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Watch: Goofball Asks Girlfriend To Shoot A Book He’s Holding – That Was A Bad Idea

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H/T Clash Daily.

  Pedro Ruiz III won a Darwin Award.   

         

Video has just been released of the moments right before the dangerous stunt went off the rails.

Wannabe YouTube star, Pedro Ruiz III, 22, had a subscriber base of just 218 and posted videos of pranks. But Ruiz had dreams of reaching 300,000 subscribers.

This young man and his girlfriend, Monalisa Perez, 20, wanted to be internet famous — and they were willing to do anything to get there.

On his last day, he and his pregnant girlfriend went to a fairground in Minnesota and he filmed himself on a ‘scary’ ride.

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Ruiz didn’t want to keep his videos to just fairground rides and silly pranks like giving his girlfriend donuts covered in baby powder. He wanted to make a real prank video like the ones that get the clicks on YouTube. He decided he’d post a video of a death-defying stunt gone wrong where he could fake his death.

Perez posted about the upcoming video on Twitter. ‘Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE,’ read the tweet.

Ruiz had Perez shoot at an encyclopedia he was holding in front of his chest with a .50-caliber Desert Eagle handgun.

Revealing that neither of them understood a single thing about guns, they went ahead with the so-called prank video.

Prosecutors in Norman County, Minnesota on Friday released video and transcripts from the fateful final video of Pedro Ruiz, 22, and his then-pregnant girlfriend Monalisa Perez, 20.

I can’t do it, babe. I’m so scared,’ Perez told her boyfriend in the transcript from the June 2017 video, as she wielded a .50-caliber Desert Eagle – one of the most powerful handguns in the world.

As long as you hit the book, you’ll be fine. Come on,‘ Ruiz responded, holding a hardcover encyclopedia to his chest.

While cameras were rolling, she fired and the bullet went through the book, killing Ruiz.

It ended up not being a prank video at all.

During the filming, Perez says that she can’t do it. Is it real concern for Ruiz’s safety or acting for the camera because she believes it’s just a stunt? Who knows.

Babe, if I kill you what’s gonna happen to my life. Like, no this isn’t okay,’ the transcript reads…

…Perez, was pregnant with her second child at the time of Ruiz’s death and their son was born in September.

In the released portion of the video from the stunt, Ruiz addresses the camera and says: ‘So if I’m going to die, I’m pretty much ready to go to heaven right now. If I die, I’ll be ready for Jesus.

‘He probably won’t accept me into the pearly gates because of how stupid this is, but I have confidence that my girlfriend will hit the book and not me.’

Perez was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to 180 days in jail.

The mother-of-two took a plea deal in December that will allow her to serve out half of her jail term in increments of 30 days per year for the next three years.

She is also banned from ever possessing firearms.

The young couple filmed the video with their preschooler present.

Their three-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, was present when the shooting occurred.

We were doing a YouTube video and it went wrong. Please hurry up,’ Perez told the 911 dispatcher in June 2017…

…If the 20-year-old had gone to trial and was found guilty, she could have been looking at up to 10 years behind bars.

The prosecutor handling Perez’s case said Ruiz’s family members signed off on the plea deal.
Source: Daily Mail

This is ultimately a sad story about our instant-fame culture. People are determined to do literally anything to get their names out there.

This young man lost his life for a stupid YouTube stunt, and his girlfriend was convicted of killing him.

He never even got to meet his son.

Where does this leave his two kids?

Watch his last moments before the stunt:

Wow.

It’s incredibly sad that this young couple thought that the way to get ahead was by resorting to dangerous stunts and filming them for a bunch of kids and people that still live in their parents’ basements to watch.

Our culture has taken a nose-dive and we need to bring it back from the brink or we’ll be seeing more tragedies like this.

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Busted: McCain’s Office Conspired With Lois Lerner To Weaponize The IRS Against Tea Party Orgs

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H/T Clash Daily.

I am not surprised that John Songbird McCain did this.

Now we know why those FOIA requests were stonewalled for FIVE years! Whatever happened to ‘against all enemies, foreign AND domestic’?

McCain publicly denied these allegations years ago.

Judicial Watch has been ruthlessly exposing government corruption. This one hits ‘swamp dwellers’ from both parties.

