South Korea Lifts 70-Year Anti-Abortion Law

The Western satellite state of South Korea let itself succumb to the worst of Western impulses this week when the country’s top court declared a 70-year ban on abortion in most cases to be unconstitutional. South Korean lawmakers now have until the end of 2020 to draft a new law permitting the murderous practice.

The 7-2 ruling on Thursday (ironically, the exact same ratio as Roe v. Wade) dictated that the abortion ban “limits women’s rights to pursue their own destinies, and violates their rights to health by limiting their access to safe and timely procedures.” As is the case with every one of these rulings, the well-being or humanity of the unborn child played no factor in the final outcome.

According to HuffPost, the restrictive anti-abortion law effectively banned the procedure in all cases except for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. Passed in 1953 at the end of the Korean War, the law also permitted punishments for both women and doctors who procured abortions. Women were also required to have spousal approval in the rare exceptions where abortions were permitted. Thursday’s ruling resulted from an abortion doctor facing criminal charges for performing over 69 illegal abortions.

The ruling also made the claim that unborn babies cannot be treated as an independent entity due to their dependency on the mother’s body.

According to Reuters, the lawyer representing the plaintiff said that the ruling will “free women from shackles.” Feminist activists also celebrated the ruling with the same fervor. (Read more from “South Korea Lifts 70-Year Anti-Abortion Law” HERE)

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America Has Quietly Become the Global Oil Superpower. Will the Courts Stop That Too?

They took away our culture, they redefined marriage and life itself, and they’ve erased our borders. Will the courts steal the lifeblood of our economy and smother the growing oil miracle in America’s economy?

Yesterday, President Trump was in Houston, touting his new plan to expedite oil pipeline construction and permitting for oil and gas extraction, two vital infrastructure projects that have been hampered by liberal states and held up by activist judges.

While the media has barely covered it and many Americans take our prosperity and energy production for granted, it’s worth reviewing and quantifying the magnitude of what the shale oil boom has done for this country over the past few years.

Last week, the S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that American crude oil production had hit an all-time record of 12.2 million barrels per day. That crushes Saudi Arabia’s and Russia’s levels of output. America will be the world’s largest oil producer for the foreseeable future and will account for over 70 percent of future growth in global crude oil production.

Thanks to the discovery of more shale oil, the innovation of hydraulic fracking, and Trump easing regulations on permitting, crude oil production has spiked 36 percent just since Trump took office. The continued spike in production is all the more remarkable given that the price of crude oil has tumbled since last October and still remains 15 percent lower than when it peaked last fall.

Shale production has spiked from less than 600,000 barrels per day in 2010 to roughly 7.4 million barrels per day this year.

We now produce so much oil that we are on the cusp of also becoming the king of oil exports as well as production. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), “By 2024, the United States will export more oil than Russia and will close in on Saudi Arabia – a pivotal milestone that will bring greater diversity of supply in markets.” Just this year, our gross exports of crude oil are expected to hit six billion barrels per day, roughly triple the level just three years ago. The U.S. already exports more coal natural gas than it imports and is expected to permanently become a net exporter of oil by 2021. It has already intermittently achieved net exporter statuses during some individual months. Through 2040, the U.S. is expected to account for 75 percent of the global growth in oil production and 40 percent of the growth in natural gas. According to the IEA, “By 2025, nearly every fifth barrel of oil and every fourth cubic meter of gas in the world come from the United States.” At the same time, the IEA predicts that global demand for oil will continue to slow its pace of growth, creating a win-win for our dominance of the market.

It’s not just our producing capacity that has grown. Our oil refineries are processing record amounts of oil. In January, we hit 18.76 million barrels per day being run through the refineries, clearing keeping up with the supply of production.

God truly has continued to bless America whether we deserve it or not. A funny thing happens when we responsibly utilize the gifts God bestows. We get more of them. For years, liberals warned about scarcity of resources and the approaching era of “peak oil,” yet the more oil we use, the more we discover, along with innovative technologies to more efficiently extract it. The U.S. has an estimated 310 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil, more than Saudi Arabia, and the numbers keep growing every year. Those estimates have jumped over 30 percent in just a decade, even though we have already extracted over 30 billion barrels during that period.

