15 Muslim Migrants Arrested In Italy After Hurling 12 Christian Refuges Off Boat

A massive influx of refuges and migrants from war-torn and impoverished African nations have been making their way across the Mediterranean from Libya to Sicily. According to the Italian Coast Guard, more than 10,000 people have made the desperate journey on rickety, often un-sea-worthy boats since last weekend.

CNN reports that as many as 400 migrants have been lost at sea.

The tragedy adds to the mounting death toll among those fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

So far this year as many as 900 have lost their lives. Last year at least 3,200 died making the journey. Since 2000, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), almost 22,000 people have died fleeing across the Mediterranean.

12 Christian refuges lost their lives during a particularly harrowing trip — not due to their boat capsizing – but through Islamic violence.

The IB Times reports:

Italian police have arrested 15 Muslim immigrants in Palermo, for allegedly having thrown Christian refugees off the rubber boat that was taking them to Italy after a fight for “religious reasons”, according to media reports.

Those arrested – from Mali, Guinea and Ivory Coast – were part of a group of 100 that were rescued off the Libyan coast by the Italian coastguard.

After their arrival in Palermo, the other migrants informed police that 12 Christian refugees were hurled off the boat and killed after a religious row with the 15 Muslims that were later arrested. Among the arrested is a 17-year-old, according to Repubblica newspaper.

Rep. Trey Gowdy: Witness list will include Cheryl Mills,Huma Abedin and Sid Blumenthal

On Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show, House Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Rep Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Sidney Blumenthal, Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes will be on his witness list to testify before the committee or commit to a transcribed interview.

Asked if his witness list would include Cheryl Mills, the former Secretary of State’s chief of staff, Gowdy responded,  “absolutely, and it was always going to include Ms. Mills. But, if you studied the correspondence between the State Department and Secretary Clinton after she decided to return the public record to the public a couple of months ago, that correspondence was directed to Cheryl Mills. So, Cheryl Mills needs to be talked to, not only with respect to Benghazi, but also with respect to the retention of the public records by Secretary Clinton after she separated.”

Huma Abedin will also be included on the witness list, Gowdy said because, “you have to if you want to write the final, definitive accounting of what happened before, during, and after Benghazi.”

He also said that Sidney Blumenthal, Ben Rhodes and Susan Rice will be on the list, “because I think your listeners would be interested in the chronology. We are taking the witnesses from the Department of State and CIA whose identities need to be preserved, we’re doing them first, and those are transcribed interviews. Then we are moving into the people who are more well known, the Susan Rice’s, the Ben Rhodes, and yes, you can include Sidney Blumenthal.”

Hat tip: AoSHQ

Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, our tribute to evil, our 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all contemptible,but the votes are in and we had a winner who surprised us by triumphing easily over some stiff competition…the envelope please…


Racist Judge Olu Stevens!!

The Watcher: What kind of excuse for a judge scolds a three-year-old and her parents in court who were victims of a home invasion and armed robbery as ‘racists’ because the little girl admitted she was now afraid of black men?

Meet Louisville, Kentucky 30th Judicial circuit Judge Olu Stevens.

At the sentencing trial of one of the robbers, a victim’s impact statement written by the little girl’s mother was entered into evidence. Part of it said, “Whenever we are running errands, if we come across a black male, she holds me tight and begs me to leave. It has affected her friendships at school and our relationships with African-American friends.”

Judge Stevens’ response? To excoriate the victims of the crime in open court as racists and to sympathize with the criminal who traumatized a young child and her family.

“I am offended. … I am deeply offended that they would be victimized by an individual and express some kind of fear of all black men,” he said.

“This little girl certainly has been victimized, and she can’t help the way she feels,” he said. “My exception is more with her parents and their accepting that kind of mentality and fostering those type of stereotypes.”

Not only did he chastise the victims of the crime, but he let Gregory Wallace, one of the two black perpetrators who pleaded guilty to the March 21, 2013, crime off on probation because “he deserves a chance to redeem himself.”

