Friday, October 18, 2019

Hillary vs Tulsi

"It's Tulsi"

Of all the Democrat candidates for president, Tulsi Gabbar is the least objectionable. Not only is she gorgeous, she is not crazy like the rest of the candidates. For some reason, she has drawn the ire of none other than Hillary Clinton, the dowager empress herself, who I suspect is grooming herself to run for president again. Now she has come out and stated that Jill Stein is a Russian agent!! She also implies-without mentioning Tulsi's name- that Gabbard is also a favorite of the Russians since they are trying to promote her. Oh, those Russian bots again. Gabbard has appropriately and beautifully replied to Hillary in a tweet.  You read it all below.

"Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a ..."

-Tulsi Gabbard

The embodiment of corruption. Tulsi must be reading my blog because she nailed it.

If they ever do a remake of that old movie, Sunset Boulevard, they don't need to dig up Gloria Swanson to fill the role of Norma Desmond, the crazy, old, washed-up movie star dreaming of a comeback. Gloria is long dead, but they can dig up Hillary to fill the role. She'd be a natural.


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"The next president of the United States....."

The Comical Decline of Norman Finkelstein

Hat tip Campus Watch

Norman Finkelstein

Cinnamon Stillwell has the latest report on discredited former professor Norman Finkelstein (He was fired years ago by DePaul University) and his recent speaking appearance at Princeton. As always, Finkelstein delivers when it comes to zany, oddball statements about Israel.

I should find it noteworthy that Princeton is Finkelstein's alma mater whether Princeton wants to own up to it or not. In fact, the last time I saw him speak at UC Irvine, in 2010, his sponsors at the Muslim Student Union were forced to advertise him as an "independent scholar with a PhD from Princeton". That's because he was unemployed! That appearance, by the way, could only be described as a total fiasco since he was humiliated and exposed as the fraud he is. I was there and can attest.

That was only the second time I have caught his circus act. The first time was in 2009 when he appeared on a day long panel of other oddballs at an event at UCI called, "Whither the Levant". As always, he put on a  great show which you can read about here.

The last time I saw him was 2013 at Southern California's Cerritos Community College, where he raised a few eyebrows even among his supporters by calling then-President Obama "a murderer".

In between, it's been a sad odyssey for Norm as he has drifted from teaching gigs in Turkey to speaking gigs at various college campuses and most recently teaching a course at the Brooklyn City Library (probably on card cataloging or the mysteries of the ISBN system). Some people have tried to put him on TV debates, but he usually winds up blowing his stack and stalking off the stage when contradicted by his better-informed adversaries. Where Norm (he doesn't like being called Norm) is in his wheelhouse is on some college campus dressing down some young Jewish student trying to defend Israel. In short, he is a bully, but like most bullies, he can't take it when somebody gets the better of him, which most people over the age of 23 can easily do whether they have a PhD, masters, bachelors, or GED.

So if you are ever in Brooklyn (for some strange reason) drop on by the library and check him out. He's probably in the basement. He might even invite you over for a cup of coffee since he lives in the neighborhood. Just don't call him Norm.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The $1.98 Beauty Show: Human Rights Council Elections

The UN Human Rights Council has for years been little more than a perverse joke when you consider the number of shady countries that have sat as members of this absurd body. I mean what could be more perverse than having countries with horrible track records on human rights sitting on the UN Human Rights Council?

So today, the HRC, which stands for Human Rights Council (and Hillary Rodham Clinton too) has elected 14 new member nations. Much to the dismay of  most decent and sensible observers, Venezuela has won a seat on the HRC.

Not only has Venezuela been an abuser of the human rights of its own people for years under Hugo Chavez and his successor, Nicolas Maduro, just within the past year, they have been faced with a humanitarian disaster with thousands of its citizens fleeing across the border to escape starvation-a catastrophe of the government's own making. And this is the country now elected to sit on the HRC. Next thing you know, the HRC will select a nation that still practices slavery.

Oh wait! What's this?

Yes, indeed. Mauritania, the West African nation where slavery is still practiced, is also one of the lucky winners. (Technically, there is a law against slavery, passed in 2007 (!), but it is largely unenforced.)

Here is the new makeup of the UNHRC as of 1-1-20:

African States
Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Libya, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Togo
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Marshall Islands, Republic of Korea Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar
Eastern Europe
Armenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine        
Latin American and Caribbean States
Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
Western Europe and other States
Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain

Watching this "election" reminds me of that old $1.98  Beauty Show, Rip Taylor and all.

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Somebody tell me it's all a  spoof.

Italy: Salvini Is Out and the Ports Are Open to Migrants

Hat tip Gates of Vienna for editing and Vlad Tepes for sub-titling. Translation by Fousesquawk.

Now that Matteo Salvini is no longer interior minister in Italy, the new governemt has capitulated to Brussels, Paris and Berlin and reopened Italy's ports to migrants arriving from North Africa in all sorts of vessels. Result: Just in Septemeber, 2,000 migrants have arrived in Italy. The below Italian TV report is from Quarta Repubblica.

Hate Speech in Canadian Mosque

Hat tip Memri TV and Jihad Watch

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Younus Kathrada
"Filthy non-Muslims"

If you think that hatred of Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims is only preached in mosques in the Middle East and other Muslim-majority nations, think again. Memri TV has located video of a sermon by a Canadian-based imam. In this video,  Younus Kathrada warns his congregation that they will have to answer to Allah if they vote for "filthy non-Muslims" in Canada's upcoming elections. The video in the below link is in English.

Kathrada was born in South Africa and is based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Washington Nationals Going to World Series

"First in war, first in peace, and first in the National League" (Hat tip Gene Mack)

(See arrow above.)

A bit of history was made last night when the Washington Nationals not only won their first National League pennant in franchise history (which began with the Montreal Expos), but also gave Washington DC its first Series appearance since 1933.

For you younger readers, a bit of baseball history is in order. One of the early American League teams was the old Washington Senators, which eventually moved to Minneapolis and became the Minnesota Twins. During their existence in Washington from 1901-1960, the Senators were known for their futility, year in and year out competing with the old St Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles) for last place. Only three times did they go to the World Series, winning the whole thing only in 1924.

After the team left for Minnesota, a second version of the Senators came into being (1961-1971). Playing at the old RFK Stadium, they were just as bad as the old version. They moved to Dallas becoming the now-Texas Rangers.

So now, for the city of Washington, much like the Cubs three years ago, many of the demons have been put to rest. (Well, not all, but that's a different topic having nothing to do with sports.)

And the old Griffith Stadium, where the first Senators played? Long gone, it is now the site of the Howard University Hospital.

Final thought: I wonder what Bryce Harper is thinking.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Netherlands:26 Years and 8 Months in Prison for Afghan Knife Attacker

Hat tip Ben-Translation by Fousesquawk


Last year, two American tourists were attacked and stabbed at Amsterdam's Central Station by an Afghan man who was an asylum-seeker in Germany. The suspect, identified only as Jawed S.,  has now been convicted in a Dutch court and sentenced to 26 years and 8 months in prison. One of his victims is paralyzed and confined for the rest of his life to a wheelchair. The defendant, who had been denied asylum in Germany, took a train to Amsterdam where he planned to kill people in revenge for a "Draw Mohammad" contest organized by Geert Wilders.

The article linked below has two videos. In the first, one of the judges is shown pronouncing the amount of the monetary fine, while the second is in English and consists of a statement by the wife of one of the victims. The written Dutch has been translated to English by Fousesquawk.

More than 26 years for the attacker at Amsterdam Central Station, almost three million in compensation

The man who stabbed two American tourists at the Amsterdam Central Station last year has been sentenced  to 26 years and 8 months in prison. The court convicted Jawed S. on two counts of attempted murder with terrorist motive and threats against three police officers. The sentence is higher than that requested by the public prosecutor-25 years.

