Caroline Glick returned to Dallas Texas and blew the minds of her audience

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She was amazing and Lt. Colonel Allen West’s introduction was phenomenal.

This was a special evening with Caroline Glick speaking about “President Trump’s Israel Policy and its effect on American Interests and National Security”. Special guest Colonel Allen West introduced Glick. This occurred on 10/30/18 in Dallas Texas at the Addison Conference Center. Caroline Glick spoke and then took questions at the end.

“Caroline Glick is one of the most astute, dedicated and patriotic people that you can ever run into. When she speaks, she speaks truth, and truth is power when it comes from her mouth. What beats within her heart is the lion of Judah.”

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Update on King Abdullah/Jordan/Israel and US Relationship

Jordan’s King Abdullah – Weak, Untrustworthy and Irreplaceable

It is an open secret, seldom discussed, that the regime of King Abdullah II of Jordan is extraordinarily weak.

He is viewed in the U.S. as a close ally, whose counsel is sought by senior officials and foreign policy practitioners. But more than an ally, Abdullah is a dependent. Without the U.S. — and to a similar degree, without Israel — the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan would not long survive.

The weakness of the Kingdom has two sources. First, Jordan is poor. It lacks natural resources, and due to the regime’s failure to liberalize the economy or reform the legal system in order to cultivate economic growth and productivity, there are few opportunities for private advancement. The average Jordanian lives in poverty. Per capita income in Jordan is $3,238 per year.

The second source of the Kingdom’s weakness is the unpopularity of the regime. The Hashemites are Beduins. They were installed as monarchs of the area by the British in the aftermath of World War I. The vast majority of the population is Palestinian, not Beduin. The Palestinian majority in Jordan is systematically discriminated against by the regime. That regime-based discrimination has escalated steeply in recent years. Palestinians have been ejected from the military and denied the right to work in various professions.

The Hashemite regime is based on an alliance it built with the other Beduin tribes east of the Jordan River. But the bonds between the Hashemites and the other Beduin tribes have been steadily eroding. Over the past year, the Beduin have been leading mass, countrywide protests against the regime.

They demand the transformation of the monarchy from an effective dictatorship, where Abdullah controls all aspects of the government, into a constitutional monarchy along the lines of the British monarchy. Several of the tribes are allied with Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda.

The weakness of the Kingdom of Jordan is the cause of King Abdullah’s abrupt announcement on Sunday that Jordan is canceling two annexes of the 1994 peace treaty it signed with Israel. The annexes in question set the terms for Israel’s 25-year lease of landsalong the border with Jordan, at the Tzofar enclave in the Arava desert in Israel’s south, and at the so-called Isle of Peace at Naharayim, adjacent to the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.

Sovereignty over the lands was long disputed, although Israeli farmers had cultivated the areas since the 1920s. In a goodwill gesture to his partner in peace, Abdullah’s father, the late King Hussein, then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin agreed to cede Israel’s claims to sovereignty in exchange for the long-term lease.

Abdullah’s move was not a breach of the letter of the agreement, although it marks a significant downgrade of the peace. The treaty allows for one party to announce its intention not to extend the terms of the lease and then enter consultations relating to the move with the other side.

 But as Israeli scholar and Jordan area specialist Eyal Zisser explained in Yisrael Hayomon Tuesday, in making the announcement, Abdullah signaled that he is “disavowing the spirit of the 1994 peace agreement and turning [his back] on the partnership forged between Rabin and Hussein.”

The timing of the announcement reinforced this assessment. Abdullah added insult to injury by announcing he was abrogating the lease deals on the Hebrew anniversary of Rabin’s 1995 assassination.As Zisser recalled, Rabin was far more enthusiastic about the peace deal with Jordan than he was about the peace process with the PLO. He believed that Israel could rely on the Hashemite dynasty to keep its part of the bargain.

Rabin was correct that Israel could rely on the monarchy. Even before Israel and Jordan signed the formal peace deal, the Hashemite regime was Israel’s strategic partner – and dependent.

Israel’s problem was never with the regime, which rightly views Israel as the guarantor of its survival, both militarily and in term of natural resources. Israel provides Jordan with most of its water and is set to begin exporting natural gas to Jordan in 2020.

The bar to peace between the neighboring states has always the people of Jordan. According to Pew’s 2014 survey of global opinion,100 percent of Jordanians have negative views of Jews. Also according to Pew survey data, Jordan is second only to Egypt in hatred for America.

Abdullah’s decision to cancel the annexes was without a doubt an attempt to win public approval.

Israel’s response to the announcement was mixed. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to neutralize the issue by saying Israel and Jordan would enter into negotiations in a bid to restore the lease agreement, in accordance with the treaty. But Jordan quickly nixed the idea. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi responded that Abdullah’s decision is final.

Senior Israeli government ministers, speaking anonymously, told reporters that Israel must retaliate against Abdullah by ending its plan to increase its water transfers to Jordan. Expanded humanitarian aid to Jordan, under the circumstances is “an absurd gesture,” they said.

Israel’s quandary, however, like the U.S.’s dilemma, is that Abdullah is the most dependable leader they can expect from Jordan for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, as far as Israel is concerned, there is no popular constituency in Jordan for peace.

Indeed, hostility for Israel is so high that despite Jordan’s water shortage and need for natural gas to power its sclerotic economy, according to Israeli businessmen who travel frequently to Jordan, large protests take place regularly demanding that the regime abrogate its water and gas deals with Israel.

With Iran perched on Jordan’s doorstep in Syria, it is fairly clear that it would be unwise for Israel or the U.S. to make any moves to further destabilize the regime. Indeed, both would be wise to help strengthen the regime. But while doing so, it is imperative as well for the U.S. and Israel to use their leverage against the regime to force it to begin lowering the flame of antisemitic and anti-American rhetoric.

As far as Jew hatred is concerned, the State Department’s 2017 report on International Religious Freedom noted, far from working to moderate Jew-hatred in the kingdom, state-controlled media in Jordan promote Jew-hatred.

According to the report, “Editorial cartoons, articles, and postings on social media continued to present negative images of Jews and to conflate anti-Israel sentiment with anti-Semitic sentiment. The government continued not to take action with regard to anti-Semitic material appearing in the media, despite laws that prohibit such material.”

Attitudinal changes tend to be a generational undertaking. Abdullah has now been monarch in Jordan for nearly a generation. His weakness, and his dependency on the U.S. and Israel, should spur both governments to continue to support him on the one hand, and to demand that he take action in the media, in the school system, and his government-controlled mosques to moderate sentiments and cultivate tolerance among his subjects on the other.

Otherwise, no matter how much support Abdullah receives, at some point the Kingdom of Jordan will be overturned, and it will take vital Israeli and U.S. strategic interests with it.

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Astute Analysis of Mid-term Election

A split decision for a split country

November 7, 2018

By Jack Engelhard,

So Barbara Streisand won’t leave us for Canada, after all.

That’ll teach us!

Along the schlep northward she’d be absconding with her music, her movies and a Caravan of millionaire yentas including Oprah, Fonda, Charlize Theron and many other disgruntled above-the-title elites in search of “a better life” under Trudeau. These petulant Tiffany migrants…yes, Trudeau was sure to let them in and hug them at the border as he does the masses from Syria.

After all, the suffering…oh the SUFFERING under Trump while waiting for Regime Change that would bring back the glories of Obama and bring back Hillary and firmly install people like Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Cory Booker – all members of a Party that shake hands and take pictures with renowned anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

That’s the same Party that slandered and ripped to shreds a good man, Brett Kavanaugh, just to keep him off the Supreme Court…and prove how they can gang-up on any citizen.

“We kick them” — Eric Holder’s summons to fellow Democrats as to etiquette towards Republicans.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt also warned of the consequences should the GOP retain any part of Congress.

Except for James Woods and Jon Voight, Hollywood was sure to empty out…and you, Mr. and Mrs. America, weren’t you waiting for Alec Baldwin to instruct you which way to vote?

How did that go?

The results are in and Americans have voted to give Socialism a chance, in the House. Blue Wave or not, but enough to give Democrats the power to do what they do best – Resist Trump. What about “bread and butter issues” like the booming economy? But resisting/impeaching Trump IS their bread and butter issue.

