This day in WND history: Muslim mob stones Christians – in U.S.!

Muslim mob stones Christians – in U.S.!

(Editor’s note: The following 22-minute video contains profane statements shouted by an angry mob and may be offensive to viewers.)

WND-20-YearsJune 28, 2012: It happened in an American city: Hundreds of angry Muslim children and adults rioted against Christians, throwing chunks of concrete and eggs at their heads, spraying them with urine and cursing at them – while police stood by and threatened the victims with “disorderly conduct.”

The city of Dearborn, Michigan, hosted its annual 2012 Arab International festival on Father’s Day weekend. As can be seen in a video of the attack, a group of people professing to be Christians holding signs was viciously assaulted by an angry mob of Arabs – as the crowd chanted “Allahu Akbar!” – Arabic for “God is the greatest!”

Starting at the 9:00 mark and continuing to about the 10:30 mark, the crowd – reminiscent of a rock-throwing “intifada” scene from the Middle East – can be seen hurling a dizzying barrage of objects at the Christians standing passively with their signs, causing some injuries.

WND learned that the Christian crowd had been carrying a pole with a pig’s head attached to the top, further angering the Muslim crowd. At the beginning of the video, Christian street preachers shout, “God is good, and God is not Allah!”

First, police approached Ruben Israel of OfficialStreetPreachers.com, warning him: “The city of Dearborn has an ordinance, OK, that you guys can’t use the megaphone. So, if you guys continue to use that, you will get a citation.”

Israel noted that the group was allowed to use the megaphone in 2011. Then he asked the officer, “So, if we don’t use a megaphone, can we throw water bottles at the crowd?”

The officer shook his head no.

“So what are you going to do if they throw water bottles at us?” Israel asked.

“If that happens, we will take care of that and address it,” the officer promised.

When Israel said he had captured the mob’s assault on the Christians on video, the officer suggested he “take it through the proper channels, and we’ll try to find them.”

However, at the 2:17 mark of the video, the mob can be heard screaming, “You want to jump ’em? C’mon, let’s go!”

One boy yells, “Let’s beat the sh-t out of them!”

A girl shouts, “Go home! Do you understand English?!”

The Christians are no longer using megaphones, as the mob advances on them from all angles – hurling bottles, cans, eggs, chunks of concrete and even milk crates toward their heads.

Even young children shout obscenities such as, “F–k you, b-tch!”

Meanwhile, police were nowhere to be seen in the video.

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Man tied to Hezbollah faces U.S. drug charges

(MIAMI HERALD) — A Paraguayan man charged with conspiring to export loads of cocaine to the United States pleaded not guilty in Miami federal court on Monday.

But what the conspiracy charge against Ali Issa Chamas did not mention was that he is close to a network of relatives and associates with ties to Hezbollah, a terrorist organization based in Lebanon accused of numerous bombings and plots against Israeli and other Western targets, according to published reports and terrorism experts.

Chamas, 36, is of Lebanese descent but has lived for the past decade in Paraguay, which along with Brazil and Argentina form what’s known as the Tri-Border area. U.S. authorities say it’s a hub for a variety of illicit enterprises such as drug trafficking and money laundering that have long operated as fundraising fronts for the Hezbollah.

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‘Antifa’ radicals plan to desecrate Gettysburg graves

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Battle of Gettysburg

WASHINGTON – What do the “Antifa” radicals have in store for the Independence Day weekend at Gettysburg?

The “anti-fascist” organization plans to burn both American and Confederate flags in town and to “find their local Confederate graves” to desecrate.

That last stunt might be more difficult than they think.

According to the experts at Gettysburg National Military Park, there are no Confederate soldiers buried there.

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Gettysburg, in Pennsylvania, the scene of a great battle 154 years ago between soldiers of the Union and the Confederacy, is a major national attraction, especially during patriotic holidays like Independence Day. While there are 3,500 Union soldiers buried there, no Confederate graves exist.

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Both town officials and federal battlefield park officials are aware of the warnings, some of them posted on the group’s Facebook page. Other groups have obtained permits for gatherings, but the protesters have not attempted to get permission. Antifa’s event was promoted for July 1-2 between 3 and 6 p.m. The group reportedly urges followers to “find their local Confederate graves” to desecrate.

