Progressives: The Real World vs. Neverland

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“Not to know what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child,” Cicero astutely observed. For many self-described progressives today, however, this seems not to be a drawback. On the contrary, like adolescents — insisting that they are grown-ups when their parents get in the way of their fun, but then running home for all their basic needs and creature comforts — such people seem to give no thought to the past and equally little to the future.

Many people like this are said to suffer from a “Peter Pan Syndrome”: the inability or unwillingness to grow up. In thought, they seem to lean to the political left. They want the government to take on the role of parent, even if that involves maxing out the country’s “credit cards,” so that even for a short time, they can live beyond what they earn.

Possibly in a hurry not to concern themselves with “dreary details,” they pressed for a huge health-care bill, passed in 2010, that forever changed how we receive − or do not receive − medical care. It seems the details of the bill were too time-consuming and complex for the world of tweets and sound bites for them to pay attention to what it actually contained. When the bill was being debated, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

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Abbas praises jihad terrorism against Israel at UN General Assembly

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Only two months ago, Abbas vowed to continue to paying the salaries to jihad terrorists and their families, even if “we have only a penny left.” As a proud jihadi, he remains true to the PA Charter’s vow to obliterate Israel, so his praise of jihadis should come as no surprise. “In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Abbas also hailed terror convicts in Israeli prisons as ‘heroes.’”

He also accused the US of being too “biased towards Israel.” The UN is widely known to be virulently anti-Israel, all the while being friendly toward and collaborating with the sharia-enforcing Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Abbas took the opportunity in a welcoming environment to brazenly declare his support for terrorism. It is astonishing that any free nation still supports the UN.

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Libya in Chaos: Where To?

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Post-Qaddafi Libya is divided between two governments, and the consequence of that division is mounting chaos. Europe, the US, Canada, and the UN will have to decide at what point it will be necessary to go back into Libya to restore order.

On August 15, 2018, Tripoli’s Appeals Court sentenced 45 convicts to death by firing squad for opening fire on August 21, 2011 on residents abandoning Tripoli while it was falling into the hands of anti-government insurgents. The 45 are all ex-members of Muammar Qaddafi’s security forces.

On the same day, August 15, 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Mahmoud Werfalli, a senior commander in the Libya National Army (LNA). According to the indictment, Werfalli “appears to be directly responsible for the killing of, in total, 33 persons in Benghazi or surrounding areas, between on or before 3 June 2016 and on or around 17 July 2017, either by personally killing them or by ordering their execution.”

Armed groups have been executing civilians in Libya with almost complete impunity ever since the toppling of Qaddafi’s government in 2011.

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At the UN, OIC foreign ministers adopt statement demanding respect for Islam

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 (APP)::OIC foreign ministers adopted a strongly worded statement — sponsored by Pakistan and Turkey — denouncing the increasing attacks on Islam, its revered personalities and symbols, and calling for an end to such campaigns.

The ministers met on Friday on the margins of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly being held in New York.
Speaking at the meeting, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed deep concern over the misrepresentation of Islam as well as at the activities that have hurt the feelings of Muslims all over the world, especially the disrespect shown to the most revered personality of Islam.

In the statement, which was approved by the ministerial meeting, serious concern was expressed on intensification of hate campaigns which were deliberately targeting Muslims and the Islamic religious symbols.

The joint statement rejected provocative acts like the holding of the competition contest to ridicule Islam aimed at inciting violence.

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Palestinian Refugees: Trump’s Reality Check

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The Trump administration’s reported plan to overturn US policy on the issue of Palestinian refugees is long overdue. According, initially, to media reports, the new policy — scheduled to be unveiled in early September and based on sealed classified information from the US State Department — will reduce the number of Palestinians defined by the UN as “refugees” from five million to 500,000, thus refuting the figures claimed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The UN figures include descendants (not only children, but grandchildren and great grandchildren) of Palestinians across the world who have never even set foot in Israel, the Gaza Strip or the Palestinian Authority (PA). The new plan will also apparently include a rejection of the Palestinians’ so-called “right of return” to Israel of refugees and their descendants.

Washington also announced that it is cutting all US funding to UNRWA, and will reportedly “ask Israel to ‘reconsider’ the mandate it gives UNRWA to operate in the West Bank.”

This reining in of UNRWA operations — which began in January 2018, when President Donald Trump imposed a $65 million freeze on America’s annual funding — is significant, as it is the first time an American administration has actually sought out and acted upon evidence about the Palestinian refugee organization. Until now, the US has continued to provide billions of dollars to UNRWA, even as monitoring organizations – such as UN Watch, Palestinian Media Watch and NGO Monitor – have repeatedly exposed the complete and ongoing abuse of its mandate, which is already rather a marvel:

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Planning for the Future

A Husband and Wife were sitting quietly on the sofa reading when the wife looked over at him and asked the following question…

Wife: “What would you do if I died? Would you get married again?”

Husband: “Definitely not!”

Wife: “Why not? Don’t you like being married?”

Husband: “Of course I do.” 

Wife: “Then why wouldn’t you remarry?”

Husband: “Okay okayI’d get married again.”

Wife: “You would?” (with a hurt look)

Husband: (makes audible groan) 

Wife: “Would you live in our house?”

Husband: “Sure it’s a great house.”

Wife: “Would you sleep with her in our bed?”

Husband: “Where else would we sleep?”

Wife: “Would you let her drive my car?”

Husband: “Probably it is almost new.”

Wife: “Would you replace my pictures with hers?”

Husband: “That would seem like the proper thing to do.”

Wife: “Would you give her my jewelry?”

Husband: “No I’m sure she’d want her own.”

Wife: “Would you take her golfing with you?”

Husband: “Yes those are always good times.”

Wife: “Would she use my clubs?”

Husband: “No she’s left-handed.”

Long silence…..

Husband: “Damn.”