Meriam Ibrahim Finally Freed After International Outcry

_75229959_1401453321963_wps_1_other_who_is_facing_deathMeriam Ibrahim after giving birth in shackles

Meriam Ibrahim, the 27-year-old woman sentenced to death last month in Sudan on charges of apostasy and adultery, was freed from prison Monday and sent to a safe house for her own protection.

An  international outcry is credited with embarrassing the Sudan government into releasing her and who two children – a newborn baby girl and a  20 month old son.

Meriam Ibrahim, who is married to a Christian American, gave birth to her daughter while shackled  in prison.

The Daily Mail, which has been on the forefront of pushing this case into the public eye, reported:

Her lawyer Shareif Ali Shareif confirmed to MailOnline that she had been released after the court of appeal in Khartoum accepted her appeal and overturned the death sentence.

‘She has been released from prison and she is on her way home with the children,’ he said.

‘She is very happy and the children are fine.

‘Her husband Daniel Wani is overjoyed. He is so happy he is almost crying.’

He added that for now she was staying in Khartoum.

MailOnline has led the way in highlighting the plight of Ms Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death on May 15. After international pressure a government official said on May 31 that Sudanese officials were working to release her.

She was only finally freed this afternoon.

Ms Ibrahim’s lawyer Mohaned Mostafa said after her release she had been sent ‘to an unknown house to stay at for her protection and security.’

‘Her family had been threatened before and we are worried that someone might try to harm her,’ he said.

In an interview with CNN earlier this month, Al Samani Al Hadi Mohamed Abdullah said that if Meriam was killed, it would have ‘enforced God’s word’ because she broke sharia. He has threatened to kill her himself if she was not executed.

Safwan Abobaker, an activist who works with religious campaign group Hardwired, which is based in the United States, said that the pressure to release Ms Ibrahim paid off.

He said: ‘The Sudanese government was embarrassed by all the attention so they freed her.

‘It’s better for her to come to America now as her half brother said that he would kill her if the court did not carry out the sentence.

‘The Sudanese government needs to protect Meriam and the U.S. embassy in Sudan needs to find a way of bringing her to America quickly.

‘The U.S. government needs to grant Meriam asylum or find a way to let her come to America right away. She needs to come to America.’

The United States had led from behind on this issue like it does on all  issues of international import. Meriam’s death sentence came down on May 15. She had her baby under brutal conditions while shackled in prison on May 23. The Obama Regime put out a tepid statement on the 15th, but didn’t join the international outcry until May 30. Earlier this month, Sec. of State Lurch finally screwed up  his courage enough to urge Khartoum to repeal its laws banning Muslims from converting.

But Meriam’s nightmare began in September of 2013 when she was arrested on charges of apostasy and adultery for practicing Christianity and marrying a Christian. Her young son, an American citizen was held in prison with her. When her desperate husband reached out to the US State Dept for emergency help in April, he was met with complete indifference.

Daniel Wani described the unconscionable indifference to his wife and family’s plight. Re-affirming what is quite evident, “My wife was never a Muslim,” Wani—a U.S. citizen—pleaded with “the government of the USA to help me.” But Wani claims that when he called the U.S. Embassy on April 9, 2014 a representative in Khartoum informed him of their lack of interest in the case. Noting that the couple’s toddler boy, Martin, is a U.S. citizen by virtue of his father’s U.S. citizenship, Daniel Wani also declared that U.S. Embassy officials in Khartoum have not cooperated in granting the family travel papers to leave The Sudan, and further have told him he must prove he is the father with a DNA test prior to even offering any assistance!

I have tried to apply for papers to travel to the USA with my wife and child, but the American Embassy in Sudan did not help me. My son is an American citizen living in a difficult situation in prison. I will have to take a DNA sample in Khartoum, then send it to the USA for testing. I have provided wedding documents and the baby’s birth certificate, and doors were closed on [my] face.

Hopefully, now that Meriam’s story has been front page news around the world, she’ll have more luck with the Regime on the asylum front.

Via Hot Air: 

Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, holds dual U.S.-Sudanese citizenship, and Ibrahim’s supporters argued that their children, including a daughter named Maya born in prison in May and a 20-month-old boy named Martin who was imprisoned with her, are U.S. citizens.

Sources close to the situation tell FoxNews.com that Ibrahim was whisked away to a confidential location and that her lawyers will be meeting with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday.

“This is a huge first step,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization Subcommittee. “But the second step is that Ms. Ibrahim and her husband and their children be on a plane heading to the United States.”

Also via Hot Air: “The archdiocese of Khartoum had hailed Ibrahim’s fidelity to the faith:

“There are many people trying to persuade Meriam to renounce Christianity in order to be freed, but she is refusing. Some people are pleading with her husband to convince her to abandon Christian faith in order to save her life, but to no avail,” the archdiocese said.

A modern saint if ever there was one. The Vatican should start the canonization process forthwith.

This is not the Miriam’s song I was looking for – but it will do in a pinch:

Miriam’s Song of Triumph, D. 942 performed by the VoceChamberSingers

Pat Caddell: Bergdahl Press Conference Obama’s “Jump the Shark” Moment

Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, and John LeBoutillier joined Harris Faulkner on Fox News’ Political Insiders, Sunday evening, to talk about the controversial Bergdahl swap.

Faulkner asked the group if the story was evolving in a way that was favorable to the Regime.

Schoen answered, “I’m seeing more and more questions being  asked. For example, was money paid to the Haqqani network? …How much restrictions are on the five detainees released in Qatar?”

