Another view relative to President Trump’s Syrian withdrawal

Mark Langfan, Dec. 24, 2018


While many pundits have gone hysterical over President Trump’s Syrian pullout, President Trump really had no choice but to employ his own “Samson Option,” one in which he knocked over everyone’s toys and theories. 

Firstly, President Trump isn’t “gifting” Putin a “Christmas present,” but rather is hanging a deadly Syrian Albatross on Putin’s neck. Without American forces east of the Euphrates and American dollars helping Syrian reconstruction, Putin faces an Iranian victory in Syria, and a Russian loss. In fact, Russian rapprochement with Israel is a direct result of American withdrawal. Now, Russia has only Israel to help keep Iran’s gobbling up of Syria in check. If Putin looks to Turkey to check Iran, the unacceptably high payment will be Turkish ownership of Northern Syria. 

 Putin is now hopelessly up a Syrian creek without a paddle.

 Secondly, President Trump told all the the Arabs in Iraq and Saudi Arabia: Either fight Iran yourselves and pay for the fight yourselves, or bow as slaves to your new Persian masters. America can’t afford either the money or the blood to fight the Arab war of liberation against the Persian colonialist Iran. The training wheels are off. America will help at the edges, but the fight has to be an Arab fight against Iranian Persian hegemony.

 Thirdly, President Trump’s message to the Pentagon is: You can spend hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars in a year fighting and dying in foreign wars, but you can’t afford to or are legally barred from physically defending the American border, or pay for a defensive wall to slow the migrant invasions? Charity and defense begins at home. If America’s home base isn’t secure, nothing is secure. 

 To make matters worse, the Pentagon just “missed” an “accounting error” consisting of spending 331 million dollars paying for Saudi refueling over Yemen, but nobody at DOD can find a single penny to pay for the wall? You’ve got to be kidding me.

 Fourthly, President Trump’s message to the world is: America can’t afford to protect you any more. President Trump, the businessman, is looking at the total American budget, the deficit and America’s debt, and concluded: A bankrupt “world policeman,” is a defeated America that can’t defend itself or anyone else. America’s current military projection is financially unsustainable. The world had better quickly budget for its defense, because America can’t continue to foot the bill.

 Fifthly, President Trump’s message to Turkey is: You’ve told me ISIS is defeated, America’s allies are terrorists, and you were going to attack American forces in Syria; well, goodbye and good luck. Trump didn’t believe a word Erdogan said, but Trump believed his intelligence that Turkey, an alleged NATO ally, was scheming with Russia behind America’s back on Syria. Now, Erdogan will now have to deal with the Kurds, Russia, ISIS, and Iran all by himself. Have fun. Without America propping up the Kurds, Turkey might actually realize the truth that the Kurds are Turkey’s greatest natural ally against Iran and ISIS.

 Sixthly, President Trump’s unintended message to Israel: If you give up an inch of the Judea and Samaria aka”West Bank” under my crazy “Deal of the Century,” you’re stupider than a rock. Relying on a Trump “Peace” deal is like riding blindfolded on a Trump banana peel on an MBS/Saudi skate-board against traffic on a six-lane Iran super-highway. Syria isn’t just Iran’s pathway to Lebanon, but to any “West Bank” Palestinian Arab State. Israel better solidify its hold of the “West Bank” quickly because the next American President (either sooner or later) will likely be an Israel-hating BDS-supporting democrat who will overtly call Israel an Apartheid State.

In fact:

Trump is cleverly seeing to it that Russia needs Israel to keep Iran at bay – or lose Syria to the Iranian octopus.

He is also sending other messages to the Middle East Arab countries.

 President Trump was faced with a no-win situation, and decided to be a modern-day American Samson, and knock everybody down.

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How America (i.e. President Donald Trump) Broke OPEC

Lessons from the U.S. rise to be the world’s largest oil producer.

By Wall Street Journal Editorial Board

Dec. 14, 2018

(The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) 

Founded in 1960 in Baghdad by the first five members (IranIraqKuwaitSaudi Arabia, and Venezuela), and headquartered since 1965 in Vienna, Austria. As of September 2018, the 15 countries accounted for an estimated 44 percent of global oil production and 81.5 percent of the world’s “proven” oil reserves, giving OPEC a major influence on global oil prices that were previously determined by the so called “Seven Sisters” grouping of multinational oil companies.)

Remember when America’s political class fretted about “peak oil” and dependence on foreign energy? So much for that. The U.S. the other week for the first time in 75 years became a net petroleum exporter as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries wrangled over how to respond to America’s growing energy bounty.

U.S. crude production has surged 20% in a year and nearly tripled in a decade thanks to advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. American output is rising at the fastest rate in a century. Earlier this year the U.S. eclipsed Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s largest oil producer.

For nearly six decades OPEC has dominated oil markets by setting production quotas among its 15 members. In late 2014, OPEC flooded the market with oil in an effort to break U.S. drillers who were burning cash on mounds of debt. As oil prices fell below $40 a barrel in 2015-2016, many wildcatters folded or were absorbed by larger producers.

But the survivors became more efficient. Technology—including drones with thermal imaging to detect leaks along with improvements in horizontal drilling—boosted productivity. Over the last five years production per rig has more than tripled in the Permian Basin and quadrupled in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. While the Bakken rig count has fallen by 70%, output has increased by a third.

Most American oil refineries have processed heavier crudes, which depressed prices for lighter, sweeter grades produced in the new wells. But in late 2015 the GOP Congress expanded shale-oil’s market by lifting the export ban on crude in return for Barack Obama’s demand to extend renewable energy tax credits. U.S. crude exports have since soared to 3.2 million barrels a day.