Expect Dems Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings and Maxine Waters, all these Reps slated for top House chairs, to go after Trump with renewed vengeance. Everything that was forgotten or set aside will be remembered, so there will be more vigorous investigations into “Russia collusion” and even Trump’s tax returns.

Apparently, what is good for Venezuela is good for America.

Not a good night if you are part of Trump’s America. Apparently, Americans – at least those who went to the polls, were “tired of winning.”

That used to be a joke Trump used often. But not funny anymore.

The Kavanaugh Effect did not play as imagined.

The hearings, at which Democrats took turns torturing a man, were a show trial that should have disgusted Americans. Maybe some. But not enough.

Likewise, the Farrakhan Effect – brutish public anti-Semitism – did not turn away enough voters from the Democrats, and that is disturbing

Especially if this is to be a trend among Millennials, thinking here of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as typical.

Any good news? Yes. Republicans keep the Senate. Solidly.

Good as that is, how is it that for the Florida Senate, Republican Rick Scott had been going at it neck to neck against challenger Bill Nelson, the Democrat? Scott is a Trump man all the way. He’s the likely winner. But it should have been easy. As it should have been for Republican Ron DeSantis, for the Florida governorship, who spent all night trying to shake off Dem challenger, Andrew Gillum… and did, barely.

Gillum is a radical leftist and no friend of Israel. DeSantis ran as a Trump Republican in that swing state and as a supporter of Israel.

Israel stands safe in the Senate…but no thanks to the likes of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren, all of whom kept their seats.

It is a comfort that they are outnumbered by Republicans in the Senate, all of whom support Israel, and most of whom favor a clamp on illegal immigration.

Trump, the experts say, was mistaken to make immigration his big issue, and they will point to that for these wobbly results between the House and Senate.

But Trump’s vision of America is entirely patriotic. That usually sells in America. Not this time. Not all the way. We should be worried.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the international book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and most recently the classic noir novel “Slot Attendant,” plus the two inside journalism thrillers “The Bathsheba Deadline” and “News Anchor Sweetheart, Hollywood Edition.” Engelhard is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. 

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The Fantasy of ‘Democratic Socialism’

If the state controls the economy, competition is replaced by rivalries among politicians. 

Doctors speak about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Some people say there’s a good kind of socialism, democratic socialism, that is different from the bad kind, the Marxist-Leninist variety. There’s an obvious problem with this claim: There never has been a socialist country that has been democratic. The Democratic Socialists of America admit it: “No country has fully instituted democratic socialism,” the organization says on its website.

Democratic socialism is not only an unrealized dream. It is a contradiction in terms.   (One might call it an oxymoron)

The DSA argues that democratic socialism is possible: “We can learn from the comprehensive welfare state maintained by the Swedes.” DSA also mentions government programs in France, Canada and Nicaragua that smack of socialism.

But Sweden, France and Canada are not socialist countries, and Nicaragua is not democratic. “Sweden allows property and profits,” notes economic historian Deirdre McCloskey. “It allocates most goods by unregulated prices.” The U.S. bailed out General Motors , but Sweden didn’t rescue Volvo or Saab.

What would be the defining characteristics of a democratic socialist country? In “The Poverty of Socialist Thought,” a 1976 Commentary article, I argued that “socialism is nothing more than a vague moral commitment to social justice.”

I was wrong. Contemporary democratic socialists have a concrete agenda: They want to eliminate capitalism. The DSA says: “In the short term we can’t eliminate private corporations, but we can bring them under greater democratic control.” Meagan Day, a DSA member who works for Jacobin magazine, writes for Vox: “In the long run, democratic socialists want to end capitalism.”

In “The New Socialists,” a New York Times article, political scientist Corey Robin argues that capitalism should be abolished because “it makes us unfree.” He complains that “under capitalism, we’re forced to enter the market just to live.” Well, yes. Would Mr. Robin want the state to be the sole employer? Would he prefer to buy goods at state-owned stores and eat at state-owned restaurants?

Mr. Robin, like all socialists, is hazy on the details of a socialist economy. The first step he proposes is “state ownership of certain industries.” He doesn’t say which ones. Democratically elected workers, he imagines, would decide what to make and what prices to charge. “The trouble with socialism,” Oscar Wilde is reported to have said, “is that it would take too many evenings.”

If democratic socialists looked more closely at the world, they would see that a strong market economy is a necessary condition for freedom, though not a sufficient one. The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index lists 10 countries as having the most competitive economies: the U.S., Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Denmark. Only two, Singapore and Hong Kong, are not fully democratic.

If democratic socialism is a fantasy, socialist economic proposals are recipes for economic stagnation. “Competitive economies,” the forum says, “are those that are most likely to be able to grow more sustainably and inclusively, meaning more likelihood that everyone in society will benefit from the fruits of economic growth.” If the state owns corporations, there is no competition, only rivalries among people with political power.

To argue in favor of competitive economies is not to endorse libertarianism or laissez-faire economics. Adam Smith understood that markets need to be regulated. The nature and extent of market regulation will always be a matter of debate, but the more the government interferes in the market, the less competitive an economy will be.

Democratic socialists would do well to ponder Yeats’s lines: “We had fed the heart on fantasies, / The heart’s grown brutal from the fare.”

(I still like former UK Prime Minister’s line the best:

The only problem with socialism is that you run out of other people’s money.) jsk

Mr. Miller’s latest book is “Walking New York: Reflections of American Writers from Walt Whitman to Teju Cole.”

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Comparing President Trump with the Democrats for the Jews and Everyone else

By Karin McQuillan,

American Thinker, Nov. 1, 2018

Trump is the Best President Ever for American Jews

President Trump’s statement on anti-Semitism the day after the Tree of Life massacre truly was “electrifying.” The Jews have endured terrible persecution, and you know that we’ve all read it: We’ve studied it. They’ve gone through a lot and those seeking their destruction…we will seek their destruction…Never again.

It touched my heart deeply. Jews have never, but never, been given this kind of whole-hearted support by an American leader before. Trump told the rally-goers in Illinois, slowly, and with great emphasis:

This evil anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us. It’s an assault on humanity. It will require all of us, working together, to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism from our world. This was an anti-Semitic attack at its worst. The scourge of anti-Semitism cannot be ignored, cannot be tolerated, and it cannot be allowed to continue.

We cannot allow it to continue. It must be confronted and condemned everywhere it rears its very ugly head. We must stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters to defeat anti-Semitism, and vanquish the forces of hate – that’s what it is.

President Trump is a promise keeper. He is unique among Presidents in keeping his campaign promises. When President Trump says anti-Semitism cannot be allowed to continue, it sounds like he means it. This may be, let us hope and pray, it may be of real significance.

President Trump is sui generis. He bulls through what ‘everyone knows’ and takes on the problems that others say are impossible to change. He sees what should be done, and he gets down to do it. Bringing back industrial jobs to America? No problem. Create jobs for unemployed blacks and Hispanics. At historic levels. Dealing with the immigration disaster destroying America? Bring it on.

And now antisemitic murders of Jews have happened in America, on his watch. Trump is putting the evil doers on notice: anti-Semitism will not be tolerated. Anti-Semitism? It’s got to end.

The forces of anti-Semitism are concentrated in four groups of our fellow Americans: white supremacists like the man who murdered the congregants of Tree of Life; the Nation of Islam and our black community, Hispanic immigrants and to a lesser extent, native-born Hispanics, and progressives. Three of these four groups are large, significant voting blocs. All three are crucial to Democrat electoral victory.

Democrats are indeed the anti-Trump. He has zero tolerance for anti-Semitism, they have 100% tolerance. They must have anti-Semites’ votes to get to their 90% bloc voting in the black community, and to kowtow to their progressives. Democrat tolerance of anti-Semitism is a national disgrace. And it is getting worse, far worse.

The number two post in the DNC is held by Keith Ellison, a long-time supporter of Farrakhan. The famous pussy-hat women’s march was co-organized and led by an Obama “Champion of Change,” Linda Sansour, who supports jihad in America and thinks Jewish women should be kicked out of the feminist movement. She was invited to the Obama White House seven times. That’s nothing. Al Sharpton, who has the unholy honor of being the only American to instigate two anti-Jewish riots in New York that led to over a dozen murders, was invited to Obama’s White House over a hundred times.