He also questioned John Kerry’s strange comment Sunday, that suggested we have the ability to drone these militants once they’re back on the battlefield. “We need to find out what he was talking about – and what he meant,” Schoen noted.

Harris wondered if any other administration would have done differently.

LeBoutillier said, “maybe, but as time goes on, you can’t believe anything anybody in this administration says about it.”

He made the point that the administration – Hagel specifically – have denied that any of Bergdahl’s troop mates died while looking for him.” Faulkner played a clip of Hagel weakly trying to make that assertion.

“We’ve seen the parents of dead soldiers who died (were killed) looking for Bergdahl on the TV shows this past week, complaining about this thing,”  LeBoutillier exclaimed.

Caddell said, “I think the poll numbers are changing to their detriment.”

“we have these five Taliban top commanders one of whom engaged in genocide, living in luxury. I want to know how many Americans died to capture those Taliban,” (that were just set free) Caddell thundered.

In 2011, and 2012, “everyone refused to make this trade,” Caddell noted. “It was a White House operation. They wanted the VA off the front page – they got something much worse.”

Schoen added, “the deal itself was very very problematic, but as John suggested, I think the credibility of this administration in terms of its overall foreign policy – what they say and what they do are completely at variance, and we saw this week an absence of coherence between the US and the Europeans. Ultimately, this is a president losing credibility, and losing stature.”

LeBoutillier repeated the conventional wisdom that the swap was made to get the VA scandal off the front pages, but they botched the rollout of the news horribly, starting with the Rose Garden announcement with Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl.

“Can you imagine!” he exclaimed, “having the father of this prisoner standing with the president tweeting with the Taliban leadership, promising to work to get all of the prisoners out of Guantanamo – he’s standing with the Commander in Chief whose soldiers are getting killed by the Taliban! How can this be?!”

Caddell piped up, “let’s talk about incompetence for a moment”, referring to the Rose garden presser with the family. “That moment may go down in history as a “jump the shark moment” for the administration. All of a sudden, everything it says and does is exposed. It goes to far!”

In an aside, Caddell also slammed the president for “standing there tie-less.”

They’ve had a whole office of people dealing with the “eccentric ” Bergdahls for years – “no one said to the president – they seem to come off as a little eccentric, maybe we shouldn’t have this going on – maybe there are going to be some problems?I know from my experience, you would try to do that,” Caddell explained.

The easy answer is – Obama’s White House is filled with youthful liberal hipsters and ideologues who don’t find anything eccentric about the Bergdahls and cluck their tongues at us for “judging” the elder Bergdahl for his questionable appearance and behavior.

Caddell calls them “a team of clowns who took over from a very qualified team in foreign policy.” The Obami call it “smart power.”

The partisan divide is as wide as it’s ever been.

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Bob Bergdahl’s Message To Bowe: “I’m proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people” (Video)

Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl held another press conference, Sunday, to send a messages to their son.

Mrs. Bergdahl sounded like you would expect any mother to sound like after enduring such a long ordeal – tearfully happy and thankful that her son is coming home.

Mr. B. was an entirely different matter, though – raising more questions than he answered.

“I hope your English is coming back and know that I love you, so proud of your character,” he said of the son who was not well regarded by his former comrades at all. After deserting his post, no less than six soldiers from his unit were killed trying to find him.

Seeming to confirm that Bowe indeed went AWOL, he said, “I’m proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people and what you were willing to do to go to that length…”

Later in the presser, he said of Hailey, Idaho – “We’re so much like Afghanistan.”

Huh???

 Bowe Bergdahl and His Father Have Some Explaining To Do

When I saw Bowe Bergdahl’s father on the news yesterday – with his Talibanesque beard speaking Arabic (supposedly so he could better relate to his son’s captors) I thought, “okay…something is wrong with this picture.”

The good news of his son’s release was tempered by the fact that Obama released five Gitmo prisoners in exchange. Later in the day, when we found out who those prisoners were- five top Taliban commanders – some of whom had committed war crimes – all of whom were deemed to be a risk to Americans – the “good” news was tempered even further.

Then more and more information came out about Bowe – who had deserted his company in the middle of the night and walked straight into the arms of the Taliban, and the whole thing really began to stink.

Now we discover this deleted tweet from dad.

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 Something is definitely wrong with this picture.

SEE ALSO:

PJ Media:Taliban Joyous Over Bergdahl Swap, Vows to Get All Mujahideen Released ASAP  

Michelle Malkin: Flashback: A reminder about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion problem

The NY Post: The bizarre tale of America’s last known POW

Weasel Zippers: Taliban Claimed Bergdahl Converted To Islam And Was Teaching Them Bomb-Making Techniques

The Daily Caller: Obama Submits To Taliban Demands, Allows Praise For Allah

Obama used a Rose Garden press event to tout the surprise trade — which he won by making critical, last-minute concessions — while the parents of the freed soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, stood alongside.

At the end of brief event, the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl, recited the most frequent phrase in the Koran — “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” —which means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.”

After Bergdahl finished his statement and his praise for Allah, Obama hugged him.

Sooper Mexican: American Soldier Who Served With Freed POW Casts Doubt on Official Story; Fears Reprisal From Obama Administration

 

And Via This Ain’t Hell - in the comment section:

I found this post a few months ago and did some research…it all seems to pan out:

I WAS THERE. I’m sick of all the lies. Here is the TRUTH, from someone on the ground. We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.

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Andrew McCarthy: State Dept Only Sorry They Got Caught Promoting Radical Muslim Cleric (Video)

As widely reported, the State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau apologized on Tuesday for promoting on Twitter a radical Muslim scholar whose organization backed Hamas and encouraged the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

The apology came on the heels of a Friday Washington Free Beacon report detailing the CT Bureau’s promotion of Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of a radical Muslim scholars group that was founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans.”

