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 on: Today at 12:53:08 AM 
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 on: August 27, 2016, 08:23:22 PM 
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And, in illustration of the point of my previous post:

 on: August 27, 2016, 02:10:19 PM 
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Whitewashing the Democratic Party’s History

 by Mona Charen June 26, 2015 12:00 AM @monachareneppc

The less racist the South gets, the more Republican it becomes. Here’s what the former president of the United States had to say when he eulogized his mentor, an Arkansas senator: We come to celebrate and give thanks for the remarkable life of J. William Fulbright, a life that changed our country and our world forever and for the better. . . . In the work he did, the words he spoke and the life he lived, Bill Fulbright stood against the 20th century’s most destructive forces and fought to advance its brightest hopes. So spoke President William J. Clinton in 1995 of a man was among the 99 Democrats in Congress to sign the “Southern Manifesto” in 1956. (Two Republicans also signed it.) The Southern Manifesto declared the signatories’ opposition to the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education and their commitment to segregation forever. Fulbright was also among those who filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That filibuster continued for 83 days. Speaking of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, let’s review (since they don’t teach this in schools): The percentage of House Democrats who supported the legislation? 61 percent. House Republicans? 80 percent. In the Senate, 69 percent of Democrats voted yes, compared with 82 percent of Republicans. (Barry Goldwater, a supporter of the NAACP, voted no because he thought it was unconstitutional.) When he was running for president in 2000, Vice President Al Gore told the NAACP that his father, Senator Al Gore Sr., had lost his Senate seat because he voted for the Civil Rights Act. Uplifting story — except it’s false. Gore Sr. voted against the Civil Rights Act. He lost in 1970 in a race that focused on prayer in public schools, the Vietnam War, and the Supreme Court. Al Gore’s reframing of the relevant history is the story of the Democratic party in microcosm. The party’s history is pockmarked with racism and terror. The Democrats were the party of slavery, black codes, Jim Crow, and that miserable terrorist excrescence, the Ku Klux Klan. Republicans were the party of Lincoln, Reconstruction, anti-lynching laws, and the civil rights acts of 1875, 1957, 1960, and 1964. Were all Republicans models of rectitude on racial matters? Hardly. Were they a heck of a lot better than the Democrats? Without question. As recently as 2010, the Senate’s president pro tempore was former Ku Klux Klan Exalted Cyclops Robert Byrd (D., W.Va.). Rather than acknowledge their sorry history, modern Democrats have rewritten it. The Democrats have been sedulously rewriting history for decades. You may recall that when MSNBC was commemorating the 50th anniversary of segregationist George Wallace’s “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” stunt to prevent the integration of the University of Alabama, the network identified Wallace as “R., Alabama.” The Democrats have been sedulously rewriting history for decades. Their preferred version pretends that all the Democratic racists and segregationists left their party and became Republicans starting in the 1960s. How convenient. If it were true that the South began to turn Republican due to Lyndon Johnson’s passage of the Civil Rights Act, you would expect that the Deep South, the states most associated with racism, would have been the first to move. That’s not what happened. The first southern states to trend Republican were on the periphery: North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, and Florida. (George Wallace lost these voters in his 1968 bid.) The voters who first migrated to the Republican party were suburban, prosperous New South types. The more Republican the South has become, the less racist. Is it unforgivable that Bill Clinton praised a former segregationist? No. Fulbright renounced his racist past, as did Robert Byrd and Al Gore Sr. It would be immoral and unjust to misrepresent the history. What is unforgivable is the way Democrats are still using race to foment hatred. Remember what happened to Trent Lott when he uttered a few dumb words about former segregationist Strom Thurmond? He didn’t get the kind of pass Bill Clinton did when praising Fulbright. Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton told a mostly black audience that “what is happening is a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to another. . . . Today Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting.” She was presumably referring to voter-ID laws, which, by the way, 51 percent of black Americans support. Racism has an ugly past in the Democratic party. The accusation of racism has an ugly present. — Mona Charen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. © 2015

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 on: August 27, 2016, 01:41:33 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
Michael Sachs

As summer draws to a close, I want to be sure you’ve seen recent stories that highlight America’s alliance with Israel, expanding relations between Israel and other nations, and Iran’s continuing malign behavior.

Beginning on Aug. 15, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) joined the U.S. Air Force for a three-week military exercise held at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. This year marks the second consecutive year of the Jewish state’s participation in the realistic aerial combat exercise. Israeli pilots flew alongside counterparts from several other nations, including two countries—the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan—with which Israel does not have official diplomatic relations.
And once again, as our nation struggles to deal with a natural disaster, Israel is proving itself to be a stalwart ally. IsraAid, Israel’s international aid organization, is sending volunteers to help communities in Louisiana ravaged by recent flooding.

On the diplomatic front, the Turkish parliament approved the June 2016 reconciliation deal on Aug. 20. Only three days later, Turkey’s foreign minister announced that Israel and Turkey are set to exchange ambassadors, officially ending the six-year rift in relations between the two countries.

Also, on Aug. 22, Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold made a groundbreaking visit to Guinea, a Muslim-majority African country that has recently resumed diplomatic relations with the Jewish state after a 49-year break.

On the medical front, in an Aug. 22 paper, Israeli and European researchers shared their discovery of how melanoma (skin cancer) cells spread to other parts of the body, which may one day improve diagnosis and treatment.

While there is much to celebrate, AIPAC is closely tracking Iran’s continued activities. On Aug. 23, four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ships harassed an American destroyer sailing through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital international waterway. Also this week, the former leader of the IRGC reportedly said a new Iranian military unit has been formed to fight in Arab countries in the region, with the eradication of Israel as its main objective. And, on Aug. 21, Iran revealed its new, advanced missile defense system designed to intercept cruise and ballistic missiles, drones and aircraft.

In short, while we celebrate the Jewish state’s ongoing achievements, Israel continues to face a complex array of threats. I hope that your summer has been restful, and I look forward to partnering with you this fall to further strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Michael Sachs

 on: August 27, 2016, 12:29:50 PM 
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 on: August 27, 2016, 12:01:19 PM 
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 on: August 27, 2016, 12:00:02 AM 
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 on: August 26, 2016, 08:51:44 PM 
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