CONTENTS: Hanson – Atlas sorta shrugs; Bam’s doom; Egypt/ISR; Romney warming; Perry dollar; Deport impulsive illegals; Holder checks on self; Lead blacks away; Leaders betray blacks; Freind – flash mobs; Hanson equality; Will – NATO expires; Glick on neocons; Soros & media; Smart computers
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Victor Davis Hanson, Pajamas: Atlas Sorta Shrugs
“Both the president and his supporters fault supposedly self-interested corporations and “the rich” who sit on “trillions of dollars” in capital and won’t hire new workers or make massive purchases of equipment. They are the real cause of record budget deficits, unsustainable aggregate debt, credit downgrading, high unemployment, a nose-diving stock market, sluggish growth, near-zero interest rates, explosive trade deficits, sky-high energy and food prices, a still ruined housing market, and a general fear of new hyperinflation.
“There is some truth to Obama’s screed, though not quite in the way he thinks. So let me be perfectly clear and make no mistake about it and let’s be honest: The employers of America have taken a time out, despite the fact that now might be a good time to gear up for the inevitable recovery. They haven’t let the resting world fall entirely from their broad shoulders, but they have bent over for a bit and the globe is tottering on their upper arms…”
John Podhoretz, NY Post: “Why Bam’s Doomed”
“Unless something extraordinarily dramatic comes along to change the course of the US economy and the sentiments of the American people in the next six months, Barack Obama is finished.
“That conclusion is inescapable from the history of US presidential politics since 1945…”
Barry Rubin, Pajamas: Terrorists Cross Egypt-Israel Border
“This isn’t just another terrorist attack — it’s a major escalation, a new phase in the Arab-Israeli conflict in two ways. First, it is the bitter fruit of the U.S-backed downfall of the government of President Husni Mubarak in Egypt, opening the Egypt-Israel border as a new front in the war. Second, it is probably the first successful al-Qaida attack on Israel. (The Palestinian Popular Committees, a Gaza-based al-Qaida affiliate is the prime suspect.)
“A group of up to 20 terrorists from the Gaza Strip travelled through Egypt using vehicles, then went through the Egyptian border area without any apparent difficulty. Approaching the Egypt-Israel border they fired at a regularly scheduled public bus and cars on highway 12 — a road between Beersheva and Eilat, then entered Israeli territory. Their armaments included mortars and an RPG, as well as handguns. Soldiers engaged the terrorists in a firefight. Several soldiers were wounded; seven terrorists were killed…”
Global Warming, WaPo: Romney–Perry Divide
“A sharp divide has emerged between two leading Republican presidential candidates on the issue of climate change. While apparent front-runner Mitt Romney believes the world is getting warmer and that humans are contributing to that pattern, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday called that ‘a scientific theory that has not been proven.’”
WSJ: Perry’s Defense of the Dollar
“..Mr. Perry seems to appreciate that the Federal Reserve can’t conjure prosperity from the monetary printing presses. His articulation needs some work, but we hope the Texan doesn’t let media and other criticism deter him from pursuing the argument. The issue is crucial to understanding—and explaining to the American public—how the meltdown happened and why Americans are so unhappy with the current recovery…”
Washington Times: Bought Votes – Only Impulsive Illegals to Be Deported
“Bowing to pressure from immigrant rights activists, the Obama administration said Thursday that it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as attending school, having family in the military or having primary responsible for other family members’ care.
“The move marks a major step for President Obama, who for months has said he does not have broad categorical authority to halt deportations and said he must follow the laws as Congress has written them…”
Daily Caller: Fast & Furious – Holder Wants to Investigate Himself
“New details about Operation Fast and Furious cast doubt on the ability of the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General to conduct an “independent” and fair investigation, congressional Republican investigators say.