Bin Bayyah himself is one of several clerics who endorsed a 2004 fatwa, or religious order, endorsing the killing of U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq.

His organization is also very in favor of suicide bombing campaigns in Israel, saying, “the other side has bombs, but we have child bombs.”

The State Department is being hammered for the oversight – gaffe – oopsie – whatever you want to call it. But former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Andrew McCarthy calls it S.O.P. for this administration. He told Megyn Kelly last night on The Kelly File,  the State Dept is only apologizing “because they got caught.”

Oops, Our Bad! State Dept Apologizes For Promoting Muslim Cleric Who Backed Killing of U.S. Soldiers

MUSLIM SCHOLAR

Can the State Department under Obama and Kerry become any more corrupt, incompetent and embarrassing? This Islamist A-hole only advocated killing American troops. Hey, let’s give him a medal.

Via the Washington Free Beacon: 

The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau apologized on Tuesday for promoting a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

The apology came on the heels of a Friday Washington Free Beacon report detailing the CT Bureau’s promotion of Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of a radical Muslim scholars group that was founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans.”

Bin Bayyah himself is one of several clerics who endorsed a 2004 fatwa, or religious order, endorsing the killing of U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq.

The CT Bureau apologized multiple times on Tuesday for tweeting in favor of Bin Bayyah and promoting an article on his website.

“This should not have been tweeted and has since been deleted,” the CT Bureau tweeted at users who expressed anger over the original message.

“It was wrong and should not have been tweeted,” the bureau later tweeted in response to other outraged individuals.

So does the State Dept Counter Terrorism Bureau have a  Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer (or perhaps member!) doing its social media? Or are they just so unbelievably incompetent that they don’t bother to vet the people they promote?

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Krauthammer: Obama Looks Like He’s Chickening Out – US Credibility On The Line (Video)

Appearing on Fox News  after Barack Obama’s Syria speech, Saturday, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer accused the president of leaving the region hanging, and making it look like he was “chickening out.”

“This is amateur hour,” Krauthammer said, and if you were sitting in Syria, Iraq, or Moscow watching this speech, then it looked like Obama was looking for a way out of striking Syria after he had boxed himself in.

After listing the arguments in favor of going war, he noted, “the only thing that matters at this point, is the word of the United States. That overrides everything.”

“Even though I think a limited attack is not the right thing to do, at this point he has to do something, or we will have reached the lowest ebb of American influence in the region since 1970,” he said.

As for Obama’s murky timetable for action, Krauthammer said:

“They hear a president who has no idea what he is doing and speaks about this in a leisurely way. What he ought to do, (and I can’t believe he actually decided otherwise!) is bring back Congress tomorrow. We’ve got Reagan Airport, we’ve got National Airport, we’ve got Dulles….you bring in the members of congress, you have a debate for two days, and you have a resolution. You can’t leave the region hanging…It looks absolutely as if the president has chickened out. And that;s the work of the president because of the way he did this.

John Bolton found Obama’s Rose Garden speech to be “absolutely stunning.” He continued, “I’ve been trying to fill in the blank in the following sentence, ‘Barack Obama is the weakest president since….uh – and I have to say, the best I can come up with is James Buchanan who watched the country dissolve into the Civil War. “

SEE ALSO:

White House Dossier: Obama’s Serial Syria Mistakes:

Let’s count the ways in which President Obama has screwed up his Syria policy.

1. He failed to take a stand in a conflict that clearly involves our interests. Bashar Assad is an ally of our enemy, Iran, and a supporter of Iran’s interests and of terrorism throughout the Middle East. He arms people who want to destroy Israel, and Israel is our friend, whose continued existence we safeguard militarily. The chance to eliminate Assad should have been seized early with a robust program of assistance to rebels before Islamists and al Qaeda had fully infiltrated their ranks.

2. Obama drew a red line without thinking. He committed to United States to action without thoroughly understanding the consequences. America must be considered true to its word or it will not be taken seriously, and national security will be severely damaged. This type of irresponsibility is what happens when you elect someone with no relevant experience for the job to be president.

Keep reading at link…

Twitchy: Golf, war: After putting on Syria, President Obama hits the links:

RS McCain: President Punchline: Are Obama’s Top Advisors Late-Night TV Joke Writers?

Obama About to Plunge Us into Another War w/o Congressional Approval, UN Approval, or Consent of the American People

Obama is considering a face-saving strike on Syria without the authorization of Congress, UN approval, or the consent of the American people.

Via Red State:

The plans being floated by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry for a wildly unpopular military intervention in Syria are incoherent on any number of levels. Rather than identify an enemy and seek the enemy’s defeat, the essential requirement for using military force, the Administration is unwilling to declare the toppling of the Assad regime as a goal – despite Obama’s own proclamation two years ago this month that “[f]or the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.” Instead, according to one unnamed “U.S. official” quoted by the LA Times, the Administration wants a military strike “just muscular enough not to get mocked.” Churchillian, this is not.

116 Members of Congress signed a letter to Obama warning him about striking Syria without their consent.

 House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle sent a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday asserting that striking Syria without prior Congressional authorization would be unconstitutional.

As we reported Tuesday, the letter penned by Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., pushes the president to “receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria.”

While the letter lacks signatures from top leaders — Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote his own letter to Obama Wednesday afternoon — it now has 98 Republican and 18 Democratic supporters.

