Monday, January 16, 2017

The Paris ' Peace Conference' Turns Into A Farce
 Pro -Israel protesters outside Paris Conference

The Paris peace conference designed to be another slap at Israel turned into a farce devoid of meaning. It certainly didn't have the kick Barack Obama and John Kerry intended.

Instead of strengthening the insidious UNSC 2334, it actually buried it and made it ridiculous.

UNSC 2334, as biased as it was, had reiterated the Security Council’s:

“vision of a region where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders,”

The final Paris communique threw away this “two democratic states solution” and changed it to:

“that a negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, is the only way to achieve enduring peace.”

They eliminated 'democratic' 9 times in the final communique. This seems self-evident because neither the Palestinian Authority or Hamasistan are democratic in the least, but the Paris communique not accepting the terms of the “two-state solution” proposed by the Security Council gives the lie to the whole enterprise and takes the mask off, weakening 2334's clout.

It also reaffirmed that the only way to any settlement was direct negotiations between the parties rather than a UN diktat, which 2334 most assuredly did not do.

There's also no followup, and no new demands of Israel.

The Paris statement did praise Saudi Arabia's 2002 Arab Peace Initiative as "a comprehensive framework for the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, thus contributing to regional peace and security." That's to be expected. But since it was a diktat that mimics 2334 in re-dividing Jerusalem and gifting all of Judea and Samaria to 'Palestine' and the Israelis will never abide by that anyway, it's meaningless...just like the entire conference.

Surprisingly, Britain refused to ratify the Paris statement, thus blocking the EU from signing on to it. Australia refused as well, as did most of the Eastern European EU members.

And even France's lame duck president Hollande changed his tune, saying that only negotiations between the two parties would result in peace, which 'cannot be dictated.'

What changed things? In part at least, Donald Trump:

In a recent interview with Bild and the Times of London, Trump said he hoped the UK would veto any anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council.

“The Brits read what Trump said and implemented it immediately,” an unnamed European diplomat who attended Monday’s EU meeting told Haaretz.

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Quite simply, Trump explained that Obama was on his way out in a week or so, and there was a new sheriff in town. It's no coincidence that British PM Theresa May is now exulting over offers of  new trade deals outside the EU with America.

The Australians and the most of the  Eastern European countries were always on board with Israel anyway. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was fairly open about saying that the Turnball government didn't think much of 2334 and even less of the Paris communique:

Without specifically mentioning the conference's endorsement of resolution 2334, Ms Bishop noted the Coalition did not support "one-sided resolutions targeting Israel".

"The most important priority must be a resumption of direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians for a two-state solution as soon as possible," she said.

Australia became one of the few countries other than Israel to condemn the New Zealand-sponsored resolution 2334, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull labeling it "one-sided" and "deeply unsettling".

U,S, Secretary of State John Kerry phoned Israeli PM Netanyahu and promised that the U.S. would not support any further UN action at tomorrow's UN Security Council Meeting, to which Netanyahu reportedly replied that Israel has already suffered enough damage thanks to the U.S. abstention on 2334.

It's the part about Kerry promising something is what has me concerned...stay tuned.

UPDATE: The UNSC meeting turned out to be nothing. Except for Israel's UN ambassador Danny Danon ripping the UN for encouraging  (encouraging? try financing amd abetting) Palestinian terrorism and intransigence.

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BREAKING! Project Veritas Undercover Op Outs Plans To Terrorize Inaugural

James O'Keefe and his team have gone public with the results of their undercover investigation of a group known as 'the DC Anti-fascist Coalition,' an alliance of radical Leftist groups who have come together and have made concrete plans to disrupt the Trump inauguration and terrorize the attendees. These are not people simple planning a protest or some street theater. These are violent, serious people, And listening to them, it's obvious they have the expertise to carry their plans for violence off.This video is part one:

John Lewis Disgraces Himself And His Own Heroic Past - Again

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Rep John Lewis (D-GA) has been a busy man this week.

First off, he, along with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) went ahead and slandered President Elect Trump's Attorney General pick Jeff Sessions as a ra-aaa-acist without a shred of proof. Now, Jeff Sessions is the man who destroyed the KKK in Alabama among his other accomplishments, but so what? After all, he's a Republican, a southerner and a Trump nominee isn't he? Isn't that enough?

Apparently it isn't enough, not any more, since Jeff Sessions is a cinch to get through his Judiciary committee hearings and become the first honest Attorney General we've had in 8 years.

Cory Booker, of course was just looking to raise his profile a little bit, looking ahead perhaps to 2020. But John Lewis appears to have something of a different agenda. He just went public calling Donald Trump's presidency "illegitimate' on NBC:

Of course the media went wild with this, because John Lewis is a 'civil rights icon' after all, and thus his moral authority is unquestionable,right? So he's allowed to air wild conspiracy theories without a smidgen of evidence. Because of course, the Democrat media media has a vested interest in branding Trump's presidency as illegitimate too.

But you have to wonder. Isn't the Democratic party use of voter fraud, rigging the primaries, having one of their operatives in CNN's employ feeding debate questions to their candidate and colluding with corrupt elements in the media a conspiracy? Wasn't all that just a secret plan to obtain a desired result by any means necessary? Or at least it was secret until WikiLeaks made it public.

President Elect Trump responded, as he tends to do, tweeting: "Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!"**

Trump later tweeted: "Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!"

He isn't going to get that from the likes of John Lewis. Like his fellow prog-facists, Lewis wants Trump's presidency to fail and will do everything in his power to obstruct it and keep blacks on the Democrat Plantation.

Does anyone remember the last time Rep. John Lewis made national headlines?

This was during the Tea Party protests in Washington over ObamaCare being shoved through, ignoring all Senate and House rules with the Republicans literally locked out of the room. That's John Lewis next to then Speaker Pelosi, with his hand on the gavel. He was there in that prominent position for a specific reason, as we'll see.

They walked through the crowds of protesters with the media in tow, deliberately hoping  to provoke a confrontation.

Afterwards, Lewis and Rep. Andre Carson claimed they were abused with 'racial epithets' repeatedly during their little stroll, and the media made it headline news for weeks. After all,John Lewis, civil rights icon. Ra-aaa-acism!

Andrew Breitbart (Z'L) who was at the Tea Party protests offered $100,000 to anyone who could come up with a video or audio clip of anyone calling Lewis or Carson racial epithets. Aside from the heavy media presence (they were so hoping for an incident) there were a large number of private individuals videotaping the event. There's literally no way that anyone calling either congressman racial epithets could have gone unrecorded.

Andrew Breitbart's money was never paid out, for the simple reason that nothing like that occurred. After pushing the story on the front pages for weeks, even the New York Times finally printed a grudging retraction along the lines of Dan Rather's 'false but accurate' defense - in the back of the paper, underneath a totally unrelated story.

John Lewis simply lied about it, knowingly and with specific tactics in mind. But, you know, civil rights icon and all, so no one asked him to retract anything.

He's using exactly the same tactics here, calling Jeff Sessions a racist and Trump's presidency 'illegitimate.' And the media are running with it because it matches their agenda.And this isn't new. John Lewis has a history of pulling this crap.Aside from the above instances:

In 2008 he accused John McCain and Sarah Palin of racism in a widely reported speech: “Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division.George Wallace* never threw a bomb … but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans … four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama."

