Saturday, April 30, 2016

DHS Fires ICE Whistleblower After Offering Her $100,000 To Keep Quiet

DHS Fires ICE Whistleblower After Offering Her $100,000 To Keep Quiet 

The administration’s contempt for whistleblowers was on full display in it’s treatment of a brave ICE agent who took a stand for our country’s immigration laws.

Thinking she was doing the responsible thing by going to Congress to voice her complaints, the Department of Homeland Security unceremoniously dismissed ICE Special Agent Taylor Johnson. Her dismissal comes in the wake of revelations that the department was leaking information to newspapers to tarnish Johnson’s image.

DHS’ conduct must have been extremely bad for them to not only do that, but to also offer her a $100,000 severance package, provided she did not discuss her case publicly any further. Disgusted by the offer, Johnson flatly rejected it and plans to continue speaking out against what she saw at ICE.
A veteran agency employee, Johnson was up on her way in the world when she incurred the wrath of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid by opposing a foreign-backed visa program. Since then, she has been hounded by administrative hassling that culminated in her dismissal this week.

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Johnson’s troubles began back in 2013, when she uncovered visa applicants from countries like China, Russia and Pakistan were being admitted into the US with little to no attempt to verify their trustworthiness. Being a model agent with many awards and no disciplinary issues, she aimed to solve the problem. But things took a turn for the worst when she crossed paths with one Cory Reid, son of the senator from Nevada.
“Despite all the media coverage of her case, including a Washington Gadflyreport that the ICE press secretary with the approval of Breasseale was peddling confidential information to discredit her in violation of the Privacy Act, Taylor is not surprised she got the boot.
‘My entire chain of command was appointed by Obama,’ she remarked. ‘They can do anything they want.’
In testimony last June to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Johnson said she was stripped of her gun and badge, without explanation, after discovering fraud and abuse.
‘Some of the violations investigated surrounding the project included bank and wire fraud, and I discovered ties to organized crime and high-ranking politicians and they received promotions that appeared to facilitate the program,’ Johnson testified.
She said that during her investigation in 2013, she ‘discovered that EB-5 applicants from China, Russia, Pakistan, Malaysia had been approved in as little as 16 days’ and that case files ‘lacked the basic and necessary law enforcement queries.’
At ICE, Johnson had amassed many awards and never had any disciplinary problems. But everything changed abruptly in 2013 when she invoked the ire of Senator Reid by holding up a visas for a foreigner investor in a Las Vegas casino represented by his son, attorney Cory Reid.
The Senator’s office complained to Johnson’s Special Agent in Charge. She was then placed on administrative leave, without explanation, on October 13, 2013.”


Friday, April 29, 2016

‘Stealth’ Water Demand Fuels Goleta Growth During Drought

Lake Shasta Water Reservoir 
April 27, 2016 By Stephen Frank

This is a new one on me.  I knew that with everything in life, there is usually a loophole, to get around the lack of common sense of government.  The folks in Goleta have figured out how to stay in business by using one of those loopholes.
“. Records show that during the moratorium, as the district urges residents — among the thriftiest in the state — to further reduce their water use in the fifth year of a severe drought, it has signed off on water service for more than 600 future homes and apartments, 165 housing units at UCSB, and a dozen homeowner swimming pools, spas, and Jacuzzis.

According to district officials, the applicants for these projects have preexisting water entitlements dating from the 1980s to 1950s — a confusing patchwork of reclaimable meters, unused permits, outstanding “will serve” letters, and historical water service agreements — that exempt them from the moratorium. The district calls it “stealth demand.”

Yup, a loophole, if you are smart enough.  Another example of government for the insiders, not the public.  Why haven’t they repealed those provisions?  Because they want them.  Government at its best, and it is bad.

Lake Shasta Water Reservoir

‘Stealth’ Water Demand Fuels Goleta Growth During Drought

Ban on New Hookups Doesn’t Apply to Developers with Historical Credit, Water District Says

By Melinda Burns, Santa Barbara Independent, 4/21/16
It was a rare victory for Goleta’s beleaguered slow-growth movement when the California Highway Patrol dropped its plans this winter for a patrol station on Hollister Avenue, near the Ellwood School.

Hundreds of west Goleta residents opposed the project, and the Goleta Water District rejected its application for water service, citing a moratorium on new connections that went into effect on October 1, 2014.

“The water district had been quite firm, and I think that was a big obstacle,” said Robert Miller, an Ellwood newcomer who led the opposition. When the CHP withdrew, he said, “We were ecstatic.”

