"ALL CAPS IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE."
Friday, July 15, 2011
OBAMA MISPOKE WHEN HE SAID 80% OF AMERICANS AGREE WITH HIM THAT TAX INCREASES SHOULD BE A PART OF THE DEBT-CEILING DEAL...
I DON'T THINK HE LIED.
OBAMA MISSPOKE WHEN HE SAID 80% OF AMERICANS AGREE WITH HIM THAT TAX INCREASES SHOULD BE A PART OF THE DEBT-CEILING DEAL...
HE MEANT 80% OF THE PEOPLE HE HANGS WITH, YOU KNOW...OTHER POSTMODERN LEFTISTS WITH LIMOUSINES.
(HE PULLED A PAULINE KAEL, WHO FAMOUSLY SAID - AFTER NIXON TROUNCED MCGOVERN - THAT SHE COULDN'T BELIEVE IT BECAUSE EVERYONE SHE KNEW VOTED FOR MCGOVERN!)
MORE ON OBAMA'S UTTER DISREGARD FOR THE TRUTH - AND FOR WHAT MOST AMERICANS REALLY WANT HERE AND HERE.
ABCNEWS: Obama's Senior Moment: 'I'll be turning 50 in a week.'Er, um... he got it wrong MAYBE because his real birthday is Safar 22 (in the Muslim calendar) which this year is December 17???
July 15, 2011 3:38 PMActually…he’ll be turning 50 in three weeks. His birthday is August 4, two days after the debt ceiling deadline. Senior moment?
SERIOUSLY: TWO WEEKS AGO WEEK HE GOT HIS DAUGHTERS AGE WRONG. I THINK HE HAS ALZHEIMER'S.
OR HE'S A DUMB PIECE OF YOU KNOW WHAT...
AS A COMMENTER AT WASH POST SAID:
The Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate has long been accused of coddling militant groups, even while helping the CIA kill or capture dozens of senior al-Qaeda operatives including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
It’s not clear how the terrorist network got its hands on the documents, which were posted on jihadi Internet forums by al-Qaeda’s Global Islamic Media Front.
Why would anyone think that would be unusual? The ISI sponsors, funds, harbors, and equips al Qaeda, the Taliban and several other Islamist terrorist gangs that serve as proxies for Pakistan.WE NEED TO CRANK UP OUR KINETIC AND DIPLOMATIC COUNTER-ATTACKS AGAINST THE ISI.
Only eight out of 91 banks failed the so-called stress tests, a massive data-crunching exercise designed to expose risk and restore confidence in the overall health of the European financial system. But another 16 passed narrowly, and will be asked to take steps to “promptly” increase their resilience, such as by raising more capital, regulators said.Europe is fast approaching the cliff. Only the dissolution of the Euro can save them. They shouldn't prop it up. It;s only throwing good money after bad. And it would mean less liberty for all Europeans - especially in Greece and Ireland and Spain and Italy and Portugal. For starters.
... Analysts have been skeptical that the tests this year were rigorous enough to clear up doubts about the European banking system — and to encourage institutions to begin lending to each other again rather than relying on the European Central Bank for funds.
The E.B.A. did not examine what would happen if Greece defaults, for example, which critics saw as a major flaw in the tests.
The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, was conducted in partnership with theMOST ARABS WANT JEWS ANNIHILATED AND ISRAEL WIPED OFF THE MAP.
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The Israel Project is trying to reach out to the Arab world to promote “people-to-people peace.” The poll appears to indicate that the organization has a difficult task ahead.
Respondents were asked about US President Barack Obama’s statement that “there should be two states: Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people and Israel as the homeland for the Jewish people.”
Just 34% said they accepted that concept, while 61% rejected it.
AND ANOTHER THING:
THE TERM "TWO STATE SOLUTION" IS A MISNOMER.
ARABS ALREADY HAVE DOZENS OF STATES. THEY DON'T NEED ONE MORE.
AND HERE'S A MESSAGE TO ALL YOU GENTILES WHO ARE EITHER ANTI-ISRAEL OR PRO-ARAB:
LET THE ARABS CLEAN UP THEIR ACTS IN THE STATES THEY ALREADY HAVE BEFORE YOU FORCE ISRAEL TO GIVE THEM ANOTHER ONE.
IF THE SO-CALLED ARAB SPRING LEADS TO DEMOCRACY AND PLURALISM, THEN THE PROSPECTS FOR PEACE ARE BETTER. AND THE PROSPECTS OF A LAND-FOR-PEACE DEAL ARE BETTER, TOO.
SO STOP PRESSURING ISRAEL AND START PRESSURING IRAN AND SAUDI ARABIA!
BUT I THINK THAT THE SO-CALLED ARAB SPRING WILL JUST CREATE MORE IRAN'S AND GAZA'S.
IT'S THE ISLAM, STUPID!
The residents of the southern Israeli city of Eilat are shocked at a plan by the municipality to establish a monument in the heart of the city’s downtown to commemorate Arab pilgrims to Mecca.It's truly offensive that they'd want to pay tribute to the Religion of Peace by building a site like that and will definitely not change the minds of the Islamists. This should be opposed in as much the same way as the mosque at Ground Zero should be opposed.
The monument is planned for Eilat’s Shahamon Square.
Moshe Yosef, a resident of Eilat and a former city employee, claimed that the venture is jointly funded by the Municipality of Eilat and the Housing Ministry.
“This grandiose plan would include construction of lit metal statues of people wearing djellabas,” Yosef told Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew-language news service on Thursday. “The monument will include an observation terrace with a bench, decorative lighting and a circular pergola. The statues will be visible from the terrace. There will also be images and signs to explain to residents and tourists about the Muslim history of the place.”
He added that the plan has left the city’s residents stunned.
“I’ve lived here for 41 years and this is a central square in the city,” Yosef said. “All the military vehicles which come to Eilat from the local military bases travel through this square. Sports events are held here every evening, and residents walk, run, and ride their bicycle in the area. All of it is going to soon be in the shadow of this project.”
The project would in essence be recreating the Darb el Hajj or “Pilgrim’s Road”. The road was used by Arab pilgrims to go to Mecca and it ran from Africa through Egypt to Mecca, passing from the west at Eilat.
“It’s surreal to invest millions of dollars on a project to commemorate the immigrants from Mecca,” added Yosef. “The last time they went to Mecca via Eilat, at least according to what is written in the project, was in 1883.”
He added that just as the Arab city of Umm el-Fahm would not think to perpetuate the Jewish pilgrims to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, it is inconceivable that Eilat would perpetuate the pilgrims to Mecca.
The arrest of a Croatian woman in small-town Kentucky for alleged war crimes two decades ago in the former Yugoslavia "brings her long run from justice to an end," a U.S. marshal said.The people doing just what MSNBC would want are truly foolish, as is anyone who bought into the lies spread during the Clinton administration that the Serbians were the aggressors. For more on how the Bosnians were the actual instigators, read here and here.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier ordered that Azra Basic, 52, be held without bond pending an April 1 status hearing and appointed her a lawyer.
Prosecutors argued that no bail amount would guarantee Basic's presence in court.
Federal agents arrested Basic on Tuesday. A complaint filed by U.S. Attorney James Arehart accuses Basic of committing crimes at three camps in the early 1990s near the majority-Serbian settlement of Cardak in Derventa in Bosnia.
