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And you thought the US election was over - Australian children at daycare centre caught chanting death threats about Trump

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Who's in denial now?

Unhappy democrats have started a Twitter campaign and petition to change the election result on December 19th by convincing Republicans in the electoral college to vote for Hillary instead. I think the plan is to riot, throw a hissy fit, and hope everyone "comes to their senses". Things are not just crazy in the US, in Australia, the media coverage of the US election has been so politically purified that five and six year old's at a daycare centre were caught chanting death threats about Donald Trump and the after-school club has decided to do "art therapy" to help them cope.

Hillary Clinton was horrified that Donald Trump might not accept the election result. Now that her fans are rioting in the streets many people look forward to her telling them how much they are "denigrating democracy". Right now there are really only two people who could stop most of the violence if they made an impassioned public plea for their fans to respect the democratic process, and rule of law. Where are their responses?

The popular vote was so popular it seems 3 million people from other countries voted too

The main (only) argument keeping the Clinton-camp's hopes alive is that she won the popular vote by 600,000 votes. But a study by Greg Phillips of VoteFraud.org suggests as many as 3 million votes were cast by illegal immigrants. Who knows, Trump may have won the popular vote if there had been ID checks, something the Democrats do everything they can to stop. Indeed Obama even explained before the election that non-citizens should get out vote. Snopes has tried to claim this is false, but even their "in context" quote shows Obama was responding to a question about "undocumented citizens" and people at risk of being deported. There are apparently 4 million dead people on U.S. voter rolls, and the Democrats don't want them to stop voting either.

The @realDonaldTrump tweeted "If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y. Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily"

Past presidents that won with lower percentages of the popular vote than Trump (47%) include Abraham Lincoln (39%), Woodrow Wilson (42%), and Bill Clinton (43%).


US contractors in Bulgaria blast were working on Syria contract to train 'moderate rebels'

The U.S. government contractors caught in a blast at a firing range in Bulgaria last week were working on a U.S. military program to train and equip moderate rebels in Syria, the U.S. embassy in Sofia said on Wednesday.

One American contractor was killed and two more were injured when a rocket-propelled grenade malfunctioned at a military range near the village of Anevo on Saturday. Two Bulgarians were also injured in the explosion.

The embassy, in a statement sent to Reuters, said the contractors are employees a U.S.-based firm called Purple Shovel, which was awarded a contract by the U.S. military's Special Operations Command.


Secret document reveals Daesh fighters ordered not to attack US coalition planes

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Sputnik's Arabic bureau has obtained photos of a decree by Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) leaders instructing its fighters not to attack US-led coalition aircraft operating over Mosul and the surrounding area.

The document, discovered in the recently-liberated Iraqi city of Bakhdida, about 32 km southeast of the Daesh-held stronghold of Mosul, explicitly tells jihadis not to attack any coalition aircraft over Mosul or its suburbs.


Revealed: Clinton's Link To Convicted Child Stealer Laura Silsby And Sex Trafficker Jorge Puello Torres

Internet sleuths, cross-referencing WikiLeaks emails and archived news reports, have linked Hillary Clinton and her foundation with convicted child stealer Laura Silsby and a convicted sex trafficker.

The news was made more explosive considering rumors and whisperings have emerged from the FBI's reopened investigation into Hillary's emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop that serious additional crimes are under investigation, unrelated to the email server case, involving among other things, child trafficking.

Wikileaks tweeted about the investigation on Thursday, claiming emails "show how the Clintons supported child stealer Laura Silsby," whose attorney was a convicted sex trafficker, including an email "where they are literally pricing how much it costs to transport children".

Laura Silsby was director of the New Life Children's Refuge (NLCR), an NGO run by American missionaries that attempted to set up shop in the Dominican Republic. Silsby claims they tried to set up an orphanage, but Domican officials claim an application was never submitted. The New Life Children's Refuge then moved their operations to Haiti.

This part of the story is discussed in WikiLeaks emails here and here.

Comment: See also: Progressive liberal values: Tony Podesta's creepy taste in art, the creepy people he hangs out with, and Pizzagate


Back-stabbing Sarkozy took briefcases of cash from Gaddafi, before throwing him to the wolves

Treacherous back-stabber Nicolas Sarkozy is trailing behind rival Alain Juppé in primaries to choose a centre-right candidate for the 2017 presidential election.
Just days before a crucial French presidential primary, former President Nicolas Sarkozy is facing fresh allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

An investigation into the case, involving funding for Sarkozy's successful 2007 presidential campaign, has been underway since 2013.

