20220225

Watch C.P.A.C. live & replays here; Sen. Josh Hawley says Biden ‘emboldened’ Russia in Ukraine by allowing ‘Putin’s pipeline’

by C. A. Bridges, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Conservative Political Action Conference: The U.S.' most conservative political candidates and activists are gathering in Orlando for a conference to energize their supporters and hone campaign strategies.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC)
in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 24, 2022. 
(Fox News)

Here's what you need to know about CPAC 2022:

When is CPAC this year?

CPAC 2022 runs from Thursday, Feb. 24, to Sunday, Feb. 27. Events run all day, every day, beginning with a 7:30 Catholic Mass by Father Frank Pavone.

Click here for the schedule of speakers.

What are some of the topics at this year's CPAC?

Along with speeches from governors, senators, representatives, former President Trump and other GOP leaders, the conference is loaded up with special topics. Just some of the items are the agenda include: Domestic Terrorists Unite: Lessons from Virginia Parents; School Boards for Dummies; How to Talk to Your Neighbor Without Starting a Backyard Brawl; Obamacare Still Kills; The Truth about January 6th; Making Middle East Peace Great Again; Lock Downs and Mandates: Now Do You Understand Why We Have a Second Amendment; Put Him to Bed, Lock Her Up and Send Her to the Border; Why the Working Class Hates the Democrats; Fire Fauci; and The Moron in Chief.

CPAC will finish off Sunday afternoon with a live performance by Lee Greenwood.

Where can I watch CPAC?

The easiest way is to go to the CPAC 22 Florida site, where a live stream is on the home page.

CPAC also will be livestreamed on Fox Nation throughout each day of the conference. Fox Nation is a paid site, but they're offering a 30-day free trial with the code CPAC.

Some conservative YouTube channels such as Right Side Broadcasting also are streaming it live. Here you can watch live via this playlist of their videos - beginning with full first days (Day 2 follows Day 1, followed by individual sessions - commencing with the 5th clip (advance via upper right).




On Cable TV (and online), C-SPAN will be providing some roundup CPAC coverage for major speeches. CPAC Day 1 (starting at 1:20 p.m. E.T. Thursday) | CPAC Day 2 (starting at 11 a.m. Friday) | CPAC Day 3 (starting at 3:15 p.m. Saturday) | Former President Trump speaks at CPAC (starting at 7 p.m. Saturday) 

Some events that are open to the public, such as the keynote address, may be broadcast on media outlets.

Will President Trump be at CPAC this year?

Former President Donald Trump is expected to deliver the keynote speech at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Frenemies? Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis eye each other warily before 2024 presidential race

Leading in Florida: New poll has Florida Gov. DeSantis topping Trump in a 2024 Florida primary matchup

Will Ron DeSantis be at CPAC this year?

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will be speaking at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.

Painting the town red: How Ron DeSantis is trying to turn Tallahassee Republican

CPAC 2022: Rivalry between Trump and DeSantis in the spotlight as CPAC returns to Orlando

Read Tweets by CPAC



20220201

L.A. Sheriff Alex Villanueva responds to constituents about effects of politicians' defunded policing and vaccine mandates / I.D.'s

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva addressess Town Hall meeting audience of Children's Health Defense at the Lighthouse Church in Santa Monica, California - January 11, 2022. Original video by Democracy Broadcasting TV.

How Los Angeles politicians' response to 2020 "Defund the Police" movement has affected policing and safety. (2:35)

L.A County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on digital Vaccine I.D./ Passports for indoor entry. (2:34)

L.A County Sheriff Alex Villanueva entertains audience questions on wokist illiberalism and transit safety. (5:18)

20220120

While genuine threats abound, why does Democrat D.o.J. divert towards 'Republican political threats'?

"DOJ targets political threats when REAL threats abound" by Mike Huckabee 18 January '22

Pakistani-Briton, Texas synagogue hostage-taker,
Mr. Malik Faisal Akram (photo: Sky News)

A Dallas/Fort Worth-area rabbi and several others are taken hostage by an armed Pakistani-born terrorist at Congregation Beth Israel on Saturday 15 January. The terrorist reportedly wanted to negotiate for the release of, well, another terrorist, dubbed “Lady al-Qaeda,” who is serving more than 80 years in prison in Fort Worth for trying to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. After more than 10 hours, the rabbi throws a chair at the terrorist and enables the whole group to escape. An FBI Hostage Rescue team finally closes in, and fortunately the terrorist is the only one who ends up dead.

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, known to congregants as “Rabbi Charlie,” is a hero; he credits training he got from police and the FBI. As the hours ticked by, he knew the terrorist was aware his negotiations were not getting him what he wanted, and the situation was deteriorating. The terrorist had become “belligerent and threatening,” the rabbi says, and had said he expected to die. Rabbi Charlie knew from his training that they had to get out of there somehow. Here are the details of what happened inside that synagogue.

https://nypost.com/2022/01/17/texas-rabbi-credits-security-training-for-hostage-survival/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news_alert&utm_content=20220117&lctg=60c37da7dba83e59146f67bc&utm_term=NYP%20-%20News%20Alerts

Apparently, the armed man didn’t even have to sneak into the synagogue. Rabbi Charlie had invited him in out of kindness because he appeared to need shelter, and the rabbi says he “didn’t hear anything suspicious” as he brewed a cup of tea for his guest. But while they were praying, he heard the click of the man’s gun.