Can you even imagine the headlines nationwide if a white judge let off a white armed robber who had victimized a black family out of racial solidarity? But since this is a black judge, other then the local Courier-Journal, this passed by with barely a mention.

It’s interesting times we have in America. Even innocuous words and phrases are viciously attacked as ‘trigger words’ capable of excusing incredible excesses of rage, injustice and frequently violent reactions provided the perpetrator is white, heterosexual , male, and/or a religious Christian or Jew. Yet outright bigotry and racially motivated violence by select ‘protected groups’ isn’t even mentioned in the media, let alone criticized. To do so in the mainstream media or academia is to become quickly unemployable.

Here we have a little three-year-old who was sitting in her living room watching television with her parents when two thugs forced their way into her home and held up her mom and dad at gunpoint right in front of her. Since they were black males, is it any wonder that a child traumatized in that fashion would be frightened of other black males? In fact, her mom’s statement actually says that in spite of their best efforts to disassociate her from her fear of black males, the child is still fearful even around the family’s black friends.

But if course, it must be ra-aa-a-aacism, right judge? So of course they have to punished by being demonized, and by letting an armed robber off with probation on the grounds of racial solidarity.

You see, it’s no longer enough merely to not practice ra-a-aa-cism. You must be prepared to take responsibility for anything that people like Judge Stevens merely perceive as racist. Even if it’s just for the purpose of intimidation and the shaming of supposed ‘thought criminals.’

Judge Stevens will undoubtedly go unpunished for his racism and his perversion of justice. He’s just like certain judges back in the old Jim Crow days who issued rulings from the bench based on race. But as history shows us, those who practice bigotry and injustice against others frequently have it visited upon themselves eventually.

And payback is always a real bitch.

Enjoy your Weasel, Judge Stevens. As a disgrace to your office and your profession, you definitely rate it.

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JW Reporter: Obama Admin Denying That ISIS Is Operating on Southern Border Is “Insane and Deplorable” (Video) UPDATED

Newsmax TV’s JD Hayworth talked to Judicial Watch Investigative reporter  Irene Garcia about their bombshell report from earlier this week claiming that terrorists have set up a training camp on the Southern border. High level Mexican sources are confirming JW’s reports from last August, that ISIS is operating at least one camp just a few miles from El Paso, TX.

Their sources include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican federal police inspector.

Garcia, a former LA Times reporter, said authorities on both side of the border have confirmed that the activity is occurring, but the Obama administration continues to claim the reports are unfounded for a number of reasons.

“…he wants better relations with Mexico, he’s allowing this influx of illegal immigrants coming in, he’s now facilitating with a program that Judicial Watch just broke, last week, where he’s flying the minors in, now because it’s too treacherous to cross the desert. If there’s terrorists right nearby – that would of course ruin that plan. A lot of it is denial – a lot of it is negligence – it’s downright insane and certainly deplorable that this is happening so close to our border, and yet the administration continues to officially say, that the border is secure – that this is unfounded.”

Garcia explained that ISIS is trying to enter the country through two ports of entry – El Paso and an area on the New Mexico border.

She referenced a Judicial Watch report from last August that revealed a leaked DHS warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border that had been issued within the agency and was not meant to go public.

Garcia ended by noting that a US government report a few years ago acknowledged that Islamic, Middle Eastern terrorists have teamed up with drug cartels on the border.

“But these reports get very little media attention and most of the public never hears about it,” she said.

UPDATE:

Judicial Watch is now reporting that the DOJ called a “special meeting” in Juarez to deal with their report.

FBI Holds “Special” Meeting in Juárez to Address ISIS, DHS Not Invited

A high-level intelligence source, who must remain anonymous for safety reasons, confirmed that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny Judicial Watch’s accurate reporting and identify who is providing information to JW. FBI supervisory personnel met with Mexican Army officers and Mexican Federal Police officials, according to JW’s intelligence source. The FBI liaison officers regularly assigned to Mexico were not present at the meeting and conspicuously absent were representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s not clear why DHS did not participate.

