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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Don’t beleve your lying ears and eyes on our magnificent General Breedlove

BREEDLOVE AND  NEOCON, VICTORIA NULAND




WHO IS ViCTORIA NULAND? I’LL GIVE YOU A HINT. SHE IS MARRIED TO ARCH NEOCON ROBERT KAGAN



LISTEN TO THIS NEOCON CHARMER WITH  HER PLOTTING ON CONSTRUCTING A GOVERNMENT FOR UKRAINE. THE CONVERSATION IS WITH   GEOFFREY PYATT  ( PAY ATTENTION TO HER “FUCK THE EU” COMMENT):



HAT TIP: DOUG & RUFUS: TEAMMATES

84 comments:

  1. Let’s take a peak over at Wikipedia and find out: Who is Victoria Nuland?

    Victoria Jane Nuland (born 1961) is the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State.[2]

    Victoria Nuland was born in 1961 to Jewish parents Sherwin B. Nuland (born Shepsel Ber Nudelman) and Rhona McKhann.[3] She graduated with a B.A. in 1983 from Brown University, where she studied Russian literature, political science, and history.[4] Nolan’s husband is Robert Kagan, an American neoconservative historian and foreign-policy commentator at the Brookings Institution.

    During the Bill Clinton administration, Nuland was chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott before moving on to serve as deputy director for former Soviet Union affairs.

    She served as the principal deputy foreign policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and then as U.S. ambassador to NATO.

    Nuland became special envoy for Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and then became State Department spokesperson in summer 2011.[5]

    She was nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs in May 2013 and sworn in to fill that role in September 2013.[6] During her confirmation hearings, she faced "sharp questions" about a memo she had sent outlining the talking points that would be used by the Obama administration in the days shortly after the 2012 Benghazi attack.[7]

    In her role as Assistant Secretary, she has been the lead U.S. point person for the Ukrainian crisis. She was a key figure in establishing loan guarantees to Ukraine, including a $1 billion loan guarantee in 2014, and the provisions of non-lethal assistance to the Ukrainian military and border guard.[8][9] Along with Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, she is seen as a leading supporter of defensive weapons delivery to Ukraine. In 2016 Nuland urged Ukraine to start prosecuting corrupt officials: "It's time to start locking up people who have ripped off the Ukrainian population for too long and it is time to eradicate the cancer of corruption".[10]

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    1. Leaked phone conversation[edit]
      On February 4, 2014, a recording of a phone call between Nuland and U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, on January 28, 2014 was published on YouTube.[11][12] The State Department and the White House suggested that an assistant to the deputy prime minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin was the source of the leak, which he denied.[13][14][15]

      In their phone conversation, Nuland and Pyatt discussed who should be in the government after Viktor Yanukovych's ouster and in what ways they might achieve that transition, with the name of Arseniy Yatsenyuk (whom Nuland refers to as "Yats") coming up several times. Specifically, the two spoke about which opposition leaders they would like to see in government, what pitches they would give each opposition leader in subsequent calls to achieve this, and strategies on how they would try to manage the 'personality problems' and conflicts between the different opposition leaders with ambitions to become president.[12][13] Yatsenyuk became prime minister of Ukraine on February 27, 2014.[16]

      In the recording, Nuland makes an obscene reference to the European Union.[17] After discussing Ukrainian opposition figures Nuland states that she prefers the United Nations as mediator, instead of the European Union, adding "Fuck the EU," and Pyatt responds, "Oh, exactly ...."[12][18]

      According to the Washington Post,

      [Nuland] was dismissively referring to slow-moving European efforts to address political paralysis and a looming fiscal crisis in Ukraine. But it was the blunt nature of her remarks, rather than U.S. diplomatic calculations, that seemed exceptional.
      Nuland also assessed the political skills of Ukrainian opposition figures with unusual candor and, along with the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, debated strategy for their cause, laying bare a deep degree of U.S. involvement in affairs that Washington officially says are Ukraine’s to resolve.[19]

      "She has been in contact with her EU counterparts, and of course has apologized," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who also acknowledged the authenticity of the recording.[19][20]

      Initially, a spokeswoman for EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton stated on the same day that the EU would not comment on a "leaked alleged" conversation.[17] The next day, however, Christiane Wirtz, Deputy Government Spokesperson and Deputy Head of the Press and Information Office of the German Federal Government, stated that German Chancellor Angela Merkel termed Nuland's remark "absolutely unacceptable."[21] The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, condemned the remark as "unacceptable."[22]

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    2. I am sure it is a harmless coincidence. I am surprised you noticed,

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    3. It's your mandate..

      Find the Jews. then claim how you are not an anti-semite.

      A well worn path.

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    4. You didn't answer my question form the previous thread. When are you going to require Jews to wear Yellow Stars on their sleeves?

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    5. Thought you supported deporting all people of Middle Eastern origins from the US, "O"rdure ...

      Are you going to go peaceably?

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  2. How is all this relevant today? Ask Hillary Clinton.

    Washington Post Jacob Heilbronn: Why should Hillary Clinton fear Robert Kagan?

    Leslie H. Gelb: She should fear Robert Kagan because he provides an intellectual basis for her worst instincts. Her instincts are to solve problems by force, to assert American might. And then most of the problems we’re facing now—the lead of our foreign policy should not be force. Force has got to be there, and it's got to play a role, particularly in the issue of terrorism, fighting terrorism. But basically, it’s got to be diplomacy and economics, and organizing alliances for action to tackle these problems. That’s got to come first. And Kagan really doesn’t put much store in organizing coalitions to tackle problems—it’s all about assertion of American might.

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    1. Robert Kagan writes for the Washington Post. He loathes and fears Trump because he knows the Neocons cannot control Trump and they own the Clintons. Here is a recent hit piece on Trump by guess Who?

      By Robert Kagan May 18
      Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing columnist for The Post.


      The Republican Party’s attempt to treat Donald Trump as a normal political candidate would be laughable were it not so perilous to the republic. If only he would mouth the party’s “conservative” principles, all would be well.

      But of course the entire Trump phenomenon has nothing to do with policy or ideology. It has nothing to do with the Republican Party, either, except in its historic role as incubator of this singular threat to our democracy. Trump has transcended the party that produced him. His growing army of supporters no longer cares about the party. Because it did not immediately and fully embrace Trump, because a dwindling number of its political and intellectual leaders still resist him, the party is regarded with suspicion and even hostility by his followers. Their allegiance is to him and him alone.

