by David J. Rusin:
Claude Guéant, the French interior minister, sparked a firestorm last month when he praised Western values as “superior” to the oppressive ones found elsewhere, namely the Islamic world. Yet the controversy did more to spotlight an area in which the West clearly trails its rivals: self-confidence. If a government official cannot extol the unique virtues of freedom and equality that define Western life without being cast as a bigot by the politically correct, how can they be safeguarded against the highly motivated forces of Islamism, which doubt neither the superiority of their own principles nor the righteousness of imposing them on others?
“Contrary to what the left’s relativist ideology says, for us, all civilizations are not of equal value,” Guéant, a member of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement, told a conference on February 4. “Those which defend humanity seem to us to be more advanced than those that do not,” he averred. “Those which defend liberty, equality, and fraternity seem to us superior to those which accept tyranny, the subservience of women, social and ethnic hatred” — a truth that would be hammered home a month and a half later by a jihadist murdering Jewish children in Toulouse. Thus, Guéant underscored the need to “protect our civilization.”
by David Solway:
Once again, Israel is confronted by a major threat to its existence, namely, the so-called Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) scheduled for March 30th. It is organized by the usual suspects—the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, the swelling tribe of Ayatollah lovers, the devil’s spawn of radical Leftists—whose intention is to mobilize a million people to breach Israel’s borders and converge on Jerusalem. They are convinced that Israel will either find itself helpless before a “peaceful” onslaught of this magnitude or be forced to take action that would lead to a PR disaster. From their perspective, it’s a win-win situation. One way or another, Israel would be gravely weakened and, according to an unlettered exchange between some of the event’s organizers, “Thius will undermine the Israeli state…& the Zionist edifice which is unraveeling as we speak, will soon fall.”
A senior official at Soros-funded Media Matters falsely accused Matt Drudge of publishing a bogus picture of Trayvon Martin, that turned out to be genuine, taken from his Twitter page. After the bogus nature of his accusation was forcefully impressed upon him, senior analyst MJ Rosenberg apologized – not to Drudge, but to readers and the Martin family. This churlish inability to directly address the target of his libel marks Rosenberg almost as seriously as his readiness to accuse first, research later. Fox News reports:
by Rand Simberg:
When I used to work for a major aerospace company, and we were writing proposals to the government, at some point during the process, after we had what we thought was a good first draft, we would bring in what we called a “red team.” This was a group of people, both within the company and hired outside consultants, who understood the mindset of the business prospect and whose job was to put on their “customer hats” and read the proposal as they imagined that the government customer would read it (I imagine the same applies to private customers in the commercial world as well). The purpose was to force us to break out of our insular mindset, and to address legitimate issues that would be raised in the mind of the customer about both our proposal and that of our competition.
Having seen the transcripts of Tuesday’s hearing before the Supreme Court of the United States, I can only conclude that such a concept — testing their arguments against those of their political opponents — not only never occurred to the solicitor general or his defenders in the media, but that the very notion that their arguments had any flaws never crossed their minds.
by The Right Scoop:
J. Christian Adams says that it is a felony in the state of Florida to solicit kidnapping but the New Black Panthers don’t care because they believe they are above the law. Why? He says Eric Holder is to blame for not prosecuting them in the past.
He also said that it was completely inappropriate for Obama to weigh in on a criminal matter using racial code.
Watch the full interview below:
by Peter Martino:
It is a familiar pattern. Whenever a terrorist commits an atrocity, his apologists start blaming society or, even worse, the victims. Hence, it was not surprising that after Mohamed Merah, a French jihadist of Algerian descent, killed a rabbi and three Jewish children in Toulouse last week, some immediately blamed the Jews.
Merah had cold-bloodedly videotaped how he chased an eight-year old girl across a school playground and murdered her with three bullets in the head, and how he executed Rabbi Sandler and his three- and six-year old sons. Even so, some did not hesitate to compare his acts to military operations of the Israeli army in Gaza.
That alone is shocking, but that the comparison was made by the head of foreign policy of the European Union makes matters even worse. And yet, one week after comparing the Jewish children that were intentionally murdered in Toulouse with young Palestinian victims of the Israeli army’s defensive air strikes in Gaza, Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, is still in function. Not a single one of the 27 governments of the member states of the European Union is asking for her resignation.
An investigation reveals 29 sitting circuit court judges in Wisconsin sign a union-driven recall drive targeting Republican Governor Scott Walker. Newspapers and radio-TV news are outraged — OUTRAGED! — that jurists put their names to such an overtly political document, showing their utter lack of impartiality — bias, if you like. Media painstakingly name all 29 judges, city-by-city, and spank them for their partisanship.
New York Post calls them “Cheeseheads in Black Robes.” “Not a single one,” says the Post editorial, “thinks there’s anything ethically improper about being involved in partisan politics…” Judges will be judges What about journalists?
What happens when another inquiry turns up the fact at least Wisconsin 25 journalists in just a single 10-newspaper chain also signed the politically-charged petitions to recall the governor?
By Christopher Chantrill:
The more we learn about climate science, the more we learn what a shabby, back-of-the-envelope business it is. Dr. Michael Mann, the climate science poster boy who simplified the global climate of the last millennium into a hockey stick, just came out with a book to remind us how anyone who disagrees with him is a shill for dark forces. He’s a bully, and in the ClimateGate e-mails, he bullies even his colleagues.
It’s déjà vu all over again, of course. Fifty years ago, another academic published a shabby little paper and then succeeded in bullying everyone into endorsing his view that saturated fat was the cause of heart disease. Gary Taubes describes this researcher’s personality in Good Calories, Bad Calories:
They’re the elderly Florida couple whose address Spike Lee tweeted because he thought it was George Zimmerman’s. Presumably because he wanted people to go there and discuss things calmly.
I’d like to know what Obama thinks about Lee’s actions, and the unfolding consequences. Presumably he’s waiting for vital intel on how much he looks like the McClains, and/or how they vote.
And I want to know what Obama thinks about this. Fox News: