Daniel Greenfield: Friday Afternoon Roundup - I See Red People
FP: If you want to see the real state of the union do yourself a favor and visit Daniel’s selection for this Friday. And weep. Disaster everywhere you look (see next).
JoshuaPundit: Detroit - Arranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanic
In case you haven't been paying attention, the city of Detroit, once a symbol of America's prosperity and manufacturing might, is about to go under.
The city is broke, after years of racial politics, mismanagement and cronyism between the Democrats who have run it for decades and the public employee unions. Unemployment and crime are well above the national average, and whole sections of the city have been abandoned and are now being bulldozed because the city can't afford street maintenance or to keep the streetlights on. There are homes that can be purchased for a few hundred dollars, with no takers.
The city's schools are largely dysfunctional,the city's credit rating is deep in junk bond territory down to the single B level and the last mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, actually did jail time for corruption as the kingpin in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials.
Things are so bad that the city can't even afford to bury indigent and unclaimed bodies.
FP: And the real disaster is why—read the whole thing to find out.
David M. Weinberg: Beware the disengagement drift
Israel certainly should not make any diplomatic move without a significant and concrete Palestinian quid pro quo.
FP: Wanna bet?
PA president says he'll sit at same table with PM in return for gestures, but full talks won't resume without settlement freeze.
Abbas knows this is hard to resist.
In race against Romney, US president polling at similar rate among Jewish voters as he did in 2008 against McCain.
FP: See? What did I tell you? It was predictable. Makes a lot of sense too:
A Christian preacher who propagates borderline anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and advises several groups that have stigmatized the Israeli government has made at least four trips to the Obama White House for several high-level powwows with top administration officials, records show.
That preacher is Serge Duss, a divisive social justice advocate who splits his time between several organizations that have been highly critical of the Jewish state and its government.
Duss’ controversial comments and his associations with the radical left did not prevent the White House from arranging a series of high-level sit-downs with the Obama administration’s liaison to Arab Americans, as well as with two of the president’s most trusted foreign policy advisers, according to White House visitor logs.
Fellow religious leaders expressed shock to learn the White House is soliciting advice from Duss on highly sensitive foreign policy matters.
Well done. Hey, they’re in his pocket, to the anti-Semites he must cater.
Politicians and settlers accuse technocrats in the State Prosecutor's Office of adopting legal positions that correspond with the political leanings of the office’s senior administrators, and thus of favoring the demolition of outposts.
ANALYSIS: When responding to High Court petitions seeking to evacuate settlements, the State Prosecution consistently referred to a report on settlements and outposts compiled by attorney Talia Sasson, who is currently number 7 on the Meretz Knesset list.
At international assembly of countries who are parties to Law of the Sea treaty, Palestinian U.N. observer Riyad Mansour represents 'Palestine' for first time • Nonaligned Movement to urge U.N. to visit Palestinian territories.
FP: When it signed the Oslo accord, Israel essentially gave up on Israel. Because it was clear that this will be interpreted in the world as acceptance of the Arab Naqba narrative and, therefore admission of guilt for “stealing” Palestinian land. Over time this resulted, predictably, in an accelerated move by the world to give the Palestinians a state without any regard as to Israel existence/survival. After all, if Israel lives on Arab land, the priority is to return the land.
Oslo is the product of the Israeli left, particularly Israel’s Jimmy Carter, Shimon Peres, who walked hand in hand with Arafat on the beach—madly in love (no wonder Obama bestows the Medal of Freedom on him). Israel has a right wing government, but the bureaucracy, media and academia are on the left, even radical left. Furthermore, the most hard right recent PM’s, Sharon, Olmert and Netanyahu, adopted concessionary left policies, the worst of which were unilaterally retreating from lands, removing Israelis living there by force and, in general, signaling to the Arabs and the world that they’re not serious about Israel being there forever..
So when the Defense Minister says that Israel should unilaterally retreat from the West Bank without a peace agreement, and Netanyahu removes more settlers by force there should be no surprise that the world treats Palestine as a state, doesn’t give a ff about Israel and seems to find the Iranian nukes the solution for that shitty little country, that has become an inconvenient obstacle in the way of kissing Muslim ass in order to save the ass of a declining West.
Reality Check (via Israel Matzav)
FP: Nah, the MB is moderate, democratic, freedom and peace loving.
Channel 4 News’s Alex Thomson says he was deliberately set up to be shot by military so rebels could score propaganda coup.
FP: And this is who the pushers for intervention want to replace Assad with?
Interior Minister Eli Yishai: 100,000 infiltrators will be moved to a tent city under construction in the south • Population and Immigration Authority calls on South Sudanese infiltrators to leave voluntarily or face deportation.
FP: Do you believe that the government can implement this effectively, without violence and defeating internal and external protext? I don’t.