McCain’s staff weren’t just complicit… it was their idea!

Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the “worst decisions I have ever seen.”

In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all:”

Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time. Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely. Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints. Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.

Source: Judicial Watch

Although this oddity suddenly makes much more sense. Why would McCain’s Presidential bid have gotten Soros backing? Why did some of the unspent funds from his bid, which went into McCain’s charity come from Soros proxy groups?

Critics worry that the institute’s donors and McCain’s personal leadership in the organization’s exclusive “Sedona Forum” bear an uncanny resemblance to the glitzy Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that annually co-mingled special interests and powerful political players in alleged pay-to-play schemes.

The institute has accepted contributions of as much as $100,000 from billionaire liberal activist-funder George Soros and from Teneo, a for-profit company co-founded by Doug Band, former President Bill Clinton’s “bag man.” Teneo has long helped enrich Clinton through lucrative speaking and business deals.
Source: DailyCaller.

McCain’s infamous thumbs-down of the ObamaCare repeal (An issue McCain explicitly ran on) was the climax of a back-and-forth battle between the Senator and President Trump.

The President was broadly criticized for his “I prefer heroes who…” statement.

Do you know what kind of heroes WE prefer here at ClashDaiy?

We prefer heroes who don’t set fire to the Constitution.

Marvel Director James Gunn: Trump ‘Wakes Up Every Morning Hoping More Kids Are Murdered By Immigrants’

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H/T Breitbarts Big Hollywood.

James Gunn has an extreme case of Trump derangement syndrome.

Marvel director James Gunn has claimed that President Donald Trump secretly hopes for the murder of American citizens at the hands of illegal immigrants to help boost his popularity.

On Friday, Trump held an event with “Angel Families” to raise awareness of crimes committed by illegal aliens amid the ongoing controversy over the enforcement of U.S. immigration policy along the U.S.-Mexico border.

At the end of the event, Trump signed photographs of the victims, which according to his Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr. was something requested by their family members.

“This tone deaf oaf actually autographed photographs of murdered children,” Gunn wrote on Twitter. “I don’t know why I’m so surprised he autographed those photos. You KNOW Trump wakes up every morning hoping more kids are murdered by immigrants so it will help him in the polls.”

James Gunn

@JamesGunn

This tone deaf oaf actually autographed photographs of murdered children. https://twitter.com/lukeoneil47/status/1010236516575207431 

James Gunn

@JamesGunn

I don’t know why I’m so surprised he autographed those photos. You KNOW Trump wakes up every morning hoping more kids are murdered by immigrants so it will help him in the polls.

The 51-year-old director, whose major works include the Disney-Owned Marvel superhero franchise Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, continues to dedicate a large proportion of his Twitter activity to attacking Trump and his administration, as well as supporting various other progressive causes.

Following Trump signing an executive order to end the controversial practice of separating children from their parents earlier this week, Gunn was one of many Hollywood figures to dismiss the move as meaningless and an example of political opportunism.

“Watch this space for Trump trying to use this Executive Order (and these kids) to meet his own needs,” Gunn wrote in a now-deleted tweet,” later adding that the order was “bullshit” while describing him as “worst President in recent history by a long shot.”

James Gunn

@JamesGunn

Anyway – it then got out that Trump was going to start wrenching kids from their moms and dads again one “the fury died down,” AND that he has no plans to bring the 2300 families already separated back together again. Because he’s Melania’s jacket come to life. 4

James Gunn

@JamesGunn

And the EO & everything he said about caring was BULLSHIT. In other words, all those anti-Trump extremists who called Trump a monster are right on target. He’s the worst President in recent history by a long shot. At least Nixon wasn’t a complete fucking moron (nor a traitor). 5

After a medical examination in January recorded Trump as weighing 239 pounds, Gunn even offered $100,000 to Trump’s preferred charity if he agreed to step on an “accurate scale.”

Czechs Hit Back Against EU Crackdown on Legal Gun-Owners: ‘Free Countries Don’t Disarm Their Citizens’

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H/T Breitbart London.

Even Czechs see the folly of draconian gun laws.

Czech president Miloš Zeman has put his name to a petition opposing an EU diktat which would clamp down on legal gun-owners and backed a constitutional amendment which would guarantee citizens’ right to keep arms for self-defence and protection of the homeland.

