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Computer Scientist, fiercely patriotic American (non-jingoistic) and America-firster, Ron Paul supporter, Capricorn. Believes that if we do what is best for the US, it will result in doing what is best for the rest of the world (including Palestine).

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  • Netanyahu's victory marks the end of the two-state solution
    • @ Walid

      He’s almost patched up that one already with all kinds of explanations, so it’s a waste of effort to keep harping on it.

      I disagree. The WH is jumping on this, if only to provide justification for its next move and to also divert the focus from the Iran negotiations (which I expect to conclude before the end of the month). In either case, it is a great educational opportunity for the American masses. Judging by the comments on Huffpo, Americans are universally condemning Israel and a lot more people are unsympathetic to Israel than they might have been a week ago.

      Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. But I understand your frustration. The Israel problem has to be solved before the Palestine one can be.

    • Tipping point.

      link to reuters.com

      Obama’s telephone call to Netanyahu followed a television interview in which the Israeli leader backed away from his pre-election declaration that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch
      […]
      The White House, unmoved by Netanyahu’s effort to backtrack, delivered a fresh rebuke against him on Thursday and signaled that Washington may reconsider its decades-old policy of shielding close ally Israel from international pressure at the United Nations.
      […]
      "The president told the prime minister that we will need to reassess our options following the prime minister's new positions and comments regarding the two-state solution," the White House official said
      […]

      I wish they would stop calling Israel an "ally". Show me the treaty that says they are an ally!

  • Why I hope Netanyahu will be crushed tonight
    • @Pixel

      US won’t veto Palestinian UN resolutions

      And this is what I was hoping would happen with a Netnyahu win.
      Tipping point.

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    • @ Pixel

      You and I are exactly on the same page. Great post!

  • The farewell party of the mezuzah-kissers
  • Day 1 at JVP: lemon squares, pinkwashing and high rate of miscarriages in Gaza
    • I think we are being unfair to Israel by listing all their crimes and flouting of International law. I am sure we can list all the International laws they are abiding by, and it will be a long list, right? So, here's a game: let's make a list of those International Laws that they have, in fact, abided by. Let me list the first 10, and you can each add the rest:

      1.

      Umm...

  • 'J Street' leader promotes Israeli 'change' coalition that could include politician who called for beheading Arabs
    • @ bryan

      I guess we shall just have to agree to disagree.

      Bibi just told the world that he never intended a 2-state solution, and if elected, he will not agree to an independent Palestine.

      So, what do you think will happen if he gets elected? Nobody will have a credible way to seek a negotiated solution with him. Sanctions will ensue, and justifiably so.

      This would be a great outcome for all.

    • @ bryan

      I simply do not understand this stance

      You cannot deny that over the past few years, there has been a steady increase in disdain for the lobby, and they have usually been catalyzed by things that Bibi has said or done, with complete disregard for public opinion. We Americans are a pretty apathetic lot, and even our entertainment is frequently coupled with the "shock value" of the same (Kardashians, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, ...).

      Bibi, has definitely provided the "shock Value" and continues to do so. Therein lies his value to us - he is waking up the citizenry. We are at the tipping point. A couple of more "shocks" and we will come hurtling down the cliff with fire and brimstone (secular), and expunge these shores off of all the Israel-firsters that infest it today.

      No matter who is elected in Israel, it will not change an iota for the Palestinians in the near-term. Bibi, however, can make a sea change in the US - and that is worth hoping for.

    • There is no win-win scenario in this election (just as there will be no viable choices in our own 2016 elections). I sympathize with the Palestinians, however, the only desirable choice for us in this country is for Netanyahu to get reelected. There will be no decrease in the violence and mayhem he creates, but he will provide our government with the justification to torpedo the special relationship. His reelection will hasten the demise of the Israel lobby in this country - and that is a very good thing.

      I know that sounds selfish, but once we fix things at home, we will be in a better position to help those outside of our borders.

      So, go Bibi!

  • Cotton's rise was fueled by pro-Israel money-- but 'NYT' and Matthews won't tell you so
  • Neocon meteor Sen. Cotton is funded by Abrams, Adelson and Kristol and loves war a little too much
    • @ckg

      They do come home to roost!

    • Phil,

      Looking at the drama of Israel supporters unfolding all around us, I was reminded about how much has happened in 2015, and it is only March! It began with the Dershowitz saga, and I still believe that it is the key to unlocking the corruption and blackmail in our government, which could well be behind the 47 traitors as well. I am waiting with bated breath for the next shoe to drop in that case.

      Meanwhile, I ran across this article you wrote about Epstein back in 2007. Very interesting in retrospect!

      link to nymag.com

  • On first campaign stop in West Bank, Netanyahu warns that 'radical elements' want to take over Israel
  • Senator who spearheaded letter to Iran got $1 million from Kristol's 'Emergency C'tee for Israel'
    • The petition just crossed 200,000 signature, and is still going strong. If it makes 1 million signatures by April 8, that will be some kind of record.
      I don't remember any other WH petition rising this fast before! Those 47 traitors really blew it this time!

