As I write this, Israel is under attack. Sirens are going off non-stop in areas along the southern border. My wife’s app, which alerts her when there are attacks on Israel, has been blowing up all day. At least 17 have been injured. Yet here in America, we either hear a variation of this news that paints Israel as the aggressor or we don’t hear about it at all.
Imagine if a single rocket flew from Mexico and hit El Paso. Or one rocket crossed from South Korea to North Korea. Would it be big news if a mortar launched from Italy landed in Switzerland? In all these cases, it would be the big story of the day with speculation and commentary continuing for several days. But this is Israel. It’s Gaza. It’s the world’s punching bag getting hit once again because, well, they deserve it, right? In other words, it’s not a story.
You won’t see it prominently on Google News, Yahoo!, Fox News, or pretty much anywhere Americans generally get their daily dose of world events. They all cover it a little because they have an obligation, but it’s conspicuously below stories about Taylor Swift and Jack in the Box’ new television ads. That would be enough to make one upset, but the way it’s being covered is also abysmal. It’s being spun by most mainstream media publications as Israel attacking Gaza and being met with counterattacks. They don’t outright say that, but they cleverly position the headlines and opening paragraphs to give news skimmers the impression that Israel is the aggressor today and always.
Here’s what you’ll find on Twitter, which is regrettably becoming the only place to find good coverage of Israel. I say “regrettably” because as a platform it is littered with much more anti-Israel sentiment than positive.
The reality in Israel for the last 8 hours pic.twitter.com/CrcASE6c6h
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 9, 2018
It’s 4:18am here in Israel & sirens are going off again every few minutes, indicating new barrages. Some 100 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza in the last seven hours. Nine Israeli civilians have been injured. IDF is retaliating. Most world media not reporting. #pray pic.twitter.com/QG0zy5mWZo
— Joel C. Rosenberg (@JoelCRosenberg) August 9, 2018
Imagine you had only 11 seconds to take cover from rocket fire targeting your city and your family.
— Israel Foreign Min. (@IsraelMFA) August 8, 2018
As I write this, my wife’s phone continues to go off nonstop.
What can conscientious Americans do? Is it possible to sift through the propaganda thrown up against Israel without getting caught up in reverse bias? When so much press is stacked against them, how do we know when they do things that are truly wrong (and yes, the nation of Israel makes bad moves just like everyone else) and when they’re the victims of a world and media united against them?
More so than any other nation, we must practice discernment and carefully read what is said about Israel. Use multiple sources. Get the whole picture as best you can. Unlike other distant nations, Israel’s fate and direction are directly attached to us and visa versa. We must be aware of what’s going on there just as they must be aware of what’s going on here.
I’ll leave you with three important Bible verses to keep in mind when seeing how the world treats Israel today.
12 The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Trump to Acosta: ‘You have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news.’
During President Trump’s press conference announcing his declaration of a national emergency, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked whether the President was concocting the national emergency in order to build his border wall because he couldn’t get it done through Congress. The President responded in standard fashion, attacking Acosta’s question itself as biased.
“You have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news,” the President said to the reporter.
Acosta has been at the center of controversy throughout President Trump’s term, tussling with members of the administration and the President himself at times. He lost access to the White House in November, 2018, after an altercation with a White House staffer.
This time, the President answered Acosta’s question about whether or not the emergency was manufactured by telling him to ask the Angel moms sitting in the front row if they thought the emergency was manufactured. Acosta did not.
Shouldn’t the Left be held accountable for the racism of gun control?
Liberty control has its roots in racism. Why isn’t advocating for it considered to be racist?
We find ourselves at a very interesting conflux of issues these days. On the one hand, Democrats in Virginia are fighting off charges of racism while the rest of the nation’s Socialist-Left is openly talking about subjects such as ‘white privilege’ and judging people based on skin color instead of the content of their character as in the Covington Catholic high school case.
Contrast this with their incessant efforts in tearing down basic human rights, in particular the right of self-defense. Meanwhile, we have the 1-year mark of the Parkland mass murder, the fuse that set off the Left’s crusade against Liberty. The Left’s efforts in controlling the right of self-defense have their roots in racism, not to mention that their crusade against this basic human Liberty adversely impact the minority community, so shouldn’t they be condemned for their racism in this regard?
Shouldn’t the Left have to answer for this?
The issue of Liberty [gun] control is one of the Left empowering themselves at the expense of the innocent. What began as a way of depriving certain people of their civil rights has continued on with expansion to those opposed to the Left’s socialist national agenda while still fostering policies that keep minorities vulnerable.
