Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

The grim news just keeps on coming out of the Middle East:

Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated.
Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians.
"These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.
"Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated."
According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques and seven hospitals have been struck.
And if Israel is found guilty of war crimes, what other rogue nation will be complicit? Here's a hint:

U.S. Senate Democrats included $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome rocket interception system in an emergency funding bill on Tuesday that also cut $1 billion from President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion to deal with thousands of undocumented child immigrants.
"Israel is an essential American ally and needs these assets to defend itself," said Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, in a statement.
Yeah, I hear you - that $225 million is for rocket interceptors. But money is fungible, so whatever tax dollars D.C. tosses at Israel for Iron Dome could be used to blow up some more Palestinian hospitals.

And could someone, anyone, please explain why wealthy Israel should expect American taxpayers to pay for this? Let them get the loan from China themselves.

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Detroit water shutoffs are racially motivated, lawsuit claims

If you apply the standard of "disparate impact" to this case, then it's a slam dunk of blatant discrimination. After all, Blacks in Detroit are getting their water cut off disproportionately to Whites. So now the NAACP is on the case:

Attorney Alice Jennings, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Detroit residents, said the shutoffs were a racial issue.
“These companies are basically Caucasian companies,” she told the station. “The folks who are being cut off are almost one hundred percent African-American.”
Detroit announced Monday that it would suspend its aggressive policy of cutting off water for the next 15 days, but the NAACP Legal Defense Fund said in a press release Monday that it’s not enough. They also want the financial aid program for Detroit’s neediest people to be reformed.
The city of Detroit buckled under to the implied threats, but I wonder what would have happened if it had stuck to its "aggressive policy" of insisting customers pay their bills?

This response from the city is priceless:

City of Detroit Water And Sewerage Department Deputy Director, Darryl Latimer, said every account corporate or private is treated the same, adding that the water department does what they can to work with those who come forward and address their hardship situation.
“The majority of our customers (who) are in delinquency status, they just built a culture of ,’You’re not making me pay— I am not going to pay’,” said Latimer.

So the latest front in the ongoing Civil Rights War is protecting Blacks who refuse to pay their water bills. Wow. How much longer can the Race Card be played until its spending limit has been shattered? Apparently, the NAACP believes that limits are racist and must be ignored.

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Philadelphia mosque leaders try to cut off man's hand

When immigrants cross the border and enter the Exceptional Nation ™, they magically transform into Americans, and instantly embrace our traditions, including the rule of law.

Or so say proponents of unlimited immigration. Here in the real world, Third-World people behave like Third-World people, whether they're in Mosul or Philadelphia. From Reuters:
Two men described as leaders of a Philadelphia mosque were accused of trying to cut off the hand of a suspected thief, whose wrist was sliced so deeply it required hospital treatment, police said on Friday. The 46-year-old victim said two officials in the mosque accused him of stealing jars of money from the house of worship after morning prayers on Monday. The officials, described in police reports as the mosque's imam and amir, dragged the victim to the rear of the mosque, and attempted to chop off his hand with a machete, according to a police statement.
 Notice that these men were NOT two ordinary yahoos who took it upon themselves to mete our Islamic justice to an American. They were leaders in the mosque, and are therefore representative of other Muslims.

Better get used to stories like this. We're going to be seeing more and more such incidents.

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The Right to Secede

Here's a great introduction to secession as the ultimate defense against a tyrannical government. It's from the Sons of Confederate Veterans:

Among the Founding Fathers there was no doubt. The United States had just seceded from the British Empire, exercising the right of the people to “alter or abolish” — by force, if necessary — a despotic government. The Declaration of Independence is the most famous act of secession in our history, though modern rhetoric makes “secession” sound somehow different from, and more sinister than, claiming independence.

