Monday, May 23, 2016

Marco Rubio: The Value of American Leadership

“International engagement has never been a business deal. International engagement is not a transaction in which we give something tangible and receive something tangible in return. America has something more to give than the nations we’re helping, and that’s one of the reasons we have a responsibility to lead. As is written in the Bible, ‘From everyone who has been given much, much will be required.’ But our leadership ends up paying dividends for the entire world, but especially for the American people.’” – Marco Rubio, Senate floor, May 19, 2016

In his Senate floor speech this past Thursday, Marco Rubio addressed an erroneous argument that has gained popularity regarding foreign policy. It is the argument that the United States contributes too much and our allies contribute too little and are somehow indebted to us. Marco Rubio eloquently refuted this claim. Contrary to popular belief, America cannot simply abdicate its leadership role with regard to foreign affairs. Since WWII, America has sat atop the global balance of power, and both America and the world have been better for it. Who better to be at the helm of world affairs than a benevolent nation, seeking not to control people, but rather to free them from the bonds of slavery, poverty, and oppression? Doing so benefits twofold, a point which is the main focus of this article.

After WWII, we forged new alliances and gained numerous strategic positions throughout the world. Together with our allies, we spearheaded a global effort to promote peace and democracy. We have been blessed with being the foremost successful and prosperous nation. And due to that disproportionate success, we are thus disproportionately obliged in terms of our commitment abroad.

They’re Coming For Your Home
They’re coming for your home. Right now. I suggest you save it. I can guide you, but you must do exactly as I say.

Except, this isn’t The Matrix. You’re no actor, like Keanu Reeves, playing a distraught programmer-hacker named “Neo.” Nor am I an actor, like Laurence Fishburne, playing your guide “Morpheus.”

This is real life, baby.
Your home or apartment—and the neighborhood in which you live—is under siege. “Agents”—sans black glasses and black business suits—who work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have written a new regulation called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) that rejects your Fourth Amendment private property rights under the guise of fighting “discrimination.”

16 Senate Republicans joined the Democrats last week and voted to uphold AFFH. Now, we must use our voting power to fire these Republicans and ensure our future president overturns their disastrous mistake.

Biological females may soon have no choice but to share their restrooms with individuals with male genitalia who identify as female—which is very discriminatory toward women. (Could we get a vote on this, please? Or are we regressing to the pre-suffragette days?)

I also recently wrote how HUD is giving preferential treatment to convicted criminals. So, if anyone is orchestrating social discrimination, it’s folks within the Obama administration—not local zoning municipalities.

Downed EgyptAir jetliner had been tagged with graffiti: “We will bring this plane down”
By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch


Downed EgyptAir jetliner had been tagged with graffiti: “We will bring this plane down”
“Three EgyptAir security officials said the threatening graffiti, which appeared about two years ago, had been the work of aviation workers at Cairo Airport. Playing on the phonetic similarity between the last two letters in the plane’s registration, SU-GCC, and the surname of Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, some workers also wrote ‘traitor’ and ‘murderer.'” […]
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ISIS urges attacks on West during Ramadan, “the month of CONQUEST and JIHAD”

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

isis-militan“Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad. Get prepared, be ready … to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers … especially for the fighters and supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America.”

Ramadan is the month during which Muslims are supposed to try to get closer to Allah and become more religious. So naturally it is the month when more kuffar die.

“ISIS urges attacks on West during Ramadan,” Reuters, May 21, 2016:
BAGHDAD — A new message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State calls on followers to launch attacks on the United States and Europe during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins in early June.
“Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad. Get...

He's Full Of It...

Trump: No Need for GOP Donors, Suggests He May 'Sell Building'

Image: Trump: No Need for GOP Donors, Suggests He May 'Sell Building' Billionaire GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump insists he doesn't need big Republican donors to defeat Hillary Clinton this November.

Trump also suggested on "Fox & Friends" Sunday morning that he may "sell a building" to continue self-financing his own campaign – which he says has already cost him $50 million.

When asked about a Saturday New York Times story detailing a list of major donors who won’t support him, Trump dismissed all of them.

"No, I don't care at all," he said. "These are people that won't have access to the White House, and they want that. They can't tell me what to do like they do every other candidats. They endorse people like Jeb Bush. They would have had total control over Jeb."

But the Times noted that Trump had long promised to self-finance his own campaign.

The paper quoted financier Stanley Druckenmiller: "Not sure why anyone would give money to Mr. Trump since he asserts he is worth $10 billion."

Other GOP mega-donors cited by the Times who are declining to back Trump include Paul Singer, Bruce Kovner and Seth Klarman.