CONTENTS: Glick – Silent American Jews; Israel to ceded parts of Jerusalem?; Krauthammer – BO’s distractions; GOP’s leadership’s last chance; The Joe Miller Lesson; GOP to get younger leaders?; Justice vs. Joe Arpaio; O’Donnell vs. rattled Castle; Muhammad on women’s rights; Why moderate muslims are scarce; Hillary’s $10K on Rauf’s book; Why are Beck & Palin popular?; Rendell skips 2nd payment;
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Caroline Glick: “American Jews Silent…”
“The prime minister’s time is better spent in Jerusalem than with an arrogant American president.” 7:15 AM, 9/3/10, WNTP, with Rick Santorum.
“Despite a multi-million dollar media blitz, Israelis are not buying the US-financed Geneva Initiative’s attempt to convince us that we have a Palestinian partner. A week after the pro-Palestinian group launched its massive online promotion urging people to join its Facebook page, a mere 634 people had answered the call.
“The US-funded agitprop involved ads in which senior Fatah propagandists were featured telling Israelis we can trust them this time around. The reason for its failure was made clear by a public opinion poll taken Tuesday night for Channel 10. When asked if they believed that Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas is serious about making peace with Israel, two-thirds of Israelis said no. Only 23 percent said he was serious and 17 percent said they didn’t know.
“Moreover, most Israelis have had it with the peace paradigm based on Israeli concessions of land and national rights in exchange for Palestinian terror and political warfare.”
See also “The Israeli Left knows no matter how forcefully its platforms are rejected by public, the US government will embrace its members.”
Defense Minister Barak Ehud: Israel to Cede Parts of Jerusalem?
“What are the principles of a peace deal that you believe can be agreed upon by the conclusion of the talks?
“Two states for two nations; an end to the conflict and the end of all future demands; the demarcation of a border that will run inside the Land of Israel, and within that border will lie a solid Jewish majority for generations and on the other side will be a demilitarized Palestinian state but one that will be viable politically, economically, and territorially; keeping the settlement blocs in our hands; retrieving and relocating the isolated settlements into the settlement blocs or within Israel; a solution to the refugee problem [whereby refugees return to] the Palestinian state or are rehabilitated by international aid; comprehensive security arrangements and a solution to the Jerusalem problem.”
What is the solution in Jerusalem?
“West Jerusalem and 12 Jewish neighborhoods that are home to 200,000 residents will be ours. The Arab neighborhoods in which close to a quarter million Palestinians live will be theirs. There will be a special regime in place along with agreed upon arrangements in the Old City, the Mount of Olives and the City of David.”
Charles Krauthammer: “Our Distracted Commander-in-Chief”
“Many have charged that President Obama’s decision to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan 10 months from now is hampering our war effort. But now it’s official. In a stunning statement last week, Marine Corps Commandant James Conway admitted that the July 2011 date is ‘probably giving our enemy sustenance.’
“A remarkably bold charge for an active military officer. It stops just short of suggesting aiding and abetting the enemy. Yet the observation is obvious: It is surely harder to prevail in a war that hinges on the allegiance of the locals when they hear the U.S. president talk of beginning a withdrawal that will ultimately leave them to the mercies of the Taliban.
“How did Obama come to this decision? ‘Our Afghan policy was focused as much as anything on domestic politics,’ an Obama adviser told the New York Times’ Peter Baker. ‘He would not risk losing the moderate to centrist Democrats in the middle of health insurance reform and he viewed that legislation as the make-or-break legislation for his administration.’
November Is Coming, by Americans for Prosperity, Available from Mark Levin at https://www.sickofspending.com/
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Lee Cary: GOP Leadership’s Last Chance
“Still feeling betrayed by the GOP’s failure to live up to its promises going back to soon after the Contract with America, conservative voters are preparing to march to the polls in decisive numbers, but not with wild-eyed enthusiasm for the GOP. As they vote to oust the current Democrat Congress, under their breath, they’ll be muttering the warning, “This is your last chance, Republicans….”
“Meanwhile, there is no Summer of Recovery. The federal government continues to grow in size and influence. And the most audacious misnomer of the century to date is “bailout,” for our sinking ship of state isn’t being emptied of any water at all. Instead, Congress continues to shoot large-caliber holes into the bottom of the boat with every subsequent “bailout,” as the water level in the engine room rises ever higher….
