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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Let’s give credit where credit is due: This is the Obama Administration


Let Us Be Clear: Obama Deserves Chief Responsibility for Govt Shutdown.

Boehner and the GOP may well be "anarchists" and Reid and the Dems may be useless. But it's the president who runs the show.

Nick Gillespie | October 1, 2013 REASON

Whether it turns truly apocalyptic or ends up just being a short break in standard operating procedure, there's plenty of blame to go around when it comes assigning responsibility for the government shutdown.
The one thing that shouldn't be slighted, though, is that it is ultimately Barack Obama's fault. He's the deciderer, right, the top dog? The eight years of his time in office will be known to future generations as the Obama Years and not the Boehner Perplex or the Reid Interregnum.
With great power - and Obama insists he has the unilateral right to kill anyone, even a U.S. citizen, that represents a national security threat - comes great responsiblity.
Instead, President Obama is indulging in incredible displays of peevishness such as this one yesterday during an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep. Asked what he might offer to House Republicans, who have called for, most recently, a delay in Obamacare's individual mandate and a bunch of other late-breaking proposals generally unrelated to how much the government will be spending over the next 12 months:
"Steve when you say what can I offer? I shouldn't have to offer anything," Obama said. "They're not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That's part of their basic function of government; that's not doing me a favor. That's doing what the American people sent them here to do, carrying out their responsibilities.
Read more here. And don't miss his message to the troops, where he blames Congress for "dysfunction."
Yeah, you shouldn't have to offer anything, Mr. President. What is it that you like to say in such situations? I won. Get over it. 
But you do have to offer something now because you didn't make sure to get a spending plan in place when there was more time to screw around.
Indeed, the shutdown is happening because the federal government doesn't have a budget for fiscal 2014, which starts today. The reason it doesn't have a budget is because the Republican-led House passed a budget calling for $3.5 trillion in spending, the Democratically controlled Senate passed a budget calling for $3.7 trillion in spending, and President Obama issued a proposal calling for $3.77 trillion in spending. This happened back in the spring. The House and the Senate passed their budget plans in late March. The president's proposal, the last to be issued, came out on April 10.
After that, the House and the Senate are supposed to hash out differences (always with plenty of presidential input and noodging) and then come up with a document for the president to sign. That didn't happen for all sorts of reason. Frustrated by the pathetic showing of Mitt Romney in the 2012 elections and the Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare, House Republicans were in no mood to do their most basic function. The Senate hadn't passed a budget in four years, so maybe they were so impressed with themselves that they had no interest in finishing the job, which meant seeing it through to completion. Both the House and the Senate budgets passed basically on straight party line votes, with a couple of interesting twists (for instance, libertarian-leaning GOP members of Congress such as Reps. Amash and Massie voted against their party's budget because it spent too much for their tastes; in the Senate, four Democrats and all Republicans voted against that chamber's plan). President Obama was two months late with his document and it was widely dissed by liberals and conservatives alike for a wide-ranging variety of reasons.
And then...nothing happened. There is no question that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are sad sacks who command little respect and less loyalty. Like the Jim Wrights and Tom Daschles of congressional history, they will be even more forgotten in the future than they are today.
But Barack Obama...he's a different beast, isn't he? He's fond of insisting that because Obamacare passed along strict party lines back in 2010, when the Democrats had majorities in the House and the Senate, that it's a done deal. Will of the people, that sort of thing. Even the Supreme Court upheld it. Suck it, Republicans. I won - get over it. His pique is understandable, even as I wish Obamacare had never been passed, much less upheld.
But Obamacare also helped spark a Republican resurgence in the 2010 midterms and the Democrats lost the House. They didn't lose in spite of your programs, Mr. President. They lost because of your first two years in office, when you signed on to Bush's TARP plan, expanded unpopular military actions, pushed a stimulus that failed by your own predicted measures of success, and forced through a health-care plan that people still don't like.
Then you compounded legislative issues by failing to kick the asses of sorry little functionaries like John Boehner and Harry Reid to pass budgets on a regular basis. At this point, you're one for five, batting .200 on budgets. If you had forced the budget process, most Americans would never have learned of the debt limit, whose increase you used to rail against so eloquently. It's hard, after all, for Congress not to pass increases to pay for spending it budgeted through the normal budget process.
Like a head-in-the-clouds grad-school layabout, you yourself were late on just about everything too, such as Obamacare deadlines and this year's budget plan. Think about it: You became unpopular enough that Americans were willing to vote back into partial power the same team that gave us the goddamn Bush years.
You lost total control of the federal government and thus the ability to not have to offer anything. Get over it. Figure out how to fix the impasse and spend way more money than the American people think the government should be spending
After all, it's your name on the era.


