Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dog Killed in Terror Siege to be Awarded Medal for Bravery  
Christine Rousselle / Townhall Tipsheet
Diesel, a Parisian police dog that was killed in a terror siege on November 18, will be awarded a medal for bravery, Buzzfeed News reports. Diesel was a 7-year-old Belgian Shepherd and was killed during the raid that also killed two suspected terrorists, including one of the masterminds of the November 13 attack.

Diesel will be awarded the Dickin Medal for his bravery and work.
Major RULP Jean-Marc Lenglet from the French National Police, said: “Diesel’s handler has been deeply affected by the death of his dog, as have many thousands of well-wishers who sent messages of condolence for Diesel who died in the service of his country.”
The formal presentation of Diesel’s PDSA Dickin Medal will be made in 2016. PDSA Director General, Jan McLoughlin, said: “Following the tragic terrorist events in Paris last month, where many innocent people lost their lives, Diesel was instrumental in helping the French police locate and deal with the perpetrators.
“When news emerged of Diesel’s death there was a huge outpouring of grief . As guardians of the world’s most prestigious animal awards programme, we were inundated by messages from members of the public to recognise his heroism.
“The PDSA Dickin Medal recognises conspicuous devotion to duty in the theatre of conflict and Diesel is a truly deserving recipient. His gallant actions helped to protect human life in the face of imminent danger and we are very proud to honour him in this way."
Since the introduction of the Medal by PDSA founder Maria Dickin CBE in 1943 it has been awarded to 30 dogs (including Diesel), 32 World War Two messenger pigeons, three horses and one cat.
After reports broke about Diesel's death, the hashtag #JeSuisChien (I am a dog) trended in his memory.

It's important to remember that animals can be as courageous and helpful as humans in the fight against terrorism. Diesel's work in helping to eliminate terrorist masterminds potentially saved thousands of lives.
Concerning the war on terror, or as the Obama administration calls it, “overseas contingency operations,” Americans don’t feel it’s going well. In fact, a new CNN/ORC poll found that more Americans “are more likely to say that terrorists are winning the war against the United States than they have been at any point since the September 11 attacks.” Moreover, 74 percent are not satisfied by how the war on terror is going, with three percent saying they’re very satisfied (who are these people?). Sixty percent disapprove of the way Obama’s been handling the issue of terrorism, while 52 percent disapprove of his job performance overall. Yet, regarding the war on terror, the dissatisfaction crosses party lines:
While less than half of Americans say the terrorists are winning, the current 40% who do believe that is 17 points above the previous high of 23% reached in August 2005. Another 40% say neither side has an advantage, and just 18% say today that the U.S. and its allies have the upper hand -- 10 points off the previous low for that measure, reached in January 2007. 
Majority dissatisfaction with the war on terrorism crosses party lines, with even a majority of Democrats, 59%, expressing unease with the case prosecuted by the Obama White House. Seventy-nine percent of independents and 86% of Republicans also say they are dissatisfied with how it has fared.
A majority of Republicans, 55%, say they think the terrorists are winning, while most Democrats, 52%, feel neither side has an edge.
Yet worries that a terrorist attack could hit home are at their highest level since 2005. Only about half express confidence that the Obama administration can protect U.S. citizens from future acts of terrorism. Overall, 45% say they are very or somewhat worried that they or someone in their family will become a victim of terrorism.
Don’t be shocked if terrorism becomes one of the main issues on the 2016 trail next year.
Report: Pentagon Thwarts Obama's Effort to Close Guantanamo
Image: Report: Pentagon Thwarts Obama's Effort to Close GuantanamoIn September, U.S. State Department officials invited a foreign delegation to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to persuade the group to take detainee Tariq Ba Odah to their country. If they succeeded, the transfer would mark a small step toward realizing President Barack Obama's goal of closing the prison before he leaves office. 
The foreign officials told the administration they would first need to review Ba Odah's medical records, according to U.S. officials with knowledge of the episode. The Yemeni has been on a hunger strike for seven years, dropping to 74 pounds from 148, and the foreign officials wanted to make sure they could care for him.

For the next six weeks, Pentagon officials declined to release the records, citing patient privacy concerns, according to the U.S. officials. The delegation, from a country administration officials declined to identify, canceled its visit. After the administration promised to deliver the records, the delegation traveled to Guantanamo and appeared set to take the prisoner off U.S. hands, the officials said. The Pentagon again withheld Ba Odah's full medical file.

Today, nearly 14 years since he was placed in the prison and five years since he was cleared for release by U.S. military, intelligence and diplomatic officials, Ba Odah remains in Guantanamo.

In interviews with multiple current and former administration officials involved in the effort to close Guantanamo, Reuters found that the struggle over Ba Odah's medical records was part of a pattern. Since Obama took office in 2009, these people said, Pentagon officials have been throwing up bureaucratic obstacles to thwart the president's plan to close Guantanamo.

Negotiating prisoner releases with the Pentagon was like "punching a pillow," said James Dobbins, the State Department special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2013 to 2014. Defense Department officials "would come to a meeting, they would not make a counter-argument," he said.

 "And then nothing would happen."

Ancient arch of Palmyra, destroyed by Islamic State, to be recreated in Trafalgar Square and Times Square
By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch


Ancient arch of Palmyra, destroyed by Islamic State, to be recreated in Trafalgar Square and Times Square
Adding to the to-do list of jihadis in London and New York City. Importing huge numbers of refugees, some of whom are certain to share the Islamic State’s view of non-Muslim antiquities, while reconstructing those same antiquities, is just silly. “Ancient arch of Palmyra which was destroyed by Isis will be recreated in Trafalgar Square […]
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Seized documents reveal Islamic State’s Department of ‘War Spoils’ aka Booty

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

There is an entire chapter of the Qur’an entitled “Booty” or “The Spoils of War” (al-Anfal).  When will the media, academic and cultural elites start telling the truth about this gruesome holy war?
Booty  made legal for Muhammad:

They ask thee (O Muhammad) of the spoils of war. Say: The spoils of war belong to Allah and the messenger, so keep your duty to Allah, and adjust the matter of your difference, and obey Allah and His messenger, if ye are (true) believers.

Qur’an 8:1

And know that whatever ye take as spoils of war, lo! a fifth thereof is for Allah, and for the messenger and for the kinsman (who hath need) and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, if ye believe in Allah and that which We revealed unto...


Low-Info Voters vs High 2016 Expectations... Part 1

By Craig Andresen – The National Patriot and Right Side Patriots on americanpbn.com

li 1As we draw closer and closer to the first primary elections of 2016, now just a month away, there are some things which must be said. Things that will rile some, anger some and distress some who purport to be on our side of this election matter.

I really don’t care if I offend them as being politically correct has never been in my wheelhouse. I don’t pander…not even to those who are either on our side or to those who pretend to be on our side.

I’m talking about low information voters.

There are far, far too many who claim Conservatism as their political ideology who are being duped, led like sheep to a slaughter and it’s high time somebody said something.

They are being led by trolls…by plants whose goal it is to disrupt and destroy any chance of a Republican victory in 2016 and their intention is clear to see…they are trying to split the vote and in desperation, since their real agenda I suspect, lies with the liberals, they are expediting their wave of nonsense before the first primary votes have been cast.