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2018-01-06 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in International , 235 references
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The shining light of democracy in the Middle East eh?

Even though Davidson belongs to the officially recognized Orthodox stream of Judaism, he is among a growing cohort of Jewish groups running afoul of the law by performing weddings without the rabbinate’s sanction. Critics like Davidson believe the rabbinate has grown too strict in its interpretation of religious law, making it unnecessarily difficult for Jewish couples to marry.

See, it's illegal (under Israeli law) to get married without the rabbinate's sanction.  Which means both parties must be Jewish according to their interpretation.

This, of course, has a perfectly-reasonable justification: It's demographics, you see, and Israel is very concerned about that.

Suppressing non-Jewish people from procreating and possibly causing citizens to show up that are not Jewish is a major problem.  It's racist, of course, but racism as long as you're Jewish is ok with the US when it comes to Israel -- both in terms of foreign policy and among Americans.


Remember that America once had those laws too.  Marriage licenses first arose to prevent the "wrong" people from marrying.  Prior to such laws you posted your banns on the church door; no "official" permission required.  Marriage laws in the US were instituted in large part to prevent black and white people from marrying each other.  Racisim, in other words, officially ensconced in the law.  It wasn't that long ago that many county clerks still enforced same even though it was roundly illegal to do so.

Indeed the latest round of this has taken place when it comes to same-sex marriage, in exactly the same way.

Why is Israel concerned about this?  What happens to their "Jewish State" when 50.1% of the voters aren't Jewish?

Now it makes sense, doesn't it?

We have no right to tell a sovereign nation how to conduct its own internal affairs.  But I refuse to give cover to and ignore those who are bigots, and the Israelis quite-clearly are guilty of exactly what they accuse others of.

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2017-12-27 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in International , 179 references
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Tell me again why we don't toss our so-called "free trade" with China right here and now.....

According to South Korean government sources, the satellites have pictured large Chinese and North Korean ships illegally trading in oil in a part of the West Sea closer to China than South Korea.

The satellite pictures even show the names of the ships. A government source said, "We need to focus on the fact that the illicit trade started after a UN Security Council resolution in September drastically capped North Korea's imports of refined petroleum products."

Nothing moves in China without some sort of explicit government knowledge and consent.  The banks are all connected to the Central Committee in some form or fashion, and while corruption is endemic there anyone who believes that in a communist nation huge oil tankers are moving cargo around which has to be paid for somehow without the Chinese government knowing about it and deliberately turning a blind eye to it has rocks in their head.

Therefore Trump is either a 2-bit lying sack of crap pussy or he means what he says.  As a result we must either drop any pretense of China being an "honest" government (in which case all "free trade" must cease -- here and now) or it is clear that Trump and America at-large have no intention of doing anything with North Korea of import until and unless a warhead comes down on an American city.

If we as Americans allow China to "maintain" their "free trade" status in this environment we deserve to get nuked by the Norks.

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