Daily Archives: August 19, 2021

US promises NOT to charge Americans to fly out of Afghanistan after report of ‘$2,000 repatriation fee’ triggers outrage — RT USA News

US promises NOT to charge Americans to fly out of Afghanistan after report of ‘$2,000 repatriation fee’ triggers outrage


Evacuees boarding a C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021
 © DOD/USMC Lance Cpl. Nicholas Guevara

Americans looking to leave Afghanistan first have to promise to repay the government for the cost of their evacuations to the tune of “$2,000 or more per person,” but the State Department says it will waive the fee.

It is estimated anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 American citizens, permanent residents and their family members may still be in Afghanistan, and presumably hoping to leave the country – under Taliban control since Sunday – via the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in Kabul before the end of August. 

Before they brave Taliban checkpoints and hope to get a seat on a US troop transport or chartered civilian jet, however, they must promise to repay the US government for the privilege of their rescue.

One journalist did some digging and found the website of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), a State Department partnership with the “corporate, non-profit, academic, and faith-based groups.”

OSAC’s security alert for Afghanistan, posted on August 14 – the very day the Taliban took over Kabul from the disintegrating US-backed government – clearly states that “repatriation flights are not free.”

Passengers “will be required to sign a promissory loan agreement & may not be eligible to renew their US passports til the loan is repaid,” the advisory says, adding that the cost “may be $2,000 or more per person.”

The promissory note is apparently demanded in the Repatriation Assistance Request form, which is required for every single person hoping to get onto an evacuation flight, according to instructions sent out by the US embassy in Kabul – now operating out of HKIA.

Anyone hoping to leave will need to fill out the form and wait for the embassy email, before braving Taliban checkpoints to reach the airport, at which point they will have to hope a seat will be found for them on a departing plane on a first-come, first-served basis. Hand luggage only, no pets allowed.

 Also on rt.com

‘First come, first serve’: Americans warned of limited flights out of Kabul, US embassy ‘cannot ensure safe passage’ to airport

Reached for comment, a State Department spokesperson told Politico on Thursday that US law “requires that evacuation assistance to private US citizens or third country nationals be provided ‘on a reimbursable basis to the maximum extent practicable’.”

“The situation is extremely fluid, and we are working to overcome obstacles as they arise,” the spokesperson added.

Following press reports about the fee, however, State Department spokesman Ned Price said

In these unique circumstances, we have no intention of seeking any reimbursement from those fleeing Afghanistan.

The Pentagon told reporters that as of Thursday, some 7,000 people in total have been evacuated since August 14. They could not say how many of them were Americans, or how many US citizens remain in Afghanistan. 

 Also on rt.com

Pentagon DOES NOT KNOW how many Americans are still in Afghanistan, or how many were among the 7,000 evacuated so far

Over 5,000 US troops are currently at HKIA, with no plan to send them into Kabul to retrieve Americans. They are expected to make their way to the airport on their own, past the Taliban checkpoints set up all around.

The troops’ primary mission appears to be to stop the crowds of Afghans from swarming the runway as they did on Sunday, some plunging to their deaths or getting caught in wheel wells while clinging to departing planes.

The war in Afghanistan – which the US invaded in October 2001, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks blamed on Al-Qaeda – and later in Iraq has cost the US at least $2 trillion, with interest on the debt used to finance them estimated at $6.5 trillion or more. Another $2 trillion will be needed to provide healthcare and benefits to some four million military veterans, according to the Costs of War Project .

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/532548-charging-americans-kabul-evacuation/

Joe Biden Calls a Lid on Public Appearances and Remarks Indefinitely – PJ Media

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

During the presidential campaign, the Biden administration introduced a new word into the lexicon: a “lid.” His campaign has called a lid countless times without explanation, meaning it was cutting off all media appearances for that day.

Joe Biden went on vacation to Camp David just before Afghanistan fell to the Taliban and gave no public remarks on the matter until more than 24 hours after the fall of Kabul. That was a speech Biden delivered from the White House Monday, after which he took no questions from the media.

He went silent again, then delivered another speech on Wednesday, this time on COVID. He took no media questions after the conclusion of this address. He sat for an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Wednesday. That interview has caused yet more problems. Biden’s performance in it has been seen as heartless and incoherent.

Related: British Parliament Holds Joe Biden in Contempt for Afghanistan Catastrophe

Fox News reports that Biden has effectively called a lid, this time indefinitely.

In what appears to be a continuation of his campaign bunker strategy, and following his widely panned interview with ABC News on the stunning fall of Afghanistan, President Biden’s schedule Thursday contained no planned public remarks or press briefings.

The president took all public remarks, press briefings and press conferences off his schedule as he and his administration deal with the blowback from their botched troop withdrawal that saw Kabul fall into the hands of the Taliban.

Biden has taken public appearances off his schedule without explanation. Reports indicate he has left Washington for his home state of Delaware, or soon will.

Kamala Harris has announced a trip to Singapore and Vietnam after being silent throughout the Afghanistan crisis.

Afghanistan remains a chaotic and extremely dangerous tinderbox with thousands of Americans stranded and surrounded by the Taliban while they await evacuation.

But Joe Biden has walked away again and called a lid.

— Read on pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/bryan-preston/2021/08/19/joe-biden-calls-off-public-appearances-and-remarks-indefinitely-n1471203

Can We Know Absolute Truth? — The Aquila Report

We cannot know truth absolutely as only God can. But we can trust God who does know truth absolutely. We can receive from him. We can stand on the only solid rock we have since only God knows all and infinitely. 

People seek “the truth.” Religions claim to know it. Philosophies seek it. Spiritual persons think they have reached it or will reach it. Some people of course think truth in this absolute way is impossible to find. Even so, the average person assumes we can comprehend truth. They trust doctors to know the brain; engineers to build a safe building; and against the narrative of a post-truth age, people frequently affirm they can know the truth—even if they call it “my truth.”

