Roy Moore:‘They Can Be Beaten’, Send Message To Swamp, McConnell – Hannity, Bannon Live – Bluegrass Music Festival

‘They Can Be Beaten’ – Roy Moore Wants Alabama Voters to Send Message to Mitch McConnell

24 Sept 2017 by Charlie Spiering

Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore is eager to send a message to Washington, DC, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Election Day on Tuesday.

“I hope it sends McConnell and the Senate leadership fund another message — is that they can be beaten and let them run scared for a while,” Roy Moore said on Sunday.

Moore joined Breitbart News Sunday hosts Raheem Kassam and Matthew Boyle on Sirius/XM Patriot 125 ahead of a big campaign rally on Monday with Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, and Brexit leader Nigel Farage.

He urged Alabama voters to get out and vote on Tuesday for their campaign.

“We need the people of Alabama to get out and vote to show the people in Washington, the Washington elitists, that they can’t buy their votes, they can’t control the people of Alabama and the people of Alabama resent anybody trying to do so,” he explained.

Establishment forces have spent over $30 million in the race working to defeat Moore with negative advertising.

Moore said it was “difficult sometimes” to face negative, dishonest attacks but that he was “not letting it get to me” because he didn’t want to appear angry.

“That’s all they know to do, and that’s a bad thing to do in politics,” he said.

Moore said he appreciated Trump’s vocal commitment to campaign with him if he won, even though the president endorsed his opponent Luther Strange in the primary.

“I’m going to be very grateful to have President Trump’s support in the general election, and I appreciate that,” he said.

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Sean Hannity to Interview Steve Bannon Live Outside Roy Moore Rally on Election Eve

24 Sept 2017 by Michelle Moons

Fox News host Sean Hannity will interview Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon on Monday night outside of a rally for Alabama candidate for the U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore.

Steve Bannon will speak at a rally for Moore alongside Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty on the night before the runoff election between Moore and political appointee Luther Strange.

Hannity has also voiced his support for Moore and told Politico that “The battle of the Alabama senate race has now become a referendum on the establishment and Mitch McConnell’s inability to get anything done.” Hannity will interview Bannon during his 9 p.m. Fox News television program. It will be the second television interview Bannon has given since leaving the White House. The first was just about two weeks ago with 60 Minutes.

Reporting on Monday’s rally, Axios quoted a source close to Bannon who said, “Steve is coming to Alabama to support President Trump against the Washington establishment and Mitch McConnell.” The source added that Bannon sees Moore as a “fierce advocate of Trump” and the values on which Trump campaigned.

News broke on Sunday that Brexit leader Nigel Farage has also endorsed Moore and will speak at Monday’s rally with Bannon for Moore. Farage told Breitbart London that his appearance at the rally is not to oppose Trump, but rather to secure victory against the political establishment and for the victories won in the 2016 election. He wants to help President Trump achieve his goals.

Moore came in first in the primary election ahead of Luther Strange, leading to Tuesday’s runoff election. Jeff Sessions held the seat for two decades before he left to become Attorney General in the Trump administration.

On Saturday, Hannity tweeted:

Former Alaska Gov. and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is backing Moore. Last Thursday, Palin held a rally in support of Moore where she told Alabamans, “A vote for Judge Moore isn’t a vote against the president.” She continued, “It’s a vote for the people’s agenda that elected the president.”

“We’re sending Trump someone who has our back — not Mitch McConnell’s,” Palin told the crowd as she urged them to send a clear message to the D.C. swamp on Tuesday that their movement isn’t over, isn’t slowing down, “It’s roaring and rumbling across the country.”

Former deputy assistant to President Donald Trump Sebastian Gorka also spoke at the rally in support of Moore. Ahead of the rally, Gorka said, “We are here to support [President Trump] in a time when he is surrounded by people who had nothing to do with the success of November 8 and the true MAGA agenda.”

HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced his support for Moore as well last week.

On Friday night, President Trump held a rally in support of Strange. During the rally, he remarked, “There is something called loyalty, and I might have made a mistake and I’ll be honest, I might have made a mistake.” He added that both Moore and Strange are “good men,” and despite remarking that “Luther will definitely win,” Trump said that if Moore won, he would “campaigning like hell” for him in the general election. Trump had endorsed Strange ahead of the August primary election.

Moore and Strange will face off in Tuesday’s runoff which will determine who Alabama voters send to take on a Democrat in the general election.

Follow Michelle Moons on Twitter @MichelleDiana.

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No Profanity, No Alcohol, No Smoking: Judge Roy Moore Rallies Rural Alabama Bluegrass Music Festival

24 Sept 2017 by Matthew Boyle

MCINTOSH, Alabama — Conservative Judge Roy Moore, the GOP frontrunner ahead of Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary runoff here in Alabama, spent Saturday night rallying with conservative evangelical Christians here in Washington County at a bluegrass music festival. The judge wore a cowboy hat and boots, and rolled into the event with the local sheriff and all his deputies.

Roy Moore at Chestang Gospel Sing in McIntosh, AL, 9/23/17 (Jeff Poor /Breitbart News)

Elroy Chestang, the man whose house the 15th annual bluegrass music festival was held at, told Breitbart News that he’s a strong supporter of Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate.

“This is my home,” Chestang told Breitbart News. “This is the Chestangs’ 15th Annual Bluegrass Gospel Singing. We do it every year. We play bluegrass music, and bluegrass gospel music. Bluegrass gospel music in Washington County has been very prevalent. There was a family that played it here for over 60 years. My son learned how to play fiddle when he was six years old—bluegrass just grew in my family, in my home. In 2003, my oldest daughter was turning 18 and my baby girl—there’s almost 17 years difference in their age—she was turning 1. There was milestones in both their lives. My baby was turning 1, my oldest daughter was turning 18. So we planned for months, and had a great big bash with bluegrass music. So we decided to make it an annual event. About 5 years into it, my baby girls says ‘Daddy, this ain’t no birthday party no more this is a bluegrass festival—now you’ve got to have me a birthday party!’ So, bluegrass music, this bluegrass festival, we’ve been doing it like I said for 15 years. I support [Judge Moore] for the senate. I support him for what he believes in, and what he stands for and he told us here tonight and the values and the Constitution. That’s what needs to be done. This country was built on Christianity, and I’ve been reading and studying some of that myself—I’m not a scholar—but I have been reading and studying on the Constitution, got some videos, got some stuff that’s teaching about it, and that’s what Judge Roy Moore is trying to get the message out there. If you’ll learn what the Constitution is about, you’ll learn your rights—you’ll learn your rights as a Christian.”

Chestang added that while he is “not really all that political,” he is not a fan of the fact that Strange was a lobbyist. “Luther Strange, I really don’t know a lot about him,” Chestang said. “I’m basing my opinion on what Roy Moore stands for and what he’s saying about the Constitution, about the laws of God, and about how this country was built on the laws of God. Everybody’s excited: We’re looking forward to having him as our U.S. Senator.”

“We’re Christians and we believe in Christian values,” Chestang told Breitbart News. “We love bluegrass music. We love God. We just incorporate it all in one big thing here.”

Chestang also strongly supports President Donald Trump.

“I am, I am,” Chestang told Breitbart News when asked if he is a supporter of the president, even though Trump may have mistakenly endorsed Luther Strange in this senate race.

Chestang is hardly the only one who supports Trump and Moore.

Chu Green, a strong supporter of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, told Breitbart News “I love them and everything they do up until except the Senate race.”

“I don’t trust [Luther Strange],” Green told Breitbart News when asked why she opposes the man appointed by now former Gov. Robert Bentley into the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions earlier this year.

“I have questions about him and the appointment from Gov. Bentley,” Green added regarding Strange, who was investigating Bentley for a sex and corruption scandal as Alabama’s attorney general that cost Bentley his position after he appointed Strange into the Senate.

“He was investigating Bentley,” Green continued. “And suddenly it stopped, and suddenly Bentley appointed him to his seat. He hasn’t been a friend to us. What’s going on with that?”

Green says she’s voting for and supporting Judge Moore because he has “high morals,” and supports the Constitution. “He doesn’t mind standing up and fighting for the right thing,” she added. “So that’s what we like in Judge Moore.”

Omer Oglesby, another Trump supporter who strongly backs Moore, told Breitbart News here that Moore “does what a good Christian would do” and he is a “good Constitution guy and he is a Christian regardless.”

“He got thrown out for the Ten Commandments,” Oglesby added, referencing how Moore lost his spot as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court the first time he was elected since he refused to take down a 2.5-ton monument of the Ten Commandments he ordered erected in the Supreme Court building. “And he got thrown out because he knows the Bible is the word, not the Supreme Court.”

