Lib Rag Gawker Channels Helen Thomas: Israel Should Be Moved To Germany…

Take it away, Helen!

Israel Should Be in Germany – Gawker

Israel and Palestine are warring again. Civilians are dying again. Families are losing their homes, and chaos persists. Again. This would not be happening if Israel were located somewhere that makes more sense: in Germany.

No matter where you stand in the “Israelis vs. Palestinians” political arguments—in which both sides are hopelessly entrenched and unmoving—it seems fair to acknowledge that there are some fundamental problems with the location of the nation of Israel. For one thing, it was carved out of land already occupied by someone else. Whether or not you think Israel was justified in carving itself a nation out of Palestine, you must admit that the act of doing so was bound to cause some resentment. And, indeed, it did. It caused a lot of resentment, and anger. Emotions that still exist today. And which have fueled a more or less constant state of war against Israel since Israel was created. [...]

So the establishment of Israel, regarded by many as a towering achievement of historic justice, will forever be tainted by the fact that it was established by taking land from people who had done nothing wrong. That act laid the groundwork for the nonstop conflict that continues to this day.

Some will say that Israel had to be located where it is now, because of the “Holy Land” and all that. Well, sorry—a mystical and empirically unjustified belief in the “holiness” of some particular place is not a reason to march in and take it from someone else, by force. Grow up.

It may be a bit late to move Israel to Germany now. But when you consider the prospect of another seven decades of war over that little sliver of land, the idea does not sound so bad. Germany would still acquiesce to it, if the demand was made before the last Nazis die out. It’s really the very least that they could do.

Fan Poll: 65% Do Not Want Redskins To Change Team’s Name, Only 30% Favor Changing It…

Redskins

PC Word Police hardest hit.

Via Politico:

A majority of D.C.-area residents do not want to see the Washington Redskins name changed, according to a new poll.

Sixty-five percent of those polled rejected calls for the NFL team to change its name, according to a poll by the Republican-leaning firm Vox Populi, released Wednesday. Thirty percent said the name should be changed. [...]

However, the pollster said that of those polled, 71 percent said the team’s name is not offensive.

FAA Hands Hamas Another Propaganda Victory, Extends Travel Ban To Israel For Another 24 Hours…

Update to this story.

Via ABC News:

The FAA announced today that they have not lifted their ban against travel to or from Tel Aviv’s airport and will prohibit travel to the country for an additional 24 hours.

“The agency is working closely with the Government of Israel to review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated so the agency can resolve concerns as quickly as possible,” the FAA said in a statement.

This comes a day after they barred all American air carriers from flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv following a rocket attack within a mile of the airport.

The order was issued at 12:15 ET on Tuesday, saying that it would hold for 24 hours until an update today.

Biden: “F*ck No” I Wont’ Step Aside For Hillary Clinton In 2016…

I can’t think of anything more entertaining than a Biden vs. Hillary Dem primary debate.

Via Free Beacon:

Among Democrats who hope Hillary Clinton doesn’t run—and their number is larger than one might think—the complaints are familiar. Age and stamina are the obvious considerations. “Look at Obama’s hair color, just like George Bush’s,” says a prominent Washington insider. “Somebody who’s seventy shouldn’t be president. And I think that’s going to be an interesting issue against her, but who in the Democratic Party is going to have the guts to take on that machine?” A former Clinton campaign adviser is equally blunt. “This is gonna sound superficial”—which is an understatement—“but men do age better than women,” he says. “At seventy she’s not gonna be—it’s not gonna be great.”

Democrats fear she is too radioactive. One of many prominent D.C. Democrats who will only comment on background out of fear of inciting Clintonian wrath complains that “she will lose the general because her negatives are so high.”  [...]

A former high-ranking official in the Clinton administration recently spoke to his friend Biden about Hillary’s 2016 maneuvering.

“You going to step aside for her?” he asked.
“No,” the vice president replied confidently. “Fuck no.”
 Traditionally Biden’s stance might pose problems for Hillary. After all, vice presidents tend to win the nominations of their parties. But Biden has a major drawback. He lacks the support, even the quiet support, of the president he serves.

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Iranian Christian Sentenced To Have His Lips Burnt With A Cigarette For Eating During Ramadan…

Via Daily Mail:

An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah.

Five other Muslim men were also flogged in public with 70 lashes for not fasting during Ramadan, the city’s deputy governor Ali Ashraf Karami said.

A spokesperson from The National Council of Resistance of Iran, a political coalition which opposes the government, denounced the treatment as ‘savage’ and called on western countries to take action.

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MSNBC Host: Americans Aren’t Smart Enough To Judge Hillary Clinton’s Job Performance As Secretary Of State…

Liberal elitism at its finest.

HT: IJ Review

IRS Chief Confirms Investigators Have Found Backup Tapes Of Lerner’s Emails, Previously Testified They Didn’t Exist…

Hmmm…

Via Fox News:

The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing “backup tapes” — despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know “how they found them” or “whether there’s anything on them or not.” But he said the inspector general’s office advised him they are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any “recoverable” material.