The letter was sent to the president after 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Among the Republicans on the letter are Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas, House Republican Policy Committee Chairman James Lankford of Oklahoma and some close Boehner allies, including Tom Latham of Iowa, Mike Simpson of Idaho, Tom Cole of Oklahoma, and Tom Price of Georgia.

Democrats include Rep. Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon, the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee.

A GOP Congressman is telling Boehner: Call House Back Now to Deal With Syria

Rep. Scott Rigell (R.-Va.)–who served six years in the Marine Corps Reserves, sits on the House Armed Services Committee, and represents the congressional district with the largest concentration of military personnel of any in the nation–said today he is calling on House Speaker John Boehner to call the House back into session to prevent President Barack Obama from usurping Congress’s constitutional authority to authorize—or not authorize—the use of military force in Syria.

“He should be calling the House back right now,” Rigell said of Boehner. “I will be clear on this.”

“I do have a call scheduled with one of our senior leaders this afternoon and I will be making that case,” said Rigell. “I think we’re at this point, and I regret that we’re at this point. But that is where we are.”

He would be acting without the UN’s approval:

The State Department made clear Wednesday that the Obama administration plans to bypass the United Nations Security Council as it prepares for a possible strike on Syria, after having failed to win support from Russia.

In blunt terms, department spokeswoman Marie Harf said last-ditch efforts to win support for an anti-Assad resolution at the U.N. were unsuccessful, and the U.S. would proceed anyway.

“We see no avenue forward given continued Russian opposition to any meaningful council action on Syria,” she said. “Therefore, the United States will continue its consultations and will take appropriate actions to respond in the days ahead.”

And without the consent of the American people:

Americans strongly oppose U.S. intervention in Syria’s civil war and believe Washington should stay out of the conflict even if reports that Syria’s government used deadly chemicals to attack civilians are confirmed, a Reuters/Ipsos poll says.

About 60 percent of Americans surveyed said the United States should not intervene in Syria’s civil war, while just 9 percent thought President Barack Obama should act.

Obviously aware of how unpopular the move is with the American people, President “Daddy Issues”, is avoiding talking to us about it.

With military action against Syria set to begin within hours, according to reports, President Barack Obama and his administration are determining what legal route to take in order to justify the attack. According to NBC News White House reporter Chuck Todd, the administration is leery of seeking Congressional support for a mission in Syria because Congress many decline to bless such an operation. Now, according to reports from POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush, Obama may seek to avoid the American people as well.

Thrush reported on Wednesday that, based on his conversations with aides to the president, Obama will not address the American people about the mission in Syria before hostilities commence. Thrush reports that Obama’s advisors believe addressing Americans from the gravity of the Oval Office or the East Room is “passé.” Furthermore, most Americans who care about the mission in Syria will learn the logic behind it from cable news.

All so he can save face over his stupid “red line” ultimatum which he gave in the heat of a presidential campaign to make himself look strong on foreign policy. We are about to align ourselves with al friggin’ Qaeda so Obama doesn’t look weak and ridiculous.  But he is weak and ridiculous, and the country already embarrassed itself when we reelected him – so who cares if the world laughs at us one more time at Obama’s expense?

Need I even need to mention how the Democrat media complex would be reacting if a Republican President were doing the same thing?

It’s OK When I Do It

The lesson of both Obama’s and Kerry’s history of criticism of the Iraq War (Kerry, you will recall, voted for the war after voting against the original Persian Gulf War on the theory that the first President Bush hadn’t assembled a large enough coalition) is that it was primarily driven by partisan opposition to George W. Bush, rather than any particular principled view of how to run American foreign policy. In that light, it is perhaps unsurprising that the arguments made against Bush have been discarded and forgotten, just as all but a tiny minority of the anti-war movement has been silent on Obama’s Libyan and Syrian adventures (and the internet chorus that branded Bush and Cheney as “chickenhawks” has been silent on Obama’s and Biden’s lack of military service). But being in charge requires more than just blind partisanship, and five years into his presidency, Obama seems lost in formulating an approach to the use of military force that makes any sort of coherent sense.

 

By the way, I’m not even convinced that it was the Syrian regime and not the rebels who used the chemical weapons.

Exhibit 1: Panetta, Sept. 28, 2012: WE LOST TRACK OF SYRIAN WMDS:

Today, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the US no longer had knowledge of the whereabouts of some Syrian chemical weapons, and admitted that those weapons may have been funneled to rebels or Iranian proxies. “There has been intelligence that there have been some moves that have taken place,” said Panetta. “Where exactly that’s taken place, we don’t know.”

Panetta maintained that the most dangerous weapons were the ones still in possession of the Syrian government. But “with regards to the movement of some of this and whether or not they’ve been able to locate some of it, we just don’t know.”

Exhibit Two: Evidence: Syrian Rebels used Chemical Weapons (not Assad)

…even before Assad’s forces gained the momentum, a UN official reportedly found evidence of rebels using chemical weapons but no evidence Assad’s regime did. This, from a Washington Times article by Shaun Waterman dated May 6, 2013:

Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.

Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.

But she said her panel had not yet seen any evidence of Syrian government forces using chemical weapons, according to the BBC, but she added that more investigation was needed. {emphasis ours}

Today, while the rebels are more desperate than they were at the time of that article, evidence of rebels using chemical weapons is available; evidence Assad’s regime has used them is not.

Waterman wrote…

Rebel Free Syrian Army spokesman Louay Almokdad denied that rebels had use chemical weapons.

