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Whoopsie! Has Chuck Schumer’s Own Racist History Comes Back To Bite Him?

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Democrat Minority leader Chuck Schumer has always been one to call Republicans ‘racist.’ He’s done it repeatedly to Donald Trump, tried to paste the label on the late Justice Alito and has promised to attack Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions,the judge who destroyed the Klu Klau Klan in Alabama as a ‘racist’ as well.

As it turns out, it appears Senator Schumer may be  living in a glass house when it comes accusing anyone of  racism. As conservative talk show host Larry Elder relates, we have an eyewitness account of how Chuck Schumer started of his career as a New York State Assemblyman in 1974 by concocted a disgustingly racist scheme to push blacks out of a white neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. He convinced people living in the neighborhood that if they supported him, he would use his clout to defraud the blacks living in the neighborhood and get rid of them.

Here’s the actual article, from 2006, and Senator Schumer has never challenged this or denied it… but wait, there’s more.

Robert Johnson, the billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) openly accused Schumer of racism back in 2008. According to Johnson, Schumer openly and blatantly favored “white owned companies” over his own:

Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson, the nation’s first African-American billionaire, made the explosive allegations in a Jan. 17 letter to Schumer, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.

Johnson accused Schumer of trying to get the U.S. Justice Department to derail his efforts to create what he said would be the nation’s first minority-owned airline in more than 30 years.

Johnson’s proposed company, DC Air, would offer discount fairs to many of upstate New York’s economically hard-pressed cities in a partnership arrangement with long-established carrier American Airlines.

“As an African-American businessperson who has a personal net worth significantly greater than the market capitalization of [rival companies] Jet Blue and Air Tran combined, I am offended that you could argue that these two companies deserve an opportunity that should be denied to me,” Johnson told Schumer.

“It cannot be that you believe that they are better businesspersons; perhaps it is because they are white businesspersons.”

Johnson, in an interview with The Post, said, “If Schumer was a Republican and not a Democrat, everyone would be jumping up and down saying, ‘How dare you not support us?’

“I’m trying to figure out what the rationale is for someone who is a member of the liberal Democratic Party to oppose DC Air – when that party has a fundamental commitment to minority ownership and equal opportunities for minorities,” Johnson said.

Asked if he was accusing Schumer of racism, Johnson responded, “If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . . “

Johnson’s fairly level headed and not known for throwing something like this out there as a habit, so he might very well have hit the nail on the head. Or maybe the other companies just put more money in the Senator’s pocket. After all, Senator Schumer is fairly notorious when it come to having his hand out when it comes to his fundraising.

And get this…according to the Post article, guess who Senator Schumer got to vouch for him? None other than NY Representative Charlie Rangel, one of the most foully corrupt members of congress.

 It figures. And it also makes me wonder what else might be out there.

Quack quack, Senator.

Schumer may or may not be a racist. But what’s obvious is that he’s all about Chuck Schumer,and if displaying racist behavior is needed,(or pretty much anything else) he’s down for it..any means to an end. That’s something to keep in mind as he tries to smear far better men with that label.

If I were Senator Schumer with his background, I’d be a lot more cautious about throwing around bogus accusations of racism. It isn’t nice and can have unforeseen consequences.

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Whoopsie! Has Chuck Schumer’s Own Racist History Comes Back To Bite Him?

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Democrat Minority leader Chuck Schumer has always been one to call Republicans ‘racist.’ He’s done it repeatedly to Donald Trump, tried to paste the label on the late Justice Alito and has promised to attack Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions,the judge who destroyed the Klu Klau Klan in Alabama as a ‘racist’ as well.

As it turns out, it appears Senator Schumer may be  living in a glass house when it comes accusing anyone of  racism. As conservative talk show host Larry Elder relates, we have an eyewitness account of how Chuck Schumer started of his career as a New York State Assemblyman in 1974 by concocted a disgustingly racist scheme to push blacks out of a white neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. He convinced people living in the neighborhood that if they supported him, he would use his clout to defraud the blacks living in the neighborhood and get rid of them.