The directive on tightening control of firearms under the guise of counter-terrorism was approved by the European Parliament in mid-March, and would see the Czech Republic — which combines comparatively liberal gun rights with low levels of crime and extremely low levels of terrorism — forced to impose new restrictions or face sanctions from Brussels.

Center for Civic Freedoms founder Václav Klaus Jr., son of former president Václav Klaus Sr., complained that the governments of non-democratic and fascist countries disarm their citizens, not free countries.

The petition urges the Czech government and parliament to “reconsider and endorse and approve an amendment to the constitutional law on the security of the Czech Republic, enshrining into our constitutional order the right to legal possession of weapons for defence and internal and external security of our state “, and has already acquired some 170,000 signatures.

Breitbart London@BreitbartLondon

Czech Prez Calls for a European ‘Second Amendment’ for Self-Defence Against Terrorists http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/10/12/czech-president-argues-for-a-european-second-amendment-so-citizens-can-protect-themselves-against-terrorists/ 

Czech Prez Calls for a European ‘Second Amendment’ For Self-Defence Against Terrorists

Czech president Miloš Zeman has said Europeans should “have the courage to invest in our own guns” in order to guard against terrorism.

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President Zeman — a eurosceptic critical of mass migration and a veteran of the Prague Spring uprising against the Soviet puppet government under Communism — has previously called for a European ‘Second Amendment’ along American lines, to deter terrorists.

“The level of international crime is growing because of Islamic terrorism,” he told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in late 2017.

“I am open and frank, and I do not use the phrase ‘Islamic terrorism’ lightly but, in the overwhelming majority of cases, it has Islamic origin. It is connected with genocide in Armenia.”

President Zeman added: “What can we do against international criminality? Invest in the police, invest in the army, and have the courage to invest in our own guns.

“My wife has a pistol. Of course, she passed all necessary tests, but now I am guarded by my wife, and not only by bodyguards,” he smiled.

“The Second Amendment to the American constitution says that everybody has the right to have a weapon — of course they must fulfil the necessary conditions and tests.

“We Europeans are a little more careful than the Americans, but after Barcelona and many assassinations, I think that the difference between Europeans and Americans is not so great.”

Follow Jack Montgomery on Twitter: @JackBMontgome

Time for a History Lesson About Gun Control

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H/T Town Hall.

Gun Control worked for Hitler,Stalin and Castro.

Advocates of “commonsense gun safety” measures have been promoting two major objectives.  One is universal background checks, about which the National Institute of Justice wrote “effectiveness depends on . . . requiring gun registration.”  Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) just introduced a bill in Congress that would do just that – create a national registry of all firearm owners.

The other objective is a ban on “assault weapons,” which have been defined in contradictory, bizarre, ways.  The American Medical Association has just reaffirmed its endorsement of such a ban, including the confiscation of all such firearms from Americans at large.

Why hasn’t Congress adopted these proposals?

Perhaps commonsense does matter.  Most guns are sold by licensed dealers, who are required to clear every sale through the National Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  Congress recently passed the Fix NICS bill because governmental units were often not reporting criminal records to NICS.  That’s why the Texas church shooter was able to buy a rifle.  His massacre was ended only by a citizen who shot him with an AR-15.

    It is doubtful that background checks for occasional private sales between law-abiding citizens would prevent any crimes.  Don’t hold your breath waiting for criminals to do background checks on each other.

    Similarly, the Parkland school shooting had nothing to do with the ability of law-abiding citizens to own semiautomatic firearms.  The FBI did nothing with the information that Nikolas Cruz threatened to carry out the murders, the local sheriff ignored his terroristic threats, and a cowardly deputy just stood outside while students were massacred.

    President Clinton did sign a law in 1994, which expired ten years later, banning “assault weapons.”  The law was not renewed after studies showed that it had no effect on crime.

    The federal NICS law, passed in 1993, prohibits registration of guns and gun owners.  Congress has repeatedly rejected gun registration based on bitter historical lessons.  Just before the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Congress forbade gun registration and reaffirmed the Second Amendment based on how the Nazis used registration records to confiscate firearms from their intended victims.