But we cannot comprehend truth. No one can. More specifically, no human can comprehend truth, but we can apprehend the truth when we receive it as a gift.

We Cannot Comprehend Truth

We cannot construct, discover, or formulate total truth. We would have to know everything about everything. We cannot. I know only a sliver of life. You know only a tiny instance of life in this massive cosmos. I can barely know the depths of my spouse! She tells me how she feels. I see her face. I can barely scratch the surface of her inner-life—her unconscious thoughts and feelings and movements as well as her conscious ones.

As I wrote elsewhere:

When I speak with a friend, I cannot fully grasp what he thinks and feels. I do not directly experience their day, their well-being, their slight muscle soreness, their previous conversations, their sleep level, and their past experiences. I cannot fathom someone’s daily experience of work, family, friends, medicine, pain, happiness, and much more besides.

I do not know how he cares for his sister and regrets treating his father unkindly. I do not know the thousand experiences that made him what he is today. He cannot either. Our limits are such that we cannot even know ourselves fully. In other words, we are often not conscious of many basic things about ourselves.

I cannot comprehend myself if that means knowing every fact of myself, how each fact relates to another, and the depths of what it is to be a human being. We are a fathomless mystery of experience, a world of wonder.

We Can Apprehend Truth

For the most part, we however overestimate our abilities. We think we can use reason or evidence to understand everything. We can barely know how reality works (quantum physics). We can barely know anything in our tiny experience of the cosmos.

We are emotionally broken people—our feelings often vie against reason. We are willfully errant, choosing what we know is wrong. We are intellectually finite, but think we can create and shape reality around us.

At this level, we should be radically skeptical about human nature and our ability to know truth. Yet experience shows us that people do know truth. A farmer knows how to work the land and harvest fruit from it. A society orders itself around justice and peace (at least many attempt to). People can share in the grief of another person, and we have no deep reason to deny that some sense of real sharing happens here.

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Can We Know Absolute Truth? — The Aquila Report

Will the Sexual Revolution Crash And Burn–Or Is The Worst Yet To Come? — The Aquila Report

The Sexual Revolution has liberated everyone from the very things that make us happy—commitment, self-sacrificial love, children, family—and it has convinced us that those very things were the source of our misery. It is gaslighting on a civilizational scale, and it cannot last. 

In 1934, Oxford anthropologist J.D. Unwin published his mammoth magnum opus Sex and Culture, a study of 80 primitive tribes and six civilizations over five millennia. According to Unwin, these case studies prove that when cultures become wealthy, they correspondingly loosen their standards of sexual morality. As a result, societies lose their cohesion as well as their purpose and drive. In short—I’m currently working through his brick-sized tome now—the success of a society is, according to Unwin, directly tied to the sexual restraint they exercise. Once this is lost, Unwin writes, the die is cast—the decline is irrevocable.

Unwin’s study pre-dates the Sexual Revolution but still serves as a powerful predictor. His thesis adds insight to Ross Douthat’s in The Decadent Society, in which Douthat analyzes the interlocking layers of cultural sclerosis that have produced our political gridlock, polarization, and Weimar cosplay. The creative lethargy and cultural listlessness Douthat describes, if you believe Unwin’s theory, is at least in part a result of the immense amount of energy being expended on sexual endeavours (be they digital or physical). When sexual energy is not channelled towards marital monogamy, it is diffused uselessly outwards.

A key question, however, is whether the Sexual Revolution has run its course (as Dan Hitchens recently theorized in First Things) or whether we are about to see it advance further. The next battleground, if the revolutionaries manage to advance that far, would be the sexualization of childhood—which is in some sense underway. Pedophilia advocates have praised the concept of “drag kids,” which has children performing sexual dances for adults. The LGBT movement is pushing nonstop propaganda to children; sex education is increasingly a how-to course; mainstream media outlets insist that children seeing nude adults at Pride Parades is a good thing. But all of this is not nearly as far as Alfred Kinsey might have hoped—and not as far as we once went in the West.

That brings me to a horrifying story in The New Yorker by Rachel Aviv titled “The German Experiment That Placed Foster Children with Pedophiles.” Most of you will not want to read the whole thing—it is difficult to stomach. In summary, it details how German psychologist Helmut Kentler, working in the service of sexual liberation (which he thought essential for society to evolve), launched an experiment that placed foster children with known pedophiles. This experiment began in the 1960s and ran for decades with the knowledge and support of the German government. Aviv details one instance where a father attempted to retrieve his son; Kentler and the courts blocked him, and the boy remained with an active pedophile who sexually molested him. The outcome was as awful as it was predictable.

Ross Douthat analyzed the essay in the New York Times, noting that while it seems genuinely unbelievable that this took place, “Aviv explains with bracing clarity how the context of the 1960s and 1970s made the experiment entirely plausible. The psychological theory of the Sexual Revolution, in which strict sexual rules imposed neurosis while liberation offered wholeness, was embraced with fervor in Germany, because the old order was associated not just with prudery but with fascism and Auschwitz…If the old human nature had ended in fascism, then the answer was a new human nature—embodied, in Aviv’s account, by ‘experimental day-care centers, where children were encouraged to be naked and to explore one another’s bodies,’ or appeals from Germany’s Green Party to end the ‘oppression of children’s sexuality,’ or Kentler’s bold idea that sex with one’s foster children could be a form of love and care.”

In short, Douthat notes, all of this was part of the “wider Western mood, distilled in the slogan of May 1968: It is forbidden to forbid. In those years famous French intellectuals petitioned to decriminalize pedophilia, while America had its own squalid forms of predation, whether in rock-groupie culture or Roman Polanski’s Hollywood.”

