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July 27, 2019

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The Infamous Ignatz

As I've thought about the diet/disease discussion it occurs to me I have considerable experience in it.
Ten or so years ago I was diagnosed with sarcoid, an autoimmune disease [Anonomom will probably blame the tomatoes :)]
There isn't any cure but it usually shuts itself off. Mine did eventually but it left behind some scar tissue in my lower lungs. Doing my own research I found a study in Italy that suggested 10-20mg of melatonin helped cases resolve. I also started taking krill oil for its anti-inflammatory properties. Now, they may be why I am better at high altitudes than I was ten years ago when I was diagnosed [or it may be that I walk ten times as much as I used to] but neither may actually be doing a darn thing for me. Doing what seems to work is what people should do [so long as it isn't a substitute for something that really does work and is avoided just because Big Pharma or some doctor is involved].
Just let's not pretend it's anything other than what it is; by guess and by golly and might have had nothing to do with why some condition resolved or didn't.

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

Holy moly, time to affix my reading glasses, Tom has written an epistle!
Or, anyway, it's long ...

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

Lots of meat in Tom's piece but let me highlight this wonderful snip:

"Did Team Obama spy on their political rivals to boost Hillary? Bitter division was inevitable. I wonder if we'd be talking impeachment? First husband-wife to be impeached - put that under "records that will never be broken"."

MissMarple2

Ned Ryun was on Fox suggesting that given Hillary's paying for that ridiculous dossier, which Steele got from an ex-Russian agent and a Ukrainian sympathetic to the Russians, that the democrats be called "Putin's Patsies."

Extraneus

Hard though this may be for our friends on the left to imagine, Putin doesn't (and probably didn't) care who wins.

This seems questionable to me. Republicans are traditionally harder on Russians than Dems are, and their support for the military is greater. Why wouldn't Putin have preferred a Dem administration full of globalists?

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

I'm trying to recall the Facebook testimony on Russian troll ads.

Did it total $100K, with a big chunk AFTER the election and the rest scattered on multiple, conflicting topics?

MissMarple2

https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2019/07/highlights-of-news_27.html?spref=tw

Some good zingers in here.

Jane

Was just talking to Daddy's daughter on Facebook. Everyone is doing fine!

henry

Good to read Jane!

Rocco

MissM, thanks I'll look for that link.

lyle

PSA: don’t miss the comments on TWIP and always click “view.” Especially anything from Tito Puraw.

I’m still giggling over the pic of Kamala Toe with the caption:

Fortunately I was already under someone’s desk when the earthquake hit.

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MissMarple2

Extraneus,

I am with you in that I think the Russian's first choice was for Hillary to win. The second choice was, if Trump won, to destabilize our country (which it seems to me they have semi-succeeded at).

In no case did they want Trump to win because he was pro-military and anti-Iran.

I always thought it was silly to act like Trump was in bed with the Russians. Am I supposed to forget how they liked Gorbachev and detested Reagan?

MissMarple2

https://cbs4indy.com/2019/07/25/ips-board-unanimously-approves-contract-of-new-superintendent-aleesia-johnson/

First African-American to head the school system.

The local channel's web site won't let me copy anything from the article. Her priorities include a racial equity mind set, sustainable finances and operations, engaged families, and student-centered teaching.

Melinda

MM-

Try that thought again with this tiny edit. Instead of “Russia” use “certain Russian oligarchs”.

It might read a bit differently, knowing what you do now about money laundering and the associated fleecing of governments.

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

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boris

"Why wouldn't Putin have preferred a Dem administration full of globalists?"

I agree but Putin most likely expected Hillary to win so the real question is why would he prefer her damaged and mad than happy and strong?

maybe he's sexist and thought an angry weak woman would be easier to flummox.

MissMarple2

http://www.chicagotribune.com/history/ct-1919-chicago-riots-100th-anniversary-20190719-k4dexppvd5c6bkqbfwhgxfiacy-story.html

Let's pick that scab again.

MissMarple2

Melinda,

Maybe, but since Bill got $500,000 for one speech in Moscow, I am still trying to figure out why the dems thought I should think that the Russkis favored Trump.

GUS

Mel, Rodham lost. That is when Putin started backing TRUMP.