In 2012, Lewis gave a lurid speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina where he recounted the violence of the 1960's and accused the republicans of wanting to bring back Jim Crow: “I’ve seen this before, I lived this before. We were met by an angry mob that beat us and left us lying in a pool of blood. Brothers and sisters, do you want to go back? Or do you want to keep America moving forward?”

And in an interview during the 2016 election, he called Donald Trump a racist, comparing him with George Wallace: “I’ve been around a while and Trump reminds me so much of a lot of the things that George Wallace said and did … Sometimes I feel like I am reliving part of my past. I heard it so much growing up in the South…I heard it so much during the days of the civil rights movement."

In a speech to the House on March 21, 1995, John Lewis openly compared the Republicans with the Nazis, paraphrasing Pastor Niemoller's famous quote to denounce the Contract With America:
“They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews … trade unionists … Catholics … Protestants…” Then Lewis said grimly: “Read the Republican contract. They are coming for the children. They are coming for the poor. They are coming for the sick, the elderly, and the disabled.”

Another meme the media are pushing about John Lewis in an effort to sell his latest  horse manure is that he's always willing to work with people, that he's rather non-partisan, a reasonable person.

But when you look at his history, the exact opposite is true. He's hyper-partisan with radical, far Left politics and a racialist who uses events of half a century ago as a political weapon to push that agenda.

In congress,John Lewis is a member of both the Congressional Black Caucus and the far Left progressive Caucus in the House.

When the Marxist Sandinista government of Nicaragua decided to break the cease fire agreement it had with the Contras in 1989, the House of Representatives voted 379-29 in favor of a resolution deploring the Sandinistas' actions. Lewis was one of the 29 Democrats who opposed the resolution.

That actually fits in with a number of associations John Lewis has had over the years  with  a surprising number of socialist and even communist activists and organizations. A search reveals quite a bit.

When the House of Representatives voted 345-75 to defund the corrupt 'community organization' ACORN in September 2009, Lewis was one of the 75—all Democrats—who voted to continue funding Acorn.

He's also been a consistent opponent of any defunding of Planned Parenthood, even after it surfaced that they were bartering baby parts.

John Lewis has always been an open borders advocate. He not only supported the DREAM Act, but in July 2014, after thousands of (mostly unaccompanied) Central American minors had crossed the southern U.S. border illegally since October of the previous year, Lewis tweeted a message in favor of open borders: “We are all connected. We can't just build a wall or a fence and say no more. This is America. Our doors are open.”

I wonder how black Americans, struggling with the high cost of housing, overloaded healthcare facilities, high unemployment and reduced wages due to illegal migration and open borders feel about that? They live with it. John Lewis doesn't.

John Lewis's attitude towards race relations can be ascertained by this account of his speech at the 50th reunion of his old group SNCC at Shaw University on April 17, 2010, where he characterized the election of President Obama as "down payment" and when he said "we need to organize and push forward to cash in on that down payment."

You see, to John Lewis and people that think like him, there is no end to this and never will be...because to acknowledge that would take away a major ideological weapon from their arsenal.  Dr. King would not have approved.

There's no doubt that John Lewis acted with bravery fifty years ago at the Edmund Pettus Bridge and on other occasions.That merits respect. But it's also true that he's been living off those events to demonize anyone opposing his radical agenda. And that merits no respect at all.

As far as I'm concerned, his race card's overdrawn and no longer valid.


*George Wallace, Democrat

** As a side note, in fairness I have to say I have fond memories of Atlanta. Lewis's district includes some fairly ritzy areas like Buckhead and the neighborhoods around Piedmont Park among others. And the downtown area wasn't too shabby at all either. Or at least it wasn't the last time I was there, which admittedly was some time ago.

On the other hand, Atlanta has largely become yet another city run by black Democrats since then (Georgia went for Trump, Atlanta definitely did not), the demographics of the area in question have changed considerably and based on the comments section reaction from locals in this article
at my former platform, the fairly left-leaning Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Trump's description of rep. Lewis's district may have some justification.

Forum: Was Trump's Confronting CNN Publicly A Positive Or A Negative?

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community 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: Was Trump's Confronting CNN Publicly A Positive Or A Negative?

Don Surber: Answer: This is a positive.No one in America plays the press better than The Donald. Liz Smith -- the doyenne of the gossip queens of New York -- devoted an entire chapter to him in her autobiography. If you want to know The Donald, read it.

Attacking CNN works because 1.) CNN tried to frame him as a puppet of Putin putting out a quadruple bylined story without a reaction from his camp. If you cannot fight for yourself, you deserve to lose.

2) CNN is the least liked cable network with favorables below Trump's.

3.) He did not use the incident to evade answering the question, but rather to punctuate his response. He denied it and then banned (without removing) said reporter.

4.) He relished putting Jim Acosta down.

Eventually the press may catch on. The incessant attacks on his person will not work. No one in the press has the credibility with Trump's supporters needed to bring him down. I suggest they give him a honeymoon and see what happens.

Stately McDaniel Manor: President-Elect Trump’s public confrontation of CNN was exactly the right thing to do. The Lamestream Media, the Democrat Party, the academy and the other usual suspects are engaged in an unprecedented war against Mr. Trump, and if allowed free reign, their irrational hatred and rage will go far beyond damaging Mr. Trump and will do serious damage to America.

Mr. Trump was right in calling out CNN reporter Jim Acosta (talk about an ironically appropriate name), and should have had him thrown out. Acosta should be permanently banned from any Trump event and from the White House. Even if Acosta does not respect Mr. Trump--and it’s clear that’s the case, or he was raised by wolves--he and every reporter must give due deference to the office Mr. Trump holds. There is no excuse to do otherwise.

Whenever any reporter behaves inappropriately, give them the boot and ban them, period, no exceptions, no reprieves, no apologies accepted. These are people who have declared war on Mr. Trump. They don’t get to decide who is president or how to treat the person holding the office. They are beyond the pale and deserve no consideration. CNN too should have no consideration, and should be banned from all Trump events and the White House.

It’s important that Mr. Trump set the ground rules even before he takes the oath of office. The thinking, civilized public is on his side and very much against the lies and excesses of the media. If Mr. Trump stands firm, the media will have the choice of becoming more and more marginalized, or of working to regain a modicum of the public’s trust. In any case, Twitter is Mr. Trump’s, and the American people’s best friend, and he should use it, carefully, to bypass the media. Mr. Trump has a unique opportunity to strike a blow for all Americans against an arrogant, corrupt, and Leftist media. He should take careful, measured advantage of it.

Mr. Trump should also sue Buzzfeed and CNN for their libelous conduct. Normally, it’s difficult for public figures to recover damages in such cases, but when actual malice is involved--as it surely is--and when Buzzfeed and CNN knew the material they were publishing to be false, that’s another story. Mr. Trump should sue them into oblivion and give the money to Fox News, or to an appropriate non-profit like FIRE that works to uphold the First Amendment and that behaves honorably.

If Mr. Trump does as I suggest, the media will wail, gnash their teeth and rend their garments. They’ll claim Mr. Trump is destroying the First Amendment and Democracy! They’ll call him a Nazi! They’ll…what’s that you say? They’re already doing all of that? They’ve been doing it for more than a year? Why, so they have!

