December 14, 2010: THANKS AGAIN, ISRAEL! No one is willing to attribute the complete success of the “Stuxnet” computer malware virus to the Israeli Defense Forces, but no one doubts the IDF was the major force behind it. At any rate, at least one expert has told the Jerusalem Post that it has set back the Iranian nuclear program around two years, roughly what military strategists were hoping a full-scale bombing would have achieved. So, just as in September of 2007, when Israeli jets took out a North Korean-built nuclear reactor in Syria, and on June 7, 1981, when Israeli jets destroyed the Osirak nuclear weapons plant in Iraq, Israel has again saved the world (and itself, of course) from the nuclearization of mad men. We don’t know the precise role of the United States, or any other agent, in the development of the Stuxnet virus, which may have been significant. But before President Obama carries on with his “outreach” efforts toward the “Islamic Republic of Iran,” a quiet “thank you” to the Israelis wouldn’t hurt. This was no easy task and was years in the making. Thank you Israel!
December 5, 2010: My latest article appears in the American Thinker.
“Obama's Authoritarian Multiculturalism”
Authoritarian multiculturalism today possesses an advantage it never had before: one of its most enthusiastic adherents currently occupies the White House.
A little windy, I know. But hey, they were willing to give me some server space. So I took it.
November 28, 2010: Hey, I know it’s not Jihadism, global power struggles, eco-catastrophe, or Iranian nukes, but this article by former Bush administration economist Lawrence Lindsay on where we are today with regards to deficits, the fed’s “quantitative easing,” and inflation is really good. Actually, reading this article makes me think the situation is more manageable than I had previously thought.
November 22, 2010: ISRAEL BUILDING BARRIER ALONG EGYPTIAN BORDER TO STEM FLOW OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, MOSTLY FROM AFRICA. That’s according to the BBC today:
Work is beginning in Israel on a barrier along the border with Egypt, aimed at stemming the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.
For all the hatred expressed around the world toward Israel and the United States, people risk life and limb to get to both places. I should add that even though Egyptian security officials have shot hundreds of African migrants crossing the border to Israel (where’s the United Nations on that small human rights violation), it doesn’t stop the flow. Israel has stopped the uncontrolled flow of migrants from the West Bank with a barrier and apparently feels it could do the same with a barrier on the Egyptian border. The recent spike in immigrants comes on the heels of an agreement between Libya and Italy to close off a popular water route African migrants used to get to Europe. All of which leads me to conclude that building a wall is the only way to truly control illegal immigration into any country. That at least allows a measure of control over the process. Talk about tougher law enforcement measures, cameras, and border patrol agents is just gibberish. I’m very much for legal immigration, but there has to be control over the process.
November 18, 2010: MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE. A New York jury delivered a stunning verdict Wednesday. Ahmed Ghailani, an al Qaeda terrorist who conspired to blow up American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, was acquitted of more than 280 charges, including one count of murder for each of the 224 people killed in the simultaneous attacks. The jury found Ghailani guilty of only one charge: conspiracy to destroy U.S. government buildings.
Rep. Peter King rips the Ghailani verdict as a "total miscarriage of justice today in Manhattan’s federal civilian court." He says it demonstrates the "absolute insanity of the Obama Administration’s decision to try al-Qaeda terrorists in civilian courts."
Keep America Safe just issued the following statement in response to the verdict against Ahmed Ghailani, who was found not guilty on 285 of 286 charges:
Bad ideas have dangerous consequences. The Obama Administration recklessly insisted on a civilian trial for Ahmed Ghailani, and rolled the dice in a time of war. The Department of Justice says it’s pleased by the verdict. Ask the families of the victims if they’re pleased. And this result isn’t just embarrassing. It’s dangerous. It signals weakness in a time of war. The Ghailani trial was supposed to be a test case for future trials of 9/11 terrorists.
We urge the president: End this reckless experiment. Reverse course. Use the military commissions at Guantanamo that Congress has authorized. And, above all--accept the fact that we are at war.
