Bernie Sanders ‘Sickened’ That Man Who Shot Scalise Volunteered for His Presidential Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said, in prepared remarks delivered on the House floor, that he was “sickened” that the man who shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-AL), and wounded four others, volunteered for his presidential campaign in Iowa.

Sanders condemned the shooting carried out by James T. Hodgkinson, 66:

I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in or society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values.

I know I speak for the entire country in saying that my hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded, make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm.

According to Politico, Sanders aides would not allow reporters to question the senator. Instead, they handed out the prepared statement Sanders read on the House floor.

Hodgkinson, who was neutralized by Capitol Hill Police, was a member of many left-wing, anti-Republican groups, including “Terminate The Republican Party.” Breitbart News also reported that other groups he was part of include:

Hodgkinson wrote several to his local paper, the Belleville News Democrat, criticizing Republicans, tax policy, and income inequality.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) told a reporter that Hodgkinson “was there to kill as many Republican members as possible.”

In addition to Scalise, Zachary Barth, Matt Mika, Special Agent David Bailey, and Special Agent Crystal Griner were also shot.

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Sharia-Advocate Linda Sarsour Asks CUNY Graduates to ‘Embody Courage and Selflessness’ of Men Who Died Saving Muslim Teen

NEW YORK, NY — Leftist Sharia advocate Linda Sarsour asked the graduating class of the CUNY School of Public Health if they were “ready to embody the courage and selflessness” of three men who were stabbed to save a Muslim teenager and her friend from a man who was harassing them in Portland last month, during her commencement speech at the historic Harlem Theater.

“Taliesin [Myrddin Namkai Meche], Ricky [Best] and Micah [Fletcher] were strangers to one another,” Sarsour said. “In a matter of mere minutes, they made separate decisions to go from bystanders to heroes, to defend one African-American young woman student and her Muslim friend wearing [a] hijab as they were being aggressively harassed by a man on a train in Portland. Taliesin and Ricky lost their lives, but their courage will live on forever and has restored a small, empty place in my heart.”

She asked the audience, “Are we all ready to embody the courage and selflessness of Taliesin and Ricky and Micah? I am here tonight during the holy month of Ramadan,” Sarsour said. “This is a month of contemplation and reflection, increase in spirituality, closeness to God and charity.” She added, “We in this room must commit to never being a bystander to poverty, lack of jobs and health care, sexism and violence, discrimination, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and homophobia. We will stand up, we will speak truth to power no matter what the consequences.”

Sarsour’s invitation to speak at the CUNY commencement was not without controversy. Jewish groups, Democrats and Republicans alike called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bar Sarsour from speaking due to her support for and involvement with the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. She was one of the leaders of the Women’s March against President Donald Trump in Washington the day after his inauguration.

Instead of saying “as-salamu alaykum,” Sarsour opened up her speech by uttering the English translation of the Arabic greeting. “May peace and blessings be upon you all,” she told the audience. After giving “a huge shoutout to the graduating Class of 2017,” Sarsour said, “We made it! I made it here, and you already know it’s been a more than a eventful experience for me, and I’m still standing and still unapologetically Muslim-American, Palestinian-American and from Brooklyn, New York!”

She said, “I’m from Brooklyn, and I came here to tell it like it is. We live in difficult and uncertain times. And tonight, I use my platform to honor three men and to hold them up as beacons of life for all of us.”

According to the New York Post, approximately a group of demonstrators protested Sarsour outside of the CUNY graduation ceremony.

Rory Lancman, a leading New York City Democrat from Queens, previously called on his fellow progressives to recognize Sarsour as a bigot. “I want to emphasize that Linda’s statements on social media and at rallies are Linda’s– she owns them,” Lancman told the Algemeiner. “They have a history of antisemitism, of anti-Zionism – if you can believe that is something someone would still traffic in, in 2017 – and of hostility and threats towards people who disagree with her.”

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) created a video asking Sarsour to explain her “support for terrorism on many different occasions. That’s the question that all of us have that we don’t understand,” he said inviting her to publicly address this. Sarsour never did.

