Bad News For Israel

After pandering to Jews to get elected to her New York Senate seat, Hillary, now Obama’s Secretary of State, is criticizing Israel in no uncertain terms.

Clinton warns Israel over delays in Gaza aid

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has relayed messages to Israel in the past week expressing anger at obstacles Israel is placing to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. A leading political source in Jerusalem noted that senior Clinton aides have made it clear that the matter will be central to Clinton’s planned visit to Israel next Tuesday.

Ahead of Clinton’s visit, special U.S. envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell is expected to issue a sharply worded protest on the same matter when he arrives here Thursday.

“Israel is not making enough effort to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza,” senior U.S. officials told Israeli counterparts last week, and reiterated Washington’s view by saying that “the U.S. expects Israel to meet its commitments on this matter.”

See also:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pledge $900M in aid to Gaza on 1st visit to Mideast
Clinton Bashed By Some NYC Jewish Leaders
Jewish Leaders Blast Clinton Over Israel Criticism

Now, why would Israel possibly be concerned about aid moving into Gaza?

The money will be channeled through UN and other bodies and will not be distributed via the militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza

You see, the aid is being distributed by the U.N. there’s no way it could possibly end up in the hands of Hamas, right? What could possibly go wrong?

UNRWA suspends aid to Gaza after Hamas again seizes supplies

UNRWA informed the IDF on Friday it is suspending humanitarian aid deliveries to the Gaza Strip after Hamas stole supplies it had transferred to the Palestinian territory.

The seizure of 200 tons of supplies, included flour and other staples, took place on Thursday night. In response, UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency) officials informed the IDF’s Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration that it was suspending the deliveries until further notice.

See also:
Hamas steals blankets, food from U.N. warehouse
U.N. Accuses Hamas of Stealing Aid
Hamas confiscates U.N. Gaza aid
Hamas Stealing Food and Medicine Sent By International Donors
Hamas police accused of stealing aid

And what does Hamas do with the supplies they steal, the humanitarian aid intended for the displaced population of Gaza? Why, they sell the aid to buy more weapons to attack Israel with of course!

In Gaza, the criminal Hamas government has been caught red handed time and again stealing international aid – either selling it back to the people to fund their war crimes, or diverting it directly to their guerilla terrorist forces. And Hamas keeps firing rockets into Israeli towns using their own human shields every day. And the smuggling tunnels bring in more weapons all the time.

See also:
Fixing UNRWA: Repairing the UN’s Troubled System of Aid to Palestinian Refugees
UN Relief and Works Agency

So, why is the Obama administration criticizing and pressuring Israel to go against her own self interest and allow aid to pour into Gaza via the U.N. when the U.N. itself admits that it can’t keep the aid out of the hands of Hamas? Good question, bad news for Israel. But wait, there’s more.

Former US envoy to Kingdom named to top intelligence post

The appointment by the Obama administration of Charles “Chas” Freeman as chairman of the National Intelligence Council on Thursday caused a real brouhaha in Washington.

Freeman served as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the 1991 Gulf War and has major expertise regarding China. His appointment brought praise from many but criticism from elements of the pro-Israeli community and pro-Israeli Congressmen.

Pro-Israeli publications are attacking his appointment as something close to betrayal — Why? He’s been called everything from “a Saudi puppet,” “Chas of Arabia” to being “linked to Saudi cash.”

The “link” goes back to 2007, when as president of the Washington-based Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) he accepted a $1 million donation from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal for the council.

Not only is he is being attacked for being pro-Saudi, but also for his calls for a more balanced US foreign policy between Israel and the Arab world.

Back in 2007, Freeman addressed the pro-Israeli Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, and said: “Israel no longer even pretends to seek peace with the Palestinians; it strives instead to pacify them.”

The primary reason America confronts a terrorism problem today, he continued, is “the brutal oppression of the Palestinians by an Israeli occupation that is about to mark its fortieth anniversary and shows no sign of ending.”

