Due Diligence

A beautiful young woman was about to undergo a minor operation. She was lying on a hospital trolley bed with nothing on, though she was covered with a sheet.

The nurse pushed her trolley down the corridor towards the operating theatre, where she left the woman on the trolley outside, while she went in to check whether everything was ready.

A young man wearing a white coat approached her, lifted the sheet up and started examining her naked body.

He put the sheet back and then walked away and talked to another man in a white coat.

A second man came over, lifted the sheet and performed the same examinations.

When a third man did the same thing, yet even more carefully, she began to grow impatient and blurted out:

“All these examinations are fine and appreciated, but when are you going to start the operation?”

The man in the white coat shrugged his shoulders: “I have no idea ma’am, we’re just here to paint the corridor.”

Turkey’s Unjust Justice System: Armenian MP Under Attack


Turkish prosecutors have filed a motion to strip an Armenian lawmaker of his parliamentary immunity over his outspoken criticism of the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Invoking Article 301 of the Turkish penal code — which states that “insulting the Republic of Turkey, the Turkish nation or Turkish government institutions” is punishable by a prison sentence — the prosecutor’s office of Diyarbakir began proceedings against Garo Paylan, who was elected in 2015 to Turkey’s Grand National Assembly as a member of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

Since that time, Paylan has been targeted by Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Last March, for example, Paylan and fellow HDP members were physically attacked by a group of AKP lawmakers for speaking out against Turkey’s “ethnic cleansing” of the Kurds in Afrin, Syria. The following day, Paylan tweeted:

“Last night at the parliament, the AKP members tried to lynch us. They show their barbarism everywhere. We will continue to resist the fascists and we will win.”

In May 2017, Erdogan watched as 12 of his guards beat up protestors in Washington, DC. Last July, all but seven indictments against the guards had quietly been dropped.

via Turkey’s Unjust Justice System: Armenian MP Under Attack

‘You Could See the Hatred’: Eyewitness Alleges Shocking Verbal Assault on Orthodox Jewish Family by Spirit Airlines Flight Attendant


An Orthodox Jew who traveled with his wife and small children on Tuesday on board a Spirit Airlines flight from Newark to Fort Lauderdale was allegedly described as “that retarded Jew” by a member of the cabin crew, following an argument over whether a seat for his one-month-old baby was permitted on board the aircraft.

A fellow passenger on the early-morning flight told The Algemeiner on Thursday that he had overheard the flight attendant complaining about the family to a colleague, angrily referring to the father as “that retarded Jew” during the course of his rant.

The alleged antisemitic barb came at the height of a nightmare journey for the family that culminated in them being forcibly escorted off the plane by two armed police officers and two Spirit Airlines representatives upon landing in Florida.

Their experience was made public on Thursday morning by former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represented the Brooklyn district where the family lives for 35 years before retiring last month.

via ‘You Could See the Hatred’: Eyewitness Alleges Shocking Verbal Assault on Orthodox Jewish Family by Spirit Airlines Flight Attendant

Sweden: Muslim cleric intimidates and threatens journalist during mosque investigation


A Swedish journalist investigating the activities of a questionable mosque, which is said to be influential at a local school in the city of Gävle, was intimidated and threatened by an imam.

This is part of a larger problem. “For the last several years Sweden has seen an increasing problem with Islamic radicalisation, with researcher Peder Hyllengren of the Swedish Defence College claiming last year that the country had become an international hub for extremists.”

This didn’t happen overnight. The jihad in Sweden has been advancing while “fake news” outlets tried to minimize it, going so far as to deny that no-go zones even exist, and ignoring the fact that police had virtually lost control of those areas. 80 percent of police in Sweden also have expressed a desire to quit their jobs over the dangers posed by Muslim migrants. The Islamization of Sweden has been so rapid that during the Swedish national election last year, a Muslim member of the Social Democrat Party felt free to state that Islamic law was superior to Swedish law and took precedence over it.

Sweden is lost unless its reasonable citizens stand up to Islamic intimidation and the social justice warriors who encourage that intimidation, or turn a blind eye to it.

via Sweden: Muslim cleric intimidates and threatens journalist during mosque investigation

Surprise! Another Church Group Fund Has Proscribed Pro-Israel Stocks


Two weeks ago, The Algemeiner published an article I wrote highlighting the hypocrisy of the United Church of Christ (UCC).

In 2015, the denomination’s General Synod passed a resolution calling on church entities to divest themselves from companies that profit from the Israeli presence in the West Bank. As it turned out, the denomination’s pension fund, called the Pension Boards, still owns proscribed stocks named in the 2015 resolution.

It didn’t get much attention at the time, but that resolution passed by the UCC’s General Synod had two huge loopholes in it that were lost in the congratulatory fanfare about the resolution’s passage. First, it still allowed for UCC entities to own proscribed stocks, as long as they were lumped together with other securities (“comingled”) as part of an index or mutual fund. Given that a lot of Church investments are in mutual funds, that’s a pretty big loophole.

Second, and even more importantly, pension fund managers have a fiduciary responsibility to manage their funds based on risk and return — and nothing else. This is a legal obligation enshrined in federal law, and trumps any resolution affirmed by the attention-seeking, virtue-signaling junkies that attend the UCC’s General Synod.

via Surprise! Another Church Group Fund Has Proscribed Pro-Israel Stocks

The lethal error in appeasing Iran


When the Obama-brokered Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2015, one of the many spurious reasons offered for that agreement was that it would help the supposedly moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani draw the sting of the Islamic regime’s extremism.

Now Rouhani is no longer bothering to conceal his real side. Addressing the annual Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran last weekend, Rouhani called Israel a “cancerous tumor” that was formed as a result of World War II.

Descending to full-blown Jewish-conspiracy theory, he said: “They deployed a power in the region that completely obeys the west in regional matters … they formed the fake Israeli regime and killed and displaced the historical nation of Palestine.”

Meanwhile Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, urged conference participants to “strengthen the Islamic awakening and resistance movement in the region as much as they can, because the only way for the salvation of the region is to spread this spirit and thinking.”

Yet despite this deranged, genocidal call to arms, European governments are still trying to circumvent U.S. policy against Iran in an attempt to keep the nuclear deal alive.

via The lethal error in appeasing Iran