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Before Ethics Committee wastes more money investigating Representative Blake Farenthold, he should resign

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Blake Farenthold should resign just like John Conyers

There’s a purge going on in Washington DC, Hollywood, and everywhere in between. Men who abused their powers to commit sexual misconduct against women are being accused. Many are getting the boot from their professions as a result. Representative Blake Farenthold has not gotten the boot nor has he chosen to resign, but he’s now under investigation.

I am not in the camp who believes everyone who gets accused should be disgraced until they resign. I’m also not one who believes they must go through proper vetting and due process. This isn’t a legal proceeding. It’s all about judgment calls. If accusers come out, are credible, and reasonable explanations by the accused are not offered, they should step down. In Farenthold’s case, he used taxpayer money to make a sexual harassment suit go away. That’s all I need to know. He says he’s willing to pay it back. He should. Then, he should resign. I stand by my stance from last week:

Blake Farenthold should resign, just like John Conyers

https://noqreport.com/2017/12/01/blake-farenthold-resign-just-like-john-conyers/If reports that Representative Blake Farenthold from Texas used taxpayer dollars to settle a sexual harassment suit, then he should resign. Republicans who come to his defense better not have been calling for Representative John Conyers to step down for the same reason. Consistency is all we have left to hope for in politics.

Generally speaking, it should be automatic that if a representative is accused of and subsequently proven to have committed acts of sexual misconduct, they should get the boot. That’s the atmosphere in American society today and we must hold our representatives to as high of a standard as other industries, arguably higher.

The fact that he’s now under investigation does not change my opinion. If anything, it strengthens my resolve. Why should we pay for an investigation into something that has already been easily demonstrated by the payment of the hush money in the first place?

Statement of the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Blake Farenthold

https://ethics.house.gov/press-release/statement-chairwoman-and-ranking-member-committee-ethics-regarding-representative-5In accordance with House Rule XI, clause 3, and Committee Rules 10(a)(2) and 18, the Committee on Ethics (Committee) unanimously voted on December 7, 2017, to establish an Investigative Subcommittee.  Pursuant to the Committee’s action, the Investigative Subcommittee shall have jurisdiction to determine whether Representative Blake Farenthold violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other applicable standard of conduct in the performance of his duties or the discharge of his responsibilities, with respect to allegations that he, or any person acting on his behalf, sexually harassed a former member of his staff, discriminated against her on the basis of her gender, and retaliated against her for complaining of discriminatory conduct, and allegations that Representative Farenthold made inappropriate statements to other members of his official staff.

Step down, Representative Farenthold.

Foreign Affairs

World says an embassy in Jerusalem prevents peace… unless it’s Turkey opening an embassy to East Jerusalem

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World says an embassy in Jerusalem prevents peace unless its Turkey opening an embassy to East Jerus

When President Trump announced the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy there, most world leaders condemned the plan as an obstacle to peace. The chorus rang loud that putting an embassy in Jerusalem would derail the progress that has been made in the last few decades. Now that Turkish President Erdogan has decided to open an embassy in East Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of Palestine, the world responded as expected.

Crickets.

It’s not that most of the world is against an embassy in Jerusalem or anyone acknowledging it as the capital. They just don’t want an embassy to Israel there, nor do they want it recognized as Jerusalem’s capital. The anti-Israel world (which is made up of a vast majority of world leaders, a good portion of the non-Jewish people, a surprisingly large number of Jews, and pretty much every Muslim) knows only one way to peace: a two-state solution.

The world wants to take a country the size of New Jersey with the only Jewish majority in the world and split it up with people, many of whom have vowed to destroy Israel itself. That’s why they’re okay with Erdogan making his fuss over all this. Let’s take a brief look at what Erdogan is doing, then I’ll leave my final thoughts on the matter.

Further Reading

Turkey’s Erdogan: Muslim nations to go to UN over Jerusalem

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkeys-erdogan-muslim-nations-jerusalem-51811201Turkey’s president says Muslim nations will ask the United Nations for an “annulment” of President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the initiative would start at the U.N. Security Council and if it’s “vetoed there, we will work within the U.N. General Assembly for the annulment of this unjust and lawless decision.”

Opinion: Erdogan′s boring taunts in the fight over Jerusalem

http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-erdogans-boring-taunts-in-the-fight-over-jerusalem/a-41784633He’s back: the rapscallion, the bully, the lout, the eternal political campaigner Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish president was at his old game as soon as the conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) kicked off in Istanbul. He called Israel a “terrorist and occupier state,” and invited “every country” to “recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupied state of Palestine.”

Turkey’s President Erdogan says he will open an embassy in East Jerusalem

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/turkey-recep-tayyip-erdogan-embassy-east-jerusalem-palestinians-israel-donald-trump-a8115281.htmlTurkey will open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognise it as the capital of Palestine.

