Everything You Need To Know About Arabs

These are Arabs at the Temple Mount celebrating rockets landing in Tel Aviv and other parts of Israel:

Question: Why does Israel allow that mosque to remain on top of the Temple?

- Aggie

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War?

IDF has launched attacks in Gaza to try to get Hamas to stop shelling Israeli towns and cities

The Israel Defense Forces announced after midnight Monday that it has launched a major operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The operation has been given the code name “Operation Protective Edge.”

IAF fighter planes and aircraft are currently flying sorties over Gaza seeking terror targets, Israel Radio reported.

IAF strikes Gaza underground rocket launchers, terror tunnel amid heavy rocket fire
Yadlin: Israel must strike Hamas hard
Heavy rocket barrages slammed into southern Israel on Monday evening, triggering air raid sirens across wide areas, including the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, Sderot, Rehovot and Beit Shemesh.

Seven long-range Palestinians rockets were intercepted over Ashdod, and five over Netivot.

Some 30 rockets were fired from Gaza in the Monday night barrage. A total of 80 rockets slammed into southern Israel throughout the day and evening.

The attacks came shortly after a senior military source said the IDF is taking “significant steps” to prepare itself for a stepped up campaign of attacks against Hamas in Gaza. He spoke as Palestinian projectile fire from the Strip continued unabated.

The Palestinians seem to want war. Not sure why, maybe they got bored with all the calm?

- Aggie

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Fingers Crossed

Ruling on ObamaCare insurance subsidies expected soon

A federal appeals court might be on the verge of blowing a massive hole in the foundation of Obamacare.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is expected to rule any day now in a lawsuit that aims to block the law’s insurance subsidies in more than half the country. If the challengers ultimately prevail, the Affordable Care Act’s complex framework could begin to unravel as millions of people lose financial assistance.

For now, the stakes are a lot higher than the odds of success—challenges to the insurance subsidies have a 0-2 record in federal courts. But the pending D.C. Circuit ruling may be the one to break that streak, according to legal experts on both sides of the issue.

Go to the link for details, but the premise is that the federal exchanges are illegal. And, states representing roughly half the population have declined to set up exchanges.

A three-judge panel heard oral arguments in the case, Halbig v. Sebelius, in March. Two judges appeared to split along partisan lines, leaving Judge Thomas Griffith, a George W. Bush appointee, as the likely swing vote. Griffith seemed during oral arguments to at least be open to the challengers’ arguments, and perhaps leaning in their direction.

A ruling against the Obama administration wouldn’t immediately damage the Affordable Care Act, and it wouldn’t mean that the administration will ultimately lose. But it would give the challengers their first victory and ensure that the issue keeps moving through the courts.

I am not particularly hopeful, but Obama has been such a dreadful President that anything that makes his final days in office less pleasant is good by me. And to be clear, I am not calling him dreadful simply because the economy stinks, the health care law is a disaster, the Middle East has fallen apart, Russia is swallowing Ukraine, tens of thousands of illegals are rushing our southern border, etc. It’s not only that stuff. It’s the baseline disrespect that he has shown for those that disagree with him. America is comprised of something like 300 million people. If we cannot respect different perspectives, we cannot function. Furthermore, many of his critics knew what they were talking about.

- Aggie

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Israeli Trauma

As I’m sure everyone knows, there were three teenage Israelis murdered by the Palestinians (Hamas), followed by the apparent murder of a Palestinian teenager by some Israelis (we think). As usual, I’m more concerned with how the media and the US government are handling this than about the events themselves, horrible as they are. Here’s a roundup of things the media hasn’t mentioned:

1. Prior to the kidnapping and murder of the 3 teens, there was a murder of a young woman by an Arab cabbie. Her name was Shelly Dadon. Is the US and European media engaged in a war on Jewish women? Why haven’t we heard about this?

2. The 3 teenagers were routinely portrayed as “settlers”. Actually, they lived within the Green Line, not in the settlements. I know it is shocking, but the media is simply lying about that. But more importantly, are the children of settlers fair game for murder?

