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Finally, a chance to move on

by Speranza ( 8 Comments › )
Filed under Gaza, IDF, Israel, John Kerry, Palestinians, Special Report at April 11th, 2014 - 7:00 am

I agree with Miss Glick that the “peace process” – thankfully – died last week when the Palestinian Authority under the kleptocratic leadership of the increasingly autocratic Mahmoud Abbas made some absurd demands (even by the Palestinians admittedly  own standards of delusion)  on Israel just so they could continue the fruitless talks. However every Secretary of State seems to  think they have the solution or believe in their own powers of persuasion to change events over there for the better.   As for that corrupt loser Ehud Olmert and the feckless former chief of staff  Gabi Ashkenazi – good riddance to them both!  She makes clear what I always suspected,  that  Ashkenazi should have kept the pressure on Gaza  during  Operation Cast Lead to the point where Hamas would be begging for mercy and offering to release Gilad Shalit.  Indecisiveness in politics and war (the two are often intertwined) leads to disaster.

by Caroline Glick

On Monday, former prime minister Ehud Olmert’s career ended.

Earlier this month, former IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Gabi Ashkenazi’s career ended.

And on Tuesday, the phony peace process ended.

In the lead-up to last year’s elections, the media and key political figures were yearning for Olmert’s return to politics.

In July 2008, Olmert was forced to cede leadership of the Kadima party, and so opt out of running for reelection, when then-attorney-general Menahem Mazuz announced he was indicting the premier on corruption charges.

Olmert left office in March 2009 when his government was replaced by Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition government.

The public abandoned its support for Olmert in the summer of 2006 as a result of his incompetent leadership of the Second Lebanon War. By the end of the summer, Olmert’s approval rating stood at 3 percent. But with the able assistance of the media, and of Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman who saved Olmert’s government by joining it, Olmert was able to weather the storm and keep going despite the public’s lack of faith in his leadership and ardent desire to force him from office.

The media’s romance with Olmert began formally in late 2003, when he followed then-premier Ariel Sharon from the center-right to the far Left. Indeed, as Sharon abandoned his pledges to voters and adopted the platform of the defeated Labor Party of unilaterally withdrawing from Gaza, Olmert outflanked him from the Left.

Always a political pugilist, Olmert was eager to attack everyone who opposed Sharon’s withdrawal plan. He had no qualms about using rank demonization to attack his former political allies in the Likud.

It was Olmert’s newfound devotion to the platform of the far Left that won him the support of media heavies like Yediot Aharonot’s Nahum Barnea, Ma’ariv’s Ben Caspit and Channel 2’s Amnon Abramovich. They were more than happy to attack as delusional independent investigative reporter Yoav Yitzhak who broke nearly every corruption story regarding Olmert, beginning in 2005.

After four years of desultory, at best, probes between 2009 and 2012, Olmert was indicted in four separate cases on corruption charges. After he was acquitted of most of the charges in his first two trials, his media allies began a campaign to return him to politics. Only Olmert, they said, had a chance to defeat Netanyahu. None of the other leftist party heads had a shot.

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Even his media friends have to cut their losses and find a new leader.

Several years ago, they were certain that they had their man. Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi was promoted to the helm of the IDF following his predecessor Dan Halutz’s forced resignation due to his incompetent leadership of the army in the Second Lebanon War.

Ashkenazi was everything the media and the Left love in a leader. He was a general. He was handsome. And he was going to save the IDF from its demoralization.  [.......]

Oh, and he was a leftist. Which meant that even if he failed, no one would ever find out.

And indeed, Ashkenazi’s leadership of the IDF during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009 was a failure. As one senior commander put it shortly after the operation ended, “Gabi Ashkenazi marched the army into Gaza, and marched it out again, leaving Hamas in charge and Gilad Schalit behind.”

Officers who wished to take a more constructive approach to fighting, like OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant and Gaza Division commander Brig.-Gen. Moshe Tamir, were immediately placed on Ashkenazi’s enemies list.

Allegations of wrongdoing against Ashkenazi first surfaced three-and-a-half years ago. In August 2010, Abramovich exposed a document on Channel 2 which purported to show that Galant was waging a negative campaign against Ashkenazi and then-Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz to replace Ashkenazi as chief of the General Staff.

Within a week the document was shown to be a forgery. It was concocted by an associate of Ashkenazi’s named Boaz Harpaz. It was leaked to Channel 2 by a senior Defense Ministry official, Gabi Shimoni, a close friend of Ashkenazi.

Rather than pursue the story, which stank to high heaven, the media ignored it. Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein refused to order the police to investigate it.  [......]

