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Women of SNL release statement in support of Al Franken

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Al Franken: A devoted and dedicated family man…

Y‘all may regret that decision, ladies.
From Entertainment Weekly: Women who worked with Al Franken on Saturday Night Live are stepping out to support him — 36 “SNL Women,” to be exact.
The comic-turned-senator, who spent a total of 15 years on the series as a writer and performer, faced sexual misconduct accusations by KABC radio anchor Leeann Tweeden last week, who claimed Franken groped her and kissed her without consent during a USO tour in 2006, and even released a photo of Franken appearing to be grabbing her breasts while she was sleeping. Franken has since apologized and Tweeden accepted it, and now, his former colleagues are speaking out in solidarity with him.
“We feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken, whom we have all had the pleasure of working with over the years on Saturday Night Live (SNL),” begins a statement signed by the 36 women, including Not Ready for Prime Time Players Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman. “What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms. Tweeden, and to the public. In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant. That is why we are moved to quickly and directly affirm that after years of working with him, we would like to acknowledge that not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior; and mention our sincere appreciation that he treated each of us with the utmost respect and regard.”
Last weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live didn’t exactly go easy on Franken. “Now, I know this photo looks bad, but remember — it also is bad,” Colin Jost quipped during Weekend Update, later adding, “Sure, this was taken before Franken ran for public office, but it was also taken after he was a sophomore in high school. It’s pretty hard to be like, ‘Oh, come on, he didn’t know anything — he was only 55.’”
I believe the womyn supporting Franken wrote this letter before pictures surfaced of Franken groping Arianna Huffington during a photo shoot. Oops…

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UN to Remove Jerusalem from Israel?

Patriot Update is sending an e-mail alert that the United Nations Security Council has scheduled next Tuesday, July 26, in New York, for open “debate” about whether or not they will seize Israeli land in September, and divide Jerusalem by establishing a Palestinian state, without negotiation or approval from Israel.
[H/t beloved fellow Tina!]
The same alert is also posted on many blogs, such as Traditional Values Coalition.
According to the e-mail, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had feared just such a “surprise” move after the Quartet on the Middle East (UN, EU, USA, and Russia) met on July 11 in Washington, DC, to endorse Obama’s plan (in his speech of May 19) to enforce Israel’s 1967 borders and divide Jerusalem.
But I cannot find verification of this on the web. Instead, the Seattle PI reports on July 12, 2011, that the Quartet meeting was a bust:

The “highly-anticipated gathering hosted Monday by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and attended by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, EU top diplomat Catherine Ashton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to produce a unified statement on the way ahead.”

So I went onto the United Nations’ website to find confirmation of the July 26 Security Council meeting. I found a “Programme of Meetings and Agendas” in the Journal of the United Nations. On page 2 of the pdf document is this:

The Security Council will hold an open debate on Tuesday, 26 July 2011, in the Security Council Chamber Room GA-TSC-01, in connection with the agenda item “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

Member states wishing to inscribe their names on the list of speakers should contact the Secretariat….

Here’s a screenshot I took of that announcement:

Then I went looking for the agenda item and found this document: A “Statement” made on January 19, 2011, by Mr. Md. Nojibur Rahman, Minister (Economic) and Charge d’Affaires of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations at the Security Council Open Debate on the agenda item “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.
On behalf of Bangladesh, a Muslim country, Rahman said the following:

“In order to achieve a lasting solution in the Middle East, it is very important to address the key issue, which is prolong and illegal occupation of the Arab territories by Israel…. My delegation believes that direct negotiations will only be successful if there is sustained regional and international support for…Palestinian State-building…which guarantee Israel’s withdrawal from all occupied Arab and Palestinian territories back to June 4, 1967 line…. In conclusion, let me reiterate Bangladesh’s long-standing position that the continued illegal occupation of Palestine over the past six decades is the root cause of violence, unrest and destabilization in the region.

So there you have it. Despite the innocuously-worded announcement in the UN’s “Programme of Meetings and Agendas” of an “open debate” by the Security Council scheduled for July 26, 2011, the statement by Bangladesh’s representative to the United Nations makes clear the debate agenda is about “restoring” Israel to its pre-1967 borders, also called the Green Line.
That, in turn, means Israel must surrender the territories it captured in the 1967 Six-Day War, including the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and Sinai Peninsula (the latter has since been returned to Egypt). But the Green Line once divided Jerusalem into East and West, with the western section within Israel. Annexed by Jordan in 1948, East Jerusalem includes Jerusalem’s Old City and some of the holiest sites of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, such as the Temple Mount, Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Territories held by Israel before and after the Six Day War of 1967

All of which means that returning Israel to its 1967 borders would mean that Israel not only loses the West Bank (and with that Israel’s defense strategic depth), Israel — and the Christian world — will also lose Jerusalem to the new Palestinian Muslim state.
It should be said that the United Nations is decidedly partial on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and regularly condemns Israel for this or that. But…
Even if the UN Security Council’s “open debate” next Tuesday concludes with their demand that Israel returns to its pre-1967 borders, that demand doesn’t mean squat because it’s unenforceable — so long as the UN hasn’t morphed into a One World Government & Military.
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride….

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Obama, Harvard J.D.

For a guy who was touted as the “smartest man in the world,” with a J.D. from Harvard U. Law School, Obama not only can’t pronounce simple words like “Corps” and “corpsmen,” he’s also embarrassingly ignorant about history.
On September 21, 2010, pandering to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Obama said: “Mexicans were here long before America was even an idea.”
Here are the relevant dates in history. You be the judge!:
1521: Spain conquered and colonized the Mesoamerica — the territory that would eventually become Mexico. Spain called the new colony “New Spain.”
July 1776: Second Continental Congress of the 13 American colonies issued the Declaration of Independence.
October 1781: The American Revolutionary War ended with effective American victory.
1783: Treaty of Paris – formal British abandonment of any claims to the United States of America.
1821: New Spain gained independence from Spain.
1910: Mexican Revolution
1917: Promulgation of Mexican Constitution and emergence of a new federal constitutional republic with the formal name of the United Mexican States.
[Sources: HERE and HERE]

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