    Purportedly to fight violence in the streets, Germany’s Weimar Republic decreed gun registration in 1931, but warned that the records must not fall into the hands of radical elements.  Hitler seized power in 1933 and used those very records to disarm political opponents and Jews in order to render them incapable of any form of resistance.

    Political protest in France prompted Prime Minister Pierre Laval in 1935 to decree firearm registration and repression of the right to assemble.  What could possibly go wrong?

    The registration records were critical to the Nazis who overran France in 1940, imposed the death penalty for not turning in guns, and conscripted the French police to ferret out violators.  Despite the chance of being executed, numerous French citizens did not surrender their firearms.

    The very same Pierre Laval became the chief collaborator of the Nazis during the occupation.  The newspapers regularly reported the names of gun owners shot by firing squads.

    The brave French who had never registered their guns and retained them formed the basis for the Resistance.  To be sure, they never had sufficient arms, and prewar restrictions on “military style” firearms hampered their efforts, leaving them to resist with inferior weapons.  Yet they were able to commit acts of sabotage, gain intelligence, and sustain an underground movement to assist the Allies.  After D-Day, they engaged in open armed resistance.

    Such experiences are as old as humanity.  Tyrants, conquerors, and dictatorships of every breed disarm the subjects in order to dominate and exploit them.  Does that iron law of history mean anything today?

    No such conditions exist in the United States, due in no small part to our rights protected by the First and Second Amendments.  But history should teach us to be careful of what we wish for.

    Require registration of, or ban, guns arbitrarily called “assault weapons” or even all firearms?  Don’t bank on much compliance.  Impose felony penalties?  As the wartime French illustrated, many wouldn’t  comply even with the threat of the death penalty.

    Maybe it’s time to pursue real solutions to criminal violence and forget about a war on law-abiding gun owners.

Pennsylvania House Rep Tries To Bury Anti-Gun Bills

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HT Bearing Arms.

I hope that  Pennsylvania  Representative Rep. Aaron Bernstine(R-10)nis able to derail these anti gun bills.

As gun control seems to be worming its way through the legislative process up in Pennsylvania, it sounds like a foregone conclusion that these bills will become law. Even the supposedly pro-gun GOP in the state seems to be embracing the bills.

To be fair, they’re not the most drastic anti-gun measures we’ve seen, but they’re still problematic.

Because of this problematic nature, pro-gun representatives probably feel like their backs are up against the wall. They’re looking for ways to fight this infringement on personal liberty any way they can.

I can’t say I find fault with this particular method.

Seeking to derail two bills that he said infringe on gun owners’ constitutional rights, state Rep. Aaron Bernstine has filed 79 amendments for the House to discuss and debate.

“We’re going to do every single thing that we can do to stop the folks in the anti-gun movement of achieving their goals of removing firearms from law-abiding citizens in Pennsylvania,” said Bernstine, R-10, New Beaver.

Bernstine is a staunch Second Amendment supporter who posted video on Facebook of himself at a gun range shortly after his driveway was vandalized last year and recently tweeted a photo of him and his young son target shooting.

House Bills 1872 and 2227, Bernstine insisted, would violate the Pennsylvania constitution, which states that the right for Pennsylvanians to bear arms “shall not be questioned.”

Both of the bills passed the House Judiciary Committee and have been referred the Rules Committee. House Bill 2227 passed in an 18-9 vote on Tuesday, while House Bill 1872 passed 14-13 on Wednesday.

Bernstine’s effort is a noble gesture, even if it turns out to be a futile one. Burying the bills in amendments slows down the process completely and may well “nerf” some of the more egregious possibilities of both of these bills.

As such, it’s a pretty smart move. Even if it doesn’t block the bill, it may well make them less of an infringement on people’s right to keep and bear arms. It sucks, but this is how the legislative game is played, and while I’m sure anti-gunners are already crying foul over this one, both sides do stuff like this all the time.

The goal is to either include poison pills or, at a minimum, make the least intrusive law humanly possible.

It’s just a shame that it’s even necessary.

The solution to many of these situations isn’t new laws, but enforcement of our existing laws. With news that so many of these shooters are domestic abusers, I can’t help but see enforcement of our domestic violence laws as being the key to stopping so many of these killings. Prosecute those who beat their families and then they can’t get legal access to guns in the first place.

