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Democrats Asking Obama Stop Gitmo/Yemen Transfers–> Obama Answers NO !

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

Is he really trying to kill us or is this just more lefty incompetence.

Democrats Asking Obama Stop Gitmo/Yemen Transfers–> Obama Answers NO !: “Democrats have begun to add their voices to the Republicans asking the President to stop the transfer off terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to Yemen, including Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, who said last week,’ ‘Guantanamo detainees should not be released to Yemen at this time. It is too unstable.’ Read the rest of this entry »

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homework and setting the record straight

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

Even though she does not link to me 😉 I think rose provides great context.

homework and setting the record straight: “
The Shoeshine Photo
The picture was actually created back during the last presidential campaign to emphasize the fact that Sarah Palin had more executive experience than Barack Obama….

For the last two days, the buzz has erupted in the Blogosphere, due to a blunder committed by a formerly prominent blogger. In an iconic example of irresponsible posting, Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs stereotyped the Colorado DOT employee without any background investigation:

Here’s yet another ugly little upwelling of racism from the right wing base, as a Colorado Department of Transportation employee forwards an email to her co-workers containing a photoshopped image of President Barack Obama giving Sarah Palin a shoeshine.

Patterico’s Pontifications quickly called Charles Johnson on his mistake:

Charles Johnson denounces the ‘right-wing racism’ of the photo. Just one problem: the [CDOT] worker is a registered Democrat…. and there’s more…


This last one: H/T avid and howie for OE

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Bibi Netenyahu is destroying Israel

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

Caroline Glick wrote a brilliant column over the weekend, but ultimately she still fails to recognize that the current Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, whom she strongly backed, is no different than Ariel Sharon whom she blames for most of Israel’s ills over the last decade. And many of us saw it coming two years ago.

As we move into the second decade of this century, we need to understand how the last decade was so squandered. How is it possible that in 2010 Israel continues to embrace policies that have failed it – violently and continuously for so many years? Why, in 2010 are we still ignoring the lessons of 2000 and all that we have learned since then?

There are two main causes for this failure: The local media and Sharon. Throughout the 1990s, the Israeli media – print, radio and television – were the chief propagandists for appeasement. When appeasement failed in 2000, Israel’s media elites circled the wagons. They refused to admit they had been wrong.

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Iran Plays “Defensive” Wargames In Midst Of Budding Revolution And Crumbling Nuclear Talks

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

Iran Plays “Defensive” Wargames In Midst Of Budding Revolution And Crumbling Nuclear Talks: ”

IRAN TORPEDO

The Wall Street Journal:

Iranian media on Sunday reported Tehran will conduct a large-scale defensive military exercise next month, coinciding with what government officials now say is a deadline for the West to respond to its counteroffer to a nuclear-fuel deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran asks Hamas and Hezbullah to coordinate attacks on Israel

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

Iran has apparently asked Hamas and Hezbullah to coordinate attacks on Israel.

A Lebanese Web site on Sunday quoted Saudi newspaper al-Madina as reporting that Iran nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili met with Hamas and Hizbullah officials, including Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, in Damasucs and asked them to orchestrate “operations” against Israel.

The report said that Jalili also traveled to Beirut and urged Hizbullah and Amal representatives to launch attacks.

Jalili reportedly also asked Hamas and Hizbullah to coordinate their attacks.

There’s only one thing about this story that makes no sense: Why now? With the West reaching the conclusion that Iran cannot produce a nuclear weapon for another 18 months anyway and Israel apparently playing along, why would Iran try to spur Hamas and Hezbullah into action now – especially Hamas which still has not recovered from last winter’s Operation Cast Lead? Unless Iran doesn’t believe Israel intends to give Obama the time he has requested for sanctions against Iran to take effect.

Hmmm.

