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Does He Also Have the Right to Bear Arms?

If Ahmed Abu Khatallah also wanted an abortion or a sex change operation, it would be US Government policy to pay for either one: (His 2nd and 10th Amendment rights are a different story.)

While the suspected mastermind of the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi is now on U.S. soil, the political fallout related to his prosecution may just be beginning.

The criminal complaint against Ahmed Abu Khatallah was filed nearly a year ago, and he was nabbed two weeks ago in eastern Libya. He appeared in a federal court in Washington on Saturday – much to some Republicans’ chagrin.

“I have serious concerns that conducting a rushed interrogation onboard a ship and then turning Abu Khatallah over to our civilian courts risks losing critical intelligence that could lead us to other terrorists or prevent future attacks,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, said in a statement Saturday. “I’ve asked the Defense and Justice Departments for an update on his status-including whether he has been told he has the right to remain silent.”

“If they bring him to the United States, they’re going to Mirandize this guy and it would be a mistake for the ages to read this guy his Miranda rights,” said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Earlier this month, Rep. Peter King of New York expressed other concerns to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer – chiefly, that U.S. authorities aren’t doing enough to maximize the amount of information they get from Abu Khatallah.

“Before he’s turned over to civilian authorities, the FBI and all of our intelligence agencies, CIA and others, should interrogate him as long as they have to,” said King, a member of the Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. “I’m not that concerned about a criminal conviction. We’re going to get that ultimately. It’s important we get as much intelligence out of him as possible. Both what happened, who planned it, how it happened.”

Shame on you, Peter! How dare you prejudge a person’s innocence or guilt! Congressman King sounds like President Obama and Attorney General Holder announcing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed guilty before he had had his (since reconsidered) civilian trial. If our criminal justice system has even a whiff of validity (a shaky conceit, sometimes), it is the bedrock belief in a person’s innocence until proven guilty.

I do not believe Ahmed Abu Khatallah is innocent (though how would I know?), and the manner of his “arrest” would mean that neither would many of my countrymen. How, then, could he receive a fair trial? It’s nonsensical. He must, therefore, be tried (or just dealt with) by different means. Obama has killed American citizens (Anwar al-Awlaki most prominently) without benefit of trial. Why would he get squeamish about Mirandizing a Libyan terrorist? Execute him, leave his head on a pike, and be done with it.

I do bring good news, however:

For Democrats in tight races, Abu Khatallah’s capture only further sheds light on a controversy that has damaged the Obama administration’s reputation for handling national security matters.

Second, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – who is toying with the idea of running for president in 2016 – could once again face tough questions about her role in handling U.S. security in the region when the attacks occurred.

A government that couldn’t convict O.J. Simpson thinks it can convict this scumbag. I already know I’d hold out for acquittal—not because I think he’s innocent, but because I have too much respect for our system of justice to pollute it by show trial. If he has rights (and he does not) he has all rights.

Military tribunal, summary execution, poisoned mashed potatoes. They all have more judicial integrity than what this lot proposes.

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The “Government” of “Palestine”

Translation: Arab terrorists (as if that would ever change).

Hamas Deputy Leader Moussa Abu-Marzouk revealed that despite the talk of a Fatah-Hamas unity government, Hamas remains firmly in charge of Gaza, and is giving the terrorists raining rockets on Israel a free hand.

Abu-Marzouk announced that the terrorists launching rockets, which on Saturday night directly hit a factory in Sderot burning it down, are not being stopped or arrested by Hamas.

While the IDF notes that Gaza terrorists have fired over 30 rockets at southern Israel since the kidnapping of three teens by Hamas terrorists on June 12, Abu-Marzouk clarified that not a single arrest has been conducted against the perpetrators of the recent attacks.

The unity government reportedly has responsibility for managing Gaza, although unity government Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has admitted that his government is completely powerless in Gaza.

As mentioned in the post below, it is US policy to recognize the government of the Arab entity, including Hamass. The Obama regime recognizes a terrorist organization as a legitimate partner. From we “will always have Israel’s back” to “hand us that Heinkel boning knife sticking out your back, will you Izzy?”

Just because Hamass isn’t going after the terrorists, doesn’t mean no one is:

[T]he IAF for its part took out two of the perpetrators in an airstrike on Friday, targeting a car in Gaza. CCTV video footage from Gaza apparently captured the targeted airstrike on film.

I take no joy (well, little joy) in the death of others, but I do have to marvel how wicked awesome such a strike—such a contained strike—is. Passersby within feet of the explosion were not harmed, while those terrorists in the car were vaporized. It’s like watching a David Blaine trick: how do they do that?

