Archive for September, 2012

Clueless

Sometimes the biggest clue is staring you right in the face:

Tensions between Israel and the current U.S. administration hit a new low two weeks ago when President Barack Obama refused to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his visit to New York to address the UN General Assembly.

The White House insisted that the meeting would not take place due to the president’s pressing “campaign obligations” that would take the president out of New York during the time.

While PM Netanyahu offered to travel to Washington to make the appointment more convenient for the president, Obama refused to make whatever necessary scheduling adjustments in order to make the meeting possible.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that while the president cited “campaign obligations” and “scheduling issues,” his schedule in fact shows that he had the entire afternoon free.

The following is a record of President Obama’s schedule for Friday, September 28—the day the meeting would have taken place:

9:45 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

10:15 am || Meets with senior advisers

4:20 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; Capital Hilton, Washington

6:05 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; private residence, Washington

8:25 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; Capital Hilton, Washington

The president’s schedule is public record. White House Dossier publishes it every day. Yet no one until now bothered to check out Obama’s alibi?

I just assumed he was on the road campaigning, which was bad enough given the tensions between Iran, Israel, and the US. But he was in DC the whole day—with no scheduled appearances for a six-hour block—and Netanyahu was an hour away.

What a sicko.

Not Obama, or not just: the media.

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Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride

Thousands of Muslim migrants try to reach Israel in hope of economic and personal liberty. If they get caught in Egypt, they often get shot in the back. If they reach Israel, all are looked after, some stay, and many are repatriated (at Israel’s expense). There’s obviously space between those great extremes.

Here’s how Saudi Arabia treats religious pilgrims:

Saudi Arabia this week turned back more than 1,000 Nigerian women pilgrims who were not accompanied by male guardians or “mahram.”

Saudi’s Ministry of Pilgrimage (Hajj) released a statement on Friday defending its decision, saying that it will “not allow the entry … of those who don’t comply with terms and requirements of the entry visa to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj.”

Saudi law requires each female pilgrim under the age of 45 years to have a male sponsor during the pilgrimage journey, regardless of nationality.

“This rule is applied to all women in general who want to get an entry visa to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj,” pilgrimage ministry spokesman Hatim bin Hassan Qadhi said in the statement.

“This is the most dehumanizing situation I have ever experienced in my life,” one arriving female, who did not want to be named, told NAN.

Not as bad as getting shot in the back, arriving female, but, yes, pretty bad.

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How to Win

This isn’t a bad way to start:

But then, never bring a sloppy drunk to fight an army colonel. Who thought that would turn out well?

Wouldn’t Mitt be just as justified in comparing his youthful endeavors with Barack’s?

People make choices in their lives, with resultant consequences. As we are about to make a big choice ourselves in a few weeks’ time, isn’t it appropriate to be reminded of the choices others have made, and perhaps to draw conclusions about the people they have become?

Another example:

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Obama’s Transcripts Revealed!

It’s really more of a correspondence school, but they’re thinking of holding him back a grade:

Military’s Own Report Card Gives Afghan Surge an F

The U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan ended last week. Conditions in Afghanistan are mostly worse than before it began.

That conclusion doesn’t come from anti-war advocates. It relies on data recently released by the NATO command in Afghanistan, known as ISAF, and acquired by Danger Room. According to most of the yardsticks chosen by the military — but not all — the surge in Afghanistan fell short of its stated goal: stopping the Taliban’s momentum.

Of course, that’s not ISAF’s spin. The command notes that enemy attacks from January to August 2012 are slightly lower, by 5 percent, from that period last year; and that the past two Augusts show a reduction in attacks of 30 percent. But the more relevant comparison is to 2009, when Afghanistan looked like such a mess that President Obama substantially increased troop levels. And compared to 2009, Afghanistan does not look improved.

Obama wouldn’t be the first leader to have his hopes and dreams dashed in the Hindu Kush. But he may be the first not to be held accountable.

And he would certainly be the first not to be held accountable after he dithered for months in devising a strategy that just happened to be the same one George Bush employed in Iraq (except Bush’s worked)!

Is it too much to ask that a president (this president) be liable for his decisions?

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What Liberal Media?

Don’t believe me—ask Pat Cadell:

Pat Caddell is the founder of Cambridge Survey Research, a public opinion pollster, and an expert in analyzing public opinion. Many will recognize him from his frequent appearances on Fox News, and some of us—the older ones in here—will remember him from all the way back to the McGovern campaign. He also worked on the Carter campaign, for Gary Hart, for Joe Biden, and Jerry Brown.

Okay? Credentials accepted? Then watch:

I think we’re at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy or not. You know, when I first started in politics – and for a long time before that – everyone on both sides, Democrats and Republicans, despised the press commonly, because they were SOBs to everybody. Which is exactly what they should be. They were unrelenting. Whatever the biases were, they were essentially equal-opportunity people. That changed in 1980. There’s a lot of reasons for it. It changed—an important point in the Dukakis-Bush election, when the press literally was trying to get Dukakis elected by ignoring what was happening in Massachusetts, with a candidate who was running on the platform of “He will do for America what he did for Massachusetts”—while they were on the verge of bankruptcy.

There’s another 25 minutes of this.

Oh, and he gave this speech eight days ago. That silence you hear is the clamor of the press trying to cover this story.

I’ve echoed this belief for some time. The most serious problem facing us is not the cockamamie ideas of the Left, but their championing by the mainstream media. Some of us have the time and interest to read a little wider, but for many the liberal press is the lens through which they view the world. The number or people I know who think they are well informed by reading the New York Times and listening to NPR could fill the Grand Canyon (not a bad idea). Instead, they see a funhouse mirror view of the world in which Obama’s jug-ears are taken for normal. A toothless, flea-bitten, leprous serf in medieval Europe knew more about what was going on than anyone who watches George Stephanopoulos on Sunday morning.

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Netanyahu Comes to New York…

And the Obama administration leaves town:

Our UN ambassador, last heard from selling the lie that Benghazi was a spontaneous response to an internet video on 5 Sunday shows, was simply too busy to honor the Prime Minister of Israel’s speech to the UN General Assembly with her attendance. This body language amplified Obama’s snub of Netanyahu when both men were at the UN, communicating a clear message to the mullahs in Tehran and the rest of the world: The US is backing away from its relationship to Israel. And after the election, Obama will have a lot more flexibility.

Good thing the president himself took the time to talk with Netanyahu about the most pressing issues of the day: nuclear proliferation and world war.

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone on Friday, the day after the Israeli leader publicly urged the international community to draw a “clear red line” with Iran over its suspected nuclear development program.

The White House released a statement on the president’s phone call shortly after 1 p.m. ET. Obama’s call with Netanyahu was more than 20 minutes, according to a senior administration official.

Twenty minutes!

This couldn’t be better news… if it were reported. Obama spends about two golf holes of time (a par three and a par four) on Netanyahu, and his UN Ambassador chooses a turkey club on wheat toast over the Prime Minister’s speech. They’re practically daring American Jews not to vote for him.

The only person treated more shabbily was the Dalai Lama.

UPDATE

At least someone had space on his dance card:

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that his speech at the UN is now “reverberating” around the world, Netanyahu said Friday. Following their meeting, US President Barack Obama expressed solidarity on the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but stopped short of endorsing Netanyahu’s red line approach.

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Talk About Conflicted!

Your mother-in-law just drove off a cliff—in your Corvette!

Hizbullah has increased the size and scope of its assistance to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as he fights to retain his position as leader of Syria in the face of a wide-ranging rebellion. According to a report in Thursday’s Washington Post, Hizbullah has sent special advisors to Syria in order to assist Assad in beating back rebel forces.

Official sources in the Lebanese government said that the assistance Hizbullah is providing Assad was increased after a major attack on Assad’s forces on July 18. Several high ranking Syrian military officials were killed in that attack, among them Assad’s brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat.

So, Hezbollah is fighting on the side of that weasel, Assad. Who can be surprised?

And who can complain?

The sources added that more and more of the casualties on the Syrian side consist of Hizbullah recruits. There has been a marked increase in the number of funerals of young men in Hizbullah-controlled areas in southern Lebanon, they added, with families refusing to reveal the reasons for their death. That is because, they said, Hizbullah has demanded that the families keep the reasons for their death secret.

Keep it up, Hezzah. Fighting and dying.

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Their Fair Share

If we’re all pulling this wagon together (or whatever the liberal metaphor du jour is), goddamn it, we’re all pulling this wagon together!

A large majority of likely voters believes all Americans should pay some federal income tax — even if it is as little as one percent of what they make.

Seventy-nine percent say everyone should pay something, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of independents and 71 percent of Democrats.

According to the IRS, last year approximately 41 percent of tax filers did not pay federal income tax. The Tax Policy Center estimates that will increase to 46 percent this year.

Most voters (73 percent) are at least somewhat familiar with the widely-broadcast videotape of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney talking about “47 percent of Americans” and the number of people paying no federal income tax. Romney also talks about his concern that the country is becoming an entitlement society and that many are too dependent on government. Journalists and pundits speculated the tape would damage Romney’s campaign. Yet a 63-percent majority thinks the substance of Romney’s comment about dependence on government is mostly (36 percent) or somewhat true (27 percent).