The Croatian woman locals in Stanton knew as "Issabella" settled years ago in this rural, hilly area and took jobs bathing elderly nursing home patients and working at a sandwich factory.
This week, acquaintances were shocked to hear the secret that Bosnian war crimes investigators said Basic has been hiding for two decades.
As a soldier in the Croatian army, she killed a prisoner and tortured others by forcing them to drink human blood and gasoline, authorities said.
U.S. Marshal Loren "Squirrel" Carl said considering the "shocking nature" of the accusations, officers were relieved to have captured Basic.
"This brings her long run from justice to an end," Carl said.
According to court documents, Basic is charged with fatally stabbing a prisoner in the neck in 1992 during the bloody conflict in the Balkans.
Court documents accuse her of numerous other atrocities, including: Setting a prisoner ablaze, pulling out prisoners' fingernails with pliers, ripping off a man's ear with pliers and carving crosses and the letter "S" into another man's flesh.
The accusations were "very shocking" to 44-year-old former neighbor Brian Rice.
"She's a pretty nice person," said Rice, who lived near her for about two years until she moved in November. "If I was standing here right now and ... she drove by, she would throw her hand up and if the window was down, she would speak and say 'hi' by my name."
An elderly woman who came under Basic's care also had a favorable impression of her.
"She's a lovely person, very diligent in her work," said 88-year-old Henrietta Kirchner, who was one of Basic's patients at the Stanton Nursing Center for about a week when she was recovering from a broken leg.
For her abominable and gory, graphic crimes, I hope Basic receives the death sentence. We must not allow any cover up of the real culprits in the mess.
Update: speaking of which, Julia Gorin points to a Dutch website that also challenges the lies surrounding this whole issue (via Jihad Watch).
Thursday, July 14, 2011
IF A CRASH IS COMING BETWEEN NOW AND NEXT YEAR...
AND IF, AS MANY ECONOMIST FEEL, IT'S INEVITABLE AND NOTHING CAN BE DONE TO STOP IT,
THEN MAYBE - JUST MAYBE - A COMPROMISE IS IN ORDER, AND MAKES POLITICAL SENSE,
SO OBAMA AND HIS COMRADES CAN'T SAY "I TOLD YOU SO" AND RUN AGAINST YOU IN 2012?
I MEAN, RIGHT NOW OBAMA OWNS THE ECONOMY.
AND IT'S TANKING.
AND CHINA'S BUBBLE MIGHT BURST.
AND THE EURO MIGHT COLLAPSE.
AND IF THEY DO, THEN THE STOCK MARKETS WOULD CRASH -
UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD HIT 11-15%
AND THE DOW AND GOLD MIGHT BOTH HIT 6000!
SO, WHY TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THE ECONOMY NOW BY FORCING OBAMA TO ACCEPT EVERYTHING WE THINK IS GOOD AND RIGHT AND BASED ON SOUND PRINCIPLE?
MAYBE IT MAKES POLITICAL SENSE TO MAKE A GOOD COMPROMISE, AND RUN FOR FURTHER CHANGE IN 2012?
MAYBE TEA PARTIERS SHOULD ACCEPT A GOOD DECENT TURN TO THE RIGHT, AND NOT EXPECT AND TOTAL 180 CHANGE RIGHT AWAY?
WHY HAS HE NOT BUILT UP ANY GOOD WILL?
BECAUSE HE FAILED TO KEEP SO MANY PROMISES:
- HE OPTED OUT OF PUBLIC FINANCING
- HE HAS NOT RUN A TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION
- HE DIDN'T CLOSE GITMO
- HE DIDN'T WITHDRAW FROM EITHER IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN
- HE DIDN'T TAX THE RICH
- HE DIDN'T SOLVE THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT OR EVEN GET THEM TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE
- HE DIDN'T PASS CAP AND TRADE
- HE ONLY PASSED OBAMACARE WITHOUT THE PUBLIC OPTION AND ONLY BECAUSE HE BOUGHT VOTES
- HE DIDN'T MAKE US MORE LIVED IN THE ARAB WORLD OR MAKE US CLOSER TO OUR ALLIES
- HE DIDN'T KEEP UNEMPLOYMENT UNDER 9%
- HE DIDN'T LOWER THE DEFICIT AND REDUCE THE BUDGET WITH A SCALPEL
- HE DIDN'T PASS IMMIGRATION REFORM - OR FINISH A BORDER FENCE
- HE DIDN'T LOWER THE PRICE OF GASOLINE OR ENERGY
- HE DIDN'T END THE HOUSING CRASH AND MORTGAGE CRISIS
- HE DIDN'T CHANGE THE TONE OF POLITICS IN DC
ATTEMPTS AT MISDIRECTION - BY ATTACKING CANTOR, FOX AND MURDOCH, OR BIBI AND ISRAEL, OR THE RICH AND CORPORATE JET OWNERS - CANNOT WORK.
THE ONLY WAY OBAMA COULD GET THINGS TO IMPROVE IMMEDIATELY IN THE USA WOULD BE IF HE RESIGNED.
Black men are half as likely to die at any given time if they're in prison than if they aren't, suggests a new study of North Carolina inmates.
The black prisoners seemed to be especially protected against alcohol- and drug-related deaths, as well as lethal accidents and certain chronic diseases.
But that pattern didn't hold for white men, who on the whole were slightly more likely to die in prison than outside, according to findings published in Annals of Epidemiology.
Researchers say it's not the first time a study has found lower death rates among certain groups of inmates -- particularly disadvantaged people, who might get protection against violent injuries and murder.
"Ironically, prisons are often the only provider of medical care accessible by these underserved and vulnerable Americans," said Hung-En Sung of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
I THINK THIS MEANS BLACK MEN OUT OF PRISON ARE MAKING A LOT OF VERY BAD CHOICES.
THEY USE TOO MUCH ALCOHOL AND DRUGS AND TOO OFTEN RESORT TO VIOLENCE TO SOLVE DISPUTES AND SETTLE PROBLEMS.
VERY FEW BLACK MEN ARE MURDERED BY WHITE MEN.
VERY FEW RICH WHITE CONSERVATIVE FOX-TV WATCHING REPUBLICANS ARE GOING INTO BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS TO ENCOURAGE THE MEN THERE TO BECOME VIOLENT DRUG-USING THUGS.
ER UM... NONE ARE.
BUT CONTEMPORARY BLACK CULTURE SEEMS NOW TO IMPLORE BAD BEHAVIOR - WHICH IS KILLING BLACK MEN BEFORE THEIR TIME.
IT DIDN'T USED TO, BUT IT DOES NOW.
IOW: IF THE BLACK COMMUNITY DOESN'T LIKE THESE STATS - AND I SURE DON'T - THEN THE BLACK COMMUNITY SHOULD LOOK IN THE MIRROR.
UPDATE: JIM HOFT LINKS AND ADDS THIS, (AS SANIEL P. MOYNIHAN PROVED 50 YEARS AGO):
THE DEMOCRAT/LIBERAL WELFARE STATE AND LBJ'S WAR ON POVERTY CONRIBUTED TO THE DOWNFALL OF THE BLACK FAMILY AND THE DISSOLUTION OF PRO-SOCIALI VALUES AMONG BLACKS.
MOYNIHAN'S BASIC POINT: THE BLACK FAMILY SURVIVED SLAVERY, JIM CROW, WW1, THE DEPRESSION, WW2, AND THE KOREAN WAR. IT DIDN'T SURVIVE THE WAR ON POVERTY.
