Lib Dem Lord Oakshott Resigns Over Bungled Leadership Coup

A close friend and ally of would-be Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has resigned from the Liberal Democrats after he was accused of getting involved with a coup to remove the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. 

Lord Oakshott had commissioned a poll that showed Clegg would lose his Sheffield Hallam seat and leaked it to the press, as reported by Breitbart London.

The peer has always made it clear that he wanted Cable to succeed Clegg when he stands down, but appears to have acted to speed this process up. His move against Clegg badly backfired when Cable temporarily stopped engagements in China to denounce his friend’s actions. This morning, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg began an investigation, claiming that some Lib Dems were out campaigning others were plotting.

Although Oakshott’s plans were weak and poorly executed they did come at a moment after the local and European elections when Clegg was looking very vulnerable. He had suffered major losses at the local elections and all but one of his MEPs had lost their seats.

The blame for this meltdown fell squarely with Nick Clegg because he had taken on Nigel Farage in the Europe debates and lost badly. He had also made a series of pre-election pledges that were remarkably unrealistic and left-wing, many of which he had to U-turn on when he entered the coalition. One such example was his commitment to abolish Tuition Fees at University, however after the election he was forced to raise them to as much as £9,000 due to a funding crisis Labour had left.

Cable is well known for having his eyes on the leadership but it is unclear how much he encouraged Oakshott’s actions. He is known to be far more left-wing than Nick Clegg, he is famed for his regular economic predictions and for crowing when some of them come true. This has led to the joke that Cable has successfully predicted fifteen of the last two recessions.

Oakshott cannot resign from the House of Lords as appointments are for life, he can however take a leave of absence.

Source: Breitbart Feed

Isla Vista Shooter’s Relationship with Parents Complicated

Whenever a young person engages in a mass shooting, media scrutiny immediately falls on the parents – particularly when, as with Elliott Rodger, there was a long history of mental illness. In this case, a checkered family history marked by consistent but sporadic attempts to find help ended in tragedy. Here is what we know about the shooter’s relationship with his parents:

His Parents Divorced When He Was 7. His mother, Li Chin Rodger, alleged in divorce documents that he had special needs, and was autistic. Peter alleged that he was not aware that Elliott was autistic. Elliott wrote in his manifesto, “I believe it was my mother who told me that she and my father were getting a divorce; my mother, who only a few months before told me that such a thing will never happen. I was absolutely shocked, outraged, and above all, overwhelmed. This was a huge life-changing event… a very sad day.” He added, “The family I grew up with has split in half, and from then on I would grow up in two different households. I remember crying. All the happy times I spent with my mother and father as a family were gone.”

He Was in Therapy from Age 8. We now know that Elliott Rodger had been undergoing therapy since age eight, but in adulthood had stopped taking his medication. During high school, he reportedly saw a therapist “pretty much every day,” and had lately seen two therapists. Rodger was living at the Independent Living Institute in Santa Barbara, which is designed for adults with disabilities. His grandmother said, “He was a very disturbed boy.”

He Hated His Stepmother. Rodger apparently wanted to murder his stepmother and stepbrother. He wrote, “It will be a hard thing to do, because I had really bonded with my little brother in the last year, and he respected and looked up to me. But I would have to do it. If I can’t live a pleasurable life, then neither will he! I will not let him put my legacy to shame… In order to kill him I would have to kill Soumaya too, but that will be easy. All I would need to do is think about all of the hurtful things she had said to me in that past as I plunge my knife into her neck.”

His father apparently brought Soumaya into his life shortly after the divorce: “My father having a girlfriend so shortly after divorcing my mother didn’t even occur to me. I couldn’t understand it. Soon enough, though, I realized that Soumaya was, in fact, his ‘girlfriend,’ and they were together just like how my father and mother were together. It was the first time I learned the concept of a ‘girlfriend,’ and it was hard to grasp. Before that, I always thought a man and a woman had to be married before living together in such a manner, and that it would take a long time for such a union to happen. Father finding a new girlfriend in such a short amount of time baffled me. I was completely taken aback.”

