Elder of Ziyon: US State Dept. dodging question of Jerusalem in briefing
In response, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made a statement:
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today called on the Administration to publically recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. During today’s Department of State press briefing, the Department’s spokesperson refused to answer whether Jerusalem is located in Israel and whether it is the capital of Israel. The questions were related to a press release issued Monday by the Department that noted ongoing travel by a Department official to “Algeria, Qatar, Jordan, Jerusalem, and Israel,” implying that Jerusalem and Israel are two distinct entities. State later issued a release noting the official’s travel to “Algiers, Doha, Amman, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv.” Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Now, the Administration has gone even further. A mistake on a press release is understandable, but today the Administration doubled down on its determination to treat Jerusalem as separate from Israel. Where does the Administration think Jerusalem is? On Mars?
“Legitimizing the myth that Jerusalem isn’t part of Israel undermines our ally Israel’s sovereign right to designate its own capital, and lends credibility to efforts by Palestinian leaders and extremists who continue to deny the connection of the Jewish people to their historic capital, Jerusalem.
“The Administration needs to face reality, recognize publicly that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel, and fully enforce U.S. law by moving our embassy to Jerusalem.”
FP: In the context of the open mic discussion of Obama and Medvedev, imagine how Israel will be treated if Obama is re-elected.
Elder of Ziyon: "One of America's closest allies"
FP: Isn’t our brilliant orator president worthy of re-election? I’m sure he is taken seriously everywhere he goes. (see next)
JoshuaPundit: The Carpet We've Traveled - With Barack Obama!
Mock him, night day and always...he can't take it!
Cheerfully swiped from Gerard over at American Digest
FP: Geez, isn’t that racist?
Sultan Knish: The Bankrupt Race Card
The last two Democratic presidents were Southern governors, but the current occupant is a veteran of the corrupt urban political machine where there are only two games in town and when the money runs out, this is the one you play. The money is running out, the polls are running down and accordingly we have been treated to an episode of grievance theater, with our beloved leader in the role of healer and inciter.
Obama helped Al Sharpton achieved an unprecedented national profile in order to marshal that part of his base which cares less about jobs, than about finding someone to blame. The Trayvon Martin circus is a bullhorn urging that all of us, black or white, to stop focusing on the economy and start focusing on race.
Our racial dysfunction has always been secondary to our political dysfunction and now our political dysfunction is second to none. We have the best government that Warren Buffett's money could buy and that ACORN's election fraud can achieve. And we have a national government that is starting to look like the dysfunctional urban governments at the center of the grievance theaters.
Chicago nearly went bankrupt in 1930. New York nearly went bankrupt in 1975. But states have bailed out cities and the federal government has bailed out states. When there isn't enough money to keep the dysfunctional political machine built on corruption and subsidies going, there's always some larger entity to foot the bill.
The local productions of grievance theater have gone national and we are all compelled to watch it play out. No matter what happens to George Zimmerman or what we learn about Trayvon Martin, the country has been turned into unwilling participants in a national drama that places a distorted idea of race at the center of our identity for the benefit of the same hucksters and politicians who have destroyed the city and are hard at work destroying the country.
FP: What exactly did people think was going to happen when they elected a president by affirmative action? The consequences for the US are precisely what could be expected.
Soccer Dad: Gulf U (via JoshuaPundit)
The New York Times recently featured a "Special Report," Elite Schools Find New Base in Emirates:
The universities are also contributing to much-needed original research on the Middle East, which education experts say can be patchy and outdated. The N.Y.U. Abu Dhabi Institute is spending $35 million on research into Middle Eastern issues. Wharton Abu Dhabi, an office that opened in early 2010, is supervising 30 research projects funded by the CERT Foundation, the entrepreneurial arm of the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi.
“Our goal is to create and disseminate knowledge in the region and the best way to do that was to set up an office in the Mideast,” said Pankaj Paul, regional manager for Wharton’s U.A.E. office, the business school’s sole presence outside the United States.
Hmmm. They're studying "Middle East issues" in Abu Dhabi. I wonder how academic that enterprise is! All in all the article reads more like a brochure for those looking to study in the Gulf, rather than a serious journalistic effort. After all, how could the New York Times have failed to note the arrest of Nasser bin Ghaith last year?
FP: As if Western education and research has not been sufficiently corrupted by Arab and Islamic money. I guess academics cannot sit still while the kleptocratic alliance between politicians and corporations gets rich—heck, the latter don’t even have PhD’s. With Middle eastern immigrants flooding the West to escape the Arab “spring” and the Western academia flooding the Islamic world, what do you expect the future of Western civilization to be?