“The information comes via a letter Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday. In it, they question a request from Holder for a transcript from a meeting they held in secret on July 4th with Ken Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“Holder apparently told Issa and Grassley he was requesting the transcript for the DOJ and for the Office of the Inspector General — the entity that’s supposed to be distinct enough from Holder’s office to conduct a fair Operation Fast and Furious investigation…”
Daily Caller: Allen West – Leads Blacks Away from Democrats
And the plantation workers are middle class families….
“Florida Republican Rep. Allen West said on Wednesday night’s ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ that he is ‘the modern-day Harriet Tubman’ for his commitment to leading blacks away from the Democratic Party.
“The freshman congressman, discussed as a possible candidate for Senate in 2012, responded to the Congressional Black Caucus’ outrage over President Obama avoiding urban settings on a bus tour.
“West told substitute host Laura Ingraham, ‘You have this 21st century plantation that has been out there, when the democrat party has forever taken the black vote for granted.’
“‘Black Democrats are merely plantation overseers,’ West said.
“‘You have established certain black leaders who are nothing more than the overseers of that plantation, and now the people on that plantation are upset, because they have been disregarded, disrespected and their concerns are not cared about,’ West said…
Tom Blumer, Pajamas: More Nutter – Blacks Betrayed by their Leaders
“…Of course, Nutter’s admonishment was necessary and overdue. But let’s face it. While in no way exonerating the criminals involved in this summer’s mayhem, you have to be blind in one eye and not be able to see out of the other not to recognize and admit that policies which black civil rights “leaders,” most big-city mayors of all races, and liberals in general have favored for decades have contributed mightily to today’s devolved black youth culture. In a supreme and bitter irony, America’s first African-American president (well, not really, but work with me here) and his party in Washington have sharply accelerated the damage during the past three years.
In difficult economic times, entry-level, less-skilled, and less-senior workers suffer the most. Sadly, blacks are overrepresented in these groups. Getting these workers into or back to productively contributing to society is why turning around an economy as quickly as possible after a serious downturn is so critical. It has been over three years since the beginning of the recession as normal people define it, roughly coinciding with the inception of the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) economy, also known as the fear-based economy. It’s been over two years since the recession officially ended. The degree of turnaround needed to employ these workers is not happening. Indeed, the situation is getting worse….”
Christopher Friend, PhillyMag: “Curfew Won’t Solve Flash Mob Riots”
“…The curfew seems to be the Mayor’s only answer.
Curfews won’t solve the underlying issues…and since flash mobs have been plaguing the city since early 2010, the Mayor has shown himself to be unable or unwilling to address the root causes.
So the situation only worsens.
Curfews are short-term, reactive tools, a tactic rather than a strategy….
Too bad Michael Nutter doesn’t employ a zero-tolerance policy where it’s needed most: educational failure and businesses fleeing the city.
You wouldn’t treat a heart attack victim by giving him an aspirin…In Philadelphia, curfews and fairy tale rhetoric have been sold as the “cure” but only accelerate the city’s deathspiral…”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Equality and Violence
“We might at least agree on a few facts behind the violence. First, much of the furor is because poverty is now seen as a relative, not an absolute, condition. Per capita GDP is $47,000 in the U.S. and $35,000 in Britain. In contrast, those rioting in impoverished Syria (where per capita GDP is about $5,000) or Egypt (about $6,000) worry about going to bed hungry or being shot for expressing their views — not about wanting a new BlackBerry or a pair of Nikes. Inequality, not Tiny Tim–like poverty, is the new Western looter’s complaint.”
George Will, WaPo: NATO Expires in North Africa?
Meanwhile, the Administration now rebroadcasts the script used on Gaddafi for Syria’s Assad…When will Hillary take charge again?…particularly since she was a supporter for Assad?
“…We are in the fifth month of the Libyan intervention that Barack Obama’s administration said would involve “days, not weeks,” an undertaking about which Prime Minister David Cameron was much more enthusiastic than Obama, who rarely mentions it. The intervention resulted from Cameron’s and French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s sudden zest for waging humanitarian war.
