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Americans Among the Victims

And American passivity in response:

Americans are among the injured in the Paris attacks, State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said Saturday.

“The? United States Embassy in Paris is working round the clock to assist American citizens affected by this tragedy,” Toner said in a statement. “?The U.S. government is working closely with French authorities to identify American victims. We are aware there are Americans among the injured, and are offering them the full range of consular assistance.”

It’s not a “tragedy”, and to me it’s not a small point.

A tragedy is when something happens to cause death and destruction—an earthquake, an avalanche, a train wreck. The deliberate, targeted execution of scores of people is not random; it did not “just happen”. This was mass murder, war, jihad—anything but a tornado or a boat sinking.

And our government resists in calling it so.


We Get Results

Sometimes, calling someone worse than Hitler actually works:

Israel has a right to defend itself and the United States has not determined its law enforcement has used “excessive force” against Palestinians amid the recent wave of violence sweeping the country, State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday.

Kirby’s comments came one day after he said the State Department had seen credible reports of the use of such force.

“We have never accused Israeli security forces with excessive force with respect to these terrorist attacks,” Kirby said, clarifying Washington’s longstanding position on Israel’s right to self-defense.

Really? Are you not the same John Kirby who said this yesterday?

While addressing ongoing Arab terror in Israel on Wednesday, State Department spokesman John Kirby asserted that “without qualifying each and every one of them, we’ve certainly seen some reports of security activity that could indicate the potential use of excessive force.”

“We have never accused Israeli security forces with excessive force with respect to these terrorist attacks.”

Lying liar. Just because some blogger wrote (repeatedly): “Barack Obama and John Kerry are the George Wallace and Bull Connor of Jim Crow in Jerusalem” doesn’t mean you have to cave on your hostility toward the Jewish State. Even a scumbag like Hitler stuck to his guns (until he stuck one in his mouth).


Today, For the First Time in My Adult Life, I Am Not Proud of Israel

This is all that separates Israel from rabid beasts:

The defense establishment is expected to move forward with plans to construct a massive fence along the border with Gaza, similar to one existing along the Israeli-Egyptian border.

After a year of working on plans but no allocation of funds, the IDF’s Southern Command is finally expected to receive the greenlight for the construction of a 65-km-long tall fence.

The overall plan, called “Southern Light,” however, includes the erection of two massive barriers to run the length of the border with Gaza.

Amid an ongoing wave of terror across Israel, Palestinians in Gaza have made several attempts in recent days to breach the current border force and enter the Jewish state.

A tall fence? That’s it? Since when, Israel, did you let Egypt one-up you? Two-up, five-up, 164-up you? [New York Times article, if you’re counting.]

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt announced a sweeping plan last fall to tighten his crackdown on Islamist insurgents in the North Sinai: clearing a half-kilometer buffer zone along the length of the border with the Gaza Strip, to block any weapons or support from coming through tunnels from Hamas militants on the other side. The government said it would demolish 800 homes and displace as many as 10,000 people in the process.

That, however, has turned out to be only the beginning.

Nearly a year later, the government has destroyed more than 3,255 homes and other civilian buildings, according to a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch. The report draws on satellite images, interviews with 11 displaced families and other residents, and a careful study of reported statements by government officials.

The officials have acknowledged in various statements over time that more than 3,200 families have been displaced from their homes, the report said. And security forces are still in the process of leveling the entire border town of Rafah, which has a population of 78,000. At least six schools have been destroyed, with no plans to accommodate their students, the report found.

Such scorched-earth tactics are almost certainly counterproductive, said Daniel L. Byman, a professor at Georgetown University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies counterinsurgency. “This is just going to anger the local people, and some of the people who get angry may start to support the militants,” he said.

After which Egypt will respond with incinerated-earth tactics, I’m sure. As is their right.

But if Egypt’s “scorched-earth tactics” prompted a single mew from some academic crybaby, imagine how Israel would have been crucified for leveling one house, or razing one school.

For pete’s sake, they’re getting heat for shooting terrorists!

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon slammed the United States on Thursday after a State Department spokesperson accused Israel of using “excessive force” when subduing Arab terrorists.

While addressing ongoing Arab terror in Israel on Wednesday, State Department spokesman John Kirby asserted that “without qualifying each and every one of them, we’ve certainly seen some reports of security activity that could indicate the potential use of excessive force.”

Yesterday, I wrote that “Barack Obama and John Kerry are the George Wallace and Bull Connor of Jim Crow in Jerusalem.” And then I wrote it again:

Barack Obama and John Kerry are the George Wallace and Bull Connor of Jim Crow in Jerusalem.