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Quote: Greed, Left-wingery, anti-Semitism and pusillanimity make universities into Islamist breeding grounds

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

Quote: Greed, Left-wingery, anti-Semitism and pusillanimity make universities into Islamist breeding grounds: “

Quote: Greed, Left-wingery, anti-Semitism and pusillanimity make universities into Islamist breeding grounds

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It’s not that universities haven’t had enough warnings. Sheikh Musa Admani, an imam at London Metropolitan University, pleaded with both the Home Office and academic leaders to supervise and control Islamic societies. He spoke eloquently of vulnerable, friendless first-year students, confused about the conflict between Islam and hedonistic secular values, who are natural prey for Islamist evangelists offering companionship, brotherly love and a clear sense of identity.

Admani’s common-sense advice – for instance, that prayer rooms should be open to all, not just Muslims, and that speakers should be vetted – were seemingly ignored by most academics and officials. So what he had observed continued: university after university provided Muslim prayer rooms that were all too often taken over by extremists who changed the locks, showed innocent freshers heavy-duty propaganda films of Muslim suffering at the hands of wicked Jews, Americans and Brits, and brought to the campus inspirational speakers who encouraged the young to sacrifice themselves for Allah.

Then there was Professor Anthony Glees who, four years ago in his book When Students Turn to Terror, named more than 30 universities where ‘extremist and/or terror groups’ were to be found. He was denounced by the National Union of Students and met with hostility from the academic establishment. The following year, when an all-party parliamentary commission reported on the rise in anti-Semitism that was accompanying increasing support for Islamism on campuses, in the words of its chairman, the respected Denis MacShane, ‘university vice-chancellors and the university lecturers’ union pooh-poohed our concerns’. And when the Government finally became alarmed, its suggestion that academics should keep an eye on their students and report signs of extremism was angrily rejected by the same union (University and College Union), which boasts a substantial minority who want an academic boycott against Israel.

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The truth is that a mixture of greed, knee-jerk Left-wingery, anti-Semitism and pusillanimity have combined to make our universities breeding grounds for Islamism. The greed is two‑fold. Starved of funds and bullied by the Government into dropping standards in the name of social and ethnic diversity, universities court more foreign students than they can cope with and do nothing to upset them. Equally alarmingly, they woo benefactors from such rotten societies as Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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Islamic specialist Ruth Dudley Edwards explains why financial need and government interference have rendered academics oblivious to this threat to democratic society

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Human Rights Watch’s Ken Roth shows his bias against Israel

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

HRW’s Ken Roth shows his bias against Israel: “HRW’s Ken Roth goes out of his way to bash Israel in the latest proof (as if any was needed) that HRW has lost all sense of objectivity concerning the Jewish state.

The Geneva Conventions—the bedrock of the laws of war and one of the world’s most widely ratified treaties— turned 60 this month. But one government was not celebrating. In fact, Israel had already launched a campaign to undermine these essential rules for protecting civilians caught in war.

Notice how he writes that ‘one government was not celebrating,’ implying that Israel is the world’s biggest violator of human rights and every other government besides Israel was celebrating the Geneva Conventions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saul Alinsky and the Rise of Amorality in American Politics — D. L. Adams

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

Saul Alinsky and the Rise of Amorality in American Politics — D. L. Adams: “

Saul Alinsky and his ‘community organizing’ methods and philosophy have had a profound influence on the politics of the United States. Recent history would suggest that this influence is just short of catastrophic. Read the rest of this entry »

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This Is Why The Left In America Will Get Us All Killed

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

Another great post I found at Holger Awakens

This Is Why The Left In America Will Get Us All Killed: “

This interview, with the transcript coming from The Investigative Project on Terrorism, encapsulates just why it is impossible to try and protect the people of the United States with the likes of the Leftists – in fact, this interview on ABC actually shows the blatant lies and emotional fantasyland that the Leftists use in any argument. I don’t have to really do the play by play, but I do want to highlight here one exchange that ought to perfectly portray the lunacy of the left:

