"ALL CAPS IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE."

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mental Patients Complain of Panic Attacks and Insomnia Because of President Trump

These people need to get a life.

Here, "'TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME: It's Really a Thing...'":
I think folks should just tune it out, live life. Read a book or something. Go to the movies. Go swimming. Have a glass of wine and talk to your kids. Sheesh. I teach politics for a living. I know there's lots more to life than stressing over the president.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MARINE LE PEN BRAVELY REFUSED TO WEAR HEADSCARF AT LEBANESE MUFTI'S HQ

The lady candidate for French presidency did something the female dhimmis in Sweden wouldn't do: she refused to wear a hijab during a visit to a Lebanese mufti, and ideally cancelled the meeting with him too:
French far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon's grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter.

Le Pen, among the frontrunners for the presidency, is using a two-day visit to Lebanon to bolster her foreign policy credentials nine weeks from the April 23 first round, and may be partly targeting potential Franco-Lebanese votes.

Many Lebanese fled to France, Lebanon's former colonial power, during their country's 1975-1990 civil war and became French citizens.

After meeting Christian President Michel Aoun - her first public handshake with a head of state - and Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Monday, she had been scheduled to meet the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian

He heads the Dar al-Fatwa, the top religious authority for Sunni Muslims in the multireligious country.

"I met the grand mufti of Al-Azhar," she told reporters, referring to a visit in 2015 to Cairo's 1,000-year-old center of Islamic learning. "The highest Sunni authority didn't have this requirement, but it doesn't matter.

"You can pass on my respects to the grand mufti, but I will not cover myself up," she said.

The cleric's press office said Le Pen's aides had been informed beforehand that a headscarf was required for the meeting and had been "surprised by her refusal".
Oh, sure, I'll bet they were surprised. It's more likely they were enraged underneath she wouldn't kowtow to their demands she demean herself and grovel before the mufti. And she shouldn't adhere to a dress code imposed by Haredi extremists like Satmar either. Whatever her motivations for visiting that mufti, she did the right thing by not meeting him in the end. If he demanded women not be themselves, then he doesn't deserve the dignity of a visit by a politician from a civilized society. Le Pen was brave to refuse, and did the right thing not to grovel.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

KNESSET PASSES A LAW TO PROTECT JEWISH NEIGHBORHOODS IN JUDEA/SAMARIA

The Knesset's passed a special bill to legalize a lot of the neighborhoods that the MSM has the gall to call "settlements":
The Knesset on Monday evening passed the controversial outpost regulation bill that will allow the government to retroactively grant permits to contested Judea and Samaria communities. Following a long, stormy session, 60 lawmakers voted in favor of the bill, and 52 voted against it.
This is the good part. Trouble is, it won't be without opposition from the usual suspects:
The new Judea and Samaria Settlement Regulation Law has already been challenged, as several leftist groups have announced they will petition the High Court of Justice to strike it down.
Which is shameful, of course. Especially if the court intends to take a pre-determined standing in their favor. For now, this is great news, and everybody who upholds the new bill should let their voices be known.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

WITH TRUMP NOW PRESIDENT, LET'S HOPE ISRAELI RELATIONS CAN IMPROVE

Let's also hope this can convince European countries, for example, of why they too need to change their ways. For now, Israeli leaders are congratulating Donald Trump on his ascension to presidency:
Israel’s leaders congratulated Donald Trump on his inauguration as US President and expressed excitement at working with him to strengthen the US-Israel relationship.

Israel’s political leaders expressed their congratulations to Donald Trump who was inaugurated as President of the United States on Friday.

“Congrats to my friend President Trump,” tweeted Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday before the onset of the Jewish Sabbath in Israel. “Look fwd to working closely with you to make the alliance between Israel & USA stronger than ever.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer echoed Netanyahu’s remarks. “Congratulations President Trump! Israel looks forward to working with you to make the US-Israel alliance greater than ever.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon shared his view in a statement that Trump’s presidency not only presented an opportunity to strengthen the US-Israel relationship but also to improve Israel’s standing in the United Nations.

“A true friend of Israel will enter the White House today,” Danon said. “After the shameful resolution that was adopted by the Security Council, Israel looks forward to strengthening our most important alliance and leading together towards a new era at the UN.”
And let's hope the UN is defunded, even by European countries. There's no use in wasting valuable tax money on such a repellent, dishonest organization.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

IT FLOPPED LIKE A FAILED SOUFFLE

Israel's diplomats say that the phony peace conference in Paris is the failure it truly is:
The Paris peace summit, despite concern that it could end with another damaging anti-Israel resolution, turned out “flat as a failed souffle,” Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emanuel Nahshon said.

