September 15, 2014

Hillary & Obamacare: “Her fingerprints are all over that legislation.” [Darleen Click]

And that was said by Tom Harkin in praise of the Red Queen.

Harkin praised Clinton’s longtime commitment to health care overhaul, which passed while she served as Obama’s secretary of state. “Her fingerprints are all over that legislation. It would not have happened but for her strenuous advocacy all those years,” he said.

Let’s see if the Stupid Party can do anything with that unforced quote.

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September 14, 2014

“Obamacare has destroyed my family” [Darleen Click]

Feature, not bug …

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September 14, 2014

“Uncovered: U.K. intel encouraged Arab armies to invade Israel in 1948″ [Darleen Click]

A fascinating read for anyone wanting to understand British hostility towards the nascent Jewish state.

A major hurdle when studying the 1948 war is the lack of access to Arab archives. The Syrian documents, obtained by French intelligence – which contain uncensored private correspondence and secret agreements between the Arab leaders, as well as diplomatic exchanges – give scholars a closer look at the Arab stand toward a Jewish state in Palestine without having to rely solely on Israeli and Western archives, Arab rulers’ inflammatory public rhetoric and memoirs, or newspaper articles.

The Syrian documents reveal that the Arab leaders’ attitudes toward the Zionists’ aspirations derived not only from their hostility toward a Jewish state, but were far more complex. This emphasizes the need for scholars to study the Arab-Zionist conflict in the context of Anglo-Arab and inter-Arab rivalries, rather than merely Anglo-Jewish or Arab-Jewish relations.

The thousands of Syrian and other Arab documents found in the French archives, together with British intelligence reports obtained by French intelligence, confirm that the role of the British secret services in the Middle East during and after World War II comprises the “missing dimension” in the historiography of the region in the 1940s.

Two conclusions can be drawn from research into these documents, which are relevant to the role of British intelligence in the war in Palestine.

The first is that, in the 1940s, Britain conducted a two-track policy in the Middle East: one, a well-documented, official policy defined by Whitehall under both the Conservative and Labour parties; the second was informal and secretive, which can be termed “regional,” implemented by “agents in the field,” which left few traces in British archives.

It was perpetrated by a small, influential group of Arabist secret agents who manipulated the cabinet in London and implemented their own policies, which deviated from the official position. These agents enjoyed a unique status as intermediaries between Whitehall and local Arab leaders. Either intentionally, or because of deep-seated personal beliefs, they provided biased assessments.

They did not merely gather and interpret information and recommend policy, but controlled the flow of information and implemented their own policies while keeping the London decision makers in the dark. They joined forces with Arab rulers, whom they portrayed as voicing the Arab view, in order to mislead their government. Their tactics, which were backed by senior military officers in Cairo, gathered momentum under the post-WWII Labour government and during the crisis in Palestine in 1947-48.

The second conclusion is that the British secret agents succeeded in implementing their policies due largely to their use of indirect control over local “agents of influence.” They employed undercover political operations, clandestine diplomacy and covert propaganda to manipulate Arab leaders and public opinion – methods widely used in the Middle East during World War II.

The Syrian and British documents provide a unique insight into the modus operandi of the British secret services in co-opting prominent Arab leaders, and helping them to positions of power in return for their collaboration. President Quwatli and Prime Minister Mardam Bey in Syria; President Khuri and Prime Minister Sulh in Lebanon; Arab League Secretary-General Abd al-Rahman al-Azzam – these are prime examples, but there were many others.

For the British, the Arabs were the ones they felt were reliably subordinate to British influence, so the Jewish state was either to be prevented from coming into existence or summarily strangled in the cradle.

Apart from political and financial bribery – and, when necessary, pressure and extortion – an effective tactic was to convince them that collaborating with Britain was in their own and their country’s interests. But such maneuvers, as was the case with President Quwatli, did not always succeed. After World War II, as Britain’s prestige waned and its military and economic standing diminished, undercover political operations were stepped up, becoming an essential tool for the Arabist secret agents to safeguard their country’s strategic and economic interests in the Middle East. [...]

The May 11 report from the French military attaché in Beirut, on the secret discussions of the Arab League’s political committee in Damascus, reveals that, apart from King Abdullah, the other Arab leaders were hesitant, seeking a way to delay an invasion of Palestine. It also exposes the British agents’ direct intervention in their decisions. At the last minute, King Faruq overruled his reluctant prime minister and commanded his army to go to war.

The 1948 war swept away the anciens régimes and opened the road to power for a young generation of radical Arab-nationalist officers, determined to avenge their countries’ defeat and bring an end to Britain’s dominance in the region.

The old Arab rulers, victims of British machinations and their own ambitions, were to pay dearly. King Abdullah, Iraqi Prince-Regent Abd al-Ilah, Nuri al-Sa’id, Sulh and Nuqrashi all lost their lives. King Faruq and President Quwatli were more fortunate, losing only power.

The British secret agents, diplomats, military officers and civil servants returned home, leaving behind their legacy of a divided, violent Middle East, in which the states formed by two colonial powers in the aftermath of the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement failed to withstand the test of time.

