The State of Israel was established during its most difficult hour, an hour during which the words of the Declaration of Independence echoed in our ears: “The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books. After being forcibly exiled from their land, the people kept faith with it throughout their Dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to its land and for the restoration in it of their political freedom.”Commentary from The Weekly Standard here.
I am pleased that the Labor Party, a movement with deep roots and of great contributions to the history of Zionism and settlement, eventually made the responsible decision for the good of the country to join hands with the Likud Movement and our other partners.
I wish to express appreciation to the members of this house who understood the enormous responsibility we are facing, and took the decision, not without hesitation, to extend a hand and provide support for the unity government.
The security crisis we are facing originates from the rise and spread of radical Islam in our region and in other parts of the world. The greatest threat to humanity, and to the State of Israel, stems from the possibility that a radical regime will be armed with nuclear weapons or that nuclear weapons will find a home in a radical regime. I wish to distinguish fundamentalist Islam from the overall Muslim and Arab world, which is also threatened by the extremists.
My Government will act vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority to achieve peace on three parallel tracks: economic, security and political. We strive to assist with the accelerated development of the Palestinian economy and in developing its economic ties with Israel. We will support a Palestinian security mechanism that will fight terror, and we will conduct ongoing peace negotiations with the PA, with the aim of reaching a final status arrangement.
We are on the eve of the Passover holiday and the Seder. At our national table, there is an empty chair: that of Gilad Shalit. I will do everything in my power to quickly return him healthy to the bosom of his family, and will act to return all our missing soldiers. (Read full speech here)
Saturday, April 04, 2009
His speech in Strasbourg went further than any United States president in history in criticising his own country's action while standing on foreign soil. But he sought to use the comments, which amount to a mea culpa for recent American foreign policy, as leverage to alter European views of America and secure more troops for the war in Afghanistan.Well, we know how that worked; it didn't. Nobody wants to back a weak horse, and you can't expect your allies to jump on board an endeavor you've just trashed.
Obama is an idiot. More from the Telegraph's report:
Addressing a crowd of some 2,000 mainly students from France and Germany, Mr Obama said: "In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world.
"Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive."
Of course his audience was mainly students. That figures. But what does he mean by Europe's leading role in the world? Europe plays almost no role in leading the world. They don't even have the gumption to defend themselves. They utterly failed to take the lead in the Balkans, in the Middle East, in Africa, or anywhere else.
Russia's Dmitry Medvedev hailed Barack Obama as "my new comrade" Thursday after their first face-to-face talks, saying the US president "can listen" -- even if little progress was made on substance.He's letting the cat out of the bag a little early in Obama's term, you say? Well that just shows you how confident in their new little buddy the communists, jihadists, and all anti-American tyrants are.
Obama agreed to visit Moscow in July after his talks with Medvedev on Wednesday on the sidelines of a G20 summit in London aimed at fixing the battered world economy.Tovarisch Obama will feel right at home. He'll be able to render homage to his heroes Lenin and Stalin, and show off more of his bowing and scraping before two-bit foreign tyants.
I can guess why they'd rather avoid the subject - they don't want the black community to know that Obama, as a man of black descent, did something that's insulting and demeaning to the community. Challenging question then: does this not suggest that the MSM really does have contempt for racial minorities?
THE SPIN: CNN: Obama pleased with NATO allies' pledges of Afghan support
President Obama hailed the NATO summit in Europe on Saturday, calling the meeting "very productive" and praising the alliance's commitment to the fight in Afghanistan.
President Obama, speaking Saturday at the end of the NATO summit, said it was successful.
"Today I'm confident that we took a substantial step forward to renewing our alliance to meet the challenges of our time," said Obama.
THE TRUTH: NYTIMES: Europeans Offer Few New Troops for Afghanistan
OBAMA IS NOT ONLY INCOMPETENT AND A SOCIALIST AND AN APPEASER - HE'S A FREAKIN BULLSHIT-ARTIST.
European leaders offered few extra troops for President Obama’s intensified effort in Afghanistan, underlining deep divisions within the alliance over the war.
... For a NATO summit meeting marking the 60th anniversary of the alliance and intended to be without drama, the event has been fractious both inside the hall and outside it.
... European allies agreed to provide up to 5,000 new troops for Afghanistan, the White House said Saturday. But 3,000 of them are to be deployed only temporarily to provide security for the August elections in Afghanistan. A further 1,400 to 2,000 soldiers will be sent to form embedded training teams for the Afghan Army and the police.
... “No one will say this publicly, but the true fact is that we are all talking about our exit strategy from Afghanistan,” a senior European diplomat said Saturday. “We are getting out. It may take a couple of years, but we are all looking to get out.” He spoke on the condition of anonymity under diplomatic rules.
THE SAD THING IS : 90% OF THE MSM AND HALF OF THE ELECTORATE STILL BELIEVE HIM - FOR NOW...
If the left gave a protest against the USA while a Democrat was in the White House - like they did while the GOP held the White House - would it the MSM cover it like the did while the GOP was in the White House?
NOPE. Of course not.
30,000 protested Obama and the USA and NATO - t hey got violent, thee were arrest and it barely made ther news in the USA. BBC:
Anti-Nato protesters fought police and set buildings alight in the city.
They set a hotel and a customs house on fire and three columns of smoke could be seen rising over the Europe Bridge area of the French city, across from the small town of Kehl in Germany, where part of the summit was held.
At least 25 people were arrested, adding to dozens detained in the run-up to the gathering.
Between 10,000 and 30,000 demonstrators were involved in the anti-Nato protests, according to French news agency AFP.
EURONEWS video here.
Why didn't this story with pictures open up every news telecast and why wasn't it on all the front pages??
