Of course not when money and power are your religion
Starbucks CEO Schultz Sells $29M in Stock Near High
Howard Schultz exercised options and sold 340,300 shares in the days after a record-high stock price.
By Grace L. Williams
December 15, 2014
Three Starbucks insiders including the top executive sold 448,320 shares for $37,543,225, an average of $83.74 each, on Dec. 9 and 10. The sales came on the heels of a record-high stock price.
Chairman, Chief Executive and President Howard Schultz exercised options and sold 340,300 Starbucks (ticker: SBUX) shares for $28,595,451. Regulatory filings show the options were exercised at $30.42 each and were set to expire on Nov. 16, 2015,...
Here's the drill -- and understand the jeopardy in which you place yourself if you do not follow it.
Criticism of Israel is allowed only under certain circumstances, terms, or conditions. In the US there are myriad organizations whose sole function is to keep careful watch over whatever criticism -- as little as there it to begin with -- makes it into mainstream media. Such criticism is immediately parsed, examined, and carefully critiqued to see if any part of it contains an anti-Jewish phrase or allusion, or the possibility that someone exposed to the criticism might respond with an inappropriate anti-Jewish comment or thought.
If the criticism can indeed be found to contain a real or imagined slur, the agencies whose duty it is to respond do so immediately. And somewhere in the response -- particularly if the criticism has to do with Israel's horrific actions towards the Palestinians -- will be the assertion that Israel has a right to exist, a right that includes taking whatever action is seen as necessary to protect its occupation of Palestinian land.
The US Congress -- both House and Senate -- have learned their lessons, too. No sooner does an incident arise that -- if committed by a country other than Israel -- would clearly be identified as at best a human rights violation, and at worst a war crime does the House and Senate suddenly find a cohesion that otherwise simply does not exist.
Quickly, and with a stupefying willingness to turn away from even a hint of justice, even-handedness, honesty or courage the legislative branch of our government passes a resolution declaring unwavering support for Israel and a breathless condemnation of any force that might question the legitimacy of whatever action Israel may have taken. Members of Congress understand the power of the Israeli lobby and know their remaining in office depends on total, unqualified support for any action taken by Israel.
How did it come to this? Why, for example, can President Obama utterly condemn the slaughter of innocents in northern Iraq by the Islamic terror organization ISIS and yet remain silent on the slaughter of innocents in Gaza by the powerful, nuclear-armed military of Israel?
The answer may be three-fold. First the geopolitical alliance between the US and Israel; second, the now almost genetic guilt built into the US political system because of our failure to respond to the Holocaust; and third, a possible anti-Arab attitude in the US that has historic roots dating back to the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796. No matter. The pro-Israel stance is cast in stone and shall not be abridged.
However, criticism of Israel's mad policies against the Palestinians can be offered by the right people -- or person. Such a person is Rabbi Michael Lerner. In a recent lengthy piece for Salon Lerner wrote the following:
and schultz is their pawn!!!!
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"Twenty-five people!" said family member Sabri Abu Jamea. "Doesn't this indicate that Israel is ruthless? Are we the liars? The evidence is here in the morgue refrigerators. The evidence is in the refrigerators."
Hamas militants, meanwhile, tried to sneak into Israel through two tunnels, the latest in a series of such attempts. The Israeli military said 10 infiltrators were killed after being detected and targeted by Israeli aircraft.
Hamas also fired 50 more rockets at Israel, including two at Tel Aviv, causing no injuries or damage. Since the start of the Israeli operation, Hamas has fired almost 2,000 rockets at Israel.
Despite the rising death toll, there was no sign of a let-up in the violence.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Monday he is prepared to continue the offensive "as long as necessary" to halt rocket fire and other attacks from Gaza on Israelis