Pompeo Heads to Israel Ahead of Contested Election

by Adam Kredo

{freebeacon.com} ~ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to head to Israel next week ahead of a contested Israeli election that is seen as no guarantee for longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu… The timing of Pompeo’s trip has generated much speculation about whether he is throwing the Trump administration’s support behind Netanyahu as he is locked in the race of his political career, an election being followed closely across the Middle East as it could reshape the Jewish state’s government at a critical juncture in the United States’s regional fight to thwart Iran and its terrorist proxies. Pompeo, State Department officials said, has no plan to wade into Israel’s election, with sources saying his talks with Netanyahu and other senior Israeli diplomats will focus on the destabilizing role Hezbollah plays in Lebanon, another country Pompeo is slated to visit while in the region. With the Israeli elections heating up, Israel has experienced a rash of terrorist attacks in recent days, making Pompeo’s appearance in the Jewish state all the more remarkable. Sources expect the secretary of state to affirm Israel’s right to self defense and, in private meetings, discuss aiding the Israeli military’s efforts to combat Hezbollah, which still asserts control in Lebanon…  https://freebeacon.com/national-security/pompeo-heads-to-israel-ahead-of-contested-election/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=791b5a7cd5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_03_15_07_47_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-791b5a7cd5-45611665


Christchurch, Conservatism, and Fascism

by Matthew Pinna

{americanthinker.com} ~ The written word cannot express the true extent of the tragedy that occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand — in the hazy aftermath that always follows behind a mass shooting, at least that much is already evident… At the time of writing, 49 people have been killed at two separate Christchurch mosques, with dozens more left injured by the shooter. Both media and public officials, in New Zealand and elsewhere have chosen to lay the blame for the killings on “conservatives.” In fact, conservatism had nothing to do with this. We need to understand exactly how people like this shooter think, and how the media is doing that admirable goal a disservice. How do we know that the shooter isn’t a conservative? For starters, he explicitly says that he detests conservatism twice, once in the “Q&A” and again in his more ideological section, where he devotes a whole page to it: The mantra he places at the bottom of the “To Conservatives” snippet proclaims: “CONSERVATISM IS DEAD, THANK GOD.” Instead, the shooter admits that he is an “actual fascist” — an “eco-fascist,” to be exact. This is extremely important to point out, and not just for the purpose of exonerating conservatives. Why? Simply because — as we know — fascism is far too often conflated with conservatism by political laymen, when anybody who has actually read fascist doctrine knows otherwise. As such, the people who speak out against “conservative hate” and expect real fascists to be convinced of their faults would be surprised to learn that their actions are entirely counterproductive; the fascist agrees with critiques against conservatives, just as the communist agrees with critiques against liberals…   https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/03/christchurch_conservatism_and_fascism.html


College President Rejects Motion to Suspend Israel Study Abroad Program

by Brent Scher

{freebeacon.com} ~ Students and faculty of California’s Pitzer College voted Thursday to suspend the study abroad partnership with Israel’s University of Haifa… but college president Melvin Oliver is declining to take any action on the program, calling it an “academic boycott of Israel.” The anti-Israel proposal, backed by radical leftist groups and Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, won the support of the Pitzer College Council in a Thursday vote taken by both students and faculty. Oliver says the vote amounts only to a recommendation to the president and is declining to take it. Oliver made numerous arguments against the proposal in a Thursday message to the academic community, including that it was “prejudiced” against Israel, would “curtail academic freedom,” and that it is not the school’s role to take political positions. “Although some claim that this is not an academic boycott of Israel, I disagree,” Oliver wrote. “The recommendation puts in place a form of academic boycott of Israel and, in the process, sets us on a path away from the free exchange of ideas, a direction which ultimately destroys the academy’s ability to fulfill our educational mission. I categorically oppose any form of academic boycott of any country.”… Tlaib needs to be boycotted not Israel studies. https://freebeacon.com/issues/college-president-rejects-motion-to-suspend-israel-study-abroad-program/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=791b5a7cd5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_03_15_07_47_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-791b5a7cd5-45611665


Socialism and the 2004 Tsunami

by Rick Hayes

{americanthinker.com} ~ Socialism is to America’s youth as the tragic tsunami was to European holiday travelers in Indonesia in December of 2004. During the initial phase when the ocean’s waters receded many yards from the tropical beaches… trapped sea life and coral reefs could be seen for the first time. Practically mesmerized by the unusual sight, groups of vacationers were standing and playing on the muddy sand that only moments before was covered by ocean waters. There were no warning messages from authorities to head to high ground. To those tourists, it was an interesting event and unlike anything they had seen before. And as each precious second passed and they continued to look toward the horizon, one of nature’s most catastrophic killers raced toward them just beyond their sight. These people were enjoying their lives on a beautiful sunny day not realizing that in a few short minutes the very ocean that held their attention would soon take their lives, along with 230,000 others. The slow but steady rise of the Democrats new kind of socialism is very similar in its novelty and unsuspecting way as the tsunami’s behavior was on that fateful morning following the Christmas holiday. It was a wonder they gazed upon until it was too late. In the end, the tsunami left a wasteland in its wake at places like Banda Aceh just as socialism laid waste to places like China under Chairman Mao where between 40 to 70 million people were killed, the 20 million killed in the USSR under Joseph Stalin, or the four million killed in Cambodia under Pol Pot. Until it collapsed into a heap of abject poverty and violence, Democrats and the media were praising Venezuela as the premier model of socialism that should be followed. Hugo Chavez promised shared prosperity for all with his “21st-century socialism.” Sean Penn, who met with Chavez stated after his death in 2013 that, “Poor people around the world lost a champion.” And Michael Moore praised Chavez for eliminating 75% of the nation’s poverty with the money received from oil. Today, however, the cheerleaders and supporters have all gone silent as the dream has become the inevitable nightmare. Venezuela now has an inflation rate of 2.7 million percent – the highest on record — and Caracas has the highest murder rate in the world. So how can it be that even with clear historical evidence of the perpetual failures of socialism, the University of Chicago’s GenForward Survey of Americans age 18 to 34 found that 45 percent had a positive view of socialism? Or in the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s “Annual Report on U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism,” apart from 42% who were in favor of capitalism, 58 percent of the up-and-coming generation opted for one of the three systems, The most popular socioeconomic order was socialism, with 44 percent support, while communism and fascism each received 7 percent support…  https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/03/socialism_and_the_2004_tsunami.html


‘Golden State’ Depicts A World When Telling The Truth Becomes A Crime

by Clay Waters

{thefederalist.com} ~ Facts: The novel Golden State was published in January 2019 by Mulholland Books. It is 336 pages in length. Its dimensions are 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches. Speculations… After reading Golden State, Ben H. Winters’ provocative dystopian police procedural set in a world where lying is a criminal offense, one might become wary of departing from established, verifiable truths or fear making exaggerated assertions. Golden State goes off-kilter right from the opening sentence: “This is a novel. All of the words in it are true.” Instantly we know that the clocks are striking 13 and that we’re in an Orwellian-adjacent world in a sunny, California-type setting. Golden State unfolds as a kind of 1984/Fahrenheit 451 mashup, set in the eponymously named place, a just-the-facts, double-stamped, triple-checked world where every meeting and conversation is recorded and stored—the duty of every citizen starting at age 17. Telling a lie is a serious offense punished with prison time or worse, exile as a high crime against the “Objectively So.” Intent is taken into account. Joking hyperbole and white lies are shrugged off, exaggerated advertising claims relegated to the “court of small infelicities,” while outright bald-faced lies are punished forcefully. Dishonesty is not so much a moral sin as a crime against reality, a treason of sorts. The first scene unfolds with feverish dream logic. Laszlo Ratesic’s breakfast of “chicken and waffles” an enduring feature of all versions of Los Angeles is interrupted by an overwhelming sense of “dishonesty in the atmosphere.” Like the good Speculator Service cop he is, Laszlo puts down his fork and sniffs out the lie among the other patrons, mentally inspecting even the waitress’s words to make sure she is truly enthusiastic about the three-egg omelet with jalapeno, before honing in on a conversation about the illicit use of drugs. But Laszlo is more concerned with the “forceful and purposeful distortion of the truth” committed by a teenager lying to shield his brother…  http://thefederalist.com/2019/03/15/when-telling-the-truth-becomes-a-crime/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=908cee0c3a-RSS_The_Federalist_Daily_Updates_w_Transom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-908cee0c3a-83771801


Native American Tribe Pays for Funerals of Alabama Tornado Victims

Culture Beat: “A Native American tribe in Alabama has donated $184,000 to help cover the funeral costs of the 23 people killed by powerful tornadoes that hit a small town in Alabama last week.”

“‘This disaster occurred so quickly and affected so many families who had no way to prepare to cover the cost to put their loved ones to rest,’ Stephanie Bryan, CEO and chairman of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, told ABC News. ‘We live in an area that is prone to tornadoes and other natural disasters, so this a tragedy that strikes close to home in many, many ways.’”

“Bryan said that Lee County Coroner Bill Harris reached out to the tribe for financial aid in the aftermath of the tornadoes. Beauregard, a small town within Lee County, was torn apart by two tornadoes on March 3. Initially, the tribe had agreed to donate $50,000, but Harris said it wasn’t enough, Harris told ABC News.”

“[The tribe] said, ‘Tell us what it would take to cover all of it,’ Harris told ABC News. ‘I told them [$184,000] and they said, ‘Fine.’”

Read more at ABC News. ~The Patriot Post



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