It is the Hanukkah oil miracle of America. God has blessed this country with such an abundance of natural resources that we are doing pretty well, despite the debt, dependency, and soft socialism throughout our mismanaged government. Whether we deserve it or not, God renews his creation every day.

And it’s not just important for economic prosperity, but for global security and diplomatic prowess against Russia and Iran. The oil and natural gas boom is allowing us to break Russia’s monopoly and stranglehold over Europe’s precarious dependency on energy imports. With revenue from oil and gas constituting roughly 40 percent of Russia’s budget, neutralizing that monopoly will mitigate any emerging threat Russia poses in economic dominance. We will also break the monopoly of OPEC and take a serious bite out of petro-terrorism.

So, what could stop this great American energy miracle? Not Russia or Iran. As always, we are our own worst enemy. Environmentalist judges are shutting down oil permits that are lawfully issued by the Department of the Interior and the EPA. Over the past few weeks, two federal judges have said Trump must continue Obama’s policies of blocking off drilling in hundreds of thousands of acres in Wyoming and the Alaska Arctic Outer Continental Shelf.

Then, states are blocking construction of more pipelines. While we have record production and refining of crude oil, there is still a need to transport that oil, which requires more pipelines. There is an infrastructure bottleneck being created by states like New York blocking more oil streams into New England.

Judges are also blocking pipeline construction. A single judge in Montana indefinitely delayed the beginning of the Keystone XL Pipeline construction to connect the lines from Alberta to Nebraska.

Our Founders created the Constitution to prevent states from impeding this very sort of interstate and international commerce, yet now single district judges are able to do so. Trump issued two executive orders to deal with state recalcitrance on pipelines. The first one would direct the EPA to give states clear guidance of compliance with Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, limiting their ability to make up new excuses for blocking permitting. It also directs the Transportation Department to begin allowing liquefied natural gas to be shipped in approved rail tank cars. The second order will transfer authority for permitting and approving pipeline construction that crosses international borders from the secretary of state to the president himself.

While announcing the executive actions yesterday, President Trump declared at an energy facility outside Houston, “We’ve ended the war on American energy.” That may be so, as long as we don’t allow the courts to control our energy production as they control our border. (For more from the author of “America Has Quietly Become the Global Oil Superpower. Will the Courts Stop That Too?” please click HERE)

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Why Did Trump Allow Julian Assange’s Arrest?

After praising WikiLeaks at dozens of events well over a hundred times during the 2016 election, it now appears that Trump has turned on Assange, after requesting that Britain’s intelligence services arrest him this morning.

Critics immediately hammered the move, with Edward Snowden claiming that this is a “dark moment for press freedom”:

Images of Ecuador’s ambassador inviting the UK’s secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of–like it or not–award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books. Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.

After years of harboring Julian Assange, Ecaudor’s new moderate president apparently decided that closer ties to the United States were more important than Assange and press freedom.

The world is getting weirder and weirder following the Mueller Report’s surprise exoneration of President Trump. After praising Assange and Wikileaks over the years, some are wondering if this arrest signals that President Trump made a deal with the Deep State. Why did Trump allow his arrest? Please comment below.

What Happened to Mueller’s Middle East Indictments?

Russia collusion was said to be just phase one of the Trump campaign and administration’s misdeeds. The Middle East was supposed to be phase two. Just as phase one never produced anything involving collusion, phase two never occurred either.

In December 2018, the Daily Beast set off a media and internet firestorm reporting on “Phase Two: The Middle East connection,” which was hyped as the next step in Mueller’s expansive probe.

“Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is preparing to reveal to the public a different side of his investigation. In court filings that are set to drop in early 2019, prosecutors will begin to unveil Middle Eastern countries’ attempts to influence American politics,” Daily Beast reporter Banco writes, citing “three sources familiar with this side of the probe.”

“In other words, the ‘Russia investigation’ is set to go global,” she continues.

That story set a narrative in motion: The Russia investigation may or may not pan out, but now Mueller was closing in on “phase two” of his operation. Trump-Russia may have failed, but there was enough proof for Trump-UAE, Trump-Saudi Arabia, and Trump-Israel, and Mueller was on the brink of delivering the goods on Middle East conclusion.

Months passed, and finally the Mueller probe came to a close. There was no Russian collusion or any collusion. As Attorney General William Barr confirmed, citing Mueller’s conclusions, there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia or any other nation. Those “court filings” cited by the Daily Beast never emerged, and no evidence that Middle Eastern nations attempted to interfere in the 2016 election ever materialized.

In the end, Mueller’s team issued zero indictments involving Middle East collusion, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t try to hunt for election interference halfway across the world. Throughout 2018, reports surfaced that the special counsel was launching separate probes into the activities of U.S. allies such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

According to Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, Mueller’s team threatened him with prosecution for allegedly acting as an unregistered foreign agent of Israel, even though no evidence has emerged to sustain such a bombastic accusation. Mueller launched a separate probe scrutinizing Jared Kushner’s contacts with Middle East leaders, but nothing ever came of it. Team Mueller investigated collusion between a UAE lobbyist and the Trump campaign. No collusion was found.

At the time, it appeared objectively transparent that Mueller was engaging in a wild goose chase searching for collusion between Trump and Middle Eastern nations.

At Conservative Review, I frequently called into question Robert Mueller’s use of taxpayer funds to chase down “questionable foreign policy leads” that appeared to be sourced to foreign nations and their lobbyists with the intent to damage the reputations of the three aforementioned sovereign nations.

Thanks to two Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) disclosures, I found that before and after the New York Times published its Mueller-related Middle East stories, its reporters had frequent contact and in-person meetings with lobbyists for Qatar. Those disclosures show that the reporters wrote about the topics that were discussed in those meetings. Neither of the two publications disclosed in their reporting that they had regular contact with the lobbyists. In one piece, the New York Times reported that it received its information from an incredibly anonymous source who is “someone critical of the Emirati influence in Washington.”

Unless Mueller had obtained secret evidence to the contrary, there seemed to be no particular basis for the Middle East collusion hunt, but that didn’t stop Mueller from investigating or mainstream publications from continuing to churn out supposed “evidence” for Middle East collusion. Yet the Daily Beast story insisted that Mueller had found something and that he was close to revealing that information to the Department of Justice.

In the end, Mueller found nothing to corroborate Middle East collusion, just as he found nothing to corroborate Russian collusion. And the court filings, referrals, and indictments promised by the Daily Beast never saw the light of day. However, like a hit-and-run attack, the Mueller probe delivered reputational damage and created false, weaponized media narratives that seemed crafted with the intent of damaging the reputation of our regional allies.

One key question remains: Where did Mueller get all of his bad intelligence from? Who will investigate the investigators? Unfortunately, the legacy media, which worked in tandem with Team Mueller and the Obama Intelligence Community to promulgate the collusion hoax, doesn’t seem up to the task. (For more from the author of “What Happened to Mueller’s Middle East Indictments?” please click HERE)

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Netanyahu Wins Nail Biter Re-Election, Supporters Wave Trump Flags

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has solidified a fifth term in a nail biter election against Benny Gantz. At 2 a.m. in Tel Aviv, Netanayhu gave a few brief remarks, thanked voters and kissed his wife.

Netanyahu will now work to form a government. He has 42 days to do so. (Read more from “Netanyahu Wins Nail Biter Re-Election, Supporters Wave Trump Flags” HERE)

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Netanyahu: There Will Be No Palestinian State

The U.S. is fully aware of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s flat rejection of the creation of a Palestinian state along with his plans to extend Israeli law to West Bank settlements, the Israeli premier said on Monday.

In an interview with Channel 12, Netanyahu pushed back against his main challenger Benny Gantz’s claims that his vow to annex the West Bank was nothing more than an empty campaign promise.

Netanyahu over the weekend historically declared that he fully intends to extend Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank. The incumbent prime minister also said he had told President Donald Trump that would not evacuate “a single person” from the 400,000 or so Jews residing in the West Bank.

