Friday, October 28, 2016

"Ole" Bill Rakes It In and Daughter Chelsea Upset Because More Should Have Gone To Papa!

"Ole" Bill Clinton lined his pockets as his speaking fees soared after Hillary became Sec. of State.

WikiLeaks is revealing how Arkansas trailer trash became rich in a short time from pay to play.

Their daughter, Chelsea,  also learned well. She accused one of the family operatives, who was making money off the Clinton Foundation and Clinton connections. that should have gone to papa also. UGH!

What remains amazing to me is Obama's favor-ability remains high after the loss of The Middle East, the paltry economic recovery, the collapse of ObamaCare and the fact that Obama apparently participated in Hillary's server deception and then lied.

Yes you can fool some of the people all the time .

 The fact that Republicans nominated a less than acceptable candidate for the presidency still does not excuse and/or justify a vote for Hillary to become Commander in Chief.

No Head Hunter firm would submit her name in a CEO search involving  a major corporation or they would be fired because her ethics would disqualify her. Yet , she can become president because a corrupt head of The FBI ducked indicting her etc.

 How low this nation has sunk!
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ There is no voting fraud in Georgia just a malfunction for Trump. (See 1 below.)
Now for some entertainment.
One last Obama bird for Israel? (See 2 and 2a  below.)

1) Bryan County voting machine taken off line after report of ‘vote flipping’

A Georgia voting machine apparently malfunctioned as a voter tried to cast an early ballot for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, but Donald Trump’s name kept showing up instead. But election officials say they still have confidence in the state’s voting machines and took the machine offline as a precaution.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that an unnamed Bryan County voter complained that a touch-screen machine incorrectly showed his presidential selection. The voter said he touched the screen to vote for Democrat Clinton, but instead it selected Republican Trump — twice. On his third try, the voter said he was able to select Clinton.
“We are confident that machines are not ‘flipping’ votes,” said Kemp Chief of Staff David Dove in a statement.
The incident occurred at the Bryan County Administration Building outside of Richmond Hill.
“As soon as they found out about it they took it offline. (Poll workers/local election officials) don’t think it is really a problem with the machine, but we are going to have some folks check it out and make sure it is OK,” said Jimmy Burnsed, chairman of the Bryan County Commission.
Apparently, just one machine was in question because officials looked at other machines as well, Burnsed said.
“They said there were not many votes on that particular machine,” Burnsed said. “You touch the button and the X goes in the box. Apparently this person did that and they saw the X in the wrong box. So they did it again and it still went in the wrong box so they called the poll worker over and the poll worker got it corrected for their vote. But we took that machine out of service. It had been calibrated in late September. All the rest of them are working fine.
He said that even though the vote started out wrong that it ended up correct.
“We are not concerned that there are some wrong votes cast, but that machine is being looked at and it won’t go back into service until it is certified that it is working properly.”
Every county in Georgia began using electronic voting machines in 2002. The process includes a summary screen, giving voters a chance to review selections before submitting a ballot.
Merle King, executive director of the Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University, said the voter acted appropriately by using the summary screen to check that his selections were accurate. County officials also were right to remove the machine from use, he said. Ballots cast on that machine will be counted with all others after polls close on Nov. 8.
Bryan County Elections Supervisor Cindy Reynolds said in a written statement that all machines “were correctly calibrated” and passed required testing. She said county officials don’t know what caused “the initial voting issue,” but the machine was taken offline as a precaution.
“This incident has been the only reported event during the early voting cycle in Bryan County, which has seen much higher turnout than previous elections,” Reynolds said. “Having your ballot count as you voted is our primary goal and our training, procedures and dedicated staff are all aligned with that goal.”
King said the center, which certifies all voting machines in Georgia, has received no other reports of problems with the devices this year. Early voting began last Monday, and more than 800,000 people had voted in person as of Thursday morning.
“This is highly uncommon,” King said. “Every vote is important and every voter’s experience is important but statistically it’s very isolated.”

Now the Associated Press reports even a third of Clinton voters believe the mass media has been biased against Trump.

Is Obama preparing a parting shot at Israel?

