Beyond the Cusp

December 9, 2016

Will Time Ever Silence John F. Kerry?

 

United States Secretary of State John F. Kerry recently gave another incendiary speech at the Saban Forum organized by the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy and held on December 2, 2016, at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. where he added insult to injury declaring Israel, his pet target, when he declared it guilty of the usual presumed evils and contradicted every statement made earlier by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Some might have thought he used the same outline as Netanyahu and simply negated every statement. As is so usual for Secretary Kerry, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before as both served the tune set by President Barack Obama, he spat out accusation against Israel making the same tired false charges as have become his stock in trade. Amongst the falsehoods were the “the settlements” for supposedly “blocking peace,” that “can’t be both democratic and Jewish,” blaming this on the disputed statistic that “there are more Arabs than Jews living between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River,” adding to his October Harvard University claim that “there’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years.” Every single one of these claims are contestable or just outright false with the claim that Israel has been founding new settlements as Israel has not declared or built a new settlement since Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin froze the creation of new communities there in 1992. Further, the claim of the existence of more Arabs than Jews between the Jordan River Kerry includes the citizens of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the equation which would be similar as claiming that there are more Hispanics in the United States throughout the Americas and including all Hispanics from the southern tip to the northern tip of the American continents. Then again, perhaps John Kerry is another leftist who also believes that all citizens on planet Earth should vote in the United States elections as the United States culture, military, economic and other influences have effects throughout the world and might also wish to claim that the all Arabs should be permitted the vote in Israel by the same malfunctioning logic.

 

What has been so absolutely incredible about the majority of critics of Israel blaming her for the lack of success in negotiating a two state solution is their completely ignoring any blame being presented on Mahmoud Abbas and the PA or even Hamas for the lack of a solution. Israel has made offers which met or exceeded the original demands set by Yassir Arafat when he set his demands when speaking with President Clinton during the desperate and critical negotiations during the last half of 2000 and into January 2001 and the end of the Clinton Presidency in the extended Camp David Accords. What was amazing was after President Clinton spent most of an afternoon and into the evening talking and cajoling Yasser Arafat in Paris, Clinton received his acceptable demands which Arafat thought the Israelis would balk and never accept. To his surprise, Prime Minister Ehud Barak agreed without altering a single demand and the next morning when Arafat was presented with papers to sign which fit exactly his demands, Arafat balked stalking from the talks getting into his waiting vehicle and left flying back to Nablus where he soon executed the Second Intifada which had been planned to be the response to Israeli denial to meet his demands. Even though it took Arafat refusing blatantly to sign an agreement which matched his demands, the PA leadership, European media and much of the leftist mainstream media blamed Israel going along with Arafat’s lies word for word. These conditions were also met, actually exceeded, with another offer made in 2008 at the end of the Bush Administration which was refused this time by Mahmoud Abbas. New leader but same old intransigence yet Kerry’s blame falls only on Israel for the lack of progress. Kerry ignored the fact that Abbas has declared all the lands from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea as a sacred Islamic Waqf thus declaring all the land as holy and unable to be surrendered to Israel or any entity which is not Islamic.

 

Camp David Talks on a Break as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak Stroll the Grounds of the Complex Located Ten Miles North of Frederick, Maryland

Camp David Talks on a Break as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak Stroll the Grounds of the Complex Located Ten Miles North of Frederick, Maryland

 

