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This movie is like "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" meets "The Satanic Verses"

Jewish/Israeli filmmaker? A budget of $5 million dollars funded by "100 Jewish donors"?

C'mon! Is this not setting anyone else's bullshit meter off? This thing reeks of a false flag. It reminds me of the infamous FBI-produced Black Panther Coloring Book, or the Protocols of the Elders of Zion or- fuck, just about take your pick.

This shit isn't a movie. Look at it, skip through it. But look at at it. This thing is designed to be as inflammatory as possible to Muslims and to the movie's "creator" is doing everything to convince the world he is a Jew/Israeli and this was funded by Jews.


You know what this looks like? This looks like something a fundamentalist Christian would make. One who hates Muslims and wants to pin the fallout on the Jews. Someone who wants to intentionally cause violence and hatred between the two groups.

Look at this article from the HuffPo about an hour ago:
Bacile had no internet presence and was a member of no social media networks prior to this incident. There are no early casting calls or production notices for the film. Nor does the film have a page on IMDB, the film database. No actors or crew members have been named or identified, and only a couple of the film's apparent backers -- fringe figures like pastor Terry Jones, Morris Sadek of the Coptic Church and Steve Klein, a "consultant" on the film who self-released an anti-Islamic book in 2010 -- have come forward to reveal themselves.

What we know about Bacile and his film comes solely from his own mouth. During an interview he gave Tuesday from an undisclosed location, Bacile said he was an Israeli-American real estate developer who raised $5 million from 100 Jewish donors, none of whom he identified. He doesn't appear to have a California real estate license, according to a review of online real estate databases.

Using a "thick" accent, Bacile said he used 60 actors and 45 crew members and that the project was shot in 2011 over three months in California. He called Islam a "cancer" and railed on the lack of security at the American embassies. He also said he planned to go into hiding as protests escalated.

--snip--

Though Bacile is a mystery, we do know a bit more about Steve Klein, who told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he was a "consultant" on Bacile's film. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the former Marine was part of the controversial California "Church at Kawea," near Fresno, and a member of a "secretive cohort of militant fundamentalists" preparing for war against Muslims in spring 2012. He believed that California was riddled with Muslim Brotherhood sleeper cells "who are awaiting the trigger date and will begin randomly killing as many of us as they can."


You should read the full article on this! The link is above the excerpt.

This thing doesn't look like a "movie". It looks like false-flag agitprop psyops I-have-no-idea-what-the-fuck.

But the one thing it doesn't look like...is the thing it purports to be.

PB

UNREAL: Democratic delegates loudly booing DNC chairman after he lies about the results of a vote.



Can someone please explain how this seemed like a good idea to Chairman Villaraigosa? I have never in my life seen anything like that at a Democratic National Convention and hope to never again.

And who is the woman who approaches him at the microphone and basically tells him to rule however he wants? This is not something we need happening at the DNC and certainly not with a million fucking television cameras rolling.

This is a clear picture of lady who said it to Villaraigosa. Does anyone recognize who she is?


PB

Israel: Jews help scrub away anti-Christian graffiti made by Jewish settlers

Rabbi Dov Lipman didn’t plan to spend his morning cleaning anti-Christian graffiti off of the wall of a monastery.

But the American-born Beit Shemesh activist said that it was impossible for him to walk away from the 122 year-old Latrun monastery while it was still bore the marks of the vandalism that took place a day earlier after its door was set on fire and it was defaced with hateful graffiti.
The vandalism was suspected to have been a “price tag” attack by right-wing elements angry over the evacuation of Migron.

Lipman had led a six-member group from the community bearing flowers and a message of peace, he recounted:

“When we were just about to leave and workers were cleaning the door of the monastery that was lit on fire, and there was a guy who was scrubbing that said “Jesus was a monkey.” I felt, how could just give them and give flowers and walk away while this terrible thing another Jew did was up there. So I asked if we could help clean it away. At first, the worker cleaning it hesitated, but then he gave me his brush and cleaning solution, and we didn’t walk away until it was removed. I’m glad we did. It was wonderful to be part of the ‘tikkun’ (repair.)”


