HuffPo Article Compares Palestinians In Gaza To The “Besieged Jews In The Warsaw Ghetto”…

Just a tad detached from reality.

Via HuffPo:

Gaza is a tough place; it’s tiny, overcrowded and besieged. But the people are kind. The food is delicious, and the beach, though filthy, allows us to pretend that we’re free. The sunset at sea is a spectacular scene, despite the Israeli warships dotting the landscape. Take a stroll down the street, and you’ll meet vendors, mostly young children hawking their wares. Take a taxi, and by the time you get off, you’ll be exchanging phone numbers with your newest friend, the taxi driver.

Our markets are complete chaos, an experience for all five senses. Rush hour is when school children, dressed in UNRWA uniforms or Barcelona and Real Madrid t-shirts, finish classes and flood the streets on their way back home. It is when I realize how young Gaza’s population is. Night is as lively a time as daytime. Smoke shisha at a beach or downtown café or chill with the family. The people in Gaza, too, are humans.

But this isn’t the scene in Gaza anymore. The streets are deserted, and so is the beach. Schools have become makeshift shelters crammed with displaced people fleeing death to a supposedly safer place. The beautiful noise of life has been replaced by a horrid one of death. Drones are humming overhead, and jet fighters are roaring. [...]

A ceasefire might be negotiated and agreed upon. Hamas might soon stop firing rockets, but then will Israel cease to exercise its violence against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank on a daily basis? The reality is that if Palestinians stop resisting, Israel won’t stop occupying, as its leaders repeatedly affirm. The besieged Jews of the Warsaw ghetto had a motto “to live and die in dignity.” As I sit in my own besieged ghetto, I think how Palestinians have honored this universal value. We live in dignity and we die in dignity, refusing to accept subjugation.

Iran’s Supreme Leader: Israelis Are “Merciless Beasts” Committing “Genocide”…

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Stuck on repeat.

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a “rabid dog” for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide.

About 1,087 Gazans, most of them civilians, have been killed in 22 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. As well as 53 Israeli soldiers killed, three civilians have died as a result of Palestinian shelling.

In a speech marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Khamenei criticized the United States and European countries for what he said were their efforts to limit the military capacity of Palestinian fighters in the enclave.

Of Israel, he said: “This rabid dog, this rapacious wolf, has attacked innocent people and humanity must show a reaction. This is genocide, a catastrophe of historical scale.”

“They have been pounding innocent people day and night and these men women and children are defending themselves with minimum means, and now Americans and Europeans want to take even that away … so that those merciless beasts could pound without qualm.”

Pelosi (Again) Compares Illegal Immigrant Minors To Baby Jesus…

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Third time by my count.

Via Breitbart:

Pelosi noted that sending the children back to their home countries would be like sending them “back into a burning building.”

She again compared the children to the baby Jesus, who fled his home country as an infant to escape violence.

“So we do appeal to our country and our colleagues to have a heart when it comes to people coming into our country, some seeking amnesty and asylum to escape violence in Central America or wherever they come from,” she said.

Bachmann: ‘We Saw Border Processing, Not Border Security’

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The new outreach program for the Border Patrol.

Via CNS News

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), recently returned from a trip to the Southwest border, says no one is being turned away:

“We saw border processing, not border security,” Bachmann said in a news release describing her trip to Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo.

“While the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency performs admirably on a daily basis, their purpose has become people processing — not stopping foreign nationals from unauthorized entry into the U.S.

“Currently, not one person who attempts to come into the country is stopped; instead, they are taken to a processing center before a decision is made if they will be allowed to stay,” she added.

Bachmann blames President Barack Obama for the thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America and other illegal aliens who are pouring across the border:

“Everywhere we went, the response was virtually the same: This is a crisis of President Obama’s own making,” she said. “The real problem is the President’s lack of political will to enforce the laws on the books and do whatever it takes to secure our border.”

As of June — nine months into fiscal 2014 — 57,525 “unaccompanied minors” and “family units” have been taken into custody, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. Some 57,234 of those are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

“The United States generously welcomes new immigrants, but they must come through the legal channels,” said Bachmann, who traveled to Texas with Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). “It’s time that we start sending a message that the rule of law matters and illegal behavior will not be rewarded.”

Bachmann said the solution to the border crisis is completing a border fence, amending the law that treats children from non-contiguous countries differently than those who enter from Canada or Mexico, and revoking Obama’s 2012 executive order that defers deportation for certain illegal aliens who were brought to this country as children.

The White House, meanwhile, reportedly is considering a pilot program that would give refugee status to young people from Honduras, which could be expanded to Guatemala and El Salvador. It involves screening youths in their home countries to determine whether they qualify for refugee status, the Associated Press reported.

Steny Hoyer: Obama Can “Implement The Laws As He Believes They Should Be Implemented”…

Since when?

