Friday, September 23, 2016 

Globe and Mail says Netanyahu's got a strong position for Israel

Michael Bell wrote in The Globe and Mail that Israel's prime minister is in a strong position on middle eastern topics. But he slips when brings up the following:
Despite persistent criticism by U.S. administrations, particularly that of President Barack Obama, the Israeli-U.S. relationship has not been weakened. The situation would be more favourable for Mr. Netanyahu with Hillary Clinton. Earlier this month, an agreement was signed between the Obama administration and Israel committing the United States to delivering $38-billion (U.S.) in military aid. This is reinforced by far-reaching intelligence and security co-operation. It is buttressed by tax-deductible donations from wealthy Americans and well-endowed foundations aimed at expanding the Israeli presence in the West Bank.
Oh for heaven's sake. He's falling back on the laughable notion that only a leftist can prove a favorable relation with Israel. That's not so at all, and let's not forget that Hillary Clinton's approach to the Benghazi issue was disastrous. She also led a favorable relationship with Arafat and his wife. So why should we expect her to be any better to Israel?

I think Bell's got to wake up and smell the coffee.

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Could there be an impending culture war?

Isi Liebler wrote about the risk of tensions the Haredi political parties are causing with non-Haredis, and why they should cut it out. However, there's one part here I must take issue with:
Unlike their counterparts in the Diaspora and contrary to historical precedent, these rabbis discourage gainful employment and encourage reliance on social welfare, insisting that their followers engage in “full-time” learning. Aside from the poverty this imposes, it presents an ever-growing burden on the economy. These rabbis also issue edicts adamantly opposing the draft. This generates enormous resentment among the vast majority of Israelis who are enraged that their taxes are employed to subsidize those who reject productive employment and refuse to share the defense burden.
Now he's right that quite a few of the Haredi spiritual leaders in Israel are making their followers rely on socialism. But he's wrong that their counterparts overseas encourage the opposite, if we're talking about Satmar and Skver tribes, who rely on welfare just as much as a lot of the Haredis here are too, and live an all but segregationist lifestyle, replete with censorship tactics involved, and the Satmar even forbid women to drive cars. Some of this derives from Europe's own socialism, which they brought with them to other countries. How Liebler thought Haredis living in foreign countries were entirely different is beyond me.

Still, much of his article is very much on the mark, and provides a lot to think about, including that the Haredis here are going to have to cut out what they're doing now that's bad, if they really don't want to cause tension with non-Haredis that could've been avoided.

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Ahmad Rahami's sister was as much a jihad supporter as he is

The UK Telegraph (via Breitbart) says that the terrorist who planted bombs in New York and New Jersey supported jihadism in her own way:
The sister of the New York bomber was revealed on Wednesday to have seemingly posted a stream of anti-American and jihadist rhetoric online, as questions were mounting about how the FBI came to dismiss repeated concerns about Ahmad Rahami.

Aziza Rahami, who is believed to have lived with the rest of the family above a fried chicken shop in New Jersey, is thought to have posted a series of messages in the summer of 2013 and early 2014 praising the September 11 attackers and quoting Osama bin Laden’s predecessor – a man known as “the father of global jihad.”

In March 2014 she shared a quote from Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, a co-founder of al-Qaeda, stating: "If defending ourselves is terrorism, then let history be witness that we are terrorists!"

Azzam was killed by a car bomb in Pakistan in 1989.

She shared a video in February 2014, claiming that the Twin Towers attacks were the work of the American government, designed to discredit Muslims. In January she railed against American “crusaders” in Iraq, and the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison.

In the summer of 2013 she posted a picture claiming: “No to democracy, yes to the Islamic caliphate.”
She is absolutely disgusting and should have her citizenship revoked. Some of the reports tell that a few other family members were just as bad. They should all be told to leave the USA if that's how they're going to look at things.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 

Donald Trump supports internet freedom

Trump is wisely offering his support for internet freedom, and opposition to the Obama administration's intention to give it away and potentially damage everything:
Donald Trump praised congressional Republicans’ efforts on Wednesday. “Donald J. Trump is committed to preserving internet freedom for the American people and citizens all over the world,” his campaign said in an official statement.

