Monthly Archives: August 2009

Obama’s Awesome Silence on Blood Libel

Muslims in the city of Malmø in Sweden with the banner: «Its we who are in charge». ONE OF THE BIGGEST news stories this past week has been with regard to the publication in the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet of a particularly vicious – and unfounded, and fundamentally disproven – accusation leveled at Israel.

Reporter Donald Boström charged a week ago that the Israeli army kidnaps and kills Palestinians in order to harvest their organs.

That, by itself, would normally be dismissed as patently absurd by a sane and intelligent world, and should never have seen the light of day. But since it did, and if you weren’t already aware of it, you can read all about it here: Israel National news, 8/18/2009.

The reason this charge caught the world’s attention was that it was another iteration of an ancient custom that has been used for centuries to create fear of Jews in ignorant and superstitious people wherever they lived.  The custom is called the blood libel, and expresses, in whatever way is historically convenient at the time, the fear that Jews are lurking to harm your children, to take the blood of your children for some unholy sacrifice.

Who would believe such a thing?  Surely no one in this enlightened age would give such an obscene notion a second thought!

Surely.  Yet this very myth is at the heart the Aftonbladet article.  Incredible?  Yes.  But as this insane notion never seems to go away, it’s almost understandable that it has resurfaced in its current form.

If all this is news to you, that’s ok – but if that is the case, there is an excellent explanation of the issue here.  Please go look.  My intention as usual is not to be the source of breaking world news, but to call attention to what I see as oddities in the way the world at large is presenting the news.

And there is something very odd here, as it casts a large shadow over the intentions of the President of the United States.

Let me backtrack just a little.  The reason this incident has become such a big news story is not because of the disgusting, horrifying nature of the blood libel.  It is a big story because it has become a major international incident.  The government of Israel is very rightly exploring diplomatic measures against Sweden after Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt directly refused to condemn the article.  Meanwhile, it was revealed that that Mr. Bildt himself has a bit of a shaky history.  And within short order, it was established there really was no factual basis for the story in the first place.

A tempest in a teapot?  Well, a tempest all right, and correctly so, but a rather large teapot.

Now you may be ready to ask, where does Mr. Obama fit in with all this?  That’s what I was wondering, too.  He has been strangely silent on this issue.

If he were not the de facto leader of the free world, then I suppose it wouldn’t matter all that much.  But we do unfortunately find him in that position. So you’d think he would let us know he’s even aware of what’s going on, whether he really cares or not.

If you wish to say he is merely withholding himself from interfering in Sweden’s domestic affairs, or getting involved in a private spat between Sweden and Israel, then all you have to do is look at some of the other meddling he has done recently.  Take for example his prominent agenda to force – I mean, bring – Israel and her mortal enemies to some sort of solution that’s pleasing to him, but impossible for the actual parties concerned.  Or indeed his very recent behavior in presuming the role of de facto City Manager for the sovereign capital of another nation. Oh, never mind; it’s just Israel again.

And then there is another obvious reason why we should have heard from him about this by now. He has consistently presented himself as not only the leader of the free world, but as the bringer of hope, and of change, and of worldwide religious tolerance. In his own words (Cairo, Egypt – June 4 , 2009):

Obama the Snoot ICEJ larger All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort — a sustained effort — to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children, and to respect the dignity of all human beings.

“Respect the dignity of all human beings,” you say?  Unless, perhaps, those human beings happen to be Jews, in Sweden, America, Israel, or elsewhere.  It’s all right to libel an entire nation, isn’t it, Mr. President, as long as that nation is Israel?

Mr. President, I do so hope you can change, but I’m not waiting for hell to freeze over.

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First we tell them where they can or can’t live, now we’re telling them how to run their security.

US Criticizes Israel for Security Restrictions – Israel National News

The U.S. State Department Wednesday sharply criticized Israel for travel restrictions on Americans, mostly of Arab origin and whom Israel considers security risks. “We have made it quite known to the Israeli government … that we expect all American citizens to be treated the same regardless of their national origin,” State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said.

