Friday, April 18, 2014

Obama To Spend $100M In Taxpayer Dollars In Stealth Bailout Of Detroit

President Obama has decided to secretly bail out Detroit and make its corrupt pension plan whole at the rest of the nations' expense.Which of course, means he lied about his commitment not to do so.

In order to sneak this past the American people, the regime is labeling this as 'blight remediation,' but the fine print allows the new city manager to shove it into the city's pension funds, which were looted over several decades by Detroit's Democrat politicians and corrupt public employee union bosses.

As the Detroit Free Press reported, the money's coming from a secret $7.6-billion slush fund the Obama Administration established called the the Hardest Hit Fund designed to help those 18 states hardest hit by the real estate collapse. Surprise, surprise, 11 of those 18 states (and the ones getting most of the cash) are either deep Blue enclaves or battle ground states with predominantly black urban Democrat populations. And the 7 of those states that are Red States likewise have significant black populations, like Georgia's urban Democrat stronghold in Atlanta. There's also looks like there might be an interesting correlation here between the areas hardest hit and a population of certain borrowers who received loans from Fannie and Freddie they weren't really qualified for normally based on those sharply reduced, politically correct underwriting standards doesn't there? And while the Democrats who controlled congress after January 2007 fought off any attempts at oversight of Fannie and Freddie during the Bush years.

Michigan is already the recipient of almost half a billion taxpayer dollars, and Detroit already received $320 million of your tax dollars in a separate bailout, so this $100M specifically earmarked for Detroit's pension funds is lagniappe, (a little extra) as they say in N'awlins.

So aside from the fact it's being done in secret without congressional oversight, why is this so outrageous?

First off, because it's racial politics written in big letters and a blatant political bribe to Detroit's public employee unions with the midterms coming on.

Second, because it sets a horrific precedent.Lots of cities whom have been Democrat ruled for decades have underwater pension funds. Looking at what Detroit's getting, what we're looking at is the old 'train pulling' logic..'hey sweetie, you did it for him, ain't I good enough?'

And finally, because of the nature of how Detroit's pension fund was looted. You see, while the politicians and union officials got the biggest , the rest of the pension recipients shared in the swag, receiving a '13th check' every year instead of any profits being re-invested to keep the fund solvent. They received it as what amounts to a political bribe to keep voting the some politicos and union bosses back into power no matter whether the fund did well or poorly.The constant looting of the pension funds was largely covered by simply raising taxes or diverting other revenues into it.

Meanwhile Americans with private pensions and 401K's aren't getting any bailouts and are getting hammered by higher and higher taxes to pay for the excesses of places like Detroit...and the other mismanaged Blue urban strongholds and public employee unions that are going to get in line behind Detroit for their share.

Iraq Burns Along With Syria As al-Qaeda's ISIS Takes Over Jihad War

The carnage in Syria and Iraq has taken a new turn.

While the war in Syria against Bashir Assad had appeared to be going his way because of infighting between jihadi insurgents, the situation has changed radically with the killing of al-Nusra front leader Abu Mohammed al-Ansari(aka Abu Mohammed al-Golani), his wife, daughter, brother and niece in a house in Ras al-Hosn, Syria. The assassination was headed by the now dominant al-Qaeda force, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams, the jihadi name for Syria (ISIS).

This adds to the momentum ISIS has gathered in it's ongoing assault in Iraq, which has the U.S. trained Iraqi Army reeling.

Since the western Iraqi city of Fallujah fell to ISIS in a major victory over Iraq's 7th and 1st divisions, in January of this year, the Iraqi Army has been unable to drive them out.These are highly trained jihadis, amny of them foreign born, with battle experience in the war against Syria's Assad. and the use of

Initially, the Iraqi army was routed and went into a headlong retreat to wards Baghdad, but then returned back to Fallujah in several failed attempts to retake the city. The Iraqi forces have been limited to sporadic shelling of the city, which hasn't done wonders for feelings of the natives towards the Iraqi government.

ISIS is so confident of their hold on Fallujah that they actually held a military parade through the city that featured captured and very gently used Iraqi HumVees and APCs the Iraqi army received courtesy of the American taxpayer. I also have to wonder how much of the arms ISIS is using now came originally from Moamar Khaddaffi's arsenals after out ill-advised adventure in Libya.

At this time, the Iraqi military has been desperately working to shore up a defense line around Baghdad to keep ISIS from advancing to the outskirts of the city.Some sources say that ISIS has already penetrated the outskirts of Baghdad, and that armed jihadis are distributing packets of candy to children with a note attached advising their parents that they are invited to attend “repentance” sessions held by ISIS. ISIS has also secured the loyalty of a number of Sunni tribal militias who remain independent but fight with ISIS against what they see as Shi'ite oppression.Anbar is essentially lost to Iraqi control control at this point. Even Abu Ghraib prison, only two miles from Baghdad was evacuated this week as ISI and its tribal allies approached, because it was about to be overrun.

Meanwhile, ISIS has been engaged in some interesting tactics. Rather than a frontal assault on the Iraqi lines, They've been concentrating on - wait for it - using water as a war weapon.This started when ISIS forces captured a strategic dam just south of Fallujah, closed all of the dam’s 10 gates and essentially created a moat with the waters of the Euphrates to make a military assault by government forces an even more implausible also has the effect of cutting Baghdad's water supply and interfering with the city's power, causing blackouts because of the reduced flow to the steam generators. A spokesman for the Iraqi Electricity Ministry said the power supply from Mussayab power station had decreased from 170 megawatts to just 90 megawatts, almost a 50% cut.

Not only that, but ISIS is actually using bulldozers and earth moving machines in an attempt to divert the Euphrates River from its course to the south towards central Iraq.The idea here is flood and isolate the Iraqi army positions now facing Falluja and cut off passage by road from Baghdad to army bases in central Iraq. If ISIS pulls it off, if will isolate the largest part of the Iraq army, cutting off its supply lines and making movement towards Baghdad slower and more difficult. And it will reduce water supplies and power to the predominant Shi'ite cities in the south.