The Democrat party is running anti-Semitic candidates in the midterms. Not one, many. As The Federalist’s Warren Henry reports,

 In Michigan Rashida Tlaib wants Israel wiped out as a Jewish state.

In Pennsylvania, Scott Wallace has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the anti-semitic BDS campaign.

In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar says Israel “hypnotized the world” and hopes Allah would awaken people to “the evil doings of Israel.”

In Virginia, Congressional nominee Leslie Cockburn wrote a book that whose theme is that Jews control our government, and claims that Israel caused the cold war with Stalin.

The leftist Andrew Gillum, running for governor in Florida, supports BDS and the anti-Israel group Dream Defenders.

A socialist candidate for Congress in Boston, Ayanna Presley, held an event with Nation of Islam members outside a mosque known for anti-Semitic conspiracy speakers.

Twenty-one members of the Black Congressional Caucus invite and consult with the odious Farrakhan, who has spread Nazi-style anti-Semitism among American blacks for decades, with no pushback by Democrat leaders. This goes far beyond photo ops.

Anti-Semitism is as much a part of the Democrat left as it is of neo-Nazi skinheads. Skinheads are shunned as pariahs by everyone in America. Leftist anti-Semitism is supported and rationalized by Democrat liberals.__If they can, they blame it on Israel. If they can’t, they cover their own collusion with evil by screeching like banshees that Republican patriotism is white supremacy.

President Trump says, “The scourge of anti-Semitism cannot be ignored, cannot be tolerated and it cannot be allowed to continue. We cannot allow it to continue. It must be confronted and condemned everywhere it rears its very ugly head.”

There is a lot that Trump can do. For a start, he – and all Republicans – need to call out the Democrat Party on their antisemitic candidates and supporters. Not once – loudly and consistently.

It would be great for President Trump to come up with one of his genius branding names for such Democrats.

On our college campuses, jihadi front groups are protected by left-wing academics, with a vulnerable population of young Jews to attack. Antisemitic incidents on campus doubled in 2015 – including 56 violent assaults – and doubled again in 2016. Education Secretary Betsy Devos should send out guidelines that Title IX protects Jewish students.

Trump and Congress must address the problem with social media. Twitter banned gaypatriot but allows Farrakhan continue his account as he tweets that Jews are termites? Termites, extermination, get it?

The social justice warriors who are working overtime as ‘good censors’ at Google, Twitter and Facebook are fine with anti-semites, as long as they are black or leftist or anti-Israel. This must stop.

This is where I’m supposed to start bad-mouthing President Trump as crude or vulgar or intemperate or overly aggressive or non-Presidential – to show I’m not a cheerleader or that I personally have good manners. Forget it. 

Trump has earned my gratitude by all he’s done for America, for all of us. I am a cheerleader. I love that he’s a real person. I’ll take crude and real and good anytime.

Trump can’t let an insult go by when it would be smarter to keep his mouth shut. Men with a lot of testosterone can be like that. It’s part of why he does his job like a man, too, a man who cares about getting the hard jobs done. A man who cares about protecting all Americans. I love the guy. (Me, too)

He has my back, and I know it.

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So, You don’t like President Trump’s gruff manner …

But, please note his list of achievements. It is mind-boggling. We have never seen anything like it before. And, all this despite the complete obstructionism of the Democrats, virtually the entire media – newspapers, TV and behind the scenes …  jealous elements of his own party protecting their own mis-guided self-interests.

Not voting Republican and for those that support Trump’s  amazing record has become politically unacceptable, self-defeating,  unpatriotic and, in fact, un-American.   jsk

THE LIST OF PRESIDENT TRUMPS ACHIEVEMENTS IN JUST TWO YEARS!

Economic Growth

  • 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.
  • For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.

Jobs

  • 4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.
  • More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.
  • Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades.
  • The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.
  • Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.
  • Unemployment claims at 50 year low
  • African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.

–African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018. –Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.

–Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent.

  • Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years.

–Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.

  • Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.

–July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.

  • Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.

–July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.

  • Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.
  • Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.
  • Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.
  • Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”

–68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.

  • Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.

–Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.

  • Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election.

–Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.

  • 100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas.

American Income

  • Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.
  • Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009.
  • Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.
  • Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.
  • Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election.
  • Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history.

–Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.

  • Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.

American Optimism

  • Small business optimism has hit historic highs.

–NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August. –SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.

  • Manufacturers are more confident than ever.

–95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.

  • Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.
  • 12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record.
  • Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent.

American Business

  • Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.

–Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017.
  • ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.
  • Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.
  • Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.

–Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.

Deregulation

  • Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office.
  • Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks.
  • Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.
  • Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule.
  • Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history.

Tax Cuts

  • Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law.

–Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families. –Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business.

–Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.

–Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction.

–Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.

–Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win.

–Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.

–Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy.

  • 9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department.
  • More than 6 million of American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts.
  • Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts.
  • Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities.

Worker Development

  • Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries.
  • Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students.
  • Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs.
  • Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.

Domestic Infrastructure

  • Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country.
  • Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects.
  • Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects.
  • Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas.

Health Care

  • Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline.
  • Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments.
  • Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients.
  • Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone.
  • FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion.
  • Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases.
  • Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans.
  • Let more employers to form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees.
  • Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty.
  • Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.”
  • USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states
  • Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law.
  • Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry.
  • HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.
  • Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities.
  • Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.

Combating Opioids

  • Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders.
  • Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities.
  • $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids.
  • Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis.
  • Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017.
  • Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
  • Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.
  • Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis.
  • Led two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time.
  • $485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
  • Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities.
  • DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
  • Joint Criminal Opioid Dark-net Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
  • Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017.

Law and order

  • More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever.
  • Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges.
  • Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution.

–Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

  • Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.
  • Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers.
  • Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.
  • $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
  • Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime.
  • Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
  • Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking.
  • Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120 human traffickers.
  • Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs.
  • New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States.

Border Security and Immigration

  • Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill.
  • Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego.
  • Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang.

–ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year. –Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.

–Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.

  • Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border.

–ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin. –ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.

–ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.

–Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States.

–Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.

–DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.

–DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Dark-net Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.

  • Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.
  • Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border.
  • Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter.

–These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.

  • ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017.

–ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone.

  • In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for:

–Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses. –More than 48,000 with assault offenses.

–More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.

–More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses.

–More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.

–Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.

  • Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
  • More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody.

TRADE

  • Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.

–Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides. –Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.

–Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws.

–Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports.

–Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.

–Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement.

–Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.

–Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade.

  • Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security.
  • Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone.
  • Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way.

–25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods. –Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft.

–Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies.

  • Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
  • Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers.

–Recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly. –Recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe.

–Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports.

–Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO

–Opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century

–American beef exports have returned to china for the first time in more than a decade.

  • OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation.

Energy

  • Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction.
  • Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.
  • Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017.
  • Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry.
  • Cancelled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement.
  • Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040.
  • U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history
  • United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world.
  • U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades.
  • Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity.
  • Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers.
  • Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year.
  • Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy.

–Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018.

  • Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.
  • Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Foreign Policy

  • Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
  • Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.

–Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force. –Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country.

–All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.

  • Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.

–The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress. –North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.

–Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.

  • Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle.
  • Executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt.
  • Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.

–Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program. –Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.

–Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.

  • New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses.

–Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military.

  • Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS.

–ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump. –ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017.

–All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.

  • More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world.
  • Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections.

–Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA. –Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.

–Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.

–Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities.

–Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.

–Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.

  • Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.

Defense

  • Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.
  • $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.
  • Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
  • Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent.
  • Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.
  • New strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats.
  • Administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
  • Released an America first National Security Strategy.
  • Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council.
  • Encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agree-upon levels.

–In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies. –Every member state has increased defense spending.

–Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024.

–NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.

  • Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad.

Veterans affairs

  • Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA tele-health services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.

–Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before.

  • Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA.
  • Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA.
  • VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that:

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–Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs. –Funding for the Veterans Choice program.

–Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program.

–Gave veterans more access to walk-in care.

–Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.

–Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.

  • Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in addition funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
  • Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades old priority.
  • Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
  • Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data.
  • Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA.
  • Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members.

–Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.

  • Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.
  • VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.
  • Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans

DEMONIZING ISRAEL VIA THE HI-JACKING (PERVERSION) OF LANGUAGE

With malice aforethought, painting Israel up against a black propaganda exercise inverting truth and lies, unfortunately, with devastating effect.

