Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Media Bias, News, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Politics | Tags: Bibi Netanyahu, The New York Times, Times' "Corrections"
Well, well. All that huffing and puffing, the firestorm about Bibi Netanyahu not informing the White House before he accepted Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress? The New York Times even used the word “unprecedented.” Bibi had not only “disrespected” the current occupant of the White House, whose aides had called Prime Minister Netanyahu a “chickenshit” and disrespected the institution of the Presidency itself. Ignoring Protocol, they claimed.
It was one of the New York Times’ infamous “corrections.”Attached on January 30 to a story that ran the previous day about Benjamin Netanyahu’s difficult relations with the Democratic Party. Here is the correction in its entirety: “An earlier version of this article misstated when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. He accepted after the administration had been informed of the invitation, not before.”
Every other news source picked up the article about the “disrespect” on the basis of the Times report. As the Tablet reported:
The decent thing to do would’ve been to write another piece altogether, contemplate why the paper of record got suckered so badly by the White House—which gained plenty from the manufactured story—and amend any and all implications of Bibi’s perfidy and bad manners that arose from the original report.
But that’s the state of the news business today. Times’ corrections provide a continuing source of amusement. NBC is trying desperately to decide if they can possibly rescue Brian Williams from his perfidy, and the “mainstream media” wonders why subscriptions are declining.
Filed under: Environment, Humor, Junk Science, Media Bias, Politics | Tags: Davos Switzerland, The World Economic Forum, To See and Be Seen
1,700 PRIVATE JETS FLY TO DAVOS
TO DISCUSS GLOBAL WARMING
The influx of private jets is so great, the Swiss Armed Forces has been forced to open up a military air base for the first time ever to absorb all the super rich flying their private jets into the event, reports Newsweek.
“Decision-makers meeting in Davos must focus on ways to reduce climate risk while building more efficient, cleaner, and lower-carbon economies,” former Mexican president Felipe Calderon told USA Today.
Davos, which has become a playground of sorts for the global elite, is expected to feature at least 40 heads of state and 2,500 top business executives. Former Vice President-turned-carbon billionaire Al Gore and rapper Pharrell Williams will be there as well; each plans to discuss global warming and recycling respectively.
It’s always fun to poke fun at the hypocrisy and total lack of self-awareness of the Davos attendees. It’s a gathering for the well-off to see and be seen, and accomplishes nothing. There will be at least 40 heads of state and 2,500 top business executives. Al Gore and rapper Pharrell William will both be there to discuss global warming and recycling. Admission price for Davos — roughly $40,000 a ticket. The extremely rich in attendance will be discussing how to combat “income inequality.”
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Foreign Policy, Freedom, History, Media Bias, Military, National Security, Politics, The United States | Tags: The Democratic Party, The Paris Peace Accords, The Vietnam War
Did the United States win or lose the Vietnam War? We are taught that it was a resounding loss for America, one that proves that intervening in the affairs of other nations is usually misguided. The truth is that our military won the war, but our politicians lost it. The Communists in North Vietnam actually signed a peace treaty, effectively surrendering, but the U.S. Congress did not hold up its end of the bargain.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy, Freedom, Intelligence, Iraq, Islam, Media Bias, Middle East, National Security, Politics, Terrorism | Tags: Charlie Hebdo Attack, Euroopean Anti-Islamism, Hopeful Signs?
Terrorist attacks like Charlie Hebdo ( 12 dead, 3 critically wounded) at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Weekly, allegedly for cartoon portraits of the Prophet Muhammad, are not new, but uncomfortably familiar. Three perpetrators, all identified, one in custody.
The western world will protest and by next week everything will be back to normal. Daniel Henninger reminds us that “the Peshawar massacre in December was different and more difficult to let drop from memory. One can imagine seven adult men walking from one classroom to another, methodically executing boys and girls in white shirts and blouses at their desks.”
Rather than the act of a random insane person, Peshawar, in the minds of the Taliban, was a rational, well-planned military atrocity. A success. Just like every other terrorist act dating back to 9/11 and before.
Past some point, it is feckless to call these events “incidents.” They are acts in a war. The people committing them think so and they say so. Why don’t we?
There was Boko Haram in Nigeria, he added, now recalled mostly by pictures of the First Lady holding a sign saying #Bring Back Our Girls. Of course they didn’t bring them back, and have captured another bunch. And there was an attack by a single terrorist in Australia only days ago.
The West, paralyzed by political correctness, multiculturalism, prejudice, diversity, fairness, freedom of religion and other noxious notions, simply does not know how to address the attacks.
President Obama, despising all things Bush, keeps thinking that if we’re just nice enough, diplomatic enough, and arrange nice agreements which no one will actually observe, then he can avoid the blame that attached to the Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s now attempting to empty Gitmo one terrorist at a time. I fail to understand what that is supposed to accomplish. Can he possibly believe that they will now live reformed lives?
