Heroic Senator Vows to Hold Defense Bill Hostage Unless Congress Ends Iraq & Afghan Wars

The Senate on Monday took up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), passing a motion in an 89-3 vote which allowed the legislation to proceed. That action essentially limits the procedural debate on the legislation and moves the NDAA to a full vote as early as Wednesday morning.

However, Paul made clear on his Twitter account that he had every intention of slowing down the passage of the NDAA – which sets forth the Pentagon’s budget and major programs for the next fiscal year beginning October 1 – until he was guaranteed a vote on amending the AUMF in Afghanistan in Iraq.

“I will object to all procedural motions and amendments unless and until my amendment is made in order and we vote on these wars,” Paul wrote.

He went on to note the length of time that the US military has been present in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“We have been there for 16 years. It is time for them to end. It is time for Congress to vote on whether or not they should end.”

Paul noted that the Senate was in a “quorum call,” unable to act because of his protest.

He vowed to continue the protest until Congress agreed to vote on whether or not to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Paul noted that his protest was for the soldiers, adding that “hypocrites” are happy to “pretend concern over our constitutional duty to declare war” but are happy to “block any vote on ending any of our 7 current wars.”

The senator said that he “sits nearly alone,” but he is happy to fight by himself if needed.

In addition to Paul, the NDAA cloture motion was opposed by Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden.

Paul took aim at both the “anti-war left” and the “conservative right” in his series of tweets.

“Where is the anti-war left demanding the wars end? Where is the constitional [sic] conservative right demanding Congress reclaim its war powers?” he wrote.

Although an increasing number of lawmakers have been calling on Congress to pass a new AUMF for Afghanistan, Paul has largely been alone in his mission to put a deadline on Congress for a vote.

Paul did appear to strike at least a partial deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) about an hour after initially issuing his threats to delay the NDAA passage, with McConnell guaranteeing Paul four hours on Tuesday to state his AUMF reasoning on the Senate floor, the Washington Post reported.

However, that wasn’t enough to get Paul to back down, with the senator later reiterating his plan to “continue to fight, and if necessary, object, to continue this debate, secure a vote, and force Congress to do its duty.”

The war in Afghanistan, which began in 2001 as a US response to the September 11 attacks, is the longest war in US history.

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Bozell & Graham Column: Truth Suffers in Defense of Antifa

For decades, liberal journalists have often tried to discredit conservative protest movements from the Tea Party to the pro-lifers by smearing them with violent extremists. So it’s fascinating to read liberal Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan warning on September 4 against tarring the anti-Trump “resistance” with an Antifa brush. The headline was “Quick to vilify Antifa, but slow to explain it.” 

Sullivan claimed all most people know about Antifa is what they’ve heard from President Trump, and what they guessed from video of “club-wielding protesters shown endlessly on TV,” leading viewers to think they’re the left-wing equivalent of neo-Nazis. “That’s not only untrue, but it has the effect of tarring everyone who protests Trump, as well as those who peacefully march for climate-change awareness, or rally against hate-mongering speakers.” 

Sullivan complained the term Antifa has been “quickly weaponized,” and quoted leftist writer Paul Blest claiming that Antifa’s level of violence is nearly nonexistent next to the extremist right. “To pretend that the alt-Right and Antifa are comparable is like equating the danger of playing Russian roulette with taking a walk.” 

Try asking someone beaten half to death by Antifa thugs if it felt like a walk in the park.

In Sullivan’s mind, the alt-Right has faced an easy road. She bizarrely claimed “a prettied-up celebrity status accrued to white-nationalist leader Richard Spencer, who was profiled everywhere with flattering photos and reasonable-sounding quotes.” Sullivan didn’t provide a single example of any media outlet, liberal or conservative, flattering Spencer with “prettied-up celebrity status”….because it didn’t happen.

ABC’s Spencer interviews were described on screen with words like “Hate Among Us” and “Confronting Hate.” He openly talked about an approaching race war, which is not very “reasonable-sounding.” Sullivan’s own Washington Post used headlines like “Richard Spencer’s vision: Apartheid in America” and “Six angry men and their long roads of hate.”

Sullivan also relayed questionable numbers from the Anti-Defamation League claiming “right-wing extremists” committed 74 percent of the “372 politically motivated murders recorded in the United States from 2007 to 2016,” while “left-wing extremists” committed only two percent.

Of course, most conservatives don’t consider the Hitler-adoring National Socialist extremists to be “right wing.” Worse yet, Sullivan was wrong to claim the ADL counted only “politically motivated” murders. Their 2016 “Murder and Extremism” report explicitly stated they counted all murders by the extremists they identified, including “non-ideological” murders in the midst of  “gang-related and traditional criminal activity.” 

