Kerry, aides checked by security at Egyptian presidential palace

Reuters:

Egyptian security officers checked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his top aides with a metal detector as they arrived for a meeting on Tuesday with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, an unusual screening for a senior State Department official.

Foreign officials usually extend every courtesy to Washington’s top diplomat.

Speaking of the 2nd amendment: CHICAGO JEWS THREATENED BY LEAFLETS

Breitbart:

The Times of Israel reports that a day after hundreds of anti-Israel protesters demonstrated in downtown Chicago, leaflets threatening Jews with violence were found on a half-dozen cars. The hate crime unit of the Chicago Police has already opened an investigation.

The demonstration and the threatening leaflets are in reaction to Israel’s recent push into Gaza. Israel’s move was one of self-defense after dealing with countless rocket bombardments fired by Hamas terrorists determined to murder innocent Israeli civilians. The Gaza terrorists are dug in intentionally in civilian areas and civilians are being used as human shields to up the casualties and sway moral illiterates in the media.

The threatening letters promised violence against Jews in the Pulaski Park neighborhood if Israel doesn’t end its work of self defense against a group of barbaric terrorists determined to destroy the small Jewish country.

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Here’s how this works.. if the tools of a civilized society cannot deal with this stuff, QUICKLY - PEOPLE START GETTING KILLED

This is America - NOT the middle east.

KEEP IT THAT EFFING WAY.

Protest all you want. WHENEVER YOUR PERMIT ALLOWS. But don’t be expecting many with this excrement going on

the Palestinians provide us with the more romantic story

A foreign journalist over a coffee in the the middle east.

For terrorists, the death of innocent children is irrelevant. In a society that promotes martyrdom as the ultimate sign of success, the death of innocent children can sometimes even be seen as a public relations blessing.

In every action, intent is paramount. There should never be a moral equivalence painted between the deliberate killing of civilians, and a retaliation that tragically leads to casualties among civilians.

There is, however, one small difference: in the Middle East, reporters are threatened, except in Israel. Their choice becomes a simple one: promote the Palestinian point of view or stop working in the West Bank. Keep the eye of the camera dirty or lose your job. This show should not go on.

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Rick Perry .. grandstand or dragged into it?

Personally, amid the Democrats (yes Bob  we know the stats) claiming everything from Obama has doubled the number of border patrol agents, and exported more illegals than any other pres, and that Perry is simply (as was his OP-ED) laying the ground work and bona fides for 2016 it’s IMPOSSIBLE to guess what is in his heart on this one.

WHy did he say he is doing this?

Texas under siege? Well if you live anywhere near the border that COULD be true every day.

Illegal immigrant children living in squalor? CHECK. The USA has failed UTTERLY on this one. ‘WE’ in the person of the guy elected to be RESPONSIBLE for our INTERNATIONAL BORDERS, knew about this a year ago, and were warned. Excuses are simply ridiculous. Take the kids. Put them someplace nice. Find out who they are. Find out if any are TRULY in danger at home. Find out if they have ANY RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN HERE, WILLING AND ABLE to assume 100% financial responsibility for them for 5 years, and or otherwise SEND THEM HOME.

The troops could detain people if asked, Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said at the press conference with Perry, but they are planning to play a “referring and deterring” role by deterring cartels with their visible presence and referring any immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to DPS.

THAT sounds good. Yesterday, a waterborne patrol of the Border Patrol was attacked with automatic weapons, and a Univision host recently crossed illegally in EIGHT FRICKIN SECONDS. I’m glad he did that as it illustrates the issue (but we shoul dhave been able to nail him and trade him for a certain US SERVICE PERSON who also IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY. Of course, the lesson is that we could not nail this guy, and did not.

A state memo obtained by the McAllen Monitor, which first reported Perry’s plan to deploy the National Guard, indicated the new efforts will cost the state of Texas $12 million per month.