Here is a question any sane America ought to ask themself.

WHAT KIND OF STUPID MOTHERFUCKER WOULD GIVE IRAN 251.7 Billion dollars?? SERIOUSLY

Gentlejim

Mel,
I keep forgetting to comment as to how happy I am to see the raids on Madigan’s thugs and thinking about that particular noose tightening.

Tom R

Is Rudy ignorant of Mueller’s past history as a corrupt dirty cop? IMO you can’t be a person of integrity while also being a corrupt dirty cop.

https://twitter.com/sethjlevy/status/1155141525422129152?s=21

GUS

Any one here still think Mueller is a WHITE HAT??


Hahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha.

James D.

I am with you in that I think the Russian's first choice was for Hillary to win. The second choice was, if Trump won, to destabilize our country (which it seems to me they have semi-succeeded at).

I’d argue it’s not Russia that destabilized us. Russia is just a boogeyman excuse for the destabilization that the Dems and MSM (but I repeat myself) planned all along if they lost.

matt - deplore me if you must

The Rooshians primary goal is to weaken us. In that they have succeeded, so it was $100K well spent.

In the meantime they are very happy to see the Democratic Party go full retard. This is long term destabilization.

The Chinese on the other hand are looking at our books and probably see an opportunity arising at some point to bring our economy to its knees. They would be kneecapping themselves, but being good apparatchiks might have a blind spot on that.

They have been purging anyone who is a threat to Emperor Xi and so there are many more yes men than before. Who would disagree with the emperor, after all?

The whole IP that and secrets stealing has been virtually unaddressed in the trade negotiations and is apparently a major sticking point. They just don't get it. Some f'ing weasel stole the W-84 plans from Los Alamos and Alfred E Neuman did nothing.

Economically erasing a critical part of their economy would've been a more proper response, I believe. Cut off their clothing or lawn chair industries. Better, their electronics sector.

So I hope Trump follows through. Telling them "It hurts me more than it hurts you" while squeezing their economic nuts will eventually pay off both in better trade terms and rebalancing the global economy. Letting the Iranians create some mayhem would also affect them much more than the US.

They have been stockpiling oil, but they can only store so much. We, on the other hand, can just pump it out of the ground. Shanghai traffic is a bitch, so maybe for the good health of the people of China and climate change, a hiatus might be in order.

After all, the world's gonna end in 12 years if we don't act now.

GUS

I'd say you are correct James D. Let me remind you, that EVERY TIME A FULL COMMIE LIB speaks. He is lying. Literally.

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clarice

Clapper's running for the exits. Says Obama ordered the investigation and now that he doesn't think Mueller authored the report:https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/26/james-clapper-suggests-mueller-was-a-figurehead-didnt-write-report/

anonamom

Where is this data?

Where are you NOT finding this data? Where are you looking for it?
It's all over all the paleo/fat world.

Try Fung's or Taube's book---both have extensive bibliographies.

Nina Teicholz's book BIG FAT SURPRISE likely does too. I never read it, because it was long, long past being a surprise to me by 2015.

You might find reading about Tim Noakes to be enlightening. As would anyone who doesn't think there is massive ego and territory protection invlolved in this arena. If you are on Twitter, go to his tweets. He often links to studies.

MissMarple2

clarice,

I agree. I hope he's already been talking.

Old Lurker

A-Mom "You might find reading..."

Or you can do what I do: Skip the homework and just do what A-Mom tells me to do. If it improves my life, it works.

anonamom

Looks like I missed a good book, from the reviews of science writer Nina T's on fat:

https://www.amazon.com/Big-Fat-Surprise-Butter-Healthy/dp/1451624433/ref=sr_1_1?crid=32T1YP8UU5RFS&keywords=nina+teicholz+the+big+fat+surprise&qid=1564245338&s=gateway&sprefix=Nina+teich%2Caps%2C302&sr=8-1

And once again, more of those "just anecdotal reports" of health restored.

Extraneus

Where are you NOT finding this data? Where are you looking for it?
It's all over all the paleo/fat world.

Try Fung's or Taube's book---both have extensive bibliographies.

Oh, ok. Do the research myself.