The CHP project, however, has been the exception and not the rule, as Goleta’s real estate boom continues virtually unchecked under a district-declared water shortage emergency. Records show that during the moratorium, as the district urges residents — among the thriftiest in the state — to further reduce their water use in the fifth year of a severe drought, it has signed off on water service for more than 600 future homes and apartments, 165 housing units at UCSB, and a dozen homeowner swimming pools, spas, and Jacuzzis.

According to district officials, the applicants for these projects have preexisting water entitlements dating from the 1980s to 1950s — a confusing patchwork of reclaimable meters, unused permits, outstanding “will serve” letters, and historical water service agreements — that exempt them from the moratorium. The district calls it “stealth demand.”
“It’s factored into our plan for future build-out,” said Ryan Drake, district water supply and conservation manager. “It’s not a new entitlement. It’s additional demand we’re obligated to serve and can’t cut off.”

Even in a severe drought? asks Donna Hone, who served on the district board for 10 years in the 1970s and ‘80s.
“They have absolutely run amok,” Hone said. “We have no water, and they are handing out will-serve letters like popcorn. They’re putting us in a huge deficit position. Where is the water coming from? It really is alarming.”

During the last water moratorium in the Goleta Valley, from 1972-1996, with a few voter-approved exceptions, the district halted new hookups and stopped processing applications.
“We declared an emergency, and there was no way we could lift the restrictions on new connections,” Hone said.

In the current drought, the only other South Coast water agency to declare a moratorium is the Montecito Water District. It has made one exception to a ban on new hookups now in its third year: The Miramar hotel developer was allowed to install new meters to comply with fire regulations.
In 1991, at the end of the last drought, Goleta Valley voters approved a ballot measure requiring their district to halt new water connections whenever it cut back its allocation from Lake Cachuma, the main water supply for the South Coast. The current moratorium was triggered when all South Coast water agencies agreed to a 55 percent cut, beginning October 1, 2014. By then, the lake was two-thirds empty.

During this moratorium, the district has placed a few projects on hold, including Kenwood Village, for 60 homes on Calle Real; and Ocean Meadows, for 60 homes on Whittier Drive. At the same time, it has confirmed water service based on historical credit for such projects as the Old Town Village (175 apartments and a community center near Hollister Avenue, approved by the city last fall); Willow Springs Heritage Ridge (360 apartments near Los Carneros Road, now under city review) and Shelby, (60 luxury homes on a former avocado orchard at Cathedral Oaks Road, also under city review).

Other applications accepted by the district during the moratorium include Paradiso and Tomate Canyon (nine luxury homes and guest houses at the end of Hollister Avenue, now under county review); the I.V. Mixed Use project (27 apartments, 15 hotel rooms. and 7,000 square feet of retail space at 928 Embarcadero del Norte in Isla Vista); and the San Joaquin Apartments (165 units of UCSB housing under construction on Storke Road).

In all, Drake said, 915 acre-feet of unused stealth demand is still outstanding in the valley. UCSB can lay claim to more than half of it through a 1973 permit with the district and a water agreement with the Bishop Ranch. Another 40 percent is pledged to two dozen landowners who, in the 1980s, were allowed to trade agricultural wells and private mutual water companies for guaranteed district allocations in what is now western Goleta. All of the wells failed.

“We find ourselves obligated by a variety of water agreements, or contracts, written over the 75-year history of the district,” said Goleta water board President Lauren Hanson. “Some of those are ones we certainly wouldn’t write today.”

Records show the district has accepted applications for more than 150 acre-feet of stealth demand — not much, Drake said, compared to 10,100 acre-feet that the district’s 87,000 customers are projected to use this year.
“It’s a negligible difference in terms of overall supply,” he said.

But tell that to residents who have drastically cut back on flushing, showering, laundering, and watering as the drought drags on and Cachuma is stuck below 15 percent capacity. Goleta Valley residents in February averaged 51 gallons per capita per day, well under the state average of 67 gallons.
“Developers get to make a nice profit while we sit here and watch our plants die and worry about taking a shower,” said Barbara Massey, a member of the Westside Goleta Coalition and Goodland Coalition, both slow-growth advocacy groups. “It’s really very discouraging. I don’t think the water district is doing as good a job as they should. There’s a real temptation among some people to say, ‘Why should I save water for them?’”