3. The Arab youth who was apparently murdered in a revenge attack also lost his life pointlessly. But, unlike the Israeli response to the deaths of the 3 teens, prayers, vigils, etc., we are being treated to riots. If one Palestinian youth merits a riot, does this mean that 3 Israeli youths merit triple the riots? Should everybody just skip work and riot?

4. A cousin of the murdered Palestinian teen has been arrested and is an American citizen. Our State Dept. is outraged. Did they miss the fact that one of the murdered Israeli teens was an American citizen? Is Jewish life less important? He is, after all, dead, not imprisoned.

5. Finally, the Palestinian teen was burned, and that is undeniably horrific. May I remind the world that when buses and cafes blow up, people are burned to death? There were something like 1300 deaths due to Palestinian terrorism in the first six or seven years of the new century. Should we have rioted over that 1300 times? Would the world have bothered to notice?

News flash guys: Tikkun Olam only goes so far. There are crazies in every population. The Israeli media is now reporting that one person confessed to the killing of the Palestinian teen, and that this individual was enraged about the deaths of the 3 Israeli teens. Is it right? Absolutely not. But in our guts, we know that it is human. It might turn out that this marks the end of showing restraint. God help us all.

- Aggie

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The Democrat’s War On African Americans

I’m back in town now, enjoying the beautiful New England weather, but still struggling a bit with jet lag. I do have a question though – Why do democrats hate African Americans? I mean why do they insist on bringing in hundreds of thousands of illegals, many of whom will do the low-skill work that many people in minority communities do today? Have they not noticed that the unemployment rate among African Americans is about twice what it is among whites? Isn’t this cruel?

Honestly, why would our first African American President be so damn hard on the African American community?

- Aggie

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Going Away

I’ll be away for the next two weeks, returning on the 16th of July. Aggie has been away, but will be back soon to shepherd you through these times of turmoil and tragedy.

You didn’t think I’d leave you with Obama alone, did you? I’d have left you with a pistol and a shot of whiskey as well if that had been the case.

Here’s hoping the world’s still in one piece when I get back. If that Islamists don’t get us, the hurricane will.

BTL

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Heartbreak [UPDATED]

I am just so sad:

In a tragic end to an intensive search by the IDF, intelligence services and police, it has been released for publication this evening (Monday) that IDF forces have discovered the bodies of the three teenagers abducted 18 days ago as they hitchhiked home near the town of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion region.

Eyal Yifrah 19, from Elad; Gilad Sha’ar, 16, from Talmon; and Naftali Frenkel, also 16, from Nof Ayalon, went missing on June 12th, and officials soon identified Hamas as the culprits. Their bodies were found near between the Arab village of Halhul and the Jewish village of Carmei Tzur, near the city of Hevron, where the search operation for them – dubbed Operation Brother’s Keeper – had been focused.

The bodies were apparently found together, bound and buried in a shallow grave in a field at approximately 5 p.m. The families of the boys have been informed of their tragic loss.

An emergency cabinet meeting has been called for 9:30 p.m. to discuss the government’s response.

And angry. Sad and angry. It’s one thing to find and hold accountable the person or persons who did it. But that’s hardly enough. Who else knew? Who else approved? How much candy was distributed when the Arabs heard the good news? We’ve shown you the visual evidence of Arab euphoria over the…well, now murders: selfies of people with sh*t-eating grins holding up three fingers. I don’t hold one or three people responsible; I don’t even hold Hamass solely responsible. I hold Arab society responsible—a death cult that inculcates millennial-old bigotry in their children, that kills and maims indiscriminately, that declares it loves death more than we love life.

There will be no justice for these boys until the culture that raised their killers is made to pay.

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Can I be clear enough how much I disagree with this attitude?

