May 25, 2018
Part of this information was included in my article on the Exodus ship that was posted at the Birdnow Aviary years ago and at the online Baltimore Jewish Times.
Another person that few people know about is the late Reverend John Stanley Grauel, a Methodist minister. Rev. Grauel helped a Jew recover in his home town in New England from an antisemitic attack on his grocery store. He later got involved in 1940s Zionist politics and was one of the crew members of the ship "Exodus 1947" (the Hebrew name translates as "Exit Europe 1947") that was made famous in the somewhat distorted history of the movie "Exodus." Before the ship first sailed from Baltimore, Rev. Graul was sworn into the Haganah, the Jewish underground military's naval forces. The Jewish members accomodated him by, of their own volition, having him sworn in on a copy of the New Testament rather than a Jewish Hebrew Tanach (Bible). When the Exodus ship was docked in southern France, Rev. Graul, in his full minister's outfit with a big cross, acted as a secret courier up to Paris. He later rejoined the ship as it sailed towards what is now Israel.
Rev. Graul was somewhat of a utopian and later lived in a communal property in New Jersey where he died. His body was later exhumed and reburied about a half mile outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. He was reburied there with full Israeli Navy military honors.
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As usual the math does not work
May 24, 2018
A quick thought; many on the Right wondered why Trump wouldn't fire Robert "Whitey" Mueller. Well, I think James "Ashley Wilkes" Comey and now James "Clap on, Clap off" Clapper illustrated the reasoning behind the Trump strategy perfectly.
Give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves.
It actually did work for Bush Jr. as well, but it was harder since Bush and his half brain thinker Karl Rove hatched u their "duck and cover" strategy; Bush simply allowed Fitzgerald and the investigators to rove ahead unmolested. Trump, who is always up to a fight, has been goading Mueller and his mini-me's from the beginning.
Now the Clap has put his foot in it on The View, admitting they had spies planted inside the Trump campaign "for his own good" as he amazingly stated. In short, Claps has clapped out, and by virtue of being unable to keep his mouth shut has given the game away, admitted that our government and the prior administration spy on Americans and most especially political groups with whom they do not agree. In other words, they are the modern Stasi and America has switched to the rusty side of the Iron Curtain.
It just took some prodding and a lot of rope.
Another swing and a miss from NFL owners over the bended knee controversy (apologies for mixing sports metaphors.)
Seems the owners of the NFL, desperate to win back fans, have implemented a new policy: more...
Here is a good essay at Canada Free Press about the changes in society and especially in schools that are driving the mass shooting phenomenon. (Actually, mass shootings are NOT on the rise and not becoming more deadly. What is becoming more deadly is the endless media circus surrounding them, but that is another story) Author Katy Grimes points out that modern electronic entertainment fundamentally changes brain architecture in such a way as to make children less attentive, less, empathetic, and more violent. Couple that with the increased feminization of the schools, with the elimination or curtailing of recess and athletic activity in favor of classroom time, along with the liberal use of chemicals to sedate kids rather than actually work on their problems, and you have a perfect storm.
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One of the more despicable Congress-critters is Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a man with utter contempt for Truth. He was on Tucker Carlson Tonightlast evening pushing for confiscation of AR-type rifles and spinning like a dervish with rocket boosters. But letâ€™s forget that while Swalwell wrote an op-ed calling for gun confiscation, itâ€™s not really confiscation, according to Swalwell. Letâ€™s forget that what he labels "assault weaponsâ€ are just semi-automatic rifles that happen to have a military-style appearance (much like putting a Porsche body on a Hugo chassis). Letâ€™s forget that he claimed his AR-species confiscation plan would "keep kids safe,â€ ignoring that the most recent shooting, in Santa Fe, was perpetrated with a .38 pistol and a shotgun. Most significant is that, amidst his pseudo-Machiavellian babbling, he contradicted himself and refuted his own argument. more...
The Reminder for Today.
