Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters
By Max Hastings:
They are illiterate and innumerate, beyond maybe some dexterity with computer games and BlackBerries.
They are essentially wild beasts. I use that phrase advisedly, because it seems appropriate to young people bereft of the discipline that might make them employable; of the conscience that distinguishes between right and wrong.
They respond only to instinctive animal impulses — to eat and drink, have sex, seize or destroy the accessible property of others.
Nobody has ever dared suggest to them that they need feel any allegiance to anything, least of all Britain or their community. They do not watch royal weddings or notice Test matches or take pride in being Londoners or Scousers or Brummies.
Not only do they know nothing of Britain’s past, they care nothing for its present.
They have their being only in video games and street-fights, casual drug use and crime, sometimes petty, sometimes serious.
The notions of doing a nine-to-five job, marrying and sticking with a wife and kids, taking up DIY or learning to read properly, are beyond their imaginations.
2 Timothy 3
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
By FRANCESCO GUERRERA:
The peculiar nature of this crisis means that reaching for the weapons used in the last one just won’t work.
Consider Wall Street’s current clamor for intervention by the monetary authorities—be it in the form of more liquidity injections (or “QE3”) by the Fed or the European Central Bank.
Even if the central banks were inclined that way, pumping more money into an economy already flush with cash would provide little solace. These days, large companies are frowning all the way to the bank, depositing excess funds in safe-but-idle accounts, as shown by Bank of New York’s unprecedented move last week to charge companies to park their cash in its vaults.
As for jittery investors, a few more billions minted by Uncle Sam or his Frankfurt cousin are unlikely to be enough to persuade them to jump back into the market.
In 2011, the financial world can’t go cap in hand to the political capitals, hoping for a handout.
The well known and commonly recited verse on the day of judgement according the holy Hadith of Al Bukari: “The Day of Judgement will not come to pass until the Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind the stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Slave of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
Here is a prominent Imam just explaining and interpreting the above. When will America and the world awaken from their stupor?
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By DANIEL HALPER:
At 3:22 p.m., I posted this photo of Vice President Joe Biden and Shimon Peres, with an accompanying caption that indicated it had been taken last year in Jerusalem, Israel:
The point of posting the photo was to show that, although the State Department refuses to say that Jerusalem is in Israel, even the White House website acknowledges this elementary truth (at least for Western Jerusalem, west of the 1949 armistic lines). But not any more. Within two hours of posting, the White House has apparently gone through its website, cleansing any reference to Jerusalem as being in Israel.
Canada’s PM, Stephen Harper, has gone out of his way to stand with Israel. The UK, US and most European nations, especially the EU nations, have taken every opportunity to undermine Israel. Of ALL these nations, which one is sailing through the current economic and social morass relatively unscathed?
Brendan O’Neill, The Australian:
The political context is not the cuts or racist policing, it is the welfare state, which has nurtured a generation that has no sense of community spirit or social solidarity.
by Tom Fitton:
On June 2, 2011, Judicial Watch released documents that show the Obama FCC’s collusion with a radical leftist organization to seize control over the Internet. This investigation caught the eye of congressional leaders, and now it appears a congressional probe of the matter is in the offing.
By Victor Davis Hanson:
It is fascinating to see how postmodern Western societies react to wide-scale rioting, looting, and thuggery aimed at innocents. In Britain, politicians contemplate the use of water cannons as if they were nuclear weapons; and here the mayor of Philadelphia calls on rappers to appeal to youth to help ease the flash-mobbing that has a clear racial component to it (is the attorney general’s Civil Rights Division investigating?). His appeal is perhaps understandable, but many of the themes of rap music — violence against the police, racial chauvinism, and nihilism—may well be some of the cultural catalysts behind the flash violence, though to suggest as much would be seen as more racist than the racist profiling used by the flash beaters. All these incidents are symptomatic of a general breakdown and loss of confidence in Western society. Such urban violence was of course a constant in 19th- and 20th-century Europe and America, but now it is deeply embedded within modern sociology and no longer seen quite as criminality.
by John Hayward:
Sarah Palin’s Facebook page is a battleship from which many powerful broadsides have been launched. On Monday afternoon, she wrote one of her longer posts, called “Conquering the Storm,” to address the Obama Downgrade.
It’s a big piece, but well worth reading in full. Compare it to the weary talking-point retread our clueless President delivered in his statement on the same afternoon, and you can see why the markets were nose-diving even as Obama spoke. Palin wrote the speech he should have given, but is utterly incapable of conceiving.