His Mother Called the Cops on Him on April 30. After Rodger posted videos of himself ranting about the injustices of life on YouTube, his mother called his therapist, who then called a Santa Barbara mental health hotline, who then called the police. They arrived and did not search the apartment – apparently because, since Rodger had never been committed, they had no authority under which to do so.

Peter Rodger and Former Wife Li Chin Drove to Santa Barbara on Friday. After seeing his latest video, titled “Retribution,” they drove to Santa Barbara in an attempt to find their son. They were unsuccessful.

The Rodgers Are “Crippled With Guilt.” According to family friend Simon Astaire, the parents can “barely string a sentence together” and are in the midst of “grieving for those innocents who lost their lives, above their own son.” He continued, “They are absolutely crippled by grief. I know them very well and it is incredibly hard to be in their company, because they are so distraught. It is hard to be near them because they are so devastated.”

Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.

Source: Breitbart Feed

Sen. Roger Wicker Calls for MS GOP to Unite Behind Primary Winner, Cochran or McDaniel

SOUTHAVEN, Mississippi—He’s endorsed his colleague Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) re-election campaign. But addressing a crowd of 100 Republicans here Tuesday, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) urged party unity, no matter who wins the bitter Senate primary.

“I think we need to be unified after the primary,” Wicker said in a brief interview when asked if the unity message applies to a victory for Cochran’s primary challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel, too.

“I would have supported my opponents in 1994. I think we’re all going to join together on behalf of the Republican nominee. I hope that Republican nominee is Sen. Thad Cochran but we’re going to join together on behalf of whoever is the nominee,” he added.

In a speech to the DeSoto County Republican Club here at the Southaven Public Library, Wicker told three separate stories of the GOP unifying after a brutal primary: for his own House seat in 1994, Rand Paul’s victory in Kentucky in 2010, and Gerald Ford’s 1976 victory over Ronald Reagan.

“I want to tell you a story—three stories,” Wicker told the group of about 100 Republicans—split down the middle between McDaniel and Cochran supporters. “That primary’s going to be over and we’re going to have to pull together as Republicans, Mississippians. We’ve done it before.”

His first story, which was about his own House primary back in 1994, Wicker said, “there were six of us running and then there was a runoff.”

“A runoff is the worst thing—you’re running against your fellow Republican,” Wicker remarked. “It’s just a terrible three weeks. It was for me. I ran against a gentleman named Grant Fox—a hard-charging young lawyer who had been on Thad Cochran’s staff.”

Wicker said his runoff against Fox was bitter.

“You know what? He said some things that I took offense at,” Wicker said. “And I said some things that he felt were completely beyond the scope of [what was fair]. We fought.”

Wicker won by small margin.

“Somehow or another, I ended up beating him with a vast 53 percent of the vote,” he joked, to loud applause from the room.

“I had already made up my mind: If I had lost that race, I was going to get in my car and head to Houston, MS, and endorse him that night,” Wicker continued. “As it was, the shoe was on the other foot. Fox called me and was very nice and said: ‘I’m going to support the nominee of my party. I’m going to help you.’ A few days later, Grant Fox took me around the square in Houston, MS, and vouched for me in every storefront and to every supporter of his. He was a champion and I’ll never forget it even though there still were some things that had bothered us about that campaign. That happens. It’s happening. But we pulled together and we won that race for America.”

Wicker’s seat was a pickup for Republicans that year, helping deliver the House to Newt Gingrich so he could become Speaker. He beat 22-year incumbent Democrat Rep. Jamie Whitten.

“We had the first Republican Speaker ever in 40 years and we passed welfare reform, repealing an entitlement for the first time in history,” Wicker said.

Wicker’s second example of GOP unity was when then-President Ford—who took the White House after a series of resignations, Spiro Agnew first then Richard Nixon, pushed him into the oval office from the House of Representatives—worked with Reagan in 1976 after Ford beat Reagan for the nomination.

