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Fake Peer Reviews Are A Big Thing

The AGW climate change nuts hang their hats on peer-reviewed statements from ‘Scientists’. As it turns out the whole Peer-review system is not just flawed, it’s full of fake writers who publish things under the names of real scientists and fraudsters who sign someone else’s name as a reviewer. Sometimes they use names of people who don’t exist.

This has been going on for a long time and it’s a big enough problem that even the Washington Post has decided to report on it.

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The fraud has not been kept to just climate papers, either.

Last year, in one of the most publicized scandals, the Journal of Vibration and Control, in the field of acoustics, retracted 60 articles at one time due to what it called a “peer review and citation ring” in which the reviews, mostly from scholars in Taiwan, were submitted by people using fake names.

BioMed Central became suspicious because they spotted a pattern of unusual e-mail addresses among the reviewers that seemed “odd” for scientists working in an institution. Also odd was the fact that the same author was reviewing different topics, which did not make sense in highly specialized fields.

Ultimately, when they tracked down some of the scientists in whose names reviews were written, they found that they hadn’t written them at all. Someone else had, using the scientists’ names.”

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“Assistant U.S. Attorney: “Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the country”

SLAVERY is not an obsolete relic of the past, it is a global industry that generates $32 billion in profits through forced labor and the bodies of tens of millions of human beings each year.”

Matt Brown was arrested on human trafficking charges in Md.

Matt Brown was arrested on human trafficking charges in Md.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the average age for a female in the U.S. to be forced into sex trafficking is 12.

Just last week Matt Brown, 25, a former Temple University student was arrested in Baltimore on human trafficking charges after arranging for paid sex with three girls who were 14, 16 and 17 and the victims of sex trafficking.

According to The Carter Center, between 200 to 300 children are sold in Atlanta, Ga. every month.”

Read more at Philly.com

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This Might Just Be A Good Book

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Interesting quote:

What Daddy Government can’t offer you is wisdom.

Daddy Government will subsidize your babies, but he won’t tell you which men to avoid. He’ll lock up anybody you accuse of raping you, but he won’t tell you how to avoid rape in the first place. He’ll help you get that scholarship, but he won’t warn you about the trade-offs required for a full-time career. He’ll indulge his baby-girl… but he won’t help her grow into an adult woman.”

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The Late Jeff Cooper On Firepower

You youngsters who don’t know Jeff Cooper should discover his works.

This is from Volume 1, No. 3 of ‘Cooper’s Commentaries:

In studying into the background material for the forthcoming Babamkulu Enterprise in Africa next year, I have gone rather deeply into the two startling British reverses in 1881 at Laing’s Nek and Majuba Hill. (We plan to visit the sites next May.) These two incidents took place on adjoining terrain within three days of each other and point to lessons which should have been learned a century ago, but still have not got across to many people who should know about them.

Consider the “butcher’s bill.” At Laing’s Nek the British attacked a Boer defensive position at a crest of a saddle (nek is what we would call a saddle in the American West) with about 450 men, following a small but violent artillery preparation. They were repulsed with a loss of 150 dead – against 14 for the Boers. On the occasion immediately following, the British seized Majuba Hill by means of a night march involving something over 500 soldiers. In the morning, they were thrown off the hill by a Boer force of about the same size. In this action the British lost 280 dead, including their commanding general. The Boers lost one man, plus another who died some days later of his wounds.

Now, just what was going on here? This was a rifleman’s war, and the people on both sides used personal weapons of about the same character – breech loading single-shots using large-caliber black-powder cartridges rather similar to the American 45-70. In the first instance, the British were attacking and they were smashed. In the second instance, the British were defending and they were also smashed. Wherein lay the advantage? Odd as it may seem, it is my opinion that this tremendous disparity in efficiency derived from the fact that the British were soldiers and the Boers were civilians.

The British troupers were “soldiers of the Queen” from the Kipling period in India. They dressed well, marched well and did not lack for courage. What they did not do was shoot well. They were given pretty good guns and they were taught to load them, shoot them, and maintain them, more or less by the numbers, but being taught to shoot on the range in the military is not the same as being brought up with a rifle.