“The U.S. should not turn control of the internet over to the United Nations and the international community. President Obama intends to do so on his own authority – just 10 days from now, on Oct. 1, unless Congress acts quickly to stop him,” the statement continued.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune told reporters Wednesday that he is “pretty confident” that language preventing the transition of IANA oversight will be included in the text of the spending bill.
I sure hope so, and that justice can be done.

In more related news, the UK Register's got an article on how ICANN's been accused of mismanagements, one more reason why they can't just be allowed to take charge all by themselves.

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Sweden's no-go zones build up as police lose control

And they're probably fine with that. The UK Express (via Pamela Geller) says:
In February Express.co.uk reported the Scandinavian country has seen a huge surge in crime since the start of the migrants crisis in Europe with a rise in sex assaults, drug dealing and children carrying weapons.

The force’s increased lack of control in the country was revealed in a report by Sweden’s National Criminal Investigation Service, where attacks on officers were detailed, including police cars being stoned by masked groups.

At the time around 50 areas were put on a “blacklist” which are then divided into three categories from “risk areas” to “seriously vulnerable”.

The figure has now been increased to 55 as the Swedish police force are facing a crisis, with three officers handing in their notice every day.

It is estimated that 80 per cent of the police officers are also considering changing professions, due to lack of funding and support to tackle the increasing levels of crime.

Speaking to NRK, police officer Peter Larsson said: “We have a major crisis. Many colleagues are choosing to quit.

“We are not investigating crimes, we don’t have time to cover the call-outs we are tasked with.

“A drastically worsened working environment means many colleagues are now looking for other work.”

A regular shift for the Swedish force includes being attacked by thugs who throw stones at the officers and their patrol cars, vehicles being set ablaze, and in some cases personal injuries.

A new report released last week revealed the situation in the country has worsened since the National Criminal Investigation Service’s document emerged in February.

A report entitled ‘A national overview of criminal networks with major impact in the local community’ said it was common place for unattended police cars to be attacked, for police officers to be attacked and to be exposed to threats.

It added drug and gang violence are still flourishing in the no-go zones
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Malmö in south Sweden was one of the cities which was flagged as a particularly hit area in the liberal country.
But don't expect Sweden to assign its own military to deal with any of this. Just recently, a Swedish government charity organization said that Swedes should integrate with the invaders. Here's the Breitbart report (also via Pamela Geller):
“It’s time to realise the new Swedes will claim their space” an ad insists, describing the Nordic nation as a “safe space” for migrants and concluding: “There is no way back. Sweden will never be like it was.”

The campaign is called “The New Country” (hashtag #detnyalandet) with a website appearing alongside the film, arguing that residents should adopt foreign “cultures” and “languages”, rather than expect new arrivals to become Swedish.
No doubt they also want Swedes to convert to Islam. If the Nazis had won WW2, I wouldn't be surprised if they'd introduce Islam into Europe at the time. Nor would I be shocked if any Nazis had converted to Islam during WW2. As for Sweden, it's clear they're plummeting into a civil war already as the invaders turn the place into a hellhole.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 

North Philadelphia mother wanted to abandon children to marry ISIS terrorist in Syria

And if she's that radicalized, then it's clear she's not fit to mother them regardless. From the Philadelphia Daily News:
A North Philadelphia mother of two admitted Tuesday that she planned to abandon her children and travel to Syria to pursue "martyrdom operations" with an ISIS fighter she married over the internet.

Keonna Thomas, 32, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization during a brief hearing in federal court. She acknowledged her plans were derailed last year only when federal agents raided her home the day she was scheduled to leave the country.

"I believe that I'm guilty of this charge," said Thomas, dressed in a head scarf and green prison jumpsuit, when asked by U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson why she was changing her plea.