    • This petition now has well over 106,000 signatures in just one day (only 100,000 were needed by April 8) - it went viral in record time. It seems several people posted similar petitions. If they had joined forces, the number of signatures would have been quite a bit more. This has been a spectacular week!

      It will be interesting to see how the WH reacts to this.

      The tipping point, as I have said before...

  • Netanyahu's accomplishment: Consolidating support for negotiations with Iran
    • My post on MJ's site did not pass moderation. I am not surprised. At least he got to read my message, and hopefully had a twinge of conscience.

    • Here is what I posted on MJ's web site. I will be amazed if it passes moderation:

      MJ – here is what I don’t understand. While at AIPAC you acted in a way that was detrimental to your country in the service of Israel. Even discounting that you may have not been aware of your actions being unpatriotic at that time, why didn’t you come clean in all the years since then and help prosecute AIPAC and force them to register as agents of a foreign nation?

      I don’t minimize the articles you have published against the Israel lobby since then. But, your obligations don’t end with that. Having materially participated in acts against this nation, you have to be instrumental in dismantling these vipers in our midst by turning state evidence. What say you?

  • Israel's new Asian allies
    • @ Bandolero

      I have spent many years in China on business (and still do). While there, I have visited the shrines to the opium wars in Shanghai and was generally familiar with the opium poisoning of Shanghai making the Pearl of the Orient, the den of prostitution for the western world.

      In all this time, however, I had not paid much attention to the gory details of that history as gleaned from your link, and though I had wondered about how the British had dominance over Hong Kong, I was too lazy to dig deeper into the history of that origin until just now.

      The entire Sassoon enterprise was mind-boggling in its scope and is the personification of the Protocols. I had no idea of the horrific extent that they went to, with British complicity, not only to ravage China, but also rape the Indian subcontinent. Enslaving the inhabitants of Bengal and forcing them to raise poppies to fuel China with Opium and use the profits from that to fund a century of wars - is there a more disgusting example of crimes against humanity in the history of mankind?

      And it is a gift that keeps on giving, even into today. It is enough to drive a man to drink.

  • White House suggests Israel is lying about Iran talks-- as Obama officials shun Netanyahu
  • Dershowitz's comments are 'shockingly vicious and sexist,' says Harvard Law Record article
  • Stanford re-votes, divestment passes in a landslide victory
  • Americans oppose Netanyahu invite 2-to-1, but Dershowitz is all for it
    • that number skyrockets to 75% of Americans

      The trajectory is clear as the younger generation doesn't buy into hasbara. The old farts need to die for there to be peace on Earth.

  • US and Israel divorce rumors over Iran
    • That is really good news. If the source of his funds can be turned off, then his power and influence disappears.

    • And how classy of Giuliani to call his own president a moron, while supporting a foreign potentate!

    • This is so sweet! As I have predicted before, this is the tipping point. This will see a lot of media coverage and the citizenry cannot hep but be educated.

      The time has finally come. The dam will break soon.

  • Netanyahu calls on Jews to leave Europe en masse in wake of Copenhagen synagogue attack
  • 'American Sniper' is an antiwar movie
  • 700 UK artists pledging not to go to Israel include Soueif, Ali, Waters, Eno, Leigh, Churchill
    • @ Kay24

      "Of course it is always the fault of the victims"

      Indeed. It seems to be a meme amongst the zionists. There was a recent post on Huffpo:

      link to huffingtonpost.com

      Harvard Law Professor Blames Victim in Child Trafficking Case

      Typical.

  • AIPAC behind new US/EU trade legislation designed to thwart BDS
    • If you are an American citizen, you are the embodiment of dual loyalties and an Israel-firster. It is not a trope as far as you are concerned. If you are not an American citizen, laugh it up. You won't laugh for long. I will be laughing when the door hits you on your backside.

    • Damn this makes my blood boil!

      These people use our tax money, the blood of our soldiers, mess with our foreign policy, and now our trade relations, to further their own ends, with nothing of benefit for us. What gets me, though, is that it is our elected reps who are making this happen!

      [...]
      C'mon Obma, declare AIPAC as agents of a foreign government, FFS! I am so mad, I can hardly type!

  • Oakland's Palestine mural is site of Valentine's Day celebration
    • @ annie

      I agree, 9-5 is pretty awesome for a private (and very expensive) university like Stanford, where most students belong to the privileged class - not the ideal backdrop for progressive thought. However, they are in the heart of Silicon Valley, surrounded by the world's movers and shakers, so it is not too surprising to find them stepping out of the box of mainstream thought. This, too, will be mainstream soon.

    • Looking at the last 3 stories posted here (the two Stanford ones and this one), it is as if the Bay area is the center of activism in our country - not unlike in the Vietnam era.

      Damn proud of it!

  • Dear Mr. Netanyahu, please don't cancel your speech
    • Well, I don't think Hillary needs much help in getting derailed - her position on most things are enough to make sure that she won't get elected, and that includes still being married to Bill.