Liz Cheney, Chairman
Keep America Safe
November 17, 2010: I am quoted in an imbalanced, typically biased Newsday article on the impact of immigrants on Long Island’s Regional Economy here. Why do I say the article is biased in favor of immigration when they quote both me and Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy saying the report by the Fiscal Policy Institute does not address the issue of the economic impact of immigrants effectively?
Because I had reminded the reporter at Newsday that the Fiscal Policy Institute is a liberal policy think tank and should be identified as such. One week prior to this article, Newsday published a piece (“Nine of 10 NY's highest-paid schools chiefs are from LI,” Newsday, November 11, 2010) in which they (properly) identified the Manhattan Institute’s Empire Center for New York State Policy as the “a conservative arm of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.” Here’s how they identified the liberal Fiscal Policy Institute: “The Manhattan-based Fiscal Policy Institute, which will release the study results today at a Hofstra University conference.” No compromising adjectives required.
If you need further evidence, just look at the next day’s follow-up article on the conference at Hofstra held in honor of the release of the report. All of the usual suspects — all pro-illegal immigrant advocates and liberal Democrats — Lawrence Levy of Hofstra, Pearl Kamer of LIA, Rev. Patrick Duggan and, of course, the cool, disinterested social scientist who produced the report, and who attempted to invalidate any criticism of it by telling the conference:
The facts do matter . . . The intensity of anti-immigrant backlash prevents us from solving legitimate questions.
Of course, this was a needless exercise. No one who might find anything contentious in the report was invited to the conference.
November 17, 2010: Karlyn Bowman of the American magazine (the magazine of the think tank American Enterprise Institute) has a great run down of the exit poll from the 2010 mid-term election here. Most interesting findings?
1. Conservatives were 41 percent of the electorate, up a significant 9 percentage points from 2006. They were more enthusiastic about GOP House candidates than in 2006, when 74 percent of self-identified conservatives supported Republicans. This year, 84 percent did. Self-identified liberals formed 20 percent of the electorate in both years. They voted massively for Democratic House candidates over GOP ones in 2010, 90 to 8 percent. The altered ideological composition of the electorate was one of the big stories of this election.
2. Homosexuals were 3 percent of voters, about what their share of the electorate has been in recent elections. But this year, self-identified gays, lesbians, and bisexuals looked more Republican than they did in either 2006 or 2008. In those years, 24 and 19 percent, respectively, voted for GOP candidates. This year, 30 percent did. Forty percent of voters in House races checked the box saying that same-sex marriages should be legally recognized. Fifty-four percent said they should not be.
3. Latinos were 8 percent of the national electorate. They comprised 22 percent of California’s electorate, and they voted 65 percent for Senator Barbara Boxer and 28 percent for challenger Carly Fiorina in the Senate contest. In the Texas gubernatorial race, they were 17 percent of voters, and voted for Bill White over Governor Rick Perry by 61 to 38 percent. In Nevada, they were 15 percent of voters, and they supported Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over challenger Sharron Angle by 68 to 30 percent. Sixty-four percent of them supported Reid’s son, Rory, in the governor’s race. In Arizona, they were 13 percent of voters, and they supported Rodney Glassman over Senator John McCain by 57 to 40 percent. In Florida, 55 percent of Latinos voted for Senator-elect Marco Rubio.
November 13, 2010: If anyone is interested in learning how to absolutely eviscerate a public policy, destroy an argument, incinerate vapidity, and vaporize disingenuousness, read George Will’s article on the corruption involved in the production of the Chevy Volt here.
November 10, 2010: These two headlines and first graphs from the New York Times today make things especially clear, don’t they?
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s criticism of new Israeli housing plans for East Jerusalem, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s even sharper retort, have thrown the Middle East peace talks into jeopardy, with the dispute over Jewish settlements looming as a seemingly insuperable hurdle.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — President Obama, renewing his call for better relations between the United States and the Muslim world, used a long-awaited homecoming trip to this island nation to make a symbolic visit on Wednesday morning to the largest mosque in southeast Asia — even as he declared that “much more work needs to be done” to fulfill the promise he made 17 months ago in Cairo of a “new beginning.”
