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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Somebody should put out an All-points bulletin on Jeff Sessions


Guess Who Bruce Ohr’s Wife Worked For



 Justice Department Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Director Bruce Ohr's wife, Nellie, appears to be his link to Fusion



 GPS founder Glenn Simpson (Left) and former MI6 agent Christopher Steele (Right), who concocted the "dodgy dossier" on President Donald Trump.


How much more stupid can Republicans get? First, they allowed the blatant conflict of interest tarmac meeting to slide with no investigation and now this! I swear to God under a similar situation Barry and his henchman Holder would be all over this like white on rice. 

Wonder when it's going to sink into Trey Gowdy's skull the FBI can't be trusted. Comey, Mueller, Strzok, and now Ohr and he's still against a special prosecutor! If I was Trump I would fire Sessions and make Jim Jordan head of the DOJ. 

This whole situation is a convoluted mess... but with familiar players who are known liars.

This is an excerpt from Wikipedia.


In early January 2017 a two-page summary of the Trump dossier was presented to President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump in meetings with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.

On 10 January 2017, BuzzFeed was the first media outlet to publish the full 35-page dossier. In publishing the Trump dossier, BuzzFeed stated that it had been unable to verify or corroborate the allegations. The UK issued a DSMA notice on 10 January 2017, requesting that the media not release Steele's identity, although the BBC and other UK news media released the information in news stories the same day. Trump vigorously denied the dossier's allegations, calling it fake news during a press conference. Vladimir Putin also dismissed the claims.



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It turns out embattled and recently demoted Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had even stronger connections to Fusion GPS than first announced.

FOX News reported Monday that the director of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 presidential campaign. It did not specify what kind of work she did, or how closely she worked with the opposition research firm’s founder, Glenn Simpson.

The Daily Caller reports her expertise, however, is Russian politics. She previously worked as a professor at Vassar College, and as recently as two months ago was employed by Accenture Security, a cybersecurity firm.

While it’s not clear if Nellie Ohr had anything to do with former MI6 Christopher Steele’s dossier on President Donald Trump, the Daily Caller’s report suggests it’s at least possible. It states she gave a presentation in early October at the 2017 Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center summit titled “Ties Between Government Intelligence Services and Cyber Criminals – Closer Than You Think?”

The report's description of that session states:


The past year has seen cyberthreat actors arrested, indicted or identified in intelligence reports by US and European governments that many experts believe point to potential ties between government intelligence services and cybercrime actors. In this session learn about the drivers and mechanisms between state and criminal cooperation through a case study that will explore how seemingly ordinary cybercrime can be combined with strategic espionage.

Bruce Ohr was discovered last week to have met with Steele during the 2016 campaign. He also met with Simpson shortly after the election, which was about the time the dossier became a household name in America.

The Justice Department was apparently unaware of his connections, and he was demoted a short time after the original FOX News report aired.



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Today's the day...Jones vs Moore














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Lucky he still has a head




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Monday, December 11, 2017

What Caused the California Wildfires 2017?







The series of wildfires that have engulfed Northern California this month destroyed about 10,000 homes and took the lives of 42 people. Surprisingly, it has spawned debates on a seemingly unrelated issue, immigration.

Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, a homeless man who has already been deported twice according to immigration officials, told deputies that he produced a fire in Maxwell Farms Park in Sonoma Valley to keep himself warm. He is being detained on suspicion of arson.

There is speculation on the left this story is false. Nevertheless, Gonzalez is behind bars bond set at $100,000.

So if this story is true... but your beloved illegals need to be protected at all cost what do you do?

If you're Jerry Brown you do this:

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When did Climate Change starting carrying a Zippo in its hip pocket?







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Sunday, December 10, 2017

There goes the invitation to the WH







Lindsey Vonn suffers back injury in World Cup race



American skiing star Lindsey Vonn has withdrawn from her Sunday events at the World Cup in Switzerland after suffering a back injury during a super-G race on Saturday.

The injury occurred two days after she criticized President Donald Trump in an interview about the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.

“I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn said this week amid the buildup to the 2018 games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

“I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremonies,” she added. 

“I want to represent our country well, and I don’t think there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”

Vonn also told the Fake News network CNN that she would “absolutely not” accept an invitation to the White House.

What do you think Trump is thinking right now?










