Thursday, April 30, 2009

Obama's Holocaust Lesson: "Forgive and Forget" - Never Again... Fight Evil

Cross posted on Weasel Zippers

It's "old news", except I missed out when it happened and when it was published. This is too astonishing to ignore and illustrated by an excellent article by Michael Ledeen.

And silly me thinking "Never Again" means - never allow neither tolerate genocide. I guess I should be sent to a reeducation camp and be forced to study some of dear leader's inspirational literature - like Karl Marx.

No president in modern times has managed to conceal so much of his biography as this one. The journalists assigned to the Obama beat seem to have lost their traditional avidity for digging out the missing details. We do not have a medical report, or a college transcript from Columbia, or a notion of how well he did in Harvard Law School.

These things are not automatically significant, but they can be. Nobody thinks the president has some basic medical problem. He shows every sign of being in excellent physical condition. But so did John F. Kennedy, who turned out to have had Addison’s Disease, and was taking steroids and pain killers, which had an effect on his performance. We didn’t know it at the time. We should have.

What did Obama study? With whom? How well did he do? Obama occasionally says things that are uncharacteristic of cultured persons, as when he flubs the number of states in the U.S., or when he seems to believe that they speak “Austrian” in Vienna. Are these just occasional slips of the tongue? Or did his college and law school years show a pattern of ignorance? We’re entitled to know these things, but there is a disappointing, albeit quite predictable, lack of curiosity by the usual suspects in the media hunter/killer packs.


He then gave his version of “never again,” and it’s a very odd version indeed. First, he draws hope from the survivors of the Holocaust. Those who came to America had a higher birthrate than the Jews who were already living here, and those members of “a chosen people” who created Israel. These, he says, chose life and asserted it despite the horrors they had endured. And then he goes on:

We find cause for hope as well in Protestant and Catholic children attending school together in Northern Ireland; in Hutus and Tutsis living side-by-side, forgiving neighbors who have done the unforgivable; in a movement to save Darfur that has thousands of high school and college chapters in 25 countries and brought 70,000 people to the Washington Mall, people of every age and faith and background and race united in common cause with suffering brothers and sisters halfway around the world.

Those numbers can be our future, our fellow citizens of the world showing us how to make the journey from oppression to survival, from witness to resistance and ultimately to reconciliation. That is what we mean when we say “never again.”

So “never again” means that we learn from others how to forgive and forget, and ultimately live happily with one another. But that is not what “never again” means, at least for the generation of the Holocaust and for most of those who followed. For them, “never again” means that we will destroy the next would-be Fuhrer. In his entire speech, Obama never once mentions that the United States led a coalition of free peoples against Germany, Italy and Japan, nor does he ever discuss the obligation of sacrifice to prevent a recurrence. Indeed, his examples suggest that he doesn’t grasp the full dimensions of the struggle against evil. Northern Ireland is a totally inappropriate example (nothing remotely approaching a Holocaust took place there), the relations between Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda and Burundi are hardly characterized by forgiveness, even though the president of Burundi is striving mightily to achieve a peaceful modus vivendi, and as for Darfur, well, despite the tens of thousands who demonstrated on the Mall, nobody has done much of anything to stop the Khartoum regime from slaughtering the peoples of the south.


Read it all: Here

H/T to israelmatzav

Cap And Trade = Make Al Gore Wealthy Tax

A good editorial by Investor's Business Daily:

Cap-And-Trade: Al Gore's Cash Cow
When Gore left office in January 2001, he was said to have a net worth in the neighborhood of $2 million. A mere eight years later, estimates are that he is now worth about $100 million. It seems it's easy being green, at least for some.

Gore has his lectures and speeches, his books, a hit movie and Oscar, and a Nobel Prize. But Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., was curious about how a man dedicated to saving the planet could get so wealthy so quickly. She sought out investment advice we all could use in a shaky economy.

Last May, we noted that Big Al had joined the venture capital group Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers the previous September. On May 1, 2008, the firm announced a $500 million investment in maturing green technology firms called the Green Growth Fund.

Last Friday, Gore was the star witness at the hearings on cap-and- trade legislation before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Blackburn asked Gore about Kleiner-Perkins, noting that at last count they "have invested about a billion dollars invested in 40 companies that are going to benefit from cap-and-trade legislation that we are discussing here today."

Blackburn then asked the $100 million question: "Is that something that you are going to personally benefit from?" Gore gave the stock answer that "the transition to a green economy is good for our economy and good for all of us, and I have invested in it but every penny that I have made I have put right into a nonprofit, the Alliance for Climate Protection, to spread awareness of why we have to take on this challenge."

Last May, we also noted that on March 1, Gore, while speaking at a conference in Monterey, Calif., admitted to having "a stake" in a number of green investments that he recommended attendees put money in rather than "subprime carbon assets" such as tar sands and shale oil.

He also is co-founder of Generation Investment Management, which sells carbon offsets that allow rich polluters to continue with a clear conscience. It's a scheme that will make traders of this new commodity rich and Bernie Madoff look like a pickpocket. The other founder is former Goldman Sachs partner David Blood.

As Stephen Milloy, author of "Green Hell," points out, Goldman Sachs is lobbying for climate change legislation and is part owner of the Chicago Climate Exchange, where carbon credits from cap and trade would be traded.

Others hope to cash in along with Gore. On Earth Day 2007, the various NBC networks gave 75 hours of free air time to Gore to hype climate change. NBC is owned by General Electric, perhaps the largest maker of wind turbines and other green technology in the world. It, too, stands to benefit financially from cap and trade, as Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly has noted, connecting dots others won't.

Gore's altruism is phony. According to a March 6 Bloomberg report, Gore invested $35 million of his own money not in green nonprofits, but with the very profitable Capricorn Investment Group LLC, a Palo Alto, Calif., firm that directs clients to green investments and invests in makers of environmentally friendly products.

As reported on Green Hell Blog, Capricorn was founded by the billionaire former president of eBay Inc., Jeffrey Skoll, who also happens to be an executive producer of Gore's Oscar-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."

Gore has not taken a vow of poverty even as he advocates legislation that will push millions into it. He has said greed and corporate profits are behind the studies disproving his alarmism. Maybe it's his desire for profits that's behind his manipulation of the truth.

So what were you doing during the "yet another primetime TV grab" by the President yesterday?

Here are a few positive things one can do next time (with the TV turned off):

  • Read a book
  • Read a bed time story to your kids
  • Take a long bath
  • Go exercise
  • Go to sleep
  • Write a letter of complaint to your congressman, surely you have things to complain about
  • Plan your next vacation
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Bake/Cook/Clean
  • Reorganize your coupons folder
  • Talk on the phone with relatives
  • Anything that is not mindlessly watching yet another unneeded press conference by hubris boredom in chief.
Just my two cents. Of course you could just put on a DVD / On Demand / Internet if you must watch a screen at 8pm (5pm pacific).

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Someone sent a response to Whole-Foods/Canaan/Terrorism(?) Controversy

The response was with relation to:
Buy at Whole Foods, sponsor terror?

Well, you be the judge:
April 26, 2009
To Whom It May Concern: Re: Dr. Bronner’s Response to Criticism of Fair Trade Organic Olive Oil from Palestine

Dr. Bronner’s uses over 150 metric tons per year of organic olive oil for the velvety smoothness it contributes to our soaps. In early 2007, Dr. Bronner’s began sourcing 90% of our olive oil needs from Palestinian producers near the West Bank town of Jenin. There, the trading firm Canaan Fair Trade was founded by Palestinians who support peaceful co-existence with Israel and see profitable olive farming as one means of improving Palestinians’ economic situation.

Canaan works closely with the Palestine Fair Trade Association (PFTA), and now purchases oil from 1,700 smallholders organized in the PFTA. Dr. Bronner’s funding of the organic and Fair Trade certification by IMO boosted the project’s visibility and provided access to high-end markets in Europe and the U.S. We are also advancing funds far ahead of purchases, which helps Canaan and the PFTA to further develop processing and storage infrastructure.

Because Palestinian olive oil competes with subsidized olive oil from EU countries, oil production in the past has not been lucrative for smallholders and the local economy. But now, PFTA growers are guaranteed a minimum price to cover costs of production and receive a combined organic and Fair Trade premium of 25%. Canaan donates additional funds for education, tree planting and logistics projects. Beyond our trade relationship, Dr. Bronner’s supports Canaan with logistics and distribution contacts and provides technical support as well.