That was in regard to their support of keeping the Temple Mount judenrein. But what can I write in response to this monstrous claim? I try to hold off on comparisons to Hitler, but…

It is stated B. Hussain Obama policy that Jews may not put one “filthy foot” (in Mahmoud Abbas’s words) upon the Temple Mount; that they may not “neutralize” one hate-filled, knife-wielding savage; that every new Jewish home is an affront to civilization; that the 93% of land that they have returned to Arab warmongers is not enough.

I’m not sure a comparison to Hitler goes far enough.

PS: To correct the Times story (how often have people had to type those words?), Egypt increased the size of its beffer zone to an entire kilometer in width when the realized a half-k wouldn’t do it. Now, they’re flooding the trench and the tunnels with sea water, and creating fish farms. Halibut yes, Hamass no.


She Had it Coming

If Israel hadn’t worn that short skirt, this might not have happened:

“There’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years,” [John] Kerry said during a question-and-answer session, “and there’s an increase in the violence because there’s this frustration that’s growing.” Kerry noted that there was also “a frustration among Israelis who don’t see any end.”

I think what always perplexes me – we’ve been through Oslo, Wye Plantation, Madrid, countless negotiations. Most people I talk to have a pretty damn good sense of what has to be done.”

The list of things that perplexes John Kerry would reach from Harvard to Tacoma, Washington—and back.

It was the so-called Palestinians who rejected the Oslo so-called accords—two weeks ago. You want cause and effect? The terrorism started shortly afterwards. The “massive increase” in “settlements” he sees is wholly inadequate from my point of view. Israel’s population has doubled in the past 30 years; what would he have them do? Live in a ghetto? Not gonna happen. This time.

Of all the land Israel took from the Arabs like candy from a baby in the suicidal wars they startted (which atarted as genocidal wars), Israel has returned over 90%. (All of Sinai and Gaza, plus Areas A and B in the West Bank comes to 93% by my figuring.)

Besides, the State Department can’t keep its stories straight:

US officials on Tuesday declined to take sides in a debate over Israel’s true policy and intentions regarding the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif), a point of tension exacerbating conflict on the ground between Israelis and Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has repeatedly blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for inciting Palestinians to violence, while Abbas claims that Netanyahu seeks to change status quo arrangements on the holy site, where non-Muslims are not allowed to formally pray.

Netanyahu has repeatedly called that accusation a “gross” and “dangerous lie.” But pressed on the matter, State Department officials echoed Abbas’ concerns, suggesting they believe Israel’s policy leaves open the possibility of change at the site.

To be fair to the Obama gruppen, they didn’t invent the Arab apartheid policy atop the Temple Mount. But they deserve their share of the blame for perpetuating it. Barack Obama and John Kerry are the George Wallace and Bull Connor of Jim Crow in Jerusalem. (All four are Democrats, for one.)

Barack Obama and John Kerry are the George Wallace and Bull Connor of Jim Crow in Jerusalem.

Just wanted to make sure you got that.

But if I may suggest to the maggots at State: when your stated policy is to blame the victim of terrorism, stick to one story. Leave the daily humiliation to the Palestinian people, not yourselves.

PS: Have you been reading how hostile Susan Rice is to Israel? It’s in Dennis Ross’s new book. And there’s no one closer to the Obamas not named Valerie (Born in Iran) Jarrett. Or Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ayers. Or Tony Rezko. Or Jeremiah Wright. Or Rashid Khalidi. Or Derrick Bell. Or Rod Blagojevich. Okay, so maybe she’s not so close.

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As sorry as we might feel for the doctors, nurses, and patients who got blown to smithereens during a US bombing raid, you have to feel worse for US diplomatic weasels trying to explain what happened:

May we quote you on that?

During last year’s Operation Protective Edge, during which the IDF battled Islamist terrorists in Gaza to put an end to the threat of rocket fire and terrorist infiltration tunnels targeting its citizens, Israel faced the usual tide of criticism for its use of force despite unprecedented measures to limit civilian casualties.

Among the critics was none other than the US State Department, which issued a remarkably harsh condemnation of Israel after one particular exchange with terrorists resulted in a stray shell hitting a UN school close to where terrorist gunmen were operating.

Despite it being unclear precisely who was responsible, or what the precise circumstances were, the State Department immediately rushed to accept Hamas’s version of events in the following statement:

“The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed…

“The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians. We call for a full and prompt investigation of this incident as well as the recent shelling of other UNRWA schools.”