Sarsour also stated that she was “honored and privileged” to share the stage with convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh who was recently deported from the United States for lying about past conviction, as a result of her involvement in the murder of two Israelis, on her immigration papers.

Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, addressed a letter to Cuomo expressing his “shock and horror” that Sarsour was tapped by CUNY’s Graduate School of Public Health & Public Policy as their commencement speaker, and had urged him to cancel her appearance at the taxpayer-funded university.

“Sarsour is a bigot and a divider,” Klein wrote. “It disgraces the state and city of New York for a taxpayer-funded university to confer this honor on her.” He pointed out that “Sarsour’s values conflict with American values.”

Despite this, and other incidents, on Wednesday, over 100 leftist Jewish individuals and organizations signed a letter, published on Medium, supporting the social justice warrior and condemning attacks against her.

“We will not stand by as Sarsour is falsely maligned, harassed and smeared, as she, her organization and her family suffer vicious public threats and intimidation, ” part of the letter reads. “We unequivocally oppose these assaults against her, and publicly state our commitment to working alongside her for a more just and equal society.”

The letter also reads, “We may not agree with Sarsour on all matters. We do not offer our stamp of approval to every tweet or message she has ever posted.”

Sarsour has tweeted that “nothing is creepier than Zionism,” has suggested that ” and said that Zionism and feminism are not compatible. She also tweeted that anti-Islamist writers Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali deserve an “a$$ whipping” and that she wishes she could have their “vaginas taken away” for their opposition to Sharia law, which she supports.

Signatories to the letter include J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami, the National Council of Jewish Women’s Nancy Kaufman, T’ruah’s Rabbi Jill Jacobs, HIAS’s Mark Hetfield, Rabbis from Congregation B’nai Jeshurun (a reform synagogue in New York), playwright Tony Kushner, and New York City Council member Brad Lander.

Sarsour later added in his speech, “I love my country. It gave my Palestinian immigrant parents who lived under military occupation the opportunities to give me and my siblings a better life; and I am forever grateful,” she said referring to Israel in the way the left often does. Quoting Malcolm X, she said, “Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”

She completed her talk by reading a quote attributed to an Aboriginal woman named Lilla Watson. “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Iran’s Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi: Civil Disobedience for a Free Iran

BEVERLY HILLS — In an interview with Breitbart News on Monday, Iran’s exiled Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi called for greater American and international support for Iran’s freedom-craving people.

The crown prince is the son of Iran’s last king, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. He is the president of the National Council for Free Elections in Iran.

“We realize that the current regime is not going to voluntarily leave the scene, which is why we have put together a campaign of resistance and civil disobedience,” Pahlavi told Breitbart News. “And that’s why we’ve been in contact with a variety of secularists within Iran representing all sorts of views from workers to teachers to labor unions” to other organizations.

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Adelle Nazarian of Breitbart News interviews Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi. (Photo: Adelle Nazarian for Breitbart News)

Over half of Iran’s population is under the age of 40. The crown prince noted that the advent of social media and technology is a priceless tool in the quest for freedom. “And fortunately in this world of social media and Internet communication most of the give and take happens by means that were not available 20 years ago,” he said.

Pahlavi recently penned a letter to President Donald Trump congratulating him on his victory. Asked how he views Trump and his administration with regard to U.S.-Iran relations, he said, “I think the current president has indicated that he wants to be much more in support of strengthening the people’s hand and, at the same time, weakening the regime. And I think that’s exactly what we were hoping to hear.”

He said this rhetoric and support “should not be limited to the U.S,” adding that he’s “always advocated that the empowerment of any people is always the best solution at the end, especially when they have to fight very oppressive regimes. So, engaging with the people, helping civil society in these countries, is the quickest path to maximizing the success of such nations to overcome whatever struggle they are facing.”

Iran’s former  recently died. The businessman had a checkered political past and was considered the father of Iran’s nuclear program. While some within the regime described his as a “man of peace,” he was better remembered by many of the Iranian people as an oppressor and for having orchestrated several international terrorist atrocities.