“Today, the Tea Party isn’t configured as a political party. It’s a hydra-headed grassroots movement — one unimaginable before the days of the internet and cable news. It’s like a big, gangly, uncoordinated kid. Its leadership is local and diverse. Liberals like to say Dick Armey or others are behind it all. That’s nuts.
“Its strength is gained, in part, because it lacks a single face, or even a cadre of faces. It has millions of faces. It’s not a personality-in-the-moment, like TR or Perot; it’s a purpose-in-a-movement. And the politicians of both parties fear (and often loathe) it because they can’t control it.”
TEA demands smaller government, more individual responsibility, and a more open religious commitment. There are many parallels between Obama and Lincoln and, in an ironic way, the South rises again and Obama will try to put it down…More later….
Also by Lee Cary: “The Joe Miller Lesson Applied to the GOP Congressional Leadership”
“In April 1861, General of the Army Winfield Scott, who’d been involved in every American conflict since the War of 1812, proposed the “Anaconda Plan” to President Lincoln. It was Scott’s grand strategy to form a blockade of the Confederacy that encompassed sending troops and ships down the Mississippi River and blockading the Gulf of Mexico and the east coast of the United States. The idea was to choke off the South’s materiel ability to make war. Scott, like most Northern leaders at the time, underestimated the South’s belligerency.
“Scott’s protégé, Major General George B. McClellan, became the executor of Scott’s plan, though modified. McClellan knew how to prep an army for war, but not how to make war. Generals Grant and Sherman would eventually lead the fight and win the Civil War. McClellan was an historical placeholder until Sam Grant and “Uncle Billy” emerged as the North’s premier war fighters. They envisioned complete victory. McClellan envisioned the absence of defeat.
“Like McClellan, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have been historical placeholders as the GOP maneuvers through an internal struggle to define what it stands for in opposition to a Democratic Party firmly controlled by its left wing. Let’s face it – McConnell and Boehner are not the leaders of the GOP’s future. They fought and lost the last war against the Democrats, and they appear generally disengaged in the battle underway to define the GOP of the future.
More Youthful, Diverse GOP?
“Washington’s chattering class zeroed in Tuesday on a potential but still nonexistent leadership battle between House Minority Leader John Boehner and Minority Whip Eric Cantor after members of the press received their advance copies of the latter’s new book, “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders.” While the book may indeed elevate Cantor, who co-authored the book with Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, its title couldn’t make its purpose any clearer – the trio sets out to prove that there’s a new Republican Party emerging that’s younger, bolder and more diverse.”
Justice vs. Joe Arpaio
“The U.S. Justice Department sued Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday, saying the Arizona lawman refused for more than a year to turn over records in an investigation into allegations his department discriminates against Hispanics.
The lawsuit calls Arpaio and his office’s defiance “unprecedented,” and said the federal government has been trying since March 2009 to get officials to comply with its probe of alleged discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and jail policies that discriminate against people with limited English skills
“Arpaio had been given until Aug. 17 to hand over documents the federal government first asked for 15 months ago.
“Arpaio called the Justice Department actions harassment at a news conference Thursday morning in downtown Phoenix. His office has said it won’t hand over additional documents because federal authorities haven’t said exactly what they were investigating.”
And on yesterday’s interview with Mark Levin, Joe said he’s going out and arrest some more people…
See also Byron York: “New Evidence Undermines Fed’s Case Against Arizona”
“In addition to the drive to kill the new law, Attorney General Eric Holder is also suing the Maricopa Community College system in Phoenix, alleging it broke the law by requiring a job seeker to provide a green card before being hired. And on Thursday the Justice Department filed suit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office, run by the flamboyant Joe Arpaio, as part of an extended investigation into alleged civil rights violations there.
“Despite the splash of attention from the newest lawsuit, the Justice Department’s investigation of Arpaio could end badly for Holder.”
David Eldridge, Washington Times: Delaware – O’Donnell vs. Castle
Levin & Hannity back O’Donnell…Castle voted for Cap & Trade and for ObamaCare…
“The aftershocks from Alaska are being felt clear across the country in Delaware.
