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… What in the Hell is Facebook Thinking ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,August 10th,2014

.. Facebook is normally fairly open – minded ..

.. believe you me , I have gotten away with a pretty fair bit [wink! wink!] …

.. but , I came across this , and I nearly threw up on my laptop ‘ s keyboard …

.. Facebook allowed , even for a period of days , a Facebook page dedicated to “Death to Zionst baby Killer Israeli Jews . ” Yes , that is the title of page , folks , believe it or not …

.. I have seen some stuff censored [conservative and liberal , religious and non – religious] on Facebook , stuff that would be very highly questionable to be taken down . Yet other  stuff is allowed . But this ? give me a break ….

.. [h/t — WashingtonExaminer]..
.. [link] to the article ..

.. there were plenty of complaints , believe you me . Mine would have been one of them HAD I come across this news , and this , this page ..

.. Facebook has now finally removed the page . That is not the point . The problem is that Facebook allowed the page in the first place . How sick of a thought was that .

.. to the complaints , Facebook [until the removal] responded with this mealy mouthed statement : (seen below) …

facebook community standards (israel)

.. what I wonder is this ? What were you people thinking ? The decency , the morality , and the disgrace of this is a black mark on Facebook …

.. a big thank You to Phil Klein at the WashingtonExaminer for revealing the  news of this  filth …

 

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… Something that Judge Mukasey Reminded Me of [#pvt bergdahl]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 30th,2014

.. desertion in a time of war is a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice . That much I already knew …

.. [h/t — WashingtonComPost]..
.. [link] to the column..

.. what I had forgotten is that it is an offense punishable by death …

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… Red Hot Dope [#the Bergdahl Affair]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 14th,2014

.. a big thank you to columnist Michelle Malkin , who got the interview with the troopers from Pvt. Bergdahl ‘ s platoon and company . Also , Michelle confirms that Bergdahl did desert , he left his post without warning or notice or reason …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the column ..

.. also , these troopers were prepared to shoot Pvt Bergdahl if he gave them any resistance . So , Bowe Bergdahl is lucky that he has come home alive ….

.. from the post : …

The source completes the account by saying this all resulted because “Bergdahl got tired of playing soldier”:

“A few days later, we (FTF) conducted a daylight raid on some tents looking for Bergdahl. We took heavy small arms and RPG fire on approach and ran off the CH-47s in contact. Our entire element engaged the enemy, who turned out to be a Taliban shadow governor and his bodyguards. … Multiple people died that day. … All of this happened because Bergdahl got tired of playing soldier. The remainder of that deployment was focused on recovery efforts. Countless members of the brigade were wounded, and we lost good friends, among them PFC Matthew Martinek and 2LT Darryn Andrews. I have no doubt these great men would be alive if Bergdahl did not leave.”

Malkin clarifies that eight, not six, American soldiers died as a result of Bergdahl’s actions: Andrews, Casillas, Fairbairn, Martinek, PFC Morriss Walker, and Staff Sergeants Clayton Bowen, Kurt Curtiss, and Michael Murphrey.

Malkin also provides her source’s response to the administration’s “incomprehensible” decision to trade “five war criminals for a traitor,” an act he calls “sickening.” He said that while he is glad Bergdahl is safe and with his family, he should not be “hailed as some kind of hero” and “should return home to face a court martial.”

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… A Sad Tale [#the hunt for pvt bergdahl]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 14th,2014

.. this is a link to a favorite media site of mine , Newsbusters …

.. it carries the original story of how Bergdahl ‘ s fellow trooper ‘ s lives and duties were disrupted when he went AWOL … Also , there were at least 8 troopers that died , not 6 as the media has been reporting …

.. [h/t — m.Newsbusters.org]
.. [link] to the column ..

.. the summation of the column is this … this is the most pertinent part ….

.. from Michelle Malkin ‘ s column (the last 2 paragraphs) …

My source did not mince words: “The fact that our government negotiated with terrorists and our enemy is incomprehensible. The fact that they exchanged five war criminals for a traitor is sickening. The worst part for those of us that suffered through that time is that PFC Bergdahl is being hailed as some kind of hero. He was automatically promoted to Specialist and Sergeant, ranks he does not deserve and did not earn. I have no doubt he will receive back pay for these past five years, a substantial sum. There will be book deals, and his family are celebrities. I am glad he is safe, and happy for his family, but he should return home to face a court martial.”

