Would that "official Washington" would cling to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In the meantime, it must be enough for us that about half or so of the American people find contemporary meaning in his words.
In official Washington, some consider the Tea Party movement a fringe element in society, but voters across the nation feel closer to the Tea Party movement than they do to Congress.
... how do we explain the hostility to Mrs. Palin felt by so many conservative intellectuals? It cannot be differences over policy. For as has been pointed out by Bill Kristol—one of the few conservative intellectuals who has been willing to say a good word about Mrs. Palin—her views are much closer to those of her conservative opponents than they are to the isolationists and protectionists on the "paleoconservative" right or to the unrealistic "realism" of the "moderate" Republicans who inhabit the establishment center.
Much as I would like to believe that the answer lies in some elevated consideration, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that the same species of class bias that Mrs. Palin provokes in her enemies and her admirers is at work among the conservative intellectuals who are so embarrassed by her.
I should leave it you to discover the rest, but I cannot resist his climactic pièce de résistance:
"... I hereby declare that I would rather be ruled by the Tea Party than by the Democratic Party, and I would rather have Sarah Palin sitting in the Oval Office than Barack Obama."
"... the US government has had long-standing differences with multiple Israeli governments..."
What can you do but laugh, albeit nervously? It sounds so ridiculous, so foreign. So let's stay with that theme and followup with comments by Barry Rubin, as he has the good sense to start with a joke.
Thinking about the Obama administration's foreign policy makes me keep coming back to the following joke:
Three men are on a small plane, the pilot, a very important person (various names are used when people tell this joke), and a young hiker. The plane's motor goes out and it is going to crash. The pilot tells the two passengers: Sorry but we only have one extra parachute.
The celebrity sneers, "I should get it because I'm the smartest person in the world." He grabs a pack and jumps out of the plane.
"Sorry, son," says the pilot. "We don't have any more parachutes.
"Oh, yes we do," answers the teenager, "the smartest man in the world just jumped out of the plane with my backpack."
If I were a cartoonist illustrating the joke in this case, I'd show a smug Obama jumping out of the plane with the backpack labeled, "U.S. national interests."
I certainly can't draw and I couldn't find anything like that, but this one does have an airplane in it :)
(IsraelNN.com) Tension between the United States and Israel has reportedly led to a heated internal debate within the US administration, between White House Middle East strategist Dennis Ross and special Middle East envoy George Mitchell.
Politico reporter Laura Rozen quoted an unnamed US official as saying that Ross “seems to be far more sensitive to Netanyahu's coalition politics than to US interests. And he doesn't seem to understand that this has become bigger than Jerusalem but is rather about the credibility of this Administration.”
The Big O thinks he is "bigger than Jerusalem"?! In the words of my Youngest, Holy crap!
When Passover begins at sunset on Monday evening, Mr. Obama and about 20 others will gather for a ritual that neither the rabbinic sages nor the founding fathers would recognize.
In the Old Family Dining Room, under sparkling chandeliers and portraits of former first ladies, the mostly Jewish and African-American guests will recite prayers and retell the biblical story of slavery and liberation, ending with the traditional declaration “Next year in Jerusalem.” (Never mind the current chill in the administration’s relationship with Israel.)
Just so you know, that disrespectful disregard in parentheses comes from the New York Times writer, Jodi Kantor -- not me!
Top aides like David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett will attend, but so will assistants like 24-year-old Herbie Ziskend. White House chefs will prepare Jewish participants’ family recipes, even rendering chicken fat — better known as schmaltz — for just the right matzo ball flavor.
If last year is any guide, Malia and Sasha Obama will take on the duties of Jewish children, asking four questions about the night’s purpose — along with a few of their own — and scrambling to find matzo hidden in the gleaming antique furniture.
At the close of the Seder, Mr. Obama added his own ending — “Next year in the White House!”
Dear Gd in Heaven, he really does think he's bigger than Jerusalem.
Let us revisit America before the GREAT CHANGE. Think back if you can, to a time when there was still gravitas, reason and dignity in the White House, when the President wore a suit jacket and tie and talked incessantly and devotedly about Freedom... when the rule of law was still respected and America was Israel's friend...
Back when the Dems, libs, lefties and progressives had the entire country choking on Bush-hatred.
SIX YEARS into the Bush administration, are there any new lows to which the Bush-haters can sink?
George W. Bush has been smeared by the left with every insult imaginable. He has been called a segregationist who yearns to revive Jim Crow and compared ad nauseam to Adolf Hitler. His detractors have accused him of being financially entwined with Osama bin Laden. Of presiding over an American gulag. Of being a latter-day Mussolini.
Howard Dean has proffered the "interesting theory" that the Saudis tipped off Bush in advance about 9/11. One US senator (Ted Kennedy) has called the war in Iraq a "fraud" that Bush "cooked up in Texas" for political gain; another (Vermont independent James Jeffords) has charged him with planning a war in Iran as a strategy to put his brother in the White House.
Cindy Sheehan has called him a "lying bastard," a "filth spewer," an "evil maniac," a "fuehrer," and a "terrorist" guilty of "blatant genocide" -- and been rewarded for her invective with oceans of media attention.
What else can they say about Bush? That they want him killed? They already say it.
On Air America, talk show host Randi Rhodes recommended doing to Bush what Michael Corleone, in "The Godfather, Part II," does to his brother. "Like Fredo," she said, "somebody ought to take him out fishing and phuw!" -- then imitated the sound of a gunshot.
In the Guardian, a leading British daily, columnist Charlie Brooker issued a plea: "John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr. -- where are you now that we need you?"
