12/17/12

Gun Control Advocate: ‘Semi-automatic Weapons Are Not Necessary to Defend Your House’ – LANGUAGE WARNING

Hat Tip: BB
MRCTV

LANGUAGE WARNING: In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, gun control advocates gathered at the Washington DC offices of the NRA to protest what they see as the organization’s undue influence over the nation’s gun control laws.

MRCTV’s Dan Joseph asked one gentleman (who was very anxious to talk on camera) to share his view on the matter….

12/17/12

More Harsh Realities

Arlene from Israel

Can’t cover it all; that would be an impossibility. But it’s essential to report sufficiently so that my readers understand what’s going on here, and have the facts to speak on Israel’s behalf.

The Shin Bet, working with the police, have uncovered a Hamas cell in northern Jerusalem — in the Arab neighborhoods of Shuafat and Ras Hamis. They have been indicted in a Jerusalem court, charged with arson and aggravated assault that includes attacks with firebombs.

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A different (and perhaps realistic) take on the situation in Syria:

Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa has given an interview to the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, in which he says that:

“…with every passing day, the military and political solutions get further away.

“The way events are heading will lead to an uncomfortable place where things will definitely go from bad to worse.

“We must be in the position of defending Syria’s existence. We are not in a battle for the survival of an individual or a regime.”

Al-Sharaa’s perception is that neither side can win decisively and the country is being torn apart:

“The opposition forces combined cannot decide the battle militarily, meanwhile what the security forces and the army units are doing will not reach a conclusive end.”

He calls for the intervention of outside forces, cessation of all violence, and a broad-based unity government.

For the sake of Syria, this makes sense. But I don’t see this happening. The Islamists are hell-bent on winning and their first concern is definitely not a stable Syria.

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Abed Shihadeh, aka Abu Muhammad al-Tahawi, head of the jihadist Salafist movement in Jordan, which supports the Syrian rebels, made a statement last week:

“We tell Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, get ready. The army of the Prophet Mohammad is coming your way.

“Those carrying explosives in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan will find you, Allah willing .The next fight is between us and you.”

Al-Tahawi pledged to, “Take over Damascus and then head to Tel Aviv… As far as we are concerned, Palestine stretches from river to sea…We will not rest until Palestine is liberated.”

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Note of clarification: jihadi Salafists are radical Sunni Muslims who believe that only they correctly interpret the Koran; they espouse violent jihad and seek to dominate the world.

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A situation of enormous confusion reigns in the UNRWA refugee camp of Yarmouk, where somewhere between 20 and 50 Palestinian Arabs have been killed. Yarmouk is the largest of the UNRWA refugee camps in Syria, where there are almost 500,000 Palestinian Arabs. Inside the city boundaries of Damascus, it is home to about 150,000 people.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — General Command, based in the camp, has been fighting on the side of Assad forces. On the other hand, Free Syria Army forces have captured parts of the camp.

The primary accusation is that the Assad regime launched attacked an air attack on the camp because of the rebel forces in the vicinity, who were clashing with local militants.

All I can report with any degree of certainty is that about half the residents of Yarmouk have fled their homes.

According to a report in the Times of Israel, Benedetta Berti, a research fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies specializing in Lebanon and Syria, has said that:

“The myth of Palestinian neutrality crumbled early on in the war The more the conflict intensifies the more pressure there is on Palestinians to take sides.”

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I will digress just briefly here to note that while I talk about the “Palestinian refugees” in Syria, this is an artificially created population. Because UNRWA has maintained these people separately for four generations now, and they are still talking about their “right of return” to Israel, they have not been absorbed into the larger Syrian population.

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Please note what Khaled Abu Toameh now has to say about Palestinian Arabs closer to home (emphasis added):

“By allowing Hamas to celebrate its 25th anniversary in the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority leadership is paving the way for a third intifada against Israel.

“In fact, in the past few days, the third intifada has already begun, as violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers have increased in various parts of the West Bank.

