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Ah, Paris in the Summer: The Seine, the Eiffel Tower, Anti-Israel Riots. . .

Via BBC:

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has condemned “anti-Semitic” violence that broke out during a protest against Israel’s action in Gaza.

Jewish-owned businesses and a synagogue were targeted in the suburb of Sarcelles, just outside Paris.

Shops were looted and 18 people were arrested as youths went on the rampage during Sunday’s protest, which had been banned by authorities.

The mayor of Sarcelles said the Jewish community was in fear.

Such an outpouring of violence had never been seen in the suburb before, he said.

Roger Cukierman, head of the umbrella group Crif that represents French Jewish organisations, said Jews were not just afraid, they were anguished. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

De Blasio’s NYC: Illegal Bike-Rental Thugs Threaten to Decapitate the Competition

Via New York Post:

The illegal bike hawkers who have been duping tourists into renting stolen bikes in Columbus Circle have waged war on the only legitimate bike rental company, violently harassing its workers.

Bike and Roll New York City, the only Central Park bike renter sanctioned by the city, told The Post that the illegal hawkers are so vicious, they have threatened to decapitate Bike and Roll’s employees.

“They’ve made threats to follow our staff home, to cut them, to cut their heads off. To hurt them,” said marketing manager Nicole Mylonas.

In the past month, staff members have had to call the police at least 20 times on the unruly bike hucksters. . .

We'll hear, "Rudy Giuliani for Mayor" soon enough. - Greg Pollowitz

Dutch P.M. Still Won’t Assign Blame in MH17 Crash

Via Washington Post:

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Monday that his government would hold off assigning blame for last week’s missile strike that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, as it pursues its top priorities of recovering the victims’ bodies and conducting an independent investigation of the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

In a nationally televised address to a special meeting of the Dutch parliament, Rutte called the delays in recovering the bodies and launching the probe “unbearable.” But he said finger-pointing would only provoke further delays. U.S. and Ukrainian government officials have identified pro-Russian separatist forces as the likely culprits in the catastrophic shootdown.

“I realize that many people want us to establish the facts as quickly as possible so that we can state who was to blame,” Rutte said. “But I have to point out the dilemma that we are facing, which is that never, ever should assigning blame lead to diminished chances of recovering the bodies and carrying out an independent inquiry.”. . .

So Prime Minister Rutte, despite all of the mounting evidence, still won't blame his <del>economic sugar-daddy</del> strategic trading partner, Russia. Putin is going to get a pass on all of this, thanks to the government of those murdered. Good luck, Europe. 

- Greg Pollowitz

John Kerry Criticizes Israel on ‘Hot Mic’

Via Washington Post:

In an unusual moment during Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace presented Secretary of State John Kerry with video recorded before he came on air.

Wallace presented the segment as being in reference to civilians killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip. “While you were on camera and while on microphone,” Wallace said, “you spoke to one of your top aides between the interviews about the situation in Israel.” He then played what the network had recorded. In the clip, Kerry is holding a cellphone conversation with someone. The person on the other end of the call isn’t identified, and the audio from the other participant is staticky. But Kerry’s comments are clear.

“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” he says, then repeats it. “Hell of a pinpoint operation.” It’s an apparent reference to Israel’s insistence that its incursion into the region would be limited. The conversation continues, and Kerry then says, “We’ve got to get over there. I think we ought to go tonight.” He then calls it “crazy” to be “sitting around.”. . .

Oops. - Greg Pollowitz

Better Than Soccer: Amazing Video of Kacy Catanzaro on American Ninja Warrior

Via YouTube:

Fantastic. Marvel she make her into some sort of superhero I think. - Greg Pollowitz

Dutch PM: Too Early to Point Finger at Russia, Putin


The Netherlands will not rest until those responsible for the Malaysian Airlines crash are brought to justice, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.

Rutte told a news conference in The Hague it appeared that the Boeing 777 was brought down by an missile but that it is of utmost importance to get all the facts on the table first.

Pointing fingers without sufficient evidence would make it more unlikely that there would be an independent and international investigation into the crash, Rutte said.

Forensic team

A forensic team and accident investigators will leave for Kiev with foreign minister Frans Timmermans this evening.

Rutte said he had spoken to numerous world leaders about the crash and that included Russian president Putin. ‘Putin assured us that Russia wants a full, independent and international inquiry,’ Rutte said.

This was an initial step, the Dutch prime minister said. It is also crucial that there is free access to the crash site, including safe corridors for investigators, Rutte said.


Speculation about who is responsible would only damage efforts to ensure there is a proper investigation, Rutte said, and he refused to comment on other world leaders who have already laid blame.

The number of Dutch nationals killed in Thursday’s Malaysian Airways plane crash increased to 189 on Friday afternoon, after all but four of the passengers’ nationalities has now been confirmed.

The dead include Antoine van Veldhuizen, director of the expat website group, along with his wife Simone and two small boys. The family were going on holiday.

Labour senator Willem Witteveen was also killed, as was Aids researcher Joep Lange, who was one of a number of people on their way to an Aids conference in Melbourne. Pim de Kuijer of Stop Aids Now is also thought to be among the dead. . .

Of note, the Netherlands is a huge trading partner with Russia. It will be interesting to see if the Dutch still side with Putin and Co. as the investigation unfolds.

- Greg Pollowitz

Russia: Ukraine Had Buk Missile System in the Area; Ukraine: No We Didn’t

Via Russia Today:

On Thursday, when a Malaysian Airlines plane was apparently shot down over Ukraine, a Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missile battery was operational in the region, the Russian Defense Ministry said, contradicting Kiev’s statements. 

The battery was deployed at a site from which it could have fired a missile at the airliner, the ministry said in a statement. It said radiation from the battery’s radar was detected by the Russian military.

“The Russian equipment detected throughout July 17 the activity of a Kupol radar, deployed as part of a Buk-M1 battery near Styla [a village some 30km south of Donetsk],” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the radar could be providing tracking information to another battery deployed in the region, which was at a firing distance from the plane’s flight path.

Earlier Kiev said it could not have fired a missile at the passing civilian plane because it had no Buk missile launchers deployed in the region. At the same time the Ukrainians said the militias had no Buk systems in their hands, according to a statement from the country’s Prosecutor General. . .

So it looks like Russia is going to say it was Ukraine who shot down the plane by accident. The U.S. is going to have release any secret NSA recordings or satellite imagery to help get the truth out there I think. - Greg Pollowitz

Flashback: Ronald Reagan Addresses the Nation After Korean Air Flight 007

Via Time:

I forgot how good Reagan was during this incident. - Greg Pollowitz

Dear Veterans Waiting For Care: Chelsea Manning To Start Gender Treatment

Via New York Post:

The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army’s request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility where she could get better treatment for her gender-identify condition. The military will instead begin the initial treatment for her.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved the Army’s recommendation to keep Manning in military custody and start a rudimentary level of gender treatment, a defense official said Thursday. The initial gender treatments could include allowing Manning to wear some female undergarments and also possibly provide some hormone treatments.

The decision raises a number of questions about what level of treatment Manning will be able to get and at what point the private would have to be transferred from the all-male prison to a female facility. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

Biden at the Liberal ‘Netroots Nation’ Convention: Don’t Be Condescending

Via Sally Kohn:
He said this. Literally. I was listening live, but quoting Sally Kohn makes it more legit. - Greg Pollowitz

Hamas Caught Using UN as Human Shields for Their Weapons

Via Amb. Samantha Power:
Abhorrent indeed. - Greg Pollowitz

Joe Biden Strikes Again: Obama Hasn’t Delivered on ‘Hope and Change’ Promised in 2008

Via Digital Journal:
An admission that the “change” promised during Pres. Obama’s 2008 “Hope and Change” campaign never happened came from the strangest source on Wednesday.
President Obama’s handpicked running mate VP Joe Biden told a group of young liberals (progressives) that the “change didn’t happen” but urged the youngsters not to throw in the towel.
Many of the kids gathered for the annual convention of Generation Progress appeared somewhat bewildered by Mr. Biden’s comments at the left-wing Center for American Progress think tank.
“Look folks, this is within our power to change,” Biden insisted. Mr. Biden and the Obama administration have now been in power more than 5 ½ years and is considered by many to be an early lame-duck presidency. . .
Oh, and he's just getting warmed up. He speaks to the Daily Kos Kids later this week in Detroit. I imagine we'll hear more of this talk as Vice President Biden morphs into Candidate Biden. - Greg Pollowitz

Govt. Report: Violence Not Behind Surge of Central American Illegal Immigrants

Via Fox News:

A new intelligence assessment concludes that misperceptions about U.S. immigration policy – and not Central American violence – are fueling the surge of thousands of children illegally crossing the Mexican border.

The 10-page July 7 report was issued by the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), which according to the Justice Department website is led by the DEA and incorporates Homeland Security. Its focus is on the collection and distribution of tactical intelligence, information which can immediately be acted on by law enforcement.

“Of the 230 migrants interviewed, 219 cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes or permisos to UAC (unaccompanied children) and adult females OTMs (other than Mexicans) traveling with minors,” the report said. . .

Here's a link to information on the El Paso Intelligence Center via the DOJ website. This report does blow a hole in the Dem narrative that it's not safe to send these children back to their home countries. Over to you, Mr. President.

- Greg Pollowitz

Joe Biden To Address the Kos Kids at Netroots Nation Convention

Via McClatchy:

Vice President Joe Biden will appear this week for the first time before the largest gathering of progressive activists in the country, a critical constituency for any Democrat with presidential ambitions.

Biden’s debut at the annual Netroots Nation comes as the vice president has made a number of moves that could better position himself with the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, if he decides to make a third run for the presidency.

Those moves could help him compete for liberal support with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts if she runs for the Democratic nomination, and stake out the left flank of Hillary Clinton. . .


This should be interesting to watch. I hope they ask him questions about the NSA, Snowden, etc. - Greg Pollowitz

Science: Atheists Might Not Exist

Via Science 2.0:

WHILE MILITANT ATHEISTS like Richard Dawkins may be convinced God doesn’t exist, God, if he is around, may be amused to find that atheists might not exist.

    Cognitive scientists are becoming increasingly aware that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged.

    While this idea may seem outlandish—after all, it seems easy to decide not to believe in God—evidence from several disciplines indicates that what you actually believe is not a decision you make for yourself. Your fundamental beliefs are decided by much deeper levels of consciousness, and some may well be more or less set in stone. . .

I've always thought this. I also think it's possible that the human brain's capacity to believe in God is a factor in our evolution. Over to your, Richard Dawkins. - Greg Pollowitz

U.S.-Commissioned Propaganda Song a Hit in Central America

Via The Daily Beast:
Guess who commissioned “La Bestia,” a Central American radio hit about the dangers of the journey to America?

“Migrants from everywhere, entrenched along the rail ties. Far away from where they come, further away from where they go,” singer Eddie Ganz croons in Spanish over the Caribbean beat of the marimba, a wooden xylophone-like instrument from Guatemala. “They call her the Beast from the South, this wretched train of death. With the devil in the boiler, whistles, roars, twists and turns.”

People throughout Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador call their local radio stations to request this song, a harrowing tale of violence and death set against the backdrop of Central America’s traditionally upbeat cumbia music. “La Bestia,” or “The Beast” refers to the notoriously dangerous freight train upon which thousands of migrants ride from Southern Mexico, risking robbery, kidnapping, rape, and murder just to make it to the U.S. border. It’s a familiar tale told by an expected source. In fact, the popularity of “La Bestia” owes itself in large part to the fact that its audience is not aware of its origins. The song, and others like it, are part of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection campaign to deterring illegal immigration to the United States.