Europe is growing restive. They do not like the jihadists in their midst, and are turning against the Islamists. Charles Hill asks at Politico: “Political Islam may well be incompatible with modernity, but what if it is modernity that is failing in the world today, while political Islam is succeeding?” (Do read the whole thing).
All this is not a medieval-like matter of “angels dancing on the head of a pin” as it may first appear. The answer to the primary question about political Islam’s compatibility with modernity is that political Islam’s purpose is not only to be incompatible with modernity but also to oppose it, demolish it and replace it in every regard.
In that context, Egyptian President Sisi’s speech to the clerics becomes even braver and more important. Ignored by the mainstream media, Roger L. Simon asks if el-Sisi deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for calling for a “religious revolution.” Sisi’s speech was joined by a speech from the crown prince of Bahrain, who candidly analyzed the Islamist enemy and suggested important ways to fight it.
The nearby United Arab Emirates has placed the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) on its terrorism list on the grounds that they engage in incitement, funding and the other precursors of terrorism.
The government of Egypt has issued an INTERPOL arrest bulletin for Usuf al-Qaradawi, 88, the influential spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood for “incitement and assistance to commit intentional murder.
In Der Spiegel, Professor Louise Shelley, terrorism expert from George Mason University, says that the Islamic State is a “Diversified Criminal Operation” that “operates like a run-of-the-mill crime syndicate in which ideology takes a back seat to money-making.”
Hopeful signs that seem unnoticed by the mainstream media. The Telegraph in Britain says that anti-Islam parties are growing across Europe, moving into the mainstream.
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Media Bias, Politics, Regulation, Taxes | Tags: Hunting for Dirt!, Looking For Scandals, The Washington Beltway
There are some things in politics that are as surefire as the sun coming up in the morning. One is that Liberal activists will be out digging through old newspapers, searching the internet, gossip columns, and talking to anyone that might have it in for the object of their search. Their goal is — Scandal!
Republicans take such things seriously. Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY) was persuaded to announce that he would resign his seat next week after pleading guilty to a felony federal tax charge. Republicans believe that if you are going to represent the people in Congress and making laws, you can’t be a crook. Democrats are not so particular.
Well, Big Scandal! Steve Scalise (R-LA) the Majority Whip, may have spoken to a group associated with segregationist David Duke some twelve years ago when he was in the Louisiana legislature, and speaking all over the state to every group he could about a new tax program.
If he spoke to a questionable group for 15 minutes about taxes, he is obviously racist.That’s how this kind of thing works. All sorts of people have spoken out about Scalise and said that any claim that he is racist is absurd. As a mere state senator, he didn’t have access to large groups of advisers. Did his advisers not vet the group to which he was to speak? Did Scalise not know? How big a scandal can be made out of a brief speech about taxes twelve years ago? All over the news today with questions about his character. If the Left could get rid of the majority whip that would be a real coup.
There was another civic association meeting in the same hotel a little before the EURO meeting. Kenny Knight, head of the Jefferson Heights Civic Association (The other group) insists that it was to this latter group that Scalise spoke. Who knows? Can you remember what you were doing 12 years ago? Me neither. Doesn’t sound like this one is going very far as a notable scandal. There will be more scandals. The diggers for dirt don’t give up easily. It would be interesting to know just how that works.
People are inclined to presume that politicians are sleazy. Campaign cash. Lobbyists. Big money. Favors for donors. Cocktail parties. Loose women. How come nobody ever says “loose men?” There are lots of temptations in the hothouse of national politics, but there are also some good men (and women) trying to do their best for the American people.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Global Warming, Junk Science, Media Bias, Military, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear | Tags: Plenty of Ice at the Poles, Polar Bears Are Fine, The Arctic Is Not Melting
Have you heard that the ice is melting at the poles in a clear sign of climate catastrophe? Last night I was listening to a podcast of the John Batchelor show, and heard an admiral saying how useful drones would be for patrolling the Arctic when it was ice free. Huh?
I was surprised that the idea that the ice at the poles is catastrophically melting has inflicted the military, and apparently military planning. The ice freezes in the winter and melts some in the summer. Every year.
Ted Maksym, an oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts is going to get some grief from the global warming true believers for not adhering to the article of faith that man is overheating the Earth by burning fossil fuels.
Arctic sea ice has reached the largest December extent in a decade. Federal experts will not acknowledge this since their funding depends on a misinformed Congress and gullible public.
“The North and South Poles are ‘not melting,'”the British Express reported on Christmas. “In fact,” the Express said in its coverage of Maksym’s finding, the poles are ‘much more stable ‘ than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought.”
The ‘narrative’ in America is that the ice is melting, and you will find little confirmation in the media that that is not the case. Remember the “walrus scare,” the constant assertion that the polar bears are endangered, threatened, dying, suffering because of a lack of ice? It has been a constant story, enlivened by pictures of bears crouched on too-small bits of ice, looking pathetic. Well, never fear.
There is plenty of ice at the poles, north and south. Not melting.