The Wrong Man For The Job

National Security: Imagine one of China’s and Saudi Arabia’s mouthpieces in America writing intelligence reports for the White House. Meet Chas Freeman, who will soon fill all three roles.

National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has named Freeman to head his council of advisers, an influential post that, regrettably, does not require Senate confirmation.

As National Intelligence Council chairman, Freeman will serve as a key intelligence adviser to President Obama and will prepare his daily briefings and the all-important National Intelligence Estimate on foreign threats.

The job demands an uncompromising objectivity that Freeman can’t possibly deliver, given his conflicts of interest involving two nations potentially hostile to the U.S.

Freeman for years has showed an almost slavish zeal in defending Riyadh and Beijing from well-deserved criticism. This has undermined Israel and Taiwan, both key American allies.

See also:
Obama’s intelligence pick linked to Saudi Arabia
Freeman confirmed in intelligence job
Amb. Chas. W. Freeman, Jr.
Middle East Policy Council
National Intelligence Council

So why would Obama allow the appointment of someone so blatantly anti-Israel to advise him and prepare his daily intelligence briefings? Good question, bad news for Israel. But wait, there’s more.

Samantha Power Joining Obama Team

Samantha Power, who famously called Hillary Clinton a “monster,” is going to get a key spot on President Obama’s National Security Council team.

See also:
Samantha Power to the NSC
Samantha Power ’99 to join National Security Council
Samantha Power to join National Security Council team
Will Samantha Power have a role in giving aid to Hamas?
Appointment of Power angers some Jews
National Security Council

Of course calling Hillary Clinton a monster isn’t the only statement Samantha Power is famous for. She’s also famous for calling for the U.S. invasion of Israel.

Speaking truth to Power

Power made her most problematic statement in 2002, in an interview she gave at Berkeley. The interviewer asked her this question:

Let me give you a thought experiment here, and it is the following: without addressing the Palestine-Israel problem, let’s say you were an advisor to the President of the United States, how would you respond to current events there? Would you advise him to put a structure in place to monitor that situation, at least if one party or another [starts] looking like they might be moving toward genocide?

Power gave an astonishing answer:

What we don’t need is some kind of early warning mechanism there, what we need is a willingness to put something on the line in helping the situation. Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import; it may more crucially mean sacrificing—or investing, I think, more than sacrificing—billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing the billions of dollars it would probably take, also, to support what will have to be a mammoth protection force, not of the old Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence. Because it seems to me at this stage (and this is true of actual genocides as well, and not just major human rights abuses, which were seen there), you have to go in as if you’re serious, you have to put something on the line.

Unfortunately, imposition of a solution on unwilling parties is dreadful. It’s a terrible thing to do, it’s fundamentally undemocratic. But, sadly, we don’t just have a democracy here either, we have a liberal democracy. There are certain sets of principles that guide our policy, or that are meant to, anyway. It’s essential that some set of principles becomes the benchmark, rather than a deference to [leaders] who are fundamentally politically destined to destroy the lives of their own people. And by that I mean what Tom Friedman has called “Sharafat” [Sharon-Arafat]. I do think in that sense, both political leaders have been dreadfully irresponsible. And, unfortunately, it does require external intervention…. Any intervention is going to come under fierce criticism. But we have to think about lesser evils, especially when the human stakes are becoming ever more pronounced.

Now why would Obama have someone who thinks about invading Israel as one of his closest foreign policy advisors? Good question, bad news for Israel.

/if you’re starting to get the picture that electing Barack Obama as President of the United States is bad news for Israel, you might just be onto something

The Blueprint For The Total Destruction Of The United States Of America

A New Era of Responsibility
Renewing America’s Promise

How can they possibly be serious about this abomination? Are the people who put this together on drugs or just enemies of this country?

/as if he hasn’t done enough damage in his first month, I can’t wait until Obama starts appointing Federal judges

First They Came For The Scary Looking Guns . . .