78 comments:

  1. You had your say. No one is interested in what they are saying at Jihad watch. If you are , say it there.

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  2. You deem to speak for everyone?

    And why should you be hostile to Jihad Watch?

    They are just articles.

    Mostly that argue strongly against your 'point of view'.

    He took down a few posts from Jihad Watch, folks, they cause him distress it seems.

    Good articles there today.

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  3. As to Obama, we all know he is incompetent and crooked.

    One of the articles at Jihad Watch compared his statements concerning Islam to his statements concerning Christianity.

    The inference was that Obama is a muslim.

    I would have thought this article, which I quoted mostly in full, would have been of interest on this thread, which is concerned with Obama's politics.

    But the Chief says 'no'.

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    1. Obama is embedded in the Jewish Community.

      You know those folks ...
      That 20% of Jews in America do not think Judaism is a religion.
      The 62% of Jewish Americans surveyed think the Israeli government is NOT making a sincere effort to bring about peace with the Palestinians.
      The 23% of Jewish Americans that say they don’t believe in God.
      The Jewish Americans — 82% — that said homosexuality should be accepted by society

      Mr Obama, he is amongst the people with Jewish affinity were Christians, many of whom said they think of themselves as Jewish because Jesus was Jewish.
      Few people with Jewish affinity belonged to Jewish organizations, but roughly a quarter said that last year they had fasted at least part of the day on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement — more than among nonreligious Jews.


      Yep, that Barack Obama, he is ....
      ... the first Jewish President of the United States. - Abner Mikav.

      Qualifies on all counts




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  4. Maybe no one is interested in this either - though they ought to be. It is about the buffoon Obama in its way -

    Netanyahu at UN: Stop Iran —- or We Will
    October 2, 2013 By P. David Hornik 12 Comments

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    net5In his speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu provided a dose of much-needed realism and clarity on the Iranian nuclear issue.

    After some rhetorical flourishes about Jewish history, Netanyahu began with the “charmer,” Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Why a poker-faced Holocaust denier was found charming by so many people is a good question, but charming they found him, and there probably wasn’t a single mainstream news outlet that didn’t call President Obama’s brief phone chat with him “historic.”



    So Netanyahu reviewed some hard facts about Rouhani that reality-oriented commentators have been noting for a few months now. In the past he was a sinister terror chief, head of Iran’s National Security Council in the years of the Buenos Aires bombing and the Khobar Towers bombing, which killed 85 mostly Jewish civilians and 19 American servicemen, respectively.

    He’s also a seasoned con man, proud of having duped the West in the past on Iran’s nuclear program. “While we were talking to the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in Isfahan,” Rouhani wrote in 2011 about his 2003-2005 stint as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator—Isfahan, as Netanyahu clarified, being the facility where Iran turns uranium ore into uranium for the bombs it will soon be producing en masse unless something is done about it.

    Still more material on Rouhani has surfaced in an overview by Steven Ditto of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. It turns out, for instance, that Rouhani blamed 9/11 on the “wrongs and mistakes of American policies,” and said Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania, was “shot down by the U.S. Air Force.”

    Anyone still charmed by the charmer is, well, determined to be charmed no matter what.

    If the “charm offensive” is, then, a transparent fraud, and Iran remains, as Netanyahu put it, a “fanatic regime” that keeps building ICBMS that will be able to reach the U.S., rapidly amassing stockpiles of both 3-percent and 20-percent enriched uranium, and adding thousands of new centrifuges including advanced ones—does much-vaunted diplomacy still have any role to play?

    Netanyahu said it did, but said diplomacy would have to “require Iran to do four things” that are, unfortunately, unimaginable:

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    1. First, cease all uranium enrichment…. Second, remove from Iran’s territory the stockpiles of enriched uranium. Third, dismantle the infrastructure for nuclear breakout capability, including the underground facility at Qom and the advanced centrifuges in Natanz.

