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June 30th 2008

Mugabe Fetted At African Union Meeting

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ny hope that African despots and oligarchs heads of state gathered in Cairo for the African Union summit would send the rest of the world – and the poor people of Zimbabwe – a message that election-stealing … no, make that country-stealing … won’t be tolerated any longer on the African continent went up in smoke today.

Here’s the Times of London report from the African Union summit in Cairo:

A defiant Robert Mugabe has sailed unchallenged through the first test of his presidency by his peers.

Freshly sworn in after a single candidate election, he received a leader’s welcome when he strode into the African Union summit in Sharm el-Sheikh yesterday and emerged unfazed, his authority intact.

He dined at a lavish luncheon given by his Egyptian hosts, hugged heads of state and other diplomats in the corridors and stayed at the Peninsula Hotel, one of the most luxurious in this Red Sea town. “Mr Mugabe is staying there as a courtesy by the Egyptian Government,” a hotel spokesman said.

A draft resolution at the AU meeting fails to criticize either Mugabe or the election. Read the entire article here.

This sad turn of events can be used to point out the sorry state of democracy and human rights in Africa, but it’s really more telling as an indictment of the entire concept of international affairs by committee.

  • The UN’s ability to derail despots is nonexistent, as seen by the situations now in Darfur and previously in Rwanda. All it’s good for is periodically coughing up a hairball of a resolution against the US or Israel.
  • The EU is taking all of Europe to a lowest common denominator of nationhood.
  • The EU’s big three, England, France and Germany, have been incapable of railing in Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
  • The Arab League has been unable to do anything more with the Palestinians’ sorry state than use it to flog Israel.

I didn’t really expect much out of the AU, even though its own watchdogs had judged the Zimbabwe election to be fraud-ridden. If committee rule doesn’t work in general, it really doesn’t work in Africa, where dictators hold on fiercely against the change times of our world.

What would work?

Well, power works in situations like this. I am reminded of what happened in Europe when Russia decided to exert some power, shutting down its natural gas pipelines. That got some attention. Or when the U.S. decided that Saddam Hussein had reached its expiration date.

Removing Mugabe will take nothing less but the economic and power stakes in Zimbabwe are so inconsequential that the despicable old man will probably die in office.

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June 30th 2008

Throwing Wesley Under The Bus

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hen will Obama run out of buses?

Here’s the story. It’s AP so I won’t lift whole sentences. Just this: “Obama” “rejected” “General’s” “suggestion” “McCain” “experience” “didn’t qualify” “president.”

Got it?

Will someone please do an environmental impact report on the effects on mass transit, air quality and endangered species on Obama’s proclivity to fling under the wheels of oncoming mass transit vehicles any relative or supporter who gets the least bit cross-ways with his ambitions?

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June 30th 2008

Seymour Hersh Blows Cover On Iran Intelligence Program

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eymour Hersh, who ever since Vietnam has fathered stories supportive of whatever enemy America is fighting, has done it again, blowing the cover on a Presidential Finding in support of new, aggressive efforts to gather intelligence on and destabilize Iran’s ruling Islamo-oligarchs.

The New Yorker story leads off with:

Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.

Hersh admits that such Presidential Findings are “highly classified,” with distribution limited to “Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and the Senate and to the ranking members of their respective intelligence committees – the so-called Gang of Eight.” He does not, of course, hint at his source for the treasonous leaking of the document.

Hersh’s intent is clear: To do all he can to demonize Bush, even at the risk of increasing the chances that the truly awful people who rule Iran may be able to thwart (i.e., torture, kill) the truly valiant Iranians who are risking all in the name of that quaint concept called freedom – particularly the Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups Hersh specifically called out. Proof? Look no further than this:

United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Presidential authorization, since last year. These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of “high-value targets” in the President’s war on terror, who may be captured or killed. (emphasis added)

“The President’s war on terror?” The whole thing – Beirut, Khobar, the African embassies, the Cole, 9/11, Bali – is just the President’s war on terror to Hersh and his ilk, who, in their hatred of any American government that chooses war, believe no external threat really involves us, and that there’s no one out to harm us but our president.

Hersh will continue to live his comfortable, coddled life, wooing his fellow traveler sources, while in Iran the mad Mullahs and Mah – I’m in the – moud – for counterintelligence Ahmadinejad (rhymes with “Hersh? There’s a Jew who’d not all bad!”) will step up their efforts to seek out and exterminate any Ahwazi Arab, Baluchi or other groups or individuals who pose a threat to their jihadist ambitions.