But it appears now that even the US is unable to meet those “standards”; on Sunday, a US airstrike in Afghanistan struck a hospital, killing at least 22 civilians.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) branded the airstrike a “war crime.”

Associated Press journalist Matt Lee challenged US State Dept. spokesman Mark Toner over the strike, asking whether the US government viewed that incident – in which significantly more civilians were killed – as just as “disgraceful.”

Among our many awards and citations so highly sought is the Chutzpie™ for unmitgated gall—chutzpah—in a statement or action. We usually give it to horse’s patooties for hypocrisy above and beyond the ordinary.


But I don’t know who deserves it more: Toner, the Trigger’s tuchas, as he tries to hem and haw his way to anything not nonsense.

Or to AP reporter Matt Lee, who, like little David against the Philistine Goliath, throws the stone of State’s own words back in their face. That’s nerve of a different sort.

So, I introduce a new award, one we’ll hand out probably on the rarest of occasions, for testicular fortitude above and beyond the emasculated ordinary:

The Testies.

Should look very nice on the lapel of a dark blue suit, Matt. Congratulations!


No Jews

Hey, colored people, there are plenty seats in the back of the bus. Don’t start anything by sitting up front.

Ladies, why should you take a job that could go to a man? Get your biscuits in the oven and your buns in the bed.

Look, I don’t care what you queers get up to behind closed doors. But keep it to yourself, would ya?

English, Hop Sing! Here we speak English!

Do you Jews have to pray on the Temple Mount?

International leaders have called on Israel to continue a ban on Jewish worship on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, in order to maintain calm and placate Muslim extremists who have been rioting for three days straight in Jerusalem.

UN coordinator Nickolay Mladenov warned during a Security Council meeting Tuesday that clashes between Palestinian rioters and Israeli security forces could provoke violence by Muslims elsewhere in the Middle East.

The envoy called for “restraint” and said it was “imperative that the historic status quo is preserved” – namely allowing limited access to Jews to visit, but not pray, at the site.

?Meanwhile, United States on Monday condemned “all acts of violence” at on the Temple Mount – and urged the Israeli government not to lift restrictions on Jewish visits.

“The United States is deeply concerned by the recent violence and escalating tensions surrounding the Haram al-Sharif Temple Mount. We strongly condemn all acts of violence,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said, calling on all sides to exercise restraint.

“It is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric and preserve unchanged the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif Temple Mount, in word and in practice,” Kirby said.


As I demonstrated above, “the historic status quo” is hardly to be admired. “The historic status quo”, this president should know, led to “whites only” fountains and lunch counters, segregated schools and colleges, and 3/5ths humanity. The United States of America’s stated policy supports religious bigotry—calls for it, in fact!



Democrat Party Pooper

Hillary Clinton’s email saga has hit all the literary genres: mystery, suspense, farce, tragedy, melodrama, farce, tragi-comedy, farce, and a whole lotta fiction.

But there seems to be one character missing, someone Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot would finger as conspicuously absent: Barack Obama.

He has two roles to play in The Case of the Bathroom Wiper. Let’s take the second role first. This is his FBI and his State Department investigating his former Secretary of State. As his IRS and his EPA and his Justice Department have made amply clear, stonewalling Congress or other independent investigators is not a bug of his administration but a feature. What are we to make of the slow acid-drip of revelations? It can only be that that’s how Obama wants it, right? In what other of his myriad scandals, has the investigation gone against his express wishes?

This is an organized, deliberate operation to take out Hillary Clinton. What Obama has against her is nothing to what he has against Bill. I’m quite sure that Bill will take up resdidence in the White House again only over Barack Obama’s dead body. And then he’ll have to deal with Michelle.

But how did Hillary get away with her [bleep] in the first place? What does it say about his power or judgement that she ran an independent fiefdom inside—or parallel to—his administration? He was a freshman senator, unwise in the ways of Washington, but who thought that was a good idea? Why didn’t Biden warn him? (With his ego, who could tell Obama anything—fair enough.) Who knew better than himself how duplicitous and secretive the Clintons were?

This was either a sting operation from the beginning, to give Hillary enough rope (or toilet paper) to hang herself; or it reflects terribly, horribly badly on the neophyte nitwit in the White House.

Or, and there’s plenty of evidence to support this take, lawlessly was how Obama wanted to run every aspect of his administration. Hillary’s sh*thouse server was just another example of Team Obama policy.


Clinton Aids Blackberrys Have Been Destroyed, According To State Department

The Banana Republic Of North America

BlackBerry devices the State Department issued to former Hillary Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin have likely been destroyed or sold off as surplus, a State official said in a court filing Wednesday.