By Charles Krauthammer

Last week, the U.N.’s premier cultural agency, UNESCO, approved a resolution viciously condemning Israel (referred to as “the Occupying Power”) for various alleged trespasses and violations of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Except that the resolution never uses that term for Judaism’s holiest shrine. It refers to and treats it as an exclusively Muslim site, a deliberate attempt to eradicate its connection — let alone its centrality — to the Jewish people and Jewish history.

This Orwellian absurdity, part of a larger effort to deny the Jewish connection to their ancestral homeland, is an insult not just to Judaism but to Christianity. It makes a mockery of the Gospels, which chronicle the story of a Galilean Jew whose life and ministry unfolded throughout the Holy Land, most especially in Jerusalem and the Temple. If this is nothing but a Muslim site, what happens to the very foundation of Christianity, which occurred 600 years before Islam even came into being?

This UNESCO resolution is merely the surreal extreme of the worldwide campaign to delegitimize Israel. It features the BDS movement (Boycott, Divest and Sanction), now growing on Western university campuses and in some mainline Protestant churches. And it extends even into some precincts of the Democratic Party.
Bernie Sanders tried to introduce into the Democratic Party platform a plank more unfavorable to Israel. He failed, but when a couple of Hillary Clinton campaign consultants questioned (in emails revealed by WikiLeaks) why she should be mentioning Israel in her speeches, campaign manager Robby Mook concurred, “We shouldn’t have Israel at public events. Especially Dem activists.” For whom the very mention of Israel is toxic.

And what to make of the White House’s correction to a news release about last month’s funeral of Shimon Peres? The original release identified the location as “Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, Israel.” The correction crossed out the country identifier — “Israel.”

Well, where else is Jerusalem? Sri Lanka? Moreover, Mount Herzl isn’t even in disputed East Jerusalem. It’s in West Jerusalem, within the boundaries of pre-1967 Israel. If that’s not Israel, what is?

But such cowardly gestures are mere pinpricks compared to the damage Israel faces in the final days of the Obama presidency. As John Hannah of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies recently wrote (in Foreign Policy), there have been indications for months that President Obama might go to the U.N. and unveil his own final status parameters of a two-state solution. These would then be enshrined in a new Security Council resolution that could officially recognize a Palestinian state on the territory Israel came into possession of during the 1967 Six-Day War.

There is a reason such a move has been resisted by eight previous U.S. administrations: It overthrows the central premise of Middle East peacemaking — land for peace. Under which the Palestinians get their state after negotiations in which the parties agree on recognized boundaries, exchange mutual recognition and declare a permanent end to the conflict.

Land for peace would be replaced by land for nothing. Endorsing in advance a Palestinian state and what would essentially be a full Israeli withdrawal removes the Palestinian incentive to negotiate and strips Israel of territorial bargaining chips of the kind it used, for example, to achieve peace with Egypt.

The result would be not just perpetual war but incalculable damage to Israel. And irreversible, too, because the resolution would be protected from alteration by the Russian and/or Chinese veto.

As for the damage, consider but one example: the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, destroyed and ethnically cleansed of Jews by its Arab conquerors in the war of 1948-1949. It was rebuilt by Israel after 1967. It would now be open to the absurd judicial charge that the Jewish state’s possession of the Jewish Quarter constitutes a criminal occupation of another country

Israel would be hauled endlessly into courts (both national and international) to face sanctions, boycotts (now under color of law) and arrest of its leaders. All this for violating a U.N. mandate to which no Israeli government, left or right, could possibly accede.

Before the election, Obama dare not attempt this final legacy item, to go along with the Iran deal and the Castro conciliation, for fear of damaging Clinton. His last opportunity comes after Election Day. The one person who might deter him, points out Hannah, is Clinton herself, by committing Obama to do nothing before he leaves office that would tie her hands should she become president.

Clinton’s supporters who care about Israel and about peace need to urge her to do that now. It will soon be too late. Soon Obama will be free to deliver a devastating parting shot to Israel and to the prime minister he detests.

2a) Checkmating Obama
By Caroline B. Glick

In one of the immortal lines of Godfather 2, mafia boss Michael Corleone discusses the fate of his brother, who betrayed him, with his enforcer.

“I don’t want anything to happen to him while my mother is alive,” Corleone said.

Message received.

The brother was murdered after their mother’s funeral.

