September 29, 2008

Bibi Netanyahu outlines his political position

(And, why would any Israeli think any differently? Are Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair, the United Nations, the European Union and the Russian Federation Israelis? Is Israel their primary concern?) jsk


Binyamin Netanyahu will resume building in existing West Bank settlements if he is elected prime minister, the opposition leader told Walla on Sunday. “ I don't understand why there can be natural growth in Arab neighborhoods, but not in Jewish neighborhoods," he said. "There is a difference between the plans of a family that has more children and wants to close off its balcony and the building of additional neighborhoods. There is no reason why there shouldn't be development of existing [Jewish} neighborhoods."

The opposition leader reiterated that there was currently no chance of a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority and therefore, the only option was an economic arrangement. He said that after such an agreement had been abided by properly, a peace deal could be examined. Nevertheless, in recent closed conversation, Netanyahu has stated that in any peace deal, he would not evacuate Jewish neighborhoods.

He also proudly referred to construction in Jerusalem during his time as prime minister. "In Jerusalem, which is now being treated like a settlement, I built Har Homa, which protects Jerusalem from the South, and in addition, I also built the Ma'aleh Hazeitim neighborhood," he said.

Netanyahu repeated that Likud would not join a coalition built by new Kadima leader Tzipi Livni and urged her call elections. "It is preferable to end the instability of the government soon instead of dragging out the issue for six months to a year and only then going to elections," he said. "Stability will only be possible when elections are behind us, not in front of us. Specifically for this reason, we must block all attempts to circumvent the voice of the electorate. When the people decide that I should lead, I will set up a stable government. Not going to elections guarantees instability"

Netanyahu emphasized that Israel must never come to terms with a
nuclear-armed Iran. "We must not in any way accept the idea of a nuclear Iran," he stressed. [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad talks of our destruction in order to prepare the world for this very possibility," he said. "Our policy must be clear - no to a nuclear Iran."

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September 28, 2008

“Arab Americans support Obama and Democrats,” Zogby Poll

By Andy Sullivan

Sept 17, 11:19 PM, Reuters News Service

Arab Americans have shifted their support to the Democratic Party over the past eight years and strongly favor Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential election, according to a poll released on Wednesday. Support for the Republican Party has plummeted after eight years of U.S. wars in Islamic countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab American Institute's poll found. That could boost Obama's chances in battleground states like Michigan that have large Arab American populations.

While the two parties enjoyed roughly equal support among the United States' 3.5 million Arab Americans...

(This number is frequently grossly exaggerated by Arab sympathizers such as John Zogby, pollster brother of James Zogby, most prominent Arab propagandist in the US. This is done, of course, to enhance their apparent political power. The US Census of 1990 counted 1.2 million of Arab descent and what percentage of these actually show up at the voting booths?) jsk

... 46 percent now identify with the Democratic Party and only 20 percent identify with the Republican Party.

Some 46 percent of Arab Americans said they will back Obama in the November 4 election, while 32 percent said they would support Republican John McCain, the poll found. Independent candidate Ralph Nader, whose parents emigrated from Lebanon, drew 6 percent. Obama's support among Arabs increased to 54 percent when Nader was not included as a candidate.

The poll shows Obama lagging among independents, men and older voters in the Arab American community -- the same voter segments that he is having trouble connecting with in the general population, said Arab American Institute president James Zogby. "It's clear that Obama has an edge, but at this point he is under performing," Zogby said.

Arab Americans make up slightly more than 1 percent of the population...

(Not true by half. If fact, 1.2 million Arabs = 4/10 of 1% of the 281.4 million total U.S. 2000 population census). Jsk

... but more than one-third of them live in Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia -- states that will be hotly contested in the election.

Those surveyed said the economy was the most important issue to them, followed by the Iraq war and health care. Arab Americans, like the U.S. population as a whole, gave President George W. Bush low marks. Only 23 percent said he had done a good job in the White House.

The poll, conducted by polling firm Zogby International, was based on 501 interviews conducted between September 8 and September 13, 2008. It has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

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September 25, 2008

As Ahmadinejad Spits in our Face

By Jerome S. Kaufman

To the US Congress:

At the end of a long, detailed, erudite, analytical and informative article is its concluding paragraph and the only thing that matters. And, the only question that matters is what is the Congress of the United States, and the terminally inept, misdirected and frozen in time State Department with its disastrous Middle East foreign policy deliberately weakening and ultimately sacrificing our only real ally in the area – Israel - going to do about it? Obviously nothing nor is an exhausted, mindless, lame duck administration and heaven forbid a man coming into the Presidency whose greatest concern (and not meant to be denigrated) is the elevation of his fellow African Americans rather than the vital necessity of maintaining the overwhelming superior military power of the United States of America.

If he thinks his great oratorical skills are going to impress the Arabs or the Russians or the Chinese or the North Koreans or anyone but the naive Left in this country, he and we are in for an awful surprise.

Are we waiting for the crazy bastard Ahmadinejad to blow us all up? Obviously, Israel goes first but who, but a few stiff-necked Jews, give a damn. How very sad and how pleasantly nostalgic for the lovers of Adolph Hitler and Neville Chamberlain.

Sorry, I drifted off in my pain and pathos. Here is the aforementioned final paragraph of the article.

Boxed In: Containing a Nuclear Iran

By Michael Rubin

Jane's Intelligence Review
October 2008

From the Middle East Forum
September 25, 2008

... With negotiations over Iran's nuclear enrichment deadlocked and widespread recognition in both Europe and the US over the difficulties and complication of military strikes against Iran, US policy makers increasingly say they are prepared to contain Iran. Implementation of a containment policy, however, remains uneven. While the Gulf Security Dialogue will advance GCC military capabilities, no GCC country with the possible exception of Saudi Arabia appears able to withstand an Iranian attack.

Neither the Bush administration, candidates to succeed him, nor Congress have yet proposed streamlining of the weapons procurement process, augmented deployments of forces, especially air force and navy, to the region, upgrading of existing facilities or establishment of new bases, or re-prioritization of security and democracy concerns along Iran's northern flank.

This suggests that the US currently remains ill prepared for any containment strategy, and is unlikely to be in a position to effectively contain a nuclear Iran in coming years.

Michael Rubin, editor of the Middle East Quarterly, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School.

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September 23, 2008

Surprise – I totally agree with Pat Buchanan! He simply lays out the cold facts

Why Sarah Palin so angers the Left media

By Pat Buchanan
The Washington Times, September 15, 2008

One wonders what did Sarah Palin ever do to inspire the rage and bile that exploded on her selection by John McCain? What is there either in this woman’s record or resume to elicit such feline ferocity? What did we know of her when she was introduced?

That she was a mother of five who had brought into this world a baby boy with Down syndrome, thus living her Christian beliefs. That she was a small-town conservative who had risen from mayor of Wasilla (Pop. 9,700) to be governor of a state twice the size of Texas. That she was a reformer who had dethroned an Old Boys’ Network by dumping a sitting Republican governor. That she had taken on Big Oil, taxed the companies and returned the money in $1,200 checks to every citizen of Alaska. And, that she had cut a deal with Canada to build a pipeline to bring natural gas to her fellow Americans.

In addition, oh, yes. She was “Sarah Barracuda” —a fierce high school athlete, a runner-up in the Miss Alaska pageant, a Feminist for Life and lifetime member of the NRA. Introduced by Mr. McCain, she praised Hillary Clinton and pledged to finish her work by smashing through the glass ceiling in which Hillary had made 18 million cracks.

What, in any or all of this, is there to justify the feral attacks within minutes of her introduction? What had she done to cause this outburst? Answer: absolutely nothing. No. Sarah Palin is not resented for what she has done, but for who she is: a Christian conservative who believes unborn children are gifts of God, even those with birth defects, and have a God-given right to life.

Normally, the press is reluctant to rummage into the private lives of public servants, unless their conduct affects their duties or they preach virtues they hypocritically do not practice. Yet, no sooner was Palin introduced, than the media went berserk over the news that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant As one in three births in America is out-of-wedlock and Hollywood celebrates this lifestyle, why did The New York Times and The Washington Post splash this “news” on page one above the fold?

How does Bristol Palin’s pregnancy disqualify Sarah Palin to be vice president? Why is it even relevant? They did it because they thought it would damage Sarah Palin in the eyes of a Christian community they do not comprehend.

So out of bounds was the media that Mr. Obama, in an act of decency, declared Mrs. Palin’s family off limits and reminded the media that he was himself born to a teenage single mom. If one would wish to see the famous liberal double standard on naked display, consider Mrs. Palin’s daughter was fair game for a media that refused to look into reports that John Edwards, a Democratic candidate for president. He was conducting an illicit affair with a woman said to be carrying his child and cheating on his faithful wife Elizabeth who has incurable cancer. That was not a legitimate story, but Bristol Palin’s pregnancy is?

Why did the selection of Sarah Palin cause a suspension of all standards and a near riot among a media that has been so in the tank for Barack even “Saturday Night Live” has satirized the infatuation? In simple fact, the Left hates Sarah Palin because she is one of us — and he is one of them.

Barack and Michelle are affirmative action, Princeton, Columbia, Harvard Law. She is public schools and Idaho State. Barack was a Saul Alinsky social worker who rustled up food stamps. Sarah Palin kills her own food. Michelle has a $300,000-a-year sinecure doing PR for a Chicago hospital. Todd Palin is a union steelworker who augments his income working vacations on the North Slope. Sarah has always been proud to be an American. Michelle was never proud of America until Barack started winning. Barack has zero experience as an executive.

Sarah ran her own fishing fleet, was mayor for six years and runs the largest state in the union. She belongs to a mainstream Christian church. Barack was, for 15 years, a parishioner at Trinity United and had his daughters baptized by Pastor Jeremiah Wright, whose sermons are saturated in black-power, anti-white racism and anti-Americanism.

Sarah is a rebel. Mr. Obama has been a go-along, get-along cog in the Chicago Daly Machine. She is Middle America. Barack, behind closed doors in San Francisco, mocked Middle Americans as folks left behind by the global economy who cling bitterly to their Bibles, bigotries and guns.

Barack has zero foreign policy experience. Mrs. Palin runs a state that is home to anti-missile, missile and air defense bases facing the Far East, commands the Alaska National Guard and has a soldier-son-heading for Iraq.
Barack, says the National Journal, has the most left-wing voting record in the Senate, besting Socialist Bernie Sanders.

Mrs. Palin’s stances read as though they were lifted from Reagan’s 1980 “no pale pastels” platform. And, this is what this media firestorm is all about.

Pat Buchanan is a nationally syndicated columnist.

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September 20, 2008

Sarah Palin and Character

By Professor Paul Eidelberg
The Jewish Press, September 12, 2008

Sarah Palm displays what is most lacking in many people in high office: character. Character is far more fundamental and important than “experience” because without good character, even an experienced officeholder will not he able to deal with the tough issues confronting our country. A person of character has moral integrity and courage; personal dignity and humility; a strong sense of justice and devotion to the common good; above all, respect for human life and a love of God. All this I discern in Governor Sarah Palm’s character — a strong, dynamic, yet humble person.

The Jewish sages regard humility as the highest virtue. Indeed, the Torah says Moses was the humblest person on the face of the earth. Humility is the only adjective the Torah uses to describe Moses. Why? Because humility is a pre-condition for achieving the highest wisdom. No wonder gentile as well as Jewish philosophers and states men esteem Moses as the greatest lawgiver of mankind.

I’m not suggesting that Governor Palm or any living person possesses the wisdom of Moses. I am simply saying that her fine character conduces to wisdom — a readiness to listen to diverse opinions while drawing rational and independent conclusions, as opposed to succumbing to emotion and popularity She’s a doer, not an image-maker. Unlike too many political novelists and aspirants, she does not avoid taking controversial stands on serious national issues.

Allow me here to mention the first Sarah, Abraham’s beautiful wife. Did God not tell Abraham to defer to Sarah when she expelled Ishmael from her household because of lshmael’s defective character? However, make no mistake. Even a person of the highest character is not flawless; the Bible does not conceal the flaws of its greatest heroes and heroines. That’s what makes them human, so real, and so worthy of emulation.

I will not dignify those who are casting aspersions on the Palin family, certainly not the vulgar “mediacrats” or neo-Democrats who have degraded the Democratic party that harks back to Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman — presidents who would never have advocated same-sex marriages, partial-birth abortions, non-judgmentalism or morally free sentimentalism in foreign affairs. They were men of character - in the no- nonsense tradition of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Read Talleyrand of France, Gladstone of Great Britain and you will see that America has a reputation of having an unequalled tradition of great statesmen, of men who, candidly and fearlessly, addressed national issues, not family matters. They were not image-makers but history-makers.

Of course, it’s too early to assess Governor Sarah Palin as a national leader. Still, excuse my ruminations; I like her name, which in Hebrew means princess. I like the Israeli flag in her office, which signifies an appreciation of Israel’s importance to America. I like her dealing with issues and avoiding negative campaigning.

She knows that American voters must focus on, not private matters, but public issues: above all, a nuclear Iran, because Iran is the epicenter of Islamic terrorism and imperialism. Indeed, a nuclear Iran will control the Middle East as well as Europe and thereby pauperize America. Moreover, this is not all. Unlike neo-Democrats, Governor Palm does not pooh pooh the significance of the Russian invasion of America’s ally, Georgia, and the resurgence of Russian imperialism.

She is aware of the dependence of the United States on Saudi oil, which has enabled the Saudis to penetrate the American government. She knows that multinational corporations have established “economic colonies” in the American government, which can only harm America’s job market, harm the working class, and even undermine America’s national sovereignty and democracy.

This is why we want a president and vice-president of character, possessing solid records of public service and unselfish devotion to America and American values, values which are rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition - the fondest hope of mankind.

So let us have serious debates about serious pubic issues. Let us scorn the titillations of the media, the detractors of Sarah Plain and her family. America is better than that. Let us set an example to American youth and to nations abroad by raising the level of public debate. Let us listen to what an independent and intelligent vice-presidential candidate has to say about the basic issues confronting our country. And, let us pray, as America’s Founding Fathers prayed~ that our future president and vice-president will be graced by wisdom and wholehearted dedication to the common good.

Professor Paul Eidelberg is the founder and president of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, a Jerusalem think tank for improving Israel’s system of governance.

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September 18, 2008

The Oslo Syndrome as manifest in a new malady – “Release Terrorist Psychosis”

By Moshe Feiglin

The Jewish Press, September 5, 2008

Yehudit Dasberg was one of the first victims of Oslo. Her daughter and son-in-law were murdered in a drive-by shooting near Gush Etzion. Yehudit and her husband Un adopted their two babies and have raised them ever since. When Israel began to release terrorists, Yehudit appealed to the Supreme Court. Time and again, the court rejected her appeals. After a number of years and terrorist releases, Yehudit tried a new tactic. She came to the court equipped with a large poster, onto which she had pasted pictures of more than 100 men, women and children. “Do you know who these people are?” Yehudit asked Justice Mishael Cheshin. “These are the Jews murdered by the terrorists that you insisted on releasing.”