      And, four, stop all work at the heavy water reactor in Arak aimed at the production of plutonium. These steps would put an end to Iran’s nuclear weapons program and eliminate its breakout capability.



      They would, but getting Iran to go through with them would, of course, require a very tough and resolute leader of the West. “Tough and resolute” are words no one would have applied to Obama’s foreign policy even before the Syrian debacle, even less after he allowed himself to be played by Russian president Vladimir Putin on the world stage.

      In spelling out what shape successful diplomacy would have to take, however, Netanyahu sought to convey two things: that Israel does not oppose diplomacy in principle, in fact would prefer it if it could succeed; and that Israel will not settle for a sham diplomatic “solution” that leaves enough of Iran’s nuclear facilities in place that it will stay on its path toward the bomb.

      And if Iran’s program is left standing, Israel, Netanyahu said toward the end of the talk,

      will never acquiesce to nuclear arms in the hands of a rogue regime that repeatedly promises to wipe us off the map. Against such a threat, Israel will have no choice but to defend itself.

      I want there to be no confusion on this point. Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons….

      Netanyahu gave his talk on a day when the New York Times and others were reporting that the sanctions are taking a very serious toll on Iran’s economy; as he put it, “the international community has Iran on the ropes.” Netanyahu can take the credit for finally getting the West to relate seriously to the problem and make Iran pay a price for its blatant defiance of Security Council resolutions meant to curb its nuclear program. Netanyahu cannot, however, rest easy with the thought that a Ronald Reagan is now in the White House who would know how to exploit the situation and bring a totalitarian enemy to its knees.

      Not surprisingly, since it would be impolitic especially on U.S. soil, Netanyahu did not raise the possibility of a U.S. strike on Iran. Whether or not he believes such a possibility exists is a function of his hours of talks with Obama and the impression he derives from them. Again, it seems unlikely that Netanyahu puts much stock in such an outcome.

      If, then, all else fails, will Israel indeed take matters in its own hands? Given the depth of Netanyahu’s identification with Jewish history and the power of his sense of responsibility, the working assumption should be that it will.


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  5. I thought everyone would have had their fill of the loud mouth lat the UN. The Iranians did answer him in a very sensible way:

    “He [Netanyahu] should seriously avoid miscalculation about Iran. Iran’s centuries-old policy of non-aggression must not be interpreted as its inability to defend itself…. Therefore, the Israeli prime minister had better not even think about attacking Iran, let alone planning for that.”

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    1. You think everyone thinks as you do and they don't.

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    2. Most of those that matter (at least, on This blog,) do.

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    3. Those that do not share the views of the host, should start their own blog.
      Expanding the circle of freedom, instead of attempting to constrict it.

      Just sign into your Google account and start one up.
      ;-)

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    4. Once you get control of your own computer it will be much easier to send money to Germany . . . . . . . . . . . oh, wait.

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    5. I thought everyone would have had their fill of the loud mouth lat the UN. The Iranians did answer him in a very sensible way:

      “He [Netanyahu] should seriously avoid miscalculation about Iran. Iran’s centuries-old policy of non-aggression must not be interpreted as its inability to defend itself…. Therefore, the Israeli prime minister had better not even think about attacking Iran, let alone planning for that.”



      Interesting. Bibi's speech was direct, honest and to the point. Sorry if the survival of the Jewish State is a bore to you. Iran is a threat to Israel AS WELL as the world.

      Dont want to acknowledge that threat? Your choice, but America spends BILLIONS a year on that very specific threat, as does France, Germany, England and a host of others.

      Israel IS and Israel will not go down without a fight.

      It's a shame so many are so afraid of Iran, dont see the threat of Iran, or are so desperate that they ignore Iran's hostilities that Iran has done and continues to do to this very day.

      But your characterization of Bibi as a loud mouth speaks volumes as to who you like and not.

      Not one negative thing to say about China, Sudan, Palestinians, Syrians, Iranians?

      The pattern continues.

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    6. Israel will not go down without a fight.

      She already has, after a few cocktails, she "went down" on that Arab right there on the beach.
      In front of God and everybody, until that Saudi Prince was "satisfied"

      The Saudi and Israeli, they formed an Axis, of sorts.

