Three Christians killed by former KKK leader in Jewish Community Center shooting rampage in Kansas. Please pray for those grieving.

Mindy Corporon, the daughter & mother of two of the victims, speaks to reporters. "I know they are in heaven together."

Mindy Corporon, the daughter & mother of two of the victims, speaks to reporters. “I know they are in heaven together.”

(Washington, D.C.) — My heart is broken for the family and friends of those who were brutally murdered in Kansas, and for the Jewish community there, as well. Please join me in praying for them amidst one of the most horrific acts of intended anti-Semitism in the U.S. in recent memory.

As it turns out, three Christians, not Jews, were the ones shot and killed by a former senior KKK member at a Kansas Jewish Community Center and a Jewish retirement center on the eve of Passover. 

Authorities quickly apprehended the shooter — who yelled “Heil Hitler!” as he was arrested — and he is being held on first degree murder and federal hate crimes charges.

Dr. William Corporon, a medical doctor, and his grandson, Reat, were murdered in the rampage. They were both Protestants and from a devout Christian heritage.

“William Lewis Corporon was a man of strong faith. His father was a Christian minister, and so was his grandfather,” reported the Kansas City Star. “Reat, a Boy Scout in Troop 92 who had 22 merit badges and was working to become an Eagle Scout, was a bright and enthusiastic student who loved to sing and act. He competed in seven debate tournaments in the first semester of his freshman year at Blue Valley High School.”

“I know they are in heaven together,” said Mindy Corporon, the daughter of William and the mother of Reat.

Thus far, the name of a Catholic woman also killed has not been released by authorities.

  • “My heart and prayers are with all those who were affected by today’s events,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, a strong Christian (and personal friend), who is known as pro-Israel and very supportive of the Jewish community. “We will pursue justice aggressively for these victims and criminal charges against the perpetrator or perpetrators to the full extent of the law.”
  • “On the eve of the Passover holiday, where Jews around the world celebrate the festival when the ancient Israelites broke the shackles of tyranny, the Jewish community of Kansas City was struck by a tyrant,” said Rabbi Marvin Heir, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization.
  • “We condemn the murders, which according to all the signs were committed from hatred of Jews. … The state of Israel together with all civilized people is committed to fighting against this plague,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • President Obama also spoke out against the crimes.

Again, please keep praying for the families and friends of those killed who are grieving their losses this day. Please also pray for the members of the Jewish community who have been traumatized by this vile act of anti-Semitism.

“The suspect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish community centers near Kansas City is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of spewing vitriol against Jews, law enforcement officials said on Monday,” reports Reuters. “Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, faces local and federal prosecution on hate crime charges after his arrest on Sunday for a shooting spree that killed a teenager and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center, and a woman visiting her mother at a nearby Jewish retirement home….None of the victims was Jewish. The boy and his grandfather were members of an area Methodist church and the woman attended a Catholic church.”

Excerpts:

  • Cross, of Aurora, Missouri, had a prior criminal history and was known by law enforcement and human rights groups as a former senior member of the KKK movement and someone who had long made public comments against Jewish people, according to the FBI.
  • Both the Southern Poverty Law Center, a leading anti-hate group, and the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) have tracked Cross, who also goes by the name Frazier Glenn Miller, for years. The groups say he was involved in creating an armed paramilitary organization in North Carolina 20 years ago.
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) said Cross is a “raging anti-Semite” who has posted online commentaries that include “No Jews, Just Right” and calls to “exterminate the Jews.”
  • Cross is a former leader of both the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party, groups aimed at the unification of white people, targeting African Americans and others for intimidation, according to the SPLC. He served time in prison on weapons charges and for making threats through the mail, the group said.
  • The IREHR said he idolizes Adolf Hitler.
  • “His worship for Hitler and Hitlerism is real,” said Leonard Zeskind, president of IREHR, in a statement issued Monday.

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Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

DEMOCRATS AND THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT ALLY TO CRUSH CONSERVATIVES: Part One of a Three Part Series

By Lee Cary

Series Abstract: Karl Rove’s targeting of Michigan Congressman Justin Amash as “the most liberal Republican” in Congress signals the GOP Establishment’s plan to cull out the most conservative Republican office-holders from the GOP herd. The bipartisan nature of that effort is illustrated in the Democrat funding behind the (Republican) Main Street led by former nine-term Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette.  

 

Part I: The GOP Establishment targets Tea Party candidates for defeat

The tension between the conservative and moderate wings of the Republican Party that began soon after the 2010 midterm elections has now escalated to open political warfare.

In the run-up to the 2012 elections, the conflict was largely clandestine, with the exception of the dust-ups surrounding a few Republican Senatorial candidates, including Todd Akin of Missouri and Christine O’Donnell of Delaware.  

But, in 2012, other largely unreported scraps between the GOP Establishment and Tea Party-friendly candidates happened at the county, state and national levels of the Republican Party apparatus. A Tea Party website prominent in Texas documented several of those engagements in Michigan, Texas, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and in Western and Eastern states.

Now, as the 2014 midterm elections approach, the tension between the dueling wings of the GOP has advanced into open political warfare, in large part thanks to Karl Rove.

Back in August 2012, we asked here: “Who appointed Bush’s Architect the GOP Gatekeeper?” We can now answer that question: Significant business interests that push their candidate preferences with political donations, often to Political Action Committees (PACs) and Super PACs, coupled with the lobbying efforts of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Along those battle lines, The Hill reported on November 10, 2013 that, “Business leaders [referring to seven persons in Grand Rapids, MI] are plotting to take down Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as part of a broader effort to punish lawmakers over the government shutdown.”

In reality, though, the issue isn’t the government shutdown. It’s about national governing ideology and raw political power.

The video clip below is from the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival last June where Rove targeted Michigan (3rd Dis.) Republican Congressman Justin Amash for defeat in 2014. Four months later, in mid-October 2013, a GOP Establishment-backed candidate surfaced to challenge Amash.

Rove Transcript: “National Journal put out its ratings of the most liberal-to-conservative Republican: The most liberal Republican is Justin Amash of Michigan. Far more liberal than any other Republican.  And why? Because he is a one-hundred present purist Libertarian.  And if it’s not entirely perfect, I’m voting with Nancy Pelosi, which is how he gets up with all these liberal ratings. I vote ‘No’ because unless my side has something that’s completely one-hundred percent perfect, I’m voting with the bad guys.”

So, according to Rove, Amash is an oxymoron – a liberal libertarian. Like a jumbo shrimp.

Rove’s comment aligns with the opinion expressed by GOP 2008 Presidential Candidate John McCain on the floor of the U.S. Senate when, in July 2011, he called fellow Republicans opposed to raising the debt level “tea party hobbits.”  The idea that voters would approve a government shutdown over an increase in the debt level is, McCain said, “the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees.”

A March 2013 Huffington Post article stated that when a reporter asked McCain whether Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Rep. Justin Amash are a “…positive force in the GOP, McCain paused for a full six seconds. Then he responded, ‘They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, [or] anything else,’ McCain said. ‘But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on the right and left that get the media megaphone. I think it can be harmful if there is a belief among the American people that those people are reflective of the views of the majority of Republicans. They’re not.’”

In more genteel language, 2012 GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made the same point in a January 28, 2014 interview with Neil Cavuto on FOX News; namely, that the conservative wing of the Republican Party does not reflect the majority of the Republican Party. 

Romney: We got some terrific people, in my view, who are lining up to potentially look at 2016. I mean, you know, Paul Ryan will always be first and foremost in my mind given an extraordinary campaign that we worked on together, and his leadership in Washington. But Jeb Bush may get in. Mike Huckabee might come back. Scott Walker in Wisconsin could run. John Kasich in Ohio…

Cavuto: But Paul Ryan is your guy if he were to run.

Romney: Well, I’m not going to choose favorites. I don’t intend at this point to endorse anybody in the campaign until the primary’s over. But I start by mentioning Paul Ryan because we’re very close friends…

Cavuto: Sure, sure, as your running mate, but you didn’t mention Rand Paul and you didn’t mention Ted Cruz.

Romney: Well, you know, they represent different parts of the party.  I mean to give them a chance to express their views. But I think we are going to be best if we can unify behind a leader of the party who represents as broad a portion of the party as possible.

