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Friday, November 01, 2013

Friday Afternoon Roundup - Planless in Obamaland



HITTING BOTTOM

The Saudis, who had always been noted for being subtle, stopped being subtle when a member of one of their think tanks openly declared, “We are learning from our enemies now how to treat the United States.”

There is no better metric of contempt in a region where everyone wears a false face than honesty like that. The Saudis have decided that we are no longer even worth lying to. They believe that we have become so worthless that they can tell us what they really think of us.

There’s no easier way to tell that you’ve hit bottom than when the people who have been sponging off you decide to move on like lice fleeing roadkill or rats abandoning a sinking ship.

Obama Loses the Middle East



Pentagon Declares War on White Privilege





STUPID IS AS SHEILA JACKSON LEE

Sheila Jackson-Lee is one of the dumbest people in America and the fourth dumbest person in Congress. If Sheila Jackson-Lee and Joe Biden played chess, the pieces would come to life and run away.

Sheila Jackson-Lee thought that America planted a flag on Mars and won the Vietnam War. Apparently she also thought that when she was passing discrimination laws, the Constitution would keep them from applying to her because she was a politician.

Sheila Jackson-Lee: Constitution Gives Me Immunity to Discriminate Against the Disabled




Did China get its September 11?



YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT

The Jewish Iraqi Archive, a collection of bibles and other religious books, as well as personal material like schoolbooks from the former Jews of Iraq, confiscated by the Iraqi security services and then transported to the United States after the fall of Saddam, has been in the news lately.

Some senators and congressmen would like the Jewish archive returned to the Jewish community. Iraq meanwhile firmly wants the archive.

According to an Al-Arabiya story, Iraq wants them because "Israel is keen on obtaining the manuscripts in order to prove their claim that the Jews had built the Tower of Babel as part of its attempt to distort the history of the Middle East for its own interests."

The Jewish archive is part of a dastardly Jewish plot to claim ownership of the Tower of Babel… which doesn’t exist anymore.

 Iraq Wants Jewish Archive to Prove Ownership of the Tower of Babel





EXPRESS TRAIN TO THE BRONX

The New York Times/Siena College Poll for October 21-26 shows that while only 9 percent of white voters feel they haven’t heard enough about Bill de Blasio, 20 percent haven’t heard enough about Joe Lhota. Among Black and Hispanic voters, those numbers rise to 38 and 35 percent.

There’s something very wrong when a third of minority voters don’t know much of anything about a candidate in a mayoral election not long before it wraps up.

Bill de Blasio’s huge lead is largely that of minority voters. De Blasio is at 55 percent among white voters, but at 90 percent among black voters and at 76 percent among Hispanic voters.

The huge lead is really a lead of uninformed minority voters swayed by class warfare and racial appeals and a media blockade on any negative coverage of Bill de Blasio or positive coverage of his opponent.

Bill de Blasio does best in the Bronx with 76 percent of the vote. That’s appropriate because his policies will turn all of New York City into the Bronx.

The Real Story About Bill de Blasio’s “Huge Lead” is Uninformed Minority Voters




Flesh-Eating Virus Joins Al Qaeda and Hezbollah in Syrian Civil War




YOU DIDN'T INFECT THAT

“There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a Mexican male brothel in Tijuana, good for you. But I want to be clear, you did it because the United States government paid Mexican male prostitutes to remain disease free. Your customers were able to return to your brothel without succumbing to AIDS because American taxpayers paid them not to get AIDS."

Obama Pays Mexican Male Prostitutes to Stay Disease-Free





NO ONE WANTS TO BUILD THAT: Obama’s First Solar Auction on Public Lands Nets Zero Bids




AUSTRIANS IN ALL 57 STATES AGREE

Obama is the celebrity politician. Every time he campaigns, he wears a human shield made out of celebrities. And his media corps panics very badly when a celebrity criticizes him. Because when your main strength is taking photos with famous people to cadge some of their cool, that’s also your weakness.

