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Maxine Waters: We Wish Trump Would 'Keep His Mouth Shut' About California

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 18:09
Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) responded to President Donald Trump’s tweet about California’s wildfires. Waters said, “The president of the United States attempts to talk about things that he has no knowledge of.  He doesn’t even understand what goes into fighting a fire, and for him to come out talking about poor management is just another indication that the president is not willing to learn anything. He does not really care about others, and he’s on the attack all of the time. If you listen to the president, he starts out attacking, and so we wish he would keep his mouth shut. California does not need him to be talking about things that he does not know.” She added, “We need him to bring people together, to be concerned about the safety of our families. So, again, it’s just another Trump who is again reaching in, talking about things that he doesn’t understand, and we need him to just stay away from us.” There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of

Guardian: White Women Who Vote Republican Embrace ‘Racist Sadism’

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:48
Trump supporters are not only deplorable, they also exhibit a “peevish, racist cruelty,” declares the Guardian newspaper Friday, which makes white women who vote Republican especially guilty.

Pinkerton: Learning the Right Lesson of World War I on Its 100th Anniversary

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:35
The standard view of World War I is that it is a testament to the futility of war. But maybe the better lesson to learn on the 100th anniversary of WWI's end is that if war comes, it is better to win than to lose.

Mexico Captures Drug Trafficker from DEA’s Most Wanted List

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:32
Mexican authorities arrested a top ranking Sinaloa Cartel operator responsible for coordinating the flow of cocaine and cash to the U.S. from Colombia and Mexico. The drug lord had armed bodyguards with Mexican police credentials at the time of his arrest.

Nadler: We Will Investigate If White House Interfered in FBI’s Kavanaugh Probe

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:28
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” potential incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said his committee would investigate whether the White House interfered in the extended FBI background investigation into Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh. Partial transcript as follows: STEPHANOPOULOS: Last time you were on the program before the elections, you talked about the possibilities of investigating Justice Kavanaugh. Is that still on the table? NADLER: Well it’s not a question of investigating Justice Kavanaugh, we do have a responsibility I believe to investigate the – the process by which the FBI was stifled in its investigation by the White House. When the FBI was asked to investigate, there was not a complete investigation, for the reasons I state then. A lot of witnesses who should’ve been – who volunteered to come forward weren’t – weren’t interviewed and so forth. But we have to look into that with a view toward making sure that future FBI investigations are not subject to the same kind of White House interference and can be relied upon. That’s the – the part that we – I think we have to look at, not with a view toward

Cruz: 'Under No Circumstances' Should We Let Migrant Caravan into America

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:27
Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said “under no circumstances” should the so-called migrant caravan be allowed to cross into the United States. Partial transcript as follows: BRENNAN: You were very critical of the Obama administration for taking action via executive fiat as you said, you called it dangerous. This week President Trump on immigration has issued orders bypassing Congress to restrict how migrants crossing the border illegally can claim asylum. Are you OK with that now? CRUZ: Well I’m still studying this specific immigration order, but I’ll tell you look, here’s my view on executive orders– BRENNAN: But bypassing Congress?– CRUZ: Well let- let me explain my view on- on executive orders whether from Trump or Obama, George W. Bush or anybody else, which is there is a legitimate role for an executive order, and that is governing how the Executive Branch operates. How under Article II of the Constitution the president of the Executive Branch is charged with- with taking- taking due care that the laws are faithfully executed. And an executive order is perfectly appropriate to direct the Executive Branch. This is the manner in which we shall execute the law. What Obama

Trump Pays Tribute to 'Great Warriors' Who Fell in First Word War at Rain-lashed Armistice Centenary

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:15
(AFP) -- President Donald Trump paid tribute to the "great warriors" who died in World War I as he visited a U.S. cemetery in France, a day after drawing fire for cancelling a similar trip due to bad weather.

Study: Post-9/11 War on Terror Has Killed Half a Million, Including 7,000 U.S. Troops

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:12
The more than 17-year-old war on terror that started in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. homeland has killed between 479,858 and 507,236 people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, including at least 6,951 American troops, according to a study by Brown University’s Costs of War Project.