Park officials say they support First Amendment rights, but are prepared for disruptions.

“Our goal is to ensure that public safety and visitor safety is number one and that park resources are preserved,” said Katie Lawhon, a spokeswoman for Gettysburg National Military Park.

Gettysburg remains the largest battle ever held on American soil with more than 160,000 troops fighting over a three-day period that resulted in up to 51,000 casualties.

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More evangelicals go along with ‘gay marriage’

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Whether it indicates Republicans are giving in, giving up or just concealing their opinions for fear of being sued, a new poll shows that for the first time, Republicans now are evenly divided on the issue of same-sex marriage.

A new the Pew Research Center survey found that two years after the Supreme Court decision that required states to recognized same-sex marriages nationwide, support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally is at its highest point in more than 20 years.

“For the first time, a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents do not oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally,” Pew said of the poll, conducted June 8-18 among 2,504 adults.

The poll found 48 percent of Republicans and Republican leaners oppose same-sex marriage, while 47 percent favor it.

As recently as 2013, Republicans opposed gay marriage by nearly two-to-one, 61 percent to 33 percent.

Also, the report said white evangelical Protestants continue to stand out for their opposition to same-sex-marriage: 35 favor it, and 59 percent majority who are opposed.

But younger white evangelicals have grown more supportive: 47 percent of white evangelical Millennials and Gen Xers – age cohorts born after 1964 – favor same-sex marriage, up from 29 percent in March 2016.

“Views among older white evangelicals (Boomers and Silents) have shown virtually no change over the past year (26 percent now, 25 percent then).”

The change in attitudes regarding same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling has been accompanied by an increase in attacks on Christians over their beliefs regarding homosexuality.

See WND’s complete catalogue of same-sex marriage entrapments: Dozens of cases in which homosexual activists have legally bludgeoned believers

This week, however, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a Christian baker in Colorado who has been punished repeatedly by homosexual advocates in the state bureaucracy – including the state Supreme Court – for refusing to endorse same-sex marriage.

Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop declined to use his artistry to promote homosexual weddings, and was punished by the state Civil Rights Commission, including one commissioner who outrageously compared him to the Nazis.

The state’s higher courts then refused to intervene, including the highest court, where one justice boasted of being a homosexual advocate.

Homosexual advocates also are fighting a federal appeals court’s decision to uphold a Mississippi law that protects the religious freedom of those who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that gender is determined at birth.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court not only reversed an injunction imposed by a lower court – preventing the implementation of the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act – it went further and simply dismissed the case.

“Outlasting the Gay Revolution” spells out eight principles to help Americans who hold conservative moral values counter attacks on freedoms of religion, speech and conscience by homosexual activists

The ruling found that the individuals and homosexual advocacy organizations who challenged the law didn’t have standing to bring their claims.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys are part of the legal team representing Gov. Phil Bryant in the lawsuits, Barber v. Bryant and Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant.

ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot reacted to the ruling.

“Good laws like Mississippi’s protect freedom and harm no one. The court did the right thing in finding that those who have challenged this law haven’t been harmed and, therefore, can’t try to take the law down,” he said.

Theriot explained that the sole purpose of the law is “to ensure that Mississippians don’t live in fear of losing their careers or their businesses simply for affirming marriage as a husband-wife union.”

The earlier setback for homosexuals came in a case against a T-shirt maker by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission in Kentucky.

The group appealed to the state’s Supreme Court a recent appeals court decision that business owners must serve all people equally but don’t have to treat all messages equally.

It was a T-shirt printer, Blaine Adamson, who, with his company Hands On Originals, was sued by the local Human Rights Commission for refusing to promote “gay” rights.

WND reported in May when the Kentucky Court of Appeals affirmed a Fayette Circuit Court decision that sided with Adamson, saying he could not be forced, in violation of his faith, to print messages demanded by “gay” customers.

In the T-shirt case, Adamson declined to promote homosexuality, and the Human Rights Commission ordered he “must print messages that conflict with his faith when customers ask him to do so.”