Lock that down and stop trying to create new laws.

But, since politicians love to create new laws, Bernstine’s 79 amendments makes a valiant effort at trying to prevent Pennsylvania from embracing the stupid that has overtaken so many states in the wake of Parkland.

Slew of MS-13 Members From El Salvador Charged With Murder of Teenagers in Virginia

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H/T Town Hall.

A slew of animals like President Trump said.

The Department of Justice announced murder and kidnapping charges for eleven MS-13 gang members in Alexandria, Virginia Friday morning. All of them are from El Salvador, range in age from 20 to 27-years old and are being prosecuted for the killing of teenagers Edvin Escobar Mendez and Sergio Arita Triminio.

One of the defendants is not in custody and suspected of being out of the country. The other ten are being held in federal detention. Whether the members are in the U.S. illegally is unclear.

“While we note in the press release that all of the defendants are from El Salvador, we did not include any information as to their immigration status,” U.S. Attorney’s Office Director of Communications for the Eastern District of Virginia Joshua Stueve tells Townhall. 

From DOJ:

According to allegations in the indictment, in August 2016, Elmer Zelaya Martinez, Erick Palacios Ruiz, Ronald Herrera Contreras, and Josue Vigil Mejia conspired together and with others to lure a 17 year-old male [Mendez], who they suspected was a member of a rival gang, to a park in Fairfax County, Virginia, in order to attack and kill him. After killing him and to conceal evidence linking them to the juvenile’s disappearance and murder, these four defendants and their co-conspirators buried the juvenile’s remains.

The indictment further alleges that in September 2016, Elmer Zelaya Martinez, Erick Palacios Ruiz, Ronald Herrera Contreras, Henry Zelaya Martinez, Oscar Contreras Aguilar, Yonathan Melgar Martinez, Pablo Miguel Barrera Velasco, Anderson Villatoro, Francisco Avila Avalos, and Fredys Baires Abarca conspired together and with others to lure a 14 year-old male [Triminio] to the same park in Fairfax County where he was attacked and killed because he was thought to be cooperating with law enforcement. This juvenile’s remains were also buried.

Each of the following members face life in prison if convicted.

The charges are part of the Justice Department’s ongoing crackdown on the violent, transnational gang. Prosecutors are seeking DOJ approval to charge death eligible offenses.

Politico Runs Op-Ed From Stephen Miller’s Third Grade Classmate Complaining He Was Untidy

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

The Politico will talk to one of Stephen Miller’s Kindergarten classmates and discover he did not take a nap when his other classmates did.

 Senior Adviser to the President for Policy Stephen Miller / Getty Images

Politico Magazine on Friday published an op-ed written by a former classmate of Stephen Miller detailing the quirks of the now-White House policy adviser when he was in third grade.

“I Sat on the Other Side of Stephen Miller’s First Wall,” wrote John Muller, who attended Franklin Elementary School in Santa Monica, California, with Miller, a key architect of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, decades ago.

“It’s hard to say how much a kid’s behavior in third grade can really tell you about the inner workings of his soul,” Muller admited, before plowing on. He wrote that it was difficult to make Miller laugh, and remembered that Miller did not laugh at all at a story he wrote about a chicken.

“Stephen Miller’s First Wall” was evidently a boundary made of white masking tape he used to keep their desks separated, which Muller said “struck me as odd.”

“I was a fairly neat kid, at least at school, and I had never spread my things to his side of the desk. Stephen, meanwhile, could not have been much messier: His side of the desk was sticky and peeling, littered with scraps of paper, misshapen erasers, and pencil nubs,” he complained.

“Stephen picked at it with his fingernails, methodically, in a mixture of absentmindedness and what seemed like channeled hostility,” he added. “This process of effacement left a thin layer of sticky grime, not altogether dissimilar from the rest of Stephen’s desk.”

Muller was just as angry about Miller’s glue habits. “He liked to pour it into his hands, forming grime-tinted glaciers in the valleys of his palms. Glue thusly in hand, he deployed his deepest powers of concentration to watch these pools harden,” he wrote.

In the concluding paragraph, Muller tried to draw a parallel between Miller’s unclean desk in childhood and his politics as an adult.

