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Leb officials apologize to US ambassador after judge issued order banning her from speaking to media
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Africa North
El-Sisi sends sharp, clear message to Turkey on Libya
[THEBAGHDADPOST] Cairo’s message to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
is very clear: Any action that threatens Libya’s security and stability is also a threat to Egypt. The flow of Ottoman Turkish-backed militias and mercenaries into Libya does not mean anything but an assault against the national security of Egypt, which requires a direct military intervention. This was the message President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi wanted to deliver to Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
and his Libyan ally Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of Tripoli
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Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Nice work, Sisi. You are Lead.
Posted by: newc || 06/28/2020 1:20 Comments || Top||

#2  threatens Libya’s security and stability

How do you threaten that which does not exist?
Posted by: AlanC || 06/28/2020 8:14 Comments || Top||

#3  "The US Ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, also attended and he said the violence currently being witnessed is increasing the chances of ISIS and al-Qaeda returning in Libya..." Would someone tell this moron that they are already there.
Posted by: b || 06/28/2020 10:05 Comments || Top||

Fifth Column
David Marcus On Tucker Carlson: ‘First They Topple The Statues, Then They Start Killing People'
[Fox] Last night on the Tucker Carlson show, hosted by Brian Kilmeade, David Marcus explained that the escalation from statues to killing people has been a universal trend. "This is not new in history. We saw this in Russia. We saw this in China. We saw this in Venezuela. First, they topple the statues, then they start killing people, and then they take your rights away..."

BLM protesters and rioters have been threatening to topple the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C. depicting Archer Alexander, a freed slave, and President Abraham Lincoln.

Kilmead asked Marcus what he thought would happen to the statue that night. Marcus confidently stated that he did not think the statues would come down, "I think that the statue is going to be fine because thankfully, both the Trump administration and law-enforcement are now doing their job as they should have been doing for the last several weeks as these statues fell."
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2020 09:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

Home Front: Politix
Politico - Donald Trump knows he's losing.
[Politico] Donald Trump knows he's losing.

The president has privately come to that grim realization in recent days, multiple people close to him told POLITICO, amid a mountain of bad polling and warnings from some of his staunchest allies that he's on course to be a one-term president.

Trump has endured what aides describe as the worst stretch of his presidency, marred by widespread criticism over his response to the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide racial unrest. His rally in Oklahoma last weekend, his first since March, turned out to be an embarrassment when he failed to fill the arena.

What should have been an easy interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday horrified advisers when Trump offered a rambling, non-responsive answer to a simple question about his goals for a second term. In the same appearance, the normally self-assured president offered a tacit acknowledgment that he might lose when he said that Joe Biden is "gonna be your president because some people don't love me, maybe."

In the hours after the interview aired, questions swirled within his inner circle about whether his heart was truly in it when it comes to seeking reelection.

Trump has time to rebound, and the political environment could improve for him. But interviews with more than a half-dozen people close to the president depicted a reelection effort badly in need of direction — and an unfocused candidate who repeatedly undermines himself.

"Under the current trajectory, President Trump is on the precipice of one of the worst electoral defeats in modern presidential elections and the worst historically for an incumbent president," said former Trump political adviser Sam Nunberg, who remains a supporter.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2020 08:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Anybody keeps count to "Donald Trump finished" headlines?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 06/28/2020 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Trump has been POTUS for 1250+ days and counting. That's 1250+ days that Hillary has not been POTUS.
Posted by: Matt || 06/28/2020 9:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Anybody have that collector's item Time rag magazine edition "Madame President"?
Posted by: Clem || 06/28/2020 10:06 Comments || Top||

#4  It does make you wonder, if he did something to reverse the polls right now he'd still leave them time for one more dirty trick before the election. Better to let it go for a bit and let them have the success now and avoid that dirty trick. Especially when the craziness really doesn't effect red counties.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/28/2020 10:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Dems will pull scorched earth policies to defeat Trump. We had to destroy the village to save it, kinda sorta.
Posted by: Clem || 06/28/2020 10:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Should've just sit quietly and build an election campaign around "Trump failed the American People but not waving a magic wand and making CV19 stop".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/28/2020 10:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Lots of battlespace preparation for the "he stole the election - again!" narrative on Nov 4.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/28/2020 10:28 Comments || Top||