“If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it,’’ Obama said. But the Illinois senator could still see skeptics in the crowd, particularly on the faces of several men at the back of the room.

So he tried again. “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress,’’ he said. “This can’t be the reason not to vote for me. Can everyone hear me in the back? I see a couple of sportsmen back there. I’m not going to take away your guns.’’

Barrack Obama, September 5, 2008, Duryea, Pennsylvania

And you believed him? Well, guess what, now he has the votes in Congress.

Obama to Seek New Assault Weapons Ban

The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.

“As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons,” Holder told reporters.

See also:
Holder continues his attack on 2nd Amendment
Assault Weapons Ban Wanted By Some Members Of Congress
Obama Calls for Permanent Assault Weapons Ban to Combat Inner-City Violence
Gun Sales Soar in United States
Gun sales shoot up in these uncertain times

Get your weapons while you can, because if you think Obama, Biden, and Holder are going to stop with an assault weapons ban you’re just kidding yourself.

/and so it begins . . .

A Trillion Is Not Enough

Never Enough

Government Spending: Did anyone really think $787 billion would be enough to quench the Democratic Congress’ thirst for play money from the taxpayers? Now they want $410 billion more.

In addition to solar water heaters for rural Puerto Rico and the Raul Alvarez Golf Course in Austin, Texas, Obama administration sources say the U.S. is also planning to relieve taxpayers of $900 million for Gaza, much of which can be expected to land in the pockets of the terrorist group Hamas, which runs the region.

To a family being foreclosed on, or a businesswoman forced by tough times to close up shop, this doesn’t exactly signal that Uncle Sam is in solidarity with you.

The new spending bill is an 8% increase over last year and the largest discretionary spending increase since Jimmy Carter. President Bush refused to go along with what Congress was demanding for fiscal 2009, so now it has clumped the items previously denied into a $410 billion monster. The House of Representatives will vote on it this week, and the Senate is expected to follow soon after.

Amid the measure’s sneaky fine print is a provision to ax Washington, D.C.’s innovative school choice program. House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, called it “an irresponsible and shameful act on the part of the Democratic leadership in Congress, and the children of the District of Columbia deserve better.”

Is it any wonder House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t make spending legislation available online ahead of time so Americans can scrutinize it line by line?

Remember, this feeding frenzy at the porkfest trough, which contains 8500-9000 earmarks, is in addition to last week’s Porkapalooza and before Congress starts working on Obama’s first budget.

See also:
House to Approve Thousands of Earmarks in ‘Omnibus’ Budget Bill
Another Day, Another $410 Billion
House Democrats want $410 billion more
Two Obama Cabinet Members Added Earmarks to Omnibus Spending Bill

Of course Obama, on numerous occasions, has pledged to reform the earmark pork process.

“We need earmark reform,” Obama said in September during a presidential debate in Oxford, Miss. “And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.”

So, will Obama keep his word and cut out the pork? Hell no, he’ll sign it as is! His excuse?

“It will be a little embarrassing for the president if he signs a bill with that many earmarks on it,” said Stan Collender, a veteran Washington budget analyst. “He’ll say they’re left over from the Bush years, and he as to say that next year the bill will be clean.”

In fact, that’s exactly the excuse Obama thug David Axelrod used on Fox News last night, after Obama’s speech, when asked that very question. This $410 billion appropriations bill is left over from the Bush administration and that the Obama administration is “looking forward”. In other words, this bill doesn’t count, it’s not on our watch, it’s not our problem.

/well, it is your problem because you and your descendants are going to pay for another big heaping helping of wasted pork spending, so bend over and assume the position yet again

What A Brilliant Idea!

Gitmo East

War On Terror: The administration says the detainees at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan cannot challenge their detentions and have no constitutional rights. Wouldn’t that be a perfect place to send the Gitmo jihadists?