Well, I have Taubes' "Why We Get Fat" on my Kindle, so I scanned it and didn't notice anything on the subject of higher calories leading to weight loss, but yes, there are many citations in the bibliography. Is this one you'd recommend?

Grant, F. W., and D. Groom. 1959. “A Dietary Study Among a Group of Southern Negroes.” Journal of the American Dietetics Association. Sep;35:910–18.

Trying to imagine myself answering a question on semiconductor device physics by telling someone to read the citations at the end of Sze, I think I'll bow out of this discussion now. I wasn't really that interested in it to begin with.

peter

Frank Messer, Bill White and Phil Rizzuto were a three man team in New York sports broadcasting for fourteen years. The length of their tenure together was exceeded only by Lindsay Nelson, Ralph Kiner and Bob Murphy who were together in the broadcast booth for the Mets for 17 years. Bob Murphy broadcast for the Mets for 41 years.

Rocco

I think Putin wanted Hillary to win. Why not, he had her in his pocket.

When Obama told Medvedev to wait until after the election, the dynamic duo of Obama and Hillary had already sold 20% of our uranium to Russia. In essence, he was telling Putin through Medvedev to do whatever the hell he wanted. So Putin did exactly that, two years later, Russia annexed Crimea. Oops!

Congrats GUS

GUS

Clapper is a punk. LOSER

MissMarple2

GUS,

Rocco reminded me. I forgot to wish you a Happy Anniversary!

Hope your day is joyful!

Extraneus

Here's what happened to the number of pro-impeachment Democrats after the Mueller hearings

According to a new count of the House Democrats publicly calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, the number has grown after the Mueller hearings to 101 members.

On July 18, the number of Democrats calling for impeachment came to 91 according to the Washington Post.

A week later, after the Mueller hearings, the CNN count of Democrats calling for impeachment comes to 101 House members.

There is also one former Republican, Independent Justin Amash (Mich.) who said he would back impeachment.

Captain Hate

First of all fuck Scooter, Rizzuto not Libby, the most annoying piece of shit in the HOF.

Second notice how other dickweeds like Milbank never blame Gaylord for not doing a damn thing to preclude RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE?

Captain Hate

Yes, Happy Anniversary, GUS!

lyle

Go for it, dems. And the other POS. Just Do It. (To use a commie phrase.)

Captain Hate

The Children of the Cornhole try to breathe some life in the corpse of Bob. Pro tip: using his johnson isn't an efficacious technique:

https://newrepublic.com/article/154540/media-missed-muellers-clear-case-impeaching-trump

henry

@WSJ

Hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer made a series of profitable bets to become a major liberal donor—and now a self-funded 2020 candidate

https://www.wsj.com/articles/steyers-presidential-hopes-underwritten-by-hedge-fund-fortune-11564236610

peter

Up yours, Captain, Scooter is my hero.

Captain Hate

Why?

MissMarple2

https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2019/07/26/mcadams-has-highest/

Romney has the lowest approval rating of the Utah delegation. Ha!

Extraneus

Swedish Prosecutors Release Photos Of Cuts Sustained By Alleged Victim In A$AP Rocky Brawl

First time I saw the video where he throws the guy down and punches him a couple of times when he's down. Trump is playing to the young black set by defending him, but Mr. Rocky looks guilty in this video.

Narciso

I noticed that in a poll of senators like Collins

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Elijah Cummings Fires Back At Trump Over Tweets Calling His District ‘Rodent Infested’

Narciso

I came across this at the library:

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/18046718-surprise-kill-vanish----coming-may-14-2019

She tells the story of the special activities through the life of Billy Waugh which begins in post war Europe through Vietnam all the way to the Libyan war.

Narciso

I'm it she refers to this person called saul In isokoffs book:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/luis-rueda-b060a217

Narciso

Guess where he pipes up:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna997716

Narciso

Why confuse then with facts

https://mobile.twitter.com/mattwridley/status/1155168330988314624

Narciso

Oh really:

https://mobile.twitter.com/The_War_Economy/status/1155150696037175297

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Daniel Greenfield:

BERNIE SANDERS FIRED 3 STAFFERS FOR LABOR ORGANIZING

This is bad. But not surprising.

Bernie Sanders, like Michael Moore, Ralph Nader, and most lefties, is a terrible boss.