To Sullivan’s chagrin, Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and the Washington Post editorial board  are coming around to the idea of properly vilifying Antifa as a violent fringe. “Mainstream news organizations and liberal politicians are quick to criticize Antifa – doing so vehemently has become a badge of honor  – but less quick to explain the group’s ideology, tactics, or goals.” 

Sullivan lamented that their theorist Mark Bray was “publicly slapped back by his university president.” She lectured reporters: “The best thing journalists can do is to relentlessly explain the beliefs, scope and scale of Antifa, and to resist conflating it with liberal groups.” Already, NBC’s Chuck Todd put Professor Bray on air twice to promote Antifa’s explicit endorsement of violence. NPR’s talk show 1A gave Bray an hour-long platform to explain it.

Sullivan and Todd look especially odd when the liberal media have protested so harshly against President Trump denouncing journalists for fake news. Antifa thugs have repeatedly turned violent on people filming them on the street, beating or threatening journalists and regular citizens alike who dare to capture them on tape. Why, then, must they not be “vilified”?

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/tim-graham/2017/09/06/bozell-graham-column-truth-suffers-defense-antifa

Defense Ministry rejects claims of war games threat to western neighbors

I would like to emphasize that apart from its anti-terrorist components, the Zapad-2017 (West-2017) exercise is of a purely defensive character,” Lieutenant-General Aleksandr Fomin told reporters on Tuesday.

For several months major mass media outlets around the world have been disturbing the public with myths about the Russian military threat. Politicians followed suit. They invent the most unbelievable ways for the events to develop, some even allege that Zapad-2017 could become a launchpad for a future attack with subsequent occupation of Lithuania, Poland or Ukraine. None of these paradoxical theories has anything to do with reality, as has been repeatedly stated by Russian and Belarusian officials,” Fomin  said.

He also noted that the location for the exercises, in Belarus and western Russian, was not significant for the scenario of the drills. “According to our estimates, the situation described in the scenario can develop in any part of the world,” he said.

Fomin told the press that both Russia and Belarus had duly warned OSCE member states about the plans to hold joint military exercises, and had invited international monitors to the event.

These are ordinary, pre-planned joint exercises, not some sort of aggression as they are presented by certain nations. I think all these discussions and fearmongering make little sense. Everything will be open and friendly, as usual,” he stated.

The Russian comments came soon after the US special representative to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, said that because of the Zapad-2017 drills Western nations must cooperate more on developing their own security system and be prepared for all possible scenarios.

The Belarusian Defense Ministry also reacted to the allegations that the drills pose a threat, calling the accusations “inadequate” and “incorrect.” It also emphasized that all Russian military units engaged in Zapad-2017 will leave Belarus by September 30. 

The Zapad-2017 international strategic military exercises will take place on September 14-20 in Belarus and three regions in the western part of Russia.

The respective militaries cite the main objective of the training as testing the operational compatibility of the two nations’ headquarters, as well as interaction between the newest systems of troop control and weapons. About 70 aircraft, 250 tanks, 200 cannon and rocket artillery systems, 10 ships and about 12,000 servicemen will participate, Fomin told reporters at a Tuesday press conference.

Also in mid-September, the United States is planning joint military exercises with Finland near the Baltic coast of Sweden, US media reported, quoting a representative of the National Security Council.

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Even bacteria use weapons of self-defense: Tiny daggers slice amoeba when they try to attack

Image: Even bacteria use weapons of self-defense: Tiny daggers slice amoeba when they try to attack

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We’d like to think that violence is never the answer, but what happens when you are cornered, staring death in the face, and have no choice but to act in self defense and fight back? We’d all like to claim we are against violence, but when push comes to shove, when there are real threats coming through our door, we will do whatever it takes to preserve our life and the lives of our family. (Related: Guns stop crime: California homeowner shoots and kills two robbers.)

Bacteria are no different. Some bacteria know how to defend themselves. Researchers at the University of Vienna have discovered a species of bacteria called Amoebopohilus which use self defense weapons to survive in hostile conditions inside amoebae. Scientists from ETH Zurich document the incredible act of survival.

Amoeba are predators; they use special pseudopodia to hunt bacteria. Once they grab hold, the amoebas absorb and digest the bacteria. When amoebas attempt to digest the Amoebopohilus bacteria, the bacteria fight back using special gun-like devices. These gun-like devices shoot micro daggers and damage the amoeba from within. The bacteria use self defense micro-daggers to pierce the inside of the amoeba to protect against absolute digestion.

Amoebopohilus’ self defense tactics allow their kind to thrive in the most hostile conditions. Now these bacteria  prefer to live inside amoebae. The bacterium’s self defense mechanism includes a spring-loaded sheath attached to an inner membrane. Locked and loaded, this sheath is ready to contract and shoot micro-daggers when the bacteria’s life is threatened.

João Medeiros, a doctoral student in Professor Martin Pilhofer’s group at ETH, explains the self defense mechanism: “The sheath is spring-loaded and the micro-dagger lies inside it. When the sheath contracts, the dagger is shot outwards extremely quickly through the bacterial membrane.”

The bacteria shoot the micro-daggers into the amoeba’s important digestive compartment, bursting it open. This allows it to escape and take up residence elsewhere inside the amoeba. The bacteria can then multiply inside, thriving in hostile conditions. The researchers believe that the micro-daggers are “impregnated with a kind of arrow poison” which destroys the amoeba membrane using enzymes. The bacteria’s genome contains the blueprints for those self defense enzymes.

The scientists determined the three dimensional structure of the daggers and their shooting mechanisms by freezing the amoebae and the absorbed bacteria to minus 180 degree Celsius. From there, they used an ion beam to chisel away the specimens. Finally, they isolated the molecular daggers and their shooting devices, producing a three dimensional electron tomogram. The final resolution shows fine details, including the base plate and anchor that holds the spring-loaded sheath. The scientists discovered that the micro-daggers were clustered in groups of up to 30 rounds. “You could call them multi-barrel guns,” Pilhofer said.

When their genome was compared to other species of bacteria, the scientists confirmed that at least nine other bacterial groups possess similar self defense mechanisms.

Even though we hope and pray for a world of non-violence, violence is all around us. Sometimes evil confronts us and we have no choice but to defend everything that is sacred to us. In the same way these bacteria are ready to protect themselves from vicious amoeba, we too must be vigilant and ready to defend our lives if need be. Self defense is a human right and this right is reflected throughout nature. Stay up-to-date with the latest ideas in self-defense at Preparedness.News.

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Dr. Duke Makes A Impassioned Defense of Free Speech & Andrew Anglin!

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Today Dr. Duke spoke at length about the importance of Freedom of Speech and the attack that it is under. He defended Andrew Anglin, the editor of the Daily Stormer. In an unprecedented move, Jewish supremacists have pressured internet domain name servers to refuse services to Mr. Anglin, with the result that the Daily Stormer can no longer be accessed through the dailystormer.com address. However, it can be accessed at https://dstormer6em3i4km.onion.link/, and we suggest everyone spread this permanent link around.

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2 injured in blast near govt buildings in Kiev during US Defense Secretary’s visit

An unknown device exploded at around 2pm local time on Grushevsky street, local police report. The street is Kiev’s central avenue, with the Ukrainian parliament building, the national bank of Ukraine, and other governmental structures located in the area.

A man and a woman were taken to the hospital following the explosion, police say.

Bomb disposal units have been dispatched to the scene. The secretary of Ukraine’s National Security Council and head of national police have also arrived, local media report.

Ukraine marked its independence day with a military parade, which ended shortly before the explosion.

US Defense Secretary Mattis is currently visiting Kiev. Earlier in the day, he made a statement announcing that US is considering supplying lethal arms to Ukraine. The Pentagon chief also said that Washington recently decided to supply Ukraine with more than $175 million worth of equipment.

As of now, investigators are regarding the incident as disorderly conduct, a representative of Ukraine’s security service, Elena Gitlyanskaya, told Interfax-Ukraine.

According to one of the eyewitnesses, vehicles with diplomatic car plates were attacked.

A firecracker was thrown at cars of an Azerbaijani embassy. It missed and hit two passers-by, a woman and a young man,” Vitaly Gruzinov wrote on Facebook.

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‘A clear no’: Germany’s Social Dems slam Trump’s 2% NATO defense spending calls

“We say a clear no to the ‘2 percent target’ of Trump and the CDU/CSU [Merkel’s Christian Democrats and their Bavarian branch]. It’s not only unrealistic, it is simply the wrong goal,” SPD leaders Martin Schulz – a candidate for chancellor in the upcoming elections – and Thomas Oppermann wrote in an essay for the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain.

The pair also criticized any potential move in this direction, as Berlin would have to almost double its current defense spending to keep up with NATO requirements. At the moment, Germany spends around €37 billion (US$43.6 billion) on defense, or 1.2 percent of its budget.

The consequences could be more threatening than anybody knows, Schulz and Oppermann said. The pair wrote that if defense spending were doubled, Germany would become the largest military power in Europe, which they are sure “nobody would want – just because of our past. It makes no sense for the future either.”

