Half Baked

Ethical Leadership: Pruning Off the Debris

As business practitioners grapple with the intangible yet potentially valuable notion of ethical leadership, it is left to scholars to assess whether those practitioners are “coloring within the lines.” It is admittedly all too easy to draw in exogenous material that is pleasing to the eye; it is all too easy to deem such material required for ethical leadership rather than ballast weighing it down, unnecessarily. One business practitioner characterizes ethical leadership as that which “inspires the behaviors in people necessary to create competitive advantage.” As achieving a sustainable competitive advantage is the task of strategy, inspiration alone can be extracted as that which is particular to leadership. Strategy is what is left once one has extracted inspiration from the characterization.

The full essay is at “Ethical Leadership: Pruning Off the Debris

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Mark Dayton, aka Gov. Asleep at the Switch

This Star Tribune article isn’t stunning from the perspective that people generally don’t worry how they spend other people’s money. It’s startling from the perspective that Gov. Dayton didn’t have a clue about this. First, here’s what the Star Tribune is reporting: Leaders of a Minneapolis nonprofit that serves low-income residents used taxpayer money to […]

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The New Age of Rudeness

By beautiflywings I’m not sure when it started. I have to believe it was a gradual process. This country has become rude. To give you an example of what I’m talking about, I …read more Via:: The New Age of Rudeness     

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Walker’s surge starts

Conn Carroll’s article highlights how the Mary Burke plagiarism scandal have hurt her: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has surged ahead of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, as Burke has been forced to fire campaign staff responsible for copying her campaign’s job plan from other failed candidates. The most recent Marquette Law School Poll, conducted September […]

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Israel Hayhom Columnist Ruthie Blum Nails The Real Problem With The ‘Two State Solution’

Exactly. Until the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians accept that Israel is here to stay and give up their dreams of destroying it, a two state solution is not only farcical and impossible but dangerous.…

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Does Obama have an agenda completely opposite from America’s best interests?

If we assume that Barack Obama is not a stupid man then how could every single one of his foreign policy decisions have been so wrong.Under the same assumption why would he ignore every single one of the recommendations given to him by his military exp…

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U.S. Middle East Diplomat and Qatar’s Money

by David Gerstman

The New York Times earlier this month published an expose of how foreign money influenced think tanks. One of the subjects of the article was the Brookings Institution, its vice president Indyk and $14.8 million grant that the government of Qatar had given Brookings. A former scholar at Brookings cautioned that because of Qatar’s influence any report coming out of the institution is likely not to be the “full story.”
The New York Times didn’t seem much concerned with the implication of its reporting but some people did notice.
In Tablet this week Lee Smith pounced on the Times for not looking into the implications of what it reported.

Or maybe the editors decided that it was all on the level, and the money influenced neither Indyk’s government work on the peace process nor Brookings’ analysis of the Middle East. Or maybe journalists just don’t think it’s worth making a big fuss out of obvious conflicts of interest that may affect American foreign policy. Maybe Qatar’s $14.8 million doesn’t affect Brookings’ research projects or what the think tank’s scholars tell the media, including the New York Times, about subjects like Qatar, Hamas, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and other related areas in which Qatar has key interests at stake. Maybe the think tank’s vaunted objectivity, and Indyk’s personal integrity and his pride in his career as a public servant, trump the large piles of vulgar Qatari natural gas money that keep the lights on and furnish the offices of Brookings scholars and pay their cell-phone bills and foreign travel.
Smith also observed that the Qatar connection made Indyk poorly suited as an interlocutor for both the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Of course, Hamas, which Qatar proudly sponsors, is a problem not just for Israel but also the Palestinian Authority. Which means that both sides in the negotiations that Indyk was supposed to oversee had good reason to distrust an American envoy who worked for the sponsor of their mutual enemy. In retrospect, it’s pretty hard to see how either side could have trusted Indyk at all—or why the administration imagined he would make a good go-between in the first place.

But there’s one particular point that’s particularly galling, Smith asks “why in the midst of Operation Protective Edge this summer did Kerry seek to broker a Qatari- (and Turkish-) sponsored truce that would necessarily come at the expense of U.S. allies, Israel, and the PA, as well as Egypt, while benefiting Hamas, Qatar, and Turkey?”