“Why did it take two years to get recognition of the Golan Heights even with such a friendly president? These things takes time,” said Netanyahu in reference to Trump’s presidential order last month recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. . .

“There will be no Palestinian state,” he said, “not like the one people are talking about. It won’t happen.” (Read more from “Netanyahu: There Will Be No Palestinian State” HERE)

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Rhino Poacher Trampled by Elephant, Then Eaten by Lion

Conservation officers in South Africa found the body of a suspected poacher that they now think was killed by an elephant who trampled him. But, to add another layer to the man’s death, his body was also partially eaten by a lion.

Officials of the South African National Parks Service told reporters of the body discovered at the Kruger National Park. Authorities said that the man’s family reported that he had been killed, according to the Daily News.

Four fellow poachers reportedly fled the scene as the man was being trampled and reported the death to the man’s family. The family then contacted park officials and a search party for the remains was organized.

“Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers, and this incident is evidence of that,” Kruger National Park Managing Executive Glenn Phillips said. “It is very sad to see the daughters of the diseased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains.” (Read more from “Rhino Poacher Trampled by Elephant, Then Eaten by Lion” HERE)

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Muslim Asylum Seeker Kills Wife for Converting to Christianity

Iranian asylum seeker Dana Abdullah stabbed Avan Najmadiein, his estranged wife and 32-year-old mother of four, 50 times in October and left her to die after discovering that she refused to support his application to stay in the U.K., according to the BBC.

Abdullah, 35, returned illegally to the U.K. after being deported in 2013 for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl and he previously threatened to kill his wife because she “dishonored” him by converting to Christianity, authorities said.

“It does show that you are not someone of good character and, having been deported for that matter, you chose to come back into this country illegally and have committed this very serious crime,” Judge Michael Chambers said of Abdullah, according to Premier. . .

Detective Victoria Downing characterized Abdullah as “an arrogant and controlling man,” asserting that he killed Najmadiein because he resented her rejection, her refusal to support his application and her conversion to Christianity.

Abdullah murdered Najmadiein with a kitchen knife at her home on Oct. 1, 2018, tried to set her kitchen ablaze in an attempt to erase evidence, then fled, initially to Liverpool, England, and then to Glasgow, Scotland. Authorities discovered Najmadiein’s body at her home when she failed to pick her children up from school. All of her children were under the age of eight at the time. (Read more from “Muslim Asylum Seeker Kills Wife for Converting to Christianity” HERE)

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HHS Reprogramming Department Funding to Facilitate Resettling ‘Unaccompanied’ Central American Teens

What if I told you that our government is unintentionally completing a criminal conspiracy to deliver Central American teens from cartels and smugglers to other illegal aliens, resettling them on our dime, and sending them to our schools, all the while enriching some of the most evil organizations and nourishing the growth of MS-13 and drug traffickers?

Yesterday, HHS Secretary Alex Azar told the Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which cares for and resettles unaccompanied alien children (UACs), will run out of cash before the end of the year. That is because, as Congressional Quarterly (paywall) reported in a summary of the hearing, at a pace of about 300-350 UACs arriving each day, HHS is taking custody of roughly 70-80 children from CBP each day who are not immediately released to other family members. Azar said that there are currently 12,340 mainly Central American children, in HHS custody and bed space is almost full.

We’ve been spending roughly $1.3 billion a year on this program, and Azar revealed at the hearing that the administration transferred $446 million from other HHS programs to help fund the UAC program and that it recently transferred another $385 million.

I reached out to ORR for comment and received this statement from an HHS spokesperson:

HHS is assessing the additional resources that may be needed to support this influx and sustain critical child welfare operations. Last month, Secretary Azar notified the Appropriations Committees that he would make $385 million in administrative resources available to the UAC program, $99 million in reprogrammed ORR funds and $286 million from a Secretary’s Transfer. However, HHS projections show a continued influx would exceed all current HHS resources this fiscal year. The Administration is currently working to find solutions to this potential issue.

