In a chilling setback for free speech, my dear friend and colleague Ezra Levant has been ordered to pay the outrageous sum of $80,000 to an Islamic supremacist in what is the latest in an unending string of sharia based lawsuits to suppress and silence the truth.
“It is a national gag order, which has the effect of silencing and punishing critics of anti-Semitism.” Because the posts were published to Levant’s personal blog, he said he is paying for his legal fees out-of-pocket.
I strongly urge Atlas readers to contribute to his fund. Ezra’s fight is all of ours. He is you and me. This is our loss. Ezra must fight this — for all of us…
The article continues at Atlas Shrugs.
Ezra Levant and Pamela Geller
The Washington Examiner
In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that “potentially” show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama’s White House.
The discovery was revealed to the group Cause of Action, which has sued for access to any of the documents. It charges that the IRS and White House have harassed taxpayers.
In an email from the Justice Department’s tax office, an official revealed the high number of documents, suggesting that the White House was hip deep in probes of taxpayers, likely including conservatives and Tea Party groups associated with the IRS scandal…
The article continues at The Washington Examiner. PDF of documents here.
Drivers paying less at the pump due to free-falling oil prices can thank the U.S. energy boom for generating shale oil – and weakening OPEC’s ability to keep the cost of a gallon of gas high.
In just a matter of months, the price of a barrel of oil has dropped from more than $100 to about $70, and gas is now cheaper than it has been in years. But a recent report conducted for the American Petroleum Institute claimed oil would cost twice as much as it does now if it weren’t for America’s fracking boom, which wrings oil and natural gas out of shale miles underground.
But the next question could be whether the fracking industry can survive the low prices it brought…
…Drivers have benefited in recent months from the falling prices, the API study found.
“This reduction in petroleum product prices have saved U.S. consumers an estimated $63 to $248 billion in 2013 and estimated cumulative savings of between $165 and $624 billion from 2008 to 2013,” stated the report…
Read the entire article at FoxNews.com
Related: OPEC Policy Ensures U.S. Shale Crash, Russian Tycoon Says
…“In 2016, when OPEC completes this objective of cleaning up the American marginal market, the oil price will start growing again,” said Fedun, who’s made a fortune of more than $4 billion in the oil business, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “The shale boom is on a par with the dot-com boom. The strong players will remain, the weak ones will vanish.”…
Editor’s Note: This story contains strong language; viewer discretion is advised.
Demonstrators protesting a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown brought San Diego’s I-5 to a halt as many residents were on their way to work Wednesday morning.
One frustrated driver, at risk of being late to work, got out of his car and confronted the protesters and urged them to think carefully about whether their actions are doing more harm than good.
“I got to go to Ross right now, homie. If I don’t get there, I’m going to get fired. I’ve got six f***ing kids to feed, homie,” Tyree Landrum said. “Motherf***ers get shot every f***ing day. Deal with it the right way, not like this.”…
The article continues, with video, at The Blaze.
Update: Ferguson rebuttal: young black man talks about responsi-DAMN-bility (video)
Courtesy of our fellow Liberty Alliance member, Kevin Jackson of the Black Sphere, a young black man provides more reason and intelligence in 4 minutes on the subject of race in this country than we’ve heard from Eric Holder, Barack Obama and Al Sharpton in 6 years combined. I hope you’ll share this one.
Photo: Police officer and young demonstrator share hug during Ferguson rally in Portland
As thousands gathered to make their voices heard during a rally earlier this week, one officer and a young man paused to hear each other out…
Update 2: Black Ferguson Residents Arm Themselves and Descend Upon White-Owned Business — The Reason Why Is Front Page Worthy
…The black residents reportedly chased off groups of teenagers who allegedly wanted to loot the store. They also reportedly had a close-call after they were mistaken for looters by soldiers with the Missouri National Guard. One of the men was reportedly handcuffed temporarily until Morello could explain to the soldiers what they were doing at his business.
Luckily, they were able to protect the business and no one was hurt. It should also be noted that Missouri is an open carry state…
Armed Men Walk With Protesters In Dallas..But It’s Not What You Think (video)
With the Ferguson riots spilling over to other states, three members of an open carry group in Dallas took to the streets to prevent any looters or rioters from destroying private property…
ISIS Seeks Converts Among Ferguson Rioters
The Islamic State looks at the rioting of black youths in the streets of American cities and sees red-meat – an untapped treasure trove of new recruits…
James Fanell rightly questioned Obama’s “pivot to Asia” strategy. A better strategy exists regarding our Navy, China, and Taiwan.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s resignation under pressure from the White House is a drama largely written of Navy Captain James Fanell’s firing early in November.
Hagel told interviewer Charlie Rose in the third week of November that budget cuts are threatening American military capability. In August, Hagel said publicly that ISIL is “beyond a terrorist group. … This is beyond anything we’ve seen.” This was not welcome news to President Obama, whose cuts are on target to reduce defense budgets by well over a trillion dollars. Moreover, the president had famously downplayed ISIL as “junior varsity.”
The Obama Pentagon had welcomed China’s military as part of an annual trans-Pacific naval exercise earlier this summer. Captain Fanell, a senior intelligence officer with the U.S. Pacific Fleet, also paid with his job for stating that Chinese policy is becoming increasingly aggressive as it seeks political and military objectives in the South and East China Seas.
Put Hagel’s warnings (and those of his Obama-appointed immediate predecessors) about a hollow U.S. military together with Captain Fanell’s caution about Chinese aggression in the West Pacific, and uncomfortable questions about the substance of the U.S. “pivot to Asia” emerge…
The article continues at PJ Media.
Related: Hagel Didn’t Deserve to be Treated This Way
…Strange that these deficiencies in Hagel’s personality came as such a surprise to the president and his minions. You would think Obama would have noticed earlier if Hagel were so debilitatingly timid and tongue-tied. After all, he was selected for the job, at least in part, because of the close friendship he had supposedly formed with Obama while both men served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and were quite vigorously asserting themselves as eloquent critics of Bush administration policies.
Ah, the sudden afflictions that can seize a public official when they become their patron’s irritant or inconvenience or scapegoat…
…Though I’m sure I lacked the president’s insights into the man, I thought Hagel was the wrong candidate for the job when he was nominated. My concerns were not about his assertiveness, however. They were about his national security views, similar as they were to Obama’s, and which, as far as I could tell, he asserted regularly and forcibly…
…Hagel might have expected his departure would be explained with the minimal courtesy with which Washington typically ushers public officials off the stage — they want to spend more time with family or, having achieving notable success, it’s time for new challenges, that sort of thing. But rather than stick to such polite fictions, the mice treated him to the kind of disdain they usually reserve for their critics, not their colleagues…