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that Guantanamo detainees had the legal right to challenge their detentions in American courts, four detainees held at Bagram thought they had a get out of jail free card. Following that ruling, petitions were filed on their behalf in a U.S. district court.

Apparently, in handling prisoners of war captured in the war on terror, the first law of real estate applies. The rights of detainees depend on location, location, location.

It is now the official opinion of the Obama administration that the detainees at Bagram have none while those at Gitmo, such as those who attacked the Navy destroyer Cole in a Yemeni harbor in 2000, have the same rights as any U.S. citizen.

Hey, problem solved, just load them back on the plane they arrived at Gitmo in and ship them right back to where they came from in the first place!

See also:
Detainee Flight
Terrorist Detainees Arrive in Cuba
Bagram Air Base – Home
Afghanistan — Bagram Airbase
Guantanamo Bay [GTMO] “GITMO”

/it’s the perfect solution, I can’t believe that no one has thought of it before

Living In Bizarro World

Study: Network coverage biased toward GOP

The major U.S. broadcasters demonstrated bias towards Republicans in their coverage of presidential campaigns between 1992 and 2004, a new book contends.

Maria Elizabeth Grabe and Erik Bucy, both associate professors of telecommunications at Indiana University, are the authors of “Image Bite Politics: News and the Visual Framing of Elections” published by Oxford University Press. They analyzed coverage of the elections on ABC, CBS and NBC and concluded all three networks showed a slight tilt to the Republican side.

“We don’t think this is journalists conspiring to favor Republicans. We think they’re just so beat up and tired of being accused of a liberal bias that they unknowingly give Republicans the benefit in coverage,” said Grabe. “It’s self-censorship that journalists might be imposing on themselves.”

/talk about revisionist history, these wacademics are just flat out nuts

What Planet Are These People On?

Obama Gets High Marks for 1st Month

Large majorities of Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll support his $787 billion economic stimulus package and the recently unveiled $75 billion plan to stem mortgage foreclosures. Nearly seven in 10 poll respondents said Obama is delivering on his pledge to bring needed change to Washington, and about eight in 10 said he is meeting or exceeding their expectations. At the same time, however, the bipartisan support he enjoyed as he prepared to take office has eroded substantially amid stiff Republican opposition to his major economic initiatives.

/they must not have any money in the stock market

The World Has Taken A Turn For The Surreal

‘Angst’-Ridden Hillary Clinton Found Answers in the Beatles

“As I went through my angst period and struggled with the challenges of living in the real world, the more existential message struck home,” Clinton told FOX News’ James Rosen in an exclusive and wide-ranging interview.

. . .

Though moved especially by what Rosen called the “world-weary, drug-fueled existentialism of their later work,” the Secretary of State says she has always approved of the British Invasion.

“Well, like so many Beatles fans, it depends both on mood and stage of life. I have to confess … that the hand-clapping mode was what I first was captured by. ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ was an anthem, as you might imagine.”

Clinton named “Hey Jude” as her favorite Beatles song, praising its Biblical tone and seriousness — but she might have trouble heeding some of its “existential” lessons.

Hey, I’m a Beatles fan too, but “hand clapping” doesn’t readily come to mind when I think of I Want to Hold Your Hand , screaming yes, hand clapping no. Hey Jude has a Biblical tone? Wasn’t it written for Julian Lennon?

Originally titled “Hey Jules,” This song was written by McCartney during Lennon’s divorce to help comfort his son, Julian Lennon.

FNC has video of this interview but I can’t find it posted yet. It’s a nice break from Hillary’s grovelling to China.

Clinton urges China to sustain U.S. economic support

Her plea was a reminder of the shifting balance of power between the longtime Western superpower and the Asian giant that finances its consumer and government spending with $1.9 trillion in foreign currency reserves.

“We are in the same boat,” she said. “Thankfully, we are rowing in the same direction, toward landfall.”

