No Jews. Just Right.

The Vanguard News Network, whose slogan is ‘No Jews. Just Right’ wants women to vote for Trump.

They say:

Women, Don’t Mess It Up This Time

Posted by Socrates in Clinton:

For some reason, women elected Bill Clinton twice and Barack Obama twice. Ladies, vote properly this election.

Women are the largest voting bloc in America, making up about 55% of the vote. One report showed that, if only men had voted in 1996, Bob Dole, not Bill Clinton, would have won the presidential election. Given what the Clinton administration did to Serbia in 1999, for example, this is a serious issue”

One of the Vanguard News Network’s Primary contributors was Frazier Glenn Miller, the white supremacist and anti-Semite who murdered a doctor, his 14-year-old grandson and a woman near the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

I’m guessing they don’t expect Trump to be good for Jews or for Israel.

* It’s worth noting that Vanguard and other racist groups vehemently opposed George W. Bush.

[Here’s the link to their site, but be warned, the site is NSFH (not safe for humans. They use the N word more often than the oxford comma.)]

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How I (apparently) tried to kill Pamela Geller, the Mad Queen of “counter-jihad”

Blogger Cathy Young deals with a ridiculous and completely unfounded attack. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have a habit of bullying people with exaggerated accusations, then releasing their winged minions, saying ‘fly, my pretties…” (yes, I’ve dealt with them before)


On Tuesday, I devoted my weekly Newsday column to the ridiculous Southern Poverty Law Center report naming human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and liberal Muslim activist and author Maajid Nawaz among “anti-Muslim extremists.” In passing, I mentioned Geller, also on SPLC’s list, as an example of an actual anti-Muslim extremist who traffics in nasty generalizations and smears against individual Muslims (or people she thinks are secret Muslims). I have written about Geller before and then replied to a “rebuttal” by her and her ally, self-styled “scholar of Islam” Robert Spencer.

On Wednesday, I got on Twitter to find this bizarre accusation:

Since the column I sent in mentioned only that Geller was from Long Island (a well-known fact), I was rather taken…

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Saudi Arabia SoftBank Tech Fund

Apart from diversifying its income stream, the Saudi government’s wider objective is to foster more private-sector jobs at home and reduce the amount of money it pays to subsidize education, health, gas and water. But if it’s striving to create the next Silicon Desert in Saudi Arabia, the realization of that ambition will be a long time coming.

“You don’t magically start Silicon Valley in Saudi Arabia,” Kane remarked. “You won’t have the people to implement it.”

Engines of innovation like Boston and Silicon Valley are driven by local research universities that graduate resourceful entrepreneurs and attract the venture capitalists looking to fund them. This combination doesn’t exist in many countries and certainly not in Saudi Arabia, where most students attend religious schools and the talent at private companies is typically imported, said Andreas Schotter, a professor of international business at Canada’s Western University who has focused on the Middle East.

To help reform the Saudi economy, the government is pursuing a strategy of shifting educational priorities toward engineering and technology, but this will take time to bear fruit, according to Zubair Iqbal, a scholar at the Middle East Institute and the former assistant director of the International Monetary Fund’s Middle East and Central Asia department…

…Among the possible shortfalls of such a massive fund, throwing billions of dollars at various tech startups could artificially inflate their value and produce a sector bubble — a concern that has already been raised about the current state of the tech market. And unlike the dot-com era of the late 90s and early 2000s, where executives longed for the initial public offering that would make them overnight-millionaires, today’s big startups are staying private longer, which can have the effect of weakening oversight and transparency.

But with all of that money, what worry does Saudi Arabia have of a bubble bursting?

“They may lose money on a bubble bust, but if they’ve created some sort of influence within their country with technology, then mission accomplished,” said Kane. “Even if it’s not a good investment as far as the money goes.”

For a country focused on sovereign success, shaking up the economy may be the least of their concerns.

via Saudi Arabia SoftBank Tech Fund

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My Quora answer to: Why didn’t the U.S. attack Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of 9/11?

“Because the Saudis used to be an important part of the wobbling jenga tower of alliances that allowed us to use proxies to indirectly fight other nuclear powers like the Russians and the Chinese. We were under the impression that we controlled the Saudis. 9/11 was the first indication that they controlled us, and they were using us as their proxies in their struggle to wrest control of the Muslim Ummah from Iran.

The Saudi leadership likes to pretend that it has no choice but to support al Qaeda, but that’s not true. Before 9/11, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, “ had a revealing and ominous conversation with the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove. Prince Bandar told him: “The time is not far off in the Middle East, Richard, when it will be literally ‘God help the Shia’. More than a billion Sunnis have simply had enough of them.”

[View: Iraq: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country]

At that time, the (Sunni/Wahhabi) Saudis and the (Shia) Iranians fought each other indirectly, by killing ‘soft targets’. Saudis would tend to target Americans because they knew our government would never strike back. They’d even cover up Saudi crimes, because they were ‘too big (ie, wealthy and prone to bribe) to fail.’

As Paul Sperry writes: “.. the task force wanted to jail a number of embassy employees, “but the embassy complained to the US attorney” and their diplomatic visas were revoked as a compromise.

Former FBI agent John Guandolo, who worked 9/11 and related al Qaeda cases out of the bureau’s Washington field office, says Bandar should have been a key suspect in the 9/11 probe.

