Friday, July 20, 2018

Oakland Terror Plot Thwarted

Amer Alhagaggi, a 23-year-old man of Yemeni origin, has pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges in a San Francisco court arising from his arrest while plotting to commit terrorist attacks in the Bay Area. He was arrested by the FBI in November 2016. He entered his plea on Wednesday.

Alhagaggi apparently had a special hate for gays, who would have been one of his targets.

I wonder what Oakland mosque he attended.

July 20-This Date in History

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Nina and Claus von Stauffenberg

Today marks the 74th anniversary of the failed attempt on the life of Adolf Hitler. Operation Valkyrie was the code name for the plan by which Colonel Claus Graf von Stauffenberg placed a briefcase containing a bomb at Hitler's field hqs near Rastenburg, East Prussia during a military briefing to which Stauffenberg had been summoned to give a report.

The plan was actually quite ingenious. Upon the death of Hitler, the plotters, who included military officers, would activate an operation (Valkyrie)  that would be called into action upon an attack against the government or breakdown in law and order due to Allied bombing of German cities. Upon Hitler's death, the SS, Gestapo and higher ranking officials would be accused of the assassination and placed under arrest by unwitting domestic military troops as a new government was formed.

Stauffenberg was able to leave the briefcase under the table where Hitler was going over the military situation with his generals. However, after he made his way out of the building, one of the officers moved the briefcase to the other side of a leg of the table, which saved Hitler from the full force of the blast. Stauffenberg flew back to Berlin believing Hitler was dead. The plan was put into effect once Stauffenberg passed the word that Hitler  had been killed. Hours later, the operation collapsed when it was learned that Hitler had survived. Stauffenberg and others were summarily executed in the courtyard of the military hqs (Bendlerblock) on Bendlerstrasse.What is known in Germany as the July 20 plot to kill Hitler was the subject of an American film a few years ago entitled, "Valkyrie" and starring Tom Cruise as Stauffenberg.

Monument in the Bendlerblock. "Here died for Germany on July 20, 1944...."

Aside from my overall interest in the Third Reich, I take specific interest in this incident because when I was stationed with the  US Army in Germany in the 1960s, the town where I was stationed, Erlangen, and the nearby town of Bamberg, have some connection to two of the players in the July 20 plot, Stauffenberg and General Karl von Bodenschatz, who was deputy to Hermann Goering and was wounded in the explosion.

At the time Stauffenberg was involved in the plot, his duty station was at Bamberg, a picturesque Franconian town north of Erlangen. His wife, Nina, and their children were living there, and after the plot collapsed, she was imprisoned and separated from her children under Germany's notorious Sippenhaft law, by which family members of "traitors" were also imprisoned. She survived the war, was reunited with her children and lived in the Bamberg area until her death just a few years ago. In her last years, she wrote a book on her experiences. I have had the opportunity to visit Bamberg several times. It was also the scene for the movie, Town Without Pity, starring Kirk Douglas. The story was based on the German book, Das Urteil by Georg Dorfmeister which revolved around a rape of a German girl by American troops in the post war period. The girl, who was scandalized by the inhabitants of the town, committed suicide. The actual film was shot in Bamberg and the town of Forchheim, located between Erlangen and Nuremberg. Back in the 1960s, soldiers stationed in Bamberg called it, "the town without pity".

Old town hall (Altes Rathaus) in Bamberg
Town Hall Bamberg

Bodenschatz, who flew with Goering as a fighter pilot in World War One in the famed Richthofen Brigade, had served a tour of duty in Erlangen during his long military career. He was seriously wounded in the July 20 explosion but survived. He died in Erlangen in 1979 after taking up residence there in his later years.

Maxine Waters Supporters Burn American Flag

Yesterday, a conservative group called the Oath Keepers was supposed to hold a protest outside the LA office of Maxine Waters (D-CA). The protest did not come off after the LAPD reportedly told them they would not protect them from violence. However, a group of Waters supporters did show up. They stopped a pickup truck being driven by two white men, stole the US flag from the back of the vehicle and burned it.

Here is how the LA Times chose to report the incident.

"Oath Keepers break their promise, bail on planned far-right protest at Maxine Waters' office"
"At one point, counterprotesters pulled a small American flag off of a pickup, doused it in lighter fluid and set it ablaze."

