Armistice (Veteran’s) Day

How many of you know that Veteran’s Day was originally called Armistice Day?

The Armistice was signed on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month to end World War I.

The official end of World War I came on June 28, 1919, with the Treaty of Versailles.

I was born the year the name was officially changed, 1954.

On June 1, 1954, the name was changed from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day.

When I was younger, a lot of people still referred to Veteran’s Day as Armistice Day.

In 1968 Congress moved Veteran’s Day to the fourth Monday in October.

Then in 1978, Congress moved Veteran’s Day back to November 11th.

As a nation, we need to recall and honor all of our veterans.

Sadly, many do not recall or honor or veterans.

I have several reasons to recall and honor our veterans.

These will be passed on to my daughters so they will honor and remember our veterans.

The first reason is the freedom we all enjoy.

The next reason is that I had an uncle who paid the supreme price.

On December 3, 1944, P.F.C Frank Walters gave all.

One of my uncles was a commando a fact I learned in the last years of his life.

I know he was in the war, but nothing else.

I learned he was in North Africa with my friend’s grandfather.

Lastly, I have an uncle who recently passed away due to radiation exposure during the war.

The radiation made his liver fail and turn to stone.

We must remember all veterans, living and dead.

From Bunker Hill to Baghdad, we owe the veterans so much more than we could ever repay.

Please take time to recall and honor them.

If you know a veteran or see a veteran ask to shake their hand and thank them for their service.

I have made a practice to shake a veteran’s hand when I meet them.

Judge sides with Florida’s Rick Scott, cites ‘violation’ of state constitution by election officials

H/T Fox News.

 Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes sounds like she is taking a page out of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley finding enough votes to elect John Kennedy President in 1960.

Also a page from the 1948 Texas Senate election where there were enough votes found to give Landslide Lyndon Johnson an 87 vote win.

A state judge on Friday sided with Florida Republican Rick Scott in ordering that Republicans be granted “immediate” access to requested information about ballots in Broward County, amid explosive lawsuits against the county’s top election official.

In their lawsuit against Broward, Scott – the Republican gubernatorial incumbent narrowly leading in the state’s race for a U.S. Senate seat  — and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) allege that officials there are hiding critical information about the number of votes cast and counted.

In an emergency court hearing on Friday afternoon, state Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips ruled there has “been a violation of the Florida constitution,” as well as the state’s public records act, by not turning over requested records.

Phillips ordered Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes to allow for the “immediate inspection” and “photocopying” of the requested records no later than 7 p.m. Friday.

“We are glad that the Broward Supervisor of Elections is being held accountable for this unethical failure,” said Chris Hartline, a spokesman for Scott. “Bill Nelson and his rag tag group of liberal lawyers from D.C. keep trying to steal this election, but they won’t get away with it.”

Scott is running against longtime incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. On Thursday, a Nelson spokesperson tersely dismissed Scott’s effort: “The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately. Rick Scott’s action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation.”

It comes as Scott has warned of possibly “rampant fraud,” two heavily Democratic counties continue to report new votes, and three top races in the state appear headed for recounts. Fox News confirmed Friday that an unknown number of “bags” of uncounted early vote ballots have been found in Broward County. It is less than 100 ballots total, but officials did not give a precise number.

Scott’s emergency complaint accused Snipes, the Broward County supervisor of elections, of being “unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed,” and charges that the uncertainty “raises substantial concerns about the validity of the election process.”

 Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes, gives an update on the progress of ballots that are being counted from the midterm election Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

 Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes, gives an update on the progress of ballots that are being counted from the midterm election Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

President Trump himself has gone after Snipes, telling reporters Friday, “She has had a horrible history … and all of a sudden they’re finding votes out of nowhere.”

And one conservative congressman in Florida has taken matters a step further, calling for Snipes’ removal.

“The outrageous ballot-counting issues in Broward County are un-American and unacceptable,” Rep. Matt Gaetz said in a statement. “I call on Governor Scott to immediately suspend Brenda Snipes, Supervisor of Elections for Broward County. She has failed to follow state transparency laws during this election, and has a long history of misconduct, including preemptively destroying ballots.

Scott, speaking with Fox News’ Dana Perino on “The Daily Briefing,” said Friday “there’s no transparency” to the vote count.

“You have to assume the worst here,” Scott said, vowing to press ahead in the courts. “We already won it once. We have to win it twice now in the courts.”

Referring to himself as the state’s senator-elect, he voiced disbelief at the sheer number of votes discovered in Broward County since election night: “How do you come up with 78,000 more votes in one county?  … The Democrats are trying to steal this seat.”