“The Saudi ambassador funded two of the 9/11 hijackers through a third party,” Guandolo said. “He should be treated as a terrorist suspect, as should other members of the Saudi elite class who the US government knows are currently funding the global jihad.”

But Bandar held sway over the FBI.

After he met on Sept. 13, 2001, with President Bush in the White House, where the two old family friends shared cigars on the Truman Balcony, the FBI evacuated dozens of Saudi officials from multiple cities, including at least one Osama bin Laden family member on the terror watch list. Instead of interrogating the Saudis, FBI agents acted as security escorts for them, even though it was known at the time that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens.”

[View: How US covered up Saudi role in 9/11]

Now, the Saudis are running out of money. Since they only had the friends they bought, they’re becoming unpopular. But their terrorist war against the world has claimed thousands of lives worldwide. They’ve destabilized governments and encouraged divisiveness and tribalism worldwide. We need to rethink our idea that the wealthy are too big to fail. As the Arabs say, ‘when the camel falls, the knives come out.’ The fat ones are good eating.”

via Mary P. Madigan’s answer to Why didn’t the U.S. attack Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of 9/11? – Quora

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How Turkey is becoming a snitching paradise


Most authoritarian regimes are maintained by snitching. It’s how Gaddafi stayed in power for so many years.

… in the wake of the July 15 coup attempt, ordinary citizens are feeding intelligence services. Haberturk daily reported Oct. 1 that the number of tipoffs to the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) has exceeded 10,000 per month, up from about 2,000 before the putsch. Similarly, the number of visitors on the MIT’s website has grown from 90,000 to 250,000 per month. The main target of the informants is the Gulen community or the Fethullah Gulen Terror Organization (FETO), as Ankara calls it, which stands accused of the coup plot. With a fivefold increase in tipoffs, the people’s enthusiasm seems to be strengthening the informant mechanism.

The MIT website has a “How can you help?” section, which includes a form for the person’s name, surname, telephone number, email and residential address. Then there is the “Your message” box, in which citizens can write the information they want to convey. Staying anonymous is also possible. Citizens are assured that their messages are protected by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption against “the intervention of third parties” and that “any information, which is not imaginary and does not involve grudge and rests on real facts/evidence, is important for MIT and is being evaluated.”

The MIT’s emphasis on evidence is important. However, when it comes to the fivefold increase in tipoffs after the putsch, there is one detail that should be carefully considered. Most of the tipoffs come complete with the names and telephone numbers of the informers, even though they are not obliged to reveal their identities. This suggests that people might be seeing the tipoffs as a way to shield themselves against being stigmatized as FETO members. Such pre-emptive efforts at self-protection would make perfect sense, given the ferocity of the hunt for Gulenists, which has led even Erdogan to admit that irrelevant people are being vilified. As such, intelligence services are supposed to filter the tipoffs with care.

via How Turkey is becoming a snitching paradise

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Hillary Clinton emails leak: Wikileaks documents claim Democratic nominee ‘thinks Saudi Arabia and Qatar fund Isis’ | The Independent

The Obama administration ended up taking similar action to that described as desirable by Ms Clinton.

The exchange also appears to show the presidential candidate identified the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and Qatar as “clandestine” “financial and logistic” supporters of the terrorist group, despite surface cooperation between the US and the Sunni states on combating the militants and other actions in Syria’s multi-sided civil war.

“While this military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL [Isis] and other radical Sunni groups in the region,” Ms Clinton reportedly wrote.

via Hillary Clinton emails leak: Wikileaks documents claim Democratic nominee ‘thinks Saudi Arabia and Qatar fund Isis’ | The Independent

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From Kosovo to Oman | World Affairs Journal

After a brutal firefight Monday morning, police officers in Linden, New Jersey, shot and arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami for detonating improvised explosive devices in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and along the Jersey Shore two days earlier.

The media and political response was predictable. Willful naifs wondered aloud what on earth might have motivated Mr. Rahami. Suspect’s Motive Unclear In New York, New Jersey Bombings, reads an embarrassing NPR headline.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s surrogates say it proves only he can save us by cracking down mercillessly on immigration from the Middle East and North Africa.

A lot of us find this exasperating. A person has to be willfully obtuse at this point to not see that Rahami was motivated by radical Islam. It is also obvious to some of us (but clearly not all of us) that Rahami is an extreme outlier in the American Muslim community.

As many as a million Muslims live in the New York City area. If Rahami were even remotely mainstream, Manhattan would look like Aleppo.

I’ve interviewed hundreds of Muslims all over the world and interacted with thousands. I would not be alive if a large percentage of them were even remotely like Ahmad Khan Rahami. At the same time, we wouldn’t have to go through this polarized ritual on a regular basis if radical Islamist terrorism wasn’t a deadly serious problem.

Most Westerners only see or hear about Muslims after the likes of Rahami, Rizwan Farook, Omar Mateen, the Tsarnaev brothers, Major Nidal Hasan, Mohammad Atta, Osama bin Laden and other ISIS- and Al Qaeda-affiliated psychopaths murder innocents by the dozens, hundreds or even thousands. Hardly anyone else—least of all moderate Muslims—gets any coverage or attention whatsoever, and some of those who do, such as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, are falsely described as moderate when they’re not.

So I asked Gökhan Balaban, an authentic moderate Muslim I know via email correspondence, if he’d like to have a public conversation with me about all this.

via From Kosovo to Oman | World Affairs Journal

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