“God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there,” he said in a speech, while maintaining his fierce criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Final Thoughts

These moves have very little to do with Jerusalem. They have everything to do with Erdogan’s ambition to be the leader of the Muslim world. He wants to build a coalition behind him to be the “great uniter” of a diverse people spread around the globe who are often at odds with one another. He wants to rebuild the Ottoman Empire. The scary part is that it might work.

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Trump betrays conservatives: Nominates anti-Christian, pro-LGBT activist to EEOC

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Trump betrays conservatives Nominates anti-Christian pro-LGBT activist to EEOC

When US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy created a non-existent constitutional right to same-sex marriage out of thin air in Obergefell v. Hodges, justices in the minority of the 5-4 decision “legalizing” the practice warned of the inevitable threat it would create to the First Amendment right to religious freedom.

While LGBT radicals and their allies in the Gay Mafia deny it, warnings by Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito about the threats have proven to be true. In fact, the threat to religious liberty resulting from the LGBT agenda existed even before Obergefell.

In a piece I wrote shortly after the same-sex marriage ruling, I joined my fellow conservatives in expressing our concerns over the possible loss of religious liberty. In the article, I quoted several pro-LGBT activists who flat-out admitted that taking down religious liberty was the plan all along. One of those activists is Chai Feldblum, a homosexual activist appointed as a commissioner to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by Barack Obama.

The “zero-sum game” is how homosexual activist law professor and Obama EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) appointee Chai Feldblum describes the legal battles between modern “rights” based on homosexual “orientation” (read: behavior) and the traditional American principle of religious liberty.

“Gays win, Christians lose,” Feldblum said, predicting homosexuals would win most of the legal contests.

Well, it looks like Donald Trump is ready to give Feldblum and the LGBT agenda a big boost.

In an announcement last week, the “most pro-LGBT” Republican candidate for president re-nominated Feldblum to keep her job at the EEOC. And despite claims by some in Trump’s inner circle of “evangelical advisors” that this only happened because Trump wasn’t briefed on Feldblum or involved in her nomination, the track record of the man who swore to “do everything in (his) power to protect LGBTQ citizens” at the Republican National Convention indicates that this is right in line with the priorities of President Trump and Vice President Pence.

For example, when Trump followed Jared and Ivanka’s advice to reaffirm an Obama executive order that essentially legalized discrimination against Christian business owners by requiring them to embrace the LGBT agenda or lose their right to do business with the federal government, Pence–who has a history of his own when it comes to caving to LGBT radicals–defended the pro-LGBT decision.

“I think throughout the campaign, President Trump made it clear that discrimination would have no place in our administration. I mean, he was the very first Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community at our Republican National Convention and was applauded for it. And I was there applauding with him”

In June, Trump pretended to reverse an Obama directive that allowed students to use bathrooms and showers based on their gender identity. In reality, Trump’s order opened the door for the government to prosecute schools that fail to recognize a transgendered student’s “right” to use the facility of their choice.

From the very beginning, the Fellowship of the Pharisees have defended Trump because he’s “God’s man,” and he will protect religious liberty. It seems to me that nominating a pro-LGBT, anti-Christian lesbian activist to a federal job where she can advance the LGBT agenda fails in that department.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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Call it what it is: What Myanmar is doing to the Rohingya people is genocide

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Call it what it is What Myanmar is doing to the Rohingya people is genocide

The United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein said yesterday that “acts of genocide have been committed” by Myanmar’s military against Rohingya Muslims, forcing over 650,000 of them to flea to Bangladesh. He is being guarded in his remarks. The reality is that this is clearly genocide and the worst crimes against humanity the world has seen in a very long time.

This cannot be overstated: Anyone who researches enough about what’s being done to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar can only come to the conclusion that this is ethnic cleansing to the highest degree. It’s a purge worthy of the “genocide” label. Let’s put aside the reluctant and politically correct wording used by diplomats and address this as what it is.

What follows is a series of articles that tell different aspects of the story. Please take a moment to read them. It’s imperative that we gain a clear understanding of the atrocities being committed so we can render aid to these people immediately.

First, the statement by the U.N. officially regarding genocide:

U.N.’s Zeid toughens warning of ‘genocide’ in Myanmar

https://in.reuters.com/article/myanmar-rohingya-un/u-n-s-zeid-toughens-warning-of-genocide-in-myanmar-idINKBN1EC08M“It’s very hard to establish because the thresholds are high,” he said. “But it wouldn’t surprise me in the future if the court were to make such a finding on the basis of what we see.”

Myanmar denies committing atrocities against the Rohingya and has previously rejected U.N. criticism for its “politicisation and partiality”. The Myanmar military says the crackdown is a legitimate counter-insurgency operation.