Here’s the actual article, from 2006, and Senator Schumer has never challenged this or denied it… but wait, there’s more.

Robert Johnson, the billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) openly accused Schumer of racism back in 2008. According to Johnson, Schumer openly and blatantly favored “white owned companies” over his own:

Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson, the nation’s first African-American billionaire, made the explosive allegations in a Jan. 17 letter to Schumer, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.

Johnson accused Schumer of trying to get the U.S. Justice Department to derail his efforts to create what he said would be the nation’s first minority-owned airline in more than 30 years.

Johnson’s proposed company, DC Air, would offer discount fairs to many of upstate New York’s economically hard-pressed cities in a partnership arrangement with long-established carrier American Airlines.

“As an African-American businessperson who has a personal net worth significantly greater than the market capitalization of [rival companies] Jet Blue and Air Tran combined, I am offended that you could argue that these two companies deserve an opportunity that should be denied to me,” Johnson told Schumer.

“It cannot be that you believe that they are better businesspersons; perhaps it is because they are white businesspersons.”

Johnson, in an interview with The Post, said, “If Schumer was a Republican and not a Democrat, everyone would be jumping up and down saying, ‘How dare you not support us?’

“I’m trying to figure out what the rationale is for someone who is a member of the liberal Democratic Party to oppose DC Air – when that party has a fundamental commitment to minority ownership and equal opportunities for minorities,” Johnson said.

Asked if he was accusing Schumer of racism, Johnson responded, “If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . . “

Johnson’s fairly level headed and not known for throwing something like this out there as a habit, so he might very well have hit the nail on the head. Or maybe the other companies just put more money in the Senator’s pocket. After all, Senator Schumer is fairly notorious when it come to having his hand out when it comes to his fundraising.

And get this…according to the Post article, guess who Senator Schumer got to vouch for him? None other than NY Representative Charlie Rangel, one of the most foully corrupt members of congress.

 It figures. And it also makes me wonder what else might be out there.

Quack quack, Senator.

Schumer may or may not be a racist. But what’s obvious is that he’s all about Chuck Schumer,and if displaying racist behavior is needed,(or pretty much anything else) he’s down for it..any means to an end. That’s something to keep in mind as he tries to smear far better men with that label.

If I were Senator Schumer with his background, I’d be a lot more cautious about throwing around bogus accusations of racism. It isn’t nice and can have unforeseen consequences.

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Everything You Need to Know about Libertarianism, in a Venn Diagram

I wrote a couple of days ago about a global ranking showing which nations enjoy the most personal and economic freedom. Surprisingly, European nations dominated the top 20, which suggests (given the depressing amount of statism in Europe) that libertarians have a lot of work to do if we want good liberty-oriented role models for […]

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Hypocrisy Update: Leftists Want the Peasants (but not Themselves) to Endure Big Government

I wrote last month about Secretary of State John Kerry being a giant hypocrite because he’s been a critic of so-called tax havens, yet he and his family benefits immensely from investments in various low-tax jurisdictions. But perhaps that’s something that Obama requires when selecting people for that position. It turns out that Kerry’s predecessor […]

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John Kerry’s Tax Haven Investments and other Examples of Statist Hypocrisy

What do left-wing firebrand Congressman Alan Grayson, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Obama’s top trade negotiator Michael Froman, liberal financier Donald Sussman, and big-money Democratic donor Tom Steyer. all have in common? The answer is that they all engage in tax avoidance and tax planning by utilizing tax havens. Like many other Democrats (and Democrat donors), […]

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Pope Francis: ‘Trump Not A Christian,’ Calls for Open Borders

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Pope Francis has made a crusade of his quest to weaken the Catholic Church and the West with demands that illegal migrants and Muslim ‘refugees’ be accepted into western countries. Today, he singled out presidential candidate Donald Trump for special criticism, saying that if Trump planned to build a wall to protect America’s southern border, he is “not Christian” according to the Associated Press.

