Archive for January, 2010
If the latest polls are accurate, then Massachusetts is poised to elect a Republican senator tomorrow, despite being the most liberal state in the nation by far. If so, then the Democrat supermajority of sixty Senate votes will end. This margin enables them to enact far-left legislation despite unanimous Republican opposition. Why? The country is angry over Obama’s bait-and-switch trick of campaigning as a moderate and governing as a leftist.
On Israel, too, he campaigned as “Israel’s staunchest supporter” before taking off the mask. Charles Krauthammer sums it up well:
What went wrong? A year ago, he was king of the world. Now President Barack Obama’s approval rating, according to CBS, has dropped to 46 percent – and his disapproval rating is the highest ever recorded by Gallup at the beginning of an (elected) president’s second year.
This study may say more about Israel’s culture which celebrates life and marriage than it does about aging in general; however it is a reason for all of us to be optimistic that wisdom and maturity are the keys to happiness:
Most Israelis believe that life as a couple improves after age 65, and more women believe this than men, a recent poll reveals.
The Third Age Conference, set for the Kinneret Academic College, near Kibbutz Ma’agan, on Wednesday will deal with the “couple life” of seniors and whether relationships strengthen with age.
Here’s a provocative, beautifully written excerpt from the new book, Startup Nation:
How does Israel—with fewer people than the state of New Jersey, no natural resources, and hostile nations all around—produce more tech companies listed on the NASDAQ than all of Europe, Japan, South Korea, India, and China combined? How does Israel attract, per person, 30 times as much venture capital as Europe and more than twice the flow to American companies? How does it produce, for its size, the most cutting-edge technology startups in the world?
There are many components to the answer, but one of the most central and surprising is the Israeli military’s role in breaking down hierarchies and—serendipitously—becoming a boot camp for new tech entrepreneurs.
Read the whole thing, but take the thesis with a grain of salt; diaspora Jews seem to do just fine in the high-tech start-up arena as well…
Israel’s economy is growing faster than projected, despite spurning Obama’s Keynsian spending spree idea:
Bank of Israel Forecasts 3.5% Growth Rate for 2010
The Bank of Israel issued a revised economic forecast for 2010 on Monday, raising its growth projection from 2.5% to 3.5%.
The bank said the recovery of the global economy has increased demand for Israeli exports, though it cautioned that it could scale back the forecast if the recovery slows.
Here’s the headline and lede of an AP top story being carried verbatim by the media across the country this morning:
Giuliani: Obama ‘Turned the Corner’ on Terrorism
WASHINGTON – Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Friday he believes President Barack Obama “turned the corner” on understanding the nature of terrorism when he publicly declared the U.S. at war.
Here’s the video of the full “Good Morning America” interview with Giuliani that the AP references, which ABC News titles, Rudy Giuliani Criticizes Terror Trial.
(Incidentally, there are accurate quotes of Giuliani in the remainder of the ABC News article quoted above.)
(Hat tip: Dan Friedman)
Further success in bin Laden’s goal of “bleeding America into bankruptcy:”
New York City projects it will cost more than $400 million to provide security if the pre-trial preparation and trial of the suspects in the Sept. 11 terror attacks takes two years, which insiders say is virtually certain, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The cost of the upcoming terror trials in this New York City courthouse for Guantanamo Bay detainees charged as 9/11 co-conspirators, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will likely be more than $400 million and could go as high as $600 million.
It will cost another $206 million annually if the trial runs beyond two years, which some fear is possible, the mayor’s office estimates.
(Hat tip: Dan Friedman)
As General Casey said in the aftermath of the Fort Hood shooting, “diversity is a strength.”
State Department Using ‘Diversity Visas’ to Encourage Immigration to U.S. from Terror-Ridden Yemen
The State Department has awarded 1,011 special “diversity visas” allowing Yemeni nationals to immigrate to the United States since 2000, the year 17 U.S. sailors were killed when the USS Cole was attacked by terrorists in the Yemeni port of Aden.
The “diversity visas” are designed to encourage immigration from countries that do not otherwise send significant numbers of immigrants to the United States.
Five days into 2010, we already have a contender for Chutzpa of the Year; most fair-minded analysts judge Menachem Begin’s destruction of the Osirak reactor in 1981 to have saved the world from the specter of a nuclear Saddam Hussein:
A senior Iraqi lawmaker this week said his government is planning to demand, via the United Nations, that Israel pay compensation for destroying the country’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981.
Iraqi MP Mohammed Naji Mohammed told the local Baghdad newspaper al-Sabah that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the Iraqi Foreign Ministry have already “turned to the UN and the Security Council demanding that Israel pay us reparations for damage caused to the reactor.”
Apparently, the demanded compensation will also try to take into consideration the lost revenue a completed reactor would have brought in.
Built with French assistance, the Osirak reactor was built by Saddam Hussein as part of his effort to obtain nuclear weapons. In a surprise attack, an Israel Air Force squadron crippled the reactor, ending Hussein’s nuclear ambitions.
Many Western powers and not a few Arab states quietly approved of the Israeli action, though the UN passed a harsh resolution condemning the Jewish state and clearing the way for Iraq to claim compensation.
Since the time media magnate William Randolph Heart uttered the phrase “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war,” the best place to find media bias is in photos. And the best place to find biased media photos is the New York Times.
I broke the 87 photos in the 2009 “Year in Pictures” into three categories: US, US in the World, and the World. Within the latter category, seven cover Israelis/Palestinians and 21 pertain to the remainder of the globe. That’s a 1:3 ratio, an overstatement of 172,000% (using land mass).
Within those seven photos, four clearly portray Israelis as aggressors/Palestinians as victims; most of the rest are biased as well, although it’s not as obvious.
Here’s the most egregious:
I looked through the New York Times archives and it’s been the same story just about every year.
(Hat tip: Harry Glazer)
The Israeli media has adopted an abhorrent practice of the mainstream Western media: Jewish-on-Arab crimes are often hyped, while Arab-on-Jewish attacks tend to be covered up. Here is an example:
Taxi Driver Arrested on Suspicion of Raping Girl in his Cab in TA
A 64-year-old taxi driver from Kfar Kara was arrested on Friday on suspicion of raping a 17-year-old girl.
The girl told Tel Aviv police that the man picked her up on the city’s Dizengoff Street early Friday morning, drove to a car park and raped her in his taxi.
The Jerusalem Post fails to mention that Kfar Kara is an Arab village.