Last month, the City of Goleta reported that 16 projects have been approved or are under construction, largely in western Goleta, for a total of two new hotels, one assisted living facility, 1,101 homes and apartments, and 452,500 square feet of commercial space. An additional 500 residential units and 195,000 square feet of commercial space are under review. That’s in addition to 200 homes that were built in Goleta last year.

Goleta “The Good Land” is fast becoming Goleta “The Crowded Land,” residents say.

“This is a semi-arid area and can’t support all of this population,” said Bob Harris, a long-timer who wistfully recalls when “there was still some countryside here.”
“The drought took out my grass — it’s just a mish-mash of weeds,” he said. “They have the audacity to tell everyone to conserve, yet they go right on building.”
Drake and Hanson say the building boom is out of the district’s hands.
“We’re not the growth agency, we’re the water agency,” Drake said. “We don’t approve the projects.”

Yet in September 2013, when Cachuma was half empty and other South Coast agencies favored an across-the-board cut in allocations, the Goleta Water District said no, effectively delaying its moratorium for a year. The district said it was protecting its customers’ pocketbooks: Cachuma is its cheapest water source. But the decision also spurred a rush on water service applications — 21 in all — as the lake level continued to drop. The district collected $2.6 million in new water supply charges from these applicants in 2014, right up to the October 1 deadline.

In the pre-moratorium rush, the district signed off on water service for such projects as the Village at Los Carneros (465 units of affordable housing under construction off Los Carneros), Cavaletto Tree Farm (134 homes under construction at 555 Las Perlas Drive), Mariposa at Ellwood Shores (assisted living for 90 seniors at 7760 Hollister, since approved by the city), and Cortona Apartments (176 affordable rentals at 6830 Cortona Drive, also approved by the city).

The water service for much of the recent development under construction, approved or under review in the City of Goleta, including the Village at Los Carneros, Cortona Apartments, Old Town Village, Cavaletto Tree Farm, and Willow Springs Heritage Ridge, is based on the old well exchanges. The wells still are not in use today: The water quality is poor.
In the late 1980s, Citizens for Goleta Valley, a slow-growth advocacy group, filed a lawsuit against some of the well owners, and lost. An appeals court ruled in 1991 that “whether the District ultimately ‘got the short end of the stick’ from their bargain is irrelevant to the issue of legality of the Agreements at the time they were executed.”

Said Drake, “People have suggested that we could choose not to honor these agreements. That would be a foolish choice.”

But Russell Ruiz, the district general counsel from 1991-2007, believes there were other options.

“They could have said they wouldn’t activate any new meters until the drought is over,” he said. “They could have stopped all the building at UCSB, too. We have all this massive construction going on, and we are running out of water.”

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hall of Fame Coach John Madden Dead At 78

NFL fans cover your eyes, Super Bowl winning head coach John Madden was found this morning dead at his Pleasanton, California home.

Paramedics responded to a call made early this morning and found the 78 year old Hall-of-Fame coach sitting upright on his couch with a microphone in his hand.  The Pleasantville Medical Examiner has not released the cause of death but no foul play is suspected.

Madden was highly known for his Super Bowl win and his 77% win percentage (best win percentage coaching over 100 games).  Many know about the legacy he formed at Oakland. He was also a broadcaster for NBC alongside Al Michaels and a pro football video game was named after him. Earlier this year a reporter asked him if he would ever coach for the Raiders again, he just responded with ” I don’t think I’d coach any team”.

EA sports have already reported that they will be cashing in on Madden’s death with a special commemorative edition of their popular Madden football game with a “John Madden 78″ edition this summer.

“There’s no better way for us to pay tribute to John than to make a ton of money off his death,” said EA Sports representative Joseph Goldsmith.  ”We’ve already signed a contract with Frank Caliendo to continue to do the voice for the game, and at half the price that’s great news for us.”

 A statement and press conference for Oakland’s front office has been scheduled tomorrow.

John Madden is dead at the age of 78.

Christians Bloodied by Stone-Throwing Muslims… In Michigan



Don’t let anyone tell you that Muslim “no-go zones” are a figment of your imagination, because they’re quite real and they’re happening all over the world and have even been spotted right here in the United States of America.

Recently, a group of Christians filed a First Amendment complaint with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit over an incident that took place at the annual Arab International Festival in our very own domesticMuslim stronghold of Dearborn, Mich.

