Donald Trump speech on LGBTQ – Pulse Night Club Shooting in Orlando Florida

Donald Trump speech on LGBTQ – Pulse Night Club Shooting in Orlando Florida 


Donald Trump – renewed his call for a ban on Muslim migration to the United States


Donald Trump NRA @ Old Guard Audio

Donald Trump NRA @ Old Guard Audio


even her former Secret Service agent who seen her under pressure and in times of


stress has stated that she lacks the temperament and integrity to be our




there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss these important issues at a


later time and I will deliver that speech very very soon


but today there is only one thing to discuss the growing threat of terrorism


inside of our borders the attack on the pulse nightclub in orlando florida was


the worst terrorist strike on our soil since sep tember eleventh and the worst


mass shooting in our country’s history


so many people since I mean just hard to believe but just so many people dead


so many people gravely injured so much carnage such a disgrace


sahara is beyond description


the families of these wonderful people are totally devastated and they will be




likewise our whole nation and indeed the whole world is devastated


we express our deepest sympathies to the victims the wounded and their families


we mourn as one people for our nation’s loss and pledge your support to any and


all who need it i would like to ask now that we all observe a moment of silence


for the victims of this attack


thank you our nation stands together in solidarity with the members of our long


dose LGBT community they have been through something that nobody could ever




this is a very dark moment in America’s history a radical Islamic terrorists


targeted the nightclub


not only because he wanted to kill Americans but in order to execute gay


and lesbian citizens because of their sexual orientation


it’s a strike at the heart and soul of who we are as a nation


it’s an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives


love who they want and express their identity


it’s an attack on the right of every single American to live in peace and


safety in their own country


we need to respond to this attack in America as one United people with force


purpose and determination but the current politically correct response


cripples our ability to talk and to think and act clearly we’re not acting


clearly we’re not talking clearly we’ve got problems


if we don’t get tough and if we don’t get smart and fast


we’re not going to have our country anymore


there will be nothing absolutely nothing left


the killer whose name I will not use or ever say i was born in afghan of Afghan


parents who immigrated to the United States his father published support for


the Afghan Taliban regime which murders those who don’t share its radical views


and they murdered plenty the father even said he was running for president of




the bottom line is that the only reason the killer was in America in the first


place was because we allowed his family to come here


that is a fact and it’s a fact we need to talk about we have a dysfunctional


immigration system which does not permit us to know who we let into our country


and it does not permit us to protect our citizens properly


we have an incompetent administration and if I’m elected president that will


not change i will tell you that will not change over the next four years we have


an administration that will not change but if i get in there


it’s going to change and it’s going to change quickly


we’re going from totally incompetent to just the opposite


believe me


thank you


with 50 people dead and perhaps more ultimately and dozens more wounded


we cannot afford to talk around issues anymore


we have to address these issues head-on


I called for a ban after San Bernardino and was met with great school and anger


but now many years and i have to say many years but many are saying that I


was right to do so


and although the pauses temporary we must find out what is going on


we have to do it it will be lifted this band when and as a nation we are in a


position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our


country they are pouring in and we don’t know what we’re doing


the immigration laws of the United States give the president powers to


suspend entry into the country of any class of persons now any class


it really is determined and to be determined by the president for the


interests of the United States and its as he or she deems appropriate


hopefully it’s he in this case


thank you


i will use this power to protect the American people when I’m elected I will


suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of


terrorism against the United States Europe or our allies until we fully


understand how to end these threats after a full tank and by the way we have


no choice


after full and partial and long really long overdue security assessment we will


develop a responsible immigration policy that serves the interests and values of


America we cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to


pour into our country many of whom have the same thought process as this savage




many of the principles of radical Islam are incompatible with Western values and




remember this radical Islam is anti-woman anti-gay and anti-american I


refuse to allow America to become a place where gay people


Christian people Jewish people are targets of persecution and intimidation


by radical Islamic preachers of hate and violence


this is not just a national security issue


it’s a quality of life issue if we want to protect the quality of life for all


Americans women and children


gay and straight Jews and Christians and all people


then we need to tell the truth about radical Islam and we need to do it now


we need to tell the truth also about how radical Islam is coming to our shores


and is coming with these people folks it’s coming


we’re aborting radical Islamic terrorism into the west through a failed


immigration system and through an intelligence community held back by our


president even our own FBI director has admitted that we cannot effectively


check the backgrounds of people were letting into America all of the


September eleven hijackers were issued visas large numbers of Somali refugees


in Minnesota have tried to join Isis the Boston bombers came here through


political asylum


the mail shooter in san bernardino again whose name I will not mention was the


child of immigrants from Pakistan and he brought his wife the other terrorists


from Saudi Arabia through another one of our easily exploited visa programs


immigration from Afghanistan into the United States has increased nearly


fivefold five fault in just one year according to Pew Research ninety-nine


percent of the people in Afghanistan support oppressive Sharia law we admit


many more


and that’s just the way it is we admit many more from other countries in the


region and i’ll tell you what they share these oppressive views and values we


want to remain a free and open society then and if we do then we have to


control our borders we have to control and we have to control them now not


later right now






yet Hillary Clinton from months and despite so many attacks repeatedly


refused to even say the words radical Islam until I challenged her yesterday


and guess what she will probably save them


she sort of has said them but let’s see what happens


she really has no choice but she doesn’t want however she’s really been force and