See WND’s complete catalogue of same-sex marriage entrapments: Dozens of cases in which homosexual activists have legally bludgeoned believers

While the decision so far has affected only the T-shirt case, the simple logic utilized by the court could ripple across the country in other cases, such as in Colorado, where state officials ordered a baker and his staff to undergo re-training for refusing to promote homosexuality.

The lower court’s ruling in Kentucky said: “Nothing of record demonstrates HOO, through Adamson, refused any individual the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations it offered to everyone else because the individual in question had a specific sexual orientation or gender identity. Adamson testified he never learned of or asked about the sexual orientation or gender identity of of Don Lowe, the only representative of GLSO with whom he spoke regarding the T-shirts.

“Don Lowe testified he never told Adamson anything regarding his sexual orientation or gender identity. The GLSO itself also has no sexual orientation or gender identity: it is a gender-neutral organization that functions as a support network and advocate for individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered,” the court found.

“Also, nothing of record demonstrates HOO, through Adamson, refused any individual the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations it offered to everyone else because the individual in question was engaging in an activity or conduct exclusively or predominantly by a protected class of people.”

The ruling said: “The ‘service’ HOO offers is the promotion of messages. The ‘conduct’ HOO chose not to promote was pure speech. There is no contention that HOO is a public forum in addition to a public accommodation. Nothing in the fairness ordinance prohibits HOO, a private business, from engaging in viewpoint or message censorship.”

Pew also said overall, “by a margin of nearly two-to-one (62 percent to 32 percent), more Americans now say they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry than say they are opposed.”

“As recently as 2010, more Americans opposed (48 percent) than favored (42 percent),” the survey said.

Baby Boomers, for the first time, have a majority of 56 percent favoring, while 39 percent oppose.

Among African-Americans, the survey said, “Blacks have long been less supportive of same-sex marriage when compared with whites, but the share of African Americans who favor same-sex marriage has risen 12 percentage points since 2015, from 39 percent to 51 percent.”

The younger the generation, the more likely there is support for “gay” unions, the survey said, with those born before 1945 allowing only 24 percent support for the social experimentation.

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Dems: Our travel ban is good, Trump’s is bad

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California Democratic leaders want nothing to do with states that enforce what they see as anti-LGBT policies.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra has added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to a list of states California state employees are forbidden from traveling to on official government business.

Those four states join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee on California’s travel ban list. The list was started by former Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. senator from California.

All eight states have passed legislation that Harris and Becerra consider discriminatory against the LGBT community.

“The state of California is not going to participate in discriminatory conduct by other states,” Becerra declared in adding the four new states to the ban.

Texas was put on the list because of a new law, passed on June 15, that lets child welfare organizations, including faith-based adoption agencies, refuse services and adoptions to families based on sincerely held religious beliefs. Becerra’s office claims this would allow these organizations to deny adoptions to LGBT parents. Alabama and South Dakota have enacted similar laws, while Becerra’s office claims a new Kentucky law could allow LGBT discrimination in schools.

When asked about the consequences of refusing to do business with all those states – especially Texas, which has the second-largest economy in the United States – Becerra admitted Texas is a big state, but “the consequences are real” for LGBT people in that state and elsewhere.

In fact, Becerra would not rule out adding more states to the list. He said Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature would have to consider the possibility of levying additional sanctions against states whose policies California doesn’t endorse.

Award-winning journalist and columnist David Kupelian, author of “The Snapping of the American Mind,” termed Becerra a “radical leftist” with a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL. He pointed out Becerra, while a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, voted against a bill that would have penalized anyone knowingly attempting to perform a sex-selective abortion.

“That’s really extreme – more fit for communist China than America,” Kupelian remarked.

Kupelian, who serves as WND’s vice president and managing editor, said the attorney general is driving a huge wedge between his state and the rest of America.

“Maybe Becerra is trying to implement his own version of California’s secession movement,” Kupelian hypothesized. “At this rate, before long California will be isolated from the rest of the country.”

Dr. Gina Loudon, a WND columnist, cable TV host and frequent media commentator on political, social and psychological issues, lives in California and says her state is Exhibit A of why the Democratic Party is failing.