The secretary of state’s information technology office “believes that Ms. Mills and Ms. Abedin were each issued BlackBerry devices,” State Executive Secretary Joseph Macmanus wrote in a declaration submitted to a federal court in Washington (and posted here). The office, referred to as S/ES-IRM in agency parlance, “has not located any such device at the department” and “standard procedure upon return of such devices is to perform a factory reset (which removes any user settings or configurations) and then to reissue the device to another employee, to destroy it, or to excess it,” he added.

“Because the devices issued to Ms. Mills and Ms. Abedin would have been outdated models, in accordance with standard operating procedures those devices would have been destroyed or excessed. As stated above, the email accounts themselves are generally housed on the Department’s servers,” Macmanus said.

The official also said former Secretary of State Clinton appeared never to have had a BlackBerry from her agency or any other official gadget. “S/ES-IRM does not believe that any personal computing device was issued by the Department to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and has not located any such device at the Department,” Macmanus wrote.

I am no longer surprised, but am somewhat bummed out. They will never tell us what happened.

– Aggie


So, Slavery WASN’T So Bad?

We call it “human trafficking” now, BTL. So much more civilized.

In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse.

The State Department’s senior political staff saw it differently — and they prevailed.

A Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen sources in Washington and foreign capitals, shows that the government office set up to independently grade global efforts to fight human trafficking was repeatedly overruled by senior American diplomats and pressured into inflating assessments of 14 strategically important countries in this year’s Trafficking in Persons report.

In all, analysts in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons – or J/TIP, as it’s known within the U.S. government — disagreed with U.S. diplomatic bureaus on ratings for 17 countries, the sources said.

As a result, not only Malaysia, Cuba and China, but countries such as India, Uzbekistan and Mexico, wound up with better grades than the State Department’s human-rights experts wanted to give them, the sources said.

Maybe Cuba and China didn’t get better, but the rest of the world got worse. I like to look on the bright side of things.

It wouldn’t be the first or only time Obama sided with savages:

Some Western officials believed that after finding hard evidence of Turkish regime support for ISIS, NATO would finally change its relationship with Turkey. To a degree they were correct.

Last week, Obama cut a deal with Erdogan that changes the West’s relationship with Erdogan.

Instead of maintaining its current practice of balancing its support for Turkey with its support for the Kurds, under the agreement, the West ditches its support for the Kurds and transfers its support to Turkey exclusively.

As I wrote yesterday, when Obama hits bottom, he keeps digging.

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The Hall Pass of Justice

Three stories that illuminate what passes for justice these days.

Planned Parenthood faces the music—and dances:

A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously released three covertly shot videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research.

The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials taken at a restaurant in May. It appears to be the first legal action prohibiting the release of a video from the organization.

Without the videos, we would know nothing. Just the way they like it.

What else?

Someone’s at the end of his rope over the IRS:

A federal judge threatened to hold IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in contempt Wednesday after the IRS failed to produce, as ordered, newly recovered emails of former IRS official Lois Lerner.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan had ordered the IRS on July 1 to turn over Lerner emails on a weekly basis in response to a lawsuit by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

However at a U.S. District Court hearing in Washington Wednesday, Sullivan threatened to hold officials, including Koskinen, in contempt for not producing the documents as ordered every Monday.

“If there is further noncompliance, I will haul into court the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service to show cause why that person should not be personally held in contempt of court. I can’t make that any clearer,” the judge told Geoffrey Klimas, the Justice Department attorney representing the IRS, according to the minutes published on Judicial Watch’s website.

The judge dismissed the reasons provided by the IRS and the DOJ for not producing the documents, at one point saying, “I think the government’s position is clearly indefensible. It’s ridiculous. It’s absurd.”

Sullivan went on to warn Klimas that he was not immune from being held in contempt either.

You’re in a very difficult position, but you’re walking out of court with your colleagues,” Sullivan said. “That might not always be the case, okay?”

Tough talk, sure. But until that ghoulish Democrat hack, Koskinen, is perp-walked out of IRS HQ, talk is all it is.

In a related story:

A judge on Wednesday chided a State Department official for the department’s slowness in responding to Associated Press requests for documents from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

The AP sued in March after the department failed to satisfy repeated document requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act, including one made five years ago.

In a court hearing arising from the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon appeared incredulous at times about the amount of time it was taking and suggested the government should be able to move much faster in turning over thousands of pages of documents.

Under questioning, John Hackett, the head of the State Department’s FOIA operations, said the department was working to satisfy the document demands while processing thousands of others requests and coping with limited staff resources. But Leon on several occasions appeared unsatisfied with the responses.