Trump’s response? Classic:

So here. we have a presidential candidate actually promising to defend Christians, something Pope Francis has never actively done during his tenure as Pope… and this pontiff attacks him??

It’s also worth nothing that not only has Trump repeatedly made the point that he favors legal immigration, but that most of the Republican candidates – Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, even John Kasich – favor increased border security, thus proving Trump’s claim that this pope is being manipulated specifically against him.

And as far as Muslim ‘refugees,’ here’s something that didn’t make the headlines…the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood front group the Islamic Society Of North America
(ISNA)and other similar organizations in a whole series of ‘interfaith dialogues’ entitled ‘A common word between us.’

Having read the Qu’ran, that title immediately caught my attention, but I’ll let Islamic scholar Robert Spencer tell it:

What do you think is the goal of such groups in engaging in “dialogue” with Catholic bishops? The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2014 statement on “dialogue” quotes the 2007 document sent to the Pope and other Christian leaders, A Common Word Between Us and You. It is likely that not a single one of the bishops was ever curious about where the phrase “a common word between us and you comes from beyond the Qur’an citation provided in that document’s epigraph. If they had looked it up in the Qur’an, they would have found that the full passage is not a call for mutual understanding and mutual respect; rather, it is an exhortation to Christians to convert to Islam: “Say: ‘People of the Book! Come now to a word common between us and you, that we serve none but Allah, and that we associate no others with Him, and do not some of us take others as Lords, apart from Allah.’ And if they turn their backs, say: ‘Bear witness that we are Muslims’” (3:64). Since Muslims consider the Christian confession of the divinity of Christ to be an unacceptable association of a partner with God, this verse is saying that the “common word” that Muslims and the People of the Book should agree on is that Christians should discard one of the central tenets of their faith and essentially become Muslims.

For groups such as ICNA and ISNA, that is almost certainly what the “dialogue” is all about, along with compelling Catholic leaders to remain silent about Muslim persecution of Christians, as when Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, suppressed a planned talk at a Catholic conference on that persecution, explaining: “Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims.” Evil works under the cover of darkness, and McManus, drunk on “dialogue,” was happy to supply that cover.

But the typical modern Catholic bishop, coddled, cosseted, regal, arrogant, authoritarian, ignorant, self-infatuated, and utterly devoid of charity, will never deign to acknowledge any of this. They are blind guides.

Blind guides is being charitable. Although to be fair these bishops are simply following like sheep in the path of dhimmitude set for them by the last two popes, Benedict and Francis. Neither of them ever did or have doneanything to protect the Middle East’s Christians from what amounts to genocide, or urged the Western nations to take them in as refugees or protect them in any way.

And this Pope has the nerve to say that Donald Trump is not a Christian?

As a parting note, I should say that Pope Francis actually does approve of border walls and strict immigration policies...for himself and the Vatican:

The Vatican, for its part, welcomes millions of visitors a year — but allows only a very select few, who meet strict criteria, to be admitted as residents or citizens.

Only about 450 of its 800 or so residents actually hold citizenship, according to a 2012 study by the Library of Congress. That study said citizens are either church cardinals who reside in the Vatican, the Holy See’s diplomats around the world, and those who have to reside in the city because of their jobs, such as the Swiss Guard.

Spouses and children who live in the city because of their relationship with citizens — including the Swiss Guard and workers such as the gardener — have also been granted citizenship. But that means few of the Vatican’s citizens are women.

A Vatican spokesman did not return an email seeking comment on its policy.

Just like most Marxists, Pope Francis is a major hypocrite.

