Thursday, July 31, 2014

President Lone Ranger

Bokbluster    “ 'So the only reason I’m doing it on my own is because you won’t do anything,” said the president about Congress.

"President Lone Ranger is not happy about being sued by John Boehner. That’s because he wants to be impeached. The prospect of impeachment is a fundraising bonanza for Democrats.

"As someone once said, the Republicans may be dumb but they’re not stupid. They impeached the first black president (Bill Clinton) and he remains wildly popular to this day. They’re not about to impeach the second one.

"So they’re suing  him."

Krauthammer: Legitimizing Hamas’s War Criminality

Our secretary of state has alienated both Israel and our moderate Arab partners.

Kerry Israel Talks - Political Cartoon

"John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis — left, right and center — of his recent ceasefire diplomacy. But that’s only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America’s Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt.
"The talks also undermined Egypt’s ceasefire proposal, which Israel had accepted and Hamas rejected. “Kerry tried through his latest plan to destroy the Egyptian bid,” charged a senior Palestinian official quoted in the Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat — a peace plan that the PA itself had supported.

"It gets worse."   Full article

Then this, which is linked to by Mr. Krauthammer:

John Kerry’s big blunder in seeking an Israel-Gaza cease-fire


... "Second, he seeks to fulfill the instructions of President Obama, who wants an immediate cease-fire and has become skeptical about solving the knotted Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Loophole is Obama

Ann Coulter  ... "No law needs to be fixed. The only thing that needs to be fixed is the president.
"Obama has gone mad and is defying the law in order to "fundamentally transform America" -- as he pledged to do during the 2008 campaign -- into Latin America. (Luckily for George Will, he won't be around by the time Latin America gets to his neighborhood.)

"Any Republicans pushing for an immigration bill to seal an imaginary loophole aren't fighting Obama; they're helping him.

"Constitutionally, the remedy for a president defying the law so he can assist an alien invasion is impeachment. But the media won't let us impeach Obama -- and Republicans don't have the votes, anyway. The only way for Americans to fight back is to put large Republican majorities in the House and Senate this November."

Italian Reporter After Leaving Gaza Confirms It Was A Hamas Rocket That Hit School Playground Killing 10 Kids…

Weasel Zippers

From INN... "Verifying facts on the ground in Gaza is notoriously difficult for foreign reporters, and even for Palestinian journalists seen as aligned with the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, as journalists are closely watched by Hamas security forces and can face interrogation and a permanent ban from Gaza for publishing material deemed unfavorable to the territory’s Islamist rulers. As such, little information has emerged on what exactly happened that day in Shati.

"But returning from a stint in Gaza, and safe from what he ominously referred to as potential “Hamas retaliation”, Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati broke the media silence by tweeting the following message, confirming that Hamas terrorists rushed to cover up evidence of what was indeed errant rocket fire aimed at Israel."...   Keep reading

..."another deep crisis in trust between Israeli senior cabinet members and the American secretary of state."

   The White House warned Israel it risks loss of its alliance with the U.S. over their criticism of John Kerry's tactics in peace talks. He decided to bring in Turkey and Qatar to the peace table and they're anti-Israel. John Kerry couldn't stop a ketchup fight at the Heinz family picnic.       Argus Hamilton
When You’ve Lost Haaretz…    "Haaretz is Israel’s establishment, liberal newspaper. Scott once described it to me in shorthand as the New York Times of Israel. So the paper is a natural ally of a Democratic U.S. administration.

"That is what makes this article by Barak Ravid remarkable. It is titled Kerry’s latest cease-fire plan: What was he thinking? It is behind a subscription wall, but the link goes to Haaretz’s mobile site and should be accessible:"  
The draft Kerry passed to Israel on Friday shocked the cabinet ministers not only because it was the opposite of what Kerry told them less than 24 hours earlier, but mostly because it might as well have been penned by Khaled Meshal. It was everything Hamas could have hoped for.
Political Cartoons by Chip Bok
Israeli writer Caroline Glick writes:     ..."Until Obama made the call, there was lingering doubt among some Israelis regarding his intentions. Some thought that US Secretary of State John Kerry might have been acting of his own accord last Friday night when he tried to force Israel to accept Hamas’s cease-fire terms.

