Sheriff Ordered To Remove Peacemaker Decal From Cars

May 19, 2017 By Todd Starnes

The peacemakers are not allowed to be blessed in Montgomery County, Virginia.

The sheriff was ordered on May 17 to remove decals bearing a portion of a well-known Bible verse from patrol cars.

The decal, which had been posted on vehicles in March, bore the words, “Blessed are the peacemakers…Matthew 5:9.”

“Our intent was, and still is, to honor our fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” Sheriff C.H. Partin wrote in a statement to Fox News.

The sheriff said the decals were removed at the request of the county’s board of supervisors.

“In the midst of National Police Week, we want to focus on those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities,” the sheriff said. “The last thing that I want is for this to become a distraction to the men and women who serve their communities selflessly every day.”

I could not imagine any elected leaders giving such a detestable order – so I reached out to the board of supervisors to verify the report. It turns out – they really gave that detestable order.

“In my mind, there’s nothing wrong with the statement itself,” supervisor Chris Tuck told me. “Any individual can put that on your car however they would like. However, based on our legal advice, when you put, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ and make the reference to Matthew 5:9, there are some serious concerns about the Establishment Clause and Separation of Church and State and the First Amendment.”

Mr. Tuck tells me the board made its decision after first consulting with their attorney.

Their attorney told them “the decals would be a violation of the First Amendment based on the current case law because of the reference to Matthew 5:9.”

It sounds to me like the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors is in desperate need of an attorney who understands the law.

Mr. Tuck told me they could’ve ignored their attorney’s advice – but that would’ve put the county at risk for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

“I don’t believe the citizens of Montgomery County want me to get into a situation where hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax money may end up having to be given to the ACLU,” he said.

Blessed are the attorneys for they shall inherit everyone’s money…

I was curious, though – who raised a complaint about the decals in the first place?

“The first notice we had was an inquiry by the Roanoke Times,” Mr. Tuck told me. “That was the first that the board received.”

Well, there you have it, folks. This is why people don’t like newspaper reporters. They stir up a stink when there’s no stink to stir.

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Pope Francis Moves General Audience to Make More Time for Trump Visit

 23 May 2017 by Thomas D. Williams PH D

Pope Francis has taken the unusual step of backing up his weekly General Audience with thousands of pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square to accommodate his meeting with President Donald Trump.

The President is slated to arrive in the Vatican at 8:30am on Wednesday, and the Pope has moved his General Audience from 10:00am to 10:30am to make sure that the two leaders have plenty of time to discuss the issues that each brings to the table.

While mainstream media reports have generally focused on the differences between the two men, with the New York Times going so far as to suggest that the Pope is the “anti-Trump,” more careful observers have been quick to point out the many similarities between them.

Both leaders are true populists who believe in reaching out to the forgotten “peripheries” that are often overlooked by establishment elites. Testimony to the fact is both men’s proclivity for direct appeal to the masses via Twitter and their evident discomfort in dealing with the old guard.

“The new Pope is a humble man,” Trump tweeted in late 2013, “very much like me, which probably explains why I like him so much!”

But even beyond personality traits, the men also espouse similar views on a remarkable number of issues.

While the Pope’s meeting with Obama in 2014 resembled a walk through an ideological minefield, he will find many more points of agreement with President Trump. President Obama was one of the most pro-abortion presidents in U.S. history, and was notably contentious in dealing with the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups who appealed for exemptions from the HHS mandate on grounds of religious liberty.

Despite a brief skirmish between Pope Francis and then-presidential candidate Donald Trump last year over the question of the U.S.-Mexican border wall, the two men share common ground on a large range of issues. Both leaders oppose abortion and euthanasia, defend religious liberty and conscientious objection, emphasize job creation, support the traditional family, and have spoken out strongly in defense of persecuted Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere.

President Trump recently issued an executive order on the issue of religious liberty, after having reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep U.S. funds from being used to promote abortions on foreign soil.

According to National security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Trump’s talking points will include religious freedom, cooperating with the Catholic Church in humanitarian missions and combating religious persecution and human trafficking.

For his part, the Pope recently surprised journalists by refusing to speak ill of the U.S. President.

During the brief press conference held aboard the papal plane returning to Rome from Fatima earlier this month, the pontiff fielded a number of questions, including a tendentious query from NBC’s Claudio Lavanga, who pressed the Pope concerning his upcoming meeting with President Trump.