I SAY BULLSH*T.
- CANTOR SERVED 10 YEARS IN THE VIRGINIA STATE LEGISLATURE AND NOW 12 IN THE HOUSE. THAT'S 22 IN HIGH ELECTIVE OFFICE.
- HE IS MORE SEASONED THAN OBAMA EVER WAS, AND CANTOR IS MUCH MORE SENSIBLE.
- (BEFORE PURCHASING THE ELECTION - FOR ONE BILLION DOLLARS, OBAMA MERELY SERVED 3 TERMS IN THE ILLINOIS STATEHOUSE AND A FEW YEARS IN THE US SENATE, YEARS HE SPENT CAMPAIGNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY.)
THE FASTEST, SUREST, LEAST PAINFUL WAY TO END THE DEBT CRISIS AND MAKE THE ECONOMY GROW AGAIN WOULD BE FOR OBAMA TO RESIGN.
Annual pension contributions have skyrocketed from $1.5 billion — 6% of the city budget — in 2002 to an estimated $8.5 billion — 18% of the budget — in 2012.THIS IS TRULY A DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIAT - IF THE PROLETARIAT IS AN OVERPAID PUBLIC WORKER WHO HAS RETIRED YOUNG.
NYC TAXPAYERS ARE SOOOOOOOOOOO SCREWED.
(VIA GLENN REYNOLDS.)
[YES: THE CITY SPENDS $60 BILLION A YEAR.]
Transportation Security Administration officers say they found 13 knives, including switchblades and a butterfly knife, inside a man's carry-on luggage at a Washington-area airport.
YES: HE WAS A MUSLIM.
NEVER MIND. MOVE ALONG. NOTHING TO SEE HERE.
The CaucusCANTOR JUST HAPPENS TO BE THE ONLY JEW IN THE ROOM...
Cantor Is the Democrats’ New Bogeyman
Representative Eric Cantor has emerged as the primary voice of Republican opposition to tax increases.
- AND AS THE NYTIMES HEADLINE ARGUES [THEIR WORDS NOT MINE], THE LEFT IS MAKING CANTOR AND HIS PERSONALITY THE ISSUE.
AND THEY USE ADJECTIVES THAT HAVE FOR A LONGTIME BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH ANTISEMITISM: HE'S PUSHY, RUDE, DOESN'T KNOW HIS PLACE, AND SO ON.
THE LEFT IS NOT MAKING WHAT CANTOR BELIEVES IN THE ISSUE; IT'S CANTOR'S PUSHY, RUDE - READ: JEWISH - PERSONALITY THAT THEY ARGUE MAKES HIM PERSONALLY UNSUITED FOR THESE NEGOTIATIONS.
WANT TO NEGOTIATE WITH MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD
BUT NOT ERIC CANTOR.
OBAMA AND REID BLAMING CANTOR, IS JUST LIKE OBAMA RECENTLY BLAMING HIS POOR POLL NUMBERS AMONG ARABS ON "THE ARAB-ISRAELI IMPASSE" - WHICH IS CODE FOR BLAMING BIBI/LIKUD/ISRAEL/JEWS.
THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW THE LEFT IS THE HOME OF ANTISEMITISM.
IT IS NOW THE WALT-MEARSHEIMER/AYERS/FREEMAN/POWERS/KHALIDI/WRIGHT/FARAKHAN/OBAMA DEMOCRAT PARTY.
Today, the mind-numbing disease of political correctness has so infected the American military leadership that it is a threat in itself. The political correctness mentality was the principal reason why Fort Hood’s alleged murderer, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was not cashiered out of the Army after a shocking June 2007 PowerPoint presentation he gave as part of his psychiatric residency program. In that presentation, he reportedly warned his Army colleagues and supervisor at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center of “adverse events” that would occur if the Army did not accept the precepts of Islamic Shariah law and grant Muslims serving in the Army conscientious objector status.There is some good news however, in this case: the Muslim officer's been arrested for maintaining child porn:
He went on to describe what he meant by adverse events, citing previous cases of Muslims murdering their fellow soldiers, spying against the United States, deserting their units and refusing to deploy. None of his fellow doctors or his supervisor reported his remarks, most likely out of fear of being labeled a bigot or racist, which in today’s military could end one’s career.
Now it seems the Army has embraced Maj. Hasan’s position in an incredible decision made last month by the secretary of the Army to grant conscientious objector status to Pfc. Naser Abdo. He is a 21-year-old soldier, a member of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., who refused to deploy to Afghanistan, claiming that Shariah law prevented him from killing other Muslims.
The fact that Shariah law is totally incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and has no legal basis in the United States was somehow overlooked in the Army’s decision process. Shariah is a totalitarian legal-military-political system that is designed to control every aspect of an individual’s life and is antithetical to our concept of freedom and democracy. By its dictates, Shariah is seditious.
By acceding to the dictates of Shariah, the Army has tacitly endorsed an absurd position that in effect sanctions Muslim service members to kill non-Muslims but forbids them to kill Muslims. Further, it is an unbelievable basis on which to classify them as conscientious objectors.
His discharge from the Army is currently on hold because he has been charged with possession of child pornography. That should not be surprising: Shariah sanctions marriage of girls 9 years old and younger, in effect, legalized pedophilia.He certainly should be distanced from the army for these kind of abominations.
AFDI and its Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) program are encouraging all Americans to stand against the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero and the anti-Semitic Durban III conference that will be held in New York City at the same time, and for American values on the tenth anniversary of the worst attack ever on American soil.If you can reach NYC, be sure to attend there. We cannot allow that abomination and offense to the victims of 9-11 to be built there.
The confirmed list of speakers includes 9/11 family members Alexander and Maureen Santora, who lost their firefighter son Christopher; Sally Regenhard, whose son Christian was killed on 9/11; Nelly Braginsky, who lost her son Alexander; and others.
Other speakers include former U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton (video message); German MP René Stadtkewitz, leader of Germany’s Freedom Party; the courageous ex-Muslim human rights activist Wafa Sultan; war hero and North Carolina Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano; former prosecutor and bestselling author Andrew C. McCarthy; popular radio host Joyce Kaufman; Darla Dawald, National Director of the Patriot Action Network; James Lafferty of the Virginia Anti-Sharia Taskforce (VAST); Coptic Christian activist Joseph Nassralla; Iraqi ex-Muslim Paul Gaynos; and others.
Update: I believe it is important to note that Pamela Geller is going to Ohio to deal with that grievance suit Omar Tarazi filed against her. If anyone can help contribute to her defense fund, please do so.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
WHATEVER TAX RATE INCREASES OBAMA PROPOSES THE GOP MUST SAY THEY ARE AGAINST IT.
ACCORDING TO GALLUP, THIS IS WHAT A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT.
CUT SPENDING FIRST.
IT'S THE SAME BASIC ATTITUDE THAT MOST AMERICANS HAVE TOWARD IMMIGRATION: FIRST BUILD A WALL AND ENFORCE THE LAWS WE HAVE, THEN TALK TO US ABOUT REFORM.
FIRST THING FIRST.
WE ARE IN A HOLE FOR TWO REASONS: WE SPEND TOO DAMN MUCH AND THE ECONOMY AIN'T GROWING.
TO GET OUT OF THE HOLE WE NEED TO SPEND LESS AND GET THE ECONOMY GROWING.