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I Know Where Lois Lerner’s Emails Are!

Buried with Jimmy Hoffa! Once we find the highest profile victim of a mob hit, we’ll find the highest profile target of the Obama criminal family.

Start with the north end zone of Giants Stadium.

The top Republican on one of the House committees investigating the IRS targeting scandal reacted furiously late Wednesday to a report that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s hard drive had been recycled, making it likely that many emails sent to and from Lerner prior to the summer of 2011 will never be recovered.

The Politico report cited two anonymous sources, as well as Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who confirmed that the Senate Finance Committee had been told that the hard drive had been discarded.

“If the IRS truly got rid of evidence in a way that violated the Federal Records Act and ensured the FBI never got a crack at recovering files from an official claiming a Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, this is proof their whole line about ‘losing’ e-mails in the targeting scandal was just one more attempted deception,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement. “Official records, like the e-mails of a prominent official, don’t just disappear without a trace unless that was the intention.”

Are there no Woodwards among the press anymore? I’d take even one Bernstein. Heck, I’d accept Geraldo Rivera in a towel if he just asked the basic questions. Like, I don’t know, what kind of idiots do you think we are? Check that: we know what kind of idiots they are:

That was from the New York Times, if you didn’t catch it. You think someone like that is going to accuse Obama of Nixonian tactics? Even Nixon destroyed only 18 minutes.

Anyway, as any and all IT professional has already told us, there ought to be multiple back-ups, indeed possibly hard copies, of everything on Lerner’s computer. One could even access the computers of all of Lerner’s common correspondents to piece together an email trail. If the Iranian revolutionaries could piece together the secrets of the US Embassy in 1979, how hard could it be today if we really wanted to know?

PS: I am reminded of my favorite Doonesbury strip from over 40 years ago:

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Coming to America

A heartwarming story of a legal immigrant:

Odeh, who is in her 60s, entered the U.S. from Jordan in 1995 and became a naturalized citizen in 2004.

[S]he’s commonly known as Rasmea Yousef in Chicago. Hatem Abudayyeh, head of the Arab American Action Network, called her an “icon” in the community.

In 2013, Odeh received the Outstanding Community Leader award from the Chicago Cultural Alliance, a coalition of ethnic museums and cultural centers in the Chicago area.

What have I left out, you ask? Nothing important. Just a few dreary details that, well, uh…I mean…

Very well:

A Chicago activist might plead guilty in Detroit to failing to tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction in a deadly bombing in Israel in 1969, her attorney said Saturday.

A court hearing is scheduled Wednesday for Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago.

“We are engaging in serious negotiations, which could lead to a guilty plea,” defense lawyer William Swor told The Associated Press. “If she enters a guilty plea, she will likely have to leave the country.”

Odeh’s case has angered pro-Palestinian activists in the U.S. who accuse the government of trying to silence dissent on Israel.

She is charged with not disclosing her past when she applied for citizenship in Detroit.

Odeh was convicted of an attack that killed two people at a Jerusalem market in 1969. An Israeli military court sentenced her to life in prison in 1970, but she was released 10 years later in a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Just for the record, another 20 people were injured in Ms. Odeh’s terrorist attack—just about one for every year she’s been in America.

Chicago doesn’t have much like with its “Outstanding Community Leaders”, does it?

PS: That’s not as funny as you think:

A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills. Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe were killed by a bomb hidden in a candy box tucked on a shelf, which also injured nine or 10 others, according to a website maintained by the Israeli government to commemorate terror victims.

The Illinois Department of Insurance quietly revoked Odeh’s certification as a Navigator In-Person Counselor on November 24, explaining in a disciplinary report that the decision was “based on an investigation which revealed that she had been convicted in Israel for her role in the bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem and failed to reveal the conviction on her application.” …

Odeh, who has as many as nine aliases, was indicted in October for allegedly lying on her U.S. immigration and naturalization application papers. On Dec. 9, 2004, she had been sworn in as a U.S. citizen in a district court in Michigan, the same state where bombing victim Kanner had spent six months studying English. …

Birds of a feather.

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Regime Change

Caroline Glick opines that John Kerry’s Apartheid State comment may not have been the most offensive thing he said:

Speaking to the Daily Beast about Kerry’s remarks on Sunday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was quick to use the “some of his best friends are Jewish,” defense.

In her words, “Secretary Kerry, like Justice Minister [Tzipi] Livni, and previous Israeli Prime Ministers [Ehud] Olmert and [Ehud] Barak, was reiterating why there’s no such thing as a one-state solution if you believe, as he does, in the principle of a Jewish state. He was talking about the kind of future Israel wants.”

