Some French media ban IDs of ISIS attackers to stop “hero” effect

Some French media ban IDs of ISIS attackers to stop “hero” effect, by AP.

Some leading French media outlets say they will stop publishing the names and images of attackers linked to the Islamic State group to prevent individuals from being inadvertently glorified.

The decisions come after the truck attack on a Nice fireworks display and the killing of a French priest in a church in Normandy, events in a spate of attacks France has seen since last year.

On Wednesday, leading newspaper Le Monde pledged to stop publishing photographs of attackers and avoid “possible posthumous glorifying effects.” The newspaper already has a ban on publishing extracts of IS propaganda.

Wow they must think we are stupid. Any possibility that the PC media are deeply embarrassed by the reality of Islamic violence and their unpopular views on immigration?

merica is being ‘pulled apart’ in ‘clash of visions’ between GOP, Dems

America is being ‘pulled apart’ in ‘clash of visions’ between GOP, Dems, by Pat Buchanan.

Obama’s America is a country of all races, creeds, colors, lifestyles, a kumbayah country to be made more wonderful still when Clinton takes the helm. …

Fifty-six percent of Americans believe Clinton should have been indicted; 67 percent believe she is neither trustworthy nor honest. And 75 percent of Americans think that, under Obama, the nation is headed in the wrong direction. …

From the podium in Philadelphia, we hear the word “love.” But in interviews, Democratic Party activists invoke terms of hate, such as racist, fascist, homophobe, misogynist and sexist to describe the Cleveland Republicans. …

Barack Obama believes the more diverse a country we become – religiously, racially, ethnically, culturally, linguistically – the greater, better and stronger a nation we become. And with his immigration policies, he has put us, perhaps irretrievably, on that road.

Yet, outside that [Democrat’s convention center] where such sentiments seem to enrapture Democratic delegates, Europe, Africa, the Mideast and South Asia are all being pulled apart, right along those same fault lines.

And the US, like much of the West, is also being pulled apart along the divisions the left is opening up.

A World Without Western Civilization

A World Without Western Civilization, by Jim Goad. An old white man, Steve King, a Republican congressman from Iowa, recently said:

This “old white people” business does get a little tired, Charlie. I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization? …

You go back and Google “old white people,” “old white men,” [and] you’ll find that that comes out of the mouth of leftists constantly. They have decided it’s open season on white people in America from an ideological standpoint. And I hope it stops there, but somebody needs to stand up for the contributions that have been made by Western Civilization. And if we disparage our roots, if we disparage what makes this a great nation, then we’ll lose the formula for being an even greater nation. So I stood up for our foundation, for our history, for our culture, of Western Civilization.

King of course was gas-lighted by his cultural opponents, who were apoplectic but notably did not address the issue he raised. Jim Goad goes on the rhetorical attack — lots of easy targets.

The oniony-looking Rebecca Onion of Slate asserted that it made “no sense” to judge groups by their historical inventions, despite the fact that a given racial group’s level of technological innovation is tightly correlated with its relative success and prosperity.

Writing for Salon, a certain Sarah Watts didn’t appear to be joking when she credited Africans for inventing “humanity.” (I suppose other inventions were hard to come by.)

There are reams of evidence of technological innovations by the ancient Chinese, the ancient Indians, and the ancient Semites—emphasis on the “ancient.”

Zinger! Then this:

Most uncomfortable for egalitarians and their ilk is that there are vast landmasses—sometimes entire continents—where the indigenous inhabitants have invented virtually nothing. Sub-Saharan Africans are not known for contributing much to rocket science, and black Americans are so underrepresented as inventors that everyone has heard a gazillion times about the mulatto who improved blood-storage methods and George Washington Carver’s wondrous dalliances with the magical peanut. The so-called “Native Americans” are credited with inventing the spinning top, which somehow proved incapable of defending them against the white man and his guns. And Australia’s aborigines? Well, let’s not talk about them, because they’d be embarrassed.