YOU DON'T DO THAT BY RAISING TAXES.
IF OBAMA WON'T BUDGE THEN EFF HIM: LET'S LET HIM MAKE THE USA FUREEEEEEKIN' DEFAULT.
Otto von Bismarck said it - and it's still true: Polirics is the art of the possible.
Why should Obama compromise? Well... er , um.. WE WON THE LAST ELECTION, SIR; NOT OBAMA OR THE DEMS!
BESIDES: GALLUP'S LATEST POLL SHOWS THAT MOST AMEICANS WANT SPENDING CUTS AND NOT TAX INCREASES!
AND ANOTHER THING:
Mr. Obama, if you can't stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen.
AND I DO MEAN RESIGN. That would surely help the dollar and the prospects of a deal on the debt ceiling.
RESIGN SIR! Cuz the buck stops in the Oval Office, sir - and that means with you. YOU, Mr. Obama have the power and responsibility to make a deal. If you won't then resign.
WHY NOT JUST PUT SIMPSON-BOWLES ON THE TABLE?
Do something like an adult, why dontchya - AND SOON: As I related earlier, Moody's is preparing to lower USA's bond rating and the dollar is crashing.
They WANT to pay higher taxes.
I say: LET THEM.
All we have to do is get the IRS to add one more BOX to the CHECK THIS BOX list - one that says "CHECK HERE IF YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT OR LIBERAL" and then they can have additional tax-tables for them - ones with higher rates.
THEN EVERYONE IS HAPPY!
Uh er um what????!?!? You say they only want OTHER people to pay higher taxes?
I've written numerous times over the last year about rapidly worsening perceptions of the U.S. in the Muslim world, including a Pew poll from April finding that Egyptians view the U.S. more unfavorably now than they did during the Bush presidency. A new poll released today of six Arab nations -- Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco -- contains even worse news on this front:
The hope that the Arab world had not long ago put in the United States and President Obama has all but evaporated.
Two and a half years after Obama came to office, raising expectations for change among many in the Arab world, favorable ratings of the United States have plummeted in the Middle East, according to a new poll conducted by Zogby International for the Arab American Institute Foundation.
In most countries surveyed, favorable attitudes toward the United States dropped to levels lower than they were during the last year of the Bush administration . . . Pollsters began their work shortly after a major speech Obama gave on the Middle East . . . Fewer than 10 percent of respondents described themselves as having a favorable view of Obama.
What's striking is that none of these is among the growing list of countries we're occupying and bombing. Indeed, several are considered among the more moderate and U.S.-friendly nations in that region, at least relatively speaking. Yet even in this group of nations, anti-U.S. sentiment is at dangerously (even unprecedentedly) high levels.
GREENWALD FLAWED ANALYSIS FOLLOWS.
OBAMA RAISED EXPECTATIONS AND THEY HAVEN'T BEEN MET AND THEREFORE THE ARABS ARE PISSED OFF.
AND THEY SEE HIM AS WEAK - WHICH MAKES OPPOSING HIM EASIER.
IF WE HAD A STRONG PRESIDENT WHO AGGRESSIVELY PROTECTED OUR INTERESTS AND THE INTERESTS OF OUR ALLIES, THEN THE ARAB STREET WOULD HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR US.
THERE IS NO REASON FOR ANYONE TO RESPECT OBAMA.
The Zogby poll overwhelmingly demonstrates that weakness and a markedly softer approach to the projection of American global power do not make the US president more popular abroad. In fact they simply strengthen the position of America’s enemies, undermine her effectiveness as a global power, and draw contempt and derision from both friend and foe alike.
FOR JUST THIS REASON, BUSH IS MORE POPULAR THAN OBAMA IN THE ARAB WORLD.
Moody's Investors Service said it may cut the United States' triple-A rating due to the rising chance its debt ceiling is not raised.I believe that they need to make a deal. Dollar for dollar: a dollar in increased borrowing for each dollar cut.
...Moody's was the first among the big-three rating agencies to place the United States' Aaa rating on review for a possible downgrade, which means a negative rating action is impending.
ISTANBUL, Turkey — The police have detained 15 suspected Al Qaeda militants on evidence that they had plotted to attack several foreign diplomatic targets including the United States Embassy in Ankara, the Anatolian News Agency reported on Wednesday.Anywhere and everywhere there are Muslims there is islamo-terror against the West.
Security operations leading to the arrests were conducted in Ankara, the country’s capital, and in Yalova and Bursa, two religiously conservative towns in western Turkey. The operations were based on the statements of a leading suspect who was captured in Ankara after being watched by the authorities for six months, the report said.
According to the report, Ankara police officers seized more than 1,500 pounds of chemicals that are used in bomb making, along with two assault rifles, bullets, documents, and maps at the two-story house belonging to the cooperating suspect, whom they said had received military training in explosives and arms outside the country.
AND WE ARE WITHDRAWING - IN EFFECT RETREATING - FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN - SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE.
WE NEED TO BE GETTING TOUGHER, NOT WEAKER.
WE NEED TO BE CONFRONTING IRAN.
Here’s another, more personal, anecdote of how attention can backfire on Islamists (complete details here). After Seattle’s Everett Community College invited me to come and speak on May 5, one Jaffar (“Jeff”) Siddiqui, who has a long history of trying to quash free speech on Islam, began pressuring the college to cancel my talk, including by writing a letter — titled “Don’t Invite Bigots!” — to its president. [...]This is something some people on the left don't always consider either - if they start drawing attention to what they don't like, and go miles out of their way to be irrational about it, the result is that it can backfire upon them. What the people who see this silly show of theirs can do in response is to research what Islam and the Koran are like, and can then form an opinion, and overall, realize that the Islamists have something to hide.
To CAIR’S chagrin, the college refused to cave in, pointing out that my appearance was “consistent with the belief that students be exposed to a variety of views.”
Now, consider how CAIR caused an otherwise local event to snowball into something detrimental to its cause — simply by complaining about it, that is, drawing attention to it:
For starters, much media attention followed — attention that would never have been if not for CAIR’s howling — including a featured story for MSNBC on whether Islam is a “Terror threat or peaceful religion?” The over 3,000 comments on this report alone reveal that, as “leftist” as MSNBC is, many of its readers are aware of the Islamist agenda; others wonder why CAIR is so scared of free speech.
Moreover, that CAIR cried wolf yet again — and was ignored — not only embarrassed but publicly belittled CAIR’s influence. A community college defying Islamist threats and intimidation must surely shine as an example for other institutions that may actually be interested in promoting diversity of views —institutions that would never have even known that bullies like CAIR could be so easily ignored, if not for all the attention CAIR itself created.
In short, politically active Islamists must walk a fine line, must choose their fights carefully: if they scream bloody murder to silence free speech — scream “racist,” “hater,” “Islamophobe” — they risk bringing unwanted attention that backfires on them; yet if they sit back and do nothing, they risk having more and more people speak up and expose them.
Either way — whether CAIR or its un-stifled opponents make the noise — the result is the same: Americans, wondering why Islam is always in the spotlight, begin inquiring; some become acquainted with reality, and go on to discuss it with friends and family.
All CAIR and others like them are doing is just giving a bad impression of themselves, especially if they're not willing to engage in an honest debate.
"Have ALL the economic effects of the Obama economic plan and the QE2 been realized yet?"