The only reason that the story of the forged document didn’t disappear is because state comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss investigated it, and Channel 1’s Ayala Hasson pursued it. And due to their efforts, the police were shamed into investigating.

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Earlier this month, Ashkenazi’s closest aides Col. (res.) Erez Winer and former IDF spokesman Brig.-Gen. (res.) Avi Benayahu were arrested in connection to rising allegations of mass abuse of power. Since then, a parade of Ashkenazi’s close associates including current Deputy Chief of General Staff Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkott and deputy director-general of the Defense Ministry Betzalel Tribor have been called in for questioning.

The widening probe paints a revolting picture of a mass abuse of power by Ashkenazi, facilitated by senior IDF officers and officials at the Defense Ministry and then covered up by senior officials at the Justice Ministry and the police, with the active collusion of the media.

Ashkenazi, it appears, was positioning himself to become the next prime minister. To this end, he allegedly decided to end the careers of IDF officers who criticized his leadership. And far more egregiously, he actively undermined then-defense minister Ehud Barak, and subverted Barak’s authority and that of the elected government in a bid to force Netanyahu and Barak to toe his timid line on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Although the police probe is only at its early stages, and it is far too early to know who if anyone will be indicted for what, as a result of the investigation Ashkenazi’s political aspirations have been destroyed. More important, the permanent bureaucracy, which enabled Ashkenazi to run roughshod over democratic norms in his quest to position himself as the prime minister in waiting, has been weakened.

Ashkenazi’s foot soldiers are all in trouble. And their troubles will likely deter other officers and senior officials from abusing their power in similar ways in the future.

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Olmert’s fall and Ashkenazi’s fall coincide with the implosion of the so-called peace process. For the past generation, allegiance to the phony peace process with the PLO has been the glue that has held the Left together. No matter how opposed to concessions the public became, the leftist establishment maintained its faith and total commitment to continued appeasement of the PLO. In large part they did so because allegiance to the peace process earned them the support and legitimization of the US.

In the absence of any capacity to win the public’s support for continued concessions to the PLO, the Left has used its close ties to the US as a shield from criticism and as valuable leverage against the government. Only the Left, it was said, could protect Israel’s alliance with the US.

Back in January, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon let the truth be known about the nature of Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace process.

In private remarks reported by Yediot, Ya’alon said, “There are no actual negotiations with the Palestinians. The Americans are holding negotiations with us and in parallel with the Palestinians.

So far, we are the only side to have given anything – the release of murderers – and the Palestinians have given nothing.”

This week, Kerry proved that Ya’alon’s statement was a gross understatement. The US is not acting as a go-between between the sides. It is acting as the PLO’s proxy.

By offering Israel to trade imprisoned Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard for Palestinian terrorist murderers, Kerry transformed the US from the leader in the war against terrorism, into the champion of terrorists. Moreover, he indicated that he views Pollard as a hostage that the US is free to use to extort concessions to terrorists from Israel.

As a result of Kerry’s scandalous behavior, the US media, which for 20 years have enthusiastically supported every US effort to force Israel to make concessions to the PLO, lost their stomach for the show. Everyone from The New York Times to The Washington Post to The Wall Street Journal and network news attacked Kerry for his actions.

To a degree, the US media’s castigation of Kerry was unfair. He only followed the two-state model to its logical conclusion. Since the Palestinians refuse to abandon their goal of destroying Israel, they will never agree to a peace deal with Israel that will require them to live at peace with the Jewish state. As a result, they will never make any concessions to Israel.

The only way to keep this fraudulent negotiating process going is for the US to both coerce Israel into making more and more one-sided concessions to the PLO, such as freeing terrorist murderers form prison, and providing Israel with US payoffs to make the government continue to abide by a fiction. In other words, Kerry had no option other than to offer up Pollard as a hostage to be swapped in exchange for freedom to Palestinian terrorists.

Transforming the US into the proxy of a terrorist organization was just the beginning of Kerry’s failure.

His desperate behavior showed PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas that there are no depths Kerry will not plumb to prolong the fictional peace process.

And so on Tuesday, in an open act of contempt for Kerry, Abbas applied for membership in international bodies, in breach of the foundational requirement of the peace process: that a Palestinian state only be formed as a consequence of a peace agreement with Israel to prevent such a state from gaining independence while in a state of war with Israel.

Until now, it was US pressure on Israel for concessions to the Palestinians that kept the Israeli Left going. Now, without any leadership, with its power base in the permanent bureaucracy weakened, and the US role as mediator wholly discredited not only among the Israeli public, but in the US media, the Left has nothing to latch on to.