“Not only is every Democrat-run city in the country a bastion of crime, violence, and gang activity, but they are all in financial ruins because giving away other people’s money only works until you run out of a taxpaying base, as they have all done,” Loudon told WND.

“California is a big, fat, leftist experiment that is the biggest failure of all. People are leaving en masse and moving to states like Texas and Florida that have constitutional gun ownership laws, smart fiscal policy that helps business to thrive, less regulation, and certainly no ridiculous policies like travel bans for their own citizens based on religious (anti-Christian) bigotry.”

The travel ban will affect the University of California and other state schools, but the attorney general’s office has not clarified whether it will apply to sports teams who are scheduled to play away games in the affected states. A Becerra representative said the office was reviewing the matter, according to SF Gate.

If the ban does end up preventing college athletes from playing certain games, Kupelian said it would be just the latest unwelcome leftist incursion into the sports world.

“People like Xavier Becerra, by encumbering sports with leftwing-crazy politics, are really hurting sports in America, just as ESPN is currently hemorrhaging conservative viewers by injecting politically correct leftwing politics into what is a quintessentially fun, non-political activity,” he said. “People watch sports as a respite from political insanity – not to be dragged into it.”

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While Becerra and Harris have implemented a travel ban in their own state, they have both publicly opposed President Trump’s so-called “travel ban” on individuals from six terror-prone countries.

Becerra filed amicus briefs joining other states in challenging the original version of Trump’s order, calling the ban “unconstitutional and un-American.” He also joined a lawsuit against the revised version of Trump’s travel ban in March.

“The Trump administration may have changed the text of the now-discredited Muslim travel ban, but they didn’t change its unconstitutional intent and effect,” Becerra said in a statement, according to The Mercury News. “It is still an attack on people – women and children, professors and business colleagues, seniors and civic leaders – based on their religion and national origin.”

The Supreme Court on Monday actually decided to let most of that travel ban take effect.

The AP called the action a “victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.”

But the court was unable to simply accept that the president has the right to limit newcomers, and the law provides, and said he would have to let in those with “with a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The justices will hear further arguments in the fall.

Harris, in her current role as senator, likewise opposed Trump’s travel ban on religious grounds. After the president issued his original executive order, Harris stated, “Make no mistake – this is a Muslim ban.”

She then filed a bill that would have guaranteed access to legal counsel for people detained trying to enter the country.

When Trump revised his executive order, Harris again condemned it in a statement while referring to Trump’s original order as his “unlawful Muslim ban.”

Kupelian sees irony here.

“The hypocrisy of California’s attorney general and his predecessor is hard to miss: They both attacked President Trump’s travel ban for supposedly discriminating against Muslims – you know, the group associated with almost all of the world’s terrorism today,” he said. “And yet, they impose their own travel ban essentially targeting Christians, in the sense that the affected states have all passed legislation in accord with traditional biblical values.”

Loudon, who coauthored the book “What Women Really Want,” also smells hypocrisy in the Golden State.

“If California is Exhibit A of failed policy, Becerra and Harris (and Nancy Pelosi) are Exhibit A of failed politicians,” she declared. “They criticize Trump’s temporary travel ban that was based on Obama’s own terror hotspot list, and instead ban state-sponsored travel to other states in America based upon their own religious intolerance.”

While California leaders are irked by what they see as anti-LGBT laws in other states, they appear to have no problem with illegal immigrants roaming free in their own state.

California, which is already home to numerous sanctuary cities, is currently considering whether to become a sanctuary state by prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies from carrying out federal immigration laws.

Becerra signaled his support for sanctuary state status, vowing to fight any effort by the Trump administration to withhold funding from the Golden State if it becomes a sanctuary. Harris has also fought against federal efforts to curb California’s sanctuary practices in the past.

Kupelian said sanctuary policies go hand-in-hand with a ban on travel to certain conservative states. It’s a phenomenon he discussed in his book “The Snapping of the American Mind.”