      As for Bill, the world knows what he is - but she has still not divorced his ass - something that anyone with any integrity and self-worth would have done eons ago. She is willing to sacrifice her principles (assuming she has any) for perceived (dubious) political gain.

      Such a person should not be elected to be the county dog-catcher.

    • @Kay24

      Bibi has painted himself into a corner

      In his view, this is no corner at all - merely more means for mayhem™(MMMM).

      I predict another false-flag in our future, which forces Netanyahu to stay home and respond to this threat to the security of Israel, while garnering the sympathy of the world to rally to support him as he defends his small country from the forces of evil that would drive it into the sea.

      I am already printing my "Je suis Israel" buttons. #FooledAgain, #IamAnotherStupidAmerican.

  • Muslims are Nazis, 'USA Today' jokes
  • New leftwing anti-semitism is when Jews feel 'attacked' over Israel's conduct
    • I for one believe that aspects of its settlements policy are misguided and potentially dangerous

      I for one believe that aspects of rape and murder are misguided and potentially dangerous.

  • Gideon Levy's argument for Netanyahu
    • Indeed. That continues to be my position that Netanyahu should be (and probably will be) re-elected. A less in-your-face replacement would slow the inevitable unshackling of our government.

  • Let liberal Jews weep for their dream of Israel, and move on -- Alice Rothchild
    • @ Bornajoo

      Thanks for the British perspective from on the ground. It is good to have BS repudiated by the people who are actually there and know first-hand.

  • Do we really want Benjamin Netanyahu guiding U.S. foreign policy?
    • Ah, I should have clicked on your link! That is one funny man!
      Thanks for introducing me to him.

    • Thanks Bumblebye!

    • Netanyahu doubles down on trying to break up US/Iran reconciliation:

      link to timesofisrael.com

      Netanyahu vows to scuttle world powers’ Iran deal

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday he would continue to try to defeat an expected agreement between the US and Iran over the latter’s nuclear development program as Washington predicted a handshake on the matter in the coming weeks.
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      Netanyahu declared that he was ready to go head to head with US Secretary of State John Kerry in order to stop the deal.

      Nice!

    • Our deviant politicians attempt to legitimize their deviancy.

      Pedophilia, American Style: Legitimizing Child Rape
      link to thenewamerican.com


      Fast cars, fancy restaurants, opulent yachts, private planes — and child molestation. It’s not something that was ever featured on Robin Leach’s TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, but “pedophilia may be emerging as the characteristic sexual perversion of the American elite.”
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      Dunn points out that pedophilia and pederasty have often in history been institutionalized. He first cites imperial Rome and then writes, “Closer in time we discover British upper-class homosexuality, fed by the bizarre ‘public’ school system, in which young boys in the throes of sexual awakening were put under the complete control of slightly older youths, who proceeded to select favorites and make them their ‘fags.’”

    • "drapes of Roth"

      ROTFLMAO!

      Mooser, where do you come up with these puns?! I wish I had a tenth of your talent for humor!

    • @ HarryLaw

      The quote is from Joachim Hagopian's article. People like him are used to passing off the big lie™ as the truth, and have gotten away with it for the longest time.

      Karma needs to live up to its reputation soon.

    • @ John O

      Respectfully disagree.

      When I use the word treason, it is because I am convinced that someone in a position of power has betrayed the nation in word and deed and perpetrated significant damage to its people. When the person in question is a member of the governing body, the sin is further amplified.

      It is not sufficient mitigation, in my opinion, that the person was blackmailed. It is a tragic fact that those who are attracted to positions of power are the very ones least deserving of it. The large numbers of politicians who were discovered for their moral turpitude, leave uncounted all those who were not caught. In fact, the ones who have not been caught (yet), pose the greatest danger to us all, as they are most likely in the blackmailers' web.

      A recent article called Power, Pedophilia and the US Government by Jaochim Hagopian, paints a terrifying picture of the corruption in our government, for which severed heads on spikes in the Tower of London, as you bemoan, would be inadequate recompense.

      Joachim talks about the recent Epstein scandal. Here are are a few excerpts from his article (you can google for the above title):

      There now exists incontrovertible evidence confirming that members of the world’s most powerful and wealthy ruling class have for decades been regularly engaging in predatory violent and sexual acts involving the most brutal and perverse crimes including ritualistic torture underage children and even murder. Yet apparently these most heinous crimes against the most powerless and defenseless in our society – thousands of child victims – have been preyed upon for many years with complete impunity, systematically covered up at the highest levels by the American and British governments. Yet these sophisticated child sex trafficking syndicates have never been exposed as they are now. Unfolding shocking developments on both sides of the Atlantic have finally been exposing pedophile scandals not only committed in the US and UK but apparently all around the world including Portugal, Chile, Mexico and Belgium.

      This provides a target-rich arena for the blackmailers (think Mossad and others) to entrap (or be fortunate enough to catch red-handed) the elite of the world and force them to do their bidding. Self-preservation, then, does the rest, as the will of citizens of the respective nations are sacrificed in the process.