Lavanga underscored the two men’s differences, telling the pontiff that while he is a bridge-builder, Trump “is threatening to build walls.”

It seems that the president also has “opinions and decisions different from you in other areas, for example regarding the need to act against global warming or concerning the acceptance of migrants,” Lavanga continued. “So, on the vigil of your meeting with him, what opinions have you formed of the policies that President Trump has adopted on these issues and what do you expect from a meeting with a head of state that appears to think and act the opposite of you?”

Refusing to be corralled into criticizing the President, Pope Francis said it would be imprudent of him to judge someone he hasn’t yet met and spoke instead of his desire to hear what the President had to say.

“I never form a judgment of a person without first listening to him, and I believe that I shouldn’t do so,” the Pope replied. “In speaking between ourselves, things will come out: I will say what I think; he will say what he thinks. But I have never, ever wanted to form a judgment without hearing someone out.”

Francis went further still, suggesting that he hope to build up a relationship of mutual esteem and even “friendship” with the President.

“There are always doors that aren’t closed,” Francis said. “We have to look for doors that are at least ajar, to pass through and speak of things we agree on and move forward from there. Step by step.”

“Peace is a work in progress, built day by day,” he continued. “And so is friendship between people, mutual understanding and esteem: they are built up every day. Respect for the other, saying what one thinks, but with respect, walking together… Someone may see things in a certain way: that should be said, being very clear in what each one thinks.”

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Former CIA Head Testimony: Still No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion

 23 May 2017 by Joel B. Pollak

Former CIA director John Brennan testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that he was not sure if there was any evidence of collusion between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Yet Democrats are thrilled by his testimony, because he said there were contacts between Russian officials and some “U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign,” and hence an FBI investigation was warranted.

Note that there is nothing new in what Brennan said. The New York Times reported on January 19 — in a story timed to appear on Inauguration Day — that the intelligence services had “intercepted communications” between several Trump “associates” and Russian officials. (The same story said there was “no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing.”) And last week, Reuters reported that there were 18 such contacts — over seven months, less than three per month.

All that Brennan presented was his opinion. And it is not clear what prompted his opinion. He said he convened a group, including the FBI and NSA, to investigate possible Russian attempts to affect the election in late July 2016.

What else happened in late July?

In late July, Donald Trump held a press conference at which he was pestered about Russia. After several minutes, he joked: “It’s just a total deflection, this whole thing with Russia … By the way, they hacked — they probably have her 33,000 e-mails. Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.”

Trump was joking, but the media inflated his remarks into a serious attempt to invite foreign intervention in the election. Some Democrats even accused him of treason.

It is not unreasonable to wonder whether Brennan followed the liberal media down a Russian rabbit-hole, where the absence of evidence would not end his suspicions.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Trump Declares Jerusalem Part of Israel in Major Policy Shift

After weeks of confused answers, Trump admin breaks from decades of U.S. policy to back Israel

US President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall / Getty Images

May 22, 2017 BY:

The Trump administration declared the president is in “Jerusalem, Israel,” on Monday for a series of meetings with Israeli officials, a proclamation that breaks with years of American policy refraining from stating that the city of Jerusalem is part of Israel.

Senior Trump administration officials had ignited a wave of controversy over the past several weeks when discussing Jerusalem, with some top officials refusing to say that the ancient city is part of Israel.

Decades of U.S. policy has refrained from formally labeling Jerusalem as part of Israel due to concerns this could negatively impact the Middle East peace process, in which Palestinian leaders have staked a claim to the city as their future capital.

Ahead of a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House, on its official website, provided a live stream of the event. Prior to its start, the White House included a frame stating, “President Trump gives remarks with Prime Minister Netanyahu.” The location provided was “Jerusalem, Israel.”

The statement appears to be part of an effort to normalize this language, which is widely backed by U.S. lawmakers and senior officials in the administration, sources said.

The State Department, which is disposed to address the issue with more caution, declined to comment on the latest declaration, instead referring a reporter to the White House. The White House did not provide comment on the matter by press time. Pro-Israel observers on Twitter and other social media immediately praised the declaration.

The Obama administration also faced its own controversies when dealing with the city. The former administration was caught altering official photographs to remove “Israel” as the location for several meetings. The effort roiled the pro-Israel community, but was in line with standing U.S. policy.