she has been forced to say these words she supports and the reason is she


supports so much of what is wrong and what is wrong with this country and


what’s going wrong with our country and our borders


she has no clue in my opinion what radical Islam is and she won’t speak


honestly about it if she does in fact no she’s in total denial and her continuing


reluctance to ever named the enemy broadcast weakness across the entire




true weakness I don’t know if you know this but just a few weeks before san


bernardino the slaughter


that’s all it was a slaughter Hillary Clinton explained her refusal to say the


words radical Islam


here is what she said exact quote Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people


and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism that is Hillary Clinton


so she says the solution is to ban guns they tried that in France which has


among the toughest gun laws anywhere in the world and 130 people were brutally


murdered by Islamic terrorists in cold blood


her plan is to disarm law-abiding Americans abolishing the Second


Amendment and leaving only the bad guys and terrorists with guns


no good not going to happen folks not gonna happen


not gonna happen


she wants to take away Americans guns and then admit the very people who want


to slaughter us


let them come into the country we don’t have guns


let them come in let them have all the fun they want


I will be meeting with the NRA which has given me their earliest endorsement in a


presidential race to discuss how to ensure Americans have the means to


protect themselves in this age of terror


I will be always defending the Second Amendment


thank you


the bottom line is that Hillary supports policies that bring the threat of


radical Islam into America and allowed to grow overseas and it is growing in


fact Hillary Clinton’s catastrophic immigration plan will bring vastly more


radical Islamic in the immigration into this country threatening not only our


society but our entire way of life when it comes to radical Islamic terrorism


ignorance is not bliss its deadly totally deadly the Obama administration


with the support of Hillary Clinton and others has also damaged our security by


restraining our intelligence gathering and we have just no intelligence


gathering information we need this information so badly and he stopped it


we don’t have the support we don’t have the support of the law enforcement


system because obama is not letting them do their job they are not being allowed


to do their job and they can do it well better than anybody


we need a new leader we need a new leader fast


they have put political correctness above common sense above your safety and


above all else


I refuse to be politically correct


I want to do the right thing I want to straighten things out and I want to make


America great again


the days of deadly ignorance will end and they will end soon if I’m elected as


president I will give our intelligence community law enforcement and military


the tools they need to prevent terrorist attacks and they don’t have those


schools now we need an intelligence-gathering system second to




second to none that includes medical operation between state local and


federal officials and with our allies


very importantly i will have an attorney general a director of national


intelligence and the Secretary of Defense who will know how to fight the


war on radical Islamic terrorism


and they will have the support that they need to get the job done right


not like it is right now it’s not right


we also must ensure the American people are provided the information they need


to understand the threat the Senate subcommittee on immigration has already


identified hundreds of immigrants charged with terrorist activities inside


the United States in September 11 nearly a year ago


the Senate subcommittee as president obama’s Department of Justice state and


homeland security to provide the immigration history of all terrorists


inside the United States these departments refused to comply


nobody even knows why they refused to comply


President Obama must release the full and complete immigration histories of


all individuals implicated in terrorist activities of any kind since sep tember


11 so important


the public has a right to know how these people got here how they came onto this


great land


why are they here




we have to screen applicants to know whether they are affiliated with or


supporting radical groups and beliefs


very simple we have to control the amount of future immigration into this


country and we have to prevent large pockets of radicalization from forming


inside America not complicated


every and and just think of this


take a look every single event even a single individual can be devastating and


all you have to do is take a look at what happened in orlando and what


happened in other cases just a single event and just one person can you


imagine what they’ll do in large groups which were allowing now to come here


truly our president doesn’t know what he’s doing he’s failed us and he’s


failed us badly and under his leadership


this situation will not get any better it will only get worse and I’ve been


saying that for a long time


each year the United States permanently admits 100,000 immigrants from the


Middle East and many more from Muslim countries outside of the Middle East


our government has been admitting ever growing numbers year after year without


any effective plan for our own security


in fact Clinton State Department was in charge of Admissions and the admission


process for people applying to enter from overseas


having learned nothing from these attacks she now plans to massively


increase admissions without a screening plan including a five hundred percent


increase in Syrian refugees coming into our country


tell me tell me how stupid is that


this could be a better bigger more horrible version than the legendary


Trojan horse ever was all together under the clinton plan you’d be admitting


hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East with no system to vet


them what to report to prevent the radicalization of the children and their


children not only their children by the way they’re trying to take over our


children and convince them how wonderful Isis is and how wonderful Islam is and


we don’t know what’s happening


the burden is on Hillary Clinton to tell us why she believes immigration from


these dangerous countries should be increased without any effective system




– really – screen we’re not screening people


so why don’t we have an effective screening system we don’t were being


left at all over the world


the bird is on Hillary Clinton to tell us why we should admit anyone into our


country who supports violence of any kind against gay and lesbian Americans


the burden is on Hillary Clinton to tell us how she will pay for it


her plan will cost hundreds of billions of dollars long term


