Hamas Has Some Very Good Friends

Well it looks like the US government is going to sell some weapons to Qatar.

At a time when Hamas continues to fire salvos of rockets into Israel while rejecting a ceasefire proposal, the United States has finalized a deal to provide the Palestinian terrorist group’s leading supporter, Qatar, with weaponry worth $11 billion.

The deal signed at the Pentagon Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Qatari counterpart comes just months after a senior U.S. Treasury official in a speech deplored Qatar’s open support for Hamas, and covert funding for jihadists in Syria, including the al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra and the al-Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Say. Couldn’t Obama stop this? Whose side is he on anyway?

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OK, so what happened in Ferguson? Isn’t it about time we knew?

Earlier I saw some fascinating information posted at Gateway Pundit stating that the police officer who killed Michael Brown was severely injured during the altercation:

Local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.” This comes from a source within the District Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police.

Unfortunately, I am wholly unable to find any report anywhere confirming what the sources are quoted as saying. Only requotes of the post.)

One question. Why has this not been reported?

If the story is true, something is very, very wrong. It would mean that not only are the District Attorney, and the St. Louis County Police not doing their job, but neither are any of the news media (whether liberal or conservative).

Does anyone know more about this?

MORE: Some Freepers are also looking for confirmation.

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The Cycle Of Violence Will Be Renewed

A Harm Us negotiator in Egypt has said,

“Reports in the media about progress are not correct,” he said. “I hope that tomorrow we will take advantage of every moment to reach an agreement, but at this stage we only agreed upon an extension of the (temporary) ceasefire by a day.”

“If no agreement is reached, the cycle of violence will be renewed,” he warned.

Hamas had repeatedly declared it would not agree to an extension of the ceasefire, and threatened the resumption of a war of attrition against Israel until it gave in to the Islamists’ demands.

Translation: “We will continue to take a beating unless you give in to our demands.” Well. If that is what you really want…..

In other news it looks like Harm Us was planning a coup to topple Abbas.

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas commented on Monday evening for the first time about the Israel Security Agency’s (Shin Bet) revelation that it foiled a Hamas network’s plot to carry out a coup in Judea and Samaria.

In a statement quoted on Channel 2 News, Abbas said that the implications of the revealed plot “will be serious for the Palestinian and regional situation, especially after Israeli officials published a list and pictures of confiscated weapons.”

Abbas stressed that the reports endanger the unity of the Palestinian people as its leadership tries to form a unity government.

“We are living in the shadow of the war in Gaza and under the shadow of the presence of a unity government, which is why this new information is a real danger to the unity of the Palestinian people and its future,” he said, according to Channel 2 News.

According to the Shin Bet, the Hamas infrastructure in Judea and Samaria was controlled by a Hamas HQ in Turkey. The plot was to carry out a series of cruel terror attacks against Israel and create a situation of security instability, then take advantage of that situation to take over the PA.

So much for unity among the Arabs.

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Michael Brown Was High On Marijuana

Michael Brown was high on marijuana when he stole some cigars, attacked a policeman, and was subsequently killed. Given the reaction on the right I think some satire is in order.

It is obvious the marijuana made Brown crazy and violent. I saw a documentary that proved it. “Reefer Madness“. Shouldn’t we have an Army or three stationed in Colorado to prevent more of this sort of thing from happening again? You can never be too careful where dangerous drugs like alcohol – I mean marijuana – are concerned. Thing is – if the police had just been cracking down harder he would never have gotten any of that evil weed. We don’t have near enough police. And when they aren’t busy chasing pot they can be writing tickets. See? They practically pay for themselves.

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Decadence

Decadence is not a cause, it is an effect. The M/F ratio in the mating years determines morality. A lack of males and morality goes to….. something bad. Look up ” demographics morality “.

Here are a few articles to get you started:

Demographics

More Demographics – bad link
More Demographics – good link

Demographics in College – bad link
Demographics in College – substitute link with a reference to the original link

Thanks to c andrew in the comments.

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Who Is Destroying Arab Countries?

A former Saudi Admiral says it is not Israel.