#8  /\ Exackery!
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2020 10:32 Comments || Top||

#9  March of the Credentialed Morons
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/28/2020 10:51 Comments || Top||

#10  Funny how black immigrants (pick a country) strive to come to America and do [much] better in scholastic pursuits than to the self-loathing denizens of the Democratic party.
Posted by: Clem || 06/28/2020 10:54 Comments || Top||

#11  Can't be the difference between voluntary and involuntary migrants - look at Australia.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/28/2020 10:57 Comments || Top||

#12  involuntary migrants = today's average black American? Not sure I follow.
Posted by: Clem || 06/28/2020 10:59 Comments || Top||

#13  They didn't chose to go, they were brought in as slaves.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/28/2020 11:03 Comments || Top||

#14  Modern black Americans were born in the US same as I was.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/28/2020 11:08 Comments || Top||

#15  ^Yea, so?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/28/2020 11:10 Comments || Top||

#16  @ #15 - So you are comparing the introduction of blacks into the Western Hemisphere hundreds of years ago to today's modern blacks? Ancien régime = today? Hardly.
Posted by: Clem || 06/28/2020 11:13 Comments || Top||

#17  It's the genes, Albert.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/28/2020 11:14 Comments || Top||

#18  White liberals must have the same genes then.
Posted by: Clem || 06/28/2020 11:16 Comments || Top||

#19  Losing to whom? [scoffs]
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/28/2020 11:24 Comments || Top||

#20  #18 White liberals just doing what pays off - you wanna have a white collar job in modern USA (or any other western country), you better be a loud liberal.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/28/2020 11:32 Comments || Top||

#21  Trump is not losing to Joe 'Dimentia' Biden.

But I do think anyone over 70 should serve one term due to aging reasons, Anyone on the Supreme Court retires at 75 for the same reason.

The bioĺogy of the mind is not up to the high stress level at close to 80 years old. Most corp CEO's burn out at 5 years when younger.
Posted by: Crins Throlusing3119 || 06/28/2020 12:15 Comments || Top||

#22  /\ SPEAK FOR YERSELF, YOUNGSTER!!!!! I'm way over that age limit and my mind is in fine shape on the rare occasions when I call on it.

Us old peoples can handle the stress when we can remember where we put it and when we can remember if we were going up the stairs or down the stairs. AND I could sure a s heck drink you under the table if I could only remember where I put my glass.

Get some time in. Now . . . where was I going to post this????
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 06/28/2020 12:37 Comments || Top||

#23  The polls are skewed to Democrats. Jessie Waters had a presentation. The polls are not polling likely voters, are 43% Democrat, 23% Republican, and 34% "other".
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/28/2020 13:33 Comments || Top||

#24  /sarc on
I don't see why Trump is even running. Given how badly he was projected to lose last time, he doesn't have a chance.
/sarc off
Posted by: SteveS || 06/28/2020 13:38 Comments || Top||

#25  /\ No sarc here, I can't see why he hasn't just resigned and gone fishing. I wouldn't have the job up my arse.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2020 13:59 Comments || Top||

#26  Unexpectedly, Trump is a patriot. I had bet on him being better than Hillarity, but he seems to thrive where others have wilted. I am pleased.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 06/28/2020 14:06 Comments || Top||

#27  Nunberg pointed to national polls released by CNBC and New York Times/Siena over the past week showing Trump receiving below 40 percent against Biden.

Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/28/2020 16:07 Comments || Top||

#28  you better be a loud liberal

Depends on the industry, g(r)om. When you get away from the liberal arts, government and software industries, that requirement changes rapidly (unless you're in the 'Human Services Department').
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/28/2020 16:54 Comments || Top||

#29  I also said white collar, Mullah.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/28/2020 17:05 Comments || Top||

#30  #22 Canuckistan sniper. LOL. I wasn't knocking senior citizens. Towards the end of Ronald Reagan's presidency I swear I detected some wear and tear and mental fatigue. He was getting hammered hard by the Dems on the Contra affair which broke my heart to watch a fine man get treated like dirt. Out of 300 million people, I think there has to be a way to find just as good people like Trump and Reagan that are younger. Hope you find your glass!
Posted by: Crins Throlusing3119 || 06/28/2020 20:03 Comments || Top||