Perry said he expects the federal government to eventually reimburse the state of Texas for the costs it has incurred protecting the southern border.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said prior to Perry’s announcement that the administration has not yet received the formal request from Perry to activate the troops, but he downplayed it as a merely a symbolic measure.

That will be interesting when they send that invoice over, won’t it?

Well we know there are more Border Patrol people, but the effort is ineffective. I believe Obama HAS deported more than any other prez, but WAY MORE have arrived, and WAY MORE have stayed.

So I think Perry executed this (TEMPORARY) solution for real. 1,000 National Guardsmen are not sealing the border, but they MAY be a deterrent to organized invasion if the people tactically in charge are smart.

It may help him in 2016, IF he runs IF this is effective.

Those are BIG IF’s and if this IS a grandstand Perry is REALLY rolling some big dice.

But that’s NOT true if in his heart he is really worried about Texas.

Morning news from Gaza:HAMAS fires a large barrage … WHY?

If you have been watching the dead baby porno emanating from the HAMAS side of this as a function of the total % of pix from all arab media you can see what HAMAS considers important.

DEAD BABIES THEY CAN SHOW.

Including not incidentally, one female child who resurrected from her death in Syria, and made the trip to ‘Gaza’ to be photographed there. In the past the David Project has documented the great numbers of truly funny fakes such as the video of the funerals with ‘bodies’ falling to the ground when dropped. Too bad the world can see dolls. Of course in the wider struggle we have the pix of (literally) a GI Joe used as a fake ‘captured American GI’.

But what is important when we see something like the barrage of rockets this morning is that HAMAS, now stripped of support from the Shias from Qom, and having totally pissed off the Salafi from the peninsula- is that HAMAS, alone recognizes that without $, their mission, DEAD ISRAEL WITH ENOUGH DEAD JEWS, is in jeopardy, and the only way to get that $ is via dead baby porno.

HAMAS is not trying to tell Israel they can still launch. Israel, I am SURE, has a Shin Bet and Mossad which can SUBTRACT, and knows HAMAS must still have 7-8000 rockets to go.

HAMAS is not trying to buck up its people by showing them they can still launch, because the GAZANS can all HEAR the Merkava’s running around, and hear and see the Hellfires, JDAMS, and artillery incoming and take a rather stronger message from that, than joy from seeing unguided rockets head for Tel Aviv to be zapped by Iron Dome.

No, the only way HAMAS can win, is for verifiable NEW dead baby video which SUCCEEDS in raising enough money for HAMAS to get more concrete to NOT build shelters, and pay its people.

So we have Israel trying to win by CERTAINLY finding and destroying tunnels (don’t be shocked by a no man’s land SOWN with 1000’s of sensors after this), and degrading the launch ability of HAMAS, and we have HAMAS trying to goad Israel to make a mistake by killing a hospital filled with infant orphans.

HAMAS has, I am certain, those to who the creation of such a basket of ‘martyrs’ justifies any action they might take.

But let’s remember one thing, HAMAS stated mission is DEAD ISRAEL WITH ENOUGH DEAD JEWS, and compared to that the protection of their own children and the creation of Palestine are goals with rather limited joy.

THE HAMAS CONVENANT ARTICLE 13 (not that any others are really much different):

Peaceful Solutions, Initiatives and International Conferences:

Article Thirteen:

Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse directed against part of religion. Nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion. Its members have been fed on that. For the sake of hoisting the banner of Allah over their homeland they fight. “Allah will be prominent, but most people do not know.”

Now and then the call goes out for the convening of an international conference to look for ways of solving the (Palestinian) question. Some accept, others reject the idea, for this or other reason, with one stipulation or more for consent to convening the conference and participating in it. Knowing the parties constituting the conference, their past and present attitudes towards Moslem problems, the Islamic Resistance Movement does not consider these conferences capable of realising the demands, restoring the rights or doing justice to the oppressed. These conferences are only ways of setting the infidels in the land of the Moslems as arbitraters. When did the infidels do justice to the believers?