Cummings: We Will 'Definitely' Investigate Trump's Probable Violations of the Emoluments Clause

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 16:54
Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” potential future chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said his committee would investigate President Donald Trump for any Emoluments Clause violations. Cummings said, “We definitely what to look at the Emoluments Clause possible violations. I think there are probably many of them.” He added, “We want to look at things like the FBI building fiasco where the president injected himself in the debate as to where he thinks it should be located, we think to his benefit. We got to figure out is he acting on behalf of the American people in a lot of his decisions or is he acting on his own behalf?” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Pelosi: Trump Is Attempting 'Obstruction, Suppression of the Vote'

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 16:51
Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said by commenting on the Florida recount of the Senate and gubernatorial races, President Donald Trump was attempting “obstruction” and “suppression of the vote.” Partial transcript as follows: BRENNAN: The president has been saying that there’s election fraud in Florida. What do you think is happening in Broward County? Is this election fraud and is there a role that Congress needs to play in upgrading election infrastructure? PELOSI: Yes to the second part. Let’s go to the first part first. My experience with the president is any time charges somebody with something he’s just projecting what he might have done himself. We’re not — BRENNAN: Election fraud? PELOSI: Well obstruction, suppression of the vote. Those kinds of issues I think are wrong and not in honor of our sacred right to vote. Not there’s no election fraud. What there is, is an honest count of the votes. Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Adam Schiff: Trump Does Not Understand His Job --- He Only Cares About Americans Who Voted for Him

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 16:47
Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) responded to President Donald Trump’s tweet about California’s wildfires. Schiff said, “There are a lot of root causes about why the fire season has become so much worse over the years but for the president at a time when people are facing utter disaster to be making a statement like this making a threat like this, this just how little he understands the job he has — that he would be punitive at a time like this rather than coming to the defense of people facing the worst disasters their lives. He’s out making these broad and false statements and threatening to remove funding from a state that is devastated right now.” He added, “This is a president more than any other is punitive. I think in the tax cut by away state and local tax deductions. That was aimed at the blue states. He is only the president, I think in his view of those in his who voted for him. The rest he could care less.” There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of

Bond Between America and Poland 'Stronger Than Ever' Thanks to Trump, Say Ambassadors

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 16:45
The Polish ambassador to the U.S. and the U.S. ambassador to Poland have penned a joint article hailing the excellent ties which have developed under President Donald Trump, as the Central European country marks 100 years of independence.

Abbas: We Will Thwart Trump's Peace Plan, Continue Pay-for-Slay

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 16:24
TEL AVIV - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his vow Saturday to thwart President Donald Trump's upcoming peace proposal and pledged to continue paying convicted terrorists and their families.

Hezbollah Chief: Israel Cannot Handle Our Missiles

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 16:22
TEL AVIV - Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday warned that the IDF will not be able to withstand the number of missiles the terror group has in its possession. He also told the Palestinians not to make a deal with Israel.

WWI Museum Commemorates the Human Cost on 100th Anniversary: ‘7,200 Deaths a Day, 300 an Hour, 5 a Minute’

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 16:11
Dr. Matt Naylor, president of the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, joined Friday's edition of SiriusXM's Breitbart News Tonight to discuss this year's centennial commemoration of WWI's armistice. Sunday will mark 100 years since WWI's conclusion.

On Veteran’s Day, Remember: War Is the Second Worst Thing in the World

The Stream - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 16:00

This week I will do what I've done every year since I moved to Dallas. I'll stand on Main Street and watch the bittersweet march of veterans young and old. I'll bring along some tissues, since I know that I'll end up blubbering -- probably when the survivors of World War II start to pass me by. That's the war my father served in, toward its end. My uncle got wounded at Normandy, and in the hospital caught the TB that would kill him.