He said one of the categories of records being sought — 68 pages of documents related to a former top Clinton aide — could be processed within a matter of days “by the least ambitious bureaucrat.” And he suggested that the State Department should be quicker in processing AP requests for Clinton’s schedules and calendars.

“It’s just schedules and calendars,” Leon said. “It’s not detailed memos or position papers or policy papers or anything like that.”

A State Department lawyer said the agency was prepared to release many of the records by the end of the calendar year. But Leon said that schedule didn’t seem “anywhere near aggressive enough,” and suggested that he might come up with a court order that would require a faster document production.

In sports terms, the Obama regime is trying to run out the clock. On this alone, I have complete faith in their success.

PS: With nuggets like this (an email from the Cincinnati office in response to Lerner asking how the work was going), it’s understandabl why they’re stalling:

The backlog of work involves advocacy organizations. As of about a month ago, there were 161 of these cases sitting idle and we probably have more by now. The control dates for these cases go back to the end of 2009 and all through 2010. We’ve been waiting for EO in D.C. to get us a guidance/reference document with lessons learned from the c4 and c3 cases they worked and coordinated with Judy Kindell and Counsel. We’re getting calls from POAs wanting to know who has put the halt on working these cases and threatening to contact their Congressional offices. Just today, I instructed one of my managers to get an additional information letter out to one of these organizations — if nothing else to buy time so he didn’t contact his Congressional Office.

This was written in November 2011, which means that some of the 501(c)(4) requests were already two years old. Lerner didn’t go public for another year and a half.

And now it’s the summer of 2015; Lerner is retired on a comfy pension (and a contempt of Congress citation); Koskinen sits on his hands; and Obama dismisses “phony scandals” without a “smidgen of corruption”.

What a joke. I actually have to laugh.


What Difference, At This Point, Does It Make?

Hillary lied some more about her emails

Hillary Clinton says she turned over to the State Department “all” of the emails from her private email account related to her work as Secretary of State. And State has reassured Congress that it turned over “every” Clinton email demanded as part of the House investigation into the Benghazi attack. This must depend on the definition of “all” and “every.”

The House Select Committee on Benghazi recently sent subpoenas to Sidney Blumenthal, the longtime Clinton political hit man who was in steady contact with Mrs. Clinton (via her private email) while she was the top U.S. diplomat. Emails show Mr. Blumenthal was advising two U.S. companies seeking Libyan contracts at the same time he was secretly advising Secretary of State Clinton about Libya. Mr. Blumenthal’s attorney says his client had no financial interest in the two companies—though no one is denying that the friends of Mr. Blumenthal who ran the companies were looking for business.

So imagine Congress’s surprise on Friday when Mr. Blumenthal responded to a subpoena by turning over 60 more Libya-related communications with Mrs. Clinton—some 120 pages. Politico reports that Members of Congress still aren’t sure whether Mrs. Clinton failed to give the emails to State, or State failed to give the emails to Congress, which is likely to release the new emails in the coming days.

State’s excuse for the omission is that it thought the subpoena was only for Mrs. Clinton’s Benghazi-related email (not broader Libya correspondence). This is hard to believe given that Congress’s initial early-December request—to State and Mrs. Clinton’s lawyer—begins: “Please provide, as soon as possible but no later than Dec. 31, 2014, any and all documents and communications referring or relating to a.) Libya (including but not limited to Benghazi and Tripoli) . . .” There’s that “all” word again.

Do politicians and State Department wonks speak English?

– Aggie


We Won’t Have Marie Harf to Kick Around Anymore

We used to call it “The Peter Principle”. Let’s rename it “The Harf Truth”: “An observation that in an organizational hierarchy, every employee will rise or get promoted to his or her level of incompetence.”

The last time we checked in with Marie Harf, she was explaining to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Iraqi security forces “have held their lines on the outside of the city” — that city being Ramadi, which had just fallen to ISIS. We won’t be seeing as much of Harf on CNN or behind the podium beginning next week, and not for the reasons you’d suspect.

Instead, Harf is being promoted to senior advisor for strategic communications to Secretary of State John Kerry, where she will “continue her work leading on the Iran negotiations communications strategy.”


We are so fu**ed.

But we still have Jen!

“Well, I think we’ve seen some issues in the past — we need to address those,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on CNN’s “New Day” when asked if the White House believes the Iraqis have the will to fight.

We’ve got issues, all right.

PS: Of course, John Kerry passed his “level of incompetence” some time in the 8th grade. Look how well he’s done!

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