From Betsy’s Page:
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted unanimously to approve General Petraeus’s nomination to be commander of the forces in Iraq. He’s expected to be easily approved by the rest of the Senate.
Isn’t this a bit of cognitive dissonance? The Democrats on this committee and in the Senate condemn the plan that Petraeus put together. They’re willing to vote (in a nonbinding way, of course) to voice their disapproval of this plan. But they’re approving the guy who devised the plan and is going to head on over there to put it in action. And they wish him Godspeed as they do so. If they’re so against this plan, why approve the guy who developed it and wants to implement it?
Meanwhile, the Democrats (and some Republicans) are having some trouble trying to distinguish how their nonbinding resolution doesn’t interfere with their support for the troops. Senator Schumer went on NBC and was asked about this by David Gregory.
Gregory: But how can the public really buy [that] the Democrats support the troops but don’t support the mission? How can you do both?
Schumer: Well, that’s the difficulty. A resolution that says we’re against this escalation, that’s easy. The next step will be how do you put further pressure on the administration against the escalation but still supporting the troops who are there? And that’s what we’re figuring out right now.
In other words, it’s easy to pass a meaningless resolution. Figuring out how they support the troops – that is for later.
Damn, liberal doublespeak is hard to decipher!
From Jonah Goldberg:
“As I look at Iraq, I recall the words of former general and soon-to-be-President Dwight Eisenhower during the dark days of the Korean War, which had fallen into a bloody stalemate. ‘When comes the end?’ … And as soon as he became president, he brought the Korean War to an end.” This was part of freshman Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s much ballyhooed stentorian Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union address.
One wonders if the untold millions of North Koreans who’ve starved, bled and died since then would similarly applaud Eisenhower’s courage and wisdom. For more than half a century, North Korea has been a prison-camp society beyond the imagining of George Orwell, where public executions for stealing food are familiar events. The man-made famine of the 1990s alone claimed the lives of up to 1 million people (hard data from Stalinist regimes are difficult to come by).
One also wonders: When are our troops going to come home? Technically, the Korean War isn’t really over. We’re merely enjoying a cease-fire – much like the one we had with Iraq in the 1990s.
While Webb favors a “formula that will in short order allow our combat forces to leave Iraq,” our forces in South Korea have been there for nearly six decades. Something tells me the antiwar base of the Democratic Party doesn’t have that sort of timetable in mind for Iraq.
So, except for the fact that the Korean War didn’t end, our troops are still there, and the outcome has been the source of humanitarian and national security nightmares, Webb’s salute to Eisenhower’s statesmanship really strikes home.
Maybe Webb should just stick to writing kiddie porn and leave the governing (or, at the very least, the analogies) to the grown-ups, hmmm?
Last week, while the nation paused to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a group of students at a Texas college outside Fort Worth marked the day by throwing a party that featured black stereotype costumes — including a student dressed as Aunt Jemima — a main course of fried chicken and cases of malt liquor.
The insensitivity didn’t end there. The students then brazenly posted their party photos on the popular Web site Facebook.com for all the world to see.
School administrators at Tarleton State University in Stephenville told FOXNews.com they are investigating an off-campus Martin Luther King Jr. Day student party held on Jan. 15 that the school’s president called “reprehensible.”
“I am personally insulted by these photographs and am disappointed that Tarleton students have demonstrated such insensitivity,” university President Dennis P. McCabe wrote in a letter to students and faculty posted on the school’s Web site Wednesday.
“I regret that any of our students have been hurt by the display of these photographs. The students involved have removed them and have expressed regret over offending their fellow students.”
“I feel like there is no excuse for this type of ignorance,” Donald Ray Elder, president of the school’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told the Associated Press.
Photographs posted on students’ personal Facebook pages showed party attendees donning Afro-style wigs, fake gold jewelry, 40-ounce bottles of alcohol in brown paper bags and mock silver teeth. The photos have now made their way around the Web via TheSmokingGun.com.
In one picture, a student dressed as the character Aunt Jemima holds a bottle of maple syrup in one hand and a bottle in a brown paper bag that appeared to contain malt liquor.
I agree with Mr. Elder. There is no excuse for this type of ignorant behavior, and these kids should know better than to (a) be that stupid and (b) post this shizit to a web site. This is reprehensible and disgusting.
Wanda Mercer, the school’s vice president of student life, said an investigation into the party is ongoing.
“We need to find out more about the event, and determine if there were policy violations. Then we’ll go from there,” Mercer told FOXNews.com.