So in order to justify his own anti-Semitism – and sell it to the American Jewish community – Kerry is engaging in vulgar partisan interference in the internal politics of another country. Indeed, Kerry went so far as to hint that if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is forced from power, and Kerry’s Jewish best friends replace him, then things will be wonderful. In his words, if “there is a change of government or a change of heart, something will happen.”

Livni, Olmert, Barak and others probably don’t share Kerry’s anti-Semitic sensitivities. Although their behavior enables foreigners like Kerry to embrace anti-Semitic positions, their actions are most likely informed by their egotistical obsessions with power. Livni, Olmert and Barak demonize their political opponents because the facts do not support their policies. The only card they have to play is the politics of personal destruction. And so they use it over and over again.

As an outside observer of Israeli politics, I’m a little hazy on the players. I am on record as an admirer of Netanyahu, but I have come to admire the further-right Moshe Feiglin and Naftali Bennett as well. Tzipi Livni, on the other hand, is poison.

Glick makes the point her presence in government is to placate Obama:

Livni’s position as Justice Minister and chief negotiator with the PLO owes entirely to the support she receives from the Obama administration.

Like [Ehud] Barak in Netanyahu’s previous government, today Livni provides Kerry and Indyk with “Israeli” cover for their anti-Israeli policies. And working with Kerry and Indyk, she is able to force herself and her popularly rejected policies on the elected government.

Livni – again, like Barak in Netanyahu’s previous government – has been able to hold her senior government position and exert influence over government policy by claiming that only her presence in the government is keeping the US at bay. According to this line of thinking, without her partnership, the Obama administration will turn on Israel.

And she echoes me when see says this:

Kerry’s “Apartheid” remarks are a watershed event. They represent the first time a sitting US Secretary of State has publically endorsed an anti-Semitic caricature of Jews and the Jewish state.

Just like Fatah’s “reconciliation” with Hamass, this is very clarifying. Now we know where everyone stands. I am at one and the same time sick to my stomach and as happy as I can be.

PS: In a just world, Kerry would resign.

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Barack Obama High

No, not high as in stoned; high as in high school.

Well, both:

Chicago students vying for hard-to-get spots in the city’s most competitive public high schools will get a new selective enrollment high school named after President Barack Obama.

For parents frustrated with a gut-wrenching process that some have compared to getting their child into an Ivy League school, 300 additional freshmen seats come as welcome news.

For Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the announcement, coupled with an earlier University of Chicago study released Thursday showing more freshmen are on track to graduate high school, was an opportunity to celebrate a new course for Chicago Public Schools.

“For the first time in the city of Chicago, I get to say that (U.S. Education) Secretary (William) Bennett, who in 1987 said the city of Chicago is the worst public school system in America, you’re wrong. Dead wrong,” Emanuel said.

And it only took you 27 years. Way to go, Chi-ca-go! But some people still aren’t happy:

Mayoral critics noted the $60 million high school was announced a day after CPS voted to turn over management of three failing schools in impoverished neighborhoods on the city’s West and South Sides to a private organization. They contend that instead of investing more resources in top-tier schools that serve a small number of students, the money should be used to help neighborhood schools across the city, many of which saw severe budget cuts this school year.

Some also wondered why Obama College Prep was not being built on the South Side in the president’s Kenwood neighborhood or in the community where First Lady Michelle Obama grew up, rather than among well-to-do North Siders.

Remember, Obama is half white, too. He represents all of us. Besides, he likes the Cubs as much as the White Sox:

Wow. “South Side kid”? He didn’t set foot in Chicago until he went there to organize communities at 24. No wonder he can’t remember a single ChiSox name. (The announcers let him off easy—I would have loved to hear him squirm trying to name any Oakland As players: “Uh… the truth is, I liked a lot of Giants, too…”)

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Snap Quiz

Quick question: who’s the US Ambassador to Egypt?

Wait, wait, don’t tell me…oh, I know this! Dude with the glasses and the gray suit. Gave heap big wampum (as Elizabeth Warren would say) to the Obama campaign.

Sigh. Okay, I give up. Tell me.

NOT FAIR!

This absence of a US ambassador in Cairo for the last eight months could be for several reasons. First, it could be strong evidence of tension between the two countries and hesitation by the US administration on what it should do about developments in Egypt. Second, it could confirm the reliance on defence relations as the basis of bilateral relations; there have been more than 30 phone calls between US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his former counterpart Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, or one call every six days.