wouldn’t this be money better spent rebuilding America for a current


population including the many poor people already living here we have


cities we have inner cities we have poverty all over and this is how we’re


spending billions of dollars


we have to stop the tremendous flow of Syrian refugees into the United States


we don’t know who they are they have no documentation and we don’t know what


they’re planning and we won’t unless we have proper supervision and proper


leadership in which case they’re out of here


what i want what i want is common sense


I want a mainstream immigration policy that promotes American values


that’s a choice I put before the American people


a mainstream in a great immigration policy designed to benefit America or


Hillary Clinton’s radical immigration policy designed to benefit politically


correct special interest that’s all it is


we’ve got to get smart and tough and vigilant and we’ve got to do it now


because later is too late


going to be too late for our country the media talks about homegrown terrorism


but Islamic radicalism and that’s a very very important term a term that the


president refuses to use and the networks that nurture it


our imports from overseas whether you like it or whether you don’t like it


yes there are many radicalize people already inside the country as a result


of poor policies of the past but the whole point is that we will be much much


and it will be easier to deal with our current problem if we don’t keep on


bringing people who add to the problem and that’s what they’re doing


we’re letting all of these people hundreds of thousands of people come in


and all they’re doing is adding to this incredible problem we have for instance


the controversial mosque attended by the Boston bombers had and its founder and


as its founder and immigrant from overseas charged in an assassination


plot this shooter and amazingly in Orlando was the child of an immigrant


father was supported one of the most repressive regimes on earth


why would we admit people who support violent hatred


Hillary Clinton can never claim to be a friend of the gate community as long as


she continues to support immigration policies that bring Islamic extremists


to our country and who suppress win


gays and anyone else who doesn’t share their views or values


she can’t have it both ways she can’t claim to be supportive of these


communities while trying to increase the number of people coming in who want to


impress these same communities


how does this kind of immigration make our lives better


how does this kind of immigration make our country better


why does Hillary Clinton want to bring people in


invest numbers who reject our values why explain


ask yourself who is really the friend of women and the l be and LGBT community


Donald Trump with actions or Hillary Clinton with her words i will tell you


who the better friend is


and someday i believe that will be proven out Bigley


and by the way the LBGT community is just what’s happened to them is just so


said and to be thinking about where their policies are currently with this


administration is to disgrace to that community i will tell you right now


clinton wants to allow radical Islamic terrorists to pour into our country they


enslave women and they murder gays


I don’t want them in our country




immigration is a privilege and we should not let anyone into this country who


doesn’t support our communities all of our communities


every single one of them America is already admitted four times more


immigrants than any country on Earth anybody in the world


four times more at least because we don’t even know who’s coming in and we


continue to admit millions more with no real checks or scrutiny


not surprisingly wages for our workers haven’t budged in almost 20 years


you wonder why we get the crowds you wonder why we get this tremendous


support you wonder why I’ve got more votes than any Republican in any primary


in the history of the Republican Party take a look at that


take a look at your security but take a look at the wages for 18 years they’ve


been stagnant they’ve even gone down


so whether it’s a matter of national security or financial security


we can’t afford to keep on going like this cannot afford it


we owe 19 trillion dollars in debt and no longer have any options are


communities from all backgrounds are ready for some relief


this is not an act of offense against anyone


it’s really an act of Defense I want us all


all of us to work together we have to form a partnership with our Muslim


communities we have Muslim communities in this country that are great and we


have to form that partnership


now the Muslim community so importantly they have to work with us they have to


cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad and


they know it and they have to do it and they have to do it forthwith


I want to fix our schools I want to fix our bridges and our jobs market


we’re going to have it rocket again we’re going to make great trade deals


but I want every American to succeed including Muslims but the Muslims have


to work with us


they have to work with


they know what’s going on they know that he was bad


they knew the people in San Bernardino were bad but you know what they didn’t


turn them in and we had death and destruction


Hillary Clinton wants to empty out the Treasury to bring people into the


country that include individuals who preach hate against our citizens


I want to protect our citizens all of our citizens the terrorist attack on


pulse nightclub demands a full and complete investigation into every single


aspect of the assault in san bernardino as an example people who know what was


going on they know exactly but they use the excuse of racial profiling for not


reporting it


they said all we thought so but we didn’t want to use racial profiling


which was probably an excuse given to them by their lawyer so they don’t get


in trouble


we need to know what the killer discussed with his relatives parents


friends and associates


we need to know if he was affiliated with any radical mosques or radical


activists and what if any is their immigration status


we have to know and we have to know fast we need to know if he traveled anywhere


and who he traveled with we need to know and we need to make sure every single


last person involved in this plan including anyone who knew something but


didn’t tell us is brought to justice so when people know what’s going on and


they don’t tell us and we have an attack and people die


these people have to have consequences


big concerts




America must do more much more to protect its citizens especially people


who are potential victims of crimes based on their backgrounds or sexual


orientation as you just saw in orlando


it also means we must change our foreign policy


the decision to overthrow the regime in Libya then pushing for the overthrow of


the regime in Syria


among other things without plans for the day after have created space for Isis to