The university’s code of student conduct dictates that students can be punished for their behavior at an off-campus party, depending on the behavior.
This might come as a surprise to some of you, but I feel the need to state this: the university should butt out.
Look, the First Amendment gives us a right to free association and free speech. I know, the right to free speech does not mean freedom of consequences of said speech. For example, go call your boss and #sshole and see if there are any consequences.
However, colleges and universities like to fancy themselves as bastions of free thoughts and exchanges of such thoughts. As such, the university should step off and let the chips fall where they may. It looks to me like the chips are falling exactly where they should: the kids are getting roundly criticized and being publicly humiliated, and rightly so. Trust me, their “free speech” is being met by consequences! Seriously, I can’t fathom what went through their peabrains when they came up with this idea.
This is political correctness in the form of a witch hunt. If you disagree, try to picture this:
Let’s say that the black student organization decided to have a party where they were going to make fun of their perception of “Southerners”, complete with overalls, moonshine jugs, fake buck teeth, confederate flags, plaid shirts and overalls, straw hats, blaring bluegrass music, and faux drawls. Do you think that the university or the MSM would have given a wet fart on a dry January Monday if any Southern white guys were offended by the stereotypes? In this scenario, I would have been equally mortified as I am with the stupid white guys doing the MLK party, but I would have also equally defended their right to have such a party without fear of university-administered punishment.
Racism sucks. Political correctness sucks just as much, though.
File this under “About damned time!” From the Washington comPost:
The Bush administration has authorized the U.S. military to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq as part of an aggressive new strategy to weaken Tehran’s influence across the Middle East and compel it to give up its nuclear program, according to government and counterterrorism officials with direct knowledge of the effort.
For more than a year, U.S. forces in Iraq have secretly detained dozens of suspected Iranian agents, holding them for three to four days at a time. The “catch and release” policy was designed to avoid escalating tensions with Iran and yet intimidate its emissaries. U.S. forces collected DNA samples from some of the Iranians without their knowledge, subjected others to retina scans, and fingerprinted and photographed all of them before letting them go.
WTF? “Avoid escalating tensions with Iran”? Pardon my French here, but what kind of pansy-ass shizit is that? Yeah, let’s not piss off a country that (a) wants to nuke us and (b) is killing our soldiers on the battlefield! No damned wonder Americans think we’re losing the war in Iraq!
Last summer, however, senior administration officials decided that a more confrontational approach was necessary, as Iran’s regional influence grew and U.S. efforts to isolate Tehran appeared to be failing. The country’s nuclear work was advancing, U.S. allies were resisting robust sanctions against the Tehran government, and Iran was aggravating sectarian violence in Iraq.
“There were no costs for the Iranians,” said one senior administration official. “They are hurting our mission in Iraq, and we were bending over backwards not to fight back.”
With stupid-ass p#ssy policies like THAT, it’s obvious that politicians, not soldiers, are bungling the war! Need further proof of that? Here it is:
The wide-ranging plan has several influential skeptics in the intelligence community, at the State Department and at the Defense Department who said that they worry it could push the growing conflict between Tehran and Washington into the center of a chaotic Iraq war.
Advocates of the new policy — some of whom are in the NSC, the vice president’s office, the Pentagon and the State Department — said that only direct and aggressive efforts can shatter Iran’s growing influence. A less confident Iran, with fewer cards, may be more willing to cut the kind of deal the Bush administration is hoping for on its nuclear program. “The Iranians respond to the international community only when they are under pressure, not when they are feeling strong,” one official said.
If our gutless and shameless politicians really “support the troops”, how about stop playing footsies with maniacal dictators who are trying to get our brave ones killed and let the soldiers do their damned jobs?
From MyWay news:
That cup of coffee just not getting it done anymore? How about a Buzz Donut or a Buzzed Bagel? That’s what Doctor Robert Bohannon, a Durham, North Carolina, molecular scientist, has come up with. Bohannon says he’s developed a way to add caffeine to baked goods, without the bitter taste of caffeine. Each piece of pastry is the equivalent of about two cups of coffee.
While the product is not on the market yet, Bohannon has approached some heavyweight (no pun intended? – Ed.) companies, including Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks about carrying it.
God (insert deity du jour here) knows that it’s not enough for doughnuts to be riddled with fat and sugar! No way, dude, they need a couple of cups of coffee’s worth of caffeine in there, too!
