Columbus Day

Sanders Adviser Calls for Repeal of Columbus Day

Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Near the end of Mel Gibson’s film “Apocalypto,” we see Christian missionaries arriving in the New World to save the natives from a culture of death that celebrates beheadings and human sacrifices to pagan Gods. Gibson has said he based the dramatic landing scene on the fourth expedition of the great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. But celebrating the spread of Christianity has become so politically incorrect that a New Age adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has called for repealing Columbus Day.

Marianne Williamson, a prominent supporter of Sanders and his “political revolution,” writes in her book, The Healing of America, that Columbus was “a murderer of indigenous peoples,” and says his life “was a model for the standard of enslavement and killings that came to characterize much of European settlement in the New World…”

She insists that Columbus Day, which was declared a federal holiday in 1937 by President Franklin Roosevelt, must be repealed.

“When it comes to celebrating Columbus or Columbus Day we should just say no,” she writes. She proposes that Columbus Day be replaced by “Immigrants’ Day.”

Williamson, founder of The Peace Alliance and the campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace, has been doing much in the political realm other than promoting Sanders and writing about his “revolutionary” vision on the Sanders campaign website. She is sponsoring a conference in Washington, D.C. this month featuring such luminaries as Phil Donahue and promoting “personal peace” and the teaching of “peace in schools.”

In this context, a former teacher who is the curriculum editor of a group called Rethinking Schools and the co-director of the Zinn Education Project hasproposed the abolition of Columbus Day and creation of what amounts to an “Indigenous Peoples Lives Matter” movement. The name “Zinn” refers to Howard Zinn, the Communist Party member who rewrote American history in favor of a “people’s struggle” against evil elites.

While Sanders has embraced Williamson, even speaking at one of her “Sister Giant” feminist conferences, it’s not clear if Sanders favors the tearing down of theColumbus Memorial Fountain, which is located at Union Station in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from Sanders’ Senate office.

What’s more, there are images of Columbus throughout the U.S. Capitol complex. One shows Columbus examining a globe and chart, using an octant, mercury barometer, and magnetic compass to plan his voyages.

The attack on America’s history as a nation of European immigrants is not new, although the involvement of New Agers and Bernie Sanders supporters like Williamson in this assault doesn’t get any attention in the press. Sanders is usually portrayed as a nice man who believes in a “democratic” version of socialism, unlike the Soviet approach.

However, many Americans are tired of the trashing of their nation’s European roots and are now pushing back against the attempt to smear the reputations of those like Columbus who brought Christian civilization to natives who practiced savagery and barbarism.

An interesting historical fact is that the Columbus voyages were designed to counter the influence of global Islam. “By sailing west, Columbus was aiming to outflank Islam, gaining access to the riches of the East so as to finance the retaking of Jerusalem,” writes Ben Broussard. “Since the fall of Constantinople in 1453 [to Muslim armies], while Columbus was still a child, calls had come from all corners of Europe to renew the Crusade. Columbus saw himself as the instrument to fulfill the longed-for end.”

While the politically correct major media avoid the truth about the reasons for the voyages and what motivated the discovery of the New World, bloggers are stepping forward to answer the question, “Why was Columbus looking for a trade route to the East?” The Citizen Warrior blog notes that “during its second great jihad, Islam had invaded Central Asia and defeated Constantinople in 1453, cutting off the overland route for Europeans. Islamic armies continued their jihad northward, and conquered much of what is now Eastern Europe, until they were finally stopped at the gates of Vienna in 1683 (on September 11th).”

In his book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades), Robert Spencer confirms this, noting that the march of Islam had closed the existing trade routes to the East and that Columbus was trying to “bypass the Muslims” and make it possible for Europeans to reach India by sea.

The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), an organization of  men and women of Italian heritage in the United States, has vigorously defended Columbus in a report entitled “Columbus: Fact Vs. Fiction.” However, the report notes that since 1992 “special interest groups” have “used this 15th century Renaissance navigator to further their 21st century political and social agendas.”

Of course, we know these “special interest groups” are the anti-American and Marxist-oriented organizations whose agendas include denigrating America’s Founding Fathers as white racists who oppressed the natives.