On the anniversary of the 1973 War between the Arab and the Israelis, many people in the Arab world are beginning to ask many questions about the past, present and the future with regard to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The questions now are: What was the real cost of these wars to the Arab world and its people. And the harder question that no Arab national wants to ask is: What was the real cost for not recognizing Israel in 1948 and why didn’t the Arab states spend their assets on education, health care and the infrastructures instead of wars?

But, the hardest question that no Arab national wants to hear is whether Israel is the real enemy of the Arab world and the Arab people.

I decided to write this article after I saw photos and reports about a starving child in Yemen, a burned ancient Aleppo souk in Syria, the under developed Sinai in Egypt, car bombs in Iraq and the destroyed buildings in Libya. The photos and the reports were shown on the Al-Arabiya network, which is the most watched and respected news outlet in the Middle East.

The common thing among all what I saw is that the destruction and the atrocities are not done by an outside enemy. The starvation, the killings and the destruction in these Arab countries are done by the same hands that are supposed to protect and build the unity of these countries and safeguard the people of these countries.

So, the question now is that who is the real enemy of the Arab world?

Do you suppose that some sense is coming to the Middle East? I wouldn’t bet on it.

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Profit And Loss

Capitalism is about profit. Socialism is about loss. Who do you think will prevail? The losers?

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Israel Backs Kurdish Independence

You learn something new every day. Binyamin Netanyahu claims creation of Kurdish state would aid in formation of alliance of moderate powers in Middle East. From 29 June 2014:

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has voiced support for Kurdish statehood, taking a position that appears to clash with the US preference to keep sectarian war-torn Iraq united.

Pointing to the mayhem in Iraq, Netanyahu on Sunday called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region, adding that Israel would have to maintain a long-term military presence in the West Bank even after any future peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu laid out his positions in a policy speech that marked his most detailed response to the gains made by Sunni extremists fighting in Iraq. His endorsement of Kurdish independence, as well as his tough position on the West Bank, put him at odds with prevailing international opinion.

In a speech to a Tel Aviv thinktank, Netanyahu said that the rise of both al-Qaida-backed Sunni extremists, as well as Iranian-backed Shia forces, had created the opportunity for “enhanced regional cooperation”. He said Jordan, which is facing a growing threat of spillover from conflict in neighboring Iraq and Syria, and the Kurds, who control an oil-rich autonomous region of northern Iraq, should be bolstered.

Well this should complicate foreign policies all over the Middle East and around the world.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has chimed in.

An independent Kurdish state is “a foregone conclusion”, according to Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman – and Israeli experts say the Jewish state would be one of the first to recognize Kurdistan should it declare its independence.

Liberman’s comments came at a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, during which Liberman also offered to help Arab states combat Islamist extremists, particularly from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), whose successes in Iraq and Syria are being viewed in surrounding states with considerable alarm.

Western nations have also looked on with unease as modern post-colonial state borders rapidly evaporate in the face of sectarian tensions, exacerbated by ISIS’s ambitions for an Islamic mega-state.

But for the Kurds, the crisis has been a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen their own position, in a region which more often than not has dealt them a bad hand. Kurdish militias in Syria have managed to mobilize and seize control of parts of the country’s north, and more recently the Peshmerga fighters of the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq rushed to fill the vacuum left by fleeing Iraqi security forces in regions such as Kirkuk.

So where is President Obama in all this?

Shortly after U.S. bombs started to fall in Iraq last week, President Obama made clear what his model for the country’s future was.

“The Kurdish region is functional in the way we would like to see,” he said in a speech. “It is tolerant of other sects and other religions in a way that we would like to see elsewhere. So we do think it is important to make sure that that space is protected.”

So far Obama has supported the Kurds with bombing and the delivery of light weapons. The Kurds are asking for heavy weapons to counter ISIS.

The below picture is from a blog by Michael Totten.

Kurdistan-American-and-Israeli-Flags

This image is from Kurd.net.

Kurdish and Israeli flags

What is interesting in all this is that although the Kurds follow a lot of religions, Islam is the predominant one.

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It Was The Wrong House

CureZone.com. Reposted in its entirety.

A SWAT team is under investigation for storming into a home in Coconut Grove at around 11 a.m. with a narcotics warrant.

