Thursday, August 21, 2014
Maybe people are at the beach or on vacation...
Dorian Johnson, who was with Michael Brown when he was shot and is considered the prime witness for the prosecution if Officer Darren Williams goes to trial has been charged with theft and with filing a false police report. He had an outstanding warrant for a 2011 theft in Jefferson City Missouri that surfaced and pleaded guilty for filing a false police report related to that theft. The outstanding warrant surfaced when St. Louis ABC affiliate ABC 17 cross referenced Johnson’s name against several records, discovered the warrant and informed the authorities.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the details of the 2011 charges:
Johnson was charged with a misdemeanor after giving police a false first name after he was arrested on suspicion of theft. He later pleaded guilty after he was accused of stealing a package containing a backpack belonging to someone else from an apartment complex. When he was arrested in that case, he identified himself as Derrick Johnson and said he was 16. The warrant was for failing to appear in Jefferson City municipal court to answer to the theft charge..to which will now be added the charge of filing a false police report, a felony in Missouri I believe.Johnson has reportedly pled guilty to that charge as well.
None of this has anything to do directly with the Michael Brown shooting, but it does affect Dorian Johnson's credibility, which has also come under question because of a number of falsehoods he told in his original testimony. His story, repeated ad nauseum via the media was that Brown never reached for Wilson’s gun, never punched the policeman, had his hands up in surrender, was shot in the back and was 'executed' by Officer Williams who stood over him and fired two shots into brown when he was already lying wounded on the ground.
Almost all of this has been debunked by the first two autopsies, by ballistics and by Officer Williams' medical records, showing his injuries. Brown did indeed punch Officer Williams, there was a struggle inside the police vehicle for the cop's gun during which at least one shot was fired. The Michael Brown did in fact punch Officer Williams and inflict severe injury on him, Brown was definitely not shot in the back and the last two shot were fired from two to three feet away from where Officer Williams was standing while the rest were fired from a further distance away,giving credence to other witness accounts that 6' 4", 292 Pound Michael Brown had charged the policeman rather than having his hands up 'surrendering.'
Since Johnson has also admitted that he was with Michael Brown when he committed robbery and assault at that convenience store, that coul dalso make him an accessory to that crime as well.
Don't be surprised if the prosecution declines to use Dorian Johnson as a witness.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) filed a long awaited report today on President Obama's swap of five senior Taliban commanders for alleged deserter Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
“[The Department of Defense] violated section 8111 because it did not notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer,” the GAO report said. “In addition, because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act. The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal agencies from incurring obligations exceeding an amount available in an appropriation.”
In the report, the GAO rejected the Obama Administration's attempt to sluff this off as legal and their attempt to paint the law as 'unconstitutional'.
“It is not our role or our practice to determine the constitutionality of duly enacted statutes,” the report says. “In our view, where legislation has been passed by Congress and signed by the President, thereby satisfying the bicameralism and presentment requirements in the Constitution, that legislation is entitled to a heavy presumption in favor of constitutionality.”
President Lawless strikes again. Fore!
Isn't it time he started being held accountable for something?
The Toronto Star finally published a retraction to as bogus claim in one of its articles that the majority of dead in Gaza were women and children.
The article in question was written by Canadian 'Palestine' shill Dr. Izzeldine Abuelaish on July 30th who wrote, ”At the moment of writing this article, some 1,359 Palestinians have lost their lives in the current conflict with Israel, mostly women and children, and some 7,677 have been severely wounded.”
Watchdog group Honest Reporting Canada called out this nonsense and also questioned Abuelaish’s credibility, after which The Star added the following notice to the column on its website:
“Clarification: Aug. 5, 2015: This article was edited from a previous version that said the Palestinians killed in Gaza were ‘mostly’ women and children. In fact, as now stated, it was ‘many’ women and children killed. According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, as of July 31, 2014, a reported 345 children and 186 women were among 1,432 dead, 85 per cent of them civilians. Among the civilian casualties, 43.5 per cent were women and children. Among the total number of Palestinians killed, 39.5 per cent were women and children.”
Of course, those figures (from the so-called Palestinian Centre for Human Rights) are inflated as well. Something like 20-30 people per day die in Gaza of natural causes like old age, or maybe getting on the wrong side of a Hamas leader, but those will be included as 'war casualties'. And the percentage of civilians? Some other news sources have had something to say about that, even the BBC.
Al Jazeera, quoted the Hamas controlled Gaza Health Ministry on July 26 that 315 children and 166 females were among 1,361 dead and 6,780 injured in the Gaza Strip. The New York Times quoting the same Hamas controlled source reported on Aug. 5 that, “According to data from the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 34 percent of those killed in Gaza from July 6-31 were children, women, elderly or female victims of an unknown age… since July 6: 429 under age 18, 79 over 60, 243 women.”