"But then Obama made his phone call. And all doubts were dispelled.

"Kerry is just a loyal steward of Obama’s foreign policy."
Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Israel, Hamas and Obama’s foreign policy

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Caroline Glick   "...The IDF’s discovery of Hamas’s Rosh Hashana plot was the last straw for any Israeli leftists still harboring fantasies about picking up our marbles and going home. Hamas’s plan to use its tunnels to send hundreds of terrorists into multiple Israeli border communities simultaneously and carry out a massacre of unprecedented scope, replete with the abduction of hostages to Gaza, was the rude awakening the Left had avoided since it pushed for Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza.

"In other words, in their discussion Sunday night, Netanyahu and his ministers were without illusions about the gravity of the situation and the imperative of winning – however defined.

"But then the telephone rang. And Obama told Netanyahu that Israel must lose. He wants an unconditional “humanitarian” cease-fire that will lead to a permanent one.


 "The discovery that the Obama administration is entirely in Hamas’s corner hit all of Israel hard. But it hit the Left the hardest. Few on the Right, which recognized Obama’s hostility from the outset of his presidency, were surprised."
Here comes the real meat of Ms. Glick's piece and I have printed it here in bold.
Wait for it...

"The Israeli Left has been Obama’s ace in the hole since he first ran for office, fresh from the pews in Jeremiah Wright’s anti-Semitic church. They were the grease in the wheels that legitimized the administration’s anti-Israel pressure group J Street. They were the ones who could be counted on to tell the US media and the American Jews that Netanyahu is to blame for Obama’s hostility." 

Full article.

OFFICIAL IDF VIDEO: IDF Detonates Large Tunnel in Gaza : Hamas' terrifying plans for these tunnels

 Hamas Used Terror Tunnels in Plot to Massacre of Thousands of Israelis   "The most terrifying detail is being uncovered that Hamas had a plan to attack all the settlements and kibbutzim in the area this year on Rosh Hashanah with an invasion of over 200 terrorists into almost all the settlements in the area. The tunnels went under the kibbutzim under the kindergartens and dining rooms and other areas within the kibbutz perimeters. They planned to occupy the whole area and kill as many Israeli as possible.

"This could have been the worst terror attack in the history of terrorism. Thousands of people, including women and children would have been slaughtered in this planned attack."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mike Pence Learned HHS Was Dumping Illegal Alien Children In Indiana From The Press, Not HHS

No borders
Weasel Zippers    "Indiana governor Mike Pence said he first learned the federal government had placed 245 unaccompanied alien children in Indiana through media reports.

"In a letter to President Obama, Pence wrote that the Department of Health and Human Services informed him that the federal government had housed hundreds of unaccompanied alien children in Indiana from January 1, 2014, to July 7, 2014, but only after reports surfaced in the media."...

Dingbat Politicians for Hamas

Sara Noble   "After a bit of rambling, Nancy Pelosi recently told interviewer Candy Crowley on MSNBC that Hamas is a humanitarian organization. And do you know who told her that? Qatar! Qatar, the sponsors of terror in the region who are also financial backers of Hamas, that’s who told her.

"At least she knows where to get her information."

"More good news. candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, of Benghazi fame, thinks Hamas keeps their rockets and missiles in civilian areas because they don’t have a lot of room. It’s merely a problem of space. That’s a relief!

"It doesn’t explain how tiny Israel fits all their missiles in without filling up schools and hospitals.

"Oh well, what difference…at this point…does it make? The country is going to hell in a hand basket anyway.