- IT DOESN'T FIT THE STORY TEMPLATE; (the story template is Obama is the post-partisan Prince of Peace who will bring us to the promised land of socialism, disarmament, and zero man-made CO2 emissions).
- NATO IS THE PREMIER USA-EUROPE ALLIANCE. EUROPEANS AGAINST NATO ARE AGAINST THE USA AND THE DEFENSE OF THE FREE WORLD.
- IF ANTI-USA PROTESTS IN EUROPE AT EVENTS THE POTUS IS ATTENDING NOT NEWS NOW, THEN IT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN NEWS WHEN BUSH WAS POTUS.
WSJ EDITORIAL HERE. EXCERPT:
... the devil of arms control also lies in the overall concept, with its implicit assumption that the weapons themselves are inherently more dangerous than the intentions of those who develop and deploy them.EITHER OBAMA IS A FRAKIN' MORON OR HE WANTS THE USA TO BE WEAKER.
We would have thought this thinking was discredited after the Second Lateran Council outlawed the use of crossbows in 1139, or after the Hague Convention of 1899 banned aerial bombardment, or after the Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawed war. Nope. Mr. Obama has set the ultimate goal of eliminating nuclear weapons, and as one of his first official acts he pledged to "stop the development of new nuclear weapons."
... The thinking here is that somehow the American example will get Russia, as well as North Korea, Pakistan and perhaps Iran, to reject nuclear weapons. In fact, a U.S. nuclear arsenal that is diminished in both quantity and quality would be an incentive for these countries to increase their nuclear inventories, since the door would suddenly be opened to reach strategic parity with the last superpower. Mr. Medvedev, for one, recently announced Russia would pursue "large-scale rearmament" of its army and navy, including nuclear arsenals.
THE LATTER IS MORE LIKELY; AS A GOOD LITTLE POSTMODERN LEFTIST, OBAMA SEES THE USA AS ARROGANT - A POINT HE REITERATED THIS WEEK IN FRANCE!
- LIKE A GOOD LITTLE POSTMODERN LEFTIST, OBAMA WANTS THE USA - AND THE EVIL COLONIALIZING WEST - BROUGHT DOWN A NOTCH.
- OBAMA SEEKS TO BRING US SOWN A NOTCH BY APPEASING OUR ENEMIES, REDUCING THE STRENGTH OF OUR MILITARY, AND BY MAKING US SUBSERVIENT TO MULTINATIONAL/TRANSNATIONAL ENTITIES - LIKE THE UN AND KYOTO AND THE ICC AND SO ON.
- AND OBAMA KNOWS THAT IF HE BRINGS THE USA DOWN A NOTCH THEN HE WILL HAVE WEAKENED THE ENTIRE WEST AND THE FREE WORLD.
- OBAMA AND THE POSTMODERN LEFT THINK THAT THIS WILL STRENGTHEN THE THIRD WORLD.
- WHAT THE THIRD WORLD NEEDS IS MORE USA STYLE GOVERNANCE, INDUSTRIALIZATION, AND ECONOMICS, NOT LESS.
It's a DepressionAND WHAT DOES ROBERT REICH WANT AMERICA TO DO ABOUT IT?
The March employment numbers, out this morning, are bleak: 8.5 percent of Americans officially unemployed, 663,000 more jobs lost. But if you include people who are out of work and have given up trying to find a job, the real unemployment rate is 9 percent. And if you include people working part time who'd rather be working full time, it's now up to 15.6 percent. One in every six workers in America is now either unemployed or underemployed.
BE MORE SOCIALISTIC LIKE THE EU.
BUT WHAT HAS BEEN THE EU'S UNEMPLOYMENT AVERAGE FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS?
JUST WHAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING NOW:
The Eurozone (EA16) unemployment figure for January 2009 was 8.2% compared to 7.3% in January 2008.
The unemployment rate (EU25) had already declined in prior years from 8.9% in March 2005 to 8.4% in March 2006. ...
By comparison in March 2008 the United States had an unemployment rate of 5.1% (2007: 4.4; 2006: 4.7; 2005: 5.1) and Japan a rate of 3.9% (2007: 4.0; 2006: 4.1; 2005: 4.5) measured by Eurostat.
- BECAUSE OUR ECONOMIC SYSTEM IS BETTER THAN EUROPE'S;
- IT'S IDIOTIC FOR LEFTIST SCUM LIKE REICH AND OBAMA TO WANT TO MAKE OUR SYSTEM MORE LIKE THEIRS.
DON'T BE DUPED!
ROUND UP ON REICH HERE.
MORE CRITICISM OF REICH BY SANTELLI HERE.
Concerns that Muslim extremist groups might retaliate against civilians in the city's Jewish community if Israel were to attack Iran's nuclear facilities prompted the NYPD to put together a response plan that includes deploying extra officers, including heavily armed Hercules Teams, to synagogues, Jewish community centers and Israeli diplomatic offices.HIZBALLAH HAS ATTACKED JEWISH SITES OVERSEAS BEFORE:
The nation's largest police department revealed for the first time this week that it took similar precautions in 2008 after senior Hizbullah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh was killed in a car bombing in Syria. The group blamed Israel for Mughniyeh's death.
"Just in case there was some kind of retaliation in New York, we had an operational plan that was implemented within hours of knowing he was hit," Mitch Silber, a top NYPD intelligence analyst, said Friday at a briefing about security measures for Pessah.
There have been no specific threats reported against the city for the holiday, which starts at sundown Wednesday. But officials say the NYPD, since sharpening its focus on anti-terrorism after the September 11, 2001, attacks, has kept a constant eye on militant groups like Hizbullah for signs they might attack the largest Jewish population outside of Israel.