That second time he was thrown out of his Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice position was when he refused to follow U.S. Supreme Court orders after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

“Absolutely,” Oglesby added when asked if he supports President Trump as much as he supports Judge Moore. But, Oglesby said, he believes Trump only backed Strange in this contested primary because “I don’t think he had all the information he needed.”

“I think if for no other reason, I think President Trump would have went with the people of Alabama,” Oglesby added. “Not with what Mitchell [McConnell, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader], or any of the rest of them, said. I love Donald Trump and everything he does. I support him and hope he can keep some of his campaign pledges that he made like the wall, immigrants, and all of that. All of the people that are standing in his way need to get out of his way and let him go to work.”

Oglesby also does not like Strange because of the murky circumstances surrounding the appointment from Bentley.

“I do not like Luther Strange because it’s kind of like you’ve got a murderer on trial and you are the defense attorney and you go to dinner with the murderer—and he just turned Bentley loose,” Oglesby said. “He just turned him loose. I don’t know what’s going to happen to him but I personally believe Big Luther and Bentley are in trouble before it’s all said and done.”

Mark Lockett, another conservative from Mobile, has a message for President Trump, Vice President Pence, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, saying, “Their rich donors can buy all the TV ads that tell lies about this gentleman that’s going to be here tonight they want, but if you look out here, this is the grassroots and these are voters. This is the hope of America right here.”

“I am praying that is the case,” Lockett told Breitbart News when asked if the millions upon millions of dollars in television ads are not working and Moore will win on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, being the dealmaker that he [Trump] claims to be, he wants somebody that he can manipulate,” Lockett added. “And, Luther Strange is somebody who is clearly manipulatable because he was manipulated to make sure our Governor did not get impeached. This gentleman, Roy Moore, is not manipulatable. Frankly, I would prefer President Trump stay out of Alabama’s business. This senator is supposed to represent all of Alabama: That’s our business.”

The festival featured plates of homemade southern barbecue food, a variety of bluegrass bands on stage and hundreds of people gathered from miles around to hear the music and Judge Moore’s pitch. Another feature here in Washington County unusual to the coastal elites in Washington: this county is a dry county, and does not allow alcohol. On the trees around Chestang’s property were homemade signs saying: “No Profanity. No Alcohol. No Smoking.”

When asked about Trump’s comments in Huntsville on Friday night, where the president rallied for Strange but said he may have made a mistake in endorsing Strange and said he would campaign for Moore if and when Moore wins, Chestang told Breitbart News he is proud of the president for admitting he may have made a mistake to move forward with Moore in the Senate.

“We’re capable of making mistakes,” Chestang said. “We support Donald Trump and his agenda. Donald Trump says the same things we say. We didn’t really understand why he was going in that direction, but we disagree with that. But simply we just disagree with what he’s done. If the man is willing to say ‘I made a mistake,’ I mean what do you do? You move forward.”

Chestang added he looks forward to seeing President Trump hit the campaign trail again for Judge Moore after Tuesday before the general election, should the judge win as expected.

“Donald Trump is, to me, now this is my opinion—he’s a down to earth guy, he knows what’s going on here,” Chestang said. “He wasn’t a politician to start with. He was a successful businessman, and we supported Donald Trump because when Donald Trump started to campaign my brothers and I and the community here—we’re real active in our community—my brothers and I say ‘well he’s been saying the same things we’ve been saying.’”

Dean Young, a former congressional candidate who was in the runoff against now U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), spoke on behalf of the Moore campaign here on Saturday night and also spoke during his own runoff a few years ago at the Chestangs’ bluegrass festival.

When Young took the stage to back Moore while wearing a red Make America Great Again hat, he told the audience that he’s “very thankful that our president came last night and that he was honest and he said he may have made a mistake.”

“You got to give it to President Trump because at least he is man enough to say that he may have made a mistake,” Young said from the stage. “I was glad to hear that last night. I was also glad to hear that when Judge Moore wins on Tuesday, the president said he’s going to come back down and he’s going to help Judge Moore.”

The crowd went wild.

“The people who will elect Judge Moore on Tuesday are the exact same people who voted for you, Mr. President,” Young continued, with more raucous applause in tow. “That’s the truth. You people are the people who will make a difference. You’re taking on the most powerful people in the world. You’re taking on the most powerful organization [the Senate Leadership Fund] which spent $30 million to stop someone. The national media, world media, I will say this to all of you tonight: If they can beat Judge Roy Moore in Alabama with $30 million then they can beat anybody anywhere anytime. So you keep asking me why this is so important? This is why this is so important: There are no more Judge Moores. We’ve got a champion.”

The Judge himself was brief on Saturday night, speaking for under 10 minutes with a clear message peppered with applause from the hundreds in attendance and thank yous for the local Sheriff and the Chestang family and all those in attendance.

“This has been a very hard time for me, for my family, for my wife to suffer through,” Moore said of the campaign after introducing a veteran who served during the Bataan Death March in World War II. “They spent $30 million, according to MSNBC, of negative ads, attacks, that basically were untrue, simply because they want to buy the people of Alabama. Well, I’m here to tell you the people of Alabama are not for sale. And you have here today a national media waiting to see if the people of Alabama will give them their vote to an establishment in Washington that does not want to move this country forward, that does not want to make progress, does not want to stop illegal aliens, does not want to stop socialized medicine, that wants to keep things just like it is so people in Washington can hold on to their prestige and their position. I want the people of Alabama, and I trust the people of Alabama to stand up and say: ‘NO!’ This important election is so watched in Washington, D.C., that every Congressman in the House, every senator, the United States President and Vice President, and all the staffs are watching this—plus the people across this country—because this election determines the course of politics in America, whether we’re going to let the Washington establishment come down into the states of Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Nebraska, wherever, and buy the people. If they fail here, they have failed—and they know it. And they know that other people—other younger men, women—will come and stand up for the values which we want to take to Washington. I promise you when I get to Washington, they are going to hear about the Constitution of the United States.”

The crowd cheered loudly.

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Trump Denies Visas to Seven Countries Which Conceal Their Citizens’ Identity – Fact Sheet

24 Sept 2017 by Neil Munro

President Donald Trump has identified the foreign governments which have failed to provide “baseline” identification about their citizens who ask for visas to travel to the United States.

The announcement clears the way for customs officials to deny visas to citizens of the countries, which are Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. In addition, citizens of Iraq and Yemen who request visas will also face extra scrutiny because of the religious and civil wars under in those two countries, says the new policy.

“Following an extensive review by the Department of Homeland Security, we are taking action today to protect the safety and security of the American people by establishing a minimum security baseline for entry into the United States,” Trump said in a statement. He continued:

We cannot afford to continue the failed policies of the past, which present an unacceptable danger to our country.  My highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people, and in issuing this new travel order, I am fulfilling that sacred obligation.

The new policy will likely be described as a “Muslim Ban” by Islamic advocacy groups in the United States because seven of the nine countries in the announcement are predominantly Islamic. However, according to the Trump statement, all other countries — including roughly 60 countries with either partial or majority Muslim populations — complied with the new baseline requirements to share information about their citizens who request visas to visit the United States.

The policy will apply to foreign citizens who are seeking to visit the United States for business or tourism and will also cover people applying for visas as would-be refugees or immigrants.

To frustrate activist judges, the policy does not apply to visitors who got vises prior to September 24. Officials also released a detailed description of the new rules, which included a legal justification of the president’s policy to set entry rules. The legal explanation is needed because left-wing judges are trying to create new rules to allow foreigners into the nation despite opposition from the President and the federal government.

According to the statement:

The United States Government shared the new [“baseline”] requirements with foreign governments in July.  They were warned that failure to comply would have consequences and were given 50 days to work with the United States to make improvements.  In response, a number of nations that were not in compliance took action by, for example, increasing their information sharing with the United States regarding terrorism threats, enhancing travel document security, or improving their reporting of lost and stolen passports. Some countries, however, are not yet in compliance with the new

Some countries, however, are not yet in compliance with the new baseline, or have remained willfully non-compliant.  Accordingly, the Secretary of Homeland Security has recommended, and the President has approved, tailored travel restrictions to keep our country safe and encourage countries to meet our baseline requirements.  These restrictions will help prevent potential terrorists and criminals from reaching our shores.  These visa restrictions will also put pressure on foreign governments to live up to their obligations by enhancing security and sharing essential information with the United States.

Countries that do not adequately adhere to the new requirements include Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.  The President has also determined that while Iraq did not meet the baseline, entry restrictions are not warranted under the September 24 proclamation.  The Secretary of Homeland Security recommends, however, that nationals of Iraq who are traveling to the United States be subject to additional scrutiny.  Additionally, the President and the Secretary of Homeland Security determined that while Somalia generally satisfies the minimum information-sharing requirements, it presents special circumstances that warrant specific restrictions and security enhancements to protect the American people.