Give ‘em an inch, and they grab a mile.  Hold that line!

Ever since the “settlements” issue jumped to the forefront right after the Great Cairo Speech, I’ve perceived it more as a ploy for control by The Great B O than as a real issue.  Not that it hadn’t mattered before, but it gained a huge new significance when The Prez launched his new attack in that area.

He seemed to think he’d found a pressure point, if not to exert control over Israel, to at least impress his buddies in the Arab community.

As we’ve noticed by now, it didn’t work very well.  It has produced a firmer stance by the Israelis, helped solidify support behind the Netanyahu government,  and subjected him to even more disrespect from the PA and from just about everyone else he was trying to impress.

Humph!  Time to try something new.  Oh, I know – let’s tell them how to run their security.  That’ll show them.  Everybody knows Israel has the best security in the world.  Look, they have to – it’s simply a matter of survival.  So, if we can put the pressure on them here, then maybe we can impress our friends, and threaten their existence all at one time.  That will really make a splash!

Well, I think we’re about to make a splash, all right.  We’re just going  to have to adjust our water wings a little.

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Huckabee the Maccabee

 

“My question is how would the government of the United States feel if Prime Minister Netanyahu began to dictate which people could live in the Bronx, which ones could live in Manhattan, which could live in Queens, and say, ‘We only allow certain people to live in those neighborhoods,’” he said. “How would that go over? It wouldn’t go over very well.”

Former Arkansas governor and presidential contender Mike Huckabee has been in Israel most of this week, and he has come out as an unabashed supporter of Israelis’ right to self-determination, more so, it appears, than the Israeli government itself. 

“I’d like to think that the rights of Jewish people in their own homeland would be the same as the rights of American people in their homeland,” Huckabee said. “We take our rights very seriously.”

I also read something in Arutz7 (Israel National News, which does a great job of more detailed reporting  than some) which I hadn’t thought of before, something that was brought to the forefront through this visit:

Maaleh Adumim is a city just to the east of Jerusalem with nearly 40,000 residents. Huckabee visited the city this morning, and met briefly with Mayor Benny Kashriel…

“As you can see,” the mayor told the former governor, “the land is desolate, and we are not pushing out any Arabs from their homes…”

Uh, yeah.  I hadn’t considered that.  The settlers are not “occupying” or displacing previous residents.  They are developing unused land, bringing with them jobs and money.  Which is a big part of the reason that the locals we never hear about quietly support these activities. 

And also related to why the vast majority of Israeli Arabs, given the choice, would rather remain Israeli Arabs, according to a recent Harvard study.  Blasphemy, you say?  Well, it’s doubtless a good topic for another post, but in the meantime, you can also read about it here.  Or here.

Enough digression, but it’s worth saying that I should have thought of this already.  We all should have.  Which again calls attention to why I created this blog: we need to be informed of these things which the mainstream Western media consistently avoid or cover up.  Or outright lie about.

I’m thankful that most of the Israeli media have been giving Huckabee’s visit good coverage, in Ynet and Jerusalem Post, as well as in Israel National News.  I encourage the reader to check it out; it is not my intention to duplicate the coverage here.  But I haven’t seen all that much reporting on it here in the States.  Some, but not what it deserves. So I want to shout it out a little.  Maybe somebody who doesn’t read JPost will see this here. 

If so, I’d like to think I’ve done my job; I’m just a lineman.

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Does anyone know whatever happened to poor Yousuf?


One of the news stories which came out today is that Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal is interested in opening a dialogue with the Obama administration because its policies are “much better” than those of former US President George W. Bush.

Surprise – not.

I wonder where this one will go, considering that one of last year’s most quickly buried stories was the rather upsetting revelation, one week after the US elections, that the Obama campaign had been maintaining a secret liaison with Hamas. But – oops – nobody was supposed to tell. It could have adversely affected the election results.

Hamas says met Obama advisors in Gaza

Ahmad Yousuf, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s political advisor, said that during the recent US presidential race a secret meeting between senior Islamist group figures and advisors to President-elect Barack Obama was held in Gaza.