The conclusion of Sunday’s Mideast peace conference in Paris urged Israelis and Palestinians to “officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution.” It also warned both sides against taking one-sided actions that could hurt talks, an apparent reference to Israeli settlement building in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Despite concern in Israel that the conference could end with another damaging resolution against the Jewish state, nothing of the sort occurred. Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State John Kerry – who had defended the Obama administration’s abstention from UN Security Council Resolution 2334, condemning Israeli settlements and had led the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations – assured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US would oppose any further resolutions based on conclusions at the summit.
Oh, like we should take anything Kerry says at face value. Most certainly not. Besides, even if this is the last of this atrocity for now, it's not like Kerry and Obama aren't likely to cause more trouble after they leave office.

That said, it's apparent that the opposition to the conference had some effect, including the US Congress' own condemnation and bills to cut funding to the UN.
Nonetheless, the summit, with the participation of over 70 countries, ended with a message to Israel as well as to the incoming US administration that the only viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to international opinion, is a two-state solution.

“The two-state solution is still the objective of the international community for the future,” French President Francois Hollande said. “With this conference I wanted to inscribe the two-state solution on the international agenda.”
Such big talk from somebody who already alienated much of the public with his disastrous security steps. It's worth noting that a few countries didn't even officially attend, and:
The final declaration also included criticism of incitement and “terror,” an apparent reference to Palestinian attacks. And some of the pro-Palestinian language in an earlier draft was removed after diplomats huddled in Paris.

The incoming US administration did not take part in the meeting, nor did it immediately comment on its final statement. President-elect Donald Trump had expressed disagreement with the conference.

Apparently in deference to the Trump team, the UK delegation did not include any senior-level officials.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon dismissed Sunday’s conference, tweeting that it was “flat as a failed soufflé.”

“A big show is no replacement for direct negotiations between the parties,” he said.
For once, Britain did something positive, and I think Russia also abstained from attendance. Thankfully, the backlash did have some effect, though there's still a long way to go, even now that Trump's been elected.

EVEN IF IT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL, PARIS PSEUDO-PEACE CONFERENCE WAS STILL OFFENSIVE

The "peace" conference held in Paris may have ended earlier than expected, but it was still very awful, and did as much a disfavor to Europeans as it did to Israelis and Americans:
Instead of convening a summit on the ongoing civil war in Syria, or the migrant crisis threatening Europe, or the rampant anti-Semitism plaguing its own country, France on Sunday held a convention attended by over 70 nations to affirm the international community’s commitment to creating a Palestinian state.

At the end of the farcical display, and with neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority in attendance, the Paris summit representatives released a brief concluding declaration unanimously agreed to after negotiations between the countries.

Reports here credited Israeli diplomats with helping to water down the anti-Israel language of the final declaration, calling the text a “significant weakening” and “less harsh than was initially expected.”
Nevertheless, it was still one of the worst acts of hostility a dhimmi government/politician could pull on anybody. But it's fortunate that both Israel's efforts and those of the US Congress helped persuade all involved to let it go sooner than expected, for now. Francois Hollande is still a very bad lot, even though he's leaving his post of president.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Graham and Cruz introduce bill to block US funding to UN, and GOP issues letter in support of moving embassy to Jerusalem

The Wash. Examiner reports that senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham are forwarding a new bill to cut funding for the UN, which doesn't need anyone's money:
The United States taxpayer must stop paying into the United Nations until it reverses its vote condemning Israel's occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, two top senators said Thursday.

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appeared together on MSNBC about a new bill introduced Thursday that would block taxpayer dollars from going toward the U.N. Graham said the resolution passed last month, which the United States abstained from, was a step too far in attacking Israel and it must be undone.

"Twenty-two percent of the money to fund the U.N. comes from the American taxpayer. I don't think it's a good investment for the American taxpayer to give money to an organization that condemns the only democracy in the Middle East,"
he said.

Reports indicate the U.S. gives about $8 billion to the U.N. every year in voluntary and mandatory payments.
The UN hasn't been a good investment for decades. Billions of dollars wasted for years, and it's time to stop giving them taxpayer money they don't deserve.

The Republicans have also been putting together a special letter in support of moving the embassy to Jerusalem as quickly as possible:
House Republicans are passing around a letter expressing support for “swift action” by the incoming Trump administration to relocate America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to a copy obtained by The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

The letter, which has not yet obtained any signatures, is addressed to the president-elect’s transition team in Trump Tower, indicating the caucus’s intent to send it before Donald Trump’s inauguration next week.