"People should keep in mind that if Hillary is elected, no one will be able to criticize her no matter what she does or the person will be called an anti-woman fiend."  Emphasis added, TD

Obama: Muslims Contributed to Building 'The Very Fabric of Our Nation'

Big Government

... "The comments were made to mark the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, a time of spiritual renewal for Muslims which comes at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. The Obamas said in their statement that Eid “celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity” and “welcomed their commitment to giving back to their communities.” The International Business Times reports that during Eid, Muslims join in Islamic prayer, while saying "Allahu Akbar," or "God is Great," and feasting.

"The statement further reads that the administration “wishes Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration.” The letter ended with salutation of “Eid Mubarak,” which roughly means “blessed celebration.”

How Ryan T. Anderson Responded to a Gay Man Who Wants to Redefine Marriage

One can appreciate the politeness and respect for each other in this reasoned conversation.

Daily Signal  “ 'Why should I, as a gay man, be denied the same right to file a joint tax return with my potential husband that a straight couple has?”

"Anderson also talked about the differences between the law’s interest in contracts and in marriage:

A Big Attaboy for Sen. Harry Reid. Harry Reid? Harry Reid!

"Senator Reid took the Senate floor on Monday to call Congress to approve aid to Israel. In doing so, he stepped away from his Liberals and Democrats, who relentlessly portray Israel as the aggressor.
“Mr. President, our great country has many friends in the world, we’re proud of all the alliances we have,” Reid said. “But certainly, our deepest attachment is what we have with Israel. The United States and Israel have stood by each other in good times and bad times, in times of peace, in times of war. Right now our friends in the state of Israel are under attack. Hamas continues to indiscriminately fire thousands of rockets into Israel.”
“When Hamas fires these rockets, Hamas has no idea where they’ll land,” he continued. “Military installation, they hope; a daycare center, they don’t care; empty parking lot, they don’t care. They’re just firing these rockets indiscriminately.”
" "Even Sen. Reid knows that Conservatives are right on the issue of Israel. Will the President listen?"

Leaked story about an alleged transcript of Obama and Netanyahu call

The original story: Pamela Geller   "...Channel 1 reporter says PM-POTUS transcript legit: Despite rejections by American and Israeli officials, Channel 1′s Or Nahari insists that the transcript leaked to him by a “senior American official” is authentic, but acknowledges that the quotes he published were merely an except from a long conversation. (TOI)

"The State Department is running for cover. They can leak Israel intel that jeopardizes their national security  (here and here too) but don’t reveal what Obama is actually doing."
What we know about the alleged transcript of Obama and Netanyahu call    "The world is buzzing with the leak of an alleged transcript between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"But we warn you: Proceed with caution." ...

PM of Israel         @IsraeliPM
We have seen reports of an alleged POTUS-Netanyahutranscript; neither reports nor alleged transcript bear any resemblance to reality 1/2

The Times of Israel:  Israel, US deny veracity of transcript of ‘hostile’ Obama call to Netanyahu    ... "In the wake of the American and Israeli denials, the journalist who broadcast the report, Oren Nahari, told The Times of Israel that he stood by it.
"In his TV report, Nahari (right), a veteran Channel 1 journalist, said that a senior American official forwarded him a transcript of the two leaders’ 35-minute conversation. They spoke about positive issues, such as Netanyahu thanking Obama for the administration’s support for Israel, he said. But during the part in which they discussed efforts to reach a ceasefire to end Operation Protective Edge, the president was “unfriendly, stiff-necked, unwilling to listen to counter-arguments” and even “hostile,” he said, quoting the American official.

Israel stands against Hamas and the media

How the Media Support Hamas' Efforts to Delegitimize Israel    ... "Hamas knows that the international media will rarely provide the context, balance, history, and technical details for Israel to be judged fairly. So to achieve its goal of delegitimization, Hamas just has to start a war with Israel. Then, a cooperative media will dutifully reinforce a simple and oft repeated narrative: the militarily superior IDF brutally and disproportionately harms innocent and defenseless Palestinians. That narrative defames Israel, with potentially serious political and economic consequences." ...