Hoping to get a better understanding of terror tactics, the department sent a three-member Intelligence Division team headed by Assistant Commissioner Lawrence Sanchez to Argentina in 2008 to confer with authorities about two notorious attacks there.REMEMBER: HIZBALLAH IS A RELIGIOUS PARTY IN LEBANON WITH MP'S WHO HAVE RECENTLY MET WITH LABOUR MP'S FROM GREAT BRITAIN!
The first was the deadly 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy, which came after Israel assassinated a Hizbullah leader. The other was a 1994 community center bombing, purportedly organized by Mughniyeh, that occurred after Israel aptured a Hizbullah leader in Lebanon.
The detectives were struck by how the attacks occurred on the other side of the globe within weeks of possible provocation a quick turnaround that suggested reconnaissance on South America's largest Jewish community had been done much earlier in anticipation it would come in handy later.
The NYPD believes similar surveillance might have already occurred in New York.
[BTW: I HAVE NOTICED MANY MANY MORE HEAVILY ARMEND HERCULES TEAMS ALL OVER NYC FOR TWO WEEKS - (NOT NEAR ANY JEWISH SITES)... THIS MIGHT BE A COVER STORY FOR OTHER INTEL' WARNINGS. WHICH WOULD EXPLAIN WHY THE NYPD WENT PUBLIC.]
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said 21 trusts needed to make urgent improvements on issues such as cleanliness as part of efforts to cut hospital "superbug" infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile.OBAMA, THE MSM AND THE SOCIALISTIC DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS IN CONGRESS WANT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO BELIEVE EURO-STYLE SOCIALIZED HEALTH IS GREAT AND THAT WE CONSERVATIVES ARE NEANDERTHALS FOR OPPOSING THEIR HEALTH POLICIES.
These included 10 acute trusts, six primary care trusts, four mental health care trusts and one ambulance trust.
Some have been given set deadlines to make improvements while others must meet ongoing conditions to ensure they can maintain their CQC registration, which trusts now require to allow them to treat patients.
Those that fail to do so face enforcement action including fines, prosecution and in extreme cases closure.
OBAMA, THE MSM AND THE SOCIALISTIC DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS IN CONGRESS ARE WRONG - ON BOTH COUNTS.
Friday, April 03, 2009
OBAMA HAS COMMITTED AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE.
DEFINITION OF IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE:
"treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors".
- WHAT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA DID TO THE KING IS MUCH WORSE THAN ANYTHING MONICA AND CLINTON DID.
- WHAT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA DID TO THE KING IS MUCH WORSE THAN ANYTHING MONICA AND CLINTON DID.
- WHAT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA DID TO THE KING IS MUCH WORSE THAN ANYTHING MONICA AND CLINTON DID.
IF THE POTUS BOWING DOWN IN PUBLIC BEFORE A MUSLIM KING IS NOT A MISDEMEANOR THAN NOTHING IS.
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA BOWS DOWN TO MUSLIM KING: "You can take the boy out of the madrassa, but you can't take the madrassa out of the boy."
Nearly eight months after the war between Russia and Georgia, Russian troops continue to hold Georgian territory that the Kremlin agreed to vacate as part of a formal cease-fire, leaving a basic condition of that agreement unfulfilled.WHAT WILL OBAMA DO: WILL HE APPEASE RUSSIA OR DEMAND THEY LIVE UP TO THEIR AGREEMENTS.
The Russian military, working with the governments and the small military forces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two separatist regions in Georgia, has stationed forces in two large swaths of territory that were under Georgian control before the war. Observers and diplomats say Russia has also used attack helicopters and stationed tanks in areas where none existed before the war.
The sustained Russian military presence on land captured last summer — evident during two recent days spent in the area by two reporters — provides a backdrop of lingering disagreement between the West and Russia at a crucial time: The Obama administration is pledging to recalibrate the relationship with Russia, restore cooperation in other areas and explore a new treaty on nuclear arms.
THIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE TESTS BIDEN PROMISED US.
I BET OBAMA FAILS THIS TEST.
AND WE - AND OUR ALLIES - LOSE.
- ON THE HEELS OF THIS OBVIOUS RUSSIAN TREACHERY, MEDVEDEV CALLS OBAMA HIS "COMRADE" ...
- THERE IS NOW NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT OBAMA - AS A "GOOD LITTLE POSTMODERN LEFTIST" IS RUINING THE USA AND FREE WORLD ON PURPOSE.
- LIKE MOST LEFTISTS, HE WANTS THE USA "HUMBLED", FREEMARKETS SHACKLED, AND INDUSTRIALISM "REIGNED IN". AND HE WANTS THE FREE WORLD TO BE DEFENSELESS - AGAINST RUSSIA, CHINA AND SOON IRAN.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Bush merely held the hand of the infirm King while they were walking over some uneven pavers, and the picture launched over 20,000 blog entries and all sorts of BDS buzz about how Bush served the House of Saud and Big Oil:
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Obama has done much MUCH worse: he has actually and DELIBERATELY bowed down before the King of Mecca - actually making sure his head WAS BELOW the shoulder of the King of Mecca:
This leads me to think that Obama might very well be a crypto-muslim, as many people (especially the "Birthers") have believed.
What other explanation is there!? Obama is a smart man; he must now that no POTUS bows before the ruler of ANY foreign land, yet he bowed - DEEPLY BOWED before a MUSLIM King, the guardian of Mecca.
Obama is a stupid jerk or a crypto-mulsim.
The choice is yours.
Time magazine reports that Israel's January attack on an Iranian arms shipment through the Sudanese desert consisted of a strike package of "dozens of aircraft." The successful raid, which was a fusion of UAVs for recce work, F-15i fighters for air superiority, F-16's for ground attack, and tanker aircraft to extend fighter range, was thrown together with less than a week's planning. The Israeli Air Force, legendary for their boldness, even went so far as to fly their KC-130H tankers on a refueling track above the Red Sea, wedged between Egyptian and Saudi airspace -- no small feat, considering the Egyptians fly very similar variants of the Israeli F-16 and the Saudis fly AWACs guided F-15s.
