Andrew C. McCarthy’s ‘Islam and Free Speech’

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In January 2015, Muslim terrorists massacred cartoonists and writers at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, proclaiming to be avenging Islam’s prophet. The rampage, which included the 41OveQ31pwL._SL250_murders of hostages at a kosher market, prompted global leaders and throngs of citizens to rally in support of free expression. But was the support genuine?

[Check out Andrew C. McCarthy‘s Islam and Free Speech (Encounter Broadside) at Amazon.com]

In this Broadside, Andrew C. McCarthy explains how leading Islamists have sought to supplant free expression with the blasphemy standards of Islamic law, gaining the support of the U.S. and other Western governments. But free speech is the lifeblood of a functioning democratic society, essential to our capacity to understand, protect ourselves from, and ultimately defeat our enemies.


[VIDEO] Barstow Police Wrestle Pregnant Woman to the Ground in Arrest Caught on Police Body Cameras

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Body-worn camera footage released by the Barstow Police Department (recorded: 01/26/15) reveals the unlawful arrest of Charlena Michelle Cooks, who at the time was eight months pregnant and dropping off her second-grade daughter at school.

 


ISIS hacker linked to Garland, Texas attack sets sights on Phoenix ‘Freedom of Speech Rally’ organizer

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Following Pamela Geller’s “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” in Garland, Texas, at which two armed attackers were shot and killed, U.S. Marine Jon Ritzheimer has organized a “Freedom of Speech Rally” Friday night outside the Phoenix mosque once attended by gunmen Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi.

New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi had embedded a tweet which listed Ritzheimer’s name and home address, but the account has since been suspended.

It would be wise to take threats against Ritzhimer seriously, though. ISIS jihadi Junaid Hussain, a young hacker who, according to CNN, may have played…

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[VIDEO] A Week of ‘Who Built That’ by Entrepreneur Dynamo Michelle Malkin

Video compilation highlights of Best Selling Author, Syndicated Columnist, Blogger, and Entrepreneur, Michelle Malkin as she discusses her new book Who Built That and weighs in on current events.

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury

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Charges relate to large sums of money he allegedly paid to keep someone quiet about ‘prior misconduct’

WASHINGTON — Andrew Grossman and Ben Kesling report: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges related to bank withdrawals of large sums of money that he allegedly paid to keep someone quiet about “prior misconduct.”

Mr. Hastert is charged with intentionally withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash in increments of less than $10,000 to avoid federal reporting requirements designed to prevent money laundering. The Republican also is charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the withdrawals, telling agents he was taking the money out because he didn’t feel safe using the banking system.

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“Mr. Hastert is charged with intentionally withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash in increments of less than $10,000 to avoid federal reporting requirements designed to prevent money laundering.” 

The indictment alleges the money was going to someone identified only as “Individual A,” who had known Mr. Hastert for most of the person’s life. In 2010, Mr. Hastert agreed to pay this person $3.5 million “to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A,” the indictment said.

The seven-page indictment notes that Mr. Hastert was a high-school teacher and coach in Yorkville, Ill., from about 1965 to 1981 before running for public office. The individual he was trying to pay off was also a resident of Yorkville and apparently met Mr. Hastert as a child, according to the indictment.

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“After Mr. Hastert left office, he became a lobbyist at Dickstein Shapiro. Two years later, he began meeting with the individual listed in the indictment. At some point, they began discussing the ‘prior misconduct,’ according to the indictment, and Mr. Hastert agreed to the payments.”

Mr. Hastert, 73 years old, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Attempts to reach his personal assistant and the law firm where he worked, Dickstein Shapiro LLP, for comment weren’t successful. The firm removed his biography from its website Thursday.

[Read the full text here at WSJ]

Mr. Hastert was first elected to Congress in 1987 to represent an Illinois district west of Chicago. He became House speaker in January 1999 after the resignation of Newt Gingrich, who stepped down as speaker amid GOP infighting after the party’s unexpected losses at the polls in the previous election. Read the rest of this entry »


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Apple acquires Metaio, a firm behind Augmented Reality software

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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Apple has acquired Metaio, a company specializing in several application related to augmented reality. Metaio mysteriously announced that it will stop selling its services last night, and filings with the German government this week indicate that the Apple acquisition is a done deal:

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‘Boy, is he taking a beating!’ Obama gets his climate change clock cleaned with #AskPOTUS

Originally posted on Twitchy:

What, indeed?

As Twitchy reported, President Obama visited the National Hurricane Center today, where he learned all about our greatest threat to national security: climate change.

He also held a Q&A for all his fans out there who want him to drop some more climate change knowledge on them:

Yes. Let’s.

