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Friday, December 15, 2017

Seems There's A Taint On Many Investigations

The People, For The Most Part, Have No Problem With Each Other, It Is The Leaders Who Have The Problem

Is the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict the “Middle East Conflict”?

By December 15, 2017

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 685, December 15, 2017
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Is the Israel-Palestinian conflict equivalent to “the Middle East conflict,” as UN and EU officials and agencies and major media outlets characterize it? Of course not. The conflict is not nearly as lethal as many others and long ago became parochial compared to the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.
“Can Trump Solve the Middle East Conflict?” ran the headlines in al-Jazeera in July 2017. A year earlier, The New York Times ran an article on students and the Middle East conflict that referred exclusively to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
The media are hardly alone in conflating the Israeli-Palestinian standoff with the Middle East conflict. They take their cue from UN officials and institutions and other international bodies. In a statement similar to those of many of his predecessors, in August 2017, UN Secretary-General Antรณnio Guterres “reiterated his call for a political solution to the Middle East conflict.” The UN’s official news site on the Middle East deals exclusively with news related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Quartet, the political forum comprised of the US, Russia, the EU, and the UN, which came into existence in 2002 in Madrid to bring peace to the area, is officially known as the Middle East Quartet.
Does the conflation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the Middle East conflict reflect reality? Not at all. Not only is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict one of many conflicts in the Middle East (true even when it was a conflict principally between Israel and Arab states), but it is not nearly one of the deadliest or most explosive. In fact, relatively speaking, the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is not very violent, which may be one of the reasons it has persisted so long.
A cursory comparison with contemporary conflicts in the Middle East brings this point home. During the first intifada, the second intifada, the three rounds of violence between Hamas and Israel in the past decade, and the intermittent waves of low intensity violence, 2,000 Israeli civilians and security personnel and 11,000 Palestinians have been killed (the majority in the second intifada). To this one might add about fifty foreigners killed in acts of terrorism against Israelis. All told, the total casualty figures, including both sides, do not exceed 14,000 over the past twenty years, or 700 annually.
Compare this with the 200,000 deaths in the Syrian civil war, a conflict that is only six years old. True, the Syrian population is more than double that of the combined Israeli and Palestinian populations in the Holy Land. Nevertheless, the death rate proportionately has been fifteen times higher. Despite the Syrian government’s success against the rebels (achieved with considerable help from Iran, Hezbollah, Iraqi and Afghani Shiite fighters, and Russian airpower), the end of the civil war is nowhere in sight. Is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict really the Middle East conflict?
Why isn’t the internecine Iraqi conflict the Middle East conflict? According to Iraq Watch, over 100,000 Iraqis were killed during the eight years of massive US military presence in the country. To those one might add the 4,000 US troops and civilians who met their death there. On a proportionate basis, the Iraqi conflict is (and persists in being) at least five times more lethal than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And again, despite the gains made by the Iraqi Federal Army and the Iranian-controlled Shiite militias in the war against ISIS, an end to the internecine war between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq is nowhere in sight. The brutality of the Shiite militias in the “occupied” Sunni areas of Iraq increases the likelihood that variations on ISIS will rise once again.
The same is probably true of the conflicts in Libya and Yemen, where few bother to churn the terrible numbers. In these arenas, too, the end of violence is nowhere in sight. This is not to mention the “persistent, enduring and explosive” (all adjectives used to conflate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the Middle East) wars of Sudan, the duration of which is almost as long as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
But perhaps body count is not the only metric to be used when judging the centrality of a conflict. Perhaps foreign involvement ought to be considered.
It’s certainly true that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict commands foreign attention, but it does not command foreign involvement. Whereas the conflict between Israel and the Arab states during the superpower rivalry ran the risk of igniting World War III, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict long ago became parochial. The last time any Arab state or foreign organization became involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was 35 years ago, when the Syrian army tried to stop the Israeli advance into Lebanon in 1982. In 2006, Hezbollah conducted the longest military campaign to have been conducted against Israel since Israel’s War of Independence – and the Palestinians stood on the sidelines. Hezbollah returned the favor during the rounds of clashes between Israel and Hamas in 2008, 2012, and 2014. Its soldiers remained in the barracks.
As the Israeli-Palestinian trajectory has become increasingly parochial, the trajectories of the other regional conflicts have gone in the opposite direction: They began as local civil wars but evolved into regional and international conflagrations. The Syrian, Iraqi, and Yemeni conflicts have become three-tiered conflicts – civil or sectarian wars at their base, proxy wars between regional rivals (Iran, Saudi Arabia, and, to a lesser extent, Turkey), and arenas of international contest among world powers. The same Hezbollah that stayed home during the high points of violence between Israel and the Palestinians took to the battlefields of Syria on Iran’s behalf to prop up the Assad regime.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the Middle East conflict? Give me a break!
Prof. Hillel Frisch is a professor of political studies and Middle East studies at Bar-Ilan University and a senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