Sedition, thy name is Seymour Hersh.

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June 30th 2008

As If Wesley Clark Weren’t Enough

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o Wesley Clark diminished John McCain’s war record, dismissing him as inexperienced. (Who is that pillar of experience you’re working for, General?) That’s nothing compared to where the howlers of the Left are taking it.

Salon’s War Room columnist, Alex Koppleman was able to keep the foam in his mouth:

I can appreciate the fact that Clark’s comments might seem intemperate, but the reaction is more than a little over the top.

First, there are no similarities between Clark’s remarks and the Swift boat attacks. Clark never said, and wouldn’t say, that McCain lied about his service, or won medals he hadn’t earned.

Second, did Clark say anything that was, you know, false? To be sure, McCain served heroically, and endured torture and abuse that I can hardly imagine as a POW. The nation will always owe him a debt of gratitude for what he endured. But Clark’s point is that this service, four decades ago, does not necessarily constitute a presidential qualification today. We don’t hear that often, but that doesn’t make it outrageous.

I could quibble and snark, but why bother when Koppleman represents a voice of reason compared to the real foaming fomenters of the loony Left. John Aravosis of the mis-named Americablog, please step forward:

Yes, we all know that John McCain was captured and tortured in Vietnam (McCain won’t let you forget). A lot of people don’t know, however, that McCain made a propaganda video for the enemy while he was in captivity. Putting that bit of disloyalty aside, what exactly is McCain’s military experience that prepares him for being commander in chief? It’s not like McCain rose to the level of general or something. He’s a vet. We get it. But simply being a vet, as laudable as it is, doesn’t really tell you much about someone’s qualifications for being commander in chief. If McCain is going to play the “I was tortured” card every five minutes as a justification for electing him president, then he shouldn’t throw a hissy fit any time any one asks to know more about his military experience. Getting shot down, tortured, and then doing propaganda for the enemy is not command experience. Again, it’s not nice to say say, but we’re not running for class president here. We deserve real answers, not emotional outbursts designed to quell the questions.

“He won’t let you forget” … “play the ‘I was tortured’ card every five minutes” – You know, it’s hard to avoid McCain projecting his experience as a prisoner of war every time you see him. Not being able to lift his arms because of Viet Cong torture kind of does that. The worst injury Aravosis has probably ever experienced is a bruised ego.

As to the charges of the torture film (Where is it, by the way? Try to find it on YouTube.), Aravosis seems to miss the point that those who didn’t comply with VC demands to go on camera didn’t survive to run for president. They died – horribly – on the spot, which is why the military no longer requires captive soldiers to disclose no more than “name, rank and serial number.”

Rick Moran at Rightwing Nuthouse writes on Aravosis and his vile dig:

QUESTION: Why did John McCain make a propaganda film for the enemy?

ANSWER: Because if you didn’t, the enemy would torture you until you died.

Those “agrarian reformers” and “peace loving socialists” that Aravosis’ ideological brethren were calling the the North Vietnamese back then were not very nice people. Every single prisoner who fell into their hands endured unspeakable degradation and torture until they cooperated. Aravosis makes it sound as if giving in to pain is a character defect. He cannot imagine in his safe little world – a world that allows him to peep into Republican bedroom windows to catch his political foes in a homosexual act and then out them against their will – the kind of mind numbing, excruciating, pain that causes grown men to cry like children and call out for their mother.

Besides running Americablog, one of the foulest and loathsome of the leftyblogs, what claim to moral superiority over McCain does Aravosis have?

Well, let’s see, he founded Stop Dr. Laura because he wanted to shut down her first amendment rights to discuss the downside of homosexuality. He organized Matthew Shepard Online Resources to turn an event that had nothing to do about homosexuality into a celebration of bias against straight people. And, as Moran linked, he loves to destroy people who would just as soon be private about their sex lives.

Lying, homo-totalitarian slimeball that he is, Aravosis has pretty much disqualified himself from participating in any discussion of qualifications for president … except Obama’s qualifications, of course. As a Constitution-trampling agent for “social change,” he’s just the guy to speak in support of the socialist organizer from Chicago.

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June 29th 2008

Wesley Clark: Chief Obama Buffoon

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arack Obama surrounds himself with leftists, anti-Israel policy wonks and know be it know that included in the entourage are idiots. Wesley Clark, please stand up, front and center.