      And the source of allegiance? We’re supposed to believe that Trump’s support stems from economic stagnation or dislocation. Maybe some of it does. But what Trump offers his followers are not economic remedies — his proposals change daily. What he offers is an attitude, an aura of crude strength and machismo, a boasting disrespect for the niceties of the democratic culture that he claims, and his followers believe, has produced national weakness and incompetence. His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger. His public discourse consists of attacking or ridiculing a wide range of “others” — Muslims, Hispanics, women, Chinese, Mexicans, Europeans, Arabs, immigrants, refugees — whom he depicts either as threats or as objects of derision. His program, such as it is, consists chiefly of promises to get tough with foreigners and people of nonwhite complexion. He will deport them, bar them, get them to knuckle under, make them pay up or make them shut up.


      https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-how-fascism-comes-to-america/2016/05/17/c4e32c58-1c47-11e6-8c7b-6931e66333e7_story.html

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  3. I can hardly wait for the idiotic comments coming from Mensa candidates Frick and Frack.

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    1. It's you that doesn't disappoint, you'd find the Jewish connection in a pickled pig's foot factory.

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    2. The more you look at the Kagan’s, the worse it gets. US foreign policy for the past 15 years has been the foreign policy of the Neocons and should be fully discredited, but it hasn’t been. That are still at it.

      In today’s post we learn how active they are and how imbedded they are in the US machinery of government. The question is why and how do they do it? How was it that Obama could not remove them from his administration? How can they still be in the US State Department?

      Recently we had a a large contingent, 51 State Department officials openly advocate for an expanded aggressive war in line with the neoconservative agenda, which has had both Iran and Syria on a hit list for two decades. The Neocon lobby took a hit on the Iran deal but persist with Syria and recently and continuing with their campaign of damaging relations with Russia. Now we also learn they don’t mind risking a direct conflict with Russia and have been amping up a new cold war. Why?

      The answer is Syria and the apparent Russian success in propping up the Syrian government in their fight with ISIS and in the process exposing the US charade by the CIA and supplying arms to so-called moderates from Clinton wrecked Libya.

      Putin surprised them and got the upper hand. ISIS may be at the end of its rule of terror and Russia will benefit in the area. The Turks, always with their finger in the wind, sense the change and have now apologized to Russia for the downing of their jet and even Netanyahu senses the change and is hedging his bets.

      But the Neocons are still not done and have their candidate in Hillary Clinton. She will recover any and all lost ground for the Neocons. How so?

      Go back to her husband.(If you know Satan, you know Satan’s wife.)

      Under Bill Clinton’s eight years of “triangulation," which included the brutal air war against Serbia, followed by eight years of George W. Bush, the neocons became fully embedded in the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

      Obama, by any measure of the man, should have cleaned house. He fully discredited Bush and his entire rule by “debacle polics".

      Why did Obama let Hillary Clinton anywhere near the White House or the government? I think he underestimated her and thought that under him in a cabinet post, he could control her, but Secretary of State Clinton, the neocon hawk consolidated control of the State Department diplomatic corps while Obama was fixated on healthcare.

      The media is complicit in all of this and the Neocons, sensing a revival, will do anything to achieve the goal of getting Clinton into the White House. They will own the highest power on the planet.

      The Neocons cannot function with exposure and criticism, that is why they always use the default of screaming Anti-Semite
      at any of their serious critics.

      Just saying...

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    3. Just saying, you seek to label Jews as traitors.

      Just saying.

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    4. No, he is labeling traitors as traitors, that they also happen to be Jewish ...

      Just a fact.

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  4. None of them will be on point and I will be deleting the more hysterical and repetitive cut and pastes. They have their own blog that they can take them to but the probably won’t because they are the only two who read it.

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    1. No 1st Amendment rights here.

      The Master Censor so speakith.

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  5. BACK TO GENERAL BREEDLOVE

    This from Spiegel

    Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

    By SPIEL Staff


    It was quiet in eastern Ukraine last Wednesday. Indeed, it was another quiet day in an extended stretch of relative calm. The battles between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russian separatists had largely stopped and heavy weaponry was being withdrawn. The Minsk cease-fire wasn't holding perfectly, but it was holding.

    On that same day, General Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander in Europe, stepped before the press in Washington. Putin, the 59-year-old said, had once again "upped the ante" in eastern Ukraine -- with "well over a thousand combat vehicles, Russian combat forces, some of their most sophisticated air defense, battalions of artillery" having been sent to the Donbass. "What is clear," Breedlove said, "is that right now, it is not getting better. It is getting worse every day."

    German leaders in Berlin were stunned. They didn't understand what Breedlove was talking about. And it wasn't the first time. Once again, the German government, supported by intelligence gathered by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's foreign intelligence agency, did not share the view of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

    The pattern has become a familiar one. For months, Breedlove has been commenting on Russian activities in eastern Ukraine, speaking of troop advances on the border, the amassing of munitions and alleged columns of Russian tanks. Over and over again, Breedlove's numbers have been significantly higher than those in the possession of America's NATO allies in Europe. As such, he is playing directly into the hands of the hardliners in the US Congress and in NATO.

    The German government is alarmed. Are the Americans trying to thwart European efforts at mediation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel? Sources in the Chancellery have referred to Breedlove's comments as "dangerous propaganda." Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier even found it necessary recently to bring up Breedlove’s comments with NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.

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    AND GUESS WHO?

    The ‘Super Hawk’

    But Breedlove hasn't been the only source of friction. Europeans have also begun to see others as hindrances in their search for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine conflict. First and foremost among them is Victoria Nuland, head of European affairs at the US State Department. She and others would like to see Washington deliver arms to Ukraine and are supported by Congressional Republicans as well as many powerful Democrats.

    Indeed, US President Barack Obama seems almost isolated. He has thrown his support behind Merkel's diplomatic efforts for the time being, but he has also done little to quiet those who would seek to increase tensions with Russia and deliver weapons to Ukraine. Sources in Washington say that Breedlove's bellicose comments are first cleared with the White House and the Pentagon. The general, they say, has the role of the "super hawk," whose role is that of increasing the pressure on America's more reserved trans-Atlantic partners.

