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Refugees: a cautionary tale

The leftists want us to throw our doors open to Islamic “refugees” fleeing their own religious adherents who have got out of hand after being funded by oil rich nations.

Apparently we have to help them now even after they caused their own problems.

We should be careful and here is why.

Barbara Strack is President Obama’s chief of the Refugee Affairs Division at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service of the Department of Homeland Security. That’s a fancy title that would at least indicate some cursory knowledge about refugees. But that couldn’t have been further from the truth, as evidenced in Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest investigating Obama’s plan to open our borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees over the next two years.

One of the top concerns about any refugee coming into the United States is whether or not they have ties to terrorism or are radical Islamists. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, also the Congressional subcommittee’s chairman, knows the importance of knowing and monitoring these connections with these asylum seekers. He asked Mrs. Strack if she could confirm that Dzhokhar and Tamerian Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombers, were in fact refugees. Her response was a bit on the shocking side:

I would need to check with my colleagues, sir.   Read more »

Would you trust the UN to control the Internet?


Everything the UN does turns to custard, except profligate waste and spending money, they are world champions at that.

Now there is a proposal for the UN to take over control of the internet.

It may not have intended to, precisely, but the United Nations just took sides in the Internet’s most brutal culture war.

On Thursday, the organization’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development released a damning “world-wide wake-up call” on what it calls “cyber VAWG,” or violence against women and girls. The report concludes that online harassment is “a problem of pandemic proportion” — which, nbd, we’ve all heard before.

But the United Nations then goes on to propose radical, proactive policy changes for both governments and social networks, effectively projecting a whole new vision for how the Internet could work.

Under U.S. law — the law that, not coincidentally, governs most of the world’s largest online platforms — intermediaries such as Twitter and Facebook generally can’t be held responsible for what people do on them. But the United Nations proposes both that social networks proactively police every profile and post, and that government agencies only “license” those who agree to do so.

“The respect for and security of girls and women must at all times be front and center,” the report reads, not only for those “producing and providing the content,” but also everyone with any role in shaping the “technical backbone and enabling environment of our digital society.”

How that would actually work, we don’t know; the report is light on concrete, actionable policy. But it repeatedly suggests both that social networks need to opt-in to stronger anti-harassment regimes and that governments need to enforce them proactively.

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A newspaper slips up – reports Charter School success

The PPTA’s embedded education reporter will be apoplectic about this slipping through.

The school ” badly flooded and facing closure ” fought to stay open as a new charter school and was in the process of reopening when Bush came. When Warren Easton reopened in 2006, nearly every student who attended was considered “homeless” because they lived in trailers sent to hurricane victims by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or slept on couches, school officials said.

Back then, Bush talked about the need for school reforms. His speech was a nod to the city’s efforts to expand charter schools to break up what was widely seen as a failing neighborhood school model. The old public school system was riddled with broken buildings, failing grades and pervasive corruption.   Read more »

The Great Wall of Trump


Donald Trump says he will build a wall on the US-Mexico border:

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump spoke with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo and discussed the wall he wants to build between the U.S.and Mexico. Trump compared his wall to the Great Wall of China.

“As you know, I know how to build. I know how to get it done. We’ll have a great wall. We’ll call it the ‘Great Wall of Trump,'” Trump said, later adding that he was only being “facetious.”    Read more »

Hillary lied, and people died

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democrat party, but despite the polls she faces a few problems. Not the least of which is the discovery that she lied about her emails and whether or not they stored top secret information.

Government investigators said Friday that they had discovered classified information on the private email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton used while secretary of state, stating unequivocally that those secrets never should have been stored outside of secure government computer systems.

Mrs. Clinton has said for months that she kept no classified information on the private server that she set up in her house so she would not have to carry both a personal phone and a work phone. Her campaign said Friday that any government secrets found on the server had been classified after the fact.

But the inspectors general of the State Department and the nation’s intelligence agencies said the information they found was classified when it was sent and remains so now. Information is considered classified if its disclosure would likely harm national security, and such information can be sent or stored only on computer networks with special safeguards.    Read more »

This is how stupid McCully was in doing a deal with Iran

How stupid was Murray McCully in facilitating, owning – and worse – crowing about his involvement in doing a deal that will see Iran re-armed and fuelling hate in the Middle East?

This stupid.

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Meh, you can buy an expert to agree with you in the US

The Otago Daily Time reports breathlessly:

A group of prominent US legal experts has supported internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and Megaupload’s appeal against a decision to seize millions of dollars in assets, labelling the move a “dangerous” violation of due process rights.

The United States Government earlier this year won a civil forfeiture case against Megaupload and its founder, Mr Dotcom, who they argued was a fugitive.

As a result, the online mogul has lost an estimated $67 million worth of assets to the US including millions in cash, property, luxury cars, jet skis, large screen televisions and art.

Mr Dotcom has appealed against the decision, claiming a violation of basic rights and due process.   Read more »

Daily Roundup


Really? That is some power chucking if true.  Read more »

FBI says they foiled planned July 4 attacks

The head of the FBI has announced that they foiled several Islamic terror attacks on the US that were timed for July 4.

U.S. officials stopped Islamic extremist-inspired attempts to kill Americans around the July 4 holiday, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday.

Over the past four weeks, more than 10 people inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been arrested by U.S. authorities, Comey told multiple news outlets, some of which were focused on the Independence Day holiday.

“I do believe we disrupted efforts to kill people in connection to the Fourth,” Comey said, according to CBS.

“Some of them were focused on the Fourth of July, and that’s as specific as I can get,” he added, according to NBC.    Read more »

Guns save lives as a former CNN anchor just found out

Lynne Russell, a former CNN anchor, has just discovered that guns can save lives…her own.

She writes at FoxNews about her recent experience:

The United States of America is a great country. You can debate absolutely anything, whether or not it has merit, and whether or not it’s any of your business.

But guns? There’s nothing to debate. Throw out all the numbers and expert opinions. I’ve got your expert right here, and it’s called EXPERIENCE.

Just before midnight June 30th, my husband, Chuck de Caro, and I and our Weimaraner were four days into an all-American, cross-country road trip. We’d just dined with a friend in Albuquerque and intended to hit historic Route 66, then stop for the night.

Realizing it was late and Route 66 is no fun in the dark, we stopped at a pet-friendly Motel 6. Chuck showered; I went to the car for dog food.

The armed guard patrolling the second floor was engrossed in a phone conversation, instead of checking the parking lot.

I unlocked our door, picked up the food I’d placed at my feet and was assaulted by a jackass with a big, silver semi-automatic weapon.

He shoved me into the room. I was airborne and landed on the bed. He shut the door and stood behind it, gun on me, debating his next move.

He didn’t expect Chuck to open the bathroom door. My husband  (Air Force Academy, U.S. Army Special Forces), said “What’s going on here?” and advanced into the room. Stark naked and dripping wet, he maneuvered himself in front of the small table between the beds, concealing two small .380 legal handguns we’d brought in from the car.

I moved around, we spoke to the assailant, kept him busy, offered him things, kept him from focusing. We felt he’d shoot when he’d gotten what he wanted. He was comfortable with the situation, had been there before.   Read more »