Meanwhile, the BBC cited a report from the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that said that as of Aug. 6, 1,843 Palestinians had been killed since the start of Operation Protective Edge. Among the civilians, more than three times as many men were killed as women, according to the UN report.
Considering that Hamas don't exactly wear uniforms, how exactly does one tell combatants from civilians? And where exactly in the UN HCHR getting it's data? From that same Gaza Health Ministry? From UNRWA? And how many of these people were forced human shields, forbidden to leave an area by Hamas after the Israelis dropped leaflets and warned people to evacuate?
At any rate, I'm glad to see that the Star maintains at least a semblance of journalistic integrity.
In a joint operation,the Shin Bet and the IDF took out three highly placed Hamas commanders last night.
Rafah Division commander Raed al-Attar, Southern Division commander Mohammed Abu Shmallah and Rafah Division senior commander Mohammed Barhoum are all halal dead rats thanks to an overnight strike on a house in the Tel al-Sultan refugee camp west of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
Abu Shmallah, 41, and al-Attar, 40, were two of the most senior commanders in the al-Qassam Brigades.Al-Attar commanded the operation that kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in Israel and , Abu Shmallah was also involved in the operation.
Al-Attar was one of the chief masterminds of the terror tunnels project in the south of the Strip, and was in charge of arms smuggling from the Sinai Peninsula.Al-Attar was in charge of launching many of the Hamas terrorist attacks against Egyptian targets and was also next in line to take over from Mohammed Deif (who may also be taking a dirt nap) as leader of Hamas's' military.
Barhoun was one of al-Attar's subordinate commanders in Rafah.
Abu Shmallah was no mere sidekick.He was the Hamas commander in southern Gaza, in charge of the Rafah and the Khan Younis area and was responsible for a number of terrorist attacks on Israel,including the recent attempt to infiltrate 13 terrorists into Israel via tunnel, which did not end up so well.
Hamas spokeshole Sami Abu Zuhri said Israel would pay the price for the strike, calling it "a massive Israeli crime."
Could you repeat that, Tzaddik, just a little louder? The IDF needs to get a fix on your location, you know, the better to tune in.
This is an excellent start. Target the leaders and take them out.
Backgammon, on the surface, is a pretty straight forward game. You roll the dice and move your pieces. But beneath that seeming openness are hidden strategies that may only reveal themselves later.
Today, Eric Holder traveled in person to Ferguson, Missouri, where the Aug. 9 shooting of black teen Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during an altercation has sparked massive violence, looting, protests and media coverage.
Holder's version of the game was revealed as he made his moves today in Ferguson.Ostensibly he was there to oversee the massive Federal investigation with the goal of trying to arraign Officer Darren Williams on civil rights charges should the St. Louis County Grans jury fail to charge him with murder ala' George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. But this was essentially a campaign stop at government expense.
Read his remarks here and note the parts I've emphasized:
"I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man," Holder told Ferguson residents at a community meeting. "I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over. ... 'Let me search your car' ... Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me."
"The eyes of the nation and the world are watching Ferguson right now," Holder told a group of community leaders assembled at a local community college. "The world is watching because the issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown predate this incident. This is something that has a history to it, and the history simmers beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson."
Let's translate this, shall we?
"See Y'all, I'm black just like you are and that comes first before anything. So I understand your totally justified rage and anger against the white power structure. It's them that are on trial, not just a police officer although he'll do as a symbol of everything you feel whitey and the police have done to you over the years.That white power structure, you know, those white Republican Tea Partyers have always oppressed you,and this is just the latest outrage. I understand that, and that police officer looks just like them so they're going to try to protect him. But since we're in charge, we're going to do our very best to see that you get what you want. Because remember, I'm black and I look like you and so does the president, so you all need to vote Democrat in November to make sure we stay in charge."
It gets even better.
Holder arrived as a local grand jury began hearing evidence to determine whether Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting.
The Justice Department is conducting a parallel investigation into possible civil rights violations related to the shooting. In an extraordinary move, he also ordered a federal autopsy — the third forensic examination of the body, which was hit at least six times by gunfire.
Before a briefing on the investigation at local FBI headquarters, Holder said the Justice Department had assembled "very experienced" prosecutors and agents to pursue the federal civil rights inquiry.
"Our investigation is different," Holder said in a meeting room surrounded by top local federal officials, including FBI Agent in Charge William Woods and U. S. Attorney Rich Callahan.
"We're looking for possible violations of federal civil rights statutes," the attorney general said.
Holder also met with Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is coordinating law enforcement response to the protests. Asked whether he had confidence in the local investigation led by the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, Johnson said: "General Holder, by being here, is a guarantee on that."
Johnson said he understood that the protests that have wracked Ferguson are not just about the shooting of Michael Brown.
"The community does not feel there is a connection," he said. "And that has to change."
You thought this was about the law? Hah! It's about community.
