29 October 2008

Obama - Khalidi Tape - My Email to the LA Times

Below is my email to the LA Times regarding their refusal to release the video of Barack Hussein Obama attending and speaking at his terrorist connected friend Rashid Khalidi's banquet. If you have not yet written to the LA Times to demand the release of the videotape on the grounds of national interest, please do so.

With all due respect, the newspaper is morally obligated to release the video tape of Sen. Obama attending a dinner reception for Rashid Khalidi. I did indeed read the paper's article online from last April "Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama" in April. But, I note now that the mention of possessing the video tape is buried in the article. One would think that you have probably been bombarded for requests for this tape since April by every major news service.

One would think that a video of Sen. Obama attending and speaking at an event where Anti-American and Anti-Jew comments were common and dare I say, expected is indeed newsworthy? I also note that the article referenced above was editorially chosen to run in the "world" section of your newspaper, not on the front page. I venture to guess how a hypothetical story of Sen. McCain, Gov. Palin, Gov. Romney, or Sen. Thompson attending a white supremacist meeting with calls to lynch African Americans or to strip voting rights from minorities would not be buried in the "politics" section of your newspaper? Or perhaps, again hypothetically, how would the LA Times run a story where any major conservative attended, once upon a time a meeting which included someone routinely referred to as a hate monger against minorities presenting a talk about the value in racism?

In the case of Sen. Obama, appearing with Khalidi it is not just about a one time appearance. It is about a tribute to a long time friend of the Senator's, someone with whom Sen. Obama frequently socialized. Khalidi as I am sure you are aware is alleged to be tied to the PLO prior to Oslo and at a time when no one questioned the motives{of the}organization's desire to kill civilians.

The American people deserve the right to not just hear about or read about such an event, but to watch it if the video is available. This very reason underpins the purpose of the existence of CSPAN. Had Sen. Obama been a candidate for President at that time or considering a run for the Presidency, one would guess CSPAN would have considered either taping or airing the event. One also wonders whether or not Sen. Obama could have been elected to the US Senate in 2003 if this tape had been aired at that time.

The LA Times must be aware and understand that this video will eventually surface. Imagine what will happen to the credibility of a President Obama when it does? If the Senator is elected, so be it, the will of the American people. Think about what is in the best interests of the United States. Is it better to release the video now, during the campaign or release it after election day? If Sen. Obama wins the election, and the video is later viewed by millions of Americans, the then President Obama will be crippled. His credibility to negotiate in peril and the distraction from the business of governing immense and overwhelming. Please do the right thing for the good of the US.

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24 October 2008

Thoughts on UN Day, Dhimmitude, and Bereshis

My handy desk calendar tells me today is United Nations Day. I don't feel anymore united today then yesterday. Where are the parades down Broadway? The balloons, the confetti? My google news search didn't return any general results for United Nations day until I searched for it specifically. There is a White House Press Release if you care enough to read it. As a small reminder, the UN is the world's antiJew forum which is more concerned with the five and one half (or so) million Jews residing in the land of our divine inheritance and how they make life miserable for the barbarian peoples trying to kill them than all the other problems of the world. That comes as no surprise to the readers of this blog.

I guess most of the world really does read Tanach. The role of Edom who seeks to block the children of Jacob from fulfilling their destiny is on display on the General Assembly floor and semi-circle desk of the Security Council by over paid, privileged with immunity, under-worked, stuffed into expensive business suit antiJews. They seem to understand that every obstacle they can throw in the face of the Jewish people extends the time period of interaction between the Israel, Yishmael and Edom. Yisroel is feared by both Yishmael and Edom, for when Yisroel overwhelms the other two sides, HaShem's presence will be manifest in Yerushalayim. At that time, when Moshiach comes, the 'emes' of existence will be manifest and the abuse of power and waste of resources exemplified by the plush life in midtown Manhattan will fade away.

And as I have in my ear the niggun Nyet Nyet Nikavo (G-d is One, His name is One, besides Him there is no one) I am again reminded that it doesn't matter what the UN does or says. There is only One in charge.

Nyet Nyet Nikavo
song history

UN and Israel resources
Barbarians war on Israel resources

Now, not everyone is on board in recognizing this spiritual conflict against Edom and Yishmael. British Shul Bans “Racist” Tanya. I have heard an account from Rabbi Posner of a conversation he had where the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe (YYS) was quoted by Rabbi Hadokov as saying to the effect that there are times to fight and times to bend and let the wind pass by. This is not one of those times. The very idea of "banning" a sefer such as Likkutei Amarim Tanya is an act of surrender by Jews, for whom one must conclude, have been Dhimmitized. The UK is under significant pressure to make Jihadist Islam comfortable. The stories abound, see APRPEH's The Power of a Pup - The Impurity of a Religion for one example of this kowtow.