US President Barack Obama expressed his condolences Monday night for the loss of Israel’s three kidnapped teens after their bodies were found just north of Hebron in the West Bank. He also warned of any further conflict between Israelis and Palestinians saying, “I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

Secretary of State John Kerry also released a statement Monday night: “We condemn this despicable terrorist act in the strongest possible terms. The killing of innocent youths is an outrage beyond any understanding or rationale, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice. This is a time for all to work towards that goal without destabilizing the situation. “

The French president expressed his concern at the upsurge in violence in recent days in the West Bank and Gaza. He condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli territory and demanded that, “everything (must) be done to avoid further casualties and the risk of an escalation of violence.”

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said, “We condemn in the strongest terms their killing. We express our sincere condolences to their families and friends and share their grief. We trust the perpetrators of this barbaric act will swiftly be brought to justice. We call for restraint of all parties concerned in order not to further aggravate the fragile situation on the ground.”

Nothing should be done to “destabilize” the “fragile” situation? Three boys lie dead, shot moments after their abduction by Hamass terrorists. What’s worth preserving about that? Such a “situation” needs aggravation, but quick. Ditto destabilization. Violence needs to be “escalated”, if you ask me. Yesterday. Such mealy-mouthed utterances make me intestinely ill.

It’s so bad, so inconceivably awful, that the UN speaks more honorably than anyone quoted above:

Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor acted quickly, demanding that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon press the Security Council to condemn the murder of the youth, the firing of missiles, and the unity government between Fatah and Hamas.

“In the past few weeks, Israel has come under attack and felt the bitter devastation that comes with Hamas in a Palestinian government. Since the formation of the unity government on 2 June 2014, over 70 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel,” said Prosor.

Ban [ki Moon] responded to Prosor and the incident in a public statement. “There can be no justification for the deliberate killing of civilians. This heinous act by enemies of peace aims to further entrench division and distrust and to widen the conflict. It must not be allowed to succeed.”

Phyllis Chesler, writing words that burn within my own heart:

My heart is broken, absolutely broken. Words never fail me but at this moment, only words feel inadequate, even inappropriate. I am, of course, talking about the discovery of three dead bodies which once belonged to three beautiful Israeli souls: Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach.

This is a time for tears but also a time for some very serious decisions. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has confirmed that “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay. He added that the teenagers were “kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by wild beasts.”

The French foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, is “deeply shocked and upset” by the murder of these boys. He also expressed “horror” and indignation.”

President Obama expressed his “deepest condolences” to the families of the murdered teenagers. He added: “I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

President Obama did not accuse Hamas of this despicable act nor did he say our government would assist Israel in its search for security and justice. Obama has once again called for “restraint” and “stability.”

Does he mean that Jihadists should refrain from Jihad because it is “de-stabilizing” the entire Middle East or does he mean, more likely, that Israel should “refrain” from defending itself?

White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, also said: “We obviously condemn in the strongest possible terms violence that takes the lives of innocent civilians.”

This is a very unsatisfying and peculiar statement. To what is Earnest referring? This could apply to anyone anywhere at any time. It’s lack of specificity is cruel and insulting.

Precisely. Who doesn’t condemn “violence that takes the lives of innocent civilians”? Oh, right: Hamass!

Read ye, and weep:

A Memorial service will be held tonight outside the Israeli Consulate in NYC. I am sure that similar Memorial services will be held all over Israel and across North America. Hopefully, such Memorial services will also be held across Europe but I have my doubts.

May these dear, innocent boys rest in peace, may the lives they led be a blessing for us all, may their families and all Israel be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Orobpa

I knew I should have taken that left turn at Alkinana:

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ISIS has formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control, and has outlined a vision to expand into Europe.

The announcement was described as the ‘most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11′.

Upon declaring a caliphate, the Sunni militants – whose brutality in attempting to establish control in Iraq and Syria has been branded too extreme even by Al Qaeda – demanded allegiance from Muslims around the world.

With brutal efficiency, ISIS has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state.