Is he ever:

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[VIDEO] Muhammad Cartoon Contest Planned for Phoenix: Watch as Smug Reporter Baits Interviewee with Charges of ‘Hatred and Bigotry’, ‘Inciting Violence’, Seeking ‘Gunfight’

An anti-Islam rally in Phoenix on Friday will feature a Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest. The scheduled location is outside the Islamic Community Center in north Phoenix.

Watch as the interviewer tries to bait the interviewee, using words like, hatred, bigotry, and accusations of ‘inciting’ violence, and “looking for a gunfight”, as he questions interrogates his subject. The interviewee handles the questions remarkably well, considering how loaded they are. Then the reporter concludes by quoting a C.A.I.R.’s statement. Unbelievable.

 


Following Apple partnership, IBM now offering employees Macs for the first time

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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After inking a deal with Apple to push iOS devices and enterprise apps to its customers, IBM today started offering all employees Macs for the first time. We’ve seen the official IBM notice, and several IBM employees on Twitter are praising the decision after years of PC hell:

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OH YES THEY DID: Science Magazine Retracts Study on Voters’ Gay-Rights Views

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NEW YORK — Science magazine has formally retracted an article about a study gauging the ability of openly gay canvassers to shift voters’ views toward support for same-sex marriage.

One of the authors of the article, Columbia University political science professor Donald Green, requested the retraction on May 19, saying co-author Michael LaCour had been unable to produce the raw data underlying the study….(more)

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Study had claimed that a brief discussion with a gay canvasser could make a voter more likely to support gay marriage.

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Amid a tidal wave of criticism, Science is retracting a study of how canvassers can sway people’s opinions about gay marriage published just 5 months ago. The retraction comes without the agreement of the paper’s lead author, Michael J. LaCour, a political science Ph.D. student at the University of California (UC), Los Angeles. LaCour’s attorney has told Science that LaCour made false claims about some aspects of the study, according to the retraction statement, including misrepresenting his funding sources and the incentives that he offered to survey participants.

“In addition to these known problems, independent researchers have noted certain statistical irregularities in the responses,” Science Editor-in-Chief Marcia McNutt wrote in the retraction statement. “LaCour has not produced the original survey data from which someone else could independently confirm the validity of the reported findings.”

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McNutt wrote: “The reasons for retracting the paper are as follows: (i) Survey incentives were misrepresented. To encourage participation in the survey, respondents were claimed to have been given cash payments to enroll, to refer family and friends, and to complete multiple surveys. In correspondence received from Michael J. LaCour’s attorney, he confirmed that no such payments were made. (ii) The statement on sponsorship was false. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Obama Defense Dept. Forced Soldiers to Sign Non-Disclosure Statements on Turncoat Bowe Bergdahl’s Behavior

General Mullins told Bowe Bergdahl’s closest comrades to sign non-disclosure statements on Bergdahl’s behavior before he deserted his platoon.

 


THE PANTSUIT REPORT UPDATE: Paula Jones Warns Against Voting for Hillary Clinton

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In Little Rock, Arkansas, Daily Mail Online‘s Paul Thompson reports: She was the woman who almost brought down the president, with her allegations of sexual harassment.PANTSUIT-REPORT

“There is no way that she did not know what was going on, that women were being abused and accosted by her husband. They have both lied.”

But 21 years after Paula Jones accused Bill Clinton of lurid behavior, she is speaking out against Hillary and insisting that his wife is not fit to be President either – because of her husband’s history of bad behavior.

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  • Paula Jones sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, saying he propositioned her when he was Arkansas governor
  • Her case led to investigation in which Bill Clinton denied under oath having sex with Monica Lewinsky, leading to his impeachment trial 
  • Now a stay-at-home mom in Little Rock she tells Daily Mail Online his conduct means he should be kept out of the White House
  • Jones says he is still lying and would philander again – and that Hillary lied too so is also unworthy of office 
  • ‘There is no way that she did not know what was going on, that women were being abused and accosted by her husband. 
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Credit: The University of Arkansas Library

In an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Online Jones delivers her own verdict on Hillary’s bid to
become president, saying that her husband’s attitude towards women disqualifies Bill from re-entering the White House – while what she calls Hillary’s ‘lies’ disqualify her from the Oval Office.

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‘There is no way that she did not know what was going on, that women were being abused and accosted by her husband,’ she says. ‘They have both lied.’

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Jones, 48, became a national figure when in 1994 she sued President Clinton for sexual harassment after an incident in an Arkansas hotel room three years earlier. Read the rest of this entry »


Why GoPro Is Delving Into Virtual Reality, Drone-Based Cameras

Originally posted on Variety:

GoPro, the maker of iconic head-mounted cameras and aspiring media company, is developing products that promise to deliver even more visceral you-are-there video experiences.

According to CEO Nick Woodman, the company plans to deliver a camera-outfitted “quadcopter” — more commonly referred to a “drone” — in the first half of 2016 (though he declined to provide pricing info). The company also is slated to ship a six-camera VR-capture device in the second half of 2015; no pricing was offered for that either.