Our cooperation with Canaan allows Palestinian growers to trade directly with growing high-value markets for organic and Fair Trade materials while redeveloping their traditional livelihoods.

The balance of our olive oil comes from Israel. Sindyanna, a Fair Trade business run by Jewish and Arab women in Israel, supports Arab-Israeli producers. And in light of the vision of peace that the olive branch symbolizes, we are also sourcing olive oil from the Jewish Israeli Strauss family farm in Israel, a pioneer in organic olive oil production. Michael Strauss, former elite Israeli Defense Force scout, is a big supporter of our mixing Palestinian and Israeli olive oil in our soaps, as can be seen in this video:
An excellent article and overview of these projects and efforts appeared in Haaretz’s Israeli news magazine Colbo:

Recently, we have become aware of attacks on Canaan Fair Trade in the US. The basis appears to simply be that the source is Palestinian, which the attackers conflate with terrorism against Israel. This is similar to calls to boycott Israeli businesses, conflating them with settlers taking Palestinian land. In neither case generally is there any direct connection. In particular, Canaan Fair Trade is an example of what fair trade is about: disadvantaged farmers facing the obstacles and difficulties of reaching markets in the midst of a conflict situation, are being organized on fair-trade terms that help them and their families negotiate these obstacles and connect with markets in the west. The fair trade premium is invested back into the communities that produce the olive oil, for community development projects, educational scholarships and improving production efficiencies.

In regards to scholarships to universities in the West Bank, we abhor any and all glorifications of terrorism that have or will occur on these diverse campuses, but that should not distract from the importance and value of a college education for disadvantaged Palestinians. Even taking a narrow Israeli security view, it is in Israel’s interest that Palestinians have gainful employment and access to markets, as economic desperation and lack of economic opportunity contributes to the radicalization of Palestinian youth.

Israel itself imports all kinds of Palestinian agricultural produce for domestic consumption, and is a primary export market for Palestinian olive oil. Our olive oil from Canaan is exported to Israel for refining, which Dr. Bronner’s Israeli distributor helps coordinate as well as the shipping.

The Israeli government would hardly permit this if it believed that the olive oil was funding terrorism.
We the fourth and fifth generation family at Dr. Bronner’s are proud of our Jewish heritage and are strong supporters of Israel’s right to exist and security, and contribute annually to Magen David Adom, the Israeli Red Cross. Nazis murdered Dr. Bronner’s parents and much of his extended family, and stole the family soap business.

Dr. Bronner’s sister Lotte emigrated to Israel in 1936 to the Ein Gev kibbutz, and we have family throughout Israel that we visit frequently. Lotte died last month and we celebrated her passing with a memorial page and short video interview she gave discussing amongst other things her childhood and mixing Israeli and Palestinian oil in our soaps: Our Timeline has more details of our history: Dr. Bronner’s launched our soaps in Israel last year with presentations by ourselves and Nasser Abufarha, Executive Director of Canaan Fair Trade, which the Israeli press covered positively: Just as we are comfortable saying that Lotte emigrated to “Israel” in 1936 even though technically it was still “Palestine”, we respect the national aspirations of the Palestinian people in saying that our Palestinian olive oil comes from “Palestine”.

We are optimistic that we can rise above religious and sectarian differences and realize our transcendent unity: that we are All-One based on mutual respect and recognition of each others’ rights and history.

David Bronner
President Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

Let me highlight one thing in that response:
In regards to scholarships to universities in the West Bank, we abhor any and all glorifications of terrorism that have or will occur on these diverse campuses, but that should not distract from the importance and value of a college education for disadvantaged Palestinians. Even taking a narrow Israeli security view, it is in Israel’s interest that Palestinians have gainful employment and access to markets, as economic desperation and lack of economic opportunity contributes to the radicalization of Palestinian youth.

So basically, the answer is - "so what if they give scholarship to a university which promotes terror"?! It's in Israel's best interest to support Palestinian economy, so all else is trumped?!

It is not in anyone's interest to fund anything which promotes genocidal extremism and support of murder of Jews. Canaan does (or prove us otherwise, please - I'm not stubborn nor hateful).

How about just buying olive oil, not focusing on who makes it and whether it is organic or not? The supposed symbol of "justice" here, in support of "Palestinian economy", turns out to provide scholarship to terror U - this is inexcusable! No history of owners of some soap business is relevant. To say "I'm Jewish so believe me", or "I have ancestors who died in the holocaust" does not make it anymore relevant. I'm not belittling anyone's history or pain (we have enough in common there), simply annoyed by that invocation. I'm glad they support Israel, security and peace - but they missed the main point.

Supporting peace does not in any way excuse the situation. To say "I support peace and so what if my money funds those who wish to commit genocide upon Jews" is the most ridiculous stance I have ever heard.

Note that I didn't write anything of the sorts of "boycott Palestinian products". If someone else has - it's his problem. If one chooses not to buy it - it is his choice. To knowingly buy something which you know pays dividends to promoters of terror - that's a whole different realm.

Today in Israeli food: Everything goes in a Pita, especially meat

I'm reminiscing:

(image found through google on flickr)

It's tradition in Israel to go on independence day to parks and barbecue. The Israeli barbecue is called "Mangal" or "Al Ha'esh" (on the fire).

I have childhood memories of grown men, flabby and shirtless - kneeling to a tiny grill and waving a piece of carton to make the charcoal burn a bit hotter to speed up the grilling.

Families gather with mounds of salads they have recently bought at the store (or made at home - no offense to anyone). And lots of meats. Kosher meats.

The Kosher steaks are a special bread - those who were accustomed to USDA choice steaks in the US - thick, bloody and juicy would be disappointed. I guess the plus is in the spice rub put on it.

You would also find Kabobs. Kabobs in Israel are not shish-kabobs on skewers - but a rolled meat patty with spices blended inside.

There are other meats you would find, including "sikhim"/"shipudim" - the traditional shish-kabobs.

Then of course - the grand finale, it all goes in a Pita. Nothing sits on plastic plates with a plastic fork.

Have you ever eaten a hot fresh steak off the grill in a pocket pita with Humus, Chopped Cucumbers, Tomatoes and pickles? Mmmm....

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rino turns out to be a total Ass


Was phonetically identified thus far as that:

I'm sorry - it's juvenile - but it's the first thing which came to mind when I heard the news.

Fox news chose to caption it "Party Pooper". Nice touch.

It seems the party of donkey are excited to receive this valueless clunker. Good luck. Join the circus they say...

Wife adds: Well, at least they don't have 75 seats, so hopefully the constitution is safe.

Longtime GOP Sen. Specter Joins Democratic Party
Veteran Sen. Arlen Specter announced Tuesday his intent to switch from the GOP to the Democratic Party, earning him the support of President Obama in next year's re-election campaign.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday Obama will raise money and campaign for Specter if asked.

Despite winning election to the Senate five times as a Republican, Specter has jumped ship faced with the prospect of a strong challenge from conservative Pat Toomey in the GOP primary and Pennsylvania trending Democratic.

"I deeply regret that I will be disappointing many friends and supporters," Specter said at a news conference on Tuesday.

"I can understand their disappointment," he continued. "I am also disappointed that so many in the party I have worked for for more than four decades do not want me to be their candidate. It is very painful on both sides."

The switch puts Democrats within one vote of a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Democrats currently hold 56 seats in the Senate, and two independents typically vote with the party. Republicans have 41 seats.

With Specter switching sides, Democrats will reach the magical number of 60 if Al Franken, who has been entangled in a protracted court battle with incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman, is seated in Minnesota.

Despite the change in political stripes, Specter vowed to remain an independent voice in the Senate.

"My change in party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats that I have been for the Republicans," he said.

"Whatever my party affiliation, I will continue to be guided by President Kennedy's statement that sometimes party asks too much. When it does, I will continue my independent voting and follow my conscience on what I think is best for Pennsylvania and America," he continued.

Specter's departure further fueled anger that had been building since his vote for a $787 billion stimulus package proposed by President Obama and supported by just three Republicans in Congress.

After Obama was notified of Specter's decision Tuesday morning during his daily economic daily briefing, the president called Specter and said "you have my full support" and that Democrats are "thrilled to have you," a senior administration official told FOX News.

Specter said at the news conference that Obama will campaign for him in the Senate primary.

With the switch, Specter now is more likely to face a general election challenge from Toomey, former head of the conservative Club for Growth, who almost defeated Specter in a 2004 GOP primary. Toomey was beating Specter in public opinion polls of GOP primary voters.

