12/10/12

Anti-Israel Propaganda from Moscow and the Institute for Policy Studies

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Moscow and much of the US left, have a common goal – the destruction of Israel.

Phyllis Bennis

In this video, Moscow funded propaganda channel, Russia Today, which claims several million American viewers, gives a forum to one of Israel’s most effective enemies – Phyllis Bennis, of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Bennis is a smart operator, very intellectual, trying to seem almost objective and even handed, but it’s clear that she sees “Apartheid” Israel as a major evil in the world.

Bennis is a former member of Line of March, a militant Maoist organization, which in its latter days moved to a pro-Soviet position. Bennis was also involved with the magazine War Times, with Obama’s “former” communist “Green Jobs” Czar Van Jones.

Incidentally, both Barack Obama and Van Jones have served on the board of an IPS “partner” organization, the leftist New York non-profit, Demos.

Her employer, the Institute for Policy Studies, is the US’ most dangerous and influential leftist “think tank.” It’s a significant “ideas factory” for the Obama Administration and was once notorious for its ties to the Soviet KGB and Cuban intelligence.

Apparently, it is still playing to Moscow’s tune.

12/10/12

True The Vote’s Lawsuit To Enforce Voter Roll Maintenance In Indiana Advances

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CONTACT:
Logan Churchwell
media@truethevote.org

HOUSTON, TX. December 10, 2012True the Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today commended the United States District Court of Indiana’s decision to deny dismissal motions offered by the State of Indiana – advancing TTV’s lawsuit to enforce voter roll maintenance to trial.

“This is excellent news for Americans concerned with the integrity of our elections,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Election officials, from local offices to secretaries of state, cannot wash their hands of the federal requirement to maintain accurate voter rolls for any reason. This decision should serve as clear evidence that citizens can and will hold our election system accountable.”

A key issue raised by Indiana in its failed attempt to dismiss the suit was True the Vote and Judicial Watch’s evidence that a dozen counties had more people registered to vote than legally eligible. The Court found that although 100+ percent voter registration is not illegal per se, the evidence does suggest a greater failure to maintain voter rolls as required by federal law.

True the Vote and Judicial Watch originally filed a lawsuit against Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Elections Division Co-Directors J. Bradley King and Trent Deckard after evidence showed they failed to maintain voter registration lists as required by Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act. Federal records demonstrated that 12 counties had over 100 percent voter registration.

The State of Indiana sought to dismiss the lawsuit on a number of grounds – each was denied by William T. Lawrence, US District Court Judge.

“Today’s decision set a standard for private citizens wanting to make a difference,” Engelbrecht continued. “Bloated voter rolls are clear evidence that election officials are not doing the jobs they were hired to do. With this early victory, True the Vote will continue to expose and correct any instance of failure to maintain our voter rolls. Hopefully the parties can reach a settlement that fixes the problem and saves Indiana taxpayers from the needless cost of litigation.”

The lawsuit (Judicial Watch, et. al v. King, et. al (1:12-cv-00800)) will advance in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana – Indianapolis Division.

True The Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization focused on preserving election integrity is operated by citizens for citizens, to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.

12/10/12

Almost Funny

Arlene from Israel

If the context were not so serious I would simply say that putative PA president Mahmoud Abbas is a joke, an exceedingly amusing joke.

He is now ready to come to the table for negotiations, you see. All he wants is a freeze on building in Judea and Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem, for six months.

Why six months? Saeb Erekat, PA negotiator, explained this: With the UN vote a “new stage” had been reached. They expect to have everything resolved in six months.

Resolved in six months? All the issues?

Well, Abbas has told the Arab League, meeting in Doha, Qatar, that they should not abandon their 2002 Saudi “peace plan.” He wants them to uphold it, because he’s pushing for negotiations. What he told the League is that he would achieve resolution on the core issues and — are you ready? — secure an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-’67 lines.

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Oh! And there is one other matter: Says Abbas, the negotiations would start where the negotiations with former prime minster Ehud Olmert left off in 2008.

OK. I admit it. Context or not, this is exceedingly funny. In a black humor sort of way.

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I should mention one other matter: Abbas also told the Arab League that he will be going to Cairo soon for reconciliation talks with Hamas: “Reconciliation is dear to us and the unity of our people.”

Makes sense, no? While he is negotiating a “peace” with Israel based on withdrawal to the ’67 lines, he will also pursue unity with a terrorist group. That way, when he gets us back to those “Auschwitz borders,” Fatah and Hamas will be all ready to do their jihad thing together.