"No; things are gonna get worse."
- LEFTIST APOLOGISTS HERE ARE ALWAYS SAYING THAT THE RADICAL ISLAMISTS/TERRORISTS ARE FUNDAMENTALISTS,
- AND THEY OFTEN COMPARE THE ISLAMISTS TO DOMESTIC CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS ---
- (ONE, ANDREW SULLIVAN EVEN GOES AS FAR AS TO CALL RIGHT-WING FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIANS "CHRISTIANISTS"!) ---
- THEN AREN'T THE ISLAMIST "RADICALS" BEING FUNDAMENTALLY TRUE TO THE FUNDAMENTALS OF ISLAM? AND DOESN'T THAT MEAN THAT ISLAM IS FUNDAMENTALLY TERRORISTIC?
Give each Congressman $1,000 TAX FREE dollars for each billion they all agree to cut. Ditto Obama. They can keep it or use it for campaign spending or give it to charity.
If they cut $400 BILLION from next year's budget that would earn them each $400,000 bucks - tax free, Multiply this by the number of years they save it, but pay it out year-by-year.
Oh yeah, there's this too: don't pay them a penny if they don't make the cuts!
(UPDATE; FOR $400 BILLION/YEAR IN SAVINGS, IT WOULD ONLY COST $215 MILLION/YEAR.)
"I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it," Mr. Obama said...Were my mother-in-law not to receive her August Social Security check, what would happen to her? Catatonic and totally dependent upon the care of health professionals, she is in Stage 7 Alzheimer's and resides in a nursing home, the fee for which is paid, in large part, by her monthly Social Security check.
The facts are these:
...However, according to the Daily Treasury Statements published by the U.S. Treasury Department, the ongoing flow of federal tax revenue since the Treasury declared that it had hit the debt limit on May 16 has been more than sufficient to cover the combined costs of federal spending on interest payments, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Veterans Affairs department and federal workers wages and insurance benefits (including wages and insurance benefits for military personnel).If the August checks do not go out, that will be by Obama's direct orders.
Specifically, according to the Daily Treasury Statements, as of the close of business on May 16, the federal government had taken in $1.333454 trillion in tax revenues since the beginning of fiscal 2011. By the close of business on July 7, tax revenues for fiscal 2011 had grown to $1.629630 trillion. Therefore, between May 16 and July 7 the federal government took in a total of $296.176 billion in new tax revenue.
In that same time period, total interest payments on the national debt equaled $14.632 billion....
At least three explosions shook the city of Mumbai at the height of the evening rush hour on Wednesday, in what appeared to be coordinated attacks on India’s economic capital. The Interior Ministry described the explosions as a terror attack, India’s NDTV reported.ISLAM STRIKES AGAIN. WITH AID FROM PAKISTAN NO DOUBT.
Indian news outlets reported that at least 10 people were killed, and that dozens may have been injured.
INDIA SHOULD RETALIATE AND INFLICT 100X THE DAMAGE.
Update: 17 dead / 81 injured.
UPDATE: 21 DEAD - 141 INJURED.
IOW: THE EURO IS COLLAPSING.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked Italy to ensure "decisive implementation" of spending cuts to reduce the country's debt.
Its comments come as concerns continue that Italy may be the next country to be affected by the debt crisis in the eurozone.
The Italian government is now moving ahead with plans for an austerity budget.
The IMF said Rome may be being too optimistic about economic growth.
Obama Campaign Reports Big Fund-Raising QuarterWELL, YOU CAN SEE WHAT HIS PRIORITIES ARE...
President Obama raised more than $86 million for his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee in the last three months, besting previous campaign fund-raising records for the quarter and far outpacing the Republicans who are hoping to replace him in the White House.
MEANHILE, IN OTHER NEWS, ANOTHER FRIGHTENING DEADLINE LOOMS:
NAH, THAT COULD NEVER HAPPEN!
AND THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION WAS A REVOLT AGAINST THE SAVAK.
THIS IS JUST WRONG.
KHOMENI WAS THEN AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IS NOW MOTIVATED BY ISLAMISM AND NOTHING ELSE.
FROM JORDAN TO AFGHANISTAN AND BEYOND TO SOUTHERN THAILAND AND THE MORO ISLANDS - THE ISLAMIC RESURGENCE ACROSS HALF THE GLOBE IS NOT MOTIVATED BY A DESIRE TO BE MORE FREE OR MORE PROSPEROUS.
IT'S BASED ON A DESIRE TO BE MORE ISLAMIC. AND THEY WILL EXPLOIT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
NEED MORE PROOF?
EGYPT'S ECONOMIC GROWTH THE LAST DECADE HAS BEEN VERY GOOD BY ANY STANDARD:
STILL NEED MORE RPOOF? FINE. HERE:
Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita based on purchasing-power-parity (PPP) increased fourfold between 1981 and 2006, from US$ 1355 in 1981, to US$ 2525 in 1991, to US$ 3686 in 2001 and to an estimated US$ 4535 in 2006.
Based on national currency, GDP per capita at constant 1999 prices increased from EGP 411 in 1981, to EGP 2098 in 1991, to EGP 5493 in 2001 and to EGP 8708 in 2006.
Based on the current US$ prices, GDP per capita increased from US$ 587 in 1981, to US$ 869 in 1991, to US$ 1461 in 2001 and to an estimated US$ 1518 (which translates to less than US$ 130 per month) in 2006.
According to the World Bank Country Classification, Egypt has been promoted from the low income category to lower middle income category.
Mean wages were $2.45 per manhour in 2009.
Indicator  1981 1991 2001 2005 2006 GDP (PPP) per capita, (US$) 1,354.81 2,524.99 3,685.98 4,316.59 4,534.82 GDP per capita at constant prices, (EGP) 3,121.85 4,075.47 5,138.36 5,519.09 5,692.24 GDP per capita at current prices, (EGP) 411.20 2,098.71 5,493.28 7,890.65 8,707.88 GDP per capita at current prices, (US$) 587.42 869.30 1,460.98 1,315.75 1,517.85
The reform programme is a work in progress. Noteworthy that the reform record has substantially improved since Nazif government came to power. Egypt has made substantial progress in developing its legal, tax and investment infrastructure. (See Nawar 2006) Indeed, over the past five years, Egypt has passed, amended and admitted over 15 legislative pieces. The economy is expected to grow by about 4% to 6% in 2009/2010.
PAKISTAN AND INDONESIA AND BAHRAIN AND EVEN SAUDI ARABIA HAVE ALL HAD MAJOR BATTLES - SOME STILL ON-GOING - AGAINST ISLAMIC INSURGENTS, AND NONE ARE RACKED BY INCREASING POVERTY OR SERFDOM.
THE ARAB SPRING IS CAUSED BY 2 THINGS:
- IRAN'S HEGEMONY -
- A WEAK AND APPEASING US FOREIGN POLICY LED BY THE WEAK AND APPEASING OBAMA -
THE ROAD TO A REAL ARAB SPRING GOES THROUGH TEHRAN, NOT CHICAGO AND HAYEK.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
A leading ultra-conservative rabbi has ruled the Chuetas of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, are of Jewish descent.
The Chuetas, who were forced to convert to Christianity 600 years ago, are the descendants of Mallorca's Jews, Arutz Sheva reported. The Chuetas were then not permitted to intermarry or assimilate into Catholic society until the modern era.