BY MELANIE PHILLIPS

The Jerusalem Post

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

If there’s one refrain which gets me chewing the carpet, it’s the plaintive question, “Why is Israel unable to get its message across?”

The naivety behind this question is itself a large part of the answer. It’s not just the fact that – as has now become all too obvious – the demonization and delegitimization of Israel is inextricably linked to the ineradicable poison of anti-semitism.

More pertinently, Israel has been up against a black propaganda exercise which has inverted truth and lies with devastating effect. Its only equivalent in scale, skill and evil intent is the manipulative mind control practiced by totalitarian regimes.

No coincidence: This strategy of psychological warfare deployed by the Palestinians was devised by Yasser Arafat in cahoots with the Soviets, who knew a thing or two about subverting the values of an entire culture. And the war against the Jews is part of the broader war against the free world and the core tenets of Western civilization.

The attempt to counter this by Israel’s defenders has been woefully misjudged. There’s the defensive-crouch response (“Hey guys, why are you dumping on us – can’t you see we’re the victims here?”) which, by responding on the enemy’s own distorted grounds of purported Israeli aggression, is itself halfway to conceding defeat.

Or there’s the attempt to persuade the world of Israel’s elevated standards of ethical behavior (“Hey guys, look at all the Palestinians we’re treating in our hospitals, even including the ones who’ve just tried to murder us!”)

Since the one thing the Western world does not want to hear is the perceived moral superiority of the Jews – of which it is pathologically, irredeemably and sometimes murderously jealous – this particular approach turns abject stupidity into an art form.

Given that the demonization of Israel is the key strategy in the war of extermination being waged against it, “getting Israel’s message across” is the equivalent to using a leaky bucket to ward off a tsunami.

The essence of such psychological warfare is as simple as it is seismic. It is the manipulation of language.

Words have been hijacked so that they come to be understood as the opposite of what they really signify. The importance of this tactic can hardly be overstated.

Many people know little or nothing about the Middle East and have even less interest in finding out. For them, it’s just background noise. But if the language which forms that background noise is hijacked, then the story of the Middle East is hijacked too.

Key concepts have been presented as if in mirror writing so that Israel, the victim of aggression, has been turned falsely into the aggressor while its would-be exterminators are transformed into its victims.

And that’s been achieved not just by telling lies about what’s going on today or happened in the past. Crucially, those falsehoods have been framed by language which conditions the listener to accept them because the language itself has been turned into a lie.

Consider, for example, the word “colonialism.” In left-wing ideology, colonialism is the crime of crimes that defines Western iniquity: the subjection of indigenous peoples in the developing world by white-skinned westerners who occupied their lands and ruled, enslaved and oppressed them.

Left-wingers believe that white, Western Israel has occupied the lands of the indigenous Palestinians whom it is proceeding to rule, enslave and oppress.

EVERY ELEMENT of this is demonstrably false. Israel is neither predominantly white nor Western. More than three quarters of its population, Jews as well as Arabs, are brown-skinned and originally hailed from the Middle East.

Crucially, the Jews are the only extant indigenous people of the land which today comprises Israel, the “West Bank” and Gaza. The Arabs merely formed one of the many waves of conquerors, including Romans, Persians, Greeks, Christians and Turks, who first drove out the Jews and then colonized their rightful and historic home.

It is therefore not the Jews who are colonizing, and thus enslaving or oppressing, anyone at all.  It is the “Palestinians” who are would-be colonizers threatening again to dispossess the indigenous Jewish people of the land.

So Israel and its defenders should talk routinely about “Palestinians” as colonialists.

Many other words which have been turned into weapons of war against Israel need similarly to be reclaimed from their hijackers and restored to their true meaning.

Israel and its defenders should replace the term “peace process” with “appeasement process.” The “occupation” of the disputed territories should be replaced with “liberation.”

Because of its lethal attacks against Israeli civilians, as well as the abuse of their own civilians as human shields, Hamas should routinely be termed “Palestinian war criminals.”

Similarly, Mahmoud Abbas should always be tagged not just as a “Holocaust denier” because of his infamous doctoral thesis. On account of his continued hero-worship of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem who was Hitler’s chief ally in the Middle East and planned to exterminate the Jews of the entire region in Auschwitz-style crematoria, Abbas should be described as a “neo-Nazi sympathizer”.

Some may say this is merely to hijack the language in the opposite direction. Not so. This is using it to express truths backed by evidence rather than lies. To claim the Israelis are Nazis is an obscene lie; but Abbas really is a sympathizer with the would-be leader of the Nazi extermination program in the Middle East.

And truth and evidence cannot ever be said to be hijacking the language.

As a result, background verbal noise composed of truth would begin to permeate the collective Western brain in place of the current background verbal noise of lies.

The consequence would be that the verbal conditioning which is so essential to influencing the collective mind would produce a very different outcome. The falsehoods and distortions about Israel would begin to jar badly against the story implicitly understood by the term “Palestinian colonialists.”

Totalitarian regimes understand the connection between language and thinking. The Soviet communists repeated formulaic slogans over and over again.

In his book The Language of the Third Reich, Victor Klemperer wrote that the Nazis used language to indoctrinate virtually the entire population. Through their repeated use of particular words in propaganda, speeches and publications, they changed their meaning and context to serve their purposes.

Exactly the same tactics of language control and the hijacking of meaning are being used by today’s “progressive” cultural totalitarians against both Israel and the West – where words and phrases such as “liberal,” “social justice” or “equality” have been turned into their precise opposite.

Language and thinking are linked. The issue is whether that link is to be used to service truth or lies.

Words are being used to twist and enslave the Western mind and to empower the destroyers of the innocent. Language has to be reclaimed from its hijackers and restored to its real meaning if truth, justice and collective sanity are to be restored.

The writer is a columnist for The Times (UK). Her novel The Legacy and her memoir Guardian Angel are available from Amazon.com. Follow her blog and articles at melaniephillips.com, on Facebook at MelanieLatest and on Twitter @MelanieLatest.

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Israeli PM Netanyahu clarifies the “Two-State Solution” and relinquishing land endangering the Jewish State

Israel Commentary

October 28, 2018

Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Wednesday, 24 October 2018), attended the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly and was interviewed by JFNA Chairman Richard V. Sandler.

Also in attendance were – inter alia – US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Canadian Ambassador to Israel Deborah Lyons, and senior JFNA officials and North American Jewish community leaders.

Following are excerpts of the Prime Minister’s remarks:

“West of the Jordan, Israel and Israel alone will be responsible for security, 

which means that it’s not just a question of hot pursuit going into Palestinian areas, okay? It’s also having the ability to be there all the time – that’s why the West Bank is not Gaza. We left Gaza and what happened? This tiny thumb, you know, became a position of radical Islam supported by Iran, they fired 4, 000 missiles on us, not only on Beersheba and Ashdod – on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Kiryat Shemona. 

Why is that? Because we’re not there. But we are in Judea Samaria in the West Bank so nobody builds tunnels – they don’t want to, it’s just a waste of time, we’ll get there. And we keep the peace.

Guess who benefits from that? Guess who benefits from that? It’s not only us, it’s the Palestinian Authority (PA). They’d be overrun in two minutes. Couple of years ago we uncovered a plot of 100 Hamas to kill Abu Mazen. Not kill him politically – kill him. So if we weren’t there, they’d not be there, which is exactly what happened when we left Gaza. 

They were there in Gaza, they had 15,000 armed men, Hamas had 3, 000, within two days or a few days, a few weeks, they kicked them out. And we can’t afford that happening in Judea Samaria, the West Bank or any good part of it, which is about 20 times the size of Gaza. 

And so, I said to Joe Biden and I say this everywhere and I say it publicly, I said it in the years since Bar-Ilan 150,000 times: Israel and Israel alone will have the security responsibility in the area west of the Jordan. 

And [former US Vice President] Joe [Biden] said: But that’s not a perfect…that’s not a fully independent state. And I said: Okay, it is what it is. 

You can give it any name you want: state minus; autonomy plus; autonomy plus plus. Sounds like a rating agency or something. But that’s it – that’s the truth. 

And this truth is shared much more widely across the political spectrum in Israel than people understand because we’re not going to imperil the life of the state for a label or for an op-ed, a good op-ed for six hours not even in the New York Times.”