Federal authorities had couched the case as the latest in a string of prosecutions to combat what they describe as a "more decentralized, more diffuse, more complicated" homegrown terror threat from U.S. citizens radicalized over the internet.
Now is that possible to marry somebody over the internet and Skype? Only Islamofascists could possibly see that as valid.

Note how the woman also wears a hijab, and when she does that even in prison, it's clear she's acting in contempt of the society she's isolating herself from. Her children deserve far better, and it's terrible she's causing such embarrassment.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 

Senator Mike Lee's right

Utah senator Mike Lee wrote on Daily Signal why it's bad to risk letting totalitarian regimes get hold of the internet:
Just five years after ICANN was created, the United Nations established a Working Group on Internet Governance “to investigate and make proposals for action … on the governance of Internet.” And in 2012 at the World Conference on International Telecommunications, several authoritarian regimes—including Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia—called for the “sovereign right” of governments to “establish and implement public policy, including international policy, on matters of Internet governance.”
There's every chance they still have that goal in mind, so letting them get hold of the web would only be bad news, and that's why a transfer should be opposed. Also, as noted here:
ICANN is currently involved in litigation over alleged improper interference from governments who objected to how the organization awarded the .africa domain name. And the organization was recently admonished by an independent review panel for making decisions that were “cavalier” and “simply not credible” in relation to an application for domain names.
As discovered earlier, ICANN's also got shady people involved, one more reason why they're not fit yet to be a steward on their own. In fact, with that record, there's valid grounds not to let them manage the web, but rather, to assign another business, non-profit or otherwise, to handle things.

One of the commenters also said:
I would suggest that IF our LIAR-in-CHIEF gets HIS WAY and gives up the TOTAL CONTROL of the internet to the U.N., then the people of America should start our OWN and separate internet inside America and leave the rest of the world out of OUR internet until we get a FREE & OPEN internet back from the U.N. so we can have what we have NOW, if you could call what we have now, an entirely free & open without our goverment controlling even partially what we see & hear over our portion of the internet.
This reflects what I was thinking pretty well. There could be a separate internet corporation established, providing needed competition for domain development and such. There's no need to let one company have a monopoly on internet development. Whatever the outcome of the fight to protect the web as it stands now, I think the competition should be started now, because it could have benefits in the future.

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Monday, September 19, 2016 

Bomb builder hated American culture

Ahmed Rahami, the bomb maker arrested for planting the bombs in New Jersey and New York, was rather unsurprisingly negative about the country he lived in, and even homophobic (hat tip: Hot Air):
The man who police nabbed and shot Monday after a day-long dragnet in connection with a series of terror attacks in and around New York was a bad father who disliked America, hated gays and took long trips to his homeland of Afghanistan, according to the mother of his young daughter.

Maria, whose full name is being withheld by FoxNews.com, said her high school sweetheart, Ahmad Khan Rahami, didn’t pay child support and often railed against American culture. The 26-year-old, who spoke after her grandmother called her for a reporter who produced his press credential and identified himself at the grandmother’s home in Elizabeth, said she had not seen Rahami in two years.

"He would speak often of Western culture and how it was different back home,” she said. “How there weren't homosexuals in Afghanistan.

"He seemed standoffish to American culture, but I never thought he would cross the line," she added.
Well obviously he was, and did. If the wife accepted his religion, then she's done something very stupid, and shouldn't have underestimated his capabilities. This should serve as a crucial lesson why not to marry an Islamist unless they're willing to abandon the Religion of Peace. Not doing only ensures worry will be needed.

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Stabbing attacks boomerang

There've been knifing attacks in Israel once again, with the latest being in Hebron and Jerusalem:
Two terrorists approached a Border Police post near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron this afternoon (Monday) in order to carry out a stabbing attack. The Border Policemen at the scene shot the terrorists in order to neutralize them. One of the Border Policemen sustained minor injuries on his hand.

During the attack, the terrorists and Border Policemen struggled with one another. Eventually, the Border Policemen were able to neutralize the terrorists by shooting them. The Border Policeman who sustained minor injuries was treated at the scene.

