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Posted 23 April 2019 - 12:02 PM

Ah ha! Welcome to TRUMP CITY!

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants to name a new settlement in the Golan Heights after President Donald Trump out of gratitude for the White House’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory.

Netanyahu was touring the Golan Heights on Tuesday and said there was a “need to express our appreciation” to the president. He says he will advance “a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J. Trump.”


Bibi might get surprised if Trump demands money in exchange for allowing his brand to be used. Gratitude may not be enough.

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Posted 06 May 2019 - 10:39 AM

They won't engage Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on substance over Israel so once again they take the low, lying road. In right-wing circles that's also known as the road 8--lane superhighway constantly traveled.

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A senior adviser to President Trump’s 2020 campaign posted a video of a 2015 Ukrainian missile firing, misidentifying it as rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza, in an attempt to attack Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who has been critical of U.S. support of Israel.

In the tweet, Pierson claims that “650 rockets” were fired into Israel, four people were killed and 28 wounded before she called on Omar to respond “to this violence.”

“Will she condemn it?” she tweeted.


As AnBr so eloquently put it just a short time ago:

View PostAnBr, on 15 April 2019 - 03:25 PM, said:

Why is it that some do not understand that when you leave people with nothing left to lose...

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 11:22 AM

Israel First. It really is all about the Benjamins. Being able to attack a Dem is just a bonus.

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I’ve read the transcript of Rashida Tlaib’s words in the bogus “controversy” a number of times. I saw the actual video of what she said for the first time earlier this afternoon. This controversy is so baseless, so riddled with bad faith and malice. It’s simply gross. I don’t agree with Tlaib on everything. I don’t agree with her advocacy of a one-state solution, which is what she was actually arguing for in the interview in question. But she wasn’t saying anything malicious or even terribly remarkable in those words, let alone anything anti-Semitic. She was talking about the reality of Palestinian dispossession in the creation of the state of Israel but how this loss, one closely tied to her ancestors and national community, wasn’t for nothing. Palestine became a haven for Jews fleeing the Holocaust and as refugees in the aftermath of the Holocaust. She doesn’t say Palestinian Arabs were welcoming them, as some are claiming. She certainly doesn’t diminish the horror of the Holocaust in any way. She basically says that some good came from the dispossession because the Jews were also an oppressed and endangered people and she takes some comfort from that even though it was at the expense of the Palestinians.

This entire episode is just a disgraceful smear which is part of a calculated and on-going Republican effort to demonize these two freshman Muslim members of Congress to score partisan points and focus attention away from the Republican party’s coddling of far-right white supremacists and neo-Nazis. It’s gross. It’s despicable. It is apparently endless.

I’m not afraid to criticize when it’s merited, as I think I demonstrated, even to the deep unhappiness of some TPM readers, after Ilhan Omar’s comments about foreign “allegiances.” But the aim here is clearly to police any and all statements by these two members of Congress to try to pit American Muslims against American Jews to gain partisan advantage in the U.S. political arena — a conflict right-wing Republicans would like to create but which mainly does not exist. Most are cases like this where it is clearly an intentional distortion of what she said. That’s reprehensible and a danger to Jews as much as it is to Muslims.

A number of people are claiming that Tlaib said Palestinians welcomed Jews to Mandatory Palestine after the Holocaust. That’s clearly not true. It is just as clearly not what she said. Listen to her actual words.


Trump is, of course, all in.


The Dems are having none of it. Good for them. They're finally learning how to fight back rather than cower.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 02:50 PM

Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has a friend who responded perfectly.

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) kept it blunt when she spoke on Monday night about the GOP’s outrage over her Holocaust comment.

NBC’s “Late Night” host Seth Meyers asked Tlaib about the controversy, and she lamented that it was “unfortunate” how President Donald Trump, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had twisted her words.

Tlaib told Meyers, “I got a text message from a friend who’s like ‘Hey, next time, you know, really clarify. Maybe talk like a fourth-grader because maybe the racist idiots will understand you better.'”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 12:41 PM

Here's a two sentence article from TPM that should strike fear into the hearts of all real Americans.

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United States Ambassdor to Israel David Friedman: “Israel has one secret weapon that not too many countries have. Israel is on the side of God, and we don’t underestimate that.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 02:14 PM

View PostLFC, on 16 May 2019 - 12:41 PM, said:

Here's a two sentence article from TPM that should strike fear into the hearts of all real Americans.
That's the standard view of most Evangelicals, and Israel can by definition do no wrong. So it wasn't such a far jump for them to give Dumpster the same reverence.

Bibi could shoot a Palestinian on ANY avenue in Tel Aviv, and it's a divine act.
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Posted 30 May 2019 - 12:35 PM

Bombshell News!!! Netanyahu failed to form a government, the first time this has ever happened in Israel's history. Even last minute desperate measures that bordered on purchasing votes didn't get him across the line.