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Rewarding a Corrupt IRS with a Bigger Budget: Another “Own Goal” by the GOP

The good thing about being nonpartisan is that I can freely criticize (or even praise) policy makers without giving any thought to whether they have an R or D after their name. That doesn’t mean Republicans and Democrats are the same, at least with regards to rhetoric. The two big political parties in the United […]

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Pope Francis On Taking In Refugees In Europe: A Basis For An Alternative Approach To Christianity

As tens of thousands of refugees from the Middle East were seeking refuge in the E.U., Pope Francis “called on every parish, religious community, monastery and sanctuary in Europe to shelter refugees.”[1]It was not enough, he said, to tell them, “have courage, hang in there.”[2]Providing the Christian basis, he said that “the Gospel calls us to be close to the smallest and to those who have been abandoned.”[3]Jesus went to those who had been abandoned by the hegemonic Temple-centric Judaism of his day, and healed them. In the Gospel of Mark, it is the strangers rather than the disciples who understand his message. I submit that this approach to Christianity could serve as an alternative to the dominant one that applies Christianity to every issue.



Pope Francis making the appeal. (Riccardo De Luca/AP)

The complete essay is at “Pope Francis on the Refugees.”


1. Alison Smale, “Pope Calls on All of Europe’s Catholics to Shelter Refugees,” The New York Times, September 6, 2015.

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

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Great Moments in Socialism

Socialism is an economic failure. International socialism didn’t work in the Soviet Union. National socialism didn’t work in Germany. And democratic socialism, while avoiding the horrors of its communist and Nazi cousins, also has been a flop. Socialism fails because it attempts to replace market-determined prices with various forms of central planning based on government-dictated […]

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Obama: ‘Killing Babies To Harvest Their Organs Is An Atrocity’

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Yes believe it or not, the president actually said that..except he was talking about Africa to Africans, not America.

President Barack Obama told a group of young African leaders on Monday that harvesting organs from humans that are killed as part of an African ritual was “craziness” and a “cruel” tradition that needed to stop. He warned of dehumanizing marginal groups of humans and of the problems that arise when “you are not able to see someone else as a human being.”

In a wide-ranging question and answer session with members of the Young African Leaders Initiative [YALI], a woman from Kenya said “Persons with albinism in Africa are being killed and their body parts harvested for ritual purposes. My request to you is to raise this issue with heads of state of African countries to bring these atrocities to an end.”

Obama decried the practice and went on to encourage the young people to do everything in their power to fight on the behalf of vulnerable humans.

‘Cruel traditions?’ ‘Protecting the vulnerable?’ Has our president not seen the recent videos of Planned Parenthood apparatchniks wheeling and dealing over the body parts of aborted babies…with special emphasis on selling the organs of 21-16 week-old babies whom already have a nervous system and can feel the pain of being ripped from the womb?

In fact, he hasn’t. According to his spokeshole Josh Earnest, the president chose not to watch the videos. Hardly surprising, since when the president was a state legislator in Illinois, he fought tooth and nail for infanticide…fighting against legislation that would have mandated that babies whom survived an abortion attempt receive medical care. That was too much even for the radical pro-abortion group NARAL to stomach.

What an obscene hypocrite our president is.

(H/t, Molly at the Federalist)

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More Stunning Examples of Statist Hypocrisy

Our friends who believe in big government have this funny habit of self-exempting themselves from the bad policies that they impose on the rest of the population. Statists are very opposed to so-called tax havens, for instance, because they don’t want there to be any constraints on the ability of governments to impose higher tax […]

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Another Leftist Joins the Hypocrite Hall of Fame

While the Bureaucrat Hall of Fame and Moocher Hall of Fame already exist, the Hypocrite Hall of Fame is just a concept. But once it gets set up, Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida will definitely be a charter member. Here are some passages from a column in the Tampa Bay Times. U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, […]

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More Adventures in Statist Hypocrisy

It must be fun to be a leftist. You get to spend other people’s money. But that’s just for starters. Using the power of majoritarianism, you also get to tell the rest of the country what to do, how to behave, and even what to eat. Best of all, you can be a complete hypocrite. […]

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Pope Francis, Hypocrite

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Pope Francis made the news today with an interesting statement on freedom of speech.

The Pope, while en route to the Philippines decided to weigh in on the Charlie Hebdo controversy.