The Boers were by no means soldiers. They were pioneer farmers and the sons of farmers. They were reluctant to slaughter their own livestock when the countryside provided them with unlimited game. Their ammunition was always scarce and hard to come by. They had learned from childhood to hit what they shot at – every time. They shot to put meat on the table, and they shot on Sunday afternoons for prizes. Across the board, they may have been the finest body of marksmen ever fielded by any nation at any time. Their marksmanship was practical marksmanship, such as I have been endeavoring to teach throughout the latter half of my life. They seemed to have understood fully the basic rule of the rifleman, which is only hits count. (Funny how that principle was brought back to us from Grenada and Panama.)

The British had organization, discipline, resupply, signals and some artillery support. The Boers had their rifles, their horses, their biltong and their skill. They had no uniforms and they had only the vaguest sense of organization. The British regarded them as a bunch of uncouth, ignorant, illiterate peasants who could never stand up to the might of the British Empire.

And see the results! Using approximately equal weapons, the civilians shot the soldiers to pieces – on both offense and defense.

The lessons that ought to be learned here, I think, are three. First, men fight their very best when they fight to defend their homelands against a foreign invader. Second, when it comes to imparting of skill the public sector can never equal the private. Third, marksmanship is an art to be cultivated rather than a commodity to be issued.”

Several times throughout his ‘Commentaries’ Cooper gives permission to quote them.

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Looks Like The SOB Did Have A Callus On His Forehead

From Israel Matsav: “Gee, do you think this is relevant? Germanwings co-pilot reported to be a ‘recent convert to Islam’

While French authorities are refusing to discuss Lubitz’s religion, Christian websites are reporting that Lubitz was a recent convert to Islam.”

Muslim Convert Co-Pilot Andreas Günter Lubitz Committed Jihad

Muslim Convert Co-Pilot Andreas Günter Lubitz Committed Jihad

From the Roman Catholic Imperialst: “Muslim Convert Co-Pilot Andreas Günter Lubitz Committed Jihad By DELIBERATELY Slamming The Plane Into The Mountain! Murdering All On Board”

Update: There’s more here including a screen grab of a page where the Islamic State praises Lubitz for his jihad.

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A Closer Look At That ‘Fewer Guns In The Home’ Survey

Really well done.

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PuffHo: Now It’s Hair Shirts For Homosexuals

What an unfortunate idea. The idea that LGBT people should wear a hair shirt sounds like they need to do penance for their transgressions.

Hair shirt: n. noun
1. A coarse haircloth garment worn next to the skin as an act of religious asceticism or penance.

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From the Huffington Post:

“TheGaySweater Knitted From ‘Gay Hair’ Challenges Homophobic Language”

‘That jumper is so gay,’ is a comment that one designer is hoping to hear emanating from the front row of Toronto Fashion Week.

The garment in question was knitted from the donated hair of more than 1,000 LGBT people by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD).

“The idea for the sweater was born from a desire to educate and encourage everyone to use ‘gay’ the correct way,” says Jeremy Dias, director of the CCGSD, regarding their decision to to create ‘the world’s first and only 100% gay object’.”

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“Your References To God Offend Me!”

This is from the editorial board of My San Antonio:

“Please leave God out of the gun debate”

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I’m soooo offended

As Texas stampedes toward guns everywhere, we’ve occasionally heard politicians and activists mention their God-given rights to own and carry guns.

For example, state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, recently invoked such rhetoric during “debate” over his campus carry bill, which we oppose.

“A fundamental right granted by the creator is not subordinate to the financial costs or speculation of our public universities,” he said.”

The final line:

We can debate how much regulation comes with that right before it is infringed. But, please, leave God out of it.”

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CNN’s Sally Kohn Trying To Raise Money For Abortions

She says it’s unfair that women have to pay for abortions.

Somehow it seems strange to me that an avowed lesbian is an abortion activist. Maybe she’s also a closet eugenicist as well.

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Because of unfair and unnecessary laws, safe and legal abortions can be out of reach of those who don’t have the money to pay for them. I don’t think that’s right, so I’m doing something about it. I’m bowling to break down barriers to abortion access.”

If you want to donate here is the website

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An Academic Spills The Beans

Apparently, academia is not heaven. You have to be careful what you say around leftist students.

“A personal account of how call out culture has harmed teaching”

533 If Math were taught like science

Personally, liberal students scare the shit out of me. I know how to get conservative students to question their beliefs and confront awful truths, and I know that, should one of these conservative students make a facebook page calling me a communist or else seek to formally protest my liberal lies, the university would have my back. I would not get fired for pissing off a Republican, so long as I did so respectfully, and so long as it happened in the course of legitimate classroom instruction.