In a parallel suit against Palm Beach County, Scott and the NRSC charge that the election supervisor there illegally used her own judgment to determine voter intent when reviewing damaged or incorrectly filled-out absentee ballots, while refusing to allow impartial witnesses to monitor the process.

Scott’s complaint against Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher alleges first that officials there illegally refused to allow Republicans, or any witnesses, to monitor the county’s handling of damaged absentee ballots.

“Even more alarmingly,” Scott claims, Bucher “failed to allow the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board” to determine, as required by law, which damaged or improperly filled-out absentee ballots were valid and how the voters of those ballots had intended to vote. Instead, Scott and the NRSC argue, Bucher and her staff simply used their own judgment when determining voters’ intent.

The suit against Bucher demands an injunction requiring Bucher to make and compare duplicate copies of all damaged absentee ballots in the presence of Scott’s representatives, and to allow the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board to determine voters’ intent when counting those ballots.

Democrats are being represented in Florida by lawyer Marc Elias – known for his role in the Trump dossier controversy – who also announced a lawsuit Friday on behalf of Nelson over vote-by-mail ballots. Trump took aim at Elias in a tweet Friday.

“As soon as Democrats sent their best Election stealing lawyer, Marc Elias, to Broward County they miraculously started finding Democrat votes. Don’t worry, Florida – I am sending much better lawyers to expose the FRAUD!” Trump said.

 

Duplicitous Dames: Check Out Pelosi & Fauxcahonta’s Flip-Flop On AG Sessions And Try Not To LYAO

H/T Clash Daily.

San Fran Nan and Fauxcahonta have more twists than a circus contortionist trying to first vilify then give victim status to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The firing of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General has caused quite a conundrum for a few people on the left.

Do they celebrate that an obvious ‘Trump sycophant’ is gone, or do they cry foul at the blatant ‘authoritarianism’ of the President?

What to do… what to do?

It’s a real dilemma, guys. This is what happens when your Trump Derangement Syndrome™ has a Split Personality Disorder.

Nancy Pelosi Tweeted that Jeff Sessions should have resigned in this tweet on March 2, 2017:

But things are different now.

Life comes at you fast.

And then there’s Fauxcahontas, Elizabeth Warren, who is on an altogether differentlevel.

She had a whole lot to say about Jeff Sessions becoming Attorney General because he was ‘unfit’ for office because he’s a racist, bigot, who eats children or something.

And then she expressed how upset she was with the Senate for confirming him.   

Warren was then incredibly concerned about his role in stomping out the investigation into ‘Russian Collusion’. She even demands his resignation.

    

But, now that Sessions is no longer the AG, it’s a ‘Constitutional Crisis’.

So, which is it, Liz?

Should Sessions be AG or not?

Is it a ‘Constitutional crisis’ or not?

It’s gotta be rough being Pelosi or Warren these days.

I’m sure they imagined their lives wouldn’t be like this — after dedicating their lives to politics, they’re stuck helplessly standing on the sidelines watching the tremendous success of reality television star, President Donald J. Trump, and trying to remain consistent in their constant barrage of criticism.

I think the ‘Old Guard’ in the Democratic Party is officially broken, which is a little terrifying considering what the new recruits are like.

James Woods Has A Special Message For ANTIFA – ‘Banging Down My Door Is A DEATH WISH’

H/T Clash Daily.

I would not want to be the Damned fool that tries to intimidate James Woods by kicking in the door to his house.

Badass James Woods has a message for Antifa activists that think it’s just fine to harass people that they disagree with politically.

They’d better not try it with him.

Yesterday, ClashDaily reported that Antifa thugs protested on Tucker Carlson’s lawn chanting, ‘Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!‘ and ‘Racist Scumbag, leave town‘, along with threats of a pipe bomb, posting his home adress online, and damaged his front door.

James Woods retweeted a USA Today story about the incident with the message, ‘The attacker who would break down my door would do so during the final five seconds of his life.’

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The attacker who would break down my door would do so during the final five seconds of his life. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/08/mob-tucker-carlsons-home-antifa-break-door-chant-fox-host/1927868002/ 

Antifa protesters chant outside Fox’s Tucker Carlson’s home, break door

The anti-fascists group chanted “Tucker Carlson, we will fight.” outside of Tucker’s D.C. home. Carlson’s wife was home alone and called police.

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Many states have laws that protect the rights of citizens to use lethal force if they feel that their lives or those of their family are threatened while inside their homes. It’s commonly referred to as ‘Castle Doctrine’.

Woods was clear with his warning — those trespassing on his property are taking their lives into their hands.

Somehow I get the feeling he’s not making an idle threat.

The weather war – Part II

H/T Beyond The Band Of Brothers.

The weatherman goes to war.