I guess Mr. Trump really doesn’t have anything to lose, does he?

  JoshuaPundit: Ah well, I guess everyone enjoyed seeing a smarmy CNN reporter put in his place. I heard several  people refer to it as another Christmas present.It worked for several reasons. Acosta was being rude, attempting to shout over another reporter's question,the Donald warned him twice and then told him he wasn't going to give him a question saying, "You are fake news" to wild applause. Which of course, they are. Trump merely underlined it.

There are a couple of interesting things I noticed though. First that PEOTUS Trump also went out of his way to throw the rest of the media a bone. In his remarks, he thanked them for their professionalism in not publishing an obviously fake story that had no proof whatsoever behind it including, in Trump's words, "those of you who haven't been so fair to me in the past. You've all risen a bit in my estimation."

This was quite important. Trump was letting the media know that if they're reasonably fair to him, he'll help them get their jobs done. If they act like CNN, they'll be treated like CNN because he isn't afraid of them. He was, in effect, setting rules and guidelines. Call it puppy training, courtesy of The Donald.

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One interesting response on the media's part is that the whole meme Obama and his sycophants came up with, 'fake news' is now being dropped by many of them like a hot potato. They realize that media on the Right simply turned the tables on them..partly because most of the American people no longer trust the main stream outlets' credibility any more, especially after watching CNN wind up with egg on its face.They realize that 'fake news' can just as easily be applied to them.

This may turn out, believe it or not, to be the start of something positive.

Puma By Design : I view president-elect, Trump’s take down of CNN as a positive. For decades, the mainstream media has shamefully lambasted Republicans while giving Progressives a pass.

Even when I was still a Democrat, I found myself wondering, “What is wrong with the Republican Party? Why do they take that kind of treatment? Stand up for yourselves! Fight back, dummies!”

Up until the Tea Party, many of the old-school Republicans who did respond failed miserably. Adding to that, the mainstream media over the past eight years, gushed shamelessly over Barack Obama like a smitten 14-year-old school girl (no offense to school girls).

Enter 2015/2016 and Donald Trump: Throughout the presidential campaign, media sock puppets gave Hillary Clinton who campaigned on a part-time basis and took weekends off a pass. I don’t recall one news outlet reporting that Clinton who rarely took interviews was playing to empty halls. It was frustrating to watch them fawn over an illusion while declaring Crooked Hillary the victor long before the election.

Throughout Trump and his supporters came under attack while Clinton was given high praise for labeling Trump supporters the alt-right and a basket of deplorables.

CNN until this day has failed to give the victor aka our president-elect the respect Trump has justifiably earned and deserves.

To Trump’s credit, it’s rather refreshing to see a Republican, finally, stand up to the mainstream media and not feel guilty about doing so.

CNN, peers and the grievance industry has been allowed to pedal their filthy propaganda to silence Republicans and other voices of opposition for far too long. They are creatures of habit which is why I suspect that they believe Trump’s take down of Jim Acosta was an anomaly. What fools they are.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : Trump’s calling out CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a press conference was a wakeup call to those in the mainstream media. Those of us who have followed the media are painfully aware of the bias in their reporting. It’s the reason we have taken to social media to report on the news and cover the stories they either refuse to report at all or report through a liberal lens.

 This recent report was offered up by journalists knowing full well it was a false story, but the content so salacious they couldn’t resist putting it out there for their readers to believe of our president elect. It shows desperation and reveals how upset they are that all of their hard work to boost their chosen candidate did not succeed in delivering her into the Oval Office. They believed themselves to be the king or queen makers and they can’t believe they failed.

 They have commanded the airwaves and have been in the pockets of the powerful leftist elites for far too long. They have had free rein to spew outright lies and innuendo about political opponents and cover up and hide any negative reports about their chosen candidates. They have been able to do this because no one will call them out on what they are doing… until Donald Trump. To them a free press means no responsibility or repercussions for their reporting no matter how fallacious or outrageous. The media has become a weapon and a tool to advance a progressive agenda. We are hearing many of our elected officials outraged with disinformation coming from foreign countries, yet they seem okay with disinformation from our own complicit media as long as it supports their cause and keeps them in office.

It makes one wonder if the founders foresaw such a time when the press would become a tool for subversion and destruction of our republic. Of course in those days a man’s word and honor were to be preserved above everything. Reputation mattered and society dealt with liars and thieves quickly and harshly.

In spite of the media bias, the First Amendment must stand. Perhaps PEOTUS Donald Trump has started a dialogue where the media will be held up to the cleansing light of truth and be held accountable for their reporting. But we must acknowledge there will always be fake news. The progressives and their agenda will not go away. They are licking their wounds but they will continue in their goal to destroy America. It is up to We the People to do our due diligence and determine the truth, share it, and expose the liars and their agenda.

Well, there it is!

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Forum: What Will President Barack Obama's Legacy Be?

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community 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 Will President Barack Obama's Legacy Be?

Don Surber: President Obama went in as the first black man elected president. That is his only positive accomplishment.He also was a pretty good celebrity.

Domestically, he wasted nearly a trillion dollars on a stimulus that stimulated nothing.
The poverty rate is a two full points higher than when he took office, and we have 95 million people not seeking work. Granted two-thirds are retirees on Social Security, that is an overwhelming number that reflects the lowest participation of males 25-54 since the Depression.
Obamacare failed because he failed to include Republicans in its drafting. A 67 votes to cloister rule would have forced that in the Senate, as it did in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Everett Dirksen got it modified and passed.He spent $30 trillion, one third of it was borrowed. Most of it went to welfare programs, not infrastructure.

Internationally, he armed Iran, and North Korea, and recognized Cuba without seeking one concession. The Middle East is a mess, and its refugees have overrun Europe.
He is an obstinate, ignorant, lazy Narcissist who will spend the rest of his life fomenting a race war and pushing a revisionist history to cover for his failure.

Now what does that tell you about McCain and Romney? They were so incompetent that they could not defeat this cardboard leader. The media was against them? President Trump proved that excuse is as weak as those candidates were. Blaming the media is now shown to be the Republican equivalent of Russian hacking.

I do not hate Obama. He has been my president although I did not vote for him. He failed to exceed my low expectations. But after watching this election, I realize Obama was far superior to anyone else who ran in 2008 or 2012. And Biden was a nice choice as VP as he offset Obama's instinct to punish. Three decades in the Senate taught Biden the benefits of collegiality. America deserved better in 2008 but Cheney would not run.

Fausta's Blog : Only time will tell.

I've always felt that a legacy is best observed fifty years later. Right now we're only looking at immediate consequences.

Stately McDaniel Manor: Barack Obama’s legacy is one of destruction. Some suggesting the mere fact that he, a black man, was elected president, is a grand legacy must temper that hasty belief with the reality that he used race as a bludgeon against not only his political enemies, but the American people. It’s difficult to know which of those groups he hates worse.

Mr. Obama set back race relations and progress by decades. His reflexive exaltation of the worst elements in society against societal, civilizational norms will continue to cause damage for years to come, damage that may never be entirely repaired. He will be remembered as our most racist president.

By weaponizing and politicizing most governmental agencies, Mr. Obama has all but destroyed citizen respect for government. Americans now believe, with more than sufficient grounds, the federal government is their enemy. It actively seeks to harm them and destroy the Constitution.