The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress about the missing emails, that backup tapes “no longer exist because they have been recycled.”

It is unclear whether the tapes in IG custody contain any Lerner emails, but Koskinen said investigators are now checking.

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FAA Halts All U.S. Flights To Israel, WH Says It Had Nothing To Do With It – Update: Hamas Hails Decision As A “Great Victory”…

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The needle on the BS detector just snapped off… again.

Via PJ Media:

The State Department denied today that yesterday’s travel warning coupled with today’s FAA decision to keep planes away from Israel is an administration strategy to put economic pressure on the Jewish state.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice at lunchtime today “informing U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours.

“The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport on the morning of July 22, 2014,” the FAA said in a statement. “The [Notice to Airmen] NOTAM applies only to U.S. operators, and has no authority over foreign airlines operating to or from the airport.”

“The FAA immediately notified U.S. carriers when the agency learned of the rocket strike and informed them that the agency was finalizing a NOTAM. The FAA will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation.  Updated instructions will be provided to U.S. airlines as soon as conditions permit, but no later than  24 hours from the time the NOTAM went into force.”

The notice was issued soon after Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region to attempt to broker a ceasefire agreement. He announced a $47 million humanitarian aid package to the Palestinians soon after touching down in Cairo on Monday.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters she “would wholly disagree with that argument” that the moves are intended to put pressure on Netanyahu.

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Update: A nice propaganda victory for Hamas courtesy of the Obama administration.

Gaza City (AFP) – Hamas said Wednesday that the suspension of international flights to and from Israel over security concerns about Gaza rocket fire was a “great victory.”

“The success of Hamas in closing Israeli airspace is a great victory for the resistance, and is the crown of Israel’s failure,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.

Video: Wasserman Schultz Busted Lying After Being Fact-Checked On Air…

Hack FAIL of the day.

Via Free Beacon:

DWS: Just take a state like Nevada, where you have a governor who refused to implement a state exchange and as a result people who get Affordable Care Act healthcare plans are getting them on the federal exchange.

INTERVIEWER: Let me just stop you for a second, because you’re misinformed about that. Brian Sandoval put in a state exchange. He did, so whoever briefed you on that is wrong. He did put in a state exchange. He was the first Republican governor to do that.

DWS: Ok, that’s not even the point I’m making. I stand corrected. I’m not from Nevada.

UN-Backed Conference Calls For Ending Capitalism To Save World From Global Warming…

It’s almost like they are using global warming as an excuse to push for the end of capitalism.

(GWPF) – A UN-backed conference in Venezuela has ended with a declaration to scrap carbon markets and reject the green economy.

The Margarita Declaration was issued at the end of a four-day meeting of around 130 green activist groups, which the Venezuelan government hosted in order to raise the volume of civil society demands in UN discussions on climate change.

“The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system,” the final declaration said. “To combat climate change it is necessary to change the system.”

The declaration will be handed to environment ministers when they meet ahead of the UN’s main round of talks in Lima this year.

Colorado Welfare Recipients Have Used Their EBT Cards To Withdraw More Than $23K From Pot Shops…

Reason #4,982,893 welfare recipients should not be allowed to withdraw cash with their EBT cards.

Via NRO:

For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. Such apparent abuses have caught the eye of Colorado’s executive and legislative powers alike, and the state has launched an effort to curb them.

At least 259 times in the first six months of legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, beneficiaries used their electronic-benefit transfer (EBT) cards to access public assistance at weed retailers and dispensaries, withdrawing a total of $23,608.53 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash, NRO’s examination found.

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Muslim Protesters In Miami Scream: “We Are Hamas!”…

Along with the obligatory calls for genocide.

Via United West

Kerry: We’ll Bow To Hamas’ Demands If They Agree To A Cease-Fire…

Kerry

Never mind the fact that U.S. law considers Hamas a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

CAIRO — Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said that the United States was prepared to address the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and the political demands of the Palestinians living there, but that a cease-fire first needed to be carried out.

After a two-hour meeting with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, Mr. Kerry said Egypt’s cease-fire proposal had provided the framework for discussions on how to arrange one.

Mr. Kerry said his meetings here had been constructive. But there was no indication of an imminent breakthrough in cementing a cease-fire deal, and Mr. Kerry indicated that he expected his deliberations to continue for the next few days.

Hamas’s demands include opening a major border crossing with Egypt and the release of prisoners held by the Israelis. Discussions of them might be unavoidable, officials say, particularly because demands to open the border crossings were addressed in a 2012 cease-fire agreement.

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Tweet Of The Day: “A Centrist Socialist”…

Which begs the obvious question: What the hell is a “centrist socialist?”

Via Phil Kerpen:

IRS Experts: Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive Was Just “Scratched,” Not Damaged Beyond Recovery…

Lerner

Does a blatant (and probably illegal) coverup still qualify as a “phony scandal?”