Ruben Israel, the leader of a group of Christian protesters who were exercising their right to Freedom of Assembly during the Muslim festival were stoned and attacked as they approached the large gathering of Muslims. The group were merely holding signs and protesting peacefully and the attacks were unprovoked.

What makes the situation worse and also proves that many of America’s law enforcement officers are scared to interject in areas and gatherings that are populated by Muslims is that the Wayne County sheriff’s deputies that were there for security stood by and watched while the Christians were attacked with stones and bottles, even cutting many of the protesters’ faces and bodies. (H/T WND)

That’s not hearsay, either. It was all caught on camera. The Wayne County police did absolutely nothing while the angry Muslims attacked peaceful Christian protesters right in front of their eyes.

Israel begged the deputies to enforce the law, but their only response was that the Christian group leave or face arrest.
Is this America?

Robert J. Muise, senior counsel for the AFLC, said in a statement, “Whether you agree or disagree with the Christians’ message, there is one issue to which there is no dispute: no citizen should be stoned in a city street in America for exercising his constitutional right to freedom of speech.”

We literally couldn’t agree more.

 As the Muslim-controlled no-go zones crop up in the most unexpected places, Americans need to be on high alertand totally aware of your neighborhoods and surroundings. The last thing you need is to take the family for a walk in the park only to find out it’s a Muslim-only hang-out.

—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune

Conservative Free Speech Survives Attack by AG Harris

April 27, 2016 By Alex Tomescu
Photo courtesy of Steve Rhodes, flickr
Photo courtesy of Steve Rhodes, flickr
California Attorney General Kamala Harris, in an attempt to burnish her credentials as the liberal successor to Senator Barbara Boxer, has continued the Left’s long tradition of harassment of private citizens when their political views are not aligned with the progressive agenda. Since 2013, Ms. Harris has demanded that national nonprofits turn over their IRS Form 990 Schedule B lists, which gives the names and addresses of donors who contribute $5,000 or more per year. This assault on free speech and democracy was thwarted last Thursday, when a federal judge issued a permanent injunction against Ms. Harris’ order that the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a well-known nonprofit dedicated to free market principles, turn over its list of major donors or stop soliciting contributions in California.
Under current law, nonprofits like the AFP Foundation, are required to file the Form 990 Schedule B identifying major donors with the IRS. The IRS, in turn, is supposed to keep that form confidential. Anyone familiar with the machinations of President Obama’s politicized IRS and the actions of Lois Lerner are well aware of how seriously the IRS considers the confidentiality of private citizens. These nonprofits are also required to register with the state of California, but never before have they been required to submit the IRS forms in California. The AFP Foundation, along with numerous other nonprofit groups, challenged Ms. Harris’ demands in court, and won a significant victory for the First Amendment principles of free speech and free association.

U.S. District Court Judge Manuel L. Real, in his 12-page ruling, stated that “setting aside the Attorney General failure to establish a substantial relationship between her demand for AFP’s Schedule B and a compelling government interest, AFP would independently prevail… because it has proven that disclosing its Schedule B to the Attorney General would create a burden on its First Amendment rights.” In other words, notwithstanding Ms. Harris’ inability to adequately explain why the government needs these records, the resultant chilling effect on free speech that the records demand would ensure, were enough to convince the judge that a permanent injunction against the Attorney General’s order was necessary to protect AFP’s First Amendment rights.

Ms. Harris’ office maintained that the information was required for compliance with California tax law. However, California law already provides the power to obtain donor information via subpoena – in the event that the nonprofit is being investigated for wrongdoing. Nowhere in Ms. Harris’ demands for this donor information was there an indication that any wrongdoing occurred; rather Ms. Harris was advancing the Democrats’ tactic of publicly outing political opponents so that they can be subject to intimidation and retaliation by government officials and the liberal media, to the point where renouncing their views or shrinking away from the public debate are the only available options.
Not so long ago, dissent was considered “the highest form of patriotism.” Now, Democrats are no longer satisfied with personal attacks in the vein of comparing climate change skeptics to Holocaust deniers, or forcing the resignation of business executives for holding unfashionable social views (regardless of their adoption of corporate policies that run counter to those personal views). The latest strategy is to criminalize dissent – witness the actions of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, joined by other Democratic attorneys general, who is attempting to coerce certain energy firms to submit to the current climate change consensus through the threat of investigations and possible fraud and racketeering charges. In another time (and under Republican administrations), the use of prosecutorial powers as a political cudgel would send liberals into convulsions of rage, intoning about dark, Nixonian tactics or vague insinuations of the impending theocracy.

