October 2017

This is becoming dangerously routine

A Detroit-area man arrested in August admitted to the FBI that he supported the Islamic State, new court documents filed last week indicate.

Yousef Mohammad Ramadan was stopped on August 15 at the Detroit airport as he and his entire family were scheduled to board a flight to Jordan. According to court documents, he told ICE officials and an FBI agent he intended to move to Bethlehem in the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank.

As I reported here at PJ Media at the time, Ramadan was indicted on gun charges and is currently being held without bond.

But new court filings in the case, including FBI search warrant affidavits, indicate that Ramadan admitted to being a supporter of the Islamic State. Filings also included pictures of an IED he had built, and reveal that he is tied to other ISIS-related terror cases.

DNC Email: Straight White Men Need Not Apply

Then again, if you are a white male, why on earth would you want to work for the Democrats?

The Death o fEurope is Confirmed

Italian media noted the irony of the ruling, remarking that the cross-removal is not taking place “in Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State in Syria, but in Brittany, in the heart of Western Europe.”

Latest From Rasmussen

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.

George Washington’s church in Alexandria, Virginia is taking down a plaque that marks the pew he sat in for fear it might offend some. Eighty-eight percent of voter oppose the move.

Where were Hollywood and D.C. truth tellers with Harvey Weinstein and Mark Halperin?

“Like firefighters who run into a fire, journalists run toward a story,” MSNBC’s Katy Tur told us. Well, unless it’s a story that reflects badly on their profession or their politics. Then they keep it quiet. As with Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood, sexual assault and harassment by journalists can be an “open secret,” but that just means it’s a secret from the rest of us, one they know, but don’t tell.

And Hollywood isn’t about telling the truth anyway. It’s about peddling fiction. There’s nobody in Hollywood — most emphatically including the “entertainment press” — who’s there to tell you the truth.

But, just like Hollywood, the Washington press corps has its own “open secrets.” One of them, according to numerous recent reports, was that journalist Mark Halperin was a serial sexual harasser/assaulter. Halperin was political director at ABC News for many years until he left in and later joined Tur’s own network, NBC.  

 Okay, maybe, despite the “first responder” puffery, the truth is that journalists, like most of us, are ordinary people, not heroes. For ABC people, exposing Halperin while he worked at ABC, where he was important (though nothing like as powerful or intimidating a figure as Harvey Weinstein), might have hurt people’s careers. But what about when he left? Couldn’t they talk then?

And what about other media organizations? As Andrew Kirell and Asawaen Suebsaeng reported in The Daily Beast, it seems that everyone knew: “According to numerous sources at NBCMSNBCABC, and Bloomberg — who previously spoke to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely — the private allegations of Halperin’s sexual misconduct were an open secret, particularly in New York City and D.C. political media, for many years ... ‘Everybody knew [about Mark],’ one prominent cable-news host told The Daily Beast. ‘I’d been warning young women reporters about Mark for a long time.’”

Well, not everyone knew. The public didn’t know. The viewers who saw him opine — often from a position of moral superiority — on Morning Joe and other talking-head shows didn’t know. The “open secret” was open to the insiders, but secret to the public

They Say this As If It's a Bad Thing

A Nothing Burger?

The Paul Manafort indictment is much ado about nothing . . . except as a vehicle to squeeze Manafort, which is special counsel Robert Mueller’s objective — as we have been arguing for three months 

There are twelve counts in all, but those are the two major allegations. The so-called conspiracy against the United States mainly involves Manafort’s and Gates’s alleged failure to file Treasury Department forms required by the Bank Secrecy Act. Specifically, Americans who hold a stake in foreign bank accounts must file what’s known as an “FBAR” (foreign bank account report) in any year in which, at any point, the balance in the account exceeds $10,000. Federal law also requires disclosure of foreign accounts on annual income-tax returns. Manafort and Gates are said to have controlled foreign accounts through which their Ukrainian political-consulting income sluiced, and to have failed to file accurate FBARs and tax returns. In addition, they allegedly failed to register as foreign agents from 2008 through 2014 and made false statements when they belatedly registered.

On first glance, Mueller’s case, at least in part, seems shaky and overcharged.

Even though the Ukrainian money goes back to 2006, the counts involving failure to file FBARs (Counts Three through Nine) go back only to 2012. This is likely because the five-year statute of limitations bars prosecution for anything before then. Obviously, one purpose of the conspiracy count (Count One) is to enable prosecutors, under the guise of establishing the full scope of the scheme, to prove law violations that would otherwise be time-barred.

The Average IQ in the World is 82...and getting lower

Some random nationsl

106.02 CHINA
100.46 GERMANY
 96.99 USA
 92.79 ISRAEL
 88.51 MEXICO
 83.04 JORDAN

A lot science and math in the article but, as a summary, don't think it's great news for mankind.

Great Book

Forget politics for a while. Read a good book. "At Play in the Seas of the Lord is an exciting treasture  hunting tale that also explains where there is evil in the world. 

There is nothing more dangerous than a con man extraordinaire with a credible story. But Rutger Hollins not only has a credible treasure hunting tale, he has a gold doubloon and the backing of a respected, internationally known professor. Hollins wants divers to help him find the Diablo, a sunken Spanish treasure ship holding $800 million in gold and diamonds. Former police reporter and Christian Harrison Craig is skeptical but agrees to help Hollins, especially when he’s told the stunningly beautiful Coral Delaplaine, also a Christian, has signed on for the voyage. But a group of occultists is also searching for the vessel. The group is headed by Anton De Riles, a Black Arts master who has immense and deadly powers. But the Diablo has mysteries of its own. It hides a terrible secret and an ancient evil. Craig and Coral will fall in love during the voyage, but must battle on land, sea and under the sea and also fight supernatural demonic forces before they can claim the treasure. They must also fight the temptation that $800 million in gold can bring.

44% Approval for President Trump

About once a month MSNBC yells hysterically that President Trump's approval rate is the lowest its ever been. But they usually use the lowest poll numbers from a dozen or so polls. Rasmussen has Trump at 44%. It was one of the few polls to get close to the real election numbers in 2016 so it is reliable.