Victor Davis Hanson:
We are in a fresh round of declinism — understandably, after borrowing nearly $5 trillion in less than three years and having very little to show for it. Pundit strives with op-ed writer to find the latest angle on America’s descent: We are broke; we are poorly educated; we are uncompetitive; we have gone soft; our political institutions are broken; and on and on. The Obama administration does its part, with sloganeering like “reset,” “lead from behind,” “post-American world,” and America as exceptional only to the degree that all nations feel exceptional.
This is not new. In the late 1930s, the New Germany and its autobahns were supposed to show Depression-plagued America how national will could unite a people to do great things. After all, they had Triumph of the Will Nuremberg rallies; we still had Hoovervilles. They flew sleek Me-109s; we flew lumbering cloth-covered Brewster Buffaloes. We, the victors of a world war, were determined never to repeat it; they, the losers, were eager to try it again.
by Lisa Daftari:
The latest news about the Christian pastor held in Iran for converting from Islam to Christianity is another example of Iran’s barbaric and vicious treatment of its religious minorities.
Iranian officials are at the moment trying to convince jailed 34-year-old pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, who converted to Christianity at age 19, to return to Islam. Nadarkhani is currently being held in prison in Rasht, awaiting Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s decision on whether he should be executed for converting to Christianity.
By Nicholas Ballasy – The Daily Caller:
Wealthy celebrities including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Quincy Jones and Ted Turner have received federal subsidies, according to “Subsidies of the Rich and Famous,” a new report from the office of Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified several individuals receiving farm payments “whose professions had nothing to do with farming or agricultur[e],” says the report. These individuals include real-estate developer Maurice Wilder, a “part-owner of a professional sports franchise [who] received total of more than $200,000 in farm program payments in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.”
The report also says millionaires Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Ted Turner have collected farm subsidies.
Rush Limbaugh was right on the money when he said on his show today that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was “anything but subtle” when he took a hardline on President Barack Obama’s delay of the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline that would bring in more than 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf coast.
“Reuters is calling his (Harper’s) remarks subtle,” Limbaugh said. “He’s not subtle. He knows the Pipeline will never happen with Obama in office.”
Though it’s bound to send radical environmentalists into another one of their loud tizzies, Harper managed to throw the spotlight on Obama’s job-killing style at the 2011 APEC Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday.
The project will now be delayed for over a year, beyond the Nov. 2, 2012 election, and so Canada must look elsewhere on the market, Harper said.
“This highlights why Canada must increase its efforts to ensure it can supply its energy outside the United States and into Asia in particular,” he told reporters.
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center has issued warnings regarding “anti-Israel networks, organizations, and activists from the Middle East and around the globe who, in the very near future, intend to orchestrate ‘propaganda events’ challenging Israel’s borders.
These various groups are planning massive Islamic marches, caravans of people, into Jerusalem as early as November 25, 2011. In March 2012, Islamic gatherings, armies of people, are being called upon to breach the Israeli-Jordanian borders. There will be ‘flotilla after flotilla’ that will quietly sail into international waters to challenge Israel’s sea blockade to the Gaza Strip, and a “fly-in” protest to Ben-Gurion International Airport planned for April 2012.”
The following is the Meir Amit’s initial report of the main events planned against Israel in the near future:
By John Griffing:
All over the world, regions stand where nations once stood. The world is on the cusp of a revolution in political arrangements, as the citizens of the world are losing control with hardly a word spoken.
After the successful Aunschluss of the Lisbon Treaty took place, historic European nations fell one by one to the power of the European Union. Recent reports indicate that a small elite now governs Europe, through a highly removed and secretive process. Examples of this newfound European collectivism were observed recently in Greece, when EU officials threatened to place the nation of Greece in suzerainty, due to unsustainable debt obligations. A nation reduced to province?
But this trend is not limited to Europe. In Asia, APEC now straddles the region, drawing on pledges from individual member nations to surrender economic sovereignty to APEC institutions. In South East Asia, ASEAN gains increasing leverage over previously sacred national spheres. In Africa, the budding OAU exercises military and economic authority. In the Caribbean, CARICOM has taken over money, government, and education. What is left of any significance?
By Mark J. Fitzgibbons:
RINO Congressman Fred Upton of incandescent light bulb ban fame, chairs the committee that subpoenaed Solyndra documents from the White House.
Claiming Executive Privilege and otherwise stalling, the White House refused to turn over Obama Blackberry and other records that may be relevant to Mr. Obama’s personal involvement in, or knowledge of, the Solyndra fiasco.
Instead of repudiating such an abuse of Executive Privilege, Upton agreed to limit the scope of his committee’s subpoena.
The Friday dump of documents by the White House was therefore incomplete because Upton had already caved. Whatever the White House did produce was enough to claim compliance, and deceive the news media.
by Ed Morrissey:
The scourge of smallpox has been all but eradicated for decades, with the only live samples of the source bacteria locked away in laboratories in the US and Russia. Nonetheless, the US maintains a large stockpile of proven smallpox vaccines just in case anyone gets access to the disease, and can quickly distribute it to the American population and prevent an epidemic, even after exposure. There is no reason to spend another dollar developing a new smallpox vaccine — and yet that is exactly what the Obama administration did, and in a most peculiar manner:
Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work.
Why would they have done that? Well, look no further than the controlling shareholder of Siga:
by Roger L Simon:
“It’s the economy, stupid,” some dude named Carville once said. He was referring to what was the correct prescription for winning a presidential election — and it’s been gospel ever since.
He’s probably right. Except when it comes to actually being president, it’s something else altogether. “It’s the foreign policy, stupid” — because day one of being POTUS, you, and basically you alone, determine the foreign policy of the United States of America and much of the future and present of humanity.
And that’s not just because you wake up with an intelligence briefing that could make bald men lose their hair or because you are the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful armed forces on Earth with all the life or death decisions that entails or because some unsmiling individual follows you around with the nuclear football, putting Armageddon in your hands.
It’s because — unlike economic policy for which, be it “9-9-9” or the Ryan Plan or anything else, you must get the approval of Congress — in foreign policy the president is king.
by Shelby Steele:
Shelby Steele, Robert J and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, member of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order.
The following is excerpted from a speech delivered September 22, 2011 in New York City at the conference “The Perils of Global Intolerance: The UN and Durban III,” sponsored by the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust and the Hudson Institute.
The Arab-Israeli conflict, is not really a conflict, it is a war – a war of the Arabs against the Jews. In many ways, this conflict has been a conflict between narratives. We who strongly support Israel have done a poor job in formulating a narrative which will combat the story spun by the other side. We can do better.