[Ynet] The general-turned-president would like to send Egyptian forces into the West Bank and Gazoo, as a temporary measure until Israel and the Paleostinians strike a peace deal; as tempting as it sounds, Israel would do well to be cautious for now.
During his first trip to Europe, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi gave an interview to the Italian media in which he voiced a far-reaching and highly significant proposal concerning the grinding of the peace processor â the deployment of Egyptian military forces to monitor the implementation of the peace agreement between Israel and the Paleostinians.
It's safe to assume that every Israeli cringes on hearing the phrase "the deployment of military forces to Paleostine," with all the negative connotations it evokes (the War of Independence, the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War). Are we dealing this time with "a peace assault?" Is the Egyptian initiative a serious one worthy of discussion?
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[InvestmentWatchBlog] "Did you know that Russia is building submarines that are so quiet that the U.S. military cannot detect them? These “black hole” submarines can freely approach the coastlines of the United States without fear of being detected whenever they want. In fact, a “nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles” sailed around in the Gulf of Mexicofor several weeks without being detected back in 2012. And now Russia is launching a new class of subs that have 'advanced stealth technology'. The U.S. Navy openly acknowledges that they cannot track these subs when they are submerged. That means that the Russians are able to sail right up to our coastlines and launch nukes whenever they want."
[PJMedia] Russia appears to be taking serious moves to combat the "radicalization" of Moslems within its border.
Recent pro-Islamic reports are complaining that Russia is banning the Islamic hijab--the headdress Islamic law requires Moslem women to wear--and, perhaps even more decisively, key Islamic scriptures, on the charge that they incite terrorism.
While this move against the hijab may appear as discriminatory against religious freedom, the flipside to all this--which perhaps Russia, with its significant Moslem population is aware of--is that, wherever the Islamic hijab proliferates, so too does Islamic supremacism and terrorism. Tawfik Hamid, a former aspiring Islamic jihadi, says that "the proliferation of the hijab is strongly correlated with increased terrorism.... Terrorism became much more frequent in such societies as Indonesia, Egypt, Algeria, and the U.K. after the hijab became prevalent among Moslem women living in those communities."
The reason for this correlation is clear: strict Islamic Sharia commands jihad ("terrorism") against unbelievers just as it commands Moslem women to don the hijab. Where one proliferates--evincing adherence to Sharia--so too will the other naturally follow.
But Russia's growing list of Islamic books to be banned on the charge that they incite terrorism is perhaps more significant. in the words of Arabic news site Elaph: "This move [ban on the hijab] coincides with a growing number of religious books to be prohibited, with dozens of them being placed on the terrorist list, including Sahih Bukhari and numerous booklets containing verses from the Koran and sayings of the prophet."
According to Apastovsk district RT prosecutors, Sahih Bukhari is being targeted because it promotes "exclusivity of one of the world's religions," namely Islam, or, in the words of a senior assistant to the prosecutor of Tatarstan Ruslan Galliev, it promotes "a bully boy Islam" which "arouses ethnic, religious enmity."
We've been writing off and on about how the sudden fall in gas prices has been expected to put a lot of shale gas development on hold. In fact, quite a few analysts believe that one of the big Saudi aims in refusing to support oil prices was to dent the prospects for competitive energy sources, not just renewables like wind and hydro power, but shale gas.
Even though OilPrice reported that US rig count had indeed fallen as oil prices plunged, John Dizard at the Financial Times (hat tip Scott) gives a more intriguing piece of the puzzle: the degree to which production is still chugging along despite it being uneconomical. The oil majors have been criticized for levering up to continue developing when it is cash-flow negative; they are presumably betting that prices will be much higher in short order.
I wonder why there has been little reporting on the fact that many small shale oil producers have hedged their output through 2015 (and some even later, and most at $85+). Thus, they have no incentive to cease drilling for the time being.
At least one black leader, a State Senator, has declared that we are now in a race war, blacks and their sympathizers vs. everyone else. She has no authority to declare any such thing, and she certainly does not speak for anything like a majority of African Americans, nor, I suspect, for anything like a majority of liberal intellectuals, but it is an astonishing to say.
We are not in a race war, but there are similarities to a barbarian invasion. We have a barbarian culture within the United States. The most common cause of death of black males is to be killed by another black male. There are other sub cultures in which homicide is common. Generally the barbarian culture does not interact with the majority of the middle class, but in so-called ghetto areas American citizens cannot avoid interactions with the barbarian culture. They live there, and they can’t avoid it.
