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We can -- and should -- drink to that: Pepsico's buying SodaStream sends a resounding message
by Zev Chafets 
3 Examples of How Social Security
Robs Americans of Greater Income Before, During Retirement
by Rachel Greszler and Julia Howe
{ } ~ Social Security takes a whopping 12.4 percent of American workers’ paychecks, but a new backgrounder by The Heritage Foundation shows that workers are getting a bad deal from the program... Despite its popularity, Social Security typically provides very low—and in many cases, negative—rates of return. Although the program provided high returns and windfall benefits to its earliest recipients, Social Security is no longer a good deal for workers. The Heritage Foundation analysis shows that younger workers—even low-wage ones—would receive at least three times greater rates of return from private savings than Social Security will provide. To assess Social Security’s so-called “rate of return,” Heritage’s analysis compares what workers would receive if their payroll taxes were invested in personal accounts compared with what Social Security will provide under two scenarios: 1) current law, with roughly 20 percent benefit cuts beginning around 2034; and 2) a scenario whereby payroll taxes rise immediately to a level necessary to pay the program’s prescribed benefits. While virtually all workers—across income levels, both genders, and generations—would be far better off with personal savings than Social Security, younger workers get the worst deal from the government program... 
'Inciting to murder Israelis didn't seem to bother FIFA' 
by Benny Toker
{ } ~ Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, wondered in an interview with Arutz Sheva why FIFA had suspended Jibril Rajoub from his post... only after his calls against Argentina and its star Lionel Messi. "For years Rajoub incited to murder Israelis, we filed three complaints in this matter, but they apparently were afraid of punishing him, and only now that he threatened Argentine athletes decided to dismiss him and give him a fine. So apparently inciting to murder Israelis is not as bad as inciting against athletes from Argentina." Marcus believes Rajoub's suspension from his position in the Football Association will not harm him and may even strengthen his standing in the Palestinian Authority. "Jibril Rajoub is a senior official in the PA, he is responsible for youth and sports in the Palestinian Authority, he is registrar of the Central Fatah Committee, and many see him as a successor to Abbas. His suspension from FIFA will not prevent him from moving forward, and maybe it will advance him, because whoever gets into trouble with the world, that advances him among the Palestinians and makes him even more a hero. " He hopes that law enforcement in Israel, at least, will put Rajoub on trial for inciting to murder Israelis. "We filed a complaint together with families of terror victims from 2016, we documented all the calls for Rajoub's incitement to murder Israelis, and they should prosecute him, and if the police do not give us a response, we will make a request to the Supreme Court to compel the police to respond to the complaint."...
‘Importing Millions’ of Young Men
from Central America ‘Means Death for Americans’
by John Binder
{ } ~ Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says “importing millions” of young men from one of the most violent regions in the world... Central and South America, “means death for Americans.” Following the revelations of the Mollie Tibbetts Iowa murder case — where the 20-year-old young woman was allegedly stabbed to death by an illegal alien from Mexico — King  posted online a statement in which he indicates that the United States will only become more violent as more than 1.5 million illegal and legal immigrants, mostly from Central and South America, continue being imported to the country every year. In the last decade, alone, the U.S. has imported more than ten million foreign nationals, primarily from Mexico and Central America, as Breitbart News reported. “9 of the 10 most violent countries in the world & 16 of top 20 are south of the Rio Grand,” King wrote online. “81% who cross border illegally are young men. Young men in every society are most violent segment. Importing millions of this demographic means death for Americans.”...
Jihadi Cultists in NM Planned ‘Phases of Terrorist Attacks’
{ } ~ Shocking plans of the jihadi cultists arrested at their compound with 11 starving children in New Mexico emerged from new court documents... including plans for “Phases of Terrorist Attacks.” The documents were entered as part of a motion by the prosecutors asking the judge to reconsider a previous ruling that allowed the five adults charged in the case to go free on bond until their trial. The documents included phases of a terrorist attack, which included comments on attacking “specific targets such as teachers, schools, banks and other ‘corrupt’ institutions,” including Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the Southeast. Prosecutors revealed other documents recovered from the compound which included instructions, among others, for “the one-time terrorist,” use of a “choke point,” “the ideal attack site” and “sniper position detection procedure.” Two of the adults, Siraj Wahhaj, Jr. 40 son of radical Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Sr., and his partner, Jany Leveille, 35, were charged with abuse of Wahhaj’s three-year-old son Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, which resulted in the child’s death. If convicted, the two could be sent to prison for life. The three other adults in the compound — Wahhaj’s sisters Hujrah Wahhaj and Subhannah Wahhaj and Lucas Morten — were charged with 11 felony counts of child abuse...
The Great Trump Setup Thickens
as Prosecutors Twist Cohen’s Plea Deal Confessions 
{ } ~ As dummycrats-Democrats and the mainstream media revel in Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, evidence is mounting that the fix was in before his case ever went trial... Some liberals see a quick path to impeachment but several legal and Constitutional scholars see otherwise. Like everything Robert Mueller has touched, the final charges Cohen pleaded guilty to, were not based, as commentator Mark Levin says, on anything that could be called “sound Law.” The Cohen case began with an attorney Cohen breaking the law by recording video and sound of his client Donald Trump without his knowledge and ended with the F.B.I. raiding Cohen’s law offices in April. From there, Cohen was charged with financial indiscretions and paying women to not speak about claims they had affairs with Trump. There is no dispute that Cohen was behind making a $130,000 payment on Trump’s behalf to adult film star Stormy Daniels and discussed Trump also paying former Playboy model Karen McDougal who claims they had an affair in 2006. Unrelated to the President was a charge for illegal activity in New York taxicab industry. The New York Times reports that investigators are also vacillating on whether or not to charge Cohen with bank fraud on over $20 million worth of loans related to his taxi business...