"Senator Specter's decision today represents the height of political self-preservation," said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which works to get GOP candidates elected.

"Let's be honest -- Sen. Specter didn't leave the GOP based on principles of any kind," said Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. "He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record.

"Republicans look forward to beating Sen. Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats don't do it first," Steele said.

"Everyone switches parties when you know you're going to lose," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told FOX News. Graham said Specter's decision now puts pressure on a lot of red-state Democrats, who campaigned on their conservative credentials, to step up.

"They may be the only thing that can stop this radical liberal agenda," he said.

Specter acknowledged at the news conference that after surveying the sentiments of the GOP, he found prospects for winning next year's primary looked bleak.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., told FOX News that Specter attended a weekly GOP lunch Tuesday after news of his decision broke and said nothing. Some Republicans approached him and said they'd miss him.

"Some saw the raw politics of" the switch and did not take acknowledge his presence, DeMint said.

Last week, DeMint reportedly told Specter that he would be supporting Toomey in next year's Republican primary. But it is unclear whether this conversation prompted Specter to switch parties.

Specter said in a statement that he is acting now because he needs to prepare for the state primary that is less than 13 months away.

"Upon request, I will return campaign contributions contributed during this cycle," he said.

Political experts in Pennsylvania note that Specter has alienated the Republican base over the years with his support for abortion rights and gay rights, and other more hard-core conservative issues. His approval rating percentage among Republicans hovered in the 30s, according to a handful of polls conducted this year.

However, Specter's approval among Democrats in his state is high. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., praised Specter's decision and noted that he has always been willing to work in a bipartisan manner.

"I welcome Sen. Specter and his moderate voice to our diverse caucus, and to continuing our open and honest debate about the best way to make life better for the American people," he said in a statement.

A minute before the celebration and fireworks in Israel

Quick update, please note Netanyahu's speech at a ceremony today, I wrote the following post before noticing:
We have no choice but to fight terror until it is obliterated and to defend our lives," he told bereaved families gathered for the official state ceremony on the Mount Herzl military ceremony in Jerusalem.

"This is what we have done and what we are doing. The State of Israel, through the Israel Defense Forces, has responded with war, determination and diligence, with courage and sophistication, using an incomparable morality of combat," he said.

"Terror is a war crime, the indiscriminate murder of innocent civilians," the prime minister added.


not compromise on its security for the sake of peace.

"Our hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors. But our enemies should not misunderstand: We shall never compromise on our security, the security of the state of Israel. That is our obligation to the fallen, that is our obligation to the citizens of Israel, that is our obligation to coming generations," Netanyahu said.

I'm pleased to know that the current Israeli PM gets it.

Original post continues:

This site as a whole is an ongoing "Yom Hazikaron". I collect and report on these issues daily. I keep permanent links to relevant items as well.

Before celebrating independence, Israel commemorates fallen soldiers and terror victims. The idea to hold a memorial day so adjacent to such festivity was to keep saying: With their life they gave us our freedom and security.

That is not true for terror victims. With their lives, they remind us of horrific experiments in peace making. They died needlessly on the alter of leftism and liberalism and deserve a separate day!

I am not playing politics with pain. I'm stating my opinion, the same opinion I express every day. Civilian victims deserve their own day. Attaching them to fallen soldiers degrades the sacrifice of the armed forces, and belittles the terror victims pain. It is not the same. Only the enemy is the same.

Civilian casualties mark the inhumanity of our enemies who seek to commit genocide. Never Again! Never again derelict the duty of protecting the civilians by fairy land policy making. The armed forces were built to protect the Jews from the next holocaust.

Military casualties signify Israel's strength. The fallen have given to ultimate sacrifice in order to maintaining secure borders and prevent the genocidal desires of enemies.

Here's some reportage of today's ceremonies from ynetnews:
Israel remembers its 22,570 fallen
Two-minute siren sounds across country, followed by state memorial services for fallen IDF soldiers, terror victims on Jerusalem's Mount Herzl. Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed bereaved families, says 'there's no consolation and no way to forget.' Father of Chabad emissary's wife who was killed in Mumbai: Pain grows with every day that passes

Israel's 22,570 fallen IDF soldiers and terror victims remembered: Tens of thousands of bereaved families visited their loved ones' graves at cemeteries across the country on Tuesday morning to honor the dead. The past year saw 133 Israelis join the list of fallen.

The main state memorial service honoring the Israel Defense Forces' fallen soldiers commenced at 11 am at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl. The ceremony began will a two-minute siren. State memorial services were also being held at the same time in all military cemeteries across the country.

The main ceremony was attended by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish, IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and Police Commissioner Dudi Cohen.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said in his speech, "Behind every gravestone there are chapters of childhood, youth and adulthood, dreams that were shattered in one moment, aspirations that evaporated and went up in smoke.

Netanyahu turned to the audience, saying "this day I speak to you, my brothers and sisters, members of the bereaved families, as the prime minister of Israel and as the member of a bereaved family. I know bereaved parents have no consolation and no way to forget.

"I know the meaning of the death of a beloved and admired brother, who went away and will never return. I know that for a bereaved family every day is a memorial day. Every day of the year, every morning we wake up to a space which cannot be filled."

The prime minister said that "what changed in Jewish history is not the hatred of Jews, but our ability to defend ourselves against it. From here, in Jerusalem, I say to you and to all the citizens of Israel, that we will never abandon our fate again. We will never lose our defensive force. Our hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors, but our enemies must not be mistaken – we will never compromise on the security of the State of Israel."

Guess what day is it in Israel?

A day of independence. "independence: the quality or state of being independent" "independent: : not subject to control by others : self-governing (2): not affiliated with a larger controlling unit b (1): not requiring or relying on something else : not contingent (2): not looking to others for one's opinions or for guidance in conduct"

Israel is the USA's ally, and vice versa. None gets to determine the other's policies. Some people need to have that be reminded again and again. (Those who think some Jooooish consipratory lobby is controlling a shadow government in the US, some in actual power in the US who think they can dictate Israel's diplomatic stance and border flexibility)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Obama wants to fund Hamas, change US laws to send them money directly

Cross posted on Weasel Zippers

Halting military aid to Israel, sending cash to Hamas, Pat Buchanan would be proud. Also, David Duke. Need I explain this hint?

US may fund PA government with Hamas

The Obama administration has asked Congress for minor changes in US law that would allow the continued provision of funds to the Palestinian Authority even if Hamas officials become part of a Palestinian unity government, the LA Times reported Monday.

The newspaper said that congressional supporters of Israel were dismayed by the move, quoting Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.) as telling Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a House hearing last week that it was akin to agreeing to support a government that "only has a few Nazis in it."

According to the LA Times, the Obama administration requested the changes this month as part of an $83.4-billion emergency spending bill that also includes funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would also provide $840 million for the Palestinian Authority and for rebuilding Gaza post-Operation Cast Lead, but the administration is trying to work out how to deliver the aid to Gaza in light of federal restrictions on dealing with Hamas.

US officials claimed that the new proposal didn't constitute recognition of Hamas or aiding the group. Under law, any US aid would require that the PA government recognize Israel, renounce violence and agree to abide by past Israeli-Palestinian agreements.

Although Hamas doesn't meet those criteria, if a Palestinian unity government is established, the Obama administration wants to be able to provide aid as long as the Hamas-backed members of the government meet the three criteria, even if the organization itself does not, according to the paper.

Manchurian candidate in action. Tearing down the CIA was just the beginning.

Yes - he is laughing at us. A big gotcha smile.

Back from a great trip, Grand Canyon photos attached

I was on yet another business trip to Vegas (been there about 6 times by now) and took the opportunity to finally visit the Grand Canyon.

Once we entered the park, and finally parked the car - we took two steps and stood in front of the most grandiose and heart stopping view of an abyss. Pictures can't express the depth and scale of that amazing place.

Click on the pictures for a larger view. We took the photos with a high-res camera, google resized them to fit the screen for web-scalability.

It's one amazing place.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Must watch video , the leftist only argument: Shut Up!

Sometimes, after elaborating and exploring realities and facts to promote an opinion and advocate for what one feels is important, truthful, just - one gets frustrated. The message doesn't go through and after 100 days of hail storm, the public shows 60%+ support for the bringer of said hail. One just feels truth doesn't matter anymore. Passion is replaced with indifference, and speech dies naturally.