The restrictions being imposed on these eight countries are conditional and may be lifted as they work with the United States Government to ensure the safety of Americans.  We look forward to all countries meeting the new requirements for cooperation with the United States as we continue to take steps necessary to protect our national security.

The legal explanation can be found here.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/24/trump-names-countries-hiding-information-from-us-visa-reviewers/


The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Fact Sheet: Proclamation on Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats

Background

  • Every year, the United States grants lawful permanent resident status to approximately 1.1 million individuals from all across the world.
  • In FY 2016, the United States issued approximately 10.4 million nonimmigrant visas to individuals from all across the world.
  • In FY 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers processed more than 390 million travelers at air, land, and sea ports of entry, including more than 119 million travelers at airports of entry.
  • Over the last five years, international travel has grown 15 percent overall and 26 percent at airports. International travel at U.S. airports of entry increased 6 percent from FY2015. Over the next five years, international travel is projected to increase at an annual rate of 4 percent.

National Security Baseline

  • The Administration’s top priority is ensuring the safety and security of the American people.
  • The Administration remains focused on raising the baseline for national security standards.
  • Section 2 of Executive Order 13780 requires the Administration to determine what minimum information is needed from each foreign country to adjudicate an application by a national of that country for an immigration benefit and determine that the individual is not a security or public safety threat.
  • The previous screening/vetting status quo for border and immigration security must be improved for individuals from certain countries, if the United States is to adequately counter terrorism and transnational crime threats against its people.
  • The new requirements reflect best practices derived from proven and effective security partnerships, such as the Visa Waiver Program, and from internationally-recognized law enforcement and national security initiatives, such as the adoption of ePassports to prevent fraud and counterfeiting.
  • These include electronic passports, the sharing of criminal data, reporting lost/stolen passports, and providing data on known and suspected terrorists.
  • Sharing of this information is particularly critical for those areas of the world where risk is higher, such as those countries with significant terrorist populations that may seek to conduct attacks in the U.S. and who repeatedly fail to take back their nationals subject to a final order of removal thereby taxing our immigration system.

Robust Review and Engagement Process

  • Section 2 of Executive Order 13780 consisted of multiple steps:

o We conducted a worldwide review of information-sharing practices.

o We analyzed the information collected in that review to establish a new information-sharing standard that protects U.S. national security.

o We communicated the new standard globally. Where practicable, we worked with those countries we determined were not meeting it to enhance their information-sharing or formulate a plan to do so.

o Following that robust engagement period, we made recommendations based on the results of that engagement to further national security.

  • First, Section 2(b) of Executive Order 13780 directed the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and Director of National Intelligence, to “conduct a worldwide review to identify whether, and if so what, additional information will be needed from each foreign country to adjudicate an application by a national of that country for a visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudication) in order to determine that the individual is not a security or public-safety threat.”
  • After analyzing the information collected in that review, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, submitted a report that established baseline requirements for 1) information sharing about identity management; 2) information sharing about national security and public safety; and 3) national security and public-safety risk factors. The information sharing requirements reflect a combination of long-standing U.S. government goals and standards established by international bodies, such as the United Nations (UN), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and INTERPOL.
  • As directed under Section 2(d), the Secretary of State then requested that all foreign governments initially assessed as not supplying adequate information to begin to do so, or provide an adequate plan to do so, within 50 days of notification.
  • After the 50-day period, Section 2(e) of the Executive Order instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, to submit to the President a list of countries that have not provided the information requested, have not provided an adequate plan to do so, and do not adequately share through other means. Following an assessment of those countries, and in consultation with interagency stakeholders, the DHS Secretary made her final recommendation to the President on foreign nationals who should be subject to travel restrictions or other lawful actions, due to deficiencies in identity management or information sharing, and/or other risk factors in place in those countries.
  • The Department of State engaged with foreign governments in order to meet these new standards for information sharing. We have been working, where necessary, with willing foreign governments to design a plan to provide the information requested.
  • The Administration will keep the public informed, if and when there is information to share, about changes affecting travelers to the United States who may be affected by these changes.

Country-Specific Travel Restrictions:

  • The United States maintained, modified, or eased restriction on 5 of 6 countries currently designated by Executive Order 13780. Those countries are Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.
  • The United States lifted restrictions on 1 of 6 countries currently designated by Executive Order 13780: Sudan.
  • The United States added restrictions and/or additional vetting on 3 additional countries found to not meet baseline requirements, but that were not included in Executive Order 13780. These countries are: Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela.
  • The country specific restrictions are as follows:

o Chad – Although it is an important partner, especially in the fight against terrorists, the government in Chad does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information, and several terrorist groups are active within Chad or in the surrounding region, including elements of Boko Haram, ISIS-West Africa, and al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of Chad, as immigrants, and as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is suspended.

o Iran – The government in Iran regularly fails to cooperate with the United States Government in identifying security risks; is the source of significant terrorist threats; is state sponsor of terrorism; and fails to receive its nationals subject to final orders of removal from the United States. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of Iran as immigrants and as nonimmigrants is suspended, except that entry by nationals of Iran under valid student (F and M) and exchange visitor (J) visas is not suspended, although such individuals will be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements.

o Libya – Although it is an important partner, especially in the area of counterterrorism, the government in Libya faces significant challenges in sharing several types of information, including public-safety and terrorism-related information; has significant inadequacies in its identity-management protocols; has been assessed to be not fully cooperative with respect to receiving its nationals subject to final orders of removal from the United States; and has a substantial terrorist presence within its territory. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of Libya, as immigrants, and as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is suspended.

o North Korea – The government in North Korea does not cooperate with the United States Government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of North Korea as immigrants and nonimmigrants is suspended.

o Somalia – Although it satisfies minimum U.S. information-sharing requirements, the government in Somalia still has significant identity-management deficiencies; is recognized as a terrorist safe haven; remains a destination for individuals attempting to join terrorist groups that threaten the national security of the United States; and struggles to govern its territory and to limit terrorists’ freedom of movement, access to resources, and capacity to operate. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of Somalia as immigrants is suspended, and nonimmigrants traveling to the United States will be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements.

o Syria – The government in Syria regularly fails to cooperate with the U.S. Government in identifying security risks; is the source of significant terrorist threats; has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism; has significant inadequacies in identity-management protocols; and fails to share public-safety and terrorism information. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of Syria as immigrants and nonimmigrants is suspended.

o Venezuela – The government in Venezuela is uncooperative in verifying whether its citizens pose national security or public-safety threats; fails to share public-safety and terrorism-related information adequately; and has been assessed to be not fully cooperative with respect to receiving its nationals subject to final orders of removal from the United States. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family members as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas is suspended.

o Yemen – Although it is an important partner, especially in the fight against terrorism, the government in Yemen faces significant identity-management challenges, which are amplified by the notable terrorist presence within its territory; fails to satisfy critical identity-management requirements; and does not share public-safety and terrorism-related information adequately. Accordingly, the entry into the United States of nationals of Yemen as immigrants, and as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is suspended.

  • The Secretary of Homeland Security also assesses Iraq as inadequate according to the baseline criteria, but has determined that entry restrictions and limitations under a Presidential proclamation are not warranted because of the close cooperative relationship between the United States and the democratically elected government of Iraq, the strong United States diplomatic presence in Iraq, the significant presence of United States forces in Iraq, and Iraq’s commitment to combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

o The Secretary recommends, however, that nationals of Iraq who seek to enter the United States be subject to additional scrutiny to determine if they pose risks to the national security or public safety of the United States.

 

New Baseline for Information Sharing to Support Visa and Immigration Vetting Determinations:
I. Identity Management: Establishing identity is a critical factor in effective immigration vetting. Under this standard, countries must improve passport integrity by:

  1. Issuing secure passports: International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)-compliant biometric passports (known as ePassports).
  2. Reporting lost and stolen passport information to Interpol in a timely, routine, and consistent basis.
  3. Sharing additional information upon request by the U.S. Government to validate an applicant’s identity.

II. National Security and Public Safety Information: Effective admissibility decisions cannot be made without knowledge of a traveler’s potential criminal or terrorist history. Countries must:

  1. Identify serious criminals: Provide data regarding whether nationals applying for a U.S. visa, admissions, or immigration benefit are serious criminals.
  2. Provide data on known or suspected terrorists: Proactively share biographic and biometric information about known and suspected terrorists (KST), including foreign fighters.
  3. Provide national identity documentation: Share exemplars of their passports and identity cards.
  4. Partnership with travel industry: Ensure that the airlines and vessel operators are not impeded from providing the USG with information about people traveling to the United States

III. National Security and Public-Safety Risk Assessment: The criteria assessed in this category include:

  1. Whether the country is a known or potential terrorist safe haven.
  2. Whether the country is a participant in the Visa Waiver Program and whether it meets all of its requirements.
  3. Whether the country regularly fails to receive its nationals subject to final orders of removal from the United States.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/24/fact-sheet-proclamation-enhancing-vetting-capabilities-and-processes

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AUDIO ‘Happy Warriors’ Judge Moore Can Win War Against Political Class – Mobile Bay Battle – Backbone of Steel

Exclusive — Sarah Palin: We Can Win War Against Political Class with ‘Happy Warriors’ like Judge Roy Moore

25 Sep 2017 by Matthew Boyle

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview here aboard the Great America Alliance bus that the movement that elected President Donald Trump is now firmly behind Judge Roy Moore here in Alabama.