Pope Francis described freedom of speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good. But…there were limits:

By way of example, he referred to Alberto Gasbarri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.

“If my good friend Dr. Gasbarri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said half-jokingly, throwing a mock punch his way. “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”

Now the Pope of course condemned the killings, saying such horrific violence in God’s name couldn’t be justified and was an “aberration.” But he said a reaction of some sort was to be expected.

“There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others,” he said. “They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr. Gasbarri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit.”

I have to admit I find his use of the word “aberration” to describe what happened in Paris astonishing. Has he been living in a bubble? Christians are being murdered all over the Middle East and in Africa by Muslims, and terrorism in the name of Islam has been epidemic. An aberration? Really?

That aside, I find I agree with some of what he said. People whom deliberately insult someone’s religion – as opposed to being critical of its practices and ideology, which ought to be fair game – should expect a reaction.

So…where was this Pope’s reaction to the deliberate insults and canards thrown at Christianity by the rabidly secular Left since he put on the Papal Mitre? Asleep in that same bubble?

And what about Jews? The most hideous libels and slanders are thrown at Jews and Judaism every day in Europe and the Middle East. Mainstream articles in ME papers repeatedly use cartoons Der Stürmer would have been proud to print, Hitler’s Mein Kampf in Arabic is a bestseller and many Muslim imams demonize Jews and call for their death and destruction on a regular basis in their Friday sermons.

 

Meanwhile, Israeli flags with a Mogen Dovid, a Jewish religious symbol on them are burned every day in Europe and in the Arab World. The Pope has said nothing about any of this. In fact, he’s actually criticized Israel for its ‘reactions’ to this insult to their religion.

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Yet, all of a sudden, this Pontiff is already jumping in and making excuses for the violent  Muslim reaction to cartoons in Charlie Hebdo. When Muslims do it, of course it’s wrong but you have to understand their justified rage.

This sort of anal hypocrisy is indefensible in someone who seeks to be a moral arbiter and the leader of the Catholic Faith. Or is it just naked cowardice, as it was with his predecessor Benedict?

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God Help Us All…Welcome to 2015!

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Who’s ‘Responsibility?’

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Sometimes, a public figure makes a statement that simply defies the imagination in its blatant hypocrisy and ignorance of reality.

Those of you who have been following events in the region know that the Third Intifada against Israel is well underway, and that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are doing their best to incite violence. Against this background, Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority AKA Hamas/Fatah recently went to the UN Security Council in an attempt to get a resolution declaring a Palestinian State along the pre ’67 lines that would have called for forcing Israel back to indefensible borders, re-dividing Jerusalem and barring Jews from their Holy sites, ethnically cleansing 500,000 Jews, freeing all terrorists currently in captivity in Israeli jails and allowing any of the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians to return to whatever they claim their homes were in Israel.

The resolution failed by one vote, but Abbas has promised to re-introduce it now that three pro-Israel nation’s terms on the Security Council have finished and three anti-Israel countries terms on the Security Council started in 2015. And Abbas is also attempted to join the International Criminal Court, saying that if he’s successful he will attempt to prosecute Israel there for war crimes.

Aside from violating both the Oslo Accords and The Road Map, this is nothing less than a hostile entity making a declaration of war against Israel.

In retaliation, Israel decided to take the measure of freezing $127 million in tax monies it gathered for Hamas/Fatah, and is considering other measures as well.

The EU immediately condemned this, and their reaction is worth looking at.

European Union foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said in a statement today that even this moderate pushback “runs counter to Israel’s obligations.”

“An effective Palestinian Authority, committed to non-violence and a peaceful resolution of the conflict, is a key element for a two-state solution,” Mogherini said.

Mogherini said that “recent steps taken … could aggravate the already tense situation on the ground and bring them further away from a negotiated solution.”

“Both sides should refrain from taking actions which could raise obstacles to the rapid return to the negotiations,” she added.

She also threatened that the EU’s financing of ‘Palestine’ could be endangered by Israel’s withholding the money.