Ouch! Then this crushing observation:

If you were to note every manmade item within your field of vision, chances are that nearly every last gadget and trinket was invented by a white [or North Asian – ed] man. According to Charles Murray’s book Human Accomplishment, whites have historically dominated the fields of physics, math, chemistry, medicine, biology, and technology.

silicon chip technology

What’s grossly ironic is the specter of people using white computers hooked up to white electricity sent across white power grids to criticize the very white people who made their whining possible. Even worse is the ubiquity of white people pejoratively using the word “white people” as if it somehow doesn’t apply to them. That right there is a collective mental illness for the ages.

And the finale:

Slate’s Rebecca Onion warns that “the idea of white technological superiority has often served as justification for oppressing or displacing nonwhite people.”

But flip that around — denying white technological contributions and distilling all of white history into one massive blood libel of torture and enslavement of nonwhites can serve as justification for displacing white people.

Cancer-fighting bacteria: Engineers program E. coli to destroy tumor cells

Cancer-fighting bacteria: Engineers program E. coli to destroy tumor cells, by Anne Trafton.

Researchers at MIT and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) have recruited some new soldiers in the fight against cancer — bacteria.

In a study appearing in the July 20 of Nature, the scientists programmed harmless strains of bacteria to deliver toxic payloads. When deployed together with a traditional cancer drug, the bacteria shrank aggressive liver tumors in mice much more effectively than either treatment alone.

The new approach exploits bacteria’s natural tendency to accumulate at disease sites. Certain strains of bacteria thrive in low-oxygen environments such as tumors, and suppression of the host’s immune system also creates favorable conditions for bacteria to flourish.

hat-tip Matthew

Antibiotic resistance: ‘Snot wars’ study yields new class of drugs

Antibiotic resistance: ‘Snot wars’ study yields new class of drugs, by James Gallagher.

A new class of antibiotics has been discovered by analysing the bacterial warfare taking place up people’s noses, scientists report. Tests reported in the journal Nature found the resulting drug, lugdunin, could treat superbug infections.

The researchers, at the University of Tubingen in Germany, say the human body is an untapped source of new drugs. The last new class of the drugs to reach patients was discovered in the 1980s. Nearly all antibiotics were discovered in soil bacteria, but the University of Tubingen research team turned to the human body.

hat-tip Matthew

Leftist politics and damned outcomes on matters of principle

Leftist politics and damned outcomes on matters of principle, by Gary Johns.

Labor is good at fighting culture wars with public money.

It wants to make the Safe Schools project compulsory for all Victorian children and to exclude parental objection to having their children exposed to the struggles of a tiny minority who are coming to terms with an indeterminate sexuality, or to those whose sexuality is definite but not conducive to begetting children. Empathy surely, but to have everyone question their sexuality to make these few more comfortable, hardly.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Xi’s China: Smothering dissent

Xi’s China: Smothering dissent, by Tom Mitchell.

The chill that has descended across Chinese civil society, especially over the past 12 months, has become one of the defining aspects of Xi Jinping’s presidency, alongside his own rapid consolidation of power over the party, government and military. As China’s most powerful party and state leader since Deng Xiaoping, Mr Xi has presided over a crackdown without precedent since the repression that followed the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Even academics and businessmen who thought themselves immune to politics provided they did not wade into sensitive areas are having to reassess their vulnerability.

“Since Xi came to power, China’s situation has become more and more worrisome,” says Murong Xuecun, a prominent author and commentator. “Things that we could openly discuss before, such as the Cultural revolution, are now considered sensitive or even forbidden. In the past there was some room for non-governmental organisations and rights lawyers. Now all of them have been suppressed.” …

“The biggest threats to state security, in the party’s view, are those seen as posing a direct challenge to its narrative and concept of what China is,” says Samantha Hoffman, who researches Chinese social controls at the UK’s University of Nottingham. “Groups and individuals that have the potential to offer alternative visions of China are seen as a threat to the party state.

“That puts NGOs, journalists, activists, researchers at a much higher risk.”

Not good. Together with their diplomatic aggression and growing military muscle, this does not bode well for anyone outside the  Chinese Communist Party.

Muslim migration to Australia: the big slowdown

Muslim migration to Australia: the big slowdown, by Caroline Overington.

[T[he Australian government is pursuing a migration strategy that makes it extremely difficult for large numbers of Muslims from the Middle East to settle here, even if that is not the policy’s aim.