“It is at least poetic that Stephen was bent on building a nonsensical wall even back then, a wall that had more to do with what lay inside him than with what lay beyond. He thought he was trying to keep out the chaos of the world, when really he was looking for a way to explain away the chaos on his own side of the desk. For that was where chaos had always been,” Muller concluded.

These Jewish Resistance Volunteers Parachuted into Nazi-Occupied Europe

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H/T History.com.

The story of these brave men and women story needs to be told and their memory honored.

Parachutes landing in positions against Nazi armed forces. (Credit: Mondadori Portfolio/Getty Images)

Haviva Reik looked out over the fields of Slovakia. For the first time in years she was home—or, rather, above home, flying in an English warplane. It was summer 1944. For years, Slovakia had been a Nazi puppet. And now it was time for Reik, a Jew, to jump into enemy territory at the height of the Holocaust.

Just days before, Reik had been told that she couldn’t participate in one of World War II’s most daring missions, a plot in which Jewish parachutists from Palestine would jump into Nazi-occupied countries, infiltrate them, and organize Jewish resistance against the Nazis. But now, after refusing to step down from her task, she had been grudgingly accepted into the mostly-male mission. She was finally ready. She stood at the door of the aircraft and jumped.

Reik was one of over 240 men and women who volunteered for what seemed to be a suicidal mission. Since 1942, when the Nazis exchanged 282 Jewish prisoners for Germans, Jews in Palestine had known what was at stake for their fellow Jews in Europe. As word of the Nazis’ treatment of European Jews spread throughout Palestine, a group of paramilitary fighters from the Haganah, the secret Jewish army in British-occupied Palestine, hatched an ambitious plan to help Jews not through prisoner exchanges or outside pressure, but from the inside.

Haviva Reik

Haviva Reik. (Credit: Public Domain)

It wouldn’t be easy. First, they pressured Great Britain to help them get into Europe. Britain refused the plan—it was too ambitious, and they were focused on tactical objectives that didn’t include saving Jews. Finally, the Haganah managed to convince the British to help them in exchange for assistance locating and helping downed Allies in enemy territory. Great Britain promised Jewish fighters space on British warplanes in exchange for a pledge that military missions would take precedence over saving Jews.

The Haganah now had the ability to get Jews into Europe. Next it needed fighters who were tough enough to head into hostile territory. At the time, the Nazis were deep into the Final Solution, their plan to annihilate all Jews. Much of Europe was in ruins and it would take daring and smarts to infiltrate occupied countries, then help Jews.

Of the 240 people who volunteered for the mission, only 110 were trained. Finally the group was narrowed down to 32. These men and women were mostly from Europe and spoke languages like Romanian and Hungarian fluently. Some were part of the Haganah’s elite fighting force, the Palmach, others were associated with the British army, and others were active in the Zionist youth movement fighting to make Palestine a Jewish state. They gathered in Cairo to train as paratroopers. When they weren’t shooting or practicing jumping from planes, the fighters were given code names, missions and cover stories.

Palmach Haganah

Palmach, the elite fighting force of the Haganah, training in Palestine, 1943. (Credit: Universal History Archive/UIG/Getty Images)

Training wasn’t easy. Some fighters, like Surika Braverman, lost their nerve when they got in the air and couldn’t jump. Others, like Yoel Palvi, were shaken by the news from Europe. When he found out that his native Hungary had just been occupied by the Nazis, he despaired. “Our fears have come true,” he wrote. “We’re too late! Now there will be no one to rouse the Jews to resistance. There will be no one to instill in every Jew the knowledge [that they must] drop everything and flee for their lives at all cost.”

Between 1943 and 1945, 32 men and women parachuted into Europe, and five others, including Braverman, snuck into Europe via other countries. They headed to Yugoslavia, Romania, Austria, France, Bulgaria and Hungary with missions to join and create resistance groups, link Allied sympathizers with resources in England, establish partisan camps, and help Jews resist the Nazis.

One group of parachutists helped organize the Slovak Uprising; others served alongside British agents in Yugoslavia, made contact with resistance groups throughout Europe, and helped Allied prisoners of war in Romania.

For seven of the parachutists, the missions were fatal. Hannah Szenes, a Hungarian woman who was approached to serve in the mission, was captured and tortured. Her Hungarian mother was dragged to jail by the Hungarian authorities, too. After a show trial, Szenes refused to beg for her life. She was executed by a firing squad. Her mother survived and then championed her daughter’s legacy, including her poems and plays.