Many U.S. producers say they can turn a profit at $50 a barrel and even as low as $30 in the Permian’s most productive regions. Yet most OPEC members need prices ranging between $70 and $90 per barrel to balance their budgets. The cartel scaled back output in 2016, but shale producers roared back as prices recovered. America’s shale gusher has presented a quandary for OPEC and especially its largest member, Saudi Arabia, which faces large budget deficits as it works to contain Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Earlier this year, the Saudis obliged President Trump by increasing output to prevent prices from soaring with the reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Even so oil prices hit a four-year high in early October. But they have since declined 30% amid weakening world economic forecasts, sanctions exemptions and surging U.S. production.

OPEC and Russia last week agreed to scale back production collectively by 1.2 million barrels a day, but the meeting exposed the cartel’s cracks. Qatar quit amid hostilities with the Saudis. Small producers carped they were too insignificant to affect global supply. Algeria produces one million barrels per day, which is as much as U.S. output has increased in five months.

Saudi Arabia, Russia and allied producers agreed to shoulder the bulk of the cuts while Libya, Iran and Venezuela received exemptions. Some in the media claim the Saudis defied Mr. Trump’s pleas to keep oil prices low, yet U.S. shale producers are likely to benefit from OPEC’s cuts by capturing more market share.

One of the biggest constraints on U.S. production has been a distribution bottleneck. Hence West Texas Intermediate now sells at a $8 to $9 discount to Brent crude on the world market. But next year three pipelines capable of delivering two million barrels of Permian crude to the Gulf Coast are expected to come online. In 2020 two more pipelines that can carry two million barrels a day are expected to be completed.

Oil companies are also racing to build more export terminals to handle the supply gusher, which isn’t likely to stop anytime soon. The U.S. Geological Survey reported recently that the Permian’s Delaware Basin holds more than twice as much oil and 18 times as much natural gas as the heavier-drilled Midland region.

Barack Obama, hilariously, is now claiming credit for the shale boom. “You know that whole suddenly America’s like the biggest oil producer . . . that was me, people,” he said last month at Rice University. But drilling leases on federal land declined 28% during his two terms amid new restrictions on land use. Drilling skyrocketed on private land, despite attempts by his regulators to block pipelines, slow down approvals, and impose higher costs on production.

The Trump Administration is expediting pipeline and terminal permitting and opening new federal land to drilling. Last year’s tax reform unlocked Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Interior Department recently scaled back needless Obama protections for the sage grouse, which will allow drilling on nine million acres in oil-rich states. Leases are being snapped up at auction, even in areas where recoveries are now low and expensive. As technology advances, many investors expect the break-even price of production to fall.

Politicians in the past have sought to secure American energy independence with price controls, ethanol mandates and the oil export ban. But they and OPEC should note that America owes its new energy prosperity to industry innovation, private property, and the free market.

How America (i.e. President Donald Trump) Broke OPEC

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Pro-Israel Voices Are Being Locked In ‘Facebook Jail’


Policing a community sounds like a good idea. But what sounds good in theory is not always so in practice. And in the case of the Facebook community, this device is being used as a cudgel against pro-Israel voices.

Zahava Englard Shapiro, a staunch pro-Israel activist and past executive director of One Israel Fund, told The Jewish Press that Facebook has banned her for allegedly offensive posts so often that she “can’t even keep track as to how many times.”

“The most outrageous time,” she said, “was when Facebook sent me a notice about a post I had written three years before where I referenced Arab Muslim terrorism, stating a factual account. They claimed it did not conform to community standards, which is the same type of message I receive each time I am banned.”

According to Statista, Facebook currently has 2.2 billion active monthly users, making it the most popular social media platform worldwide. Anyone on Facebook can report a post for including hate speech, fake news, or content related to violence, harassment, or terrorism.

If Facebook administrators believe a post violates the company’s standards, it places its author in “Facebook jail.” Access to his account is then either limited or completely blocked for up to 30 days at a time. Opportunities for redress are few to non-existent.

“I tried to fight the charges, but to no avail. My account was locked for three days,” said Izzy (Yisroel) Weiss regarding a post he wrote in response to a woman promoting BDS. Weiss, who works for former Assemblyman Dov Hikind in Brooklyn, said he has been put in Facebook jail on four different occasions.

“Facebook is a partisan platform,” he asserted. “They do not cater to those whose views they do not align with. It is very clear that on the Israeli-Palestinian issue they are clearly on the side of the Palestinian cause.”

“The truth apparently goes against Facebook’s community standards,” said Shapiro. But “Facebook has no problem allowing Jew-hating posts and pages that clearly explain – with diagrams – how to murder a Jew. Somehow, that isn’t contrary to Facebook community standards,” she said.

Alan Silver – who lives in Telzstone just outside of Jerusalem and runs a pro-Israel Facebook group with over 9,400 members – said he has been blocked “at least 15 times” since joining Facebook. He believes he has “been a target by organized Muslim groups” that bombard Facebook with complaints.

Dr. Elana Heideman, executive director of the Jerusalem-based The Israel Forever Foundation, told The Jewish Press that “Facebook jail represents two specific dangers to the ability to defend Israel in social media. First, it denies the right to freedom of speech specifically of those advocating for Jewish rights in Israel.

“Second, it indicates that there is a targeting system at work that is attempting to silence the voices of those advocates. Much like we see on campuses and in general social discussions, Facebook jail – like any blacklist or other means of censorship – is a perceived risk to potential activists who share their voice.”

She added, “Talking about Israel requires courage, confidence and resolve…. Knowing you can be ‘digitally jailed’ makes it harder for individuals to reach a wider audience and for organizations to increase their impact.”

Some are also hurt financially. Avi Abelow, executive director of the 12Tribe Films, told The Jewish Press that his pro-Israel company was removed from a Facebook platform that allows providers to earn revenue from advertisements. “This was a serious financial hit,” he said.