#31  Who uses a glass? 😁
Posted by: Clem || 06/28/2020 20:10 Comments || Top||

#32  The Dems are going all out.
1. Sending out funded and trained Antifa, BLM, and other shock troops,
2. Gaslighting the public into thinking schmuck Joe Biden is going to win although he doesn't know where he is, who is Potus, and what he is running for without coming out of his basement,
3. Publishing fake suppression poll results that show Biden winning despite his dismal turnout for a rally the only time he came out of his basement. The polls oversample Dems by about 3:1.
4. It is the Hillary 2016 playbook with a few exceptions (except for destroying monuments, burning, looting, beatings and yes even murders). You might recall that Hillary won in 2016.
5. Early destruction of Pub election materials by the USPS worker, push for mail-in votes, and the early attempts at corruption in primary and early mail-in votes.
6. Last, but not least, attempts to push and hype the pandemic to try to push mail-in voting which is easy to manipulate and corrupt.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/28/2020 23:24 Comments || Top||

#33  7. Attempts to destroy the economy.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/28/2020 23:26 Comments || Top||

America's Survival Hangs in the Balance
[PJ] How long can this nation survive when its main cultural and educational institutions preach a relentless, unchallenged stream of anti-Americanism to young people (and others) who lack the background to resist this toxicity?

Along with others, I have long argued that the American left has a major problem with America as founded. Yet Democrats are outraged by the suggestion, and too many Republicans seem insufficiently concerned about it. They better wake up.

If current events aren’t enough to turn your head, please consider the following data presented by Eric Kaufmann, professor of politics at the University of London Birkbeck College.

Kaufmann writes that the "cultural revolutionaries" who are toppling statues and renaming buildings "are changing minds, and could be in a position to enact a root-and-branch reconstruction of America into something completely unrecognizable to its present-day inhabitants." He adds: "Imagine a country whose collective memory has been upended, with a new constitution, anthem, and flag, its name changed from the sinful ’America’ to something less tainted. Far-fetched? Not according to data I have collected on what liberal white Americans actually believe."

Notice Kaufmann isn’t talking merely about the extreme left but American liberals. This is chilling stuff but unsurprising to me. In my book "Guilty by Reason of Insanity," I warned that socialism is not the only terrible idea the left is promoting. I wrote: "The left isn’t turning to socialism just because its members think it’s more equitable than capitalism but also because they seek revenge against America’s founding generation and its successor beneficiaries. They want to eradicate the Western tradition that spawned our unique American culture because it allegedly led to continental larceny against Native Americans, is in irredeemable moral debt over slavery, and is forever culpable for oppressing minorities and women through white privilege and the inherent exploitation of capitalism." I don’t claim to be a prophet, but is my statement not vindicated by America’s present turmoil?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2020 08:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  To defend what remains, the remnant must descend into damnation. It is the only way now. Somebody will have to fight tooth and nail, do things they will be called villains for. Because good men thought they were 'too good' to do certain things.

All this obession with liberty and rights, when they are both such abstract ideas. How much liberty is enough ? How far is the human right of a deviant to feel justified, from his right to carry out his perversions on your children without being judged ? What rights do the victims have ? The old woman thrown down the stairs, the old jew stabbed in the stomach, the kid bullied out of school by black bangers. Are they humans anymore ? Or are they bit players in someone else's story now ?

If perfect liberty is to be achieved, it must be accompanied by perfect discipline. That can only be forced, for the first few generations at least. The fear of death and dehumanization is the way to start. Crush the complainers, the anti-establishmentarians, the hippies, the rabble rousers, and the country is ensured a decade or two of momentum. That is what China did. If Russia was not so beset by criminality and individual corruption they could have become stronger. If the USA had not let false guilt and this unhealthy fixation for unending 'liberties' mesmerise them into somnolence, you'd be making a Delaware 2 on the moon or mars by now.