With the revelation of Rotherham, Londonistan, Sharia compliancy, and the consequences of defying Islam made clear …

Karma is quite the bitch, eh, mates?

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September 13, 2014

Vagina Warrior Amanda Marcotte has an Enemies List [Darleen Click] UPDATED

How precious.

She does limit it to only seven at this time and includes — Cathy Young and Christina Hoff Summers

Mandy’s latest hissy fit consisting of a roster of fallacies, straw and fantasist assertions can be shortened down to “These women are not Leftist female supremacists; they are the Enemy.”

Interesting note that her article’s sole picture is one of Phyllis Schlafly looking old and out-of-date.

Kind of like Mandy, herself, bless her heart.

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UPDATED — of course, St. Mandy is sticking her fingers in her ear and ululating …

h/t Donald Douglas

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September 13, 2014

Gay activists condemn straight same-sex marriage [Darleen Click]

Oh the irony.

After more than 200 entries, McIntosh, a 23-year-old engineering student at Otago University, and McCormick, a 24-year-old teacher at Musselburgh School in Dunedin, were chosen from three bromance couples to win an all-expenses paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

The catch was that the buddies had to get married — a same-sex wedding — and they will do that tomorrow in front of 60 family and friends at New Zealand’s home of rugby, Eden Park, in Auckland.

A celebrant will make the union legally binding, the marriage will be streamed live on the radio station. [...]

Otago University Students’ Association Queer Support co-ordinator Neill Ballantyne told the Otago Daily Times that the wedding was an “insult” as marriage equality was a “hard fought” battle for gay people.

“Something like this trivialises what we fought for,” he said.

No, dear, you “Love is all that matters and you better accept it or else” thugs already took care of that.

And who are you to judge these two men and what they will do or not do behind closed doors?

Cheers, love!

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September 12, 2014

The unWar with the non-Islamic Islamic State [Darleen Click]

Susan Rice is sure this just a counterterrorism campaign, not really a war since there are to be no boots on the ground.

John Kerry also feels that it isn’t really war.

Though, today Obama’s spokeshole Josh Earnest and the Pentagon’s Rear. Adm. Kirby are saying something different

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby used almost identical language when pressed by reporters Friday whether or not the expanded military operation against the terrorist group is in fact a war.

“In the same way that the United States is at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates … the United States is at war with ISIL,” Earnest said.

Kirby said “this is not the Iraq War” from a decade ago, “but make no mistake — we know we are at war with ISIL in the same way we are at war and continue to be at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates.”

Geez, all this public disagreement about labels.

Appears someone has not been paying attention (again).

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September 11, 2014

Wait… wait… did we miss an actual fundraiser this month?

Also, are we certain that Jeff has survived his move?

There’s probably no need for alarm. Right?

[Upon further reflection, best to just toss a fiver into the jar and hope for the best, people. His ways are not so much unknowable as red-pilled. Uhhh, dolphins. Trout. And... other poor impressions.

Fundraiser, people! Make it rain!]

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September 11, 2014

Democrat Tom Harkin channels Grima Wormtongue [Darleen Click]

After all, we “overreacted” to 9/11.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) blasted the Obama administration and members of Congress for engaging in “fear-mongering” over the Islamic State terror threat.

It’s fear-mongering. It’s what happened after 9/11. ‘Oh my God, they’ve got these planes crashing. Now they’re going to take over America.’ That’s nonsense,” Harkin told the Huffington Post.

Harkin added, “We overreacted to 9/11. Most of the people that did 9/11 were Saudis. Why the hell didn’t we invade Saudi Arabia? There wasn’t one Iraqi involved in 9/11,” said Harkin. “We just keep jumping from one mistake to another. I have a feeling we’re going to do the same thing with the [Islamic State.]”

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September 11, 2014

Never forget, never forgive [Darleen Click]

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September 10, 2014

“Army officer denied entry to his daughter’s high school for wearing his uniform” [Darleen Click]

Vouchers, please …

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. –
When Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker tried to meet his daughter, who was sitting in the counseling office at her high school, the Army officer was denied entrance by school security. When Baker asked why he couldn’t enter the office building, security told him that the school’s policy does not allow military uniforms because it may ‘offend students.’

The incident occurred at Rochester Adams High School in Oakland County, MI near Detroit.

Sherwood’s wife, Rachel Ferhadson, was waiting in the car said that Barker was told he would not be allowed on school property unless he changed his attire. The security officer claimed that men and women dressed in uniform were not allowed on the campus.

“They told him some kids might not understand and might be offended. So they gave him a choice, told him he could phone in to the office or go home and change his clothes,” said Ferhadson.

Baker was told of the same policy by four individual staff members at the school. [...]

Rochester superintendent Robert Shaner, himself a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has since issued an apology to Baker and his family.

Shaner said that there is no district policy banning those in uniform, and believes the incident occurred because of staff’s misunderstanding of current policy.

Oh and what policy would that be? Hmmm?

Bovine excrement.

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