"But the Jews will not be pleased with thee, neither the Christians, until thou follow their religion; say, The direction of Allah is the true direction. And verily if thou follow their desires, after the knowledge which hath been given thee, thou shalt find no patron or protector against Allah." (The Cow - verse 120).

There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.

The Palestinian people know better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed with. As in said in the honourable Hadith:

"The people of Syria are Allah’s lash in His land. He wreaks His vengeance through them against whomsoever He wishes among His slaves It is unthinkable that those who are double-faced among them should prosper over the faithful. They will certainly die out of grief and desperation."

There can be Israel or HAMAS, NOT BOTH, and it’s at their insistence

KSA: The only way to stop Israel is peace… . Israel does not want peace, because it does not need it. But the Palestinians do

Just before this round kicked off, do we remember the articles which mentioned 6 HAMAS member killed in a work accident?

Michael Mukasey, Bush Admin insider and cabinet member writing in the WSJ:

Early in the current clash between Hamas and Israel, much of the drama was in the air. The Palestinian terrorist group launched hundreds of rockets at Israel, and Israel responded by knocking down rockets in the sky with its Iron Dome defense system and by bombing the rocket-launch sites in Gaza. But the real story has been underground. Hamas’s tunnels into Israel are potentially much more dangerous than its random rocket barrages.

Israel started a ground offensive against Hamas in Gaza on Thursday, intending to destroy Hamas’s tunnel network. The challenge became obvious on Saturday when eight Palestinian fighters wearing Israeli military uniforms emerged from a tunnel 300 yards inside Israel and killed two Israeli soldiers in a firefight. One of the Palestinian fighters was killed before the others fled through the tunnel back to Gaza.

According to Yigal Carmon, who heads the Middle East Media Research Institute, his organization’s monitoring of published material and discussions with Israeli officials indicate that Hamas’s tunnels—and not the well-publicized episode of kidnapping and murder involving young Israelis and a Palestinian teenager—were the spark for the conflict.

Consider: On July 5 Israeli planes damaged a tunnel dug by Hamas that ran for several kilometers from inside the Gaza Strip. The tunnel emerged near an Israeli kibbutz named Kerem Shalom —vineyard of peace.

That Israeli strike presented Hamas with a dilemma, because the tunnel was one of scores that the group had dug at great cost. Were the Israelis specifically aware of the tunnel or had their strike been a random guess? Several members of the Hamas military leadership came to inspect the damage the following day, July 6. A later official Israeli report said that the Hamas inspectors were killed in a “work accident.” But what if the Israelis had been waiting for the follow-up and struck again?

Hamas now saw its strategic plan unraveling. The tunnel network gave it the ability to launch a coordinated attack within Israel like the 2008 Islamist rampage in Mumbai that killed 164 people. Recall that in 2011 Israel released more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, more than 200 of whom were under a life sentence for planning and perpetrating terror attacks. They were exchanged for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who had been taken hostage in a cross-border raid by Hamas. Imagine the leverage that Hamas could have achieved by sneaking fighters through the tunnels and taking hostages throughout Israel; the terrorists intercepted Saturday night were carrying tranquilizers and handcuffs.

If the Israeli strike on the tunnel near the Kerem Shalom kibbutz presaged a drive to destroy the entire network—the jewel of Hamas’s war-planning—the terrorist group must have been thrown into a panic. Because by this summer Hamas was already in desperate political straits.

For years Hamas was receiving weapons and funding from Shiite Iran and Syria, under the banner of militant resistance to Israel. But when Mohammed Morsi became president of Egypt in June 2012, Hamas abandoned its relationship with Iran and Syria and took up instead with Mr. Morsi and the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas also took up with Turkey and Qatar, also Sunni states, describing them at one point as the saviors of Hamas. Former benefactors Syria and Iran then called Hamas traitorous for abandoning the resistance-to-Israel camp.