That doesn’t square with a video uploaded on August 23, 2013, in which Free Syrian operatives threatened to launch chemical weapons:

Exhibit Three: John Brennan, the CIA, and Chemical weapons Propaganda:

It’s important to consider where this information is coming from – the CIA. This past February, in an article written by Steven Emerson that appeared on the Fox News website, the terrorism expert wrote about why John Brennan was the wrong man for the job of directing the intelligence agency:

Brennan’s White House tenure shows a disturbing tendency to engage with Islamist groups which often are hostile to American anti-terrorism policies at home and abroad. Those meetings confer legitimacy upon the groups as representatives of all Muslim Americans, despite research indicating that the community is far too diverse to have any one group represent its concerns.

A Feb. 13, 2010 speech Brennan gave at the New York University School of Law serves as an example.

It was organized by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a group founded by Muslim Brotherhood members in the United States, some of whom remain active with the organization. And, although it denied any Brotherhood connection in 2007, exhibits in evidence in a Hamas-support trial show ISNA’s “intimate relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood.” {emphasis ours}

Exhibit Four: (The most solid evidence as far as I’m concerned…) Jay Carney says it’s “preposterous to suggest anyone but Assad Regime used the chemical weapons:

I’m not aware of any doubt,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters in response if there was a question if the Assad regime used chemical weapons last week in a heinous attack on Syrian civilians. “Suggestions that there is any doubt about who is responsible about this are as preposterous as suggestions that the attack itself didn’t occur,” Carney said.

That proves it.. The Assad Regime didn’t do the chemical weapons attack because as we know, every day is opposite day with Jay Carney.

Give me one reason why I should believe a single thing that comes out of that man’s mouth.

John Bolton slams Obama – President needs a character transplant to work effectively on Syria:

Col. Ralph Peters On Syria: Let  Our Enemies Kill Each Other!: 

 

Obama’s Silence Equals Consent As His Muslim Brotherhood Allies Torch Dozens of Coptic Christian Churches

Discrimination and violence are nothing new for Christians living in the Middle East, but after the Muslim Brotherhood rose to power in Egypt in the wake of the 2011 “Arab Spring”,  emboldened Islamists increased their attacks. Terrorist attacks on Christians at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood increased even more after Mohammed Morsi was ousted on July 3.

“The world is watching”, Mr. President:

After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like “prisoners of war” before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob.

In the four days since security forces cleared two sit-in camps by supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority. The campaign of intimidation appears to be a warning to Christians outside Cairo to stand down from political activism.

Via The New York Sun:

In the past 48 hours alone, some 57 Egyptian churches have been burned to the ground in the Nile valley. It will not be lost on the Egyptians that Mr. Obama has spent the crisis playing golf at Martha’s Vineyard.

Scores of Christians are being consumed in this conflagration, some burned beyond recognition defending their churches, even as Mr. Obama’s much-despised envoy in Egypt, Ambassador Patterson, still tries to effect a reconciliation between the the Muslim Brotherhood conducting this devastation and the Egyptians who revolted against the Brotherhood’s rule.

Mr. Obama came out against a pastoral background to urge the Egyptian military and government to take it easy on his favored Islamists and to hint at even more sanctions if they do not. As Mr. Obama retreated back to the beach, his aides warned of a cutoff of the $1.5 billion a year that American has been providing, though such aid is now being overwhelmed with a package of $12 billion that began flowing from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates only last month.

In Arab culture, such language and mannerism, including the wagging of fingers, will be seen as insulting, which at least partly explains the rush by the oil-rich countries to help the revolutionary government in Cairo.

Unless the president puts out a strong statement condemning this latest spate of attacks on Christian in Egypt, I think it’s reasonable to assume that he consents to violence against Christians.

Obama has rarely mentioned religious freedom, or made a point of condemning violence against Christians in Muslim countries. He’s airbrushed over it a few times – but the growing problem of Muslim atrocities against Christians  has been given short shrift by the Obama administration. This has been the appalling pattern since he took office.

Now, his allies, the Muslim Brotherhood,  want “the world to believe that it is comprised of persecuted and repressed underdogs that it is not,” according to former Muslim Brotherhood terrorist, Walid Shoebat.  “On the contrary, the Brotherhood is a group that will lie, cheat, steal, and murder while fooling others into believing it is on the short end of that stick.”

Western media continues to play along with the Brotherhood’s Pallywood script. It’s simply not believable that these figures are dupes too, which makes them accomplices in a despicably deceptive narrative.

Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) released a scathing statement Saturday  accusing the media of “steer[ing] away from objectivity and neutrality,”  resulting in “a distorted image” of events in Egypt to their audiences.

Via Foreign Policy: 

“Egypt is feeling severe bitterness towards some Western media coverage that is biased to the Muslim Brotherhood and ignores shedding light on violent and terror acts that are perpetrated by this group,” the statement read.

The SIS laid out seven ways in which international coverage of Egypt was lacking. In addition to ignoring the Brotherhood’s “thuggery and sabotage,” the statement said, some media “are still falling short of describing the [anti-Morsy protests] of June 30 as an expression of a popular will.” The Egyptian government, in other words, objects to international coverage describing Morsy’s ouster as a military coup.

The statement also accused foreign press of ignoring the support that the Muslim Brotherhood is allegedly drawing from foreigners and jihadists. It accused the media of “completely ignor[ing]” that the Brotherhood had sought support from al Qaeda elements, alleging that five vehicles flying the Islamist “black flag” and armed with automatic weapons had driven into Cairo’s Ramses Square during pro-Morsy protests there on Friday. “[The foreign press] also ignored making reference to the participation of non-Egyptian elements from Pakistan, Syria and Palestine in violent acts committed by the Brotherhood,” the statement read

Egyptian officials have also echoed the statement’s criticisms in their public remarks. In a press conference yesterday, Egyptian presidency spokesman Mustafa Hegazy opened with remarks in English — a sign that his message was geared to foreign media. He said that Egyptians were “bitter” that the foreign press had ignored stories of Brotherhood supporters killing soldiers, burning churches, and using women and children as human shields. The events in Egypt were not a political disagreement between two sides, he said, but a “war with terrorism … and Egypt will defend its sovereignty.