According to my sources, one of the major reasons Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki traveled to Washington last March was to ask President Obama for a major shipment of new equipment, including Apache attack helicopters. The package was on hold, quite correctly, (primarily by Democrat Senator Robert Menendez)because the Senate wanted assurances Maliki wouldn't simply use the new toys to further repress Sunni civilians ala' Saddam. Then, there were questions about whether the Irawqi army should receive more U.S. weaponry, given how much of it ISIS captured from the Iraqi army during its headlong retreat. Also the Senate wanted questions answered about what if anything the Iraqis were doing to stop overflights of Iranian arms shipments to the Syrian government of Basher al-Assad. The Obama Administration managed to push the sale through, but only by spreading it out over three years. And that might not be soon enough.

This new war in Iraq is taking place against the backdrop of the upcoming April 30th Iraqi parliamentary elections. Maliki and the Shi'ite bloc began repressing Iraq's Sunnis as soon as the Shi'ites got into power and removing them from the army and police forces. The last elections were marked by fraud and Maliki simply invalidating the election of enough Sunni seats to guarantee a Shi'te majority.If the April 30th elections go down in the same fashion, more and more of Iraq's Sunnis are going to see ISIS in a positive light.

Two years ago, President Obama was telling the American people about how al-Qaeda was on the run. Thanks in large part to his own missteps and poor judgement, they're not on the run but on the advance.

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks' Watcher's Council Results

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week, carved eternally in the records of cyberspace.

This week has been a celebration of hope and freedom, with Passover starting last Monday night and continuing through the weekend until next Tuesday. Which of course also coincides with Holy Week which culminates this weekend with Easter Sunday. This linkage is entirely appropriate, since Jesus had come to Jerusalem for the Passover ceremonies and the famous Last Supper was a Passover Seder...the ritual meal where Jews all over the world retell the story of the Exodus, celebrate their G-d-given freedom and eat the unleavened bread, matzoh, to commemorate their ancestor's journey and deliverance from bondage and slavery.

The story of the Resurrection is a story of freedom too...freedom of the soul, and a promise of eternal life to believing Christians who understand what the rolling away of the stones means for them.

Both holidays change their dates on our calender from year to year, Passover or Pessah in Hebrew because it is based on the centuries old Hebrew calender, and Easter because the early Church fathers determined that Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon date of the year, which always occurs after Passover.

However, it's rare that the two holidays occur this close together, and in this momentous year, when Judeo-Christian values seem to be under siege, I likewise see in that a sign of hope for the future.

I and my friends on the Watcher's Council wish you and yours Chag Pessach Sameach and a blessed Easter.

"Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear" -George Orwell

Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him." - Hadith Bukhari (84:57)

"People ask me if I have some kind of death wish, to keep saying the things I do. The answer is no: I would like to keep living. However, some things must be said, and there are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice." - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

This Week's winner, Joshuapundit's-An Honor Killing On Campus is my reaction to the decision of Brandeis University to withdraw an honorary degree and a chance to address commencement ceremonies from writer, thinker and women's rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali under pressure from Muslim Brotherhood fronts and a few scared and clueless lefties. Here's a slice:

Regular members of Joshua's Army may recall the name Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

She was raised as a Muslima in Somalia and Saudi Arabia, survived female genital mutilation, beatings, abuse and various aspects of Somalia's internecine clan warfare and became a devout member of the Muslim Brotherhood, after which her questions about Islam and the life she was leading led her to escape being 'given' in marriage to a distant male relative she had never met.and flee to Holland. There, she was granted Dutch citizenship and eventually became a member of the Dutch parliament where she became a voice alerting the people of her adopted country to the menace of radical Islam, and against the abuse of Muslim women and children in the Netherland's Islamic ghettos.

She later collaborated with the late filmmaker Theo Van Gogh on a film called 'Submission', which chronicled the plight of many Muslim women victimized as she was by the traditional tribal culture.The film caused a firestorm of protest among Muslims. Van Gogh was murdered in broad daylight by a fanatic Muslim while cycling to work one morning in 2004 and then had his corpse ritually mutilated. A note was pinned to Van Gogh's corpse promising Ayaan Hirsi Ali that she was the next target, with explicit Qu'rannic details of her `crimes against Islam' as an 'apostate', a death sentence in Islam. Other death threats followed, and Ayaan has lived under 24 hour security protection ever since.

She went through the experience of being forced to move out of her apartment because her Dutch neighbors were annoyed that the security protection 'inconvenienced them' and because they were afraid that the violence directed towards Ayaan Hirshi Ali might involve them. And the Dutch government, which was obligated to pay for her security as a member of Parliament also disliked the cost, the inconvenience and the political stigma of protecting an 'enemy of Islam' in a country that's over 25% Muslim, so they found a trumped up reason to take away her citizenship and force her to step down from her seat in parliament. Whereupon, she came here to America and became a noted author and speaker. You can read her story in her books 'Infidel', 'Nomad',and 'The Caged Virgin.'

So Brandeis decided to honor Ayaan Hirshi Ali. She was to be their commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree.

But when the local chapters of Muslim Brotherhood fronts like CAIR and the Muslim Student's Association heard about this, they went absolutely ballistic and were able to rope in enough guilty and frightened non-Muslim Lefties to go along with the mob to get Ayaan's honorary degree 'rescinded' and her invitation to speak revoked.

"This is a real slap in the face to Muslim students," said senior Sarah Fahmy, a member of the Muslim Student Association who created the petition said before the university withdrew the honor.

"But it's not just the Muslim community that is upset but students and faculty of all religious beliefs," she said. "A university that prides itself on social justice and equality should not hold up someone who is an outright Islamophobic."

Thomas Doherty, chairman of American studies, refused to sign the faculty letter. He said it would have been great for the university to honor "such a courageous fighter for human freedom and women's rights, who has put her life at risk for those values."

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim advocacy group, said, "It is unconscionable that such a prestigious university would honor someone with such openly hateful views."

The organization sent a letter to university President Frederick Lawrence on Tuesday requesting that it drop plans to honor Ali.

"This makes Muslim students feel very uneasy," Joseph Lumbard, an American convert to Islam and the chairman of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, said in an interview. "They feel unwelcome here."

The university said that the decision had been made after a discussion between Ali and university President Frederick Lawrence.According to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, that 'discussion' consisted of a phone call made simply to inform her after the decision had already be made.