Last week it was reported that the Obama administration has delivered a message to the Palestinian Authority. The administration has warned the PA that the US will veto any anti-Israel resolution brought before the UN Security Council before the US presidential elections on November 8.

Message received.

Open season on Israel at the Security Council will commence November 9. The Palestinians are planning appropriately.

Israel needs to plan, too. Israel’s most urgent diplomatic mission today is to develop and implement a strategy that will outflank President Barack Obama in his final eight weeks in power.

Lobbying the administration is pointless. Obama has waited eight years to exact his revenge on Israel for not supporting his hostile, strategically irrational policies. And he has no interest in letting bygones be bygones.

Before turning to what Israel must do, first we need to understand what Israel can do.

A good place to begin is by considering what just transpired at UNESCO, where twice in a week, UNESCO bodies resolved to erase 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

The fight that Israel waged at UNESCO is not the fight it needs to wage at the Security Council. The stakes at the Security Council are far higher.

Like the UN General Assembly, UNESCO’s decisions are non-binding declarations that have no legal or operational significance. As such, there is no reason to expend great resources to fight them. For Israel, the goal of the fight at UNESCO is not to defeat anti-Israel initiatives. That is impossible given the Palestinians’ automatic majority.

The purpose of the fight at UNESCO is to humiliate European governments that side with antisemitic initiatives, and to weaken the congenitally anti-Israel body itself.

The government achieved both of these objectives. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s disavowal of his own government’s abstention from the vote on the first resolution – like the similar position taken after the fact by the Mexican government – was a diplomatic victory for Israel.

So too, the fact that UNESCO’s own Secretary-General Irina Bukova felt compelled to disavow her own agency’s actions by rejecting the resolution’s denial of the Jewish people’s ties to Jerusalem was a significant victory for Israel. Her statement was deeply damaging for UNESCO and its reputation.

Finally, the fact that Tanzania and the Philippines voted against the resolution was a testament to Israel’s capacity to convince other governments to abandon their traditional pro-Palestinian voting pattern.

The Palestinians won the vote at UNESCO because they are more powerful diplomatically than Israel. They have an automatic anti-Israel majority. But they weren’t empowered by their victory. To the contrary. They were bloodied by it.

In a sign of their weakening hold on member nations, the Palestinians and Jordanians felt compelled to send a threatening letter to the members of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee lest they dare to vote against the resolution. Powerful players don’t make threats. They don’t need to.

Israel’s experience at UNESCO teaches us that there are governments that are open to counteroffers. Israel doesn’t need to hide in America’s shadow. It is capable of working on its own to blunt the impact of the Palestinians’ automatic majority. And it will need to use all of its resources to fend off a US-backed assault at the Security Council.

Unlike UNESCO, the Security Council can pass legally binding resolutions. Israel needs to be prepared to bring all of its resources to bear to prevent such a resolution from being adopted against it. Obama’s intention to abandon Israel at the Security Council means that Israel comes to this battle severely hobbled.

But there is one advantage to the US’s betrayal.

Over the years, Israel’s ability to trust the US to veto anti-Israel resolutions at the Security Council was been a mixed blessing. On the one hand, the US has secured Israel from diplomatic assaults. But on the other hand, our ability to trust Washington has made us diplomatically lazy and ineffective.

Safe in Washington’s shadow, we have behaved as through all diplomacy is public diplomacy. That is, we have pretended that statecraft begins and ends with making the moral or strategic case for our side against the other guys.

But public diplomacy is just one diplomatic tool.

The Syrian regime, for instance, has no moral case for securing international support. Bashar Assad didn’t convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to support him by arguing that he is better than alternative regimes. He bought Putin’s support by offering him permanent air and naval bases in Syria.

Then there is Morocco, another weak state with no public diplomacy case to make. Last March, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outraged Rabat when he acknowledged the plain fact that Western Sahara, which Morocco occupies, is “occupied territory.”

Morocco quickly secured the support of Spain and France and launched an all-out onslaught against Ban. How did Morocco manage? 

Morocco’s most powerful diplomatic resource is its control over migration flows from North Africa to Europe. Anytime it wishes, Rabat can open the migratory floodgates just as easily as it can keep them shut. And the French and Spanish know it.

In less than a month, Ban issued repeated abject apologies.

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