Many of those who disagree with the message the MSM choir is broadcasting have befallen to the "what's the use" clause. Those who have not - are constantly under a certain pressure, the pressure is well elaborated in the following excellent video:

H/T: Moonbattery

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Telegraph: why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly?

With a hat tip to Gateway Pundit - the following op-ed on the telegraph says it all. Almost, I'll just add that I think he hates America's allies too - such as Israel.

Barack Obama and the CIA: why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly?
If al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the rest of the Looney Tunes brigade want to kick America to death, they had better move in quickly and grab a piece of the action before Barack Obama finishes the job himself. Never in the history of the United States has a president worked so actively against the interests of his own people - not even Jimmy Carter.

Obama's problem is that he does not know who the enemy is. To him, the enemy does not squat in caves in Waziristan, clutching automatic weapons and reciting the more militant verses from the Koran: instead, it sits around at tea parties in Kentucky quoting from the US Constitution. Obama is not at war with terrorists, but with his Republican fellow citizens. He has never abandoned the campaign trail.

That is why he opened Pandora's Box by publishing the Justice Department's legal opinions on waterboarding and other hardline interrogation techniques. He cynically subordinated the national interest to his partisan desire to embarrass the Republicans. Then he had to rush to Langley, Virginia to try to reassure a demoralised CIA that had just discovered the President of the United States was an even more formidable foe than al-Qaeda.

"Don't be discouraged by what's happened the last few weeks," he told intelligence officers. Is he kidding? Thanks to him, al-Qaeda knows the private interrogation techniques available to the US intelligence agencies and can train its operatives to withstand them - or would do so, if they had not already been outlawed.

So, next time a senior al-Qaeda hood is captured, all the CIA can do is ask him nicely if he would care to reveal when a major population centre is due to be hit by a terror spectacular, or which American city is about to be irradiated by a dirty bomb. Your view of this situation will be dictated by one simple criterion: whether or not you watched the people jumping from the twin towers.

Obama promised his CIA audience that nobody would be prosecuted for past actions. That has already been contradicted by leftist groups with a revanchist ambition to put Republicans, headed if possible by Condoleezza Rice, in the dock. Talk about playing party politics with national security. Martin Scheinin, the United Nations special investigator for human rights, claims that senior figures, including former vice president Dick Cheney, could face prosecution overseas. Ponder that - once you have got over the difficulty of locating the United Nations and human rights within the same dimension.

President Pantywaist Obama should have thought twice before sitting down to play poker with Dick Cheney. The former vice president believes documents have been selectively published and that releasing more will prove how effective the interrogation techniques were. Under Dubya's administration, there was no further atrocity on American soil after 9/11.

President Pantywaist's recent world tour, cosying up to all the bad guys, excited the ambitions of America's enemies. Here, they realised, is a sucker they can really take to the cleaners. His only enemies are fellow Americans. Which prompts the question: why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly?

Key points:
* CIA demoralized
* Obama's only enemies are citizens of the USA quoting the constitution
* Worse than Carter
* Sucker they can really take to the cleaners.
* Your view of this situation will be dictated by one simple criterion: whether or not you watched the people jumping from the twin towers.

Apparently Democrats suffer from a severe case of amnesia. I can't believe they had not seen the people jumping from the towers. They just DONT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT TERROR VICTIMS - PAST AND FUTURE!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Clinton: Israel risks losing Arab support for combating Iran

Cross posted on Weasel Zippers

JPost: Clinton: Israel risks losing Arab support for combating Iran

WHAT SUPPORT?! Also lost support from Nazi Germany, Aliens from mars and moderate KKK members.

I don't know if the following photoshop is as appropriate as when I first started making it...

Buy my butter peace.

will be back to blogging more actively next week...

Scientists find god... not really. I'm not really back just yet

I had too much fun at Vegas and I'm too tired from the overnight flight. Trying to keep the vomit bucket at close range as I review news from over the last 5 days - at which I abstained from internet and TV news. Thanks to - "Zip"'s RSS, I get a full journal of all the stomach turning crap that's been happening. I'm glad I took a few days away from reality. I'm tired, and I have some real world things to do. So for now - here's a way off topic story for entertainment purposes:

Giant Mystery Blob Discovered Near Dawn of Time
- Did scientist find God's shadow? I'm not turning religious or suggesting they found proof of god. I'm jesting.
A newly found primordial blob may represent the most massive object ever discovered in the early universe, researchers announced today.

The gas cloud, spotted from 12.9 billion light-years away, could signal the earliest stages of galaxy formation back when the universe was just 800 million years old.

"I have never heard about any [similar] objects that could be resolved at this distance," said Masami Ouchi, a researcher at the Carnegie Institution in Pasadena, Calif. "It's kind of record-breaking."

A light-year is the distance light travels in a year, about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers). An object 12.9 billion light-years away is seen as it existed 12.9 billion years ago, and the light is just now arriving.

The cloud predates similar blobs, known as Lyman-Alpha blobs, which existed when the universe was 2 billion to 3 billion years old. Researchers named their new find Himiko, after an ancient Japanese queen with an equally murky past.

Himiko holds more than 10 times as much mass as the next largest object found in the early universe, or roughly the equivalent mass of 40 billion suns. At 55,000 light years across, it spans about half the diameter of our Milky Way Galaxy.

Lyman-Alpha blobs remain a mystery because existing telescopes have a hard time peering so far back to nearly the dawn of the universe.

Is this what the telescopes have seen?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Lots of Headlines in Israel, Blog Anouncement: Small break

I will not be posting until next Thursday 4-24-2009, almost a week. Taking a break and hopefully will not touch a computer during this time...

Before I leave, here's a roundup of today's headlines:
IDF Map Confirms Every Israeli is Under Missile Threat

'Int'l law must adapt to terror threats'

Terrorist killed after infiltrating settlement

Gaza Terrorists Fire Second Rocket at Israel, No Injuries

Palestinians: Man killed in Bil'in riot

Murder, Mayhem in Gaza

What a barrage of news on a Friday.

The "peace" bull-crap in Israel

After the new Israeli government was formed, and the new foreign minister in Israel stated his opinion that this is were the "process" stops, Obama got stressed and sent his negotiator Mitchel to pressure Netanyahu to continue milking Israel in exchange for nothing.

Netanyahu expressed two key points with regards to continuing with the 2 states solution:
1. The Palestinians must recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. Which they refuse. The Arabs want an Arab state, and an Arab state with some rights for Jews. There's an unabridged difference of perception regarding what does a "2 state solution" mean.

2. Hamas controls Gaza - reaffirmed by Gaza take-over, any further steps taken without changing the status quo will lead to Iran/Hamas taking over the areas around Jerusalem and close to all major Jewish population. Fatah's leadership has been proven to hold no roots in the Arab population and once given chance are overthrown.

Then Mitchel went on to meet with the Palestinains, who basically made demands that Obama punishes Israel, refused to recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, and not so thinly veiled threat to resume violence - peace process bull-crap, violent threats void any appearance of peacefulness. Everything the Arabs said here was in code words. So naive people can understand what they want, but if you've been following the situation - it is quite clear.

Netanyahu: We won't accept another Hamastan

PA: Recognition of Israel as Jewish State a 'Provocation'

Pressure Israel to accept two states, Palestinians urge Mitchell

'Palestinians must accept Jewish state'

US official: No alternative to 2-state solution

The Americans have not gone back on a firm demand made during Condoleezza Rice's tenure as secretary of state, that Israel halts the construction of settlements completely, including in the Jerusalem vicinity.

Another demand relates to Israel's immediate commitment to remove all illegal outposts, and a third demand is that the Netanyahu government recognizes its commitment to reignite the dialogue with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

"Contrary to the impression created in Israel by the new government," said an American source between one meeting to another, "President Obama is determined to advance the peace process with the Palestinians in the near future.

'Pressure Israel, or peace process will be a joke'

Thursday, April 16, 2009

GE's Immelt and Zucker personally involved in hushing Obama dissent at CNBC

Free press?! Not in the age of big brother.

THE top suits and some of the on-air talent at CNBC were recently ordered to a top-secret meeting with General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker to discuss whether they've turned into the President Obama-bashing network, Page Six has learned.

"It was an intensive, three-hour dinner at 30 Rock which Zucker himself was behind," a source familiar with the powwow told us. "There was a long discussion about whether CNBC has become too conservative and is beating up on Obama too much. There's great concern that CNBC is now the anti-Obama network. The whole meeting was really kind of creepy."