This is disgusting. While it is true that Waters urged her followers not to engage the Oath Keepers, it is incumbent on Waters to immediately denounce these actions. If she does not, we must infer that she is in agreement with what happened.

Knife Attack in Lubeck (Germany)

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna

Today, a 35-year-old Iranian man attacked bus passengers with a knife in the northern German city of Lubeck. Fourteen people were stabbed, two seriously. The attacker has been captured by police.

Thanks to Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna, we have a German news report. As yet, it has not been translated into English sub-titles. I will re-post it as soon as sub-titles are available.

Here is more from Vlad Tepes.

Lisa Page: The Next John Dean?

This article first appeared in New English Review.

Rumors are buzzing around Washington this week that Lisa Page, the ex-paramour of disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok, was much more forthcoming than Strzok when she spoke with a Congressional panel last week behind closed doors. This is leading to speculation that Page may cut a deal to tell all she knows about how the FBI whitewashed the Hillary Clinton email investigation while, at the same, time, opening up a dirty investigation into the Trump campaign, using unverified information (Russian dossier) to obtain a FISA warrant to wiretap Carter Page.

One important question is whether (Lisa) Page is an appropriate person to "flip" (in law enforcement jargon, to turn into an informant or witness). In my opinion, the answer is an enthusiastic "yes".

When I was a DEA agent (1973-1995), we used the conspiracy statutes under Title 21 of the US Code (Narcotics laws) to prosecute higher ups in drug organizations, people who normally never touch the drugs. If we have a criminal conspiracy here, and I believe we do, having an inside person to testify against higher ups is usually essential. The question is, who would be the ideal witness?

When I was doing a tour of duty with DEA training in the 1990s, I taught classes on conspiracy law. This aspect was one of the issues we dealt with. For example, if you "flip" someone way down at the bottom of the group or organization engaged in a criminal conspiracy, that person generally cannot testify (with direct knowledge) as to the involvement of higher-ups. Of course, if you use someone at the very top of the conspiracy as a witness or informer, you defeat the very purpose of the law-that is, to  prosecute the leader(s). It would be sort of like using Nixon to testify against John Ehrlichman. The ideal witness would be someone near, but below the top.

But if there was a criminal conspiracy within the top ranks of the FBI to let Hillary skate and influence the election, Page was in the ideal position. She was the paramour of Strzok, and she exchanged many damaging emails with him regarding the Clinton case and keeping Trump out of the White House. In addition, there were references to "Andy", no doubt Andrew McCabe. Can she elaborate on that? What first-hand knowledge would Page have about Strzok's interview of Michael Flynn? What did she hear from Strzok about how the Clinton case was going to be closed? For example, what did Strzok tell her about how the exoneration letter was drawn up, including that infamous revision from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless", a change that had direct legal implications? What did Strzok tell her about the Russian dossier and how it was going to be used against Carter Page (no relation)? What conversations did she have with Andrew McCabe, possibly even James Comey? What about those references in the emails to the effect that the White House was being kept fully informed on the Trump investigation

Could Lisa Page be the next John Dean?

I think Page was ideally placed to know the inner workings of what was going on vis-a-vis the Clinton investigation and the investigation into Trump. She was not the decision maker, but her position as FBI lawyer and paramour to one of the prime co-conspirators puts her in a place of having access to a ton of information. Some of it may be hearsay, but those leads can be pursued.

The final question is...does anyone in Washington care enough beyond the Republicans in Congress?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Middle East Refugees

Asaf Romirowsky, of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East has written a timely article saying that it is time the West re-thinks its policies toward Middle East refugees, including the Palestinians.

If we truly rethink our policies towards the Palestinians and other refugees from the Middle East, we would decide not to pour any more money down these ratholes and not to accept any more of these people. They do not assimilate, and at least in Europe, they don't work or make any contribution to society except crime, welfare costs, radical mosques, and Islamic terrorism.

Who needs it?

How to Avoid Deportation From Sweden: Cry

Hat tip Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes

That's the lesson of a 35-year-old man from Afghanistan. As he was being put on a plane back to the hellhole of Afghanistan, Hussein Mohammadin began to cry. So the Swedish authorities promptly removed him from the Hellhole Airlines flight, and now poor little Baby Hussein continues to be a burden on the backs of the Swedish people.

By the way, I am not so quick to accept his claims of conversion to Christianity. It is an increasingly common tactic used in order to avoid deportation.