    A mixture of political argumentation and military propaganda is necessary. But for months now, many in the Chancellery simply shake their heads each time NATO, under Breedlove's leadership, goes public with striking announcements about Russian troop or tank movements. To be sure, neither Berlin's Russia experts nor BND intelligence analysts doubt that Moscow is supporting the pro-Russian separatists. The BND even has proof of such support.
    But it is the tone of Breedlove's announcements that makes Berlin uneasy. False claims and exaggerated accounts, warned a top German official during a recent meeting on Ukraine, have put NATO -- and by extension, the entire West -- in danger of losing its credibility.

    There are plenty of examples. Just over three weeks ago, during the cease-fire talks in Minsk, the Ukrainian military warned that the Russians -- even as the diplomatic marathon was ongoing -- had moved 50 tanks and dozens of rockets across the border into Luhansk. Just one day earlier, US Lieutenant General Ben Hodges had announced "direct Russian military intervention."

    Senior officials in Berlin immediately asked the BND for an assessment, but the intelligence agency's satellite images showed just a few armored vehicles. Even those American intelligence officials who supply the BND with daily situation reports were much more reserved about the incident than Hodges was in his public statements. One intelligence agent says it “remains a riddle until today" how the general reached his conclusions


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    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/germany-concerned-about-aggressive-nato-stance-on-ukraine-a-1022193.html

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  7. HERE IS THE PROBLEM

    ...from a letter commenting on the Spiegel article:

    4. Breedlove Bellicosity
    nlmallicoat 03/06/2015


    This is much ado about nothing. No one knows who General Breedlove is in the United States and the US media isn't covering his comments. The same can be said of Victoria Nuland. The only comments that matter here come from the President or Secretary Kerry.

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  8. You've wasted ten minutes of my time reading about a story with no real meaning or there, there.

    No point to it.

    I'm turning to Fox News.

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    1. By the way, Deuce, you should quit using 'Mensa, Mensa Candidate, etal'.

      You are intruding into Quirk's copyrighted materials.

      Quirk is perfectly capable of suing your ass.

      He might be asking for your Limo as damages soon.

      I know he's always wanted a Limo of his own.

      He's getting desperate to impress his wife. It's been a long time since he last did so.

      Beware.

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    2. This comment confirms Q’s darkest suspicions:

      Idaho BobSun Jul 03, 05:53:00 AM EDT
      You've wasted ten minutes of my time reading about a story with no real meaning or there, there.

      No point to it.

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  9. Hat Tip Rufus?

    I'm the one that posted the Fuck the EU YouTube a month ago and yesterday!

    Rufus and Doug, teammates!

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    1. Also from last nite:

      Leno on the track:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4-ZUZHBp1Y

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    2. My humblest apologies. It will be corrected immediately.

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  10. Germany Has Had Enough With US Neocons: Berlin “Stunned” At US Desire For War In Ukraine

    While Russia's envoy to NATO notes that statements by the deputy head of NATO testify to the fact that the leaders of the bloc want to intervene in Russia’s internal politics, and are "dreaming of Russian Maidan," Washington has a bigger problem... Germany. As Der Spiegel reports, while US President Obama 'supports' Chancellor Merkel's efforts at finding a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, hawks in Washington seem determined to torpedo Berlin's approach. And NATO's top commander in Europe hasn't been helping either with sources in the Chancellery have referred to Breedlove's comments as "dangerous propaganda."

    This is the view of Russia’s permanent envoy to NATO:

    “The speech in Riga demonstrates the concern about Russia’s democracy and internal policy. At last, now we know that NATO has a dream, and this dream is a Maidan in Russia,” Aleksandr Grushko said in comment that was tweeted through the Russian representation office in the alliance.

    Grushko referred to the words of NATO's deputy secretary general, Alexander Vershbow, who had told a conference in the Latvian capital Riga that President Vladimir Putin's "aim seems to be to turn Ukraine into a failed state and to suppress and discredit alternative voices in Russia, so as to prevent a Russian 'Maidan.'" Both officials used the Ukrainian word ‘Maidan’ to describe a string of protest actions that eventually turned into mass unrest and the ousting of the legally elected president and parliament.

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    1. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-07/whos-isolated-now-germany-warns-washington-over-nato-commanders-dangerous-propaganda

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  11. BOTTOM LINE

    The word is that General Philip Breedlove, former NATO supreme commander, is shopping for a Defense job in a putative Clinton administration. It sounds as if he would be perfect.

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  12. So, 538 has put up its 2016 Election Website, and has started rating the states (remember, they were 49 of 50 in 2008, and 50 of 50 in 2012.)

    So, which states do they rate as most likely to "flip?" The pubbies ain't going to like it. The top 5 are:

    North Carolina

    Arizona

    Georgia

    Missouri, and

    South Carolina.

    The best election map/site

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    1. Ban Donald Trump from entering the State of Hawaii

      https://www.change.org/p/hawaii-state-house-ban-donald-john-trump-from-entering-the-state-of-hawaii?recruiter=235484961&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=mob-xs-share_petition-reason_msg&fb_ref=Default

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  13. I don’t have the time to edit my last comment you get the point.

    Keep being independent and free.

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  14. Deuce ☂Sun Jul 03, 04:14:00 AM EDT
    Let’s take a peak over at Wikipedia and find out: Who is Victoria Nuland?

    Victoria Jane Nuland (born 1961) is the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State.[2]

    Victoria Nuland was born in 1961 to Jewish parents



    1st comment. Notice the quick assertion to her "Jewish" identity...

    Deuce, should she be arrested and imprisioned as a traitor because she is a Jew?

    You brought it up, you posted it, you stated how the resident "5th columnists" would claim anti-Semitism.

    I think that's called "dog whistling"

    Dog-whistle politics
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Dog-whistle politics is political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup. The phrase is often used as a pejorative because of the inherently deceptive nature of the practice and because the dog-whistle messages are frequently distasteful to the general populace. The analogy is to a dog whistle, whose high-frequency whistle is heard by dogs but inaudible to humans.

    The term can be distinguished from "code words" used in some specialist professions, in that dog-whistling is specific to the political realm. The messaging referred to as the dog-whistle has an understandable meaning for a general audience, rather than being incomprehensible.

    You go Deuce. Proving OUR point, day after day.

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  15. You don't have a point other than your total allegiance to Israel. You will use anything to further the cause and if it means supporting those that pretend to have a US agenda for the benefit of the greater Israel you will do it. You cannot serve two masters. You made your choice and I made mine. When you had a chance to serve, you used an opportunity to swerve.