Biden’s first reaction was a vapid claim that they didn’t yet know the motives of the hostage-taker. But the FBI later admitted the obvious and released a statement calling the ordeal “a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted” and said the Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating.

Fine, but Miranda Devine --- writer for the New York Post and author of LAPTOP FROM HELL --- says that “the attack is a reminder of times in the not-so-distant past, when Islamic terrorism was considered a far greater threat than a MAGA supporter, and the national security apparatus was deployed to protect American citizens, not attack them.” If the FBI is busy chasing down conservative parents who protest at school board meetings, for example, could it be that “the organization has taken its eye off the infiltration into our country of a terrorist like like Akram”? That sure would explain a lot.

https://nypost.com/2022/01/17/why-was-the-dallas-terrorist-allowed-into-the-us/

Devine makes the point that Democrats are using the Capitol Hill riot as a pretext for hunting their political enemies, not the real threats. Her opinion piece on this is a must-read:.

https://nypost.com/2022/01/16/dems-are-using-the-capitol-riot-to-hunt-political-foes/

So, tell me, FBI, how did this terrorist, the late, not-so-great Malik Faisal Akram, from the U.K., manage to fly into JFK Airport and then disappear into this country? According to his brother, “He’s known to police. Got a criminal record...was suffering from mental health issues.” He had no apparent means of support. He listed a hotel in Queens as his destination but traveled to Dallas, where he stayed at a homeless shelter for a week and bought a gun, apparently on the street.

A New York Post editorial put it this way: “American travelers put up with a vast amount of security theater --- millions of man-hours lost each year to unpredictably long TSA lines; intrusive pat-downs; the whole take-off-your-shoes-and-belt rigamarole. Yet the vast security apparatus can’t screen out a mentally ill Muslim extremist?” They’re right: This guy was such a screwball, he made news in the U.K. for being banned from a court after ranting about 9/11. We’re now hearing that he was known to MI-5, the British counterpart to our FBI.

Over-incarcerated, Jan 6,'21  Trump-rallyer's
held as Democrats' political prisoners
(collage: World Tribune)

Meanwhile, our “Justice” Department has created a “Sedition Task Force” to investigate Trump supporters for attempting to “overthrow the government” and has put Capitol Hill rally attendees on no-fly lists. The government has set up a National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. The national security apparatus has been weaponized against conservatives. But, hey, welcome to America, you disturbed, U.S.-hating Islamic terrorist!

https://nypost.com/2022/01/17/why-was-the-dallas-terrorist-allowed-into-the-us/

When DOJ resources are directed for political reasons to what is wrongly labeled a domestic terrorist threat –- such as conservatives daring to question the honesty of the 2020 election –- that means real threats like this Malik Faisal Akram get to waltz right in. 

The attorney general, to please Democrats who accuse him of “inaction,” bragged last week about the enormous array of resources they’re devoting to their investigation of January 6, as if Trump supporters were the worst threat to America since the Civil War. (Actually, many leftists, the ones who watch too much MSNBC, believe that.) Meanwhile, a rabbi and several in his congregation came close to losing their lives.

https://thelibertydaily.com/why-did-the-fbi-ignore-a-known-terrorist-threat-while-focusing-on-arresting-maga-meemaws/

Steve Hilton, on this weekend’s “The Next Revolution,” asked guest Tulsi Gabbard what she thought of the deputy Attorney General’s condemnation of anyone who is “anti-authority” for being part part of what he calls domestic violent extremism. And I have to say that, even though she’s in the Democrat Party for some inexplicable reason, she gave an answer that made a lot of sense --- an answer that one might even expect to hear from a Republican.

“I think it’s really important to bold, highlight and underline what he said,” she told him. “...The authorities of the Biden administration are targeting Americans for holding anti-authority views. That is authoritarianism. And what does that mean to us, here at home? We’re supposed to just sit back passively, follow along, put those blinders on and do whatever they tell us to do? That undermines the heart of our democratic republic, that undermines the essence of our Constitution...”

“...This is where they’re exposing their anti-liberty, anti-democracy mindset, which is so dangerous.”   (article continues below)

20220116

The American (Islamist) campaign to extricate lady Aafia Siddiqui from prison

by Steven Emerson of I.P.T. News

Most Americans may not have heard of Aafia Siddiqui before Saturday, when
Malik Faisal Akram, an Islamist gunman entered Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, outside Dallas, and took the female rabbi and three congregants hostage. Thankfully, the standoff ended without any hostage being harmed.

But for many American Islamist groups, Siddiqui is a martyr, "another victim of the U.S. war of terror."  In rallies and seminars throughout the past year, groups including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Council for Social Justice demanded that Siddiqui be freed.

Ms. Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years in prison after her 2010 conviction for attempting to kill U.S. personnel in Afghanistan who were preparing to interrogate her. She was able to grab an M4 rifle and, according to her indictment, open fire. Her shots missed and she was wounded by return fire.

