Protective of my blood pressure, I’ve stopped watching the Daily Show but curiosity about his response to Obama’s press conference led me to risk it yesterday. I was shocked to discover what an ignoramus he is. I am not just referring to his beginning the monologue with the news that two American servicemen returned from Djibouti. Djibouti? He kept repeating the name in wonder. His obvious, if erroneous, implication being that the place which controls the passageway from the Suez Canal to the Indian Ocean has no strategic value and, therefore, the idea that any American soldiers were ever there is ridiculous.
There is only one way to defeat death - life. One way Jews decided to commemorate the Holocaust Memorial Day celebrated today is with a March of the Living from Auschwitz-to-Birkenau - young people march to demonstrate that the Partisans were right - WE ARE HERE ( Anachnu Po)and we have REBUILT!
After the first release of the Jeremiah Wright videos, Barack Obama gently distanced himself from his pastor but still made it clear that he was his mentor, his “uncle,” and someone who had been his inviolate conduit to Christ.
When I was in Israel last May, a Serbian monk named Father Jovan Culibrk told me that every Spanish soldier he spoke with in Kosovo told him, as many American ones did, “We were told to protect Albanians from Serbs. But it turned out it was Serbs who needed protecting from Albanians.” I recently mentioned Spain in reference to an article that appeared in a Spanish paper, titled “Mistake called Kosovo“:
Today we witnessed a turning point in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination. In a campaign that has seen many seminal moments (the Hope Guy upsetting the Hereditary Monarch in Iowa; the Hereditary Monarch’s tears pre-New Hampshire; the Wallflower 42nd president chuckling over comparisons between Jesse Jackson and the Hope Guy; sniper fire; the rantings of a neo-segregationist preacher), this seminal moment may be the most important of all.
Here’s another story on how the Wright story is hurting Senator Obama; perhaps even ending his candidacy. I doubt it–let’s wait for the first round of post-Monday-speech polls. I bet we’ll see no change–and maybe even a bump up for the Senator. Why? Obama couldn’t do anything to shake off his supporters even if he tried. Let’s go through it: New and young supporters got in because of his novelty; this stuff just makes him more novel, and is easily rationalized by those who wish to. Ideologue liberals agree with Wright, root and branch. In fact, the only Democrats who might be offended by his anti-American friend are already with Hillary anyway, as she is the closest thing to a grown-up in their field. So don’t be surprised if this latest Wright event bounces off his chest like a bullet off Superman.
Eve-Ann Prentice, the British journalist who testified at the Milosevic trial that she saw bin Laden at [wartime Bosnian President] Izetbegovic’s offices, covered the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict for The Guardian and the London Times.
In three pages, commencing with the center column on the front page of the New York Times, Debbie Almontaser is featured as Queen for a Day, with an accompanying photo of this smiling, head-wrapped woman walking down the aisle of a church like a virginal bride. The headline reads: Her Dream, Branded as a Threat: How A Chorus of Critics Cost A Muslim Principal Her Dream School.” Such innocence on the outside, but turn to page 16 and see the scowling villain - the arch-browed, unsmiling Daniel Pipes, determined to destroy the ingenue of the Times, the newspaper that has morphed into an active arm of CAIR, seeing Islamophobic activity throughout our government and at the core of every neo-conservative Jew.
“A change is comin.” So says the Reverend Jeremiah Wright over and over again. During his incendiary but brutally honest “Pastor Ambition Tour,” he has proclaimed that “a change is comin’. I can feel it.” I say “brutally honest” because despite what you may think of Reverend Wright, he tells you exactly what he thinks, and he means what he says. Sure, he changes his tone based on his audience: to white audiences (Bill Moyers, the National Press Club), he’s softer-spoken, and he doesn’t drop his “g’s.”