Now, while these maneuvers by Democratic attorneys general will likely not end in prosecution for those energy firms, they do fall in line with what Ms. Harris is attempting here in California, specifically an attempt to suppress and silence their political opponents. That is why the decision last week in federal court was so important to not only AFP, but to the preservation of a free and robust political debate in California and across America. Private citizens should be emboldened to participate in public policy debates, and if their preferred method of civic engagement is a financial donation to an organization with the time and resources to advance certain policies, then those citizens should be able to exercise that right without fear of retribution from government officials.

Kamala Harris will no doubt continue to attempt to curtail the First Amendment should she succeed Barbara Boxer in the Senate – that is where Harry Reid spends his time trying to police political speech, when he is not busy getting into, and losing, fights with exercise equipment. But last Thursday’s decision should serve as a reminder to Ms. Harris that politicians should strive to protect the First Amendment rights of the citizens that they serve, not attempt to intimidate them into silence. Hopefully, AFP and other civic-minded organizations will use this resounding victory to continue to remind her and others of that fact.

Alexander Tomescu is an associate attorney at Wewer & Lacy, LLP, focusing in the practice of election and campaign law.

FBI Agent Says U.S. Has Terror Evidence Against Islamic Group CAIR



Even as the director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) scolded Americans for being “partially” responsible for the cold-blooded slaughter of 14 by ISIS supporters, a veteran FBI agent has revealed that the United States Department of Justice has chosen to pass on terrorism charges against the Muslim group.
John Guandolo, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Army Ranger School who has acquired an impressive record of service in the war on terror serving in the field as a Marine commander in Iraq before joining the counter-terrorism division of the FBI investigating U.S. front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, has published a book based on those experiences, “Raising a Jihadi Generation: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in America.”

In the text, Guandolo says, “There is enough evidence to indict CAIR, but the government chose not to do so at this time.”

The counter-terrorism expert who served on the FBI’s SWAT team and received the “Defender of the Homeland” award by United States Sens. Joseph Lieberman and John Kyl, states, “CAIR is Hamas.”

Guandolo says that President Obama’s administration has deliberately refrained from addressing the roots and activities of CAIR despite the naming of the Muslim group as an unindicted co-conspirator for its participation in meetings with the Holy Land Foundation, five officials of which were convicted of funneling $12.4 million to the Palestinian terror organization, Hamas.

The FBI terminated relations with CAIR as a result of its close affiliation with Hamas.

Secret Service logs reveal that CAIR officials have been welcomed at the Obama White House, and the group has many political supporters among Washington D.C. Democrats.
Guandolo said, “people advising us are the leaders of the organizations that are Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, al-Qaeda who are necessarily hostile to our system, our war fighting, our way of life. That’s the problem.”

CAIR continues to deny any ties to terrorism and accuses Guandolo of being an “Islamophobe.”



“Destroying America will be the culmination of my life’s work.” George Soros

 Monday, August 27, 2012 

György Schwartz…
better known to the world as… George Soros,
Soros was born August 12, 1930 in Hungary. Soros’ father, Tivadar, was a fervent practitioner of Esperanto—a language invented in 1887, and designed to be the first global language, free of any national identity.

The Schwartz’s, who were non-practicing Jews, changed the family name to Soros, in order to facilitate assimilation into the gentile population, as the Nazis spread into Hungary during the 1930s. Soros is an Esperanto word meaning “to soar.”

In 1944 Hitler’s henchman Adolf Eichmann arrived in Hungary, to oversee the murder of that country’s Jews. The Soros children were all given fake identity papers, and were shipped out to various Christian families. George Soros ended up with a man whose job was confiscating property from the Jewish population. Soros went with him on his rounds.

Soros has repeatedly called 1944 “the best year of his life.”
In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Joshua Muravchik notes that, “70% of Mr. Soros’s fellow Jews in Hungary, nearly a half-million human beings, were annihilated in that year. They were dying and disappearing all around him, and their numbers no doubt included many whom he knew personally. Yet he gives no sign that this put any damper on his elation, either at the time or indeed in retrospect.”

During an interview with “Sixty Minute’s” Steve Kroft, Soros was asked about his “best year:”

KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

SOROS: Yes. Yes.

KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.

SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

KROFT: I mean, that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the

psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
SOROS: Not, not at all. Not at all.

KROFT: No feeling of guilt?