      For the longest time, the elite have been able to lie and obfuscate the facts surrounding their improprieties, by lying or bringing their significant wealth and influence to bear on keeping the truth hidden. From the above article:


      The biggest names floating around as probable patrons in the billionaire Jeffrey Epstein scandal that’s been recently gaining some traction are former President Bill Clinton and fifth in line to the British throne Prince Andrew. Gawker recently obtained flightlogs going back to the late 1990’s through mid-2000’s that place Bill Clinton repeatedly on board the private jet dubbed the “Lolita Express”
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      Records confirm that Bill flew the friendly skies of the Lolita Express more than a dozen times over a several year period in the early 2000’s. It goes without saying that Senator Hillary never once escorted Bill on these pleasure air cruises.

      On one Clinton trip he traveled for a week on Epstein’s planes with an entourage that included Kevin Spacey to Africa on an anti-poverty anti-AIDS tour. Among the women also on board for that weeklong tour were key Epstein employees who were the victims’ handlers Sarah Kellen and Ghislaine Maxwell along with soft-porn actress-masseuse Chauntee Davies.
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      When Harvard law professor Dershowitz’ name came up as a frequent flyer on the Lolita Express, he plunged into full damage control in an interview with American Lawyer insisting that he has always been a faithful husband of 28 years to his wife who he claimed always traveled with him. Yet the flightlog records show while flying with Epstein and company he never was accompanied by his wife.
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      The most egregious, known sexual slavery-human trafficking-child abuse scandal in US history occurred back in the 1980’s with its epicenter Boys Town, USA near Omaha, Nebraska. The so called Franklin scandal that was traced directly up to both the Reagan and George HW Bush White Houses caused enough of a stir to force the Nebraska state legislature to call for an independent investigation in 1988. But once again the long arm of predatory, morally reprehensible power out of Washington successfully evaded any justice from being served.

      The fact that these elite are degenerate to the extreme, preying on the most vulnerable in our society, our young, is disgusting enough. The fact that they are then capable of being manipulated in the course of keeping their deviancy hidden by performing acts against the people of the nation that houses them, can justifiably be called treason, and I make no apologies for calling them traitors in the extreme.

      Besides the lives destroyed by their deviant behavior, can we count the lives lost in the wars that these blackmailed leaders have forced us into, both of those of our soldiers, but also those of the millions who have been slaughtered in our unjustified belligerence abroad? More lives have been lost by unemployed and homeless citizens as the economy has been robbed to fund these wars and foreign nations benefitting from them.

      Sorry for the long post, but that hit a nerve. This topic is one that makes me observe the progress of the lawsuit against the dershbag with undivided attention and bated breath for the outcome.

    • Here you go:

    • Nah - don't want him to drown, unless he can take the entire 5th column down with him.

    • I love it!

      The more flagrantly pseudo-patriotic, unpatriotic, and downright treasonous these folks get, the sooner they will get noticed, and hopefully evicted from the land they betray.

      America, love it or leave it. Stop abusing our hospitality and generosity.

  • Censored SeaMAC ads grace San Francisco buses
  • New York coalition tries, and struggles, to politicize free Israel trip for legislators
    • Now that the tide is turning, a lot of us are noting who these vipers in our midst are. When the day of reckoning comes, and it will come, they will rue their shortsightedness on this day as this cowardly world that they have built around them, on the hides of the underprivileged and the wronged, comes crashing down on their wretched skulls and crushes the life force out of their uncaring corpses.

      Let them eat cake, indeed.

  • Ros-Lehtinen removes pro-Palestinian activists from Congressional hearing on punishing PA for joining ICC
    • @ American

      Being born in the US is not enough to eliminate the 2nd generation zios who have been indoctrinated by their 1st generation parents.

    • TLDR

    • @ American

      Ros-Lehtinen is a downright traitor to the US.

    • or the Symington Ammendment, for that matter:

      PROHIBITIONS; SAFEGUARDS AND MANAGEMENT. —Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, no funds made available to carry out the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 or this Act may be used for the purpose of providing economic assistance (including assistance under chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961), providing military assistance or grant military education and training, providing assistance under chapter 6 of part II of that Act, or extending military credits or making guarantees, to any country which the President determines delivers nuclear enrichment equipment, materials, or technology to any other country on or after August 4, 1977, or receives such equipment, materials, or technology from any other country on or after August 4, 1977, unless before such delivery—
      (1) the supplying country and receiving country have reached agreement to place all such equipment, materials, or technology, upon delivery, under multilateral auspices and management when available; and
      (2) the recipient country has entered into an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency to place all such equipment, materials, technology, and all nuclear fuel and facilities in such country under the safeguards system of such Agency.

    • I wish there was something I could do to change our laws so
      that:

      1.     A candidate for government office would have to publicly declare if they were a dual citizen (and be barred from the candidacy if they were)

      2.     A candidate for government office would have to declare under penalty of perjury if their primary intent was to represent the constituency that would elect them or a foreign nation. If later, it were found to be the latter, they would be ejected from office with significant financial and other penalties.