He’s “a prick” and “an asshole” to his staff, known as “a screamer and a table-banger.”

For these reasons, Jaffe said the word some people used to describe Sanders’ attitude toward his employees was “abusive.”

I've already delved into the Sanders campaign's sexual harassment issues, but now Bernie's labor dispute just went nuclear.

An anonymous unfair labor practice charge against Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign alleges that at least three staffers were fired from the team for their involvement in organizing and labor activities, according to a redacted copy of the charge obtained by Bloomberg Law.

The charge, which was filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by a former campaign employee on July 22, also alleges that the campaign violated a collective bargaining agreement with unionized workers by making staffers work additional days and failing to provide commensurate days off.

When the individual asked the campaign to abide by the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, management retaliated, the charge alleges.

rich

>>>Beer carbs are the best carbs.

Posted by: henry | July 27, 2019 at 09:55 AM<<<

finally, some useful dieting advice!

rich

>>>I'm trying to recall the Facebook testimony on Russian troll ads.

Did it total $100K, with a big chunk AFTER the election and the rest scattered on multiple, conflicting topics?

Posted by: Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA | July 27, 2019 at 10:43 AM<<<

that sounds mostly correct: also a lot of it was russian language. it's ridiculous really-the ads were part of a 2 billion dollar campaign. mexico and central america spend more time, money,and effort subverting our electoral process and iirc henry brings up how P&G cuts its internet ad budget because it is largely ineffective.

rich

>>>I think Putin wanted Hillary to win. Why not, he had her in his pocket.

When Obama told Medvedev to wait until after the election, the dynamic duo of Obama and Hillary had already sold 20% of our uranium to Russia. In essence, he was telling Putin through Medvedev to do whatever the hell he wanted. So Putin did exactly that, two years later, Russia annexed Crimea. Oops!

Congrats GUS

Posted by: Rocco | July 27, 2019 at 01:51 PM<<<

i think he would have been more successful in pushing her around (mostly i think putin would have succeeded in getting a coup in KSA and really turning the middle east into a cauldron) than the fun they had pushing obama around (aced out of our central asian airbases; obama's catastrophic failures in the arctic; ukraine; obama's arab dumster fire the list is pretty long ... recall that back in 2014 obama invited a bunch of wall street shapies to a well announced get russia bull session one of the dumber things he did during his maladministrtion. talk about cutting your nose to spite your face.

Extraneus

Social Media Platform VOAT Goes Offline Again in Alleged Deep State Attack – Top Site in ‘Drain the Swamp’ Fight

Never heard of http://voat.co before (not voat.com), but it's apparently a free speech Reddit. And yes, it's down.

Narciso

Silvas latest suggest they almost succeeded on that score, of course its couched in fiction,

rich

Posted by: Narciso | July 27, 2019 at 04:14 PM

coup in KSA ... iirc there was some coup proofing just prior to and after King Abdullah passed.

oil would shoot to 150/bbl and gas about 5/gal and the russians would bring out the human rights, feminism, and environmentalism cards and hillary's administration would have looked worse than carter's.

Extraneus

Pretty good list by Jim Hoft.

THE UPDATED LIST: 130 Times the FBI, DOJ and/or Mueller Gang “Deviated from Standard Practice” or Committed Crimes in Efforts to Exonerate Hillary and Indict President Trump

Extraneus

Voat is back up. Looks interesting. I wonder if The_Donald will move there.

Extraneus

Some anti-semites there, or libs trying to smear the site. (Calling people "Juden," for example, which I'm not 100% certain is derogatory but I've never seen the word used in any conservative sites.)

Extraneus

Hmm, quite a bit of anti-semitism, in fact. (Use of the word "Goyim," for example, and one poster calls himself Goys-R-Us.)