Normally, federal investigations for civil rights violations occur after a criminal trial or if a grand jury fails to indict someone and there's reason to believe they were biased and/or didn't look at all the evidence.You know, after there appears to be actual evidence someone's civil rights might have been violated.
That's not the way Eric Holder and the Obama Justice Department do things. They don't drag their feet, unless it's in response to congress asking about Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS-Gate, something like that. But Ag Holder has hit the ground running, with forty plus FBI agents, a team of federal prosecutors and auxiliary personnel, and even a third autopsy, all of which the taxpayers are footing the bill for..before there's even any evidence that Brown's civil rights might have been violated, or that the state and county investigations and the grand jury are going to quash things. Of course, that's the whole point.
By conducting a high profile investigation like this, Holder is signalling to his audience that the police, the grand jury and the local prosecutor are all racist, but that he and the Justice Department can be depended on to address black grievance and get them the lynching they want. Just imagine if Whitey takes over after November is the implicit message. He's also signalling the same thing to the Grand Jury, putting pressure on them to prove they aren't racist by coming up with an indictment, a murder charge or at least manslaughter for the policeman. Think back - the Attorney General did exactly the same thing in the Trayvon Martin Case, leaning on the Grand Jury to come up with a ridiculous charge because of the politics involved. But the difference was that in the Florida case, Holder was a few months late to the game. George Zimmerman had already been released without being charged and it took Al Sharpton and the New Black Panthers to start the fire.
This one is too important for that. Holder's job here is to play racial politics and to gin up as big a black turnout as he can to try and keep the Senate in Democrat hands, so that the various scandals don't get any worse, gridlock continues for another two years and President Obama's de facto amnesty for illegal aliens continues to be viable without undue interference from the likes of congress.
Holder's mission has absolutely nothing to do with justice, or with law and order. If he was at all concerned about that, he'd at least wait and see what the grand jury comes out with before getting involved.But this is strictly about politics.
Holder's game of blackgammon is all about the politics. And it's going to be emphasized by an organized 'Day of Rage' in Washington DC put on by the New Black Panther Party and a number of their political soul mates.Thanks to Holder's 'separate investigation' even to the extent of getting a third autopsy, even if Darren Williams is tried and gets acquitted, the grievance mongers can still use it to get out the vote. Justice is blocked, and Holder is setting himself to win either way.
Backgammon players will recognize the strategy of blocking of the opponent's side of the board and then bumping one of his pieces so it remains stuck and there's no way to bear off (remove from the board) any of his pieces no matter what unless he rolls on a very large double number on the dice. And meanwhile, the other player whose doing the blocking has a number of turns to bear off his pieces or get them in position to do so.
That's exactly what Eric Holder is trying to do, cynically using the black pieces. Blackgammon is a highly appropriate name for it.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Remember how Hamas claimed they had nothing to do with kidnapping and murdering Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar (HY"D), three Israeli teens who were murdered in cold blood and whose bodies were shoved into a hole in Hebron?
Well, today the Jerusalem Post is reporting that Salah al-Aruri, a senior Hamas official, praised the "heroic action of the Kassam Brigades who kidnapped three settlers in Hebron," at a conference of Islamic clerics in Turkey on Wednesday.
This action, “the kidnapping to Hebron of the three settlers,” was an “operation spoken of far and wide,” al-Arouri added.
This is the first public admission by Hamas of something Israel knew anyway after interrogating Hussam Qawasme, who led and masterminded the attack following approval by Hamas' military wing.Marwan Qawasme and Amer Abu Aysaha who were also part of the attack are still at large.
Al-Aruri heads Hamas' overseas organization. He's based in Turkey and was Qawasme's contact who passed on money and weaponry and gave the final approval for the operation.
Ethics, you know...after all, if a DA can't try and use her position to muscle herself out of a DUI,who can?
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- The Noisy Room – Communists and the New Black Panthers Gin Up Violence and Racial Conflict in Ferguson
- The Independent Sentinel – Obama's plan to not assimilate new immigrants
- Simply Jews – Andrew Sullivan / Sam Harris debate: making sense of thereof
- The Right Planet – #Ferguson: Facts Don't Matter Anymore
- Joshuapundit-Hamas Breaks Ceasefire -Missiles Fired At Tel Aviv , Aimed At Airport
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Obama's Jay Vee Team
- VA Right! - Obama, Holder, Sharpton and Jackson fan the flames in Ferguson
- The Colossus of Rhodey – The Limits of Academic Freedom
- Bookworm Room – Israel's friends need to keep a very close eye on Obama in the coming days
- Nice Deb – Lt Col Ralph Peters On ISIS: 'We're Dealing With a Death Cult' (Video)
- The Glittering Eye -The States
- Rhymes With Right – Rick Perry Indicted For Vetoing Tax Dollars For Office Of Dangerous
Drugged AndDrunk Driving DA.
