BY CAROLINE GLICK, J’POST:
Israel’s is the only government that can force the rest of the world to recognize that Abbas is not an ally.
Fahmi Shabaneh is an odd candidate for dissident status. Shabaneh is a Jerusalemite who joined the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Service in 1994.
Working for PA head Mahmoud Abbas and GIS commander Tawfik Tirawi, Shabaneh was tasked with investigating Arab Jerusalemites suspected of selling land to Jews. Such sales are a capital offense in the PA. Since 1994 scores of Arabs have been the victims of extrajudicial executions after having been fingered by the likes of Shabaneh.
A few years ago, Abbas and Tirawi gave Shabaneh a new assignment. They put him in charge of a unit responsible for investigating corrupt activities carried out by PA officials. They probably assumed a team player like Shabaneh understood what he was supposed to do.
Just as Abbas’s predecessor, Yasser Arafat, reportedly had full dossiers on all of his underlings and used damning information to keep them loyal to him, so Abbas probably believed that Shabaneh’s information was his to use or ignore as he saw fit.
by Weston Phippen and Brittany Williams, The Arizona Republic:
A 3-year-old girl and her dog spent a chilly night alone after the Cordes Lakes girl apparently wandered away from her home Thursday night.
Victoria Bensch was found around 8 a.m. about half-a-mile from her house, just minutes after a Department of Public Safety helicopter crew launched its search of her. She was holding onto her dog, Blue. She had no shoes and only wearing a T-shirt.
When the helicopter came closer to the girl, she got up on her knees and looked at the craft. The helicopter landed and medic Eric Tarr went up to her. She smiled.
The dog was in a good shape and was “a factor” in the girl being able to survive near freezing temperatures overnight
, sheriff’s officials said.
One sergeant called it “a miracle.”
“The dog kept her alert, warm and gave her companionship throughout a very cold night,” said Dwight D’Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.
By JAMES TARANTO, WSJ:
A look at the actual screed, however, shows that in many ways it runs counter to the stereotype of a right-wing nut. Yes, Stack’s biggest grievance was against the IRS. But his complaint here is very specific and not ideological: He says he was adversely effected by the agency’s enforcement of a tax-code provision titled “Treatment of Certain Technical Personnel.”
He does, however, rail in more general terms against corporate “thugs and plunderers,” “the joke that we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies,” “the vulgar, corrupt Catholic church,” and “the recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies”–left-wing bogeymen all.
How terribly inconvenient for the lefty MSM and their fawning brain dead patrons. Another libelous narrative flushed down their overflowing sewer.
Posted by Michael Walsh, BJ:
No one fully understood how corrupted the American military had become by the corrosive influence of “political correctness” — which more properly should be call “fascism of the mind,” since it seeks to control thought by controlling speech — until the “Soldier of Allah,” Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, pulled a gun and killed thirteen American soldiers at Ft. Hood in Texas last fall.
And how did the Army react? With the same supine, spineless cowardice that characterizes most contemporary government institutions, including those tasked with protecting Americans.
Holder admits nine Obama Dept. of Justice officials worked for terrorist detainees, offers no details
By: Byron York:
Attorney General Eric Holder says nine Obama appointees in the Justice Department have represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the Justice Department. But he does not reveal any names beyond the two officials whose work has already been publicly reported. And all the lawyers, according to Holder, are eligible to work on general detainee matters, even if there are specific parts of some cases they cannot be involved in.
by Victor Davis Hanson:
When an enemy finally gives up, it is for a combination of reasons — material losses, economic hardship, loss of territory, erosion of civilian morale, fright, mental exhaustion, internal strife. But we forget that central to a concession of defeat is often the loss of the nation’s soldiers — or even the threat of such deaths.
By Robin of Berkeley, AT:
A week in the life of an ex-leftist:
Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but Berkeley is the looniest. Imagine commingling with people who act like Keith Olbermann on steroids. Not a day goes by where I don’t scratch my head in utter disbelief — not just because of the insanity, but because two years ago, I was one of them!