Abelow tried to get reinstated but ran up against a brick wall. “They are not transparent and are very unhelpful,” he said. “When they removed us from their mobile platform, we asked why in the appeal process. They just sent a formal response with a link to a standards document of tens of pages.

No indication of what you did wrong and what you have to fix, just a generic ‘against our standards’ message with no assistance to know what to fix in order to be able to return to the platform.”

Not one to sit and complain, Abelow decided to fight back. “We started an initiative called ‘Don’t Shut Us Up,’” he said. Located online at, it is a “fast-growing, grassroots, international movement that uses social media, short video updates, petitions and PR to fight those who are silencing legitimate opinions online,” he said.

Abelow and his team are currently “compiling a list of all the cases of censorship” on social media to be followed by a push for action. They are asking anyone who experienced or knows about incidents of online censorship to contact them.

Facebook did not respond to numerous requests for comment for this story.

(Not much except maybe advise their advertisers that as long as they advertise on Facebook, you will no longer buy their products)  Jsk

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A guide for left-wingers to watching Fox News and avoid contamination

 A guide for left-wingers to watching Fox News

By Lawrence Solomon

December 14, 2018

Beware: You may find yourself learning something, or even straying right

Fox News’s Sean Hannity takes a little getting used to, so watch with care.

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Ever wonder why Donald Trump hasn’t been impeached yet, given the mountains of evidence against him and all those convictions of his cronies? Maybe you were even surprised that he was elected president. And that the stock market immediately soared. And that manufacturing has come back to the United States. And that U.S. economic growth is again at levels many thought were a thing of the past.

Maybe you were also surprised that the Brits voted to exit the European Union, and that the citizens in other European countries are moving in the same direction.

And that the Paris climate accord has led to the discord torching Paris streets. Maybe you’re wondering why peak oil never happened, and why you stopped hearing about all those Pacific Islands that were going to be submerged by global warming.

If so, don’t blame yourself. Blame the mainstream media, which has misled you and so often left you clueless. But there is a way to recover your understanding of the world, so that current events don’t keep throwing you for a loop. The cure isn’t for everyone. But those who want to be in the know can take the medicine, strictly following instructions.

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Regulating fake news will only ensure that we only see regulated fake news

The medicine is called Fox News. If you are a progressive for whom a low dose is required, you must never watch Sean Hannity, certainly not in the first year, before you’ve developed antibodies. He’ll make your head explode.

Also on the DO-NOT-WATCH list are Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham. If you do happen to stumble on one of them, the only antidote is switching to Shepard Smith’s 3 p.m. ET show at the earliest opportunity (maybe even TiVo him for use in an emergency). Shep will restore your equilibrium with some of TV’s finest Trump bashing, familiarly in the guise of presenting impartial news, just like they do on other networks.

For a fair and balanced Fox experience, start with Martha MacCallum’s 7 p.m. weekday show, The Story. You’ll be hard-pressed to notice any scent of ideology in her thoughtful questioning of brilliant guests, including many of the best legal minds in Democratic circles, such as Harvard University’s Alan Dershowitz and George Washington University’s Jonathan Turley.

MacCallum has no rough edges, she’s thoroughly likable, thoroughly prepared and fearless in asking disarming questions that elicit unscripted answers from her guests.

Super-smart and super-nice also describe Shannon Bream in her 11 p.m. show, Fox News @ Night, a mix of hard news and interviews, typically also of top legal minds of both parties. Bream, a lawyer and formerly Fox’s Supreme Court correspondent, is so unbelievably nice, in fact, that her guests and colleagues spontaneously gush, live on-air, at her unbelievable niceness.

Other shows that will impress left-leaners include Fox News Sunday, hosted by Chris Wallace, a tough interviewer whose pro-Democrat biases rarely show, and Bret Baier  weekday 6 p.m. Special Report, which provides straight news and balanced analysis.

Unlike hosts on other networks, who can be counted on to downplay or altogether ignore news embarrassing to Democrats, the poker-faced Baier provides no such cover for wrong-doers of either party.

Fox News provides opposing perspectives, often articulated by their most accomplished advocates in head-to-head debates, letting you judge for yourself whose arguments best stand up to scrutiny.

Satisfyingly, these exchanges, and other interviews involving politics and law, also provide the civics lessons that schools today neglect. Crystal-clear explanations from the likes of passionate civil libertarians like Dershowitz are a treat to imbibe.

With so much of the news these days involving complex process issues — the Mueller investigation into Trump’s suspected Russian collusion, the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearing, the rights of migrants to obtain refugee status — the need to understand the rule of law becomes paramount. By meeting that need, Fox makes its viewers smarter.

Fox attracts viewers across the ideological spectrum, with the proportion of Democrat and Independent viewers outnumbering its Republican viewers

 Because all viewers — Democrats, Republicans and Independents — feel empowered when they “get it,” Fox attracts viewers across the ideological spectrum, with the proportion of Democrat and Independent viewers outnumbering its Republican viewers and the Fox audience sometimes exceeding that of CNN and MSNBC combined.

There’s a danger for those on the left who watch Fox, however: They may not stay on the left. According to a study last year in the American Economic Review, watching Fox News as little as an additional 2.5 minutes a week will make someone likelier to vote Republican, while watching MSNBC for that amount of time has negligible effect.

The study further found that Fox News has been responsible for an increasing share of the Republican vote: “Our estimates imply increasing effects of FNC (Fox News Channel) on the Republican vote share in presidential elections over time, from 0.46 points in 2000 to 6.34 points in 2008.”

That suggests that without Fox News, John Kerry would have obtained more votes than George W. Bush in the 2004 election, and Barack Obama’s 53-46 per cent win over John McCain in 2008 would have looked more like a 60-40 landslide.