Rocco

Gentlejim, here's that article I was looking for last night. The guy who got shot was holding two women hostage with a knife, not a gun like I thought. My son's a big strong dude at 6'2" and 270 lbs and in great shape so they put him on the battering ram to knock the door down or in and he told me the guy starting coming at him with the knife and he was about to throw the battering ram at the guy when the team member behind him shot twice. I'm pretty sure the guy died.

https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20190421/man-shot-by-police-in-hopedale-rescue-in-serious-condition

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

Don Surber wrote about a place called Cirky's

http://www.corkyscornerstore.com/cstore/

From Corky's Corner Store on Facebook: "To the customer who sent us this postcard, we truly are sorry. Sorry that you wasted your money on that stamp. Sorry you wasted money on the postcard too. Sorry you were confused with the bacon we sell that it made you make such a hateful 'pig' comment. Sorry that because of you we will be purchasing a hundred Trump hats in your honor to sell to our wonderful customers. Have a nice day

Update -- due to the unexpected popularity of this post, we will definitely be ordering more than a hundred hats, our online store will be active this Friday afternoon 7/26 for all the out of state supporters who want an official Corky's 'Trump Red Hat'!!!...and camo and other various red, white and blue stuff. Thank you so much for turning such a negative, horrible postcard into such a uplifting, Great American positive for all of us. ~Corkys Patriotic Team"

They're in Long Lake, MI

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

Cirky's s/b Corky's of course ...

Gentlejim

Rocco,
Thanks for the article. Happy to hear your boy and his team are good.

Rocco

Maybe somebody ought to write a poem about Rizzuto, except what rhymes with huckleberry? That’s his favorite word for anybody who displeases him. Nobody knows what it means, but it’s part of his mystique. Let’s face it, Rizzuto is one of a kind. People either love him or hate him.

Some people think he’s like a lovable uncle, the life of the Thanksgiving dinner, and other people think he’s off the deep end, out of touch with the current players, plugging products and wishing people happy birthday, and talking about all his fears.

— George Vecsey, New York Times, August 5, 1985

This call was pretty good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI9jGRPZNSE

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Oh well, forget I said it looked interesting.

I guess moderation really is necessary. I never knew there were so many of these people.

Rocco

Gentlejim, your welcome and thanks.

Pinandpuller

"Whatever you may think about the death penalty, it has the lowest recidivism rate of any of the ways of fighting crime."-Thomas Sowell

Gentlejim

Those A$AP Rocky video clips are far from anything I’d consider conclusive either way.

Tom R

Trump continues the offensive.

https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1155205025121132545?s=21

Narciso

Hes a punk with a record of assaults, but the idiots may have provoked him

clarice

Yikes we're doomed:https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2019/07/26/we-have-already-entered-the-sixth-and-final-era-of-our-universe/?utm_source=FACEBOOK&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Valerie%2F&fbclid=IwAR1-h35kPpdWZNXk_V_Lng6dG1OYsbdWecl_cY2OFMLEPPl17xbdB3emaSA#3124ba3f4e5d

GUS

Pin, it's called a deterrent. And it works.

Saves the taxpayer from having to pay for sex changes,

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump · 58m58 minutes ago



The Democrats were trying mightily to revive the badly & irrevocably tarnished Witch Hunt Hoax until Robert Mueller put on the greatest display of ineptitude & incompetence that the Halls of Congress have ever seen. Truth is, he had no facts on his side. Nothing he could do!

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump · 50m50 minutes ago



The Dems are now coming out of shock from the terrible Mueller performance, and are starting to spin impeachment all over again. How sick & disgusting and bad for our Country are they. What they are doing is so wrong, but they do it anyway. Dems have become the do nothing Party!

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump · 24m24 minutes ago


Such a big victory of our Country! “Supreme Court approves Trump Administration plan to use Military Funds for the Wall.” @FoxNews We will be fully reimbursed for this expenditure, over time, by other countries.

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump · 7m7 minutes ago

Democrats don’t care about Border Security. They refuse to give the votes necessary to fix the Loopholes and Asylum. Would be so easy! They want Open Borders, which means CRIME,CRIME,CRIME!

MissMarple2

Sorry I am a little bit late on some of those. My back was a little sore so I laid down for a second, and the next thing I knew it was after 5PM!

The Infamous Ignatz

The Dems should change their name to the Know Nothing-Bourbon-Whig Party;
They learned nothing, they do nothing, they know nothing...and their dudes wear wigs.

MissMarple2

To be fair, we aren't saddled with Chicago. However, the figures are pretty startling. Graphic at the link.

