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Are Nigerian Christian Lives Not Worth Mentioning?

 

I couldn’t even find a mention of what is going on in Nigeria to the Christians there on any of the mainstream media websites. I am fascinated that a lone gunman kills worshipers at a mosque in New Zealand and there is a national conversation about violence against Muslims in the United States. But the premeditated hunting of Christians in Nigeria isn’t even worth a blurb? I typed in “Nigeria” at the CNN website and the first thing that came up was “Greta Thunberg inspires global climate protest.”

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see not all Democrats have lost their minds after Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet begs 2020 candidates not to campaign on expanding the Supreme Court. They also hammer Beto O’Rourke and other liberals for using the New Zealand mosque massacre to push a ban on the AR-15. And they defend Chelsea Clinton after progressives accuse her of facilitating the New Zealand massacre with her critique of Rep. Ilhan Omar. 

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America recoil at the mass murder of 49 Muslims in New Zealand, the radical manifesto that came with it, and the aggravating tendency of politicians and activists to claim instantly that an attack vindicates their existing political positions. They also slam Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for mocking the idea of “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of these horrible events and then claiming she really said it to attack the NRA for carnage in New Zealand. And they have fun with Howard Schultz suggesting he would not sign any legislation as president that did not have bipartisan support or nominate any Supreme Court justice who couldn’t get two-thirds support in the Senate.

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Ahmari reviews The Corrosion of Conservatism

 

Sohrab Ahmari, an Iranian immigrant, provides both an excellent critique of Max Boot’s new book (The Corrosion of Conservatism) and of western liberalism in general. A long excerpt with bolding added: More

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Islamic Scholar: No Western Country Has Successfully Integrated Muslims

 

With all the talk about Rep. Ilhan Omar, I wanted to add this to the discussion The Islamic scholar is Ruud Koopmans, and his Wikipedia entry says this about him: He “is a Dutch professor of sociology at the Humboldt University in Berlin and director of the department “Migration, Integration and Transnationalization” at the Wissenschaftszentrum […]

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“The Pope? How Many Divisions Has He Got?”

 

‘The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” was the reply from Josef Stalin to French Foreign Minister Pierre Laval on May 13, ,1935 when Mr. Laval suggested that Stalin should stop the persecution of Russian Catholics.

Questions have been raised about the response of Pope Francis to the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis created first by Hugo Chavez, and now furthered by Nicolas Maduro. A letter to Nicolas Maduro from Pope Francis was leaked to the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera. The source of the leak has not been revealed, but it is doubtful that a Maduro loyalist was the source of the leak.

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Things That Matter

 

I took this photo a week ago, as I was walking through the Catia barrio in central Caracas. The man sitting in the trash had put thin rolls of paper up his nose as not to smell the rotten food that he was eating, and those around him are so used to this image that they simply walk on by.

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Hatred/Bigotry at the Top of Fox News this morning

 

The question is, whose? “We Can Do Better” More

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Conflict in Haiti and the Venezuelan Connection

 

We received an email from a leader of a Christian ministry in Haiti. The main message concerned the death of a child of one of the Haitian pastors, but I thought that some here would appreciate the general news regarding Haiti and its connection to Venezuela which I have not seen covered in the news.

As has been mentioned by Pastor Daniel, life has been very difficult in Haiti this last month. Frustration with government officials has been brewing. The main reason for the conflict in Haiti was the participation in the Venezuelan oil-purchasing program Petrocaribe.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the sudden political turmoil for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after his former attorney general says Trudeau told her go easy on a major business that was under investigation and then removed her as attorney general when she refused. They also have fun as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi berates moderate House Democrats for siding with Republicans on multiple motions to recommit and warns that they’ll get less help from the party in 2020 if they don’t vote the way she wants. And they slam their heads against their desks as Roy Moore considers another run for the Senate seat he lost in 2017.

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Trump’s Fatal Attraction

 

The good news is that the Trump/Kim summit in Hanoi did not result in a deal – because any deal would be nothing but a scam perpetrated by Kim Jung Un. Selling the same rug repeatedly is a North Korean specialty. The Kim dynasty inked agreements to denuclearize in 1985, 1992, 1994, 2005, 2007, and 2012. You’ve seen the results. Pyongyang violated every one, and marched inexorably toward nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology. It’s bad enough to confront the prospect of a nuclear-armed North Korea, it would be worse to, in effect, subsidize it, which is all that was on offer.