One topic under the microscope, our insider said, was on-air CNBC editor Rick Santelli's rant two months ago about staging a "Chicago Tea Party" to protest the president's bailout programs -- an idea that spawned tax protest tea parties in other big cities, infuriating the White House. Oddly, Santelli was not at the meeting, while Jim Cramer was, noted our source, who added that no edict was ultimately handed down by the network chieftains.

CNBC flack Brian Steel confirmed the get-together, but insisted: "The dinner was to thank CNBC for a job well done in our in-depth reporting throughout the financial crisis. As far as our coverage is concerned, we are built for balance and we are unabashedly pro-investor."

Our source retorted: "That is complete bull[bleep] . . . they didn't invite a lot of people to [the meeting]. There were many staffers who were working 24/7 during the crisis who weren't asked to attend, even Santelli, who was a big star for the network during those weeks. Why not?"

In addition, the insider said: "News of the meeting is starting to leak out and people are contacting a number of the on-air people to ask if they've been muzzled by GE."

Very creepy. And shameless.

Opinions on a business news network?! Unheard of:

Cross posted on Weasel Zippers.

CNN publishes Palestinain propaganda, security barrier=senseless object

No context, no mention of suicide bombers or that 60%+ percent of "peaceful" Palestinians still support and encourage murder of Jews. But the barrier - that's senseless.

Palestinian graffiti spreads message of peace
What's peaceful about the message here?! Israel and Jews have no right to block off murderers?!

(scroll below propaganda garbage for more commentary and imagery)
Emblazoned on a long, tall, concrete barrier in the midst of a rocky Middle Eastern landscape is this spray-painted message: "Mirror, mirror on the wall. When will this senseless object fall?"

It's one of more than 900 graffiti messages that have been spray-painted by Palestinians on the controversial wall that separates Israel and the West Bank.

The painters take orders through a Web site that lets customers get a message on the wall. For the equivalent of $40, a Palestinian will spray paint the message and send three digital photos of it.

Anything goes -- marriage proposals, jokes, notes to friends -- as long as it isn't extremist, hate-filled, or pornographic, said Faris Arouri, one of the founders of the site.

"Trying to imagine a clear view between Palestine and Israel," one reads.

"If all humans are equal, why do they have to live separated?" says another.

And another simply shouts: "Get along with each other!"

"This is an alternative way to send your message to whoever you're sending it to," Arouri told CNN from Ramallah. "It is there physically and it will stay there until someone sprays over it or someone decides to demolish that wall... Hopefully it won't stay forever, because hopefully this wall will be removed some time soon."

The Israeli government began building the barrier in 2002, about two years after renewed violence erupted in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. In some areas, it takes the form of a tall concrete wall: in others, it is more of a fence.

Israel says the barrier has been successful in preventing terrorist attacks by Palestinians. But Palestinians say it amounts to an illegal land grab of Palestinian territory because it does not match the line of Israel's border with the West Bank before the 1967 Six Day War.

The barrier cuts so far into West Bank territory at some points that the West Bank settlement of Alfei Menashe and five Palestinian villages are actually now on the Israeli side of the wall. Palestinians in those villages contend they are cut off from both Israel and the West Bank because they are not allowed to travel into Israel and they must pass through military checkpoints to reach other West Bank villages.

The Sendamessage Web site says other families cut off by the barrier are deprived of their livelihoods. The site describes how the wall separated a family from the hotel they owned and kept farmers away from their 500 olive trees.

Israel's supreme court has twice ruled that the government must reroute sections of the barrier to avoid infringing on the lives of thousands of Palestinians.

Arouri represents a Palestinian non-profit group, the Peace and Freedom Youth Forum, that works on the social and political issues facing young people in the West Bank.

About two-thirds of the money raised through the site goes to the group, which uses it to pay for projects like building a playground, buying bicycles, or establishing laundry facilities for university students in Bir Zeit, near Ramallah.

The group says it only works with organizations that are legal in the Palestinian territories and allowed to operate by the Israeli government.

The rest of the money goes to the group's partners in the Netherlands, who maintain the Web site, accept payments, and manage the paperwork.

First conceived at a Dutch-Palestinian workshop in Ramallah two years ago, the site has gone on to attract customers from around the world. There have been 910 orders so far, said Justus van Oel, a Dutch screenwriter who volunteers his time maintaining the site in the Netherlands.

Spray-painting on the wall is a peaceful way for Palestinians to protest the barrier, Arouri said.

"You're not only defying the existence of the wall, but you're also showing the international community our refusal, first of all, to such a structure," he said.

"Also, it's an attempt to humanize the Palestinian society in the eyes of the world, showing that the Palestinians are not just militants who are violently resisting occupation."

There are other benefits to the project, too, Arouri said. The rest of the world can get a glimpse, however small, into the Palestinians' lives behind the wall -- and the Palestinians get a sense that they're not forgotten, Arouri said.

"There's no big concept," van Oel told CNN. "The wall won't fall because texts are on it, but the people behind the wall, they will have a face. It's also about beauty and poetry. It inspires people."

Poetry is indeed on the wall, as are emotional pleas to take the wall down.

Marriage proposals are a frequent order, Arouri said, but so are jokes and funny messages.

"We had a series of obviously French (people) making silly jokes about each other, because the names were just being repeated and repeated," he said. "We also got a message supposedly from a dog, asking the neighbor's dog to come out and play in the sun."

The diversity of the messages is something Arouri says he finds incredible.

"We've covered most of the aspects of human life," he said.

Caspar Nieuwenhuis, a Dutch theater director, used the site to propose to his girlfriend. His plan was to feature a picture of the spray-painted proposal on a Dutch news broadcast about the wall and make sure his girlfriend, a journalist, was watching -- but the picture never aired.

"Then I thought, well, I have this photo of a Palestinian boy who's writing my proposal on the wall," Nieuwenhuis wrote to CNN. "I've got a notebook (computer). I could save the photo (onto) my desktop and show it to my girlfriend, just that plain and simple.

"So I did. And when she saw this, she said 'yes' and cried," he said.

Nieuwenhuis said he heard about the site through van Oel, a friend, and liked the idea right away.

"I thought it was a brilliant idea to have something beautiful written on an ugly wall," he told CNN.

The Sendamessage Foundation is also planning to spray-paint an entire letter written by South African human rights activist Farid Esack next month. It's looking for customers to sponsor a portion of the letter in exchange for having their name signed onto the end.

In the letter, Esack compares the situation in the Palestinian territories to South Africa under apartheid, the Web site says.

Of course the "apartheid" bull-crap, how could they do without it? Except that blocking murderers out is in no way comparable to a systematic race based separation, and there was no "wall" in south Africa. But don't let the facts confuse you.

How about quoting someone who is not a deranged lover of murderers of Jews? How about context, or balance? Na.... it's CNN. They live and report from a different planet.

Here's what Palestinians draw as graffiti that CNN chooses not show you:


It's so artsy and peaceful and beautiful. Fuck you CNN.

Zaky, the tolarance purple bear

The poor Muslims are so misunderstood, they need the purple Zaky to tell the infidels they are stereotyping Muslims.

Bonus, the creator of this sexually ambiguous Muslim telletubby is inspired by Yusuf Islam... you know - the hippy turned Muslim turned Hamas supporter and Rushdi execution enthusiast. Misconceptions indeed.

Meet Zaky, the purple bear with a message of tolerance

HE MAY be a goofy-looking purple bear with a propeller on his head but Zaky is well on the way to achieving cult status among young Muslims in Australia and beyond.

Zaky's creator, Sydney film producer Subhi Alshaik, describes the mild-mannered cartoon character as "the opposite of Bart Simpson" who teaches "good, ethical, moral messages". Zaky also aims to dispel some of the ugly stereotypes about Islam among non-Muslims.

Mr Alshaik is a former musician who began taking his religion seriously after a chance meeting with Yusuf Islam - the singer better known as Cat Stevens - in London .

"I was living a lifestyle that was all nightclubs and the rest of it. He gave me a bit of advice and I settled down after that," says Mr Alshaik, whose company is in Minto.

Mr Alshaik wanted to combine his production skills with his new-found enthusiasm for Islam, and in 2004 hit on the idea of creating a children's character.

"Before I knew it, I was sitting down and sketching cartoon characters, and Zaky was pretty much born."

Zaky was brought to life in animated form in short films promoting Muslim traditions and universal values such as helping others. There is also a CD featuring catchy tunes with titles such as That's How I Make Wudu [pray].

