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Nation

Eric Cantor — The New “Mr. Amnesty”?: Mickey Kaus
Eric Cantor is up to no good, again: PJM
Barack Obama cooking the Census books over #Obamacare: Moe Lane

8 Infuriating Facts To Remember On Tax Day: Federalist
The Slow Death of Free Speech: Mark Steyn
H.R. 4380: Game changing gun legislation?: CommDig

Holder’s Race Card: Jonah Goldberg
Why Cliven Bundy Is Not Wrong- From A Fellow Rancher: Liberty & Lead
Equality in Discipline: Walter Williams

Flash Points of Tyranny: It Doesn’t End With The Bundy Standoff: Old Thinker
Operation Outreach: Christian Mercenary
Armed guards surround Bundy, supporters fear imminent threat: 8 News Now

Economy

Illegal Aliens Given $ Billions of Our Money by IRS: MB
You just paid your taxes, America, and this is what you bought: Watchdog
Raid and shoot: This ain’t your grandpa’s PD: Watchdog

Scandal Central

Helluva Job, Eric: Fast And Furious Guns Flowed Back Into U.S.: Bob Owens
Obama’s HHS Nominee Proved Loyalty to Clinton by Digging Through Dead Man’s Trash: WFB
Lois Lerner sits in her lavish $ 2.4MM house as she awaits possible contempt charge: DC

Guy Nails Harry Reid on Bundy With Google Cache of Scrubbed BLM Website: iOTW
Good Morning to New York’s 1 Million New Illegal Gun Owners: AmmoLand
It Ain’t Over Till the Little Banty Rooster Stops Crowing: MOTUS

Climate & Energy

UN Cranks Up Hysteria on Faltering Global Warming Hoax, Demands We Change Our Lives: MB
Earth Daze: John Stossel
EPA Admits It Makes Up Rules for No Reason: Outcast

Media

Diversity Is Strength! It’s Also…Racially Polarizing Politics, Despite MSM Efforts To Lull Whites: VDARE
NBC: Police Firefights In Boston Bomber Hunt Show Cops Were Over-Gunned, Undertrained: Bob Owens
Resistance!: Western Rifle Shooters

Harry Reid Wants Civil War: ‘It’s Not Over! – Americans Agree: Susan Duclos
Butt-hurt Obama Wanted Dr. Ben Carson to Apologize… But the Good Doctor Refused: ConTrib
Die Hards – Day By Day: Chris Muir

Shaun Kenney and Bearing Drift Drop Anchor in Eric Cantor’s Treasure Chest: VA Right
‘Damned lunatic’: Brainless Joe Biden tells survivors that Boston bombing ‘was worth it’: Twitchy
Mitt Romney’s Son Mocks Harry Reid With Pic of His Dad Paying His Taxes: WZ

World

UC Irvine Should Rescind Its Invitation to Commencement Speaker (and War Criminal) Obama: WFB
“Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy – report”: PW
If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?: The Week

CAIR: Sharia Law Is Compatible With Democracy: WZ
Book: Arab Winter Arrives in America: VDARE
Well, Of Course They Want More Land…: WRSA

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

MIT Whizzes Invent Magical Furniture That Changes Shape on Demand: Wired
This is Amazon’s smartphone: BGR
Big Data is the new Artificial Intelligence: I, Cringely

Cornucopia

Seasonal gym-goers, here’s what not to be: Paul Daugherty
April 15th, Taxes Galore: Do You Like This Solution?: AWD
A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia: BBC

Image: Chinese Acrobatic Ballet
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Oh, don’t worry. There’ll still be plenty of ‘offending, insulting or humiliating’ in such a world, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Mozilla CEO and Zionists and climate deniers and feminist ‘cis-women’ not quite au courant with transphobia can all tell you. And then comes the final, eerie silence. Young Erin Ching at Swarthmore College has grasped the essential idea: it is not merely that, as the Big Climate enforcers say, ‘the science is settled’, but so is everything else, from abortion to gay marriage. So what’s to talk about? Universities are no longer institutions of inquiry but ‘safe spaces’ where delicate flowers of diversity of race, sex, orientation, ‘gender fluidity’ and everything else except diversity of thought have to be protected from exposure to any unsafe ideas.