The Hamas romance with Mr. Morsi was especially galling to Shiite-led Iran and Syria. The Shiites are only 10% of the world’s Muslims, and neither Iran nor Syria welcomed the loss of a patron to Sunni Egypt. The coup that removed Mr. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood regime in June 2013 brought a chill in Egypt’s relationship with Hamas that has kept Egypt’s border with Gaza closed, denying Hamas that route of supply.

But Iran and Syria did not rush to embrace their former beneficiary. When Hamas tried to re-ingratiate itself with Iran this May, its political bureau head, Khaled Mash’al, was denied an audience in Tehran and could only meet a minor diplomat in Qatar. On June 26 the Iranian website Tabnak posted an article titled, “Mr. Mash’al, Answer the Following Questions Before Asking for Help.” The questions included: “How can Iran go back to trusting an organization that turned its back on the Syrian regime after it sat in Damascus for years and received all kinds of assistance?” and “How can we trust an organization that enjoyed Iranian support for years and then described Turkey and Qatar as its saviors?”

So on July 6, Hamas stood politically isolated and strategically vulnerable. It had lost the financial support of Egypt and could not get renewed support from Iran in the measure it needed. To some in the organization it appeared that Hamas had only one card to play—and on July 7 it played that card with rockets. As to the tunnels, last Thursday Israeli forces intercepted 13 armed terrorists as they emerged from a tunnel near Kibbutz Sufa in Israel.

And then, from KSA thunder and lightning:

There are other messages out there for the Palestinians instead of the violent one sent by Hamas. Writing in the London-based Arabic daily Al Hayat on July 12, Saudi intellectual Abdallah Hamid al-Din, no friend of Israel, urged Palestinians to abandon as unrealistic demands for a right of return, and to forgo as hypocritical calls to boycott Israel:

"The only way to stop Israel is peace… . Israel does not want peace, because it does not need it. But the Palestinians do. Therefore it is necessary to persist with efforts to impose peace. No other option exists. True resistance is resistance to illusions and false hopes, and no longer leaning on the past in building the future. Real resistance is to silently endure the handshake of your enemy so as to enable your people to learn and to live."

Plenty of others are sending the same message today. Whether Palestinians will listen is another matter.

Mr. Mukasey served as U.S. attorney general (2007-09) and as a U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York (1988-2006).

By the way …. THE BORDER IS STILL INVISIBLE

The IRS emails are still missing

The VA is STILL killing veterans via malignant purposeful negligence

The Chinese are still claiming ownership of the air over our ally’s islands, AND the islands

Obamacare is still going to increase the crippling debt.

The interest paid out on the debt this year will still be close to HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS (last year it was $451bn)

Our military is still being notified they are being fired while being fired upon

ISIS is still expanding

Iran is still not blocked from nukes.

The EPA is STILL about to fine people for pollution by their own defined levels and STILL empowered (by themselves) to SEIZE - YOUR ASSETS without ANY due process, as THEY see fit

Various departments of the executive STILL have their own armed forces to enforce THEIR will as THEY still see fit

Illegal immigrants by the hundreds are STILL being goose liver paste FORCED FED to towns around the nation who then have to house, educate and find some way to care for them in various ways (more teachers, bi-lingual…more taxes, more buildings, more crowded classrooms)

The economy is STILL slowly dying and filled with too many unchallenging par time jobs

Inflation of things we HAVE to buy (gas, electricity, food)  STILL increases ALL THE TIME

Polarization and division in the nation is STILL increasing aided by the president and Mr. Holder (especially) and their SICK, paranoid view of who WE ARE

Both parties are STILL unresponsive to the citizens

Obama is STILL unable to actually govern

okay, NOW we can add back Gaza, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Afghanistan, cut armed forces and general complete DISGUST

He believes we have bionic powers and are capable of destroying everything he builds, even from far away

Wait, while we all turn on our third eye particle beams after the call comes on on the secret JEWFONE network

The view of a former Turk on Recep Erdogan, who used to walk about class with a copy of “MEIN KAMPF” (which remains a best seller in ‘certain places’ …wink wink)

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By the way, do we all remember VALLEY OF THE WOLVES?