So here is an actual week in the life. I hope that you enjoy this snapshot of living at ground zero, the birthplace of such peace-loving groups as the Black Panthers.
As self-righteous uproar against Israel rises in Britain over Mossad’s supposed use of stolen British passport identities for the hit-squad which assassinated senior Hamas operative Mahmoud Mabhouh, one or two solitary voices have been trying to introduce a little realism into this latest excuse for frighteningly unhinged Israel-bashing (see the newspaper comment threads, from the moment Dubai published the passport details, for the eruption of a hatred that seizes any and every opportunity to give vent to this bigotry). Tom Gross (who has circulated the picture above of one of Mabhouh’s victims, a child murdered by a Hamas missile in Sderot) has written an excellent resumé of the madness (this article being a notable exception), pointing out that much of the British media in particular has jumped to the conclusion that this was indeed a Mossad operation even though there is a possibility that Israel may have been set up.
Some of this coverage surely amounts to incitement to racial hatred. Douglas Murray draws attention here to the astonishing suggestion broadcast on BBC Radio Four’s PM programme that
up to one million Jews worldwide might be on hand to assist Mossad in executions
a claim which turns every Jew in the diaspora into a potential suspected killer and thus a target for hatred and violence. In my view this claim should be brought to the attention of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
A reporter for the Atlanta Progressive News was fired for trying to be objective which the publisher doesn’t believe is possible.
From Creative Loafing
Atlanta Progressive News has parted ways with long-serving senior staff writer Jonathan Springston. Apparently, Springston’s affinity for fact-based reporting clashed with Cardinale’s vision.
And, no, that’s not sarcasm.
In an e-mail statement, editor Matthew Cardinale says Springston was asked to leave APN last week “because he held on to the notion that there was an objective reality that could be reported objectively, despite the fact that that was not our editorial policy at Atlanta Progressive News.”
By Jeff Poor, NewsBusters:
After Barack Obama’s election as the first black president of the United States, we were supposed to have entered a new, post-racial era. However, as many feel it has turned out, any dissent or criticism of the most powerful man in the free world or his agenda draws allegations of “racial tones,” as happened on the New York Times Web site on Feb. 18.
And on Feb. 18 at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference, Andrew Breitbart, publisher of Breitbart.com, Breitbart.tv, Big Hollywood, Big Government and Big Journalism, called out the Times’ reporter, Kate Zernike, for making those allegations.
News from around the world:
In Britain, it is traditional on Shrove Tuesday to hold pancake races, in which contestants run while flipping a pancake in a frying pan. The appeal of the event depends on the potential pitfalls in attempting simultaneous rapid forward propulsion and pancake tossing. But, in St. Albans, England, competitors were informed by Health & Safety officials that they were “banned from running due to fears they would slip over in the rain.” Watching a man walk up the main street with a skillet is not the most riveting event, even in St. Albans. In the heat of the white-knuckle thrills, team captain David Emery momentarily forgot the new rules. “I have been disqualified from a running race for running,” he explained afterwards.
In Canada, Karen Selick told readers of The Ottawa Citizen about her winter vacation in Arizona last month: “The resort suite I rented via the Internet promised a private patio with hot tub,” she wrote. “Upon arrival, I found the door to my patio bolted shut. ‘Entry prohibited by federal law,’ read the sign. Hotel management explained that the drains in all the resort’s hot tubs had recently been found not to comply with new safety regulations. Compliance costs would be astronomical. Dozens of hot tubs would instead be cemented over permanently.” In the meantime, her suite had an attractive view of the federally-prohibited patio.
Anything else? Oh, yeah.
A VIDEO RESPONSE to Keith Olbermann. What big-media coverage doesn’t show, because it doesn’t fit the narrative. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for Olbermann to apologize for working at such a lily-white organization. Racist.
by Rich Trzupek, FrontPage:
When the infamous hockey-stick graph that purported to prove that human activities are causing runaway global warming was finally broken, there is some irony in the fact that a couple of Canadians did the breaking. Retired mining engineer Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick, Professor of Economics at the University of Guelph, have been a thorn in the side of global warming alarmists for years. McIntyre, McKitrick and, more often, the acronym “M&M” to refer to the pair, are the subject of many discussions in the e-mails released from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) last November.
Reading the e-mails, it quickly becomes clear that leading alarmist scientists, like Michael Mann at Penn State and Phil Jones at the CRU, seemed positively obsessed – almost to the point of appearing deranged at times – with discrediting McIntyre and McKitrick. For example, when the pair published their first hockey stick busting paper in 2003, Mann sent an angry e-mail to his colleagues, telling them how to deal with MM: “The important thing is to deny that this has any intellectual credibility whatsoever and, if contacted by any media, to dismiss this for the stunt that it is.”
By Charles Krauthammer:
In the latter days of the Carter presidency, it became fashionable to say that the office had become unmanageable and was simply too big for one man. Some suggested a single, six-year presidential term. The president’s own White House counsel suggested abolishing the separation of powers and going to a more parliamentary system of unitary executive control. America had become ungovernable.
The tyranny of entitlements? Reagan collaborated with Tip O’Neill, the legendary Democratic House speaker, to establish the Alan Greenspan commission that kept Social Security solvent for a quarter-century.
A corrupted system of taxation? Reagan worked with liberal Democrat Bill Bradley to craft a legislative miracle: tax reform that eliminated dozens of loopholes and slashed rates across the board — and fueled two decades of economic growth.
Later, a highly skilled Democratic president, Bill Clinton, successfully tackled another supposedly intractable problem: the culture of intergenerational dependency. He collaborated with another House speaker, Newt Gingrich, to produce the single most successful social reform of our time, the abolition of welfare as an entitlement.
It turned out that the country’s problems were not problems of structure but of leadership.
Swiss scientists have found a new class of antibiotics, offering drug developers a fresh weapon in the fight against multi-drug resistant bacteria or “superbugs.”
Researchers from a privately held Swiss biotech company Polyphor and the University of Zurich said the potential medicines are effective against a type of bacteria known as “gram-negative,” and offer hope for new treatments for serious and often life-threatening infections.
The antibiotics work by deactivating a protein vital for the formation of the bacteria’s outer cell membrane.
Polyphor’s chief financial officer said the firm was in talks with pharmaceutical firms about possible licensing deals on the most advanced drug candidate, called POL7080, which selectively kills the dangerous pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common bacteria that can cause lung infections.
“There is a big need for new antibiotics that can overcome rising resistance,” Michael Altorfer told Reuters. “And if you look back in history, finding a new class of antibiotics is an event that probably happens about every 20 years.”
Rosslyn Smith, AT:
The Braintree Police Department, the Norfolk County Prosecutor and the Massachusetts State Police are trying to get their stories down as to why no charges were filed against Amy Bishop in the 1986 shooting death of her brother. Although the police file that had been missing for more than 20 years was found among the papers of a retired police investigator, now deceased, the case remains highly controversial.
Shortly after being apprehended in ‘86, Bishop was released without being charged. Congressman William D. Delahunt was the Norfolk DA at the time. The current holder of the post, William R. Keating, is investigating the entire matter. It is customary for the local police department in Massachusetts to rely on the State authorities to investigate killings because the state has greater resources. That investigation is done in coordination with the County DA’s office. Among the questions that remain to be answered in this case are:
-Why did no one question Amy Bishop and her mother at the time of the shooting?
-Why weren’t state investigators immediately dispatched to the Bishop home to prevent contamination of the scene?
-Why did the state police wait eleven days to question Bishop and her mother, the only witnesses to the shooting?
-Why weren’t key facts in the Braintree Police Department report included in the State Police report? These facts include: that Bishop left the scene of the killing with a shotgun, that she later leveled that shotgun at an auto mechanic in an attempt to get a vehicle and that she had to be arrested at gunpoint by Braintree police officers.
-Why was Braintree Police Chief Polio so passive about this case back in 1986?