Via CNS News:

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said that President Obama “can’t legalize” the illegal aliens in the United States, but then added that the president “can implement the laws as he believes they should be implemented.”

“Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution states that Congress has the power to make laws governing naturalization. Given this, does President Obama have the unilateral power to legalize illegal aliens?” CNSNews.com asked Hoyer.

“I don’t think he does,” Hoyer responded, “and I don’t think that’s what he’s going to do. You’re right. He can’t legalize them.”

“What the president can in fact do, however, is implement the laws as he believes they should be implemented,” Hoyer added. “And there have been a lot of scholars – and I’m not going to go through the quotes now – who have said the President clearly has broad authority to decide how he’s going to implement the law.”

“But that does not mean he can legalize people. He can’t make them citizens,” he maintained. “Not according to the law.”

Dem Rep. James Clyburn: GOP Lawsuit Against Obama A “Subterfuge”…

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What are the odds Clyburn even knows what a subterfuge is?

Via The Hill:

House Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) argued Tuesday that the GOP lawsuit was a means to an end for impeaching President Obama.

“The ultimate goal of this exercise is to try to discover some peg upon which they can hang an impeachment resolution,” Clyburn, the No. 3 in House Democratic leadership, said on the House floor.

Clyburn said the GOP was turning to the lawsuit as a “vendetta” because of the party’s inability to win the White House in 2008 and 2012.

“It’s a subterfuge by House Republicans aimed at achieving their political goals they were not able to achieve at the ballot box,” Clyburn said. “Republicans could not defeat this president in back to back elections, and now they’re looking for other means to their ends.”

Dem: Legalizing Millions Of Illegals Will “Reduce The Deficit”…

But it probably won’t.

Via CNS News:

When asked whether legalizing illegal immigrants would help unemployed Americans, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D.-Md.) responded by pointing to testimony from the director of the Congressional Budget Office that Van Hollen said indicated enactment of the Senate immigration bill (which gave illegal aliens a “path to citizenship’) would “reduce the deficit and increase long-term economic growth.”

CNSNews.com asked: “Do you think that allowing illegal aliens to stay in the United States and putting them on a path to citizenship will help unemployed Americans?”

Van Hollen responded: “I think what we need to do is pass comprehensive immigration reform, and I just came from a hearing with the non-partisan director of the Congressional Budget Office, who testified that if you passed the Senate bipartisan bill, you will reduce the deficit and increase long-term economic growth in the United States,” Van Hollen replied.

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Hamas Military Chief: Our Fighters Are “Eager For Death”…

And Israel is more than willing to oblige.

Via Times of Israel:

The titular head of Hamas’s military wing sent out a fiery missive Tuesday night, claiming his forces are “eager for death” and saying the terror group would not cease fighting until Israel lifted its blockade on Gaza.

“Israeli soldiers are up against soldiers who are eager for death and united forces,” Mohammed Deif said in a recorded message broadcast on Hamas’s al-Aqsa TV. “The steadfastness of the Palestinian people is what will bring victory on the battlefield. The enemy is sending its soldiers to certain disaster.”

Deif’s voice was recognizable in the audio statement. He has survived repeated Israeli assassination attempts, leaving him limbless, and has operated from hiding for years.

Deif has headed Hamas’s Izz ad-Dine al-Qassam Brigades since 2012, though many analysts believe the group is actually controlled by his Number 2, Marwan Issa.

Belgium Tells Retailers To Clearly Label Goods Made In Israeli Settlements…

I feel like we’ve seen this before.

Via Guardian:

Belgium has advised retailers to label clearly the origin of products made in Israeli settlements that are in occupied Palestinian territories.

The non-binding recommendation has nothing to do with the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, the economics ministry said, noting that Britain and Denmark already had similar labelling guidelines in place.

“It’s a non-binding advice to state on labels that products originating from occupied territories come from there,” a spokeswoman said. “We don’t see this as a sanction against Israel, but EU rules stipulate that consumers have to be informed of the origins of products.”

The ministry planned to send a letter to retail federations on Tuesday recommending the use of such labels. Neither Belgium’s national retail federation, Comeos, nor the Israeli embassy in Brussels would comment before the letter was issued.

Israel has been critical of any move to label produce from Jewish settlements clearly or distinguish them from goods produced by Palestinians, arguing that the distinction is part of a larger effort to impose a Palestinian state on Israel.

The labels Belgium has in mind would mainly apply to fruit and vegetables grown in the West Bank’s Jordan valley, but they could also include products such as sparkling water made by SodaStream and cosmetics by Ahava, both of which have production facilities in the West Bank.

Hillary Clinton: We Really Were “Dead Broke” But I Shouldn’t Have Said It…

Hillary

Keep digging.

Via HuffPo:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she regrets saying she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were “dead broke” upon leaving the White House.