Publicly, U.S. and Mexico have denied that Islamic terrorists are operating in the southern border region, but the rapid deployment of FBI brass in the aftermath of JW’s report seems to indicate otherwise. A Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector were among the sources that confirmed to JW that ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas. The base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

Obama Official: ISIS A Problem “Off The Charts Historically” (Video)

A top Obama official has admitted the obvious – that ISIS is a major threat to the United States – a far cry from Obama’s original stance that ISIS is the “Jayvee team.”

Via Fox News Insider:

“This is a problem that is off the charts historically,” Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk said, pointing out that more than 20,000 foreign fighters have joined the Islamic State in Syria.

“Just put that into perspective: It’s about twice the number that went into Afghanistan in the 1980s over a ten-year period to fight the Soviet Union, and those came really from only a handful of countries,” McGurk said.

“We’re in unchartered territory here.”

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) said on Fox News, Wednesday that he’s glad that the Obama administration has finally recognized that ISIS poses a serious threat.

“There is, for me, a deeper problem, in that all administrations, but especially this one, want to address terrorism with lawyers,” Peters said. “In wartime, you have to worry about what is effective, what works.”

“If you want to make nice, fine. If you want to defeat fanatical … and apocalyptic terrorists, you clear the battlefield of the lawyers and you do what it takes to win, and that means killing them remorselessly, ruthlessly and relentlessly. Nothing else works.”

SEE ALSO: 

AoSHQ: ISIS On Verge of Capturing Strategically Critical City of Ramadi, After Launching Attack that Surprised Obama

ISIS Study Group:GOI Begins Prepping For OPs in Bayji, Hawijah and Mosul While Tikrit Remains Unsecured

PJ Tatler: Judicial Watch: ISIS Is Operating a Camp Just a Few Miles from the Texas Border

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – ‘Ready For Hillery’ Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, Simply Jews, The Gates Of Vienna, and Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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Sheriff Babeu: ICE Won’t Provide Names Of Released Criminal Illegals In Order To Protect Obama

Sarah Saldana, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), came under fire over the release of 30,000 criminal illegal immigrants last year, and 36,000 released prior, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.

That’s because, according to Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu, the government will not share with law enforcement the names of tens of thousands of violent criminals the Obama administration released into the public.

Appearing Tuesday afternoon on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Babeu told the host that he has sought the information through informal letter, through a Freedom of Information Act request, and through a request from help from Arizona Sen. John McCain.

“Senator McCain, who’s a powerful senator said, ‘Sheriff, I promise you I’m going to get you these names.’ He can’t get me the names. Nobody will get me these names,” Babeu said.
The reason the names aren’t being released, Babeu suspects, is because, once they recommit crimes, their heinous acts could be tracked back to Barack Obama.
“The reason why they will refuse to provide these names is because then we have a list of all these illegals that our government – President Obama has released into our communities that are committing new crimes – that are committing murder, that are committing rape, that are committing aggravated assault, and armed robbery, and then we can directly link them back to the president’s action – of this unlawful mass prison-break.”

The 30,000-plus criminals released back into the general population are said to include 193 convicted of murder; more than 300 convicted of rape and sexual assault; and 200 to 300 convicted of kidnapping.

Babeu said diplomatic pressure should be applied to those countries, included denying visas, if the criminals aren’t taken back.

MORE from the hearing via CNS News:
Sarah Saldana, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told members of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that ICE agents who do not enforce President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration priorities could be fired for not following an agency directive.

SEE ALSO:

Sunshine State News: Ted Yoho Pushes Back Against Presidential Overreach:

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., is looking to put a check on executive power with a resolution returning Article 1 powers to Congress and looking to include executive usurpation as grounds for impeachment. Despite being a fierce critic of President Barack Obama, Yoho said his proposal was not directed against the president.

“Many of the people I have the honor of representing are tired of executive overreach and the circumvention of legislative process,” Yoho said on Monday. “It is a dangerous precedent to set when the president begins to rule by fiat and takes on the role that is specifically reserved for Congress.