While governments of all stripes insist Australia’s migration program is non-discriminatory, an analysis of available data by The Australian suggests that the migration of Muslims from Lebanon, in particular, has slowed to a trickle, with no sign of a rush coming anytime soon.

Immigration officials tell The Australian that the low number of Muslim immigrants from the Middle East arriving in recent years has nothing to do with their religion, since applicants are not asked to state their faith when they apply to settle.

Instead, they say, it’s an unintended consequence of a migration policy that is almost entirely focused on attracting skilled and family reunion migrants from countries such as India (now Australia’s No 1 source of permanent migrants, with 34,874 arrivals last year) and China (27,874).

The strategy, which both major parties insist is not deliberate, means that while Islam was once the fastest growing religion in Australia, there are now more Buddhists (2.5 per cent of the population) than there are Muslims (2.2 per cent), and the Hindus are rapidly catching up.

How about we select immigrants for their skills and their cultural compatibility?

Eric Abetz applauds ‘great’ call for crackdown on Muslim immigration, by Jared Owens.

Liberal senator Eric Abetz has applauded a prominent Liberal activist’s call for a crackdown on Muslim immigration to protect women and gays from abuse.

The author, ACT Young Liberal president Josh Manuatu, today argued that celebrity Sonia Kruger, who last week called for a ban on Muslim immigration, was “right” and that Australia should “carefully consider” her proposal.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Free Michelle Obama’s Slaves: Michelle’s lifestyle is built by slaves

Free Michelle Obama’s Slaves: Michelle’s lifestyle is built by slaves, by Daniel Greenfield. Somewhat facetiously, this article brings up a very important issue that burns many.

At the DNC, Michelle Obama put on her victimhood hat one more time and declared, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.”…

But that’s too past tense. Michelle’s house continues to be built and maintained by slaves. Her lavish lifestyle of endless vacations, parties and public appearances is funded by millions and millions of slaves. …

It’s the taxpayers who have to pay for it all who are forced to be her unwilling slaves. Michelle’s house, her luxurious lifestyle, is built by taxpaying slaves who are forced to turn over their money to fund her pleasures. She spent more money on one night in Morocco than the average American family will see in five years. …

Obama’s White House parties cost anywhere from $200,000 at the cheap end to over $500,000. Americans have no more freedom to decide whether to pay for another Obama vacation or event than slaves did in deciding how to serve their masters and mistresses.

All they can do is watch from a distance while their masters stuff their faces, gallivant cheerfully on tours through foreign countries while staying at posh hotels and then make them work to pay for it ….

There are too many structural similarities between slavery then and tax slavery now. There is some fierce rhetoric in this argument.

Slaves built the Obama lifestyle.  Slaves who struggle to get by. Who scrimp and save to have a few hundred dollars on hand in case of an emergency. That’s the cost of a single dish at a dinner to their masters in the White House. Slaves who fear losing their jobs and being unable to provide for their families watch their hard-earned money being squandered on another vacation and another party.

Government, like slavery, is an institution. Like slavery, it claims to civilize its dependents. In reality it exploits them. It promises them security in exchange for freedom. It takes away the products of their toil and then tells them that they didn’t build that. It claims a false moral authority to exploit them.

white house lawn

Slave owner’s house: “You didn’t build that” – Obama.

Michelle Obama is a slave-owner lecturing her slaves about slavery. Her moral authority to enslave Americans is based on a slavery that took place 150 years ago. And Michelle and Barack are the tip of a very large institution which is built on depriving Americans of their political and economic freedoms.

Slavery was based on the notion that some people are superior to others. That same idea runs through Obama’s speeches. It is the lifeblood of the twisted thing that the left has turned liberalism into.

The Obamas have the right to enslave us because they are on “the right side of history”. They can exploit us because they know what is better for us. They can take the work of our hands from us because we didn’t build that, they and all the rest of our government masters did the real building.

So what are we going to do?

It is time to end slavery all over again. It is time to free Michelle Obama’s taxpaying slaves.