- The Razor – The Danger to Civil Society Posed by Militarized Police
- Ask Marion – Power, Control and Money Verses Patriotism, Freedom and God Is the Choice of 2014 and 2016
- Blazing Cat Fur - The Michael Brown "Narrative" Goes To Hell At Light Speed!
- Gates Of Vienna - The Final Death of Western Civilization
- The Political Commentator - Is Hillary Clinton really a woman of the people?
- Allen West –Coptic bishop: witnessing heinous cleansing of entire Christian population in Middle East submitted by The Noisy Room
- Sultan Knish –How To Write About Israel submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- The Atheist Jew – What The Hell Is Wrong With Some Of You submitted by Simply Jews
- American Spectator – The Collapse Of The Liberal World Order submitted by The Right Planet
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- T.X. Hammes/War on the Rocks – Israel & the Demise of Mowing the Grass submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Ileana Johnson/Freedom Outpost – Hamas Invested $90 Million in Tunnels to Attack Israel While Their People Live in Squalor
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- Kevin D Williamson/NRO-Who Lost The Cities? submitted by Bookworm Room
- Bryan Preston/PJ Media -Who Are 'Texans for Public Justice,' and Why Does Their Role in the Perry Case Matter? submitted by Nice Deb
- Rachel Lu/The Federalist – Yes, People Believe Abortion is Murder submitted by The Glittering Eye
- The Volokh Conspiracy – A little-known quote from Justice Jackson, on free speech submitted by Rhymes with Right
- Walter Russel Mead –Ferguson: A Fire Alarm in the Night submitted by The Razor
- FrontPageMag - David Horowitz Joins Hannity to Discuss Obama’s Anti-American Agenda submitted by Ask Marion
- Mark Steyn – Cigars, But Not Close submitted by The Watcher(hat tip, Terresa at The Noisy Room)
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Hamas may just have violated its last ceasefire.
Israel has recalled 2,000 reservists and is in the process of recalling others for use in a ground operation. Airstrikes have already paved the way and the Israeli positions inside the security buffer are in an excellent position to take the fight to Hamas.
DF OC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Sami Torkeman met with southern Israel mayors and community leaders Tuesday night and warned them to prepare for a major escalation in the conflict with Hamas, with residents advised to take extra precautions, and stay close to bomb shelters and fortified rooms.
The political background on this is interesting as well. Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moishe Ya’alon had been pretty much operating the war and the diplomacy track in a vacuum, refusing to share anything or convene with the rest of Israel's security cabinet,which angered them immensely. Netanyahu and Ya’alon were convinced that Hamas was tired of fighting and ready for a long term truce and some of my sources say that Netanyahu and Ya’alon were even ready to sign off on a ridiculous agreement (courtesy of US Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama) that would have met some of Hamas's demands and given them a win. The idea of course was 'quiet for quiet.'
The missile barrage by Hamas took Netanyahu by surprise and opened him up to what was essentially a mini revolt both from members of his cabinet and from the Israeli public, who after a month of tough fighting were furious that the Army remained handcuffed and the Israelis still need to run for shelters and sealed rooms.
Netanyahu's popularity has been sinking like a stone with each ceasefire because of his reluctance to deal decisively with Hamas. And the other members of his cabinet gave him a barrage of their own
Many government ministers demanded Israel delivered a fatal blow to Hamas in Gaza, and abandon ceasefire talks altogether.
"The government policy of 'calm will be met with calm' is fundamentally wrong. We need to talk and negotiate with Hamas only when it has surrendered. We now must seek a quick and decisive end to Hamas," Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a meeting with Yisrael Beiteinu MKs.
Cabinet member, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, said following the resumption of rocket fire that "when you want to defeat a terror organization, you reach a decisive victory. When we hold peace talks with a terrorist organization we get more terror. Hamas thinks that rocket fire helps them reach their goals in talks and so they fire even during a ceasefire. Rockets are not an accident as far as we're concerned, it's systematic."
Bennett went on to say that "Only a severe response, like any sovereign nation responds to rocket fire on its territory, will be able to stop the deterioration (of the situation). Sooner or later, Israel will need to subdue Hamas, there's no way to avoid it."
"The negotiations with Hamas do not serve Israel's security interests, and there's no point in continuing them," Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar said.
Housing Minister Uri Ariel said that "we must strike the Hamas enemy until we achieve victory. I support the prime minister and security forces in giving a decisive and painful response to the terrorists, and in restoring the security to the citizens of Israel. It can't be that we'll be responsible for halting fire while they're responsible for firing."
Even some of the Left of center members of Israel's security cabinet weighed. Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid went on Facebook saying that Israel must not end Operation Protective Edge before ensuring the disarmament of the terror infrastructure in the Strip, and before the transfer of international funds to Gaza is monitored and supervised. Although he favors 'an international conference' to do it, which isn't going to happen.