As I’ve noted many times, almost all of the Central American teens are self-smuggled into the country to be reunited with other illegal immigrant family. That makes them ineligible for the program on two accounts – they are not victims of a “severe form of trafficking” and they are not here without relatives. In fact, we are completing the very criminal conspiracy of smuggling that the law was designed to combat. At $4,000-$8,000 per illegal alien, the cartels have made billions off this scam, so they can further ramp up their drugs to kill Americans.

As Thomas Homan, former ICE acting director, told me last week, in one operation against MS-13, 40 percent of those caught were UACs resettled through this very program designed for refugees. According to Homan, “Many that entered the U.S. were already gang members or soon became gang members after arriving in the U.S.” We’ve witnessed a spike in MS-13 growth over the past few years as a result of the influx of Central American teens in 2014. One can only imagine the degree of danger our country is in from the exponentially higher number of teens coming in under the same circumstances.

In fiscal year 2018, roughly 72 percent of the teens being held in ORR facilities were 15-17 years old, and 71 percent were males. Mark Morgan, former chief of Border Patrol, reiterated yesterday in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee what he told me in an interview last week:

As chief of the Border Patrol, I toured the detention facilities filled to capacity with unaccompanied minors, 17 years of age or younger, who had illegally entered the country. Alone, without any parents or guardians. As I looked on, I saw both hardened young men as well as vulnerable and lost youth. With every encounter, I walked away wondering how many would be lured into joining a gang. The odds were not in their favor, as they were released into a city somewhere in the U.S., never to be heard from again.

But there is another important catch in this development. Remember how members of Congress, including a number of self-described conservatives, expressed outrage that the Trump administration reprogrammed defense funding for the quintessential defense function of border security? Well, now that HHS has reprogrammed funding from sacred federal health programs to essentially facilitate the smuggler criminal conspiracy against America and to resettle volatile illegal alien teens in our schools and communities, not a single person will protest. Funding the cartels and nourishing the growth of MS-13 while leaving taxpayers with the tab is evidently the true quintessential function of our government.

How is it that more and more of our money is being pumped into a circuitous operation that enriches evil cartels and nourishes the growth of vicious gangs without any questions? How is it that our laws say the exact opposite of this government policy, one judge even accusing the government of successfully complet[ing]” the “goal of the conspiracy” of drug smugglers at “significant expense” to taxpayers, and yet nobody stands up for we the people?

The day that our politicians begin placing the interests of America’s security and financial solvency at least on equal footing with the interests of illegal aliens and the Mexican cartels is the day we will preserve at least a modicum of representative governance. (For more from the author of “HHS Reprogramming Department Funding to Facilitate Resettling ‘Unaccompanied’ Central American Teens” please click HERE)

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Tensions Rising: Turkish President Accuses U.S. Of Meddling in Elections

On Friday, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States and the European Union of “meddling” in his country’s local elections.

Erdogan told reporters, “America and Europe are… meddling in Turkey’s internal affairs,” reported AFP, and that the U.S. and Europe should “know your place.”​ . . .

On Sunday, Erdogan’s party, the AKP, suffered a defeat in the mayoral race for Istanbul, the city in which Erdogan rose to power in as mayor. The AKP also lost control of Ankara, the capital city which has been held by the party for decades. Since the defeat, the AKP has contested the results in both cities, and a recount is currently taking place in districts of Istanbul, The Washington Post reported.

The results showed the mayoral candidate of the opposition CHP, Ekrem Imamoglu, ahead by about 25,000 votes in Istanbul, a city which has a population of about 15 million. But on Thursday, Ali Ihsan Yavuz, a deputy chairman of the AKP, reportedly said the recount had narrowed Yildrim’s lead to around 19,000. On Thursday, AKP secretary general Farih Sahin said the party would petition to Akara’s provincial election board for a recount in Akara as well.

In a Tuesday briefing, U.S. Department of State spokesman Robert Palladino reportedly commented on the results. “Free and fair elections are essential for any democracy,” Palladino said. “And this means acceptance of legitimate election results are essential.” (Read more from “Tensions Rising: Turkish President Accuses U.S. Of Meddling in Elections” HERE)

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