      3.     Strict term limits would be imposed on members of congress with the same constraints as the presidency, including a maximum of two terms, but each term would be for 6 years

      4.     Strict limits on campaign funds and only from individuals, not corporations or PACs. Corporations are not people, contrary to what the corrupt SC decided.

      5.     The ability to quickly recall a member of congress if their popularity dropped below 33%. If more than 66% of the country doesn’t think you represent them, you have no business sitting up there.

      I am sure some of you could think of a few more laws that would restore the republic.

  • John Lewis tells D.C. crowd he will not attend Netanyahu speech
    • @ Polly

      I understand your reservations, however, education and enlightenment have excellent ROI and their effect can be asymptotic. More educated people will lead to more quality debates and entropy will increase, as it already has. MW is a good example of a collection of enlightened members. Imagine this being replicated across the nation.

      At the tipping point, which is where I contend that we are, we see the analogy of the last straw on the camel's back. It has taken a while to get here, but now that the milestone has been achieved, sudden failure of the system is imminent.

      The closest analogy I can draw is from my college days while experimenting with the tensile strength of steel. For a while, the elasticity of steel is linear with applied strain until a certain point when it starts to curve and then fail drastically. You can start to visually see the steel deform well before the sudden crash.

      We have reached that point.

    • It's hard for me to get excited about anything MJ says or does. Ever since he used to come here and randomly accuse people of antisemitism, and when challenged to mention names or examples of antisemitic posts, scurry off without a repost, I lost all respect for him after that.

      While even his support is better than no support, and even though he left AIPAC years ago, I am not convinced that AIPAC left him completely.

      I will credit him where credit is due: creation of the Israel-firster term. It is succinct and precise. Beyond that, I am unconvinced about how much of an asset he is to the good-guys and whether he wouldn't flip over to the dark-side™ were the situation to his advantage.

    • I don't see any scenario in which Israel would attack Iran on their own. If they were stupid enough to do that, with or without nuclear weapons, then - bye-bye Israel.

    • @ amigo

      You are too gracious to them. Why only 10 years (although that is long enough for us to find another girlfriend). I think the last 60 years should be repaid with 60 years of not talking to each other (no marriage counsellors allowed, either).

      What's a "hudna"?

    • The big event that I am waiting for is when we announce our reconciliation with Iran later this year along with the nuclear agreement and cessation of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

      This will be like a nuclear explosion in and of itself as the Israel-firsters fall all over themselves to condemn the move and paint the picture of America's nuclear destruction at the hands of Iran, while the rest of the country welcomes this as a great move that sets us on the path to restoring our economy and amplifying the hopes of peace in the world, and hopefully, releasing the zio tentacles from our government and media.

      That will be the last battle for a while and the demise of a lot of evil in the world.

      Are you listening, Mr. President? This could be your legacy if you act now.

    • I wish that the bearded guy-in-the-sky™ would destroy John Hagee and his ilk. There is a special place in hell for him, but I wish it was on Earth while he was living.

    • @ Blownaway

      I am not looking for us to be the catalyst for peace. The catalysts I am looking for are those that end this "special" (as in short yellow bus) relationship once and for all.

      This event is a win-win for us. If a lot of congress doesn't show up for the speech, or the speech is cancelled, it will be visible to the public. If the speech does happen and our pols repeat the genuflection and donkey-fellation from the last such event, it will be visible to the public. Either ways, people will ask why and more people will be educated in the process.

      I am much more optimistic this time around than I was previously, because I perceive that we are at a tipping point and this moment is historic - not just for us, but also for the rest of the world.

      I hope that Netanyahu does win the election - but I doubt that this event will help him get there. It will certainly cause enough resentment on both the American and the Israeli sides that it will add to the momentum of the demise of this marriage-made-in-hell.

      Happy soon-to-be-divorce!

    • Politico says that Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer and Israeli speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein had meetings all over Capitol Hill yesterday to try and find a way out of the crisis. Like maybe cancelling [sic] the speech?

      Oh, for goodness sake, don't cancel the speech! Events like these are exactly the catalysts we have been waiting for, now that this entire fiasco is at its tipping point!

      More Netanyahu, more! Let the dams break and flood the plains! The soil is so parched for so long!

  • Why now? Story breaks that US teamed with Israel in assassinating Iranian 'agent' in '08
    • @ annie

      I agree with you on your points.

      because 8 years of a republican president beginning in 2016 just might be too much pressure to stave off

      That is all but assured - not that I see much difference between the democrats and the republicans - Hillary is a zio-fellating war hawk. Hillary will not get elected - Bill will weigh her down like an anchor. The dershbag story will have exploded by then and will take the Clintons down with him. I am not going to shed any tears on that one.