Mr. Obama’s war on the police has born bitter fruit. The primary victims are the poor, black residents of inner cities, but respect for law enforcement is at new lows, as is police officer’s ability to do their jobs.

Mr. Obama has badly crippled the economy and seeded every federal agency, and the federal judiciary, with socialist/communist/Islamist true believers who will do all they can do damage America and Americans far into the future. The unprecedented national debt he incurred still has the very real potential to bankrupt America and take down the world with it.

Mr. Obama’s efforts to damage America’s energy industry has been only partially successful, but not for a lack of trying. America could have been energy independent under his Administration, but he successfully prevented that.

Horrific too is Mr. Obama’s substitution of social justice for the rule of law. The damage he has caused is incalculable.

Mr. Obama is determined to do as much damage as possible post-presidency. With the willing help of the media, he will run a shadow presidency out of D.C. I suspect he will actually try to carry out diplomacy and/or otherwise undermine and damage America, forcing Mr. Trump to have to decide whether to prosecute him.

Until his very last second in office, he will continue to release violent criminals, and psychopathic Islamist terrorists. Every bit of misery they cause, every death, must be laid at his feet.

Benghazi, Yemen, Libya, Syria, untold deaths, torture, rape, suffering on a global scale, all of that too is Mr. Obama’s legacy.

A significant part of his legacy is the destruction of rational foreign policy done for the benefit of America. He, with the help of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, has set fire to the Middle East. He has consistently attacked and damaged our allies and aided our enemies, particularly Islamist enemies. Iran will have nuclear weapons, and sooner rather than later. Some talking heads actually admit the “deal” ensures Iran will have nucs in ten years, but few, if any, admit Iran is working feverishly to build them as soon as possible, thanks to Mr. Obama’s huge cash infusion/ransom.

Mr. Obama’s Russian reset has returned Russia to a position of military dominance in the Middle East, as well as throughout the old Soviet bloc. Under his watch, China has militarized the South China Sea, threatened all of its neighbors, and threatens to extend its domination over much of the Pacific. So much for Mr. Obama’s vaunted pivot to that region. Mr. Obama’s supposed concern about Russian hacking of an election is lunacy when compared with the reality of his weakness and negligence in dealing with Russia in any effective manner, ever.

Mushroom clouds rising above America or Israel will be his crowning legacy achievement.

There are a few positive legacy items, however. Unlike no one before him, Mr. Obama has stimulated the gun, ammunition and accessory industries. He remains American history’s premier inadvertent gun salesman, and has directly put more guns in the hands of Americans than at any time in history.

With Mr. Obama out of office, it will be possible, for the first time in eight years, for much about Mr. Obama’s past to become public knowledge. What might that be? I suspect we’ll learn he claimed foreign birth and Muslim faith in college applications and in other documents. I suspect we’ll learn his grades--the grades of the most brilliant man to ever hold the office of the presidency--in college and law school were non-existent and/or abysmal. His intimate relationships with some of the most violent and blood thirsty Islamists in history will be revealed. I also suspect we’ll discover the numbers of his affairs while in the White House--and before--rival, even exceed, those of JFK. Would a man of Obama’s ego deny himself that kind of pleasure? We may discover more than enough to try and convict him--and many others--of treason many times over. But of course, such a trial will never occur regardless of the evidence.

One day, if the truth is known and told, Barack Hussein Obama will be remembered as one of the most sociopathic, destructive figures in world history.

The Glittering Eye : He's the first black man to have been elected president. That was his primary accomplishment and what he'll be remembered for.

His presidency demonstrated that we have a considerable ways to go before we reach Peak Sophistry.

 JoshuaPundit: At least in the short term, President Barack Hussein Obama's presidency may very well receive a thorough rose colored glasses treatment, given the primarily Leftist academics whom write history. Personally, I think his presidency was not only significant, but a major blessing for America.

America has experienced a quarter century of decline, and when I say that I am not only referring to economic and military decline but cultural and spiritual decline. Such things usually precede the downfall of nations. Barack Hussein Obama, in his own way, was proof of how far we had fallen.

 Sixteen years of the Clintons and Bushes had apparently taught us nothing, Barack Obama's election signifies the triumph of mediocrity and dysfunction, the failure of our institutions and indeed of our national self-respect. We had fallen so low that we were willing to elect someone who embodied our decline. The majority of the American people chose him in spite of the clear evidence of his total lack of any relevant experience or qualifications, his radical views, his apparent  lack of basic decency,his questionable associations  and his clear contempt for the country he schemed to rule.

Candidate Obama covered this well, aided by his media allies but all of this  was there in plain sight if you looked. He had to be prodded even to don the de riguer American flag pin most American presidential candidates wear as a basic. He embodied what much of American had become or thought they wanted to become, and it was a doubling down in the casino of history, a vote for a national progression of  cultural and spiritual degradation and decline. It was what the American people wanted more of and what  they voted for.

We owe Barack Hussein Obama for that, believe it or not. We needed someone to bring us to the point where our basic freedom, security, economy and national culture were in the balance, where we saw the consequences clearly of falling further unless the established order and the direction they were going was repudiated ad changed. We needed Obama's arrogance.dishonesty, and malfeasance as a signpost and harbinger, and we needed to see exactly how corrupt and  warped institutions like our media had become.

Just as the Hebrews had to go through the degradation of slavery in Egypt to be prepared for their freedom and redemption, America had to go through its period of decline - and especially, the last 8 dysfunctional years of Obama - to be prepared mentally and spiritually for her own redemption.

This has divided us,but that's as it should be. The Hebrews were divided as well, even after experiencing the leadership of Moses and the miracles G-d wrought for them with His own hands. Some simply refused to leave and stayed in Egypt, while others followed Moses into freedom and redemption.

 None of this, as far as I'm concerned is accidental. G-d rules over the Nations, and He apparently has a place in His Divine Plan for America. No one who has even a basic knowledge of American history, especially of our Founding can doubt that. The defeat of one of the strongest powers on earth by a bunch of tradesmen, farmers, landowners and idealist was  a miracle that astounded even the British, who played 'The World turned Upside Down' as they stacked their arms and marched away after their surrender at Yorktown. The Founders themselves knew this,which is why they chose 'In G-d We Trust ' as our national motto.

Through all of America's amazing history, whenever we have been faced with challenges that would have destroyed other nations, we have prevailed when it was least expected. And we have found leaders in the most unlikely places.

Well, the world has turned upside down again, and here we are in our Second Revolution, ready to defy America's enemies within and without, be victorious with G-d's help, become again the nation we were meant to be and  write another chapter in our beloved Republic's magnificent story. If  our own George III, Barack Hussein Obama has any legacy it all, it should be that  he was the catalyst for that.

The Razor : I still can’t understand why during the administration of our first African-American president relations between the races deteriorated.

Of course Obama worked very hard from Day 1 to make sure that happened, almost as if he were a closet white-supremacist.

Davis Gerstman:Instead of judging President Barack Obama by our own subjective standards, why not judge him by the standards established by his supporters?

Go back to October 2008, when The Washington Post recommended Obama as being, "a man of supple intelligence, with a nuanced grasp of complex issues and evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building."