The release of the murderers of Jews has become a fact of life. At first, they explained that it would bring peace. Today they tell us that it will strengthen the good terrorists in their fight against the bad terrorists, and that it will help the progress of negotiations! Nobody buys it, nevertheless — as if it were some sort of heavenly decree — we continue to release them. Why?

The answer to that is hidden in the realm of our denial of our Jewish identity. We have rejected our Jewish identity and have enlisted the cruelest of our enemies to help us be rid of it. We called it a “peace agreement,” or “separation,” or “disengagement,” or who knows what; but it is all one and the same. It is the drive to purge ourselves of the Land of the Bible and the people faithful to it - the people who interfere with our denial of our Jewish identity. Moreover, it works. We have denied our Jewish identity to such an extent that we now tolerate the murderers of Jews. We release them time and again to preserve our illusion of normalcy.

Return to Jewish values, Jewish identity and the Land of Israel mean a return to divine morality. Our sages expressed Divine security morality in the adage, “One who comes to kill you, arise and kill him first” (Sanhedrin 72).
It is imperative that we return to the life-giving values of the Torah. Our security culture must be motivated by the principle that potential aggressors will be attacked before they have any chance to cause us harm. The battle must move from within our cities to enemy territory. An aggressive security stance is not only necessary, but also Jewishly moral. When this principle is applied in our security culture, it will, with God’s help, bring Israel genuine and long-lasting security.

Livni, Mofaz and Other Rotten Vegetables

it is difficult not to laugh when the media widely reports that Kadima will act to prevent the losers in its upcoming primary from defecting to a different party. It is like holding a Weight Watcher’s meeting in the middle of a bakery. The entire corrupt Kadima party is nothing more than a party of defectors.

Those expecting our situation to improve under the leadership of Shaul Mofaz or Tzipi Livni are in for a major disappointment. The “advantage” of Olmert as opposed to his future replacement is specifically the thick smog of corruption that envelops him. The investigations taking place against Olmert have made it difficult for him to pass fateful strategic decisions. In Israel, “brave strategic decisions” are a euphemism for just one thing the wholesale auction of the Land of Israel, destruction of settlements and entrusting Israel’s enemies with the security of its citizens.

The new “squeaky clean” prime minister will place himself or herself at the service of those who set Israel’s national agenda (in other words the “enlightened leftist elite) and the spring of new peace initiatives will go into full bloom.

Israel needs a social revolution. It needs a revolution that will replace the rule of the leftist elite that undemocratically perpetuates its hold on power. Israel needs a revolution that will empower the Jewish majority to set the national agenda according to its Jewish values. As of now, the only group making serious progress toward these goals is Manhigut Yehudit.

The preceding column appeared in the Yisraeli newspaper in July 2007. Sadly it is just as pertinent today on the aftermath of the Livni election and, I was just told, by a reliable source, the impending resignation of Mofaz from the Kadima Party) jsk

Moshe Feiglin is the founder and president of Manhigut Yehudit, the largest faction inside the Likud party. Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) strives to restore Jewish values, pride and integrity to the State of Israel.

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September 16, 2008

The Contrived Mythology called Islam

By Professor Mordechai Kedar

Redacted from article published in YNET : 09.15.08, 00:47 / Israel Opinion

When the Prophet Mohammad established Islam, he introduced a minimum of innovations. He employed the hallowed personages, historic legends and sacred sites of Judaism and Christianity, and even paganism, by Islamizingthem. Thus, according to Islam, Abraham was the first Muslim and Jesus and St. John (the sons of Miriam, sister of Moses and Aron) were prophets and guardians of the second heaven. Many Biblical legends which were familiar to the pagan Arabs before the dawn of Islam, underwent an Islamic conversion, and the Koran as well as the Hadith (the Islamic oral tradition), are replete with them.

Islamization was practiced on places as well as persons: Mecca and the holy
stone - al-Ka'bah - were holy sites of the pre-Islamic pagan Arabs. The
Umayyad Mosque in Damascus and the Great Mosque of Istanbul were erected on the sites of Christian-Byzantine churches - two of the better known examples of how Islam treats sanctuaries of other faiths.

Jerusalem, too, underwent the process of Islamization:
At first Muhammad attempted to convince the Jews near Medina to join his young community, and, by way of persuasion, established the direction of prayer (kiblah) to be to the north, towards Jerusalem, in keeping with Jewish practice; but after he failed in this attempt he turned against the Jews, killed many of them, and directed the kiblah southward, towards Mecca.

Muhammad's abandonment of Jerusalem explains the fact that this city is not mentioned even once in the Koran. After Palestine was occupied by the
Muslims, its capital was Ramlah, 30 miles to the west of Jerusalem, signifying that Jerusalem meant nothing to them.

Islam rediscovered Jerusalem 50 years after Mohammad's death. In 682 CE, Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr rebelled against the Islamic rulers in Damascus,
conquered Mecca and prevented pilgrims from reaching Mecca for the Hajj. Abd al-Malik, the Umayyad Calif, needed an alternative site for the pilgrimage and settled on Jerusalem which was then under his control. In order to justify this choice, a verse from the Koran was chosen (17,1 = sura 17, verse,) which states (translation by Majid Fakhri):

"Glory to Him who caused His servant to travel by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque, whose precincts We have blessed, in order to
show him some of Our Signs, He is indeed the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing. "

The meaning ascribed to this verse is that "the furthest mosque" (al-masgid
al-aqsa) is in Jerusalem and that Mohammad was conveyed there one night
(although at that time the journey took three days by camel,) on the back of
al-Buraq, a magical horse. This horse had the head of a woman, wings of an eagle, the tail of a peacock, and hoofs reaching to the horizon. He tethered the horse to the Western Wall of the Temple Mount and from there ascended to the
seventh heaven together with the angel Gabriel. On his way, he met the
prophets of other religions who are the guardians of heaven

Thus Islam tries to gain legitimacy over other, older religions, by creating a scene in which the former prophets agree to Mohammad's mastery, How can a living man of flesh and blood ascend to heaven? How can a mythical creature carry a mortal to a real destination? Questions such as these have caused orthodox Muslim thinkers to conclude that the nocturnal journey was a dream of Mohammad's. The journey and the ascent serves Islam to "go one better" than the Bible: Moses "only" went up to Mount Sinai, in the middle of nowhere, and drew close to heaven, whereas Mohammad went all the way up to Allah, and from Jerusalem itself.

What are the difficulties with the belief that the al-Aqsa mosque described in Islamic tradition is located in Jerusalem? For one, the people of Mecca, who knew Muhammad well, did not believe this story. Only Abu Bakr, (later the first Calif,) believed him and thus was called al-Siddiq ("the believer".)

The second difficulty is that Islamic tradition tells us that al-Aqsa mosque is near Mecca on the Arabian Peninsula. This was unequivocally stated in
"Kitab al-Maghazi," a book by the Muslim historian and geographer al-Waqidi.
According to al-Waqidi, there were two "masjeds" (places of prayer) in
al-Gi'irranah, a village between Mecca and Ta'if - one was "the closer mosque" (al-masjid al-adna) and the other was "the further mosque" (al-masjid alaqsa,) and Muhammad would pray there when he went out of town.

This description by al-Waqidi which is supported by a chain of authorities(isnad) was not "convenient" for the Islamic propaganda of the 7th Century. In order to establish a basis for the awareness of the "holiness" of Jerusalem in Islam, the Califs of the Ummayad dynasty invented many
"traditions" upholding the value of Jerusalem, which would justify pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the faithful Muslims. Thus was al-Masjid al-Aqsa "transported" to Jerusalem. It should be noted that Saladin also adopted the myth of al-Aqsa and those "traditions" in order to recruit and inflame the Muslim warriors against the Crusaders in the 12th Century.

