Tuesday, 15 April 2014
THE LATEST NEW YORK TIMES IDIOTORIAL ON THE MIDDLE EAST
Here is the latest New York Times idiotorial on the Middle East...this one talking about the breakdown of "peace talks", such as they were, between Israel and Palestinian Arabs.
The idiotorial is in rust, my comments are in blue:
Middle East, Time to Move On
pointless arguing over who brought Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to
the brink of collapse is
in full swing.
Great start. What's the difference who torpedoed the talks? Hillary
Clinton-speak in full bloom.
The United States is still working to salvage the negotiations, but
there is scant sign of serious purpose. It is time for the
administration to lay down the principles it believes must undergird
a two-state solution, should Israelis and Palestinians ever decide to
make peace. Then President
Obama and Secretary of State John
Kerry should move on and devote their attention to other major
international challenges like Ukraine. Here
we agree, at least in principle: if there is no hope for peace at
this time, concentrate more on other areas of foreign policy. On the other hand, since this woefully incompetent administration has
been a disaster on virtually all of those areas over the last five
years, maybe it would be better to just spin wheels in the middle
those principles should be: a Palestinian
state in the West
Bank and Gaza
with borders based on the 1967 lines; mutually agreed upon land swaps
that allow Israel
to retain some settlements while compensating the Palestinians with
land that is comparable in quantity and quality; I
agree with this only because, on a practical basis, any logical
settlement would keep Israel a Jewish state and the Palestinian Arab
territories Arab. But never forget that the "borders" being
discussed here were between Israel and Egypt (Gaza) and Israel
and Jordan (Judea/Samaria, also known as the west bank). Palestinian
Arabs never had control of any land, thus never had any borders. Ironically, whatever they have now was given to them
not by Egypt or Jordan, but by Israel.
and agreement that Jerusalem will be the capital of the two states.
Why should Israel hand any part of its capital city to Palestinian
Arabs? Because they demand it? If that's the criterion, I assume
Israel has a few demands of its own.
the Obama administration's effort to broker a deal was doomed from
the start. Perhaps?
In 2009, the administration focused on getting Israel to halt
settlement building and ran into the obstinacy of Prime Minister
Netanyahu and resistance from the Palestinian president, Mahmoud
Abbas, to entering peace talks. Here
we see the Times' true slant. Israel is obstinate, and those pore
ol' Palestinian Arabs are just resisting. I keep waiting for someone
to explain to me why Israelis should not have a perfect right to settle on this
non-sovereign land, which never was controlled by Palestinian
Arabs in the first place. Would the Times like to answer that?
Since then, members of Mr. Netanyahu's coalition government have
tried to sabotage the talks. As Tzipi
Livni, Israel's chief negotiator, told the website Ynet, "There
are people in the government who don't want peace." She cited
Naftali Bennett, the leader of the pro-settler party Jewish Home, and
Uri Ariel, the housing minister. There
you go. One activist and one cabinet minister object, therefore the entire government is
on a sabotage mission. Could the Times' bias be clearer?
Obama made the right decision to give it a second try last summer,
with Mr. Kerry bringing energy and determination to the negotiations.
But, after nine months, it is apparent that the two sides are still
unwilling to move on the core issues of the borders of a Palestinian
state, the future of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and
guarantees for Israel's security. Has The Times ever demanded that Palestinian Arabs renounce the hamas charter all of
them live under (not just Gazans)? Or renounce abbas' statement that
he would never recognize a Jewish state? Or demand that Palestinian
Arab textbooks show Israel's existence in any form at all? Or that
abbas names parks, and plazas and sporting events after "successful"
terrorist murderers? Evidently none of that counts.
The process broke down last month when Israel failed to release a
group of Palestinian prisoners as promised and then announced 700 new
housing units for Jewish settlement in a part of Jerusalem that
Palestinians claim as the capital of a future state. Ahhh,
that's why they broke down. Got it. Funny, though: you didn't
mention that Israel had already complete three of the four rounds of
releasing those prisoners, and stopped only when Palestinian Arabs,
having gotten just about every tangible benefit promised to them,
reneged on their part of the agreement. Evidently that doesn't count
Kerry that was the "poof" moment when it all fell apart, and
the Palestinians responded by applying to join 15 international
conventions and treaties. An
absolute lie. Again: Israel had already released the majority of
those prisoners. Why do you insult our intelligence this way? Or do
you assume that Times readers don't have any, or that they are as
biased against Israel as you are? That
move won't get them a state, but it is legal and they did not seek
to join the International Criminal Court, a big fear of Israel's.
recent days, Israel, which denounced the Palestinians for taking
unilateral steps, took its own unilateral steps by announcing plans
to deprive the financially strapped Palestinian
Authority of about $100 million in monthly tax revenues and
retroactively legalizing a 250-acre outpost in the Gush Etzion
settlement, which the Israeli newspaper Haaretz
said was the largest appropriation of West Bank land in years.
