Sen. Boquist: Intel vs. bureaucrats, suicide pilot, Israel

By Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist,
Highlights, excerpts from Sen. Boquist newsletter

— Intel vs Oregon bureaucrats, a thread on X.

— Pilot who tried to crash plane near PDX told authorities he was on mushrooms. This story rapidly disappeared from the news. It was an Alaska Airlines flight, which is bad PR for PDX since they are slated to open a new lounge for the airline and are revamping the entire airport.

— Sen. Linthicum Who are ‘they’?

— Oregon Catalyst calls out the Oregonian for publishing a commentary about the extremism of Hindus and Christians, conveniently ignoring the leftist violence that plagues Portland. This commentary the Oregonian allowed on its website is incredibly tone deaf in a geopolitical space as well. The tides have turned and the U.S. is shifting its focus away from China and to India instead, even looking into defense partnerships with the country. Ever chasing the almighty dollar, the U.S. overlords can see dollar signs in positive relations with India.

— Another plausible reason for the shift away from China is a purely COVID-19 related one. America was funding research in Wuhan, only recently halting funding to the lab in China. This won’t happen overnight obviously, but if America distances itself from China, it distances from the unpleasant truths of the COVID-19 event as well. Imagine how the leftists who staunchly supported the government overreach as they hugged grandma through a plastic sheet and forced their three-year-olds to quarantine alone, would react if they knew their beloved government was part of the blame for the pandemic. Yikes.

— A shortage of anesthesiologists has prompted two large Portland hospitals to curtail surgeries through the end of the year.


— The New York Post reports about how the Hamas terrorists were high on “poor man’s cocaine” during the surprise attack on Israel on October 7. The article says, “Pills of the drug Captagon — a synthetic, amphetamine-type stimulant — were found in the pockets of dead or captured terrorists after they invaded the Jewish state on Oct. 7, Israel’s Channel 12 reported. The drug — also known as “the drug of jihad” or “cocaine for the poor” — allowed the jihadists to commit the atrocities with a calm demeanor while keeping them alert and suppressing their appetites.” Interestingly, during WWII, the antagonizing force was fueled by a plethora of drugs, including meth.

— The AP reported on the drug Captagon in June of this year, and learned it is produced in Syria with smaller production in Lebanon. The article says, “The vast majority of the world’s Captagon is produced in Syria, with smaller production in neighboring Lebanon. Western governments estimate the illegal trade in the pills generates billions of dollars.” The article says U.S. and the European Union have accused Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group of facilitating and profiting from the trade. How were the illegal drugs getting across Israel and into Gaza? Is it like illicit drugs in America where the government is aware of them coming across, employing units to stop a fraction of it, but ultimately is wowed by the revenue streams?

— Weapons are also passing through as Iran has established a weapons pipeline to the West Bank, even delivering by drone. The article: “The rogue Middle Eastern regime has been smuggling guns and missiles into the occupied West Bank territory east of Israel and Lebanon to the north, some disguised as aid packages, according to the Wall Street Journal. The weapons have largely been destined for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad — a group completely separate from Gaza-based Hamas, which launched the devastating terrorist attack on Israel on Oct. 7 that left more than 1,400 dead. The Iranian supply route goes through Iraq and Syria, then through either Lebanon or Jordan — one of the US’ strongest allies in the region — and on to the intended destination, according to the report.”

— Also reported by the WSJ is how Hamas fighters were training in Iran before the Oct. 7 attack.

— The U.S. entered into a nuclear deal with Iran in 2015.

— U.S. hate crimes increase amid Israel-Hamas conflict.

— The connection between Hamas and Hezbollah is pertinent. This article from University College London provides a solid overview: “Unlike Hamas, Hezbollah has, to date, not gone to war purely for the Palestinian cause. That could change. Hezbollah has not yet fully entered the current conflict, but the group has exchanged fire with Israel, across the northern border with Lebanon. Meanwhile, Iran has said that an expansion of the war may be ‘inevitable’. Hamas and Hezbollah are both backed by Iran and see weakening Israel as their primary raison d’etre.”