What the Myanmar military is doing to these people is not a “legitimate counter-insurgency operation.” Gang rape on a massive scale is not for counter-insurgency. Throwing babies in fires is not a counter-insurgency strategy. Burning down villages does not qualify as merely counter-insurgency.

The Myanmar government signed an agreement to bring refugees back in safety. Since then, they’ve continued their reign of terror, including destroying villages in whole or in part:

40 Rohingya villages burned in Myanmar since October

https://bdnews24.com/neighbours/2017/12/18/40-rohingya-villages-burned-in-myanmar-since-october-hrwHuman Rights Watch says it has identified 40 Rohingya villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine State that had buildings destroyed in October and November.

This brings the total number of villages partially or completely destroyed since the military crackdown began in August up to 354, it said in a statement on Monday.

Satellite imagery analysis performed by the group showed that dozens of buildings were burned the week of Nov 23, when Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement begin returning refugees in Bangladesh within two months.

Keep in mind that everything many of these people own, which isn’t much, remains in the villages they were forced to leave. The military’s actions aren’t just harming people directly today. They’re also preventing them from being able to rebuild their lives and have a future if they’re ever allowed to return home. Destroying villages that have been emptied out is clearly an attempt to take away any hope these people have even if they do return.

While the United Nations tries to figure out how to properly word their condemnations, real violence is being perpetrated against these people. It’s telling when seasoned international journalists and experienced aid workers are shocked by what they’re finding.

Violent rape just one of many disasters for Rohingya refugees

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/violent-rape-just-one-many-disasters-rohingya-refugees-n830351Aerlyn Pfeil knows about rape. She’s worked with victims of sexual violence in South Sudan, Somalia and Papua New Guinea.

But Pfeil has never seen anything like the sexual abuse victims in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.

“I’ve never had a population talk so freely about the assault that they were experiencing,” said Pfeil, a midwife who is on the board of Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders-USA.

“I have had women come in who were gang-raped or brutally raped and are now recovering from fistulas but I have never heard so many stories of so many women being publicly raped and then killed,” she added.

These stories aren’t isolated. This has become the norm for those who have survived the attacks and made their way to Bangladesh. Unfortunately, conditions are only improved once they make it there because they don’t have Myanmar military trying to rape or kill them. Otherwise, the conditions aren’t acceptable by third world standards. They aren’t just missing certain basic needs like medicine for the sick or schooling for the young. Even in the “safety” of their refugee camps, they’re malnourished with scarce fresh water and unbearable living conditions.

Things are going to get worse once monsoon season hits.

Save the Children Australia’s Ian Woolverton has seen a lot. The camps in Bangladesh aren’t the first place he’s experienced horrendous conditions faced by masses of people, but this situation has stood out for him as exceptional.

In the name of humanity, don’t look away from the plight of the Rohingya people

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/18/in-the-name-of-humanity-dont-look-away-from-the-plight-of-the-rohingya-peopleI have stood among tsunami flatted buildings in Aceh and Japan. I have held the hand of a dying infant in flood swamped Pakistan. I have attempted to console the families of loved ones lost to the Bali bombings. And I have helped retrieve the body of a dying man trapped in an earthquake crumpled building.

But nothing prepared me for what I have now witnessed – a city sized population living in squalor after fleeing the horror of human rights atrocities in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.

Here in the southern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar we’re hearing from child survivors and their families about the most horrific atrocities, including killing and maiming, abductions, all forms of sexual violence, persecution and forced displacement.

Let me bring this home, so there can be no misunderstanding, no hiding from this heinous man-made tragedy.

It’s time to act

While many of us in America worry about Christmas gifts or argue about the validity of NFL kneelers, hundreds of thousands of people are suffering, forced from their homes because they held different religious beliefs. They were attacked because they were vulnerable. They are being raped, beaten, and murdered because nobody is standing up for them.

The United Nations will do nothing other than slap some toothless sanctions against Myanmar, if that. They couldn’t even get a reasonable draft resolution to pass. They are worthless.

The United States and other western governments have the capacity to do something. I’m not suggesting an invasion, but threats need to be made. It’s a rare occasion when I’m willing to suggest we get involved in international affairs. I’ve never held to the neocon beliefs that we’re the world’s police. On the other hand, these are extreme situations. We didn’t act when Syria used chemical weapons against its own people. The subsequent refugee crisis that has changed the face of Europe was a direct result of our early inaction.

What’s being done to the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is worse. They aren’t caught in the crossfire. These people are being directly targeted by a rampaging military with no restrictions.

Not to make this political, but it should be noted the outrage from Muslim leaders around the world is exponentially greater against President Trump acknowledging the capital of Israel than towards Myanmar who is actively raping, murdering, or displacing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.

This is genocide. We need to contribute to help these people have access to livable conditions. Then, we must work with our allies to force Myanmar to protect its own people from its own military. What we cannot do is sit back and hope it goes away soon. It won’t unless we do something about it.

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