Kerry’s support of the ceasefire deal that favored Hamas sponsored by Qatar and Turkey raised questions at the time. There  was an Egyptian ceasefire proposal on the table at the time. It’s possible (though by no means certain) that if the United States had supported the Egyptian proposal and brought international support behind it, that the war could have been ended a month earlier before hundreds of more people were killed. Did Kerry listen to his compromised former envoy (who said he’d “consult” with the State Department after he resigned) and prolong the war by giving Hamas hope that it could get everything it wanted?

The corrupting influence of Qatar and its effect on the Middle East is something that needs more exposure.
One last note … when Kerry appointed Indyk, The New York Times ran an editorial that described Indyk as having “a long association with pro-Israel groups.” The mention was gratuitous but the suggestion was clear: Indyk might be too pro-Israel to be effective. Now that the Times’ own reporting has exposed Indyk’s ties to Qatar, will it ask the appropriate question in retrospect?

cross posted at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

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What Critics Of Obama’s ISIS Plan Are Missing

President Obama’s plans to deal with the Islamic State have garnered a huge amount of criticism. Relying on haphazard airstrikes and al-Qaeda and Islamist Syrian rebels and the dysfunctional Iraqi Army for boots on the ground is not a recipe for success, and either is essential acting as Iran and Hezbollah’s air force.

Even the New York Times, among other sources has reported on the president’s refusal to listen to his military advisers, and former Marine commandant General James Conway and former CENTCOM Commander General James “Mad Dog” Mattis,both retired as part of the president’s military purge on experienced generals he considers politically unfriendly have weighed in.

The highly decorated and capable Mattis told the House Intelligence Committee, “You just don’t take anything off the table up front, which it appears the administration has tried to do. Specifically, if this threat to our nation is determined to be as significant as I believe it is, we may not wish to reassure our enemies our enemies in advance that they will not see American ‘boots on the ground.’ If a brigade of our paratroopers or a battalion landing team of our Marines would strengthen our allies at a key juncture and create havoc/humiliation for our adversaries, then we should do what is necessary with our forces that exist for that very purpose.”

General Conway was even more outspoken, saying, “I don’t think the president’s plan has a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding.”

A number of the military and ex-military who are regular visitors to these pages were even more explicit, and as you know I had some fairly pungent critiques of President Obama’s non-strategy here, here and here.

So it’s important at this point to remember something I brought up right after the president’s dismal speech. This isn’t about actually destroying The Islamic State.It’s about appeasing his far Left base while still trying to appear  like he’s actually doing something to the American people to try and rescue his awful poll numbers before the midterms.

You see, President Obama’s strategy doesn’t have to make military sense or even common sense as long as it makes political sense.That’s where his priorities lie. That, and kicking the can down the road for the next president to deal with, so he can get back to his usual routine.

Islamic radicals take over US embassy in Tripoli

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Forever Free…

We often speak around here of overreaching executive orders but, it is hard to match the one whose anniversary we celebrate today. Today is the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. For a document that in practical terms did nothing, it only applied where the government’s writ did not run, it changed the world. “That […]

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Intel Bets On Israel – Invests $6B To Upgrade Facilities

Intel, the leading chip, microprocessor and computer hardware manufacturer has decided to spend $6 billion to upgrade its Kiryat Gat chip manufacturing plant, in one of the biggest single investments ever by a foreign company in Israel. The deal is expected to generate thousands of jobs.

Intel will get a grant from th4e Israeli government of $300 million over a five year period, and be eligible for a significant reduction in corporate tax rates over a ten year period. Intel will also guarantee to hire at least 1,000 workers, and to spend hundreds of millions of shekels on products and services in Israel. In addition, under the agreement Israeli contractors and workers will get priority on the upgrade work.

This is nothing new for Intel, which is by far the largest international firm operating in Israel and knows a win-win when it sees one. Over the past 40 years, the company has invested over $10 billion in in Israel, and employs some 10,000 people directly, as well as indirectly employing about 30,000 Israelis whom work for subcontractors and other Israeli companies that do business with Intel.

