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Some Impressive New York Jewish History – You Learn Something New Every Day!

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1.  The first Jews to set foot in North America arrived in New York as a group of 23 in 1654.

2.  Congregation Shearith Israel, founded in New York in 1654, was the first synagogue in the colonies. It was the sole purveyor of kosher meat until 1813.

3.  By the late19th century, there were over 5,000 kosher butchers and 1,000 slaughterers in New York.

4.  In1902, the Beef Trust raised the price of kosher meat on the Lower East Side from 12 to 18 cents per pound. After butchers’ boycotts proved ineffectual, 20,000 Lower East Side women stole meat from kosher butcher shops and set it on fire on the streets in protest. The Forward supported their efforts, running the headline “Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Jewish women!”

5.   On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire claimed the lives of 146 garment workers, the majority of whom were Jewish immigrants. Reporting on the tragedy, the “Forvitz” wrote that ‘the disaster is too great, to dreadful, to be able to express one’s feelings.”

6.  When entertainer Al Jolson came to New York City at age 14, he held jobs in the circus and as a singing waiter. Born to a cantor, Jolson’s career took off when he began performing in black face.

7.  In 1903, the Lower East Side Chinese and Jewish communities formed an unlikely partnership when Chinese organizers put on a benefit for Jewish victims of the Kishinev pogrom, raising $280.

8.  In 1930, there were over 80 pickle vendors! in the Lower East Side’s thriving Jewish pickle scene. The briny delights were brought to America in the mid-19th century by German Jewish immigrants.

9.   The egg cream is thought to have been invented by the Jewish owner of a Brooklyn candy shop. Musician Lou Reed was a famous admirer of the frothy drink.

10.   From the beginning of the 20th century till the close of World War II, the Lower East Side’s 2nd Avenue was known as the Yiddish Theater District, or the Jewish Rialto. It extended from 2nd Avenue to Avenue B, and from 14th Street to Houston. Considered Broadway’s competitor, the Jewish Rialto was home to a variety of productions including burlesque and vaudeville shows, as well as Shakespearean, Jewish and classic plays, and were all in Yiddish.

11.  The Jewish Rialto’s most popular haunt was the Cafe Royal on Second Avenue and 12th Street, where one could find performers such as Molly Picon and Charlie Chaplin sharing blintzes.

12. Pushcarts were all the rage among Jewish vendors on the Lower East Side from the turn of the century until 1940, when Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia banned their use. Jewish pushcart operators sold everything from vegetables to cigars to stockings.

13.   At Sammy’s Roumanian Steak
House on Chrystie and Delancey, every table is provided with a bottle of chicken fat as a condiment; resident emcee Dani Luv entertained diners with renditions of Jewish standards and punchy Borsht Belt humor.

14.  One of the first kosher Chinese restaurants in New York was Moshe Peking, whose all-Chinese wait staff wore yarmulkes. (Too funny!)

15.  The Second Avenue Deli opened in 1954 in the then-fading Yiddish Theater District. It featured a Yiddish Walk of Fame on the sidewalk outside its original location on Second Avenue and Tenth Street, and served up such Jewish specialties as matzo ball soup and corned beef. In 2007, it closed and reopened in Murray Hill.
16.  Famed music club CBGB was opened in 1973 by Jewish founder Hilly Kristal.

17.  Mayor La Guardia, who served for three terms from 1934 to 1945, was born to a Jewish mother and descended from Rabbi Samuel David Luzzatto, but practiced as an Episcopalian.

18. The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center was named in honor of the Jewish U.S. senator, who served from 1957 to 1981.

19.  Sig Klein’s Fat Men’s Shop opened in the late 1800s at 52 Third Ave., and carried plus-sized clothes for men. Its sign featured the slogan: “If everyone was fat there would be no war.”

20. Abraham Beame was the first practicing Jew to become mayor of New York. He held office from 1974 to 1977.

21.  The popular and proudly Jewish mayor Ed Koch, who served from 1978 to 1989, was known for the phrase “How’m  I doing?” which he would ask passersby while standing on street corners or riding the subway. Newsday called him the “ultimate New Yorker.”

22. The erection of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 and the Williamsburg Bridge in 1903 catalyzed a Jewish exodus from the Lower East Side to Southside Williamsburg. Crossing the bridge on foot, the LES’s Jews left in search of better living conditions.

23. By 1930, more than 40% of New York City’s Jews lived in Brooklyn.

24.  Jewish-fronted band, The Ramones formed in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens in 1974.

25.   Allen Ginsberg moved to New York to attend Columbia in 1943. He was purportedly related to seminal Zionist thinker Ahad Ha’am.

26.  Poet and kabbalist Lionel Ziprin entertained visitors including Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, and Bob Dylan in his Lower East Side living room, expounding for hours on Jewish esoterica and history.

27. The bagel originated in Poland, and arrived in New York City in the 1880s in the hands of Eastern European Jewish immigrants.

28. Three hundred all-Jewish New York bagel craftsmen formed a trade union in the early 1900s, the Bagel Bakers Local 338, which established standards for bagel production and conducted meetings in Yiddish.

29.  In December 1951, New York City was hit with what The New York Times termed the “bagel famine,” when a dispute between the members of the Bagel trade union and the Bagel Bakers association led to the closing of 32 out of 34 of the city’s bagel bakeries.

30.  As a result of the bagel outage, the sale of lox dropped nearly 50%. Murray Nathan, who helped resolve an earlier lox strike in 1948, was brought in to mediate the situation. The outage lasted until February.

31. Coney Island Bagels and Bialys, the oldest kosher bagel shop in New York, was set to close in 2011 until two Muslim businessmen, Peerzada Shah and Zafaryab Ali, bought the store and promised to keep it kosher. Ali had previously worked at the shop for 10 years.

32.  Lou Reed was born in Brooklyn, and in 1989 released an album whose title, “New York,” paid tribute to the city.

33.  In a reinterpretation of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven,” Lou Reed asked the four questions at the Downtown Seder at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in 2004.

34.  Musician Lenny Kaye was born in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in 1946. He met Patti Smith while working at Village Oldies on Bleecker Street and went on to become a member of the Patti Smith Group.

35.  Starting in the 1970s, hundreds of thousands of Jews left the Soviet Union for New York, many settling in Brighton Beach, which came to be known as “Little Odessa.”

36.   Established in 1927, Kehila Kedosha Janina at 280 Broome St. is the last remaining Greek Jewish synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.

37.  Streit’s Matzo Company, the last remaining neighborhood matzo factory, stands at 148-150 Rivington St.

38.  The oldest Orthodox Jewish Russian congregation in the United States, Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, is still active at 60 Norfolk St.

39.  On the corner of Essex and Rutgers, down the street from the original Forvitz building on Seward Park, the Garden Cafeteria served as a gathering place for Jewish actors, artists and playwrights such as Sholem Aleichem and Isaac Bashevis Singer from 1941 to 1983. It became Wing Shing, a Chinese restaurant, in 1985, and now houses Reena Spaulings Fine Art.

40.  Seward Park on the Lower East Side was created in 1900. New immigrants worked in the park’s artisan market, and on special occasions such as elections, thousands gathered in the park to watch the Forvitz’s flashing news sign in Yiddish.

41. Ouch! Jewish gangs rose to prominence during the Prohibition; at a conference in New York in 1931, Jewish gangsters agreed to partner with Italian Americans, and together remained the most dominant groups in organized crime until several decades after WWII.

42.   After an appeal from a New York judge, Nathan Perlman, Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky and members of Murder Inc. broke up Nazi rallies around the city for over a year, with the one stipulation that there be no killing.

43.  Lines of a sonnet by Sephardic poet Emma Lazarus, who was born in New York City in 1847, are inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

44.  The house that stands at 770 Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn is the center and spiritual home of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Formerly inhabited by Chabad’s late leader Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Lubavitchers have built replicas of the building all over the world to serve as movement outposts.

45. The first Reform congregation in New York City, Temple Emanu-El, was founded in 1845 by 33 mostly German Jews, and moved to its present location in 1929. Members have included Joan Rivers and Michael Bloomberg.

46.  As large numbers of German Jews fleeing Nazi persecution made their homes in Washington Heights in the mid-1930s, the area was dubbed “Frankfurt on the Hudson.”

47.  Sweet ‘n’ Low was invented in 1957 in Brooklyn by Benjamin Eisenstaedt.

48.  Bronx-born Milton Glaser designed the “INY” logo in 1977.

49.  Eight hasidic dynasties are headquartered in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.

50. Outside of Israel, New York City is home to the largest population of Jews in the world.

51.  As of 2011, 1 in 6 households in New York were Jewish.

(Of course, this just scratches the surface of Jewish contribution to this marvelous country – The US of A.) jsk

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COMMENTARY

January 2017

The Eurasian judo master

Russia’s story today is largely Vladimir Putin’s story, and this story is neither short nor simple —nor yet anywhere near its end. Contrary to the fairly common view, which Putin himself encourages, key decisions that have shaped and will continue to shape that story are not made on an ad hoc basis, in fits of rage, or out of pique or petulance.

This is not Putin’s way of doing things. He is a judo enthusiast, a judoka. By every account, including those by Putin himself, judo has been far more than a sport to Putin. It has changed him profoundly. It remade a mama’s boy, hooligan, C student, and street urchin from the slums of Leningrad into a determined and hard-working man. Putin became the judo champion of Leningrad. His former judo partners are still among his closest friends (and billionaires). As president, he journeyed to St. Petersburg for the funeral of his judo coach.

Much of the way that Vladimir Putin views Russia and the world—and his understanding of how his country should live and what it should strive for—is rooted in Eurasianism: part philosophy, part history (often dubious), but mostly a sensibility based on myth and wishful thinking.

Look at Russia’s position on the map: not fully in Europe but somewhere else. But the term’s meaning is intended to evoke something larger than geography: a separate civilization, bound by an almost mystical unity—linguistic, cultural, religious—and profoundly distinct from Europe and Asia and their respective values.

In all ways, Russia stands apart. Although the boundaries that separate the Eurasian Russia from Europe may be invisible, they are real, eternal, and impermeable—a kind of civilizational watershed.** And despite occasionally foolish attempts on either side of the border to breach or move it, it magically renews and reasserts itself time and again–usually in battle, blood, and tragedy. In this narrative, Russia is perennially victimized, yet always morally superior to its tormentors, heroic, and ultimately victorious. In the process, Russia is also Europe’s savior: from the Mongols, from Napoleon, from Hitler.