HAMAS LAUNCHES NEW AUTONOMOUS GUIDED WEAPON

When you think you GET these guys, there’s always one more level … and it’s always funny, disgusting, and tragic

IDF expresses regret over “shocking” incident, condemns Gaza terrorists for strapping explosive devices to animals in order to attack Israeli troops.

Rafah border crossing between Egypt and  Gaza

Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza Photo: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Terrorists in Gaza attempted to attack IDF soldiers with an explosives-laden donkey on Friday, the military said. 

IDF forces operating in the Rafah area near the Gaza-Egypt border located the donkey suspiciously approaching their position and were forced to open fire at it, causing the explosives to detonate. 

No injuries were sustained to the soldiers. 

The military expressed its regret over the “shocking” incident, and condemned terrorists in Gaza for strapping bombastic devices to innocent animals as a means of attacking Israeli forces. 

"This cruel incident is the most recent attempt by Gaza terror organizations to make such an abominable use of animals as explosives couriers," the IDF said on its website.

Saudi Paper:”It seems Hamas does not pay much attention to the number of dead Palestinians”

Uh oh…KSA’s ARAB NEWS

Israeli missiles and Gaza’s bomb shelters

ABDULATEEF AL-MULHIM

Few weeks ago, three Israeli teens were kidnapped and murdered. Two of them held dual citizenships, Israeli and American. Few days later, apparently to avenge the deaths, a Palestinian teen was kidnapped and killed. It was clear that the two incidents would spell disaster. In other words, four teens were murdered and there were more killings to come.
In the wake of the four killings, many in Israel and the West Bank including some mayors in Israeli and Arab towns urged both the Israeli government and Hamas not to escalate tensions but it looked obvious that things would not calm down and the rest of the story is known to all.
A question answer of which is not known to anyone is: Why Gaza does not have bomb shelter? Hamas took control of Gaza Strip in 2005 following Israeli withdrawal. However, hostilities never ended. In one of the conflicts around 1,500 Palestinians lost their lives and the Israeli side sustained few casualties. Undoubtedly, Israel is militarily powerful than Hamas. Had Hamas built bomb shelters, the causalities would have been reduced. It seems Hamas does not pat much attention to the number of dead Palestinians. Hamas is not gaining anything by locking horns with Israel.
In the wake of this current crisis, people around the world took to the streets, some supporting Israel and some opposing it. Reportedly many Jews around the world took part in protests slamming Israeli attacks on Gaza. Many Arabs criticized Hamas’ “irresponsible” approach that has put Palestinians in harm’s way. In other words, there are people from both sides who are not in favor of armed conflict. So why don’t these people sit together for a truce resulting in a lasting peace? Now, let us go back to the absence of bomb shelters in Gaza. Hamas either does not understand the rule of the game or simply just turn a blind eye to it. Hamas know well that Israel will hit back and hit hard if attacked. So, why Hamas was successful in spreading a sophisticated network of tunnels and fail to build simple bomb shelters if they knew there would be armed conflicts? Is Hamas willing to sacrifice Palestinians to get more Arab and foreign financial aid and what is more, does Hamas receive orders from abroad or they simply have no control over various factions within Hamas? As we have seen, some of Hamas missiles are either from Iran or used Iranian technologies. So, the question is, can Hamas use these missiles or its technologies without a green light from Iran and is the attack from Gaza planned by the Iranians to take some of the pressure off Bashar Assad?
Till the time of writing this article, the number of Palestinian dead is approaching over 200 and we have seen gruesome scenes of dead children but we all know that the dust will eventually settle and they will just become statistics in history books. What if the Israeli ground forces attack northern Gaza? How many casualties Hamas is willing to sustain? 
Hamas had been in isolation from the day it took control of Gaza because of its behavior. So, maybe Hamas wanted to emerge from this isolation and catch world’s attention but other means should have been adopted to do that. Leaders of Hamas are now under more scrutiny from their people. Hamas leaders are jet setters. They travel high class, stay at the best hotels and eat the best food but their people are not paid their salaries on time and what is worse is that they are always under constant pressure from Hamas rule and the Israeli missiles. And Hamas did not even think of building bomb shelters. So, is Hamas looking for more innocent Palestinian casualties to gain more sympathy from the outside world? 
Israel is using lethal weapons at a time when many countries in the Arab world are in chaos. There are more Syrian refugees and displaced families than there are Palestinians. There is more destruction in Libya and Yemen than there is in Gaza and there are far more gruesome killing scenes in Iraq than in Gaza. The Arabs are busy. So, the assets of Hamas could have been utilized to educate the Palestinian youths. But if Hamas really wanted an armed conflict, then they should have at least built some bomb shelters for the poor innocent Palestinians. Most of them don’t want this armed conflict.