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  6. One thing that's gotten lost in the debate over the shutdown is how much Democrats have already conceded to Republicans on spending. This is partly the consequence of the direct spending cuts in the 2011 debt-ceiling deal and partly the consequence of sequestration (which was, of course, also part of the 2011 deal). Still, the bottom line is that Republicans have been so successful at making Obamacare concessions the issue that Democratic concessions on spending have gone almost unnoticed.

    The Republicans have already won on Spending - in one graph

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    1. The juxtaposition of Tuesday's two top stories was extraordinary.

      The top story all day was that Republicans had shut down the federal government because President Obama wouldn't defund or delay the Affordable Care Act. The other major story was that the government's servers were crashing because so many people were trying to see if they could get insurance through Obamacare.

      So on the one hand, Washington was shut down because Republicans don't want Obamacare. On the other hand, Obamacare was nearly shut down because so many Americans wanted Obamacare.

      The coming days will be a major test of the IT infrastructure supporting the Affordable Care Act. The online marketplaces were flooded with eager applicants on Tuesday -- a rush that far exceeded the expectations of marketplace directors. Reuters estimates that they got more than 10 million visits. But many of those applicants faced . . . . . . . . . . .

      The Pubs Worst Nightmare

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    2. What a hoot - The people are flooding the exchanges to sign up for the program that the republicans want to "protect" them from. :)

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    3. Sorry Rufus, but Fox reports most of the hits were from people trying to find out what it will cost them to stay out of ObamaCare.

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    4. Even the assholes at fox aren't That Stupid.

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    5. In fact, most of them aren't stupid at all - they just know that their viewers are.

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  7. 166,000 jobs added last month.

    The economy continues to suck.

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    1. Better than the 900,000/mo. that we were losing when Bush left office.

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    2. The economy continues to suck. All that wasted money didn't move the needle.

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    3. The problem, basically, is over supply.
      For those that would like to understand the challenge
      Those that would allow facts help form their opinions ...

      http://www.pbs.org/newshour/businessdesk/2013/09/a-supply-side-nightmare-scenar.html

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    4. While even with the challenges, the US remains the strongest economy in the world.

      With more people doing better than any comparably sized economy.

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  8. Turkey appears to be preparing to take a large slice of Syria.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/turkish-government-seeks-renewed-mandate-send-troops-syria-111217991.html

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    1. Actually, Turkey appears to be maintaining the status que.
      If one takes the time to read the article that becomes evident..

      While it has the second-largest military land force in NATO, it is unlikely to act alone in any military operation, with public opinion largely against intervention.

      A current parliament mandate allowing Turkey to send troops into Syria expires on Friday. ...

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    2. I do agree that the Turks COULD change course ...

      But there was no mention of it in the linked piece.

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    3. There was no mention of Turkish annexation in the link. The link formed a piece of a puzzle. If you keep current on Turkish politics, the Turks are beating the war drums, waiting I think for an excuse to take land they believe lost through colonial interference. But, again, we shall see.

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  9. Can anyone explain to me why marble monuments need to be gated off and federal goons need to stop octogenarians in wheel chairs from entering?

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    1. It's worse: the octogenarians and nonagenarians have been threatened with arrest if they follow through with further visits to monuments.

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    2. Pursuing "Evil Doers", that is what it is all about.

      Keeping US safe, from ourselves, that is their Mission.

      The Federals will "Stay the Course", keeping US marble safe come what may.
      This funding fiasco, just a test of their resolve.

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  10. Put most people in a uniform, give them a badge and expect the worse.

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    1. applies directly to you, rat and rufus?

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    2. quot, like his Israeli "Strongman", Bibi misrepresents, lies and blusters.

      A strongman is a political leader who rules by force and runs an authoritarian regime. The term is often used interchangeably with "dictator" - wiki

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    3. Rufus with a badge. :)

      That would bring a few chuckles.

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  11. MOSCOW (AP) - Greenpeace said Wednesday that 14 of its activists who were detained after protesting at a Russian oil platform have been charged with piracy, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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    1. Good! It is unhealthy to play games with the Russians. Putin is not a caricature of leadership, unlike some other "leaders".

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    2. The French hold the same Standardfors Greenpeace as do the Russians...



      The French just up and attacked and sunk the Greenpeace ship, "Rainbow Warrior".

      Mess with the French nuclear program, they will sink your pirate vessel and kill the crew.