Tuesday on CNN, retired lieutenant general and the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina Gen. Russel L. Honore said if the riots in Missouri cant be controlled the next step is "the Insurrection Act."
Video at link.
Partial transcript as follows:
It takes a lot of patience he on the police part to understand that civil disobedience by it self is to force the police to take actions. So the people stand in the street, and if it can be done in a safe way, sometimes it's best to observe that as long as it doesn't go violent. More often than not, many times the police will want to move them out of the street because I said so . And that is when the pushing and shoving starts, and that's when they go violent and when they put people in jail. Or people actually do criminal acts like throw things at the police. You throw something at the police, you're going to go to jail. I think police are in the city unlike Ferguson and St. Louis that have mobilized National Guard and backup troops, they're dealing with shift officers who are probably working overtime.
They're going to have it to change their game unless they can come to a political conclusion that says, hey, we're going to do this in terms of a federal review of procedures across the country at the heart of this issue or we're going to have a blue ribbon panel that has 90 days to make recommendations to the federal government as well as to every state on how we deal with these issues in the future.
I'm going to tell you this, Anderson, if St. Louis can't control this, you know what the next step is and it's called the Insurrection Act, the same thing they did in Los Angeles. We're nowhere near that now, but people might want to look at that because that is a statute that's designed if local authorities cannot control and provide civil law inside their cities."
The police could easily control the situation if they were permitted to do so. If the troublemakers had to pick a little #6 shot out of their arses, the BS would soon stop. The concept of a "Blue Ribbon Panel" is pure rubbish. Enforce the laws currently on the books, no interruptions, no exceptions.
Gee, just think what Obola could do with the Insurrection Act.
Marshal law would allow him "at least in his mind" to suspend all of the Constitution, send Congress home and rule by decree. He'd quote Lincoln and suspend Habeas Corpus and round up the Tea Party, Republicans and all of Fox News.
The problem with that line of thought is when he turns to the military to enforce it, they can ask why should you be the man in charge and not the ones with the swords bullets. When you're a Marxist without a grasp of 4000 years of human history and behavior you might miss that point repeatedly recorded time and time again.
But the idea of suspending the rule of law under the guise of some calamity or urban unrest is part of the game plan.
Why do you think he has been assembling a private army in DHS and other normally unarmed agencies?
And why do you think he has been so willing to create so much unrest and havoc with our economy? Seems to be searching for a hot button that will set off a major armed conflagration somewhere as an excuse.
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
Forget the Insurrection Act just borrow this bit of English.
12 is the number, not 11 nor 13, 12.
oppose, obstruct, or in any manner wilfully and knowingly lett, hinder, or hurt any person or persons that shall begin to proclaim, or go to proclaim according to the proclamation hereby directed to be made, whereby such proclamation shall not be made, that then every such apposing, obstructing, letting, hindering or hurting such person or persons, so beginning or going to make such proclamation, as aforesaid, shall be adjudged felony without benefit of clergy, and the offenders therein shall be adjudged felons, and shall suffer death as in case of felony, without benefit of clergy; and that also every such person or persons so being unlawfully, riotously and tumultuously assembled, to the number of twelve, as aforesaid, or more, to whom proclamation should or ought to have been made if the same had not been hindred, as aforesaid, shall likewise, in case they or any of them, to the number of twelve or more, shall continue together, and not disperse themselves within one hour after such lett or hindrance so made, having knowledge of such lett or hindrance so made, shall be adjudged felons, and shall suffer death as in case of felony, without benefit of clergy.
Agree Mystic. The mindset though is similar to that which I see from some European friends. If it doesn't directly effect them immediately then don't worry about it, don't even think about it the government will do what's best.
Our brethern from the UK are all visiting for T'giving and I can't believe their naivete about the slippery slope. "Oh, since we pay taxes for NIH the gov't is perfectly justified in issuing "guidelines" for "no more than one pint in the pub", 7 drinks a week is excessive, the girls of Rottherham were from broken homes (aka trailer trash) and went along with it to start with and what could the council do....etc.
They are frogs in the kettle and don't notice the water getting warmer or think that it's a good thing to take a warm bath.
Accomplish that on your own, is a positive emotion. To be prevented from failing under force of boot is a negative emotion.
Government guidelines, especially something important like health care, are the 250lb dude slinging his arm over your shoulder and suggesting you take a walk with him. If you hesitate, you feel a knife point in his pocket.
I wonder how far the black officer shooting the black kid thing in Cleveland will go?
No mention of the race of the police man so by exclusion I would say he is black.