When It Comes to Israel, Liberals Can’t Handle the Truth   ... " people hold to a false belief despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. In this instance, the Hamas charter and the Hamas leader don’t accept Israel’s right to exist. And yet liberals don’t seem to care. They appear to be content to live in world made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust. A world of make believe. And so in the context of Israel’s war with Hamas, they continue to revert to arguments that simply don’t apply–for example, arguing that Israel needs to “end the occupation” despite the fact that Israel completely withdrew from Gaza nearly a decade ago.

"Israel, on the other hand, has to live and survive in reality. Israelis know the nature of the enemy they face–implacable, committed, ruthless, malevolent..." More...

Curious Imagery

... "Meet the spokespeople, spokespersons, spokeswomen, (I search for the proper presentation) of the State Department. These are the faces and voices of the American State Department. Foreign nations and the American citizenry look to these people for information regarding our national policies. They hear and watch these sources of information. A style, a panache coupled with a carefully cobbled method and approach, all tailored to project a certain appearance accurately reflective of the intricate inner workings of this most important department of our national government. A well oiled machine."

"Meet Marie Harf and Jen Psaki. They are probably nice people. But do they belong where they are? Some believe they are “perfect” for these positions. I beg to differ." ...

Scrubbed: NBC Journalist 'Witnessed' Israeli Attack Against Gaza Hospital    ..."The eye witness report was at first included in this NBC News article, and read, "a NBC News journalist witnessed the attack on the hospital and said it had been fired by an Israeli drone."

"Since that report was published, though, the accusation has been scrubbed entirely from the article. The only evidence of the NBC journalist's "eyewitness" accusation is the apparent insertion of this sentence:

Early reports from the ground had said an Israeli drone appeared responsible for the attack.

"Since the reporting and subsequent scrubbing of this eyewitness report, the Israelis say they have confirmed that the Gazan hospital was hit by rockets fired in Gaza by Hamas, not by Israel or an Israeli drone."  

A Conversation Between the President and Susan Rice

A parody by Irwin M. Stelzer
Please explain to any low-information friends what "parody" means. I quote below:

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Tunnel Too Far; Hamas may finally have provoked a biblical (that is, Old-Testament) response from Israel

Joel Levine   ... "The IDF is sent into battle with a reminder that it is sword of Israel.  It is an agent less of the State than of the people.  At some point, the harsh reality of its history is finally accepted.  “Death to the Jews” fills the air in many capitals, East and West.  Until this moment, this was taken as the background noise.  But “Death to the Jews” is now its own reality.  Israel is perilously close to the IDF code: Israel cannot afford to lose one war and cannot fight on its own soil.

"The words of outgoing President Shimon Peres that the fighting will stop at the moment the rocketing stops are prescient.  Hamas has miscalculated what would bring Israel to negotiations or move it away from compromise.  Yahweh can be a very vengeful God, and the modern state of Israel may prove a bit less modern than others imagine it to be.

"Faced with clear risk to Jews for simply being Jews and aware that even more radicalized jihadist groups wait in the wings, Israel may choose to show that it too can be as merciless as was our Army Air Corp over Germany or the Enola Gay over Hiroshima."

Obama failed to stop the Islamic State when he had the chance

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Marc A. Thiessen    "From Europe to the Middle East, we have seen how disaster follows U.S. retreat and disengagement from the world. But the one area where President Obama seemed to be leaning forward was drone strikes. He personally approved terrorist “kill lists” and has taken out many hundreds of terrorists with drones in Pakistan, Yemen and East Africa.

"So why, when Iraqi officials began pleading with him one year ago to strike Islamic State terrorists with drones, did Obama repeatedly refuse — standing by while terrorists overran the country?
"Remember those words. Obama saw the threat from the Islamic State developing for a year. He had a chance to stop it. He failed to do so."   Via

Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy

We may blame Obama and certainly will, but Democrats everywhere have been his enablers.