This comes on the heel of other good news. Standard and Poors, the international ratings agency reaffirmed its high ‘A+/A-1′ rating for Israel’s bonds and sovereign debt, making it a better bet for investment than many EU countries.

S&P’s forecast for Israel? :

“In our view, the recent Gaza conflict will lead to only a modest weakening of Israel’s fiscal trajectory,” the agency wrote in its report. “Although Israel may temporarily reverse its fiscal consolidation, we expect its gross general government debt ratio to remain largely flat in the next three years.”

“Although the recent fighting in Gaza is a reminder of the long-term threat posed by geopolitical risks, we consider that in the short term, the effect will only be to accentuate the economic slowdown and modestly weaken the fiscal account,” the report continued. “The fighting has not changed our view of Israel’s core credit strengths, such as its prosperous and diverse economy, the contribution of natural gas production to a healthy external balance, and its relatively flexible monetary framework,” it added.

The BDS freaks that demand their institutions  and pension funds divest from the booming Israeli economy are not only revealing their inherent anti-semitism – they’re cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

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A bar, sexual harassment and payback!

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The OECD’s Scheme to Raise Tax Burdens on Workers, Consumers, and Investors

People pay every single penny of tax that politicians impose on corporations. The investors that own companies obviously pay (more than one time!) when governments tax profits. The workers employed by companies obviously pay, both directly and indirectly, because of corporate income tax. And consumers also bear a burden thanks to business taxes that lead […]

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Held in Abeyance

When local governments protect the people from Federal overreach, the local government shines. Likewise, when the Federal Government protects people from excesses of the state, the Federal Government shines.Darrien Hunt died at the hands of local polic… . . . → Read More: Held in Abeyance

Progressives’ assault on free speech

This op-ed in the Wall Street Journal should frighten civic-minded people of all political persuasions. It paints the picture of what hardline progressives specialize in: Last year Wisconsin prosecutors—at the behest of Milwaukee’s Democratic District Attorney John Chisholm —launched a secret criminal investigation involving almost every conservative advocacy group in the state. Armed law-enforcement personnel […]

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Analysis of Rasmussen Reports Before And After Scott Rasmussen’s Departure

“Johnny Radio” AKA Hugh Hewitt On twitter over the weekend, Hugh Hewitt, host of  the great, intelligent talk show-the Hugh Hewitt Show, and I got into a friendly disagreement with Tom Kludt, a reporter for Talking Points Memo, regarding the Rasmu…

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There is a difference between recognizing that there is a higher Good in the sense of the True, and the Beautiful, and denying its existence while simultaneously trying to create it without a pattern upon which to base the design. Continue reading Meaning . . . → Read More: Meaning

Music To Hate By – The Met and The NYT Bring Anti-Semitism Mainstream

The Metropolitan Opera has an interesting choice in its repertoire for this year’s season.

It’s the debut of its production of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer on October 20, just under a month from now. The opera is fairly controversial, because of the way it treats the victim of a heartless atrocity and the terrorists who committed it.

Leon Klinghoffer was a 69-year-old American Jew who was a decorated American World War II veteran, wheelchair bound and was taking a cruise in 1985 with his wife and 11 friends to celebrate his 36th wedding anniversary on the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro.

The ship was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists from Black September, and Klinghoffer was taken aside and shot to death, murdered on the direct orders of Yasser Arafat. His body and his wheel chair were then thrown into the sea. He was no physical threat to the terrorists and was murdered simply because he was a Jew.

An opera based on these events was composed by John Adams with the libretto written by apostate Jew Alice Goodman, a convert from Judaism who’s now Anglican.

The opera was apparently designed to ‘equivocate’ the Arab terrorists and their victim morally and show the ‘humanity’ of both sides. The very title, using the word ‘death’ rather than ‘murder’ is a good indication of where this opera stands.

Needless to say, given the expansive growth of Jew hatred, including the recent beheading of a Jewish journalist by Islamic State, this drew some major flak, to the point that last June the Met cancelled a gala worldwide HD broadcast of this performance scheduled to stream to theaters and on radio.