expand and grow like nobody has ever seen before


these actions along with our disasters Iran deal have also reduced our ability


to work in partnership with our Muslim allies in the region that is why our new


goal must be to defeat Islamic terrorism not nation-building no more


nation-building it’s never going to work and by the way we’ve spent almost five


trillion dollars over the years on trying to nation build in the Middle


East and it has been a complete and total disaster were further away now


that we were 15 years ago


for instance the last major NATO mission was Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya that


mission helped unleash Isis on a new cotton


I’ve said NATO needs to change his focus and stop terrorism


we have to focus on terrorism and we have to stop terrorism since I’ve raised


that criticism and it’s okay I’ve got no credit for it but these are minor




NATO has since announced a new initiative front page of The Wall Street


Journal four days ago focused on just that America must unite the whole


civilized world in the fight against Islamic terrorism


pretty much like we did with communism during the Cold War


we’ve tried it President Obama’s way doesn’t work


he gave the world his apology tour we got Isis and many of the problems in




that’s what we got remember the famous apology to our way sorry for everything


I’d like to conclude my remarks today by again expressing our solidarity with the


people of Orlando who have come under this horrific attack when I’m president


I pledge to protect and defend all Americans who live inside our borders


wherever they come from wherever they were born


I don’t care all Americans living here and following our laws not other laws


will be protected




thank you


we’re going to be tough and we’re going to be smart and went to do it right


America will be a tolerant and open society


America will also be a safe society we will protect our borders at home we will


defeat Isis overseas we have no choice


we will ensure every parent can raise their children in peace and safety


we will make America rich again we will make America safe again we will make


America great again


thank you thank you very much
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As a result, my step-daughter legally became my step-mother and my father my son-in-law.

As a result, my step-daughter legally became my step-mother and my father my son-in-law.

Dear Sir,
I have a Benefit Question

Many years ago, I married a widow out of love who had an 18-year-old daughter.

After the wedding, my father, a widower, came to visit a number of times, and he fell in love with my step-daughter. My father eventually married her without my authorization.

As a result, my step-daughter legally became my step-mother and my father my son-in-law.

My father’s wife (also my step-daughter) and my step-mother gave birth to a son who is my grandchild because I am the husband of my stepdaughter’s mother.

This boy is also my brother, as the son of my father. As you can see, my wife became a grandmother, because she is the mother of my father’s wife.

Therefore, it appears that I am also my wife’s grandchild.
A short time after these events, my wife gave birth to a son, who became my father’s brother-in-law, the step-son of my father’s wife, and my uncle.

My son is also my step-mother’s brother, and through my step-mother, my wife has become a grandmother and I have become my own grandfather.

In light of the above mentioned, I would like to know the following:

Does my son, who is also my uncle, my father’s son-in-law, and my step-mother’s brother fulfill the requirements for receiving childcare benefits?

Sincerely yours,
Of course, you qualify Mo.  I have arranged to start mailing checks to all of you just as soon as you arrive here in the United States.

Welcome to your new home my son,
Barack Hussein Obama

PowerLine – What Would Margaret Thatcher Do?

PowerLine – What Would Margaret Thatcher Do?

PowerLine Daily digest - Old Guard

PowerLine Daily digest – Old Guard

Daily Digest

  • Brexit: What Would Thatcher Do?
  • Terrorist’s Wife Knew Of, Abetted Plans
  • Power Line University (2): Who Reads the Papers?
  • A tale of five Muhammads
  • Sir Roger Scruton!

Brexit: What Would Thatcher Do?

Posted: 14 Jun 2016 03:48 PM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

The Brexit vote in the UK next week is one of the most important political events of this era, and I’ll be watching it closely. Here we like to say, “What would Reagan do?” I’m not sure whether the parallel question is asked in Britain: “What would Thatcher do?” She was a Euroskeptic, and likely would be in favor of voting “Yes” on the Brexit referendum. Here’s her famous short speech on the idea of conferring more power on the European Union: her “No, No, No!” looks like a “Yes, Yes, Yes!” on Brexit to me:

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Terrorist’s Wife Knew Of, Abetted Plans

Posted: 14 Jun 2016 11:55 AM PDT

(John Hinderaker)

Noor Zahi Salman, the wife of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen, is cooperating with the FBI and reportedly has admitted that she knew of her husband’s plan to commit mass murder. She says she tried to talk him out of it, but didn’t report him to law enforcement.

It sounds as though Salman was more than a passive observer. Reportedly, she helped her husband to scout locations for a possible attack, including the Pulse night club, where she went by herself more than once. She also acknowledges being present when Mateen bought a holster and ammunition, so she knew about his purchase of firearms. If what is being reported is correct, she presumably will be charged as an accessory to her husband’s crimes.

Ms. Salman, an attractive young woman, is described as a member of “a well-to-do Palestinian family who emigrated to California from Ramallah, in the West Bank, in the 1970s.”

One troubling aspect of the many instances of Islamic terrorism and attempted terrorism we have seen in the U.S. is that family and friends of would-be terrorists often know of their plans, or at least their radical leanings, and nevertheless support them. It is hard to understand how a wife could know that her husband intends to carry out a massacre and do nothing to stop it, but that apparently is what happened here. Maybe it’s a cultural difference.

