge, a large piece of ice fell over and caused the bridge to crack. Three people, including a married couple, were swept to their deaths, and their bodies were never found. Walking over the ice bridge is no longer allowed.

Snow is expected throughout the week, with temperatures hovering between 8 degrees and 21 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service. Wind chills would bring temperatures to below zero degrees.

source– Paul Gromosiak– Buffalo News– BuzzFeed News– National Weather Service

 

Iranian regime joins black lives matter

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Ayatollah BLASTS United States: ‘U.S. Police Murder Black Women, Men, And Children’-

On Monday, Ayatollah Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader of Iran, tweeted out his opposition to the United States, suggesting that American complaints about human rights violations by Iran against protesters are hypocritical. Why? Because of supposed police misconduct against black Americans:

Now, put aside the fact that the Iranian regime openly discriminates against members of other religions, particularly Christians and Jews; put aside the fact that Iran still criminalizes homosexual activity; put aside the fact that Iran is currently jailing dissidents and shooting handfuls of them in the streets; put aside the fact that Iran is the single greatest state sponsor of terrorism on the planet.

Focus instead on the fact that Iran is picking up Left-wing talking points for use against the United States.

That’s no shock. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union routinely used America’s racial injustices as clubs to wield against her; while the Soviets were busily exterminating dissenters, they were pointing to segregation in the United States. At the time, at least this the Soviets could rightly point to America’s oppression of black Americans. But that simply isn’t the case anymore. There is no serious statistical evidence of widespread targeting of black Americans for murder by police officers. There are bad cops; there are racist cops. But the accusation that America’s justice system is designed to let racist cops murder black people for no reason, then acquit them – that’s pure fantasy.

This is just the Iranian regime attempting to curry favor with the American Left by championing its favored causes and flinging mud at America’s skirt, the same way Osama Bin Laden once used global warming as an excuse for terrorism.

Here’s the truth: America will always have internal issues. But America has always been a beacon of light relative to other countries on the planet, and particularly when compared with despotisms like Iran or the Soviet Union. That’s not an excuse for our own issues. But to fall into the trap of equating the behavior of the Iranian regime with that of America’s democratic republic is to stand with tyranny and against the last, best hope of mankind.

 

source–the daily wire

Obama reveals shockingly hideous presidential library.-

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The Photos Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Obama Himself.

On Wednesday, the Obama Presidential Library released pictures of its new design. The design, apparently inspired by opened Chinese food takeout boxes and/or Gonk from Star Wars: Episode IV, was unveiled to the oohs and aahs of a sycophantic media. Here’s the picture: The design was created by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, and includes a gigantic stone tower in the center of a park, surrounded by a white stone complex. The architects explained, “The design approach for the centre is guided by the goal of creating a true community asset that seeks to inspire and empower the public to take on the greatest challenges of our time. … The Obamas were clear that they wanted the centre to seamlessly integrate into the park and the community, and include diverse public spaces.”

Obama explained that he saw the tower as representing “ascension, hope and what ordinary people have the power to do together.” The tower itself will be 225 feet tall.

Obama said in 2011 that he wanted to be an architect at one point; he explained, “When I was younger, there was a time I dreamed of being an architect. So, as you might guess, I’ve been pretty hands-on in the plans for this centre — and Michelle has, too.”

All of which should tell you everything you need to know about Obama and his presidency. Obama reportedly said in 2008, “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

He wasn’t. He wasn’t a great speechwriter. He wasn’t a great policymaker (his signal achievement, Obamacare, has been a disaster). He wasn’t a great political director, considering that he lost Congress, the Senate, and the White House in his wake.

Now he thinks he’s a better architect than his architects. And the result is a twenty-story monstrosity that looks like a misshapen trash bin.

Which, come to think of it, describes his tenure to a T.

So in the end, it all works.

source–the daily wire–