    I have no intention of supporting your point. You have all the machinery and levers to serve your Israeli agenda, but you will never shut me up or others like me.

    Like it or not you are on the losing side of history and everyone of your Neocon partisans knows that without the US support it is game over, thus the imbedding of Israeli firsts at every level of society and government, but you also know it has to be sub rosa for it to work. You have a unique asset in the US because of Pentecostal Christians, who you also know that in private, most Jews have contempt for them and their fabricated bible, but see them as useful stooges.

    I don't use coded language and neither do Jews that think as I do.

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  16. Nuland claims the US is spending $100 million a year producing Russian-language propaganda in the Baltic states and Ukraine, as well as Russia. They also operate secret training programs for Russian journalists. She also said they provide funding to organizations and programs inside Russia but wouldn’t give details.

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  17. Ah, your "dual loyalty" accusation.

    Many pure Jew haters have read from your script before you, you are not the 1st nor the last to make your baseless accusation.

    You use coded language every day.

    From "israeli firsters" to 5th column, from "neocons" to "zionists" (not that there is anything inherently bad about the term" zionist"

    (the term "liberal" was changed to mean something it wasn't in a great smear campaign of the last decade)

    You attempted a few threads ago to accuse of "dual nationality" and how it was insulting to America and when you were proven to be WRONG that many nations have that very right, you changed your disgust that "jews felt they were not safe in America"

    Deuce, you are the type of person that is TEACHING Jews that they are not safe in America or anywhere in the world.

    You support the most vile murderers of Jews in the world and make excuses for them regularly.

    You take umbrage that I call you an anti-Semite? LOL

    Now that's funny.

    You are a jew hating, Israel bashing, Zionist trashing Iranian 1ster. You even support those that stab and shoot rockets at Jews that are Americans.

    You have defined yourself clearly.

    You have accused me of not being a true or real Jew, you have questioned my loyalty to America and my citizenship.

    J'Accuse.

    That is you.

    Cut from the cloth of those that perpetrated Kristalnaught, the pogroms of Europe, the blood libels of the Mufti of Jerusalem.

    You are what you post.

    Embrace it.

    As for the wrong side of history?

    Think again.

    America, the real one, not the one you supposedly speak for, and Israel share ethics and values. Something you do not share.

    Your blood libels, accusations of dual loyalty is akin to Germany 1935, not America 2016.

    The good news? As your friends, the Iranians and Palestinians are exposed for being the savage blood cult that they are? As more and more Americans are murdered by them?

    America's friendship with Israel grows.

    LOL

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    1. The reality of Israel, "O"rdure ...

      IDF general in bombshell speech: Israel today shows signs of 1930s Germany

      http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/IDF-general-in-bombshell-speech-Israel-today-shows-signs-of-1930s-Germany-453142

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    2. I am on the side of US veterans screwed by your team Wio.

      World’s Costliest Cakewalk: Bush’s Iraq War by the Numbers
      By VNN on October 22, 2011

      What sick bunch of callow human beings inflicted upon the world this misery of the Iraq War? Lied to the troops and Marines of Operation Iraqi Freedom who swore the oath and committed their honor, to be betrayed by weak, miserable men and women? We know exactly whom these people are.

      4,479 U.S. military fatalities
      30,182 U.S. military injuries
      468 contractor fatalities

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    3. The poor wretched Iraqis are still paying the Neocon price extracted by your team.

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    4. “It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is ill – and it is our duty to treat this disease,”
      - Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel

      “I’m not asking if they’ve forgotten how to be Jews, but if they’ve forgotten how to be decent human beings. Have they forgotten how to converse?”

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    5. Ehud Barak accuses the Netanyahu government of establishing apartheid

      http://www.voltairenet.org/article192401.html

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    6. Ethnic cleansing: An established plan in Israel’s apartheid policy



      http://gulfnews.com/opinion/thinkers/ethnic-cleansing-an-established-plan-in-israel-s-apartheid-policy-1.1855813

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    7. Jack, you love to quote nonsense.

      Simple fact. IF Israel had an "ethnic cleansing" policy there would not be 1.2 MILLION arabs as citizens of Israel, more arabs than from the river to the sea in 1948.

      And they don't want to leave.

      As for your assertion that Israel is apartheid?

      Completely debunked over and over.

      But if you want to see a modern apartheid policy?

      Look to Hamas, Arabia or even the PA...

      :)

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  18. Zia Weise, istanbul
    3 JULY 2016 • 11:08AM

    Isil has claimed a suicide car bombing that killed at least 125 people, including 15 children, in central Baghdad, targeting a busy shopping area crowded with families and young people.

    A car bomb exploded in the Karrada neigbourhood late on Saturday night, when Iraqis flocked to the street’s many restaurants and cafes to break their fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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    1. Yep the Sunnis are attacking the Shiites.

      Nothing new.

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  19. Many of those who died were children. Iraqi police warned that the death toll was likely to rise as more bodies could be recovered from burnt-out buildings.

    "It was like an earthquake,” street vendor Karim Sami told the Associated Press.

    "I wrapped up my goods and was heading home when I saw a fire ball with a thunderous bombing. I was so scared to go back and started to make phone calls to my friends, but none answered.”

    Mr Sami said that one of his friends had been killed in the bombing while another was still missing.

    The bombing, which has left more than 130 injured, was the third major attack attributed to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) this week after a triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Atatürk airport killed 44 people on Tuesday night and 20 people died in an attack on a cafe in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on Friday.

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    1. Oh yeah, America is bombing the Sunni ISIS on a daily basis..

      Creating thousands and thousand of new terrorists...

      Makes you proud.

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  20. A separate explosion in a predominantly Shia neighbourhood north of Baghdad killed another five people on Saturday night. The attack, thought to have been caused by an IED, has not yet been claimed by any group.

    The latest bombings are among the deadliest to hit Iraq this year.

    When Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tried to visit Karrada on Sunday morning, he was met by an angry crowd. A video posted online showed a mob screaming “thief!” while throwing stones and bottles at his convoy.

    The government faced a wave of protests this spring as Iraqis demonstrated against corruption and a lack of security and basic services in their country.

    Firefighters were still working to extinguish the enormous fire caused by the explosion the next morning. Images taken on Sunday showed a charred row of buildings at the site of the explosion, with several partly collapsed.

