Archive for Janet Napolitano

Bitch, Bitch, Bitch

The Palestinians remind me of that joke about the table of fussy diners, of whom the waiter asks “Is anything all right?”

The Fatah Revolutionary Council concluded its fifth convention in Ramallah over the weekend by declaring its refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

The council also urged the Palestinian Authority leadership to work toward foiling a new Israeli law requiring a referendum before any withdrawal from Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

The Palestinians are opposed to any understandings between Israel and the US that could harm their interests, the council said.

“The council also renews its refusal for the establishment of any racist state based on religion in accordance with international law and human rights conventions.”

No states based on religion. Got it, noted. Anything else?

The statement said that the Fatah council was categorically opposed to proposals for a land swap between Israel and the Palestinians under the pretext that “illegal settler gangs can’t be put on an equal footing with the owners of the lands and rights.”

The council dismissed plans to supply Israel with weapons in return for reviving the stalled peace talks. It added that the Palestinians would not accept any understandings between Israel and the US which could “harm Palestinian rights and prolong occupation.”

Referring to the new Israeli measure regarding Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, the council said the law was in violation of international law and urged the PA leadership to make efforts through the UN and the Security Council to thwart it.

[Abbas] also ruled out the possibility of returning to the negotiating table without a full cessation of construction in settlements and east Jerusalem.

Sorry, but the only words that will do are: shut up, you whiny little bitches! Never has anyone less relevant made more demands.

But it does clarify things. Fatah rejects peace with Israel; goodness knows Hamass rejects peace with Israel. Are there any factions I missed? How do the bowling leagues in Gaza feel about peace with Israel?

So, what do you say, Madame Secretary, are we done?

Recent talks between Israel and the Unites States have indicated that the sides are close to reaching a conclusive draft on a guarantees document, which will give Israel US assurances in return for a three- month extension on the settlement building freeze.

However, official sources Saturday evening confirmed that negotiations between the parties have reached a standstill.

Let’s hope so. I don’t care how many fighter jets it’s worth, the days of denying Israeli sovereignty and Jewish identity are over.

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The Judge Did The Right Thing

Despite the fact that the Obama administration worked to send him to certain death

The son of a founder of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is to be granted asylum in the US, a judge has ruled.

Mosab Hassan Yousef said he became a spy for Israel’s intelligence service and converted to Christianity before moving to California in 2007.

He went public earlier this year when he published his memoir called Son of Hamas.

Mr Yousef argued he would be killed if he was deported to the Palestinian territories.

Judge Rico Bartolomei ruled that Mr Yousef will be allowed to remain in the US pending a routine background check, Associated Press news agency said.

The ruling came after the US government dropped its objections to Mosab Hassan Yousef’s asylum request, which was initially rejected last year.

It is not clear why the US Department for Homeland Security overturned its previous objections to the request.

Let me clear up the mystery for the BBC. There was too much information about who Mr. Yousef is and what he did to impede the terrorists of Hamas. Despite the fact that the Obama administration worked to get him killed, conservative media, bloggers, and word of mouth protected him. It didn’t hurt that James Woolsey, former head of the CIA, spoke out on his behalf. Your readers might want to know this, by the way. I also think that it is likely that Obama didn’t want unpleasant comparisons to his Auntie Zetunie, who is happily ensconced in public housing in Boston, after winning her case in court. She did not have a threat of any kind to her life. Talk shows would have had a ball discussing that with callers.

- Aggie

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Reading is FUNdamental

Hey guys, it’s not that long. And it makes The Paucity of Trope (or whatever Omoeba’s book was titled) read like Robert Ludlum.

First Holder, now this. Second verse, same as the first: It would take 20 minutes to read through the statute and less than two to read the key provisions that have raised concerns about racial profiling. But if you read it then you’re responsible for what you say about it, and we can’t have that with the midterms less than six months away. So here’s the deputy border-enforcer-in-chief [Janet Napolitano] admitting that she hasn’t found the time yet to review “in detail” an immigration law that’s been the talk of the country politically for about a month now.

If I wanted to see a dingbat shoot her mouth off about something she knows nothing about and hasn’t even read, I’d watch The View. Now we got Joy-[bleepin']-Behar in the the cabinet. What next, Whoopi for Supreme Court?

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Ceci n’est pas une blague

I suppose I have to explain this one.

Rene Magritte’s famous painting of a pipe was titled “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”:

pipe

So I have titled this post “This is not a joke” when it most assuredly is one.

Is it?

High above the rugged border, an unmanned Predator B drone equipped with night-vision cameras and cloud-piercing radar scanned the landscape for signs of smugglers, illegal immigrants or terrorists…

The beefed-up border security is not taking place along America’s chaotic southern border – riven by drug smuggling, gun running and illegal immigration – but, rather, its traditionally boring northern boundary with Canada.

“One of the things that we need to be sensitive to is the very real feeling among southern border states and in Mexico that if things are being done on the Mexican border, they should also be done on the Canadian border,” Napolitano told a conference in Washington.

“In other words, we shouldn’t go light on one and heavy on the other.”

No joke. Instead of patrolling the skies over the Swat Valley, picking off terrorists (and any civilians who may be so unlucky to have wandered into the vicinity), or scanning the banks of the Rio Grande for murderous drug-smugglers or kidnappers, we have Predator drones circling over Niagara, waiting for some unsuspecting Canuck, too stupid or too drunk to realize his barrel has crossed the border.

Under this administration, it would appear that you are more likely to have an authentic ethnic Uighur from Gitmo, trained in the latest terrorist techniques, as your neighbor than you are a Molson-swilling, Habs-boosting French-Canadian from La Pocatiere.

Hmm, I sort of see the point.

But let Mark Steyn have the last word, as this was his discovery:

Wow, that Napolitano gal doesn’t waste any time. Seems like only yesterday that an unmanned drone on the 49th Parallel meant Nelson Eddy doing the “Indian Love Call”. I’m not sure how it’s going to affect Derby Line/Stansted, where the Vermont/Quebec border runs through the middle of the municipal library, but maybe they can have the Predator hovering over the Fiction A-M shelves.

Neldon Eddy: unmanned drone. See why I worship the man?

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