If the government uses the opportunity to abandon the two-state paradigm, it stands its best chance in 20 years of succeeding.

Read the rest – A chance to move on

Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton

by Rodan ( 4 Comments › )
Filed under Fascism, Marxism, Progressives, Special Report at April 10th, 2014 - 10:22 pm

I seems not everyone views Hillary as a benign “great Mother” figure who will save America. At a speech in Las Vegas someone thew a shoe at the Marxist pantsuit.

(LAS VEGAS, KXNT, A.P.)–A woman was taken into federal custody after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former Secretary of State began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech.

The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage before an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay resort.

Clinton ducked but did not appear to be hit by the object, and then joked about it.

This is a waste of a show.

Eric Holder whines and threatens over being reminded he is a CRIMINAL.

by Guest Post ( 167 Comments › )
Filed under Democratic Party, Eric Holder, Marxism, Progressives at April 10th, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Guest Blogger: Doriangrey


Department of Injustice Attorney General Eric Holder got testy with and threatened Texas congressman Louie Gohmert during a House hearing on Tuesday when Gohmert not so subtly reminded Holder that he was in fact a criminal.

Contempt of Congress is the act of obstructing the work of the United States Congress or one of its committees. Historically, the bribery of a senator or representative was considered contempt of Congress. In modern times, contempt of Congress has generally applied to the refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by a Congressional committee or subcommittee—usually seeking to compel either testimony or the production of documents.

Eric Holder (Democrat), Attorney General June 20, 2012
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform[13] June 28, 2012
House of Representatives Found in criminal[14] and civil[15] contempt

That’s right, Department of Injustice Attorney General Erick Holder was found to be in CRIMINAL contempt of congress.

Holder: Can you believe the way the Attorney General of the United States was treated yesterday?

The almost textbook outrageously-outraged followup to Holder’s confrontation with Louie Gohmert during a House hearing on Tuesday. Ugh.

I am pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and lasting reforms, even in the face, even in the face, of unprecedented, unwarranted ugly and divisive adversity. And if you don’t believe that, you look at the way — forget about me, forget about me — you look at the way the Attorney General of the United States was treated yesterday by a House Committee. It had nothing to do with me, forget about that. What Attorney General has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What President has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?

“It had nothing to do with me”? Well, actually, it one hundred percent had absolutely everything to do with you — and not because of the reason (hint: rhymes with “bassist”) you’re rather unsubtly implying, either. It might, however, have had something to do with the fact that your department within the Obama administration has ‘unprecedentedly‘ coordinated a scandalously failure of a deadly gunwalking operation that you’re still trying to downplay and dismiss while continuing to obfuscate the investigation thereof by refusing to hand over all of the relevant documentation. “What attorney general has ever been treated this way”? Wrong question, “buddy.”

How in the name of God, can any American consider the American Justice system to be anything other than dysfunctional and utterly corrupt given the fact that a convicted criminal is in charge of the Department of Injustice? I’ll tell you how. Every last Democrat in America believes that as long as one of their own in in a position of official power, that it is perfectly ok for them to commit any and every crime on the books so long as it advances their political and ideological agenda, that’s how.

America’s Democrats are Marxist totalitarian tyrants who hold only one moral or ethical value. The End Justifies the Means.

When Parody Eclipses Reality

by Flyovercountry ( 148 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Corruption, Eric Holder, Progressives at April 10th, 2014 - 7:00 am

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

This one should be clear. My problem with the above cartoon is not so much that it isn’t funny. My problem is that it’s most definitely a true representation of the view held by our President and his Attorney General. My problem is that it’s in no way an exaggeration. It is an accurate description of the state of things today in regards to our Executive Branch in general, and with our Department of Justice in particular. Any notice of this state of affairs brings choruses of, “don’t watch Fox News,” as if that’ll solve somehow, the growing problem of a completely lawless Presidential Administration. That somehow, we’ll be free from a level of corruption so pervasive that Caligula and Nero would probably be lecturing our current defacto man child ruler on how to at least appear to be subservient to those for whom he purportedly works, (“we the people.”)

Today, the House Ways and Means Committee took the extraordinary step, and as far as I can tell this marks another first for any Administration, of voting to charge an officer of the IRS with Charges of Criminal Contempt, and to formally ask that the Department of Justice file other criminal charges to add to Lois Lerner’s Contempt Charge. Tomorrow, the full House Membership will undoubtedly follow suit, and for the first time in U.S. History, an officer of the IRS will face real jail time for official work duties performed at that nefarious federal agency. Bear in mind, one of the Articles of Impeachment brought against Richard Nixon was for his discussing, but not actually following through on, using the IRS as a political weapon with which to intimidate and thwart political adversaries.