Earlier today, two police officers in Jerusalem were injured in a stabbing attack. One of the officers was able to pull out his weapon and shoot the terrorist.
So we're back to the intifada situation yet again. Truly revolting.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016 

ICANN assisted a member who gave US technology to Iran

The Washington Free Beacon reveals that ICANN has been plagued by corruption already, even before the Obama administration set out to transfer oversight to foreign sources who could prove to be a bad lot:
The international organization the Obama administration is pushing to hand control over the internet to has provided official accreditation to people who have transferred technology to Iran, worked with North Korea, and ordered “murders-for-hire,” according to congressional testimony that raises questions about the organization’s practices.

Obama administration efforts to hand over control of America’s Internet to The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, an international coalition of 162 countries and entities, have sparked outrage on Capitol Hill, where critics allege the move would stifle the free flow of information.

Experts familiar with ICANN’s structure testified before Congress on Wednesday that the organization has failed to act in a transparent and accountable fashion, raising questions about how it would operate free from U.S. government oversight.

On multiple occasions, ICANN has provided official accreditation to people operating as an “arm of a criminal network,” including one person who pled guilty to transferring U.S. technology to Iran, according to testimony by John Horton, president and CEO of LegitScript, which works with international governments.

ICANN continues to provide legitimacy to these organizations despite mounting evidence they have engaged in illegal activity, according to Horton, who explained that these criminal sites “remain online because ICANN green-lighted the registrar’s refusal to investigate or take action.”

One of these outfits is ABSystems, a “rogue internet pharmacy network” that provided cover to its founder, Paul Le Roux, who has been dubbed the “most successful criminal mastermind you’ve never heard of.”

“In December 2013, Paul Le Roux pleaded guilty to crimes involving North Korean methamphetamine trafficking, the transfer of US technology to Iran, and several murders-for-hire,” according to Horton’s testimony, which was offered to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Mr. Le Roux, a Zimbabwean national … remains in US custody, pending sentencing.”

Le Roux financed his illegal endeavors “by operating as an ICANN-accredited domain name registrar, creating a rogue internet pharmacy network through his ability to register domain names unimpeded,” according to Horton.
Gee whiz. It's already clear ICANN's plagued by some of the worst people around if they allowed men like that to ply their trade without opposition. And it's just one more reason why I think separate internet management agencies should be established even if ICANN doesn't go under bad foreign controls. These separate companies might have to charge more money for services but that could ensure better trustworthiness.

This is proof beyond a doubt that ICANN cannot be entrusted to foreigners who could serve shady interests. And who knows what Iran's been doing with that technology Le Roux gave them?

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Nobody in France should be forced to accept the interlopers

The French government wants to distribute migrants from the Calais camp to other parts of France, which has various cities rightly angry, and opposed to the plan:
The group of leaders have rallied against the plan to dismantle the Calais migrant camp amid growing concerns the French government want to "secretly" replace the squalid makeshift camp with 'mini-Jungles' all over France.

Dozens of refugee camps will be set up across the country after the French Interior Minister insisted that he will shut down the notorious Jungle camp, holding at least 9,000 migrants.

A leaked government report announced plans to send 12,000 migrants throughout France as the solution to clear out Calais.
All that'll do is set up the same problem elsewhere across the country, and they know it. All they're doing is hinting they're not sorry about the terrorist attacks and other acts of violence already caused by the Islamofascists in the country.
The plan will see 12,000 migrants, evacuated from Calais and Paris, moved all across France.

The only region exempt from the plan is Corsica, following high-profile attacks on migrants on the island.

Robert Menard, the far-right mayor of the town of Beziers, warned that he does not want his city to be turned into "a small Calais".

He rejected the government's "offer to distribute the problem across France".

He said: "I do not want to grapple with this problem because I have already enough migrants and don't need to take in more of them.

"Earlier I opposed the arrival of Syrian refugees in Beziers, and now I do not want Calais migrants to come to my city which is poor enough and has other problems to deal with."