Palestinian Arabs renege on the deal, Israel reacts to their
treachery, and you equate the two. You're hopeless.
Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is morally just and essential for the
security of both peoples. To achieve one will require determined and
courageous leaders and populations on both sides that demand an end
to the occupation. Despite the commitment of the United States,
there's very little hope of that now. There
was never any hope of it. Not as long as Israel wants peace and
Palestinian Arabs want Israel - a reality that apparently you
cannot bring yourself to see, no matter how plain they make it.
Until Israel has an actual peace partner, the "peace talks" are DOA.
But it is not a total loss. At least it gives the New York Times an opportunity to bash Israel...which the self-haters among the paper's ownership and editorial board enthusiastically take advantage of every time.
|Hopelessly Partisan @ 10:03 AM
CLINGING TO THE 77% STRATEGY
It is becoming clear that, this year, Democrats will be running - nationally, at least - on a class warfare platform. One of its key components will be the Republican "War On Women", and one of the key issues will be the "gender gap" - i.e. that women earn only 77% of what men earn.
You might think that this fraudulent claim has been debunked enough times by enough people so that the Obama administration would be ashamed to trot it out again. But let's remember again that this is the Obama administration - which seems determined to elevate lying to art form status.
I just read two excellent pieces which make mincemeat of the 77% strategy. One is from the excellent Michael Barone, and the other is from the great Thomas Sowell. Let me give you a taste of both.
From Mr. Barone:
isn't controversial stuff. As my American Enterprise Institute
colleague Christina Hoff Sommers writes in the Daily
the 77 cents "does not account for differences in occupations,
positions, education, job tenure or hours worked per week."
factors are acknowledged in a 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics report
cited by AEI scholars Mark Perry and Andrew Biggs in the Wall
It shows that (a) men tend to work longer hours than women, (b) men
tend to take riskier jobs with premium pay, and (c) female college
graduates tend to specialize in lower-paid fields than do male
a result, the BLS concludes, women who worked 40-hour weeks earned 88
percent of what similar men did. Single women who never married
earned 96 percent of men’s earnings.
Democrats' problem is that sex discrimination by employers was
outlawed by the Equal Pay Act signed by John Kennedy in 1963 - 51
years ago. To make "the war on women" an issue and rally single
women to the polls, the Obama Democrats have had to concoct new
legislation putting new burdens on small employers and ginning up
business, as the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Act's extended statute of
limitations did, for their trial-lawyer contributors.
legislation attacks a problem very largely solved. The male-female
pay differential for those working at similar levels has been reduced
nearly, but not quite, to the vanishing point. Remaining differences
result almost entirely from personal choices by women and men.
And from Mr. Sowell (please pay special attention to the part I have put in bold print):
"war on women" political slogan is in fact a war against common
is a statistical fraud when Barack Obama and other politicians say
that women earn only 77 percent of what men earn - and that this is
because of discrimination.
would certainly be discrimination if women were doing the same work
as men, for the same number of hours, with the same amount of
training and experience, as well as other things being the same. But
study after study, over the past several decades, has shown
repeatedly that those things are not the same.
repeating the "77 percent" statistic does not make them the same.
It simply takes advantage of many people's ignorance - something
that Barack Obama has been very good at doing on many other issues.
If you use the links I've provided and read both commentaries (please do), you will find that Mr. Barone and Mr. Sowell go into greater detail on just how completely false this "statistic" actually is.
But I think Sowell hits the nail on the head with that bold-print point. Democrats know that this is bogus. But they need to rouse the population segments which traditionally vote more Democrat than Republican. And one of them - in part because of strategies like this one - is single women.
If they can be convinced of Republicans' evil intent regarding wages - something that cannot be done through real facts because, a few hopeless individual aside (not necessarily all Republicans either), there is no support for women to be paid less than men.
