Sunday, June 18, 2017

"Cool" Versus "Chilling."

Our grandson, Elliot, celebrates his first Father's Day with his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter, Olivia.

Republicans deserve what they get.  They seem more interested in allowing Democrats to take over rather than support Trump. (See 1 below.)
Spilling Israeli blood is a goal of Palestinians just like Democrats are driven by a desire to destroy Trump.  I see no difference. Palestinians and Democrats are driven by insane hatred.  Meanwhile, Republicans cower. (See 2 and 2a below.)
"Cool" means different things in each passing generation. This is "cool" in my generation.
In my opinion today's generation is not "cool" but rather "chilling."  (See 3 below.)
1)The Plot Against Democracy
by Daniel Greenfield
Here’s the good news.

It’s 2017 and Republicans control the White House, the Senate, the House and more statewide offices than you can shake a big bundle of fake news papers at. And, potentially soon, a Supreme Court that takes its guidelines from the Constitution not Das Kapital and the National Social Justice Party.

Here’s the bad news, Republicans are still Republicans.

The media throws some chum in the water and sits back and watches the bloody fun as Republicans go after Republicans for the entertainment of their enemies. Scandals are manufactured and then strategically aimed to divide and conquer Republicans. But the real target is the conservative agenda.

At the heart of the controversy over all these manufactured fake news scandals are two vital questions.

1. Was the last presidential election legitimate?

2. Should anyone to the right of the left be able to govern?

The left has answered “No” to both questions. The first question was answered in the negative because the second answer was “Never”.

Republicans have varied reactions to Trump. Leftists have only one reaction to anyone to the right of them. It’s the same reaction you get if you send an ISIS member into Temple Beth Shalom. If President Kasich were in the White House, you would be reading in the Washington Post how he singlehandedly brought back the Klan, causes Bursitis and is secretly doing the bidding of the Brazilians.

It’s a swamp of innuendo based on anonymous sources, investigations fed by illegal eavesdropping, scandals in which the outrage comes before the evidence whose purpose is to overturn an election. These aren’t investigations. They’re a coup by the losing side that refuses to admit it lost a presidential election. The coup isn’t just aimed at President Trump or any single member of his administration.

It’s aimed at America, at democracy and at any policy to the right of free entitlements and no freedoms.

If you believe in free speech, the right to keep what you earn, freedom of conscience, free elections, a free press, rule of the people by the people, Plymouth Rock, a little piece of paper out of Independence Hall, emancipation, reason, art, literature, history and civil rights, the coup is aimed at you.

The three things that Republicans don’t get, in order of descending importance, are that the left hates anyone to the right, that it wants absolute power and that it will do anything to destroy its enemies.

Yes, the left really hates you. It doesn’t care that you’re socially liberal and fiscally conservative or the other way around. It doesn’t care if you agree with it on 99.9% of the issues. It will still hang you from a lamppost in Portland or Berkeley because of that 0.1%. If you doubt that, look at how many Communists survived Stalin and Mao. Or how Joe Lieberman went from the vice presidential nominee to a right-wing extremist because he believed that terrorism was a bad thing or how Joe Manchin is an honorary Republican because he does controversial things like vote to approve a president’s cabinet nominees.

There’s no room in the Democrat Party for democrats. There sure as hell isn’t any for Republicans.

The left is obsessed with political purity. It wants absolute power. There is no room in there for compromise. Either you are with them or you are the enemy. And fair game for anything.

There are two things at stake here. A conservative political agenda and free elections. Any complicity with the coup undermines both. If the results of a presidential election can be retroactively annulled by powerful political interests in the establishment and the media, we lose free elections. People stop voting. Many of those people will be conservatives, independents or otherwise to the right of the left.

No conservative agenda will ever be passed without conservative solidarity. Until the left gets the message that it will never overturn the results of this last election, it will keep trying. Conservatives can squash this fascist fantasy only by making it clear that there will never be an impeachment and that they will respond to investigations the way that Rep. Elijah Cummings did to the investigation of Benghazi.