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Will the Sexual Revolution Crash And Burn–Or Is The Worst Yet To Come? — The Aquila Report

New poll finds a majority of Americans say Kamala Harris is unfit to become president — Conservative Review

Vice President Kamala Harris (D) saw even worsening favorability in a new poll as the Biden administration continued to get battered over the debacle in Afghanistan.

A Rasmussen poll released on Thursday showed that a majority of Americans, 55%, said that Harris was “not qualified” or “not at all qualified” to assume the duties of the presidency.

Alternately, only 43% of those polled said that Harris was either “qualified” or “very qualified” to be president.

This is a 6 percentage point drop from the same poll conducted in April, where 49% of respondents said she was qualified.

The precipitous fall of support for Harris likely resulted from the humiliating collapse of Afghanistan as the Taliban took over the country from which the U.S. had once driven them.

Prior to the Afghanistan disaster, Harris saw her net favorability turn negative in July when more Americans said they saw her in an unfavorable light than those that said they saw her favorably. Only 45% approved while 47% disapproved for a rating of negative 2 points. Prior to that poll she had a net equal rating, with 46% approving and 46% disapproving. 

A separate poll from July found that a majority of Americans, 55%, were pessimistic about the future of the country for the following 12 months. The same poll found that only 35% of Americans were similarly pessimistic in May. 

The vice president has been criticized by some for being quiet during the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan after she was previously very vocal about her role in making the decisions that led to the debacle. 

A scathing assessment in the Los Angeles Times argued that Harris had to “own” the embarrassing withdrawal in Afghanistan after trying to take credit for the decision to leave the country. 

Harris had also been faulted for the massive failure of the Biden administration to curb the growing migrant population at the southern border after President Joe Biden appointed her to tackle the issue. 

Here’s more about the silence of Harris: 

Kamala Harris silent after bragging about Biden’s ‘disastrous’ Afghan withdrawal

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New poll finds a majority of Americans say Kamala Harris is unfit to become president — Conservative Review

What Is America Going To Look Like If This Continues? — The Economic Collapse

You can’t have a civilization without civility.  We may possess technology that is more advanced than any previous generation of Americans has had, but when it comes to how we treat one another and how we conduct ourselves, we are the worst generation in U.S. history by a very wide margin.  We have truly become a “Hollywood culture”, and I don’t mean that in a good way.  The average American spends 238 minutes a day watching television, and it is inevitable that putting so much garbage into our minds is going to result in garbage coming out.  Most Americans learn how to express themselves by emulating what they see on their screens, and so now we have tens of millions of extremely crude people running around all over the place.

If you spend any time in public at all, you know exactly what I am talking about.  Most Americans dress like slobs, act like pigs and endlessly spew profanity wherever they go.

This is something that Mark H. Creech discussed in an article that he published this week

While at the grocery store this week, a woman was ahead of me in the checkout line using the word, “Mother F&*#@%.” To the left of me, in another line, was a different woman on her cell phone. I could overhear her saying to someone, “F&$#” this, and “F*#@” that. I felt that I was drowning in a cesspool of profanity.

Recently, my wife said she was in the checkout line at Walmart, and a man was using such language without any inhibitions. Not being the kind of person to hold back, Kim said to him, “Sir, would you please not use that language? There are children present.” To which the man defiantly replied, “No!” His companion then backhanded him on the arm and said to, “Cut it out.” That was the end of it.

Sadly, it has gotten to a point where even our national leaders are not afraid to use profanity.

Earlier this week, it was being reported that Kamala Harris used profanity while engaged in a heated discussion about the crisis in Afghanistan…

Vice President Kamala Harris reportedly refused to stand alongside Joe Biden as he addressed the nation on the Afghanistan chaos, allegedly saying “you will not pin this shit on me” despite her massive role in Biden’s US troop withdrawal decision.

Before Biden gave an 18 minute speech to justify his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan as the Taliban took over the country, Kamala Harris reportedly refused to stand alongside him as he spoke. “You will not pin this shit on me,” Harris reportedly said. However in April, Harris had bragged that she played a key role in Biden’s decision to withdraw, as was reported by Politico. She even confirmed that she was the last person in the room with the President during the major discussion regarding his decision to pull out US troops by September 11.

And profane language that Joe Biden once used about Afghanistan received renewed attention this week because of the drama unfolding in Kabul…

According to Holbrooke, when Biden was asked about America’s obligation to maintain their presence in Afghanistan to protect vulnerable civilians, he scornfully replied by referencing the US exit from southeast Asia in 1973.

‘**** that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.’

Of course foul language is not just limited to one side of the aisle.

Our leaders like to consider themselves the pinnacle of civilization, and they have often criticized the Taliban for tearing down historical statues and forcing women to wear masks.

But over the past year, far more statues have been torn down inside the United States than the Taliban ever dreamed of tearing down, and at this point we are forcing everyone to wear masks.

Critics say that the Taliban does not allow freedom of speech, but when Taliban officials were asked about this they simply pointed out that Facebook is even worse when it comes to freedom of speech.

And they are right.

Critics say that the Taliban treats women horribly, and that is certainly true.

But women are treated shamefully in our nation too.  Here is one example

A creep groped a woman on a Brooklyn street this week — and then pummeled her when she tried to fight back, disturbing new video shows.

The 26-year-old woman was walking at the corner of South 4th Street and Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg around 2:15 a.m. Saturday when a stranger approached from behind and grabbed her buttocks, video released by cops early Tuesday shows.

When the woman attempted to slap the suspect, he socked her in the face multiple times, the clip shows.

And here is another example

The woman and her boyfriend were on their way to the Chicago Transit Authority Red Line subway at State Street and Jackson Boulevard Saturday night. They were waiting for the elevator at ground level to go down to the platform.