In a video interview with the investigative website Mediapart released Tuesday, a French-Lebanese businessman, Ziad Takieddine, said he delivered three suitcases from Libya, containing 5 million euros in cash, to Sarkozy and his former chief of staff and campaign director, Claude Guéant.

Takieddine said he had given a written deposition to judges on November 12 detailing three cash handovers between 2006 and 2007 and his meetings with Guéant and Sarkozy.

At no point, he says, did he see the two men look inside the cases after he dropped them off at the Interior Ministry, where Sarkozy was minister at the time.

Comment: Sarkozy's betrayal of Gaddafi was sickening to behold:


Establishment irate over Trump's talk of teaming with Russia to actually fight ISIS

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President-elect Donald Trump's talk of direct U.S.-Russian military coordination in the war against the Islamic State in Syria is already drawing criticism on Capitol Hill and has Pentagon and State Department officials scrambling over how to implement the sharp shift in policy in the months ahead.

As a candidate, Mr. Trump — who spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday night — repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for failing to coordinate better with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State, saying Moscow and Washington had a common goal in destroying the jihadi movement.

Career military officials and diplomats say they will implement whatever policy the coming administration orders, but sources behind the scenes say the most immediate collaboration with Moscow is likely to center on reviving a stalled Obama administration plan that calls for joint U.S.-Russian airstrikes in Syria.


The Steve Bannon the liberal left doesn't want you to see

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Stephen K. Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump's chief strategist, previously served as CEO of Trump's campaign
When the liberal left media demonizes someone, it usually mean they are a patriot.

The liberal left, progressive media is demonizing Donald Trump's newly appointed White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

He is being called an anti-semite, misogynist, racist, bigot, neo-nazi, and just about everything else you would expect the Hillary Clinton left of accusing anyone who is #NotWithHer.

The truth about Steve Bannon is very far from what the media is describing, and that is why we urge you to view the video from TheRebel.media to get a clearer picture about the man who helped Trump win the US Presidency, and will be by his side as he enters the White House.
Trump has chosen Breitbart's Steve Bannon as White House counsel. Ezra Levant of TheRebel.media addresses accusations that Bannon is anti-Semitic.

Comment: The ADL calls Bannon an anti-Semite. The ZOA says he's not. Even Dershowitz advises caution when using the term (advice Dershowitz has not been known to follow in the past, to put things lightly). Yet Bannon is apparently somewhat "pro-Israel", leading Forward's Naomi Zeveloff to write that Trump's world contains both anti-Semitism and feverish support for Israel:
"Breitbart News isn't the only place where anti-Semitism and Zionism go hand in hand." Bannon's world is America for Americans, Israel for the Jews.
Say what? When analysis is so confused, it makes us wonder if this is not just another example of Trump's 'Schrodinger cat' strategy. But as usual, the question as to what is really going on is left open. That's the point. Regarding Bannon, Scott Adams writes:
Unfortunately, picking Steve Bannon as chief strategist adds confirmation bias to the monster illusion because Clinton's team polluted Bannon's brand during the election. ... I assume Bannon is a great strategist or else Trump wouldn't risk keeping him.


5 interesting facts about the 2016 election

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Here are 5 stunning facts about the 2016 election ...

(1) The Clinton Campaign Promoted Trump as a Republican Candidate

Team Clinton promoted Donald Trump as a Republican candidate ... because they thought he'd be easy to beat:

(2) Sanders Had a Better Chance of Beating Trump ... But the Democratic Establishment Sabotaged Him

Polls showed that Bernie Sanders might well have beaten Trump. Not only did Sanders score much higher in likeability than Clinton, but many moderate voters actually preferred Sanders.

Remember, Sanders (like Trump) created a tremendous amount of excitement, with massive turnout at his rallies. Clinton didn't.

Clinton lost because Democrats stayed home ... because they weren't excited about her.

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SOTT Exclusive: American Muslims and the Presidential Election

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"I know many Muslims and they're fabulous people. They're smart. They're industrious. They're great," Trump said to O'Reilly in March 30, 2011. Trump noted that there is a Muslim problem, but agreed that it does not encompass all Muslims.
In October this year, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released the results of a nationwide survey of Muslim voters on the Presidential election. The survey took place after the first Presidential debate, and more than 800 Muslim voters were interviewed. Their results indicated that 72 percent of registered Muslim voters would vote to elect Hillary Clinton, with only 4 percent voting for Donald Trump.