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Obama: ‘US is like Nazi Germany in 1930s'






Barry tries to equate Trump with Hitler?

 Want to talk about The Holocaust? How about a nuclear one? Barry took the Clinton schematic, which gave North Korea nukes, and applied it to Iran. All you have to do in Clinton's speech is substitute Iran for North Korea and it's the same s--t.

Barry once said he wanted the Iran deal to secure his legacy.
He hit the bullseye.




What did Yogi say...It’s like déjà vu all over again.

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FORMER US President Barack Obama said the country’s democracy is under threat and is as fragile as Germany’s was in the lead-up to the Nazis taking power. 


Speaking at a question-and-answer session at the Economic Club of Chicago, Mr. Obama warned against voter complacency.


“We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly,” he said in the speech, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.


“That’s what happened in Germany in the 1930s which, despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic and centuries of high-level cultural and scientific achievements, Adolf Hitler rose to dominate.


“Sixty million people died,” he added. “So, you’ve got to pay attention. And vote.”


Adolf Hitler became Chancellor in January 1933 after rising through the democratic ranks of the Reichstag.


Hitler’s rise is seen as a dramatic failure of democracy in the Weimar Republic.


Obama did not mention Donald Trump by name in the speech. However, the US President has been widely accused of fuelling anti-Muslim sentiment across the US — particularly after he circulated videos from a British far-right group last week.


Politicians from the UK roundly condemned him for the move and Germany’s top diplomat announced yesterday that the country no longer sees the United States as the ally it once was.


The former president also spoke of the importance of the US’s role in international development.


“Things don’t happen internationally if we don’t put our shoulder to the wheel,” he said.


“No other country has the experience and bandwidth and ideals ... If the US doesn’t do it, it’s not going to happen.”


German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Deutsche Welle the West is losing influence in the world because of Mr. Trump's leadership.


“The US no longer sees the world as a global community, but as a fighting arena where everyone has to seek their own advantage,” Gabriel told the paper.


“Germany can no longer simply react to US policy but must establish its own position … even after Trump leaves the White House, relations with the US will never be the same.”


The president has also been accused of being “reckless” after he officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and declared his intention to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.


Some were quick to point out the irony of the Nazi Germany comparisons so soon after the announcement — which is seen as a sign of Mr. Trump’s support for Israel.


His fans reacted angrily on Twitter.


damn if Trump is a nazi, Hitler is rolling in his grave, after our President just made it official that jeruselum is the Capital of the Jewish Holy land and moving the US embassy there, some Nazi, liberal dummies

— Paul Hopkins (@PaulHop61487038) 8:13 PM - Dec 7, 2017



In my mind, Barack Obama has betrayed the united states of America. Comparing @realDonaldTrump to Hitler is the final straw. Going over seas shadowing Trump is one thing. Calling the duly elected president of the United States Hitler is another, especially being a former potus.

— Chris Love (@theveteran425FA) 3:27 PM - Dec 7, 2017



Speaking in a panel piece Fox News commentator Jesse Watters said he thought Mr. Obama was “better than this”.


“To compare his successor to Adolf Hitler is horrible,” he said. “It’s demeaning and beneath him."


“I thought he was better than this, I guess I was wrong. I’m not often wrong but I guess I am."







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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Arpaio ‘seriously, seriously’ considering running for Senate




Quick get your checkbook.

I would be elated to swap the Flake for Joe. The only drawback for Joe in 'illegal rich' AZ is he won't get one vote... unlike the DACA loving Flake.

You have to wonder about AZ. McCain, Flake, and Franks all from the same state. Can't get much worse than that!

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Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he's "seriously" considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2018, throwing cold water on rumors the outspoken lawman who was pardoned by President Trump earlier this year will run for Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)'s seat.

Arpaio told The Daily Beast on Thursday that he is actively looking at the possibility of running for the seat currently held by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is retiring in January.

“I am seriously, seriously, seriously considering running for the U.S. Senate,” Arpaio said, “not the congressman’s seat.”

Arpaio's comments followed Franks's announcement Thursday that he would resign his House seat after the House Ethics Committee said it would investigate his comments about surrogacy with female staffers.

"Due to my familiarity and experience with the process of surrogacy, I clearly became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others," Franks said in a statement Wednesday. "I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress.” 