HARRIS: Michael, let me start with you. Let me run something by you that was said by an Israeli counterterrorism expert to our chief justice correspondent, Peter Thomas. He said this. That all Muslims are not terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims. Given that logic, doesn’t it make sense to do some profiling at airports?
GERMAN: Ah, no because of course that’s not true. Terrorists come in all shapes and sizes; all nationalities, all different political and religious causes.
HARRIS: But the vast majority of attacks in recent years have been perpetrated by radical Muslims, no?
GERMAN: Actually, no. If you look around the country there have been any number of White Supremacists and Neo-Nazis sort of activities. A dirty bomb was found in Bangor, Maine December of last year. A chemical weapon was found in Noonday, Texas in 2004. Neither one of those events were covered much because they were White Supremacists and Right Wing militias rather than Muslim extremists, but that doesn’t mean that that threat doesn’t exist.

Unbelievable. You can’t even get a Leftist like this to ADMIT that 95% of the terror activity in the world is being committed by radical islamists.

The people in this interview exchange are: Read the rest of this entry »

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Israel’s PR failure

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

Israel’s PR failure: “From Jonathan Dahoah Halevi in YNet:

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) published in its weekly summary a report on an incident in which three Palestinians were killed by IDF fire: ‘On Saturday, December 26, 2009 at around 00:30 Israeli forces opened fire on a number of Palestinians who approached the border. As a result, three of them were killed. They were unarmed and apparently trying to infiltrate Israel in order to look for work.’

The organization thus accuses the IDF of killing three innocent Palestinian civilians. In order to further exacerbate the Israeli ‘crime’, the organization added details in the service of Palestinian propaganda in relation to the economic distress in the Gaza Strip, which it claims is the reason that the group of Palestinians attempted to enter to find work.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office issued a statement on December 29, 2009, which sheds some light on the incident:

‘On Friday night an IDF force identified four terrorists approaching the border fence in northern Gaza in a military crawl, apparently in order to carry out an attack in Israel. The force fired at them using the ‘see and fire’ system, with the help of Air Force jets and forces from the Golani Brigade. The fire killed three terrorists and an additional terrorist was injured… In patrols held after the incident soldiers discovered a rope ladder and three explosive devices, among them a powerful device.’

The devices could have been intended for attacks on Israeli vehicles traveling on the road near the border, or as preparation for an attack intended to attract IDF forces to an area full of explosive devices near the border.

The story of the incident, as it is revealed by the IDF’s version, is totally different from the report published by the Palestinian human rights group. The four Palestinian youths, three of whom were killed by IDF fire, were not trying to find work in Israel due to economic distress, but were sent either by a Palestinian terror organization or the Hamas government’s security forces on a mission – to plant powerful explosive devices on the border with Israel.

PCHR is doing extensive damage to Israel in the international arena. The data it publishes are accepted as reliable by UN agencies, which use them to condemn Israel. It also played an important role in feeding figures to the Goldstone committee on Operation Cast Lead, and influenced its conclusions. In addition, in recent years the organization’s management has been conducting international legal battles against state and army officials in Israel, and was also responsible for filing legal claims against military officials in Britain, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, and other countries.

Israeli public relations organizations have so far refrained from contradicting the data published by PCHR, or confronting it with facts held by the IDF in order to harm its credibility. In the case of the four Palestinian youths all of the facts needed for a PR campaign exist, and according to the description in the IDF statement it can be deduced that the forces possess filmed proof of the gathering of weaponry from the incident.

So why doesn’t Israel take advantage of the opportunity before it to attack one of the organizations held responsible for the damage done to the state and its image? The answer to this is simple and unfortunate. No proper Israeli PR plan exists, and there is no PR strategy but for occasional ad-hoc treatment of momentary crises.

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IRAN DENIES ENTRY TO SENATOR JOHN KERRY

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

IRAN DENIES ENTRY TO SENATOR JOHN KERRY: “They’re smarter than we thought?
Iranian legislators on Sunday decided to not allow a visit from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.), according to Iranian media.

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Zambia Presidential Candidate: Israel Has the Right to Defend Herself

Posted by Glezele Vayne on January 4, 2010

BS”D

Hat Tip: Yoni Kempinski of Arutz Sheva News

From Glezele Vayne

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