That it should be so is due to Russia’s being not merely a country or even a civilization, but an eternal mission. That mission, whether under the tsars or the Communists, was to be the light among nations, to lead the world toward a glorious future, to be a moral beacon, and to resist and ultimately to destroy the dark forces of evil.

Eurasianism is a peculiar combination of almost Calvinist predestination and agency, unyielding fate, and personal greatness. Geography is destiny. History is destiny. Religion is destiny. One cannot fight fate. And one must not! Instead, destiny must be embraced as a sign of fate’s—and increasingly, God’s—intent for greatness.

The key to fulfilling this destiny is an omnipotent Russian state. Those Russian rulers who tried to deviate from this destiny by weakening the state have brought Russia nothing but shame and defeat, with the most recent traitorous liberalizers being Khrushchev, Gorbachev, and Yeltsin. Those who embraced Russia’s destiny by strengthening the state have added to its glory and become heroes regardless of the crimes they committed and the blood they spilled: Ivan the Terrible,*** Peter the Great, and of course Josef Stalin.

There is little doubt about which category Putin wishes to be in. His spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, has declared him “the defender of Russians wherever they live.” Putin’s Deputy Chief of Staff has avowed that “there is no Russia without Putin.”

Superimposed on his professional training as a KGB officer, and likely explaining to him his own and his country’s recent history, Eurasianism and his favorite political philospher, Ilyin,  have shaped what can be called Putin’s operational credo. “Western nations don’t understand and don’t tolerate Russian identity,” Ilyin wrote. “They are going to divide the united Russian ‘broom’ into twigs to break those twigs one by one and rekindle with them the fading light of their own civilization.”

Hence the first, overarching tenet of Putin’s credo: The West’s plots against Russia are relentless, and while truces with the West are often tactically advantageous to Russia, genuine peace is impossible. This is because the West’s hostility to Russia is eternal and prompted by jealousy of her size, natural riches, and, most of all, her incorruptible, saintly soul and a God-bestowed mission to be the Third Rome, the light among nations.

This West’s hatred of Russia leads to the next precept: The end of the Cold War was Russia’s equivalent of the 1919 Versailles Treaty for Germany—a source of endless humiliation and misery .The demise of the Soviet Union was, in Putin’s words, “the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century.”

During the Gorbachev revolution, Putin was deployed in East Germany, the Warsaw Pact country most insulated from the moral and intellectual ferment of glasnost and perestroika. As a result, Putin’s most vivid memory from that time is an angry crowd surrounding the KGB residence in Dresden after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Inside, Putin and his colleagues were burning documents, expecting to be stormed and perhaps lynched at any minute.

Thus the third and final precept: The ultimate strategic goal of any truly patriotic Russian leader (not an idiot or a traitor like Gorbachev or Yeltsin) is to rectify this profoundly immoral historical injustice by recovering and repossessing at least some of the key political, economic, and geostrategic assets lost by the Soviet state at its fall. A few years back, I called this the Putin Doctrine, which the Russian president proceeded to implement virtually from day one of his first presidential term in 2000.

In the 80 years between its inception among Russian emigres in Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Germany in the 1920s, elements of Eurasianism have surfaced among nationalists on both the left and right in the émigré community, among the Soviet dissidents, and within post-Soviet parties, especially the Communists. But never before has as much of its content reached so high among the country’s leaders. Eurasianism binds many—perhaps most—key political actors in Russia today.

This is especially true of the cohort closest to Putin, the so-called siloviki: top members of the secret services and armed forces, many of them graduates, like Putin, of the Soviet KGB. In their articles and interviews, they portray a Russia menaced by external forces, the greatest of which are NATO and the United States.

In his speeches and articles during the run-up to the 2012 presidential election in Russia, Putin declared Russia a “unique civilization,” bound together by the ethnic Russians who form its “cultural nucleus.” The culture and values of this civilization are profoundly different from what Putin called a “neutered and barren” Europe.

In the most important oration of his life, the March 18, 2014 address to the joint session of the Russian National Assembly on the annexation of Crimea, he declared that the West is “guided by the rule of the gun” and seeks to “drive Russia into a corner.” And in the post-Soviet era, Russia “has always been deceived, has always been [confronted with] decisions made behind its back.”

Following the boss’s lead, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (or “my friend Sergei” as Secretary of State John Kerry likes to call him) wrote in the spring of 2016 that it was in “in the genes” of the Russian people “to defeat attempts of the European West to completely subjugate Russia, and to deny [Russia] its national identity and religious faith.”

In the same article, Lavrov also contended that World War II was caused by the “anti-Russian European elites [who] had sought to push Hitler to attack the Soviet Union.” And today, too, Lavrov continued, “We see how the U.S. and the Western alliance it leads try to preserve their dominance by any means possible . . . . The use all sorts of pressures, including economic sanctions and even direct military intervention. [The U.S.] wages large-scale information wars. It has perfected the technology of the change of regimes by organizing ‘color revolutions.’”

The implementation of the Putin Doctrine has been supported by two overlapping propaganda narratives, both straight out of the Eurasian canon’s core of fate and heroism, predestination and agency.

The first is that Russia is “rising from its knees,” and because of that the West—first and foremost the United States— declared war on it. And second, although threatened on all sides by implacable enemies, Russia has nothing to fear so long as Putin is at the helm: Not only will he protect the Motherland, but he will also restore Russia’s status of being feared and respected again.

Without a doubt, it has been an effective and relentless propaganda campaign. But Putin’s success in selling his agenda to Russia has signaled something far more dangerous: the emergence of a Eurasian Russia. Since Putin’s election to his third term in 2012, and especially since the Crimean Anschluss, public opinion surveys have consistently and increasingly revealed the embrace of the key precepts of Eurasianism not only by Putin and the top government elite but by strong pluralities or outright majorities of Russians.

Thus, Russians now believe that their country is “peaceful” and does not seek war; war is threatened only from the outside. If there is to be a war, the fault is “not anything Russia has done, and the blame is, apriori, on the West or its marionettes.’”

Proxy battles with the West, first and foremost, the United States, are already raging in Syria and Ukraine. Most important, Russia and the U.S. are the “two main world powers, the two poles of the modern world.” Although people are aware of the worsening economic situation, they are “ready to bear it for the glory of the nation,” leading Russian political sociologist and pollster Alexei Levinson concluded in October 2016.

Russia is ready to respond to any threat: It has nuclear weapons and, most important, it is “always more right than they,” the West. Historic justice is “always on Russia’s side.” Levinson called this “a key” element of Russian public opinion today. “A unique consensus of the public and the authorities has been created,” Levinson wrote. “It has proven its value: two-thirds of the population now approves of the activities of [the authorities’] chief representative, Putin.”

No, this is not the Cold War. But as we look at Putin’s Eurasian Russia, there is less and less comfort in repeating this.

As I have noted in the December 2014 issue of Commentary Putin follows in Ivan’s footsteps as an “in-gatherer of Russian lands.” Thus, for the first time in Russian history, a monument to Ivan, astride a charger, was unveiled this past October in the regional capital of Oryol, which was founded by Ivan as a fortress in 1566.

But, apparently, there are other similarities between Vladimir and Ivan. “Ivan the Terrible forced everyone to sit up and take note of Russia,” the governor of the Oryol region said at the unveiling of the monument. “He made Russia what it is. I have a great respect for strong leaders, because only a strong leader can move the nation forward.”

On the eve of the unveiling, Russia’s Minister of Culture, Vladimir Medinsky, contended that the West’s “information war” against Russia “harked back to the days of Ivan the Terrible,” and was responsible for the unjust blackening of the Tsar’s reputation. (“Even the Millennium of Russia” monument [erected in the Novgorod Kremlin in 1862 under Alexander II] does not feature Ivan the Terrible,” commented Andrei Zubov, former Professor at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. “[The great Russian historian] Karamzin condemned him as the scourge of the people, the greatest there was. His deeds were awful.”

On “missions” and predestinations: Putin’s grandfather, Spiridon, was a chef at the famous Hotel and Restaurant Astoria, which is still in St. Petersburg. Among his guests was Grigory Rasputin, the “black monk” at the court of the last Russian tsar. Rasputin liked the food and was also impressed by the similarities in their names—Putin and Rasputin.

He gave Spiridon a gold ruble. Spiridon later cooked for an ailing Lenin, his widow Nadezhda Krupskaya, and then the Moscow City Party Committee. It is hard to imagine that Spiridon could have avoided being at least an informer for the Cheka, OGPU, NKVD or whatever the secret service acronym de jour was at the time. He could have easily been an operative, like his grandson, or at least run by one.

 
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8 days for him to be out of office and his origins and history are as obscure and guarded as ever.

Talk about public retribution. When does that finally kick in – at the gravesite? I doubt it.

When Obama is out of office it will be interesting to see what they put in his “Library” regarding his early years.   In a country where we take notice of many facets of our public figures’ lives, doesn’t it seem odd that there’s so little we know about our current man in the White House, Barack Obama?
For example, we know that Andrew Jackson’s wife smoked a corn cob pipe and was accused of adultery.  Abe Lincoln never went to school.  Jack Kennedy wore a back brace.  Harry Truman played the piano.

As Americans, we enjoy knowing details about our newsmakers, but none of us know one single amazing fact about the history of our two term president — Barack Hussein Obama.

We are all aware of the lack of incontestable birth records for Obama, because the management of that document has been spectacularly successful.

There are however, several additional oddities in Obama’s history that appear to be as well managed as the birthing issue.

Another interesting thing:  There are no birth certificates of his daughters that can be found?

It’s interesting that no one who ever dated him has shown up.  The charisma that caused women to be drawn to him so strongly during his campaign would, in the normal course of events, lead some lady to come forward, if only to garner some attention for herself.

We all know about JFK’s magnetism; that McCain was no monk; quite a few details about Palin’s courtship and even her athletic prowess; Joe Biden’s aneurisms are no secret;  look at Cheney and Clinton — we all  know about their heart  problems.

Certainly Wild Bill Clinton’s exploits before and during his White House years, were well known.  That’s why it’s so odd that not one lady has stepped up and said, “He was soooo shy…” or “What a great dancer…”

It’s virtually impossible to know anything about this fellow.   Who was the best man at his wedding?   Start there. Then check groomsmen.

Then get the footage of his graduation ceremony.   Has anyone talked to the professors?  It is odd that no one is bragging that they knew him or taught him or lived with him.

When did he meet Michele, and how?   Are there photos there?  Every president gives to the public all their photos, etc. for their library, etc.    What has he released?    And who voted for him to be the most popular man in 2010?    Doesn’t this make you wonder?