The first step to ending slavery is to recognize its fundamental injustice. It is unjust that a working family ought to work its fingers to the bone so that Michelle Obama can enjoy yet another sightseeing tour. It is unjust that a class of parasites claiming to be public servants can draw unlimited amounts of money on the credit of people trying to make ends meet. It is unjust that Michelle Obama can own hundreds of millions of people as slaves.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Hungary taunts Merkel over terror and says ‘our problem is not in Mecca, but in Brussels’

Hungary taunts Merkel over terror and says ‘our problem is not in Mecca, but in Brussels’, by Nick Gutteridge.

The bitter divisions ripping the European Union apart intensified today as Hungary launched an eviscerating attack on Brussels over migration and taunted Angela Merkel for failing to protect German people from Islamist terror.

In an astonishingly savage tirade the country’s leader Viktor Orban described the EU elite as serial “failures” and openly goaded struggling western European nations, describing them as “stagnated and incapable of change”.

The hardline Prime Minister called for a radical overhaul of the European project, decrying the growing loss of sovereignty to Brussels as a disaster and “one of the greatest threats in Europe today”.

Victor Orbasn and Angela Merkel

And he issued a stunning rebuke to Mrs Merkel on migration, blaming recent terror attacks on the mas influx of refugees and saying Hungary no longer looked up to its near neighbour as a paragon of stability and common sense. …

Eastern Europe is moving up via-a-vis Western Europe; blame the EU:

In a speech laced with menace and reproach he had particularly scathing words for the founding nations of the EU, who he described as an “old Europe” which were being left behind by newer, more dynamic members.

His stinging description of western Europe as “stagnating” will hit home hard in France, Germany and Spain, where economic growth has tanked and unemployment rocketed.

In an openly divisive move he contrasted their woes with the “prosperous” east – dubbed “New Europe” – which he called “viable, full of energy, capable of renewal, and seeking answers to new challenges”.

Without the UK, the EU is a struggling regional player:

In a withering putdown he also dismissed the EU elite’s delusions of grandeur, insisting that post-Brexit the bloc had ceased to be a “global player” and was now struggling to be of significance even in its own region.

Pointing to Brussels’ totally ineffectual role in the Ukraine peace process – which has been led by Russia and the US – he said that Britain’s decision to leave had “ended” the bloc’s attempts to be an international influencer.

And in a scathing assessment he said: “It is unable to protect its own citizens, it is unable to protect its external borders. It is unable to keep the community together, as Britain, the United Kingdom, has just left. …

Migration, he argued, “increases terrorism and crime” and “destroys national culture” in a thinly-veiled swipe at Mrs Merkel’s decision to roll out the red carpet to millions of people from the Middle East.

Wow, strong criticism of the global elite’s biggest project. You won’t hear a whisper of that on the ABC, ‘cos they’re too busy with Sarah Hanson-Young.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Christian revival in Iran results in 3 million new believers today from just 100,000 in ’94

Christian revival in Iran results in 3 million new believers today from just 100,000 in ’94, by Hazel Torres.

A great revival is going on inside the Islamic Republic of Iran, Christian believers who have planted an “Internet church” in that heavily restricted Middle East country have disclosed.

“Right now you can see the results of the Holy Spirit,” Reza, one of the believers, told CBN News in Turkey where he was interviewed. “From 1994, there were about 100,000 believers. Right now, there are 3 million. You can see what the Holy Spirit is doing with the people,” Reza said.

He said this is happening despite the constant threat, danger, and risk for the believers.

Reza explained that since churches are banned in Iran, believers use the Internet to connect to churches in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Malaysia via Skype. …

He said many of the believers have fled to Turkey for fear of their own lives. Despite the hardship they are facing at the moment, the believers exude joy as they remain hopeful that they would eventually achieve refugee status and immigrate to other countries, he said.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Why most women secretly want a stereotypical breadwinner

Why most women secretly want a stereotypical breadwinner, by Judith Woods. Well here at the Wentworth Report we air a lot of non-PC views.

Recent research from insurance group LV showed that stay-at-home mothers are happier than those who go out to work. …

Sociologists in the US have concluded that men who stay at home and don’t fulfil the stereotype of the male breadwinner don’t get extra brownie points for their hospital corners and nurturing skills.