.BLUE STATES are run by tax & spend #Demonrats.
They support open borders to replace people leaving their states in droves.
Illinois is totally corrupt & drowning in debt.
Well-run RED STATE Indiana has a budget surplus.
Wake up! #VoteRed pic.twitter.com/EfhHfBQs7Q

— 🇺🇸Deplorable Linda G.🇺🇸 {⭐} (@KAG4All) July 27, 2019
Jane

Geez Clarice, I just spent 2 month dying and then you post that!

Narciso

It's very tongue in cheek and scientific, Epstein isnr the only one pulling scans on forbes.

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump · 3m3 minutes ago

Donald J. Trump Retweeted Terrence K. Williams

Elijah Cummings spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through “Oversight.” He does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district! Take a look.... #BlacksForTrump2020

Trump is being called a Liar & Racist for saying West Baltimore is poorly ran by Democrats.

Well here is a video of West Baltimore and according to Democrats this is beautiful site. They like to see black people living in filth.
pic.twitter.com/rzkbbPQj8R

— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) July 27, 2019

Short video at the link.

Narciso

A scientific, it's not enough to be agita over the earth we have to be over the entire universe.

MissMarple2

President Trump must have had a really great golf game today!

Hey, here's a fun fact:

Nancy Pelosi's father was the Mayor of.....Baltimore!

clarice

Sorry, Jane. but I think we have aeons to worry about it,

Narciso

Yes Thomas delassandri, also a former congressman

MissMarple2

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/27/mark-levin-coward-pompous-ass-jerry-nadler-has-declared-war-on-the-american-people/

Captain Hate

This must be it

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=nDQHQkuv9l0

Tom R

So Jeffrey Epstein is connected to Lynn de Rothschild who is connected to Oleg Deripaska?

https://twitter.com/dawsonsfield/status/1155226934256779265?s=21

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Media Plays The Racist Card After Trump’s Tweets On Baltimore, President’s Supporters Push Back

MissMarple2

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-26/epsteins-not-only-predatory-sex-offender-news-heres-how-shockingly-prevalent-has

This has a list of recent arrests and other pertinent information, like statistics on prevalence.

Not certain about all of the statistics, but I have to say that this is a LOT more common than I believed.

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump · 4m4 minutes ago

We gave Nadler and his Trump hating Dems the complete Mueller Report (we didn’t have to), and even Mueller himself, but now that both were a total BUST, they say it wasn’t good enough. Nothing will ever be good enough for them. Witch Hunt!