That’s an interesting analysis from a candidate whose campaign convinced several million Republican conservatives to not vote in 2012.

As the GOP Establishment prepares to transition from hindering Tea Party-backed candidates to actively supporting moderate candidates chosen to replace conservative incumbents, the outlets for campaign funding may be moving, too.     

A December 23, 2013 New York Times article entitled “Upstart Groups Challenge Rove for G.O.P. Cash” stated:

“A quiet but intense struggle over money and influence is roiling the Republican Party just as the 2014 election season is getting underway. At least a dozen ‘super PACs’ are setting up to back individual Republican candidates for the United States Senate, challenging the strategic and financial dominance that Karl Rove and the group he co-founded, American Crossroads, have enjoyed ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 cleared the way for unlimited independent spending.”

The fund-raising engine that was Rove’s American Crossroads super-PAC may be sputtering. In the 2012 election cycle it raised $ 117,474,408.  To date, that number for the 2014 cycle is $ 3,647,549.  As the New York Times article implies, that could reflect a move away from Rove’s enterprise. On the other hand, it may be a dispersed reallocation toward pre-selected races. In other words, a shift in funding strategy designed to yield better results. 

One new super-PAC, Defending Main Street, is committed to attacking Tea Party-backed candidates, regardless of whether they’re incumbents or challengers running against GOP Establishment incumbents. The Defending Main Street super-PAC and the Main Street Advocacy Fund are derivatives of the non-profit Main Street Partnership – formerly named the Republican Main Street Partnership.

Its leader, former nine-term Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette, has singled out Amash and another conservative Michigan Congressman for defeat in November.

LaTourette is also President of the lobbying firm McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies, a wholly owned subsidiary of McDonald Hopkins LLC, “a business advisory and advocacy law firm.”

 

LaTourette and the Main Street Partnership will be the focus of Part II: A New York TimesTop General” in the GOP Establishment’s War on conservative extremists

Doug Ross @ Journal

Quoting the Bible, Netanyahu says Israel must “choose life” in “historic” conflicts with Iran & Palestinians. Day Three report from AIPAC conference.

The PM brought the house down amidst 14,000 pro-Israel activists.

The PM brought the house down amidst 14,000 pro-Israel activists.

(Washington, D.C.) — Let’s put it this way: if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to jump into the 2016 presidential race, I suspect he would be far and away the front-runner for both the GOP and Democrat nominations.

He has enormous bipartisan support at the grassroots, and overwhelming support on Capitol Hill.

I lost count of how many standing ovations Netanyahu received from the 14,000 pro-Israel activists gathered here for the 2014 AIPAC conference.

It was a far warmer reception than he received from President Obama at the White House on Monday.

His themes were large and consequential.

The Prime Minister:

  • Urged the administration to intensify, not relax, pressure on Iran to give up its bid for nuclear weapons. 
  • Said he was ready to make an “historic peace” with the Palestinians, and urged Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as a “Jewish state” once and for all — “No excuses. No delays. It’s time.”
  • Quoted from the Bible, specifically from Deuteronomy chapter 30, saying, “My friends, on behalf of the people of Israel, I bring you message from Jerusalem, the cradle of our common civilization, the crucible of our shared values. It’s a message from the Bible. (In Hebrew.)  ‘I have put before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life so that you and your offspring may live.’ Ladies and gentlemen, my friends, never forget — America and Israel stand for life. We stand together on the right side of the moral divide. We stand together on the right side of history.”

It is so interesting to hear an Israeli Prime Minister quote from the Bible. You might think it would be normal, but it’s not. So few Israeli leaders cite Scriptures, at least in English speeches or translations that I hear or read.

How will the speech be received by the President? That remains to be seen. The Palestinian leadership is already denouncing the speech. (see below).