Of course he didn’t feel guilty. Soros has the moral depth of a clam. Nonetheless, he has said, “my goal is to become the conscience of the world.”

Soros told Australia’s national newspaper “The Australian”:
“America, as the centre of the globalised financial markets, was sucking up the savings of the world.

“Destroying America will be the culmination of my life’s work.”
Soros also told “The Australian” that the world financial crisis was “stimulating” and “in a way, the culmination of my life’s work.”

Stimulating. Have you found the job losses, house foreclosures, and incredible national debt—stimulating? Me neither.
Obama has recently promised 10 billion of our tax dollars to Brazil (yes, billion with a “b”), in order to give them a leg-up in expanding their offshore oil fields. Obama’s largesse towards Brazil came shortly after Soros invested heavily in Brazilian oil (Petrobras).

Tait Trussel writes, “The Petrobras loan may be a windfall for Soros and Brazil, but it is a bad deal for the U.S. The American Petroleum Institute estimates that oil exploration in the U.S. could create 160,000 new, well-paying jobs, as well as $1.7 trillion in revenues to federal, state, and local governments, all while fostering greater energy security.”
Hard working, honest, American taxpayers, are being treated like gullible suckers?


Jesuit Manuel Carreia: "Islam, the Worst Plague the Human Race Has EverSeen"

(Madrid) the famous astrophysicist and Jesuit, Father Manuel Carreira, has said "Islam, the worst plague that the human race has ever seen.


In an interview Carreira had indirectly responded  to a discussion on West Germany and said that one could not plausibly claim that "Islam is compatible with the rights of a European nation".

Astrophysicist and Jesuit

The Spaniard Manuel Maria Carreira Verez SJ became famous mainly as an astrophysicist, but also as a philosopher and theologian. Since 1974 he is a member of the Vatican Specula, was an employee at numerous NASA projects in the United States and taught more than 30 years at various universities, including the John Carroll University in the US and the Pontifical University of Comillas in Spain.

In an interview with El Español he addressed some current issues, including the migration crisis, the relationship between the West and Islam, and the relationship between the state and Church.

The State must preserve Christian heritage, he does not want to jeopardize its existence

"The state need not impose any specific religious behavior," but it has to be taken into account, that the Western countries are based on Christian ethics, because this has formed these States and made them what they are and what is necessary to defend.

"The Catholicity is a central key element in the development of the state", which applies to all of Western Europe. Therefore, the European countries could not accept the abolition of Christianity without putting their very existence at risk.

There is growing secularization, and this was "up to a certain point, even desirable, because religion must not be a political element." But the state has the task and duty to protect its Christian heritage as part of the common good.

Islam is "completely unable" to respect human dignity and human rights

Carreira mainly sees a threat to Western countries, and that is above all Islam. "I would say that Islam is the worst plague that  humanity has seen in the past 2000 years.". Islam is "completely unable" to develop, respect for human dignity.

For Muslims it is therefore "impossible to respect human rights and the Western tradition".

A Muslim in Europe "denies either this respect, then is an internal threat to Europe, or he accepts European thought, which means he is an unbeliever and is dead according to Islamic understanding." Either way, "there is no positive contribution by Islam to a modern society that is respectful of the fundamental rights of every human being," said Carreira.

Idea of ​​the multicultural state "an intellectual blunder"

For this reason, the astrophysicist and Jesuit sees in the idea of ​​a multicultural state an "intellectual blunder". It lacks any "reasonable relation to reality". Father Carreira said: "It seems to me that one can not plausibly claim that Islam is compatible with the rights of a European nation."

"Islam," said the Jesuit, "was created as decaffeinated Christianity because they simply have obscured what they did not understand in Christianity: one no longer talked about the Trinity, nor the incarnation of God for the simple reason that they had not understood it. "Therefore, Islam is a 7th - 9th Century developing form of "a minimalist distorted Christianity" with its "own theology," which is of a  "very simple thinking."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: InfoVaticana
Trans: Tancred

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Italian politician: If we abandon Israel, we abandon ourselves

Mara Carfagna  
 Ex-minister Mara Carfagna demands crackdown on anti-Semitism: ‘I have faith in the history, traditions, and culture of Israel.’
By Gil Ronen


Mara Carfagna, who served as Italy’s Minister for Equal Opportunity between 2008 and 2011, gave an interview in February to Italian pro-Israel website L’Informale, The interview has been picked up by the Jihad Watch blog and Hebrew-language media in recent days.

Carfagna, who was chosen by Silvio Berlusconi to head the civil and human rights section of his party, told the website she does not think Israel’s case is very hard to understand, “if you look at reality, not through the lenses of anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish prejudice.”

“I have faith in the history, traditions, and culture of Israel,” she explained. “But above all, I believe in the rights of the Jewish people. The right to claim a homeland, to live in security, not to suffer discrimination of any kind. I believe that myopic refusal to recognize the right of Israel to exist as the state of the Jews is very often linked more to prejudices than to political arguments.

“The West cannot abandon Israel, because that would mean abandoning itself,” she pressed on. “Israel is the West’s bridgehead in an area where democracy, freedom and human rights are still struggling to establish themselves... Our fundamental values ​​cannot be overshadowed or pushed aside by economic interests.”

Carfagna noted that she publicly opposed the EU decision to mark products made in Judea and Samaria. “There are many territorial disputes in the world and I do not understand what prompted the European Union to act against Israel. I saw it as discrimination, and I am notoriously against all forms of discrimination.”

Carfagna credited erstwhile leader Berlusconi with radically changing the perception of the Jewish state in Italy, abandoning the “neutral” position of his predecessors. He was the first Italian prime minister to speak to the Israeli parliament, she noted, and “on that occasion, using the beautiful term coined by Pope John Paul II on his visit to the Rome Synagogue on April 13, 1986, he referred to the Israelis as ‘our elder brothers' and called Netanyahu an 'apostle of peace.'”

Asked about anti-Semitism in Italy, she insisted that it continues to be a place where Jewish citizens feel welcome. “Our police forces and intelligence forces do great work to prevent and combat all forms of intolerance, xenophobia and anti-Semitism,” she said. “They fight every day to make us feel safe. The invaluable work they do every day, and we must constantly thank them, has made Italy into an example that is followed worldwide.”

However, she conceded, this is not the case elsewhere in Europe. “It makes me angry to know that there are European Jewish citizens who do not feel safe wearing the kippah, or that many are making Aliyah. That there are Jewish children who are afraid to go to school and Jewish institutions that are under attack. There have been several attacks in recent years, from Paris to Brussels, from Toulouse to Copenhagen. We have a duty to fight against all this and against a form of terrorism that claims to kill in God's name. There cannot be any kind of tolerance. All countries must apply the principle of zero tolerance and combat ignorance and indifference before they turn into hatred and anti-Semitism.”

Germany Orders Raids In Homes Of Citizens Writing Anti-Muslim Migrant Social Media Posts


The Berlin police have told media that they already knew of the suspects and said that many of them have what they consider a “right-extremist” background. Police spokesman Stefan Redlich said that while many of the men shared anti-Muslim migrant views, “the men do not know each other according to previous findings,” and there was no evidence of any planned conspiracy to commit crime among them.

  April 7, 2016

Police in Berlin Germany have raided ten apartments because residents may have posted ‘anti-Muslim migrant’ views online.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Germany is country that has been overrun with teeming hordes of Muslim migrants, brought in by Angela Merkel. Thousands of German citizens have been attacked, raped, assaulted and their homes vandalized. But if you dare to post the truth on social media about what is really happening in Germany, you will have your computers seized and you will be arrested. How much longer until that begins to happen here in America?
Berlin Police completed a large scale raid on internet users Wednesday. The officers ransacked ten separate apartments in the German capital in the suburbs of Spandau, Tempelhof, Marzahn, Hellersdorf and Pankow.
The force confiscated mobile phones, narcotics and weapons. Nine suspects were arrested, aged 22-58, and are accused of posting messages critical of migrants, migrant helpers and some anti-semitic slogans on social networks like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter, reports Berliner Morgenpost.



The Berlin police have told media that they already knew of the suspects and said that many of them have what they consider a “right-extremist” background. Police spokesman Stefan Redlich said that while many of the men shared anti-Muslim migrant views, “the men do not know each other according to previous findings,” and there was no evidence of any planned conspiracy to commit crime among them.

In some of the homes searched police were forced to admit they hadn’t found anything at all, but Redlich justified the raids saying they were maybe, “people who just once expressed their hate-opinion.”

One of the raids in particular was prompted by a Facebook comment to an article regarding an Afghani migrant who was shot dead at the Bulgarian border. The incident took place in October and according to Bulgarian officials it was an accident as a bullet was meant to be a warning shot but ricochet and hit him.

