Friday, August 12, 2016

What is Trumponomics, and how would it affect Israel?

By SHLOMO MAITAL / Jerusalem Post

TrumpWHOM WILL Americans choose as their president on November 8? Arguably America’s choice for president is as important for the people of Israel as their own prime minister.

He or she will impact Israel’s foreign policy, economy, defense and even internal politics.
 
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s policies and platform are more or less transparent.

She has been highly visible for some 24 years, serving as US senator, secretary of state and an active first lady, beginning with Bill Clinton’s election in 1992. She first visited Israel 35 years ago and has been back many times since.

In contrast, the Republican candidate Donald J. Trump, host of the popular reality show “The Apprentice” for 11 years, is rather opaque. As a BBC commentator noted, when Trump announced he was running for president on June 16, 2015, he was widely mocked by pundits. They are laughing no longer.

Though Trump trails Clinton in the polls, political analyst Nate Silver, who correctly predicted the results of the 2012 presidential election in all 50 states, gives him a 38 percent chance to win. And there are still three months left until the election.

Trump regularly foregoes teleprompters and written speeches, preferring to improvise.

This makes it hard to nail down what he believes and will implement. But it is possible to piece together a fairly coherent picture of Trumponomics – the Trump view of business and economics.
Driving Ms. Muhammad
ABC reporter Matt Gutman gushed: "(She is) set to become the first U.S. woman ever to compete at the Olympics wearing a hijab. And she wasn't at all en garde, sorry for the pun, for breaking barriers and slashing her way into history."

NBC found Muhammad's mentor, Peter Westbrook, to praise her: "She is an absolute role model for the children, for our organization, for Islamic people, for all Americans all over the world." On CBS, Charlie Rose said, "Sounds like she's a superachiever."

Well, no. Actually, Muhammad lost in her second-round sabre match and didn't move beyond the round of 16.

Prior to the opening ceremony, CNN host/"sociopolitical comedian" W. Kamau Bell penned a column for CNN online, insisting that Michael Phelps, America's greatest Olympian, offer the "noble gesture" of letting Muhammad carry the American flag at the opening ceremonies. He wrote that Phelps didn't "need the honor" and should bow to the "one-stop inclusion shop." He told Phelps to step aside, saying, "No offense, but right now America has enough tall, successful, rich white guys hogging the spotlight trying to make America great...again."

If Trump Loses, Who Will Deserve The Blame?August has not been a good month for those of us who are actually interested in preventing a Hillary Clinton presidency.

The left was always expected to be an obstacle, aided by willing handmaidens in the dominant media culture. But we have been additionally thwarted by Republicans unable to achieve clarity on the necessity of this mission. Throw in our candidate’s self-inflicted wounds, and moods have darkened.

Not mine.

This is a thoroughly winnable election, still more than twelve weeks away. We have a candidate who is far superior to Hillary Clinton on national security, taxes, job creation, gun rights, health care, rebuilding the military and the vital issue of Supreme Court choices. If we can spend more time celebrating his skillful deployment of those comparisons and less time cleaning up his messes, we will win.

That is a sizable if, but I plan to spend every day until the election doing things that bring about the defeat of Hillary Clinton, while pointing out the hazards of failing to do so.

However, the air hangs thick with residual NeverTrumper discontent. This has sparked discussion over whether foot-dragging Republicans will actually be to blame if he loses. If we shuffle off to nightmare-filled sleep November 8 after a Hillary Clinton win, will we have contrarian politicians and pundits to blame?

US Central Command skewed intel on the Islamic State to present “more optimistic” view to the public
By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch

 

US Central Command skewed intel on the Islamic State to present “more optimistic” view to the public
This is not the first time that this administration has been caught skewing data about the Islamic State to make it appear as if U.S. efforts against it have been more successful than they really have been. This administration doesn’t care about defeating the Islamic State. It cares about appearing to be defeating the Islamic […]

 
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The Meat You are EatING is HALAL but USDA Won’t Label It

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

This is an outrage. If the roles were were reversed and it was Muslims being ignored, Muslims whose dietary religious traditions being violated, all hell would break loose.

Pamela Geller: USDA Ignores AFDI Petition to Require All Halal Meat Be Labeled as Such

A great deal of meat sold in this country is halal but is not labeled is such. It’s a scandal — but an established practice: meat packers generally do not separate halal meat from non-halal meat, and do not label halal meat as such. We attempted to right that wrong.
But the U.S. Department of Agriculture has for four years now ignored, shelved, or just plain refused to rule on our petition.
As many Americans do not, for a variety of reasons, wish to eat halal meat, back in...