You have to wonder what planet the EU thinks it lives on.

Israel’s ‘responsibilities?’ What about the Palestinian Authority?

In exchange for being gifted sovereignty by Israel in the Oslo Accords over some land it otherwise had no claim to, The Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians agreed to do three things…renounce terrorism, recognize Israel’s right to exist and end anti-semitic incitement in its mosques schools and media. Those same three requirements were also part of the Road Map.

Not one of them has ever been adhered to, not by Arafat, not by Mahmoud Abbas and certainly not by Hamas.

While the PLO charter tepidly recognizes Israel, neither the Fatah charter or the Hamas charters do. Support for terrorism against Israeli civilians is a given, and not merely tolerated but rewarded. In the twenty years since Oslo, not a single person has ever been arrested by the PA security forces for killing a Jew. Financing of terrorist activity by the PA and Hamas is a long documented fact. Terrorist killers convicted of some of the most heinous murders by Israeli courts are called ‘holy martyrs’ by Abbas and receive a nice salary from the PA courtesy of Eu and American taxpayers, and these ‘martyrs’ are held up as heroes and role models to Palestinian society. They’re glorified in its media, lionized in its mosques and have public buildings named after them.

Mahmoud Abbas’s Moscow University treatise claiming that the Holocaust never happened and that the few Jews that were killed were the result of ‘Zionists’ collaborating with the Nazis is a required text in the PA’s school curriculum.

And the PA itself is now allied in a unity government with the genocidal Hamas.For that matter, the PLO has already said that the Oslo Accords no longer apply to them.

And when Mogherini talks about a Palestinian Authority, committed to non-violence and a peaceful resolution of the conflict, does she even recognize the years of sustained and constant rejectionism and unwillingness to negotiate anything by Arafat and Abbas and the PA as the main contributor to the current impasse?

Responsibility also entails financial responsibility. ‘Palestine’ has received more aid money per capita than any other developing nation in history,and they aren’t even a state yet. Only the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians have their own lavishly funded UN organization, UNRWA, to administer to their needs.

Yet, in spite of all that aid, they still remain an international economic basket case. eEen former PA finance minister Salim Fayyad admitted that at least half of the donor aid to ‘Palestine’ has either been stolen or diverted, and the World Bank puts it at 60%. The supposedly bankrupt PA still supports Sufa Arafat in her lavish Paris lifestyle to the tune of $100,000 per month, while Mahmoud Abbas is fabulously wealthy (He personally ‘diverted’ $1.3 billion to himself if former Palestinian Security Minister Mahmoud Dahlan is to be believed) and Abbas’s two sons are millionaires.

Not only that, but the aspiring state of ‘Palestine’ has spent nothing on even creating its own electrical grid. ‘Palestine’ instead relies on Israeli electricity and has racked up an unpaid bill of around $300 million to the Israel Electric Corporation, an indebtedness subsidized by Israeli consumers through higher rates. It’s to the point where the IEC has informed the Israeli government that they’re going to be forced to cut power to the PA simply because the continued supply of free electricity is unsustainable.

Is Israel obligated as part of its ‘responsibilities’ to continue to supply free power to a hostile entity? And is Israel responsible for the fact that Hamas/Fatah are more concerned with spending whatever money they have left over after stealing for themselves on Jew killing and incitement? Is it Israel’s fault that ‘Palestine’ is simply one of the most successful con games in history,one that the international community and particularly the EU happily bought into?

Isn’t it time the EU and the rest of the so-called International Community starting calling on the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians to start shouldering their responsibilities and imposing real consequences when they don’t? Or are Israel and the Jews simply a more convenient target?

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Another Strong Entry in the Least-Sympathetic-Victim-of-Obamacare Contest

Shortly after Obamacare was enacted, I began to maintain a list of groups that were victimized by the law. But after listing kids, low-income workers, and retirees, I quickly realized this was a senseless exercise because virtually everyone in the country was going to be hurt by this expansion of government power and control. So […]

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Hardness of Heart vs.Unethical Conduct: Which Is Less Christian?

