In a last ditch move to win the Democratic party nomination, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York admitted today she has been secretly plotting to have her opponent killed soon. Very soon. “For the good of the country and to successfully counter the vast left-wing conspiracy out there, I think Obama should sleep with the fishes,” she announced at a press conference in her recently adopted home state of South Dakota.
“And guess what this liberal will be all about. This liberal will be about socializing, uh, um…will be about basically taking over, and the government running all of your companies”–Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) during a House of Representatives hearing with oil executives.
In the end of HBO’s movie Recount, a film reliving the 2000 election recount in Florida, a tearful Ron Klain speaks on the phone with Al Gore, who is nobly stepping aside after the Supreme Court ruling that ended the recount. “I’m sorry, sir,” says Klain, “I just couldn’t get ‘em counted.” He’s one step away from Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List.
Hillary Clinton today said, in so many words, that one of the reasons she’s staying in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is in case Barack Obama is assassinated the way Robert Kennedy was. Her campaign is denying that’s what she meant, but that’s clearly what she meant.
In previous posts I’ve described how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the premiere lobbyist for the interests of Corporate America and against the public, has embraced the cause of money-losing CEOs blaming their misfortunes on “naked short selling.”
One of the primary reasons the divorce rate hovers around fifty percent is that people enter marriage with unreasonable expectations. The number one unreasonable expectation? One partner can “change the other one for the better.”
I’ve had Kuwait’s back ever since I was 15 years old. Bad boy Saddam Hussein had just invaded Iraq’s tiny, oil-rich neighbor, and before too long the Gulf War was on. Promptly, my high school campus turned into an emirate lovefest: We scribbled “Free Kuwait!” (and, er, “Saddam Sucks!”) on our book covers and binders, and some enterprising students even printed buttons for our backpacks. Since expanding my horizons past the point of rudimentary 10th-grade knapsack foreign-policy advocacy, I’ve still always supported the decision to liberate Kuwait. Now if only Kuwait would liberate itself.
Then he said, “I do not like soldiers or checkpoints” as if to insure he would not be perceived as an Israel-lover. And he added, “I am not involved with politics, with Fatah or Hamas” and something about how he just likes to have fun and doesn’t want anyone to think he’s a spy. He and I were sharing some laughs and talking about how humor and “shtick” are universal and very important, the conversation felt very relaxed and so I asked him (with my tape recorder running): “How does someone like you, who cares so much about children, feel about the incitement in the schools? Are you ever frustrated? Are you able to talk to kids about, say, a two state solution?”
The Kentucky and West Virginia primary results should be a warning sign to Democrats. After all, it says a lot about a candidate that large portions of the voting public still refuse to cast their ballots for the “presumptive nominee.” These voters have been told for weeks that “the race is over.” Yet, they persist in voting for the other candidate. What is it about Barak Obama that causes hundreds of thousands of loyal Democrats to simply throw their votes away? The easy answer is race, but that’s too simplistic. All these people can’t be closet members of the KKK.
The Financial Times printed today Joseph J. Honick’s brilliant response to the paper’s May 15 editorial “Israel at 60.” I remember my own initial exasperation at reading it and my thinking how typical it was. Unable to ignore Israel success, they chose to minimize it by emphasizing it’s failure to secure a similarly successful Palestinian state. Then, remembering Ben Gurion’s maxim that it is important what the Jews do and not what the other nations say, I shrugged my shoulders. I was not going to let their obvious unhappiness with Israel’s success spoil my celebratory mood.
“China, India, in particular Brazil. They are growing so fast that they are consuming more and more energy, and pretty soon, if their [carbon] footprint even approaches ours, we’re goners. . . . We can’t — drive our SUVs and you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on you know, 72 degrees at all times, and whether we’re living in the desert or we’re living in the tundra, and then just expect that every other country’s going say OK.
It would be interesting to know the budget for the week-long seminar on Preventing Genocide which just concluded on May 19th at Auschwitz. Sponsored by the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), the conference attracted officials from thirteen countries: U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria, Poland, Latvia, Bosnia, Argentina, China, Cambodia, Burundi, Finland and the Republic of Congo. Many stellar holocaust mavens participated in workshops designed to familiarize government officials with the history and character of genocide; presumably, these individuals have no televisions and have not seen footage of what has been happening in Darfur for the past five years. This particular international conference was timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the U.N. General Assembly’s adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. It was funded by Fred Schwartz, better known as Fred the Furrier, along with the Ford Foundation in Berlin (a most appropriate location) and the Remembrance, Responsibility and Future Foundation, also in Berlin.
New information continues to chip away at Iran’s rock-like insistence that its nuclear programme is purely for peaceful purposes - and not a nuclear weapon effort as many suspect.The latest news is that Tehran continues to put more centrifuges online at its Natanz uranium enrichment facility, which could lead to the production of low-enriched uranium for reactor fuel or highly enriched uranium for weapons.
In today’s New York Times, former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro said, “I think Obama was terribly sexist (toward Hillary).” She went on to indicate that if he is the Democratic nominee, she may not vote for him.
I hope this truly crazy stuff is not a joke, because if it is real, smart Republicans (yeah, I know, we’re not very smart these days) will use this as a stunningly powerful tool to show the American people just how elitist and out of touch–and how anxious to regulate your personal choices–the Democrats are.
Somewhere I’ve read that we have a government ‘Of the people, by the people and FOR the people’. However I am beginning to believe that some of those IN the government believe it should be. ‘Of the people, by the people and for US.’
Sami Moubayed, A Syrian political analyst reviews the recent fighting in Lebanon, it’s consequences and the Iranian view of their options. It is well worth reading while remembering that he actually describes the views of the most moderate of Iranian policy makers rather than those of Ahmadinejad and company whose position has been materially strengthened by the recent victory over Saudi proxies in Lebanon: