http://spectator.org/archives/2012/05/07/irreconcilable-budget-differen Mitt Romney continues to miss opportunity after opportunity — when he should be meeting with House leaders to save the defense budget and move on reconciliation. This week you’re likely to hear a lot more about the death of one of the Beastie Boys and the French election than what Republicans are trying to [...]
Mourdock Beating Lugar by Double Digits With Primary Days Away
Indiana has made the national news! We Hoosiers are so excited – it’s not everyday you see the word “Indiana” on Politico.com’s home page! Today’s reason for infamy? A new poll has just been released that puts tea-party challenger Richard Mourdock 10% ahead of incumbent Senator Dick Lugar as the May 8th Indiana GOP primary approaches.
This is big news, because many thought that the long-serving Lugar, who has been in office for 36+ years, had a decent chance to re-win his spot. It’s a bad day for any incumbent when he’s polling under 40% in his own party with a primary less than a week away. But Lugar has been mired in several residency scandals, including one in which he had to repay $14,000 to the US Treasury after abusing funds for his private hotel stays. Lugar has also been accused of shirking work to play golf, and received an F rating from the NRA for his “support” of gun rights.
WHAT IS THIS FLY FISHING? CATCH AND RELEASE…..RSK
WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – The United States has been secretly releasing detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, the Washington Post reported in its Monday editions.The “strategic release” program has allowed American officials over the past several years to use prisoners as bargaining chips to reduce violence in restive provinces, it said, citing U.S. officials who it said spoke on condition of anonymity.
The freed detainees are often fighters who would not be released under the legal system for military prisoners in Afghanistan. They must promise to give up violence, the report said.
Officials would not say whether those who have been released have later returned to attack U.S. and Afghan troops, the Post said.
Releases have come amid efforts to end the war through negotiation, which is central to the Obama administration’s strategy for exiting Afghanistan, the report said.
Those efforts have yielded little to no progress in recent years. In part, they have been stymied by the unwillingness of the United States to release five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay – a gesture insurgent leaders have said they see as a precondition for peace talks, the report said.
There is a flurry of letters, columns and e-mails about Roosevelt and his decidedly shabby treatment of the Jews before and during the Holocaust. For the record, I don’t like much of what I know about Roosevelt…in fact, I think he was a closet Socialist. I also think that Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower was a lousy president who ended the Korean conflict too soon leaving a divided nation, issued ridiculous warnings about a “military industrail complex” and betrayed Israel, France and England during the Suez War in in 1956.
However,I have gotten off the anti-Roosevelt train. For all their flaws Roosevelt and Eisenhower and the great Russian army (read Andrew Robert’s magnificent book: The Storm of War”) won World War 2 and effectively ended the Holocaust. The rest is commentary.
I have far more loathing for those who have abandoned Israel and who remain blind and deaf to the present danger, namely resurgent Islam and Jihad. I also have great derision for those political recidivists and repeat offenders who will vote for Obama.
Mitt Romney is our only hope. Support him instead of dwelling on the past…..rsk
The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War by Andrew Roberts (Hardcover – May 17, 2011)
It was always a case of one disastrous candidate or another. Sarkozy’s greatest achievement was to have spent much of his utterly wasted presidency under the shadow of Silvio Berlusconi. Why? Because otherwise, Sarkozy’s claim to be the Clown of Europe could not have been disputed.
But don’t look now, here’s the real thing: not a fake socialist (forget right-left definitions in France, it’s only about minor deviations from the socialistic centre-ground) but someone who pledges the following: cutting not raising the retirement age; raising not cutting taxes; increasing not reducing the size of the state sector; raising not cutting debt.
But the ramifications are so much bigger. If France has decided to set itself even faster and further on the path to disaster, then, in the end, that’s their affair.
Although we have no love for the euro, newly elected President Francois Hollande has also suggested he will work against the deficit reducing austerity policies that have been the only ideas holding the single currency from total collapse.
As we listened to his victory speech, it was like listening to some naive, populistic young socialist from the 1980s. But his voters love him for it, and that is the tragedy, not just of France, but of modern Europe as a whole.
The entitlement state – the bribe made by every Left-populist politician, which means “vote for me and I give you cash“ – is so deeply entrenched that it is hard to see how we can get out of the hole, whichever European country we live in.