With Christmas and Chanukah beginning on the same evening, we can claim that Jews and Christians the world over could pray for peace to come to Jerusalem and all of the Holy Lands bringing safety with that peace so all can celebrate a real resolution of the threats which have plagued the Holy Lands and Holy City of Jerusalem since over a century with overt anti-Jewish rioting starting in the 1920s. There have been numerous opportunities for there to be a declared peace between the Jews and the Arabs. The first came when the British Mandate lands which were set aside by the San Remo Conference and the Treaty of Serves for the establishment of the Jewish homelands were cut with the seventy-eight percent of the lands east of the Jordan River set aside for the Palestinian Arab state which became modern day Jordan and the remaining twenty-two percent of the lands west of the Jordan River reserved for the Jewish State intended to become Israel. The Arabs refused this patrician demanding the remaining lands, the same twenty-two percent they still demand today, not just Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Then on November 29, 1947 the United General Assembly passed a non-binding resolution, General Assembly Resolution 181 proposing dividing the remaining lands west of the Jordan River, the mere twenty-two percent, evenly between the Jews and the Arabs with the Jews receiving mostly Negev Desert lands but the Arabs refused this proposition, making it null and void, and instead invaded the Jewish State on May 15, 1948 on the first day of existence with over a half-dozen armies and militias with genocidal intents. The Mufti of Jerusalem had demanded that all Arabs residing west of the Jordan River cross into Arab held lands of Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and even Lebanon to allow the Arab invading forces to simply murder every human being they came upon. Not all Arabs obeyed the Mufti’s demands and they and their descendants are today Israeli citizens with full equality and rights including the vote and every other right of a citizen. One has to wonder how many times Israel and the Jewish People must agree to make peace and the Arabs to refuse demanding instead all the land and the extermination, the cleansing of the lands of all Jews before the world awakens? That is one question which will never be broached as such would also require recognition that the Israelis have made honest sacrifices for peace repeatedly through recent history.

 

Left UN Partition Plan Resolution 181 Rejected by Arabs Making Original British Partition Arab and Jewish Lands as Only Standing Agreement Supported in 1921 Arab League and Zionist Congress Backed by British Crown as Valid

Left UN Partition Plan Resolution 181 Rejected by Arabs
Making Original British Partition Arab and Jewish Lands
as Only Standing Agreement Supported in 1921 Arab League
and Zionist Congress Backed by British Crown as Valid

 

Had the Arabs accepted any of these offers over the past century there would be peace today but apparently that little fact has escaped observation in the rush to follow the historic practice, blaming the Jews? Looking back over history the Jews were blamed for plagues, loss at war, famine, drought, flooding, economic downturns, locusts, spoiled food stores or any other difficulty or threat to a ruler such as kings, dictators, emperors, or even Pharos (other than Egypt where many of these may have occurred in Biblical times during something often referred to as the Ten Plagues). During the Holocaust one of the accusations was that the Jews refused to fight for Germany during World War I despite the actuality that the Jews were more represented than other religions when it came to volunteers for the Great War. During the Crusades the knights and other fighters would often attack Jewish villages in order to get used to drawing blood and killing people as many of the fighters had no such experience and their officers knew they could not wait until first combat to train them to fight forcefully and effectively. Also during World War I the Germans claimed the Jews were responsible for the Communist enemies while the Russians claimed the Jews were responsible for the Kaiser German enemies. History is full of such examples throughout the past three thousand year history of the Israelite/Jewish People and the canard that Israel is an impediment to peace is just the latest. When Israel and Egypt made their peace treaty Israel evacuated over twenty communities which had been built within the Sinai Peninsula before returning it as agreed with Egypt, just one more proof that the “settlements” are no honest impediment to peace. Demanding the complete destruction of Israel and the eradication of her Jewish citizens is the real impediment to peace but as there are more than one and a half billion Muslims and under fifteen million Jews the world is siding with the numbers as well as the oil.

 

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November 26, 2016

Election Leaves Need for Safe Spaces

 

This election of Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States has really stressed me out. I am reeling and in dire need of a series of safe spaces in near every place which I visit. I go get coffee at my usual place and there it is in my face, Donald Trump will be President come January 20, 2017. Dinner out, more Trump is pushed in my face. Where are my safe spaces like all those lucky college children have access to while their professors cancel exams and hold weep-ins instead of lectures. Even going to the grocery store and you pass the newsstand where you are reminded about President elect Trump and all that entails and there will always be somebody who just has to discuss the election and if unlucky the checkout person who might just decide to want to speak about the election knowing I blog on politics. There is absolutely no way to run to a safe place when at the checkout counters. One cannot escape waiters, especially those who know you blog politics, from their asking your take on Donald Trump. Where are my safe spaces from these people who insist on knowing what my advice is to survive the coming apocalypse known as the Trump Presidency? Where do I go to escape these hurt feeling leftists who automatically believe because I appear intelligent (and who knows, I might actually be intelligent, but that is not for me to claim) I must be appalled by Trump winning the election. Honestly, we who actually are glad that Trump won need safe places from these leftists who believe that Trump won without anybody actually supporting his candidacy. They even believe that there cannot be anybody in their lives who might support Trump. Then, lastly, why am I being so silly as everybody knows that supporters of Trump are not allowed in safe places. Trump supporters are evil and must be shrieked at in a fashion eerily resembling the pod people from Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

