Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 10, 2017
Comedian Bill Maher is a star on cable TV. He is also an unapologetic liberal espousing Progressive causes through humor. That has not stopped Maher from criticizing the Left on significant issues affecting society.
Maher, an atheist, has been especially critical of Islam and its penchant for violence. He has also been critical of the Left’s unwillingness to honor what should be a backbone of the movement, free speech. In a recent show Maher said: “Look, I’m not against free speech. Believe me. I’ve been a longtime critic of colleges shutting people up. That is a problem on the left that we need to deal with very much so” and “Free speech should be something we (liberals) own.”
Maher’s dressing down the Left on free-speech came after recent riots at the University of California Berkeley campus. That supposed bastion of free speech rioted in an effort to stop right-leaning provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus.
In an attempt to make excuses for inexcusable behavior, Leftists and their supporters in the mainstream media would define the burning and destruction of property at UC Berkeley as a “protest”. Such behavior has in the past been called fascism.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 3, 2014
On September 11, 2012 the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked with the American ambassador in three other US citizens being killed. Immediately following the attack the Obama administration created what is now known to be a false narrative that the attack was the result of a spontaneous protest against some obscure Internet video critical of Islam. To further this narrative, on the Sunday following the attack then America’s UN ambassador went on the talk show circuit and continued to promote the lie. Nearly two weeks later President Obama repeated the video issue in front of the United Nations.
Over one and a half years after the attack in Benghazi, President Obama and his Democratic allies accuse Republicans of playing politics in an effort to thwart further investigation into the attack, its cause, and the Administration’s response. While politics is a part of the Republican’s motivation, it does not obviate the need for answers to the serious unanswered questions.
This week a previously withheld memo indicated that the White House was involved in changing the talking points pushing the video narrative over the reality that this was a planned terrorist attack. It has become clear that the White House has been involved in a significant cover up of the Benghazi the attack on America’s consulate. It remains unclear whether this cover-up was merely to assist Obama’s in reelection efforts were something more nefarious.
This week FOXNews’ reporter Brett Baer interviewed former White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor who became agitated when pressed with difficult questions on the Benghazi matter. In one exchange included the video below, Vietor incredibly responded “Dude, this was like two years ago.” Not only is this response defensive and highly unprofessional, but it continues the Administration’s obfuscation on the consulate attack. Now the Administration is having a convenient case of amnesia on a matter that resulted in the death of four Americans.
House Majority Leader Boehner has announced the creation of a select committee to gain transparency and obtain answers as to why the attack occurred, why America’s response was so anemic, and why the Administration created the now known false narrative about the video. It is obvious that Administration is hiding something. How serious and how high up in the administration the cover-up goes is to be uncovered. Whether the cover-up is as serious as the Nixon’s in Watergate remains to be seen.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 2, 2013
The growing chaos in Egypt has resulted in its military threatening to overthrow the government of President Mohamed Morsi. On Monday, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, leader of the Egyptian Armed Forces, gave an ultimatum to Morsi to resolve the crisis within 48 hours or risk military intervention.
According to the New York Times, the protest against the Morsi government across Egypt involve crowds that exceed even the huge protests in 2011 that resulted in the overthrew of Dictator President Hosni Mubarak. At least 16 people were killed on Monday. Making matters worse for Morsi, the police have reportedly been backing the protesters.
The protesters have various grievances that include Morsi’s power grab, attempts to invoke Islamic law, and the disenfranchisement of secularists and minority religions including Christians who make up proximally 10% of the Egyptian population. In addition, the Egyptian economy is in shambles.
Egypt rejoins the growing list of Arab countries in turmoil since Barack Obama took office. While Obama’s foreign policies exasperated tensions in the region, they are not the root cause of the current chaos. The deteriorating situation in the Middle East is a result of diplomats internationally and specifically in the United Nations who proffered the false narrative that the Middle East would become peaceful if only the Israelis and Palestinians could make peace. That theory has finally had a stake put through its heart.
While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict stoked certain tensions in the Middle East, it was cover for deeper problems. More significant challenges in the Middle East include the more dangerous Sunni-Shia conflict that has been ongoing for centuries. Should Iran obtain nuclear weapons this conflict will become extremely dangerous on a worldwide basis. In addition, the intolerance preached by religious leaders in many Arab countries has hindered their economic growth in the contemporary world. The diplomats and world leaders who have and continue to ignore these realities are directly to blame for the growing crisis in the Middle East.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 9, 2011
Arab countries throughout the Middle East are in turmoil. Dictators in Tunisia and Egypt have fallen. Civil war exists in Libya and Yemen, and in Syria nearly 1,300 protestors have been killed by the Butcher of Bagdad. Significant protests have also occurred in other countries including Bahrain and Jordan.
Significant by its absence from the turmoil is Saudi Arabia, the richest Arab country and the most important one relating to the world’s energy resources. According to the New York Times, this calm has been bought with King Abdullah pumping $130 billion into the economy this year to increase salaries and other benefits. With the price of oil at about $100, the King has a huge bag of cash available.
The other reason for the calm in Saudi Arabia is the close relationship between the royal family and religious clerics. The chief cleric in the Kingdom even made a fatwa forbidding street protests.
The calm in Saudi Arabia is a good thing in the short run. The last thing the world needs is for this country to implode. However, that calm will be difficult to sustain in the Internet age for a country where women still cannot vote or drive cars. In addition, when the oil money is depleted and royal family’s bribes stop flowing, Saudi citizens will become unhappy quickly.
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