Egyptians are Lashing out at Obama: “Damn You Obama! Damn You!”

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Israel Matzov links to a report that Egyptian army chief Abdel Fateh al-Sisi is refusing to take phone calls from  Barack Obama and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Egypt is bleeding and angry. While the army and Muslim Brotherhood clash in the streets, at a high cost of hundreds of casualties in just one weekend, many Egyptians — especially the military — are furious at Washington. The United States, Egypt’s number one ally in the world with an annual aid package of $1.3 billion, has all of a sudden become irrelevant. One can assume that this is not what the American president had in mind when he delivered his famous Cairo speech in 2009. In Egypt, Obama is seen not as the person who did not prevent Mubarak’s downfall, rather as the person who supported the Muslim Brotherhood. At the same time, Obama could be perceived at home as breaking the law due to his refusal to recognize a military coup in Egypt, which would prohibit him from transferring aid funds. This is without doubt an awkward situation for the president.

Obama is humiliated. After he refused to answer U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s calls, Col. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, currently the strongest person in Egypt, also refused to answer a call from Obama. The Egyptian defense minister is waging a military campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood while simultaneously opening a diplomatic front against the United States. The cancellation of a joint military exercise with the U.S. is not much of a concern for Sissi. On the contrary, the cancellation is more of a concern for Jerusalem, which needs a friendly, professional and strong Egyptian army along its southern border.

Four short years ago, Obama seemed on top of the world when he gave a speech to the Muslim world in Cairo (to mixed reviews at best.)  Open Doors USA, a ministry to persecuted Christians, pointed out that Obama had failed to elaborate on the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt or the plight of minority Christians in other Muslim countries.

A year later,  a bipartisan government commission  criticized Obama and  the Regime’s handling of religious freedom in the world.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in its annual report stated that Obama has rarely mentioned religious freedom since his Cairo and Ankara speech last year. The president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the report stated, have also exchanged the phrase religious freedom for the narrower phrase “freedom of worship.”

It took Obama more than two years to fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, that works against religious persecution across the world.

Obama filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and Congress. Suppose that there was a country where Muslims were being massacred every month, would the Obama Administration and media remain silent on a Muslim holocaust?

Every month we have thousands of Christians massacred around the world, but Obama and American media ignores the Christians holocaust around the world. A mob attack on Muslims in Burma immediately resulted in a condemnation from the State Department and Obama. But a carbombing and shooting attack on two churches in Nigeria have not been similarly commented on by the State Department.

Atlas Shrugs bluntly asks, “why is the Obama administration in league with these jihad butchers?”

At PJ Media, RAYMOND IBRAHIM writes:

With the recent decision to arm the opposition fighting Syrian President Assad, the United States has effectively declared a proxy war on Syria’s indigenous Christians — a proxy war that was earlier waged on Christians in other Mideast nations, resulting in the abuse, death, and/or mass exodus of Christians.

Ironically (if not absurdly) this proxy war on Christians is being presented to the American people as a war to safeguard the “human rights” and “freedoms” of the Syrian people.  Left unsaid by the Obama administration is the egregiously inhuman behavior these jihadis visit upon moderate Syrians in general and Christians in particular, from bombed churches to kidnapped (and often beheaded) Christians.  Days ago they massacred an entire Christian village.

Nor can one argue that the Obama administration is unaware that Christian persecution is an ironclad aspect of empowering jihadis.  Both past precedents and current events repeatedly demonstrate this.

I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that a Regime that has been conducting its own war against Christians here at home, would be aiding and abetting acts extreme persecution and violence against Christians abroad — but it’s appalling nonetheless.

Did you ever think you’d live to see a president this horrible?!

Judge Jeanine Pirro: ‘Mr. President, It Looks Like You Support Fanatical Muslims’ (Video)

Judge Jeanine Pirro seems to get devilish enjoyment out of pantsing the president  every weekend on her show.

This Saturday in her opening statement, she gleefully castigated Obama for his horrible handling of the Middle East.

She started out by reminding her audience of Obama’s infamous speech to the Muslim world in June of 2009 that was supposed to help undo the damage the monster Bush had done in his eight years to US/Muslim relations.

“Mr. President, with all due respect,” Pirro began impishly, “I have news for you. George Bush was more popular in the Arab world than you are, right now. The truth? Your indecisive, unclear and feckless foreign policy has literally run our relationship with that region into the ground. And here’s the rub. You’ve been giving billions of our dollars to countries who not only give us nothing in return, but who literally hate our guts.”

She went on to ask, “how can one possibly resolve differences with Islamist fanatics who burn Christian Churches – about 50 now, they say, so far –  topple police vehicles, and use women and children as human shields? And have as their mantra, “with life, with blood – we sacrifice for Islam. Then she lowered the boom. “Mr. President, now it looks like YOU’RE  supporting fanatical Muslims.”

Pirro also weighed in on the latest revelations in the NSA scandal.

“Edward Snowden must be laughing in his vodka,” she quipped. “It’s almost like he choreographed it so that every time the president denies anything, Snowdens leaks are able to rebut his lies.” (Could he have learned that trick from the late great Andrew Breitbart?)