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I confess I’m stunned. I’ve told you again and again that the iron law of 21st century Israeli politics is that Netanyahu always wins. The election he’s finally going to lose, the coalition he’s never going to hold together – fuggedaboutit, he always figures it out; he always threads the needle. Yet, only a couple hours ago, he finally didn’t. Netanyahu managed what seemed like a come from behind election victory on April 9th of this year. But he turned out not to be able to assemble a government. He got together 60 Knesset members. But he needed 61. He held out dissolving the Knesset and holding new elections as a doomsday cudgel to get everyone in line. But it didn’t work. Now the country will return to the second election in only a few months. It is the first time in Israeli history that an election has failed to produce a government.

Let me explain what happened.

On its face, Netanyahu was unable to bring two competing coalition partners into the same government. Two religious parties with a total of 16 seats wanted protection and expansion of their the privileges and exemptions of their communities (a perennial issue in Israeli politics). Avigdor Liberman, who leads a rightist but secularist party focused on Russian immigrants wouldn’t agree to serve in a government that acceded to those demands. (He said several times he wanted a Jewish state but not an halachic state, a reference to Jewish religious law.) These are the kinds of deep issues of principle that pretty much always find a way to get resolved. But in this case it didn’t get resolved. Netanyahu has pilloried Liberman for torpedoing a rightwing government, being driven by revenge (the two have a history), anger, spite, ambition, etc.

But I suspect the deeper issue here is that players on both sides sensed the stench of political death about Netanyahu and because of that weren’t willing to make big or uncomfortable concessions to get on what seemed like a sinking ship. Netanyahu’s impending indictment hung over all of this, as it did over the final weeks of the Spring election.

Particularly in the final days of the coalition negotiations it became clear that the one policy that was absolutely foundational for his next government was a law shielding him from prosecution. Netanyahu only needed one more seat to form his government. In the final day he made various desperate plays to bring in one or more Labor party members with promises of a major ministry and, apparently, big concessions to undo various laws that have pulled the country even further to the right in recent years. Even Labor party leader Avi Gabbay, now thoroughly discredited and very likely to be pushed aside, refused him.

One issue in the background that could play an important role in the next months. Benny Gantz, head of Blue and White, the one-off party formed around him and a group of other centrist ex-generals (three former heads of the IDF) and the Yesh Atid party, has made clear that he would be open to leading a national unity government with Likud – but not with Netanyahu, certainly not before he faces the charges against him. I think he even said he’d consider joining a national unity government led by Likud, just as long as Netanyahu isn’t part of it. This isn’t a matter of Likud being replaced by Labor. There’s no big push for a two-state solution in offing. It’s not hard to imagine at least many Likud MKs being able to serve happily enough in the kind of unity government Gantz would run. This could make the indispensable Netanyahu suddenly seem rather more dispensable.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 12:42 PM

I think this little scene may be more significant concerning Netanyahu's politic future than Josh realizes. The moment you go from being viewed as a powerful political figure to being mocked and trolled in as public a fashion as possible you start to lose that aura of power. Much of a politician's power comes from how others perceive them. To literally have the entire Knesset laugh out loud at your big political moves makes those on the fence want to run for the hills. Nobody wants to hitch themselves to that wagon.

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In the drama yesterday, as Netanyahu struggled in vain to cobble together a government, there was a legitimately hilarious moment I want to share with you. As noted yesterday, in the final hours, Netanyahu was offering crazy deals to all sorts of people – most notably Labor MKs – if only he could get one more seat (for a total of 61 out of 120) for his government AND who would support legislation to make him immune from prosecution. The appeals to Labor MKs were the crucial sign that he was willing to bargain away virtually anything to get that last seat and immunity.

So while all this is happening, Hadash MK Ayman Odeh goes up to the speaker’s rostrum in the Knesset to epically troll Netanyahu.

A little background is necessary. Odeh is head of Hadash and had been head of the “Joint List” in the last Knesset. That was a joint list of all the major Arab parties in Israel running together to maximize their representation. Hadash is not actually an Arab or Arab nationalist party, though it is now a largely Arab party in voter composition. Hadash is actually a far-left or socialist party that is a descendent of the Israeli Communist Party. Odeh is from an Arab Muslim background in the north of Israel (Haifa) but describes himself as having transcended both ethnicity and religion, which of course define Israeli politics. In any case, Odeh is one of the most interesting and refreshing figures in all of Israeli politics.

So he gets up when everything is falling apart and basically brings the house down by faux claiming that he’s just agreed to join Netanyahu’s coalition and give his decisive vote because Bibi has agreed to … well, you can read for yourself.

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“I have a dramatic announcement and I apologize to my fellow MKs that I didn’t let you know ahead of time. Seven minutes ago Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to me and he said he is willing to withdraw from the occupied territories and also to cancel the nation-state law, and that he supports not only civil equality but also national equality, and that he’s willing to recognize the Nakba and fix the historical wrong – in return for the immunity law.”

The whole place basically erupts in laughter. You can see some of it here but of course it’s not in English so some of it is lost in translation …


It reminds me of this quote from The American President.