Via Washington Examiner:

Top IRS officials told congressional investigators that Lois Lerner’s hard drive — the one containing emails that could shed light on the IRS targeting scandal — was irreparably damaged before it was destroyed completely in 2011. But now, investigators have had a chance to talk to the technical experts inside the IRS who actually examined Lerner’s computer, and the experts say the hard drive in question was actually just “scratched,” and that most of the data on it was recoverable.

The IRS computer experts also told the committee that they had recommended seeking outside help in recovering the data from Lerner’s computer — something IRS management declined to do.

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Baltimore Residents React To Stricter Curfew

curfew

Cheaper than nighttime basketball courts and also will generate revenue with fines.

Via WJZ13

In just a few weeks, Baltimore City will have the toughest curfew laws in the country and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is hoping to set the records straight on all that the law entails.

The mayor is hoping this new law will not only keep kids safe but also expose those families who are in need of critical parental guidance.

Mob scenes like one in Fells Point may be avoided as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pushes for more control of the city’s youth, with stricter curfews set to take affect next month.

If you ask anyone if there are young people who are unsupervised, the answer is yes,” said Rawlings-Blake.

This weekend, the mayor is reaching out to residents in hopes they will come out to a forum being held on Monday to answer any questions about the law and address concerns.

“Make sure they understand the purpose and what’s actually going to happen with the curfew law,” said Rawlings-Blake.

With the new law, teens under 14 years old have to be off the streets by 9 p.m. Those 14 to 16 years of age can stay out no later than 10 during the week and no later than 11 on the weekends and during the summer.

But will it work?

“I don’t know if it’s going to do anything,” said one teen.

“It’s already been in place in Panama and all the kids do is break the rules and nothing really is done about it,” said Alexandra Diaz-Albertini.

The law, while meant to do more good than harm, is drawing criticism from parents who, with the new law could be fined $500 if their kids are out late.

A stiff price to pay but other parents say it could help.

“Maybe they would be more strict if they had to pay $500,” said Ieasha Daughtery.

The $500 could be waived if parents sign up for parental guidance classes provided by the city.

HT It Aint Holy Water

Hack President At DNC Fundraiser: “I’m Not Overly Partisan”…

Barack Obama

The man is obviously insane.

Via The Blaze:

President Barack Obama insisted Tuesday night that he is not a very partisan president, speaking at an event for the Democratic National Committee.

“I will say, for all the Democrats around here,” the president said, “I’m not overly partisan.”

“The truth is, my favorite President is the first Republican president — he’s a guy named Abraham Lincoln,” Obama continued. “If you look at historically — Dwight Eisenhower built the Interstate Highway System. And Richard Nixon founded the EPA. And historically, we have had bipartisan cooperation on big issues.”

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Breaking: Two Ukrainian Fighter Jets Shot Down In East Ukraine

So what will the conspiracy theorists who try to disavow militants or Russia’s responsibility in the passenger plane downing try to say now? The separatists admit they shot down planes before the downing of the passenger plane and now they admit they shot down these planes. But conspiracy theorists want to push the Russian backed militansts don’t have the capability?

Via Globe and Mail:

Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets on Wednesday, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board.

A spokesman for Ukraine’s military operations said the planes were downed near Savur Mogila, a burial mound in the Shaktersky region where a memorial marks ambushes by the Soviet army on occupying Nazis during the Second World War.

He said he did not have any information about the pilots.

Igor Strelkov, who is now in charge of the rebel ranks in the eastern city of Donetsk, said the separatists had brought down one plane and that the pilot had ejected. He gave no further details.

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Islamic State Branches Off Into Tourism, Offering Guided Tours Of Their “Caliphate,” Want It To Become A Honeymoon Destination…

Is there anything more romantic than watching a man get his head chopped off?

BEIRUT: Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its “caliphate”.

Running twice-weekly tours from Syria’s Raqa to Iraq’s Anbar, ISIS’s buses fly the group’s black flag and play jihadist songs throughout the journey.

One of the first clients was Chechen jihadist Abu Abdel Rahman al-Shishani, aged 26, who took his new Syrian wife on honeymoon, according to activist Hadi Salameh.

“Just after they got married, he took her to Anbar. These jihadists are very romantic,” Salameh joked.

But the two weren’t able to sit together, because “women sit in the back, and men at the front. The bus driver plays jihadist songs all through the ride, and the ISIS black flag flies over the bus. ISIS proclaimed a ‘caliphate’ last month straddling Iraq and Syria. According to a rebel from eastern Syria, the tours started operating immediately afterwards.

It firmly controls large swathes of northern and eastern Syria, the Iraq-Syria border, and parts of northern and western Iraq.

Salameh said the group’s tour buses “start their journey in Tal Abyad (on Syria’s Turkish border) and end in Iraq’s Anbar. You can get off wherever you want, and you don’t need a passport to cross the border. “The activist, who lives in Raqa and uses a pseudonym to avoid retribution from ISIS, told AFP via the Internet the company is for profit.

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Netanyahu On Fighting Hamas: “A Man’s Gotta Do, What A Man’s Gotta Do”…

Obama begs to differ.