In the interview Thursday, Arpaio called Franks's resignation a "great loss" for the state of Arizona.

“He is a great man and a great friend, and it’s a great loss for Arizona and our country," Arpaio said, before again dismissing the possibility of running for Franks's seat. Arpaio noted in the interview that he does not reside within Franks's 8th District.

“No, I would not consider it, but I am considering running for the Senate, Flake’s seat,” Arpaio said. “I feel like I just gave you a little scoop there.”

Trump pardoned Arpaio earlier this year after the former sheriff was convicted of contempt of court for refusing to stop racially profiling Hispanics at traffic stops for the purpose of immigration checks.

“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is a worthy candidate for a presidential pardon,” the White House said at the time.




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Friday, December 8, 2017

Thoughts for today




































Washington today


























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Bernie Sanders' wife's land deal still under FBI probe; witness recently questioned








Jane Sanders remains under federal investigation for a land deal she made as president of Burlington College in Vermont in 2010. 


It states here, "The probe could thwart Sanders’ 2020 presidential ambitions."

Forgetting Bernie will be 80 in 2020 how may past presidents had to take a timeout at the WH to visit their wife in the slammer?


A federal investigation launched in 2016 into possible bank fraud by Jane Sanders, wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, is still underway -- with “a potential” grand jury review possible.

The probe could thwart Sanders’ 2020 presidential ambitions -- as well as the Vermont political plans of Jane Sanders' daughter, Carina Driscoll.

Individuals questioned by the FBI confirmed to Fox News that the investigation was still open, with FBI agents interviewing at least one witness within the last six weeks.

Jane Sanders is under investigation following a land deal she clinched when she was president of Burlington College in Vermont in 2010.

In order to expand the college, Sanders sought to obtain a tract of land from a Roman Catholic parish. She secured a $6.7 million loan from a bank and a $3.6 million loan from the parish from which she planned to purchase the property.

But she resigned in 2011 amid allegations that she purposely inflated and made up the amount of money donors have pledged to the school and provided incorrect information to a bank to get the loan. Multiple individuals, who were listed as college donors, have since come forward denying the commitments.

Questioned recently

Former Burlington College Board Chairman Yves Bradley told Fox News that the investigation was still underway. He said he was visited by FBI agents in the last six weeks and was questioned about Sanders’ involvement in the alleged bank fraud.

Attorney Rich Cassidy, representing both Bernie and Jane Sanders, approached Bradley regarding the investigation, but by the advice of his counsel decided not to engage. Cassidy did not respond to Fox News’ multiple requests for an interview.

Previous reports stated that the investigation accelerated this past summer when multiple people were questioned and investigators seized records from Burlington College.

The recent questioning of Bradley signals the investigation is far from over.

The probe is being handled by the U.S. Justice Department and will proceed at the discretion of Christina E. Nolan, the U.S. Attorney of Vermont, who was sworn into office last week after being appointed by President Donald Trump in September and confirmed by the Senate last month.

Coralee Holm, the former Burlington College dean of operations, confirmed as well that the probe “has not been closed” and that it has “no specific deadline” for completion. She was among the individuals questioned in the summer.

“I have not talked with anyone since then, other than checking with the FBI agents,” she said over the phone.

To the question whether the investigation could lead to an indictment, she said the FBI agents told her it was “a potential” – although not “an absolute” – that the case will be brought in front of a grand jury.

“If there is going to be something that happened it would be the grand jury … it would be brought in front of the grand jury … they already told me to be … that was a potential but they did tell me that wasn’t an absolute,” Holm said.

Change of plans?

The ongoing probe and the potential for a grand jury review might be enough to impede Bernie Sanders' and Driscoll's political plans.

Politico reported last month that Sanders was angling toward a more mainstream candidacy heading into the 2020 presidential election and reaching out to key Democrats to solidify his support among the party machine.

If this is correct his true character has just been exposed. "Free stuff" went out the window in favor of...I'll say whatever I have to to get elected. You can learn a lot from a Clinton.

Driscoll, the stepdaughter of the senator, announced Monday her plans to run for her stepfather’s first political job: mayor of Burlington, Vt.





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Lindsey Vonn: I won't be representing Trump at Olympics




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Truthfully, I hope this bitch breaks a leg giving the gold medal to another county. I rather see another country get the gold than to have this c--t represent our country.