Palin’s exclusive interview came on Thursday evening as she endorsed Judge Moore against establishment-backed Luther Strange in the GOP primary runoff for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday here in Alabama. She was speaking at a rally for Moore after the only debate between the two candidates, a Lincoln-Douglass style debate down the street here in Montgomery.

The focus of the interview began by zoning in on the movement that now President Trump captured during the course of the 2016 presidential election, an election where Palin was one of his earliest and highest profile supporters.

“This movement has been rumbling underground for so many years,” Palin told Breitbart News. “We finally, during the last presidential election, had a spokesperson for what it was we had been saying and thinking and that was ‘put America first.’ Put America first. A lot of that movement, for Republicans, has to do with the battle against the Republican Party hierarchy that seems more concerns about party politics and positions—their own titles—versus what’s best for their own constituents. I’ve been fighting that since I was 18 years old and first registered to vote against the Republican Party in my own state, bless their hearts, running against them when they were not believing in smaller, smarter government and they weren’t exercising Reaganomics. Running against them, winning, and it’s helpful to see it wasn’t just little old Wasilla, Alaska, that had those types of battles. Those battles have been going on all across this country, and finally enough people stood up and said ‘enough is enough’ and that’s the movement. It’s all good, it’s all positive. It’s all energetic.”

In the case of this race, Palin said it was an easy decision to endorse Moore over Strange. Strange has been caught up in a number of controversies as it has been discovered he lobbied for a firm that backed a controversial trade agreement that then shipped Alabama jobs to Central America, has an investment stake in a scandalous visa-for-sale firm that allows wealthy foreigners to buy their way into America, and has been backed by millions of dollars of dark money flowing into Alabama from establishment sources back in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a wee bit too simple, this one is,” Palin told Breitbart News. “It’s just—ironically—clear, cut, and dry. When people realize the background of one candidate, as opposed to the background of another candidate, it’s just abundantly clear who it will be who will have the people’s back, who will fulfill the promises, and put the people first.”

Palin, during her speech at the rally, noted that in 2016 all Americans defeated the swamp in Washington, D.C., by electing Trump president, but that the swamp is now trying to “hijack” Trump’s presidency. When asked to explain that remark, Palin reference remarks that then White House chief strategist now again Breitbart News executive chairman Stephen K. Bannon made at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) earlier this year when he noted that the political class was not just going to give up now that Trump won.

“It’s like Steve Bannon has said: Did anybody think they were going to give up power easily and gently? No. It’s a battle,” Palin said. “It’s a battle for the future of this country. No, the swamp creatures don’t want the swamp drained. That is what we voted for and our duly elected president is sent there to represent that way of thinking. So, no, they’re not going to give up their power easily and gently and just go on their merry way.”

Palin added that she believes that Judge Moore is a “happy warrior,” a term that has been used to describe conservative luminaries like Andrew Breitbart and others who happily fight for the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do. With “happy warriors” like Moore in the U.S. Senate she added, America can win this war against the political class and corruption in the Washington swamp.

“We can [win this war],” Palin said. “This is what we need, the happy warriors who are in it for the right reason. They’re in it for a reason, not just a season and not just a business for them. They have a servant’s heart that we need in our government. So, yeah, we certainly can. I’ve followed Judge Moore’s career for many years, as I said, and the ups and downs and the battles that he’s had inside and outside of the party and always standing up for what he believes is right. Some of the things he’s done, I’ve just gotten a kick out of, and I think they need some of that in Washington—like when he showed up to vote riding a horse, I thought we’d probably do the same thing. He’s a good man and he’s got great character. Yes, this is what we need. We don’t need the lobbyist mentality in the Senate, because that lobbyist mentality has too often proven to the people that special interests that will enrich that lobbyist will come before the people’s interest. We can’t afford any more of that. That has led us to the $20 trillion debt that we’re in. That has led us to the government growth and overreach that we see. So, no, we don’t need to elect more of the problem—we’re not going to solve the problem by electing more of it.”

Palin concluded in her Breitbart News interview by noting that the good guys are all aligning behind Moore, a sign that the people will get a real champion if and when he gets to the U.S. Senate.

“Judge Moore, he’s got the right people on his side, especially those who are in office now who have been bold enough to put their reputations on the line and come out and endorse and say ‘yeah, we want to work with him back in D.C., because he’s going to be on the people’s side and he’ll have the people’s back,’” Palin said. “That’s impressive, is the people who he has attracted to his campaign. More power to them.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/25/exclusive-sarah-palin-we-can-win-war-against-political-class-with-happy-warriors-like-judge-roy-moore/


The Battle for Mobile Bay – How the Roy Moore Insurgency Could Clinch in Alabama’s South

25 Sept 2017 by Jeff Poor

MOBILE, Alabama – With just a day to go until GOP voters in Alabama go to the polls to select a nominee for December’s special election, the Yellowhammer State’s two southernmost counties Baldwin and Mobile are a pivotal part of Roy Moore’s path to victory.

In 1864, the Union’s victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay was a shot in the arm for President Abraham Lincoln politically. Union Rear Admiral David G. Farragut over the Confederacy in Mobile Bay boosted morale, which was one of the reasons Lincoln was able to secure reelection in 1864.

A similar political dynamic could be in play 153 years later.

On Tuesday, if former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a big day in Southwest Alabama, it will be difficult for his opponent Sen. Luther Strange to run up the vote totals in his strongholds to overcome those vote tallies.

Last month in the primary, Moore won Mobile County, the second-most populous county in Alabama by 1,100 votes. Strange won Baldwin County, the state’s seventh-most populous county by 400 votes.

Unlike the primary, however, the absence of State Sen. Trip Pittman, the fourth-place finisher and local favorite, won’t be on the ballot in this election. Exactly a month ago, Pittman gave Moore his endorsement.

While Moore may not have won all of the Pittman voters over, he certainly stands to gain the lion’s share, which could be what gives him the win in Baldwin County.

Monday night, Moore will make his closing statement on the race at an event that will feature high-profile names including Phil Robertson, Nigel Farage and Steve Bannon. On Saturday, Moore paid a visit to the Chestang 15th Annual Gospel Sing in rural Washington County, just a stone’s throw from the Mobile County line.

Strange hasn’t had a big presence in Mobile. The former attorney general has spent much of his time in the remaining days in the Birmingham and Huntsville area. Strange looks to having a big showing in the Birmingham area to keep him competitive.

Despite having won Baldwin County, the Strange campaign doesn’t appear to be putting up much of a fight to win it again on Tuesday.

“Luther Strange gave up on Baldwin County a long time ago,” a local Republican official told Breitbart News for this story.

Strange has also shied away from Mobile in the waning days of the campaign.

On Thursday, Strange revealed President Donald Trump wanted to hold the rally that was in Huntsville on Friday in Mobile, but Strange had urged Trump to go to Huntsville instead.

“He wanted to go to Mobile,” Strange said to a gaggle of reporters after a debate in Montgomery on Thursday night. “I said, ‘You’ve been there twice, Mr. President. You need to go to north Alabama. People are going to think you may not like them there.’”

JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon sees Mobile and Baldwin Counties as being an opportunity for Moore, given its makeup and how the vote went in the round for the Republican nod.

“I certainly agree it’s important,” Couvillon said. “For one thing, roughly a third of the vote went to Moore, about a third of the vote went to Strange, then, of course, you have some peel offs when Trip Pittman went in there, and then a few people voted for Mo. And also, another thing that makes the Mobile area so important is that you have urban and suburban elements to Mobile and Baldwin County, which really is the vast majority of southwest Alabama.”

“I see this as the case of chasing every last vote to get to 50 percent,” he added.

The winner of the Strange-Moore race will face former Clinton U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee, on December 12 and that winner will fill the U.S. Senate formerly held by Jeff Sessions.

Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/25/battle-mobile-bay-roy-moore-insurgency-clinch-alabamas-south/


Mark Meadows Comes Out Swinging: ‘Judge Roy Moore Has a Backbone of Steel’

25 Sept 2017 by Ian Mason

House Freedom Caucus chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), joined Breitbart News Sunday live from Alabama to discuss his support of former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for U.S. Senate.

Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam and Washington Political editor Matt Boyle joined Congressman Meadows for an extended chat on Moore’s Tuesday special primary election showdown with the Chamber of Commerce-endorsed appointed Sen. Luther Strange.