Islands derelict and far.

Our last newsletter looked at the sea and air-based attempts to gather vital meteorological information in the North Atlantic. Today we are going to take a look at the history of small, often hidden, weather stations that peppered Arctic islands. During the war, numerous weather stations were built in these locations by both sides, often temporarily. The Germans often tried to establish a station late in the year, so that Arctic winter weather would prevent the Allies from launching an attack on it for several months. It would be past the scope of this article to list all of the ephemeral stations and small-scale raids, so what follows here is a selection of some notable ones associated with memorable events.

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German meteorologist in front of his instruments at a hidden weather station in Svalbard

Fake reports of fog. The island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago was the site of several Norwegian and Russian coal mines along with weather stations. The British decided to keep these from German hands. In August 1941, a British-Canadian force landed on Spitsbergen to evacuate the miners. 504,000 tons of coal, heaped in massive piles, was set on fire, fuel was burned or dumped into the sea and mining equipment was sabotaged. All along, the Allies kept the local Norwegian weather station going, broadcasting bogus reports of heavy fog to keep Luftwaffe recon flights in Norway on the ground and oblivious to what was going on. Once everything else was done, the wireless stations were also demolished.

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Wireless station being blown up at the end of Operation Gauntlet on Spitsbergen
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Canadian sappers burning a pile of coal, as visible in the background, to prevent it from falling into German hands

Only attack of the Tirpitz. The Germans weren’t ready to give up on Spitsbergen and came back in force on September 8, 1943. A task force lead by the Tirpitz, the sister ship of the Bismarck, attacked the Free Norwegian garrison on the island. The Tirpitz was normally used as a “fleet in being” to threaten Allied convoys. This was the only time it fired its guns in an offensive action: lobbing shells at the Germans’ own troops due to poor fire coordination. The 8-hour raid saw the Norwegian defenders killed, captured or driven inland by the vastly superior German force, who then proceeded to destroy the Allied weather station there at the time.

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Bombardment of coastal targets during Operation Zitronella, the German attack on Spitsbergen

The first U.S. naval capture. Greenland, the world’s largest island, was a Danish holding at the time. Once Denmark fell to the Nazi invasion, the local Danish governor, Eske Brun, turned to the United States for help and started running the island as a virtually independent nation. About 15 local hunters and trappers formed the North East Greenland Sledge Patrol and started guarding a 500-mile stretch of the coast. They received help from the U.S. Coast Guard and the cooperation bagged three Germans in September 1941. Once found in a shack, the men offered to brew some coffee for their captors, who quickly realized this was a ploy to burn their codebook. The Coast Guard cutter Northlandalso managed to capture the Norwegian fishing trawler Buskoe, the ship that brought the Germans. Even though this happened before America’s entry into the war, this incident is often cited as the first World War II-related ship capture by the U.S. Navy.

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The Northland in the Arctic

The world’s smallest army. Two years later, the Germans established another station on Greenland, which was promptly found by the Sledge Patrol. Brun realized that if the civilian patrolmen got into a firefight with the Germans and were captured, they might be executed as partisans. In order to give them legal combatant status, he turned the patrol into the official Greenland Army, the world’s smallest, led by a captain and counting about 15 men. The army even saw action: the German expedition attacked the patrol HQ and burned it to the ground, killing and capturing several patrolmen on the way back. One of them, however, got the drop on the German unit’s commander when he was alone, turning the tables and marching him 300 miles to captivity.

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U.S. troops on the move to capture a hidden German weather station after it was found by locals

The only German ship captured at sea. In October 1944, the icebreaker cutter USCGC Eastwind captured the last German weather station on Greenland, followed shortly by the German trawler Externsteine, which was its supply ship. This was the only German surface ship that was captured by the U.S. Navy at sea.

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The only German ship captured at sea. In October 1944, the icebreaker cutter USCGC Eastwind captured the last German weather station on Greenland, followed shortly by the German trawler Externsteine, which was its supply ship. This was the only German surface ship that was captured by the U.S. Navy at sea.

The last to surrender. Half a dozen German soldiers and technicians were operating a weather station at Svalbard late into the war. They heard of the German surrender in May on the radio, and continued broadcasting weather data, but unencoded. In the chaos of Germany’s fall, the expedition was forgotten and they became the last German unit to surrender in September 1945, to a Norwegian seal hunter ship.

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Germans at the last weather station to surrender

The “Canadian” station. Weather Station Kurt was a German automatic station comprising two masts with instruments and barrel-like canisters holding batteries. It was erected by a U-boat crew on Labrador in the Dominion of Newfoundland, today part of Canada, in October 1943. To prevent destruction by the Allies, it was marked as property of the nonexistent “Canadian Weather Service” and American cigarette packets were strewn around it. It was only discovered in 1977 by a geomorphologist who though it was a Canadian military installation.