The original 13 states formed a “Confederation,” under which each state retained its “sovereignty, freedom, and independence.” The Constitution didn’t change this; each sovereign state was free to reject the Constitution. The new powers of the federal government were “granted” and “delegated” by the states, which implies that the states were prior and superior to the federal government.
There are many, many distractions, snares, and delusions in the political marketplace these days, so reminders of basic principles are vital. I want to gag when I hear someone claim we need to elect "good Republicans" to get D.C. off our back. Then there are the sovereign citizens, the "re-establishment" loonies, anarchists, libertarians, etc. For every problem there are a dozen or so useless "solutions." Let's stick to the ones that have actually been shown to work here in the real world.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rep. Luis Gutierrez asks Obama to “stop the deportation of our people”

Those bad ol' xenophobes claimed the fresh-faced "Dreamers" were just the tip of the iceberg. "Let the kids stay, and they'll be used to smuggle in dozens of others." Such fearmongering was harshly denounced. But now Representative Luis Gutierrez agrees that the "children" are just priming the pump for the coming floodtide. Gutierrez said this to the National Council of Das Volk, I mean, La Raza:

“You gave us a down payment when you freed 600,000 DREAMers from deportation,” he said, Breitbart reported. “Now it is time for the president in the United States … [to] free the moms and dads of the DREAMers. And to go further. Be broad and expansive and generous.”

He also said that providing amnesty for 100,000 illegals was “not expansive” enough, calling for Mr. Obama to grant amnesty to “millions of our undocumented.”
I'm sure Senor Obama will be most generous with our country.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Governor Perry sends Texas National Guard to protect the border

Finally, a governor takes charge of his State's borders:

Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced he is deploying 1,000 Texas National Guard to the U.S. border with Mexico, saying he can not idly sit by while "our citizens are under siege."

Pointing out the tens of thousands pf unaccompanied minors only make up roughly 20 percent of those being apprehended illegally crossing the border, Perry said he can no longer wait for the president to act as gang members and drug cartels flood into Texas, causing crime to skyrocket. Perry pointed out Texas tax payers can not bear the expense of processing and housing the surge of illegal immigration caused by President Obama's 2012 executive action "Dream Act" which has given people in Central America the idea children will be allowed to stay once in the U.S.
The only way Texas - or any other State - can fight this D.C.-sponsored invasion is to reclaim all powers delegated to the federal government.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison mulls ‘diversity-based grading’

Grades should be awarded according to "representational equity."

The D.C. Empire's tombstone will say "Killed by its own ideology."

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Americans turn away from Empire

D.C.'s policy of endless war just isn't fun any more. As Americans gaze in horror at the aftermaths of the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, they're realizing that (1) their government deliberately lied to them and (2), their government is run by megalomaniacs who don't know what the hell they're doing. So Americans have withdrawn their consent to wage war in their name:

Amid deepening violence across Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Americans are recoiling from direct engagement overseas and oppose U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine by large margins, according to a POLITICO poll of 2014 battleground voters. ...

More than three-quarters of likely voters say they support plans to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. Only 23 percent oppose the plan.

Forty-four percent of likely voters favor less involvement in Iraq’s civil war, versus 19 percent who favor more involvement and 23 percent who say the current level of involvement is appropriate.
This outbreak of mass sanity has the warmongers in a perfect funk. Here's Robert Fulford:

The slow American withdrawal from world affairs has been apparent for a long time, but has never been so glaringly evident as this week in the Middle East....

The context for the change in America’s international role was provided by a Pew Research Center poll in December. It determined that more than half of Americans now think the United States should mind its own business and let other countries “get along the best they can on their own” — the highest number since Pew began raising that issue 40 years ago. Robert Kagan, the author of The World America Made, believes Americans feel an uneasy desire to shed the burdens that their country assumed from 1941 to the end of the Cold War. Many Americans imagine they would be happier in a “normal” kind of America, a nation more attuned to its own needs, less to those of the wider world.
Fulford pines for the days when, in Michael Ledeen's infamous formula, "Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business." Ah, yes. Good times. But now the party's over, and Fulford urges Americans to get back in touch with their inner Neocon again, because, "Unquestionably, America’s strength, wielded carelessly, can cause great trouble. But since the 1940s it has done the world far more good than harm. In this waning period, the global future looks increasingly dire."