clarice


Julie Fishbein
9 mins ·
From a non-Jewish professor at Edinburgh university
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A letter written by a non - Jewish professor to his students who voted to boycott Israel. | Beit Ariel
It's a response from Dr. Denis MacEoin, a non-Jewish professor, to the motion put forward by The Edinburgh Student's Association to boycott all things Israeli, in which they claim Israel is under an apartheid regime. Denis is an expert in Middle Eastern affairs and was a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly. Here's his letter to the students:
TO: The Committee Edinburgh University Student Association.
May I be permitted to say a few words to members of the EUSA? I am an Edinburgh graduate (MA 1975) who studied Persian, Arabic and Islamic History in Buccleuch Place under William Montgomery Watt and Laurence Elwell Sutton, two of Britain 's great Middle East experts in their day. I later went on to do a PhD at Cambridge and to teach Arabic and Islamic Studies at Newcastle University . Naturally, I am the author of several books and hundreds of articles in this field. I say all that to show that I am well informed in Middle Eastern affairs and that, for that reason, I am shocked and disheartened by the EUSAmotion and vote.
I am shocked for a simple reason: there is not and has never been a system of apartheid in Israel . That is not my opinion, that is fact that can be tested against reality by any Edinburgh student, should he or she choose to visit Israel to see for themselves. Let me spell this out, since I have the impression that those members of EUSA who voted for this motion are absolutely clueless in matters concerning Israel, and that they are, in all likelihood, the victims of extremely biased propaganda coming from the anti-Israel lobby.
Being anti-Israel is not in itself objectionable. But I'm not talking about ordinary criticism of Israel. I'm speaking of a hatred that permits itself no boundaries in the lies and myths it pours out. Thus, Israel is repeatedly referred to as a "Nazi" state. In what sense is this true, even as a metaphor? Where are the Israeli concentration camps? The einzatsgruppen? The SS? The Nuremberg Laws? The Final Solution? None of these things nor anything remotely resembling them exists in Israel, precisely because the Jews, more than anyone on earth, understand what Nazism stood for.
It is claimed that there has been an Israeli Holocaust in Gaza (or elsewhere). Where? When? No honest historian would treat that claim with anything but the contempt it deserves. But calling Jews Nazis and saying they have committed a Holocaust is as basic a way to subvert historical fact as anything I can think of.
Likewise apartheid. For apartheid to exist, there would have to be a situation that closely resembled how things were in South Africa under the apartheid regime. Unfortunately for those who believe this, a weekend in any part of Israel would be enough to show how ridiculous the claim is.
That a body of university students actually fell for this and voted on it is a sad comment on the state of modern education. The most obvious focus for apartheid would be the country's 20% Arab population. Under Israeli law, Arab Israelis have exactly the same rights as Jews or anyone else; Muslims have the same rights as Jews or Christians; Baha'is, severely persecuted in Iran, flourish in Israel, where they have their world center; Ahmadi Muslims, severely persecuted in Pakistan and elsewhere, are kept safe by Israel; the holy places of all religions are protected under a specific Israeli law. Arabs form 20% of the university population (an exact echo of their percentage in the general population).
In Iran, the Bahai's (the largest religious minority) are forbidden to study in any university or to run their own universities: why aren't your members boycotting Iran? Arabs in Israel can go anywhere they want, unlike blacks in apartheid South Africa. They use public transport, they eat in restaurants, they go to swimming pools, they use libraries, they go to cinemas alongside Jews - something no blacks were able to do inSouth Africa.
Israeli hospitals not only treat Jews and Arabs, they also treat Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank. On the same wards, in the same operating theatres.
In Israel , women have the same rights as men: there is no gender apartheid. Gay men and women face no restrictions, and Palestinian gays often escape into Israel, knowing they may be killed at home.
It seems bizarre to me that LGBT groups call for a boycott of Israel and say nothing about countries like Iran, where gay men are hanged or stoned to death. That illustrates a mindset that beggars belief.
Intelligent students thinking it's better to be silent about regimes that kill gay people, but good to condemn the only country in the Middle East that rescues and protects gay people. Is that supposed to be a sick joke?
University is supposed to be about learning to use your brain, to think rationally, to examine evidence, to reach conclusions based on solid evidence, to compare sources, to weigh up one view against one or more others. If the best Edinburgh can now produce are students who have no idea how to do any of these things, then the future is bleak.
I do not object to well-documented criticism of Israel. I do object when supposedly intelligent people single the Jewish state out above states that are horrific in their treatment of their populations. We are going through the biggest upheaval in the Middle East since the 7th and 8th centuries, and it's clear that Arabs and Iranians are rebelling against terrifying regimes that fight back by killing their own citizens.
Israeli citizens, Jews and Arabs alike, do not rebel (though they are free to protest). Yet Edinburgh students mount no demonstrations and call for no boycotts against Libya, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iran. They prefer to make false accusations against one of the world's freest countries, the only country in the Middle East that has taken in Darfur refugees, the only country in the Middle East that gives refuge to gay men and women, the only country in the Middle East that protects the Bahai's... Need I go on?
The imbalance is perceptible, and it sheds no credit on anyone who voted for this boycott. I ask you to show some common sense. Get information from the Israeli embassy. Ask for some speakers. Listen to more than one side. Do not make your minds up until you have given a fair hearing to both parties. You have a duty to your students, and that is to protect them from one-sided argument.
They are not at university to be propagandized. And they are certainly not there to be tricked into anti-Semitism by punishing one country among all the countries of the world, which happens to be the only Jewish state. If there had been a single Jewish state in the 1930's (which, sadly, there was not), don't you think Adolf Hitler would have decided to boycott it?
Your generation has a duty to ensure that the perennial racism of anti-Semitism never sets down roots among you. Today, however, there are clear signs that it has done so and is putting down more. You have a chance to avert a very great evil, simply by using reason and a sense of fair play. Please tell me that this makes sense. I have given you some of the evidence. It's up to you to find out more.
Yours sincerely,

Denis MacEoin

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