Also, she had on that ridiculous truther doofus, MD Rabbi Alam who actually ran for Sec of State in the Democrat primary in Mo, last year:

Washington insiders told the Beacon that Democrats really need to distance themselves from Alam.

“What is shocking is how someone with such repugnant views can rise so quickly to a position of prominence in the Democratic Party,” said one D.C.-based communications adviser.

“The Democratic Party of Missouri needs to disavow him,” said the source. “The DNC and its Asian American caucus need to disavow him, and the White House needs to make clear he will not be credentialed or granted access to the Democratic National Convention.”

Alam appeared with some other Muslim moke to debate the so called “Million Muslim March” that has been organized for Sept. 11. Such a great way for Muslims earn the good will of fellow Americans –  march as victims of intolerance at Ground Zero on 9/11. It probably actually makes sense to liberals.

You could say this debate got a little heated.

Amid Death Threats and Censorship YouTube’s ‘La Blonde’ Speaks Out Against Islamization of France

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This brave young French woman, known as ‘La blonde of YouTube’ is  being censored and suppressed by the Muslim Lobby because she boldly speaks the truth about the Islamization of her beloved homeland.

She’s kinda like a french, Catholic,  female version of Pat Condell – well reasoned, passionate, articulate and unafraid.

As she noted in this video,  there have been mass complaints about her videos for “racism etc” (the left operates the same way everywhere, do they not?) and she fears that her Facebook page will be deleted soon.

But then she stares straight into the camera and says, “you will not stop me…I will open other pages and other sites, I will go to Ru-Tube where one is not censored, I will go on all the sites – Daily Motion – anywhere – but you will not silence me… okay?”

Here she expresses her incomprehension at being branded a racist for speaking in defense of her country and culture.

She’s a rock star, n’est pas?

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In one of the videos La Blonde makes fun of France’s Socialist President (and Obama pal) François Hollande who is an ignorant buffoon she doesn’t even consider her president…,

Apparently France already has massive buyer’s remorse…

Via Weasel Zippers:

The Telegraph:

The right-wing former president came 20th in Sunday newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche’s bi-annual Top 50 poll, some 24 places ahead of François Hollande, the Socialist who roundly beat him last year but now faces record low popularity ratings.

The two men were the only politicians present in the list, dominated by music, film, TV and sports celebrities.

The poll came a day after Mr Sarkozy reportedly received a rock star’s welcome when he turned up to a pop concert in St-Tropez with his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, during which half the audience gave him a standing ovation.

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Judge Jeanine Pirro: The US Is No Longer Respected Or Feared (Video)

On Saturday night’s Justice With Jeanine, the good Judge began her opening statement with scissors in hand. She was working on a paper cut-out of a paper tiger to signify the United States’ weak stature under Obama.

“There was a time when the United States was both respected and feared”, she said, “today however in the eyes of the world, we are neither respected nor feared. And it’s Obama’s feckless foreign policy that’s diminished our stature on the world stage. That policy mimics a paper tiger,” she explained. “Seemingly dangerous, but in truth, timid and weak.”

(Oh yeah? Tell that to Osama Bin Laden!, the left cries in unison at such arguments.

Yeah, I hate to break it to you drones, but Obama had to be dragged kicking and screaming into that decision. The gutsy call was really a putzy stall. )

“Every time there’s an issue, we roar”, Pirro continued, “and then turn tail and run.” (Unless you’re poor and helpless Honduras and you just kicked out a Chavez-like, communist, wannabe dictator – then there’s a roar, aggressive bullying and removal of aid.)

Pirro compared all Obama’s big talk and promises with the actual results.

His deceptive buffoonery would be funny if there wasn’t a plurality of Americans who actually believe him, and his lies weren’t so damn detrimental to the country.

Pirro sounding like me, here: “Mr President, when you talked about the most transparent administration in history, I guess you really meant that most transparent would be our phone calls and our records – terrorists, of course, excluded.”

If she’s like me – she’s not kidding. That’s the country we live in today and it’s pretty friggin scary.:

Pirro Tears Into Rolling Stone For Boston Bomber Glamour-Boy Cover (Video)

Judge Jeanine Pirro took aim at the Rolling Stone on her show, tonight, slamming them for their obscene and inexcusable glamorization of Boston bomber,  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who also received a severe tongue lashing from the Fox host.

Apparently, the New York Times tried to argue that the writer was just describing how a normal American kid could go wrong.

But Pirro said she  read the article twice, and came away “with no explanation as to why he went wrong”.

“Maybe he’s a terrorist because he wants to be a terrorist. Because he chose to be a terrorist…Or maybe he was raised by good ‘ol Jihadi mom to be a terrorist….or maybe he’s just plain evil, like the devil!” Pirro exclaimed.

When it comes down to it, “I really don’t give a damn,” she said, and then she proceeded to explain why.

She concluded, “Dzhokhar…you’re not the one in pain, you’re not a rock star – you’re not a cover boy…you’re a damn terrorist, the spawn of Satan who should go directly to hell, sooner rather than later!”

Via Mass Tea Party

Houston “Peaceful Activist” Who Organized March That Blocked Traffic and Intimidated/Assaulted Drivers Was NBPP Member

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On Monday evening,  a “Justice For Trayvon”  march got out of hand when hundreds of demonstrators spilled out onto the street and blocked traffic for about 15 minutes.

That’s when Georgia, a grandmother on her way to a Texas Children’s Hospital with her daughter and 7-year-old granddaughter, was assaulted through an open window of her car.

Georgia’s daughter was driving and tried to go around the demonstrators by driving on the grassy shoulder.

