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  • Iraq hangs 38 members of ISIS and Al-Qaeda

    12/15/2017 12:21:43 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/12/17 | Ben Ariel
    Iraq on Thursday hanged 38 jihadists belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS) group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offenses, provincial authorities said, according to the AFP news agency. The executions took place the southern city of Nasiriyah. It was the largest number of executions in Iraq on a single day since September 25, when 42 people were put to death in the same prison. "The prison administration executed on Thursday in the presence of Justice Minister Haidar al-Zameli, in Nasiriyah prison, 38 death row prisoners belonging to Al-Qaeda or Daesh (ISIS) accused of terrorist activities," said Dakhel Kazem, a senior official...
  • Trump Pounds the Table in Face of Russia Investigation (barf)

    12/14/2017 10:02:58 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 6 replies
    newsmax ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | David Ignatius
    President Trump's recent denunciations of the Russia investigation recall the famous legal advice: "If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell." Trump shouted out his defense earlier this month: "What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion!" he told reporters over the whir of his helicopter on the White House lawn. Since then, Trump's supporters have been waging a bitter counterattack against special counsel Robert Mueller, alleging bias and demanding: "Investigate the investigators."...
  • Putin Happy With Return on Investment for Hacking 2016 Election, Officials Say

    12/14/2017 9:59:00 PM PST · by NorseViking · 21 replies
    For less than a half-million dollars, Russian President Vladimir Putin got what he most wanted out of the Kremlin's campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election: a destabilized American democracy and Hillary Clinton out of his hair, U.S. officials say. The Kremlin views its influence campaign, which it called an "active measures" operation, as a remarkable return on investment, U.S. officials briefed on post-election intelligence told The Washington Post. Not only did it shake up Americans' faith in their democratic process, but the operation also achieved Putin's primary goal of stymying Clinton's White House aspirations, one official told the...
  • Senate may put off most anticipated Russian probe findings

    12/14/2017 8:50:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2017 10:55 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    With no firm conclusions yet on whether President Donald Trump’s campaign may have coordinated with Russia, the Senate intelligence committee could delay answering that question and issue more bipartisan recommendations early next year on protecting future elections from foreign tampering. Recommendations on how to counter the threat from attempted election hackers could be the first written product from congressional committees examining Russian interference into the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House. An early bipartisan report could be an attempt to boost confidence in the panel’s probe, as lawmakers worry that other issues could be lost if they...
  • Wealthy CEOs Lecture Americans To Show ‘Courage’ by Submitting to Diversity and Amnesty

    12/14/2017 8:18:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | December 14, 2017 | Neil Munro
    Americans should have the courage to ignore their written laws, to amnesty DACA illegals and accept an open-borders world, says an op-ed by two wealthy CEOs who stand to gain more wealth in a labor market flooded by low-wage migrants. The op-ed by Tim Cook (CEO of Apple, wealth $800 million and growing) and Charles Koch (Koch Industries, $49 billion and growing) was posted in the Washington Post newspaper owned by Jeff Bezos (owner of Amazon, $98 billion and growing). Under the headline “Congress must act on the ‘dreamers,’” it declared: We must do better. The United States is at...
  • Has North Korean leader Kim Jong-un executed one of his top aides?

    12/14/2017 7:32:48 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 14 December 2017 | Nicola Smith
    Has North Korean leader Kim Jong-un executed one of his top aides? By Nicola Smith 14 December 2017 • 3:24am One of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s top aides has disappeared from public life, prompting speculation that he may have been executed. General Hwang Pyong-so was once at the heart of Kim’s inner circle within the Workers’ Party Central Committee. As a Vice-Marshall he also held the most senior military position after the supreme commander. Before he reportedly fell out of favour Mr Hwang was one of only four people pictured standing next to Kim in state propaganda vaunting the...
  • Mosques in Belgium and the Netherlands are financed by drug money, says reporter

    12/14/2017 6:00:27 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 1 replies
    Reporter Stef Meerberger said on Belgian national TV that mosques in the city of Antwerp receive drug money on a monthly basis. Meerberger was on television to give clarification regarding his documentary on the cocaine trade in Antwerp. He said: “The reality is hard to control but also much worse than we can image. Several cash flows are clearly traceable and I ask myself the question: Why aren’t the police and the district attorney acting on this?” The reporter added that he heard from a very reliable source that mosques, particularly in the Netherlands and in the Belgian city of...
  • Cologne mayor thinks she can stop migrant sex attacks with ‘respect’ wristbands