“Do you remember 1976?” Wicker asked the room. “Most people don’t because you’re all so young. In 1976, we had a president—Gerald R. Ford—right after Watergate, it was a terrible time. Ronald Reagan decided to challenge him.”

Wicker noted how bloody the battle for the GOP nomination was that year. Interestingly, Cochran backed Ford, and Mississippi’s delegates delivered the nomination to Ford over Reagan. “It came down to the convention,” Wicker said. “Remember that? It came down to the convention—and it’s hard to beat an incumbent president. Well, Ford was nominated. And he was up there to make his acceptance speech and he said, ‘Ronald: come on down, come on down. This crowd wants to hear you one more time.’ Reagan came down and he made a speech and was a gentleman in every sense of the word. We didn’t win that year, but four years later we nominated Ronald Reagan—one of the best presidents ever.”

Wicker’s third story of GOP unity is much more recent. In 2010, he said that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “asked me if I would send a PAC check to a friend of his.”

Wicker is referring to Trey Grayson, the McConnell-backed candidate in Kentucky’s 2010 GOP primary. “Mitch McConnell was supporting this guy [Grayson] and here comes a young fellow, an ophthalmologist out of the clear blue named Rand Paul,” Wicker said. “He won the nomination over Mitch McConnell’s pick. I talked to Mitch McConnell during that day, and McConnell said, ‘Rand Paul’s going to win and he’s going to be a good senator and he knows how to win and I’m going to support him.’ He did, and we won that race. And I like Rand Paul—and you know what he did? This year, he stood by Mitch McConnell because he knows the next Majority Leader of the United States Senate needs to be Mitch McConnell. We need to make Mitch McConnell the offensive coordinator, not longer the defensive coordinator.”

Earlier in his speech to the room, Wicker said he is “enthusiastically supporting” Cochran because he is the “conservative” candidate in the race. Wicker touted Cochran’s NRA and National Right to Life Committee endorsements. But Wicker did not take any shots at McDaniel. In fact, he never even said McDaniel’s name. Wicker also touted Cochran’s seniority in the U.S. Senate and said he’d expect Cochran to be chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee again if he wins. Wicker said such a position would allow Cochran to ensure certain things important to Mississippi are funded, and things that would hurt Mississippi are not funded.

Asked afterward why he didn’t mention McDaniel during his remarks, Wicker told Breitbart News he “just wanted to stick to my positive points tonight about Sen. Cochran’s record.”

Source: Breitbart Feed

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

The International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) is a Washington-based non-profit organization that, like many working these portfolios, happens to have worrisome ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. 

It is, moreover, engaged in a top priority of what the Brotherhood calls “civilization jihad” – namely, interfaith dialogue. The Brothers cynically engage in such “bridge-building” in order to induce individuals and institutions of other creeds to provide them with political cover, thereby enabling subversive Islamist efforts to insinuate into this country the supremacist shariah doctrine – all in the name of religious freedom.

On May 30th, the ICRD will further display its true colors. It will have as its guests of honor at a gala fundraising dinner two preeminent stealth jihadists – Faisal Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan. The couple gained international notoriety in 2010 when they sought to build a 15-story mosque complex in a building so close to Ground Zero that it was badly damaged in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

The only surprise in all of this is the dinner’s keynote speaker: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI).

Now, I am personally fond of Rep. Rogers. In the land of the blind that is our Congress – which is almost completely bereft of lawmakers who focus on national security, let alone provide leadership in that portfolio – he is the one-eyed man, for sure. He has been willing to tell the truth about the world becoming more dangerous when few in his party, let alone the Democrats in Washington, have done so. A former Army officer and FBI special agent, he has championed a strong defense and sought to stave off the throw-the-baby-out-with-the-bathwater impulses of legislators determined to dismantle the NSA in the wake of the Snowden treachery.