Ever wonder why no one ever came forward from Obama’s past saying they knew him, attended school with him, or was his friend ?   Not one person has ever come forward from his past, and that certainly is very, very strange.

This should be a cause for great concern.   To those who voted for him, you may have elected an unqualified, inexperienced shadow man.   Have you seen a movie named “The Manchurian Candidate” ?   It is a classic, and it is pertinent.

Maybe the Russians don’t even need sophisticated cyberattacks that could be neutralized? Maybe they have had Obama and Hillary’s significant other right there in the White House all this time? Why bother with cyber systems when you can go right to the horse’s mouth? jsk

As to Obama’s shrouded past —As insignificant as each of us might be, someone with whom we went to school will remember our name or face.  Someone will remember we were the clown or the dork or the brain or the quiet one or the bully or something about  us.  Where are all the Obama someones?

George Stephanopoulos of ABC News said the same thing during the 2008 campaign. He questions why no one has acknowledged the president was in their classroom or ate in the same cafeteria or made impromptu speeches on campus.  Stephanopoulos also was a classmate of Obama at Columbia — the class of 1984.  He says he never had a single class with  him.

If he is such a great orator; why doesn’t anyone in Obama’s college class remember him?  Why won’t he allow Columbia to release his records?  The fact is that  Nobody remembers Obama at Columbia University.

Looking for evidence of Obama’s past,    Fox News contacted 400 Columbia University students from the period when Obama claims to have been there… but none remembered him.

Wayne Allyn Root was, like Obama, a political science major at Columbia who also graduated in 1983.    In 2008, Root says of Obama, “I don’t know a single person at Columbia that knew him, and they all know me. I don’t have a classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at Columbia, ever.”

Nobody recalls him. Root adds that he was also, like Obama, Class of ’83 Political Science, and says, “You don’t get more exact or closer than that. Never met him in my life, don’t know anyone who ever met him.

At class reunion, our 20th reunion five years ago, who was asked to be the speaker of the class?   Me.  No one ever heard of Barack!   And five years ago, nobody even knew who he was. The guy who writes the class notes, who’s kind of the, as we say in New York, ‘the macho’ who knows everybody, has yet  to find a person, a human who ever met  him.”

And Obama consistently declines requests to talk about his years at Columbia, or to provide school records, or provide the name of any former classmates or friends while at Columbia.

Some other interesting questions:   Why was Obama’s law license inactivated in 2002?   It is said there is no record of him ever taking the Bar exam.  and  Why was Michelle’s law license inactivated by court order?   We understand that was forced or required to avoid fraud charges.

It is circulating that according to the U.S. Census, there is only one Barack Obama, but there are 27 Social Security numbers and over 80 alias connected to him.

The Social Security number Obama now uses originated in Connecticut, where Obama is reported to have never lived. The number was originally registered to another man (Thomas Louis Wood) from Connecticut, who died in Hawaii while on vacation there. As we all know, Social Security Numbers are only issued once, and they are not reused.   No wonder all his records are sealed !!!

Surely in the near future, when he no longer has the power of the presidency, much will come to light about this highly unqualified person who has been president of the United States for 8 years.

Soon, we will know how badly we were all doped and duped by this imposter who has, with much help from “those who created him,” nearly brought the greatest nation in history to its knees in ruins.  And that will be his legacy — the man who destroyed the Integrity, Morals and Christian Heritage of our once great country.

Who in the hell is this man?  Is America stupid or what?

It is vital to the integrity of the United States of America to really know who has been in the White House the past eight years, understand how he was manufactured, and know the details of this essentially successful anti-American, anti-culture, anti-Christian conspiracy.

 

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Appearing on Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney & Co., MRC founder and president Brent Bozell said the liberal media were the second-biggest losers on election night: “They were crushed. They were the second-biggest losers. But the difference between them and Hillary Clinton is that their loss continues. She is finished, but they still stay in the game. They have a public that simply repudiated them. The public didn’t distinguish between her calling them a basket of deplorable and the media treating them like a basket of deplorables.”

Bozell harped on leaks exposing the media’s shameless collusion and cheating with the Clintons:

VARNEY: Do you think they’ll ever acknowledge their sins, so to speak, of working actually with and for the Clinton campaign? Because those Wikileaks revealed exactly what they were doing. Will they acknowledge that?

BOZELL. Never. Not in a million years. And they will excuse this election as some kind of aberration., you know, the The poor, uneducated and easy to command types, those rural hillbillies, the basket of deplorables, they had their say. In four years we’ll get back to normalcy. That’s going to be their attitude. They will never concede that they worked hand in glove with the Clinton campaign that they were defeated as much as she was. They’ll never concede that — and Stuart, we have to understand that they were cheating all along, they were cheating! That Donna Brazile – she’s going to become the face of the national media. They cheated in this campaign and they were caught.

But looking ahead to the media’s coverage of the incoming Trump administration, Bozell predicted: “Well, I think they will become even more radical, believe it or not. Because, my God, they’ve got to stop this man. I mean, he’s going to introduce freedom in America — we can’t have that! So they will be going ballistic.”

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BY JONATHAN SCHANZER, CONTRIBUTOR

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is counting the days until Barack Obama leaves office. So are many supporters of Israel here in the United States, including members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

It’s not just last week’s abstention on an anti-Israel measure at the United Nations Security Council. Nor was it the long-winded speech about Israeli settlements by President Obama’s secretary of State, John Kerry, earlier this week.

It’s the sum total of Obama’s harmful Middle East policies that have imperiled Israel: a deeply-flawed Iran deal that gifted Iran $150 billion in sanctions relief; the failure to stabilize the war in Syria, which has put Hezbollah, ISIS and other bad actors on Israel’s northern border; and the mishandling of the Arab Spring, which has brought chronic instability throughout Israel’s already-nasty neighborhood.

Will the next administration fix all of that? It’s a tall order.

 
The Iran deal can certainly be undone. ISIS can be defeated. Iran and Hezbollah can be driven from Syria. And some of the region’s nasty internecine conflicts can be mediated. The problem is that this can’t all be accomplished at once. Untangling Obama’s mess will require prioritization, patience and, above all, thoughtful policies.

 
But other things can be fixed more quickly. On Jan. 20, the relationship between the new president and Israel’s prime minister seems set to improve immeasurably. Based on statements from both leaders, the “special relationship” will be special again. Donald Trump appears poised to rhetorically defend Israel against its many enemies and to do nothing to prevent Israel from defending itself. He also appears ready to veto any new anti-Israel measures at the U.N. Security Council.

 
Last week’s U.N. vote is not likely to be overturned, however. This was almost certainly part of Obama’s calculus. Obama understood full well that the measure would pave the way for the delegitimization of Israel by some countries, and even put wind in the sails of the propaganda and economic warfare campaign against Israel known as Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.
True, the outgoing president signed a generous Memorandum of Understanding in September granting $3.8 billion per year in U.S. aid to Israel for a decade. But his eleventh-hour move at the U.N. now promises to subtract from this assistance.

Since the U.N. vote, pro-Israel lawmakers and policy wonks have been considering moves that the new administration might make to mitigate the damage and perhaps even try to inoculate Israel in the future.

Some, notably Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), have called for steep cuts in U.S. funding to the U.N. Such a move would put the U.N. on notice for its pathological fixation on Israel, but also its irredeemable ineffectuality and incalculable corruption.

There are other ways of sending a tough message short of a full funding cut. This could include working to abolish the U.N. Human Rights Council, through which the worst dictatorships and nastiest regimes regularly accuse Israel of alleged crimes, but stand by uselessly while Bashar Assad, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia have carried out unspeakable atrocities in Syria.

Another step could be to either cut funding to or demand the reform of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which is a U.N. body dedicated entirely to supporting the Palestinian refugee population. UNRWA recognizes some 6.5 million Palestinians as refugees today.

Except this population is overwhelmingly made up of the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the original refugee populations from the 1948 and 1967 wars. Indeed, the original refugee population has dwindled over the years to an estimated 30,000-50,000. In other words, UNRWA has been perpetuating the Palestinian-Israel conflict through heredity, and by not insisting that this population be resettled, as the UN has done with every single other refugee population.

Other legislators, including Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinin (R-Fla.), have repeatedly called for cuts in U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority. These calls will almost certainly increase as Congress seeks to reassure Israel in the wake of Obama’s lame-duck maneuvers. Legislators in the past have pointed to incitement, the paying of salaries to convicted terrorists in Israeli prisons, and corruption as justification. They will now point to the Palestinian Authority’s complicity in the recent U.N. vote.

Others have talked about shutting down or downgrading the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) diplomatic representation here in the United States. It’s certainly fair to ask why the United States continues to recognize the PLO as the sole Palestinian representative for diplomatic negotiations when it has refused to negotiate with Israel for years.

But none of this would necessarily protect Israel from the boycotts and assaults on its legitimacy that may stem from the U.N. vote. That’s why some within the incoming administration are reportedly mulling reprisals for European nations that wage economic warfare against Israel. There is also talk of injecting new funds, leadership and urgency into the bureaucracy to fight politically motivated boycotts against America or any of its allies.

Finally, there is talk of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move is, of course, enshrined in law, even though Obama and his predecessors have wielded their waiver authorities to block it. Moving the embassy is, by now, a well-known objective of Trump’s incoming ambassador, David Friedman. Should it come to pass, it will be seen as a sign of unequivocal friendship and a full-throated recognition of Israel’s struggle for security and international legitimacy. That is something Israelis haven’t seen for eight years.

Jonathan Schanzer is vice president for research at Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

 

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Black Lives Matter = Racist Provocation with Radical Roots

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(Another gift from Barack Hussein Obama to add to his illustrious legacy) jsk

This article is part of the Capital Research Center Trends series.

By James Simpson

At the time of this writing, prosecutors had just dropped charges against the last three of six police officers accused in the death of Baltimore drug dealer Freddie Gray. The decision closes an ugly chapter in that sad story, in which the highly politicized Baltimore City state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby, (in her quest for fame and fortune)  accused them of murder.

The city descended into days of violence and destruction after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake infamously gave space to rioters “who wished to destroy.” But that riot was only one chapter in a still-evolving story of death and destruction provoked by a false narrative of oppression and police brutality.

The Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) casts itself as a spontaneous uprising born of inner-city frustration, but it is in fact the latest and most dangerous face of a web of well-funded socialist/communist organizations that have been agitating against America for decades.

BLM claims to be non-violent. According to its website (BlackLivesMatter.com), “The Black Lives Matter Network advocates for dignity, justice, and respect. … Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it.”