Romney has another chance to own this idea at the debates, where it’s sure to come up. And own it he should.

If taxes are so good, patriotic even, then everyone should be given the opportunity to participate. And if they are bad, then everyone should share the burden. Taxes are everyone anteing up before they play the hand. You don’t kick in, you don’t play, Everyone pays their fair share. I would even deduct taxes off of welfare payments. You’re still paying into the system, even if you’re living off of it. Who but a leech would find that objectionable? Most people would feel grateful to give back a little to the system that gives them so much. Someone else might need it even more.

Everyone has to pay taxes so that everyone is on the side of keeping them as low as possible. That is a moral imperative. For as many people to be on the side of confiscating resources from those who earn is no different from a mugging or a bank robbery. That 100% of the people don’t see that is messed up.

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PO’d in Gaza

Now they’re upset about a dead kid?

At least 500 protesters in the Gaza Strip have called for the overthrow of the ruling Hamas government in a rare demonstration triggered by the death of a three-year-old boy in a fire during a power outage.

Demonstrators took to the streets as the boy’s body was being moved to a hospital, saying they were protesting against the incompetent way Hamas ruled Gaza. Anger spilled over after the boy died and his infant sister suffered critical burns when a candle lit amid a power outage burnt their house down.

Anti-Hamas protests in Gaza, where power failures have left households with just six hours of electricity a day since February, are extremely rare. Three children were killed earlier in the year by similar fires during an outage.

Hamas blames the electricity shortages on Egypt which it says is restricting the flow of fuel, and on Israel, which imposed a blockade on the coastal enclave in 2007 when Hamas seized control from the Western-backed Fatah.

It’s never kind or wise to dehumanize people. I’m sure they care deeply about their children (even if they won’t let them eat Zionist apricots) But long-time readers will know that if I’ve posted one story about an Arab kid killed by random gunfire in Gaza I’ve posted a thousand. (Here you go.)

Rather, if we go on evidence alone, they don’t care about children at all, Israeli or Arab—or about anyone else.

PS: I can’t think of any reason not to look at Gaza as the ghost of Egypt future. A fed-up people threw out the corrupt Jew-hating terrorists (Fatah) in favor of the pious Jew-hating terrorists (Hamass), and thought all their problems would be solved. To be sure, Hamass are effective at Jew-hating terrorism, but the basics of civil society (or any society) elude them. Doesn’t that sound like where Egypt is headed?

PS: The IDF hasn’t published an update since July, but whatever blockade there is of Gaza can hardly be considered total, with 30,000 to 40,000 tons of goods imported every week through Israeli crossings—including a million liters of diesel fuel from Qatar, I note.

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How Would You Follow Up “Piss Christ?”

Matisse must be smacking the side of his head, saying “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Midtown Manhattan has been the scene of much religious reflection and blasphemy of late. One act of solemn reflection took place at the 140-year-old Central Synagogue on 55th Street, where Jews assembled on Wednesday to observe Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. While they prayed, a few blocks away a man who has called the state of Israel a “malignant cancer” prayed as well—for their and its destruction. In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly (video here), outgoing Iranian “President” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked God to bring “a new order” that “will do away with … everything that distances us.” If the intent wasn’t clear enough, he later explained in an interview with the Associated Press that he expects that Israel will soon become an “historical footnote.”

Today the blaspheming continues at the Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery on 57th Street, where the state-sponsored “artwork” Piss Christ goes on display for a month. The work, in case you missed the controversy that swirled around its debut in 1987, consists of a photograph of a crucifix floating in the artist’s urine.

Has anyone actually bought this masterpiece? And is it in the original urine? Or does the “artist” offer regular restocking?

If the latter, he must drink a lot of tea!


Piss Mary

And even Piss Moses!

But you’ll note one important religious figure missing:

If I were Muslim, I’d be offended that mine is the only revered figure in the three major religions not to be dunked in Serrano’s urine. What, he’s not good enough for your piss, infidel?

But someone’s had enough of blessed and holy saints submerged in pee. Or rather, he thinks Serrano missed one.

Don’t miss 3:30, if you’re short on time.

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What They Knew and When They Knew It

Ever the optimist, I would observe that Barack and Hillary aren’t as dumb as they seemed. They’re just infinitely more dishonest:

U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that it was a terrorist attack and suspected Al Qaeda-tied elements were involved, sources told Fox News — though it took the administration a week to acknowledge it.

The account sharply conflicts with claims on the Sunday after the attack by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice that the administration believed the strike was a “spontaneous” event triggered by protests in Egypt over an anti-Islam film.