In WHAT alternate universe has U.S. intervention done more good than harm? Here's a partial list of the lives the D.C. Empire has snuffed out in THIS universe:

- Vietnam, 1960-75 -- Two million Vietnamese killed in longest US war.
- Indonesia, 1965 -- CIA-backed overthrow of Sukarno in 1965 resulted in estimated death of one million people.
- Cambodia, 1969-75 -- US carpet bombing killed two million people.
- El Salvador, 1981-92 -- troops and air power assisted death squads, 75,000 people killed.
- Serbia -- Clinton's 'Wag the Dog' Air War in 1999 killed 6,000 Serbian troops and 2,000 civilians.
- Iraq -- US-led sanctions result in the estimated deaths of over one million civilians, from 1990 to 2003. And the Iraqi invasion and occupation has killed over 700 US troops, 5,000 Iraqi troops, and 8,000 civilians.

Now that Americans have rejected D.C.'s foreign agenda, we need to reject the flip side of empire, which is the globalization of the American homeland (multiculturalism). And thank God, there are signs that's happening, too. Know hope.

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This day in history

Confederate forces won the first major battle of the War for Southern Independence at Manassas in Virginia.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Why do we need borders?

To answer that question, just look at what happens when border security collapses. The ongoing crisis on the southwest border with Mexico paints a stark picture:

The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of the children before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned.

The director of refugee health in the federal Health and Human Services Department “has identified a breakdown of the medical screening processes at the Nogales, Arizona, facility,” according to an internal Department of Defense memo reviewed by ABC News. The “breakdown” a systemic failure of the handoff of these children between CBP and HHS.
Now imagine what would happen if these people were shipped to unknown places all over the country. Oh, wait, we don't have to imagine it - it's happening.

Forget xenophobia - our problem is mysophobia.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Immigration concerns surged in July

The latest Gallup poll reveals that immigration is the top concern of Americans. That's a healthy trend; while Official Groupthink would have us believe an alien invasion is a good thing (Yay! More Americans!), the truth is that an influx of uneducated dependents is an evil to be defended against.

Almost as interesting are the other top concerns: Disgust with Congress is a close second, followed by the economy, health care, and the federal deficit.

In other words, almost everything D.C. does is a problem. What's the solution to such a problem?

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From a concerned reader

Old Rebel,

Who stands to gain and who stands to lose by convincing the world that pro-Russian forces shot down that airliner over the Ukraine?  Why would the separatists take a shot at a plane flying at over 30,000 feet (cruising altitude, far from origin or destination)?  What threat is such an aircraft to them?  What do they have that could even reach it?  Could any man portable ground to air weapon do that?  Do the separatists have a sophisticated air defense system?  Or do the Ukranians have an air defense system capable of that?  Could the West have supplied such a system?  Would it serve American purposes to have the world believe the pro-Russian forces shot it down? 

Just spitballing some questions that came to me...  We'll never know the truth.  We do know this much, however:  the US government systematically lies about everything. When it sticks its big nose into the investigation and issues the "final statement on the matter" sometime in the future, you will know this much:  THAT is NOT the truth!

If you decide to pose these questions to the readership, please don't use my name or nom de guerre. I'm in deep enough as it is! Then again they are probably already reading this before I even send it, har har.

You and Dr. Hill are my bellwethers - when either of you drops off the radar screen or has an "accident", I'll know it is time to sandbag my house!

Watch your ass, Brother!