“Moving the embassy will strengthen the unique alliance between Israel and the United States and send a clear message to the world that we support Israel in recognizing Jerusalem as its eternal capital,” the letter reads.

“This action is all the more urgent in light of the anti-Israel Resolution 2334, adopted by the United Nations Security Council on December 23, 2016,” it continues. “The resolution invites renewed diplomatic hostility and economic warfare against Israel, and we must act urgently to mitigate its consequences and to reaffirm our steadfast commitment to Israel.”
The Post also says that:
While previous presidents from both parties have promised to move the embassy while campaigning, they have all backed down from their vows in fear that it would prompt an intifada in the Palestinian territories and turmoil elsewhere.
That's not the only reason. It's also because presidents like Clinton, Obama and even Bush didn't want to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capitol. In any case, any Islamofascist who resorts to violence over this is only invalidating their positions even more than they already are. And that's a point all concerned must make, ditto the fact that serious penalties must be taken against all violent offenders, and for now, deterring actions must be taken too.

FRANCOIS HOLLANDE PLANS TO HARM ISRAEL ANEW ON HIS WAY OUT, MUCH LIKE OBAMA

Who's practically given Hollande his blessing to do what he'll be doing next Sunday. Anne Bayefsky talks about the French government's upcoming attack on Israel, which they're even doing at the expense of the French public:
On January 15, 2017, with only five days left after 2,917 days in office, President Barack Obama is planning once again to feed Israel to the international wolves. The move is intended to tie the hands of President Donald Trump and is a direct repudiation of the will of the American electorate who rejected Obama’s calamitous foreign policy and a repeat performance by his secretary of state.

On Sunday, France is scheduled to hold an international conference to unleash an international mob on Israel. The meeting is taking place with Obama’s direct connivance. Seventy-states have been lined up to impose their preferences on the Middle East’s only democracy. Israelis are still dying in Israeli streets after seventy years of unending Arab terror – and the folks sitting in Paris munching on croissants know best how to protect Israeli national security.

The bare-faced power-grab by France and its Arab allies – with the blessing of President Obama – raises unavoidable questions: Who will attend? If they attend, how senior a representative will be sent by the main players on the Security Council: the U.S., Russia, and the United Kingdom? Will attendees sign on to an outcome document imperiling Israel that is already circulating? Will the Middle East Quartet – composed of the U.S., the EU, Russia and the UN – approve of the outcome document? Will a UN Security Council subsequently approve of the outcome document before January 20, 2017?
Any country's leaders who say they're against the UN resolution but attend anyway and give their backing to the policies started at the UN is not showing any remorse for what they started. President-elect Trump should respond, and Congress should by all means do more to send a message. The European politicians doing this cannot be allowed to go without getting admonished for taking steps that pose a danger as much to Europe's own population as they do to Israel's.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Horror in Jerusalem! Four Israeli Soldiers Massacred in Jihad Truck Attack (VIDEO)

Cross-posted from American Power, "Four Israeli Soldiers Slaughtered in Jerusalem Jihad Truck Attack (VIDEO)."

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The jihad truck attack is the new hip mode of jihad massacre.

And it's no surprise we're seeing this massacre just two weeks after the Berlin jihad attack.

On Twitter:


Saturday, January 07, 2017

GOP CONDEMNS UN, BUT SOME DEMOCRATS VOTE AGAINST THE RESOLUTION

The Republicans in Congress have issued their resolution condemning the UN for their anti-Israel/settlement vote:
Israel’s UN ambassador lauded a bipartisan measure, overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives, that rebukes the UN for criticizing Israeli “settlements,” adding that he’s looking forward to working with the incoming Trump administration.

American lawmakers voted 342-80 on Thursday for a non-binding resolution that declares unwavering support for Israel and insists that the US reject any future actions at the UN that are similarly “one-sided and anti-Israel.”

The House action was taken in response to the Obama administration’s abstention in the passing of Resolution 2334 at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) last month, which condemns Israeli “settlements” – i.e. Jewish communities in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria – as an obstacle to a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The UN resolution essentially endorsed the Palestinian position by calling for the pre-1967 lines to serve as the reference point for final borders. According to the new measure, Resolution 2334 “undermines the prospect for Israelis and Palestinians resuming productive, direct negotiations” and should be “repealed or fundamentally altered.”
But did all Democrats actually back the condemnation along with the GOP? Unfortunately, as the following text from a Republican Jewish Coalition newsletter reveals, a certain portion refused to join:
Washington D.C. – Last night, House Republicans overwhelmingly voted in support of a resolution reaffirming the United States’ commitment to Israel after President Obama turned his back on our closest ally. In the past, a resolution like this would have sailed through with near unanimous support, but once again Democrats showed they are no longer the party for pro-Israel Jews.