We have seen something similar in the Somali community in Minnesota, as Scott described in his reports on the recent criminal trial of three “Minnesota men.” As best one can tell, most members of that community supported and sympathized with the defendants even though the evidence made it abundantly clear that they wanted to serve ISIS. Those who point out, correctly, that terrorists represent only a small portion of the Muslim population generally fail to note that even though they may act alone or in a small group, they rely on the silence, or even the support, of a larger segment of the population.


Power Line University (2): Who Reads the Papers?

Posted: 14 Jun 2016 08:53 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

For our second installment of our Power Line University “Yes, Prime Minister” course, let’s enjoy the famous scene “Who reads the papers?”

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There’s an American version of this joke: “The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country; the New York Times is read by people who think they ought to run the country; the New York Daily News is read by people who actually do run the country; USA Today is read by the wives of the people who run the country; the Wall Street Journal is read by people who own the country; the Los Angeles Times is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country; the New York Post is read by people who think that it is.”

There is, however, no American newspaper equivalent of The Sun. It’s the one thing where Rupert Murdoch has let us down.


A tale of five Muhammads

Posted: 14 Jun 2016 04:58 AM PDT

(Scott Johnson)

Attending the Somali terrorism trial before Judge Michael Davis in Minneapolis was an incredibly rich experience. I am still trying to process what I saw at the trial. Like the Orlando massacre, the case lies at the intersection of Islam, immigration and terrorism. The group of Somali Minnesotans charged in the case or gone to ISIS in Syria without being charged numbers 12 or 13 or 14. It’s not a small number, and it only represents the Twin Cities’ angle on the problem.

From the time that I first started following pretrial proceedings in the case, I was struck by the Muhammads involved in the case. They seemed to represent a variation of the town hall meeting in Blazing Saddles featuring one speaker after another named Johnson — Gabby Johnson, Howard Johnson, Samuel Johnson and so on. Their appearance inverted the Marxist adage. Here history repeated itself, but first as farce, then as tragedy.

The first Muhammad is of course the prophet of Islam. Charles Lister was the prosecution’s expert witness at trial. Lister is the author, most recently, of The Syrian Jihad: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency. At trial Lister gave an account of the mess in Syria and the evolution of ISIS. In his testimony he referred without fail to “the prophet Muhammad.” Prophet or not, he is the man without whom…well, you know what I mean.

The second Muhammad is Mohamed Farah (photo at right). Farah was one of the three defendants at trial. Like his friends who have pleaded guilty or who were convicted along with him, Farah’s recruitment to ISIS didn’t take much. Growing up Muslim in the Twin Cities’ large Somali community, he attended local mosques and supplemented his education with Islamic studies. Adding a large dose of ISIS videos to the mix was apparently enough to move Farah et al. to aspire to live under the caliphate declared by ISIS. He yearned to wage jihad with ISIS and to die as a martyr.

In November 2014 Farah left Minneapolis by bus for JFK International Airport to catch a flight that would get him to ISIS. At JFK Farah was intercepted by the FBI. Asked where he was headed, Farah said he was taking a solo vacation to sunny Sofia, Bulgaria. The FBI sent him back home to Minneapolis. He was ultimately arrested in San Diego the following April in the sting conducted by the FBI.

The third Muhammad represented Farah at trial. Murad Mohammad was Farah’s attorney. On the first day of trial Farah sought to replace Mohammad with another attorney. Farah was unhappy that Mohammad had advised him to plead guilty to the charges. Farah told Judge Davis that Farah warned him, “Judge Davis will ‘f’ you if you don’t plead guilty.” After interrogating both Farah and Mohammad, Judge Davis denied Farah’s motion. We won’t have an opportunity to evaluate Mohammad’s advice until Judge Davis sentences Farah.

The fourth Muhammad is a legal assistant who withdrew as a member of Farah’s defense team. His name is Hassan “Jaamici” Mohamud. Mohamud wears many hats; his home base is the Minnesota Da’wah Institute, where he serves as the imam. Mohamud was born in Somalia. He memorized the Koran at the age of thirteen. He is an expert in Islamic law. In 2009 the local FOX affiliate found Mohamud advising Muslims to avoid the “hellfire that comes with living in America.”

Mohamud turned up on the recordings made by informant Abdhirahman Bashir. Before trial the prosecution put defendants on notice that it intended to introduce a recording that cited Mohamud’s instruction in the battlefield prayer for jihad. At the hearing Judge Davis called on this matter, Mohamud and his boss resolved the issue by withdrawing from the defense. I wrote about the hearing in “Sheikh Hassan’s retreat.”

As a result of the hearing, we learned that Mohamud had sought to persuade Abdirizak Warsame against pleading guilty. In connection with the hearing Warsame attorney Jon Hopeman filed an affidavit setting forth Mohamud’s efforts to interfere with the deal Hopeman had worked out on behalf of Warsame. On the evening before Warsame was to plead guilty, Mohamud counseled Warsame “that all the defendants should stick together and go to trial, and if they did, good things would happen.” Hopeman, it should be noted, is a prominent and respected member of Minnesota’s defense bar. In his remarks to Judge Davis, Murad Mohammad told Judge Davis that he had emphatically warned Hassan Mohamud not to speak to defendants other than Farah. It was among the first points that Mohammad made.