In an interview with Yang Lin of Shanghai-based Dragon TV, Clinton said the Chinese understand that the United States “has to take some drastic measures” with the stimulus package to restore American spending, which in turn will help revive Chinese exports.

By continuing to buy U.S. Treasury bonds, “the Chinese are recognizing our interconnections,” she said. She said that the purchases were a “very smart decision” because the bonds are safe and stable.

During her presidential campaign, Clinton had argued that reliance on Chinese bond purchases was making the U.S. dangerously dependent. She said China’s position as America’s “banker” was eroding the United States’ leverage with Beijing.

Well, I’m reassured, aren’t you?

/assume the brace position for Obama’s “major economic speech”, the unveiling of his tax the rich/business budget this coming week, and Geithner’s threat to release details of his AWOL bank bailout plan, I’m sure the Markets will be pleasantly pleased as punch

We Have Crossed Some Strange Boundary Here

Welcome to the CBS Cares Colonoscopy Sweepstakes!

This is an actual sweepstakes and, if you are the grand prize winner, we will fly you and a companion to New York where you will receive a free colonoscopy. You will also be given three nights’ accommodation in a suite at the luxurious Loews Regency Hotel, which will include the night before you are “awarded” the colonoscopy.

What should you expect if you are the lucky winner?

The hardest part is the preparation the night before when you drink a laxative. This laxative is well known for declaring itself at the very moment you have called a relative or friend (or room service) to comment that it does not seem to be working. But hang in, because it’s important to have a clear colon for the screening and the fun part is about to begin –

The colonoscopy at the Center for Specialty Care will be done by Dr. Paul Miskovitz — a leading gastro-enterologist in New York City and expert on colorectal cancer. When the colonoscopy is about to begin, you’ll be given drugs which will make you feel like you’re at Woodstock… only without the music. If you start to believe that you actually are at Woodstock (for example, Dr. Miskovitz starts to look like Jimi Hendrix or you feel inclined to say “far out!” in response to questions), please report the side effect to Dr. Miskovitz or Jimi Hendrix (whomever you see first) immediately.

Wasn’t Katie Couric enough?

/you know, everyone over 50 should have one but this is just beyond bizarre

Knock Knock . . . Who’s There?

It’s ACORN!!

Acorn Breaks into Home

Some community activists could face criminal charges after breaking into a home in Southeast Baltimore.

Police were at the home Thursday night looking for fingerprints and other evidence.

The activists who staged the break-in belong to the Association of Community Organizations For Reform Now or ACORN.

After snapping a lock with bolt cutters, ACORN member Louis Beverly told supporters “this is our house now.”

ACORN staged the demonstration to protest the foreclosure crisis sweeping the nation.

The home in the 300 block of Ellwood Avenue used to be owned by Donna Hanks. She lost this home in September, after owning it since 2001. When things got tough she struggled to make her payments. Her mortgage? $1995 a month. Her income? $2200. Donna’s story is one that ACORN is taking a stand against.

See also:
Porkapalooza Paying For ACORN To Break The Law (Again)
ACORN Trains Citizens To Protest Home Foreclosures
“This is our house now:” ACORN mob begins breaking into homes
How stimulus plan creates nation of squatters

I’m sorry, we’re supposed to have sympathy for someone who takes out a a $1995 a month mortgage on $2200 in income? Gee, think that’s maybe a little too much house there? Is home ownership some sort of Obama given entitlement now? And just how is AcORN trespassing and squatting going to pay the mortgage?

And who pays for ACORN? You do.

Stimulus Includes $2 Billion in Neighborhood Stabilization Fund

Those advocates will be happy to learn that the final compromise bill includes $2 billion for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. That’s less than the $4.2 billion passed by the House, but surely better than nothing. After all, it was the housing crisis at the root of this recession.

Is anyone stupid enough to believe that a sizable chunk of that $2 billion won’t go to ACORN? That’ll pay for a whole lot more illegal break ins, trespassing, and squatters.

/your tax dollars at work, the Obama way

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