Despite House Republicans’ efforts to achieve full bi-partisan support for the pro-Israel resolution, 76 Democrats voted against it.

The least surprising vote against the resolution was Representative Keith Ellison’s. It’s clear that Ellison, a leading candidate to head the Democratic National Committee, and endorsed by establishment Democrats like Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, will continue the anti-Israel policies of President Obama, which alienate and wrongly pressure the one true democracy in the Middle East.

"Five years ago, Democrats on the floor of their convention booed a pro-Israel resolution, and yesterday 76 Democrats in the House voted against another pro-Israel resolution. Today's Democrat Party is no longer a home for pro-Israel voters. The Republican Party is." - Matt Brooks, RJC Executive Director

Democrat Nay Votes

Bass
Beyer
Bishop (GA)
Blumenauer
Blunt Rochester
Bustos
Butterfield
Carbajal
Carson (IN)
Castro (TX)
Chu, Judy
Clark (MA)
Clay
Clyburn
Cohen
Connolly
Conyers
Davis, Danny
DeFazio
DeGette
DeLauro
DeSaulnier
Dingell
Doggett
Doyle, Michael F.
Ellison
Eshoo
Foster
Gabbard
Garamendi
Green, Al
Grijalva
Gutiérrez
Heck
Huffman
Jayapal
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Kaptur
Kelly (IL)
Kihuen
Kildee
Kuster (NH)
Larson (CT)
Lee
Lewis (GA)
Loebsack
Lowenthal
Lynch
McCollum
McGovern
McNerney
Meeks
Moore
Nolan
O'Rourke
Payne
Pelosi
Pingree
Pocan
Price (NC)
Schakowsky
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Slaughter
Speier
Swalwell (CA)
Takano
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tonko
Tsongas
Waters, Maxine
Watson, Coleman
Welch
Yarmuth
Those are all people the sane crowd should stay far away from. But will all the Jewish community in the USA recognize what's wrong with them? There's no telling.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Megyn Kelly's Move to NBC Could Shake-Up the Cable News Landscape

Cross-posted from American Power.

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Following-up from earlier, "Megyn Kelly to Join NBC News."

I watched the "Kelly File" tonight, looking to catch the last of Ms. Megyn's appearances on Fox News. Unlike a lot of conservatives during the GOP primary (especially on Twitter), I wasn't critical of her. I liked her approach. I think Trump said some nasty things. I don't like him any less, but I don't think he shouldn't be called out from time to time.

In any case, it's going to be interesting at Fox News with Megyn gone. The network will be fine. The New York Times reported today that network executives have no plans to change the conservative programming that's made Fox the leader in cable news. That's good. On the other hand, I liked the more news/analysis feel of the 6:00pm hour (Pacific time) between O'Reilly and Hannity. Indeed, I always get a kick with how the "Kelly File" opens with "BREAKING TONIGHT!" It seems so urgent, heh.

In any case, at WaPo:


Megyn Kelly's wholly unsurprising decision to leave Fox News to join NBC leaves a void at the network where she spent the past 12 years, and perhaps nudges the cable news juggernaut in a new direction — while opening the door for media rivals.

Kelly confirmed her job change in a message Tuesday on Twitter after it was first reported by the New York Times.

Already a cable news star before the 2016 election cycle began, Kelly became a household name as she remained poised amid nasty attacks by Donald Trump, who objected to her line of questioning at the first Republican primary debate. Last January, Fox News's then-chairman, Roger Ailes, rejected Trump's demand that the network replace Kelly as a moderator of the second debate, even as the billionaire threatened to boycott the event — which he did.

When former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson accused Ailes of sexual harassment in a lawsuit in July, prompting 21st Century Fox to launch an investigation, Kelly shared her own claim of harassment by Ailes, who resigned later that month.

From then on, Kelly seemed to be viewed as a traitor by some Ailes loyalists who remained at Fox News. Sean Hannity called her a Hillary Clinton supporter in October. Bill O'Reilly criticized Kelly's decision to air dirty laundry in a book released in November.

“If somebody is paying you a wage, you owe that person or company allegiance,” O'Reilly told CBS News. “You don't like what's happening in the workplace? Go to human resources or leave. I've done that. And then take the action you need to take afterward if you feel aggrieved. There are labor laws in this country. But don't run down the concern that supports you by trying to undermine it.”

Kelly's departure from Fox News appeared inevitable. But now that it is here, it is worth considering the effect on cable news...
An interesting piece.

Keep reading.

At at the bottom tweet above, Ms. Megyn announces she leaving the network.

Friday, December 23, 2016

DAVID FRIEDMAN IS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR US AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL

I wanted to comment on this, but haven't had time till now. Donald Trump's choice for USA ambassador to Israel is lawyer David Friedman, a strong supporter of Israel:
President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he will nominate bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel — and pledged that the diplomat would work in the “eternal capital” of Jerusalem instead of Tel Aviv.

The president elects praised Friedman and said the lawyer would help the two countries cooperate on military and intelligence issues.

“As the United States’ Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman will maintain the special relationship between our two countries,” Trump said in a statement.

“His strong relationships in Israel will form the foundation of his diplomatic mission and be a tremendous asset to our country as we strengthen the ties with our allies and strive for peace in the Middle East.”
I fully agree on this. The plan to move the embassy to Jerusalem is another plus, if implemented, and if Friedman does his best to ensure it'll be done, he'll be a real hero.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Fireworks Blast Rips Through Market Outside Mexico City (VIDEO)

A spectacular explosion with horrific results.

Cross-posted from American Power, "At Least 32 Dead in Mexico Fireworks Market Explosion (VIDEO)."

At CNN, "Mexico explosion: 32 dead at fireworks market as search teams comb rubble."

That's a spectacular explosion, almost like a military bombing zone. Man.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A HUGE MENORAH DISPLAY AT THE ISRAEL MUSEUM

Israel National News has a list of pictures from the Israel Museum of very old menorahs on special display for Hanuka.

Monday, December 19, 2016

9 PEOPLE MURDERED IN TRUCK ATTACK AT CHRISTMAS MARKET IN BERLIN

Another terrorist attack similar to the one last summer in Nice, France, has taken place this time in Germany:
At least nine people were killed and up to 50 injured when a truck ploughed into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday evening.

German police have arrested a suspect near the scene of the incident and are investigating whether he was the driver, German police said on Twitter.

A German police spokesman said the co-driver of the truck died in the incident.

[...] Television pictures from Berlin showed a large Scania truck standing amid debris near small wooden stalls that make up the “Christkindlmarkt”, of which there are several in Berlin at this time of year.
Once again, Angela Merkel's dhimmitude has wound up costing a terrible price that's only going to make the public in Germany very angry for all the damage and desecration her stingy politics have brought upon the country.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

ARABIC NEIGHBORHOODS IN JUDEA/SAMARA BECOMING GHOST TOWNS

At a time when Amona is facing a terrible situation of eviction, it's interesting to note that there's a different scene taking place in Arabic villages around the same area:
Media reports about the Arab struggle to retrieve the lands of Amona has been presented by politicians and the media as part of an Arab tradition of loyalty to their land.

Indeed, one of the Arab claimants against the Amona community has been quoted as saying, "If your child dies, you can make another one in his place, but land that you sold cannot be replaced."

And yet, a report in Friday's Makor Rishon suggests reality on the ground in Judea and Samaria reflects a somewhat different set of values. Local Arabs may not be willing to sell their land, but many of them don't live on said land either, preferring instead to emigrate to the US.

According to reporter Assaf Gibor, Route 60, which runs from Afula, on Israel's side of the "green line" through Jenin, near Shechem, through Ofra and outside Ramallah to Jerusalem and then through Gush Etzion, past Hebron all the way to Be'er Sheva, features ghost villages on either side of the highway. The Jewish settlers of Ofra and Amona have been wondering what has happened to neighboring Arab villages such as Silwad, three miles from the main road and about 8 miles north-east of Ramallah. A visitor happening inside the village can see numerous, luxurious villas, that are deserted.

Gibor, who describes those empty homes as "white elephants," met in Silwad a man in his 79s named Salah, who sat with him over a cup of coffee and revealed that he's been living in Puerto Rico for 52 years. Having left in 1964, before the Israeli liberation of 1967, Salah got his BA in Puerto Rico and MA in Tennessee, and now he is retired and living off his rental property on the island. His children were born in the US, one is a lawyer, the other a pharmacist, both Harvard graduates. Sadly, they've only visited the old country once – but both speak Arabic.

Hamza Awada, 21, who lives with his parents in Arizona, met Gibor in Dir Dibwan, not far from Silwad. He is visiting to conclude a two-year wife search. It's an arranged marriage, and after the wedding the happy couple will move to America. Hamza has lived in New York City and in Arizona, as well as in Jordan. "Life here in the village is quaint, but it's not for me."
Wow. Even some very fancy houses are left behind as many Arabs/Muslims clearly don't find life there appealing. And if that be the case, what's the point of trying to "help" them reconquer Jewish land when they don't even care about it?