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Bashing right-wingers for fun and (mostly) profit

The corporate press always gives the SPLC a free ride, swallowing their every pronouncement as the unvarnished truth. Rare is the reporter who checks the SPLC's allegations, and rarer still is the one who probes the fear-mongering tales the SPLC releases for publications. Here's a critical look at the half-truths and bombast the SPLC uses to boost its obscene profits:

SPCL is a multimillion-dollar leftist organization built on direct marketing and scare tactics, having little to do with poverty or law. It touts itself as “a nonprofit organization that combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation.” Yet it spreads hate and intolerance with vile innuendo and speculation. It also inflates its hate group count by counting every chapter in every state as a separate group.
You'll definitely want to read the whole thing and bookmark it. It's a classic take-down.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quote of the day

“What I learned is never trust the Wizard.” Peggy Joseph, former Obama supporter.

Who? Oh, you remember Peggy:

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Connecticut says "No!" to housing illegal aliens

Isn't this interesting? New England has no problem with illegals pouring into Texas or Arizona, but rejects them from their own backyard:

The administration of Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-WFP) has denied a request from federal officials to temporarily house up to 2,000 illegal immigrant children from Central America at a residence in his state for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
I'm sure these New Englanders are doing this for the illegals' own good. They'll be more comfortable in a Sunbelt State than they would in frosty New England. Yeah, that's it.

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A surge too far?

Looks like the Open Borders crowd underestimated the reaction to their latest surge of illegal alien invaders. Guess they expected shell-shocked, dispirited Americans to roll over and let the Camp of the Saints occupation proceed. Clearly, D.C. is on the side of the invaders, so folks are taking matters into their own hands:

Citizens in Westminster, Maryland; Oracle, Arizona; Vassar, Michigan; Greece, New York, and many other places have blocked the importation of illegal aliens into their communities through public protests, letters and official resolutions from elected leaders.
The invasion is in our own backyard, and that's where we must focus our efforts. Electing anyone, and I do mean ANYONE, to Congress or the Senate is a WASTE OF TIME. We have to work through our local governments to accomplish anything. Fortunately, people are starting to get it.

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Seceding from America topic of 'Saving Texas'

In addition to all the exciting news about reclaiming self-determination, we now have a first-rate novel exploring the idea of secession. Saving Texas uses one of the more likely scenarios, that of Texas seceding from D.C.'s corrupt, wasteful bureaucracy:

Maps are not etched in stone, whether in Ukraine or modern-day Texas. In her debut novel, "Saving Texas," veteran journalist Nancy Stancill immerses her readers into a Texas gubernatorial campaign to secede from the union.

Stancill capitalizes on her years of experience as an investigative reporter in creating ambitious reporter Annie Price who chooses to profile a charismatic West Texan candidate, Tom Marr. Annie's research and interviews lead her beyond Marr's campaign to shepherd his state of Texas out of the union and into becoming an independent "country." Assassins, corruption, love and betrayal add to this fast-paced story.
With the federal government's ongoing (and escalating) border security crisis, the idea of State-by-State secession is beginning to make more sense. D.C. politicians don't care about the border States, while folks who live there are the ones who have to contend with this invasion.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

State Secession: Six Californias Initiative Lives!

Of course, as with any rational and fair idea, there's opposition from the vested interests:

A divided California without the wealth producers of tech would be markedly poorer, and wealth redistributors wouldn’t like that. So there would be a liberal establishment backlash if the Six scheme got any traction with the voters. Plus Washington would have to agree — that would never happen.

But the initiative might shake things up a bit.
Yes, these are baby steps toward REAL self-determination, and the writer's prediction that this will be quased by D.C. is surely correct. But how long can the central government deny self-government to the Empire's increasingly fractious groups?

N.C. Renegade edited this clip from a classic Star Trek episode that lays out the issue rather neatly:

Mirror Spock: I shall operate the transporter. You have two minutes and ten seconds.

Captain James T. Kirk: In that time, I have something to say. How long before the Halkan prediction of galactic revolt is realized?

Mirror Spock: Approximately two hundred and forty years.

Captain James T. Kirk: The inevitable outcome?

Mirror Spock: The Empire shall be overthrown, of course.

Captain James T. Kirk: The illogic of waste, Mr. Spock. A waste of lives, potential, resources, time. I submit to you that your Empire is illogical because it cannot endure. I submit that *you* are illogical to be a willing part of it.