The existential question for those who lean left then becomes, “Is becoming knowledgeable on the issues worth the risk that I will lose my identification as a progressive?” In this era of identity politics, the answer won’t be obvious.

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Why is Bob Mueller designated  a “special counsel”?

Compiled by Janet Levy

Redacted from article by investigative reporter Andy McCathy 

Originally, the concept was known as “special prosecutor,” Archibald Cox being the most famous. In 1978, the Democrat-controlled Congress enacted the Ethics in Government Act, which created the “independent counsel” — a constitutional anomaly that purported to transfer executive authority to the judicial branch (the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals) for purposes of, among other things, appointing a lawyer to investigate government misconduct. 

The institution was skewered by Justice Antonin Scalia in his famous Morrison v. Olson (1988) dissent. Democrats lost their appetite for independent counsels when Bill Clinton was investigated by one. The office was thus allowed to sunset in 1999.

It was replaced by the current “special counsel” — which is not called “independent” because, as noted above, it isn’t. But formal independence is less important than the perception of integrity (flowing from the reality of integrity). Bob Mueller has that. I remain a skeptic of special prosecutors or special counsels. 

Democrats are so Trump-deranged that I suspect, despite Mueller’s solid reputation, they will claim the fix is in if impeachment does not appear to be on the horizon in short order. But most people will give Mueller a chance. And he deserves that.

Some things you should know about Mueller:

It has come to light that as director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, who is currently the special counsel looking for any dirt he can find on Donald Trump, presided over the 2012 removal of all counter-terror training materials of any mention of Islam and jihad in connection with terrorism. Since then, our law enforcement and intelligence officials have been blundering along in self-imposed darkness about the motivating ideology behind the jihad threat. This, it turns out, was Mueller’s doing.

From Robert Spencer,

November 2017:

Special Counsel Mueller, if you operate in search of collusion, what statute, exactly, would you use to prosecute collusion? Please supply the numbers in the U.S. code.

Special Counsel Mueller, you have been called a man of great integrity. Why did you front-load your investigative team with highly partisan supporters of Hillary Clinton? Were independent, non-partisan lawyers not available?

If your target is Russian influence in general, Special Counsel Mueller, why are you not investigating the Clinton Foundation and its dealings with Russia? Have you consulted the book Clinton Cash?

Special Counsel Mueller, what is your understanding of Fanny Ohr? She is the Russia expert, wife of demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr, who worked for Fusion GPS on the Steele dossier. In your expert opinion, why might Fanny Ohr have acquired a short-wave radio license about that time? Was it to communicate with Russian contacts and avoid detection? Did the FBI monitor any of Ohr’s communications?

As you know, Peter Strzok was formerly FBI counterintelligence boss, a very important position. Why was agent Strzok unable to detect the work of the Democrats’ IT man Imran Awan, who had no security clearance but gained repeated unauthorized access to computers of the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees? 

Was that because agent Strzok was busy exonerating presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her destruction of evidence, including more than 30,000 emails.

Agent Strzok changed “gross negligence,” which was a crime, to “extremely careless,” which was not, and FBI boss James Comey repeated that change. What is your take on that? Did you ever exonerate a suspect before you even talked to them?

In your view, former FBI Director Mueller, what was all that business with Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton out on the tarmac? Was it just to exchange pleasantries? Given the time and money you have put in, the public has a right to know.

As you know, Special Counsel Mueller, the FBI sought to identify and discipline the agent who made public the Lynch-Clinton meeting. Who is that person and what is he or she doing now? As you know, agent Strzok still has his badge, his gun and his security clearance.

As you also know, the Communist Party USA was created and sustained by Soviet Russia. In the 1980 and 1984 elections, their candidates were Gus Hall for president and Angela Davis for vice president. Former FBI Director Mueller, how much did Russia spend on those elections? Or did the FBI not bother with Russian intervention in those days?

Former CIA boss John Brennan is claiming that Donald Trump will be relegated to the dustbin of history. In 1976, Brennan voted for the Stalinist Gus Hall for president. In your opinion, former FBI Director Mueller, should that have disqualified Brennan from working for the CIA? And would you have hired him at the FBI? If so, in what capacity?

As you know, Special Counsel Mueller, the FBI failed to stop Omar Mateen’s attack in Florida, and despite warnings failed to stop the Tsarnaev brothers from bombing the Boston Marathon. Why did the powerful agency you once headed fail to stop those acts of terrorism that claimed so many innocent lives?

The FBI was aware of Major Nidal Hasan’s emails to terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki but failed to stop him from murdering 13 unarmed American soldiers at Fort Hood. Sen. Joseph Liebeman sought to make the Hasan-Awlaki emails public but the FBI blocked their release.

Former FBI Director Mueller, when reporters asked you if the FBI had dropped the ball by failing to act, you said, “No. I think, given the context of the discussions and the situation that the agents and the analysts were looking at, they took appropriate steps.” Any second thoughts on that? At the time you expressed no regret over Hasan’s victims, but maybe you have some now?

Given that massive and deadly failure on your watch, why should the people have any confidence in your current probe? 

Given the time and money you have put in, your team of Clinton cronies, and the absence of any crime or collusion, the people have a right to know. Meanwhile, please indulge a final question

As Paul Kengor showed in The Communist, the FBI had an extensive file on African American Stalinist Frank Marshall Davis, who was in fact a Soviet agent. Were you aware that Frank Marshall Davis was the man known only as “Frank” in the Dreams from My Father book by later President Barack Hussein Obama?

Did that ever come up in your time as FBI Director from 2001-2013? The people would sure like to know.