Interestingly enough, the distance in nautical mileage between Israel and Khartoum is roughly the same as Israel and Tehran, demonstrating that the IAF has a combat-tested lethality at ranges of 2,000nm or more. Now that doesn't quite solve the question of a safe ingress/egress route into and out of Iranian airspace, nor does it address the issue of the sophisticated Iranian integrated air defense network. But it does prove that the Israelis have the legs (and the chutzpa) to transverse thousands of miles over hostile territory to break stuff that makes them nervous. This attack was for a weapons convoy porting small arms and short-range rockets. One can only speculate what type of strike package the IAF is dreaming up for a full blown nuclear weapons program.
Jerusalem — An inquest into rumored abuses against Palestinian civilians by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during January’s Gaza incursion has been closed.It's a little too late though. But now that the blood libel has been discredited, will Haaretz apologize for perpetuating the lies? I doubt it. But I do know that the sensible will not buy another copy of their cruddy paper ever again. We'd be much better off without dirty newspapers like them around.
The investigation came about as a result of press rumors the IDF had killed several Palestinian women in cold blood during military action in Gaza, following the publication of transcripts in the major press from a February conference that was held at the Rabin Pre-Military Academy.
The conference was attended by Israeli soldiers who had taken part in the Gaza operation in January, and the allegations were made about the unjustified shooting at innocent civilians at that time.
Israel’s judge advocate general, Brig. Gen. Avi Mendelblit, decided to close the Israeli Military Police Corps’ investigation after he determined the underlying evidence had been based on rumors and innuendo rather than hard evidence. The decisive portion of the investigation into the IDF’s having allegedly killed the noncombatants was undermined when the judge and investigators determined the rumors were not based on personal knowledge emanating from two Israeli soldiers who had started the rumors.
No corroborating evidence surfaced at the Rabin Pre-Military Academy, where the rumors first arose. The Military Police Corps interviewed all of the soldiers who spoke at the February conference at the academy and found none of those who spoken there had been involved in combat during the Gaza offensive. Consequently, none of them had first-hand knowledge of what had allegedly happened.
An axe-wielding terrorist infiltrated the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin Thursday afternoon, killing 16-year-old Shlomo Nativ and wounded a 7-year-old boy.This was no doubt planned following the new government's appointment. They will now have to prove that they are capable of responding soundly.
Government spokesman Mark Regev condemned the attack as a "senseless act of brutality against innocents."
Speaking by phone from the scene, Magen David Adom paramedic Ronen Bashri told The Jerusalem Post that ambulances and emergency response teams were called to the settlement after receiving a report of an axe attack.
"We found a seven-year-old boy fully conscious with a head injury caused by a sharp object," Bashri said. "And we found a 16-year-old whom we had to declare dead on the scene."
Less than an hour after the attack, the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. A murky terrorist group calling itself the Martyrs of Imad Mughniyeh also claimed responsibility for the attack in an e-mail sent to the Associated Press.
For its part, Hamas called the attack a natural response to the "occupation."
"This attack was committed in the framework of the resistance," Ayman Taha, a spokesperson for the group said. "This is a reaction to the continuing occupation and the continued building of settlements."
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We will discuss "The Europe Syndrome and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism" with John Kenneth Press.
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April 10: Raymond Ibrahim
April 17: Allan Goldstein
April 24: Timothy Birdnow
Excerpt from this column at The Hill:
...By replacing the head of the company and demanding a restructuring of its board in return for further TARP aid, Obama has taken upon himself the responsibility for the future of the company....Read the rest at Always On Watch.
This move will backfire big time! The auto giant is very, very unlikely to be saved by this current TARP infusion. Doubtless it will need more in the near term. But the resentment now focused on the management of the company will then turn to Obama. Having demanded a replacement of the management, it is he who will be held responsible for the company’s future....
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
MANY ON THE LEFT HAVE LONG ARGUED THAT THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.
LEADERS WITHIN THE BRIT AND AMERICAN ADMINISTRATIONS ARE SAYING IT AGAIN.
GOLDBERG NOTICED TODAY.
THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS YESTERDAY. AND THE WEEK BEFORE.
- AS WE POINTED OUT, SINCE THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION HUMAN POPULATION HAS GONE UP ONE HUNDREDFOLD - AND AT THE SAME TIME SO HAVE LIFE SPANS AND LIVING STANDARDS FOR PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD.
- AND SINCE THE 1908'S THINGS HAVE IMPROVED AT A FASTER RATE - AS CHINA AND INDIA HAVE EMBRACED FREEMAKETS.
- WHAT THE THIRD WORLD NEEDS IS NOT POPULATION REDUCTION; THEY NEED AN INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION.
- THE LEFT DOESN'T WANT THIS - BECAUSE THEY'RE CARBON-O-PHOBIC. AND THEY HATE FREEMARKETS AND FREE TRADE.
- THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO IMPROVING LIFE SPANS AND LIVING STANDARDS IN THE THIRD WORLD IS THE LEFT.
WE NEED TO FIRST MAKE THE LEFT HISTORY.
Hat Tip: Europe News
Savage like Mark Steyn and Geert Wilders are under assault by adherents of a most perverse & insidious form of tyranny, under the guise of the Cult of Muhammad.
Churchill, whom would not even recognize his own country nowadays, had it right in 1899!
I'm not happy that the cabinet has to consist of as many as 30 ministers, but this apparently had what to do with the greed of these smaller parties, who may be the ones to blame.
