Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Will Ossoff Win On This Ballot? Ephemeral Pledges Versus Permanent Concessions..

Demcrats care enough about winning to be
disciplined. Republicans put winning last and egos
first.  One primary Democrat is running against 11
various Republicans for Rep.Rice's former seat.
His candidacy is being actively supported by
money from outside the District. The political press
is drooling over his prospects.

Ossoff is a radical Bernie Sanders Democrat. Do 6th district Democrats know or even care? (See 1 below.)

Did the Western World want Hillary bad enough to assist in the wiretapping of Trump's campaign? Nothing is a stretch to me when it comes to how underhanded and low Democrats will be/stoop
to win.

Obama did what he could to defeat Netanyahu and was unable to accomplish his goal so why not Trump? (See 1a below.)
My friend and fellow memo reader, Sherwin Pomerantz, reminds us of Israel's amazing accomplishments against all odds.  Another friend and memo reader, Avi Jorisch, has a book waiting to be published along the same lines. (See 2 below.)
In a previous posting by Martin Sherman, I thought his comment pertaining to the demands made upon Israel to make concessions was exceptionally insightful and needs repeating.  Sherman wrote: "Thus, given the fact that the concessions Israel is called upon to make to resolve the Palestinian issue, are largely irrevocable, while the pledges given it are largely retractable, any regime change in Cairo and even more so in Amman would have potentially disastrous ramifications. "

This comment has applicability beyond Israeli concessions. 

Consequently, contracts/agreements/treaties with governments whose stability is tenuous make contracts etc. potentially worth less than the paper on which they are written.  Until stable/reliable governments are established in The Middle East and elsewhere, and this means Democratic type regimes where voting is open and reliable, any agreement(s) can become nebulous.  Look what just occurred in Turkey.  Strongman Erdogan washed away the positive accomplishments of Ataturk and maybe even by fraud.

The fact that the spread of Democratic rule seems to have peaked, for the time being, I suspect the world is in for an extended period of increasing instability and  potential threats of war. 
Continuing the United saga. (See 3 below.)
1) The Political Press is Desperate for a Democrat Win in Georgia Today

All over the internet, liberal reporters are positively giddy at the thought that Jon Ossoff could win in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District today. But it is not going to happen, though you’d have a hard time believing it based on media coverage. Jon Ossoff has given the political press thigh sweats as they engage their fever dreams about beating Trump.

To understand why it is highly unlikely, despite what you have heard, for Jon Ossoff to win today, first understand one number: 46.8. That would be the percentage of the vote Hillary Clinton got in the 6th congressional district against Donald Trump, who got 48.3%. For more perspective, Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama by 14 points in 2012 and John McCain beat Barack Obama by 13 points in 2008.
Jon Ossoff has consistently polled less than Hillary Clinton’s 46.8% in the district. If you read the fawning reports in the New York Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed, MSNBC, etc. you’d never know that.
Ossoff has been able to get traction through two paths. First, coastal liberals poured money into his race. The overwhelming majority of his money did not come from Georgia. I have not yet figured out how Ossoff was able to get his profile boosted so quickly, but I suspect he tapped into one of a variety of Democrat PR firms that do this and worked pre-existing connections into the liberal netroots. Via DailyKos and other outlets, Ossoff raised over $8 million and flooded the airwaves. He shut out the other Democrats as a result and avoided the makings of a Democratic primary.
On the Republican side, however, there were thirteen candidates. Those candidates range on a spectrum of decidedly opposed to Donald Trump to people who worked for him. Instead of focusing on Ossoff, they largely focused on attacking each other leaving it to national Republican groups to soften up Ossoff. Unfortunately for them, the way special elections work in Georgia, all the Republicans and Democrats are on the same ballot.
Over the past month, as outside groups picked up the slack for the GOP candidates, Ossoff’s support has declined. Some recent polling suggests he captured about 50% of the early vote, but the election day vote will lean toward senior citizens and they are heavily leaning towards Karen Handel. (Full disclosure: I am supporting Handel) Likewise, with traffic screwed up in the metro Atlanta area due to a collapsed interstate as well as rain expected today in the district, only the most committed partisans will go vote. There are far less Democrat partisans in the sixth congressional district than there are Republicans.
The top four Republicans right now are Karen Handel, Dan Moody, Bob Gray, and Judson Hill. Handel has the backing of Trump’s statewide chairwoman for Georgia. Moody has the backing of the popular Speaker Pro Tem in the Georgia House. Bob Gray has the backing of the Club for Growth. Judson Hill has the backing of Marco Rubio.
Jon Ossoff is going to make it into a runoff. But from there it is really hard to see how he wins. That’s why you can expect the media to claim Ossoff getting that far is a rebuke to the President. He’ll get no further than that. The real story is that in a district that Donald Trump barely won, Republicans were able to rally to a special election and stop a Democrat who had more money than all of them combined. The even more real story is that this is a Republican seat, which will be won by a Republican, and the Democrats wasted $8 million in the name of narrative building.