“We were in contact with a number of Obama’s aides through the Internet, and later met with some of them in Gaza, but they advised us not to come out with any statements, as they may have a negative effect on his election campaign…

No duh!

Yousuf said Hamas’s contact with Obama’s advisors was ongoing, adding that he was still on good terms with some of the aides he had befriended while residing in the US…

Somebody forgot to pass poor Yousuf the memo that he wasn’t supposed to talk about it after the election, either.

Not that it seems to have made a difference after all this time. I keep hearing that Mr. Obama is not really being unfavorable toward Israel, and neither is he really cozying up to Iran, Hamas, or to other recognized supporters of terrorism. Not really. Well it appears to me that some of the more prominent terrorists really do like his style, and there may be some very good reasons for that. I’ll bet if we could find some poor honest soul like old Yousuf, we could discover all kinds of juicy tidbits.

But I wonder if we’ll ever find poor old Yousuf. Or even where he’s buried.

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Meet White House Doctor Death Number Two

John Holdren WH Science Czar

Or, Reproductive Rights Aren’t What You Thought They Were!

You mean you want to keep your baby? No, I’m sorry honey – that’s not allowed any more. We told you not to have children. Now, just come along like a good girl; it won’t hurt much. Just think of how you’re doing your part to save the planet from overpopulation! It’s such a small sacrifice for you to make.

What’s that you ask? Does Dr. Holdren let his granddaughters have children? Why that’s just not a question you should be asking. It isn’t any business of yours whether he chooses to have a family.

Don’t you give me that look! Look, we do this the easy way or the hard way…

What in the world am I talking about!? Am I trying to be a bad novelist?

I wish that were so, but this is an all too conceivable scenario with the appointment of the new White House Science “Czar”.

Now that Dr. Zeke Emanuel and his plans for end-your-life-sooner-than-you-thought services have been outed (oh, and he’s mighty unhappy about it ), another monster has surfaced from deep within the bowels of the Obamanation that maketh desolate.

Here are some excerpts from the writings of Dr. John Holdren, now Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy:

…it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution…

It would even be possible to require pregnant single women to… have abortions…

Somewhat more repressive measures for discouraging large families have also been proposed…

The third approach to population limitation is that of involuntary fertility control. Several coercive proposals deserve discussion…

A program of sterilizing women after their second or third child might be easier to implement… in China, mothers of three children are commonly “expected” [Dr Holdren’s use of quotation marks here – lm] to undergo sterilization).

The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule… opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births…

Some people—respected legislators, judges, and lawyers included—have viewed the right to have children as a fundamental and inalienable right. Yet neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution mentions a right to reproduce…

In the United States, individuals have a constitutional right to privacy and it has been held that the right to privacy includes the right to choose whether or not to have children, at least to the extent that a woman has a right to choose not to have children. But the right is not unlimited. Where the society has a “compelling, subordinating interest” …the right of the individual may be curtailed.

It is often argued that the right to have children is so personal that the government should not regulate it… In today’s world, however, the number of children in a family is a matter of profound public concern… Why should the law not be able to prevent a person from having more than two children?

And so on… I’m sure you get the picture. But it’s not a pretty one.

I would very much like to think that this is not the first time you’ve heard of this, but I didn’t know about it myself until yesterday. If this is as much news to you as it was to me, I suggest you start with the Wikipedia article from which I drew these quotes, if only because of Wikipedia’s generally acknowledged authoritative standing, and then progress to the Zombietime Blog post on the matter, including a rather common sense treatment of how the hell this man got past a nomination committee of the US Senate. Basically, he lied. Well, Zombietime didn’t actually say that, I did. I look at Zombietime as more of a ball carrier – maybe a tight end – and I feel it’s more my job as a lineman to add my shoulder to the push, to try to shout to the world, “Look out! Heads up, before it’s too late!”

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“Death Panels?” Why, dear, whatever do you mean by that?

“We recommend an alternative system—the complete lives system—which prioritises younger people who have not yet lived a complete life…”

Do you find those words chilling? I do.