And if there's anyone else to blame, I think the National Union is going to have to take some, because their abysmal talents in negotiating coalition agreements has cost them the chance to have a possible ministry. What their leader, Ya'akov Katz, did was to issue an ultimatum to Netanyahu, that either he give them the construction ministry or they wouldn't join. I can see now why Caroline Glick was mad at them - that's no way to maintain coalition negotiations by implying that they won't be reliable coalition partners and making things too hard for the head.
But now, if this info is correct, it looks like the NU hasn't made things any better:
Also voting against the government was the Ichud Leumi (National Union) party, which stood by its demand that Prime Minister Netanyahu declare a position against the establishment of a new Arab state within Israel’s current borders.As much as I'd like to credit them for demanding the aforementioned position, I get the strange feeling that their vote against approval of the government was less than altruistic. And I don't think they should have done that. What if it resulted in the government falling before it begun? And why do I have my doubts they really want to get rid of a bad government?
I'd like to think that if they're going to be in the opposition, that they'll learn a lesson for their incompetent strategy in negotiating a coalition deal. But I get the feeling they won't. Nice going there, NU. All you've done is make it sound like you've got nothing more than sour grapes, and for now, you've cost yourselves what could've been a promising role in the government.
Another problem with them, I suppose, is that the NU does not have a clear stance on industry and finance, which, if they were to show some serious talent and a willingness to reach out to people on the issues, might get them more respect. But they haven't ever shown any real talent in that capacity, and that's one more reason why it's hard to credit them.
"You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin -- just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard 'round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn't die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it's a simple answer after all.
"You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, "There is a price we will not pay." "There is a point beyond which they must not advance." And this -- this is the meaning in the phrase of Barry Goldwater's "peace through strength." Winston Churchill said, "The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we're spirits -- not animals." And he said, "There's something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty."
"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.
We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness."
Hat Tip: Bare Naked Islam
- THIS IS DESPICABLE. WE DID NOT FIGHT THE TALIBAN TO ACHIEVE THIS.
- IF THEY CANLT PROTECT WOMEN THEN THEY DON'T DESERVE ANYTHING FROM US. NOT A DAMN THING!
- IF THEY CAN'T BECOME A DEMOCRACY LIKE IRAQ, THEN TO HELL WITH THEM.
- CANCEL ALL AID - FINANCIAL HUMANITARIAN AND MILITARY.
- LET THEM F*CKING FALL.
YUP: WE SHOULD WITHDRAW FROM AFGHANISTAN AND JUST WARN THEM - AND PAKISTAN: ANY ATTACK WHICH CAN BE TRACED TO ANYONE WHO HAS ANY ASSOCIATION WITH THEIR NATIONS WILL BE RESPONDED TO BY US WITH NUKES AGAINST BOTH NATIONS.
SO THEY'D BETTER WATCH IT!
THEN WE SHOULD JUST SIT BACK AND LET THEM RUIN EACH OTHER'S LIVES.
YESTERDAY, AMERICA'S OFFICIAL STATE DEPARTMENT ADVISOR ON SCIENCE AGREED.
- WHO SHALL BE ALLOWED TO HAVE KIDS, AND WHO WON'T - AND WHO WILL DECIDE!?
- DOES ANYONE BESIDES THE PARENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO DECIDE!?
- APPARENTLY THE LEFT BELIEVES THE STATE HAS THIS RIGHT.
- THIS IS FASCISM. WITH A HAPPY FACE - FOR IT'S FOR THE COMMON GOOD!
A state of emergency has been imposed on a southern Philippine island where militants holding three aid workers have threatened to kill one of them.
The declaration puts all security forces on alert on Jolo island and curtails the movement of people.
The Abu Sayyaf rebels had threatened to behead one of the three Red Cross hostages by 1400 (0600 GMT) if security troops did not pull back.
But there has so far been no word on the fate of the hostages.
THEY HAVE THREATENED TO BEHEAD THE HOSTAGES.
THEY HAVE BEHEADED HOSTAGES IN THE PAST.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
When Obama fired Wagoner, he did not do so on the basis of any presidential authority specified in the Constitution.
Obama did it based on his personal power as president of the United States.
This is fascism.When Obama announces that the warranties of a private company are now guaranteed by the federal government, this is fascism.
FULL ROUND UP HERE.
HERE ARE THE DOTS:
- INCLUDING HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO LEFT-WING ADVOCACY GROUPS IN ADDITION TO HIS DIRECT SUPPORT TO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN, SOROS IS OBAMA'S NUMBER ONE FINANCIAL SUPPORTER.
- THE CURRENT CRISIS BEGAN WITH A CRASH WHICH OCCURRED A FEW WEEKS AFTER MCCAIN TOOK THE LEAD OVER OBAMA - AND AFTER THE CRASH, OBAMA RETOOK THE LEAD AND NEVER LOOKED BACK.
WAS THE CRASH CAUSED FOR POLITICAL REASONS?
IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN; IT'S POSSIBLE.
- SOROS - AND SOME OTHER "INVESTORS" WHO PROFITED BY SELLING BANKS SHORT - WAS AMONG THE FIRST TO PROFIT BY SCOOPING UP INDYMACBANK.
COULD SOROS BE IMMORAL ENOUGH TO BANKRUPT MILLIONS TO ENRICH HIMSELF AND ELECT A SOCIALIST POTUS?
YES. (HE HELPED THE NAZIS DURING WW2 AND HAS NO REGRETS.)
Medical care in the United States is derided as miserable compared to health care systems in the rest of the developed world. Economists, government officials, insurers and academics alike are beating the drum for a far larger government rôle in health care. Much of the public assumes their arguments are sound because the calls for change are so ubiquitous and the topic so complex. However, before turning to government as the solution, some unheralded facts about America's health care system should be considered.EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE POINTS IS BACKED UP WITH LINKS/DATA, SO: RTWT.