Another aim of the Islamization of Jerusalem was to undermine the legitimacy of the older religions, Judaism and Christianity, which consider Jerusalem to be a holy city. Islam is presented as the only legitimate religion,
destined to replace the other two, because they had changed and distorted the Word of God, each in its turn.

Though Judaism and Christianity can exist side by side in Jerusalem, Islam
regards both of them as betrayals of Allah and his teachings
, and has always done, and will continue to do, all in its power to expel both of them from this city. It is interesting to note that this expulsion is retroactive: The
Islamic broadcasters of the Palestinian radio stations consistently make it a point to claim that the Jews never had a temple on the Temple Mount and
certainly not two temples. (Where, then, according to them, did Jesus

Yasser Arafat, himself a secular person (ask Hamas!), did exactly what the
Califs of the Umayyad dynasty did 1300 years ago: He marshaled the holiness of Jerusalem to serve his political ends.
He must not have given control of
Jerusalem over to the Jews since according to Islam they are impure and the
wrath of Allah is upon them. Moreover, the Jews are the sons of monkeys and
pigs. The Jews are those who distorted the holy writings which were revealed
to them and denied God's signs. Since they violated the covenant with their God, He cursed them and they are forever the inheritors of hell. So how could Arafat hand over Jerusalem to the Jews?

The Palestinian media these days are full of messages of Jihad, calling to
broaden the national-political war between Israel and the Palestinians into a religious-Islamic war between Jews and Muslims. For them, Christianity is no better than Judaism, since both "forfeited" their right to rule over Jerusalem. Only Islam - Din al-Haqq ("the Religion of Truth") - has this right, and forever.

Since the holiness of Jerusalem to Islam has always been, and still is, no
more than a politically motivated holiness, any Muslim leader or ruler would be putting his political head on the block should he give it up.
Judaism and Christianity defer to myths related in Islamic texts or envisioned in Mohammad's dreams, long after Jerusalem was established as the ancient, true center of these two religions, which preceded Islam?

Should Israel give up on its capital just because some Muslims decided to recycle the political problems of the Umayyads 1250 years after the curtain came down on their role in history?

Dr. Mordechai Kedar is a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University's Department of Arabic -
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September 14, 2008

Sarah KO’s Charles Gibson

By Jerome S. Kaufman

It is difficult to understand why the Republican Party would allow Sarah Palin to appear before a Left leaning antagonistic, interviewer like Charles Gibson. Maybe they had so much confidence in her innate honesty and basic American principles that she could handle the situation?

Gibson had constructed a series of questions obviously designed to do a hatchet job on Palin, challenge her beliefs and present her lack of experience. Here are just a few of them.

Gibson had the temerity to ask Palin to look the nation straight in the eye and say she was qualified to be President, should that eventuality occur. Would he challenge a man with the same question with such confrontational arrogance? I doubt it.

GIBSON: Let me turn to Iran. Do you consider a nuclear Iran to be an existential threat to Israel?

PALIN: I believe that under the leadership of Ahmadinejad, nuclear weapons in the hands of his government are extremely dangerous to everyone on this globe, yes.

GIBSON: So what should we do about a nuclear Iran? John McCain said the only thing worse than a war with Iran would be a nuclear Iran. John Abizaid said we may have to live with a nuclear Iran. Who's right?

PALIN: No, no. I agree with John McCain that nuclear weapons in the hands of those who would seek to destroy our allies, in this case, we're talking about Israel, we're talking about Ahmadinejad's comment about Israel being the "stinking corpse, should be wiped off the face of the earth," that's atrocious. That's unacceptable.

GIBSON: So what do you do about a nuclear Iran?

PALIN: We have got to make sure that these weapons of mass destruction, that nuclear weapons are not given to those hands of Ahmadinejad, not that he would use them, but that he would allow terrorists to be able to use them. So, we have got to put the pressure on Iran and we have got to count on our allies to help us, diplomatic pressure.

GIBSON: But, Governor, we've threatened greater sanctions against Iran for a long time. It hasn't done any good. It hasn't stemmed their nuclear program.

PALIN: We need to pursue those and we need to implement those. We cannot back off. We cannot just concede that, oh, gee, maybe they're going to have nuclear weapons, what can we do about it. No way, not Americans. We do not have to stand for that.

GIBSON: What if Israel decided it felt threatened and needed to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities?

PALIN: Well, first, we are friends with Israel and I don't think that we should second guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security.

GIBSON: So if we wouldn't second guess it and they decided they needed to do it because Iran was an existential threat, we would cooperative or agree with that.

PALIN: I don't think we can second guess what Israel has to do to secure its nation.

GIBSON: So if it felt necessary, if it felt the need to defend itself by taking out Iranian nuclear facilities, that would be all right.

PALIN: We cannot second guess the steps that Israel has to take to defend itself.

I would love to hear Obama’s answers to the same questions given his oft quoted statement that he would speak to Ahmadinijad and all the other Islamic terrorists lined up against us, without pre-conditions. Would Gibson also remind Obama that we had been trying verbally to engage these enemies since the time of Jimmy Carter?

GIBSON: What is difference between you and McCain and Bush.
PALIN: We are mavericks. I am a DC outsider with no allegiances to any special interests and am going to Washington representing only one entity – the good people of the United States of America.

(This constant attempt to link McCain and Bush after the Left has spent the last eight years maligning Bush and belittling his work constantly in the public eye – exactly what Gibson and the rest are trying to do with this bright new star and ray of hope in the Republican Party}.

GIBSON then directly acted as Obama’s agent: How come you both accuse Obama of wanting to raise taxes when he has done no such thing.
(Was this supposed to be an objective interview or a show place for the Democrats?)

PALIN’S usual straight forward answer:
Obama may say what he wants but his record speaks for itself, He has had 94 opportunities to vote for tax cuts and has not done so even once.

GIBSON: You have expressed admiration for Senator Clinton. Do you think Obama is sorry he did not pick her as his vice president candidate?
PALIN – I think he is. I admire Hillary for her grit, determination and grace under intense pressure.

As usual, he was trying to set her up. She did not volunteer her comments as some of the media have deliberately misrepresented. He asked the question and she replied in her usual, straight-forward honest manner.

The loaded questions went on and on and as Sarah quickly rattled off the answers, one could clearly see and hear the deflation of the pompous Gibson. He actually appeared smaller in stature and much quieter in voice with each response. At the very end, the referee raised Sarah’s hand and declared her winner and new champion.

Jerome S. Kaufman

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September 12, 2008

CAIR – The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Front for Islamic Terrorism

From the organization, ACT for America

What will it take for government agencies and elected officials who hold up CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) as a “mainstream” Islamic organization to admit they have been wrong?

How many CAIR and former CAIR officials have to be arrested or indicted? How many times must links between CAIR and terrorist organizations be uncovered? How many times must CAIR be on the wrong side of common sense anti-terrorism policies?

Here’s the latest…

CAIR Attempts to Sabotage Law Enforcement Terrorism Training

By Jim Kouri

The Conservative Voice, NC
September 09 2008

The Council for American Islamic Relations has been trying in vain to stop a counter- terrorism program in Sarasota Florida, aimed at providing first responders with information on subjects such as building safety, suicide terrorism, technologies against terrorism and more. This is part of CAIR's program to stop Security Solutions International (SSI) - an organization that has trained more than 500 Federal, State and Local agencies since 2004.