Just when you think that Jimmy “the Dhimmi” Carter’s anti-Semitism knew no bounds, he exceeds those bounds even further. From the Israel Insider:
The more we learn about Jimmy Carter’s one-sided and biased views towards Israel and her supporters in this country, the more reason we have to be deeply troubled by what he represents and the dangerous mischief he continues to foment.
There is not enough space to repeat the detailed and well documented critiques of his best selling book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. They are, however, aptly summarized by Dr. Kenneth Stein, one of the many former aides and colleagues publicly to have disassociated themselves from the former president, who charged that: “[the book] is not based on unvarnished analyses; it is replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments.”
One of the book’s most egregious – and now infamous passages — is found at page 213, where Carter advises “the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups” to make clear that “suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism” will end once when Israel accepts the ultimate goals of the “Roadmap.” Thus the former president sanctions — indeed encourages — continued suicide bombings until Israel meets Arab demands. In fact, what seems to trouble him most about such Arab acts is not that they kill innocent Israeli civilians, but that they may damage sympathy for the Palestinian cause.
Despite the in depth criticism of his thesis, Carter has dug in, stubbornly insisting that his book is both “accurate and needed,” blaming the firestorm he has triggered on Jewish American organizations and while he accuses the pro-Israel community of trying to stifle him or any debate on Middle East policy.
And, let’s not ignore his interview on the Al Jazeera network during which he astonishingly proclaimed that Palestinian missile attacks against Israeli citizens do not, to his way of thinking, constitute acts of terror. Even his apparent condemnation of the killing of children and bombing buses is problematic, as it is couched in terms of damaging sympathy for the Palestinian cause. This approach is reminiscent of that employed by Arafat who, to the extent he ever was in any way critical of acts of terror, complained only because he thought it was tactically disadvantageous.
Not surprisingly and very tellingly, Carter’s frontal attacks have been warmly embraced by a nasty cast of scoundrels, including white supremacists groups and websites such as Stormfront and Aryan Nations as well as David Duke and the notorious Holocaust denying Institute of Historical Review.
It is with good reason that Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi, John Conyers and Howard Dean have publicly distanced themselves from Mr. Carter, a lead which hopefully others will follow. No Democratic leader or official has come to Carter’s defense, and partisan attempts to use his comments to smear all Democrats as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic should not be tolerated.
The ongoing controversy, including the Carter Center’s acceptance of millions of dollars from anti-Israel Arab sources, including the Saudi royal family, and the Bin Laden family prompted me last month to reveal to the JTA a disturbing 1987 encounter I had with Mr. Carter, while I was the Director of the Office of Special Investigations in the Justice Department, as he took up the cause of the family of an admitted Nazi SS concentration camp who had been stripped of citizenship by a federal court and removed from the country. (Read about it here.)
If one didn’t know better, you’d think that we were not talking about a former president, but rather Pat Buchanan. After all, it was Mr. Buchanan, was it not, who over the years: denigrated Israel by calling it, among other things, an albatross around this country’s neck, as he blamed her for the wars in Iraq; demeaned the pro-Israel lobby for having turned Capitol Hill into what he calls “Israeli occupied territory”; and came to the aid of Nazi criminals being pursued by our government, even while serving as communications director in the Reagan White House.
As troubling as all of this is, there is more. I have received correspondence which ineluctably leads to the comparison of Jimmy Carter to the darkest side of Richard Nixon.
In response to my earlier Op Ed, on December 27 of last year I received an email from Professor Monroe Freedman, a distinguished member of the faculty of Hofstra Law School in New York. He had been the first executive director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, which had been created during the Carter administration. Working closely with Elie Wiesel, Freedman put forward to the White House a list of Council members. The recommendations came back disapproved, and Freedman remembers well the reason: “In the top corner, in Carter’s handwriting and with his initials was the notation: ‘Too many Jews’.”
It certainly looks like Mr. Carter took a page right out of the playbook of the disgraced Nixon, who, in a most paranoid and bigoted of moments, instructed an aide to count the Jews in the Labor Department where he believed his economic policies were being obstructed.
To all those who doubt that Jews are an extraordinary people or that Israel is an extraordinary nation, I ask: who else could bring together and find common cause between the likes of Richard Nixon, Pat Buchanan David Duke and Jimmy Carter? Enough said.
In related news, Jimmah also complains that maternity wards have “too many babies being born”, high school proms have “too many teenage kids dancing”, zoos have “too many animals”, schools have “too much learning going on”, doctors’ offices have “too many sick people”, and Code Pink rallies have “too many moonbats”! OK, that’s a bit of a stretch…he’d never think there’s a such thing as too many moonbats!
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