I'll never forget when my dad dropped me off for the first time at Yale. I hadn't even visited the place, and now I was thoroughly nervous about living there in those Gothic dorms. For petty, silly reasons. I imagined that I'd look foolish to the "rich kids" whom I'd room with. I only had $50 a month in spending money. My clothes were garish and shabby by "preppy" standards. As I nattered on about all this, Dad wiped the sweat from his brow. (A burly letter carrier, he'd been schlepping all my stuff.) Here's what he said: "When I was your age, I was sitting on a troop ship, puking through North Atlantic storms, on the way to serve in Germany."

That put things in perspective. I recalled old stories of how he'd served under General Patton. Guarded coal dumps from freezing Germans with a rifle that had no bullets. (It was only meant to scare them.) Stood outside a concentration camp, while Patton marched the folk of the town to face what their Fuhrer'd been up to.

The First World War About Nothing

So as I watch the survivors of his war, our Gulf Wars, the Korean War, and our war without end in Afghanistan, I will remember my father, and pray for his soul's repose. There won't be any survivors around to march, but I'll also recall the men who died in the First World War. It was to mark the end of that cursed war that we started Veteran's Day -- originally as Armistice Day, since that war stopped on November (11) 11th, at 11 o'clock in the morning.

Millions of men died miserably, in rat-infested trenches, of bullet and bomb and human insecticide (poison gas). Countless others lost their faith in God, in country, or even in moral codes. Too many had seen these noble things perverted and prostituted, for the sake of rousing more men to march off and pointlessly die. And all of it was for ... nothing. In a war about nothing, a snuff version of “Seinfeld.”

In that war, both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien watched their friends get butchered around them. The devout poet Charles Peguy was mowed down in his prime, and his future poems died with him. Millions more men died miserably, in rat-infested trenches, of bullet and bomb and human insecticide (poison gas).

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Countless others lost their faith in God, in country, or even in moral codes. Too many had seen these noble things perverted and prostituted, for the sake of rousing more men to march off and pointlessly die. And all of it was for ... nothing. In a war about nothing, a snuff version of Seinfeld.

There were no great moral principles at stake in the First World War. France was not meaningfully "freer" than Germany. Russia was less free than either Germany or its allies. Britain was still a harsh colonial master not just of India but of Ireland. "Little Belgium," which suffered invasion, still brutally plundered Congo, where 10 million Africans died to satisfy the Belgian hunger for rubber. No, there were no "good guys" or "bad guys" in that war. It was a bar fight done in the dark, pointless and savage, fought to the last man standing, which suddenly … ended.

Nor were vital national interests really at stake. If you read about the bureaucrats and diplomats who blundered into that war, the one thing you'll take away is this: Most of them were serving their own personal ambitions. They advanced themselves by serving the pro-war parties in their countries, and their countrymen paid the price.

Not just in combat deaths that claimed more than 10 million, or the war-sparked influenza plague that claimed even more in 1919. But in the destruction of centuries-old, non-ideological regimes in Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Germany -- all of them soon ruled by one kind of crazed extremist or another. War is a great radicalizer, the destroyer of traditions.

War’s Poisons in Peacetime

Even in America, which didn't see combat on its soil, the war spread its poison. Woodrow Wilson, who lied his way into office promising peace, then plunged us into combat partly by fraud, used the fight as a pretext to massively grow the government. He imprisoned peaceful war protesters, and regimented the economy. The Social Gospel puritans who'd led the march to war used the peace to impose Prohibition on millions of unwilling Americans. That gave us, of course, the gift which keeps on giving: the beginning of organized crime. The war turned Britain's elites (those it didn't leaves as corpses) into cynical hedonists, or utopian Marxist dupes. Fierce combat and sudden, "mysterious" defeat left thousands of Germans vindictive militarists, addicted to violence. A grinding war led by bumbling fools transformed millions of Orthodox Russian soldiers into Bolshevik sympathizers. They couldn't image anything worse than the regime which had squandered their lives. So they let into power a pack of extremists who would butcher or starve tens of millions more.

World War I should remind conservatives and Christians of our right attitude toward war. It's the second worst thing in the world. It ought to be our very last resort in resolving conflicts. While we spurn the servile stance of absolute pacifism we must also flee the temptations of eager militarism.