“I know Judge Roy Moore to be not only be a man of character in spite of the tens of millions of dollars that are flowing into Alabama to suggest otherwise,” Meadows said, laying out the case for his chosen candidate.

Later, when Kassam asked Meadows to address that massive flow of funding from establishment sources like the Senate Leadership Fund to Strange, the Freedom Caucus chairman added, “They’re spending more right now than they ever would against a Democrat. … What do they expect in return for their millions of dollars invested? … What they expect is that the Luther Strange voting card will belong to them. He will be bought and paid for.”

Moore, on the other hand, is, in Meadows opinion, the kind of candidate who will not bend to “the Swamp.” He told Kassam and Boyle, “A Judge Moore win really would make sure that the Trump agenda gets implemented,” adding, “There’s all kinds of members of Congress and senators who will run, and they really run so incredibly strong like they have a backbone of steel, but they really have a backbone of a banana. You know, when it’s peeled back, it gets real mushy when they get to Washington, DC. So we need to give them some steel. Judge Roy Moore has a backbone of steel. I’m glad to not only endorse him and support him, but I look forward to serving with him in the coming days.”

Meadows also laid out his case against Luther Strange, whom President Trump has chosen to endorse. He focused, for example, on Strange’s back-and-forth record on eliminating the filibuster for legislation in the Senate, telling Boyle, “Luther Strange has done the infamous flip-flop. I can tell you I was never so mad to see that he signed onto a letter that says we ought to keep the 60 vote filibuster rule in place, that says you gotta have 60 votes in order to move anything in the Senate. That one thing has thwarted the Trump agenda over and over and over again in this first nine months. And yet, he signed onto a letter that said we need to keep it. Well, it was only when he got in a real tough race in this special election did he say, just a few weeks ago, ‘Oh, no. I’m for doing away with the filibuster.’ The American people are smarter than that. I know the people in Alabama are smarter than that. They see it for what it is: a political stunt that he pulled at the last minute in hopes of trying to convince people that he is one of them.”

Meadows closed his appearance by offering his prediction. “Roy Moore is a man of faith. The power of prayer for so many is going up on his behalf right now. I think Tuesday night will be a great victory, due in no small part to the wonderful efforts of all the listeners,” he said before signing off.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/25/mark-meadows-comes-out-swinging-judge-roy-moore-has-backbone-steel/


 

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VIDEO Criticism of NFL Protests ‘Nothing to Do with Race – 5 Stupid Protest Arguments – Protesters Broke The Law

Steelers Coach Rips Afghan War Vet Villanueva for Standing for the Anthem

Donald Trump: Criticism of NFL Protests ‘Nothing to Do with Race’

24 Sept 2017 by Charlie Spiering

 

President Donald Trump spoke to reporters on Sunday after a weekend of criticizing NFL players for protesting during the National Anthem.

“This has nothing to do with race,” Trump said as reporters pressed him about his remarks. “I never said anything about race. This has nothing to do with race or anything else. This has to do with respect for our country and respect for our flag.”

Trump made his remarks in an impromptu press conference on the tarmac before leaving New Jersey to return to Washington D.C.

He repeated his belief that NFL owners should do something about the protests, which he argued was disrespectful to the flag and to the United States.

“When you get on your knee and you don’t respect the American flag or the anthem, that’s not being treated with respect,” he said.

After reporters brought up New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s criticism of his remarks, Trump dismissed them.

“Look, that’s okay. He has to take his ideas and go with what he wants,” he said, reminding reporters that Kraft gave him a Super Bowl ring during their visit to the White House.

The president kicked off the latest round of controversy after he said he wished NFL owners would fire athletes taking a knee during the National Anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired. He’s fired!’” Trump saidon Friday.

His remarks prompted additional protests from players on the field as many NFL team owners condemned his statements.

“Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday after more players joined their teammates by kneeling during the National Anthem.

Other players remained standing during the National Anthem, including lone Pittsburgh Steelers player Alejandro Villanueva, who served 3 tours in Afghanistan with Army while the rest of his teammates remained in the locker room.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/24/donald-trump-criticism-of-nfl-protests-not-about-race/


NFL Commentators and Reporters Lash Out at Trump Over Comments About NFL Anthem Protests

24 Sept 2017 by Warner Todd Huston

As the NFL’s Sunday games rolled on, sports announcers, commentators, and reporters began commenting on President Donald Trump’s criticisms of the national anthem protests burning throughout the league.

Fox Sports’ Terry Bradshaw, for instance, attacked the president on Sunday saying that his criticism of the anthem protests showed a lack of understanding about the freedoms enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

Bradshaw spoke his mind during the Fox pregame on Sunday saying that the protests were all about “freedom,” Raw Story reported.

“This is America. If our country stands for anything, folks, it’s freedom,” Bradshaw said. “People died for that freedom. I’m not sure if our President understands those rights. That every American has the right to speak out also to protest. Believe me, these athletes do love our this great country of ours. Personally, I think our President should concentrate on North Korea and healthcare rather than ripping into athletes and the NFL.”

The Constitution, though, only applies to the federal government quashing free speech and President Trump did not say anything about the government taking action against the players. He only urged the owners to act. The players have every right to proclaim their hatred for the very country making them millionaires, but they don’t have the right to force fans to hear the protests nor the league to allow it.

As a private organization, the NFL is free to make its own rules of conduct within reason.

In another case, Sports Illustrated reporter Sean Gregory chimed in on Trump’s comments saying that he hopes that NFL owners “stand up to Donald Trump on national anthem protests.”

Gregory urged the owners to make a unified statement against the president of the United States. “Now’s our chance to see if NFL owners have a sliver of their mettle,” he said.

Taking perhaps a little different tact, CBS announcer James Brown urged the president to stop his attack on the NFL and instead try a little “love,” Variety reported.

During Sunday’s broadcast of “NFL Today,” Brown said:

To be dismissive, vulgar and divisive with comments that reflect a lack of understanding, insensitive, and indeed colonizing does not serve the purpose of trying to honestly resolve problems, build bridges and foster civil dialogue. What would be more effective is … the kind of dialogue that uses the four-letter word that former UCLA coach John Wooden said is the most powerful one to effect change — and that is love.

The backlash from these reporters and commentators is the result of comments the president made last Friday evening during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, for Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange.

During the rally, Trump criticized the NFL for allowing the anthem protests, called such players “sons of b**ches,” and expressed his hope that the owners would fire protesting players.

The controversy was further fanned by a Saturday morning statement by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell who attacked Trump for creating disunity. Goodell’s statement, in turn, sparked a response by Trump who urged the commissioner to tell the players to stand during the national anthem.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/09/24/commentators-and-reporters-lash-out-trump-over-comments-about-nfl-anthem-protests/


5 Stupid Arguments in Favor of the NFL Protests of the National Anthem

24 Sept 2017 by Joel B. Pollak

President Donald Trump called out former 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick and other NFL players on Friday for protesting the national anthem, expressing what millions of football fans have already registered by tuning out.

But NFL officialdom, Hollywood, the mainstream media, and left-wingers in all quarters have distorted what he said, to the point where entire teams felt obligated to protest — something.

Here are five bad arguments driving the hysteria.

1. Trump attacked freedom of speech. The First Amendment does not generally extend into a private workplace, any more than it gives me the right to come into your house and hector you with my opinions. No one has ever told Colin Kapernick or anyone else not to march in protest, attend a demonstration, or hold a sign on a sidewalk. What fans object to is that he is protesting on the clock. He has no right to do that, and Trump is correct that NFL owners — if they had any spine — ought to tell the protesting players to get lost. If you doubt that, try a thought experiment: what would happen to a player who wore a Nazi armband to opening lineups? What about his freedom of speech?

2. Trump launched a racist attack. This is the fashionable argument among the intellectually lazy and perpetually aggrieved. But there is nothing racist about objecting to the sort of behavior that is so radical that it is almost never done. Proof: the same NFL players who knelt for The Star-Spangled Banner at Sunday’s game in London stood for God Save the Queen, the anthem under which the British conducted the slave trade, along with colonialism and various other awful endeavors. The resort to claims of racism is the surest sign that Trump’s critics are clueless.

3. Trump used coarse language. Have you ever played, or even watched, any team sport? Also, what else is new?

4. Trump has more important things to worry about. Undoubtedly true — but then ask where the outrage was when President Barack Obama filled out his NCAA brackets on TV each year — or, for that matter, when he discussed the merits of Pitbull on live radio with a DJ called “Pimp with a Limp.” Unless you’re a Trump supporter worried that he is using the NFL dust-up to cover for his vacillation on DACA, this is not a valid complaint.