"Unaccompanied Afghan Minor" Refugee Commits Murder in Norway

Hat tip Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes

Oh we suckers

Europe has suffered another homicide at the hands of one of those so-called "unaccompanied minor refugees" from Afghanistan. This time it has happened in the far northern reaches of Norway, where you would have thought was safe from all this. Not so.

Jerry Springer India Style

Hat tip Vlad Tepes

"Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!

There are no sub-titles to this video, but who needs sub-titles? In this panel discussion on Indian TV, a female lawyer gets into a heated debate with a Muslim cleric. The debate apparently was over whether a man could divorce his wife in India by simply telling her three times it was over. As the lawyer is giving him the what for, the cleric starts to hit her. Unlike the Jerry Springer Show, there was no "security" to separate the combatants before the blows were actually struck. Vlad Tepes has the video in the below link.

The lawyer, who is apparently Hindu, doesn't understand a woman's place in Islam. Lesson learned.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gopher Madness

Hat tip Campus Reform

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"He, she, ze, ey. What the ferk am I ?"

We conservatives like to laugh about how academics are trying to change the English language when it comes to pronouns. Instead of gender-specific words like he or she, there is a growing movement in academia to use new words that nobody ever heard of, like "ze", "ve" or "ey", just to name a few since we have so many genders these days.

Now the University of Minnesota (home of the Golden Gophers-another non-existent entity) is considering actual punishments for students and professors who  fail to use the "correct" pronouns. Proposed punishments could go as far as expulsion or firing.

"The university explains that the document is needed to further support “transgender and gender nonconforming” individuals on campus and to “maintain an environment for University members that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on gender identity and gender expression.”

When I was learning Spanish in school, I had enough problems learning pronouns; yo, Usted. el, ella, ellos, ellas, vosotros, Ustedes, nosotros). Imagine if this movement ever extended to Spanish.

I'd better stop here before I give somebody any ideas.

Shame on Marc Lemont Hill (Temple University)

Hat tip The College Fix

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Temple University Professor Marc Lemont Hill, who appears regularly on cable news channels, has really gone off the end with this one. On his Instagram account, Hill posted birthday greetings to convicted cop killer and fugitive Assata Shakur (real name JoAnne Chesimard), who since her escape from an American prison, has been living in Cuba.

While Hill does not come across on TV as a hardhead, behind his friendly TV demeanor is a guy with radical beliefs. Shakur was committing her crimes before Hill was even born, yet he is so sure of her innocence. Maybe the learned professor should keep in mind that flight is evidence of guilt, at least an element.

Notwithstanding Hill's hagiographic description of Shakur, the American public has no sympathy for cop killers. Thus, Shakur can look forward to spending her final years in Cuba. Who knows? Maybe when she dies, the Cubans will entomb her next to that other icon of the left, Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hillary's Descent Into Madness

Hat tip The Lid

I wish I could say I am sad at the decline of Hillary Clinton mentally and emotionally from her devastating loss to Donald Trump. But the truth be told, I am not. To me it is karma, poetic justice.

So the woman who has been on tour the last 18 months blaming everybody for her election loss using the theme, "I would be your president", now has horrible things to say about Trump's designee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

“This nomination holds out the threat of devastating consequences for workers’ rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights,” Clinton said at a speech to the American Federation of Teachers on Friday. “It is a blatant attempt by this administration to shift the balance of the Court for decades and to reverse decades of progress.”
“I used to worry that [the GOP] wanted to turn the clock back to the 1950s. Now I worry they want to turn it back to the 1850s,” she added."
Though never confirmed, the word was that on election night, as the result was sinking in, Hillary had an alcohol-fueled meltdown. It was reportedly the reason, the hapless John Podesta had to go to her campaign hqs in New York and tell the assembled supporters (who had expecting a huge party) that they should just go home. That would certainly match Hillary's behavior ever since. The woman has no grace whatsoever.  As I have said before, she reminds me of Gloria Swanson playing faded actress Norman Desmond  the old movie, Sunset Blvd. Hillary is a faded caricature of herself, refusing to admit to herself that it is over. 

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Lately, there are rumors that she is considering running again. If so, she faces another humiliation. I cannot believe that the Dems will give her another bite at the apple. The party has swung farther to the left than even she is, and the younger voters are turned off by her.
Hillary Clinton is so thick headed she doesn't realize how much she is embarrassing herself.