As it happens, the biggest ‘safe space’ on the planet is the Muslim world. For a millennium, Islamic scholars have insisted, as firmly as a climate scientist or an American sophomore, that there’s nothing to debate. And what happened? As the United Nations Human Development Programme’s famous 2002 report blandly noted, more books are translated in Spain in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in the last 1,000 years. Free speech and a dynamic, innovative society are intimately connected: a culture that can’t bear a dissenting word on race or religion or gender fluidity or carbon offsets is a society that will cease to innovate, and then stagnate, and then decline, very fast.” —Mark Steyn

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Report on my meeting with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to discuss the Holocaust & the rising Iran nuclear threat.

Meeting with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at the Capitol.

Meeting with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at the Capitol.

(Washington, D.C.) — Yesterday — on the 70th anniversary of the escape from Auschwitz by Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler – I had the opportunity to meet privately with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at his office in the Capitol.

I gave him a copy of The Auschwitz Escape and shared with him  some of the true stories that inspired the novel.

We discussed how Vrba and Wetzler got out, and why their report, “The Auschwitz Protocol,” was so important in telling the world the truth about what the Nazis were really doing to the Jews. I also shared with him the remarkable heroism of the evangelical Christians of Le Chambon, France, who risked their lives to rescue more than 5,000 people from the Nazis, including more than 3,000 Jews.

We also discussed the growing Iran nuclear threat, and how best to stop Iran before they can attempt to perpetrate a Second Holocaust.

Rep. Cantor is Jewish and a fellow Virginian. As I reported in this column, he recently made his first visit the Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland with a group of Israeli Members of Knesset in January.

The following month, Cantor delivered a major speech speaking of the lessons of the Holocaust and warning of the dangers of the isolationism.

It was interesting to hear him share his impressions of his time at Auschwitz, and to discuss the latest developments with the Iranian nuclear threat.

I did not ask the Majority Leader for anything. I wasn’t there to lobby him in any way. Rather, I simply wanted to share with him some of these true stories, thank him for going to Auschwitz, and encourage him to keep reminding Americans how important it is to act decisively to stop evil early, before it can metastasize.

Please keep Leader Cantor in your prayers, and pray that he will be a positive influence on the rest of the House of Representatives on these vital issues.

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>> Read the column I recently wrote for CNN.com with fmr. Senator Rick Santorum — “Lessons of history: Americans fear ‘second Holocaust’ if Iran gets the bomb”

>> Read the attack on our column by an Iranian government official — Iranian official attacks oped I wrote with Senator Santorum as “ludicrous, counterproductive and unfortunate.”

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Hillary Clinton Compares Putin to Hitler. Eric Cantor warns we aren’t learning the lessons of Auschwitz. So does Netanyahu. Are they right?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo credit: Olivier Douliery / MCT/RCP)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo credit: Olivier Douliery / MCT/RCP)

(Washington, D.C.) – It is said that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

Do Americans really remember the history of World War II, why it started and how it got out of control? Do our leaders in Washington truly understand the lessons of just how costly our appeasement of Adolf Hitler was? Seven decades later after the Holocaust, do we know how to stop power-hungry tyrants and prevent genocide before it’s too late?

These are some of the questions at the heart of my new novel, The Auschwitz Escape, which releases on March 18th. 

They are also questions very much in the news as Russian President Vladimir Putin seizes southern Ukraine and test fires a nuclear-capable ICBM; Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatens to annihilate the U.S. & Israel and moves step by step towards building a nuclear weapons arsenal; and the Obama administration vows to cut the size of the U.S. military back to pre-World War II levels.

Last month, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican, fresh off a trip to Auschwitz, warned that some in Washington are in danger of forgetting the lessons of the Second World War.

“Standing there as the frigid wind swept through the eerily quiet ruins of the camp, I could not help but regret that American action in World War II came too late to save countless millions of innocent lives,” Cantor said in an important speech to the Virginia Military Institute. “Hitler’s rise and conquest of Europe did not come as a surprise. We must not repeat the same mistake by reducing our preparedness, accepting the notion that we are one of many or ceding global leadership to others.”