Even now, the IDF is reporting that Hamas is trying to reactivate sleeper cells in Judea and Samaria. They have not succeeded, because of combined IDF and Shin Bet efforts, but they are trying to regroup.

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We should not have patience — not any of us with eyes to see what is happening. We should not have patience with the nonsense that passes for diplomacy these day. We should tell it out in every venue there is.

Insist that people stop talking nonsense, and start facing facts, which are there in abundance.

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I certainly have no patience at all with the bloc of 27 EU foreign ministers, nor do I find them even remotely amusing. After a one-day meeting, they have now issued a statement of “deep dismay” over Israel’s plans to build 3,000 housing units in Judea and Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem, as well as to do planning for future building in E1, between Maaleh Adumim and Jerusalem.

The problem, you see, is that what we are going to do “would seriously undermine the prospects of a negotiated resolution of the conflict.” The EU “reiterates that settlements are illegal under international law and constitute an obstacle to peace.” Neither statement is true.

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PM Netanyahu said:

“We cannot accept that when Jews build homes in their ancient capital, Jerusalem, the international community has no problem finding its voice, but when Palestinian leaders openly call for the destruction of Israel, the one and only Jewish state, the world is silent.”

No patience for the nonsense.

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Author and commentator Barry Rubin is out of patience as well. And so he has written a wonderful piece, “Israel’s only alternative.” (Emphasis is added)

The Palestinian leadership, abetted by many Western governments, has now torn up every agreement it made with Israel. Once the efforts of two decades of negotiations — including irrevocable Israeli compromises in giving the Palestinians Authority control over territory, its own armed forces, dismantling settlements and permitting billions of dollars of foreign aid to the Palestinians — were destroyed, the world decided to focus the blame on Israel for approving the construction of 3,000 apartments.

“In 1993, Israel signed an agreement with the PLO to make peace in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The accord, known as the Oslo agreement, included the following passage in Article 31: ‘Neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations.’

“By essentially unilaterally declaring the existence of an Arab Palestine, the world has abrogated that agreement.

“What is shocking is not just that this has happened, but that it was many of the same countries that hitherto supported this agreement that, without discussion or hesitation, now agreed to destroy it.

“…Now, the current move has certain implications. I am completely aware that virtually no one in a position of power in the Western world cares about these implications, but it is necessary to remind them, and others, of just what they have done…

“[] They have rewarded the party that refused to make peace.

“[] They have rewarded the party that rejected the offer of a state and pursued violence instead, cheering the murder of Israeli civilians.

“[] They have removed the framework on the basis of which Israel made numerous risky concessions including letting thousands of Palestinians enter the West Bank and Gaza Strip; establish a government; obtain billions of dollars; create military organizations that have been used to attack Israel; establish schools and other institutions which teach and call for Israel’s destruction; and a long list of other things.

“As a result of these concessions, terrorists were able to strike into Israel…

“…what’s important here is not to complain about the unfairness of international life, the hypocrisy of those involved, and the double standards applied against Israel. What’s important is to do what is necessary to preserve Israel’s security and to ignore to the greatest possible extent anything that subverts us.

What has experience taught us? Simply this: The Palestinian leadership’s priority is not getting a state of their own — they have missed many opportunities to do so — but to gain total victory…suffering — even if self-inflicted — brings massive gains for them.

What has the world’s behavior taught us? Simply this: Nothing we can do will suffice…

What has diplomacy taught us? That the other side will not keep commitments and those guaranteeing those commitments will not keep their word to do so. Not only that, but when they break their word, they will complain that Israel doesn’t take enough risks and make enough concessions, and defends itself too vigorously.

“Well, that’s the way things are, and in some ways have been for decades; from a Jewish standpoint, for centuries. So what else is new?

…we cannot let this nonsensical excuse for reality drive us mad, or make us mad.

There are only three way, which must be combined, to survive: to believe truthful things, do constructive things, and laugh at the absurdity of the situation.

“For such a set of alternatives to exist — the fictional world of hypocritical and misinformed Israel-bashing or the real world — is ridiculous, empowered by the behavior of the world and especially the West. But that’s what exists in the early 21st century era…Fortunately, the real-life alternative is a good one.”

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=295242

Share this very broadly, my friends.

12/10/12

Obama’s trip to Detroit completely overshadowed by ‘poetic justice’

By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner

Today, President Barack Obama visits the ‘functionally bankrupt’ city of Detroit (while it still technically exists–for a few more weeks), in a bald attempt to bask in the glow of an event for which he had absolutely no role.