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Weather Station Kurt after its rediscovery

You can learn more about the lesser-known aspects of planning for World War II on our tours to Western Europethe Eastern Front and the Pacific.

Former DNC Chairman Declares Migrant Caravan Made-Up Problem

H/T The Lid.

I guess that Fast Eddie Rendell thinks everyone is stupid enough to believe everything that someone with a “D” after their name has to say about anything.

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Former DNC Chairman and Governor of Pennslyvania, Ed Rendell, asserted that the migrant caravan currently heading to the U.S. border is a ‘made-up’ problem.

Rendell made the comments during an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, alleging that Trump’s immigration stance is actually a turn off for suburban voters.

“The president said it was his tone, he should tone things down. That’s absolutely right,” Rendell claimed. “He shouldn’t be talking about a made-up caravan.”

The comment was so absurd, Baier had to chime in and remind viewers that the caravan is quite real and it is a problem.

“Well, it’s not a made-up caravan. There’s actually a caravan,” Baier said. “And there are several of them.”

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Rendell went off on a tangent about the potential illegal migrants carrying smallpox and leprosy, something the President has never stated, and the Fox News host again interjected.

“No, you just said ‘a made-up caravan,’” Baier said. “There is a caravan, and it is an issue.”

“It’s an issue,” Rendell retorted. “But only an issue in President Trump’s mind.”

Isn’t this the moment where the media is supposed to come out and fact check Rendell right within the headline?

Headlines all over should read, ‘Ed Rendell, Without Evidence, Suggests Caravan Doesn’t Exist.’

No, the caravan is real, as is the caravan marching behind that one, and the caravan forming behind them both, and any caravan henceforth that believes they can illegally cross our borders because Rendell and his liberal buddies think it’s perfectly acceptable.

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Fmr DNC chair Ed Rendell just said people in the Philadelphia suburbs who have done well under Trump’s presidency are voting against him because they don’t like his comments about a fake caravan. Bret Baier interjected, “But there IS an actual caravan.” Rendell, “Um, well um…”

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The threat is also real, with reports of infiltration by individuals from the Middle East or MS-13 animals, along with profiles of migrants accused of major crimes.

Apparently having accepted the fact that the caravan is real, Rendell pivoted to the argument that the migrants aren’t trying to come into the country illegally, which is also pure fiction.

“These people are not trying to get in America illegally,” he stated. “They’re seeking asylum, which has always been the right of people all over the world.”

But they have to pass through specified ports of entry.

“It’s a law Congress passed,” DHS Secretary Nielsen explained in her testimony to the same body. “So those people need to come to the ports if they want to seek asylum.”

If they don’t, they’re “trying to get in America illegally,” despite Rendell’s best efforts to convince people otherwise.

Perhaps the former governor should stick to insightful campaign commentary, like that time he said Hillary Clinton would win in 2016 because “there are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women.”

The weather war – Part I

H/T Beyond The Band Of Brothers.

Looking at weather forecasting in wartime.

Meteorology goes to war.

Being able to forecast the weather was of fundamental importance in World War II: just think of the damage Typhoon Cobra did to Task Force 38 or how the D-Day landings had to be postponed. One theater of operations where weather was a particularly cruel mistress was the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. Planes were flown from America to Britain via Greenland and Iceland. Convoys crossed the Arctic to supply the Soviet Union with vital war material. U-boat wolfpacks roamed the Atlantic in search of Allied convoys. A change in weather could spell fortune or disaster: fog could hide an Allied convoy from the Luftwaffe or a storm could swallow ferried fighter planes or hinder the navigation of U-boats. Both sides in the war went to great lengths to acquire accurate weather forecasts.

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Glacier Girl”, a P-38F Lightning that flew into bad weather on a North-Atlantic ferry flight and had to land on the Greenland ice cap with the rest of her squadron

Weather patterns in the North Atlantic usually move west to east, so whoever could take measurements in a western location would learn of changes sooner. One way of doing so was to use weather ships.

The concept was proposed in the early 1920s to facilitate Atlantic shipping and passenger flights. Off America, the Coast Guard and the Atlantic Weather Observation Service maintained such ships from 1939 and 1940 onwards, respectively. The Coast Guard used small, quick cutters at first that spent three weeks at sea followed by 10 days in port. By 1942, however, the cutters were needed for the war effort and were replaced by six cargo ships equipped with weather balloons. These ships were unprotected and one of them, the USS Muskeget, was lost with all hands on board on September 9, 1942 after being torpedoed by a German submarine. All crewmen were immediately awarded a posthumous Purple Heart but the four civilian meteorologists only in 2015.