Yet BLM activists are routinely observed screaming violent obscenities and attacking police. For example, this past July, 21 police were injured by rocks, steel pipes, and fireworks during a demonstration in St. Paul, Minnesota, where protesters shut down the interstate for five hours. One officer suffered a spinal fracture after a concrete block was dropped on his head. At a Minneapolis fair protest last summer, BLM activists shouted, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!”

In her recent book The War on Cops, Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald argues that the BLM movement and the fallout from it have made the inner city much more dangerous, as police forces adopt hands-off policies in response to growing hostility.

Some call it the “Ferguson effect,” named after the Missouri town where a young black man, Michael Brown, was killed when he tried to kill a white police officer. Cops across the nation are afraid to patrol black neighborhoods and are overly cautious when dealing with black suspects. Despite their diminished forcefulness in high-crime neighborhoods, police are still being assaulted and killed.

Crime had been trending down for decades, but in 2015 homicide rates increased dramatically over 2014. In Houston, homicides were up 25.2 percent; in Washington, D.C., 54 percent; Baltimore, 58.5 percent; Milwaukee, 72.6 percent; and in Cleveland, a whopping 90 percent. Overall, homicides increased 17 percent in the 50 largest cities—the greatest increase in 25 years.

Capitalizing on inaccurate and sometimes outright deceptive media reporting on police-involved shootings, BLM agitation has provoked numerous police killings, violence, lawlessness, and unrest in minority communities throughout the U.S., culminating most recently with the horrific ambush-murders of five policemen in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge, with many more wounded.

If allowed to continue, BLM agitation could lead to greater civil unrest, anarchy, civil war. With the support and sympathy of President Obama, the Black Lives Matter crowd appears to be spoiling for just such an outcome.

 
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Friedman is to “two-state solution” as Galileo was to geocentrism

By Mark Langfan

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The priests of the Catholic Church believed in Geocentrism: that is, that the earth is the center of the universe and does not move. Based on their grave misconceptions of biblical verse, the Catholic Church considered any assertion that the earth actually rotated around the sun, or Helio-centrism, as heresy. As such, when Galileo Galilei publicly – and accurately – asserted that the earth rotates around the sun, he was tried for heresy by the priests of the Catholic Church and found guilty.

Today, the priests of the Two-State Solution Messianic Cult believe that David Friedman, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to Israel, has committed religious heresy for accurately asserting that the two-state solution is not a solution to the Arab-Israel conflict. They will now attempt to convict Friedman of heresy and deny him his rightful ambassadorship.

The two-state solution is not only a lie. Its existence and continued use promotes world-wide terror and is in the worst strategic interests of the United States of America.

First of all, the two-state solution is the basis for all the recent Islamic terrorism against the West and against Islam itself. Why? It’s simple; everyone sees that the Muslim terrorists inflict terror on Israelis and then get rewarded with land and a better perch from which to commit more terrorism.

Starting with the Palestinian hijacking of the 60’s and 70’s, the world rewarded the Palestinian terrorists with attention and public legitimacy. Instead of being hounded and destroyed like Bin Laden, the Palestinians were given seats at the UN and considered modern day heroes. Instead of eradicating terrorism, the West deified its core principle: terror gets you rewards, not bombs.

Next, the ultimate deification of Palestinian terrorism came when several delusional Israelis rewarded Yasser Arafat, the ultimate terrorist, the promise of a state in return for his terror. These hapless and ignorant Israelis laid the very basis of modern-day terrorism.

The entire Muslim world became convinced that terrorism pays, and pays big. All the Muslim extremists throughout the Middle East saw Arafat awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his terrorism. And those Muslim extremists knew Arafat hadn’t given up a single bit of his intention to annihilate Israel. They believed that if Muslim terrorism could succeed against the hardened Israelis, it could succeed against any Western country.

So, from the evil roots of the two-state solution grew the evil tree of trans-national Islamic terrorism of bombing our embassies in Africa and 9/11 and all the Islamic terror since. What’s worse, based of the two-state solution, the Palestinians and all the world’s Muslim extremists learned that the more terrorism you commit, the more you are rewarded with money and honor. In fact, many European countries and leftists called Palestinian terrorists “freedom fighters,” further deluding the Islamic terrorists into thinking that they actually had justice on their side.

It’s time to expose the lie that the two-state solution is good for the United States when, in fact, its very existence legitimizes terror against the United States. If Palestinians or Muslims extremists can commit terrorism for a state in Judea and Samaria, then they can commit terrorism against the United States that supports Israel. If Islamic terrorists can “legitimately” and successfully attack Israel over a PA State, Islamic terrorists can attack anyone anywhere including other Muslims in Muslim countries.

The time is overdue to burn the two-state solution, and warn anyone and everyone, that terror will no longer bring rewards, but instead will guarantee fire and brimstone on the terrorists until they are eradicated at their source. The core problem of the two-state-solution is that it contains only rewards for terror, no punishments.

When Palestinians deify their terrorists and terrorism, it’s heads the Palestinians win, tails the Israelis lose. The world’s terrorists (especially the Palestinian Terrorist-in-Chief, Abbas) must learn that terrorism will not be rewarded with Nobel Prizes, but with Hellfire missiles launched into their living rooms with their whole families present.

Until, and unless, the world’s terrorists learn that two-state solution is a symbol of the failure of terrorism instead of the success of terrorism, every peaceful person everywhere, and of every religion is at fatal risk. Hopefully, Mr. Friedman’s ascension to the post of US Ambassador to Israel will start the process of teaching the world’s terrorists that the age of rewarding them is dead and buried, and that the world of reality has dawned.

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The Culmination of Obama’s Legacy – Obama’s Obituary

Read More About: Its shocking ascendancy has been paired with an equally shocking descent. (Thank G-d) The Obama era is done. It’s gone. It’s over.

OBAMA’S OBITUARY

By Daniel Greenfield

Obama and his supporters loved talking about history. His victory was historic. They were on the right side of history. History was an inevitable arc that bent their way. The tidal force of demographics had made the old America irrelevant.

Any progressive policy agenda was now possible because we were no longer America. We Were Obamerica. A hip, happening place full of smiling gay couples, Muslim women in hijabs and transgender actors.

We were all going to live in a New York City coffee house and work at Green Jobs and live in the post-national future.

The past was gone. We were falling into the gorgeous wonderful future of dot com instant deliveries and outsourced everything. We would become more tolerant and guilty.

The future was Amazon and Disney. It was hot and cold running social justice. The Bill of Rights was done. Ending the First and Second Amendments was just a clever campaign away. Narratives on news sites drove everything.

Presidents were elected by Saturday Night Live skits. John Oliver, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee were our journalists. Safe spaces were everywhere and you better watch your microaggressions, buddy.

No more coal would be mined. No more anything would be made. The end of men was here. The end of the dead white men of the literary canon. The end of white people. The end of binary gender and marriage.

The end of reason. The end of art. The end of 2 + 2 equaling 4. This was Common Core time. It was time to pardon an endless line of drug dealers. To kill cops and praise criminals. To be forced to buy worthless health insurance for wealth redistribution to those who voted their way to wealth.

His was Obama’s America. And there was no going back. We were rushing through endless goal posts of social transformation. The military fell. Then the police. Now it looks as quaint as anything from the 50s, the 70s or the 80s. A brief moment of foolishness that already appears odd and awkward. And then one day nostalgic. It wasn’t the future. It’s already the past. It’s history

Scalia died. (or was killed!) Hillary Clinton was bound to win. And she would define the Supreme Court. Downticket races would give her a friendly Senate. And then perhaps the House.

But there is no right side of history. There is only the side we choose.

The Obama era was permanent. It was history. Now it is history.

Its shocking ascendancy has been paired with an equally shocking descent. (Thank G-d) The Obama era is done. It’s gone. It’s over. It was wiped from the pages of history in one night that left Congress and the White House in Republican hands.

It would have been bad enough if Jeb Bush had succeeded Obama. That would have been inconvenient, but not a repudiation. Instead Obama’s legacy was dashed to pieces. His frantic efforts to campaign for Hillary did no good.

The public did not vocally reject him. What they did was in its own way even worse. They brushed past him. They sidelined him. They gave him passable approval ratings while dismissing his biggest accomplishments. They forgot him. They made it clear that he did not matter.

And that is in its own way far more brutal and wounding. They didn’t just destroy the Obama era. Instead they dismissed it as if it never existed.

Obama didn’t make history after all. He wasn’t a teleprompter demi-god standing athwart of history. He was Carter and Ford. He was there to be forgotten. He didn’t change the world. He wasn’t the messiah.

He was merely mortal. Just another politician who will sag and age. Who will, in the end, be photographed like Bill Clinton, lonely and lost in a world that has passed him by.

The Obama era ends not with a bang, but with a whimper. With a national consensus that maybe he didn’t really matter so much after all. And those to whom he mattered the most were his enemies determined to undo everything he did.

Obama once thought that he belonged to the ages. Now he belongs in the rubbish bin.
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From guide by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: US-Israel Initiative”
1. Chanukah and Jewish immortality. In 1899, Mark Twain wrote: “Jews constitute but one percent of the human race…, [but] their contributions to literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine and abstruse learning are away out of proportion to the weakness of their numbers. They have made a marvelous fight in all the ages, and had done it with their hands tied behind them….

The Egyptians, Babylonians and Persians rose and then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greeks and Romans followed, made vast noise and they are gone…. The Jew saw them all, beat them all and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies…. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

2. The Chanukah Menorah (a nine-branched-candelabra) commemorates the legacy of the Maccabees, which has been a pillar of fire for the Jewish people, highlighting the prerequisites of spiritual and physical liberty, in defiance of formidable odds: faith, optimism, patriotism, memory and adherence to value and principle-driven culture. The Maccabees have become a universal role-model of national and religious liberation struggle against all odds, the victory of long-term, principle-driven faith over short-term, convenience-driven cynicism and opportunism; the victory of tenacious optimism over pessimism and political-correctness.

3. Israel’s Founding Father, David Ben Gurion: “The struggle of the Maccabees was one of the most dramatic clashes of civilizations in human history…. The Maccabees overcame one of the most magnificent spiritual, political and military challenges in Jewish history due to the spirit of the people, rather than the failed spirit of the establishment ….” (Uniqueness and Destiny, pp 20-22, Ben Gurion, IDF Publishing, 1953)

4. The US connection:

* On December 2, 1993, in Billings, Montana, white supremacists tossed a brick through a window of a Jewish home that displayed the Chanukah Menorah. On the following morning, the Billings Gazette – reflecting sentiments of local churches and civic leaders – printed a full-page Menorah, which was pasted on the windows of over 10,000 non-Jewish residents in a show of solidarity. Some Billings’ residents displayed their Not in Our Town spirit, displaying Chanukah Menorahs on Billings’ main street. The Billings’ Chanukah gesture has been commemorated annually. A Chanukah candle-lighting was recently held at the State Capitol in Helena, MT.