"As Americans, we can not allow the civil liberties of our great country to be exploited by groups that are intent on creating a fundamentalist Islamic regime here in the USA", said Sol Bradman, CEO of Security Solutions International at the Sarasota Sheriffs 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Terrorism conference held in Sarasota from the 15th to the 19th of September. The program was presented for the benefit of Homeland Security professionals -- coming from as far as Australia to attend what is being called the most innovative terrorism prevention conference in the USA.

"This is not about incitement against Muslims, as CAIR wants us to believe. Our mission is to protect all Americans against terrorism but also against the abuse of our laws." This is legal warfare against US First Responders and therefore against the USA by the pseudo legal wing of the Global Jihad in America," says Bradman.

"The modus operandi is simple; use the freedoms and loopholes of the most liberal nation on earth to help finance and direct the world's most violent international terrorism cells," he added.

Daniel Pipes, the Harvard Professor, publisher and head of the Middle East Forum, has consistently pointed out that CAIR is riddled with extremists and has been closely linked to organizations that have been convicted or individuals convicted of terrorism. The group, that claims to represent US Muslims but is cited by many US Muslims as being a thinly veiled cover group for extremists, is losing membership. Nonetheless, they mount campaigns to get training and other valuable help to US First Responders stopped, canceled, de-legitimized. They have been successful in that several jurisdictions have folded attempts to hold counter terror training.

On September 3rd, a Sarasota blog published an article claiming that sources have produced solid information that Morris Days, the Manager for Civil Rights at the CAIR MD/VA chapter, who was widely publicized by CAIR as one of its civil rights attorneys, was in fact not an attorney. He failed to provide services for Muslim American clients who came to CAIR for assistance and who paid for Days' services. Not only has CAIR not revealed the facts about Days and his fraudulent, criminal behavior, but as of yesterday, September 2, 2008, the CAIR National office in Washington, D.C. continued to post articles at its website naming Days as an attorney.

The Florida representative of CAIR has been sending everyone in Sarasota pleas to stop the program under the argument that it represents an attempt to stereotype all Muslims as Terrorists. SSI is well known for fair and balanced training at a highly professional level and actively discourages racial and ethnic profiling because this bad counter terrorism practices.

Not only was CAIR Florida actively touting the innocence of convicted Terrorist, Sami Al-Arian but CAIR Florida also claimed that two students at South Florida University in Tampa were carrying 4th of July firecrackers in the trunk of their car but later the two admitted to carrying explosives for the purposes of committing terrorist acts. Tampa has often suffered from the effects of Radical Islam.

To counter this, SSI is offering a special day: "Allah in America.” Speakers such as Andrew Whitehead, the founder of Anti-CAIR will attend and speak as a result of his ceaseless dedication in fighting radical extremism in the US, channeled through the Anti-CAIR organization including frequent posts based on investigative reporting that exemplify the very essence of Islamic radicalism, including repeated attempts to threaten our constitutional freedoms.

SSI's program, the Threat of Radical Jihadist to the World, prepared by a Muslim counter terror law enforcement officer from California will also be presented with an emphasis on CAIR and other extremist groups that operate under the guise of civil rights.

So-called anti-terrorist organizations, aligned with Islamic extremism, blatantly abuse the laws, freedoms and loopholes of the most liberal nation on earth to help finance and direct the world's most violent international terrorism cells.

The "Protecting the Homeland" organization charter embodies two main objectives: ceaseless dedication in counter-acting Islamic radicals who repeatedly attempt to threaten our constitutional freedoms, and channeling funds to educate US First Responders through sponsorship of training programs in the USA and Israel.

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a staff writer for the New Media Alliance ( In addition, he's the new editor for the House Conservatives Fund's web blog. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

ACT for America
P.O. Box 6884
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

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September 10, 2008

History of the World’s Jews Shows Why They Need Israel

By Dr. Jerome S. Kaufman

Reprinted from the Detroit Free Press, April 13, 1998

(While cleaning out my files, I just ran across this emotional piece, written by me for the Detroit Free Press to help commemorate Israel’s 50th anniversary. I am very proud of the piece, feel the same way right now and just wanted to share it with you.)

Over the last several months, I have often been asked for my reaction to the 50th anniversary of the rebirth of the State of Israel. Most of the time, people are sorry they asked, because a lot of stuff comes pouring out.

Maybe it’s because my grandparents, observant Orthodox Jews, elected to leave this great country in their old age and move to Jerusalem in 1928 so that they could die and be buried in the land of their biblical forefathers. Maybe it’s because as a little boy, I would sit with my father, listening to the scratchings of a very lousy radio, and hear the rantings of Adolph Hitler as he cursed the Jews for all the ills of the Third Reich.

Maybe it’s because I heard Father Charles Coughlin at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak or Henry Ford from his car company in Dearborn, again blaming the Jews for whatever their sick, hate-filled minds could conceive.
Perhaps it’s because I listened very carefully to the Haggadah story that Jews hear at Passover. Maybe I identified with the Jewish slave who was being beaten by an Egyptian until Moses came by and slew the Egyptian. I still glory in that moment of Jewish retribution.

Maybe it’s because several years ago I visited an Israeli air base and saw the beautiful young Israeli pilots, resplendent and proud in their state-of-the-art fighter jets. There they were, Jews with an air force of their own, in a country of their own, no longer defenseless and a despised minority.

Maybe it’s because every time I visit Israel, I visit the Museum of the Diaspora at Tel Aviv University and I sit and cry and relive the persecution, slaughter and final expulsion of my people, throughout the centuries, from countries all over the world. Maybe in a previous life I was expelled from my own land of Judea by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E. and again by the Romans in 70 A.D. and 135 A.D. Maybe I was one of those Jews who had been slaughtered well before Hitler and Eichmann perfected the technique.

It could be that I was massacred in York, England in 1290 or exiled and not allowed to return to England until 1666. Maybe I was a Jew expelled from France in 1420 or a victim of the Spanish Inquisition in 1492. Maybe I was Christopher Columbus himself, having shed a Jewish identity to flee from the Inquisition along with at least five other Jewish members of my crew. Perhaps I was one of the poor Jewish peasants murdered for sport by the Cossacks from 1648-1656.

Maybe it’s my identification with the six million Jews killed by the Germans during World War II, or with the 600,000 Jews who, after the rebirth of Israel in 1948 and Israel’s great victory in the Six Day War, had all their property confiscated and were expelled from Arab countries where they had lived, albeit as a second-class citizens, for almost 2000 years.

Jews numbered over six million in the Roman Empire alone in the First Century. The world population of Jews right now, 19 centuries later, is only about 11 million. Think how many of us there would have been if we had not been systematically and gleefully slaughtered over the centuries. Do you think that happened by chance? Do you think when the Catholic Church accused Jews of killing Christian children to make matzos for Passover, that the Church was not culpable? Do you think that the tractates of hatred against the Jews authored by Martin Luther in 1543 did not lay the foundation for six million of my people to be killed four centuries later?

Just within the last year or so, parts of the Lutheran church have finally offered an apology for the mindless hatred spewed by Luther. Pope John Paul II has made significant praiseworthy strides toward a Catholic rapprochement with the Jewish people. Meir Lau, Israel’s chief rabbi, himself a Holocaust survivor, was not, however, satisfied with the Vatican’s latest, lukewarm apology for the failure to speak out against the slaughter of the Jews during World War II. The rabbi described the apology as “too little too late.”