There was a time when Democrats and Republicans honored Columbus and didn’t bow to political correctness. In a statement on Columbus Day issued in 1940, President Roosevelt declared, “The courage and the faith and the vision of the Genoese navigator glorify and enrich the drama of the early movement of European people to America. Columbus and his fellow voyagers were the harbingers of later mighty movements of people from Spain, from Columbus’s native Italy and from every country in Europe. And out of the fusion of all these national strains was created the America to which the Old World contributed so magnificently.”

The OSIA report notes that while left-wing activists portray the New World at the time of the arrival of Columbus as an earthly paradise, the natives “practiced cannibalism, ritual human sacrifice and slavery and suffered from syphilis, hepatitis, addictive cocaine use and cancer, caused by smoking.”

The Gibson film “Apocalypto” depicts the human sacrifices in dramatic and graphic scenes, as human hearts are literally cut out of victims and offered up to their sun god. A Mayan priest then chops off a victim’s head, holding it high and then rolling it down a stairway.

In a review, Dr. Peter Hammond, Director of Frontline Fellowship, writes, “By the time the Christians arrive, we have a far greater understanding of what life was like in Central America before the blessings of European civilization brought an end to the incessant genocidal tribal warfare, rampant slavery and human sacrifices of idolatrous paganism.”

The bloody pre-Christian paganism that preceded the arrival of the Christian missionaries is what is now being sold as a Garden of Eden that America should be celebrating instead of Columbus.

With abortions being performed in the U.S. at the rate of over 3,000 per day, and baby parts being harvested for profit, as documented by the Center for Medical Progress, one can only conclude America is already well on its way back to barbarism.

But Marianne Williamson, who ran for Congress on a “pro-choice” platform, thinks honoring Columbus gives America a bad name. That Bernie Sanders embraces her and gladly accepts her advice says a lot about the nature of the Sanders socialist “revolution.” Williamson calls it a “Revolution of Love” against a “sociopathic economy” that requires meditation. “Ignite the change,” she concludes.

Who will defend Christian civilization and Columbus against this New Age socialist gibberish?

Canadian Conservatives

Will Canadian Conservatives Win on Oct. 19?

By: Cliff Kincaid
America’s Survival

With Barack Obama as U.S. president, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has emerged as the leader of the Free World. Brian Lilley of The Rebel.Media discusses how Obama’s campaign staffers are helping Harper’s political enemies in the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party. Lilley says Harper has focused on the economy “and moving incrementally in a conservative manner.” He countered a socialist proposal for a national day care system with tax credits for parents. He is tough on illegal immigration but open to legal immigration. Gay marriage and abortion-on-demand are realities in Canada, but Harper has stopped euthanasia, Lilley says. The former commentator for the Sun News Network also discusses why the channel is now defunct and how people can support TheRebel.media as a conservative alternative in Canada and around the world.

The Denise Simon Experience

The Mike Hewitt Show 10-7-15 – Denise Simon

Denise Simon, one of our Saturday morning radio show panelists, did an interview about our latest research paper: “HOUSE OF BRIBES: HOW THE UNITED STATES LED THE WAY TO A NUCLEAR IRAN”. Denise advises flag officers (colonels, generals), keeping them apprised of what’s happening domestically and internationally. She was formerly an analyst with the Pentagon.

I encourage you to listen to it (49 minutes and change). You’ll be SO educated once you’ve heard it! Here’s the link:


​and here’s the research paper she’s keying from, written by William Palumbo, another one of our panelists and the founder of the USA TransNational Report.


I have a great deal of admiration, respect, and appreciation for her knowledge and expertise. As do the generals who look to her for advice and information.

Andrea Shea King
The Radio Patriot

Weasel Statuette of Shame

Our Weasel Of The Week! – 10/09/15

The Watcher’s Council

Yes, once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner… the envelope please…


Puma By Design: My nominee for Weasel of the Week goes to Barack Hussein Obama who began politicizing the death of nine people killed at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week before rigor mortis set in (no disrespected intended, just trying to make a point).

I suspect that Obama‘s speech last week was actually written months ago, locked away in a desk in the Oval Office along with a batch of executive orders on gun control that the White House claims is being prepared for Obama’s signature.

