Saturday, April 25, 2015

Peter Beinart: Republicans are "McCarthyite" When It Comes to Muslims

Beinart's piece in Ha'aretz underscores the alternate reality/Twilight Zone in which leftists dwell. Here, for instance, is what Pete considers to be "McCarthyite":
In January, the Republican presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal argued that “it is completely reasonable for [Western] nations to discriminate” against some Muslims in their immigration policies, on the grounds that radical Islamists “want to destroy their culture.”  
In February, another GOP contender, Mike Huckabee, declared, “Everything [President Obama] does is against what Christians stand for, and he’s against the Jews in Israel. The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community.” In March, after New York City announced that public schools would close for two Muslim holidays, Todd Starnes, a Fox News contributor, lamented, “The Islamic faith is being given accommodation and the Christian faith and other religious faiths are being marginalized.”  
This is strange. Why are conservatives more hostile to Muslims and Islam today than they were in the terrifying aftermath of 9/11? And why have American Muslims, who in 2000 mostly voted Republican, apparently replaced gays and feminists as the right’s chief culture-war foe?
You know what's really strange? The fact that Pete doesn't appear to be at all concerned about Christians being slaughtered by Muslims or ISIS making greater inroads in Iraq and Syria or the very real possibility that all too soon Iran will have nuclear weapons.

Is it "McCarthyite" to have such fears? Or is it, you know, a function of knowing what's what and not being an insane, out-to-lunch leftist?

Showstopper From Broadway Musical "Damn Mullahs"

What Ayatollah wants
'Tollah gets
And Barack O,
Ayatollah wants nukes.
Made up your mind to sign
A crappy deal.
Shiites are thrilled,
You'll get us killed,
It's true.

You always get what you aim for,
But Ayatollah Khamenei gets what he came for.

What Ayatollah wants
'Tollah gets.
Please get a clue.
Could you screw this one up? Yup!
They'll scrub the map of Zionists.
What do expect? Shiites are pissed.
Wise up! Wise up! Wise up!...

Give Me a Freaking Break!

Today in the Toronto Star: Finding common ground in the Qur'an.

UNRWA Kvetches About Lack of Funds to Rebuild "Refugee" Camp--In Gaza

The complaint:
JERUSALEM, April 23, 2015 (WAFA) – UNRWA Thursday highlighted its recently-commenced $40-million camp improvement pilot project aimed at improving ‘the quality of life for Palestinian refugees in Deir El Balah camp.  
“We recognize these are very tough days for all Palestine refugees, which is why projects such as this one offer a glimmer of hope and a chance to look to the future,” commented Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza Robert Turner on the vitality of the project for the refugees. 
“As with all of Gaza, we don’t yet know the details of what that future looks like in Deir El Balah. But we do know that standards of living and socioeconomic development cannot be separated from the living conditions of Palestine refugees – the quality of a camp’s physical environment has a direct bearing on the quality of everyday life,” he added. 
Commenting on the lack of progress on Gaza reconstruction, the UN agency said that almost eight months after the announcement of the ceasefire, not a single totally destroyed home has been rebuilt in Gaza.  
It affirmed that it didn’t receive any additional funds and had no resources available to issue additional repair payments in this reporting week. ...
Sorry to have to break in with some sanity, but why is there a "refugee camp" in an area wholly controlled by Palestinians? Shouldn't these "refugees" be residents and/or citizens?

Geraldo Rivera Sez We Shouldn't Worry About Iran

Thereby demonstrating that he's the quintessence of cluelessness.

Dear Hillary: Considering Your Hubby's Well Known Sexual Proclivities, Is This Really an Appropriate Message?

(Via The Corner)

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Mixed Reactions to Omar Khadr Getting Out on Bail

The Harper government is going to appeal the decision while the ostensibly conservative NatPo says we ought to cut Omar some slack.

Update: Facts about Omar Khadr that his mainstream media cheerleaders refuse to tell you

"A" Students Obama & Kerry Don't Know Much About History

Iran is no Cold War-era Russia--and the Grandiose Ayatollah is no Gorbachev.

Is Bruce Jenner Bad for the Transgendered?

At least one person who's made the gender switch thinks he is:
Just as the transgender experience is beginning to be normalized in American culture, it will be swept up with the ultimate symbol of abnormality and dysfunction: the Kardashian family. If what the transgender movement seeks is acceptance; association with the Kardashian circus is the last thing it needs. While television can help normalize the lives of marginalized people, it also can exploit their hardships and reinforce stereotypes, reducing their lives to mere entertainment.
I must wholeheartedly disagree. I think Bruce Jenner, being the highest profile person ever to make the transition, and being associated as he is with the Kardashian franchise, the ultimate pop-cult sensation, could be the best thing to ever happen to the "trans" movement.

That said, Jenner identifies as a "conservative Republican," which, in southern California, makes him a real freak: SoCal-ers can tolerate the I'm-a-chick shtick no problemo, but owning up to the Republican thing--now, that could very well turn him into a pariah.

Update: Bruce Jenner transgender series coming to E! this summer

Update: Transgender toddlers

Despising Zionism, the EU Throws Money at Lefty Rackets Inside Israel

How fitting that the continent that co-operated to ensure that the maximum number of Jews were liquidated during the Shoah should be doing its utmost to try to snuff out the world's only Jewish state:
According to data collected by watchdog group NGO Monitor, between 2012 and 2014 about 177 million shekels was donated to various organizations from foreign countries, defined as “political organizations.” Some of these organizations are involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, such as B’Tselem, Gisha (the Legal Center for Freedom of Movement), Bamakom – Planners for Human Rights,  the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, MachsomWatch, Zochrot, Ir Amim, Coalition of Women for Peace, Yesh Din, Breaking the Silence, Adalah and many others. 
The European Union itself is the regions biggest donor, providing these organizations with almost 18 million shekels ($4.6 million) over the past two years. Other than the EU, other big donors include Norway, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, which each give a few million shekels every year. In addition to giving money to Israeli organizations, many countries also offer money to Palestinian organizations that are more extreme both in outlook and practice, reports NRG
These organizations are controversial in Israel because they consistently promote a Palestinian narrative regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some of the NGOs call for boycotts and sanctions against Israel; one of these organizations sought a boycott of the Israeli Aroma coffee franchise.  Others seek the establishment of a single, binational state and the end of Israel as a Jewish, Zionist country, according to the report.
"Others" have sh*t (or maybe Shiite) for brains.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas's Son Yasser (Named For You-Know-Who?) Loses Defamation Suit Against Foreign Affairs

He claimed his reputation was damaged by a 2012 article that
described the "conspicuous wealth" of Yasser Abbas and his brother Tarek and questioned whether they are "growing rich off their father's system."
The reason his lawsuit (asking for $10 million in compensation) failed:
The appeals court ruled that the story was not defamatory because it presented the issue in the form of questions without reaching any factual conclusions.
Just goes to show how hard it is being a kleptocrat's son. ;)