Much more at the link

In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with a superb piece on the Nevada standoff between the Bundy family and the Bureau of Land Management,The First Amendment is Not an Area submitted by The Noisy Room. Mark Steyn is absolutely on fire in this one...A must-read.

Here are this week’s full results. Only The Colossus of Rhodey was unable to vote this week, but was not affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Watcher's Council Nominations - Yippee-Ki-Yay Edition


Welcome to the Watcher's Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the 'sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

The Council In Action!

  • Elise at Liberty's Spirit has a new piece up at the Times of Israel, The Season of Freedom and Special Needs Parenting

  • Debra Heine of Nice Deb has a new piece up at Breitbart, Sebelius' Shameful Legacy

  • This week, Midknight Review, Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion and The Pirate's Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

    You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

    To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won't be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor  by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning

    Simple, no?

    It's a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

    So, let's see what we have this week....

    Council Submissions

    Honorable Mentions

    Non-Council Submissions

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    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Forum: Do Ethnic Or Religious Sensibilities Trump Free Speech? Should A Line Be Drawn?

    Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: Do Ethnic Or Religious Sensibilities Trump Free Speech? Should A Line Be Drawn?

    Liberty's Spirit:  Absolutely NOT. As Voltaire said {paraphrased} about freedom of speech "I may not agree with what you say, but will defend to my death your right to say it." Freedom of speech is the right to insult people as much as you want and for them to insult you back. It is a precarious slippery slope deciding what is or is not permitted speech, because that tyranny will change depending upon who is in power at any given time. Additionally, without free speech society could not challenge, grow and develop into democracies. No ruler, potentate, oligarch or tyrant would ever allow anything they did to be challenged especially, by free speech. This is why free speech is a crime in the majority of countries in the world.

    In fact, the first line of freedom is freedom of speech. It is why it is one of the 5 freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment. These are the rights that the founding fathers knew to be the most essential in order to preserve a democratic society. Freedom of speech may allow haters to vent their ignorance but it also allows you to answer them and to fight them. This is why the Fairness Doctrine and Net Neutrality are so insidious, and why free speech advocates are enraged that the Obama administration is going to turn over certain operations of the internet to the UN. This organization is run by tyrants, absolute monarchies and oligarchs. The importance of the internet is exemplified by the fact that the overt first acts of these dictatorship is to cut off or severely limit access to the internet or internet programs like twitter.

    The UN, in fact, may best be described as "Animal Farm," without the human element of compassion. It is important to remember that the UN directorate, which is beholden to Islamist nations for their positions (due to voting blocs), is also pushing for a blasphemy law promoted by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). This law would punish anyone who questions Islam on any level. It is important to note that Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration support such a law curtailing freedom of speech. These laws and dictator-run-groups are meant to cut off and prevent freedom of speech on every level. It is beyond comprehension how anyone in the political class of the United States would support curtailing our most basic freedoms, but our President and presumed democratic nominee for 2016 do apparently support tyranny.

    Freedom of speech is not easy. But it is important to note that freedom of speech is the hallmark of the enlightenment period. Without it all humanity would revert back into serfdom. Meant only to serve the political classes' desires and wants, just as our ancestors were forced to serve the ruling/royal classes during much of human history. Like the novel "1984," the march forward into a better world would end and we would see another Dark Ages. Something, by the way, the international political classes are trying to engineer by promoting and capitulating to Islamist aggression coupled with political correctness and cultural relativism worldwide, including in the United States.

     Simply Jews: No.

    Sorry, it was a partial answer only. Here is a full one:

    No. No.

    GrEaT sAtAn"S gIrLfRiEnD: Oh, that's easy!


    Perhaps the most contentious issue in Free World?

    If liberty of expression is not highly valued, as has often been the case, there is no problem: freedom of expression is simply curtailed in favor of other values. Free speech becomes a hot issue when it is highly valued because only then do the limitations placed upon it become controversial.

    The first thing to note in any sensible discussion of freedom of speech is that it will have to be limited. Every society places some limits on the exercise of speech because speech always takes place within a context of competing values. In this sense, Stanley Fish is correct when he says that there is no such thing as free speech (in the sense of unlimited speech).

    If free speech were ‘absolute,’ you could even lawfully kill somedobby, as long as you were doing it to make some statement.

    On all sides of the debate, we can agree that speech is necessary for democracy. Governments ought not to abridge speech en masse. Government must show how the speech in question poses a genuine danger.

    FreeSpeechDebate has an excellent piece up that systematically knocks out 19 arguments in favor of Speech Control. Well worth checking out, here is just a killer sample...

    The ‘globalisation’ argument:

    ‘The 2005 Danish You Know Who cartoons demonstrated how free speech in the West, even if harmless at home, can have violent repercussions around the world. In an era of instantaneous electronic communications, overly broad freedoms of speech can have dangerous consequences.’


    It is illegitimate a priori to suggest that one society’s norms of democratic citizenship must be abridged because members of another society dislike its exercise. By analogy, in many societies, electronic communications revealing scantily clad Western women also provoke hostility, which, however, would scarcely justify calls for Western women to start covering themselves up.

    JoshuaPundit : Our Supreme Court has weighed in on this a number of times, and originally came up with an excellent dividing line in Schenck v. United States where Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. coined the "clear and present danger" doctrine. Simply put, if speech was intended to result in a crime and had a good chance of succeeding, it was no longer protected speech.I largely agree with that doctrine. It's a necessary line for the protection of a civil society.

    Since then, our courts and our politicians have steadily chipped away at that doctrine, with various 'hate speech' codes in universities and other institutions being upheld whether they advocated crime and violence or pose a clear and present danger or not. This is a huge danger to the First Amendment that, frankly, comes with the Left's increasing use of identity politics to foster division in this country. A president like Barack Obama who makes use of this as a major part of his political strategy is the natural result.

    This danger to our traditional freedom of expression from this new 'right to be offended' has spread over the American landscape, the more so because the use of partisan identity politics is unequal, as is the fear of retaliation. An Al Sharpton, a Gloria Alred or a Louis Farrakhan can freely indulge in blatant sexism, racism or anti-semitism with no consequences, while it is open season on anyone not belonging to one of the protected groups who is guilty of what Orwell would have called thought crimes.