— Reuters reports: “The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah met top leaders of the Palestinian militant factions Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and discussed what their alliance must do to “achieve a real victory for the resistance”, Hezbollah said on Wednesday.” The question here is why was the media in the room? Why is this being reported on and therefore elevated?

— A round of peace talks between Gaza and Israel were in 2014 and a report in The Guardian is strangely prophetic: “The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, accused the western-backed Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, of forming an alliance with Hamas, which he called ‘a terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel’ – and hinted at further retaliatory measures.”

— Then there was the conflict in 2021 between Israel and Gaza. This National Review article indicates that Biden supported a “cease-fire” in May 2021. So everything went dark for a bit it seems.

But this is where everything starts to get sketchy.

— In 2021, when people tried to defend Israel, they were raked across the coals. Andrew Yang is one of the more public examples of this. Antisemitism skyrocketed in America, and politically, the Democrats didn’t care then.

— Then this year, right after the October 7 attack, online influencers were posting about their support for Israel and taking content down when the angry mob came after them, saying Israel is doing “racial cleansing” by refusing the right of return. Instead of there being a clear line of right and wrong as in the Ukraine War; Russia bad, Ukraine good, determined by political overlords and distributed by the mainstream media, this conflict has blurred the lines, and this writer thinks are creating more people who simply identify as “anti-war.”

— This time, Biden’s government machine has clearly come out in favor of Israel, which also helps to keep Jewish Democrats in line for the election. But the leftist bucket of wackos who celebrates abortions with grisly Christmas decorations, want children sterilized, and education standards reduced, does not like Israel, accusing them of ‘racial cleansing’ and is instead supporting Hamas, and therefore other terrorist groups like Hezbollah who do want Western society annihilated.

— For example, the Cornell professor who called the Hamas terror attack on Israel “exhilarating” and “energizing” is now on a leave of absence. The New York Post reports: “Russell Rickford, an associate professor of history, went viral for the incendiary remarks to students during a pro-Palestinian protest soon after the Oct. 7 surprise attack on Israel killed 1,400 people, mostly civilians. He said, ‘It was exhilarating. It was exhilarating, it was energizing,’ he was seen telling the crowd, claiming ‘you would not be human’ not to feel the same.” Cornell said the professor requested a leave of absence, but he was clearly told to go.

— These leftists are staunch supporters of the terrorist groups, seemingly unaware of the fact that the causes they support most (LGBTQ) would result in shortened lifespans. These people are spending time ripping apart statements from their favorite politicians like Obama, for not being “pro-Hamas” enough, though Obama exists to lift the government machine, and if the government machine wants war, that is what it will get.

— These warring sides of Democrat voters are firmly at odds. So if the Biden-camp was looking for a cause to rally their base around for the next election, this probably isn’t it. The wild leftists who riot in the streets are not likely to abide by the ‘rules’ and get in line. Or maybe the politicians would prefer to keep Americans arguing over “sides” to leverage for money and government contracts. How will Ukraine handle not being the favorite anymore, while it holds mountains of American ammunition?

— This current conflict could increase the number of people who become anti-war, which is a ‘no-no’ for the deep state that thrives on the continuation of the military industrial complex. Anti-war individuals are a threat to the Rich Men North of Richmond because the anti-war perspective crosses the political spectrum; it becomes an issue unites everyday Americans. According to the DOD: “In Fiscal Year 2023, the Department of Defense (DOD) had $1.80 Trillion distributed among its 6 sub-components. Agencies spend available budgetary resources by making financial promises called obligations.” That is $1.80 trillion in military spending.

— Maybe the current conflict stays in the news for awhile to hype up the funding needs and gets more contracts for the American government, but then it fades away. Not sure. The rabid leftists the Democrats created are impossible to please.

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