Our Responsibility to Criticize Islam

A must read!
If you can’t criticize a belief system because it would hurt the feelings of people who subscribe to that system, then we were wrong to criticize Nazism, Communism, and Japanese imperialism. Ordinarily, we refrain from criticizing other religions. Such a live-and-let-live approach is generally sensible, but when the other religion takes the attitude that you must either convert, submit, or die, then live-and-let-live is no longer an option. That is the position that we are in with regard to Islam. And it is suicidal to pretend that things are otherwise.

John Kerry to Deliver Major Address on Israel on Wednesday

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“Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes — President Barack Obama’s alter ego on controversial international issues, from Benghazi to the Iran deal to the Cuba “normalization” — told Israel’s Channel 2 (via CNN) that Kerry “will give a speech in which he lays out a comprehensive vision for how he sees the conflict being resolved.”


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January 15: 70 Nations Gather In Paris To Discuss Creation Of A Palestinian State

On January 15th, representatives from 70 different countries will gather in Paris, France for an unprecedented global conference.  The stated goal of this conference is to promote a “two-state solution” as the way that lasting peace will be brought to the Middle East.  In Israel, there is a tremendous amount of concern that whatever is agreed upon at this conference will immediately be used as the basis for a UN Security Council resolution that would permanently divide the land of Israel and create a Palestinian state.

But things would have to move very rapidly in order for that to happen, because Barack Obama’s time in the White House comes to an end on January 20th, and Donald Trump has already made it exceedingly clear that he would never support such a resolution.The UN Security Council resolution that was passed on Friday was one of the most significant events that we have witnessed in decades.  Resolution 2334 made all Israeli settlements in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem illegal, it set the 1967 ceasefire lines as the border between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and it granted every single inch of East Jerusalem to the Palestinians.  But it stopped short of giving official UN Security Council recognition to a Palestinian state, and that is why this conference on January 15th is so important.On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will lay out a plan which many believe will serve as the blueprint for the upcoming conference in Paris.  This is something that I discussed yesterday.  Apparently Kerry has been working on this for quite some time, and according to the Times of Israel, Jewish officials are fearful that he may propose something drastic…

Source: Circle January 15th: 70 Nations Will Gather In Paris To Discuss The Creation Of A Palestinian State

The Great “Fake News” Scare Of 1530

As a result, on January 13, 1535, the French King Francis I signed into law the death penalty by hanging for using a printing press at all. Yes, you read that right: there was a death penalty for making unauthorized copies. The justification for the law, as still readable in the preserved logs from 1535, was to “prevent the spread of misinformation and false news”.

So the gatekeepers of knowledge and culture in 1530, on losing their gatekeeper position over the narrative, didn’t counter with higher-quality reporting, but instead attacked the technology enabling competition, calling it out as spreading misinformation and irresponsible fake reports. Does any of this seem… familiar?The law was a complete fiasco. Once people had learned to read competing reporting, there was no unlearning it. The law was repealed shortly thereafter. England went another route to prevent the success of the printing press by establishing a censorship regime with printing monopolies, known as copyright, but that’s a story for another day.

Source: The Great “Fake News” Scare Of 1530

North Korea ‘racing ahead’ on nuclear plan, defector says

Political uncertainty in the United States and in South Korea could give North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “an apt time” to develop nuclear weapons “at all costs by the end of 2017,” a high-profile North Korean diplomat who recently defected to South Korea said Tuesday.”Due to domestic political procedures, North Korea calculates that South Korea and the US will not be able to take physical or military actions to deter North Korea’s nuclear development,” Thae Yong-ho, formerly No. 2 at the North Korean Embassy in London, said in a news briefing, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