Monsignor, a film made in 1982—in the midst of a very pro-business administration in Washington, D.C.—depicts a Vatican steeped in matters of finance centering around a priest whose degree in finance makes him a prime candidate to be groomed for the Curia. That cleric, Father John Flaherty, helps the Vatican operating budget during World War II by involving the Holy See in the black market through a mafia. In the meantime, he sleeps with a woman who is preparing to be a nun and subsequently keeps from her the matter of his religious vocation. The twist is not that Flaherty is a deeply flawed priest, or that the Vatican he serves is vulnerable to corruption inside, but that those clerics who mercilessly go after him are devoid of the sort of compassion that their savior preaches.

The full essay is at “Monsignor” 

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The U.S. State Department Is At War…With Israel

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When it comes to hatred and hypocrisy it’s business as usual where Israel’s concerned when it comes to the U.S. State Department, which has become a willing tool of the Obama Administration to discredit and demonize Israel.And that was clearly demonstrated today in the exchanges below.

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Last Week, U.S Chief of Staff General Martin Donovan made a speech about Israel and the Gaza War that went pretty far off the Obama Regime’s reservation. He not only praised the IDF for their efforts to avoid civilian casualties,saying that Israel had gone to “extraordinary lengths” in Gaza, but revealed that the U.S. Armed Forces had sent a delegation to learn about the IDF’s policies to help Americans to improve their own record in wartime.

This directly contradicted the State Department and the White House, whose stated position was to attack Israel at every opportunity for not doing enough to avoid civilian casualties.

When former Obama campaign flack turned State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki was questioned about this by Matt Lee at the AP of all places, the exchange revealed quite a bit:

MATT LEE, ASSOCIATED PRESS: Yesterday, the ICC made its decision that there was no case to prosecute for war crimes in Gaza. But also yesterday – and you spoke about that very briefly here. But also yesterday, General Dempsey, who is no slouch when it comes to military things, told an audience in New York that the Israelis went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage during the Gaza war. And I’m puzzled, because I thought it was the position of the Administration – or maybe it was just the position of the State Department and the White House – that Israel was not doing enough to live up to its – what you called its own high standards. Back on August 3rd, there was the statement you put out after the UNRWA school incident, saying that the U.S. “is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling.” And that was some pretty fierce criticism. How do you reconcile these two apparent divergent points of view? When this statement came out, the United States was appalled? Did that just mean the State Department was appalled?

JEN PSAKI, STATE DEPARTMENT: No, that is the position of the Administration; it remains the position of the Administration. As we made clear throughout the summer’s conflict, we supported Israel’s right to self-defense and strongly condemned Hamas’s rocket attacks that deliberately targeted civilians, and the use of tunnels, of course, of attacks into Israel. However, we also expressed deep concern and heartbreak for the civilian death toll in Gaza and made clear, as you noted in the statement you pointed to, that we believed that Israel could have done more to prevent civilian casualties, and it was important that they held their selves to a high standard. So that remains our view and position about this summer’s events.

LEE: Okay. But I’m still confused as to how you can reconcile the fact that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – who knows a bit about how military operations work, I would venture to guess; I don’t know him, but I assume that he wouldn’t be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff if he was – if he didn’t –

MS. PSAKI: Correct.

LEE: — says that the Israelis essentially did the best that they could and lived up to – by extension lived up to their high standards by taking – by going to, quote, “extraordinary lengths” to limit the collateral damage.

MS. PSAKI: Well, I would point you to the chairman’s team for his – more specifics on his comments. But it remains the broad view of the entire Administration that they could have done more and they should have taken more – all feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties.

It gets even worse.