Hareidi Rabbi Nissim Karelitz recently issued a statement that in his opinion the Chuetas are clearly part of the people of Israel.
... Rabbi Karelitz's decision will pave the way for many of them to return to their roots nearly six centuries after their ancestors were torn away from us against their will."
THE GATHERING UP CONTINUES.
Moody's said its decision was based on the "growing possibility" that Ireland would need a second bail-out before it can return to capital markets.
The current European Union and International Monetary Fund support programme is due to end in late 2013.
It comes at a time when markets fear the debt crisis in the eurozone could spread to Italy and Spain.
Ireland, Greece and Portugal have all been downgraded by ratings agencies several times in recent months.
THE EURO CURRENCY WAS A BAD IDEA DREAMT UP NY THE ELITISTS EURO-LEFT AND IT WILL BE A GOOD THING WHEN IT COLLAPSES AND DISAPPEARS.
IN THE MEANTIME: TRADE YOUR EUROS FOR GOLD OR ... GULP: DOLLARS.
IF ISLAM IS A TOLERANT RELIGION OF PEACE, THEN IRAN'S SUPREME COUNCIL AND SUPREME COURT DON'T UNDERSTAND ISLAM
ERGO: ISLAM'S APOLOGISTS ARE WRONG ABOUT ISLAM.
PUT ANOTHER WAY:
- IF THE RADICAL ISLAMISTS ARE FUNDAMENTALISTS -
- WHICH IS SOMETHING THEIR LEFTIST APOLOGISTS HERE ARE ALWAYS SAYING,
- AS WHEN THEY COMPARE THE ISLAMISTS TO CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS ---
- (ONE, ANDREW SULLIVAN EVEN GOES AS FAR AS TO CALL RIGHT-WING FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIANS "CHRISTIANISTS"!) ---
- THEN AREN'T THE ISLAMIST "RADICALS" BEING FUNDAMENTALLY TRUE TO THE FUNDAMENTALS OF ISLAM? AND DOESN'T THAT MEAN THAT ISLAM IS FUNDAMENTALLY TERRORISTIC?
IRSHAD MANJI ALSO ESSENTIALLY THOUGH TACITLY ADMITS THIS WHEN SHE CALL THE ISLAMIST TERRORISTS "LITERALISTS:
What is the trouble with Islam?
The problem with Islam today, in a word, is literalism.
BUT BY MAKING THIS ARGUMENT, SHE IS TACITLY AGREEING WITH ME AND THE ”ROPMA” ARGUMENT:
MANJI IS ESSENTIALLY SAYING THAT MOHAMED AND THE HADITHS AND THE SURA AND THE KORAN ARE LITERALLY EXTREMIST AND JIHADIST AND VIOLENT AND SEXIST.
AND IN THIS SHE IS CORRECT.THIS MEANS THAT THE IRANIAN MULLAHCRACY AND AL QAEDA AND THE TALIBAN ARE ALL TAKING THE KORAN AT ITS LITERAL VALUE.
WHICH MEANS THE KORAN IS TERRORISTIC AT ITS CORE.
IT'S TIME ISLAM'S APOLOGISTS ON THE LEFT WOKE UP.
LONG PASSED TIME.
JUST ASK ROGER CLEMENS.
IS NOTHING SACRED?
WHAT WOULD HEMINGWAY THINK? AFTER ALL, MANY PEOPLE GO TO SAN FERMIN BECAUSE OF HIM:
There are homages to Hemingway throughout Pamplona.MORE:
A bust of the writer crowns the entrance to the bullring and to the Iruna cafe where his regular spot is "Hemingway's corner".
His words still draw generations of young Americans, Britons, Australians, New Zealanders and Canadians to this capital of Navarre.
American Jim Rhodin, 71, is on his 21st visit. "He put Pamplona on the map with his books. I have read all his books," said the Atlanta-born tourist who has a passing likeness to Hemingway.
"Most of us, especially the English speakers, are here because of Hemingway. San Fermin would not be that big if it was not for Hemingway," said 58-year-old fellow American Robert Mykle, who organises a mini San Fermin festival in Florida every year with his association, "Los amigos de Pamplona" (Friends of Pamplona).
Larry Mazlack, a Canadian sitting an outside table near the Perla, wearing a cap and a white beard, has come every year since 1976.
He has ready every Hemingway book, too.
But it was not Hemingway who convinced him to come.
"I met a girl at a German campsite and she said:'Well, Larry, I'm going to Pamplona'. And I thought: 'That's a foolish thing to do'. And she said: 'Well, Larry, if you want to continue knowing me you have to go to Pamplona'. And so I went to Pamplona."
MORE NSFW PHOTOS AT THE LINK.
Much of the worldwide fame of the Sanfermines is due to the references made by Ernest Hemingway in his articles as a reporter and in his novel "The Sun Also Rises", known as "Fiesta" in the Spanish-speaking world.
The future Nobel Prize winner first visited Pamplona on July 6th 1923, accompanied by his wife, Hadley Richardson. The Sanfermines made such an impression on him that he returned on several occasions, the last in 1959. During his visits to Pamplona he usually stayed at the Hotel La Perla in the Plaza del Castillo.In those years it was quite common to see him on the cafe terraces of the Plaza del Castillo, running the bulls or avoiding the young bulls in the bull ring.
UPDATE: VIDEO OF A STREAKER GETTING GORED HERE!
HE'D MAKE A GREAT SECRETARY OF STATE UNDER PRESIDENT PERRY AND VICE PRESIDENT RUBIO.
UPDATE: FORMER NYC MAYOR ED KOCH AGREES: OBAMA TERRIBLE FOR ISRAEL; SO BAD, NY'ERS SHOULD VOTE GOP IN THE WEINER SPECIAL ELECTION.
THEY'RE NOT FOR PEACE; THEY'RE ON THE OTHER SIDE.
In addition, in a positive sign for the future, Obama’s worst showing in the poll was among Jews under 40. Sixty-one percent of these younger Jews reported that they planned to vote for someone other than Obama for president in 2012. This could indicate that the strange and continuing hold that the Democratic party has had over American Jews could finally be loosening.AWESOME!
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, DAVID MAMET'S "CONVERSION" HAS HAD A BIG EFFECT.
MAMET IS A JEWISH AMERICAN WHO HAS BEEN THE OBJECT OF PRIDE FOR JEWS FOR DECADES, AND THE FACT THAT HE HAS PUBLICLY AND VEHEMENTLY COME OUT AS A CONSERVATIVE WHO OPPOSES OBAMA HAS GIVEN JEWS WHO WERE ON THE FENCE (AND A LITTLE SQUEAMISH ABOUT BUCKING THEIR PEERS) COVER.
UPDATE: MORE EVIDENCE OF A SEISMIC SHIFT:
In "a shot across President Obama's bow," Democratic former Mayoryesterday urged voters in Queens and Brooklyn to make "history" by voting for the Republican candidate to replace randy ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner in the Sept. 13 special election -- as a protest against the White House's policy on Israel.
Koch -- a staunch ally of Israel -- said he would "vote for Bob Turner" if the Republican-Conservative candidate backs Israel and opposes cutbacks to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
"If Jewish New Yorkers and others who support Israel were to turn away from the Democratic Party in that congressional election and elect the Republican candidate to Congress in 2011, it might very well causeto change his hostile position on the state of Israel and to re-establish the special relationship presidents before him had supported," Koch said in his weekly commentary.