      It will either be Jeb or Rand. Rand is the lesser of two evils, but he is no Ron Paul - not by a mile. Nonetheless, I don't believe he will take us to war - an acorn does not fall too far from the oak. I continue to hope that the rhetoric he has been employing is a ploy to go undetected by the zionist power configuration, allowing him to get nominated and elected, and once elected, his father's influence on his thinking will prevail (a man has to hope).

      What gives me cause for optimism is that the climate is a lot different from 2001 when the populace was more gullible. 14 years later, we have seen the folly of that war, both in blood and in treasure, and the erosion of our credibility abroad. The reluctance to go to Syria is an example of that new awareness and our growing power.

      It is not a time for complacence, and our vigilance must increase, and we must get smarter quickly, as you rightly state. Nonetheless, the zios are not going to have a cakewalk this time around, and their destruction is imminent.

      And not a second too soon.

    • @ annie

      if they think some hullabaloo love story about the cia and mossad cozying up in an 8 yr old joint assassination story can bump this off the main stage, they got another thing comin

      Yep, and it won't make the dershbag's pedo story go away either:

      link to i.kinja-img.com

      link to gawker.com

    • Obama has 20 months to make hay. I understand (but don't condone) the personal/political pressures that have prevented him from taking a braver stance till now, but if he delivers more of the same as he has done for the past 6 years, then I am convinced that he is being blackmailed (ala epstein/dershowitz). Doing nothing is bad for his legacy, and more importantly bad for the people of the US that he swore to serve.

      Give your daughters something to be proud of, Mr. President!

    • @ annie

      Me too. I think you and Phil are right and this story is yet another attempt to disrupt the talks with Iran, but that time has passed. Despite all the effort by the hasbara brigade, Americans are just not willing to go to another war. Iran is a bridge too far.

      I am sure you have the same experience, but everyone that I have talked to here in the Bay area is strongly for reconciliation with Iran, and under no circumstances are they supportive of another misadventure in that theater. I am surprised by the awareness and knowledge of even cashiers at Safeway about the destructive powers of Israel and its supporters in our government. I believe that the day we have been waiting for is nearly here - perhaps not in the heartland yet, where Christian fundies still hold a lot of sway, but certainly on the coasts, and definitely in Silicon Valley.

      It is still taboo to talk about Israel openly at work, but when we get together for coffee or drinks among friends and colleagues, the topic comes up more frequently than before - even with our jewish friends (one of them announced that he had Israeli relatives who were all assholes!)

      As for this story, there is no benefit to the CIA to have this be revealed at this time, or ever. As you and Phil correctly surmised, this story is intended to demonstrate the filial and special relationship between Israel and the US, something that is bound to backfire on them. It seems the more desperate they get, the stupider they become.

      More power to them, I say. Please reelect Netanyahu.

  • Media coverage of Adelson's support for Christie leaves out Adelson urging Obama to nuke Iran
    • Not only is Adelson a mobster in the classic, casino-owning, politician-corrupting sense, but he even looks the part. When you think of a mobster from a 1950's flick, isn't that the face you picture?

  • Chair of Democratic National Committee opposes Jewish intermarriage and MSNBC showing Gaza carnage
    • @ RoHa

      Unfortunately, yes they are allowed to be dual citizens - something I dearly want changed.

  • Israel gets trashed at the 92d Street Y
    • @lysias

      There are lots of reasons that this story won't die. It is target-rich and the outcome of a court-case, were it to take place, could change the entire political scene in the US.


      Jane Doe No. 3 contends she also had sex with Dershowitz at least six times beginning when she was age 16 at various properties owned by Epstein.

      Not true, says Dershowitz, a TV commentator and former Harvard Law School professor best known for defending O.J. Simpson in the football Hall of Famer's murder case.

      "Never under any circumstances have I ever had sexual contact of any kind, which includes massages or any physical contact whatsoever, with Jane Doe No. 3," Dershowitz said in a sworn statement.

      It's far from clear when or how the legal fight between the Jane Does and the U.S. Justice Department over Epstein's plea deal will end. Last year, a federal appeals court sided with the women in ruling that victims are entitled to be informed about how a plea agreement is reached.

      Those details remain under wraps for now.

      link to tampabay.com

  • Netanyahu is a paper tiger
    • @ American

      You and I appear to agree on most things.

    • Unfortunately, the key word in these is "retired". Not many have courage to speak out while still in service, and those that do, get their careers summarily terminated.

    • @ amigo

      Agreed. I don't know of an instance where someone stopped siding with Israel for moral reasons and then later reconsidered and went back to siding with them again. The collapse is unidirectional.

    • Ditto American.

  • Palestinians to take Israeli settlements to the ICC following announcement of 450 new units
    • Hostage!!! I am so happy that you are back! This place hasn't been the same without your extensive knowledge and unique perspective (no offense to others).

      I have learnt so much from you over the years, and for that, I am truly grateful.

      Welcome back!

  • Israeli drone company won't release export data, so case against 9 Gaza activists is dropped
    • Nice! We should take some lessons from our British brethren. I would love to see this form of activism here.