What the SPD leaders offer instead is a strong European defense union.

“Already from an economic point of view, it makes a lot of sense [to conduct] closer joint work between the EU countries: 27 armies with 27 procurement procedures are currently buying the same weapons systems in Europe. While the US manages 30 various weapon systems, the EU member countries have 178 different weapon systems for their 27 armies!”

The text also cited another perceived downside of the NATO plan. According to estimates mentioned by Schulz and Oppermann, “the lack of cooperation between the [EU] member states [already] leads to annual costs ranging between €25 billion and €100 billion. We should invest these resources in research and technology rather than in the maintenance of national parallel structures,” the essay stated. The ultimate goal would hence be a “joint European army,” the statement added.

The politicians criticized Merkel and the CDU/CSU for “making themselves small vis-à-vis Donald Trump when they answer his provocations around the 2 percent target by saying, ‘Okay, fine, we’ll put in more money,’ as if we didn’t have any better ideas what to do.”

German Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) has already commented on the essay, condemning the SPD criticism as “lies” if Schulz and Oppermann “believe that security in Europe is cheaper than under the protective roof of NATO,” the minister told the Funke Mediengruppe, going on to brand the socialists’ election campaign as “totally messed up.”

The latest tensions in the German government show a wedge between the coalition parties, namely Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU party and the socialist SPD.

It comes ahead of the September 24 elections, which Merkel’s party is projected to win with up to 40 percent of popular support, Reuters reported.

Germany has come under fire from Trump, who tweeted back in May about the “massive trade deficit” that the US has with the country, and also blasted Berlin for “paying far less than they should” for NATO and military issues.

Back in March, Merkel pledged to do her best to reach by 2024 what Trump calls a “fair share” in NATO spending. Other German officials weren’t as enthusiastic, though, with Defense Minister von der Leyen calling for a so-called “activity index” measuring each NATO country’s involvement in foreign missions. Her logic was that those doing more for NATO abroad should be paying less. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel stated in March that he was “concerned that politicians make public promises that they can’t fulfill later on.”

In June, the bloc’s head, Jens Stoltenberg, declared that the European NATO allies and Canada will spend around $12 billion more on combined defense spending, and that this will be the third consecutive year of stepping up the defense budget.

Stoltenberg said that he welcomes the “strong focus of Trump on spending and defense burden-sharing,” noting, however, that the move benefits all states involved, and isn’t aimed at pleasing Washington.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker seemed to disagree with the NATO chief, though, stating as early as in February that Europe mustn’t be provoked by the US to increase its military spending, which “has been the American message for many, many years.”

“I am very much against letting ourselves be pushed into this,” the official said.

In June, Juncker said that the time is over for “outsourcing” the protection of Europe. The region doesn’t have “to look much further than our doorstep to see that war is not a thing of the past,” the official stated.

Only five out of 28 NATO nations now meet the 2 percent of GDP spending mark — the US, the UK, Estonia, Greece and Poland – with Washington spending about 2.5 times more than the rest of the allies combined.

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National Defense Forces Clean 1 Sq. Km from ISIS in Der Ezzor

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NDF and SAA Clean 1 Sq Km in Cemetery Area Der Ezzor

Syrian National Defense Forces in a tense military operation managed to liberate 1 square kilometers in the Cemeteries Area between Der Ezzor City and the Military Airport.

The volunteer forces mainly from the young men and women in Der Ezzor province and around with the help of the Engineering officers and personnel in the Syrian Arab Army took over the area after a lengthy and heavy battle with the world’s filthiest filth ISIS.

The military operation started on 27th of July and lasted for 72 continuous hours was to commemorate the Syrian Arab Army Day on 1st of August, the NDF spokesperson said.

Digging trenches and fortifying positions in the 1st phase of the operation night and day while sustaining the terrorist group’s attacks, the heroes set their new perimeters only 500 meters away from the military airport.

There are about 120,000 civilians living in the city of Der Ezzor which is besieged by ISIS terrorists who came from Iraq under the very eyes and support of the US Air Forces without even trying to stop them, bomb them or inform the Syrian or Russians about them, on the contrary, the United States Air Force acted as ISIS Air Force and bombed the Syrian Arab Army post on the strategic al-Thardah Mountain that was protecting the who area and slaughtered in a continuous 50 minutes bombing 84 SAA soldiers.

The US bombing of the SAA post in September 2016 was instantly followed by a large group of ISIS terrorists storming the same post and taking control of it. In case anybody still doubts how the ISIS became so strong in both Syria and Iraq.