Finally Someone Speaks Clearly On NFLI (NFL Idiots)

Enough with the Victimhood: Millionaire Athletes and Their Lost Cause

by Sylvia Thompson on 1 October, 2017
I must admit I have never in my life purchased a ticket to a sports event. I am not a sports enthusiast. But I am an American black citizen, and I have had it up to the gills with black people who embrace victimhood. I also highly resent my being expected to do the same in order to affirm my “blackness.”
Black victims these days, for the most part, are the product of decades of Black Americans being used primarily by white progressive leftists to advance an anti-American agenda.
The current brouhaha surrounding the despicable behavior of NFL athletes toward the National Anthem and the American flag is a prime example of what the Left has done to my race.
One must assume these players and their guilt-conflicted white coaches and owners (and victimhood-inflicted black coaches) are being manipulated by the Left, because no intelligent, thinking people would deliberately cut themselves off at the knees. Essentially, what these young misguided mostly black men are doing is ensuring the demise of their lucrative paychecks. Further, I would wager that if these teams consisted of all white athletes, none of this idiocy would be allowed. We are witnessing this travesty because the vast majority of players are black and can whine “oppression” if appropriate action is taken against them for their unconscionable behavior.
The twisted reasoning that claims these protests are to highlight “injustice” and “police brutality” is a laughable crock. What they do in fact is dishonor valued symbols of this nation’s heritage and cover over truth about black crime.
Black males bear the brunt of police encounters because black males commit disproportionately more crimes. Police encounters with black men are so often confrontational because so many of these men, especially the young, don’t think “compliance” applies to them. They foolishly assume they are above the law and disrespect for police officers is an act of honor.
These young blacks, sadly, took much of their direction from racists Barack Obama and Eric Holder during Obama’s destructive, eight-year regime and Holder’s corruption of the Justice Department. These two men, abusing their federal powers, gave young blacks the impression they need not heed the law, because laws are somehow unjust when they are applied to black Americans. The NFL lot, and any other athletes taking a similar stance, are also influenced by Obama’s and Holder’s disdain for law and law enforcement.
I am not familiar with one case where a black suspect to a crime was not proven legally to have caused the behavior against him, particularly in cases where the police officer involved was exonerated by facts. Michael Brown of “hands up, don’t shoot” infamy is one good example. Blatant lies were spread to cloud the truth about Brown’s case.
Back in the day when I was growing up in the racially segregated South, the opposite prevailed in many cases. There was much injustice particularly toward black men, but not today. Today, too many blacks have been fed the notion that it is now “pay-back” time, and they can flaunt their lawlessness because some whites flaunted theirs during an earlier time in our nation’s history.
Although Obama and Holder no longer wield power in this country, some of their minions continue on the pernicious path of “paying back” American whites for wrongs, real or imagined. But as the saying goes, there is a new Sheriff in town and he is not guilt-conflicted. He expects fair play under law and tolerating pay-back is not part of his agenda. Black Americans, when they break the law, can no longer claim victim status simply because they are black. Those days are over.
American laws and law enforcement personnel will be respected in America, again; our traditions and values will not be impugned in America without consequences, again. Anybody unsettled about this turn of events is welcome to leave this country. I suggest all the black players try a country in Africa, and see how successful they will be at making millions playing games. They will all soon learn what oppression really means.
Some self-directed, independent-thinking blacks (and there are many of us) have offered that if these millionaire protestors want to tackle some real problems, they might consider the thousands of black children killed in abortions annually (by the progressive Left), or perhaps the many, many young blacks murdered routinely on inner-city streets by other young blacks (in cities run by progressive, leftist Democrats), or the downright criminal state of education of black inner-city children, orchestrated by the progressive leftist National Education Association (NEA). The NEA’s aim is to produce unintelligent pawns to feed the cause of progressivism.
I am annoyed by the expressions of “sincerity” gracing the faces of the NFL protestors—as if to convey the “hallowedness” of their cause. In actuality, they provide a picture of grown men allowing themselves to be made fools of by the progressive Left. I don’t doubt, however, that some of these men have been coerced into compliance with this lost cause, either through threats of violence or shunning (from coaches and players). Alejandro Villanueva of the Pittsburgh Steelers and former Army ranger is very likely a victim of such threats. He was publicly castigated by his leftist coach for his patriotism. The coach demanded unity behind an ignorant cause.
And finally, this issue has nothing to do with First Amendment rights. President Trump’s speaking out against the clownish behavior of the athletes, on behalf of the majority of American citizens, does not mean he can or would stop any of these misguided people from making fools of themselves. To restrict them, as a government entity, would indeed be a violation of the First Amendment. But their employers, if they were to develop even a modicum of testicular fortitude, could and should fire them for doing major damage to the bottom line of the business. The rest of us non-millionaire “Joes” would certainly be pink-slipped by an employer if we dared to be so clueless about the necessity of profits and so disdainful of the sensibilities of customers.
I will wait patiently for the true sports enthusiasts to vent their rage by simply boycotting the games. It will be sweet revenge to witness the slain goose cease producing its golden eggs.
© Sylvia Thompson