Please do not take my word for this either. I urge you to try and find it. Name off the brand-name Republicans out there, including the most right wing of them, and search for something - anything - which shows they support the concept of women being paid less than men. You might as well look for a herd of unicorns.
On the other hand, if Obama and his people can sell this BS, it will probably get them some votes. And getting votes is all that matters, right?
|Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:18 AM
THE QUOTE OF THE DAY
Today's quote comes to us from that monument to truth, honor and competency, Attorney General eric holder.
As you may be aware, holder made a speech, last week at the National Action Network (NAN) convention - NAN essentially being a front group for the career racist, Black supremacist and anti-Semite al sharpton to get a lot of publicity and make a lot of money by yawping out racial slogans, while accomplishing virtually nothing for anyone but himself.
In that speech, holder said:
pleased to note the last five years have been defined by significant
strides and by lasting reforms even in the face, even in the face of
unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity. If you don't believe that, you look at the way,
forget about me, forget about me. You look at the way the attorney
general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House
committee, has nothing to do with me, forget that. What attorney
general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What
president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?"
Apart from the ridiculous claim that no Attorney General or President has ever been treated worse than he and Mr. Obama, the fact that holder used those words in front of this particular group guaranteed they would be taken in racial terms - as just about everyone on both sides of the aisle immediately did.
But that is not the Quote Of The Day winner. The winner is holder's subsequent disclaimer, which is supposed to fool us into thinking he meant no such thing:
didn't say there was a racial component. I was very careful not to
That's right. Attorney General holder stood in front of a NAN convention and whined that he and the President - both Black and no one else mentioned - are being subjected to unprecedented mistreatment, and claims that there was no racial component, because he "was very careful not to say that".
I have a question for eric holder: suppose a Jewish politician stood in front of a Jewish organization, and complained that he and other politicians - all Jewish - were being mistreated. Would anyone believe for even one second that this wasn't specifically related to mistreatment of Jews - even though the words themselves were not spoken? Would holder believe it?
I award eric holder Quote Of The Day honors for providing a classic example of weasel-wording: i.e. making a statement that clearly communicates something, then feigning surprise when people take it that way.
Maybe someday I'll be able to give eric holder this award for something to be proud of. But, after five years of watching him in action, I can't say I'm very hopeful.
|Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:23 AM
Monday, 14 April 2014
DE BLASIO BRAGGADOCIO UPDATE
From my blog of March 12th, which quoted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio AS noting that the city's murder rate was down 21% from last year, and bragging that his policies had something to do with it:
he happen to notice the WEATHER in New York City for January and
February? Like the fact that it was among the most frigid and
snowy January/February periods in the city's history?
Does Mayor de Blasio understand that when the weather is bad, people
don't go out -- not even criminals?
Commissioner Bill Bratton certainly does. To his credit,
Bratton did not have the stomach to lie about those statistics the
way de Blasio did. His quote? "Jack
Frost is the best friend of a police officer".
you what: let's revisit the crime statistics later in the year,
when criminals are more easily able to go about their, er, chosen
profession, and see how they stack up then. Fair enough?
Well, now the weather has finally started to get better. And, instead of a 21% drop in murder versus last year, the difference is down to 7.5%: in other words, in a matter of weeks, two-thirds of that difference is already gone. Additionally, felonious assaults are up 5.6% versus last year, and GLA (auto theft) is up 8.5%.
Click here for all the statistics.
So how do you suppose those numbers are going to run from here on out? Expecting any more 21% drops? I didn't think so.
Mayor de Blasio? Any thoughts about your new policies now?
|Hopelessly Partisan @ 11:57 AM
THE DEPORTATION LIE
The old Saturday Evening Post used to have a regular feature called "The Perfect Squelch", in which someone responded to another person - usually an annoying other person - in a way that shut him/her up for once and for all.
In this regard, I thank Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for the following letter, which he wrote to the New York Times, in reaction to an article which made what Sessions considers palpably false claims regarding the Obama Administration's deportation policies.
No excerpts this time. Here is the entire letter:
article about immigration enforcement declares that
"since President Obama took office, two-thirds of the nearly two
million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor
infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record
according to data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more than
half of those removals (including two-thirds last year) were
apprehended at the border trying to enter the United States
illegally, and were not interior deportations.
removals - true deportations - have actually declined 40 percent
since 2009, according to ICE data. You therefore create the
appearance of a surge in immigration enforcement against "minor"
offenders. In reality, 70 percent of the criminal aliens removed from
the interior of the country last year had felony convictions.
also take issue with your definition of "minor infractions." ICE
does not allow agents to begin deportation proceedings when an
alien's only other violation is a civil traffic offense; the
traffic infractions characterized as "minor" involve crimes like
D.U.I. or vehicular manslaughter - hardly something to be shrugged
SESSIONS Washington, April 8, 2014
writer, a Republican, is a United States senator from Alabama.