    Another part of what I'll call the Fear Factor is the introduction into America of fundamentalist Islamism and the Muslim Brotherhood by our last three presidents. While hardliners belonging to other religions may be unpleasant and call names, Islam mandates the violent death of those whom 'insult' its doctrines,its prophet or its Qu'ran and a significant number of Muslims agree with that view entirely. The fear of Muslims and how they might react to something has become so pervasive in our media, military, law enforcement, academia, and politics that in itself, a significant amount of Islam and how it is practiced and proselytized in the West has become that clear and present danger Justice Homes spoke about, any number of decent, peaceful Muslims not withstanding. It has even infected our Supreme Court to the point where one Supreme Court Justice has been open about abrogating our First Amendment and another certainly leans in that direction in order to avoid any possibility of angering restive Muslims.

    These threats to our First Amendment freedoms are something we are going to have to deal with in the future if we wish to retain them at all.

    The Razor: Tricky question.The cliché is the limit of free speech is yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater when there isn’t one, so free speech isn’t without limits. Another example would be personal threats. One isn’t free to threaten to kill another. The problem is once you draw the line it’s difficult to stop moving it.

    Take for example the Islamic extremists in the UK who threaten non-believers. Is that protected speech? I would say it is. However if the extremists threaten to kill David Cameron or move from the general to the specific, such as threatening to kill Jews or a British soldier, then in my view they’ve crossed that line.

    But the question really is nowhere near that limit. It’s really about offensive speech. Muslims and their Leftist useful idiots have become quite adept at using speech codes to silence opposition to Islamic extremism in the UK as well as on American college campuses. These codes have nothing to do with protecting against threats and everything to do with silencing opposing voices through the justification of causing offense. The “logic” behind such codes is that there is an equivalent between mental anguish and physical pain; therefore the old adage that “sticks and stones my break my bones but words can never hurt me,” is false. Words can hurt just as much as physical abuse. That’s bulls**t. This twisted logic also assumes that humans can exist in a social state of non-confrontational bliss, which is also bullocks. Such a state assumes a level of conformity in thought and action that simply isn’t achievable without social engineering on a scale that has only been glimpsed in books like Fahrenheit 451 and 1984. Given that such utopian social engineering underlays both Leftist and Islamic ideologies, I suppose it’s not a surprise to find these unlikely bedfellows united in their promotion of speech codes limiting the free expression of contrary ideas and opinions.

    It would be nice to live in a completely free society, one without lines, but the real world demands we must set boundaries and that means drawing lines. But these lines should be set as close to the ideal as possible, meaning that the cases that cross the line and the impact such crossing has affects as few people as absolutely necessary.

     The Independent Sentinel:No. People shouldn't be rude but it's the price we pay for free speech. Sensibilities never trump free speech.

    People shouldn't be sued or have to accommodate others for their inherent right to free speech simply because someone is offended. If every time we speak, we have to think of who we might offend, we lose far too much freedom.

    I was giving a lecture one day and I referred to my flip chart. Everyone's gasped. I had no idea why. Apparently it's an insult to Philippine people. Where do we stop if we have to worry about people's sensibilities? Do we have to know insults in other languages and do we have to know the origin of words because they might have been offensive once?

    The recent event on the Bundy ranch should have everyone offended. The government, in addition to the whole martial law thing, set up free speech zones far from the ranch. They made a point of calling them free speech zones. Using those words was meant to send a message that the rest of the areas are not free speech zones. It was done deliberately because they want us to get used to the idea.

    All of America is a free speech zone!

    Bookworm Room : No. Free speech must trump any ethnic or religious sensibilities. It's that simple. Once you start carving out little exceptions, you stop having free speech, no matter how little those exceptions are initially. And once you lose free speech, you lose freedom which is easily lost and almost impossible to regain.

    Part of living in a free society is having a thick skin. One of the most terrible things the Left has done to America is to turn various ethnic, religious, racial, sex, and gender identity groups into panicked, hysterical bundles of over-exposed nerves. Few things are more dangerous than an angry, aggressive coward fighting for what the coward perceives to be his survival -- and that's what we've all been trained to be over the last forty, and especially the last twenty years.

     The Glittering Eye :No. Your free exercise ends where my freedom of expression begins. The First Amendment is pretty clear on this subject and, since it's incorporated, that applies to state and local governments as well.

    There is no guarantee of not being offended by the speech of others, either explicit or implied.

    AskMarion: In the end each of our relationships with and to God is all that matters, and so I believe it is with countries and societies as well. As for organized religion, I have gone through my phases with religion(s) in general, individual churches and practicing at all, throughout my life. And looking at America’s changing relationship with God and His principles on which our nation was founded and the corresponding decline in America, American society and in our standing in the world, I would say that there is a fine line between the importance of freedom of speech, basic principles and ethnic or religious sensibilities.

    I believe that in the end, if you do not have freedom and the right to speak out you lose it all, or at best life becomes very difficult, but in order to have freedom and allow freedom of speech, it requires civility, understanding and some compromise by all. For if you destroy the vehicle that allows you your freedoms, even if they aren’t perfect, you will soon find yourself living in anarchy and in a place that just might not allow you any freedom or at least not the freedoms that are important to you.

    We are now seeing the exact opposite of what our Founders envisioned. We are living in a country where you can be destroyed, fired, and singled out for speaking up or donating to a cause that aligns with your religious beliefs, especially if you are a Christian, in deference to groups that have made huge strides in their freedoms in the past 10-years, because average Americans were willing to compromise.

    Thomas Jefferson and the other Founders believed that they were inspired by God and that God had his hand on America. They believed that there definitely should not be central religion, like in Great Britain, but they believed that our country and Constitution would be best served if based on Judeo-Christian principles…. and they absolutely supported prayer at governmental events and in school as well as the mention of God and posting of the 10 Commandments in founding documents and governmental buildings and monuments. That is the basis for the huge misunderstood principle of separation of church and state, that is nowhere mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.

    So yes… sometimes what is best for the society or country as a whole, must prevail. There are few absolutes, so although generally freedom of speech must be the measuring stick, sometimes common sense or the greater good must prevail because there is no freedom in chaos.

    Well, there you have it.

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    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Kansas City Shooter Had A History Of Anti-Semitism And Racism

    The man who attacked the Jewish Community Center and an adjacent assisted living center in Overland Park Kansas is in custody.