Regarding the Nation-State Law:

“I don’t think you should be concerned but I think you should be informed. Then you can make up your mind because so much of this is based on misinformation. 

From day one Israel was a parliamentary system. Even though I define it as a Jewish state, Herzl defined it as a Jewish state, as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Why are we here? We’re only here because of that. 

Otherwise we’d be in Denmark or anywhere. Why are we here? The one and only Jewish state in the world. Where Jews can live anywhere in the world, should have the freedom to live freely and without fear. But the one place where any Jew can come and migrate automatically is the Jewish state.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu added:

“There are many challenges to the state of Israel but the Jewish future here is in our power. We can control our destiny. To defend ourselves by ourselves, to develop this extraordinary creativity and economy and enterprise and many other things and to do so for all of Israel’s citizens – Jews and none Jews alike and to forge alliances around the world but to maintain the most important alliance of them all – with the United States. It’s irreplaceable. 

What I’m concerned with when it comes to the Jewish people is one thing and that’s the loss of identity. It’s not the question of the wall or the question of conversion, we’ll overcome that. It’s the loss of identity. And that I think is something, is a challenge that we talked about and I think we have to pack together. 

I read an article by Rabbi Hirsch and there’s a line there that is amazing. He said: ‘Those who are not concerned with Jewish survival will not survive as Jews.’ There’s some basic truth to that and I think Jewish survival is guaranteed in the Jewish state if we defend our state, but we have to also work at the continuity of Jewish communities in the world by developing Jewish education, the study of Hebrew, having the contact of young Jews coming to Israel. 

We’re expanding Masa; we’re putting our money where our mouth is. We’re doing now Masa Tech – 700 engineers. But there are so many other things that we need to do. 

We need an approach in the internet age to young Jewish men and women, to young Jewish children around the world so that they understand that their own future as Jews depends on continues identity and it’s protecting Jewish identity and developing Jewish consciousness that is the most important thing. 

It transcends politics; it touches in the foundations of history. So I hope that we do this. This is what I think we’re here for. We are one people – let’s make sure that every child, every Jewish child in the world knows how proud they should be to be Jews.”

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Ben Shapiro on Fox: 10 Reasons to Vote Republican in November

Shapiro, 34, who practices Orthodox Judiasm, has been an influential voice on the American right during this election season warns Republicans that if they lose they should expect an ‘all-out assault’ on US and Israel traditional values.

Oct 18, 2018

U.S. conservative media darling Ben Shapiro listed his top ten reasons to vote for the GOP in the upcoming midterm elections. On his “Ben Shapiro Election Special” on Fox News, the former Breitbart editor warned Republicans that if they lose they should expect an “all-out assault” on their values.

Shapiro, 34, who practices Orthodox Judaism, has been an influential voice on the American right during this election season. He is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire and hosts one of the most downloaded podcasts in the country.

The 2018 election is just 22 days away. Republicans have gained ground in the Senate over the last week. In the House, however, Republicans trail badly: a new CNN poll has Republicans down 13 points in the generic Congressional ballot, and even the more optimistic Economist poll has them down 6 points.

All of this should motivate you to get out and vote. Because if Democrats win the House and Senate in 2018, conservatives should be prepared for an all-out assault on their values — and an assault on President Trump from the media that makes the last 2 years look like child’s play.

Here are ten reasons you should get out and vote on November 6 – and vote Republican.

1. The Courts. For generations, the left has stacked the courts with judicial activists determined to read their priorities into the law by twisting the Constitution beyond recognition. President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have successfully remade the federal judiciary by appointing and confirming judges dedicated to the proposition that the Constitution must be read as it was written. If Democrats somehow win back the Senate, they will hold open every single judicial seat, hoping that a Democrat takes the White House in 2020. Then they’ll go right back to rigging the judicial branch, using it as a club with which to destroy Constitutional rights and traditional values.

2. The Investigations. Democrats have already pledged investigations into every aspect of President Trump’s life. They’ll subpoena every member of government they can get their hands on. And we know that they don’t care about guilt or innocence – after all, they just tried to railroad a federal judge by claiming, without corroborating evidence, that he was an alleged gang rapist. In fact, Democrats have already pledged to launch another investigation into Justice Kavanaugh, hoping to undo the results of the confirmation vote. If you enjoyed the disgusting spectacle of Democrats trying to destroy due process of law, get ready for more.

3. Impeachment. While Democratic leadership has been lukewarm on the idea of impeaching President Trump, the base won’t settle for anything less if the Democrats take the House of Representatives. They’ll demand that Trump be impeached for any reason whatsoever – and then they’ll push the narrative that corrupt Republicans don’t care about the rule of law. Now, it’s just possible that Democrats could create a backlash that helps President Trump – that voters react to impeachment by supporting him. But that’s a risky proposition at best.

4. The Economy. President Trump’s chief selling point in his re-election effort will be the economy. And Democrats are dedicated to stifling economic growth if it means stopping Trump. They’ll hold up budgets, blow out spending, push for harsh anti-business regulation. They’ll kill the predictable pro-business climate President Trump has carefully crafted. The stock market will tumble as Wall Street begins to price in the effect of Democratic governance. And businesses will start to sock away capital again to prepare for the possibility that a unified Democratic government could enter Washington in 2020.

5. Foreign Policy. President Trump has done a fantastic job of drawing us closer to our allies and throwing a scare into our enemies. He’s done so because Republicans in Congress are willing to bolster our defense spending as necessary. The same isn’t true of Democrats, who would immediately move to cut defense spending, signaling to the world that President Obama’s weak-kneed foreign policy is back. Democrats would also attempt to undermine sanctions against the Iranian regime in keeping with Obama-era foreign policy.

6. Polarizing Culture Wars. We’ve already seen the Democrats suggest that mob politics is the new normal. We’ve seen the Democrats capitalize on racial issues to polarize the country; we’ve seen them try to divide Americans by class and sex as well. With the platform of Congress, look for Democrats to attempt a series of divisive maneuvers intended to relaunch the culture wars in new and frightening ways.

7. Attacks on Religious Liberty. President Trump has been stalwart in his defense of religious liberty. Democrats will be just as stalwart in their attacks on religious liberty. They’ll surely attempt to push so-called anti-discrimination laws directed at religious businesses, churches, and schools – and then they’ll dare President Trump to veto them so that they can claim that he is a bigot.

8. The Twisting Of Social Media. Democrats have made a habit of threatening our biggest social media companies with investigations and regulations should they fail to crack down on conservative perspectives. Democrats, angry at Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss, blamed companies like Facebook for so-called “fake news,” and attributed Clinton’s utter incompetence to the impact of Russian bots. Democrats don’t believe any of that, but they’ve frightened social media companies into cracking down on free speech, as a leaked report from Google to Breitbart News showed this week. Social media companies are deeply afraid of Democrats punishing them for failing to target conservatives. Don’t be surprised if those social media companies escalate their efforts to do just that.

9. Radical Growth of the Democrat-Media Complex.
We already know that the mainstream media institutions are dominated by Democratic supporters. And we know that those Democratic supporters will parrot any talking points the Democratic Party pushes. But with Democrats in power pushing every line of attack simultaneously, the media’s never-ending firehose of anti-Republican propaganda will merely widen the nozzle. If you’re worried about media bias now, wait until Democrats control the Congress and put President Trump in their sights.

10. Mob Rule. Democrats believe that they must lash out in anger in order to win in 2018. If they do win, they’ll double down on that anger, hoping it carries them to victory in 2020. Like the mobs invading the Senate and the steps of the Supreme Court? Enjoying top Democratic officials nodding and smiling at crowds harassing Republicans in restaurants? Get ready for much, much more. The only way to shut down the Democrats’ new mob rule strategy is to stop them cold at the ballot box.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton lost the presidency because Democrats didn’t show up to vote. They simply assumed that she’d sweep to victory. They were wrong.

Today, Republicans feel optimistic after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. That’s understandable. I do, too. But that optimism shouldn’t blind us to the importance of voting on November 6. This Democratic Party is more radical than ever and has embraced a nastier vision of politics than ever. But that doesn’t mean they’re fated to lose.

