Monday, July 12, 2010


Burying the Lede

Reading this: Israeli review finds fatal raid on Turkish ship lacked planning and alternatives

…does one expect to read that:

“…it found that the presence of an Israeli navy commander at sea during the operation "proved effective in terms of the decision-making process" and "saved lives."

“Naval commandos operated "properly, with professionalism, bravery and resourcefulness," the report said. "The use of live fire was justified," and "the entire operation is estimable."

Turns out the review (based on reports and excerpts – it has not, as of now, been released) actually faulted the Israeli’s for faulty intel on the nature of the Turkish intruders. In other words, they failed to plan for just how non-peaceful the so-called peace activists turned out to be.

Thursday, July 01, 2010


Is Helen Thomas now at IRIB?

Soccer Dad has an (as usual) interesting post up today: IRIB: "Ahmadinejad orders ban on Israeli goods"

Per the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting :

“President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the implementation of a bill demanding major efforts to enforce a total boycott on goods with Israeli origin.

“According to the website of the Iranian government, President Ahmadinejad ordered the implementation of the pro-Palestinian bill, which was ratified by the Iranian Parliament earlier in June.”

What got SD (and me) was IRIB’s accompanying graphic (see link) which is a hodge-podge of very famous and previously not-known-to-be-of-Israeli-origin companies. The speculation then is whether the Iranians are going after just Israeli companies or those with any suspected Jewish ties.

If the collage of brands is any indication of what qualifies as a suspect company, then I am definitely rooting for the latter. The represented companies include CNN, Time, Starbucks, Apple, Timberland and Armani. As this is purportedly part of a pro-Palestinian effort, this could cause some consternation among the many leftists who have chosen to make common cause with other anti-Israeli efforts.

Side Note I: …and I suspect the reaction of Professors Walt and Mearsheimer to the idea of such Jewish influence over so many businesses to be a collective “Duh!”

Side Note II: Meanwhile, Tom Friedman is alerting all those who want to stay pure of Zionist-connected corporations to an excellent investment opportunity:  "Pssssst. I’ve got a stock tip. Ready? The Al-Quds Index."


Quick Hits

ACLU issues travel warnings to Arizona

The ACLU issues travel alerts?

Heh, heh! We don’t have to mock them; they’re doing just fine by themselves.

David S. Broder - Sen. Robert Byrd's vanished ethic

“Today, unfortunately, on the big issues that ought to be beyond partisanship, action in the national interest has almost vanished because the party leaders, unlike Byrd and Baker when they led their parties in the Senate, do not display that consciousness or evoke it in others.”

This is typical of the now-trendy muddled thinking that has Woody Allen yearning for a day of an Obama dictatorship and Tom Friedman salivating over China’s “enlightened” leadership. Sometimes matters become “Big Issues” because there is no clear consensus over how to resolve them. Sometimes “Big Issues” are simply in the minds of the beholder and not universally accepted. Mr. Broder doesn’t identify a current “Big Issue” that should be “beyond partisanship” but I can guarantee you that his preferred course of action will always be what he envisions as the “beyond partisanship, action in the national interest”.

…and it is only my respect for the recently deceased that keeps me from mocking the use of Senator Byrd as a now-bygone model for such altruism.

Jobless aid stalls in Senate; home buyers get more time

"For those who question whether this is an emergency situation, they should talk to the Nevadans who I hear from every day who rely on this assistance to put food on the table and pay the bills while they look for work," Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said at a news conference with Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis.”

Wow – I had no idea; can I stop by your office next week to discuss this emergency and what we can do it about it? Oh, I see…not “before Congress returns to Washington after a week-long break.”

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