July 27, 2015

“On Hating the Jews” [Darleen Click]

In the Wall Street Journal in December 2003, Natan Sharansky, a Jewish refusenik who was a political prisoner under the old Soviet regime, wrote this about “the longest hatred”.

Over the millennia, anti-Semitism has infected a multitude of peoples, religions and civilizations, in the process inflicting a host of terrors on its Jewish victims. But while there is no disputing the impressive reach of the phenomenon, there is surprisingly little agreement about its cause or causes.

Indeed, finding a single cause would seem too daunting a task–the incidence of anti-Semitism is too frequent, the time span too broad, the locales too numerous, the circumstances too varied. No doubt that is why some scholars have come to regard every outbreak as essentially unique, denying that a straight line can be drawn from the anti-Semitism of the ancient world to that of today. Whether it is the attack on the Jews of Alexandria in the year 38 or the ones that took place 200 years earlier in ancient Jerusalem, whether it is the Dreyfus affair in 1890s France or Kristallnacht in late-1930s Germany–each incident is seen as the outcome of a distinctive mix of political, social, economic, cultural and religious forces that preclude the possibility of a deeper or recurring cause. […]

Shocked by the visceral anti-Semitism he witnessed at the Dreyfus trial in supposedly enlightened France, Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, became convinced that the primary cause of anti-Semitism was the anomalous condition of the Jews: a people without a polity of its own. In his seminal work, “The Jewish State” (1896), published two years after the trial, Herzl envisioned the creation of such a Jewish polity and predicted that a mass emigration to it of European Jews would spell the end of anti-Semitism.

Although his seemingly utopian political treatise would turn out to be one of the 20th century’s most prescient books, on this point history has not been kind to Herzl; no one would seriously argue today that anti-Semitism came to a halt with the founding of the state of Israel. To the contrary, this particular illusion has come full circle: while Herzl and most Zionists after him believed that the emergence of a Jewish state would end anti-Semitism, an increasing number of people today, including some Jews, are convinced that anti-Semitism will end only with the disappearance of the Jewish state.

I remembered this important article of Sharansky’s as I read his latest writing on Obama’s Iran debacle deal …

As difficult as this situation is, however, it is not unprecedented. Jews have been here before, 40 years ago, at a historic juncture no less frightening or fateful than today’s.

In the early 1970s, Republican President Richard Nixon inaugurated his policy of detente with the Soviet Union with an extremely ambitious aim: to end the Cold War by normalizing relations between the two superpowers.

Among the obstacles Nixon faced was the USSR’s refusal to allow on-site inspections of its weapons facilities. Moscow did not want to give up its main advantage, a closed political system that prevented information and people from escaping and prevented prying eyes from looking in.

Yet the Soviet Union, with its very rigid and atrophied economy, badly needed cooperation with the free world, which Nixon was prepared to offer. The problem was that he was not prepared to demand nearly enough from Moscow in return. And so as Nixon moved to grant the Soviet Union most-favored-nation status, and with it the same trade benefits as U.S. allies, Democratic Sen. Henry Jackson of Washington proposed what became a historic amendment, conditioning the removal of sanctions on the Soviet Union’s allowing free emigration for its citizens. […]

The Republican administration in the White House objected furiously. It also claimed that by improving relations with Moscow it would be better able to protect us personally and to ensure that some Jews could emigrate each year. […]

Now all that was needed for the amendment to become law was enough principled congressional Republicans willing to take a stand against their own party in the White House. It was a Republican senator from New York, Jacob Javits, who, spurred by a sense of responsibility for the Jewish future, helped put together the bipartisan group that ensured passage.

Later, when Javits traveled to Moscow as part of a delegation of U.S. senators, he met with a group of Jewish refuseniks and asked us whether the policy of linkage truly helped our cause. Although we knew that we were speaking directly into KGB listening devices, all 14 of us confirmed that Jackson’s amendment was our only hope. […]

The amendment made the principle of linkage the backbone of the free world’s relations with the USSR. The decaying Soviet economy could not support an arms race or maintain tolerable conditions without credit and support from the United States. By conditioning this assistance on the opening of the USSR’s gates, the United States would not only help free millions of Soviet Jews as well as hundreds of millions of others but also pave the way for the regime’s eventual collapse.

