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About damn time already

Netanyahu finally says FU to Beloved Leader Obama.

Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel.

 

Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration “not to ever second guess me again” on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be “trusted” on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks.

 

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_UNITED_STATES_MIDEAST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-08-02-05-10-33

 

I hope our next president repairs our relations with just about every once-ally we had that Obama has shat upon, but no one more so than Israel.  The Euro-Snobs realize we’re about the only thing keeping Russia from taking over Europe, if he so chose.  But Israel, how could he have pissed on Israel?

Go Bibi.

Want to stop attacks on Gaza?  That’s easy – tell the terrorists to stop firing rockets at Israel.  The fact that the disparity in lethality exists is irrelevant.  A scrappy little dog keeps biting an even scrappier bigger dog with sharp teeth – when the big one finally leans over and kicks the little dog’s ass, no one ought to be getting pissed at the bigger dog.  Especially when there is a pack of little dogs going after the patient one.

But that is what we are seeing in Gaza.

“But LEMUR…!”  you say… “These are CHILDREN who are dying!”  

Yep, sure are.   Who are also being trained to do as their fathers are doing, which is always attack from behind the skirts of women and children, like cowardly dogs.

But no, it is easier to attack Israel, isn’t it?

 

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Wow, they whisked away to safety pro-Israel demonstrators from outside the White House after being surrounded by menacing Hamas supporters.

Why not deal with the menacing folks?

They had to be rescued by the police from the radical pro-Hamas protesters.

So we are now supporting pro-terrorist organizations who threaten others?

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Go north.

The official line I keep hearing is the Malaysia flight could have gone south or west along the radius of the last satellite ping.

I am sorry but I call bullshit.  A pilot bent on suicide would have sought to do it visibly if he was going to suicide by plane.  Also, suicide by plane would not do the climb, transponder off, and ghost act.  He also would not fly for hours into the great white south AND have his family move out the day before.

No, as commenter Mitchell pointed out, ghosting under another plane has been recognized as a way one could slip out of being tracked in an area where business as usual isn’t rigorously tracked.  It was well-described in Neal Stephenson’s “Reamde” novel.

Let’s go north again.  Wherever it went, it arrived there days ago, and looking for it now will only be looking at areas where unusual activity is occurring, using satellites.

Wherever it is, if we know about it, and have not bombed it into a smoking crater, it means a potential hostage situation has stayed our hand.  Any action would result in a UN demand for forensics, which would turn up what I suspect would be a lot of suddenly now-dead civilians.

If we don’t know about it, while whoever has it traced all transmitters on the plane to remove them, chatter will go silent, and the NSA and CIA will go nuts looking for it and signs of anything moving towards it.  All roads would lead to Rome IF whatever was going to be loaded into it wasn’t already in place, and I think a state sponsored plan will have already done so.

That plane will not be used for some time, is my guess, but the hostages will be kept fresh for it’s final trip.

Yeah, it reads like a damned spy novel, but it already has gone into that territory.

Don’t get me wrong, as I think the best scenario we could hope for at this point is it crashed.  It is a PR disaster waiting to happen for the second best scenario, where passengers die and lots of awful things like nukes (bomb or wastes) get scattered as it is shot down.  

Worst case is they fly it in with transponder off under a white flag requesting sanctuary, and getting an nuclear bomb air burst over Israel.  And if they take out Israel’s infrastructure with an EMP then they can go in using their military forces held in reserve.

Now, my argument for keeping the passengers alive is the tendency of the Islamic fanatics to hide behind the skirts of women and children if it suits their goals.  

Tel Aviv, Israel is the only target that makes sense, unless they want to take out a US aircraft carrier.  And the fanatics want Jerusalem intact.  

Any of those nations from Pakistan westward are completely capable of turning an eye in their airspace.

This is ALL supposition, but the longer this goes without resolution, the worse it will be.