There were two terrorist murders in Israel today, one by an Arab who entered the country illegally and attacked and knifed to death a young airman, Almog Shiloni, 20,(HY”D) as he was waiting at the Haganah train station in south Tel Aviv and a second one by an Islamic Jihad operative whom Israel had freed as a ‘gesture to Mahmoud Abbas.’ His victim was Dalia Lemkus, 26 (HY”D), who was first run over as she waited at a bus stop in Alon Shvut near Gush Etzion in Judea and then deliberately stabbed to death when her murderer got out of his car to make sure he finished the job.

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Jen Psaki’s remarks on this? She referred to them as “unfortunately a couple of events.”

Just, you know, the kind of tragedies that happen some time. Here’s the rest of her statement:

“We strongly condemn the stabbings – the stabbing today in the West Bank and we deeply regret the loss of life. Our condolences go out to the victim’s family. It is absolutely critical that parties take every possible measure to protect civilians and de-escalate tensions,” Psaki said.

Protect civilians? Does she even listen to what comes out of her mouth? These were deliberate terrorist attacks aimed at killing civilians. And the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are encouraging them.

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And of course, being Jen Psaki, she had to find something to say to show some kind of  equivalence between Israel and the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians…

“We are also seeking additional information surrounding the incident of the Israeli Arab who was shot with – who was shot as well with a live bullet. We’re looking for information surrounding this incident. We’re in touch – close touch with the Ministry of Justice. And of course, we urge all parties to exercise restraint.”

The Arab whom she’s perhaps talking about, Khayr al-Din al-Hamdan had attacked a police car with a knife and attempted to attack the police inside. Or perhaps she means Dalia Lemkus’s murderer Maher Hamdi al-Hashalmoun from Hebron, who was shot by police as he ran away on foot after a 59-year-old Israeli stopped his car, got out and took the killer on with his bare hands

A reporter asked her, “If you’re standing at a bus stop or something and someone runs a car into you or comes up and stabs you, I don’t know how – I mean, those people aren’t – don’t need to exercise restraint, do they?”

Her reply? “I think I’m referring to the fact that we know that there have been – there’s been rising tensions in the region that has led to some of these incidents. I think we all are aware of that.”

“Obviously, there have been a range of issues and events that have led to the rising tensions in the region that both sides need to do more to fix.”

These exchanges reveal a lot. They tell us that the constant hammering on Israel by the Obama Administration is all about President Obama’s attitude towards Israel and towards Benyamin Netanyahu, not anything about how Israel defends itself.

This president and his minions don’t consider the attacks against Israeli civilians to be terrorism, but ‘legitimate’ resistance by ‘freedom fighters.’ That’s exactly why they never use the ‘T’ word to describe them.

It’s always Israel’s fault. And if that isn’t supported in the least by facts, that doesn’t stop Psaki and others of her ilk from being the mouthpieces used to demonize Israel and its security forces as they defend the country. It’s to try and force Israel back to indefensible borders that would result in even worse violence than exists now.

The president and his team don’t consider Israel an ally. They see Israel as a problem he needs to neutralize and create distance from, just as he said openly in 2009. It’s what he wanted from the very beginning, and it’s much more to his taste than actually fighting Islamists or seeing to it that Iran is stopped from getting nuclear weapons

Also, the callous dismissal of what Dempsey had to say is just one more example of exactly how much respect this president and his team have for our military and their advice and opinions.

And Jen Psaki?

I know, it’s just a well paid job that involves equating Israel with the likes of Hamas/Fatah and whitewashing the Obama regime’s despicable stance by blaming ‘both sides’, as if the victims brought it on themselves just by being there. But then, there are limits in what most people with any decency will do for money …unless they’re true believers. Ms. Psaki obviously is one, and is thus enabling what I’d call more than the usual level of evil.

There’s always a price for that in the end.

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Who You Going to Believe on Infrastructure Spending: The IMF in August or the IMF in October?

The International Monetary Fund isn’t my least-favorite international bureaucracy. That special honor belongs to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, largely because of its efforts to undermine tax competition and protect the interests of the political class (it also tried to have me arrested, but I don’t hold that against them). But the IMF […]

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