Before the hearing, Mohamud would turn up in the news as a Somali “community leader.” In the photo at right he is holding forth outside the federal courthouse in Minneapolis in his accustomed style. That’s some “community leader” you’ve got there.

As a “community leader,” Mohamud had been invited to participate in the annual tour of secure areas at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airpot given by DHS to local Muslim leaders. As Jack Paar used to say, I kid you not.

Mohamud took part in such a tour in 2015 but was disinvited before this year’s tour took place. The Star Tribune reported that the disinvitation discouraged Mohamud “because, he said, his mosque has sponsored several events bringing together Homeland Security and the Muslim community.” Mohamud asserted his disinvitation derived from his criticism “of U.S. anti-terror tactics in Minnesota.” On the contrary, however, it’s probably what got him invited in the first place.

The fifth Muhammad turned up late in the trial. His name is Burhan Mohumed (photo at right). Mohumed is a Somali community organizer and friend of defendants. He faithfully attended the trial to support his friends.

Mohumed was removed by marshals three times for violation of the protocol prohibiting cell phone use in the courtroom. He was brought before Judge Davis when he got involved in the fight that broke out in the hallway outside the courtroom one morning and refused to let the marshals take his photograph, as Judge Davis’s protocol also required. Mohumed said he had interceded in the fight, trying to break it up. After interrogating Mohumed in open court, Judge Davis banned him from the courthouse for the duration of the trial. I noted these events that morning from the courtroom in part 16 of my trial reports.

That wasn’t the last we saw of Mohumed. He turned up in the two New York Times stories on the trial. The Times found Mohumed to be a go-to guy to opine on the purported insufficiency of the evidence to support the guilty verdicts returned by the jury against defendants.


Sir Roger Scruton!

Posted: 14 Jun 2016 02:15 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

Delighted to hear the news that the great British philosopher Roger Scruton has received a knighthood, and is now Sir Roger Scruton. I’ve had occasion to talk about Roger many times before on Power Line, such as here (praising his memoir Gentle Regrets), here (on his great recent book How To Be a Conservative), and here (featuring my short interview with him four years ago about his book on environmentalism).

Now, if you have a spare hour, the Intelligence Squared people held a recent “conversation/debate” (it is quite genteel) between Roger and Terry Eagleton, perhaps the best known Marxist literary critic. It’s a terrifically erudite exchange, and I do have to say that Roger gets in all the best comic lines. Eagleton is a formidable person, but like most leftist intellectuals, is humor-deprived. (You can also download this as a podcast from the IQ Squared people and listen to it in your car.)

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I’m hoping to help arrange a North American lecture tour for Roger next year. Stand by for details when it happens.


PowerLine – Our -under-incarceration- problem, Orlando edition

PowerLine – Our -under-incarceration- problem, Orlando edition

PowerLine Daily digest - Old Guard

PowerLine Daily digest – Old Guard

Daily Digest

This Is How All Bureaucrats Should Be Answered

Posted: 13 Jun 2016 02:23 PM PDT

(Steven Hayward)Making the round right now an exchange that I certainly hope is authentic, between the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and ranchers Larry and Amanda Anderson. It seems the Oregon bureaucrats want permission to survey the Andersons’ ranch land for purposes of tracking species decline. Here’s the letter from the state, which I think you can make out:

Letter 1 copy

And here is the Andersons’ splendid reply (full text below if you can’t read this or it won’t enlarge with a click on your screen):

Letter 2 copy

The text:

Dear Mr. Niemela:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this matter.

We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a draw tag for each unit. Application fees are only $8.00 per unit after you purchase the “Frog Survey License” ($120.00 resident / $180.00 Non-Resident). You will also need to obtain a “Frog Habitat” parking permit ($10.00 per vehicle). You will also need an “Invasive Species” stamp ($15.00 for the first vehicle and $5.00 for each add’l vehicle) You will also want to register at the Check Station to have your vehicle inspected for non-native plant life prior to entering our property. There is also a Day Use fee, $5.00 per vehicle.

If you are successful in the Draw you will be notified two weeks in advance so you can make necessary plans and purchase your “Creek Habitat” stamp. ($18.00 Resident / $140.00 Non-Resident). Survey units open between 8am and 3pm but you cannot commence survey until 9am and must cease all survey activity by 1pm.

Survey Gear can only include a net with a 2″ diameter made of 100% organic cotton netting with no longer than an 18″ handle, non-weighted and no deeper than 6′ from net frame to the bottom of the net. Handles can only be made of BPA-free plastics or wooden handles. After 1pm, you can use a net with a 3″ diameter if you purchase the “Frog Net Endorsement” ($75.00 Resident / $250 Non-Resident). Any frogs captured that are released will need to be released with an approved release device back into the environment unharmed.

As of June 1, we are offering draw tags for our “Premium Survey” units and application is again only $8.00 per application. However, all fees can be waived if you can verify “Native Indian Tribal rights and status.

You will also need to provide evidence of successful completion of “Frog Surveys and You” comprehensive course on frog identification, safe handling practices, and self-defense strategies for frog attacks. This course is offered online through an accredited program for a nominal fee of $750.00.

Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you. Otherwise, we decline your access to our property but appreciate your inquiry.