    12/14/2017 5:58:37 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 52 replies
    As many may know, New Year’s Eve 2015 was a disaster for the German city of Cologne. Hundreds of women were sexually assaulted, robbed or raped by large groups of migrant men. But officials of the city and the police think they have now found a solution. The mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, launched a new campaign, focused on respect yesterday. Wristbands with the text will be distributed throughout the city to prevent new sexual assaults and rapes. It didn’t take long for people to attack the initiative. A social media user asked the city’s mayor: “What are you doing? Is this...
  • Trump Is Right: Jerusalem Is Israel’s Capital. Now Let’s Divide It.

    12/14/2017 4:36:51 PM PST · by SJackson · 35 replies
    Forward ^ | December 10, 2017 | Benyamin Moalem
    President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week was met with a predictably mixed response. There was celebration across the political spectrum in Israel, protests among Palestinians and the rest of the Middle East and reactions ranging from concern to opposition throughout much of the rest of the world. But far too much significance is being given to the president’s announcement. Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital since before 1967 and all three branches of the Israeli government sit there. And, while Israelis should be happy that they are no longer treated differently than the rest of...
  • Putin praises Trump on economy, says Russia collusion claims are ‘invented’

    12/14/2017 4:06:27 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 19 replies
    NBC (Nothing But Commies) News ^ | December 14, 2017 | Alastair Jamieson
    Allegations of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s election campaign were “invented” by Trump's opponents, Vladimir Putin said Thursday while praising the president's “serious achievements” in office. “All of this has been invented, made up by people who are in opposition to President Trump with a view to shedding a negative light on what [he] is doing,” the Russian leader said at his annual televised news conference, calling the allegations “very bizarre.” Those behind the claims are trying to “impede” Trump’s agenda and are damaging the U.S. political system by failing to respect voters who chose the president, he added.
  • What if America Won a War and No One Cared?

    12/14/2017 3:23:15 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | David French
    The announcement came on Saturday. Just three days before the Alabama special election that transfixed the nation, and on the same day that President Trump fact-checked the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, Iraq’s prime minister declared victory in the war against ISIS. Iraq — with indispensable American help — has regained control of its cities and its border with Syria. ISIS has been reduced to a shadow of its former self. The victory isn’t confined to Iraq. American-allied forces control ISIS’s former capital in Syria, and the world’s largest jihadist army is gone. Bands of insurgents still prowl the countryside, and...
  • ISIS releases sick propaganda poster of Donald Trump ... kneeling before Jihadi executioner

    12/14/2017 2:36:45 PM PST · by Zakeet · 67 replies
    (UK) Sun ^ | December 12, 2017 | Jon Lockett
    Complete Headline: ISIS releases sick propaganda poster of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu kneeling before Jihadi John-style executioner ISIS fanatics have unveiled a sickening poster of US President Donald Trump kneeling in front of a hooded Jihadi John-style executioner. Outspoken Trump and Israel's leader Benjamin Netanyahu are depicted as doomed prisoners in front of the Al-Aqsa mosque - a controversial holy site in Jerusalem. The shocking image was released as fanatics pledged to carry out lone wolf attacks on US soil in terrifying propaganda pamphlets circulating online.
  • Erdogan personally formed the armed gang in Germany

    12/14/2017 2:05:34 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    ANF News ^ | Thursday, 14 Dec 2017, 00:00 | ANF BERLIN
    It has been documented that the “Osmanen Germania” (“Ottomans from Germany”) is the armed gang of the Erdoğan regime in Germany. The financer of the gang is AKP MP Metin Külünk, who has ordered the gang to engage in armed attacks against Kurds. The “Osmanen Germania” (“Ottomans from Germany”) gang was organized in 2014 under the guise of a boxing club, and has been on the agenda in Germany for a while. The gang is infamous for arms smuggling, human trafficking, drugs and attacks on Kurds and has grown fast, increasing membership and branch numbers. It has since come to...
  • Lindsey Graham: There's a 30 Percent Chance Trump Attacks North Korea