Four years later they endorsed him again, but they admitted, "Mr. Obama alienated Congress and business leaders by isolating himself inside a tight White House circle that manages to be both arrogant and thin-skinned."

Where'd the "evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building" go? It never existed except in the self-delusions of his promoters in the MSM. In fact if you go over that 2008 editorial, you will find that the Barack Obama the Post endorsed is not the one who mis-governed the country over the past 8 years. (I could go point by point, but I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader.)

The significance of the past eight years, other than the domestic and foreign disasters foisted on the nation by Obama, is that the media has been exposed as a partisan, corrupt enterprise.

They didn't fear Donald Trump so much because of his authoritarian, populist impulses, but because of their fear of irrelevance. The MSM's deserved loss of influence is perhaps the biggest historical legacy of the last eight years.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason :In his last interview on This Week with George Stephanopoulos President Obama commented on his successes and failures and his legacy. Sitting in front of his desk, which had been President Kennedy’s desk, Stephanopoulos said that Claire Booth Luce had asked JFK what one sentence would define his presidency and wanted to know what Obama’s sentence would be. Obama asked him what JFK had said and was told JFK replied “I don’t care what history thinks.”

Obama laughed and said “I’m sure he did (care what history thinks).” What incredible arrogance to make such a statement about our former president.

Obama replied he was successful in getting people involved in politics, even those who were against him and said “I gather I am the father of the Tea Party.” Sorry Obama, the Tea Party started before you became president. The Tea Party grew out of Americans protesting President George W. Bush and the Troubled Assets Relief Program, or TARP, in which our government stole the money of hard working Americans and borrowed on our future earnings to bail out banks considered too big to fail while we experienced more than a $7.7 TRILLION dollar loss of collective wealth overnight.

Stephanopoulos asked Obama why people didn’t come out to vote in this presidential election. Obama reminded Stephanopoulos that “They came out to vote for me.” Take that, Hillary!

Obama was questioned as to why most African Americans believe we have gone backwards on race relations since he became president. Obama denied that and actually believes race relations are better now than ever before.

And of course, Obama stands by his health care law despite the catastrophic effects it has had on our economy, our businesses, and on individual Americans who have seen their costs skyrocket and their coverage diminished.

Obama also commented that people think he is cool. If it wasn’t apparent before, there is no question the man is delusional. He truly believes the country is better off today than when he became president.

In reality, President Obama’s legacy is one of a failed presidency, perhaps the worst America has seen in our entire history. His presidency could have been so different, but those of us who knew who he was before he was elected anticipated he would divide and bring uncertainty and chaos to America. He was raised by communists and Muslims to hate America and all that it stands for. He has subverted the rule of law, targeting those who opposed him using the force of the Justice Department and the IRS. He has reduced our military to numbers not seen in a century and demoralized our men and women in uniform in a perverse social engineering experiment.

President Obama has left our country more divided and uncertain and our world more dangerous than when he assumed the presidency. Our new president has a daunting challenge ahead to unite our people, to restore our position on the world stage as a peace keeping super power, and to regain the peoples trust in our government and elected officials.

In less than two weeks this blot on our history will hopefully be just that and we can work to restore our republic and…dare I say it? #MakeAmericaGreatAgain!

Well, there it is! 

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Friday, January 06, 2017

It's OVER. Congress Certifies Trump's Victory Amid Democrat Protest

Ah, this is absolutely delicious. Today, congress officially certified the electoral college vote and of course, Donald Trump's amazing victory. What made it even sweeter is that the Democrats in congress had to watch it happen, with one of their own, Vice President Slo-Joe Biden conducting the festivities in his role as president of the Senate:

Watching Biden have to continually reign in these petulant, tantrum throwing children while Paul Ryan cracked up standing next to him was comedy gold.

Particularly funny was Maxine Waters (D-CA) begging "Is there one United States senator who will join me in this letter of objection?" Sorry Maxine. Wasn't nobody home.

Trump finished with 304 electoral votes and Democrat Hillary Clinton got 227.

Just to show these anti-democracy spoiled brats I feel their pain, I'd like to dedicate a song to them:

Please feel free to substitute 'America' for  'your baby,' Democrats.

Hail America and it's new President...Donald Trump!

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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.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Megyn Kelly Leaves FOX For NBC

FOX news anchor Megyn Kelly has jumped to NBC, where the 46-year-old personality will headline her own afternoon news program at NBC News as well as a prime time “in-depth” Sunday night news show.

“While I will greatly miss my colleagues at Fox, I am delighted to be joining the NBC News family and taking on a new challenge,” Kelly wrote Tuesday in a post on her Facebook page. “I remain deeply grateful to Fox News, to Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch, and especially to all of the FNC viewers, who have taught me so much about what really matters"

Of course, there was quite a bit more to it than that. Megyn Kelly essentially owes her career to Roger Ailes, who hired her with little or no previous experience, mentored her and helped her become one of the most successful on air personalities in America. As Ms. Kelly herself put it in an interview on the Charlie Rose program, “I really care about Roger. And he has been nothing but good to me. And he’s been very loyal. And he’s had my back. And he’s looked out for me.”

A year later, she accused him of sexual harassment, to wit that Aisles had engaged in a “cat and mouse” game with her, and made “sexually charged comments” toward her. She also accused Ailes of at least one incident in which he allegedly grabbed her hand and tried to kiss her on the lips.

This was at a time when Ailes had already been accused of 'sexual harassment' by one former anchor woman who was let go from FOX, Gretchen Carlson. Coming from a top FOX talent like Megyn Kelly, that was pretty much all it took to finish Ailes's career. The rumor was that a number of FOX news personalities felt it was unjustified and disloyal on her part, for reasons best known to themselves. A number of them had clauses in their contracts that actually permitted them to leave if Ailes left, and according to several sources FOX narrowly avoided losing a big chunk of its on air talent.There was also allegedly quite a bit of dissension based on Ms. Kelly's temperament, and she was said to have been heartily disliked by a number of her colleagues. That was reportedly one reason Greta Van Sustern left FOX abruptly.There was also ongoing friction between her and FOX stars Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly.

Since a lot of this stuff went on behind the scenes, it's hard to nail down what happened, and there's no real evidence either way. Given the climate today, it's very easy to accuse any man of sexual harassment, which used to mean something entirely different than it means today. And it certainly used to mean something very different than what Megyn Kelly alleges Aisles did to her. Ailes, for his part, has continued to deny it. But today if this sort of thing comes down to a he said, she said contest, universities, employers and other institutions tend to believe the woman, disbelieve the man involved and do what needs to be done to make the incident disappear in the name of political correctness. That, of course, is exactly what FOX did.

At any event, this seems to have worked out well for all parties. Megyn Kelly always wanted a mainstream network show and certainly NBC has an atmosphere much more conducive to her politics and her personality than FOX. One of the things keeping her there was apparently the reluctance  of anyone but FOX to pay $20 million per year for her talents. Apparently NBC decided they were willing and able, and they likely acceded to the $25 milion per year she tried to get out of FOX to stick around.

But its also true she'll be leaving an already established audience, and moving to daytime. A lot of people (Katie Courik, Meredith Vieira, and Anderson Cooper among others) weren't able to do it, so we'll see if Megyn Fox can be a trend setter here.