Today, an American president has once again sought to achieve stability by removing sanctions against a brutal dictatorship without demanding that the latter change its behavior. And once again, a group of outspoken Jews — no longer a small group of dissidents in Moscow but leaders of the state of Israel, from the governing coalition and the opposition alike — are sounding an alarm. Of course, we are reluctant to criticize our ally and to so vigorously oppose an agreement that purports to promote peace. But we know that we are again at a historic crossroads, and that the United States can either appease a criminal regime — one that supports global terror, relentlessly threatens to eliminate Israel and executes more political prisoners than any other per capita — or stand firm in demanding change in its behavior.

He is right. He articulates exactly what must be said in Congress to strike down this deal as written. This deal that the brain-trust of Obama & Kerry merely say “Trust us” while the terrorist-supporting Islamists of Iran continue to preach Death to America! Death to Israel!.

And as a postscript (and a warning) if ever there is yet another indication of the rise of anti-Semitism even in America is to peruse the comments to Sharansky’s article.

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July 27, 2015

#BlackLivesMatter race-pimp threatens to shut down GOP convention [Darleen Click]

“We will make sure that our voices are made loud and clear.”

In an interview on Saturday on MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors declared that “any opportunity we have to shut down a Republican convention, we will,” the Daily Surge reports.

Guest host Janet Mock, who seemed star-struck by Cullors, asked her to specify the actions she wants presidential candidates to take “for what the movement is calling for.” Cullors answered,

First off, we want candidates to actually call movement leaders sit and have meetings with us, have a conversation with us about what’s happened this last year since the murder of Mike Brown. […]

Mock then asked, “What is your plan for the Republican candidates, specifically after Jeb Bush and his idea of saying that #BlackLivesMatter” is just a slogan?” Cullors responded:

Many folks have asked, ‘Why would you go after the Democratic Party? They’re on our side. What about the Republican Party?’ And trust and believe that any opportunity we have to shut down a Republican convention, we will.

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July 27, 2015

Carly Fiorina takes on Emily’s List [Darleen Click]

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July 26, 2015

Unexpectedly — Former Gitmo prisoners arrested for recruiting for al Qaeda in Syria [Darleen Click]

Heck of a job, Barry!

Two former detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba were arrested by Belgian police in a counterterrorism operation targeting a recruiting network for al Qaeda in Syria.

They were arrested Wednesday night along with three others as they were about to break into a house to raise funds in the town of Hoboken, near Antwerp, a senior Belgian counterterrorism official told CNN.

“We have dismantled a serious recruiting network for Syria,” the official told CNN.

One of the former Guantanamo Bay detainees was Moussa Zemmouri, 37, a Moroccan national born in Antwerp, Belgian federal prosecutors announced Friday. The other was an Algerian identified as Soufiane A., who prosecutors believe spent time in Syria. […]

Zemmouri was released from Guantanamo in 2005 and authored a book “Innocent at Guantanamo” after returning to Belgium. His case was featured prominently by the UK Muslim prisoner advocacy group CAGE, which has long maintained that he has no links to terrorism.

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July 25, 2015

#PlannedParenthood Fetal Harvest Chart [Darleen Click]

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July 25, 2015

Mt. Soledad Memorial saved; radical atheists thwarted [Darleen Click]

The Leftist march to Bowdlerize American history of its Judeo-Christian roots, traditions and symbols chalks up a loss

The Memorial Association announced on Monday, July 21, 2015, that its purchase of the Memorial for $1.4-million was finalized on July 17. This effectively transferred ownership of the memorial site honoring veterans from “public land” under federal ownership to “private land” of the Association, a non-governmental, non-profit, private organization. The Association has maintained the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial since its founding in 1954 in conjunction with wartime veterans of American Legion La Jolla Post 275. […]