And the usually flexible Tzipi Livni weighed in as well, saying, "You can't negotiate with terrorists until you have beaten them."
So in a way, Hamas has actually rescued Netanyahu and given him a chance to stiffen his spine again and do what has to be done.
Israel cannot allow control of the Gaza Strip by a hostile entity. Ever since they pulled out ( with a plethora of international security guarantees, I might add) they have been attacked from Gaza. at the enemy's whim No nation can put up with this.
I would give UNRWA 24 hours to get the civilian population out of the way, either in the open areas of Gaza or in the camps they run in the Arab occupied part of Judea and Samaria, with the IDF supervising to make sure none of those brave Hamas fighters were sneaking away dressed as woman.
Then destroy Hamas utterly, no holds barred, annex Gaza and repopulate it with Jews. And watch it become another Singapore.
Among other things, it would be a useful example to Hezbollah and Fatah about what could happen if they ever dare attack Israel.
Enough. Finish it.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Ferguson story continues...
Last night, the Missouri National Guard arrived in Ferguson, but they were apparently under orders to keep a low profile rather than actually, you know, stop the looting and rioting. That was left to the hapless police. It's almost sad to listen to the change in tone from Captain Ron Johnson, the black Highway Patrol officer who was brought in to command the security detachment and who lives locally.
He's gone from talking about how he's a part of the community (he lives locally) and saying the protests are oh so righteous to sheer disgust. Johnson said bottles and Molotov cocktails were thrown from the crowd at the police and that some officers had come under heavy gunfire. At least two people were shot and 31 were arrested, while four officers were injured by rocks or bottles.
“It has to stop,” Johnson told CNN.” I don’t want anybody to get hurt. We have to find a way to stop it.”
There is a way to stop it, and quickly, but Democrat Governor Jay Nixon certainly isn't going to authorize it. Instead, the cops and National guard will stay low profile and basically allow the party to continue as long as it's relatively confined - an absolutely horrible and racist decision victimizing the law abiding citizens and property owners of Fergusan
Meanwhile, Captain Johnson advised protestors to vacate the streets before sundown because, as he genteelly put it, there's “a dangerous dynamic in the night.”
Yes, there sure is.
One looter who came out of a QuikTrip told The Washington Post that he was proud of what he was doing.
“I’m proud of us. We deserve this, and this is what’s supposed to happen when there’s injustice in your community,” DeAndre Smith told The Post. “St. Louis ****ing not going to take this anymore.”
Or, as one policemen quoted by the St. Louis Post Dispatch called it “looting tourism.”
“It’s like they are spending their gas money to come down here and steal,” the officer told The Post.
Looting - the new Federal entitlement!
Today, the injuries to Officer Darren Williams were announced and they back up his version of events. He sustained a fractured orbital socket at the hands of Michael Brown, the 'gentle giant' who struck Wilson, pushed him back into his police SUV and tried to take his weapon. Essentially this means Williams' eye socket was smashed.The injuries were confirmed by a source within the Prosecuting Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police. The sample below gives you an idea of what I'm talking about.
While the feds are conducting their own, independent investigation, the state and county police are presenting all the evidence they have to to a St. Louis County grand jury,which will determine whether Darren Williams should be indicted.
Part of that evidence will undoubtedly be this. courtesy of St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers:
Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop's version of events in shooting #Ferguson
It will be interesting to see if Williams is indicted simply for the politics, as George Zimmerman was. If he is, I imagine most of the witnesses who gave police statements favoring the police officer's side of it will recant their statements...community pressure, you know. Even the Pakistani convenience store clerk victimized by Brown in that strong arm robbery that proceeded his interaction with officer Williams reportedly begged reporters to include in their stories that it wasn't him who called police, but a bystander who witnessed it. The jury will also be a factor, which is why if Williams is indicted, he will probably ask for a change of venue.
Of course if he isn't indicted, expect the feds to arraign him on civil rights charges, which should clue you in on what this is really all about...the Obama Administration using racial politics to try and get as massive a black turnout as possible so that the Democrats can hold the senate.
Michael Brown's life or death means absolutely nothing to the Obama regime, except as a tool. Never let a good crisis go to waste.
A Jewish mother of four was set upon and viciously beaten in Uppsala for wearing a Star of David..
“One of the attackers signaled me to ‘Shut up or we’ll kill you,’” Anna Sjögren, in her 40s, said of the ordeal, which transpired on Thursday. So far, she said she’s too traumatized by the assault to file a police complaint.
While walking in one of the city’s largely Muslim populated neighborhoods, “A Muslim girl saw that I was wearing the Star of David on my neck and she started swearing at me and spat in my face. I got very upset and pushed her off” Sjögren told the World Zionist Organization Center for Countering Antisemitism.