Francois Hollande and his supporters may celebrate today. But, and this maybe putting it mildly, as Pyrrhus is reputed to have said after his victory over the Romans: One more such victory, and we’re lost.
The BBC has now sunk to pinning its stories against Israel on people who refer to the Jewish state in terms of Nazism and Apartheid
It was another one of those do-I-laugh-or-do-I-cry moments as I came across the latest piece of flagrant anti-Israeli propaganda on the BBC‘s website.
It started off badly enough with the headline — UN “appalled“ by Israel treatment of hunger strikers. Sorry, that’s just not a story. The UN is always “appalled“ by something to do with the Jewish state, and that’s because its members are overwhelmingly in thrall to an obsessive anti-Zionist bigotry which appears to know no bounds.
So, it was clear from the outset that this was going to be something of a gratuitous hatchet job. Then again this is the BBC, so no surprises there. But even I have to admit to having been surprised about just how gratuitous it was going to be. Here are the first two paragraphs from Yolande Knell’s story:
“A UN expert has said he is appalled by the “continuing human rights violations in Israeli prisons”, as Palestinian inmates continue a mass hunger strike.
“Special Rapporteur Robert [sic] Falk said Israel had to treat hunger strikers in line with international standards.“
Oh dear, oh dear. The BBC is pinning its stories on the words of Robert Falk. Or rather, that’s Richard Falk – the BBC was obviously so excited at the prospect of a piece of Israel bashing that in the news room’s heightened state of euphoria nobody bothered to check out the man’s name. (I have remarked before that the hysteria which usually drives anti-Zionism frequently results in an abandonment of basic standards of normal behaviour and practice.)
Now, Richard Falk is actually rather well known, and here’s why.
GEE I GUESS THE WAR ON TERROR IS NOT OVER…SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL THE PREZ….RSK
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida militants staged a surprise attack Monday on a Yemeni army base in the south, killing 20 soldiers and capturing 25 just hours after a U.S. drone strike killed a senior figure in the terror network wanted in connection with the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.
It was not immediately clear if the pre-dawn attack on the military base in the southern Abyan province was in retaliation for the death of Fahd al-Quso, a top al-Qaida leader on the FBI’s most wanted list.
The militants managed to reach the base both from the sea and by land, gunning down troops and making away with weapons and other military hardware after the blitz attack, Yemeni military officials said.
Government forces later shelled militant positions elsewhere in Abyan, killing 16 militants, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Bernardine Dohrn has a history with the Justice Department. More specifically, in the early 1970s, she was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives because of her actions with the Weather Underground, a violent radical organization.Times have changed. In 2010 and 2011, the Justice Department saw fit to give $400,000 in grants to an organization that lists Dohrn as a member of its board of directors: a $150,000 grant in September of 2010 and a $250,000 grant a year later.
The organization that received the grants is the W. Haywood Burns Institute, and the project that brought in the money is the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. JDAI aims to keep juvenile criminals out of “secure confinement” and to reduce racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.
As a prominent figure in the Weather Underground — which was initially known as simply “Weatherman” — Dohrn helped lead the “Days of Rage” Chicago riot, and during her tenure the group was responsible for numerous bombings of government buildings. Although Dohrn has never renounced her past, her various legal troubles are behind her: She served some probation, several charges were dismissed, and she spent some time in jail for refusing to cooperate with an investigation. She’s now a law professor at Northwestern University, and her husband, fellow Weather Underground co-founder William Ayers, is a retired English professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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“To defeat the enemy, we have to defeat the enemy. And that means destroying his wealth, his backers, his intellectual leaders and the energy source that provides the momentum for the conflict. The Muslim world is not a single indivisible whole, but there are men with great wealth and power, operating out of the historical stomping grounds of Mohammed, who are trying to make it one. They are the enemy and if we do not destroy them, they may destroy us.”
The last President to have taken part in actual combat left office nearly twenty years ago. It’s a little-remarked milestone buried amid a great deal of posturing by leaders who want to talk the talk without having walked the walk. Since then, we have gone from a draft dodger to a man who never had to bother dodging, a commentary on a generational shift from a period when military service was not alien to the Yale and Harvard campuses. Meanwhile, the country remains in a conflict without end.