Republicans won whites in Tuesday's national House vote by a 22-percentage point margin (60 to 38 percent) according to exit polls. In 2006, Republicans won whites by a mere 4 points. Whites shifted at three-fold the rate of Hispanics between the two midterms, while the black vote remained steady. Democrats faired even worse than in 1994, when Republicans won whites by 16 points (58 to 42 percent) and with them, a landslide.
Now comes a House landslide unseen since 1938. Presidents are the ghost candidates of midterms. In fact, more voters said Obama was a factor in their vote than said Bush was a factor four years ago. In this vein, Democrats' problems with whites reflect whites' problems with Obama . . .
We will hear charges of racism. But independent whites who voted for Obama have not suddenly realized he's black. Many independents were willing to gamble on Democrats . . . The recession was the dominant factor for voters this year. But the recession cannot be separated from Obama's agenda . . . Most whites have favored a smaller government over a bigger government for decades. Obama's agenda heralded the return of big government, or active-state liberalism . . .
This was broad white flight. And it crossed a symbolic threshold. Among whites, for the first time in post-war congressional elections, Republicans hit the 60-point level of support and Democrats fell below the 40-point mark.
November 7, 2010: Tuesday’s elections were not as good for the Republicans as they might seem. Yes, they romped in the House of Representatives. Yes, they romped in the state legislatures. Yes, they romped in the Governor’s mansions. But they lost several important Senate races, had some unexpectedly close wins, and lost by more than the polls said they would in others. Problematic states include, Nevada, Connecticut, Washington, California, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Colorado. Latest results are located here. This means, that bar a real material catastrophe, Republicans, no matter who they put up, cannot win statewide races in California, New York (1st and 3rd — soon to be 4th — largest states), and increasingly Washington and Connecticut. This is true even when Republicans put up sterling candidates like former Hewlett Packard executive Carly Fiorina and e-Bay billionaire Meg Whitman in California. That state, despite finding itself in the worst fiscal shape of any in the nation since the Great Depression, re-elected Barbara Boxer, widely considered among the most obnoxious and least accomplished Senators in the country. Boxer is best known for having a terse exchange with Army Corps of Engineer Brigadier General Michael Walsh at a Senate committee hearing, in which Boxer said to Walsh:
In January of 2007, the New York Times reported Senator Boxer implied at another Senate hearing that president Bush advisor Condoleeza Rice does not care about American troops fighting in Iraq because she is not the mother of any children. Boxer told Rice “I’m not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old and my grandchild is too young. You’re not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family.” Thanks California. It’ll be nice to have Boxer around six more years.
California voters also returned to the Governor’s mansion former Governor Jerry Brown, who was known mostly for environmental extremism, fiscal profligacy, and incompetence during his previous tenure as Governor. As Mayor of Oakland, the city became the “car theft” capital of the state with the highest crime rate.
More on the demography of the election forthcoming. In the meantime the following articles are interesting:
1. David Paul Kuhn, “Exit Polls: Unprecedented White Flight from Democrats,” Realclearpolitics.com, November 5, 2010.
2. Jim Brunner, “Five Reasons Why Murray Bucked Trend, Got Elected,” Seattle Times, November 5, 2010.
3. Jeffrey Anderson, “Was it the Economy, or Obamacare,” Weekly Standard, November 5, 2010.
4. Victorino Matus, “Worst Than It Seems,” Weekly Standard, November 6, 2010.
5. Ben Smith, Carrie Budoff Brown, “Hispanics Emerge as Key Wild Card in 2012 Election,” Politico, November 7, 2010.
6. Joel Kotkin, “The Smackdown of the `Creative Class’,” Forbes, November 3, 2010.
7. Ronald Brownstein, “Heartland Headache,” National Journal, November 4, 2010.
8. Michael Barone, “The Depth and Breadth of GOP Victories,” Realclearpolitics.com, November 8, 2010.
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