“Unfortunately, whenever you champion something evil or corrupt as though it were good, you are compelled to also portray goodness and righteousness as evil,” Kupelian told WND. “They go together. So California, which is rapidly being destroyed by a radical left-wing ruling class, welcomes as many illegal aliens as possible. It’s part of their progressive strategy to replace America’s existing population with another population that is more dependent on big government and the Democratic Party. At the same time, states that uphold traditional, moral, common-sense American principles – well, they must be punished.”

Loudon, for her part, believes the Democratic Party has completely alienated its former base – ordinary working-class Americans, the “Joe Six Packs” of the world. She senses that Joe Six Pack now plants his flag firmly in the Trump camp.

“Every time arrogant politicians in California or New York do stupid things like this most recent travel ban, it validates Joe’s vote for Trump,” Loudon said. “Joe knows Trump has his shortcomings because he is human, but Joe sees the work he has already done in creating jobs, opening pipelines, reducing unemployment, increasing consumer confidence, and even making America feel safe again. Joe is becoming an activist. He’ll be around in 2018. And I bet you can guess how he will vote.

“Meanwhile, conservatives around the country are watching and cheering every time the alt left does another stupid thing that ensures that finally Americans are on to the fact that the Democrat politicians don’t care if America is a cemetery, as long as they are the undertakers. Republicans will use this ridiculous travel ban like a campaign poster in 2018. The GOP should send a thank you note to the mindless power mongers like Harris and Becerra!”

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Macy’s stock crumbles after dumping Trump

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WASHINGTON – Nearly two years after phasing out its Donald Trump line of menswear, Macy’s stock has plummeted to its lowest levels in years.

Macy’s dumped Trump merchandise in July 2015 after the then-Republican presidential candidate made “derogatory” comments about Mexican immigrants.

“Macy’s is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion,” the company said at the time. “We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico.”

Trump responded by calling for a boycott of the store, tweeting: “Those who believe in tight border security, stopping illegal immigration, [and] SMART trade deals [with] other countries should boycott Macy’s.”

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The boycott by Trump supporters has taken a toll, according to Fortune magazine.

Macy’s now plans to close up to 100 stores and lay off 10,000 workers as sales plummet.

For the quarter ending April 29, Macy’s profits dropped to $71 million from the $116 million that was reported during the same time last year. It’s a 38 percent drop in profits. Sales also fell from $5.8 billion to $5.3 billion, a drop of 7.5 percent.

Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette called the first quarter report for 2017 “disappointing” and would not rule out closing more stores.

“I’m not going to say we’re not going to close more stores beyond those 100,” Gennette said, “but we do feel we got to the right level.”

Macy’s reported its ninth straight quarter of declining sales this month.

Macy’s stocks also hit the lowest price since February 2011, after it warned investors that profit margins would shrink in the coming year.

Macy’s stock tumbled 14 percent after the announcement, and the company is not expecting a recovery anytime soon.

Macy’s stock was priced at $69 per share at the end of June 2015, right before Trump called for a boycott. This year, the price per share is $22.

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Trump faces rebellion from more than 267 mayors

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A movement is afoot by a United Nations-backed group to get U.S. cities to rebel against President Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate deal.

And it’s quietly becoming a huge success.

ICLEI, founded in 1990 as an international network of local and regional governments committed to “sustainability,” is rounding up support for a massive resistance movement by American cities in which they would forge ahead with what Trump has called a “bad deal for America.”

At least 267 mayors and governors have signed an open letter sent to the “international community and parties to the Paris Agreement” stating their commitment to the Paris climate deal, whether the president supports them or not.

“They are the radicals,” said Patrick Wood, an Arizona-based author, economist and expert on global governance. “They are the more aggressive mayors. Many are the early adopters of this radical climate policy.”

ICLEI now is bringing pressure on cities to join the fray of Trump rebellion.

“They were presenting this year at the U.S. Conference of Mayors,” Wood said. “They are the operational side of evolving cities with sustainable development, ducking cities into sustainable development policies. They set the policy or strategy at the U.N., but then someone has to go and do it, carry it out, the tactical side – that’s ICLEI.”

ICLEI is featuring an article on its website titled “How your local government can support the Paris Agreement” in which it gives instructions to local officials on how to flout Trump’s pledge to back out of the deal.