The crown prince also commented on the recent death of Iran’s former president, Hashami Rafsanjani, who was described in the media as a “man of peace” but who was the father of Iran’s nuclear program, as well as an oppressive ruler. Pahlavi compared Rafsanjani’s death to the passing of Cuba’s late dictator Fidel Castro: “It’s not the same anymore, no matter how many more junior cadres remain. And in that sense, more of a void will be created.” He noted the importance of making sure that “the void is filled with the proper alternative. That’s something everyone should be concerned with.”

Earlier Monday evening, Pahlavi addressed a private audience and urged “civil disobedience by means of non-violence.”

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Reza Pahlavi (middle) receiving key to the city from current Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch (right) and former mayor Lili Bosse (left). (Photo: Adelle Nazarian for Breitbart News)

Although he did not mention President Barack Obama by name, the crown prince said, “When you fight extremely brutal regimes, such movements cannot succeed without having tacit support from other freedom-loving countries and governments.” His words evoked memories of the failure of the Obama administration to provide much-needed support to the ailing Iranian people during the 2009 Green Revolution and the stolen election that fueled it.

With Rafsanjani’s death, however, the crown prince noted that “the regime is pretty much beginning to show indications of fragmentation, going eventually towards their collapse.” He noted “the importance of making sure that the path to the alternative is as smooth as possible and that complete measures are taken to make sure that a dictatorship will not be replaced by another one. And that, indeed, it is the people who will triumph and nobody else.”

Asked if the crown prince would consider taking on an elected or lineal leadership role in his country of birth, and the land where his father reigned as its last king, Pahlavi said:

I’ve always said this is not about me. It’s about the Iranian people and their opportunity to finally get self-determination and freedom. That’s my only objective at this point. And the day that we have free elections will be the day I will consider my political mission in life accomplished. From that day on, I cannot tell you now what the circumstances will be. I’ve always said that I’m ready to serve my country, in whatever capacity that my constituents choose.

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(This article was originally written published on Breitbart News)

Second to None  Gun

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” That’s the genius behind the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) slogan and it was the very phrase that came to my mind when news broke of yesterday’s heartbreaking crime.

In the wake of Friday’s tragedy, which sent riveting shock waves through the hearts of Americans as we learned that 20-year-old Adam Lanza took the lives of 27 people – including his own – (20 of which were children between the ages of 6 and 7. THESE WERE KIDS) at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut and with tears welling up in my eyes, I began to think and came to find this: It really doesn’t matter what the motives are behind committing cold, gruesome murder. The fact of that matter is it happened and will more likely than not, happen again. It’s an unfortunate facet of the way life works but is also a great testament to the gravity of what needs to be done at both the federal and state levels to guarantee against future tragedies. No one was able to escape the wrath of Adam’s rage and the fact that it was taken out on such tender, pure, innocent souls is all the more disturbing.

Let’s face it, having guns in homes is a deep part of American culture. We have a long tradition of hunting and sportsmen in this country and a lot of people who want to make sure they can protect  themselves. An attempt to eradicate guns across the board would make prohibition look like a day in the park. Just hours after POTUS secured his reelection he ordered the U.S. mission to the United Nations delegation to vote in favor of a UN proposal to fast track an international gun control treaty (which establishes a bizarre moral equivalence between countries that trade arms to defend freedom and those that do so to suppress and extinguish it). While I’m not advocating for an entire ban on guns by any means or expressing support for a treaty that would necessarily pose a significant threat to our national security or our constitutional rights, I’m starting to question whether weapons that were designed for soldiers in war should be in our streets.

With the gun violence-related events that have been occurring in our country over this past year, it should come as no surprise that we’ll be witnessing the igniting of an even more heated debate surrounding the verbiage in the Second Amendment and gun laws in this country. Lawyers and the courts have been battling over this highly contested subject since that fateful day on December 15, 1791, when the law of our great land, the Constitution, was ratified. But there’s a large and widely unseen misconception here with the language of the Second Amendment and it’s implementation at the time it first came to fruition, versus today. While it is very important, its also greatly misunderstood. It clearly states, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The phrase “bear arms” was referring to soldiers and militiamen. Not to private gun use by an individual in a home or on a hunt. The central image of association was that of Minutemen bearing arms, not Daniel Boone gunning down bears. And so with that ever-evolving depiction, so too has the interpretation behind the Second Amendment.