The post responded to the article saying that it was unfortunate too few migrants met with a similar fate, as it might scare the rest of them from coming.

Police announced that the raids show Germans that they are not as safe online as they might think. They say that anyone who says something xenophobic, spreads hate toward migrants, or shares what they consider to be xenophobic music, may be next on the list of apartments to be raided in the future.

58 police were involved in the raids and some illegal items were found in a few of the apartments. Police found one revolver handgun, though it was not mentioned if it had any ammunition or whether or not is was deactivated. They also found an air soft gun, which requires a license to own in Germany and a stun gun that appeared to be camouflaged as a flashlight.

Spokesmen Redlich also mentioned that they had found several unconstitutional symbols but did not divulge specifics. Banned symbols in Germany include Nazi era symbols like the swastika and various Nordic runes used by the Nazis during the era.

Berlin has seen a rapid increase in prosecutions for speech on the internet. In 2014 there were 196 investigations into anti-migrant and xenophobic posts, while 2015 saw 289 cases. In the last six months there have been three raids prior to this one, but so far this has been the largest in scale. Investigators have set up a special task force who work with the organization Network Against Nazis (NAN),  headed by ex-stasi agent Anetta Kahani, to monitor internet postings across Germany.

Google and Facebook have been criticized for helping the German government crack down on speech that is critical of migrants and of the policies of German chancellor Angela Merkel. The policy led to the deletion of the Facebook account of a young girl who spoke out about the migrant crisis and how she no longer felt safe walking the streets of her town.

Redlich says that the team is constantly searching YouTube, Twitter, WhatsApp and especially Facebook where most cases are pursued because users are forced to use their real names. He said the message of the raids is clear, “the internet is not above the law.”

The raids come just days after British police issued an apparently menacing tweet, warning them not to get into trouble on-line. As reported by Breitbart London, the Greater Glasgow Police offered internet users this helpful advice: “Think before you post or you may receive a visit from us this weekend. Use the internet safely. #thinkbeforeyoupost”. source

Over 300 sickened: State knew Chobani yogurt was tainted months before recall, FDA says

Whether it’s food, automobiles, consumer goods, whatever – selling deficient product and trying to cover it up usually backfires.

chobani.yogurtPeople and corporations are found out over time: so suck it up and go public early and often.
In response to continual mold problems, Chobani, the Greek yogurt people, made staff changes at its Twin Falls plant and corporate headquarters in New York, hired one new public relations firm and one advertising firm during the recall, and fired Nicki Briggs and “other in-house PR staffers” in November after “a broad refocusing of its resources.”
Chobani official said those PR changes had nothing to do with the mold outbreak and resulting recall.

Chobani may have been focusing on the wrong problem. reports the Idaho Department of Agriculture saw moldy yogurt during a routine inspection at Chobani two months before the company issued a voluntary recall, says a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report obtained by the Times-News under a Freedom of Information Act request

The state denies the FDA claim.
More than 300 people got sick after consuming the moldy Greek yogurt from Twin Falls.

The state inspection was conducted in July. But not until September did Chobani issue a voluntary recall of 35 varieties of its tainted yogurt, advising the public it was contaminated with Mucor circinelloides, a mold commonly associated with yogurt production.

A report summarizing five separate inspections by the FDA in September gives this account of the state’s inspection:
“In July the routine Grade A sampling and testing samples taken by the Idaho Department of Agriculture (ISDA) from the Chobani Idaho Inc. production were visually noted, by the laboratory technician, that surface defects were present and additional testing was conducted noting a yeast like growth developing in the yogurt samples.”

chobani-recall-2013-updateThe FDA inspections also prompted Chobani to clean various pieces of equipment at the Twin Falls facility. After some “minor deficiencies” were reported, the FDA did not issue a mandatory recall or take further action.

ISDA spokeswoman Pamela Juker said state regulators never took note of any mold during the July inspections, and she’s unsure where the FDA got its information.

“All of the raw and finished product-testing results met the requirements of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance,” Juker said. “All of the tests we’ve done met the requirements.”

Chobani repeatedly has declined to provide details on the issue. But Weber Shandwick, a third-party public relations firm, emailed a company response Wednesday.

“Our goal is to ensure our Idaho facility is not just a leader in size, but also in cleanliness, quality and safety,” a Chobani official wrote. “To accomplish this, we have brought in significant resources and are working with internal as well as outside experts to put together one of the most advanced food safety and quality systems in our industry.”

And I prefer science as an enhancement of nature.