From Lloyd Billingsley, May 2018 (Read the whole thing):

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Dick Morris has a frightening warning about Sanctuary Cities, the US and the Democrat Party
Hear What Dick Morris
Has To Say About Sanctuary States
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Dear Friends:

Sanctuary Cities and now Sanctuary States abound. Everyday we are bombarded with more and more bad news. Hoards of Central American’s are streaming to our borders, demanding asylum. Many of them are criminals in their own countries, who now want to prey upon us.

Don Rosenberg, an Angel Dad and a founder of the Fight Sanctuary State movement lost his son to an illegal from Honduras. Daily we’re told that these people are just victims of their crime-ridden societies. We’re told that illegal aliens don’t commit crimes. Yet, tell that to Don Rosenberg, who’s family just celebrated another Thanksgiving without their son.

With the takeover of the House of Representatives by those forces bent on protecting these illegals, we need a call to action.

Would you take a moment to click on this link   open the link and then click on it and video comes right up or …. simply watch the video above and watch Dick Morris explain the importance of fighting the Sanctuary State. Dick’s clear and concise view of the problem is our call to action.

Please, remember this holiday season that there are literally thousands of families who’ll have an empty chair at the their table, thanks to a criminal illegal alien who murdered their child.

Help us Fight the Sanctuary State.

It requires state and local law enforcement to attempt to verify the immigration status of arrestees suspected of being in United States without documentation and to notify federal and state agencies when arrestees appear to be undocumented.We are pursuing an aggressive ballot imitative that would effectively end California’s sanctuary state policies:

  • It prohibits local governments and law-enforcement agencies from preventing or limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities, setting criminal penalties and minimum $10,000 fines for noncompliance.
  • It prohibits automatic voter registration; requires an affidavit for voter eligibility.
  • It prohibits issuing driver’s license or identification card without verifying citizenship or immigration status.
  • It frees all California employers to use the federal E-Verify system when hiring.
  • California is just the start. Sanctuary is being proposed all over our nation. We must join together to stop this cancer before it spreads from coast to coast.
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The Legacy of George H.W.  Bush?

George Bush Was the Last True WASP in the White House

By Joseph Epstein

Wall Street Journal, Dec. 5, 2018

In any rating of American presidents, George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president, figures to fall somewhere in the vague middle—18th, say, or 24th. A hundred years from now, he will doubtless be considered one of those presidents about whom not much either is known or has been written: a Polk or Hayes of our day. 

He served one term and was noted for a single event—the successful execution of the 100-hour-long Persian Gulf War, though even here critics wished he had pursued the war further. Prominent in the obituaries written about him is his distinction as the last American president to have served in World War II.

Less emphasized is that Bush was our last WASP president. By WASP I do not of course mean merely, as the acronym has it, that he was white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant. So are Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, but not even the younger Mr. Bush is a true WASP in the full social context of the term. The elder Bush came from a prominent Eastern Seaboard family, went to the right schools, had the right financial and legal connections, married within his social class, and shared a point of view on private life and an outlook on public service that was essential to the WASP culture.

A synonym for WASP was once “establishment” or “ruling elite.” Elite culture in America has been intermittently under attack since Andrew Jackson. But in its WASP version it took a particularly hard shelling during the 1960s, when it was often the target of student and other protest movements. WASPs were not impregnable to these attacks. 

Absorbed in their own tradition, they were less than interested in innovation. Insulated themselves, they were, if not intolerant, then certainly not much concerned about social prejudice or injustice. Imagination was never high on their list of attainments or virtues. Like every aristocratic or upper class, the establishment—if you prefer, the WASPocracy—could not care less about reform.

George H.W. Bush was to the manner born. 

(For those curious as to how this exalted, “to the manner born” was obtained, one might refer to the previous article in Israel Commentary…w-bush-on-israel

that quoted the following: 

(“But the George HW’s apple didn’t fall far either…

The accusations against HW’s father, Sen. Prescott Bush, go well beyond dislike for Jews and discriminatory practices that were typical of New England WASP culture back then. It seems his father was involved with Hitler’s financiers in the later 1920s and 1930s.

Prescott Bush was co-founder and a director of at a New York bank, Union Banking Corp. (UBC), where German businessmen who supported the Nazis, stashed away millions. According to documents from the US National Archives made public in 2003, Bush was still a director at the bank, when its assets were frozen under the Trading With the Enemy Act in 1942.

Stark shades of Nazi lover, Joseph Kennedy and the John Fitzgerald Kennedy “Camelot” mirage)  jerome s. kaufman

His father, Prescott Bush, worked on Wall Street and later became a U.S. senator from Connecticut. His family had, and still maintains, a compound at Kennebunkport, Maine. George went to Phillips Academy, then, after an impressive stint as a youthful Navy pilot during World War II, for which he won a Distinguished Flying Cross, he went on to Yale. After Yale, he repaired to Houston, where he went into the oil business, success at which fairly quickly took him out of the financial wars, if ever he was truly in them.

Not long thereafter, he turned to public service. He was a congressman, an envoy to China, head of the Central Intelligence Agency, ambassador to the United Nations. Ronald Reagan, no WASP himself, chose him as his vice president, and after Reagan’s two terms in office, Bush became the first sitting vice president elected to the presidency since Martin Van Buren succeeded Jackson. In none of these offices was Bush notably distinguished; in none an embarrassment or flop. He was a man one could count on to keep the kettle boiling.

When George H.W. Bush ran for president, he attempted to do so not as a WASP but as a Texan. (No Texan could be a WASP; Lyndon Johnson, the ur-Texan, might have been the anti-WASP.) I recall candidate Bush’s remarking his favorite snack was pork rinds and on his fondness for the music of the Oak Ridge Boys. I don’t mean to make him out a phony, only to underscore what must have been his own sense that the day of the WASP was done and his need to play down his having been well-born if he hoped to be elected.