Larry & Amanda Anderson.

Now that’s how we all ought to respond to the government.


Our under-incarceration problem, Orlando edition

Posted: 13 Jun 2016 02:03 PM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)Time and time again, in the aftermath of a horrific crime, we learn that the criminal previously had been incarcerated for crimes serious enough that he should have been in prison at the time of the latest offense. I call this our under-incarceration problem.

In the case of Omar Mateen, killer of four dozen at an Orlando club, I haven’t seen anything that shows he should have been in jail. However, this report from Fox News suggests that the man who helped inspire him to butcher gays should be.

Marcus Dwayne Robertson is a radical imam who preaches hate in the Orlando area. A former U.S. Marine, he served as a bodyguard to the Blind Sheik who was behind the 1993 World Trade Center Attack.

Eventually, Robertson resurfaced in Orlando. According to a law enforcement official familiar with Robertson, the imam has a history of recruiting terrorists and inciting violence in the area.

The official says that Mateen was enrolled in Robertson’s online Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary. Robertson reportedly has “openly and enthusiastically preached against homosexuality.”

According to Fox News, Robertson, spent four years in prison in Florida on illegal weapons and tax fraud charges before being released by a Florida judge one year ago. During his time in prison, Robertson was considered so dangerous that he was kept in shackles and assigned his own guards.

Whenever Robertson was transported to court, a seven-car caravan of armed federal marshals escorted him. He was initially moved into solitary confinement because prison authorities concluded he was radicalizing up to 36 of his fellow prisoners.

The illegal weapons and tax fraud charges in themselves may not have justified more than four years of jail time. But prosecutors say that wiretaps from 2011 show that Robertson instructed one of his students, Jonathan Paul Jimenez, to file false tax returns to obtain a tax refund to pay for travel to Mauritania for terror training.

Jimenez studied with Robertson for a year in preparation for his travel to Mauritania, where he furthered his training in killing, suicide bombing, and identifying and murdering U.S. military personnel. He pleaded guilty in 2012 to lying to authorities and conspiring to defraud the IRS and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors sought to tack on 10 years to Robertson’s sentence, based on enhanced terrorism charges under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. However, U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell, a Bill Clinton appointee, was unmoved. He freed Robertson in June 2015 with time served.

Without more knowledge of the facts, it is impossible to say with confidence that the judge erred in releasing Robertson. Unfortunately, many of the court documents, including Robertson’s own testimony from his most recent criminal case, remain under federal seal.

But if wiretaps showed that Robertson instructed his student to file false tax returns to obtain a tax refund to pay for travel to Mauritania for terror training, and if that student worked with Robertson for a year in preparation for that trip, then Judge Presnell’s decision to refuse the government’s request for an enhanced sentence seems suspect.

Robertson was questioned by authorities following Mateen’s massacre, but there is no indication he will be charged in connection with those crimes. Most likely, he will remain able to spew venom, including at gays and lesbians, to inspire violence, and to assist terrorists.

Society had its chance to keep Robertson in prison and isolated, but a federal judge let him walk.

Energy Geek Week

Posted: 13 Jun 2016 11:59 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)One of my all-time favorite Steve Martin scenes is “the new phone book is here!” from The Jerk:


Well, this is how I feel every year with the release of the BP Statistical Survey of World Energy! It’s an energy geek’s best friend. I’m known to run around the neighborhood, channeling Steve Martin: “The new BP Statistical Survey of World Energy is here! The new BP Statistical Survey of World Energy is here! Things are going to start happening for me now!” (Yes, indeed I have an exciting life.)

The most recent edition was released on Wednesday of last week, and while I haven’t had time to pour through the copious data tables (my favorite part), I see that Robert Rapier, writing in Forbes, has already flagged the key headline from the data. For all of the chatter and happy talk about renewable energy, last year saw fossil fuel consumption increase to an all-time record high. So much for “getting off fossil fuels.” Moreover, growth in hydrocarbon consumption was more than twice as much as the growth in renewable energy.

While global coal consumption did decline by 1% in 2015, the world set new consumption records for petroleum and natural gas. The net impact was a total increase in the world’s fossil fuel consumption of about 0.6%. That may not seem like much, but the net increase in fossil fuel consumption — the equivalent of 127 million metric tons of petroleum — was 2.6 times the overall increase in the consumption of renewables (48 million metric tons of oil equivalent).

Not hard to guess what’s happening to global CO2 emissions:

As a result, despite the record increase in renewable consumption, global carbon dioxide emissions once again set a new all-time record high. Carbon dioxide emissions in 2015 were 36 million metric tons higher than in 2014, and marked the 6th straight year a new record high has been set. But perhaps the silver lining is that 2015 marked the 2nd straight year that the increase was smaller than the year before. Carbon dioxide emissions in 2013 were 505 million tons higher than in 2012, but then 2014 and 2015 respectively saw increases of 224 million metric tons and 36 million metric tons.

Now excuse me while I geek out for a while.

Down with “Hamilton”

Posted: 13 Jun 2016 09:59 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)Hamilton 2 copyBack in April, I noted that the liberal culturati were unhappy over the success of the Broadway smash Hamilton, precisely because its multiracial cast and hip-hop format don’t conform to or reinforce the identity politics frame of the Left. Broadway is making a capitalist dead white guy look cool! Horrors!