According to the homeowner, Bobby Mclendon, the warrant that SWAT presented to raid his house was for 2 blocks away. However these brutes did not care.

They came in belligerent, with guns drawn ordering children around like slaves. When the children didn’t react fast enough to the officers’ commands one child was subsequently bludgeoned with the buttstock of a rifle.

“They didn’t have any reason to, but they hit my nephew in the head with their rifle. He’s 13,” recounts Mclendon.

Major Delrish Moss, with Miami PD, said that in all of the chaos of the raid, the 13-year-old was injured when he “ran into an officer’s weapon.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

After assaulting the first child, they went into the room of Mclendon’s 12-year-old son, who was asleep. SWAT ordered the boy out of the bed and to put his hands behind his back. As the boy was complying with their orders, but apparently not fast enough, “they punched him in his left eye,” says Mclendon.

Apparently, after beating up two children, SWAT wanted more, so they began smashing up the place.

“They broke every single flat screen TV, they broke the play station 4, they broke every single picture frame for whatever reason…..Every single thing they could possibly break, they broke,” said Mclendon.

According to McClendon, officers went to the wrong house because the address on the warrant states 3744 Williams Avenue and the home that was raided was at 3844 Thomas Avenue. That point is disputed by Miami Police.

“This was the right house,” said Moss. “Not only was it the right house, but a gun was seized and illegal narcotics taken from the location.”

The “narcotics” that police found turned out to be a small amount of marijuana. Also, last time we checked, guns were not illegal.

This is yet another barbaric example of the aggressive, militarized police system being beefed up and used against good people, in the relentless and deadly war on drugs.

The state does not care whether they lay waste to children or even infants, in their immoral pursuit to control what you put into your own body.

There is nothing further I can add.

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Rand Paul On Ferguson – Policing Skewed By Race

Rand Paul has a few things to say about the policing in Ferguson, MO.

In this context, Senator Paul stood out for the passion of his attack on what he sees as a national trend toward overly militarized police forces and, as a Republican, for explicitly raising the issue of systematized racial bias against blacks.

“The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action,” Paul wrote in an op-ed for Time magazine’s online edition.

“Anyone who thinks that race does not still, even if inadvertently, skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention,” Paul added.

So let’s look at what Paul had to say in Time Magazine.

When you couple this militarization of law enforcement with an erosion of civil liberties and due process that allows the police to become judge and jury—national security letters, no-knock searches, broad general warrants, pre-conviction forfeiture — we begin to have a very serious problem on our hands.

Given these developments, it is almost impossible for many Americans not to feel like their government is targeting them. Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them.

The items I have bolded are all drug war issues. Amply covered in this blog. Maybe we will finally get the issue on the table nationally. It is about time.

In the mean time Commenter Frank brought to my attention this post that may explain why Republicans generally are so bad on the Drug War. They are being paid to oppose it.

Despite Amendment 2′s broad support among Florida voters, many of the state’s GOP elected officials are speaking out against the measure, including Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio (another potential presidential contender) and much of the legislature’s Republican leadership.

Republican mega donor Sheldon Adelson, who’s heavily involved in presidential elections, has spent $2.5 million against the initiative, the Tampa Bay Times reported in June.

Political observers note that a medical marijuana ballot initiative could help increase Democratic turnout during a midterm election year.

Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, the group that pushed to get the measure on the ballot, said in a statement it’s “surprising” that Bush would “take a position so out of step with the voters who twice elected him to the highest office in the state.”

I discuss Adelson and Republican donor and fundraiser Mel Sembler at some more length in my post Republican Big Money Donor Tortured Children For Profit.

And I probably should throw in a link to the book everyone is quoting on the issue:

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

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The Takers

I got a link to a movie trailer The Givers from a bunch of Republican luminaries. I watched the trailer until one of the baddies said:

“When people have the freedom to choose they choose wrong.”

Of course inner hilarity ensued as I immediately thought of Republican support for the War On Drugs.

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Republican Big Money Donor Tortured Children For Profit

There is a movie coming out about Straight Inc – an organization devised by Mel Sembler to keep kids off of drugs.