But they are still putting on the opera.

Actually, the opera itself doesn’t merely ‘morally equivocate’ an old, harmless Jew in a wheel chair and his murderers. It comes down squarely on the side of the Arab terrorists.

It openly refers to the Israelis as the new Nazis. The opening scene shows graffiti on a wall, “Warsaw 1943, Bethlehem 2005,” while Jews wearing kippot are shown planting trees and building on ‘plundered Arab territory’. The Palestinian chorus sings, “My father’s house was razed in 1948 when the Israelis passed over our street.” The Palestinians sing, “We are soldiers fighting a war. We are not criminals and we are not vandals but men of ideals.”

Yes, brave soldiers fighting one unarmed 69-year old Jew in a wheel chair. How heroic!

And the rest of the libretto is riddled with typically anti-semitic stereotypes and slurs. At one point, the principal terrorist says, “Wherever poor men are gathered, they can find Jews getting fat. You know how to cheat the simple, exploit the virgin, pollute where you have exploited, defame those you cheated, and break your own law with idolatry.” Later, he yells at Klinghoffer, “America is one big Jew.”

That of course reveals the truth of the relationship between a crippled American Jew and Palestinian hatred. It has never been about Israel per se, but about the Jews. All Jews, where ever they are, no matter how Left-leaning and ‘anti-Zionist’ they are, not matter how self-degrading.

And actually, the deliberately music underlines the superiority of the viewpoint of Arabs as freedom fighters and victims. The Palestinian choruses are strong, virile and filled with emotion, especially as the opera progresses and more of their grievances against Jews are revealed and explored in the opera and the libretto. The Jewish choruses and lyrics are flabby and vague..exactly the way Adams wanted the two sides portrayed.

It is the Palestinian who are shown throughout the opera as heroic with justifiable anger while the Jews are shown as money grubbing and exploitative, always in an unfavorable light. What the music and the libretto both underline in a particularly sick way is that Leon Klinghoffer’s murder was justified, because his death was a sacrifice for the ‘crimes’ of his fellow Jews.

Needless to say, both the Met and the New York Times are beating the drum of ‘artistic freedom’ to justify putting this propaganda – because that’s exactly what it is – on stage. The Times in particular praised Met general manager Peter Gelb for being “true to its artistic mission.” 

Now I wonder…what would happen to a composer who wrote an opera about KKK members in the South during the Reconstruction lynching a negro who was a tool for their carpetbagger oppressors and attempted the same sort of ‘artistic statement’ that John Adams and Alice Goodman put together, showing moral equivalence of murderers and victim? Would the Met stage that opera? And would the New York Times laud it as ‘artistic freedom’? Would the composer ever get another commission to compose anything? I think we know the answers to those questions.

Does the Met have the right to put on this anti-semitic work in a mainstream cultural arena that justifies violence against Jews? Of course they do. Did John Adams have the right to compose it? Of course he did. Was a it a moral and decent thing to do? Are they being sympathetic and respectful of the feelings of the Klinghoffer’s children? Do they bear some responsibility for violence done to Jews as a result of what amount to a justification for it.

Absolutely. And no amount of rationalizing about ‘artistic freedom; cleanses that guilt, before G-d or man. To even try to do so is to reveal oneself as morally dead.

Peter Gelb can be reached at or call (212) 799-3100.

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Forum:What’s Behind The Downturn In The GOP’s Chances To Take The Senate?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:What’s Behind The Downturn In The GOP’s Chances To Take The Senate?

David Gerstman , Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: FWIW, here’s Charlie Cook.

The Independent Sentinel:I don’t know that I believe there is that much of a downturn from what I’ve read. If there is a downturn, it’s primarily because the Democrats are cleverly winning the media war with a lot of help from their biased allies in the mainstream media who paint Republicans as having no alternatives to anything. That’s not true but it’s perceptions that count.

The Media doesn’t report the news, they create the news.

Obamacare is a disaster but they’ve managed to delay many of the worst aspects and have bailed out insurance companies so people don’t know how bad it is or how much premiums will rise.