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    3. The Iranians, justified to doing the same.

      Pirates of the Mediterranean beware!

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  12. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P7XTbm9ED0‎

    If Israel could do this to a young American Jew, imagine what Palestinians face every day...

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    1. For many American Jews, the Israeli government-sponsored ads, intended to cajole Israelis living in the United States to come home, smacked of arrogance, ignorance and cultural disrespect of America. Jewish groups in the United States expressed outrage, saying they were causing a rift with American Jews who support Israel. On Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aborted the campaign.

      The ads — short videos and billboard posters — were intended to touch the sensibilities of Israeli expatriates and tap into their national identity, according to the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, which oversaw the campaign.

      But critics said the ads implied that moving to America led to assimilation and an erosion of Jewish consciousness. The Jewish Federations of North America called them insulting. Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called the videos “heavy-handed, and even demeaning.”

      Israeli officials defended the desire to encourage Israeli expatriates to return, but the reaction of American Jewry, a crucial mainstay of support for Israel, clearly caused alarm.

      “We are very attentive to the sensitivities of the American Jewish community,” said Mark Regev, a spokesman for Mr. Netanyahu. “When we understood there was a problem, the prime minister immediately ordered the campaign to be suspended.”

      The ads were placed by the Ministry for Immigrant Absorption, headed by Sofa Landver, who immigrated to Israel from Russia in 1979. She belongs to the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party led by Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

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    2. This is an "intrafaith" issue, just to be clear - Jew v Jew. When some offended Jews throw rocks (even on Shabbat!) at Jewish women visiting the Kotel, that too is "intrafaith", as well as hypocritical, sexist, and insane. It is definitely not apartheid.

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    3. You are correct, allen, the Israeli placing anti-American ads on US television is not an issue of apartheid.
      Would not understand why anyone could think it was.

      Apartheid when the secular government of Israel discriminates against Palestinians, no matter their religion.

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  13. Hey, Farmer Fudd!

    When you start your own blog, you'll need a name ...

    I have a suggestion ...

    IdahoRapeWatch blogger

    Stories of women in Idaho getting raped, while you watch the cat piss on your slippers.
    It's a title of a blog that fits the storyline of your life.

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    1. From the WaPo.

      TEHRAN — In his address this week to the United Nations General Assembly , Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran threatens his country’s existence, accused the Islamic Republic of institutionalized anti-Semitism and called its new president, Hassan Rouhani, a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

      But one group that rejects such claims is Iran’s large community of Jews, a lasting reminder to the long relationship between Persian and Jewish culture that complicates the tense relationship between the two countries over Iran’s nuclear program.

      A recent State Department report on religious freedoms around the world said of Iran that anti-Semitic rhetoric by some government officials has resulted in a “hostile environment for the Jewish community,” but barring “some exceptions,
      there was little government restriction of, or interference with, Jewish religious practice. However, the Jewish community experienced official discrimination.”

      Those incidents have mostly involved difficulties securing government jobs or gaining entry to state run universities, but Jews here insist they practice their religion openly and are free to leave, and those who remain do so because they want to not because they must.


      Guess that when so many Jews do not consider Judaism to be a religion the ability to ...practice their religion openly ... is inconsequential reality to the leaders of Israel, especially to their "strong MAN", Bibi.

      A strongman is a political leader who rules by force and runs an authoritarian regime.
      The term is often used interchangeably with "dictator"
      - wiki

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    2. The unconsciousness mind, will speak the truth.
      Even while the conscious mind seeks to obscure, even deny it.

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    3. Yep, speaking in reference to Iran, the WaPo reports ....

      Jews here insist they practice their religion openly and are free to leave, ...
      ...

      Community leaders say that Jews here have become more religious since Iran’s revolution say community leaders. With sixty active synagogues spread across Iran, and a dozen in Tehran alone, sermons and religious courses are perpetually filled.

      But that gravitation toward deeper faith has not included an embrace of Zionism or any upsurge in emigration to Israel


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    4. desert ratWed Oct 02, 02:29:00 PM EDT
      The unconsciousness mind, will speak the truth.
      Even while the conscious mind seeks to obscure, even deny it.


      And that is exactly you, dear rat.