    Frazier Glenn Cross was arrested and booked into the Johnson County jail this evening. He's a 73-year-old southwest Missouri man with a long history of anti-Semitic and racist statements.

    Smith opened fire at the center and at a nearby Jewish retirement home, shouting "Heil Hitler!" as he was arrested. He shot and killed three people with a shotgun and a handgun, and wounded at least five, one of whom, s 15 -year-old boy is still listed in critical condition.

    Two of the murder victims Sunday were 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and his grandfather, William Lewis Corporon. Neither, ironically, was Jewish but were members of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in nearby Leawood.The third murder victim was an elderly Jewish woman who lived in the assisted living facility. Her name hasn't been released yet. Reat Griffin Underwood and William Lewis Corporon were shot without warning while in their car in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center, and had come there with hundreds of high school singers from across the Kansas City metro area to audition for the KC SuperStar contest. Also, actors were rehearsing for a production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

    Nine children, and their parents along with about 10 volunteers were also at the Jewish Community Center for a weekly program for children on the autism spectrum called “Fun and Fitness with Friends.”

    The entire Community center was packed with children, parents and other volunteers helping in the programs. It is simply G-d's mercy that the death toll wasn't higher.

    The Pastor of the Underwood's church, the Rev. Adam Hamilton shared the news with the congregation at today's Palm Sunday Services.The lights were lowered as Hamilton asked members to pray for the family.

    “Help us, oh, Lord to grieve as people of hope,” Hamilton said.

    An interfaith service was held at 8 p.m. local time at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in conjunction with Temple Israel of Greater Kansas City.

    “Our hearts go out to the families who have suffered loss on this tragic day,” the Jewish Community Center said in a statement. “Our heartfelt gratitude as well to all those in Kansas City and around the world who have expressed sympathy, concern and support.”

    Who was Frazier Glenn Cross? Cross, who lives in Aurora, Mo., a small town in Lawrence County, Missouri also used the name Frazier Glenn Miller.

    Frazier Glenn Miller/Cross has a long history of anti-Semitic and anti-black activity. In the 1980's he formed the White Patriot Party, an offshoot of a local Ku Klux Klan chapter.

    The WPP dissolved when Miller/Cross was arrested in 1987 along with three other members. He got off with a three year sentence for weapons violations and other crimes by turning rat and testifying against his companions, as well as another similar cell in Arkansas.

    In 2002 he moved to Aurora, Missouri where he became involved with Alex Linder's National Socialist Vanguard News Network, and became something of a perennial candidate for public office.

    In 2010, ran as an informal write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate from Missouri against Roy Blunt and attempted to buy air time on several Missouri radio stations, with ads denouncing Jews, blacks and the federal government.

    Normally, political ads are considered free speech and stations are required to run them provided they meet FCC guidelines. But Miller/Cross's ads were so violent and bigoted that the Missouri Broadcasters Association asked the FCC for permission not to run them, which was only granted when the FCC ruled Miller wasn’t a bona fide candidate, since he hadn't actually filed the required paperwork.

    There are monsters among us, and he was definitely one of them.

    A Few Words On The Nevada BLM Standoff

    For now, it appears as if the Bundy family have won at least a temporary victory over the Bureau of Land Management and its SWAT team.

    Yesterday, Clark County Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie announced that the BLM would end their siege of the property of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy's home.

    “We had a lot of fears. Individuals being shot, trampled. Individuals being run over on the highway. So it took a lot of resources, a lot of resources to associate with this,” Assistant Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said to KLAS-TV.He also stated that Bundy’s cattle would be allowed to graze on the disputed land that was the flashpoint of the entire episdode.

    In addition, Bundy's cattle that were confiscated by the BLM will be returned to least the ones that weren't shot and killed. The BLM refused to release the number of cattle killed, saying 'they have protocols. and the information isn't available.'

    Here's what ostensibly sparked this incident. Cliven Bundy's Mormon family have been ranching in this remote area of Southern Nevada since the 1870's. And his cattle have always grazed on an adjoining area of county land, for which he paid grazing fees. In a surprise move without any notice or right of appeal by Bundy, that county land was 'reclassified' by the BLM as federal land. The excuse behind this was so transparent as to be ludicrous. The BLM claimed they were trying to protect the supposedly endangered desert tortoise..even though the tortoise population has exploded to the point where the BLM admittedly has killed over 1,000 of them.

    When Bundy refused to move, we saw the spectacle of the BLM moving in with SWAT teams, beating and abusing members of the Bundy family, confiscating Bundy's cattle and putting the ranch under virtual siege.

    The real reason the land was reclassified is something that has occurred throughout the west..well connected pols want the region's ranchers and farmers out of business so they can gift the land to someone else for their own personal financial benefit.

    The head of the Federal Bureau of Land Management is none other than Neil Kornze, Democrat Senator Harry Reid's former Chief of Staff. It's no exaggeration to say that Kornze has the job as a 'Reid appointment.'

    The land Bundy was using and paying grazing fees on was in the sights of Harry Reid and his son Rory because it stood in the way of a $5 billion solar plant being built in the county by a Chinese company Reid was connected to, with undoubtedly an undisclosed amount of under the table cash headed Reid's way if he could get the land re-classified and the project moving.

    Bundy is the last one left it what was once an area filled with independent cattl4e ranches.According to a statement he made recently, there used to be 52 other ranchers in the vicinity of his property not too long ago - and they're all gone.

    As my friend Sara Noble relates at the Independent Sentinel, selling oil and gas leases to foreign buyers while refusing to let American companies drill and explore is another favorite trick of politicians like Harry Reid and his ilk:

    Natural News reported that the Bureau of Land Management is in the business of leasing government lands to energy companies. Significant exploratory drilling is being conducted in precisely the same area where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870′s. The “Gold Butte” area can be clearly seen in the map of areas drilled (purple demarcations).


    Oil has been found in nearby areas but oil and gas drilling have worked alongside ranching over the years without a problem. Of course, if the government can lease the land on which the cattle graze, it will be lucrative for them.

    In July 2011, the federal government agreed to allow China to buy up 600,000 acres of gas & oil fields in Texas. This is the same administration that would not allow new drilling; kicked Shell out of Alaska after billions of dollars of investments; shut down most offshore drilling; and tried to shut down Texas oil fields on the remote possibility that it might harm a tiny useless lizard that was most often known for being road kill.