A spokesman for ISIS declared the group’s chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the leader of the new caliphate, or Islamic state, and called on Muslims everywhere, not just those in areas under the organization’s control, to swear loyalty to him.

‘The legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the caliph’s authority and the arrival of its troops to their areas,’ said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.

‘Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day,’ he added in an audio statement posted online.

Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, said the announcement was likely the ‘most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11′.

I’m so proud.

PS: How come the Caliphate doesn’t extend into sub-Saharan Africa? What’s Islam got against black people?

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Can Hamass Have Our Cake and Eat it Too?

The answer is getting closer to no:

The US Congress is targeting the Palestine Authority (PA) with a cutoff of funds unless US President Barack Obama can justify how continued support to Ramallah advances national security needs.

Moves by both houses of Congress to terminate two decades of economic and security assistance come in response to the June 2 establishment of a new Fatah-led consensus government backed by Hamas, a US-declared terrorist organization.

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a 2015 foreign operations bill that bars aid to the PA from some $440 million in proposed funding.

The Senate’s version of its 2015 foreign operations bill, which includes similar language barring funding to the PA, was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 19.

Unlike previous years, when the House banned funding for a government over which Hamas “exercises undue influence,” this year’s language targets any type of power-sharing government “that results from an agreement with Hamas.”

Both Houses saw fit to include language that limits Obama’s ability to ignore the law, as is his wont.

Alas, they missed this chance:

A much more restrictive bill, introduced in April by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., failed to attract sufficient support by Senate colleagues.

Labeled the “Stand With Israel Act,” the bill aimed to rescind the president’s right to waive funding for any type of Palestinian unity government.

The text:

“Prohibition on Foreign Assistance.

(a) In General. Except as provided under subsection (b) and notwithstanding any other provision of law, no amounts may be obligated or expended to provide any direct United States assistance, loan guarantee, or debt relief to the Palestinian Authority, or any affiliated governing entity or leadership organization.

(b) Exception. The prohibition under subsection (a) shall have no effect for a fiscal year if the President certifies to Congress during that fiscal year that the Palestinian Authority has –

(1) Formally recognized the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state;
(2) Publicly recognized the state of Israel;
(3) Renounced terrorism;
(4) Purged all individuals with terrorist ties from security services;
(4) Terminated funding of anti-American and anti-Israel incitement;
(5) Publicly pledged to not engage in war with Israel; and
(6) Honored previous diplomatic agreements.”

Israel-boosters look upon Rand Paul with some suspicion, given the foreign policy of his father. But given the length he has gone to in order to keep President Barack Hussein Obama from funding Arab terrorists, it would appear we’re focusing on the wrong politician.

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We Asked For It

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Two cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed among immigrants caught in the Rio Grande Valley.

Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council #3307 Chris Cabrera confirmed the cases late Saturday morning.

Cabera told Action 4 News that one case was confirmed at the Brownsville Border Patrol Station and another at the Fort Brown Border Patrol station, also located in Brownsville.

Cabera said both cases involve juveniles and both were confirmed on Friday by medical personnel located at both facilities.

He added that an estimated 120 people are being isolated at the two stations because they were exposed to the juveniles.

Medical teams are stationed inside the detention centers to screen for lice, scabies and chicken pox but not everyone gets medical clearance.

“If someone is released and they are symptomatic, it could spread rapidly” said Caberera.

“Immigrants”? Since when did diseased foreign nationals wading across the stagnant pools of the Rio Grande qualify as immigrants? If they test positive for TB, do they get in-state tuition rates? What next, ebola?

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“Disproportionate” Response Update

Hamass launches 15 missiles at Israel, the headlines scream.

How does Israel answer the provocation?

Israel has dropped hundreds of anti-Hamas lollipops in two of the West Bank’s largest cities, in a renewed attempt to incite Palestinian popular opinion against the Islamist political group.

Palestinian residents of Nablus and Ramallah noticed on Sunday morning that hundreds of lollipops had been dropped in the streets and alleyways of the city, decorated with the phrase “Ramadan Kareem … Some sweets, after Hamas has made life in the West Bank bitter.”