Also, these articles are all good and wise, but I see nobody mentions the ideological bankruptcy in even the Republicans, all due to gainsaying of our judeo-christian ideals and running after modernism and consumerist democracy. I feel a defeat in that a lot of Americans forsook their christian heritage. The value and traditions of family and grit and being strong enough to bear the infirmities of the weak. That is how the nation became the greatest nation on earth. When a people walk under the banner of Christ, even if only in name, I believe they enjoy a safety from ideological attack at least. Once the crosses are taken down, no statue is worth protecting.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/28/2020 11:10 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ I'd need a few months to think about that. A short-term point is that Biden is (allegedly) a Catholic who wears a Rosary on his wrist; which is kinda hard to reconcile with what we're hearing from the Anteefas. I'd enjoy putting up a billboard in Portland or Seattle with a picture of JFK next to Biden and the logo: "Time for Another Catholic: Vote Biden."
Posted by: Matt || 06/28/2020 11:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, but Biden is the same sort of religious those guys are who demand jets for the service of Christ.

In my view Trump is an actual Christian, putting his money, his reputation and his life where his convictions lie. I think Gawd often hides his servants in paradoxes, such that no one can accept it.

I was talking about having Gawd on one's side and the disposition of forces when what you stand for becomes righter than the other guy. But those are just my views.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/28/2020 12:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Ref #1: .....but I see nobody mentions the ideological bankruptcy in even the Republicans

Pubs, Dems, brown eggs, white eggs; once they're in the frying pan, I'll be damned if you can tell the difference.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/28/2020 13:57 Comments || Top||

#5  In my view Trump is an actual Christian,

In terms of actual belief? I suspect not. But neither were Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, and they somehow managed to figure out the right things and do them right anyway.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/28/2020 15:01 Comments || Top||

#6  The universities are a problem for several reasons:
1. There is no academic freedom as reflected by the lack of freedom of speech. Political correctness and censorship are the tools used to squelch freedom of speech.
2. The lack of diversity on campuses in in decline. Diversity of thought has been replaced by a superficial kind of diversity based on skin color.
3. Group think and orthodoxy has led to a mediocrity in the universities.
4. Left-wing politization of processes such as the scientific method, law, curriculum, journalism etc. has led to intellectual corruption.

If one looks at the make-up of the faculty. In the 1950 and 1960s, faculty make-up was on a parity between liberal and conservative. More recently, it has been reported to be about 12:1 in favor of liberal faculty and in some cases as much as 30 percent or more in the social sciences. I have read numbers as high as 50:1 today. It has been contended that without a parity between liberal and conservative leads to a kind of insanity which grows quickly. There are no checks and balances to curb this growing problem; no one questions ideas or has to defend their ideas on the left--in fact, it's not encouraged.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/28/2020 18:26 Comments || Top||

Terror Networks
Journey to jihad: Iran’s Sunni Kurds fighting a holy war in Idlib
Very long. It all started with Abdul Qader Tawhidi, leader of the Salafist Sunni Kurds in Iran around the time of the 1979 Iranian revolution, and can be traced through the formation of Al Qaeda in Iraq and then Ansar al Islam and Al Nusra.
[Rudaw] Zakaria sat at an outpost framed by olive trees on one of the bloodiest frontlines in Syria, full combat gear weighing down his slender body. His close friend Faruq had unexpectedly joined him. An Arab fighter was meant to man a stretch of front line with Zakaria that cold morning in January 2019, but he fell ill, and Faruq volunteered to replace him. The two began to sing a nasheed, an Islamic recitation, as they gripped their guns in anticipation of battle.

Zakaria and Faruq were foreign jihadists in Sahel, an area cutting across embattled northwest Syria’s Latakia and Tartus governorates. They had travelled thousands of kilometers from the Kurdish region of Iran, where four decades of ethnic and religious discrimination has left the local population bitter about Shiite theocratic rule. Thousands of young, Sunni, Kurdish men from Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
have sought solace in carrying out religious warfare, or jihad, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and beyond.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 06/28/2020 01:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  So. In a land where nothing is clear cut, the media's solemn intonations that "the Kurds™ are our allies." is just so much more oversimplified shinola.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/28/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#2  The Kurds who are our allies, they are our allies.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/28/2020 15:36 Comments || Top||

Repealing Useless and Abusive Laws Might Do More Good Than "Defunding" the Police
[Mises] "Defund the Police" is the latest rallying cry for protestors in many cities across the nation. Many activists, enraged by the brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, are calling for completely disbanding the police, while others are seeking reductions in police budgets and more government spending elsewhere. However, few activists appear to be calling for a fundamental decrease in the political power that is the root cause of police abuses.