Many of the Jews in the UK have lost their perspective. Even the mainstream OU's EV President, Rabbi Weinreb claims he learns Tanya regularly. If British Jews are truly concerned with Jewish belief, principles, and texts that COULD be considered racist then they might as well ban large sections of Midrash and Gemora too. What part of segula mecal ha'amim (treasured nation), goy kadosh (holy nation) and mamlecket kohanim (kingdom of priests) did they mis-understand? Yisro - ORT, Navigating the Bible These UK Jews will have to purge all of those references out of Chumash I suppose to appease their Muslim masters. No more 'asher bachar banu mikol ha amim' for aliyas anymore either and naturally havdala must go. To these Dhmmi yidden, until they awake from their slumber, I shall repeat: "G-d is One, His name is One, besides Him there is no one". Being on the wrong side of Jewish history is an act that has proven to be, all too tragically, only temporarily tolerated.

The annual reading of the Chumash starting at Bereshis begins G-d willing this Shabbos. Bereshis is wonderful in that it sets a tone for the entire Torah and serves as a foundation for a larger idea, without which, Torah is harder to handle. Bereshis begins with the creation and the account of the first man and then the first woman. From therein, the narrative part of the Torah continues to share with the reader the "evolution" of the world, namely the "evolution" of Hashem's work the establishment of one offspring of the first couple to the establishment of one family of a later offspring to the eventual rise of one nation/people separated from the rest for a divine purpose. It might be hard for some in British Jewry to understand this, but it is a matter of Torah black on white. This happens to be the root of my words above. Not the UN, not the UK not anyone can re-write the lengthy Jewish history which underpins us or the glorious Jewish history which awaits us BimHara V'yamenu with the speedy coming of Moshiach. The Torah has been given to us by HaShem in order to join in the building of the world He wants us to have reflected in the truth of the first three words.

Vedibarta Bam - Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky
"In the beginning of G-d's creating." (1:1)

QUESTION: On this first pasuk of the Torah, the Midrash (Yalkut Shimoni) says that it will be understood with the saying "Rosh devarcha emet" — "Your very first utterance is truth" (Psalms 119:160). What is the connection between these two passages?

ANSWER: The final letters of the words Bereishit bara Elokim spell the word emet — "truth." The Gemara (Shabbat 55a) says, "Hashem's signet is emet." Hashem exists simultaneously in the past, present and future. Likewise, the word emet is made up of the first, middle and last letters of the Hebrew alef-beit to indicate that truth does not change, it is consistent in the past, present and future. (more at link above).

G-d is One, His name is One, besides Him there is no one.

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10 October 2008

Two Good Obama Articles - Calling AIPAC and Malcolm Hoenlein

1. from MereRhetoric Obama Shill Tells Jews To Get Over Their "Obama Paranoia"

2. WSJonline Original: Obama's Magic
found at: FreeRepublic

Here we have two nicely done articles each displaying the Amra D'shikra nature of the Obama campaign. The first article from MereRhetoric is the most recent installment of the Obama team's disinformation campaign intended to mislead Jews from their concern's that Obama has surrounded himself with not so Jew friendly associates and advisors. Omri Ceren deserves a yasher koach for this piece and it's wealth of evidential links. (see also Advanced Guilt by Association - Barack Obama and
Barack Obama - Myths, Facts and Obfuscating). Ceren points out {amongst other things} that Obama "surrogate" former Michigan Democrat Congressman David Bonior is "the biggest supporter of the anti-Israel Arab lobby in Congress". Note the article in the NY Sun from December 2006, that both the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and AIPAC expressed concern and wonderment why John Edwards would choose Bonior to manage his Presidential campaign. I wonder if the same concern about Bonior running the Edwards campaign also translates into concern that Bonior has endorsed and is working directly for Obama? Consider this a call to AIPAC and Malcolm Hoenlein to explain/justify/clarify their position on the Obama campaign engaging Bonior.

Concerning the second article from the WSJ online Obama's Magic which I originally found on Free Republic, the writer, Kimberely A. Strassel writes a witty column how the magician Obama can propose everything needed for economic collapse and re-distribution of wealth and not get called out for being the socialist that he is. I will refrain from additional comment because I encourage the reader to check out her writing first hand and any additional comments might still the thunder. The Obama economic plan is a disaster.

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07 October 2008

JCER: Unmoved and Unrepentant

The Obama supporters at the Jewish Council on
Education and Research (JCER) have their story and they are sticking to it. One would think that during the Aseres Y'mei Tshuva (10 days of repentance between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur), when kapora (atonement) is the order of the day, that an apology would be in order to Generals Dayan and Halevy. But an apology has not been forthcoming. Instead, we have denial and justification - ah classical Clintonian liberalism at its best. Mechila (forgiveness) is not required when you believe yourself to be morally superior by rite and privilege from the god of liberalism. Is the Jewish vote still so fluid that this story is making such headlines?