The Trump administration has faced its own struggles on the issue.

Candidate Trump vowed in multiple speeches on the campaign trail that he would move the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the country’s capital.

While U.S. law states that the embassy should be moved, consecutive presidents have waived the requirement, claiming that it interferes with efforts to advance Middle East peace.

Trump’s administration has taken heat from the pro-Israel community for failing thus far to take concrete action on moving the embassy. While White House officials maintain that the plan is still being examined, the slow roll of the move has angered Trump’s biggest pro-Israel supporters.

Trump administration officials also have issued a range of answers when pressed to explain whether they believe Jerusalem is part of Israel.

White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster last week would not tell reporters whether Israel’s holiest site, the Western Wall, is located in Israel proper.

The latest declaration on the issue by the Trump administration appears to show that the president is committed to affirming Israel’s sovereignty over the city and turning the page from years of chilly relations between the Israeli government and the United States under former President Barack Obama.

In joint remarks with Netanyahu, Trump emphasized his opposition to the landmark Iran nuclear deal, blaming the previous administration for inking a deal that has only emboldened the Islamic Republic.

Increased relations with Israel among some of its fiercest Arab enemies, including Saudi Arabia, have been sparked by Iran’s regional support for terrorism, Trump said.

A “lot of that progress has been made because of the aggression of Iran, it’s forcing people together in a very positive way,” Trump said. “It was a terrible, terrible thing for the United States to enter that deal, and believe me, Iran will never have a nuclear weapon, that I can tell you.”

The United States’s role in the nuclear deal “also gave them an ability to continue with terror,” Trump said. “No matter where we go, we see the signs of Iran in the Middle East.”

“No matter where we go—Syria, where we were forced to shoot the 59 missiles,” he continued. “No matter what area we’re in—Yemen, Iraq, no matter where we are we see the signs … whether it’s soldiers, whether it’s money and guns.”

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VIDEO Oops: Guests Remind NBC, CNN: MB Obama Gave Classified Intel To Russia

 

Ever since Trump looked like he had a real chance of winning the presidency, the Russians have been scapegoated more often than during the Cold War. The mainstream media has continually pushed the narrative of the ‘evil Russians’ who are conspiring to install some sort of Manchurian candidate in the White House. And in light of this narrative, the fact that the Trump shared some non-operational intelligence with Russian officials has been blown extremely out of proportion.

In the following video, Right Wing News looks at how in the past, the Obama administration had also provided classified intelligence to the Russians, all in the name of intelligence sharing. The Obama administration had also mistakenly identified the CIA chief in Afghanistan, jeopardizing his mission. Of course, back then, the Russians were not demonized as the nefarious puppet masters they are today. The hypocrisy is astounding.

Newsbusters reports:

While NBC and CNN joined the rest of the media in rushing to condemn the Trump White House over an unconfirmed Washington Post report that the President inadvertently shared classified information with Russian officials, guests on both networks provided important context that the Obama administration intentionally shared classified intelligence with Russia less than a year ago.

Appearing on Friday’s NBC Today, security analyst Juan Zarate warned: “The problem is the Russians aren’t trustworthy. The Russians have proven that when we’ve provided information in the past, they’ve used it against us.” He then proceeded to explain how former President Obama gave the Russians classified information just months ago:

Back in the summer of 2016, the Obama administration provided some information to the Russians about some of the things happening on the ground. Guess what happened? The Russians then attacked some of those sites of our allies, our proxies that we were working with. And that’s a problem.

Meanwhile, over on CNN’s New Day, political analyst Jeffrey Lord provided some “perspective” to anchor Chris Cuomo:

The only thing I would say here, Chris is perspective. Perspective is all. I’m holding two headlines from the Washington Post, one of May 25th, 2014, “White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan.” The Obama administration put the name of the CIA on the press release, exposed him and endangered his life.

The second one, June 30, 2016, “U.S. Offers to share Syrian intelligence on terrorist with Russia,” which is to say the Obama administration wanted to give their intelligence to the Russians. All I’m saying here is there’s perspective. We need to find out the facts and let’s have perspective.

Incidentally, notice that the 2014 story was from the same Post reporter, Greg Miller, who wrote Monday’s article.

In sharp contrast to the wall-to-wall media coverage of the Trump story, Obama offering to share intel with Russia was greeted with yawns from the press.