Why would Kim give up his nukes? To get American aid to improve his economy? Fantasy. He runs a prison state that actually exports slaves to countries like China, Kuwait, and Qatar. His goal is not to develop the economy, but to remain firmly in power and to conquer South Korea. He saw what happened to Muamar Qaddafi when he gave up his nuclear program, and to Saddam Hussein who only pretended to be working on one.

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Daniel Foster of National Review Online and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see President Trump walk away with no deal with Kim Jong-Un rather than give in to Kim’s thoroughly unacceptable demands. They also slam Trump for taking Kim “at his word” that he knew nothing about the horrific treatment of American Otto Warmbier in a North Korean prison and that Trump made some nuclear concessions even before beginning talks. And they have fun with the news that media darling Beto O’Rourke is likely to run for president.

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Pakistan Shoots Down Indian Jets

 

So far, two jets have been destroyed near the India/Pakistan border and airlines are suspending all flights. This could be pretty awful. Despite the fact that both sides seem evenly matched in the Kashmir conflict, the India/Pakistan war could erupt and we could see a limited exchange of nuclear weapons.

The problem for Pakistan is that they lack strategic depth. If a war happens, their plan involves invading India and trying to gain enough territory to force concessions. India knows this and has prepared broad defenses. It hopes to draw Pakistan in, run up against the Indian defenses, then go on the offensive and drive deep into Pakistan itself. That’s when the nukes get involved, if India takes too much territory and threatens the integrity of Pakistan.

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The Case Against Hoda Muthana, the ISIS Bride Who Wants to Return to the US

 

A few days ago I posted an exhortation on not allowing ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, who claims to be an American citizen, back into the country. PJ Media created a timeline of events that surround Muthana. It’s called “The Chilling Timeline of the ISIS Bride Who Wants to Return,” written by Claudia Rosett. Someone had to do it. Most of the mainstream media don’t follow up on things that might upset liberal constituencies. I thought this passage struck home on the media’s lapse and deserves quoting:

In the media coverage of this case, all that bloody record of deliberately inflicted human agony seems to have faded into some remote and misty past, summarized in maybe a sentence or two — or symbolized on the TV news by short video clips of ISIS fighters waving black flags and shooting guns, with no obvious target. As far as I’m aware, no media outlet has so far juxtaposed an interview of Hoda Muthana with such signature ISIS footage as videos of American hostages, on their knees, about to be beheaded by ISIS; or that young Jordanian pilot burned alive in a cage.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America recoil at the Trump world sleaze revealed by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen in his testimony to Congress, but also realize he’s the least credible witness Congress could have called on the subject. They also worry about escalating tension between nuclear powers India and Pakistan after Pakistan claims to shoot down two Indian military planes. And they get a kick out of the House Democrats having to adjourn their own hearing on climate change denial because not enough of them attended.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America lament the Democratic derailing of the Born Alive Act that would have required doctors to provide care for babies who survive failed abortions. They also defend Univison’s Jorge Ramos as he is detained in Venezuela after confronting Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro over his violent and corrupt record. And they are frustrated by Bernie Sanders offering very weak criticism of the Maduro regime while he often passionately condemns American business.

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Jihadis who want to return home.

 

I’m sure there have been plenty of Jihadis over the years that decided the going wasn’t worth the sacrifice, but now that the Iraq and Syria conflicts are winding down there have been a slew of them: Hoda Muthana, Shamima Begum; Safiya Zaynab, Shabina Aslam, Alireza Sabar; Mohammed Ali; Sufyan Mustafa. You can Google these […]

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Stephen Cohen on the Sovietization of America

 

Stephen Cohen is a man of the Left (his wife is editor of the Nation). But he has been decrying the Mueller investigation and the criminalization of political differences. He was especially eloquent last night on The John Batchelor Show. He talked about how the MSM’s refusal to discuss inconsistencies with the Russian collusion narrative […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump for demanding that California return the $2.5 billion it received from the federal government for its high-speed railway after the project was dramatically scaled back. They also raise their eyebrows at Arizona’s plans to collect the DNA of state residents and charge them a fee to do so. And they explain that while our society is very forgiving, it might be asking a bit much to welcome back an ISIS propagandist with open arms. 

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ISIS Mother Pleads to Return—to Alabama

 

We knew this would happen. All the men and women who were excited about fighting for ISIS wanted to be involved with the ISIS cause and they went to fight in Syria. And now one of them wants to come home with her child.

Hoda Muthana went to Syria in 2014; she was one of 1,500 foreign women and the only American staying in a Kurdish-run refugee camp. She was married three times and widowed twice. And now she has an 18-month old son. She is asking to return to the United States.

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