  • The betting line on Netanyahu's speech to Congress
  • 'Great American villain' Henry Kissinger faces citizen's arrest inside a Senate hearing room
    • It gives me no small amount of solace to note that the greatest villains that were alive during the lifetime of my generation, are a scant few steps from their graves. Undoubtedly others will scramble to fill their shoes, but hope remains that our growing wisdom and awareness of their presence will render them ineffective.

      May their sleep be troubled and their rest not in peace.

  • Netanyahu speech could allow Obama to 'take on the Jewish lobby' as he took on Cuba lobby -- Indyk
    • @ just

      Two or three times a day. Did you hear that, Americans?”

      Loud and clear.

      Why should our government be spending time worrying about all the problems that beset our nation, when they could be spending time being sychophants to the leader of a foreign nation that wants to take us to yet another war on their enemies, when said enemies are no threat to us. Meanwhile, our tax dollars pay for both the government and Israel.

      From Phil's article:

      national interest types, people who want the speech to come off so that America will have to watch as the Congress jumps up and down to give repeated standing ovations to a foreign prime minister who opposes our president, so that America will ask why?

      Yup. That describes me to a 'T' .

  • Finkelstein on Joan Peters's legacy (and Dershowitz's legal troubles)
    • This is key from your link:

      Epstein’s legal team has managed to consistently short circuit judges from the decision-making process, not leaving anything to chance in insulating Epstein from justice

    • As this thread is no longer active* on the frontpage of MW, I want to place one last link here in the records for future reference:

      Here Is Pedophile Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's Little Black Book

      Actual copy of Epstein's black book with several names redacted.

      link to gawker.com

      *Of course the story itself is far from dead, and I am sure this topic will resurface on the MW pages again in the very near future as decisions are handed out about public access to the documents surrounding the NPA.

    • More on Bill Clinton's association with Epstein:

      Pedophile Pleaded The Fifth When Asked If He Was Friends With Bill Clinton


      Court documents (p. 34) reviewed by The Daily Caller reveal that Epstein took the Fifth to avoid self-incrimination in a deposition when directly asked, “Do you know former President Clinton personally?” Epstein made the plea in a 2010-2011 civil case between Epstein and Florida lawyer Brad Edwards, who sued Epstein on behalf of some of Epstein’s alleged victims.

      Epstein was convicted in 2008 in Florida for soliciting underage teenage prostitutes. Epstein was represented by attorney Alan Dershowitz and others. He subsequently served 13 months in prison. Clinton reportedly flew to Africa on Epstein’s plane with actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker in September 2002, but court documents from the Edwards case make clear that Clinton flew with Epstein on numerous occasions, according to flight logs.

      Epstein’s plea blocked Clinton from being called to testify in the 2010-2011 civil case. Epstein similarly pleaded the Fifth when asked if he socialized with underage girls in the company of former Democratic New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, Donald Trump, magician David Copperfield, and attorney Alan Dershowitz.

      Edwards had reason to believe that Clinton’s testimony would be vital to the case.

    • I don't believe that I had linked to this 40-page docket before:

      PLAINTIFFS RESPONSE TO MOTION FOR
      LIMITED INTERVENTION BY ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ

      link to drive.google.com

    • Now other co-conspirators are threatening lawsuits:

      link to telegraph.co.uk


      Ms Roberts also made allegations against international model scout Jean-Luc Brunel, whom she said she was forced to watch engage in “sexual acts with dozens of underage girls”.
      She claimed he offered girls modelling jobs In her latest court submission, and added: “Many of the girls came from poor countries or impoverished backgrounds, and he lured them in with a promise of making good money.”

      Mr Brunel is a friend of Mr Epstein and founder of MC2 Model Management, which has offices in New York, Miami and Tel Aviv.
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      In the past he has claimed credit for launching the careers of models such as Sharon Stone, Christy Turlington and Jerry Hall.
      He is also thought visited Mr Epstein in jail 67 times, prison records disclose, and appears frequently in flight logs belonging to Mr Epstein’s private jet.
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      Mr Brunel said in a statement on Friday: “I have decided to bring judicial proceedings in France and in the United States against allegations which cause considerable damage to me personally and to my models agencies.”
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      Ms Roberts said she believed the video evidence could be being withheld for future use as blackmail.
      And she detailed interactions with FBI staff she believed indicated she was the victim of a ‘cover up’ orchestrated by friends of Mr Epstein.
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    • Ken Starr is in the spotlight due to this case. There is a form for action at the bottom of this article.


      Famed educator and legal scholar Ken Starr led a forum last week at the National Press Club to inspire faith-based instruction -- and then was asked to describe why he had helped billionaire Jeffrey Epstein avoid serious prison time in 2008 on allegations Epstein had molested dozens of underage girls, including one at center in the photo above.

      The president and chancellor of Baylor University, responding to a question after the close of a forum he led Feb. 4 on "The Calling of Faith-based Universities," told me he was "very happy" to help serve a client of his former law firm, Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis. Starr is a former federal judge and U.S. solicitor general.