The same cannot be said of liberal students. All it takes is one slip—not even an outright challenging of their beliefs, but even momentarily exposing them to any uncomfortable thought or imagery—and that’s it, your classroom is triggering, you are insensitive, kids are bringing mattresses to your office hours and there’s a twitter petition out demanding you chop off your hand in repentance.”

You can read the whole thing here

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Read ‘The Pig Trap’

It’s a long but well-written story.

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It’s a story of the second American Civil War:

I said, “Well, you are a military man… what would that look like?”

Wheeler said, “Well, it wouldn’t look like the first Civil War… no lines of men standing in ranks and shooting across a field at each other, no “North and South” or sharply defined state lines for friendly and enemy territories, at least, not in the beginning. No, it would look more like Iraq or Afghanistan, with house to house fighting, IED’s, snipers, small factions and independent militias operating on their own, refugees streaming away from battle zones in all directions…”

“But the first question to ask is who would the combatants be? I mean, the Army isn’t going to just roll out onto the street in tanks on day one, so my guess is that it would start out as a police action, with Federal agencies like ATF and FBI taking the lead, supported by local law enforcement. But once people start shooting back, they would have to ratchet things up, do things like institute curfews and roadblocks, and they would eventually try to press the various state Guard units into service. That’s where it all goes squirrelly, because both local law enforcement and the Guard will be riddled with people who support gun rights, regardless of what laws the politicians pass, and they won’t be crazy about having to police, and maybe even fight against, their own people. The Governors may well object to the state Guard units being activated and may not wish to cooperate…”

“And it is not clear to me how many LEO and Guardsmen would remain loyal to the government and how many would join the “rebellion”. My guess is that both sides would be riddled with defections, informants, and spies. But what if, say, the Gulf states like Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida secede, and they take control of all military bases and equipment, and you suddenly have gone from an insurgency with rifles to a breakaway nation, or maybe several breakaway nations, armed with fighter jets, drones, tanks, and a navy? Whoo, buddy… now all bets are off… kiss posse comitatus goodbye. This would be the ugliest thing this county has ever seen…”

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Another teaser:

Wheeler got quiet for a few moments, and then he said something that I will never, ever forget.

“These people are playing with matches… I don’t think they understand the scope and scale of the wildfire they are flirting with. They are f*cking around with a civil war that could last a decade and cause millions of deaths… and the sad truth is that 95% of the problems we have in this country could be solved tomorrow, by noon… simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the f*cking head.”

The entire post is here

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“The UN Just Condemned a Single Nation for Women’s Rights Violations”

Can you guess which one? Israel.

The U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women released nine official documents over the course of its annual meeting this week, but as Ynetnews reported, only one of the U.N.’s 193 member nations was singled out for a reprimand: Israel.”

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This did not take place in Israel

The report blames the Israeli occupation of the West Bank for ”[h]igh levels of unemployment and poverty” among Palestinians that hit women especially hard.”

More at The Blaze

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“Get yer race conversation right here”

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Satire from here

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New Word: ‘Conservatarian’. I Like It

It’s a cross between ‘Conservative’ and ‘Libertarian’. Senator Rand Paul went to the heart of liberal California, the area known as Silicon Valley. He spoke to a rather large group of people about Conservatarian values.

The term came from the title of a book by Charles C.W. Cooke titled, ‘The Conservatarian Manifesto’.

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The book is described as:

A call to arms for the growing movement of “Conservatarians”—members of the right who are fiscally conservative but socially liberal—and a fascinating look at conservatism’s past and future.

There is an underserved movement budding among conservatives, in which fiscal responsibility, constitutional obedience, and controlled government spending remain crucial tenets, but issues like gay marriage and drug control are approached with a libertarian bent.”

This is the kind of thing that Sen. Paul does well. He reaches out to political opponents using logically crafted discussions. He will certainly not convince all of them but he is a beacon of Conservative/Libertarian thought that does appeal to some.

More at the Washington Free Beacon

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“Hillary Clinton Wants to Send Citizens to Camps—Fun Camps!”

Fun camps. That’s just what the government needs to do; build camps for old people. That’ll work fine.