But they never made it. Instead, trouble found them, surrounded them, and attacked them.

They were viciously assaulted by a large gang of teens, and the woman was pummeled so badly that she actually needs plastic surgery

“I need plastic surgery, because the bones are broke, and still bleeding inside,” the woman said.

The scars and bruising are concealed behind the shades the woman now wears over her eyes. But the pain is deeper.

Murder rates were way up all over the country last year, and they are way up again all over the country this year.

We have become a brutal, violent, blood-soaked country, and that is because we have a brutal, violent, blood-soaked culture.

At one time the U.S. could lecture the rest of the world about morality because we lived in a civilized society.  But now we have lost whatever moral high ground we once possessed, and at this point we need the rest of the world to lecture us.

So what is going to happen as the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis continues to steadily disappear?  I am deeply, deeply concerned about our future, and this is a theme that I explored in my new book entitled “7 Year Apocalypse”.  We are in a highly advanced state of social decay, and it is getting worse with each passing year.

In recent days, I have heard so much criticism of the Taliban’s culture, and many of those criticisms are right on target.

But our culture is detestable too, and it has become that way because of the choices that we have made as a society.

What Is America Going To Look Like If This Continues? — The Economic Collapse

Afghan Christians Face Death—But They Are Putting Their Trust in Jesus — ChurchLeaders

A Taliban fighter sits on the back of a vehicle with a machine gun in front of the main gate leading to the Afghan presidential palace, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. The U.S. military has taken over Afghanistan’s airspace as it struggles to manage a chaotic evacuation after the Taliban rolled into the capital. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Although the Taliban insists it has changed, most people expect another oppressive rule in Afghanistan. That spells trouble, especially for women and religious minorities, including Afghan Christians.

After taking control of the war-torn country Sunday, the Taliban insisted it will honor human rights and freedoms, let females remain in school, and not retaliate against people who helped Americans. But based on early reports—and horrifying accounts from the terrorist organization’s rule two decades ago—fear is rampant in Afghanistan.

What Life Is Like for Afghan Christians Under the Taliban

Since the country fell Sunday, no specific reports of faith-based violence have been confirmed. A viral video of men being harshly punished by the Taliban was related to theft, not to Christian persecution, as initially claimed. And an older prayer-chain request that resurfaced has been debunked; it asks for prayers for 229 Christian missionaries sentenced to death in Afghanistan.

Those accounts may not be credible, but some believers report receiving threatening calls that the Taliban are “coming for” them. Christian leaders speaking anonymously describe hunkering down at home and avoiding their phones.

“We’re hearing from reliable sources that the Taliban demand people’s phones, and if they find a downloaded Bible on your device, they will kill you immediately,” says Rex Rogers, president of media ministry SAT-7. “It’s incredibly dangerous right now for Afghans to have anything Christian on their phones. The Taliban have spies and informants everywhere.”

A Christian leader in Afghanistan tells International Christian Concern (ICC) that persecution is expected to pick up. “It will be done Mafia-style,” he says. “The Taliban will never take responsibility for the killings.” The leader also describes mandatory five-times-a-day prayers in mosques, as well as threats to children, who will be “brainwashed.”

Speaking to CBN, a Christian in Afghanistan admits, “Right now we fear elimination.” During the Taliban’s reign 20 years ago, he says, few believers lived in the country. But now Christians number in the thousands and “live all over Afghanistan.” The man, who didn’t give his name, describes losing contact with some Christian acquaintances during the recent upheaval. He also tells of Taliban fighters visiting houses to force young girls into sexual slavery.

A Closer Look at Afghan Christians

Estimates of the number of Afghan Christians range from 2,000 to 8,000. Most are converts from Islam, and the punishment for such “apostasy” is death.

World Magazine senior editor Mindy Belz, speaking this week to Breakpoint’sJohn Stonestreet, describes the Afghan church as one of the fastest-growing in the world, with most members younger than 40. Though they number only in the thousands, says Belz, Christians in Afghanistan “are an important force…simply because of the force that the Gospel is.” She adds, “Because of the love of Jesus, the reach they have is a real thing in a dark, Taliban-shadowed country.”

A couple of years ago, Belz explains, some Christian church elders in Afghanistan bravely changed their religious affiliation on their national ID cards. The reports of threatening phone calls, she adds, “implies that the Taliban has access to this government record.”

Many members of Afghanistan’s younger generation have never lived under Taliban rule. And Afghan Christians now feel alone and afraid, according to Rogers of SAT-7. That media ministry is being called a “lifeline” because it broadcasts Christian TV programs in Farsi, provides social media and live-chat platforms, and maintains a counseling line.

Through those resources, Rogers says, female converts to Christianity play an especially vital role by encouraging their peers. “They’re saying, ‘We’ve trusted in God’s providence and protection, and you can, too, because God loves you and cares about you,’” he says. “They remind them that Jesus said, ‘But take heart! I have overcome the world’” (John 16:33).

Afghan Christians Are ‘Trusting Jesus’

Despite the fear and uncertainty in Afghanistan, insiders say the Christian community remains hopeful. A foreign national who’s worked there for 30 years tells CBN that Afghans hunger for a closer relationship with the one true God: “People are really seeking in their heart for peace, seeking for a true relationship with God, for meaning in life and an understanding of who is this God.”

Hamid concurs, saying, “The Christian community in Afghanistan is strong. They are trusting Jesus, they are walking with Jesus, despite the potential of being eliminated by the Taliban.” He requests prayers of protection for the faithful, who remain incredibly vulnerable.

As Belz tells Stonestreet, Afghan Christians lack political power, have “no one to appeal to,” and usually don’t qualify for special immigrant visas. Working for Americans or the Afghan military would’ve exposed them “to attention and danger,” she says, so few had taken that route.