What exactly does this mean? express support for Senator Barack Obama or his policies (see Press Release). Or his policies? How do they define this? Is a policy of communication with your enemy in any fashion the same thing as no pre-condition negotiations? Or has the infectious call for "change" been interpreted to mean only change according to Obama? Could a high level back channel discussion to make clear the consequences of certain actions and how those actions are interpreted through the lenses say of Israeli national interest or American national interest also be considered engaging in talks?

Let's take another look at Gen. Uzi Dayan's quote from the JPOST article found in the APRPEH post Generally Speaking...

"It's not only misleading, it was an interview about what the next president was going to have to deal with," former deputy chief of General Staff Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan told The Jerusalem Post. "And to know that they used this interview and took five seconds, and put me in a list of people praising Barack Obama…

"It wasn't about the campaign, it was about the political and security issues of the Middle East that the next president should be involved in," he continued. "Nothing was said about Obama or [Republican presidential candidate John] McCain."

There is nothing in this quote from Gen. Dayan which correlates with the comment from JCER's response to the negative publicity.

Try some blatant hypocrisy:
While JCER has endorsed Barack Obama for President, neither the film, nor any of our subsequent remarks imply that those interviewed are endorsing Obama's candidacy.

Anyone who stomached watching this thing would laugh at this assertion. Of course it was an Obama endorsement. The film was made to look as if EVERYONE interviewed believes the Obamessiah has divinely inspired answers and B"H is not George W. Bush. This is the proof text: the video portrays Obama running against Bush, not McCain (and/or McCain as Bush II). The sub-theme of the liberals message has been an 'anyone but Bush' supercharging the 'Obama at all costs' campaign.

[With thanks to Israel Resource News Agency]
October 6, 2008

CONTACT: Jessica Rosenblum, Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications, (202)265-3000/
(202)279-0005 (m), jessica@rabinowitz-dorf.com


NEW YORK- Mik Moore, co-executive director of the Jewish Council on
Education and Research (JCER), released the following statement today with
regard to the film launched by the group this weekend, featuring seven
members of Israel's security establishment:

"In the film released this weekend by the Jewish Council on Education and
Research, retired members of Israel's security establishment express support
for Senator Barack Obama or his policies and provide relevant analysis.

The purpose of the film is to educate Jewish voters about support within
Israel's security establishment for policies Obama has advanced regarding
Israel. JCER is a non-profit organization created to develop and disseminate
information to voters in the United States regarding issues of concern to
the Jewish community.

The Israeli producers have assured us that all participants were fully
informed of the nature of the project. While JCER has endorsed Barack Obama
for President, neither the film, nor any of our subsequent remarks imply
that those interviewed are endorsing Obama's candidacy. This film is not an
advertisement and will not be used as an advertisement. We are willing to
work with the film's producers to address any new concerns now being raised
by any of the participants. "

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06 October 2008

Generally Speaking - Obama Supporters Fudge the Truth

You just can't trust these lefties to tell the truth. Having watched the technically well made video, one is left with the impression that all security and military people in the Israeli military and intelligence have strong positive feelings for Obama. While some actually do, others do not. Not one contrary voice is heard on this video. Indeed some of them seem to have a positive impression of Obama, basically because Obama endorses no pre-condition talks with Iran.

Yossi Alpher, appearing in the video and tagged as a "former Mossad senior officer" (but the Jewish Council for Education & Research failed to associate Alpher with one of his other jobs, that of Senior Advisor to Ehud Barak at Camp David [where Barak tried to give away most of Yosh to Arafat who chose not to end the conflict]) appears in the video endorsing Obama as a negotiator and reinforces one of the themes of the video that Sen. McCain is essentially a second President Bush and that would no longer be helpful.

More interesting is the assertion by Ret. Brig. Gen. Shaul Arieli in the video that the "Bush Doctrine" has intensified the fundamentalist Islamic threat and has strengthened Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Arieli is interviewed in the JPOST article and endorses Obama. Arieli is a member of the "Council for Peace and Security" which includes in its Guiding Principles these gems:

PEACE IS ACHIEVED BY COMPROMISE Peace and a strong army are the essential ingredients for Israel’s security. The army must at all cost retain its deterrent ability. It should however be borne in mind that peace is not achievable without compromise and willingness to make sacrifices.

THE OCCUPATION IS CAUSING DAMAGE Continued occupation of the Territories and control over the Palestinians is damaging the democratic character of the State of Israel. It is weakening the army, undermining its ability and its preparedness to respond to military threats.

A PALESTINIAN STATE IS NOT A THREAT The establishment of a Palestinian State in the major part of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip – with necessary security provisions – does not constitute a threat to Israel. On the contrary, it is essential in order to maintain a Jewish majority in Israel. A realistic permanent boundary between Israel and a Palestinian State should be that of the Green Line (Israel’s provisional border before the Six Day War in 1967), with certain adjustments in Jerusalem and in other places. The large Jewish settled domains on the eastern side of the Green Line should be annexed to Israel.
I suppose giving away Gaza and offering to give away Yosh has had nothing to do with strengthening the more visible anti-Israel forces amongst the Pali population vis a vis the terrorists in suits. It is much easier to blame the American president than take responsibility for advocating failed policies which have brought increased bloodshed and rocket attacks. More of the same policies will leave a devastated Israel in its wake. A PA terrorist state will certainly NOT enhance Israel's security in any way.

Essentially, this video was constructed to be an Obama outreach to Jews and people close to Israel, made by lefties advocating the Obama way as the most effective method to preserve Israel's security. To what extent the Obama campaign assisted in its creation or advised the producers remains to be seen. That misleading and deceptive editing was needed to sell the message is something well worth noting. I wonder though if any of those appearing in the video actually are thinking that an inexperienced and naive Obama will be easier to manage from Jerusalem than someone else?

I also wonder what some of the desire for "change" in US policy is all about. The Bush administration has, more than any previous Presidency supported the Palis politically all the while, not backing down in support for Israel in the issues that matter. The Bush administration has publically called for a Pali state which was a game changing event. At the same time, the pretense of having free elections and at least some lip service to a commitment to "living in peace" with Israel by the PA has insulated the Bush team and prevented the forcing of any significant concessions. Bush even sat quietly while watching Arafat rot in the Muqata. The Bush policy has certainly helped reveal a pali population that actually is more concerned with bringing on Jewish suffering than they are establishing a civil government by giving them a vote. Sen. 'say it ain't so' Joe Biden, speaking for the Obama camp during his VP debate with Governor Palin believed removing the veil of concealment covering the true intentions of the Pali population to be a negative.

Ex-generals misled by pro-Obama video - Jpost
Ex-generals misled by pro-Obama video

Oct. 6, 2008
Matt Zalen and Shani Rosenfelder , THE JERUSALEM POST
A video released by the Jewish Council for Education & Research, which appeared to show several retired senior IDF and Mossad officials supporting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has proven to be misleading, with a number of officials who appeared in the video saying on Monday that their words were taken out of context.

The film's producers have stressed in response that the Obama campaign was not involved during any stage of the production.

"It's not only misleading, it was an interview about what the next president was going to have to deal with," former deputy chief of General Staff Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan told The Jerusalem Post. "And to know that they used this interview and took five seconds, and put me in a list of people praising Barack Obama…

"It wasn't about the campaign, it was about the political and security issues of the Middle East that the next president should be involved in," he continued. "Nothing was said about Obama or [Republican presidential candidate John] McCain."

"I don't want other people to interfere in my elections, and I must not interfere with the elections in the United States," he said, adding that to do so would be neither "ethical nor smart."

In the video, the senior Israeli officials appear to support Obama's stated policy that dialogue with Iran would be the best way of confronting the current nuclear crisis. Dayan said that his position is just the opposite.

"I don't think that we - either the United States or Israel - should be engaged with Iran, because the Iranians will take advantage of that," the former deputy chief of staff said. "Our issue is to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear capability."

"We need more powerful, effective sanctions to delegitimize [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad," he continued. "A military option should be prepared, but used only as a last resort."

Former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy, who appeared in the video praising the Democratic candidate, also said that he was misled.

"I was interviewed for a documentary dealing with what issues the new American president must deal with regarding the Middle East," Halevy told the Post. "I was asked about the candidates, and was complimentary to both."

But when asked about his opinion on who was more qualified to be president, Halevy said that he had rejected the question.

"I said that I thought it was inappropriate for an Israeli to advise Americans on who they should vote for, as it would be for them to advise Israelis on who they should vote for prime minister," he said.

Halevy added that it would be irresponsible to comment on the positions of any US presidential candidates before an election, as those positions may change once the new president takes office.

Both Halevy and Dayan said that representatives of the Jewish Council for Education & Research had been in contact with them, and promised to deal with the matter.

According to Israel Radio, Maj.-Gen. (Ret.) Amram Mitzna and Brig.-Gen. (res.) Giora Inbar, a former IDF commander in south Lebanon, both said that they were also unaware of the true nature of the video. However, Inbar said he did not have a problem with the clip because it represents his views.

In the video, Mitzna had said that another four years of indecision, stagnancy and a lack of intense US involvement in the Middle East peace process would be bad for Israel. He claimed Obama would achieve a greater involvement and that he "brings many hopes."

For his part, Inbar was filmed saying that he would personally vote for Obama to help Israel. Inbar said he was not convinced that the Bush method was the right way to deal with the axis of evil and that he would welcome anyone who chose to handle it differently.

Revised Films, the independent film company that produced the clip, issued the following response:

"Our firm is an independent company that created a clip that was composed of interviews with senior Israeli security officials, and whose subject was the American policy regarding Israel, in light of the upcoming elections in the United States, while focusing on the two central candidates for president, and Barack Obama.

"The Obama campaign was not involved during any stage of the production, or [the film's] distribution. After the film was completed, the Jewish Council for Education & Research, took charge of the film and used it."

A response by The Jewish Council for Education & Research has yet to be obtained due to the time difference between Israel and the US.

Retired Generals of the Israeli Defense Forces and high-ranking Mossad officials on Barack Obama... from www.JCER.info on Vimeo.

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03 October 2008

Her Inner Barracuda

Governor Sarah Palin at the Vice-Presidential debate. Photo from Foxnews.com.

Any questions about Governor Palin's ability to be in the big time spot light were put to rest last night. Gov. Palin succeeded in turning the tables on the main stream media's assault on her qualifications. Moderator Gwen Ifill, with wary eyes on her for not disclosing to the debate commission her forthcoming Obama book conflict of interest, behaved herself.

As I was watching the much heralded debate which was supposed to end the presidential election, at least according to many in the Obama camp, I wondered, is Sarah Palin's television appearance going to matter so much? After all, this would be the VP not the Presidential candidates debating. With all the hype though, I knew that the left was just waiting to pounce all over a potentially tongue twisted and uncertain, nervous looking new comer to the political arena. The Olbermans and Matthews and Couric crowd had already written their talking points. "She's unqualified" "Biden looked Presidential" "No comparison" "The Senator demonstrated his experience and she her lack of experience" "She didn't seem knowledgeable".

Thankfully, all those notes went into the shredder after the first few questions. It was obvious that after the Governor's first answer the debate was not going to resemble the scenario the Obama camp had prognosticated.

PALIN: Thank you, Gwen. And I thank the commission, also. I appreciate this privilege of being able to be here and speak with Americans.

You know, I think a good barometer here, as we try to figure out has this been a good time or a bad time in America's economy, is go to a kid's soccer game on Saturday, and turn to any parent there on the sideline and ask them, "How are you feeling about the economy?"

And I'll bet you, you're going to hear some fear in that parent's voice, fear regarding the few investments that some of us have in the stock market. Did we just take a major hit with those investments?

Fear about, how are we going to afford to send our kids to college? A fear, as small-business owners, perhaps, how we're going to borrow any money to increase inventory or hire more people.

The barometer there, I think, is going to be resounding that our economy is hurting and the federal government has not provided the sound oversight that we need and that we deserve, and we need reform to that end.

Now, John McCain thankfully has been one representing reform. Two years ago, remember, it was John McCain who pushed so hard with the Fannie Mae (NYSE:FNM) and Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE) reform measures. He sounded that warning bell.

People in the Senate with him, his colleagues, didn't want to listen to him and wouldn't go towards that reform that was needed then. I think that the alarm has been heard, though, and there will be that greater oversight, again thanks to John McCain's bipartisan efforts that he was so instrumental in bringing folks together over this past week, even suspending his own campaign to make sure he was putting excessive politics aside and putting the country first.

APRPEH wrote about the Palin factor in No Second Guessing Israel - Sarah Palin and Desperate Times Call for Desperate Democrats The APRPEH posts discuss the connection Gov. Palin makes with the American heart and soul. Gov. Palin made a point to speak to America last night. Her words were directed to the folks who never will be on a stage in a national debate but who nonetheless have the common sense and decency to serve in the highest offices of the land. This common sense is what is being vied for in this election. Obama is trying to sell the American people that their common sense is what permits him to offer socialistic policies crowned with the righteousness of fairness. This is the core of the argument that Biden was trying to make. Gov. Palin was offering no none sense, traditional American values. She connected with the people at home. Gov. Palin unleashed her inner barracuda. Gov. Palin's last few weeks had been difficult ones. Her positive media and polling was reversed. People were questioning her. But like a serious athelete after a couple of bad games, innings, or quarters, Saracuda came fighting back, shaking off the negativity and rising to the occassion. As as the oft quoted Gen. George Patton supposedly said 'true Americans love a winner and hate a loser', Saracuda ignored the press and came started the debate with every intention to win. Yes, Americans do love a winner but will not tolerate fake claims winning. Gov. Palin's debate performance was the real thing, the real Sarah Palin, the real barracuda.

Despite Senator Biden's attempt to appear down home mentioning bars in Wilmington, an impossible to make case after three decades in the Senate, Palin looked straight at the camera and talked to the American people as if she were sitting at their kitchen table, neighbor to neighbor. Americans will respond favorably when they perceive that someone has been attacked unfairly. This is possibly why Frank Luntz's focus group and CNN's post debate poll both concur that Gov. Palin beat expectations. But to conclude she merely beat expectations does not do justice to the fact she stood on stage with a very seasoned US Senator, on an internationally broadcast VP debate, and not only held her own but went toe to toe with the Senator and landed a few really good jabs at him too. Gov. Palin was able to through direct contradiction and implied remarks make legitimate criticisms of Sen. Biden's career without looking angry and dis-respectful. Sen. Biden despite his efforts was not able to respond decisively or convincingly to this criticism. He is a career politician and looked the part. What Gov. Palin was able to accomplish was to represent a broad sweep of Americans who would like to say the same things to their Congressmen but never have the chance to say them. Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, did not represent the nation's governors, she represented Main Street, USA. This will resonate strongly over the next few weeks.

Some of Gov. Palin's best lines include:

  • And the American workforce is the greatest in this world, with the ingenuity and the work ethic that is just entrenched in our workforce. That's a positive. That's encouragement. And that's what John McCain meant.

  • Now, Barack Obama, of course, he's pretty much only voted along his party lines. In fact, 96 percent of his votes have been solely along party line, not having that proof for the American people to know that his commitment, too, is, you know, put the partisanship, put the special interests aside, and get down to getting business done for the people of America.

  • Darn right it was the predator lenders, who tried to talk Americans into thinking that it was smart to buy a $300,000 house if we could only afford a $100,000 house. There was deception there, and there was greed and there is corruption on Wall Street. And we need to stop that.

  • One thing that Americans do at this time, also, though, is let's commit ourselves just every day American people, Joe Six Pack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say never again. Never will we be exploited and taken advantage of again by those who are managing our money and loaning us these dollars.

  • We do need the private sector to be able to keep more of what we earn and produce. Government is going to have to learn to be more efficient and live with less if that's what it takes to reign in the government growth that we've seen today.

  • And I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I'm going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also. As mayor, every year I was in office I did reduce taxes. I eliminated personal property taxes and eliminated small business inventory taxes and as governor we suspended our state fuel tax. We did all of those things knowing that that is how our economy would be heated up.

  • Now you said recently that higher taxes or asking for higher taxes or paying higher taxes is patriotic. In the middle class of America which is where Todd and I have been all of our lives, that's not patriotic. Patriotic is saying, government, you know, you're not always the solution. In fact, too often you're the problem so, government, lessen the tax burden and on our families and get out of the way and let the private sector and our families grow and thrive and prosper. An increased tax formula that Barack Obama is proposing in addition to nearly a trillion dollars in new spending that he's proposing is the backwards way of trying to grow our economy.

  • He's proposing a $5,000 tax credit for families so that they can get out there and they can purchase their own health care coverage. That's a smart thing to do. That's budget neutral. That doesn't cost the government anything as opposed to Barack Obama's plan to mandate health care coverage and have universal government run program and unless you're pleased with the way the federal government has been running anything lately, I don't think that it's going to be real pleasing for Americans to consider health care being taken over by the feds.

  • And that's why Tillerson at Exxon and Mulva at ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) , bless their hearts, they're doing what they need to do, as corporate CEOs, but they're not my biggest fans, because what I had to do up there in Alaska was to break up a monopoly up there and say, you know, the people are going to come first and we're going to make sure that we have value given to the people of Alaska with those resources.

  • There is not. And how long have I been at this, like five weeks? So there hasn't been a whole lot that I've promised, except to do what is right for the American people, put government back on the side of the American people, stop the greed and corruption on Wall Street. {turning a potential liability into an asset

  • It's a nonsensical position that we are in when we have domestic supplies of energy all over this great land. And East Coast politicians who don't allow energy-producing states like Alaska to produce these, to tap into them, and instead we're relying on foreign countries to produce for us.

  • Barack Obama and Senator Biden, you've said no to everything in trying to find a domestic solution to the energy crisis that we're in. You even called drilling -- safe, environmentally-friendly drilling offshore as raping the outer continental shelf.

  • Your plan is a white flag of surrender in Iraq and that is not what our troops need to hear today, that's for sure. And it's not what our nation needs to be able to count on. You guys opposed the surge. The surge worked. Barack Obama still can't admit the surge works.

  • Now, you said regarding Senator McCain's military policies there, Senator Biden, that you supported a lot of these things. In fact, you said in fact that you wanted to run, you'd be honored to run with him on the ticket. That's an indication I think of some of the support that you had at least until you became the VP pick here.

    You also said that Barack Obama was not ready to be commander in chief. And I know again that you opposed the move he made to try to cut off funding for the troops and I respect you for that. I don't know how you can defend that position now but I know that you know especially with your son in the National Guard and I have great respect for your family also and the honor that you show our military. Barack Obama though, another story there. Anyone I think who can cut off funding for the troops after promising not to is another story. {talk of cutting off troop funding is homerun rhetoric

  • Israel is in jeopardy of course when we're dealing with Ahmadinejad as a leader of Iran. Iran claiming that Israel as he termed it, a stinking corpse, a country that should be wiped off the face of the earth. Now a leader like Ahmadinejad who is not sane or stable when he says things like that is not one whom we can allow to acquire nuclear energy, nuclear weapons.

  • No and Dr. Henry Kissinger especially. I had a good conversation with him recently. And he shared with me his passion for diplomacy. And that's what John McCain and I would engage in also. But again, with some of these dictators who hate America and hate what we stand for, with our freedoms, our democracy, our tolerance, our respect for women's rights, those who would try to destroy what we stand for cannot be met with just sitting down on a presidential level as Barack Obama had said he would be willing to do. That is beyond bad judgment. That is dangerous.

  • That's not what we're doing there. We're fighting terrorists, and we're securing democracy, and we're building schools for children there so that there is opportunity in that country, also. There will be a big difference there, and we will win in -- in Afghanistan, also.

  • Oh, yeah, it's so obvious I'm a Washington outsider. And someone just not used to the way you guys operate. Because here you voted for the war and now you oppose the war. You're one who says, as so many politicians do, I was for it before I was against it or vice- versa. Americans are craving that straight talk and just want to know, hey, if you voted for it, tell us why you voted for it and it was a war resolution.

    And you had supported John McCain's military strategies pretty adamantly until this race and you had opposed very adamantly Barack Obama's military strategy, including cutting off funding for the troops that attempt all through the primary.

  • Just everyday working class Americans saying, you know, government, just get out of my way. If you're going to do any harm and mandate more things on me and take more of my money and income tax and business taxes, you're going to have a choice in just a few weeks here on either supporting a ticket that wants to create jobs and bolster our economy and win the war or you're going to be supporting a ticket that wants to increase taxes, which ultimately kills jobs, and is going to hurt our economy.

  • Say it ain't so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards again. You preferenced your whole comment with the Bush administration. Now doggone it, let's look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future. You mentioned education and I'm glad you did. I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and god bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right? I say, too, with education, America needs to be putting a lot more focus on that and our schools have got to be really ramped up in terms of the funding that they are deserving. Teachers needed to be paid more. I come from a house full of school teachers. My grandma was, my dad who is in the audience today, he's a schoolteacher, had been for many years. My brother, who I think is the best schoolteacher in the year, and here's a shout-out to all those third graders at Gladys Wood Elementary School, you get extra credit for watching the debate.

    Education credit in American has been in some sense in some of our states just accepted to be a little bit lax and we have got to increase the standards. No Child Left Behind was implemented. It's not doing the job though. We need flexibility in No Child Left Behind. We need to put more of an emphasis on the profession of teaching. We need to make sure that education in either one of our agendas, I think, absolute top of the line. My kids as public school participants right now, it's near and dear to my heart. I'm very, very concerned about where we're going with education and we have got to ramp it up and put more attention in that arena.

  • But it wasn't just that experience tapped into, it was my connection to the heartland of America. Being a mom, one very concerned about a son in the war, about a special needs child, about kids heading off to college, how are we going to pay those tuition bills? About times and Todd and our marriage in our past where we didn't have health insurance and we know what other Americans are going through as they sit around the kitchen table and try to figure out how are they going to pay out-of-pocket for health care? We've been there also so that connection was important.

  • And we are to be that shining city on a hill, as President Reagan so beautifully said, that we are a beacon of hope and that we are unapologetic here. We are not perfect as a nation. But together, we represent a perfect ideal. And that is democracy and tolerance and freedom and equal rights. Those things that we stand for that can be put to good use as a force for good in this world.

  • We have got to win the wars. We have got to get our economy back on track. We have got to not allow the greed and corruption on Wall Street anymore.

    And we have not got to allow the partisanship that has really been entrenched in Washington, D.C., no matter who's been in charge. When the Republicans were in charge, I didn't see a lot of progress there, either. When the Democrats, either, though, this last go- around for the last two years.

    Change is coming. And John McCain is the leader of that reform.

