DECEMBER 1, 2015
RT’s Lori Harnifest hit the streets of Washington Square Park in New York City to ask residents what they thought of opposition from Governors to the White House’s refugee proposal.
“I think they all ought to go read the Statue of Liberty,” responded one man.
When Harnifest handed him a form and said, “You’re signing up to house some refugees,” he immediately shot back, “I’m not going to be able to do that.”
“Everyone in this country has been a refugee,” another younger man enthusiastically proclaimed.
His enthusiasm waned somewhat when he was handed the form to personally house one.
Another man expressed support for bringing in the refugees but then complained that his studio apartment wasn’t suitable.
“A studio apartment’s better than another winter in the desert,” responded Harnifest.
“Erm, I don’t know if I would do that,” retorted the man.
What we’re seeing in this video is a specialty of ‘progressives’ and leftists – virtue signaling.
Virtue signaling is when someone expresses an opinion or support for a minority group not because they genuinely care or plan on doing anything about it, but merely to obtain social brownie points from their liberal friends.
In reality, studies show that despite how much liberals bleat on about how caring and humanitarian they are, conservatives are significantly more generous when it comes to charity.
The Philanthropy Chronicle analyzed the itemized charity deductions on the tax returns of hundreds of millions of Americans between 2006 and 2012 and found that poorer conservatives gave more money to charity than wealthy liberals.
So while leftists like to posture and grandstand about how charitable and considerate they are towards those less fortunate, the facts show that they’re stingier than conservatives, who are less likely to virtue signal simply to make themselves look good on Twitter and Facebook.
Celebrity social justice warriors like Bob Geldof and Michael Moore have also vowed to personally house Syrian refugees in protest at perceived government inaction and bigotry towards the migrants.
In Geldof’s case, it’s been almost four months since he promised to house four refugee families, and nothing has happened since.
“These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL leaders,” Carter told the House Armed Services Committee in prepared remarks, using an abbreviation for Islamic State.
“That creates a virtuous cycle of better intelligence, which generates more targets, more raids, and more momentum,” he added.
There are currently about 3,400 American troops in Iraq. In November, the US announced that 50 commandos will be sent to northern Syria to advise anti-IS forces there. The Pentagon would not comment on whether those special operations troops had already arrived in the embattled country.
“Over time,” the 50 forces will conduct raids in both Iraq and Syria “to put even more pressure” on IS, Carter told the committee.
“The raids in Iraq will be done at the invitation of the Iraqi government and focused on defending its borders and building the [Iraqi Security Forces’] own capacity,” Carter said in his prepared testimony. “This force will also be in a position to conduct unilateral operations into Syria.”
Unilateral raids, which would not be sanctioned by Syrian President Bashar Assad, would represent a split from President Barack Obama’s commitment to avoid ground troops in the fight against IS.
Two-thirds of Americans believe that Obama doesn’t have a coherent strategy for combating IS, according to a mid-November poll. About half of respondents approved of sending ground troops to fight the terrorist group, and 63 percent said that such a deployment was inevitable. Only 20 percent believe airstrikes, the current weapon of choice for the US in dealing with Islamic State, will be successful in eliminating the group.
House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said he would support a greater commitment to US ground forces in both Syria and Iraq if they were part of a more robust strategy to bring down IS.
“The issue is okay, what would it take to really degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS?” Thornberry told USA Today. “Send however many guys or assemble whatever coalition is necessary to accomplish that goal.”
However, he called the deployment of 50 commandos a half measure destined to fail.
“Fifty guys to be deployed is not going to turn the tide of this battle,” he said.
In mid-November, the US began targeting at least 116 trucks used by IS to smuggle crude oil in Syria as part of a campaign to disrupt the ability of the jihadist group to generate revenue to supports its operation. The terrorist organization is reported to take in as much as $40 million a month by producing and exporting oil.
Since then, more than 40 percent of the revenue IS receives from oil has been affected by the US-led strikes, General Joe Dunford, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the committee.
“We estimate that approximately 43 percent of the revenue stream that ISIL derives from oil has been affected over the past 30 days,”Dunford said.
The United States had previously refrained from striking the fleet of trucks, believed to number over 1,000, out of concern over civilian casualties. To prevent that, F-15 jets dropped leaflets prior to the attack, warning drivers to abandon their vehicles. The leaflets were followed by strafing runs an hour prior to the strikes to emphasize the message. After the strikes, US officials said that there were no immediate reports of civilian casualties.
The US heads a coalition of more than 60 countries conducting airstrikes on IS in Syria. The United States has conducted more than 95 percent of the nearly 3,000 strikes against IS targets since the campaign began in September 2014. In September, Russia launched its own bombing campaign against terrorist groups in Syria. The West has said some of the strikes target moderate anti-Assad forces, but Moscow denies the claims and insists they are only targeting terrorists.
BY JOHN SEXTON
UPDATE: The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois has released the name of the suspect. Jabari R. Dean is 21 years old and was arrested Monday morning “without incident.” Dean has been charged with “transmitting a threat in interstate commerce,” which carries a maximum 5-year sentence if he is convicted.
The criminal complaint in the case states that when the FBI confronted Dean, he admitted to having made the threat using a cell phone. He said he removed it himself shortly thereafter, but by that point a screenshot had already been relayed to the FBI.
The University of Chicago announced Monday afternoon that classes will resume Tuesday. “We are deeply grateful to the University of Chicago Police Department, the FBI, the Chicago Police Department, and other law enforcement offices for their timely, professional, and effective response to this security concern,” University President Robert Zimmer wrote.
A University of Illinois at Chicago student has been arrested and will face charges for an online threat to kill at least 16 “white devils” in revenge for the death of Laquan McDonald who was shot 16 times by police.
“This is my only warning. At 10AM Monday morning, I’m going to the campus quad of the University of Chicago. I will be armed with an M-4 carbine and two desert eagles, all fully loaded. I will execute approximately 16 white male students and or staff, which is the same number of time McDonald was killed,” the Chicago Tribune reports. The message continued, “I will then die killing any number of white policeman in the process. This is not a joke. I am to do my part and rid the world of white devils. I expect you do the same.”
The threat was left on a website called worldstarhiphop.com over the weekend. A reader alerted the FBI to the threat on Sunday morning. After day long discussions between the FBI and local authorities, University President Robert Zimmer decided to cancel classes Monday.
“Based on the FBI’s assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday,” Zimmer wrote.
Seventeen year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed by police in October 2014. Video of the shooting was released last week. The police officer who shot McDonald has been charged with first degree murder.
The identity of the student who made the threat has not been released but the student isreportedly in federal custody awaiting charges.
BY HELENA ANDREWS-DYER
After last year’s show, hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, TNT announced that it would no longer broadcast the Christmas special, ending a 15-year partnership with veteran producer George Stevens Jr. and his son, Michael. The Stevenses, who had just been ousted as the producers of the Kennedy Center Honors gala, said they were in search of a new broadcast partner.
But a new network sponsor was never found, and according to the Stevens Co., the 2014 broadcast was the last.
“Christmas in Washington,” which began in 1982, was like a grade-school pageant on steroids. The night was filled with marquee musicals acts such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Tim McGraw, Gloria Estefan, Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey, who crooned Christmas classics on stage while the first family and other Washington VIPs sang along from the audience.
For the big finale everyone, including the first family, headed to the stage for hand-holding, hugging and a big singalong. It was a hot holiday ticket and decades-long tradition.
The special, which benefited the Children’s National Health System, was created by producer-writer George Stevens Jr. His son Michael signed on as a producer in 1993 and went on to direct the show from 2004 to 2014. Michael Stevens died Oct. 15 from complications caused by stomach cancer.
When asked what George Stevens, who received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2012, was planning to do next, a representative from his company said: “Mr. Stevens always has stuff going on but nothing right now.”
It’s official: Obama is evil and mentally defective.
No matter how high the pile of bodies in the cause of Allah, Obama sees no Islam, hears no Islam, speaks no Islam.
Obama’s cold-blooded comedy in Paris is a step too far.
Climate change is an industry started when I was just a kid. Then it was called ecology. The modern equal to the emperor’s new clothes. It has made the left rich and enabled the government to control more and more of our lives. But to use this fairy tale to duck real life and death issues is malevolent. Fact is, the climate changes. It has for millions of years, with or without man. The idea that it is man’s fault is the height of hubris.
ISIS doesn’t give a fig about the weather. They are planning their next conquest, their next country, their next wholesale slaughter.
Obama: Talking About Climate Change ‘Act of Defiance’ Against Islamic State, Breitbart, November 30, 2015
President Obama is like a beautiful sunrise: each morning, he astonishes anew. Except that the sunrise is beautiful, and President Obama is simply stupid.
That’s the kind gloss on Obama’s latest trip to Paris, where he has repeatedly stated that he is fighting ISIS by sitting in mahogany-paneled rooms eating delicacies with fellow world leaders and chatting about how to hamper global economic growth on behalf of environmentalist redistributionism. Speaking in Paris, Obama said that talking climate change is “an act of defiance that proves nothing will deter us.”
Deter us from what? Obama said that we would build a better future, and that ISIS couldn’t stop us, as though Muslim terrorists are sitting around in Syria making nefarious plans to expend carbon, cursing the new Global Alliance Against Cow Farts. Naturally, Obama trotted out his favorite language to describe those who disagree with his agenda: they’re cynics. “One of the enemies we will be fighting at this conference is cynicism,” Obama said – and fighting cynicism will presumably be a more important task than fighting radical Muslims who wish to murder Westerners.