    12/14/2017 1:01:33 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12-14-2017 | Uri Friedman
    “I don’t know how to say it any more direct: If nothing changes, Trump’s gonna have to use the military option, because time is running out.” ~snip~ “I would say there’s a three in 10 chance we use the military option,” Graham predicted in an interview. If the North Koreans conduct an additional test of a nuclear bomb—their seventh—“I would say 70 percent.” ~snip~ "There are a couple ways for this to end: The Chinese could kill the guy if they wanted to, or they could just stop oil shipments [to North Korea], which would bring [Kim Jong Un’s] economy...
  • Putin blames Trump’s political opponents for poor U.S.-Russian relations

    12/14/2017 12:10:29 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 24 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | December 14, 2017 | Andrew Roth and David Filipov
    Russian President Vladi­mir Putin on Thursday said that he doubted President Trump would be able to improve relations between their two countries because Trump was being held back by his political opposition. Trump undoubtedly has had some successes as president, including a booming U.S. stock market, Putin said. But, he asserted, reports about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were being invented to create questions about his U.S. counterpart’s legitimacy. “There are things that he would want to do but hasn’t been able to so far, like reforming health care or other goals. For instance, he spoke about...
  • All I Want for Christmas Is for My Parents to Not Be Deported

    12/14/2017 11:39:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 139 replies
    Teen Vogue ^ | December 14, 2017 | by Jasmine Lopez
    My name is Jasmine Lopez, I’m 11 years old and I’m a U.S. citizen. If Congress doesn't take action now, I may not have my mom with me for the holidays. Why is this important for me? Because I’ve already experienced something close to losing my dad, and I don’t want that to happen ever again. I was born in Florida, but both my parents were born in Mexico and are living in the U.S. undocumented. Even though they were always careful when driving to work or to the grocery store, one day things got real for all of us....
  • US F-22 Raptors fire flares, chase Russian fighters out of deconfliction zone over Syria

    12/14/2017 11:10:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/14/2017 | by Jamie McIntyre
    A pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighters fired flares to chase two Russian Su-25 fighter jets out of restricted airspace over Syria on Wednesday, a Pentagon official confirmed Thursday. The aerial encounter occurred when the Russian jets strayed into airspace east of the Euphrates River, putting them on the wrong side of a "deconfliction zone" established between Moscow and Washington to avoid confrontation in the skies over Syria. The Russian jets immediately left the area after the intercept and warning flares from the F-22s, an official confirmed to the Washington Examiner. The Pentagon could not provide an...
  • Sharia's Misogyny: Is It OK for Some Men to Mistreat Women?

    12/14/2017 10:00:28 AM PST · by LSUfan · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 14 Dec 17 | Frank Gaffney
    Sharia-supremacism is a mortal threat to the Constitution and the Republic it governs. For those of us who lived through the so-called "sexual revolution" of the last century – with its "free love" and "liberation" from the morality of a Judeo-Christian society – we seem increasingly to be in the midst of a counter-revolution. Thus far, its contours are still being shaped. But a growing number of prominent men from the political, journalism and entertainment communities are being identified and driven from their jobs for sexually harassing and/or abusing women in ways that might have been acceptable, if not actually...
  • Grassley: DOJ Needs to Explain The 'Insurance Policy' Peter Strzok Talked About

    12/14/2017 9:10:15 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was hardly impressed by testimony given by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday morning in front of the House Judiciary Committee and wants to know more about the political text messages sent between FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page. Grassley sent a letter to Rosenstein Thursday morning demanding more information about the politically charged environment at the FBI during the Clinton email investigation and leading up to the 2016 presidential election. He also wants DOJ to turn over all of the messages between Strzok and Page to the Committee. "Some...
  • The Curious Case Of Germany's Massive New But Relatively Toothless Type 125 "Frigates"

    12/14/2017 9:06:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | December 13, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Ein Dahmer/wikicommons The German Navy's Baden-Wurttemberg class Type 125 (F125) frigate sure doesn't look like a frigate. The vessel displaces a whopping 7,200 tons, making it more destroyer sized, but its mission and armament are far from that of a top-end surface combatant. Even the ship's crew size, concept of operations, and the way sailors interact with the vessel's systems are unique. And depending on who you ask, the whole idea behind the controversial F125 frigate program is either one of genius based in stark reality or a largely illogical, misguided, and wasteful mess of an endeavor. Four of these...