Maybe I’m crazy but is there a parallel here?

For years in this stupid, war of the peoples, religious, Jews are cursed by Allah (Tantawi-former ‘Dean’ of Al Azhar) standoff between 5 million jews and 300,000,000 NEIGHBOR (never mind total) muslims.. when things get hot we hear,read, and see something along these lines …

'The Holocaust is a lie, exaggerated, or the jews did it themselves (to get into that neighborhood), but if it DID happen, they deserved it, and Hitler did good'

And from the Palestinians…now..

Kidnapper’s Mother ‘Proud of Him to my Last Day’

Mother of one of two Hamas kidnappers denies involvement, but states her pride ‘if he did it,’ adding ‘I raised him on the knees of Islam.’
Marwan Kawasmeh (L), Amar Abu-Eisha
Marwan Kawasmeh (L), Amar Abu-Eisha
Israel Security Agency

The mother of one of the Hamas kidnappers who the IDF has identified as being behind the June 12 abduction of three Israeli teens has spoken out, both denying his involvement yet saying if he is behind the abduction “I’ll be proud of him till my final day.”

The revelation comes in an interview with Channel 10 by the mother of Amar Abu-Eisha (33), whose identity, along with that of Marwan Kawasmeh (29) was released by the IDF last Thursday, as the main actors behind the abduction. The two are known Hamas terrorists from the Hevron region.

"They’re throwing the guilt on him by accusing him of kidnapping. If he truly did it - I’ll be proud of him till my final day," said the mother in a cold voice, reports the news channel.

Speaking from her home in Judea, the mother claimed that on the day of the kidnapping, Abu-Eisha told his wife he was going to work and could be late coming home.

"If he did the kidnapping I’ll be proud of him. I raised my children on the knees of the (Islamic) religion, they are religious guys, honest and clean-handed, and their goal is to bring the victory of Islam," continued Abu-Eisha’s mother.

That home is now unfortunately, slated for demolition. Abu-Aisha’s father, Omar, himself has been arrested numerous times for security offenses according to the IDF, and Amar’s brother was killed while committing a terror attack in 2005 against an IDF patrol.

Allow me to again lay out simply why no peace is possible .. for there to be a two state solution of ANYKIND, the Palestinian must ULTIMATELY (bargain away boyz) cede right of return, and accept Israel by recognizing the Jewish state (embassies and all that).

Here are the results of a poll conducted BY PALESTINIANS in JUNE

I have YET to speak to any Palestinian, or Arab, who would agree to a Palestinian state in return for recognition of a jewish one, let alone cede right of return on the final day of negotiations.

I have been speaking with Arabs all over the gulf, and in the Levant since 9/13/2001.

This is why Israel should now, given the refusal of a cease fire, conduct a merciless decapitation WAR against HAMAS, and negotiate with Egypt (who now also wants to buy Israeli Med. gas and oil) SEALING totally the crossing from Sinai into Gaza to any arms, any tunnels, and any way missile components can POSSIBLY reach HAMAS.

No peace is possible, only truces during which more arms for more death can be built up. Israel should conduct themselves in this reality.

Any Palestinian leader who LEAD to a comprehensive peace via true negotiations would be a DEAD MAN. It is the Palestinian peoples who do not want peace.