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The USS YAG-9, later renamed the Muskeget, the only U.S. weather ship to be sunk

The British and the Germans also used weather ships. Of the four German vessels, three were sunk by late 1940, prompting the Kriegsmarine to use converted fishing trawlers and sealer ships as disguise. These ships, however, were still considered important targets by the British not only to deny the Germans weather information, but also for what they carried onboard: Enigma machines and codebooks which they used to receive orders. The machine and the book could be quickly thrown overboard when attacked but a British cryptologist correctly guessed that the ships would also carry next month’s codebook in a safe, which might have been captured if the crew panicked during a raid. Two task forces of cruisers and destroyers were dispatched to raid two of these “fishing ships,” successfully netting several pieces of the Enigma machine and codebooks, greatly helping Bletchley Park in cracking the more secure naval version of the code.

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Boarding party from the HMS Tartar preparing to raid the German “fishing trawler,” i.e. weather ship Lauenburg

Belligerent nations also took to the air to retrieve meteorological data. Flying out of northern Scotland, RAF pilots took Flying Fortresses, Handley Page Halifax heavy bombers and smaller craft on Atlantic sorties lasting up to 11 and a half hours, following exacting paths that involved descending to 50 ft. above the water and climbing to 18,000 to gather readings at various altitudes. Flying so far from shore and often in bad weather took its toll and 10 planes were lost in 1944 alone.

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German meteorologist Helmut Rau taking weather readings in a Heinkel He 111 during the summer of 1941 as part of the German aerial weather service

The Luftwaffe’s job was even harder, as they had to contend not only with dangerous weather and Arctic waters that could kill a man in minutes but also the RAF. The Wekusta, short for Grossraum Wettererkundungsstaffel (Greater Weather Reconnaissance Squadron) flew a motley assortment of converted military planes from bases along the German coast.

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A Heinkel He 111 medium bomber converted for meteorological duty with the Wekusta

Flying northwest from Germany towards the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, Wekustaplanes had to fly past Fair Isle and between the Orkney and Shetland Isles north of Scotland, well inside British radar range. To avoid detection, they had to maintain an altitude of 30-50 ft above the ocean for much of the 9-hour trip and then had to climb 22,000 ft above the Faroes. The dangerous adventure was recorded in the insignia of the first Wekusta squadron, depicting a rainbow over Fair Isle: one of the few cases in history when a military unit’s insignia depicted enemy territory.

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Junkers Ju 88 multirole combat plane serving with Wekusta 1, with the unit’s emblem somewhat visible under the cockpit canopy
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Insignia of Wekusta 1, depicting Fair Isle

By early 1941, the British became aware of the clandestine flights and started hunting for the planes, causing mounting casualties to the weather squadrons. As the war progressed, the Wekusta took on new roles, such as Arctic meteorological flights after German-controlled weather stations were destroyed on the Svalbard Islands (we will talk about this in more depth in the next part of our article) as well as ice recon, supply runs to hidden weather stations and, in 1945, evacuations. Throughout the war, their flights were characterized by constant losses, not so much to enemy fighters as the cruelty of the very weather they were trying to gauge even at the cost of their own lives.

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Meteorological plane belonging to the Wekusta after crash landing on Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago

The second part of this article will detail the operation of and intrigue surrounding the known and clandestine weather stations on Atlantic islands, featuring several unique achievements of the war.

You can learn more about the lesser-known aspects of organizing and planning a war on our World War II tours to Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Pacific.

Feinstein Calls For New Gun Regs After Shooting. Just One Problem.

H/T Bearing Arms.

Like all gun grabbers, Di-Fi never lets the facts get in the way of a big lie.

Senator Dianne Feinstein is never and will never be a friend to gun owners. She despises the things, though she’s been known to carry herself. Of course, like so many other anti-gunners, gun regulations are for the little people, not the special class such as herself.

Earlier today, she released a statement calling for increased regulations in the wake of the tragic shooting in Thousand Oaks, California.

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif.:

“Today we add Thousand Oaks to the ever-growing list of communities that have suffered mass shootings.

“These mass murders are depressingly pervasive. Schools. Theaters. Malls. Offices. Synagogues. Grocery stores. Bars. Concerts. Churches. They’re inspired by racism, revenge, terrorism or just pure hatred. The one common attribute: easy access to guns.

“Some will say California’s strong gun laws didn’t prevent this shooting, but without stronger federal gun regulations, there’s little California can do to keep guns coming in from other states. Without stronger laws to prevent straw purchasing and close the gaping holes in our background check system, a presumptive murderer barely has to lift a finger to buy a gun.