5. The protesters are the true patriots. Ask Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Alejandro Villanueva, a U.S. Army veteran of three tours in Afghanistan, about how he found the courage to stand up to his entire locker room and walk out, hand over heart, for the national anthem at Soldier Field in Chicago. His team lost — deservedly so — but he will be remembered as the real winner of this day — not just for his stand on the field, but for his courage off it.

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.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/24/5-dumb-arguments-nfl-protests-national-anthem/


Steelers Coach Rips Afghan War Vet Villanueva for Standing for the Anthem

25 Sept 2017 by Dylan Gwinn

In what might just be the most 2017 NFL story ever, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin ripped one of his players, an Afghan war veteran, for coming out of the locker room for the national anthem.

On Sunday, the Steelers had decided as a team to remain in the locker room and not come to the sidelines for the playing of the national anthem, with one notable exception. The team understood that tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger and Afghan war veteran, would still come out to show respect for the flag. The exception was made for Villanueva due to the fact that he risked life and limb defending that flag and what it stands for, a factor obvious enough that really shouldn’t have to be explained.

Except for one factor: it’s the NFL in 2017.

The reasons why Villanueva should be exempted from his team’s disgusting display of disrespect were apparently lost on their head coach. When answering questions from reporters after the game, Tomlin seemed to rap Villanueva, repeating the claim that the team was looking for “100% participation,”

Tomlin said, “Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team.”

Apparently, in Tomlin’s world, respect for team is over and above respect for someone who risked his life to defend his country.

According to Fox, “Tomlin told the media that, prior to kickoff Sunday, the Steelers held a team meeting and decided, though not unanimously, to not come out of the locker room for the national anthem. Tomlin added the intent was to have his team focus on the game and not President Trump’s comments blasting players who chose to protest during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Tomlin said after the game:

Many of them felt like something needed to be done. I asked those guys to discuss it and whatever they discussed that we have 100 percent participation or we do nothing. They discussed it for an appropriate length of time and they couldn’t come to an understanding, so they chose to remove themselves from it. They were not going to be disrespectful in the anthem so they chose not to participate, but at the same time many of them were not going to accept the words of the president.

Villanueva clearly had a different mentality about what the anthem meant for him.

Tomlin continued, “We’re not politicians. We’re coaches and professional athletes. If those of us or individuals choose to participate in politics in some way, I’m going to be supportive of that. But when we come out of locker rooms, we come out of locker rooms to play football games.”

Villanueva was critical of the Colin Kaepernick, the former 49er who launched the current NFL protest movement. In 2016, Villanueva said, “I don’t know if the most effective way is to sit down during the national anthem with a country that’s providing you freedom, providing you $16 million a year … when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for less than $20,000 a year.

“I will be the first one to hold hands with Colin Kaepernick and do something about the way minorities are being treated in the United States, the injustice that is happening with police brutality, the justice system, inequalities in pay. You can’t do it by looking away from the people that are trying to protect our freedom and our country.”

http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/09/25/steelers-coach-rips-afghan-war-vet-coming-locker-room-anthem/


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HEROES Defending The American Flag 2017


Federal Law Requires Respect For The Flag and Standing At Attention When National Anthem Is Played

 

4 U.S. Code § 8 – Respect for flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America
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36 U.S. Code § 301 – National anthem

(a)Designation.—

The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.

(b)Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem—

(1)when the flag is displayed—

(A)

individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;

(B)

members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and

(C)

all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and

(2)

when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

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VIDEO Take A Knee? Really? – Stop Watching That NFL Game Until You See This.. – 9 Proofs NFL Hates USA

Take A Knee? Really?

 

Marines Raise Flag Over Iwo Jima Archival Footage PublicDomainFootage.com

Consider the Marines on Iwo Jima as they “raised a flag” in honor of their defeat of the Japanese armed forces. The Japanese attack on American forces in Hawaii took place on the morning of December 7, 1941. The American forces took the island of Iwo Jima on February 9, 1945. Consider the importance of paying honor to the flag of the United States Of America.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Iwo_Jima

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-iwo-jima

It is “football Sunday” in much of the USA. Very soon, as players and fans enter into football stadiums, to see a game that will determine which of the two opposing teams will be declared to be “the best team” on this day. Unfortunately, there will be multi-millionaire football players who will decide to not stand for the national anthem but, instead, will choose to “take a knee.” During the past week, there have been videos of “eight year old boys,” who have also decided to “take a knee” at the beginning of their game. The playing of the national anthem has been done for many years in honor of the armed forces of the United States of America.

The Attack On Pearl Harbor – December 7, 1941

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axis_powers
The axis powers of the world, being led by Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), and Hirohito (Japan), had their declared intent of taking over the whole world. Hitler was already overrunning much of Europe. Great Britain was the last significant military force that Hitler was trying to overthrow. France had it’s “resistance,” but had no military force to oppose Germany. After the Japanese attack on American forces in Hawaii, on Dec 7, they attacked American forces in the Republic of the Philippines on the next day, Dec 8, 1941. Japanese forces began their plan of overthrowing all nations and forces in the south Pacific.

Marines Raise Flag Over Iwo Jima 1945 United News Newsreel; World War II

Consider the allied forces, of which the United Sates assumed leadership.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allies_of_World_War_II

After the United States of America was drawn into the second world war, American military forces also began engaging axis forces in Europe and North Africa. Other nations of Allied support followed the lead of the United States to stop Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito as they brutalized the citizenry and military of the nations that were on their map of world domination. Without the entry of the United States into World War II, Hitler would have overthrown Russia and Asia, through its attack from the West, with Hirohito advancing from the East, and Mussolini attacking from the South. Could any nation have succeeded in defending itself from such a three-front attack? Consider the numbers of Russian civilians and soldiers that died at the hands of Hitler’s soldiers, minus the forces of Japan and Italy.

Soviet military dead and missing, 8.7 million

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties_of_the_Soviet_Union

Consider the Blitzkrieg, of Britain by German aircraft.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blitz

The importance of the presence of U.S. forces in the battle against the axis powers can not be understated. Without the defeat of the forces of Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito, the freedom of America, and other free countries, would not have been saved.

Group of American and British prisoners are marched through streets under German …HD Stock Footage

(U.S. And British POWs being marched by German soldiers through a French city. Notice how the French citizens mistreat the POWs.)

Hitler had a strong hold in North Africa, and would have marched southward, until all of Africa would fly the flag of Nazi Germany. Germany, Italy and Japan would have continued their assault on Asia, until the flags of those nations would fly no more. The nations of the Pacific, to include the continent of Australia, would be easy prey for the assault of the axis forces, with the result of many more Nazi flags flying in the lands of Nazi-led conquest.

After the attack on Hawaii, there was great concern that the west coast of the United States would also come until Japanese attack. There was also a fear that sympathizers of Japan living in the United States would begin attacks on the mainland of the United States. Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt reacted to the fear of attack “from within” the USA, by the internment of citizens of the USA, who were of Japanese ancestry.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/roosevelt-ushers-in-japanese-american-internment

Concerns of the President were found to be valid when a German u boat was sunk off of the east of coast of the USA, and was found to have loaves of bread from a local bakery stored in the boat.

The military forces of the USA was at a weakened state of readiness when the Japanese attacked Hawaii. Without a national resolve to defend our country, and defeat the axis forces in other parts of the world, the USA would have been the starting point of axis entry into North, Central and South America, where the Nazi flag would have been planted. The success, liberty and tolerance that we have as great fortune in the United States of America, would have been replaced with the Nazi desires for our country, as well as for the rest of the world. There would be no NFL, NBA, MBL, or multi-millionaire contracts for athletes. Every other aspect of our lives would be totally different, whether it would be employment, hobby, relaxation, recreation, or religious.

So, how do we respond to the millionaire athletes that think that they should not show honor for the members of our military, by not standing in respect for the flag of the USA? The players can continue to “take a knee,” but I will not be watching their games. If enough people were to make the same decision, that I have taken, NFL ratings would take a nose dive. If fans would not go to NFL games, teams would be sent a direct message.

The assault on America exists also in the media which broadcasts “sports.” Consider ESPN.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESPN

ESPN has become a “paid political announcement” for things that are anti-God, anti-USA, and anti-family. It is hard to watch a college football game that is not shown through an ESPN affiliate. But, now, my tv set will not give a rating to any ESPN station, nor will it give a rating to ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, or to any network that broadcasts programs that oppose the values of God, family or country. My tv set used to be set for me to watch NFL games every Sunday, and on any other day that NFL games would be broadcast. My tv set also used to be set for me to watch ESPN-telecast college football games every Saturday, and on other days. But, that is history. I will not support ungodly entities that are trying to destroy our country with values that are not of God, family or country. I will no longer watch the SEC or ACC networks, because they have ESPN corporate involvement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SEC_Network

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACC_Network

Consider the relationship that ESPN has with Disney and ABC. My money will not be spent at Disney Land or Disney World. I will not give money to buy “Mickey’s ears,” to a company that has men openly kissing other men, “during Disney’s “gay days!” Consider the shock that comes across the faces of parents who have that experience also being forced on their impressionable children.

http://www.wdwinfo.com/disney-gay-days.htm

As for my viewing of local tv stations, I will watch local news broadcasts, but I will not watch those stations once they switch to network viewing of ABC, NBC or CBS programs.