This is why that mother will be proud of her child murdering son till her dying day.

Neither Gaza nor the Ramallah half of the Palestinian Authority pays for the power consumed

So I am reading about the hysterical ‘HAMAS hits its own electrical supply line into Gaza story’ when I come upon this little factoid.

Israel is supplying the electricity for the West Bank and Gaza FREE?

It was almost poetic justice – a rocket that Hamas fired at Israel on Sunday night knocked out a high-voltage line that supplies electricity to some 70,000 Gazans. This was a blackout waiting to happen.

Literally biting the hand that feeds it, Hamas persistently aims at the very Ashkelon power plant upon which Gaza depends for its electricity. Israel has refrained from switching the power off lest it incur censure from abroad.

Neither Gaza nor the Ramallah half of the Palestinian Authority pays for the power consumed. Gaza alone, it’s estimated, owes the Israel Electric Corporation NIS 220 million (out of the staggering NIS1.5 billion of unpaid Palestinian debts).

The downed electricity line is one of a dozen high-tension lines with 120 megawatts per hour transmission capacity. Its loss means that the entire area between Khan Yunis and Deir el-Balah has been plunged into darkness.

The damage is reparable, but there’s no quick fix. In the best of times this job could take a long time. As things stand, with more rockets flying out of Gaza, no IEC employees would be willing to risk life and limb and expose themselves to Gazan predations just in order to restore electricity to Gazans. Moreover, no one asks them to.

As a PS, yesterday, HAMAS hit the SECOND electrical supply line coming into Gaza.

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade

DOJ invasion of PRE-K ‘racial punishment ratios’ is SURPASSED by Obama mocking FLOAT.

During the 1930s, the KGB customarily showed up at public events, such as concerts, ballets, operas, and shows.

They did this so that when the word “STALIN” was mentioned for praise before the event, the FIRST person to stop applause during the requisite standing ovation (sometimes MANY before the opening praises ended), would then be ARRESTED, carted off to Lubyanka, questioned with significance, and then a confirmed reservation made for the person, and perhaps their families in a special facility near the Lena River Delta. If memory serves the record for an ovation was 37 minutes.

ARE WE ALL GETTING THIS?

Nineteen terrifying words from the Omaha World-Herald:

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade.

Thus did the federal government dispatch an emissary to investigate a minor instance of Midwestern dissent.

A quick recap for the happily uninitiated: The “controversial float” in question was one of many included in this year’s Independence Day parade in Norfolk, Neb. The entry, which featured a zombie standing on an outhouse marked “Obama Presidential Library,” was created by a veteran named Dale Remmich, and was designed, Remmich claims, to express the “political disgust” that he feels at the Obama administration’s mismanagement of the Department of Veteran Affairs. As is the habit now, pictures of the float were quickly pushed around the Internet, attracting the attention and disapprobation of such august institutions as theWashington Post, CBS, ABC, and the Huffington Post — and, it seems, the interest of the United States Department of Justice. This week, the World-Heraldreports, the DOJ “sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue.” Present at the summit were the NAACP, the mayor of the Nebraska town in which the float was displayed, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which sponsored the event.

Now for the obvious question: Why? What, exactly, was the problem here? Nobody was killed. Nobody was maimed. Nobody had their material or spiritual interests injured, nor were they stripped of their livelihoods. No federal or state laws were broken. Indeed, not even private rules were broken. More to the point, there was no “discrimination dispute” of the sort with which the DOJ likes to concern itself. Instead, a few free people were vexed because a politician that they like was depicted in an unflattering light. One might well ask, “So what?” Once, Americans tackled the Oregon Trail. Are they now in need of their political “discussions” being arbitrated by glorified social workers sent by Uncle Sam?

In a typically risible statement, Nebraska’s state Democratic party described the incident as one of the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.” That this is almost certainly true demonstrates just how much progress the United States has made in the last 50 years — and, in consequence, how extraordinarily difficult the professionally aggrieved are finding it to fill their quotas. If a fairly standard old saw is among the worst things to have happened to the Cornhusker State in recent memory, the country is in rather good shape, n’est-ce pas?