Sylvia Thompson is a black conservative writer whose aim is to counter the liberal, leftist spin on issues pertaining to race and culture. Ms. Thompson is a copy editor by trade currently residing in Tennessee. She grew up in Southeast Texas during the waning years of Jim Crow-era legalized segregation, and she concludes that race relations in America will never improve as long as the voices of many are stifled by intimidation from the few. She believes the nation needs resounding voices of opposition from true patriots and Bible-oriented Christians, to stem the forces that would transform this nation into something it was never intended to be.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Is The FBI Corrupt Or Only Part Of It?

Justice Official Demoted as House Investigators Subpoena Records of His Fusion GPS Meetings

A senior Justice Department official was demoted on Wednesday amid an ongoing House intelligence committee investigation into his contacts with Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the Trump dossier, according to Fox News.

Bruce G. Ohr, who was until Wednesday associate deputy attorney general, met during the 2016 campaign with the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, according to evidence obtained by committee investigators.
Ohr also met “shortly after” the election with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, investigators also found.
Congressional sources told Fox News that Simpson and Ohr met sometime around Thanksgiving last year, when President-elect Trump was in the process of selecting his cabinet, and discussed over coffee the anti-Trump dossier, the Russia investigation and what Simpson “considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory.”
The meetings raise questions over the extent to which the FBI cooperated with  Fusion GPS on the the Trump dossier, which was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee as opposition research. According to the Fox News report, Steele and Ohr have known each other since 2006, and Steele put Ohr in touch with Simpson.House investigators are trying to find out how the FBI used the dossier, and whether the FBI used the dossier to launch the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign, or to obtain a surveillance warrant against members of the Trump campaign, and whether it ever paid for the dossier, as some reports have said.House investigators are now seeking more information from the FBI on the contacts between Ohr and Steele, and between Ohr and Simpson. Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) issued a new subpoena Thursday regarding Ohr and his files, according to Fox News.
While Ohr is no longer associate deputy attorney general — a position that put him four doors down from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he will remain director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a program overseeing the attorney general’s drug strategy.
The Justice Department official characterized the demotion as normal: “It is unusual for anyone to wear two hats as he has done recently. This person is going to go back to a single focus — director of our organized crime and drug enforcement unit. As you know, combating transnational criminal organizations and drug trafficking is a top priority for the attorney general.”
But Ohr’s demotion marks the second time within months that the Justice Department and the FBI have disciplined a senior official “for misconduct” connected to the Russia probe, according to Fox News.
Peter Strzok, a high-ranking FBI official, was dismissed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team in July for sending anti-Trump text messages to another colleague on the team with whom he was having an extramarital affair.
Disclosure of the texts came only this week, to the New York Times and the Washington Post, as the Justice Department agreed to make Strzok available to the committee for testimony.
The leaks were reminiscent of leaks revealing that the Clinton campaign and the DNC had funded the dossier — just before the committee forced Fusion GPS to hand over financial records by subpoena.
Strzok also played a key role on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and was also behind a language change in a statement that would later exonerate her.