Here is a trailer for the movie about Straight Inc. that I also posted a couple of days ago.

From the page describing the purpose of the movie.

It is our hope that this film will not only promote healing among survivors, but will be used as a tool to educate both parents and professionals about the truth of this industry, as well as to encourage people to speak out and help put a stop to the needless abuse and torture children are experiencing every day in this country and around the world.

-Kelly Matthews

Let me start with current events and then go back in history. So what is Mel Sembler up to these days?

Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire Las Vegas casino tycoon who donates lavishly to Republican causes, wrote out a $2.5 million check to the Drug Free Florida Committee opposing Question 2, the medical marijuana constitutional amendment on November’s ballot. Without Mr. Adelson’s money, the anti-medical marijuana campaign backed by the Drug Free America Foundation had just $200,000 in funding, mostly from founder Mel Sembler, the longtime Republican fundraiser and founder of Straight Inc., a torturous teen drug rehab program that ran from 1976-1993.

Straight Inc. is described by its survivors as “a facility that used coercive thought reform (aka mind control, brainwashing), public humiliation, sleep & food deprivation, extremely harsh confrontational tactics, kidnapping, isolation and emotional, mental, psychological, verbal and physical abuse to forcibly break us down…” Indeed, Straight Inc. was convicted of false imprisonment in one lawsuit ordering $220,000 in damages to one man, and in another lawsuit ordered to pay $721,000 in damages to a Florida woman who claimed Straight Inc. staff assaulted her and denied her health care.

Here is a video that starts with a Congressional investigation into how Straight Inc got Medicaid money. You can read the comittee report here. An excerpt:

Mr. Kutz, on your case number five, on page 15, you write
about in the report the interaction between the parents and the placement facility. And you talk about, when the victim’s father, the victim of this abuse, refused to attend therapy meetings for the fear of losing his job, the program told him to quit. When he would not quit his job or miss work to attend the meetings, the victim said the program convinced his mother to leave her husband. After the parents separated, the program would not allow the victim to contact his father. The victim said the program never told the victim’s family that all of the drug tests they performed–and we referred to this earlier– were negative results, including the initial one.

I mean, I just don’t understand this pattern of therapy, where this much trauma can be activated within the family. I don’t quite get this. I have never heard of—-

Mr. Kutz. It is an incredible story, actually. It was almost like a cult-like organization. And they brainwashed a lot of the parents, it appeared from what we saw, and they became part of the process.

And actually kids were going home at night sometimes to other people’s parents’ houses and staying, and there was abuse going on, in some cases, at other parents’ houses.

So it was a very bizarre thing, Mr. Chairman. There is a movie about it. “Over the G.W.” it is called. I mean, it is just an incredible story.

And this was one of the ones that accepted Medicaid money. That is how they were primarily funded, millions and millions of dollars from Medicaid. But the parents became, kind of, sucked into the program. And there were apparently split marriages and things involved, because one parent might get sucked in, the other one didn’t, and that caused pretty significant issues.

I will get back to Sheldon Adelson in a bit. But let us look some more into Mel Sembler. Who is Mel Sembler? Besides being a big supporter of the Republican Party?

Sembler served as Finance Chairman for the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2000, as Florida’s National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee from 1994–2000, as Honorary Chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, as Chairman of the Drug Free America Foundation, served on the boards of the Florida Governor’s Mansion Foundation, and the Florida Holocaust Museum. He is a resident member of the Florida Council of 100, a business advisory council to the Governor of Florida. Sembler presently serves on the boards of the International Council of Shopping Centers, American Enterprise Institute, American-Australian Education Leadership Foundation, George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, Republican Jewish Coalition, and the Moffitt Cancer Center.[3]

Sembler is a supporter of the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney and is one of the more prominent Jewish donors to the Republican party.[8] On October 11, 2011, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney announced that he had appointed Sembler to his Florida Finance Team.[5]

Here is what Mel Sembler was doing a couple of years ago.

GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab ‘Torture’ Centers Is Bankrolling Opposition to Pot Legalization in Colorado

Marijuana legalization would harm kids, says Smart Colorado, a group advertising stock images of children along with messages asking for voters to reject Amendment 64, a ballot initiative this year to legalize and tax pot.