Fact No. 1: Americans have better survival rates than Europeans for common cancers.
Fact No. 2: Americans have lower cancer mortality rates than Canadians.
Fact No. 3: Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries.
Fact No. 4: Americans have better access to preventive cancer screening than Canadians.
Fact No. 5: Lower income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians.
Fact No. 6: Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada and the U.K. Canadian and British patients wait about twice as long - sometimes more than a year - to see a specialist, to have elective surgery like hip replacements or to get radiation treatment for cancer.
Fact No. 7: People in countries with more government control of health care are highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed.
Fact No. 8: Americans are more satisfied with the care they receive than Canadians.
Fact No. 9: Americans have much better access to important new technologies like medical imaging than patients in Canada or the U.K.
Fact No. 10: Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care innovations.
AND DON'T BE DUPED BY THE STATISTS!
IF IT AIN'T BROKE, THEN DON'T FIX IT!
IF YOU LIKE THE WAY THE RAN FANNIE MAE, THEN YOU'LL LOVE GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE!
Who has more experience running a large enterprise, Obama or Wagoner!?!?!
Wagoner. IT AIN'T EVEN CLOSE.
In fact, the Obama Administration has not one single solitary person in it with ANY executive experience in the private sector.
And the lack of experience is showing.
So is obama's basically anti-business/anti-capitalist attitude.
We need a POTUS who has executive experience and experience turning around large enterprises:
MITT is it!
Obama announced a big GM/Chrysler plan - and fired someone who didn't work for him - AND THE MARKETS WENT DOWN BIGTIME (THE DOW WAS MINUS 254 POINTS TODAY!.)
THIS COST MILLIONS OF AMERICANS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS!
Where is Calvin Coolidge now that we really need him?
The government should just get out of the way!
The government created this crisis with the CRA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
And Greenspan should have never raised rates - something he did out of fear of inflation! - from 2004-2007.
Obama is making things worse. Higher taxes, more government spending and more regulations and fancy leftist carbon boondoggles will only make things worse.
Where is Calvin Coolidge now that we really need him?
EARNERS - as in they EARN it.
These leftie politicians are doing this because of a projected 16 BILLION dollar shortfall.
At the same time.... (GET THIS!!!!!!): THEY ARE INCREASING SPENDING NEARLY 10%!!!!!
But they argue that the increase is "covered" by federal stimulus funds.
Instead of raising taxes on the leaders of our entrepreneurial and investor class (the folks who drive the economy!), they should use the federal funds to LOWER TAXES FOR EVERYONE!
They don't do this because they really REALLY think they know how to spend our money better than we do.
And because by spending it, they are doping favors for the special interests.
This is why I have come to believe in SMALL GOVERNMENT: the less government does the less they can steal or funnel to their buddies.
Government governs best which governs least.
And not the "greed" of the upperclass.
This covetousness is most evident with regard to the whole executive pay issue and with the so-called 'growing disparity between rich and poor".
The bottom-line this: BESIDES THE SHAREHOLDERS, it's really none of ANYONE'S business what any given private company pays its executives.
Paying them less will not make me or anybody else richer.
If they are overpaid, then MAYBE their products or shares will be overpriced and their profits reduced.
AGAIN: this matters not one whit to anyone except shareholders.
It is not the federal government's business - nor the business of ANY government - what one person agrees to pay another, (or what one group decides to pay an employee).
AGAIN: unless I'm a shareholder, paying other people less won't put one cent in my pocket.
The JEALOUSY which drives the left is irrational, and the so-called remedies the left prescribes are actually harmful to the general well-being because they decrease overall prosperity and economic growth (which is only spurred by incentives).
So, there's absolutely no upside to their whining - EXCEPT POLITICALLY: the populist politicians who exploit the ignorance and covetousness of the electorate gain in popularity.
The idea that the increasing wealth of the rich comes at the expense of the poor is equally ridiculous - and also rooted in covetousness.
It's the same crap as the old leftist canard that the First World became wealthy by looting the Third World.
FACT: most of the world's top 500 fortunes were made in the last twenty years. And most of the world's most valuable commodities and goods and services didn't even exist twenty years ago - or were not very valuable because they didn't have much use.
Wealth - like prosperity - is something which is created; it doesn't grow on trees; it isn't lying around in everyones backyard. It takes guts, risk, investment and sweat to make money - and to keep it.
If we penalize the people who are good at this we will all suffer.
THE ISLAMIFICATION OF EUROPE: ANOTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN FOR A BRITISH BRITAIN: BRITAIN'S BEST BISHOP LEAVING POST; AND A WARNING FOR FRANCE
The resignation of Michael Nazir-Ali as Bishop of Rochester is a terrible blow, not just for the Church of England but for Britain.RTWT.
The bishop says he is resigning so that he can work for endangered or beleaguered Christian minorities both abroad and in the UK.
What a shocking rebuke to the church, that he has to leave his post of influence and authority as a bishop in order to carry out the church's core duty to defend its own against attack.
Shocking - but hardly surprising. Across the world, in countries such as Nigeria and Sudan, millions of Christians are being persecuted at the hands of militant Islam, with forced conversions, the burning of churches and widespread violence.
Yet in the face of this global onslaught, the Church of England makes scarcely a peep of protest.
Worse still, when Dr Nazir-Ali warned last year that Islamic extremists had created 'no-go areas' across Britain where non-Muslims faced intimidation, he was disowned by his fellow churchmen who all but declared that he was a liar - even though he was telling the truth.
For this act of moral courage, he and his family had to be put under police protection, while his own church left him to swing in the wind of bigotry and intimidation.