The leftist faction lecturing Republicans about decency, national security and the rule of laws punches political opponents in the face, creates back channels to Islamic terrorists in Iran, smuggles billions to fund their terror, and sends the IRS after political opponents. Is their moral authority worth anything?

Republicans can follow the rules and eat their own. And then maybe when they’ve hung each other to show what noble souls they are, the media will recognize their goodness. It’s never worked before. But there’s always a last time. Just ask the last man through the gulag gates.

2) Netanyahu slams PA after Jerusalem attack: 'No limit to lies, brazenness'
Netanyahu sent his condolences to the Malka family, saying their sorrow is the grief of the entire nation The international community must demand that the Palestinian Authority end payments to the families of terrorists, “something that only encourages terrorism,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu's comments came in the wake of the terrorist attack at the Damascus Gate on Friday night that killed Border Police officer Hadas Malka. Netanyahu noted that not only did the Palestinian Authority not condemn the murder, but Fatah – which is headed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas – issued a statement condemning the Border Police for killing the terrorists.

“Apparently there is no limit to lies and brazenness,” he said.

Netanyahu said that the the same PA that refused to condemn the attacks will now pay salaries to the families of the murderers.

"I call on the nations of the world to condemn the murder and those who praise it, and to demand the immediate ending of Palestinian Authority payments to the families of terrorists,” he said.

Netanyahu told the cabinet that since Friday security forces have been active in the villages near Ramallah where the terrorists came from, and are preparing to destroy their homes. In addition, he said that Israel cancelled special permits for Palestinians to enter Israel during the Ramadan holiday,  and that he directed the police to step up security measures around Damascus Gate.

Netanyahu sent his condolences to the Malka family, saying their sorrow is the grief of the entire nation.

"Hadas was a young woman full of life and had a sense of mission to defend the State of Israel,” he said. “ Like her friend, Hadar Cohen, of blessed memory, she fell on her guard in a determined struggle against bloodthirsty terrorists."

Cohen, also a Border Police officer, was killed in a stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate in February 2016.

2a) Netanyahu wins headline spat with BBC over Jerusalem stabbing
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that the BBC change the headline it used to describe Friday's lethal attack. The MFA also bashed the channel for 'biased' coverage. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reproach the BBC after the British news channel released what the premier deemed to be a biased report describing Friday's terror attack, which resulted in the death of a 23-year-old border policewoman.

The original report was titled: "Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem," a headline that omitted the fact that the three perpetrators, who operated in two different scenes, were neutralized after they attempted to assault Israeli policemen and killed Staff Sgt. Maj. Hadas Malka.

Another notable figure who criticized the BBC for its misleading headline was US President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., who took to Twitter himself to lambast the station for the article they published. "You mean after they stabbed a female Israeli police officer to death... right? This is as close to being misleading as possible," he charged.

Netanyahu had reportedly requested that Yuval Rotem, the Director General of the MFA, as well as the Israeli Embassy in London, both act to have the BBC acknowledge that the headline misrepresented the details of the attack and change it.

According to the MFA, prompted by the ministry's request, the BBC has since changed the headline of the article.

The current headline now reads: "Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem."

The tweet that the media outlet published on its official handle and which linked to the article with its previous headline has since been removed.

BBC released a statement, saying: "We accept that our original headline did not appropriately reflect the nature of the events and subsequently changed it. Whilst there was no intention to mislead our audiences, we regret any offense caused."

This is not the first time Israel lashes out at the BBC for what it says is a biased coverage of the conflict.

Last year, the head of Israel's Government Press Office issued a warning to the BBC in reaction to the station's coverage of a different Jerusalem terror attack that claimed the lives of two Israelis. The headline the BBC used to describe the attack was "Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two." The channel later changed its headline to: "Jerusalem: Palestinian kills two Israelis in Old City."
Cary Grant

Muhammad Ali looking dapper

Teenagers on a '50's date

Caroline Kennedy walks ahead while her father, the most powerful man in the world, carries her doll. (1960) 

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