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leading a nation state with Biblical roots and prophetically re-born in the ashes of the Holocaust, told 14,000 pro-Israel activists at the AIPAC conference in Washington that, “the greatest threat to our common security is that of a nuclear-armed Iran. We must prevent Iran from having the capability to produce nuclear weapons.”

“Iran says it only wants a peaceful nuclear program,” said Netanyahu. “So why is it building a heavy water reactor, which has no purpose in a peaceful nuclear program? Iran says it has nothing to hide. So why does it ban inspectors from its secret military sites? Why doesn’t it divulge its military nuclear secret — the secrets of its military nuclear activities? They absolutely refuse to say a word about that. Iran says it’s not building nuclear weapons. So why does it continue to build ICBMs, intercontinental ballistic missiles, whose only purpose is to carry nuclear warheads? See, unlike Scud missiles, that are limited to a range of a few hundred miles, ICBMs can cross vast oceans. And they can strike, right now or very soon, the eastern seaboard of the United States — Washington — and very soon after that, everywhere else in the United States, up to L.A.”

Now, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the New York Democrat, is comparing Putin to Hitler.

“Hillary Clinton, speaking Tuesday at a fundraiser in California, compared the recent actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin to those of Adolf Hitler in the run-up to World War II,” reports Real Clear Politics. “Her remarks were first reported by Buzzfeed.”

“According to one attendee, Clinton ‘talked at length on the situation in the Ukraine’ and ‘compared issuing Russian passports to Ukrainians with ties to Russia with early actions by Nazi Germany before Hitler began invading neighboring countries,’” noted RCP. “The attendee, newspaper editor Harry Saltzgaver, added, ‘She said, however, that while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II.’”

“Another attendee said Clinton ‘talked about how what Putin is doing now is similar to what Hitler did, essentially providing these ethnic Russians in the Crimea region access back to Russia. And that it was destabilizing,’” noted RCP.

The Long Beach Press Telegram reported that Clinton explained, “Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s. All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying, ‘They’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people,’ and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”

Are Cantor, Clinton and Netanyahu right? Are we in danger of forgetting the lessons of dealing with Hitler and the Holocaust at this critical hour?

God forbid. The stakes are too high.

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With Intl. Holocaust Remembrance Day approaching, Rep. Cantor to make 1st visit to Auschwitz. Canadian PM Harper visits Yad Vashem. How will you remember and teach others?

Canadian PM Stephen Harper lays a wreath at Yad Vashem to honor the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

Canadian PM Stephen Harper lays a wreath at Yad Vashem to honor the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

Next week — January 27th — is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Senior U.S., Canadian and Israeli officials are taking special steps to remember the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and to remind the world what happens when evil rises and the free world does not take decisive action.

I would encourage you to do something to mark the day and teach your family and friends, as well.

If you can, visit the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Or watch a Holocaust-related film, like Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List of Roberto Benigni in Life Is Beautiful. Or read a good book on the subject, like Night by Elie Wiesel, or The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, or William Shirer’s masterpiece, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Spend the day in prayer for those who survived the Holocaust. Pray for their families and friends. Pray, too, for the peace of Jerusalem and for the Lord to protect Israel and the Jewish people from those who seek to do them harm again.

I wish my new novel, The Auschwitz Escape, was already published. Unfortunately, it does not release until March 18th. But this is going to be a very important year in Holocaust education, with notable anniversaries of major events, including D-Day and the 70th anniversary of the escape of several actual heroes from Auschwitz, which inspired the novel. My hope is that this novel will be deeply moving for you, and teach you a great deal, a book you’ll want to share with a friend and sit down and discuss over a cup of tea or coffee.

As more time goes by, fewer and fewer people have really learned much about the Holocaust. We are in danger of forgetting history and its lessons.

Thus, I’m very encouraged that several major Western leaders are focusing on the Holocaust themselves and drawing attention to it at this time.

Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader and highest ranking Jewish official in Congress, “will travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau on International Holocaust Remembrance Day next week, taking part in an unprecedented event with Israeli, Polish and Russian officials,” reports the Jerusalem Post.