Such a great article. I encourage you to click on the link and read the whole thing- it's not terribly long. You'd be missing out on some of the reality of the situation which the 4 paragraphs I excerpted can't capture.

As the article makes clear, Rabbi Lipman may be far from a Left-Winger when it comes to his views. But what he is, is an example that common decency is not a political stance, it is a elemental component of all humanity. We may not all agree, but we have to learn to get along and respect one another.

PB

CSM: Bomb Iran? Why 5 top Israeli figures don't want to do it.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s threat of a unilateral strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, supported by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, has sparked an unusually public debate in Israel about the wisdom of the move. While nearly all of those involved seem to agree that Iran poses a serious nuclear threat, they disagree about the timing and method of best countering that threat.

Meir Dagan, former Mossad chief

Meir Dagan has spearheaded opposition to a unilateral Israeli strike on Iran since May 2011 – shortly after he retired as head of Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, the Mossad.

He has called such a move “the stupidest thing I have ever heard” and “patently illegal under international law” since Iran’s nuclear infrastructure is operating under the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

He also opposes a unilateral strike because:

* A surgical attack such as Israel’s 1981 strike against Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor is not possible because Iran’s nuclear program is much more dispersed
* A strike could lead to a regional war and regional, or even global, arms race
* A strike could cause Iranians to rally around the current regime, strengthening its hand

Great article, much more at the link! The other four Israelis are:
Yuval Diskin, former director of Shin Bet
Gabi Ashkenazi, former military chief of staff
President Shimon Peres
Shaul Mofaz, opposition leader


On matters of national security, it is unusual for Israeli leaders, especially military leaders, to publicly disagree with the Prime Minister. It has often been seen as weakening and possibly endangering Israel. Reading through the comments by each, however, it's clear that they believe the most dangerous thing to Israel right now is a rogue war-hawk Prime Minister named Benjamin Netanyahu. Former director of Shin Bet (Israeli General Security Services) describes him as "messianic" and "not to be trusted".

A real eye-opener.

Related article at DU: Article describing how Netanyahu may attempt to politically force Obama to go along with a unilateral Israeli strike or risk losing the support of pro-Israeli voters in the US. Low.

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Eastwood is being gagged by The International Ottoman Conspiracy. nt

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Democratic Underground is a series of fevers. Some producing good hallucations, some bad.

For the most part, thankfully, all of them transitory.

For the most part, sadly, all of them a bridge to the next.

PB

Great 1-page fact sheet on the Afghan war with all the important bits highlighted



It's also a handy reference for wars in general, both past and future.

RIP Staff Sgt. Joshua A. Melton, 26, of Carlyle, IL. Killed in 2009 alongside Sgt. Paul G. Smith, 43, of Peoria, IL. when an I.E.D. exploded next to their vehicle in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

PB

"Has debate with imaginary Obama. Loses."





PB

As a huge critic of this Administration, watching the RNC debacle is an excellent reminder...

...of just how incredibly fucking fucked up the GOP is in comparison and how much better, how much more competent, the Democratic Party is, even in their darkest hour.

I really wished both parties served The People better than they already do, but my god. My fucking god.

I think Rubio was the only person who actually gave a speech which was effective. The rest of them, including Romney and Ryan, gave idiotic bromides only varying in their saccharine content. The two low-lights were when they had Chris Christie AKA ManShark on stage and, of course, East Clintwood.

At the closing of the convention, Boehner even broke into tears.

I can't imagine an American objectively looking at the rolling clusterfuck of confusion that was the 2012 Republican National Convention and thinking "Those guys, YEAH!".

PB

CA Legislators: Students who criticize Israel are antisemitic. Shitstorm & Hilarity follows.