Too late indeed! Where have the Christian churches been for the last 17 centuries? Did they think that labeling Jews as Christ killers, eaters of Christian blood, despised moneylenders and whatever other ignominy that could be heaped upon them was a “Christian” action? Is that what Jesus Christ, a Jew by the way, recommended?

So, let’s get back to the original question: “How do I feel about the anniversary of the rebirth of the State of Israel as a homeland and a sanctuary for persecuted Jews from all over the world?” We Jews have a way of answering a question with another question. How do you think I feel?

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September 07, 2008

Barack Obama's version of his life unravels

along with his shocking cast of known mentors and advisors

By Jack Cashill

September 04, 2008

Having written a book on intellectual fraud, "Hoodwinked," and being something of a literary detective, I had no doubt on reading Barack Obama's 1995 memoir, "Dreams From My Father," that Obama did not really write it.
“ The style is above his pay grade, way above.”

As Obama tells the story of the book's genesis, "a few publishers called" after he had been elected president of the Harvard Law Review in 1990. In the real world, publishers don't call unknowns unless someone influential prompts them. Obama does not tell us who. Nor does Obama tell the reader how he got elected president of the Review in the first place. Historically, the position had gone to students whose writings in the Review had shown real skill. Prior to his election, however, Obama had written only one unsigned note and that one heavily edited. Once elected, Obama contributed not a word. As Matthew Franck has pointed out in National Review Online, "A search of the HeinOnline database of law journals turns up exactly nothing credited to Obama in any law review anywhere at any time."

Beyond his ethnic appeal, however, Obama had something else going for him. As I previously reported, this information came to light last week courtesy of a newly surfaced DVD that features an interview with Percy Sutton on the New York-based "Inside City Hall." A Manhattan borough president for 12 years and the most powerful black politician in New York State, Sutton spoke knowingly with host Dominic Carter about the Obama candidacy. "I was introduced to [Obama] by a friend," Sutton told the interviewer. Sutton named the friend as "Dr. Khalid al-Mansour." Sutton described al-Mansour as "the principle adviser to one of the world's richest men." The billionaire in question is Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.

Knowing that Sutton had friends at Harvard, al-Mansour asked Sutton to "please write a letter in support of [Obama] ... a young man that has applied to Harvard." Sutton gladly did so. Unclear in the interview is whether Sutton intervened to get Obama in to Harvard, to get him elected president of the Law Review, or both.

Khalid al-Mansour is a piece of work. Although impressively well connected, the Texas-born attorney and black separatist has not met the paranoid racial fantasy unworthy of his energy. His many books include titles like "The Destruction of Western Civilization as Seen Through Islam" and "Will the West Rule Forever?"

Several of his speeches can be seen on YouTube. In one named, "A Little On the History of Jews," he shares his distinctive insights into the creation of Israel. “ God gave you nothing," al-Mansour says to the world's Ashkenazi Jews in a typical rant. "The children from Poland and Russia were promised nothing. But they are stealing the land the same as the Christians stole the lands from the Indians in America."

No matter how many books he has written, al-Mansour himself lacks the talent to have written, "Dreams from My Father." He was, however, one of many people in Obama's network with enough money and influence to get the book written and published. That network includes the inevitable Tony Rezko. The Syrian-born scalawag owed his bank account and his clout in Chicago politics to Jabir Herbert Muhammad, son of Nation of Islam founder Elija Muhammad.

The younger Muhammad knew something about bogus memoirs. In the mid-1970s, he recruited the now celebrated writer Toni Morrison to "edit" Muhammad Ali's fictionalized account of his life, "The Greatest." Muhammad reviewed every page to make sure it hewed to the Nation's racist worldview. Muhammad made Rezko general manager of his company, Crucial Concessions, in 1983. Muhammad later created the Muhammad Ali Foundation to spread Islam and appointed his confidante Rezko executive director.
Just last week, Muhammad died in Chicago. "Jabir did much for the cause of Islam," said the keynote speaker at the memorial, none other than Louis Farrakhan.

Much has been made of Rezko's Catholic background. The question has to be asked how he could possibly head a foundation whose express purpose was to promote Islam around the world, let alone the racist Islamic cult, the Nation of Islam.

Khalid al-Mansour had other friends of influence in the literary and publishing world, foremost among them the late, literary leftist superstar and terrorist suck-up, Edward Said. >Said and Obama knew each other. A photo floating around the blogosphere shows the pair engaged in intimate discussion at an Arab-American community dinner in Chicago 1998. Bloggers ask how a then obscure state senator managed to wangle a seat next to the evening's keynote speaker, a man the Nation would describe as "probably the best-known intellectual in the world."

The answer can be traced back to Obama's two-year stint at Columbia University in the early 1980s, where Said taught as a distinguished professor of comparative literature. The Los Angeles Times reports that Obama took at least one course from Said. The intimacy of their 1998 conversation suggests a deeper relationship. Obama, however, will not talk at all about Said, his New York years or his trip to Pakistan during those years despite numerous requests from the New York Times.

Like Obama, Said made his de-racinated childhood the central, compelling metaphor for his significant life work. His identity as a Palestinian and a refugee, driven from his homeland by Israeli violence, would inform everything he wrote. Said did not shy from using his grief and his influence to advance his cause. For 14 years, he served on the Palestine National Conference, a kind of parliament-in-exile alongside the likes of the PLO's Yassir Arafat and still harder core radicals from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the terrorist group that hijacked the Achille Lauro.

Unfortunately, for Said, an Israeli scholar named Justus Reid Weiner did two years of hard-nosed, boots-on-the-ground background research on Said's life and published his findings in Commentary. Weiner had proved beyond all doubt that America's most celebrated Palestinian refugee was not a Palestinian or a refugee, let alone a Muslim. In reality, Said was a Christian and an American citizen from birth, who grew up not in Palestine but in Cairo, where he attended the best British schools before leaving for a pricey American prep school as a teenager. Although the New York Times reluctantly confirmed Weiner's findings, the major media had no more interest in exposing the fraud of Said's life any more than they do Muhammad Ali's or Obama's.

Among Said's friends and allies on the American-hating, Arafat-loving left were none other than Khalid al-Mansour and drum roll, please, William Ayers! Radical turned actor Peter Coyote suggests as much in his diary written for the 1996 Democratic National Convention. "After that," Coyote writes, "I inform Martha that I'm dragging her to the apartment of old friends, ex-Weathermen, Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, hosting a party for Senator Leahy. Perhaps Edward Said will be there."

When Ayers published his memoir, "Fugitive Days," in 2001, the book that made "unrepentant" part of our everyday vocabulary, Said was happy to provide a blurb. “ For anyone who cares about the sorry mess we are in," Said wrote, "this book is essential, indeed necessary reading."

America is thus poised to elect a man to the presidency whose known mentors and sponsors Khalid al-Mansour, Tony Rezko, Edward Said, William Ayers, and his life long pastor, Jeremiah (“G-d damn America”) Wright, put a lie to just about everything Obama has said on the campaign trail.

A sorry mess indeed!

Jack Cashill is an independent writer and producer. Jack has written for Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard and WorldNetDaily. Within the last five years Jack has written five books of non-fiction — First Strike, Ron Brown’s Body, Hoodwinked: How Intellectual Hucksters Have Hijacked American Culture, Sucker Punch: The Left Hook that Dazed Ali and Killed King's Dream and his latest, What's the Matter with California. Three of them have cracked Amazon’s top ten list.

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September 05, 2008

Never mind MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, NPR and the Democratic Party

– running scared and dedicated to destroying the immense popularity of Sarah Palin via shameless lies and innuendos. Please read her speech and decide for yourself.