“…Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has apparently decided to endorse a new strategy towards Hamas. He now considers Hamas a political ally rather than an enemy.

“The change came immediately after the Israeli military offensive against Hamas in mid-November.

“The rapprochement between Abbas and Hamas reached its peak before and after the UN General Assembly vote in favor of upgrading the Palestinians’ status to non-member observer state in late November.

“Both Abbas and Hamas see the two events — the war in the Gaza Strip and the UN vote — as ‘historic achievements’ and military and political victories over Israel.

“Emboldened by the ‘victories,’ Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal recently reached a secret agreement on the need to launch a ‘popular intifada’ against Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources in Ramallah revealed.

The two men believe that such an intifada at this stage would further isolate Israel and earn the Palestinians even more sympathy in the international arena, the sources said.

Abbas and Mashaal are aware, the sources noted, that the Palestinians are now not ready for another military confrontation with Israel — neither in the West Bank nor in the Gaza Strip.

That is why the two men agreed that the best and only option facing the Palestinians these days is a ‘popular intifada’ that would see Palestinian youths engage in daily confrontations with Israeli soldiers and settlers, especially in the West Bank.

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3499/third-intifada

Israel can handle this, but it’s not pretty. And it’s a harbinger of worse to come.

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The good news I share today is the decision by the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee to construct 1,500 apartment units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.

Credit: Haaretz

Two and a half years ago, VP Biden was here when there a routine announcement about building in this neighborhood, which is over the Green Line. All hell broke loose. This was an international incident because we “embarrassed” Biden. Hillary Clinton called Netanyahu and chewed him out on the phone for 45 minutes.

From that time until the present there has been no new construction in this neighborhood. Now it will begin again. Although even with this announcement, it’s not going to happen over night. There’s a long bureaucratic process.

Brace yourselves for more hysteria from the international community.

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There are a couple of significant points to be made here. One is the simple fact that the Ramat Shlomo population, which is ultra-Orthodox and has large families, needs more housing. This is not a political football for them, it’s a very basic requirement. This tends to be overlooked.

And then, Ramat Shlomo is solidly part of unified Jerusalem under full Israeli sovereignty. There is no chance it will ever be anything else. It is not a “settlement” and is not an area that might some day belong to the Arabs in a negotiated agreement (which is moot, in any event). Building here changes absolutely nothing — although you’ll be told otherwise.

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Let me close by announcing the Third Annual Conference on the Application of Israeli Sovereignty Over Judea and Samaria, sponsored by the Women in Green.

This one will be in Jerusalem, at the Bible Lands Museum. Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Starting 6:00 PM.

Speakers include Minister of Public Diplomacy Yuli Edelstein; Dr. Mordecai Kedar, expert on Islamic Affairs, Bar Ilan University; Adv. Alan Baker, expert on international law and member of the Levy Committee; Coalition Chair MK Ze’ev Elkins (Likud); Caroline Glick, senior editor Jerusalem Post; and many more excellent presenters.

Reservations required: ribonutisrael@gmail.com. Program will be in Hebrew. When reserving a place include full name, address, email, cellphone and whether you will need earphones for simultaneous translation into English. Or call Renee at 0523-294-194.

Transportation from various areas of the country can be reserved as well.

12/17/12

CNN’s O’Brien Urges Obama to “Track” People and Firearms

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

The Washington Post story, “Media figures on left and right call for new gun-control laws,” hailed Soledad O’Brien of CNN for taking a stand in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. Pretending to be an intellectual heavyweight on the subject, she declared on the channel that the problem in society is “access to semiautomatic weapons.”

O’Brien’s embarrassing outburst, which continued for several minutes during an interview with Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), is another indication of why CNN fails to attract many viewers. I turned on CNN the morning after the tragedy occurred to get some basic facts and instead was forced to endure a liberal rant from Soledad O’Brien about what she thought should be done in light of what happened in Newtown, Connecticut.