You may recall that this is one of those things which so outraged our President that he promised to, “get to the bottom,” of what was going on within his own Treasury Department. About a year later, and he went on television and announced that there was not even the slightest hint of a smidgen of wrong doing at the IRS. It must have been some exhaustive investigation, since Lois Lerner had already invoked her Fifth Amendment Rights while under subpoena to testify in front of the Congressional Ways and Means Committee. For those of you who do not know what this means, Lois basically stated that if she answered any questions, she believed sincerely that those answers if honest, would lead to her being convicted of a felony for which she had not yet been charged. So, there’s that smoking gun. For good measure in the does-not-compute-department-of-bizarre-attempts-to-cover-things-up, she invoked her Fifth Amendment Rights once more, after President Zero made his not-even-a-smidgen-of-wrongdoing statement in his interview with Bill O’Reilly. So, there’s the repeat of that smoking gun.

As much as I’d like to celebrate the fact that our House has finally, and after nearly four years of looking into the lawlessness of this Administration, done something that resembles holding anyone to account for their actions, there is still a huge jackass shaped problem in the room. That would be, who runs this most politicized Department of Justice in U.S. History. Does anyone really believe that Eric Holder will allow this to be prosecuted in an honest and forthright manner? Remember, Eric Holder handled that Obama effort to get to the bottom of things that found not a smidgen of wrongdoing personally. Eric Holder also has his own criminal contempt charge in place, and has been acting as Attorney General under this cloud for nearly two years, another historic first by the way for Team Zero. Holder’s obvious options here will be to drop the ball completely and refuse to prosecute. He can take up the prosecution, and sandbag the process, guaranteeing that Lerner is cleared of all allegations and protected from further prosecution via the double jeopardy rules in place. Or they can throw Lerner under Barack’s Bus, and promise her that if she takes the buck, they’ll pardon or commute on the Bamster’s way out of town. No matter how you slice it, we ain’t getting satisfaction on this one, not until we win enough elections to chase these pigs out of town.

Special Note: Since I said elections, and moreover committed the sin against the third party zealots of placing the concept of winning elections within a verboten framework, using the term we, indicating that I am in some way rooting for Republicans, let me do my third party penance now. All hail the Gods of the Third Party. Hail to thee, hail to thee, hail to thee! I hope that’s sufficed.

In order to drive this point home, Here’s a list of firsts achieved by this historic Presidency thus far. Please pay particular attention to the top two sections, which are all examples of the Obama Administration’s lawlessness. It just doesn’t get any better than this folks, I can’t remember when I’ve been so proud.

From the Doug Ross Journal list of Presidential Firsts linked to above:

• First President to Violate the War Powers Act (Unilaterally Executing American Military Operations in Libya Without Informing Congress In the Required Time Period – Source: Huffington Post)
• First President to Triple the Number of Warrantless Wiretaps of U.S. Citizens (Source: ACLU)
• First President to Sign into Law a Bill That Permits the Government to “Hold Anyone Suspected of Being Associated With Terrorism Indefinitely, Without Any Form of Due Process. No Indictment. No Judge or Jury. No Evidence. No Trial. Just an Indefinite Jail Sentence” (NDAA Bill – Source: Business Insider)

• First President to Refuse to Tell the Public What He Did For Eight (8) Hours After Being Informed That a U.S. Ambassador Was Facing Imminent Death During a Terror Attack (Source: Mediate)
• First President to Lie About the Reason For an Ambassador’s Death, Blaming it on an Internet Video Rather Than What He Knew to be the Case: the Al Qaeda-linked Terror Group Ansar al-Sharia (Source: House Oversight Committee, et. al.)
• First President to Have an Innocent Filmmaker Thrown in Jail After Lying About the Cause for a Deadly Attack on U.S. Diplomats, Using the Filmmaker as a Scapegoat (Source: CNN)

• First President to Use the IRS to “Unfairly Target Political Enemies” as Well as pro-Catholic and pro-Jewish Groups (Source: Sen. Ted Cruz)
• First President to Unlawfully Seize Telephone Records of More than 100 Reporters to Intimidate and/or Bully Them (Source: Associated Press)
• First President to Witness a Single Cabinet Secretary Commit Multiple Hatch Act Violations Without Acting, Speaking Out, Disciplining or Firing That Person (Source: New York Times)

