DANIEL GREENFIELD: THE WEEK THAT WAS PART 2
THAT SHOULD GO WELL WITH HIS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
The White House Press Office announced today that President Obama will soon be inducted into the Special Forces Association and receive an honorary Green Beret.
Come on. That tank photo op has to come any day now. Maybe he’ll drive up in it to the Convention under a Mission Accomplished banner.
THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS #71
The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached a settlement with the Sacramento Public Library over a trial program that lets patrons borrow Barnes and Noble NOOK e-book readers.
DOJ and the National Federation of the Blind objected to the program on grounds that blind people could not use the NOOK e-readers for technological reasons.
I had to Google this to be sure it wasn’t a parody. It’s not. Holder’s DOJ shook down a library to get them to stop using e-readers because the blind can’t use them.
The Justice Department said the settlement is aimed at stopping discrimination: “Emerging technologies like e-readers are changing the way we interact with the world around us and we need to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded from the programs where these devices are used,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez in a news release.
I guess they’ll have to go back to plain old books. Oh wait, the blind can’t read those either.
Can you remember when we used to laugh at the USSR?
WELL THAT’S A CHEERFUL THOUGHT
Speaking at a rally marking 9/11, Anjem Choudary bragged that a birth explosion would let followers of Islam take control of the country.
The mob bayed and cheered as he said: “About 500 people in Britain become Muslim every day.
“The Home Office say there are 1.5million Muslims but there were 1.5million ten years ago. Since then our brothers in Bethnal Green, Whitechapel and other places have had eight or nine children each. Eight children here, ten children, 15 children. There must be at least six million people.
“It may be by pure conversion that Britain will become an Islamic state. We may never need to conquer it from the outside.”
Well they may not understand how birth control works, but neither do they understand how the calendar works.
He’s not that great with math either.
FEROCIOUS DIGESTION METAPHOR
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking Thursday at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit host by his country, called Israelis “ferocious Zionist wolves who digest the Palestinian people.”
Well I‘m sure it sounded better in the original Persian or German.
Solutions to all these woes seem to elude us because the proximate causes vary widely from issue to issue. But all can in fact be traced back to a common source; a massive shift in worldview. Western civilization is rapidly rejecting transcendent truths. And when everything is relative, nothing is real anymore.
I’ve learned to take stories about Israel becoming an energy superpower with a grain of salt, but this one comes from the Financial Times, which gives it somewhat better pedigree.
The two fields, together with a string of smaller discoveries, will cover Israel’s domestic demand for gas for at least the next 25 years, and still leave hundreds of billions of cubic feet for sale abroad. Should these estimates be confirmed through discoveries in the years ahead, Israel’s natural gas reserves would count among the 25 largest in the world, on a par with the proven reserves of Libya and ahead of those of India and The Netherlands.
The recent discoveries are so large, and have come so swiftly, that some Israelis are having difficulty adjusting to the new reality. Even hardened energy executives speak of a “miracle” when discussing Israel’s natural gas story; others have resorted to the heavens to explain the new-found wealth. No less a figure than Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, recently compared the discoveries to “manna from heaven” – the mystical food that sustained the Israelites during their 40 years in the desert.
As miracles go, this one is very timely, considering global affairs, and I don’t mean Iran. The circle is tightening around Israel.
But this is really good news for the left. Just think they will finally be able to claim that the US alliance with Israel is all about oil… well natural gas. But close enough.
I look forward to Code Pinkers chanting “No Blood for Natural Gas” at the next really.
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