Here are excerpts of the May 16 exchanges on NBC and CNN:

Today
7:10 AM ET

(…)

MATT LAUER: Can you just clarify something? This concerns an ISIS plot. The Russians are supposed to be our partners in fighting ISIS. So explain why sharing of information with them is so dangerous.

JUAN ZARATE: Well, two reasons. First of all, I think the President may think that he’s trying to create some degree of trust, maybe trying to create some cooperation on the ground. That may be in the back of his mind. The problem is the Russians aren’t trustworthy. The Russians have proven that when we’ve provided information in the past, they’ve used it against us.

Back in the summer of 2016, the Obama administration provided some information to the Russians about some of the things happening on the ground. Guess what happened? The Russians then attacked some of those sites of our allies, our proxies that we were working with. And that’s a problem.

And I think part of the challenge here is, how much can we trust the Russians? What you’re seeing here is a deficit of trust, a deficit of discipline, I think, on the part of the President.

 

CHRIS CUOMO: All right. This latest self-imposed and perhaps most egregious error by the president is sparking all kinds of questions about competence, was his inability to protect highly classified information with Russian diplomats a sign that he’s not up to the job. There’s a New York Times op-ed you should read for your self from David Brooks. The headline is this, when the world is led by a child. It says, quote, “From all we know so far, Trump didn’t do it,” talking about the classified information, “because he’s a Russian agent or from any malevolent intent. He did it because he is sloppy, because he lacks all impulse control, and above all because he is a 7-year-old boy desperate for the approval of those he admires.” Let’s discuss Jeffrey Lord, former commentator and White House official and David from senior editor at the Atlantic. Jeffrey, I’m sure you have a robust defense for why this is a nor his criticism of the president is unwarranted so give it to us.

JEFFERY LORD: Okay. The only thing I would say here, Chris is perspective. Perspective is all. I’m holding two headlines from the Washington Post, one of May 25th, 2014, “White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan.”The Obama administration put the name of the CIA on the press release, exposed him and endangered his life. The second one, June 30, 2016, “U.S. Offers to share Syrian intelligence on terrorist with Russia,” which is to say the Obama administration wanted to give their intelligence to the Russians. All I’m saying here is there’s perspective. We need to find out the facts and let’s have perspective. With all respect to David Brooks he’s a never-Trumper. That’s fine. But from that perspective, Donald Trump isn’t going to do anything David Brooks likes. As I remember famously with David Brooks, he was certain Senator Obama would be a great president because of the crease in his slacks. I mean, with all due respect —

CHRIS CUOMO: That was a rhetorical flourish from Brooks but let’s put that to the side, you’ve made your point.

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VIDEO Liberals Now OPENLY Calling For Shutdown Of Conservative Sites…Like Ours

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Earlier this week (and thoroughly under-reported by the mainstream press) we were treated to another example of just how low the left wing of American politics is willing to stoop when, no longer content with relentlessly booing, demeaning and/or assaulting fellow citizens or members of the Trump administration, they began an intimidation campaign against administration officials’ NEIGHBORS!

Allen B West reports,

Yes, people guilty of nothing more than having a home in the same general vicinity of someone they don’t like became fair game when according to the Verge, “…organizers, connected to DisruptJ20 and Code Pink, said they are “taking the fight to [Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit] Pai’s front door,” leaving leaflets on the doors in Pai’s NEIGHBORHOOD last weekend to protest changes to the Obama administration net neutrality policy.

No longer content to let masked crazies have all the fun, on Thursday several Democrat legislators joined with alt-left protesters who want to ban conservative news websites at a protest outside of the Federal Communications Commission building. Websites like, oh,….this one!

The Washington Free Beacon was there and filed this report:

“Democratic lawmakers joined alt-left protesters who want to ban conservative news websites at a protest outside of the Federal Communications Commission, Thursday.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D. Calif.) told the crowd of protesters and antifa members to “stay woke” in fighting against FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to roll back Obama era net neutrality rules.

Politico Pro reported that four Democrats joined the protest, which included members of the alt-left groups who have targeted Pai and held protests in his neighborhood. Politico did not mention protesters wearing masks and identifying themselves as part of the antifa movement. They held signs advocating to ban news websites such as the Drudge Report and Breitbart.

