Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Obama's moral relativism minimizes the vile actions of Islamists and at the same time distorts Israeli actions

Obama Chided for Telling UN: Many Israelis Ready to Ditch Peace

With all eyes turned to Netanyahu's UN speech, ZOA cites Obama for claiming that violence led "too many Israelis" to despair of peace.

By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 9/30/2014, 

Morton Klein
Morton Klein
With the world concentrating on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's hard-hitting remarks at the UN General Assembly on Monday, the Zionist Organization of America turns attention to President Barack Obama's address to the UN – and what it calls his "baseless and offensive claim" that "the violence engulfing the region today has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace."
Obama addressed the UN on Sept. 24, two days before PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of "genocide" from the same podium.
President Obama said in his address, "The situation in Iraq, Syria and Libya should cure anyone of the illusion that this conflict [between Palestinians and Israelis] is the main source of problems in the region."
He then mentioned the Muslim extremist violence "engulfing the region" in the same breath as the "too many Israelis [who are] ready to abandon the hard work of peace."
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, "It is remarkable that President Obama can deduce from current Middle Eastern developments and realities that Israel is to be chided for not pursuing peace."
"In fact," Klein continued, "it is the PA which has made not a single concession, while continuing unabated with its glorification of terrorists, incitement to hatred and murder, denial of Jewish history in Israel, non-acceptance of Israel as a Jewish state and publicly stating that a future Palestinian state will never allow Jews."
Klein further noted that the PA has "concluded a unity regime agreement with Hamas, the U.S.- and European Union-listed terrorist organization that calls in its Charter for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews," and has "refused without counter-offer U.S. and Israeli offers of Palestinian statehood throughout virtually the whole of Judea/Samaria, all of Gaza and half of Jerusalem in 2000 and again in 2008."
"Instead of admitting his errors" in promoting the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic movements, and in concentrating on the Israeli situation so exclusively, "President Obama has chided Israel for supposedly tiring of peace, even as he now rightly claims that the Israeli/Palestinian issue is not the heart of the Middle East's problems at all -- a position the ZOA has long argued."

Dissecting the "People's Climate March"

Idiocracy on Parade 

Insularity in the black community is its downfall

Poverty In The Black Community Is The Result of Culture Not Racism

I have often been accused by friends (black, white and all others in between) of being too logical, to the point that I am inhibited from seeing other people’s point of view ( I am not sure if that is a compliment or insult). They say that I enter into discussions with the false assumption that others are just as logical and rational as I am. I have been told this so often that I have conceded that perhaps they are telling the truth (they know me well enough to make such claims). Because I have finally accepted the charge against me, I often consult friends on matters that I find perplexing.
A black female friend and I once discussed how our historically unemployed (lazy) relatives often claimed that we were rich simply because we had things that they did not. I said to her that surely they understood that we worked for everything that we have. Her response to me was that they did not understand how we acquired what we had. I told her that it was illogical for someone not to correlate money or possessions with work, and I refused to believe it. Well, a short time later, my friend’s comments proved true.
 A female relative of mine came to live with me for a short time. One day when I came home from work, she asked me where everyone in the neighborhood was. She said that during the day, she would go outdoors looking for someone to talk to and no one was around. I told her that they were at work, and I asked her how she thought the neighbors could pay for their homes if they did not go to work (just as I was going to work every day). She looked at me with a confused look on her face. Up until that point (she was nearly sixty years old), she had lived in neighborhoods where everyone (including her) received some kind of government check and therefore did not work. She always had someone to shuck and jive with because everyone was at home all day long. She told me that she was bored living in my (middleclass working) neighborhood.