Yet I would contend that it is as a WASP that Bush should be honored. If he had intellectual interests, they remain unknown. If he had distinctive ideas about governance or anything else, he kept them to himself. His most notable utterance—“read my lips,” about his unwillingness to impose a tax hike—he had to recant. One never thinks of the George H.W. Bush years generally, for there was nothing especially notable about them. Yet he had character.

Here his WASP heritage comes into play. One felt he was steady, honorable, with probity and without deviousness, a man one could count on to preserve the dignity of the presidency. With George H.W. Bush in the White House one didn’t have to think about fellatio in the Oval Office, about vice presidents running the show, about a president’s ambivalence toward his own country, about vanity bigger than the Ritz (or perhaps I should say “than the Trump Tower”).

Unlike every president since, one never felt that George H.W. Bush was essentially in business for himself. He always had service in mind. No small thing, this, when one comes to think about it—no, no small thing at all.

Mr. Epstein is author, most recently, of “Charm: The Elusive Enchantment.”

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Where was the late George H. W. Bush on Israel?

(To just keep the record straight, please ignore the usual knee jerk sycophant praise from self-serving, primarily fund raising, power seeking,  politically correct Jewish establishment organizations. Need I list  AIPAC American Israel Public Affair Committee, American Jewish Committee, World Jewish Congress and Simon Wiesenthal Center and ADL (Anti-Defamation League) for starters.)

(I searched for this video, Bush and Hitler, by John Buchanan and there was no negative comment found) 

Jerome S. Kaufman

There is no question George H. W. Bush was a great man, a great American, a great soldier, a great leader and a fine President and deserving of the many plaudits. But, let’s for a moment,  just stick to his relationship with Jewish Americans and Israel)    jsk

(Commentary below article by Jerome S.  Kaufman)

Where was the late George H. W. Bush on Israel?

George H.W. Bush will go down in Jewish History as the American president who forced Israel into a subservient position and endangered millions of Jews.

By Ariel Natan Pasko, 04/12/18

“Go to hell.” That’s what George W. answered a reporter, when questioned about what he planned to tell the Israelis, as he was about to leave on his 1998 Middle East trip. Was he joking? Let’s remember, George W. previously had said in 1993, “heaven is open only to those who accept Jesus Christ,” while discussing his decision to become “born again,” asr eported in the Houston Post at the time.

And let’s not forget his heavy campaigning in Michigan (home of the largest Arab-American community) before the 2000 election, his family’s oil interests, and deep ties with the Arab community in America and the Middle East. Then, there was George W’s open support for a Palestinian state during his presidency, the first American president to come out of the closet on the issue.

As the saying goes, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

So, after a cursory look at George W. Bush’s attitudes to Jews, and Israel, let’s look at his recently deceased father, George H.W. Bush, his friends and family.

Well, for starters, there’s the company H.W. kept, for example James Baker who said, “F*** the Jews, they didn’t vote for us anyways.” James Baker was George H.W. Bush’s Secretary of State.

Why didn’t H.W. criticize Baker’s statement?

And H.W. let Baker publicly berate Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir, “When you’re serious about peace, call us,” giving the number for the White House switchboard. Later, as a friend of the family, he acted as a political advisor to Jeb Bush, when he ran for governor in Florida.

George H.W. Bush will go down in Jewish History as the American president who forced Israel into a subservient position and endangered millions of Jews.

During the 1991 Gulf War, Shamir wanted the communication codes, so that Israeli pilots could contact their American counterparts, and avoid a friendly fire scenario. Bush refused, forcing Shamir’s hand, not to respond to Saddam Hussein’s scud missile fire on Israel. Bush sent patriot missiles, and insisted that Israel let America take care of it. That may be the main turning point, in the Israeli mentality, from “we fight our own wars,” to a growing sense of dependence on Uncle Sam.

As the late Rabbi Meir Kahane quipped, “Once we were people who had faith in the burning bush, and now we depend upon George Bush?”

H.W. also pushed off an Israeli $10 billion aid request for loan guarantees, to help settle the million plus Soviet Jewish refugees flooding Israel, after the fall of the Iron Curtain. He insisted Israel stop building “settlements,” and extorted from Shamir, an agreement that Israel would participate in the 1991 Madrid “peace” Conference. Which led to the Oslo Process, the Palestinian Authority, Arafat’s return, and the Death Machine, Israelis suffer with today. After a more cooperative prime minister was elected in Israel in 1992, Yitzhak Rabin, the loan guarantees went through.

But the George HW’s apple didn’t fall far either…

The accusations against HW’s father, Sen. Prescott Bush, go well beyond dislike for Jews and discriminatory practices that were typical of New England WASP culture back then. It seems his father was involved with Hitler’s financiers in the later 1920s and 1930s.

Prescott Bush was co-founder and a director of at a New York bank, Union Banking Corp. (UBC), where German businessmen who supported the Nazis, stashed away millions. According to documents from the US National Archives made public in 2003, Bush was still a director at the bank, when its assets were frozen under the Trading With the Enemy Act in 1942.

(Stark shades of Nazi lover, Joseph Kennedy and the Jack Fitzgerald Kennedy “Camelot” Mirage)

By the way, for those that pick on the Jews, it is not too good for the pickers.  Just look at the terrible tragedies that have befallen these very prominent families. Maybe someone is taking a more in-depth look and acting accordingly?) jsk

It seems, the UBC was not so much a “bank” at all, but a “clearing house” for the many assets and enterprises, of German industrialist Fritz Thyssen, who later admitted to his role, in helping to finance the Third Reich.

The documents also reveal that Prescott Bush worked for, and was later a partner in, Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH). By the late 1930s, both BBH, which claimed to be the world’s largest private investment bank, and UBC, had bought and shipped millions of dollars of gold, fuel, steel, coal and US treasury bonds to Nazi Germany, feeding and financing Hitler’s military build-up.