• First President to Personally Lobby Senators to Violate Senate Rules and Destroy the Filibuster Through “The Nuclear Option” to Consolidate More Executive Power (Source: Wall Street Journal)
• First President to create his own propaganda news network and “bypass journalists … [having] developed [his] own network of websites, social media and even created an online newscast to dispense favorable information and images” (Source: Associated Press)
• First President to Barricade Open-Air Government Monuments During a Partial Government Shutdown (Source: Rep. Steve Stockman)

• First President to Have His Attorney General Held in Criminal Contempt of Congress For His Efforts to Cover Up Operation Fast and Furious, That Killed Over 300 Individuals (Source: Politico)
• First President to claim Executive Privilege to shield a sitting Attorney General from a Contempt of Congress finding for perjury and withholding evidence from lawful subpoenas (Source: Business Insider)
• First President to Issue Unlawful “Recess-Appointments” Over a Long Weekend — While the U.S. Senate Remained in Session (against the advice of his own Justice Department – Source: United States Court of Appeals)

• First President to Fire an Inspector General of Americorps for Catching One of His Friends in a Corruption Case (Source: Gawker)
• First President to “Order a Secret Amnesty Program that Stopped the Deportations of Illegal Immigrants Across the U.S., Including Those With Criminal Convictions” (Source: DHS documents uncovered by Judicial Watch)
• First President to Sue States for Enforcing Voter ID Requirements, Which Were Previously Ruled Legal by the U.S. Supreme Court (Source: CNN)

• First President to Encourage Racial Discrimination and Intimidation at Polling Places (the New Black Panthers voter intimidation case, Source: Investors Business Daily)
• First President to Refuse to Comply With a House Oversight Committee Subpoena (Source: Heritage Foundation)
• First President to Arbitrarily Declare an Existing Law Unconstitutional and Refuse to Enforce It (Defense of Marriage Act – Source: ABC News)

• First President to Increase Surveillance of American Citizen Under the Patriot Act by 1,000 Percent in Four Years (Source: NBC News)
• First President to Demand a Company Hand Over $20 Billion to One of His Political Appointees (BP Oil Spill Relief Fund – Source: Fox News)
• First President to Have a Law Signed By an ‘Auto-pen’ Without Being “Present” (Source: The New York Times)

Scandals
• First President to publicly announce an enemies list (consisting of his opponents campaign contributors; and to use the instrumentalities of government to punish those on the list – Source: Heritage Foundation)
• First President to Attempt to Block Legally-Required 60-Day Layoff Notices by Government Contractors Due to His Own Cuts to Defense Spending — Because The Notices Would Occur Before the Election. (Source: National Journal)

• First President to Intentionally Disable Credit Card Security Measures (in order to allow over-the-limit donations, foreign contributions and other illegal fundraising measures – Source: Power Line)

• First President to send 80 percent of a $16 billion program (green energy) to his campaign bundlers and contributors, leaving only 20% to those who did not contribute. (Source: Washington Examiner)
• First President to Propose an Executive Order Demanding Companies Disclose Their Political Contributions to Bid on Government Contracts (Source: Wall Street Journal)
• First President to issue an Executive Order implementing a “Racial Justice System”, a system that tries to achieve “racially equivalent outcomes” for crimes (Source: Daily Caller)

• First President to Leak Confidential IRS Tax Records to Groups Aligned Politically With Him for Partisan Advantage (Source: The Hill Newspaper)
• First President to Use the EPA to Punish Political Enemies and Reward Political Allies (Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute)
• First President to Send Millions in Taxpayer Dollars to His Wife’s Former Employer (Source: White House Dossier)

• First President to Openly Use the Department of Justice to Intimidate Political Opponents and Threaten Companies to Donate to His Campaign (Source: Peter Schweizer, Extortion)
• First President to Direct His Census Dept. to Make Up Favorable Employment Data In Run-Up to His Reelection Campaign (Source: New York Post)
• First President to Have His Administration Fund an Organization Tied to the Cop-Killing Terrorist Group, the Weather Underground (Source: National Review)

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Brandeis University withdraws planned honorary degree for Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali

by Speranza ( 9 Comments › )
Filed under Headlines, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Political Correctness at April 9th, 2014 - 10:55 am

Totalitarianism is alive and well on America’s campuses.

Brandeis University in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it had withdrawn the planned awarding of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a staunch critic of Islam and its treatment of women, after protests from students and faculty.

The university said in a statement posted online that the decision had been made after a discussion between Ali and university President Frederick Lawrence.

“She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women’s rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world,” said the university’s statement. “That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”

Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006, has been quoted as making comments critical of Islam. That includes a 2007 interview with Reason Magazine in which she said of the religion, “Once it’s defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful. It’s very difficult to even talk about peace now. They’re not interested in peace. I think that we are at war with Islam. And there’s no middle ground in wars.”

