08/26/14

Ice Bucket Challenge’s ALS Assn. Does (Fruitless) Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

ALS-assoc

Their logo. Do they care more about curing ALS, or about creating that “brave new world?”

 

Three items are presented in order of publication on the ‘net, the third with video

1. Ice Bucket Challenge Donation Sponsor ALSA Funds Embryonic Stem Cell Research

2. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge creates chilly conflict with pro-life values

3. Pro-life daily vid: Pro-lifer responds to ALS ice bucket challenge

3.a. video

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Human, 10 weeks in womb in amniotic sac, from therapeutic abortion. From: http://bioethicstoday.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/fetal-maiming-an-argument-for-the-value-of-potential

Human, 10 weeks in womb in amniotic sac, from therapeutic abortion. From: http://bioethicstoday.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/fetal-maiming-an-argument-for-the-value-of-potential

08/26/14

Islam’s Rich ‘Part of America’s History’

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

Ahmad-Omar-CAIR

It is not often one feels compelled to post an anonymous email in Gulag Bound. Today is an exception.

Barack Obama, during his Cairo speech, said: “I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s history.”

 
An American Citizen’s Response

Dear Mr. Obama:

Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed? Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians.

Were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving day? Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native American Indians.

Can you show me one Muslim signature on the: United States Constitution? Declaration of Independence ? Bill of Rights?

Didn’t think so.

Did Muslims fight for this country’s freedom from England ?

No.

Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America ?

No, they did not.

In fact, Muslims to this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. Your own half-brother, a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself, even though Muslims of Arabic descent refer to black Muslims as “pug nosed slaves.” Says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family’s “rich Islamic heritage,” doesn’t it Mr. Obama?

Where were Muslims during the Civil Rights era of this country?

Not present. There are no pictures or media accounts of Muslims walking side by side with Martin Luther King, Jr. or helping to advance the cause of Civil Rights.

Where were Muslims during this country’s Woman’s Suffrage era?

Again, not present. In fact, devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so, that often they are beaten for not wearing the ‘hajib’ or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband. Yep, the Muslims are all for women’s rights, aren’t they?

Where were Muslims during World War II?

They were aligned with Adolf Hitler. The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from the Nazi’s in killing Jews.

Finally, Mr. Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001?

If they weren’t flying planes into the World Trade Center , the Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing in the Middle East . No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other cable news network’s that day. Strangely, the very “moderate” Muslims who’s asses you bent over backwards to kiss in Cairo, Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11. To many Americans, their silence has meant approval for the acts of that day.

And that, Mr. Obama, is the “rich heritage” Muslims have here in America…

Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot to mention the Barbary Pirates. They were Muslims.

And now we can add November 5, 2009 – the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major who is a doctor and a psychiatrist who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Also, don’t forget the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15.2013 was done by two Muslim Brothers.

That, Mr. Obama is the “Muslim heritage” in America

A Christian loves Muslims, Nazis, Communists, America’s “progressive” collectivists, and any other person trapped in perversely harmful ideology, and desires them freed. A part of that love, as the Apostle Paul related, is to “rejoice in the truth.” Consequently, this is also an American virtue.

The Obamas seated with Palestinian Liberation Organization Leader Edward Said at Khalidi Muslim fundraiser, per RadioPatriot.com

The Obamas seated with Palestinian Liberation Organization Leader Edward Said at Rashid Khalidi’s Muslim fundraiser, per RadioPatriot.com

HT: Dave Strahler. Images added by the Bound.

08/25/14

The Climate Change Broken Record

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

The younger generation may need to be brought up to speed on the term Broken Record; all they’ve ever known comes via digital.  In the old days of vinyl recordings music was stored on tiny grooves of plastic and a stylus rode these grooves to pick up the music and transfer it to the stereo so we could hear it.  If there was a scratch on the face of the recording the stylus would jump over the scratch and end up playing the same groove over and over until somebody pushed it past the scratch.  That’s how we got the term Broken Record.

There’s a headline story at the Yahoo site by Becky Oskin, Hundreds of Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast, that caught my attention while eating my morning bowl of oatmeal (Kroger brand instant Maple with Brown Sugar with a pat of real butter if you’re interested).

Scientists were blind sided by the discovery of methane plumes along the Atlantic coast even though they had not tested the gas; but were quite certain it was methane.  I was waiting for the old standby, “It must have something to do with Global Warming”.