ACT I

California Assembly members passed a nonbinding resolution this Tuesday which equated criticism of Israel with antisemitism and indicated the University of California and other public universities should crack down on demonstrations against Israel on their campuses.

The resolution, written by Republican Assemblywoman Linda Halderman and supported by Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal was not debated and passed easily. In fact, everything was fine and dandy until sometime Tuesday evening when constituents actually began reading the full text of the resolution which described the following activities (among other things) as antisemitic:

* Describing Israel is a racist or apartheid state
* Indicating that Israel is guilty of crimes against humanity in any matter
* Students or faculty who support any boycott, divestment or sanctions campaigns against Israel
* Students who disrupt "free speech that present Israel's point of view"

That's just a few of them, I link to the full text of the resolution above. Now, most of the above was sandwiched between actual things I think anyone would have a problem with students doing on campus, like physically attacking others or painting swastikas on walls in dorms.

While no one had any qualms with making sure campuses were violence and Nazi-free, a number of organizations were, shall we say, a little put off by the attempt to label students or faculty who expressed negative opinions on Israel as antisemitic.

ACT II

Well, first it was the Council on American-Islamic Relations who wrote an open letter to the legislators which read, in part:
Although HR 35 does not create any new law, it effectively encourages university administrators to infringe upon students’ free speech rights. By equating legitimate political debates about geopolitics with anti-Semitism, the resolution emboldens administrators to take action to chill and prevent such speech.

Then the group Jewish Voice For Peace put out a press release echoing the sentiments:
While some Jewish students feel uncomfortable with public criticism of Israeli policies, whether articulated by other Jews or non-Jewish students, that does not make that criticism anti-Semitic. The answer is more speech and enhanced communication, not limiting speech in order to avoid the discomfort of some students.

And then somebody went and wrote an opinion piece in Al-Jazeera about it.

Then the president of the San Francisco chapter of the National Lawyers Guild called the resolution "irresponsible and dangerous". He continued:
‘‘In doing so, it can be seen as having no other purpose than to demonize all those who criticize the nation-state of Israel or support the rights of the Palestinian people,’’ he said.




See where this is going?

And then lunchtime yesterday, the University of California responded- basically saying "Yeah, this is bullshit so we're ignoring it."


ACT III

Well the California Assembly members are now busy trying to hide under each other like sheep in a thunderstorm in order to avoid responsibility. Some blame Assemblywoman Halderman for leaving out all references to Israel during the vote, attempting to sneak the resolution by inattentive legislators. One of the few who didn't vote for the resolution, a Democrat, had a different opinion on why the resolution passed:
Halderman did not mention Israel when she introduced HR35, which passed on a voice vote with 66 of the Assembly’s 80 members signing on as co-authors.

Some of the lawmakers who signed on as co-authors when the resolution was called on the floor seemed surprised to later learn of the references to Israel. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, was one of the few who did not support it.

‘‘Ignorance reigns up here,’’ he said.


But all is apparently well, because this morning Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (who originally voted for the resolution) had a sudden change of heart and assured all Californians this grave error will be fixed.

In January of next year. Probably.

No matter, though, it sounds like it's bound to be a doozy of a correction!
"I'm not sure what all it's going to say, but I think it will boil down to a celebration of the First Amendment," the Long Beach Democrat said in a statement. "And it will make clear in no uncertain terms that students in our universities should feel safe to have differing opinions."

Well, hooray for America and hooray for us all! From a resolution which literally struck out the words "First Amendment to the United States Constitution" (see here) to a "Celebration of the First Amendment"!

She went on to defend Republican Assemblywoman Halderman:
Lowenthal said she regretted that the resolution had drawn controversy but also noted that Halderman, its author, lost family in the Holocaust.

"If she overshot the mark, I'm certainly not going to criticize her for it," Lowenthal said.


I'm with Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano on this one: ‘‘Ignorance reigns"

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