Nearly every city of any consequence is a member of ICLEI. On its website, ICLEI encourages its member cities to go against Trump on the Paris climate deal.

“Declare that ‘We Are Still In,‘” says the ICLEI statement on climate change.

We-are-still-in-300x181“Mayors, council members, county supervisors, and other elected officials can join more than 1,300 others and sign your name to the Open letter to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement from U.S. state, local, university, and business leaders to declare that your community supports the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

ICLEI also encourages mayors to join its delegation to an upcoming global summit on climate change called COP23.

“While the U.S. national delegation withdrawals its voice from the international climate dialogue, ICLEI will continue to represent local governments in the process,” it states. “Local elected officials interested in joining ICLEI’s COP23 delegation in Bonn Germany this November may express interest in credentials by emailing Executive Director Angie Fyfe at angie.fyfe@iclei.org. Organized by ICLEI, and co-hosted by the City of Bonn and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia at COP23, the Cities and Regional Pavilion is open November 9-14, with the Leaders´ Summit will take place on November 12.”

Bill Clinton to the rescue

ICLEI even has a big political personality to coax its member cities into action – none other than former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton was a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on June 24, and he used part of his speech to incite a backlash against Trump’s anti-Paris climate stance.

Clinton applauded efforts by many U.S. cities to embrace the Paris climate deal even as Trump has abandoned it, but he cautioned words mean little without action because “the water’s going to keep rising.”

Pittsburgh has more than 13,000 clean-energy jobs, and rooftop gardens are becoming a local industry in New York City — proving the transition to sustainable living is good economics.

“I think this is something mayors can talk about with facts, not rhetoric,” Clinton said.

Pushing to the left

ICLEI has been pushing U.S. cities to the left on the political spectrum for years, says Wood.

“Bill Clinton originally helped the U.N.-connected ICLEI get established in the U.S., and is leading the pack in pushing cities to personally adopt the Paris Climate Agreement in spite of Trump’s rejection,” he said. “This divide-and-conquer strategy will further shred the Constitution.”

ICLEI tells its members to monitor and track carbon emissions and to “report findings to a global platform.”

This can be made more efficient by installing a “leading emissions-management software platform used by hundreds of U.S. cities to track GHG emissions and plan for reductions,” states the organization on its website.

“Talk about an end-run around national sovereignty,” Wood said. “Here you have cities tracking and monitoring everything their citizens do and reporting it to the United Nations or some other global body.”

He continued: “Clinton is fanning the embers of the ICLEI-United Nations agenda. He addressed U.S. mayors and gave quite a speech that was full of factual misstatements, which Clinton is known for, but he completely got behind ICLEI’s efforts to subvert the Constitution and get more mayors involved in foreign policy.”

Wood said the Logan Act prohibits mayors, governors and other non-federal officials from signing agreements with foreign governments, and Gov. Jerry Brown of California is pushing the limits of this prohibition in the deal he signed recently with China.

“We used to complain that is was the federal government that was subverting the Constitution,” Wood said. “Now we are also getting this sort of grassroots, bottom-up subversion.”

Cities leading the way to the ‘new world order’?

The key role of cities in establishing a “new world order” was predicted by Richard Gardner in his 1974 article in Foreign Affairs magazine, “The Hard Road to World Order.”

“Gardner was one of the original members of the Trilateral Commission, and his prediction is exactly what’s happening today,” Wood said. “It’s a bottom-up approach we see unfolding.”

If Gardner was the prophetic voice of the new world order based on technocracy, then Parag Khanna is its leading street preacher today.

Khanna’s book “Technocracy in America” is all the rage for corporate elites and the young, often highly educated hipsters immersed in the global sustainability movement.

“Among all the scholars, Khanna is the darling of the global elite right now,” Wood said. “Khanna is kind of like a young Zbigniew Brzezinski. He’s a very attractive, bright guy, but they’re hanging on every word he says. It’s radical stuff, but he’s completely in line with the U.N.. When he goes and speaks to the World Economic Forum, the elites are really soaking up everything this guy says.”

And what is Khanna telling these globalist elites?