Making Atheists

War's most obvious cost? Shattered lives, bombed-out cathedrals, and incinerated civilians. But its moral cost can be just as high. The devil can corrupt our love of country into savage, mindless hatred. As Adam Hochschild reports of World War I:

Ferocity about the war could be heard everywhere. ‘Kill Germans! Kill them!’ raged one clergyman in a 1915 sermon. ‘... Not for the sake of killing, but to save the world. … Kill the good as well as the bad. … Kill the young men as well as the old. … Kill those who have shown kindness to our wounded as well as those fiends who crucified the Canadian sergeant [a story then circulating]. … I look upon it as a war for purity. I look upon everybody who dies in it as a martyr.’ The speaker was Arthur Winnington-Ingram, the Anglican bishop of London.

How many atheists got created, eventually, by sermons like that? How many souls lost forever?

Operation Iraqi Chaos

Think back, if you can stand it, to the build up to our invasion of Iraq in 2003. Remember all the promises we made of "liberation." Of building a democracy, whose oil reserves would pay us back for the war itself. Of ending "tyranny" and "extremism" all throughout the region.

The best way to honor our veterans? Keep the peace they fought for.

Our brave men and women's sacrifices couldn't accomplish any of that. Nor did the trillion or so taxpayer dollars we spent on the conflict. We did succeed in unleashing ancient hatreds, however. We left a million Christians unprotected, and now three-fourths of them are living as refugees. These people were Christian when our ancestors were mostly still worshiping trees. Now most of their churches are ruins. Thousands of their wives and daughters suffered rape or enslavement by ISIS. (That movement emerged from the war.) And thousands of our soldiers still suffer from PTSD or lifelong injuries. And why?

Because we let ourselves get whipped up heedlessly to war. The best way to honor our veterans? Keep the peace they fought for, as carefully and prudently as we guard our own homes and families. Saying that won't lead to pacifism. You know what does? Reckless or selfish leaders who tempt their nations into brutal and pointless wars.

 

Read more on the Christian tradition of just war in The Race to Save Our Century, by Jason Jones and John Zmirak.

Conway on Video of Acosta-Aide Interaction: 'That’s Not Altered, That’s Sped Up'

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 15:38
On this weekend’s broadcast of on “Fox News Sunday,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said a video press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted of the interaction between CNN’s Jim Acosta and an administration intern was not altered. Conway said, “Do you mean by edited or, as others are saying, ‘doctored’ video? He either put his hands on her and grabbed the mic or he did not, and he clearly did.” She continued, “Well that’s not altered. That’s sped up. They do it all the time in sports to see if there’s actually a first down or a touchdown. So I have to disagree with them, I think, overwrought description of this video as being doctored as if we put somebody else’s arm in there.” She added, “He should have apologized to that young aide. As a woman who’s had people put their hands on me, thinking they have a right to get in my personal space. I don’t like him pulling that mike back and doing on her arm. It looked like a karate chop almost.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

‘World First’ – Scottish Schools to Have ‘LGBT Equality’ Embedded in Curriculum

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 14:54
The Scottish education system is to become the first in the world where primary and secondary schools are required in the curriculum to promote LGBT identity and lifestyles.

California Republicans Face More Potential Losses as Late Ballots Erase Leads

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 14:39
Several California Republicans who appeared to have held onto their congressional seats on Election Day saw their leads narrowed -- or reversed -- as late ballots continued to be counted, almost uniformly helping Democrats.

World Leaders Gather in Paris a Century After World War I Armistice

The Stream - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 14:20

PARIS (AP) -- World leaders with the power to make war but a duty to preserve peace solemnly marked the end of World War I’s slaughter 100 years ago at commemorations Sunday that drove home the message “never again” but also exposed the globe’s new political fault lines.

As Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin and dozens of other heads of state and government listened in silence, French President Emmanuel Macron used the occasion, as its host, to sound a powerful and sobering warning about the fragility of peace and the dangers of nationalism and of nations that put themselves first, above the collective good.

“The old demons are rising again, ready to complete their task of chaos and of death,” Macron said.