Are you listening, Capitol Hill and America? The Bowe Bergdahl mess isn’t just a story about one deserter, but two. There’s the muddle-headed lowlife who left his post and brothers behind. And there’s the corrupt commander in chief who has jeopardized more American soldiers’ lives to “rescue” Bergdahl by bowing to the Taliban, while snubbing the surviving heroes and the eight dead American soldiers who lost their lives because of him. This cannot stand.

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… Political Blunder [Illinois Governor ‘ s Race] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 30th,2014

.. these days , you have to be very careful of your media … no matter what form it takes …

.. with all of the blogs out there [radio , tv , newspaper , philosophy , etc] … you cannot be careful enough …

.. unfortunately , Illinois Governor Pat Quinn had to relearn that lesson the hard way . He needs to learn and learn fast if he wants to have a decent chance of winning re – election this November …

.. [h/t — WashingtonFreeBeacon]..
.. [link] to the blog news ..

.. Quinn is trailing his GOP opponent , financier Bruce Rauner , and has probably one of the worst governing records ever for any Governor who has not been convicted of a crime . A columnist wrote a column comparing black Republicans to Jewish folks in Germany who collarborated with the Nazis . Dumb , isn’t it …

.. Boy , did it ever bomb . It created an uproar in Illinois’ Jewish community , especially in Cook County . They did not like the column as it was , and they disliked Quinn ‘ s endorsement and support of it even more . Quinn and his people quickly disavowed it , and withdrew the tweet . Unfortunately in the Internet Age , the damage has been done . Oh boy , has it ever …

.. Rauner is Jewish , I believe , and that stupid tweet will not help Quinn draw support of jewish Dems to his cause . They might even vote GOP , which may well pretty much cook Quinn ‘ s goose ….

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… You have Got to Be Kidding …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,April 14th,2014

.. comparing Brendan Eich and traditional marriage believers to Holocaust deniers ? …

.. that evidently was the case on Sunday morning on FoxNews . Howard Kurtz hosted his regular media – related show ” Media Buzz , ” and this idiot really stuck her foot in her mouth with this asinine comment …

.. [h/t — theGatewayPundit]..
.. [link] to the show segment …

.. Holocause deniers ? how obscene ! …

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… Another Take on C.P.A.C. …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 17th,2014

.. and , it is one that I heartily agree with .

.. jeff dunetz is an internet friend of mine . You might want to try his blog [YidwithLid] . It is very good , and highly entertaining . I do visit it , but maybe not as much as I should …

ast Wednesday my car loaded up with my daughter, along with twice the needed clothes and electronic equipment, I left for the annual four-day trip to Washington, DC, and CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference. Five days later, during the six-hour drive home listening to the news reports of the conference, I wondered if the mainstream media went to the same conference I attended.

Let’s begin with the straw poll. Straw polls taken three years before an election mean very little. CPAC straw polls mean even less. Less than 25% of the CPAC attendees voted in the straw pull. Of those, almost half of them were 25 or younger. In other words, the straw poll wasn’t even a representation of CPAC attendees. And the poll was even less representative of those who will vote in the Republican Party primaries. If you look at the history of the straw poll, in the four years before John McCain was nominated, the winners of the straw poll were Rudy Giuliani, George Allen, and Mitt Romney twice (Romney’s 2008 win was after he withdrew from the race). In the four years before Romney’s 2012 nomination, Ron Paul won twice (he always bussed in supporters to vote for the straw poll) and Mitt Romney twice.

Other CPAC straw poll winners include Jack Kemp, Phil Graham, Steve Forbes and Gary Bauer. Not one earned the party’s nomination.

Republican Party unity. CPAC was proof that the supposed war within the conservative party is a mainstream media creation. This is not to say it was everyone sitting around the campfire singing Kumbaya, but it wasn’t civil war either. Almost every single speaker, with the exception of Ted Cruz, spoke of the need for a unified party. The emphasis was the argument between some in the party was not based on political policy or how to execute that policy. People, who aren’t typical favorites of the CPAC crowd such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, drew thunderous applause. Even Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, targeted as not conservative enough by the ultra-right wing Senate Conservatives Fund, was well-received, although not to the level of the others.