BTW...the interviewer:

Do you remember her asking when Barry was president---"Since Barrack Obama is the first black president will you accept an invitation to the WH should you win."

Me either.




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California inducts nation's first all-LGBT city council



What no illegals?
Where else but California...


Think I'll send them a celebratory fruit basket.



PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The country's first all-LGBT city council was sworn in this week in California, CBS Los Angeles reports. 


The history-making council's newest members – Lisa Middleton, the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California; and Christy Holstege, an attorney who identifies as bisexual – were sworn in during Wednesday night's meeting of the Palm Springs City Council.

Middleton and Holstege now replace Ginny Foat and Chris Mills, who announced earlier this year that they would not seek re-election.

The two newest council members won last month's election handily, with Middleton receiving 30.9 percent of the vote, and Holstege receiving 30.08 percent.

Middleton is a former senior vice president of internal affairs for the State Compensation Insurance Fund, former ONE PS chairwoman, Palm Springs planning commissioner, board member for the Desert Horticulture Society of the Coachella Valley, LGBT Community Center of the Desert, Equality California and Neighborhoods USA.

They join Mayor Robert Moon, who has been with his husband and partner for 35 years; Councilman Geoff Kors, whose husband is a Palm Springs Unified School Board member; and Councilman J.R. Roberts, who is a single gay man.

Holstege is an attorney focusing on workers' rights, housing and disabilities, a Palm Springs Human Rights commissioner and a Palm Springs Homelessness Task Force member.






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Thursday, December 7, 2017

What idiot came up with this idea?




In the age of Amazon, Walmart is changing its legal name




Photo: Alan Diaz, AP
FILE - This June 1, 2017, file photo shows a Walmart store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is changing its legal name effective Feb. 1, 2018, to Walmart Inc. from Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

I hate Walmart but I shop there on occasion. So next time I go I'm not saying... I'm going to Walmart. Instead, I'll say... I'm going to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

How many gazillions of dollars is this going to cost? Like to see the cost-benefit analysis on this one.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is changing its legal name effective Feb. 1 as it shifts away from physical stores in the age of Amazon's increasing dominance.

The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, said Wednesday it will change its legal name to Walmart Inc. from Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

It said the move underscores its growing emphasis on serving shoppers in different ways beyond just physical stores but also online, on their mobile devices and through pickup and delivery. The company has been making inroads in narrowing the gap between itself and Amazon by making big investments in its online business. It tripled the number of items sold online from a year ago, overhauled its free shipping strategy and is expanding such services as allowing shoppers to pick up online grocery orders curbside at the stores. That has helped drive strong e-commerce sales gains in the past several quarters, most recently 50 percent growth in its fiscal third quarter.

Walmart operates more than 11,600 stores and clubs under 60 different banners worldwide.

"Whether it's in our stores, on our sites, with our apps, by using their voice or whatever comes next, there is just one Walmart as far as our customers are concerned," wrote Doug McMillon, Walmart president and CEO, in a blog post Wednesday.

The discounter's formal legal name when it incorporated on Oct. 31, 1969 was Wal-Mart Inc. It was changed to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Jan. 9, 1970, the same year it went public. It will continue to trade on the New York Stock Exchange as "WMT." It's been using the current Walmart logo in its operations since June 2008.

But for employees who still want to do the "squiggly" in the Walmart cheer where they move their hips when they get to the hyphen, there is nothing to fear.

"Getting our blood flowing and choosing not to take ourselves too seriously is still part of our culture," McMillon wrote Wednesday. "It's important to have some fun at work, so for our associates in countries where your cheer calls for the squiggly, keep doing it!"





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Second Volkswagen Exec Sentenced to Prison for Diesel-Emissions Scandal


Strange how the judicial system works. This guy is going to do 7 years for a diesel-emissions scandal.


Now compare this to Clinton who denied repeatedly she never sent nor received emails that were "marked" classified on her home-brewed server, which she used exclusively while serving as secretary of state.

Comey:

"From the group of 30,000 emails returned to the State Department in 2014, 110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received," Comey said. "Eight of those chains contained information that was top-secret at the time they were sent."


And with these 'qualifications', she not only avoided jail... she ran for president! 