Ask by Bob Schieffer on CBS’ Face the Nation to explain earlier comments in which he called John McCain “untested and untried,” Clark came up with this:

Because in the matters of national security policy making, it’s a matter of understanding risk, it’s a matter of gauging your opponents and it’s a matter of being held accountable. John McCain’s never done any of that in his official positions. I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands of millions of others in the armed forces as a prisoner of war. He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee and he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn’t held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded wasn’t a wartime squadron. He hasn’t been there and ordered the bombs to fall. He hasn’t seen what it’s like when diplomats come in and say, `I don’t know whether we’re going to be able to get this point through or not. Do you want to take the risk? What about your reputation? How do we handle it publicly?’

What a sterling condemnation of … Barack Obama. What does being a Socialist organizer in Chicago do to prepare Obama for president? How much executive experience did he gain as an abortion hawk in the Illinois Senate? And in his 143 days on the US Senate floor?

After saying that being shot down in a fighter isn’t a qualification for president, Clark continues:

But Barack is not–he is not running on the fact that he has made these national security pronouncements, he’s running on his other strengths. He’s running on the strengths of character, on the strengths of his communication skills, on the strengths of his judgment, and those are qualities that we seek in our national leadership.

The ability to handle foreign policies is the highest qualification for president; everything else is just window dressing. Character? Flip-flops. Communication skills? Without a teleprompter? Judgment? Wright, Ayres, Rezko … oh, and Wesley Clark.

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June 29th 2008

Sunday Scan

Unhappy PC Birthday

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verything I have to unlearn, I learned in kindergarten – that’s how Incredible Daughter #1 responded to this story, from BBC:

An eight-year-old boy has sparked an unlikely outcry in Sweden after failing to invite two of his classmates to his birthday party.

The boy’s school says he has violated the children’s rights and has complained to the Swedish Parliament.

The school, in Lund, southern Sweden, argues that if invitations are handed out on school premises then it must ensure there is no discrimination.

Violated rights? What right? The right to be an utter jerk and suffer no consequences? For a school to propose that this is discrimination is to tell kids that the most important life lesson is to expect to get everything without investing anything.

One of the boys who didn’t get an invitation didn’t invite the perp of this horrific social crime to his own birthday party. The other boy simply didn’t get along with birthday boy. No matter! Life is happy! We’re all equal! Kumbayah!

Remember: The Dems think Europe is the cat’s meow and won’t be satified until they’ve morphed American independence and frontier spirit into a clone of Sweden. And Obama’s friend, radical educator William Ayres, is at forefront of the effort to use the schools to accomplish that goal.

A China You Haven’t Seen

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piegel has a photo gallery posted along with its story Lives Under Chinese Communist, Caught on Film that you ought to take a look at. Here are the two that moved me the most.

First, let’s look at a photo typical of what we see out of China today, symbolic of its emergence on the global economics playing field.

Relaxing on the hood of his new Mercedes is Li Xiaohua who was previously a Red Guard who was forced to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. His rebirth as a successful capitalist is symbolic of the new China. But we shouldn’t forget that the old China still exists, as shown in this photo of barge-pullers on the upper Yangtse River:

Why are these men naked? Because they own so few clothes that they don’t want to wear them out doing this hard labor.

China has a long way to go, despite the happy face the Beijingoists try to slap on the mess they rule. Continue Reading »

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June 28th 2008

Media Bias 2008: #11

Media Bias 2008 will cover pro-Obama media bias all the way up to the election. Items are listed from most recent to oldest; the numbering only reflects this and is not a ranking. Send Media Bias 2008 examples via “comments”‘ below, or to email2laer [@] yahoo [dot] com.

11. No Swift-Boating Obama

In a massive WaPo story on efforts to sleuth out the person who started the “Obama is Muslim” email campaign, we find this:

The idea of unsubstantiated charges whispered through gossip trails has been a tried-and-true political technique since well before Machiavelli’s time, Allen said. Traditionally, the best approach to combating them has been to “flush the charges out into the open.”

That was easier when the rumors flew off a printing press, or when they appeared — as with Swift boat attacks against Kerry — in television ads paid for by a well-funded group of partisans.

Yes, we’re back to one of the most egregious acts of media bias in campaign 2004 – MSM’s refusal to accept the Swift boat vets’ claims – now re-enlisted in support of Obama. Any claim against Obama, we’re told, is “just more Swift-boating” – as if that were entirely dismissive.

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June 28th 2008

Witch Hunt For “Obama’s A Muslim” E-Mailer

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his definitely warrants looking into.