This Is How A Class Gentleman Handles Despicable Comments About His Daughter

Chelsea Handler Calls Sarah Huckabee a Prostitute, Dad Has a Few Words for Her

Chelsea Handler is a terribly unamusing liberal “comedian” who has allowed herself to become entirely consumed with visceral hate for all things related to President Donald Trump, his family and his administration.
Though she proclaims herself to be a feminist and often spouts off about the need for women to stand together to fight the “patriarchy,” she will ruthlessly attack any and all females who happen to be conservative, or God forbid, work for the president.
Case in point is the manner in which she viciously slandered White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during the Dec. 1 episode of her Netflix program “Chelsea,” during which she essentially called Sanders a prostitute, according to NewsBusters.
Speaking with former Clinton administration lawyer and stalwart defender of Democrats, Lanny Davis, the conversation turned to what they believed were “alternative facts” being espoused by the White House. Davis was most likely referring to White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, but Handler used the opportunity to slander Sanders.
“That harlot that they are dressing up and trolloping out every day?” Handler asked, referring to Sanders. “I mean, one day she has no makeup on at all, the next she’s got 6-foot-long eyelashes, cleavage, and summer whore lipstick all over her face. Can you believe what they’ve turned her into? A proper trollop.”
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For those unfamiliar with the word “trollop,” it is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as: “a vulgar or disreputable woman; especially one who engages in sex promiscuously or for money.”
Perhaps the “vulgar or disreputable” woman who uttered the demeaning term should take a look in the mirror, but we digress.
As most of our readers are well aware, Sanders’ father is former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. One might think he would be quite angry at his daughter being called a “whore,” and utterly destroy the person who had leveled such baseless accusations against his daughter.
However, while Huckabee was indeed upset by Handler’s remarks about his daughter, he spoke out not in anger, but out of sadness for Handler and the miserable life she no doubt leads to have left her so consumed with rage at all times.
According to Independent Journal Review, Huckabee responded to Handler’s smear of Sanders during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
“The things that Chelsea Handler said were vile and vulgar. I’m surprised that there were not women on the left who at least had the decency to call her out for this,” Huckabee said. “But I know you’re probably expecting me to be very angry about it, but truthfully, when I read what she said and then I watched it, I felt sorry for her.”
“I feel sad for Chelsea Handler. She seems like a very angry and bitter person,” he continued. “Look, she’s almost as old as me. So this is at a point of her life she needs to start mellowing out. And she seems to be just in a rage.”
“And the sad thing about it, she boasts about the two abortions she had at 16,” the Baptist minister said. “I think in many ways, she’s jealous of my daughter. My daughter has a husband who loves her and is wonderful to her. My daughter has three delightful children. She’s a happy, balanced person.”
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“She enjoys life. She’s a pretty straight-laced person, goes to church and lives a life Chelsea Handler has never known,” Huckabee said of his daughter. “And I really think that there’s something deep inside of Chelsea Handler that says, ‘Gee, I’ve missed out on a lot. I could be raising children, but I aborted them.'”
“I know that’s harsh, but look, I’m not angry at her,” he continued. “I feel for her, I truly feel sorry for her. And I feel that she’s lashing out at a life that she just doesn’t understand and has never been able to embrace. And that’s sad.”
“So no reason to be angry at Chelsea,” Huckabee concluded. “Pray for her that she’ll find some peace, because she doesn’t have it right now. It’s pretty evident by her tone of voice that she’s an angry, bitter and frankly lonely person.”
That, good readers, is how one completely disarms and takes down an enraged opponent — with love and kindness and pity that reveals who they really are.
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What do you think of Huckabee's response to Handler's demeaning slander of his daughter?