Two senior U.S. officials said that the Obama administration internally labeled the attack terrorism from the first day in order to unlock and mobilize certain resources to respond, and that officials were looking for one specific suspect. The officials said the intelligence community knew by Sept. 12 that the militant Ansar al-Shariah and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb were likely behind the strike.

Further, an official said, “No one … believed that the mortars, indirect and direct fire, and the RPGs were just the work of a mob — no one.”

In addition, sources confirm that FBI agents have not yet arrived in Benghazi in the aftermath of the attack. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault.

They knew. They knew from the beginning. They knew from the beginning and they lied.

Forget Carter, this administration is the reincarnation of Richard Nixon’s: enemies lists, stagnant economy, wars in Asia—and a cover-up.

Curiously, Obama referred to “acts of terror” in his first public remarks about the attack. But from there, administration officials went on to blame the anti-Islam film.

Rice was the most explicit in that explanation, insisting on a slew of Sunday shows that the attack was not pre-planned and was tied to the film.

Obama still has not publicly and specifically described the Benghazi attack as terrorism.

They knew by Wednesday the 12th, and Ambassador Rice was still shilling for the lie on the 15th. Wow.

An aside:

[A] congressional source told Fox News that CIA Director David Petraeus, during a briefing with members of the House Intelligence Committee three days after the attack, espoused the view that Benghazi was an out-of-control demonstration prompted by the YouTube video. According to the source, this was “shocking” to some members who were present and saw the same intelligence pointing toward a terrorist attack.

If that’s so, that’s a real stain on Petraeus’ record. But then, the CIA can do that to people.

PS: A week ago I wrote: “Unprotected in life, lied about in death, Chris Stevens deserved better than to represent Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And to be betrayed by them.” I feel sick.

PPS: CNN has the same “exclusive”. Curiously, however, they have the headline buried in a sidebar, instead of blazed across the front page.

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Rid the World of Zionist Prunes!

No, not Leon Klinghofer, you antisemites. The real thing:

The Hamas government has barred much of Gaza’s fruit imports from Israel, citing a need to cultivate local Palestinian agriculture and for “resistance” against the Jewish state.

The ban is opposed by Gazan produce traders who fear a squeeze on supplies and price hikes in the poor coastal enclave, which has a largely black market economy and lacks viable trade with Egypt, its other neighbor. Local growers however said the move would help them.

With the exception of bananas and apples, Gaza is no longer admitting fruit from Israel, the Agriculture Ministry said on Monday.

Tahseen Al-Saqqa, the ministry’s director of marketing, said the move was in part a response to what he described as Israel’s refusal to allow the export, through its border with Gaza, of staple Palestinian fruit like grapes and guavas.

“The Palestinian farmer is suffering because all doors to export have been closed,” Saqqa said.

The charge was denied by Israel…

No offense, Gazans, but we’ve seen your agricultural methods, and we’re not impressed, much less hungry:

You won’t find any Zionist tangerines here:

Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) today released a 30 minute video showing how Northeastern Professor Denis Sullivan and other Northeastern faculty abuse academic freedom to promote anti-Israel lies and anti-Semitism as defined by the U.S. State Department.

Sullivan is a tenured professor and director of the Northeastern Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development. The video examines Professor Sullivan’s lectures, invited guests, reading lists and student trips to the Middle East, all of which seem designed to provide students with a one-sided view of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

“It seems clear that Professor Sullivan has built his department to inculcate students with a hostile and demonized view of the Jewish state, with repeated comparisons to the Nazis, Dr. Charles Jacobs, APT president said. “Indeed, viewers will see that some of the core themes promoted in his courses are plainly anti-Semitic, and are outright lies.”

Sullivan allegedly also introduced the students and the university to virulent anti-Semitic Arab officials and religious leaders.

Jewish students and a Hillel staff member interviewed on the video expressed deep concern and frustration at Sullivan’s constant defaming Israel.

“The U.S. State Department has clearly defined the “new anti-Semitism” and the video shows that what Sullivan teaches to Northeastern students clearly fits the US government definition,” Jacobs said.

In addition to video clips featuring faculty from the Middle East Center, the video included a clip from April of this year, which showed Northeastern Economics Professor Shahid Alam telling Northeastern students that they should be proud of being called anti-Semites. Alam bragged in the clip that over the past 10 years of his teaching there, the student body had largely turned against Israel, while pro-Israel students have been intimidated into silence.

This is the third video in a series exposing examples of radicalism and anti-Jewish activities at Northeastern University.

How cool would it be for Professor Sullivan to choke on a Zionist peach? No, of course not. What a terrible idea. Shame on me.

Still…

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