17 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-8-19

  1. Some murdered activists are more equal than others, at least where the press is concerned.


    “Media Completely Ignores Isaam Akel, An American Brutalized Like Khashoggi

    A U.S. political establishment that was just months ago woke to anti-Semitism—it least when it might use that to dunk on Trump—has been missing in action about Isaam Akel.”


    “An Arab man with deep ties to America dissented against an authoritarian Middle Eastern regime. As a consequence, he was held captive, reportedly beaten, and his life may be over.

    No, his name is not Jamal Khashoggi. Unlike Khashoggi, this man is a U.S. citizen. And he was not consorting with or propagandizing on behalf of Islamists, but enraging them by consorting with America’s closest ally in the region.

    While Issam Akel has not been made a cause celebre, perhaps he should be. An American resident of East Jerusalem, Akel was arrested by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in October 2018 and sentenced to life in prison with hard labor for allegedly committing the mortal sin of “selling a house to the enemy in Jerusalem.”

    You see, according to the PA’s kangaroo court, Akel had the temerity to broker the sale of a house in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem to Ateret Cohanim. That organization seeks to acquire land to settle Jews in non-Jewish areas of the Old City, and in small pockets within heavily Arab neighborhoods.

    Under “Palestinian” law, selling property to Israelis—namely, Jews—is punishable by death. There’s a long history of legal codification of such barbaric Jew-hatred, as catalogued by Rabbi Schmuley Boteach:

    The concept of killing a man for doing business with a Jew was put into force by the Jordanians in 1948 during the kingdom’s occupation of Judea and Samaria. From there, it would be incorporated into the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)’s legal code in 1979, which enforced the penalty of execution on any of those ‘traitors’ caught ‘transferring positions to the enemy.’ Since then, the law has been further clarified. The term ‘positions,’ as it turns out, refer to any sort of land or real estate. ‘Transferring’ has been elucidated by PA President Mahmoud Abbas to include any act of ‘diverting,’ ‘selling,’ or even just ‘renting’ a property. As for the ‘enemies,’ this refers to ‘an enemy state or one of its subjects,’ which, coming from the PLO, refers explicitly to Jews. The law has been reaffirmed by Palestinian officials on several occasions — in 1973, 1979, 1997, 2010, 2014, and 2018.

    It’s truly Nazi-esque. But a U.S. political establishment that was just months ago woke to anti-Semitism—at least when it might use that to dunk on Trump—has been missing in action.

    The details of Akel’s plight are characteristically sketchy, but reports indicate he was either lured to Ramallah, or picked up off the street in Jerusalem by PA police, incarcerated, and potentially tortured. This was a particularly brazen act, given that Akel is a U.S. citizen, who carries an Israeli ID card that should provide him immunity from PA arrest.”

    Nothing to see here….. Move along…..


  2. The President plans to speak on the matter tonight at 9.


    “Lindsey Graham on Border Wall: “We’re not going to give in to this radical left, ever””

    ““I’m not gonna negotiate with someone who calls the border patrol agents a bunch of Nazis when they’re trying to defend the border against a mob.””


  3. Well I’m shocked…..


    Turns out the foul-mouthed Palestinian elected by voters in Michigan is an anti-Semite too? Whodda thunk it. 🙄


    “Rashida Tlaib accused of anti-Semitic slur, days after profane anti-Trump tirade”

    “Less than a week after issuing a profanity-infused call to impeach President Trump on her first day in office, Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib is under fire from Republican politicians and commentators for openly posting what they call an anti-Semitic dog whistle on Twitter.

    Top Republicans in the Senate are also alleging that Democratic leaders are hoping to hide the fact that Tlaib is just one of many new Democratic politicians in Congress who harbor deeply anti-Israel views.

    Tlaib, responding to a post by Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday, suggested that Senate Republicans were more loyal to Israel than the U.S., amid a report that GOP leaders were planning to introduce a bill that would punish companies that participate in the so-called “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) global movement against Israel. BDS proponents seek to pressure Israel through economic and other means — often, until Israel ceases to exist in its current form.”


  4. —————————–

    Expose them.


  5. Yet another reason the wall is a national security issue. This is on top of the 70,000 killed yearly by the heroin epidemic, heroin that’s coming across the southern border.


    “The southern U.S. border remains mostly unprotected while Democrats remain determined to prevent building the border wall. Meanwhile, cocaine continues to flow into the United States, smuggled in partly by the Hezb’allah terrorist organization. The drug epidemic has cost a great number of lives, and the federal government must stop the flow of drugs by building a border wall, and by using new technologies to detect intrusion into the U.S.