  • You do what I did as governor, and you appoint people regardless of party affiliation, Democrats, independents, Republicans. You -- you walk the walk; you don't just talk the talk.

    And even in my own family, it's a very diverse family. And we have folks of all political persuasion in there, also, so I've grown up just knowing that, you know, at the end of the day, as long as we're all working together for the greater good, it's going to be OK.

    But the policies and the proposals have got to speak for themselves, also. And, again, voters on November 4th are going to have that choice to either support a ticket that supports policies that create jobs.

    You do that by lowering taxes on American workers and on our businesses. And you build up infrastructure, and you rein in government spending, and you make our -- our nation energy independent.

    Or you support a ticket that supports policies that will kill jobs by increasing taxes. And that's what the track record shows, is a desire to increase taxes, increase spending, a trillion-dollar spending proposal that's on the table. That's going to hurt our country, and saying no to energy independence. Clear choices on November 4th.

  • I want to assure you that John McCain and I, we're going to fight for America. We're going to fight for the middle-class, average, everyday American family like mine.

    I've been there. I know what the hurts are. I know what the challenges are. And, thank God, I know what the joys are, too, of living in America. We are so blessed. And I've always been proud to be an American. And so has John McCain.

    We have to fight for our freedoms, also, economic and our national security freedoms.

    It was Ronald Reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don't pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and protect it, and then hand it to them so that they shall do the same, or we're going to find ourselves spending our sunset years telling our children and our children's children about a time in America, back in the day, when men and women were free.

    We will fight for it, and there is only one man in this race who has really ever fought for you, and that's Senator John McCain.

Now, I do have some concerns, ones which pale in comparison to Obama-Biden, but concerns still.
A two-state solution is the solution. And Secretary Rice, having recently met with leaders on one side or the other there, also, still in these waning days of the Bush administration, trying to forge that peace, and that needs to be done, and that will be top of an agenda item, also, under a McCain-Palin administration.

Israel is our strongest and best ally in the Middle East. We have got to assure them that we will never allow a second Holocaust, despite, again, warnings from Iran and any other country that would seek to destroy Israel, that that is what they would like to see.

We will support Israel. A two-state solution, building our embassy, also, in Jerusalem, those things that we look forward to being able to accomplish, with this peace-seeking nation, and they have a track record of being able to forge these peace agreements.

They succeeded with Jordan. They succeeded with Egypt. I'm sure that we're going to see more success there, also.

It's got to be a commitment of the United States of America, though. And I can promise you, in a McCain-Palin administration, that commitment is there to work with our friends in Israel.

Our "friends in Israel" are those that know that negotiating with a terrorist in a suit is no different than negotiating with a terrorist in a keifiah. This 'two state solution' talk and wink and nod to Condi Rice does not make me happy. And while this is a debate and Sen. McCain is officially on record supporting a 'two state solution', this talk must be measured against the remarks Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin have previously made concerning the so-called 'peace process'. And this logic goes back to the APRPEH post which examined the two Presidential candidates and their opinions of why they believe Israel is important and why McCain discussing 'two states' and Obama discussing 'two states' is a very different thing. The short version is that Sen. McCain and President Bush justify their support for Israel because it is the morally right thing to do, and religiously correct thing to do. For Obama its about expediency McCain Redeemed, Rubin Exposed, Obama Still the Favorite of Terrorists Two Campaigns, Two Candidates, One Israel

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Children's Poetry Booklet Recalled After Arabs Complain
(Israeli censorship kowtows to Arabs.
When Will We Tell The Truth Without Fear)

(IsraelNN.com 7 Sivan 5768/June 10, '08) Ynet's web site and Arab complaints against a ten-year-old boy's poem about terrorists has resulted in the recall of all of the Nes Ziona municipality's children's poetry booklets.

Ynet boasts that its coverage of the poem resulted in its being recalled.

The text of the poem (Ynet's translation):

Ahmed's bunker has surprises galore: Grenades, rifles are hung on the wall. Ahmed is planning another bombing!What a bunker Ahmed has, who causes daily harm.Ahmed knows how to make a bomb. Ahmed is Ahmed, that's who he is, so don't forget to be careful of him.We get blasted while they have a blast!Ahmed and his friends could be wealthy and sunny, if only they wouldn't buy rockets with all their money.

Poetry competition director Marika Berkowitz, who published the booklet, was surprised at the protests and told Ynet: "This is the boy's creation and this is what he wanted to express. Of course there should be a limit, but I think the there is no racism here. 'Ahmed' is a general term for the enemy. These are the murmurings of an innocent child."

The Education Ministry told Ynet: "The local authority that published the booklet should have guided the students in a more correct manner through the schools. The district will investigate the issue with the local authorities."
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