Why has the president behaved so accommodatingly towards Ahmadinejad and Qaddafi and so ruthlessly towards Mubarak? Because Bloody repression is acceptable by oil rich countries while bloody repression by oil poor countries is not. In other words, Obama is merely being pragmatic, argue administration mouth pieces, Mark Landler and Helene Cooper of the NYT:
Walk around Egypt with your eyes open and you will be able to take a political poll without saying a word. Simply count the “raisin spots” on the men you see. The zabiba, or “raisin” is what Arabs call the prayer spot on the foreheads of devout Muslims.
Watching Charlie Sheen melt down is not funny nor should it continue to be publicly newsworthy. Like a man caught in a trap of his own making, it is painful to see the tiger blood slowly drain out of him as he screams from the bloody shackles gripping him. Watching his incoherent rantings and ravings has evoked a spectrum of emotions from the American people: anger, disgust, revulsion, criticism, horror and a judgment that he needs to get what he deserves. Well, he deserves help. If he doesn’t get it soon, Mr. Sheen will die a tragic death like his fragile predecssors, Marilyn, Elvis, Jimi and…well, this list seems abysmally endless.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems like the Scott Walker’s throwdown in Wisconsin over public union workers is long, long overdue. It is almost unfathomable to me that no government official in recent memory has had that intestinal fortitude to step up and say ‘enough is enough.’ Mr. Walker, I applaud you. I also fear for your job, not because I think the voters of Wisconsin disagree with what you are doing, but because you have now incurred the collective wrath of labor unions both public and private nationwide who see their purse strings being closed tight. Like a wild animal trapped in corner, they will fight to the death.
It took almost a decade but the consensus that permits Muslims to stand by Islamists cost free is finally being eroded. After European prime ministers Merkel, Sarkozy and Cameron comes Peter King. American Muslims organizations and their supporters are filled with sanctimonious rage but recent emergence of Muslim American terrorists has convinced Americans that their polite silence has not been golden but dangerous. It is not enough to ask quietly “Where is the moderate Muslim million women/men march?” It is time to make clear that a price will be extracted by the absence of such marches.
The NYT is struggling with the statistics that show that state and local government workers are better compensated than private workers. Moreover, the are “rarely fired” and have better retirement benefits.
Filled with hope and trepidation I watch the unfolding of the rise of the Arab baby boom generation. Demographers know youth bulges of the type evident in the Middle East, especially unemployed ones, mean social/political upheaval leading to wars and massacres. European youth bulges preceded both the French revolution and the 1968 uprisings as well as the rise of 1930s Fascism and Cold War Communism. An economic downturn adds the kindling. Then, all that is needed is an accidental match, the type that a self immolator lit in Tunisia.
When Donald Trump finished his remarks at a conservative convention in Washington this month, he was received as well as some of the bigger names expected to chase the Republican presidential nomination.
Ken, you’re 50? My God! Welcome to the club, old bean. I reached the big 5-O last June. Where does the time go? I hope you finally scored with Barbie and didn’t just spend the past half century squiring her from prom to mall in her pink Mustang, only to be shown the gate of that Malibu Dream House as soon as G.I. Joe stops by. Barbie seems the type.
President Obama spoke to the nation’s governors with forked tongue. What else is new, I know. In between gassing around about being willing to hear “ideas” about how to make ObamaCare better, he gave dual messages on tax rates–within moments of each other.
Necessity is the mother of invention, they say, and Israel’s need to protect itself from constant fire from its Islamist enemies has resulted in the successful development of a device that senses incoming anti-tank rockets and blows them out of the sky.
As I predicted when the unrest in the Arab world began, “they” are starting to find ways of blaming Israel and the Jews for the situation. But I honestly thought they’d come up with something more clever than what Yemen’s president spewed this week.
The Oscar winning film, “The King’s Speech,” has brought national attention to stuttering — the handicap that King George VI of England suffered in the 1940’s. He wasn’t the only famous stutterer. Consider actors James Earl Jones and Marilyn Monroe, performers Carly Simon and Mel Tillis, writer John Updike and even Winston Churchill.