The public turned against the wars in the Middle East in part due to the media’s biased reporting. We won those wars. Many more men and women have died in Afghanistan under Obama’s watch than under Bush’s but you won’t read that in the mainstream media. You won’t see their flag-draped coffins being carried into Andrew’s Air Force base.

Democrats have been bailed out by their media allies.

Republicans have backed down on many issues but if they don’t, public opinion turns hard-left against them. They don’t have the bully pulpit.

Republicans have flaws but the biggest flaw lies with the deceit the opinion media is peddling.

 GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: As best understood – those Donkiecrats are like totally outspending the GOP on the Senate Race… :

Democratic fundraising has allowed the party and its allies to run more TV advertisements than Republicans in the first two weeks of September in nine of the 10 top Senate races this fall, according to an analysis of political spending by the nonpartisan Wesleyan Media Project.
The Democrats’ edge in TV ads of late is due partly to a string of super PACs that have ramped up their efforts in the past two months. Since July 3, the largest super PACs aligned with Democrats have raised four times the money of pro-GOP super PACs, and have now spent $60 million to Republicans’ $38 million, data compiled by The Wall Street Journal shows.

The Democratic push is being led by Senate Majority PAC, run by people affiliated with Mr. Reid, which has raised more money this election cycle than any super PAC aligned with either party: $33 million, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. It has put $28 million so far into TV and digital advertising, with nearly half of that spent in the last 10 weeks. Its biggest donors include hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer, who has given $5 million since 2013, and former New York City Mayor Nanny Bloomberg who has given $2.5 million.

Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of or against candidates, but they can’t donate directly to candidates.

To be sure, conservative outside groups plan to spend millions this fall to help Republican candidates. But the efforts of the Senate Majority PAC and other Democratic interest groups could represent the best chance that Democrats have of holding onto control of the Senate and keeping Mr. Reid in charge of the chamber.{…}

Republicans must pick up a net six seats to gain a Senate majority. Though polls show GOP candidates hold the lead in some of the closest races, Democrats have the financial advantage. The major Democratic Party committees—the Democratic National Committee and the party’s House and Senate arms—have raised nearly $370 million, about 10% more than their GOP counterparts, according to data collected by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : The conservative Tea Party worked to support their candidates only to be trounced by the well funded Republican machine in the primaries. The downturn occurred after the primaries as conservatives became disheartened, disappointed, and disgusted by the attacks on conservatives from those within the party. Many are now focusing their efforts on getting local candidates elected.

In order to take the majority in the Senate, Republicans have to pick up six seats. Of those six it appears Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia are the only seats we can be confident the GOP will win. However, polls show voter dissatisfaction with President Obama’s job performance. People don’t believe they are better off today than they were in 2008. In addition, with increasing global instability in the world, we see social issues taking a back burner here at home. It’s kind of hard to talk about a war on women when women and children are being beheaded, crucified, and sold into slavery and forced marriages in the Middle East. Historically, conservatives and Republicans vote more in the mid-term elections than liberals and Democrats, so Republicans have a little better than 50/50 chance of taking the Senate, imho.

 JoshuaPundit: Can anyone tell me what the GOP’s message is, except that they’re not Barack Obama? They have none. That’s because their real campaign is not against Democrats, but against conservatives and Tea Party candidates in their own party..and against their conservative base.

Let’s not forget that it was Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint who were the driving force in the GOP landslide in 2010, not the party establishment which fought them tooth and nail. As a matter of fact the GOP establishment and Michael Steele’s antics actually cost the Republicans two seats they could have won – Nevada and Colorado.

ObamaCare is still hugely unpopular. The GOP  isn’t mentioning it, and Boehner just pushed through funding for it.  President Obama’s planned amnesty is only supported by about 30% of the public, mainly in deep blue states with large illegal migrant populations like California.The only Republican senatorial candidate I’ve seen making it a major issue is Scoot Brown  in New Hampshire, and he’s gone from being better than 12 points down in the polls behind the Democrat incumbent Jean Shaheen to being essentially neck and neck…and he has hardly any money compared to Shaheen’s $11.2 million. Joanie Ernst in Iowa, Tom Tillis in North Carolina and Cory Gardner in Colorado  aren’t getting any GOP maney either. But the checkbook’s open for Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts.