Last week, CBP announced plans to launch a new, million-dollar “Dangers Awareness Campaign,” aimed at discouraging families in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador from sending their children with smugglers to cross the U.S. border through Mexico. A press release described billboards and public service announcements to be aired on television and radio in those three countries as well as U.S. cities with large Central American populations. Not highlighted was “La Bestia,” the song written and produced for the sole purpose of spreading CBP’s message through music. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

Hamas Wages Cyber War on Domino’s Pizza in Israel

Via The Algemeiner:

Earlier today, Hamas managed to take over a major Israeli website.

Domino’s Pizza’s Facebook page.

For an hour or so, the page looked like this:

The hackers put up statuses such as “Today will strike deep in Israel, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Ashkelon, Ashdod more than 2000 rockets. We’ll start at 7. Counting back towards the end of Israel … Be warned!”

Responses included “Hey, please reserve a missile for me with jalapenos, green olives, extra cheese, and mushrooms. You have my address. Tell the delivery boy to activate the alarm when it is arriving, so I know to put my pants on.”. . .

I would've written, "Israel: A response to a Hamas rocket attack in 30 minutes or less or your pizza is free." - Greg Pollowitz

Violence Erupts at Pro-Israel Event in Westwood, Calif.


Wilshire Boulevard reopened Monday after an officer-involved shooting at a pro-Israeli rally closed it down overnight for an investigation.

The shooting occurred around 5:45 p.m. Sunday outside the Federal Building in Westwood, officials said.

The rally was held by Stand With Us, a non-profit Israel education program, to demonstrate solidarity for the state in its recent conflict with Hamas in the Gaza strip.

Witnesses said four men in a truck waved pro-Palestinian flags and attacked the pro-Israel demonstrators with sticks. . .

Imagine if these were Bundy Ranch protesters who were arrested? There'd be calls for mass Tea Party arrests by the Left. - Greg Pollowitz

Report: Bergdahl Returning to Active Duty

Via USA Today:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has completed a course of counseling at an Army hospital in Texas and may return to active duty as early as Monday, according to media reports.

The development is being reported by CNN and The New York Times, citing unnamed defense officials.

Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity May 31 in a controversial trade that resulted in handing over five Taliban detainees to the government of Qatar in return for his freedom. . .

I guess this means he re-learned English. . . - Greg Pollowitz

The Taliban Warns ISIS of Being Too Extreme

Via Daily Mail:

Taliban militants in Afghanistan have warned ISIS insurgents fighting in Iraq to ‘avoid extremism’ in a plea for unity among jihadists.

It urged the Sunni faction, which has been waging a bloody insurgency against Shi’ite Muslim groups in Iraq, to avoid ‘distrusting’ other Islamist groups.

Commanders of the al-Qaeda-linked group also pleaded with the fighters of ISIS, which recently declared an Islamic ‘Caliphate’ in its captured territory, to respect the rule of law. 

ISIS began life as an offshoot of al-Qaeda, but was disowned by the global terror network after bolstering its strength by merging with other groups in Syria. 

The call for unity was uploaded to the Afghan Taliban’s website this week. It did not name ISIS directly, but clearly referred to the group, who are now thought to be the world’s most powerful jihadists.

The message, originally in Arabic, said: ‘It is worthy for a shurah (consultation) council to be formed from the leaders of all the jihadi factions and the distinguished people among the experts and the scholars in Sham (Syria) in order to solve their conflicts.’

’Muslims also should avoid extremism in religion, and judging others without evidence, and distrusting one another,’ it said. . .

I guess the other Islamo-Fascist regimes are worried that the ISIS will damage their brand. - Greg Pollowitz


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