Sjögren said that someone standing next to the girl then threw a sharp object at her face. “I’m not sure who it was. Everything happened so fast,” she said.
“There were at least ten witnesses to the attack. All ten of them were wearing hijabs or scarfs in the colors of the PLO. Some surrounding witnesses claim that I ‘tripped’ and fell and that no one hurt me. It’s just unbelievable.”
Sjögren’s jaw was severely damaged, her eyes swollen, and she sustained injuries all over her body, according to the report.
So, why won't Mrs. Sjögren go to the police?
“I cannot go to the police. The worst thing is that [the assailants] will get my name and address. They’ll know where to find me and know I am the Jew who reported it,” she said.
I'm certain that there are quite a few Swedish women who have been assaulted, beaten or raped who have made the same decision for the same reason.
The one thing puzzles me about this is, being a native Swede and knowing how things are, what was she doing walking alone in a Muslim neighborhood alone wearing something that obviously signified she was a Jew?
Obviously this is no excuse for her being assaulted, but it seems like a heavy price to pay for making that point of being free to go where she wants.
That said, it's way past time for Sweden's Jews to make aliyah
(h/t Blazing Cat Fur)
In the midst of rumors about an extended ceasefire and a long term truce agreement, Hamas decided to break the ceasefire (this is truce violation #8) and launch missiles at Israel.
It started with three Grad rockets fired from the Gaza Strip fell near Be'er Sheva and Netivot on Tuesday afternoon around 2PM, a full 8 hours before the current truce was supposed to expire. The IDF responded by hitting different targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation.
Hamas responded with a barrage of forty rockets fired last night at about 10:40 PM local time, and they included heavyweight items like M-75 and Fajr-5 missiles and a J-80 missile fired at Ben-Gurion Airport.
Yes, at a civilian airport. Can you say 'w-a-r c-r-i-m-e? ' I'm sure you can, unless you work at the UN, the EU or the U.S. State Department.
There were explosions reported in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, and Code Red sirens were heard throughout southern and central Israel. Hamas also admitted firing an m-75 at Jerusalem.
One missile was intercepted by Iron Dome over central Israel and another fell in an open area. Two more were intercepted over Sderot, two over Be'er Sheva, two over Kiryat Malachi, and three over Ashkelon.
Rockets were also fired at Netivot and the Sdot Negev area.
Want to laugh? Even though Hamas's armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam claimed responsibility for the missile barrage, Hamas spokeshole Sami Abu Zuhri claimed - wait for it - that Hamas had no knowledge of any missiles being fired, even though they were launched from inside central Gaza City!
And just think, yesterday, the headlines were all about a new 24 hour ceasefire extension to discuss a long term truce.I could be wrong, but even the likes of John Kerry and Barack Obama have to see what a losing proposition this is.
The Israelis seem to have wised up finally, pulled out of 'negotiations' and brought their delegation home from Cairo. After all, how can you make peace with someone who's entire aim in life is to exterminate you? The only kind of truce possible with the likes of Hamas is a hudna that will only last until they're ready to attack again. Why bother?
It's time to finish this. In the end, it will cost far less in Israeli and Palestinian lives That's especially true if Israel avoids the temptation of giving Gaza back to the Palestinian Authority, the slightly more moderate version of Hamas, but an entity who has the same ultimate goal - driving the Jews into the sea.
Have UNRWA do something useful for once. Publicly warn them and have them bring as many of the civilian population as Hamas will allow to leave out of Gaza City and set up camps in the open areas (and yes, there's a lot of open area in Gaza). Or let them take the civilian population to the other camps they run in Area A.
Then let the Lion of Judah loose. Let the Army win. Destroy Hamas utterly, annex Gaza, and repopulate it with Jews.
By Laura Rambeau Lee
It began with a guest appearance by then administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Lisa P. Jackson on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart back in April of 2010. During their discussion she stated that they were waiting for the price of carbon to be established so that we could meet our commitments to the country and the entire world. What? What exactly are our commitments to the country and the entire world? Some research and digging into this seemingly innocuous statement led to some pretty interesting albeit disturbing discoveries.
On June 14, 1992 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At this conference, referred to as the Rio Earth Summit, the participants crafted a blueprint for the world, commonly known as Agenda 21. In its preamble, Agenda 21, Chapter 1 states:
“Humanity stands at a defining moment in history. We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being. However, integration of environment and development concerns and greater attention to them will lead to the fulfilment of basic needs, improved living standards for all, better protected and managed ecosystems and a safer, more prosperous future. No nation can achieve this on its own; but together we can - in a global partnership for sustainable development.”
In other words, the goal of the United Nations is social and economic justice through a redistribution of wealth scheme using the threat of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming or climate change to implement the market based solution of carbon emissions trading. The International Monetary Fund proposed a plan for a Green Fund to achieve this goal.