Leave aside Obama’s arrogance here – he was supposed to speak for three minutes and spoke for fourteen. Leave aside his pathetic apologetics for the American economy, the planetary driver for economic growth since the turn of the 20th century — Obama said he had come “personally as the leader of the world’s largest economy and the second largest emitter to say the USA not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it.” Focus instead on Obama’s prioritization: he believes that what he’s doing in Paris right now is of far more global importance than what he does to stop Russian aggression in the Middle East, or to stop ISIS’s terror campaign, or to stop the devolution of American global power. That’s not an aberration. That’s a fundamental part of the leftist philosophy from which he springs. As Paul Krugman of The New York Times wrote just days after the Paris massacre, “Sorry, conservatives: when President Obama describes climate change as the greatest threat we face, he’s exactly right. Terrorism can’t and won’t destroy our civilization, but global warming could and might.”
Obama obviously agrees. During his speech, he stated, “We stand united in solidarity not only to deliver justice to the terrorist network responsible for those attacks but to protect our people and uphold the enduring values that keep us strong and keep us free. And we salute the people of Paris for insisting this crucial conference go on…What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our best efforts to save it?”
This is nonsensical to the point of madness. The goal of ISIS isn’t to “tear down our world” to their own material standard – if it were, Obama would be on their side, given his intent to do away with the two greatest engines for the alleviation of poverty in the history of civilization: capitalism and carbon based fuels. Their goal is to replace our civilization with one of their own, barbaric and cruel, theologically rooted in a shared vision of radical Islam.
President Obama doesn’t like the villain with which history has presented him, and so he’s instead crafting a villain of his own from broadcloth, a sort of alien civilization that wants to stop us from signing leftist agreements. President Obama, in viewing ISIS, is like Jackie Kennedy in viewing the assassin of her husband, Lee Harvey Oswald: “He didn’t even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights…it had to be some silly little Communist.” Obama feels the same way about radical Islam: the people of Paris didn’t even have the satisfaction of being killed by pro-oil right-wingers. Instead, it had to be some silly little Muslim fanatics. So he’ll simply manufacture the enemies he wishes he had, and slap the label of ISIS on them. According to Obama, ISIS isn’t Islamic, but they sure as hell hate climate treaties.
Obama’s real point in Paris, of course, is exactly what the left says it is. In February, the executive secretary of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change openly stated, “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution…This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”
Obama feels the same way. In his speech today, he said that wanted to “reaffirm our commitment that resources will be there for countries willing to do their part to skip the dirty phase of development” – as though if we just pay off poor countries to skip development, they’ll go directly to being developed countries without any of that nasty, you know, development. He said we need to “makes sure that these resources flow to the countries that need help preparing for the impacts of climate change that we can no longer avoid” – as though if we just hand cash to the world’s most impoverished countries and the world’s cruelest dictators, they’ll surely use it to relocate their populations from coastal cities sure to be swamped by unscientific concepts of climate change. And finally, he said he wanted a crony capitalist global system by which his green energy initiatives in the United States – a massive failure by any metric – are expanded worldwide.
Obama’s agenda isn’t America’s agenda in Paris. It’s the left’s agenda, which means ignoring America’s true enemies in order to bring the West down a peg. And if he has to prop up the bodies of a few dead Frenchmen to make that agenda – well, that’s just an act of defiance to the terrorists, right?
Putin says Russia has proof ISIS oil routed through Turkey…and Obama has/ is supporting these killers.
Obama is on the wrong side every time. Every time. Obama has a perfect record of siding with evil every time.
Russia has ‘more proof’ ISIS oil routed through Turkey, Erdogan says he’ll resign if it’s true,” By RT, Nov 30, 2015
Russia has received additional intelligence confirming that oil from deposits controlled by Islamic State is moved through Turkey on an industrial scale, said Vladimir Putin. President Recep Erdogan said he will resign if this is confirmed.
Moscow has grounds to suspect that the Su-24 was downed by Turkish jets on November 24 to secure illegal oil deliveries from Syria to Turkey, he said speaking on the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris on Monday.
“At the moment we have received additional information confirming that that oil from the deposits controlled by Islamic State militants enters Turkish territory on industrial scale,” he said.
“We have every reason to believe that the decision to down our plane was guided by a desire to ensure security of this oil’s delivery routes to ports where they are shipped in tankers,” Putin said.
Speaking in Paris on Monday, President Recep Erdogan said that he will leave office if there is proof of Turkey’s cooperation with IS.
“We are not that dishonest as to buy oil from terrorists. If it is proven that we have, in fact, done so, I will leave office. If there is any evidence, let them present it, we’ll consider [it],” he said, as quoted by TASS.
The countries from which Turkey buys oil are “well known,” said Erdogan.
He called on Russia to comment on the US’ recent black-listing of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the World Chess Federation President, accusing him of “materially assisting and acting for or on behalf of the Government of Syria.” Erdogan alleged Ilyumzhinov had been dealing with Islamic State oil.
Terrorists have been abusing the visa-free regime between Russia and Turkey to move freely, the Russian leader said adding that Ankara failed to address the issue after Russia raised it.
“We have been asking [Ankara] for a long time to pay attention” to the threat posed by some terrorists active in separate regions of Russia, including the northern Caucuses, that have been “emerging on Turkish territory,” Putin said.