“Days after underdog Joe Miller knocked off Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary there, Delaware GOPRep. Michael N. Castle – long seen as a prohibitive favorite to capture the state’s open Senate seat in November – announced plans for a major ad buy targeting his own “tea party”-backed rival ahead of the Sept. 14 primary.
“Mr. Castle, a moderate who has long faced complaints from the party’s more conservative wing over his voting record, faces a feisty challenge from tea party candidate Christine O’Donnell in a race that has already turned nasty. The winner will take on soon-to-be Democratic nominee Chris Coons, executive of New Castle County.”
Muhammad Believed in Women’s Rights
“This week sees the launch of a hilarious new campaign called “Inspired by Muhammad” (as we are now all expected to spell Mohammed). It claims to want to “improve the public understanding of Islam and Muslims”. It is being strongly pedalled by taxpayer-funded Muslim organisations. Which makes it another nice example of the British people being preached to and proselytized in an Islamic way, presumably at our own expense.
The site is well worth a visit. Its “Who was Muhammad?” section is particularly delicious. There are sections on Mohammed “the orphan”, Mohammed “the shepherd” and Mohammed “the husband”. There are, sadly, no sections on Mohammed “the war criminal” or Mohammed “the close friend of a little girl”.
More seriously, “Why Moderates Are Scarce” by Joshua Gilder.
“As past statements of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf continue to surface, many Americans have concluded that the would-be builder of a mosque at Ground Zero is lying when he calls himself a “moderate” representative of his faith. The more disturbing possibility, however, is that he’s telling the truth — that Rauf is indeed the voice of mainstream Islam.
“One indication is the resounding silence from the rest of the Islamic community. If that community were truly moderate — as we in the West understand the term — one might expect it to distance itself from a man who blames the U.S. for the 9/11 attacks, says we have more innocent blood on our hands than al-Qaeda, and refuses to disown the genocidal agenda of Hamas.
“A few brave Muslim individuals have indeed come out against the mosque, but they are exceptions. Where are the large numbers of Muslims who find Rauf’s statements offensive? Where are their organizations and institutions? Why aren’t they weighing in to repudiate Rauf and his apparent aims?”
Hillary Spent $10K on Rauf’s Book – Congress Investigates
“The Senate Foreign Relations Committee wants the State Department to explain its use of taxpayer funds to purchase and distribute Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s book What’s Right With Islam.
“Certainly Senate Foreign Relations Committee members will want some briefing from the State Department,” Andy Fisher, the spokesman for Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations told HUMAN EVENTS. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass), the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had no immediate reaction to the controversy.
“On the House side, Rep. Ilena Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), ranking Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, is “looking into the matter.” Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) would not comment as of press time.
“The State Department spent $10,000 of taxpayer funds to buy 2,000 copies of the book written by Ground Zero mosque promoter Feisal Abdul Rauf. U.S. embassy employees are distributing the book during the imam’s taxpayer-funded tour to Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
“But the arrangement calls into question whether the U.S. government’s funding of a book which promotes the Muslim religion is in violation of the 1st Amendment’s separation of church and state.”
What is it about Beck and Palin that power their popularity?
“They tap into the emotional joy of being an American; for the great fortune of being an American; for the wondrous nobility of this country in helping others. They make common flag-waving Americans feel like they are not alone. When the political and media elite keep criticizing America for small infractions, Beck and Palin remind us that America is truly the greatest country in the history of the world. This sense of togetherness, of common cause in aid of America, is what will elevate voter turnout.” Eugene Grace
Rendell to Skip 2nd Bond Payment
“PHILADELPHIA (Dow Jones)–Harrisburg, Pa., which is already struggling with a debt load related to an incinerator project, will skip a $3.29 million payment on its general-obligation debt, the second-largest such default this year.
“‘Unfortunately, the City’s current financial situation precludes us from making any transfer to fund for these debt service payments at this time,’ the city’s interim chief of staff and business administrator, Robert Kroboth, wrote in a letter dated Aug. 30 to the paying agent, Bank of New York Mellon.
“Some bearish investors have been bracing for a wave of municipal defaults this year, which has yet to occur. But Harrisburg’s actions could be interpreted as an omen, which could weaken municipal bond prices, particularly for Pennsylvania municipalities, said Matt Fabian, managing director at Municipal Market Advisors in Westport, Conn.”