Tit for Tat

A married couple moves into to a new home. After a few days, as the husband returns home from work, his wife says to him, “Honey, one of the pipes in the bathroom is leaking, could you fix it?”

“What do I look like, a plumber?” asks the husband, and goes to sleep.

A few days later, the wife once again turns to her husband and says, “Honey, my car doesn’t start. I think it may need a new battery. Could you change it for me?” 

“What do I look like, a mechanic?” asks the husband with a frown.

A week goes by, and the wife once again turns to her husband and says, “Dear, the roof is leaking, could you do something about it?”

“What do I look like, a roofer?” asks the husband. “Take care of these things yourself!”

He then leaves home for a week on a business trip. “When I come back,” he says to his wife, “I’d like all these things taken care of.”

He comes back a week later and is astonished to discover the roof is fixed, the car is running and the pipes are brand new.

“Great! How much is that going to cost me?” he snarls at his wife.

“Nothing at all.” said the wife. “The neighbor popped in and turns out he’s a handyman. He said he’d fix the whole thing if I’d just bake him a cake or sleep with him.”

“Wow,” said the husband. “What kind of cake did you make him?”

“What do I look like,” exclaims the wife, “a baker?”

Trump Russia Probe is Now All About Israel

Beyond the Cusp

We know what many are shaking their heads asking, ‘Really BTC, not everything is about Israel.’ Well, true, but let’s dive down this rabbit hole and see where it leads us. The reporting we saw came from an article titled Does Mueller have an Israel problem? Quoting from the initial paragraph, it states the following;

According to The Conservative Review’s Jordan Schachtel, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has exhibited a “disturbing pattern” of suspicion directed against Israel over the years – which continues to this day.

Ominous start, but why not explore the remainder and then all make up our minds. Looking at Jordan Schachtel’s article in Conservative Review titled “Robert Mueller’s Israel Problem,” we read in his first paragraph,

As the Mueller probe drags along into year two of its supposed investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a disturbing pattern has emerged. The special counsel has become obsessed…

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UK: You’re Not Allowed to Talk about It. About What? Don’t Ask.

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On Friday, British free-speech activist and Islam critic Tommy Robinson was acting as a responsible citizen journalist — reporting live on camera from outside a Leeds courtroom where several Muslims were being tried for child rape — when he was set upon by several police officers. In the space of the next few hours, a judge tried, convicted, and sentenced him to 13 months in jail — and also issued a gag order, demanding a total news blackout on the case in the British news media. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was immediately taken to Hull Prison.

Most media outlets were remarkably compliant. News stories that had already been posted online after Robinson’s arrest at the Scottish Daily Record, Birmingham Live, The Mirror, RT, and Breitbart News were promptly pulled down, although, curiously, a report remained up at the Independent, a left-wing broadsheet that can be counted on to view Robinson as a hooligan. Indeed, the Independent’s article described Robinson as “far-right” and, in explaining what he was doing outside the courthouse, used scare quotes around the word “reporting”; it then summed up the least appealing episodes in his career and blamed him for an attack on the Finsbury Park Mosque last January. Somehow, the Independent also got away with publishing a report on London’s Saturday rally in support of Robinson.

Also on Saturday, Breitbart UK posted a copy of the gag order, but redacted it as required. The resulting document proved to be a perfect illustration of Western Europe’s encroaching tyranny.

via UK: You’re Not Allowed to Talk about It. About What? Don’t Ask.

Tehran Divided on Pompeo’s Wish-List

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At first glance, the new American “roadmap” on Iran, unveiled by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week, looks like a recipe for regime change in Tehran. That view is echoed in initial European Union comments on the 12-point desiderata that Pompeo presented at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.

Both British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and the EU’s foreign policy spokeswoman Federica Mogherini claim that by going beyond the controversial “nuclear deal” with Iran (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — JCPOA), Pompeo may be following a hidden agenda against the Iranian regime.

That claim isn’t so fanciful. Both Pompeo and President Donald Trump’s new National Security adviser, John Bolton, have been advocates of regime change in Iran for more than two decades.

A closer look at the Pompeo’s “roadmap”, however, may reveal a more sophisticated approach.

Pompeo has tried to link the nuclear issue to the broader issue of Iran’s behavior insofar as it affects the interests of the United States and its allies.

via Tehran Divided on Pompeo’s Wish-List