Excellent. A complete debunking of the Obama Administration's deportation lies, and a much-deserved rebuke to The New York Times for publishing them.
Do Barack Obama and his people ever tell the truth about anything?
|Hopelessly Partisan @ 10:19 AM
PISTORIUS: CHANNELING MICHAEL HORDERN
Michael Hordern was an excellent stage and screen actor - excellent enough to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1983.
One of Sir Michael's best known roles was also one of his shortest: in the 1951 version of "A Christmas Carol", starring Alistair Sim, Hordern played the ghost of Jacob Marley. Though he was on for no more than four or five minutes in total, Marley/Hordern's tormented wailing about the chains he had forged in life, and the unending agony of being fettered by them throughout eternity, was, to me, unforgettable.
But just in case there is anyone out there who did forget, no problem at all. All you have to do is listen to oscar pistorius's contrived, phony-as-a-plastic-Rand testimony at his murder trial, and you will hear Hordern/Marley in every premeditatedly tortured word.
Doubt me? Then click here, and start at about 17:40. (Or, better yet, watch the entire movie, because it's a genuine classic).
maybe pistorius should change his name to plagiaristorius. Because he apparently is very good at it.
And, I suspect, he will have a long time in prison to further hone his skills.
|Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:37 AM
THE KANSAS SHOOTER
In the movie "LA Confidential", Detective Exley confronts a suspect about his history of killing dogs. The suspect answers "Dogs ain't got no reason to live".
That line is untrue if we're talking about dogs. But it applies perfectly to frazier glenn miller (who also uses the last name "cross"), the subhuman who shot and killed three people in a Jewish Community Center and Jewish nursing home before being caught...and then proudly yelled "heil hitler" while in custody.
Here is a rundown of this "person" and his proud accomplishments, via saeed ahmed and Catherine E. Soichet's article at cnn.com:
to the (Southern Poverty Law Center), Miller founded and ran the Carolina Knights of the Ku
Klux Klan in the 1980s. He was forced to shut down after the SPLC
sued him for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and
then formed another group, the White Patriot Party.
the late 1980s, Miller spent three years in prison on weapons charges
and for plotting the assassination of SPLC founder Morris Dees. The
short sentence was a result of a plea bargain he struck with federal
prosecutors. In exchange, he testified against 14 white supremacists
in a sedition trial in Arkansas in 1988.
was reviled in white supremacist circles as a 'race traitor and, for
a while, kept a low profile," according to an SPLC
profile of him. "Now he's making a comeback with The Aryan
Alternative, a racist tabloid he's been printing since 2005."
Could this subhuman thing be more repulsive?
Oh, one other thing: I wonder how miller/cross feels, knowing that when he shot up the Jewish Center, it was being used for a community event - auditions for a talent show - and that the grandfather and grandson he killed were not Jewish at all. They were Methodists - a highly respected doctor and his innocent 14 year old grandson, who had the misfortune of being mistaken for Jews.
If there isn't a death sentence in Kansas, maybe they should consider bringing it back for a much-needed one-time encore.
UPDATE: It turns out that none of the three people this creature killed were Jews. And none deserved to die any more than the Jews he was going after.
|Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:09 AM
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Information is very sketchy so far, but, today, there have been shootings at two different Jewish venues in Overland Park (suburban Kansas City) - a community center and an assisted living facility. Initial reports have one dead and one injured...but in instances like this the number of both often are more than first thought.
If just one such venue were hit, the fact that it is Jewish in nature might be happenstance. Two, and you can bet that it is a planned attack.
Let's hope that the shooter or shooters are caught immediately, and that, as ugly as one dead/one injured is, that's where it ends.
UPDATE: Death toll now at 3....and they have a suspect in custody. More as I know it.
FURTHER UPDATE: It is being reported that the suspect yelled "heil hitler" as he was being taken away. May he join hitler in hell ASAP.
|Hopelessly Partisan @ 15:54 PM
MEDIA BIAS? NAAAHHHH (CONT.)
Rep. Elijah Cummings is the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee.