In addition, S. must pay compensation of more than 2.8 million euros to one of the victims. The man has suffered paralysis and will probably spend the rest of his life in a  wheelchair. He must pay more thgan 38,000 euros to the other American.
Watch in the first video what the judge says about the compensation.-in the second video, the sentence  is announced

On the question of whether S. can pay the almost three million euros, the victims don't have to worry. The State pays compensation to the victims of violent crime and sexual offenses, explains NOS justice editor Remco Andringa. "The government then attempts to recover the amount from the perpetrator. But because Jawed S., being an asylum seeker and a detainee, would not have much money, in practice, it will be the government who pays the victims."
The Afghanistan-born Jawed S. (20), born in Afghanistan, is an asylum seeker who has exhausted all legal remedies in Germany. A year ago, he took the train from Germany to Amsterdam to take revenge for comments by Geert Wilders. With the announcement of a cartoon competition about the prophet Mohammed, Wilders insulted his faith, according to S.
S. was accused of two counts of attempted murder with a terrorist motive. All alleged facts have been proven according to the court. According to (the judge), S. acted with a preconceived plan. "He came to the Netherlands to kill as many people as possible," she said. "The repeat risk is very high. The court must protect society." Therefore, according to her, only the highest possible penalty is appropriate.
S. himself was not present for the verdict.
Fully accountable
According to the prosecutor, the Afghan was guilty of a terrorist crime. A mental disorder could not be diagnosed. This means that he is fully accountable for what he has done. S. said at a hearing that his plan was to kill "unfair and cruel" people.
The victims were random passers-by. They survived the attack, but were seriously injured.

The wife of one of the victims made this statement. She was 11 weeks pregnant when the attack was carried out. (See video)

Below video

Wife of victim (of) Jawed S. "I was witness to the brutal attack on my husband."

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Anti-Semitic Hooligans at Toronto's York University

Hat tip Alysson Taylor, Canadian-Jewish News, Algemeiner and Israel Unwired

This week another ugly, anti-Semitic incident occurred at a North American University campus. This time it was at Toronto's York University, one of the worst in Canada when it comes to pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel, and anti-Jewish incidents. In the below link you can see Lauren Isaacs describe what happened when she and others set up a pro-Israel information table on campus. After about an hour, the Arab and Muslim students showed up and things went downhill from there.  Here is yet another example of the intimidation and disruption that occurs on North American campuses. You can see Lauren speaking on video at the below link.

Here is a recent article written by Ms Isaacs describing the climate at York for Jewish students.

Here is a current article about B'nai Brith getting involved in a student lawsuit at York over mandatory school fees to support campus organizations. As part of that, some Jewish students are unwilling to have to pay student fees to support groups who, in turn, support the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel.

As of today, I have not seen any articles about the above York incident in the York campus newspaper, the Excalibur, nor the Toronto Star nor the Toronto Sun. The Sun, however, is running an op-ed by Michael Mostyn, CEO of B'nai Brith in Canada, regarding the above lawsuit. The Excalibur is running an article which clearly favors the continuation of student fees.

As I stated above, York has been having a lot of issues with this over the past several years. Probably the worst incident was in February 2009, when Jewish students were forced to barricade themselves in the campus Hillel builing as it was stormed by pro-Palestinian thugs.

This latest outrage merits monitoring to see how the university handles the incident and how it is reported, both on campus and in the Toronto community.

Master Sgt Mark Allen: A Casualty of Bowe Bergdahl

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Master Sergeant Mark Allen
-Walton Tribune

Retired Master Sergeant Mark Allen, who was shot and severely wounded in Afghanistan while searching for army deserter Bowe Bergddahl, has died.

It should never be forgotten that six other military personnel were also killed in the search for Bergdahl, who joined the Taliban after leaving his post in 2009. Years later, then-President Obama exchanged five major Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo for Bergdahl. Obama used the occasion to appear in the White House Rose Garden with Bergdahl's parents. The five Taliban prisoners exchanged have returned to the Taliban after spending a few years in some sort of bizarre exile in Qatar.