"The Muslim world went nuts over him - they were obviously starving for something like this," Mr Alshaik said. "He's become a huge phenomenon in places like Malaysia, Dubai and Saudi, just from the internet. And when kids see him they mob him."

Now Mr Alshaik is hoping to spread Zaky's message of tolerance and goodwill beyond the Muslim community. "We work with a lot of different communities - Christian and Jewish - and they say this is what they need," he said.

The latest Zaky production is a 40-minute non-religious film, Zaky's Adventures, tackling global warming from a child's perspective. "We're hoping we can build on a simple idea and eventually he can become another Wiggles-style export to the world."

Anything is in a huge leap in comparison to "Nahul" and other friendly Hamas-TV for kids characters: Hamas launches TV Bugs Bunny-lookalike who declares 'I will eat the Jews

Progress: Egypt no longer forces Bahai to write "Muslim" in their ID cards

Congratulations where due.

EGYPT: A breakthrough for Bahais
This week, human-rights groups hailed a government directive acknowledging the right of the Bahai religious community to receive identification documents -- without having to choose another religion on the application -- as “a positive step that came very late.”

This decision "puts an end to the official policy that forced Egyptian Bahais to claim being either Muslim or Christian,” said a statement issued by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the human-rights group that spearheaded the years-long legal battle between Bahais and the government.

The interior ministry handed down its new directive last month following a court verdict that granted those of the Bahai faith the right to obtain identification cards and birth certificates without having to choose a religion. The court ruled that they could leave the religious-affiliation spot empty. The ruling was not subject to any further appeal.

The new directive became effective this week, according to the human-rights group's statement.

Bahais are expected to rush to government offices to apply for their identification documents under the new regulations.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

CNN Reporter protests the Tea-Party protesters

Asks a question, angrily cuts him off, then screams at him with her angry empty argument, and finishes off with snarky remarks about the protest being promoted by that "far right wing network, fox".

From Hotair.

How dare you protest? Illinois is getting big bucks from stimulus?!

Prime example... of what CNN is thinking of those who disapprove of Obama.

Buy at Whole Foods, sponsor terror?

Just the idea that something is labeled by some mysterious label as "fair trade sponsored by the EU" is enough to give me a big dose of suspicion. These are obviously attempts to sell to the "conscientious consumer" (lefty retards). Those who like to be completely ignorant as to what hides behind the smiley/feel good sticker, yet feel they make the world better.

Well, surprise-surprise - one of these "fair trade" labels, provides scholarships to the An-Najah University. Where a shrine to suicide bombers is located. Where reenactments of suicidal bombings took place to show how proud they are of butchery of Jews:

A site of recruitment for suicide bombing.

A video of the "nice" exhibit at An-Najah from September 2001. Notice the "wipe your shoes on the American flag" part:

Schlussel Reports: Whole Foods "Responds" to Schlussel Story on Funding Palestinian Terrorist U, Stands by Terror U Scholarship Products
I'm starting from the end, and quoting their response to the accusations and Debbie Schlussel's comments inside the response:
From: Jessie Walker (CE CEN)

Subject: in response to your concerns.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 3:08 PM

I have shared your concerns with our National purchasing team as I promised. Our National Grocery Team chose to launch items made by this coop, such as Alter Eco, Dr Bronners, and Canaan Fair Trade brand, because of the high ethical standards with which they are produced. Fair trade items are a win-win partnership and this particular line of oils is produced by a co-op of Palestinians in the West Bank who are committed to peaceful coexistence with Israel. [DS: NOT AT AN-NAJAH UNIVERSITY, WHERE CANAAN FAIR TRADE FUNDS SCHOLARSHIPS] Here are the main points to rebuke the article you mention. [DS: THIS IS NOT A REBUKE. IT'S REGURGITATION OF BS.]

1. Canaan is fully invested in fair trade and organic production as means to support livelihood and environmental sustainability. In Palestine in particular fair-trade has created much needed hope in the farmers communities and provided them with a medium for positive interaction and connection with Western societies in Europe and North America. [DS: SO? THIS "REBUKES" THAT CANAAN FAIR TRADE FUNDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO TERRORIST UNIVERSITIES, HOW?]

2. Canaan Fair Trade olive oil is certified fair trade by two of the most reputable fair-trade certification bodies IMO and FLO, independent third parties, in Switzerland and Germany. Certification involves yearly inspections and audits including the money trail. These two certifiers verify that the payments reach the farmers cooperatives and the individual farmers, and the social premiums support valuable community projects. [DS: I REPEAT, SO? THIS "REBUKES" THAT CANAAN FAIR TRADE FUNDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO TERRORIST UNIVERSITIES, HOW?]

3. Every product leaving Palestine, including Canaan Fair Trade products, is exported through Israeli ports and cleared by Israeli customs authorities. Getting the product out to markets abroad requires cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli businesses. [DS: SO WHAT? THEY DON'T EXPORT THE SCHOLARSHIPS TO TERRORISM UNIVERSITY A/K/A AN-NAJAH THROUGH ISRAEL, DO THEY? WE DIDN'T SAY THERE WERE BOMBS INSIDE THE CANAAN PRODUCTS, JUST THAT THE PRODUCTS FUND THE BREEDING OF TERRORISTS AT COLLEGES. WHICH ISRAELI BUSINESSES? PLEASE NAME THEM. OF COURSE, THERE AREN'T ANY, AS CANAAN FREE TRADE DOESN'T WORK WITH THE ISRAELIS. THIS IS SIMPLY A LIE.]

4. The US Department of State is encouraging the local Palestinian economy as a catalyst for peace in the region. A State Department delegation visited Canaan headquarters in Jenin, West bank, March 2009. Sean Fitzgerald, delegation head, said "We were really impressed with (Canaan's) establishment, but more so with the fair trade principles (they) promote and the community service (they) give." He asked if Canaan Fair Trade would serve as a model for other Palestinian companies to reach the US market. [DS: AH, SO THE STATE DEPARTMENT IS HELPING IN THIS EFFORT TO FUND SCHOLARSHIPS TO TERRORIST UNIVERSITIES. THAT MAKES IT SO MUCH BETTER TO KNOW THAT OUR TAX DOLLARS BACK IT UP (WHICH I ALREADY KNEW AND NOTED IN MY ORIGINAL ARTICLE--TELL ME SOMETHING I DIDN'T KNOW).]

5. Many US [DS: FAR-LEFT] Christian and [DS: SELF-HATING, FAR LEFT] Jewish groups work with Canaan and support Canaan's producer communities. These include Catholic Relief Services, the Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, the United Church of Christ, the Quakers, and Jewish Voice for Peace [DS: ALL OPEN SUPPORTERS OF HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH, AND DIVESTMENT FROM ISRAEL], to name a few.


Kind regards,

Jessie Walker|Customer Information Specialist

Whole Foods Market|Global Head Quarters

Phone 512-542-0670|Fax 512-482-7670


DS: Go to Organic Tofu Hell, Whole Foods.

Nice, organic tofu hell...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

High ranking NPR official: It's Israel's fault

The following report is from, dated March 31st. I bring it in full not to cast a doubt into NPR - because no one cares that tax guzzling entity even exists. I bring it to shine a light and claim that this little microbe - Jenkins - is in essence the same as the rest of his pals at the far-left-kooky-anti-Israel media establishments.