His message is that nations are old-fashioned dinosaurs that don’t much matter in the 21st century.

Parag Khanna is considered an authority on globalization and talks about 'mapping the future of civilization.'

Parag Khanna is considered an authority on globalization and talks about ‘mapping the future of civilization.’

“His policy states that the future of the world is based on the cities and global city-states, not on the nation states,” Wood said. “All the U.N. documents have no scholarship behind them; they’re just policy statements. So Khanna is one of the scholarly backups to all that comes out of the U.N.”

The deconstruction of nation states

One of Khanna’s previous books was “Connectography,” which described how the world’s cities are going to be connected together according to the functions they provide to the global economy.

“You have software providers, you have airports, you have rail, and all the things you need for the global economy. He has mapped all this out. So the city state is being lifted up as the building block of the future,” Wood said. “He openly calls for the deconstruction of national governments. In other words, he’s saying that we need to minimize the power of nations and take all the functions that the national governments have and give that power to the cities, because that’s where everything is happening anyway.”

Of course, it helps that while Congress and the White House are controlled by Republicans, more than 80 percent of U.S. cities over 100,000 in population are run by Democrats.

So it’s against this backdrop that Trump is fighting to keep the United States out of a climate deal he knows is bad for America and will cost middle-class Americans dearly in terms of jobs, lower salaries and higher costs for energy.

“So looking at what ICLEI is saying today, you can see the Khanna-U.N. policy playing out because what they are saying is, ‘Screw the federal government. You need to assert yourself and stand up and be counted as part of the global community directly,‘” Wood said.

“They think they are hiding behind some kind of a cloak, but we can see it so clearly.”

What’s even more disturbing to watchdogs like Wood is that almost all of the U.S. cities pushing forward with the U.N. “climate change” agenda are doing it without so much as holding a public hearing, let alone a voter referendum.

It’s being done on the sneak, as many mayors are counting on their constituents being clueless about the entire agenda.

“Whether they know it or not, this policy is designed, I believe, to follow along with people like Parag Khanna, who is brilliant, even likable, but he’s a bad actor as far as nationalists are concerned,” Wood said. “This is all part of a plan to deconstruct national governments, take power away from them.”

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19th Obamacare co-op folds, leaving only 4

(FREEBEACON) — Minuteman Health of Massachusetts and New Hampshire announced it is withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2018, leaving only four co-ops in operation. The co-op will stop writing business on January 1 and organize a new company, Minuteman Insurance Company, instead.

The company cited issues with Obamacare’s risk-adjustment program, which is the program that shifts money away from those with healthier customers to those with sicker enrollees. Minuteman Health said that the negative impact of this program had been “substantial.”

“Unfortunately, the program has not worked as intended,” the company said. “It has been difficult for insurers to predict their risk-adjustment obligations, which has led some to withdraw from the ACA market.”

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Limbaugh: GOP bill will free 22 million from Obamacare

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the release of the Republicans' health care bill on June 22 (Photo: Twitter)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the release of the Republicans’ health care bill on June 22 (Photo: Twitter)

In their condemnation of the Senate’s health-insurance bill, Democrats are seizing on the Congressional Budget Office’s conclusion that 22 million Americans would lose their health insurance if the legislation passed in its current form.

But talk-radio show host Rush Limbaugh contends the argument is missing a crucial point: With the removal of the so-called Obamacare mandate requiring everyone to have insurance, many, particularly healthy young people, will simply choose to go without it.

And furthermore, he asked his listeners Tuesday, “Who is to say that people will not buy affordable insurance when that becomes an option?”

The CBO also estimated the bill will cut the federal deficit by $321 billion by 2026. Premiums, which have more than doubled for most Americans since Obamacare was enacted in 2010, would be 30 percent lower in 2020 than they would be without reform, according to CBO.

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The Democrats argument, Limbaugh said, “is akin to saying that a thousand prisoners who escape are now homeless.”

“Do you think the prisoners care? They just got out of prison, they just escaped but we’re gonna call ’em homeless because they’re not in prison anymore,” he said.