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  15. In an interview, the chairman of Iran’s Jewish Association, Homayun Sameyah, said that the Rosh Hashanah greetings that Rouhani and his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, posted on Facebook and Twitter last month reflected a friendlier approach to Jews everywhere on the part of Iran’s leaders. He drew a contrast between the new president and his far more confrontational predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    “During the Ahmadinejad years, because of his Holocaust denial, some Jewish activists had problems here, but now that we see that Rouhani has a different opinion, we’re hopeful that such difficulties are behind us,” Sameyah said.

    “We are not tenants in this country. We are Iranians, and we have been for thirty centuries,” Ciamak Morsadegh, Iran’s lone Jewish lawmaker, said Monday. Morsadegh traveled as a member of Rouhani’s delegation during his trip to the United Nations.

    In his office at the Dr. Sapir hospital, one of the oldest medical facilities in Tehran, Morsadegh dismissed criticisms by Israeli officials and others who dismissed his presence in the delegation is mere window dressing for what the critics call an anti-Semitic political system. “As a member of parliament, it is my duty to represent the interests of all Iranians not just Jews,” Morsadegh said.

    Community leaders say that Jews here have become more religious since Iran’s revolution say community leaders. With sixty active synagogues spread across Iran, and a dozen in Tehran alone, sermons and religious courses are perpetually filled.

    But that gravitation toward deeper faith has not included an embrace of Zionism or any upsurge in emigration to Israel, the leaders say.

    “There is a distinction between us as Jews and Israel,” said Haroon Saketi, who owns a clothing boutique in Esfahan.

    “We consider ourselves Iranian Jews and it has nothing to do with Israel whatsoever. This is the country we love.”

    Iranian Jews are quick to point out that, besides their religious beliefs, there are no cultural differences between themselves and other Persians, the ethnic group that dominates Iran.




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  16. I KNEW I'd be contacted by Quirk for bail money!

    This time it's practicing medicine without a license. My God -

    Quirk's Quick Care Medical & Surgeries
    Specializing in ObamaCare Patients
    Kickback options available
    Write to CaresRUs
    Box 10001
    Detroit, Michigan

    Damn 20 thousand dollar bail

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  17. Before being unlawfully seized by the new country, Syria, in 1947, the Golan had been purchased by Jews. The original deeds are still held. In a single purchase, Baron Rothschild bought a parcel of approximately 40,000 acres.

    In 1967, Israel repurchased by force of arms, payment in blood, the Golan, to which it had rightfully held claim for decades.

    For the twenty years o fits illegal occupation by Syria, the Golan was used by Syria to launch attacks against northern Israel. The UN did not sanction Syria for its illegal land grab or its ongoing acts of war against the member state, Israel.

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    1. Then they must not have been an ...
      ... illegal land grab or its ongoing acts of war against the member state, Israel.

      The fact that a Frenchman bought land from a hegemonic power, the Ottoman Empire, does not make that land a "part" of the secular state of Israel.

      In the 15th and 16th centuries, Druze began to settle in the northern Golan and on the slopes of Mt. Hermon. During the brief period of Egyptian rule (1831-1840) and in the ensuing decades, Sudanese, Algerians, Turkomans and Samarian Arabs settled on the Heights. The Turks brought in Circassians in the 1880's to fight against Bedouin brigands.

      The Jewish presence on the Golan was renewed in 1886, when the B'nei Yehuda society of Safed purchased a plot of land four kilometers north of the present-day religious moshav of Keshet, but the community -- named Ramataniya -- failed one year later. In 1887, the society purchased lands between the modern-day B'nei Yehuda and Kibbutz Ein Gev. This community survived until 1920, when two of its last members were murdered in the anti-Jewish riots which erupted in the spring of that year. In 1891, Baron Rothschild purchased approximately 18,000 acres of land about 15 km. east of Ramat Hamagshimim, in what is now Syria.

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    2. First Aliyah (1881-1903) immigrants established five small communities on this land, but were forced to leave by the Turks in 1898. The lands were farmed until 1947 by the Palestine Colonization Association and the Israel Colonization Association, when they were seized by the Syrian army. Most of the Golan Heights were included within Mandatory Palestine when the Mandate was formally granted in 1922, but ...
      Britain ceded the area to France in the Franco-British Agreement of 7 March 1923. The Heights became part of Syria upon the termination of the French mandate in 1944.