“One of them was hitting the windshield and I was just screaming, ‘We’ve got to get to the hospital,’ and they were screaming and chanting,” she said. “All I could think of was, I got to get my granddaughter to the hospital.”

A Local 2 camera covering the protest recorded the entire incident. On the video you could see Georgia sitting in the front seat of an SUV, she had her window down and you can see a man reach in and grab her. Georgia said she was hit.

“When we got on the road I told her, ‘Let’s call 911,” and I could feel I had been hit,” she said.

The family is upset by the whole incident and thinks the demonstrators took things too far. Georgia filed a police report and hopes that things will quiet down.

“It wasn’t peaceful,” she said. “It was terrifying.”

Now, that’s the story, and here’s KPRC’s headline and byline: Local family’s emergency trip to hospital interrupted by demonstrators. The coordinator of the protest says he gave specific instructions to participants not to break any laws and not to touch or harm anyone.

KPRC uncritically reported:

Quanell X, the community activist who planned the event, told Local 2 he thought the protest was peaceful.

He also said he gave specific instructions to participants not to break any laws and not to touch or harm anyone.

You can watch their report of the incident, here - note that some of the demonstrators were carrying NBPP flags.

For some reason, they neglected to mention in their report that peaceful “community activist”, Quanell X is a member of the New Black Panther Party. He joined that organization after being thrown out of the Nation of Islam for being too violent.

According to Wikipedia:

In September, 1990, Quanell Evans was inspired by a Louis Farrakhan speech at Sam Houston Coliseum and joined the Nation of Islam against his parents’ wishes. The newly dubbed Quanell X quickly became a spokesman in the organization.[3]

Quanell X was forced out of the Nation of Islam for publicly inciting violence with his televised, and highly publicized, exhortation to Houston-area blacks:

“[i]f you feel that you just got to mug somebody because of your hurt and your pain, go to River Oaks and mug you some good white folks. If you’re angry that our brother is put to death, don’t burn down your own community, give these white folks hell from the womb to the tomb.”[6]

After leaving the Nation of Islam, Quanell X joined a paramilitary group named “MFOI”, for “Mental Freedom Obtains Independence.” The new faction was not designed to attract significant exoteric membership.[7] After the MFOI removed Quanell, he joined the New Black Panther Party under the leadership of Khalid Abdul Muhammad and is now a local leader of the organization.[3]

When contacted, an employee at KPRC  admitted they knew Quanell X was a member of the NBPP, and couldn’t say why it was not mentioned in the report — an unforgivable omission considering their byline.

UPDATE:

More dirt on Quanell X via @RhymesWithRight

New Black Panther Party & Texas Republicans:

Tensions in the already intense debate over convicted killer
Gary Graham’s scheduled execution escalated Friday as a
dozen armed black activists shoved a delegate outside the
state Republican convention in downtown Houston.
Kaufman County delegate A.J. McClure was pushed to the 
ground by one of the rifle-wielding guards surrounding 
Quanell X shortly after the Muslim leader began protesting 
outside the George R. Brown Convention Center. 
McClure, a disabled veteran, quickly rose to his feet and said
he was not hurt, but he was later taken by ambulance to an
area hospital as a precaution.
McClure reported the incident to the Houston Police
Department, but no charges had been filed late Friday and the
guard involved in the incident was not immediately identified.
The confrontation was the only tense moment involving
protesters Friday as state Republicans met to rally around
their candidates and set the party’s agenda.
Picketers from the Log Cabin Republicans, other gay rights
organizations, Americans United for Separation of Church and
State and individuals espousing various causes, quietly
walked up and down the sidewalks carrying signs.
Quanell X’s group comprising members of the New Black
Panther Party, the National Black United Front and the New
Black Muslim Movement arrived wearing all black, except
for Quanell X. Many carried shotguns, AK-47s and other
rifles.

“Community activist” really doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.

How about “black radical with troubling  background belonging to various black militant groups including the Nation of Islam (which he was thrown out of for being too violent) and the NBPP”?

Hat tip: Occupy White House videos.

3 New Black Panthers Hold Vigil Outside Of Tampa Courthouse – Gets Sympathetic Media Coverage (Video)

A “justice for Trayvon” rally in Tampa fell flat on Monday, as only 3 New Black Panther protesters showed up to protest the Zimmerman verdict.

WFLA reported:

Only three demonstrators showed up at a Justice for Trayvon Martin rally organized by the New Black Panther party near a Tampa courthouse Monday.

The representatives with the New Black Panthers told us they scheduled a gathering in front of the George Edgecomb Courthouse on Twiggs Street to bring attention to the broken judicial system and to demand justice for Trayvon Martin.

As the morning wore on, a few people going in and out of the courtroom stopped to listen for a moment or two, and were interviewed by ABC Action News. Note the sympathetic treatment the reporter gave the odious New Black Panthers, whose foot soldiers have found ways to inject antisemitism into the Zimmerman case,  vowed “the black man will exact justice on Zimmerman” and   declared that the Zimmerman verdict means “war”. Last year they put put a $10,000 bounty on Zimmerman’s head.

“For Ali Mohammed, there is no riding the fence since the verdict came down…..with the Zimmerman not guilty verdict weighing on his heart and boiling in his soul, Ali is calling for change in how ‘Lady Justice’ sees the law,” the reporter intoned.

Good grief!

Thank God for the last woman interviewed who injected some sanity and common decency into the farce, reviving my faith in humanity just a little bit.

Imagine if a tea party rally drew only 3 protesters. Do you think anyone in the media would have been there to cover it?

I’ve been to rallies that have drawn thousands that were ignored by the local media. We live in an upside down world.

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