“Without more exploring, the researchers can’t say for sure why there are so many methane plumes along the Atlantic coastline.”

You’d have thought at least one scientist would have gathered a sample, put a match to it and said, “Hummm, smells like methane, tastes like methane; sure glad I didn’t step in it”, or something that would have justified calling the gas methane.  Perhaps another scientist could ask if the other scientist had farted under water, pointing and laughing.  Hey, I know…let’s blame this all on Whale flatulence; there are still some pretty fat Global Warming research grants to be had from the government.

A bit further into the article the Broken Record skip began.  You know, the part where mankind is guilty of destroying the planet; drilling for oil, driving big SUVs to the restaurant for a juicy steak with mashed potatoes, wanting to live in air conditioned houses instead of toughing it out in caves like our noble ancestors; these methane plumes must be our fault.

“Methane is a greenhouse gas that disappears more quickly than carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but has more warming power than carbon dioxide. Millions of tons of methane are frozen in Arctic permafrost, both on land and in the seafloor. Recently, several studies have warned that rapid warming in the Arctic could upset these deposits, melting them and freeing the gas. This would boost the planet’s greenhouse gas levels and could accelerate climate change.”

I’ll have to find a picture of Al Gore pointing to flames hovering over Arctic Ice, a Polar Bear floating off on the ever shrinking chunk of ice or maybe that old Indian Chief letting a single tear drop fall off his cheek as man destroys the planet.  I know, we can blame this all on fracking and Big Oil or filthy Coal.

“Most of the methane gas dissolves in the ocean before reaching the surface, Ruppel said. The total amount of gas is also much smaller than sources on land, such as cows or gas drilling. “It’s probably on the order of a feedlot of methane,” Valentine said. However, some shallow-water seeps could vent methane to the surface, and researchers expect that future surveys will uncover even more shallow seeps. These regions only received a cursory look during the survey.”

I love the scientific measurements used to assess the threat, “It’s probably on the order of a feedlot of methane,”…  Is that a Kansas feedlot of methane or a Texas feedlot of methane; be specific as the United Nation’s IPCC report will need exact scientific measurements prior to creating a new Hockey Stick that proves mankind is destroying the planet.

Never mind studies which have proven that there’s more Arctic Ice than ever before, never mind the fact that an active volcano spews out more greenhouse gas in one day than the accumulated greenhouse gasses contributed by the human race.  Man made global warming studies get federal tax dollars to scientists, lots and lots of tax dollars to scientists  who’ve signed on to the generally accepted consensus, which just happens to match the policies for handing out federal grants.

Facts?… the facts they’ll find later; nobody pays attention to facts, at least not anyone pushing the climate change agenda.

Haven’t we heard this all before?  It must be a broken record.

This article has been cross posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & The American Constitution”.

08/23/14

China Conducts Provocative Aerial Buzz On American Military Aircraft

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Hat Tip: Nevin Gussack


Chinese SU-27 Fighter Plane / AP

Amid the horrific beheading of journalist James Foley last week by ISIS, comes the news that our old battle buddies, the Chinese, decided that it was must see news for the good citizens of Beijing. On a massive television screen displayed in downtown Beijing, an endless loop of bad news for America depicting her as weak and ineffectual was played over and over for all to see. It was propaganda for the masses, meant to emphasize the strength of America’s enemies and play up her fall as a super power in preparation for war. The news included the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and the beheading of Foley. It is an old propaganda strategy that has been used by many, including the Nazis and the Japanese, only with a new technology twist.

The signs of a coming world war are all around us and becoming more brazen by the day. You see it in Russia who is now launching strikes within the Ukraine and moving their troops across the border. You see it with ISIS committing genocide in the Middle East and threatening American cities. You see it in Israel, who is defending her very existence in the face of annihilation by murderous Jihadists. You see it in the rise of the Caliphate.

But the most blatant signs are with the Chinese and Russian militaries. And both of our communist nemeses are calling America a liar. Them’s fighting words, boys. Or at least, under any half-way decent president, they would have been. Under Obama, it’s cause for another round of golf.

International airspace is just thatinternational. I’ve got news for the weak-kneed out there… all countries have always watched and spied on each other. Now, China feels superior enough to tell the US you can’t watch us from any distance:

BEIJING, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) — Chinese Defense Ministry here on Saturday urged the U.S. side to stop close-in surveillance of China, and create a sound atmosphere for bilateral military ties.

The ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said in a statement that one U.S. anti-submarine plane and one patrol aircraft flew to an airspace about 220 kilometers east of China’s Hainan Island to conduct close-in surveillance Tuesday morning, and then a Chinese fighter jet took off to make regular identification and verification.

Commenting on relevant criticism made by the U.S. side, Yang said that was “totally groundless,” as the Chinese pilot, with professional operation, kept the jet within a safe distance from the U.S. aircraft.

It was U.S. massive and frequent close-in surveillance of China that endanger the two sides’ air and marine security, and is the root of accidents, he said.

China urged the U.S. side to abide by international law and international practice, respect concerns of the coastal countries, and properly deal with the differences between the two sides on air and marine security issues, he said.

Yang said that the U.S. side should follow the principle of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, take concrete actions, reduce and finally stop close-in surveillance of China, so as to create a sound atmosphere for bilateral military ties.

Not only that, their rendition of events with military aircraft last week differ vastly from American reports. On Friday, the Pentagon came out and called a Chinese jet’s encounter with a US anti-submarine warfare aircraft an “aggressive” and “dangerous” act. A formal protest was aired on the action with Beijing. The Chinese then proceeded to tell us to back off, mind our own business and call us lying liars. All show, because the Chinese don’t want America to see any more of their radical military buildup for war.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters that the incident took place Tuesday in international airspace:

“We have registered our strong concerns to the Chinese about the unsafe and unprofessional intercept, which posed a risk to the safety and the well-being of the air crew and was inconsistent with customary international law,” Kirby said, adding that the incident was “very, very close, very dangerous.”

“Also—and we’ve made this clear—that it undermines efforts to continue developing military-to-military relations with the Chinese military.”

And from Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jeff Pool:

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jeff Pool said the aerial incident took place 135 miles east of Hainan Island when a Chinese J-11, a version of the Russian Su-27, came within 20 feet of a U.S. Navy P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

“The intercept was aggressive and demonstrated a lack of due regard for the safety and well-being of the U.S. and Chinese aircrews and aircraft,” Pool said in a statement, noting it was one of the most dangerous aerial encounters with the Chinese since the April 2001 EP-3 mid-air collision with a Chinese J-8.

Pool called the encounter with the armed Chinese fighter “a dangerous intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon that was on a routine mission.”

“On three different occasions, the Chinese J-11 crossed directly under the U.S. aircraft with one pass having only 50 to 100 feet separation between the two aircraft,” the spokesman said.

“The Chinese jet also passed the nose of the P-8 at 90 degrees with its belly toward the P-8 to show its weapons loadout,” he added.

“In doing so, the pilot was unable to see the P-8, further increasing the potential for a collision,” Pool said. “The Chinese pilot then flew directly under and alongside the P-8 bringing their wingtips within 20 feet and then before he stabilized his fighter he conducted a roll over the P-8 passing within 45 feet.”

This was a clear brandishing of military might and a threat. Showing their payload, while buzzing the American military aircraft is a direct provocation. This playing chicken started in 2013 and this blog and many others have written on it, warning of the implications of these pre-war games. The jet came from the same PLA air force unit in Hainan that was responsible for similar buzzes in March, April and May of this year. But instead of using military escorts and a warning of shooting down aggressors in international airspace, the Obama Administration would rather keep talking it to death. The Chinese don’t care about Obama’s lame threats and overtures… they care about world power and domination. Obama will keep blathering until America is blown to hell and back. Even then you’ll find him putting on a green somewhere, I’d wager. The only ‘closer’ military relations we are going to have with the Chinese and Russians are in combat. And at this rate, it will be sooner rather than later.

The Russians nudged us earlier this year. In April, a Russian Su-27 flew within 100 feet of a US Air Force RC-135 aircraft during another dangerous intercept over waters north of Japan. A weakened response to that poke brought on the machismo of the Chinese who are letting America know they feel they can now bully us and kick our ass.

This is all occurring during unprecedented Chinese military exercises held recently and currently underway in the Yellow Sea, East China Sea and South China Sea. They are practicing for war and America better get her act together. We may not have till 2016 before we are struck. If it were me, I would strike while America is in the limp-wristed death grip of a suicidal Marxist. Just sayin’.

More from Bill Gertz:

On Monday, Chinese air force and navy jets conducted combat simulation drills in the East China Sea—a possible target of the P-8’s monitoring.