*A bust of Judah the Maccabee is displayed at West Point Military Academy, along with those of Joshua, David, Alexander the Great, Hector, Julius Caesar, King Arthur, Charlemagne and Godfrey of Bouillon – “the Nine Worthies.”

*John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, Thomas Paine and the organizers of the Boston Tea Party were referred to as “the modern day Maccabees.”

* According to the Diary of Michael and Louisa Hart, George Washington was introduced to Chanukah in December 1777 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. He was challenging the much superior British military. A Jewish solider lit a Chanukah candle, explaining its significance: a conviction-driven, tactical victory against immense odds. Washington replied: “I rejoice in the Maccabees’ success, though it is long past…It pleases me to think that miracles still happen.” On June 19, 1778, Washington implemented the battle tactics of Judah the Maccabee, defeating the British troops.

*”In God We Trust” is a derivative of the Maccabees’ battle cry, an adaptation of Moses’ battle cry against the builders of the Golden Calf: “Whoever trusts God; join me!”

*In 1921, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis stated: “As part of the eternal worldwide struggle for democracy, the struggle of the Maccabees is of eternal worldwide interest….”

*The US Postal Service has issued Chanukah stamps, annually, since 1996.

5. Chanukah’s historical context according to the Books of the Maccabees, The Scroll of Antiochus and The War of the Jews by Joseph Ben Mattityahu (Josephus Plavius): In 175 BCE, the Seleucid Emperor Antiochus (IV) Epiphanies of Syria (one third of the disintegrated Greek Empire) wished to exterminate Judaism and forcibly convert Jews to Hellenic values, suspecting that the Jews were allies of his chief rival, Egypt.

In 169 BCE, upon his return to Syria from a war against Egypt, Antiochus (IV) devastated Jerusalem, massacred Jews, forbade the practice of Judaism and desecrated the Temple.

The 167 BCE Jewish rebellion featured the Hasmonean (Maccabee) family: Mattityahu, a priest from the town of Modi’in, and his five sons, Yochanan, Judah, Shimon, Yonatan and Elazar. The heroic, creative battle tactics of the Maccabees, were consistent with the reputation of Jews as superb warriors, who were frequently hired as mercenaries by Egypt, Syria, Rome and other global and regional powers. The battles of the Maccabees inspired the Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire from the battle against Pompey in 63 BCE through the end of the Bar Kokhba Rebellion in 135 CE.

6. The name Maccabee  is a derivative of the Hebrew word Makevet , power hammer in Hebrew. It is also a derivative of the Hebrew verb Cabeh, to extinguish. Maccabee, is also the Hebrew acronym of “Who could resemble you among gods, O Jehovah”. Maccabee could be the Latin spelling of the Hebrew word Matzbee, the commander.

7. Chanukah – the longest Jewish holiday – is the only Jewish holiday that commemorates a Land of Israel national liberation struggle, unlike Passover (Egypt), Sukkot/Tabernacles and Shavuot/Pentecost (the Sinai Desert) and Purim (Persia).

8. The mountain ridges of Judea and Southern Samaria were the platform of the critical Maccabees’ battles: When ordered by Antiochus (Book of Maccabees A: 15:33) to end the “occupation” of Jerusalem, Jaffa, Gaza, Gezer and Akron, Shimon the Maccabee responded: “We have not occupied a foreign land; we have not ruled a foreign land; we have liberated the land of our forefathers from foreign occupation.” Shimon’s statement is still relevant in 2016.

9. Chanukah  celebrates the initiation/inauguration  of the reconstructed Temple. Chanukah  is education-oriented. According to the First Book of Maccabees, Judah instituted an eight-day holiday on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev 165 BCE (just like King Solomon’s eight-day celebration of the inauguration of the First Temple),

 

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Compiled from multiple sources by Jerome S. Kaufman

Explaining the Electoral College vs. Popular Vote

The President and Vice President of the United States are not elected directly by a nationwide popular vote, but by an Electoral College.

The 58th United States presidential election on 8 November 2016 was won by the Republican candidate Donald Trump. Once more, the United States President and Vice President were elected by an indirect vote system, known as Electoral College.

For the fifth time in history the President of the United States will be elected without winning the popular vote, thanks to the Electoral College system. How is this possible?

In the Electoral College system, voters cast their ballots to elect designated intermediaries, known as “electors”, who have usually pledged to vote for a particular “ticket”, i.e. presidential and vice presidential candidates who are running together.

There are currently 538 electors, representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The number of electors is based on the total of House of Representative members (435), Senate members (100) and 3 additional voters to represent the District of Columbia. Total 538

In most states (Maine and Nebraska are the only exceptions) the electors are elected on a “winner-take-all” basis, which means that the candidate with more electoral votes in one state wins all the pledged electors of that state.

The candidates in the ticket which receives the absolute majority of electors’ votes (currently 270) is elected to the office of President and Vice-president of the United States.

Donald Trump had one of the best wins in election history. He obtained 306 votes vs. 232 for Hillary Clinton swamping her in the Electoral College.

Pros of Electoral College System

The system tends to represent more the diversity of the country rather that the heavily populated urban areas along the east and west coasts.

If the President was elected only on the popular vote, the focus would be on big populated cities, therefore virtually ignoring the rest of the country.

The Electoral College is also the reflection of the federal character of the United States. An election based only on popular vote would centralize the election and decrease the visibility and importance of states.

How Hillary Clinton Won the Popular Vote But Lost the Election

The non-partisan Cook Political Report has Clinton at 62,825,754 votes compared to Trump’s 61,486,735, or 47.9 percent to 46.9 percent, respectively. Another 6.9 million votes were cast for third-party candidates, including Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Jill Stein and independent Evan McMullin.

Each state is given a share of the United States’ 538 electoral votes based upon  its population, with totals ranging from California’s 55 to a number of states with only three.

This might seem like a wide margin, but in the big picture, it supposedly levels the playing field for sparsely-populated states like Wyoming and North Dakota, which could see even less national attention if their less-than-a-million populations were siphoned into the United States’ 300 million-plus electorate. The country is undoubtedly a melting pot of social groups, and by giving a unique say to each state, the Electoral College is supposed to foster individual interests that would be swallowed up in a winner-take-all affair.

Back to Clinton and Trump — Hillary won more popular votes overall, but a multitude of them came from the same few states, like California and New York. Regardless of how decisively you win them, you can only win them one time, and there’s a set amount of electoral votes credited.

Trump’s grand total of votes was spread more evenly throughout the country and he won many more states, albeit often by a slim margin.

But let’s analyze further the who the voters were in California and New York, as the primary sources of the Hillary popular vote edge.

According to Culture Cheat Sheet statistics easily found on the Internet:

California has a population of 38,802,500 with 4,349.634 receiving the benefit of food stamps which cost the taxpayers in food distribution $538,527,363 !

The State is given 55 votes.

The State of New York has a population of 19,748,727 with 3,122,879 on food stamps with the cost to the taxpayer in  food distribution $385,207,125! The State is allotted 29 Electoral votes.

One other tell tale statistic — The amount of welfare program spending in these 2 most populated states:

From: USgovernmentspending.com

California total of State and Local Welfare Spending = $45,500 Billion dollars!

State of New York total State and Local Welfare Spending = $18.8 Billion dollars.

So, going back to the Hillary Clinton’s Popular vote win.

For whom do you think this huge number of people on Welfare Programs and Food Stamps voted? Of course they voted the Party that is virtually guaranteed to continue all their freebies — The Democratic Party.

That gave the Democrats an immediate lock on 55 California electoral votes and 29 New York State Electoral votes for a total o 84 votes of 538 votes available =

16% of the total electoral vote in two states! Not a bad leg up.

It also gave Hillary a huge leg up on the popular vote. Between the two states a total of 7,472,513 are on food stamps and most likely to vote Democrat.

And, how many US people are receiving welfare? There were 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

(And, is there any doubt, thanks to Obama economic programs, there are far more today?)

How do you think all these people voted ? Did they vote to give up their benefits, go back to work and vote the Republican Party of did they vote for the Democrats and Hillary Clinton? Is this calculation rocket science?

Why do you think Obama and the Dems are trying to get in so many so-called refugees and illegals, asking for no identification papers or family means of support, to enter this country and be damned to any security concerns. How do you think these beneficiaries will vote? How many more unholy alliances do the Dems need to fatten their dependency roles? Not many and their political minds are working in that direction with their every action.

So, yes, Hillary won the Popular vote but only by about a 1% margin over Trump despite all these leg-ups. But, do you really want this country run by those in the population dependent upon government hand-outs?

Do you suppose these Democratic Party dependents are going to run this nation upward or downward? Ask the European Union how it worked out or the Brits, who courageously decided they had had enough.
By Jerome S. Kaufman, Publisher/Editor
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(Trump won 3084 of 3141 counties. Thankfully our founding fathers set up a system of government that prevents LA, Chicago & NYC from choosing our president!!) TM

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As Professor Ruth R. Wisse so accurately writes in Jews and (Power Random House 2007) Diaspora Jewry has lost the ability to use power.

By Jerome S. Kaufman

As you may know, Arab spokespeople routinely tell the world one thing and their domestic audience something often completely different and the truth is never a consideration in either discussion.

The primary source for such dishonest, factually impossible propaganda is the Arab successful invention of a people (the “Palestinians” and a state (“Palestine”) that never existed in history but nevertheless was cleverly proclaimed by Yasir Arafat about 1964!

Under this completely false Palestinian narrative the Israeli Jews have no right to be on”Arab land” and consequently any action taken against them is completely justified and demanded by Yasir Arafat and now the delusion has been cleverly enhanced by declaring that the false concept comes directly from Allah making it a religious imperative.

This supposed Israeli lack of right is of course a complete lie. The Jews (Hebrews at the time of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) had possession of the land over 2000 years before Muhammed (born 570 CE in Mecca, died 632 CE-in Medina) ever existed, let alone fabricate his world’s most famous bit of religious plagiarism — Islam.

Muhammed simply combined whatever self-serving portions of Judaism and Christianity he chose along with his own personal tastes for the use and treatment of women and children. And, despite the obviously false impossible time frame and origins, the complete lie of an earlier Palestinian people and nation continues to grow.