 

Then there are the ongoing horrors on the faces when these mind-numbed people finally figure out the bored and fed up look on your face is not your traumatized look due to Trump being elected but your growing impatience with people assuming you could never have supported such a person. Funny, that is how I feel about people who voted for Hillary Clinton. These infantile people think that if they continually bombard you with question on how you can explain how each appointee can be explained or even pretend to have any experience which would qualify them for each position. Really? Like how can a retired general who commanded military intelligence could ever be considered qualified to be security advisor since he did not take the right elective courses, attend Columbia, Harvard or Yale, and obviously does not possess the sensitivity to feel the right direction and how to softly apply American presence in such a manner as to not upset any snowflakes who are currently coloring books, playing with play-dough, cuddling puppies and sipping herbal teas hoping to continue at these projects until somebody sensitive is elected to the Presidency.

 

There has to be a way to permit those so taken out-of-sorts by a simple election not agreeing with their perceived correct choice, to opt out of any future election. As their ability to understand any differing opinion than their own is to opt out of any activity within the real world and allow them to continue with their puppy cuddling, coloring-book coloring, tea sipping and joint primal screaming sessions insulated from the real world so it does not hurt them and their influence does not harm the rest of us. There are those who chose Hillary Clinton for actual reasoning and who can actually explain why they did so and also explain why the idea of a President Trump is troubling to them rather than simply repeating the accusations of Trump is a racist, hater, idiot, fascist, not nice, evil, the devil, scary or any of any number of one to three word slogans which can be seen on the vast majority of protest signs. Mind you, the signs with the big red hearts followed by Trumps Hate or Love Trumps Hate are so intelligent except how do they apply to the election of Donald Trump? Are they implying that Love is Trump or that Trump Hates or are they simply using a phrase they saw and thought was like way kewl and just so smart that it had to be the thing. Bad news for these brilliant minds, it is absolutely meaningless as we all wish that Love Trumps Hate and do not see where that implies anything about the President elect except that the word Trumps contains the letters T-R-U-M-P in the sign and thus might imply something about the President elect, but sorry, it doesn’t really mean anything obvious and definitely that Trump Hates as the chant which has accompanied these signs implies. Signs are supposed to be intuitively obvious and not confusing or vague as you are conveying a message and not a trite saying which everybody would love to actually describe an actual truth in life. We all hope that Love (or big heart) Trumps Hate but we do not automatically equate that with Trump Hates as we do not just take the last words from the sign and move the ‘s’ from Trump to hate and feel so smug and smart.

 

Safe Space with Puppy Cuddle

Safe Space with Puppy Cuddle

 

Now here is some advice for these people who are all bent and forlorn. Start looking for a candidate who can garner the support of more people than Hillary Clinton was capable of snaring. Hint, Elizabeth Warren might be a better candidate as would Bernie but they are both very extreme in their beliefs and many Americans do not share their beliefs. Many Americans do not agree with everything Trump has said but many believed that the one thing Donald Trump would be capable of doing is choosing solid and qualified people to advise him and be responsible for the different areas and Cabinet posts. Work to find candidates for position less lofty than President and see if during the next elections you can win back the House of Representatives or the Senate and then work with a President Trump to assist in the recovery necessary in both the economy and in the United States international standing. Democrats should be seen as desiring a better America rather than striving for an extremist agenda which does not function, and candidates who believe the United States is a necessary force for good and what is right in the world and forges a greater peace. The exit from the world over the past eight years or so has brought disaster down on many parts of the world including many allies in Europe, Asia, Africa and elsewhere. Work toward a constructive presence and not simply choose to find reasons to tear the nation apart and complain that things are not going just as you desire because you need to take effort and compromise in order to make friends and win elections. Ideologues usually find their way difficult and opposition strong while those willing to listen to others and work together accomplish far more. The last though, let us all work to make a President Trump as successful taking America forward and improving all our lives and making the United States important again as when America acts with means which prove important, the world usually wins. America has been one of the greatest forces for good and it would be horrific if America ever became a force for evil, and Donald Trump does not desire an evil future for America no matter what you may have heard. At least wait and see what he does and judge him on his actions and policies and not on hearsay from people who refuse to even grant the man any chance to prove he is not the bringer of the Apocalypse.