      Thus, as so often the case in public life in the nation's capital, a stark contrast arose between high-minded rhetoric and subservience to the wealthy.

      Today's column examines how the globe-trotting Epstein, 62, obtained a sweetheart plea bargain in 2008 thanks to lawyers on a legal dream team that included Alan Dershowitz, Roy Black, Jay Lefkowitz, Gerald Lefcourt, and Martin Weinberg.

      Starr played a key role in arranging lenient treatment for Epstein, whose federal-state prosecution a decade ago occurred concurrently under the administrations of President George W. Bush and his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush (1999-2007) and Jeb Bush's successor Charlie Crist(2007-2011), who had been state attorney general during the beginning of the Epstein case.

      link to opednews.com

    • A little more color on the above from the International Business times:

      link to ibtimes.co.uk

      The latest revelations come a week after Epstein hit out at 'outlandish attacks' by the 'gossip media' over the case. The former financier was jailed for 18 months in 2008 for soliciting paid sex with minors under a secret deal which saw more serious federal charges dropped. Court documents filed in Florida and obtained by the Sunday Times allege that Epstein used his "significant social and political connections" to secure the secret deal.

      According to the documents, the Duke and former US president Bill Clinton helped Epstein obtain a more favourable deal.

      Until now, all mentions of Bill Clinton were his incidental presence on flights on the Lolita Express. This is the first that I have seen him accused of being involved in the immunity deal. If this can be proved, Hillary is toast.

    • @ Ellen

      An earlier report had stated that videos and computer files were seized from Epstein's mansion when he was arrested. We were not made privy to what was revealed in them, however, if the secret dealings and correspondence from that trial are unsealed, as it looks like it may be, then these could come out in discovery, since the government is being sued as well.

      Yes, they could still make the videos disappear, but I am hoping that enough people know about them in the FBI that such a move would be too risky.

    • Inching closer to the Monica Lewinsky Blue Dress Moment…


      The woman at the centre of the Prince Andrew 'sex slave' scandal has told a US court that she believes the FBI has videos of her having sex with Jeffrey Epstein and his 'powerful friends' while she was underage.
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      In her latest court filing, submitted to a Florida court on Friday, Miss Roberts stated US authorities were holding back damning evidence of activities that she was made to engage in while working as Epstein's 'sex slave'.
      Swearing under oath, Miss Roberts said she knew that 'Epstein maintained videos in some rooms' where she had 'sex with other powerful people'.
      She added that she believed that those videos could be used as blackmail.

      link to dailymail.co.uk

    • The net catches more sharks:

      It's only the start of February, but this is already looking like a big year for the intersection of legal academia and illicit sex. First, there's the sensationalistic allegation that Harvard's Alan Dershowitz had sex with a minor. Now, John Attanasio, who served as dean of SMU's Dedman School of Law for 15 years until 2013, has been arrested for prostitution.
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      It sounds like your standard charge, except one salient point seems fuzzy: Was Attanasio soliciting sex from a prostitute or was he offering his services?

      Academia is certainly not what it used to be - a revered institution.

      link to americanlawyer.com

    • Birds of a feather…
      (emphasis mine).


      Rutgers Professor Defends Billionaire Pedophile: 14-Year-Old Prostitution Isn’t ‘So Heinous’


      A Reuters exclusive published Monday explores the conundrum faced by nonprofits that have received money from Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire financier arrested and convicted for child prostitution.

      But buried in the report is an insane statement from a Rutgers professor saying that he didn’t think he should return the money… because he didn’t think Epstein did anything all that bad. (RELATED: The Billionaire Sex Offender Double Standard)

      Professor Robert Trivers told Reuters that Epstein was “a person of integrity who should be given credit for serving time in prison” and for settling civil lawsuits brought by underage girls. ”Did he get an easy deal? Did he buy himself a light sentence?” Trivers asks. “Well, yes, probably, compared to what you or I would get, but he did get locked up.”

      But more to the point, Trivers didn’t see what the fuss was all about, since girls mature earlier nowadays. ”By the time they’re 14 or 15, they’re like grown women were 60 years ago, so I don’t see these acts as so heinous.” (RELATED: Will The Jeffrey Epstein Pedophile Case Snare Clinton?)

      To clarify, Epstein is not simply accused of having sex with young girls for money, the crime for which he served barely a year in prison. He was also accused of pimping out the underage girls to rich celebrities, owning a sex slave and using his girls to “obtain potential blackmail information” from powerful political figures.

    • And Harvard's name will sully in the process (as well it should for supporting the dershbag all these years, and even now).

      Financier Epstein accused in sex case gets cold shoulder from some charities, questions from others


      The recipient of one of the largest donations from Epstein has been Harvard, to which Epstein pledged US$30 million in 2003, according to news reports at the time. By 2006, when charges against Epstein were made public in Florida, he had fulfilled at least US$6.5 million of that pledge, the reports said. Harvard’s then president said he would not return the money because it was doing good for science.

      Harvard declined to comment to Reuters, citing donor privacy.

      link to themalaymailonline.com

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