    In a statement posted online, Isil claimed responsibility for the Karrada bombing, saying its target had been Shia Muslims. The upscale neighbourhood is home to mainly Shia residents as well as a small Christian community.

    Isil has come under increasing pressure in Iraq and Syria in recent months. The jihadist group has lost territory in Iraq’s Anbar province over the past year as security forces recaptured the city of Ramadi and several towns.

    Last Sunday, Iraqi forces declared they had “fully liberated” the city of Fallujah, which had endured more than two years of Isil rule. The jihadists still control swathes of the country’s northern and western provinces, including Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul.

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  21. BREAKING NEWS: Explosion at Stade de France hours before Euro 2016 quarter final due to kick off there
    Fans were prevented from accessing the 80,000-seat stadium by police
    Officers claimed there was a security alert needing a controlled explosion
    A suspicious car was found near the the venue before tonight's game
    Eyewitnesses reported hearing a very loud bang shortly before 5pm BST


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  22. (CNN)For the third time in a week terrorists carried out a mass slaughter of civilians - with ISIS claiming responsibility for each attack.

    The deadliest terror attack killed 125 people, including 25 children, Saturday evening in a busy shopping district in Baghdad.
    Families had gathered there to break the Ramadan fast and watch the Euro 2016 soccer tournament in a cafe when a suicide car bomb exploded, ripping through a multi-level building that also housed stores and a gym.
    At least 147 were injured.
    A second bomb exploded Sunday at an outdoor market in the Shaab neighborhood of southeastern Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five others, police said

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  23. Strikes in Syria

    Attack and bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight strikes in Syria:

    -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed two ISIL cranes and an ISIL vehicle.

    -- Near Manbij, six strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

    Strikes in Iraq

    Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 15 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

    -- Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

    -- Near Beiji, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and denied ISIL access to terrain.

    -- Near Mosul, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL command and control node and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

    -- Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL mortar position, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL front-end loader, two ISIL bulldozers and an ISIL oil tanker.

    -- Near Ramadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, five ISIL vehicles, an ISIL light machine gun, and an ISIL boat and damaged an ISIL fighting position.

    -- Near Tal Afar, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL improvised weapons factory, and an ISIL-used bridge and destroyed an ISIL bunker.

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  24. July 3, 2016 - NATO General: Russia is No Threat

    Just a day after Steinmeier was quoted in Bild, General Petr Pavel, chairman of NATO’s military committee, dropped another bombshell. Pavel told a Brussels press conference flat out that Russia was not at a threat to the West.

    “It is not the aim of NATO to create a military barrier against broad-scale Russian aggression, because such aggression is not on the agenda and no intelligence assessment suggests such a thing,” he said.

    What? What happened to Russian “aggression” and the Russian “threat?” What is the meaning then of the fear of Russia pounded every day into the heads of Western citizens? Is it all a lie? Two extraordinary on-the-record admissions by two men, Steinmeier, the foreign minister of Europe’s most powerful nation, and an active NATO general in charge of the military committee, both revealing that what Western officials repeat every day is indeed a lie, a lie that may be acknowledged in private but would never before be mentioned in public.

    Two years ago I was in a background briefing with a senior European ambassador at his country’s U.N. mission in New York and could hardly believe my ears when he said talk about Russia’s threat to Eastern Europe was “all hype” designed to give NATO “a reason to exist.” Yet this same ambassador in public Security Council meetings would viciously attack Russia.

    But the hype is about more than just saving NATO. The fear campaign feeds the American and European military industries and most importantly puts pressure on the Russian government, which the U.S. wants overthrown.


    http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2016/07/03/1007610-europeans-contest-us-anti-russian-hype/

    Joe Lauria is a veteran foreign-affairs journalist based at the U.N. since 1990. He has written for the Boston Globe, the London Daily Telegraph, the Johannesburg Star, the Montreal Gazette, the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers. He can be reached atjoelauria@gmail.com and followed on Twitter at @unjoe.

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  25. Donald Trump deleted an image of Hillary Clinton and a six-pointed star from social media, following accusations of antisemitism on Saturday given the star’s placement over an image of money and his repetition of the controversial phrase “America first”.

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    1. The worst part was, it was a re-tweet from a "White Supremacy" website.

      He has re-tweeted many Neo-Nazi, KKK, White Supremacist tweets in this campaign.

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    2. Is he going to station thugs with clubs outside polling stations, like Obama?

      Delete
    3. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but tweets will never harm me.

      Delete
    4. Persuasion Update: Clinton Vs. Trump
      Posted June 28th, 2016 @ 9:33am

      For months I have been saying mostly good things in this blog about Trump’s powers of persuasion, and mostly bad things about how the Clinton campaign does persuasion. And yet Clinton has a solid lead in the polls, assuming the polls are accurate. How can that be?

      The quick answer is that Clinton’s side is totally winning the persuasion battle.

      Confused?

      Clinton’s side includes more than her campaign team. It also includes pundits, supporters on social media, and the liberal-leaning parts of the mainstream media. While the Clinton campaign itself has been notably weak with its persuasion game, the folks on her side have been viciously effective at branding Trump a crazy racist.

      Nothing else in this election matters.

      Viewed through the Master Persuader filter, the facts of this election don’t matter because facts are not persuasive. The lies don’t matter. The flip-flopping doesn’t matter. Trump’s command of the issues don’t matter. Trump’s insults don’t matter. Policies don’t matter. Trump University doesn’t matter. Even charges of sexism are not enough to derail him.

      The persuasion kill shot against Trump is the accusation that Trump is a crazy racist. When you combine crazy and racist, you have a lethal persuasion cocktail. And that’s what the Clinton side has done.

      The folks on social media tested lots of accusations against Trump until they found traction with the “crazy racist” theme in all its forms. And Clinton’s campaign team wisely amplified it.

      http://blog.dilbert.com/post/146605145036/persuasion-update-clinton-vs-trump

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    5. He goes on much further, but fails to mention that much of the populace comes pre-programmed, like Rufus:

      To be Professional Virtue Signalers, constantly "proving" to themselves and others their moral superiority over all of us RACIST Untermenchen.

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    6. "If you’re new to what I call the Master Persuasion Filter, and you’re on the Clinton side, you probably don’t see any persuasion there at all. What you see appears to be facts that say – without a doubt – that Trump is a crazy racist. But all of that is confirmation bias and persuasion.