So Clinton hands over to us all to consider the idea of a progressive sending adults to camps, and the idea of a politician infamous for being humorless and suspicious being an arbiter of “fun,” wrapped in a great big bow.”

This is from Reason.com where they note also that, ” …On an entirely unrelated note, “joycamp” was the Newspeak term for forced labor camps in George Orwell’s 1984.”

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Anti-Gun O’Malley Goes To Iowa

He thinks he should be President of the United States.

How much luck do you think this anti-gun lizard will have with the people of Iowa – or the rest of the country for that matter?

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From the Washington Post, Jan. 14, 2013:

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will seek to institute some of the nation’s strictest gun-licensing requirements, ban assault weapons and restrict visitor access to schools in one of the most expansive government responses sought to last month’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Perhaps most controversially, O’Malley (D) will ask the General Assembly to force prospective gun owners to provide fingerprints to state police, complete a hands-on weapon-familiarization and gun-safety course, and undergo a background check to be licensed.”

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“California Bars Judges From Joining Boy Scouts”

Not even judges have rights in California.

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Effective on Jan. 21, 2016, judges will be barred by the state from being members of the Boy Scouts because the organization, while allowing gays to be Boy Scouts, still bans openly gay scout leaders, the Christian Post reports.

Cathal Conneely, spokesman for the Judicial Council of California, told the Christian Post that the California Supreme Court decision removes an exemption in the California Code of Judicial Ethics allowing membership in youth organizations, which brings the state into line with recommendations of the American Bar Association’s Model Code of Judicial Conduct and 21 other states with “sexual orientation as a protected class.”

More at Newsmax

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Now Here’s A Resume’ Enhancement

Yep. This’ll surely get you hired. Another way to inflate student debt.

U of M Duluth adds LGBTQ minor

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Starting in the fall of 2015, the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) will offer a LGBTQ minor and gender-inclusive housing options for students.

“This minor will prepare students for life,” Gesa Zinn, head of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, told Campus Reform. “‘The job’ the LGBTQ minor prepares students for is to understand and embrace all members of an increasingly diverse society.”

To complete the minor, students will have to take classes such as An Introduction to LGBTQ Studies, Queer Theory, Queer Cinema in International Perspective, History of the Homosexual Rights Movement 1895 – Present, and Queer Media.”

From Campus Reform

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More Lies From The Left: False Racism In Austin

Some spelling challenged dimwit has made up some racially charged stickers and pasted them on the front of businesses in Austin, Texas. The stickers were put on seemingly random stores. One wonders why anyone would do something like this. It is clearly divisive and damaging.

Sounds like something a Progressive would do.

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Stickers that have appeared on at least six East Austin businesses declaring that they are “exclusively for white people” have now drawn the attention of the NAACP and a state lawmaker.”

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April Jensen, an employee at Sugar Mama’s, holds a sticker that the business found on the front of its store

Read the rest at the Austin American-Statesman

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Wait… Chicago Owns A Casino?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel must be desperate. He’s being challenged rather successfully by Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia in his bid for reelection.

But Chicago is in the gambling business? I didn’t know that. The mob must have a stronger hold on the city that even I thought.

He’s taking the money from schools to give it to public employee pensions. As a parent would you support him in that?

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“Emanuel vows to earmark casino revenues exclusively for pensions, not schools”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel changed gears Tuesday and pledged to dedicate the jackpot of revenue from an elusive, publicly owned Chicago casino toward solving the city’s $20 billion pension crisis and the $10 billion in unfunded pension liabilities at the Chicago Public Schools.”

Read the rest at the Chicago Sun Times

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Starbuck’s Begins It’s Slide To Failure

Politico reports: “Starbucks wants its baristas to talk about race in America”

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Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is taking on another fraught political debate, with his company launching a new initiative this week to get employees to discuss with customers the state of race relations in the United States.

“We at Starbucks should be willing to discuss these issues in America,” Schultz said in a company statement released Monday announcing its “Race Together” campaign.”

Great. The company that is named for the First Mate on a whaling ship in the book Moby Dick has decided to ask its ‘Baristas’, otherwise known as coffee sellers, to propagandize their customers.

Many of these ‘Baristas’ are young and full of themselves and their importance. Like many young people they want to change the world. Let me say a couple things:

First, you can’t change the world with talk; especially obnoxious talk. Change requires action.