    Hezb’allah has murdered hundreds of citizens over the years, including in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing that killed 241 service personnel and the Beirut embassy bombing that killed 17 Americans. These attacks demonstrate that Hezb’allah is an enemy of the United States and is aligned with the Iranian regime’s “death to America” mindset.

    However, the billions of dollars of cocaine and other narcotics that Hezb’allah smuggles into the United States and other countries each year is even more dangerous. According to an exhaustive 2017 Politico report by Josh Meyer, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) initiated Project Cassandra in 2008 to investigate Hezb’allah’s involvement in widespread drug-trafficking and put a stop to it.

    The Politico report reveals how Hezb’allah has been raking in $200 million per month from cocaine and other drug sales. Ayman Joumaa is a drug kingpin who has worked in concert with Mexico’s violent and murderous Los Zetas drug cartel to move multi-ton loads of cocaine directly into the United States. Joumaa’s network would launder the drug income through the purchase of used cars at about 300 dealerships in the U.S. The cars would be sent to West Africa to sell. The proceeds from those sold cars would be couriered to Lebanon to fund Hezb’allah’s terrorism. This scheme was reported as early as 2011 in the New York Times.

    In November 2011, prosecutors indicted Joumaa in absentia, accusing him of conspiring with Los Zetas and drug-suppliers in Colombia and Venezuela to smuggle at least 85,000 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S. and launder hundreds of millions of dollars in proceeds. The above mentioned New York Times report from December 2011 made clear that Joumaa was connected to Hezb’allah and, according to Israeli intelligence, worked for a senior Hezb’allah operative believed by Israel to be in charge of Hezb’allah’s drug operations.”

    Notwithstanding the vast amount of evidence gathered by Project Cassandra, by the end of 2012, according to the Politico report, “senior officials at the Justice Department’s National Security and Criminal divisions, and at the State Department and National Security Council, had shut down, derailed or delayed numerous other Hezb’allah-related cases with little or no explanation.” This, notwithstanding that U.S. agents discovered that Iran had “an entire Quds force network” in the United States, which was “laundering money, moving drugs and illegally smuggling Bell helicopters, night-vision goggles, and other items for Iran.” As of May 2018, Lebanon was working to protect Hezb’allah’s drug trade.”


    This is who and what Democrats are supporting.


  6. AJ – Is there still a question of whether or not the networks will cover the president’s speech tonight? If nothing else, it is news, and should be covered. I also agree that if they don’t cover it, they shouldn’t critique it.

    It is a good thing President Trump is doing the speech tonight. If he chose to do it a week from tonight, I would be in favor of impeachment. (For preempting This Is Us, which returns next Tuesday night. 🙂 )


  7. Although…..



    “Throughout Monday, there were debates going on amongst liberal media executives regarding whether or not to air President Trump’s address to the nation about border security Tuesday night. By the end of the day, the major cable news outlets, as well as all three network broadcasters, announced they would carry it. But during CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon wasn’t sure they should for fear of Trump.

    Despite saying President Trump “should be given the bully pulpit, he owns it,” Lemon was concerned about letting America’s elected leader speak to the people. “But you’re giving him the opportunity to speak to the United States unfettered—to speak to the people of the United State and this President has a problem with the truth,” he declared to Prime Time host Chris Cuomo as they were transitioning shows.

    Shockingly, Cuomo was the voice of reason. “You let him speak, and then you hold him to account,” he began. “I think that’s the right move. I know a lot of people are upset about it. I hear you. I read my Twitter feed. I get it. But I think it’s also the right thing to do. And it’s the right thing to do to check him and that’s what we’ll do.”

    But Lemon still had his doubts. His hang up? The people would believe what their President said:

    Listen, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t do it, but do you think it should be — I don’t know — a delay of some sort, and then you can — because people believe it. The President will say what he has to say. People will believe it whether the facts are true or not. I guess that’s the chance you take with any president….But this one is different. And then by the time the rebuttals come on, we’ve already promoted propaganda possibly, unless he gets up there and tells the truth.

    “He has his right to make the argument to the American people. And by the way, wanting barriers along the border is not propaganda,” Cuomo countered. “It’s not immoral. It’s not wrong.” To try to quell his colleague’s fears, Cuomo assured Lemon the media would take the time to fact check him.

    Then, despite saying he didn’t want to limit the President, Lemon argued that “the strategy or whatever it is that you did in the past is different with this President … I just think you have to be more strategic and more responsible to the viewer with this administration…”

    Seemingly oblivious to a lot of CNN reporting regarding the Trump presidency, Lemon suggested, “We want to be accurate. We don’t have to be first.” As part of that, Lemon wondered if the media should not cover the address until Trump says something “newsworthy”:

    We can monitor what the President is saying, monitor what’s being said in the briefing room. And then if it’s newsworthy, if they’re taking questions about a topic that’s important, then we can get to that topic, we can go there. We can break in and say, “listen, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is taking questions about the border wall right now. Let’s go.”