Mr. Cummings is also an avid voice against Chairman Darrell Issa pursuing the IRS scandal - especially as it relates to questioning lois lerner, who headed the IRS's tax exempt division while it put an indeterminate number of groups seeking tax exempt status in limbo for years - groups predominantly with names suggesting they held positions opposed to those of President Obama.
And, just this week, Mr. Cummings' staff, presumably at his direction, have been found to have communicated with the IRS - and gotten expedited treatment by lois lerner regarding one of the groups in question: "True The Vote", whose mission is to prevent voter fraud.
Today, Rep. Cummings was a guest on Face the Nation, with Bob Schieffer, which airs on CBS. And, of course, Mr. Schieffer was all over Mr. Cummings on those communications, right?
Wrong. He never asked about them. Not even one question. Zero. Zip. Nada.
News breaks, THIS WEEK, that staff members of the ranking Democfat on a committee investigating the IRS were directly communicating with the IRS about one of the groups involved in said investigation, and Scheiffer doesn't bother to ask about it?
At this point, allow me to remind you that CBS is the network which, earlier this year, effectively forced the resignation of its investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson from its ranks, by effectively shutting down Ms. Attkisson's work on several Obama scandals.
Well, you can't say CBS isn't consistent. And, with few exceptions, the same goes for Bob Schieffer.
Media bias? Naaaahhhhh
FURTHER NOTE: In case you think it's just Schieffer and CBS, none of the three networks, on any of the shows this morning, so much as mentioned the IRS scandal. Fox and Fox alone did so (that's right: the network we keep being told is not providing news was the only available source of information.)
To repeat, with equal sarcasm: Media bias? Naaaahhhhh
|Hopelessly Partisan @ 14:33 PM
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER AND THE TOTALITARIAN LEFT
Charles Krauthammer writes excellent commentaries. I consider him one of the very best columnists this country has to offer.
But his latest column, titled "Thought Police On Patrol", - is especially important - an absolute must-read.
In it, Mr. Krauthammer, through example after example, shows us that the left - empowered by a likeminded President and his Accomplice Media - has, in no small part, become a totalitarian enterprise.
I, of course, urge you to read the entire piece. But, for the moment, here is just a taste:
months ago, a
petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered
demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The
petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which
consisted of precisely that heresy.
column ran as usual. But I was gratified by the show of intolerance
because it perfectly
illustrated my argument that the left is entering a new
phase of ideological agitation - no longer trying to win the debate
but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any
and all opposition.
proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain
controversies over and visits serious consequences - from social
ostracism to vocational defenestration - upon those who refuse to
The newest closing of the leftist mind
is on gay marriage. Just as the science of global warming is settled,
so, it seems, are the moral and philosophical merits of gay marriage.
oppose it is nothing but bigotry, akin to racism. Opponents are to be
similarly marginalized and shunned, destroyed personally and
By that logic,
the man whom the left so ecstatically carried to the White House in
2008 was equally a bigot.
this magic circle of forced conformity, the left would like to add
certain other policies, resistance to which is deemed a "war
on women." It's a colorful synonym for sexism. Leveling
the charge is a crude way to cut off debate.
to oppose late-term abortion is to make war on women's
"reproductive health." Similarly, to question Obamacare's
mandate of free contraception for all.
To what does contraception owe its exalted status? Why
should it rank above, say, antibiotics for a sick child, for which
that same mother must co-pay?
try objecting to the new so-called Paycheck
Fairness Act for women, which is little more than a
full-employment act for trial lawyers. Sex discrimination is already
illegal. What these new laws do is relieve the plaintiffs of proving
intentional discrimination. To bring suit, they need only to show
make less in that workplace .
House, where women make 88 cents to the men's dollar?
As readers of this blog know, I agree with the conclusions of the left on many issues - including gay marriage and abortion rights (until there is a beating heart and brain activity - certainly not late-term).
But what I, or they, or you, believe is not the point. The point is that, in a free society, all sides must be heard. And when one side tries to deny a hearing for the other, or tries to pre-condemns it before any such hearing takes place, this is not the free society I have in mind.
It has been said - and I agree - that the further to the left or the right you go, the more likely you are to wind up in the same place. In that connection, it is interesting...and dispiriting...to note that, when it comes to the free exchange of ideas, the fascist right and totalitarian left are not only in the same ballpark, they are in the same seat.
|Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:50 AM
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