Third, it could be Washington’s desire not to be directly present inside Egypt, especially after the bad experience of Ambassador Anne Patterson that ended with her returning home in August to become US assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs.

Oh yeah. Seems we read about it at the time:

Patterson was heavily criticised last summer before and after protests following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi. Some Egyptian newspapers printed headlines describing her as “Ambassador from Hell” and “The US High Commissioner to Egypt” along with “Shameless Patterson” and “White Beetle Patterson” and dozens of other inappropriate headlines. Thus, some people believe that senior US diplomats are hesitant to serve in Cairo right now.

That pitch!

Buncha sexist bastards, the Egyptians.

But why the hostility?

I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning; and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt’s advancement. And together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. I’m grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. And I’m also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: Assalaamu alaykum. (Applause.)

They’re not applauding anymore.

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Auntie, We Hardly Knew Ye

We here in Boston knew her quite well.

It was her ne’er do well nephew who didn’t know her—or didn’t want to:

Zeituni Onyango — President Obama’s feisty, defiant aunt who successfully fought deportation in a visceral election-year courtroom controversy — died yesterday after a four-month battle with cancer, her immigration attorney said.

Onyango, 61, died at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Harborlights on East 7th Street in South Boston, attorney Margaret Wong told the Herald. Onyango “had taken ill in January, and passed gently in her sleep,” Wong said.

“She’s been ill for quite some time. She didn’t like people to know because she was so strong,” Wong said.

Onyango, a towering figure known as Aunti Zeituni, was born in Kenya and moved to South Boston in 2000. She was denied political asylum in 2004 and was ordered deported, but fought the order and remained in the country. Her case was leaked to the press days before the 2008 presidential election. Judge Leonard I. Shapiro delayed the deportation in 2009 and ultimately reversed the order in 2010. The court case was closed to the press, and Onyango insisted President Obama had no role in Shapiro’s ruling.

The controversy surrounding Onyango was compounded because she lived in South Boston public housing from 2003 onward, including stints at the Old Colony development, the West Broadway project and finally the Monsignor Powers apartments.

She joked about her accommodations, telling a Herald reporter that “beggars can’t be choosers.”

“I’d like to live in a castle and have a limousine,” Onyango said in a 2009 interview. “But I don’t. My health is my wealth.”

Oops. Our condolences to the extended Obama/Onyango family.

Onyango enraged Bostonians in 2010 when, during a sit-down with a local TV reporter, she complained that she was being “treated like public enemy No. 1,” revealed she received monthly disability checks of nearly $700 and insisted that, “If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen.”

Onyango also brushed off the 2011 drunken-driving arrest of her brother, Onyango Obama — also an illegal alien — telling a reporter, “Why don’t you go to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C., and ask your president? Not me.”

Onyango Obama’s drunken-driving case was continued without a finding, and Shapiro awarded him legal residency in December.

Technically, illegals are forbidden from receiving public benefits—but then technically they are also supposed to be deported for breaking the law. Helps to have nephews in high places.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Dyer-Lake Funeral Home of North Attleboro, Wong said.

I hope the family comes to pay its respects. The local golf courses are just beginning to open up. And we have a Four Seasons Hotel.

PS: Did you know the late Aunti was a published author?

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Not that there is a auntiezeituni.com. At least not anymore.

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We’ve Got Your Back, Israel

You have been warned:

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke before the Senate on Tuesday, where he blamed Israel for the breakdown of peace talks last week.

“Israel didn’t release the Palestinian prisoners on the day they were supposed to be freed, and another day passed, and another day, and then another 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem, and ‘poof’…that was sort of the moment,” remarked Kerry before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The fourth and final batch of terrorist releases, meant as a “gesture” for the talks, was set for March 29 but put on hold given the total lack of progress in talks, and the widespread protest to the unpopular move. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly told Kerry the release could topple his government.

The release was officially cancelled last Thursday, after Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Abbas requested to join 15 UN agencies last Tuesday, in breach of the peace talk conditions.

Regarding Kerry’s comment about the “700 settlement units,” Israel reissued a call for tenders on over 700 housing units in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo last Tuesday. A construction freeze on Jewish building in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria was not a precondition of the talks.

I could rant and rave about the injustice—Israel has literally bled in releasing these prisoners; the Arabs haven’t stopped their Jew-hating incitement to murder and genocide for even a nanosecond; why do we cite housing starts in America as a positive economic indicator while condemning every single one in Israel—but I can’t be bothered.