China also is holding international military exercises in Inner Mongolia with Russia and several Central Asia states that are part of the Beijing-led anti-U.S. alliance known as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The P-8 that was intercepted by the Su-27 is part of the Navy’s first squadron of new sub hunters deployed to Asia. Six P-8s, that can fire both missiles and torpedoes, are under the command Navy’s Seventh Fleet and are based at Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base. They support the fleet’s maritime surveillance operations as part of the U.S. pivot to Asia.

The P-8s were deployed in December—a month after China declared an air defense identification zone over the East China that encroaches on both Japanese and South Korean maritime zones. The U.S. government said it does not recognize the Chinese defense zone. China has threatened to use force to maintain its control over the area covering most of the East China Sea.

The Navy has described the P-8 as “the most advanced long range anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft in the world.” The jet also conducts maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

While we are decimating our military, laying off our experienced officers and handing out our “surplus” military equipment to local law enforcement like it was candy… our enemies are beefing up their ranks, equipment and technology. It doesn’t take a genius to see what will happen and soon if this isn’t reversed.

The Russians did a similar maneuver on April 23rd. In the RC-135 episode, the US electronic surveillance aircraft was flying near the Russian Far East coast north of Japan. A Russian SU-27 intercepted the aircraft and rolled sideways to reveal its air-to-air missiles – then flew within 100 feet of the RC-135 cockpit. It was all caught on video, but the Pentagon refuses to release it.

These episodes come dangerously close to acts of war. And next time folks, it will be nuclear war. China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing’s global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads. While the US is reducing their arsenals, China is doing the radioactive two-step boogie. They are building up their nuclear warhead arsenal and America’s name is on those payloads (at least, figuratively). And what are we doing to counter this? Why… sitting on our red-white-and-blue asses of course. Nothing – nada. Our options for response are viewed as ‘stark.’

The United States and China have very different viewpoints about the legality of US military overflights in much of the region as a result of China’s broad territorial claims and differing interpretations of rights conveyed under the Law of the Sea treaty. You just knew that treaty would bite us in the derriere, didn’t you?

Just how long do we let these communist asshats practice provocative prerogatives to bully the US? Does it take a nuke over a major city? Would that even make a difference anymore? China conducts a provocative aerial buzz on American military aircraft as does Russia and Obama jets off to Martha’s Vineyard and another round of golf. No worries boys… watch for the lights in the sky. Ooohhh… shiny!

Update: Show me yours and I’ll show you mine…

Chinese Top Gun ‘Barrel Rolled’ Over US Plane

08/22/14

Mike Brown Victimization Testimony ‘Unravels’ (WND) ‘Falling Apart’ (Breitbart)

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

When is a Rorschach test like a minstrel face?

rorschach1As with the Zimmerman-Martin altercation, the Ferguson blow-up has become a grand, retched test. Who is willing to be duped by the deceitful propaganda of plantation progressives? Or who can see how cynically eager they are to humiliate black Americans already intentionally distressed to be their proletariat players on the stage?

rorschach1-reverse

Up must “fundamentally transform” into down; down, up; black becomes white, and white, black. And the tail wags the dog to distract from the shame, as the cartel collectivists’ regime in Washington soils and defiles America, now in nearly countless ways. Add bloody swaths of the rest of the world, especially the “Arab Spring” nations and now the mass atrocities of the NWO-fed “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”

When will the great majority of our Obamunist-abused black demographic refuse to tap-dance to the banjo? When will the rest of us?

Narrative that made Ferguson national story unravels

Original Witnesses’ ‘Hands Up’ Brown Stories Falling Apart

And if you haven’t already, listen to Bill Whittle lay it out.

‘There’s an Epidemic of Racial Violence in America, Alright;’ Bill Whittle on Black Racism

08/22/14

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results – 08/22/14

The Watcher’s Council


Poster: Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn as Boris and Natasha

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

“This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“In keeping people straight, principle is not as powerful as a policeman.” – Abel Hermant, Le Bourgeois, 1906

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.” – Muhammad Ali

This week’s winner, The Right Planet’s #Ferguson: Facts Don’t Matter Anymore, is an excellent rundown on the Michael Brown shooting and the subsequent riots in Ferguson, Missouri by someone fairly close to the action. Here’s a slice:

Facts and details are starting to leak out concerning the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri—albeit slowly. But facts don’t seem to matter anymore in our idiocracy, i.e. mobocracy. If they did, I doubt Ferguson would be in flames right now. But I digress.