From Breitbart:

“It’s a high priority and will continue to be until we start to see more progress on this issue in this town,’ White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today at the press briefing…
‘I can tell you that they’re not stumped, they’re continuing to review the law that’s on the books and continuing to consult with legal authorities but also others who may have ideas about what steps that can be taken to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,’ Earnest said…”

Obama’s been stewing like a petulant child since his 2013-failed attempt to overhaul the gun laws has been anxiously awaiting the perfect crisis to add another chapter to his legacy memoirs even though it means dancing on the graves of those killed by mentally unstable nut jobs nudged over the edge by several years of hateful conflict-ridden Marxist propaganda often espoused by Obama himself and his sock puppets in the mainstream media and streets of America.

Finally, we have Obama’s double standard about when to call for gun control. The image below puts it all in perspective.

Well, after all, those were just some members of our military, right? And no need to make a big deal out of it, especially since Muslims were concerned. I also love the way CNN tried to create the Great White Perpetrator out of the killer..especially when he could, you know, be Obama’s son if he had one, based on our president’s racial and religious background:

Shakespeare had it right centuries ago. The fault is not in our stars but in ourselves in that we are underlings. And allow ourselves to be ruled in this fashion.

Well, there it is.

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Barack Obama

‘Interrupting Whiteness’: National Education Conference to Blame White Teachers and Students for School Woes

Zombie has a new post out that is awesome as always. Here’s a taste:

A major national conference for teachers and school administrators starting on Saturday, October 10, in Baltimore will focus exclusively on race and racism, featuring workshops on “interrupting whiteness” in American schools, the “dominance of White supremacy” in society, “White privilege” enjoyed by Caucasian students, “white domination of thought,” and how to “decenter whiteness.”

The conference, officially titled The National Summit for Courageous Conversation 2015, is organized by thePacific Educational Group (PEG), a large and influential consulting firm hired by hundreds of school districts nationwide — often under pressure from the federal government — to address “racial gaps” in scholastic performance and behavior problems in the classroom.

But don’t take my word for it.

Below are excerpts taken from the official program of the upcoming National Summit for Courageous Conversation 2015, as well as examples taken from earlier Summits in 2014 and 2011, accompanied by direct screenshots of the text as it appears in the programs. You can confirm this by viewing the official 2015 program itself as uploaded by Pacific Educational Group, as well as pdfs of the 2014 Summit program and the 2011 program still archived at the Summit’s own Web site.

This first example is a prototypical workshop at the National Summit for Courageous Conversation; is this the kind of race-obsessed confrontational philosophy that should be guiding instruction and curricula in the nation’s public schools?

White Privilege, White Responsibility: Deepening Our Commitment as White Allies in the Struggle for Racial Equity in Schools
To achieve racial equity in schools, all educators must be able to identify and communicate where their own personal whiteness plays out in classroom, school, and community systems. Deepen your ability to focus a critical lens on your own whiteness and privilege and see how they impact your life. Through the tenets of Critical Race Theory, analyze how society constructs whiteness as the dominant norm in the U.S. Explore what it means to be a white educator leading for racial equity without perpetuating a system of white dominance.

(Screenshot here.)

Read more here from Zombie… one of the best writers on the web…

Alek Skarlatos

Was the Oregon mass shooting an Islamist attempt to assassinate Alek Skarlatos?

By: Matthew Vadum
American Thinker

Alek Skarlatos

Was last week’s massacre at Umpqua Community College in Oregon a failed attempt to assassinate a Christian American hero for thwarting a Muslim terrorist train attack this summer in France?

There may simply be a series of unlikely coincidences at play, or there may be circumstantial evidence suggesting that anti-jihadist hero Alek Skarlatos was an intended target of Chris Harper-Mercer, who put several Christians to death in an Umpqua classroom on Thursday, Oct. 1 for being Christian.

Read on and decide for yourself if Harper-Mercer may have wanted to make an example of Skarlatos for the world to see.

And although no evidence revealed thus far directly indicates Harper-Mercer was influenced by Islamic State, plenty of evidence suggests the shooter was acting in furtherance of the Islamic goal of global jihad.  Maybe the massacre was intended as a kind of jihadist payback hit.

Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) apparently claimed responsibility on Twitter for the killings Harper-Mercer carried out at Umpqua.  The tweet states, “Again #Oregon #USA #WashingtonDC #IslamicState #ISIS #USA[,]” and displays a graphic with the words “Slay Americans” in front of an image of a man in the process of being beheaded.

In August the very high-profile Skarlatos, a devout Christian, helped to disarm Ayoub El-Khazzani, a Moroccan with ties to radical Islam, on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.  The Islamist was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, a Luger pistol, and a box cutter.  Skarlatos and his two American friends traveling with him received France’s highest honor, the Legion d’Honneur, from French President François Hollande.  Last month they were feted at the White House and the Pentagon.  Skarlatos received the U.S. Army’s Soldier’s Medal.

Skarlatos has publicly acknowledged that he is currently a student at Umpqua, near Roseburg, Ore., and that he was supposed to be attending classes there on Thursday when Harper-Mercer went on a bloody rampage.

More specifically, Skarlatos said he was supposed to be present that day in Snyder Hall, the same building where Harper-Mercer carried out his massacre.

As USA Today reports

In a taped interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday, Skarlatos said he was supposed to be in the building where Thursday’s shooting took place.

“I had classes in Snyder Hall,” said Skarlatos.  “It’s a fairly small community college, the town in general, everybody knows each other.  So with that many deceased, I mean everybody’s going to know at least one person.” […]

“I would have been there today if I didn’t agree to do this show,” he said.  “I had classes picked out and everything.”

As a famous American and Christian who prevented what could have been a high-casualty terrorist attack in France — one of the few Western nations that over the objections of President Obama is actually trying to do something about the Islamist peril — Skarlatos would have been an attractive target for Islamists.

Because America and much of the world holds Skarlatos up as a symbol of heroic Western resolve to defeat Islamism, those who support Muslim expansionism view him as an enemy.  There are very few people on the planet who would be a more valuable target than Skarlatos.

Islamists aren’t exactly known for forgiving and forgetting.  A British supporter of Islamic State reportedly published the name and address of the U.S. Navy SEAL soldier who is credited with killing al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  The Islamist identified the serviceman as “a number one target to eventually hunt down and kill.”

Islamists view not only Skarlatos, but also his two childhood friends who helped to foil the train attack, as enemies.  The three young men have been widely identified in news reports as fervent Christians.  Skarlatos attended “an independent Christian middle school,” the Sacramento Bee reported.

Over the years the three friends have stayed in touch, united by longtime bonds and their shared religious faith, Alek’s brother Peter Skarlatos said.  “They’re all Christians.  They’re all very religious.”

Which brings us to Harper-Mercer, 26 (his age was initially reported as 20) who killed 10 people and wounded seven at Umpqua Community College last Thursday before being killed by police.  Witnesses said that Harper-Mercer wore body armor and entered a classroom where an English and writing class was being conducted.  He demanded that those present say if they were Christian.

Those who said yes were fatally shot in the head.  He reportedly said “because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second.”  Those who said no or refused to answer were shot in the legs.  No news reports indicate anyone in Snyder Hall identified himself or herself as Muslim.

Singling out Christian hostages for death is the same modus operandi used by Islamic terrorist groups like al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab.

As Raymond Ibrahim reports at Jihad Watch, Al Shabaab did the same thing as Harper-Mercer did when it attacked a school in Kenya:

For the record, there is a precedent here:  Whenever Islamic terrorists raid large centers where Muslims and Christians are intermingled, they routinely separate Muslims from Christians, before massacring the latter.

For example, last April in Kenya, gunmen from the Somali Islamic group, Al Shabaab—“the youth”—stormed Garissa University, singled out Christian students, and murdered them, some beheaded.

Al Shabaab “has a long history of singling Christians out from among Muslims for slaughter,” according to Ibrahim.  He provides four other recent examples from Kenya:

June 15, 2014: Approximately 50 militants from Al Shabaab went on a killing spree in Mpeketoni, a predominantly Christian town on Kenya’s coast.  They chanted “Allahu Akbar,” killed whoever could not recite verses from the Koran, and went door-to-door asking residents their religion, killing those who answered “Christian.”  More than 57 people were killed, including six children of church pastors.