Dr Nazir-Ali is one of the very few inside the church to make explicit the link between Christian and British values, and to warn publicly that they are being destroyed through the prevailing doctrine of multiculturalism.
That strong voice of protest has never been needed more than it is now.
THIS IS ANOTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN FOR CHRISTIAN AND BRITISH BRITAIN.
A WARNING FOR FRANCE HERE.
AND: ARE BOSNIA AND KOSOVO CENTERS OF JIHADOTERROR WITHIN EUROPE?
At an airport in Amsterdam several years ago, writer G. Willow Wilson ran into a problem on her way back to Denver. Ms. Wilson, a white woman and Muslim convert from New Jersey, was grilled by an official at the gate for the plane and had to defend why she had a different surname from her husband. "The situation was funny to me," Ms. Willow says, so she decided to write a comic book about the not-so-friendly skies.She may be downplaying it, but still seems to have a problem with being asked questions at all. Ahem: standard security procedure, ma'am, so don't complain. Everybody can be asked questions at the airport.
In her comic series "Air," Ms. Wilson follows a flight attendant who gets drawn into a magical world of intrigue after encountering a mysterious secret agent. Ms. Wilson's previous comic, "Cairo," was a surrealistic jaunt through her favorite city and part-time home. She fell in love with the Egyptian capital after a trip there during college. "Nothing works, but everything works out," she says about the city.
As a child, Ms. Wilson was attracted to comics for their conflicts. "X-Men" was a particular favorite. "[Comics] formed my ideas about heroism and they were more at my level than the bigger classic literatures," she says.
"Air," published by Vertigo (the adult imprint of DC Comics) and illustrated by M.K. Perker, is part of Ms. Wilson's attempt to make sense of her life as a Muslim after 9/11. She says that in the wake of the terror attacks, "It was weird and strange to be a white convert." She soon found that the very things that made her life difficult also provided great raw material for her comics.
And the part about X-Men being a favorite may be exaggerated too: In this interview on USA Weekend:
I hear your first introduction to comics was the X-Men.But is worshiping the Religion of Peace and Shari'a law the right path?
I must have been 10 or 11 at the time. It wasn’t even a real issue of X-Men. It was one of those public service things that they do, an anti-smoking issue where some kid is on the track team, starts smoking, slows down, and the X-Men set him on the right path. But that’s all it took.
It's just so funny/sad how people like these go so far as to say certain comics are what "inspired" them, yet they take up ideologies that suggest otherwise.
I find the mention of her being a "white" convert rather puzzling too. There are plenty of white Muslims, perhaps more so than black ones, and it seems redundant to bring up the subject of skin color.
If anything, I figure Wilson is one screwed up individual.
A commentor on Comics Should Be Good asked the following question:
G. Willow Wilson is a confused idealistic young woman. As a muslim convert, she fails to understand how that culture endangers her as a woman. Does she endorse forced female circumcision? Does she support Sharia’s lack of human rights for women? What foolishness it is to laud someone like her. Please help her understand her folly.Yes, someone certainly needs to help her out. Maybe that someone could be Geert Wilders, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, or even Bosch Fawstin!
Update: I found this old post from a blog called FunnyBookBabylon from last year that tells that Wilson had quite a Muslim audience at a conference held at the NYU where she spoke about the earlier book of hers called "Cairo", mentioned above. That too can give a clue just where and how she stands.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
It is high time Americans heard an argument that might turn a vague national uneasiness into a vivid awareness of something going very wrong. The argument is that the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) is unconstitutional.Pity that too many Americans won't listen or care, even as our Constitution is being dismantled right before our very eyes.
By enacting it, Congress did not in any meaningful sense make a law. Rather, it made executive branch officials into legislators. Congress said to the executive branch, in effect: "Here is $700 billion. You say you will use some of it to buy up banks' 'troubled assets.' But if you prefer to do anything else with the money -- even, say, subsidize automobile companies -- well, whatever."
The Supreme Court has said: "That Congress cannot delegate legislative power to the president is a principle universally recognized as vital to the integrity and maintenance of the system of government ordained by the Constitution." And the court has said that properly delegated discretion must come with "an intelligible principle" and must "clearly delineate" a policy that limits the discretion. EESA flunks that test.
With EESA, Congress forces the country to ponder the paradox of sovereignty: If sovereign people freely choose to surrender their sovereignty, is this willed subordination really subordination?
It is. Congress has done that. A court should hear the argument that Congress cannot so divest itself of powers vested in it.
(IsraelNN.com) Travelers on Israeli airline El-Al report that its flights now feature a satire about residents of Hevron which many have termed “anti-Semitic.” The producers of the film may face libel suits.Blech! This is disgusting. But that's exactly what Eretz Nehederet came up with a few months ago, and the program should be boycotted.
The offending skit was aired earlier in the month on the satirical Eretz Nehederet (A Wonderful Land) show on Channel 2 TV. The popular show has run for six seasons in Israel and is similar to the American program Saturday Night Live. (The Hevron film clip can be viewed here in Hebrew.)
The skit, entitled “Everyone Hates Rabin,” showcased a family in Hevron. The mother is depicted as ironing clothes on the back of an Arab and later hanging the laundry on his arms. The father, named Ketzaleh after the Ichud Leumi (National Union) party head Yaakov "Ketzaleh" Katz, describes how he beat up an Arab flower vendor.
The children in the show scream “Nazi” and “Hitler” every time someone upsets them. The daughter of the family also wants to attend a "Baruch Goldstein" celebration, in reference to the Kiryat Arba pediatrician who killed 29 Arabs in Hevron in 1994. In addition, the family prepares acid to pour on soldiers, while the grandfather shoots two Arabs and a soldier in the course of the skit.