NPR Editor Jenkins Blames Israel for ME Deadlock

Loren Jenkins, foreign editor since 1996 at National Public Radio, ordinarily works behind the scenes where his extreme anti-Israel views aren't on public display. He does sometimes dispense bromides via the NPR Ombudsman's column about the network's devotion to getting the full story on the Middle East and not judging "who is right or who is wrong."
But an audience in Aspen, Colorado on February 17, 2009 got a full dose of his bias — and "who is wrong" — during a revealing extemporaneous discussion held under the auspices of Aspen public radio at the Given Insitute.
How extreme are the NPR official's views? In the past, Jenkins has depicted Israelis as imperialists and interlopers in the Middle East and even linked Jews to Nazis in his writing. In a 1983 Rolling Stone article entitled "Palestine, Exiled" he wrote, for example, that an Israeli-administered south Lebanon prison was, in the words of a nameless Red Cross official, "a concentration camp. There is nothing else to call it." PLO leaders, in contrast, were characterized admiringly as freedom-fighters, as "modest" people, speaking in "soft and warm" voices. Of Yasir Arafat he said: "it is his liquid brown eyes that impress one the most." PLO terrorism, while "abhorrent," was primarily deplored as a tactical blunder that caused "image" problems.
At the Aspen gathering, NPR correspondent Anne Garrels shared the stage with Jenkins as they recounted the tribulations of covering far-flung world events. In reviewing a range of issues, Jenkins turned to explaining the deadlock in the Middle East which, predictably, he attributed to Israel alone. He said:
The depressing news, I think, and I — both of us probably agree — is that, one, the Arab-Israeli dispute is unresolvable as it is now and in the near future. And all the talk of finding a two-state solution where the Palestinians would have their land and the Israelis would have theirs has probably already evaporated.
Israel has taken total control and colonized the West Bank — the occupied territories — to such an extent it's unimaginable that you would see a two-state solution at any time in the immediate future or even longer cause they've transformed the situation on the ground with settlements, roads that only Israelis can drive on and the Palestinians are forced to take dirt roads on the side so there — what was once a unified state or territory occupied by Israel since 1967 — is now almost already become colonized by Israel, and it's very hard to imagine that can be resolved when Obama tries. I mean certainly... he's just appointed George Mitchell as a new mediator who's going to go and talk about a peace process, but I don't think there is a peace process. And what one can expect is more conflict and more war.
At least one member of the audience was troubled by the distorted and erroneous characterization of the Arab-Israeli conflict and concerned about the significance of such views being espoused by NPR's influential editor. He rose to pose a question to Jenkins, saying:
I live here about a third of the time, and in Minneapolis most of the time. I'm a big fan of NPR and support it better in Minneapolis than here, but I do it in both places (laughter).
I do have a question — this may not sound like a question — but I just heard Loren Jenkins pretty much lay at the feet of Israel and its settlers, the entire blame for the impossibility of settling the dispute between the Palestinians and the Israelis. And it seems to me, that ignores the fact that the settlements have been a subject that has been discussed a great deal in the treaty negotiations and that the treaty that's been on the table for years now — since President Clinton — at the end of the peace talks — at the end of the Oslo agreement — at the end of 2000 — had in there that the Israelis would have three groups of settlements that would be agreed — that would stay with the center of Israel or part of Israel and that the Israelis would give an equal amount of land to the Palestinians.
And that the Israeli army would have to fight their own settlers and get them out of there. And they have done that in the past. It ignores, also, that the reason for these separate roads — and these separations you spoke of — was that the Palestinians were bringing bombs in to blow up night clubs and kill kids at pizzerias and various places like that. And little by little these checkpoints and separations [crowd murmering, interruption by podium]. Okay, I'll get to my question.
Anne Garrels interrupted the questioner with:
I think we know your question!
The questioner persisted:
My question frankly is — that if this kind of anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic news is called even-handed (interrupted) — if it’s called even-handed (interrupted) — if it’s called even-handed, why the heck should I give you any money.
Jenkins shot back:
It's been forty years and I'm sick and tired of — any time someone doesn't like the reporting, they stoop to accusing people of being an anti-Semite. That's a really nasty, dirty thing. I'm sorry. I'm not an anti-Semite and I hate being accused of this and it's a cheap shot that the right wing in Israel uses to try and shut up the American press. (applause from audience)
But if you want to go back to it, there is no treaty. There were negotiations between Israel, the U.S. and the Palestinians and it was never signed — it fell apart — it doesn't exist. Every time the U.S. government has asked Israel to help move the peace process along by shutting down construction of settlements, Israel has turned around within the course of a week or two, and signed more construction contracts. There are now 300,000 settlers in the West Bank which has changed the nature of it. It can never be turned over — it can never be another state. It'll be part of Israel. It'll be part of a colonized part of Israel.

(attempted interruption by questioner)

Jenkins continued:
Israel pulled out of Gaza because it was so hard to rule. (indistinct). As we've just seen, Israel has used Gaza as a bombing target practice and killed — for every Israeli killed, the Israelis killed 100 Palestinians. I'm sorry — if you look at the balance of that fight...That Gaza has been created — which is amazing that it was created by a Jewish state — that created the biggest ghetto we've known in society. A million and a half people surrounded — they're not allowed to cross the border — they're not allowed to have a livelihood — they're not allowed to trade abroad, are kept bound in — in this miserable place — and they are all going to be turned into Palestinian terrorists because they have nothing else to do. They have no outlook for life [interrupted by smattering of clapping].
As the questioner rightly said in his opening, Loren Jenkins' original statements were grossly deceptive and false, omitting entirely Arab terrorism that has continually undermined peace efforts and forced Israel's defensive measures such as checkpoints. Likewise, Jenkins evaded the questioner's correct observation regarding the potential "treaty" agreement of Camp David/Taba that would have addressed the settlement issue with land swaps. The Palestinians refused even to counter-offer, choosing a terror war against Israeli men, women and children, attacking the heart of civilian life of the nation.
The questioner also accurately pointed out that Israel had already removed its settlements from Gaza, a reality Jenkins ignores in blaming these communities as a whole for the stalemate.
So, as the questioner logically asked, why should listeners who seek balanced and fair coverage financially support a network whose foreign editor holds views so at odds with reality and fact, so blatantly hostile to the Jewish state.
Not surprisingly, Jenkins was particularly outraged at the reference to "anti-Israel, anti-Semitic news." Yet even those hesitant to impute anti-Semitic intent to NPR or its editor may be aware of the effects of inflammatory, one-sided and frequently inaccurate media coverage in fanning anti-Semitism. Influential British media, which are often highly biased against Israel, are, according to experts, fueling rising anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom. Telling listeners that the Jewish state is, for example, blocking all hope of peace and acting brutally toward a blameless adversary, as Jenkins told his audience, can obviously foster prejudice.
Morever, Jenkins' outburst against the questioner broadened into a virtual tirade against Israel's conduct of the Gaza campaign, revealing again his penchant for disregarding the facts and invoking references to historic persecution of the Jews as a cudgel against Israel. He charged Israel with creating in Gaza "the biggest ghetto we've known in society."
The intrepid questioner, if he'd had the chance, might have asked which Jewish ghetto in Jenkins' recollection had fired nearly 10,000 rockets into and otherwise pursued the destruction of its neighboring communities.
His various other charges about Israel using Gaza "as a bombing target practice" and turning Palestinians into "terrorists because they have nothing else to do" were equally devoid of factual merit. Israel targeted Gazan bomb factories, missile sites and other military infrastructure used to attack Israeli civilian towns over a period of eight years and continuously sought to warn Palestinian civilians ahead of time with leaflets, text messages and phone calls. All this had obviously been widely documented before Jenkins spoke in Aspen.
Nor do Palestinians become terrorists because "they have nothing else to do." They turn to terrorism as a consequence of the intensive indoctrination to which they're subjected in schools, mosques, media and political gatherings where Israel is demonized as an illegitimate, sub-human and brutal entity to be destroyed. As MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) voluminously documents, the drumbeat of violent invective includes women pledging to become suicide bombers:
We are all the daughters of Palestine, the daughters of steadfast Gaza. We will set out, booby-trapped. From every home, a bomb will set out, and it will explode among the sons of Zion. We are no less than Fatima Al-Najjar and Rim Al-Riyashi [two Palestinian women who blew themselves up
among Israelis]. We will blow ourselves up among those traitors, those apes and pigs." (December 31, 2008 Al Aqsa TV)
That Jenkins, who clearly harbors prejudicial views about Israel, remains ensconced at NPR with influence over what is broadcast about the Middle East should be a worry to those who care about decent and factual coverage of the region.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lost in translation: The kids played with Obama's balls

That's what the title reads on a Walla/Haaretz headline in Hebrew.

This "not so innocent" play on words of course only means to poke fun at the appropriate title: "Obama hosted kids playing Easter egg hunt on white house lawn".


Irrelevant photo attached to continue an irrelevant post...

The roots of Palestinian Terror

If you don't care to read further, let me sum it up for you: Nazism, Islam and Communism built on top of layers of propaganda meant to redirect anger from Arab states to Israel and "da jooooos".

Another recommended read, from frontpagemag:
The Communist Roots of Palestinian Terror
Although many Nazis found new and ideologically welcoming homes in Egypt and Syria after World War II, the Grand Mufti’s Palestinian national movement itself, bereft of its Nazi patron, was an orphan. No sovereign state of any consequence supported it. On the contrary, most of the surrounding Arab states, all of them buoyed by postcolonial nationalism and looking for political stability, perceived the Palestinian cause, especially as embodied in the Muslim Brotherhood, as a threat. Egypt aggressively suppressed the Brotherhood. Saudi and Jordanian royalty watched the growth of radical Islam with suspicion. Syria and Lebanon, trying to move toward more open societies in the pre-Ba’athist era, feared the Brotherhood’s opposition to western-style civil rights and liberties and its fierce condemnation of westernized Arab societies.