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Politics is perception, and if things don't work out, the amount of time it'll take you to go from being a hired gun to a cocktail party joke can be clocked with an egg timer.

Did Bibi's timer just run out?
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 02:41 PM

Poor little Jared. Timing is everything.

https://www.washingt...m=.1bdee1d437c2


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Kushner arrives in Israel to political chaos and a new roadblock for his peace plan

Political chaos met presidential son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner as he visited Israel for meetings Thursday to bolster support for his peace plan, as the prospect of a second round of Israeli elections muddied the plan’s long-delayed rollout.

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The White House is running short of time to release its plan for how to solve the decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestinians before the 2020 U.S. election campaign kicks into full swing. Analysts say Netanyahu is unlikely to want to address thorny political issues or the prospect of any concessions with the Palestinians during a campaign period.

What is wrong with these people? ~ PG

No longer politically correct

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 03:59 PM

The right-wing continues to collude with Israel to attack Democrats.

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We just recorded a new episode of the podcast with Mike Isikoff and Dan Klaidman of Yahoo News and the Skullduggery podcast. (Should drop late this afternoon or early evening.) We mainly talked about the Russia probe, looking back to the second half of 2016, what was known then, how reporting on the dossier looks in retrospect. But we also talked about the recent faux-controversy with Rashida Tlaib because it was based on comments she made on their podcast. And we got some interesting backstory on how it unfolded and how and why it exploded as a story.

One was that Tlaib’s press secretary apparently tried (unsuccessfully) to halt the interview right after that exchange. Not terribly surprising. He or she certainly knows the microscope everything Tlaib says is under. But we also learned something new about how the story propagated. I looked into this at the time. It was Philip Klein of The Washington Examiner who did the first write up with a willfully dishonest headline: “Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a ‘calming feeling.'” But how did it get on to his radar?

According to podcast cohost and Yahoo News Editor in Chief Dan Klaidman, after the podcast they weren’t sure whether they’d made news or not and wrote up a story based on another part of the conversation. But they distributed the clip of the one-state solution/Holocaust exchange to the Israeli media. So it seems like that was the vector: Israeli media to US right wing media.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 12:27 PM

Jared again. Remember this is the guy who claims to have a Middle Eastern peace plan which, apparently, consists of creating a Greater Israel.

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On Sunday evening, John Oliver dedicated the opening portion of his HBO series Last Week Tonight to first son-in-law Jared Kushner, “a man who constantly looks like he was just reset to factory settings.”

Oliver, who has made it a habit of torching Mr. Ivanka—once proclaiming that his father-in-law has more sexual chemistry with Ivanka than he does—proceeded to probe Kushner’s meeting this week with Benjamin Netanyahu, wherein the squeaky-voiced real-estate heir presented the embattled Israeli prime minister with a map of Israel that included the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

“Wow. All else aside, a map is a shitty gift—and getting it from Jared Kushner is the shittest way to receive it. It would be like if you got a bouquet of dead fish from your birthday, delivered by Matt Lauer,” cracked Oliver.

“But much more importantly, that map is a huge symbolic gesture,” he continued. “The Golan Heights is an area that virtually the entire international community considers occupied Syrian territory, so it’s a willfully provocative move with a finishing touch that is pure Trump.”

The comedian then pointed out how Trump wrote an arrow on the map pointing to it, accompanied by the word: “Nice.”

“Holy shit,” Oliver exclaimed. “I guess the only really surprising thing there is that Trump clearly spelled ‘noice’ wrong. Because it’s n-o-i-c-e. Any of this year’s eight Spelling Bee co-champions could have told you that.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 08:27 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 23 April 2019 - 12:02 PM, said:

Ah ha! Welcome to TRUMP CITY!


Bibi might get surprised if Trump demands money in exchange for allowing his brand to be used. Gratitude may not be enough.

Turns out it is Trump Heights.

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 08:28 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 23 April 2019 - 12:02 PM, said:

Ah ha! Welcome to TRUMP CITY!


Bibi might get surprised if Trump demands money in exchange for allowing his brand to be used. Gratitude may not be enough.

Turns out it is Trump Heights. No mention of money changing hands.

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 08:52 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 16 June 2019 - 08:28 PM, said:

Turns out it is Trump Heights. No mention of money changing hands.

The next settlement will be called Trump City, then Trump manor, then Trump estates, etc.
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Posted 17 June 2019 - 05:51 AM

If God takes his eye off the ball for just one moment, we'll getTrump Heaven.
Reality is a hallucination caused by alcohol deprivation.

Only Satan can rebuke sin. The righteous don't know enough.

God is not dead. He was merely voted out of office.

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 01:21 PM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 17 June 2019 - 05:51 AM, said:

If God takes his eye off the ball for just one moment, we'll getTrump Heaven.

I'm sure Beez would be willing to make a deal, but I expect him to be very particular about what's being offered for collateral, given the track record.
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