“I regret it. It was inartful,” Clinton said in an interview on Fusion’s “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos.” “It was accurate but we are so successful and we’re so blessed by the success we’ve had and my husband has worked incredibly hard.”

Clinton, who noted she and her husband are “indeed” worth millions, said she doesn’t worry about her financial situation like she worries about families across the United States.

Duke Professor Compares Israeli “Crimes” To The Holocaust…

Hold on to your seats for the shock of a lifetime… the professor is a Muslim!

Via NRO:

… Duke Today reported last week that Omid Safi will head the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC), described as “the university’s hub of teaching, learning and research about Islam and Muslim communities.” Safi has a considerable media presence. He writes a column at Huffington Post entitled “What Would Muhammad Do?” and has contributed to the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and other major media outlets.

Safi, a Duke alumnus, claims to defend an anodyne version of Islam and to eschew extremism. However, there is nothing moderate about the moral equivalencies he invokes to criticize Israel. Take, for example, his “Zionist Atrocities at the Village of Deir Yassin . . . 65 Years ago and Today.” The article was published in Religion News Service (RNS) on April 9, 2013, and retracted shortly thereafter.

Safi asserts that the massacre of the Arab village during the midst of Israel’s 1948 War of Independence continues to exemplify Israel’s modus operandi. The article featured a black-and-white photograph of a prison yard littered with hundreds of human corpses. The people in that photograph are not Arab victims of Deir Yassin but Jewish victims of the Holocaust. A Jewishpress.com article noted: “It’s clear that the photo is there to magnify the impact of [Safi’s] words, and to serve as a historical record of what he describes.”

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Nancy Pelosi On Illegal Immigrants: “We Cannot Have Deportation Without Representation”…

Nancy Pelosi

Says who?

Via Breitbart:

During a hearing with House Democrats on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi argued that the bill proposed by Republicans did not have the adequate resources to help unattended minors crossing the border with the immigration court process.

The bill, announced by Republicans on Tuesday, would spend $659 million in new spending in response to the crisis on the border.

Citing a friend, Pelosi said that “we cannot have deportation without representation,” and she praised the groups that were working to help the detained children.

Unreal: Third Hamas Rocket Stockpile Found Inside U.N. School In Gaza…

Via Breitbart:

The United Nations Relief & Works Agency For Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced Tuesday that another rocket stockpile has been found at one of its schools in Gaza. This instance marks the third time since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge that a weapons arsenal has been found at an UNRWA school in Gaza.

UNRWA has yet to place blame on any individuals or organizations for placing the weapons stockpile within a children’s school. The UN body refused to do so on the past two previous occasions as well.

The UN body, after both previous findings, has handed the rockets it had found back into the possession of “the local police,” otherwise known as the terrorist group Hamas.

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Obama Admin Condemns Israel For Strike On Power Plant: “Deeply Troubled By Humanitarian Impact”…

Don’t worry, still totally pro-Israel.

Via Free Beacon:

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said her department was “deeply troubled” by Israel’s strike on a Gaza power plant, continuing an ongoing trend of Kerry’s State Department obliquely criticizing Israel’s actions.

“We’re deeply troubled by the humanitarian impact of reduced electricity in Gaza,” Psaki told reporters, “particularly for emergency services, and urge all parties to respect the civilian nature of these facilities.”

Senate Democrats Try To Pass Resolution Declaring Global Warming Is Real… Inhofe Blocks It…

Inhofe

Well done, Senator.

Via The Hill:

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) blocked Senate Democrats on Monday from passing a resolution that would have acknowledged the reality of climate change.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) asked unanimous consent to pass S.Res. 524, which is a measure that expresses the sense of the Senate that climate change is occurring and poses a risk to the United States. But Inhofe objected.

“All we wanted to say in this resolution is climate change is happening,” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said on the Senate floor. “We can’t afford to sit around here debating whether climate change is real.”

Inhofe has been an ardent climate change denier, saying it is the “biggest hoax” perpetrated against mankind.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who is a sponsor of the resolution, said Inhofe was living in an “alternate reality.”

“To say that we have no warming is just not factual,” Whitehouse said. “Ignorant, out-of-touch or crazy — that’s what young Republicans think of that position.”

Hillary Clinton Calls On Redskins To Change Team’s “Insensitive” Name…

When exactly did a football team’s name become the defining issue of our time?

Via The Hill:

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday became the latest Democrat to support changing the name of the Washington Redskins football team.

“I think it is insensitive, and I think that there is no reason for it to continue as a name of a team in our nation’s capital,” she said in an interview with Fusion.

“I would love to see the owners think hard about what they could substitute,” she added.

Clinton did not volunteer any possible new names for the franchise.

Dutch Islamists Waving ISIS Flags Call For Killing “Dirty Jews From The Sewers” During Anti-Israel Protest…

The Nazis have returned.