UPDATE: JEWS SEEM TO BE SINGING A NEW SONG: THEY WON'T BE FOOLED AGAIN!
BECAUSE NORTH KOREA WILL CHAIR THE EVENT, HARPER AND CANADA HAVE COURAGEOUSLY DECIDED TO BOYCOTT THE UN DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE...
WE USED TO LEAD THE FREE WORLD, BUT NOT SINCE OBAMA BECAME POTUS.
A string of a dozen volcanoes, at least several of them active, has been found beneath the frigid seas near Antarctica, the first such discovery in that region.
Some of the peaks tower nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) above the ocean floor — nearly tall enough to break the water's surface.
"That's a big volcano. That's a very big volcano. If that was on land it would be quite remarkable," said Philip Leat, a vulcanologist with the British Antarctic Survey who led a seafloor mapping expedition to the region in 2007 and 2010.
The group of 12 underwater mountains lies south of the South Sandwich Islands — desolate, ice-covered volcanoes that rise above the southern Atlantic Ocean about halfway between South America and South Africa and erupted as recently as 2008. It's the first time such a large number of undersea volcanoes has been found together in the Antarctic region.
Leat said the survey team was somewhat surprised by the find.
"We knew there were other volcanoes in the area, but we didn't go trying to find volcanoes," Leat told OurAmazingPlanet. "We just went because there was a big blank area on the map and we had no idea what was there; we just wanted to fill in the seafloor."
IT SURE AIN'T THE CO2.
IOW: AGW = TFBS.
In an interview with CBS News, Mr. Obama said he “cannot guarantee” that the government can pay benefits next month to Social Security recipients, veterans and the disabled if Congress does not increase the federal debt limit, raising the political stakes even as Republicans hardened their opposition to him.THIS IS A FLAT OUT LIE: THERE'S ENOUGH MONEY IN THE FUNDS TO COVER ALL BENEFITS.
IF HE DIDN'T LIE, THEN OBAMA WOULDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Update: and here's The Blaze's own report.
EUROPEANS NEED TO DUMP THE EURO.
GREEKS NEED TO OVERTHROW THEIR GOVERNMENT AND WITHDRAW FROM THE EU. DITTO IRELAND.
ITALY: ARE YOU WATCHING? SPAIN?
Update:We made a mistake in our original calculations. The calorie-count for the first lady’s order was actually 1,700, not the 1,556 we originally reported. Our apologies.
First lady Michelle Obama ordered a whopper of a meal at the newly opened Washington diner Shake Shack during lunch on Monday.
A Washington Post journalist on the scene confirmed the first lady, who’s made a cause out of child nutrition, ordered a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and a Diet Coke while the street and sidewalk in front of the usually-packed Shake Shack were closed by security during her visit.
According to nutritional information on Shake Shack’s Web site, the meal amounted to 1,700 calories.
THE HEIGHT OF HYPOCRISY, BUT OH SO VERY TYPICAL OF THE LIMOUSINE LEFT.
REMINDS ME OF THE OLD SOVIET ERA JOKE:
Upon being named Party Chair, Leonid Brezhnev gets his momma out from the boonies and takes her on a tour of Moscow. He shows her is office, his limousine, his vast apartment, and then his palatial dacha.
He then asks her, "So momma, what do you think of your little boy Leonidge-kala?"
She replies, "It's wonderful Leonid, but what if the REDS come back!!?!?"
IOW: The left has always had one set of rules for the people, and another for themselves and their elitist pals and cronies.
Obama is no different. Neither is Gore. It's not just what they eat and how they travel and where they stay. It's EVERYTHING.
Elitism is an essential part of leftism. As a committed leftist, Michelle Obama is doing what comes naturally to her: telling us to do one thing while she can do another.
It's why they think WASHINGTON DC can spend YOUR money better than YOU.
We need to toss everyone one of these hypocritical elitists assholes out of office.
BTW: WE'VE BEEN CALLING OBAMA A BREZHNEV SOCIALIST FOR YEARS.
Protesters loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad briefly broke into the US embassy in Damascus on Monday, while security guards at the French embassy used live ammunition to prevent them gaining access, diplomats told Reuters.Am I noticing correctly, or are they still being naive? Do they really expect the Assad regime to comply with their wishes now that Syria's dictatorship has really sunk to extremes? But if anything's clear, it's that the diplomats may have to evacuate - and soon.
No casualties were reported in the attacks, which followed a visit by the US and French ambassadors to the city of Hama last week in support of the hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators there despite a harsh crackdown by Assad gunmen.
Assad accused the United States - and Ambassador Robert Ford - of trying to incite the populace against his regime, also saying the US flag was flown in support of the protesters.
But State Department officials on Monday formally condemned Syria for failing to protect the US embassy complex in Damascus from a violent assault it said was encouraged by a pro-government Syrian television station.
"A television station that is heavily influenced by Syrian authorities encouraged this violent demonstration," the State Department said in a statement.
Every now and then, a treasure is unearthed not by archaeologists digging in the ground, but by historians and others seeking information among the stacks of books in a library.Make sure to check out the whole posting by Ben David. This is very important history, showing how Arab/Islamic movements at the time were the aggressors, and not the "victims" they so much want people to think they were.
Writer and analyst Lenny Ben David was doing exactly that when he came across a massive Library of Congress photo archive of life in Palestine, circa early 1900s. Prior to its rebirth as a commonwealth, the lands of the State of Israel were all referred to as Palestine by the British.
Ben David, a former diplomat and lobbyist, writes on his blog, “As I skimmed through the pictures, one theme caught my eye – the expulsion of Jews from Jerusalem. Time and again.”
Works of art that depict the Roman destruction of the Holy Temple and the Jewish people being led from Jerusalem into captivity in 70 CE are not uncommon.
But Ben David saw that the Library of Congress had carefully archived photos of Jews being evacuated during Arab pogroms in 1929 – the same year the Jews of Hevron were massacred – and in 1936.
The archive also contains photos by Life Magazine photographer John Phillips, who in 1948 managed to catch on film the horror and tragedy of Jews once more being captured or expelled from their homes in the Old Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter by Jordanian soldiers.
“Too many times,” writes Ben David. “It led me to post a photo essay: The Jewish People Will Not Be Expelled from Jerusalem Again.”
In the essay, he made sure to include shots of the Jews' expulsion from Jerusalem in 1929, 1936 and 1948 – to remind, and to ensure that it can never happen again.
A group of News Corp. shareholders have sued the company over a phone-hacking scandal at its now-closed News of the World tabloid in London.
The lawsuit accuses News Corp. of large-scale governance failures. It was filed late Friday in Delaware Chancery Court by shareholders led by Amalgamated Bank. Several municipal and union pension funds joined in the lawsuit. The shareholders own less than 1 percent of News Corp.'s stock combined.
THIS LAWSUIT IS SURREPTITIOUS CLASS WARFARE.
THEIR LAW SUITS HAVE MORE TO DO WITH POLITICS THAN SHAREHOLDER EQUITY.
THEY HATE MURDOCH BECAUSE MURDOCH PROMOTES THE FREE-MARKET AND A FREE-MARKET DIMINISHES LABOR UNIONS' POWER.
IF HE IS NOT EVIL, THEN HE IS THE MOST INCOMPETENT POTUS OF ALL TIME.
COULD BE BOTH.