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” he said. “In saying ‘Our interests first, whatever happens to the others,’ you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: Its moral values.”

Trump, ostensibly the main target of Macron’s message, sat stony-faced. The American president has proudly declared himself a nationalist.

As well as spelling out the horrific costs of conflict to those with arsenals capable of waging a World War III, the ceremony also served up a joyful reminder of the intense sweetness of peace, when high school students read from letters that soldiers and civilians wrote 100 years ago when guns finally fell silent on the Western Front.

Brought alive again by people too young to have known global war themselves, the ghostly voices seemed collectively to say: Please, do not make our mistakes.

“I only hope the soldiers who died for this cause are looking down upon the world today,” American soldier Capt. Charles S. Normington wrote on Nov. 11, 1918, in one of the letters. “The whole world owes this moment of real joy to the heroes who are not here to help enjoy it.”

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The Paris weather -- gray and damp -- seemed aptly fitting when remembering a war fought in mud and relentless horror.

The commemorations started late, overshooting the centenary of the exact moment when, 100 years earlier at 11 a.m., an eerie silence replaced the thunder of war on the front lines. Macron recalled that 1 billion shells fell on France alone from 1914-1918.

As bells marking the armistice hour started ringing out across Paris and in many nations hit by the four years of slaughter, Macron and other leaders were still on their way to the centennial site at the Arc de Triomphe.

Under a sea of black umbrellas, a line of leaders led by Macron and his wife, Brigitte, marched in a stony silence on the cobbles of the Champs-Elysees, after dismounting from their buses.

Trump arrived separately, in a motorcade that drove past two topless protesters with anti-war slogans on their chests who somehow got through the rows of security and were quickly bundled away by police. The Femen group claimed responsibility.

Last to arrive was the Russian president, Putin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was positioned in pride of place between Trump and Macron, a powerful symbol of victors and vanquished now standing together, shoulder to shoulder. Overhead, fighter jets ripped through the sky, trailing red, white and blue smoke in homage to the French flag.

The geographical spread of the more than 60 heads of state and government in attendance showed how the “war to end all wars” left few corners of the earth untouched but which, little more than two decades later, was followed so quickly and catastrophically by the even deadlier World War II.

On the other side of the globe, Australia and New Zealand held ceremonies to recall how the war killed and wounded soldiers and civilians in unprecedented numbers and in gruesome new, mechanized ways.

Those countries lost tens of thousands of soldiers far away in Europe and, most memorably in the brutal 1915 battle of Gallipoli, in Turkey. In central London, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, clad in black, watched from a balcony as her son Prince Charles laid a wreath on her behalf at the foot of the Cenotaph, a memorial honoring fallen servicemen and women.

In Paris, the jewel that Germany sought to capture in 1914 but which the Allies fought successfully to defend, the armistice commemorations were being followed by the afternoon opening of a peace forum pushed by Macron.

Trump will be the most notable absentee at the forum, where Macron’s defense of multilateralism will take center stage. Trump lives by an “America First” credo, and plans to visit the American cemetery at Suresnes on the outskirts of Paris before heading home.

On Saturday, he was criticized for canceling a visit to the Belleau Wood battleground northeast of Paris because of rain.

In the four years of fighting, remembered for brutal trench warfare and the first use of gas, France, the British empire, Russia and the U.S. had the main armies opposing a German-led coalition that also included the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires. Almost 10 million soldiers died, sometimes tens of thousands on a single day.

The U.S. came late to the war, in April 1917, but over 1 1/2 years it became a key player in the conflict and tipped the scales for the allies. When the war ended on Nov. 11, 1918, the U.S. armed forces were on the cusp of becoming the major military power in the world.

Even though Germany was at the heart of provoking two world wars over the past century, the nation has become a beacon of European and international cooperation since.

On Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel met with the head of the United Nations, born from the ashes of World War II, and the president of Serbia. It was a Serb teenager, Gavrilo Princip, who assassinated the Austro-Hungarian crown prince in Sarajevo in 1914 to set off events which led to the outbreak of war.

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