Ali was raised in a strict Muslim family, but after surviving a civil war, genital mutilation, beatings and an arranged marriage, she renounced the faith in her 30s. She has not commented publicly on the issue of the honorary degree.

In 2007, Ali helped establish the AHA Foundation, which works to protect and defend the rights of women in the West from oppression justified by religion and culture, according to its website. The foundation also strives to protect basic rights and freedoms of women and girls. This includes control of their own bodies, access to an education and the ability to work outside the home and control their own income, the website says.

More than 85 of about 350 faculty members at Brandeis signed a letter asking for Ali to be removed from the list of honorary degree recipients. And an online petition created Monday by students at the school of 5,800 had gathered thousands of signatures from inside and outside the university as of Tuesday afternoon.

“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.”

Bernard Macy, a 1979 Brandeis graduate, sent an email this week to university President Frederick Lawrence and several members of the faculty saying, “Thank you for recognizing Ayaan Hirsi Ali for defending Muslim women against Islamist honor violence.”

But 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, chairman of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, said in an interview. “They feel unwelcome here.”

Hipsters riot in Isla Vista, California

by Rodan ( 123 Comments › )
Filed under Fascism, Hipsters, Progressives at April 9th, 2014 - 7:00 am

Many think Hipsters are some laughable animal hat wearing clowns, but underneath lies an evil mindset. Just like their Jacobin ancestors, the Hipsters will resort to mob violence when they do not get their way. This occurred last weekend in Isla Vista, California. During the annual Deltopia party, police tries to restore some order to the unruly crowd. Rather than tone down, the Hipsters rioted and caused property damage.

(CNN) — A street party turned into a violent melee that injured six police officers in a California beach community Saturday night.

About 15,000 people — many of them students from nearby University of California, Santa Barbara — crowded the streets of Isla Vista for the annual “Deltopia” celebration when “a major disturbance broke out,” according to a news release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

It turned ugly when a UCSB police officer was “hit in the head with a backpack that contained large bottles of alcohol,” causing a “significant head injury,” the release said. A large crowd threw rocks, bricks and bottles at police officers who were arresting the person suspected of hitting the officer, it said.

A “major disturbance, emergency situation” was declared, and law enforcement officers from nearby Ventura County responded to help the Santa Barbara County deputies already on the scene, the release said. “Chemical agents and less lethal foam projectiles were deployed to disperse the crowds.”

The Hipster movement is not a laughing matter. This is one if the biggest internal threats this nation has faced since its founding. One of their own is President an the Hipsters will do everything to keep power an are committed to victory for their cause. laugh at them at your own peril, they are winners and do not accept defeat.

The never ending corruption story.

by Guest Post ( 53 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Corruption, Crime, Democratic Party, Eric Holder, Progressives at April 8th, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Guest Blogger: Doriangrey


Erick Holder, the Attorney General aka Obamanation Administration Department of Injustice and Reichsführer of the Schutzstaffel once again proved what a Gestapo thug he is when he exploded at Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert during a House hearing Tuesday. It seems Gohmert had the temerity to ask questions that Erick Holder did not want asked.

Eric Holder explodes at GOP rep: ‘You don’t want to go there, buddy!’

In the midst of questions about the Justice Department’s failure to divulge documents about the Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial, Gohmert made a side comment about how the House of Representatives found Holder in contempt in 2012 for refusing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.

“I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight,” Gohmert said.

“You don’t want to go there, buddy! You don’t want to go there, okay,” Holder shot back.

“I don’t want to go there?” the Texas Republican responded.

“No,” Holder said, leaning forward in his seat.

With recent revelation regarding California State Senator Leland Yee’s involvement in illegal Gun running, it should come as no surprise that Holder is displaying this kind of Nazi hostility. The last thing that Holder wants right now, is more questions being asked about Operation Fast and Furious.

Questions that might lead from California’s Leland Yee, back through the documents that Holder is in contempt of Congress for illegally withhold right straight to the Whitehouse.

Operation “Fast and Furious” The California connection.

Anyone want to dare to suggest, given that all the decisions made in the Phoenix “Fast and Furious” were made in San Fransisco (can you say, Ninth Circuit Court?) and Los Angeles that the FBI/ATF/DOJ in California didn’t do all the exact same things that they did in Phoenix? Have you been to California lately?