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DeSantis for Gov. of Florida unless you want a sanctuary state and ban on Immigration Enforcement (ICE)

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Ron DeSantis is the former U.S. Representative for Florida’s Sixth District and the Republican nominee for Governor of Florida. He was endorsed early in the Republican Primary by President DonaldTrump.

Ron worked his way through Yale University, where he graduated with honors and was the captain of the varsity baseball team.

He also graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he earned a commission in the U.S. Navy as a JAG officer.

During his active-duty service, he supported operations at the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed to Iraq as an adviser to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL mission in Fallujah, Ramadi and the rest of Al Anbar province. 

His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

After active-duty service, Ron served as a federal prosecutor, where he targeted and convicted child predators.  He still serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  He was first elected to Congress in 2012, where he fought for term limits, the No Budget/No Pay Act, and to cut taxes.

While serving in Congress, Ron refused his Congressional pension and health insurance plan because he is against special deals for politicians.

He also sponsored legislation to make it easier for the military to prosecute sexual assault and authored the bill to end the secret taxpayer-funded slush fund for members of Congress to make hush payoffs for sexual harassment.

A strong believer in transparency, Ron released his tax returns which are available here.

Ron is married to Casey DeSantis, an Emmy Award winning television host. Together, they’re the proud parents of their daughter, Madison, and their son, Mason.  Ron and his family reside in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

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As to Democrat sweep: Attend a Trump rally with 65,000 in attendance and thousands hoping to get in!

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As to Democrat sweep: Attend a Trump rally with 65,000 in attendance and thousands hoping to get in!

Inside the Beltway: The emergence of ‘Trump culture’ – Washington Times

By Jennifer Harper
The Washington Times
October 8, 2018

By week’s end, President Trump will have attended five rallies in five states, taking to the stump to talk of America and cheerful things — a sharp contrast to dire coverage from the news media and grim predictions from Democrats. Through his rallies and public presence, Mr. Trump has created a culture of unapologetic gladness, patriotism, inner mettle, resilience, can-do spirit and optimism among his followers. Granted, such qualities were already a vital force in American history, though it is now chic among cool-minded liberals to dismiss them as nostalgic or worse.

Mr. Trump has reinvented this force for a complicated age. Critics have either scorned or ignored the phenomenon.

Some 65 million Trump voters, however, have embraced the heartland Trump culture — so far removed from the bleak doldrums and noisy skirmishes of Capitol Hill. And it is best described by one man who was part of an enormous throng of Trump fans who showed up in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Monday for a Make America Great Again rally.

Though they waited for most of the afternoon outside the arena, the man and his family did not make it into the rally, or even the overflow area just outside. He loved it anyway.

“We got there about 2:30, and unfortunately there was about 60,000 people in front of us in line. But we decided to stay — and had a great time. I spent four hours in line. It was so festive and happy and well-mannered. It was just a great place to be. It was fun. Everyone was waving American flags,” the Trump fan told talk radio host Rush Limbaugh in a brief on-air conversation Tuesday.

“Did you see any depression, sadness, defeatism over the fact that the Democrats are going win everything in November?” Mr. Limbaugh quipped.
“No, sir. There was none of that. There was no protesters. I’m telling you, everybody had a great time,” the guest replied.

HANSON MAKES A ‘CASE FOR TRUMP’

Historian and columnist Victor Davis Hanson is at work on “The Case for Trump,” according to publisher Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books — part of the giant Hachette Book Group. The book will surely rile President Trump’s foes.

“Hanson will show how a celebrity business man with no political or military experience triumphed over sixteen well-qualified rivals to become president — and an extremely successful president at that. Hanson argues that Trump alone saw a political opportunity in defending the working people of America’s interior whom the coastal elite of both parties had come to scorn.

And Trump alone had the instincts and energy to pursue this opening to victory, dismantle a corrupt old order, and bring long-overdue policy changes at home and abroad,” the publisher notes.
The book will published in five months — just in time for campaign season.

KAVANAUGH EFFECT ON THE BLUE WAVE

A Quinnipiac University Poll of voter sentiment released in September found that Republicans trailed Democrats in approval ratings by 14 percentage points. A new Quinnipiac survey now finds that gap has been reduced to 7 percentage points.

“The numbers suggest the big blue wave may have lost some of its momentum,” observed Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.

“Does this represent a Kavanaugh effect? The polling for this took place between Thursday and Sunday, meaning that three of the four days came after the televised hearings in which Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified, a hearing obsessively covered by the national news media.

One might have expected Democrats to get a bump coming out of that hearing, especially given the tenor of the coverage it received. Instead, the momentum shifted in the other direction even among the wider population,” counters Ed Morrissey, senior editor of HotAir.com.

He also points out that a new Harvard-Harris poll found that 69 percent of respondents called the Kavanaugh hearing “a national disgrace,” with 55 percent agreeing that Democrats were “completely partisan” in the way they handled it.

FOXIFIED

Fox News Channel is enjoying its 38th consecutive week as the most-watched network in the cable realm according to Nielsen Media Research. Fox News claimed 20 of the top 25 cable telecasts last week; special coverage of the testimony of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh drew 7.5 million viewers and bested rival fare which aired on cable, as well as ABC and CBS.

As it has for 16 years, Fox News is top dog in the cable news world with 3.2 million prime time viewers, compared to 2.1 million for MSNBC and 1.2 million for CNN.

Fox Business Network remains the No. 1 business network on TV for the eighth consecutive quarter, according to Nielsen. The network, which celebrates its 11th anniversary on Oct. 15, outdraws CNBC by 28 percent in the ratings.

LADIES DAY: A REALITY

“By almost every economic measure, women are flourishing in today’s economy,” writes Elaine Parker, president of the Job Creators Network Foundation, in a commentary for Real Clear Politics.

“Female unemployment is currently at a 50-year low of 3.9 percent, less than half the rate it was as recently as President Obama’s second term. This summer, the female unemployment rate reached its lowest level in 65 years. Prime-age female employment has increased by 1 million since November 2016. This year, the prime-age female employment rate finally returned to its pre-Great Recession level,” says Ms. Parker.

“Women are 15 percent more likely than men to have a college degree, and that increases among recent graduates. The number of women-owned businesses has grown by 114 percent over the past 20 years compared to just 44 percent overall. There are an estimated 11.6 million women-owned businesses, about 40 percent of the total businesses in the country,” says Ms. Parker.

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IDENTITY POLITICS IS DESTROYING US

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How diversity mania is poisoning politics, culture, education and science

WHISTLEBLOWER MAGAZINE
October. 2018

“Identity Politics” – a sacred cause for today’s Democratic Party – is reshaping American life, law, politics, culture and virtually every major institution. Yet most people have little or no idea what it really is – or how dangerous.

Though the term has changed meanings over the years, “identity politics” today has morphed into something so perverse and destructive as to literally promote hatred, conflict and mental illness on the individual level, and on a societal level widespread mistrust, tribalization and ultimate disintegration of the greatest nation in history.

All this is dramatically explored in the October 2018 issue of World Net Daily’s acclaimed monthly Whistleblower magazine, “IDENTITY POLITICS IS DESTROYING US: How diversity mania is poisoning politics, culture, education and science.”

Not long ago, America was almost universally recognized as not just the world’s most powerful and successful nation, but amazingly enough, also the freest, most optimistic and unified, despite its being the most multi-ethnic country in history. That’s why America has long been the No. 1 destination for refugees and other immigrants the world over.

But today – thanks to this mysterious factor called “identity politics” – America’s treasured unity has been replaced by a bizarre national obsession with “systemic racism,” “implicit bias,” “discrimination,” “structural inequality,” “misogyny,” “Islamophobia,” “xenophobia,” “homophobia,” “transphobia” and a never-ending stream of new sins and phobias.

Indeed, it’s all today’s left can talk about, having successfully propagated the myth that the ranks of Republicans and Christian conservatives are full of racists, fascists, Klansmen and Nazis. Meanwhile, college students are drowning in a culture of fear and guilt, pathologically fixated on mysterious new phantom sins like “white privilege,” “toxic masculinity,” “micro-aggressions” and “cultural appropriation.”

Then there’s sex. While the left’s ever-metastasizing sexual revolution has introduced and glorified many new protected “minority groups,” the most disturbing of all, dominating today’s news, is transgenderism. Yet a recent Brown University study revealed that many troubled young people are “coming out” as transgender due to the powerful forces of “social contagion” – literally, they do it because they see other people doing it.