      For example…

      There was the time Trump called for a wall to keep illegals out, and social media said securing our borders – which we already try to do – is racist.

      There was the time Trump suggested mass deportation of illegal immigrants, and social media said upholding current law is racist.

      There was the time Trump suggested banning all Muslim immigrants until we figure out what the risk is, and how to deal with it. Islam is a belief system open to all, not a race, but social media branded it as racist.

      There was the time Trump didn’t denounce the KKK on CNN in a timely fashion. He says he didn’t hear the question because of a bad earpiece, and he had denounced the KKK before the interview and several times after. Still, that one awkward interview created confirmation bias of racism because the public was primed to see it as such.

      There was the time Trump called the judge in his Trump University case “Mexican” even though the judge was born in this country of Mexican immigrants. That seemed racist because voters were primed to see it that way. Keep in mind that Trump called Ted Cruz a Canadian for months and you didn’t see that as racist.

      As a legal strategy, it makes perfect sense for Trump to accuse the judge of bias. That way, if the ruling goes against Trump, he already has a defense in place. And realistically, no one believes the judge could give a favorable ruling to Trump without some awkwardness at his next family gathering. But voters saw Trump’s accusations about the judge’s bias – a bias all humans have – as racist because they were primed to see things that way.

      And there are all the times Trump calls Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas, which is more silly than racist. But once you put it in context with the rest of the confirmation bias, it looks like some sort of pattern.

      The facts don’t matter. Facts never matter. What matters is that the “crazy racist” label picked up enough confirmation bias to stick like tar. The Clinton team won the month of June. And unless something changes, Clinton will saunter to an easy victory in November."

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  26. IRAQ CIVILIAN DEATH TOLL HIGHER UNDER OBAMA THAN BUSH

    In Bush's last year in office, the Iraqi civilian death toll was at around 10,000. Under Obama, it hit 20,000 in 2014. And it's still very high.

    Nearly 19,000 civilians were killed in Iraq between January 2014 and October 2015 -- a toll the United Nations calls "staggering" in a new report.

    This is worse than all but two of the worst years under Bush. By Bush's last year in office, the Surge, which Obama opposed, had worked and the violence had died down.
    Before Obama called ISIS a JV team, civilian casualties had doubled in one year.

    That says it all.

    Civilian casualties in Iraq began rising in 2012, but Obama just didn't pay attention. By the time things got really bad in 2014, he had to pivot from making excuses to pretending to fight ISIS.


    http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/261525/iraq-civilian-death-toll-higher-under-obama-bush-daniel-greenfield

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    1. Exactly.

      Obama has been a disaster.

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    2. Our Military death toll in Afghanistan under Obama exceeds the number during Bush.

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  27. "Q"Nit-Arizona - Foiled, Arrest Made



    Jihad Watch

    Exposing the role that Islamic jihad theology and ideology play in the modern global conflicts


    Arizona: Muslim teen arrested for jihad plots against government buildings

    July 2, 2016 6:39 pm By Robert Spencer 27 Comments


    Where did Mahin Khan learn his understanding of Islam? Is his local mosque being investigated? Or are the feds satisfied that he was “radicalized on the Internet”? They never seem curious as to why these Internet radicals are so easily able to defeat the peaceful, benign Islam that Muslims supposedly imbibe in U.S. mosques.

    Mahin Khan: photo

    "FBI: Tucson man arrested in conspiracy to commit terrorism in Arizona,” by Graig Graziosi, The Arizona Republic, July 2, 2016:


    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office have arrested an 18-year-old Tucson man they say conspired to carry out acts of terrorism against government buildings in Maricopa and Pima counties.

    Mahin Khan was arrested in Tucson following an investigation by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to the FBI. He was booked into Maricopa County jail on suspicion of conspiring to commit terrorism.

    Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman Mia Garcia and FBI officials said Khan’s alleged plans did not involve the Fourth of July or any related festivities...

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2016/07/arizona-muslim-teen-arrested-for-jihad-plots-against-government-buildings

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    1. And in Arkansas -

      Muslima indicted over online threat after argument at Arkansas restaurant

      ByPamela Geller on July 3, 2016 Current Affairs Jihad in America 14 Comments

      Where did these converts to Islam learn their hatred and aggressiveness? Why were they stockpiling weapons? Has their mosque been investigated, and shut down if it is preaching violence and sedition? Why not? “Woman indicted over online threat after argument at Arkansas restaurant,” by Ron Wood, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, July 1, 2016:

      Daphne Ann Crawford, 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court. The indictment says Crawford used the Internet to transmit a message May 24 threatening to injure another person with a firearm. Use of the Internet is considered interstate commerce.

      The argument involving Crawford, her husband and the restaurant staff happened at Mel’s Diner. A customer posted a comment on Facebook about the incident. Crawford responded online and said her husband would shoot the customer and the customer’s family, according to court documents.

      Crawford sent the person a photo of her husband dressed in Middle Eastern attire holding an assault rifle. Both Crawfords claim they are Muslim converts.

      The indictment was filed June 22. Crawford was arraigned Tuesday morning. Crawford, also known as Daphne Ridenour and Umm Ammara Khalid, is being held at the Washington County jail. Daphne and Alan Lewis Crawford Jr., both of whom list 98835 S. 4750 Road, Muldrow, Okla., as their address, were arrested early June 18 by Fayetteville police and the FBI in connection with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of a controlled substance, fleeing and endangering the welfare of a minor, according to a preliminary arrest report.

      Officers found three AR-15 assault rifles, a 12-gauge shotgun, six handguns and roughly 2,000 rounds of ammunition, including 721 rounds for the assault rifles, in the Crawford’s room at Value Place motel, according to the report. The search also found clonazepam pills and THC wax, the report said. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana. Clonazepam is used as an anti-anxiety medicine…. -

      See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/07/muslima-indicted-over-online-threat-after-argument-at-arkansas-restaurant.html/#sthash.7rHvXWj6.dpuf

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  28. Thugs with clubs, the IRS, the Media, "Education," a dumbed down populace (esp the "Highly Educated") and a bunch of sheeple terrified of being called RACIST...

    Trump's gonna have to up his game considerably.

    ...and wrt to Rufus' Map, maybe nothing will be enough.

    Superman could not win California, if he were a Republican.

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  29. Hey Bob:

    How 'bout a quick course in apostrophe S, S apostrophe, singular and plural, etc.