And on the other hand, FOX still has plenty of top rated talent and a lot of FOX viewers and perhaps a number of her colleagues are going to be happy she's history.

So it's a win win for everyone.

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Monday, January 02, 2017

Forum: What Are Your Predictions for 2017??

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community 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 are your predictions for 2017?

Don Surber : President Trump will kick ass and take names, proving Washington conservatives wrong. NAFTA and NATO will be changed in our favor. Obamacare will be gutted with the popular parts restored, taxes continued, and the mandate repealed. Liberals will battle the wall and EPA reform in court. Washington conservatives will try to muck things up by touching the third rail - Social Security -- again and again. Guys, 2033 is twenty years away. Government works best in a crisis. Handle the stuff already on the plate first.

Trump, Putin and Bibi will take care of the Islamic State. Trump, Putin and Taiwan will pressure China.

Off year elections in New Jersey and Virginia will give Democrats hope, but Trump's popularity will top 50% as the economy improves.

Stately McDaniel Manor: A Happy New Year, and here you go:

My Top Twenty, Infallible, New Year’s Predictions:

(1) The rule of law will make a comeback; the forces of progressivism will fight tooth and nail to retain and expand lawlessness.

(2) Tyranny will be beaten back: the forces of progressivism will fight tooth and nail to retain and expand tyranny.

(3) Political correctness will take a hit; the forces of progressivism will rejoice in the difficulty involved in rolling it back even a little.

(4) Big government will be momentarily interrupted in its inevitable growth; the forces of progressivism will, as always, bide their time.

(5) The legacy media will continue to lose ground: All the while, they’ll whine about how important they are and how essential to the democracy they have, for decades, done their best to destroy.

(6) Progressives will continue to be the best gun, ammunition and accessory salesmen in history.

(7) Obamacare will be repealed in name only; the forces of progressivism will smirk.

(8) Paul Ryan will continue to demonstrate what a miserable little weasel he is; the forces of progressivism will smirk.

(9) Mitch McConnell will continue to demonstrate he is a dedicated RINO by allowing progressives to prevail whenever he can get away with it; the forces of progressivism will praise his enlightened leadership.

(10) Our relationships with our allies, particularly Israel, will improve; the forces of progressivism will fight tooth and nail to weaken them.

(11) Our enemies will, once again, begin to fear us; the forces of progressivism will wail, gnash their teeth, and rend their garments.

(12) Many of Barack Obama’s illegal, harmful regulations and rules will be obliterated; the forces of progressivism will wail, gnash their teeth, and rend their garments, and predict the end of the world.

(13) Our enemies will learn there is, after all, a military solution to many issues; the forces of progressivism will wail, gnash their teeth, and rend their garments.

(14) It will become abundantly clear that virtually everything John Kerry did or said was actually exceedingly stupid and traitorous; the media will do all they can to keep us from realizing that.

(15) The depth of Barack Obama’s treason in unconstitutionally treating with Iran will become obvious; the media will do all they can to keep us from realizing that.

(16) Barack Obama will hold nearly daily news conferences from the office of the post president; the media will try to make them care; most Americans won’t give a boatload of deceased rodents.

(17) Islamist terrorists will, once again, be identified as Islamist terrorists; the forces of progressivism will wail, gnash their teeth, and rend their garments at the inhumanity of it all.

(18) Our immigration laws will, once again, actually be enforced; the forces of progressivism will wail, gnash their teeth, and rend their garments; they will not volunteer to house illegal aliens.

(19) Donald Trump will struggle against big government impulses; the forces of progressivism will do all they can to ensure he loses the struggle.

(20) America will, once again, be on the path to greatness; the forces of progressivism will join with their terrorist allies to lay as many IEDs as possible.

JoshuaPundit: I think we're in for a major shift.  First of all,  America's economic engine is about to be turned loose. I think we've already been in a major recession and will now see a recovery. Trump will cut corporate and personal income taxes, cut the ridiculous regulations strangling business, and rebuild our military. All of these steps will generate taxable economic activity and promote growth. Supporting and expanding our energy sector will also lead to cheaper fuel, and cheaper prices for goods and fuel. A moderate rise in interest rates will also flood America with investment  capital and reduce our debt.

Trump will also, if he's smart let the Chinese know that the way to avoid tariffs is to build plants here and hire Americans (which is exactly what Reagan did with the Japanese and Germans). 

The dollar is super strong right now, but I'm a contrarian when it comes to predictions that this will kill our exports. America's prosperity in the fifties and sixties vis a vis exports was that the American worker was the best in the world and we made stuff  everyone wanted. The dollar was strong then too.

In foreign policy, look for Barack Hussein Obama  to take another kick at Israel. It will likely take the form of colluding with the usual suspects to outline a 'peace agreement' recognizing a Palestinian state on the the 1948 ceasefire lines including East Jerusalem. It will subsequently be introduced as a UNSC resolution (whichis probably already written).  If it passes, Israel will ignore it, and take some fairly aggressive action in response since the whole premise of all the concessions they've made over the years for peace will have been negated and thanks to this diktat, suddenly they're being told there's nothing to negotiate and Israel's concerns simply don't matter. Don't be surprised if  Putin,of all people vetoes it just to spite Obama.

Look also for a major change in Europe. 'Refugees' are already starting to be expelled from some surprising places. Norway, for instance, just kicked out 850 'refugees' a month or so ago and saw a 30% decrease in crime.  There are elections coming in France, Germany and the Netherlands as well as anEU referendum in Italy. France may very well see Marine Le Pen of the National Front as President of France at best and an important coalition member at worst, Frauke Petry and AFD are growing by leaps and bounds as failed leader Angela Merkel's popularity is cratering. Geert Wilders will, like Le Pen, either be the Dutch leader or, as the head of the largest party in the Netherlands, an indispensable coalition member. All three are anti-EU, and want  the 'refugees' out.  All three are also pro-Israel, as are the Visograd nations, something that will also likely negate any anti-Israel UN activity. The voters in the UK are getting increasingly impatient at the deliberately slowed down Brexit. Look for that to speed up as well.

There's going to be a major change in media as well. The old line media has been outed as purveyors of fake news and the biased whores that they are. And we now have a president who's not at all inclined to kiss their backsides. Look for alternative media like Drudge, Breitbart and of course, Wow! Magazine to have an increasing role in the national conversation.

I personally am exhilarated at the direction our national politics are going. The Donald made two sincere efforts to try and unify the country (his victory speech and his Thanksgiving address) , but the Left isn't having any of it.  They slapped his hand away with an angry sneer. I for one am happy about that, because it clarifies things.

 Since the party's leadership and many of the rank and file have no interest in unity for the sake of the country, fine. They need to be defeated and marginalized even further, and there are lots of ways to do it. That's exactly how this needs to be approached.  And believe it or not, I think that with a couple of dishonorable exceptions, the Republicans are going to unite behind Trump on this, because they see the consequences of screwing up again. If not, Trump has the option of the precedent Obama set, executive orders.

Senator Ted Cruz isn't someone I quote often, but he made the point in a FOX news interview that if the Republicans in congress fail to deliver yet again, people are going to be coming after them with pitchforks and torches, and it will be entirely justified.

The Glittering Eye : My crystal ball is sadly in need of recalibration and has been for some time. I no longer have any idea what's likely to happen next so I would have made the following remarks regardless of who was elected president.