“Before its objective became regime change, the point was to prevent Moammar Gaddafi from inflicting a humanitarian disaster. Officials here speak of ‘a crime being committed within our reach.’ But what is that reach?
“After Gaddafi is deposed, as he probably will be, and after undetermined other nations have been deputed to police Libya’s postwar chaos, which surely there will be, moralists can answer this question: Did NATO’s operations — actually, those of a minority of NATO nations — really serve the humanitarian objective of economizing violence in Libya?”
Caroline Glick, Real Clear Politics: Neocon Accomplishment
“…consequence of Bush’s adoption of the neoconservative worldview was the empowerment of populist and popular jihadists and Iranian allies throughout the Middle East at the expense of US allies. Hamas won the Palestinian Authority elections in 2006. Its electoral victory paved the way for its military takeover of Gaza in 2007.
Hezbollah’s participation in Lebanon‘s 2005 elections enabled the Iranian proxy army to hijack the Lebanese government in 2006, and violently takeover the Lebanese government in 2009.
“The Muslim Brotherhood’s successful parliamentary run in Egypt in 2005 strengthened the radical, anti-American, jihadist group and weakened Mubarak.
“And the election of Iranian-influenced Iraqi political leaders in Iraq in 2005 exacerbated the trend of Iranian predominance in post-Saddam Iraq. It also served to instigate a gradual estrangement of Saudi Arabia from the US.
“The neoconservative preference for populist forces over authoritarian ones propelled leading neoconservative thinkers and former Bush administration officials to enthusiastically support the anti-Mubarak protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo in January. And their criticism of Obama for not immediately joining the protesters and calling for Mubarak’s removal from power was instrumental in convincing Obama to abandon Mubarak.
“Between those who predicted a flowering liberal democracy in a post-Mubarak Egypt and those who predicted the empowerment of radical, Muslim Brotherhood aligned forces in a post-Mubarak Egypt, it is clear today that the latter were correct…”
News Busters: Soros and American Media
“George Soros is arguably the most influential liberal financier in the United States, donating more than $8 billion just to his Open Society Foundations. In 2004, he spent more than $27 million to defeat President George W. Bush and has given away millions more since to promote the left-wing agenda. But what goes almost without notice is Soros’ extensive influence on and involvement with the media.
“Since 2003, Soros has donated more than $52 million to all kinds of media outlets – liberal news organizations, investigative reporting and even smaller blogs. He has also been involved in funding the infrastructure of supposedly “neutral” news, from education to even the industry ombudsman association. Many other operations Soros supports also have a media component to what they do…”
MRC: Soros – Media Mogul
“On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ”media reform.” She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists.
“The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives (sic) money from liberal billionaire George Soros…”
MRC: Top Journalists on Soros Boards
“Christiane Amanpour – Anchor of ‘This Week with Christiane Amanpour,’ ABC’s Sunday morning political affairs program
“Sheila Coronel – Director of The Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism
“Charles Eisendrath – Director of the Knight-Wallace Fellows and the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists at the University of Michigan
“Arianna Huffington – President and Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group, including: The Huffington Post, AOL Media and AOL Local properties…”
Agam Shah, PC World: Smart Computers … More Lib Voters?
“IBM has created prototype chips that could mimic brain-like functionality, which the company said is an “unprecedented” step forward in creating intelligent computers that collect, process and understand data quickly.
“The prototype chips will give mind-like abilities for computers to make decisions by collating and analyzing immense amounts of data, similar to humans gathering and understanding a series of events, said Dharmendra Modha, project leader for IBM Research. The experimental chips, modeled around neural systems, mimics (sic) the brain’s structure and operation through silicon circuitry and advanced algorithms.
“IBM hopes reverse-engineering the brain into a chip could forge computers that are highly parallel, event-driven and passive on power consumption, Modha said. The machines will be a sharp departure from modern computers, which have scaling limitations and require set programming by humans to generate results…”