    I've put that off for too many decades.

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    1. Just write whatever you want, Doug, however you want.

      Force the language to change to your ways, don't change your ways to the current uses.

      Language always is changing....you be part of the tip of the spear, friend.

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    2. Go back and read some Old English, even Middle English, you'll see what I mean.

      Just be yourself.

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  30. Celebrating Ramadan in Baghdad -

    Deadliest attack in a year kills 115 in central Baghdad

    By SUSANNAH GEORGE and SINAN SALAHEDDIN

    Jul. 3, 2016 3:18 PM EDT

    10 photos
    APTOPIX Mideast Iraq


    Iraqi women wait to hear about family members who went missing after a car bomb hit Karada, a busy... R

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A devastating truck bombing on a bustling commercial street in downtown Baghdad killed 115 people early Sunday, brutally underscoring the Islamic State group's ability to strike the capital despite a string of battlefield losses elsewhere in the country.

    It was the deadliest terror attack in Iraq in a year and one of the worst single bombings in more than a decade of war and insurgency, and it fueled anger toward Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

    When al-Abadi visited the site of the suicide blast in the city's Karada district, a furious mob surrounded his convoy, yelling expletives, hurling rocks and shoes and calling him a "thief."

    Many Iraqis blame their political leadership for lapses in security in Baghdad that have allowed large amounts of explosives to make their way past multiple checkpoints and into neighborhoods packed with civilians....

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/62b113a9cf764acfa907a65506805e42/iraqi-officials-death-toll-claimed-car-bombing-iraqi


    Most religions - Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, etc...nor do agnostics nor atheists....don't celebrate their holy days by blowing shit up and killing people.....

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  31. The Palestinian Incentive Program for Killing Jews

    July 1, 2016 2:07 PM EDT

    By
    Eli Lake


    Whoever said crime doesn't pay hasn't talked to the family of a Palestinian terrorist. For the Palestine Liberation Organization and the related Palestinian Authority, the killers of Jewish Israelis are considered "martyrs." And as such, their families are paid for the service these murderers have done for the Palestinian cause.

    This has come to light this week after a Palestinian, Mohammed Tarayra, stabbed Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13-year-old Israeli girl, as she was sleeping in her bed. The stabbing was part of a wave of attacks by Palestinians who have for nearly eight months been shooting, stabbing and running down Jews with the encouragement of social media and popular songs.

    According to the latest report of the Russian, European, U.S. and U.N. group known as the Quartet, there have been 250 of these kinds of attacks since October. It says, "These terrorist attacks, which have been carried out mostly by young, unaffiliated individuals, contribute to the sense among Israelis of living under constant threat."

    But this misses important context. The Quartet's report, which is even handed to a fault, makes no mention of the "martyr's fund," through which the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization pay the families of all Palestinian prisoners and the families of martyrs. So while there is no evidence that the Palestinian government plans these killing sprees, it encourages them as a legitimate act of resistance.

    As Commentary's Evelyn Gordon wrote this week, the prisoners and the families of the prisoners themselves are actually paid a higher wage than what most Palestinians earn for nonviolent work.

    The origins of these payments goes back a long way. Before the Palestinian Authority was established in the 1990s through the Oslo peace process, the Palestine Liberation Organization paid the families of "martyrs" and prisoners detained by Israel. That practice became standardized during the Second Intifadah of 2000 to 2005. The Israelis even found documents in the late Yasser Arafat's compound that showed payments to families of suicide bombers.

    For years the Israelis and the Americans didn't do much on this issue. The Israel Defense Forces work closely with Palestinian security services to keep the peace in the West Bank. Meanwhile, the Bush and Obama administrations have pressed both sides to restart negotiations over a final status.

    This is starting to change. On Friday, Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced that he would begin withholding part of the tax revenue that Israel sends to the Palestinian Authority -- equal to the amount paid to "martyrs."

    Frank Lowenstein, the U.S. special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, told me the U.S. has recently started withholding funding for the same reason. "We have robustly complied with legislation passed in 2014 that requires us to deduct from development assistance to the Palestinian Authority for Palestinian payments to individuals imprisoned for acts of terrorism," he said. The amount of development assistance that has been withheld is classified.

    The Palestinian Authority seems to be aware of this and has figured out ways to hide these payments to the families of murderers, by creating new accounts....

    http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-01/the-palestinian-incentive-program-for-killing-jews

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    1. Hmmmmm.....this seems to me a rather strange program the 'Palestinians' have going on here.

      It seems to my way of thinking an odd way to go about seeking peace....

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    2. Bob didn't see you posted the article.

      my bad

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  32. Rigid vegetarian diet may have done in ancient cave bears

    By Carolyn GramlingJul. 1, 2016 , 4:45 PM


    Ancient cave bears, which roamed from the United Kingdom to Russia for hundreds of thousands of years, made a strong impression on Stone Age artists, who included them in a 30,000-year-old gallery of animals lining the walls of Chauvet cave in modern France. But the cave bear mysteriously went extinct about 24,000 years ago—and new research is offering some tantalizing clues as to why. Climate change, specialized diets, and unique hibernation strategies are among the many hypotheses for why the cave bears died off, whereas their close cousin—the brown bear—survives to this day. To narrow the list of possibilities, one group of scientists looked to a well-known marker of diet: teeth. Once they come in, teeth don’t grow and they don’t shrink, except in response to wear and tear. Using a portable scanner popular with dentists, the scientists created 3D scans of molars from the lower jaws of cave bears and other Northern Hemisphere bears, including polar bears and black Asiatic bears. They then calculated the “complexity” of the different molar crowns by looking at their arrangement of ridges and cross-ridges. The cave bears had the most complex molars out of all the bears, suggesting that they may have had a highly specialized vegetarian diet, the researchers reported in Washington, D.C., today at the International Conference of Vertebrate Morphology. This could have contributed to their vulnerability to extinction. But an even more tantalizing clue lies in the the shape of the cave bears’ second molars. From bear to bear they were highly variable, suggesting the animal was under a lot of environmental stress.

    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/07/rigid-vegetarian-diet-may-have-done-ancient-cave-bears

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  33. The Palestinians are Deuce's cause...

    The Palestinian Incentive Program for Killing Jews

    http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-01/the-palestinian-incentive-program-for-killing-jews

    Whoever said crime doesn't pay hasn't talked to the family of a Palestinian terrorist. For the Palestine Liberation Organization and the related Palestinian Authority, the killers of Jewish Israelis are considered "martyrs." And as such, their families are paid for the service these murderers have done for the Palestinian cause.