    The acreage takes in the Gold Butte area where Bundy grazes his cattle.

    Once that story broke, mainly on Drudge and new media, ( and I have to give the usually suspect InfoWars a hand here) the stench was so bad that the BLM removed documents from its website showing that the move to kick the Bundys and their cattle off of the land was because their presence 'impeded development of solar energy' on the land.

    And it was then that the BLM backed least for now. The next move will probably be lawfare by Eric Holder and the Obama Justice Department paid for by your tax dollars in an attempt to bankrupt Bundy.

    This is the natural fallout from the abuse of eminent domain that started with Kelo v. City of New London, where 'conservative' Supreme Court Justice David Souter was the swing vote that allowed government to seize an individual's private property because they felt like they could make a use of it that would do more to fatten Big Government's coffers.

    And Big Government's kleptomania applies, also, to all other resources. For instance, in California, there's a drought, mainly because a lot of the water that used to make the state's Central Valley one of the greatest farm areas on the planet has been locked away due to environmentalist lobby's concern about a fish called the delta smelt. The area is now filled with fields, orchards and farms that are now fallow because they're no longer viable without the water the taxpayers of California paid to harness, and a surprising amount of that once private land has now been 'reclassified' for projects like the bullet train to nowhere. or the ridiculous express train to Las Vegas, something Senator Reid also has his claws into.

    In California, there's plenty of water for San Francisco, Silicone Valley, Los Angeles and other places where the coastal,Blue voting elites hang out and do business. It's the other parts of the state that are beinbg his with a 'water shortage.'

    Iran: 'We have The Right To Enrich At Weapons Grade Level'

    Illustrative photo of centrifuges enriching uranium (photo credit: US Department of Energy/Wikimedia Commons)

    While the world remains distracted by sideshows, the deadly Iranian nuclear weapons marches steadily on.

    Talks about talks continue in Vienna, but the real game is being played in Iran itself.Today, Iran's atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi announced that Iran is entitled to enrich uranium at weapons grade level.

    "Firstly, we believe that we are entitled to any right that any NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) and (International Atomic Energy) Agency member has, which means that enrichment (of uranium) from 1% to 90% is our right," Iran's semi-official Fars news agency quoted him as saying.

    Of course, Salehi leaves out the fact that Iran's clandestine nuclear weapons program violated the NPT treaty Iran signed from day one, and according to the IAEA it still does, since Iran refuses to allow them to inspect some of the facilities most suspected of being used to work on nuclear weapons. And then there's Iran's heavy water facility at Arak which has no peacetime application, the one President Obama bragged had been shut down...while the Iranians were quite open that Arak was still up and running and would remain so.

    For now, Salehi added, Iran is sticking to the 5% level..that is provided you believe anything you hear from the Iranian regime.An din any event the Iranians are making some changes that will make converting any uranium at 5% level up to weapons grade of 19% a lot faster and easier for them.

    The Iranians have already let it be known that they're going to be adding a lot more centrifuges and developing a range of new ones that are 15 times more powerful than those currently used. And they have plans to build another four nuclear plants with Russia's help, 'for civilian uses.'

    And those talks in Vienna? Our secretary of state John Kerry admitted that Iran will be able to develop a nuclear weapon within two months. And he commented that he was "agnostic" regarding the outcome of the Vienna talks.

    That's as much of an admission as we're going to get from the Obama regime that there actually isn't a real nuclear agreement. There never really was, just talks about talks.

    As I told you months earlier, President Obama,in spite of everything he's said is just fine with Iran getting nuclear weapons.

    Breaking: Two Dead In Shooting at Kansas City Jewish Centers

     The Overland Park Jewish Community Center of Kansas City on Sunday (screen capture: Fox News)

    Two people were murdered today by a gunman who fired shots at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center of Kansas City and at the nearby assisted living residence, Village Shalom.

    A 15-year-old boy is said to be in critical condition. The shooting took place at 1:00 PM local time, and police took the shooter into custody at the nearby Valley Park Elementary School, several blocks from Village Shalom.

    Local news outlets are reporting that the man was heard yelling “heil Hitler” as police arrested him.

    More on this as it develops.

    UPDATE: Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff, senior Rabbit at The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah which is located about a mile from the Jewish Community Center told ABC News that police arrived after the shooting and have stationed a police car there as a precautionary measure.

    Nemitoff said police also told him about the shooting at Village Shalom, which is about a half-mile from the temple.

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    UPDATE: Obama Will Sign Bill To deny Iran's UN Envoy A Visa

    Faced with legislation approved unanimously by both houses of congress, the White House is signalling that it will sign legislation banning terrorists from receiving Visa's as diplomatic personnel:

    "We concur with the Congress and share the intent of the bill," said White House spokeshole Jay Carney.

    What sparked the legislation was the appointment by 'moderate' Iranian president Hasan Rouhani of Hamid Aboutalebi to serve as Iran's UN envoy, which means he would enjoy diplomatic immunity in America.

    Aboutalebi, pictured above then and now ( he's on your left in the older photo) participated in taking our diplomats in Tehran hostage and holding them for ransom back in 1979.

    The Obama team had no problems with this initially, but it outraged congress, so they were forced to act.

    Of course, we could have allowed him into America and then taken him and his staff hostage, but that's not how civilized nations behave, is it?

    The Dying Peace Talks Continue To Flatline -Exactly As Obama Planned
    In spite of rumors and a few spastic twitches, it really does appear that the Israeli/Palestinian peace talks are not only really dead, but really, most sincerely dead to quote The Wizard of Oz.

    Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority denied wide spread rumors that a deal was in the making.

    For the Israeli's part, any deal would have to include the Palestinians retracting their membership applications to various UN bodies. Aside from Abbas flatly refusing to to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.this was the Palestinian move that actually torpedoed the talks contrary to Secretary Kerry's 'poof' speech. At this point the UN and the Swiss have already accepted the applications of 'Palestine' and there isn't any putting that toothpaste back in the tube. And Abbas has enjoyed a much needed boost in his shaky popularity with the Palestinians by televising his signing the application publicly on PA state TV and shoving this in the face of Israel and the Americans. He can't walk it back,even if he wanted to.