Unfortunately, the Israeli government has done virtually nothing to counteract this basic lie. Even worse they have contributed to the narrative by making self-destructive concessions turning victories into defeats in a pathetic desperate attempt to make peace with an enemy that never had and never will allow anything that recognizes Israel’s existence.

The Koran says as much in its many verses. Any person not Muslim must live as a second class citizen, a dhimmi, under Muslim rule if he lives at all. Any nation not Muslim shall be made to become Muslim by force if necessary.

Israel’s multiple errors all began in biblical history itself.

Biblical students know that G-d in his ultimate wisdom and foresight told the Hebrews to totally destroy the Canaanite idol worshipers upon crossing the Jordan River some 40 plus years after the Hebrews crossed the desert escaping from Egyptian bondage. The Hebrews, in a moment of supreme weakness. did not follow G-d’s commands and have suffered the consequences ever since.,

Centuries later, G-d gave the Hebrews (Israelis) another obvious chance to solidify their hold on the land. In the Six Day War, June 6 -12, 1967 G-d was kind enough to grant the Israelis an overwhelming victory over the surrounding Arab nations Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia Iraq that had amassed far superior forces on their borders to destroy Israel completely.

In a moment of rare clarity, Israel initiated a defensive pre-emptive strike and completely destroyed these enemies, regaining much of the territory that was supposed to have been theirs in the first place — Jerusalem, all the territory west of the Jordan, the Golan and Gaza.

Keeping those territories intact would have made Israel, with their superior armed forces and ongoing technical expertise, virtually invulnerable unless some major power wanted to lose thousands of their own military in an act of unwarranted aggression.

But the Israelis were self-destructive, as usual. On the very day of the victory in Jerusalem, General Moshe Dayan elected to immediately turn over the vitally important historical Jerusalem Temple Mount to Muslim control under Jordan.  It covers 35 acres of Jerusalem and is revered by Jews as the place where God gathered together the dust to create Adam and where Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac.

In utter disbelief, the Muslims, who expected to be immediately eliminated from their false possession quickly took control, banned Jews from praying on their own Temple Mount. The Arabs then proceeded to dig out truck loads of archeological evidence  that proved the Hebrew origins of theTemple Mount that for centuries has existed beneath the Arab El Aqsa Mosque.  And, the Israeli government has inexplicably passively watched with their thumb somewhere else.

The Israelis later perpetrated another flagrant act of self-destruction in 1982. In the Lebanese war Israel was forced to attack Yasir Arafat PLO entrenched positions in Southern Lebanon that constantly rained missiles upon Israel’s agricultural settlements. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) quickly defeated the PLO and drove them out of Lebanon to the relief of the Lebanese. The US and the rest of the world could not tolerate another Israeli victory and diplomatically forced Israel to allow Arafat and a smattering of his defeated forces to escape to Tripoli where Arafat lived as a powerless former tyrant.

Then in 1993, the perfidious Shimon Peres with his far left co-conspirator, Yossi Beilin, met in secret sessions with Arafat and rescued Arafat from his exile in Tripoli. He was brought back to Israel as some sort of conquering hero and later entered into the infamous 1993 Oslo Accords which recognized the newly created Arab “Palestinian” people and gave Arafat the beginnings of genuine nationhood.

This farce was sanctimoniously agreed to and signed on the White House lawn Sep. 13, 1993 with PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin Shimon Peres and U.S. President Bill Clinton congratulating themselves on this act of supreme stupidity.

Arafat behind closed doors immediately re-assured his followers that he would never abide by the PA side of the agreement and he would continue his every attempt to destroy Israel. He and his successor Mahmoud Abas have kept their word.

Arafat responded to this insane Israeli largess as any realist would predict – He initiated constant acts of brutal terror against Israel and the world, randomly attacking civilians, blowing up buses, restaurants, synagogues, school houses along with international air flights where-ever.

In his long term domestic program Arafat began an intense indoctrination of Arab youth in hatred of the Jews and Israel. The children got an early start with proud PA mothers dressing their newborn babies in suicide belts. That soon progressed into children’s military training camps for young boys and girls teaching them to kill Israelis civilians and their soldiers eliminating all Jews and, of course, eliminating the State of Israel.

A “Two-state solution” Are you kidding? This is only a figment of the imagination and wishful thinking of the Israelis and a knee jerk uninformed anti-Semitic solution by the US State Dept. and the UN Security Council Arab sycophants.

In the meantime, on a world-wide level, the Palestinian Arabs have done whatever they can conceive to damage Israel. Their latest ploy is the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel — An economic movement easily promoted with the anti-Semitic people and nations of the world.

So where does Itamar Marcus and his valiant group come into all of the above? His group is trying desperately to present Israel’s case to the world. He monitors the PA every move and has even successfully reversed several European Governments in their agreements to boycott Israeli goods and universities.

Unfortunately Mr. Marcus has an impossible task. Wave upon waves of dedicated brain washed Palestinian terrorists and their spokespeople are born every minute and will be there for Mr. Marcus’s grandchildren to contest, if Israel has sustained the relentless, dedicated onslaught at all.

What is required is also virtually impossible. There must be a complete cultural change.The concept of a genuine Palestinian people with a separate nation must be destroyed. The Israeli government must finally wake up to the task.

There is absolutely no room for two different nations in that sliver of land —certainly not one whose only raison d’être is to destroy Israel. Netanyahu’s concept of a de-militarized Arab nation on Israel’s borders is a total self-delusion or misdirection ploy and surely he must know it. The Arabs will never accept the idea.

So, we are left with an extremely difficult plan to change, at it’s roots —  Palestinian culture. They must be taught peace not war. They must not be allowed to continue indoctrinating poison against Israelis in their youth nor live with the delusion of nationhood. They must go back to being Arabs not parade as “Palestinians” that were conveniently invented with the re-birth of the State of Israel in 1948.

An impossible task? You are right. Then Israel has only one viable option — the one that I have been advocating for the last 50 years — complete dominating military power.  And, the Israelis must discard the usual Jewish reluctance to use it. Timidity and false delusions as to peace with this mortal enemy have not worked and never will.

Instead of hiding in shtetl cellars under Ehud Barack’s naively vaunted Iron Dome,  the IDF has been given the power to completely eliminate Hizbollah missiles in Lebanon and those of Hamas in Gaza in one fell swoop. Use two if necessary. Let the Arabs worry about their own Iron Dome. Let the IDF destroy all their weapons on and beneath the ground. Permanently impress upon them the futility of trying to eliminate Israel.

What else about the Arabs? Do you think if they had Israel’s fire power they would take longer than five minutes to wipe Israel off the face of the earth? Is not Iran planning exactly that?

If Israel does not wake up immediately, it’s luck may well run out, Hashem forbid, faster then ever imagined.

Only divine intervention, as usual, can save the Jews. As Professor Ruth R. Wisse so accurately points out in Jews and Power (Random House 2007), Diaspora Jewry lost the ability to use power since the time of the Hebrew Bible when G-d constantly intervened on their behalf.

It is far past the time for this loss to be regained.

 

Jerome S. Kaufman, Editor/Publisher
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“In The News” Itamar Marcus with host, Mark S. Golub.

Itamar Marcus, Founding Director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), discusses various war like actions by the Palestinian Authority and explains why it is wrong to consider Mahmoud Abbas a “moderate.”

By Jerome S. Kaufman

Our synagogue was recently privileged to have as scholar in residence Israeli political activist Itamar Marcus. He is the founder and director of an important and successful working organization called Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). And that is exactly what the organization does —It watches and translates Palestinian Media with a staff of Arab language experts.

As you may know, Arab spokespeople routinely tell the world one thing and their domestic audience something often completely different and the truth is never a consideration in either discussion.

The primary source for such dishonest, factually impossible propaganda is the Arab successful invention of a people (the “Palestinians” and a state (“Palestine”) that never existed in history but nevertheless was cleverly proclaimed by Yasir Arafat about 1964!

Under this completely false Palestinian narrative the Israeli Jews have no right to be on”Arab land” and consequently any action taken against them is completely justified and demanded by Yasir Arafat and now the delusion has been cleverly enhanced by declaring that the false concept comes directly from Allah making it a religious imperative.

This supposed Israeli lack of right is of course a complete lie. The Jews (Hebrews at the time of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) had possession of the land over 2000 years before Muhammed (born 570 CE in Mecca, died 632 CE-in Medina) ever existed, let alone fabricate his world’s most famous bit of religious plagiarism — Islam.

Muhammed simply combined whatever self-serving portions of Judaism and Christianity he chose along with his own personal tastes for the use and treatment of women and children. And, despite the obviously false impossible time frame and origins, the complete lie of an earlier Palestinian people and nation continues to grow.

Unfortunately, the Israeli government has done virtually nothing to counteract this basic lie. Even worse they have contributed to the narrative by making self-destructive concessions turning victories into defeats in a pathetic desperate attempt to make peace with an enemy that never had and never will allow anything that recognizes Israel’s existence.

The Koran says as much in its many verses. Any person not Muslim must live as a second class citizen, a dhimmi, under Muslim rule if he lives at all. Any nation not Muslim shall be made to become Muslim by force if necessary.

Israel’s multiple errors all began in biblical history itself.

Biblical students know that G-d in his ultimate wisdom and foresight told the Hebrews to totally destroy the Canaanite idol worshipers upon crossing the Jordan River some 40 plus years after the Hebrews crossed the desert escaping from Egyptian bondage. The Hebrews in a moment of supreme weakness did not follow G-d’s commands and have suffered the consequences ever since.

Centuries later, G-d gave the Hebrews (Israelis) another obvious chance to solidify their hold on the land. In the Six Day War, June 6 -12, 1967 G-d was kind enough to grant the Israelis an overwhelming victory over the surrounding Arab nations Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia Iraq that had amassed far superior forces on their borders to destroy Israel completely.

In a moment of rare clarity Israel initiated a defensive pre-emptive strike and completely destroyed these enemies regaining the territory that was supposed to have been theirs in the first place — Jerusalem, all the territory west of the Jordan, the Golan and Gaza.

Keeping those territories intact would have made Israel, with their superior armed forces and ongoing technical expertise virtually invulnerable unless some major power wanted to lose thousands of their own military in an act of unwarranted aggression.

But the Israelis were self-destructive, as usual. On the very day of the victory in Jerusalem, General Moshe Dayan elected to immediately turn over the vitally important historical Jerusalem Temple Mount to Muslim control under Jordan,  It covers 35 acres of Jerusalem and is revered by Jews as the place where God gathered together the dust to create Adam and where Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac.