In fact, they are at greater risk of divorce than men who go out to work full-time. Women who stayed at home did not experience the same increased likelihood.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Michael Moore: 5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win

Michael Moore: 5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win, By Michael Moore, maker of iconic PC films. Once you strip out the name-calling, he has something interesting to say about the US Presidential election.

Michael Moore in 2004

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you straight last summer when I told you that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president. And now I have even more awful, depressing news for you: Donald J. Trump is going to win in November. … President Trump. Go ahead and say the words …

I can see what you’re doing right now. You’re shaking your head wildly – “No, Mike, this won’t happen!” Unfortunately, you are living in a bubble that comes with an adjoining echo chamber where you and your friends are convinced the American people are not going to elect an idiot for president. …

You need to exit that bubble right now. You need to stop living in denial and face the truth which you know deep down is very, very real. Trying to soothe yourself with the facts – “77% of the electorate are women, people of color, young adults under 35 and Trump cant win a majority of any of them!” – or logic – “people aren’t going to vote for a buffoon or against their own best interests!” – is your brain’s way of trying to protect you from trauma. …

Don’t get me wrong. I have great hope for the country I live in. Things are better. The left has won the cultural wars. Gays and lesbians can get married. A majority of Americans now take the liberal position on just about every polling question posed to them: Equal pay for women – check. Abortion should be legal – check. Stronger environmental laws – check. More gun control – check. Legalize marijuana – check. A huge shift has taken place – just ask the socialist who won 22 states this year. And there is no doubt in my mind that if people could vote from their couch at home on their X-box or PlayStation, Hillary would win in a landslide.

But that is not how it works in America. People have to leave the house and get in line to vote. And if they live in poor, Black or Hispanic neighborhoods, they not only have a longer line to wait in, everything is being done to literally stop them from casting a ballot. So in most elections it’s hard to get even 50% to turn out to vote. And therein lies the problem for November – who is going to have the most motivated, most inspired voters show up to vote? You know the answer to this question. Who’s the candidate with the most rabid supporters? …  And don’t fool yourself — no amount of compelling Hillary TV ads, or outfacting him in the debates or Libertarians siphoning votes away from Trump is going to stop his mojo.

Here are the five reasons Trump is going to win:

  1. Midwest Math, or Welcome to Our Rust Belt Brexit. … From Green Bay to Pittsburgh, this, my friends, is the middle of England – broken, depressed, struggling, the smokestacks strewn across the countryside with the carcass of what we use to call the Middle Class. Angry, embittered working (and nonworking) people who were lied to by the trickle-down of Reagan and abandoned by Democrats who still try to talk a good line but are really just looking forward to rub one out with a lobbyist from Goldman Sachs who’ll write them nice big check before leaving the room. What happened in the UK with Brexit is going to happen here.
  2. The Last Stand of the Angry White Man.
  3. The Hillary Problem. …. Let’s face it: Our biggest problem here isn’t Trump – it’s Hillary. She is hugely unpopular — nearly 70% of all voters think she is untrustworthy and dishonest. She represents the old way of politics, not really believing in anything other than what can get you elected.
  4. The Depressed Sanders Vote…. [W]hile the average Bernie backer will drag him/herself to the polls that day to somewhat reluctantly vote for Hillary, it will be what’s called a “depressed vote” – meaning the voter doesn’t bring five people to vote with her. He doesn’t volunteer 10 hours in the month leading up to the election. She never talks in an excited voice when asked why she’s voting for Hillary. A depressed voter. Because, when you’re young, you have zero tolerance for phonies and BS.
  5. The Jesse Ventura Effect. … The anger that so many have toward a broken political system, millions are going to vote for Trump not because they agree with him, not because they like his bigotry or ego, but just because they can.

Islamic terror: France’s Benjamin Erbibou says stop blaming West

Islamic terror: France’s Benjamin Erbibou says stop blaming West, by Janel Albrechtsen.

Combating this cultural malaise is every bit as important as new security laws, says Benjamin Erbibou, who works at an organisation based in Nice that provides grassroots counselling to men and women across France who are at risk of radicalisation and those already radicalised.

Warning No 1: many on the Left won’t like what Erbibou has to say about the relationship between mental illness and radicalisation.

“With all this experience, we have been able to come to some conclusions … It has nothing to do with craziness,” he says.