Exactly what it was about the float that rendered it “racist” was, of course, never explained. Instead, the assertion was merely thrown into the ether, ready to be accepted uncritically by the legions of righteously indignant keyboard warriors that lurk around social media as piranhas around a fresh carcass. But, for future reference at least, it would be nice to have the details of the offense unpacked. Are outhouses racist now? Are zombies? Or was it perhaps the overalls in which the zombie was dressed? Moreover, if any of these are now redolent of something sinister, at what point was this association held to be operative? A popular cartoon from 2006 depicted a latrine standing in the middle of the desert, on its outer wall the words “Bush Presidential Library.” Was this “racist,” or is this one of those timeless truths that were only discovered in 2009?

The float’s maker has insisted that the zombie represented himself and not the president. “I’ve got my bibs on, my walker, I’m covering my ears and I’m turning a bit green; I intended it to look like a zombie who has had enough,” he explained. Unsurprisingly, the NAACP didn’t buy it. “Looking at the float, that message absolutely did not come through,” the president of the outfit’s Iowa and Nebraska chapters griped. Fair enough. Arguendo, let’s presume that some of the spectators misunderstood the piece and believed that the president of the United States was being compared to a toilet-dwelling zombie. Again: Who cares? Are we now so hopelessly epicene that we expect federally funded conflict-resolution teams to swoop in on the hinterlands if the locals mutter too loudly about the government? I rather hope that we are not.

Frankly, as superficially appealing as they might sound, appeals to “the dignity of the office” are invariably prissy, serving more often than not as a means by which humorless partisans might grumble about their team’s being dinged without appearing hypersensitive. Indeed, far from damaging the national fabric, astringent mockery of the powerful is a healthy and necessary thing — a source of valuable catharsis that serves also as a canary in the proverbial coal mine. When I see the most powerful man in the country being not only mocked, but hanged and burned in effigy too, my first thought is less “gosh, how awful” than “wow, is this a free country or what?” A historical rule of thumb: If a ragtag group of political dissenters can simulate the violent execution of the head of the executive branch and not be so much as scratched as a result, the country is a free one. Who cares if a few of our more delicate sorts reach for the smelling salts?

It is always tempting to believe one’s own time to be particularly interesting or fractious, but there is little in politics that is genuinely new. Sharp and violent denunciations of the executive branch have been a feature of American life since the republic’s first days. Before the Revolution, the colonists routinely hanged likenesses of unpopular royal representatives, including King George III; Andrew Oliver, the Massachusetts Distributor of Stamps; and the loyalist Supreme Court justice, Thomas Hutchinson. Afterward, having dispensed with the old guard, Americans took to lambasting the new, among them George Washington, who had effected the king’s defeat; Thomas Jefferson, who had authored the charter of separation; and James Madison, who had drafted the lion’s share of the new Constitution. Chief Justice John Jay’s 1795 treaty with the British was so wildly unpopular among the Jeffersonians that Jay reported being able to travel from Boston to Philadelphia by the light of his burning effigies. Later, during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was subjected to the treatment. In one form or another, most presidents have been.

The modern era has served as no exception to the rule. During his two terms, George W. Bush was the object of considerable opprobrium, his likeness being frequently hanged, knived in the forehead, and even assassinated on prime-time television.

At the height of the Left’s umbrage, progressive heroes Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield went so far as to take a twelve-foot effigy of Bush on a national tour, setting fire to it at each stop to the audience’s hearty cheers. Ben and Jerry make ice cream, not apple pie. But their barnstorming road trip could not have been more American. There are few things more indicative of human liberty than the ability to castigate power with impunity — up to and including the moment of offense. “To learn who rules over you,” Voltaire suggested, “simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Is Barack Obama to be a ruler?

— Charles C. W. Cooke is a staff writer at National Review.