Three Things You Need to Know – February 7, 2018

Saudi national arrested in Oklahoma

Yesterday, the FBI arrested a Saudi immigrant who was living in Weatherford, Oklahoma, about seventy miles west of Oklahoma City. The Saudi is charged with visa fraud, but what was he really up to His backstory is troubling.

The man has lived in the U.S. since 2011 and the FBI has been watching him for the past five months. So far, the FBI hasn’t said much about why he was under surveillance, only that they were trying to determine whether he was involved in terrorist activity in the U.S.

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the man’s story regarding his activity in the U.S., is that he obtained his pilot’s license in 2016. Whether he got the license for nefarious purposes or not, it led to his arrest. As a non-U.S. citizen, he had to submit his fingerprints as part of the licensing process. Remarkably, the FBI was able to match his fingerprints with prints on a document that was captured in Afghanistan.

The captured document was an application for admission to Al Farooq, which was Al Qaeda’s most notorious training camp. Four of the September 11th hijackers were trained at Al Farooq. Admission to the camp required an invitation to join and a reference from someone Al Qaeda knew and trusted. So far, authorities haven’t disclosed whether this man actually trained at the camp, but he apparently filled out the application in 2000. The camp was destroyed by the U.S. bombing campaign in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks.

The FBI got lucky with this one. It has hundreds of thousands of captured documents, photographs, emails, phone numbers, fingerprints, and DNA samples stored in Northern Virginia and FBI headquarters in Washington that have still not been researched. The agency lacks the resources to process this trove of material collected in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past seventeen years.

The Saudi man in Oklahoma was a good catch by the FBI, but this episode highlights the fact that there is still a mountain of work to be done in counter-terrorism, and a lot of holes yet to plug in the immigration system.

The federal government is set to borrow a trillion dollars this year – how much of that is earmarked for actual important stuff? Like catching terrorists on American soil.

Nothing shows military might like… a parade?

We now have something in common with North Korea. Kim Jong Un is planning a grand military parade set to kick off tomorrow, and – as confirmed by the White House yesterday – plans are in motion for our own version of a large spectacle military show. Is this who we are? When did we become a country that emulates the actions of Communist dictatorships?

Let me tell you what this is not. This doesn’t have anything to do with respect for the military. That’s not the purpose for military parades. North Korea, the Soviets, and any other nation that does these things – Democratic or not – isn’t trying to show admiration for their men and women in uniform, they’re just projecting power.

Let’s make it very clear. There’s a huge difference between a Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day parade, and a military demonstration. Ask anyone in the military. They’ll never ask for this kind of tribute. With the amount of money this will cost, why not put those funds into the VA? Divert some of that cash into a program that will help Veterans find jobs after they come back to civilian life. Show the military your admiration and respect by taking care of them. That’s what they really want, and it’s what they deserve.

Wanna show off American power? True American power isn’t in the government nor is it in our awesome military. True American power is the spirit of the individual. It’s the opportunity that individual has to change their stars and become better than what they were born to. Because of that, American ingenuity has become the most powerful force on planet Earth.

At this very moment, a cherry red Tesla Roadster is in space on it’s way to the Asteroid Belt. A manikin nicknamed “Starman” is sitting at the wheel with David Bowie’s Space Oddity playing on repeat. Yesterday, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy. At more than five million pounds of thrust, it is the world’s most powerful rocket. Minutes after reaching space, the two gigantic boosters that lifted the main capsule into space detached and remotely flew back to Cape Canaveral. With synchronization that would rival two Olympic ice skaters, the two boosters simultaneously deployed their landing legs and touched down – side by side – at the same time.

Where else but in America could this be possible? A government didn’t do this. This was one man’s dream, and he pulled it off with other like-minded dreamers at his own PRIVATE COMPANY.

THIS is American power, and it doesn’t need a parade either. The truly powerful don’t need a show to prove their power. The truly intelligent don’t need to prove to people they’re smart. They just are.

The discriminatory Daddy-Daughter Dance

Victoria had her dress and shoes all picked out. She was so excited to go to the Daddy-Daughter dance at PS 65 on Staten Island this Friday.

But yesterday she got some disappointing news. Her school’s Parent-Teacher Association was forced to reschedule the dance because of the Department of Education’s gender-neutral policy—which “requires school events to include all types of students and families.”

The Daddy-Daughter Dance was canceled because it only included…daddies and daughters.

Extreme inclusion is taking over our lives. It’s not a Daddy-Mommy-Son-Daughter-Cousin-Godfather-Sister-In-Law Dance. When everyone is invited that’s just called a dance.

For many fathers, daddy-daughter dances offer a much-needed chance to bond with their girls. The madness of political correctness has destroyed this special occasion for them. And that’s really sad.

PS 65 has rescheduled the event to take place in March and is now open to the entire school.

Other schools have followed suit. PS 30 is having a FUDGE Dance. That stands for Fun with Uncles, Dads, Grandpa, Etcetera.

This is just shameful. I would encourage the parents of these schools to organize their own Daddy-Daughter dance—just because the public school system is going crazy doesn’t mean you can’t show your daughters that it’s important to spend time with their fathers.

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