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White House: Immigrant children facing danger will 'likely' stay in US

What joyous news! The Democratic Party is proud to announce a birth - of 50,000 new voters:

The White House said Monday it was “likely” that immigrant children facing mortal danger in their home countries would be allowed to stay in the United States.

The comments come amid a growing debate over a 2008 law that allows many of the children flooding across the southern border an automatic asylum hearing.

“These children will — and other immigrants who are attempting to enter the country without documentation — will go through the immigration process and that means their claims of asylum will be considered by an immigration judge and by asylum officials,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.
Notice how Josh Earnest (!) slipped in that little comment about how this surge of diversity will include "other immigrants who are attempting to enter the country without documentation." After all, we need someone to look after these kids. MS-13 can't do it all by themselves.

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Agents worried about child immigrant gang ties

Nancy Pelosi said the floodtide of Latinos massing on border areas is not a crisis, but an "opportunity." She was right - the eager young men of Mara Salvatrucha see this as the recruiting opportunity of a lifetime:

Note that it's not VDare or FAIR pointing out the long-term damage being done here, but an ABC News affiliate. Yes, this "opportunity" is so dire, even the mainstream media has to acknowledge it.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Holder keeps his promise!

A recent story revealed that our esteemed Attorney General sees dissent against Obama's political agenda as evidence of "racism": Holder sees 'racial animus' in opposition

So we have to wonder if this latest Department of Justice investigation was prompted by Holder's, um, unique theory of justice:

The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to investigate a Nebraska parade float that criticized President Obama.

A Fourth of July parade float featured at the annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk sparked criticism when it depicted a zombie-like figure resembling Mr. Obama standing outside an outhouse, which was labeled the “Obama Presidential Library.”
I suppose "racial animus" motivated that float. After all, Obama is the first president to have his official library mocked as an outhouse.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sebesta bait

The Charlotte Observer has this story about a little ol' property for sale:

Want a South Carolina plantation? For $4 million, it's all yours

The 1,500 acre Wedge Plantation on the banks of the Santee River. Owned by The University of South Carolina, the plantation property consists of a 4-story plantation house, stables and several smaller buildings

Today, The Wedge remains for sale, and Oliver Dominick is keen on helping to shape the plantation’s future, no matter who its next owner might be.
I've got the mint julep cups. Now if I can just round up $4 million Yankee dollars...

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MURRIETA: City hires a crisis management adviser

Things are getting so heated in Murietta, California, that the mayor has had to hire a "Crisis Management Adviser." His name is Xavier Hermosillo:

It’s no mystery why Hermosillo’s services are needed.

Since angry anti-illegal immigration protesters at the Murrieta U.S. Border Patrol Station turned away a convoy of buses carrying migrants flown in from Texas July 1, the city in general and the mayor, in particular, have been criticized in the national – even international – media. Some have accused Long of encouraging protesters to thwart the buses.
Think Mr. Hermosillo will work to defend the border? Think again - he has a long history of advocating "Reconquista," though he's never used the term. Hermosillo celebrates the rising tide of Latinos who are re-defining the demographics of Los Angeles. From the Los Angeles Times:

Asked about the growing Latino presence, he reminded viewers that L.A. once belonged to Mexico. Then came another one of his body blows. "We are taking (the city) house by house . . . block by block." His advice: "Better wake up and smell the refried beans."

Hermosillo, knowing that his comments infuriate black leaders as well as some Latino elected officials, says he is not a racist. "I'm a realist," he insists.
When a White notices certain facts, he's a racist. When a Latino notices the same facts, he's a realist.