On October 20, 1942, the alien property custodian, seized the assets of the UBC, of which Prescott Bush was a director. After checking their books, further seizures were made against two affiliates, the Holland-American Trading Corporation, and the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation. In November, the Silesian-American Company, another of Prescott Bush’s ventures, was also seized.

Bush owned an interest in the Consolidated Silesian Steel Company (CSSC), based in mineral rich Silesia on the German-Polish border. During the war, the company made use of Jewish slave labor from the concentration camps, including Auschwitz.

Two former Jewish slave laborers, at Auschwitz, brought a class action petition to The Hague, for damages against the Bush family, “From April 1944 on, the American Air Force could have destroyed the camp with air raids, as well as the railway bridges and railway lines from Hungary to Auschwitz. The murder of about 400,000 Hungarian Holocaust victims could have been prevented.”

Their argument: On January 22, 1944, Pres. Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order, calling on the government to take all measures to rescue European Jews. The lawyers in the petition claimed the order was ignored, because of pressure brought by a group of large American companies, including BBH, where Prescott Bush was a director. The petition went nowhere.

John Loftus, a former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor in the 70s, who is associated with the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, said that Prescott Bush’s business dealings were similar to what other American and British businessmen were doing at the time.

They bought Nazi stocks.

“This was the mechanism by which Hitler was funded to come to power, this was the mechanism by which the Third Reich’s defense industry was re-armed, this was the mechanism by which Nazi profits were repatriated back to the American owners, this was the mechanism by which investigations into the financial laundering of the Third Reich were blunted. The UBC was a holding company for the Nazis, for Fritz Thyssen,” Loftus explained. Loftus has said that the late senator’s actions, should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

It seems that the money Prescott Bush made from all his business dealings with the Nazis, including benefiting from Jewish slave labor, helped to establish the Bush family fortune, and set up its political dynasty.

Connecting the dots.

You have George H.W. Bush’s father, Prescott, possibly a Nazi sympathizer, in the least, having accumulated a fortune working with them, financially benefiting from Jewish slave labor too. And this, even after the US enters the war against Nazi Germany. Post-war he runs for politics, gets elected senator, and can also set up his kids to run.

Then, H.W., who weakens Israel’s defense posture, by forcing dependence on America. He withholds loan guarantees to help Israel absorb the massive wave of Soviet Jews (said to be the equivalent of America absorbing France). And, he pushes Israel into the false peace process, that began at the Madrid Conference in 1991, endangering Israel.

And HW’s son, George W. Bush, who doesn’t think Jews will get an after-life, and admits that America, Israel’s “ally,” the “even-handed broker,” wants the “peace process” to end with a Palestinian state, further endangering over six million Jews in Israel.

What a family legacy!

Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master’s Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko.

Commentary by Jerome S. Kaufman

PS  John Baker, Bush’s White House Chief of Staff and former US Secretary of State administered an American State Dept. replete with in fact, non-Jewish Jewish principals Dennis Ross and an anti-Israel force in the Senior Bush and Bill Clinton’s State Department including self-hating Jews – Martin Indyk, Aaron Miller, Richard Haase and of course,  Madeleine Albright.

President Bush Sr. with the declared “assistance” of these stalwarts all  but brought Israel to its knees with their various “peace plans” that continue to this very day. 

President Bush handed a $9 billion deal to sell advanced F-15 fighters to Saudi Arabia wherein their only possible target would be Israel. Israel’s vehement protest supported by AIPAC and the other main establishment organizations failed with Bush cleverly calling his opponents (referring specifically to the Jewish establishment ) “thousands of lobbyists” up against “one little lonely guy.”  (Him)

Despite the wide-spread Jewish opposition, Bush prevailed and the F-15 fighter jet deal easily went through.  Unfortunately, that was the last time AIPAC and the rest had the courage to oppose Presidential power. Instead they have simply taken the path of least resistance aided and abetted by the usual uninformed, shtetl-minded  American Jews — continuing their primary objective — self-serving fund raising.

Many American Jews  rightfully felt that George H.W. Bush’s statement obviously fed into antisemitic myths of Jewish power. As a result, Bush’s support among American Jews cratered, with 90 percent of them voting for his opponent Bill Clinton in the 1992 election. And, Clinton quickly became the next undeserving, Jewish hero.

Unfortunately, nothing has changed with Jewish hero selection. They voted near 75% for Barack Obama and now are vehemently opposing a true Israel/Jewish supporter — Donald Trump.

Go Figger!

Jerome S. Kaufman

Prevaling view that Italians not complicit in killing of Jews during Holocaust is dead wrong

Exposing Italian Crimes

Simon Levis Sullam reveals how Italian citizens were actively complicit in the extermination of Jews – and got away with it.

By Janet Levy, November 22, 2018

Contrary to the prevalent view that Italians were primarily among the so-called “righteous gentiles” who saved Jews during the Holocaust, Italy played a significant role in the genocide of its Jewish citizens.

Italians advanced blood libels, instituted persecutory racial laws, and later actively participated in the arrest and deportation of Jews to Auschwitz. In The Italian Executioners: The Genocide of the Jews in Italy, modern history professor Simon Levis Sullam explodes the myth of the “good Italians” promulgated after the war and exposes, for the first time, the cover-up of Italian responsibility.

As early as 1938, under the centralized authority of the Italian Social Republic (RSI), Italy introduced racial laws for its Jewish citizens that limited their economic activities, demonized them as inferior and enemies of the country, and persecuted them in employment, education and property ownership.

The Ministry of Popular Culture set up local centers to study the Jewish problem and crank out antisemitic propaganda for the media. A telling sentiment expressed on Radio Roma was the hope that “the Jews be burnt, one by one, and their ashes scattered in the wind.” All of this ultimately paved the way for Jewish annihilation.