How Scrapping The Second Amendment Would Jeopardize The Entire Bill Of Rights
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Liberalismâ€™s Impact on Abhorrent Behavior
From the article by Sheriff Dave Clarke:
"We need a new narrative regarding mass shootings. Instead of calling for more, ineffective gun control, we must discuss the impact liberalism has had on behavior control.
As a governing ideology, liberalism has mainstreamed all behavior no matter how bizarre it might be. This enables crazy conduct that has no limitations â€“ an era best described as "anything goes.â€ The reality is that conduct must have well defined and established borders. We have become unmoored from community standards of decency and acceptable behavior. This, in part, stems from cultural and political liberalism â€“ where nothing is too extreme and no conduct or lifestyle can be judged in terms of acceptable societal norms.
Unbridled liberalism waged and won a culture war. This has eroded societal norms in regard to behavior. Cultural rot and degradation, liberalism tells us, has some redeeming quality that should be embraced by all. Therefore, no consequences exist for unwanted behavior. We are now paying the price for not having won this warped culture change, one that is playing out in mass shootings.
The liberal attitude toward the criminal justice system showcases the dangers of this philosophy. Instead of strongly enforcing the rule of law, liberals purport that people shouldn't be held responsible for their behavior via formal punishment. This has strangled the justice system for over two decades. It manifests in failed social engineering experiments like community corrections that allow a violent repeat offender to walk among the law-abiding public. That does not teach such an offender that their behavior wonâ€™t be tolerated. Consequently, such criminals do not learn about their wrongdoings, continue to engage in antisocial behavior, and reoffend.
More recently, the so called PROMISE program hailed by former President Obama allowed school shooter Nicholas Cruz and countless others to escape consequences for criminal behavior out of racial sensitivity. Under the guise of some misguided balance in criminal justice sanctions, a violent perpetrator was left alone. These liberally-designed school discipline policies keep disruptive and violent kids inside classrooms instead of having them suspended or expelled. No learning can take place in this chaotic environment, and it has to end.
An Iranian arrives in Los Angeles and is met by an old buddy from Iran. The new arrival starts speaking Farsi to his buddy. His Americanized buddy tells him, "Abdul, you're in America now. Speak Spanish!"
A new immigrant...make that resident.... arrives in New York and meets his buddy from the Old Country. They are walking down the street when they spot a wallet on the ground that has about $200 in cash sticking out of it. The new arrival starts to bend down to pick it up, thinking that what they said back home, that in America the streets are paved with gold. Suddenly, his Americanized buddy stops him and says, "Etan, you're in America one day and already you want to bend down to do stoop labor?"
May 23, 2018
A massive daycare fraud in Americaâ€™s most welcoming state raises questions about the limits of assimilation.
When it was noted that the carry-on bags of multiple airline passengers traveling from Minneapolis to Somalia contained millions of dollars in cash, on a regular basis, law enforcement was naturally curious to know where the money came from and where it was going. It soon emerged that millions of taxpayer dollars, and possibly much more, had been stolen through a massive scam of Minnesotaâ€™s social-services sector, specifically through fraudulent daycare claims. To make matters worse, the money appears to have wound up in areas of Somalia controlled by al-Shabab, the Islamic jihadist group responsible for numerous terrorist outrages.
Starting in the 1990s, the State Department directed thousands of refugees from Somaliaâ€™s civil war to Minnesota, which is now home to the largest population of Somalis outside Somalia itself. As the Washington Times noted in 2015, in Minnesota, these refugees "can take advantage of some of Americaâ€™s most generous welfare and charity programs.â€ Professor Ahmed Samatar of Macalester College in St. Paul observed, "Minnesota is exceptional in so many ways but itâ€™s the closest thing in the United States to a true social democratic state.â€ A high-trust, traditionally homogenous community with a deep civil society marked by thrift, industriousness, and openness, Minnesota seemed like the ideal place to locate an indigent Somali population now estimated at 100,000.