Earlier this week, I was listening to a caller on the Dana Loesch radio show who allegedly had spoken with the spouse of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson—the officer who shot Michael Brown. The caller claimed Michael Brown became involved in an altercation with Officer Darren Wilson, and even tried to take his gun—which allegedly went off during the struggle. The caller also stated Brown bum-rushed the police officer.

Additionally, an audio of some alleged eyewitnesses to the lethal shooting of Michael Brown has recently come out and seems to corroborate the details provided by the caller on Dana Loesch’s radio show.

Here’s the audio from both sources (hat tip: Representative Press):

Now, an autopsy report published in the New York Times seems to corroborate the two aforementioned sources, showing Michael Brown was shot from the front, not the back, as is alleged by some who claim Officer Darren Wilson mercilessly “executed” Michael Brown simply because he was black.

The notion Michael Brown was simply an innocent 18-year-old “child” who was ruthlessly “executed” by a “trigger-happy, racist white pig” was brought into question when surveillance video appeared to show Michael Brown committing a strong-arm robbery of a convenience store, roughing up the store’s owner and brazenly walking off with approximately $50 worth of Swisher Sweets cigars in the process.

The suspect in the video shoving the store’s proprietor is wearing the exact same clothes and shoes as Michael Brown, and matches Brown’s physical description, when he was shot.

I’m sorry, for the doubters out there, if that isn’t Michael Brown, my name is Barack Obama. Michael Brown was no “child”; he was a young man who stood 6’4″ tall and weighed 292 pounds, and he apparently had an attitude to boot.

Despite these important details that are now starting to come out, the city of Ferguson, Missouri, has been plunged into utter chaos and mayhem for the past week. Last night, the situation in Ferguson escalated to a point where Missouri Governor Jay Nixon felt it necessary to call in the National Guard.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

Traffic opened again in downtown Ferguson along West Florissant Avenue, the center of an hourslong running battle between heavily armed police and hundreds of protesters Sunday evening that started at about 8:30 p.m. Police said Molotov cocktails thrown at them, as well as shootings throughout the neighborhood, forced them to respond with smoke devices and tear-gas canisters.

Before anything was really known about the circumstances surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown, a throng of “outside agitators” flocked to Ferguson to inflame an already volatile situation—namely, the main-stream media, who apparently seems hellbent on creating even more racial strife by stirring the pot and fanning the flames. This is what “social justice” looks like, and it has nothing to do with the rule of law, but it has everything to do with furthering a cynical political agenda.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner by a nose was Kurt Schlichter with The GOP Needs to Return to a “Feared By Our Enemies” Foreign Policy, submitted by Joshuapundit. I nominated this, quite simply, because it’s one of the best short capsulizations of what I think America’s foreign policy direction ought to be that I’ve read in quite some time. Short, sweet and simply superb.

Okay, let’s get to this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum as the Council and their invited guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day and weigh in… don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that!

08/21/14

Off-Again On-Again War

Arlene from Israel

If we listen to what Netanyahu said yesterday, he never really thought our battle with Hamas was going to be peacefully resolved – he refers to it as “on-going.”  That would mean that even when there were negotiations proceeding during a ceasefire, he knew.

Could well be.

There were so many rumors about what sort of deal was being cooked up, so many suggestions that the Israeli delegation was caving on this, or that.

And some of this could be as well – although I suspect much was speculation or disinformation.

What is obvious in the end is that whatever Israeli concessions might have been made, they were not nearly sufficient to satisfy Hamas.  Not even sufficient to keep Hamas talking.

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On Monday, there was a mutual Israeli – Hamas agreement to extend the temporary ceasefire that was in place by another 24 hours past the deadline of midnight Monday – so that talks might continue. This was at the behest of Egypt, and what was implied, if not overtly stated, was that “progress” (however this would be defined) was being made.

Yet on Tuesday, Azzam al-Ahmad, a Fatah official and head of the Palestinian delegation, declared that there had been no progress.

He accused Israel of trying to impose its will on the Palestinians Arabs: “It’s impossible for the Palestinians to accept this. Israel is continuing with its policy of procrastination.”

http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Palestinian-delegation-calls-negotiations-difficult-says-no-progress-made-371539

According to Husam Badran, of Hamas, Israel was sabotaging the talks, putting up obstacles on every issue. “If we don’t reach an agreement that serves the interests of the Palestinians, all options are open.”

If Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “doesn’t understand the message from the people of Gaza in diplomatic language in Cairo, we know the way that will force him to understand.”

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hamas-Israel-is-escalating-the-situation-to-influence-Cairo-truce-talks-371522

A PA source reported: “The problems in the talks are significant. We cannot at this time reach an agreement. The talks reached a dead end.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/301930#.U_Y3t5vlrIV

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Well, OK then.  We see that Netanyahu had not provided concessions sufficient to keep Hamas remotely content.  Clearly, whatever he did offer was not going to bring a deal.

Did he know this going in? Were the concessions (wherever they were – such as opening of crossings) made with confidence that they ultimately wouldn’t be enough?  Were they offered because it would allow Israel to say to the international community that the failure of talks was not our fault because we were flexible?  This would be Netanyahu’s M.O., but truly I do not know; I suspect a case could be made either way.

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In the end, far better that there was no deal. Nothing should be given to terrorists in order to get them to stop attacking.  This would signal weakness.

Netanyahu had gone into negotiations with ideas about the demilitarization of Hamas.  Had that been achieved, it would have been a different situation.  But there is no way that Hamas was going to sign onto anything requiring them to surrender their weapons – not even in return for an airport and a seaport.  Compromise is not in the vocabulary of jidhadis.

What is more, Hamas leaders never feel themselves bound to their own commitments.  In the past several weeks, they broke ceasefires 11 times.  And so, indeed better that we should have made no compromise.

At this point, whatever Netanyahu was or was not prepared to concede in negotiations is almost certainly moot.

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At roughly 6 PM on Tuesday, three rockets were launched towards Be’ersheva.  Hamas claimed it had nothing to do with this.

The Israeli delegation was promptly called back from Cairo, because we do not negotiate under fire.  For a few hours there was some vague talk about bringing everyone back for more talk, but that possibility was promptly abandoned.  (Although I now read that Kerry – who had been scheduled to come to Cairo before talks broke down – is trying to resuscitate those negotiations.)

Since then, with a few lulls, we’ve been hit with an on-going barrage of rockets from Gaza.  In fact, yesterday more rockets – roughly 100 – were launched than in any other single day since the beginning of these hostilities.  From Tuesday night until the present, over 300 rockets have been launched. No one in Israel has been killed, but there have been some injuries.

There have been a handful of rockets aimed at the Tel Aviv area, and at Jerusalem. And Hamas threatened the airport, but all has been quiet there.

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Once Hamas broke the ceasefire on Tuesday night, a strong response by the Air Force ensued. We’ve been hitting Gaza hard, with the full sanction of Israeli leadership from across the political spectrum:

Even Nachum Shai of Labor said, ‘No more talking, shoot!”

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Ministers-and-MKs-urge-Netanyahu-to-pound-Hamas-371567

And a solid majority of the nation is eager to see tough action.  The off/on situation had become ridiculous and terribly draining.

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In addition to a solid pounding, there has been one significant difference in how we are responding: We’ve now seriously begun to go after leadership.  Yesterday, there was an attack on the house in Gaza City where Mohammed Deif – head of the military wing of Hamas and allegedly the “brains” behind the operation – was staying with his family. Deif’s wife, daughter and baby son were killed.

There have been conflicting reports as to whether Deif also died.  Hamas – which would in any case be reluctant to say he had been eliminated – says he is alive; Israeli intelligence indicates otherwise.  Interestingly, a Palestinian Arab website (Saham) reported that he was dead.  I have read that, whether he is dead or not, he is definitely out of commission at the moment and not issuing commands. This is to the good.

Then this morning in a pre-dawn strike at a home in Rafah, the IDF with Shin Bet assistance took out two key Hamas commanders: Muhammad Abu Shamalah and Ra’ad Atar, who had both been involved in the Shalit kidnapping. Another major commander, Mohammed Barhoum, was also killed. All three had been involved in operations against Israel for 20 years.

In the short term there is confusion, and a lack of direction.  But beyond this, once leadership is targeted, everyone gets nervous and this enhances our deterrence power: if leaders are busy looking over their shoulders to see if we’re coming, they have scant time to plan operations.