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The second Volkswagen executive in less than half a year has been sentenced to prison for his role in the automaker’s diesel-emissions scandal, according to reports from a Detroit federal court.

Oliver Schmidt, 48, formerly general manager of the company’s environmental office in Michigan, was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay a $400,000 fine. Schmidt was arrested by the FBI in January while visiting Miami after the Department of Justice issued a warrant for him and five other executives in Germany. Volkswagen pleaded guilty as a corporation that month to three criminal felony charges and was ordered to pay $4.3 billion as part of a settlement. U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox called Schmidt a “key conspirator” who “knowingly misled and lied to government officials,” as quoted by Automotive News reporter Larry Vellequette.

“VW is not going to walk into this room. VW is a group of individuals, and it is individuals who make choices,” said prosecutor Ben Singer. “Maybe it didn’t start out as Mr. Schmidt’s scheme, but it became his scheme. And that’s important.”

Schmidt, according to Automotive News, said he learned of the defeat device in August 2015 and agreed to “talking points” from VW management prior to speaking with California environmental regulators. Those were later found to be lies, although Schmidt had actually attempted, via email to the head of Volkswagen of America in 2014, to warn management regarding a potential indictment and what the Automotive News report called “economic risks.”

“For the disruption of my life, I only have to blame myself,” said Schmidt during his sentencing. “I justified my decisions by telling myself that I was obliged to speak for my superiors. The man that stands before you today no longer believes that.”

James Robert Liang, 63, an engineer who was not part of the original federal indictment from January 2017, was sentenced to 40 months and ordered to pay a $200,000 fine in August. Liang pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and to committing wire fraud in violating the Clean Air Act back in September 2016.




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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

PIERS MORGAN: He claims he wants peace but Trump has just enraged a billion Muslims and poured oil on the flames of a war that could consume us all




Morgan is an asshole wuss. 

Didn't Britain just discover a Muslim planned terrorist attack to kill Theresa May?


I'll squash his argument with two indisputable facts.

1. The controversy surrounding the move of the embassy dates back decades. A law passed in 1995 under the Clinton administration considers Jerusalem the capital, and even mandates the move of the embassy there. Trump is the only president who had the balls to do it.

2. He uses the word enraged. Name me a time dating back to the RFK assassination Muslims weren't enraged about something?




It's called fear of Islam.

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Before you start to read good old Piers bear in mind every forthcoming terrorist attack, which was going to happen anyway, will quickly be blamed on Trump's Jerusalem decision. 

BTW...Here are some of Piers buddies after they were allowed to colonize his country:





What's the first thing you're told by your parents as a kid when you're anywhere near fire?

That's right: don't pour oil on it.

Why?

Well, ignore the advice and see for yourself – the fire will instantly erupt into a far larger and more furious ball of violent flame, endangering the lives of everyone in the immediate vicinity.

Today, President Donald Trump has taken a million-ton barrel of oil and tipped it all over the Middle East.

His decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the new capital city of Israel, and to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, is a staggeringly reckless act of willful provocation even by his tweet-enraging standards.

And it could very quickly turn out to be a far more worrying threat to world peace than even the North Korea crisis.

I don't say this lightly.


U.S. President Donald Trump holds up the proclamation Wednesday that announces the United States recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving its embassy there


To understand the enormity of this decision, it's important to understand the history behind it.

Jerusalem is at the very heart of the Israel/Palestine conflict.

West Jerusalem is the home of Israel's government; East Jerusalem is the home to 300,000 Palestinians.

Both sides insist it must be the capital of their states.

This is why America has trodden very carefully when it comes to Jerusalem, locating its embassy in Tel Aviv since Israel's creation in 1948.

They are not alone in this. No other country in the world has their Israeli embassy in Jerusalem, acknowledging that to do so would be incredibly inflammatory.

Now President Trump is re-igniting this smoldering tinderbox in spectacular fashion.

He apparently considers it a roll of the dice worth throwing to force through a peace settlement.


Palestinian protesters burn the American flag and Israeli flag in the city of Gaza City on December 6 after Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel


Almost everyone else sees it as a desperately dangerous gamble that could have disastrous consequences for the whole already war-ravaged region.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman told Trump personally in a phone call it 'would constitute a flagrant provocation of Muslims all over the world'.

King Abdullah of Jordan said it would have 'serious implications for security and stability in the Middle East'.