A male relative of mine once tried to play the guilt trip on me in order to get money from me by lamenting about how tired he was of being broke. He told me that I did not know how it felt to be broke because I have always had money. He was in his early fifties and had spent his entire adult life mostly unemployed and in and out of jail for petty crimes. I asked him: did he think that money grew on trees? I told him that I have worked all of my life for everything that I have. He walked away with his tail between his legs.
If poor blacks cannot correlate money and possessions with work, there is no wonder that they think that they are entitled to the same things as working people. Most liberal voters are immature and live in a fantasy world. They believe that everything that working people have fell from the sky, and they somehow were not around to catch some of it. Therefore, they believe that it is not fair that they do not have the same things. Is that why it is so easy for the race baiters to go into these communities and claim that the rich have stolen from them?
Many black conservatives have said that Republicans need to go into the black communities in order to win the black vote. However, my concern is with how our message of hard work will be received by individuals in these liberal bastions who have never witnessed anyone consistently going to work every day.  Liberals have inoculated these individuals against work and responsibility by continuously plying them with government handouts.
I once had a discussion with another black female friend about the unemployment history in the black inner city neighborhoods. I asked her why the blacks in these neighborhoods did not apply for jobs at the establishments that they frequent. She told me that the reason why they did not apply for jobs is that poor blacks do not think that the jobs are for them. I asked her what she meant by for them. She explained that poor blacks have been programmed to believe that jobs are only for white people and not for them, so therefore they do not apply.  I do not know how my friend came to that conclusion; however, it was not long before her statements also proved true.
A young black man was lamenting to me about the lack of job opportunities for black men in corporate America. He told me that although he had a college degree, he was unable to obtain employment. Assuming that he had been applying for jobs, I asked him where he had applied. He told me that he had not applied anywhere. I asked why had he not applied and he said that he did not fit the description that the employers were looking for. He went on to claim that society, through television and movies, portray white men in suits as successful executives, therefore, he concluded that he did not fit the description for corporate America. I will concede that there is some merit to the argument that television and movies portray white businesspersons in suits as successful; however I cannot logically understand why someone would not at least apply for jobs. If poor blacks really believe that jobs are not for them, who is it that taught them that?
Most of the things that individuals are taught comes from the culture in which they were raised, whether it be work ethic, habits, or beliefs. Growing up in the South, my parents could not afford to buy me designer clothes and shoes. After joining the military, I purchased my first pair of designer sneakers and wore them home on my first leave after boot camp and job training.  My older male cousin looked down at my sneakers and asked me what I was doing wearing them. He said that black people were not supposed to wear those type of shoes. It has been over 26 years since he made that statement and I remember it just like it was yesterday. He had been programmed by the culture that he was raised in to think that even if you have the money to purchase something, you were not supposed to have it. I often talk with successful blacks who think that they do not deserve what they have. One black male friend that lives in an affluent neighborhood told me that when he and his family are walking around in the town center, he feels that he is not supposed to be there.
Until the black community looks inward to solve its problems, nothing will change. Many problems in the black community are the result of a self-imposed inferiority complex. That is why it infuriates me so much to hear race baiters telling poor blacks that they are victims. The victim mindset causes complacency and impotence of action in an individual. One reason that the black community has regressed instead of progressed is due to the victim mindset that has caused cognitive blindness and mental paralysis. Blacks cannot continue to blame society for how blacks Americans are perceived.  The black community must examine its culture and its effect on the lives of the individuals in the black community.

The regime's intentional lack of transparency

Transparency Groups Press White House on FOIA Delays

White House staff currently reviews requests involving ‘White House equities’
Government watchdog groups and transparency advocates are asking the Obama administration to review its policy of having the White House sign off on an expanded number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests—a procedure they say causes significant delays.
In a letter to the White House released Monday, 25 transparency organizations said the Obama administration’s policy of reviewing FOIA requests that contain so-called “White House equities” has “caused significant confusion and delay among agencies in their compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.”
According to a 2009 memo from the White House Counsel to all agency heads and general counsels, the White House reminded all agencies to send FOIA requests containing White House “equities” to it for review.
The equities mandate “applies to all documents and records, whether in oral, paper, or electronic form, that relate to communications to and from the White House, including preparations for such communications.”
Transparency groups say the review process has significantly delayed some requests and that agencies do not have proper guidance on what counts as a “White House equity.”
Government watchdog group Cause of Action, one of the signers of the letter, first obtained the formerly secret 2009 memo. The group sued a dozen government agencies in August for more information on their White House equities policy.
“Public promises of transparency are no excuse for secret memos that prevent it. Americans deserve a government that is fair and open and delaying the release of documents prevents the ability of a free press to educate the public,” Cause of Action executive director Dan Epstein said in a statement Monday. “Our hope is that President Obama honors the laws in place designed to provide transparency, such as the Freedom of Information Act, and withdraws this 2009 memo.”
Other signatories include the Society of Professional Journalists, the Sunlight Foundation, the American Library Association, the Government Accountability Project, the Project on Government Oversight, and OpenTheGovernment.org.
“To put it simply, ‘White House equities’ is not a well-defined term. Not surprisingly, a policy based around protecting an ill-defined term can sow confusion among agency officials and the public, and make it very hard to know exactly the effect of the policy,” Patrice McDermott, executive director of OpenTheGovernment.org, said in a statement. “In the interest of the unprecedented levels of openness in government committed to by the president, the White House needs to review this policy, and send agencies any additional guidance if needed.”
As previously reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the executive branch has asserted its privilege to review White House documents and communications produced through FOIA requests since at least the Reagan administration. However, transparency advocates say that under the Obama administration such review has expanded beyond its original intended scope to include documents that do not originate from the White House at all.
The Treasury Inspector General wrote in a 2013 report on White House’s policy on reviewing documents subject to FOIA requests that “none of the document sets we reviewed appeared to originate with the White House.”
The Treasury Inspector General also said White House involvement was minimal and found no evidence of bad-faith practices. However, it did note that White House review “was responsible in several cases for adding a significant processing delay.”
An anonymous FOIA officer at a federal agency made similar claims in an interview with the Washington Times earlier this year.
“Under the Obama administration, I am personally aware of multiple cases [including those in litigation] in which records were sent to the White House because they dealt with a politically hot topic,” the official told the Washington Times. “The records did not originate from or even mention the White House.”
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