Following the Earth Summit President George H. W. Bush declared: “Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced – a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources. This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level.” – signed by G.H. Bush, 1992
Despite pressure from the United Nations partners, U.S. delegates did not sign on to the convention.
On June 29, 1993 President Clinton issued Executive Order 12852 establishing the President’s Council on Sustainable Development as a result of the Rio Earth Summit in an effort to cooperate and implement the goals of Agenda 21. Our obligations to the world through a treaty never ratified by our Senate are being implemented through presidential executive orders.
During George W. Bush’s two terms as President he continued to further the goals of this United Nations agenda, following his father’s lead and continuing the work of President Clinton.
Why is all of this important? This ties in directly with the push for cap and trade legislation that has been floating around the House and Senate for many years. When Congress failed to pass a bill, on May 14, 2010 the E.P.A. unveiled their rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from the largest industrial facilities, with a phased in approach that began on January 1, 2011. As a result we are hearing about the many coal plants that are being forced to shut down in the next few years because they cannot meet these emissions reduction numbers, and it will be too expensive to retrofit their plants. President Obama announced new CAFÉ standards for automobiles that will require them to achieve 36.5 miles to the gallon by 2016 and 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. The talking points are that this will help us achieve energy security and reduce our use of foreign oil. But the truth is that the United States has committed to the United Nations and its partners to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and these CAFÉ standards will have to be met in order to achieve this goal. The taxes on carbon dioxide emissions, along with other implemented market based solutions, are being funneled through the United Nations to other U.N. member countries.
When cap and trade legislation failed to pass, then Senator John Kerry (D-MA) said: "The Obama administration has again reminded Washington that if Congress won't legislate, the EPA will regulate. Those who have spent years stalling need to understand: killing a Senate bill is no longer success. And if Congress won't legislate a solution the EPA will regulate one, and it will come without the help to America's business and consumers contained in the American Power Act." Senator Kerry replaced Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Obama Administration, both tasked with the responsibility of redistributing the wealth of the American people to other developing United Nations member countries through USAID.
At the 2009 Climate Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15), U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that developed countries would mobilize $100 billion by 2020 from both public and private sources for climate mitigation and adaptation in the developing world. And you can bet that the bulk of that money will come from the hard earned labor and borrowed future earnings of middle class Americans.
Click to see the video of The Daily Show's interview of Lisa P. Jackson
crossposted at Right Reason
Monday, August 18, 2014
By the Tower staff writers
Hamas was plotting to start a third intifada and overthrow the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank according to information just cleared for public release by the Shin Bet and the IDF.
The end goal was to destabilize the Palestinian territories and use the instability to carry out a military coup, overthrowing the government of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
The Hamas infrastructure relied on support from cells in neighboring Jordan, and on couriers who delivered terrorist finances, totaling at least two million shekels, which were used to purchase weapons and homes that were used as hideouts, according to the investigation.
The Shin Bet said that the investigation began in May during which time Israel has arrested over 90 suspects and is planning to indict 70 of them. The center of the investigation is Riad Nasser who was appointed by Turkey based Hamas operative, Saleh al-Arouri to lead the effort.
The plot was spread across 46 Palestinian cities and villages and was centered in Ramallah.
"This infrastructure stretched from Jenin in the north to Hebron in the south. It is one the biggest we've seen in Judea and Samaria since Hamas's formation in 1987," a senior Shin Bet source, responsible for securing the Jerusalem district, told reporters on Monday. "They planned to carry out a coup and topple the Palestinian Authority," he added.
Palestinian engineering and chemistry students were recruited for the operation. One of the most notable detainees holds a doctorate in computer science – he was recruited in Malaysia and trained in encryption and cyber-attacks.
"The discovery of the infrastructure attests to the great danger posed by Hamas' headquarters abroad given its strategic plan to collapse the Palestinian Authority," said the Shin Bet.
At the end of May, the Shin Bet arrested Mahmoud Toameh a leading financier of Hamas' operations. At the time of his arrest Toameh explained to authorities how Hamas "funds its activities, especially in the absence of funding from Iran." Toameh admitted that Hamas used "real estate deals as a means of transferring money from abroad."
Discovery of this plot confirms fears that Hamas, in agreeing to a unity government with Fatah, was seeking to emulate the "Hezbollah model" in the West Bank as Ha'aretz reported in May, "A Hamas source has said the model being planned for the new Palestinian unity government is that of Hezbollah in Lebanon, in which the organization is a government party that has shed responsibility for routine matters but maintains an independent military."
Reposted courtesy of The Tower
By Michael Haltman
The writing is clearly on the wall for anyone who is willing to open their eyes and see that it's global open season on Christians and Jews by members of the Religion of Peace!