Hannah Szenes

Hannah Szenes greeting her brother Giora on his arrival in Palestine, 1944. (Credit: Beit Hannah Senesh/Museum of Jewish Heritage/Center For Holocaust Studies)

As for Reik, who fought for inclusion in the mission to Slovakia, she was captured in the Slovakia mountains after helping found a Jewish soup kitchen and assisting Allied soldiers stranded in Slovakia. She had refused to leave behind the very old and very young members of the group when they fled a group of Ukrainian collaborators. Reik and the Jews she had helped were murdered in a forest and dumped into a mass grave.

Those who survived became legends in occupied Europe, where their presence gave hope to displaced and hunted Jews. “Every Jewish community heard of the parachutists,” writes Marie Syrkin for Commentary. “Of course all kinds of fairy-tales sprang up around these men and women. Their numbers grew in the popular mind; the nature of their deeds assumed a more spectacular character. This idealization was inevitable. The combination of desperate need and poetic answer was bound to create the myth.”

The surviving parachutists worked their missions until the end of the war; in fact, the last group of parachutists was sent down the day before the war ended in Europe. “These missions were meant to be just the beginning for Jewish groups infiltrating Nazi-occupied Europe,” notes Yad Vashem. Even though their work had been cut short, some parachutists stayed behind in Europe to help POWs and displaced people find housing. Most returned to Palestine and lived out the remainder of their lives in modern-day Israel, where they are revered as heroes today.

“Hero” is a label that many of the parachutists who saw their brave work as part of their duty to other European Jews, struggled with. Their mission may have been treacherous, but the hope they brought to the Holocaust-era Jews made the danger worth it. “We didn’t think they would make us heroes,” Braverman latertold the Jerusalem Post’s Seth J. Frantzman. “We wanted to go to the Jews of Europe and say that we had come to help.”

Dem Senate Candidate Profits From Big Oil, Despite Making ‘Renewable Energy’ Focal Point of Campaign

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

More DemocRat hypocrisy do as I say and not as I do Big Oil is evil for thee but not me. 

(Updated): Rosen Opposed Trump Admin on Nuclear Power While Holding Stock in Company Seeking to Build Nuclear Reactor.

Rep. Jacky Rosen, the Democrat vying to unseat Republican senator Dean Heller in Nevada, has profited from investments in petroleum and natural gas, despite heralding “renewable energy” as a cornerstone of her campaign.

Since jumping into the race, Rosen has sought to paint Heller as out of Nevada’s political mainstream in hopes of flipping a seat political observers acknowledge is a must-win for Democrats to capture the Senate majority.

Rosen, a freshman member of the House of Representatives, has drawn clear distinctions between the incumbent and herself on a variety of issues including taxes, immigration, health care, and the environment. This strategy was displayed during a recent media interview where the candidate discussed her opposition to the tax cuts championed by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans last year.

During the interview, Rosen lambasted the cuts as being too skewed in favor of corporations and “big oil.”

“I support middle-class tax cuts, but what we have to do is put this bill into balance, and so it’s a little bit out of balance with corporate tax cuts [for] big oil [and] large corporations,” Rosen said.

In December, the congresswoman voted against the final tax reform package, asserting it was “designed” to benefit “wealthy donors ” and special interests at the expense of everyday citizens who only get “crumbs.”

Rosen did not abstain from using the new tax structure to benefit her financial bottom line, according to personal financial disclosures filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2016, prior to tax reform’s passage, Rosen owned between $15,000-50,000 in Valero Energy, a multinational petroleum producer. After tax reform was enacted in 2017, Rosen substantially scaled her holdings in Valero to between $50,000-100,000.

It is unclear if Rosen has divested from her stock holdings as her campaign did not respond to requests from the Washington Free Beacon for comment on this story.

The increased investment occurred even as Rosen was barnstorming the state accusing Heller of voting to lessen environmental regulations, failing to adequately protect public land, and allowing his GOP colleagues to turn Nevada into the “nation’s nuclear waste dump.”

Rosen’s line of attack was evident when accepting the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, a left-wing environmental advocacy group, in August 2017.