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Both Netanyahu and Ya’alon have made statements in the last couple of days indicating that Hamas leaders are fair targets. (Hamas leaders are “not invincible,” said Netanyahu.) This represents an escalation of our policy, and I see it as something that had been planned if negotiations hit a dead end.

What must be asked is why we waited so long on this.  Clearly, we were holding back before. This was obvious when we hit Haniyeh’s empty house some several days ago.

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The question now is where we go from here.  (Yes, it’s a question I’ve asked before.)

Netanyahu continues to say the goals of the operation are “restoring quiet for a prolonged period along with a significant blow to the terrorist infrastructure.”

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Yaalon-IDF-will-continue-to-strike-Hamas-leaders-at-any-time-and-place-371789

But in a talk to the nation last night, he also said:

We have not given up on our goal to overthrow Hamas and its leadership.” (Emphasis added)

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Netanyahu-says-Operation-Protective-Edge-is-not-over-371694

That’s a lot tougher.

As soon as the rockets started again, we called up some reservists – a relatively small number that I understood were involved with intelligence.  Now there has been approval for 10,000 more to be called up.  THE big question is whether there will be a ground operation again.  And how serious an operation it would be.

What seems to me to be of significance is that Times of Israel is reporting that Hamas has now depleted 75% of its rocket supply, including the major portion of its mid-range rockets. This means it is not likely that the airport will be targeted or that much will be launched at Tel Aviv or beyond.  Now it is the South, and specifically the area close to Gaza, taking the brunt of the attack.

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A couple of points here worthy of mention before closing:

According to a key member of Fatah, the negotiations broke down because Qatar pushed Mashaal into a tougher stance – saying they would expel him from the country if he agreed to the long-term ceasefire agreement.  Allegedly, Qatar was angry at having been rebuffed as a negotiator.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/184225#.U_ZCLZvlrIU

This rings true in certain respects.  And indeed I’ve read many times about the tougher stance of Mashaal, sitting comfortably in Qatar, relative to the position of the Hamas leaders in Gaza.  But I note the quotes above, which indicate genuine Hamas dissatisfaction with Israel’s position, and the PA official’s quote about the negotiations having reached a dead end.

I suspect they might well have fallen apart even without a push from Qatar.

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What I wonder about is the role of Fatah (the PA) in all of this.  Not only was the PA involved with Hamas in the negotiations, it led the delegation and often spoke for it.  There may have been reasons why Fatah, eager to convey the impression that the delegation it headed in Cairo was more flexible, preferred to point a finger at Qatar. Speculation.

Once the news broke about the Hamas plot to overthrow Fatah in Judea and Samaria, there were, according to Egyptian reports, tensions that surfaced between Fatah and Hamas members of the delegation in Cairo.  And Abbas – even while downplaying the reports – said that an investigation of these allegations would be necessary. Yet Abbas has now gone to Qatar to see Mashaal, for what was reported to be a very positive meeting.

Go figure.  There is a great deal that is murky and requires further investigation.  One report I encountered said that Mashaal gave the order for those rockets to be launched at Be’ersheva Tuesday night himself, circumventing the military wing of Hamas.  In the end it doesn’t matter because if ALL of Hamas is not on board seriously there is no deal.

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There are, as might be expected, a couple of international initiatives being developed for a resolution at the UN Security Council to stop the fighting.

What I’m seeing at present is that the Obama government, which took a great deal of criticism for withholding weapons from Israel, is now attempting to show what a good friend it is.  For however many days this lasts…

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More, hopefully, after Shabbat.

08/20/14

Alleged, Anonymous Ferguson Testimony Corroborating Darren Wilson in Shooting of Mike Brown

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

Here it is, second, third, fourth, etc.-hand. I am posting it because of the flagrant politicization of bystanders’ remarks, from Al Sharpton, to MSNBC, to Barack Obama.

The point is counterpoint. We don’t know this happened exactly as it is described below, but neither do we know it did not happen, justly, in just this way.

Here is a transcript of what really happened with the altercation between Michael Brown and police officer Darren Wilson. This tells a very different story than what the criminals who are rioting and the news media are saying happened. This is why I say to stop using rubber bullets to control the crowd of thugs and use real bullets.

“He [Darren Wilson] said that … they [Mike Brown and another guy] were walking in the middle of the street. He [Darren] pulled up, rolled the [car's] window down and, um, the two guys out in the street, they refused to and they were yelling back … there was cussing involved. He [Darren] kept rolling up and pulled over … He pulled up ahead of them and was watching.”