“Some will say we need more guns, not fewer, an absurd claim in a bar full of students with security guards where an armed police sergeant was killed.

“Republicans argue we shouldn’t talk about gun policies after a mass shooting. They’re wrong. This is exactly the time we should be talking about enacting gun safety measures. We don’t know all the details of this latest shooting, but we do know how to start to reduce the frequency of these murders. What we’re missing is Republican willpower to get it done.

“A renewed ban on military style assault weapons—which have no place in civilian society—is ready for a vote. A bill to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines is ready for a vote. A bill to ban bump stocks, which Republicans agree should be illegal, is ready for a vote. A bill to close the gun show and online loopholes is ready for a vote. Bills to prevent terrorists from buying guns, keep guns away from domestic abusers and allow loved ones to get a gun violence restraining order, each is ready for a vote.

“We could hold these votes next week and have bills on the president’s desk by Thanksgiving. Instead, Republicans refuse to take any action at all.

“This failure to act is cowardice of epic proportions. We may not be able to stop all gun violence, but that doesn’t mean Republicans should be allowed to bury their heads in the sand and not try to stop any of it.

“What we’re lacking is intestinal fortitude from congressional Republicans and President Trump to say enough is enough. As long as they stand in fear of the NRA and worry more about the power of the gun lobby than the lives of their fellow citizens, we’ll see more Thousand Oaks, more bodies lying at the foot of failed Republican leadership.”

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Wow. I mean, that’s absolutely amazing. A ban on “military style assault weapons,” bump stocks, and high-capacity magazines, as well as closing the so-called gun show and online loopholes.

I mean, just…wow.

It’s like she completely ignored what happened in Thousand Oaks while composing a listing of her hopes and dreams for gun control.

Here are a few facts.

The killer did not use a “military style assault weapon.”

Instead, he used a .45 caliber Glock. That’s a semi-automatic handgun which no one has mentioned trying to ban (yet). It’s a weapon that not only would survive a reinstatement of the old assault weapon ban, but it would also survive pretty much every version of the new ones being proposed.

The killer did not use a bump stock. 

Again, it was a semi-automatic handgun, of at least a similar kind that is perfectly legal in all 50 states. It’s a handgun that doesn’t have a stock, thus isn’t impacted by whether or not a bump stock is even a thing you can buy.

California already has a ban on high-capacity magazines.

The truth of the matter is that California already has a ban on high-capacity magazines…as well as everything else on Feinstein’s wish list. Guess what kind of an impact it made. That’s right. None. Not at all.

There is no gun show or internet loophole.

As I noted earlier today, weapons purchased on the internet and shipped from out of state still have to go through an FFL. The same is true of buying a gun from a licensed vendor at a gun show. All of those purchases require a background check and the appropriate ATF paperwork.

The exception, however, is when you’re just meeting up with a non-dealer and simply buying from another citizen.

What Feinstein is demanding are universal background checks, but she lacks the fortitude to actually say so. Instead, she couches it in misleading language.

It’s not that different, really, from building a soapbox from the bodies of the dead in an effort to advance her gun control agenda. It’s just colossally stupid to do it to advance measures that would have had exactly zero impact on this shooting, even if gun control worked exactly as designed. This killer complied with California’s draconian gun regulations and 12 people are still dead.

Frankly, it’s disgusting.

I don’t like Feinstein, but I have always understood, at least partially, where her gun control desires came from. Having found two dead bodies after a political assassination is likely to mess with someone a bit. I get that and I’ve given her just a bit more slack than I would most.

But no history excuses this ghoulish desire to cash in on corpses by touting measures that wouldn’t have accomplished jack squat. To make matters worse, though, anyone with half a brain can look at this attack, look at Feinstein’s proposals, then realize that she’s screaming for the same stuff that FAILED TO STOP THIS ATTACK FROM HAPPENING IN CALIFORNIA!

If anyone with half a brain can see it, what does that tell you about Sen. Feinstein?

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misreported the size of the magazine used by the shooter.

Kristallnacht 80-Years-Ago Today: The First Public Act Of The Holocaust

H/T The Lid.

Never Again.

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Do Not Stand Idly By While Your Neighbor Bleeds~ Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:16 

Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass was an anti-Jewish pogrom in Nazi Germany on November 9th-10th, 1938. In actuality, it was much more than just a pogrom. Kristallnacht was the day Hitler’s final solution “came out of the closet.”

Kristallnacht is viewed by many historians as the beginning of the Jewish genocide of the Holocaust. In a coordinated attack on Jewish people and their property, 99 Jews were murdered, and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps, 267 synagogues were destroyed, and thousands of homes and businesses were ransacked.