As for El Al, here's their defense:
El-Al also claims it is not at fault for airing the show and blamed the HOT company which is responsible for in-air programming. El-Al promised to discuss the issue with HOT.Okay, I hope it isn't the airline's fault. But then, they may have to consider cancelling any subscription deals they have with the HOT cable company. As will any Israeli subscribers with common sense.
Don't expect them to ever do a satire on Islam though. It's not hard to guess what PC-cowards the production staff for Eretz Nehederet are.
HAARETZ/AP: Palestinian youth orchestra disbanded over concert for Holocaust survivors
Palestinian authorities disbanded a youth orchestra from a West Bank refugee camp after it played for a group of Holocaust survivors in Israel, a local official said on Sunday.THIS IS DISGUSTING ON EVERY LEVEL: THE FALSE EQUIVALENCE; THE FALSE HISTORY - AND SO ON...
Adnan Hindi of the Jenin camp called the Holocaust a political issue and accused conductor Wafa Younis of unknowingly dragging the children into a political dispute.
He added that Younis has been barred from the camp and the apartment where she taught the 13-member Strings of Freedom orchestra has been boarded up.
"She exploited the children," said Hindi, the head of the camp's popular committee, which takes on municipal duties. "She will be forbidden from doing any activities.... We have to protect our children and our community."
The move highlights the sensitivity of many Palestinians over acknowledging Jewish suffering, fearing it would weaken their own historical grievances against Israel. "The Holocaust happened, but we are facing a similar massacre by the Jews themselves," Hindi said. "We lost our land, and we were forced to flee and we've lived in refugee camps for the past 50 years."
UNTIL THESE ARABS ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRUTH - ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST, THEMSELVES AND THEIR HOLLOW CLAIM FOR YET ANOTHER ARAB STATE - THERE WILL BE NO PEACE.
THE NYTIMES WEIGHS IN HERE. EXCERPT:
Adnan al-Hindi, the leader of the camp’s Popular Committee, a grassroots group representing the Palestine Liberation Organization, said the young musicians had been exploited by the orchestra director, Wafaa Younis, for the purpose of “normalizing” ties with Israel.THE PLO - THAT'S ABBAS'S GROUP. ABBAS - THE "MODERATE".
Despite having to wait hours in line . . .
Common Cents attended and has the photos of yesterday's book signing by Mark R. Levin at Tysons Corner Center. Levin's book, Liberty and Tyranny, is flying off the shelves!
Northern Virginia is the bastion of liberalism. That so many turned out and waiting for hours is a very good sign that we can turn things around in 2010!
Liberals love to tell us that they outnumber us conservatives. You couldn't tell that at yesterday's book signing.
AWESOME: HUBBY OF BRIT MINISTER WHO BANNED GEERT WILDERS CAUGHT BILLING GOVERNMENT FOR RENTING PORN!
The Home Secretary's husband has said sorry for embarrassing his wife after two adult films were viewed at their home, then claimed for on expenses.INSTEAD OF AIDING THE ENEMY BY BANNING PRO-EUROPEAN EUROPEANS - LIKE GEERT WILDERS - MAYBE THE HOME SECRETARY SHOULD STAY HOME AND TAKE CARE OF HER HUBBY'S SEX NEEDS...
Richard Timney, who is also Jacqui Smith's parliamentary aide, said he understood why people might be angry.
Ms Smith said she "mistakenly" claimed for a TV package when billing for a web connection and would repay the cash.
Downing Street said she had done the "right thing" by quickly rectifying the "inadvertent mistake".
The Home Secretary is already under investigation by the parliamentary commissioner for standards over her use of the second homes allowance.
Mr Timney said outside the couple's home in Redditch, Worcestershire: "I'm really sorry for any embarrassment I have caused Jacqui.
"I can fully understand why people might be angry and offended by this. Quite obviously a claim should never have been made for these films, and as you know that money is being paid back."
BBC political correspondent, Gary O'Donoghue, said a source told him Ms Smith was "livid and shocked" when she found out about the films. He said he was told Ms Smith was not at home when they were viewed and said she had no intention of resigning over the matter.
Mr O'Donoghue said he was told Ms Smith had given her husband a "real ear-bashing". "All money claimed for the television package will be paid back in full" Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary
The two films, which cost £5 each, were viewed on 6 and 8 April 2008 at Jacqui Smith's constituency home in Redditch.
The claim was also said to include two viewings of the film Ocean's 13 - at £3.75 each - and an additional £3.50 to watch the film Surf's Up.
A Downing Street spokesman said Ms Smith was doing a great job as Home Secretary and would not let the expenses issue detract from her determination to protect the public.
Not so much now.
From the front page of the Washington Post, on March 29, 2009:
No Givens As Obama Steps Onto World StageBHO's fellow Democrats are in damage-control mode, and blaming GWB too:
After 69 days in which international issues have taken a back seat to attempts to rescue the economy at home, President Obama takes the world stage this week as a wildly popular figure among the people of Europe, but one who faces a difficult task in selling his plans to the continent's leaders.
But if the U.S. president thought his popularity would cause foreign governments to fall quickly into line behind a new American leadership, experts warn, he could be in for a rude awakening....
...[R]eplacing Bush with Obama has not erased the substantial disagreements that remain between the United States and Europe.This blaming-Bush line is wearing thin. The current President has to step up to the plate and stop whining about his predecessor. In fact, such whining is decidedly adolescent.
"That's an invitation to disillusionment," said Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "These are complicated times. There's an anger in the world . . . about how people think our country has helped create these problems. The president has to lift heavily to get us over the Bush hurdle."
Well, maybe that's where BHO is - stuck in adolescence. His refusal to accept responsibility and accountability reminds me of the less-mature students I work with every day for the past thirty-five years.