Even before America’s recent pullout, Afghanistan ranked second—just behind North Korea—in the latest list of most dangerous places to be a Christian. Taliban ideology demands that non-Muslims must leave Afghanistan or accept second-class status. On its website, ICC provides a sample script that U.S. Christians can use to urge elected officials to protect Afghan Christians.

Insiders: Don’t Expect the Taliban to Change

As they patrol the streets of Afghanistan, victorious Taliban forces and officials insist they’ll restore order and make people “happier.” But the organization’s strict interpretation of Sharia law could jeopardize much more than citizens’ happiness.

Adding to human-rights concerns, Taliban fighters took control of weapons and military equipment that had been in U.S. hands. And prior to Afghanistan’s fall, a swap resulted in the release of about 5,000 Taliban prisoners.

In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expresses “grave concern” about the safety of women and religious minorities in Afghanistan. “As one of its first acts,” it notes, “the Taliban released leaders and fighters from various terrorist groups, including those who had claimed credit for several bombings and attacks on places of worship belonging to religious minorities.”

Back in 1996, the Taliban made a similar no-revenge pledge, Atlantic writer Graeme Wood points out. Sources tell him this week’s decisive victory is likely to result in a “much more strict, much more hardline” rule. A Kabul resident ominously tells Wood he expects Taliban forces to “treat their success as a reward from God for having shown no mercy.”

Please keep praying for our Christian brothers and sisters in Afghanistan.

Afghan Christians Face Death—But They Are Putting Their Trust in Jesus — ChurchLeaders

Exclusive: We Have Obtained A Copy Of The Taliban’s First Draft Of Their New Women’s Bill Of Rights — The Babylon Bee

KABUL—Through clandestine sources in Kabul, The Babylon Bee has obtained a leaked copy of the Taliban’s first draft of a new Women’s Bill of Rights.

The Taliban, who is now running the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, began work on the bill soon after liberal western democracies and individuals like Nancy Pelosi reminded them in a strongly worded letter that they should protect women’s rights. While this bill is still in its early stages, we think they’ve made a lot of progress. Let’s look at some of the rights enumerated in the Taliban’s Bill of Women’s Rights:

  • The right to remain silent.
  • The right to equal employment inside the home with the other wives.
  • The right of freedom of movement. Again, inside the home.
  • The right to free healthcare that is on par with the best veterinary care in the country.
  • The right to an education in Islam.
  • The right to be married to whichever brave Taliban fighter chooses them.
  • The right to bear children and raise them up to defend the Islamic Emirate.
  • The right to marry at any age.
  • The right to choose the color of their burqa.
  • The right to be seen in public, so long as they are fully covered and in the presence of their husband.
  • The right to speak freely with other women about how to take care of the house and raise children.
  • The right to have only one hand chopped off as a warning in cases of minor infractions.
  • The right to trial by husband.

Wow! This new Women’s Bill of Rights is a progressive step for the Taliban and it’s exciting to see what they’ll come up with next!

Exclusive: We Have Obtained A Copy Of The Taliban’s First Draft Of Their New Women’s Bill Of Rights — The Babylon Bee

Democratic lawmaker says US military isn’t responsible for getting Americans to Kabul airport safely — Conservative Review

A Democratic lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday that the U.S. military is not responsible for guaranteeing the safety of American citizens still trapped in Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country.

Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) told CNN in an interview that “it makes no sense whatsoever” to send U.S. troops into Kabul to extract American citizens or residents who have so far been unable to travel through Taliban checkpoints to the international airport for extraction. 

“The people in Kabul and in other parts of [Afghanistan] are going to have to do the best they can to get [to the airport],” said Garamendi, the chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness. “There is no way the American military should use military force to go to someone’s house or some building somewhere to extract people. That will create a very significant problem and a very significant loss of life on both sides.”

“To provide safe passage from parts of a huge city? No way — not sensible,” he added.

Evacuation efforts are still underway to extract the thousands of American citizens who were left behind in Afghanistan after President Joe Biden began withdrawing U.S. forces. 

The Biden administration was caught unprepared when the Taliban seized control of Kabul on Sunday, defeating the Afghan security forces that Biden had promised would be capable of continuing the fight in the country’s civil war without direct U.S. military support. 

Though the administration is currently running flights out of the country from Kabul’s airport, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin acknowledged Wednesday that the U.S. military does not have the capability to guarantee the safety of Americans who are unable to reach the airport. 

“I don’t have the capability to go out and extend operations currently into Kabul,” Austin told reporters

“And where do you take that? How far can you extend into Kabul and how long does it take to flow those forces in to be able to do that?” Austin asked.

The administration announced Thursday that 7,000 people had been evacuated from Kabul since Sunday when the Taliban seized control. There are 5,200 American troops deployed in the country assisting with evacuation efforts, and Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. is capable of airlifting between 5,000 and 9,000 people out of the country each day.

But asked how many Americans are still in Afghanistan, Kirby said, “I don’t know.” 

The State Department estimates there are between 5,000 and 10,000 American citizens in Afghanistan, but the exact number is unknown because the government doesn’t keep track of which Americans travel overseas. 

The Biden administration is relying on an agreement with the Taliban that American citizens who wish to leave the country may travel to the airport unmolested. But the State Department said Wednesday that the radical Islamist militants are breaking their word and blocking Afghans from reaching the airport. 

A State Department spokesman told reporters the Biden administration is “aware of congestion around the airport,” as an unknown number of Americans remain trapped and in danger being killed by terrorists. 

Anything Else?

CNN counterterrorism analyst and former CIA operative Phil Mudd anticipated Garamendi’s remarks with callous comments of his own while defending the Biden administration’s handling of evacuation. 

Appearing on CNN’s “Prime Time” with host Chris Cuomo, Mudd said that the State Department shouldn’t make an attempt to go get the American citizens who are not able to travel to the airport.