Five years before any roundups began, Levis Sullam reveals, the Italian government conducted a complete census of the Jewish population and established an efficient bureaucracy to surveil and persecute this “disease of humanity.”

False and dehumanizing accusations about Jews, many promulgated by the Roman Catholic Church, were rampant.

Jews were viewed as deserving of segregation and persecution based on race alone. Officers in the Fascist National Republican Guard under Mussolini were well briefed in spiritual and biological racism theories.

From 1943 to 1945, a network of collaborators – police, militia members, customs officials and more – hunted Jews in their homes. They arrested, imprisoned and handed Jews over to the Germans for deportation to death camps. Jewish property and belongings were ransacked and stolen, often with impunity. Audaciously, Jewish victims of theft were charged an administrative fee for this confiscation of their assets, the book recounts.

To illustrate the depth of action undertaken by the complicit Italian population, the author describes the actions and involvement of three prominent community members. He shows how the sentiments of these people of note were representative of the general populace, helped create widespread hatred of Jews in the period leading to World War II and helped facilitate genocide.

Giovanni Preziosi, an RSI legislator, spearheaded the General Inspectorate of Race. He was responsible for identifying “racial status,” studying “racial questions,” disseminating antisemitic propaganda and devising solutions to the Jewish problem with full knowledge of the “final solution” adopted by the Germans. He was a willing and enthusiastic party to the joint Italian-German undertaking to perpetrate genocide. He was responsible for supervising the confiscation of Jewish property and infusing the educational system with antisemitic propaganda.

Giovanni Martelloni, a writer on the “Jewish question” and head of the Office of Jewish Affairs in Florence, joined the Inspectorate of Race in 1944 and carried out arrests and confiscations. An antisemitic writer who defined a “Jewish problem” that had plagued the world for 2,000 years, he was put in charge of coordinating anti-Jewish activities in Florence.

Physician and lecturer Giocondo Protti supported racist legislation and authored articles such as “The Jews as the Disease of Humanity” and “The Tragedy of Israel.” He ranted about the corrosive Jewish effect on society that he claimed was congenital and couldn’t be reversed by conversion.

The Italians proved useful to the Nazis.

They seized half of the country’s Jews and even ran their own concentration camp at Fossoli di Carpi, a way station for transport to Auschwitz. The camp was operated by Italian Fascist militias and strategically located close to a railway line. In his book, Levis Sullam, referring to an official document that called for a search for a second concentration camp, reasons that a network of labor camps likely existed in Italy. Operations against the Jews were carried out in Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice and other regions throughout the country.

The author describes many instances of Italians who served as informers and extracted large sums of money from Jews who wanted to cross the Swiss border.

Along the way, the guides, motivated by financial gain, personal vendettas or political convictions, betrayed the escaping Jews, alerted the authorities and collected a bounty for their capture.

At the close of the war, attempts were undertaken to recast the role of the Italian executioners. Remarkably, no one was ever prosecuted for carrying out Fascism’s antisemitic policies since persecution of the Jews was not considered a crime. By the summer of 1946, approximately 10,000 of the 13,000 people who had been convicted of wartime-related activities were granted amnesty and cleared of guilt and responsibility.

Italians who had engaged in enacting and carrying out racist legislation were fully able to flourish in their postwar careers, with some even going on to serve as judges and in political office.

The author discusses the peculiar “removal” of Italian responsibility and its replacement with historical accounts featuring the “good Italian” and their “tolerance and kindheartedness” toward Jews. Often, to move on with their lives, Jews accepted and supported this fallacious narrative.

Italians were falsely presented as opposing the German extermination policy and doing all they could to save Jews.

With the postwar whitewashing of their Holocaust role, Italians moved from the “era of the witness,” which highlighted the victims’ plight during genocide, to the “era of the savior,” in which Italy celebrates its role as alleged rescuer of Jews. The country has failed to recognize its own complicity in the murder of its Jewish citizens, bypassing the “era of the executioner.” That step would require the country to confront its woeful participation, faithfully described in this trailblazing book. Hopefully, Sullam’s account will begin this process with his uncovering of the Fascist regime’s role as a willing Holocaust perpetrator.

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From:  Gerald Honigman   Dec 2, 2018

Rome was the place where Church Father “Saint” Augustine’s instructions regarding what to do with the “deicide people” were carried out and became a model for elsewhere.
Unlike another Church Father, “Saint” John Chrysostom—who openly called for their slaughter in his homilies, Augustine wanted Jews kept alive……but in such a lowly condition that, when others looked upon them, they would recognize the deicide people.
The ghetto was the unhealthy iron foundry area, avoided for habitation—but perfect for the alleged G_d-killers. This ghetto came with locks and soon spread far beyond Italy.
Please open the following link to my earlier article about the above two Church Fathers and the Jews…

Right near Rome’s Colosseum stands the towering Arch of Titus. It was built soon after the first major revolt of Judea for freedom (66-73 C.E.). Contemporary Roman historians recorded the mass slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Jews

during these attempts to regain independence from the conqueror of much of the known world. Scroll down here…

So, unfortunately, the Italians have had a long history of hostility towards Jews which preconditioned them to what Janet Levy writes about in her eye-opening review of this painful new book about Italian active complicity in the Holocaust.

Even Michelangelo placed what most folks will see as Devil’s horns on his famous sculpture of Moses—despite “rays of light”
claims by some folks. Centuries of the Church’s own demonization and dehumanization of the eternal wandering, deicide people had taken its toll on him and most others as well…even after they became atheists.
Thanks Janet and Jerry for all you do for matters dear to all our hearts…
Chag Chanukah sameach,
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