There can be little question that Sgt Allen's career and life were cut short by Bergdahl's desertion. On his passing, the question must be asked: Where is Bergdahl today?

After being returned to the US, Bergdahl's case lingered as the Army tried to figure out what to do with him. Finally, in November 2017, he entered a guilty plea. He was reduced in rank to private, fined several thousand dollars, and dishonorably discharged with no prison time.

So there we have it. Six dead soldiers, others wounded, and another life destroyed and cut short. Five Taliban leaders released who have returned to the Taliban. Somewhere, Bowe Bergdahl sits in freedom. I hope he is aware of Sgt Allen's passing. I wonder what he is thinking.

I wonder what Obama is thinking.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Spain: The Invasion Continues

Hat tip Gates of Vienna for editing and Vlad Tepes for sub-titling. Translation by Fousesquawk.

The Spanish coastal town of Cartagena (not to be confused with Cartagena, Colombia) is becoming a favorite destination for migrants sailing across the Mediterranean from the African continent. The below news report shows what has been happening during the past week.

Tonopah (Cont)

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A few days ago, I posted a 2011 article on the Tonopah solar power plant that was built in the Nevada desert. As part of that posting, I re-posted my own article the same year on the plant based on my own personal experience. Construction on the plant was conducted by a Spanish firm.

Well, there is more, and it is recent. It seems the plant is going under. Below are two articles that have recently appeared in two Nevada papers, the Las Vegas Review Journal and the Nevada Independent.

I have sent my original 2011-12 posts to both of the journalists who wrote the above articles.

The Marie Yovanovitch Imbroglio

This article first appeared in New English Review.

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Marie Yovanovitch is the latest figure to pop up in the Democrats' never-ending quest to remove President Trump from office. Ms Yovanovitch is a career US State Department Foreign Service officer who has served as our ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and most recently, Ukraine. She was appointed to the Kiev post in 2016 by President Obama  and recalled by President Trump in May of this year over allegations that she was openly critical of Trump's policies and actions in the Hunter/Joe Biden fiasco. Today, she testified behind closed doors before Congress. Closed testimony or not, her opening statement has already been leaked to the press.

So now comes Ms Yovanovitch claiming that she was canned from her position as ambassador by a vindictive President Trump because she had reportedly criticized him.

So what?

First of all, one needs to understand how ambassadorships work in the first place. An ambassadorship is a prized political plum-at least as far as the more desirable posts of duty are concerned. They routinely go to the well-connected fat cats who contribute to a president's campaign or offer other forms of support. Oft-times they are given to prominent politicians who have decided they want a change of scenery. As stated, the plum jobs in places like Paris or Rome, go to the wealthy or well-connected. For places like Kyrgyzstan, Armenia or Ukraine, they can be doled out to career Foreign Service officers who have worked their way up the ladder.

Regardless of post, it is crucial to remember that the job of an embassy anywhere in the world is to represent the policies of the current administration. If a  new administration comes into office, and the current ambassador is of a different party than the incoming president, they can expect to be replaced. Similarly, if an ambassador anywhere is working at cross purposes with the president, they will be gone in no time. In short, it is a political position.

When I was stationed in Bangkok in the 1970s with DEA, the ambassador was Charles Whitehouse. If that name sounds familiar,  Ambassador Whitehouse was the father of none other than Sheldon Whitehouse, current Democrat senator from Rhode Island. In the 1980s, when I was stationed in Milan, the ambassador in Rome was Maxwell Rabb, who had been a player in the Eisenhower administration and was a well-connected lawyer. The president at the time was Ronald Reagan.

The bottom line is this: The Democrats  can complain all they want about the circumstances under which Yovanovitch was replaced, but once again, Trump had just as much right to replace her as he had to replace the FBI director. In other words, it's another non-issue.