How the Left devolves society

National Disarmament Plan not aimed at criminal gangs

Fifty fire arms were delivered on the first day

The minister of the interior and justice granted 20 scholarships to those who surrendered their weapons (AVN) 
Tuesday September 30, 2014  10:11 AM
Calls for voluntary submission of weapons do not particularly aim at members of criminal gangs. Instead, they are the target of other actions launched by Foreign Policy Deputy Minister José Vicente Rangel Ávalos.

The idea is that civilians in possession of fire arms because they either inherited or bought them for their personal protection surrender them to the authorities under this special plan, explained Minister of the Interior and Justice, Miguel Rodríguez Torres during the first day of the National Disarmament Plan which will be enforced until 2015.

Rodríguez Torres informed 50 fire arms were delivered on the first day.

The minister of the interior and justice granted 20 scholarships to those who surrendered their weapons.

What George W. Bush said about Iraq on July 12, 2007 was quite prescient

“To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we’re ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States,” Bush said. “It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It’d mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It’d mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It’d mean we’d be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”

Hamas: pictures of children being used as human shields

Netanyahu reveals photo of children playing near Hamas rocket launcher

Hamas concealed missiles in civilian neighborhoods during the Gaza conflict, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged Monday as he provided photographic proof to the UN.
“Hamas deliberately placed its rockets where Palestinian children live and play,” he told the General Assembly, displaying a chilling picture of kids amid weaponry.
“It shows two Hamas rocket launchers, which were used to attack us. You see three children playing next to them. Hamas deliberately put its rockets in hundreds of residential areas like this. Hundreds of them,” he added.
Critics claim Israel perpetrated genocide by firing its rockets into Gaza.
Netanyahu reacted angrily to the accusation leveled against a nation where many citizens fled from the Holocaust.
“Israel was using its missiles to protect its children. Hamas was using its children to protect its missiles,” the prime minister seethed. “It used schools, not just schools — UN schools, private homes, mosques, even hospitals to store and fire rockets at Israel.”
He angrily contrasted Hamas’ tactics with those of Israel — and blasted the UN’s Human Rights Council for what he called a double standard in condemning Israel.
“Israel, which took unprecedented steps to minimize civilian casualties, Israel is condemned. Hamas, which both targeted and hid behind civilians, that’s a double war crime, Hamas is given a pass,” Netanyahu said.

Who will pay for paroling this monster?

Kidnapper of real estate agent: She was rich and alone

The body of the Arkansas real estate agent who vanished last week was found in a shallow grave, police confirmed Tuesday.
Prison parolee Arron Lewis, 33, has officially been charged with capital murder for the death of 49-year-old Beverly Carter, local CBS affiliate KTHV reports.
Lewis, who’s admitted kidnapping Carter, told reporters that he abducted her because she was alone and had money.
“…she was a woman that worked alone — a rich broker,” Lewis said to a Fox Channel 16 reporter as he was being walked out of the Pulaski sheriff’s office.
Authorities found Carter’s body just after midnight Tuesday when investigators received a tip which led them to a suburb of Little rock about 25 miles from where the woman disappeared last Thursday, cops said.
Lewis was arrested Monday and admitted kidnapping Carter, but he refused to reveal her whereabouts. He was booked at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, according to KTHV.
The accused murderer spoke to reporters outside the Pulaski sheriff’s office and said he did not kill Carter — adding that he hadn’t seen her in two days and that an associate of his named Trevor might be responsible for her death.
“He’s Air Force at the military base,” he told a reporter as he was escorted to a vehicle for transportation to county jail.
Carter was reported missing Sept. 25 when she didn’t come home after showing a house. Her husband called police after he noticed her car was still in that house’s driveway with her purse inside.
Lewis was on parole for theft in Arkansas and has prior arrests in Utah and Kansas, according to Reuters. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

To paraphrase Reagan: It's not that they don't know, it's that so much of what they know is wrong.