Drones, together with GoPro cameras, have been “one of the most democratizing combinations in terms of enabling people to capture professional-quality content and see themselves in their environment in a way they’ve never seen before,” Woodman said Wednesday at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Woodman, 39, added that he was a huge radio-controlled plane buff as a kid.

Wall Street likes the overall story: GoPro…

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Charlie Charlie Fever: 5 Other Demons You & Your Friends Can Summon

Originally posted on Hollywood Life:

Before the Charlie Charlie Challenge, there was Bloody Mary, Belphegor and more. HollywoodLife.com now has 5 other supernatural creatures that you and your friends can call forth at your next party!

Boo! Charlie Charlie may be the newest spirit on the block, but before he started to freak people out, there was a whole bunch of ghouls and ghosts being summoned. If Charlie Charlie isn’t answering your calls, grab your Ouija board and get spooky. HollywoodLife.com has 5 more creatures you can conjure up!

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CENSORSHIP: She’s 28. She Drew a Cartoon. Now She’s On Trial in Iran. #freeAtena

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Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani stands trial for charges that include insulting members of parliament and spreading propaganda against the system.

Mahsa Alimardani reports: First, Iran’s leaders restricted access to contraception. Then artist Atena Farghadani wrote a cartoon depicting them as animals.

“The image that led to her arrest came while Iran sought to outlaw IUDs and vasectomies, as Iran’s leaders pushed to increase the nation’s population.”

What came next for the 28-year-old artist? Arrest. Solitary confinement. A heart attack. And on Tuesday, the start of her trial on charges of spreading anti-Tehran propaganda and insulting the country’s lawmakers and supreme leader.

The image that led to her arrest came while Iran sought to outlaw IUDs and vasectomies, as Iran’s leaders pushed to increase the nation’s population.

She was initially jailed for five months in 2014 at the notorious Evin prison. She was released in December, but was detained again after publicly discussing her mistreatment by prison guards.

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“She was initially jailed for five months in 2014 at the notorious Evin prison. She was released in December, but was detained again after publicly discussing her mistreatment by prison guards.”

Three weeks after her second confinement, Atena went on a hunger strike to protest the poor prison conditions. The move led to a heart attack and a brief loss of consciousness in February, her lawyer told Amnesty International. Atena Farghadani has since been moved to another detention center and stopped her hunger strike, the human rights group reports, but advocates remain concerned about her health. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Comedians in Cars Season 6 Preview

 


Good news, Seinfeld fans: ‘Comedians in Cars’ season 6 is almost here

Originally posted on BGR:

In addition to watching every Seinfeld episode you like on Hulu, you’ll soon be able to see the popular comedian in a brand new Comedians in Cars season, a new video teaser reveals. 

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OH YES THEY DID: Clinton Foundation Hit with Racketeering Lawsuit

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Klayman said a major reason for his lawsuit involves the fact that Cheryl Mills, then-chief of staff to Hillary Clinton, and the secretary of state herself ‘lied to the lower court’ in by claiming there were no documents related to a pair of Freedom of Information Act requests he filed in 2012 while knowing those records actually did exist on the private server.

Sarah Westwood reports: Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have been hit with a racketeering lawsuit in Florida court.PANTSUIT-REPORT

The lawsuit, filed by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, includes a legal request to have the Florida judge seize the private server on which Hillary Clinton and her aides hosted their emails while she served as secretary of state.

Klayman has filed dozens of lawsuits against the Clintons and other prominent politicians.

The racketeering, influenced and corrupt organizations, or RICO, case alleges the former first couple and their family philanthropy traded political favors for donations or generous speaking fees for Bill Clinton while his wife was the nation’s chief diplomat.

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“Hillary Clinton deleted 32,000 email messages from her email server that included her communications arranging, negotiating, and agreeing upon speaking engagements by Bill Clinton in return for large speaking fees and donations to The Clinton Foundation.”

“Negotiations by email about influencing U.S. foreign policy or U.S. Government actions to benefit donors to … Featured Image -- 73495The Clinton Foundation or sponsors of speaking engagements would not be captured on a U.S. Government email account because her emails would not be with a U.S. Government official,” Klayman said in court documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.

[Read the full text here, at WashingtonExaminer.com]

“Hillary Clinton deleted 32,000 email messages from her email server that included her communications arranging, negotiating, and agreeing upon speaking engagements by Bill Clinton in return for large speaking fees and donations to The Clinton Foundation,” the documents, dated May 20, said.

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“It’s a perfect RICO case, it fits completely. Our Congress doesn’t even have the guts to subpoena her documents. They’d rather get on Fox News. So we felt had to bring that case. Somebody’s got to do it.”

— Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch

Klayman pushed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to order a “neutral forensic expert … to take custody and control of the private email server and reconstruct and preserve the official U.S. Government records relating to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy during Defendant Secretary Clinton’s term as Secretary of State.” Read the rest of this entry »


‘Do we really have to do journalism?’ Politico writer seems tired of covering Clinton Foundation scandals

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Being a journalist is hard, you guys. Because it means you have to cover stuff that happens.

And frankly, Politico’s Blake Hounshell seems pretty sick and tired of it:

Are we, people? Are we?

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[VIDEO] First Shooting of Batman in Suicide Squad – Toronto – May 27, 2015

 


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Hong Kong: Tiananmen Vigil Highlights a Rift

 Sit In Protest Continues In Hong Kong Despite Chief Executive's Calls To Withdraw

Some student groups won’t join annual vigil on June 4

HONG KONG— Isabella Steger reports: Every year for a quarter-century, large Hong Kong crowds have commemorated the 1989 crackdown on student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. This June 4, some young Hong Kongers say they won’t join in.

Much like in Beijing in 1989, student groups were at the forefront of the monthslong pro-democracy protests that paralyzed much of Hong Kong last year and which challenged Beijing on how Hong Kong should elect its leader.

“I feel very sad. It’s a watershed year in my life” she said. “To call the ocean of candlelight ceremonial or perfunctory, it’s just not fair.”

— Claudia Mo, an opposition lawmaker and former journalist who was in Beijing during the 1989 crackdown

Unlike in Beijing, the Hong Kong protests ended peacefully, though with no visible concession from the Chinese government. What the rallies also did was lay bare a growing chasm between old and young over Hong Kong’s identity and relationship with Beijing. That rift is now playing out over the annual Tiananmen vigil, with some student groups saying Hong Kongers should focus on democratic rights in the territory rather than on the mainland.

“Every year it’s the same, we sing the same songs and watch the same videos. For some people, going to the vigil is a bit like clocking in. Should we continue looking back on a historical event, or focus on the more urgent situation here now?”

— Cameron Chan, 20, a social-sciences student at the University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong’s student union will organize its own June 4 event “to reflect on the future of democracy in Hong Kong.” Separately, the Hong Kong Federation of Students, the main group leading last year’s protests, said that for the first time it won’t participate in the vigil as an organization.

A pro-democracy protester sits on a barricade at a protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 26, 2014. Four weeks after tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets demanding free leadership elections for the semi-autonomous Chinese city, weary demonstrators remain encamped across several major roads.   AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

A pro-democracy protester sits on a barricade at a protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 26, 2014. Four weeks after tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets demanding free leadership elections for the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

“I feel very sad,” said Claudia Mo, an opposition lawmaker and former journalist who was in Beijing during the 1989 crackdown. “It’s a watershed year in my life” she said. “To call the ocean of candlelight ceremonial or perfunctory, it’s just not fair.”

“Going to the vigil is a bit like clocking in.”

—Cameron Chan, University of Hong Kong student

But to Cameron Chan, 20, a social-sciences student at the University of Hong Kong, it is precisely that the annual vigil has become such a fixture that is the problem.

[Read the full story here, at WSJ]

The student group’s decision is baffling to many democracy supporters in the city, who see the annual candlelight vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to remember the Tiananmen victims as an important civic duty—not least because it’s the only mass commemoration of the event in the Greater China universe.

Last year’s pro-denmocracy protests in Hong Kong were led by students, here seen gathered in front of the offices of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Oct. 2.Photo: Zuma Press

Last year’s pro-denmocracy protests in Hong Kong were led by students, here seen gathered in front of the offices of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Oct. 2.Photo: Zuma Press

“I don’t see how Hong Kong can fully divorce itself from democracy movements on the mainland.”

—Joshua Wong, student leader

“I cannot understand [the students’] thinking,” said Jack Choi, a 36-year-old who works in finance and has been going to the vigil on and off since 2000. “It’s two separate issues. Our mother is China, if the mother is not free, how can the child be?” Read the rest of this entry »


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Al Sharpton: Which is to blame for Texas flooding — ‘climate control’ or an angry God?

Originally posted on Twitchy:

As Twitchy reported earlier, America’s most respected and revered scientist, Bill Nye, was waiting impatiently for the nation’s weather-casters to dare utter the phrase “climate change” in connection with the devastating flooding in Texas. It’s a recurring annoyance for Nye, who also blamed last year’s droughts out West and heavy snowfall in Boston (drawing the mythical Boston Yeti out of hiding) on climate change.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, also a trusted advisor to the president, has posted his question of the day, and it’s a good one: are the floods in Texas the effect of “climate control,” or is God punishing the state for some reason?

Did we mention that Sharpton not only hosts his own cable news show but is often found…

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