The attacks were carried out by Hitler Youth, the Gestapo, and the SS.  Kristallnacht also served as a pretext and a means for the wholesale confiscation of firearms from German Jews and was part of a broader Nazi policy of Antisemitism and persecution of the Jews. Kristallnacht was followed by further anti-Semitic economic, political abuses and horrible genocide.

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Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German streets in the wake of the pogrom—broken glass from the windows of synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses plundered and destroyed during the violence.

The Nazis used the murder of a low-level German diplomat in Paris by a 17-year-old Polish Jew as an excuse to carry out the Kristallnacht attacks. On November 7, 1938, Ernst vom Rath was shot outside the German embassy by Herschel Grynszpan, who wanted revenge for his parents’ sudden deportation from Germany to Poland, along with tens of thousands of other Polish Jews. Following vom Rath’s death, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels ordered German storm troopers to carry out violent riots disguised as “spontaneous demonstrations” against Jewish citizens. Local police and fire departments were told not to interfere.

The Nazi government made an immediate pronouncement that “the Jews” themselves were to blame for the pogrom and imposed a fine of one billion Reichsmark (some 400 million US dollars at 1938 rates) on the German Jewish community. The Reich government confiscated all insurance payouts to Jews whose businesses and homes were looted or destroyed, leaving the Jewish owners personally responsible for the cost of all repairs.

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In the weeks that followed, the German government promulgated dozens of laws and decrees designed to deprive Jews of their property and of their means of livelihood. Many of these laws enforced “Aryanization” policy—the transfer of Jewish-owned enterprises and property to “Aryan” ownership, usually for a fraction of their true value. Ensuing legislation barred Jews, already ineligible for employment in the public sector, from practicing most professions in the private sector. The legislation made further strides in removing Jews from public life. German education officials expelled Jewish children still attending German schools. German Jews lost their right to hold a driver’s license or own an automobile. Legislation restricted access to public transport. Jews could no longer gain admittance to “German” theaters, movie cinemas, or concert halls.

Throughout the world, we remember Kristallnacht, the night the Nazi’s began the Holocaust in earnest.

It’s amazing how little has changed in seventy-nine years. In Arab countries, children’s textbooks are filled with anti-Jewish hatred while others call them “moderates. “Islamic Clerics throughout the world call for the death of Jews.

At my dinner table on Friday night, a holocaust survivor admits that she is trying to persuade her son to take his family out of Europe to America, Canada, Australia, Canada, Australia, Israel…’They say they can’t leave me, but I tell them: “Go, get out. My parents left my grandparents behind in Berlin and brought me to safety in England. Now I want you to leave so that my grandchildren will be safe.”’ There is an unbearable desperation in her plea. But she has a point.

As tens of thousands of demonstrators march through the streets of Europe, the chants are modified but the message remains substantially intact: ‘Hamas, Hamas, Hamas — Jews to the Gas’. Or, more simply: ‘Death to the Jews’. Many European Jews, even well-established, affluent Jews, have been checking the suitcase they keep packed under the bed. They have been here before and many are (albeit reluctantly) reading the writing on the wall.

To some extent I thought I was inured. I grew up in postwar apartheid South Africa where a subtle undercurrent of anti-Semitism was a fact of everyday life. So while I was disturbed by manifestations of mob anti-Semitism, I was also less vulnerable to shock. That’s just how people are. Living in genteel, leafy Hampstead Garden Suburb provides an additional layer of protection from such crass outbursts.

But my sanguine state ends abruptly when I am out walking on Saturday. A hundred yards from my front door, I encounter the slogan, freshly painted in yellow, across the pavement: ‘Kill the Filthy Jews’. I am shocked. And shocked that I am shocked. The message is too close for comfort. The leafy gentility is, after all, an illusion.

Source:The terrible warning of a Holocaust survivor

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Sadly Davis’ tale above is not unique, even here in the freest most tolerant nation in the world. The Democratic Party in the United States picked an anti-Semite, Keith Ellison, for it’s Deputy Chairman. Democrats such as NY Kirstin Gillibrand and Gov. Andrew Cuomo protect anti-Semite Linda Sarsour.

Louis Farrakhan, the Antisemitic leader of the U.S. Nation of Islam, has been befriended by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Al Sharpton, a man who led two anti-Semitic pogroms in NYC, advises Democrats (and is celebrated by Jewish politicians like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer). And Barack Obama the former President of the United States is an anti-Semite. However, no one dared to call him out for is hatred.

Others claim they are only criticizing Israel, but based on the definition of Antisemitism created by State Department, their criticism is Antisemitism.