This is an exact quote published earlier this year by the respected medical journal Lancet in the summary of a proposal by Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., et. al.

Surely you’ve heard of Dr. Emanuel. Key White House health adviser and brother of the White House Chief of staff. Oh, that Dr. Emanuel? Yes, dear, that Dr. Emanuel.

There have been numerous strong objections raised by the American public to the so-called health care reform measures proposed in HR3200, not the least of which concern the “end-of-life services” provisions as outlined in the bill, starting on page 426. America’s sweetheart Sarah Palin recently caused a ruckus when she used the term death panel in reference to those proposed measures, and pointed out the involvement of Dr. Emanuel. Oh, what a ruckus she caused!

There have been many excellent blog posts written on this topic, for example this one by William A. Jacobson, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY, or take a look at this handy graph posted on a blog no less authoritatively entitled Mommy. Basically, if you’re under 10 or over 60, your chances aren’t real good, and if you’re disabled, or if you otherwise don’t measure up to the standards of “promoting and rewarding social usefulness” (yes, also Dr. Emanuel’s words), well then — good-bye, I suppose.

I’m not trying to duplicate all the comments that have been by these and other writers, but what I do wish to point out here is that, granted, the term “death panel” is not contained in the proposed legislation, but the phrase “end-of-life services” definitely is, and when you mix that in with Dr. Emanuel’s own words — well, doesn’t that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

Not me. I find it scary, very scary.

lineman

update: reports are breaking out all over that the Senate is going to drop the end-of-life service provision. So that’s a first down, ten to go. Perhaps the reports of the demise of republican government are premature. But we’re not done yet.

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Whoa, if that doesn’t mess up my geopolitical theology!

Arutz7 news 12 August 2009: “Up to 85 percent of Arabs in greater Israel stem from Jewish ancestors, it is estimated. Some of them want to become fully Jewish, but most are scared to even talk about it.”

Insofar as Christian Zionism goes, my way of thinking has been, at its most basic level, that Eretz Israel belongs to the Jewish nation because God says so. Pretty simple at that point. Ah – but who is the Jewish nation?

That should seem simple at first glance, but dig just beneath the surface, and it becomes not so simple after all. There are whole, long books written on this subject, but I want to keep it basic for now, because I’m only talking about the way the Arutz7 article upset my apple cart.

Quick & easy Biblical answer #1: the Jewish nation consists of the descendants (“seed,” in Bible lingo) of Abraham. Ok, good, but what about his other descendants, like those if Ishmael?

Quick & fairly easy Biblical answer #2: in Genesis 21:12, Moses writes, “God said, ‘Abraham, don’t worry about your slave woman and the boy. Just do what Sarah tells you. Isaac will inherit your family name,’” So it’s the descendants of Isaac, not Ishmael, or Midian, or any of the others, at least according to Moses, and thereby according to standard Christian Zionist teaching.

Well, ok, but Isaac had two sons, and Esau was the firstborn, and thereby entitled to inherit the family name… and so it goes.

To shorten a long story (this is not meant to be a “religious” blog), the usual answer is that the Jewish nation, ethnically speaking, comprises the descendants of old Abe’s younger grandson Jacob, aka Israel.

Ok, most Christian Zionists buy that. But along comes this study that there are (at least very probably – I’m just going by what the article said for now) a whole lot of descendants of Jacob now living among the population that we’ve been calling Palestinians, which are supposedly the enemies of the State of Israel. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Well, nothing is ever that simple – sorry. There are many “Palestinians” – perhaps even a majority, according to some studies – that really do support the State of Israel, but are terrified to say so.

This, of course, involves a huge complex of issues which have been addressed in depth in many places which I won’t cite here, because I’m maintaining a focus, but I suppose one could say with much confidence that the actual “terrorists” are the ones running the “Palestinian” infrastructure – Hamas, Fatah, Abbas, Haniyeh, & their ilk – and the victims of terrorism are those whom we call “Palestinians” as much as are Jewish or other Israelis.

Which, come to think of it, is not news after all, is it? So my apple cart can get back on its wheels – whew!

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