Smart Colorado, led former Republican senate candidate Ken Buck and a team of Republican lobbyists and campaign operatives, hopes to drive down the popularity of Amendment 64 before Election Day. The supposedly family-friendly group, however, relies heavily on funds from a pair of controversial Republican fundraisers who once led a drug rehab center shut down over wide-ranging child abuse scandals.

Save Our Society from Drugs, a Florida-based nonprofit founded by Mel and Betty Sembler, has given Smart Colorado contributions totaling $151,497 through September, according to The Nation’s review of state finance disclosures. That’s 95 percent of the money raised by the group so far.

The Semblers have been waging a war on marijuana for decades.

Before they led Save Our Society from Drugs, and its sister nonprofit, the Drug Free America Foundation, the Semblers were at the helm of STRAIGHT, Inc., which operated drug abuse treatment centers, mostly for teenagers, from 1976 through 1993.

Former clients of the rehab center recount episodes of brutal beatings, rape and systematic psychological abuse.

Here is one of the lawsuits against Straight Inc. This is is just one of the claims (emph added):

22. COMMONALITY: Questions of fact and law are common with respect to each class member. Common questions of fact and law include:

a. Whether Defendants knowingly, intentionally and systematically benefited from the use of enslaved laborers;
b. Whether Defendants wrongly converted to their own use and for their own benefit, the slave labor and services of the Plaintiffs and Plaintiffs’ families, as well as the products and profits from such slave labor;
c. Whether the Defendants knew or should have known that they were assisting and acting as accomplices in immoral and inhuman deprivation of life and liberty;
d. Whether Defendants have been unjustly enriched by their wrongful conduct; and
e. Whether, as a result of this horrific and wrongful conduct by the Defendants,
the Plaintiff class is entitled to restitution or other equitable relief, or to compensatory or punitive damages.
f. Whether the U.S.A. and its former U.S. Presidents (Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr.), who declared officially a War Against / On Drugs, citing as its combatants and High Contracting Parties United States and non-natural born citizens, and invading other countries, of ratified Conventions vouchsafed by the United Nations and Amnesty International and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and intending enslavement and torture of children at Straight.

Here is the outcome of several of the lawsuits.

In May of 1983, Straight, Inc was convicted of false imprisonment after being sued by then 20-year-old Fred Collins Jr who alleged he had been held captive by the program against his will. The program was ordered to pay $40,000.00 in compensatory and $180,000.00 in punitive damages.[21][22][23]

In 1990, a jury awarded Karen Norton, a Florida resident, $721,000 in damages due to mistreatment by Straight. In 1982, while a patient in Straight’s Florida facility, Norton alleged that staff members assaulted her, denied her health care and refused to give her permission to visit her dying grandfather. At the time, the St. Petersburg Times described the verdict as the largest award ever against Straight.[24]

Besides shutting down Straight Inc what was the result of the lawsuits?

Through a complex scheme for money laundering, the Straight Inc. board officers and staff were able to move assets out of the country, out of reach and sight of federal law enforcement investigators. This essentially denied the victims of human rights violations the reparations that had been ordered by U.S.A. courts. More than 200 victims were Canadian citizens, also denied access to satisfaction of monetary damages in their cases. FBI investigations failed to identify where Straight Inc.’s assets went. Political power and influence helped shut down FBI investigations into the shell companies and off-shore accounts of these non-profit organizations. Former US Ambassador to Italy, Melvin Sembler, was a real estate broker by trade as well as the director of the Straight Inc. Board. These positions afforded Sembler the means and opportunity to hide the tremendous profits obtained from this abusive teen rehabilitation network. [xiii]

Melvin Sembler enjoyed many political connections and influence. From 1993 to 1995 Melvin Sembler was Finance Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Melvin Sembler was also Finance Co-Chairman for the state of Florida for the George Bush for President Campaign. He was the Finance Chairman for the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2000. He was a very successful Republican fundraiser and heavy contributor to George Bush’s campaign, even raising a record $21.3 million at a single dinner in April 2000. Melvin Sembler was Finance Co-Chairman of the American Bicentennial Presidential Inaugural. He also served as Florida’s National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee from 1994 until 2000. He served as Co-chairman of the Republican National Committee’s Team 100. He also raised funds during the 1988 George H. W. Bush Presidential Campaign.