The secular extremist American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been suing for some twenty-six (26) years now to destroy the Mt. Soledad Memorial on the basis that the Cross honoring veterans there has been on “public land” and, therefore, violates the Establishment of Religion Clause of the First Amendment. However, it is now on “private land.” That has an enormous impact on the ACLU’s lawsuit, which is again pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

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July 24, 2015

Ted Cruz stands up and explains how sausage is made [Darleen Click]

I don’t think I have ever witnessed anything like this …

h/t Smitty

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July 24, 2015

Dog bites man. Democrats hate America [Darleen Click]

Party of Political Purity wields big pink eraser on history

The Connecticut Democratic Party quietly voted Wednesday night to remove references to iconic former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from the name of its annual fundraising dinner due to their links to slavery and the mistreatment of Native Americans.

“Let’s work together to show the rest of the state exactly what it means to be a Connecticut Democrat,’’ said freshman party Chairman Nick Balletto, according to the Hartford Courant, before introducing the resolution to rename the Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Dinner.

The resolution was unanimously approved; “Bailey,” which remains for now, honors the late Democratic National Committee Chairman John Bailey.

“I see it as the right thing to do,” Balletto later told Hearst Connecticut Media. “I wasn’t looking to be a trailblazer or set off a trend that’s going to affect the rest of the country. Hopefully, they’ll follow suit when they see it’s the right thing to do.” […]

Connecticut Democrats said Jefferson’s ownership of slaves and Jackson’s role in the Trail of Tears — the forced relocation of Native Americans — played a principal role in their decision to vote in favor of the name change.

The local chapter of the NAACP applauded lawmakers “in making the symbolic first step and striving to right the wrongs of the past.”

“You can’t change history, but you don’t have to honor it,” Balletto is quoted as saying.

I could go on to discuss that it is foolish to judge the past by the feelings of the present. Or that all men are flawed, even those whose heroic actions actually advance human civilization. I could posit that our moral stature is analogous to a bank account where good acts and behavior are deposits and bad behavior is withdrawals and no human being can ever hope to do more than work hard to keep that account in the black …

But why bother? Left-liberal Democrats don’t give a flying fig. They have no use for the Founders principles and revolutionary thought and any excuse to Bowdlerize them from a history they already condemn for its cisgender, heteronormative, dead-white-male, colonialist, imperialist, racist Patriarchy, is fine with them.

200 years of Liberty was an aberration the Democrats want make a dim and shameful memory.

And we are letting them.

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July 24, 2015

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge [Darleen Click]

The Inspiration:

100wordfootprint

A story:

There were broken lamps, muddy footprints, the endless parade of questions and kittens. She was a blur throughout the days, a whirling dervish of scabbed elbows and knobby knees.

There were too many times I was exhausted and exasperated, thinking “Grow up! Grow up! Grow up!”

And suddenly, too quickly, when I wasn’t looking – she did.

The house fell quiet. I yearned to walk down the hall to discover muddy footprints. Too long too quiet.

Until I was given another chance. The mini-she, whirling through my home and heart.

This time I slow down, dancing through the mud with her.

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Now, your turn.

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July 23, 2015

DOJ moves swiftly on Planned Parenthood baby-organ harvesting scandal: Will investigate the whistleblowers [Darleen Click]

The Obama Totalitarians will brook no dissent

The U.S. Department of Justice announced plans to investigate the group that produced undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood employees admitting that they harvest and sell organs ripped from the bodies aborted babies. Politico reported the news of the coming DOJ investigation earlier today:

JUSTICE TO PROBE CENTER FOR MEDICAL PROGRESS — While congressional committees investigate Planned Parenthood’s practices, the Justice Department agreed to look into whether the group that released the sting videos obtained the footage legally. In response to a request by House Democrats, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday afternoon that Justice would “review all of the information and determine what the appropriate steps moving forward would be.” Planned Parenthood has staunchly defended its practices and claims that the Center for Medical Progress illegally obtained its footage, then excessively edited it to misrepresent what the organization does.

The DOJ investigation of the Center for Medical Progress, which, unlike Planned Parenthood, is not in the business of killing healthy, viable unborn babies in order to sell their organs for cash, was announced after several Democratic lawmakers called for the organization to be targeted.

FUBAR.

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