Israel as part of the discussion. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it was not surprising that each and every potential presidential candidate spoke about the U.S. loss of world standing thanks to the “lead from behind” foreign policy of the Obama administration. What was surprising was the mention of Israel as an important ally, who was being wrongly pressured by President Obama. Israel was mentioned more times during this year than each of the past four CPACs I attended combined. Potential candidates mentioned support of Israel as a big issue and a difference between them and the Democratic Party. Even non-candidates mentioned the need of Obama to stop pressuring only Israel and to start showing a balanced approach.

Michele Bachmann was on too early. Ms Bachmann is a fine conservative and has earned her place in the CPAC speaking line up. But the organizers made a huge mistake scheduling her for 9:30 am as she speaks with great energy that requires a few more cups of coffee than I’d had the chance to down.

The 2016 Campaign. In a private meeting with RNC Chairman Reince Prebious, we learned the 2016 primary season will look much different than 2012. The very long primary and debate system (23 debates) will be much shorter. The number of debates will be more than halved, and the convention will be a month earlier. All of this has already been approved by 75% of the RNC. According to Chairman Prebious, the fewer number of debates will prevent some of the public circular firing squads that dominated the 2012 debates. He is also looking at ways to punish candidates (losing delegates) who participate in non-sanctioned debates. In previous years, Mr. Prebious explained, once a candidate earned enough delegates, they basically had to stop campaigning because primary and election dollars must to be kept separate by law. And election dollars cannot be spent during before the convention. The earlier convention will allow the eventual candidate to start spending election campaign dollars a month earlier. Also new according to the Chairman, the party will chose the moderators during the debate season. Since it is the party choosing its candidate, Prebious will make sure that the moderators will be friendly to conservatism and to the GOP. He even suggested that a conservative radio host and/or conservative blogger would moderate one of the debates.

Losing Respect for my fellow bloggers. At the annual BlogBash there awards voted on and awarded by my fellow bloggers. The Blogger of The Year honoree was well deserved; it went to William A. Jacobson of Legal Insurrection. The category of Non-Profit Blogger of the year was given to Jeff Dunetz, for his work at TruthRevolt, an obvious lapse of judgment by the committee.

John McCain doesn’t matter anymore. Speaker of the House John Boehner wasn’t invited to speak at CPAC and his absence was a source of much backroom chatter. Former presidential candidate John McCain wasn’t invited to CPAC and nobody noticed. His name wasn’t raised by the speakers (except derisively by Ted Cruz), nor did the attendees I listened to mention the Senior Senator from Arizona. So when you see McCain on the Sunday news shows, it is not because of his standing in the party but because of his standing amongst the mainstream media.

Immigration is a much bigger issue than I previously thought. Most at CPAC believed that amnesty for illegal immigrants was something being pushed down the throats of Republicans by its leaders. Every poll of American voters of both political parties ranking their priority issues showed immigration near the bottom of the list. The overall feeling in the convention hall was the same as it has been every other year I attended: secure the border first, enforce e-verify second, then we can talk.

At one point conservative Ann Coulter debated liberal Mickey Kaus, and on the issue of immigration both were opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants. They believed that the reason for the amount of Illegals in the country was jobs, and if we enforced e-verify and prevented companies from hiring illegal immigrants, most would leave the country as they would not be able to get work. Or as Ann Coulter said, “nobody forced them to come here, and if they jobs dry up, nobody will have to force them to leave.”

CPAC is an important gathering which pulls together conservatives of all kinds, the traditional William F. Buckley conservatives, the Neocon types, Tea Party activists and even some brand new conservatives drawn in by the progressive policies of the Obama administration. Collectively they represent the party base of the Republican Party. Perhaps the biggest news left out by the mainstream media is that they left unified. More than any other CPAC in my experience, this conference concluded with a message of unity and a call to keep our eyes on the ultimate goal, retaining the House and winning the Senate.

.. LEC here again —  thanks , Jeff , for your take …

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