Welcome to the Reconquista.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Obama threatens Congress

Either subsidize the 50,000+ illegals who've invaded the U.S., or we'll let even more in. There's just no other way to interpret this:

President Obama’s new border spending request will pay for schooling, health care and lawyers for the unaccompanied illegal immigrant children surging across the border, officials told Congress on Thursday as they pleaded for quick action on the $3.7 billion package.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Congress must approve the money this month, saying that if nothing is done before lawmakers leave for a monthlong August vacation, one of his agencies will have to cut its other immigration enforcement in order to hold and transport the children.
Forget 2043 - Whites will be a minority in their own country by the end of Obama's term.

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Quote of the day

"We libertarians were wrong. Societal liberty simply cannot be maximized through sexual anarchy any more than it can be maximized though unrestricted immigration, unrestricted government, or unrestricted voting. In retrospect, this should always have been obvious: if everything goes, then literally everything will go." - Theodore Beale

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A slow news day at Diversity, Inc.

Here's what the Perpetually Outraged® have to resort to these days. At Chicago's Cellular Field, the White Sox handed out ponchos when rain started falling. Some liberal wienie thought the fans looked like Klansmen, and issued a breathless alert that the Klan had taken over. Diversity, Inc. condemned what it called an "Unfortunate Giveaway":

It's so sad, it's hilarious.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The SPLC's business model

Judging from the tons of money they roll in monthly, and from the power behind the throne they wield, it looks like the SPLC adapted its business model from the Spanish Inquisition, which was an outsourced censor of "dangerous" ideas (i.e., ideas that questioned the legitimacy of the existing power structure). nails it:

Though posing as an anti-racist monitoring institution, the SPLC’s primary concern has never been the KKK or “White Identity”. Rather, the SPLC’s job has been and always will be to marginalize and defame those who stand against centralized federal power, regardless of how corrupt that power has become. They are not anti-racists, or liberals, or concerned citizens; they are STATISTS, who only care about maintaining the superiority of a government that has been bought and paid for many times over by a gaggle of international financiers with delusions of godhood.
Thanks to Dennis for forwarding!

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Israel pounds Gaza for third straight day


The one-sidedness of the never-ending Mid-East meat grinder has reached the level of a tragicomedy. The latest body count is head-shakingly bizarre, 80 85 to 0:

The death toll in Gaza jumped overnight, doubling to 80 dead and more than 500 injured, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. The latest fatality was 5-year-old Abdullah Abu Gazal, who was killed in a midmorning Israeli airstrike in Beit Lahia.

For its part, Hamas and other militant factions continued firing rockets indiscriminately at Israeli population centers. Sirens sounded in towns and cities across southern and central Israel on Thursday as dozens of rockets hit. No deaths or injuries were reported.
Looks like we're going to continue the same pattern in Israeli-Palestinian warfare: Israeli jets, bought and paid for by U.S. taxpayers, hammer Palestinian homes. The Palestinians run to the Fireworks Barn in Fort Mill, South Carolina, smuggle them back home, and light them hoping they'll hit more Israelis than Palestinians. Hell of a way to run a war.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Quote of the day

"Somehow, Central Americans have gotten the idea that President Obama, Senator McCain, Univision, the Chamber of Commerce, the Democratic Party, Silicon Valley, the billionaire donors to the Republican Party, the Catholic Church, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal all favor their children showing up in vast numbers." - Steve Sailer

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Right-Wing Mayor Nullifies Federal Law, SPLC Condemns "Extremism"

I'm sorry, I got the headline wrong. Here's the actual headline from CBS News:

LAPD To No Longer Comply With Feds On Immigration Hold Requests

And here's the story:

The Los Angeles Police Department will no longer comply with federal immigration detainer requests issued without judicial review, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday. ...

Police and city officials have been under pressure from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to hold on to illegal immigrants arrested for low-level crimes.

In October 2012, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced the LAPD would no longer grant an ICE Detainer Request “without first reviewing the seriousness of the offense for which the person is being held, as well as their prior arrest history and gang involvement.”

The move came after the City Attorney’s Office advised Beck that honoring requests made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were at the discretion of local police departments, Beck said at the time.
I keep forgetting that nullification is okay if done for the "right" reasons.

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