Even the hard sciences, the so-called STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – are currently under withering attack for being insufficiently “diverse,” with major American institutions watering down their standards and requirements so as to attract more women and minorities.

As author and economics professor Walter Williams writes in this issue of Whistleblower: “Some of the arguments for doing so border on insanity. A math education professor at the University of Illinois wrote that ‘mathematics itself operates as Whiteness.’ She says that the ability to solve algebra and geometry problems perpetuates ‘unearned privilege’ among whites! A professor at Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education published an article in a peer-reviewed journal positing that academic rigor is a ‘dirty deed’ that upholds ‘white male heterosexual privilege,’ adding that ‘scientific knowledge itself is gendered, raced, and colonizing.’”

You read that right, they key word being “insanity.” The problem is, all this “insanity” is transforming America before our eyes.

Highlights of “IDENTITY POLITICS IS DESTROYING US” include:

“Confessions of a (former) left-wing radical with cool ethnicity” by Joseph Farah

“Americans’ desperate search for identity” by David Kupelian. In a fractured nation, millions look for meaning and acceptance in all the wrong places

“The unpardonable heresy of Tucker Carlson” by Patrick J. Buchanan, about controversy following the Fox host asking: “How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Please be specific”

“Cultural appropriation disorder: America’s newest pathology.” From dresses and hairstyles to food and yoga, everything is now a cause for offense

“The destructive power of identity politics: How higher education has been transformed into hateful indoctrination” by Scott Greer

“Identity politics now sabotaging hard science” by Walter Williams, on how technology, engineering and math are all “under attack” by diversity police who “border on insanity”

“The great American identity theft: Exploring the surprising origin of today’s ‘multicultural madness’” by David Kupelian

“NYC’s war on academic excellence” by Michelle Malkin, on how identity politics has birthed a social-engineering agenda that punishes merit-based admissions

“Court ‘licenses’ illegals to commit identity theft” by Jack Cashill, showing how one state’s Supreme Court exempted “undocumented” immigrants from laws governing American citizens

“Who are today’s white nationalists?” by Dinesh D’Souza. In an era of universal identity politics, it was inevitable this one last group would join in:

“The rotten fruit of feminism and identity politics” by Dr. Michael Brown, on why more and more people today believe white males are inherently evil

“Ex-lesbian’s new identity” by Jason and David Benham, in which the Christian pro athlete brothers recount a moving experience with one young, confused believer.

“Identity politics says what matters most isn’t what you believe, but who you are,” said Whistleblower Editor David Kupelian.

“But this is a flagrant repudiation of the original notion of the American identity, wherein what we hold in common isn’t our ethnicity or skin color or sexual hang-ups, but love of a shared history and reverence for certain transcendent values. I think this issue of Whistleblower comes as close as possible to capturing the essence of both the metastasizing problem America now faces – and the truly enlightened solution.”

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What to do with George Soros – Lock Him Up!

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What to do with George Soros – Lock Him Up!

How’s Inciting to Riot?

George Soros’s March on Washington

Saturday’s protests and unlawful disruptions were brought to us by a well-funded network.

By Asra Q. Nomani
Wall Street Journal
October 8, 2018

Some 200 protesters march across the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to the foot of the south wing. Inside, the U.S. Senate is wrapping up its debate, hours before the Saturday afternoon vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Members of the crowd rush up the steps, unfurl professionally printed banners, stand defiantly, and pump their fists in the air.

“Whose house?” they shout.

“Our house!” they answer.

By the time of the vote, they’ve moved across the street to the Supreme Court building. After getting word of the vote, again they rush the steps. Two women climb the statues flanking the steps—“Contemplation of Justice” and “Authority of Law”—for more fist-pumps.

On the steps, Bob Bland, a co-founder of the Women’s March, silently sends a thumbs-up signal to another leader, later boasting: “We took the Supreme Court.” On Friday the Women’s March had tweeted out a photo of Sen. Susan Collins, who cast the deciding vote for Justice Kavanaugh, with “Rape Apologist” written across her image.

In a series of tweets and rally comments, President Trump described the crowd as “an angry left-wing mob” of “professional protesters who are handed expensive signs” and “paid for by [George] Soros and others.” Mr. Trump’s detractors accused him of engaging in conspiracy theories, and even of anti-Semitism against Mr. Soros, a billionaire donor to liberal causes.

(George Soros is a self-hating Jew that worked, as a teen-ager, for the Nazis rounding up Jews for the concentration camps and brags about it as the highlight of his career) jsk

Yet the President has a point. Many Americans genuinely oppose Mr. Trump and Justice Kavanaugh. I am a liberal feminist whose views on abortion and same-sex marriage align with the Democratic Party’s. Yet while most demonstrators are not paid for their efforts, the protests at the Capitol Saturday, and the ones that have included stalking lawmakers inside and outside their offices, are organized by groups of which Mr. Soros is an important patron.

I started following the money for the “resistance” when it was born, hours after Election Day 2016. I have organized my findings in a spreadsheet I have made public. At least 50 of the largest organizations that participated as “partners” in the Jan. 21, 2017, Women’s March had received grants from Mr. Soros’s Open Society Foundations or similar funds in the “House of Soros,” as his philanthropic empire was once called internally.

The number of Soros-backed partners has grown to at least 80. At least 20 of the largest groups that led the Saturday anti-Kavanaugh protests have been Open Society grantees.

On Saturday I also studied the fine print on the signs as protesters waved them defiantly at the Capitol and the high court. They came from a familiar list of Democratic interest groups that have received millions from Mr. Soros: the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Center for Popular Democracy, Human Rights Campaign and on and on. MoveOn.org, a Democratic organizing and lobbying group founded with Soros money, sent its army of partisan followers regular missives that led them to a Google form to ask for train tickets and places to stay.

Under a ginkgo tree on the East Lawn of the Capitol, Center for Popular Democracy field marshals put protesters through a “training” Saturday morning. “Are you ready to be arrested?” she asks. “Yes!” the crowd shouts, although one woman asks quietly: “For what?”

“If not,” the field marshal orders, “stand in line for the visitor’s gallery so an experienced protester can go inside and yell.” One organizer hands out tickets to the Senate visitors gallery for the express purpose of violating the law. That they did—the proceedings were repeatedly interrupted by shrieks from the gallery.

The agitators even have help with their handmade signs. Across the street from the Supreme Court, a woman uses supplies provided by UltraViolet Action to write, in Spanish: “No more rapists in power.”

Back on the Capitol lawn, people from Megaphone Strategies, a public-relations firm founded by former Obama adviser Van Jones, manage interview requests from USA Today and other news outlets. Women’s March lieutenants exchange T-shirts for completed “Legal Support Sheets” with information in case of arrest.

Suddenly everyone stands to walk in unison to the Capitol steps. When they arrive, the few Capitol Police officers on the scene silently watch them. The protesters walk up the stairs—though they don’t “storm” them, as the leaders have claimed. There are no barricades, no phalanx of armed police.

Rethink Media created a “social media strategy sheet” back in August for anti-Kavanaugh protesters. One talking point: “Kavanaugh was hand-picked by dark money groups and their billionaire backers.” Rethink Media is itself a Soros grantee, and Saturday’s protests and unlawful disruptions were part of a well-funded, orchestrated network that books buses, hotel rooms and churches for such agitation.

MoveOn.org wrote a guide, “How to Bird Dog”—harass officials in public places—in the spring of 2017, in preparation for town-hall meetings during a congressional recess. Over the past year, I have dialed in to MoveOn.org’s Sunday evening phone calls where they plan the operations and tell their “troublemakers” how to corner lawmakers. I still get alerts for their planning sessions. The last ones have been to #stopKavanaugh.

MoveOn.org announced that its call the night after Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation would feature Ana Maria Archila, the Colombia-born sexual-assault victim who cornered Sen. Jeff Flake in a Senate elevator last month while a confederate screamed “Look at me!” She is co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. Her salary was listed as $156,333, with a bonus of $21,378, in a recent Internal Revenue Service 990 form.