For the more literary Bush-hater, there is "Checkpoint," a novel by Nicholson Baker in which two characters discuss the wisdom of shooting the president. "I'm going to kill that bastard," one character fumes.
Some Bush-hatred masquerades as art: At Chicago's Columbia College, a curated exhibit included a sheet of mock postage stamps bearing the words "Patriot Act" and depicting President Bush with a gun to his head. There are even Bush-assassination fashion statements, such as the "KILL BUSH" T-shirts that were on offer last year at CafePress, an online retailer.
Lurid political libels have a long history in American life. The lies told about John Adams in the campaign of 1800 were vile enough, his wife Abigail lamented, "to ruin and corrupt the minds and morals of the best people in the world." But has there ever been a president so hated by his enemies that they lusted openly for his death? Or tried to gratify that lust with such political pornography?
As with other kinds of porn, even the most graphic expressions of Bush-hatred tend to jade those who gorge on it, so that they crave ever more explicit material to achieve the same effect. Which brings us to "Death of a President," a new movie about the assassination of George W. Bush.
Written and directed by British filmmaker Gabriel Range, the movie premieres today at the Toronto Film Festival and will air next month on Britain's Channel 4. Shot in the style of a documentary, the movie opens with what looks like actual footage of Bush being gunned down by a sniper as he leaves a Chicago hotel in October 2007. Through the use of digital special effects, the film superimposes the president's face onto the body of the actor playing him, so that the mortally wounded man collapsing on the screen will seem, all too vividly, to be Bush himself.
This is Bush-hatred as a snuff film. The fantasies it feeds are grotesque and obscene; to pander to such fantasies is to rip at boundary-markers that are indispensable to civilized society....
.... This trip [to Afghanistan], its secrecy forced by security concerns, was an extraordinary capstone to a momentous week in Obama's presidency. He achieved the most ambitious domestic policy initiative in decades with a historic health care overhaul and scored first major foreign policy achievement with a significant new arms control treaty with Russia.
After we repeal the Democrats (before they repeal the Constitution), we should really do something about dhimmedia.
Senior Watchman and wordmeister, Rick Richman, wins for Best Sentence:
“Peace process,” “peace partner,” “intifada,” “side by side in peace and security,” “accelerating” — these are all Orwellian terms designed to mask the fact that the Palestinians have repeatedly rejected a state in order to pursue the Orwellian “right of return” — an alleged “right” not given to the millions of other 20th century refugees (including the 820,000 Jews expelled from Arab lands), much less to those whose refugee status resulted from their decision to reject a two-state solution in 1948 and start a war instead.
According to the UNRWA, of those 4.7 million registurd refugees, about a third live in (58) "refugee camps."
Almost two million live in "ten official and three unofficial" camps in Jew-free JORDAN.
About half a million live in eight camps in Jew-freeGAZA.
Almost half a million in "nine official and three unofficial" camps innearly Jew-free-SYRIA.
Almost half a million are registurd with the UNRWA in nearly Jew-free LEBANON, with "many" living in 12 camps.
And last but not least, there are 771,000 registurd Misc. Arab "refugees" in the Disputed Terrortories in Judea/Samaria. Less than 200,000 of them live in camps.
This is only a tad off topic. Looking up various things for this post, I - even I, cynical pessimist that I am - was shocked by the Wikipedia entry on the "West Bank."
TheWest Bank (Arabic: الضفة الغربية, aḍ-Ḍiffä l-Ġarbīyä, Hebrew: הגדה המערבית, HaGadah HaMa'aravit) is a landlocked territory and is the eastern part of the Palestinian territories; on the west bank of the River Jordan in the Middle East.
To the west, north, and south, the West Bank shares borders with the state of Israel, which maintains the security of what it calls the Judea and Samaria Area. To the east, across the Jordan River, lies the country of Jordan. The West Bank also contains a significant coastline along the western bank of the Dead Sea.
Since 1967, most of the West Bank has been under Israeli military occupation.
Not even the thinnest veil of fairness. But that's nothing - just standard fare, right? Now GO LOOK at the (9) Photos ofISRAEL at the CIA World Factbook. Wait til you see the extent to which The House of Hussein has deeply Arabized all facets of our government. And note, in future you'd better make that the CIA World Jew-Hating Propaganda Book.
Somebody in the the gummint, or more likely lots of somebodies, have gone to great lengths to prove their bigotry. They have no shame, only Audacity.
No Kotel. Nothing specifically Jewish. I feel like someone kicked me in the stomach.
To Arabize Israel is neccessarily to de-Jew it, and apparently Ahmadinejad is not the only Won fantasizing about wiping Jews off the map.
For adding insult to injury, don't miss the captions.
"Israel's largest freshwater lake, Lake Tiberias, is also known as the Sea of Galilii. [....] Much of the area to the east of the lake is part of the Israeli-occupiedGolan Heights. Image courtesy of NASA."
(How much do you want to bet that NASA has a different sort of caption? Someone else go check; I don't have the heart.)
"The hallway leading to the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem."
"Dome of the Rock, also known as Temple Mount of Haram al-Sharif, in Jerusalem."
"Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre."
"The Dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre."
"Jerusalem at night from the Mount of Olives."
"In the Old City of Jerusalem."
"On the road to Jericho from Jerusalem. Bedouins are constantly on the move to fee and water their herds."
"Dome of the Rock, also known as Temple Mount of Haram al-Sharif, in Jerusalem." [yes, a second time]
Muslims, Christians... even Bedouins... are all covered. But not Jews. Not a single picture of the Kotel? That's so unbelievable.