What chance that these people will be sent to Nancy Pelosi's area? That is Democrat-owned country anyway.

Drudge: Children crossing border: 'Obama will take care of us'    "I don’t usually get into the political part of it,” explained Chris Cabrera, now a vice president in the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, “but I find it odd that their whole thing is, ‘We are going to get amnesty when we get here. Where is my permiso? Where is my permission to go north so I can get my medical care and my schooling and all that? President Obama is going to take care of us and make sure we’re all OK.’

"“Whether it’s the adults or the young kids, one thing we consistently hear is, ‘Obama will take care of us,’” Cabrera said.
"He also suggested the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the United States appear to have been coached on what to say when they cross the border.

“ 'The ‘magic words’ are something along the lines of ‘asylum,’ or ‘political asylum’ or to say ‘fighting in my home country,’” Cabrera said. “They know these words … because we can’t send them home, because it’s too dangerous back there.”

..."He said agents have overheard conversations in which recruits are given phone numbers to call after crossing the border in order to contact gang members.
"Ironically, many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America.
"Experts, however, say those gangs are actually a byproduct of U.S. policies in the 1990s that sent many immigrants back to Central America after they had been indoctrinated into gang culture in this country.
"The violence they took with them easily took hold and flourished in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala - countries with weak, dysfunctional governments." ...

Illegals demand representation in White House meetings

The shadow of Obama on our nation

Israel; Kerry gets firm.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Before you bury a terrorist, make sure you remove his suicide vest

Rick Moran   "AT contributor Ethel Carol is in Israel this week, and sent us this video which will no doubt be viral by the end of the day.
"It's really not funny. But Schadenfreude can be very satisfying.
("Warning: Extremely graphic scenes of dead and wounded people.)"

If the Obama administration won’t stand behind Israel, it should get out of its way.

Victory for Israel, by Israel 

"Slandered, despised, insulted, degraded, Israel is nonetheless winning its war against Hamas. The number of rocket attacks launched by the terror group each day has been halved. The IDF is uprooting the underground tunnels Hamas uses to smuggle weapons, contraband, and terrorists in and out of the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday evening, Israel’s Channel Two newscast carried footage of Hamas terrorists surrendering to the IDF. The jihadists carried white flags. They stripped to their shorts, proving they were not wearing suicide belts. These are facts Hamas does not want you to know, images Hamas does not want you to see.

"And you probably won’t see them. Since the evening of July 17, when Israel launched its ground offensive, Western media has been filled with Hamas propaganda. " ...

Andrew C. McCarthy: The Laws of War Matter in Gaza   "The Hamas charter proudly proclaims that the organization exists for the single purpose of destroying Israel, claiming all territory therein for Palestinians as part of the global Islamic-supremacist movement. Manifestly, Palestinians knew this when they voted to be led by this notorious Muslim Brotherhood franchise, which has ruled Gaza for nearly a decade.

"They also knew that Hamas operatives wage war through barbaric jihadist methods: intentionally targeting civilians for mass-murder attacks; refraining from wearing uniforms or otherwise distinguishing themselves as military combatants; blending in among the non-combatant population, and using civilian infrastructure — schools, hospitals, mosques, homes, etc. — as the launch-pad for rocket attacks, the storage depot for their arsenal, and the safe-haven for jihadist training and plotting.

"These tactics are gross violations of the centuries-old laws and customs of war, long codified in modern international law. Yet, as Palestinians are well aware, the mass-murderers they’ve elected are not interested in abiding by the enemy-West’s rules of civilized warfare. Hamas uses its atrocious tactics to make retaliatory attacks difficult and to exploit for propaganda purposes the carnage that inevitably results from its willful deployment of children and other non-combatants as human shields." ...