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    3. The land in question, that bought by a Frenchman, in a French colony was ceded to Syria by the hegemonic power.,France, years before the founding of the secular state of Israel.

      Israel has no valid claim to the land.
      Any such claim would be a prima facia violation of Article 4 of the Geneva Accords.

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    4. The chain of sovereignty is clear ...

      The Ottoman ...
      The British ....
      The French ...
      The Syrians....

      Israel claim to sovereignty of the Golan is specious.

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    5. You STOLE your land from the NATIVE AMERICANS, fair and square

      You are the last person on earth that should lecturing, on anything.

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    6. Lies and misdirection.

      That was not a lecture, that was a cut and paste of history.

      A simpel cut and paste of reality.

      If you have proof of theft, file a criminal complaint.
      I welcome any and all investigations of criminality.

      Theft, extortion, threats, murder ...
      As a freeman I accept responsibility or MY actions.

      We do not approve of "collective guilt" even if it is embraced by the Israeli.

      The method of collective punishment so far has proved effective.
      Moshe Dayan


      That Israeli authoritative bullshit don't fly in the United States.

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    7. The deeds are not "specious", being duly recorded and archived. They were recognized by the Ottoman Turks, King Faisal of Syria (one of the causes for his assassination), the French during their mandate, and the League of Nations. Only with the advent of the country of Syria in 1947 were they disavowed. And, by the way, to this day Jews hold deeds to land in Syria proper.

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    8. By the way, the poor Palestinians whose land was stolen have no deeds. They have none because they came into the newly productive Jewish settlements as laborers. Now, laborers should have rights, but never the right to claim property not their own.

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    9. I agree, allen, the deeds would not be specious.

      The Israeli claim of sovereignty is what is specious.

      Mr Rothschild bought land, in the ottoman Empire.
      The sovereignty over that land was ceded to Syria..
      ... by the French, who's position in the "Chain of Sovereignty is unchallenged.

      We are not speaking of who owns the land, but which nation is sovereign.
      The Chain of Sovereignty is clear on that.

      Israel's claim is specious, in violation of Article 4 of the Geneva Accords.

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    10. If a Frenchman were to have bought 50,000 acres in upstate New York, he could not cede sovereignty of that land to Canada.

      Even if the government of Canada really relished the idea.

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    11. In deed, it would draw analogy to the Lee estate, in Arlington Virginia.

      The Lee family had held that land for generations.
      When the Lee's renounced the sovereignty of the United States over that land, then failed to pay the taxes due, the Lee family lost their claim to ownership of the estate.

      Could that principle apply to the lands of Mr Rothschild, in Syria?
      Did those that held title to the land, after Mr Rothschild's death, stay current with the taxes owed to the Syrian government?

      I do not know, but would doubt it.

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    12. The mansion was built on the orders of George Washington Parke Custis, the step-grandson and adopted son of George Washington and only grandson of Martha Custis Washington. Custis was a prominent resident of what was then known as Alexandria County, at the time a part of the District of Columbia.

      Arlington House was built at a high point on an 1,100 acre (445 ha) estate that Custis' father, John Parke Custis, had purchased in 1778. ("Jacky" Custis died in 1781 at Yorktown after the British surrender.) George Washington Parke Custis decided to build his home on the property in 1802, following the death of Martha Washington and three years after the death of George Washington. Custis originally wanted to name the property "Mount Washington", but was persuaded by family members to name it "Arlington House" after the Custis family's homestead on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

      Custis was a prominent resident of the jurisdiction that was then named Alexandria County and is now named Arlington County. Guests at the house included such notable people as Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, who visited in 1824. At Arlington, Custis experimented with new methods of animal husbandry and other agriculture. The property also included Arlington Spring, a picnic ground on the banks of the Potomac that Custis originally built for private use but later opened to the public, eventually operating it as a commercial enterprise.

      Custis married Mary Lee Fitzhugh. Their only child to survive to adulthood was Mary Anna Randolph Custis. Robert E. Lee, whose mother was a cousin of Mrs. Custis, frequently visited Arlington and knew Mary Anna as they grew up. Two years after graduating from West Point, Lieutenant Lee married Mary Anna Custis at Arlington on June 30, 1831. For 30 years Arlington House was home to the Lees. They spent much of their married life traveling between U.S. Army duty stations and Arlington, where six of their seven children were born. They shared this home with Mary's parents. After their deaths, Mary's parents were buried not far from the house on land that is now part of Arlington National Cemetery.