So, I wrote the chairman last week laying out the ties between the ICRD and various American Muslim Brotherhood fronts and leaders. These include: one of the Brotherhood’s preeminent fonts of ideological purity, the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT); the American Muslims for Constructive Engagement (AMCE), whose stated mission is to secure “the deliberate appointment of qualified Muslims to key advisory bodies and policy-relevant positions in government in order to shape U.S. policy choices”; and, through the AMCE, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). ICNA, ISNA and CAIR were listed as unindicted co-conspirators in the largest terrorism-financing trial in U.S. history: U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation,

Consequently, I urged Chairman Rogers in my 21 May letter to withdraw from the ICRD fundraiser: “While there is certainly no objection to qualified Americans, of any religion, serving in U.S. policy-making positions, it appears that members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a subversive terrorist organization with intimate ties to terrorism, are using the ICRD as a venue for an ongoing influence operation to manipulate U.S. policy. Your attendance at this event would risk further legitimizing this event to the detriment of U.S. national security.”

Unfortunately, this is not the first time Rep. Rogers has evidenced an inadequate appreciation of the civilization jihad the Muslim Brotherhood is waging inside the United States. (To read the Brotherhood’s secret plan for this jihad, see here.). Notably, in July 2012, he joined Senator John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner in criticizing Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other legislators. They had quite properly written five federal agencies’ inspectors general requesting investigations of the roles being played in shaping U.S. policies by individuals shown to be associated with the Muslim Brotherhood in this country (see: see Part 8 of the free, online course at

This is a particularly bad time for the chairman of the House intelligence oversight committee to have a blind spot with respect to Islamist influence operations. After all, the Obama administration appears determined to admit more Muslim Brothers into this country as they are being rolled up in Egypt. That would be the practical effect of its recent decision to rewrite unilaterally and extra-constitutionally federal immigration statutes by allowing individuals to apply for refugee status if they have only engaged in “limited” material support for terrorism. Last week, a young Egyptian Brotherhood sympathizer, if not member, appears to be the first to have put this opportunity to the test.

In addition, as Adam Kredo observed at the Washington Free Beacon, the Obama State Department is continuing the embrace of Islamists begun while Hillary Clinton was in charge:

The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau promoted on Friday a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

The CT bureau on Friday tweeted out a link to the official website of Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a controversial organization founded by a Muslim Brotherhood leader “who has called for the death of Jews and Americans and himself is banned from visiting the U.S.,” according to Fox News.

Mike Rogers is right that the world is becoming more dangerous thanks to the rising capabilities and malevolence of global jihadists. The reality, however, is that the threat is growing in no small part because of the success jihadists are having in undermining our situational awareness and subverting our policies. We need Chairman Rogers for the remainder of his tenure in Congress to be part of the solution to that problem, not compounding it with his own case of willful blindness.

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. formerly acted as an Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Reagan. He is President of the Center for Security Policy (, a columnist for Breitbart News Network and host of the nationally syndicated program, Secure Freedom Radio.

A copy of Gaffney’s letter to Chairman Rogers is below:

Frank Gaffney Letter to Chairman Rogers.pdf

Source: Breitbart Feed

Santa Barbara Killer’s Stabbing Victims Were all Asian Males

Elliot Rodger, who went on a shooting spree at the University of California Santa Barbara targeting the school’s “hottest” women, began by stabbing three Asian students, two of whom were his roommates.

Rodger, who was half-Asian himself, repeatedly stabbed to death James Cheng-Yuan Hong, 20, George Chen, 19, and their friend who was visiting, Weihan Wang, 20, according to the Contra Costa Times. All three victims hailed from California’s Bay Area. At least one of the murdered men had been scheduled to move out of the apartment in just a few days. 

Disturbed and rejected, Rodgers ranted about race, including references to Asian men, in his 141-page manifesto. He expressed deep jealousy and found it shocking that non-white men, including a “full-blooded Asian,” had successfully won the affections of “white blonde” girls while he, being “half-white” himself, could not. 

The son of the assistant director of The Hunger Games, Rodger had apparently consulted therapists since the age of eight. He reportedly made a citizen’s arrest on Hong for petty theft, accusing the other man of stealing $22 worth of candles from him in January. Hong was booked and released but made the choice to continue living with Rodger, the Times notes.

Source: Breitbart Feed