So suddenly liberal pundits began targeting a former sitcom actress. Most harped on the three corrections in the post. Let’s look at those corrections now.

"Somers pointed to a Canadian magazine article that criticized that country’s nationalized health care system by arguing that animals could get better care than human beings. But in her original post, Somers mistakenly recalled which animal was pictured on the cover: It was a dog, not a horse."

That’s enough for the LA Times to dedicate an entire article to attacking Somers calling her post “error-ridden”.

Now let’s just remember that ObamaCare is named after a guy who thought that “Austrian” was a language and that there were 57 states. 

Liberal Media Swarms on Suzanne Somers After ObamaCare Article





The Per Mileage Highway Tax is a Backdoor Carbon Tax




CUT IN STONE


Gerard Dols told of how – as a physically disabled teen – the “very nice” Harvey Milk had encouraged him in 1977 to run away from his Minnesota home and come to San Francisco.

According to Dols, Milk told him, “Don’t tell your parents,”

“Rev. Jones is widely known in the minority communities here and elsewhere as a man of the highest character, who has undertaken constructive remedies for social problems which have been amazing in their scope and effectiveness,” Supervisor Milk wrote President Jimmy Carter seven months before the Jonestown carnage.

The purpose of Milk’s letter was to aid and abet his powerful supporter’s abduction of a six-year-old boy.

“Not only is the life of a child at stake, who currently has loving and protective parents in the Rev. and Mrs. Jones, but our official relations with Guyana could stand to be jeopardized, to the potentially great embarrassment of our State Department.”

John Stoen, the boy whose actual parents Milk libeled to the president as purveyors of “bold-faced lies” and blackmail attempts, perished at Jonestown.

Milk had used Temple volunteers, wrote endorsement letters, and, in a hand-written note, told Jones “my name is cut into stone in support of you – and your people.”

Jim Jones Pal and Pedophile to Get Own Postage Stamp




FAIL

Obama rooted for Defense of Marriage to fail? And he made sure it failed. Again, illegally.

He’s rooting for border security and immigration laws to fail. And he’s undermining them by refusing to deport illegal alien “DREAMERs”.

Obama even rooted for the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights to fail by smuggling guns to drug cartels in Mexico.

Clearly Obama is no stranger to rooting for laws to fail. Or undermining them, legally or illegally, until they fail. Is his ObamaCare disaster really more sacrosanct than the Bill of Rights?

What’s Wrong with “Rooting for a Law to Fail?”




FAMILYPHOBIA

There are bad kinds of fertility and good kinds of fertility. Nobody denounces the welfare single mother who’s getting her fifth kid by a different father. No one except hateful conservatives.

It’s traditional large families that are the enemy.




Did Qatar Bribe Time Warner into Carrying Al Jazeera?






Forget your old health plan. It was placed in the trunk of a Prius at 3 AM this morning, taken to a frozen lake outside an organic poultry plant in Minnesota and shot twice in the head. It was a bad plan. It has transitioned to no longer being a plan. We have a better plan for you.

Go to Healthcare.gov and… correction, do not go there. Forget that you were told to go there or not to go there. Forget that it even existed. Forget that you read this.

Healthcare.gov is working. Do not visit Healthcare.gov to confirm that it is working. If you wish to transition to your opportunity, why not apply by phone or mail or carrier pigeon?

Oleg at the People's Cube illustrates my ObamaCare Tale of Things to Come




HARMONY

The European and Eurasian Unions confuse large Muslim populations with international influence. Obama made that same mistake when he asserted proudly that the United States was one of the world’s biggest Muslim countries. Having a large Muslim minority is a source of conflict, not power.

Advanced countries with large Muslim minority populations include the United States, France, Thailand and Israel. In all of these countries, the Muslim minority has been an explosive element spurring conflict, terrorism and cycles of violence that are never broken.

China understands that stability is more important than size. The younger world powers trying to compete with it would do well to learn that simple lesson.