I urge you to read or watch the full speech, as well as the transcripts of what he and the President said at the White House yesterday:

Here’s the latest coverage of the PM’s AIPAC speech:

Here are the Tweets I sent (or re-Tweeted) out as the PM was speaking:

  • It’s wonderful to see so many evangelical Christians attending #aipac2014. Now is the time for us to be standing humbly w/our Jewish friends
  • @IsraeliPM Netanyahu brings greetings from Jerusalem, “eternal undivided capital if the Jewish people” 4th standing O
  • Netanyahu says – “Israel is humane.  Israel is compassionate.  Israel is a force for good.” (Shannon Bream, Fox News)
  • PM Netanyahu: Israel has treated nearly 1,000 wounded Syrians. #AIPAC14 (Embassy of Israel)
  • Netanyahu: Nasrallah says Hezbollah loves death & Israel loves life & that’s why Hezbollah will win. #aipac2014
  • Netanyahu: Nasrallah right about 1st part. Hezbollah glorifies death. Israel does sanctify life. But “dead wrong” on 2nd part
  • @IsraeliPM Netanyahu: more pressure needed on Iran to get the right deal. More pressure makes war less likely, not more likely.
  • @IsraeliPM Netanyahu: 17 countries have peaceful civilian nuclear power, but they don’t enrich their uranium. Why does Iran?
  • @IsraeliPM Netanyahu: Wants the negotiations with Iran to succeed. Peace better than war. But vows to do all needed to protect Israel.
  • @IsraeliPM Netanyahu: I am prepared to make an historic peace with the Palestinians.
  • @IsraeliPM Netanyahu: calls on Abbas to recognize Israel as the Jewish State. “No excuses. No delays. It’s time.”
  • @IsraeliPM Netanyahu: can’t “gamble” Israel’s security on foreign military forces. Too often, peacekeepers leave under fire. #aipac2014
  • Netanyahu says “as we work in the coming days and the coming weeks on forging a lasting peace” Wonder if that wording is significant (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz)
  • @IsraeliPM Netanyahu: says BDS movement (to Boycott, Divest from and Sanction Israel) will fail. Morally wrong. #aipac2014
  • @IsraeliPM Netanyahu: the BDS movement is not about legitimate criticism. It’s about delegitimizing Israel. #aipac2014
  • @IsraeliPM Netanyahu: throughout Mideast Christians fleeing for their lives, but BDS fights Israel, which protects Christians. #aipac2014
  • .@Netanyahu: the boycott Israel crowd doesn’t seek 2 states for 2 peoples – they seek destruction of Israel. #fact (Josh Block)
  • Another Bibi zinger: “How could anyone fall for the BS in BDS” #AIPAC14 (Chemi Shalev)
  • Good line. Netanyahu: Israel is boisterous democracy,everyone has opinion and states it.  In Israel, self-criticism is on steroids. (Herb Keinon, Jerusalem Post)
  • I’ve completely lost track of the number of standing ovations for @IsraeliPM Netanyahu. #aipac2014
  • @IsraeliPM Netanyahu: closes quoting from the Bible, “I have put before you a choice between life and death. Choose life.” #aipac2014

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Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

AND THEN THERE WERE THREE: Meet John Boehner’s Challengers in the OH-8 Republican Primary

I’m going to perform some due diligence on the trio opposing John Boehner and then try to rally your support for the heir apparent:

The Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner has drawn three GOP primary challengers – Matthew Ashworth of Hamilton, Eric Gurr of Middletown, and J.D. Winteregg of Troy. On the Democratic side, four candidates filed: Matthew Guyette of Greenville, Tom Poetter of Oxford, Morton Meier of Hamilton, and Robert Edward Crow of Youngstown (congressional candidates are not required to live in the districts where they run.)

The way Al Jazeera puts it (no link, for obvious reasons):

…a man by the name of J.D. Winteregg announced he would challenge Boehner on May 6 to represent Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District. He joined two others: Eric Gurr, a businessman, and Matthew Ashworth, founder of the United Tea Party Alliance, a group affiliated with FreedomWorks, a conservative nonprofit organization with millions at its disposal to target Republicans who are perceived as insufficiently doctrinaire [sic].

Of the three declared opponents, Winteregg appears to be the most serious threat. He avoids the inflammatory statements of some of his tea party [sic] associates, and he has impeccable conservative credentials. He cut his teeth working for the Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC founded by former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who is now the head of the Heritage Foundation, a leading conservative think tank. The Senate Conservatives Fund was founded expressly to purge the GOP of perceived apostasy [sic]. October’s government shutdown was the purest expression of its politics [sic].