“I wouldn’t offer them safe travel,” Mudd said, explaining that he thinks it’s a bad idea for the U.S. military to attempt to extract American citizens to the airport. 

“Let me give you the bottom line. We don’t want 5,000 Ubers a day from the airport in Afghanistan going to pick up people who identify with the U.S. and then risking firefights with Taliban along the way. One wrong shot, the Taliban start shooting, the U.S. military shoots back, remember Black Hawk Down, Somalia, U.S. military forces are dragged through downtown Kabul,” Mudd said. 

He also said that “the Taliban appears to think it’s okay to let people go,” referring to the agreement the Biden administration made, and that Biden’s success or failure should be measured by how many Americans get out in the coming days.

Further, Mudd equated military missions to secure Americans and Afghan allies to sending out “5,000 Ubers.”Though,… https://t.co/e2Qnbs4xcf— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) 1629337489.0

By way of contrast, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) pleaded with Biden to rescue Americans from the hostage situation his incompetence placed them in.

“Dishonor is a choice,” Sasse wrote to the president Thursday. “Naively hoping the Taliban gives Americans and our allies safe passage to Kabul’s airport is not a plan — it’s a hostage situation. We have better options. Give American troops the power to push back the airport perimeter and create safe, American-controlled corridors to the airport. We cannot wait for Americans to find their own way. Go get them. It’s the duty of the commander-in-chief.”

Democratic lawmaker says US military isn’t responsible for getting Americans to Kabul airport safely — Conservative Review

SHOCKINGLY INEPT: Biden State Department Spokesman Still has NO IDEA How Many Americans Are Left Trapped Inside Afghanistan (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Joe Biden State Department Spokesman and soy boy Ned Price spoke with reporters on Thursday — five days after the Taliban swept into Kabul and took control of the streets.

During the Q-and-A session Price was asked about the number of Americans still trapped inside Afghanistan. He had no idea.

Ned Price: Well, we have been consistent in explaining that in every country Americans register with the embassy. So it’s a voluntary thing… And the president has been very clear that we are going to do as much as we can for as long as we can and our first priority is the safe repatriation of the American people… We sent a message to all Americans who want repatriation. We have already repatriated many Americans. Just today there were 6,000 people many of whom are American citizens at the airport compound. 

They have no idea how many are out there.

It’s so bad that “proud sh*tholer” Phil Mudd is going off on the State Department.

SHOCKINGLY INEPT: Biden State Department Spokesman Still has NO IDEA How Many Americans Are Left Trapped Inside Afghanistan (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Biden Admin Tells Americans Stranded In Afghanistan To Pay For Their Own Flights Home — Conservative Review

The Biden Admin is charging Americans $2,000 or more for a ticket out of Afghanistan after the botched troop withdrawal forced U.S. citizens to flee the country.

Biden Admin Tells Americans Stranded In Afghanistan To Pay For Their Own Flights Home — Conservative Review

Taliban reportedly going ‘door-to-door’ looking for Christians to kill them — Conservative Review

Christians in Afghanistan say they are fleeing to the mountains as Taliban militants are reportedly going door to door in search of believers in order to kill them. 

It’s the beginning of what many have anticipated to be a brutal, terroristic Taliban reign. The radical Islamist militants have swept through Afghanistan at an alarming rate in recent weeks as U.S. troops were withdrawn, and already they are seeking enemies to their cause.

In an official statement issued this week, leaders in the underground Afghanistan church told missionary group Frontier Alliance International that Christians are being targeted for execution:

The Taliban has a hit list of known Christians they are targeting to pursue and kill. The US Embassy is defunct and there is no longer a safe place for believers to take refuge. All borders to neighboring countries are closed and all flights to and from have been halted, with the exception of private planes. People are fleeing into the mountains looking for asylum. They are fully reliant on God, who is the only One who can and will protect them.

The Taliban are going door-to-door taking women and children. The people must mark their house with an “X” if they have a girl over 12 years old, so that the Taliban can take them. If they find a young girl and the house was not marked they will execute the entire family. If a married woman 25 years or older has been found, the Taliban promptly kill her husband, do whatever they want to her, and then sell her as a sex slave.

Husbands and fathers have given their wives and daughters guns and told them that when the Taliban come, they can choose to kill them or kill themselves—it is their choice.

One anonymous Afghan Christian leader told CBN Newsthis week that the Taliban’s public insistence that the new regime will be inclusive and tolerant are bald-faced lies. Instead, they desire to rout out Christians from the population.

“Right now we fear elimination,” he said. “The Taliban are going to eliminate the Christian population of Afghanistan.”

The leader said he has already lost contact with other believers in different cities and he fears that the persecution has only begun. 

He added that in some cases Christians are known to their communities and are obvious targets for the Taliban, who he said “are famous for carrying out” the death penalty. 

Others are in hiding, but that hasn’t stopped the Taliban from searching for their identity. Taliban fighters have reportedly been rifling through people’s phones in search of Bible apps. 

“We’re hearing from reliable sources that the Taliban demand people’s phones, and if they find a downloaded Bible on your device, they will kill you immediately,” Dr. Rex Rogers, president of Middle Eastern Christian TV network SAT-7 North America, told the Religious News Service

“It’s incredibly dangerous right now for Afghans to have anything Christian on their phones. The Taliban have spies and informants everywhere,” he added.

According to Open Doors USA, Afghanistan is the world’s second most dangerous place for Christians. 

Persecution notwithstanding, during the last 20 years of U.S. military occupation, several thousand Afghan people reportedly became followers of Jesus. Though any level of security they once enjoyed now appears to be gone as Taliban forces raid cities and homes.

Christians around the world are now joined in prayer for their Afghan brothers and sisters.