 

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Has the world grown to love Obama every bit as much as they did when he won the election?   Let’s see…

  1. Rocky relations with Russia/Putin.  Hardly bridge-building here.  And is playing nice-nice helpful…?  You gotta be firm yet respectful, not one or the other.
  2. Insult Britain.  Several timesAgain.
  3. Piss off Israel.
  4. Piss of Karzai in Afghanistan.

At home, things are pretty similar what with Government Motors, buying up commercial real-estate, regulation of more industries, dictation of “how it will be” with several sectors, forcing the American Public to accept health care with the promise that once we try it we’ll love it, and the looming in the wings fight over environmental issues.  With respect to health care – usually when I’m going to shell out big money, for a car or a home as examples, I am convinced I’m going to like it before my hard earned money goes away.   Guess Democrats don’t seem to think that my opinion matters a great deal.

This is not a happiness-building administration.  They have bungled every public relations issue they’ve put their hands on – largely because of fake sincerity and false friendship that covers up a truly disdainful approach to everyone that has a view contrary to the Administration.

How about mockery of Tea Party’ersOne-sided media coverage?

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Today on NPR a guest said that we’ll be secondary-screening individuals not just based on names but on “characteristics”, such as “A Nigerian man who has been to Country X recently”.  How, pray tell, does this differ from profiling?

Under President Obama’s new airport security plan, anyone traveling to the US will be stopped if they match the description of a potential terrorist. Wait, we weren’t doing this already? – Jimmy Fallon

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Evening update:

Speaking of “Unifiers, not Dividers”, shall we look at our Democrat-controlled congress?  Giddy on huffed paint fumes they rush headlong into tyranny.

Those of us who can’t read for squat know him as “clambake” (because we transpose ltteres, apparently) has a post worth reading.  Yes he attributes it to Subotai, and rightly so, but I read it at clambake’s first.  🙂

By any name, he is a self-proclaimed patriot and is one in reality, too.

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A new photo definition of “douchebag” will feature Nancy Pelosi.  Thank you, Washington Post for reporting

After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate’s health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.

Instead, Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers “deem” the health-care bill to be passed.

The tactic — known as a “self-executing rule” or a “deem and pass” — has been commonly used, although never to pass legislation as momentous as the $875 billion health-care bill. It is one of three options that Pelosi said she is considering for a late-week House vote, but she added that she prefers it because it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure.

Got that?

“It’s more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know,” the speaker said in a roundtable discussion with bloggers Monday. “But I like it,” she said, “because people don’t have to vote on the Senate bill.”

Just like Global Worming, voting and discussion is such a poor way of getting what you want, so you just short circuit all those who don’t agree with you.

Spoken like a bunch of effin’ nine year olds.  Great, Congress running our country is headed up by a bunch of nine-year olds.

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Show me a self-professed Uniter, and I’ll show you a man who thinks if he says it enough times he’ll believe it himself.  Put differently, a self-proclaimed Uniter is frequently a divider with delusions.

Obama has shown zero ability to unite people.  Oh sure, he had a beer with high-strung professor and a cop, but you can’t convince me that both men didn’t walk away with the exact same opinion of each other that they came to the meeting with.  You also can’t convince me that Obama thinks the cops are any less stupid than he thought when he proclaimed his judgment aloud in the beginning.

So now, proof positive that Obama is such a poor uniter that one of our strongest allies is on the outs with us.  Between Obama and his in-all-but-name Mentor, Jimmy Carter, Israel has little reason to love the U.S. – at least until a changing of the guard.  One can only hope that they don’t reason that the rest of the U.S. feels as our current White House administration does.

Obama is so intent on pushing his agendas through that he’s neglecting the very basics of statesmanship and how to behave as the proper figurehead to our nation.

Stay classy, Mr. President.