More to the point, each of these states coveted some or all of what was formerly British Mandatory Palestine and were no more enthusiastic about the creation of a new Arab state there than they were about the creation of Israel. As a result of these complex national ambitions and antagonisms, no state for the Arabs of British Mandatory Palestine was created. Even though Israel offered the return of territories gained in the 1948 war at the Rhodes armistice conference of February 1949, the Arab leaders (among whom there were no representatives from the Arabs of the former Palestine) rejected Israel’s peace offers, declared jihad, and condemned the Arab refugees to eternal refugee status, while also illegally occupying the remaining areas that the United Nations had envisioned as a Palestinian state—as Arafat himself tells us in his authorized biography (Alan Hart, Arafat: Terrorist or Peace Maker?). Egypt herded Palestinian Arabs into refugee camps in its new fiefdom in the Gaza Strip, assassinated their leaders, and shot anyone who tried to leave. Jordan illegally annexed the west Bank and maintained martial law over it for the next nineteen years.

Egypt was particularly conscious of the threat the Muslim Brotherhood posed to the westernized and increasingly secularized society it was trying to build, and both King Farouk and later Gamal Abdel Nasser took brutal and effective steps to repress the movement. They also made sure that the 350,000 Palestinians whom the Egyptian army had herded into refugee camps in Gaza would develop no nationalist sentiments or activism. Egyptian propaganda worked hard to redirect the Palestinians’ justifiable anti- Egypt sentiments toward an incendiary hatred of Israel. Its secret police engineered the creation and deployment of the fedayeen (terrorist infiltrators) movement, which between 1949 and 1956 carried out over nine thousand terror attacks against Israel, killing more than six hundred Israelis and wounding thousands. These fedayeen were mostly Arab refugees, trained and armed by Egypt.


Read it all... a choice middle paragraph:

In 1964, the first PLO Council, consisting of 422 Palestinian representatives handpicked by the KGB, approved the Soviet blueprint for a Palestinian National Charter—a document drafted in Moscow—and made Ahmad Shukairy, the KGB’s agent of influence, the first PLO chairman. The Romanian intelligence service was given responsibility for providing the PLO with logistical support. Except for the arms, which were supplied by the KGB and the East German Stasi, everything, according to Ion Pacepa, “came from Bucharest. Even the PLO uniforms and the PLO stationery were manufactured in Romania free of charge, as a ‘comradely help.’ During those years, two Romanian cargo planes filled with goodies for the PLO landed in Beirut every week.”


Over the weekend Israel's big news: Egypt's fed up with Shiite terrorists infiltration - Nasrallah boasts in admition

Curiously, the Egyptians hadn't lifted a finger to root out the terrorist base until Nasrallah provoked them during cast lead when he called for mutiny in Egypt and downfall of Egyptian regime. I wonder at what point will the Syrian and Turkish be awaken - considering the fact that they too are becoming the dog being wagged by the little terrorist tail.

Sperm sprinkled terrorist Nasrallah, drunk with power wearing his drag queen attire

Egypt: 13 Hizbullah men hiding in Sinai
Espionage added to charges against detained cell; top suspect admits plans to attack Israeli tourists.


Peres: Iran aspires to 'control Mideast'
President comments on Egypt-Hizbullah row, says world will "soon realize" group is an "Iranian agent."


Egypt: Hizbullah cell plotted against Israelis
Cairo officials confirm terror operatives linked to Lebanese Shiite group had been plotting to target Israeli tourists vacationing at Sinai resorts, destabilize Egyptian regime; Nasrallah denies accusations but acknowledges Hizbullah dispatched representative to area

Hizbullah agents operating in Egypt were plotting to attack Israeli tourists at resorts in the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian and Israeli officials said Sunday. Egypt announced recently that a cell of 49 men with links to Hizbullah were planning attacks aimed at destabilizing the country.

Hizbullah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, rejected the accusations but confirmed over the weekend that it had dispatched a member to Egypt - a rare acknowledgment that the Lebanese group was operating in another Arab country.

Egypt's allegations were fresh evidence of the growing strains between the region's staunch US Allies - namely Egypt and Saudi Arabia - and increasingly powerful Iranian- and Syrian-backed groups like Hizbullah and the Palestinian Hamas.

On Sunday, Egyptian Cabinet minister Mufed Shehab said authorities seized explosive belts and other bomb-making materials from the agents and accused them of planning to buy a boat to "bring weapons and ammunition from Yemen, Sudan and Somalia and smuggle them into the country."

The alleged agents also were "observing and locating the tourists groups who repeatedly come to south Sinai resorts and residences paving the way to target them in hostile activities," Shehab told Egyptian parliament members in a reference to Israeli tourists who frequently travel to the Sinai for beach resort vacations.

Israel warned its citizens last week not to visit the Sinai desert because of new intelligence reports of plots to attack and kidnap Israelis there. An Israeli official told the Associated Press that the operatives specifically planned to target Israeli tourists in the Sinai.

Israeli Cabinet Minister Yisrael Katz also told Army Radio on Sunday that Nasrallah had ordered his men to "hit Israeli targets.

"He (Nasrallah) acknowledges that his men were involved in smuggling Iranian weapons into Gaza in order to hit Israel," Katz said.

Nasrallah denies attack claim
In a televised speech on Friday, Nasrallah, confirmed that Sami Shehab, one of the 49 and a senior Hizbullah member, was sent to Egypt to help Palestinian allies in the months before Israel's three-week offensive in the neighboring Gaza Strip.

Nasrallah said Shehab was arrested in November on charges of smuggling arms and equipment to Gaza via the strip's Egyptian border - but he denied that Hizbullah was planning attacks in Egypt.

Tensions between Egypt and Hizbullah escalated earlier this year after Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, which Israel launched to combat Palestinian rocket attacks.

Many Arabs criticized Egypt - one of only two Arab countries with a peace deal with Israel - for not doing enough to stop the fighting and open its border with the Gaza Strip. Nasrallah had accused Egypt of "taking part in the crime."

Egypt, a mostly Sunni Arab country, has long been at odds with the Shiite Hizbullah and its main backer, Iran. Egypt's government had criticized Hizbullah for "provoking" its monthlong war with Israel in summer 2006.

But Hizbullah, along with its Palestinian ally, Hamas, have support among many regular Egyptians who praise the groups for not recognizing Israel and launching attacks against it.

In Tehran, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani rejected accusations against Hizbullah, state television reported. Iran denies it gives weapons to Hizbullah and Hamas.

Hamas also denied the Egyptian allegations against Hizbullah, calling it a "cruel campaign.

"Supplying arms to the Gaza Strip in support of resistance is not a charge - it is an honor," Hamas said in

a statement faxed to the Associated Press in Damascus, Syria.

News of the arrests of the alleged Hizbullah agents first broke last week when Egypt's prosecutor-general said the men had rented apartments near the Israeli Embassy in Cairo and the Suez Canal, taught members how to make homemade bombs and were collecting intelligence from tourists sites in the Sinai, the Suez Canal and villages along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip, which is run by Hamas.

Shehab, the Cabinet minister, said 25 of the 49 were in Egyptian custody and they included a Lebanese and several Egyptians and Palestinians.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Hezbollah Rockets Victims Sue N. Korea

"Axis of evil" definition was spot on, yet Bush missed out one particular country involved in all sorts of terror: Syria.

N. Korea sued for aiding Hizbullah
Thirty residents of northern Israel who were wounded by Hizbullah rockets fired during the Second Lebanon War have filed an unprecedented lawsuit at the Washington District Court against the North Korean government, it was reported Friday.

The complainants in the $100-million lawsuit, also filed against Hizbullah, claim that North Korea helped the guerrilla group by providing military training to the organization's senior operatives and building a network of bunkers for storing Katyusha rockets fired at Israel from southern Lebanon.

The plaintiffs, who all hold US citizenships, claim that the North Korean-built bunkers enabled Hizbullah to fire thousands of rockets at Israel from below the ground, thwarting IAF efforts to locate launching pads.

43 Israeli citizens were killed and over 4,000 were wounded during the war in the summer of 2006.

The lawsuit marks the first time victims of Hizbullah attacks are taking legal action against the North Korean leadership for its alleged material support for a terror group.