Read it all at City Journal.
Here's a brief excerpt:
If you want to understand the moral sickness at the heart of leftism, read the first paragraph of the most recent column by Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne:
"It's never right to call other human beings 'animals.' It's not something we should even have to debate. No matter how debased the behavior of a given individual or group, no matter how much legitimate anger that genuinely evil actions might inspire, dehumanizing others always leads us down a dangerous path."
Let's begin with the first sentence: "It's never right to call other human beings 'animals.'"
This is so self-evident to Dionne that he adds, "It's not something we should even have to debate."
Only someone who has never debated the issue could make such a claim.
So allow me to debate the assertion.
Read the rest!
May 22, 2018
In the last decade America has taken ten million legal immigrants into the third most populous nation on Earth. According to the Breitbart article: more...
Eric Holder tries to stop Trump from launching an investigation into the DOJ/FBI/CIA.
Here is his tweet:
Trump demand for DOJ investigation is dangerous/democracy threatening. DOJ response is disappointing.There is no basis/no predicate for an https://t.co/UZn0rCUpcKâ€™s time to stand for time honored DOJ independence.That separation from White House is a critical part of our system.
â€” Eric Holder (@EricHolder) May 21, 2018
Does this surprise anyone? Holder began the process of weaponizing the DOJ, and an investigation could land him in serious trouble. more...
May 21, 2018
By now, the news that Eric Greitens, the current governor of Missouri, has survived a felony invasion of privacy charge is fading from national consciousness, and there are many concerned citizens who are undoubtedly happy to forget this sordid story, and go back to business as usual. The story has been underplayed by the national media, and has been intentionally misinterpreted by local and regional news outlets, with politics rearing its ugly head, as we all might expect. In the interest of full disclosure, your humble Aviary correspondent has friends in both camps here. I am personally acquainted with members of the Greitens defense team, and also know individuals in the St. Louis Circuit Attorneyâ€™s office. Moreover, I did not vote for Greitens in the Missouri Republican gubernatorial primary in August, 2016. I hope this establishes my bonafides, and allows me to proceed without being brushed off as a shill for either side in the case.
Once again, Pope Francis upends established Christian dogma. This time the volatile vicar blames God for Sins of the flesh, telling a gay man "God made you that way" in and thus excusing what has been understood as a mortal sin.
According to the Fox News article:
"Cruz reportedly told El Pais, a Spanish newspaper, that the two had a conversation about his homosexuality and said he was told, "Juan Carlos, I donâ€™t care about you being gay. God made you that way and loves you as you are and I donâ€™t mind. The pope loves you as you are, you have to be happy with who you are.â€
The Los Angeles Times reported that the Vatican did not confirm the popeâ€™s comments given that it was a private conversation." more...
The New York Times finally admitted what many Republicans and President Donald Trump have been saying for almost a year, Trumpâ€™s 2016 campaign to become the President was spied on by the opposing party using government resources. It is not surprising President Barack Obama spied on Trumpâ€™s campaign, what is surprising is so many people are taken aback by what appears to have happened. After all, itâ€™s the Chicago way.more...
The Trump Administration is trying to roll back Federal funding for health clinics that make abortion referrals. From The Hill: more...
If liberals were animals, if would be a marked improvement. For one thing, animals donâ€™t lie.
Ever since President Trump characterized MS-13 gang members as "animals,â€ Democrats have been playing dumb (when they havenâ€™t actually been dumb) for political gain. What started with some fake news outlets purposely misrepresenting Trumpâ€™s remarks and others sloppily parroting the deception, has degenerated into the comical: leftists trying to save face and gain votes by cynically claiming theyâ€™re offended that anyone would do violence to the principle of the dignity of all human persons. Why, Nancy Pelosi, a poo-bah of prenatal infanticide posing as a latter-day St. Thomas Aquinas, actually lectured us about how every person has a "divine spark.â€
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