    Also, Abbas is going to insist on having more of his convicted killers released from Israeli prisons, including a number of Israeli Arabs as yet another 'pre-condition'. As you can imagine,this is a major sore spot politically in Israel, especially as the Americans made a point of requesting that no Palestinian terrorists who had killed U.S. citizens be released.

    There are a number of members of Israeli PM Netanyahu's coalition who have said outright they're opposed to any further prisoner releases. Both Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman of Israel Beiteinu and Economics minister Naftali Bennett of Bayit Yehudi(Jewish Home) have com eout against this, and Bayit Yehudi has actually said they would leave the government over it if a further release. especially of Israeli Arab prisoners was passed by Netanyahu and the Knesset. To add to the mix, a number of members of Netanyahu's own Likud are against it as well, and several prominent members like assistant defense minister Danny Danon have said they would leave the government under those circumstances.

    That would mean that Netanyahu would have to find new coalition partners, which probably means Labor. Doing that would probably lead to a major revolt in Likud and Israel Beiteinu and to new elections, which is probably what President Obama was angling for all along.

    As I've written before, President Obama had a major role in tanking the peace talks, but other details that have since emerged show that it was even more blatant than it appeared at first.

    Adam Credo over at the Washington Free Beacon details exactly how the Administration prepared the ground to make the failure of the talks 'Israel's fault', both with selective anti-Israel and anti-Netanyahu leaks to the media and by creating a non-existent issue out of building homes in Gilo, a suburb of Jerusalem that's always going to remain part of Israel under any conceivable peace agreement.

    At the same time, Jonathan D.Halevi at the Jerusalem Center For Public affairs provides some very useful material that lines up with what I've been saying for quite some time; that the Palestinian Authority planned to implode the talks from the very beginning.

    Collusion? Possible, but more likely two like minded people headed in the same direction.Both the Palestinians and President Obama's regime want Israel deligitimized and forced back to indefensible borders, and both want a Palestinian state established along those indefensible pre-1967 borders. And both wanted the talks to break down in a way that they could be blame on Israel.This is exactly why it was a mistake for Israel to enter these 'talks' without strong preconditions of its own, if at all.

    While the Palestinian's strategy is to continue to push for UN membership and wage diplomatic war on Israel while ramping up terrorism, Obama's strategy is along the same lines but from a slightly different angle.Netanyahu's coalition is shaky simply because he's been far too accommodating to the Obama regime's requests and because he's also alienated a lot of the Right's traditional constituency with domestic moves like the haredi draft bill and building freezes. If Netanyahu's coalition can be nudged into collapse and new elections follow, there's an outside chance that Isaac Herzog and Labor could end up forming the next coalition among the Israeli Left, who would be more than eager to gift all of Judea and Samaria including East Jerusalem to the PLO 'for peace.'

    If this sounds familiar, it's straight out of the Clinton playbook. It's how Mr.Bill maneuvered behind the scenes to get Yitzhak Rabin and Labor in power so he could put together Oslo and empower his good buddy Arafat. And if Labor gets in again, the results, complete with another terrorist war on Israel's civilians will be similar,only this time with a much bigger body count thanks to the three combat brigades President Obama has trained and equipped for Arafat II courtesy of the American tax payer under General Keith Dayton.

    For the president, aside from the object of possibly  getting rid of Netanyahu and eviscerating Israel, another side benefit for him is to keep Israel too distracted to deal with Iran until the Ayatollahs go nuclear and it's too late to stop them.. I'm fairly certain that 's what the president and Kerry mean when they say that a Palestinian state (which will almost certainly end up as a reichlet for Hamas and  the Muslim Brotherhood) is 'important to U.S. interests.'

    Whether this plays out the way President Obama envisions is another story altogether. Stay Tuned...

    The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks' Watcher's Council Results

    Alea iacta est...the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results  for this week's Watcher's Council match up.

    "In war, truth is the first casualty" -Aeschylus

    "We maintain peace through our strength; appeasement only invites aggression" - President Ronald Reagan, 1983

    "They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace." -
    - Jeremiah 8:11

    This week's winner was Joshuapundit's  Yes, The Peace Talks Are Dead - And An Opportunity For Real Peace Comes Alive . Here's the real story of how things imploded and why, and how the Obama Administration set things up for failure. I attempt to wrap up the post mortum and show that there's an opportunity for real peace here,what I think it would take and what it might look like Here's a slice:

    While neither side has formally acknowledged it, the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are dead, and even John Kerry has thrown in the towel.

    The Obama Team would never admit it, but they're fully aware that it was Palestine's unelected dictator Mahmoud Abbas that pulled the trigger and ended the talks, and his own controlled Palestinian media proudly admits it. Both Palestinian and Israeli media outlets on Thursday night quoted Abbas as saying, “I would rather become a martyr” than rescind the applications he signed on Tuesday to join 15 UN and other international treaties and conventions.

    Kerry and the rest of the Obama team managed to arm twist the Israelis into discussing a further release of convicted terrorists along with releasing the fourth batch provided Abbas rescinded the UN membership applications and agreed to extend the deadline of the talks.

    Instead of agreeing to what amounted to another gimmee, Abbas came out with a whole new set of pre-conditions to continue talks, conditions he knew no Israeli government could accept. According to Abbas' own Palestinian News Agency Ma'an, the new pre-conditions included formal Israeli recognition of the borders of 'Palestine' as the pre-67 lines with all of East Jerusalem as its capitol; the release of 1,200 Palestinian prisoners including convicted terrorist leaders Marwan Barghouti, Fuad Shweiki and Ahmad Saadat; a Israeli building freeze in East Jerusalem and all of Judea and Samaria; Israeli citizenship for 15,000 Palestinians under a 'family reunification program' essentially a recognition of a Palestinian 'right of return'; the end of Israel’s blockade of Hamas in Gaza; the right of return for PLO terrorists who were exiled to European countries under an agreement between the EU and Israel after the 2002 Palestinian siege of the Church of the Nativity; forbidding the IDF to enter Area A, the part of Judea and Samaria under PA control which would essentially create an escape zone for terrorists after attacks on Israelis since the PA has never jailed anyone for murdering an Israeli; and Palestinian control of parts of Area C, the areas now under full Israeli sovereignty.

    And that was just to continue listening to Abbas say no for another few months!