 

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November 7, 2016

Finally It is Your Turn to Speak, So Speak Loud and Clear

 

After over a year of he said, she said, they said, the time is here for the only opinion that matters. It is the time that you the voters will say and then it should be settled and the world will hear your answer; or will they? There are those Liberals who in their holier than thou selective memories claim that Donald Trump is the only candidate to claim that the election system can be gamed. Apparently the cries of “Selected, not elected,” over the 2000 election of George W. Bush and the Florida hanging chads recounts where there were so many challenges and recounts that all the holes ended up pushed through on some ballots making them void. The same cries were heard four years later over Ohio and Barack Obama claimed before Election Day that should he not win it could only be through voter fraud, so that should be all for claiming that Donald Trump is entering new areas of calling into question the validity of the system. Hillary Clinton has claimed that the Russians are going to steal the election for Trump because Putin is convinced that Trump would be the easier pushover and more willing to work with Russia than Hillary would be. Actually the only commentary attributed to Russian President Vladimir Putin which has any shred of validity was his fears that Hillary Clinton being elected threatened starting next world war. It matters little tomorrow on this important but relatively ignored subject as the first order of business is to get past the initial casting of ballots and their initial counting.

 

Hillary Clinton – Vladimir Putin – Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton – Vladimir Putin – Donald Trump

 

That reported initial registration of election results may actually decide the victor and do so completely overwhelmingly that there would be no viable means of challenging the results. Either way, this would be a result which would best serve the American people and ultimately the world. A smooth, court free, uncontested election will always bring the smoothest of transitions. That would be the most preferable means to transfer power especially in this election whose process and integrity has proven so acrimonious and has produced challenges to the system even before the Election Day voting has begun. There has been complaints of an uneven playing field in the media from both camps while there have been claims of Russian interference favoring one side, the election of Trump; while raising claims the entire Wikileaks e-mail stories have been a Russian ruse and those claimed e-mails were never sent nor crossed that server nor had Ms. Clinton broken any law or committed any questionable actions which might have compromised the national security. This claim has gone well beyond the claim that Hillary Clinton was cleared from suspicions to the entire e-mail investigation was chasing after a Russian fabricated ploy to assist electing their pawn, their Manchurian Candidate who would do Putin’s bidding, Donald Trump. One can only wonder what comes next.

 

Then there are the polling numbers. This election has witnessed swings in the polling which often appeared to precede certain critical events and news stories throughout the campaign. The most recent came the last week of the election where the Clinton lead all but disappeared bringing Trump within striking distance and this slide arrived a full four days before FBI Director Comey reporting his reopening the e-mail investigation as New York investigators looking into child sexual misconduct revealed the existence of thousands of backed-up copies for the communications coming in and out of the office of close Clinton aide and confidant (if anyone can be considered to be that close and intimate with Hillary) Huma Abedin. These records were found on Huma Abedin’s estranged (and downright strange) husband, disgraced former Representative Anthony Weiner’s laptop computer which was seized as part of the New York police investigation of his sexting an underage girl. This will get very messy.

 

Here are some rumors which have surfaced as a result of this investigation and how it will affect the e-mail scandal investigation. These back-ups will definitively prove that Hillary Clinton, along with top aide Huma Abedin, acted loose and careless with Top Secret and other highly classified and sensitive information, e-mails, documents, files and reports. There will be overwhelming evidence that such compromised information had been shared or allowed access by people without the proper clearances, Anthony Weiner for one and Clinton Philippine housekeeper Marina Santos for another who was indicated to have printed out such intelligence and information while working at Clinton’s house in Washington, D.C. Then there appear to be references to actions and fetishes in which others outside the Clinton camp, though they may not be spared once the onion has been completely unraveled, who may have committed and continue such acts which would warrant ethics investigations at the very least and criminal investigations in the worst case scenarios. The full extent will not be known nor revealed for quite some time though some people may fall well before the investigation reaches its final conclusion. Some of this information has been verified by trusted people.