Just looking through the Puffington Host (I won’t spell it correctly so it won’t get an additional Google hit, and I won’t link to it so you won’t favor it with traffic) as I used to do on occasion. I’ve stopped almost completely now, and today just underscored why. Don’t get me wrong, I believe people are pretty much trustworthy, but the writers (and especially the commenters) at that site are a collection of mostly privileged individuals who are especially closed-minded, angry, incoherent and most often simply uninterested in facts that do not immediately support their view of the world. It’s not even about ideology anymore with them, it’s about a popularity contest–who can most passionately criticize Obama’s critics, who can say the cleverest and most terrible things about America and George Bush, and who can write the most vulgar dismissals of the half of the American population that calls itself Republican. It’s disheartening that these people are out there; it is sickening that they find such glee in unvarnished hatred.
The government compels banks to make loans in poor neighborhoods even if the applicants are not considered prime borrowers. You may not know about that because the Community Reinvestment Act is not exactly a household (excuse the pun) name.
As a Pennsylvania voter, I’m particularly fascinated by the identity politics that I see playing out every day before my eyes. It’s kind of ironic, since this is the state in which the founders met in to write a constitution which they intended to protect their posterity from the destructive effects of political factions. They warned us about the destructive power of political fanaticism. Not only has the modern Democratic Party failed to heed those warnings, but it has spent the last 40 years writing factionalism into its internal party rules. Identity politics may have worked for Democrats, from time to time, in the past. But now that the two leading candidates hail from different officially recognized racial, age and gender groups, the party is over. To quote Mr. Obama’s pastor ‘the chickens have come home to roost’.
He should but I doubt it. Taking responsibility is not the strong point of political experts or advocacy scientists. Why? Because they totally disagree with the Milton Friedman quote with which my favorite vice presidential candidate , Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison starts her essay on “Undoing America’s Ethanol Mistake:”
The justices decide that it’s not unreasonable after all to require voters to show photo ID–though three justices still say that the nation’s system of elections need not be as secure as, say, what they do at Blockbuster to get you to return that copy of Ghostbusters. Sigh. Bonus: Mirable dictu, Stevens bandaged his bleeding heart long enough to join the majority. (Don’t be surprised if the moon now turns to blood and the animals speak.)
What do you do if you’re a Democratic candidate for president who doesn’t want to answer “uncomfortable” questions? The Obama campaign and its media sycophants have a two-fold strategy, the first part of which is already operative: attack the questioners. The second part will be reserved for his battle against John McCain, if he gets that far.
Recently, I brought up the subject of the separatist terrorists Tamil Tigers, of Sri Lanka, in a blog titled “Nationalist Terrorists vs. Islamist Terrorists”. The post drew out the confluences between the two, and used the Tamils to illuminate the KLA’s methods and goals. Apparently, Sir Lankans were also instantly aware of the similarities, as the two items excerpted below demonstrate. The first one goes on to make an excellent point about nationhood in general:
Fred Thompson says he won’t consider the VP nod. Yeah, well, that’s what they all say. What’s more likely is that while he will not pursue it, he would not turn it down, either. It is a high-profile, low-demand job that can launch a man to the presidency. One problem for Thompson of course is that Tennessee will go Republican, so there are other candidate McCain could choose to pump up his support. The other is that after the Obama v. Hillary fight, a Two-White-Men ticket might look a little dusty.
Here’s an interesting essay from Gary Bauer pointing out that Bill Maher can (and did) call the Pope a Nazi to cheers, but that he wouldn’t dare say such things about Muslims or gays–and that he would probably condemn anyone else who did, too.
Palestine today - Ramallah - The agency appealed to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees “UNRWA,” the PNA and all concerned bodies to intervene immediately to protect them and protect their staff and not to obstruct its work and services Alounroaalansanh allowed to continue.The UNRWA decided to close their offices for three days in protest against the decision of Jean-prevention work of UNRWA camps outside the camps, depriving the crews of the distribution of food in the villages, and emphasized that the resolution excludes schools and clinics, which will open its doors as usual.