As Palin points out, the S&P downgrade wasn’t a surprise to people who were paying attention. She claims no great powers of clairvoyance. She was just reading the statements pouring out of the credit agencies, which is hard to Democrats to do, since they immediately roll those statements into clubs for beating the Tea Party. She was also paying attention to the European horror show that Democrats work very hard at ignoring:
by Thomas E. Brewton:
Blaming the Treasury debt downgrade on opposition by Republicans and Tea Partiers to tax increases in the debt-ceiling debate is comparable to blaming a fire on a neighbor who reports the blaze to the fire department.
Even had Republicans and Tea Partiers agreed to Obama’s tax increase demands, that would have added slightly less than $1 trillion to revenues to reduce the debt level, still far short of S&P’s parameters.
Glad to see others also realising that organised agitation as well as opportunistic anarchy has been fuelling the British riots, which have now spread from London to other cities.
I have written for more than two decades on the various elements that have contributed to this collapse of order: family breakdown and mass fatherlessness; the toleration and even encouragement of grossly inadequate parenting; educational collapse which damages most those at the bottom of the social heap; welfare dependency; political correctness and the vicious injustices and moral inversion of victim culture; the grossly irresponsible toleration of soft drug-taking; the shuddering distaste at the notion of punishment and the consequent collapse of authority in the entire criminal justice system; the implosion of the policing ethic and the police retreat from the streets; the increasing organisation and boldness of anarchist and left-wing subversive activity; and the growth of irrationality, narcissistic self-centredness and mob rule and the near-certainty of a fundamental breakdown of morality and order.
The counterculture has not changed dramatically since the 70s, but it has tossed aside any appearance of idealism. The new counterculture draws in two groups, disaffected upper middle class white youth and lower class black youth. Their goals are purely materialistic, looted iPods and government subsidies for housing, education and anything else they can think of.
These are the children of the welfare state with little in common except a rejection of the commercial way of life. Neither the entitled white university brat or the posturing ghetto teenager has any interest in working. The businesses they smash are an alien thing to them. Small businessmen do not go about smashing stores. The people who do think of commodities as something they trick or intimidate others into giving to them. And that covers everyone from municipal unions to thugs driving around BMW’s.
by Khaled Abu Toameh:
The US and EU taxpayers need to ask their governments why they continue to fund and train Palestinian security forces that are harassing and intimidating women. And they also need to ask why their media representatives do not bother to report about human rights violations that are committed by the various branches of the Western-funded Palestinian security services.
Palestinian women have become the latest victims of a security crackdown launched by Palestinian Authority security forces that are funded, equipped and trained by Americans and Europeans.
It is such repressive measures that turn Palestinians against the Palestinian Authority and drive many of them into the open arms of Hamas.
In the past few weeks, at least five women from the West Bank have been detained, beaten or summoned for interrogation by the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Service and Preventative Security Force.
One could understand if such practices were taking place under Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
But why does the fact that award-winning female journalist Majdoleen Hassouneh has to go into hiding to avoid being arrested by the Preventative Security Force in Nablus does not seem to bother any of her foreign colleagues or international human rights organizations?
By Andrew C. McCarthy:
It’s laugh-out-loud funny to hear the Obama administration’s all out assault on S&P’s math skills. According to the administration, if the downgrade in America’s credit rating is not the fault of the Tea Party (apparently for demanding the very spending cuts the political class’s refusal to make prompted the downgrade), it must be due to what the administration calls S&P’s “colossal” $2 trillion error — indicative, Treasury’s Turbo Tim Geithner told NBC News, of the rating agency’s “stunning lack of knowledge about basic U.S. fiscal budget math.” It couldn’t possibly be President Obama’s outer-worldly spending spree, right? It couldn’t possibly be that we are at the point of borrowing because we can’t otherwise make the interest payments on our prior borrowing.
This jogged my memory. So I searched through NRO’s collection of Obama administration Friday Night Bad News Dumps until I found this little ditty, from nearly two years ago.
by Victor Davis Hanson:
I rarely comment on the op-eds of others. And I try not to use ad hominem attacks in lieu of argument. Usually I reply forcefully on the principle of retaliation rather than preemption. So I hesitate to devote space to a single essay. But in the case of an article by one Jakob Augstein in the recent issue of Der Spiegel I’ll make an exception, since his asinine views are emblematic of the poverty of thought that now is so evident among the European Left. In what follows I quote the article, “Once Upon a Time in the West,” in italics, with a bracketed commentary following each paragraph.