Via Algemeiner:

Jewish human rights group The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Friday called on Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to rescind approval for a rally in support of ISIS in the Hague, after protesters, yelling in Arabic and Dutch, proclaimed that “dirty Jews from the sewers” should be killed.

In a fiery letter to Rutte, Dr. Shimon Samuels, SWC Director for International Relations, said similar calls of violence were reported at a rally on July 4, and show that rather than even expressing support for Hamas militants in Gaza, the true intention of the rallies have been to call for the death of Jews.

“Yesterday, the call in Arabic and Dutch was for ‘dirty Jews from the sewers to be killed,’” Samuels said. “This rally had little to do with Gaza solidarity. It was unambiguously targeted against Jews, but also according to the Dutch press sought to lynch journalists, who were pulled to safety by the police, otherwise serving as silent spectators.”

He said that what was “most disturbing” was that, while press reports and photos from the rally show the mass of masked demonstrators calling for violence, the official Public Prosecutor’s press release stated “there were only 40 to 50 people present,” that “the police were present with an Arabic speaking police officer” and “the slogans overheard by this officer were not considered as crossing boundaries. Hence no arrest was made.”

Samuels told the Dutch prime minister, “The YouTube clip clearly shows many more than 50 participants and the slogans at the end of the clip were repeated and quite evident, ‘Maut al-Yahud’ (Death to the Jews), ‘Khaybar, Khaybar’ (The genocide of the Jews of Khaybar) and ‘Those who do not jump are Jews’ (All the Muslims present jumped).”

“Our Center expects you to launch an immediate inquiry into the cover-up by this police officer who betrayed his duty to faithfully translate all slogans – most of which were menacing Jews,” Samuels said, urging the Netherlands “to follow the example of the United Kingdom in banning ISIS and to forbid any further demonstrations in Holland that call for the murder of Jews or any other ‘riff-raff’.”

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Jury Rules Widow of Slain SEAL Chris Kyle Must Pay $1.8 Million To Jesse Ventura In Defamation Case…

Physically revolting.

Via ABC News:

A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.

On the sixth day of deliberations, the federal jury decided that the 2012 best-selling book defamed Ventura in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle wrote that he decked a man whom he later identified as Ventura after the man allegedly said the Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few.”

Ventura testified that Kyle fabricated the passage about punching him. Kyle said in testimony videotaped before his death last year that his story was accurate.

Legal experts had said Ventura had to clear a high legal bar to win, since as a public figure he had to prove “actual malice.” According to the jury instructions, Ventura had to prove with “clear and convincing evidence” that Kyle either knew or believed what he wrote was untrue, or that he harbored serious doubts about its truth.

The jury told the judge Monday that it didn’t believe it could reach a unanimous verdict, but the judge instructed them to continue. On Tuesday, attorneys for both sides agreed that the verdict did not need to be unanimous and would allow a verdict if only eight of 10 jurors agreed.

Turkish Deputy PM: Women Should Stop Laughing In Public And “Rediscover The Koran”…

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Because only whores laugh in public, or something.

Via Daily Mail:

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister has said women should not laugh out loud in public and urged them to stop talking about ‘unnecessary’ things on the phone.

Bülent Arınç also complained about ‘moral corruption’ by television programmes which he claims are transforming teenagers from ‘symbols of chastity’ into ‘sex addicts’.

Speaking at an Eid el-Fitr – breaking of the fast – event in the northwestern city of Bursa, he claimed Turks had ‘abandoned their values’ and pleaded people to rediscover the Koran.

Describing his ideal chaste man or woman, Arnic said they should both have a sense of shame and honour.

‘Chastity is so important,’ he said. ‘It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men. [She] will have chasteness. Man will have it, too. He will not be a womaniser.

‘He will be bound to his wife. He will love his children. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness,’ he added.

According to the Hurriyet Daily News, he went on to condemn the transformation of young females in society.

He said: ‘Where are our girls, who slightly blush, lower their heads and turn their eyes away when we look at their face, becoming the symbol of chastity?’

Feds Dump Hundreds Of Illegals In Tennessee, Don’t Bother To Inform The Governor…

Shockingly, Governor Bill Haslam isn’t thrilled.

Via Fox News:

Imagine you’re about to sit down for supper when suddenly 760 folks show up on your front porch wanting fried catfish and hushpuppies. You’d be fit to be tied as they say in Tennessee.

And Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is fit to be tied.

The Obama administration recently released 760 illegal immigrant children to sponsors in the Volunteer State without any warning, the governor charged.

There was not so much as a text message or tweet.

“It is unacceptable that we became aware via a posting on the HHS website that 760 unaccompanied children have been released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sponsors in Tennessee without my administration’s knowledge,” the governor wrote in a strongly-worded letter to President Obama.

Haslam, a Republican, said he still has not been contacted by the Obama administration – and has no idea where the illegals were resettled.