    Kerry's deputy Martin Indyk mediated a nine hour meeting between head Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, Head of Palestinian intelligence Majid Faraj, and Israeli negotiators Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Molcho and tried to cable together some semblance of a reasonable platform, but he was yelled down by the Palestinian negotiators and the entire meeting turned into a shouting match, with even the ever flexible Tzipi Livni unable to contain herself. At one point, Livni reportedly demanded of Erekat that Abbas rescind the applications to the 15 UN organizations and conventions he'd submitted in order to negotiate any other preconditions. Erekat flatly refused, and Livni announced the next day that Israel would definitely not release that fourth batch of convicted Palestinian terrorists.

    When Indyk tried to reason with the Palestinians, saying that any agreement had to consider Israel's security considerations, Faraj snapped back that the Palestinians weren't there to discuss Israeli security, but to negotiate over a timetable to get all of their demands met.

    Things went quickly downhill from there, with the Palestinians threatening to join even more international bodies and take prosecute Israel for 'war crimes' at the International Criminal Court and the Israelis promising retaliation if they did so.

    Abbas never had any intention of actually negotiating. Even Saeb Erekat admitted earlier this month that Abbas was staying in the talks just to get the terrorist releases.

    Much more at the link

    In our non-Council category, the winner was Matt WalshHey gay rights militants: your fascism is showing submitted by Joshuapundit. It's Walsh's defiant blowback to the Gay Mafia and progressive fascism in general, and it makes for some stirring reading.

    OK, here are this week’s full results.

    Council Winners

    Non-Council Winners

    See you next week! Don't forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week's Watcher's Forum, as the Council and their invited special guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day with short takes and weigh in...don't you dare miss it. And don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.....'cause we're cool like that!

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Congress Votes Unanimously To Deny Iran UN Envoy a Visa - Will Obama Sign The Bill?

    You have to wonder how far the Obama team is willing to go to appease Iran.

    In their latest provocation, 'moderate' Iranian president Hasan Rouhani appointed Hamid Aboutalebi to serve as Iran's UN envoy, which means he would enjoy diplomatic immunity in America.

    Aboutalebi, pictured above then and now ( he's on your left in the older photo) participated in taking our diplomats in Tehran hostage and holding them for ransom back in 1979.

    Amazingly, the Obama Administration didn't raise a murmur at this blatant extension of the middle digit by Iran. That was left to the U.S. Congress.

    The Senate unanimously passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that would ban terrorists from entering the US to serve as UN ambassadors, and the House quickly followed suit, in a bill sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO).

    “Congress has voted unanimously in support of a bill to reject Iran’s deliberately insulting nomination of a known terrorist – one of the 1979 hostage-takers – to be their ambassador to the United Nations,” Cruz wrote in a statement shortly after the House decision. “I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting it, and urge the President to act quickly. We, as a country, can send an unequivocal message to rogue nations like Iran that the United States will not tolerate this kind of provocative and hostile behavior.”

    Now comes the interesting part. Will President Obama sign the legislation? And if he refuses, will congress override his veto?

    White House Spokeshole Jay Carney was noncommittal about it. The Regime was probably hoping this would pass unnoticed.

    Stay tuned!

    BDS Fail At Cornell: Attempted Stealth Anti-Israel Resolution Voted Down

    The 'anti-Zioniusts' at Cornell thought they had a pretty clever ace up their sleeves. Terrorist groupies Students For Justice in Palestine put together a Divestment Resolution and slyly inserted it into the calender of the Student Assembly for a vote at 4:30 Pm local time, when many of Cornell's Jewish students would be expected to be leaving campus to celebrate the Passover holidays with their families.

    If the initial Resolution passed, it would mean that the substantive vote would take place the following Thursday, in the middle of the Passover holidays.

    Unfortunately for SJP, the pro-Israel students rallied with surprising speed, undoubtedly aided by Professor A. Jacobson, a clinical professor of law at Cornell Law School who outed this outrageous attempt at stealth BDS and who also broke the story on his fine blog, In.sur.rect.ion.

    The end result? The Cornell University student government voted as follows: 15 in favor of indefinitely tabling the Resolution, eight against tabling the Resolution and one abstention.

    My pal Lori Lowenthal Marcus has the story in the Jewish Press:

    “I’m very proud of the way the pro-Israel students were able to mobilize so quickly. Now they all can enjoy their Passover holiday,” Jacobson told The Jewish Press by email.{...}

    Because the Passover holiday begins on Monday, most Jewish students ordinarily would leave for home during the day on Thursday. If the initial Resolution passed, it would mean that the substantive vote would take place the following Thursday, smack in the middle of the Passover holiday.

    That cheap and dirty strategic trick, as Jacobson noted in his blog post describing it, was “reminiscent of the exploitation of the Yom Kippur Jewish holiday in 1973 to launch an attack on Israel.”

    And just as effective. They lost. By a lot.

    Yes, they did.

    It's Scapegoat Time In ObamaLand - Sebelius 'Resigns'

    It's official. The foul Kommissar in charge of dismantling America's health system and imposing ObamaCare is 'resigning' effective immediately and President Obama is going to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her.

    But wait a minute. Here we were being told ObamaCare was going so well! Of course, if you believe that, you deserve to.

    Just the numerous changes the president illegally made to the law to keep it from imploding ought to tell you all is not well when it comes to ObamaCare. Politicians don't change something that's working, or kick the person in charge out on the streets. I'm being generous when I estimate that those '7 million sign ups' President Obama was thumping his chest about the other day probably equals something like 3 million actual customers, and most of those are medicaid patients 'buying' free care anyway. Meanwhile, something like five million Americans have lost their coverage entirely.And just wait until after the midterms, when the real carnage kicks in as the waivers end.

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell is a loyal clintonista and Democrat functionary, and unlike Sibelius she's apparently bright enough not to lie so obviously in public. Her ability to conjure numbers out of thin air regardless of reality (based on what the Obama OMB has projected in the last year or so) should be a useful talent as well.

    As for Sebelius, she deserves a special reward for her part in this. I'm certain she'll receive it, in this world or the next.

    Peddle your bicycle back to Kansas, creep. But given how unpopular ObamaCare is in the Sunflower State and across the nation, you might be better off staying in DC.