That’s the subject line of an email received by Institute for Advanced Study scholar Danielle Allen – and, boy, did she end up looking into it.

Allen’s field of study is the machinery of politics and her candidate is Barack Obama, so when she received this email claiming Obama is hiding his Muslim roots and could be Islam’s Manchurian Candidate, she decided to dig. After all, her job required nothing more of her than that she think – no classes to teach, no papers to publish.

The whole deal is laid out in a four-clicker from WaPo today, and it’s a marginally interesting read from an Internet sleuthing angle … and a raucous read from a freedom of speech point of view and definitely from blind political bias point of view. Continue Reading »

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June 28th 2008

Global Warming Irony

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uick, who won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore?

That would be Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and termed in today’s LAT a “global warming celebrity.” Pachauri would no doubt rather be referred to as a “climate change celebrity,” but the main rag of Hollywood knows its celebrities when it sees them.

And Pachauri – “green feather in his lapel” – plays the part, touring the world, meeting with legislators and bigwigs, holding multiple press conferences, demandning – trusty PowerPoint in hand – that everyone sacrifice more on the climate change altar.

Pachauri’s visit came as the California Air Resources Board (CARB, California’s carbon Nazis) issued new, tougher guidelines in order to save the world from the global warming demons:

The air board Thursday released the first comprehensive carbon-reduction blueprint of any U.S. state, a detailed plan to slash California’s global warming pollution down to 1990 levels in the next 12 years, a 30% cut from projected levels.

But at a breakfast in the Capitol, Pachauri told state senators and environmental activists that California’s plan, though “forward looking,” should go further.

“It would be nice if California, one of the largest economies in the world, cut greenhouse gas emissions to 5% below 1990 levels,” he said. “It would send a strong message to the rest of the U.S.”

What would such a cut mean to the economic well-being of the state, given that to accomplish it, transportation, water, industry, agriculture and every other aspect of life in the state would be touched? Don’t know. They didn’t say. And CARB’s Web site has crashed. So let’s just move on to the irony.

As Pachauri spoke, wildfires were burning across the state, burning up carbon like crazy and filling the atmosphere with more greenhouse gases than all the Hummers of the world combined.

(Now, some would attribute these to global warming, but in fact, California always has wildfires and there’s been no increase in incidents.)

Wildfires, volcanoes, solar flares, changes in cloud cover, alterations in ocean currents – all these have contributed GHGs to our atmosphere since the dawn of Earth Time, but are ignored completely by Al and Rajendra and the other high priests of Gaean earth worship and their followers.

But yesterday, the smoke wafted all around Pachauri wherever he went, as a constant reminder that his Warmie religion is based on mere computer models, not the word of God. And, amazingly, the LAT reminded us of a bit more Warmie irony in Pachauri’s trip:

It was a high-carbon trip for Pachauri. He had flown from New York, where he spoke at a luncheon held by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Then it was on to San Francisco, where he addressed a Commonwealth Club panel and attended a reception with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He was slated to return to New York, then travel to Europe and Abu Dhabi on his mission to spread alarm [and, we note, to spread GHGs by the bucketful. Ed.].

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June 27th 2008

Media Bias 2008: #10

The campaign is officially on, and MSM coverage is officially favoring Obama. Media Bias 2008 will cover that bias all the way up to the election.

Items are listed from most recent to oldest; the numbering only reflects this and is not a ranking. Send Media Bias 2008 examples via “comments”‘ below, or to email2laer [@] yahoo [dot] com.

10. Justice Appointment Injustice

Boston Globe reporter – not columnist – Joseph Williams writes this about the candidates’ view on Supreme Court appointments:

Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, and Senator John McCain, the likely Republican nominee, have laid out vastly different visions for the Supreme Court should they win the White House. Obama pledges to appoint justices with a broader social outlook, while McCain said he wants more jurists like Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative who was appointed by President Bush.

Obama judges will just be warm, friendly folk with a “broad social outlook” – a pretty neat turn of phrase that allows Williams to skirt phrases like “pro-abortion,” “activist” and “liberal.” For all the effort Williams poured into not putting “liberal” and “Obama” together, he was quick to get “conservative,” “Bush” and “Roberts” all into his brief description of McCain’s potential judge picks.

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With Obama winning the presidency by seven percent, we can't blame the media. Their laudatory coverage and refusal to extensively probe into Obama's background and [lack of] experience was at best responsible for five percent of his vote, the pundits tell us. Here is a compilation of over 100 significant instances of pro-Obama/anti-McCain bias during the 2008 campaign.

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