The vacant presidency

Charles Krauthammer

"The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached from the world’s convulsions. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

"Regarding Ukraine, his detachment — the rote, impassive voice — borders on dissociation. His U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, delivers an impassioned denunciation of Russia. Obama cautions that we not “get out ahead of the facts,” as if the facts of this case — Vladimir Putin’s proxies shooting down a civilian airliner — are in doubt.
"The preferred explanation for the president’s detachment is psychological. He’s checked out. Given up. Let down and disappointed by the world, he is in withdrawal.
"Perhaps." ... More...

Israel must use restraint!

International community urges IDF restraint in Gaza   "United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged Israel to “do far more” to spare Palestinian civilians after it launched itground offensive in Gaza.
"The UN chief described as “appalling” the death of four boys killed by Israeli strikes Wednesday on a Gaza City beach."

Israeli Restraint

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tunnel Vision: Terrorists and the Media

Too many in the media fixate on finding fault with those who fight terrorists.

PJ Media

... "When it comes to terror, many in the media avoid the hard and dangerous work of investigating terror groups and focus almost monomaniacally on one thing: alleged bad behavior by the West/Israel in fighting terror.

"The terrorists have their fixation on destroying something or someone (Israel, U.S., Britain, Western democracy etc.) and all too many reporters, editors and producers fixate on finding fault with those who fight terrorists.
"That’s why  many journalists miss the story — and not for the first time.

"In post-9/11-Iraq, many in the news media built a case that the U.S. went into Iraq and Afghanistan in order to torture Muslims. That’s a distorted view from the tunnel.

"Here’s the big picture: the U.S. deposed a sadistic despot who gassed Iraq’s citizens and wanted to gas and bomb Israel and Iran. The US flubbed finding weapons of mass destruction, but that also happened in the 1991 Iraq war. Still, one thing is sure: Saddam used WMD, but he will not build any more bombs anymore." ...

Alan Caruba: Should the Government Tell You What to Eat?

Warning Signs

"Given the successive scandals and monster laws like Obamacare that have been imposed on Americans, the federal government’s efforts to control and determine what you eat doesn't receive the attention that it should. The ultimate question is whether the government should tell you what to eat and then seek to enforce their views about it? The answer is no.
"The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is one of those federal entities that should have no role in determining what is on your plate, but among its recommendations is the promotion of “a plant-based diet, reduced meat consumption, and only eating fish after reading up on which are good for you.” Meanwhile the food police have been warning against the natural element of mercury in fish even though it is so small as to constitute no health threat."  ...  More

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Caroline Glick on the Israeli-Hamas war

Caroline Glick    "On July 22, I was on the Steve Malzberg show discussing the new Palestinian war against Israel and Secretary of State John Kerry’s contempt for Israel. Click on the picture below to go to the interview."

Caroline Glick (born 1969) is an American-born Israeli journalist, newspaper editor, and writer. She writes for Makor Rishon and is the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. She is also the Senior Fellow for Middle East Affairs of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy.
More articles by Ms. Glick

Corroboration of a claim made above by Glick: Soldiers: Terrorists charge IDF soldiers holding babies  

"UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon  called Israel's actions in defending itself, "atrocious." I wonder what he'd call this?
"This little tidbit of information will not be widely disseminated. And Hamas knows it. Every Palestinian civilian casualty will be chalked up to Jewish bloodlust, or Israeli negligence and not a deliberate tactic of Hamas to gain world sympathy."

To go with "jumbo shrimp", "government intelligence" and "living dead", here comes "Islamist cartoons"

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen
Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden
Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell
Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

The Amoral Nature of the Pawn Strategy

Victor Davis Hanson   "The humanitarian crisis on the border derived from four callous parties who used illegal immigrants as pawns for their own self-interested agendas: (a) Central American governments wanted to export “excess” population, in hopes of soothing domestic social tensions and gaining remittances from loyal expatriates in the United States; (b) Central American parents weighed the risk of sending their youth unescorted to the border, versus the upside of getting money sent back home and/or an anchor for possible citizenship, and thus were willing to take the subsequent risk with their own children’s lives;