Turkish President Erdogan described it as a violation of international law and a 'red line' for Muslims that would force Turkey to sever all diplomatic ties with Israel.

China warned it could 'sharpen regional conflict, initiating new hostility'.

Russia, a key Middle East player, agreed, expressing concern over 'possible deterioration'.


'I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,' Trump said from the White House Wednesday. 'It's the right thing to do'

French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking in similar terms to Germany and the UK, told Trump to urgently reconsider the plan, stressing that the status of Jerusalem 'must be resolved through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians'.

Pope Francis spoke of his 'deep worry' about the situation and pleaded for 'wisdom and prudence' to prevail. He said: 'I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city.'

Palestinians, obviously, are livid. Their leader Mahmoud Abbas warned of 'dangerous consequences' and an end to the peace process.

Hamas, the extremist arm of the Palestinians, said it would constitute a 'dangerous escalation' that 'crosses every red line' and called for 'days of rage' to protest.

Despite this extraordinary global opposition, Trump has gone ahead and done it anyway.

As things stand, the only people who will be happy about this are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his right-wing government, and their supporters.

And the Christian Right in America.


French President Emmanuel Macron (left) told Trump to urgently reconsider the plan and Pope Francis (right) spoke of his 'deep worry' about the situation and pleaded for 'wisdom and prudence' to prevail

Having been raised Catholic allow me to say in my lifetime this is the most worthless pope we ever had. As far as Macron goes he'll be wearing this by tomorrow...





But this decision is not even something most Americans support.

A new poll by the University of Maryland found that 66% of Americans, including 44% of Republicans, oppose moving the embassy.

The majority of Americans and American Jews believe that international recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital city can and should only come to an agreement with the Palestinians on a two-state solution.

And in that eventuality, parts of the city would be ring-fenced as Israel's capital, other parts as Palestinian's capital – with each side having sovereignty over the areas in which its citizens reside.

Jerusalem is one of the most sacred cities on the planet, home to Muslims, Jews and Christians and some of the most important holy sites of all those religions.

Trump's decision tells the entire Arab and Christian world that it now belongs to the Jews of Israel and not them.

This incendiary move comes at a time when many were hoping real progress could be made in reaching some kind of two-state solution.


Palestinians play cards during U.S. President Donald Trump's televised speech in the West Bank City of Nablus, Wednesday


Protesters shout slogans against US President Donald Trump as they hold Turkish flags during a protest against the Israel in Istanbul


Indeed, Trump's own son-in-law Jared Kushner has been working for months on behalf of the administration to forge new impetus for a peace deal in an attempt to finally end the conflict.

But all his efforts, and those of the myriad others who devote their lives to this are now likely to go up, quite literally, in smoke.

I'm all for fresh new thinking when it comes to the Israel/Palestine crisis, as Trump put it today because let's be perfectly frank: none of the old thinking has worked.

This, though, is a terrible idea that will make things worse, not better.

In the short term, Trump's decision will inevitably spark a new wave of violence and instability across the region.

In the longer term, it will surely embolden Islamist terror groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS right and act as their greatest possible recruitment drive.

This, self-evidently, will make Israel less safe.

As for America, by moving from peace-broker to blatant side-taker, it is deliberately waving an Israeli red rag in the face of the Arab bull.

That can only make any resolution to this interminable issue even more unlikely.

And I fear it will also make America a less safe country, too.


An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man rides a bicycle as the US and Israeli flags are projected on the walls of Jerusalem's old city, Wednesday


Donald Trump has already enraged the world's Muslims on a regular basis.

During his election campaign, he called for a ban on all Muslims entering the US following a terror attack in California.

This week, his controversial watered-down travel ban, that targets seven predominantly Muslim countries, was given the green light by the Supreme Court.

Last week, Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by a racist, Islamophobe, criminal group named Britain First.

So Muslims already feel this President is their enemy.

Today's announcement won't just confirm that suspicion, it will heavily cement it.

The Palestinian ambassador to London said the move amounts to 'declaring war on 1.5 billion Muslims.'

Hyperbole or not, there is no question that Donald Trump has just poured oil on the fire.

Or worse, as President Erdogan's spokesman put it, he's 'plunging the region and the world into a fire with no end.'

God help us.

Who's pouring oil gas on the fire?






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