In its story about the influence of these “prominent media figures,” the Post failed to note there is nothing sinister about “semiautomatic weapons.” These are weapons protected under the Second Amendment which a person fires one shot at a time. They are used for various purposes, including self-defense.

It appears that O’Brien may have been confusing “semiautomatic weapons” with automatic weapons.

If she did make this mistake, it would not be unusual for media coverage of a tragedy like this. The liberal media frequently jump to conclusions. In this case, they got basic facts wrong early in the story, including the name of the shooter.

We have learned over the period of many years that the media don’t care about the facts because they are pushing a liberal agenda of “gun control.” O’Brien has an agenda and doesn’t want to hear anything to the contrary. It is a mental state that does not serve the public interest and should not be featured on a channel that claims to provide news to its audience.

It is important for people to actually watch or read the exchange O’Brien had with Rep. Mack to understand the liberal fixation on guns rather than on other problems, such as mental illness, or other possible solutions, such as additional security for those at risk of being shot or killed.

O’Brien quickly labeled Mack a Republican and tried to put her on the defensive: “You support gun rights in this country. You’re a Republican, and I think that’s a position very consistent with most Republicans. What does meaningful action, that actually stops these kinds of shootings, look like to you?”

With this kind of introduction, O’Brien was making it clear that, in her view, Republicans were partly responsible for the tragedy. She was exploiting the tragedy for political gain, in order to bolster President Obama’s call for “meaningful action,” whatever that means.

Mack, a rather moderate Republican, replied, in part, that “the question for me is not just gun rights but mental health…And I think if we’re going to debate as a country, gun control, we need to debate what we can do better on mental, the mental health system.”

That the shooter was mentally deranged seems fairly obvious. Mack’s point was that society should address these mental problems. It was not something O’Brien wanted to dwell on. She granted the point but then quickly said, “But let’s go back to gun control. What do you think could be done to make people safe? I mean, there are people who have said, and I think honestly horribly have said that if people were armed inside the school, they would have been able to shoot the shooter. Do you agree with that?”

Notice the reference to self-defense being something “horrible.” Why was it horrible to consider arming people in the school who could have stopped the carnage? Why would it have been horrible to save some of those young lives?

Mack replied, “Well, yes. I mean, that is one portion of it I guess. You know, I think those of us who fly often know that we feel some sort of consolation or safety knowing that there might be air marshals on board. You want to know sometimes if there’s somebody there who can defend you in a situation.”

It was a perfectly reasonable point. The fact is that airplane hijackings and terrorism have been met with more, not less, arms. Additional firearms in the hands of the right people constitute a deterrent.

For example, what about armed security guards in schools?

O’Brien quickly moved on, saying, “But isn’t part of the issue…easy access? We do know that his mother had five legally obtained guns. She was licensed for five guns. At least one of them is this Bush .223—Bushmaster rifle, right? A semiautomatic weapon. He had easy access to that. So I find it hard when people say, well, you know, if you didn’t have a gun, you could do something else. Is the answer then arming more people? That doesn’t make any sense to me honestly.”

It didn’t make sense to O’Brien because she refuses to consider anything other than liberal legislation to control access to weapons by the law-abiding public. Her fumbling over the name of the weapon probably reflects ignorance about firearms. Perhaps she doesn’t like guns. Perhaps she has never fired them. Perhaps she has never been to a shooting range. Whatever the case, she has no sympathy for those who possess guns for these purposes, or for self-defense.

Eventually, O’Brien came out with her own dubious “solution.” She said, “…I think this conversation at some point has to go to what is the normal amount of guns that people can own and how they’re registered and tracked.”

What is “normal?” O’Brien didn’t say. Who would register and track people with guns? By chance, would it be the Obama Administration?

This is obviously a poorly thought-out “solution” to the violence, but it is typical of a liberal in the media who doesn’t think straight and prefers emotionally-charged rants to a rational treatment of a serious matter.