I’m too busy standing and applauding Israel for sending this poseur packing. Seeing him drone on before Congress, I half expected him to accuse Israel of “razing villages in fashion reminiscent of Jenjis Khan”.

Kerry further blamed Israel for demanding recognition as the Jewish state. Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas brought talks to a standstill by adamantly refusing to recognize Israel as the Jewish state.

“The government of the United States and the president supports the notion of Israel being defined as a Jewish state,” Kerry noted. “We believe that that should happen. But when it happens, and how it happens, has to be part of the negotiations. It’s not going to happen in the beginning.”

What is Israel if not a Jewish state, you moron? Luxembourg with bagels? The only reason the Arabs won’t agree to it is that they want it as an Arab state. Like the world needs another one!

Noting the intensive energy that he has put into pushing the talks forward since last July, Kerry noted “there’s a limit to the amount of time that (US) President (Barack) Obama and I can invest in this topic with consideration to other challenges around the world, especially if the sides aren’t willing to show seriousness.”

Good! Beat it. Hasta la vista. See you. I think I hear Crimea calling.

Don’t worry, Israel. He, too, shall pass.

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Celebrate Diversity

At least in terms of arms suppliers:

Alenia Aermacchi has rolled out its first M-346 jet trainer for Israel, part of a reciprocal deal covering satellites and early warning aircraft for Italy. The deal has boosted ties between the countries and may now see Tel Aviv sending its F-35 joint strike fighters to Italy for maintenance.

Officials from the defense ministries of both countries talked up their close relationship as they met in Italy on March 20 for the rollout of the first of 30 M-346 jets Israel has ordered — the first non-American plane the country has bought for decades.

“It would make a lot of sense for us to maintain JSFs in Italy rather than sending them to the US,” he said.

True, why send them across the Atlantic when Italy lies but halfway across the Mediterranean? But I wonder if there’s more to the strategy than that? America hasn’t been the most steadfast ally of late.

Still, we are trying:

American officials are very concerned that the talks between Israel and Palestinian Authority could break down totally. The two sides are deadlocked, and no progress has been made for weeks, the officials were quoted as saying by Israel Radio – and the administration of President Barack Obama is feverishly trying to come up with a formula that will keep both sides talking.

The US, therefore, is considering various “creative” ideas to make the deal more appealing, the report said. Among them is an idea Netanyahu himself proposed – releasing Jonathan Pollard, who has been in an American prison for nearly three decades on charges of spying for Israel. The diplomats said that it was not clear Obama would agree to such a condition.

Talking is overrated if you ask me, particularly when the only word spoken is “no”:

PA chief Mahmoud Abbas has made it clear numerous times that he will not concede on the Palestinian’s “core” demands – an Israeli withdrawal from all of Judea, Samaria, and much of Jerusalem; free immigration of the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 into Israel; and no recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Under such conditions, Netanyahu has told diplomats, there is no way he could get an agreement with the PA approved by his government.

Under these circumstances, when a man’s freedom is a bargaining chip, Israel would be wise to source its self defense requirements from more than one (unreliable) supplier.

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I’m Glad That’s Over With!

What part of “no” don’t we get?

On his trip to Washington this week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework document for continued peace talks with Israel, and issued “three no’s” on core issues, leaving the negotiations heading for an explosive collapse, an Israeli TV report said Friday.

Specifically, the report said, Abbas rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that he recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He also refused to abandon the Palestinian demand for a “right of return” for millions of Palestinians and their descendants — a demand that, if implemented, would drastically alter Israel’s demographic balance and which no conceivable Israeli government would accept. And finally, he refused to commit to an “end of conflict,” under which a peace deal would represent the termination of any further Palestinian demands of Israel.

Satisfied? Are we done here?

Can we move on now with the extension of Israeli sovereignty to the ancient Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria—as guaranteed by the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations? (The latter of which automatically became UN policy.)

An invented people, occupying land not their own, have been wasting time pretending to negotiate. That’s quite enough of that.

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Quieten Your Rodent, Mr. President!

Remember when Obama went to Egypt and spoke about…? Whatever? Himself, probably?

We don’t remember either, and it would seem neither do the Egyptians:

MEMRI’s translation is helpful, but I wonder of they heard what we heard.

This video came out, what, a week ago, and already:

You know what comes next, right?

Shut up your mouse, Obama—the remix!

On most days I think humanity has earned every pox and plague visited upon it by a profoundly disappointed God. But then I see this—Egyptians cursing Obama, leading Photoshop, t-shirts, and dance tapes—and I fall in love all over again with our terminally flawed species.

PS: Did I say Photoshop?

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