CAIRO (AP) — Partial results Wednesday showed the Muslim Brotherhood emerging as the biggest winners in Egypt's landmark parliamentary elections, and leaders of the once-banned Islamic group demanded to form the next government...
In his Morning Jolt newsletter, Jim Geraghty warns of "three things I fear Republicans believe." No. 1 on the list is that "The media controls everything."
Republicans have a legitimate and well-documented complaint about a leftward bias in almost all mainstream media institutions. But somewhere along the line "media bias" became an all-purpose explanation or excuse every time events don't turn out the way a Republican would like. Rarely if ever do you hear a GOP voter say, "Our guys just didn't get the job done. They weren't persuasive. They didn't come up with compelling arguments. They didn't win over the voters' trust, and they made too many mistakes to win the fight." It's strange -- somehow the media bias is all-powerful in years such as 1992, 1998, 2006, and 2008, and some years the media bias suddenly loses all of its power against the GOP, such as in 1980, 1994, 2004, and 2010.
This is slightly reminiscent of the "en davar" quote at the top: do not exaggerate...
So bearing all these grains of salt in mind, we can now read about Eric Holder's demands ... of The Daily Caller?
In the meantime, The Daily Caller defends (and promotes) itself this way:
At least 300 people in Mexico were killed with Fast and Furious weapons, as was Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Currently 52 members of Congress, three presidential candidates and two sitting Governors have called for Holder’s immediate resignation. Many of those lawmakers and political figures have issued statements exclusively to The Daily Caller in which they have called for Holder to step down. This is chiefly because The DC is the most prominent mainstream media outlet covering this burgeoning international scandal.
Mainstream? Do not exaggerate. But that's not my point... My point is simply that in common with many conservatives, Holder seems to believe that "the media control everything." And furthermore, he seems to think that by telling the media to "stop this" he can control the media (which controls everything). So the Question of the Day is... Does Eric Holder think he can control everything?
Maybe, but if that's what he wants, he needs to start with his own stupid self:
Holder was the primary speaker at a White House event Tuesday intended to publicize a new national campaign stigmatizing the purchase of counterfeit consumer goods including clothing, medicines, software, songs and movies.
One of the ads unveiled during the event asked consumers not to buy such products because the money would help illegal gunrunners.
Ew. Now I remember how creepy this website is. See that motto at top, flush right? It says,
"The common law is the will of Mankind
issuing from the Life of the People."
Creepy, huh? And controversial. But you have to admit that the theme is in harmony with the rest of the administration, philosophically as well as aesthetically. No doubt it all "trickles down" from the White House.
And in case anyone's interested, here's what the DOJ website used to look like, prior to the Age of Obama... which was really just less than three years ago when you think about it.
.... A BBC journalist named Thomas Dinham recently wrote of his own encounter with anti-Semitism in Cairo. Dinham, who is neither Israeli nor Jewish, told of one potentially dangerous confrontation: “Someone pushed me from behind with such force that I nearly fell over. Turning around, I found myself surrounded by five men, one of whom tried to punch me in the face. I stopped the attack by pointing out how shameful it was for a Muslim to assault a guest in his country, especially during Ramadan.”
He went on, “I was appalled by the apology offered by one of my assailants.
‘Sorry,’ he said contritely, offering his hand, ‘we thought you were a Jew.’”
Who knew contentions@Commentary had brought back their comments capability?! You have to scroll down past ads and other jetsam to find it, but it's there. And I'm glad to see it. In the past it has been one of the few places you could count on finding robust intelligent (and interactive) conversations.
At Rick Richman's beautiful post there today on the anniversary of the UN vote to partition Palestine into two states, Arab and Jewish - 64 Years Ago Today - there is one comment (so far), equally beautiful, which deserves attention. It comes from MainesMichael, whom we remember from the olden days at LGF. He writes:
.... As for the 'Palestinians', they have no identity other than as the instrument of Israel's destruction. No history, no ancient kings, no ancient texts, songs, or dances. Their modern heroes are famous for murder. The most famous Palestinian a murderous deviant who died of God knows what, now buried in a concrete filled hole in Ramallah. What history they have is manufactured, a usurpation, no, outright theft, of Jewish history, aided and abetted by Koranic interpretations. Kings David and Solomon, and even Jesus, were not Jews, but Palestinians, in their view; Jerusalem is not an ancient Jewish city, but an Islamic city the Jews are trying to usurpate with their phony Jewish history, to illegally 'Judaize'.
They are a weaponized people. Whether it be terrorism or illegitimization, they are the most effective weapon the Islamic world has ever fielded against Israel.
To recognize a Jewish state, for them, would be to recognize the bankruptcy of their entire existence as a people. It would require them, further, to repudiate major Islamic tenets. To give up the hatred that sustains them and gives their lives value beyond the mean existence the Arab world has forced upon them.
It. Will. Never. Happen.
I would only add that it will certainly never happen as long as the U.S. Executive branch allows itself to be "blackmailed" by its own "political tool" (Alexander Joffe):
Western and Palestinian supporters of continued aid routinely offer at least two scenarios that would unfold should aid be withdrawn or reduced: "radicalization" and "humanitarian crises."
The Israeli military said it did not expect Tuesday's incident to touch off a wider conflict with Lebanon. In a statement, however, it said it regarded the attack as "severe" and held the Lebanese government and army responsible for preventing rocket fire at Israel.