In utter disbelief, the Muslims, who expected to be immediately eliminated from their false possession quickly took control, banned Jews from praying on their ownTemple Mount. The Arabs then proceeded to dig out out truck loads of archeological evidence  that proved the Hebrew origins of theTemple Mount that for centuries has existed beneath the Arab El Aqsa Mosque. And, the Israeli government has inexplicably passively watched with their thumb somewhere else.

The Israelis later perpetrated another flagrant act of self-destruction in 1982. In the Lebanese war Israel was forced to attack Yasir Arafat PLO entrenched positions in Southern Lebanon that constantly rained missiles upon Israel’s agricultural settlements

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) quickly defeated the PLO and drove them out of Lebanon to the relief of the Lebanese The US and the rest of the world could not tolerate another Israeli victory and diplomatically forced Israel to allow Arafat and a smattering of his defeated forces to escape to Tripoli where Arafat lived as a powerless former tyrant.

Then in 1993, the perfidious Shimon Peres with his far left co-conspirator, Yossi Beilin met in secret sessions with Arafat and rescued Arafat from his exile in Tripoli. He was brought back to Israel as some sort of conquering hero and later entered into the infamous 1993 Oslo Accords which recognized the newly created Arab “Palestinian” people and gave Arafat the beginnings of genuine nationhood.

This farce was sanctimoniously agreed to and signed on the White House lawn Sep. 13, 1993 with PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin Shimon Peres and U.S. President Bill Clinton congratulating themselves on this act of supreme stupidity.

Arafat behind closed doors immediately re-assured his followers that he would never abide by the PA side of the agreement and he would continue his every attempt to destroy Israel. He and his successor Mahmoud Abas have kept their word.

Arafat responded to this insane Israeli largess as any realist would predict – He initiated constant acts of brutal terror against Israel and the world, randomly attacking civilians, blowing up buses, restaurants, synagogues, school houses along with international air flights where-ever.

In his long term domestic program Arafat began an intense indoctrination of Arab youth in hatred of the Jews and Israel. The children got an early start with proud PA mothers dressing their newborn babies in suicide belts. That soon progressed into children’s military training camps for young boys and girls teaching them to kill Israelis civilians and their soldiers eliminating all Jews and, of course, eliminating the State of Israel.

A “Two-state solution” Are you kidding? This is only a figment of the imagination and wishful thinking of the Israelis and a knee jerk uninformed anti-Semitic solution by the US State Dept. and the UN Security Council Arab sycophants.

In the meantime, on a world-wide level, the Palestinian Arabs have done whatever they can conceive to damage Israel. Their latest ploy is the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel — An economic movement easily promoted with the anti-Semitic people and nations of the world.

So where does Itamar Marcus and his group come into all of the above? His group is trying desperately to present Israel’s case to the world. He monitors the PA every move and has even successfully reversed several European Governments in their agreements to boycott Israeli goods and universities.

Unfortunately Mr. Marcus has an impossible task. Wave upon waves of dedicated brain washed Palestinian terrorists and their spokespeople are born every minute and will be there for Mr. Marcus’s grandchildren to contest, if Israel has sustained the relentless, dedicated onslaught at all.

What is required is also virtually impossible. There must be a complete cultural change.The concept of a genuine Palestinian people with a separate nation must be destroyed. The Israeli government must finally wake up to the task.

There is absolutely no room for two different nations in that sliver of land —certainly not one whose only raison d’être is to destroy Israel. Netanyahu’s concept of a de-militarized Arab nation on Israel’s borders is a total self-delusion or misdirection ploy and surely he must know it. The Arabs will never accept the idea.

So, we are left with an extremely difficult plan to change, at it’s roots,  Palestinian culture. They must be taught peace not war. They must not be allowed to continue indoctrinating poison against Israelis in their youth nor live with the delusion of nationhood. They must go back to being Arabs not parade as “Palestinians” that were conveniently invented with the re-birth of the State of Israel in 1948.

An impossible task? You are right. Then the Israel has only one viable option — the one that I have been advocating for the last 50 years — complete dominating military power and the Israelis must discard the usual Jewish reluctance to use it. Timidity and false delusions as to peace with this mortal enemy has not worked and never will.

Instead of hiding in shtetl cellars under Ehud Barack’s naively vaunted Iron Dome,  the IDF has been given the power to completely eliminate Hizbollah missiles in Lebanon and those of Hamas in Gaza in one fell swoop and use two if necessary. Let the Arabs worry about their own Iron Dome. Let the IDF destroy all their weapons on and beneath the ground. Permanently impress upon them the futility of trying to eliminate Israel.

What else about the Arabs? Do you think if they had Israel’s fire power they would take longer than five minutes to wipe Israel off the face of the earth? Is not Iran planning exactly that?

If Israel does not wake up immediately, it’s luck may well run out, Hashem forbid, faster then ever imagined.

Only divine intervention, as usual, can save the Jews. As Professor Ruth R. Wisse so accurately points out in Jews and Power (Random House 2007), Diaspora Jewry lost the ability to use power since the time of the Hebrew Bible when G-d constantly intervened on their behalf.

 

Jerome S. Kaufman, Editor/Publisher

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The Investigative Project on Terrorism  (IPT)

Exclusive: In Private Fundraiser, Ellison Blasted Israeli Influence Over U.S. Policy

Redacted from a more complete article by Steven Emerson
IPT News
November 29, 2016

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s announcement earlier this month that he wants to be the Democratic National Committee’s next chairman drew quick support from several key lawmakers, including Jewish senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders.

Ellison backers also have defended him against claims he may hold anti-Semitic views in addition to being anti-Israel. A column in Israel’s liberal daily Haaretz quotes two rabbis praising Ellison, D-Minn., as “the best of our constitutional democracy and the best of America” and “an extraordinary leader. Anyone who would associate him with any kind of hatred hasn’t met him and certainly hasn’t worked with him.”

A 2010 audio of Ellison speaking at a private fundraiser obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism calls such praise into question. In a fairly intimate setting, Ellison lashed out at what he sees as Israel’s disproportionate influence in American foreign policy. That will change, he promised, as more Muslims gained political influence:

“The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people. A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes. Can I say that again?”

The fundraiser for Ellison’s re-election campaign was hosted by Esam Omeish, a past president of the Muslim American Society (MAS) who was forced to resign from a Virginia state immigration panel in 2007 after an exclusive IPT videotape showed him praising Palestinians for choosing the “the jihad way … to liberate your land.” Omeish was a candidate for Virginia’s general assembly the previous year, and Ellison spoke at a fundraiser for that losing effort.

In his 2010 remarks, he described Omeish as “my beloved brother and I love you and you are the best and your family is so beautiful and again, you know, you put it out there. You ran. And I hope you run again.”

Also present at the fundraiser was Nihad Awad, a co-founder and executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and a member of a Muslim Brotherhood-created Hamas support network in America known as the Palestine Committee.

Ellison’s comments about Israeli political influence do not appear to be a poor choice of words. A year earlier, as conflict raged between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Ellison told Al Jazeera that “the people who have a strong sympathy for the Israeli position dominate the conversation. It is really not politically safe to say there have been two sides to this.”

A month later, Ellison told the BBC that outreach to Hamas was not feasible for a member of Congress – not because it is a terrorist organization with an anti-Semitic charter demanding Israel’s destruction – but because it is too politically risky.

“What I can tell you now is that the constellation of political forces in the United States at this moment would make a member of Congress who has reached out directly to Hamas spend all their time defending that decision and would not be able to deal with other critical issues that need to be focused on. So for example if I were to make a move like that I wouldn’t be able to focus my attention on the humanitarian issue. I’d have to defend myself to my colleagues why I reached out to a terrorist organization. It would absorb all of my time. I would spend a lot of time fighting off personal attack and would not be able to achieve goals that I have.”

Just after the 2009 Gaza war, Ellison was among 22 House members to vote “present” rather than take a stand on a non binding House resolution “recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Ellison claimed he was “torn” on the issue because it “barely mentions the human suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza.”

Ellison long has demanded that Israel open its borders to Gaza, arguing that economic aid and development would help ease tensions and resulting violence. In 2010, he authored a letter signed by 53 House colleagues which called on President Obama to pressure Israel into opening the border.

Ellison described the blockade as “collective punishment” on Gaza residents.

He re-upped the argument in a 2014 Washington Post oped which was written during new conflict between Israel and Hamas. Hamas terrorists provoked the war by kidnapping and murdering three teenagers and by launching thousands of rockets at Israeli civilian areas.

But Ellison argued that peace would come with economic relief in Gaza and said an end to the blockade should be part of any ceasefire.

“The status quo for ordinary Gazans is a continuation of no jobs and no freedom,” he wrote. “This is not an attractive future. Gazans want and deserve the dignity of economic opportunity and freedom to move.”

The restrictions on imports to Gaza were aimed at curbing the flow of materials sent to Hamas to build rockets, bombs and other tools for terrorism. Israel allows humanitarian aid into the territory. But Hamas continues to divert millions of dollars in aid and supplies which could be used to improve daily life in order to dig more attack tunnels and restock its terrorist arsenal.

While he also said that “Hamas must give up its rockets and other weapons” to achieve peace, Ellison was one of only eight House members to vote against increasing funding for Israel to provide added funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense program. Even though it successfully intercepted dozens of Hamas rockets, especially those aimed at population centers, Ellison said the proposal was no good because “the US government needs to be prioritizing a ceasefire between the two sides.”

These statements and countless others should concern DNC officials before choosing a leader early next year. Any chairperson’s job will include efforts to preserve and maintain the party’s support from American Jews. Exit polling indicates an estimated 71 percent of Jewish voters supported Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.

Jewish leaders either don’t know the extent of Ellison’s relationship with Islamist groups like CAIR, or of his consistent criticism of Israeli actions, especially in response to Hamas terror, or they do not care. Jonathan Greenblatt, the Anti-Defamation League’s chief executive, issued a statement last week saying Ellison “is a man of good character” and “an important ally in the fight against anti-Semitism and for civil rights.”

As we have shown, he’s also a man who believes Jewish interests disproportionately influence American foreign policy.

During last summer’s national convention, Ellison and other delegates supporting Sanders wanted the Democratic Party platform to delete a description of Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided capital” and wanted to gut language opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting the Jewish state.

Those efforts were pushed back, but should have a far stronger position under an Ellison-run DNC.