Expect a recession in 2017. Based on the National Bureau of Economic Research's figures, we're overdue for a recession. It's possible that the pump-priming that President-Elect Trump has promised and the Congress will likely approve that might be forestalled but, well, we're still overdue and they haven't repealed the business cycle yet. China's woes are likely to spread here. Which leads me to my next prediction.

China's economy will get worse before it gets better.

Expect Trump Derangement Syndrome to exceed Clinton Derangement Syndrome, Bush Derangement Syndrome, and Obama Derangement Syndrome in its virulence. You ain't seen nothin' yet.

The differences in economy, politics, and attitudes between California and the rest of the country will become more apparent rather than less so. It's a whole 'nother country.

Expect the Democrats to obstruct anything the Trump Administration attempts to accomplish (see TDS above).

By the end of 2017 the alliance of the Syrian government, Russia, Iran, et al. will have restored Syria to government control.

By the end of 2017 there will be no prison camps, gas chambers, mass executions, or suspensions of civil liberties in the United States. You might think that would deter the Hitler references but it won't. If everything you know about current events came from reading the New York Times, you would believe that fascism was descending on the United States.

 Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : We worked hard to see Donald Trump win the presidential election.  Now the real work begins.  This “draining the swamp” is not going to be easy.  The problem will be the pushback from the entrenched establishment which has grown accustomed to growing government and justifying its existence. Unless the DC elites undergo a radical change of thinking and understand the mandate that delivered President-elect Trump to the White House, the next four years will be extremely turbulent. They will not give up their power easily and I hope Trump is up to the challenges he will surely face.  It may not be until the election in 2018 before we can establish strong and influential conservative representation and start the task of shrinking the size and reach of the federal government.
Under the Obama administration, the cabinet departments have been charged with providing social, economic, and environmental justice to one or many underserved classes of people. This culture needs to be eliminated if we are to restore the rule of law and equal justice for all.  I hope the new cabinet secretaries understand this going into their positions and will work to reduce and eventually eliminate these bureaucratic and regulatory mandates.
I remain hopeful that Trump will fulfill the promises he made to the American people to secure the border, rebuild our military, re-establish our position as a super power in the world, improve the care we provide our veterans through the Veterans Administration, reduce the power of the U. S. Department of Education, and rein in the bureaucracies and regulations coming out of all of the federal departments that are crippling businesses, and help bring back jobs to grow our economy again.
On a lighter note, I would love to see the Pittsburgh Steelers win a seventh Super Bowl.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Final Act Of Hatred - Obama Attacks Israel's Legitimacy At The UN

Outgoing President Barack Hussein Obama has devoted a chunk of his remaining time and attention in office to indulge in a spiteful, personal demonstration of his hatred for Israel. It's the final attack of the most anti-Israel administration in U.S. history. And it isn't finished yet.

A reluctant Egypt had been prepared to present an incredibly biased anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution, a bigoted text that had been in the works for some time. But Egyptian President Asissi, after a conversations with president-elect Donald Trump  and Israeli prime Minister Netanyahu pulled the resolution indefinitely. As various diplomatic sources reported, Al Sissi decided that antagonizing the incoming president and straining his security arrangements with Israel weren't worth a UN resolution he didn't want to present anyway.

President Obama had been colluding on this all along with the Palestinians, even advising on wording. He contacted the anti-Israel countries of New Zealand, Venezuela, and the Muslim nations of Senegal and Malaysia to quickly co-sponsor the resolution and get in on the floor quickly for a vote. It passed 14-0, with the U.S. abstaining as planned.

In spite of the outright lies being told by the administrations lackeys, Resolution 2334 represents a major change in U.S. policy.

It demonizes Israel, yet again, as the 'occupying power' in disregard of all historical and legal norms. It refers to Judea, Samaria (AKA the West Bank) as well as east Jerusalem as 'occupied Palestinian territory,' a neat trick since there never was a Palestine and the 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel didn't even mention a Palestinian state.

It calls for Jerusalem, with the Old City, which contains all the Jewish holy sites including the Western Wall to be ceded to 'Palestine.' That means those sites will be desecrated as they were during the nineteen year Jordanian occupation, and will be closed to Jews forever. Yes, it is now the official position of the United States of America that the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, inhabited by Jews for thousands of years except for a 19-year hiatus between 1948-1967 when the Jews were ethnically cleansed from the area is now 'occupied Palestinian territory'. This delegitimizes Israel and the Jewish people and concurs with the anti-semitic UNESCO resolution of October,2016 that nullified all Jewish and Christian ties and connections to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and referred to all of the Holy sites there by their Muslim names. Obama saw to it that United States voted against that UNESCO resolution, but there was an election going on then. That's obviously why the Obama administration vetoed a similar resolution to 2334 in 2011 before his re-election run, but didn't veto 2334. There's no election going on now, and Barack Hussein Obama's situation has obviously changed. Now he can take off the mask without any cost or consequences.

This new diktat creates the boundaries for 'Palestine' giving them all of Judea and Samaria as well as East Jerusalem. In other words, it legitimizes the creation of 580,000 Jewish refugees as well as totally unsafe borders for Israel. It also violates the Oslo Accords and the Road Map, agreements the U.S. was a signatory to that stated unequivocally that any settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority could only be achieved through direct negations between the two parties. And for the first time, it legitimizes Obama's call for imposing a Palestinian state on the 1948 ceasefire lines, another total departure from previous U.S. policy.


It calls for member nations, “to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967” which legitimizes boycotts. And it calls for an immediate end to all Israeli construction In Judea, Samaria. According to this resolution, Israel isn't even allowed to build a kindergarten or repair a road.

This again is an Obama policy, not something historic. Obama's UN ambassador Samantha Power is noted for calling  for the U.S. to unilaterally invade the region, force Israel into indefensible borders, engage in ethnic cleansing by throwing every Jew out of Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem, turn those areas over to 'Palestine' and establish a U.S. peacekeeping force there to keep Israel from retaliating against the inevitable terrorist attacks on its civilians that would result from the new borders.

What this UN resolution calls for is pretty close to that, but Ambassador Power had the unmitigated gall to lie about it anyway. She defended the U.S. abstention as an act to save the so-called “two-state” solution, something she said Israeli 'settlements activities' are supposedly jeopardizing. She even had the nerve to quote President Ronald Reagan and deliberately take him out of context to justify the vote she just cast. In a 1982 statement, President Ronald Reagan did call for an end to "the use of any additional land for the purpose of settlements.” In that statement, quoted by Ambassador Power, President Reagan said that "the immediate adoption of a settlement freeze by Israel, more than any other action, could create the confidence needed for wider participation in these talks."

The part she conveniently left out was that in his speech, President Reagan was referring to a freeze on new settlements during a “period of transition,” which would “begin after free elections for a self-governing Palestinian authority” and could prove that “Palestinian autonomy poses no threat to Israel’s security.” President Reagan also said that “the United States will not support the establishment of an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza,” but suggested instead “self-government by the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza in association with Jordan.”

Sounds like Ronaldus Maximus understood the true nature of the 'Palestinians' and why 'statehood' for them was a singularly bad idea. Even the Oslo Accords only referred to limited autonomy, not a separate Palestinian state.

