News behind the news. This picture is me (white spot) standing on the bridge connecting European and North American tectonic plates. It is located in the Reykjanes area of Iceland. By-the-way, this is a color picture.
On Tuesday, PJ Media posted an article about a new question the Red Cross is asking blood donors.
The article notes:
How curious then, that the Red Cross is not only screening applicants for their vax status but also requiring them to undergo additional scrutiny if they self-report COVID vaccination: “Have you EVER had a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine? If you answer YES to the question, please call 1-800-RED CROSS… before coming in to donate to determine if this will affect your eligibility.”
The article includes the following screenshot:
There is a ‘context’ note added at the end of the Tweet. The context note says:
They ask this question to make sure you haven’t received a self-replicating vaccine; and if you have, there is a two-week wait.
Most Covid vaccines are not replicating, and do not require a waiting period.
Generally speaking, when you give blood, you are not asked about vaccines. Why is this vaccine different?
The trip to America’s southern border is dangerous. Women and children are raped and trafficked. The cartels are making millions from drug trafficking and from human trafficking. There is no way the Red Cross is making things better by distributing maps.
The Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton on May 21, 1881. Most of us have believed that the organization was a politically neutral group working for the protection of prisoners and helping victims of war. I guess that is no longer the case.
On Friday (updated Saturday), The Jerusalem Post posted an article about a recent meeting with Red Cross representatives in Israel.
The article reports:
Families of Israelis being held hostage by Hamas were reprimanded by representatives of the Red Cross in a meeting earlier this week, with the Red Cross telling one family they need to “think about the Palestinian side,” KAN reported on Thursday night.
Roni and Simona, the parents of Doron Steinbrecher who was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists from Kfar Azza on October 7, were invited to a meeting with the Red Cross earlier this week.
Doron needs a medication she takes daily and her parents thought that the Red Cross was finally willing to transfer the medication to her, but instead they were sat down and reprimanded by representatives of the Red Cross.
“Think about the Palestinian side,” the representatives of the Red Cross told Simona, according to KAN. “It’s hard for the Palestinians, they’re being bombed.”
Did it occur to this representative that the reason the Palestinians were being bombed was that they attacked Israel on October 7 and took hostages? Would it occur to this representative to think about the hostages or the brutality of the attack on Israel? I suspect it is very hard for the hostages also.
The article concludes:
Dr. Nadav Davidovitz, who treated Elma after her release, said “We were in meetings with the Red Cross and asked them to make every effort to bring the medications to her, because some hostages are just dying. From a medical and nursing standpoint, what we witnessed is unlawful neglect.”
The Jerusalem Institute of Justice recently sent a letter to the ICRC pointing out that it had made several social media posts about the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, but not a single one about the plight of the hostages and other Israeli victims from the October 7 massacre.
About three weeks after the attack, 1,200 lawyers across the world signed a letter written by the Israeli human rights group Shurat HaDin, condemning the Red Cross for not doing enough to help the hostages. The attorneys accused the organization of repeating the mistakes of indifference and inaction that it admitted to having made during the Holocaust.
An American flag that flew off the coast of North Carolina survived winds of over 100 mph from Hurricane Florence and was sold for over $10,000.
Richard Neal, owner of the Frying Pan Tower where the flag once flew, said it was meant to be a symbol of the pride and resilience of America.
“What we wanted to do when we put it up there was nothing more than saying this is America,” Neal told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. “We are proud of it and we go through storms together and we survive. We hang on and we rebuild.”
The flag was auctioned off for $10,900 Sunday and all the proceeds are going to help victims of Hurricane Florence through the Red Cross, ABC11 WTVD reported.
“In addition, multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee (House Oversight and Government Reform Committee) that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi,” Issa and Chaffetz added (my emphasis). “The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”
The committee noted 13 “security threats” in Benghazi, including an attempt to assassinate the British ambassador to Libya.
Breitbart lists the attacks prior to September 11:
April 6, 2012 – An IED is thrown over the consulate fence in Benghazi.
April 11, 2012 – A gun battle 4km from the Benghazi consulate.
April 25, 2012 – A US Embassy guard in Tripoli is detained at a militia checkpoint.
April 26, 2012 – A fistfight escalates into a gunfight at a Benghazi Medical University and a US Foreign Service Officer in attendance is evacuated.
April 27, 2012 – Two South African contractors are kidnapped in Benghazi, questioned and released.
May 1, 2012 – Deputy Commander of the local guard force in Tripoli is carjacked and beaten.
May 22, 2012 – RPG rounds are fired at the Red Cross outpost in Benghazi.
June 2012 – A pro-Gaddafi Facebook page posts photos of Ambassador Stevens making his morning run in the city of Tripoli and made a threat toward the Ambassador.
June 6, 2012 – An IED is left at the gate of the US consulate in Benghazi.
June 10, 2012 – RPG is fired at the convoy carrying the British Ambassador in broad daylight as he is nearing the British consulate in Benghazi. No one is killed but the British later close the consulate.
Late June, 2012 – Another attack on the Red Cross outpost in Benghazi, this one in daylight. The Red Cross pulls out leaving the US consulate the last western outpost in the city.
August 6, 2012 – Attempted carjacking of a vehicle with US diplomatic plates in Tripoli.
Weeks prior to Sept. 11, 2012 – Libyan guards at the Benghazi consulate are “warned by their family members to quit their jobs” because of rumors of a “impending attack.”
The Daily Beast reports:
Security deteriorated significantly in June. On June 10, a man fired a rocket-propelled grenade in broad daylight into a convoy carrying the British ambassador to Libya. Later that month, the Red Cross was attacked again. By the end of June, the British Consulate and the Red Cross closed their facilities in Benghazi. By the start of July, the U.S. Consulate was one of the only Western targets left in the city.
“This was not a safe country on its way to a normalized situation. It was a very volatile situation,” Chaffetz told The Daily Beast.
The House Oversight Committee is expected to hold a hearing on Oct. 10 on the threats leading up to the attack.
Someone made some serious mistakes here in evaluating the risk to our Ambassador and other embassy employees. It seems as if common sense would have either increased the security at the embassy or at least temporarily removed the embassy from Libya.