    “But if it’s a political stunt, why do we even have to do it and, I don’t know, just expose the viewer and the American people to propaganda,” Lemon argued.”


  8. I can’t wait until Nancy and Chuck explain to us all why allowing this to continue is for our benefit, and the greater good of all.


  9. Akel is not an activist rather he’s just trying to make a buck. In all liklihood, his mistake was not bribing the right Authority officials. The Palestinian authority is corrupt (like most non OECD countries) and a few bribes here and there and Akel could problem sell the Dome mosque.

    Graham has to quit being a drama queen. Pelosi is not “radical left”. She is a centrist if not right wing. He can negotiate with her. In fact he should, since this will increase the rift between the old Dem guard and the new Reps.


  10. Tlaib is correct. Outlawing adovacting BDS is a violation of free speech and won’t past constitutional muster. And the Republicans are acting in the interest of Israel not the constitution.

    She’s not an anti-Semite for this position. She’s pro free speech here. In addition, there is a difference between criticizing Israel and antisemitism. An American politician can and should criticize Israel when its in the US interest.


  11. Building a wall won’t stop the drug trade. In Canada, most heroin arrives from China via shipping containers and cocaine arrives from South America via both air and sea. Very little comes across our land border. Build a wall and the drugs will arrive in the US via air and sea…..which in all liklihood is how they arrive. Want to stop drug trade and divert the money from criminal organizations? Legalize drugs and regulate them….far cheaper than a wall, prisons, etc.and you can tax it.

    Hezbollah is slowly losing its original idealism and purpose, its moving from a political and military radicalism and on hand becoming an ordinary political party and its military wing has moved into criminal enterprises. The same change has been noted in northern Ireland both Republican and Ulster organizations have made similar changes.


  12. They can’t have real men around. They might not stand for the child abusing transgender garbage these frauds push.


    “We now live in a world where questioning whether Chelsea Manning is truly a woman can get you deplatformed on social media for hate speech while the American Psychological Association sees traditional masculinity as a mental disorder.

    The APA just published a lengthy screed on the topic which reads as if it was compiled with assistance from a college symposium on intersectional feminism. I’ve tried to digest some of the most telling passages.

    Stephanie Pappas writes at the APA website (emphasis is mine):

    APA issues first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys

    APA’s new Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men strive to recognize and address these problems in boys and men while remaining sensitive to the field’s androcentric past. Thirteen years in the making, they draw on more than 40 years of research showing that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly.

    The implication is clear. Manliness is bad.

    The main thrust of the subsequent research is that traditional masculinity—marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression—is, on the whole, harmful. Men socialized in this way are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors. For example, a 2011 study led by Kristen Springer, PhD, of Rutgers University, found that men with the strongest beliefs about masculinity were only half as likely as men with more moderate masculine beliefs to get preventive health care…

    The report even invokes John Wayne. And naturally, links masculinity with racism.

    This vision of masculinity may summon up an image of a closemouthed cowboy, à la John Wayne. But there’s more to masculinity than macho swagger. When the rules of manliness bump up against issues of race, class and sexuality, they can further complicate men’s lives.

    For example, the masculine requirement to remain stoic and provide for loved ones can interact with systemic racism and lead to so-called John Henryism for African-American men, a high-effort method of coping that involves striving hard in the face of prolonged stress and discrimination.

    Then we get the completely taken-as-unquestionable suggestion that transgenderism, unlike masculinity, is completely normal.

    Today, transgender issues are at the forefront of the cultural conversation, and there is increased awareness of the diversity of gender identity.

    Which brings us to what is the possible goal of this entire exercise. The belief that gender is actually nothing more than a social construct.

    Indeed, when researchers strip away stereotypes and expectations, there isn’t much difference in the basic behaviors of men and women. Time diary studies, for example, find that men enjoy caring for their children as much as women do. And differences in emotional displays between boys and girls are small, according to a 2013 meta-analysis (Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 139, No. 4), and not always in the stereo-typical direction. Adolescent boys, for example, actually displayed fewer externalizing emotions such as anger than did adolescent girls.

    Professor Jacobson commented on Twitter:


  13. She can say what she wants, and I can point out she’s a Jew hating fraud, as her own remarks show. They’ve been posted prior. Go look for yourself. She’s an anti-Semite, and proud of it.


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