August 24, 2014: Al Shabaab abducted a group of traders near the island of Lamu.  The militants eventually released three of them, because they were Muslims, but beheaded the fourth, a Christian.

November 22, 2014: Al Shabaab attacked a bus and massacred 28 of its Christian passengers.  Again, Muslim passengers were separated and left unharmed.

December 2, 2014: Al Shabaab gunmen launched an early morning raid on quarry workers sleeping in their worksite tents near the city of Mandera, along the Somali border.  Christians and Muslims were separated before the Christians, thirty-six of them, were beheaded or shot dead.

Harper-Mercer has been identified in news reports as emotionally disturbed and as anti-organized religion or an atheist.

But unlike double-murderer Vester Lee Flanagan II (a.k.a. Bryce Williams), the gay, black, Black Lives Matter-supporting, and Obama-supporting registered Democrat who shot two white former TV colleagues to death on live television, Harper-Mercer didn’t leave an elaborate social media trail behind.  (Harper-Mercer did reportedly write online about Flanagan, building him up as a role model.  “A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone …  Seems the more people you kill, the more your’re [sic] in the limelight.)

As Breitbart News reports

Mercer’s MySpace [page] features only two connections, one of which is a man named Mahmoud Ali Ehsani.  Ehsani published a photo album titled, “Classic – The Mujahideen Collection LOL,” featuring Islamic terrorists from several countries, including Palestine, Iran, and Pakistan, among others.

One caption reads: “my brave soldiers keep on fighting for the liberation of Palestine against Israel.  fuck israel.  Kill the jews.  jews are the only infidels.”

Mercer wrote on a dating profile he disliked “organized religion,” and considered himself “spiritual” instead of religious.  He also described himself as a “teetotaler” and said he “never” did drugs.

Harper-Mercer’s MySpace page also contains Irish Republican Army (IRA) propaganda.  His online collection of articles, images, and videos was labeled “Ireland’s Freedom Fighters.”

At first glance the IRA connection may seem irrelevant but it’s not.  The IRA  has a long history of cooperating with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and other Islamist groups.

Harper-Mercer had an interest in Nazism, like the Islamic world where Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical book, Mein Kampf, remains popular to this day.  (Instead of the English-language title, My Struggle, the Arabic translation of the book’s name has been changed to My Jihad.)

No writings by Harper-Mercer revealing an explicit, stated animus towards Jews have yet surfaced but given what we know so far about his beliefs, it is difficult to imagine him having warm feelings for Jewish people.  This young man, who had no job and presumably little money, plunked down close to $150 online for SS headwear.

The fanatical SS, or Schultzstaffel, was an elite Praetorian Guard-like organization within the Third Reich that led Hitler’s “Final Solution” against the Jews and other hated groups.  The leader of the SS, Reichsfuehrer-SS Heinrich Himmler, told SS officers in a 1943 speech that killing Jews, whom he characterized as a pathogen, was necessary for the health of the Nazi state.

“We have the moral right, we had the duty to our people to do it, to kill this people who would kill us,” Himmler said.  The Jews’ confiscated wealth was forfeit to the Reich and no SS officers should take for themselves even “one Mark” or “one cigarette” because “we don’t want, at the end of all of this, to get sick and die from the same bacillus that we have exterminated.”

Identifying himself with the user name, ironcross45, Harper-Mercer ordered a pricey leather Nazi SS officer’s cap from the website iOffer, and praised the site for its excellent “customer service.”  The stated price was 98.34 British pounds, which was equivalent to US$149.01 at time of writing.

On a dating site Harper-Mercer used the same username, ironcross45, apparently a reference to a German military honor, the Independent (UK) reports.  Long before he seized power in Germany, Hitler served as a lance corporal in the German Imperial Army during World War One.  He received the Iron Cross, Second Class, in 1915, and the Iron Cross, First Class in 1918 for his military service in the Great War.

It is worth noting that the very first person to die at Harper-Mercer’s hands Thursday was Jewish.

The gunman reportedly walked up to Assistant Professor Lawrence “Larry” Levine and said “I’ve been waiting to do this for years.”   He then shot Levine at close range.

