Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Flat Out Corruption

From you could not have made it up because no one would believe you dept, Hiam Saban is using direct bribery to try to secure the nomination for Hillary.

Haim Saban, the billionaire entertainment magnate and longtime Clinton supporter, denied the allegation. But four independent sources said that just before the North Carolina and Indiana primaries, Saban called YDA President David Hardt and offered what was perceived as a lucrative proposal: $1 million would be made available for the group if Hardt and the organization's other uncommitted superdelegate backed Clinton.

Hiam is the "one issue" man, and that issue is Israel, so I think we can see where this is going.


Monday, May 12, 2008

Dershowitz on Mass Explusion

This is an amazing quote from Alan Dershowitz that I was not aware of:

he former editor of Israel's leading newspaper, Ha'aretz, David Landau, calls the behaviour of these groups "nascent McCarthyism". Those responsible hold extreme positions of their own that place them way to the right of most Israelis. Alan Dershowitz and Melanie Phillips are two of the most prominent figures sent in to attack anyone who disagrees with the Israeli right. Dershowitz is a lawyer, Harvard professor and author of The Case For Israel. He sees ethnic cleansing as a trifling matter, writing: "Political solutions often require the movement of people, and such movement is not always voluntary ... It is a fifth-rate issue analogous in many respects to some massive urban renewal."

This is from The Independent article I cite below, and I can only assume they have high quality fact checking.

So, perhaps Alan thinks the expulsion of the Jews from Spain was just a form of "massive urban renewal?"


Loathsome Smearing

As more and more people start to see the problems created by Israel and it fanatic supporters it becuase harder and harder to label them anti-semites, as they have the philo-semetic credentials to insulate them against such charges.

In the US and Britain, there is a campaign to smear anybody who tries to describe the plight of the Palestinian people. It is an attempt to intimidate and silence – and to a large degree, it works. There is nobody these self-appointed spokesmen for Israel will not attack as anti-Jewish: liberal Jews, rabbis, even Holocaust survivors.

My own case isn't especially important, but it illustrates how the wider process of intimidation works. I have worked undercover at both the Finsbury Park mosque and among neo-Nazi Holocaust deniers to expose the Jew-hatred ther when I went on the Islam Channel to challenge the anti-Semitism of Islamists, I received a rash of death threats calling me "a Jew-lover", "a Zionist-homo pig" and more.

Ah, but wait. I have also reported from Gaza and the West Bank. Last week, I wrote an article that described how untreated sewage was being pumped from illegal Israeli settlements on to Palestinian land, contaminating their reservoirs. This isn't controversial. It has been documented by Friends of the Earth, and I have seen it with my own eyes.


Thursday, May 08, 2008

Explicit Pressure

Usually the pressure is more subtle, but with Clinton on her last half of a leg things can get more overt.

Harvey Weinstein, the prominent movie producer and Democratic fundraiser, unleashed his legendary temper in a tirade aimed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Weinstein, who’s backing Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, threatened to cut off the cash flow to Democratic congressional candidates if Pelosi does not get behind a proposal to fund do-over primaries in Michigan and Florida, CNN reports. Clinton’s diminishing chances to snag the Democratic nomination are essentially dependent on seating delegates from those states at this summer’s convention.

Just another day in American politics.


Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Rothschilds Donating to McCain Campaign

Hey, I always wanted to do a post saying something about the Rothschilds, and it looks like the McCain campaign has given me that chance.

Judicial Watch, a Washington organisation instrumental in the March release of Hillary Clinton's White House schedules, has asked US election monitors to investigate whether the Rothschilds improperly sponsored [a U.K. based] fundraiser. US political campaigns are forbidden from accepting contributions from foreign nationals.

"The question is whether or not the Rothschilds paid for the event, the venue, the catering, or any other related costs," said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.

Tickets to the event cost $1,000 to $2,300, and the luncheon dress code was "lounge suits," the Washington Post reported in March.

Wow. I don't know what the Rothschild's position on Israel is, but if I had to guess I would say it was pro, very pro.


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Clinton Statements to Big Doners

Hillary Clinton could never get our ahead of the Democratic electorate on the war. This is probably going to cost her a chance at being the first female president of the United States.

Why did she not take a position that would be more in step with the Democratic party, the nomination of which she was seeking?

Well, these statements to some of her big time donors may give us a clue. endorsed [Sen. Barack Obama] -- which is like a gusher of money that never seems to slow down. We have been less successful in caucuses because it brings out the activist base of the Democratic Party. MoveOn didn't even want us to go into Afghanistan. I mean, that's what we're dealing with. And you know they turn out in great numbers. And they are very driven by their view of our positions, and it's primarily national security and foreign policy that drives them. I don't agree with them. They know I don't agree with them."

Seems like these donors are very interested in foreign policy, no?

Well, what is one of the things that Hilary does not agree with them on? Looks like she thinks we can stay in Iraq for 100 years.

"Senator McCain made the point earlier today, which I agree with, and that is, it's not so much a question of time when it comes to American military presence for the average American; I include myself in this. But it is a question of casualties," said Clinton. "We don't want to see our young men and women dying and suffering these grievous injuries that so many of them have. We've been in South Korea for 50-plus years. We've been in Europe for 50-plus. We're still in Okinawa with respect to protection there coming out of World War II."

Well, McCain = Hillary on foreign polcy? How would have thunk it?