Second, You will soon see business decline. Places like Dunkin’ Donuts will see increased business… unless they also become holier than thou smartypants.

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“Ex-race tsar says silencing of debate has done devastating harm to Britain”

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Trevor Phillips is the former chairman of Commission for Racial Equality

He has attacked ‘racket’ of multiculturalism sparked by Blair government

Blamed the silencing of race issues for the Rotherham grooming scandal

Claims we are ‘more ready to offend each other’ as price for free speech

Britain is silencing debate on race issues by ‘intimidating’ those who dare to ask questions, according to the former equalities watchdog.

In a devastating critique of a culture of misguided political correctness, Trevor Phillips said far too many people felt unable to speak their minds because they feared being branded racist.”

Read thee rest at the UK Daily Mail

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Chicago Police Paychecks Bounce

This isn’t good. We knew that Chicago, and therefore all of Illinois, is in financial trouble. Their pension debt is twice as bad as second place California which is considered to be terrible and a threat.

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Second City Cop tells us today that their paychecks are beginning to be returned for non-sufficient funds:

Minutes ago, I talked to an old timer in 1600 hour Michigan Ave VRI roll call. He works in 016 and said when he went to deposit his 16 Mar regular payroll check in the drive-thru of a Bank of America location, IT BOUNCED. The teller told him it was Insufficient Funds, and that he needed to come inside to see a manager. The manager confirmed that there was insufficient funds to deposit the check. He immediately notified FOP, and – hard to believe here – they told him it “wasn’t their problem” and that he should contact Finance. A call to Finance went unanswered.”

The VRI acronym refers to the city’s ‘Violence Reduction Initiative’. It’s administered by the Chicago Police department. According to the linked piece it is not doing much good.

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Not Radical Islam. Expansionist Islam Is A Better Term

Islam is and has always been expansionist. Those who follow it are directed to bring it to the rest of the world. Whether it should be called Radical is an open and undecided discussion. But there can be no question that their dictates include bringing their belief systems to everyone else.

This article explains pretty well what is happening in the west. The writer uses a metaphor. He compares Islam to a Tyrannosaurus Rex. It’s an apt description on several levels.

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IT GOES LIKE THIS: Two men at the corner of Fifth and Main are engrossed in conversation. As they jabber away, one of them looks over the shoulder of the other and sees a Tyrannosaurus Rex coming down Main Street. He says to his friend, “Hey, there’s a Tyrannosaurus Rex coming our way!” The other guy says, “Oh, come on, that’s impossible,” and he resumes talking about what he was talking about. The other man says, “I’m not kidding. Just turn around and look for yourself.” But his friend is adamant. “Don’t be silly,” he says. By then the man who sees what’s coming is frantic because the monster is getting closer and closer. In exasperation, he says, “Look, all you gotta do is turn around, and you will see for yourself what I’m talking about!” But the other man crosses his arms and says in a scornful voice, “I refuse to listen to this nonsense.” By then the T-Rex is up behind him, and with its massive jaws wide open it sinks its teeth into him and swallows him whole. The other man, meanwhile, runs off to look for a gun and rally people to defend themselves against the monster.

Islam is the Tyrannosaurus Rex. It has consumed a fifth of the human race. Yet the part of the human race that has not yet been devoured is divided between a small number of people who understand it for the carnivore that it is and the larger number who believe it is herbivorous. The ones who understand try their best to warn about it. They shout, jump up and down, pay for ads on buses, write articles and books, and blog about it until their fingers are bleeding. But the rest of the people cross their arms and say, “I refuse to believe what you are saying. It is not at all what you are talking about. It is a religion of peace.”

Read the rest here.

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Dakota Meyer Is Engaged To Bristol Palin

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It’s true. Medal of Honor earner Dakota Meter is engaged to be married to Ms. Palin.

Meyer, 26, was part of a pre-dawn patrol in the Afghan village of Ganjgal when two Marine platoons were ambushed by more than 50 enemy fighters firing rocket propelled grenades, mortars, and machine guns. He made five trips into the ambush zone to rescue wounded Afghan forces and recover the bodies of fallen Marines. President Obama presented him with the military’s highest honor in 2011.

Palin, 24, had a third-place finish on Dancing with the Stars and starred in her own Lifetime reality show, Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp. ‘

Read more at Military Times

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