“Cantor will be joined by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Patrick McHenry (R-NC) at the mega-event with the Knesset’s largest-ever delegation abroad, even though it will take place on January 27, the day before the State of the Union Address,” the Post noted, adding that 64 Members of the Knesset will be attending the special ceremonies along with 30 Holocaust survivors. 

“This is a priority for [Cantor],” a source said, explaining the Majority Leader’s willingness to attend the event despite the tight schedule. “He’s never been to Auschwitz before.”

Today, senior Canadian leaders have been visiting Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust memorial and research center.

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid his respects to Jewish victims of the Holocaust during a visit today to Yad Vashem memorial on the third day of his Middle East tour,” reported the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). “He was joined by his official delegation, which includes Conservative MPs and cabinet ministers. According to the CBC’s Terry Milewski, Harper’s note in the memorial’s guestbook reads, ‘They are remembered always, in our hearts, in our prayers and most importantly in our resolve. Never again.’”

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Here are more details on The Auschwitz Escape for those not yet familiar with it.

Unlike any other novel I’ve written, this is a work of historical fiction. It was inspired by two sets of true  and deeply-moving stories from World War II.

The first involved a small group of German Jews, members of the underground, who made it their mission to rescue their fellow Jews, and sabotage the Nazis at every turn, until they were discovered by the Gestapo, arrested and sent to concentration camps.

The second involved a small group of Protestant Christian pastors and their families in a small town in south-central France who also made it their mission to rescue Jews escaping the Nazi nightmare, and until they, too, were discovered by the Gestapo, arrested, and sent to the camps. 

After visiting Auschwitz in the fall of 2011, I became intrigued with reading everything I could get my hands on about these two groups of people, talking to Holocaust experts, tracking down out-of-print books, meeting with Holocaust survivors, watching old documentaries, and trying to understand who these folks were, what they did, and why they did it.

What I would come to discover were stories of such pain and heartbreak inside the death camps, but also stories of such courage and hope and unbelievable heroism. Until I set out on this journey, I had no idea that an entire town in France was awarded “Righteous Among the Nations” status by the Israeli government for their efforts to rescue Jews fleeing the Holocaust. I had no idea that over 800 people tried to escape from Auschwitz, and that a handful of them actually succeeded. I had no idea that some of those who escaped did so not only to save their own lives, but to tell the Jewish communities of Europe, the Allied leadership in London and Washington, and the free world of the terrible atrocities being committed in the death camps, and to urge the world to act decisively to liberate the death camps before it was too late. Yet the more I learned, the more intrigued I became and the more determined I became to somehow convey their profound stories.

This spring will mark the 70th anniversary since those men — long-since forgotten by the world, if they were ever known at all – made their daring, spectacular,  indeed miraculous escapes from the world’s most infamous death camp. This year will also mark the 70th anniversary of the release of their eyewitness account, known as “The Auschwitz Protocol,” as well as of D-Day and the Allied effort to liberate Europe and end the Third Reich once and for all. And next January — 2015 – we will mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and shortly thereafter the fall of Berlin, the death of Adolf Hitler, the Allied victory and the end of World War II. Thus, I decided if there were ever time to write such a book and try to help people remember this history, to be drawn into it, to experience it emotionally and even to draw lessons from it for our time, it seemed like this was the moment.

While The Auschwitz Escape is a work of fiction, it is based on several years worth of research, including meetings with scholars at Yad Vashem. It is a very different book from anything I’ve ever written before, and was by far the most difficult novel I’ve ever attempted. But whether you’re Jewish or Christian, of another faith, or no faith at all, I hope you’ll find this journey into the heart of darkness and back again as compelling as I have. What’s more, I hope you’ll find this book to meditate on and discuss with others. Above all, my hope is this book will inspire you to press in and learn more about the real men and women whose lives inspired me, and ask yourself what you would do if darkness fell and evil rose and all that you knew and loved was swept away in a breath-taking, heart-stopping instant of time.

>> To read an excerpt from The Auschwitz Escape, please click here.

>> To pre-order copies of The Auschwitz Escape, please click here, or visit your favorite local bookstore.


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