Benghazi, IRS-Gate, NSA-Gate, Fast And Furious? Sssshhh!

That’s why the GOP is lagging behind. And now, they’re touting the return of Obama’s boyfriend Chris Christie, and talking about another Romney run for 2016 (OK, someone who could be a capable president but possibly the world’s. worst.candidate. ever). Even I can’t believe the GOP establishment is stupid enough not to understand what amnestia will  mean to both conservatives and the Republican Party, but then I never thought they would simply cede California to the Democrats without challenging the bogus redistricting scam,  or the state’s lawless winking at wholesale illegal migration and voter fraud.

This should be a Reagan -style conservative revolution. It shouldn’t even be close. Basta. Enough. Either conservatives need to take over the GOP or it’s divorce time.

The Right Planet: I would suspect it has something to do with the abysmal treatment the GOP leadership and the RNC has shown toward its base and the TEA Party, not to mention the fact that the current GOP leadership has caved on almost every issue–funding Obamacare, arming so-called Syrian “rebels,” pushing amnesty, etc.

Doug Ross recently posted, “From Mitch McConnell’s vow to ‘crush the Tea Party’ all the way to rampant vote fraud in Mississippi, the Reince Priebus- and Karl Rove-led band of numbskulls have wagered that corrupting the primary process, demonizing the conservative activist base, and using borderline criminal tactics would unify the party.”

There’s no excuse for all this, in my opinion; it’s electoral suicide. And one has to question whether it’s intentional or not. It seems that anyone who just wants the government to get its house in order–meaning: reduce spending, cut taxes, strong defense, limited government, defend individual liberties, etc.–is treated worse than a terrorist by not only the Democrats but by certain members of the GOP as well.

Writing about this makes me so furious I’ll have to end my response here.

Bookworm Room: This is an easy one: The GOP itself is behind the downturn. Here in my native state, I have it on the best authority that the establishment GOP elected to give several thousand dollars to a candidate who cannot possibly win, while giving $200 to a candidate who, if properly funded, could definitely win. Apparently the GOP decided that it was better to send good money after bad than to give the necessary help to someone who could be a sure thing. Whatever they’re drinking at GOP headquarters is some seriously bad stuff.

All of America there are similar stories: the establishment sides with the Washington version of conservativism, which is simply a slower growing version of big government, complete with cronyism and a devotion to the cheap labor promised by amnesty. Meanwhile, back in the real world, real people are drowning under government controls, mandates, and taxes, and they’re seeing illegal aliens sweep up the few jobs in our terrible economy. They can’t stand what the Democrats have done to them, but they won’t vote for a stale, flat-footed, tin-eared, self-serving GOP.

When Americans are exposed to true conservative ideas advocated by people who have solid support and are not allowed to be destroyed by an MSM portraying them as whackadoodles, they win, if not every time, at least a lot of the time. Two things don’t win: Stale, corrupt, expensive GOPism and conservative extremists who are able to get enough fringe support to manage without GOP support.

The Glittering Eye: Most of the minor upticks and downticks are statistical anomalies. As the actual election nears, pollsters concentrate more on likely voters than on registered voters or other larger groups of people who probably won’t vote. That can cause some surprising apparent changes, too.

All this by way of saying that early polls probably exaggerated Republican voting strength in some areas. It’s always been close and the nearer the election comes the more opinion polls are likely to reflect that.

  Well, there you have it.

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Kerry’s Talks With Iran Deadlocked As Iran Calls For Israel’s Destruction

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chaired a four hour meeting with an Iranian delegation that included Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif.

Secretary Kerry’s ‘agreement that was never and agreement’ on Iran’s rogue nuclear weapons program continues to fall apart at the seams.

The Iranians have rejected any limits on their enrichment program (and let’s remember, a nuclear energy program doesn’t require enrichment). The Iranians have refuse to consider reducing the size and output of their centrifuges that can enrich uranium both to levels needed for reactor fuel or nuclear warheads.

