http://pjmedia.com/claudiarosett/a-rocket-from-gaza-and-un-as-usual/?print=1 Last year, for month after month, as hundreds of rockets from Gaza hit Israel, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, wrote letter after letter  to the UN, asking for  urgent, serious action to stop this terrorist bombardment. The UN did pretty much nothing. Finally, on Nov. 14, Israel moved to [...]
So Hagel was not chucked after all and now there is audible hand-wringing and blaming and accusing….namely, the Jews did not do enough to stop him petition, write letters and columns and prayers and so on.
I say they did too much. Hagel does not like Israel….no kidding….that’s the understatement. Hagel does not think America is worth defending anymore and that’s why he is unfit. His views on Israel mirror those of unfit organizations that purport great love and support for Israel. J Street for one. And what peeves me most is the number of anti Hagel Jews who supported and encouraged Israel’s surrender from Gaza. So what harms Israel more? Hagel’s idiotisms or shells landing in Israel from Gaza? Or, the two state solution that places the Jihad dagger at Israel’s throat.?
John Kerry is right. Americans have the right to be stupid. And they exert that right at every turn.
Inauguration Day 2013 was a moment of jubilation for conservatives. After four years of lackluster economic growth and a series of personal and policy mistakes, the incumbent chief executive, a history-making Democrat, was replaced by a conservative with an attractive policy agenda and a skillful campaign team. In a concise, hopeful inaugural address, the newly elected Republican leader of the executive branch promised to focus the administration’s attention and resources on job creation and economic growth in the short run, while setting the stage for long-term solutions to the government’s fiscal woes.
I’m describing the inauguration of Pat McCrory, North Carolina’s first Republican governor in 20 years. His election to replace retiring one-term Democrat Bev Perdue, the state’s first female governor, was one of the few bright spots for the GOP last November, so McCrory got more national attention than the incoming governor of the nation’s tenth-largest state would normally have received.
In general, however, Republican success in state and local politics is an underreported story. It extends far beyond the Tar Heel State. The post-2012 talk of conservatism’s electoral weakness and policy failures is disconnected from the personal experiences of many politicians, journalists, analysts, and activists who work at the state and local levels. While grassroots conservatives were disappointed at the reelection of President Obama and Republican misfires in races for the U.S. Senate, they continue to enjoy unprecedented influence and success in state capitals — while local liberals feel alienated from the governments and institutions they long dominated.
Even after giving up some of their 2010 legislative gains thanks to Obama’s 2012 coattails, Republicans still control more state offices than they have in generations. They hold 30 of 50 state governorships and 58 of 98 partisan legislative chambers. The nonprofit news service Stateline reports that in 25 states, comprising 53 percent of the U.S. population, the GOP controls both the executive and the legislative branch. Only 13 states, with 30 percent of the U.S. population, have unified Democratic governments. In addition, Republicans are strongly represented in local government, albeit primarily at the county level rather than in the increasingly Democratic big cities. In some states, such as my native North Carolina, the GOP’s local success has no modern precedent: A majority of the state’s 100 county governments are now under Republican control, which hasn’t been the case since General Sherman’s army was camped outside Raleigh.
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/341651/bloomberg-bans-again-phil-kerpen Far easier to ban Styrofoam than to deal seriously with the city’s tottering budget. Having already banned smoking and large soft drinks, and taken steps against trans fats and salt, America’s foremost proponent of government control over consumer choices has set his sights on Styrofoam food containers. But don’t worry. “We’re not banning everything!” [...]
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/the-sequester-the-constitution-president-obama?f=puball During the State of the Union Address, we heard the President say how much he disagreed with and abhorred the fast-approaching “sequester”; the budget-hacking debt and deficit measure that an ad hoc committee from both houses of Congress cobbled together so that the federal government could say they did something – at least for [...]
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/alarm-to-the-world-on-irans-nukes-falling-on-deaf-ears With talks scheduled between Iran and the P5+1 nations — China, England, France, Russia, the United State and Germany — on Tehran’s nuclear program, a world leader is expressing urgency the negotiations yield concrete results. Perhaps shaken by the recent test of a nuclear device by North Korea, he fears failure simply allows Tehran [...]
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/mark-tapson/inside-the-muslim-student-association-conference-part-3/ To read Part II, click here. In Part 1 of this series on the recent 15th Annual Muslim Student Association (MSA) West Conference, which I attended at the University of California, Santa Barbara, I gave a general overview of the conference’s pro-Palestinian activism, its promotion of a sense of victimization at the mercy of [...]
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/bruce-thornton/is-leftist-school-indoctrination-unstoppable/ Rush Limbaugh weighed in recently on the Republicans’ on-going debate about what went wrong in November. Elaborating on his earlier comment that he was “ashamed of America,” Limbaugh said, “The Left has beaten us. They have created far more low-information, unaware, uneducated people than we’ve been able to keep up with . . . [...]
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/matthew-vadum/bloodied-hagel-heads-to-the-pentagon/print/ In a largely party-line vote, would-be Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was narrowly confirmed by the Senate yesterday after Republicans’ months-long opposition to the nominee crumbled. The mullahs are no doubt resting easy in Tehran. Hagel, who is uncomfortably cozy with Islamists, replaces Leon Panetta. The new Pentagon chief could be sworn in as soon [...]
In Year 1 of Obama, two fat cats named Michael Moore and Harvey Weinstein released a movie. Their magnum opus was “Capitalism: A Love Story”. The unsubtly sarcastic point after the colon was that capitalism was an unmitigated bag of evil. And to reaffirm the faith of capitalism-haters in the evils of capitalism, here was a movie put out by a bunch of corporations owned by millionaires.
The traditional image of the anti-capitalist as a ragamuffin who dies of consumption in his garret has always been at odds with the real image of the anti-capitalist as a rich man or the son of a rich man. When Obama launched his big push for higher taxes, he enlisted as his ally none other than the richest man in the country. And when Occupy Wall Street’s demographics were broken down, the courageous opponents of capitalism turned out to be the sons and daughters of the upper class.
This sort of thing isn’t a surprise, it’s history. Lenin’s father was a nobleman. Cuba’s dictator attended Castro’s wedding. The man of the people is rather often stuck at the bottom of the top of the pole. The people who make revolutions are not the dispossessed, but those who are close enough to see what power really looks like, but have no hope of wielding absolute power unless they enlist the mob. They are close enough to see the throne, but not close enough to non-violently sit down in it.
That’s not even the case in America. Here we instead have the bizarre spectacle of Nicholas II and Batista calling for a revolution against the petite bourgeoisie. It’s a class war being waged by billionaires against people earning six figures a year. It’s millionaires making movies for profit using workers to denounce the practice of making things for profit using workers.