 

The one item in all of this we would love to see brought into the light is the uranium deal where it resulted in Russia gaining the mineral rights to one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. One of the crucial signings of approval came from the State Department which was under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at that time. Russia gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013 and each step of the way there did result in a flow of cash to the Clinton Foundation. Further, a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin paid former President Bill Clinton $500,000 for a speech in Moscow. This was the bank which was promoting Uranium One stock and stood to make sizeable profits in the process. It was Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining financier, who orchestrated his first big uranium deal which initiated these transactions and which was completed with Mr. Clinton at his side. The two men had traveled to the meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan in Mr. Giustra’s private jet. This deal was a major victory for UrAsia, Mr. Giustra’s then company which soon saw its future brighten significantly when it merged with Uranium One, a South African company with assets in Africa and Australia. Uranium One was controlled by UrAsia investors which included Ian Telfer, a Canadian who later became chairman and Mr. Giustra, whose personal stake in the deal was estimated at about $45 million. Mr. Giustra donated $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation in or around the months following the Kazakhstan mining deal. It also turns out that Ian Telfer made a $2.35 million contribution to the Clinton Foundation. More detailed information can be read showing deep involvement of both Bill and Hillary Clinton in the entire train of events and includes State Department approvals and one could say accommodations all in a New York Times article. A full disclosure of how twenty percent of United States mined uranium is sold to Russia by a Canadian friend of the Clintons receiving every necessary accommodation and authorization while Hillary was Secretary of State and known to be able to pressure other Cabinet Secretaries to follow her lead in providing permissions and licenses all while the involved Canadians are contributing millions upon millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation. Something here just does not figure and we would bet there are even higher and bigger fish to catch in this little pond, really big fish.

 

Meanwhile, tomorrow the American people will speak. We can expect, if this is at all even close, for the losing campaign to kick off the challenges followed soon behind by the winning party just to assure they are not excluded from the efforts to gain electoral votes. There may even be a challenge to the integrity and manner in which the Electoral College is arranged such that it can oppose the winner of the popular vote. We could hear that tired complaint about how Wyoming voters are way over-represented when compared to California or New York thus making those residing in such populous states being denied equal representation. This complaint has been answered ad-nausea pointing out that this was the actual design and is functioning such that, at least for the Presidency the smaller states get privileged representation as a barrier against pure democracy mob rule. This is a result of the equality the states enjoy in the Senate, so live with it. Of course if the losing side did not carry lonely and most sparsely populated Wyoming, then this argument makes perfect sense to those on that end of the Electoral College. Further claims will be filed in every state where the margin of the loss was under 5%, even 10% with both contesting as many as possible in order to topple the initially announced winner or to retain said position. Who knows what court challenges and other lawsuits will be filed but the process for validation will likely take the United States well into Thursday before the candidate at the wrong end of the vote starts to run out of options, but they have lawyers to address this until the Supreme Court ends the misery, which with a four-four split with one open position left by the passing of Justice Anthony Scalia this past February, the court may not be of much assistance.

 

We will see what the American people desire and the level of their interest by the percentage of eligible voters who actually vote. This is something we have always been troubled about. The President who should represent all the people is often only receiving one-third of the potential votes which could have voted and less when including potential to be registered voters. The math is sickeningly easy to do but a touch more difficult to explain. First we need to start with the adult population over eighteen which numbers at approximately 236,000,000 out of the approximately 309,000,000; or around two-thirds. This is the entirety of Americans legally eligible to vote give or take a million. Of these only 70% on average are registered to vote and a mere 60% actually vote. These results in only 42% of eligible voters actually vote in an election. We can safely claim that no more than 45% of voters actually do vote and it is considered that taking 55% of the vote represents winning in a landslide thus a big winner receives a mere 24¾% of the total number of people who meet the requirements for voting (representative graph by age group below). It is true, candidates need only persuade one-fourth of people eligible to vote in order to win, providing it is the right one-fourth.

 

Graph by Age Representing Voter Registration and Activity and Apathy

Graph by Age Representing
Voter Registration and
Activity and Apathy

 

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