“Twenty-two million people escape the evil, punitive clutches of Obamacare, and we call them dead? Who is to say that some of these 22 million will not buy affordable insurance when that becomes an option?” he asked.

With half a dozen senators already expressing opposition to the current proposal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday afternoon that a planned vote has been delayed until after the July 4 congressional recess.

Limbaugh noted that one of the criticisms of the Senate bill is that Aetna, an Obamacare insurer, has said the legislation will motivate the company to ratchet up its individual market.

But “that’s exactly what needs to happen,” he said, contending market forces will make health care more affordable.

The CBO doesn’t take the free-market implications into account, Limbaugh explained, instead issuing “static, raw numbers” and leaving it to establishment media “for the worst interpretation possible.”

Ultimately, no one knows how many will go without insurance, he said, but “where we are is with people on the left, if government isn’t doing it, it isn’t being done, and if government isn’t doing it, it isn’t being done well.”

History shows, however, that “if government is doing you can make bank on the fact it’s inefficient.”

“If government is doing it you can make bank on the fact that it isn’t gonna work. And if government is doing it you can make bank on the fact that there are no cost controls involved and therefore there’s nothing relevant to people’s ability to afford something if the government’s involved.”

He also pointed out that many people have been forced to work part time because their employers couldn’t afford to provide health insurance under the conditions created by Obamacare.

Limbaugh noted John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio, spoke at a news conference about the Senate health care bill at the National Press Club in Washington. He was joined by Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who claimed 187,000 people in his state would die if the Senate bill passed.

“Where does this stuff come from?” Limbaugh asked. “Why does it go unchallenged? 187,000 people will die. Why did nobody besides us talk about the number of people who would die under Obamacare at the direction of the death panels?

“The death panels were gonna ensure death. Obamacare counted on it! Obamacare counted on the old getting sick and not being treated because they wanted to treat the young and the healthy who didn’t need treatment because they’re young and healthy.”

‘Think of the logic’

A policy expert with the Heartland Institute, an Illinois-based free-market think tank, shared Limbaugh’s take on the CBO’s scoring of the bill.

“Think of the logic behind saying the bill is causing the uninsured to increase by liberating people from the coercive mandate to buy it — which is what the American people want,” said Peter Ferrara, Heartland’s senior fellow for entitlement and budget policy.

“Are those uninsured the result of the bill, or the result of decisions people are liberated to make in the market?”

He explained that most of the rest of the uninsured in the CBO score stem from reversal of the Obamacare Medicaid expansions, which is the foundation for the trillion dollars in spending saved under the Republican bill.

“Studies show health outcomes for those on Medicaid are no better than for those who are uninsured,” he argued.

“Instead of coercion to buy insurance the uninsured do not want to buy, or wasting more trillions on Medicaid, policy should be focused on lowering premiums and expanding choice.”

However, Michael Hamilton, Heartland’s research fellow for health care policy, criticized the bill, noting that even the notorious Obamacare architect, Jonathan Gruber, conceded it aims to repair, not replace Obamacare.

Hamilton said the CBO’s score “confirms the Senate is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic with the Better Care Reconciliation Act, just as the House did with the American Health Care Act.”

He said the CBO score, along with most of Congress, “perpetuates the myth that having insurance implies having access to affordable health care.”

“Obamacare insurance is too expensive to use. Many stand to gain by losing their Obamacare coverage,” he said. “People could buy better, cheaper health care by ceasing to use health insurance to pay for non-catastrophic care.

“Unfortunately, most Democrats and too many Republicans insist on making insurance central.”

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DHS to start building border-wall prototypes

(NEW YORK TIMES) — WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security will start construction of prototypes for a border wall this summer in the San Diego area, agency officials said on Tuesday, the first step in fulfilling a campaign promise made by President Trump.

Homeland security officials said the prototypes would be added to the existing border walls in San Diego and would allow the agency to evaluate which barriers are most effective in giving Border Patrol agents time to respond to illegal drugs and human smuggling. Officials said they planned to build four to eight prototypes but did not say when construction would begin.

“We own that land, have access to it and it’s a good place to start testing in a real-world environment,” Ronald D. Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner at Customs and Border Protection, said at a news briefing.

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