Quote of the day:
The two most oppressed minorities in America: Black conservatives and gay conservatives. The media doesn’t even acknowledge they exist, and everybody hates them except white conservatives. ~ Dixon Diaz
Whether you are pro- or anti- gay marriage, the lesson here is that in our so-called democracy, your vote ain’t worth a s^#@. Because a judge who doesn’t like what you voted for can cancel it out. Liberals take note: you’re still bitching about how the Supreme Court “appointed” Bush in 2000. But you’re real happy when a court overturns the will of the people for something you support, aren’t you.
Articles of Interest
Palestinians’ Prize for Terror
Secretary of State John Kerry – who was heard last Sunday on an open mike between Sunday TV appearances disparaging Israel’s efforts to limit civilian casualties in Gaza – arrived in Cairo on July 21st to frantically cobble together an immediate ceasefire. Seeking the help of Egypt and the United Nations, and even the Hamas-friendly countries of Turkey and Qatar, Kerry is looking for some kind of consensus by the major players in the region for a peace-at-any price formula. He is insisting on a premature ceasefire before Israel is able to find and destroy all the tunnels built under Palestinian civilians’ homes, schools and hospitals, which Hamas is using to hide its weapons and as bases from which to sneak its jihadists into Israel for the purpose of abducting or killing its citizens.
“The objective here is to get the fastest possible ceasefire. That doesn’t mean that it’s going to be fast, and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, but that’s the goal,” a senior US official travelling with Kerry was quoted by AFP as saying on condition of anonymity.
Kerry is even throwing in additional money for Gaza to help seal the deal. On top of the half a billion dollars that the Obama administration is continuing to send to the Palestinian “unity” government in which Hamas is a partner, Kerry has just offered a $47 million bribe in the form of so-called “humanitarian” aid for Gaza. Some of the $47 million would flow through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This is the very same agency which found at least twenty Hamas rockets in one of its schools and which is reported to have returned those rockets to the “local authorities.” In Gaza, the “local authorities” are presently the Hamas operatives who govern Gaza. Presumably, UNRWA will be sharing the Kerry-provided windfall with those same “local authorities.”
As usual, while the Obama administration is prepared to reward the Palestinians, it seeks to pressure Israel into agreeing to a short term peace that will simply buy Hamas more time to build up an even greater arsenal of deadly weapons. Before Kerry left on his latest jaunt to Cairo, he was heard on the open mike issuing a not-so-subtle warning to Israel not to try the Obama administration’s patience. “I hope they don’t think that’s an invitation to go do more,” apparently referring to the Obama administration’s rhetorical support for Israel’s right of self-defense. “That better be the warning to them.”
After arriving in Cairo, Kerry acknowledged Israel’s right to defend its citizens from Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket attacks, but then added: “We are deeply concerned about the consequences.”
Good for Mike Bloomberg
The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday banned all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel, but that is not stopping former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg from visiting the country, the Weekly Standard reports.
He issued the following statement late on Tuesday:
This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel. Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely. The flight restrictions are a mistake that hand Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel.
Israeli airline El Al will still be sending flights to Tel Aviv from New Jersey’s Newark airport.
It isn’t often I agree with Mike Bloomberg about anything. Today and about this I do. It feels really strange.
Wising up to Albany’s political ‘con’ game
Sullen but not mutinous. That is the New York state of mind in this election year.
The Siena poll finding that an incredible two-thirds of New Yorkers assume state legislators are in the job only for themselves and their friends is a dismal reflection of recent history. And it’s no surprise that voters are not surprised when the pols get busted for corruption.
The only shocker is that the public seems prepared to accept the status quo as the best the Empire State can do. Big mistake.
Apathy benefits incumbents, including the worst ones, and the poll is more proof that this year’s contests are not generating any passion. If voter enthusiasm had to produce actual electricity, we’d be headed for a summer blackout.