Islamerica, Eurabia and Eurasia




Saudi Cleric Forbids Muslims From Traveling to Mars




HE'S GOT A MILLION OF EM

Sadly Oliver Stone is too stupid to be cynical. Too red and too brain dead to feel any shame when pounding out sentences like, “Whatever moral authority the United States gained for helping the Soviets defeat Germany in World War II.”

There are so many things wrong with that sentence, it’s almost hard to list them all. If anything it was the Soviets, former allies of Hitler, who helped the United States defeat Hitler. The Soviet Union was losing a war of attrition that it survived with the help of American supplies. The idea that Soviet troops could have singlehandedly made it to Berlin without a western front is worth less than the leftover cocaine in Stone’s vest pocket.

Worse still, Oliver Stone thinks that the United States gained moral authority from turning over Eastern Europe to brutal dictatorships, rather than from the liberation of Western Europe.

But that’s just one sentence and Stone has a million of them. Or dozens at any rate.

Every Time Oliver Stone Writes About History, History Dies





Muslims Complain About Lack of Mosques in Korea




HIT HARD OR GO HOME

If anyone expected Joe Lhota to be able to play Giuliani, they were disappointed. Like so many Republicans, including Mitt Romney, Lhota, despite being down over 40 points, was too afraid to hit a man whom the media decided was “likable”.

And so Lhota is going to lose. Unless the welfare class and the unions licking their lips at being able to eat the city whole and spit out the crumbs on what’s left of Detroit somehow decide to stay home on election day, New York City will have a radical left-wing mayor.

And it’s Lhota’s fault.

Bill de Blasio was a political activist for a murderous Communist regime that burned churches and synagogues. And the media will make a federal case out of a Lhota sneeze.

That’s what Lhota is up against and he is only slowly coming to that realization, which, like too many Republicans, has only made him more timid.

 When Fighting Liberal Messiahs, Hit Hard or Go Home




Federal Gov Builds Housing for Deaf Seniors, Bans Housing for Deaf Seniors





THE NEXT TIME BILL DE BLASIO'S PALS FLY PLANES INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, THERE ISN'T GOING TO BE AN FDNY TO SAVE ANYONE

The first court-ordered class of FDNY trainees — the oldest and most diverse in history — is flaming out.

So far, 48 have dropped out. They include 23 of 123 court-ordered “priority hires,” mainly blacks and Latinos in their 30s and early 40s who took the FDNY entrance exam in 1999 or 2000 but were passed over.

Four of eight women have also bailed. The eight were hailed as the most in an academy class since 1982, when a lawsuit forced the FDNY to bring on the first female firefighters.

In addition, an alarming number of “probies” have been injured — suffering sprains, fractures and other ailments — and put on medical leave, insiders say. Others teeter on the cusp of flunking out because they can’t handle the physical or academic demands.

Enforced Diversity in New York Fire Department Leads to Disastrous Results




Muslim Brotherhood Jihad in Syria Turned 1/4 of Christians into Refugees





SHALLOW END OF THE MEDICAL POOL

It’s the worst combination of private and public health insurance possible with the government pushing to make the plans as broad as possible in coverage while insurers compensate by making its networks as shallow as possible. So you can get your birth control and your obesity counseling anywhere. Those are the things the social planners really care about bringing to minority communities.

Just don’t count on having access to a specialist to treat more serious medical problems.

ObamaCare is Great… As Long as You Don’t Need to Go to a Hospital





Showdown Between Obama and Jewish Groups Over Iran Sanctions



A FEW WORDS ON RABBI AVI WEISS

In the past I have met with Rabbi Avi Weiss and was impressed by him. Despite his liberalism, he was deeply passionate and engaged in Jewish causes; something that has unfortunately become all too rare among liberal clergy.