CNN suffers in the ratings and doesn’t serve the interests of an informed public when it puts a blockhead like Soledad O’Brien on the air to spout nonsense.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org.

12/17/12

Blackness Gestapo Attack on RGIII Typical

By: Lloyd Marcus

RGIII (Robert Griffin III), superstar quarterback of the Washington Redskins is the latest black under attack by the Blackness Gestapo. The Blackness Gestapo are racists, black and white, who troll the airways keeping blacks in-check, faithful to their blackness. They believe to be authentically black, one must behave and think in certain ways. Blackness Gestapo mandated authorized black behavior includes having a chip on your shoulder against whites, maintaining an eternal victim and entitlement mindset, never achieving success without Democratic Party programs and never ever voting Republican. Blacks must call themselves African-Americans and display an urban edge via their speech, attire and attitude.

Blackness Gestapo enforcer, ESPN analyst Rob Parker accused RGIII of not being black enough. Griffin comes from a great military family. His fiance is white. He is extremely articulate. He wants to be judged by his performance on the football field without regard of his skin color. Wow, what a radical concept in our new “everything-is-about-race” Obama America. Doesn’t RGIII sound like he embraces the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that people be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin?

But worst of all, rumor has it that Griffin might be a Republican.

The idiotic self-imposed suppression of black liberation and growth by the Blackness Gestapo goes way back.

In the 70s, I remember watching an episode of the sitcom, “Good Times.” A black politician was criticized by the black community for coming across as too white. To prove his blackness and win black voters, the politician had to show he could speak an urban language called The Dozens. Clearly, the absurd restrictive message of the episode was regardless of one’s education, racial loyalty requires that blacks maintain remnants of the hood.

Remember, the 90′s comedy TV show, “In Living Color?” A standard joke of the program was the black guy who did not sound or behave like he came from the ghetto. The message was blacks who speak English correctly and prefer sushi over fried chicken, are traitors trying to be white.

I witnessed the same brain-dead behavior from blacks here in Florida when brilliant articulate black Republican Jennifer Carroll ran for Congress against the Democrat incumbent do-nothing-for-her -constituents Corrine Brown. Brown’s district was mostly black and ghetto. Brown had been in office forever without much positive change in her district. Carroll was smart and loaded with fresh new ideas. Brown won reelection hands down. Word on the street was Carroll sounded too white. Give me a break! Racist idiots!

Blackness Gestapo Generals Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton had a “tude” against Obama for running for president without hood “creds” such as theirs. Obama had to prove his blackness by spending 20 years in Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s racist church. The mainstream media partnered with the Democrats in hiding Rev. Wright’s racist rants from the public to protect their first black serious socialistic/progressive contender for the Oval Office.

If I sound a bit frank in my language, it is because I am tired of Blackness Gestapo thugs threatening and stifling the growth of blacks. How dare they dictate the behavior of myself and other blacks.

American blacks are blessed to be born in the greatest land of opportunity on the planet. Just as whites are not monolithic, neither are blacks. We are individuals. Our God-given birthright of freedom grants us opportunity to explore limitless tastes and behaviors without being chained by Authorized Blackness.

Forty years ago, I met a black fencing master – as in sword fighting. I was elated. I carted the brother to recreation centers across Baltimore. I wanted black kids to see black excellence beyond basketball, football, baseball and entertainment. I wanted them to see that blacks need not be limited in their abilities, hopes and dreams.

So Blackness Gestapo thug Rob Parker, get a life and mind your own business. RGIII is free to be whomever and whatever he wishes without you and your homey’s approval. Wimp conservatives/Republicans say we must pander to your ilk to win the urban vote. That “ain’t happenin’” as far as I am concerned. I will never sacrifice principles and values that I know are right and best for all people to the false god of votes. Racist thugs like you must and will be defeated.

Heck, this RGIII kid is so good, I just might become a Redskins fan. …Nah. Go Ravens!

Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American
LloydMarcus.com