The Liberation of Dachau

Notice the American Soldiers liberating the German concentration camp at Dachau. The prisoners were Jews of the Holocaust.

https://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2017/05/25/interactive-american-war-deaths-by-the-numbers/
Notice the numbers of American War deaths.

405,399 Americans of our armed forces lost their lives in World War II. They died in their support for our flag, and to keep it flying.

LEE GREENWOOD GOD BLESS THE USA

I am proud to be an American, and proudly salute our flag.

U.S. Air Force, Retired.

https://cchurchchurchblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/72-take-a-knee-really/


Stop Watching That NFL Game Until You See This..

https://cchurchchurchblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/stop-watching-that-nfl-game-until-you-see-this/


The NFL Hates America: 9 Pieces of Proof

25 Sept 2017 by John Nolte

Contrary to what dishonest leftists, the media, and the NFL want you to believe, when you are at work, no one, including a bunch of crybaby football players, has the right to express themselves. (I thought about adding Terry Bradshaw to that list, but he might just be dumb.)

For a number of very good reasons, employers have a wide variety of rights when it comes to controlling the behavior of their employees. Almost all of us work for employers who, at least while we are on the clock, control what we say, what we do not say, how we dress, how we present ourselves, and how we can (or cannot) express ourselves — not just politically, but in every way.

In some cases, employers also control what we do outside of work. Many companies forbid their workers from badmouthing the company during non-work hours. Moreover, if I were to expose myself as a racist and join the KKK or tweet out racist jokes, Breitbart News would have every right to fire me (and would).

So this particular talking point we are hearing in defense of spoiled millionaires, who only work 16 days a year, but who still feel they must spit on the American flag and anthem, this nonsense about how in America, you have the right to express yourself at work, is nothing less than a massive pile of crap — a total and complete lie in defense of the indefensible.

The purpose of that massive lie, though, is to cover up the fact that the NFL hates America. Because what the NFL does not want you to talk about is this…

How an employer allows its employees to express themselves exposes the moral values of that employer.

For instance, I once worked for a company where, depending on which office you were in, you would find either an American flag, a gay pride flag, a poster of Cindy Crawford in a bikini, a shirtless firemen calendar, a Goodfellas poster, or a framed picture of Jesus. (I will let you guess which one was mine.)

What that wonderful menagerie of self-expression told you is that my employer allowed everyone to express themselves in their own unique way.

Another employer I worked for allowed only a couple of family photos. Nothing else. No flags, cartoons, nothing…

What this told you is that my employer wanted self-expression left at home.

In both of those cases, the policy regarding self-expression was completely defensible.

The NFL’s policy of self-expression is not only indefensible, what we have here is an employer, a taxpayer-funded institution, a billion dollar corporation, that has just proven that it despises America.

How do we know this?

Simple. All you have to do is look at the NFL’s policy regarding self-expression.

Here are nine pieces of proof that prove the NFL hates the United States of America…

  1. NFL Threatens Fines Against Players Who Wanted to Commemorate 9/11

In September 2016, three NFL players planned to wear cleats in honor of the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on America. The NFL put a stop to it with threats of fines.

  1. NFL Fines Player over Headband

In 1986, an NFL player was fined $5,000 for wearing a headband with a company logo on it.

  1. NFL Fines Player over Breast Cancer Advocacy

In 2015, the NFL fined a player $5,757 for wearing eye black that read “Find the Cure” in support of breast cancer awareness.

  1. NFL Orders Players Not to Honor Fallen Police Officers

In July 2016, in honor of five police officer murdered in cold blood by a Black Lives Matter activist, the Dallas Cowboys wanted to honor the slain officers with a small helmet decal. The NFL put a stop to it.

  1. NFL Fines Player for “Thrusting”

Just last year, NFL player Antonio Brown was fined $23,309 for expressing himself on the field by “thrusting.”

  1. NFL Fines Player for “Hopping”

Just last year, NFL player Trai Turner was fined $9,115 for expressing himself on the field by hopping.

  1. NFL Players Fined for Mimicking the Taking of a Photograph

Just last year, NFL players Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham were each fined $12,145 for expressing themselves on the field by mimicking the taking of a photograph.

  1. NFL Fines Player for Marching in Place

Just last year, NFL player Terrelle Pryor was fined $9,115 for expressing himself on the field by marching in place.

  1. NFL Fines Player Over Raising Awareness for Domestic Violence

In 2015, NFL player William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats meant to raise awareness for domestic abuse.

Believe me: I could go on and on and on. The fines threatened and levied by the NFL against players who commit various acts of self-expression are nearly endless.

But in summation, here are the incontrovertible facts…

The NFL will not allow its players self-expression that commemorates slain police officers or 9/11.

The NFL will not allow its players to raise awareness for breast cancer or domestic abuse.

The NFL will not allow its players to hop, thrust, march in place, or mimic the taking of a photograph.

From what we can tell, the only act of self-expression the NFL allows is the protesting the American flag and anthem.

Therefore, the values of the NFL are clear.

The NFL hates America.

UPDATE: Number nine was changed after it was discovered that the information was incorrect. 

http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/09/25/nfl-hates-america-9-pieces-proof/


The Day the NFL Jumped the Shark

25 Sept 2017 by Daniel J. Flynn

Coke doesn’t tell you to drink Pepsi. Ford does not tell you to drive GM. Nike does not tell you to wear Reebok.

But the NFL tells the majority of its fans to spend their Sundays doing something else. Surely this business model finds few imitators.

Sunday, September 24, 2017, marked an important date in NFL history. As December 28, 1958, ushered in the era of professional football supremacy in this country, September 24, 2017, signaled its decline. Back then, Commissioner Bert Bell wept in the corner of the locker room–he knew what the Colts-Giants game meant. Yesterday, if Commissioner Roger Goodell possessed more awareness, he, too, would have wept. After hundreds of players took a knee or took a pass on “The Star Spangled Banner,” hundreds of thousands of fans took a knee on Sunday football. Many of those viewers never return.

The league looks all-in on its protesting players politicizing a sport that traditionally transcends partisan rancor and division.

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair calls Donald Trump’s comments calling for owners to fire players who disrespect the national anthem “divisive.” He says nothing about the divisiveness of disrespecting the national anthem. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell cites Trump’s “lack of respect.” He says nothing, thirteen months in, about the “lack of respect” shown to the American flag by hundreds of players in his league. Bears chairman George McCaskey obliquely refers to players bringing “unity” before pointing to a “divisive political situation.” He imagines the “divisive political situation” as one involving leaders noticing players disrespecting the country rather than the players disrespecting the country.

The league’s bigwigs not only seem oblivious to why fans no longer watch, but contribute to the exodus from man caves, living rooms, and bars. They want you to imagine players sitting for the national anthem as a neutral, innocuous act but a president criticizing those players as beyond the pale. But fans of football who remain fans of America do not fall for the Jedi Mind Trick.

Even for fans disgusted by the ungracious displays of disrespect aimed at the United States by men made rich by it, clicking away proves more difficult than making a 61-yard field goal with no time left, which Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliot did to end the New York Giants game on Sunday. Tom Brady engineered yet another fourth-quarter comeback to lead the New England Patriots over the Houston Texans. In an almost eerie repeat of the end of Super Bowl 34, Golden Tate fell inches shy of the goal line as the game clock neared its closing ticks to thwart a comeback by the Detroit Lions against the Atlanta Falcons. Aaron Rodgers engineered an overtime win after engineering a regulation comeback to lead the Green Bay Packers over the luckless Cincinnati Bengals. The homedog Chicago Bears upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime.

Sunday’s on-field action was not good. It was amazing.

Perhaps fans who clicked off after the myriad national anthem protests missed out. The NFL missed out more. The league needs fans to thrive. The NFL specializes in arrogantly alienating them. Neither concussions on the gridiron nor Ray Rice concussing his wife in an elevator killed the NFL. The contempt shown the country slowly bleeds the league of its base. With ratings down dramatically from a season ago, when ratings were down dramatically, and several teams play to half-empty houses, the league faces a crisis. Rather than enforce a separation of sport and state, the NFL’s owners and commissioner double-down on the politics, alienating large swaths of its audience in the process.

Schlitz rules the package-store cooler no more. Howard Johnsons no longer ranks as the go-to spot for travelers to rest. Kids do not know what Atari means let alone play it religiously. But the NFL thinks it forever sits on the throne of American sports. Baseball once harbored similar thoughts.

“Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/09/25/day-nfl-jumped-shark/


DIRTY JOBS’ MIKE ROWE REMINDS FANS THEY’RE THE TRUE POWER BEHIND NFL

‘We decide what to watch’

Sept 25, 2017

Former TV host Mike Rowe delivered a powerful Facebook rant criticizing NFL fans for failing to realize they’re the biggest influence on how the league deals with the recent kneeling controversy.

On Sunday, the former Dirty Jobs host admitted he was “disappointed” in President Trump for presupposing “owners are in charge of the game.”

“They’re not,” Rowe pointed out, adding, “We are.”

“We decide what to watch, and that decision – far more than any other consideration – will determine… what the owners choose to do. And that in turn will affect what the players choose to do.”

Rowe says the league would quickly reform if fans begin voting with their feet and change the channel.

“The fans of professional football are not powerless – they’re just not yet offended enough to turn the channel.”

Read the rest of Rowe’s Facebook post:

https://www.infowars.com/dirty-jobs-mike-rowe-reminds-fans-theyre-the-true-power-behind-nfl/


How The Obama Justice Department Took Over The NFL And Tricked It To Commit Suicide


The End of NFL Football?


 


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http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/09/25/steelers-coach-rips-afghan-war-vet-coming-locker-room-anthem/


Related previous post on this blog

https://reclaimourrepublic.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/video-army-ranger-only-steeler-to-stand-team-hid-in-locker-room-nfl-boycott/

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AL Secretary Of State Filed Campaign Law Ethics Complaint Against Luther Strange, Potential Felony

25 Sept 2017 by Michael Patrick Leahy

The highly politicized Alabama Ethics Commission could find “probable cause” against Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) in a complaint filed by Secretary of State John Merrill that Strange violated Alabama campaign laws, sources tell Breitbart News.

That decision would likely come some time between the closing of the polls on Tuesday in the Alabama U.S. Senate runoff election and October 28, 45 days before the December 12 general election in which the Republican nominee will face Democrat Doug Jones.

The anticipated findings of the Alabama Ethics Commission on that complaint hang over Strange and the Alabama Republican Party like the sword of Damocles, making a him a much weaker potential general election candidate against Democrat Doug Jones than his opponent in Tuesday’s Republican runoff election, Judge Roy Moore. According to the most recent polls, Moore leads Strange by 8 to 10 points one day before the runoff election.

“The Alabama Secretary of State’s office filed a campaign law violation complaint against Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) in April, but the Alabama Ethics Commission did not act on that complaint in either its June or August meetings,” Breitbart News reported earlier this month:

“We had some potential concerns with Senator Strange’s filings from the time he was Attorney General. That was from his annual report from the year 2016,” Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

“Senator Strange and his team believe that federal law preempts contributions to his Alabama Principal Campaign Committee for Attorney General. With that said, it’s important to understand we have a responsibility to follow the law,” Merrill said.

Though the money involved in Secretary of State Merrill’s complaint against Strange is small–Strange moved a little more than $1,400 from his U.S. Senate campaign committee to his State Attorney General campaign committee — the actions appear to be a clear violation of Alabama statutes, which prohibit any such transfer in excess of $1,000.

It was the finding of the Alabama Ethics Commission of a similar campaign law violation against former Governor Bentley that was cited in his resignation in disgrace back in April in a plea bargain deal, even though there were other more salacious details involved in his case.

On April 5, “the Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause that Governor Robert Bentley committed violations of both the Alabama Ethics and and the Fair Campaign Practices Act,” the commission said in a press release.

“We have referred those matters to the Montgomery County District Attorney for further consideration and possible prosecution,” the press release added.

Of great concern to Strange and Alabama Republicans is the fact that, under Alabama law, violations of these campaign finance laws are classified as felonies.

The next meeting of the Alabama Ethics Commission is scheduled for October 4, by which time either Judge Roy Moore or Strange will be the Republican nominee facing Democrat Doug Jones in the December 12 general election.

Should Judge Roy Moore be the Republican nominee, the findings of the Alabama Ethics Commission will have no impact on the outcome of that December 12 election.

But should Luther Strange be the Republican nominee at that time, a finding of the Alabama Ethics Commission of “probable cause” that he committed violations of the Fair Campaign Practices Act and a referral to the Montgomery County District Attorney “for further consideration and possible prosecution” would be devastating for Strange as the Republican nominee and a boon to Democrat Doug Jones in the December 12 general election, potentially putting Republican control of the seat, and the tenouous 52-48 Republican majority in the U.S. Senate in jeopardy.

No one expects that Strange would ultimately serve time if he were to be ultimately convicted of violating Alabama campaign law–probation and a slap on the wrist would be the most likely outcome–but the Alabama Ethics Commission would be acting under its legal authority and following the letter of the law of it concluded that Strange, in fact, violated Alabama campaign finance law.

The politicized nature of such a finding would not be in the actual finding itself, but in the timing of the public release of the finding.

Under its rules, the Alabama Ethics Commission does not release findings related to a candidate for political office within 45 days of an election in which an individual who is the subject of a complaint is a candidate.

According to the Alabama Ethics Commission website:

Upon investigation, a complaint may be:
Closed because the Ethics Commission does not have jurisdiction regarding the alleged wrongdoing or the Statute of Limitations has expired.
Dismissed due to lack of evidence to support the complaint.
Presented to Commission for Determination of Probable Cause.

Though the Alabama Ethics Commission has made no public comment about the current status of the Secretary of State’s ethics complaint against Strange, it has almost certainly been presented to the commission for “determination of probable cause.”

Sources tell Breitbart News that three of the current five commissioners–Jerry Fielding, Frank Ellis, and Charles Montgomery–have turned the Ethics Commission into a highly partisan political operation.

The remaining two commissioners are in the minority and, in effect, out of the decision making loop.

The Ethics Commission failed to take the matter up at its June 7 meeting, which was 68 days before the August 15 Republican U.S. Senate primary election in which Strange was one of three candidates.

It also failed to take the complaint up at its August 16 meeting, which was 41 days before the September 26 Republican U.S. Senate runoff election between Strange and Judge Roy Moore.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alabama Ethics Commission is October 4, which is a full 69 days before the December 12 general election between the Republican nominee and Democrat Doug Jones.

Should the Alabama Ethics Commission drop the hammer on Strange at that meeting, it would give his Democratic opponent more than two months to mercilessly attack him on the campaign trail for a full two months, should he be the Republican nominee in the December 12 general election.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/25/potential-felony-alabama-ethics-commission-could-find-probable-cause-luther-strange-violated-campaign-laws/

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Saudi Cleric Declares That Women Lack the Intelligence To Drive, No Protests in USA

screen-shot-2017-09-24-at-1-41-40-pm.pngSaudi Sheikh Saad al-Hajari has reportedly come out strongly against the movement to allow women in the Kingdom to drive.  Sheikh Saad al-Hajari said that the ban should remain because women “lack of intellect” compared to men meant they should not be in control of a car.  He explained that they have only half the brainpower of males and bizarrely tied that lack of intellect to the fact that their menstruation period does not allow them to pray as much.

We have repeatedly discussed the plight of women in Saudi Arabia who face medieval Sharia laws and state-supported sexism.  A brace cadre of women continue to defy these restrictions.  Progress has been slow and incremental. Recently, the Kingdom indicated that women might be able to go to the Opera  – a measure of the ludicrous laws imposed in the Kingdom.

If Sheikh Saad al-Hajari has his way, they will not be driving to the performance.  He noted that women fall to half of the intellect of men and that their intellect falls to a quarter when they “went to the market”.

Just in case you thought that this is just some madman with a religious title, al-Hajari is the head of the Saudi government’s religious edict authority in the southern province of Assir.  In a country imposing Sharia law on its populace, clerics like play critical roles in explaining the religious basis for laws and traditions.

The cleric is quoted as saying that people must be understanding and sympathetic to women:  “It is not their fault, but women lack intellect do they not?  Would you give a man with half an intellect a driving license? So how would you give one to a woman when she has half an intellect?” He then added “And if they go out to the market this gets halved again! So they now have a quarter of an intellect.” If this last point was a joke, it was hardly funny as he defended his sexist values.   The problem with the Saudi clerics is that it is hardly to tell when something is a fatwa or a joke as they espouse such extremist views.

I have said it before but will say it again. The women fighting for basic rights in Saudi Arabia are some of the most courageous civil rights advocates in the world.  They risk whippings and arrests from the government as well as abuse from citizens in the fight for equal rights. They must advocate for these rights against ignorant figures like al-Hajari who hold key religious positions.

COMMENT

I have not seen this on MSM. I have not heard about any protest marches or protests in the USA or Europe. The UN is silent.

Saudi Cleric Declares That Women Lack the Intelligence To Drive


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