US regime of Donald Trump continuing the Obama regime plans wants to cut off the rich in oil and land for agriculture northeast of Syria and gift it to a new state they’re working on to grow current Iraqi Kurdistan, and in the south there are other plans: US Invades Syria to Establish Buffer Zones.

Source Article from http://www.syrianews.cc/ndf-clean-1-sq-km-isis-der-ezzor/

‘Daytime Divas’ Lectures: Guns 'Almost Never Used in Self-Defense'

Heather: I bring the gun every day, ladies, and it’s fine.

Mo: Hell, no, Annie Oakley. What the hell are you doing with a gun?

Kibby: Yeah, Heather! Are you freakin’ insane? Guns are scary.

Maxine: There is no reason for anyone to bring a weapon to work.

Nina: I agree. I was the one who was threatened.

Heather: With a selfie stick.

Nina: The point being I would never bring a gun to work.

Heather: Hey, ladies, while I respect your very liberal and left-minded opinions about this matter may I remind you that I am well within my rights to carry a firearm? Besides…

Maxine: And it’s pink.

Heather: I don’t see what the big fuss is. I carry my gun safe and sound in my purse… Inside of my drawer… …Which I lock. No big deal.

Mo: No big deal, my ass. Heather, a gun is not costume jewelry. Do you know how many black people die from guns?

Heather: Ladies, I am protected by the Second Amendment which gives me the right to bear arms–

Mo: Every man is—

Maxine: Ladies, enough! This is not the time nor place to have this discussion. We will continue a civilized discussion where it belongs.

Heather: The law is very clear, as a citizen of New York and a lawful holder of a concealed weapons permit I’m allowed to carry my gun wherever I want as long as there are no signs prohibiting it. Look around, ladies, there are no signs.

Maxine: No one thought we needed a no-gun sign plastered on the set of a daytime talk show for women.

Mo: She has a point.

Heather: Fancy makes people safe.

Nina: What?

Kibby: Fancy?

Heather: Fancy’s what I have named my gun.

Kibby: But it’s a gun, not a Pomeranian. My aunt had a Pomeranian named Fancy. Cute, but annoying. Didn’t know how to feel when they put her down.

Nina: Heather, the argument that you and your NRA friends make that guns deter violence is absolutely ridiculous. Guns are almost never used in self-defense. And when they are, they always result in a more dire outcome.

Mo: No, I don’t, I don’t know. Nina, look. I actually think people have the right to strap up.

Heather: Thank you, Mo.

Mo: But not your crazy ass. You think I trust you with a weapon? You can barely use a can opener without hurting yourself, Heather. Come on, stop it.

Maxine: You know, let’s check in with our social media to see what they say about this topic.

Heather: Ooh. Please, take your fantasies somewhere else, creepers. Yeah, I’m a responsible gun owner and I carry it everywhere I go.

Kibby: Keep that in mind next time you try to cut in front of her at communion.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/karen-townsend/2017/08/01/daytime-divas-guns-never-self-defense-always-dire

UK to send warship to South China Sea amid maritime dispute – defense sec

“We hope to send a warship to [the] region next year. We have not finalized exactly where that deployment will take place, but we won’t be constrained by China from sailing through the South China Sea,“ Fallon told Reuters during a trip to Australia.

“We have the right of freedom of navigation and we will exercise it.”

Beijing claims sovereignty over a large part of the South China Sea, a region crucial for its maritime trade and potentially rich in resources, citing its historic control over several islands. Other nations and authorities in the region, including Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, also have claims.

READ MORE: Armed Chinese jets drive off US spy plane over Yellow Sea

China has been boosting its ability to project power in South China Sea by modernizing its air force and navy and building infrastructure on artificial islands. The US, which has no claims in the dispute, insists that the sea should remain neutral territory and has been sending warships and military aircraft through waters that China claims. Some US allies have been contributing to the effort, including the UK.

“We flew RAF Typhoons through the South China Sea last October and we will exercise that right whenever we next have the opportunity to do so, whenever we have ships or planes in the region,” Fallon said.

The UK minister and his fellow cabinet member, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, are visiting Australia to meet their counterparts, Julie Bishop and Marise Payne. Such annual ministerial meetings, known as AUKMIN, have been happening for a decade.

The visit, which is focused on coordinating policies and discussing international issues, also gives the British defense chief a chance to promote the merits of BAE System’s Type 26 frigate, which is one of three designs bidding for a nine-ship contract from the Australian Navy.

“I know it’s a competitive process but in terms of the suitability for the task of protecting against submarines, this is the most advanced ship in the world,” the visiting official said, as cited by AFR.

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