According to the Associated Press Kerry caved and promptly put a new U.S. proposal on the table that is based on removing piping connecting the centrifuges…as if that pipi9ng can’t be reconnected in between inspections!

The Iranians are also adamant about any inspection of their military base at Parchin where there’s substantial evidence that nuclear weapons research has gone on, nor will Iran make any concessions on its fortified nuclear facility at Fordo or on its heavy water reactor at Arak. That reactor has no peacetime application whatsoever, and the reactor can be used to produce plutonium, an alternate path to nuclear weapons.

You may remember
Secretary Kerry claiming that the Iranians had agreed to suspend operations at Arak.The Iranians were quite prompt to reply they said no such thing, just one of the many details Kerry and President Obama claimed the Iranians agreed to that they absolutely didn’t, and wouldn’t ever make concessions on. Meanwhile, the Iranian regime got over $12.5 billion in badly needed funds for this faux ‘agreement’ anyway. As I said at the time, it’s a wonder Secretary Kerry returned with his pants and shoes after that bit of negotiating….

The next topic of conversation was the Islamic State. As I reported earlier, the Iranian response to Kerry’s attempt to get them on board as part of President Obama’s coalition was pretty much along these lines:

Deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi refused the idea of any coordination of efforts with the Great Satan, he did say that his government was in agreement with Western powers on the evil  nature of Islamic State, saying,  “we couldn’t agree more that ISIL [Islamic State] is neither Islamic, nor a state.”  Most Sunnis, not just Islamic State feel the same way about Shi’ites, of course.

But they did have a unique suggestion for Kerry.

Araghchi said that Israel’s actions in Gaza can “only be called genocide,” and said that Israel’s existence was a rallying cry for Islamic State. So Islamic State’s destruction and demise 
 must thus be tied to “an end to the Israeli occupation of Arab lands.”

Since the Iranians (and the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians) have said many times they consider all of Palestine ‘occupied Arab lands’ and Iran funds and arms genocidal groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah, there’s no mistaking what Aragchi meant. It’s a reprise of the old Iranian call to wipe Israel off the map.

In fact, if the ‘Palestinian Authority’s ambassador’ to Iran, Salah Al-Zawawi is to be believed, Iran has already begun shipping weaponry and missiles to Fatah as well:

“I would like to reiterate my gratitude to the Islamic Republic of Iran for the training, financing, and weapons it has provided us, as well as for its political and diplomatic positions regarding Palestine. Iran has helped us to attain our great victory,”

“I am not saying that Palestine will be liberated tomorrow, but we have made real strides on the path to liberation. A missile with a 200 kilogram warhead will carry a warhead of 100 tons in the future, because weapons change as men change. We just need to cross the scientific threshold to get to our goal.”

Ah yes, the old goal of pushing the Jews into the sea. And perhaps later after the missiles are developed, a spare nuke, once the Iranians develop one? Just for the record, a top Iranian military commander recently confirmed  that the Islamic Republic is sending weapons to Fatah.

Israeli PM Netanyahu may be sorry he didn’t defy President Obama and take out Hamas when he had the opportunity. A three front war with Fatah, Hamas and Hezbollah as adversaries is not out of the question at all.

And Secretary Kerry? There’s no indication that he voiced any objections to this call for Israel’s ethnic cleansing by Iran. Not that he agrees with it per se, but he appears to be more focused on what concessions he can make to Iran to get some kind of piece of paper signed before November 24th the new deadline that was agreed to after the Iranians ran out the clock on July 20th, the official deadline. Iran received an additional bribe of $2.8 million to keep these ‘talks’ going after that fiasco.

Meanwhile, the centrifuges are turning and Iran hasn’t given up anything. Nor will they. Theyh know whom they’re dealing with.

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Are We Hearing the Truth about Enrollment? by Silence Dogood For a number of years Tom Fauchald, a Bemidji State University faculty member, has provided information about enrollments within the MnSCU system. In his latest report, he compares the FYE fall enrollments for all of the MnSCU colleges and universities. The figure below shows the […]

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