I agreed with some of his more liberal views, disagreed with others, but thought that they mattered less than his overall commitment to the Jewish people. That commitment is dead. There is a point at which even a good man begins doing so much evil that whatever good he has done in the past is drowned in it.

Rabbi Avi Weiss' views have become more radical over the years and he has found enough financial backing to set up a school of left-wing community organizers disguised as a rabbinical institution.

His Yeshivat Chovevei Torah is a factory for turning out Anti-Orthodox and Anti-Jewish left-wing activists. Shmuly Yanklowitz is one of the more rotten examples of a rotten lot. Their goal is to attack and undermine the Orthodox Jewish community through deception. blackmail and manipulation. They are the tools of enemies of the Jewish People like George Soros and funded by them.

Rabbi Avi Weiss now represent everything he once stood against. He has chosen to be used as a weapon against his own people.

Taking all that into account, his complaint in the pages of the Israel Times about the refusal of the Israeli Rabbinate to recognize him is misguided. There is no reason for an Orthodox Rabbinate to recognize a Rabbi who runs a non-Orthodox seminary... while insisting that it's Orthodox.

The editorial just affirms what everyone who has been paying attention already knew, Rabbi Avi Weiss is no longer an Orthodox Jew. He no doubt envisions himself as Post-Orthodox or Open Orthodox or some equally meaningless label that will allow him to wreck the boundaries that define Orthodox Judaism while still using its historical and traditional credibility as cover.

Rabbi Avi Weiss is no doubt quite familiar with the history of how religions develop splinter movements. His group is no longer Orthodox. It's split, but refuses to admit it. Its leading Rabbis hold views that contradict Orthodox theology and cheerfully relay them in newspaper columns.

When his seminary's leading student, who was invited to the White House by Obama, writes leftist claptrap like...

"We have made too many mistakes throughout history, thinking that the Messiah is a person or event... I would like to suggest that we are Moshiach—we are the ones we have been waiting for.

While there are some important things to learn from the Reform movement, I believe that it was a mistake to take messianism out of the liturgy—we repair the world through activism"

... why in the world should the Israeli Rabbinate put any stock in Rabbi Avi Weiss' religious credibility?

If it can't put any stock in the Rabbis he makes, how can it put any stock in his conversions?

This is stock liberal non-Orthodox secular theology. The fact that it's being put out there by the most famous YCT grad, and that drivel like this routinely gets vomited up by YCT grads, makes it rather painfully obvious that Yeshivat Chovevei Torah is non-Orthodox and promotes the toxic charade of dressing up leftist activism as Judaism.

Rabbi Weiss complains that some American Rabbis are whispering bad things about him in the ears of the Israeli Rabbinate. They don't have to whisper. They can just print out and fax material like this.

That's not to say that I have a great deal of patience for the endless Cross Currents pieces that talk around the issue, warning that Rabbi Weiss' people are moving into dangerous territory, without stating the obvious.

The new religion coming out of YCT is a generic liberal Tikkun Olam ideology replacing a traditional Judaism that believes in a messianic redemption, a return to Israel and a rebuilding of the Temple... with a Tikkun Olamish "perfecting of the world" through community organizing for social justice.

It replaces Judaism with Liberalism, it replaces Rabbis with Community Organizers and it replaces G-d with the "Idea of the divine in each of us".

This isn't Orthodox Judaism and shouldn't be treated that way.

If Rabbi Avi Weiss is no longer being treated as an Orthodox Rabbi, it's because his YCT involvements telegraph the fact that he has opted out of Orthodox Judaism.

Speaking as a Modern Orthodox Jew who was occasionally sympathetic to Rabbi Weiss' ideas,  I have walked out of a synagogue when I found out the "Rabbi" was a YCT grad and I have walked out of a restaurant when I saw a "Tav HaYosher" union certificate inside.

I don't refer to YCT grads as Rabbis, because they're not. They're community organizers culturally appropriating Jewish religious traditions to sell their political agenda.

And this isn't going to change unless more people take a clear stand. It's time to stop beating around the bush and letting Rabbi Avi Weiss play the victim. He has to know that there is a clear choice in front of him. He can either stay an Orthodox Rabbi and cut his ties with a left-wing movement that is using his name to pass of its activists as Rabbis... or he can leave, the way that other Orthodox Rabbis have in the past.

That's his choice and he should be encouraged to make it and stop playing the dishonest game of pretending that a heresy centered around community organizers that rejects Israel, the Temple, the coming of Moshiach and the literal truth of the Torah is Orthodox Judaism.



NO TRUE KENYAN

We’re getting into True Scotsman territory here where each new exception is grandfathered in while somehow pretending that the original statement is true. Obama didn’t lie about health care, because no True Scotsman counts the majority of health care plans as health care plans.

Bill Clinton at least only had the indecency to reinterpret the definition of sex. Barack Obama has reinterpreted the definition of healthcare  plan.

Obama’s sex is a health care plan that he likes, but not one that he doesn’t like, and if you accuse him of lying, he’ll shake his finger at you and swear that he did not have sex with that health care plan.

 Obama Didn’t Lie About ObamaCare, If You Exclude All His Lies




POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WINS, SCIENCE LOSES

Liberal activists were furious when Scientific American editor  Mariette DiChristina wrote, “Scientific American is a publication for discovering science. The post was not appropriate for this area & was therefore removed.”

But Scientific American had made the mistake of allowing identity politics through the door by giving someone like Danielle Lee a blog. Now it was going to be made to pay for that mistake.

Liberal activists denounced Scientific American for “silencing” Danielle Lee. And then there were angry posts on liberal blogs, hashtags targeting Scientific American and claims of sexual harassment.

The Liberal War on Scientific American




Obama Chewed Gum, Played with Phone, During Syrian War Plans




NANNY STATE

The whole point of the American system was that people could find a coping strategy that worked for them. That’s why America had such a large and competent middle class.

There is no one single solution. There are different solutions that different people can pursue and embrace. That was the American approach. It had its downsides, but it lacked the tyrannical cruelty of ramming everyone into a single health plan that they can’t afford and don’t need for their good. Single solutions don’t work. They never do.

People will find better solutions than activists, wonks and assorted political parasites will find for them. The free market isn’t perfect, but it works a lot better than Healthcare.gov.

Only ObamaCare Can Save the Middle Class from Itself





Egypt’s Executioner Loves Allah, Killing People and Strangling Dogs: "I am carrying out the law of Allah… My hobby was to catch a cat, to place a rope around its neck, to strangle it, and throw it into the water.”




MORE SOMALI IMMIGRANTS PLEASE

“The reason these guys are becoming pirates is because their livelihood is fishing, but international companies come and fish in Somalia’s (territorial) waters illegally because the (Somali) government can’t control it,” Sudi Issak, 22, said in an interview last week.

Her sister, Kowsar, 19, added: “And what can they do about it? Half of them are like my age — 17, 18, 19. The negative depiction of Somalis — or African-indigenous people in general — in movies or media, particularly in the role of savage antagonist, is not new with the release of ‘Captain Phillips,’ but I hope that the public will research the issue further to uncover the truth.”

Somalis in America Sympathize with Somali Pirates, Not Americans





MAX BLUMENTHAL AND THE AIRPORT OF DOOM

Some people travel through deserts. Others skydive from space. Max Blumenthal, Sidney Blumenthal’s idiot son, gets his thrills trying to make it through an Israeli airport.

Sure millions of people visit Israel every year. But only Max Blumenthal has the courage to turn his uneventful trip through an Israeli airport into a piece of suspense fiction.

"Each time I reach the kiosk at passport control on my way into Israel-Palestine, I do my best to appear calm, and even a little bit bored, while the officer examines my documents. With bated breath I wait for the loud thump of the metal visa stamp when it meets the pages of my passport."

Thus concludes the exciting adventure of Max Blumenthal’s uneventful trip through the airport. Stay tuned next week when Max Blumenthal will brave a Zionist Starbucks and wait with bated breath as the barista draws him a pumpkin latte.

Sidney Blumenthal’s Idiot Racist Son Survives Trip Through Israeli Airport





NO COUNTRY FOR HIPSTER JIHADIS

Many former authors and readers of the website have been convicted in terrorism related cases. Those include the other founder of the website Jesse "Younes Abdullah" Morton who was convicted of threatening the creators of South Park and Zachary "Abu Talhah al-Amrikee" Chesser for attempting to join the al Qaeda linked al Shabaab in Somalia. Others affiliated with the website and its owners include Carlos Almonte and Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, both of whom were also convicted of attempting to join al Shabaab, but the former is more famously known for his "Death to all Juice" sign.

Another little known connection between the Revolution Muslim crowd and terror is that it is very likely that Nidal Hasan himself was a reader of the website. Duane Reasoner, a confidant of Nidal Hasan in the months leading up to Ft. Hood, was a fan of Revolution Muslim who had sometimes commented on the website and on the group's YouTube page. Evidence suggests that Hasan himself also was a registered user of the Revolution Muslim website.

But these are just a few anecdotes. Just how deep were the connections between the Revolution Muslim website and homegrown terrorists and Islamists radicals in the US? A 2010 report concluded that nearly 1/3 of all domestic terror cases in the US at that time had links to al-Khattab and Revolution Muslim.

Eventually Khattab fled the US and landed in Morocco where he stayed for a few years. He eventually came back to the US, enrolled in college, and declared himself a changed man. He even went on CNN to talk about his "former" radicalism. CNN described this new Khattab as a "moderate".

Except, as we showed here, he was lying. He still was a radical. He still wanted to do things like nuke Israel.

Rusty at The Jawa Report sums up some of the history behind the latest terrorist takedown.




AMERICAN MIRACLES

"The fruit stand has a mountain of grapefruit, grown in the deserts just east of here."

That's all. But what a wealth of wonder is contained in that single sentence; a wealth of ordinary, everyday miracles that are so common we barely remark them and pass on even though they should stop us in our tracks.

It is end of January, the very depth of winter, and yet we have -- everywhere -- not just grapefruit, but "a mountain" of grapefruit. Cheap grapefruit. A dollar -- which is the new dime -- will get you one. Maybe even two or three depending on the merchant

from American Digest






5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Daniel, what chance does the most sophisticated and elegant argument like yours have against this: http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/681/3529/original.jpg

Anonymous said...

Who are the first, second and third most stupid people in Congress?

Inquiring minds want to know.

churchill.

Anonymous said...

Anyone noticed that the Left’s main way of disconnecting themselves from the bloody past of socialism are the following:

1) Deny they are Socialists by various arbitrary tricks of logic.
2) Deny that socialist of the past were socialists and thus are not of their ideology.
3) Try to claim that the opposites of the truth – that the right is left.

Because the last thing they can so is admit that either they are socialists or the murderous socialists of the past are of their ideology.

Rollory said...

I tried following some of these links and I conclude that you are a bad journalist. For example: what, specifically, did Jackson-Lee say, and where did she say it? You talk about her in a general sense, but no specifics. What, specifically, was the context of what the Saudi "think tank member" said? What think tank? What connection if any to the government? Who was speaking, where did they speak, who were they speaking to? etc.

These are journalism basics that I remember learning in elementary school. Instead of ever addressing the specifics, you are talking about your views of those specifics. This is secondhand vagueness and not useful. That you are politically opposed to Obama does not excuse you from failing to execute on such simple things.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Follow the links in the Sheila Jackson-Lee story itself. It discusses her court case filing based on a story in the Washington Times.

The Saudi mention was a brief reference in a column. A more expanded discussion can be found here.

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/saudis-we-are-learning-from-our-enemies-how-to-treat-the-united-states/

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