    This has come to light this week after a Palestinian, Mohammed Tarayra, stabbed Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13-year-old Israeli girl, as she was sleeping in her bed. The stabbing was part of a wave of attacks by Palestinians who have for nearly eight months been shooting, stabbing and running down Jews with the encouragement of social media and popular songs.

    According to the latest report of the Russian, European, U.S. and U.N. group known as the Quartet, there have been 250 of these kinds of attacks since October. It says, "These terrorist attacks, which have been carried out mostly by young, unaffiliated individuals, contribute to the sense among Israelis of living under constant threat."

    But this misses important context. The Quartet's report, which is even handed to a fault, makes no mention of the "martyr's fund," through which the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization pay the families of all Palestinian prisoners and the families of martyrs. So while there is no evidence that the Palestinian government plans these killing sprees, it encourages them as a legitimate act of resistance.

    As Commentary's Evelyn Gordon wrote this week, the prisoners and the families of the prisoners themselves are actually paid a higher wage than what most Palestinians earn for nonviolent work.

    The origins of these payments goes back a long way. Before the Palestinian Authority was established in the 1990s through the Oslo peace process, the Palestine Liberation Organization paid the families of "martyrs" and prisoners detained by Israel. That practice became standardized during the Second Intifadah of 2000 to 2005. The Israelis even found documents in the late Yasser Arafat's compound that showed payments to families of suicide bombers.

    For years the Israelis and the Americans didn't do much on this issue. The Israel Defense Forces work closely with Palestinian security services to keep the peace in the West Bank. Meanwhile, the Bush and Obama administrations have pressed both sides to restart negotiations over a final status.

    This is starting to change. On Friday, Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced that he would begin withholding part of the tax revenue that Israel sends to the Palestinian Authority -- equal to the amount paid to "martyrs."

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    1. Frank Lowenstein, the U.S. special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, told me the U.S. has recently started withholding funding for the same reason. "We have robustly complied with legislation passed in 2014 that requires us to deduct from development assistance to the Palestinian Authority for Palestinian payments to individuals imprisoned for acts of terrorism," he said. The amount of development assistance that has been withheld is classified.

      The Palestinian Authority seems to be aware of this and has figured out ways to hide these payments to the families of murderers, by creating new accounts. Senator Dan Coates, a Republican from Indiana, has introduced new legislation aimed at closing this loophole.

      One problem is that the payments to terrorists' families are exceedingly popular these days. Ziad Asali, the president and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine, told me that in recent years the media and politicians have elevated these payments to something "sacred in Palestinian politics." Asali said the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, and others are too weak to stop it. "This is where we find ourselves now. The vast majority understand there has to be an end to violence; it's not serving the Palestinians in any way," Asali said. "But I think nobody really has the stature and clout to confront these issues publicly."

      Asali is getting at one of the many tragedies today for the Palestinians. Abbas came to power initially after he condemned suicide bombing and terrorism during the Second Intifadah. His bravery at the time to confront Arafat earned him a reputation as a peacemaker and is one reason President Barack Obama has never publicly criticized him with the same ferocity he reserves for Netanyahu.

      But today Abbas is in the 11th year of a four-year term as president. He has made some vague statements opposing the recent wave of violence. But he never condemns the murderers by name. Meanwhile, his own Fatah Party glorified Tarayra on its official Facebook page.

      No wonder the killer's family is so proud of him. His mother told a local news outlet: "My son is a hero. He made me proud. My son died as a martyr defending Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque," according to a translation from Palestinian Media Watch.

      Israel's alleged peace partner appears to agree. If the past is precedent, she will receive a steady check to honor her son's murder of a 13-year-old Jewish girl in her sleep.

      Of course I stand against this... It's a shame Deuce doesn't.

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    2. ""My son is a hero. He made me proud. My son died as a martyr defending Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque," according to a translation from Palestinian Media Watch.""

      Are you proud Deuce of your fellow Israel haters?

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  34. Deuce says: "Like it or not you are on the losing side of history"

    After the last 2000 years of European love and Arab love?

    I'll take my chances with the IDF.

    You have made it clear, no one will help the Jews but the Jews.

    thanks for the clarity.

    but if you ever pull that head out of your butt long enough to actually see what is happening in the middle east?

    You will find that the arabs and persians, sunnis and shiites, moslems of every stripe, are slaughtering each other...

    TAKE ABOUT BEING ON THE WROND SIDE OF HISTORY

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  35. Jack HawkinsSun Jul 03, 11:38:00 AM EDT

    No, he is labeling traitors as traitors, that they also happen to be Jewish ...

    Just a fact.



    Fact is you are the self confessed traitor to the USA and it's laws...

    Jack, turn yourself in, stop hiding from the FEDS

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    1. Funny thing?

      Deuce doesn't call her out for being a "traitor", you do.

      But then again, you are the one that accused Israel for murdering 3 israelis, when Hamas did (and took credit for it)

      You lie like a cheap rug Jack, you distort, misdirect, spread your jew hatred on a daily basis.

      You stand with Hamas, I stand with America and Israel.

      I proudly stand with those that fight the jihadists that you support.

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    2. America's not perfect, Islam is.

      What isn't, is.

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  36. The US government pegged NGO estimates of non-combatant deaths during its period of study, from Jan. 20, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2015, from more than 200 to more than 900.

    President Barack Obama's government said on Friday it inadvertently killed up to 116 civilians in strikes in countries where America is not at war, a major disclosure likely to inflame debate about targeted killings and use of drones.

    Obama's goal for the release of the numbers, which are higher than any previously acknowledged by his government but vastly below private estimates, is to create greater transparency about what the US military and CIA are doing to fight militants plotting against the United States.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday that the disclosure represented real progress.



    "The president believes that our counter-terrorism strategy is more effective and has more credibility when we're as transparent as possible," said Earnest.

    "But the fact is these operations that will be the substance of an announcement later today are the kinds of operations that just a couple of years ago we wouldn't even confirm existed," he continued.

    Non-governmental organizations estimate that hundreds of civilians were killed in such strikes, many of them by drones, in countries including Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

    x


    The US government pegged NGO estimates of non-combatant deaths during its period of study, from Jan. 20, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2015, from more than 200 to more than 900.

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