Witnesses in Nablus told Ma’an that they saw Israeli soldiers throwing the lollipops in the streets.

The UN will surely vote overwhelmingly to condemn this act of collective punishment.

PS: If the situation were reversed, the lollipops distributed by Hamass would be laced with rat poison.

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At a Certain Point, You’ve Made Enough Money

There goes Obama again, bashing the Clintons:

The Clintons’ annual income easily puts them in the top 1% of Americans. But they may have reached the top 1% of the top 1%, according to publicly disclosed income data.

As we reported recently, according to their 2012 income disclosed in government forms, the Clintons made at least $16.7 million in income that year, largely from Bill Clinton‘s speeches. That total is based on income disclosed in forms that provide income ranges, and the $16.7 million total uses the minimum amount from each stated range.

The nationwide level to make the top 1% of households in 2012 was $567,719, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. And the level for the top 0.1% was about $2.9 million, a bar the Clintons easily surpassed.

The Tax Policy Center data stop there, at the top 0.1% — or the top 10% of the top 1% of Americans.

Did the Clintons reach the top 1% of the top 1%, based on their 2012 income? A different measure offers a strong clue. The Tax Policy Center says that IRS data for 2011, the most recent numbers available, show 11,500 total tax returns with adjusted gross income over $10 million that year, out of 145 million total returns. So a $10 million adjusted gross income puts one in the top 0.007% of all tax returns, and the Clintons’ income was well above that — likely putting it into the top 1% of the 1%.

Not bad for a couple who left office “dead broke”. Horatio Alger smiles down approvingly.

But not everyone does:

You are truly well-off by anyone’s definition of the term. And hard work is the guys tearing up my roof right now. It’s not flying by private jet to pick up a check for $200,000 to stand at a podium for an hour.

Which gets me to the second set of issues: how you’re continuing to ­vacuum up the money, and the aura of greediness it exudes. Madam Secretary, enough already. This behavior borders on compulsion, like refugees who once were starved and now hoard food. You’re rich beyond your wildest imaginings! You don’t need any more! Just. Stop. Speaking. For. Pay.

In the midst of a book tour (and with the ample cushion of a multimillion-dollar advance), you don’t need to be hustling for another $200,000 or so from the United Fresh Produce Association and Food Marketing Institute. On the verge of a potential presidential bid, please feel free to say yes to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas if you want to speak there. But you don’t have to hit its foundation up for a $225,000 fee, even one you plan to donate to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

What an effed-up world. The Clintons should be free to part fools from their money, and fools should be free to be parted from it for the “privilege” of hearing from them. Hillary should be free to run for President, and people should be free to vote for her (or not). There is no inherent value in poverty and no vice in wealth. It is for no one else to decide when you’ve made “enough money”.

And then there’s politics, where only appearance matters. It’s easy to see how Hillary’s “inartful” language hurst her politically. But hasn’t it always? Think of her comments over the years. On Bill’s affairs, she wasn’t “some little woman standing by her man like Tammy Wynette.”

On her life in public: “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas…”.

On Bill’s candidacy, “Elect him, you get me.”

More on Bill’s affairs: “The great story here for anybody willing to find it, write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president.”

On partisanship in politics: “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic, and we should stand up and say, ‘We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!’”

On her friends across the aisle: “I wonder if it’s possible to be a Republican and a Christian at the same time.”

On her trip to Bosnia: “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base…. There was no greeting ceremony and we were basically told to run to our cars. That is what happened.”

On the passing of Moammar Qaddafi: “We came, we saw, he died.”

On the passing of Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith: “What difference at this point does it make?”

It’s no wonder she’s mangled her book tour so completely. When it comes to politics, she’s deaf, dumb, and blind. And rich as Croesus, God bless her.

PS: Of course, my favorite Hillary Clinton quote is someone else’s. But it proves the same point:

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