2009
February
Phoenix
 Developed a strategy of intelligence-lead policing whereby the Field Intelligence Group will analyze and disseminate leads, as the point of contact for other field divisions and agencies.  Two agents each dedicated full time to the Phoenix and Tucson OCDETF.  Border liaison officers in Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma, Arizona.  Embedded a representative from the Mexico Attorney General’s office (CENAPI).*  Conducted a conference call with Los Angeles and San Francisco Field Divisions.  Industry Operations would target high-risk gun dealers for inspections based on risk factors found through intelligence.

Los Angeles
 Field Intelligence Group will analyze information and leads to assign to field offices for investigation.  Conference calls will be conducted between the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Phoenix field divisions for coordination and information sharing between field divisions.  Border liaison officer in San Diego, California.  Firearms trafficking group (San Diego I) works with local law enforcement, ICE, the FBI, and through the border liaison, Mexican law enforcement  Will coordinate with U.S. Attorneys and county District Attorneys to address issues in cases so fast and successful prosecutions can occur

Los Angeles Field Division
Special Agent in Charge
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (x2)
Director of Industry Operations
Area Supervisor
Industry Operations Investigator
Field Intelligence Group Supervisor
Intelligence Research Specialist
Industry Operations Intelligence Specialist
Tracing Specialist, Regional Crime Gun Center
Group Supervisor, Glendale
Resident Agent in Charge, San Diego
Resident Agent in Charge, El Centro
Special Agent, Glendale
Special Agent, San Diego
Border Liaison Officer

As the PDF document released by U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Evaluation and Inspections Division makes very clear there was a very substantial coordination of the “Fast and Furious” operation in Phoenix by the San Fransisco and Los Angeles of the FBI/ATF/DOJ.

There own statements are damning.

Yet, we found weaknesses in how ATF implemented Project Gunrunner as a multi-agency effort. Although, as noted above, ATF has increased some program activities during Project Gunrunner, ATF’s focus remains largely on inspections of gun dealers and investigations of straw purchasers, rather than on higher-level traffickers, smugglers, and the ultimate recipients of the trafficked guns.4

For example, we found that 68 percent of Project Gunrunner cases are single-defendant cases, and some ATF managers discourage field personnel from conducting the types of complex conspiracy investigations that target higher-level members of trafficking rings. Federal prosecutors told us that directing the efforts of Project Gunrunner toward building larger, multi-defendant conspiracy cases would better disrupt trafficking organizations.
Moreover, although ATF has had a long-stated intent to make fuller use of the resources of the Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Program to conduct more complex conspiracy investigations, it has not done so. This is in part due to ATF’s focus on conducting fast investigations and also due to misunderstandings among ATF field personnel about what kinds of cases are eligible for OCDETF and whether OCDETF cases are counted as Project Gunrunner cases by ATF’s internal performance metrics.

You can bet your ass that the GOP Elitist Aristocrats have no more interests in seeing anyone investigate a connection between Leland Yee and the Holder Department of Injustice or the Whitehouse than the Whitehouse or it’s Schutzstaffel Reichsführer. A connection would mean that they would be forced to do something, and the only legal remedy for an Obama direct involvement would be Impeachment.

(Cross Posted @ The Wilderness of Mirrors)

Andy Card: “We have a responsibility to make sure Jeb runs”

by Rodan ( 159 Comments › )
Filed under Progressives, Republican Party at April 8th, 2014 - 2:00 pm

The media this weekend was pushing the Bush mafia. That family had a gathering this weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the disastrous administration of Poppy Bush. The first Bush administration marked the end of the Republican Party’s dominance in Presidential election and the permanent loss of their former Northeastern and Upper Midwest suburban base. The 2nd Bush administration ended in economic collapse and the rise of the Obama Regime. You would think that the GOP would want to move away from the Bush legacy, but sadly that is not the case.

Former Chief of staff under George W. Bush, Andy Card wants Jeb Bush to run. He believes it is the responsibility of the Bush Mafia to push Jeb to run in 2016.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — More than a hundred Republican Party elders gathered this weekend in Texas to celebrate George H.W. Bush’s legacy. But many of the event’s participants had another, much simpler agenda: launching a Jeb Bush presidential campaign.

The two-day festivities featured a widely covered speech by Jeb. And on the sidelines, former Bush retainers were frank about their hopes that the eldest son could save a party the family has led on and off since 1988.

“We have a responsibility to make sure Jeb runs,” said longtime Bush adviser Andy Card after the speech.

“If Jeb Bush does not run, shame on us.” Card added, “I would work in a Jeb administration in a heartbeat.”

“Look at all of us,” said another former campaign aide, Jill Collins, excitedly motioning to an auditorium filled with former ambassadors, appointees, and cabinet members. “We are all ready to fundraise and start planting yard signs. We have all done it before and we will do it again.”