In addition to seeing Israel as controlling government policy, Ellison has supported prominent Islamists targeted for their direct support for Palestinian terrorist organizations.

During a 2008 radio interview, Ellison praised Sami Al-Arian. Years earlier, evidence admitted into a federal court showed Al-Arian served on the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Shura council, in essence, its board of directors. Despite that fact, Ellison said he wished “that Dr. Al-Arian and his family have peace, have justice, and are able to secure a greater quality of justice for their case,” saying he found “some things about his case that I think raise legitimate questions.”

Similarly, Ellison expressed frustration at the 2007 terrorist financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and five former officials. The charity, shut down by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2001, funneled millions of dollars to Hamas through a network of Palestinian charities the terrorist group controlled.

But after a trial ended with a hung jury on most counts, Ellison blasted the case as “persecution” during remarks at a CAIR fundraising banquet in Anaheim. CAIR was named an un-indicted co-conspirator in the case, in part due to internal Palestine Committee documents showing CAIR was part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. network from the moment of its 1994 inception.

“And the worst of it was not that these people’s lives were disrupted, their reputations were tarnished,” Ellison said. “The worst of it was that [300] other organizations were tossed in to the mix of it all as they were listed as unindicted co-conspirators. No evidence to be found that they had done anything. So here is what we have today. 300 reputable civil rights organizations, including CAIR, put on a list they never should have been put on in a case where they had been thoroughly exonerated. It’s time to call an end to wasting taxpayer money in this manner.

There have been other prosecutions for Muslim charities and we’ve come up with nothing at all when it comes to convictions in these cases. It’s time for us to call a stop to this selective prosecution. It’s time to say that our justice system and our prosecutors and our police officers are here to investigate crime for the sake of public safety, not to pursue a political agenda.”

The Holy Land defendants were retried in 2008, with jurors convicting the defendants on all counts. Ellison did not comment.

In 2009, Ellison made the pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj. His travels were financed by the Muslim American Society (MAS), which insiders have acknowledged is the Muslim Brotherhood’s overt arm in the United States.

Little Tolerance For Dissenting Views

When it comes to Muslims who may not share the Islamist ideology of MAS, CAIR and others, Ellison is quick tempered and hostile.

He walked out of a 2009 Capitol Hill panel discussion with Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, after falsely accusing Jasser of giving “people license for bigotry,” and “to engage in nothing less than Muslim-hating.”

Jasser’s “sin” was to criticize the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and advocate for “a separation between mosque and state.”

Similarly, Ellison dramatically lashed out during a 2011 House hearing on Islamic radicalization. Even though the panel included a Muslim father of an American who became a terrorist, Ellison fought back tears talking about a Muslim first responder killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Simply holding the hearing was tantamount to assigning blame for a terrorist’s “violent actions to the entire community,” he said, “you assign collective blame to the entire group.”

Ellison has spoken at at least a dozen CAIR fundraising events since 2006, records show. In addition, the IPT has learned that Ellison privately consults with CAIR for talking points and suggestions about pending actions and hearings before the House.

It’s little wonder that, in 2014, CAIR honored Ellison with its “Muslim of the Year” award.

Jasser recently devoted his weekly podcast to Ellison’s DNC candidacy. “A DNC run by a Congressman Ellison, I think, will become very dangerous,” Jasser said. That’s in part due to Ellison’s support for Saudi Arabia, despite that country’s strict Wahhabi ideology and its prominent role financing the spread of a radical interpretation of Islam globally. Ellison also is a frequent fundraiser for CAIR and is supportive of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, an umbrella group for 57 majority-Muslim nations which wants to see global blasphemy laws outlawing criticism of religion.

Ellison “racializes” Islam, Jasser said, as part of a broader reliance on identity politics. “Islam is not a race. It’s an idea. An idea, by the way, that includes ideas loathe to the Democratic Party” such as severe restrictions on women and the death penalty for homosexuality. But by making criticism of Islam, or of those who want to apply it politically, critics can be dismissed as bigots.

He recounted his 2009 debate with Ellison and the 2011 radicalization hearing in which Ellison engaged in “character assassination of us as witnesses. And the fact that we were Muslim did not seem to matter to him.”

That is one point on which Jasser and Ellison agree. Two weeks after the hearing, Ellison spoke at a University of Michigan-Dearborn event sponsored by the school’s Muslim Students Association (MSA) chapter. Like CAIR, MAS and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the MSA was founded by Muslim Brotherhood members in the United States. Internal records show the Brotherhood acknowledges the connection.

Ellison dismissed Jasser, who advocates reform and opposes mixing his faith with government policy, and Abdirizak Bihi, the uncle of a radicalized Somali American from the Minneapolis area who died after joining the al-Shabaab terrorist group, as “some Muslim guys who, you know, who basically are angry at their community to go say a bunch of anecdotal things about … how good they are and how bad we are.”

Ellison’s record is clear. He raises money for some of the country’s most deceptive Islamist groups and works with them to advance their causes. He singles out Israel for criticism and believes the Jewish state enjoys disproportionate control over American foreign policy.

He wants to lead one of America’s two major political parties.   (And, the Democratic Party wants him!  Any questions) jsk

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By: Michael Lumish

November 22nd, 2016

{Originally posted to the website, Israel Thrives}

Although the western progressive-left generally supports anti-Zionism, American Jews still cling to the Democratic Party despite the fact that the party and the movement believes it has every right to tell Jewish people where we may, or may not, be allowed to live within our own homeland.

About 80 percent of American Jews, including me, voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and about 70 percent, not including me, did so in 2012. In the current cycle, American Jews voted for Hillary Clinton in similar numbers.

Given the fact that the western progressive-left has made a home of itself for malicious anti-Semitic anti-Zionists it becomes rather difficult to understand why American Jews continue to support a political movement, and its adjacent political party, that hold them in contempt.

The Washington Post has a piece from last September entitled, In the safe spaces on campus, no Jews allowed by Anthony Berteaux. Berteaux relates the story of Arielle Mokhtarzadeh, an Iranian-Jew who was made to feel unwelcome by the UCLA progressive community due to her caring for the Jewish people through caring for the Jewish State of Israel. As a student of Jewish-Persian background she therefore attended the annual Students of Color Conference in search of answers.

Mokhtarzadeh tells us:

Over the course of what was probably no longer than an hour, my history was denied, the murder of my people was justified, and a movement whose sole purpose is the destruction of the Jewish homeland was glorified. Statements were made justifying the ruthless murder of innocent Israeli civilians, blatantly denying Jewish indigeneity in the land, and denying the Holocaust in which six million Jews were murdered,” she said. “Why anyone in their right mind would accept these slanders as truths baffles me. But they did. These statements, and others, were met with endless snaps and cheers. I was taken aback.

The truth is that many Democrats despise the lone, sole Jewish state as a human rights monstrosity even though it has a far better record on human rights than any other country throughout the Middle East. This little fact, in itself, reveals the anti-Jewish racism within BDS and, therefore, embedded within the Democratic Party.

It is for this reason that progressives often support Hamas and the Palestinian Authority when they call for the murder of Jews in the streets of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. Every time Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) or the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS) meet on some campus to call for yet another intifada they are, in fact, calling for the murder of innocent Jews in Israel.

Such calls for anti-Jewish violence tend to be supported not only by other progressive-left students, but also by sympathetic university administrators who could hardly care less that students are calling for violence against Jews on their very own campuses. They even provide thumb-sucking “safe-spaces” where those very same students can rest their heads on university provided pillows without having to deal with the richly deserved ramifications of their own behavior. Since no one is allowed to even question their judgment in these “safe spaces” they need not even consider the possibility that calling for violence against Jewish people – as a matter of social justice, no less – might actually be something other than liberal.

In fact, San Francisco State University president, Leslie Wong, is so enamored of anti-Semitic anti-Zionism that he even praised GUPS as representing “the very purpose of this great university.” He did so despite the fact that, in their cries for intifada, they literally call for the murder of Jews in Israel. Sometimes they even call for bringing the intifada home, by which they mean support for the political murder of Jews in the United States.

None of this fazes the progressive-left because offing Jews – particularly of the Israeli variety – is considered a rational and perfectly normal human response to alleged Jewish aggression against the bunny-like “indigenous” population in the Land of Israel.

And this is why Arielle Mokhtarzadeh was treated like filth at UCLA.

Berteaux writes:

The ramifications of ignoring the normalization of anti-Semitism cannot be understated: The most recent FBI hate crime report found that 58.2 percent of hate crimes motivated by religious bias were targeted at Jews. Jews make up 2.2 percent of the American population, so the FBI’s statistics make it clear that Jews are the most disproportionately attacked religious group in America.

It should be troubling to everyone that an SJP member at Temple University physically assaulted a pro-Israel Jewish student two years ago, calling him a “Zionist baby killer.” But it should be far more troubling that the SJP chapter at Temple (like all SJP chapters) promotes itself as a progressive organization, claiming solidarity with movements such as Black Lives Matter.

The Democratic Party just got badly beaten by a crude businessman-entertainer who they accuse of being everything short of the Devil and now they are not only screaming from the rafters about racism and white supremacy, but they even have the chutzpah to suddenly start whining about the alleged anti-Semitism of conservatives and Republicans.

The truth is that the Left and the Democratic Party are enemies of the Jewish people to the extent that they make a homes of themselves for anti-Semitic anti-Zionism. American Jews are, essentially, being told that they may contribute to the progressive movement but the price of admission is sitting across the Democratic Party table from anti-Zionists who have no respect for our history, no respect for the Holocaust, and who think that we are undeserving of self-determination and self-defense within our own homeland.

Requiring that Jews accept anti-Semitic anti-Zionism as part of the larger Democratic Party coalition is no different from asking black people to kindly accept Klansmen as part of that coalition. No self-respecting black person would ever do so and neither should any self-respecting Jew.

The progressive-left and the Democratic Party fling around charges of racism like they’re confetti. Throughout the recent American presidential campaign they lambasted Trump and his supporters as Neanderthal fascists representing the very worst of all humanity, which is why some of their devotees are beating the hell out of white people in the streets. But if the Democratic Party has suddenly rediscovered anti-Semitism it is strictly out of political convenience, nothing more.

Michael Lumish

About the Author: Michael Lumish is a PhD in American history from the Pennsylvania State University and has taught at PSU, San Francisco State University, and the City College of San Francisco. He regularly publishes on the Arab-Israel conflict at his own blog, Israel Thrives (http://israel-thrives.blogspot.com/). Lumish is also the founding editor of the scholarly on-line discussion forum H-1960s. He can be contacted at mike.lumish@gmail.com

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