Before the shooting began Harper-Mercer reportedly

…  gave a bunch of papers and a thumb drive to someone on campus, multiple sources told ABC News.

They contain hate-filled writings and material, with the information on the thumb drive found to be more extensive, they said.

The messages in the papers and thumb drive that the suspect left behind can be described as espousing racial and social hatred, one source added.

Even though Harper-Mercer was half-black himself, black men are reportedly singled out in the rants on the thumb drive.  Are rants against Jews also on the drive?  We’ll have to wait to find out what if anything this collector of expensive Nazi paraphernalia had to say about Jewish people.

Although you won’t hear it from the mainstream media, Nazis and Islamists have much in common.  It is fair to say that Islamic terrorists are the last of Hitler’s World War Two coalition partners that have yet to be vanquished.

The Islamic world aligned with the Third Reich, and this alliance “has largely been whitewashed from the pages of history,” Pamela Geller reminds us:

Many Muslims fought on the German side during World War II.  The Wehrmacht had six legions with a Muslim majority and the SS had three Muslim divisions, a brigade and a Waffenbrigade.  Each Muslim unit got a mullah as an adviser.  In November 1944, an SS mullah school was established in Dresden, founded by Himmler.

So many Muslims volunteered to fight for Nazi Germany that in 1943 Hitler gave them their own division, known as the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian).  Handschar means sword in English and in this case refers to the scimitar, a curved sword associated in Arab and other cultures with Islam.  A scimitar appears in the flag of Yemen.  Two crossed scimitars appear in the Pakistani Army’s flag and in the Saudi war flag and in some jihadist flags.  A straight stylized version of a scimitar appears in the Saudi national flag but a curved scimitar appeared in a previously version of the same flag.

Harper-Mercer’s enthusiasm for Nazis and the killing of Christians is something he shares with the Islamofascist terrorists now wreaking havoc in the Middle East and around the world.  As anyone who follows the news knows, Islamic State fighters delight in torturing and killing Christians because they are Christians.

Although it would be an understatement to say that Hitler’s views on world religions were complex and at times seemingly contradictory, the leader of the “Thousand-Year Reich” that lasted 12 years despised Christianity and admired Islam and its militarism.

Hitler said nice things about Christianity in public, but excoriated it in private.  “Christianity is the prototype of Bolshevism: the mobilization by the Jew of the masses of slaves with the object of undermining society,” Hitler reportedly said in 1941.

Although some dispute whether Hitler ever said such a thing, it cannot be denied that in the Third Reich the Nazi Party treated the Christian church as something to be bent and twisted to serve National Socialist goals.  A movement called “Positive Christianity” was promoted to co-opt the church and inject it with Nazi ideology, including the party’s belief in the importance of racial purity.  The name itself implies that Christianity is bad.

Official Nazi ideologist Alfred Rosenberg referred to Roman Catholicism and Protestantism as “negative Christianity.”  He sought to whitewash Christianity’s connection to Judaism and “substitute the spirit of the [German Nordic] hero for that of the Crucifixion.”  And Hitler, as stated above, liked Islam enough to welcome Muslims into the Axis alliance.

Harper-Mercer’s murderous actions show that he shared Hitler’s contempt for Christianity.  This unemployed loser who bought overpriced Nazi paraphernalia may also have resented Skarlatos for all the attention he received.

So the question then arises, why in his televised address Thursday before many facts were publicly released, did President Obama take it upon himself to lecture the nation on the urgent need for more gun control?

Instead of comforting Americans and bringing them together as a decent, patriotic person would, Obama immediately seized on the opportunity to divide Americans politically.

Obama said nothing about the religious aspect of the killings.  This self-professed Christian who studied in a Muslim school and speaks of Islam in reverent tones said nothing about how the killer asked his victims jihadist-style if they were Christian and then blew them away.

Why would the president ignore this shocking fact?  Maybe the answer is that to do so would have linked the killer to Islam.

Maybe President Obama knows more about the martyring of Christians at Umpqua Community College than he’s letting on.

Investigative reporter Matthew Vadum (personal website under construction) played a supporting role in killing President Obama’s favorite community organizing group, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.  He is author of the popular ACORN/Obama expose, Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers.  Follow him on Twitter.  E-mail him at matthewvadum [at] gmail.com.