It’s one of those pieces of history the Liberty grabber left would like to keep hidden away like pictures in a yearbook. In what hearkens back to the infamous Dred Scott decision with the right to keep and carry arms a factor, from the text of the decision:
It would give to persons of the negro race, who were recognized as citizens in any one State of the Union, the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, singly or in companies, without pass or passport, and without obstruction, to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased at every hour of the day or night without molestation, unless they committed some violation of law for which a white man would be punished; and it would give them the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went. And all of this would be done in the face of the subject race of the same color, both free and slaves, and inevitably producing discontent and insubordination among them, and endangering the peace and safety of the State.
We and others have touched on this subject before with the point that that the original purpose of many Liberty control laws was to render certain minorities helpless in the face of KKK terror. This is exemplified in a recent article by David Kopel on The Racist Influence on Gun Control Laws:
How do you stop a lynch mob? With a Winchester repeating rifle. That was the advice of Ida B. Wells, the great journalist who led the fight against lynching. To frustrate her work, a new form of gun control was introduced.
On June 25, 1892, Wells penned an iconic article for the New York Age, which was reprinted as a nationally circulated pamphlet, “Southern Horrors.” After noting cases in which lynch mobs had been defeated by armed blacks, Wells continued: “The lesson this teaches and which every Afro-American should ponder well is that a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for the protection which the law refuses to give.
While the laws are no longer overly racist, the incremental assaults on our Liberty adversely impact minorities as pointed out in article on The Racist Roots of Gun Control:
Any kind of licensing scheme on gun ownership represents a costly barrier to entry. Minorities of humble means are effectively priced out of their right to self-defense. Researcher John Lott explained last year in an article for The Hill how expensive licenses and fees for carrying weapons burden minorities and other vulnerable groups.
No matter how much progressives claim to defend minorities, supporting gun control does them a massive disservice. The fear and danger many inner-city dwellers in places like Baltimore and Chicago must contend with on a daily basis is only aggravated by the cities’ gun control policies.
Even the new rage of Gun Confiscation SWATing adversely impacts the most vulnerable. Since they may not have the resources to get back their property and their good name after it has been taken from them without due process. With these so-called ‘Red flag’ laws reported as reported on the site Bearing arms on The spike in gun confiscations thanks to so-called ‘Red Flag Laws’:
Right now, everyone seems to be crowing over the number of seizures, but how many actual tragedies have been avoided? More importantly, how many “false positives” have we seen. By that, I mean how many innocent, law-abiding people with no intention of harming another found themselves disarmed by force of law despite having done nothing wrong because someone else said they did?
While these seizures can be fought, not everyone can afford to do so, making them especially burdensome for the poor who often live in high-crime areas and often rely on their firearms for personal protection.
While Leftists have a distinct predilection in projecting their faults on others, the charge of racism is particularly galling. Since as Bill Whittle pointed out they have no real effect except on those who aren’t truly racist.
It is equally galling that Leftists incessantly push for gun confiscation and it’s precursor steps, a socialist agenda item that is steeped in racism. Meanwhile, they take on the air of being the champions of the downtrodden, the people most adversely affected by their quest for power in disarming the people.
Robert Hockett wasn’t aware of the #GND draft that was posted to her website
Media activists on both sides of the aisle have been foaming at the mouth about an interview Cornell University Law School Professor Robert Hockett did with Tucker Carlson on Fox News last week. In it, he claimed there was nothing from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ camp that referred to paying people who were “unwilling to work.”
Leftist media cheered Hockett for “fact-checking” Carlson. Conservative media called him a liar when it was clear the claim was posted and later removed from her website. As it turned out, neither was fully correct.
The version that was posted and removed from her government website was a draft. In this draft, they included language that people who were unable or unwilling to work would be paid by the government, but that’s apparently not what was actually being proposed in the Green New Deal.
At least not yet.
If it’s in the draft, and multiple people were involved in putting the draft together, certainly the notion of paying people who are unwilling to work was under discussion. Perhaps most in her camp believed it should be removed since it’s about the most unAmerican notion a politician could ever conceive of, but it was slipped in and published nonetheless.
Hockett seems deeply invested in making this idea as palatable as possible and having proposals to reward people simply for being lazy and letting hard-working Americans pay for their laziness isn’t ideal for their case. We impatiently wait for the final draft.
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