And for those still unable or unwilling to recognize this enemy, as a prescient quote from history said so well, 'There is none so blind as he who will not see' - Matthew Henry
This idea that Americans are sticking their heads in the sand has been stated here many times before and no doubt will be said again as the daily stories from around the world will unfortunately continue to present themselves and fall on deaf ears.
The question is will Americans and Europeans, before it is too late, ever come to understand that the enemy we face in the global war on terror could be the most insidious that we ever have had to take on?
Because for those of us who do not think, live and believe in the way that radical Islamists believe that they must, their answer is punishment by death and for all semblance of that society to be eradicated from the face of the earth!
If this doesn't sound like the usual opponent in a war over some regional disagreement that's because it isn't. For our enemy it is a fight to the death!
And our leaders, those who would like to use diplomacy and negotiation as the tools of choice to change our enemies minds and ideology, it is a fools errand to put it nicely and a breach in their national security responsibility to put it in fact!
Barack Obama, by allowing ISIS to grow and thrive, in clearly breaching his duty as Commander-in-Chief. This of course will not come as any great surprise as he has been doing it since he took office.
Perhaps when our leaders return from their weeks long vacations they will take a look at this problem but my guess is that leading up to an election in November they will avoid it all together.
Our enemies on the other hand do not live by calendars, elections and do not take vacations.
Cross posted at The Political Commentator
By David Gerstman
Israel and its supporters have argued for some time that the news media give a skewed view of Operation Protective Edge because reporters in Gaza are intimidated by Hamas.
Perhaps one of the most blatant examples was the disappearing tweet of The Wall Street Journal's Nick Casey, showing a member of Hamas sitting for an interview in Shifa hospital. As Prof Jacobson noted, Casey was subjected to online threats. But the disappearing tweet was consistent Hamas' rules for social media (that also apparently applied to major media organizations), which included "[d]o not publish photos of military commanders." Apparently Casey was in violation of that.
Last week the Foreign Press Association in Israel (and not an organization that shrinks from criticizing Israel) decried Hamas' "blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods" to intimidate journalists.
There were still skeptics. Jodi Rudoren, the Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times, called the FPA's charge "nonsense." The left wing Israeli paper Ha'aretz also covered the story calling the press "divided" over the issue. Even in the Ha'aretz story, the term"divided" seems generous. The one reporter who spoke on the record to say he hadn't been intimidated, was forced to leave Gaza after he violated Hamas' press guidelines.
If there was any remaining doubt about the intimidation, it was removed by an unlikely source, Hamas spokeswoman Yisra al-Mudallel.
According to the MEMRI transcript, al-Mudallel said:
Moreover, the journalists who entered Gaza were fixated on the notion of peace and on the Israeli narrative.
So when they were conducting interviewers, or when they went on location to report, they would focus on filming the places from where missiles were launched. Thus, they were collaborating with the occupation.
These journalists were deported from the Gaza Strip. The security agencies would go and have a chat with these people. They would give them some time to change their message, one way or another. ...We suffered from this problem very much. Some of the journalists who entered the Gaza Strip were under security surveillance. Even under these difficult circumstances, we managed to reach them, and tell them that what they were doing was anything but professional journalism and that it was immoral.
Al-Mudallel's (perhaps inadvertent) admission explains why India's NDTV's news crew waited until it left Gaza before it broadcast its news of Hamas firing rockets right next to the hotel where they were staying. And why Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati left Gaza before telling the truth.
Writing in The New Republic, Oren Kessler noted that as July ended media outlets were more likely to report on Hamas' war crimes.
As the conflict approached the one-month mark, media coverage had perceptibly changed. On August 1, a correspondent for Finnish TV reported seeing rockets fired from Shifa. Days later, an Indian TV crew, filming from their hotel room, spotted a Hamas team setting up a rocket launcher in a densely populated area nearby. Yet again, the footage was aired only after the crew left Gaza. But the most damning footage of all came on August 5, from Gallagher Fenwick of the TV network France 24. Several days prior, the correspondent had been reporting live when a Hamas rocket whooshed over his head. Returning later to the launch site, he revealed that it had been a densely populated area 100 meters from a U.N. facility and 50 meters from a hotel frequented by foreign journalists.
Even if the coverage did change, Hamas' intimidation played a crucial role in establishing a media narrative of excessive Israeli violence. Yesterday Nechemia Gershuni tweeted a link to a Google spreadsheet showing that of some 700 reporters who were based in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, only 15 actually reported on Hamas' war crimes.
Mark Lavie a long time foreign correspondent for news organizations including NBC and NPR recently wrote in Why Everything Reported from Gaza is Crazy Twisted "[b]rutal intimidation and threats against reporters are so much more effective” than censorship.
The belated, under-reporting of Hamas' war crimes proves his point. Now that Hamas as confirmed the charges, it will be harder for the media to continue pretending that they weren't Hamas' public relations agents.
Cross posted on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion