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Democrats Embrace Pro-Terrorist Group That Recycled Blood Libel Against Jews

Posted on | August 20, 2019 | No Comments


Yeah, 2020 is gonna be lit, y’all:

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are ramping up their criticism of Israel’s decision to block them from entering the country, where according to Tlaib “racism and the politics of hate” are “thriving.”
But in defending its decision, the Israeli government is citing the radical history of the group that was slated to sponsor the trip.
That group, named Miftah, has a long record of anti-Israel rhetoric that includes downplaying attacks on Israelis and even describing suicide bombers as “sacrificing their lives for the cause.” . . .
“The organization that is funding their trip is Miftah, which is an avid supporter of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement), and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
Netanyahu cited Miftah as he alleged the lawmakers had ulterior, anti-Israel motives in their planned Israel trip.
For instance, a 2006 Miftah report dealing with the Second Intifada — a wave of Palestinian violence in the early 2000s — discussed a 2002 Jerusalem suicide bombing under a section titled “Fighting Back.” It described the attack, where Wafa Idrees blew herself up with a bomb that killed an Israeli and injured more than 100 others, as “the beginning of a string of Palestinian women dedicated to sacrificing their lives for the cause.” . . .
More recently, a June 2019 document authored by Miftah promoting an interview with Birzeit University lecturer Dr. Ghassan Khatib said, “There must be coherence between official Palestinian diplomacy and public diplomacy, one form of which is the BDS movement.”
Israeli law allows the country to bar anyone who promotes BDS from entering. Omar and Tlaib are vocal supporters of the movement and had planned a trip with a group that appears to endorse it fully. Their colleagues in the House, meanwhile, passed a resolution in opposition to BDS in July with a 398-17 vote. . . .
Miftah drew accusations of blatant anti-Semitism in 2013, when they published an article that gave credence to the medieval blood libel, the false claim that Jews use Christian blood to make matzah for the Passover holiday.

These two are pitching it right into the Trump campaign’s wheel house:

“Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have a well-documented history of anti-Semitic comments, anti-Semitic social media posts and anti-Semitic relationships,” said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. “Israel has the right to prevent people who want to destroy it from entering the country — and Democrats’ pointless congressional inquiries here in America cannot change the laws Israel has passed to protect itself.”
According to a weekend report in McClatchy, senior Democrats in Congress were considering legislative action against Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, and David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, in response to the decision not to let Tlaib, D-Mich., and Omar, D-Minn., enter Israel. That could include a possible vote on a statement of no confidence in Dermer, as well as calls for the opening of an inspector-general investigation into Friedman.

So, for the sake of defending the most radical members of their caucus, Democrats in Congress are “considering legislative action” against the Israeli ambassador? Four more years, baby. #Winning!


CNN Panelist: ‘The Greatest Terrorist Threat in This Country Is White Men’

Posted on | August 20, 2019 | No Comments


The obscure cable channel strikes again:

A Monday night “Cuomo Prime Time” segment went completely off the rails after CNN commentator Angela Rye took issue with a GOP campaign strategist’s “interesting word choice” after the strategist said that two Muslim Democratic Reps. had “hijacked” the Democratic Party.
The night’s “The Great Debate” segment featured former Congressional Black Caucus executive director Angela Rye and GOP campaign strategist Patrick Griffin discussing Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who were both denied entry into Israel because of their support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
The heated back-and-forth discussion reached a climax after Griffin said the two have “hijacked” the Democratic party “from their own speaker.”
“They picked themselves, Chris,” said Griffin, pushing back on the notion that Omar and Tlaib have become objects of President Donald Trump’s ire because of the color of their skin. “The fact of the matter is, these members of Congress have decided to stand up and speak out for the Democratic caucus. Nancy Pelosi can’t even control these folks. This has nothing to do with the color of their skin. This has everything to do with the fact that they’re supporting terrorist organizations in Israel. Nobody knew what the BDS was before we starting hearing about all this stuff. We need to be careful here.”
“These four women, particularly these two, have taken over the Democratic Party,” Griffin added. “and hijacked it from their own speaker.”
Rye, who had been trying to interrupt to make a point about white males committing terrorist acts, immediately jumped on Griffin’s terminology.
“It’s so interesting that you use the term — the only two Muslim women in Congress, the term you chose to use, sir, is ‘hijacking,’” she said.
Griffin insisted that his usage had “nothing to do with whether they are Muslim or not, absolutely not,” but rather that they “hijacked the party from their own principles.”
“They hijacked the Democratic Party and that’s one of the reasons why Donald Trump should play the lottery,” said Griffin. “He’s a lucky guy.”
“That’s a real interesting word choice, and you understand why,” Rye pressed as the two talked over each other. “You can talk over me all you want to but the bottom line is the greatest terrorist threat in this country is white men, white men who think like you. That is the greatest terrorist threat in this country.”

Democrats should make that their 2020 campaign slogan.


In The Mailbox: 08.19.19

Posted on | August 20, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Bacon Time: NJ School District Uses Tuna Fish On Kids To Punish Deadbeat Parents
357 Magnum: Family Members Of Kid Shot In Self-Defense Aren’t Happy
EBL: The British Seaside (ca. 1960)
Twitchy: President Promises Jon Gabriel’s Vision Of Greenland Won’t Become Real
Louder With Crowder: Video Montage Of Media Support For Antifa Indicates Clear Bias

Adam Piggott: You’re Not A “Sex Worker”, You’re A Whore, also, Podcast #118 – The Black Dog Episode
American Greatness: Brett Kavanaugh – A Good Man Defamed, also, It’s Not Just Google, Microsoft Also Up To No Good In Red China
American Thinker: The Role Of Gun Control In Dictatorship
Animal Magnetism: Saturday Gingermageddon, also, Goodbye Blue Monday
Babalu Blog: Stowaway Who Fled Cuba For Miami In Plane’s Cargo Hold Arrested By CBP, also, In Cuba We Were Better Off With The Americans
BattleSwarm: Bonnen/Sullivan Controversy Takes Down Burrows, also, Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update
Camp of the Saints: Leftists Abuse Down Syndrome People
CDR Salamander: Large Unmanned Surface Vessel – Relax, We’re Just Testing
Da Tech Guy: Quick Thoughts Under The Fedora, also, Report From Louisiana – Fete Dieu De Teche
Don Surber: MAGA Donors Leave The Shadows, also, Highlights Of The News
Dustbury: Strange Search Engine Queries, also, Too Rare To Be A Hamburger
First Street Journal: The Left Will Ignore This Story
The Geller Report: British Cops Searching For Man Who Made Rude Joke To Muslim, also, Two Women Beaten In Dijon, France Fro their Cleavage. Guess By Who?
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day, also, Don’t Know Much About History
Hollywood In Toto: The “Sky Is Falling” Hollywood Resistance Only Helps Trump
Joe For America: Red China Reportedly Has ALL Hillary’s State Department E-mails. How Many Lives Were Lost?
JustOneMinute: Campaign Disclosure Follies
Legal Insurrection: IL Dem State Senator Apologizes For Mock Trump Assassination At Fundraiser, also, Republicans Lining Up To Run Against Occasional Cortex
The PanAm Post: The Nine Failed Dialogues In Venezuela, also, Macri’s Egomania Sank Argentina
Power Line: The Washington Post Lies About A Conservative Journalist, also, Harris & Warren Lie About The Michael Brown Case
Protein Wisdom: The Post I Hoped I’d Never Have To Write
Shark Tank: Dem Rep Mucarsel-Powell Accuses Border Patrol Of Targeting POC
Shot In The Dark: The Decline & Fall Of Max Boot
STUMP: Are Public Pensions In A Crisis? My Opinion
The Political Hat: News Of The Week
This Ain’t Hell: USS Saufley DD465, also, “Why Would You Just Come Out Shooting?” (plus Update)
Victory Girls: Media Ignores New Facts In HIllary Clinton Email Case
Volokh Conspiracy: Rachel Maddow’s Racist Smear Of 2nd Circuit Nominee Steve Menashi
Weasel Zippers: Antifa Caught Smuggling In Concrete Blocks To Throw At People During Portland Riot, also, Palestinian Authority Bans LGBT Activities In West Bank
Megan McArdle: Uber & Lyft Are Everything We Love About Capitalism And Everything We Hate
Mark Steyn: Passing On The Red Pumps, also, Seconds

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Feminism Makes You Fat

Posted on | August 19, 2019 | No Comments

Looking back at photos and films of the Woodstock concert 50 years ago, a New York Times writer remarks how rare it was to spot a fat person in that vast crowd of hippies:

In 1969, Americans were, it would appear, much thinner — men and women equally. (That guy picking his way through the crowd at Altamont has not an ounce of body fat.) As it happens, this superficial impression is borne out by the available data, since in 1971 the average 19-year-old man weighed just 159.7 pounds, according to figures compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics, and the average woman 131. A hippie now at Woodstock 50 — if such existed and if a planned anniversary concert had not fallen apart — would have added an additional 14 pounds to his frame and a woman another 20.

(Hat-tip: Instapundit.) In other words, while the average 19-year-old male is now 174 pounds, his typical female peer is 151 pounds, so that the weight differential between them has diminished, from about 30 pounds in 1969 to less than 25 pounds now. And the most logical explanation for this is the influence of feminism, which teaches young women that they are oppressed by patriarchal beauty standards. No true feminist would ever make any effort to be attractive, and feminists celebrate obesity as courageous resistance to “fatphobia” and “diet culture.”


My Most Popular Tweet Ever

Posted on | August 19, 2019 | No Comments

by Smitty

If you still have a Twitter account and could spot me a retweet, that would be casual.

SJWs Silent as Palestinian Government Prohibits LGBT Activism in West Bank

Posted on | August 19, 2019 | No Comments


Intersectional snowflakes are so triggered they can’t even!

The Palestinian Authority banned members of the Palestinian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community from carrying out any activities in the West Bank.
The ban came after the grassroots group Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society (Arabic for “the bow”), which engages and supports Palestinians who identify as LGBTQ, was planning to hold a gathering for its members in Nablus at the end of the month. . . .
Explaining the decision to ban the LGBTQ group from operating in PA-controlled areas, Luay Zreikat, spokesperson for the PA Police, said that such activities are “harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society.”
Zreikat said that the group’s activities were completely “unrelated to religions and Palestinian traditions and customs, especially in the city of Nablus.”
He accused unnamed “dubious parties” of working to “create discord and harm civic peace in Palestinian society.”
The PA police will chase those behind the LGBTQ group and see to it that they are brought to trial once they are arrested, Zreikat warned. He further appealed to Palestinians to report to the police about any person connected to the group.

He stopped short of calling this a Jewish conspiracy, but we know what he means by “dubious parties,” don’t we?


Rule 5 Sunday: Control Issues

Posted on | August 18, 2019 | 1 Comment

— compiled by Wombat-socho

So I’m sitting here munching on some homemade mac & cheese, wondering what I’m going to do about tonight’s Rule 5 post, and suddenly it hits me – who’s the most famous actress associated with pasta? Why, Sophia Loren, of course! Here she is in that famous picture with Jayne Mansfield, wondering if Jayne’s boobs are going to explode all over her plate…

It could blow at any seam.

Not so concerned about exploding boobs: Ninety Miles From Tyranny and the Hot Pick of the Late Night, not to mention the 90 Miles Mystery Box Episode #713, Morning Mistress, and Girls With Guns. Bacon Time serves up Rule 5 Hot Wheels.

EBL’s collection of spicy meatballs this week includes Sara Niemietz, Natalie Imbruglia, Debbie Harry, Grace Kelly & Brigitte Auber, Hong Kong, Liz Wheeler of OAN, Bill Clinton In Blue (ew), V-J Day, Woodstock, Klondike Women,  and a reminder to Change Your Underwear.

A View From The Beach serves up The Rook – Emma GreenwellFish Pic Friday – Tina CerroneTanlines Thursday?It Would Take a Heart of Stone Not To Chuckle#Her Too?Germans Propose to Tax Schnitzel to Save the WorldBrown Trout of the Anacostia RiverMe Too! and Small Fish Get Some Love.

Proof Positive’s Vintage Babe of the Week is Loretta Young, and at Dustbury it’s Gloria De Haven and Mata Hari.

Thanks to everyone for the luscious linkagery!
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Mother Cat Defends Kitten, Racks Up Impressive Body Count

Posted on | August 18, 2019 | 1 Comment

— by Wombat-socho

Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy! *ahem* I can honestly say that I haven’t fallen in love with an MHI book so hard since Monster Hunter: Nemesis, and oddly enough, the two books have a fair amount in common. Neither has Owen Pitt as the protagonist, and in both of them, the protagonist is pretty much on their own, without the aid and assistance of their well-armed compatriots. Monster Hunter: Guardian is Julie Shackleford’s story, and happens simultaneously with Monster Hunter: Siege, so Owen and Earl and the rest of MHI (as well as pretty much every elite monster hunting company out there) are on Novaya Zemlya attacking the City of Monsters. So here Julie is, pushing papers, bored out of her mind, something comes up…and her entire world goes sideways. Aside from being a new mom, Julie’s the Guardian of a hideously powerful artifact, very badly wanted by some evil beings, bad enough to kidnap Julie’s baby Ray and make her an offer – hand over the artifact, and Ray gets returned safe and sound. Of course, nothing is ever that simple or easy, since evil beings are notorious for welshing on their promises, and Julie takes off for Europe in pursuit of Brother Death. But she’s not alone in the hunt. She’s got Mr. Trash Bags in her pocket and a very angry, very rich, and very vindictive dragon providing her with all the help money can buy. Unfortunately, she’s also got the European equivalents of the Monster Control Bureau on her ass, and the unwanted “help” of her mom, the master vampire. Orphaned necromancer Lucinda Hunt and some of her hapless minions also make an appearance. I’m very happy with this latest addition to the MHI series, and I think you will be too.

One of the Loyal Readers sent me an interesting collection by G. “Doc” Smith, Cats of War, which is an anthology of stories about warrior cats – in space, encountering humans for the first time; in history, retelling Spartacus’ rebellion; in alternate history, where Americats fighting the Ratzis recover a captured general from a brutal concentration camp; and in a fantasy tale where bagpipes are a literal weapon of war. They’re all well written, and I can honestly echo Artemus Ward here – if this is the sort of fiction you like, then these are the sorts of story you will like. Decently priced at $2.99 on Kindle.

I picked up the second volume of Tomohito Oda’s Komi Can’t Communicate this week, and the saga of her quest to make one hundred friends continues as we get to see some of her classmates…who are not exactly normal, to say the least. Oda does a great job keeping it light and humorous; in other hands, the plot might have gone sideways into horror very quickly, especially in the chapter where one of her (female) classmates develops an obsession with her and kidnaps her friend Tamano, who most people feel is far too normal and colorless to be the friend of someone so gorgeous and aloof. It’s significantly cheaper on Kindle, and I daresay aside from the beautiful cover illos you won’t be missing much since this is a plain black & white manga.

Loans of books, donations of books, or cash to buy books are all welcome.

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