Update:

It seems that it is easy to love him (if you are an idiot) but to know him is to dislike him.  Washington Post excerpt from an pretty decent op-ed…

The paradox here is that Obama remains hugely popular abroad — from Germany and France to countries where anti-Americanism has recently been a problem, such as Turkey and Indonesia. His following means that, in democratic countries at least, leaders have a strong incentive to befriend him. And yet this president appears, so far, to have no genuine foreign friends. In this he is the opposite of George W. Bush, who was reviled among the foreign masses but who forged close ties with a host of leaders — Aznar of Spain, Uribe of Colombia, Sharon and Olmert of Israel, Koizumi of Japan.

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Hey, what does Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife’s political leanings have to do with ANYTHING? Suddenly his wife (or him for that matter) is not supposed to have opinions and biases just because he’s a SCJ?  Bias is a fact of life.  A SJC is understood to have bias, but the unpardonable sin for them is prejudgment.  The difference is in one “if I can judge in a particular way I will” vs. “I will judge a particular way in spite of any and all arguments”.

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She’s got my support.  The police had no business reporting her marriage document or sexual orientation to the military.  She did indeed play by the rules.

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What a cry for attention.  “Woman aims to be world’s fattest.”

Talk about sad.  Honestly, people around her should just ignore her until she makes sense.

But no, she has committed enablers:

Her 49-year-old partner Philippe — who she met on a dating site for plus-size people — was encouraging her to reach her goal, she said.

“I think he’d like it if I was bigger … he’s a real belly man and completely supports me,” she said.

Lady,  NOTHING is going to be able to completely support you.  Unless it has rebar-reinforced foundations and bedrock in the vicinity.

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NPR this morning (“Know Thine Enemy” is what I live by)…

They were covering the latest not-quite-news-but-still-media-frenzied story regarding Iran’s missile test.

The reporter was questioning an Israeli representative. At one point, she tried to demonstrate parity, contrasting Iran’s weapons development (and potentially nukes) and the fact that Israel has had the capability and in fact demonstrated past willingness to bomb and/or attack other countries.

WTH?

Why does the media attempt to be so “fair” and “even handed” that they stop reporting the news as FACT? Fact and the Media New Fairness Doctrine (MNFD – my spelling-out of that acronym is not family friendly) are in no way compatible. There are always two sides, but the idea that one is no better than the other is dead wrong.

There’s no parity here!

The Six-Day War should ring a bell. As I recall, there was a preemptive strike on Egypt’s Air Force, then others were involved – Syria and Jordan. Troops were supplied by Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria. My point? There’s a lot of animosity there anyway. Has been for a long time.

Israel has not expressed a clear longing to see another country gone. Go listen to Ahmadinejad – what he has said in the past has been debated, but whatever the final analysis, it wasn’t “Hey, guys, we wish you the best in everything!”

While the topic of Iran’s nuclear pursuits is hotly debated, the fact that Iran has rejected the offer of being given fuel suitable for power generation (but not weapons) must be taken into account. There is the almost-arguable issue of a light-water reactor not allowing them to use home-mined Uranium (reliance on external enriched Uranium sources) but their secrecy in the face of the IAEA does not speak well of their intentions. A heavy-water reactor would use non-enriched Uranium which could then be turned into weapons-grade Plutonium.

Some information from pundits regarding Iran’s intent.

Michelle Malkin on Iran and the NIE.

The View from Alexandria.

Axis of Right.

Moving right along…

The reason I claim no parity is because of one fact:

Israel has not been providing arms and assistance to terrorists and insurgents to target innocent civilians within the borders of other countries. As posed in The Axis of Right link above, “Israel is not engaged in a war by proxy.”

Whereas, state-sponsored terrorism combined with weapons programs present (1) a clear and present danger, (2) a willingness to do harm both covert and overt, and (3) a vastly improved propaganda program through the use of misinformation and martyrs in militant groups in and around Israel. Those who willingly seek the demise of innocents and civilians solely because of who/what they are are indefensible.

There is no parity.

Disclaimer: Iran’s rockets in and of themselves are little or no danger to Israel, as they have great bunkers and lots of advance warning systems. The danger, as I see it, is in providing weapons and/or materials to said proxy groups.

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