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Sununu one-upped him, “If Mitt Romney had had the Jeb package, we would have won in 2012.”

The media wants Jeb Bush as the nominee because it would make Hillary’s election a sure bet. Clinton already is the favorite for 2016 and thanks to the demographic and electoral college advantages; nominating Jeb would make her job easier.

Jeb Bush comes from a  family of political losers that destroyed the once formidable Republican Party and turned it into the political joke it is today.  Nominating him would ensure an electoral disastrous in an already tough political environment for the GOP.  I know Karl Rove needs  a paycheck, but the country is at risk. The GOP needs someone in 2016 who will take unorthodox stances and possible pick off some Democrat demographics top even have a hope of winning the Presidency. Jeb is not that guy.

Stay out the Bushes!

 

Cocaine Parody OOT

by Macker ( 19 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Healthcare, Humor, Music, OOT, Russia, Satire, Ukraine at April 7th, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Eric Clapton’s Classic Hit lends itself very well to Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo, as he turns it into the latest Parody. Courtesy of The People’s Cube:

Here is the mp3. The lyrics are below:

The world says get out. But, Putin says.. no doubt, Ukraine.
Obama frowns, but Putin’s getting down in Ukraine.
He don’t buy, or stand by, or say why; Ukraine.

Obama talked tough but, Putin called his bluff Ukraine.
When the day is done Putin won; Ukraine.
BO lied by the side watch Vlad ride – in Ukraine.

He sanctioned some guys hoping to turn the tide: Ukraine.
Don’t forget this fact, Putin won’t give it back; Ukraine.
Let’s talk gays, women’s raise, ACA – ignoring Ukraine
BO’s weak, Putin streaked moved his fleet – to Ukraine.

Remember to stop snorting in laughter for a few moments…and proceed directly into The Overnight Open Thread!

Al Sharpton was a FBI snitch

by Rodan ( 101 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Crime, History, Marxism, Progressives at April 7th, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Al Sharpton always appeared to be a rat to me. I have always suspected many of these “community organizer” types were government moles. That is why no matter how many times they agitate, they don’t face serious jail time. Now my suspicions about Sharpton have been confirmed.

Reports are now circulating that Al Sharpton was a FBI informant. For a number of years in the mid 80′s he recorded conversations with members of the Genovese crime family in the NY area. Al Sharpton was more than just a street agitator, he was working for the very system he condemned.

Later this week, Obama will travel to New York and appear in a Manhattan hotel ballroom at the side of the man whom FBI agents primarily referred to as “CI-7”–short for confidential informant #7–in secret court filings. In those documents, investigators vouched for him as a reliable, productive, and accurate source of information about underworld figures.

The ex-informant has been one of Obama’s most unwavering backers, a cheerleader who has nightly bludgeoned the president’s Republican opponents in televised broadsides. For his part, Obama has sought the man’s counsel, embraced him publicly, and saluted his “commitment to fight injustice and inequality.” The president has even commented favorably on his friend’s svelte figure, the physical manifestation of a rehabilitation effort that coincided with Obama’s ascension to the White House. This radical makeover has brought the man wealth, a daily TV show, bespoke suits, a luxury Upper West Side apartment, and a spot on best seller lists.

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Beginning in the mid-1980s and spanning several years, Sharpton’s cooperation was fraught with danger since the FBI’s principal targets were leaders of the Genovese crime family, the country’s largest and most feared Mafia outfit. In addition to aiding the FBI/NYPD task force, which was known as the “Genovese squad,” Sharpton’s cooperation extended to several other investigative agencies.

TSG’s account of Sharpton’s secret life as “CI-7” is based on hundreds of pages of confidential FBI affidavits, documents released by the bureau in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, court records, and extensive interviews with six members of the Genovese squad, as well as other law enforcement officials to whom the activist provided assistance.

Like almost every other FBI informant, Sharpton was solely an information source. The parameters of his cooperation did not include Sharpton ever surfacing publicly or testifying on a witness stand. 

Genovese squad investigators–representing both the FBI and NYPD–recalled how Sharpton, now 59, deftly extracted information from wiseguys. In fact, one Gambino crime family figure became so comfortable with the protest leader that he spoke openly–during ten wired face-to-face meetings–about a wide range of mob business, from shylocking and extortions to death threats and the sanity of Vincent “Chin” Gigante, the Genovese boss who long feigned mental illness in a bid to deflect law enforcement scrutiny. As the mafioso expounded on these topics, Sharpton’s briefcase–a specially customized Hartman model–recorded his every word.

Sharpton is a 2 faced rat who deserves no respect.