In fact increasingly calls have been made for the the Second Amendment to be interpreted alongside the 14th Amendment particularly the privileges and immunities clause in Section 1 which states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” It focuses on Rights Guaranteed Privileges and Immunities of Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection. Many see the recognition of this clause as being necessary to respect the Framers’ vision, as it was inspired by the Declaration of Independence and laid out in the Constitution, for a government that would in fact serve instead of rule, the people which translates to government’s limited role whilst the Constitution would stand as an ever-watchful guardian to assure and ensure that government would not overstep its bounds, as we know very well they are apt to doing.

A companion statute to the 14th Amendment, enacted by Congress in 1866, declared that “laws … concerning personal liberty [and] personal security … including the constitutional right to bear arms, shall be secured to and enjoyed by all the citizens.” Here, in sharp contrast to founding-era legal texts, the “bear arms” phrase was decisively severed from the military context. Additionally, the Second Amendment harkens back to an 18th Century America where citizens were regularly rounded up for militia service on the town square and where the federal army was rightly suspect. This is no longer our world and while the framers of the 14th Amendment did focus intently on self-dense in the home, the framers of the Second Amendment did not.

Whatever direction this hot topic ends up taking, the calls for action are being heard loud and clear across the nation. Our nation has grieved the loss of 20 of our children and this will hopefully prompt a call to action and initiatives to prevent future tragedies from occurring without causing damage to the individual rights we hold as citizens of this great county and maintaining its stalwart principles. As with everything in life, there is something to be said about finding and maintaining a balance; a middle ground of sorts. Too much of anything is never a good thing and in times of grief, well, I think this says it best:

“In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Godspeed to the families of those affected by this and other tragedies and may we never experience the devastating blow of loss ever again.

The Joy of Giving

As the new year approaches, many of us are speculating as to which form of self-improvement we should implement for the 365 days that lie ahead once that fateful chime rings in to the tune of midnight bliss. Whether it’s starting a diet and battling that bulge, quitting smoking and/or drinking, spending more time with family, being nicer to your siblings, or learning something new (the list goes on and on…), there’s something in particular which I feel could inspire anyone who takes part in it to, not only be filled with gratification but, be inspired and motivated to uphold their other resolutions as well.

During my interview on JLTV yesterday I briefly touched upon a significant problem affecting over 14% of the global population; a huge issue which impacts countless individuals right here in the United States, including inhabitants of Southern California. It also just happens to be one of the many problems I have always sought to help find a better solution for: HUNGER.

Reports show that hunger has now become the most urgent threat to children worldwide with almost one billion people projected to be suffering from it this year alone. The world, fundamentally, has the resources to provide for the current population but it requires correct cooperation for both the domestic and international community to deal with, and effectively resolve, this pressing matter.

The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles has already unveiled a blueprint to combat this ailment which affects more than 1.25 million people right in our very own backyard — to add perspective, that’s roughly the size of Philadelphia’s population. I am also pleased to announce that the Henry Jackson Society will be hosting an event on Monday, December 10th in which David Nabarro, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition, and Coordinator for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement will draw upon his wealth of experience on the issues surrounding the Zero Hunger Challenge.

If you happen to be in London, you should absolutely attend our event there which will be held, as the majority of our events are, in Parliament. There’s so much you can do to help; even the smallest gesture has the potential to send ripples and form waves of positivity.

I urge everyone reading this message to do their part and help; whether it’s donating funds, food or your time at local food pantries, your gestures and acts of kindness will certainly leave a lasting impact. Be good. Do good. And you will certainly be rewarded with only good.