The poll shows Gov. Cuomo holding a massive, 37-point lead over Republican Rob Astorino, 60 to 23 percent. The lopsided margin is in line with other surveys.
Yet Astorino, in an interview yesterday, insists that the race is far from over, and claims to see an opening because he is making Albany ethics, or the lack of them, a top issue. That puts him in sync with voters, although he clearly hasn’t convinced them he can clean the stables; that, in turn, has made fund-raising difficult.
NBC Spotlights Bloomberg Blasting FAA For Suspending Flights to Israel; ABC, CBS Omit
Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News was the sole Big Three evening newscast to notice the criticism of the Obama administration banning U.S. airliners from traveling to Israel. Prominent politicians from both sides of the political spectrum, including Senator Ted Cruz and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have denounced this move by the FAA. Senator Cruz accused the administration of using the “federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel.”
Anchor Brian Williams zeroed in on Bloomberg’s blunt critique of the travel ban, as he introduced a report from correspondent Richard Engel:
Any actual journalistic creds Williams might have gained were lost when he joined the other networks in ignoring the GAO Study and Williams glossed over the GAO investigation on Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, but set aside 21 seconds of air time to tout the latest enrollment numbers for ObamaCare
Networks Ignore GAO’s Study on ObamaCare Accepting Fake Applications; NBC Touts Enrollment
DWS Gets Called Out On Air for False Obamacare Claim
Woman Loses Obamacare Coverage Despite Making Full Payments
Poll: 58 Percent Say Obama Regime Is Incompetent At Managing The Government…
Has the Obama administration competently and effectively managed the government? A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds a majority of American voters says no — including about a third of Democrats.
A 58-percent majority says the White House has not been competent at managing the federal government. Some 32 percent of Democrats join 67 percent of independents and 84 percent of Republicans in holding that view.
Forty percent of voters do say the administration has been competent at running the government.
The forty percent that thinks he’s competent probably reside in one of the 7 of 57 states Obama mentioned. Just plain stupid if you can’t see what a disaster Obama has been for this country. A D after the name and enough melanin in the skin means more than honesty, decency, competence and integrity – typical of Obama voters.
Worth A Look
Democrats About Ready to Chalk Montana Up as a Loss
Billionaire Warns: Yellen Collapse ‘Will Be Unlike Any Other’
Slate Editor takes her childhood Zionist regrets out on dead Israeli “lone soldier”
Sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all.
What the hell is it with liberals – everything is ALWAYS about them. Sit down and STFU you POS! But then she writes for Slate so what else can be expected?
Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection http://legalinsurrection.com/
Why doesn’t Obama solve the Israel-Gaza conflict the good old Liberal way: go over there and organize a group chorus of Kumbaya and tell both sides that we’re all one big family? That always works.
Last But Not Least…
Do Blacks Need Favors?
Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act’s legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, “I’ll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas.” I don’t know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here’s my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a “yes” answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a “no” answer assume and imply? Let’s look at it.
There are some areas of black life in which excellence can be found without the slightest hint of racial preferences. Young blacks dominate basketball, football and some track-and-field events despite the fact that there has been a history of gross racial discrimination in those activities. Blacks are also prominent in several areas of the entertainment industry. Those observations mean that racial discrimination alone is not an insurmountable barrier to success. By the way, I can’t think of any two fields with more ruthless competition.
You say, “OK, Williams, everyone knows about the success of blacks in sports and entertainment, but what about the intellectual arena?” A few inner-city junior high and high schools have produced black champion chess players, schools such as Philadelphia’s Roberts Vaux High School and New York’s Edward R. Murrow High School. Last year, two black teens — from Intermediate School 318 Eugenio Maria de Hostos in Brooklyn, New York — won the national high-school chess championship. All of this is in addition to quite a few black international masters and grandmasters in chess. Moreover, there’s a long list of former and current black inventors and scientists. So there’s no question that black people have the capacity to compete intellectually.