Visit J.D. Winteregg’s website for starters and read his 2013 interview with the Examiner.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: Three Minutes to Destroy Gun Control

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Nation

Three Minutes to Destroy Gun Control: Conservative Post
Colorado School Shooter A “Very Opinionated Socialist”: WZ
It’s Panic Time in the White House: Hot Air

They Want You Dead: Ushanka
Boehner whines: I was pushed into fight to defund Obamacare: Craig Bannister
Tea Party Patriots Respond to Boehner’s Attacks: It’s War: GWP

Have we reached peak schadenfreude yet?: Instapundit
Illegal Immigrants Sue the State of Georgia for In-State Tuition: CI
Don’t ignore gun violence among black Americans: Dustin Siggins

Insurers fear they’ll have a net loss in enrollments for the year: Hot Air
Georgia Will Introduce Legislation To Nullify Obamacare, Sue Feds: Michael Lofti
Will Obamas Light A Candle For Each Of These Victims Too?: Sooper

Economy

Center for American progress is really Center for Crony Capitalism: Ben Shapiro
The Actual Unemployment Rate is 14.6 Percent: Joe Guzzardi
Kelo revisited after 8-and-a-half years: Tom Blumer

Scandal Central

NSA Has No Clue As To Scope of Snowden’s Data Trove: Slashdot
HHS Contractor Rejects Illegal HHS Request to Hide Subpoenaed Documents from Congress: TPNN
BATFE Implicated in More Rogue Operations: NRA-ILA

Climate & Energy

Betting big on global cooling: Russia lays down world’s largest icebreaker: RT

Media

The Tweetable Guide To Media Myths And Left-wing Violence: Ace
Colorado School Shooter Just Another Violent Liberal: JWF
Denver Post Edits Out Arapahoe Shooter’s Socialist Ideology: American Power

MSNBC’s Newest Darling Might Surprise You: TPNN
You Stay Classy, LGF: R.S. McCain
Hatemail of the Day (Language Warning): GWP

2-to-1 margin of uninsured think Obamacare is a bad idea: John R. Lott
David Brooks, the Complete Jackass: Ace
Why are anti-gun activists so violent?: Says Uncle

Chris Matthews compares genocidal North Korean dictator to center-right media: Scoop
Media Hoax On Benghazi To Save Hillary: NoisyRoom
Hey, Liberals! Leave Old White Men Alone!: AWD

World

Inside the Empire of Horror: RWN
Acing the Background Check: Mark Steyn
Bathtub Thoughts on Munitions: Winter Soldier

Aviation Technician Arrested in Failed Wichita Airport Suicide Bombing: GWP
Good News: Muslim Brotherhood Symbol Appears at Mandela Funeral: Sharona Schwartz
Japan: Bill passed banning investigative journalism: P&F

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

This is what the Universe would look like if it were a tiny model: Jesus Diaz
IETF To Change TLS Implementation In Applications: Slashdot
Apple approves ‘only gay social app for ages 12 and up’: Chris Matyszczyk

Cornucopia

Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of Photojourn-O-lism Is Complete: Selfies!: MOTUS
Hehehehehe!: Nobody Asked Me…
Obama admin hires Mandela interpreter to sell Obamacare: Cube

Image: Dear Leader Looking Down On Us All…
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QOTD: ““I pray to God that I’ll be able to still see these doctors, because they saved my life,” said Jim Hoft, founder and publisher of thegatewaypundit.com.

Just three months after being treated for a life-threatening disease, Hoft learned that his health coverage is being canceled. He told CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” on Thursday that it’s because the Affordable Care Act has prompted insurance carriers to leave the marketplace in Missouri, where he lives.

“Ezekiel Emanuel told us this—that all these companies were going to get out of the market and it was going to be taken over by the government. That’s what I’m finding out,” he said.

“The company I had, that actually paid over seven figures for the surgeries I had here in St. Louis, they’re pulling out of this market,” Hoft said. “So now I have to find a different company, and it looks like I only have two options.”” –Kudlow Report

Doug Ross @ Journal