When she was arrested, she was carrying "documents that discussed the construction of weapons, referenced a 'mass casualty attack,' and listed a number of New York City landmarks," the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals noted in rejecting her appeal. Some of those documents were in her handwriting and had her fingerprints on them.

"The strength of the government's case was overwhelming," the court found.

After she was shot, she struggled with the Americans. A witness heard her say, "I am going to kill all you Americans. You are going to die by my blood." While recovering from her wound at Bagram Air Base, Siddiqui asked people guarding her about the penalty for attempted murder and "said that she had picked up a rifle with the intention of scaring the American team and escaping; and (4) noted that "spewing" bullets at Americans was a bad thing."

In addition, Siddiqui had a family connection to 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. She moved from the United States to Pakistan after the al-Qaida attacks, telling a psychologist who interviewed her that "Americans were intending to abduct Muslim children and were converting them to Christianity."

In Pakistan, she married K.S. Mohammed's nephew.

The court record and Siddiqui's family connections have gone unmentioned during the recent events advocating for her cause. So, too, has the way terrorist groups see her as a "superstar."

"On several occasions, both the Taliban and Islamic State have asked for either the release or extradition of Dr. Siddiqui in exchange for U.S. captives," Joe Kasper, deputy chief of staff to then-U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter told the Los Angeles Times in 2014. Kasper, the story said, had access "to communications with the militant networks."

ISIS, for example, made separate offers to free American hostages James Foley and Kayla Mueller in exchange for Siddiqui. The Taliban also reportedly offered prisoner swaps to free Siddiqui. Both hostages were murdered.

A third terrorist group, Jabhat al Nusra, trained an Ohio resident named Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud to plot a terrorist attack on the Texas penitentiary where Siddiqui is serving her sentence, George Washington University's Program on Extremism noted in a 2018 report. According to a prosecution sentencing memo, "Siddiqui's conviction and imprisonment at a federal facility in Texas was a rallying point for Al-Qa'ida and other terrorist groups," and Mohamud researched information about the prison. He planned "to execute 'something big' like travelling to Texas, where Dr. Siddiqui was being held, capturing three or four soldiers and killing them execution style."

At an October rally held in New York sponsored by more than a dozen groups, including the Aafia Foundation, CAIR, AMP, and the Muslim American Society, speakers claimed that her arrest and conviction were actually part of a war waged on Islam.

"Aafia is our Statue of Liberty. Aafia's hijab is our crown," said Yousef Baig, whose Facebook page indicates he used to work for CAIR's Houston office. "She is our sister. So why are we here today? We're here for Aafia. She carries our faith in heart, just like brother [Mauri] Saalakhan said, she is a hafiza [memorized the Quran]. She carries our faith within her, and our faith has been assaulted when Aafia was assaulted. Our religion, our book, our faith was desecrated when she was tortured. And our prophet is disappointed because we have not done enough for her."

The United States government denies Siddiqui was ever mistreated.

Muslim Americans need to stand up for Siddiqui, said former CAIR-Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly, who also painted a picture of recently deceased American political and military leaders "answering for their deeds" in the afterlife.

"Our sister Aafia Siddiqui's imprisonment is a test for us more than it is a test for her. Allah is testing us," Shibly said at the New York rally. "What are we doing to stand for our sister, for her family, for all those victims of the United States war of terror against the Muslim world. She is another victim of the U.S. war of terror. And the perpetrators will be held accountable, if not in this life, in the next. Rumsfeld, Bush senior, Powell, they are all answering for their deeds at this very moment. And they must answer for each and every Iraqi, Afghani, Pakistani, every person of color, every person throughout the world whose blood has been shed."

Siddiqui "embodies a political prisoner," antisemitic activist Linda Sarsour said during a November webinar sponsored by CAIR-Texas. "And I see her in the same realm that I see Imam Jamil and Leonard Peltier, and many other former black Panther party leaders and others who have been subjected to torture and subjected to solitary confinement and subjected to things that no human being should be subjected to in our incarceration system. I believe like you said, you know, no one was killed. To have an 86-year sentence when no one's life was taken is absolutely outrageous. And I'm sure that the general American public will say whatever you believe that Dr. Aafia did, the fact [is] that there are no dead bodies."

CAIR was quick to condemn the incident and claim that it stands with the Jewish community. But that solidarity is opportunistic.

CAIR lauds Siddiqui, but overlooks her antisemitic statements, including demanding that no Jews be allowed to serve on her jury.

CAIR double downed in defending its San Francisco chapter leader, Zahra Billoo, after she gave a speech in November urging an audience to "pay attention" to just about all facets of the American Jewish community. The "polite Zionists" are still their enemies, she said.

"They are not your friends," she said. "They will not be there for you when you need them. They will take your friendship and throw your Palestinian brothers and sisters under the bus."

No one in Congregation Beth Israel had anything to do with Siddiqui's case. It appears that the gunman chose to target Jews at a synagogue near her prison.

Steven Emerson is executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the author of eight books on national security and terrorism, the producer of two documentaries, and the author of hundreds of articles in national and international publications.

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