Thae said Kim has no plans to give up the country’s nukes even if he is offered huge sums of money, saying the leader is “racing ahead with nuclear development after setting up a plan to develop it (nuclear weapons) at all costs by the end of 2017.”President-elect Donald Trump signaled last week that he will look to “strengthen and expand” the US’s nuclear capability, tweeting, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” Trump’s comments came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin also pledged to enhance his country’s nuclear forces.What could Trump do about North Korea? 02:29Pyongyang will try to open dialogue with Seoul and Washington’s new administrations as a nuclear-possessing state, Thae predicted of the North’s strategy to obtain a nuclear power status.Until then, North Korea will continue to launch military provocations and conduct nuclear tests in a bid to frustrate Seoul and Washington’s sanctions-concentrated policy towards Pyongyang, Thae said.”North Korea believes that relentless provocations must shift new (South Korean and US) governments’ policy lines into more stability-focused ones,” he said according to the Yonhap News Agency, one of the few outlets allowed into the briefing.North Korea has recently stipulated a dual nuclear-economic development policy to be part of the ruling party’s official platform, but in reality, the decision puts nuclear development at the top priority, he said.”Following the ruling party congress in May, Kim Jong-un made it a party policy to finish nuclear development within the earliest time possible,” he told the news agency.Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in October that it’s a “lost cause” to try to get North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons.”They are under siege and they are very paranoid. So the notion of giving up their nuclear capability, whatever it is, is a nonstarter with them,” Clapper said in remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. “The best we could probably hope for is some sort of a cap.”US intel chief: North Korea will never give up nukesTuesday was Thae’s first appearance to the media since he escaped his post in London to take refuge in South Korea along with his wife and two sons in July.Educated overseas and having spent decades at foreign posts, the 55-year-old Thae becomes one of the highest-ranking North Korean officials yet known to have defected to the South though some senior-level defections are not known to the public as well.He plans to join a South Korean national security think tank starting next year as a researcher.South Korea’s National Assembly impeached President Park Geun-hye earlier this month over a corruption scandal. It’s now up to the country’s Constitutional Court to deliberate the impeachment motion, a process that could take up to 180 days. Park said last month that she would resign if “the National Assembly sets a path for the stable transition of power.”CNN’s Ryan Browne and Jennifer Rizzo contributed to this report.

Source: North Korea ‘racing ahead’ on nuclear plan, defector says – CNNPolitics.com

Putin Calls Out Obama at UN: Do You Realize What You Have Done? 

From Putin’s UN speech:Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence, poverty and social disaster — and nobody cares a bit about human rights, including the right to life. I cannot help asking those who have forced that situation: Do you realize what you have done?”

A report at Jihad Watch answers:No, they don’t realize what they have done, and they’re poised to do more of it. And those of us who warned at the time that the “Arab Spring” would not lead to “the triumph of democracy and progress,” but to “violence, poverty and social disaster,” were dismissed and derided as racist, bigoted “Islamophobes.” And no matter how often the establishment analysts get things wrong, and disastrously, and fatally so, they never get called to account, and keep applying the same failed solutions.

Source: Putin Calls Out Obama at UN: Do You Realize What You Have Done? – Truth And Action

Democrats Have Lost 1,030 Seats in Obama’s Presidency

the Democrats have lost 1,030 seats across the board since Obama took office in January 2008. This includes seats in state’s houses and senates, governorships, and Congress.The 2016 elections became the final nail in the coffin. Everyone needs to look beyond President-elect Donald Trump because after the election, the Democrats now “hold the governor’s office and both legislative chambers in just five coastal states: Oregon, California, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware.”Now Republicans have hold on all three roles in 25 states, especially in flyover country.Funny thing is, the signs floated in front of the Democrats from the very beginning. Obama took oath with a Democrat majority in both the House and Senate. But that did not last very long:To be sure, the president’s party almost always loses seats in midterm elections. But, according to experts, Obama’s tenure has marked the greatest number of losses under any president in decades.‘Obama just figured his important actions on policies like immigration and health care would solidify support, but that hasn’t really materialized,’ said Daniel Galvin, a political science professor at Northwestern University and the author of a book on presidential party building.‘He’s done basically the minimal amount of party building, and it’s been insufficient to help the party.’During his year-end press conference, he admitted that he did not do enough to build the party. He said that “it’s kind of hard to do when you’re also dealing with a whole bunch of issues here in the White House.”Ire grew within Congressional Democrats and those at the state level because he refused “to do the typical Washington schmoozing” while not always endorsing down-ballot candidates “and inability to parlay Organizing for action, his grassroots organization, into a significant force.”

Source: Democrats Have Lost 1,030 Seats in Obama’s Presidency