We can -- and should -- drink to that: Pepsico's buying SodaStream sends a resounding message
by Zev Chafets

{ } ~ Israel is riding a string of good economic news lately, including credit upgrades by S&P Global Ratings and Moody's Investor Service. But the purchase of SodaStream by Pepsico for $3.2 billion is viewed by many Israelis as a moral victory.

SodaStream is the most famous economic target of a Palestinian organization known as Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS). The group's goal is to turn Israel into an international pariah among investors and tourists. Overall, it hasn't had much luck. Occasionally, BDS pressure results in a second-tier performing artist cancelling a show in Tel Aviv. It frightens Hillel directors on American college campuses and energizes anti-boycott fundraisers, but that's mainly small beer.

It also hasn't been able to do much to ruin the Israeli economy. The group's website features a recent decision by the catering department of Manchester University to remove Israeli-made Sabra hummus from the cafeteria. This is BDS's idea of a "great victory."

Still, every cause has its great shining moment. For BDS it came in 2014, when it succeeded in delivering a humiliating defeat to SodaStream. Alas, it proved to be a brief and Pyrrhic victory.

The campaign began in 2005, at the start of the BDS movement, and gained steam over the next decade. The casus belli was SodaStream's decision to locate its main manufacturing facility in Mishor Adumim, an Israeli-built industrial zone in the West Bank, about 10 miles from Jerusalem.

At the time, the company produced home dispensers for carbonated water along with flavored syrups. The idea caught on, business was good and SodaStream International Ltd went public on the Nasdaq in 2010. As the stock took off, the company grew. By 2014 it had more than 500 workers, making it one of the biggest employers of Palestinians in the West Bank.

That year, at the Super Bowl, the company took a big marketing step. In a bold and very expensive Super Bowl ad it pitched itself as an alternative to the soft-drink big powers. Actress Scarlett Johansson stared into the camera took a long sip of Soda Stream and cooed, "Sorry, Coke and Pepsi."

While the ad generated media buzz, it didn't do much for SodaStream's floundering sales. But Johansson paid a price as well: Oxfam dismissed her as a goodwill ambassador. But it was her unapologetic statement describing SodaStream as committed to "building a bridge to peace and equal rights" that put BDS on the warpath.

The group is a fervent supporter of the Palestinian "right of return," the principle by which Palestinians whose families left Israel in 1947 and 1948 believe they should be allowed to return. For Israelis, of course, the demands is merely a euphemism for the replacement of Israel with an Arab-majority state.

The Scarlett affair gave BDS global publicity for the first time, which it leveraged into a campaign of intimidation directed at European retailers, many of which, bowed to the pressure and boycotted Israel. In 2015, the European Union, ignoring an appeal from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials, issued new guidelines for the labelling of products from the Israeli settlements. Though it only impacted a tiny share of Israeli-EU trade, the symbolism infuriated Israelis.

If SodaStream had been in better shape, it might have resisted the challenge. Instead, it moved out of the West Bank to a new plant in the Negev; SodaStream's CEO said the move was prompted by the need for more space. This left nearly 500 Palestinians without jobs. SodaStream said it tried to bring about 350 of the existing workers to Israel, but couldn't get the required permits for them. In the end, it replaced the workers with Israeli Arabs, including many formerly nomadic Bedouin. Business picked up and the company's payroll shot up to 1,400.

Four years later, SodaStream is still high on the BDS hit list. But Pepsico, which until the early '90s respected the Arab League boycott of Israel, is not cowed. In a press conference, the company's CEO, Ramon Laguarta, sprinkled some virtue pixie dust on SodaStream. Our company, he said, "values diversity." More important, he vowed that SodaStream would stay put for at least another 15 years.

Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed the deal as a further demonstration of Israel's business-friendly policies. The government has already approved a new plant that will provide hundreds of new jobs. It's a win for Israel, for the Bedouin employees, and for SodaStream shareholders. (Even Johannsen has reason to be happy: She is no longer a goodwill ambassador for Oxfam, an organization presently trying to explain its way out of a very nasty predatory sex scandal in Haiti.)

Only the unemployed workers of West Bank SodaStream are not happy. They are, as usual, collateral damage in the endless, and endlessly self-defeating, Palestinian refusal to focus on the achievable objectives.

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Comment by Rudy Tirre on August 28, 2018 at 6:48am

there are more like Steve King in congress but also need more people to hear them and learn.

Comment by Bonnie Somer on August 28, 2018 at 3:18am

Steve King i wish was my congressman he is right and it is time we vote out all who do not 






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