Many "Defund the Police" activists favor ending the war on drugs. That would be a huge leap forward toward making police less intrusive and oppressive. But even if police were no longer making a million plus drug arrests each year, they would still be making more than 9 million other arrests. Few protestors appear to favor the sweeping repeals that could take tens of millions of Americans out of the legal crosshairs.

How many of the "Defund the Police" protestors would support repealing mandatory seatbelt laws as a step toward reducing police power? In 2001, the Supreme Court ruled that police can justifiably arrest anyone believed to have "committed even a very minor criminal offense." That case involved Gail Atwater, a Texas mother who was driving slowly near her home but, because her children were not wearing seatbelts, was taken away by an abusive cop whose shouting left her children "terrified and hysterical." A majority of Supreme Court justices recognized that "Atwater's claim to live free of pointless indignity and confinement clearly outweighs anything the City can raise against it specific to her case"‐but upheld the arrest anyhow. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor warned that "such unbounded discretion carries with it grave potential for abuse."
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Posted by: Clem || 06/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  TL;DR
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/28/2020 15:21 Comments || Top||

#2  At any given moment, it has been said we all are breaking some law. I don't know whether this is true or not; however, it is easy to believe it is true.

Trying to get rid of useless laws would be a Hurculean task. Who would decide such things? Some left-wing anarchic mob such as BLM, Antifa, Dem Party hacks or some other group? That amounts to mob rule and leads to star chambers and kangaroo courts. We have seen some of that lately in faked investigations, frame-ups and questionable trials (Flynn and Stone, e.g.)

Nazi Germany tried having State-appointed lawyers and judges who designed faux laws during a trial to get rid of opponents and enemies. That did not work out well.

Some reform is needed, it's not clear exactly where it should be aimed. To begin with, we should get rid of laws that are not Constitutionally supported.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/28/2020 17:06 Comments || Top||

#3  > "Police reform and gun reform go hand in hand. Reducing the easy availability of guns would not eliminate the problems with policing in America nor end unwarranted killings, but it would help."

Tells me all I need to know right there. FOAD.
Posted by: Nero || 06/28/2020 18:15 Comments || Top||

#4  @#2 - There's a book out called "Three Felonies A Day" (not a paid advertisement, just FYI), so just be mindful of that personal crime wave you commit.
Posted by: Clem || 06/28/2020 18:39 Comments || Top||

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Sun 2020-06-28
  Leb officials apologize to US ambassador after judge issued order banning her from speaking to media
Sat 2020-06-27
  Iranian-backed Hezbollah militias threaten to assassinate Iraq's Prime Minister Kadhimi
Fri 2020-06-26
  Iraqi security forces have raided a HQ of Ketaib Hezbollah
Thu 2020-06-25
  Black Lives Matter Leader: ‘If This Country Doesn't Give Us What We Want, Then We Will Burn Down This System'
Wed 2020-06-24
  Appeals court orders judge to dismiss Flynn charges
Tue 2020-06-23
  Ivory Coast says it has captured jihadist leader behind border attack
Mon 2020-06-22
  Libya's Presidential Council slams Sisi's threats as ''declaration of war''
Sun 2020-06-21
  Sisi threatens direct Egyptian intervention in Libya
Sat 2020-06-20
  UN arms embargo on Iran must remain in place:
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Fri 2020-06-19
  Mufti Al-Ghariani issues fatwa giving the GNA militias right to execute anyone loyal to the LNA
Thu 2020-06-18
  Iran announces its support for Turkey-backed gov't in Libya
Wed 2020-06-17
  Speaker of the Egyptian Parliament: We request to expel the GNA ambassador
Tue 2020-06-16
  Al Qaeda calling their fighters to join the GNA in Libya
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  Coup attempt on the Lebanese government that has failed, Prime Minister Hassan Diab says

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