“It’s a political proposition. Their main objective is very simple, they want to replace democracy and all the values of democracy, the laws of men, with the law of God and they want society that is ruled by sharia. That’s it. They say we have no legitimacy and we have no right to create our own laws. …

Warning No 2: those on the Left won’t like what he says next.

Erbibou says “the most terrible thing we can do for them” is to perpetuate the myth of victimhood. He condemns the mentality that says France and other Western countries are racist.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

‘Not medicine, but poison’: Hungarian PM says his country does not need ‘a single migrant’

‘Not medicine, but poison’: Hungarian PM says his country does not need ‘a single migrant’, by RT.

“Hungary does not need a single migrant for the economy to work, or the population to sustain itself, or for the country to have a future,” he said, stressing, that, on the contrary, “every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk.”

“This is why there is no need for a common European migration policy,” [Hungarian leader Victor Orban] said, insisting that the right to decide migration issues should be reserved exclusively for national governments. Orban went on to say that “whoever needs migrants can take them, but don’t force them on us, we don’t need them.”

As far as Hungary is concerned, “migration is not a solution but a problem… not medicine but a poison, we don’t need it and won’t swallow it,” he argued.

Victor Orban makes Trump look like a baby. Melania Trump comes from that part of the world, from neighboring Slovenia.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Mattel Issues Statement On Fireman Sam’s Koran Disaster: ‘Please Don’t Kill Us! We Don’t Want To Die!’

Mattel Issues Statement On Fireman Sam’s Koran Disaster: ‘Please Don’t Kill Us! We Don’t Want To Die!’, by James Delingpole.

There are apologies; there are grovelling apologies; and then there’s the kind of hair-shirt, mea culpa, “oh God, oh God, how can we ever make amends?”, self-abasing, crawling-to-beg-your-forgiveness-on-our-knees-on-broken-glass number just delivered by the toymaker behind TV kiddie animation series Fireman Sam to the entire Muslim community…

“A spokeswoman for the multinational firm Mattel, which owns the show’s makers Hit Entertainment, said ‘It has been brought to our attention that in an episode of Fireman Sam (Series 9, Episode 7), an image of the Quran is briefly depicted. ‘The page was intended to show illegible text and we deeply regret this error. We sincerely apologise for any distress or offense it may have caused. We will no longer be working with the animation studio responsible for this mistake. In addition, we are taking immediate action to remove this episode from circulation and we are reviewing our content production procedures to ensure this never happens again. Again, we apologise unreservedly to our viewers.’

A still from the cartoon appears below. In a show called Troubled Waters, Elvis the firefighter slips on some pieces of paper while carrying a tray of hot drinks. One of the sheets flies past the screen and seems to be a page from Islam’s holy book, dealing with punishments for non-believers. Complaints followed of “promoting hatred against Muslims.”

Fireman Sam flashes the Koran

What Mattel should have said – because let’s face it, this was what their statement actually meant – was:

Please don’t kill us. We want you to know that we are all totally shitting our pants about this incident and we want you to realise that there are many, many better targets out there for your savage violence. Jews, for example, why don’t you kill them because you really hate them, don’t you? Or, better still, some Yezidis – if there are any left. Or Christians. Or alcohol sellers. Or football players. Or apostates. Or kite-flyers. Or, well, anyone but us, really…

Apologies like that are what give the advocates of seventh century Arabia the cultural confidence to do things like threaten nudist bathers in Germany with ‘extermination.’ Mattel might think they are being politically correct and virtuous, but they are contributing to an environment that threatens us all.

Meanwhile Muslims don’t just accidentally tread on a page from the bible in a work of fiction, yesterday they walked into a church, took hostages, and killed the priest. I don’t hear the politically correct offendotrons who outraged about Fireman Sam complaining about Muslim behavior.

George Soros rises again: Gave more than $25 million to Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates and causes

George Soros rises again: Gave more than $25 million to Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates and causes, by Kenneth Vogel.