The controversial mayor said that the migrants already in the city added to crime and terrorism, after they "received some number of jihadists who proved to be terrorists".
And that's why no sane community should be forced to take them in. Hollande's government is just continuing to be deceptive and contemptible of the public they've harmed with their dhimmmitude. The migrants should be thrown out of the country, and if they wanted to, I think they could do that.

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Two explosions and a stabbing in the USA

Three more terrorist attacks occurred in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota. Here's what the UK Telegraph says about the explosions:
New York is on high alert after an explosion rocked the Chelsea district of Manhattan injuring 29 people, one seriously.

Thousands of people were milling around one of Manhattan’s most fashionable areas when the blast ripped through the area shortly after 8.30pm local time.

It is understood to have originated from a device placed in a metal container - a skip or a large builder's toolbox - outside the Associated Blind Housing facility at 135 West 23rd Street.

A second device was found four blocks away on West 27th Street. According to several local news sources it was a pressure cooker attached to a mobile phone by tape with protruding wires.

People living on West 27th Street were instructed to stay away from their windows while the device was investigated.

Police combed, aided by sniffer dogs, combed rubbish bins to ensure there were no other devices.

Earlier in the day there was an explosion at Seaside Park, New Jersey - 83 miles away - which was timed to disrupt a Marine Corps charity run.
On that, the Philadelphia Daily News has more:
The beach and boardwalk at Seaside Park have been evacuated due to an explosion, and police are shutting down Route 35 coming into the island as they continue to investigate.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says a pipe bomb exploded in a trash can in Seaside Park around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, shortly before thousands of runners were due to take part in the Third Annual 5K Semper Five.

No injuries were reported as a result of the blast. The race, which had initially been delayed, has been canceled, and residents have been told to take cover.
And Canada's Metro News has the following report on the stabbing attack in St. Cloud, Minnesota:
A man in a private security uniform stabbed eight people at a Minnesota shopping mall, reportedly mentioning Allah and asking at least one victim if they were Muslim before an off-duty police officer shot and killed him, authorities said.

All eight victims were treated at a hospital for wounds that weren't life-threatening and all but one was later released, St. Cloud police Chief Blair Anderson said at a news conference. The eighth was admitted, but no other details about that person's condition were released.

The attack happened at around 8 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud, a city of about 65,000 people 60 miles (95 kilometres ) northwest of Minneapolis.

A man in a security uniform and armed with a knife stabbed people in several locations in the mall, including corridors, businesses and common areas, the chief said. He said an off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction shot and killed the suspect, though he didn't say where that officer serves.

Anderson said the man reportedly made at least one reference to Allah and asked a victim if they were Muslim before attacking them. But he declined to call it an act of terrorism, saying the motive was still unknown.
Again, we have an example of a police official who won't admit it's an act of lone-wolf terrorism, plain and simple. These are yet more examples of how jihadism in the USA is getting worse.

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Friday, September 16, 2016 

In defiance of BDS, Hempstead, NY signs sister-city pact with Samaria council

The township of Hempstead in upstate New York has set an excellent example:
The Samaria Regional Council signed a sister city pact with the town of Hempstead New York, as part of a series of events it held in the United States to solicit support for Jewish communities over the pre-1967 lines.

“This marks a victory against boycotts and in support of the import and export of the culture and industry that has placed the Samaria region on the international map,” Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said.

He issued a few brief remarks to the Hempstead politicians and community leaders who held a special ceremony with him in their town earlier on Monday to mark the new bond between them.

“In the Shomron, our population grows 10% a year, after boycott, after terror, after delegitimization. From this spirit of survival we are building our future,” he said.

The largely Republican town of over 750,000 has stood strongly for Israel and against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

It was one of the first New York municipalities to pass anti-BDS legislation to ensure that the town only signs contracts with entrepreneurs who reject acts of what it described as “economic hostility.”

It has already signed sister city contracts with two other Israeli communities, Pardes Hanna-Karkur and Haifa.
This should make clear that, when anti-Israelists ply their trade, it'll only lead to counter-messaging.

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