Did Taxpayers Only Pay For Democratic Congressmen's Claims?

Democrat outraged to learn taxpayers paid $220,000 sexual harassment claim against him

Democrat outraged to learn taxpayers paid $220,000 sexual harassment claim against him
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) says he is outraged to learn that a settlement was made on his behalf to pay $220,000 to a claim of sexual harassment. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Rep.  Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.) was accused of sexual harassment and the settlement cost the taxpayer $220,000, a report from Roll Call claimed Friday.
What were the accusations?
A former congressional staff member named Winsome Packer claimed that the representative “touched her, made unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job.”
She was stationed in Vienna and was required to travel with Hastings to other foreign countries. She said in her lawsuit that Hastings repeatedly asked to stay at her apartment or to visit her hotel room. Packer also said he frequently hugged her, and once asked her what kind of underwear she was wearing.
She filed a complaint with the Office of Compliance in 2010, and sued Hastings in 2011. That lawsuit was dismissed in 2012, and an ethics investigation in the matter was dismissed in 2014. However, the settlement came through the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment from the treasury.
What was Hastings response?
In a statement to Roll Call Friday, he called the accusations “ludicrous” and said he didn’t even know about the settlement previously.
“Until this evening, I had not seen the settlement agreement between the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and Ms. Packer,” he said. “This matter was handled solely by the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment. At no time was I consulted, nor did I know until after the fact that such a settlement was made.”
“I am outraged that any taxpayer dollars were needlessly paid to Ms. Packer,” he said.

Trump Knows How To Push Dems Buttons

Melania And Karen Are Just Normal People. No Pretense Here!

Internet Explodes Over Melania Lunch That Would Have Left Michelle Freaking

First Lady Melania Trump Stops At A Texas Whataburger
First lady Melania Trump unintentionally drew wide attention to herself Wednesday when, during a visit to coastal Texas alongside second lady Karen Pence and Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott in order to meet with those affected by Hurricane Harvey, she stopped at a Whataburger restaurant to grab herself a sandwich.
“Ms. Trump, Second Lady Karen Pence and their team visited the flagship location of Whataburger in Corpus Christi,” Fox News reported. “Her aide Stephanie Grisham tweeted a photo of Trump ordering her lunch at the counter.”
By Friday this photo had made it to practically every corner of the internet.
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To be clear, former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama ate plenty of burgers during their eight years in the White House.
The difference is Michelle had a habit of lecturing others about what they should eat, whereas Melania has displayed no such propensity.
Plus, Melania seems to have better taste in burgers then Michelle: When I searched Google for examples of Michelle dining at Whataburger, I found none.
Even professional food critics have praised Whataburger. Just this week, food critics Nick Wiger and Mike Mitchell, the hosts of the “Doughboys” podcast, visited a Whataburger in Huntsville and were taken aback, to put it lightly.
“The first time I had Whataburger, I really didn’t get it, and I compared it to Burger King,” Mitchell later said to the Dallas Observer. “This was my second time having Whataburger, and now I get it. I get it.”
So does Melania, apparently, though it remains unclear if Michelle would have as well.
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During Melania’s trip Wednesday to Texas, she and Karen also reportedly treated their press pool to lunch, according to USA Today reporter Julie Garcia:
ABC News noted that they wound up spending the first part of the day “in Corpus Christi meeting with first responders who worked on the Hurricane Harvey relief effort” and the latter portion in Rockport meeting “with a family whose home was destroyed in the storm.”
“They also visited the family’s new Manufactured Housing Unit, provided by FEMA, which will serve as the family’s temporary residence until they can move into a new, rebuilt home,” ABC News reported. “The women also visited an elementary school and food bank.”
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What do you think Michelle would have thought about Whataburger?