Friday, December 16, 2016

MUSLIM FAKES "HATE CRIME" TO ATTACK TRUMP SUPPORTERS

And when it turned out this was all a hoax, the MSM abandoned it. From what the report now tells, it suggests she just made up the story to escape the wrath of a possessive Muslim father, and:
...Kids say the darndest things to escape the wrath of a strict Muslim parent—especially when their clandestine date with a Christian runs past curfew.
True. That can happen. And any Muslim parent who does that kind of abominable behavior should be condemned to the fullest as well.

UN AMBASSADORS' DELEGATION VISITS WESTERN WALL AND MA'ALEH ADUMIM

In a positive example set by some delegates at the UN (and those are surely rare today), they joined Danny Danon on a visit to two important places:
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon welcomed a delegation of fourteen ambassadors to the UN to Israel for a tour of the country organized by AJC Project Interchange.

On Thursday the delegation visited the Yesha city of Ma'aleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem, and toured the Western Wall Tunnels in Jerusalem's Old City.

The delegation also met with Ma’aleh Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel who briefed the ambassadors on the history of the city.

[...] Danon also addressed resolutions adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) denying the Jewish people’s historical ties to the city of Jerusalem.

"We showed the ambassadors the historical and religious connections between the Jewish people and our historic capital of Jerusalem. This is our answer to those who try to deny reality and rewrite history," Danon said, adding that he hopes that the visit to Israel will provide the ambassadors with the chance to gain a comprehensive view of Israel’s challenges in a volatile region, as well as the Jewish state’s accomplishments.
Will this change the main UN council's position? Unfortunately, I'm not sure that'll happen, even if the particular delegates who did visit are willing to be positive here.

Monday, December 12, 2016

A NEW EDITION OF MONOPOLY DEDICATED TO JERUSALEM

The famous board game by Charles Darrow is now getting an Israelized edition set in Jerusalem:
Jerusalem has been fought over for millennia, and continues to be to this day. The struggles have often turned violent, as the city has been battled over by many civilizations, including the Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and Ottomans. Through it all, the Jewish people have never forgotten their connection to Jerusalem.

Now families can play for control of the holy city from the comfort of their living rooms.

Kodkod, which produces Monopoly games in Israel, has announced that it is creating a special Jerusalem-based version of the popular board game. Instead of vying for the deeds to Park Place or Boardwalk, players will vie for the deeds to the Western Wall, the City of David, the Mahane Yehuda Market, and even the Knesset.

Eli Dagani, the CEO of Kodkod, said: "This is the first time there's going to be a Monopoly game dedicated entirely to one city in Israel, and we want it to reflect the spirit of Jerusalem."
Well this is a great idea, and just what history buffs need as much as board game devotees. I'd certainly like to have a copy of this at home.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

BRAD MELTZER STANDS AGAINST DONALD TRUMP

The writer of Identity Crisis, along with an awfully crude story in the Buffy comics, gave some strong hints whom he voted for in this election, if he even voted at all, in a Hollywood Reporter article where he demanded the president-elect stand against "hate" that he's not particularly clear about:
What can we do? Be better than what angers you.
We could also be better than to write rancid fanfics about supervillains in costumes who anally rape women out of nowhere, without a shred of evidence from past stories of the Silver/Bronze Age to justify the vision taken. If he won't admit he did something that terrible, he's even less honest than Bill Willingham, who at least admitted he took part in an editorially mandated crossover (Batman's War Games) where Spoiler/Stephanie Brown was intended to be killed.
For a week, many of us have been texting and emailing articles to our fellow Democrats and fellow Republicans, all of us on both sides discussing just how exactly the other side is wrong. It’s a good thing to share our anger and pain with each other — it’s cathartic and lets off steam — but since we usually send these things to friends who are like-minded, it also tends to dig us deeper into our own worldviews. So this isn’t a post about who won, or who needs to “deal with it,” or even who is president. That argument and all of the protests that go along with it are part of the healing process (and if you think that’s not true, you’re ignoring history — to see the protests after Obama got elected, look at Facebook groups like “Obama is NOT my President”).
Umm, what about obscuring more-than-meets-the-eye matters, like why anybody might protest Obama. For example, his quasi-socialist policies, including the whole healthcare debacle, to say nothing of his failure to acknowledge Islamic jihad as a serious issue, or even to give purple hearts to the victims of Nidal Hasan after he'd gone on a rampage at Fort Hood 8 years ago. How comes those issues don't matter?