UPDATE: MORE EVIDENCE THAT HE'S EVIL.
Mr. Obama said he will not consider a short-term, stop-gap solution to raise the debt ceiling. “This is the United States of America. We don’t manage our affairs in three month increments.”SHEESH. WHAT A FREAKIN' LIAR: OBAMA AND HIS COMRADES REID AND PELOSI DIDN'T EVEN PASS A BUDGET IN 2009 FOR 2010. WHEN THEY WERE RUNNING THINGS THEY ROUTINELY USED CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS.
ER, UMM... IF THE CUT THE DEFICIT BY $400 MILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, THE DEBT WILL STILL GO UP BY 2 TRILLION THE NEXT TWO YEARS.
Mr. Obama said he is continuing to push lawmakers for “as large a deal as possible” and said that Republicans should work toward the goal that they have said they wanted for months.
“I’ve been hearing from my Republican friends for quite some time that it is a moral imperative to tackle our debt and our deficit,” Mr. Obama said. “What I’ve said to them is, ‘let’s go.’”
SO OBAMA'S SO-CALLED GRAND DESIGN "BIG DEAL" DOESN'T DO NEARLY ENOUGH.
OBAMA'S PLAN IS UNACCEPTABLE.
WE NEED TO CUT A TRILLION OUT OF NEXT YEARS BUDGET.
MORE ON THE LIAR IN CHIEF HERE.
From the Daily Caller:
Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday requesting an explanation as to why the Justice Department declined to file charges against a federal prosecutor with child pornography found on his work computer.More egregious corruption in the Obama administration, and that corruption never gets coverage by the mainstream media.
The finding against the Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) was made by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
According to the Inspector General’s report, the AUSA admitted to spending a significant amount of time each day viewing porn at work.
“The OIG conducted an investigation concerning allegations that an AUSA was using his government computer to view inappropriate material on his government computer,” the Grassley letter quoted from the OIG report. “The investigation determined that the AUSA routinely viewed adult content during official duty hours, and that there was at least one image of child pornography recovered on the AUSA’s government computer. The AUSA acknowledged that he had spent a significant amount of time each day viewing pornography."...
ACCORDING TO GENESIS 12:3, THE USA ECONOMY CAN'T GET BETTER UNTIL OBAMA STOPS SUPPORTING THE ARABS AND STARTS SUPPORTING ISRAEL
THIS WAS BEFORE HIS INITATED HIS LEFTIST AGENDA: THE PORKULUS AND OBAMACARE, BAILING OUT GM, AND REGULATING CO2.
SO WHY DID IT DROP OFF THE CLIFF?
IS THIS WHY?
PERHAPS. AFTER ALL, OBAMA'S FIRST UNILATERAL FOREIGN POLICY ACTS WERE (1) TO ORDER GITMO CLOSED AND SUSPEND THE TRIALS THERE, AND (2) TO ENDORSE THE ARAB'S DEMAND THAT ISRAEL HALT ALL CONTRUCTION IN THE SO-CALLED "OCCUPIED TERRITORIES".
PERHAPS THE US ECONOMY WON'T IMPROVE UNTIL WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO TREATS ISRAEL BETTER THAN HE TREATS THE ARABS AND IRAN.
Lebanon said Sunday it would file a complaint with the United Nations against Israel, after the Jewish state approved a map of its proposed maritime borders, which Lebanon is calling an aggression and an infringement on its right to an exclusive economic zone.
“For sure we will [file a complaint]. This is an aggression on our gas and oil rights and we will not remain silent,” Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour told The Daily Star by telephone. “This is a de facto policy that will not bring peace for Israel. Israel is creating a new area of tension,” he added.
Israel will submit the map, which was approved by its Cabinet Sunday, to the U.N. for an opinion, as the neighboring states face off over offshore gas fields.
The Israeli map lays out maritime borders that conflict significantly with those proposed by Lebanon in its own submission to the U.N. last summer.
“The Cabinet today approved the draft of the northern maritime border of Israel,” said a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.“This line demarcates the area of the state’s economic rights, including the exploitation of natural resources.”
Sunday, July 10, 2011
IsraAid, an umbrella group of Israeli and Jewish humanitarian aid organizations, is preparing to send a consignment of humanitarian aid to the newly formed nation of South Sudan, the group said in a statement on Sunday.HOW MUCH WILL THE ARABS SEND?
The aid package worth $100,000 will include food, clean water, medical supplies and other non-food items.
In addition, IsraAid teams have also begun to plan for a long-term project, aimed at providing assistance to vulnerable women and children living on the streets and in refugee camps around the capital city of Juba. The group, whose full name is the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, hopes to raise $1.5 million for the initiative.
Delivered on March 1, 1920 at the First All-Russia Congress of Workers, Vladimir Lenin concluded his keynote speech with the following promise.
We have now concentrated all our forces on the restoration of industry and are steadfastly waging this new war, in which we shall be as victorious as we have been hitherto. We have instructed a commission of scientists and engineers to draw up a plan for the electrification of Russia. The plan will be ready in two months and will enable us to got a full and clear picture of how, in a few years, the whole of Russia will be covered by a network of electric transmission lines, will be restored in a new way, not the old way, and how she will achieve that culture which [we] saw in Germany.
That is the way we must restore our industry, and that is the way we shall return a hundredfold the loan of grain we are taking from the peasants. We know that this cannot be done in a year or two; the minimum programme of electrification is calculated for a period of not less than three years, and the complete success of this advanced industry will require not less than ten years ... We have gained that experience in leading the masses with the help of urban workers which will carry us through all difficulties on this bloodless front of struggle against economic chaos and will lead to greater victories than those we gained in the war against international imperialism. (Applause.)
71 years later, when the Soviet Union collapsed, huge swaths of the country had no electric power.
In a speech delivered on January 8, 2009, President-Elect Barack Obama urged Congress to pass a Stimulus bill warning that the recession could become “dramatically worse” and last for years otherwise.
That is why we need to act boldly and act now to reverse these cycles. That’s why we need to put money in the pockets of the American people, create new jobs, and invest in our future...
That work begins with this plan – a plan I am confident will save or create at least three million jobs over the next few years... That’s why we’ll invest in priorities like energy and education; health care and a new infrastructure that are necessary to keep us strong and competitive in the 21st century. That’s why the overwhelming majority of the jobs created will be in the private sector, while our plan will save the public sector jobs...
To finally spark the creation of a clean energy economy, we will double the production of alternative energy in the next three years. We will modernize more than 75% of federal buildings and improve the energy efficiency of two million American homes, saving consumers and taxpayers billions on our energy bills. In the process, we will put Americans to work in new jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced – jobs building solar panels and wind turbines; constructing fuel-efficient cars and buildings; and developing the new energy technologies that will lead to even more jobs, more savings, and a cleaner, safer planet in the bargain.
To improve the quality of our health care while lowering its cost, we will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that within five years, all of America’s medical records are computerized
This is the hallmark of the Statist.
Ideologically unable to unleash the private sector, the Statist must always paint a picture of a Utopian future hovering just a few years away. If only you can give him more more money and more authority, this Utopia can be yours!
And, of course, it always fails to materialize.
We must deconstruct the Statists' policy failures. Look not at the mirage-like vision of the future that he paints; look instead at what he's done.
Related: Four Brutal Graphs From the Age of Obama.
Hat tip: Mark Levin.