Wild Bill

Her Cheating Heart

Iran Israel

Navigating Choppy Waters

Arlene from Israel

It has become apparent to me that some of my readers, living outside of Israel but totally devoted to Israel, have an inflated sense of her potency.  And I want to start by addressing this.

That we should stand strong, for example, against the violence of Arabs, absolutely!  And I will have more to say about this below.

But this does not mean that Israel need not worry about international repercussions and that she is immune to all actions that might be taken against her in various spheres. Efforts to delegitimize Israel can cause considerable damage.  Sometimes prudent judgment is called for along with muscle flexing.  About this whole issue of the need for prudent judgment, as well, I will have more to say below.

These are the choppy waters.


Since yesterday, there have been more terror attacks.  Good that announcements have been made about measures to be taken, but we need them in place like yesterday.  Some plans, such as installing cameras, will take time. But the troops – empowered to act as they need to – must be out in force.

One of the trouble spots with regard to rock throwing and similar terrorist actions has been in the vicinity of the Jewish community of Tekoa, in the Judean Desert.

Credit: Jewish Agency

Terrorists are fond of throwing rocks at the cars driving on the road from Tekoa to Jerusalem (a new road, not represented on this map, that goes to the Har Homa neighborhood of Jerusalem).  Of late there has been considerable difficulty in this region, with cars frequently pelted by rocks.

This morning terrorists went one step further: Tekoa resident Rivi Lev Ohayon was on her way to her job in Jerusalem, when she encountered some twenty young adult Arabs holding rocks and forming a human barrier across the road.  A man with a large rock came towards her, and then some 10 Arabs jumped on the car and broke her windshield.  One attempted to open the door of the car, but she succeeded in pulling away, in reverse, and calling police.  Deeply traumatized, she considers herself lucky that she was not lynched.

Ohayun after the attack (Photo: Tekoa Security)

Credit: Security

Seven other cars were stoned on the same road at that time.

None of this should happen.  Not ever.


Then, a bit later this morning, another attack in the Old City of Jerusalem, near the Lion’s Gate.  A young Arab woman knifed a man, stabbing him in his upper body.  He was carrying a gun, however, and shot her.  She is in serious condition.

Lion’s Gate is the location where the horrendous attack occurred that took two lives on Saturday night.  And in this location, too, there must be sufficient security presence – police, soldiers – to guard against such incidents.


A third attack took place in Kiryat Gat today, perpetrated by an Arab from Yatta – an Arab village in Area A, near Susiya – who was in Israel illegally. After alighting from a bus, he stabbed a soldier and grabbed his gun, then ran into an apartment building.  When he tried to force his way into an apartment, the resident fled, screaming.  Police were alerted and when they arrived the terrorist began shooting at them.  Returning fire, they killed him.


I want to look at the most recent game playing of that slippery manipulator, Mahmoud Abbas.

Credit: ibtimes

I doubt there is anyone reading this who does not know how much responsibility he bears for the current violence.  Just days ago, at the UN, he not only spewed incitement, he suggested that he was about to walk away from the Oslo Accords.

But yesterday, he was singing a different song.  And this was obviously because Netanyahu had announced sterner security measures.   A clear indication that the announced intention to enforce such measures had an impact.

Suddenly, Abbas was a man of peace. Sort of. What he said was:

“We want to reach a political solution peacefully, and no other solution.  We want to minimize the risks of destruction and loss that will sprout on all sides in the current situation.”


This was for public consumption.  He then qualified his remarks with more of his UN theme, putting the onus on Israel:

“We say to the Israelis: Stop building in the settlements and come to the negotiating table.  We will be willing to return to negotiations and discuss the agreements that have been violated and neglected by Israel since Oslo and until now.

“We are committed to these agreements, but it is unreasonable for us to be the only ones who are committed to them. If Israel does not want these agreements, we do not want to implement them.”

This is the old Abbas “play both sides against the middle” technique, riddled with misrepresentations and distortions.


As to his statement that, “All our instructions to our agencies, our factions and our youth have been that we do not want escalation,” there is one main question to be asked:  Is this a blatant lie, did he not give such instructions?  Or do the Palestinian Arab factions and youth simply not care what he says?

I do not have answer, but we see the evidence, in today’s three incidents, that the violence has not abated.


It has been revealed by media sources that during the Security Cabinet meeting Prime Minister Netanyahu held Monday night, after the close of Simchat Torah, the issue of threats by Obama was raised.  Some of the right wing/nationalist members of the Cabinet (some within the Likud itself) were urging that part of the response to terrorism be increased building in Judea and Samaria.

This is not going to happen, Netanyahu informed them. For Obama has said that if there is building in Judea and Samaria, he will not veto a French resolution that is to be brought to the UN Security Council, a resolution that reportedly would declare “Palestine” a state and would declare the settlements “illegal.”

“We will not jeopardize international support for a declaration of building,” a senior source in the Netanyahu administration reportedly said,  While the prime minister himself called for “a sober political maneuver.”


“We are in a long struggle,” said Netanyahu, “and it does not need militancy, but rather it needs a lot of strength, a resolute attitude, much composure and thoroughness, and that is what we are doing.”



The question I want to explore, then, is whether Netanyahu simply “caved” to the US, as Arutz Sheva suggests, and as is his pattern, or whether he has valid reason to be cautious here.

My gut impulse is to say, damn them all, go ahead and build.  Now is the time for us to stand up for what is ours by right.  But I know that my gut impulse is not necessarily the wisest course of action.

In exploring precisely what IS the wisest course, I contacted two highly respected and knowledgeable international lawyers, and here share their responses.  Please, walk this through with me:


One lawyer, deeply involved in legal issues in Judea and Samaria, was interested in looking at the repercussions in terms of international law.

What those repercussions would be “all depends on whether any such resolution is adopted under Chapter 6 of the UN charter (non-binding recommendation) or chapter 7 (binding, action oriented).

“None of the existing resolutions were adopted under chapter 7, which can be used only in the event of a threat to international peace and security which requires military intervention. I can’t see that happening with us [he speaks as an Israeli].”

As I understand this, then, calling the settlements “illegal” would have no real legal import in terms of forcing Israeli communities out of Judea and Samaria.

As to establishing a state, it is, as I have indicated before (having discussed the issue with this lawyer before) that: “The UN doesn’t have the power to establish a state, but merely to accept existing states as members, subject to Security Council invitation.”

He does see it as possible (though unlikely) that such an invitation might be issued.

He predicts that Obama would be reluctant even now “to undermine the entire Oslo process in such a blatant manner.”  His opinion (this is not a legal opinion) is that a resolution would be tempered, and would “call for an immediate return to negotiations, with the aim of establishing a Palestinian state and recommending a freeze in settlements.”  All this, he says would not “really dramatically change the present situation.”

But the settlement issue as well as that of Jerusalem have regrettably reached panic proportions thanks to very clever Palestinian manipulation of Obama and the EU and their evidently existing predisposition to harm Netanyahu and hence harm Israel.” (My emphasis added here)


The other lawyer, a man with sterling international credentials, chose to look at other, non-legal aspects of the issue (my emphasis added):

”The SC resolution would be very very damaging. Not because of any particular legal point, but because it would lock in a fundamental delegitimization of Israel, trigger a wave of EU sanctions, and make it harder for future US presidents to support Israel.

If holding off on new building for now is the price of Obama’s veto, it may be worth it. However, there is no reason to believe he promised to veto the resolution. Rather, he may have threatened to NOT veto if we build. But that doesn’t mean that he WILL veto if we don’t – i.e., he is likely to NOT veto anyway.

“Unless Bibi has concrete assurances on this, it makes sense to assume there will be no veto and build anyway…His (Obama’s) promise may be worth something if made publicly or with some other additional indicia of reliability.”


What we see then is that this is not a simple matter and should be taken seriously, but received without panic.  It is not easy, being the head of a state that is isolated internationally and against which much venom is directed.

In the end it may well be that now is the time to stand up and claim our rights.  But I would not make light of Netanyahu’s hesitancy to move forward.


The good news for today? We’ve had rain. Heavy rain. The first of the season. After the terribly hot and dusty summer we’ve had it is particularly welcome. And it is considered a blessing. May many more blessings follow.


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