      Upon George Washington Parke Custis' death in 1857, he left the Arlington estate to Mary Custis Lee for her lifetime and thence to the Lee's eldest son, George Washington Custis Lee. The estate needed much repair and reorganization, and Gen. Lee, as executor of Custis' will, took a leave of absence from the Army until 1860 to begin the necessary agricultural and financial improvements.

      On April 17, 1861, just days after the American Civil War began ... a convention of the people of Virginia voted to secede from the Union. (Citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia ratified by popular vote on May 23 the Commonwealth's articles of secession, essentially finalizing separation from the Union.)

      Also on April 17, US President Abraham Lincoln decided to offer the Command of the Union Army to Robert E. Lee. The next day, Lee, who at that time was a colonel who had served in the United States Army for 35 years, was offered command of the Federal Army by Francis Preston Blair (at Blair House) during a visit across the Potomac to Washington. ...

      Instead of accepting the Union command, he resigned his commission in the Army in a letter written at Arlington House on April 20. ...

      Lee was concerned for the safety of his wife, who was still residing at the mansion and convinced her to vacate the property, at least temporarily...
      ...
      The Union Army occupied the Arlington estate soon after the Lees left their property, whereupon Arlington House became the headquarters of the Union's Army of Northeastern Virginia under Brigadier General Irvin McDowell....

      In 1864, the federal government confiscated the house and property because the property's owner, Mary Anna Custis Lee, had not paid her property tax .....

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  18. If you wish to know what a slum-bucket Obama is, read on -

    Ben Carson: ‘I had my first encounter with the IRS’ after challenging Obama
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    At an event in Birmingham, Ala. Monday night, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson revealed that he had received a visit from the Internal Revenue Service following his much-noted remarks at a National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year.

    “I had my first encounter with the IRS this year, unsurprisingly after the prayer breakfast,” Carson told an audience that at the annual Business Council of Alabama Chairman’s Dinner, according to a report from Cliff Sims of the Montgomery, Ala.-based Yellowhammer News.

    Carson’s February speech February made him a conservative darling for criticizing President Barack Obama’s 2010 health-care reform law, while Obama was sitting just a few feet away.



    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/01/ben-carson-i-had-my-first-encounter-with-the-irs-following-the-national-prayer-breakfast/#ixzz2gayehbSQ

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    1. If the feller was a tax cheat, that sure would be a reason to be upset by a visit from the IRS.
      If he was not, he should have welcomed the IRS investigation, he'd have nothing to hide.

      What a slum bucket Ben Carson is, to cry "Foul" when he was caught cheating on his taxes.
      .
      The guilty ...
      ... they do protest when investigated.

      The innocent, not nearly so much.


      :):):)

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  19. If you wish to know what a slum-bucket Obama is, read on -

    Ben Carson: ‘I had my first encounter with the IRS’ after challenging Obama
    9:47 AM 10/01/2013

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    At an event in Birmingham, Ala. Monday night, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson revealed that he had received a visit from the Internal Revenue Service following his much-noted remarks at a National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year.

    “I had my first encounter with the IRS this year, unsurprisingly after the prayer breakfast,” Carson told an audience that at the annual Business Council of Alabama Chairman’s Dinner, according to a report from Cliff Sims of the Montgomery, Ala.-based Yellowhammer News.

    Carson’s February speech February made him a conservative darling for criticizing President Barack Obama’s 2010 health-care reform law, while Obama was sitting just a few feet away.



    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/01/ben-carson-i-had-my-first-encounter-with-the-irs-following-the-national-prayer-breakfast/#ixzz2gayehbSQ

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    1. If the feller was a tax cheat, that sure would be a reason to be upset by a visit from the IRS.
      If he was not, he should have welcomed the IRS investigation, he'd have nothing to hide.

      What a slum bucket Ben Carson is, to cry "Foul" when he was caught cheating on his taxes.
      .
      The guilty ...
      ... they do protest when investigated.

      The innocent, not nearly so much.


      :):):)

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    2. Hardeharharhar

      Sounds like a rat to me....

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    3. I am Anonymous

      I am he as you are he as you are me
      And we are all together
      See how they run like pigs from a gun see how they fly


      :):):):)

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