1a) BOMBSHELL Report: Entire Western World Helped Obama WIRETAP Trump
By John Nolte

If you are wondering why our national media has pretty much dropped the whole Trump-Is-A-Russian-Manchurian-Candidate thing, it is because the naked truth about the Obama administration's chilling spying -- something the media has covered up for months -- is finally coming to light. Last week, both The Washington Post and The New York Times quietly reported that the Obama administration had "wiretapped" (their word, not mine) a Trump staffer.
The Trump-hating Guardian then dropped another bombshell, the news that pretty much every Western intelligence agency in the world was aiding and abetting the Obama administration's unbelievable and unprecedented (Nixon only wanted to do this) abuse of power against a political opponent:
Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said.
The European countries that passed on electronic intelligence – known as sigint – included Germany, Estonia and Poland. Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” spying alliance that also includes the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, also relayed material, one source said.
Another source suggested the Dutch and the French spy agency, the General Directorate for External Security or DGSE, were contributors.
Q: So what exactly is this "sigint"?
A: It perfectly meets the modern definition of -- you ready for it? -- wiretapping!
Signals intelligence (SIGINT) is intelligence-gathering by interception of signals, whether communications between people (communications intelligence—abbreviated to COMINT) or from electronic signals not directly used in communication (electronic intelligence—abbreviated to ELINT). Signals intelligence is a subset of intelligence collection management.
This next bit from the Guardian report is important because it appears to vindicate Fox News commentator Judge Napolitano, who was widely-ridiculed in the political media, and then suspended by Fox News, for reporting something very close to this back in March:
Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told.
GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.
No one better summed up what was going on here better than PowerLine's John Hinderaker:
The blindingly obvious point that the Guardian tries to obscure is that the combined assets of all of these agencies failed to find any evidence of collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia. We know this, because the Democrats have pulled out all the stops. Both before the election, and especially after the election, they have leaked furiously to try to discredit President Trump. If there were any evidence of collusion between Trump (or even obscure, minor “advisers” like Carter Page) and Russia, there would have been nothing else in the Washington Post or the New York Times for the past five months. But they have nothing.
In other words, the whole world was spying on Trump, not just the Obama administration, and even with all of these resources the Democrats and their media got exactly squat. There is no evidence of any wrongdoing between Team Trump and Russia. There is, however, a growing pile of evidence that Team Barry needs to be investigated by Congress and the Justice Department.
Hinderaker's second point is that everyone in the world was so sure Hillary Clinton was going to beat Trump that all of these countries believed it was safe to "curry favor with the new administration" by spying on her opponent, by offering her intelligence-oppo during the campaign that was then leaked to a MSM that was 100% complicit in this illegal behavior -- because leaking intelligence is a felony.
If this is not scary enough, try to imagine what Hillary's administration and the MSM would be doing to Donald Trump right now if he did not have the power of the presidency to defend himself. As it is, the media have been lyingsmearing, and slandering him without any evidence.
The only weapon Trump has had to fight back with is his access to truth about Obama's spying, access he would not have had had he not won the presidency.
We have already seen the terrifying lengths Hillary and Obama will go to as a means to cover up their lies, we have already seen the violence our media(especially CNN) is willing to gin up in order to protect a Narrative. There is no doubt in my mind that with the help of their media pals, had Hillary won the presidency, Trump would right now be in federal prison for a crime he did not commit.
2)  Israel’s Amazing World Rankings

By Sherwin Pomerantz

It is nothing short of amazing that a small, young country with just over 8 million people in existence for only 69 years can rank so high on so many international comparative indices.  Talk about punching above one’s weight, Israel is a prime example.

For example, the World Economic Forum’s 2016-2017 Global Competitiveness Report ranked Israel as the 2nd best place for innovation in the world after Switzerland.

A recent ranking of universities worldwide by MIT, found that Israel’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is #1 in the world among universities that support innovation. 

Last week, the New York-based data firm CB Insights, issued a report that shows that Israel has the second highest concentration of cyber-defense companies in the world after the United States. 

Cyber-defense companies in the report covered a range of subsectors including quantum, encryption, deception security, automobile security, Internet of Things security, cyber insurance, mobile security, autonomous systems, critical infrastructure security and predictive intelligence.  The CB report identified the top 30 companies worldwide which included three Israeli firms, Argus (automobile security), Illusive Networks (cyber protection using deception technology) and Indegy (protection of critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks).  Between them they have raised $78 million from investors, including Microsoft Ventures and Bessemer Ventures.

Israel also holds a worldwide leadership position in the digital health sector.  The sector in Israel grew significantly in 2016, both in terms of funding and the number of companies, with investments jumping almost 30% to $183 million in 2016 over 2015, according to a report released by the nonprofit organization Start-Up Nation Central. 

Personal health tools and health analytics accounted for over 70% of deal volume in 2015 and 2016 within the overall digital health sector.  The health analytics subsector, focused on companies that collect and analyze data to solve medical problems for businesses and consumers, received the most funding in the past two years: $84 million in 2015, 59% of total investments, and $58 million in 2016, 32% of total investments.

Considerable funding in 2016 also reached the clinical workflow subsector, which includes companies that enable hospitals, clinics, labs, and other healthcare stakeholders to work more efficiently.  This sector received investments of $55 million, or 30% of total investments. The wearables & sensors subsector also received $46 million, or 25% of total investments, in 2016.

The report went on to state: “Israel’s unique capabilities in information, communication, mobile, and cyber technologies, together with more than 25 years of expertise in implementing health IT, electronic medical records, and business analytics, offers Israel the opportunity to become a truly influential player in the global digital health arena.”

Indeed, Israel has made great strides as a small, young country, not to mention the fact that it operates in one of the most politically volatile regions in the world with a host of nearby countries sworn to its destruction.  Israel’s accomplishments to date prove that size, age, location and other classification criteria do not determine a country’s level of success or advancement.  They also highlight the fact that Israel has developed innovative and entrepreneurial strengths with the capability of greatly impacting the global economy.

All of us who live here need to take great pride in these accomplishments and celebrate them.
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