I gotta wonder: if John McCain had been elected, rather than Obama, would Meltzer be complaining about any Facebook groups that turned up declaring McCain's not their president (and Sarah Palin's not their veep), no matter what validity their own positions had? Probably not. So what's the point of his quixotic grieving now?
No. When I look for why I’m feeling so sick at this moment, it’s about the acts of hatred and violence that have surfaced after the election: A friend who told me her niece was yelled at on the street and threatened because she’s black. A Republican friend who said her relative was threatened because she’s Muslim. A Democrat friend who told me of the swastika that was painted in their school bathroom. Or the N-word that was painted on someone’s car windshield. In the past week, these threats are showing up beyond the norm.
Wow, isn't that cunning how he tries to make it sound like he knows "real" Republicans. But this man is so slickly dishonest and evasive, I'd advise not to take anything he says at face value. After all, if the Republican he speaks of voted for Trump, then surely Meltzer, first and foremost, would surely be asking why she voted for somebody who's called for better controls on immigration from Islamic regimes, even as he'd simultaneously be shunning the exact reasons why: because many of the Islamic interlopers have proven potentially dangerous. One of the sources he cites as "proof" for his accusations happens to be the SPLC, the same organization that attacked Pamela Geller while avoiding the harder issues.

Meltzer goes on the mention a children's book he's writing about Mahatma Ghandi, and says:
...Usually, I never discuss a book until the work is done, but for months now, I’ve been lost in Gandhi’s teachings, trying to channel him. I’ve never needed him more.
No kidding. The same Ghandi who sold out to Islamofascism, lectured Jews with revolting beliefs that they should allow themselves to be slaughtered during WW2, and whose grandson resorted to anti-semitic smear tactics? Hmm, what indeed is so valuable about an article written by somebody apparently oblivious to the true image of a man who sold his soul to evil?

And, for anyone familiar with his notorious 2004 miniseries from DC, this'll come as a real head-shaker:
Make no mistake, we are in a modern civil war. It’s been brewing for years. I’ve said it before: It used to be, even in comic books, the good guys fought the bad guys. Today, Superman fights Batman; Captain America fights Iron Man. We are a country at odds with itself, each side convinced we’re right. But again, I choose to look to history. These days, as we look back at the real Civil War, both sides — Republicans and Democrats — always point to the same moment as the true turning point: That moment at Gettysburg when Abraham Lincoln gave a speech that lasted two minutes and used only 271 words. The most important five words in that speech? “All men are created equal.”
Umm, what about women? Aren't they equal members of society too? I'm not sure why we have to buy into the grievances of somebody who penned something so vile involving an anal rape that was bizarrely ignored soon after, which made light of a serious issue as a result. It also used to be that in superhero comics, you could distinguish who the goodies and baddies were. But in Identity Crisis (which a writer for Bleeding Cool was right to remind us of in his post about Meltzer's two-facedness), the heroes were made out to look bad, and the story was sympathetic to the villains. Indeed, the miniseries was like an early precursor in its own way to what we're seeing now. Either way, how hypocritical of a man with such a disgusting tale in his portfolio to ostensibly complain about heroes clashing with each other while showing no remorse over his own reprehensible writing. You could even wonder if he's hinting he thinks of the superheroes as though they were real people, when they're not. Besides, didn't his vile screed also serve as a catalyst for at least a few more stories from DC where the heroes did indeed end up clashing with each other? A year after Identity Crisis was published, Geoff Johns wrote a story in JLA where this happened.

And if he's really so concerned about hatemongering, then why doesn't he complain about any of the hateful acts committed by leftists against Trump supporters? In fact, why doesn't he condemn any leftists who made false accusations against Trumpers? And why don't the Hollywood Reporter's own editors research the slimiest ideas he ever thought up as a writer and ask him if he has any comment to make on those? A pure charlatan, ditto the press sources who're letting him off the hook.
Over these past few months with Gandhi, I’ve realized I don’t just write about heroes. I write about values — values that have been sorely missing — for years — from the dialogue of our country. And the core of my own values is this: When you see someone being treated unfairly, you must speak up. We all know this. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue. This is common decency. And over the past month, Gandhi made it plainly clear: You must fight against the unfair treatment of all people. You must protest in a nonviolent and peaceful way. And you must use love.

Today, for that reason, I have to speak up. If someone is threatening you because of the color of your skin, I stand with you. If someone is screaming at you because of your race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, I stand with you. And if you do not speak out against these horrible acts, I stand against you. I’m tired of “us” and “them.” I want to get back to “we.” There’s only one way there. Today, all Democrats, all Republicans, all Americans — and yes, this means Donald Trump, too — we must, together, climb to higher ground and speak out against these hateful acts against women, against minorities, against Muslims, against those with darker skin color, against anyone who is considered “different.”
Yup, the same man who turned out some repellent tales where women were belittled wants us to believe he actually cares about the fairer sex. He also wants us to believe Islam respects ladies too, when a closer look would show that's not the case. And anybody who takes a closer look at some of the writings Meltzer did in novels and comics - especially in that grimy little miniseries - will notice that he's a pretty self-serving, dishonest man who demonstrated how fiction can serve as quite the place for hatemongers to express themselves in the most awful of ways possible, even politically, thanks in part to the corporate owners who allow it.