Posted By Roger L Simon On September 29, 2014 
For several years now we have heard much of the plague of “low information voters” — those legions of the supposedly ignorant who walk, clueless on the issues, into our polling places, casting their votes for candidates the details of whose programs are as familiar to them as quantum mechanics.
But we may have a more significant problem.  There are a number of people  who are at least somewhat cognizant of quantum mechanics to whom the details of the issues of the day are just as unfamiliar — the modern liberal intelligentsia. I’m not talking about the punditocracy here, the Thomas Friedmans of the world, who are certainly aware of the issues (well, more or less) even if  they evaluate them in peculiar ways.  I’m talking about the workaday liberal, the well-educated professionals who are our friends, relatives and neighbors.  They are, increasingly,  low information voters, living in willful or perhaps willed blindness.
In a recent months I have been startled by many examples of this. In a casual conversation, an Ivy League graduate and author of several best-selling books asked me what I meant by “quantitative easing,” although it has been one of the keys to the economic policies of the last half-dozen years. Since the man is highly intelligent, my conclusion was he didn’t want to know about such details because they would lead to him having to examine long-held assumptions, assumptions it would be uncomfortable to question for a whole set of reasons.  Remember, these are people who voted for Obama, twice, and now are just becoming aware that many of us consider him the worst president ever and have pretty good reasons.  And the public is beginning to agree with us. This is hard to process.
This cognitive problem was even more evident to me at a breakfast of friendly acquaintances this weekend when I brought up the beheading in Oklahoma.  The liberals at the table were only tangentially aware of it and then all too eager to dismiss it as “workplace violence.”  I couldn’t resist jumping into the fray and started to talk to them — most of the group were lawyers — about Islam and jihad, reiterating many details that many of us know, that — unlike the Bible — the Koran was a verbatim dictation from Allah, making reform difficult, and that the latter portions superseded the earlier more pacifistic sections and demanded violent jihad of its adherents.  This was all news to these educated people, even though we are thirteen years past 9/11.  You would have thought they would have studied this subject a bit, but it was clear they didn’t want to.  They listened politely as I talked, but I could see I was disturbing them with information they had no interest in hearing, so I eventually shut up.
Now these are likable people who are decent or better to friends and family, but they are monumentally square and unsophisticated.  They grew up up in an environment where certain, now highly old-fashioned, liberal views not only were cool, they were the veritable given, donnée as the French would say, of their society, so they are constitutionally unable to reexamine them.  Change is difficult for all of us.  Few  achieve any kind of growth.  But we are surrounded by a generation of people whose ideas are stuck in 1968, though most of them were just little kids at the time and too young to participate. Nevertheless, being stuck,  they are loath to see what is going on around them. They are terrified of it, lest they suffer from alienation of friends and family, loss of work, even personality disintegration.  So they watch MSNBC and nod when some reactionary nitwit says the decapitation in Oklahoma was nothing more than “workplace violence” when the perpetrator had converted to Islam in prison only months before and posted beheadings to his Facebook page.
These people remind me of Jews — many of them are Jews, sadly — who would be saying that we should be understanding and negotiating with the Germans at the very moment they were being summarily marched into the gas chamber at Auschwitz.  Too strong?  No, it’s not.  The liberals we know and love, most of them anyway, aren’t bad people.  They’re just so scared of what’s happening they can’t think.

(Hat tip: PJ Media)