The purpose of President Obama’s visit is to speak before a group of employees at the Detroit Diesel manufacturing plant owned by German automaker Daimler AG–which is poised to announce an additional $100 million investment … “in new technology, expanded production and jobs in the United States,” to broaden its’ powertrain (engine and transmission) production, according to Dave Shepardson’s Detroit News article today.

So, what is the topic of Obama’s speech?

Craig Ruff, Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, believes that Obama will use this platform to continue beating his drum on raising the tax rates of wealthier Americans.

I don’t think he would want to make it the headline of the visit,” Ruff said of the right-to-work issue. He’s got bigger fish to fry. He’s clearly focused on the fiscal cliff.

Democratic Party chairman Mark Brewer agreed, saying he expects the focus of the visit to be on “tax fairness.”

However, there are three other larger, Michigan-oriented stories that ‘overshadow’ Obama’s visit, which are in factual conflict with his record, as painted (or ignored) by he, and the mainstream media.

First, Michigan’s Republican-dominated legislature will pass, and its’ Republican Governor will sign, a brand new ‘Right-to-Work’ law into existence tomorrow–delivering yet another crippling blow to labor unions in the ‘Rustbelt,’ as we reported last Friday.

This will operate to quickly erode the [Democrat] blue-state status of Michigan, and perhaps, along with Wisconsin, change its’ color to ‘red’ by the 2014 mid-term elections.

Second, just last Wednesday we reported on a video sent to FOX 2 Detroit, which captured a barely-literate Detroit city councilwoman named JoAnn Watson, who shamelessly took a page from the playbook of imprisoned former Democrat Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich, and openly demanded Obama provide a federal bailout for Detroit–in return for the nearly 75% of voters who supported his re-election recently.

The majority of Detroit’s financial woes stem from the flight of [sane] capital and the middle class from the city, in a growing revolt over time against rising crime, taxes and government corruption.

Finally, the astronomical accumulated cost of their unionized public employees, including teachers, fire, police and public servants has been largely pathetic.

Amazingly, the most recent statistics show that 47 percent of the people who live in Detroit are ‘functionally illiterate,’ according to a May 4, 2011, WWJ CBS News radio in Detroit.

Director of the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund, Karen Tyler-Ruiz, explained exactly what this means:

[They are] not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job — those types of basic everyday [things]. Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should take… just your basic everyday tasks. I don’t really know how they get by, but they do. Are they getting by well? Well, that’s another question.

For other major urban areas, we are a little bit on the high side… We compare, slightly higher, to Washington D.C. … and in Cleveland.

There are also some Detroit suburbs that have shockingly high illiteracy rates, like Pontiac at 34 percent, and Southfield with 24 percent.

The bottom line is that half of the residents of Detroit could not pass a Driver’s License test (and thus get a picture ID), however, they were still allowed to vote–regardless of the fact that they could not even read the ballot document–in any language.

There is a ‘thread’ of poetic justice in this pathetic tale of the dramatic downfall of the iconic ‘Motor City,’ which centers on the fact that these voters got what they voted for

The inscription on the head stone for Detroit, may well read something like this…

The friendship of union greed and political gain,

focused solely on benefit-seekers and the vain.

After decades of corruption and voter neglect,

those who built it got scared and left.

Now that the ‘gravy train’ is long gone,

only the illiterate remain, and murders carry on.

Has the entire United States reached the point were the decades old infiltration of the Liberal ideology has spawned enough entitlement-driven, low-information, illiterate voters in our country for this to become the final epitaph for America too?

12/10/12

Michigan Teachers Union Head Compares Right To Work Push With Pearl Harbor Attacks!

Hat Tip: BB
MRCTV

STEVEN COOK – MICHIGAN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT (07 DEC 2012): Let me say, it’s telling that this should all happen around Pearl Harbor day because let me tell you something, organized labor has spent about 10 days here in the last two weeks working with the leadership, the political leadership in the state. We thought that they were interested in peace. We thought that they were interested in trying to work out an agreement, an arrangement, have a discussion that would keep right to work from coming up. This is what the governor kept telling us, it’s not on my agenda. Come to find out that they had every moment we were sitting with them had planned for this. So while we were trying to prevent the war that was coming, they were planning for the war all along. So it’s telling it should all happen around Pearl Harbor day. You know, we thought they were working for peace. Turns out we were wrong.