The billionaire investor, who scaled back his political giving after a then-unprecedented $27 million spending spree to try to defeat George Bush in 2004, has quietly reemerged as a leading funder of Democratic politics — and as a leading bogeyman of conservatives. …

Soros’s political adviser Michael Vachon said his boss “has been a consistent donor to Democratic causes, but this year the political stakes are exceptionally high.” Vachon added: “They were high even before Trump became the nominee because of the hostility on the other side toward many of the issues George cares most about and has worked to support for many years, including immigration reform, criminal justice reform and religious tolerance.” …

[T]hough Soros backed Barack Obama over Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, he quickly soured on the Democratic president, who he felt was insufficiently aggressive in pursuing liberal priorities.

Why Obama’s half brother Malik Obama is voting for Donald Trump

Why Obama’s half brother Malik Obama is voting for Donald Trump, by AAP.

PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the US election in November because he likes the candidate and he is unhappy with his brother’s leadership.

Malik, who is in his 50s, told Reuters by phone from Obama’s ancestral home of Kogelo in western Kenya that he supports Trump’s policies, especially his focus on security.

“He appeals to me and also I think that he is down to earth and he speaks from the heart and he is not trying to be politically correct. He’s just straightforward,” he said. …

Trump’s stance against Muslims coming in to the United States was understandable even to Muslims like himself, Malik said. “I’m a Muslim, of course, but you can’t have people going around just shooting people and killing people just in the name of Islam,” he said.

hat-tip Matthew

How Angela Merkel’s open-door immigration policy protects Germany from terrorism in the long-run

How Angela Merkel’s open-door immigration policy protects Germany from terrorism in the long-run, by Robert Verkaik in the Independent (a very PC newspaper in the UK).

By showing compassion to hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees, the German Chancellor has sent a message to the world that Germany is not at war with Islam.

More importantly, this means that the vast majority of Muslims resident in Germany have every reason to cooperate with the security services in the fight against terrorism.

This is not something that can be said of the marginalised and radicalised Muslim communities of the run-down suburbs of Brussels or Paris which breed and harbour terrorist networks.

The key to beating terrorism is winning the hearts and minds of Muslims living in the communities that are vulnerable to radicalisation by hate preachers and terror groups like Islamic State and al-Qaeda. So while Merkel’s critics have been quick to blame her for the recent attacks in Bavaria it is possible that her actions have already saved the country from the kind of organised mass-murder bomb and gun attacks which have taken place in France and Belgium. These attacks have sprung from the suburbs of Paris and Brussels which have become incubators of terrorism. The hatred and resentment which has taken hold there may take generations to overcome.

Genius. To appease the Muslims already in Germany and stop them from killing native Germans, they have to let in more Muslims. Only a billion to go. And change German life to be more compatible with seventh century Arabia.

Shows a complete lack of understanding of Islam.

Trump Urges Russia to Expose Clinton’s Personal Email

Trump Urges Russia to Expose Clinton’s Personal Email, by Ali Vitali.

Donald Trump asked Russia to help “find” the missing emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server during a Wednesday press conference here at his Florida resort.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump proposed from a podium at his Doral Resort. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” …

Trump called the idea that Russia was behind the hack and leak of Democratic National Committee emails a “total deflection” …

When asked by NBC News if it gave him pause that he was welcoming foreign, non-allied countries, Trump said that “it gives me no pause” because “if they have them, they have them.”

Trump Was Being ‘Sarcastic’ on Russia Hacking, by Phil Hesel.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump did not extend a treasonous invitation to Russia to hack Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, his top campaign aide said Wednesday night — he was just kidding.

Paul Manafort said on Fox News that Trump was speaking “in a sarcastic way” when he invited the Russian government to look for Clinton’s “missing” emails.

Trump’s invitation sparked a firestorm of criticism and was made amid speculation that the Russian government is behind the release of Democratic National Committee emails ahead of this week’s convention.

Trolling at the highest level.

UPDATE: The emails in the news again, by Lion of the Blogosphere.

Mainstream media shilling for Hillary response: Oh my god, Trump is asking the commies to commit “ESPIONAGE.”

The emails were deleted. That means, if the Russians have them, then the espionage was committed in the past. So Trump is NOT asking the Russians to commit new espionage, he is asking them to come clean and share the results of espionage they committed in the past. If Putin and the KGB already know what’s in Hillary’s deleted emails, then why shouldn’t the American people?