When the lucrative Straight Inc. centers were finally closed due lawsuits related to human rights abuses, but Sembler still remained involved with many committees nationally that influenced federal drug policy.

Well OK. If you want to look into this further you have plenty to go on. Now how about Sheldon Adelson, another big money backer of the anti-Medical Marijuana Campaign in Florida? Sheldon Adelson has funded medical marijuana research in Israel.

A new study, led by Tel Aviv University‘s Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases and Sackler Faculty of Medicine, reveals some of the chemical compounds found in marijuana can help treat MS-like diseases in mice. The research team, which included scientists from Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science, said the compounds prevent inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. Their results were published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.

“Inflammation is part of the body’s natural immune response, but in cases like MS it gets out of hand,” says Dr. Ewa Kozela. “Our study looks at how compounds isolated from marijuana can be used to regulate inflammation to protect the nervous system and its functions.”

There is a strong tradition of marijuana research in Israel. For example, in 1964 Israeli scientists Raphael Mechoulam and Yechiel Gaoni discovered THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. This kick-started the global scientific study of the plant and its chemical components. So far, around 70 compounds – called cannabinoids – have been identified that are unique to cannabis and have interesting biological effects. Professor Vogel, in the 1990s, was among the first to describe THC-acting molecules, called endocannabinoids, in the human body.

Kinda makes you wonder what is going on with Mr. Adelson. He funds research on medical marijuana in Israel and funds an anti-medical marijuana campaign in the US. And he is buddies with Mel Sembler.

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Gaza Residents – War Not Worth It

Gaza resident are starting to voice discontent over their government’s recent war with Israel.

The group of neighbors surveyed the destruction wreaked on their residential complex by Israeli bombardment, with building after building flattened or punctured by shells. The men then began to voice something almost never heard out loud in Gaza: criticism of its Hamas rulers.

Exhausted by a month of pounding by Israel’s military — on top of seven years of stifling closure of the tiny Mediterranean coastal strip — they questioned Hamas’ handling of the crisis and the wisdom of repeatedly going to war with Israel.

“We do not want to be bombarded every two or three years. We want to lead a good life: Sleep well, drink well and eat well,” said Ziad Rizk, a 37-year-old father of two, a cigarette dangling from his mouth. He stared at the damaged apartment building where he lived. His sofa and a blue baby carriage were perched precariously on a tilting concrete slab that was his floor.

There is more sentiment like that:

Even as they shared their views with the AP, they hedged their opinions. They never, for example, expressed a desire to see Hamas removed from power or abandon armed struggle against Israel. They have no love for Israel, though older members of the community fondly remembered the days when they commuted to Israel for day jobs that put food on the table.

“I respect the resistance. The fighters may be spending the night out there in open space facing the enemy while I have the comfort and satisfaction of being with my family,” said Loay Kafarnah, a taxi driver who lost his apartment in the shelling.

“But we also want to live. How can we have a war every two or three years? Is that a life?” he said, sitting on rickety plastic garden chairs with a group of close friends and neighbors.

Visible not far away were green fields and trees across the border in Israel. An Israeli train sped by. They could easily see across the border because, they said, Israel several years ago tore down a nearby orchard on the Gaza side that was impeding its soldiers’ view in.

“Look at what they have,” the 27-year-old Kafarnah said. “Why can’t we live like that too?”

The closure of Gaza stemmed from a series of suicide attacks sent against the Israelis. The fact that the government of Gaza also created unrest in the Egyptian Sinai caused Egypt to close off its contacts with Gaza.

Evidently war is not as profitable for the people as it once seemed.

The first Intifada was a result of the Arab economy in the area integrating with the Israeli economy. The rulers of the Arabs couldn’t sustain their rule if the Arab economy was advancing by integrating wit the Israeli economy. Their whole story and the whole story of the Middle East would be a shambles if that happened. So they started a war to stop it. And the war has stopped it. But the war is no longer popular after the latest pounding.