An earlier survey of 2000 registered Muslim voters in California, New York, Illinois, Florida, Texas, and Virginia - the states with the highest Muslim populations - conducted in late January this year by CAIR, suggests that 52% of registered Muslim voters intended to vote for Hillary and 7% for Trump.

While it is difficult to say how many American Muslims voted for which candidate, the above results indicate that the majority (about 1 million) might have preferred Hillary to be their new President. Many among those surveyed by CAIR disapproved of Trump's proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the country, and many others have shown concern regarding the increase in anti-Muslim sentiment, blaming it on Trump's "anti-Islam comments" and proposed policy. Now with Trump as President-elect, fear among several Muslims increased:
"There are lots and lots of people who aren't going out of the house," said Eboo Patel, a Muslim who heads the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization that works with colleges and government officials to build interreligious relationships. [...]

"There is an intense state of anxiety about the future," said Rami Nashashibi, a parent of three and executive director of Chicago's Inner-City Muslim Action Network, which has been inundated with calls seeking support since Election Day.
Is this fear justified, or is it a result of the pro-Hillary fear-mongering mainstream media where anything racist or Islamophobic Trump has said or did was amplified a thousand-fold? Unfortunately many seem to forget that it was exactly those media channels, which suddenly appeared to care about anti-Muslim comments, that encouraged Islamophobia in the first place.

As Middle East Eye writer Mohamed Ghilan wrote in his 2015 article 'How the US media is promoting Islamophobia': "The primary culprit in the rise of Islamophobia in the US is the media, and it starts with the insane amount of time dedicated to covering the unfortunate, yet isolated events of violence perpetuated by Muslims. To produce content, they fill their airtime with speculation devoid from facts."


Chaos or cunning? Lobbyists culled from transition team, Trump continues to stump observers, calls media reports on infighting "totally wrong"

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump
President-elect Donald Trump has taken to Twitter again, blasting the media for speculating about his transition team and cabinet appointments. While the press has described the transition as chaotic and confused, Trump called it a "very organized process."

Comment: Which could even mean it is organized chaos! That seems to be a specialty of Trump's:

Trump's team needs to find and hire 4,000 political appointees to fill federal government offices, from cabinet-level positions to White House and agency staff, Reuters reported. Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was replaced at the helm of the team by Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Pence has reportedly eliminated all lobbyists from the transition team, according to the Wall Street Journal. Among those ousted were former Michigan congressman Mike Rogers, who handled national security business, and Matthew Freedman, who worked on defense and foreign policy.

Comment: Apparently the removal of lobbyists from the original list compiled by Christie was one of Pence's first moves as transition team leader. Yesterday, Pence also signed the memorandum allowing the Trump team to work with the Obama administration to ensure the coordination of the transfer of power between the outgoing and incoming administrations. (There was some media frenzy over the fact that Pence had yet to sign the document, the Trump team insisting on some changes of wording.)

If Trump is to make good on his promises, he has to walk a fine line. He must reward loyalists, gain allies in the establishment, and find effective ways of sidelining those he perceives as fifth columnists, both within his group of supporters and those opportunists who will try to ingratiate themselves into his team. That could mean showing support at one moment, then finding unacceptable conflicts of interest (e.g., with Giuliani) to justify a change of heart.

Trump is breaking with all sorts of traditions. For example, from the NYT article mentioned above: "his team was improvising the most basic traditions of assuming power. That included working without official State Department briefing materials in his first conversations with foreign leaders." To which we can only say, good job! The State Department will no doubt try to sway a Trump administration in the direction of "business as usual", i.e., "Russia is bad, al-Qaeda is good, etc." The U.S. needs a president who will not only ignore this bad advice, but come up with sane deals with foreign powers.

From AP:
Little to no information was released by the transition office, leaving a clutch of reporters gathered in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York to hustle after team members passing between the front doors and the elevators.

As he had during the campaign, Trump appeared to be increasingly uncomfortable with outsiders and suspicious of those considered part of what one insider called the "bicoastal elite," who are perceived as trying to "insinuate" themselves into positions of power.