Friday, September 10, 2010

The Jewish Lobby, AIPAC and Cameras

News Source: M. Weaver

Another Day, Another High Profile Individual Speaks On The Jewish Lobby
Posted by Robert Ransdell on: 2010-09-10 04:59:15 in category: General [ Print]

The European Jewish Congress has demanded an apology and full retraction from Karel De Gucht following his comments.

Mr De Gucht, a former Belgian foreign minister, made the remarks in an interview in which he was asked about the resumption of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

He said: "You cannot underestimate the weight of the Jewish lobby on Capitol Hill, the US Congress. It is the most well-organised pressure group over there."

He continued: "You also cannot underestimate the opinion, outside the lobby, of the average Jew who does not live in Israel.

"There is a conviction, and I can hardly describe it in another way, among most Jews that they are right. And conviction is something which is hard to combat with rational arguments.

"It is not easy to have, even with a moderate Jew, a rational discussion on the Middle East situation. It is a very emotional issue."

Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, said: "Once again we hear outrageous anti-Semitism from a senior European official.

"The libel of Jewish power is apparently acceptable at the highest levels of the European Union. This should worry everyone who seeks a more tolerant Europe." 

News Source: Marie

Traffic-Camera Firm Latest To Jump On The "You're A Racist" Bandwagon
Posted by Robert Ransdell on: 2010-09-10 04:45:44 in category: General [ Print]

Bet you never imagined that asking voters whether or not they want red-light surveillance cameras is racist.

That's the contention of American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona-based company that operates photo enforcement cameras in West Palm Beach and elsewhere.

I'm guessing you'd be hard-pressed to imagine a racist component to holding an election that includes a ballot question on red-light cameras.

Then again, you're not a lawyer in search of any excuse to stop people from voting on traffic cameras.

Voters are unkind to red-light cameras. If you give them a chance, they'll vote them down all the time.

It's much easier selling this money-making scheme to cash-strapped city commissions and state legislators.

Two cities in Texas have camera referendum questions on their Nov. 2 general election ballots. And American Traffic Solutions is trying to stop those votes.

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