Also, don't hate crimes committed against those with lighter skin color also matter? Not to mention hateful acts committed by Islamofascists against women, against blacks, and also against homosexuals? Methinks Meltzer is doing little more than parroting what other leftards want to believe.
Again, think of Gettysburg. This is Donald Trump’s moment. Like my friend Simon Sinek taught me about George Washington: “Leadership isn’t about being in charge. It’s about taking care of those in your charge.” Some will argue that Trump stirred this all up; others that the venom has been here all along. However we got here, people are at each other’s throats. The KKK is planning a victory parade. People across the country are being attacked. Children are being threatened. Donald Trump may be our president-elect, but if he wants to be our leader, he must denounce this violence; he must speak up for those being treated unfairly. He must tell America that we are all created equal. He deserves a chance to say and prove that. If he does, I will stand with him against the hate; if he doesn’t, I will stand against him.

And the same should hold true for any of us — if we don’t speak out, we are normalizing this behavior. I will never do that. I’m done texting and sending articles to friends.[...]
So long as he doesn't admit the way he scripted Identity Crisis normalized revolting acts, and doesn't apologize to the ladies for it, his leftist blabber is a complete waste of time. And sure, I'll bet he's willing to "stand" with Trump...for about 10 seconds, then he'll go back to looking for some other excuse to bash Trump, like if he tries to make improvements to healthcare or defend the US against would-be immigrants with criminal behavior on the mind.

Some of the commentors saw through his hypocrisy, and one said:
Brad, I think if you're protesting the violence you need to talk to the Obama and Clinton camps. The rioting, fire-setting and assaulting Trump voters are all perpetrated by the left. I haven't seen anything about Trump voters attacking the left. One Muslim woman claimed that two white men jumped from a car, tore off her hijab and beat her with a metal object. She then said she lied about the entire thing. I would bet that many of the anecdotal incidents you cite are also staged. As a TEA party member, I remember that we were accused of many violent acts, even spitting on Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrat Congressmen walking through the TEA party crowd. None were true. I think your admonition to Mr Trump to denounce the violence is directed to the wrong person/people.
Yet it's far from shocking a writer as dishonest as Meltzer would do this. Another commenter said:
What's this spiritual guru wannabe talking about? People like this putz have disparaged US citizens for decades. We're morons, we're dolts, we're cattle, while he rakes in the cash and we feed him, provide him energy, and take out his trash. Trump is our rage personified. The time to "get together" was when Obama insulted our allies, our police, and sent our taxed wages to a country that hates Western Civilization.
Exactly. Men like Meltzer practically exploited the comics he scripted as vehicles for all the sick propaganda he's espousing now. Another reader at the site said:
This guy is an idiot. No one cares anymore if they are called racist by bigoted leftist anymore. It is 2016 Free thought, free speech, and Nationalism (love of country) are the future. I am free... you can call me any name you want. I am a white male and I am done caring about what you think. I will not give you that power in my life. I am a Great person. I know it, and I do not need your, or any leftist, to validate the worth of my life, my thought, my political views. President Trump doesn't need to "Denounce the Hate" because that was a leftist lie promoted by the media. No hate on Trumps side. I love President Trump! By the way, I also help my Wife with her 501c3 that helps mostly Black women pull out of poverty! What the heck have you done besides virtue signaling, waging your tongue, writing words to set yourself up as some kind of moral standard barer. No thanks! Thanks to all the leftist wankers who have criticized hard working conservative white Christian males for so long I for one am beyond caring any longer. Oh and I really don't care if you think this isn't Christian...Not that kind of Doormat believer. If this triggers you then you will have to live with it.
It's good to see there's more people who're getting to know a moonbat propagandist personified. This reminds me, has Meltzer ever done what Frank Cho did, contributing money to a women's shelter? Can't say I've ever heard about Meltzer doing the same, and if he hasn't, then there's one more reason why his drivel doesn't hold up.

If anything, his liberal lethargy does provide a fascinating look at just what kind of a disgrace he really is. He certainly does try to be a cunning propagandist, but all that collapses under a microscope. The best way to let him know what we think of moonbats like him is to avoid his books and other products at all costs. Nothing he's written is worth the paper it's printed on.