Weathering The Impending Storm

“The Great Storm of 2012” as I’m calling it, could not have arrived at a more turbulent time in our nation’s history. What happens during the next seven days will forever impact the course of history for both America and the world as we know it. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been and still are in Hurricane Sandy’s way and hope they will be kept safe from harm and shielded from sorrow. Choose wisely in the days that lie ahead and consider the importance of a trans-Atlantic relationship and unity in our increasingly global society. The leader of the “Free World” should serve as a beacon of light and justice unto other nations and bridge the gap (not divide or detach) between the world’s democracies, particularly with regard to our greatest ally in the Middle East. The choice is ours to make and the consequences of our actions will be felt for generations to come. Choose wisely.

PizzaRev Heats Up Southern California

Rev up your engines. It’s a race to the finish lines. Pizza Rev has taken a classic, universal staple and turned it into a fast-casual “craft your own” artisanal pizza concept, making it the fastest-growing pizza restaurant in Southern California. As you enter through the glass doors, you’re met with a uniquely distinct recycled wood interior and the sleek, contemporary look of modernity with furniture consisting of wood, glass and stainless steel to make for a warm, comfortable and clean environment. With two locations opening within six months – the first in Northridge and the second in Studio City, which had its grand opening on September 21st – it’s no mistake that PizzaRev’s Studio City location is home to the largest oven installed in all of Southern Los Angeles; What’s being served up is a revolution in terms of the way that pizza is presented.

While they’re not the first to introduce this concept to the restaurant industry, PizzaRev co-founder and marketing director Jeff Zuckerman highlights a few factors that really set this fast-paced and fun dining establishment apart from the rest. It’s a “mom and pop’s pizza shop done your way,” he says. And their unique approach could be attributed in large part to that of their signature Roman-style thin and crispy crusts which are homemade every day from a secret recipe which decreases the pizza’s cooking time to two-three minutes, making the process of crafting your “perfect pie” a fast and fun one.

Upon entering the crafting line, guests have a choice between a classic crust and a Gluten-Free crust. They can then choose between an Organic Neapolitan Red Sauce, a creamy Parmesan White Sauce, or a spicy-sweet BBQ sauce, followed by a choice of creamy cheeses including premium Italian Mozzarella made with a kiss of buffalo milk, Ricotta, Feta, Bleu and Vegan Cheeses. Once the base has been created, the PizzaRever can choose from an unlimited number of fresh toppings. That is correct. For one flat fee, guests can choose as many toppings as they’d like to including 11 protein options, consisting of three unique styles of pepperoni, seasoned crumbled meatball, and sweet fennel sausage plus over 20 fresh veggie toppings, including roasted garlic, kalamata olives, spicy-sweet cherry peppers, fresh basil, arugula and capers. “We believe that you should be able to make your idea of perfect pizza every single time you go down our line without being restricted,” Zuckerman says.

But no lunch or dinner would be complete without something sweet. A scrumptious Dessert Pizza made with melted butter, cinnamon and sugary frosting is topped with a choice of chocolate, raspberry, and caramel finishing sauces, delivering a sweet end to a delicious meal. Could all this be too sweet a deal? One is forced to ponder whether the quality would be lost in such a fast-paced culinary environment. The answer is no. PizzaRev may truly be on the road to revolutionizing the way we see pizza, such a universally known and loved food, and placing it – for the first time – in the fast-food category, while maintaining this classic’s integrity.

Executive Chef and Chief Operating Officer behind PizzaRev, Nicholas Eckerman, is the brainchild behind this operation. He created the pizza recipe and chooses all the toppings that are available for your eating pleasure, including a flavor of the month which varies depending on what’s in season; September’s is eggplant. I personalized my pie with sundried tomatoes, jalapenos, Kalamata olives, anchovies and the flavor of the month with a healthy dollop of their homemade pesto sauce. With PizzaRev, you control your pizza destiny. Ask me if I’ll come again. I’ll answer with a resounding YES!

PizzaRev is located at 12103 Ventura Blvd on the corner of Ventura and Laurel Canyon Blvd in Studio City and is open on Sunday-Thursday from 11AM-10PM and Friday-Saturday from 11AM-11PM. For more information, please visit www.pizzarev.com, like PizzaRev on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pizzarevco and follow on Twitter @PizzaRevCo. Phone: 818-505-1748.

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