September 3, 2008

The Honorable Sarah Palin, Governor of the State of Alaska:

"Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored to be considered for the nomination for Vice President of the United States...
"I accept the call to help our nominee for president to serve and defend

” I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election... against
confident opponents ... at a crucial hour for our country.

"And I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions ... and met far graver challenges ... and knows how tough fights are won - the next president of the United States, John S. McCain.

” It was just a year ago when all the experts in Washington counted out our
nominee because he refused to hedge his commitment to the security of the
country he loves. "With their usual certitude, they told us that all was lost - there was no hope for this candidate who said that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war.

” But, the pollsters and pundits overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off. They overlooked the caliber of the man himself - the determination, resolve and sheer guts of Senator John McCain. The voters knew better.
“ And maybe that's because they realize there is a time for politics and a
time for leadership ... a time to campaign and a time to put our country

Our nominee for president is a true profile in courage, and people like that
are hard to come by. "He's a man who wore the uniform of this country for 22 years, and refused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who have now brought victory within sight.

And, as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I
want as commander in chief. I'm just one of many moms who'll say an extra
prayer each night for our sons and daughters going into harm's way.

"Our son Track is 19 and one week from tomorrow - September 11th - he'll deploy to Iraq with the Army infantry in the service of his country.
“ My nephew Kasey also enlisted, and serves on a carrier in the Persian Gulf.
My family is proud of both of them and of all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform. Track is the eldest of our five children.

"In our family, it's two boys and three girls in between - my strong and
kind-hearted daughters Bristol, Willow, and Piper. “ And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.

"That's how it is with us. “ Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys. "Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge. “ And children with special needs inspire a special love. "To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. “ I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.

Todd is a story all by himself. "He's a lifelong commercial fisherman ... a production operator in the oil fields of Alaska's North Slope ... a proud member of the United Steel Workers' Union ... and world champion snow machine racer. “ Throw in his Yup'ik Eskimo ancestry, and it all makes for quite a package.

We met in high school, and two decades and five children later he's still my
guy. My Mom and Dad both worked at the elementary school in our small town. And among the many things I owe them is one simple lesson: that this is America, and every woman can walk through every door of opportunity.

"My parents are here tonight, and I am so proud to be the daughter of Chuck
and Sally Heath. Long ago, a young farmer and haberdasher from Missouri
followed an unlikely path to the vice presidency. "A writer observed: 'We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity.' I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman. "I grew up with those people. “ They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America ... who grow our food, run our factories, and fight our wars. "They love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America.

I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. "I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better. “ When I ran for city council, I didn't need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too. "Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.

” And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on
that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening. "We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

” As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes, and
whoever is listening, John McCain is the same man. I'm not a member of the
permanent political establishment. "And I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.

” But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators:
I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to
Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to
Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

"Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests. The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.” No one expects us to agree on everything. "But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and ... a servant's heart.

” I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice
president of the United States. This was the spirit that brought me to the
governor's office, when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau ...when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good-ol' boys network.

"Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and
power brokers. That's why true reform is so hard to achieve. "But with the support of the citizens of Alaska, we shook things up. “ And in short order we put the government of our state back on the side of the people.

“ I came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of
self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is the law. "While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for.

” That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay. "I also drive myself to work. “ And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef - although I've got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her. I came to office promising to control spending - by request if possible and by veto if necessary.

“ Senator McCain also promises to use the power of veto in defense of the
public interest - and as a chief executive, I can assure you it works. "Our state budget is under control.” We have a surplus. "And I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending: nearly half a billion dollars in vetoes. “ I suspended the state fuel tax, and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.

"I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for that Bridge to Nowhere.
“ If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves. When oil and gas
prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, I sent a
large share of that revenue back where it belonged - directly to the people
of Alaska.

"And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind have liked things the way they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources. “ As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people. "I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history.
“ And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar
natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence."

That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign
powers that do not have our interests at heart. "The stakes for our nation could not be higher. “ When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve. "And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil.

” With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to
divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we
cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers. "To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies ... or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia ... or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries ... we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas.

” And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we've got lots of both. "Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems - as if we all didn't know that already.
“ But, the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do
nothing at all.

"Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay
more pipelines ... build more new-clear plants ... create jobs with clean
coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative
sources. “ We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.

I've noticed a pattern with our opponent. "Maybe you have, too. “ We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers. "And there is much to like and admire about our opponent. “ But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate.

"This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is
fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about
his own campaign. But, when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the
roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those
Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's
done turning back the waters and healing the planet?

The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ...
give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it. "Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit. “ Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions. "Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ...he's worried that someone won't read them their rights?

Government is too big ... he wants to grow it. "Congress spends too much ... he promises more. “ Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.
"The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes
... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.

My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that's now opened for business - like millions of others who run small businesses.
“ How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up? Or maybe you're
trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or Ohio ... or create jobs
with clean coal from Pennsylvania or West Virginia ... or keep a small farm
in the family right here in Minnesota. "How are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy?

Here's how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. "In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote
change. "They're the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed presidential seals.

Among politicians, there is the idealism of high-flown speechmaking, in
which crowds are stirringly summoned to support great things. "And then there is the idealism of those leaders, like John McCain, who actually do great things. They're the ones who are good for more than talk ... the ones we have always been able to count on to serve and defend America. Senator McCain's record of actual achievement and reform helps explain why so many special interests, lobbyists, and comfortable committee chairmen in Congress have fought the prospect of a McCain presidency – from the primary election of 2000 to this very day.

"Our nominee doesn't run with the Washington herd. “ He's a man who's there to serve his country, and not just his party. "A leader who's not looking for a fight, but is not afraid of one either. Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee. "He said, quote, 'I can't stand John McCain.' Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we've chosen the right man.

“ Clearly, what the Majority Leader was driving at is that he can't stand up
to John McCain. That is only one more reason to take the maverick of the
Senate and put him in the White House. My fellow citizens, the American
presidency is not supposed to be a journey of "personal discovery." This
world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just
need an organizer.

"And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, "fighting for you," let us face the matter squarely. There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain. In our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world in which this man, and others equally brave, served and suffered for their country. "It's a long way from the fear and pain and squalor of a six-by-four cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office. “ But if Senator McCain is elected president, that is the journey he will have made.

It's the journey of an upright and honorable man - the kind of fellow whose
name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this country, only he was among those who came home. "To the most powerful office on earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless ... the wisdom that comes even to the captives, by the grace of God ... the special confidence of those who have seen evil, and seen how evil is overcome.
A fellow prisoner of war, a man named Tom Moe of Lancaster, Ohio, recalls looking through a pin-hole in his cell door as Lieutenant Commander John McCain was led down the hallway, by the guards, day after day. "As the story is told, When McCain shuffled back from torturous interrogations, he would turn toward Moe's door and flash a grin and thumbs up - as if to say, 'We're going to pull through this.' My fellow Americans, that is the kind of man America needs to see us through these next four years.

"For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words. “ For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds. "If character is the measure in this election ... and hope the theme ... and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause. Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next president of the United States.

"Thank you all, and may God bless America"

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September 04, 2008

The grave danger of making a left-wing ideologue commander-in-chief

Redacted from an article by Andrew C. McCarthy, The National Review

On the War on Terror, as with most issues, it can be difficult to understand Barack Obama's thinking, if you listen only to his finely wrought speeches. But, if you take the time to watch as Obama meanders toward a position, understanding him is easy.