With Hamilton dominating the Tony Awards show last night, the New York Times returned to the theme as if to say “You didn’t get it the first time so let us hit you again.” An op-ed article by Jason Frank and Isaac Kramnick of Cornell University complain about Hamilton in ways that unwittingly reveal some great examples of the lack of self-awareness among today’s Left. Like this:

Mr. Miranda’s depiction of Hamilton as resourceful immigrant and talented self-made man captures an important aspect of his character. But the musical avoids an equally pronounced feature of Hamilton’s beliefs: his deeply ingrained elitism, his disdain for the lower classes and his fear of democratic politics. . .  Hamilton mistrusted the political capacities of the common people and insisted on deference to elites.

Heh. Today it is liberals who have a “deeply ingrained elitism, disdain for the lower classes, and fear of democratic politics.”

But wait! There’s more!

Hamilton, with his contemptuous attitude toward the lower classes, was perfectly comfortable with the inegalitarian and antidemocratic implications of his economic vision.

Again, just like today’s liberals, who want to rule ever more through executive action and unaccountable bureaucracy. Not to mention a Democratic Party that has more or less openly decided to turn its back on the working class in favor of coastal elites.

Somehow I doubt Frank and Kramnick will become the successors to Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Taya Kyle pins Jesse Ventura on appeal

Posted: 13 Jun 2016 08:32 AM PDT

(Scott Johnson)AmericanSniper I wrote about Jesse Ventura’s defamation/unjust enrichment lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle in American Sniper on trial” and in American Sniper on trial: The verdict” and in American Sniper on trial: The appeal.” The case arises from a couple of pages now excised from the book about Kyle’s close encounter with Ventura at a bar in southern California.

Ventura alleged that the story Kyle recounted was false and defamatory and that the success of the book was attributable in part to the story Kyle told in those pages. A jury with two holdouts found in favor of Ventura. District Judge Richard Kyle (no relation to the family of Chris Kyle) entered judgment against the estate in the amount of nearly $2,000,000 on the two claims. The Kyle estate appealed the judgment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

A panel of three judges has now ruled in favor of the Kyle estate on appeal, vacating the unjust enrichment award and sending the defamation claim back for a new trial. The Eighth Circuit’s opinion is unanimous in overturning the unjust enrichment award and split 2-1 only in sending the defamation claim back for retrial. The unjust enrichment claim is now gone and will not be seen again.

The Eighth Circuit’s opinion is posted online by the court here. I encourage interested readers to check it out.

Ventura appeared outside the courthouse last fall following the oral argument of the appeal before the Eighth Circuit in St. Paul. The Star Tribune’s Abby Simmons and Randy Furst covered the argument and provided a brief account of Ventura’s remarks here. The Star Tribune also posted a video with excerpts of Ventura speaking outside the courthouse at the top of the Simmons and Furst story.

Ventura has become a visibly unsavory character of bad judgment. These qualities were on display in the video of his comments posted by the Star Tribune. Ventura mockingly disparaged the late Chris Kyle as “Superman.” Unfortunately, Kyle isn’t around any longer to defend himself. One is left to reflect what a poor excuse for a man Ventura is, and not just by contrast with Kyle.

As he has done in his lawsuit and elsewhere, outside the courthouse Ventura attributed the decline in his fortunes over the years to what Kyle wrote about him in American Sniper. If one were to take Ventura’s comments at face value, one might infer that Ventura is a man in need of an intervention of some kind. One wonders if he has any friends left. He needs to summon the fortitude to look at himself in the mirror.

I agree with the court’s opinion on appeal that those critical rulings by the trial judge with respect to unjust enrichment and evidence of insurance were mistaken. I thought that Judge Riley’s comments at oral argument of the appeal suggested that Ventura’s side of the case has trouble ahead. The court’s opinion kills the unjust enrichment claim and ensures that the defamation claim will be retried without the question of insurance to color the outcome.

The Cloakroom – to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow labor organizations …

The Cloakroom – to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow labor organizations …



JUNE 13, 2016




S. 337 — “To improve the Freedom of Information Act.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILLPASSED BY VOICE

United States Congress Seal - Old Guard Audio

United States Congress Seal – Old Guard Audio


H.R. 3636 — “To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow labor organizations and management organizations to receive the results of visa petitions about which such organizations have submitted advisory opinions, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILLPASSED BY VOICE


H.R. 3694 — “To combat trafficking in human organs, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILLPASSED BY VOICE


H. Res. 343 — “Expressing concern regarding persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND ADOPTED THE RESOLUTIONADOPTED BY VOICE


H.R. 5049 — “To provide for improved management and oversight of major multi-user research facilities funded by the National Science Foundation, to ensure transparency and accountability of construction and management costs, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILLVOTE ORDERED  


H.R. 4939 — “To increase engagement with the governments of the Caribbean region, the Caribbean diaspora community in the United States, and the private sector and civil society in both the United States and the Caribbean, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILLPASSED 386 – 6


H.R. 5312 — “To amend the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 to authorize activities for support of networking and information technology research, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILLPASSED 385 – 7