by The Right Scoop:
This is the first part in a series by Niall Ferguson that seeks to understand why it was that Western civilization came to dominance when China seemed to have it all. It’s a very illuminating documentary, not only of the history it reveals, but also the reason it gives as to why the West was won the battle of growth and prosperity.
By Richard Alleyne:
“This is potentially the biggest breakthrough in the treatment of heart attacks and strokes ever,” said Prof Wilhelm, an immunologist.
“We could not believe what we saw and nor could the cardiologists. What is amazing is that the drug can be given so long after the attack.
“Even the slowest ambulance journey in the world is going to get you to hospital within nine hours.”
Via the Standard, which notes the narrator’s explanation for his nerves of steel: “I was a Marine, and I love Jesus!”
Ethel C. Fenig:
With the advent of the internet the liberal/leftie hold on the media has some gaps; the unpleasant truths they formerly suppressed, glossed over or reworked now often comes through in all its ugliness. These truths, as Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit puts it, will not be shown on the state run media. But he is one of many who does, recently posting a diverse–ah, that pc word–portrait of leftist thuggery around the country.
In Madison, Wisconsin, home of fearless governor Scott Walker (R) there is
“Our prime minister has set a target of $30 billion in annual trade with Iran. That is why we are opening this border crossing,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Saturday. “We are announcing to the world that Turkey and Iran will be friends for eternity.”
But there is another — no less unimpressive — way to understand the story. That is from the standpoint of the long term incentives of the United Nations and its many agencies. Seen from the standpoint of climate change and its scientists and environmental activists alone, this story looks to be about hyperbolic claims about the immediate effects of climate change. Seen from the standpoint of the longer history of the UN, it is much more about the long-running movements by the UN to find issues that tend to do two things. One is to increase the institutional UN’s governance responsibilities, authority, legitimacy, and power. The other is to increase the amount of money that runs through UN mechanisms from rich countries to poor countries, with an administrative cut to the UN itself.
The skeletons of two married, early-Christian saints—said to have been buried alive nearly 2,000 years ago—may have been identified in Italy, scientists announced Thursday.
Analysis of the skeletons—sealed off for centuries in an Italian cathedral until recently—seems to support the legend of Chrysanthus and Daria, who are said to have been persecuted in the city of Rome for being Christians.
According to ancient stories, the Roman Empire killed the celibate Roman husband and wife in the third century A.D., after they had converted many Romans to the fledgling religion.
by Christine Williams:
While the Canadian International Council is set to sponsor an Ottawa event on May 5th, entitled, “Iran in Context: Global and Regional Implications” ostensibly to focus on “political and security issues,” the event has drawn a strong protest letter that includes signatories from a broad multicultural spectrum of the Iranian community in Canada who request cancelling the event.
The petition expresses concern about several speakers on the conference panel, deeming them to be Iranian regime apologists who would present the Iranian government as a “pragmatic and rational entity,” in which diplomacy and dialogue could offer solutions. One of those speakers is Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a lobby that advocates the lifting of trade and economic sanctions against Iran. Kenneth R. Timmerman — Executive Director for the Foundation of Democracy in Iran, and nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize along with John Bolton for his work on Iran — once described Parsi as “The Mullahs’ Voice” and the “unofficial spokesman in Washington who can talk circles around their official ambassadors.”
by David Marsh:
Leave aside the whimsical acronyms. Addition of South Africa to the former BRICS format seems to have galvanized the grouping. The five countries agreed to expand use of their own currencies in trade with each other — an important step toward putting the dollar into a new downsized place. One key influence is the annual expansion of China’s trade volume with other core countries by 40% in 2010 — and the buoyancy looks set to continue. The BRICS’ state development banks, including the China Development Bank, agreed to use their own currencies instead of the dollar in issuing credit or grants to each other — and they will also phase out the dollar in overall settlements and lending among each other.
Standard & Poor’s lowered its outlook for the nation’s long-term debt Monday, even as it reaffirmed the agency’s top-tier rating for the U.S. economy.
S&P maintained its ‘AAA/A-1+’ credit rating on U.S. sovereign debt, saying the nation’s “highly diversified” economy and “effective monetary policies” have helped support growth.
But the ratings agency lowered its outlook for America’s long-term credit rating to “negative” from “stable,” based on the uncertain political debate around the nation’s fiscal problems.
The outlook means that there is a one-in-three likelihood that it could lower the long-term rating on the United States within two years, S&P said.
by Patrick Poole:
UPDATE: On the heels of last week’s article by Patrick Poole, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has sent a letter to Eric Holder this morning demanding answers as to why the Department of Justice decided not to prosecute CAIR, its co-founder Omar Ahmad, and others regarding the Holy Land Foundation case.
The nearly six-hour interview I conducted earlier this year with a top Department of Justice official on the condition of anonymity brought forth a number of revelations about serious problems within the U.S. government’s homeland security and law enforcement community.
by Ben Shapiro, FrontPage:
So far, the analysis of President Obama’s deficit speech has focused largely on its vagaries, obfuscations, and outright lies. Charles Krauthammer rightly blasted Obama’s speech as “shallow … hyper-partisan … intellectually dishonest.” He cited Obama’s “numbers suspended in mid-air with nothing under them with all kinds of goals and guidelines and triggers that mean nothing.” Krauthammer wasn’t alone – many commentators ranging from David Limbaugh to Larry Kudlow have targeted Obama’s woefully un-mathematical statistics, his fiscal magical thinking, and his utter inability to move to the center with regard to deficit reduction.
But the true heart of Obama’s speech wasn’t the faulty budgetary analysis or the demagoguery of attacking Paul Ryan personally. It was Obama’s soaring rhetoric.
Obama is an odd politician. Most politicians see the cloudy phraseology of their speeches as mere throwaway stuff, cotton candy for the simple-minded. Obama sees such gibberish as the soul of his agenda. If we want to examine where Obama truly stands, we must delve into his soaring rhetoric.
And the soaring rhetoric is unvaryingly drawn directly from Saul Alinsky.
by Rick Moran, FrontPage:
President Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has long been an advocate for weakening American sovereignty in order to benefit the UN and its anti-American agenda. It is a policy known as “engagement,” where the United States subsumes its own vital interests, abandons its traditional role of leadership in the world community, and, as Anne Bayefsky writes, pushes the process of “subcontracting American national security” to the UN.
Time Magazine refers to this policy — without a hint of irony — as “leading from the back.” And while Washington was busy this past week exchanging blows over the budget deficit, Rice was testifying on Capitol Hill, imparting her vision of what the US’s role in the world should be and her belief in the vital importance of the United Nations to our national security. This includes an open hostility to the state of Israel, a dangerous reliance on the UN to keep Iran from going nuclear, as well as the world body’s inexplicable granting Tehran membership on the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women.
By Andrew C. McCarthy:
My column this weekend was about the Obama administration’s infatuation with the Muslim Brotherhood — an infatuation that flies under the lunatic banner of “Islamic Outreach.” I’ve often wondered what would have happened if, when I was a young prosecutor, I had gone into Rudy Giuliani’s office and said, “Y’know boss, I really think we ought to bring Carlo Gambino in here for a meeting and see if we can’t work this thing out — maybe get his views on what our agents could be doing better, try to understand his grievances.” I don’t need to wonder long — I’d have been looking for a new job the next day. But that was then. Now, alas, the “outreach” crowd is running the asylum — and we’re reaching out not to mobsters and their apologists but to the agents of organizations that want to destroy the West.