Trump knows a bad deal when he sees one

US President-elect Donald Trump said his prospects of negotiating an Israeli-Palestinian deal during his presidency have been hampered by the fact that the international community has been “giving so much” to the Palestinians.

… Trump further said the December UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements would only serve to harden Palestinians’ ideological positions in future peace talks.

“The problem I have is that [Resolution 2334] makes it a tougher deal for me to negotiate because the Palestinians are given so much — even though it’s not legally binding it’s psychologically binding and it makes it much tougher for me to negotiate,” he said. “You understand that? Because people are giving away chips, they’re giving away all these chips.”

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Dear Paula

From: T and S
Sent: Sunday, 1 January 2017 4:31 p.m.
To: P Bennett (MIN)
Subject: UN Resolution 2334

Dear MS Bennett

Firstly, happy new year and congratulations on your rise to Deputy Prime Minister.

Do you, like the Prime Minister, have your head buried in the sand, showing contempt for National Party supporters, and hoping that the uproar over the sponsoring of the above resolution by NZ will just go away.

Well we are here to tell you that it won’t. We are long standing supporters of the National Party, but the only response and comment we have had on this matter, has been from David Seymour. It was reassuring that the ACT member for Epsom was still working for this country, even if the National Caucus were all “missing in action”.

Because of this action at the UN by Murray McCully, and the non response from Bill English, who thinks a barbecue in Dipton is more important than running the country, we will be voting for ACT at the next election.

Regards
Stephen Chester and Tony Booth
Ex National voters Auckland Central

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Mental Health Break

Fake Friend of Israel Barack Obama blames Jews for lack of peace and security

…The increase of Israeli settlements has “gotten so substantial” that it is inhibiting the possibility for an “effective, contiguous Palestinian state,” President Barack Obama said Sunday, in his final interview as president.

Speaking to CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Obama dismissed the idea that there is a “major rupture” in the relationship between the United States and Israel after last month’s decision by the U.S. to abstain from a United Nations vote condemning Israeli settlements.

“Because of our investment in the region, and because we care so deeply about Israel, I think (the U.S.) has a legitimate interest in saying to a friend, ‘This is a problem,'” Obama said. “It would have long-term consequences for peace and security in the region, and the United States.”

-Yahoo.com

Perhaps Obama could have spared some time to engineer a UN resolution that sends a message to his dictator mate Mahmoud Abbas of the PLO that Palestine’s ongoing Jihad against Israel is ” a problem ” and that it has ” long-term consequences for peace and security in the region.” Afterall Abbas’s PLO is the organisation that rewards Palestinian terrorist families with pensions for life. Where I come from that makes the terrorists who murder Israeli citizens mercenaries and the PLO their employer.

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a joint news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Muqata Presidential Compound in Ramallah, March 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed (WEST BANK – Tags: POLITICS) – RTR3F9WF

Mahmoud Abbas was elected on 9 January 2005 to serve as President of the Palestinian National Authority until 9 January 2009 but extended his term until the next election in 2010, citing PLO constitution, and on December 16, 2009 was voted into office indefinitely by the PLO Central Council. As a result, Fatah’s main rival, Hamas announced that it would not recognize the extension or view Abbas as rightful president.

-wiki

Far from being a friend of Israel, Obama has been called out by incoming president Trump for treating Israel with ” total disdain.”

Map of the Day

Who do people trust?

The Edelman report into where people place their trust doesn’t really provide any surprises.  It simply confirms what we already know.   Read more »

Fake News: Context, balance and ethics missing from Newsweek article

In an astounding example of journalism, fake news, journalist Jack Moore from Newsweek has turned attackers into victims and victims into attackers with a wholly untrue claim that Israeli settlers have used their cars to run over Palestinian civilians. It is a duplicitous attempt to try to justify the wave of terror against Israel by saying that the Israelis do it too. They don’t.

Moore used a biased anti-Israel source for his false claim and provided no context or balance. He did no research to check that the claim was true. While he quoted the official statistics for terror attacks against Israelis he provided nothing at all to back up his biased source’s lie that Israeli settlers use their cars to run over civilians. Moore’s source of the false claim is Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the Washington D.C.-based think tank the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. By doing no fact checking and by failing to alert readers to his source’s bias, Moore made Munayyer’s biased personal opinion appear to be an expert analysis.

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Oxfam is running Wrongly Wrongson’s line, apart from the riots

Oxfam has issued its traditional demand for a handout.  Their wealth report this year informs us that a mere eight people have more wealth than the bottom 50 per cent of the world’s population. This is entirely true of course. But Oxfam’s solution is that we should take it from the rich and give it to the poor. Which is entirely wrong.

Our essential economic problem is that there are not enough rich people. Nor is their extreme wealth a problem. Our problem is poverty, not inequality.

Oxfam’s redistribution argument has been tried before and found wanting. It was the subject of the world’s largest economic experiment: the 20th century. Anyone surveying the rubble of central Europe from the Brandenburg Gate in 1989 knows that the taking and giving solution does not work. What is needed is the wealth creation strategy that we’ve been using in the period of free-market globalisation ever since.

The result of which is this:

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Photo of the Day

Dr. Walter Freeman (left) and Dr. James W. Watts studying an x-ray before performing a lobotomy. In the 1940s Dr. Walter Freeman gained fame for perfecting the lobotomy, then hailed as a miracle cure for the severely mentally ill. But within a few years, lobotomy was labelled one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.

Lobotomy — The Ice Pick Cure

Do you take yourself too seriously? Are you in major need of a sense of humour? A lobotomy may help lighten you up so you can enjoy life, instead of spending the rest of your days as an angry troll!

Would an ice pick driven through the eggshell thin bone above your eye into your brain cure your ‘maladies’, your ‘melancholy’, your ‘madness’? During the middle decades of the 20th century transorbital lobotomy, or ‘ice pick’ lobotomy, a radically invasive form of brain surgery, was used extensively for patients with psychiatric illnesses. It was a rapidly executed procedure, taking perhaps a few tens of minutes in total, requiring no more than a local anaesthetic, conducted for the purposes of ‘psychosurgery’.

Cruising around the country in his “Lobotomobile,” Dr. Walter Freeman coined the visited mental institutions all over the United States performing prefrontal lobotomy and transorbital, aka “icepick,” surgeries on the mentally ill.

The first documented case of psychosurgery was in 1888 by Swiss psychiatrist Gottlieb Burckhardt. He claimed success in 50% of patients (3 of 6) Burckhardt was met with overt criticism from his contemporary medical colleagues. The next attempt at this type of surgery did not occur until the mid 1930s which produced many documented success stories and soon became an accepted surgery procedure in many countries. From the late 1930s to the 1970s approximately 100,000 psychosurgeries / lobotomies were performed world-wide.

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Comment of the day

Our new guest poster and commenter Lushington D Brady made this comment on his post yesterday that helps us to understand why Social justice bullies and Left-wingers choose to be outraged and offended so often.

As Theodore Dalrymple says, “Outrage is a substitute for religion: It convinces us that our existence has some kind of meaning or significance beyond itself … therefore we go looking for things to be outraged about as anteaters look for ants. Of all emotions, outrage is not only one of the most pleasurable but also one of the most reliable”.

-Lushington S Brady