Another case of public agency waste

Drought-conscious residents turn the water tables on public agencies

The scene captured on video by a onetime aspiring filmmaker had neither actors nor dialogue, but it spoke volumes:
A stream of water from a leaking sprinkler pooled on the ground, creating a miniature marsh. Above the glistening pond, silver block letters on the building in the backdrop spelled out: "Department of Water and Power, City of Los Angeles, Receiving Station K."
To Matt Chapman, who gave up his film dreams for a software engineer's more reliable paycheck, it was a case of hypocrisy worth documenting on YouTube. And he's not the only one scrutinizing how public agencies use water.
As officials crack down on homeowners who waste water, more drought-conscious Californians are using social media to broadcast video of what appear to be government agencies breaking their own water-use rules: sprinklers running at city parks in the middle of the day, public workers hosing grass until it becomes a muddy mess. They are also filing an increasing number of complaints about wasteful water use by their neighbors and on city property.
"Whether it's a violation or not is kind of a technicality. The point is they were very clearly wasting water," Chapman said of the leaking DWP sprinkler. "If they're trying to hold citizens responsible financially for wasting water on their homes, then certainly I hope somebody is being held responsible at the DWP for wasting water like that."
The state loses about 10% of its supplied water volume — billions of gallon a year — to leaking pipes alone, according to a 2009 study by Southern California Edison. A pipe rupture that flooded UCLA earlier this year resulted in the loss of more than 20 million gallons. A water main break in West Hollywood on Friday spewed as much as 9,600 gallons of water a minute.
Officials say their agencies generally are using water more efficiently and cutting back on waste. But they acknowledge that sprinklers sometimes break, watering systems get reset and managing water use at massive public departments isn't always easy.
"Everybody has to follow the same rules," said Penny Falcon, the DWP's water conservation policy manager. "But there are special cases on some of those rules both with the state ordinance and with ours."
Public agencies have been more carefully monitoring water use since Gov. Jerry Brown proclaimed a drought emergency in January and the state water board adopted conservation regulations in July. This month, Brown signed legislation requiring agencies to quantify and report system water loss in future urban water management plans.
A spokesman for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he plans to issue an executive order within the next week that will impose even stricter limits on city departments' water use.
For many Californians who have been dutifully abiding by increasingly strict limitations on their home water use — even replacing much-loved grassy lawns with expensive drought-tolerant landscaping — the tighter rules for government agencies simply make sense.
Local water districts have tightened ordinances throughout the summer to reduce residential water use and to help achieve Brown's goal of reducing use by 20% statewide. DWP customers, for instance, may water only on certain days of the week and at certain times of the day.
Manny Fernandez, a 32-year-old project manager from Northridge, said he waters only on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays as prescribed. So when he drove past Ritchie Valens Park in Pacoima on a recent Saturday and saw sprinklers dousing an expanse of dirt in the middle of the afternoon, he was "so appalled" he pulled over to snap a picture.
"We're following directions; we're doing everything we can to help the state and avoid high bills," Fernandez said. "As a consumer, I just felt like it was a slap in the face."
The park has been closed for construction while workers install a water-saving irrigation system, said Ramon Barajas, an assistant general manager for the Department of Recreation and Parks. Air quality rules allow water use to dampen an area so that contractors don't create a dust bowl, he said. Officials are installing signs to let neighbors know that.
Since the 2006-07 fiscal year ended, the department has saved more than 2 billion gallons by using reclaimed water at parks and golf courses, replacing grass with synthetic fields and adopting other measures, Barajas said.
"We have gone the extra mile to comply with the ordinance without sprinkling in the daytime," said Tom Gibson, a department landscape architect. "There are certain instances we have to, and every once in a while there may be a broken valve or something. Sometimes the public does see that before we do."
In general, the city's 400-plus parks are supposed to abide by the DWP's standard watering schedule, Barajas said. The less water they use, the more taxpayer money can be reallocate elsewhere.
Current rules allow watering of sports fields outside of prescribed times if facility managers reduce their overall use by at least 20% and obtain a variance from the DWP.
Golf courses and other large landscapes can deviate from the department's schedule if managers cut water use by 20%, but they must also install weather-based irrigation controllers and use available recycled water.
Michelle Vargas, a DWP spokeswoman, said the agency does not track complaints specifically about government agencies. But because of increased consciousness about water conservation, she said, the agency has received many more complaints in recent months. In 2013, Vargas said, the department received 375 complaints. This year, it has already received more than 4,000.
A recent review by the agency found that its conservation efforts have reduced usage nearly 30% over five years. Since 2009, the DWP has replaced more than 2,818 fixtures at water and power facilities, which it says contributed to a saving of more than 120 million gallons of water over five years.
The Department of Recreation and Parks has received fewer than 20 formal waste complaints in the last month, Gibson said. Such complaints are filed with the DWP and passed to Gibson, who funnels them to the appropriate maintenance team. Even that small number of complaints represented a 30% spike from previous months, officials said.
Most of the complaints involved damaged equipment such as a leaking or broken sprinkler or broken valves, Gibson said. Sometimes vandals steal sprinkler heads, which can cause flooding.
If the DWP receives a complaint about a public agency, members of the Conservation Response Team determine whether there was a violation and then contact the agency in question, Falcon said. Like residential customers, agencies almost always want to fix the problem, she said.
In the case of the DWP's sprinkler leak, the department used YouTube's comments section to thank Chapman, and it pledged to fix it. Days later, Chapman returned to the building and saw that the department had kept its promise.
"I don't think we're going to fine ourselves," Falcon said. "That would be a lot of administrative paperwork for nothing."