“We must stay vigilant,” Lee said. “We must insist that our freedom of speech is preserved.”

Senators Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), Ed Markey (D., Mass.), and Rep. Jared Polis (D., Colo.) also “joined the activists” protesting Pai’s proposal, which would bring less regulation for Internet service providers.

The FCC voted 2-1 Thursday afternoon to begin the process of reversing net neutrality rules, including Title II, which subjected Internet companies to regulations on how they can manage traffic on their networks. The proposal will now be open to public comment for 90 days.

Politico mentioned Protect Our Internet as one of the groups that organized the FCC protest, but failed to mention the group’s ties to members of DisruptJ20 and antifa, which have been involved in violent protests against the presidential inauguration and conservative speakers on college campuses.”

And there it is again. Liberals just loving free speech – so long as it’s speech with which they agree.

[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]

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Megaupload Founder Seth Rich Was DNC Leaker, Offers to Work with Special Counsel Mueller

 23 May 2017 by Colin Madine

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has released a statement claiming knowledge of connections betweenmurdered DNC staffer Seth Rich and WikiLeaks.

Kim Dotcom released a statement via his website after telling Fox News’ Sean Hannity via Twitter on Saturday that he knew Seth Rich was WikiLeaks’ source for thousands of leaked DNC emails.

 

Dotcom claims he got in touch with Rich several years ago:

I know that Seth Rich was involved in the DNC leak.

I know this because in late 2014 a person contacted me about helping me to start a branch of the Internet Party in the United States. He called himself Panda. I now know that Panda was Seth Rich.

Panda advised me that he was working on voter analytics tools and other technologies that the Internet Party may find helpful.

I communicated with Panda on a number of topics including corruption and the influence of corporate money in politics.

He wanted to change that from the inside.

Dotcom claims in the statement that his conversations with Seth Rich are what led to his comment in 2015 that Julian Assange would be “Hillary’s worst nightmare in 2016.” He added in the same interview, “I’m aware of some of the things that are going to be roadblocks for her.”

As part of the statement, Dotcom explains that he believes he should make a complete statement to U.S. authorities on his connections with Rich. He said his lawyers will work with the American government on creating a plan to do so, specifically naming former FBI director Robert Mueller, who has been named special counsel by the Justice Department to head the investigation into supposed connections between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Dotcom is currently targeted for extradition to the United States to face criminal charges related to his file-sharing website Megaupload, which authorities shut down in 2012.

In response to Dotcom’s claims, Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning said, “If, as Kim Dotcom claims, murdered DNC employee Seth Rich was the source of the DNC leaks, then it is incumbent upon Special Counsel Mueller to shift the focus of his investigation away from Russia and all of the false innuendo about that country’s influence over our national elections.”

On Tuesday, Fox News issued a retraction for their report that Rich “leaked thousands of internal emails to WikiLeaks” and removed the story from their website.

The text of the statement in full reads:

#SethRich was a hero
I know that Setch Rich was involved in the DNC leak.

I know this because in late 2014 a person contacted me about helping me to start a branch of the Internet Party in the United States. He called himself Panda. I now know that Panda was Seth Rich.

Panda advised me that he was working on voter analytics tools and other technologies that the Internet Party may find helpful.

I communicated with Panda on a number of topics including corruption and the influence of corporate money in politics.

“He wanted to change that from the inside.”

I was referring to what I knew when I did an interview with Bloomberg in New Zealand in May 2015. In that interview I hinted that Julian Assange and Wikileaks would release information about Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.

The Rich family has reached out to me to ask that I be sensitive to their loss in my public comments. That request is entirely reasonable.

I have consulted with my lawyers. I accept that my full statement should be provided to the authorities and I am prepared to do that so that there can be a full investigation. My lawyers will speak with the authorities regarding the proper process.

If my evidence is required to be given in the United States I would be prepared to do so if appropriate arrangements are made. I would need a guarantee from Special Counsel Mueller, on behalf of the United States, of safe passage from New Zealand to the United States and back. In the coming days we will be communicating with the appropriate authorities to make the necessary arrangements. In the meantime, I will make no further comment.

Colin Madine is a contributor and editor at Breitbart News and can be reached at cmadine@breitbart.com

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/05/23/megaupload-founder-kim-dotcom-claims-seth-rich-was-dnc-leaker-offers-to-work-with-special-counsel-mueller/

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