Shortly after thanking the group for their backing, Rosen launched into an attack on Heller, claiming Nevada deserved a senator willing to “stand up” for the environment.

“Senator Heller has been voting in Washington to block the Clean Power Plan, overturn common sense protections that reduce pollution, and keep billions of dollars in wasteful tax breaks for Big Oil,” Rosen said. “Our state deserves a new senator who will stand up for clean air and water, public access to public lands, and meaningful climate action.”

Rosen has consistently attempted to cast herself as an agent of change whose candidacy was based on holding Republican elected officials accountable in a state increasingly trending blue.

During the same interview in which Rosen made her remarks about taxes, the candidate declared, “I’m looking forward to holding Senator Heller to his policies and his convictions. What’s been happening, this term especially is that Dean Heller says one thing, then he does another when he goes to Washington.”

Rosen’s financial disclosures, however, show she’s guilty of the very allegation her campaign has been eager to level at Heller: saying one thing, then doing another.

Rosen, whose assets were valued anywhere between $5.4 million and $16.7 million as of June 2016, has numerous investments in corporations producing petroleum and other fossil fuels. These investments span from oil to mining, natural gas to electricity, and include energy giants like Conoco Philips, the SCANA Corporation, Enbridge Inc., the PPL Corporation, Pepco Holding, Inc., and the Southern Copper Corporation, among others.

Some of the companies that Rosen has invested in have long faced scrutiny from both environmental activists and regulatory authorities for the size of their ecological footprint.

The congresswoman holds between $15,000-50,000 in stock in American Electric Power, one of the nation’s largest utility companies. The company, which serves nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states and had a total revenue of $15.4 billion in 2017, has long topped the list of the nation’s largest greenhouse gas and toxic air polluters, according to the left-leaning Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In 1999, the Clinton-era Justice Department filed a lawsuit against AEP and six other energy companies accusing them of violating antipollution laws under the Clean Air Act. The DOJ alleged AEP and the other companies of making major modifications to their coal-burning power plants without making alterations, required by law, to control the emittance of smog, acid rain, and soot.

The company chose to settle the lawsuit with the federal government in 2007, for what at the time was the single largest environmental settlement in history. As part of the settlement, AEP agreed to spend more than $4.6 billion in order to curtail their emissions output, pay a $15 million civil penalty, and spend upwards of $60 million on cleanup efforts to “mitigate the impact of past emissions.”

AEP was not the only instance where the congresswoman’s financial interests seemed to outweigh her environmental sentiments.

The disclosures also denote Rosen holds between $1,000-15,000 in the Apache Corporation, a company specializing in petroleum and natural gas exploration. Apache, a Fortune 500 company that produces approximately 457,000 barrels of oil daily, stirred controversy in 2013 after one of its pipeline in Alberta, Canada, ruptured. The spill, recognized at the time as one of the largest environmental disasters in North America, resulted in nearly 60,000 barrels of toxic waste engulfing over 100 acres of terrain.

The congresswoman also owns between $1,000-15,000 in the SCANA Corporation, a South Carolina based-energy company worth $5 billion. SCANA was recently forced to abandon plans to construct a new nuclear power plant, which if completed would have been the first reactor built in the U.S. since the 1980s.

Rosen’s ties to Apache and SCANA are ironic, considering she’s devoted the entirety of her term in Congress to blocking the Trump administration from moving forward with a proposal to construct a nuclear waste repository within Yucca Mountain, a peak near the Nevada and California border.

The congresswoman has used her success in thwarting attempts by Congress to fund the Yucca project as an argument for why voters should reward her with election to the Senate.

In May, Rosen’s campaign denounced the senator in a statement for not doing enough to prevent the House, a chamber Heller hasn’t served in since 2011, from passing legislation restarting the project.

“Heller couldn’t even stop his close friend of more than a decade, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, from bringing the Yucca Mountain bill to the floor for today’s vote,” Rosen’s campaign said. “Heller has voted for a GOP budget that funded efforts to revive Yucca Mountain, and he voted to confirm President Trump’s pro-Yucca budget director last year.”

Update: This article was updated to reflect Rosen’s holdings in the SCANA Corporation and to accurately reflect the spelling of her first name. 

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