Bill Katz: COURT? WHAT SUPREME COURT?
As usual, the Obama administration is ready for any contingency, any emergency, in its quest to serve the American people. Choke. From The Hill:
The White House has no contingency plans in place in the event the Supreme Court rules the healthcare law is unconstitutional.
When you think you're perfect, why plan?
White House officials said Wednesday they remain “confident” that the healthcare reform law is constitutional and is implementing all the provisions of the law.
Are they aware of the Supreme Court proceedings dealing with this law? Recordings are available for a nominal fee.
If the law is thrown out, there's “no contingency plan in place,” principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said at Wednesday’s press briefing with reporters. “We're focused on maximizing the benefits of this law.”
Joshy baby, if the law is declared unconstitutional you can't put it in force. Didn't you go to high school?
President Obama was in South Korea for the first two days of the High Court’s arguments. Earnest said Obama has followed the case through news reports but he’s unsure if Obama has listened to the audio from the Supreme Court.
He doesn't have to. Someone can explain.
On this kind of thoroughness the health care of our citizens may depend. Aren't you confident? Aren't you ready for four more years? Maybe you'd better get your annual physical now.
FP: I was never impressed—to put it politely--with the democracy of 5 to 4 decisions of 9 unelected, politically appointed judges affecting the entire nation and the illusion that the process is constitutional, not political. But perhaps Obama is playing a game that may yet turn to be effective: without an alternative he may count on the justices to be considerate of precisely that if and hold their nose and not do it. Obama is not competent enough to come up with his own healthcare plan—ObamaCare is a misnomer, it is actually CongressCare—or an alternative, but he is probably shrewd enough to play such a game.
Incidentally, Katz also writes:
A SAUDI HINT? – The Saudi oil minister, in a column for Financial Times, says that high oil prices are not good for anyone, and that Saudi Arabia will do what it can to bring them down. Hmm. Just in time for the American election? I wonder what Obama would give the Saudis in exchange for some real, politically timed, market manipulation. Don't be shocked if gas at the pump suddenly starts dropping in price just as you're getting ready to go to the polls.
Go back and check that I’ve already predicted that something will happen to lower the price of oil in time for the election.
Debbie Schlussel: Olympics Drops Volleyball Bikini Requirement to Appease Muslims
The International Olympic Committee, which still refuses to memorialize the Israeli athletes massacred by Muslims at the 1972 Munich Olympics, is stepping up its pandering and appeasement of Muslims. The Committee just ruled that it will no longer require women’s beach volleyball teams to wear bikinis . . . to appease Muslim countries. The Olympics are encouraging Muslim countries, like Saudia Arabia, to send female sports teams to this summer’s London Games, to meet certain feminist-imposed standards. And here is the result–burqa beach volleyball. Oh, and they also decided to change how teams qualify for women’s beach volleyball at the Olympics . . . also to give the Muslimas a chance to compete. See, the Munich Olympic massacre worked.
FP: The self-dhimmification continues.
Wall Street is buzzing about the annual report just put out by the Dallas Federal Reserve. In the paper, Harvey Rosenblum, the head of the Dallas Fed's research department, bluntly calls for the breakup of Too-Big-To-Fail banks like Bank of America, Chase, and Citigroup.
The government's bottomless sponsorship of these TBTF institutions, Rosenblum writes, has created a "residue of distrust for government, the banking system, the Fed and capitalism itself."
The report (PDF), entitled, "Choosing the Road to Prosperity: Why We Must End Too-Big-To-Fail Now," is written in a surprisingly readable style and is illustrated with reader-friendly cartoons and pictographs. It uses rhetoric that, for the Fed, is extremely candid and colorful, going beyond an arcane analysis of monetary policy to focus on the cultural damage of Too-Big-To-Fail.
"These psychological side-effects of Too-Big-To-Fail can't be measured, but they're too important to ignore," Rosenbaum writes. "People disillusioned with capitalism aren't as eager to engage in productive activities. They're likely to approach economic decisions with suspicion and cynicism, shying away from the risk-taking that drives entrepreneurial capitalism."
FP: I would love to be proven wrong, but the kleptocratic alliance between Wall Street and the political system has had a destructive impact on the US that the decline is not reversible. That two protest movements from both extremes of the political spectrum have been neither serious nor able to dent the system is evidence for that. Every democratic system, particularly successful one that become dominant, ended up declining and collapsing due to the same self-destructive forces. Here’s some examples:
And so on.And this does not even touch military overstretching abroad.