“Then he [Darren] got a call-in that there was a strong-arm robbery, and they gave a description. And, he’s looking at them [Michael and friend] and they got something in their hands and it looks like it could be what, you know those cigars or whatever. So he [Darren] goes in reverse back to them. Tries to get out of his car. They slam his door shut violently. I think he [Darren] said Michael did. And, then he [Darren] opened the car again. He tried to get out. He stands up.”

“And then Michael just bum-rushes him [Darren] and shoves him back into his car, punches him in the face. And then Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabbed for the gun. At one point he got the gun entirely turned against his hip. And he shoves it away. And the gun goes off.”

“Well, then Michael takes off with his friend and gets to be about 35 feet away. And Darren’s first protocol is to pursue. So he stands up and yells, “Freeze!” Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael was taunting him, ‘Oh what you’re gonna do about it. You’re not going to shoot me.’”

“And then all of a sudden he [Michael] just started to bumrush him [Darren]. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he [Darren] just started shooting. And he [Michael] just kept coming. So he [Darren] really thinks he [Michael] was on something because he just kept coming. It was unbelievable. So he finally ended up, the final shot was to the forehead. And then he [Michael] fell about two, three feet in front of the officer. So that’s why the story’s going around that [Michael was shot in the back]. Of course, ballistics will prove he wasn’t shot in the back.”

Comments welcomed.

Related

UPDATE: “Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source,” FoxNews.com, August 20

Ferguson: Ochlocracy (Mob Rule) in Action,” Brent Parrish, August 20

BREAKING REPORT: Officer Darren Wilson Suffered “Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket” During Mike Brown Attack,” The Gateway Pundit, August 19

BREAKING: Autopsy RELEASED! Contrary to Eyewitness Accounts, All Shots From the FRONT!” Soopermexican, August 17

A Witness Conversation Unknowingly Captured at the Scene of the Ferguson Shooting is a Game-Changer,” Soopermexican, IJReview, August 17

 

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Image from video at “BREAKING: Autopsy RELEASED! Contrary to Eyewitness Accounts, All Shots From the FRONT!” Soopermexican, August 17

08/20/14

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Drunk And Out Of Line Edition

The Watcher’s Council

Ethics, you know… after all, if a DA can’t try and use her position to muscle herself out of a DUI, who can?

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the two best posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

The Council In Action!!

Terresa at The Noisy Room scored when her entry this week, Communists and the New Black Panthers Gin Up Violence and Racial Conflict in Ferguson was cited by DC Clothesline and Infowars… where it subsequently got picked up by Drudge!

This week, Blazing Cat Fur, The Political Commentator and Gates Of Vienna earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week…

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that! And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

08/19/14

Trevor Loudon’s Upcoming Events for the next two weeks – 08/19/14

The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress” is like no other book written on American politics. The book exposes, in layman’s terms, the comprehensive communist, socialist and extreme progressive infiltration of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

The book profiles fourteen Senators and more than fifty Representatives and their ties to Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, Workers World Party, and The Institute for Policy Studies, Council for a Livable World and other radical anti-American organizations. Trevor has done the hard work to connect the dots of why the US Congress has moved further and further left over our lifetime and you won’t want to miss him. The Mid-Terms are coming. It’s time to clean House — and Senate! Get yourself prepared with the facts.

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Tue., Aug 19th, 2014
Event: Rep. Matt Shea – Battlefront – American Christian Network Radio/Confirmed
Time: 8:30 am PST
Place: WA

Event: Walla Walla Tea Party Patriots — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://w2tpp.com/
Time: 6:30 pm PST
Place: Walla Walla Regional Airport
310 A Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Wed., Aug. 20th, 2014
Event: Spokane Tea Party Patriots — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.spokaneteapartypatriots.com/
Time: 6 pm PST
Place: Darcy’s Restaurant
10502 E Sprague Ave
Spokane, WA 99206

Sat., Aug. 23rd, 2014
Event: 26th LD Republican Club — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 8:30 am PST
Place: The Cottesmore
2909 14th Ave NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

September

Tue., Sept. 2nd, 2014
Event: Freedom Keepers — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: TBD
Place: Overland Park, KS

Wed., Sept. 3rd, 2014
Event: Organized Republican Conservatives of America — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: TBD
Place: Platte County, MO