You see, it's not Israel's communities in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem that have prevented a settlement.   As Mahmoud Abbas himself admitted, it was President Obama's idea to make a building freeze a major issue when it wasn't before, even to the point of creating a major diplomatic incident between the US and Israel over what was essentially a local zoning issue and then harshly criticizing Israel for rejecting an offer to resume the freeze that the US never made in the first place.

What's prevented a solution is the continued refusal of the Arabs whom call themselves 'Palestinians' to negotiate anything. negotiating, of course means making concessions to thew other side, and Abbas has said repeatedly that he's unwilling to make a single concession to Israel. And why should he, especially now?

President Obama started out his presidency letting anyone who was paying attention that he had  a major problem with America's alliance with Israel and wanted to create lots of 'daylight' between the two countries.  

He was thoroughly schooled in his disdain for Israel by his mentors from his earliest days, Frank Marshall Davis, Edward Said, Louis Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright, Khalid al-Mansour, Bill Ayres and others. Abbas, as a trained Soviet apparatchnik recognized Obama's training instantly and knew that all he had to do was hold out until Obama gifted him what Abbas, wanted, without any concessions whatsoever.

No one with a shred of intellectual honesty can separate this UN action from Jew hatred. This resolution not only meets Natan Sharansky's famous '3D' definition of anti-semitism, ( Demonization, Double Standards, Delegitimization) but actually conforms to the U.S. Department of State's official working definition of it.

So, where does this go from here?

Reaction in the U.S. itself was mixed in some interesting ways.

President-elect Donald Trump was predictably outraged. Aside from his own warmth towards Israel and the Jewish people, this an attempt by a lame duck president to impose a policy on him as an incoming president was despicable, and Trump made no bones about saying so.

Trump apparently found out what was up, and had called for Obama to veto the resolution the day before it went tothe UN, saying, "As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations,” the president-elect said in a statement Thursday.

"This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis."

And Trump warned the U.N. shortly after the vote via Twitter that “things will be different” after his inauguration.

Many members of congress also expressed outrage. As you can imagine, this was mainly the Republicans. Sen. James Lankford, (R-OK), a member of the Senate appropriations subcommittee responsible for making foreign aid funding decisions, tweeted, "U.N. funding should be up for discussion if the anti #Israel resolution is approved."  Senators Lindsay Graham, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and others also voiced disgust at this and are calling for defunding the UN, unless this is repealed.

The Israelis,of course, are livid at this deliberate betrayal. But they should have expected it. This was always going to happen with Barack Hussein Obama in the White House, and I predicted it a long time ago. Needless to say, Israel isn't going to abide by any of this.No country would, unless they were collectively suicidal.

Contrary to popular belief in some circles, Israel is not dependent on American military aid. They have their own thriving arms industry and the amount involved is a relatively small part of their defense budget, although it undoubtedly helps. Actually, as I've pointed out before, the U.S. gets far more in goods and services from Israel than we pay out, and Obama's ' generous' new aid package was actually a reduction,not an increase and came with some major strings attached.

The real reason Netanyahu accepted it was an attempt to mollify what he understood was an anti-Israel president, and to try to avoid losing the alliance's real benefit for Israel...that of a trusted friend who would fend off what amounts to institutionalized Jew hatred in the sewer the UN has become. Frankly, after eight years of this president, he should have known better.

But with that benefit now gone, the Israelis have learned a vital and important lesson, one Obama didn't intend. This blatant treachery united the vast majority of Israelis. It proved that Netanyahu and the Israeli Right were correct all along. They now know that there's absolutely no benefit for them in making any concessions, or negotiating anything.Israel could reduce itself to an enclave around Tel Aviv and it would still be too much. And they would still be libeled as 'the occupying power' and face more demands no matter what.

What President Obama and his creatures don't understand is that instead of preserving the fallacy of the so-called two-state solution, this has killed it. In spite of a few indeterminate words about “all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation, incitement and destruction” Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have never taken anything like that seriously because they have never suffered any consequences at all for it from the UN,the U.S. or the 'international community.' The aid has kept coming in, and no matter what horrendous atrocities they commit against Israeli civilians or what gets taught in the Palestinian Authority's mosques, schools and official media, no matter how well they reward the perpetrators, there's no penalty for their actions. Just pro forma 'condemnations of all violence against civilians' and calls to 'reduce tension' as if Israel was equally at fault.

This resolution essentially legitimizes terrorist attacks on Israelis as 'resistance' and don't think the 'Palestinians' won't rev things up. The Israelis know that and will respond in a far more decisive way than before now that they fully understand that to the UN, nothing they do to defend themselves is legitimate. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Instead of a partner for peace or someone to negotiate with in good faith, Israel, for the first time since the Second Intifada is going to treat Hamas and the Palestinian Authority as exactly what they have always been in reality - a toxic, hostile enemy.

Israel will build in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria like never before. And they may very well annex Area C at the least. After all, if the UN calls the Western Wall inJerusalem and Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, some of which have existed since the 1920's 'occupied Palestinian territory,' why not?

As for President Obama, his plan is to double down.

 US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech on Middle East peace at the State Department in Washington, DC on December 28, 2016.  (Zach Gibson/Getty Images/AFP)

Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a speech which basically defended 2334. He re-emphasized the lie that the U.S. has always opposed 'settlements' in Judea and Samaria and has always supported a two state solution on the 1948 cease fire lines or to use Kerry's terminology, 'the pre 1967 lines.' The truth, of course is that no U.S. Administration ever called the Jewish communities in Judea,Samaria and Jerusalem 'illegal' before, or called for a two state solution on the 1948 cease fire lines. This is Obama's policy and his alone.

He also trotted out the old line that "“It is the only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state living in peace and security with its neighbors.”

He seems to forget that Israel is already a Jewish, democratic state with 20% of its population consisting of Arabs, most of whom are fully integrated into Israeli society with the full protection of law. How many Jews live in Abbas's 'Palestine?'. Abbas has already said that no Jews will be allowed in his little reichlet. If anyone has a problem with remaining democratic, it isn't Israel.But you'd never know that to listen to John Kerry. he also repeated the call for a divided Jerusalem and the de facto creation of 580,000 Jewish refugees.

As for peace and security, why would he or any sane person believe that the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinian have any intent of living in peace with Israel, no matter what? Kerry made a mention of their incitement to violence and glorification of terrorists, saying, "The murders of innocents are still glorified on Fatah websites.”

“Despite statements by President Abbas, too often they send a different message by failing to condemn specific attacks and by naming public squares, streets and schools after terrorists.”

Is Kerry really that blind and clueless to think that's going to change, especially since there's no consequences for it, and it's being rewarded by the UN and the Obama Administration?

Kerry made a vague promise in his speech that the US would not seek further UN action. That doesn't mean they won't condone it, help plan and compose  it, and do their best to help push it through.

On January 16th, there's a long planned French-sponsored conference that will focus exclusively  Israel and establishing a Palestinian state. Israel is not attending, but the U.S. will be there.

On January 17th, there's yet another UN Security Council meeting  scheduled.  The UN normally moves quite slowly, but rest assured that both the Paris conference and the meeting have already been pretty much scripted. My guess is that another resolution arises out of it.

 President Barack Hussein Obama isn't through attacking Israel yet.