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

Taliban reportedly going ‘door-to-door’ looking for Christians to kill them — Conservative Review

France Deploys Special Forces To Rescue Citizens Stranded in Afghanistan — Conservative Review

France is deploying special forces to rescue its citizens stranded in war-torn Afghanistan, according to the country’s media.The post France Deploys Special Forces To Rescue Citizens Stranded in Afghanistan appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

France Deploys Special Forces To Rescue Citizens Stranded in Afghanistan — Conservative Review

BIDEN IS A MONSTER: State Dept. Officials in Kabul Sent Cable to Secretary of State Blinken and Biden Officials in July Warning of Taliban Gains and Need for Fast Evacuations — The Gateway Pundit


Chaotic scene at the Kabul International Airport earlier this week.

Nearly two dozen State Department officials in Kabul sent a dissent cable to Secretary of State Tony Blinken and another top State Official in July warning of the frightening scale of the Taliban gains across the country. The US officials in Kabul warned of the need for quick evacuations of US citizens in the country.

The cable message was ignored.

Vivian Salama at The Wall Street Journal reported:

About two dozen State Department officials serving at the embassy in Kabul sent an internal memo to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and another top State Department official last month warning of the potential collapse of Kabul soon after the Aug. 31 troop withdrawal deadline, according to a U.S. official and a person familiar with the cable.

The cable, sent via the State Department’s confidential dissent channel, warned of rapid territorial gains by the Taliban and the subsequent collapse of Afghan security forces, and offered recommendations on ways to mitigate the crisis and speed up an evacuation, the two people said.

The cable, dated July 13, also called for the State Department to use tougher language in describing the atrocities being committed by the Taliban, one of the people said.

The classified cable represents the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent and Afghanistan’s military may be unable to stop it.

The Biden State Department still has NO IDEA how many Americans are left in Afghanistan. The reports range from 10,000 to 20,000 Americans still in the country.

SHOCKINGLY INEPT: Biden State Department Spokesman Still has NO IDEA How Many Americans Are Left Trapped Inside Afghanistan (VIDEO)

BIDEN IS A MONSTER: State Dept. Officials in Kabul Sent Cable to Secretary of State Blinken and Biden Officials in July Warning of Taliban Gains and Need for Fast Evacuations — The Gateway Pundit

DHS New Warning: Domestic Violent Extremists — VCY America

Date:  August 19, 2021 
Host:  Jim Schneider 
​Guest:  Mat Staver 
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Last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security issued a national terrorism advisory bulletin.  It implies that if Americans question and challenge the COVID shot mandates, they are considered potential domestic violent extremists.  Additionally, those making claims of election fraud are also suspected of being domestic terrorists.  

What’s so unusual about this is that while the government is so concerned with labeling those concerned about our election process and those who don’t want a COVID shot as potential extremists, there seems to be much less concern regarding those crossing our borders illegally, about those adhering to Sharia law who enter America, or those targeting law enforcement agencies.

Returning to Crosstalk to discuss this issue was Mat Staver.  Mat is the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

Mat laid out his views concerning the bulletin from the DHS, the National Terrorism Advisory System, that was issued on August 13.  Jim noted it mentions the 20thanniversary of 9/11 but it’s not against Islamic terrorism, just barely mentions Al Qaeda and no mention of Hamas or the Taliban.  However, don’t question the election, mandated vaccines or what the CDC is saying.

Mat went on to describe how the bulletin warns about threats “…posed by domestic terrorists, individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence.  Such threats are also exacerbated by impacts of the ongoing global pandemic, including grievances over public health safety measures and perceived government restrictions.”  

This program highlighted the contrast between the pro-vax push and the historic Nuremberg Code, how the pro-vax push is affecting people in various industries, the Bill Gates factor, opinions from callers and much more. 

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DHS New Warning: Domestic Violent Extremists — VCY America

Majority of both Democrats and Republicans in AP-NORC survey think the Afghanistan war was not worth fighting — Conservative Review

A majority of adults in a recent nationwide poll believe that the Afghanistan war was not worth fighting, according to an AP-NORC survey carried out Aug. 12-16.

While 62% thought the Afghanistan war was not worth fighting, only 35% felt that it was worth fighting. And the figures were similar with respect to the Iraq war (2003-2011), with 63% indicating that it was not worth fighting and 34% indicating that it was worth it.

The sentiment spanned the political spectrum as well, as majorities of both Democrats and Republicans did not think that either war was worthwhile.

Regarding Afghanistan, 57% of Republicans thought the war was not worth fighting compared to 67% of Democrats who felt that way. And 42% of Republicans believed it was worth fighting, while 29% of Democrats felt that way.

Regarding the war in Iraq, 53% of Republicans thought it was not worth fighting, while 70% of Democrats held that view. And 45% of Republicans indicated it was worth fighting, compared to 27% of Democrats who expressed that same opinion.

In the Iraq war, a United States–led coalition overthrew the authoritarian government of Saddam Hussein. U.S. troops were withdrawn in 2011.

“The nationwide poll was conducted August 12-16, 2021 using the AmeriSpeak® Panel, the probability-based panel of NORC at the University of Chicago. Online and telephone interviews using landlines and cell phones were conducted with 1,729 adults. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.2 percentage points,” according to apnorc.org.

President Joe Biden and his administration have recently come under heavy criticism for bungling the effort to pull U.S. forces out of Afghanistan. The Taliban seized power on Sunday and captured the capital of Kabul and the U.S. is now scrambling to evacuate American citizens and others.

“It’s appalling that Joe Biden would even dare to mention World Humanitarian Day in the midst of the humanitarian crisis that he created in Afghanistan,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) tweeted on Thursday. “This President & his administration exist in an alternate universe untethered to reality.”

statement from President Biden regarding World Humanitarian Day reads in part: “On this World Humanitarian Day, we pay tribute to the humanitarian workers and everyone on the ground – from all walks of life and nationalities – advocating for and delivering life-saving aid to the most vulnerable every day. We also reaffirm our commitment to put human rights at the center of our foreign policy – not through endless military deployments, but with our diplomacy, our economic tools, supporting aid workers and organizations, and rallying the world to join us.”