EXAMPLES of the ways in which anti-Semitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel, taking into account the overall context could include:DEMONIZE ISRAEL:

  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis
  • Blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions

DOUBLE STANDARD FOR ISRAEL:

  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation
  • Multilateral organizations focusing on Israel only for peace or human rights investigations

DELEGITIMIZE ISRAEL

  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist

Today when Israel is attacked by terror, the rest of the world turns their head away or blames the victim.

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Three years ago when France was attacked by Islamist terrorists, the White House and State Department refused to acknowledge that the attack on the Kosher supermarket in Paris a few hours before the Jewish Sabbath when families are shopping for their Sabbath Dinner, had anything to do with Antisemitism.

FDR a Democratic Party hero who was elected President four years after Kristallnacht refused to allow Jews to escape to American shores, the British not only denied them entry into England but also closed down their access to the holy land, they could have saved millions but wouldn’t. Jewish blood was cheap.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama reawaken the medieval anti-Semitic blood libel with false accusations against the Jewish State and refusing to acknowledge the Palestinian’s use of human shields and condemning Israel for any civilian casualties. This was despite that his own Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said that Israel went to “extraordinary lengths” to limit civilian casualties in the recent war in Gaza and that the Pentagon had sent a team to see what lessons could be learned from the operation.”

Jew haters worked with the ADL to prevent Jews from speaking out against the anti-Semitic President of the United States. Jewish politicians walked blindly behind their party’s Anti-Israel President and damn the Jewish people with their silence just to be able to move up the political ladder will not be able to silence us either.

Jews in Congress such as Jerrold Nadler (D-NY),  Sander Levin (D-MI), and Adam Schiff (D-CA), forgot all about what happened on Nov. 9, 1938 and supported the Obama’s legacy deal which will allow Iran to create a nuclear bomb and attack the Jews in Israel and everyone here in America.

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A few weeks ago when a crazed anti-Semite rushed into a Synagogue in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania shooting and killing worshiping Jews, instead of blaming the shooter, the media, and the anti-Semitic Democratic Party accused the current president of Jew-hatred, trying to erase the truth that President Trump is arguably the most pro-Jewish POTUS in American History.

Today is the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the start of the Holocaust.

We owe it to the people who died during the Holocaust to speak out while they remain silent.

May the memory of the Holocaust started 80 years ago today be a reminder of what happens when the world is silent. May there always be people to speak out against the silence.

May the memories of the victims of the Shoah always be for a blessing.

And may Americans wake up and realize that one of its major political parties has become the anti-Semite party.

“America will not isolate me from my Islamic duty”: Muslim “refugee” in California joins jihad terror group

H/T Jihad Watch.

We need to be able to vet refugees without the ignorance of the left determining how we vet these refugees.

It is not Islamaphobia when they are trying to kill you.

Those who call for more stringent policies regarding the vetting and admission of “refugees” continue to be derided as “racist” and “Islamophobic.”

“‘Hipster terrorist’ pleads guilty to traveling to Syria to join precursor to ISIS,” by Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, October 31, 2018 (thanks to Lloyd Billingsley):

He’s been dubbed the “hipster terrorist” for the glamorous social media shots of him posing in snazzy shirts and designer sunglasses, an iced latte in hand and jacket slung casually over a shoulder.

But Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab cut a much different profile Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Chicago, where he wore an orange jail jumpsuit and was shackled at the ankles as he pleaded guilty to charges of aiding a terrorist organization and lying to immigration officials.

Al-Jayab, 25, a Palestinian native with ties to Wisconsin, admitted in a plea agreement with prosecutors that he flew from O’Hare International Airport to Turkey in November 2013 and then entered Syria. Once there, he joined Ansar Al-Islam, a U.S.-designated terrorist group that was a precursor to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, according to his plea agreement.

After al-Jayab returned to the U.S. in 2014 and settled in California, he told immigration officials that he’d been overseas visiting relatives, according to the court filing.

“I wanted to do the right thing … to defend the Syrian people,” al-Jayab told U.S. District Judge Sarah Ellis Wednesday in broken English. He acknowledged, however, that he knew the group he was joining was engaged in terrorist activities and that he tried to hide his involvement when he returned….

According to the charges, al-Jayab was born in Palestine and spent much of his childhood in Iraq before coming to the U.S. as a refugee in October 2012. While living in Arizona and Wisconsin, al-Jayab communicated on social media about his intention to go to Syria to fight for terrorist organizations, according a criminal complaint filed in Sacramento, Calif.

“America will not isolate me from my Islamic duty,” he wrote to a colleague in Syria, according to the charges. “Only death will do us part. My only wish is to see you and start the action.”…

He also worked security at a local hotel, he said.