Or the black policeman that shot the unarmed white kid about a week after the Brown shooting...not a peep in the media.
The problem is that the media and the racism/critical theory narrative puts the police in a double bind. If Officer Wilson had, instead of using his service weapon had used mace and a billy club to subdue Brown, the narrative would have been police brutality...since Wilson used his service weapon, the narrative is racism and discrimination.
The media's coverage of this entire affair seems to make the shooting in Florida look like a warm up exercise.
I wonder what does the media have invested in inciting riots?
I would guess they are running cover for something that Obama has done that they want to keep off the front page.
[Freedom Fighters Journal] Attorney General Eric Holder asserted that the Justice Department was not finished with the shooting of Michael Brown, after the grand jury in Ferguson did not indict Officer Darren Wilson.
“While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing,” he said in a statement. Holder added that the department would continue to “investigate allegations of unconstitutional policing patterns or practices by the Ferguson Police Department.”
Holder called for peace in the streets of Ferguson, but acknowledged the deep distrust of law enforcement officials in the black community.
“This incident has sparked a national conversation about the need to ensure confidence between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve. While constructive efforts are underway in Ferguson and communities nationwide, far more must be done to create enduring trust,” he said.
Holder called for protesters to remain peaceful, even though they were angry at the verdict.
“Though there will be disagreement with the grand jury’s decision not to indict, this feeling should not lead to violence,” he said.
He also called for police forces to show restraint in their policing of the community throughout the night.
“In the coming days, it will likewise be important for local law enforcement authorities to respect the rights of demonstrators and deescalate tensions by avoiding excessive displays—and uses—of force,” he said.
What about the demonstrators use of displays of unnecessary force?
Fifty years of the narrative of racism and discrimination by the Democrats and their water bearers at the NAACP, SCLC, et al., plus the media is the problem. The Democrats with their malicious social engineering of blacks as a permanent captive constituency are to blame.
Put yourself on trial for all of your grandstanding during the first riots and the investigations...
Since the population of Ferguson,MO is 65% black and 100% of perps in the Mike Brown case are black, this is an obvious civil rights violation under the Disparate Impact theory. If only Officer Wilson had also shot 45% of a white man...
I'd be surprised if the DOJ *didn't* bring some sort of civil rights charge against Wilson. An example of the process being it's own form of punishment.
[TheNewAmerican] It’s not hard to see why insurers are happy with the present state of affairs under ObamaCare. They did, after all, have a large hand in crafting the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and thus many of its provisions naturally favor them. “Indeed,” observed the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, 'the individual mandate is the greatest single act of corporate welfare in memory: The government uses the power of the state to force Americans to become insurance customers and then throws in a subsidy that underwrites the cost of insurance coverage.' On top of that, through the ACA’s 'risk corridors,' insurers “again get taxpayer cash if the exchanges wind up skewed by adverse selection and their costs rise,” she added. In other words, it’s heads, Big Insurance wins; tails, everyone else loses.
Just like the Stimulus package for bankers and the Credit card legislation for bankers...every major piece of legislation passed by the Dems under nowhere man is at its core welfare for its generous donors and supporters.
[Commentary] And indeed, while Hagel was no superstar, Rice crops up in each account of his ouster. Politico reports that “Hagel’s main gripe, according to people close to him, was what he viewed as a disorganized National Security Council run by Rice—a criticism shared by [White House chief of staff Denis] McDonough, according to a senior administration official.” Politico also points out that in this respect, Hagel was no outlier; his predecessors, Bob Gates and Leon Panetta, shared this concern.
In simple terms, this report is a whitewash of the CIA, which, along with the State Department, was responsible for arming and assisting the very jihadist militia groups that rose to power in the first place during the 2011 rebellion against Muammar Qaddafi, and who later murdered our people in Benghazi. The biggest intelligence failure of all that is never mentioned is the failure to understand the essential hostility of the jihadist ideology of the groups with which our government was dealing.
We've sliced and diced Benghazi to the 10 micron level and it is clear that it was a planned and coordinated attack and the CIA, POTUS and State sat on their thumbs.
Still wonder what Stephens was doing in Benghazi, that is still the $64,000 question. Lots of conjecture but no facts. I think the white wash is to cover up the true reason why Stephens was in Benghazi, a reason that would expose Hilda and the empty suit as the complete foreign policy idiots they are...I have no idea what they are trying to hide, but I am sure it has to do with the WHY of Stephens in Benghazi, I am sure what ever the reason, it is a real DOOZY and a major league foxtrot uniform FUBAR CIA/State contraption.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.