Majority of both Democrats and Republicans in AP-NORC survey think the Afghanistan war was not worth fighting — Conservative Review

Sen. Marsha Blackburn says the president ‘needs to fire his national security team’ — Conservative Review

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) says that President Joe Biden needs to terminate his national security team, beginning with national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

“Joe Biden needs to fire his national security team, starting with Jake Sullivan,” Blackburn declared in a Thursday tweet.

Blackburn’s call for a mass firing comes as the Biden administration faces heavy criticism over issues related to efforts to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan. The Taliban has swiftly taken over the country, seizing the capital city of Kabul on Sunday, but the U.S. is currently scrambling to evacuate its citizens and others from Afghanistan.

“Maybe Joe should lead by example and start with himself first,” a tweet declared in response to Blackburn’s comment.

“He should fire his entire administration including himself. He is a disaster!” another tweet said in response to Blackburn’s post.

“Biden needs to step down as president,” another tweetsaid.

But while some targeted Biden, other Twitter users targeted Blackburn.

“Tennessee needs to fire you,” one tweet declared.

“You need to be voted out of office,” another tweetproclaimed.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said in a tweet Wednesday that President Biden’s defense and foreign policy team needs to resign.

“This is the worst foreign policy debacle since Vietnam, due to Joe Biden. He has lost the confidence of the American people and the ability to lead. Biden’s entire defense and foreign policy team must resign, and there must be a full congressional inquiry,” Hawley tweeted. 

“In the immediate term, we must focus on getting Americans trapped in Afghanistan out safely. That should be our top priority,” another tweet declared.

In the immediate term, we must focus on getting Americans trapped in Afghanistan out safely. That should be our top priority.— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO)  1629309300.0

Brett Bruen, who previously served as director of global engagement at the Obama White House, recently contended in an opinion piece that the president needs to fire Sullivan and others.

“President Biden needs to fire his national security adviser and several other senior leaders who oversaw the botched execution of our withdrawal from Afghanistan. He has to restructure how and with whom he is making major foreign policy decisions, allowing for more input from career experts,” Bruen wrote.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn says the president ‘needs to fire his national security team’ — Conservative Review

‘Pfizer+’ Monthly Booster Subscription Program Announced — The Babylon Bee

NEW YORK, NY—Following the popular trend of providing consumers constant access to products or services they think they need, Pfizer has announced a subscription service that will provide monthly COVID-19 vaccines to all members, called Pfizer+.

Pfizer+ offers the following additional benefits:

  • Monthly vaccine booster
  • Access to some of Pfizer’s other popular drugs
  • Gold badge for social media virtue signals
  • Video library of the mainstream media shaming unvaccinated individuals

Pfizer+ will also launch with a Super Premium Plus tier for the consumer who just can’t get enough of giant pharmaceutical companies with shady pasts. Benefits include:

  • An autographed photo of Dr. Fauci
  • A mobile app that alerts you when an unvaccinated person is nearby
  • Monthly shipment of masks

Monthly fees for the service were not announced, as Pfizer has partnered with the IRS to extract an annual fee from all taxpayers for the foreseeable future.

On launch day, the pharmaceutical giant announced Pfizer+ subscriptions had generated enough profits to pay for the billions of dollars in criminal and civil lawsuits stemming from decades of false advertising, data manipulation, bribing foreign government officials, and lying to doctors.

‘Pfizer+’ Monthly Booster Subscription Program Announced — The Babylon Bee

Oliver North: Taliban Now Has Lists of Names, Addresses and Phone Number of Every Afghan Who Worked for USA Thanks to Abandoned US Embassy (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Lt. Col. Oliver North joined Sean Hannity tonight to discuss the Biden catastrophe in Afghanistan.

Oliver North told Sean Hannity that the outer perimeter at the Kabul Airport has serious problems because the Taliban now has lists of the names and phone numbers of every Afghan who has worked for our country in the last 20 years. 

The evolving Afghanistan bloodbath lays at the feet of Joe Biden and the Democrats.

Lt. Colonel Oliver North: They’ve got the bank records. They got it all thanks to the embassy… It is being reported that the Taliban has captured the payroll data from the American embassy and the Kabul banks showing the names, addresses and phone numbers for locals now being hunted down. 

Number Five: There are 50 or more Afghan Air Force fixed wing and helicopter aircraft now safely on the ground in neighboring countries. The senior Afghan officer has appealed directly for help. I have his phone number. Is anyone going to answer his calls? If not, if you’re in the government of the United States, give me a call. I’ll give you his phone number. He’s desperate that the 500 who came out with him get somewhere safe before they are bounced out of Uzbekistan or Tajikistan or God knows where else.

Number Six. The Communist Chinese are apparently on scene working with the Taliban in ways to further disgrace the USA…

Via Hannity:

Oliver North: Taliban Now Has Lists of Names, Addresses and Phone Number of Every Afghan Who Worked for USA Thanks to Abandoned US Embassy (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

August 19 Evening Quotes of The Day

Temptations Draw Out What Is Already Inside
Genesis 6:4; Luke 6:45; James 1:14

Temptations and occasions put nothing into a man, but only draw out what was in him before.

JOHN OWEN

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Civil Laws Are Not Always Just
2 Kings 11:14; 2 Chronicles 23:13; Isaiah 10:1–2; Acts 5:29; 17:7

All is not lawful or just that is statute by civil laws, neither yet is everything sin before God which ungodly persons allege to be treason.

JOHN KNOX

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.