Case in point: the Supreme Court's abysmal Boumediene decision in June, extending the constitutional right of habeas corpus (the right to have one's detention reviewed by a court) to alien enemy combatants held by the military at Guantanamo Bay. Obama was heartened by the ruling. As is his wont upon straying from the TelePrompTer, he dug himself a hole, this time in the form of an impromptu paean to pre-9/11 days, when terrorism was managed as though it were a garden-variety law-enforcement matter. "What we know," he proclaimed on June 16, "is that, in previous terrorist attacks--for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center-we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial. They are currently in U.S. prisons, incapacitated."

What we actually know is that everything Obama said was wrong.

That number does not include Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, a Qaeda founder who was not tried for his role in the attacks because he exploited the relatively weak security of the civilian criminal-justice system. He attempted an escape during a meeting with his lawyers, maiming a prison guard in the process; he was consequently sentenced to 32 years in prison for attempted murder.

The Clinton administration did not even bother to file indictments for the attacks on Khobar Towers (19 U.S. airmen killed) and the USS Cole (17 U.S. sailors killed
). And the fugitive Osama bin Laden was not exactly incapacitated by his grand-jury indictment in June 1998--he orchestrated the embassy bombings, the Cole bombing, and 9/11 from Afghanistan, where the FBI has not had much success executing arrest warrants.

The McCain camp pounced on Obama's gaffe, sending him into his familiar backpedal dance. As usual, Obama argued that the real problem was that Republican fear-mongers and benighted commentators were failing to grasp the elegant nuance of his thinking. (After all, he has taught constitutional law in an elite law school!) Obama said he had simply praised the pre-9/11 enforcement strategy and gone on to fault Bush for abandoning it.

Why on earth would anyone think he was endorsing what he had praised? Obama insisted he had merely meant "that we can abide by due process and abide by basic concepts of rule of law and still crack down on terrorists." Meaning ... what? Civilian trials for everyone? Obama wouldn't say, but he wanted at least habeas corpus for everyone: "The question is whether or not, as the Supreme Court said, people who are being held have a chance to at least suggest that 'Hey, you've got the wrong guy,' or 'I shouldn't be here.' It's not a question about whether or not they're free." Got that?

Obama's script calls for him to favor the Supreme Court's ruling, which is wildly popular with the Left, but to do so only by dilating on "due process" and "the rule of law"-lest the fog lift and voters grasp that Obama's idea of "cracking down on terrorists" includes conferring American civil rights upon Osama bin Laden.

That is why, in a press gaggle on June 18, Obama declined to "speculate" on how, if president, he would handle bin Laden, were al-Qaeda's emir to be captured. Gone, though, was the candidate's enthusiasm for trials in the criminal-justice system, which had been in evidence just two days before. The important things, Obama now stressed, were that bin Laden not be turned into a "martyr," and that he be handled "in a way that allows the entire world to understand the murderous acts that he's engaged in." Given that bin Laden himself has both declared war on the United States and claimed credit for sundry mass-murder attacks, one wonders what exactly it is that Obama thinks "the entire world" is in the dark about.

Having dealt with that question, Obama floated another trial balloon: an international tribunal on the Nuremberg model. "One of the hallmarks, one of the high-water points, I think, of U.S. foreign policy," said he, "was the Nuremberg trials. Because the world had not seen before victors behave in ways that advanced a set of universal principles. And that set a tone for post-war reconstruction and creation of an international order that I think was extraordinarily important." But what were these universal principles? At Nuremberg, there was no appellate process, no habeas corpus, and no access to American civilian courts to say, "Hey, you've got the wrong guy." For several of the defendants, the tribunals were followed in short order by a date with the business end of a noose.

In contrast, the military commissions ordered by President Bush and authorized by Congress provide lavish procedural protections for enemy combatants charged with war crimes. In addition to taxpayer-funded counsel, the presumption of innocence, the ability to call witnesses and introduce evidence, sentencing protocols, and the like, the law prescribes military appeals and adds systematic access to the civilian justice system for review by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and, finally, the Supreme Court.

To note that the World War II tribunals did not come close to this quantum of due process would be gross understatement. Yet Obama, admirer of a Nuremberg process whose authors would not for a moment have brooked such a breathtaking judicial excess as Boumediene, staunchly opposed the Military Commissions Act.

When Obama does take an unwavering position, it is to weaken executive war powers. Most of the time, though, he shifts incrementally from this default setting, nudged by the calculation of the moment. His dizzying three-day metamorphosis from Clinton-style enforcement to habeas corpus to Nuremberg is not singular. In early 2006, he opposed reauthorization of the Patriot Act (passed in 2001, before he was in the Senate) because it gave government "powers it didn't need to invade our privacy without cause or suspicion." But when opposition became politically untenable, he got on board--protesting that intervening civil liberties "improvements" justified his switch.

While neck-and-neck with Hillary Clinton in the later primaries, Obama planted himself firmly in the fringe, opposing a surveillance-reform bill that had garnered overwhelming bipartisan support in the Democrat-controlled Congress. The reform was desperately needed to reverse a court ruling that had imperiled the CIA and NSA's authority to gather intelligence abroad. Sensible Democrats understood that they could not afford to block intelligence collection and vest al-Qaeda with Fourth Amendment rights. But the bill was at odds with a hard-Left cause celebre: denying legal immunity to the telecommunications companies that assisted the Bush administration's post-9/11 monitoring of cross-border communications.

Obama not only voted with the fringe, he promised to filibuster any immunity bill. But by the time the final vote came up in July, he had the nomination sewn up. Filibuster? Surely you jest. As flip follows flop, he voted yea--immunity and all.

At bottom, Obama is a calculating leftwing ideologue, and that is how he would govern when it comes to the war--and much else. His unvarying first instinct is that the pursuit of America's interests overseas, especially their pursuit by the use of military force, is imperial and provocative. That pursuit, and not fundamentalist Islam's propensity to spawn violent radicalism, is for him the real threat. At home, Obama sees sensible measures to protect the country from attack as violations of civil liberties and a slippery slope to "profiling"--a revealing reminder of the race-conscious, criminal-friendly activism that marked Obama's years as a Chicago "community organizer" and an Illinois legislator.

Though often surprisingly uninformed, Obama is shrewd, so he is willing to soft-pedal and even abandon his principles to court voters who do not share them. But even if Obama must deflect attention from those principles, he is constantly pursuing them, in Fabian fashion and under the guise of such euphemisms as "social justice," "due process," "rule of law," and, of course, "America's reputation in the world."

On the war, an Obama administration would give Americans more than our reputation to worry about.

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September 02, 2008

Unbelievable Israeli self-destruction continues

with the help of Condoleezza Rice, her State Dept. and the Israeli Left

(PS How come the US is not sending armed Jeeps and body armor to Al Queda and the Taliban?) jsk

PA Acquires Jeeps, Body Armor

The Jewish Press, August 15, 2008

RAMALLAH — After more than six months of negotiations, Israel has approved the delivery of armored jeeps and body armor to the Palestinian Authority.
Officials said the equipment was approved by Israel in July 2008 and would arrive in several deliveries over the next few weeks. They said PA security forces would use the 142 jeeps and 200 body armor sets for anti-crime and counter-insurgency operations in the West Bank. “This will provide us with the protection that will allow our forces to impose order in the area,” an official said. (Really!)

The PA request for the jeeps and body armor was submitted in early 2008 through the United States. Since then, U.S. security coordinator Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton pressed the Israeli military to permit the entry of the equipment from neighboring Jordan. Officials said Israel had opposed PA procurement out of concern that the armored seeps would be used in attacks on the Jewish state and its military. Over the last few weeks, they said, Israel and the PA reached agreement on the terms of the use of the equipment and its area of operation. (MENL)

(Oh, another guaranteed agreement with the Arabs. I feel much better) jsk

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