(c) Mexico for a brief spell suspended its Draconian immigration laws to ensure Central Americans passed through rather than stopped in their country, and it sort of got a strange sense of payback at our ensuing border chaos; (d) a while ago the Obama administration signaled that most immigration laws concerning children, DREAMers or not, would not be enforced, and that insinuation green-lighted the current influx. The cynical administration hoped to soothe Latino feelings, and to create pressures for “comprehensive immigration reform” before the 2016 election, as part of a long-term strategy of altering the demography of the American southwest to favor a liberal agenda. All four groups then called any who objected and wished to enforce existing federal law callous, nativist, racist, xenophobic, etc. The apparent logic is that no one will remember the self-interested actions that brought thousands to the border, only the ensuing humanitarian crisis that must steamroll through the agendas of the selfish groups on the backs of exploited children."    More...

Emphases added. TD

Thomas Sowell on this topic: Bordering on Madness   ... "Questions about immigration and citizenship are questions about irreversible decisions that can permanently change the composition of the American population and the very culture of the country -- perhaps in the direction of the cultures of the countries from which illegal immigrants have fled. " ...
Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

The Incoherent Excuses for Hating Israel

Bruce S. Thorton      Photo via
"Israel’s military operation to degrade Hamas’ ability to rain rockets down on Israeli cities has stirred up the usual noisy and nasty protests in Europe. We need not dwell on demonstrations by Muslim immigrants, whose genocidal Jew-hatred has been an Islamic tradition for 14 centuries. More revealing is the hatred of Israel by so many Europeans, ranging from leftover leftists and idealizers of the dark-skinned “other,” to far-right xenophobes and morally addled Christians. Whatever its origins, one thing their bitter hatred of Israel does not have is any foundation in coherent principle."

Will Obama Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory Over Hamas?

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Andrew C. McCarthy  
"Important columns by former attorney general Michael Mukasey and Caroline Glick make the point that in Israel’s defensive war against Hamas, the main thing to focus on is not the missiles; it’s the tunnels. Perhaps more significantly, they demonstrate that the Obama administration, in its mulish appeasement of the Muslim Brotherhood-Sunni supremacist axis that even Islamic governments (indeed, even the Saudis) are shunning, is subverting a golden opportunity to achieve decisive victory over Hamas – the necessary precondition if there is ever to be a stable Israeli-Palestinian settlement." ...

Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy

What to think of the Obamacare court decision?

This Circuit Court’s Obamacare Decision Could Have Huge Consequences    " [Tuesday] the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to the Obama administration, ruling that the language of the Obamacare law only established federal subsidies for individuals enrolling in state-run health care exchanges, not for individuals enrolling in federal-run state-level health care exchanges.
Since 36 states (the administration might deem it 27 states based on nine states’ cooperation with federal exchanges) have opted not to run their own exchanges, this ruling has significant implications for the practical implementation of Obamacare.
Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler
How easy is it for fake applicant to get Obamacare subsidy?    "That's a question asked by the Government Accountability Office, who sent investigators out to test the system.
The results are astonishing." ...

Drafting error vs. poor draftsmanship    ... " But it doesn’t matter whether the provision appears in Obamacare because Congress was half-witted or too clever by a half. The provision exists, and it is illegitimate for a court to nullify it."

Althouse:  Nothing to see here! Move along! That Obamacare case is nothing — nothing, I tell you!

obama, obama jokes, cartoon, political, conservative, hope n' change, hope and change, stilton jarlsberg, obamacare, appeals, court, subsidies
... "Because of the conflicting rulings, a smug Josh Earnest says that the White House will ask for the whole hot mess to be reviewed by a higher appeals court with 11 members - 7 of whom were appointed by Democrats. Guess how that body will rule." ... 

The Deadly Manipulations of the Anti-Israel Mob

  Seth Mandel – Commentary Magazine   The claim that Israel is carrying out a genocide of the Palestinians is meritless, but its proponents ...