What I have pieced together is an open secret but one that journalists tend to avoid. Many (including me) sympathize with the liberal causes Open Society champions. Some have been paid Open Society Fellows or grantees. And many are put off by conservative anti-Soros rhetoric, which gets truculent at times.

Mr. Soros, much like the Koch brothers, funds causes he cares about. There’s nothing wrong with that, but democracy is better served if we follow the money on the right and left and find solutions where they are likeliest to lie: in the middle.

Ms. Nomani is a former Wall Street Journal reporter.

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What to do with George Soros – Lock Him Up!

How’s Inciting to Riot?

George Soros’s March on Washington

Saturday’s protests and unlawful disruptions were brought to us by a well-funded network.

By Asra Q. Nomani

Wall Street Journal
October 8, 2018

Some 200 protesters march across the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to the foot of the south wing. Inside, the U.S. Senate is wrapping up its debate, hours before the Saturday afternoon vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Members of the crowd rush up the steps, unfurl professionally printed banners, stand defiantly, and pump their fists in the air.

“Whose house?” they shout.

“Our house!” they answer.

By the time of the vote, they’ve moved across the street to the Supreme Court building. After getting word of the vote, again they rush the steps. Two women climb the statues flanking the steps—“Contemplation of Justice” and “Authority of Law”—for more fist-pumps.

On the steps, Bob Bland, a co-founder of the Women’s March, silently sends a thumbs-up signal to another leader, later boasting: “We took the Supreme Court.” On Friday the Women’s March had tweeted out a photo of Sen. Susan Collins, who cast the deciding vote for Justice Kavanaugh, with “Rape Apologist” written across her image.

In a series of tweets and rally comments, President Trump described the crowd as “an angry left-wing mob” of “professional protesters who are handed expensive signs” and “paid for by [George] Soros and others.” Mr. Trump’s detractors accused him of engaging in conspiracy theories, and even of anti-Semitism against Mr. Soros, a billionaire donor to liberal causes.

(George Soros is a self-hating Jew that worked, as a teen-ager, for the Nazis rounding up Jews for the concentration camps and brags about it as the highlight of his career) jsk

Yet the President has a point. Many Americans genuinely oppose Mr. Trump and Justice Kavanaugh. I am a liberal feminist whose views on abortion and same-sex marriage align with the Democratic Party’s. Yet while most demonstrators are not paid for their efforts, the protests at the Capitol Saturday, and the ones that have included stalking lawmakers inside and outside their offices, are organized by groups of which Mr. Soros is an important patron.

I started following the money for the “resistance” when it was born, hours after Election Day 2016. I have organized my findings in a spreadsheet I have made public. At least 50 of the largest organizations that participated as “partners” in the Jan. 21, 2017, Women’s March had received grants from Mr. Soros’s Open Society Foundations or similar funds in the “House of Soros,” as his philanthropic empire was once called internally. The number of Soros-backed partners has grown to at least 80. At least 20 of the largest groups that led the Saturday anti-Kavanaugh protests have been Open Society grantees.

On Saturday I also studied the fine print on the signs as protesters waved them defiantly at the Capitol and the high court. They came from a familiar list of Democratic interest groups that have received millions from Mr. Soros: the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Center for Popular Democracy, Human Rights Campaign and on and on. MoveOn.org, a Democratic organizing and lobbying group founded with Soros money, sent its army of partisan followers regular missives that led them to a Google form to ask for train tickets and places to stay.

Under a ginkgo tree on the East Lawn of the Capitol, Center for Popular Democracy field marshals put protesters through a “training” Saturday morning. “Are you ready to be arrested?” she asks. “Yes!” the crowd shouts, although one woman asks quietly: “For what?”

“If not,” the field marshal orders, “stand in line for the visitor’s gallery so an experienced protester can go inside and yell.” One organizer hands out tickets to the Senate visitors gallery for the express purpose of violating the law. That they did—the proceedings were repeatedly interrupted by shrieks from the gallery.

The agitators even have help with their handmade signs. Across the street from the Supreme Court, a woman uses supplies provided by UltraViolet Action to write, in Spanish: “No more rapists in power.”

Back on the Capitol lawn, people from Megaphone Strategies, a public-relations firm founded by former Obama adviser Van Jones, manage interview requests from USA Today and other news outlets. Women’s March lieutenants exchange T-shirts for completed “Legal Support Sheets” with information in case of arrest.

Suddenly everyone stands to walk in unison to the Capitol steps. When they arrive, the few Capitol Police officers on the scene silently watch them. The protesters walk up the stairs—though they don’t “storm” them, as the leaders have claimed. There are no barricades, no phalanx of armed police.

Rethink Media created a “social media strategy sheet” back in August for anti-Kavanaugh protesters. One talking point: “Kavanaugh was hand-picked by dark money groups and their billionaire backers.” Rethink Media is itself a Soros grantee, and Saturday’s protests and unlawful disruptions were part of a well-funded, orchestrated network that books buses, hotel rooms and churches for such agitation.

MoveOn.org wrote a guide, “How to Bird Dog”—harass officials in public places—in the spring of 2017, in preparation for town-hall meetings during a congressional recess. Over the past year, I have dialed in to MoveOn.org’s Sunday evening phone calls where they plan the operations and tell their “troublemakers” how to corner lawmakers. I still get alerts for their planning sessions. The last ones have been to #stopKavanaugh.

MoveOn.org announced that its call the night after Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation would feature Ana Maria Archila, the Colombia-born sexual-assault victim who cornered Sen. Jeff Flake in a Senate elevator last month while a confederate screamed “Look at me!” She is co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. Her salary was listed as $156,333, with a bonus of $21,378, in a recent Internal Revenue Service 990 form.

What I have pieced together is an open secret but one that journalists tend to avoid. Many (including me) sympathize with the liberal causes Open Society champions. Some have been paid Open Society Fellows or grantees. And many are put off by conservative anti-Soros rhetoric, which gets truculent at times.

Mr. Soros, much like the Koch brothers, funds causes he cares about. There’s nothing wrong with that, but democracy is better served if we follow the money on the right and left and find solutions where they are likeliest to lie: in the middle.

Ms. Nomani is a former Wall Street Journal reporter.

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Ambassador John Bolton: ‘Palestine’ is not a state

October 4, 2018

US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP/Susan Walsh)

“It’s not a state now. It does not meet the customary international law test of statehood,” US National Security Adviser John Bolton stated.

By Batya Jerenberg
World Israel News

US National Security Adviser John Bolton put the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) official status into perspective at a Wednesday press briefing when he announced that the United States would no longer be a signatory party to the United Nations’ International Court of Justice (ICJ).

“The president has decided that the United States will withdraw from the optional protocol and dispute resolution to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. This is in connection with a case brought by the so-called state of Palestine naming the United States as a defendant [in the ICJ], challenging our move of our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Bolton said.

White House reporters immediately jumped on the adjective, asking whether calling the Palestinian Authority (PA) a “so-called state” was “productive,” considering that President Donald Trump had said he was working towards a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Bolton’s answer was unequivocal.

“It’s not a state now. It does not meet the customary international law test of statehood,” he said. “It doesn’t control defined boundaries. It doesn’t fulfill the normal functions of government. There are a whole host of reasons why it’s not a state.”

“It could become a state, as the president said, but that requires diplomatic negotiations with Israel and others,” he added. “So calling it the ‘so-called state of Palestine’ defines exactly what it has been. [That’s] the position that the United States government has pursued uniformly since 1988, when the Palestinian Authority declared itself to be the State of Palestine.”

Bolton might have been referring to the fact that 137 countries have recognized the PA as a state since that date. He reiterated the US rejection of this position on a bipartisan level.

“We don’t recognize it as a state… We have consistently, across Democratic and Republican administrations, opposed the admission of ‘Palestine’ to the UN as a state because it’s not a state.”
Although the PA is only a “non-member observer state” at the UN, it was allowed to formally join the International Criminal Court in 2015. Since the court’s decisions are binding, the US, by leaving the protocol, blocked the Palestinian case.

Bolton added that the withdrawal was part of a general effort by the Trump administration to protect US sovereignty from the reach of the international court.

“We will commence a review of all international agreements that may still expose the United States to purported binding jurisdiction dispute resolution in the International Court of Justice,” he said. “The United States will not sit idly by as baseless politicized claims are brought against us.”

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