What I said in another post on the subject still holds.

Peace is better than war. Even if you lost the last one. And especially don’t be stupid and lose the next one too.

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Holding On

Since the Palestinians haven’t signed a peace treaty with Israel they have no claim on the land unless they can hold it.

The old rules still apply.

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The Islamic State

Samizdata has suggested a visit to Vice News for their take on the Islamic State.

Flush with cash and US weapons seized during recent advances in Iraq, the Islamic State’s expansion shows no sign of slowing down. In the first week of August alone, Islamic State fighters have taken over new areas in northern Iraq, encroaching on Kurdish territory and sending Christians and other minorities fleeing as reports of massacres emerged.

Elsewhere in territory it has held for some time, the Islamic State has gone about consolidating power and setting up a government dictated by Sharia law. While the world may not recognize the Islamic State, in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the group is already in the process of building a functioning regime.


Note about 5 minutes into the video they make a point about driving America out of Iraq. Good going Obama. If Bush made a mistake you have compounded it.

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You also might like Who Created ISIS? and Is ISIS Coming to America?

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Who Created ISIS?

From the comments at Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism of His Syria Policy is ‘Horsesh*t’.

Obama CREATED ISIS, Hillary/Obama were both involved in operations from Turkey to fund and arm the Syrian rebels, many of whom are the ones who created ISIS. Obama was perfectly fine with ISIS as long as they were fighting Assad. Notice the media NEVER REPORTED ISIS ATROCITIES IN SYRIA. They’ve been beheading and massacring Christians in Syria for months and NO REPORTING by any major American media. Only once they poured into Iraq and started beheading devil-worshippers (the Yazidis worship a God named “Satan” who was a fallen angel) and fighting against the US-backed government there, did Obama and the US media start talking about ISIS.

As I said before: If America didn’t try to oust Assad, the civil war in Syria wouldn’t have happened, ISIS would not exist, and hundreds of thousands wouldn’t have died.

We have a complicit media. But you knew that.

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Is ISIS Coming To America?

Is ISIS coming to America? These people seem to think so.

As the Islamic State gains ground and enlarges its pool of foreign fighter recruits, it is increasingly likely to attack on American soil as well.

That has been the warning coming from some lawmakers and defense analysts this week, who argue that the United States has de facto declared war on the Islamic State by launching air strikes against IS positions, and now it must steel itself for foreign militants to bring the fight to the US.

“Mr. President, be honest with the threat we face,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina warned on Fox News. “They are coming.”

An America with an armed citizenry will be a tough nut to crack.

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The Science Is unSettled

The Electric Power Industry is catching on to the global warming scam.

In April, Climate Central reported that weather-related power outages had doubled since 2003. While the authors concede an aging infrastructure and greater electricity demand are contributing factors, they point to climate change as a major cause. They state that while only two Category 4 or 5 hurricanes have made U.S. landfall since 1990, the average hurricane strength and total number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes is increasing. How they can make such a statement is baffling to me. Go to the National Hurricane Center web site and you can find that the average hurricane return period for the U.S. East coast from 1950 through 2011 is 0.55 years. The return period for Category 4 and 5 hurricanes is 6.8 years. The expectation then for the period of 1990 through 2013 is for 3.4 Category 4 or 5 events. Consequently, if there are any implied trends for climate change, they run opposite to the authors’ statement of increasing hurricane strength and frequency.

It is worse than we thought. The lying that is.

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More Guns Less Crime

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SAFE = Straight Inc. (part 1)


If you are short of time watch the last two minutes of the video. Start at about 8:30.

Part 2

Much more about all this with numerous links. Scroll down.

This is Republican profiting off the Drug War. Straight Inc., which was sued out of business, got Medicaid money. The head of Straight was Mel Sembler a big time Republican donor. Go to “numerous links” to find out more.

This is so ugly. It is a rock I wish I hadn’t turned over. It is a case of the Truth Will Make You Sick.

Kelly in the comments left a link to this video. If you want to help this project get completed go to Fix My Kid.

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